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    • Premiere: Garbage “Only Happy When It Rains (rare acoustic version)” from The Glamour & The Squalor
      Releasing digitally on November 3rd and on CD December 1st from Lakeshore Records, The Glamour & The Squalor Original Soundtrack features rare radio performances from Collins' show, including cuts by Garbage, Sebadoh, Death Cab for Cutie, Mudhoney, and others.
    • Fat Tuesday
      Unfortunately Fat Tuesday doesn’t live up to its energetic namesake. 
    • Hamilton Leithauser Shares Video for “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” (Song Features Angel Olsen)
      Last year Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen teamed up with Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) to release a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, via Glassnote. Then a couple of weeks back he shared a brand new song, "Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)," that featured the guest vocals of Angel Olsen. 
    • Spoon Share “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” Video Featuring Crazy Photoshop Tutorial
      Spoon released a new album, Hot Thoughts, back in March via Matador. They also just put out a 10th anniversary reissue of 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge. Now the band have shared a new video for Hot Thoughts track "Do I Have to Talk You Into It."
    • A flame my love, a frequency
      Cécile Schott (aka Colleen) likes to keep it fresh. Having only recently introduced vocals to her immaculate ambient compositions, the French multi-instrumentalist throws up another curveball on Colleen's sixth LP by dropping her instrumental mainstay—the viola da gamba—for a Septavox synthesizer.
    • Premiere: Jo Goes Hunting’s Iceland Airwaves Mixtape
      Our Iceland Airwaves mixtape series returns this week with more hidden gems from the upcoming festival.
    • Spirited Away
      Spirited Away – Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature – is Hayao Miyazaki’s most wildly imaginative film, and a masterpiece of modern animation.
    • NOFF 2017 That’s a Wrap
      After nine incredible (and exhausting) days chockablock with films, parties, roundtables and events, the 28th New Orleans Film Festival came to a close this past Thursday.
    • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
      The Killing of a Sacred Deer lacks the high-concept hook that makes The Lobster so easy to discuss. 
    • Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover
      Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Julien Baker  […]
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    • Premiere: Cimo Fränkel - 'Never Give Up' October 23, 2017
      Super smooth R&B with a tropical taste...Coming of age in Amsterdam, Cimo Fränkel was always surrounded by music. The young vocalist's father was a funk musician, allowing him access to a library of sharp influences and inspired music. Yet there was something else. Taught to be independent, Cimo seized this with both hands, vowing to take control of […]
    • Polaris Prize Winner Lido Pimienta Announce UK Show October 23, 2017
      Toronto based talent is flying across the Atlantic...Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta has announced plans for a rare UK show. The Colombian-born and Toronto based artist returned last year, releasing her astonishing album 'La Papessa'. An exploration of race, identity, sexuality, and more, it also stood out as a vivid left of centre pop document, […]
    • Gemma Collins Meeting Stormzy Is So Pure October 23, 2017
      This will beat those Monday blues...Gemma Collins made a spectacular appearance at the Radio 1 Teen Awards over the weekend. Accidentally falling offstage, the reality television star spawned a new meme with the simple slip of a foot. But that's not all she got up to - at one point Gemma Collins crossed paths with Stormzy and that moment was so, so pure […]
    • Liam Gallagher To Play Finsbury Park Show October 23, 2017
      Special one-day event announced...Liam Gallagher is set to play a special show in London's Finsbury Park next year. The Oasis icon shot to number one with new album 'As You Were', notching up more than 100,000 sales in just one week. With each live show upping the ante still further, Liam Gallagher has announced plans for a huge show at Finsbu […]
    • Premiere: Glass Mountain - 'Gin Flows Through My Veins' October 23, 2017
      Something special from Bradford...Glass Mountain hail from Bradford, a city with a small, but incredibly fertile, creative scene. Taking their name from a David Hockney artwork, the band's sound is drenched in visual allusion, matching the size and scope of Sigur Ros, say, to something rather more personal. Working alongside DIY powerhouse Hide & Se […]
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah On The Shifting Nature Of Independence October 23, 2017
