Monday, September 29, 2014

Big Picture Media Announce 6th Annual CMJ Showcase

>> It's that time of year again!  The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon will take over NYC on October 21-25th.  Big Picture Media just announced their 6th annual showcase for the marathon, set to take place October 22nd at The Living Room in Brooklyn.  The show will feature performances from Have Mercy, Night Riots, Alexz Johnson, Vinyl Thief, TEAM, and more. Admission is free for CMJ badge holders and $8 for non-badge holders (21+ only).  Details for the event, including set times, can be seen below.

BPM Showcase Set Times:
6:00pm - 6:20pm - Plaid Brixx
6:35pm - 6:55pm - Fictionist
7:10pm - 7:30pm - Somebody's Darling
7:45pm - 8:05pm - BRAEVES
8:20pm - 8:40pm - Alexz Johnson
8:55pm - 9:15pm - TEAM
9:30pm - 9:50pm - The Future Laureates
10:05pm - 10:25pm - Barkhouse
10:40pm - 11:00pm - Emily Wolfe
11:15pm - 11:40pm - Night Riots
11:55pm - 12:20am - Have Mercy
12:35am - 1:00am - Vinyl Thief
1:15am - 1:45am - Holiday Mountain

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The Wonder Years Fall Tour with The Story So Far Starts 10/1

>> The Wonder Years will be kicking off their headlining tour with The Story So Far, Modern Baseball, and Gnarwolves on Wednesday October 1st!  The tour will run for the entire month of October,  which is only days away, so get your tickets here if you haven't already. 

Fall Tour Dates:
10/01 - Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater
10/02 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/03 - Providence, RI @ Lupos
10/04 - Philadelphia, PA @ Self Help Fest
10/06 - Patchogue, NY @ Emporium
10/07 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/08 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/09 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
10/10 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains
10/12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/13 - Tucson, AZ @ Club XS
10/18 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
10/19 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
10/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
10/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound @ In the Venue
10/23 - Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theatre
10/24 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
10/25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10/26 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10/29 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/31 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Events Center

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Lorde Releases "Yellow Flicker Beat" From 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack

>>  It was previously announced that Lorde will be curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.  Today, Lorde released her song from that soundtrack: "Yellow Flicker Beat."  While the full soundtrack will be available sometime this fall through Republic, you can listen to "Yellow Flicker Beat" below.

>> Mockingjay - Part 1 hits theaters on November 21st, 2014.  Until then, listen to the song and read the note Lorde posted about the track and the soundtrack in general on her Tumblr, which you can see here:
i’m sitting up in bed, moving through desert halfway between utah and las vegas. yesterday was our ninth show in eleven days. every night, after i play, and say hi, and take pictures, and i walk up the stairs and we go on our way, i set up in this little bed office. i work from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes. my bus sleeps. we are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real. i’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country. the feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number - the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public. the other thing that’s grown is me - my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions - but most of all, my capacity for love. the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me - it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me. i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around. thankyou for being here.
now, about this song - yellow flicker beat. it’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love. it’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’. i hope you like it. 

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Weekend Update: Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live

>> Late night TV is a passion of mine, and more often than not, these shows feature some killer musical guests. For instance, I love Saturday Night Live.  It's kind of my thing, actually.  How else would I have first discovered The Lonely Island if I hadn't been watching when "Lazy Sunday" first aired?   For those of you who have better things to do or can't seem to stay up that late on a week night, I'll be giving you a recap of what you missed. 

>> Pop star Ariana Grande was the musical guest this past weekend for the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live.  The episode, hosted by actor Chris Pratt, featured skits mocking Marvel, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and the bar scene, 90s family sitcoms, and much more.  (*The Marvel skit is on point, so I highly recommend checking that out if you're a fan of the brand.) Between the skits, Ariana Grande performed twice.  First was a version of her single "Break Free" with a sweet stripped down intro that soon transitioned into the high energy pop anthem we know it to be.  

>> Later in the show, Ariana performed "Love Me Harder," a song from her album My Everything, with a guest spot from The Weeknd.  The two had great chemistry on the stage, and I don't know about you, but that song has been stuck in my head since the performance. You can watch that below.

>> Now, as much as I love late night TV shows such as SNL and The Tonight Show, I can't possibly watch them all.  That's where you come in - if you've recently seen an awesome performance, let me know! I'd love to feature whatever you think is worth mentioning: Tweet @TheMusicObsessi, tag #TheMusicObsession on Twitter and Instagram, or write something at !

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Friday, September 26, 2014

PVRIS Announce Debut Album, Release "My House" Video

>> PVRIS recently announced that their debut full length album, titled White Noise, will be released on November 4th through Rise Records. Fans can pre-order the album produced by Blake Harnage now on iTunes where they'll instantly receive "My House" and "St. Patrick."  The album is also available for pre-order through PVRIS's online merch store with a myriad of bundle options, including vinyl, CDs, sweatshirts, posters, and more.  You can see the album art and track listing for White Noise below.

White Noise Track Listing:

1. Smoke
2. St. Patrick
3. My House
4. Holy
5. White Noise
6. Fire
7. Eyelids
8. Mirrors
9. Ghosts
10. Let Them In

>> Can't wait for the album to drop? Watch PVRIS's new video for their song "My House" below.

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Acoustic obSessions: Sheppard at SiriusXM Alt Nation

>> My friends in the Aussie pop act Sheppard have been traveling a lot lately, and one of their recent stops included a trip to SiriusXM Studios.  The band performed their single "Geronimo" as well as a sweet cover of Lorde's "Royals" for Alt Nation.  You can watch those two performances below.


"Royals" (Lorde Cover)

>> Like what you hear? Be sure to catch Sheppard's US television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 20th!

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