Music News for December 28, 2012-December 30, 2012

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Rock and Alternative
Green Day have just released a video for their new track, “X-Kid”, taken from their album ¡Tré!  The video consists of a cassette tape playing the song. To check out the video, be sure to visit: http://www.nme.com/news/green-day/67894. Green Day has also revealed plans for a behind-the-scenes documentary film called ¡Quatro!, which will premiere next year.

Pulp has released a new song titled “After You”, which is a new studio recording of their 2001 album, We Love Life. To hear the track, visit: http://www.nme.com/news/pulp/67904. They have recorded this track on November, before finishing it in December. Pulp also played a triumphant homecoming show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on December 8, 2012.

 

Transit has recently finished recording their new album. The new album will be released next year and it is the follow up to 2011’s Listen & Forgive. More details for the new album will be revealed soon!

 

Beady Eye front man, Liam Gallagher has announced that the band will be experimenting on their new album. On November, the band was said to have returned to the studio with producer, Dave Sitek. As far as the album goes, Gallagher has described the new album as “majestic”, “Imperial”, “out there”, and “heavy”.  Gallagher has also promised that the new album will be a step up from their debut, as it will be different and will have “none of that nonsense from the nineties”.

 

 

Electronic and Dance

Disclosures have announced that their debut album will be released in spring 2013. The album is yet to be titled, yet the duo has already revealed two tracks from it. Disclosures have already released the first single off of the album titled, “Latch”.

Afrojack has released a complied preview tracks from his upcoming album, which is said to be released in early 2013. The album features tracks filled with Afrojack’s signature house style. A preview for is upcoming track “Rocker” has already been released. To listen to an album preview and a preview for the song “Rocker”, be sure to check out: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2012/12/afrojack-teases-upcoming-2013-album-and-previews-rocker/.

 

Pop and R&B

50 Cent has revealed news for his new album Street King Immortal. 50 Cent had announced that he will start the New Year with a new approach and said that hip hop gave him everything he could have dreamed for.  The rapper said that this new album will “not fall short of a classic”. He also released a video for his new single “My Life”, which features appearances from Eminem and Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine. To check out the video, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/50-cent/67900.

Lady Gaga has revealed that she will be making a film. She had teamed up with Terry Richardson (long-time collaborator and famed photographer) to make a documentary0style movie. Lady Gaga has also unveiled details on the progress of her new album, ARTPOP. She has said that the documentary film will be a taste of what is yet to arrive.

 

Country

Dixie Chicks will replace Lady Antebellum as one of the headline acts at the Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada. This event will take place from July 11th to 14th. The performance at the festival has come to be very exciting, being that the members have gone separate ways for some years.

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Music News for December 21, 2012-December 23, 2012

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Rock and Alternative

The Courteeners have said that they would like to team up with Calvin Harris if a single was guaranteed. The Courteeners are set to release their new album, Anna in 2013. They have also released details of 18 upcoming UK tour dates for 2013. They will start touring on February 21, 2013 at Nottingham Rock City. They will then be playing Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, London’s O2 Academy Brixton and more. For a complete list of tour dates, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/the-courteeners/67849. For information on ticket availability and listings, be sure to visit: NME.COM/TICKETS

 

Avenged Sevenfold have confirmed that they are going to be in the studio next month, to start recording their follow-up album to Nightmare. They have already written a new song called “Carry On” that has appeared on Call of Duty Black Ops II. To see a video of the song, visit: http://www.nme.com/news/avenged-sevenfold/67828.

 

Muse has helped to raise awareness of dementia at their concert in Belgium. They then performed in Antwerp as a part of their world tour. Muse is also set to perform in the UK next summer for a four-date stadium tour. They will start off their shows at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on May 22, 2013 and they will then play dates at London’s Emirates Stadium on the 25th and 26th. Muse’s tour will end at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 1. The band has also announced that they will headline Rock in Rio in September, and on September 14th, they will be supported by Alice in Chains. For ticket availability and the latest listings, be sure to visit: NME.COM/TICKETS.

 

A Day to Remember have just release a new track titled, “Violence (Enough is Enough)”. They have set do release their new album Common Courtesy in 2013. Fans of A Day to Remember can stream the new track at: http://www.adtr.com/. A Day to Remember are also going on a US tour in spring 2013. For a complete list of tour dates, be sure to visit: http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/a_day_to_remember_stream_new_song_announce_2013_tour_dates.

Circa Survive has released a new music video for their song, “Sharp Practice”, which comes from their new album, Violent Waves. To see the video, be sure to visit: http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/circa_survive_release_sharp_practice_video.

