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News: @WalkTheMoonband Self Titled Album Drops Today!

19 Jun

I couldn’t be more excited today for the fellas of Walk The Moon as they release their self titled debut album on RCA Records. Having had the pleasure of meeting the guys, interviewing them and seeing them in concert at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and here in Las Vegas I feel like I’ve kind of been along for the ride a little. I’m beyond stoked that they are now getting heavy airplay, being tabbed by MTV as a Push artist, Esquire.com adding them to the songs of the summer (for a second year in a row) and more. These guys are still ascending and it’s one of those things that just makes me smile; plus I think everyone should be digging their music and right in time for summer it’s perfect tunes to enjoy three months of sunshine. Added bonus, tune in to David Letterman tonight where the guys will be the special music act.

Track listing
1.) Quesadilla
2.) Lisa Baby
3.) Next In Line
4.) Anna Sun
5.) Tightrope
6.) Jenny
7.) Shiver Shiver
8.) Lions
9.) Iscariot
10.) Fixin’
11.) I Can Lift A Car

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Now Playing: Walk The Moon – “Anna Sun (Trouble Productions Remix)”

17 May

If you follow my blog, you know I’m a big supporter of Walk The Moon and seriously can’t wait to see them absolutely take off this year when their album on RCA drops (June 19). Well before that, here’s a fun remix of their hit, “Anna Sun” by Trouble Productions (Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes and producer Gus Oberg). Big thanks to RollingStone.com for the item.

Listen to the remix HERE.

Where Did This Come From?! Firefly Music Festival – July 20-22 Dover, Delaware

1 Apr

WOW. Ok when I think of Delaware I usually think of Capriotti’s, Blue Hens and the first state to ratify the US constitution but certainly not music (but did you know Bob Marley once lived there?!) until now courtesy of the Firefly Music Festival.  JUST ANNOUNCED and set to rock July 20-22 at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, this music festival is coming in hot with plenty of fire power.  Headliners include The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack White! WHOA!  Also slated to perform are The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Lupe Fiasco, Michael Franti, GROUPLOVE, Allen Stone, Girl Talk, Trampled By Turtles, Walk The Moon, Bombay Bicycle Club, Charles Bradley, The Head and The Heart, Matt Costa, Penguin Prison, Imagine Dragons and more.

Firefly Festival Full Lineup

The Killers,The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Cake, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk, Young the Giant, OK Go, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Cold War Kids, Tinie Tempah, The Wallflowers, Chiddy Bang, AWOLNATION, The Head and the Heart, Grouplove, Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Cults, Graffiti6, Allen Stone, Walk the Moon, Blind Pilot, The Felice Brothers, Heartless Bastards, Mariachi El Bronx, Matt Costa, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Ra Ra Riot, Imagine Dragons, Kids These Days and Penguin Prison.

Revisited: SXSW 2012 via @Wat_Mo

21 Mar

Since I wasn’t able to make it to SXSW I had my buddy Mike Watson share his experience and the highlights from Austin.  He definitely had the chance to hear a ton of great bands and catch some very unique performances.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Bands I had never seen live:
Top 3

Of Monsters and Men

Walk the Moon

GIVERS

They all put on amazing shows.  Of Monsters of Men had never played in the US.  Saw them twice.  I was at their first US show and it was in a bike shop.  Gotta love SXSW.  I really think they are going to blow up.  Talked to them at the Mumford & Sons concert and their album is being released in the US on April 3.  I had been a fan of Walk the Moon and GIVERS for a while now and they definitely didn’t disappoint.  The both put on incredible shows.  There is no wonder they get so much buzz.  Even if you don’t know a single song of theirs they will have you a fan after seeing them live.

I would say Walk the Moon and GIVERS put on the best shows from the bands I had never seen, along with Gary Clark Jr.  Gary Clark is just unbelievable on guitar.  I see why Clapton has taken him under his wing. The dude is going to be the next big thing, he already is in the blues guitar community.  He played at the White House with Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, and Mick Jagger.  Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr also put on a hell of a show, but I am just not into their music.  Maybe it will grow on me.  Fun. was a band that obviously had a lot of hype with the song out right now “We are Young”.  They have a lot of other great songs though.  The title track of their album was awesome live, “Some Nights”.  I had never seen Keane before.  I absolutely love their first album from a few years back and they sounded really good live.  The lead singer’s vocals were spot on.

I was really excited to see Princeton.  I love their album but they didn’t have a lot of energy in their show.  Maybe it had something to do with it being 11am on a Thursday but a band should not have to say “y’all look tired”.  They should be able to amp up the crowd on their own.  I was also excited to see Reptar but they just didn’t sound good live.  I will have to give them another chance.  Tennis was another band that I was excited to see but the show left a lot to be desired.

