Usually every morning I read my Twitter feed in bed, bleary eyed and still half asleep. So it seemed a little surreal when I scrolled onto the details of Hamilton Leithauser’s solo album. The Walkmen lead singer releasing a Frank Sinatra inspired, orchestral colored, Rostam Batmanglij collaborated album?
Well I’m awake now, and I guess this thing is real. “Alexandra” from new album Black Hours is not as Sinatra as its video, but it definitely represents a poppier approach for Leithauser. It’s positively fit for radio play. Speaking of which, since The Walkmen rocked NON-COMMvention in 2012, I think Triple A radio is hankering for some Leithauser to spin. This could be it.
Last night the San Francisco quintet absolutely pulverized the crowd at the Royale in Boston. Their show is a borderline-literal interpretation of “wall of sound.” And for as much intense, I want to say "romantic," sound there is, the group wastes no effort. Each member performs with intent to bludgeon.
St. Vincent’s self-titled release proves to be apt. Annie Clark has mixed a fondness for grating noise first on her sophomore album Actor, her idiosyncratic songwriting fully realized on Strange Mercy, and the funk sensibility most prevalent on her collaboration with David Byrne, Love This Giant. It could be her strongest work yet. Sink your teeth into this.
Generator Research forecasts that the industry will grow from $16.7 billion in 2013 to $17.2 billion in 2017. That growth will come thanks to digital music subscriptions — enough to offset a projected $2 billion in losses in physical sales and $663 million in declines to digital sales.
Digital subscription revenue is projected to grow by just shy of $3 billion from 2013 to 2017.
From The Top 22, the music industry is projected to cover its losses in music sales by way of streaming revenues through 2017. The figures are nearly 3% growth over 4 years. While far from rousing news, it appears that streaming will not cannibalize the music industry.
How does this affect artists? Click for more from Media Mechanics consultant Paul Marszalek.
Allston was a slush-shit storm. Ava Luna dropped out because of weather & vehicle issues. The headlining set was littered with sound problems. Yeah, seems about right.
If the narrative around Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tearsis that it’s a “failed” concept EP, then it’s only appropriate that its release show contained so many elements of would-be failure. Considering the chorus of Krill superjam “Infinite Power” —“If you want to feel like a failure, that’s your right” — they couldn’t have planned it any better.
Thursday night at the Great Scott, Boston’s own Krill gathered together a few of their favorite bands to celebrate their new record. It was something of a hometown sendoff for the boys, with frontman Jonah mentioning a few times that it was their last show in Boston for a while. It was a sincere “goodbye for now,” with a hint of excitement.