Each Monday we like to help our readers kick off their week in an ever-evolving feature we call Music Monday. What started as a simple exploration of Twitter's #musicmonday tag, has become a place for quick hits on all the interesting tidbits we've gathered over the past seven days.
It might be a local news brief, a cool website, a great new music video or an album we've had stuck in our head, but if it's something we think you should check out you'll find it here each and every Monday morning.
Parker's new project
Matt Parker, the longtime frontman of local pop/rock act Pysch Ward has decided once again to stretch his creative wings with a new project called One Dragon.
The band, which also includes Greg Ford (Red Emotion Riot, Kid Drew band) on drums and Rob Rotondo on bass, will perform some Pysch Ward originals as well as rocked out dance stuff and some alternative and blues.
According to Parker, they will be playing mostly out of town and throughout the southeast, but may be rolling some of Pysch Ward's local gigs into the mix as well.
While they are still in the early phases of getting things together, you can already check out their page on Reverbnation for updates.
The Taste of Sound blog
This interesting take on a food blog, combines a love of indie music and eating with the goal of "Discovering new music through food."
The authors engage bands including Girlfight, Deerhoof, Silverstien and Xiu Xiu (to name just a few of the 100 or so acts featured) in discussions about their favorite foods and get some pretty off-the-wall answers in return.
We stumbled upon the site talking to BJ Barham of Raleigh's American Aquarium, who will open for Corey Smith at HOB on New Year's Eve.
We made mention of this site the other day in reference to S.C. Bluesman Jeff Norwood trying to raise money to produce his new album, but we thought we'd point it out again here.
It's a very interesting way for folks with artistic inspiration of any sort to try and rally support, both monetarily and ideologically for their wildest ideas and creations with no financial risk.
How it works is basically you set a goal for how much you want to raise and you offer unique rewards and gifts of items or services to those who donate. If you reach your goal you take the money toward your project and if you don't no money changes hands.
Modern Day Escape "Maybe Holding Hands Wasn't Such A Good Idea"
Looking to rock out tonight? StandBy Records Presents is bringing in this Orlando-based rock/hardcore band to the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside with Maryland's Count Your Blessings for two performances tonight at 11 p.m. and again for an all ages show which begins at 2 p.m. tomorrow with From Ashes to Empire and local rockers Hey Dude!
If you're still undecided whether to check it out, here's a bit of what Modern Day Escape is all about:
Check them out at Myspace.
Hawk Nelson "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"
The Canadian pop/rock band will be coming to town Dec. 30 to perform as part of the three-day Big God Conference happening at Beach Church in Myrtle Beach, but for local fans who can't wait that long, here's a fun Christmas cover of the classic Alvin and the Chipmunks song.
Also, be on the lookout for ListenUp's interview with Hawk Nelson frontman Jason Dunn sometime in the next week.