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Staff Editorial: Music Emissions’ Top Albums/EPs/Mixtapes of 2016

posted January 2, 2017, 12:32 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Best Of, Staff Editorial | comment Leave a Comment


hintergrund-tapete-20172016Reflecting back on a year with extreme highs and lows, where we spent a good part of the year mourning the loss of irreplaceable music legends, now’s the time to commend the artists that provided the few bright spots of 2016. Waiting to see if there were any last-minute surprises in December yielded some well deserved final entries. Scope the international staff multi-genre picks below!

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1. Sulk – “No Illusions”
2. Alcest– “Kodama”
3. Sea Pinks– “Soft Days”
4. David Bowie– “Blackstar”
5. The Fylls– “Interrupted”
6. MONEY– “Suicide Songs”
7. Sivert Hoyem – “Lioness”
8. Pity Sex-“White Hot Moon”
9. Mudcrutch– “2”
10. Sunflower Bean– “Human Ceremony”

Maddy Johnson

1. Blink-182– “California”
2. David Bowie– “Blackstar”
3. K.Flay– “Crush Me”
4. Billy Talent– “Afraid of Heights”
5. Childish Gambino– “Awaken, My Love!”
6. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds– “Skeleton Tree”
7. The Kills– “Ash & Ice”
8. Iggy Pop– “Post Pop Depression”
9. M.I.A.– “AIM”
10. Tegan and Sara– “Love You To Death”

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Staff Editorial: Top Albums/EPs of 2015

posted January 1, 2016, 8:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Best Of, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Staff Editorial, Throwback Thursday, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment


new-year-690800_960_720As we move into the latter part of a decade and we bid adieu to another busy year in music, now’s the time for our collective team to weigh in on the best albums or EPs of the year. Not wanting to jump the gun in case there were any surprises in December proved fruitful and yielded some last-minute treasures from artists who wanted to end the year right. Check out our international staff selections below!

Nick Fry

1. Marriages – “Salome”
2. Fischer-Z – “This is My Universe”
3. Desperate Journalist – “Desperate Journalist”
4. The Waterboys – “Modern Blues”
5. Pinkshinyultrablast – “Everything Else Matters”
6. Chelsea Wolfe – “Abyss”
7. [debut] – “Postcards from Berlin”
8. Title Fight – “Hyperview”
9. Failure – “The Heart Is a Monster”
10. Pants & the Family – “You Will Go to a Party where Strange Customs Prevail”

Maddy Johnson

1. The Dead Weather– “Dodge and Burn”
2. Lord Huron– “Strange Trails”
3. Daniel Romano– “If I’ve Only One Time Asking”
4. Tallest Man On Earth– “Dark Bird is Home”
5. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Self titled
6. Diana Krall– “Wallflower”
7. Florence and The Machine– “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
8. Tame Impala– “Currents”
9. City and Colour– “If I Should Go Before You”
10. Joanna Newsom– “Divers”

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Game: Guitar Hero Live

posted December 29, 2015, 8:22 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment


It’s not often we review video games around here, but there’s not many video games that are more applicable to our taste’s than Guitar Hero. Many of us were bitten by the buzz when the original Guitar Hero hit the shelves and at the risk of sounding redundant, it’s back and bigger than ever.
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Barely beyond 10 years to the day the original Guitar Hero was released, the latest installment arrives with a plethora of changes and upgrades. So we sat down over the holidays and let some family take the first crack at the new game.
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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote

posted May 4, 2015, 6:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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As we head into the first week of May and Star Wars fans all over the world yell “May the 4th be with you”, one of my top anticipated releases of the year drops TODAY, beginning the month with a bang. Grammy nominated foursome Hiatus Kaiyote’s sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is available everywhere in the U.S., providing more airport dancing jams for all (including me who’s previously danced in several terminals to ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ blasting from my headphones). Stumbling upon this Melbourne, Australia based group when they were scheduled to open for D’Angelo and Busta Rhymes at The Summer Spirit Festival in 2013, I’ve loved their unique blend of electro future soul/ jazz with world music influences ever since.

