We are two weeks into summer and there
have been plenty of great musical events already. But, thanks in part to
the growing number of venues hosting larger concerts in the area,
there’s still a lifetime of shows to come this hot season.
The National's edgy, dark-hued songs sync perfectly with
our current age of anxiety, and now comes Trouble Will Find Me — another
collection of richly textured tunes marked by frontman Matt
Berninger’s deep baritone and evocative lyrics. But the new record also
feels like a departure, as if The National finally seems comfortable in
its own skin.
O.N.I.F.C. feels like the logical
next step in Khalifa’s development and ability to blend Hip Hop
mentality with Pop melody. Tracks like “The Plan” (featuring Juicy J),
“Let It Go” (featuring Akon) and “No Limit” are among the songs that
feature sleek, synthesized melodies that flow around rapped vocals.
For fans (known affectionately as
Beardos), WBFF has grown well beyond its original local-showcase format
and become a regional/national talent draw. This year’s headliners
include former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell and Trampled by
Turtles side project Dead Man Winter, impressive names on any marquee.
Heart has had huge
success, selling more than 35 million albums and notching 21 Top 40 hit
singles, headlining the biggest arenas along the way. The Wilson sisters
in particular have had a major impact on music as well, helping open
doors for several generations of female artists.