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WonderCon – BMI Presents “The Music That Makes You Scream” Panel Discussion At WonderCon 2013

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Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the leading global music rights organization, along with White Bear PR will return to Wondercon to present an elaborate panel discussion on the art of composing for one of the most demanding genres – Horror! BMI Director, Film/TV Relations Anne Cecere and White Bear PR Founder Chandler Poling will moderate this spine tingling panel. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. There will also be giveaways distributed following the panel.

“The Music That Makes You Scream” panel at the 2013 Wondercon will feature BMI Film and TV composers who will be discussing the process of scoring for screams.
• Tyler Bates “Day of the Dead” & “Halloween II” (@tyler_bates)
• Anton Sanko “The Possession” & “Nurse 3-D” (@antonsanko)
• Frederik Wiedmann “Mirrors” & “Hostel III” (@freddiewiedmann)
• Dino Meneghin “Teen Wolf” (@DM_LA)

Saturday, March 30, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 208
Photo call time is at 10:00 a.m., Room 212A

Anaheim Convention Center 700 W. Convention Way Anaheim, CA 92802

The highest-rated series and specials on television feature the scores of BMI composers, crafting the theme and/or background music for nearly three-quarters of all prime-time network programs. BMI’s composers such as the legendary John Williams also contribute to billions of dollars in box office receipts with film scores in many of the year’s top films. Promoting the role of music in film, BMI partners with the Sundance Film Festival and other industry workshops to enhance the role of music in film and television.

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Review – Jack White and The Peacocks at Mariachi Plaza – 2012

Following an impromptu Tweet and Facebook post, the ever impressive Jack White took center stage at the historic Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, California. A stone’s throw from downtown LA, Mariachi Plaza has been host to Mariachi musicians since the 30′s and yesterday Jack White and his all girl band, The Peacocks lived up to the musical richness and cultural diversity of the community.

Amid street vendors, Metrolink commuters and a blistering sun, about 70 ecstatic fans gathered around the small concrete stage and listened to Jack White do what he does best…he played and sang from his heart. Devoid of lengthy sound checks, opening bands and muscle-bound security to keep you far from the stage, we stood without pushing, listened intently, clapped, sang and swayed with Jack’s hypnotic blend of punk, blues, country. Opening with Sixteen Saltines, one of the brilliant tracks from his new album, Blunderbuss, Jack and the rest of the band sounded amazing as they smiled and played with every bit of energy that we have seen delivered to crowds of thousands. Following with the high intensity of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, an impassioned performance of Love Interruption and a quasi collective sing-a-long of Hotel Yorba, their energy continued to pull passerby towards the stage and in their adrenaline fueled performance, we all were all treated to a powerful reminder of just how versatile, energizing and captivating his music really is.

Jack has been doing these special “B” shows around the country usually on the same day in which he has a concert later. Under no obligation to do these free shows, the fact that he does them shows just how dedicated he is and how much his fans mean to him. Following him around the country is the Rolling Record Store, yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. An absolutely awesome bumble bee-esque record store on wheels filled with exclusive Third Man vinyl, shirts, buttons, 45 adapters and koozies…yes, koozies!

Jack White is playing tonight, August 11th at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown LA and if you are really lucky, he just might be playing at a plaza, record store or automotive shop near you!

For more information on Jack White and a whole bunch of other awesome bands go here:

http://thirdmanrecords.com/

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Fate/Zero Singer LiSA is coming to North America and Anime Expo 2012

Aniplex of America has been on a roll for fans, this summer they’re bringing LiSA to Anime Expo 2012 as a guest of honor and likely as a concert feature as well. As a bonus, Aniplex is bringing her work to a domestic release in North America as well, four of LiSA’s albums will be imported and sold, two of the releases will come in Limited Edition packaging with Blu-ray or DVD’s enclosed depending on the release. The whole package will hit retail on May 1st for those unable to get in on the pre-orders through Right Stuf.

