How is this? I'm planning on checking it out but I haven't heard too much about it yet.
It's not bad. I've only listened to it all the way through once so far. The beats and cadences are pretty good, but the rhyme patterns are a little monosyllabic for my tastes. Once I got my own prejudice past how obviously white they sound, it got a lot better. I need to listen to it again before I pass a final judgement, but the fact that I actually want to listen to it again is a good sign.
This is pretty much how I feel. When I lived in Minneapolis is was pretty much impossible to avoid Doomtree and I like a lot of their stuff. This one doesn't really feel like anything special though. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just pretty uneventful.
Bigger deal though, they're streaming the new Title Fight and it's fucking amazing. This is a complete oversimplification but it sounds like Real Estate and Cloud Nothings mixed together...I mean that as a compliment. It also sounds like all the best emo of the early 90's.
For some reason, I still don't think it's going to happen, but let the Death Cab for Cutie speculation pick up even more:
4/10 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park 4/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 4/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre 4/29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 4/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre 5/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium 5/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 5/07 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 5/08 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre 5/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre 5/12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater 5/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 6/08 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 6/09 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 6/13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller 6/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest 6/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet 6/23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival 6/27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival 7/12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl 10/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Not that there are exact rules about this or anything but it'd be really lame to announce that October date if they are playing Sasquatch. Usually you wait until after the festival (or at least after it sells out) to announce a later show. I'd lean more towards it ruling them out than suggesting they're playing.
Comparing The Imagination Dragons to the Mumford cousins is like comparing Creed to Nickleback and I refuse to participate. Dragons are playing (and probably headlining) for the following reasons: in 2013, they stepped up and agreed to play a 90 minute set instead of 45 to fill in for a cancellation. That earned them mad points with Snacks & Co. They have a new album coming out in February, which means they will be touring in May. They have at least 5, maybe 10 (I can't tell; they all kinda sound the same), songs played in heavy rotation I almost every radio station in the country; that puts then at near headliner status anywhere. They are big enough to sell lots of tickets, but still cheap enough to allow Snacks to afford to book other bigger headliners for the rest of the weekend. This is in no way meant as an endorsement, merely a statement of fact. Deal with it.
This is so incredible. If anyone is holding out on this because they're not sure that they care about D'Angelo that much, give it a listen. It's right in the wheelhouse for most of this board. If nothing else, the production is the best I've heard since Random Access Memory (and completely and utterly different)
02-08 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Spokane 02-09 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Boise 02-10 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot 02-12 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater 02-13 Omaha, NE - Slowdown 02-14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 02-15 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall 02-17 Chicago, IL - Riviera 02-22 Boston, MA - House of Blues 02-24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 02-26 New York, NY - Terminal 5 02-28 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 03-01 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Spokane is closer to Sasquatch than either Seattle or Portland. Why are there no Seattle or Portland dates??? I imagine there might be some special album release events in these parts?
There is a less than zero percent chance they don't make it to Seattle or Portland.