I've previously mentioned that I liked how Red Bull invests back into the music community. There are couple of new items that I thought I'd mention.
The first is that Red Bull is sponsoring their stage at Lollapaloozer (the next one is coming up on Sunday 8/7/2011), featuring Midnight Express, Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnight, Daedelus, The Cool Kids, 12th Planet, Jackmaster, Busy P, Modeselektor, and KiD CuDi. Wish I was there, but unfortunately tickets to this music festival is out of my concert budget. If you're stuck in the same boat like me, you can stream certain shows at redbullmusicacademy.com.
The second is that Red Bull Records joins Music Xray, looking to sign indie bands. The service is free, you go to musicxray.com and upload your music. The biography reads: "Red Bull Records is a U.S. independent record label located in Culver City, California. It was started by the energy drink company Red Bull to break into the branded record label business and fill a void in the market."
This new band, White Wives, features the two Chris from Anti-Flag (Chris #2 and Chris Head). I did sample a bit of their album, Happeners (released June 28th via Adeline Records). Right away, I can tell you that they've gone more indie-rock. If you were hoping for a more or less political punk sound because of their Anti-Flag involvement, then you may be in for a disappointment.
Personally, I really enjoyed what I heard on Happeners. I can see the band doing well with sing-along choruses from "Hungry Ghosts" and their hardest song, "Hallelujah, I'm Mourning".
"Indian Summer, Indian Summer" is the lead track, and you can hear it on soundcloud. I'm glad to see that the single version does not feature this (rather long) 34 seconds intro which was taken from The Atomic Bomb Movie (Ivy Mike talking about the first H Bomb test).
White Wives are going on tour:
08/17 Magic Stick Lounge - Detroit, MI
08/18 Monster House - Columbus, OH
08/19 Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
08/20 Redwood Art Space - Wilkes Barre, PA
08/21 TBA - Philadelphia, PA
10/01 Metro - Chicago, IL w/ AWOLnation
Blue October's sixth studio album, Any Man in America, is coming out August 16th via Up/Down Records via MRI. You can preview a bit of the album through their new single, "The Chills", at youtube.
Shot in HD, the video takes place at three different locations in Texas (Triple Crown in San Marcos, singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld's house, and the beach in Galveston). The concept of the video is about relationships and life in general, but it just looks like fun live concert footage to me.
They look pretty amazing live from the video, and, yes, they are on tour:
8/17 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
8/18 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
8/19 Austin, TX @ Stubb's
8/21 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/8 Phoenix, AZ The Foundry
9/9 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
9/10 West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
9/11 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
9/13 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
9/15 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
9/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/17 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
9/18 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
9/21 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/22 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
9/25 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre