Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions podcast of the week, this is Nick Fry, aka CharlesMartel on the website. This week I was inspired to perhaps set the curve for the summer around here. Enjoy!
Music journalists like myself get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will compile a list of some of the most intriguing things to come across my virtual desk the week before. So, here’s the inaugural version of this new blog.
Generally, press releases tend to fall into certain categories. One of those is tour/gig announcement releases. There were some interesting examples of those this past week.
The first Monster Energy sponsored Carnival of Madness dates were announced last week.
The first batch of dates for the highly anticipated CARNIVAL OF MADNESS tour, powered by Monster Energy, have been announced.
Sure to be known as the premier rock tour of 2013, the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS–sponsored by Monster Energy–returns this summer with multi-Platinum rock band SHINEDOWN, along with PAPA ROACH, SKILLET, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. The tour commences in Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, August 13. Go to www.CarnivalofMadness.com for specific on-sale date and ticket information, and see below for the first batch of shows. More will be announced in the coming weeks.
Every Sunday, we poll you to find out your favorite album of particular indie legend. This week we’re looking at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Select your favorite:
I can barely contain my excitement. This year is looking like a nostalgia lover’s dream come true. Of course, all of it is dwarfed by the return of the originators of the metal, the fathers of the heavy, the trailblazers of terror…
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz fame are bringing their show, Monkey: Journey to the West, a music-theater collaboration with renowned opera and film director Chen Shi-Zheng, to New York City’s Lincoln Center for the first time this July.
The show is a stage adaptation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West, which dates back to 1592. Equal parts music theater and Hewlett’s insanely brilliant animation, the show also includes Chinese contortionists, martial artists, acrobats, and trapeze. Whether you’re a Gorillaz fan or not, it sounds like it’s going to be awesome.
The images in this post are new ones Hewlett designed of the show’s characters, and you can also watch Albarn and him discuss the show in this video: http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/05/31/gorillaz-albarn-hewlett-monkey-stage-musical/
Tickets and more info can be found at www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com
This past Memorial Day, I returned to UCLA’s Intramural Field to get my soca wind on and to reggae jam and chill with my Caribbean peoples at the largest West Coast reggae festival around. There aren’t too many fests in general that give you the variety of music you will find on both days, for the price paid ($35 for one day, $50 for both days), with an almost certain guarantee of perfect weather (sunny and 70’s). Although many of us returned to work on Tuesday, it was easy to leave that concern at the door, once the alternating relaxed and Carnival party vibes hit you during each set.
Kicking off the main sets of the day, KES the Band immediately got the crowd to its feet and the Trini flag waving, jumping and winding began shortly after. Doing songs like his popular hits “Wotless”, “Trinidadian” and “Where Yuh From”, it’s easy to see why he’s nominated for Best Live Act awards. I spoke to Kees from Kes after his set and loved his animated energy as he spoke about his music, working with Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion and more. Peep the soundclip of our interview below!
Summer festival season jumped off in Southern California as UCLA held their 27th annual JazzReggae Fest (JRF) this past Memorial Day weekend. Becoming a fan of JRF as a grad student at UCLA, the fest has seen a mix of dope rising and established artists like Jill Scott, India Arie, Little Dragon and The Roots come through in previous years. This year proved no different. Kicking Day One off with two UCLA student bands, country folk Street Hearts and the Gluck Jazz Ensemble, it’s always nice to see the next generation of talent in the pipeline.
Ryan McDermott, a new R&B artist on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, took the stage around 1:30PM. Listening to some acoustic tracks and his latest single, “Joy” featuring labelmate Hit Boy prior to arriving at the show, I knew I’d like him live. Over the years, the organizers seem to have their pulse on the next big artist and he shows this type of potential. Doing songs which I assume will be on his debut album as well as Stevie Wonder covers like “That Girl”, I happily chatted with him on the blue press carpet after his set. Peep the interview clip way below!
Emerging artist The Green has released two new singles off their new album that is expected to be released August 20. Four extraordinary talents, one scene-shaking reggae band. Why the name “The Green?”
More about the band*
As JP explains, “We wanted a name that didn’t really point you in any direction. It’s just a color, it makes you figure out what you want it to mean.” The same can go for the music, according to Zion: “It’s OK if it just makes you move, or maybe it’s something new for the ear—it’s a good challenge to try and get people to open their minds a little.”
Yeah, I used to love me some Korn. I still remember peeling the cellophane off of my fresh copy of Follow The Leader as a young man, not even a teenager, and becoming enthralled with Johnathan Davis’ angst and the band’s aggression. They were a sort of gateway drug into my love of metal, and have remained a curiosity if nothing else. My enjoyment of their music was severely damaged once I matured past the “me vs the world that hates me” stage of teenagehood, but there were still elements to enjoy, and my deep connection to the band could never be fully severed. Read more