Archive for April, 2009

KORN is looking for regional bands to participate in the Rock On! Fest at The Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire on May 23.

The Rock On! Fest is a tribute to the late founder of the venue, Bob Harding. It was Bob’s passion to promote all genres of music and to help regional bands develop their talent.

The Rock On! Fest will host 30 regional bands on two different stages beginning at noon.

Bands interested in participating are asked to send their website, Facebook, MySpace or YouTube links to bill@meadowbrook.net for approval. Once approved by KORN’s management, the band will be given a code to track their promotion of the event. The venue will pay the bands $5.00 for every ticket sold using their code and the bands that help promote the festival will be awarded the best positions on the festival schedule. The more tickets sold using the band’s code, the closer to KORN they play on the main stage!

For more information on the Rock On! Fest or any other events at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, visit www.meadowbrook.net or call (603)293-4700.

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The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day music and art festival in Austin, Texas’s Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages, including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of about 65,000 visitors each day. Named after the legendary PBS concert series, The festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza and Big State festivals.

For more information: Check out their website here.

This year the festival will take place October 2nd – 4th. This year includes the following bands:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Sonic Youth
Ben Harper
Thievery Corporation
Flogging Molly
The Decemberists
The Dead Weather
The B-52′s
Ghostland Observatory
John Legend
Mos Def
Bon Iver
Bassnectar
Levon Helm Band
Raveonettes
DeVotchKa
The Toadies
Andrew Bird
Sound Tribe Sector Nine
Raul Malo
Arctic Monkeys
Rebirth Brass Band
Girl Talk
Sara Watkins
Los Amigos Invisibles
K’Naan
Citizen Cope
The Greencards
Heartless Bastards
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Preservation Hall
Black Joe Lewis
The Knux
Dan Auerbach
Grizzly Bear
Dr. Dog
Eek-a-mouse
Blitzen Trapper
Airborne Toxic Event
Lily Allen
Robyn Hitchcock
Michael Franti & Spearhead
John Vanderslice
Todd Snider
Zac Brown Band
Deer Tick
David Garza
Henry Butler
The Avett Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Damien Horne
Soul Stirrers
Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
Danny Brooks
Nelo
Dexateens
Sarah Siskind
Keith Gattis
Jonell Mosser
Jeffrey Steele
Mimicking Birds
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Vince Mira
Jypsi
Papa Mali
Henry Clay People
Cotton Jones
Sarah Jaffe
Suckers
Sons of Bill
The Low Anthem
Lisa Hannigan
L.A.X.
Terri Hendrix
Marva Wright
The Parlor Mob
The Wood Brothers
Alela Diane
Bell X1
The Dodos
Alberta Cross
School of Seven Bells
Sam Roberts Band
Rodriguez
Brett Dennen
Poi Dog Pondering
Daniel Johnston
State Radio
Asleep at the Wheel
Here We Go Magic
The Virgins
Reckless Kelly
The Scabs
The Walkmen
White Lies
Clutch
Phoenix
Passion Pit
Leatherbag
The Gospel Silvertones
The Durdens
Loose Cannon
Lunch Money
Telephone Company
Milkshake
Q Brothers
Ralph’s World
Quinn Sullivan
Palm School Elementary

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Creed

Creed

Creed has officially announced all four of the original band members — Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall — will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band’s first in seven years, begins August 6 in Pittsburgh and hits the gulf coast on September 19th in New Orleans.

Darn, they won’t be making it for CPRFest 13. That makes me a sad little panda.

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by C. D. Harvill

With nearly 7,000 people, the 17th Annual Crawfish Festival set a new attendance record Thursday night, surpassing the previous record that had been set the prior Thursday. There was an odd lineup for the Budweiser Big Stage Search competition with Uncrowned opening the show. Uncrowned put on a seemingly great performance, as expected. However, they lacked the enthusiasm displayed by the other three bands.

Following Uncrowned was Jane Doe’s Dead. Since their first performance in the Big Stage Search competition, the newly-together band had already improved. Front man Josh Gillie was definitely more fluid with his movements while working the crowd. The band as a whole was on top with full-on energy.

Despite looking like completely random, average people off the street, Left Broken played a good show. Their hearts were in the performance and the music was enjoyable even with the distraction of lead singer, Dean’s, limp wrist.

Taking the stage somewhat weakly, Soul Driven picked up vigor. Mid-set the band sounded the best of the evening. At that point, in the middle of a fun, crowd-pumping song, lead singer Tim Wall opted for introducing the band members. When they should’ve come back together to finish the song they fell apart. Before the set was over they managed to recompose themselves and put on a worthy performance.

Jane Doe’s Dead was declared, rightfully so, the winner of the competition. They went up against Lookin 4 Juice on WCPR’s Pick it or Flick it and won by more than a few votes. Jane Doe’s Dead will be the opening band of at CPR Fest 13.

