With Record Store Day just around the corner, Triple Play Records and the Mesa Theater have teamed up to show the film "Last Shop Standing." This 50 minute film charts the rise of record shops in the 1960s to the demise of locally owned businesses today. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders, as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon. Each discuss how record shops became a part of their musical education, a place to discover and cherish new bands, and why they might just have a brighter future.
This film showing is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m., tonight. Remember, Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 20. Triple Play will have exclusive releases and also live music from several local musicians.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are no strangers to high production, epic music videos. Their latest for "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton is another cinematic journey. "Can't Hold Us" is a globe trotter. Beaches, dance parties, sled dogs, pirate ships, camels, mobile living rooms, this one's got it all folks. You knew the follow up to "Thrift Shop" was going to be big, but this is just massive.
Now who's excited for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Saturday? Seriously, it can't get here soon enough.
Scanning the merch table at tonight's Gwar show, you'll find more than just T-shirts and albums for sale. GWAR-B-Q sauce, "personally created for human consumption by none other than GWAR’s steel-faced guitar player, Balsac, the Jaws of Death" is a tangy addition to the interstellar band's offerings.
GWAR-B-Q Sauce was created to "pour on dead things and then ram them into that great, greasy pothole you call a mouth," 43-billion-year-old Oderus Urungus from the planet Scumdogia said in a previous interview. According to Balsac the Jaws of Death the sauce is "mostly made out of the blood of really hot chicks."
The sauce coincides with the band's 4th Annual GWAR-B-Qin Richmond Virginia, a music spectacular for all Gwar slaves. This year's event is the most bone-crushing ever as the Antarctic rock gods will also release their own beer, Impaled Ale.
"Eat and drink yourself into a diabetic stupor, then puke it all up in the slam pit! It's going to rule!" promises Oderus.
Pick up a bottle of your own tonight during Gwar's "Bloody Pit of Horror" show at the Mesa Theater. Be there or suffer the shame of being incredibly pathetic!
Tune to Coachella live tonight and all day tomorrow to see sets from Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Postal Service, Major Lazer, Moby, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hey, it's the next best thing to being there in person.
It seems like everyone refers to themselves as a DJ these days. Meet anyone under the age of 30 and what do they do? They DJ. Hey, that's cool, the more the merrier. If you are going to call yourself a DJ however there are some things you need to know.
If you're ever going to get respect from the community you've to be solid in three areas: know your technology, be creative with your mixing, and be a persistent self promoter. Drop the ball in any of those areas and it's just not going to happen for you.
With a digital controller, two midi pads, and a laptop, Strangefellow's armed with a world of sounds at his fingertips ready to deliver. That's a lot of buttons to keep track of, yet somehow they all get pushed in the correct order to create maximal craziness.
Self described as "amorphous conscious crunk electronica," he's got a style all his own. Breaking the barriers of usual club burners, Strangefellow is a progressive performing digital DJ. At any moment he could be combining vocal samples, digital effects, and studio tracks together to make live remixes on the fly.
Tonight it’s a little bit of a different story as the theme is “Soul Train.”
“I'm mashing together a thick one hour set of pure funk and disco,” the Strangefellow said. “No funny stuff, just the goods, the real deal Holyfield.”
While his performances are often filthy roller coaster rides of dance music, the one thing that truly separates him from the pack is his game. Strangefellow is a stone cold hustler.
He's the man who organized Radio Soul Train and the guy behind Zombie Prom. He's the creator behind Sushi Beatz at No Coast or Tomato Beatz at the Hot Tomato on Wednesdays. He's the guy starting to party.
“Citizens of the Grand Valley love music, love to dance, and love to celebrate good causes. I just give them an opportunity to do what they love.”
Check out DJ Strangefellow tonight with DJ Skip Naft, Goe Goe (yours truly) featuring The Rev, and Dusty Thunders. It is a good time for a good cause.