The wonderful world of Lollapalooza will once again dominate the dreams of music fans across the land. Today’s schedule announcement, as most assumed, didn’t disappoint. From bottom to top, for a change, we’re talking about Sharon Van Etten, Metric, DIE ANTWOORD, Madeon, Band of Skulls, Passion Pit, M83, Black Sabbath, Bassnectar, The Shins and The Black Keys on Friday August 3rd; we’re talking about Fun., Neon Indian, The Weeknd, Franz Ferdinand, B.O.B., Avicii, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Santigold and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday, August 4th; and finally, Sunday will be held down by Sigur Rós, The Sheepdogs, Florence + The Machine, Zeds Dead, Miike Snow, Justice, Childish Gambino and Jack White. The only sad part about it all (yes, there is possible sadness in a lineup like that) is that so many of the acts play simultaneously. So you can’t see Justice and Jack White, nor Frank Ocean and Santigold. Bummer. Full schedule here.
After a herd of Montreal shows leveraged by the coat tails of 2009′s Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, Southampton’s blues rockers Band of Skulls once again invaded our shores, this time in celebration of their latest studio romp, Sweet Sour. The Théâtre Corona was a buzz ladies and gentlemen, and rightfully so as the trio’s electric swoon began with the fuzzy chords of the title effort Sweet Sour. (more…)
The sauce of Southampton delivers Sweet Sour, as Ian Davenport produces Band of Skulls’ latest release. Following the design of 2009’s Baby Darling Dollface Honey and 2010’s EP Friends; Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson return with their decided drawling harmonic vocals, power chords and primal percussion. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, Sweet Sour follows the threesome on their two-year rise in media fame and recognition, including features in video games Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Gran Turismo 5, Tony Hawk: Ride, a spot for Swatch watches, the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, an ad for the 2011 Mustang V6, and a trailer for The Hangover 2. (more…)
A second year has passed and cornershopstudios is officially 525,600 minutes older. Like the streets of Montreal we continue to grow and evolve, forever thriving and remaining head strong on our quest for a hopefully unparalleled portal to live concert memories, great albums, breath taking images and interviews with a twist. This last year we’ve seen the likes of The Lemonheads define grunge with an ol’fashion melt down, Jack White’s The Dead Weather suckling from the teet of pure rock grit and Southern monster minstrels Mastodon bleed for the masses. Our perpetually growing staff of word smiths and percolating pool of crack shot photographers have paved the way for cornershopstudios to not only stand out above the rest, but allow hungry artists, thinkers and doers be part of “The space between fact & fiction, where photography & music collide”. The induction of a weekly editorial column entitled Feeling Cornered… has helped us to focus our “opinions” in more constructive ways, while the already infectious FROM THE CORNER comes… continues to uncover fresh new acts like Band of Skulls and Japandroids. From the eyes that blink through our daily music news, to the over-zealous pointers that scroll through our sea of photos, we thank you, and hope to continue on with music in our veins, you on our side and a future of great shows, great music and great art on the horizon.
With the plethora of live shows that constantly swirl through our lives, it may seem a daunting task to choose but some of the best… and it is. But we buckled down and pulled out the Top Ten shows that made our ears ring, toes tap and bodies move. Curious? Yeah you are…
1. The Lemonheads @ Maison des arts de Laval – 07.03.09
In a music lover’s lifetime they hope for an opportunity to witness rock ‘n’ roll in it’s truest form. Many forget that pain and a series of missteps usually define the true form of expression through music. The Lemonheads reminded us of the elegantly wasted glow of grunge and thusly stand at this year’s number one spot for best show of 2009.
As a shining member of modern rock’s royal family, Jack White assembled a band of audio heavyweights the likes of which devour a stage armed with what can only be defined as an intrinsic ability to perform. The Dead Weather stand tall as they grab the number two spot for a performance that still has Ottawa ringing.
Who caught our attention this past year with their breakthrough, boundary pushing and mold breaking ways? Feast your eyes and ears on the talent below.
1. Band of Skulls
Deserving no less than the number one spot, Band of Skulls have proven their worth in all aspects of their art, thus making an appearance on all three of cornershopstudios’ Top Ten lists. These Brits’ exhilarating, raw and reckless sound is what rock and roll is all about and they’ve captured that pure essence on their debut record Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as well as in their incendiary live performances.
This Vancouver noise-rock duo’s skills lie in creating a sound far more complete and consuming than expected of a two-piece. Like any wild animal, Japandroids are best observed in their natural habitat: catch them live for the full effect.
3. William Fitzsimmons
Illinois-based singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons’ intimate and personal lyrics are set to stripped down folk melodies and delivered with heartfelt emotion. Get to know this amazing artist through his latest album The Sparrow and the Crow. (more…)
2009 boasted a roster of solid releases certainly fit for lists abroad, however only ten could make our final weighty scroll of well to do records. Scroll down and witness what cornershopstudios felt were the Top Ten CDs of the year… if you dare.
Standing as this year’s golden giant, The Black Keys’ talent Dan Auerbach serenaded us with his 2009 monster Keep It Hid. We called it “country folk on mushrooms” and goddammit we were right! A melodical journey through the mind of an innovative yet classic songwriter takes us to this past year’s risen sun… Mr. Dan Auerbach at number one.
Brit rockers Band of Skulls from across the pond plunged deep into our hearts this year using Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as the main ingredient for an audio stew at number two.
As the members of Band of Skulls walked through the crowd holding their instruments at Le Savoy du Metropolis on Saturday, and proceeded to do their own set-up and sound checks as the audience chatted and sipped on beers, the increased intimacy of such a small venue was pretty hard to ignore. (more…)
Enveloped by the light of a bare bulb and the decor of a life size dollhouse, Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson & Matt Hayward huddled quaintly back stage as cornershopstudios observed the thoughts of a Band of Skulls.
Question: Favorite word?
Answer (Russell): Reverb
Answer (Matt): Rider
Answer (Emma): Blood
Question: Word association:
Answer (Emma): Swim Team => Medals
Answer (Matt): Tennis => Pressure
Answer (Russell): Ace of Spades => Car Accident
Question: Where does one go when “Fleeing New York”?
Answer (Emma): Montreal
Question: You’re single is named I Know What I Am. What are you?
Answer (Russell): An adjective
Question: Baby Darling Dollface Honey… What’s the mushiest nickname someone has for you?
Answer (Matt): Shmatt Bastard
Southampton, UK rockers Band of Skulls are hot off the press and new to explode onto the indie rock scene. Details are still few and far between due to the project’s relatively short existence but we do know the trio’s debut record Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, released a little over a month ago, was recorded this past winter at Radiohead’s Courtyard Studios. Unleashed across a whole slew of countries including the US, UK, Canada and Australia, BoS have been tossed right smack in the middle of the action courtesy of their I Know What I Am iTunes Single of the Week. The album features an assortment of rock genres such as cottony atmospheric ballads like Honest, showcasing singer Emma Richardson’s hypnotic vocals, or crunchy jams with just the perfect amount of distortion like Death By Diamonds and Pearls. Alternating between a male and female singer and having all three members participate in the songwriting process will no doubt provide Band of Skulls with limitless potential. The newcomers are scheduled to play a few gigs back home but look for them to cross the pond as early as this summer.