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Sunday’s Best… Radiohead

posted June 5, 2011, 9:41 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Indie Classic, quiz, Sunday's Best | comment 23 Comments

Tags: King Of Limbs, The bends, Kid A, OK Computer, Radiohead, Pablo Honey, Best Of

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.

This week we tackle…Radiohead
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Video Of The Week: Middle Class Rut-New Low

posted June 3, 2011, 11:49 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Before going to a local music fest a month ago, I was not yet hip to Middle Class Rut. This duo from California’s state capital have been rapidly gaining attention, probably due to this song being played on the radio. One guy (Sean Stockham) plays drums, the other guitar (Zack Lopez), and both take turns singing. This video of their most popular song is dark, and involves both members dying different kinds of death over and over again. I’m positive we will hear more about them soon.

Tour Review: Cage The Elephant

posted June 3, 2011, 1:59 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Manchester Orchestra, Sleeper Agent, Cage The Elephant, Celabrasion, Simple Math

Photo Credit: Michelle Pelissero

Not everything lives up to its expectations. Just think of The Dallas Cowboys, Congratulations by MGMT, the Blackberry Playbook, U2′s Spiderman on Broadway, or the latest upgrade of Facebook. Fortunately for me then that this wasn’t true of experiencing Cage the Elephant (CTE) live. I have been looking forward to seeing them for quite some time now and was finally able to recently. The opening slots were filled by Sleeper Agent and Manchester Orchestra, 2 other great bands who also put on stunning performances for this sold out crowd on Memorial Day weekend. This was actually the largest audience that Cage has ever played for, in which they were specifically headlining.

The night started with Sleeper Agent. These newcomers are also Bowling Green natives like their headlining counterparts, and were friends of CTE before they were a band. The sextet is supporting and promoting their debut album, Celabrasion, which should be released August. Peter Gaston of Spin called them one of the best discoveries of SXSW 2011 and those gathered this night couldn’t find much to be let down by. Next up was the increasingly popular Manchester Orchestra, supporting their brand new and just released Simple Math. It was as if each band of the night kept increasing in talent, trying to out perform who played before them.

Cage is quickly and steadily becoming a relatively well known group, mostly due to radio play. Touring to promote their latest release, Happy Birthday, the guys have matured since their first record came out, yet still manage to have a great time. They also know how to bring fans along with them for the roller coaster ride, which is just as important. This is no easy balancing act, but one which CTE knows how to handle with finesse.

Perhaps some of the incredible energy in the atmosphere could be due to the holiday weekend, but not all of it can be explained away that easily. Matt Shultz, the lead singer, has a reputation that precedes him; CTE are known for their highly energetic live shows, and they did not disappoint. They started the show off with the popular “In One Ear”, followed up by new songs “2024″, and one of my favorites, “Aberdeen”. The performance was an explosion of energy that didn’t slow down much, reminiscent of the recent tornadoes. Matt spun and twirled and bounced all over the huge stage. The set list also included “Always Something”, “Around My Head”, “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”, and “Shake Me Down”. They chose a Pavement song, “False Skorpion”, to cover for the encore.

It’s always rad to see a band that you’re into for the first time when they don’t disappoint you. Not only did CTE not let their fans down, they created new ones. CTE are as good and you hope they are, probably better. For those lucky enough to get there early, they were treated to two of the best support bands touring this year. I’m already looking forward to seeing them again live, although I doubt they will be playing very many venues less than 2000 anytime in the near future.

Devin The Dude Tour Review

posted June 2, 2011, 7:08 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Live Show Reviews, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Devin the Dude really knows how to light up a room, both literally and figuratively. Although there were still 700 tickets left at noon the day of the show, it sold out by showtime. That is not too big of a surprise when you consider the fans though. Read more

Lounge Act, Episode 16- Things Falling Apart

posted May 31, 2011, 10:22 am by Trismus | Filed Under Podcast | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: dead man's bones

Episode 16 goes from bad, to worse, then off the rails.


Sunday’s Best … Brand New

posted May 29, 2011, 11:49 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Indie Classic, Sunday's Best | comment 5 Comments

Tags: The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me, Deja Entendu, Your Favorite Weapon, Daisy, Brand New, The Best Of

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.

First up for community vote; Brand New

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Video Of The Week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.-Nothing But Our Love

posted May 27, 2011, 10:22 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Video | comment 1 Comment

When you think of Detroit, music might come to mind. But I bet that melodic, dreamy, electronic indie pop doesn’t. That’s why you should get introduced to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. These 2 guys from the 8 mile city are quickly beginning to pick up blog steam since releasing their first single, “Nothing But Our Love,”. They are currently touring in support of their new album, It’s a Corporate World, set to drop on June 7. I am really bummed out that I won’t be able to see them tonight so hopefully you enjoy this video as much as I did.

Episode 81: Unsigned and Wound Up

posted May 24, 2011, 8:36 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Podcast | comment 4 Comments

Tags: Broken Orchestra, Neur

Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week……This week I dug a bit for indie or unsigned acts looking for a little exposure…While I received a lot of emails, and a lot of music, I did my best to bring you the best quality… Read more

Of Montreal Tour Review

posted May 22, 2011, 10:21 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Tour | comment 1 Comment

So I was finally able to see Of Montreal in person.  After hearing so many incredible stories and trying several times unsuccessfully to see them, I was determined to attend this time. May 2011 finds the entourage still touring and promoting last year’s record False Priest.  And although I had anticipated seeing this band live for the past couple years, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Could their live performance really be as dazzling as I had heard, or would they just be that band with the Outback commercial song?
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Video Of The Week: Cocky Americans-2012

posted May 20, 2011, 4:57 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Video | comment Leave a Comment

I was lucky enough to come across this local Dallas band recently. They opened up for Royal Bangs. They have been steadily building a following by playing as much as possible. Some might compare them to the Strokes. They just released the video this past week, so I thought what better timing, the eve of the rapture. May I introduce you to one of my favorite new bands, Cocky Americans.

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