This Saturday, Minus the Bear performs at New York’s Best Buy Theatre promoting their newly released album Infinity Overhead. Currently receiving relatively positive reviews in comparison to the unanimously ridiculed OMNI, Infinite Overhead is Minus the Bear’s second album out on Dangerbird Records produced by ex band mate Matt Bayles whose recent production credits include Cursive’s I am Gemini and Narrows’ Painted. One of the bands more cohesive projects, Infinity Overhead sees the Seattle natives doing less experimentation syth-wise and settling into a sound that reflects their first three albums and is once again heavily vested in dense guitar riffs, melodic baselines and heartfelt lyrics.
This weekend, Saturday Sept 29th through Sunday, September 30th,The Global Citizen Festival will invade New York City's Central Park in an effort to erase extreme poverty once and for all.
The open-air concert will host some of the world's hottest acts including Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses, and the Black Keys. But it's more than just a music lovers festival. This advocacy concert will celebrate the progress already made in fighting extreme poverty, secure financial commitments for tackling extreme poverty and disease, and mobilise thousands of ambassadors for change. We'll unite around a simple yet powerful idea: that by giving every child a chance to thrive, our generation can end extreme poverty.
When you think of New York City nightlife in the 1970's, things like the infamous Studio54, drugs and disco-techs may pop up in your mind. But, you may just be recalling Saturday Night Fever and other films from that era because, despite the cinematography that strove to capture that generation, movies never tell the whole story. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who experienced the 1970’s NYC club scene first hand you will 100 percent of the time hear stories about the influx of Puerto Ricans and the Salsa music they brought along with them.
From 103rd street to the Lower East Side from sidewalks to rooftops, salsa, in its myriad of genres, spilt onto the streets of NYC in the late 1960’s taking the music industry by storm. Club owners of the time gladly booked the then trending acts knowing the exotic rhythms and style of dance would attract club goers looking for an alternative to the excessively popular disco beat. Salsa continued to remain popular throughout the 70s and into the 80s with popular venues like Roseland Ballroom and Palladium scheduling weekly Latin nights. However, as its popularity diminished among first generation Latin Americans, who found themselves experimenting with the budding sounds of hip hop, the required pianist, trumpeters, and percussionists, needed to form the traditional eight-man orchestra became virtually non-existent.
The18-year-old prodigy Madeon has just sparked attention with the announcement that he will be joining Lady Gaga on her "Born This Way Ball" tour.
Starting in January, the tour will kick off in Vancouver with the French DJ/producer accompanying Mother Monster on 17 of the North American dates as the main supporting act. The young talent has quickly risen to high ranks as a progressive house producer with hits like "Finale" and a new single, "The City," set to be released on Oct. 8th.
According to Gaga's website, the tour will also feature ZEDD as a supporting act. The German DJ/producer has gained immense notable talk in the EDM world for his smash hit, "Spectrum," which has received a slew of remixes. ZEDD is set to go on the last eight tour dates.
For more tour date information visit www.ladygaga.com.
Forty years ago, the late club owner Hilly Kristal could never have imagined the day his new bar's toilets, phone booth, pieces of it's walls and the entire bar itself would be shipped across the country to Savannah, Georgia as part of an effort to shoot a feature film documenting his now legendary CBGB & OMFUG. But that's exactly what writer Jody Savin and director Randall Miller have done in attempt to keep their aptly titled movie 'CBGB' as authentic as possible.
CBGB will feature a mix of established actors and several well known musicians, some of which were original patrons of the venue. Two notable actors are Alan Rickman (the bad guy in the Harry Potter series) will play the role of Hilly Kristal, and Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasly also from the Harry Potter series) will play the role of Cheetah Chrome, famed guitarist of the Dead Boys. Some other notable appearances are Cheetah Chrome himself who plays a stuffy cab driver who can't stand punk rock, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkings who will fill the role of Iggy Pop, and model/actress Malin Ackerman playing Blondie.
The 100 minute feature is currently in the editing stages of post-production and is expected for a 2013 release.
A list of 40 nominees have been submitted for the inaugural batch of inductees to the soon-to-be American Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the 'Top 40' Nominees include iconic selections such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra- but also include such greats as the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker, the Carpenters, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkel.
The Hall of Fame's first class of 20 inductions will be formally announced in May of 2013, with a formal ceremony to follow at the grand opening on July 2. While raising funds for a permanent structure, the actual venue will be temporarily located in a cafe in the downtown section of the small town just outside of Pittsburgh. Known by locals as the "small town music capital," Canonsburg hopes to cash in on being the birthplace of music legends the Four Coins, Bobby Vinton, and Perry Como.
Anyone who grew up in the 80s remembers the lunchbox with matching thermos, the red leather jacket, and of course, moonwalking everywhere you go. In the years to follow, Michael Jackson would become an international superstar despite the controversies that would conjure up images of a strange mix of characters that became associated with "The King of Pop." With 2012 marking the 25th anniversary of the 5th best selling album of all time, the Sept. 18th release of '"BAD 25" hopes to take us back in time and shift our focus back to what was really important; the music.
In addition to a re-mastered version of the original album, the two-disc set will contain demos from early recording sessions, remixes by NERO and Afrojack along with previously unreleased demos of songs that were not included on the final version. A deluxe version of the release will include a highly anticipated DVD of MJs 1988 performance at Wembly Stadium (oftened cited as being one of the best performances of his career), as well as a third disc containing audio from the same show. Furthermore, a special edition box set will include the above, 2 booklets of never before seen photos and a two-sided poster. As if all this wasn't enough, a stand alone 12" vinyl LP picture disc is also available.
A Spike Lee documentary of the same name, recently debuted at the Venice International Film Festival, takes an in depth look at the behind the scenes process of making the multi-platinum classic. "This is a time to just concentrate on the music- the genius of Michael Jackson, a chance to dig into his creative process," said Spike Lee in a press statement. "We all are blessed with the final work, but it's rare that you see how something was put together. We just see the final product but we dont see the blood, sweat, and tears, all the work that goes into how the masters work".
Uncovering the history behind Smooth Criminal's gravity defying lean, and 'Shamon' the full documentary will remind us who's bad on November 22 on ABC.
The North Coast Music Festival hit Union Park in Chicago for the third year in a row and it was nothing short of a party for all as it closed out Labor Day weekend with a bang. The house heads in attendance were in for a decent line up of well known producers mixed in with talented underground artists. So if you're looking to broaden your musical listenings, below is a list of the top five sets from NCMF that are definately worthwhile.
When utmost musicianship and the ever-expanding world of technology collide, an overbearing perfect storm of experimental electronic music is spawned. Eoto stands at the forefront of this genre and do whatever they can to defy any previous conceptions of how music is performed live. Their show consists of a 100% improvised setlist which bounces all over the spectrum and leaves audiences asking for more. What you see is what you get, musical ingenuity at its finest.