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Artist Update: Tenacious D

posted February 29, 2012, 2:04 pm by dscanland | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Rize of the Fenix, Tenacious D


If you haven’t heard the latest news yet, the dynamic duo of Tenacious D are back! Yes, Jack Black and Kyle Gass are teaming up with the one and only Dave Grohl for the release of their new record. Rize of the Fenix is due out May 15th. Below is a sample clip:

 

Artist Update: Miss May I

posted February 29, 2012, 1:51 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: At Heart, Miss May I


Troy, Ohio melodic metal band MISS MAY I are set to kick off their upcoming tour with Whitechapel, After The Bruial, The Plot In You, and Structures on March 10th in Memphis, TN. The tour will travel through the United States until March 30th, taking a month long break while MISS MAY I heads to Europe to tour with Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, and Confession, and kicks back up again on May 3rd in Louisville, KY. The tour closes with two east coast shows, including the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, NJ.

The band is preparing to announce new information about their upcoming album very soon. Stay tuned for new details coming within the next few weeks.

MISS MAY I was discovered by Rise Records through the direction of former manager Chris Rubey of The Devil Wears Prada in 2008. The band’s first album, Apologies Are for the Weak, reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their 2010 sophomore release, Monument, charted on the Billboard Top 200 and hit #10 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart. Churning out over 450 performances since 2009, the band is regarded as one of the hardest working young bands in the metal genre.

Update: MISS MAY I are pleased to announce the name and release date of their brand new full-length album. The new album, entitled At Heart, is being released with Rise Records and will hit stores on May 29th, 2012. At Heart was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence) this past winter at Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey.

Fans can view a special video announcement featuring MISS MAY I vocalist Levi Benton at the band’s official YouTube page now. “We are so stoked for everyone to hear this new record. It is the best thing we’ve ever recorded from beginning to end,” states Levi. “We decided to name the album At Heart because this is the first thing we have ever created from the heart. Everything is exactly what we have always wanted to say and we didn’t hold back. No gimmicks or computers. Just five guys thrashing their hearts out.”

“The individual member’s performances on this record are fantastic!  This is why I say, MISS MAY I has arrived as a BAND.  A real fucking band,” adds At Heart producer Machine. “We have created an unstoppable, pure, metal, freight train of a record. My instincts tell me that when people hear it, it will be infectiously unstoppable. There’s more feel and power musically, lyrically, than I have heard from the band before. It is a pleasure for me to work with such a young band who knows who they are and are not afraid to focus on the big picture.”

Tour dates listed below, keep reading more

Update: New album art listed, and they will now be on The Van’s Warped Tour Main Stage!

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SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 6

posted February 29, 2012, 10:01 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: RABDARGAB, Reptar, Fat Tony, Soft Metals


Just like in high school and college sports, the music industry has become enamored and obsessed with discovering the next profound promise of potential.  Originally started in 1987, SXSW has matured and blossomed into the premier talent showcase for musicians around the world. As we journey towards this incredible opportunity, we decided to take an in depth look at some of the thousands of up and coming artists who will be performing.

Anyone that has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking over the line up. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of. That’s where we come in to help. This can be used as a planning guide for deciding who to catch for those of you lucky enough to be able to attend. For everyone else, this is intended to be used as a primer for armchair quarterback music aficionados.

This will all be towards us journeying together towards March, as we prepare to pick our Top 50 Indie Picks of SXSW 2012..

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Artist Update: AWOLNATION

posted February 29, 2012, 8:59 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment 2 Comments

Tags: AWOLNATION, Megalithic Symphony


One of my choices for last year’s Top Ten Records and Top Ten Live Shows was AWOLNATION. Most are familiar due to the radio single “Sail”, but this band and record are much more than that. Last year they toured with Middle Class Rut, included a stop at ACL, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno. There they were presented a plaque for selling a half million (read 500,000) copies of “Sail”. They were also MTV’s PUSH artist of the week.

Now their latest single, “Not Your Fault,” is the band’s second consecutive top 5 single, is one of the hottest songs at radio in North America and is currently #4 on the charts at Alternative in the U.S. and Canada. Performing hundreds of live shows throughout a breakout year, the band’s debut full-length release Megalithic Symphony (Red Bull Records) was the #1 Billboard Heatseekers album of 2011 topping the chart several times over. Featured on iTunes as one of the “Great Albums of 2011,” as well as Amazon’s “Top 100 Albums of 2011,” Megalithic Symphony has sold over 160,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada.

