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Weekend Pick: Chevelle at House of Blues

Rock band Chevelle will be hitting the stage Thursday, April 17th at House of Blues Chicago. Past musicians such as The Who, Al Green, and Pearl Jam have graced the same stage years ago. This standing room venue makes it easy to see your favorite artist for an affordable price, and at close proximity.

Chevelle has been promoting their new album with their most recent popular single, “Take Out the Gunman.” Due to their popularity the April 17th show will probably sell out, but lucky for you Chevelle will also be playing another show Friday, April 18th at House of Blues Chicago.

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Weekend Pick: Mindless Self Indulgence at House of Blues Chicago

By JOSEPH VITALE

Mindless Self Indulgence, an alternative rock group from New York City, is making a stop in Chicago.

The quartet, often shortened to MSI, will be showing off its loud, heavy, and blistering aesthetic this weekend at one of Chicago’s best live music venues. The notoriously eclectic act, which experiments in genres such as punk, electronic rock, and new wave, has toured with Linkin Park, Korn, and Sum 41, among many others. The group also headlined Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour in 2009. MSI will be performing new songs from its 2013 release, “How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence,” as well as older tracks from its infamous back catalogues. Death Valley High will open for the act.

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Jack White Announces Release Date of Latest Album “Lazaretto,” with Immediate Release of Track, “High Ball Stepper”

Rocker Jack White has announced the follow-up to his 2012 debut album, “Blunderbuss!” The highly-anticipated “Lazaretto” will be released June 10th off of White’s label, Third Man Records, and will be available as a limited edition split blue and white 12” vinyl for members of the vault. The package also includes a blue vinyl 7-inch with two early demos of songs that appear on Lazaretto, a 40-page hard cover Lazaretto book, (containing exclusive musical notations, photos, and art,) and a letter-pressed linen postcard.

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Indie Rock Band Direct Divide Gears Up To Release Their Debut Album

If you are a fan of Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, then you will definitely want to have a listen to the sounds conjured by indie rock band, Direct Divide. The melodious quartet, consisting of Razz (female vocalist/violin), Kevin Proctor (keyboard/guitar), Gabe Soto (Bass) and Valdemar Huguet (drums), gears up to release their debut EP, Bridges on April 1st.

The Los Angeles based band comes from diverse origins, and through their music they convey the story of people who are striving to communicate in a vast world full of distractions peppered with sharp metaphors. The album begins with "Persephone"; the single refers to a tale from Greek mythology regarding the daughter of Zeus who was kidnapped by Hades, lord of the underworld. "Persephone" comes across as a classic cinematic rock tune with heavy, blaring guitars and bass that gives the track a slightly grungy sound. The album seems to take on a softer tone on the following track, “The Writing’s on the Wall” with Razz singing in a mezzo soprano over the soft strumming of a guitar. Just as the listener can easily write this one off as a rock ballad, the tempo of the track speeds up as the loud blaring guitars and bass join in. The EP continues on its similar musical trajectory of the classic rock sound, but really takes on a softer sound on the moving rock ballad, “Meteors,” which explores the pain that is the result of a struggling love affair “Hello, hello, two meteors collide/ Passing in the dark and I'm breaking up (I'm breaking up)/I'm breaking up (I'm breaking up)/ What are the chances that our universe collides?/What are the chances that you and I survive?” Here, Razz sings with such intense emotion that it is difficult to not feel the sadness which the singer conveys well; Proctor on backup vocals echoing “I’m breaking up” increases the intensity as well as the emotional feel of the track even more. The EP takes on an edgier turn with grunge singles like “Running” and “Break the Cycle,” which speaks of the need for rebellion and social political change.

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Liquid Sol Music Festival on Saturday, March 15th at Sportsman’s Park!

Liquid Sol Entertainment Group has partnered with The 100 Club of Arizona and Glendale Firefighters Charities as well as their local beneficiaries, including Hope for Hunger in memory of the Yarnell Fire tragedy in June 2013.

Since the music festival is this Saturday, there are a few things you should know before attending the event:

  • This all-ages event will have three stages, which will feature live performances by local and national artists, over 25 vendors and an extensive beer pavilion that will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The event, which is headlined by Train, also includes performances by The All-American Rejects, Authority Zero, Blind Melon, BoDeans, Buckcherry, Cage The Gods, Cracker, Ed Kowalczyk, Everclear, Fuel, Gin Blossoms, Holly Kirsten, Lovehammers, Royal Bliss, The White Buffalo, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, 28 North, 7Horse and Kelley James.
  • Multiple interactive activities such as a zip line, rock wall and a vehicle extrication demonstration.
  • A Kiddie Corner that features a coloring station, firefighter meet & greets, music and more.
  • A VIP area that will serve light appetizers during the festival and access to front row seats at the main stage.
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Get Ready for Wanee Music Festival 2014

Held annually at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park since 2005, Wanee Music Festival has become a tradition for bands and fans alike. Hosted by The Allman Brothers Band, it has held its ground as one of Florida's premier outdoor music festivals for live music ranging in styles from bluegrass to classic rock, jam rock, jazz fusion, folk, and much more.

