Monday, January 30, 2012

no new post for this week...


We thank everyone for making January the most successful month to date since the launch back in September. Due to film projects going on this week and everything that goes with that i will not have time for a new artist of the week, and other post. I will be doing brief post about the new project, and some other great exclusives. Next week we will be back in full force with a great artist in-depth, a youtube weekly feature and more.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Orchestral Workings

As a film composer I’ve always been a fond of orchestral pieces. I do realize some of the greatest score doesn't involve orchestral elements at all, but it’s always been goal in life to try and have that big sound. Now granted you can only go so far on a budget and not everyone has an orchestra at their disposal or 3grand to spend on vsts like symphobia. For both songs as far as strings go I use Session Strings by native instruments. Actually, I used nothing but Native instrument Products.

Komplete Elements
Kontakt: sessions strings, factory selection, Element selection
Reaktor
Kore Player

Please enjoy and feedback is welcomed!
Orchestral Workings by loadedandplay

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NICORISONE


This week’s artist in-depth is truly original and very creative, whose talent and music refuse to be boxed to one genre. One who’s name is defined as “a spaceship of sound,” NICORISONE. This former New Yorker that now resides in the Inland Empire in southern California which in its self has now become a hot bed of original and talented artist and bands which loadednaplay.com has sunk their teeth into. Although, NICORISONE is an electronic based project the sounds that Chris creates are still to the core organic and all natural if you will. We had a little chat to gain insight on the man behind the music.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What’s on my playlist?

So this week I decided to be a soundtrack score nerd and made a playlist of some of the music that inspires me as a composer. This isn’t a top scores of all time or most the popular, this is just a list of tracks I love and that I hope and aspire to one day create something as moving as the score has done for me. Who will see some big names and some you may never heard of, some actual songs that made it on soundtracks to full orchestral pieces. In either case they are enjoyable to listen to.

Monday, January 23, 2012

EvilDirector's Cynical Review of "The Fountain"




Posted by EvilDirector
*** out of **** 
"Don't go...I'm afraid."
There are two kinds of films in this world, classified by how long they have the power to cloud men's minds. Some films are meant to entrance only for as long as the lights are down and the popcorn is warm, instantly banished as soon as the audience steps back into the sun. Others, like The Shadow, are meant to weave their spell for much longer, to know what lurks in the hearts of men, to haunt their thoughts and, unfortunately in the age where the darling of cinema audiences is Jackass II, to remain for the most part invisible. Such a film is Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, which, given it's director and troubled production history, seems destined to remain among the forgotten gems of the decade, lost with all the other films that populate the grand cinematic graveyard meant for the pictures that actually demand something in return for two hours of moving images. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Amazingly Unreal

Posted by James Worden

I remember when I played Unreal Tournament '99 back when it was new on the market. It was....and still is...an amazing game. Though, what led to that was the first Unreal game that I had sadly not played, even if it's been mentioned quite a few times in my elementary years. It was easy to see, however, that Unreal Tournament used the Unreal 1 engine as a base (that is an obvious "Duh!", I realize). Unreal technology has always been big when it came to gaming. So many games rely on the Unreal engines and I honestly couldn't see a world without these available to the market in the form of Software Development Kits.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sea of Skies

Distance EP by Sea Of Skies
I recently got a chance to interview Sea of Skies for this week’s artist in-depth, which was quite an experience; the interview practically started with Paul commenting on my shirt which “makes him happy.” I was wearing my NWA “straight out of Compton" shirt, then which was followed by Joey declaring he was eating a peanut butter sandwich. The interview was filled with good conversation and great one liners and ended with some old faces from the music scene back when I lived in Corona.


This band of brothers hailing from Corona, California has made quite a rumble in the short time they’ve been on the local circuit. The band consists of Joey Virrueta-lead vocals and guitar, Andrew Virrueta-guitar, Alex Zimmer-guitar, Paul Zimmer-drums and synth and Drew Howard-bass and backing vocals. As I said before, truly a band of brothers. As a fan of bands like Animals as Leaders, Killswitch Engaged, and Dream Theater, this band has a little bit of everything and more to offer. Joey started playing about 11 years ago, but what pushed him to metal was when he heard Battery by Metallica which was actually being played by his father. Alex Zimmer started playing guitar when he was just 7 years old. 17 years later, he is now a guitar teacher himself. His younger brother Paul has been playing drums for 14 years and whose influences come from Porcupine Tree, Peter Gabriel, Pain of Salvation, and Yes and Genesis. Drew has been playing bass for about 7 years. Finally Andrew has been playing for about 7 years as well.

