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Interview: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

posted October 11, 2011, 9:11 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Interviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, CMJ, Toro Y Moi, Smith Westerns, Portugal.The Man, Unknown Mortal Orchestra


***PARENTAL ADVISORY***

The only musical decade better than the 1960′s or 1970′s is without doubt the 1990′s. I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to, or how many times I have heard: “I wish I had been alive then”, or “the best music was from back then”. What is so amazing about the time that we are living in is that today’s indie, underground music scene combines the best of both. Anyone has the potential to post an mp3 and have half the world listen to it within a short amount of time. The only thing then to separate one band from another is their ability to perform live, and their ability to connect with its listeners.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO), is one of the hardest working and touring bands today. They take both the audio and visual psychedelic elements of the 60′s and 70′s, then add their own touch to make some of today’s best new music. Their story began last year when uploading their first single to Bandcamp. Since then, they have toured this year with Portugal.The Man, Smith Westerns, and currently are opening for Toro Y Moi. The Portland trio will make their CMJ debut next week in New York City. I was lucky enough to catch up with the guys last Friday in Dallas. They literally took turns driving all night from El Paso to do a free in store appearance at a local record shop before their show later that night. Exhausted and exhilarated, we discussed their rapid rise to success, their opinion on blogs, CMJ, and even the relationship of psychedelic drugs to music. Here’s what they had to say:

Sunday’s Best: Blink-182

posted October 9, 2011, 3:20 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Sunday's Best | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Blink 182


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.

Vote on all of our Sunday’s Best

It’s still hard to believe this trio is now considered the stable veterans of Rock. Though they may aren’t as young as they used to be, Blink-182 will always be about rebellious fun…

    So, tell us…

What is your favorite Blink 182 release?

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Honda Civic Tour Review: Blink-182, MCR, Matt & Kim

posted October 9, 2011, 11:37 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Photos by Michelle Pelissero

Fall is in the air as of late. It’s a time of change, and a time to reflect on past memories. And whether you have just headed back to classes or got back from vacation, the reality of responsibility has set in. Then it’s no wonder so many people decided to venture out on a Tuesday night for the 10th anniversary of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, and Matt & Kim.

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Video Of The Week: Stepkids “Wonderfox”

posted October 7, 2011, 8:08 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


The Stepkids are futuristic electro soul recorded on a reel-to-reel; soaring harmonies sung by three singer/songwriters; Kandinsky-esque visuals that make for enigmatic live performances.   “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg.   “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.”   As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member.   There’s no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids.   It’s psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.

The Stepkids groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer and record themselves on a reel-to-reel.    Think T.Rex meets Sun Ra,  Sly Stone meets Stravinsky, and Dylan meets Dilla.  Philosophy and literature provide a conceptual schematic, from existential musings (“Legend in My Own Mind”), to the work of Charles Bukowski (“La La”) and Plato’s theoretical “Allegory of the Cave” (“Shadows on Behalf”). Add to this a vested interest in the recording process, and you have an imaginative album of Technicolor brilliance expertly self-engineered and self-produced. Live, kaleidoscopic projections by experimental video artist Jesse Mann consume the stage with light for a multi-sensory experience.

Kurt Vile New EP: So Outta Reach

posted October 6, 2011, 10:38 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Philadelphia rocker and stoner vibe creator Kurt Vile is scheduled to release a new EP this month called So Outta Reach. This will be a follow up to his highly successful LP Smoke Ring for My Halo, released earlier this year. Listed here are 2 tracks, “Creature“, and “Life’s A Beach“. Also included on the upcoming EP will be a cover of Bruce Springstein‘s “Downbound Train“.

Creature

Neon Indian And Kreayshawn On Tour

posted October 5, 2011, 2:22 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment


Dell And Intel Present The First-Ever Noisey.com College Tour Co-Starring Neon Indian And Kreayshawn

VICE, in concert with Dell and Intel, is pleased to announce the first-ever Noisey College Tour, a two-week, ten-city music tour co-starring chillwave indie rock darling Neon Indian and video hitmaker/rapper Kreayshawn.

Noisey was launched with the mission of creating an online music destination that showcases the best bands from all over the planet, presenting a global snapshot of music and youth culture from 11 countries worldwide. With the Noisey College Tour, VICE is taking Noisey Tour.com offline for the first time ever. But the mission remains the same, to showcase great bands for the fans. The tour is being presented by Dell and Intel and is supported by Rdio, a free, unlimited, on-demand social music service.

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Sunday’s Best: Green Day

posted October 2, 2011, 11:34 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Sunday's Best | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Green Day, Sunday's Best


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.

Vote on all of our Sunday’s Best

It’s still hard to believe this trio is now considered the stable veterans of Rock. Though they may never return to their unpolished Punk roots, Green Day has always made solid music with a message…

    So, tell us…

What is your favorite Green Day album?

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Video of the Week: Foster The People “Houdini”

posted September 30, 2011, 10:30 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Foster The People


On July 4th,  Foster The People performed in front of a sold out (imagine that) show in Dallas.  To allow more people a chance to see them, they were cool enough to play an in-store appearance at the best vinyl shop in town, Good Records.  I was lucky enough to attend both show:

The first show:

You can read my review of both shows here.

Roger Waters Performs “In The Flesh?” with Foo Fighters

posted September 29, 2011, 11:42 am by Kevin Sellers | Filed Under Music News | comment 4 Comments


Last night on the Jimmy Fallon show, fans were treated to a little bit of the unexpected; Roger Waters arrived on stage with the Foo Fighters in what is, to my ears, a great rendition of the track “In The Flesh?” from the album “The Wall”. Roger is currently taking a short break from his recent touring of “The Wall” which will continue in January with scheduled stops in Australia, New Zealand, and South America.

This link will bring you to the aforementioned clip, the best quality version I’ve found so far. Enjoy!

In The Flesh?

Contest: Themecast Vol. 1

posted September 28, 2011, 1:44 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 9 Comments


This is real simple, the first person to comment with the THEME of all five songs, wins a $5 gift certificate at Amazon.com…

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