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Live Review: Timeflies (at Majestic Theater)

Timeflies, who’s style is self-described as “dub-something,” is currently running through the gamut of the Midwest to promote their recent album, The Scotch Tape. Last week, they spent a couple nights rocking out and partying at the home of my recent alma mater, Madison, WI. I couldn’t make the show with work, but luckily my boy Pat aka White Lightning was more than willing to hit up Majestic Theater to cover the gig for Sunset.

Peep his live review below, accompanied with some dope visuals and a meet and greet interview post-show (which turns this write up into more of a virtual, VIP Timeflies concert experience, sick.) It looked like a blast, and based on some Twitter evidence, the boys had a little too much fun. Some guys just can’t handle Madison (just playing Rez.)




Apparently time flies when you’re at a Timeflies concert. YouTube sensation Timeflies, Cal Shapiro and Rob “Rez” Resnick, recently performed an hour-long set at the sold out Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI. Disappointment with the set length aside, it was an amazing hour of music which included the expected Scotch Tape tracks as well as a few Wisco themed freestlyes. Clearly well versed in Madison’s party mentality, the duo came ready and threw a few shout outs to a local bar,“The KK”, throughout the show.

The songs off their album “Turn It Up”, “Detonate” “Stunner” and the encore “Until the Sunrise” kept the hundreds of girls screaming all show long, but the Timeflies Tuesday favorite “Under the Sea” did what the lyrics elude and “kept them wetter” as they sprayed their water bottles over the crowd.  The duo previewed an untitled track from their upcoming mixtape (expected release April) featuring Rihanna’s “We Found Love” w/ Calvin Harris as the chorus.  Prompted by Rez, Cal gave an acapella-style rhyme session with the word “Wisco”.  At one point during the show Cal decided to stage dive into the crowd, putting the fans into such a frenzy he was lucky to get back on stage.

However, my personal favorite of the show was the Wisconsin freestyle that Cal spit to the beat of Diddy’s “Coming Home”.  Armed with a list of words from a UW-Madison student, Cal did what he does every Tuesday and freestyled shout-outs to Montee Ball, Russell Wilson, Spotted Cow, Sconnie, Mifflin, State Street, cheese curds, Bascom Hill, Pop’s, the UW student section’s “Eat Shit, Fuck You” chant, Travis Beckum, beating “the shit out of” Michigan State and Heisman winner Ron Dayne.  Although it was hard to decipher his lyrics in between the iconic Wisco themes due to the crowd’s cheers, nobody seemed to care as long as he said something about Wisconsin.

After the show I was able to catch up with Cal and Rez and discuss making Timeflies Tuesday while on tour, the expected length of their tour, and the plans for their future mixtape. Check the full interview below.

Overall, the concert showcased that Cal and Rez are talented beyond what we see on YouTube and could soon become a staple on the college music scene.  After the show they partied with UW-Madison students at The Kollege Klub and had so much fun they spent the following night in Madison as well.

Shoutout to Dustin Bui and Timeflies for tickets to the sold out event.

Sunset at Timeflies

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100Bands Review: #44 – Nicole Atkins

What’s Left: 191 Days. 56 Bands.
Band #44: Nicole Atkins

When/Where: February 23, Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
Expectations: Decent catchy music should correlate to a decent show

Concert: The most exhilarating thing about this concert was the long black dress Nicole Atkins was wearing. That, and the guitar player was clearly talented. Yes, Nicole Atkins does have an impressive, strong voice, even live, but it didn’t help that the music was boring and lifeless on the stage. There was mention of a flu going around the band, and Atkins was drinking tea on stage, so maybe they were suffering a little. However, the songs had no flourishes and a voice that sounds the same song after song after song can only captivate an audience for so long. After the short set they did an awkward encore of one song, but they had hardly left the stage before they came back to play. Cotton Jones, the always fantastic opening band, had more enthusiastic calls for an encore.

Concert Afterglow: For now, I am hoping this is a fluke because I do like the new album, but the concert was not good.

Recommendation: Save your money and just listen to the newest album, Mondo Amore.

Song: “Vultures” – Nicole Atkins

Written by Jessica ||  BlogTwitter

Did you know that Sunset in the Rearview writers are trying to see and review 100 live shows in 365 days? Read More about 100Bands and See Our Other Reviews.


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Welcoming A New Writer!

Incase you missed the excitement that I was sharing via Sunset in the Rearview’s Facebook Page and Twitter account, I would like to announce on the blog that Sunset in the Rearview has gained an additional writer for the 100Bands Feature! (For a reminder of what 100Bands is, click here to read the full write-up.)

Join me in welcoming PATRICK PHELAN to the team! What excites me most about this is that Patrick is known for his writing. Unlike Jessica and me, though, who are both known for blog writing, Patrick is known for being a songwriter. He is the lead singer of a North Carolina bluesy-folk band called Luego, which has gained a lot of well-deserved attention on Sunset in the Rearview. I’m thrilled to be adding an artist to the list of writers – it should be fun to read live reviews from the perspective of a musician himself.

For more information on Luego or Patrick, see the following links:

Official Website
Luego’s Facebook Page

Luego’s Twitter
Luego on YouTube
Free Luego Music on Bandcamp
Luego Documentary on Vimeo

Luego – Jesse James – Live at ARS Records – Spring 2k9 from Luego on Vimeo.

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