Joey and Andrew Virrueta who originally created the project and are also the main song writers, started off with an old Mac. Producing together, it basically broke down to two parts tones and mixing, with Joey doing mixing and Andrew coming up with the tones used on the E.P. I had made the comparison of Adam D. from Killswitch (famously known for his playing and producing) asking Joey if that would be something he’d like to pursue, a sort of rockstar by night and producer by day thing. He simply responded with, "Yes" and continued to say that he enjoyed the production aspect a lot and would love to pursue both. Then we got into the discussion of influences, each went through and laid them out. As far as Joey’s influences, they mostly derive from the band Thrice, whether it is vocal style or just songwriting in general saying “When I heard the band Thrice, I was maybe 15 years old. It changed my look on music. Ever since then I’ve been taking my fundamental songwriting, my vocal techniques and overall emotional overtone from Thrice amongst other bands.” Andrew, the more technical of the bunch derived his playing from bands like Animals as Leaders and Between The Buried and Me which provides the technical aspect of Sea Of Skies. Drew started with rush then lead to bands like Primus and Rage Against the Machine... you know the typical bassist response ;). Alex started with the album Awake by Dream Theater which was given to him by his father. Alex also takes influence from classical and jazz alike. But then exclaimed, “But really I’ve been influenced by anybody I’ve played with. It’s probably my biggest influence taking experience from others, from what to be and definitely not what to be.”

Then I posed a question I was anxious to know asking, “My favorite track by far would have to be Evolve. Well, Terra Firma is right up there as well; tell me about the process that the two songs went through from writing to influences or the thing or song that sparked that masterpiece? Side note; who the fuck came up with that amazing lead in Terra Firma?” Andrew replied with, “For Terra Firma, I had written a riff that was to hard to play, then Joey had adapted it and written a tappy version and we went with it.” As for the track Evolve, it apparently started with one chord from the song “posture and progress” from the band Artifex Pereo, which then from the one chord played on the high strings on that track, Joey then took that and shifted the chord a few times.

As for the background of the band and how it came to be. The band was started by brothers Joey and Andrew who first put a demo together in early 2010, about six months after and a lot of playtime on the internet. Alex came across the demo and gave it a listen. Then after being blown away by the demos he heard, he felt compelled and driven to join this band while dragging his brother Paul into it as well. Then after contact via Facebook, Joey thought it was all a bunch of bullshit, due to past musicians' failure to impress. After a jam session, they knew it was meant to be. Now as for Drew, the man with the bass, Paul had known Drew from another band in the same scene as Paul’s older band. After Paul’s departure from that band he had lost contact with Drew and that scene. Then after a post on craigslist, Paul basically crapped himself when the only response was from Drew, after an audition and all is said and done, Sea of Skies was formed.

Soon after that, a blast from the past came walking the door. Shota Yokoyama, the bass player from a ska band Instafu that I used to go and watch at the local venue Showcase Theater. Instafu opened for the band The Aggrolites. It was certainly a walk down memory lane to say the least. After all was said and done, this night was filled with great laughs and it was truly a pleasure to talk with these guys. It’s truly remarkable how such a young band has prospered and thrived in what for awhile was a dead scene. This whole experience has rekindled interest in my old music scene and I love it, but that’s another post for another day. Be sure to like them on Facebook and check their site. Listen to the playlist in the corner of our site to hear this amazing band!

seaofskies.com
and
Sea Of Skies Facebook

Death Cab For Cutie On Tour This Spring!



Death Cab For Cutie will hit the road this spring. Their upcoming North American tour will feature members of San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra. Saying it will be a “one-of-a-kind tour.”

