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Artist Update: The Toadies

posted April 9, 2012, 6:55 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Summer of the strange, PLAY.ROCK.MUSIC., Social Distortion, The Toadies, Toadies

The Toadies began touring this week with a few Texas headlining dates and then will join up with Social Distortion next Tuesday in Portland at the sold out Roseland Theater show. See dates and ticket info below. In mid-July the Toadies will hit the road again and co-headline a summer and fall tour with Helmet!

Toadies announced last month that they would release a six-song EP, but they have now decided to release a full album instead. Play.Rock.Music. will be out in late July. “Summer of the Strange,” the lead track, will be available May 8th on iTunes and Amazon.

The 5th Annual Dia De Los Toadies dates have been announced. The festival will be held Labor Day weekend (August 31-September 1) at White Water Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX. Lineup coming soon.

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Sunday’s Best: Iron Maiden

posted April 8, 2012, 6:22 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Sunday's Best | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Iron Maiden

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.

Iron Maiden charged into 2012 with two major news announcements.  Firstly, March 26 saw the release of a live BLU-RAY, 2DVD and double CD soundtrack: En Vivo!  Filmed during their 2010/11 Final Frontier World Tour, En Vivo! captures the show at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago in front of  50,000 Chilean fans.  Alongside the live show, there is a bonus disc featuring an 88-minute documentary  Behind The Beast giving a behind-the-scenes look at exactly what is involved in putting on an IRON MAIDEN concert.  Secondly, in June, the MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR gets underway. This highly anticipated tour is the next chapter in the History Of Iron Maiden and will closely follow 1988’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour not only in choice of set list but also in production and content. The 2012 dates, with Coheed & Cambria opening,  will be the opening leg of this World tour and will be the band’s most extensive visit to North America in many years. The band show no signs of slowing down or losing the formidable passion that has seen them triumphant at the forefront of Metal for three decades.

32 years on, and with over 80 million album sales, more than 2000 live performances, countless satisfied fans and 15 studio albums of unerring quality and power to their name, Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as one of the most influential and revered bands ever.

So this begs the question… Read more

Artist Update: 311

posted April 7, 2012, 10:34 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: 311

311 have just had their biennial 3/11 day last month. Every other year since 2000, the band has gathered their fans for a day of nearly non stop music. Growing larger in both size and length each time, this year’s event in Las Vegas was the first to expand to two days instead of just one. They played 79 songs over those two days. They are gearing up for their 2nd annual cruise to the Bahamas next month, with the Dirty HeadsShwayze & Cisco, Passafire, and others.

They will also be touring this summer, with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, and The Aggrolites. Tour dates listed below: Read more

Contest: The Shins

posted April 6, 2012, 12:08 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 4 Comments

Tags: The Shins

Your good friends at Music Emissions have dug up yet another group of contests for you in April. This month we will proudly publish contests for The Shins and Dry The River (4.20.11)… Read more

Video Of The Week: Flux Pavilion & Doctor P “Superbad”

posted April 6, 2012, 11:01 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Flux Pavilion, Doctor P

This isn’t a new video, it was originally released last December. I first came across it in February thanks to a good friend, and immediately watched it several times. I also couldn’t resist showing it to everyone I knew, and wanted to post it as a video of the week. At the time, we were only using videos from bands from the 35 Denton fest, then SXSW, so…finally now is the time!

London based Flux Pavilion  aka Joshua Steele has always been influenced by hard hitting dance music in everything that he does and it was only a matter of time before he found his own sound in the dance industry. in early 2008 Dubstep lit this internal fuse and he hasnt been the same man since. Influenced by the likes of The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and dubstep pioneer Rusko, Flux loved the high energy madness that dance music was capable of and set about making some of his own in the form of dubstep. Already adept with production skills he was soon off the starting block and his tunes were in swift circulation on the dubstep forum and were becoming a familiar name in the scene. What started of as a bit of experimentation soon became clear that Flux has definitely landed on his feet with this sound. His song “I Can’t Stop” was sampled in “Who Gon Stop Me” on Watch The Throne.

