“The 20/20 Experience World Tour” is currently touring throughout the United States through Spring 2014. These reviews are from the Bridgestone Arena show on Friday, November 15th and the FedEx Forum show in his hometown, Memphis, TN, on Monday, November 18th. Read more
Review: Jason Aldean w. Jake Owen at FedExForum, Memphis, TN – October 24, 2013
(And a list of reasons you should go to a big time country music concert ASAP.)
I won tickets to see Jason Aldean a month or so ago, and honestly I’m not that big of a fan of his. But my wife is and I know some of his songs and it was free, so it only made sense for us to go to his concert.
And it was a GREAT DECISION! Read more
If you were to make a bet with me on who the best songwriter is right now, in terms of being a storyteller, I’d gladly give you the field and take Jason Isbell for myself. He’s that damn good. Unfortunately, his opening gig for Dawes at Minglewood Hall in Memphis was entirely too short. He played for about 30 minutes, maybe seven songs, and that was it. I don’t know what the contractual obligations were, but judging by how the crowd shrank a decent amount after the opener was done, I’d say it’s safe to say that the people wanted more Jason Isbell and less Dawes. I would be in that camp. Read more
I know, I know. For weeks, many of you have been coming to The Wise Guise frantically searching for the words “By Alex Beene” scrolling beneath one of the headlines. When it was absent, you take the flask out from your coat pocket, down a quick gulp and ponder how in the hell you’d make it through another work day without my wisdom.
Today is your lucky day. The good news is you’re going to get some new views from yours truly that will hopefully make your 8-hour sit at the office more bearable. The bad news is this will be my final column for a while. I’ll be away doing daily tasks much more boring than providing five minutes of disposable entertainment for your day, I assure you. So, look for me to root on my fellow staff from the sidelines in the coming weeks instead of playing in the game.
I hadn’t planned on writing this, but something has been bothering me for a while now. A little over a month ago, I wrote a tirade on Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs. I felt good about it after sending in the final copy. Since it was published, I’ve actually reread it a few times, a task I rarely do with my writings. And each time, I kept saying, “Alex, you missed the mark big time.” Read more
Sigur Rós, if you aren’t familiar, is a band that is hard to explain. They’re Icelandic. They do not sing in English. The music they perform doesn’t easily fit into any specific genre. I couldn’t tell you much about what their songs are about or much about the individuals in the band.
But I can tell you that seeing them was a concert bucket-lister of mine that was checked off this past weekend. Read more
It must have really been a slow news day. The Guardian, Huffington Post, and USA Today all released updates to a 2011 Kickstarter. This Kickstarter will serve and protect the city of Detroit–no, it isn’t funding for a team of bankruptcy lawyers. With Detroit’s recent Chapter 9 bankruptcy, you would think that a Kickstarter could be just what the city needs to fix its woes; however, this Kickstarter may be the only thing left standing as the city’s population continues to plummet. Read more
To be honest, I made up the term electronic femme-pop. Or at least I think I did. I’ve never heard it used before. But I like the way it sounds.
I also really like the way the music sounds that I’ve placed within the new genre. For the past few months, the satellite radio station I listen to regularly (SiriusXM U) has been playing a good deal of music from three bands that I had never heard of before. The music is catchy, poppy, and upbeat and features lots of drum machines and synths. It sounds like something you would think came from the 1980s club scene.
I don’t know much about the individual bands, as two of them have yet to release a proper LP and one is releasing its first album in four years next week. But because the songs I have heard by these bands are all so enjoyable, I wanted to take some time and share their music with you as well as a little bit about the band.