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: Musicians, memorabilia set to appear
We announced a few weeks ago that KISS Coffeehouse would be holding a 5th Anniversary party featuring an appearance from band members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Now it looks like more celebrity musicians (and their stuff) are headed to the area in coming weeks.
- Retro Active, a specialty retail shop at Broadway at the Beach that offers a variety of pop culture items, will have a special appearance from a former Motley Crue member on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. John Corabi, former lead singer of Motley Crue, Union and The Scream, will stop by the store to take pictures with fans and autograph items. Fans in attendance can also enter a contest to win tickets to see Cinderella with special guest John Corabi perform Wednesday evening at the House of Blues Myrtle Beach. More info on Facebook.
- Coming next week, Hard Rock Cafe will continue it's year-long celebration as the 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour rolls into the Broadway at the Beach location. This attraction, which will be set up all day Monday features pieces of rock history from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley as well as items from today's hottest artists such as Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry. A sample of some of the interesting items on display includes Ray Charles' braille edition of "Playboy Magazine," Madonna's dress from the "Like a Virgin" video, and a handmade guitar that belonged to Johnny Cash. More details at hardrock.com.
- Also announced this week by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce was the lineup for the 6th annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival at Grand Park on Labor Day Weekend. The three-day festival will include plenty of live entertainment on Sept. 4-6 including a headlining performance by Season 2 "American Idol" contestant and country singer Josh Gracin. In addition, the musical offerings also include local favorites such as Tru Sol, Cortez & The Killers, Jim Quick & Coastline and The Necessary Band. More details at GrandStrandEvents.com.
2. Rants & Raves: Spotify is here!
If you've seen our Facebook page this week, you may have seen me slobbering all over myself as I've been toting the merits of new — well new to the U.S. — online streaming service Spotify.
For those not familiar with what it's all about, I like to describe it as iTunes meets Pandora meets Facebook. It's an on-demand streaming service, meaning you can search for and play any of your favorite tracks from a reported 18 million song database at any time. Not only is an awesome concept to have anything you want to hear at your fingertips, but the performance is pretty amazing with a very intuitive user interface and just about zero lag time between when you hit play and the song starts.
In addition to being able to look up songs, there's also a community aspect to Spotify, which allows you to connect to your Facebook account and see what your FB friends on Spotify are listening to. It lets you set which playlists you allow the public to see, so you can hide that embarassing New Kids on The Block/Backstreet Boys list if you so choose. Find a friend's list interesting? You can subscribe to it on the spot and all those tracks become available in your personal account as well.
And for those people who want more music on the go, you can do like I did and sign up for $9.99/mo. Spotify Premium for the ability to sync any of your playlists to your mobile device through an Android or iPhone app and it's just like having a HUGE library of tracks in your pocket without actually having to have the physical file on your phone.
It will likely take awhile for folks to fully grasp what this means, and from what I understand there may be some potential long-term issues on the industry side of Spotify and how it pays artists, but from a use standpoint it's truly an amazing service that has replaced iTunes and Pandora in my listening reportoire.
3. Shows: What's happening this week?
Tuesday: This might be the first slow night here in Myrtle Beach all summer. Why not take this opportunity to head on out and check out some of the area's most fun players doing what they do best at Stool Pigeons Open Jam with the ATM band. We promise...these guys rock.
Wednesday: There's a variety of happenings including another appearance by ATL-favorites Groove Stain at Blarney Stone's w/ headliner Mike Pinto, 80s hair rock band Cinderella at the House of Blues and rager rock favorites 3 Weeks Notice at Hot Fish Club.
Thursday: Those in the mood for something a little classy will want to check out the jazz duo of drummer Bates Holman and pianist Jordan Gravel who will play as Holman-Gravel and Friends at Aspen Grille from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. In addition, Christian fellowship event Uncommon at The Market Common wil continue with live music and more (details here). And if you'd rather rock out, head down to the Inlet and try Ten Toes Up at Wahoo's at 9 p.m. or Josh Brannon Band at Dead Dog Saloon at 8 p.m.
Friday: Punk and powerpop fans won't want to miss Wonder Shakedown, Hawaiin Shirt Day and Hey Dude! at Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse. Also, ListenUp Loves Hip Hop will feature six great up-and-coming hip-hop acts including FamTite, QP & Shamroc, Decm, Rise X & Dreadz, The Fam and Young Hood. Or try: Duane Farmer and the Unpluggables at Wild Water and Wheels Live After 5 or Southern Gospel Artists of the year the Booth Brothers at Socastee High School.
4. Links: KISS online
- Local radio DJ Scott Mann had one of his radio spots for the KISS Cofeehouse 5th Anniversary Bash featured on the KISS website this week. Look for a story with full details on the event later this week.
- Here's a cool little song called "Stormy Weather" by Father-Daughter team Dan & Kasey Barnhart who we featured last week as the winners of the Muse on the Waccamaw songwriting contest.
- House of Blues announced that it has cancelled Friday's Brian McKnight show (seemingly due to lack of sales) and refunds will be given for any ticket holders. In better news, they also announced a November date for Los lonely Boys...details here.
- Check out rock band Shoot The Blitz on Facebook. They are a Greenville-based act who has recently played with local act Rabble N Rebellion and has shows planned with some of the Say I Won't Records crew.
- Local rapper Lil' Z is casting for a video shoot for his track "Ruin My Buzz." Check out a snippet of the track here or visit Lil' Z's Facebook page for more details.
- Check out this brand-new video — the first by local collective Surf & Skate Music Culture — "All Night" by J-Dub & Paterack.
5. Song of the week: "Guilty Filthy Soul" (Remix) feat. Wale
Thanks to an amazing, unique sound and lots of love from local rock station WKZQ, Aaron Bruno (aka AWOLNATION) has put on a couple of outstanding live shows at the House of Blues recently, including a headlining gig Sunday night The Constellations & Redlight Kings. We've been really jammin' to AWOLNATION's debut album "Megalithic Symphony" and love all the different elements which come into play making it really tough to fit into a traditional genre.
Add to that this remix by Samantha Ronson featuring one of our favorite MCs Wale and you've really got something different. Check it out.
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