Primavera Sound Festival 2013: Day 3

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Primavera Sound Festival, Day 3, May 25, 2013 Words by Jakob Ross, Pictures/Videos by Scott Ross Back to Spain we go for the final day of the Primavera Sound Festival. Today we will conclude with me recapping the five acts I saw for that day, and then we'll open up the floor for a Q&A session. The sea breeze turned into some pretty harsh winds that blew garbage and hats throughout the festival grounds, but that didn't stop the festival goers, including myself, from having ... Read More

Primavera Sound Festival 2013: Day 2

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Primavera Sound Festival, Day 2, May 24, 2013 Words by Jakob Ross, Pictures/Videos by Scott Ross I woke up at noon. I ate breakfast. I showered. I brushed my teeth. I was dressed. My morning routine was not necessarily in that order, but who cares? You just want to hear about all the cool bands I saw on Day 2 of Spain's preeminent music festival. Bands I'd seen so far: 8 Hours of sleep since festival started: 6 Now we've got that out of the way, let's get this ... Read More

Primavera Sound Festival 2013: Day 1

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Primavera Sound Festival, Day 1, May 23, 2013 Words by Jakob Ross, Pictures/Videos by Scott Ross "The day has finally come," I thought upon waking up in my hotel room on Thursday, May 23. Washed up, grabbed breakfast, got dressed, etc., etc. You know how it is. Next thing I knew, my father and I were riding a very dirty feeling subway train from our hotel to Parc del Fòrum—that's Forum Park for those non-Portuguese speakers out there—where I'd take part in three straight days ... Read More

Sigur Rós Induces Munich Into a State of Euphoria

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Sigur Rós Live at Zenith in Munich, Germany February 23, 2013 Words by Jakob Ross Sigur Rós Induces Munich Into a State of Euphoria On June 7, 2012, I received the news that at the end of the summer I would be moving from Anus Pimple, Georgia to an army base in Germany. I immediately felt feelings of fear, excitement, nervousness, and anxiety, mostly because I had no idea what to expect. And although this move has come with a lot of stress and quite a ... Read More

2012: A Music Odyssey, or the Best Live Acts I Saw this Year (Part 1: #20-11)

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Written by Jakob Ross 2012: A Rock Odyssey, or the Best Live Acts I Saw this Year Introduction: It's been over two months since I've contributed anything to the site. Don't worry all, I haven't abandoned you. But I have moved from northeastern Georgia to southern Germany; a huge move for me. So, I haven't had much time to write anything up, let alone make any trips for concerts. Well, so far. But 2012 has been an amazing year in concerts, even though I didn't expect ... Read More

2012: A Music Odyssey, or the Best Live Acts I Saw This Year (Part 2: #10-1)

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2012: A Music Odyssey Part 2 Words by Jakob Ross 10. Opeth When the Heritage Hunter tour was announced, I knew I had to go. Opeth was the band on the tour that I was the least familiar with, and upon fully immersing myself in their challenging brand of progressive metal, I knew I'd be in for a fantastic show. Combining light, almost beautiful song structures with the louder, heavier sounds of common heavy metal (and a touch of dry, awkward humor from frontman Mikael ... Read More

RIP Das Racist: The Weirdos of Hip Hop

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RIP Das Racist: The Weirdos of Hip Hop A Tribute by Jakob Ross In 2008, one of the most fascinating hip hop songs to ever go viral was released on YouTube. It was titled "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," and it was released by then-unknown Brooklyn trio Das Racist. This song got immediate attention from blogs and created buzz all around the internet. Who were these weird sounding dudes singing about a fast food restaurant? And why is it so interesting? When Das Racist ... Read More

Phish Drop Bombs and Blow Minds in Atlanta

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Phish  - Aaron's Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA - 8/25/12 Words/Photos by Jakob Ross Phish Drop Bombs and Blow Minds in Atlanta The last time I was truly blown away by a band was when I saw Phish for the first time at Bonnaroo. They played what Reverend Justito refers to as a "greatest hits set", playing songs like Down With Disease, Sample In a Jar, Cavern, and Tweezer. While that set was great for a beginner such as myself, some hardcore phans probably wouldn't give it ... Read More

