Gin Blossoms to Headline the Diamond Angel Fairytale Ball to Benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (11/8/14)

October 1, 2014 in SO FLO ROCKS!, Uncategorized by rock6847

Gin BlossomsPhoto: Courtesy of Gin Blossoms

The Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce this year’s Fairy Tale Ball will be headlined by 90’s alternative pop/rock sensation, Gin Blossoms!

The Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation is a volunteer membership support group formed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2004. The Diamond Angels serve as advocates for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to support its mission – to provide safe, quality, cost-effective, patient and family-centered care regardless of one’s ability to pay, with the goal of improving the health of the community it serves.

The Diamond Angels premiere event is the always memorable Fairy Tale Ball. Since the Inaugural Ball in the Fall of 2004, the Diamond Angels have hosted seven events that have raised over $1 million dollars for the Pediatric Oncology Unit and $1 million dollars towards the new Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and over another $1 million dollars for various other programs including building the free standing hospital that opened in 2011.

Last year, Joan Jett was the headliner talent for the Fairy Tale Ball and it was one of the most exciting evenings since the inception of the Ball. What made it even more spectacular was the fact that it was all for a very good cause. Here is a link to some images from last year’s event and below is a slideshow of the event.

In 1992, Gin Blossoms rose to fame with their very successful album, New Miserable… Experience which kept the band on the charts for almost 3 years with singles like ‘Hey Jealousy’, ‘Allison Road’, ‘Until I Fall Away’, ‘Mrs. Rita’, ‘Til I Hear It From You’, ‘Lost Horizons’ and ‘Found Out About You’. The album took the airwaves by storm and held MTV hostage with multi cross-over hits in 4 different radio formats. With their next release in 1996, Congratulations I’m Sorry, the band went full mainstream. Having created their own unique blend of Pop & Rock, now referred to as Jangle-Pop, Gin Blossoms became a musical force that helped define the sound of 90’s radio.

Please join us as we welcome Gin Blossoms to the Fairy Tale Ball at the Diplomat Resort & Spa on November 8th 2014 for what will be a totally rockin’ evening, as we celebrate the 11th year of this wonderful event benefiting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. See you there!!

Click here for more information about how you can join us at this fabulous event and buy your tickets here!  See you there!

Hey Gene, Rock is ALIVE! Ty Segall w/ Wand and Plastic Pinks @ The Stage Miami (9/11/14)

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847


Ty Segall’s show at the Stage in Miami was a show we anticipated on seeing since the announcement was made in June. Supported by L.A.’s, Wand and Miami’s, Plastic Pinks, the night was perfect and The Stage in Miami, couldn’t have hosted any better. Security was relaxed and the bands, the audience and everyone working the night would have a superb experience.

When asked to describe Ty Segall, I am hard-pressed to do so in just one word. Rather, Segall can be best described as a mélange of garage/punk/psych/metal. He’s very creative and encourages everyone around him to join in his creativity. This couldn’t be more clear than it was that Thursday night.

The evening kicked off with Miami natives, Plastic Pinks. The Plastic Pinks have been gaining momentum on the local live music circuit and it seems that everywhere we go, they show up. They say that half of success is just in showing up, but I can assure you, they are more than that. We arrived shortly after they took the stage, but found ourselves comforted by their sound. The crowd hadn’t gotten too revved up just yet, but things were starting to happen.

To the delight of many, Wand took the stage and I found myself in front of the lead guitarist. Their guitarist and singer, Cory Thomas Hanson, encountered some technical difficulties and claimed it was the Miami heat messing up his strings. But, shortly after his tuning break, he came back and ripped it up. There were fans onstage, pillows being thrown and a fair amount of body surfing. I even got hit in the arm with a beer bottle. During one point, the bass drum was moving away from the drummer and Segall simply walked on stage and corrected the problem. Well into their set, Wand finally showed us what they were made of and the crowd wanted more. Giving us just one extra song, they did their thing and we were warmed up for Segall.

Segall’s latest release, Manipulator, is definitely his most produced album and a unique concept piece about a tech-friendly girl, Susie Thumb. Each and every song on the album is better than the next. We are simply addicted to this album. Finally getting the opportunity to see this album performed live was like eating the tallest ice cream cone on the hottest day at the beach.

