Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Top 10 Greatest American Music Venues

Recently the Consequence of Sound published a great article, listing 100 of the Greatest American Music Venues.  Rusty Knuckles would like to provide you with the top 10 from that article!

10. Ryman Auditorium

Nashville, Tennessee

Established: 1892
What You’ll See: Ben Harper, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt
The Ryman is in many ways the house that bluegrass built. Originally opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, it has subsequently undergone numerous renovations and changes in ownership. Perhaps most significant was the period during which Lula C. Naff oversaw operations. A female executive working in a male-dominated field, Naff often went by L.C. to avoid prejudice. In her time running the Ryman, the venue became known for its battles against censorship, as well as its variety of bookings that spanned popular culture and included names like Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, and Harry Houdini.
The auditorium gained new acclaim as the home for the Grand Ole Opry, a country radio music program that became wildly popular for their live broadcasts in the late 1940s. Eventually a period of dormancy set in, decades punctuated with the occasional film being shot on location and one very bizarre bomb threat (look it up). It was a concert Emmylou Harris held in the early ’90s that helped get the Ryman back on the map, where it has now returned to its rightful place as one of Nashville’s historic music venues.
Nowadays, the Ryman is a 2,362-capacity theater renowned for its sterling acoustics. It served as the site for Neil Young’s Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Heart of Gold and earlier featured as the setting for the majority of episodes of Johnny Cash’s ABC Series, The Johnny Cash Show. The Ryman is the venue to play for a band visiting Nashville, an honor made all the more impressive in a town ripe with music history.
–Zack Ruskin

Monday, May 2, 2016

Billy Don Burns - Willie - Live At Capital City, Bar and Grill In Springfield, Illinois

Wagakki Band's dominant Japanese metal conquers foreign lands

Japan's Waggaki Band is playing for about 100 people in a Texas parking lot. It's late March at the band's third-ever American gig at the South by Southwest music conference. This is apparently what 60 million YouTube plays translate to in real life.
The eight-piece outfit is appearing on the Smartpunk Showcase with turn-of-the-century alt-rock avengers like Unwritten Law and Fenix TX. It's a curious fit for a band composed of musicians trained on traditional Japanese instruments, like that distinct yet indescribable wooden flute you always hear in movies.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gary Numan, I Speak Machine, and a Moog Mother 32

Gary Numan and I Speak Machine have announced a Moog Mother 32 giveaway to help promote their upcoming US/Canada tour dates, including shows in LA, Chicago, New York, Austin and at Moogfeest 2016.

“We’ll be supporting the legendary Gary Numan on 9 dates of his US/ Canada tour,” I Speak Machine’s Tara Busch told us. “We’ll also be making a stop at the glorious Moogfest May 20th. And to warm our muscles, we are doing a warm – up show in LA at Hyperion Tavern on May 4th at 11:30 pm.”

As part of their part of the show, I Speak Machine will screening their ‘splendidly bloody’ short film Zombies 1985, which features Numan’s 3 daughters as zombies.

Here’s a preview of the film, featuring a live score performance by Busch:

Busch also let us know about a synth giveaway, in partnership with Moog. “To celebrate the tour and Moogfest, we’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at Moog again to give away one beautiful little beast – The Mother 32, signed by myself and Gary Numan!”

Details on the Moog Mother 32 giveaway are available at the I Speak Machine site, along with their upcoming tour dates.

Synthhead. "Win A Moog Mother 32 From Gary Numan I Speak Machine." Synthtopia. April 28, 2016. Accessed April 28, 2016.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heir To Sex Pistols' Manager Says He Will Burn $7 Million Worth Of Punk Memorabilia

The Sex Pistols are widely considered to be one of the most influential acts in the history of rock music. Despite only releasing one album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, in its original incarnation (Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, and Sid Vicious) back in 1975, the band is widely credited with starting the punk rock movement in the United Kingdom, helping to inspire countless punk and alternative rock acts that came after them. The band was a symbol of rebellion back in the 70s, and now it seems like one of the heirs of the legendary rock group is grabbing the torch and continuing their rebellious legacy in a big, and expensive way.
(Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lonnie Mack: Guitarist And Vocalist Who Pioneered Blues Rock

“Groundbreaking guitarist and vocalist Lonnie Mack, known as one of rock’s first true guitar heroes, died on April 21, 2016 of natural causes at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee. His early instrumental recordings – among them Wham! and Memphis — influenced many of rock’s greatest players, including Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
Lonnie Mack, known to many as one of the greatest blues rock musicians, has died at the age of 74. The news of Mac’s death was confirmed via a press release from his record label, Alligator Records.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Where Have All The Country Music Hits Gone?

Country music has been one of the most popular genres in the U.S. for decades now, but it’s so much more important than just sales and streams. Almost no other style of music is more closely identified with American culture as country, and that helps it maintain a certain level of respect in a nation that is incredibly diverse in both its population and its musical tastes.

While country artists might be some of the biggest sellers and the highest earners in the business, the genre has taken a hit when it comes to the charts in the past few years. The singles rankings have been dominated with what seems like every type of music other than country as of late. Pop, EDM, alternative, and especially hip-hop have all performed extremely well, while that familiar twang hasn’t been heard in a while on mainstream radio.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 03: Co-host Luke Bryan speaks onstage during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Singer Axl Rose To Join AC/DC "Rock or Bust" World Tour

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC for its "Rock or Bust" world tour -- including rescheduled U.S. dates. 

Rose is replacing AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, according to a statement posted Saturday on the band's website. Johnson had been advised by doctors in March "to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Music Industry Lobbies Congress On Royalties

More than 200 musicians and songwriters lobbied Congress on Thursday to pass legislation that would make terrestrial radio broadcasters pay performance royalties when their songs are aired.

The proposal, co-sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, is a priority for the Recording Academy, whose members say such a law would bring the U.S. more into line with the rest of the world, keep pace with changes in the technology of music consumption and fairly compensate artists whenever AM or FM radio plays their songs.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.(Photo: Samuel M. Simpkins / File / The Tennessean)
 “Their product is still being used as a product that an entity profits from — they’re making money on it — but the individual that created that product doesn’t get any share of that,” Blackburn said Thursday.

Blackburn and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., are sponsoring the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would end the practice among AM and FM radio stations of not paying royalties to artists and labels, based on the premise that radio play is a form of promotion and drives record sales.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Antiseen And He Who Cannot Be Named of the Dwarves Launch Brand New Split 7" Vinyl Record

Antiseen And He Who Cannot Be Named of the Dwarves Launch Brand New Split 7" Vinyl Record
One of our brand new 7" record releases is almost off the presses according to one of our favorite vinyl manufacturing partners and cannot wait to get this great new release from Antiseen and He Who Cannot Be Named of the Dwarves out to the masses. Huge thank you for all the pre-orders and get yours while they still last! Massive thanks to Ryan Almighty for making the blood soaked portraits a reality!!!!

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