Archive for January, 2009

Jan
30

Fall Out Boy Tickets - See A Rising Band Live

Fall Out Boy tickets may be relatively new to the overall music performance market, but this band has already garnered a loyal following of millions around the world, and their upcoming 2007 tour is one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. Fall Out Boy comes together with several unique qualities in terms of how they put their music together, and their resulting sound is also completely unique. Below we’ll take a look at how the band came together, how far they have come and where they could be headed in relation to the musical pantheon.

Early Beginnings

The band was formed in the affluent Chicago suburb of Wilmette in 2001, and the members, Patrick Stump (lead vocals, guitar), Pete Wentz (bass, backup vocalist, and primary lyricist), Joe Trohman (lead guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) were friends who knew each other based on their common musical interests.

Fall Out Boy got their start like most bands - they began to jam together in their respective garages, and as soon as they had refined their sound, they began to play at local clubs. Their venue of choice in their early days was the local Knights of Columbus Hall, and they’ve since shot videos there to pay tribute to their roots.

The band quickly garnered a loyal local following, and it wasn’t long before Fall Out Boy tickets were in demand in Chicago. As a result of their growing influence, they got together to release their debut album on a small label, Uprising Records, entitled Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, which was released in 2002. The release was an EP, and it sold relatively well.

Commercial Appeal

The band released their first full-length album in 2003, after they put out a full-length version of their first EP, and it garnered even more notice, to the point that they signed a recording contract with Island Records. They achieved immediate commercial success with Island, as their first album under the label, From Under the Cork Tree, released in 2005, went double platinum.

Their most recent release, Infinity on High, released in February of 2007, immediately shot up to the top of the US charts. The band’s fast but precision-laden pop punk sound is already influencing other bands, and Fall Out Boy tickets will allow you to see an act that’s only going to continue to rise among the list of stars in the music world as they continue to hone their skills.

Jan
29

I want to photograph live bands. What lens should I buy?

I have a digital canon rebel xt.

I shoot live gigs solely with a 50mm f/1.4 unless it's a bigger venue with decent lighting. For the sake of saving yourself $300 you can buy a 50mm f/1.8. It's a great lens, it very cheap (you can pick one up for less than $100) and the quality will match any L zooms lens if you're using an XT. Just be prepared to do your framing with your feet…

If you're just starting out you're going to be shooting very dark venues with crap lighting, and you'll spend a lot of time shooting 1/90 @ f/1.8, ISO 1600. Any f/2.8 lens just won't give you enough light - you'll be forced to use a shutter speed of 1/30 or lower, and all subject movement will be blurred.

A tripod/monopod won't work as your subjects are moving (and the crowd will hate you), so you can't slow the shutter speed down too much (and ignore anyone telling you that you need an IS lens - it's useless for gigs unless your focal length is getting near 200mm).

Your images will be noisy - either use the reduce noise (under filters) in Photoshop, Noise Ninja, or some very selective burning of highlights. Don't go crazy with the noise reduction - you will lose detail.

90% of the images below were shot with a 50mm f/1.4 - a few were with a 70-200mm f/2.8, but only when light allowed it.

http://www.shotintheblack.com/Jalbums/Gigs/index.html

The alternative is to use flash - which nearly always looks bad. If you have to, fire a remote speedlight with a cheap set or eBay triggers (gaff it to a wall when no-one's looking) and you can get some nice side-lit shots. Use a cheap speedlight as someone is going to either knock it off or steal it at some point.

Hope this helps!

Jan
28

Video Games Live - Classic game themes Orchestrated

A musical compilation of some of the classic 8 bit game tunes. Performed by the Video Games Live orchestra.

Also check out the Metal Gear Solid music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_6LG8dyE0U

Duration : 0:8:28

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Jan
28

Do you know any coffee houses in NYC that play bands live?

Also it has to be okay for 14 year olds to go to. Do you know any that play bands in New York City? It has to be in the NYC area, you know like Fifth Avenue stuff because we're not planning on exploring the whole island.

Just name any if you can't think of any specific place located in the area specified.

Here ya go –

Outpost Lounge
1014 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 11238
Btwn Downing St & Irving Pl
718-636-1260
[serves coffee/sandwiches]

Perch (Cafe & Bar)
365 5th Ave, Brooklyn 11215
Btwn 5th & 6th St
718-788-2830

The Lucky Cat
245 Grand St, Brooklyn 11211
Btwn Driggs Ave & Roebling St
718-782-0437

Tillie's
248 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn 11205
At Vanderbilt Ave
718-783-6140

That should get you started — I am including the link for the website containing this info below.

