Every Monday, we help our readers get off to a musical start with five quick hits on some of the most interesting stories, sites and songs to wrap up the past 7 days and look forward to another great week:
1. News: Gabbie Rae signs with Big Boi
The good news just keeps on rolling in for former Myrtle Beach-based phenom Gabbie Rae. Fresh off of filming her second video "Don't Look Back" on the Grand Strand last week, the 12-year-old is now being mentioned in the same sentence as a hip-hop legend in media outlets across the country.
The young singer moved to Atlanta late last year to pursue her dream of signing a recording contract, and now it seems she has done just that becoming the first signee to Purple Kidz Records, a label run by Outkast rapper Big Boi, and his 16-year-old daughter Jordan.
"My daughter just turned 16 years old, and you can see it on MTV's ['My Super Sweet Sixteen'], where they get cars, and things that depreciate and just don't mean nothing," said Big Boi, 36. "I wanted to give my child something that she can grow and build and nurture. So I gave her her own label."
The news was announced last week by Purple Kidz, a newly-formed label that will feature a roster of younger artists and target music fans of all ages.
2. Rants & Raves: Venues wanted
While many of the folks on hand at Friday night's The Classic Struggle show saw the event as a failure when it had to shut down early, to me it was just another successful indicator of how alive this music scene can be when it wants to be.
The problem lies, however, in that no venue outside of the Island Bar Surfside is willing to stick its neck out and actually host the punk, metal, rock and other bands that often garner the ultra-dedicated — occasionally rabid — fan bases for original music.
While I understand not every bar wants to open it doors to a constant stream of rock shows...there must be someone out there who owns a bar that could use the added couple hundred people drinking in your establishment each week. Even if you're not necessarily a venue, just taking the chance to bring in live, original music and do something different even one night a month could be a very lucrative proposition if done correctly.
I realize that this plea to bar owners isn't necessarily going to reach its entire desired audience here, but I know there are plenty of bands and local fans who read this and can relay the message to their favorite spots. Next time you sit down in a spot and think "Hey, this place could probably hold a couple hundred people" take a moment to talk to the staff and see if they've ever considered hosting live music to help bring in an extra crowd.
If they seem interested or even if their not quite sold on the idea, send them to us and we'll do our best to put together a ListenUp event lineup that fits their vibe and helps prove what a draw local music can be.
3. Shows: Highlights of busy week
Here's a look at some of the mid-week events worth noting this week:
- Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach will host a Kick Off The Summer Patio Party Wednesday. The restaurant will host the outdoor affair on the patio with Mad Max from ROCK 107.1 on the scene from 4-6pm and live music from Electric Gypsy from 5-9 p.m. The event will also feature free appetizers, free samples of the restaurant's new gourmet pizzas and $1 Drafts with all proceeds going to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
- The House of Blues has got a full slate on its hands with shows every night this week beginning Tuesday. The Revolt Tour with Hollywood Undead headlining will take place Tuesday, Amos Lee & Sonia Leigh will perform Wednesday (be on the lookout for free tickets on Facebook late today), the LG Ones to Watch Tour with Neon Trees will take place Thursday, Friday will see G'N'R tribute artists Apetite For Destruction and .38 Special will perform Saturday. Visit HOB.com/myrtlebeach for details on all these shows.
- Rosa Linda's will host a full slate of Bike Week entertainment on the Inlet this week with Bullfrog performing tonight at 8 p.m, George Davis & The Jetty Jumpers Tuesday at 8 p.m., Ten Toes Up Wednesday at 8 p.m., Painted Man on Thursday 8-11 p.m. and Freak Tent Friday night 8-11 p.m.
There's plenty more Bike Week activities and live music. Check out our list of events here.
4. Links: Get your music at Warped Tour
- Say I Won't Records, a DIY label out of Rock Hill with bands based in Myrtle Beach, is looking for music to feature on an upcoming compilation to shwcase N.C. and S.C. acts. The disc will be distributed at the Vans Warped Tour in Charlotte on July 28. Interested parties can submit two MP3/WAV files to email@example.com by June 1 or check them out on Facebook.
- The Sun News' Kicks! continues to pay added attention to the local music community, this time with a quick Q&A with local musician Joan Burton. Check the piece out here and get out to watch two of the beach's most talented ladies, Burton & Jaynie Trudell playing as the Double J Duo, each Wednesday at Barefoot Resort.
- Voting is still open for the Muse on the Waccamaw song contest which will take place in July. There's plenty of great options to choose from, but we'd like to suggest giving a listen to a track from our friend/contributor Alex Muller, called "Apartments."
- Need a hip-hop fix this Monday? Check out a couple tracks from local emcee Young Hood ("Imma Boss") and southside collective The Fam "The One".
- Go and get the new album by local Blues artist Keith Patterson called "Stone Cold & Blue" at CD Baby.
5. Song of the week: "Let Her Dance"
Most times when we feature a song in Featured Listens, it gets played around the office heavily for a day or two and then fades away in favor of all the other music we listen to throughout the week. However, this week's selection by Myrtle Beach native (and current Charleston DJ) Stella By Starlight really stuck with us. Not only did we end up replaying "Julie" quite a few times, but also have been somewhat addicted to the album in general.
"Room For Chelsea" is a danceable set of electronic/pop tracks with none moreso than "Let Her Dance" a great upbeat number that feels undeniably modern, yet has an old-school appeal that makes it supermely catchy.
Check out the song below and give Stella by Starlight another look in Featured Listens or download the album free at PandaPush.com.
Stella by Starlight "Let Her Dance"