Death Cab For Cutie North American tour dates:
4/10 – Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
4/11 – Omaha, NE, Music Hall
4/13 – Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
4/14 – Grand Rapids, MI, Calvin College
4/15 – Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
4/16 – Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
4/19 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
4/20 – Montreal, QC, Eglise St-Jean Baptiste
4/21 – Boston, MA, Wang Theatre
4/23 – Providence, RI, Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4/24 – Buffalo, NY, Kleinhans Music Hall
4/25 – Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre
4/27 – New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
4/30 – Washington, DC, Strathmore
5/1 – Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
5/3 – Dallas, TX, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
5/4 – Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
5/6 – Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
5/7 – Los Angeles, CA, Disney Hall
5/9 – Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
5/13 – Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Album from The Mars Volta being released in March


here is the track listings from the upcoming album
Noctourniquet tracklisting:
1. The Whip Hand
2. Aegis
3. Dyslexicion
4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
5. The Malkin Jewel
6. Lapochka
7. In Absentia
8. Imago
9. Molochwalker
10. Trinkets Pale of Moon
11. Vedamalady
12. Noctourniquet
13. Zed and Two Naughts

Check out the two live recordings of new tracks.
Aegis:

 Molochwalker:

It Came from Deep Space!


"A Million Miles From Earth" by Deep Space by deepspaceflight
I had heard about this project Deep Space for awhile now via facebook feed. I finally got to hear their first released track called “A Million Miles from Earth.” This track has so many great attractive qualities about it, that being said why don’t we get started? This space oddity just oozes film noir or B-film qualities and truly brings that era of film to the forefront of my mind. The ambient quality and warmth of the track surrounds you almost providing that vinyl sound that disappeared long ago. The vintage organ wails, the tribal nature of the drums beat, the live quality of the Jim Morrison styled vocals and the adventurous almost Dick Tracy guitar driving it all. Makes for one hell of a track and experience to listen to, as I said brings back an era of lost film it still manages to be original, a balancing act is never easy to maintain. Overall this is an amazing track by a band I can’t wait to hear more from and I’m sure will be blown away by in the future.

be sure to like them on facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/deepspaceflight

Monday, January 16, 2012

Where Coldplay failed The Piano Guys succeed!


Last week The Piano Guys released a new video their own spin on Coldplay’s Paradise, and as the title suggests I feel it’s a more defined and more original. Like any good rendition or cover of a song it has taken the core manipulated and constructed the song around their sound. The Piano Guys did just that, the African twist the breakdown of the percussion and just overall more passion I mean, you really feel soul of the track threw the singer. This isn’t just an elephant mascot escaping a zoo and buying a unicycle. Theirs pride and blissful like qualities to it unlike the repetitive melody of the vocals as an almost “Debbie downer” quality. To sum it up the original is annoying, so annoying in fact I almost didn’t listen to The Piano Guys version because I didn’t like the original. This is great listen and if this is the first time you’ve heard anything from
The Piano Guys I highly suggest you check their channel and site.

The Cost of Doing Business

Thanks to an awesome Facebook friend, Chad Lee, I got a chance to read a great article by a photographer. (http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/10/this-photograph-is-not-free/) To sum it all about in one cliché sentence is “the cost of doing business.” Nothing is free, not even the digital. As a composer for film who also has his own little home studios, I am constantly bombarded with musicians and amateur filmmakers alike to record or compose for them….FOR FREE!

So like the great article above I’m going to layout the costs. So lets first start with the computer which, like broke musicians alike I haven’t made the switch to Mac, in the end is $400. For the DAW to record it all to track the magic, I had to fork out $300. Then for the VST (virtual instruments) effect plug-ins, all cost around $500, and that’s just enough to get decent sounds and nothing fancy. Symphobia, an orchestral VST, can cost 4 or even 6 times that! Then with a compilation of microphones, all comes to about $450, which again small price tag doing it on the cheap. We will finish the digital midi keyboard to control my VSTs, $120, and for monitors and headphones to hear it all, $250. Getting the picture yet?  Lastly for any other instruments, amps, and etc, $1,700.

Now just for all the things that people don’t account for like….time, producing, writing, recording, mess ups, mastering, the list goes on and on. Hours and hours of creative juices and technology know how compiled all together. Some times months of life can be dedicated to one project. So with that time for another cliché “Time is money and money is time.” Now let’s add it all up!

400+300+500+450+120+250+1,700+time= 3,720 + lots of time

There are many other factors, such as hiring studio musicians’ blah blah blah. Now that being said, this is a big thing for everyone to wrap their brains around… WE ALL HAVE BILLS TO PAY JUST LIKE YOU! So next time you want a service someone like me can provide, whether it’s a band, producer, composer, photographer, web designer, and so on...we all have bills and other expenses. Bottom line before you go and try to hit someone up to get a freebie or bribe and barter with them with exposure and credit, just please... stop and think. Help us all out and pay a brother or a sister so we can pay others and maintain, expand, and just LIVE.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Terraria Small Review


In layman's terms, this title can be summed up as "the 2D side-scroller of Minecraft", but really...the game is more than meets the eye. While yes, it does have mining, crafting, fighting, building, and so on and so forth....I feel in some ways...Terraria has more things to offer than Minecraft does. Yes, I know people are going to send me death threats, but chill for a second. I never said I liked Terraria over Minecraft. With that being said, I never said I liked Minecraft over Terraria either. I love both titles pretty much equally. People keep saying that Terraria is a ripoff of Minecraft. While I can see why they say that, I highly disagree with that. In more ways than one, you could say that Minecraft was a ripoff of Infiniminer. Yeah, think about that one for a moment. Neither titles are ripoffs and before I go more on a tangent, I will explain a few things about Terraria.
Terraria is officially classified as an independent action adventure roleplaying game and is being developed by Re-Logic. In my opinion, you can't exactly classify it by what you see. Basically I guess you could use the same logic as you do for Minecraft, but....again, I wouldn't go in playing it like you would Minecraft, because it plays drastically different despite the things you see at first glance.

I will admit, both games do have their similarities, but remember the golden rule - never judge a book by its cover. This applies to both Minecraft and Terraria. The features of Terraria are cool. You can summon various monster bosses, you can build houses so NPCs like merchants can move into them, and you can loot rare items in which you cannot gain by natural means in-game, among many other things. You can make custom characters to an extent. Like Minecraft, you pretty much create your own stories, there is no 'campaign'. You do what you wish. Games like Minecraft and Terraria tend to bring out people's creative sides.


Did I mention there were lightsabers? Okay, in-game they're called phaseblades, but still...they look and sound the same as lightsabers, so close enough, and the color is based on the gems you loot. "Wait, gems?", you ask? You'll find out if you play it. You can have different color bricks as well, for instance...on a server I go on, I have green bricks available to me....as much sense as that makes.

If you want to test out the game, it's available on Steam for a mere $10. Though, it can be said that,with the way the economy is, sometimes 10 dollars is hard to come by, but I won't go into that topic. If you are interested in an easy to pick up and play game, I highly recommend Terraria. It's really fun and don't think you'll regret purchasing it. If you get bored of it later and think it's dull, well...that's your choice. However..in the end, I don't think that 10 bucks was much of a loss considering the amount of content in the game.



~Writer, James Worden

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My browsing

Posted by AreJay Smith
Everyday like most when I have some downtime I spend a chunk of it on the internet. Whether its youtube.com, someone’s blog or just window shopping online. Here are two sites I visit on a daily basis and brief reason why.

Shutupandprance.com

This site is…. What is there to say about this site, it’s truly fucking hilarious. Great funny shorts I’ve seen all their videos about 60times still all funny to this day and I’m always checking for new posts daily! Here’s one of my favorite videos. If you like the look of their site check out http://oakstreetmarketing.com/.
Jennifer Hurley did a great job on it!






BearMcCreary.com

A composer’s wet dream of info and great music blogging. I am a HUGE fan of Bears work. BattleStar Galactica’s score sparked my composing career. To be able to in a way get into his mind with his great blogs and just his insight is truly inspiring. I find my self browsing his post when I need some ideas or to get the creative juices flowing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SOPApilla Failcake With Some PIPA Failcream On Top

Taken from  http://www.getyourcensoron.com/   


I usually do not give my public opinion on politics, but considering the situation we're in trying to protect our freedoms on the Internet, I think I will be sharing an opinion like approximately 3/4 of the country as of late. In this article I will be explaining how the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP act can seriously jeopardize many of the rights contained within the first amendment. With the rate our country is spiraling down at the moment, we could be looking at a complete police state if things continue going south.

