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Artist of The Week: September 22nd, 2009
09/22/09 at 02:41 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
With the lack of internet in my dorm room and being constantly busy I wasn't able to post last week's artists of the week so I will make up for it by posting last week and this weeks in one major blog.

Brand New



What is there for me to say about Brand New that AP hasn't already said. Daisy hasn't hit me like TDAG did but it still has some great things to offer. For me it was a complete grower. My first listen I didn't care for it at all and with every future listen I like it more and more. If you don't like Brand New I doubt that I can persuade you, but if you do like them, you basically know what you are going to get here. Or do you?

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Facebook - Twitter - Street Team - Merch - last.fm - ilike - Smartpunk Vinyl - Amazon - iTunes




Tour Dates
Oct. 1st Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Cleveland, OH*
2nd The Fillmore Detroit, MI*
3rd Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL*
4th Myth Nightclub St. Paul, MN*
6th The Pageant St. Louis, MO*
7th Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO*
8th Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO*
9th Salt Palace Conv. Center Salt Lake City, UT*
13th Roseland Theatre Portland, OR*
15th Rabobank Arena & Conv. Center Bakersfield, CA*
16th Event Center at San Jose State Univ. San Jose, CA*
17th Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA*
20th House of Blues San Diego, CA*
21st House of Blues San Diego, CA*
22nd Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa, AZ*
23rd House of Blues Las Vegas, NV*
25th Lonestar Amphitheater Lubbock, TX
27th Stubbs BBQ Austin, TX
29th Cains Ballroom Tulsa, OK
30th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
31st Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX
Nov. 4th House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
5th The Ritz Tampa, FL
7th House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC
9th The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
10th The National Richmond, VA
11th Sonar Baltimore, MD
13th The NorVa Norfolk, VA
14th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
15th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA^
17th House of Blues Boston, MA^
18th House of Blues Boston, MA^
20th Olympia De Montreal Montreal, QC^
21st Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
22nd Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
24th Main Street Armory Rochester, NY^
25th Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT^
28th Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY^

* = Manchester Orchestra
= Thrice
^ = Glassjaw
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Thrice



After releasing the highly impressive Alchemy Index I was curious as to how Thrice would be able to do something to top everything they have already done. The Artist In The Ambulance was a classic just for the sake that no one was doing what Thrice did at the time they were doing it and if they were it couldn't even compare. Vheissu pushed the envelope with the band challenging the sound they had mastered and pushing into new territory. Then the Alchemy Index hit and they mastered a newer mellower and mature sound. I can't say enough about how much I respect everyone in this band and everything they stand for. If you want to support a band that is doing everything right in music it would be Thrice. The leak of Beggars 3 months early was a travesty and everyone knew it so we all reached out and showed them how much we appreciate what they do by buying merch and albums. The official physical release of Beggars has finally come and gone and I can personally say that I scraped together enough change to go to my local record store and payed for Beggars with $10 in quarters, dimes, and nickels. It's the least I can do for a band that has given so much back to their fans. You all should do the same, this is one of the best releases of the year, definitely in my top ten albums of 2009.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Thrice - Facebook - Twitter - last.fm - ilike - Merch - SmartPunk - Interpunk - Amazon - iTunes



ReviewsAP.Net - Sputnik Music - Ultimate Guitar - The Album Project - Christian Music Zine - Live The Scene - awmusic - Consequence of Sound - Fazer - Under The Gun - Pop Matters - Review, Rinse, Repeat




Tour Dates

10/25 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater *
10/27 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ *
10/29 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom *
10/30 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom *
11/02 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre ^
11/03 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
11/04 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues *
11/05 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz *
11/07 N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues *
11/09 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte *
11/10 Richmond, VA @ The National *
11/11 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar *
11/13 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa *
11/14 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory *
11/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel ^
11/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection ^
11/17 Poplar Grove, IL @ Chubby Rain-House of Tunes ^
11/19 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep ^
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue ^
11/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at The Regency ^
11/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon ^
11/24 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ^
11/25 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ^
12/04 San Diego, CA @ Soma ^

^ - Headline date
* - Supporting Brand New
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Every Time I Die



Everyone's favorite hardcore group is back in action with their latest effort New Junk Aesthetic. While I was a fan of The Big Dirty it left a little to be desired. Not to say that it wasn't a step up from Gutter Phenomenon but it was just missing something. Whatever that something was, the boys found it on the new album. The heaviest and grittiest riffs to date are showcased on this gem. Keith's witty lyricism shines more than ever and leaves you with a feeling you can't quite describe. You can truly see that this is a band that has fun with what they do and love doing it. If you like being punched in the face and kicked in the balls only to be seduced by a sexy mistress this is the record for you.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Purevolume - Epitaph Profile - last.fm - Merch - Twitter - Keith's Twitter - Jordan's Twitter - Amazon - iTunes




