Thursday, February 16, 2006

Positive Rantings.

Finally, I have made it back to the blog with some material, so those of you who keep telling me to update, I'm updating. As a sidenote, I am such a dedicated enthusiast that even after spending the day in bed from some kind of stomach thing, I still went and sipped on Sprite.

Rival Concerts threw together a show at Vinyl tonight consisting of three different sounds for your listening pleasure. Starting off was a band/guy called B. Young from Nashville. The one thing that really stood out to me was B. Young's incredible voice and range. It's really a beautiful thing to listen to. He plays an acoustic guitar and belts out these insanely smooth sounding lyrics while shredding. The denim-decked, slightly "boy band" appearance fits well with the music he's presenting. I get this feeling that his following probably consists of many teen to early 20-somethings who are into him for his sweet love ballads and dreamy facial expressions, which is never a bad thing. As far as presence, well, they can definitely stand to have more.

The next band was Ligion. I'm not really going to comment on this because it's not the style of music that I dig, but I will say that they put on a good show, and I thoroughly enjoyed the cover of Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning."

Headlining was the Rantings of Eva, which is one of those bands that I get super excited about when they shuffle onto my iPod. They've been out of commission the past couple of months recording new stuff, so it's been a while since I've seen them. Frontman Ryan Flanagan has this buttery voice that is soothing and calm while coupled with the rock coming from their three guitars and drums. What I like most is that they certainly have mastered a unique sound that is all their own, even though you can still compare them to the likes of Jeff Buckley and, in some instances, Coldplay or Death Cab For Cutie. The staple song that most fans seem to know and grasp onto is "Still Holding On," which, they of course played tonight, except that it sounded like there was a change up in the drumbeats. This was a plus, for sure. You should make sure you catch their next show if you haven't had the pleasure of doing so yet. On stage, you can see the surge of passion with which they play their tunes, which is evident with constant leg kicking (no, not like Mick Jagger, either) and flying hair. In Atlanta, the next show is at Smith's Olde Bar on March 15th.
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