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Online music retailer Tryxo issued a ‘Call To Arms’ for the best American and German bands to join its upcoming Tryxo Indie Invasion Tour in Germany. The tour will be held in 7 different universities across Germany between June 1 – 15, 2009. Tryxo Indie Invasion Tour is being organized by Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, a German University where dedicated 14 students coordinating everything from logistics, to marketing, to communicating with the other participating schools.

Tryxo is seeking up to three (3) US-based Bands and up to two (2) German bands in the Rock, Alternative, Pop-Rock and Eclectic genres to join the tour. All costs will be covered – food, travel, hotel, equipment rental… etc. there are no fixed payment to the artists. Simply register for free at www.tryxo.com (sign up for free, upload songs, register for tour).

*** Submission deadline: May 1, 2009 ***

Tryxo is an online music store offering DRM-free digital downloads of the best independent music to music lovers worldwide. Focused on providing artists with the best retail solution in the industry, the company offers free account registration and 75% royalty on all digital music sales. Recognizing the importance of providing a compelling music shopping experience in a competitive market, Tryxo offers uniform download price of $.59, high-quality music pre-approved by its staff as well as unlimited downloads/copies of purchased music for multiple computers and music players. Tryxo will be launching online radio streams to better promote its artists to customers.

http://www.tryxo.com

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More Than Motion

More Than Motion

by C. D. Harvill

Stereohype’s fifth, and debut full-length, studio album, More Than Motion, is loaded with hits. The title track, More Than Motion, as well as Loco Motive and No Heroes can be heard on the band’s MySpace page. Other tracks include Blackout, The One, Times Like These, and Stockholm.

In the past one of Stereohype’s hits was a drinking song and they didn’t let us down with this new album. More Than Motion is filled with drinking songs and references. If you have ever had a few too many drinks and found love in a bar Blackout is the song for you; and if you haven’t, its catchy chorus is still a lot of fun to sing along to.

The One starts off with very popular rock runs and then falls into full-on trumpets. No album is complete without at least one broken-hearted song, and although there are multiple on this album, The One will most definitely be a favorite with its “emo” lyrics, heavy rock drums and even a screamo line made original with the bands signature ska flair pumping the chorus.

Given that Stereohype’s genre is ska expect to hear various musical stylings intertwined throughout their songs. Times Like These starts off very reggae with blues overtones, but proves itself rock before the theatrical rap mid way through the song.

Showing the guy’s humor, Stockholm’s clever lyrics are a prime example of the cliché that a guitarist’s axe is his girl. Chase Thomes vocals, mixed with the guitars, drums and horn line, showcase a jazzy funk style that only a southern-bred band could pull off appropriately.

Every song on this album is high voltage, demanding you to get up and dance (or skank in ska terms). No matter the situation, More Than Motion has you covered; after listening to a song or two you’ll be driven to get out there and live life to your fullest. Despite your preferred genre or Stereohype’s unsigned status, this album is a must listen for 2009. The album’s May ninth release date, however, is now uncertain. A car ran a red light and struck guitarist, trumpet player and vocalist Nicholas Rohde on his motorcycle after the band’s victorious participation in a battle of the bands at the Hard Rock Casino.

Rohde is in good spirits. While having sustained serious injuries that may inhibit his ability to play and perform, he was wearing a helmet and padded riding jacket that may have helped save his life. Hopefully, he will make a full recovery and can return to what he does so well–making great music.

The driver who struck Rohde was uninsured, leaving Rohde with the burden of medical expenses, etc. If you are interested in donating to the Nic Rohde benefit you can either go in person to Hancock Bank and make a deposit to the credit of: BENEFIT FOR NICHOLAS ROHDE 044288920 or attend the benefit show at Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill on May 8th.

Stereohype’s Myspace Page

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You can download “Dorchester Hotel” – a new song from The Sounds right here.

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Well, it’s that time of year again. BayFest 2009 is just around the corner in October so its time for you to get off your lazy ass and get involved by submitting your application by June 12.

Once you are signed up, be sure to get your fans involved in the online poll to be a part of bayfest. Just because you are a part of the poll, it doesn’t mean that you get to perform at BayFest. The results will be used to determine what acts would be most popular and considered when booking acts for the event.

Prices for the 15th Annual BayFest Music Festival are still the same from last year. Three day passes will be $35 in advance. Single day passes will be $25 and can be purchased at the gate. Children 12 and under will be free if accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Organizers of BayFest, have already announced that the Steve Miller Band, Akon, and T-Pain will be a part of this years upcoming festival.

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Lookin 4 Juice

Lookin 4 Juice



by C. D. Harvill

This past Thursday the 17th Annual Crawfish Festival had the largest turnout for an opening night, along with an unexpected outcome in the Big Stage Search Competition.

As expected Subtle Shot put on an overall good performance. It was nice to see the guys actually moving around the stage and working the crowd. However, it seemed as if their set was one never-ending song.

