Concert Review: The Flaming Lips at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN – Feb 24, 2015

Photography and review by Joe Stadele for The Way That He Sings.  Published on 02/27/2015. For the fans and freaks in love with The Flaming Lips, Minneapolis has been the place to the past 12 months.  It all began with

Album Review: Milo Greene – Control

Milo Greene – Control 5.5/10 Published by JB on February 21, 2015 Release date:  January 27, 2015 Disappointing sophomore effort sees band veer away from the beautiful pop they found in 2012 Describing themselves as a cinematic pop band back

Album Review: The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Published by JB, February 8, 2015 Release date:  January 20, 2015 Album Review: The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World 7/10 In the diluted world of indie music few bands are able to retain a distinguishable

Concert Review: London Grammar at First Avenue in Minneapolis – Feb. 3, 2015

London Grammar are one of the most talented young acts in music.  On a snowy Tuesday evening, that sentiment was on full display as the UK trio easily won over a nearly sold out audience at First Avenue in downtown

Album Review: Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Published by JB on January 24, 2015 Release date:  January 19, 2015 9/10 “We move in space, and we can move in time Everything existed right from the start” from ‘The Power of Three”, Belle and Sebastian Stuart Murdoch always wanted to

Album Review: Echodrone – Five

8.5/10 Release date: February 24, 2015. Published January 13, 2015 by JB San Francisco’s shoegaze quintet Echodrone is raising their own bar – and at just the right time. Beginning out of the blue in early 2013 and through the

TWTHS Top Ten Albums of 2014

Published December 31, 2014, published by Joe Stadele and Jeff Becker   2014 may have been the best year in music in 20 years.  The fact Pink Floyd even released a new album, their first in 20 years, speaks for

TWTHS Top Ten Concerts of 2014

Published December 31, 2014 by Jeff Becker and Joe Stadele  2014 was an incredible year for music and live performances.  Photographers for The Way That He Sings covered over a hundred shows in 2014, from St. Vincent and The Black Keys

Concert Review: The Black Keys and St. Vincent at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO – Dec. 21, 2014

The Black Keys and St. Vincent in Kansas City. Published by JB on December 22, 2014 Old school Americana meets 2015 American art The wicked, stoic, robotic, mesmerizing, stutter-step style of Annie Clark with her virtuoso skills under the moniker of St.

Album Review: Foxygen – …And Star Power

Published by JB on November 29, 2014. Release date:  October 14, 2014. 7/10 ….And Hints of Greatness Brazen, 2-LP set is all over the board with more spaced-out 60’s and early-70’s flourishes Borrowing absolutely nothing from the last 3 decades

Concert Review: The Smashing Pumpkins at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL – Nov. 26, 2014

Photography courtesy Joe Stadele for TWTHS, published 11/30/2014. Fans of The Smashing Pumpkins had a lot to give thanks for this Thanksgiving; particularly those lucky to get their hands on a ticket to the bands’ surprise hometown performance on November

Concert Review: First Aid Kit at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN – November 20, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 11/23/2014.  Photography courtesy Joe Stadele Photography. “All of these ghost towns I keep travelling through, All these traffic signs and lonesome bars blind the view…but there are things that line my path I just have to

Album Review: The Rosebuds – Sand+Silence

Published November 22, 2014 by JB Release date:  August 5, 2014 8/10 The ear test for any new Rosebuds album is if their album can continue the steam often generated by the lead-off track.   Historically, their wonderful indie pop

Album Review: Tweedy – Sukierae

Published November 19, 2014 by JB Release date:  September 23, 2014 8/10 As indie rock evolves from one trend to the next, it remains largely in love with bands that find a way to do it their way, and do

Concert Review: FKA Twigs & Prince in Minneapolis, Nov 14-15, 2014

Photos and review by Joe Stadele for TWTHS, Nov. 16 2014 While a slew of major acts, including Garth Brooks, Motley Crue and Interpol played neighboring clubs/arenas in Minneapolis, it was FKA Twigs who proved to be the standout musical

Concert Review: Vance Joy at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN – November 10, 2014