      Alec Ounsworth writes for Clash...Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were one of the first groups to break solely via the internet. The band's music was exchanged by fans, a digitally-enhanced hype circuit that spread across the globe, free from any barriers. 10 years on, the group are still claiming their independence. Leader Alec Ounsworth has steered Clap Your […]
    • Track Of The Day 23/10 - Woodes October 23, 2017
      'Dots'Melbourne artist Woodes is always evolving. With her profile blossoming the Australian artist recently embarked on a lengthy trip overseas, and this only served to spur her on. New cut 'Dots' was prompted by her travels, with Woodes picking up on this notion of distance to craft something personal. She explains: "The song evolv […]
    • Introducing... All Points East October 23, 2017
      It's a new festival for London's Victoria Park...New festival All Points East is set to launch in London's Victoria Park next year. The event will last 10 days in total, running between May 25th and June 3rd at the London park. The festival will include a three day event, alongside three stand alone shows and a variety of activities throughout […]
    • Where To Start... Metallica October 23, 2017
      A quick guide to the current Clash cover stars...Few bands have had the ability to endure 35 years together, let alone such a timeframe at the uppermost tier of rock music. Metallica have cleared pretty much every hurdle that’s been put in front of them - well maybe not that ill-fated Lou Reed collaboration… They’ve had countless number one albums, headlined […]
    • James Holden & The Animal Spirits Share 'The Animal Spirits' Clip October 23, 2017
      An entrancing clip directed by Dan Tombs...James Holden & The Animal Spirits is the latest project from the producer, and it features the singular talent in a group setting. New album 'The Animal Spirits' arrives on November 3rd, with the hypnotic electronics of the title track staking out a fresh chapter for James Holden. Dan Tombs has directe […]
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      On October 9th, Ace Frehley was guest on Eddie’s radio show. Quotes from the interview appear below (as transcribed by On whether he thinks his renewed friendship with Stanley and Simmons will eventually lead to his return to KISS: “”Well, Paul and Gene haven’t really talked to me about that. So until I get... Read more
      The New York Post reports: Think twice before taking on the vintage band T-shirt trend — at least, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. The rocker took to Twitter earlier this week to vent about nonmetal fans wearing vintage metal band T-shirts. For Snider, it’s “sickening” and disrespectful to wear... Read more
      Had a great week in S FL catching up with some friends. I’m now in Tulsa where tomorrow I host another show in the concert series at the IDL Ballroom in the Brady District with Warrant and Firehouse, Rocket Science opens. Ever since I started coming to Tulsa back in 2007 I have many friends... Read more
      Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced the publication of the first-ever official Whitesnake book, The Purple Tour-A Photographic Journey. In 2015, Whitesnake took its newest release, The Purple Album, around the world on “The Purple Tour”. Featuring epic reworkings of David Coverdale’s Deep Purple songs and a raft of Whitesnake classics, the tour was on […]
      Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—has just released the Vicente Cordero-directed video for Lost In Oblivion from their highly anticipated debut albu […]
      As music fans begin to plan their 2018 vacations, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, has announced that its final public sale begins today (10/19). Limited cabins are available at, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities ar […]
      On December 1st, Rush will release a lavish, new and expanded edition of the landmark album A Farewell to Kings — the fifth studio album originally released in 1977, which introduced the radio hit Closer To The Heart, album tracks A Farewell To Kings, Madrigal, Cinderella Man, as well as enduring fan favorites with Xanadu... Read more
      Tom Keifer has released a new video for his song The Way Life Goes, the title track of the guitarist’s 2013 solo album, which will arrive as a deluxe edition on October 20th. Watch the clip below. To read more about this release, please click here.
      Black Sabbath have released a live video of their final performance of Paranoid, watch it below. The footage was captured at the band’s last-ever show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February and was the last track they played together before they took their final bow. It’s been lifted from the DVD and Blu-ray of Sabbath’s... Read more
      The third annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, took place on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. This year’s event brought in $49,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund, now in its eighth year of raising awareness and... Read more
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

