Wow! It sure was a big weekend for us. But now with our first ListenUp Loves show under our belts and a couple other great events behind us, it's time to turn our focus squarely to the future with another week's worth of interesting stories, sites and songs in our latest edition of the Music Monday column. Here's what's up this week:
1. Zombie Walk shaping up
The 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk is quickly approaching.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Fresh Brewed Coffee House in downtown Myrtle Beach. For just $5 — a portion of which benefits the Autism Advocate Foundation — registration gets your zombie make-up done by professional make-up artists and entrance into the after parties at Sneakers Bar and Grill, Bikini Beach Club and Fresh Brewed Coffee House.
This year’s event has more than 800 people scheduled to attend (at least according to Facebook) and will feature a ton of bands from Myrtle Beach and beyond.
We got an update from organizer Brandi Matkins this week about the entertainment that is already confirmed for the walk. More bands will be announced as they are confirmed.
Zombie Walk bands
- Pre-party (at Island Bar & Grill Surfside): Laissez Faire, Hawaiian Shirt Day, Bamboo Forrest, Where The Sidewalk Ends, More TBA
- From North Carolina: Dead to Society - Durham, The Villians - Raleigh, Blood Red River - Durham, The Graveyard Blvd. - Charlotte, Whiskey HellChild - Kannapolis, The Body Bags - Charlotte, Rictus Grim - Wilmington
- From South Carolina: The Donner Party - Florence, Sines Of Silence - Chesterfield, Bleed As One - Charleston
- Local Acts: Prowler, Sharklegs, Rabble N Rebellion, Bazooka Joe, Finger Painted Death, Conception Of Being, The Mizfits, Steve Pethel, Brian Roessler, More TBA
- Other: VAGORA - from Rhode Island
More on the Zombie Walk here.
2. Together 4 Change
Together 4 Change, an indie film being put together by Columbia-based Southern Fried Productions, will be hosting a red carpet event at 4 p.m Sunday at Carolina Ale House, 708 Lady Street, Columbia.
The film is about a divorced mother of four who comes from the gritty underground world of crime and rises above to become a philanthropist and expose a corrupt system and saves the streets that took her in.
"Why?" You ask. "Should I care?"
Because local writer/music fan/jill-of-all-trades Jessica O'Brien worked as a make-up artist on the film and is currently making efforts to get a slew of local musicians including Rian Adkinson, Ed Tanner, Sam Favata and Brian McKenzie and Chrissy Kotsopolous involved on the film's soundtrack.
While the details are being worked out, it's always nice to see folks trying to get our local artists out to a new audience.
3. Acoustic show tonight
4. Old Navy + Shazam
Watching television last night, we couldn't help but notice the logo of one of our favorite smartphone apps, Shazam, popping up in the midst of an Old Navy commercial.
Upon further examination, we found that the clothing retailer is now partnering with the makers of the app, using its music dicovery engine to help market their clothing and using music as a way to draw people in.
According to Old Navy, consumers can "Use Shazam on your phone to capture any Old Navy original song. Shop looks and unlock secret goodies, like song downloads, style tips and more. Just use Shazam every time you hear our songs — in our TV commercials, in store, or anywhere."
While the music — a slick pop production from a band called The Audio Threadz — and style many not necessarily appeal to all, it's a really interesting example of how companies are starting to get it when it comes to digital marketing and interactivity.
It seems like the first step in toward the old idea that soon you will be able to order anything you see on TV, whether it be clothing, music, food, etc., straight from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone. Pretty crazy stuff.
Check out the details on the Old Navy effort at http://www.oldnavyshazam.com/
5. Free music from SPIN
From the "Why should I pay for music?" department comes a set of 19 free tracks from Longtime music mag SPIN Magazine. The songs which will be featured in the March edition of the magazine include new efforts from up-and-coming acts and indie darlings which run the gamut from Alternative to R&B to Electronic.
It's great little collection of tunes to help you kick off your week, with music from Bright Eyes, Cut Copy, Drive-By Truckers and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead among others.
As always we like to pick out a song to feature in this last spot each week, and this week we're continuing our soul kick from last week with a song from the collection called "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" by Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band. Check it out: