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X96 at Fantasy Con Richie T |
07/10/2014 | Filed In: Fantasy Con | Tim Drake | X96 | Sean Astin | Mark Sheppard | The Hobbit | Lord of the Rings | Simon Pegg

X96 at Fantasy Con

Fantasy Con took place last week July 3-5 at the Salt Palace and Radio From Hell sent their intern Hollywood Tim to experience the fantasy! Take it away, Tim!

Fantasy Con was packed with excitement from the start. The long line of fans dressed as various fantasy characters eagerly waited to get in and live out their fantasies. Packed with fantastic celebrity guests and a plethora of exhibits and interactive events, Fantasy Con had something for everybody.

The Fantasy Con Dragon

Welcome to Fantasy Con!

I started my day by checking out all of the booths in the Hall of Heroes. One of the best booths for kids was the “Fairy Tailored” booth where kids could get dressed up like their favorite princess. Every member of their staff was dressed as a Princess or Fairy Godmother making every kid excited to see their favorite princess.

For the adults there were so many great booths with collectibles, DVD’s, large walking monsters and more. One stop that everybody loved was our BFOP’s at Creature Encounters. Lucky visitors got to hold the snakes, bearded dragons, spiders and many other crawly creatures they had to see.

BFOP's from Creature Encounters

Fear Factory brought some of their creatures to wander arounds Fantasy Con that gave the unsuspecting fan quite the scare when they turned the corner to find the monster waiting for them.

The Free Archery Range was a very popular attraction with a continual line all weekend long for fans wanting to channel their inner Legolas and Katniss. 

Throughout the main hall, there were plenty of props for fan photo ops. The most popular seemed to be the Jabba and Ewok props. Fans were able to take pictures with the beloved Star Wars characters while waiting to get in line for autographs with celebrity guests.

Jabba!

Ewoks!

The panels during Fantasy Con were excellent. The cast of the hit SyFy show, ‘Lost Girl’ kicked things off Thursday morning with a hilarious and entertaining panel.

The cast of 'Lost Girl'

Sean Astin’s panel was definitely one to remember. The actor recounted many great stories from The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, and even the locally filmed movie, The Freemason. Two of the highlights of his panel were hearing Sean recite the speech his gave to Froto as Sam Wise in Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, as well as shouting “Goonies never say die!”

Sean Astin

Following Sean Astin’s panel was The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway, featuring members of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cast. Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, John Callen, William Kircher, and Adam Brown entertained the crowd with stories on and off the set of both of the herald films, and insight about a special calendar that they had made for Director Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway

The much-anticipated arrival of the hilarious filmmaker Simon Pegg left everybody in attendance more than satisfied. Simon Pegg’s panel was hilarious as fans asked questions about his classic films from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Simon gave the crowd an in depth discussion into the psyche of his well-written and beloved characters. For the film geeks in the audience, this was a great opportunity to learn from a great filmmaker about the lengths he goes to for great character development.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The last panel I attended was Mark Sheppard from Supernatural, Doctor Who, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Mark’s main discussion was geared towards playing the character of Crowley in Supernatural. I must say, for being known as the King of Hell, Mark Sheppard was an incredibly nice guy. Mark didn’t have a moderator for his panel and spent the entire panel at the front of the stage with the crowd, where he would continually climb off the stage and hug members of the crowd and even talk to a little girl waiting for her mom to ask as question.

Mark Sheppard

Overall, my entire Fantasy Con experience was excellent. If you weren’t able to make it out this year you truly missed out on a great party. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and can’t wait for next year’s event.

The Fantasy Con Rock Montster

    

The amazing Fantasy Con fountain

Thanks for having us Fantasy Con!

Follow Tim on Twitter @timdrake  

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Fresh X: Interpol Drop New Track, Listen Here Corey O'Brien |
07/09/2014 | Filed In: Interpol | Fresh X | El Pintor | All The Rage

Fresh X: Interpol Drop New Track, Listen Here

Interpol have been missing in my musical mind for some time now.  What I always thought was stiff dance music, much like their obvious influence of Joy Division, they have been missed in my music consciousness. Though they released an album in 2010 it feels like a decade since we have heard something great from this band. 

They have lost their longtime bass player and have added a new keyboardist, but that is all behind the curtain stuff.  Paul Banks is still taking the reins and even playing bass here and for it we are left with the first Interpol song I have wanted to dance to since "Evil."

They have announced their new album in a statement on June 5th.  It will be called, "El Pintor" and released on September 9th. Here's the statement from the band:

"Hello Friends,

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally ready to share some new album news. We’d like to announce the release of our upcoming new album, El Pintor. We wrote & recorded the bulk of the album in 2013 in NYC and finished mixing it in London during the early part of this year. We’re very excited to share the album with all of you. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios & Atomic Sound by Mr James Brown and mixed by Mr Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery studios. We had a lot of fun making this record and can’t wait for you to hear it.

The album will be released on September 9th on Matador (North, South and Central America) and September 8th in all other territories by [PIAS]/CO-OP. You can pre-order the album here.

We also took the opportunity to capture some background film footage of the recording of the album. A first in our history. You can view a clip here.

All the best, Interpol "

You can pre-order the album here.

