Check out Sam Harris discuss co-writing and collaborating on Rihanna’s original version of “American Oxygen” on the Switched On Pop podcast here! Which version do you prefer?
Alternative rockers, X Ambassadors, will be heading out on the Northeast leg of their VHS 2.0 tour in just a few days! The tour will feature support from Seinabo Sey, POWERS, Savoir Adore, and Robert Delong and will be in support of X Ambassadors’ debut album, VHS, which was released back in June of 2015.
The full list of tour dates can be found below!
3.11 – in Atlanta, GA @ @ Tabernacle #
3.12 – Charlotte, NC @ @ Fillmore #
3.13 – Carrboro, NC @@ Cat’s Cradle #
3.15 – St. Louis, MO@ The Pageant #
3.17 – Kansas City, MO @ St. Patrick’s Day @ KC Light&Power #
3.18 – Austin, TX @ StubHub at Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden (SXSW)
3.22 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre #
3.23 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee #
3.25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
3.26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Foundry Hall ^
3.27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic ^
3.29 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom ^
3.30 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House ^
April 1 – Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming ^
April 2 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre ^
April 4 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth ^
April 5 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater ^
April 6 – Chicago, IL @ HOB ^
April 8 – Columbia, MO @ University of Missouri ^
April 9 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ^
April 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Center ^
April 15 – Biloxi, MS @Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Fest
April 30 – Frisco, TX @ KDGE Edgefest
May 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
May 4 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore *
May 8 – Boston, MA @ HOB *
May 10 – Portland, ME @ State Theater *
May 12 – Washington, DC @ Echostage *
May 13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
May 14 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater *
# w/ Seinabo Sey & POWERS
^ w/ Seinabo Sey & Savoir Adore
* w/Robert Delong as main support
Pinelands Music Festival
New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
August 15th, 2015
The lineup was pretty solid, featuring big names such as The Early November, The Spill Canvas, Hellogoodbye, X Ambassadors, and Jukebox the Ghost among others. A-
Each stage at Pinelands (a total of three) was so far away from each other all of the crowds seemed to be dispersed evenly though-out. The one crowd that stood out to me the most was The Spill Canvas. Being the ten year anniversary of “One Fell Swoop,” fans near and far flocked to their set to hear the album in its entirety. B
The area was really clean, even with the lack of garbage cans. Then you have the stage layout which was really nice with two main stages about 200 feet away from each other, and a third stage on the other side of the grounds. Sets were alternated allowing for no overlapping, which was a bonus. B
It was a bright sunny day down in the Pinelands. Downside, it was way too dry and humid. B
I noticed there were no charging stations at the festival, unless you had VIP, which was unfortunate for those who needed it. There were two areas filled with porta- potties on both sides and all the food at the festival was supplied by different food trucks. Covering a wide variety of foodie meals, I myself had the Pulled Pork Mac N Cheese. A
All in all, it’s really hard to judge a festival during its first year because there is still plenty of bugs they need to work out. To some people that is expected and to others it is not. Although there was a bit of delay on the main stage, it definitely wasn’t enough to stop me from coming back. B
Last month, information regarding Pinelands Music Festival’s first day-long event was released and it’s easy to say this is going to be one hell of a good time! The festival will showcase 30 bands and take place across three stages, one of which will spotlight local/regional acts.
The line-up so far includes Magic Man, Liam & Me, Stellar Young, Man On A Mountain, Plantation, The Early November, Jukebox The Ghost, Hellogoodbye, Good Old War, X Ambassadors, You Blew It!, You Me & Everyone We Know, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Northern Faces, Young Statues, Raccoon Fighter, Where The Ocean Meets The Sky, Palmas, Sleepyface, Cheezy & The Crackers, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The Color & Sound, and The Press War.
Ticket pricing and information can be found below for the event!
Ticket Information & Pricing
$75 for General Admission (Get the early bird special now for $65)!
$150 for VIP
-VIP Lounge w/ main stage viewing areas & private restrooms, adjacent to Artist area
-Food & Beverage vouchers
-Merch package including drawstring bag, refillable water bottle, t-shirt, VIP Laminate, and commemorative ticket
It’s that time of year again and South By Southwest(SXSW) is just around the corner! We’ve decided to bring back our “50 Acts You
Won’t Want To Miss” feature, which will run from today until March 16th, the
day before the Music section of SXSW begins! Check out our third installment
(acts 21-30, in no particular order) of artists we think you need to check out
*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not
South By Southwest. However, since the festival takes place during the week of
South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!
Austin natives, this duo’s
upbeat indie-pop blend is a sure fit for South By Southwest. In fact, the
band made their live debut at the festival back in 2013 performing alongside
American Authors and The Mowgli’s. The band recently premiered their new single
over on Earmilk and has plans to release new music this spring.
Where to catch The Vantage: 3.17 – 11pm – Spring Break ATX @ Roof Top on
Sixth; 3.18 – 1:15pm – Spring Break ATX @ Roof Top on Sixth; 3.18 – 4pm – AudioCommon @ Brass House Tavern; 3.18 – 12am – Red
Gorilla @ The Blind Pig; 3.20 – 10pm @ Shakespeare’s; 3.21 –
1:30pm – 101X Live Broadcast @ Buffalo Billiards.
I’ve been a fan of Alexz Johnson since her “So Weird” days when I was about
7 and fell in love with her music when she began acting in “Instant Star” when
I was 11. Over 10 years later, and her talent still amazes me. I’ve had the
pleasure of meeting and seeing this lovely lady perform her new music acoustic
and I was simply blown away. Her live performances sound even better than her
recorded tracks and I highly suggest catching her perform at least once.