Tour Dates
Sep 24 2009 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Sep 25 2009 House of Blues Houston, Texas
Sep 26 2009 House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 27 2009 The Ritz Tampa, Florida
Sep 29 2009 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 30 2009 Amos Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct 1 2009 Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 2 2009 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 3 2009 Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 4 2009 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 5 2009 Crazy Donkey Long Island, New York
Oct 7 2009 Irving Plaza New York, New York
Oct 8 2009 Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
Oct 9 2009 Kool Haus Toronto, Ontario
Oct 10 2009 Town Ballroom Buffalo, New York
Oct 11 2009 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, New York
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KiD CuDi



It takes a lot to live up to hype. KiD CuDi has had to do this for sometime after basically being taken under Kanye West's wing. CuDi has had to live up to enormous amounts of hype that the man claims he didn't even want in the first place. His hit single "Day N Nite" blew up over the radio this summer and left the media and fans wanting more. It seemed like forever but Man On The Moon finally dropped. While I think it could have been a lot better and doesn't live up to what CuDi is fully capable of, it's a solid release that is a stepping stone in the young and upcoming career of Kid CuDi.

Additional LinksMyspace -Facebook - Download A Kid Named CuDi - Unofficial Sit - Twitter - last.fm - imeem - Amazon - iTunes



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Volcano Choir



So I have been impatiently waiting for new Bon Iver ever since the release of the Blood Bank EP. With no release set for 09, I was pleased to hear Justin Vernon would be releasing some material just in the form of Volcano Choir. Justin and his friends Collections of Colonies of Bees make up Volcano Choir which basically ends up being a more experimental Bon Iver that dares to go outside of Vernon's comfort zone and still works 100%. Call this a pitchfork hype band if you want but they are so much more than that so don't be fooled.

Additional LinksMyspace - Facebook - Jagjaguwar Profile - last.fm - Twitter - Amazon - iTunes



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Moneen



I haven't really had a good amount of time to let The World I Want To Leave Behind in but from what I have heard and taken in this record is fantastic. It will be tough for Moneen to top The Red Tree but I feel like the new album is anm honest effort. The long song titles aren't there anymore but that doesn't mean the songs are lacking anything. Moneen continues to one of Canada's most overlooked bands and it's a crime.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Purevolume - last.fm - ilike - Twitter - Facebook - Amazon - iTunes




Tour Dates
Oct 02 Mac's Bar Lansing, MI
Oct 03 House Cafe Dekalb, IL
Oct 04 Cicero's St Louis, MO
Oct 07 Opolis Norman, OK
Oct 09 The Incubator Mcallen, TX
Oct 10 Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar San Antonio, TX
Oct 12 The White Dove Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 14 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Oct 15 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 17 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Oct 19 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 20 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
Oct 21 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Oct 22 Station 4 Saint Paul, MN
Oct 23 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct 25 iLounge Inside Clutch Cargo's Pontiac, MI
Oct 26 Mad Hatter Covington, KY
Oct 27 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Oct 28 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada
Oct 30 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
Oct 31 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
Nov 01 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Nov 03 The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza New York, NY
Nov 04 HighLine Ballroom New York, NY
Nov 06 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
Nov 07 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov 08 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
Nov 10 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Nov 11 The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 12 The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 13 The State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL
Nov 14 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
Nov 15 Repbulic New Orleans, LA
Nov 16 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov 17 Emos Austin Austin, TX
Nov 18 The Door In Dallas Dallas, TX
Nov 20 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Nov 21 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Nov 22 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
Tags: Artist of the week, Brand New, Thrice, Every Time I Die, Kid Cudi, Moneen, Volcano
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Music Recommendation's For Sunday
02/22/09 at 05:38 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
During my long drive to my cousin's wake this morning I decided to put on Kanye's latest effort "808's and Heartbreak." I had already fell in love with album when it came out months ago but now it seems even better then before and so much deeper. Heres new video for "Welcome To Heartbreak."


Also if you haven't checked out Kid Cudi yet you probably should. The guy is going to blow up soon. It's only a matter of time before he becomes a household name. Here's his new video for "Day 'n' Night.
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You can also download his mixtape "A Kid Named Cudi" here:
http://sharebee.com/3194c039
Tags: Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Recommendations
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