Show Review — Night Moves at The Echo 5/12

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On Thursday, May 12, I had the utmost pleasure of going to The Echo to see one of my favorite Minneapolis bands, Night Moves, perform. This year, Night Moves finally released their sophomore album Pennied Days via Domino Recording Company, four years after the release of their debut album Colored Emotions.

I can tell you that I’ve been waiting four years to see this band live and they did not disappoint at all. While Night Moves did change their live lineup, their sound was still absolutely incredible. Listening to Pennied Days, I was definitely interested in hearing how they would sound live because their music does rely on synths. But needless to say, Night Moves kills it live as they do in the studio. 

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A huge fan favorite was “Border on Border” and the crowd went absolutely nuts when they played it live. When I first heard the final studio version on the album, I thought it was a bit too polished but the live version always gets me. “Border on Border” starts off with a prelude on the album but when Night Moves plays it live, they dive straight in. Even just playing the first couple of chords, the whole crowd knew exactly that they were going to play “Border on Border”. While they are on tour for their new album, Night Moves still played a couple of songs from Colored Emotions and it absolutely warmed my heart to hear people singing along, knowing the lyrics and melody of songs that came out four years ago.

To be honest, I was surprised to see how packed the room was at The Echo. Surprised, but thrilled beyond words because I thought that only a handful of people knew about my favorite band from Minneapolis. Needless to say, the show was absolutely incredible. There were few people at the start but when Night Moves was about to go on, I noticed a swarm of people behind me, trying to get closer.

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Every second of the performance, I was absolutely mesmerized. There wasn’t a second that I took my eyes off the stage. Night Moves knows how to put on a good a show and lead John Pelant had some of the most outrageous outfits I had ever seen. All in all, the show was fun and everything that I had dreamed. There are few bands that I would see live more than once, and Night Moves is one of them.

Connect with Night Moves:

Official Site | Facebook | Twitter

*photos edited by Joey Wong*

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Abduction Radiation’s 3 Year Anniversary + Night Moves ‘Pennied Days’ Release Day

Today, Abduction Radiation turns three years old, and I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone that I’ve worked with. I started this blog on March 25, 2013 as a birthday gift to myself. It was originally named But I’m Not Hipster but changed to Abduction Radiation in November of 2013, and it’s been going strong since then.

I actually started this blog because I thought if I could become a somewhat famous blogger, I could meet Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (which has yet to happen but I remain hopeful). But it was my love for music that kept this blog running for three years. I’ll be honest, there were so many times that I wanted to quit but the music kept me going. This anniversary is to all the musicians, bands, producers, music-makers because without them, this blog wouldn’t even exist.

Abduction Radiation has redirected my life in so many ways. I don’t know where I’ll end up but I know that I want to be close to music and all the wonderful people associated with it. Having my own blog has driven me to have my own radio show, which I am now hosting on UCLA Radio. I’ve grown so much just doing this blog, pushing myself to go out of my comfort zone. My own taste in music is more refined and I can honestly say, I am happier today than I have been in the past couple of years. This blog has been with me through some of the toughest times I had but I always come back to it. I’m still excited every day to find new bands to share with you all.

Lastly, I want to thank my friends and readers. Honestly, I’m pretty sure no one reads this blog but I know a couple of you are out there. I genuinely hope that you’ve found an act that you liked or even your favorite band through this blog. Nothing brings me greater joy than when someone tells me that I introduced them to their favorite band. Thank you so much for everything.

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(2013)

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To celebrate this three-year anniversary, I wanted to especially highlight that today is also the release date of Night Moves’ sophomore LP Pennied Days. I started listening to Night Moves when I started my blog so I was pretty stoked that their second release was on the blog’s birthday. And I’ve waited three freaking years for this album to come out. 

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(from their Facebook)

I have it on loop as I’m writing this post and I’m going to pick up a copy at a record store later today so it’s obvious that I love this band A LOT. I can honestly say there is not a single song on this album that I don’t like. Their sound has definitely evolved from their debut LP Colored Emotions but this evolution only magnifies their unique sound. In general, Pennied Days has a more synthy sound, and their songs don’t have the upbeat, bubbly pop sound that was consistent throughout the previous LP. This album is darker yet compositionally more sophisticated as well. They’re definitely playing with different sounds and it still sounds great.

The only thing I can say to you is to listen to it, whether you get the vinyl, CD, or just use Spotify. Night Moves has a sound that no other band does and that’s what makes them so special.

Connect with Night Moves:

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Minneapolis, MN – Night Moves shared their newest track “Carl Sagan” this morning, along with their 2016 tour dates. Needless to say: I AM FRICKING EXCITED. When I first heard this band back in 2013, I instantly fell in love and have been waiting for a long, long time for them to come back. AND THEY ARE HERE. With “Carl Sagan”, the band goes back to their funky psychedelic roots that I loved so much in their debut LP Colored Emotions. But it still sounds different. It relies less heavily on the synths and really has a harder songwriter core. With the previously released single “Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry” and “Carl Sagan”, it sounds like Pennied Days has a more serious and darker vibe and I absolutely love it.

