Anybody who missed the 10/11/14 show missed a good one! Lots of people, lots of chunk debris and tons of fun! Don't miss the next Chunkathon on 3/14/15!
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Performers, musicians, bands, clubs, show promoters and booking agents feel free to send me any future happening Event flyers to my Facebook, Joe Tell or you can send them in jpg picture file form to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it to help promote your event on this Current Events post.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
AWOLNATION HIT THE CHARTS WITH RUN
BAND NOTCHES HIGHEST EVER DEBUT CHART POSITIONS
LANDING ATOP THE BILLBOARD 200 AT #17,
INDEPENDENT ALBUMS #2, ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS #3,
TOP ROCK ALBUMS #4, DIGITAL ALBUMS #6
TOP ALBUM SALES #9 AND CURRENT ALBUMS #9
NEW SHOWS ADDED TO THE RUN TOUR 2015LIVE PERFORMANCE ON CONAN SLATED FOR APRIL 7th
Currently on tour in Europe playing to sold out crowds, the band returns to the U.S. for a televised live performance on Conan (TBS 11:00pm/10:00pm central) Tuesday, April 7th, followed by a round of select festival dates this spring. Continuing to climb the charts, the debut single "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" has exploded into the Top 5 at alternative radio where it currently sits at #3.
Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of Megalithic Symphony, AWOLNATION withdrew into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of the debut album, the 14-track Run, was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno. The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. CraveOnline stated, "these sounds are designed to stick in your head, and they succeed in their purpose, gorgeously," with Alternative Press calling Run "the first AWOLNATION album of the rest of your life."
Released in 2011, the band's gold-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony was an alternative music revelation that became an astonishing success resonating with fans around the world. The album holds a number of long-running Billboard chart positions including 146 weeks on the Independent Albums chart, 111 weeks on the Billboard Top200, 105 weeks on the Top Rock Albums chart and has topped the Heatseekers Albums chart several times over. Their hit single "Sail," a redefining global anthem, is certified 6X Platinumin the U.S., and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100's 55-year history amassing hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online while charting around the world. Following the success of "Sail," the band would go on to have two more Top 10 charting alternative singles, "Not Your Fault" and "Kill Your Heroes," having sold over a million downloads combined. Since the release of their debut, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe.
AWOLNATION TOUR CONFIRMED DATES:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
March 30 Le Divan Du Monde Paris, France
March 31 Melkweg Netherlands, Amsterdam
April 1 Electric Ballroom London, UK
April 18 Buzzfest Woodlands, TX
April 24 KMYZ Radio Show @ Brady Theater Tulsa, OK
April 25 Edgefest @ Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX
May 1 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN
May 3 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL
May 8 Big Guava Music Festival Tampa, FL
May 10 WRFF Annual Birthday Philadelphia, PA
May 25 WXXJ 5th Annual Rock on the River Jacksonville, FL * new show
May 28 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
May 29 Roseland Portland, OR
May 30 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
May 31 BottleRock Music Festival Napa Valley, CA
June 2 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
June 3 House of Blues San Diego, CA
June 5 The Aztec Theater San Antonio, TX
June 6 The Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
June 9 Iron City Birmingham, AL
June 10 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
June 12 House of Blues N. Myrtle Beach, SC
June 13 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
June 14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN
June 16 The National Richmond, VA
June 18 The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
June 19 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE
June 22 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
June 23 Metropolis Montreal, QUE
June 25 House of Blues Boston, MA
June 26 Irving Plaza New York, NY * new show
June 27 Irving Plaza New York, NY
June 28 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
June 30 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
July 1 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
July 2 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
July 3 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI * new show
July 5 The Garrick Centre Winnipeg, MB
July 7 Union Hall Edmonton, AB
July 8 Flames Central Calgary, AB
July 19 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
July 21 Cabooze Outdoor Plaza Minneapolis, MN
July 23 House of Blues Chicago, IL
July 24 House of Blues Chicago, IL * new show
July 25 KRBZ's Annual Radio Show Beach Kansas City, KS
July 26 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
July 28 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
July 30 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
August 1 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA
September 6 Fashion Meets Music Festival Columbus, OH * new show
September 19 Kaaboo Music Festival San Diego, CA
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Whiskey Reverb Soul Vibration Tour dates 2015
Whiskey Reverb's latest and greatest musical release is Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati.
