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16 Nov

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy. So it might take a few days/weeks but definitely by the end of the year, we’re going to wrap things up. Yep, this website/constant pain in TV show music bookers/music blog will be coming to an end. No, it’s not your fault. Seriously, stop blaming yourself! It had to happen eventually. We will be okay and so will you.

Before we go, we have a ton of people to thank. Let’s start off with our staff of writers and photographers (in no particular order): Marcello Ambriz, Ace Ubas, Phil DeSimone, Michel Dussack, Matt Arena, Cassandra Paiva, Keeyahtay Lewis, Malvina Rincon. You guys were always so consistent at being awesome. I love you all. Thank you so much for everything. I also want to thank everyone else who has contributed to the site in the past including Bridget Maher, Jennifer Murtha, Meredith Newsome, Laura McWhorter, Marianne Spellman, Grant Ruby, Lavina Loya, Jennifer Trainor, Meimi Yeung, Genevieve Jacko, Britnee Foreman, shit I know that I’m forgetting a few people, I’m sorry. But thank you all, I couldn’t have done it without you.

I also want to thank our fellow bloggers who always supported us whether it was linking back to us, retweeting us or simply even just opening a post. Thank you Some Kind of Awesome, Consequence of Sound, Rock It Out Blog, Antiquiet. Love you guys.

Thank you to USvsTHEM, Sideways Media, Tijuana Gift Shop, RethinkPopMusic, The Bowery Electric, The Delancey, Legion and everyone who’s been apart of our CMJ and SXSW shows. We had a blast, thank you for helping to make these shows happen!

Thank you to all the publicists who put up with our attitude and gave us access to shows and interviews with your artists. We really liked you a lot more than we let on despite our constant ranting on Twitter.

Thank you to the bands who read our site, retweet us, mention us on Facebook and link to us on your site. Thanks to every band who has done an interview with us or premiered some exclusive content. You guys rock and without your support, music blogs would not exist.

And finally, thank you, the reader or viewer. I know that you’d come here to watch videos from Letterman and the other shows but I still really appreciated the fact that you visited the site. I know that you have plenty of options to wasting some time during your day and I’m happy that you did it here.

I’m not sure if the site will exist in the new year but it definitely won’t be updated beyond December 31st. We still might be using our Twitter and Facebook but who knows. We’re on instagram too if you wanna stalk us (we mostly take photos of food and booze, big surprise).

If you have any questions or if you’re a band/publicist/label and you want the video file from your TV performances, email us at theaudioperv@gmail.com


- The Audio Perv

15 Nov

Kylie Minogue performed “The Loco-motion” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below:

31 Oct

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings kicked off Jimmy Kimmel Live’s first show of their tapings in Brooklyn this week with a performance of “He Said I Can.”

Watch it below:

20 Sep

By Matt Arena

Energetic is a word used to describe of a lot of bands. Some convey it by bouncing around the stage like jumping beans, others are able to establish an energy merely with their presence. On a rare occasion you’ll get a band that can do both. Multiply that by about ten, have it take some Molly, and you’ve got Foxy Shazam. They move around more intensely (and fabulously provocative) and with more stage presence than most bands could ever dream of. Lead singer Eric Nally stands still for maybe about 1/100th of the set, as he’s too busy flailing, flipping, and dancing his ass off the rest of the time. Of course all this would mean little if they didn’t have the musical talent to back it up, which they do. Not only the well crafted booty shaking alt-rock tunes they belt out, but how they manage to do so while pretty much tossing themselves around stage for 45 minutes is always baffling.

Touring with Slash, they brought their funky spin on rock n’ roll to Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City this past Tuesday. Playing a number of songs off their latest album, The Church of Rock and Roll, and the past two LP’s before it, they left quite an impression on the crowd. Coming out to the titular track ‘Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,’ the pounding, chanting trumpet anthem announced their arrival perfectly. The blaring trumpet blasts (and well timed crotch thrusts) from Alex Nauth and the manic keyboard stomping of the magnificently bearded Sky White added two elements that aren’t often present in modern rock bands. The bipolar nature of Nally’s voice gives the band an even better dynamic sound, too. At times glass shatteringly shrill, at other times a thundering low, it allows him to pull off the shrieks and screams just as well as the lower parts in the songs. Tracks like ‘I Like It,’ ‘The Temple,’ and ‘Holy Touch’ show off not only the wonderfully crafted bombast of their latest album, but how well the songs translated live.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Foxy Shazam show without a nice banter with the crowd. Many times Nally just rambles like a madman, telling hilarious stories that somehow end-up relating to the next song. But there were a couple people in the crowd none too pleased with Foxy’s set. After hearing a shout from the audience, Eric Nally paused in between songs to ask, “Did somebody say we suck? Who? It was you?” after the rude audience member gladly shot his hand up. They railed back at him, and with his greasy hair stuffed under a stars and stripes bandana, it wasn’t all that hard to. “Woah, nice bandana bro. Fuck yeah, America. How about I come down there and shit in your face? I’ll do it too.” Of course at this point, they had the entire crowd on their side, because there isn’t much else more cheer-worthy than someone hitting back at a heckler. Then after teasing the next song, “This next song is about my favorite flavor, chocolate. And my favorite size, big. And my favorite color, black. This song is about being caught in between a bed, and a woman,” and with a perfectly timed air hump pantomime, they launched into ‘I Like It.’ At this point in the set it became pretty clear they not only had won new fans over, but brought a pretty decent following with them. People jumped, danced, and sang along to the irresistible chorus, totally drowning out the already silenced naysayers. By the end of their set, they left the stage to a roar of ovation from the crowd, who had pretty clearly been wooed. In a time where most bands tend to take themselves too seriously, it’s refreshing to see a band like Foxy Shazam bring an incredibly stylized, over-the-top version of music to the table.