 

Electronic and Dance

Deadmau5 has joined Swedish House Mafia in headlining both weekends at Ultra Music Festival this following year. Only two names have been mentioned to be performing at the event so far. Deadmau5 was not concerned with being overlooked in 2012, so expect to see performances on both Saturdays of the festival!

 

Pop and R&B

Adele has been named Entertainer of the year by the Associated Press. This title is given to the person whom had the most influence on entertainment and culture that year. She beat Taylor Swift and Psy, who were also on the poll. Adele’s song, “Someone like You” has also been named the most popular karaoke song of 2012 by Lucky Voice. Adele has recently had her first child and has recorded the theme to the latest Bond film, “Skyfall”.

Tinie Tempah has announced that he has finished recording his second album. The UK rapper has said that he hopes to release the album next summer. Tinie Tempah has worked with Diplo on the album and he has also noted Coldplay’s Chris Martin to be an influence on the album.

 

Country

It was reported that Carrie Underwood got sick this past weekend. When performing in Des Moines, Iowa, Underwood had a difficult time getting through her set. In a raspy-voiced apology, Underwood told the audience that she wouldn’t be keeping the profits because she felt bad making money for that show. A charity in Des Moines will receive the profit. Underwood had to cancel her show in Kansas City, yet it was rescheduled for May 6th.

Not-So-Christmas, Christmas Music


Every year, around this time, we can all feel the holiday season. We feel it literally, because it passes through everyone of our senses. The lights are seen, the smells smelled, the songs heard. Since WARG is a radio station though, I’d like to focus on the songs heard. Everyone is used to the conventional songs, Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, anything else with bells in it…And, honestly, conventional gets extremely boring, and it wears on you. Only certain artists such as She & Him throw twists on the usual Christmas songs to make them listenable. But, I don’t even want to focus on actual Christmas music. I want to focus on kind-of Christmas music. If you have never heard of Explosions in the Sky, they are an ambient instrumental post-rock band (that wording may be redundant), straight out of the heart of Texas. They make cinematic and emotional post-rock operas using nothing but the instruments in their hands. Their music consists of heart warming guitar melodies that also tend to be heart breaking at the same time, long droning experimentation with tone and effects pedals, and the biggest, most crashing and explosive drums you will ever hear in your life. This band can lift you up in an instant, and throw you down in the next second using their soft-loud, loud-soft dynamics. They can leave you with a teary eye, or a sense of hope. If explosions were actual happening in the sky, those explosions would be the product of this band tearing their heart out and presenting it to the world from the clouds above. Now that you have an idea of who Explosions in the Sky are, I must let you know that they are obviously not at all a Christmas band. But, one of their albums seems to fit for some odd reason. As I was driving in my car today, I put in a CD I hadn’t heard for a while. It’s called ‘All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.’ As I Drove, I realized that the music fit perfectly. There was a sense of happiness in it, with sleigh bells being used by the percussionist, seeming to represent the holiday season and cheer, but also a sense of hopelessness that seems to come along with winter. These guys are experts at jerking the strings in your heart. And, that is the best part of this band. Because they are instrumental, nothing is written. The music is a blank canvas used to provoke your thoughts, and make you paint them all over it to make hypothetical art coming from pure emotion and heart. So, take a chance and listen to the album that is posted up above. You need to experiment and see what your outcome is. You may think it sounds kind of holiday-ish, but that’s not the point. The point is to listen, and see where it takes you. Maybe it’ll take you to a Winter-Wonderland in your head, or maybe somewhere void of hope. Where it takes you it does not matter, what does matter though, is that it does manage to take you somewhere. Most importantly though, this will take you away from the conventional slump of the Christmas music you hear every single year.
-Steve “Apprentice” Edwards

Warped Tour 2013 Bands Already Being Announced

The first Vans Warped Tour artists have been announced! So far the line-up is Woe Is Me, I See Stars, Go Radio, The Story So Far, Like Moths To Flames, and Big Chocolate. Of course there’s many bands still to be announced, and you can hear them as they’re announced by watching Warped Roadies on Friday nights at 11/10c on Fuse. Tickets are already on sale for those of you who want to act fast and get cheaper tickets while you still can!Image

Need a way to the Moon? Rocketboat is your answer!

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Rocketboat is a local band that is off to a great start. They started off with their first album named “Rocketboat”. All of their songs are completely amazing and my favorites are; “Music, Space, And Girls”, “No Consolation”, and “Lauraine”. Rocketboat had their first show December 7th and they decided to stop by at our station! We interviewed Marc and Josh about their band and how they felt about their upcoming show at Abbey Pub. Check out Rocketboat at http://www.facebook.com/#!/wearerocketboat?fref=ts . We will be playing all their music on WARG 88.9fm!