I am reviewing this CD to support Whiskey Reverb, one of the best original bands from the current Buffalo, NY music scene.
First I must comment on the title of the CD, Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati, the title made me think "Who is this Nathan Bates guy and why did he reject the Illuminati?" so I googled Nathan Bates and there really is no world famous Nathan Bates to speak off. Maybe it's an offhand reference to Norman Bates? The title made me think how did Whiskey Reverb come up with this title and why did they use the title? The title piqued my interest and made me want to hear the music to find out what Whiskey Reverb is all about. I'm sure there is a great story behind the cool, hip CD title.
Onto the music, the CD starts off with a very cool prelude called Shake The Cage. The piano sounds, provided by Wade Benford, are very melancholy and the backwards guitar fades in right at the perfect moment.
Something Good is a strong and positive song that starts off with the droning sound of an A note. The songs' sound is reminiscent of a great Coldplay or Oasis song with some Whiskey Reverb juice thrown into the mix. Jim Candytree sounds great and he takes this one out with a awesome vocal outro.
Thank U sounds like a soundtrack for a party, with a intro by A2J and a sweet chorus sang by Megan Brown. Thank U is a uplifting song you should play when you want to have a good time, better yet cue this song up when you are havin' a party to lift it up that much higher.
Dreamsong is exactly as the title suggests, an ethereal, soft flowing song that features Megan Brown on lead vocals. Dreamsong has the sound and feel of a song that can easily carry you away into a different state of mind if you let it. A dreamy song featuring a beautiful voice.
Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati is proving to be a diverse soundscape full of different musical genres and talented singers mixed into one cohesive unit, the band has proven to bunch of highly talented individuals halfway through the CD.
Between The Veil is up next, this song is carried by a uptempo acoustic guitar groove and a great lead vocal by Jim Candytree. Mike Cassidy adds some color to the groove, strumming an electric guitar into the mix. This is a strong, uptempo rocker. The rhythm section of Scotty Harrington and Tony Bales lay down a solid groove with Tony Bales throwing in some quick bass lines to help push the song along.
The Way We Live sounds like it has the potential to be a great rap song. The rhythm section sounds as if they're holding back but the groove is still tight. I can hear a stronger rhythm track that could make The Way We Live an awesome rap song with A2J grabbing the spotlight with his words. The tempo twists around as the song morphs into a unique mix of original samples and a erotic gasp brings a lead guitar solo in. The Way We Live is a unique song, it takes a few listens to "get" the groove. Great performances by A2J, Megan and Mike are highlighted on this experimental track.
Letters is a straight forward, acoustic rock song driven by the vocals of Jim Candytree and the keyboards of Wade Benford. After a tasty guitar solo by Mike Cassidy a double vocal by Jim and Megan takes this song out.
The final song, Keep It Movin' (EDM Remix) is sure to get you dancin'. This song would sound just awesome in a crowded dance club on a Saturday night dance marathon.
Congratulations Whiskey Reverb!
"Now that the cat is out of the bag, we (Whiskey Reverb) are proud to announce that we have officially signed on our first distribution contract with Projekt/Warner Bros. and a publishing deal with Seireenien/BMI. We are so excited for the opportunity to spread our music to a worldwide audience and feed that SoulFire. "
Buffalo Music Award winners and Tudor Lounge favorites, Whiskey Reverb are climbing the rock 'n roll ladder to success.
Whiskey Reverb can best described as "Psychedelic, sexy, funk rock from heaven" and they come highly recommended by JoTell.