With the economic downfall affecting many families, politicians are now making it harder for us to express ourselves to billions around the world across the Internet. So many companies are sue happy and it just seems to be getting worse over the course of time. If these bills pass, people could go to jail by merely recording themselves singing their favorite songs and posting the videos on YouTube. Sites like YouTube and Facebook, among many other sites, could be shut down for even merely having any signs of infringing works. On top of that, they're suggesting on messing with the very fabric of the Internet by trying to change its coding. How desperate are these people? What kind of moron would suggest crap like this?

If our rights keep being threatened like this, we'll no longer be on top as a country. I'm usually patriotic about my country, but I'm starting to draw the line. I'd be better off defecting to a communist country at this rate! That being said, the entertainment industry doesn't even provide that much to our economy if you look at it. The Internet does all that and more. The Internet helps connect the world together! We express ourselves, we entertain ourselves, we even promote freely for the entertainment industry, because people often ask where they can get certain movies or music albums. If this is a desperate attempt to get people to watch more movies and purchase more music, I am not impressed. Not. One. Bit.

The Internet does more things than just stream music and movie clips in certain places. It helps with commerce and businesses. Things like these bills could ruin chances for new search engines or new jobs. Really, these bills can do more harm than good. I don't think those politicians are seeing the big picture to be honest. Not to mention the fact that no matter what you do, piracy will always be there in some form. It's like trying to fight terrorism. Sure you can wipe out a radical terrorist group, but somewhere else there's going to be another and another. It just takes a seed of an idea. No one can stop ideas...not even the grand 'ol United States...which in my opinion, is slipping constantly as a country.

These bills are completely unlawful and they go against everything this country stands for. It could be seen also as a great insult toward our troops who fight for the land of the free and the home of the brave. The creators of these bills and the supporters should be convicted of treason, but I guess that's just me talking. Some of them need to be locked up and see how they like it, yes? Whether you agree with me or not, it's up to you. For more information, visit DemandProgress.org and AmericanCensorship.org. Join the fight against Internet censorship which can more than harm the very fabric of American freedom as a whole!

Fleeing from the political virtual tyranny, the last freedoms of the Internet lead a ragtag anti-fascist group, on a lonely quest....a shining domain, known as LoadedAndPlay.com!

http://demandprogress.org/
http://AmericanCensorship.org/

Also, be sure to check out some funny SOPA comics!

http://www.getyourcensoron.com/

~ Writer, James Worden

What’s on my playlist?

Posted by AreJay Smith

This will be the first of many playlist featured here on loadedadnplay.com, main purpose of this is just to let you all know what were grooving to in the shuffle we call life! Maybe it will help you make you own list find some new and old song you may have forgot about when you went from disc to digital! As for this specific playlist, this is my random office jam list, that I listen to when I’m working on the site and just on the pc in general.
  1. Breathe by Alexi Murdoch
  2. Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  3. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! By Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  4. O Children By Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  5. I Need a dollar by Aloe Blacc
  6. 5 & ½ Minute Hallway by Poe
  7. DLZ by TV On the Radio
  8. Stork & Owl by TV On the Radio
  9. Runnin’(Dying to Live) by Tupac and The Notorious BIG
  10. Get It Daddy by Sleeper Agent
  11. I Want to Take You Higher by Sly & The Family Stones
  12. Doo Wop by Lauryn Hill
  13. Far Away by Jose Gonzalez
  14. Gypsy Woman By Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights
  15. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow by The Soggy Bottom Boys
  16. Shackles by Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
  17. Circles by Soul Coghing
  18. Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly
  19. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya by Dropkick Murphys
  20. Got Your Money by Ol’ Dirty Bastard
  21. The Humbling River by Puscifer
  22. My Shit’s Fuck Up by Warren Zevon
  23. Love Of The Loveless by Eels
  24. Souljacker, pt. 1 by Eels
  25. Garbage by Chairlift
  26. Blue Blood Blues by The Dead Weather
  27. Come Alive by Hanni El Khatib
  28. Got Up This Morning by Sage Francis
  29. Sea Lion Extended By Sage Francis
  30. Red Right Hand by Artic Monkeys (Amazing cover)

As you can see it borders on the acetic side, a little bit of everything to get you by the long hours at the office or just to listen to while your checking your Facebook feed and seeing that annoying “I got so shitfaced this weekend” post. Ughhh Facebook, the most annoying “fun” thing ever.,, till next playlist enjoy!

