Enter Shikari, the 4 piece British post-hardcore outfit, are gearing up to release their third studio album. They blew away any notion of a sophomore slump, proving they have staying power. A Flash Flood of Colour is set to come out on January 17th, and you can pre-order it from iTunes right now:
I was able to interview guitar player Liam “Rory” Clewlow at the end of last summer, after they were through with Van’s Warped Tour. I became an instant fan after discovering them, and thought it would be a good idea to keep in touch. This time I was able to catch up with Roughton “Rou” Reynolds, the lead vocalist, to get some music recommendations.
First post of the new year! Ok, ok so it’s 2012 and you are probably tired of seeing best of lists already. Well we worked hard on this list and hope you dig it anyway. We have 3 of our correspondents, including myself, who are avid concert goers compile this list. And like most, we begin by struggling to come up with 10 then by the end actually have way more and struggle to narrow it down to only 10! It was so hard to choose, between us this year we have seen Blink-182, Cloud Nothings, Fleet Foxes, Death From Above 1979, Curren$y, Social Distortion, Kurt Vile, Seether, A Day To Remember, Ghostland Observatory, Reptar, Cold War Kids, Big K.R.I.T., Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Modest Mouse, Asher Roth, and way more. So here are our picks for the Top 10 Live Shows Of 2011!
Carina’s picks (photos and video courtesy of Carina Contreras)
1. Bonnaroo Music Festival: Being up front in the pit for The Black Keys, Eminem and Arcade Fire made the 14+ bus ride to Tennessee worth it. Matt and Kim probably had one of the best sets at the show.
Festival Highlights: Florence + the Machine, Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Band of Skulls, Explosions in the Sky, Robyn
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 week is on one of my favorite bands, Foo Fighters. 2011 was an incredible year for this group, as they went back to their roots to record their newest record. Wasting Light was one one my personal top 10 picks for best records of the year. Dave Grohl filled in on drums for Cage The Elephant on tour, they reunited with Nevermind producer Butch Vig, and even did a small contest tour where they played in the home garages of lucky fans. In even more recent news, The Fighters and their 50,000 fans in New Zealand literally caused the earth to shake! Finally, their documentary Back And Forth, debuted at SXSW this past year and is a must see.
What is the best Foo Fighters record of all time? Let us know your favorite by voting and leaving comments!
Previous polls can be found below:
For the first day of the new year, we are going to finish up taking a look at all of our reviewers Top 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.
1. AWOLNation – Megalithic Symphony
2. Young The Giant – Young the Giant
3. Cake – Showroom of Compassion
4. Yelawolf – Radioactive
5. Foster The People – Torches
6. Sublime with Rome – Yours Truly
7. Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
8. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
9. Mac MIller – Blue Slide Park
10. NIckelback – Here & Now
1. Cut Copy- Zonoscope
2. Oh Land- Oh Land
3. The Rapture- In The Grace Of Your Love
4. Junior boys- It’s All True
5. Battles- Gloss Drop
6. Justice- Audio, Video, Disco
7. Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!
8. Portugal. the man- In The Mountain In The Cloud
9. Apparat- The Devil’s Walk
10. Yacht- Shangri-La
I lost track of how many shows that I went to this year, more than ever before though. Good thing I had my video camera handy for most of them. I didn’t pick these clips because they were my favorite, or because there was anything special or unique about them. I simply went through our list, and picked those with the most views. The only exception is that I didn’t include any duplicates, so once a band once on this list, I didn’t add them a 2nd time. Also, these clips are all live footage, I didn’t include any interviews. So here are our Top 15 Live Concert Videos Of 2011, chosen from our YouTube page. You can find all of these clips and a ton more (over 200 now!) at http://www.youtube.com/musicemissionscom.
