By Paul on October 10th, 2013 in atlas genius, Band Review
We typically write about niche bands around here. So, it seems a bit odd to be writing about Australian band Atlas Genius, doesn't it? I mean, they're on the radio and they have a hit single!
But, here at the Reverb Signal, we only care about two things. First, do we have something to say? That's usually yes, because we're a bunch of blabbermouths. Second, is the music good? And ya know what? Atlas Genius is great! Of course, it helps that they'll be playing the Fillmore in Silver Spring on October 13, and you should totally go see the show. Because, you see, there's more to Atlas Genius than meets the eye (that's the "something to say" part). Hit the jump to find out more.
In my Kate Nash post I briefly mentioned that I am now not just the Reverb Guy anymore. Now I’m lucky enough to be the married Reverb Guy. Well, Mrs. Reverb and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, and of course we had to get some ukuleles. For my sister’s birthday, we got her one with a cool design where the word Peace is carved in something like 34 languages, and the hole was in the shape of a peace sign. We got another one for my uncle’s family, though not quite as fancy. But the one we kept for chillax Reverb purposes, a Kamoa Ukulele, is my favorite by far. We were lucky enough to meet the founder in his small shop in Kaua’i (The Garden Isle) the day before we island-hopped over to O’ahu. We don’t normally write about products, but this startup is so cool we just had to tell you.
By Paul on June 28th, 2013 in Band Review
Phew! It’s been a little while since I actually talked to Kate Nash. Sadly, I was pulled away from the Reverb Signal for a while to focus on my wedding. Okay, maybe that’s actually not so sad. Woo hoo for married Reverb Guy!
But we’re finally back, and we can give English artist Kate Nash the recognition she deserves. And she definitely deserves it. Being a music blogger, I’m lucky enough to meet the people behind some really cool music, and a lot of those people turn out to be really cool too. Kate Nash, though, has to be one of the coolest I’ve met. Find out why after the break…
By Paul on April 5th, 2013 in Album Review, On The Heart, Wildlife
Forgive us for becoming the Wildlife Channel recently. They’re just that amazing. A month ago today, they released a new album,…On The Heart. We also gave you a free song, Born to Ruin, in anticipation for that release. And ya know what? Dean and company later said I could give you another song! Of course I’ll have to oblige. This one is my personal favorite and was "Song of the Week" on the Canadian iTunes store. Hit the jump for the download, and to read about Wildlife’s new album.
By Paul on January 30th, 2013 in Free Music, Wildlife
Remember Wildlife? As in, the band that even today remains one of our favorites here at the Reverb Signal? Good, because they are about to release a new album, On The Heart, which will be available starting March 5. But why wait? Download their song Born To Ruin right here before the album is out. Free. Because we love you.
By Paul on January 9th, 2013 in Band Review, Free Music, Jamaican Queens, The Paperhaus, Upcoming Show
Back before I started getting into the indie scene, music for me was mostly "I like these songs I heard on the radio." These days, I can’t even think of the last time I turned the radio on when I could just play some indie music instead. This is all thanks to bands like Jamaican Queens — and venues like The Paperhaus — which continue to push the boundaries of what a dedicated group of musicians are able to accomplish. Jamaican Queens will be playing at The Paperhaus January 14. This exclusive concert isn’t even listed under their tour dates. This is about as cool as it gets. And did I mention that it’s also completely free?
By Paul on November 26th, 2012 in Album Review, Band Review, Free Music, Yukon Blonde
Happy Cyber Monday, everybody! And do I ever have a gift for you! May I present to you Yukon Blonde, who played in D.C. fairly recently with the Jezabels (another magnificent band). Unfortunately I was unable to see them myself due to… reasons… but even so, these guys make some pretty amazing music.
When I discovered they were playing in town, the only reason I gave them a second look was because I wanted to see the Jezabels in concert. Up until then I hadn’t heard of Yukon Blonde, or maybe I once heard about them from the friend of a friend who overheard a hobo at a metro station or something. But whatever. I listened to Yukon Blonde and I was hooked.
By Paul on September 22nd, 2012 in Advice
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re in the mood to play guitar after hearing that song on the radio again, so you point your browser to your favorite guitar tab website. There are ten different versions available. You pick the version with the best user rating (probably version 1 or 2). The first thing you notice is that it’s in Drop D tuning, or maybe even Drop A or something even more bizarre, so you turn the pegs on your guitar to get it into tune and start playing. This terrible scenario described me a few years ago. Back when I wasn’t getting anywhere with guitar, I left that thing in Drop D by default. If only I had known then what I know now. By using alternate tunings, I was dooming myself to failure.
Recently, I have begun reading about Strength Training. It’s handy in daily life to be strong, and some people could really stand to bulk up. This is especially true if you are some kind of gangly terror beast like me… ol’ gangleblogger, they (probably never) call me. Interestingly, as musicians, we can learn a lot from the most unlikely places. As it turns out, strength training is surprisingly similar to music training. Find out how to begin your musical strength training after the break.
By Paul on July 30th, 2012 in Charity, Humble Bundle
I have been a fan of the Humble Bundle since it first started being a thing. But for those who are not yet aware of this magnificence, the premise is that you buy… what, like 5 or 6 amazing independent games for a total price of anything you want. And now, in a stroke of why-didn’t-they-do-this-sooner genius, they are offering a music bundle with songs from OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, and more for the equally tantalizing price of whatever the hell you want.