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Festivals: Rocklahoma Sights, Sounds (Day Two)

posted June 1, 2014, 9:52 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Festivals | comment Leave a Comment


Last week, Pryor, Oklahoma played host to the eighth annual Rocklahoma. Whether you made the trip or just stayed at home and barbecued for Memorial Day weekend, chances are you’re still recovering. Although some logistical problems immediately came into play over the weekend, such as check-in traffic and cell phone signal and the overwhelming choice of terrific bands, we were there to get in close for a look at most of the action. Here we go…

Day One

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Day Three

…In Progress

Las Vegas’ Adelitas Way opened the Main Stage on Saturday Slidely Slideshow

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Festivals: Rocklahoma Sights, Sounds (Day One)

posted May 30, 2014, 7:45 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Festivals | comment Leave a Comment


Last week, Pryor, Oklahoma played host to the eighth annual Rocklahoma. Whether you made the trip or just stayed at home and barbecued for Memorial Day weekend, chances are you’re still recovering. Although some logistical problems immediately came into play over the weekend, such as check-in traffic and cell phone signal and the overwhelming choice of terrific bands, we were there to get in close for a look at most of the action. Here we go…

Blackstone Cherry- We missed their show, but from everything we’re told (including their peers) Blackstone Cherry is not a show to be missed. Check out their youtube video for “Blame it on the Boom Boom”
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The App Making ‘BigNoiz’

posted May 29, 2014, 12:27 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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When it comes to apps, if you’re a music fan like me, you don’t need 80,000 apps to fulfill your live music or content needs. With several hype-filled music apps in the marketplace, it’s easy to get lost among apps that aren’t user-friendly i.e. requiring you to provide your first born’s blood type to log in or only serve one function. You know the drill- visit this site to enter this contest over here and visit another site to find out tour dates and to buy tickets, which is annoying and time-consuming.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 32

posted May 28, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | comment Leave a Comment


So, can you appreciate music you don’t like? That is a difficult question to answer. The simplest answer I can think of is ‘why would you want to?’ If there is a musical style I do not like I can think of no valid reason to want to listen to it. I might be able to say that it is technically well-performed or something, but that is still not going to make me want to listen to it. That is why I struggle with so much prog rock – I simply do not find it appealing enough despite the fact that it is often well-performed. Same goes for some of the more obscurantist forms of jazz. But don’t confuse poor-performance with poor production – they are two entirely separate animals.

We will be two thirds of the way through with this twenty.
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Fest Review and Interviews: UCLA’s JazzReggae Fest

posted May 27, 2014, 11:26 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Now that Memorial Day is over and folks emerge from food comas like bears from hibernation, it’s time to recap the wonderful musical festivities taking place this weekend. Returning for my third year to UCLA’s JazzReggae Fest, I spent my time this weekend listening to some R&B, jazz, reggae and hip-hop on Jam Day at UCLA Intramural Field. With the perfect weather (sunny with light breezes), students and families came to sample the wares and listen to dope music all Sunday.

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Interview: Low Leaf

posted May 23, 2014, 9:51 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Photo: Pavielle Garcia

Photo: Pavielle Garcia

As a music lover, there’s nothing better than randomly finding an amazing artist/composer who puts you on to another artist/composer doing the same. Thus the way the universe guided my introduction to LA artist Low Leaf and her latest offering ‘AKASHAALAY’. Since coming into my consciousness, this new album’s been on repeat. Personally finding myself gravitating to music crossing multiple genres, Filipina Low Leaf channels ethereal spirits, merging electronica, classical, pop, world and soul effortlessly.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 31

posted May 21, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | comment Leave a Comment


How do we define bad music? It can be ‘bad’ on more than one level, not just the obvious, badly performed. Although any piece of music will be ruined by a bad performance, can a good performance rescue something that is badly written? Can a well-written piece of music be spoilt by inappropriate performing, such as a soulful love song could be ruined by attempting to play it in the style of a raucous punk band? And above all, is something which you or I consider to be ‘bad’ for whatever reason, universally ‘bad’ thereby? Are there indeed universal yardsticks for defining badness? The answer is probably not. And this is where subjectivity in musical taste is a key factor. If there was a universal yardstick then it would be impossible for someone like William Hung ever to be let anywhere near a recording studio.

And so we pass into the 300’s.
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Interview: Catherine Ouellette

posted May 20, 2014, 11:58 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Master multitasker Catherine Ouellette aka DJ SynCity does it all. Celebrity DJ. Artist. Dancer. Director. Script Supervisor. Fashion Photographer. A&R/Label Producer. This lady knows no boundaries. Based in Los Angeles via New York and Montreal, she’s done more than many accomplish in lifetimes. Listening to her latest remix of Rico Love’s “They Don’t Know” featuring Pitbull and Ludacris, I needed to meet the woman behind this potential hot summer smash.

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Press Release Roundup: Week of May 19

posted May 19, 2014, 9:44 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment


Counting Crows

(May 19, 2014) – Counting Crows have signed an agreement with Capitol Records for the Fall release of their forthcoming studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett. It will be the band’s sixth studio album and first since Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in 2008.

The band will appear on tonight’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers to celebrate the announcement and perform their hit “Round Here.” Late Night airs 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

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“I’m happy to announce that the new Counting Crows album SOMEWHERE UNDER WONDERLAND will be coming out this Fall on Capitol Records!!!” said lead vocalist Adam Duritz. “Just like The Beatles!!!”

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Fest Review: United We Stand Festival

posted May 19, 2014, 9:24 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment


Speakers and journalists from the censorship panel

Speakers and journalists from the censorship panel

Amid a rough and drama-filled week, The United We Stand festival, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, successfully brought a diverse community full of thought leaders and influential artists together to discuss important political causes recently. Initially unsure of the fest location, I attended a media event on a Friday night which mingled several of the speakers and performers pre-fest. This turned into a nice, chill gathering where I connected with Immortal Technique and Wu Tang’s Cappadonna and gathered more info on the various social issues combining scholars, politicians, artists and fellow journalists such as institutional oppression, corruption, injustice and how to organize to affect change.

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