Bands I have seen before:
Top 3

Temper Trap

Mumford and Sons

Band of Skulls

Temper Trap played a few new songs and in particular the song “Trembling Hands” was amazing.  They are just great live.  Band of Skulls lead man is so incredibly talented on the guitar.  Some of the stuff they pull off live is just amazing.  He really makes the band because the girl doesn’t do much on stage.  Everyone knows how good Mumford is.  They played a few new songs that were really good.  I see their second album having the same success as their first.

Bands I didn’t get to see but wanted to:

Alabama Shakes – They were THE buzz band going into SXSW this year.  Much like Foster the People last year.

US Royalty

Tango in the Attic

Bright Lights Social Hour

Finally, here is a list of bands I saw, I know I am missing some but can’t remember them all:

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Bayou
These people brought a ton of energy.  The chick drummer plays standing on top of a drum head wearing tap shoes.  It was crazy.  So much fun.  I had never heard them before but they were a great live show.  I am going to have to listen to them more.

Dawes @ Cedar Street

Future Unlimited and Princeton @ Beauty Bar

Tennis @ Stage on 6th

Big Deal @ Hype Hotel

Of Monsters and Men @ Mellow Johnny’s (First time playing in the USA)

Punch Brothers, Ed Sheeran (This guy was cool, was just him and his guitar.  He would play something, loop it, and then play riffs over it.  Was awesome show), Kimbra (She was awful), Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr all @ La Zona Rosa

Walk the Moon @ Antone’s

Reptar, Band of Skulls, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Imagine Dragons, fun., @ Woodies

Girls, Kaiser Chiefs, Temper Trap @ Stubb’s

Of Monsters and Men @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Howler @ W Hotel

Free Energy @ Peckerheads

50 Cent, Eminem @ Austin Music Hall

Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons @ LBJ Library Lawn

They played the Railroad Documentary on a screen.  This was probably my favorite part of the weekend.  Weather was perfect and the documentary was incredible.  Oh and those bands are pretty damn good too.

Johnny Corndawg @ Lustre Pearl

The Guards, GIVERS @ Chevy

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News: Walk The Moon to release Anna Sun EP next week

2 Feb

In anticipation of their upcoming release on RCA Records, I got very excited when I found out Walk The Moon will be releasing a three song Anna Sun EP next Tuesday, February 7.  The EP will feature the hit song, “Anna Sun,” off their independently released i want i want, “Next in Line” and Tightrope” which quite frankly I believe is their best song (and it’s hard not to love “Anna Sun”).

The quartet are mighty talented, bring a ton of energy to the stage every night and there’s a reason they were tabbed as one of MTVs Artists to Watch in 2012.  I’ve been fortunate to have seen the guys perform at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and in Las Vegas as well as interview them and all I can say is you are sorely missing out if you are not listening to Walk The Moon.

Another thing to look forward to besides their upcoming tours with Young The Giant and some dates with the Kaiser Chiefs, is their first-ever live performance on late night television April 5 on Late Night wth Jimmy Fallon. Oh man I can’t wait to see if ?uestlove is going to rock the face paint with the fellas.

 

MTV late to the party? Their Buzzworthy Artists of 2012

3 Jan

2012 is here and I have to say I got a good feeling when I came across the piece by MTV on Buzzworthy Artists to Watch in 2012 since not only do I listen to 9 of the 11 artists/bands but more so some of these have been the soundtrack I’ve been preaching for some time.  I also wonder what rock MTV has been hiding under regarding some of these artists.  But in case you don’t know the artists either, you best get caught up fast.

On the list:

Walk The Moon – these guys are solid and put on some of the best shows I saw in 2011.

Alabama Shakes – I’d be shocked if they do not blow up right after SXSW this year.  Holy amazing Brittany Howard’s voice.

fun. – anyone who remembers The Format should already be a huge fan of fun.  Plus a little track with Ms. Janelle Monae doesn’t hurt!

C’mon Avicii is on this list?  So nobody has heard this song before I guess and he doesn’t have any EDM tracks that are played in the clubs.

And Dev had a couple HUGE songs last year….. This one, no?

Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey, guess they aren’t as big as I thought they already were.

Wallpaper on tour last year with The Dirty Heads, this I didn’t see coming but ok.

Electric Guest and Kendrick Lamar – you two I’ll have to get up to speed with.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com Fall Playlist

23 Sep

First day of Fall which means it’s time for another DoYouHearTheMusic.com Playlist.  Hope you enjoy the selections below and they help keep your spirits up beat as the temperature drops.