With their recent Facebook announcement (goto https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whiskey-Reverb/262004595188) it's a fact that Whiskey Reverb have parlayed their back-to-back Hard Rock Buffalo Rising winnings (2012 & 2013) to even more juicy success...
W.R. combine a myriad of great musical influences, excellent musicianship and awesome stage presence into a complete rockin' party everytime they grace a stage. Good looks W.R.!
Now, just for you, here's Whiskey Reverb's "World's Greatest Hits"
FutureSight from 2012
Serendipity from 2012.
The Tyranny of The Mainstream SoulFire Volume I from 2011.
and Proverbs Bi-Polar & The Body Electric from 2010.
W.R. says "Thank You" for your support!
Special thanks goes out to Jim and Whiskey Reverb.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
3/21 Wolf CD Release Show at Mohawk Place.
Wolf is going to be joined by The Demos, Mink and Johnny Nobody.
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/516211561851433/
Wolf Facebook http://facebook.com/musicbywolf
Check out the new Wolf single on Bandcamp http://musicbywolf.bandcamp.com/
Wolf homepage http://musicbywolf.com/
Thank you Chelsea and Wolf.
Sara Elizabeth "On The Rise" CD cover art.
Before I start the review I want to Thank Sara for submitting her new CD for review. Thank You Very Much Sara!
Now for the CD review...
Sara's strong vocal talents, unique lyrical phrasing and song writing skills are immediately evident as soon as "I Think I Better" begins. The lyrics reflect a young and positive outlook on life. Sarah's strong vocal performance overshadows the rhythm section on this song.
The second track, "He Smells Of Summer", is one of my favorites on Sara's CD debut release. The tempo, feeling and sound are completely different from the first song, revealing Sara's diverse musical talents and strong songwriting abilities. Her musical talent defies her young age.
The percussive eggshaker track carries this song along with a fingerpicked acoustic guitar. The eggshaker is a very cool, unique touch and the banjo playing is great. The vocals begin with a breathy, mellow sound that match the lyrical content. The emphasis on "wind" is a unique touch. The vocals continue along into a almost pleading shout then go back down after a musical interlude. I hear a distorted guitar track carrying the musical break along in my head or maybe a punchy bass track.
True to form "Willow Tree" has a feeling and sound different from the first two songs. I like this song even more than "He Smells Of Summer". The ukulele intro is refreshing and easy on my over-driven ears. The bongo and tambourine performance is excellent, they accompany the vocals and mandolin perfectly. The upright bass track is great as well. The vocals have a breathy, seductive quality that is easy on the ears. Sara has a very listenable and melodic singing voice. Sara's natural singing talent really shines through on "Willow Tree". This is my favorite song on Sara's CD.
The fourth song, "Today I'm OK" is a happy and uplifting song. Once again the vocal performance is outstanding. Again I have to comment on the listenable quality of Sara's singing voice. Sara's positive lyrics and engaging voice grabs your listening attention and keeps your ear focused on the song and melody. This song had me envisioning a girl dancing in my head and then I found myself looking at the sky. The bass track is a little busy which takes away from the melody.
"For You" is a piano driven track, which demonstrates Sara's talent at playing and composing on many different types of instruments. Once again this track proves Sara's diverse talents defy her age. The guitar/piano intro is great. The guitar figure during the chorus takes the focus away from the piano melody a bit, the guitar figure would make a great solo during the song. Overall "For You" is a great, melodic track.
The 6th track, "Carry Me Away" is yet another type of musical soundscape. The rhythm section has a calypso feel during the verse. The feel of this song is bouncy and jumpy. The drums are solid and they sound great, best percussion performance on "On The Rise".
"Knock Knocking" is an excellent and fun song. The music sounds like a classic, nursery rhyme and it's playful, child-like lyric is interesting. The lyrics sound like Sara may be reliving a few childhood memories through this song. Skipping along to the rhythm is highly recommended!