Now celebrating its tenth year anniversary, the grounds will entertain guests with music from acts like Lynyrd Skynrd, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, and Jaimoe's Jassszn Band, as well as two performances by the festival's crowned headliners, The Allman Brothers Band.

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SXSW 2014: MSO Happenings

This year, SXSW is bigger than ever as ut will feature even more film, food, and panelist discussions than ever before. Every day there will be something new to discover, and Joonbug.com is doing the best we can to keep you posted on all the stellar lineups.

The festival is split into three sections: interactive from March 7th–11th, film from March 7th–15th, and music from March 11th–16th.

Take a look at our newest list of SXSW events from March 11th-15th, including a discussion with Beatport CEO Matthew Adell. Other notable artists on our list include Steve Aoki, Slash, Boys Noize and Destructo.

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Event Review: Young the Giant w/Cayucas @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 2/28

Hammerstein Ballroom was THE place to be this past Friday night! Young the Giant performed at the NYC venue for a night of beachy melodies and infectious grooves. The sold-out show was just one stop out on their super busy Mind Over Matter Tour. Charming indie-pop five-piece, Cayucas, warmed up the crowd with the perky, peppy tunes from their debut album, Bigfoot. They kicked off with the infectious tune, Cayucos; frontman Zach Yudin's dreamy vocals floating over the beachy beat. “C'mon snap your fingers,” he encouraged, “C'mon clap your hands / C'mon stomp your feet / As fast as you can.” The crowd did as they were told; their enthusiasm intensified as the band jammed through East Coast Girl, Will “The Thrill”, and Deep Sea, from the days when they were Oregon Bike Trails. Hella and Ayawa 'kya followed, before Cayucas took the tempo down a couple of notches, stunning with crowd (and Joonbug) favorite, Bigfoot. Concertgoers were entranced by the steady, stomping beat and the echoed lyrics telling of a near-encounter with the mysterious brute, nodding along to Yudin's chants of, “Bigfoot, Bigfoot...” Cayucas snapped the crowd out of their daze with the cheery Dancing At The Blue Lagoon, and the bouncy High School Lover, before teasing concertgoers with “so...are you guys ready to see Young the Giant?!” The venue erupted in applause, and the band dove into their final song, Swimsuit, before waving goodbye and exiting the stage. After a nearly 40 minute wait, the telltale sounds of Slow Dive faded in...lights dimmed; a blast of light illuminated the venue; eyes widened and jaws to dropped. Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia stormed onstage as Slow Dive faded into Anagram, his smile radiating all the way to the back of the crowd. YtG blasted right into It's About Time, packed fans swaying to it's alternating beat, all as Gadhia jammed on multiple instruments. Gadhia calmed down the feral crowd with Apartment, wowing with soaring vocals and dreamy backing instrumentals. Fans were entranced as he reminisced, “On my way to your apartment, I write for fear of silence. You carved a boat to sail my shadow, now I walk alone...” The crowd snapped out of their trance, the sweet, light sounds of Strings sleepily strumming before thrumming a commanding wake-up call with the impressive hooks of Guns Out, Waves, and Teachers. Next, Young the Giant delighted with lush harmonies and rich, layered instrumentals in the eerie, deep jam, Firelight. “Lay down by the firelight...for all I know it's the last time,” Gadhia nearly sighed before belting out, “Tell my son...oh...” The ballroom erupted into applause. I Got, Eros, and Paralysis, followed, before crowd-pleaser and single from their 2010 debut self-titled album, Cough Syrup, got hands in the air. Lights flickered and blasted brightly as drums clashed. “If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away. To some fortune that I, I should have found by now...” Gadhia's opulent vocals soared, “I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down...” Young the Giant wrapped up their set with Crystallized, before coming back for a three-track encore of hits Camera, Mind Over Matter, and My Body. Pumped and ready for more, Young the Giant headed off to their next venue on their gazillion stop tour. You’re gonna be Giant, if no longer young, when this is all over...remember us Young the Giant; remember all the little people who made you big!
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Joan Jett Makes History As First Female Golden God Award Honoree

So much for a Bad Reputation! Real-life Runaway and rock 'n' roll badass Joan Jett made history yesterday by becoming the first female honored with Revolver's "Golden God" Award. The legend will follow in the footsteps of fellow rock royalty Motorhead, KISS front man Gene Simmons, and Alice Cooper, who commented:

“No one deserves this award MORE than Joan Jett. She’s never compromised who she is — she’s a rocker through and through." The ceremony will be headlined by Guns 'N' Roses, who's frontman Axl Rose will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Honors that are still up for debate include Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Best Live Band, Comeback Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and more. Congratulations to Joan Jett and all of the nominees!
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Event Review: Dead Waves @ Bar Matchless on 2/19

Tucked in the heart of Brooklyn, an edgy little bar by the name of Matchless creaked its doors open for an assemblage of music industry insiders, struggling artists and hanger's on to commiserate with Dead Waves, an up-and-coming grunge-rock band. The venue was like stepping back in time; Black Sabbath blared homilies in the background, and a heavy mixture of PBR and cigarettes permeated the stale air. Everybody in the crowd knew somebody, even if not by name, they had seen them before because they travel in the same circles. They were the disillusioned, the few who still felt physical pain when exposed to injustices, the live and let lives’.