Daily Archives: April 28, 2011

Dispatch “Melon Bend” [MUSIC]

Well I have good news if you were in college or liked to get stoned about 5-10 or more years ago.  No, Dad I’m not a stoner, but I have been a massive fan of New England (woot! woot!) based Dispatch for what seems like decades and they are BACK.  They are an independant outfit who found success with well written catchy tunes, insanely loyal grassroots fan base and a relentless touing schedule.  Just when they seemed to be on top of the world, much to my dismay, they decided to call it quits… and dispatched with a quickness.  A free show on Boston’s Hatch Shell waterfront with 100,000 of their closest fans was the proper and only way to send this band off.  (side note:  I used to live accross the street from Chad (guitar) in Brighton, MA and I lost count of the drunken party nights where I wanted to knock on his door at 4am and ask him to play me Dispatch songs or just call up the rest of the band wherever they were for a private show.  A punch in the face would have been o.k. too and probably more likely/ deserved.)

The final bow at the Hatch Shell in Boston, MA.

Years later Chad, Braddigan and Pete reunited for three concerts at Madison Square Garden.  Not only did they sell all three nights the (f-bomb) out, but they were the first and ONLY independent act to do so EVER.  That my friends in the live music world is called a “holy shit statistic.”  The proceeds went to Zimbabwe relief and then once again we were left with images and dreams of “The General” and “Bats in the Belfry” without hearing them… until now.

Proof of the “holy shit statistic”.  Dispatch playing on the roof of their retired van “Wimpy” in the middle of MSG.

With a massive summer comeback tour in the works for 2011 and multiple dates on the books with Dave Matthews Caravan tour Dispatch is back with vengeance playing hot music spots across the country including LA’s gem of a venue, The Greek.  So this is all good news.  I’ll once again be able to get my fill  of songs like “Even,” “Bang Bang,” “Mission” and “Melon Bend”?… yes “Melon Bend.”

With this summer tour comes a new EP and a new single just released FOR FREE on the bands website called “Melon Bend.”  This tune is Dispatch’s first new music release in over a decade and it rocks.

Dispatch – Melon Bend

I was excited about the band getting back on the road and playing the hits like they should have ten years ago, but with this new music I’m even more excited.  They still sound great.  It’s a good time to be a Dispatch fan.

You can download “Melon Bend” HERE for FREE.  Dispatch is on tour HERE.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Cobalt & The Hired Guns – “Of Summer” [VIDEO]

Cobalt & The Hired Guns, a Chicago-based band, has been rocking stages in Chicago since their move to the city in 2006. The group released their first studio album in 2008 titled “Jump the Fence,” and are currently working on their latest project that will be released later this year. With the addition of an accordion and full brass section, their latest project looks to be their most energetic album to date. Can’t wait. “Oh Summer” is a single off their most recently released EP, The Double Single.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Civil Twilight – “Letters From the Sky” [VIDEO]

Civil Twilight consists of three life long friends – brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Woulters – who have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in Cape Town.  Even though the band resides in Nashville now the longing for the Mother City is evident in their music.  Growing up the trio was heavily influenced by American and European music such as Oasis, U2 and Nirvana.  “I draw my inspiration from the natural beauty of our home country,” explains vocalist/ lyricist/bassist Steven McKellar, when asked about his upbringing in Cape Town, McKellar replies, “I still find myself closing my eyes and dreaming about it, long for it, getting inspiration from the sea. You just can’t escape it.”

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

American Aquarium – I Hope He Breaks Your Heart [LIVE]

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.

25-year old songwriter and band leader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the five other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries.

With 5 years, 5 albums, and over 700 shows under their belts, American Aquarium is the continuance of the road warrior meets studio craftsman ethic that has long been a part of the rock & roll and country music cultures. They are a band and crew that spend their lives between a van with no air-conditioning and stages all across the country. Their collaboration forms a wholly new and polished version of what Americana might start to look like in the years to come (exert from facebook)

Bonus: You can here their single “Hurricane” off their album, Small Town Hymns, here: American Aquarium – Hurricane.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Tribal Seeds Live at Cervantes’, Denver, CO [Photos]

Tribal Seeds Live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO

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Tribal Seeds – “Vampire” feat. White Boy John

Check Them Out!!!!

Photography By: Jimmy Iles | Director of Operations | @JimmyMWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

The White House Band – #Sky-High

WHB Frontman, David E. aka Mr. "Dopesauce" Beats

The White House Band is a self-proclaimed “New Vogue” group from Brooklyn, combining hip-hop, hard rock, and blues since February of 2010. Their latest project, “The Stimulus Package EP,” was released earlier this year. It’s quite refreshing to hear a unique sound and the White House Band delivers this. Check out one of their new singles titled “#Sky-High.”

For more information on the group, check out their website or hit ’em up on facebook.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Audiophile 021 – “Quarter Mile” [MUSIC]

Audiophile 021 AKA Steven Elsworth is a very talented Capetonian DJ whose music has transformed from rock and metal to dubstep, grime, glitch, minimal and bass.  A sound engineer by trade, he spends most of his life enveloped in chords and rhythm. As a DJ and producer, he marries solid production steeped in pure quality and original style.  You can check him out live at his frequent performances at The Assembly in Cape Town.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC