September 19th, 2009

Review: Super Furry Animals @ Maxwells, NJ

Posted on 19 Sep 2009 at 12:04pm

For a band whose twenty-year anniversary is rearing its head, come the 2010 marker, the Super Furry Animals kept is surprisingly fresh and innovative at their recent small club show at New Jersey’s Maxwell’s. Their time together over the years has only strengthened their on stage presence, as they have a bond that only a band who has been together nearly two decades can have.

Playing smaller shows stateside forced the Furries to tone down their usually visual shows, allowing the music to stand out on its own. The only visual aid at the at capacity Maxwell’s were gigantic cue cards instructing the audience as to what to do, or what was going on.

Having recently released their ninth studio album, Dark Days/Light Years, the Super Furry Animals have quite a substantial catalogue of music to choose from when creating their set lists. As sometimes solo artist and lead singer, Gruff Rhys noted, they played the exact same set list the night before at New York’s Highline Ballroom, but with more energy in New Jersey, as Maxwell’s fed them before they performed, a standard practice at the venue.

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Review: Muse – “Uprising”

Posted on 19 Sep 2009 at 11:41am

It was difficult to predict where Muse would go next with their sound following the mammoth commercial success of their last album, Black Holes And Revelations. Would they simply keep it safe and repeat themselves, go all avant-garde on us, or perhaps take off in a completely different direction? New single Uprising is a little underwhelming on first listen, but it’s a slow burner. None of the aforementioned deliberations on their sound are realised here on this track, yet it’s significant difference to the previous album taster, United States Of Eurasia, suggests they’ve got more than one idea up their sleeves.

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