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Unsigned and Wound Up 11: Fan Picks

posted April 30, 2015, 4:53 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News | comment 2 Comments


As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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Staff Editorial: Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?

posted April 3, 2015, 9:30 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Staff Editorial | comment 3 Comments


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As Kendrick Lamar (intentionally or not, which is still up for debate after viewing his management’s reaction) added his name to the list of surprise releases with his latest drop, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the discussion stirred up again like dust in the wind, begging the question, “Do we as fans like it?” “Does it make a difference in the end?” or “Would we have bought these albums no matter their release date?” Although Queen Bey’s not the first artist in history to do it, she re-ignited the latest trend, moving almost a million units of her album in 72 hours in December 2013, with artists like Drake, U2, Björk, Run The Jewels and D’Angelo (with his drop coming 14 years after ‘Voodoo’) joining the ranks. I posed these “Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?” questions to our staff to get a global perspective as we listen to different genres and here are our thoughts below:
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UNSW: Announcing Unsigned and Wound Up 11

posted January 18, 2015, 12:34 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | comment Leave a Comment


Music Emissions is currently seeking the songs of 10-16 artists to enter into their quarterly contest, Unsigned & Wound Up. This is a great opportunity for exposure with the chance to earn an album review or artist spotlight on Music Emissions.

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Started in 1999, Music Emissions has been promoting independent or DIY music podcasting since February of 2008. Over the years the site has grown to include reviewers and critics from all over the world. What started out as a college project now houses a music community of over 5000 avid indie music fans. In May of 2011, they launched their monthly contest known as Unsigned and Wound Up. Read more

Best of: Staff Picks, 2014

posted December 28, 2014, 8:58 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment


Every year our staff compiles a list of their favorite albums of the year. Here’s 2014

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Live: Ed Sheeran in Milan: between + and X!

posted November 29, 2014, 10:44 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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Lots of people believe that “You never forget your first time!” and we’re pretty sure Ed Sheeran won’t forget his first gig in Italy, on the 20th of November at Alcatraz in Milan.

This concert was sold out for months. If you missed him this time, luckily he’ll return soon with two upcoming concerts planned in January as well! His British punctuality made him start the concert at 9:02 pm, ending precisely two hours later, with an amazing “Sing”, with over 2500 people in the venue, taking part. A real “one man show”, Ed was all alone on the stage but played like there were other four people on that stage. Cover, mash up, original arrangements and, above all, a live loop station’s application that left us without words. He beautifully harmonized the audience’s choruses and we spent all the time singing following his directions. Read more

Interview: Kimbra

posted October 23, 2014, 10:27 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


As I prep for more upcoming travel, it’s not shocking music is always a must-have. U2’s cloud delivered ‘Songs of Innocence’? Uh no. Grammy-winning New Zealand artist Kimbra’s ‘Vows’ and her latest, ‘The Golden Echo’? Yes, please. Since I first saw her mesmerizing live version of ‘Plain Gold Ring’, I felt a kindred left-field thinking spirit. Playing in the pop sandbox with bold visuals, jazz, musical theatre, electro, hip-hop, new wave and soul influences, this girl was different.

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Catching her live with Foster The People, where she displayed her sweet personality in a flowing rainbow kimono, sealed the fandom deal. Read more

Interview: DJ Muggs

posted July 31, 2014, 12:22 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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When a music connoisseur mentions the words “DJ Muggs”, several things come to mind. One of the best hip-hop producers of all-time? One of the best producers of all-time, period? That guy from Queens behind all your favorite Cypress Hill classics (he’s working on the next album right now) and the unforgettable House of Pain’s “Jump Around”? The guy who’s collaborated with U2 and Depeche Mode and just recently released an EP this week called ‘Vita E Morte’ with a new multimedia collective featuring Andrew Kline, Brevi, and Sean Bonner named Cross My Heart Hope to Die (CMHHTD)? Yeah, that dude.