Titles coming over:

  • Letters to U – SRP $32.00 | Store Price $25.00
  • LOVER”S”MiLE (Limited edition CD & BD Combo) – SRP $50.00 | Store Price $40.00
  • LOVER”S”MiLE – SRP $38.00 | Store Price $30.00
  • Oath sign (Limited Edition CD & DVD Combo) – SRP $20 .00 | Store Price $15.00

Pre-orders for those who can’t wait will start this Monday on April 2nd at Right Stuf so be sure to check back or you might miss out on some of those goods.

For those unfamiliar, LiSA made her hits with shows like Angel Beats as the vocals for Yui when singing, also her single Oath sign was chosen for Fate/Zero which helped shoot her into stardom.

Links: Aniplex | LiSA

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AM2 Convention staff slots open up

Looking to hit AM2 this year but want to contribute your own touches to the show? Feeling up for helping con guests get around the floor the ACC? Check out their sign up page and see if you fall into their list for potential slots at the show this year.

AM2 sign up page – Volunteers / Staff

Odd enough the listing goes into deeper positions like marketing and pr as well as a huge list of guest assistance positions for all the events at the show.

Event details:

Location: Anaheim, CA
Days: June 15-17, 2012

Venues: Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim Hilton

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Review – Transplants Roxy Theater Show 2/10 – Los Angeles, CA

“Take a look around baby, yeah my whole crews ugly!”…well not really but the Transplants did put on a sick and awesome show at The Roxy in Hollywood last night February 10th 2012! Matt Freeman of Operation Ivy and Rancid fame, all around bass playing God, and front-man of Devil’s Brigade opened the show playing a 35 to 40 minute set. It would be an understatement to say they sounded fantastic. Matt was ridiculous on bass, opting for what looked like his signature Squire rather than his upright used on the album. DJ Bonebrake of L.A.’s legendary punk band X backed Matt on drums and whose timing, energy and gum chewing helped keep the crowd screaming for more. Throughout the set, Matt genuinely thanked the audience, his best friend of 39 years Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, Tim Armstrong’s Rock ‘N Roll theater, numerous collaborative and solo side projects, and all around musical genius) and the Transplants for having his band open the show.

After Devil’s Brigade, the Transplants started their set to a very pumped up, filled to capacity crowd. This was their first show in 7 years, and the testosterone flying out of them could not be mistaken. Their opening song was “Tall Cans In The Air” (my personal favorite) where Skinhead Rob Aston proceeded to shake a beer and spray the crowd with it. Nobody seemed to mind. By the crowds reaction everyone was thirsty for blood boiling, vein shaking musical madness. The Transplants delivered nothing less and played all the songs you would expect, “Diamond and Guns”, “Gangsters and Thugs”, “DJ, DJ” with a few surprises like “Saturday Night” off Travis Barker’s solo album, Give the Drummer Some as well as a couple of covers by iconic punk bands (if you want to know, catch a show and if you’re lucky you might hear some too)!

From Rob and Travis’ tweets to their intensity throughout the show, it was clear that these guys were extremely stoked to be playing together again. There is nothing better than seeing a band whose energy transfers to the audience and that is exactly what was going on here. As the crowd slammed, pogoed and screamed along to every song, an amped up Rob embodied the same energy, spitting and throwing beer on the crowd (it may sound gross but in the moment really added to the show). Travis Barker (Blink-182) on drums was amazing. The guy is a sweaty drumming machine. How someone could keep up such a level of constant intensity is mind-blowing. So many times drummers are stationary and kind of stuck in the back. The fact that Travis was able to have the same presence as Rob and Tim who were jumping around at the front of the stage is a testament to his extraordinary abilities. Finally, in his signature style, Tim Armstrong ripped the guitar while somehow simultaneously spinning and dancing across the stage without missing a beat. Despite having gone to Rancid shows for years, I am continually blown away and amazed at his ability to connect with the crowd. When Tim sat on the edge of the stage playing his guitar and singing with the crowd, he generated a vibe reminiscent of old punk shows where the band and the fans fuel one another.

I can easily say that this was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Throughout the entire show there were multiple times during the night that Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman were walking around talking to people, taking pictures and honestly, just being rad. I was able to meet both of them and they could not have been cooler. It was a fantastic night, a fantastic show and if you have the chance to catch them, (they are playing Las Vegas Monday, February 13th) go, I promise you won’t be disappointed, unless of course you don’t like good things.

