Safely ensconced within the Prudential Center, protected from the blustery winds of southern New Jersey, the somewhat aged fans of the Spice Girls awaited the return of their childhood idols. The mission of these enthusiasts has always remained the same: to spice up the world.
The new phase of this mission began with an image of five little girls projected onto the Center’s screens, a reminder of simpler days. This nostalgia characterized much of Sunday night’s show, an extravaganza of girl power, friendship, peace, love and platforms.
Yo la Tengo is known for its diverse sound. The Hoboken trio is constantly experimenting with different styles, moving easily from pop melodies to jazz grooves. At the best of times, YLT’s eclecticism has produced wonderfully complex yet unified music as on their 1993 album, Painful. Sunday’s show at Barton Hall was not one of these fortunate moments. Despite some glimpses of the integrated technique they have employed in the past, YLT’s set was marked by jarring discontinuities and limited dynamics.
I hesitate to give anything a glowing review because I generally don’t put much stock in them. Although, sitting here, next to a tissue box, not entirely because of my outrageous allergies, I think I will give it a go.
The world of Rufus Wainwright has always been one of glamorous passion and classic celebrity, and frequently maudlin melodies. On Release the Stars, Wainwright’s new release, the glamour and sparkle have, at last, been met with clear emotional resonance.
Late this past July, I reminded my dad that there was an extremely significant event on the horizon. Yes, it was exactly what you might guess: I had procured tickets to witness the triumphant return of Meat Loaf to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. I first heard Meat Loaf at a music workshop and was immediately hooked. His music had all the epic qualities that I felt were often lacking in mainstream music. The keyboard was terrifying yet sweet, the guitar was the narrative of a story that was both ordinary and spectacular.