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Interview: José James

posted July 21, 2014, 9:24 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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One of the best things about summer, besides the abundance of outdoor shows to choose from, is the time to delve into new albums en route to said shows. June yielded several road trip and airplane friendly albums including José James’ standout latest offering, ‘While You Were Sleeping’. Known for merging the old with the new via the blending of neo-soul, electronic, hip-hop and classic jazz influences on previous efforts, José boldly brings touches of punk and folk into the foray this time around. On the experimental tip, he puts a trademark Generation X/Y blurred stamp on your definition of genre.

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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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Interview: Mark de Clive-Lowe

posted February 20, 2014, 10:39 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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In the world where we live or die on the hot single, as a music fan nowadays, it’s rare to find cohesive albums that hold your attention with intricate production from start to finish. E-digging in the crates yet again, I came across such a gem called “Renegades” by New Zealand born, LA based producer, musician and orchestra bandleader Mark de Clive-Lowe. I immediately explored more of his diverse discography and found fiery music cutting across at least five genres (latin and classic jazz, soul, electronic, broken beat) from someone drawing comparisons to other avant-garde producers like Quincy Jones. Fortuitously, as is the case in LA, that same week, I attended Mark’s live “CHURCH” show which brought the music (which will be on his upcoming album dropping in June) to life and had the whole crowd dancing with some spirit-filled tambourine shaking.

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Interview: Twiztid

posted January 16, 2014, 10:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Peeping Juggalo fan favs Twiztid’s first independently released mixtape , “A New Nightmare” (I, still a horrorcore newbie) frightened, impressed and intrigued me. Putting the break with Psychopathic Records (Insane Clown Posse’s label) behind them, they ventured out on their own and had a very successful 2013, punctuated by their Abominationz Tour and headlining Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. In their 16 year career, this Detroit duo’s (Madrox and Monoxide) done a lot, working with the likes of Tech N9ne, Swollen Members and Royce Da 5’9, to name a few.

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Best Of: Staff Picks for Best Albums of 2013

posted December 31, 2013, 3:38 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment


It’s that time, minus one or two, our staff picks are in. Below, find the best indie music had to offer our beloved staff. Some in lists of albums, others in songs and some with both. Thanks for reading in 2013, and join us as we spend the next few weeks exploring what’s to come in 2014. Read more

The Best Music of 2013 – At Least According to G.W. Hill

posted December 31, 2013, 12:11 pm by GWHill | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Early in the year I thought this was going to be a pretty mediocre year from music. I wasn’t hearing a lot of stuff that was really exceptional. The thing is, as the year progressed, that really changed. In fact, it wound up quite difficult to get this list to any kind of decent length. I had to make some tough cuts to get it into a small enough format to work.

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Live Review and Interviews: Red Bull Sound Select with El-P and special guest Killer Mike, Thurz, Warm Brew and Azizi Gibson

posted December 20, 2013, 10:59 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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‘Tis the season to wrap up 2013 and if you were looking to turn up one last time before putting on ugly reindeer sweaters, jingling some bells and shutting it down until 2014, Red Bull Sound Select’s LA show provided the perfect opportunity to do so. Mixing LA-based rising talent (Thurz, Azizi Gibson and the group Warm Brew) with an East Coast producer/artist on top of his game right now (El-P who brought along his Run the Jewels partner Killer Mike), you’d have to search far and wide to find a line-up like that for $3. On a cold (ok, it was 50) night, I ventured to the historic Troubadour to peep these acts. Read more

