It's time to kick off another week with some of the most interesting stories, sites and songs we've gathered up over the past seven days. Here's a look at this week's Music Monday:
1. Weekly 180
Since we've been shooting so much video lately we wanted to kick off this week by introducing a new feature called Weekly 180. It's three minutes (aka 180 seconds) of performance clips that takes a look back at the past week worth of shows we've caught first hand.
Since this is our first edition, it's still a work in progress more or less, but please let us know what you thinkand we'll do our best to make this a cool little weekly feature going foward:
2. Wonder Shakedown to play BBQ
Wonder Shakedown, a powerpop trio consisting of Aynor High School graduates, Justin Maitland, Tim Hardwick and Caleb LaBarre, will perform along with singer-songwriter Stevie Woodward at event from 4 to 10 p.m. tonight at the Smith family farm, 2951 Bakers Chapel Rd., Aynor.
The event was orgnaized by Elaine Boulavsky and a group of churchgoing mothers who wanted to provide a fun-filled, stress-free evening of entertainment for college-aged music fans. In addition to the music the event will also feature a BBQ, bonfire, fishing, outdoor games and fellowship.
Organizers are billing the event as a night of "good clean fun" with no drugs, drinking, smoking or fighting and it is open to any youth or young adult churched or unchurched.
For more information contact Boulavsky at EBOULAV@AOL.COM or 843-254-1002 or see the Facebook event here.
3. Xandali brings the party
Wilimington's Xandali Productions — a photography, videography and party promotion company — will bring its Road to Ultra Party to the House of Blues Tuesday night starting at 10:30 p.m.
The event will be the first of what the company is planning to become a weekly affair at HOB catering to a club crowd, according to Xandali staffer Martin "DJ Doublclick" Eichert.
Tuesday's event will feature music from Wiliminton DJ's PFUNK, CHDR SELEKT and Brewtal as well as live art by Bryan Stacy & Zak Duff and a light show by Dustin Klein of Spectrum Geometry. Eichert says that while this event will focus on talent from the Cape Fear Region, Xandali hopes to get more involved with local musicians, artists and promoters in the near future.
Admission is $8 per person or FREE for Service Industry workers.
4. E-Top video
We've given props to DJ E-Top, one of the area's most well known mixtpae makers, before for doing his thing online, leaking tracks through his blog and helping to promote upcoming releases. Now he's taken it one step further releasing his first video blog.
It's only a minute long, but we think its a good example of the sort of thing more local artists should be doing to help promote their music, stay in conact with fans, etc.
5. Almost Kings "Legend"
Wrapping up with the Song of the Week, this track comes to us from Atlanta-based rock/hip-hop band Almost Kings who performed with Rehab yesterday to kick off the Boathouse's Summer Concert Series (photos here). While we were intrigued by the band's covers of Ke$ha and Rage Against the Machine, this high-energy song is a great example that their originals weren;t too shabby either.