QAQ does it again!!!!

•April 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

WQAQ, The Soundtrack of Quinnipiac, here in the heart of Hamden, CT has done it once again.  Yesterday, April 4th, WQAQ threw their annual Spring Concert.  This year featured four bands from across the states.  Minus the Bear, Kevin Devine, Paulson and Great Caeser and the Gogetters brought their A game as they delivered new and old hits on Friday night.  Over 600 students from Quinnipiac University and the New Englad area came to support WQAQ and the bands.  Wednesday was a good day for the QAQers when they were informed that they sold out the concert with 750 tickets sold.  This has been done three times in history.  The first time was in 1986 when The Ramones came.  The second time was April 1, 2006.  Say Anything, A Wilhelm Scream and Patent Pending came and took over Alumni Hall.  To this day, I have to say that the best concert held at Quinnipiac in my past four years was when Say Anything came.  Now I may feel this way because Say Anything is my favorite band with Patent Pending soon after, but they came with such great energy.  There was not ONE person standing still in that crowd that night.  Stay tuned to hear more news about upcoming bands, concerts, and other music related news!

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THROWBACK OF THE WEEK

•April 2, 2008 • 1 Comment

It’s about that time for another THROWBACK OF THE WEEK!  So as a twenty two year old, a throwback group that we will never forget is the one and only Beastie Boys.  Yes, I did mention my age but how ever old you are, you will remember this crazy treo of three white misfits that introduced a new sound.  They soon gained respect in the rap and hip hop scene with their punk rock vocals and hip hop beats.  They offered New York City something they have never seen before.   I believe they are best categorized as Rapcore.   The B.B. have been around since 1979 and broke out onto the scene in 1984 with their “Rock Hard” off the Licensed to Ill album.  Def Jam released this single on 12″ with sampling from AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”  Unfortunately, the B.B. sampled their song illegally and have had multiple legal issues with using music without permission.  Even though the members are now in their early fourties, they still have full capibilities of delivering their rapcore jams.  And will never forget that we have to fight for our right to party!

Check out one of their first video featured on MTV, back when MTV still played music videos! (This is the “Rock Hard” video even though it is labeled improperly on youtube)

Murder By Death

•April 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Straight from Indiana Murder By Death are currently on tour rockin the New England Area and making their way down the North Carolina in the next couple of weeks.  MBD will be playing this Saturday night at The Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut.  In the beginning of March, Vagrant Records released MBD’s fifth album “Red of Tooth and Claw.”  This new album is unlike anything we have heard from them before.  Their past albums have had a southern rock undertone with the lead singer’s voice resembling that of Johnny Cash.  The violinist was utilized a lot more on this new album and has changed their overall sound.  Fans has stated that this new album is a completely different band.  The lead singer, Adam Turla has lowered his range to accomodate the intrumental changes that have been made.  Overall, these adjustments have shown a great improvement in MBD’s performance.

 Check out some of their new singles here!

Bamboozle!

•March 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It’s that time of year again kids!  Bamboozle is back in town and it’s time to start getting your tickets.  Bamboozle is an annual two day concert event in New Jersey featuring over 40 bands.  This is the chance for new bands to get their name out along with other bigger name bands. 

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This event first started in 2005 and has made its mark as one of the greatest college alternative, punk, and rock concerts.  There are six different stages throughout the venue so pray that your favorite bands aren’t playing at the same time!  This year, the creators of Bamboozle  have decided to start a new tradition with The Bamboozle Roadshow.  The bands will be touring across America from March 28th to May 10th.  The official list of Bamboozle features large names like Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, Snoop Dogg, Panic At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and Coheed & Cambria.  Bamboozle will be May 3-4th at The Meadowlands Sports Complex.  Get your tickets now at www.ticketmaster.com.

MGMT

•March 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

Surf, Jungle and Country are the genre that they profile themselves under.  Straight from Brooklyn, New York comes MGMT to bring us a British sound back to the Metro area.  Recently, you have probably noticed that all the artists on my top playlists are from The U.K.   These artists are bringing a refreshing new mix of beats and unique vocals to the table.  Brooklyn is no stranger to great new innovative music.  Some of the greatest music has arose from this music scene.  We can’t forget about the infamous Beastie Boys and The Strokes.

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 MGMT can be compared to the well-known White Stripes who categorize themselves under Garage Rock and Punk Blues.  MGMT’s newest singles are “Weekend Wars” and “Time to Pretend.”  Both songs offer very different sounds but still overall greatness.  If you are a White Stripes fan, there is no doubt that you will love this incredible male duo.

PAPERTONGUES

•March 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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When you hear the words paper tongues, you first think of an origami design.  I’m sure there is a design of a tongue that may be able to be made out of paper but I’m talking about a different paper tongue.  PAPERTONGUES are a group of seven southern gentlemen with a whole new sound.  Aswan North, Joey Signa, Devin Forbes, Jordan Hardee, Daniel Santell, Cody Blackler, and Clayton Simon represent the PAPERTONGUES.  When listening to their songs, you would find it hard to believe that seven guys are able to put together such music.  With multiple singers, guitarist, and pianists, they mix perfectly.  The lead vocals have a raspy resonance that resembles the sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins meets The Beastie Boys meets The Roots.  This unique sound could spread throughout the progressive rock/club scene.

American Boy

•March 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Hip Hop, Soul, and R&B are the name of her game.  London based, Estelle is listed on VH1’s “You Oughta Know.”  Let me tell you, after hearing her newest single “American Boy” featuring Kanye West…you oughta know her.   Atlantic Records is lucky to have this soft toned song bird.  John Legend signed her to the joint venture Homeschool along with Atlantic Records.  Estelle is an award winning artist in the U.K. but has yet to establish her name in the states.  Her album Shine has officially been released in the United Kingdom and will be released in the U.S. on April 29th.  There is no doubt that this song will spread like wildfire across the states with Kanye’s voice featured on it.  Check it out on her MySpace and join the countdown to her album release!