They seem to never stop touring. And much like the Dirty Heads, they know how to get maximum mileage and exposure from one album. Here are their latest upcoming tour dates, along with their newest video. It’s a high light video of their touring from last year, and they used some of our footage for it!  Check out this remix fantastic of AWOLNATION’S “Sail” by Unlimited Gravity on a commercial for Red Bull Signature Series on NBC also.

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Artist Update: BOTDF

posted February 28, 2012, 10:17 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: BOTDF, Blood On The Dance Floor, Revolution


We first got turned onto Blood On The Dance Floor last summer at Van’s Warped Tour 2011. Their exotic and chaotic live performance, combined with the loyalty and controversy that follows them, drew our attention. They are set to release their new album [R]EVOLUTION later this year.  Today they premiered a 30 second clip of the first official single, “Unforgiven”.  You will be able to get it digitally on March the 13th.  There is also a new youtube video of the sample, along with a preview of their new upcoming tour.  Also is footage we shot of them live last summer. You can read our mini interview here, in which we ask Dahvie what they have currently been listening to, and what they recommend.

 

 

SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 5

posted February 28, 2012, 2:48 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Mind Spiders, Blouse, Anamanaguchi


Just like in high school and college sports, the music industry has become enamored and obsessed with discovering the next profound promise of potential.  Originally started in 1987, SXSW has matured and blossomed into the premier talent showcase for musicians around the world. As we journey towards this incredible opportunity, we decided to take an in depth look at some of the thousands of up and coming artists who will be performing.

Anyone that has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking over the line up. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of. That’s where we come in to help. This can be used as a planning guide for deciding who to catch for those of you lucky enough to be able to attend. For everyone else, this is intended to be used as a primer for armchair quarterback music aficionados.

This will all be towards us journeying together towards March, as we prepare to pick our Top 50 Indie Picks of SXSW 2012. Read more

Recs From The Black Rabbits

posted February 28, 2012, 1:41 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Black Rabbits


The Black Rabbits formed on a hot winters night in Orlando by brothers Jetson & Skyler Black. Little did they know at the time that what they were creating would take on the essence of that warm winter night. “Our music is a bit of an oxymoron,” says lead vocalist Jetson. “It’s loud yet soft, edgy yet pure, it has retro elements and modern ones, it’s both serious and playful at the same time.” Consisting of the two brothers along with bassist Yuki Tong and organist Kim Drake the group accompanies a mix of classic and alternative indie rock elements with influences such as The Who, The Pixies, The White Stripes, and The Doors.

In early 2010, still virtually unknown, the band released their first debut EP produced by Billy Chapin and Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The EP peaked at #96 on the CMJ TOP 200 and stayed around for over two months along side huge bands such as The Flaming Lips. As their EP climbed the college radio charts The Black Rabbits scrapped together what cash they could and toured the east coast. “It seemed like every show we played was accompanied by a huge thunder storm; like there was a black cloud following us the whole time,” remarks drummer Skyler Black. Still, that didn’t stop people from showing up and soon after the blogs and indie zines were buzzing. The Miami New Times writes, “There’s a feel-good, timeless bounce to the songs that should appeal to Boomer parents as much as twentysomethings in Converse.” OurStage writes, “Like a train that chugs along and suddenly threatens to go off the tracks, The Black Rabbits brooding, theatrical garage rock makes for an exciting ride.”

During this time The Black Rabbits garnered some mainstream attention that led them to being invited to play the Grammy Showcase during the Florida Music Fest, interviewed by MTV as an up and coming band, featured on Fox News,as well as being placed in television shows across the networks such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Bad Girls. The Black Rabbits recently signed with Rock Ridge Music and are currently gearing up to release their debut full-length album with producers Stan & Billy.

