by Alex Rivera
Upon first glance of “School Gyrls”, I thought “Dear God, spare me the agony of yet another wannabe girl group.” My thoughts were semi-correct.
I’m not going to lie, the beats in this song are really, really good. But, the vocals are somewhat of overkill. It doesn’t really sound like singing, but more like whining. Also, the random guy trying to sound like Lil Jon and screaming in the background doesn’t make it any better. Plus, the lyrics aren’t anything special. The entire song is about going to a party and dancing. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Honestly, this group sounds like Ke$ha, but worse (considering that I actually like Ke$ha). They can’t really sing, and the whole “cutesy” schoolgirl image has to go. Stop trying to gain a fan base by dressing like you’re half-naked in provocative outfits and singing like the Cheetah Girls. It’s not going to work.
by Alex Rivera
On Anarbor’s new record, the band keeps true to what they know best: give their fans ballads about heartbreak and relationships with a pop-rock feel. The new album, The Words You Don’t Swallow, is the band’s first full-length release since their EP Free Your Mind in 2009. The new album includes some songs from the EP, but the majority of it consists of newer songs.
For the most part, the CD is good, but not anything great or different than what the band puts out. Actually, it sounded as if I were listening to the EP all over again, just longer in length. The incorporation of songs off of the EP didn’t make listening to the record any better, either.
Although I am an Anarbor fan, I have to pass on this one. It just didn’t do anything for me, and the songs on the album sound just like everything else out in the scene: generic and mundane. Nothing really set this new record apart from anything else released by them. Thus, The Words You Don’t Swallow is a hit for newer listeners of Anarbor, but it’s a miss for older fans.
by Alex Herrara The Rock Star Stories
Eight years ago Motion City Soundtrack was the opening band for an up and coming group the All American Rejects. At the time the Rejects were underage and prone to stealing beer from the other artist dressing rooms.
The guys from Motion City Soundtrack were nonplussed by their tourmates. They were happy to be touring in sunny Florida during a cold winter up North. We were excited to hear their innovative sound and watch their energetic stage show. This visit from Motion City Soundtrack was as energetic and exciting as the first one. Nothing much has changed, and that’s a good thing!
The Culture Room was rocking from the outside patio to the packed stage. The concertgoers ranged in age from middle schoolers through Moms and Dads who were enjoying rocking out as much as their kids.
The 16 song set music spanned all three albums but concentrated on the band’s later stuff. The crowd favorite was “Everything is Alright” although “When You’re Around” also brought down the house. The band performed three encores
Catch Motion City Soundtrack on this year’s Warped Tour playing selected dates.