1. BOTDF, Vans Warped Tour, June 2011
This was our first time being introduced to this band. Not only did we not know who they were, we hadn’t planned on watching their set early that day in the blistering Texas heat. Their passionate performance, along with the intensity and responsiveness from the crowd quickly changed our minds. This is our most highly viewed video, with over 23,000 hits. We also have another video from them which is still our 2nd highest rated, with over 13,000 views.
2. Grieves, Vans Warped Tour, 2011
Another performance from the kickoff to Vans Warped Tour this past summer. We were tipped off to the hot young hip-hop star thanks to a brief article in Spin. You can also watch our video interview with him, which already has over 9,000 views, one of our most.
3. Kurt Vile & The Violators, SXSW, March 2011
Every Friday we feature a music video in a feature called Video Of The Week. It’s always fun to watch a classic video from one of your favorite artists, or to watch a new video from a new band. Some of the videos listed here were featured as our video of the week during the past year, while others were just discovered later. Video killed the radio star a couple decades ago, and forever changed music and the industry as we know it. And now with access to the internet, smart phones and iPads, and YouTube, nearly anyone can become an overnight sensation. These range from the animated to the exotic, they will make you laugh, cry, and experience every emotion in between–hope you enjoy! Let us know which you like best, or which videos you think we left off that should be on the list.
1. Tyler The Creator – “Yonkers”
Conceived and directed himself, it was filmed By Luis Panch Perez. This iconic video became an instant classic, putting Tyler on the map. It also won him Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards. Oh yeah, and it has over 30 million views.
2. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
This was another instance of a star being born overnight. Barely anyone knew who this white girl rapper was before dropping this single, which also landed her a record deal. Kreayshawn made the move from making videos to making making music, and it has gained 29 million views since it was first uploaded this summer. It was directed by @JOSEPHZENTIL, and produced by @STRANGEARMAND.
3. Toro Y Moi – “How I Know”
Lights All Night is a 2 Night New Year’s Eve Dance Festival in the heart of Downtown Dallas, TX, 12/30 & 12/31. It takes place at the Dallas Convention Center attached to the new Omni Hotel. There are over 30 artists scheduled to appear on multiple stages. This amazing and unique event is presented by Highland Entertainment & MCP Presents, with SPIN Magazine being the official media partner. We have been selected and chosen to cover the event, by being given press credentials. A percentage of profits and all donations go to the American Red Cross. Some of the artists scheduled to appear are Tiesto, Diplo, Neon Indian, Girl Talk, Flux Pavilion, Ghostland Observatory, GriZ, White Panda, Paper Diamond, Felix Cartel, Porter Robinson, MSTRKRFT, and Caspa.
Here are some photos of the venue being set up before the event began:
Hip-hop has forever changed the face and course of modern music. Hip-hop artists don’t want 2-3 years between releasing records, sometimes they only wait 2-3 months or less. And they always seem to have a side project or two they are also working on. The mixtape has evolved and has become just as important as both EPs and LPs. In that spirit, here are my personal picks for the Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2011:
1. Verde Terrace by Curren$y
Of course the New Orleans chronic (pun intended) workaholic was bound to make this list. This was released in late August, and remains of one my favorites all year.
2. Blue Dream & Lean by Juicy J
Known for being a member of the Three 6 Mafia, the rapper released one of the best mixtapes all year round. Recently inked to Wiz Khalifia’s Taylor Gang label, expect much more from him soon. Special guests include Wiz, Kreayshawn, Space Ghost Purp & ASAP Rocky.
What a year 2011 has been for the Dallas trio True Widow, and a good year it has been. This year they have put out their second record, As High as the Highest Heavens, which was featured on NPR’s First Listen. They have also provided opening support for The Toadies and Kurt Vile. They just got back from opening for Boris and Asobi Seksu, and touring Europe. They were also featured in Prefix magazine, and just released another five-song EP, I.N.O. Earlier this year before the madness, we were able to catch up with Slim, the drummer, to talk about how they got started, what it’s like to hang and tour with Kurt Vile, and the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind.