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How to make your band succesful and stand out? Suggestions… 0

How to make your band succesful and stand out? Suggestions…

Huh?      There are thousands and thousands of bands out there, all striving for exposure and to make a name for themselves.  In order to stand out you’ve got to put 100% of your energy into the band and into your music. Let me make something clear before I give my two cents. I’m no expert. Everything that I’m about to suggest is based off of what I’ve experienced and seen throughout our scene as well as others.  I’m just your average avid music fan who really wants to see bands succeed. 1. Get money together: Everything costs money, and...

The first show at a new venue: The Round Lake Civic Center 0

The first show at a new venue: The Round Lake Civic Center

 The Round Lake Civic center hosted it’s first local show with a great mix of alternative rock, indie, post-hardcore, and metal-core music featuring the likes of The Island Of Misfit Toys, Tadashi, I Made You Myself, Two Star, and Elysion Fields. Epic performances by The Island Of Misfit Toys, Two Star, and Elysion Fields rewarded the 100+ attendees observing the show, which according to several bands went better then expected.  (For a fresh Indie Powerpop sound, Two Star most certainly stands out in our area.) I would like to call specific attention to the venue itself here, the Round Lake...

Demolisher signs to Century Media 0

Demolisher signs to Century Media

More hate! Just what the scene needs!  Well the band that you lovers of hardcore, unlike me, might blast on your car stereo, air drum on your steering wheel to while the shocked old folks in the car next to you watch in horror, and punch your younger siblings to seems to have taken the next step in their career. I wasn’t aware that bands even wanted to sign to a label anymore, but clearly I’m wrong, as the Illinois natives in Demolisher have just signed to Century Media as of last friday. Their hunt for finding shows to play...

Unique Surprises? The Island of Misfit Toys 0

Unique Surprises? The Island of Misfit Toys

Swingstate was packed. There were several bands scheduled for that night, some of which had played, and others that hadn’t. Everything seemed to be backed up. All available Hookah’s were taken.  The combined smoke from hookahs, cigarettes, and cigars in the shrouded the surrounding area with a mixture of extravagant smells.  (Nothing smells better then the person blowing out some Pomegranate and Blueberry flavored smoke into the are around you.)  The music had started, and the sounds I was hearing attracted my attention toward the stage. I got up and slowly made my way to the mid front area of...

August Burns Red set to record 4th album 0

August Burns Red set to record 4th album

Giants August Burns Red are gearing up to go into the studio in February. Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For a Cowboy, Trivium) will be teaming up with August burns Red yet again to record their 4th album. Suecof recorded ABR’s latest release- Constellations and that album received excellent ratings. That is a very small picture of Jason Suecof and a random chick. “We can’t wait to get back to Florida to start recording with Suecof,” says guitarist and songwriter JB Brubaker. “We’re just about finished writing and it’s shaping up to be a huge sounding album. I can’t ever recall feeling...

A packed house at the Oasis with moshers abounding! 2

A packed house at the Oasis with moshers abounding!

It was a packed show at the Oasis. In fact it was probably the most packed show I’ve seen at the oasis for this year and the last year.  Probably about 150+ people showed up for the show, including some of the more “despised” faces in our scene. “Cough” Jazz “Cough” Nothing tops off a more successful show then someone getting punched in the face, or at least I’m told. If they aren’t moving, show them no mercy, 12 year olds included. I took footage for most of Cain and Abel’s set, as well as Kingmakers set. There were plenty...

Jonny Craig goes on idefinite hiatus! 0

Jonny Craig goes on idefinite hiatus!

Deuche? Worn out wannabe man? You decide.  Well, he may be hated by some, but now he is probably dead to plenty of others.  Without almost any advance notice, he has suddenly decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. I already see people blaming this on Rise to an extent, but theres plenty of drama to go around. One rumor, which no one knows the autenthicy of according to one twitter post is: “Jonny has quit music to pursue the filming of his documentary i’m still here 2 bitch” No here is what he posted via his twitter about 11...

Monsters releases Self Titled Album 0

Monsters releases Self Titled Album

Monsters? You’ve been invited to see a show at some venue that you’ve never been to. There’s been some talk by your friends about how crazy the show will get, but you assume this can’t be anything too drastic. You’ve been  to Ludacris, Boys Like Girls, and whatever local indie band you’ve seen in the area, so you’ve essentially seen it all. Wrong. You arrive at the venue, some band called Monsters gets on stage, with their members all clad in black. Instead of the emo vocals you were expecting, the lead vocalist belts out a deep low scream which...

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial? 0

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial?

We’ve heard good things about  I, Artificial, and frankly some bad things.  I’ve been told that they can’t do live any most of the synthesized elements on their studio tracks, as well as that their clean vocalist is bad live and can’t match the former one. I’m not going to pass judgment on the fore-mentioned rumors, as I unfortunately have yet to see I Artificial live. There’s no way I’m going all the way to Bartlett or Elk Grove for a local show, unless I really want to see a certain band there, and yes,  I’m ashamed about it. (I...

Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula 0

Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula

Well known record company Victory Records add party band Dr. Acula to their roster. The band accumulated much success after many DIY tours and albums. Tyler Guida, one of Dr. Acula’s frontment said “I’m very excited to be a part of Victory Records and I know this is a great opportunity for us. As a band growing up we listened to VICTORY bands. We are looking to make the best record that we can make while satisfying our current supporters as well as reaching out to new music fans.”Dr. Acula is a deathcore/grindcore/”noisecore” (as Victory records puts it) band. Their lyrical themes...

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