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Lights All Night

posted December 29, 2011, 3:56 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Flux Pavilion, Lights All Night, Tiesto, Diplo, Neon Indian, Girl Talk

Lights All Night is a 2 Night New Year’s Eve Dance Festival in the heart of Downtown Dallas, TX, 12/30 & 12/31. It takes place at the Dallas Convention Center attached to the new Omni Hotel. There are over 30 artists scheduled to appear on multiple stages. This amazing and unique event is presented by Highland Entertainment & MCP Presents, with SPIN Magazine being the official media partner. We have been selected and chosen to cover the event, by being given press credentials. A percentage of profits and all donations go to the American Red Cross. Some of the artists scheduled to appear are Tiesto, Diplo, Neon Indian, Girl Talk, Flux Pavilion, Ghostland Observatory, GriZ, White Panda, Paper Diamond, Felix Cartel, Porter Robinson, MSTRKRFT, and Caspa.

Here are some photos of the venue being set up before the event began:

Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2011

posted December 29, 2011, 3:22 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Curren$y, Mac Miller, Juicy J, A$AP Rocky, Lil B, Covet Coup, Blackland Radio, Award Tour, White Jesus, I'm Gay (I'm Happy)

Hip-hop has forever changed the face and course of modern music. Hip-hop artists don’t want 2-3 years between releasing records, sometimes they only wait 2-3 months or less. And they always seem to have a side project or two they are also working on. The mixtape has evolved and has become just as important as both EPs and LPs. In that spirit, here are my personal picks for the Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2011:

1.  Verde Terrace by Curren$y

Of course the New Orleans chronic (pun intended) workaholic was bound to make this list.  This was released in late August, and remains of one my favorites all year.

2.  Blue Dream & Lean by Juicy J

Known for being a member of the Three 6 Mafia, the rapper released one of the best mixtapes all year round.  Recently inked to Wiz Khalifia’s Taylor Gang label, expect much more from him soon.  Special guests include Wiz, Kreayshawn, Space Ghost Purp & ASAP Rocky.
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On The Verge: True Widow

posted December 29, 2011, 11:32 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: I.N.O., True Widow, As High as the Highest Heavens

What a year 2011 has been for the Dallas trio True Widow, and a good year it has been. This year they have put out their second record, As High as the Highest Heavens, which was featured on NPR’s First Listen. They have also provided opening support for The Toadies and Kurt Vile. They just got back from opening for Boris and Asobi Seksu, and touring Europe. They were also featured in Prefix magazine, and just released another five-song EP, I.N.O. Earlier this year before the madness, we were able to catch up with Slim, the drummer, to talk about how they got started, what it’s like to hang and tour with Kurt Vile, and the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind.

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Artist Update: K.FLAY

posted December 29, 2011, 9:26 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment

K.FLAY gave us a special holiday gift! She released a new song called, “We Hate Everyone”.

K.FLAY explains, “i wrote the song for anyone who’s been budged in line at the pharmacy or specifically asked for no mayo and then got a bunch of it”

Enjoy the track!

The Bamboozle Festival 2012

posted December 28, 2011, 11:14 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Bamboozle, The Bamboozle Festival, The Bamboozle Festival 2012, Mac Miller, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink-182, Incubus, Bamboozle 2012

The initial line-up has been announced for The Bamboozle Festival 2012. The Bamboozle is an annual three-day music festival held in New Jersey. Every year, new bands compete for spots during the two days. The event evolved out of the Skate and Surf Festival, according to Wikipedia. Bamboozle is an artist development resource that has launched the careers of so many of today’s top national recording artists and celebrities, while providing incredible entertainment to over 1 million fans over the past 9 years. It’s taking place for 3 days in Asbury Park, NJ – May 18, 19, 20 2012.

What does the word mean? In the dictionary. To Hoodwink, or pull the wool over ones head. We actually did that to two clowns, this is check mate. It also has many different characters within the festival planning. Some of these characters are real people with false identities, who work to plan and operate the festival, while others are completely fictional, and serve as a means to give the public clues as to who may be playing at The Bamboozle.

Here are the acts that have been announced so far, with many more to come in the near future:

Foo Fighters

Bon Jovi




Mac Miller

Tickets are already on sale. We plan to cover this fest for the first time ever, thanks to Carina Contreras!

Update: More artists announced!

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Recs From Girl In A Coma

posted December 28, 2011, 8:29 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Girl In A Coma, Exits & All The Rest

Girl in a Coma is a rock band from San Antonio, Texas – land of puffy tacos, Lone Star Beer, and the place where Ozzy pissed on the Alamo. All through High School best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz spent their Friday nights not at the football games, but in Phanie’s bedroom listening to records, singing along to punk songs, and talking of the band they would someday form.