Where to catch Alexz Johnson: 3.21 – Official SXSW Showcase
Gang of Four
After having a revolving-door lineup
for the better part of four decades, this legendary Leeds group is back at it
once again, with original lead vocalist Andy Gill rejoining the band once more.
While he may be the only original member currently performing with the group,
I’m sure their reputation is far from at-risk.
Where to catch Gang of Four: 3.19 – 6pm
– Dr. Martens/Culture Collide Showcase @ Bar 96; 3.19 – 11:30pm – Official SXSW
Showcase @ Hotel Vegas Patio; 3.20 – 1pm – Daytime Radio Day Stage @ Austin
Convention Center; 3.20 – 8pm – Evening Showcase @ Hotel San Jose.
These grunge rockers are progressively making their names known and for all
the right reasons. Their first EP, “Salute to Solitude,” was recorded with Nick
Diener of The Swellers in 2013 and their debut full length is being recorded at
37 Studios, to be released within the year. Drawing influences from Nirvana,
The Misfits, and Alice In Chains, these guys are sure to make you rock your
to catch Ana: 3.19 – 313EG
Showdown @ Dirty Dog Bar.
Jukebox The Ghost
At the tail-end of a nationwide
tour, Jukebox the Ghost’s hooks and glamour will find them a fitting home
alongside acts like MisterWives and The Maine. The band has had an impressive
year thus far including a performance on Conan and full headlining tour. After
South By, you can also catch these guys at Hop Sauce Festival at the end of the
month and the Pinelands Music Festival in August. I don’t think these guys are
going to stop touring anytime soon.
Where to catch Jukebox The Ghost: 3.17 –
10pm @ Bungalow; 3.18 – 2pm – Noisetrade Official Day Party @ Blackheart; 3.18
– 4:35pm – Stage Hop Party @ Parish; 3.19 – 6:50pm – IFC Fairgrounds @ Palm
Park; 3.19 – 9pm – This Fiction and Friends Showcase @ Esther’s Follies; 3.19 –
1am @ Esther’s; 3.20 – 3:30pm – Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion @ Whole
Foods; 3.20 – 6:45pm – Audiotree Showcase @ Licha’s Cantina
With a fresh new EP added to their arsenal,
Minnesota’ Hippo Campus (which sounds like an awesome location) may be “kinda
pop,” as they describe themselves, but are sure to turn some heads. Thus far,
they’ve already gained attention from NME, Neon Gold, Interview Magazine, and
they’re definitely on our radar as well!
Where to catch Hippo Campus: 3.16 – 6:15pm – AV Club “Just Another Manic
Monday” @ RED7; 3.18 – 4:20pm – C3 Party @ Lamberts; 3.19 – 1pm – FLOODfest @
Cedar Street Courtyard; 3.19 – 9pm – StarTime Intl. Official SXSW Showcase @
Maggie Mae’s; 3.20 – 1pm – Morning After Party @ Front Gate Tickets; 3.20 –
4:15pm – First Avenue’s Midwest Day Party 2015 @ Holy Mountain; 3.21 – 11:30am
– Rachel Ray’s Feedback @ Stubb’s BBQ.
Don’t let the success of
“Jungle” distract you; this band is much more than just one huge single. The
band recently released their newest single, “Renegades,” and will be performing
alongside Passion Pit and Andre McMahon at the Big Guava Music Festival this
May. These Brooklyn-based rockers are sure to make a scene.
Where to catch X Ambassadors: 3.19 –
3:15pm – New Shapes @ Red Eyed Fly; 3.19 – 12am – This Fiction Official
Showcase @ Esther’s; 3.20 – 4pm – Baeble Party @ Empire Auto; 3.20 – 11pm –
Uproxx House @ Trinity Hall; 3.21 – 2pm – Quantum Invasion @ Whole Foods; 3.21
– 8pm – IFC Fairgrounds.
Though they’ve only been
together for a handful of years, Modern Chemistry have wasted no time in
finding their sound. Hard, heavy, and melodic, this New Jersey four-piece could
be poised for big things, much like many who have come before them. They’ve
already played alongside some of our favorites including Echosmith, The
Swellers, NGHBRS, and Taking Back Sunday. We completely support these Jersey
Where to catch Modern Chemistry: 3.21 –
12pm – The Noise Showcase; 3.21 – 8pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Red 7 Patio
This psychedelic, garage rock band have been making a name for themselves
since forming about two years ago. They’ve opened for artists including Pearl
Jam and Beck, have had their music featured on ABC, A&E, and USA, and they
released their latest album last September. This is a no-nonsense band filled
with high energy and an incredible live presence.
Where to catch The Wans: 3.18 – 12am – Official SXSW Showcase @ Red
Eyed Fly; 3.19 – 1pm – Sonic Tonic Showcase @ Amli Downtown; 3.21 – 2pm –
Noisetrade Party @ The Blackheart; 3.21 – 5pm – Rock N Roll Day Perty @ Trailer
Space Records; 3.21 – 10pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Soho Lounge.
Often armed with nothing more than an
acoustic guitar and soaring voice, McKinley transcends genres and decades,
seamlessly transitioning from 60’s doo-wop to modern pop without skipping a
Where to catch Kendra McKinley: 3.17 – 2:05pm – Balanced Breakfast Showcase
@ The Jackalope