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CBDB with The LaGoons at Zydeco Saturday August 16, 2014
Posted on Tuesday August 12, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
On stage, CBDB parades tight, ambitious compositions that seamlessly gives way to loose, adventurous musical improvisation. It pushes and pulls in different technical and creative directions but for them, it comes down to having fun playing music with their friends. "When you're having a good time, that comes across," says lead singer Cy Simonton. "There's that back and forth between the crowd and the band...when everybody's into it and dancing and completely in the moment...that's Joyfunk. That's what we bring."
Phases of The Moon Music & Art Festival
Posted on Monday August 11, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
Yonder Mountain String Band Coming To Iron City
Posted on Wednesday August 06, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
Rolling Stone said that YMSB "liberates bluegrass' hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism," while Paste Magazine wrote, "The Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock 'n' roll, and seek out an adventurous audience.
High Five Fest III
Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 By Tre Brannum
Ready for RAD?! Well, there will be plenty of that and High Fives to go around at The Bottletree, August 9th for the 3rd installment of High Five Fest. This annual gathering of beer, BBQ, music, and friends has grown tremendously from it's humble beginnings.
The fest has begun to establish itself as THE event in which great bands of yesteryear rise from their graves, dust off their instruments, and give it one last go for the fans. And sometimes, that spark will linger, and breathe a new life into an almost long lost musical project. Such is the case this year's act, Arclight. Arclight, which features members from Haste and Nail (one of High Five Fest II's reunion bands), hit the stage for the first time in 4 years and have decided to to see where the time away will take them by writing new material.
But Arclight is just one of many co-headliners at this year's High Five Fest. I say co-headliners, because the line up reads as a Who's Who of touring, Birmingham based artists. From the Sci-Fi Surf stylings of Man, or Astro Man?, dirty rock from BeIttheMeans, and the 80's vibe from Wray, there is something for everyone Get your sampling of the acts, from the videos below.
It's not just the music that makes this fest special. It's the community. Local brewery, Good People Brewing, will take over the taps. Award winning BBQ from the Barbecutioners will fill your belly. And the raddest people in this salty 'Ham will fill The Bottletree. I'm sure there will be plenty of high fives to go around. But don't worry if they come from a stranger, as they won't be a stranger for long. $15. Doors open at 2pm. Bands at 3pm. Family friendly before 7pm.
RAPGOVENT Vol. 2- Death of the MC
Posted on Monday August 04, 2014 By Drizzy Dro
Are lyrics relevant anymore in hip hop? Growing up, I can recall listening to MC's like Nas, Eminem, Biggie, 2 Pac, Geto Boys, Jay Z, Ice Cube, Snoop, Redman, Wu Tang, etc and being intrigued by not just the hot tracks and catchy hooks, but the substance in the verses. Each artist was using their intellect and wit to try to give the consumer music that could be appreciated. I can remember being on the bus on the way to middle school, listening to Redman's Dare is a Darkside album picking each verse apart. There was so much depth to his lyrics and it made me want to understand his thought process. That was when hip hop was alive and thriving in the mainstream, yet still had that underground edginess to it. Artists were selling records and doing sold out shows and didn't have to "dumb it down" to appease the masses. Nas released an album entitled "Hip Hop Is Dead" to reiterate to all of us, that things have changed drastically from the glory days of our culture. The question is.....if hip hops dead....who killed it?
Was it corporate America? Clear Channel radio stations? Labels now are signing acts with more swag than skill to make a quick profit. Lyrics, which used to be the driving force in most artists campaign simply are not viewed as the most important part of the package. A prime example of this is Trindad James being dropped from Def Jam just this week. This even after having the hottest commercial record just a little over a year ago, with his smash hit "All Gold Everythang". French Montana was recently quoted saying that "all the lyrical rappers in the game are broke." This mentality is the general consensus among up and coming rappers. If you're lyrical, you wont sell records. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest problems in the game today. And statements like that make no sense whatsoever (Eminem"s MMLP2 sold over 2 million albums to date). Kendrick Lamar's debut Good Kid Madd City also went platinum last year, in an era where its almost frowned upon to be an MC with lyrical depth.
Believe it or not, there are quite a few MC's coming out of Alabama who understand lyricism, rhyme schemes, story telling, and are doing their part to keep the integrity of the MC alive in today's marketplace. Yelawolf is one. The Green Seed, G Side, Shank D, the list goes on and on. Murc Heist of Murc Camp fame is another example. His music displays real gripping street narratives, while still showcasing lyrical skills in his bars and rhyme structures. I have had the chance to collaborate with a lot of different artists in my city, and there are more who are representing lyricism than others might think. We all aspire to sell records and do numbers, but that doesn't mean we have to forget what being an MC is all about. This is why there are more independent companies building their brands than there are rappers looking for deals. One of the sacrifices most make when they sign the big deal is losing creative control. With the power of the internet, we are able to build our brands and still maintain our integrity. Tech 9 is one of the most successful MCs in the business, and him and his Strange Music label are known for their lyrical abilities. They didn't have to dilute they lines to get money.
In closing i would like to say......hip hop is a culture. It will never die. But in this day and age, MCs are becoming extinct, because people are being brainwashed into thinking " in order to get on the radio i have to make a club song with a hot beat, but not say to much. Or a song the female audience can relate to, and if i am too lyrical they wont listen" Women as well as men listen to what we are actually saying in our music. MCs have longevity, rappers usually end up one hit wonders and eventually, when the trend and sound change, they eventually fade. Its like comparing my favorite group of all time Outkast to Dem Franchise Boys. Only one of those groups can be considered legends in the game. Feel free to comment and give your opinions. Feedback is encouraged.
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