 

Young The Giant – “Cough Syrup

The Cinema – “Kill It

SuperHeavy – “Beautiful People

Ximena Sarinana – “Different

GROUPLOVE – “Lovely Cup

Kassidy – “I Don’t Know

Deer Tick – “Miss K

Walk The Moon – “Tightrope

O.A.R. – “Taking On The World Today

Childish Gambino – “Bonfire

J Cole – “Nobody’s Perfect” ft. Missy Elliot

Chancellor Warhol – “Wings

NewVillager – “Rich Doors

M83 – “Ok Pal

The Rapture – “Miss You

Girls – “Honey Bunny

Maps & Atlases – “Israeli Caves

 

Tonight: Walk The Moon Play Vegas – Q&A Previewing Their Performance

25 Aug

Check it out, here’s a little preview of what you can expect tonight at The Yard at The Cosmopolitan when Walk The Moon takes the stage.

9 p.m. show time and it’s FREE!

I caught up with the guys at Lollapalooza and here’s what they had to say.

(appears in the new issue of Vegas SEVEN which is out today)

Revisited: My Lollapalooza 2011

10 Aug

Sweet home Chicago!  What can I say except the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza far exceeded any experience I could have ever imagined. More photos will be coming soon but wow what a good time and so many great bands/artists performing.  If you wanted to discover new music, hear some great bands of the past 20+ years or just come and hang out, Grant Park was the place to be.

My First Show: Ryan Leslie

My Final Show: Deadmau5

My Favorite Show: GROUPLOVE

Who I Saw:

Day One of Lolla: Ryan Leslie, Tab The Band, Young The Giant, Naked & Famous, Delta Spirit, Foster The People, White Lies, Two Door Cinema Club, Skrillex, Afrojack, Muse, Coldplay and late night CULTS show at the Hard Rock.

Day Two of Lolla: GROUPLOVE, Walk The Moon, Maps & Atlases, Friendly Fires, Black Lips, Big Audio Dynamite, Joachim Garraud, Local Natives, My Morning Jacket, Eminem, My Morning Jacket. Night show: Skylar Grey, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe, Black Lips.

Day Three of Lolla: Rival Schools, little hurricane, The Cool Kids, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Cars, Flogging Molly, Boy & Bear, Nas & Damian Marley, Deadmau5

Best Bud Light Stage Show: Young The Giant or Friendly Fires

Best Music Unlimited Stage Show:
Muse

Best Sony Stage Show: GROUPLOVE

Best Google+ Stage Show: little hurricane

Best BMI Stage Show: Boy & Bear

Biggest Surprise: Maps & Atlases and Tab The Band

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Sony Stage

Most Entertaining Show: Deadmau5 – debut of his new rig extravaganza

Most Disappointing Moment: the police during Eminem not caring about kids who were comatose from whatever got them into that state

Next Big Thing:  Young The Giant, these guys drew over 20,000 people at 1 p.m. and Foster The People, man in six months these guys are doing it!

Band Redemption In My Book: My Morning Jacket – I’ve seen them a handful of times and never really dug their shows, I did this time

Bands I Was Sad To Miss: Fitz & The Tantrums, City & Colour, Ween and Foo Fighters plus Portugal. The Man, again – just too hard to be two places at once

Late Night Show: CULTS at the Hard Rock

Angriest Performer: again, Eminem.  The crowd was pretty angry too

What Would Have Been Great: a fourth day of the festival

Top Lolla’er: The dude dressed in a watermelon costume crowd surfing

Random Moment Of Awesomeness: mud wrestling taking center stage after the first downpour on Sunday

Best Festival Eats: the guy who brought in Garrett Popcorn in with him.  Thanks for sharing!

Best Place To Cool Off: didn’t find one

Biggest Waste of Time: Food lines or anyone who waited for a cooling bandana from Toyota

Best Marketing at Festival: Outside a street team was handing out Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks” shoelaces and of course I got some

Worst Part: not having a poncho or jacket when the rain came pouring down on Sunday

Clutch Move: running straight for the port o johns and finding a new garbage bag to make a poncho

Tips For Next Year: carry a poncho – when it rains it pours, drink as much water as possible, don’t try to go swimming in Buckingham Fountain – I witnessed a few beat downs, ice cream is your friend in August, make a list of bands you want to see but don’t stick to it, comfortable shoes, you will walk a lot

Countdown to Lollapalooza: 7 Days – Walk The Moon

29 Jul

Saturday, Aug. 6, Music Unlimited Stage, 12:45 p.m.

This is one show you’ll want to get to the festival early for.  Hands down one of the top performances at Bonnaroo earlier this summer, Walk The Moon, put on an energetic, electric set from start to finish. Riding high on the release of i want! i want! and the lead single “Anna Sun,” the quartet from Ohio are primed and ready to break it big.

And get the face paint ready (you’ll figure it out!).