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South By So What 2013

Our lovely and talented photographer Chris Collins will be hitting up the South By So What?! Festival in Grand Prairie, TX on March 16th, and while the lineup includes a few bands you nor I are particularly fond of, there are a handful of gems on this lineup DEFINITELY worth seeing, such as Norma Jean, Architects, Oh, Sleeper, Betraying the Martyrs, and Within The Ruins. This just speaks to the festival’s ability to cater to a wide audience, really.

From the press release:

With over seventy bands and four stages, this year’s festival is going to be action-packed with jaw-dropping and awesome performances. This years event will be catering a mix of genres including metal, indie rock, pop, and hip hop. It will be taking place on Saturday, March 16 of 2013 and for the second year in a row it will be held at QuickTrip Park (www.quiktrippark.com) in Dallas, Texas. Doors will be at 10:00 a.m. sharp! (VIP will be allowed in prior). Our 2013 headliners are All That Remains, Of Mice & Men, Breathe Carolina, The Ready Set, Outasight, Riff Raff, Escape The Fate, Chiodos, Motionless In White, and Forever The Sickest Kids.

Sure, the show is polarizing. Why even bring it up in the first place, then? Good question. We want you to tell us what bands you want Chris to photograph at the show.

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Who the hell is Famt Wang, you ask?! He’s a graphic artist who has done shirt designs for the likes of Reflections and Bound by Exile, he is the creator of a line of limited edition guitar picks for Carnifex, Dweller, and Ophidian I, and member of up-and-coming death metal band Blue Waffle (for the love of Christ, don’t Google them). He reached out to us concerning his very own Top 10 list and we were happy to oblige! Read his thoughts on the year below.

So, I wanted my top 10 list to not get lost in my 1,000,000 blog posts a day on Facebook; so I asked my friend over at Heavy Blog is Heavy to post it for me. Luckily they all think my music taste is great and that I’m funny as fuck, or I wouldn’t have been worked into the last day of publishing. 2012, has been a year full of jacking off, bad relationships, and somewhat decent music; at least for me. Communications was my focus for this year, and laying low. I think I got high more then anything in the last year and just blasted music. 2013 will be much more productive; my band will actually make real music and not fuck up splits with other bands, I’ll produce more guitar picks, and I’ll still smoke way too much weed. Here’s my top 10 releases of 2012.

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So I just stumbled upon this article written by Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley. It’s basically a big rant about the sad state of our sub-culture, where people with no talent can get together and call themselves a ‘band’, get a bunch of 14 year-old scene kids to be their fan base, get on warped tour and get rich because of their ‘music’. He even calls out a few bands by name, which I found enjoyable. I’m not really even a fan of Every Time I Die, but this is a great article and Keith makes some very good points. Check it out, unless you’re in love with Attack Attack! or some other similiar ‘band’.

-PM

Number Blog Is Heavy!

In case some of you guys out there didn’t know, when I’m not busy with stuff over here, I also write from time to time for our bros at The Number Of The Blog. It appears that this weekend though, I’m all up in that shit. Here’s what went down:

On Friday, I joined EvilivE and DemiGodRaven again on The Number Of The Blogcast. We were short on news and it was just the three of us (with Spna15 in the chat), so the podcast ended up being the shortest so far, at just under an hour. Here was the playlist:

  1. Black Sabbath: Neon Knights
  2. Kiuas: Kiuassault
  3. Misery Index: You Lose
  4. Devin Townsend: (shhhh; it’s a surprise)
  5. Cyclamen: It’s There

Listen here: The Number Of The Blogcast (Episode 6)

I also filled in for Grover on Shitty Music Saturday. I listened to Breathe Carolina, and it wasn’t pretty.

I recently took over the Sumeriancore Sunday columns after ECDEU left. Last week, for the inaugural re-birth, I defined my idea of Sumeriancore and featured Painted In Exile. This weekend, I elaborated on my mission and featured I, Your Liege. So if you’re into bands like Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, The Faceless, and Between The Buried And Me, there’s your place to be for new music.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this weekend. Go check some of that shit out! Thanks to the guys at The Number Of The Blog for being rad dudes and having me!

- JR

My Fate Is In Your Hands

If you are somehow unaware, each week, The Number Of The Blog‘s GroverXIII listens to some of the worst music out there, and writes his thoughts on it in a series called Shitty Music Saturday. Here’s how it works: every Tuesday, two choices are given and the worst of the worst is selected by readers in a poll. Grover then listens to whatever won the poll (or lost, as it were).

However, Grover recently had a baby, so he’s too busy being a new daddy. Who will be doing Shitty Music Saturday in his absence this week? None other than Yours Truly, and I’ll be subjected to some terrible, terrible autotuned scene bullshit.

Choose wisely. My sanity depends on it.

- JR

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