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Muse at The Prudential Center (January 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On January 29, larger than life rockers Muse returned to the tri-state area with a performance at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, just two days after selling out Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show came in support of their latest record Drones, featuring the biggest live show of Muse’s career, which is saying something for a band always known to deliver a bombastic live special.
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Muse at Webster Hall (May 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2015 — with 2 comments

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The last time I saw Muse was in August 2007, their first time playing Madison Square Garden, and ultimately the start of their jaunt as one of the biggest rock bands in the world. I was able to score general admission tickets for it, and spent a good chunk of that hot day waiting in line in order to get as close to the stage as possible. It was well worth it, as that performace still remains one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. It would end up being the last time I saw them play, a result of me being away at college whenever they played New York, as well as the fact that a lot of their newer material didn’t quite do it for me.

When I saw that they announced a show at Webster Hall as a warmup tour for their new album Drones, I just had to be there. Getting to see Muse in a 1,500 capacity room, and the probability that they’d play a lot of what the die-hard fans really want to hear, was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Last night Museum Of Love, the DFA-related duo of former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany, took over Bowery Ballroom for a night of disco-influenced electronic dance-rock. The show came in support of their tour for their self-titled debut album, which they released last year.

Our very own Dana Pacifico was there and got some wonderful photos of their performance. Find all her shots posted below.
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King Tuff – Eyes Of The Muse

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2014

King Tuff

Kyle Thomas, otherwise known asĀ King Tuff, will release his new album Black Moon Spell on September 23 via Sub Pop.

“Eyes Of The Muse” is the record’s first single, and it hits hard with plenty of classic rock influences at hand. His high-pitched vocals are an interesting combination with the hard slinging guitar riffage, but its a delightful tune, ideal for chill out listening with some nice weather to show.

Stream it below.
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Veruca Salt – The Museum Of Broken Relationships

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Veruca Salt reunited this year for some tour dates and new single that they released for Record Store Day last week. It’s their first new music (and from the original lineup) in a decade plus.

“The Museum Of Broken Relationships” is the track and it’s sounding like old-school Veruca Salt to me. Check it out below via a black and white music video that Gary Kordan directed.
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[new]: Muse – Madness

By Will Oliver, August 20th 2012

As bad as Muse’s new dubstep-influenced “Unsustainable” was, I’ll give them credit for not making it the official first single of their new album, The 2nd Law. It turns out that “Madness” is the official first single, and it’s loads better.

There’s a lot less noise going on, for sure. It’s paced out allowing Matt to display some vocals over a slow timed out beat. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s a hell of a lot better than I expected after hearing “Unsustainable”. It still has bombastic elements towards the end, but in a much different way.

Listen below.

The 2nd Law is due out October 1 via their own label, Helium 3.

[new]: Muse – Unsustainable

By Will Oliver, August 13th 2012 — with 2 comments

“Unsustainable” is the first new single from Muse’s upcoming new album The 2nd Law. And yes, Muse lived up to their promise of venturing into a dubstep direction.

I’ll preface this post with some details of my history with this band. When I was younger and just started finding music on my own, Muse was a band I really enjoyed. Slowly my tastes evolved and I became a very casual listener of the band. As of late, the band’s quality has dropped tremendously, but this just takes the cake. “Unsustainable” is hardly listenable, if even creative. This band has strayed so far from their origins, it’s hard to even think of them as the band that wrote songs like “Unintended” and “Plug In Baby”.

All that aside, this song just takes everything that the band have been hinting at and just rolls it into one horrendous ball. It starts off with a dramatic intro with a newscaster talking over it, making it even more dramatic. Then it all “drops” even lower to a dub-step like breakdown that is just embarrassing. Fans may defend that Matt is just using guitar effects to create this sound, but even the band themselves admitted they are interested in a dubstep sound, citing sir Skrillex as a direct influence. Yikes.

I once really enjoyed Muse, but I have no interest in them at this point if this is what they want to do now. This is really disappointing. What the hell has happened to this band.

Listen to “Unsustainable” below if you dare.

Muse’s new song “Survival” has been crowned as the official song of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The song was written by the band with the Olympics in mind. Matt Bellamy had this to say about the song:

It’s a huge honor to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.

It’s very much a Muse song, with some Queen inspiration for sure. It’s big, bombastic, with futuristic guitar riffs of epic notions, and of course a dramatic choir. Where was this song when The Hunger Games came out???

One can assume it may appear on their new album The 2nd Law. If so, it looks like Muse are dub-step free..for now.

Muse Announce New Album: The 2nd Law

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2012 — with 1 comment

Muse have announced that they have a new album due in September called The 2nd Law. Today the band released an album trailer that starts off with a classical sounding piece, which what then transforms into their own version of dubstep. Yes, dubstep.

Their last album did nothing for me, and if this is the direction that they’re heading in, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is more than concerned. They have been known to be jokesters in the past, but I don’t know about this. I truly hope so…

Watch the trailer below.
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