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SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 3

posted February 6, 2012, 4:56 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Class Actress, Young Magic, xxxy


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: Bon Iver

posted February 6, 2012, 12:56 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Bon Iver, SNL


New Tour Dates in April Including Headlinging Slots at Coachella, Sasquatch, and New Orleans Jazz Festival


This past weekend Bon Iver was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live performing the grammy-nominated “Holocene,” and Bon Iver Bon Iver closing track “Beth/Rest.” Check out the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0oQmeCyhFk

We are also happy to announce a new set of live dates on the west coast happening in April, including headlining performances at both weekends of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington state. All Tiny Creatures will open for Bon Iver on select dates.

TOUR DATES:

04/12 Las Vegas, NV- The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas w/ All Tiny Creatures
04/14 Indio, CA- Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/17 Davis, CA- Freeborn Hall @ UC Davis w/ All Tiny Creatures
04/19 San Francisco, CA- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium w/ All Tiny Creatures
04/21 Indio, CA- Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/22 Santa Barbara, CA- Santa Barbara Bowl w/ All Tiny Creatures
04/23 Tucson, AZ- AVA Ampitheater
04/27 New Orleans, LA- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05/27 George, WA- Sasquatch Music Festival

Update: New music video released! Nabil Elderkin, the filmmaker responsible for Bon Iver’s epic “Holocene” video, directed the third video for Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Today “Towers” premiered at Vimeo:

“When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor’s name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy.”

A “Towers” 12″ and digital single will be out on March 6th with John Prine cover “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)” as the b-side. The cover was originally recorded for the John Prine tribute album Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows. The 12″ is now up for pre-order at SC Distribution. Bon Iver is currently down under, but they’ll be back in North America this spring with dates around their Coachella performances as well as a concert at the famed Red Rocks Ampitheatre with Feist.

 

Sunday’s Best: Nine Inch Nails

posted February 5, 2012, 7:30 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment 7 Comments

Tags: Nine Inch Nails


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.

Few bands are still around today from the 90′s.  And even fewer, if any, have put out as many records or have had as much of an impact than Nine Inch Nails. As you probably already know, NIN has been sorta taking a break. Trent Reznor said in early 2009 “”I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.”  Later, he additionally later said “isn’t done creating music under the moniker, but that Nine Inch Nails is done touring for the foreseeable future.”  Even more recently, in an interview with BBC Radio 1, Reznor has indicated that in 2012, he will be writing for the majority of the year with Nine Inch Nails “in mind”.  He stated, “I plan on spending a good portion of this coming year writing with that in mind. And we’ll see what happens with it.”

Let us know your favorite record by voting, and leaving comments below.

What is your favorite Nine Inch Nails record?

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Previous polls can be found below:

Nirvana
A Tribe Called Quest
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Radiohead
Brand New
Pink Floyd
The Roots
Deftones
Incubus
Led Zeppelin

SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 2

posted February 3, 2012, 2:28 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Humans, Big Scary, U.S. Girls


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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Sasquatch Fest 2012

posted February 3, 2012, 12:48 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Rumor earlier this week was that the Sasquatch Fest line up leaked. Well, it has now been officially revealed, and it was definitely worth the wait!  Sasquatch announced its lineup last night for the 11th anniversarry at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, May 25-28.

Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, The Head & The Heart, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, Explosions In The Sky, The Joy Formidable, Mogwai, Nero (DJ), M. Ward, John Reilly & Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Jamey Johnson, Little Dragon, Tune-Yards, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Beats Antique, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Strfkr, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Alabama Shakes, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, We Are Augustines, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War On Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, L.A. Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, I Break Horses, Walk The Moon, Dry The River, Allen Stone, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Purity Ring, Electric Guest, Yellow Ostrich, Nobody Beats The Drum, Coeur De Pirate, Lord Huron, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Beat Connection, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said The Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens & Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Thee Satisfaction, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, Spac3man, Don’t Talk To The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate

Comedy: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, Howard Kremer, and more.