The Transplants are currently working on their 3rd album, which will hopefully be released later this year with a tour to follow!

If you love these guys or have never heard of them before check out their website and follow them on twitter:

@transplantsband
@skinheadrob
@timrancid
@travisbarker
@devilsbrigade66

www.transplants.com

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Queen Extravaganza Pack 02 adds nine more songs

Time to break out the plastic instruments from winter storage! One of the greatest bands of all time is back with nine more tunes for RockBand!

The song list includes:

Seven Seas of Rhye
Stone Cold Crazy
I’m in Love With My Car
You’re My Best Friend
Long Away
Bicycle Race
Don’t Stop Me Now
Radio Ga Ga
The Show Must Go

The pack is available now for 14.99 or 1.99 per song.

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L’Arc-en-Ciel brings their 20th L’Anniversary concert to theaters!

L’Arc-en-Ciel is a powerful force in J-Rock, making impressions on generations of listeners and even casual anime fans. It’s no surprise that they’ve outlasted so many other groups in the industry and that their L’Anniversary concert brought over 100,000 fans to see them. You can become a part of that history on November 29th if you act soon.

Here’s the breakdown from the english version of the site:

L’Arc-en-Ciel, the “Monster Band” from Japan, on Big Screen!
Special One Night Only Event Celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Enjoy ≪Best of L’Arc-en-Ciel≫ 2Days Live at Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium which traced the history of the band and attracted 100,000 people !!!

In the middle of “20th L’Anniversary TOUR” in Japan, L’Arc-en-Ciel proved its artist power again with the new single “X X X” released on October 12th which marked another No.1 on Oricon charts and the details of its “WORLD TOUR 2012″ have been just announced yesterday.

Before the WORLD TOUR, the special 2-hour version of the “20th L’Anniversary LIVE” held on May 28 and 29, which created a sensation when Japanese satellite television WOWOW broadcasted it as 【20th L’Anniversary LIVE WOWOW Special Select】, will be released as special one night only event in the movie theaters worldwide.

Let’s get to your feet and shout !! The full excitement of the special nights on May will revive in the theaters. Do not miss this exclusive experience with the powerful big screen and sound.

Check out the website for theaters in your region, keep in mind this is a worldwide showing so you might get lucky.

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Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert hits LA

Late notice always sucks, at least we received this for post at least 24hrs early for you guys. Zelda fans will have an amazing reward tomorrow at the Pantages Theatre, Nintendo is putting on a special event with a full 70 piece orchestra and choir for vocals to go through classics from the series and give them new life. Gamers will also get a treat with Skyward Sword available for demo on the Wii and Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, keep in mind you will likely be on timed machines with so many people attending.

For more details look below for the date, time and location and even some handy links to get you there.

WHEN:
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

 WHERE:
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA 90028

Find it on:
Google Maps | Mapquest | Bing

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AM2Con 2011 – Back to basics

AM2 is just wrapping up as I write this, but as a potential force it’s only starting after this inaugural year. For those that are veterans to Anime Expo it really has been the only pure Japanese animation event in town, you have SDCC but it has arms in everything out there. As opposition there are many fan events not run by the SPJA but often they fall under the radar, AM2 was anything but that with high profile members behind the curtain to arrange the show for an impressive first year showing with a new staff group and venue at the Anaheim Convention Center.

To kick things off, AM2 started this year with a unique proposition to everyone, entrance and events for the most part are free. Video panel rooms, live programming, concerts and even the exhibit hall weren’t checking for tickets or passes and the public at large was able to join as a part of this first year event. There were a few special events that did require it but even then the passport was a fraction of the cost to current major events. For the most part it took over the ACC by capturing upper floors and Hall B. With some extra polish there looks to be a gem here, I’ll go through my experiences from Day 1 at AM2 (unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch 2 and 3 due to some unexpected changes in plans).

