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Introducing: Equal Space

posted November 22nd, 2015 by JasonHillenburg | Filed under: Introducing | 1


If anyone tells you music is just entertainment, I wouldn’t blame you for smacking them. No sensible person argues against music’s entertainment value, but anyone willing to over simplify music’s worth is willfully deaf, passive aggressive, or both. Another option is they simply listen to the wrong music. Anyone craving music solely to express themselves physically or else distract them from difficult tasks isn’t likely discerning about aesthetic quality. How new is it? Is everyone listening to it? Does it have a good beat?

To each their own. Few things in this life are apparent beyond practicalities, but one apparent fact of life is there are other types of music than mainstream pop. The star-making machinery, as Joni Mitchell once called it, might remain a venerable cash cow for show business impresarios of every stripe, but art lives on with musicians who write and play because they don’t have a choice. These musicians live on internal simmer and only self-expression blows off the needed steam to lower their temperatures. Equal Space, a four piece based out of Bloomington, Indiana, are among these artists.

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Introducing: Electric Revolution

posted November 22nd, 2015 by Jason Hillenburg | Filed under: Introducing, Releases | 0


Everyone can know redemption. I’m not referring solely to church approved redemption, but any journey or moment restoring personal value and steering our days towards more productive ends. It never comes easy. Nothing worth anything in this life does. We fritter away so much of our time twiddling our thumbs waiting for someone or thing that might save us from ourselves, wipe our slates clean, or tell us who we are. There is no knight on horseback or fair maiden sweeping in to carry us away. The skies will not part and rain manna from heaven. If we snap out of it, we see turns in our personal stories as tied to our choices alone and we are our only way out of internal quicksand. It is a painful crawl, inch by bloody inch, and most never try.

Redemption wears many faces and the ten songs on Electric Revolution’s full-length debut, Character Is Power, stare it down from a variety of angles. What do you do when youthful excess becomes middle-aged desperation? What happens when you’ve pursued an elusive dream through thousands of Friday and Saturday nights, stop, look around, and see twenty plus years has evaporated like dew on the grass? How do you keep holding on after losing people you love and indicting yourself, in part, for their collapse? Electric Revolution searches and finds answers in these songs. The album’s ten tracks say many things, some of them simply about grabbing life by the scuff of its neck and enjoying it while it’s here, but they say something much larger as well. Knowing yourself, acting accordingly and never, come hell or high water, compromising what you love brings redemption.

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UNSW: Volume 12

posted November 19th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | 0

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. It’s been a long road down to the final 19 bands. We need your help deciding which are the best three to feature here on Music Emissions.


Unsigned and Wound Up is a series of audio compilations highlighting top emerging artists who may not be on your radar. Selected bands will compete for votes on Music Emissions and the top vote-getters will receive written features provided by the editorial staff at Music Emissions. Read more…

Press Release Roundup: November 16

posted November 18th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Live Show Reviews, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists 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, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



The South by Southwest® Music Conference and Festival (SXSW®) is pleased to announce the second round of artists invited to perform, additional conference sessions and the acceptance of SXSW Music Hackathon applications. This is just a small sample of the wide array of innovative programming being presented to the attending global music community. SXSW Music’s 30th annual event takes place Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
The SXSW Music Festival staff continues to curate a can’t-miss music festival experience. The second round of artists invited to perform include:

