Bamboozle Will Not Return To Asbury In 2013

Last year over 90,000 people rushed to the site of New Jersey’s largest music festival, to bask in three days of pop punk, rock, hard rock, electro, and everything in between. However, after making its home on Asbury’s beachfront, it has been announced that Bamboozle will not be returning to the city next year. You can find all the details after the jump. (more…)

A Look Back at Bamboozle 2012

I arrived at The Bamboozle Festival on Friday evening, just as the sun was setting over the Jersey Shore. I’d never been to Asbury Park before, so I decided to get the lay of the land before I wandered over to see Incubus. The layout of the festival was much different than it’s been the past few years, since it moved a bit farther south from its past location at the Giants’ Stadium parking lot.

I caught the second half of Incubus’ set and continue to be amazed at how tight they are as a live band…they’re as good as their recordings, if not better. One awesome thing about having the festival at Asbury Park is having the Main Stage right on the beach. Watching Incubus play “Wish You Were Here” with my toes in the sand was pretty cool.

It’s always surprising how many more people come to Bamboozle on the second day. By the time I arrived on Saturday afternoon, the beach was packed and people were ready to party. There was a rave on the sand, The All-American Rejects were rockin’ out on the Main Stage and I was headed to the Berkeley Hotel to interview Dan Didier, drummer for The Promise Ring. He had some interesting and insightful things to say about the band’s reunion and upcoming tour. Keep an eye on OurStage Magazine for the full article!

After the interview, I ran over to the Main Stage to catch Jimmy Eat World and My Chemical Romance (original headlining act Blink-182 had to pull out last minute due to a medical emergency, so My Chem filled in). Jimmy Eat World played a full set of classics and singles like “The Middle” and “Bleed American.” They put on a fun and dynamic performance that clearly satisfied their hungry fanbase.

My Chemical Romance has been one of my favorite bands for ten years, so it was a special treat to catch them at Bamboozle and performing in their home state of New Jersey. Playing a great mix of their four albums, the guys were as energetic as ever. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a problem with the live mix, so it was almost impossible to hear them for about half of the set. Even so, the crowd was certainly happy to see them and pleased with the eclectic setlist.


Sound and Vision: Is Dating Kim Kardashian Bad for Kanye West's Street Cred?

Kim Kardashian Fighting With Kanye West Over Money & Pregnant With His Baby

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Dating: New Couple’s Playlist

Bruce Jenner On Kim Kardashian And Kanye West’s Romance: ‘I’m Not That Excited’

They say the only bad publicity is no publicity, but nothing has got to be better than the barrage of headlines about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s current celebrity coupling that popped up online over a recent forty-eight-hour period. The good news is that by the time you read this, the union may already have gone the way of Kanye’s recently reported dalliance with Katy Perry, or Kardashian’s seventy-two-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.

At least Kanye + Katy would have been a love connection that  made sense”if not from a romantic standpoint (Perry is probably too mouthy and headstrong to tolerate West’s diva antics), at least from a business one. It could have been the low-rent version of his pal and sometime collaborator Jay-Z’s marriage to Beyonce, with Kanye and Kim being the Mertzes to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Ricardos.

While an ongoing romantic relationship would guarantee Kim + Kanye (= Kimye) lifetime Us Weekly coverage, at what cost? Kim, who says she was friends with Kanye for years before they made their love connection, has everything to gain by dating Kanye. The seventh season of her E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians begins on May 20, and the Kanye episodes should prove to be a ratings goldmine. Should Kimye make it all the way to the altar, a televised wedding would probably be the biggest thing since Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, or Luke and Laura on General Hospital.

Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note Records

According to Rolling Stone, television sensation Pauly D has signed to 50 Cent’s G-Note Records, the alternative dance/pop sister label to 50’s rap mecca G-Unit Records. Unlike his buddies on Jersey Shore, Pauly D is moving away from the one night stands, binge boozin’ and fake tanning (well, maybe not that) to step up his brand recognition as a DJ/TV superstar.