Happy Holidays!

Jan
28

Flogging Molly Tickets - See Emerging Celtic Punk Stars Live

Anyone who’s used Flogging Molly tickets understands that this is a band whose influences incorporate a wide range of styles, genres and sounds. Flogging Molly is also a band that’s continuing to gain notice in the music world with their incredible live shows, and their on-stage persona was earned the hard way. A look at this relatively new band’s ascent should help fans gain an understanding of where they could be headed in the future.

Early Beginnings

The band really didn’t even start as an official “band” in the sense that the two original members, Dave King and Bridget Regan, were two friends who simply enjoyed listening to and playing Irish music. They realized after jamming together for awhile that they were getting to be pretty good, so they decided to take their show public.

It wasn’t long before they were earning their on-stage stripes by playing live gigs at a series of Irish bars in Southern California, and there were more than a few times when a generally intoxicated crowd would heckle them mercilessly for their apparent attempts to copy the music of Ireland.

People soon realized, however, that this was no “classic” Irish band, as there was a definite influence of punk rock on their style and resulting sound. They always stayed true to their roots, however, and even named themselves after Molly Malone’s an Irish pub in Los Angeles.

New Success

As the band continued to play and to garner a loyal following, Flogging Molly tickets became a hot item, as their shows were always intense and loud. This newfound following led to a demand for albums, and the band got to work in the studio in the late 1990’s. Their first album, released in 1997, Alive behind the Green Door, was not a commercial success, but was met with acceptance by critics and their cult-like following.

Subsequent albums enjoyed a higher degree of commercial success, but Flogging Molly has always been about their “base” of fans who have enjoyed their style from the beginning. They are starting to appear on larger touring shows, and their sound continues to transform with the times.

Although Flogging Molly’s influences were and remain acts such as Their music is influenced by such bands as The Pogues, Dubliners, Stiff Little Fingers and even the country sound of Johnny Cash, they continue to search for new sounds and styles to add to their already-impressive repertoire.

If you want a night of lively, festive and celebratory Irish rock and roll, secure Flogging Molly tickets for a night to remember.

Jan
26

Why do live bands place clear plastic or glass shields around the drum set?

I see it all the time, even in church, in the last few years.

This helps to mic the kit. Especially if you don't have alot of drum mics laying around. If you isolate the sound, you only need one dynamic range mic in front to get the kick drums. When you are behind the kit, the only thing you hear is the kit. This is why you'll see a monitor or two by the drummer, so he can hear everyone else, or at least the bass and vocals. The rest of the band uses ear plugs to "protect" themselves from the drums. Roy H is right on the money.

Jan
24

Live Music!

“Live music.” That common saying may contain some truth, but these
days the word “live” is having less and less to do with music. For many
people, a dj is their form of live music. Despite what dj’s would like
to have you believe, musicians make excellent entertainment.

In the first place, people enjoy human performance. Many musicians
like great athletes are multi-talented. They will croon on the tenor
saxophone right to your soul, then turn around and chunk out a funky
rhythm on a Fender Stratocaster. Can a dj play a turntable behind his
head or with his teeth? Professional musicians love to sing and groove
on just about any style of music from a Frank Sinatra to Outkast. They
especially enjoy playing when the audience is responding to their
performance.

In the second place, musicians are students of the arts. Musicians
do not merely “push buttons.” They’ve had years of practice in their
homes, and they do their thing on stage. Unlike dj’s musicians do not
try to sing over or add other loud or strange noises to program music.
Once a song starts it flows to the end and in the unfortunate event of
a power shortage musicians can continue to entertain acoustically until
power is restored. Even non-professional musicians usually understand
“the show must go on” concept.

Lastly, one of the most attractive features of bands as
entertainment is the affinity between them and their audience. Watching
a great drummer is never boring because they’re constantly
moving…feeling. An animated solo violinist playing an old wooden
Stradivarius violin has a much greater chance of reaching into your
soul and stirring your emotions than a dj with an array of magnetic
speakers and digital amplifiers no matter how great his system sounds.
It’s an apple trying to be an orange. It’s the difference between human
blood and electricity.