"Optophobia" first caught my attention because of the interesting song title. I looked up the meaning of the song title on the interwebs almost immediately. Most of the songs contained on "On The Rise" are positive in sound and lyric, this song, however is not. That doesn't mean it's not as good as the other tracks or bad in any way. The stark contrast is why I like this song so much. This song is very cool and quirky with it's odd noises and dark, piano filled soundscape. The vocal performance on this song is great, the vocal effect at 3:17 is a very nice touch but it's barely noticeable. My super hearing caught the effect after a few very focused listens.
I must say that (sometimes) I wish the sun wasn't so....bright.
The title track, "On The Rise" is a uplifting, positive song is sound and feeling. A perfect song for a young singer/songwriter who is definitely on the rise. Music can take people places and Sara's musical talents will take her places if she continues to grow and cultivate her many great talents through original music CD releases like "On The Rise". The vocal harmonies and mandolin playing on this particular song are excellent.
"And That's All" is a great song. I don't know if this song was specifically created to close out Sara's "On The Rise" CD but it is a great choice. The lyrics are interesting and entertaining and the vocal performance is once again, great. The sound and feel of the song is vibrant and happy.
Sara's debut release "On The Rise" is a great start to a promising music career. The rhythm section tracks on "On The Rise" could be mixed a little more prominently at times but overall "On The Rise" is a great sounding debut from a highly talented, young artist.
Once again I'd like toThank Sara for submitting her CD for review.
CD credits are as follows: Sara Elizabeth, Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano, Mandolin and Sound Programming. Anthony Rideout, Electric and Upright Bass. Joe Thomas, Drums, Eggshaker, Congas, Tambourine and Body Percussion and Chris Jacobs, Sound Programming and Effects.
All songs written, arranged and copyrighted by Sara Elizabeth Genco. Produced and engineered by Sara Elizabeth Genco and Chris Jacobs. Recorded at SUNY and Buffalo Slee Hall Recording Studio. CD Photography by David Genco. Album art by Sara Elizabeth Genco.
Goto www.saraelizabethmusic.com to find out more about Sara, her music and how you can pick up your very own copy of "On The Rise".
Monday, March 16, 2015
Update 3/14/15: Forever Green is proud to have been chosen as a finalist in the Artvoice BOOM (Battle Of Original Music)! We are glad to be recognized for our music and very happy to see our picture in the Artvoice newspaper. The best thing about it is our music is being heard by a larger audience. Please take a second and vote for Forever Green so we can continue on our journey into the wonderful world of music.
Visit http://boom.artvoice.com/battles/2014-2015/round-3-week-2 to hear our music and cast your vote. Thank You!
Danny Manzella and I are writing music together again as Forever Green with the help of producer Mike Boncaldo of Ansley Court and Chunkpipe? fame.
Forever Green has also enlisted the top shelf help of Tony Chimera on bongos from 55 Main and Tommy Leach on 5 string bass from River Rocks.
Forever Green has released 2 live original tracks, "Waves" and "Old Dead Flea Blues" from the famed Tudor Lounge in Buffalo, NY with special guest Tony Chimera on bongos.
Big thanks goes out to Bruce Markwardt for recording us. Thanks Dad!
3 new originals have also been written, recorded and released, "When You're Near Me", "I'd Find My Way" and the 6 minute opus "Seniorita". Our love for the blues produced "Exactly What You Did" kept lo-fi on purpose. All of these songs are available on the Forever Green reverbnation music page.
Dan and I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to our music!
City Streets is a Rock/Blues band that also includes Danny Manzella on Vocals and Larry Saunders on Guitar. City Streets is performing at the Exposure concert this year on June 27th.
You can find City Streets on Reverbnation.
8/24/2011 Update: Forever Green is Now on Reverbnation!
Thank You for posting the videos Sue & Cheryl!
Forever Green is an acoustic duo Dan & I put together to express our love for music.
logo by Dan the Man.
