Spoiler Alert: #Serial Finale

I was late to the Serial bandwagon and powered through all twelve episodes in one day. Yes, one friggin’ day. I had to digest all of the info at once and let me take a minute to breathe because wow, it is quite a lot.

For those of you not yet familiar with the podcast called Serial you need to stop reading right now and go to SerialPodcast.org and start listening. The podcast is hosted/narrated and produced by journalist and producer Sarah Koenig. It filters through testimony and evidence from the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland. It was created by Koenig and the team at This American Life and Ira Glass acts as editorial adviser. Koenig is fantastic in every way. She is real and asks the tough and sometimes cringe-inducing questions. Basically, we’re obsessed. Note: For anyone who does listen to Serial but hasn’t heard the final episode, be warned, spoilers below!

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Throwback Thursday: The Big Ticket Festival

As much as I don’t like to rate festivals I am reviewing Jacksonville, Florida’s The Big Ticket because it really made an impact on me in regards to what this city has to offer. I moved to Jacksonville the week before Thanksgiving without much information or expectation for what I might find in the Bold City. I had been on one short visit to the area about a year before, in November of 2013. In the past I had friends from Florida tell me that Jacksonville wasn’t so great or that there wasn’t much of a music scene to get involved in. This was troubling for me as an entertainment blogger and live music addict. Well I’m glad to say that these friends and critics were wrong.

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#HotNewBandAlert: Getting To Know Raw Fabrics

On Friday, December 5th I had the opportunity to meet up with L.A. based band Raw Fabrics after their set at The Big Ticket festival in Jacksonville and asked them about touring, recording with Stephen Street and their plans for 2015.

Our meeting took place after their energetic set on the festival’s main stage and I had already encountered a new swell of fans who had just been converted by the band’s enthusiastic stage presence. I didn’t quite know what to expect upon meeting Jack, Jon and Justus as their band was unfamiliar to me until about a day before our interview but the gentlemen were lovely and exhibited an air of humble excitement that is not always common in the entertainment industry. They definitely added me to their fan base and I must admit, their single ‘Pissin on The Dancefloor’ hasn’t left my head since Friday afternoon.

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Music Monday || 12.08.14

raw_fabricsThis week’s Music Monday band is the L.A. based Raw Fabrics. We met up with the guys on Friday at Jacksonville, Florida’s The Big Ticket festival and asked them a few questions about touring, recording with Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) and their unique sound. Check out what they had to say in our Raw Fabrics interview post and get their EP ‘Gold Handcuffs’ on iTunes HERE!

 

 

 

 

2015 Grammy Nominations || Part 2

Not all of the best GRAMMY categories are part of the live telecast and sometimes we miss out on recognizing the honorees. Here are the nominees in a few of our favorite un-televised or under-publicized categories. This is part two of our 2015 GRAMMY Nominations list. See categories 1 through 16 in part one HERE. Don’t forget, the 57th GRAMMY Awards air live on CBS on Sunday, February 8th.

46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

A Feather’s Not A Bird (Rosanne Cash), Just So Much (Jesse Winchester), The New York Trains (The Del McCoury Band), Pretty Little One (Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Bricknell), Terms of My Surrender (John Hiatt)

52. BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Fly Rasta (Ziggy Marley), Full Frequency (Sean Paul), Back On The Controls (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry), Out Of Many, One Music (Shaggy), The Reggae Power )Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate), Amid The Noise And Haste (Soja)

55. BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

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Actors Anonymous (James Franco), A Call To Action (Jimmy Carter), Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (John Waters), Diary Of A Mad Diva (Joan Rivers), A Fighting Chance (Elizabeth Warren), We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration And The Power Of Song (Gloria Gaynor)

56. BEST COMEDY ALBUM

Mandatory Fun (“Weird Al” Yankovic), Obsessed (Jim Gaffigan), Oh My God (Louis C. K.), Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (Patton Oswalt), We Are Miracles (Sarah Silverman)

58. BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA

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American Hustle (Various), Frozen (Various), Get On Up: The James Brown Story (James Brown), Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Various), The Wolf Of Wall Street (Various)

59. BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Frozen (Christophe Beck), Gone Girl (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat), Gravity (Steven Price), Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

