Photos of Imagine Dragons in Dallas

I was lucky enough to take photos for the Imagine Dragons’ show in Dallas on February 21 at American Airlines Center, and I just thought I would share photos from the concert.Imagine Dragons

I felt a little out of place since I’m not a 14 year old girl (one of the girls in front row asked me if I had taken photos for the One Direction concert.. umm, no). However, Imagine Dragons definitely puts on an impressively entertaining show, or at least the first three songs were.

Openers Nico Vega and The Naked and Famous fit in nicely, and I had already seen The Naked and Famous play a few years back when they opened for Cut Copy, but the live show has improved.

Below are some photos from the gig. Clicking on an image will bring up the slideshow. In order to check out the full slideshow from the evening, click here.

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Night Visions by Imagine Dragons

Passive Me Aggressive You by The Naked and Famous

Nico Vega [Explicit]

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The Grammy Awards want variety for this year’s televised performances

Normally I wouldn’t be eager to watch the Grammy Awards ceremony, but this year’s roster of performers is surprising for anyone used to just sparkly divas and the latest pop sensation predominantly on TV. The 56th annual music celebration will have more alternative selections this time around.

Metallica and pianist Lang Lang will perform a rendition of "One" from 1988's "...And Justice for All."
Metallica and pianist Lang Lang will perform a rendition of “One” from 1988’s “…And Justice for All.” (Photo Credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba)

The heavily nominated Daft Punk will be joined onstage by a groovy, funky bunch consisting of none other than Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, and Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Both Rodgers and Williams made contributions to Daft Punk’s record Random Access Memorieswhich has been nominated for Album of the Year.

Of course, Pharrell sang on the huge summertime hit “Get Lucky,” but also provided vocals for the second single “Lose Yourself to Dance.” In addition to putting his disco mark on the previously mentioned tracks, guitarist Nile Rodgers also contributed to album opener “Give Life Back to Music.” This group of musicians makes perfect sense, considering they all have such nods to funk and soul (and if you’ve never heard of Pharrell’s previous group The Neptunes, definitely take a listen).

In a very different style lies Metallica’s performance of “One” alongside Chinese pianist Lang Lang, which will obviously bring a clash of styles, but at least it won’t be a worse collaboration than Lulu. Maybe picking a pianist that has played his share of Liszt to coincide with a thrash metal band isn’t such a bad idea.

Just a few days ago blues maestro Gary Clark Jr. and country star Keith Urban were additionally announced as a performers. Though I’m not too fond of Keith Urban, it’s a relief to see a veteran indie musician like Gary Clark Jr. able to attain more national visibility. His latest album Blak And Blu from 2012 is a good starting point for anyone interested in a modern take on soul and blues.

However, the performance I’m looking forward to the most is the finale consisting of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, and Queens of the Stone Age. Considering Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails alone took up approximately half of my listening pleasure last year, this superband is going to be one fantastically heavy way to end the awards show.

All I’m worried about is that there’s going to be an excessive amount of guitarists on stage. Just because one is able to put five guitarists on stage together doesn’t mean one should. Whatever the case may be, bring on the noise.

For more information on all of the performers, click here. Which performance are you looking forward to the most?

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A playlist for winter

http://timeentertainment.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-shining.jpg?w=720&h=480&crop=1It was 80 degrees outside today, so I’m not sure that this playlist actually compliments the climate I’m in, but for those who are already experiencing snow or want to pretend you are, here is a playlist for you.

Some of these songs don’t include any references to snow or wintertime (and I promise- very few references to Christmas), but it’s a nice collection of melancholy and delicate. A few of the music videos for the tunes also align with the theme.

Click here to listen to the playlist!

1. “Immigrant Song”- Led Zeppelin

That infamous “Ahhaahhhhh…ah!” gives this such a primal feel, it belongs to scenes of hunting in the fierce winter winds of… England?

Also, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Karen O did a fantastic cover version for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.

2. “In the Cold, Cold, Night”- White Stripes

Before Jack White was in a gazillion other bands
Before Jack White was in a gazillion other bands

Megan White was never the focus of the band, so it’s nice to see her take the spotlight and sing this simple, slightly bluesy track.

3.  “Let Me Sleep”- Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder has a great voice and all, but he must be one boring Christmas buddy. Anyways, here’s a rarity from their Lost Dogs two-disc collection.

4. “Glósóli”- Sigur Rós

It is just such a beautiful, breathtaking song. Sigur Rós are one of those bands that make mesmerizing music videos that compliment the music- “Glósóli” included.

5. “Untitled”- Interpol

I always imagine a visual of New York City on a chilly evening when “Untitled” is playing, or maybe just a crowded subway and people pushing each other during rush hour.

6. “White Winter Hymnal”- Fleet Foxes

The whole debut album by Fleet Foxes could be applied as sounds for winter. However, this one doesn’t just mention the season in the title, it also perfectly fits the mood of wintertime forests and cabins.

7. “A Hazy Shade of Winter”- Simon & Garfunkel

They probably wouldn't get away with those hairdos in the music industry now.
They probably wouldn’t get away with those hairdos in the music industry now.

Leave to Simon & Garfunkel to create an upbeat tune about dreary winter weather. However, it is a beautiful song, and shows off their famed songwriting prowess.

8. “Violet Hill”- Coldplay

Go ahead haters, hate away. I like this album and I shall listen to it anyway.

9. “This Ship Was Built to Last”- The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit are an underrated British band led by the smoky vocals of Liela Moss. They even opened for Jane’s Addiction this year.

10. “Breaking Down”- Florence + the Machine

A beautifully arranged song about gradually losing sanity. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Florence Welch.

11. “Farewell to the Fairground”- White Lies

Happy times with White Lies
Happy times with White Lies

There’s a U2-ish quality to this building track, whose video perfectly correlates with the theme.

Are there any other songs I should add? Just let me know!