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Video: Ty Segall

posted October 17, 2012, 9:06 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ty Segall


California psychedelic rocker Ty Segall made his television debut yesterday on Conan. He played a track “Thank God For Sinners” off his new album Twins. You can find current tour dates and see his newest music video right here.

Update: In November, Ty was also on the Letterman show, playing “You’re The Doctor”.  Here is the video:

CMJ 2012: Spotify Playlist

posted October 17, 2012, 7:44 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Doomtree, U.S. Royalty, Dum Dum Girls, Field Mouse, King Tuff, CMJ, CMJ 2012


Yes, it’s that time of year again already! For the few of you that may not know, the College Music Journal’s week long annual music marathon is New York City’s equivalent of SXSW. Countless hundreds, hell maybe even thousands, of bands and music industry types descend upon the Big Apple. Besides free drinks and parties, they all have the same goal: to discover the best up and coming new artists! Last year was our first to attend, and what an experience it was! In 2011 we were able to cover artists like Dum Dum Girls, Givers, Grimes, Portugal.The Man, We Are Augustines, Purity Ring, Zola Jesus, Caveman, Sleeper Agent, Jenny Owens Young, Gauntlet Hair, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Polica.

We are still working to try and  finalize our Top CMJ 2012 picks list for this year’s event. We will have two new staff members on site to provide coverage of the event for us.  Until then, here’s a Spotify playlist of new music we are considering putting on this year’s guide. Last year’s Top 40 picks list included such diversity and buzzworthy tunes from the likes of Yellow Ostrich, Sarah Jaffe, The Stepkids, Trash Talk, Bright Light Social Hour, Doomtree, Lord Huron, and more. This larger, newer, playlist includes U.S. Royalty, Blue Hawaii, Conveyor, Field Mouse, Solid Gold, King Tuff, Mac Demarco and tons more! And we are also including the official CMJ Spotify playlist for you also. Dig in!

 

 

 

 

 

Contest: The Features (CLOSED)

posted October 16, 2012, 12:40 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Festivals | comment 1 Comment


Just recently we interviewed one of the hottest indie bands in music right now while on tour supporting their latest album “Wilderness”. We received a ton of feedback about these guys and figured you might have some interest in a bit of unique swag.

How To Win

Music Emissions has two prize packs for The Featuresto give away. To be eligible, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We will post a status update by 5PM EST on Friday, October 19th for your chance to win. Good luck!

What To Win


The Prize pack will include:
-Vinyl copy of The Features “Wilderness”
-The Features T-Shirt

Tour Review: Gotye With Kimbra

posted October 15, 2012, 1:39 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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 Review by special guest correspondent Kristen ReedPhotos by Jason Janik, Video by Sarah Flores

In the 1960s, America experienced the British Invasion thanks to an influx of bands from England, but on October 12, 2012, Grand Prairie experienced the Oceania Invasion. Gotye graced the stage of the Verizon Wireless Theater with opening acts Kimbra and Jonti, and North Texans welcomed the three non-native performers with open arms.

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The evening kicked off with Jonti, who hails from Sydney, Australia. When I saw his set up, which consisted of a laptop and several other pieces of equipment, I immediately assumed that I would be exposed to a typical DJ-type performer. Thankfully, the t-shirt clad opening act, who immediately began interacting with the attendees, gave a performance that was anything but typical. He utilized accessible beats, a guitar, a lunchbox ukulele, vocals, and even sounds that were reminiscent of the good ole 8- and 16-bit video games that I grew up playing. Read more

Interview: 10 Questions (or so) for The Features

posted October 13, 2012, 8:32 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Festivals, Interviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Austin City Limits 2012, Rollum Haas, Wilderness, ACL, ACL 2012, The Features


One of the hardest-working and hardest-rocking Southern indie rock bands you’ll ever see in concert are The Features. Before they moseyed into Texas to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival, drummer Rollum Haas graciously took the time to answer a few questions for Music Emissions writer Gilles LeBlanc. If you’re not familiar with The Features for whatever reason, check them out online at TheFeatures.com or Facebook.com/TheFeatures, or follow them on Twitter @TheFeatures.

I also highly recommend watching their rodent-rific video for “Another One”.

First things first – Congratulations on what I feel is one of the most underratedly awesome albums I’ve heard this year. Can you quickly share with me what the Wildnerness ride has been like so far, and are there more surprises to come before 2012 is out?

Thank you. The Wilderness ride is like a really slow rickety roller coaster that lasts for two years. It smells like a combination of sweaty dudes, salt & vinegar potato chips, and pee. The only things you’re allowed to eat are Subway or Taco Bell. You pass by really cool sites along the way but you’re not allowed to interact. Sometimes there’s free Wi-Fi.



Is it true that you’re already working on a full-length follow-up, due out in March? (Blame Wikipedia if this isn’t the case!) Should we expect more of the same, albeit in the sense that yours is a style that is tough to pin down and label? I absolutely love the retro psychedelic keyboard feel on songs like “Golden Comb”, by the way! Read more

Contest: Win Steve Vai’s The Story of Light (CLOSED)

posted October 13, 2012, 7:44 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Contest, Music News, Releases | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Steve Vai, The Story of Light


It’s one of the best guitar albums of the year, and Music Emissions wants to give you the chance to immerse yourself in Steve Vai’s well-reviewed eight studio album, The Story of Light. It is available as a deluxe CD/special edition DVD combo or digital download directly from Vai.com, but how would you like to get it from us, for FREE?

