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Tour Review: STS9

posted December 19, 2011, 10:09 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: STS9, Sound Tribe Sector Nine

Review, Photos, and Video Courtesy of Katie Covens

The world felt vacuous on Sunday morning. The air was strangely silent and stagnant. It was impossible to ignore the contrast between the halcyon morning and the preceding sonorous night. Beats were pulsing through my mind all throughout the following day. I’ve never had a wild music-filled night in downtown Dallas, quite like this one in November. The Saturday night was seemingly infinite, with the additional hour of daylight savings. It was a common question, amongst party-goers, whether it was the first midnight or the second midnight.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine(STS9) played a sensational show at House of Blues in Dallas. The band’s set had evolved Read more

Best Of: Mike Wood’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

posted December 19, 2011, 8:49 am by dscanland | Filed Under Editorial, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Bill Orcutt, Heart Failure Research Unit, Drift, Richard Buckner, Red Plastic Buddha

Top Albums of 2011

This week we are going to take a look at all of our reviewers Top 10 album picks of the year. Please pipe up down in the comments with any that we may have missed or if you don’t agree with any of our picks.

First up, one of our longest and most persistent reviewer and also our most eclectic, patchen AKA Mike Wood from Rhode Island. Read more

Artist Update: Foo Fighters

posted December 18, 2011, 5:51 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Foo Fighters, The Germs, Wasting Light, Back And Forth

What other band could be accused of causing an earthquake? Foo Fighters were playing a show in New Zealand last week, and that’s exactly what happened! According to an earthquake monitoring blog based there called GeoNet, the 50,000 fans gathered for the show caused enough force from jumping and dancing to literally cause the earth beneath them to move.

It happened on December 13th in Auckland. In the blog’s own words, “The concert vibrations were recorded as a semi continuous harmonic signal with a peak osculation of 3Hz, i.e. the ground was shaking 3 times per second in a nice rhythmic motion.” These were real, geological tremors caused by the sound waves from both the band and the crowd. These type of volcanic aren’t all that uncommon, especially during a soccer game, sports event, or concert.

Foo Fighters, who have reunited with Germs guitar player Pat Smear, are currently on a world tour. Their documentary, Back And Forth, debuted this year at SXSW in Austin. Their newest record, Wasting Light, has earned them six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.  They also had a special promotional contest sponsored by Blackberry, in which fans could win a performance in their own garage. There is a video clip below.

Sunday’s Best: Staind

posted December 18, 2011, 4:55 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment 3 Comments

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.

Our focus this time is on Staind. They are currently on tour in support of their new record released this year, a self-titled effort. They have a new drummer and have turned their attention to returning to the root of their sound.

What is your favorite Staind album?

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Previous polls can be found below:

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

Artist Update: Wiz Khalifa

posted December 17, 2011, 11:31 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Taylor Allderdice, Three 6 Mafia, Snoop Dogg, O.N.I.F.C., Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, mixtape

Another day, another mixtape. That’s almost how it seems near the end of 2011. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa has enjoyed a great year, much of which surrounded one of my top 10 best record picks of the year, the gold-certified debut Rolling Papers. He doesn’t seem quite ready to end it yet though. A new mixtape, Taylor Allderdice, will drop soon, and here is the first single and music video, “California“. The mixtape title comes from the high school in Pittsburgh he attended. Wiz was on UStream last month announce the title to his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C. He didn’t reveal what the acronym means.  Congrats to Wiz, who was just named Billboard Magazine’s Top New Artitst Of 2011.

You can also read about Wiz working with Snoop Dogg on a new movie and record here, and about the rapper Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia, who just signed to Wiz’s new label Taylor Gang here. His 3 other newest videos are also listed below:

Update: Brand new year, brand new song! Here is a hot, brand new track with both Wiz and Juicy J! Download or stream here.

Tour Review: The Sounds

posted December 17, 2011, 11:10 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Review by Kristen Reed, Photos by Michelle Pelissero

When the Swedish rockers, The Sounds, graced the Granada Theater along with The Limousines and Kids at the Bar a few weeks ago, they put on a show that made staying out late on a week night worth the extra fatigue in the morning.

The evening began with Read more

On The Verge: Lana Del Rey

posted December 17, 2011, 10:38 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Off To The Races, Born To Die, Blue Jeans, Video Games, Born To Die, Lana Del Rey

One of the hottest and most highly anticipated records is scheduled for release in January, Born To Die. This young artist has a lot of momentum headed into 2012. But just who exactly is Lana Del Rey, and why does she have so much buzz right now? More importantly, does she live up to the hype?

25 year old Lizzy Grant refers to herself as the ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ Read more

Video Of The Week: Lana Del Rey “Born To Die”

posted December 16, 2011, 9:54 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Lana Del Rey, Born To Die

Do you remember when you first heard a word, or learned its definition for the first time? It likes you start to suddenly see and hear it used everywhere, all the time. That was similar to my first exposure to the internet’s latest music sensation, Lana Del Rey. She calls herself the ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ and defines her genre as ‘Hollywood pop/sadcore’, a dramatic new loop for pop music. A friend of mine introduced me to her a month ago, and it seems like she is all I hear and read about lately. All of videos are getting tons of attention at the moment, as the world prepares for her first record in January, Born To Die.   This is her newest video, and I promise that this will not be the last you hear about this young artist.  It just came out a few days ago and already has nearly 2 million hits.  It was directed by Woodkid.

Great new track from Yukon Blonde

posted December 16, 2011, 3:27 pm by dscanland | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Yukon Blonde, MP3, Choices

Here’s a little treat for a Friday. A new song from one of my current favorite Canadian bands, Yukon Blonde. It’s called Choices. Watch next week for our staff Top albums of 2011. A different reviewer post every day!


Contest: Snipits Vol. 5

posted December 16, 2011, 2:46 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 6 Comments

The winner of our next three Snipits or Themecasts will receive the following Roadrunner Records prize pack:

-Dream Theater “A Dramatic Tour of Events”
-Opeth “Heritage”
-Rush “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland”
*All three winners will qualify for a copy of the new Rush album “Clockwork Angels”, as soon as it hits shelves in 2012

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