It was my baptism into the Church of Rock and Roll, and I like it.

12 Sep

We really appreciate everyone who stops by the site every day, we really do. Thank you. Aside from the usual news, tour dates and videos, we try to help you the fans get a little closer, a little bit more personal with the artists that we write about every day.

Starting today, we’re launching Let’s Get Personal, a weekly studio diary feature with the band 1,2,3 as they record their second record Big Weather – a double concept album about natural disasters/the end of the world.

If you’re not familiar with the guys, they’re from Pittsburgh and on Frenchkiss Records (home of The Antlers, Bloc Party, Freelance Whales and more). 1,2,3 has played shows with some of your favorite bands including We Are Scientists, Grouplove and Givers. We really love these guys and their album New Heaven (iTunes). In fact, so do our blogger buddies and colleagues like ListenBeforeYouBuy, Wild Honey Pie, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Under The Radar Mag, Buzz Chips and Pretty Much Amazing.

Before we hand this over to Nic Snyder (vocals/guitar), check out “Work” (free download) below.

Dear Reader,

You’re entering through a squeaky storm door in the basement of 123land, passing thousand-leggers so big they’ve got tattoos and wristwatches. Inside the band thumps on Tupperware drums and guitars with spiderweb strings. You’re gonna be holed up here for the next couple of months trying to figure out how to make a rock and roll album about big weather and loneliness. You’ll be living amongst the insects, empty beer bottles, and Gibson guitars. This is the boiler room of western Pennsylvania and there just happens to be a pro-tools rig. Outside a mighty tic-tacking rain is filling up the recycling bins, thunder strikes, and it’d all be too terrifying if not for that close friend, music, to ease your heart and soul. The world is wonderful but weary and we’re going play it out like a great ship sinking slowly into the night.

Yours truly,
Nicolas Snyder

22 Aug

Andy Grammer performed “Miss Me” and “Keeping Your Head Up” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both songs in the video below:

07 Jun

The Gaslight Anthem premiered their new video for “45″ today. The song’s off of the band’s upcoming album Handwritten due out July 24th on Mercury Records. The band will also be performing at Metallica’s Orion Music and More Festival later this month before their headline tour in July. Check out the dates below the video

05 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
07 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
08 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
11 – Minneapolis, MN – Fineline
12 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
13 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
14 – Cincinnati, OH – Bunberry Festival
16 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
19 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
20 – Washington, DC – U Street
22 – Boston, MA – Middle East
24 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

03 Apr

Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I. has released “Love This Life,” the first single off his upcoming, eighth studio album titled, “TROUBLE MAN,” due later this year. The single, produced by Mars of 1500 or Nothin’, is available for purchase at iTunes and all other DSPS today. Listen to “Love This Life,” here: http://youtu.be/Kt2YuF0lZQA. You can purchase the single on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-this-life-single/id512760903.

Last month, the Atlanta-native took Austin, TX by storm, performing alongside fellow Grand Hustle/Atlantic rapper, B.o.B at “The Warner Sound Captured By Nikon” SXSW showcase for an electrifying performance which included his hits “Whatever You Like,” “U Don’t Know Me,” “Rubber Band Man” and “On Top Of The World,” a collaborative track with B.o.B. To watch T.I.’s performances from “The Warner Sound Captured By Nikon” show, visit www.youtube.com/thewarnersound.

T.I. has continued to establish himself as a prominent figure online as well, with over 2 million followers on Twitter, over 15 million “likes” on Facebook and his official YouTube page has over 250 million total views.

In addition to music, T.I. has paralleled his success on both the big and small screen, the runways and in book stores. This past winter, T.I. opened his doors and allowed cameras full-access to give fans a look at T.I. the father, with his hit VH1 reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.” On the heels of the success of the “Family Hustle,” T.I. has recently signed on for a role in the critically-acclaimed Starz series, BOSS, which stars Kelsey Grammer. This new role joins the rapper’s previous acting ventures, which includes a role in 2006’s ATL, as well as the #1 films American Gangster and Takers, the latter produced by T.I. himself through his production company, Grand Hustle Films. As if all this weren’t enough, T.I. added author to his resume when he released his first fiction novel, “Love and Beauty,” in September 2011. What’s more, T.I. is the founder of the hugely popular clothing line Akoo, featured in stores everywhere as well as online at www.akooclothingbrand.com.

www.trapmuzik.com / www.twitter.com/Tip / www.youtube.com/TI / www.facebook.com/TI

03 Mar

Bruce Springsteen returned to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for the final night of Bruce Springsteen Week (Springsteen and the E Street Band also performed on Monday night)

Springsteen and Fallon (once again impersonating Neil Young) covered LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It.” Following the performance, Bruce told Fallon a story about how he and Steven Van Zandt were denied entry into Disney and discussed Bruce’s various hairstyles and outfits throughout his career.