And you bet your butt that I’ll be at their Thursday 5/12 show at The Echo!

Night Moves 2016 Tour Dates:

Thurs April 14 || Minneapolis, MN || First Ave
Sat April 16 || Chicago, IL || Schubas
Mon April 18 ||Toronto, ON || Drake
Tues April 19 || Montreal, QC || Le Divan Orange
Thurs April 21 || Philadelphia, PA || B&
Fri April 22 || Brooklyn, NY || Rough Trade
Sat April 23 || Boston, NY || Great Scott
Sun April 24 || Washington, DC || DC9
Mon April 25 || Columbus, OH || Rumba Cafe
Tues April 26 || Indianapolis, IN || The Hi-Fi
Wed April 27 || Madison, WI || The Frequency
Fri May 6 || Seattle, WA || Sunset Tavern
Sat May 7 || Portland, OR || Doug Fir
Tues May 10 || San Francisco, CA || Rickshaw Stop
Wed May 11 || Santa Barbara, CA || Velvet Lounge
Thurs May 12 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo
Fri May 13 || San Diego, CA || Casbah
Sat May 14 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel Lounge
Wed May 18 || Austin, TX || Sidewinder
Thurs May 19 || Houston, TX || Rudyards British Pub
Fri May 20 || Dallas, TX || Double Wide
Sat May 21 || Kansas City, MO || Tank Room
Sun May 22 || Omaha, NE || Reverb Lounge

Connect with Night Moves:

Official Site | Facebook | TwitterTumblr

Y’all. This is the day I die. Minneapolis-based band Night Moves is finally giving us all peek at what they’ve been working on ever since the release of their 2012 album Colored Emotions, which absolutely blew my mind. Today, the band released the music video for their track “Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry”, from their upcoming album Pennied Days. What more can I say expect that their sound is so different and unique. Comparing this track to the general vibe of Colored Emotions, there’s heavier synth and a more serious tone but you still get Night Moves’ funky, psychedelic vibes.

Also, can I just say how great this video is. Night Moves transcends what we call “hipster”. I’ve always admired their sense of style (you should definitely check out their Instagram!) Anyway, great video, great song, great band. I’m super stoked to have them come on my radio show.

Pennied Days will be released on March 25 via Domino Recording Company.

Connect with Night Moves:

Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

One of my favourite bands that I started listening to last year is Night Moves. I featured them as one of my Spotlight pieces back in August 2013 and it contains several mp3 downloads for some of Night Moves’ grooviest songs (click here). I’m re-featuring them back on the blog because I was feeling a bit nostalgic and I remembered that “Border on Border” was my favourite song Night Moves played during their session with kexp. The song is a bit mellow in my opinion but there is a certain groove to it that makes me want to dance, and my crush on John Pelant never ended so that also play into effect.

Connect with Night Moves:

Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

Spotlight — Night Moves

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(from kexp.org)

I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my Spotlight pieces but it really just depends on what band I’ve been listening to recently. This week, my obsession with Night Moves is renewed (partially because John and Micky are really really really attractive uhghgh hormones). I put up a link a couple of months ago on their track “Country Queen” and the music video was just released today, August 14.
What really sold me on this band was the unique style of the band. Granted yes it is indie rock but there is a 70s classic rock vibe them. I just love the overall vibe of the band especially after I watched their KEXP session. Night Moves debuted with their first album Colored Emotions in 2012 via Domino Records. I love the album overall and the different mix of songs is great. Throughout the whole album, Night Moves displays their unique funky indie rock style distinctively in each track and I would definitely pinpoint “Family Tongues” as a great example of their style. There isn’t a single track off of Colored Emotions that I don’t like; check out Colored Emotions on Spotify! If you’re pretty poor like me and you like Night Moves, I found free downloads of two of my favourite tracks: “Country Queen” and “Headlights”.
Band Members:
John Pelant – Vocals, Guitar
Micky Alfano – Bass
Mark Ritsema – Guitar, Keyboard
Jared Isabella – Drums
Check out their KEXP session here (ugh John is so attractive I can’t even):

Download “Country Queen” (via Soundcloud) [Free]
Download “Headlights” (via Popstache) [Free]

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Free Download — ‘Country Queen’ by Night Moves

I am super stoked to share the very first Free Download Friday today because this is definitely on my favorite songs list: ‘Country Queen’ by Night Moves. As a matter of fact, Night Moves is one of the bands that I am tracking intensely because they don’t get much publicity but they have some of the most amazing songs that I’ve ever heard (okay maybe not ever but they have some amazing tracks!) ‘Country Queen’ is the first song that I heard by Night Moves so it does have a special value and you can grab it for free! The vibe of this band is just perfectly groovy so go go go check them out!