Hardcore Heroes Converge Announce North American Tour Dates

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Hardcore Heroes Converge Announce North American Tour Dates The first time I came across the music of Converge, I had absolutely no idea what to make of it. It was loud, insane, and all kinds of amazing. It combined heavy metal with hardcore punk and mathcore and noise rock all into a dozen or so short bursts. Converge have been together for over 20 years and have remained just as loud and crazy as they've always been. Unfortunately, I'll be in Germany when ... Read More

Jason Mraz Invites Atlanta to Keep Calm and Wear Fedoras

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Jason Mraz - 8/18/12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre, Atlanta Words by Jakob Ross "Tour Is a Four Letter Word" Jason Mraz Invites Atlanta to Keep Calm and Wear Fedoras Pop music comes and goes. Some songs stand the test of time, others go away after a few months or, in some cases, after a few weeks. That's just the way it goes in the crazy business of music. One of the most popular songs of the past decade or so is 2008's "I'm Yours," which you can ... Read More

311 Bring Unity to Atlanta With a Little Help From Their Friends

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311 Bring Unity to Atlanta With a Little Help From Their Friends One band that I've been interested in seeing for a couple years now is 311. And I finally got that chance when I purchased tickets to this show with my own money. I'm fairly positive that this is the sixth installment of 311's Unity Tour, although I could be wrong. I know that last year's Unity Tour featured Sublime w/ Rome And Lambert which I missed because we were out of town ... Read More

Cage The Elephant’s Starry Nights Music Festival Lineup Announced

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Cage The Elephant's Starry Nights Music Festival Lineup Announced Alternative rock group Cage The Elephant have been quickly gaining fame the past four years. They've released two critically acclaimed studio albums, toured relentlessly, and played massive festivals to massive audiences. But one of their greater accomplishments is kickstarting the music scene of Bowling Green, Kentucky, their hometown. Ever since getting their break, bands such as Sleeper Agent, Schools, and Morning Teleportation have been formed and sponsored by Cage The Elephant, proving that they ... Read More

Cloud Nothings Bring “Stay Useless” To Jimmy Fallon

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Cloud Nothings Bring "Stay Useless" To Jimmy Fallon If you've never heard this band before, then pause the new Killers song for just 3 minutes to check out just how incredible Cloud Nothings are. Not only is their debut album "Attack On Memory" already generating buzz from critics, but it's already being called one of the best albums of the year. Lead singer/guitarist/mastermind Dylan Baldi is the man behind the lyrics, that inspire the feeling of being too much of a slacker to ... Read More

Mike Patton Unleashes His Inner Yeezy

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Mike Patton Unleashes His Inner Yeezy Below, I've placed a video you really have to see to believe. Over the past year, one of the most popular songs (that's even been covered by the likes of Ms. Katy Perry) is Jay-Z and Kanye West's track "N*ggas In Paris" from the 2011 collaborative album Watch The Throne. And just when you thought the popularity of the song was finally wearing off, alt-metal weirdos Faith No More went ahead and threw in their own cover of ... Read More

Alabama Shakes Announce Fall Tour Dates

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Alabama Shakes Announce Fall Tour Dates I have a few music predictions for 2012: Baroness' stellar new album will be overlooked my most critics, Bon Iver will release a song through Third Man Records, and Alabama Shakes will be the best breakthrough act of the year. The Athens, Alabama-based blues quartet have hit most of the major festivals in America, toured with Jack White, and they're debut album Boys And Girls has been at the top of many "Top Albums Of The Year So Far" lists. ... Read More

Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup

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Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup Epicenter has returned for a fourth year to sunny Southern California. For the second year it will be held in Irvine California at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Past lineups include Tool, Linkin Park, Alice in Chains in 2009 (You can read our review here); Kiss, Eminem, Blink-182 in 2010; and the greatly disappointing Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach triple "threat" in 2011. This year's lineup appears to be a major improvement from 2011, with some of the most ... Read More

Peter Murphy Announces Summer Tour Dates

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Peter Murphy Announces Summer Tour Dates To be totally honest, I don't know very much about Peter Murphy. I do know that he was the lead singer for the very influential band Bauhaus, who I actually have listened to. I remember my dad saw them open for Nine Inch Nails in 2008 when Bauhaus did their reunion. That is the extent of my knowledge on all things Peter Murphy, but if you know more about him than I do, check him out on ... Read More

