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Young The Giant @ MTV Unplugged

posted October 23, 2011, 12:00 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Young the Giant and MTV hosted a contest inviting fans to be audience members for the taping of MTV Unplugged. I have been to one of these intimate events before for Lykke Li, so I knew this was a must attend event. I arrived promptly an hour before check in time. At 2pm, they cattled us into a huge warehouse where we would continue to wait for another hour and a half. Finally, they let us into the studio, and I secured a decent 2nd row seat.The blue lights illuminated on the hanging ropes that were twined with holiday lights behind the band’s equipment.

Young the Giant came on stage and we were signaled to clap and cheer. Lead vocalist, Sameer, smiled at the crowd and jokingly smirked at the cameras right before he went into ‘Apartment’. He continued to thank the crowd and introduced his band and additional drummer. ‘I Got’ and ‘Cough Syrup’ were next. Sameer switched to the piano for “Strings“, as well as adding a cello and violinist for a few songs. For the last song, Young the Giant covered Gorillaz“Empire Ants” with a string quartet. You could tell that there were guitar issues, so they had to perform the song again. No complaints here! I am very excited to see this on MTV!

Video Of The Week: Grouplove “Colours”

posted October 21, 2011, 1:24 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


When the members of Grouplove met it was like a dream. The setting was a remote artist colony on the exotic, mysterious Greek island of Crete. Each member went to Greece for their own independent reasons but over time they gravitated towards each other and discovered the sound that unified them: a merging of richly narrated, intricate songs with anthemic classic pop production. It took the band the better part of a year to reunite after they left the island, but as they prepared to release their debut album Never Trust A Happy Song, they started to realize what began as a fantasy has now become very real. They have opened for Florence and The Machine, and Spin called them one of 35 Must Hear acts at SXSW 2011. They recently did an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records in Austin, and also played Conan O’Brien and Lollapalooza.

CMJ Music Marathon 2011 Day 2 Recap

posted October 21, 2011, 9:10 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


CMJ is almost over it seems!   Confession: I thought I would see more artists!

Givers @ Ace Hotel

The crowd started to gather in the lobby of the Ace Hotel Thursday at noon.   Givers took the stage for the live broadcast for Read more

CMJ Music Marathon 2011 Day 1 Recap

posted October 20, 2011, 7:24 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


First off, let me give a brief history of what CMJ is.  College Music Journal (CMJ) is an annual festival in NYC.   It is a weekly magazine aimed at the music industry and college radio station.   Over 1000 musicians play in various small venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Wednesday was my first time at CMJ.   I had no clue what to expect.   One thing to note, sets are 30-45 minutes, tops.   They start on time and end promptly.   This is perfect if you have ADHD. It was a rainy Wednesday morning – which put a small damper on the day, but CMJ must go on! Read more

Episode 97: Top 20 Indie Picks Of CMJ 2011 Part Two

posted October 19, 2011, 10:47 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Podcast | comment Leave a Comment


Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week. Who doesn’t love a music festival, right? It’s all the best parts of a concert–music, friends, alcohol and drugs…just lots and lots more of them! Each year, more and more of them are popping up all over the place. The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival began in 1980. Created by The College Music Journal, this annual event has nearly 1000 bands and artists playing at various clubs throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s essentially the SXSW of the Northeast.

No matter how bad the U.S. economy might be doing, there are always certain things you can depend on. We will always spend money on food, electronics, vacations, and music. And you can certainly count on the festival scene to not only continue, but to expand and grow.

One of the best reasons to go is to discover new music! Anyone who has ever Read more

Contest: Snipits Vol. 2

posted October 18, 2011, 8:20 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 18 Comments


You know the drill, five songs, one theme, be the first to guess the theme, get $5 Amazon money.

Episode 97: Top 20 Indie Picks Of CMJ 2011 Part One

posted October 18, 2011, 8:53 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, MP3, Music News, Podcast | comment 1 Comment

Tags: In The Mountain In The Cloud, No Kings, Wombats, Seryn, The Mistress, Sports, Bright Light Social Hour, Young Buffalo, Givers


Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week.  Who doesn’t love a music festival, right?  It’s all the best parts of a concert–music, friends, alcohol and drugs…just lots and lots more of them!  Each year, more and more of them are popping up all over the place. The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival began in 1980. Created by The College Music Journal, this annual event has nearly 1000 bands and artists playing at various clubs throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s essentially the SXSW of the Northeast.

No matter how bad the U.S. economy might be doing, there are always certain things you can depend on. We will always spend money on food, electronics, vacations, and music.  And you can certainly count on the festival scene to not only continue, but to expand and grow.

One of the best reasons to go is to discover new music! Anyone who has ever Read more

CMJ Music Marathon 2011 Coverage

posted October 17, 2011, 2:39 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


The annual College Music Journal’s Music Marathon and Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th.  It will continue throughout the week until concluding on Saturday. Among the 1000 bands and artists scheduled to perform are Neon Indian, Portugal.The Man, Trash Talk, Davila 666, Braids, Unknown Mortal Orchestra,  and many more.  Our newest staff member, Carina, will be providing live coverage throughout this week beginning Wednesday, and providing summaries of live show reviews as well.

Tomorrow, we will feature a two part podcast, our Top 20 picks of CMJ 2011.  It was so difficult to pick only 20 artists from nearly 1000.  So, in the meantime, here is a Spotify playlist with 50 songs from 50 artists.  All 20 of our picks from tomorrow are listed here, along with many others.  Think of the podcast tomorrow as the final release for theaters (if it were a movie), and today’s Spotify playlist as the DVD with all of the deleted scenes and extras.  Hope you enjoy!

Ps–if you don’t yet have a Spotify account, this just might be the best time.  You can sign up for a free account to stream this playlist, and eventually all of our podcasts and playlists.

Musicemissions CMJ Picks 2011

Dirty Heads Kick Off Tour In Dallas

posted October 16, 2011, 3:23 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, MP3, Music News, Tour | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Dirty Heads, The Dirty Heads, Outasight, Subrosa Union


No one is objective. So I won’t even try to pretend that I wasn’t biased going into this show to see one of my favorite bands. I’m pretty sure that I have seen Dirty Heads every time they have played in Dallas so far. This was #4 in the past year, if anyone is keeping count. As soon as they announced their tour in August, I made plans to be there. While the rest of the tour will be featuring Gym Class Heroes, this special night included opening support Outasight and Subrosa Union. I was able to interview all 3 bands before they played, and have included those clips here also.

The 1st act of the night was Read more

Sunday’s Best: Incubus

posted October 16, 2011, 12:00 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Incubus, If Not Now, When?


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

It’s hard to believe that this Southern Cali group has already been together for over 15 years.  Many only like the early work of Incubus, others prefer their newer material.   And you will always have the die hard fans that love their entire catalog.  Their latest record, If Not Now, When?, is a definite change for them, and many of even their most loyal followers have struggled with it.  Their popularity still seems as strong as ever. Let us know which is your favorite album: Read more

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