Written By: Ariel Riley
Recently it has become evident that there is a new trend rising in the music industry that seems to be making bands an adequate amount of money, ten-year anniversary tours. On these tours, bands celebrate the 10-year birthday of whatever album is turning 10 by playing the album in its entirety. I had the pleasure of witnessing this first hand on April 1, 2017 when I saw my favorite band We the Kings play their first album also titled “We the Kings” from front to back. It had been years since I heard some of those songs live, and that alone guaranteed that I would be in for a real treat. Other bands that have also tried out this touring strategy include Mayday Parade who played their first album “Tales Told by Dead Friends” Yellowcard played “Ocean Avenue” on their farewell tour, and the Used stepped up the game by playing in each city of their tour two nights back to back. The first night they play “The Used” while the second night they play “In Love and Death” in it’s entirety to celebrate 15 years as a band.
Out of all of these shows combined, most of the dates were sold out or close to selling out. This ten-year anniversary trend could easily live on in the punk/rock scene with this genre's fanbase landing in that age range that loves nostalgia, a homage tour to an album is going to continue to be successful. As a matter of fact, shortly after the “Tales Told By Dead Friends” tour rapped up for Mayday Parade, they were back on the road for their “A Lesson in Romantics” tour, the 10 year anniversary of that album. There are plenty of bands that could follow this trend, Fall Out Boy could tour “Infinity on High” for 2017 or Folie à Duex in 2018, Panic! at the Disco could tour “Pretty. Odd” in 2018 and All Time Low could do “So Wrong, it’s Right” and they could all sell out arenas. It will be interesting to see if bands utilized this seemingly simple tour structure or ignore its genius.
Written and Photo Approval By: Chris Collins
"In the Name of Gabby" is an album by GDot Markee, also known as Marcus Gibson, a Chicago undergroud rapper, who dedicates his album to his younger sister, who passed away from a fatal car accident January 2016. GDot Markee credits his inspiration from Cam’ron to Kanye West. His lyrics in this album convey a sense of hurt and raw truth. He opens himself up to be venerable to his audience, so that they may see the real him. With his first show being a headliner for Subterranean, things are only going to go up from here. Next time you find yourself in Chicago, stop by and see GDot Markee in concert.
Written By: Ariel Riley
Sweet Crude is a Louisiana based band, and they are the essence of New Orleans. Sweet Crude has based the existence of their band around the mix of French and English culture that New Orleans is known for. They use both English and French in their songs as to keep the culture alive. Sweet Crude is made up of six members, Jack Craft, Sam Craft, Stephen MacDonald, Alexis Marceaux, Dave Shirley and Skyler Stroup. This multi-instrument band is a mixture of indie and pop.
Sweet Crude performed at 2017's SXSW where they played five times in three days, including on the Gibson Lounge at Maggie Mae’s, Rhyme & Reasons Records showcase. On April 18 through May 6, 2017, Sweet Crude will be on their Creatures tour, where they will be supported by Motel Radio. They will also be playing at the Solstice Festival from June 15 through June 17, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Another recent accomplishment for Sweet Crude is that they had their song “Laissez Les Lazy” premiered on Fuse. “Laissez Les Lazy” translates to “Let the Lazy” in English and is about the bassist entering marriage. Read the article here.
Written By: Denesha Valentine
Gary Vaynerchuk, more commonly known as Gary V, is an immensely successful entrepreneur and CEO; but, aside from that, he is known to be a very passionate life coach and business advisor. On January 20th, 2017, Gary made a repeat appearance on The Breakfast Club and had interesting points of discussion. The first point that Gary is really passionate about is thinking smart, making practical decisions, and paying attention to the details. During this interview Gary gives tips on how to make money in ways that most people would not think of. The second, most important tip that Gary stresses is the fact that if you are passionate about something, you have to be dedicated and consistence. One last point to take away from this interview with Gary is that if you set a goal, be smart and think practically.
Written By: Josh Davis
Doctor Greg Graffin is a 52-year-old who double-majored in anthropology and geology who went on to receive a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Graffin also a science professor, has been the primary Bad Religion songwriter alongside the original background singer and guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. From the classroom to the stage, Dr. Graffin is the voice of the 30-year-old iconic Los Angeles punk rock band, Bad Religion. Bad Religion has been signed to Gurewitz record label, Epitaph Records for most of their career, due to the labels unexpected success from then-current acts, The Offspring and Rancid, Gurewitz decided to depart from Bad Religion in 1994. Even after all the years being dismembered from the band, Gurewitz has still played a significant role in the Bad Religion family.
Written By: Vitor Bourguignon
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, singer/songwriter Rowan Joseph moved to Orlando, Florida, in the fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in Music Business at Full Sail University. On March 22, 2017, Rowan performed at her school in the Social Scene event at The Treehouse; where she performed covers of “Riptide” by Vance Joy, “Stay” by Sugarland, and “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse; as well as performing for the first time a new, original song called “Back Home Boy”. She can play the piano, guitar, and ukulele.
Written/Photo Approval By: Manuel Pachamoro
Politics and Musical Revolution
Today, the notion that politics and socioeconomic environments have a direct influence in some, if not most (if not all even), of the music created in a determined period is more than common knowledge. Bands like Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, (the list goes on), have and are continuously developing metal to be a musical genre that’s not only characterized by its dark themes, tones and blast beats that head-bangers mosh to, but that also serves as a channel to voice relevant facts and perspectives on global issues.
Just as punk and metal was born in a blue-collar world existing around the whole world and has grown and shifted to narrate and denounce such world problematic like genocide, war, corruption, tyranny and more throughout our history and our very present. There seem to be spikes and drops on the relevance and strength of these messages as we as an audience, tend to quickly dispose and renew the information we consider important due to the constant data overload we’re exposed to all the time, and everywhere we go. As of right now, it also seems that a spike on the sonic riot is long overdue given everything that has struck the world as astoundingly grim news.
Perhaps we are now desensitized to tragedy and use entertainment as a means to ignore the impending doom that humanity is getting closer to each day, but, at the same time most look the other way, there are plenty who choose to become the voice of those without one. This voice comes in the form of big Marshall rigs, large drum sets and a brutal blast of what a dying generation is used to call “just noise.”
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.