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Written by special guest correspondent Matt Thomas
A year ago, Merlin Media took over RXP 101.9 and washed away its alternative rock format in favor of a more conservative all news template called WEMP. Lacking a built in audience, and competing against established news radio like 1010 WINS, the station had trouble securing consistent ratings. Additionally, it simply cost a great deal to keep a news format moving forward since a slew of reporters needed to be hired.
So Merlin has reverted back to an alternative rock format under the label New Rock 101.9. Still in its infancy, programming resembles the RXP template with a great deal of new alternative and some old favorites. It hasn’t made a push to mimic NYC’s other alternative rock station that died years ago (KROCK) by playing a great deal pop-metal, which is probably a good thing.
Matt Thomas is a freelance writer based in New York City. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, CBS NY.com,Volume Magazine (UK), and many others. His debut novel, A Breach in Death, will be released by Boxfire Press in March, 2013. You can learn more about Matt Thomas by visiting his blog: http://mattthomastown.
If there was ever someone who embodies the past, present, and future of rock music, it is definitely Jack White. Mr. White will be at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on October 3rd and 4th, a historic Toronto venue made famous in the past as the O’Keefe Centre.
Alerted about Global Social Media Week through..(wait for it!)…Facebook, I checked out this potentially dope conference with 124 events to choose from, happening in my backyard. Occuring in cities all over the world like Bogota, Vancouver, London and Shanghai from Sept 24-28th, on their Social Media Week webpage, they staggeringly point out that “three billion new people will be using the Net and mobile technology to interact with each other over the next 10 years”. And realistically nowadays, who isn’t addicted to his or her phone, laptop, tablet, etc?
Obtaining a press pass to go in LA, I poked my head into a few sessions with a casual vibe on Tuesday about expanding media presence online (i.e using Yelp Reviews of venues to your advantage, utilizing where people are doing check-ins), which media tools are up and coming (Did JT with his “Ayo Technology” make Myspace sexy again or is it dead? Early reviews are good). Also got the chance to speak with founders of new apps for entertainment ticketing, video sharing and event messaging; all things one may not think about as an artist but should be, especially from an indie artist perspective where you might do all this by yourself without a PR or marketing team.
Realistically, it’s not just about art and one Read more
The up and coming 5 member band from North Carolina, Another Lost Year have been working their way up the charts with “War on the Inside,” a song that explains what is going on with us and our inner thoughts and overcoming the struggles that we face on a day to day basis.
Another lost year recently released their new album Better Days which was released on September 11th and is an album that offers a comforting and relatable sound that one can confide in. The Lead singer and creator of the band, Clinton Cunanan, stated in a previous interview that
Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and “CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band”—Body Language have returned with a new EP (Grammar, due out through OM’s Lavish Habits imprint on September 18th) and a full-length disc that’s set to drop in early 2013. Both of which streamline the Brooklyn quartet’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.
Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”
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The Hood Internet have a sweet new video for their song “One For The Record Books” featuring AC Newman and Sims. The video stars Seth (a transgender viral video star) shot on location in West Virginia on 8mm film, directed by Jason Goldwatch. Their debut album FEAT drops 10/2 via Decon Records. Tour dates listed below. We will be covering one of their live shows from this tour soon. You can also check out the first single and video from last month here.
We just watched the powerful metal masters Down perform live, check out the live show review here. They have just released a new EP, Down IV Part I -- The Purple EP. According to Blabbermouth, the clip was filmed at the end of August. The new EP sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Down IV Part I -- The Purple EP, DOWN’s first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band’s sound, came out on September 18. It will be followed by the second collection of songs early next year, around the time of a planned U.S. tour. EPs three and four are scheduled for later in 2013.
“DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” said vocalist Philip Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”
And from the sounds of it, the video shoot was an enjoyable experience. “It was unbelievably fun to make!” Anselmo told Fuse. Down’s guitarist, Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, added, “We have discovered that we are actors born for theater.”
Check out NOISEY’s premiere of Miike Snow’s new video for “Pretender” which is the next chapter of our friend Jean Noel, the character from previous Happy to You videos, experiencing festival culture at LA’s HARD Summer.
According to Noisey, it was directed by Vern Moen, this is the fourth in a series of videos featuring Jean Noel, a character created by video director Andreas Nilsson who also directed the first three videos for singles from the band’s latest album, Happy To You. Head on over to Creators Project for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the trilogy, as well as a Q&A with the director. We have also included both previous videos here for your ease.
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The Joy Formidable are excited to announce that “This Ladder Is Ours,” the first US single from their upcoming album Wolf’s Law, will be released on October 9, after the song headed to radio on Wednesday, September 26. You can stream “This Ladder Is Ours” below.
The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel, followed by shows in Brooklyn and Chicago at the 100 person capacity, rarely played Top Note Theater before the band hits the West Coast for shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For this short tour, the band have booked much smaller venues than they normally would, some of which are non-traditional venues.. With a phenomenal and well deserved live reputation, these shows will be an early chance for fans to hear the new tracks prior to the release of Wolf’s Law in January of 2013. For full itinerary, please see below.
In between the activities of Social Media Week which I will be telling you about soon, I trekked to the arts district of Pomona to see Alanis Morissette, who filled my teen years with a mix of bitter and courageous anthems that somehow came along at the right time to speak for a generation. Not pimply but somewhat angst-ridden (for the typical first-world silly reasons), I knew most of 1996′s “Jagged Little Pill” by heart (probably like the 33 million other people who bought this as well) and I still rock her “Unplugged” while sitting in traffic. I’d wanted to see her for a long time so was pumped the stars aligned and I was finally able to see her live last night.
Taking my leather arm-chair seat in the loge (props to Fox Theater), I arrived to see Souleye, Alanis’ husband, opening the show and shouting out his “beautiful wife” throughout his short, chill hip-hop set. Earning some new fans like myself, I vowed to check his stuff out after the show. A few minutes after 9 PM, Alanis started singing offstage and took centerstage like the image on the curtain behind her, her long, brown hair flowing behind her. “Whipping her hurr” from side to side while she crossed the stage, she covered each inch of territory, smiling every so often and looked like she thoroughly enjoyed being present in that moment. Performing songs from “Jagged Little Pill” to the delight of the crowd roaring back the lyrics on songs like “You Oughta Know”, “You Learn” and “Ironic”, she also introduced her new album, “Havoc and Bright Lights” doing new tracks like “Guardian” and “Woman Down”. She rocked on guitar and harmonica and changed my mind on several songs that might not have been my favorite on some of her records but take on a life of their own live. As Wu might say, she alternated between mellow and bringing the m-fin “havoc”.