Nika Cantabile: Hotaru’s Road | Review

Nika Cantabile: Hotaru’s Road

Review by Rob Watts    @RobWattsOnline

Nika Cantabile’s debut album, Hotaru’s Road, is a truly epic fantasy-journey which takes the listener into a world of romance, adventure and fairy-tales. The music—which is the soundtrack to the story “Hotaru’s Road”, is wonderfully produced, beautifully performed and perfectly paired with Cantabile’s illustrated story of elves, villians, romance and mystical landscapes (available as a Deluxe Edition.) Much like Cantabile’s Moonlight Carnival e.p. release a few years ago, Hotaru’s Road possesses the same trance-inducing chords and melodys, however, this time around, her music has matured with a sense of purpose—aligning her compositions to her illustrated passion project, giving each scene a piece of her soul, modulated and brought to life through her encapsulating violin performances. It’s definitely a triumph and well-worth a listen. Your ears will thank you! 

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Newport Car Museum | Review & Photos

Newport Car Museum | 1847 W. Main Road | Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Review and Photos by Rob Watts   @RobWattsOnline

It was by pure chance and happenstance that I stumbled upon one of the coolest automobile collections on the east coast—needless to say, I’m glad it caught my eye as I was driving to Newport, Rhode Island. I’m even more glad that I decided to pop in to have a look. What I found was a 50,000 square foot institution devoted to the most beautiful cars to ever come off the assembly line. Everything from pristine and/or lovingly restored Lamborghini’s, Plymouth’s, Corvette’s, Ford’s—they all compete for the most attractive car award. Personally, my favorites were the Fin-era models, the split-window Stingray’s and above all, the alluring collection of Ford Shelby’s. It took all I had to pull myself away to move on to the next showroom. There are mini-documentaries playing on a loop in each showroom, comfortable chairs to kick back in along the displays and a simulator room for those who truly feel the need—the need for speed! Price of admission is $18.00, parking is free and plentiful and the hours of operation are from 10am-6pm. Here are a handful of photos I took, but you can find more on my Instagram Page. Enjoy. 

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MEW | Live at The Sinclair (photos.)

The Danish rock band, MEW, performed live at The Sinclair last night (Aug 8th) in support of their latest album Visuals. They put on an amazing show and gave a stellar performance of every song on their setlist. Great musicianship, vocals, animated backdrop; it was arena rock energy scaled down inside the cozy confines of The Sinclair—one of the BEST music venues in the Boston / Cambridge area. Here are a handful of photos I captured during their set. Enjoy. (Photos by Rob Watts.)


Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups: Summer Gods Tour | Boston

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups: Summer Gods Tour | Boston

Photos & Words by Rob Watts.  Follow @RobWattsOnline

Boston celebrated 2017s first day of summer at Blue Hills Bank Pavillion on the Boston waterfront in style—great weather, good vibes and nothing short of stellar music—kindly provided by Silversun Pickups and headliner, Third Eye Blind. During their Boston stop on their Gods of Summer tour, Silversun Pickups played and abbreviated, yet potent set list of their better known material. I’ve seen them five times now and they’ve always been in the headliner position. Although they only performed 2/3 of their usual set, they certainly did not disappoint. Opening with Nightlight from their most recent release, Better Nature, the band kicked it into high gear from the onset. Followed by such crowd pleasers, Well Thought Out Twinkles, Panic Switch, The Pit and Substitution, the band, especially the always energetic and fun to watch Brian Aubert, plowed through one song after another to the delight of their fans. The quartet ended their set with their best-known hit single, Lazy Eye—the one with that amazing extended guitar solo, and left their fans to a satisfied and thunderous applause. 

By the time Third Eye Blind took to the stage, every seat had been filled in the sold out venue. Very eager fans—many who weren’t even five years old when the band’s self-titled debut was released, were on their feet, cheering and jumping up and down in anticipation of their opening song. There was an energy flowing through the area that I don’t see very much at concerts these days—at least not from Millennials cheering on a band from the mid-nineties with a fifty-two year old lead singer. As the band took the stage, Lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Stephan Jenkins—wearing an illuminated sport coat, eased into the evening with Weightless, followed by Company of Strangers, Horror Show, Wounded, Queen of Daydreams, Something in You and Shipboard Cook. After some light banter regarding the fact that their debut album reached number one twenty years ago on that day, the band left the stage for no more than 5 minutes. Upon their return, the stage set changed, the lights got brighter and more colorful, and the band ripped into their self-titled debut album, performing the album live in its entirety. Ripping into Losing a Whole Year, the crowd went into a frenzy, singing along to every lyric, to every song, which included Semi-Charmed Life, Graduate, How’s it Going to Be and Jumper. God of Wine was omitted from the sequence and saved as the final song of the evening, following Alright Caroline and Never Let You Go. The Summer Gods surely conquered. 


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