While Nina is often referred to as “the female version of Morrissey,” the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Pixies. Drawing from these influences (the band’s name, Girl in a Coma, comes from the classic Smiths song “Girlfriend in a Coma”), the girls have managed to create a sound and style that not only pays homage to their heroes, but is uniquely their own. Nina’s voice is at turns mesmerizing, hypnotic, playful, thunderous, and soft, and has been compared to artists as diverse as Bjork, Patsy Cline, and Morrissey himself.

In addition to playing hundreds of their own headlining shows, Girl in a Coma has played on Vans Warped Tour and has opened for Morrissey, The Pogues, Frank Black and the Catholics, theSTART, The Epoxies, The Eyeliners, Boz Boorer and The Bozmen, The Groovie Ghoulies, The Cruxshadows, Brassy and The Smoking Popes.

Phanie, who plays drums, recently took some time for us to tell us what the band is listening to in rotation in their van right now. They have recently been on tour in support of their newest record, Exits & All The Rest.

Agent Ribbons- Chateau Crone: Agent Ribbons is from Austin ,TX one of our top fav bands.

Black Box Revelation- Shiver of Joy: Black Box Revelation is from Belgium. They opened for us on our last tour and we became instant fans. Sweet guys.

The Coathangers- Larceny and Old Lace: The Coathangers were also on our last tour.

Gene Pitney- The Best of Gene Pitney: We have always been a fan of oldies and the artists we listen to rotate. Right now we are on the Pitney trip.

Altered Images- Pinky Blue: I’m obsessed with them. May be my new Smiths.

Pharcyde- Bizarre Ride ll The Pharcyde: The three of us love old school hip hop. It’s true. This is our top group.

Lene Lovich- Stateless: I bought her vinyl years ago on a whim. Now we are all fans.

Morrissey- Kill Uncle: Of course we are all big fans. This is one of our fave albums.

Pinata Protest- Plethora: They are from San Antonio as well and one of our fave bands out here.

Superdrag- Regretfully Yours: Very influential on us. We would love to tour with them.

Tour Review: Fair To Midland

posted December 27, 2011, 8:49 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Arrows & Anchors, Fair To Midland, Dead Letter Circus

Review, Photos, and video by Mark Ambrose

What’s better than spending time with family, friends, and loved ones over the holidays and drinking eggnog next to a warm fire? Rockin’ out the eve of Christmas Eve at a great music venue in Dallas, that’s what! Production company, Escaping The Ordinary, led by Ty Griffin, brought Fair To Midland and Dead Letter Circus to Granada Theater fans this weekend and I have to say it was quite a good turn out, considering it was a holiday weekend when most people would be out of town or with family. With a total of five bands on the bill, including the aforementioned, the show started a little early for a Friday night with doors at seven and the first band at eight.

We arrived a little after Australian natives, Dead Letter Circus, started their set and I was intrigued to hear more of before rushing off to wait in line for a cold brewski. I had got into the auditorium and up by the front of the stage just in time to hear their first ever released single, “The Space On The Wall”. I was impressed mostly by their stage presence and progressive/hard metal sound; they have been compared to bands like The Mars Volta and given the chance, I would definitely check these guys out again as they bring a lot of energy to their shows and their fans really seem to be into it. By the way, this was their very first show in Texas ever.

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Artist Update: Frank Ocean

posted December 26, 2011, 10:22 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Odd Future, Frank Ocean, OFWGKTA

Odd future member extraordinaire and R&B sensation Frank Ocean gave the world a late holiday gift, one day after Christmas. A new song, “4 tears”, was posted on his website today. There isn’t much else to go on besides that, the young singer simply said: “i just listened to this a few times for myself. figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’.” You can stream it for free here.

Artist Update: The Dangerous Summer

posted December 25, 2011, 7:37 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ten Second Epic, Divided By Friday, The Dangerous Summer, Warpaint, Weatherbox

Growing indie buzzband The Dangerous Summer have just announced a headlining tour for 2012. In support of their newest record release, Warpaint, they will be hitting the road in the U.S., beginning in February. The tour, with supporting acts Weatherbox, Divided By Friday, and Ten Second Epic. It will kick off in Philly on the 1st of February, and end in New Hampshire in late March. Hopefully they will have time to get everything together. Cody Payne just said on his twitter account, that he needs to “get help” after playing the “worst show of his life” due to alcohol. This also comes after they canceled their last tour in October, amongst break up rumors, which were later denied. You can find all the dates below:

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Best Of: Brian Rutherford’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

posted December 23, 2011, 2:04 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Top Albums | comment 4 Comments

Tags: Foster The People, Book of Knots, Grieves, Explosions in the Sky, City and Colour

This week we are going to take a look at all of our reviewers Top album picks of the year. Please pipe up down in the comments with any that we may have missed or if you don’t agree with any of our picks.

Next up, Brian Rutherford

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