The Source: July 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Awolnation: Have You Gone Awol?

Awolnation is hitting it hard in 2011!!!

They released their full length LP Megalithic Symphony back in March of 2011 and it has been quite a success! The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Heat seekers chart as well as #45 on Billboard's Independent Charts. This tremendous success is partly due to the popularity of the hit single "Sail".

"Sail" has a fantastic tone with an innovative smattering of style that has launched it directly upward on the charts. Not to mention, the music video has done much to help create the spacey aura around the song and the band in general. All of this success with the record only compliments Awolnation's ability to perform strongly on stage.

Awolnation is currently travelling across the U.S. promoting Megalithic Symphony on the Nationwide Summer Tour. With the first leg of the tour already capped, Awolnation is picking up momentum for the rest of the tour!

Nationwide Summer Tour Dates

July 2011
July 8 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
July 10 - Milwaukee Summerfest - U.S. Cellular Stage (w/ The Bravery)
July 11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
July 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
July 14 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
July 15 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
July 16 - West Chester, PA - The Note *
July 18 - Washington, DC - Red Palace *
July 19 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club *
July 20 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa *
July 22 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall **
July 23 - Columbia, SC - Jillian's **
July 24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues **

August 2011
Aug 3 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge #
Aug 4 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar #
Aug 5 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio #
Aug 6 - Tulsa, OK - Brady District Block Party (Flaming Lips, Primus, Mutemath)
Aug 8 - Tuscon, AZ - The Rock #
Aug 10 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades #
Aug 11 - Portland, OR - Roseland #
Aug 12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert House #
Aug 14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House #
Aug 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex | The Rockwell #
Aug 18 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall #
Aug 19 - Kansas City, MO - KRBZ's Buzz Beach Ball (Jane's Addiction, Incubus, Bush, Middle Class Rut)
Aug 20 - Calgary, AB - X-FEST (Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion)

September 2011
Sept 2 - Seattle, WA - The End's Summer Camp
Sept 18 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

October 2011
Oct 14 - Pensacola, FL - DeLuna Fest

* (w/ Bear Hands, Redlight King)
** (w/ The Constellations, Redlight King)
# (w/ Wallpaper, New Regime)
^ (w/ Lights Resolve, Redlight King)

Also, Don't forget to download a free copy of "Sail" from here!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Help Support Campus Crusade for Christ

Campus Crusade Intern Lauren Egbert is doing her part! 

In order to raise support this summer Ms. Egbert is telling her story and spreading the good word to the world! Read her preview and show support in anyway possible and that definitely includes re-posting her info on Facebook!

Lauren's Initial Message:

"When I entered UCSD three years ago my goal was to finish in three years as a psychology major, attend graduate school at Point Loma, and start my career as a school counselor. However, something unexpected happened my second year of college that placed me on a different path.
I met a group of students and staff members from Campus Crusade for Christ and through them I came to understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ.

Growing up I identified as agnostic, and although I had a very loving family and generally great childhood, in high school I was involved in an abusive relationship, and as a result I had a very low self-esteem and began to find my worth in what men said about me. This view of myself still existed when I entered college, but in my first year at UCSD I had a close friend who encouraged me to get involved with a Christian group on campus.

I met a group of people from Campus Crusade for Christ and began going to all of their events and one night during my second year, I attended church with a suitemate and heard a service on God’s unconditional love and grace. Up to this point, I had only experienced a love that was based on my looks or my abilities, but He loved me simply because I am His and was made in Him. I had been so focused on finding my worth in men, who constantly failed in providing me love that I was blinded by the fact that I had a God who loved me unfailingly. That night I gave my life to Christ and every moment since then I have been surrounded with the Campus Crusade community who has consistently encouraged me to grow in my relationship with Christ, giving me a deeper understanding and love of who He is.

Beginning to understand the love he has for me has given me a huge desire to share my relationship with Christ with others and I have been given an amazing opportunity to do this by serving with Campus Crusade at UCSD for an entire year! My team and I will devote this next year to building relationships with students, sharing the love of Christ, and presenting the opportunity to respond to the gift of salvation. I have already started a bible study with a group of freshmen girls and have seen immense growth in their relationship with Christ and it has been a blessed and humble experience allowing God to use my life to accomplish his work.

Because Campus Crusade is a non-profit organization I must raise all of my support this summer. Therefore, I'll be meeting with people and telling them this story, answering their questions regarding the internship, and asking for support in three ways:

- Financial support (either monthly or one-time gifts)
- Prayer
- Referrals (of people you may know who would be able to support me)

Thank you so much for reading my story and if you would like to set up an appointment with me or support me in any way call (951) 961-7807 or email at:

God bless!"

Red Hot Chili Peppers Return!!!


After a long break since their last release Stadium Arcadium the Red Hot Chili Peppers are slowly but surely revealing the next addition to their illustrious catalog. 

Hear Me Now is set for a Fall 2011 release which will be complemented by a huge world tour over the next few years! As a small taste of glory RHCP has released their first single for the upcoming album,
 "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"

I'm With You Album Artwork:

"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" Single Artwork:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nu-Metal: Love to HATE IT!!!