End of the Year/World Lists by WARG!

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Everybody loves the end of the year for the holiday season, but I love it for more than just that. In my opinion, the best part about the year ending isn’t the presents or the partying, but the end of the year lists. At the end of the year, everyone is posting their ‘Best Of’ lists, from Rolling Stone, to SPIN, and now WARG. Starting on December 22nd, we will be counting down the 10 Best Albums of 2012. Also on that date, WARG will be counting down its 37 years in 37 hours, starting at 6am! Lastly, a week later on December 31st, tune in literally to hear the Top 88 Songs of 2012!

Music News for December 7, 2012-December 9, 2012

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Rock and Alternative

Paramore have revealed details on their upcoming album. The new self-titled album is set to be released April 9, 2013. The band has also released their first single off of their new self-titled album called “Now”.

The Fratellis have announced that they will be doing a seven-date tour in the UK. The tour will start at London Electric Ballroom on April 11, 2013. The band will also have tour dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Liverpool, and their last stop is in Glasgow Barrowland (April 18). Tickets for these tour dates go on sale December 6th. For more information and a complete list of tour dates, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/the-fratellis/67552

My Bloody Valentine’s bassist, Debbie Googe, has announced that the band’s new album is almost finished. My Bloody Valentine has also released details about their addition to tour dates in their brief UK tour in 2013. The band is confirmed for shows in Glasgow Barrowlands, Manchester Apollo, and London Hammersmith. For more information on these tour dates, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/my-bloody-valentine/67606

Electronic and Dance

Dance music producer, Nicky Romero has just co-produced the track, “Right Now” with David Guetta for the album Unapologetic by Rihanna. Romero has mentioned that he is very proud of the production of the track. After Guetta had suggested making some beats for Rihanna, Romero agreed to the task. For more information and an interview with Nicky Romero, be sure to check out: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2012/12/nicky-romero-breaks-down-production-of-rihannas-right-now-with-david-guetta/.

Pop and R&B

Nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards have already been announced! The nominations were announced live at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The event included performances by Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and fun., and more. Among many of the artists nominated included fun. (earned six nominations) and Kelly Clarkson (earned four nominations). To see a complete list of the rest of the nominees, be sure to check out:  http://popcrush.com/2013-grammy-nominations-announced/

Alicia Keys has scored her fourth number 1 billboard debut with her album Girl on Fire with sales of nearly 159,000. Despite the album’s first low chart position, Key’s album has quickly risen to the top as it goes for its third week.

Country

Chris young has announced that he has rescheduled the last three shows of his Liquid Neon Tour. The reason for the postponed shows is because he was placed on vocal arrest for the rest of the week by his doctor. The rescheduled shows include Huntsville, Ala. (Dec. 6), Savannah, Ga. (Dec. 7), and Chattanooga, Tenn. (Dec. 8). Let us hope he gets well soon!

T-Mobile Likely to Sell iPhones

It’s finally being talked about! T-Mobile will likely start carrying the iPhone next year. Although iPhones do work on the T-Mobile network, customers need to provide the phone themselves, and on top of that, they work at a much slower rate than the ones from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint. T-Mobile has been the only company among the major four in the U.S. not to sell the esteemed iPhone. Unfortunately, this has not yet been completely confirmed, but an Apple spokeswoman said that more details are soon to come. 
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IF THERE IS A NEW ALBUM, WE WANT IT “NOW”!

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Paramore is coming out with their new album, Paramore! Paramore by Paramore, so nice you see it twice. In this new album, the group only contains Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York. Even though they only have 3 members in their group, I’m pretty sure that their music will amazing or maybe better than before! This album will be including their new song, “Now”. NOW we want the whole thing! Sorry fans but you have to wait untill April 9th, 2013. Tune in WARG 88.9 FM to hear some of their other hits like CrushCrushCrush, The Only Exception, and Monster. Check out Paramore’s Website at: http://www.paramore.net/splash

~ Andrew Garcia

Dave Brubeck: Death of a Jazz Legend

Dave Brubeck of the Dave Brubeck Quartet died on Wednesday due to heart failure. He was a day short of his 92nd birthday. For those of you who don’t know, Dave Brubeck, the pianist and composer behind the Dave Brubeck Quartet, was a pioneer of jazz music. His big hit was “Take Five”, which was recorded in 1959. It made it on the Billboard singles chart, which introduced this type of music to millions of  new listeners. Throughout his life, Brubeck earned numerous awards for his music, one of which was the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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