When bands breakup, the question of where the individual artists go musically hangs over the head of both the fans and the performers.
Last night, William Ryan Key (former front man of the pop-punk band Yellowcard) performed last night at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Performing songs from his 2018 solo albums, Thirteen and Virtue (in addition to some old Yellowcard classics), stripped back music to what it should be: a band, a mic, instruments and an audience who has as deep affinity for the artists on stage.
Though the performance space is limited in the number fans it can hold, it was the perfect venue for an intimate performance. Instead of the larger concert venues that Key played while in Yellowcard, Baby’s All Right allows Key to have an intimate, one on one conversation with the small group of fans who know him and love him as an artist.
It was one of the best Friday nights I have had in a long time. I recommend the concert and the albums.
There is something to be said about an artist who is still going strong as performer, nearly two decades after their first album was released.
I have been a fan of P!nk since her first album, Can’t Take Me Home, hit in 2000. Last night, I saw her perform at Madison Square Garden for her Beautiful Trauma Tour.
Combining songs from her new album, Beautiful Trauma, with songs from her previous albums, she soared above the crowed, both vocally and physically. One of my favorite qualities about P!nk is that she can jump from being a sarcastic badass to being vulnerable and emotionally open in the blink of an eye. She sung to the audience and we loved every minute of it.
I recommend it.
P!nk will be playing tonight at Madison Square Garden. Check the website for ticket availability and showtimes.
When P!nk broke into the music world at the turn of the millennium, she was packaged as just another pop princess. But P!nk was determined to be her own artist and not be defined by the genre or the era that saw her become a superstar.
Nearly twenty years and six albums later, she released her latest album, Beautiful Trauma last week. What I love about the album is that it is everything I expected and more from her.
Some of the songs are heartfelt (Barbies), some are political (What About Us) and some are just too darn catchy (Revenge, which is a duet with Eminem).
What I love about this album and what I’ve always loved about P!nk as an artist is that her music is real. There is nothing false or phony about her songs. I love artists who cut past the b*llsh*t and produce albums that are authentic and real. P!nk has always been and hopefully will always be one of those artists.
I absolutely recommend it.
Beautiful Trauma is available wherever music is sold.
Randy Rainbow has done it again. It’s called Russian Ties and it is brilliant.
Yesterday, Yellowcard released their final album for what will be the foreseeable future.
As a fan, it is a bittersweet experience.
I’ve been a fan since my early 20’s. Their music has been a part of my life for more than ten years, I cannot imagine my life or my music collection without Yellowcard. I’ve been able to mark my life by their music.
But all good things must come to an end at some point.
I’ve listed to the new album twice at this point. It’s a signature Yellowcard album. It is personable, real, honest and deep. In short, it is everything it should be and more.
Saying goodbye is bittersweet. I have nothing but respect for the guys and their ability to perform. I know that their professional futures are bright. I just don’t want to say goodbye.
Last night, Yellowcard fans around the world went to bed with their hearts breaking. The upcoming album and tour will be the band’s last for the foreseeable future.
Their albums have been the soundtrack of my life for the last 10 years. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live several times. I cannot put into words the unbridled joy that comes the phrase “Yellowcard concert”.
All good things must come to an end, that is a fact of life. When the Beatles announced that they were breaking up in 1970, their fans must have felt like the world was falling apart.
The new album and tour will be bittersweet. Thank you guys, for 10 years of incredible music, my life would have been very different without you.
To honor their journey as musicians and mine as a fan, I give you their first song to hit the charts, Ocean Avenue and the first single off the new album, Rest In Peace.
In other music news, I have a new favorite song, The Mess I Made by Stillwell.
I found the song to be so true to life. We all make mistakes and it’s incredibly easy to punish ourselves for that mistake. I love a good rock song and this song is perfect.
The video above is by a friend and former colleague. He may be on youtube today, but watch him grow to become a superstar.
Yellowcard is known for the frenetic, high energy music that full of emotion. Eleven years ago, the first label album, Ocean Avenue released and has become a certifiable classic among the Yellowcard fanbase.
Last week, their new album, Lift A Sail was released.
While the emotion is still present, there is a maturity and an understanding about life that only comes from growing up, which as we all know can be painful at times. The boys have also used their music to assist in humanitarian efforts. The video for One Bedroom tells the story of a young man kidnapped by the group known as The Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony.
I’ve been fan of Yellowcard since Ocean Avenue. This album does not disappoint.
I recommend it.