Ben Abraham (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Accidentals (Traverse City MI)
Afriquoi (London UK-ENGLAND)
Alexander Jean (Los Angeles CA)
Ali aka Mind (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Amber Arcades (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
April Red (Taipei TAIWAN)
Ben Aqua (Austin TX)
Aristophanes (Taipei TAIWAN)
Arkells (Hamilton CANADA)
AudioDamn! (Mannheim GERMANY)
Autre Ne Veut (Brooklyn NY)
A-Wa (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Away Days (Istanbul TURKEY)
Banners (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Baskery (Stockholm SWEDEN)
BeatKing (Houston TX)
The Big Moon (London UK-ENGLAND)
Big Ups (Brooklyn NY)
Birthh (Florence ITALY)
Black Fast (St Louis MO)
Blackfoot Gypsies (Nashville TN)
Blanck Mass (Worcester UK-ENGLAND)
Bleached (Los Angeles CA)
Blowfly (Miami FL)
Brothers In Law (Pesaro ITALY)
Basia Bulat (Montreal CANADA)
Cadillac Tramps (Orange CA)
California X (Hadley MA)
Celestial Trax (New York NY)
The Chamanas (El Paso TX)
Chinah (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Citizen (Toledo OH)
George Clanton (Brooklyn NY)
Coma (Cologne GERMANY)
Crescendo (Los Angeles CA)
Dead Gaze (Oxford MS)
Dearly Beloved (Toronto CANADA)
Diarrhea Planet (Nashville TN)
Diet Cig (New Paltz NY)
DJ Chose (Brookshire TX)
DJ Clent (Chicago IL)
DJ Logic (New York NY)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Dressy Bessy (Denver CO)
Drowners (New York NY)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Ember Island (Linköping SWEDEN)
Enemies (Kilcoole IRELAND)
The Everymen (Tuckerton NJ)
Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow (Austin TX)
Fat Boogie (Dallas TX)
Fickle Friends (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Firekid (Muscle Shoals AL)
The Franklin Electric (Montreal CANADA)
Doug Funnie (Fort Worth TX)
Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends (Chicago IL)
Future Blondes (Austin TX)
G Herbo (Chicago IL)
Tommy Genesis (Vancouver CANADA)
The Ghost Wolves (Austin TX)
Laura Gibson (Portland OR)
The Gills (Pensacola FL)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Girls Names (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Gold Beach (Austin TX)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Greys (Toronto CANADA)
Grimm Grimm (London UK-ENGLAND)
G.U.N. (Dallas TX)
Gwenno (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Hand Job Academy (Brooklyn NY)
Hard Proof (Austin TX)
Sara Hartman (Sag Harbor NY)
The Heirs (Los Angeles CA)
Hembree (Kansas City MO)
Hockey Dad (Wollongong AUSTRALIA)
Holy Oysters (Paris FRANCE)
Honne (London UK-ENGLAND)
Hooton Tennis Club (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
I am Dive (Sevilla SPAIN)
Sarah Jaffe (Dallas TX)
Jay IDK (Bowie MD)
Juventud Juché (Madrid SPAIN)
Kalascima (Alessano ITALY)
The Marcus King Band (Greenville SC)
Kiño (Medellin COLOMBIA)
Korma (Seattle WA)
Kuroma (Athens GA)
L.A. Takedown (Los Angeles CA)
L.E.J (Paris FRANCE)
Letta (Los Angeles CA)
Lewis Del Mar (Rockaway Beach NY)
Liss (Aarhus DENMARK)
Los Aguas Aguas (Xalapa Enríquez MEXICO)
Louis The Child (Chicago IL)
Lulacruza (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Lusts (Leicester UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Main Squeeze (Chicago IL)
Malcs (Columbia MD)
ManMan Savage (Atlanta GA)
Menace Beach (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Mercury Rev (Catskills NY)
Metal Mother (Los Angeles CA)
MikeQ (East Orange NJ)
Miles (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Miss Garrison (Santiago CHILE)
Mitú (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Monika (Athens GREECE)
Morenito De Fuego (Monterrey MEXICO)
Mr. Kitty (Austin TX)
Mueran Humanos (Berlin GERMANY)
Mura Masa (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
NAAFI (Mexico City MEXICO)
Nao (London UK-ENGLAND)
Nap Eyes (Halifax CANADA)
Jay Nash (Hartland VT)
John Mark Nelson (Minneapolis MN)
New Politics (Brooklyn NY)
The New Regime (San Diego CA)
Next Stop: Horizon (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Night Beats (Seattle WA)
Night Moves (Minneapolis MN)
Nite Fields (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Oberhofer (Tacoma WA)
Ocellot (Barcelona SPAIN)
Oh Pep! (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Olde Gods (Barcelona SPAIN)
Cullen Omori (Chicago IL)
The Outfit, TX (Dallas TX)
Painted Zeros (Brooklyn NY)
Patterns (San José COSTA RICA)
Pedrina y Río (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Pell (New Orleans LA)
Petite Noir (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
Pinkwash (Philadelphia PA)
PINS (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Pirates Canoe (Kyoto JAPAN)
Pixx (Chipstead UK-ENGLAND)
Plattenbau (Berlin GERMANY)
POWERS (Los Angeles CA)
PRAYERS (San Diego CA)
Pumarosa (London UK-ENGLAND)
PWR BTTM (Brooklyn NY)
Que (Atlanta GA)
Ramesh (Austin TX)
Allan Rayman (Toronto CANADA)
Red Axes (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Relatives (Dallas TX)
The Revenge (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Ritual Howls (Detroit MI)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
RP Boo (Chicago IL)
Rusangano Family (Limerick IRELAND)
Phoebe Ryan (Rumson NJ)
Saint Sister (Dublin IRELAND)
Santa Muerte (Houston TX)
Satellite Stories (Oulu FINLAND)
Sauce Twinz (Houston TX)
Savoir Adore (Brooklyn NY)
September Girls (Dublin IRELAND)
Sertified (Austin TX)
Sevdaliza (Rotterdam NETHERLANDS)
Sextile (Los Angeles CA)
Sharkmuffin (Brooklyn NY)
Andy Shauf (Regina CANADA)
Sinistarr (Detroit MI)
Slothrust (Bronxville NY)
Smooth Hound Smith (Nashville TN)
Soda Fabric (Berlin GERMANY)
So Pitted (Seattle WA)
Sosamann (Houston TX)
Spain (Los Angeles CA)
Alexis Spight (Kansas City MO)
Spurz (Vancouver CANADA)
Stealing Sheep (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Steve’n’Seagulls (Jyväskylä FINLAND)
Tommy Stinson (Hudson NY)
Strange Wilds (Olympia WA)
Superlitio (Cali COLOMBIA)
Surfistas del Sistema (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Sur Oculto (Córdoba ARGENTINA)
Sweet Spirit (Austin TX)
Tacocat (Seattle WA)
Talisco (Paris FRANCE)
Ninet Tayeb (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
TEEN (Brooklyn NY)
Tempalay (Tokyo JAPAN)
Thee Oh Sees (Los Angeles CA)
Thirdstory (Brooklyn NY)
Timmy Thomas & The Overtown Soul Revue (Miami FL)
Jonah Tolchin (Princeton NJ)
Tototomas (La Plata ARGENTINA)
Traumahelikopter (Groningen NETHERLANDS)
Twin Limb (Louisville KY)
Jonathan Tyler (Dallas TX)
Chad Valley (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Casey Veggies (Inglewood CA)
We Are Catchers (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jane Weaver (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Weval (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
White Lung (Vancouver CANADA)
Alex Winston (Detroit MI)
Alicia Witt (Los Angeles CA)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Matt Woods (Truro UK-ENGLAND)
World’s Fair (Queens NY)
Worriers (Brooklyn NY)
Your Friend (Lawrence KS)
Yung (Aarhus DENMARK)
Sui Zhen (Brunswick East AUSTRALIA)
zZz (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)