Video Of The Week: M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

posted February 3, 2012, 10:45 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: M.I.A., Madonna, Nicki Minaj


M.I.A. is no longer MIA! Just released yesterday, chances are you may have already heard about this. It’s racked up an astounding 600,000 views already. M.I.A. has once again been in the news, working with the same director Romain Gavras that did “Born Free“.  This latest single, “Bad Girls“, is less controversial then the former, and is the 2012 equivalent of “Paper Planes”.  She also does a cameo in “Gimme All Your Luvin,” the new song from Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj.

SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 1

posted February 2, 2012, 12:59 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Blood Orange, Dead Sara, Wet Hair


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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Recs From Rebelution

posted February 1, 2012, 10:04 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind, Tour | comment 1 Comment


Last year, we got to interview the drummer from RebelutionWesley Finley, which you can read here. The band are currently gearing up to kick off their new tour in support of their newest release, Peace Of Mind.  The opening bands will be The Green, who will also be on this year’s Van’s Warped Tour, and Pep Love. You can read our review of the album here:  bit.ly/xW7NHJ.  We once again caught up with Wesley to find out what they have been listening to, and what they would recommend:

City and Colour – Little Hell: an artist and album that’s easy on the ears. Strong enough for a man, pH balanced for a woman.
Alexisonfire – Old Crows/Young Cardinals: the last album by this great post-hardcore Canadian band. Gonna miss them dearly.
Dredg – Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy: an album out of left field from a usually progressive rock band. In collaboration with Dan the Automator.
The Grouch -  we’re currently on tour with this awesome hip-hop emcee so I’ve been catching up with his catalog. Listen to “Artsy”.
Adele – she’s gotten very popular for a reason. Great voice and range. Really digging the track “Hometown Glory”.
Radiohead – In Rainbows: an instant go-to for me whenever I need something downtempo and melodic.

Here is some live footage we shot of the group last year.

Episode 104: Dubstep Edition

posted January 31, 2012, 11:33 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Podcast | comment Leave a Comment


Dubstep has left the edgy extreme of music and broken into the mainstream. Not only are there fests like Lights All Night and Electric Daisy Carnival, many electronic artists are also playing Coachella, Sasquatch, Bamboozle, and more. Dubstep is even starting to make it’s mark on music by now influencing other genres like R & B and hip-hop. I have a hunch this trend will continue and become ever increasingly popular. This is our very 1st attempt at an all dubstep podcast. Let us know what you think, we will most likely do a second volume soon.

1. Steve Aoki with Kid Cudi “Cudi The Kid”

2. Paper Diamond “Imagine The Possibilities”

3. Skrillex “Right In”

4. Porter Robinson “The State”

5. Koan Sound “Funk Blaster”

6. 12th Planet “Bass Ships”

7. Zedd “Shave It”

Artist Update: The Kills

posted January 30, 2012, 6:28 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Jeff The Brotherhood, Hunters, Blood Pressures, The Kills


The Kills celebrate their ten year anniversary this poignant and playful video for “The Last Goodbye“, taken from their latest album Blood Pressures. Directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton, who made her directorial feature debut with the critically acclaimed ‘The Unloved‘, this is her first music video.

Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, with an old-school photo booth providing an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance followed by a series of touching to-camera poses reflecting the musicians’ longstanding, spirited friendship.

The band has been on a headlining tour, with opening acts Jeff The Brotherhood and Hunters providing support.  As if that weren’t enough, they also posted a beautiful six minute rockumentary filmed in London by videomaker Giorgio Testi.  The short film follows the final moments as they prepare to go on stage for their headline show at Brixton Academy in London. We are also including a behind the scenes making of video, as a bonus.

Also, on Saturday the 11th, MTV Hive will be live streaming a performance they have at NYC’s Terminal 5. This takes place on the last night of their Blood Pressures tour, to commemorate the anniversary.  It starts at at 10:30 pm EST.

And don’t forget, it has already been announced that The Kills will release their single, “The Last Goodbye”, the following Tuesday the 14th. It will feature four tracks with covers of The Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes”, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, and Marilyn Monroe’s “One Silver Dollar”.  You can cop it digitally and on CD, and a limited edition 10″ vinyl via Domino.

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