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Fun Fun Fun Fest Interview: Minus The Bear

posted November 3, 2012, 7:58 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, Minus The Bear


Interview By Mark Ambrose, Photo credit Angel Ceballos

 One of our favorite bands, Minus The Bear, is playing one of our favorite festivals: Fun Fun Fun. Two or three times in the past couple of years, we have wanted and tried to set up an interview. Our persistence paid off, and our staff member, Mark Ambrose, was able to catch up with them in the media tent. Currently in the midst of a tour supporting their new record, Alex (keyboards) and  Dave (guitar) were kind enough to stop and indulge us for a few minutes in a friendly chat.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day 1, Part 2

posted November 2, 2012, 3:16 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, Astronautalis, Sharon Van Etten, Diamond Rings, Icona Pop

Photo Credit Ben Oliver and Mark Ambrose

The first day of our favorite festival is already over—and whoa what a day it was! The crowds are already beginning to show up, there seems to seriously be way more fans in attendance this year. We are not sure yet since it’s just the first day and could be due to the scheduled appearance of Run-DMC.

We didn’t quite stick exactly to our pre-planned schedule. Then again, it’s a festival and who cares?! We also lucked out and set up some interviews as well. Highlights of the day included Tomahawk, Icona Pop, Minus The Bear, Astronautalis, and Santigold. Sad to say it, but we missed Yellow Ostrich, FIDLAR, Cursive, Municipal Waste, and only witnessed one song from Dum Dum Girls (who sounded great as always) while walking by on the way to catch another.

The very first performance we watched was Swedish indie electropop act Icona Pop. Read more

(Fun Fun Fun Fest) Video Of The Week: FIDLAR “Cheap Beer”

posted November 2, 2012, 1:18 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment 1 Comment


“Thanks for coming, man. Want some bum juice?”
“What the fuck is in this shit?”
“Tampico and Everclear. It’s pretty gross.”

When they started in 2009, seeing FIDLAR meant showing up to a house party and eventually having this exchange with one of them. Zac Carper, The bands guitarist and singer (well, one of ‘em) would hand you a red cup , throw an arm around your neck and probably end up blurting out how fucked up he was. Their set list would read more like a grocery list of party supplies than a list of songs: “Cocaine. Cheap Beer. Chinese weed. Four Loko.”

After a few years of being a band Zac still plugs in his pedals attached to a skate deck (“Pedal board”, get it?) and says “Hi We’re FIDLAR: F-I-D-L-A-R. It means ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk”. Seeing a FIDLAR set consists of drinking and dancing with people that are twice as drunk as you are while the band rips through songs about what they know best: The girl doesn’t call, my ex is a whore, I lost my phone, my car is a piece of shit, my friends are pieces of shit, I do too many drugs, I’m really awkward, I love Del Taco.

FIDLAR is Zac Carper, Elvis Kuehn, Brandon Schwartzel, and Max Kuehn. Elvis and Zac met at Kingsize Soundlabs in LA and recorded a ton of demos with the band before playing a live show. Their first show was on a FMLY bike ride at a skatepark in Culver City. Three years later the band has played with Black Lips, OFF!, Japanther and toured with The Hives. They’ve released two EP’s and just got back from touring Europe. We have an interview scheduled with the guys during Fun Fun Fun Fest, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears open!

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Interview: Diamond Rings

posted November 2, 2012, 12:14 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Free Dimensional, California Wives, Stars, Diamond Rings

Interview by Mark Ambrose

Astralwerks Records are proud to announce the release of Diamond Rings’ brand new album, Free Dimensional. The song “Runaway Love” is also available as a limited time free download. Additionally, the brand new video for this track was premiered recently on VEVO. Watch it here.

Diamond Rings will kick off a headlining U.S. tour this Friday with Astralwerks labelmates, Gold Fields to support. The band will also make their network TV debut performance performing their current single “I’m Just Me” on The Late Show With David Letterman on Oct 26th followed up by a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 7th. Our staff member Mark Ambrose was able to chat with Diamond Rings during the first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day 1, Part 1

posted November 2, 2012, 10:17 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

For the very first day of this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, we have a crazy, busy schedule already planned!  We want to first see Yellow Ostrich, then FIDLAR, Dum Dum Girls, Napalm Death, Sharon Van Etten, Diamond Rings, Against Me!, Astronautlis, El Ten Eleven, Minus The Bear, Tomahawk, Santigold, X, and Run-DMC. We are also trying to schedule some last minute artist interviews. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. Last year Pitchfork streamed most of the weekend event free online, but so far no similar details have been announced yet.

There are usually always surprises annually here, and surprise guests and celebrities. Last year we witnessed Brian Posehn introduce Slayer, Henry Rollins officiate a wedding, the now infamous Danzig fiasco, Ryan Gosling filming a movie, and we even got to interview Blake Anderson from Comedy’s Central Workaholics! It will be exciting to see what’s in store for this year.

We’re on the road to Austin now, we’ll be sure to post again later today after we catch some shows!

Artist Update: Vampire Weekend

posted November 1, 2012, 4:37 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Rumors, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Vampire Weekend, Contra

Remember Vampire Weekend? We do! One of indie music’s biggest rising stars have been a bit quiet over the past year or two. Their sophomore Contra came out all the way back in 2010. Many, the band themselves included, were hoping for a new release this year. That has been pushed back till 2013. The last we heard, they played the Pitchfork Fest in Chicago this past summer. In the meantime of planning and working on their as of yet still untitled, upcoming third release, they have been working with other artists like Major Lazer and Das Racist.  The guys even managed to put out a new song. First debuted live at a warm up gig before playing the fest, they appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last night performing the new single. It’s called “Unbelievers”, and will assumingly be on the yet to be released new record. Check out the video, with the guys celebrating Halloween by dressing like characters from the classic 80′s flick Karate Kid!


Tour Review: M83

posted November 1, 2012, 3:09 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: M83, Sun Airway

Review by special guest correspondent Kristen Reed, Photos by Bianca Montes

On October 11, 2012, The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas (formerly known as Gilley’s) played host to the electronic/alternative/pop act M83, and their support, a crunk/shoegaze/tropical band called Sun Airway.

Sun Airway, a band hailing from Philadelphia, started off the evening with a fuzzy, atmospheric opening that eased the audience into their set. The band as a whole had a very nice, mature sound. The vocals were solid, the guitar effects and synths/keyboards added a dreamy, ethereal feel to their music, and the musical interludes were enjoyable, but I found it difficult to give them my full attention because their stage presence wasn’t very strong and there was very little interaction between band members. While I definitely appreciated and enjoyed their music, I found the performance as a whole lacking in energy, and the crowd seemed equally unenthusiastic, giving only the requisite amount and intensity of applause after each song.

The Pennsylvanian band’s lead singer mentioned that he was feeling under the weather, which could have contributed to the feel of their performance, but he and the bassist still managed to be the most compelling musicians on stage despite his illness. While I don’t necessarily expect every member of every band to run around on stage, jump into the crowd, etc… during their performances, I fail to understand how a band can expect to illicit a response from the audience when they barely seem moved by their own music. Read more

Contest: Ill Nino (CLOSED)

posted October 31, 2012, 12:38 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, General Interest, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ill Nino

Perhaps El Nino is not up to its’ usual tricks this winter, but the New Jersey native six-piece Ill Nino are certainly up to their usual brand of thrash and metal.

Epidemia, Ill Nino’s sixth full length album, showcases their signature blend of aggressive and bilingual vocals, Latin/tribal rhythms and contagious riffs that will keep you on your toes.

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Worldly Venues: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

posted October 31, 2012, 11:14 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Worldly Venues | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

We’ve all experienced it, that one memorable concert night that is imprinted on your brain. Whether you were 5 or 45 years of age, the concert you will never forget. Perhaps it was the fine working of the artist itself, or maybe, just maybe, the venue truly made this a night to remember. In a Wednesday column, we will feature one concert venue that is a must visit, a “bucket list” venue if you will.


Opened: 1960
Capacity: 3,191 (theatre)
Address: 1 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Type: Performing arts venue
Renovated: 2008-2010

Former name(s) O’Keefe Centre (1960-1996), Hummingbird Centre (1996-2007)

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Interview: Tshaka Campbell

posted October 29, 2012, 12:00 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

If you’re an artist, fan and/or writer like me, you know inspiration for your next great masterpiece can come from anyone, anytime and any place. A media article. A movie. A fortune cookie. A rain shower (or a massive hurricane). A quote. A disturbing TV show. A book. A love poem. Anything that’s riveting or intriguing, remaining in your brain that gets your own flow going, creating more new art. Coming across London born and Brooklyn bred award-winning poet and now music artist Tshaka Campbell’s albums “Skin Vol 1.” and “Bloodlines” randomly (Thank You Spotify Gods), they made me stop in my tracks. Fusing hip-hop, jazz, R&B , house and even classical music with poetry about media portrayals, racism, post-colonialism and love, these records provide something to rock to with substance.

Felt blessed to connect with him recently (despite being 8,000 miles away with an 8 hour time difference) to chat about these albums, his writing process, performing at the historic Apollo and much more. Check out the video and soundclips below and peep his site, for more info !

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