On June 25th, Tyler, The Creator released his 6th studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. After a successful marketing campaign featuring billboards all around the world, along with a phone number to call with multiple song previews, the day is finally here.
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After releasing his new project For Abby, I had the opportunity to interview JAWNY about the process of creating the album, being an artist, and many other topics, including air fryers. Since JAWNY is from South Carolina, we also discussed the Clemson/Gamecocks rivalry and which team prefers (hint: you’ll like his answer). Check out the interview below and listen to For Abby on any streaming platform!
by Erin Slack // The Indie 500 and Amanda Detyens // The Landfill
Saturday morning. 7:30am. Fellow DJ Sebass and I head to one of our favorite record stores, Scratch N’ Spin for Record Store Day (RSD).The line to get into the store was about 20 people, not too bad. What am I on the hunt for? A coveted new release, a copy of Tyler, The Creator's Cherry Bomb Instrumentals, for the first time on vinyl. My hopes are low, as there is a group of high school boys at the front of the line that I just know are looking for the same record.
by Erin Slack // The Indie 500 (FRIDAY 1-2PM)
Staying in my house all day, every day, has made me realize that I am simply just existing from meal to meal. So, I decided to think about songs that have food in the title and analyze them to figure out the deeper meaning. If there is any. The songs I chose are all really good, so listen to them and satisfy your musical cravings. If you’re not hungry now, you will be by the end of this post.
Welcome to the second week of the Emo Artist Spotlight, where the weeks are based on whenever I decide to write one. Now that we have more free time, hopefully the posts will come sooner. But, who’s to say? (Technically, me) With everything going on in the world, now is a pretty good time for emo music so let’s jump right into it.
After dying my hair black and listening to Panic! At The Disco’s first album on repeat, I’ve been reminiscing on my time in middle school. Did you ever experience the days of the middle school “emo” phase? “Emo” is short for emotional, and dang does this subgenre get really emotional and sad at times. There is no denying that the music from this time had an effect on myself and fellow former-emo kids out there. It seems like teenagers now have skipped through that awkward stage of their life that was once based on shopping at Hot Topic, Tumblr, and thick black eyeliner. So, this one goes out to the people who lived through this era of cringe and if you didn’t go through this time, here is what you missed out on. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at some of the bands who had large contributions to when we claimed that “it isn’t a phase, mom.”
In their first-ever concert in South Carolina, Hippo Campus sure knew how to bring down the house. Hailing from Minnesota, Hippo Campus combines indie-rock music with electronic sounds, along with some trumpets thanks to DeCarlo Jackson. Other members are Jake Luppen (lead vocals/guitar), Nathan Stocker (lead guitar/vocals), Zach Sutton (bass/keyboard), and Whistler Isaiah Allen (drums/vocals). They formed in 2013 and released their first EP (Tarzan Rejects) in the same year. Their concert in Columbia was on November 1st at The Senate venue, standing room only.
Mt. Joy is classified as an indie rock band, but they also combine elements of folk into their songs. They are based in Los Angeles and consist of Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar), Sam Cooper (guitar), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), Jackie Miclau (keyboards), and Michael Byrnes (bass). Mt. Joy released their first single, “Astrovan”, in 2016, followed up with singles “Sheep," “Cardinal," and “Silver Lining” in 2017. In 2018 they released their self-titled album consisting of thirteen songs, including the polished-up versions of singles released previously. The band has performed at many music festivals, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, as well as opening for Whitney, The Revivalists, and The Head and the Heart (read about TH&TH concert here).
The Head and the Heart is an indie-folk band currently on their Living Mirage tour throughout North America to advertise their new album "Living Mirage." The band is from Seattle, Washington and consists of Jonathan Russell (percussion, guitar, vocals), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals), Matt Gervais (guitar, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), Tyler Williams (drums), and Josiah Johnson (percussion, guitar, vocals, on hiatus). I was lucky enough to get tickets from a friend for their show in Charlotte at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater on September 29th. The Moon Doggies opened, but I only got there in time to hear their last song.