82. BEST MUSIC VIDEO

We Exist (Arcade Fire), Turn Down For What (DJ Snake & Lil Jon), Chandelier (Sia), Happy (Pharrell Williams), The Golden Age (Woodkid feat. Max Richter)

83. BEST MUSIC FILM

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Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour (Beyoncé & Jay Z), Ghost Stories (Coldplay), 20 Feet From Stardom (Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill), Metallica Through The Never (Metallica), The Truth About Love: Live From Melbourne (Pink)

For the full list of nominees visit GRAMMY.com/nominees

 

2015 Grammy Nominations || Part 1

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1. RECORD OF THE YEAR

Fancy (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX), Chandelier (Sia), Stay With Me (Darkchild Version, Sam Smith), Shake It Off (Taylor Swift), All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

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Morning Phase (Beck), Beyoncé (Beyoncé), X (Ed Sheeran), In The Lonely Hour (Sam Smith), Girl (Pharrell Williams)

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

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All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor), Chandelier (Sia), Shake It Off (Taylor Swift), Stay With Me (Darkchild Version, Sam Smith), Take Me To Church (Hozier)

4. BEST NEW ARTIST

Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, HAIM, Sam Smith

5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

All of Me (Live, John Legend), Chandelier (Sia), Stay With Me (Darkchild Version, Sam Smith), Shake It Off (Taylor Swift), Happy (Live, Pharrell Williams)

6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

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Fancy (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX), A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay), Say Something (A Great Big World with Christina Aguilara), Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj), Dark Horse (Katy Perry feat. Juicy J)

7. BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

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Cheek to Cheek (Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga), Nostalgia (Annie Lennox), Night Songs (Barry Manilow), Sending You A Little Christmas (Johnny Mathis), Partners (Barbara Streisand with various artists)

8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Ghost Stories (Coldplay), Bangerz (Miley Cyrus), My Everything (Ariana Grande), Prism (Katy Perry), X (Ed Sheeran), In The Lonely Hour (Sam Smith)

9. BEST DANCE RECORDING

Never Say Never (Basement Jaxx), Rather Be (Clean Bandit feat. Jesse Glynne), F For You (Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige), I Got You (Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones), Faded (Zhu)

10. BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM

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Syro (Aphex Twin), While (1<2) (Deadmau5), Nabuma Rubberband (Little Dragon), Do It Again (Röyksopp and Robyn), Damage Control (Mat Zo)

11. BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Wild Heart (Mindi Abair), Slam Dunk (Gerald Albright), Nathan East (Nathan East), Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp), Bass & Mandolin (Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer)

12. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

Gimme Something Good (Ryan Adams), Do I Wanna Know? (Arctic Monkeys), Blue Moon (Beck), Fever (The Black Keys), Lazaretto (Jack White)

13. BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

Neon Knights (Anthrax), High Road (Mastodon), Heartbreaker (Motörhead), The Negative One (Slipknot), The Last In Line (Tenacious D)

14. BEST ROCK SONG

Ain’t It Fun (Paramore), Blue Moon (Beck), Fever (The Black Keys), Gimme Something Good (Ryan Adams), Lazaretto (Jack White)

15. BEST ROCK ALBUM

Ryan Adams (Ryan Adams), Morning Phase (Beck), Turn Blue (The Black Keys), Hypnotic Eye (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Songs of Innocence (U2)

16. BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

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This Is All Yours (Alt-J), Reflektor (Arcade Fire), Melophobia (Cage The Elephant), St. Vincent (St. Vincent), Lazaretto (Jack White)

>>Watch Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig announce the nominees for Best Alt Music Album HERE.<<

The 2015 Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, February 8th.

Keep an eye out for our coverage here on the blog and on Twitter and Instagram @WeRoamFree. For a list of all categories and nominees visit GRAMMY.com/nominees

Music Monday: Big Ticket Edition || 12.01.14

This Music Monday we’re gearing up for the weekend with our Big Ticket festival playlist! On Friday we’ll be at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park for the 5th edition of The Big Ticket festival seeing performances by Fall Out Boy, Weezer, alt-J, Chevelle and more!

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Tickets are still on sale for this event from $39.50 and doors open at 1:00 PM. Visit www.TheBigTicketFest.com for more info and tickets.

 

Will you be there? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @WeRoamFree for pics from the fest!