Browsing articles from "March, 2009"
Mar 14, 2009

RethinkPopMusic SXSW Road Documentary

RethinkPopMusic is on route to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest 2009 (SXSW). Starting in NYC and stopping in Columbus, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee for exclusive performances, RethinkPopMusic has provided its artists with multiple showcases at the premier indie music festival. Visit ReelPM to find information about the crew and the documentary.

RethinkPopMusic artists, 40’s and The Vanguard will soon be posting to the blog with updates from the trip.  Check out the 2009 SXSW RethinkPopMusic Showcase Schedule.

SXSW Documentary featuring...u-haul, cocaine energy drinks, yak-pak, 40s

Mar 2, 2009

The Vanguard are ready to “POP”

I once wore a homemade, form-fitting, pink t-shirt proclaiming “I have potential.” And when I say “once” I mean I wore it to my college graduation ceremony. Not only did I pose for pictures in front of Old Glory holding my diploma in the braggadocios couture, now that picture resides on my sister’s desk. Now this wouldn’t of much concern, but this desk is located in the catholic high school where she teaches. Regardless, I wish I still had the shirt because, unlike myself, The Vanguard could wear it with sincerity.

 

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Friday night I ventured out to Williamsburg to see The Vanguard, who just so happen to be the newest member of the RethinkPopMusic family, at Cameo. Despite resembling an art gallery more than a music venue, Cameo provided The Vanguard with an intimate setting to showcase their new material, which is currently being recorded.

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The Vanguard’s sound focuses on Aaron Barr’s voice, which has as much range as the band has diversity (each hails from a different country Serbia, U.S., Poland and Argentina). Every song is a potential sing-along as well as a dance-off and with a “Carpe Diem” decree his lyrics, it doesn’t seem like that will be changing anytime soon. Each song seems to be scattered with harmonies, complicated bridges and big choruses with one picky audience member expressing Hall and Oates comparisons between songs. While the musicianship and songwriting aren’t necessarily at the level of Hall and Oates… The Vanguard certainly has potential.

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Check out the video for Rio and be on the lookout for the new tracks.

 

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