RIP Girls: A Tribute To The Best Band You’ve Never Heard

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RIP Girls: A Tribute To The Best Band You've Never Heard One of my favorite discoveries of 2011 is a San Francisco based two-piece band simply titled Girls. Their music can be sort of described as garage rock/indie pop with some San Franciscan psychedelia thrown in for good measure. They've received high praise for their two albums, 2009's Album and 2011's Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Now, according to a recent string of tweets by lead singer/songwriter Christopher Owens, he's left the band. Meaning, of course, ... Read More

The Cult Add More North American Tour Dates

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The Cult Add More North American Tour Dates Legendary rock band The Cult rose to fame in the 80s for their post-punk style, as well as Ian Astbury's massive voice. And now, after a new album and a successful North American tour with the now female fronted Against Me!, The Cult are mapping out some more dates in North America (mostly Canada) that they didn't hit before, after they finish touring Europe. Below are the North American dates for The Cult. No word ... Read More

The Jesus And Mary Chain Add More US Dates

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The Jesus And Mary Chain Add More US Dates The Jesus and Mary Chain are one of those 80s bands that everyone with an appreciation for music should at least know about. They've had influence on the shoe-gaze genre, the synth pop genre, the noise pop genre, the indie rock genre, the alternative rock genre; point is, they're an important band. And they have tacked on a bunch more tour dates to their reunion, which began back in 2007. While they played mostly ... Read More

Japandroids Announce European Tour Dates

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Japandroids Announce European Tour Dates The title of this post may strike you as odd. I know most of our readers probably live in the continental US, and there are may be a sad, sorry few of you who've never heard Japandroids, but bear with me. I'm not sure I've broken the news via CC-post yet, but in August I am moving to Vilseck, Germany, about an hour away from Nuremburg and two and a half hours from Prague. This means I get to ... Read More

Radiohead’s Stage Collapses in Toronto

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Radiohead's Stage Collapses in Toronto As you may remember, last year there was sort of an epidemic with collapsing stages. Festivals such as Pukkelpop and the Indiana State Fair felt the gloom over their shoulders, as quite a few lives were taken due to these tragedies. Well, it looks like the unfortunate epidemic continues into this year. The stage at Downsview Park in Toronto, Canada has collapsed, killing one person and injuring three others. Radiohead were set to play there later tonight, but they've ... Read More

Bonnaroo Part III: Return of the Jedi

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Bonnaroo Part III: Return of the Jedi Chapter 1: Sunday Morning On the morning of my final day at Bonnaroo, I was prepared for what would certainly be our most relaxing day. With only four acts to check out (and the first one not going on until 1:00), I was ready to chill and maybe have a beer with BeeZnutz.   It had rained the whole night and well into the morning, but by the time we left our tent at about 9 or so, the ... Read More

Bonnaroo Part II: Electric Boogaloo

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Bonnaroo Part II: Electric Boogaloo Chapter 1: Saturday Morning After three and a half hours of sleep, we woke up to the lovely sound of people chatting and cars driving on the road adjacent to our tent. Saturday would be definitely be our most exciting and energetic day, and it didn't even start until 1:45 in the afternoon. With that, we ate breakfast, hung around, and decided that it probably wouldn't be a horrible idea to take a $7 shower. We got in line and ... Read More

Bonnaroo 2012 Part I: Fellowship of the Ring

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Bonnaroo 2012 Part I: Fellowship of the Ring  Prologue 'Twas mid-November 2011. I had finally come to terms with the morbid fact that I, Jakob Ross, would be forced to move to Grovetown, Georgia, which (unless you've not read my more recent articles) you probably know by now. Around this time I had made the decision to do the one thing that would make the move worth it. I'm not talking about humidity, rednecks, or seeing more back sweaters than real sweaters. I'm talking ... Read More

Mighty Mighty Bosstones Announce Summer Vacation Tour Dates

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones Announce Summer Vacation Tour Dates Third-wave ska-kings The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who you may remember as the band you couldn't get away from during freshman year of college, are back! Well, technically they were back in 2007 when they reformed after a four year hiatus, but they're back to tour in support of their December 2011 CD The Magic of Youth. They are well-known for energetic live performances and good times all around! My dad hung out with them in college ... Read More