Contrary to popular opinion, bands can be affordable. Just like with
a dj, finding a band well in advance and securing them with a low down
payment, the price can be negotiated to avoid costly or inadequate
entertainment. Bands will even throw in a free cocktail hour or an
extra half hour at the end to secure a date! Many bands are now
offering “dj time.” This is when the musician hat comes off and the dj
hat is put on to play the Techno, House, Hip-Hop, etc…Genres of
today. People who have small parties should appreciate these
characteristics of bands. However, many people who have large parties
opt to have bands because they love the musician personality. In many
ways, musicians are the ideal entertainers.

Candido Bretto
PartyBands.com

Partybands.com is home to over 200+ bands from all around the USA.

Jan
24

Why do live bands sound better with live singers vs. live rappers? Subjective I know.?

I'm not familiar with musical terms, so this might not come across clearly to some.

When rappers rap with live bands, the sound doesn't seem harmonious, unlike singers with live bands. By harmonious, I'm trying to describe how the rapper's voice doesn't blend in well with the background created by the band. How can you explain it?

The people fronting live bands are singers.

Rap artists are poets with their work set on top of the beat.

Apples and oranges, really.

Jan
22

From the Garage to the Stage – the Rookie Bands Guide to Getting on the Live Music Circuit

As an up and coming local band it can be very frustrating trying to get your first live gig, luckily there is help and advice out there.

After countless hours spent in your friend’s garage or in a rehearsal studio perfecting your songs and tweaking your style you are, at some point, going to want to unleash your sound on to the general public.

A good place to start organising your first gig is deciding how far you are willing to travel, sit down with your band mates and on a map decide on the areas that you could possibly travel to. Then contact every pub, club or venue in that area asking if you can play there.

The must have item for any band wanting to organise gigs is a demo. Don’t worry if your demo is a little rough around the edges, it doesn’t matter, the main point is that it conveys the sound of your band. There’s no point wasting hundreds of pounds on recording studio time producing a highly polished demo suitable for sending to prospective record labels when a simple 3 track recording will suffice. Try to make sure that the demo represents your sound well, if you have a varied sound reflect this in the song choices for the demo. The promoter or venue manager will use your demo to see if your band is suitable to play at the venue (heavy metal bands do not go down well on acoustic nights!) Along with your demo you should always include contact information, include email address, telephone numbers and your website if you have one. You can also write a small paragraph describing and promoting yourselves but remember to keep things concise, the more professional looking and sounding the better. Remember that promoters and venues get sent demos through everyday so be prepared to wait a while for a response. It’s always a good idea to chase the promoter or venue after a few days, just to make sure they listen to your demo, but do not hound them as this could put them off.

As well as contacting venues directly you can also contact promoters in your area. Promoters are always happy to receive demos from bands and they may have contacts with many different venues in the area. Also if you know anyone else in a band that gig in your area you could ask them if you could support them one night.

Another way of getting the opportunity to play live is to cut out the promoter and organise a gig night for yourself. Contact other bands in your area and ask if they would be willing to play (most of them will be more than happy), then contact possible venues. Any venue will be suitable if it holds enough people and has an area to set up the band. The venue doesn’t even need to have its own sound equipment or engineer as there are companies that specialise in hiring out PA equipment and sound engineers. A quick search on the web provides a list of companies that can deliver across the country, set up full size PA systems and engineer an event. Companies such as audiorent.co.uk specialise in hiring out PA systems to bands and even offer advice on the best type of PA set up for the event your holding.

Once you have got a venue don’t worry about filling it, the main thing is to make sure you put on a good show. Many bands bring a lot of friends along to see them play, which is good, but sometimes they can get caught up in talking and joking with their friends rather than playing at their best. This can alienate possible new fans in the crowd, annoy promoters and lead to you not getting booked again at that venue.

Once you’ve got your first gig booked in the main thing to be aware of is the sound equipment at the venue. Make sure you know what they have and haven’t got, if you have any special needs with regards to sound make sure you inform the sound engineer as early as possible. Its no good informing the engineer that you need 5 DI boxes and microphones for a 4 piece brass section 30 minutes before you are about to go on. Most venues will have the equipment you need but always check before hand.

With regards to payment it is always worth asking but do not demand payment or be to pushy, this is your first gig and you don’t want it to be your last. Remember to always be nice to staff and promoters, it may be fine to have a rock and roll attitude on stage but if you start to annoy or alienate promoters and venues you will start to find it harder to organise gigs in your area.

The final point is to have fun, the more you play live the more your name will get known and the easier it will be to organise gigs in the future.

Jan
21

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow (Hey O)” live at Fuse

Here’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing “Snow (Hey 0″ live on Fuse.

Duration : 0:4:32

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