Exhibit Hall:

This is the litmus test for many fans, if you have an exhibit hall stacked with retailers side to side, you’re considered godlike to most. Unfortunately conventions have been seeing less retailers in their halls though, if it’s the economy or high rental prices I don’t know. AM2 suffered in this area, what they did pack was quality but the volume wasn’t so high. You could successfully see and pass through the whole thing in a bit over an hour if you were taking your time through everything. A big issue that came as well was that Hall B is HUGE, having your exhibit hall crammed to the side and covered by drapes only hurts the visualization of the space. Honestly with 10 or so extra people selling it would have made a big enough impact to counter it. Bigger names would have been nice and even a corporate showing would help perk things up outside of Media Blasters.

Artists / Fan Art / Artist Alley

Again, a helpful measure to keep people busy or attract other fans, the area was largely absent from the show and what factors hit that are pretty unknown. When the retailers have some higher kicking prices though, many flock to the fan artists to save the day for cool finds. Catering to them early or with competitive spacing prices might have helped here, as a whole the community seems to be a bit regressed as of late from participation. It needed more though to make it attractive to those passing by.

Summer Festival

Until this year I had never participated in a Summer Festival, after this year I can say I would again if the prices were a little friendlier. I took my daughter this year to the event and she had a ball but for $1 per ticket it seemed steep. After about $10 we called it a day on the games there, had the games been 50 cents or less for kids with simple prizes or tickets for children it would have been a better deal. Even the staffers were shocked about the ticket sales for it. It shouldn’t be too shocking, from what I know most of these take place outside when it’s July and it’s on blacktop and anyone from the area knows that July on blacktop means that you’re slowly cooking yourself. Having the Summer Festival inside was a great idea, it needed more games though and maybe a little more style though.

Food

Having a legendary candy maker crafting animals isn’t exactly catering to food needs; having hot trucks with delights is catering to the food requirement though. I’m not sure if the ACC came down on the AM2 team or not but having the hot trucks outside was a bummer and many didn’t even know where they were because the arrow was pretty vague. Next time working out how to have them indoors lined up would be amazing because people wouldn’t be walking blocks to food places in the heat and not wanting to walk back or being too tired to finish the day. Integration is a must.

Live Programming | Video Rooms | Arcade

I can’t talk bad about this, after finding the LP rooms I was having a good time, between major events they were screening shows to keep the ball rolling which was nice. They actually had a variety of events to see and fan panels which was pretty epic. The video rooms were stacked through the day with break periods that didn’t actually hurt anyone, in fact if you needed to keep your fill going, you could walk over to the next room and catch something new. If nothing was meeting your need you could throw down on Street Fighter IV, 3rd Strike, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, DDR or multiple other games to get your action fill. These areas weren’t really lacking at all and were easily accessible.

Concerts

Having the entire 3rd floor of the ACC just for shows, there’s something magical there. The team from AM2 didn’t miss a beat on this one, the shows were probably the biggest impact on my visit to the convention this year. After years of having to wait in line for tickets and entrance it all stopped. AM2 adopted a Comic-Con style policy with a twist, if you’re there you can go in, if you don’t want to be there, you can go. You don’t need to wait for tickets or waste other parts of your day to hope to see something. If you have a passport though, you not only don’t have to wait if there is a will-call line, you can just get inside and have fun as you wish. This year it worked out that everyone could pretty much enjoy things, I have a feeling next year will be a little harder to pull that off. Music acts for AM2 had my jaw on the floor, Heidi was amazing to see and even my daughter was jumping and dancing to the music which was awesome.

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This is big deal that I saved for last, many that I talked to were hanging out in Hall B wondering if this was all there was to see, if the live acts would be on the Summer Festival stage and that it seemed like it would be much larger than it was. It looked like passport holders were able to get their hands on a book but freebie entrants had no real clue and the information booth wasn’t exactly standing out to everyone. Having a chart for the show on a large foam core board would have been nice. Having arrows or signs to lead people around would have been great too because the volume of traffic wasn’t high enough that everyone could just assume things. People need to know what’s going on especially when you’re sharing the ACC with another convention entirely. This was a huge black mark for my time there, I even had part of my party leave because they thought Hall B was all there was.

