One of my choices for both Top Ten Records and Top Ten Live Shows this year will be AWOLNATION. Most are familiar due to the radio single “Sail”, but this band and record are much more than that. Currently on tour with Middle Class Rut, their year has included a stop at ACL, Jimmy Kimmel, and just recently Jay Leno. There they were presented a plaque for selling a half million (read 500,000) copies of “Sail”. They are currently MTV’s PUSH artist of the week, and yesterday their new video “Not Your Fault” was debuted there. You can watch it here.
Photo courtesy The Audio Perv
Florence + the Machine arrived bright and early Monday morning to sound check for their performance on “Good Morning America”. This summer, they were part of GMA’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park and were invited back to the Fall Concert Series in the Time Square studio. Read more
One of my favorite releases this year was from a band I was only introduced to this year, Young Buffalo. The trio from Mississippi signed to Fat Possum, toured opening for Arctic Monkeys, and released their phenomenal EP Young Von Prettylips. They were originally scheduled to play CMJ, but one of their members left the band due to his wife having a baby.
East Coast trio The Stepkids are having quite the year. In addition to getting rave reviews from both Spin and Pitchfork, the futuristic electro soul group has just completed touring Japan. Up next to finish the year will be a tour of Europe, The UK, and then Australia in January. Tyler the Creator from Odd Future fame was also just quoted in Spin as wanting to imitate their sound, or perhaps even colloborate with them. Somehow, they found the time somewhere to produce and release another trippy video. Check out the new “Suburban Dream“, from their self-titled debut.
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Interview by Special Guest Correspondant Megan Radke
Recently local Dallas metal band Warbeast got the opportunity to open for both Gwar and Every Time I Die. I had a chance to chat with their frontman, Bruce Corbitt, prior to their show at the House of Blues in Dallas. We talked everything from touring, to GWAR, to albums, to the band’s history with southern metal legends, Pantera.
How long have you guys been on this tour? How has it been so far?
It’s been about a week and a half now. We’ve done about eight shows so far. Its been great. It’s definitely the best tour we’ve ever been on as far as the crowds we get to play in front of. We’re really excited about that.
What’s it like being on tour and playing with GWAR? Read more
I apologize in advanced. I did not take any pictures at this show! Ok, I lied. I took 3, but the lighting was not right, and I was fine with that. Sometimes it is nice to attend a concert and forget about technology for 2 hours.
NYC’s EXITMUSIC took the stage around 8pm and opened with “The Sea”, which is off their debut EP, From Silence. They didn’t interact much with the crowd and quickly went into “The Modern Age”. Lead singer, Aleksa Palladino has a very distinct and haunting voice. I look forward to hearing more from this duo, since their current EP only has 4 tracks.
Seeing Phantogram at Maxwell’s was a treat. They can easily sell out larger venues across the river in NYC, but decided to play for 200 people in New Jersey (even though Sarah said it is nice to be back and playing in New York City). It’s ok. We forgive you.
Phantogram added their own light show to spice up the usual bland lighting Maxwell’s provides. They played a nice mix of new songs, such as “16 Years”, “Make A Fist”, “Dont Move”, and “Nightlife” which was part of the encore. “Don’t Move” has been added to my list of favorite Phantogram songs. “Mouthful of Diamonds” was played early on in the set along with “You Are the Ocean”, “As Far As I Can See”, “Turn If Off”, and “Bloody Palms”. The crowd kept yelling for “When I’m Small”, which they played right before the encore.
Overall, Phantogram put on a fantastic live show. Seeing them live made me appreciate their newest album, Nightlife, a lot more.
Has anyone else been curious about Wiz Khalifa lately or is it just me? The mixtape trend in hip-hop has been in practice long enough now to leave its mark. It has affected not only this genre, but rock and pop also. The time when an artist or band only releases new material every year or two is quickly coming to an end. Fans now expect their favorites that they look up to constantly be on the grind, putting out new music. So even though Wiz dropped his debut album for Atlantic this year, Rolling Papers, and has been touring the world, I for one have been hoping he would give us an early Christmas gift.
I guess wishes do sometimes still come true! The first bit of news I have is a new song that has appeared online called “Dessert“. I will give you one guess as to what his favorite dessert is! It is a very short tune with an accompanying video shot in the studio, directed by Bill Paladino. The other news is related to the upcoming movie with Snoop Dogg, Mac and Devin Go To High School. They have an accompanying soundtrack, and will also be touring together briefly. In preparation, they have treated us with a new single featuring none other than Bruno Mars, called “Young, Wild & Free”. The tour dates listed below are quickly approaching, and the soundtrack is scheduled out December 13th. Also listed is another song from the movie, which actually premiered last year.
Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “High School” Tour Dates – Venues List
Dec. 5: New York, N.Y. (Terminal 5)
Dec. 6: Philadelphia, Pa. (Electric Factory)
Dec. 7: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Dec. 10: Atlanta, Ga. (Tabernacle)
Dec. 12: San Francisco, Calif. (The Warfield Theatre)
Dec. 13: Los Angeles, Calif. (The Wiltern)
Video and Review by Mark Ambrose
Young The Giant may not be a band you have heard of or maybe it is! Microsoft & Windows have teamed up with multiple artists besides YTG like Matt & Kim, The Drums, and MuteMath to play acoustic jam sessions at their Windows Phone launch events taking place around the country. At the Dallas event last night, some people that were at the event had no clue as to who YTG was but were persuaded by friends to come check out the show as they had seem them before and were fans of their music.
It is no secret that Florence + the Machine have been working full time since the announcement of their sophomore album, Ceremonials. In late August the video for, “What the Water Gave Me” hit the internet showing us a behind the scenes look at the recording of the sophomore album. In October, with the album release just weeks away, the video for “Shake It Out” had Florence trying to shake the devil off her back during a haunting masquerade.
Now a month later, Florence + the Machine have released the video for a slightly shorter version of “No Light, No Light”, which shows Florence holding onto the side of a building in NYC, while a Vodouisant pokes pins in a doll representing Welch. Eventually Welch falls from the building, but is saved after she shatters through stained glass windows into a church.
The single, “No Light, No Light”, will be released on January 16th. What do you think of the video?
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