Sunday, February 26, 2017
Three-Sixty Smile was not your typical rock band. These Saint Louis legends were originally founded in 2004 by former members of the band Mindrive Josh Herr (Vocals/Guitar) and Joey Natas (Drums). During this transformation period they were rounded out by guitarist Jonny Baynes and bassist Jeff Boyer. Josh had thought provoking lyrics and the music was balanced by both driving and melodic guitar riffs that came across infectious and refreshing. He liked to write about the everyday challenges in life. Notable influences of the band were as follows: Cold, Socialburn, Crossfade, Seether, Blue October, Metallica, Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson and Nirvana.
The band had been featured and received both commercial and specialty spins on many regional stations including: KPNT 105.7 The Point (St. Louis), 19th market WVRV 101.1 The River (St. Louis), 19th market KBBM 100.1 The Buzz (Columbia, MO), KKID 92.9 (Rolla, MO), KBVU 97.5 The Edge (Storm Lake, IA), KANR 92.7 The Fly (Wichita, KS), WLCA 89.9 (Godfrey, IL), KANR 99.9 The Fox (Columbus, MS), and WDLJ (Carlyle, IL). They also got spins on a numerous number of college and independent radio stations all over country. 360 had been featured on countless internet outlets as well including iChannel, GarageBand (featured artist), Alternative Addiction (featured artist) PureVolume, MySpace, PartyTown, Hollywood Records, KRUSH Radio and countless others.
Three-Sixty Smile had the honor of sharing the stage with a lot of great acts over the years highlighted by performances with Blue October, Cold, Static X, Buckcherry, Smile Empty Soul, Socialburn, Shortie, Flyleaf, Blood Simple, American Head Charge, Billy Talent, Adema, Candlebox/ Kevin Martin & the HiWatts. 360 was also crowned winner of the 2006 Battle for Pointfest in Summer 2006 which earned them the right to open 105.7 The Point’s "Pointfest 18" along side such great acts such as Shinedown, Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, Trapt, Hurt and many others at UMB Bank Pavilion. (Now Hollywood Casino Ampitheater). Because of their rapid expansion, 360 headlined or played every major venue in St. Louis and the surrounding regional area with very notable shows at UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Charles Family Arena, The Pageant, Pop's, The Hard Rock Cafe, Mississippi Nights and The Blue Note and All Stars among countless others. 360 Smile had a huge CD Release party for their Change Your World EP at Pop’s (Sauget,IL) with over 1000 in attendance. The band toured regionally two years spanning a 900 mi. radius in the Midwest and south with dates in twelve states. In addition, they were invited to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Their relentless style and powerful live show pushed the band to gain an ever-growing fan base of rabid 360 fans. They were managed by Justin Boyd for quite some time.
In 2005 Three-Sixty Smile received sponsorship from Budweiser to become part of the True Music Live program. This was a major step for the band and the relationship between the band and Bud True Music. The band was also picked up by Spector basses in 2005 as well.
Three-Sixty Smile sold over 5000 units of their first two independently released CD's titled "Sex Is A Weapon" & "Mindriven". SIAW and Mindriven were respectively produced by Kevin Gerdes and Allen Hessler (Story of the Year, Calico System, Unchained, New Empire w/ Bert McCracken/The Used) and have proven to be a milestone for 360 Smile and the direction of their music. The band released their highly anticipated EP “Change Your World” in October of 2006. Credits on this release include engineers Paul Altnether and Jimmi Gunn (Steve Ewing/The Urge, Skrimshaker, A Bit Shifty, Logic) along with producer Jon Armstrong (Colony/ MCA Recording) and mastering by Brad Sarno (Blue Jade). In September 2006, 360 Smile was signed to In The Loop Records, an independent label based in St. Louis. They went to Los Angeles to record their full-length label debut with Kris Kohls (Adema) and Tom Baker mastering. It was set for a tentative release in 2007. Things did not work out with the label and in the fall of 2009 Josh Herr passed away. In January of 2010 a memorial show was held in the honor of his life at Pop's Nightclub And Concert Venue in Sauget, IL. The band will always be remembered for their passion and drive during their time spent together. Their music and memory will always live on.
Like them on Facebook HERE and visit their SoundCloud HERE.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The much anticipated new EP "Visions" from G. Jones has arrived and he will be in town on Friday, March 3rd at 2720 Cherokee. His "Visions" 2017 Tour also features like-minded guests Yheti and Sayer. G. Jones is from Santa Cruz, CA. Yheti hails from Piqua, OH. and Sayer is native to Oakland, CA. These bass artists will make you feel the music literally. Following in the pattern of the other EP singles, "We See It Clear," explores similar soundscapes from Jones. His spaced-out synth, a myriad of sound effects that ring in a sort of wonderful textured madness. Not to mention the bass line, "We See It Clear" shows Jones' unique talent that allows him to create outside the boundaries of genres. For info. on the show visit the official Facebook event page HERE and tickets are available HERE.
Visit the link above & his website HERE to stream/purchase G. Jones music.
Follow him on the socials: Facebook or Twitter.
For more info. on Yheti visit his Facebook page HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE.
