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Staff Editorial: Who’s Your Dealer

posted August 31st, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Staff Editorial | 0

Regardless of your position in life, the majority of humans adore music, even some to psychotic levels. With that in mind, we asked our staff, who’s feeding your addiction? Where do you go to get your fix?

Who’s Your Dealer

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Press Release Roundup: August 24

posted August 26th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Video | 0

Hiero Day

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For the fourth year in a row, The Hieroglyphics are producing one of the largest festivals in their hometown of Oakland, California. Centered around a full day of musical performances on three stages, the festival also offers food and drinks from local vendors, a skate park, graffiti wall, an area for b-boy battles, a kids’ area, and much more. Last year’s attendance topped over 22,000 people, warranting a change in access to the event. The all day event will include performances by Compton’s Most Wanted, P-Lo, Kool John, and Jay Ant of HBK Gang, Luniz, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nx Worries, The Coup, Domo Genesis, Res, and many more.

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INTERVIEW: Derek Olive & The Blue Dot Music Cycling Tour

posted August 20th, 2015 by madelainej | Filed under: Interviews | 0

Derek Olive

Singer-songwriter with a Masters in Music and an ER nurse, Derek Olive embarks on a 10-city tour cycling over 3000 km across most of Canada to launch his latest album, Mystery and Dust and in support of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Movement (http://bluedot.ca). Derek uses unique finger style guitar-playing with exceptional lyrics and impassioned vocals. Before performing in Vancouver, Derek took time to chat with Music Emissions about his album, environmental endeavors and what it’s like working in an emergency room. Here’s what he had to say:

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Press Release Roundup: August 17

posted August 19th, 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.

Tame Impala

Photo by Matt Sav

Photo by Matt Sav

TAME IMPALA has released the video for “Let It Happen” off their critically acclaimed third studio album Currents, which came out via Interscope on July 17th. The band will be returning to the US in October for a quick run of dates that include performances at Austin City Limits, Radio City Music Hall and more. Full list below.

Tame Impala US Tour Dates
Oct 02 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Oct 05 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
Oct 06 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 07 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Oct 09 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

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Editorial: Female Role Models In The Music Industry

posted August 14th, 2015 by madelainej | Filed under: Editorial | 0

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Where are the empowering female role models in music? Where are the strong, charismatic females to inspire a generation of girls? The Joan Jetts, Patti Smiths, Janis Joplins? Today, I’ve been told teenagers look to Lady Gaga – a woman who doesn’t use her birth name, whose music frequently victimizes women or advocates for unhealthy relationships as seen in “Bad Romance.” She launched a perfume line called “Fame,” which seems to suggest fame is all woman should be attempting to achieve. Although she sings about being “Born This Way,” it rings a little hollow when Lady Gaga has no visible weight problem or skin condition, and has beautiful blonde hair as she flaunts throughout the music video in what appears to be underwear. Gaga markets her body as successfully as her music. Who could forget the strip search in “Telephone”? The commercialization of her body makes it an art form and takes away her control and agency of that image. Something Joan Jett, Patti Smith and Janis Joplin would not sink to.

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Jazz Street: Charlie Parker

posted August 13th, 2015 by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed under: Jazz Street, Throwback Thursday | 0

charlie parkerOne of the names bound to come up in discussion about the greatest jazz musicians is Charlie Parker. Robert Christgau mentioned him as one of the names thrown out along with Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk (Christgau’s favorite and mine). Many would throw Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis (at least before he started making fusion records) in there. His influence ranged from the likes of Steely Dan (Check out the song, “Charlie Parker’s Band.”) and Ornette Coleman. Listening to Parker’s music, it does have more of a swing sound than some of the other Bebop artists. I’m intrigued by his use of shorter tracks. Coltrane is brilliant, and he pulls off tracks, which take up a whole side of a record. Others can find it more difficult to sustain interest over such lengths. I find this to be the case even more so for current performers. Parker’s sound can be so good, it wouldn’t bother me if it went on a little longer, such as the brilliant “Yardbird Suite” at 2:53. The only thing I find myself wishing for is hearing more of his sax playing. Though this is minor concern because of his strengths as a bandleader. Those assets include picking out great talent to play around him.

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Press Release Roundup: August 10

posted August 12th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: 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.

Method Man

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With just over a week to the release of celebrated rapper and pop-culture icon Method Man’s new collaborative project, The Meth Lab, legendary indie label Tommy Boy Entertainment has unleashed pre-orders for special merch bundles. The album will be released on CD and all digital formats Tommy Boy Entertainment/Hanz On Music on August 21, 2015. True Mef heads can grab some coveted physical goods exclusively at Method Man’s BandCamp page, selection includes vinyl records as well as deluxe, direct-to-fan packages including T-Shirts, Cassettes, grinder cards and more. So far the raspy voiced rapper has released three singles off the project, the albums title track “The Meth Lab,” his tough as nails collaboration with Redman, “Straight Gutta”, and a Wu-Tang anthem featuring Raekwon and Inspectah Deck entitled “The Purple Tape”. Today fans can hear another selection from Mef’s highly anticipated album, “Worldwide”. The old-school flavored track, featuring Uncle Murda, Chedda Bang, and Hanz on, can be found streaming exclusively on Method Man Pandora Radio.

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Press Release Roundup: August 3- Festival Frenzy Edition

posted August 5th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup | 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.

Life Is Beautiful Fest

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Life is Beautiful, the three-day all-encompassing music, food, art and learning festival and Insomniac, the world’s leading producer of dance music experiences, announced that they will be partnering to produce the third annual edition of the Life is Beautiful Festival this September 25, 26 and 27, 2015. Life is Beautiful and Insomniac will team up to completely transform over 15 city blocks of downtown Las Vegas into an unparalleled event experience, seamlessly incorporating amazing music, incredible art, and cuisine into three days of unforgettable fun and entertainment.

To expand the festival’s dance music platform, Insomniac will curate a stage that will incorporate the company’s signature over-the-top production, pyrotechnics and creative displays. This unique stage, one of four on the festival grounds, will be home to amazing displays of lasers and light alongside some of the biggest names in dance music. “After two years of enjoying the festival as a fan, I am excited to announce that Insomniac is partnering with Life is Beautiful to bring an amazing dance music experience to this already impressive show,” said Pasquale Rotella, CEO and Founder of Insomniac. “We both believe in the power of art, music and community, and creating immersive environments in unique locations. Life Is Beautiful will transform Downtown Las Vegas into a magical urban cityscape, and we can’t wait to do that together.”

To get tix, CLICK HERE!

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Editorial: Marketing and Music

posted July 31st, 2015 by madelainej | Filed under: Editorial | 0

Listening to the radio on a leisurely drive quickly turned into a distressingly long drive being bombarded with music that sounded unremittingly similar. It was on this drive I realized music is packaged with as much marketing force as a Barbie, perhaps more. Music should be an art. You should have to be talented, you need to play an instrument, often write music and tell a story. Music use to be a way to pass on culture, tradition and caution children. Oral stories were a kind of music. Then it became a pastime for the aristocracy. It became conservative and regulated. After many revolutions in music and culture, music has become commodified. Artists, like Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus, can begin their career as an innocent, fun and captivating starlets. They are plastered on the Disney channel, given their own show, a full length movie and then launched into a music career. Once they are too old for Disney they can reinvent themselves. Miley’s 180 certainly accrued new interest in her career and she was able to monopolize tabloids and magazine covers for a little longer. Pink has made a career marketing herself as the “bad girl” of music, Taylor Swift as the innocent girl next door.

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