(This list is subject to change. This is only a portion of the artists that will be performing at the SXSW Music Festival. More performers will be announced at a later date)

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Interview: Kevin Garrett

posted November 16th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Interviews, Live Show Reviews | 0

Kevin Garrett is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. His debut EP Mellow Drama, which includes songs “Coloring” and “Control,” received critical acclaim from a variety of media sources along with strong support from artists the likes of Sam Smith and Katy Perry. Kevin has been heavy into touring for much of the last year, including dates with James Vincent McMorrow, Hey Rosetta!, and several music festivals. He’s currently on tour with X Ambassadors and Skylar Grey, all the while preparing a full length LP. Read more…

Review: Daniel Romano at The Grad Club

posted November 13th, 2015 by madelainej | Filed under: Live Show Reviews | 1

Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano played at the Grad Club in Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday, November 5th where the venue was small, the stage – even smaller, the crowd, however, was enthusiastic. Daniel’s opening band, Dylan Earl, wore a Canadian tuxedo, cowboy boots, curly black hair and a black moustache, all of which amounted to a late 1970s porno look. Far from being a detriment, he miraculously made this look fashionable and acceptable. Ignoring this fabulous attire, Earl had touching lyrics, excellent musicianship and Romano even played drums for the band, allowing fans even more time with the very person they came to see. Earl performed excellent original songs along with one cover song, if my memory serves me correctly. The second opener, Steve Lambke, was decent. His interludes were sometimes funny, but he often appeared to be trying too hard and to inhabit a long dead beat culture which I’m unconvinced he successfully revived. His music also seemed out of place after the first opener, and when followed by the music of Daniel Romano.

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Press Release Roundup: November 9

posted November 12th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News | 0

Music journalists 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, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Green Day


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day are pleased to share Heart Like a Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. The documentary will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD via Reprise Records tomorrow, November 13, 2015.

Captured on film by director John Roecker, ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ is considered by many to be a “lost film”. More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees present this time capsule rock doc that takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award-winning punk rock opera. American Idiot achieved Multi-Platinum status worldwide and became a hugely successful Broadway show. Looking back on the band in the studio is both nostalgic and insightful-the band knew they had something good, but even they didn’t know how good.

“We can’t believe this was shot over a decade ago. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of the adventure this record would go on to be,” said Billie Joe Armstrong. “We are stoked for our fans to see this footage for the first time and watch us try and figure it all out.” ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ premiered last month at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. Abramorama theatrically released the film on more than 135 screens in the United States on October 15th, 2015. The following day, the film was released exclusively via Vimeo On Demand. Yesterday, Heart Like a Hand Grenade saw further theatrical release in theaters in multiple countries around the globe including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

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Jazz Street: Count Basie

posted November 12th, 2015 by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed under: Jazz Street, Throwback Thursday | 1

count basieI’ve started listening more intently to Basie in recent years. I hadn’t realized I had heard some of his songs performed or danced to watching cartoons or television shows over the years. I’ve enjoyed listening to “The Essential Count Basie.” Perhaps I can come across some movies and shorts where he made appearances. All I know is it sounds great what I’ve heard from him. The swing era is one of the best for popular music. I listen to 1940’s station on Sirius, and it’s my favorite. The 50’s station is good, too. Still, I find myself wanting to hear the crooners and big band recordings from the decade more so than the rock ‘n’ roll. Yes, I like those songs, too. There is something to be said for listening to pop music in a broader stroke than the rock period. It’s good to go back to the ’30s.

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Contest: Hey DJ, Play That Song

posted November 9th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Contest, Music News | 0

If you’re a reader, then you know about our DIY indie contests, like Unsigned and Wound-up or it’s predecessor Indie of the Year. Now it’s your turn to share with the world… unsw12cover
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