1998-2003 is a short time period within the expanding history of heavy metal music and while this era certainly marks a peak in the monetary success of professional musicians, it will forever be remembered in the metal world as the “Nu-Metal Era”

Despite growing up and discovering my favorite music during these years I have come to terms with the fact that Nu-Metal is going to be the butt of all jokes for a long time! Even I, the late 90s metal tween that I was, can admit that there was a lot to laugh at in this brief five year surge.

Why Nu-Metal is considered a fucking joke:

                        -Hard Rock mixed with rap
---Okay it was cool when Aerosmith did it with Run DMC in 1986 and YES, Anthrax and Public Enemy owned it in 1991 but by the year 2000 you couldn’t have a famous rock band without a rapper in it (preferably a white rapper who shames the very culture and purpose of traditional rap/hip-hop).

                        -Whiney, Whiney, Americans
---So one potential upside to this era would be the emergence of hundreds of AMERICAN Metal Bands! However, this perk was depleted to irrelevance because the lyrical themes within this genre are so damn whiney! The lead singers in the nu-metal era insist on complaining about life and their problems whether it is politics, society, culture, daddy issues or some other blatant hyperbole. Don’t get me wrong, White Male Americans can have some problems in life (I can probably count them on 1 hand) but at some point it’s better to just chill out and stop screaming on stage about your insecurities.

---In the late 90s there were two very distinct trends in musical fashion and aesthetic projection.
1)      The Goth: A varied re-emergence of the ‘80s European Goth scene mixed with the trashy facades influenced by reggae and grunge. Basically, grow dreadlocks, wear black everything, and try to look really eccentric and/or emotionally diverse.
      ***Wearing makeup and/or grotesque masks is a plus

2)      The Gangsta: Poser to the max!!! These are the Fred Durst and Jacoby Shaddix type idiots. Surface level lyrics with an awful screaming rap-flow and rarely any real culture or relevant history to support the outcries.

We could certainly extend this list beyond reason and critique the details of the genre and really put it to shame but I think most of us remember this poor era far too well. The rest of this article proves that I grew up in the 90s and belong to the small pathetic minority that still listens to a lot of bands form this era so be warned….you will probably NOT agree with anything I say from here on out haha.

I believe there are some undeniable facts about the Nu-Metal era that will eventually exploit the significance of the movement in the history of music.

One being the irrefutable statistical reality that metal bands were making more money in these few years than ever before. Of course, everyone will certainly jump on the “sell out” train and debase the success as a corporate rock injustice. However, in my opinion there’s nothing wrong with making money playing the music you love, especially if you can manage to stay true to yourself. 2000 was the peak of record sales in the world and aside from Britney Spears and all the boy bands this was the result of immensely popular metal music. Interesting because everyone outwardly and pretentiously ridicules Nu-Metal music but obviously someone was listening to it.

Furthermore, not every musical movement is going to be perfect or even respected for that matter, but one must appreciate every genre for its role in the progress of musical evolution. Nu-metal was a melting pot of genres and culture and it changed music forever! For better or worse is a lob-sided debate at this point but I believe someday in the future Nu-Metal will get it’s due respect. Mainly because there are a handful of bands that deserve some recognition whether you personally like them or not. These bands either propelled the era to the ultimate success that it was and/or have the keen ability to adapt to the times and still flourish in today’s metal palette.

I must admit I’m biased!!! Korn is my favorite band (yeah, yeah, laugh it up) and they have a deep influence and connection in my life. With that being said Korn has a track record that speaks for itself. They are considered the founders of Ne-Metal as the quintet certainly got the ball rolling with their self titled debut album in 1993. They re-invented MTV Music Videos and completely took over the world for a few years! They’ve sold over 40 Million albums to date and despite popular belief, they’re still very successful today! Their last record peaked at #2 on the billboard charts and right now they’re putting together a dub step album that is sure to intrigue even the most committed Korn haters! They’ve evolved their music with each and every album and remain a staple in the metal scene. With a catalog of over 150 songs, multiple platinum albums, several Grammy awards, and much more, they are sure to go down in history as legends!

Another Nu-Metal band that has stood the test of time! These guys prove that you can stay evolved and adapt to current musical culture while remaining true to yourself. Becoming a testament to ‘Art Rock’ and ‘Beautiful Metal” the Deftones

This one is easy to make fun of, I know. But the reality is that they are a rare case where ridiculous theatrics, silly masks, and over the top masculine clich├ęs are complemented by good musicianship and strong lyrical prowess. They too have evolved a bit over time and their massive success with each album combined with their unprecedented live shows they will be remembered!

Honorary Mentions:
Each of these bands deserve some respect and I could write a book about each one but you’re tired of reading my shit anyways right? These bands represent success and while some are arguably NOT Nu-Metal bands, see if there’s a few that you enjoy!

Linkin Park
System of a Down
Rage Against the Machine
Limp Bizkit
Machine Head

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