Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Music Update

I've been listening to quite a bit of Muse and was fortunate enough to see them live as they opened for U2, and as headliners at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Muse has been one of those bands that has just been doing their own thing for the past decade, regardless of popularity. They've found a significant audience in their home in the UK, and have a rapidly growing audience here in the states, perhaps due, in part, to the popularity from their work on the Twilight soundtrack.
Muse pulls from all sorts of genres: alternative, prog, classical, jazz, electronica, and metal. The eclectic mix is often compared to Queen, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, although I think that is selling the absolute diversity of this band quite short. Lead Matthew Bellamy is a complete virtuoso, and appears completely comfortable behind seemingly any instrument.
Their albums span all of the above genres, often covering several in the same song. The song "Knights of Cydonia," is off the album Black Holes and Revelations. The video solidifies what one hears on the song: that Matthew and Company were Ennio Morricone fans.
As enjoyable as all of their albums are, Muse is one of the few not-to-be-missed live bands in the past 20 years. These guys own the stage from start to finish, and are able to create the "Big Rock Show" sound at will.

You've never heard of Eliane. Unless you happen to have been attending coffeehouse shows in NYC or Switzerland. Trained at The New School in Jazz, she adds Brazilian and rock sounds, for a wonderful eclectic mix. She's has turned a few heads in the music world recently, and has toured internationally over the past few years.  This song "As If" is off a self produced CD, and is just one facet of this exceptionally talented young woman. I do hope to hear much more from her in the future.

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