For the past year, Pauly D has been performing at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas as one of their resident DJs. Last night, Mr. D premiered his Jersey Shore spin-off show, The Pauly D Project on MTV, which is meant to focus more attention towards his musical career.

Sound And Vision: Why Bieber Fever Can't Touch Beatlemania?

Don’t believe everything you read.

No matter what the media say”and for more than a year now, they’ve been declaring Justin Bieber as big as, if not bigger than, the Beatles”Bieber Fever is no match for Beatlemania. Even if Bieber’s new holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, which was released November 1, ends up being the biggest one ever (the first single, “Mistletoe,” just debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 11, immediately making it the seventeen-year-old’s biggest solo hit yet), remember this: The Beatles never released a Christmas album. (Thank God!)

Obviously, Bieber Fever does have one thing in common with Beatlemania, a movement launched by The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 that continued long after the Beatles broke up in 1970: girls, girls, girls (all screaming at the top of their lungs). They are the cornerstone of Bieber’s success, but Beatlemania involved so much more than overzealous female fans caught up in the rapture of hot musical act.

Thanks to his largely underage female following, Bieber does reasonably well commercially, though he lacks the opening-week clout of Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne or even Coldplay (to name the artists behind the Top 3 debuts of 2011). In the US, he’s sold some 5 million copies of one full-length studio album, three compilations and one EP. That may barely be on par with the sales standards set by pop’s top divas, but it would put him in the running for modern pop’s most commercially viable male star.

Still, Bieber is no chart phenomenon. For all of the hysteria he spawned in his first two and a half years in circulation, he only hit the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 twice in his first eight tries. The highest-peaking of those was “Baby” (No. 5 in 2010), and both were collaborations with rappers (Ludacris on “Baby,” Jaden Smith on “Never Say Never”), which means Bieber has yet to score a massive hit based on his star power alone.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Gym, Tanning, Rolling Stone

John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jimi Henrix, Eric Clapton… Snookie? That’s right, folks. Last week the pint-sized Chilean of Jersey Shore fame smushed her way into the prestigious group of artists who have been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Snooks has Ne-Yo questioning whether his career is even worth it and RS readers headed for the express-unsubscribe lane. As if Bieber wasn’t bad enough!

To be fair, the four-foot-nine firecracker is far from the first celeb to appear on an RS cover for reasons unrelated to music. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared on the mag’s cover in 1978, Clint Eastwood got a cover feature in 1985 and we saw a little more of Jim Carrey than we wanted to in July of ’95. But Kareem has six championship rings and a league scoring record, Eastwood earned five Academy Awards and the title of world’s biggest badass and Jim Carrey… well, he used to be pretty funny. Snooki became famous for drunken boardwalk dancing, sleeping in dog beds and claiming that whale sperm is the reason the ocean is salty. In a Rolling Stone issue where featured artists include Mumford & Sons and Radiohead, does the Oompa-Loompa with liver damage really deserve the cover?

As much as it pains us to say it, the answer could be “yes”. How are fans consuming music these days? There’s a large audience of listeners who only discover new music through television, and it’s no secret that reality TV dominates the rankings. Snooki’s alcohol-soaked antics are a huge draw for that coveted 18-49 demographic. And when more than 8 million people are gluing their eyes to MTV for an hour every Thursday, well, that can mean valuable exposure for bands lucky enough to be featured on the show.

MTV seems to have picked up on the trend. Jersey Shore’s first season primarily featured bands from Jersey. The song selection ramped up in season two”producers were more mindful of the music and added more music to every episode. Now in its third season, the show features even more music from more artists. It seems like a good thing, but we have to admit that we’re a little worried. In a world where Real Housewives are allowed to make records and Kardashians think they’re talented enough to put out a single (they aren’t), can a track from Snooki really be far off? Terrifying stuff.

