All posts by Sam Miller

Sam recently graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communication Studies and a minor in literature. When they aren't crying about music on the internet, Sam spends most of their time at home with their cat or out in the world hanging posters for local concerts.

TV Review: Wet Hot American Summer-First Day of Camp

The cult classic film, Wet Hot American Summer, has seen its reprise, only fourteen years after its release. On July 31, Netflix released its new series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The series serves as a prequel to the 2001 film, which took place on the campers’ last day at Camp Firewood. The episodes emulate a typical camp schedule, beginning with the campers’ arrival, and continuing through meals, a camp musical, and a raunchy staff after-party. Continue reading TV Review: Wet Hot American Summer-First Day of Camp

Interview with Chris of the Smith Street Band

We met with Chris Cowburn, drummer and backing vocalist for The Smith Street Band, before their show with Elvis Depressedly and the Front Bottoms in Boston. Originally from Australia, the pop-folk-punk quartet have spent the last few years touring around the world and released their third studio album, Throw Me in the River, last year. Chris caught us up on life touring in multiple countries, fan tattoos, and the beauty of black bean pizza crust.

The Daily Slice: So I know you guys tour a lot, so what are some of your favorite places to go on tour?

Chris Cowburn: Oh, wow, God there’s been so many! Especially over the last 3 months, we’ve done Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and now the US and Canada. I don’t know, I kind of have fun everywhere. I really like touring around Australia. I kind of find that’s really the place where I have the most fun. Mainly because that’s our home, and we have so many friends there. That’s not to say that I don’t like going overseas, because I still love that too, but there’s so many new places in Australia that we still haven’t seen. Like, this trip in the start of October, we did a few places in far North Queensland, which is like very far northeast in Australia that we’ve never been to before–none of us–on vacation or touring. So it’s cool to see places like that and cool to go, especially in Australia, for us, I think that we’re really really lucky that we get to go to places and people come to shows in these places where most bands wouldn’t get to go to. So I really love that, but you know there’s so many places in the US and Europe that I love too. Like on the last European tour we went to Poland and and Hungary for the first time. It’s getting to go to places that you otherwise maybe wouldn’t have had a chance to go. And to have the band as a vehicle to do that and to be on holiday, essentially, with your friends. Even though it’s hard work and you move around a lot. But to be able to do that, we’re so lucky. That was a bullshit answer, I didn’t mean to say everything! [laughs]  Continue reading Interview with Chris of the Smith Street Band

Album Review: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Against Me! perform live three times now-first at Summerfest in 2010 and twice in 2014, following the release of their last studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. So trust me when I say that their new live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, definitely captures the essence of an Against Me! show.

Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace is at the top of her game, her vocal performance a mix of singing and shouting. Powerful performances by Inge Johansson (bass), Atom Willard (drums) and James Bowman (guitar) back her up, and keep energy high throughout the entire performance. As is the case with many live performances, some songs are performed with slightly different melodies than the studio versions fans are accustomed too, but they never feel out of place, and the backing harmonies still fit in with the changes. Continue reading Album Review: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts

Concert Review: Frank Turner at the House of Blues and Newbury Comics in Boston

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Beans on Toast, photo by Samlin Miller

The last weekend of September 2015 was unforgettable for Frank Turner fans in Boston, as he and his band, the Sleeping Souls, played two sold out shows in a row at the Boston House of Blues. Turner also performed a solo acoustic set at the Newbury Comics in Harvard Square on Saturday afternoon. That’s right-three Boston shows in just two days. The current tour lineup has been referred to by fans as the “Xtra Mile Party Tour”, as Turner and the Souls promote their new album, Positive Songs for Negative People, with support from Xtra Mile Recordings label-mates Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister.

The Friday night performance kicked off with a bang, with Beans on Toast and his simple acoustic guitar warming up the crowd with some “drunk folk” songs. Despite being the first support, Beans was greeted with a welcoming crowd, eager to participate in a call and response portion of the song “Fuck You Nashville” and singing along to “Charlie” in their best “reggae” voices. Continue reading Concert Review: Frank Turner at the House of Blues and Newbury Comics in Boston