Drop B Dooka by Ryan Jarnagin


This new tasty jam is brought to you by Ryan Jarnagin and his new project he’s got in the works. Currently untitled, this project is just good old fashion hard rock. Much of my life has been spent jamming to bands like Saliva, Seether, Korn, which like most bands lost their sound along the way. This track found what they lost in some cases years ago. I’m very excited to hear more!
Now for all you vocalists out there who thinks you got what it takes please contact Ryan @ ryanjarnaginofficial@gmail.com

Monday, January 9, 2012

Timmy Dixon


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/timmydixon/timmy-dixons-official-album-identity-crisis?ref=live

Help support this amazing artist and allow him to unleash his great music. Timmy Dixon is an artist you don't want to miss! please help if you can and be sure to like him on facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/timmydixonmusic
here's a video explaining it all in more detail!


Coachella 2012 line up looking good!


Some great headliners such as The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Radiohead will be featured this coming Coachella but, for me it’s all about the small print. The smaller bands should make this year very entertaining with bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Buzzcocks, Sleeper Agent (Featured on this week’s playlist) and this years favorite AWOLNATION. As a California local Coachella has always been the go to festival of the year. With past headliners like Muse, LCD Soundsystems, Rage Against The Machine, Gorillaz and so many more. This year looks to be very good.

Rock N' Roll Dying... Really?





Posted by AreJay Smith
As you can see up top, Black Keys will cover the January 19th issue of Rolling Stone on the strength of their new LP, El Camino
“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” he says, blowing cigarette smoke out the window of his rented East Village loft a few days ­before the band heads to L.A. “So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.”  Patrick Carney via Rolling Stone



This comment has sparked a lot of “buzz” around the campfire, some agreed with grins on their face saying to themselves “finally someone said it!” others a little outraged. I’m not going to say disagree with his statement, however it is a bold statement. To be honest almost sounded like something “the biggest band in the world” would have the gull to say. This is now not a matter of which music you prefer (although I say this many of you will still side with the band you prefer to listen).  As most of you may know Nickelback  responded with a equally bold and egotistical statement saying.



Now that we’ve taken time to soak up both these statements up, lets talk about what’s really going on here. To sum it all up it’s a “pissing contest” and I for one am a little disappointed by Patrick’s statement for multiple reasons. As someone who has been a fan of The Black Keys since the Rubber Factory album, it really made me feel like “what happened to this little band I found, that I praised and showed the 10 A.M. Automatic video to all my friends.” Although I’ve felt like this for awhile this statement confirmed my fears that
The Black Keys are clearly not the little band or secret I kept near and dear to my heart. Still I will jam to them buy their albums, which is more then I can say about Nickelback. I think it’s official to say for good or bad The Black Keys share that stage now. Lastly if The Black Keys are on the cover of The Rolling Stones, is Rock n’ Roll really dying?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Live Nation

Posted by AreJay Smith
Live Nation, one of the leading ticket distributors with great deals most of the time, developed an app quite awhile ago. An app, in which, I’ve used several times to purchase tickets to some of my favorite bands. Having this app has seriously come in handy when I’ve been out and about and heard of a favorite band of mine is coming to the DFW area. Plus, it shows me several other shows I didn’t hear about. There are downsides to this app: it crashes and is a pain to update shows....also often leading to a crash. When you do decide to purchase a ticket, it ends up actually taking you to Ticketmaster's mobile site which is a pain in itself. When the app decides to work and not crash, it's pretty convenient. It shows most venues around DFW, not so much the little ones, but covers most of them. Great way to see the lineups for the show you're looking to go to as well, which is sometimes a pain on Ticketmaster’s mobile site. For all its flaws, I can't complain too much, because it’s a free app!