Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend
Leagues - Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale - Friday, October 18
The scenario plays out in daily in thousands of studios and garages around the world: A band works hard to get tight and create a captivating sound, hoping for label attention and maybe placement in an ad -- which is where the real money is these days. Such was sort of the case with Leagues, a Nashville four-piece that formed over a series of "eerie circumstances," but one that eventually landed a placement with headphone manufacturer Bose. A good thing for the band, certainly, but the fact that their song "Spotlight" was utilized in advertising noise-cancelling headphones could lead to some misconceptions -- for better or worse.
Given the nature of the product, it could be assumed Leagues' music must be loud and abrasive, warranting being selected for "silencing" by Bose's headphones. Will others make the same mistake and write off the band as easily? Hopefully not. "Spotlight," which also appears on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and the FIFA 2014 soundtrack, is actually just one of Leagues' infectious dance rock-pop songs built on funky guitar riffs, crafty rhythms, steamy beats and airy vocals that equate a call to move the body. Maybe the next song placement will be less ominous and more fitting. --Glenn BurnSilver
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