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It’s a shame I couldn’t be there all 3 days, I really wanted to but it’s not always so easy. I’m glad I attended day 1 though, it was a fresh twist on events I remembered being much simpler years ago. AM2 has a chance to redefine how everyone gets to interact at these conventions and I really welcome their efforts so far. I’m really hoping they can pull everything together in 2012, with more exhibitors, better social communication and more focus around the fan experience it could be pretty epic. Move the food trucks in, add some signs, bring in some extra retailers and see if some of the big boys will come down to hang out. The show took the experience back to the basics and made it openly accessible once again, it just needs to refine how it finishes that experience.

Also, needing more cosplayers. Maybe be one of the rare places to actually deliver a creative approach to series meetups instead of having security kick everyone off the stairs or everyone bake outside.

More info: AM2Con Website

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V-MODA Premieres True Blood® V-80 On-Ear Headphones

V-MODA Premieres True Blood® V-80 On-Ear Headphones

First Product to Debut from the New V-MODA for True Blood Collection

Supernatural Sound and Sleek Design Inspired by Immortal Style of the Emmy®

Award-Winning HBO® Series

Los Angeles – June 30, 2011 – V-MODA, the authentic music lifestyle brand and manufacturer of award-winning headphones, announced the availability of the V-80 on-ear headphones, part of the V-MODA for True Blood line developed in partnership with HBO. The V-80 is a lightweight, high-fashion headphone that is poised to redefine the headphone industry by fusing life-like 3D sound, timeless materials, ultimate durability and the unique ability to shapeshift its style..

The V-80 offers a great deal of customization options for True Blood fans. They can choose from a range of designs that showcase their fanatical passion for the show as a badge of distinction. The two iconic V-MODA metal ear shields, on either side of the ear cushions, can easily be switched out to exhibit a variety of options featuring popular images and icons from the show – from the night club, Fangtasia, to the Japanese symbols featured on the Tru Blood beverage. Users can even choose their blood type to laser etch their name into immortality. Active fans, fear not, the V-80 is built to

The V-80 headphone is the progeny of a select group of legendary producers, DJs and artists who, over the course of thousands of nights around the world and countless hours in studio, added their audio and design expertise to carefully craft the sound and create a headphone for those with heightened and sophisticated senses. The final product is crafted from steel, aircraft-grade aluminum, Kevlar, microfiber suede, 24k Gold, unique textiles and an exoskeleton hard case, all essential elements to its DNA.

At the heart of the V-80 is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 40mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Fidelity Drivers that deliver multi-driver sound with the efficiency of a single driver. This results in a sinister combination of vibrant bass, a vivid organic mid-range and vivacious clarity on portable devices without the need for batteries. The headphone also offers long-play comfort through a tailored, fashionable fit without unsightly gaps and minimal pressure on the head and ears, the result of relentless research and hundreds of variations to find the precise shape and materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V-80 features: 

•    Detachable Kevlar®-reinforced cables with 24k gold-plated plug

•    One 3.5mm fabric cable with a one-button remote control and microphone compatible with all iPhone, Android, Blackberry, tablets and all 3.5mm port smartphones

•    One 3.5mm audio fabric cable for universal audio device compatibility

•    Distinctive exoskeleton carrying case with an exclusive blood vial zipper, ensuring headphones are protected in style

•    Two-year V-MODA premier warranty

•    Immortal Life Replacement Program – 50 percent off lifetime discount to replace consumer-damaged headphones

“The True Blood phenomenon mirrors the edgy, seductive values of the V-MODA Tribe,” said DJ and Chief Visionary Officer for V-MODA, Val Kolton. “HBO and True Blood were a natural fit with V-MODA in creating a groundbreaking, industry changing product that is a creation of acoustic visionaries.”

The “V-MODA for True Blood” line is now available at select retailersV-MODA.com,http://store.hbo.comAmazon.comNewegg.com and the HBO Shop® located at 42nd St. & 6th Ave. in New York.

ABOUT V-MODA
V-MODA is the true music lifestyle brand that is distinguished by its fashion-forward design, unparalleled quality and unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by professional DJ and Chief Visionary Officer, Val Kolton, V-MODA products blend the spirit of Italian design, the essence of music, and the charisma of Hollywood. Together with design extraordinaire Joseph Bucknall, the worldʼs most influential producers, musicians and DJs, V-MODA is constantly challenging the norm and forging the remix revolution. For more information, please visit V-MODAʼs website, v-moda.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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