OnlineRock Blog

31 March 2011

Free Downloads!

Hey OnlineRockheads,

If you haven't already delved into the deliciousness of our free downloads, check out our three new songs here.

The Jezabels offer up a song called Mace Spray, which is "moody, mysterious and epic."

Check out Evaline, emo-rock band with a new song called Beneath the Fire, which is raw and enticing.

Dark and sultry, mysterious L'Altra just released their new album, Telepathic, a couple days ago, so be sure to listen to their song Winter Loves Summer Sun.

Really, what's better than free AND awesome?

30 March 2011

New CD Review - The Lines

The Lines is a a four piece indie rock band from Wolverhampton, England that just played at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.

Our editorial guru Tim Rosini describes The Lines' self titled album as "full of infectious riffs and soaring heartfelt melodies." Read the in-depth review here and tell us what you think!

29 March 2011

The Strokes Album Review: "Angles"

Yes! After four years, The Strokes have given us what we want - a new album.

It's called "Angles" and Michael Rincon reviews it for OnlineRock here.

We know many rushed to get it - tell us what you think: Love it? Hate it?

New CD Review - Papa Roach

Hey OnlineRock fans and metalheads,

Papa Roach has a new album out called "Time for Annihilation...On The Record & On The Road," and our resident metal expert Natalie Perez calls it "BOLD, SLEEZY, and...pure ROCK N' ROLL."

Read her review here.

28 March 2011

South By Southwest Recap

Well, it’s been a little over a week since the end of the most anticipated film, music and media festival in the country – South by Southwest, of course. This year, 2011, marked the 25-year anniversary of this Austin, Texas festival, which began featuring only music and has since been expanded to include film, media and comedy. We still love the music the most, and we didn't want it to end either! Let's make it last and recap some of the highlights:

Musical artists and industry folk converged on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the SXSW Music Conference to usher in the music portion of the festival. Stuffiness absent, Andrew W.K. introduced the event, speaking on topics from the deliciousness of the sandwiches to childhood stories and industry analysis.

“The entertainment industry in general is the best field to work in because it is the one that fully, fully acknowledges the absurdity of existence… and it revels in that, that’s where the joy is to be found, in the moment of watching the band, of watching the music video…” he said, then touched upon questions of realness and authenticity in the act of making art. Check it out here:

After a tragic 8.9 magnitude tsunami devastated Japan Friday, March 11, SXSW teamed up with the Red Cross to hold a 12-hour telethon to raise disaster relief funds. Hanson hosted the event from 12 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday. The goal of $100,000 was exceeded by more than $5,000. You can still donate here.

Hip hop singer Nate Dogg passed away at age 41 from heart complications on Thursday, March 15. To commemorate the artist’s life and work, Snoop Dogg, Warren G. and P. Diddy paid tribute to their close friend Friday, March 19 at the Whitley venue, performing “Regulate,” Nate Dogg’s biggest hit single. Mayer Hawthorne joined Snoop Dogg for the first time live. Nate Dogg’s funeral was Saturday, March 26 in Long Beach, CA.

The era of digital technology is just beginning, and SXSW discussed some of the many changes to the way people listen to music. Some think streaming live digital music from the “celestial jukebox” of the internet will soon replace even the convenience of storing music files on mp3 players, iPods, or CDs, which have all long since replaced tapes and records. So, is customizable radio the next big thing? Who doesn't love Pandora, or Sirius radio? Read about it at Mercury News.

Digital technology also changes the way musical artists are able to promote themselves. The internet provides an endless space for any band to put their music online, with sites such as MySpace, Napster and YouTube. Some think this has changed the nature of SXSW. Read about it at The Guardian.

But people will always show up at SXSW with expectations of hearing great live music, and they were not disappointed this year. So many bands played in such a short period of time that we wish we could have been in 50 places at once. Some OnlineRock favorites performed, like DeVotchKa, J. Mascis, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Typhoon, Low (review forthcoming), The Lines (review just posted), The Head and the Heart (review forthcoming), and The Jezabels (free download). There are just so many good bands to discover here or watch on SXSW's YouTube channel.

We want to hear from you!
What were some of your favorite SXSW moments? Discover any great new music? Favorite bands there? Music you would like us to feature? Thoughts on the digitalization of music?

21 March 2011

New York Dolls Announce Music Video and Underground UK Tour Dates

New York Dolls, the fashionable and widely influential protopunk American rockers, have just released their fifth studio album called “Dancing Backwards in High Heels,” available as of March 14, and are touring the UK with it. To go along with the album, they have also just unveiled a music video for the single “Fool For You,” available on YouTube. It features the band in a circus tent displaying their various three-ring skills and that deep, guttural glam punk sound that influenced bands like the Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. Watch it here.

Exciting updates about their UK tour: Legendary guitarist Earl Slick, best known for his spectacular guitar work on David Bowie’s albums David Live (1974), Young Americans (1975) and Station To Station (1976), has officially joined the New York Dolls as their new guitarist on their forthcoming UK tour dates. The Dolls will perform concerts at the O2 Newcastle Academy on Sun. Mar. 27 and the Manchester Club Academy on Tues. Mar. 29.

They have also announced two truly “underground” London concerts at the Old Vic Tunnels on Wed. Mar. 30 and Thur. Mar. 31. They will be intimate shows of 500 in what is described as a network of Victorian red brick tunnels.

Kevin Spacey, Academy Award winning actor and artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theater, said, "I'm excited that the Old Vic Tunnels are becoming a cool new scene for live performance. The New York Dolls inspired the punk movement, so they are the perfect fit of glam and anarchy to launch our live music series under Waterloo Station.” Visit their website for more information about tickets and dates or go to

16 March 2011

Recording Equipment Deals

Musician's Friend is offering a great sale on Recording Gear. Including Mackie HR624mk2 Active Studio Reference Monitor for $349 each.

March Recording Sale Exp: 4/5