Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers @ SXSW

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are at SXSW in Austin, Texas this year! To celebrate our local friends’ fantastic voyage to the annual music festival next week, we’ve prepared a special SXSW cut of our Spartan Session for their song “Future Talk.” Be on the lookout for our Director’s Cut of the video which will premiere Monday 3/11, officially kicking off the week of music in Austin, in addition to other SXSW related content right here on impact89fm.org.

Editorial: Genres, Breakdowns, and Drops

Perhaps it was after digital media became so widespread, or maybe it was the internet, or it could be a change in music sub-culture itself, but whatever the reason genres seem to have taken on a wholly new entity. Their original use as a categorizer seems moot now, instead replaced with arguments on the subtle differences between subgenres. Go look at any music video on youtube and you’ll fine approximate comments like this: “This band is clearly glitch-hop whereas that is dubstep;” “These guys are totally melodic death metal, how can you even say this is metalcore?”
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Album Review: St. Vincent’s Self-Titled

Annie Clark is the picture of perfection: she’s adorable, talented, and just the right amount of unpredictable. In this fourth solo-album, her performance and her art form are taken to a whole another level. Her album alone strings words and ideas together that sentences and essays could not convey to the masses. Her multiple talents shine in every single track as her voice sweeps you away and rocks your body ever so slightly into this captivating vortex that is St. Vincent.
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Fuzz – Raise

Today’s Jam of the Day comes from Ty Segall’s latest project, Fuzz. The video for “Raise” premiered last week in all of its crispy, crunchy San Fran rock glory.

Up Close and Personal with Frontier Ruckus: The Living Room Show

The twang of the banjo, hot cider steaming on the stove, Girl Scout cookies laid in perfect circles, and the distant memories of summer as the warm melodies fill the room, all of which were part of the experience that is the Frontier Ruckus Living Room Show. Maybe not every show will have the Girl Scout Cookies or Hot Cider per se, but the memories will be everlasting and definitely unforgettable. Not only was the living room show extremely up close and personal, but it also bordered a line where we were all so close any one of us could reach out and touch the band members themselves if so desired.
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Top 10 Possible Explanations for Why Pharrell Wears That Hat

Between the Grammys and the Oscars, you’ve probably seen rapper/producer/fashion designer/really talented guy Pharrell Williams’ big, brown 20 gallon hat in the media (or if you’re Sandra Bullock, from outer space). Because no one would willingly wear something like that, you’re probably asking, “Impact, you’re a hip music site, why is he really wearing that hat? What’s the scoop?” Well, dear readers, while no one uses the term “scoop” anymore, we may have some insight for you.

10. He lost a bet.
Maybe Pharrell’s friends bet him that he couldn’t eat 50 hot dogs in 15 minutes. Maybe he bet them that he would win the Oscar for Best Original Song. Maybe he bet that the Broncos would win the Super Bowl. He might be the man behind “Get Lucky,” but eventually everyone’s luck runs out.
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Asian Invasion 03/03/2014

Happy Spring Break!  Tune in tonight to hear from Neon Bunny, Mayday, S.H.E, Psy, and more!  You can still get your Mayday tickets for Monday, March 24th at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago!  You can also check out Love X Stereo, Glen Check, and Rock ‘N Roll Radio at the Pike Room in Pontiac on Tuesday, March 25!

Neon Bunny – “왕자님 / Prince”
Mayday – “第二人生 / Second Round”
Red Bacteria Vacuum – “Envy” (Japan Nite)
Primary feat. Park Myung Soo – “I Got C (feat. Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)”
S.H.E – “怎么办 / What To Do?”
SHINee – “셜록 / Sherlock (Clue+Note)”
Angela Zhang – “淋雨一直走 / Keep Walking”
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Concert Review: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth opened in Chicago with the nostalgia laced pop melody ‘Hold Me.’ For the 75 minutes following the first pluck of the ukulele and echoing oohs of female lead singer, Nora Patterson, the crowd is pulled into their pretty world, one as innocently buoyant as falling in love in the fourth grade.

The two lead singers produce a tightly wound harmony, with Gary Larsen jumping around, flooding the air with balloons, launching confetti and wailing passionately into the microphone. Read More…

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