Sunday, May 31, 2009

When Gotham Falls, A Hero Will Rise

It is true. Baltimore heavy rock band When Gotham Falls released their debut album Volume I: A Hero Will Rise this past September. The band rocks out to melodic piano lines and heavy guitar riffs. The band's song selection reaches new heights within this album. The album features a piano ballad “Caroline”, the emotional "Give Up The Ghost", and the so called radio favorite “Rewind”. It is the band's first step towards taking over Baltimore's rock scene. My personal favorite is California because of it's contrasting riffs and it's dark ad heavy guitar riffs. If you are fans of Atreyu, 30 Seconds to Mars, and bands alike, I know you'll want to add When Gotham Falls to your next playlist.

When Gotham Falls Is:
Josh (Vocals/Guitar)
Christian (Backup Vocals/Guitar)
Matt (Drums)
Mike (Bass)

Check them out at:

Keep it cool, keep it rocking
-The Pulse

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PopRockSkaHipHop. They call themselves The Echo Boom

A wise man once said that we are shaped by the people who surround us. Who wouldn't agree that this applies to music. So what would you expect from a band whose lead vocalist is a rapper influenced as much by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Kanye West, and the band's singer/guitar player was influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin? The Echo Boom brings it all together - mixing mainstream sounds with old school jazz rock guitar, modern beats, girly acoustic guitar licks, brass melodies and so much more. The Echo Boom is from Takoma Park, Maryland (PG REPRESENT). Their album No Morning In Mind is now available on Itunes for download.

The Echo Boom's music is perfectly fit for that cool night on the town filled with good food, good friends, good dancing, and GREAT drinks. So as your driving through Baltimore, Washington DC, Annapolis, or just down Greenbelt Road, remember to bring their album as you cruise through the night.

The Echo Boom is:
en Martinez—Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Morisey—Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Martinez—Bass, Vocals
Will Whitney—Drums

Check them out on:


*I would like to than Eric Bowers for introducing me to The Echo Boom. I greatly appreciate it.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The time has come for Generation Plushgun

I have probably contemplated writing this article at least a thousand times. Many moons ago I took a trip to New York University. During my official campus tour, I asked the tour guide (whose name I cannot remember) what his favorite band was that came from NYU. He said it was Plushgun. Following the tour, I immediately rushed to my laptop and hit up there myspace. I was surrounded by these sounds that were in explainable. As I began to listen to the first track 14 Candles I fell into a trance as their sound flowed and filled the room. Their music is an infectious sound of electronic beats and pop synths, like the perfect new wave indie rock dance lullaby. Plushgun released their first major EP in August of 2008 featuring their hit single "Just Impolite". The music video for the song even featured the popular Hairspray star Brittany Snow. They have released their first full length album this past February called Pins and Panzers, which can be ordered online, purchased at some record stores, or downloaded from Itunes.

Plushgun was founded by Dan Ingala of Brooklyn, New York. The current lineup of the band is Ingala on lead vocals and synths, Taylor Armstrong on guitar and Matt Bogdanow on drums. The band gained a large online audience when their music was featured in episodes of the web series We Need Girlfriends. They were featured in October of 2008 on NPR (click here for the article ). They have also been featured on Nylon magazine's website, MTV's The City, and MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn. Lucky for me, I've even made it into Plushgun's Myspace top friends!

Plushgun is on their first national tour this year so make sure you don't miss out on a chance to see this sensation live. Check them out on their Myspace at, and don't forget to buy their album. As for my relationship with the band, I'm not obsessed, JUST IMPOLITE!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Pulse Reccomends: Give It All You've Got Festival

BAND EXTRAVAGANZA (and The Pulse will be there too!)

Bands Playing:

Mercy Mercedes
Dropout Year
Go Crash Audio
From Coast to Skyline
Holiday Parade
The Scenic
Sent By Ravens
Love & Reverie
Patent Pending
The Hint
The Cardboard Cutouts
Crash Boom Band
Go Radio
Matthew McGinn



May, 30 2009 11:00 AM (ends at 10:30 p.m.)
Warrenton Community Center
430 East Shirley Ave., Warrenton, Virginia 20186 - $10 (adv) $12 (door)
Sponsored by, Applicant Apparel, Infinite, and

Concert Calendar 5/10 to 5/17

5/10/09: Mice Parade/Tom Brosseau/Gregory and The Hawk @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/10/09: Animal Collective/Grouper @ Ottobar
5/11/09: Animal Collective/Grouper @ 9:30 Club
5/11/09: Leonard Cohen @ Merriweather
5/11/09: Wye Oak/Pomegranates @ Black Cat
5/11/09: Club Scout/Winter Gloves/A Born Idler @ DC9
5/12/09: The Features/Dexateens/Those Darlins @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/13/09: The B-52s/The 88 @ Rams Head Live
5/13/09: The Thermals/The Shaky Hands/Point Juncture WA @ Black Cat
5/13/09: Rodriguez/The War on Drugs/Donny Hue and The Colors @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/13/09: Impossible Hair/The Great Nostalgic @ Metro Gallery
5/13/09: Azita @ DC9
5/13/09: Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ Jammin' Java
5/14/09: The Shins/Delta Spirit @ 9:30 Club
5/14/09: Joe Pug/Horse Feathers @ Black Cat
5/14/09: We Were Pirates/The April Skies/Crimes of Paris @ Solly's
5/15/09: The Dig @ The Windup Space
5/15/09: Parachute Musical/Hammer No More The Fingers/Pico Vs Island Tree @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/15/09: The Shins/Delta Spirit @ Rams Head Live
5/16/09: Von Iva/Semi Precious Weapons @ The Red and The Black
5/16/09: Big In Japan/We Read Minds/To The Moon @ Fletchers
5/16/09: Atmosphere @ 9:30 Club
5/16/09: Impossible Hair/The Great Nostalgic @ Velvet Lounge
5/16/09: Middle Distance Runner/Pretty & Nice/Loose Lips/Drink Up Buttercup @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/16/09: Scott Miller/Paleface @ IOTA
5/16/09: J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ DC9
5/17/09: Dan Deacon/Future Islands/Teeth Mountain @ 9:30 Club
5/17/09: English Beat @ Rams Head Tavern
5/17/09: The Ting Tings @ Sonar