Interview: Johnny Richter

posted December 17, 2013, 1:02 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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After an intense start to 2013, MC Johnny Richter wraps up his year on a high note with the release of FreeKING Out, dropping today. Obviously, you might recognize him as a former member of platinum selling Orange County based group, Kottonmouth Kings. Breaking ties, channeling storied pasts, potential accusations and personal strife, Johnny focused his energy positively in response and connected with Souls Assassins producer G-Rocka to create his first solo EP in Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs’ studio. Approaching almost 20 years in the business, he faces this next phase of his career with a significant supportive fanbase and a larger than life persona and image that’s unforgettable. Read more

“Waking Up In Vegas”- 2013’s Life Is Beautiful Fest Review and Artist Interviews

posted October 28, 2013, 11:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, Music News, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment


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To say that I had a great time this weekend in Vegas at the first annual Life Is Beautiful music, art and food Fest would be an understatement. The Killers, Imagine Dragons ( whose set featured Cirque Du Soleil Mystere performers) Childish Gambino (who did a dope cover of “Rolling in the Deep”),Janelle Monae (who flew in from NYC after performing on SNL on Saturday),Alabama Shakes (love them), Danny Brown, Allen Stone (always fun live), Wallpaper and a slew of great rising Nevada reppers (including Red Bull Sound Select Tour Bus performers American Cream, Moondog Matinee and Ekoh and Homegrown Stager Sabriel ) and other talents from around the U.S.(The Kingston Springs, Tink, Cosmic Suckerpunch to name a few) all made the traffic I faced driving from Los Angeles worth it.

Everywhere you turned on each block of the downtown Fremont St. vicinity stimulated the senses. Whether it be the 3-D art painted on sides of buildings, the fire-shooting ant, the various indoor and outdoor music stages, the culinary village that featured air-conditioned tent chef demonstrations (came in handy to get a break from the sun) and the ridiculously tasty gourmet food under $10 (how often do you find that at a festival?), it all definitely outweighed the serious walking concertgoers did, traveling around from place to place (in hindsight, it was good calorie burning).

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Interview: DJ Colette

posted September 19, 2013, 7:42 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Growing up in my house, hours of booming, “ass-shaking” music filled my ears. Disco, dance and house music, in particular, made my little feet want to move constantly. Arriving in LA years later, a friend put me onto DJ Colette who not only brought those great memories flooding back but made it modern-day relevant. Repping Chicago and DJ collective Superjane, Colette released her first independent album on her own label, Candy Talk, When The Music’s Loud a few weeks ago. Featuring the blazing electronica title single and 80’s Adonis inspired “Hotwire”, DJ Colette’s clearly dropped another album full of club bangers. Read more

Exposed in the Grid – Adventures in Music & Mischief

posted September 4, 2013, 10:30 am by Danielle Martin | Filed Under Editorial, Exposed in the Grid, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, On The Verge, Worldly Venues | comment Leave a Comment


In an ever-changing global music and arts culture, one certainty still remains. The city that never sleeps, New York City, continues to wear the crown of trend-setting tastes. In a column every-so-often, special reporter to Music Emissions, Danielle Martin will take on the beast known as the five boroughs and all it has to offer…

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Folk music… This is definitely NOT your parent’s folk music. For the longest time, I had a slight aversion to folk music based on my experiences as a child listening to my Grandfather’s folk and country songs on the 8-track (hokey, etc. did not fit in with my rock/alternative mindset)…

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Interview: Madchild from Swollen Members

posted July 24, 2013, 9:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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A legend and crucial character in Canadian hip-hop, Madchild’s reputation precedes him. An undeniably skilled lyricist and potential loose cannon fiery personality, he’s dropped several unforgettable verses over his 14-year career. As a critical member of four-time Juno Award-winning Swollen Members (along with Rob the Viking and Prevail, who I spoke to earlier this year ), his talent speaks for itself. Achieving mainstream success, the bumpy road’s been filled with addiction detours and legal bans that prevented this brilliant artist from reaching his full potential. Back and better than ever, Madchild’s recently returned to the Canadian and U.S. stage (now allowed to return), rocking the Vans Warped Tour and is poised to drop his latest solo album, “Lawn Mower Man” in August. Read more