Next to take the stage was Aura. Their show was riddled with minor errors. The Biloxi based band pumped their usual energetic performance across the Crawfish Festival. Lead singer and front man Tyler Voss, may not have the best voice, but he is no doubt a front man. Voss took a stab at a cliché scaffolding climb, although the climb was too early and lacked the expected enthusiasm, he still gets props for the rock star move.

Out of the evening’s performances Lookin 4 Juice had the most flawless. They weren’t the most energetic, stylish, or well-known band there, but they put on a show that earned just as many fist in the air as the first two bands. The underdog of this contest pulled out on top.

Lookin 4 Juice will go up against the winner of this weeks competition in a special edition of Pick it or Flick it on 97.9 WCPR. The winner of Pick it or Flick it will be the opening band for CPR Fest 13.

Check out pictures from this night in our photogallery.

For More Information:
Subtle Shot Myspace
Aura Myspace
Lookin 4 Juice Myspace

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I love it when a band takes the time out of there ridiculous schedule to give us, their fans, something for free.

Dave Matthews Band’s new song, “Funny the Way It Is” off of their upcoming Big Whiskey & the Groogrux King can be downloaded for free here. Yes, for free. You should jump up and down, and thank God (or whatever you may believe in).

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Soul Driven

Soul Driven

by C. D. Harvill

The final preliminary of this year’s Big Stage Search was held April 10 at Thunders Tavern. The lineup included Cathercist, Dark Horizon and Soul Driven.

Cathercist took the stage first after a draw of straws. Taylor Roberts showed his precise guitar technique throughout his performance. On rhythm guitar, Brian Lowman, demonstrated a sophisticated approach to the chord melody. Connecting the drums and guitars, Ryan Doswell, kept it tight on bass.

As a stage band, Dark Horizon is vividly visual. Audience enjoyment was at a peak as they planted an inflatable killer whale and beach balls in the crowd to be tossed about. All members of the band put their all into the performance. While their stage show shined, as did their overall technique, musical originality was in short supply.

Finally, Soul Driven, originally known as High In The 80’s, took the stage. The ace band of the evening had a strong stage presence that the first two bands were without. It was shocking, however, that, for almost the entire set, they were out of tune, and lead vocalist Tim Wall was indeed flat. Matt Scott (lead guitar) apparently noticed and attempted to tune (between thrashing about the stage and making out with his girlfriend). Scott’s effort was to no avail, due to the rest of band remaining untuned.

After Soul Driven wrapped up their set, the judges’ sheets were tallied, and WCPR’s Special K announced the winner of the evening. Soul Driven will be the band from this preliminary moving on to the 17th Annual Coast Coliseum Crawfish Festival on April 23, where they will be competing with Uncrowned, Jane Doe’s Dead and Left Broken for the opening spot at CPR Fest 13.

For More Information:
Cathercist Myspace
Dark Horizon Myspace
Soul Driven Myspace

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The Indie Music Assault, a unique, annual grass roots band competition benefitting the Fender Music Foundation has extended its deadline to April 15. The Top 10 bands chosen from entries received from across the U.S. and Canada will compete in front of a panel of indie music judges, including MC Assistant Editor Paula Munoz, for over $80,000 worth of recording, management and music video production opportunities. The event will be streamed live on the internet for a global audience. Emcee’s for the event will be “Blasko” from Ozzy Osborne’s band and Kade, a popular SoCal DJ from STAR 98.7FM. The event, held on five acres at The Paramount Pictures “New York Street” back lot on May 9, will be closed by a surprise performance. Click HERE for details.

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Jane Doe's Dead

Jane Doe's Dead

by C. D. Harvill

This past Thursday night WCPR and Budweiser held the fifth preliminary in the Big Stage Search Competition at Guitars and Cadillacs in D’Iberville. Second in the evening’s lineup was Jane Doe’s Dead. The Biloxi-based band consists of Josh Gillie, lead vocals; Yancey Yeatts, guitar/back up vocals; Chris Noble, bass/back up vocals; and Kevin Gordan, drums.

From Yeatts’ facial expressions to Noble’s head banging, the band generated an energy that was felt throughout the audience. While being front man did not seem to be a natural extension for Gillie, he put his all into the performance. In a refreshing change of pace for the local music scene–Gillie actually sang. Not only did he sing, he did a commendable job of it. Overuse of vibrato is his trademark technique, but he atually enunciated the words. Did I say refreshing change of pace? The harmonies provided by Yeatts and Noble were a nice accent to the overall mood, giving the songs a more complete sound. Gordan, who is the he newest addition to the band, proved himself to be a tasteful and steady drummer.

Although the eighties metal-sounding band hasn’t been together long, their experience as musicians shows in their solid, tight, live performance. Overall, the band had a refreshing style and put on a good show.

Their performance landed them in a tie with Left Broken, and a spot on stage at the 17th Annual Coast Coliseum Crawfish Festival, April where they will be vying for the coveted role of opening band at CPR Fest 13.

For More Information:
Jane Doe’s Dead via MySpace
Official Website

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