This post is dedicated to Debbie Owens.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Thrill Jockey Records very own Lightning Bolt is coming through Buffalo in April. The band will be performing at Mohawk Place on 4/15.
Lightning Bolt are touring in support of their new album Fantasy Empire. This is their first album in five years and their first truly studio-produced album, more closely approximating the experience of seeing them perform live than ever before.
The two-man outfit of Brian Gibson (bass) and Brian Chippendale (drums & vocals) have been putting on their legendarily raucous live shows for twenty years; seeing the band perform live is an experience every Lightning Bolt fan lives for.
Lightning Bolt puts on a pretty crazy performance that's not to be missed: Brian Chippendale usually wears a crazy knit mask and Lightning Bolt they has be known to play shows on the floor in the crowd.
Here’s a link to an great interview the band did with Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-lightning-bolts-first-recording-in-six-years-the-metal-east-20150210
Thank You, Allie!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Update 2/19/15: The Artvoice webpage has corrected my pen name on the link for my Southern Bastards review to Joe Tell, however the name on the actual review is still Jack Dumpert. The current issue has the real Jack Dumpert as a reviewer for Fury Max: My War Gone By.
Update 2/18/15: After a visit to Queen City Bookstore recently it turns out that Jack Dumpert is a real person who will be submitting reviews for Queen City and Artvoice in the future. Since I didn't sign my last review somehow it was assumed that Jack Dumpert submitted it. Needless to say I will be signing all of my future reviews as Joe Tell to avoid any more mixups.
Update 2/14/15: Just a couple of opinions on the free local entertainment papers in town.
There is a new paper called The Public that is worth checking out.
The absolute worst free entertainment paper in town is Nightlife magazine, it seems that the awards they give out every year are coveted by alot of local musicians but they really don't mean anything. Bands are usually submitted by booking agents to promote their cover bands in an attempt to draw more people out to see them when they perform. Nightlife has no website so you have to pick up a copy to see who's nominated and who wins these awards. The poor quality newsprint is printed with lots of typos, bad photos and lewd ads for strip joints.
Improve the awards by giving out 1 plaque to each award winning band member. I'm sure 1 or 2 winning bands had the unique problem of deciding which band member took the winning plaque home at the end of the night. Acquire some local sponsors to donate a few prizes to the winners, this would help out local businesses and add value to the awards.
Buffalo's best original music CD should, absolutely, be recognized once a year to help the band reach a wider audience. Recognizing the best original band every year is a good first step, promoting their CD as the best original music release of the year would help the winner reach a wider audience.
Original post: In the most recent issue of the Artvoice newspaper, the only arts & entertainment paper in town worth picking up to read, my pen name has been changed, once again, this time to another new alias/pen name Jack Dumpert...?
I think it may be interesting to follow my pen names throughout because it may make for some interesting "blogless blog" reading, so here we go,
Once again the newest issue, 2/12 - 2/18 the Southern Bastards graphic novel review by Jack Dumpert.
1/29 - 2/04 issue The Underwater Welder review by Joe Miletto.
1/8 - 1/14 issue Thanos Rising review by Joe Tell.
12/24 - 1/7 The Joker review by Joe Tell.
12/11 - 12/17 Batman '66 review by Joeseph Tell.
Anyway you spell it's still me, Joseph Militello.
My sincere thanks to Emil from Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper for publishing my reviews, in print and online.
Update: 2/18/15, I am currently looking for a new background to use on a new biz card. I am open to suggestions and artistic submissions.
Version 3.0 from 2013-2014...Thank You Maria Militello and The Machine!
There's a cool video on youtube of the song being performed in the picture.
Above is the 2nd version of my biz card from 2011/2012. Yes, Amy Z granted me permission to use her photo on the card! I thought it was a cool enough pic to use on the card.
Typo: my comic book blog is now under a different web address.
Below is my original Biz Card, I gave out 250 of these and made some great connections.
Les Paul logo was given to me through a blog piece contact. Typo: Google owns my blog I don't.
Bloggers are people too!