Piggy backing off of Melinda Mawdsley's EDM:101 article, here are even more references for those seeking to expand their music knowledge. Here are some of the best podcasts around, or at least the ones that I like the best.
Annie Mac Radio Show BBC Radio 1
The queen of the UK dance scene plays music from all EDM genres. The show also includes interviews and five minute mini mixes from DJ superstars. Her Friday show often preceeds that of the legendary Pete Tong. Actually the whole Friday lineup is a pretty good resource for what's new in the scene. Tune in and get ready to dance.
The Boiler Room
This is the spot to be. The Boiler Room is an underground YouTube channel. It's great for streaming live DJ sets from more independent artists like James Murphy (formally of LCD Soundsystem), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), DJ Shadow and Jamie XX from the band the XX. Awesome resource. Here is a smooth, 35 minute set from Disclosure (they are like, totally blowing up right now). They play a more chill, groovy set. Check out their breakout hit "Latch."
When I was a kid I used to think that Dick Van Dyke in "Mary Poppins" was the coolest. Not only was he one cheeky chap, but he was also a one man band. As I grew up I slowly started to realize that busking on the street corner with a kick drum hanging off your back wasn't all that cool. Anyone willing to do that had to be crying out for attention, right? Well maybe not...
Let me introduce you to Molly Gene aka the One Whoaman Band. Gene is a one woman wrecking crew, playing dirty slide guitar, signing, and stomping her cowboy boots on a mini kick drums. She is a force of southern nature, not a cheep act looking for a little scratch. The One Whoaman brings her brand of Delta Thrash to Grand Junction, playing tonight at Sabrosa. Check out the video and see what you think.
I'm not even going to pretend like I know anything about metal / hard core punk music so just check out the picture and video. That'll tell you pretty much everything you need to know about tonight's show. What I do know is that metal has generally had a good run here in Grand Junction. The shows are popular and the bands coming through are generally pretty big and relevant. Hatebreed certainly is no exception.
With Grammy noms, millions of YouTube views, several albums, and festival appearancesin tow, Hatebreed is set to play the Mesa Theater Main Stage tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m. and features opening bands Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist.
Hey mark your calendars for Friday night (Feb 1) as local band Lowlands will play at Naggy McGee's. Self described as "an Americana band from Grand Junction, Colorado with a rock and roll gut and a honky tonk heart," Lowlands is one of the best in the valley when it comes to live music. I've seen the band play several times and so far they've never let me down. Jeremy Rizer's voice is aged and a little gritty, much like a fine scotch, and Willie Deford's technical skill on guitar and fiddle is exceptional.
The band plays original music with a few covers scattered in by the likes of Neil Young and Tom Waits. Check out this 6 song demo recorded on November 12, 2011 at the Shedd Studio in Grand Junction, Colorado, and most importantly, check them out Friday night. It's good beer drinking music.
So here is what I know from watching the X Games. Shaun White still rules, snowmobiles need kill switches, and Major Lazer can blow up a stage. Good news is, if you missed any of the Buttermilk fun you can relive all the highlights, including Calvin Harris' and Major Lazer's full sets online.
Calvin Harris played a huge electro house set filled with countless hits and Major Lazer got the crowd jumping during their full hour set. Watch both full high-def sets here from the warm comforts of home.