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The High Divers : The Hamilton DC Live | Photos | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The High Divers : The Hamilton DC Live

The High Divers took the crowd at D.C.’s Hamilton Live by surprise and didn’t stop for their entire 60 minute set. Playing a mix of unreleased songs off their new album and favorites from their 2015 album Riverlust, their feel good rock vibes, infectious energy, and larger than life sound made a fan of this concert photographer....
Django Django - Marble Skies | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Django Django – Marble Skies Reaction

While Django Django's previous efforts felt a bit more artsy in intention, the experimentation on Marble Skies feels done with the sole purpose of creating something fun. And it is fun, it's a lighthearted, head nodding romp full of brilliant melodies and earworm hooks. It's almost impossible not to be pulled into their joyous orbit....
Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin Reaction

Ty Segall pulls out the full arsenal on Freedom's Goblin delivering a 19-track ride that goes all over the place. In lesser hands it might feel disjointed or convoluted but with him it just shows how truly gifted he is and just how in tune he is with the craft of rock. He clearly marches to the sound of his own beat and it's incredibly exhilarating. Freedom's Goblin is one hell of a ride and further proof that he may just be a mad musical genius....
U2 - Songs Of Experience | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

U2 – Songs of Experience Reaction

U2 have clearly had their ears to the 'streets' and have found inspiration from a number of different sources. The fact that they were able to lean on all of these influences without it sounding contrived is maybe their greatest accomplishment. And as someone who's not a die hard U2 fan, I thoroughly enjoyed their modern sound - it felt relevant yet still very much true to who U2 are. Songs of Experience feels like a true return to form for the legendary band and a worthy (and voluntary) addition to my music library....
Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Wolf Alice – Visions of A Life Reaction

Wolf Alice is fiery, fierce, and absolutely captivating on 'Visions of a Life' and pulls it all off with nonchalant indifference that reminds me of the rock from yesteryear. It revels in an intense youthful catharsis full of big payoffs and it keeps me coming back for more....
Alex Chilton - The Letter From The Other Side of Success | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Alex Chilton – The Letter From The Other Side of Success

How do you go from a #1 hit and being one of the most successful so-called blue-eyed soul artists and considered the progenitor of power pop by ecstatic critics, to never really making a success story out of it, to a patchy solo career and odd-jobs, then back to being a producer and musical encyclopedia of rock and roll, to almost fully rehabilitating your career by the end? Well, you would have to ask Alex Chilton, the man from Memphis who went through all of that - that is, if he were still with us....
Liam Gallagher - As You Were

Liam Gallagher – As You Were Reaction

Liam Gallagher's first solo outing is an album of really good moments that does it's best to approximate what he considers to be 'real' rock. But it leaves out much of his gruff real life persona, ultimately leading to a project of no real consequence or feeling of genuineness....
Maroon 5 - Red Pill Blues

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues Reaction

Maroon 5's latest is an extremely smooth, well polished, and professional sounding album that combined with Levine's now universal pop voice makes for a largely enjoyable listen. But it doesn't leave much of a mark either, incapable of evoking any genuine emotion....
The Birth of Grunge in Seattle | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Birth of Grunge in Seattle

Grunge, Generation X's flagship music genre, brought about widespread appreciation of alternative rock with its bare-bones vibe. The musical movement itself, however, was fully realized years before it was popular and it was all self-contained in Seattle. ...
King Krule - The OOZ

King Krule – The OOZ Reaction

King Krule's latest is not an easy album by any measure; you can’t just throw it on and immediately be taken in, it’s meant to be sat with and slowly digested as its many idiosyncrasies slowly reveal themselves. But once I let go of my expectations of what an album is supposed to sound like, I couldn’t help but get pulled into his mad soundscapes of isolation, anxiety, and slightly out of tune instruments. It’s as much a work of art as it is an album, but for someone who loves the odd and experimental as much as I do, The OOZ was about as rich an album as I’ve heard all year....

St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION Reaction

On it's surface, MASSEDUCTION sounds like a straight up pop album but once you dig a little deeper you'll find something much more delightfully deep and subversive. Everything about MASSEDUCTION feels effortless and I couldn't help but get strong Bowie vibes from her, from everything from the music to the project's aesthetics, and I can't think of any higher praise to give someone who's so clearly all about the true 'art' of music....
Cults - Offering

Cults – Offering Reaction

Offering doesn't quite reach the heights of their debut and the music is noticeably brighter, shedding some of their darker undertones for a more generic pop album, but I'll be damned if it isn't catchy music all the same....
Smart Music for All: Adia Victoria Leaves the High Art/Low Art Duality Behind | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Smart Music for All: Adia Victoria Leaves the High Art/Low Art Duality Behind

Historically speaking, music has had a tendency to follow the binary model of low art/high art. However, more and more artists are moving between these two realms, and sometimes fusing them both within a single work. Take, for example, Adia Victoria. She makes intelligent music that still exists within a structure that will play to the footstompers. It has the danceability of a surf-rock release, but it also has the brains of a Jeunet. She makes smart work for smart people that can be listened to and enjoyed by everyone....
The end of Rolling Stone, Jhené Aiko with an AOTY contender, and the new Queens of the Stone Age album is hard AF

The end of Rolling Stone, Jhené Aiko with an AOTY contender, and the new Queens of the Stone Age album is hard AF

We talk about the possible demise of Rolling Stone as it's going up for sale for the first time since it's start in 1967. We talk about how we think they've lost their true identity as the counterculture bible and how they could possibly get it back. We finish things by talking about new albums we've been listening to like Jhené Aiko, Rapsody, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Foo Fighters....

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