For more info. on Sayer visit his Facebook page HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Coming to Blank Space on March 5th is Brooklyn, New York's Anna Wise who is celebrating her latest album The Feminine: Act II. Her music falls into the alternative, electronic, hip-hop, pop, R&B and soul genres. Sharing the stage with her is St. Louis native Black Spade who is a hip-hop, rap artist that is considered a legend in this town. This promises to be a solid show and takes place on a Sunday. Visit HERE for the official Facebook event page for info. and ticket purchase link. The show starts at 8pm and will end at 11pm. Ticket/Admission cost is $10. Posted below is Anna's latest and her links, in addition to Black Spade's "To Serve With Love" and his links also.
Stream/purchase Anna Wise music on her website, follow her on the socials: Facebook or Twitter.
Visit Black Spade on his Tumblr for more info. on him. His music is available on iTunes. Follow him on the socials: Facebook or Twitter.
For more info. on Blank Space visit their website or like them on Facebook/follow them on Twitter.
Deonte Malone is DT of (Raw Deal Ent.) from East St. Louis. He is a rapper, producer with influences along lines of artists like Nas, Tupac and Jay Z. He has performed shows in the Missouri and Illinois area. When he is not busy doing his own music he is recording and producing others, as well. He began in 2008 with his first release "Illinois Greatest". That was followed with his sophomore effort in 2010 "Midwest Music". In 2013, he presented "Where'd The Music Go?" followed by 2014's "Money" and then "21 & Over: Ladies Night". His most recent is from 2016 "No One Goes Quietly". Included below is his latest music and a video from his last show which is this week's #VideoOfTheWeek also. Follow him online on his socials: Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, SoundCloud or YouTube. His music can be purchased on CD Baby.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
On Monday, March 13th at The Crack Fox 'Rapture' presents: Curse of Cassandra from (Ohio) and Wax Fruit from (STL). If you had a chance to catch both of these acts at the electronic festival this year at The Crack Fox then you did not miss out and probably will come see them again. The festival featured a smorgasbord of acts from all over the mid-west. If you did miss it then here is a chance to redeem yourself.
Curse of Cassandra is a dark electronic band from Ohio. Whispery vocals mix with glittering dance beats to conjure worlds of ‘witch-dance’ and ‘grave wave’. Voted Best Electronica 2015 and 2016 for Best of Dayton Underground.
Save the date: Monday, March 13th and RSVP/Purchase tickets HERE on the official Facebook event page. 9pm doors/10pm show (Ends @ 2:30am), 21 and up, $10.00 cover. $3 Rails and $2 Tall Boys available.
Like Wax Fruit on Facebook HERE & visit the links above to stream/purchase their music.
Curse Of Cassandra:
For more info. on Curse Of Cassandra and to stream/purchase their music visit their website HERE and be sure to like them on Facebook and or follow them on Twitter.
For more info. on the Crack Fox bar visit their website HERE and like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Now that you may have started to wonder or ask yourself what Old Salt Union, The Former Me and Illphonics have in common the thinking is quite simple really. Some may have already know the answer. For a musician it is a good feeling when you can finally catch some sort of break. Not that the work is over, but just beginning sometimes. However, the point is that these three acts just accomplished something that many will not. They have all taken what has been presented to them and in each case and have been humbled by it. It is great to see so many positive responses too. Let's see what has happened in favor of these three groups.
Old Salt Union is a newgrass/americana string band from Belleville, Illinois. They have cited musical influences from jazz, classical, jam band, and alternative. Four out of five members of Old Salt Union are Belleville natives, and they've been getting their show on the road on their own since 2012. It all has recently changed a bit for them. They recently signed to Nashville, TN label Compass Records. Visit HERE to read an article on them by the Belleville News Democrat.
The Former Me is a high-energy pop-punk band from St. Louis. These dudes won a competition with their video submission they entered to share the stage with rock legends Bon Jovi this year. The band and also Live Nation is behind them. Visit their fan page and they have some recent videos of press appearances they have done locally about this. Exciting.
Illphonics is a fusion band that blends hip-hop, alternative, funk, rock and soul. At the end of January they got some air-time for their video on BET.
Keep up the great work everybody. Here are a few more encouraging examples that you can find on Twitter. Also, a couple more good examples to note are the Jeremiah Johnson Band and Final Drive are on the Billboard charts, as well.
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media goes to "Miles Ahead," featuring Ferguson's own Keyon Harrold! #grammys— Kevin C. Johnson (@kevincjohnson) February 12, 2017
Friday, February 24th brings a real treat for those of you reading this that enjoy experimental, ambient and electronic music mixed with some rock. The show will be at The Heavy Anchor and features Key Grip (Experimental Art), Squircle The Destroyer (Instrumental Post Rock) and Hands And Feet (Electronic, Shoe-Gaze, Indie). This show is 21 and up. $7 for venue side, free to get in the bar side. It starts at 9pm and will be over around midnight. Visit HERE for the official event page on Facebook. Included below are some videos and music that will give you an idea of what you can experience if you plan to attend. This one promises to be a visual and audio delight to your senses if you enjoy the avant-garde.
Listen to Squircle The Destroyer - Oct. 19 2016 at CBGB (St. Louis) by Birds Nest #np on #SoundCloud