The amazing graphics of this modern day Starsky and Hutch like video were created by Powster, and directed by James Swindells and Andrew Robinson.

Artist Update: Eddie Vedder

posted April 6, 2012, 7:32 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

Word on the street (or at least the on the interwebz) is that Pearl Jam is working on a new record to be released this year. Lead frontman Eddie Vedder still announced his own solo tour, to promote and support his debut solo album, 2011′s Ukelele Songs. Bad news today though is that the tour has been postponed this Spring.  The tour dates will be rescheduled for November and December, except for the Jazz Fest performance. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates, and refunds will be available upon request through the point-of-purchase. This is due to nerve damage from a previous back injury that occurred earlier this year. His manager said that Eddie is frustrated yet positive. Tour dates listed below.

Eddie Vedder 2012 tour dates:
4/11 – Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
4/13 – Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
4/16 – Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
4/19 – Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
4/22 – Houston, TX, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
4/25 – San Antonio, TX, Lila Cockrell Theatre
4/27 – Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
4/30 – Dallas, TX, The Music Hall at Fair Park
5/3 – New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/8 – Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater
5/10 – Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
5/16 – Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center



Artist Update: Curren$y

posted April 5, 2012, 8:06 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Curren$y, The Stoned Immaculate

The Stoned Immaculate album comes out on June 5, and for the first song of the project, Spitta links up with MMG’s Wale for the buttery “What It Look Like.” As usual, Curren$y is proving that not all stoners are slackers. Watch out for the video for this track on April 8, kicking off Curren$y’s tour on April 19, and starting April 20 (yeah, 4/20) you can pre-order the full album. This track will be available for sale on iTunes on April 10th.

Update:  The first music video from the album is out now.  You can  watch “What It Look Like” featuring Wale below.


Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

posted April 5, 2012, 7:37 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: EDM, dubstep, Electric Daisy Carnival, EDC, Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

Insomniac Events is releasing the highly anticipated line-up including more than 100 artists, performers, and theatrical groups at this year’s 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival. World-class electronic acts from across the globe will gather at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 8-10, 2012, for the return of North America’s largest electronic music festival. Here is a partial list, which reads like a dream come true of who’s who in EDM. Check out the pic listed below for the entire lineup.

Benny Benassi
Blue Man Group
Dada Life
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Artist Update: Deer Tick

posted April 5, 2012, 12:46 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Divine Providence, Deer Tick, Tim

Partisan Records officially announces that Deer Tick will once again be heading out on the campaign trail, supporting their non-partisan platform known as 2011’s LP Divine Providence, and their new EP, Tim, which should effectively solidify their reputation on both sides of the aisle. In hopes of enticing new voters young and old and of all creeds and colors, Deer Tick’s Freedom Bus Tour will commence on April 19th with a strategic benefit concert in Springfield, MA. The five person committee will then go on to meet with its diverse constituency around North America, culminating with a train stop at the Clearwater Music Festival in Croton, NY. The rock n’ roll commission will also visit its electorate at major US festivals this spring and summer, including Double Decker Festival, Sasquatch Festival, The Friendly Gathering, Forecastle Festival and Newport Folk Festival.

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Tour Review: Lenny Kravitz

posted April 5, 2012, 9:38 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Raphael Saadiq, Lenny Kravitz

Review by Special Guest Correspondant Carla Howard (Carlita)


Photo Credit: Timothy Norris

Nothing makes me happier as a passionate music fan than when two artists I love separately decide to tour together. Two different energies, flows, artistic expressions for the price of one. Can’t beat that. Couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Lenny Kravitz and Raphael Saadiq were touring together.  Saw both last year at one of our local late night shows so I knew rock, funk mixed with old-school soul was going to be a lethal combo.

I made an extra effort to get there early because I didn’t want to miss a minute of this show. Around 8:15 PM, Read more

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