To celebrate our 1st Anniversary, ListenUp is spending all week taking a look back at some of the most interesting things we’ve covered in our first year. We’ll be posting a new list each day of with the Top 10 interviews, features, photos, songs and shows leading up to our big ListenUp Anniversary Bash on Friday.
Here are our Top 10 favorite feature stories from ListenUp’s first year:
1. Student-made video helps Gamecock fans 'Rock Out'
Nov. 30, 2010
The story behind viral video sensation “Rock Out (With Your Game Cock Out)” made by a group of University of South Carolina students called Dinobrite Productions.
• Why we loved it: It was not only a ridiculously silly song, but also had some amazing production value that made it actually worth listening to multiple times. Since, the Dinobrite guys have continued to get attention releasing "The South Carolina Rap" and recently being invited to shoot with the owner of the Houston Texans.
2. More than just a survivor
March, 23, 2011
Chronicling a battle with cancer by local radio DJ Scott Mann and his work with the Relay For Life and other charities.
• Why we loved it: Scott is truly one of the good folks here that cares about not only himself but does tons for others. In addition he represents the music community well by being part of many local events (famously the Boathouse concert series) and does what he can to support local music. It was very interesting to hear his perspective on his battle with cancer and his job as a radio DJ in teh 21st century.
Dec. 15, 2010
A look at local marketing man Michael Fluharty and his invention, the Paparazzi Stand, a photo booth-like device which is popping up in clubs across the Grand Strand and across the country.
• Why we loved it: I just thought this thing was a crazy invention and was amazed that no one had really thought of it before. Fluharty was an interesting character and made for a "success" story worth reading. Since the story
Jan. 7, 2011
Neal Peterson profiles local songwriter Glenn “Houndog” Hanson including his time spent living in a log cabin in the woods of S.C. and his involvement with Surfside Serenades.
• Why we loved it: Houndog Hanson is notoriously one of the most unique personalities on the local music scene. If you don't know, just go check out one of his performances where he'll surely break out one of his most popular songs, a quirky tale about a murder in a grocery store. Neal did a great job of breaking it down and telling his story.
April 19, 2011
The story behind the rockers’ 27-year run as local favorites and why they were named the “Grand Strand’s Best Cover Band” in our March Music Madness competition.
• Why we loved it: The Cover Band Contest was one of teh first things we did that got a lot of attention around town and the crown couldn't have gone to a better group than the longtime locals The Mullets. Having been here that long Bob O'Connor has seen and experience a whole lot of Myrtle Beach music and I tried to capture that here, whittling down from an hour-long interview into a coherent tale.
April 4, 2011
Local DJ collective Lowcountry Dubstep introduces a new sound to the area with its series of montlhy electronic showcases.
• Why we loved it: Not only was this more-or-less an introduction to a VERY popular genre of music for me, but it was really cool to see a group of guys who had created their own little niche within the local music scene and we're doing their best to build a scene for their music, doing it their way.
May 18, 2011
The story behind local production facility Ocean10 Studios and its current caretaker, jack-of-all-trades Jay Burgess.
• Why we loved it: This should actually probably be higher on this list, because Jay Burgess really is one of THE most interesting people I've met here. The man can literally do everything from building sets and making his own wires to video editing, producing and playing music and about 1,000 other things. The studio facility is an amazing spot right in the heart of MB that still not a lot of people know about and has the potential to be something really special someday with a little support from the music community.
July 25, 2011
Owner of the area’s longest-running country music spot (the home of the legendary group Alabama) talks about how he helped grow the small honky-tonk into a beach institution.
• Why we loved it: What's not to love about the Bowery, it's an icon and one of the first things people think of when trying to describe what Myrtle Beach is known for musically. It was really interesting to see how Victor Shamah runs things and continues to build on what he's already established with an agressive marketing outlook.
9. Veteran rapper Decm presses on despite challenges
June 15, 2011
Local MC shares the tale of going from rapper to Jehovah’s Witness and back, and trying to make a name for himself in music at 40.
• Why we loved it: I've never met ANYONE like Decm. And regardless of whether you love his music or don't even like hip-hop at all, I think his story makes for an interesting read.
10. Science Factory churns out unique blend of sounds
Dec. 2, 2010
Profile on one of the area’s most unique acts, the jazz/electronic fusion trio of Mixmaster Doc, Bernie Kenerson and Sam Favata.
• Why we loved it: Three of the area's most-thoughful, studied musicians came together to blend three very different styles of music into something unlike I'd ever heard before and I was intrigued from moment No. 1. Unfortunately, with Favata now in NYC Science Factory is no more (...or at least on hiatus), but Kenerson and Brady still work together often and will perform together Friday at our Birthday Bash.
The Best of the rest
Some other feature stories we've done that you might want to check out:
• The Freeloaders work hard to rock PIT for New Year's Dec. 29, 2010
A profile on Charleston-based group The Freeloaders and their standing gig at Pawleys Island Tavern each New Year’s Eve.
• Underground award show hopes to dig up interest in local talent Dec. 30, 2010
Former KISS 98.5 employee Kendra “Mizz Keke” Darity puts on the first-ever Carolina Underground Music Awards to help promote local hip-hop.
• Prowler poised to pounce with new release Jan. 25, 2011
Looking behind the veil of the Horror-metal trio as it releases its first in a series of two-song EPs “Prowler Pt. 1”
• Octopus Jones set to reach out with new album, tour plans Feb. 15, 2011
Local New Wave/Rock band from Coastal Carolina releases its first full-length album “Treat Yourself” and looks to expand beyond the beach with its touring.
• School set to start new session Saturday March 1, 2011
Catching up with Dino Capone and the kids behind Dino’s School of Rock music program.
• The IZM is back for more June 3, 2011
One of the area’s most active hard rock acts returns to action after an 8-month stint off.
• The Technicolor Void gets set for Summerjam June 16, 2011
Local hip-hop/electronic pop duo The Technicolor Void gears up for a new release, a summer concert at Broadway at the Beach and living up to the young group’s potential.
• Frontmen branch out as Folkem July 12, 2011
Ten Toes Up frontman and Who Shot JR?’s Jonathan Roberts release album as The Folkem Duo, an Americana/folk project.
Independent Sound & Media proprietor Jeremy Britt aims to start movement in local hip-hop by gather a stable of talented MCs, musicians and other artists.
• The anatomy of a messy break-up Aug. 16, 2011
The tale behind the dissolution and reinvention of local hard rock group Rabble N Rebellion.
• Myrtle Beach Blues artist Keith Patterson surprised by success Aug. 22, 2011
Profiling the sudden success of a local background player-turned bandleader with the release of his first solo album “Stone Cold & Blue.”
• Party Favor Band brings the fun Aug. 31, 2011
Variety group tries to make its mark on local music scene with a live show that focuses on catering to crowds, adding fun extra elements.