Bottom line: Rolling Stone might be dangerously close to becoming Teen People, but maybe we need to thank Snooki and the rest of her juiced-up, tanning bed-baked housemates for helping artists get featured on prime-time TV. Maybe it’s time we embrace the era of reality television and accept it as a tool for introducing fans to new music. Or… no, maybe not. Her RS cover might actually represent the fall of western civilization.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

The National win best album at Q Awards

This week Q Magazine’s Q Awards took place, bringing together some of the biggest names in music. Winners included Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine for Best Female, Paolo Nutini for Best Male, and Mumford & Sons for Best New Act. The National beat the likes of Green Day, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Muse for the highest honor of Best Album for High Violet. Check out the full list of winners here.

Katy Perry gets hitched

Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in a lavish ceremony on a wildlife reserve in India this past weekend. Bo-ring!

The Bad

Bon Jovi neighbor pens apology letter

Dear Bon Jovi,

I’m sorry for throwing empty beer cans on your lawn.

So begins a grand apology by a 17-year-old neighbor of Jon Bon Jovi, posted to So what possessed a teenage boy to vandalize the lawn of New Jersey’s favorite son? Bad lyrics, apparently. Read the letter in its entirety here”it’s funny stuff.

T.I. changes album title

Now that T.I. is facing 11 months in jail for violating his probation, his album name, King Uncaged doesn’t make much sense. This week the rapper announced that the new title will be No Mercy. Still no word on a release date ¦ for the album ¦ not T.I.

The Ugly

Alice Cooper loses blood and other stuff on flight to UK

Don’t you just hate it when the airline loses your fake blood, skulls and plastic bats? Oh, that’s right, you’re not Alice Cooper. The ghoulish rocker was en route to a Halloween show in London when he discovered his luggage had been misplaced, and with it, all sorts of props for his show. Cooper was not happy, nor should he be. Oversized syringes and skeleton arms don’t grow on trees.

Taylor Momsen flashes audience at New York show

Is there anyone, ANYONE, more desperate to be seen as a bad girl than Taylor Momsen? The dead hooker makeup, the underage smoking, the torn fishnets, the apathetic gaze, the pointless trash talking”it’s like a 17-year-old pretending to be Courtney Love for Halloween. The Pretty Reckless singer borrowed another move from the bad girl playbook this week when she flashed a crowd during a performance, revealing taped nipples a la Wendy O. Williams. Yawn. Julia Roberts’ performance in Pretty Woman was more shocking. Sorry Miss Momsen, you’re not bad, just unoriginal.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

New Beyoncé video for Why Don’t You Love Me

That Beyoncé. Always looking so hot, dancing so nubile, making the rest of us feel like big, warty ogres lumbering around, bumping into things. Well, she’s done it again with her video for Why Don’t You Love Me. This time Sasha Fierce serves it up ˜50s style as in pin-up model meets sexpot housewife. Shot by Melina Matsoukas (who directed Rihanna’s Rude Boy video) as grainy, vintage Super 8 footage, Why Don’t You Love Me begs the answer, Because we’re seething with jealousy, Beyoncé. That’s why. Check it out below.

The Bad

Roger Waters’ street team wheat-pastes over Elliott Smith memorial

"Figure 8" cover

The iconic swirl mural featured on the cover of Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 got an unwelcome facial from Roger Waters’ street team this week. The former Pink Floyd front man hired street artists to wheat-paste or project images and an anti-war quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower around NYC and LA to promote his upcoming The Wall tour. The mural, located on Sunset Strip, has served as a memorial to Smith since his death in 2003 so fans were none too pleased to see it wheat-pasted. Rogers released the following statement in response to all the hoopla:

It was absolutely an accident. I didn’t want to disrespect Elliott Smith’s fans, and I’ve instructed [the team] to remove the wheat-paste immediately. It was a random pasting in the normal course of this, and I want to make it public that we had no intent to offend or cover up something precious.

We would be much more indignant about this whole thing if we had any idea what wheat- pasting was.

The Ugly

MTV releases Jersey Shore soundtrack

"Jersey Shore" cast

Looking for the perfect song to beat the beat up? Want to start a bar brawl to a sick techno mix? Need something to listen to on your iPod while you take care of GTL? Juiceheads and guidettes, MTV has heard your cries, and will soon deliver a Jersey Shore-inspired soundtrack. Pauly D and Snooki-wannabes  rejoice!