The Best Albums of 2015: Grace Potter – Midnight

Posted by falconi5 on August 15, 2015

Grace Potter – Midnight (Rating 3 out of 5)

grace2We should have seen this coming, all of the signs were there. Not unlike most volatile relationships, there were signs.  All of our friends could see it, they tried to tell us, but, like many who find themselves in a good lovin’ gone bad situation like this one, warning signs were ignored.

It was a good run. The first self titled album with her band The Nocturnals, was great, and the video for “Paris (Ooh La La)” cemented Grace Potter’s place in “The Rock Chick Hall of Fame.” The bands cover of The Airplane’s “White Rabbit” was stunning, and videos of Potter slinking around the stage with a Flying V between her legs, playing beside some of the coolest musical acts in the world along with her cracker jack band that included the equally if not more hotgrace3 Catherine Popper on bass, and guitar whiz Benny Yurco carrying most of the six string load in fine fashion, were all pretty terrific.  The photo of Grace baring all, wrapped in the American flag, and the video with her all decked out in her finest and tightest pair of Daisy Dukes giving lessons on how to make a grilled cheese sandwich only served to cement her bad-ass reputation and earned her entry into the Falcon’s Nest Rock Chick Hall of Fame.

Until it was over. The slow descent into mediocrity began with Catherine Popper’s exit from the band. Whether it was cat-fight jealousy, creative differences, or the fact that Cat simply wanted to find her own place in the sun, you never know, but like Laverne needed Shirley, and Thelma wasn’t sexy without Louise, Grace Potter needed Catherine Popper. Together they were the sexiest rock duo this side of back in the day Heart or Fleetwood Mac’s McVie and Nicks. But alas, it was not meant to be. The first post Popper album with the remaining Nocturnals The Lion The Beast The Beat was several beats below average, and was a sure sign that no shades were going to be needed for the not so bright future of this band.  The Kenny Chesney lame-fest collaboration on “You and Tequila”  was only the banana peel on the walk of shame that included changing her hair style to become more “hip” looking to appeal to the younger set, and the firing of her entire band.

And then came Midnight, the first album with Grace Potter as a solo artist, and the transformation was complete. With a Rod Stewart worthy sell-out effort that should appeal to no one, she may have lost her Rock loving Fans while at the same time failing to appeal to the very market that she trying to reach with her new image and sound.

grace4The template here is some sort of other worldly love child of Cher and Lady Gaga meets Taylor Swift by way of a Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears daisy chain. The opener “Hot Touch” is something your teenage daughters would be bopping to in the back seat while you are driving them to school in your mini van, and is followed by “Alive Tonight” some sort of Anthem that sounds like it would be a pretty good crowd-pleaser, but is a bit too synthesizer heavy for its own good, and sounds like it could have been on the latest Miley Cyrus record.

It is not until 4 songs in with “Empty Heart” that there is any sign that this record can be saved, an acoustic guitar based song with a good strong vocal that goes along at a nice tempo until some sort “Up With People”  too over the top gospel chorus kicks in that is pretty much unnecessary, and takes the tune from pretty good back down to listenable in a pretty big hurry.  “The Miner” is a wee little ballad that is nice tempo changer, but still tries to outsmart itself a bit with a contemporary feel, and “Delirious” is a disco song.  Yes, no need to adjust your ears. It is a disco song. “Let you Go” is a fine slower tempo love song that deserves better friends.

The song “Look What We’ve Become” is another tune that seems to be tailor-made for the live show, and would have been a very appropriate album title actually, and “Nobody’s Born with a Broken Heart” is the best song on the album, but suffers like a lot of the songs here from too pumped up production going on behind the scenes. With the levers dialed down a bit, the strong vocals and dynamic personality would have had a better platform.

This is one of those records that you will pretty much hate after the first listen, need to check it out more after the second, and then will leave you pretty much unsatisfied with further trips to the well.  The biggest fail with Midnight is that it tries to be all things to all people, and as a result seems to leave a lot on the cutting room floor.  Somewhere, behind the image makers, and underneath the glossy pimped out sheen that crops up in way too many places that we are presented with here, there is a seriously talented artist that deserves better than the less than stellar reception that Grace Potter is likely to receive with her first effort out on her own.

— Bernie Sparrow —





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