Contest: F.Y.E. Presents The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Flyaway!

posted July 9, 2013, 1:11 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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SCOTT IAN’S METAL UNDERWORLD SELECTS TOP RELEASES FROM MAYHEM FESTIVAL LINE UP. Wanna go? Read more

Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from Bosnian Rainbows

posted June 21, 2013, 11:02 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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As a music fan, there are few things better than when members of great bands get together and create a new great band. New alt rock band Bosnian Rainbows (comprised of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Deantoni Parks from Grammy-winning The Mars Volta, Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes and Nicci Kasper who’s worked with Kudu and KRS-One) have joined forces to create said type of band and will release their self-titled debut on June 25. Combining left-field creativity and performance art sensibilities, this group has melded to form its own attention-grabbing entity. Read more

Episode 122: Unsigned and Wound Up 10

posted April 30, 2013, 5:27 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News, On The Verge, Podcast, Releases | comment 6 Comments


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Welcome to another edition of Unsigned and Wound Up, volume 10 ladies and gents. The top three vote-getters will receive a professional review from a staff writer. The top vote-getter receives an interview feature.
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Tour Review: Cold War Kids

posted April 9, 2013, 9:37 pm by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment


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Cold War Kids shared a special moment with a sold-out crowd at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio April 9.It’s not a band, which interacts much with the audience. But the crowd was prepared to be wowed by their heroes. And the fans were rewarded for their devotion. Cold War Kids rock hard. “Mexican Dogs,” the second song, was where the they started to cut loose.

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Nathan Willett put on a good show whether he was singing vocals sans instrument, playing guitar, sitting at the piano or shaking the maracas. The new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, was well represented in the set, which took a little more than an hour. Among the new songs, “Miracle Mile” was the biggest hit with the crowd. The band was entertaining throughout the night, moving about the stage effortlessly. Read more

Interview: Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan

posted March 26, 2013, 9:09 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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As a kid on the 70’s/80’s cusp, classic rock played an integral part of my childhood. Artists like Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Free rattled from our car’s speakers crisscrossing the country on frequent road trips and their songs remain imprinted on my cerebellum permanently. Nerdily scoping the regular late night show music schedule in Los Angeles (like I am prone to do) to see who’d be coming soon, I stumbled upon Rival Sons playing Jimmy Kimmel and gravitated to their latest album Head Down along with their previous one, Pressure and Time with songs like pointed “Burn Down Los Angeles” and sorrowful “Jordan” that now stay on repeat automatically. They took me right back to my favorite period of time blending modern and classic folk, rock, blues and funk, making me want to dance immediately. Live clips of these Long Beach, CA natives (who’ve opened for AC/DC, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper) playing live sealed the deal that this band was f-in dope.

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I chatted with Rival Sons’ frontman and lead singer Jay Buchanan right before he left for their latest European tour about “standing on the shoulders of giants”, the band’s secret name for him, working with noted producer Dave Cobb, his love of books and hidden wealth of knowledge that could possibly keep us alive on a stranded island and more. Check out the videos and interview clips below!



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Interview: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

posted March 4, 2013, 9:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

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Interviewing DJ Toure of the Bay Area Hieroglyphics crew a few weeks ago, I luckily connected with another member of the crew, the ringleader, legend and most colorful member, Del Tha Funkee (or The Funky) Homosapien during a tour stop through Southern California recently. One of the best freestylers in the game, which he proved, making the crowd go nuts during his packed show at the Constellation Room, his albums I Wish My Brother George Was Here and No Need for Alarm were two of the my favorite albums of the 90’s. As a member of futuristic Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz multi-platinum “Clint Eastwood” collaborator, his musical history has been varied and full of influential tracks. Watching his documentary , “The 11th Hour”, before the show, a portrait of a gaming, funny creative genius (peep the scene when he talks about porn) emerges.

