Here at Live Wired, we couldn’t think of a better way to bring in the new year than to see one of our favorite bands perform. Last Saturday, on New Year’s Eve, Brand New performed at the House of Blues in Atlantic City to a sold-out crowd. Since the 2009 release of their album Daisy and subsequent tour, the band has mostly played one-off shows. However, the fact that this gig was one of those few shows was far from the most special thing about the night. For fans that traveled from all over the country to see Brand New play, the band put on one hell of a performance”they dressed up in suits for the occasion and treated the crowd to three different sets throughout the night.
The band kicked off the first part of the night with an entirely acoustic set. Two obvious choices for this part, ˜The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot and Play Crack The Sky, translated into beautiful and heartfelt performances, with the crowd singing along to every word. They mixed it up a bit by choosing to play Sic Transit Gloria¦Glory Fades, a much more aggressive song that seems like it wouldn’t work acoustically. They proved us wrong and turned the rendition into something wonderful, with the crowd and frontman Jesse Lacey singing different parts of the chorus.
- So is Cee Lo Green sorry or not for remixing John Lennon?
- The only thing we like better than The Price Is Right is Snoop Dogg on The Price Is Right.
- David Lee Roth is back at it with Van Halen, let’s hope 2012 means the return of rock.
- Miles Davis: the original gangster.
- Get out there and buy some music, people.
- Morrissey can be seen from space.
- That’s what you get for having a trendy wedding, Katy Perry.
- We welcome Bonnie Raitt back with open arms.
- We’d say we’re surprised Tyler, the Creator got arrested, but we’d be lying.
- New New Order.
- If Adele is a lazy pop star, we want her to teach us her ways.
- It pays to be a Beatle.
- Pass the collection plate around, R. Kelly needs funding for 32 new chapters of “Trapped In The Closet”. Money well spent, if you ask us.
- We bet Seth Rogen’s dog is going to throw down some hilarious tweets.
- Civil Wars just made us infinitely more excited to listen to Taylor Swift’s new single.
- Are we really talking about Lady Gaga’s ponytail now?
- Everyone gets in bar fights, but only celebrities get in bar fights in Helsinki.
- Oh look, more Radiohead music.
- Florence + the Machine get ready for an arena tour at… a department store.
- Saying you want a pasta maker for Christmas is almost as lame as saying you want world peace, T Swift.
- Okay, 10 days left for something amazing to happen so that 2011 doesn’t go down in history as the year of Rebecca Black.
- There’s not enough time in the day to read all the 2011 music lists out there.
- Such a grumpy Gus, Morrissey.
- Being that Deadmau5 was just announced for the 2012 Juno Awards, its safe to assume he is in fact still alive.
- Will a generation of hipsters embrace The Beach Boys?
- Wedding bells for Brit Brit, we hear the third time’s a charm.
- Is it just us or is Bieber looking super ladylike in pictures lately.
- Jay-Z’s got 99 problems but fast food ain’t one.
- New Sleigh Bells song. And no, we don’t mean Christmas music.
- We want a peek at Yo Gabba Gabba’s iPod.
- Why are you so awesome, Arcade Fire??
- We’re thinking of you, Etta James.
Featuring performances by The Well Reds, Austin Renfroe, Britni Elise, and Matt Bailie. Special guest performances by Hot Chelle Rae! Get more info and learn how to be included in future seasons here.
- “Horrific” and “grotesque”, looks like Simon Cowell is tapping into that mean streak.
- Kimye, Kandash, the ridiculous possibilities for a Kanye/Kim Kardashian couple name are endless.
- We can’t even begin to imagine what Howard Stern as an America’s Got Talent judge will be like.
- R.I.P. Billie Jo Spears.
- The jury’s still out on Spotify, but referring to it as “gangster streamin’” is pure amazingness.
- Shirtify, however, is gangster in the good way.
- We clearly need more British Facebook friends.
- Beyoncé released SEVEN music videos this year. We made it through .5 of them.
- If we owed $50,000 of rent in just 10 months, we’d be getting evicted too.
We’re so close to the finale episode of The OurStage Panel we can almost hear it. Or that could just be the residual ear ringing from the ecstatic crowd at last week’s filming. Either way it’s almost here, and you’ll be able to watch performances from Hot Chelle Rae, Britni Elise, Austin Renfroe, Matt Bailie, and finally these guys: The Well Reds. If you recall, The Well Reads were the final act to be named a finalist by the panelists. We caught up with them prior to the filming to hear all about their hometown of Atlanta, performing at the New Music Seminar, and the dynamic of their live performance.
You can also vote The Well Reds as your Fan Favorite on Facebook, they’ll be up against the fan favorites from the three previous episodes, and the winner will walk away with $1,000. One fan who votes will also win a nifty pair of KOSS headphones. Make sure to follow @OurStage and @OurStagePanel for the latest updates on all things OurStage Panel. Be sure to watch the finale when it airs this Thursday!
Watch behind the scenes interviews with Matt Bailie, Britni Elise and Austin Renfroe here!
Actually featuring twelve tracks (because bonus tracks are necessary on an already free release),The Big Ten tops off a year 50 has spent reconquering the hip hop game. Each track we’ve heard so far slays, so click here and claim your copy!
We would be lying if we said 50 Cent has always been one of our favorite talents. His debut was stunning and Massacre was solid, but there was also a lot of hit or miss tracks for awhile as well. This tape finds him solidifying the idea he’s officially back and we couldn’t be more excited to see what he does next.
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