I recently had a chance to ask Jetson Black, the singer, what they have been listening to, and what they recommend:

Top 10 albums currently on our playlist:
1. The Black Angels – Passover
2. Surfer Blood – Astral Coast
3. The Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
4. Neva Dinova – The Hate Yourself Change
5. Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
6. Meat Puppets – Too High To Die
7. Turbo Fruits – Echo Kid
8. Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine
9. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
10. We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

Beale Street Music Festival 2012

posted February 28, 2012, 1:38 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Beale Street Music Festival 2012, Beale Street Music Fest


The annual Beale Street Music Fest, the other music fest in Tennessee, announced it’s lineup for 2012 today. It will run May 4th through Sunday, May 6th at Tom Lee Park. Three-day passes for the festival are $75 and are available through April 22nd. Single-day advance tickets are $32.50 and are available through May 3rd. General admission will be $40. The line up includes:

Girl Talk

Lupe Fiasco

Breathe Carolina

Al Green

Dr. Dog

Black Lips

Big K.R.I.T.

SPONGE COLA

Alison Kraus and Union Station

The Civil Wars

Jerry Lee Lewis

The Head and The Heart

OLD 97′S

Primus

Herbie Hancock and His Band

Evanescence

Megadeath

Three 6 Mafia

Cold War Kids

Buddy Guy

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

My Morning Jacket

Florence + The Machine

Jane’s Addiction

The Cult

Childish Gambino

Wiz Khalifa

Bush

Coheed And Cambria

Gary Clark JR.

Artist Update: Coheed And Cambria

posted February 28, 2012, 1:18 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Coheed And Cambria


New York’s COHEED AND CAMBRIA will be spending time down South this spring, performing in small theaters, in cities where they have either never played, or not played in many years. Cities such as Chattanooga, TN, Gainesville, FL and Lexington, KY will be anchored by HANGOUT FESTIVAL in Gulf Shores, AL and THE BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL in Memphis, TN. The band plans to use the run to break in Josh Eppard, their original drummer (who played on their first three studio albums), who will be behind the kit for the first time since his departure in 2006. The band will test out new material from their forthcoming 6th studio album, due out this Summer.  Support will be Moving Mountains and Pianos Become the Teeth.


Coheed announced last week that they were hitting the road with IRON MAIDEN this Summer, those tickets also go on sale this weekend.

WATCH: Claudio perform an acoustic version of the yet-to-be-release track “Sentry the Defiant” on www.coheedandcambria.com

Tickets go on sale this Friday* and Saturday** at 10am local time.

COHEED AND CAMBRIA FULL TOUR DATES

w/Moving Mountains, Pianos Become the Teeth
Apr 29 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater*
Apr 30 Charleston, SC – Music Farm*
May 3 Gainesville, FL – Florida Theater*
May 5 Athens, GA – 40 Watt**
May 6 Memphis, TN – BEALE STREET FESTIVAL
May 7 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29*
May 8 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird** (21+)
May 10 Lexington, KY – Kentucky Theater*
May 11 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club**
May 12 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater*
May 13 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater*
May 15 Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum*
May 16 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage*
May 17 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater**
May 18 Gulf Shore, AL – HANGOUT FESTIVAL

With Iron Maiden
Jul 24 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center*
Jul 26 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*
Jul 27 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place*
Jul 29 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum**
Jul 30 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre**
Aug 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre**
Aug 3 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*
Aug 4  – Sacramento, CA – Sleepy Train Amphitheater*
Aug 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion**
Aug 9 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre**
Aug 10 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre**
Aug 12 – Albuquerque. NM – Hard Rock Pavilion**
Aug 13 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre**
Aug 15 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center**
Aug 17 – Dallas,  TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion**
Aug 18 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands**

Artist Update: Metronomy

posted February 28, 2012, 10:21 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Metronomy, Coldplay, English Riviera


UK group Metronomy are coming stateside this spring and just added more shows in direct support of Coldplay. Listen to the song below off The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes which drops 3/6 on Big Beat/Because, and full tour dates below.

3/24 – ULTRA Music Festival

3/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

3/27 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel

3/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts

3/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

3/31 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre

4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton

4/4 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

4/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

4/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

4/15 – Coachella, CA @ Coachella

4/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ***

4/18 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ***

4/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena ***

4/22 – Coachella, CA @ Coachella

4/24 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena ***

4/25 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena ***

4/27 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion ***

4/28 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion ***

5/1 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***

5/2 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***

5/4 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***

***w/ Coldplay

Update:  Metronomy drops The English Riviera Unreleased Remixeson Big Beat/Because today featuring thirteen reworkings of tracks from the group’s critically acclaimed third album. You can also listen to their new Daytrotter Session here.

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