You can say seeing Pearl Jam in concert is like surfing. Sometimes it starts off bombastic and free-falling. Other times it will feel like it is a gradual build and ebbs and flows through various cycles on your journey.
As giant screens, lighting grids, altered for each song and surrounded the band, it was as if there was enough special effects that James Cameron would envy and would want to use for one of his blockbuster films.
It was a co-headlining bill that may seem obtuse at first, rising Australian buzz band, Tame Impala on the same level as psychedelic indie legends, The Flaming Lips, but the match-up worked just right.
They are brothers, they are twins, they are sometimes goth, they are sometimes glam, and more often than not, they are unabashedly honest. They are Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of Orange County based neo-punk band The Garden.
For the last 33 years, Depeche Mode have managed to usher in a new era of music with their electronic, new-wave and later cold-wave/industrial sound, sustain their popularity and return to America more popular each time they tour.
With 90's-era shoegaze pioneers like the Breeders and My Bloody Valentine laying down speaker-melting sets, FYF Fest 2013 managed to conjure the grunged-out spirit of the '90s, while faithfully holding out against the molly-marketed electronic dance music scene of Coachella and EDC.
The Polyphonic Spree have been on my peripheral to-do list for a while, but it was only after seeing what alum Annie Clark was capable of accomplishing that the deal was sealed. Discovering this euphonic odd-yssey for the first time was sort of a mixed blessing.
At a recent concert where I played, a young man in the second row filmed my entire performance on his smartphone. I stared at him with my best, "seriously?" look. This is how I make my living, and recording a performance changes the economics.
Ask yourself what accomplishments in your life would give you the most spiritual satisfaction. Use your answers as a guidepost each day to ensure that you give your best to achieve these personal aspirations in your life.