Artist Spotlight: The Foo Fighters

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After a three year hiatus The Foo Fighters are back! They have recently announced that they are working on their eight studio album which is scheduled to be released November, 10, 2014. However, this is not all The Foo Fighters have in store for their fans. In honor of their 20th anniversary, the band will be releasing a special eight episode series named Sonic Highway on HBO. The show will feature behind the scenes footage of the making of the album! The band travels to Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC and New York, recording an song for the album in each city in hopes of capturing the musical heritage these cities have to offer. Sonic Highway premiers on HBO October 17th at 10 pm don’t forget to tune in!

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FunFunFun Fest Artist: 2 Chainz

Photo courtesy of 2ChainzSays.com

Photo courtesy of 2ChainzSays.com

2 Chainz will be headlining this year’s FunFunFun Fest!  The Good Music rapper is responsible for the hits “Birthday Song”, “I’m Different”, and “Crack”, to name a few.  He is also responsible for the random “2 CHAIINNZZZZ” outbursts from my middle aged mother.  With that being said, this guy can walk in and definitely make anyone turn up, and he’s been mighty swell at doing so for a long time.

Chainz may have received mainstream success two years ago, but he has been famous for nearly half of his life.  Long before his solo success, 2 Chainz made up one half of the rap duo Playaz Circle.  Together, the duo released hits such as “Duffle Bag Boy”, and “Hold Up”.

Making hits is clearly nothing new to this artist, and 2 Chainz never seems to let his fans down.  His new mixtape, “FREEBASE” provides fans with every one of his famous 2Chainz idioms, and with his track record,  his FunFunFun Fest performance will be sure to rattle your chains.

Download 2 Chainz latest mixtape, “FREEBASE”, here.

Watch 2 Chainz turn up here:

 

FunFunFun Fest will be taking place in Austin, Texas on November 7-9, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at funfunfunfest.com.

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New 7″ Split: Low Culture / NEEDLES//PINS

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One of the best things about being a punk fan is that your favorite bands never stop to take a break.  It seems like just yesterday that Shamebirds blew my mind, and we already get a new release from NEEDLES//PINS: a split 7″ with Dirtnap mainstays, Low Culture.

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Low Culture

Dirtnap Records (the label responsible for this release) gives a very accurate description of Low Culture.  Low Culture features members of two other bands (one of which is Chris Mason, head of Dirt Cult Records, the label that released Shamebirds): The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang.  The Marked Men are known for their brand of tight, clean, catchy pop songs, while Shang-A-Lang’s style is perhaps more distinct,  being far looser with their playing and song structure.  Low Culture is playing loose songs tight.  It’d be no exaggeration to call “Reservations” schizophrenic.  With how often and suddenly the melody changes, you could get away with calling it “free punk”.  It’s a bit jarring at first, but it might also be the most musically interesting song here.  Repeated listens will likely be needed for it all to sink in, but in time, each melody worms its way in, and it’s a lot of fun.  “Don’t Tell Me” is a much more straightforward track, with a solid hook, but it still maintains the Low Culture spirit.  It’s a bit off-kilter, but this one is easier to grasp, without really sounding like any other band doing garage punk now.  If being unique and fun are signs of being a good band, then Low Culture is a great band.

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HAIL SATIRE! PRESENTS: RECORD SETS

Robin Williams – “Reality…What A Concept” (1979)

WHAT IS THIS? Most people don’t treat comedians the way they treat musicians. They see a five-minute late night set on YouTube, or catch a random track on Pandora and think they know how that comedian performs. But much like any band, the joy of following a comic comes from seeing their humble beginnings and watching them grow. And much like with music, decades of comedy history lives exclusively on records. HAIL SATIRE! PRESENTS RECORD SETS focuses on the first albums of entertainment’s greatest funny people. Our first selection is the 1979 debut album of Robin Williams entitled “Reality…What a Concept”.

Robin as Mork

 

ROBIN WILLIAMS: The now late-great Robin remains known to most for his starring roles in countless quality films like “Good Morning Vietnam”, “The Birdcage”, “Dead Poets Society”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Good Will Hunting” and of course, “Aladdin”. But at the time of this recording, that was all ahead of him. Robin grew up at the LA Comedy Store and you can hear the core audience knows his style. But with the 1978 premiere of Robin’s sitcom “Mork and Mindy”, he was far from being an unknown. In fact… with his current role as the madcap alien in rainbow suspenders, Robin was on the verge of being typecast.

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FunFunFun Fest Artist: Neutral Milk Hotel

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Neutral Milk Hotel is an indie band formed by Jeff Mangum in the 1980’s, comprised of: Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes. The band is known for its folksy guitar playing and eccentric musical style. It has been mentioned in pop culture as a favorite band of a character in John Green’s novel “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” as well as the favorite band of the character April Ludgate (played by Aubrey Plaza) on the show Parks and Recreation. They have influenced many successful bands, including: Franz Ferdinand, Bright Eyes, and Arcade Fire. Their first full-length album On Avery Island was released in 1994, but they became more well-known in the indie world after the release of their 2nd album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” It’s almost impossible to verbally describe this band, so I’ll let them do it in their own words through one of their most well-known songs: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

FunFunFun Fest will be taking place in Austin, Texas on November 7-9, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at funfunfunfest.com.

Coog Radio will be giving away passes so listen to the radio station for your chance win a pair of 3-day passes to see Neutral Milk Hotel in person.

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Win Tickets to See G- Eazy or Ab-Soul Live in Concert with Coog Chatter

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Coog Chatter has your way in to see G-Eazy and IAMSU! on Thursday, October 30th and Ab- Soul on Tuesday, November 4th at Warehouse Live! Listen for your chance to win a pair of tickets for each show on Sundays from 7 – 9 PM with Jasmine Bass!

If you can’t wait to get your tickets, you can purchase them now at scoremoreshows.com

Until then, check out the video for G- Eazy’s  “I Mean It”:

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