Elvis Costello’s career has spanned nearly four decades. During that time, Costello has released 25 studio releases including a host of hit singles such as “Watching the Detectives,” “Veronica” and “Radio Radio.” His career has resulted in the culmination of an extremely dedicated cult following that grows with each generation.
On Friday, March 13, Costello will play at the Saenger Theatre. Costello has never been scared to innovate, a practice evident in his latest release, “Wise Up Ghost.” The 2013 album is a collaborative effort between Costello and organic hip-hop collective The Roots. Tickets are on sale now at the Saenger box office and through Ticketmaster.
Music at MMoA
Mobile Museum of Art continues its “Live at the Museum” concert series Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. The latest installment will feature the sounds of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Many local music junkies were extremely disappointed when the group went on a hiatus. However, good music is hard to ignore, and the members of this exceptional band reunited to continue their musical legacy. The group delivers its own brand of rock ‘n’ roll that they describe as “Alabama psychedelic surf rock.” 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’s sound mingles a variety of genres and the creative environment of the Mobile Museum of Art should provide a superb environment in which to experience it. A cover charge of $10 is requested.
Recording is a (sn)app
Smart phone apps have been a big part of the music game for quite some time. Now, Magix has released the Music Maker Jam app for the iPhone. The free app is geared toward live-looping enthusiasts. Over 1,000 loops and sounds are combined with an eight-track mixer for use by even the inexperienced. Users can edit live and link tracks in order to export complete songs. The app also features an extensive list of filters and effects on the electronic mixing board. Without hesitation, the user can change tempos, instruments, harmonies and melodies.
“We’ve known about the affinity of iPhone users for music, design and creativity for a long time,” Magix CEO Sascha Lazimbat said in a press release. “Now we can finally offer them Music Maker Jam as a free download — completely redesigned and with a brand new look. We’re really looking forward to seeing what iPhone users are going to create.”