Who’s Playing Bonnaroo 2013?!

February 17th, 2013

Who’s playing Bonnaroo this year?! We’ll officially find out on February 19th, but the wait is definitely making us anxious. On today’s Rock it Out! Blog episode, Sami brings you the latest lineup rumors and does a bit of deductive reasoning based on message board posts. Let us know your predictions in the comment section down below and keep an eye out on the Festival Outlook for all the latest updates.

What’s On Your Valentine’s Day Bedroom Mix?

February 14th, 2013

Today’s episode of Rock It Out! Blog deals with Valentine’s Day music, specifically the type of tunes you play when the wine’s all gone and the candles are burnt out. Are you a fan of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Al Green, or maybe… R Kelly? Watch the video below to hear Sami Beefcake’s favorite tunes, then shares yours in the comments. Read more

RiO!Backstage – The Independent

February 13th, 2013

There’s more to a music venue than what you see on stage, which is why the Rock it Out! Blog takes you behind the scenes of our favorite venues from around the country in a new video series called RiO!Backstage.

Our first installment focuses on one of the premiere spots for live music in San Francisco, CA. A mecca for live events in the Bay Area, The Independent opened its doors in 2004 and has welcome everyone from Green Day to Levon Helm to Vampire Weekend. Join us as we give you an exclusive, in-depth look at inner workings of this celebrated venue and its dedicated staff.

Let us know in the comment section what venues we should profile next.

Rock Music Oscar Snubs

January 16th, 2013

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Award season inches closer and closer and while we mostly focus on ceremonies like the Grammys, the Oscars also get our attention by way of the Best Original Song category. But 2013 will not be the year a rock band nabs a golden man as The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, and Mumford and Sons, among others, were snubbed in favor of songs from Skyfall and Les Miserables. Were any of our favorite bands worthy of a nomination this year? That’s what we want to know from you on today’s Rock it Out! Blog. Leave a comment down below.

Also on today’s episode, Sami talks about the debut full-length album from How to Destroy Angels, a new music video from Alice in Chains, the latest additions to South By Southwest, and the insane lineup that is Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players.

Dave Grohl and Corey Taylor Make Beautiful Music

January 16th, 2013

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On today’s episode of Rock It Out! Blog, Sami recaps the latest rock and metal music headlines, including Dave Grohl’s new collaboration with Corey Taylor, the latest lineup additions for Download Festival 2013, a new megamix from Thom Yorke, Metallica’s 3D movie release date, and My Bloody Valentine’s recent tour announcement.

The Return of Black Sabbath

January 1st, 2013

At long last, we have a title and release date for Black Sabbath’s reunion album: 13, the founding lineup’s first record together in 35 years, will arrive in June.

But will it be worth the wait? Today’s Rock it Out! Blog episode ponders whether or not 13 will be the album fans have so long desired. What do you think? Will Sabbath reign o’er the metal world once again or is this reunion simply a flash in the pan?

Also on today’s episode, Sami talks about the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, the theatrical release of Dave Grohl’s Sound City, the return of Phoenix, and new tour dates for Alice in Chains.

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Happy New Year! I Answer Your Questions

December 31st, 2012

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Recently, Sami asked you to ask him anything, and today he’s back with answers. Sami covers a variety of topics, specifically why he brought the Rock It Out! Blog to Consequence of Sound, his most desired interviewees, the one album that changed his life, and why he decided to shave his suave beard. (Editor’s note: Regarding ‘suave beard’ — thank god!)

For more of Rock It Out! Blog’s year-end accolades, check out Sami’s Top Five Rock Albums and his favorite concerts of 2012. Also check out Sami’s recent roundtable discussion with the staff of Consequence of Sound, where they discuss the Top 20 Albums of 2012.

Interviews: Dispatch

November 10th, 2012

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Last weekend during the Outside Lands Music Festival, Sami Jarroush of Rock It Out! Blog caught up with reunited jam band Dispatch. They talked about the band’s new album Circle Around the Sun and why it took 12 years to see release, the story behind the album’s title track, and their plans for the remainder of 2012. Read more

goes to Outside Lands 2012

November 10th, 2012

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This past weekend, Sami Jarroush of Rock It Out! Blog traveled to San Francisco to take in the sights and sounds of the Outside Lands Music Festival. And now, he captures his experiences in a new mini-documentary, which you can watch below.

During the festival, Sami also taped interviews with The Kills, Portugal. Read more

Billy Corgans Teahouse

November 10th, 2012

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If you haven’t heard, Billy Corgan has gone into the tea business. Yesterday, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman opened his very own teahouse in his hometown of Highland Park, IL. Inspired by the Chinoise teahouses found in Paris during the 1930s, Corgan designed Madame ZuZu’s to serve “as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts. Read more