Taking the stage that night with A-Plus from the Souls of Mischief, they rocked for 90 minutes before I got to catch up with Del after the show. Check the videos and interview clips below and follow Del on Twitter for more deets on his new album!




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Interview: Daru Jones

posted February 17, 2013, 5:23 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

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I don’t think anyone could have predicted the kind of year Jack White had in 2012. From a Grammy-nominated album to touring the world over with two backing bands to putting vinyl records in balloons, White sure knows how to keep busy. He also knows it takes special people to want to come along for the rock ’n’ roll ride. Fortunately for White, Buzzards drummer Daru Jones is just that type of person – Grateful. Humble. And talented as all heck.

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Press Release Roundup: January 13

posted January 18, 2017, 10:28 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

Rocklahoma 2017

A massive music lineup has been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and The Offspring lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.

The current Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Nothing More, Buckcherry, Zakk Sabbath, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, In Flames, Slaughter, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, DED, Royal Republic, Aeges, One Less Reason, Wildstreet, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, ASKA, Moxy & The Influence, Niterain, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Deathgrip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Electro_Nomicon, 3-D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Retrospect All-Stars, Adakain, 5 Star Hooker, Arson City, The Chimpz, As Above So Below, Keychain, Stolen Rhodes, Nicnos, Paralandra, Hoodslide, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Midnight Mob, Another Lost Year, Wild Fire, Final Drive, Sun and Flesh, BC and the Big Rig, Screaming Red Mutiny, The Adarna, Locust Grove, Skytown, Difuzer, Save the Hero, Reliance Code, Sweatin Bullets, The Normandys, Thousand Years Wide, The Fairweather, The Revolutioners and Weston Horn and the Hush.

“Every year we try to find that delicate balance of talent at Rocklahoma, and the lineup we’ve put together for 2017 will not disappoint,” commented Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rocklahoma. “Def Leppard has been on the wish list of our most loyal fans since the festival was created back in 2007, and to couple them, one of the most influential British rock bands of the last 30+ years, with Soundgarden, one of the most respected American rock bands of our generation, is really special for us. Add to the mix some of the hottest developing talent like Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, and Rival Sons, and I think we’ve accomplished the goal of achieving one of the most diverse festival lineups of the year anywhere. It’s going to be a really memorable weekend!”

Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase HERE!.

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Press Release Roundup: January 6

posted January 9, 2017, 3:27 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

The BPM Fest

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The BPM Festival is proud to partner with and welcome back Be-At.TV for the fifth consecutive year as it will be bringing select parties direct from the beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico to global audiences. Over the course of the 10 day festival, Be-At.TV will be streaming live video and audio from 17 day and night events and broadcasting over 90 artists sets from the world’s biggest underground DJs, label showcases, party brands and next breakout stars. Worldwide dance music fans will be able to enjoy the best music and experiences live and on-demand from wherever they are in the world in High Definition and across any mobile, desktop or internet enabled TV device. Be-At.TV brings the fiesta to you! For live stream broadcast schedule, visit Be-At.TV.

This year it’ll be even easier for fans to watch their favorite artists because, in addition to streaming sets on The BPM Festival’s Facebook Live, YouTube, Daily Motion and BE-AT.TV, all artists will be broadcasting their sets to their own Facebook pages. The massive scope of this year’s distribution will ensure that music lovers all over the world who can’t physically attend will still be able to enjoy the festival’s massive 10 year anniversary.

BPM is always a big celebration and annual industry get together where DJs and artists really bring their A game. Highlights from the first weekend include the January 7th’s Mixmag Presents Ya’ah Muul party with Carl Cox (who famously closed down Space Ibiza with an historic BE-AT.TV broadcast back in summer) as well as Steve Lawler, Shaun Reeves, Acid Mondays and Victor Calderone.

The full schedule is attached but expect nothing less than the best from the likes of Solomun, The Martinez Brothers, Lee Burridge, Apollonia, Technasia, Chris Liebing, Lee Foss, Hector, Santé, Sidney Charles, De La Swing, Andrea Oliva, Carl Craig, Daniel Bell, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin, Joris Voorn, Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace, Richy Ahmed, wAFF, Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Lee Foss, Kidnap Kid, Ellen Allien and many many more.

The final day will feature unforgettable closing parties from elrow and BPM’s own signature event This Is The End on January 15th with Lauren Lane, Jesse Calosso and the Lisbona Sisters.

Also returning for its fifth consecutive year, Ibiza Sonica Radio joins The BPM Festival as an official media partner with 24-hour dedicated coverage for the duration of the festival, listen at IbizaSonica.com. Live audio streaming will also be aired from select parties through Ibiza Global Radio, listen at IbizaGlobalRadio.com.

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Press Release Roundup: December 23

posted December 23, 2016, 12:19 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

The BPM Fest

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The BPM Festival 2017 is proud to announce over 80 showcases and more than 460 artists for its tenth anniversary edition in Playa del Carmen, Mexico this January 6-15, 2017. The showcases are comprised of the world’s most sought-after party brands, highly respected record labels and uniquely produced signature events. From year to year, The BPM Festival continues to assert itself as the ultimate festival experience for underground dance music fans, industry professionals, and artists from around the globe.

Introducing a new signature event for its 2017 edition, The BPM Festival presents Solamente with The Martinez Brothers on January 11, 2017. Bringing back the art of DJing, where DJs performed marathon sets, The Martinez Brothers will take fans on a musical journey from open to close. This first annual Solamente event will see the New York duo as the only artist billed for the night, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their true DJing mastery and musical programming behind the decks for an 8+ hour set.

For official set times, festival map, late-breaking news and pop-up parties — download the official The BPM Festival Mobile App, now available for iPhone and Android. Get the app now to receive special guest DJ announcements during the festival, plus a handy event scheduler, BPM Radio featuring exclusive DJ mixes from BPM artists, weather forecasts, and a convenient Get Tickets feature to purchase tickets to the festival.

As anticipation builds for The BPM Festival, the festival is announcing a new series of global pre-parties titled ‘Vamos A La Playa.’ Taking place during the month of December and early 2017, join The BPM Festival on dancefloors in Brazil, Canada, and the United States with performances from longtime BPM favorites – Hector and Stacey Pullen.

Select individual event tickets are now on sale with full showcase lineup announcements and other breaking news occurring daily. Be the first to know exclusive showcases and party details by following The BPM Festival’s official Snapchat account for exclusive sneak peeks at lineups, artist takeovers, and behind-the-scenes looks (add @TheBPMFestival).

The BPM Festival passes (3-day, 7-day, and 10-day) and single event tickets are on sale now while supplies last HERE!

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Introducing: Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul featuring The Hellacious Horns

posted December 16, 2016, 4:15 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


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Bringing a little “Uptown Funk” to Southwestern Florida, Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul featuring The Hellacious Horns (RBFSHH) start the party wherever they go. Merging together the missing pieces to the puzzle in 2013, in an effort to pay homage to the legendary funk bands Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power, “Reverend Barry” Nicholson, band leader, lead vocals and bassist assembled the winning team featuring a power-packed horn section. While initially not an easy road to finance what it takes practically to put together an eight-piece band, their established and local loyal fanbase reps full force, selling out shows.

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Although clearly inspired by the 70’s and 80’s funk and soul greats that came before them like James Brown, Zapp, Stevie Wonder and The Commodores, RBFSHH can also rock hard as you can hear on tracks like “You Better Know” on their latest effort ‘SxyGdLuv’. It’s almost impossible to stay seated as your body instinctively wants to dance on hot songs like “Play By The Rules” and “Say You Love Me”. After one listen of the album, it’s easy to hear the “tight, funky horns, and other classic funk elements like Talkbox, Moog bass, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, clean guitar and slap bass” bandleader Barry highlights, that make the songs stay in the groove and never let go. As Montana reared producer (who interestingly once helped his dad as a child birth a llama) and jack of many trades musician Chet Gass adds, they took care to include tracks that are “well-written with catchy melodies and hooks” and it shows.

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Press Release Roundup: December 9

posted December 9, 2016, 5:47 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

Buku 2017

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Peep the initial Buku lineup!

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: November 25

posted November 29, 2016, 11:06 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

Rock on The Range 2017

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An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017–fueled by Monster Energy–will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.

The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.Jonathan Davis of Korn comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”

Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all.” “After our record breaking Ten Year Anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock On The Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough,” says Gary Spivack, ROTR co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Introducing: Pablo Embon

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Pablo Embon originally hails from Argentina, rich in its history of tango and Andean folk music, where he learned from famed classical guitarist Eduardo Isaac. Pablo played in several modern bands and as a single musician in his youth.cache_14832517

Later in life, Embon immigrated to Israel where its unique blend of klezmer, Hebrew and Middle Eastern music no doubt had an influence on the musician who at this point had already spent years creating and performing unique modern and alternative jazz compositions.

Embon started his music education at very young age. As a child he developed intuitive composition skills, adopting piano and guitar as his core musical instruments. Later on, he pursued advanced music education in the composition and harmonization fields and won recognitions in several public music contests in Argentina.

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Once in Israel, Embon became an independant musician. He continued his education in music recording, production and orchestration, releasing nine music albums between 2004 and 2009, all including original composition and arrangements. These albums contain different music styles, such as alternative, smooth and fusion jazz, orchestral instrumentals and solo piano with some classical music influences.

Embon is not a purist when it comes to jazz. His music is fusion, drawing on direct on indirect influences that include Pat Metheny, Azymuth (a great band from Brazil that emerged in the 1970s), the late bassist Jaco Pastorius and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever (especially the early edition with Airto Moreira and Joe Farrell).

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With over 35 years of music experience, Pablo Embon has the advantage over other egregiously talented musicians in that he is highly accomplished on multiple instruments and has had the privilege of studying and composing in vastly different geographic sectors.

Press Release Roundup: November 18

posted November 21, 2016, 12:16 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

The BPM Fest

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The BPM Festival is proud to announce its Phase 1 lineup with over 100 artists for its 2017 tenth anniversary celebration in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from January 6-15, 2017. Featuring familiar faces from its first gathering in 2008 to new and recent names welcomed into the BPM familia, The BPM Festival 2017 will see living legends and underground icons like Art Department, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, John Digweed, Lee Burridge, Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Seth Troxler, Solomun, and The Martinez Brothers and hotly tipped artists like Hector, Lauren Lane, Richy Ahmed, wAFF and hundreds more, come together on the beaches and clubs of Playa del Carmen as they showcase the very best in underground electronic music.

With the Phase 1 lineup joining ten recently announced showcases for a total of twenty so far with many more to come, the excitement continues to build for The BPM Festival 2017. Joining the grand celebration this January, Romanian label [a:rpia:r] makes its long anticipated BPM debut, longtime BPM favorite Lee Burridge with All Day I Dream, Ibiza underground mainstay ANTS, French supergroup Apollonia with a very special extended set at Apollonia All Day Long, Solomun’s return with Diynamic in the Jungle, Spanish party starters elrow, Gorgon City and their new project Kingdom, Sian’s take on classic modern techno with Octopus Recordings, Chus & Ceballos’ Iberican Stereo Productions, Mixmag cover star Christian Smith together with Boris for Tronic vs. Transmit, and Mexico’s favorite son Hector with his Vatos Locos party.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: November 11

posted November 12, 2016, 3:53 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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

A Tribe Called Quest

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Dropping their sixth album, ‘We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service’ , on Friday and set to conquer the SNL stage TONIGHT, A Tribe Called Quest is doing their part to make this a Native Tongues year to remember. Listen below!

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