Then the Boss and the E Street Band performed new songs “Death To My Hometown” and “Jack Of All Trades” both with Tom Morello. The Roots would then join the Boss, Morello and the E Street Band to perform “The E Street Shuffle.”

Watch all of the videos below and pre-order the new album Wrecking Ball

“Sexy And I Know It”

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

“Death To My Hometown”

“Jack Of All Trades”

“The E Street Shuffle”

10 Feb

Carolina Rebellion returns Saturday, May 5 bigger and better than ever and boasting a solid rock lineup for the multi-stage festival, including Shinedown, Korn, Evanescence, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and Slash (see below for full lineup).

2012 marks the debut of Carolina Rebellion at its new home at the legendary Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, NC, conveniently situated between Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Also new in 2012: weekend RV and Tent Camping and the Friday Night Campground Party presented by Jägermeister, featuring performances from Foxy Shazam, Lez Zeppelin, One…The Only Tribute to Metallica. Full details are available at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

The current lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Shinedown, Korn, Evanescence, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Chevelle, Volbeat, Halestorm, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Paper Tongues, Weaving The Fate, Redlight King, Red, New Medicine and Ghosts Of August. The festival will once again feature the two Monster Energy main stages and the Jägermeister third stage.

Jonathan Davis of Korn says: “We’re excited to bring Korn’s new show to North Carolina and we fully intend on blasting out the loudest set of new dope sh#t ever at the Carolina Rebellion!!!”

“It is an absolute honor to be the headliner at such an amazing festival. It’s been a minute North Carolina…It’s good to be back. We can’t wait to see the masses at the Rebellion!” comments Brent Smith of Shinedown.

“Along with AEG Live, Right Arm is beyond excited to unleash the Carolina Rebellion lineup,” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producerof the festival for Right Arm Entertainment. “Like last year, it was our goal to make sure the 2012 lineup was stacked from top to bottom. Three stages of non-stop rock ‘n roll and a Friday night party to kick it all off…The ultimate rock festival in the Carolinas. Let the Rebellion begin!”

General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public on Friday, February 17 at 10am EST at www.carolinarebellion.com and www.ticketmaster.com. To get access to the internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 15 at 10am EST through Thursday, February 16 at 10pm EST, go to the festival’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CRebellion) or www.carolinarebellion.com and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. A limited number of early bird tickets will be available for only $59.50 plus fees.

This year, Carolina Rebellion–which was called “this generation’s Woodstock” by Examiner.com–will also feature an extensive selection of Camping Packages, as well as a VIP Lounge ticket option to invite the ‘Rebels’ to spend the weekend on-site in Rockingham and create an unforgettable party. The packages will be available via the internet pre-sale as well as the public on-sale. With every purchase of a Camping Package comes FREE TICKETS to the inaugural Friday Night Campground Party! Details for all Camping Packages and VIP Lounge tickets can be found at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

Based on 2011 attendee feedback, Carolina Rebellion organizers have implemented various upgrades and vast venue improvements to provide a premier concert experience at the multi-stage rock festival. The new centrally-located site provides plenty of space to expand, including more food and beverage stands, merchandise stands, restrooms and parking, and also offers more traffic routes to and from the event.

“When our fans speak, we listen,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live. “We personally responded to every person who sent us comments, and because of that important feedback, our motto this year is ‘Let’s double it!’ Double the number of entrance points into the festival, double the number of concession stands, double the number of merchandise stands, and double the number of locations for free water…We’re taking the steps to make Carolina Rebellion an upgraded experience for everyone.”

In addition, all ticket prices will include parking to ensure quicker access to the parking areas, and earlier entry into the parking areas and will be allowed, along with earlier door times, to better alleviate the traffic and lines. The inclusion of the new Camping Packages will encourage fans to arrive on Friday starting at 10am and stay until Noon on Sunday, thereby relieving traffic congestion on Saturday.

Further improvements to amenities include: a larger box office area for will call pickup, shade locations in public areas and the Hangover Recovery VIP Lounge area inside the festival grounds to allow those with VIP Lounge tickets to have a special place to enjoy the event.

“Our sponsors mean as much to us as our fans do,” added Litvag. “And without the support of music-centric companies like Monster Energy, who present our two main stages at Rebellion, we couldn’t put a festival of this size and scope on for the people.”

Carolina Rebellion is also proud to be sponsored by Jägermeister, Hangover Recovery, and f.y.e. – for your entertainment (which will be on site selling CDs and DVDs and will host band autograph signings throughout the festival day). Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH. Tickets for the 2011 inaugural Carolina Rebellion sold out more than one month in advance and attendance exceeded 30,000.

Rockingham Speedway is located at 2152 N US HWY 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

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