Friday, October 30, 2009

Friends For Hire

Rambling through press releases again (thanks to Earshot Media for this one):
October 28, 2009—Wendy’s and MySpace Records have teamed up to launch a new Internet series called “Fresh Faces.” Building on Wendy’s motto of ‘You Know When It’s Real,’ the ongoing Web program will include 9 episodes from three different emerging artists showing what a ‘day in the life’ of a budding new artist is like.


Each “Fresh Faces” artist will have its own 3 episodes than can be seen exclusively at www.myspace.com/wendys, in addition to a 3-song EP available for free download on the site. A new episode will debut every Wednesday throughout the series. The first episode featuring Charleston, SC alternative pop rock artist Friends For Hire (www.myspace.com/friendsforhire) is up now at www.myspace.com/wendys.

Stay tuned for new episodes on future “Fresh Faces” artists, including a new hip-hop artist from Los Angeles and a Brooklyn based beat-pop band, all handpicked from MySpace Records’ Friends and Family, a group of developing artists MySpace Records helps market and promote.

Love this band, though I'm still mad at Wendy's for putting bacon on their caesar salad. I mean seriously, who the heck does that? Click the title above to be connected to their myspace, but go to the Wendy's link for the free download.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cinematic Sunrise

Cinematic Sunrise are calling it quits with three final shows....all in the So Cal area.

Get your tickets NOW!

12/3 - Anaheim @ Chain Reaction


12/4 - Hollywood @ Troubador

12/6 - San Diego @ Soma

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Aushua

My very favorite unsigned band are playing HOB Anaheim on Thursday 10/29. I originally caught this band three years ago, playing an opening slot at Chain Reaction. They had been playing around the OC before that under their previous name Mer with a lineup that included lovehatehero drummer Scotty Gee. This is a band with an utterly unique sound whose biggest breaks have come from being embraced by the boys of Thrice and by KROQ's Kat and her Locals Only show. If you don't know who they are, you will soon. Aushua is coming!


Click their name above to be connected to their myspace and check out the other dates they have coming up.

Photo credit: Ashlei Brittany

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jude Christodal

If no one has yet introduced you to the wonders of Jude, let me be the first. In 1998 Jude released No One Is Really Beautiful, an exquisite showcase of his achingly beautiful voice, and witty, intelligent lyrics. While his music is very uniquely his own and cannot really be compared to anyone else, it will appeal to fans of people like Butch Walker and Jason Mraz.While his music has appeared in a variety of movies and television shows including The OC and Alias he is still relatively unknown to alot of people. Find this album and introduce your friends to Jude's music, and you will be the cool kid that turned them on to a secret find. No matter how old you are, everyone wants to be the cool kid.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rockers In The Round


If you will be anywhere near Orange County, CA on Friday November 6th, please come down to The Slidebar in Fullerton to check out the Rockers In The Round show. This is the coolest bar in Southern California hosting some of the best local and touring acts nightly. Rockers In The Round features members of Lit, Handsome Devil, Cadillac Tramps, Adolescents, and Diana Gone Wrong playing acoustically. They put this show on about once a month featuring many of the same musicians, though a few rotate in and out. They each play individually and in groups of varying size from song to song. It is very intimate and raw. It's a great way to get a feel for just how insanely talented these people truly are. Be prepared, however, because this tends to be a very late night!

This shot is of Diana from a previous Rockers In The Round show.
Photo Credit: Deena McClusky

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Twin Atlantic

So as I read through my press releases tonight, which I quite happily receive a ton of, I came across this marvelous band called Twin Atlantic. One click on their myspace to watch the video for You're Turning Into John Wayne, and I'm sold. Hailing from Glasgow with a frontman with an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife, this is a band I cannot wait to see live. For anyone in the LA area make sure to head down to The Viper Room this Friday (10/30/09) to do just that as it is the only West Coast date on their schedule currently.


Click the title above to connect to their myspace for all the details.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Attack! Attack!



Press Release from Attack! Attack! states the following:

Statement from Andrew Wetzel in Attack Attack! re: Nick Barham’s recent departure from the band:


Why hello boys and girls!

Thought we'd throw you all a quick little update about what's currently going on in the AA! lineup.

The band and Nick parted ways recently in a mutually agreed non-explosive fashion, which we all believe is the best for both sides.

Caleb is going to retire his keys and start screaming in the front of the band.

We DO NOT have a new person in our band.

Don't worry, our music will still be full of Caleb's programming, keys, and all the good things he concocts. It will just be back-tracked live with the 808 samples and other nonsense on my iPod.

Anyways, we're not gonna stop touring, playing shows, and having a generally wonderful time with all of you.

See you in your town soon!

Love,


Wetzel





Attack Attack! Tour Dates:







http://www.myspace.com/attackattack





http://www.riserecords.com/


Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anberlin

There is so much crap on the radio these days it makes it extra exciting when amazing songs get airplay. One such song receiving significant airplay on LA radio these days is Breaking by Anberlin. It's great to see this band, who have been knocking around the business for years now, finally start getting the accolades they have long deserved.


Click the title above to be connected to their myspace, throw on some head phones to get the full effect of how gorgeous the lead of the song is, and listen to Breaking.


Photo Credit: Preston McClusky

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Escape the Fate

Escape the Fate, still touring their excellent album This War Is Ours, are coming to The Wiltern in LA on November 21st. Last I checked, tickets are still available. This show also features Hollywood Undead, who were excellent at Bamboozle in Jersey. Together this should be a hell of a show.

Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Straylight Run



Straylight Run return to Chain Reaction this Friday. This is a must see show from one of the most underrated bands in rock today. Last month I caught frontman John Nolan's solo show at The Wire in Upland. Stripped down to the barest essentials, he performed both solo and Straylight pieces and reminded us all of just what an amazing songwriter and performer he is.

Click the title to connect to the Straylight Run myspace for more details on the current tour.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The AP Tour Fall Ball



Yes, it's true. The Fall Ball made it's way through Pomona a few nights ago and photographer Ashlei Brittany was there shooting the show for Alternative Press. Click the title above to be connected to her page on the Alternative Press website to check out amazing pics of Mayday Parade, The Academy Is, The Secret Handshake and Set Your Goals.

Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Sunday, October 18, 2009

White Rabbits

The song Percussion Gun by White Rabbits has made it into frequent rotation on KROQ in So Cal, and everyone seems to be raging on about how much they love it. While I agree that it is a good song, the point no one seems to bring up is that it sounds exactly like old Adam Ant tunes from the 80's. If you are among the few that haven't happened upon this song yet, click the title above to be connected to their myspace. Take a listen and see if you agree.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Light the Night



Tonight was the Inland Empire Light the Night walk in Riverside to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While our team has now completed the walk, our fundraising is not over. We are still taking donations through December which can be made by clicking on the title above which will take you to my special Light the Night fundraiser page where donations of any size can be made online. As you may know I became active with this cause when Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin was diagnosed with Leukemia a few years ago. You can read my previous post about the upcoming documentary about Andrew's fight against leukemia for more background on this cause and why I, and my team care so much about it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Beth Hart

One of the best live performers I have ever seen! Yeah, that's still the first thing I think of whenever the subject of Beth Hart comes up. I have seen her play off and on for years and she has never turned in a disappointing set. She is always a raging force of nature. Her music ranges from exhibitions of raw power to the most naked vulnerabilities. Revisiting her 2003 release Leave The Light On today I was reminded of what a phenomenal talent she possesses. While she hasn't replicated the commercial success of 1999's Screamin' For My Supper in any of her subsequent releases, she continues to produce outstanding work. If someone with the commercial success and label support of  Pink, for example, were to have come out with the title song on Leave The Light On there is no doubt it would have been a huge success, and splashed all over radio and MTV. The second best song on the disc is Lifetime, which both live and on disc has never failed to give me chills. Beth is a performer that genuinely loves and appreciates her audience and conveys that love in her live performances where she has, on occasion, jumped down into the audience to sing with and embrace her loyal fans who come from miles around for the opportunity to be a witness to her live show. On tour currently in Europe, Beth Hart is a performer you must get to know.

Click the title of this piece to be connected to her myspace for updated information.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lit - Tribute to Allen



As some of you may know Allen Shellenberger, Lit's drummer, passed away this year. If you haven't seen this tribute video yet, please take a few moments to remember a great musician, and a really wonderful guy. Click the title above to be linked to You Tube for viewing.

Photo credit: Preston McClusky

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dear Jack



It is finally coming out and available for pre-order now!!! If you don't know what IT is, I am referring to the documentary Dear Jack about Andrew McMahon's battle with Leukemia. This is a film that has been a long time coming, and from the clips I have seen so far, will not only be an amazing insight into his personal battle, but also a tremendous beacon of hope for all who suffer catastrophic diseases, that there can indeed be a light at the end of the tunnel. Please click on the title above to be linked to the pre-order page.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Youth Group - The Glasshouse - 9/23/09



There is a certain magic that happens only once in a great while. You show up to a concert to see a favorite headliner but happen to catch the opening act whom you’ve never heard of. The unknown act takes the stage, and “BOOM” you’re hooked. This will be the experience of many people this fall as they catch the remaining dates of The Get Up Kids tour with Youth Group as the opening act. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Youth Group are hands down one of the best live bands I’ve seen this year. While they have experienced some U.S. success with the placement of their cover of Alphaville’s Forever Young in the television show The OC, the band is still largely unknown in the states, which is a tragic shame. Toby Martin has a voice that can best be described as jaw-dropping and ethereal. Their music is thoughtful, well-written, and beautifully produced. While they are currently touring in support of their newest release The Night Is Ours, you’re going to want to collect their entire catalog. They really are that good. Like Powderfinger before them, Youth Group have again shown that the Aussies are producing some damn good rock bands that are not getting nearly the respect they deserve here in the U.S.

Click on the title of this post to connect to the Youth Group myspace.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

First Story Jumper

The little indie band that could……..?????  Hailing from Washington State, First Story Jumper’s self-titled first release shows intriguing promise but lacks the punch necessary to take them national. Having chosen to go the self-produced route may be precisely what is holding the band back. While they do seem to have the technical savvy to produce quality, what this album lacks is a cohesive vision and commerciality that may be the result of being too close to the material. The album opens with Get Me which is the only potential single on the entire record. The rest of the disc meanders through predominantly slower tempo pieces, some of which are very reminiscent of Dishwalla’s second and third albums, which, while good, were not commercially successful. American Something is a very interesting song, that leans in an almost Rhett Miller direction but seems completely out of place on this record. Waste Time is conceptually interesting with a great beat but is lyrically very short and feels unfinished. Wheel has a great opening riff that doesn’t really fit the rest of the song which contains tempo shifts that make it feel unbalanced, as if they really couldn’t decide what direction they wanted to go with it. The disc closes with Return To Sender which is the second strongest song on the record, but suffers when the tempo speeds up needlessly after the second chorus to again make the material feel disjointed. While there is good material in there, they definitely needed a producer to clean it up, organize it, and possibly craft a few more commercial cuts to break through to a larger audience.