The first thing you may notice about this week's column is that today is not Monday. But despite our two-day tardiness in posting, it's never too late for an update on some of the week's best stories, sites and songs. Here's a look at what's up:
1. Muse On The Waccamaw
Submissions are under way for the Muse on The Waccamaw song contest hosted by The Horry County Museum, Horry County Memorial Library, Conway Glass Center & CREATE! Conway. Contestants may submit their entries for the contest through the website HorrySong.TV through April 30.
This songwriting contest is for musicians 18 and older and will award prizes in several categories inclduing best original song by an indvidual and band and best instrumental by an individual or band. There will also be a poetry competition for ages 13-17 and 18+.
Online voting will run May 1 through June 15 to determine 3 finalists in each category and an event will be held in July where competitors will perform live to determine a grand prize winner.
2. Students start new label
Zander Aycock, a Winthrop student who plays with Rock Hill band Swift Kicks, has recently started a label called Say I Won't Records.
The DIY record label is based out of the Rock Hill/Charlotte area and will represent bands ranging from punk to hip-hop to ska. Say I Won't will announce its first list of bands on April 4 with at least one group based in Myrtle Beach and others affliated with the area.
Aycock came up with the idea for Say I Won't in the summer of 2009 and recently it started back up with the help of few others he met playing around the state, including St. James High School student and Laissez Faire fontman Paul McKinney.
In addition to representing bands around the Carolinas, Say I Won't will also be hosting the pre-party for the Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk, April 15 at the Island Bar & Grill Surfside featuring
3. From Oxford to Oceanfront
Singer-songwriter Fox Elipsus an Oxford, England, native will be performing in Myrtle Beach Sunday in the midst of a 100+ date U.S. tour aimed at getting his music out to the masses. The show will take place at Atlanta Bread Co, 106 Sayebrook Pkwy, at 6 p.m. and as with all of Elipsus' shows it is ALL AGES, FREE (no admission), and family friendly, "but also extremely comical and entertaining."
While we have no doubt that the Englishman is a very talented musician, it's his marketing methods which have caught our eye. Through constant planning and shameless self-promotion, Elipsus has attempted to gather a buzz in every place he visits going out of his way to use social media to advertise his music with anyone associated with music.
It's a strategy that could easily be viewed as annoying, but by creating his own Myrtle Beach-centric Facebook page and friending as many random music fans as possible he's definitely got himself noticed. According to his page "I play every single show FOR FREE and that all gas money, food, and shelter is provided by my fans, through generosity, donations, and CD sales. I often go hungry and sometimes sleep in my car."
Regardless of what you think of his method give the man some credit for his effort and go check him out online or go to his show Sunday.
4. News & notes
Here's a few short, noteworthy items I wanted to mention this week:
- Local hard rock band Sharklegs needs a new drummer and is planning to start trying out local folks. Contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
- Classic Metal act Prowler needs your support on the website Sign Me To Roadrunner Records. Click hereto sign on and vote for them or check out the main site to discover some cool new metal.
- Nominations are still open for the 4th Annual South Carolina Music Awards hip-hop event put on by The Niche Magazine. Click here to get on and nominate some of our local hip-hoppers.
- The Zombie Walk is nearing and the full lineup of bands has been released. If you haven't seen it go here to check it out.
5. Song of The Week: "The Devil You Know"
As always, this week's column wraps up with a song, specifically one that's been in heavy rotation in our playlists lately. This one comes from JJ Grey & Mofro, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based blues/southern rock outfit off their awesome 2008 album "Orange Blossoms." Learn more about the band here or come see them live at the Boathouse's Backyard Concert Series on April 10.