You say free?

Vai’s North American tour is over for 2012 (he’s in Europe for the rest of the year), but you can experience great songs like “Velorum”, “Gravity Storm”, and “Racing the World” over and over again. And it doesn’t matter where you live; everyone has a shot at winning a copy of The Story of Light!

 

How To Win

Music Emissions has three copies of Steve Vai’s The Story of Light to give away. To be eligible, follow us on Twitter and send us a message with the hashtag #TheStoryofLight. You can also Like us on Facebook and leave a comment there, or even at the end of this post. You have until 5PM EST on Friday, October 19th. Good luck!

Interview: Freelance Whales

posted October 12, 2012, 5:38 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment


We admit it: we have a new band crush on Brooklyn’s Freelance Whales. They are getting a copious amount of attention this week, and deserve every bit. We ran an On The Verge article about the band, highlighting the fact that their new record Diluvia was released on Tuesday. We saw the band live ourselves on Wednesday, after getting to chat with them over the phone. Then yesterday, they were declared the MTV Push Artist Of The Week. They join the ranks of other great bands like AWOLNATION, 2 Chainz, Walk The Moon, Azealia Banks, White Arrows, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, and Givers. Their new music video “Spitting Image” premiered on MTVU, and is our video of the week. We got to talk to keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist Chuck Criss, who is the brother of actor Darren Criss of the television show Glee. Get tour dates and learn more about the band and their new record here.

How did you hook up with band Geographer?

It turns out that we have a lot of the same mutual friends. We toured with the band Miniature Tigers, who are on the same Modern Art label same as Geographer.   So they were recommended to us from friends and seem way cool.

How do you most often listen to music? (cd, iPhone, Spotify?)

Well we all love vinyl.  It sucks that we aren’t able to take that on the road with us. So mostly, at least while touring, we mostly are just driving and listening to someone’s iPhone through the car stereo.

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(ACL) Video Of The Week: Freelance Whales “Spitting Image”

posted October 12, 2012, 5:13 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: ACL, Austin City Limits Fest, Austin City Limits, Austin City Limits Festival, Diluvia, Weathervanes, Freelance Whales, ACL 2012


Our video of the week is from ACL Festival‘s Freelance Whales. They are getting a copious amount of attention this week, and deserve every bit. We ran an On The Verge article about the band, highlighting the fact that their new record Diluvia was released on Tuesday. We saw the band live ourselves on Wednesday, and were able to interview them over the phone. Then yesterday, they were declared the MTV Push Artist Of The Week. They join the ranks of other great bands like AWOLNATION, 2 Chainz, Walk The Moon, Azealia Banks, White Arrows, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, and Givers. This video, which premiered on MTVU, is for “Spitting Image”. Get tour dates and learn more about the band and their new record here.

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Artist Update: Sleeper Agent

posted October 12, 2012, 4:23 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Sleeper Agent, That's My Baby


Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent just released a new music video for “That’s My Baby.” The video features the band in a karaoke bar, engaged in a performance that, with the help of different backgrounds representing the most various locations, gets increasingly bizarre.

The video was directed by singer/guitarist Tony Smith, who said about it: ” The inspiration came from a lack of sleep and too much time away from home. I wanted it to be dreamlike; something that’s relatively normal but seems ‘off’”.

The Top 20 Indie Picks Of ACL 2012

posted October 11, 2012, 1:12 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News, Video | comment 2 Comments

Tags: ACL 2012, Austin City Limits Fest, ACL, Austin City Limits, Crystal Castles, Tegan & Sara, The War On Drugs, Austin City Limits Festival, Alabama Shakes, The Civil Wars


Who doesn’t love a music festival, right?  It’s all the best parts of a concert–music, friends, alcohol and drugs…just lots and lots more of them!  Each year, more and more of them are popping up all over the place.  As you probably already know, one of the most popular fests each year is Austin City Limits. And it has to be one of the most incredible line ups this year–hell, maybe even one of the best ever!  We’re talking about The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & The Stooges, Florence+The Machine, M83, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Avett Brothers, Childish Gambino, The Black Keys, and countless others! Is it just us, or does 2012 seem like the year that each fest is trying to out do and top each other?

The larger indie music sites always publish guides which present a good summary to the impressive bill, but who doesn’t already know about most of these celebrity performers?  Of course most attending will certainly want to see The War On Drugs, Crystal Castles, The Civil Wars, Tegan & Sara, Alabama Shakes, Gotye, and The Afghan Whigs. But for each of these, there are a ton of massively talented, vastly underrated artists like Gary Clark Jr., Andrew Bird, and The Weeknd,

Anyone who has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking towards the bottom of the schedule. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of.  That’s where we come in to help.  Live music festivals are still, despite all the advanced technology of 2012, one of the best methods of discovering new music. We are intending this to be a primer for armchair quarterback fans like us.  We aren’t providing first hand coverage, but are watching the live stream coverage on YouTube like many of you.  These are some artists already turning up everywhere this year, and others we expect to follow them very soon. The list includes everything from pop to hip-hop to EDM to folk. So in our best and on going effort to cover the best in indie music, we present our Top 20 Indie Picks Of ACL 2012. The list is not presented in any logical or sequential order whatsoever: Read more

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