Photography and review by Joe Stadele for TWTHS, November 13, 2014 Vance Joy has had quite a year.  With a strong debut album, Dream Your Life Away, one of the funnest, tongue-in-cheek videos of 2014 (“Riptide”), and not to mention

Concert Review: Alt-J at Myth Live in Maplewood, MN – October 31,2014

Photos courtesy Joe Stadele Photography for TWTHS, published 11/2/2014 As Halloween performances go, fan anticipation is always high. Costumed fans came out to the Myth Live in droves, from Mario & Luigi, to Sexy Fill-in-the-Blank, to the cast of Game of

Concert Review: Bear’s Den at Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN – October 29, 2014

Photos and review by Joe Stadele for TWTHS, published 10/31/2014. Openers: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Christof “Now would be a good time to have a Shania Twain song, but unfortunately, we just do really sad songs,” jokingly insisted Andrew Davie.  While

Album Review: Basement Apartment – Basement Apartment

Published by JB on October 26, 2014 Release date: October 28, 2014 9/10 Eponymous third LP from the best-kept secret in Minneapolis fulfills their decade-long trifecta of lo-fi pop and rock It’s rather fitting that Vince Caro and Basement Apartment

Concert Review: Dum Dum Girls/Ex Cops at High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI – October 23, 2014

Published by JB on October 25, 2014 “Under these hands Hide strings of light I pull them to me To make me feel alright” from ‘Under These Arms’ by the Dum Dum Girls, 2014 Relishing from nearly 5 years of

Concert Review: Dum Dum Girls/Ex Cops at Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN – October 22, 2014

Photos/Published by Joe Stadele for TWTHS, 10/24/2014   Is their another female-driven band with the nonchalant cool and swagger of Dum Dum Girls? Dee Dee and company projected pure confidence as they performed their latest album, Too True, from start-to-finish,

Concert Review: Ryan Adams at Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN – October 13, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 10/16/2014. Photos courtesy Joe Stadele.   “Sorry we got lost trying to find the stage,” Ryan Adams apologized as he and his band, The Shining, took stage. “For real, we couldn’t find the fucking stage! This

Concert review: Sharon Van Etten / Tiny Ruins at Gabes – Iowa City, IA – October 13, 2014

Published by JB on October 15, 2014 A budding superstar like Sharon Van Etten, even in her most humble moments, has to scratch her head at the hills and valleys of worldwide touring.   Moving from venues such as Minneapolis’s

Concert review: of Montreal / Pillar Point at Woolys – Des Moines, IA – October 7, 2014

Published by JB on October 16, 2014 The most prolific man in indie pop shows that it’s not all studio gimmicks At the age of 40 Kevin Barnes seemed to hit a crossroads in the past 12 months.  An endless

Album Review: Prince – Art Official Age / 3rdEyeGirl – PlectrumElectrum

Updated by JB on November 19, 2014 Art Official Age – 6.5/10 Plectrum Electrum – 6/10 Where have you gone Dorothy Parker? Art Official Age Release date: September 30, 2014 In 1990, at the remarkable young age of 31, Prince received a

Concert Review: Phantogram at The Myth Live in Minneapolis, MN – October 1, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 10/03/2014.  Photography courtesy Joe Stadele Photography.   “Thank you Twin Cities.  Thank you so much for being with us tonight,” exclaimed Phantogram vocalist Sarah Barthel.  “Minneapolis/St. Paul is my favorite place to play in America.  I

Concert Review: St. Vincent / Sondre Lerche at the House of Blues in Cleveland , OH. – September 30, 2014

Published by JB on October 3, 2014 I haven’t decided if St. Vincent is simply Annie Clark’s brilliant alter-ego, or if Annie Clark is just a sublime member of St. Vincent, the band.  What’s known for certain is that St. Vincent is

Concert review: Lykke Li at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN – September 28, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 09/30/2014. Photos courtesy Joe Stadele Photography. If sitting around watching reruns of The Voice is your forte, Sunday night would have been a perfect opportunity to turn off the television and experience one of the most