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Festival Review: Music Emissions at Edgefest ’12

posted July 16, 2012, 9:20 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Festivals, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Toronto, 102.1 the Edge, Edgefest

I know how this is going to sound, but it sure was a hot one on Saturday, July 14th for Edgefest, the all-day music extravaganza put on by 102.1 the Edge, Toronto’s modern rock station. This is an event with roots stretching as far back as 1987, but I think it’s safe to say the thousands who made the pilgrimage to Downsview Park on the northern outskirts of the city were more concerned about staying hydrated than Edgefest’s long and interesting history. And as nice as the venue is, there were few places to find relief from the at times stifling heat save for the “new-this-year” electronic tent. Unfortunately for someone like myself, there was too much guitar-focused rock to be able to pass up between the two bandstands set up at Downsview Park.

It’s a good thing I didn’t have to take a shot of Jägermeister every time I ran back to the side stage Germany’s fave digestif were sponsoring, otherwise I would have been pretty wrecked pretty fast. Ottawa’s The Balconies, however, play a brand of throwback rock and roll that sobers you up in a hurry. Balconies guitarist Jackie Neville has big hair, and a big voice to match. NXNE alum The Coppertone nearly overheated the open-air joint with smoldering bluesiness. Even San Antonians Hacienda found it hot in Toronto, but that didn’t stop them from trying to get people dancing to live cuts off their groovy new album Shakedown.

Dante Schwebel of Hacienda

Over in the main Events Centre area, Vancouver gals The Pack A.D. officially got the Edgefestivities underway with their rough-and-ready, guitar and drums assault. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker had the budding crowd chanting “U-S-S” before their set even started, and kept the enthusiasm going with wild and crazy stunts such as USS member Jason Parsons (AKA “Human Kebob”) doing handstands and clapping his feet like they were hands. The Sheepdogs literally kept things rolling (*cough*) by mixing old faves (“Who?”, “I Don’t Get By”, “I Don’t Know”) with material from their eagerly-anticipated self-titled album coming in September. Silversun Pickups Read more

Artist Update: Green Day

posted July 16, 2012, 4:10 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: ¡Uno!, Green Day, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!

Artist Update: Gaslight Anthem

posted July 16, 2012, 4:05 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: gaslight anthem

Right there next to the anticipation of Muse, fans all over the world have been waiting for this day…. Gaslight Anthem‘s first single, “45″.

Also, go by NPR’s site to stream the entire album Handwritten.

Artist Update: Jack White

posted July 16, 2012, 1:40 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Jack White

So nice, we couldn’t wait till Friday… ladies and gents, the new Jack White video for “Freedom at 21″, directed by Hype Williams. HOT!

Mumford & Sons Announce New Record

posted July 16, 2012, 11:58 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Mumford & Sons, Babel

Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming second album.

Babel will be released through Glassnote Records on September 25th, 2012. It is produced by Markus Dravs.

“We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of ‘road-testing’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the help of Markus Dravs once more (and engineer Robin Baynton), we started to relish the challenge of making this album. As a band, we’ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we’re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road.” – Mumford & Sons

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Minus The Bear Announce Tour

posted July 16, 2012, 11:40 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Minus The Bear, Infinity Overhead

We’ve already told you about the new record Infinity Overhead from Minus The Bear, out August 28th. We even let you hear the first new single, “Lonely Gun”.  Now the guys from Seattle want us to know about their upcoming tour dates, featuring an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Here you go, all 45 dates:

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Tour Review: Rittz

posted July 16, 2012, 8:28 am by Mark Ambrose | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: League of Extraordinary Gz, Big Hud, Rittz

Photos by Ben Oliver and Mark Ambrose

Flying under the wing of Alabama hip-hop artist Yelawolf, Rittz has been gaining fast popularity on his own as an emerging hip-hop artist with lightning fast lyrical style.  We originally discovered Rittz back at the beginning of 2011 after he performed numerous times at SXSW, and then this year released his newest mix tape, White Jesus:  Revival; the album is available for free via stream or download here.  Still out in support of his newest mix-tape release, Rittz came through Texas this past week on the Revival tour for a performance at the world’s famous Trees club in historic Deep Ellum. We were fortunate enough to catch his first trip to Dallas.

Supporting the tour along opening for Rittz were the League of Extraordinary Gz. We arrived Read more

Sunday’s Best: Run DMC

posted July 15, 2012, 12:08 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Sunday's Best | comment Leave a Comment

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.

Just this past week, Fun Fun Fun Festival announced a major headliner to this year’s line up: a reunited  Run DMC! More than any other hip-hop group, Run DMC are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the trio were tougher and more menacing than their predecessors Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. In the process, they opened the door for both the politicized rap of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions, as well as the hedonistic gangsta fantasies of N.W.A. At the same time, Run-D.M.C. helped Read more

Wiz Khalifa “Bed Rest Freestyle” Video

posted July 14, 2012, 4:50 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C.

Wiz Khalifa’s sophomore major label album O.N.I.F.C. drops August 28th. It stands for Only Nigga in First Class or on the edited version One Night in First Class. And according to Hip Hop Since 1987, it will feature appearances by 50 Cent, Camron, Prodigy, Mac Miller, The Weeknd, Curren$y, Juicy J and more. You can see the cover art and what is believed to be the track listing below. A new song and video made it’s debut on YouTube yesterday, but isn’t believed to be included on the new record. Be sure to catch him on tour this summer with Mac Miller, with some major opening support offered by Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Chevy Woods. Tour dates listed below.



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Video Of The Week: The Shins “It’s Only Life”

posted July 13, 2012, 5:57 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Shins

Brand new this week is another music video from Portland’s The Shins. This Hiro Murai-directed clip of “It’s Only Life” features James Mercer trapped in an apocalyptic suburbia by a group of monsters. The director also most recently did St. Vincent’s “Cheerleader”, and “Mind Control” from the Brooklyn band Friends. In the past he has worked with everyone from Usher to Bloc Party to Scissor Sisters.


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