Welcome back, Interpol. 

Here is the first track from "El Pintor", "All The Rage."

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Weezer Tease New Song and Announce Album Release Date Corey O'Brien |
07/09/2014 | Filed In: Weezer | New album | Everything Will Be Alright In The End |

Weezer Tease New Song and Announce Album Release Date

Nearly four years since "Hurly" was release to an arguable "thud!"  We have our fingers crossed for the upcoming album, "Everything Will Be Alright In The End."  Last week the band release the cover art to a surprise that this wouldn't be their Purple album or Beige album.  This week Weezer announced the album would be released on September 30th and have provided, as it is Weezer Wednesday, another teaser clip the internet has gone ga-ga over from a song called, "Return to Ithaca."

Rick Ocasek, who produced their Blue and Green albums has returned to whip the band into shape for this album so we could be in for some memorable songs on this album. Even though, you could argue those albums are the band's best (outside of Pinkerton), Weezer admitted Ocasek wasn't their first choice. We are glad they had a change of heart.

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The Room of Acquirement Before & After Richie T |
07/02/2014 | Filed In: Organized | Organizing | labels | boxes | chairs | The Big Move | Label Maker

The Room of Acquirement Before & After

Hey, Organized Intern here, again.  Just wanted to share the before & afters from the Room of Acquirement ... because who doesn't love a good before & after?!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, read this, and then behold, the glory of an organized room!

That is one room (studio?) ready for The Big Move!  Now we just need to box up the cubicles, production booths, offices, and most importantly, the X96 Studio!  I'm in heaven... and yes, I brought my label maker.

x Organized Intern

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Concert Review: The Neighbourhood Sends Chills Through The Complex Richie T |
06/26/2014 | Filed In: The Neighbourhood | Travis Scott | White Arrows | The Complex | concert | Utah | Salt Lake City

Concert Review: The Neighbourhood Sends Chills Through The Complex

On Tuesday, June 24, The Neighbourhood came to the Complex along with Rapper, Travis Scott, and Indie Rock band, White Arrows. For those who are unfamiliar with The Neighbourhood, they are a rock band from Newbury Park, California, who combine elements of hip-hop with elements of Indie/psychedelic Goth rock.

The first band was a psychedelic pop-rock band from Los Angeles that go by the name of White Arrows. They had a very contagious pop sound that was driven by synthesizers and guitar. Similar to bands like The Killers, The Bravery, and Depeche Mode. The members seemed confident in their ability and, technically speaking, they performed very well. However, all the band members, except for the singer, stood still while playing. They were led by a very energetic and quirky frontman who, at one point, put on a dark purple wig that made him look like Jack White (or a character from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).

(Is that Jack White on stage?) 

White Arrows has one full-length album titled Dry Land Is Not a Myth. They are releasing their second LP, In Bardo, in the fall. They were also named by SPIN magazine as an “Underdog To Watch.”

Next, Travis Scott came on stage. This Houston rapper definitely compensated for the lack of energy from the White Arrows performance. He first had his producer come out and play some hip-hop/EDM music to get the crowd excited and ready for Travis. After a few tracks, Travis Scott came out swinging, yelling at the top of his lungs and throwing his water all over the crowd. Travis Scott proved that he is one wild performer. He has previously co-produced Kanye West’s album, Yeezus, and Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z. Now the rapper is looking to make his own musical career. He may have seemed to be an interesting choice to open for The Neighbourhood, but considering their hip-hop influences and the fact that Travis Scott got the crowd wild and ready for headlining band, he fit perfectly in the line-up.

The Neighbourhood came out dancing and swinging with a lot of energy on their opener, “Female Robbery.” Even though their music isn’t necessarily up-tempo dance music, the band performed and moved around the stage as though they were.

      

The guitars and vocals were put through massive amounts of reverb and delay effects, adding dramatically to the “black & white” Goth atmosphere that the band wanted to portray. They had a projector screen set up behind them, that they used to display images from black & white movies, cartoons, and other images to entertain the audience and even add depth to their songs. For one song in particular, “Wires”, they had a short film play on the screen. The film showed these college graduates falling of a conveyer belt into a giant cardboard box and then being made into puppets by this giant omnipotent being in a suit and tie. There was something very dark and eerie about the imagery of The Neighbourhood’s performance, but it only added to the experience and gave the audience a lot more to take away from the show than just a handful of songs. The band ended up performing most of their LP, I Love You, along with a few B sides ("West Coast", "Leaving Tonight", etc.). The other stand-outs to me were when they performed their new song “Jealousy” from their new EP(or "mixtape"), Black & White.

And, of course, when they performed their double-platinum hit, “Sweater Weather.” The band closed their set with “Afraid” and the reverb from their guitar and vocal effects kept ringing long after the band left the stage.

        

While seeing The Neighbourhood, I couldn’t help but think of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and The Cure. I suppose that Goth rock is making a comeback with bands like The Neighbourhood, The 1975, and Phantogram. The Neighbourhood may not sound like this glamorous or grandiose rock band, but they perform with this loudness and focused chaos that makes the dark things in life look and sound beautiful.  

Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern) (Twitter:@mcentirezach)

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