Introduced by their mustached manager as “The Manipulator Band” from Jupiter (the planet in outerspace), Segall was joined by Emily Rose Epstein on drums, guitarist Charlie Mootheart and bass wielding Mikail Cronin. We had most recently seen Cronin solo at Austin Psych Fest this past May and as a Floridian, this was such a treat to see him again in the span of several months. As soon as the first note of ‘Manipulator’ began to play, the crowd whipped into a frenzy. The wave of people became so intense at times, it was a little difficult to concentrate on the band, but it was Ty Segall and nothing could interfere.

‘The Manipulator Band’ proceeded to play most of the new album. At one point, Segall walked out onto the crowd, allowing them to hold his ankles while he played an intense solo. In addition to the new album, other highlights included ‘I Bought My Eyes’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘Girlfriend’.

Overall, I can’t remember a show in recent memory that has been as exciting and enjoyable as this one. Ty, thank you for making your way back to the South Florida. We can’t wait to have you back again.

Our recap video of the evening:

Our video for Ty Segall – ‘It’s Over':

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! Apparat – The Devil’s Walk

September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

Sascha Ring, a.k.a. Apparat, is an electronic musician that has created his own unique atmospheric music that is both somber and uplifting. If you feel compelled, you can call it ‘Chill Wave’. The Devil’s Walk, out today via AIP, is his fourth album. If you like Moby, M83 or The Cure, you will enjoy this album. Click on the album art below to stream The Devil’s Walk in it full over at NPR’s First Listen. Below the album art is the latest video for ‘Song for Los (Director’s Cut)’.

‘Song for Los (Director’s Cut)’

Apparat – Song of Los (Director’s Cut) from Saman Keshavarz on Vimeo.

R.E.M. – It’s the End of an Era as We Know It

September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

As many of you have probably heard, R.E.M., one of the great domestic bands of American rock for over the last 30 years, announced it is breaking up.

A statement on the band’s Web site reads: “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Albums like Murmur, Reckoning and Document solidified this Athens, Georgia bred band as the underground and college radio favorite of the 1980s. Everyone’s favorite, outspoken vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and, until 1997 drummer Bill Berry were the heart of R.E.M. The ’90s saw R.E.M. morph into pop superstars due to hits that include “Losing My Religion” and “Everybody Hurts.” As the years went on, their popularity declined, however, the band continued to release new material over the past decade, including its 15th album, Collapse Into Now, earlier this year.

In their own words: The band members share their thoughts on why now.


“During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.

“We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this–there’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.”


“A wise man once said–‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.

“I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

“We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.”


“One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

“Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it’s only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world.”

Another great alternative/indie band, Pavement, has given homage to the band in the past in a track ‘Unseen Power of the Picket Fence’ and it’s a fine way to recognize a truly remarkable band. It’s the End of an Era and We Know and we feel fine………..

First 10 videos played on MTV (when they used to play videos)

September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

Time for RC to get a little nostalgic. Remember when MTV used to play music videos? Here’s a quick little run-down of the first 10 music videos ever played on MTV. The first one’s a no-brainer.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011 in New Release Tuesday, New Video Release, Uncategorized by rock6847

photo: Tina Tyrell

Take a ride on St. Vincent’s newest album, Strange Mercy. Out today in the U.S. and a day earlier in the UK via 4AD, Strange Mercy is St. Vincent’s third effort and possibly the most mature, so far. Annie Clark began as a member of the Polyphonic Spree and then, Sufjan Stevens’ band and has grown into an exceptional artist in her own right, as St. Vincent. Every song is worth a hearty listen. There are layers of sound she seems to create so effortlessly with the guitar. Click on the album cover below to stream the album on NPR’s First Listen.

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The Shins premier a new tune

August 10, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

While the Shins are out and about after a 2 year hiatus and James Mercer’s undertakings with projects, such as Broken Bells with Danger Mouse, the Shins are back on tour. During a show last night in Oregon, they let the audience in on a new tune and thanks to , we are lucky enough to get a gander at the untitled tune.

‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’ part deux The Decemberists

August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

After Bob Mould did his version of ‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’, A.V. Undercover 2011 didn’t take the song off the master list and that left them with The Decemberists, who agreed to play the song. So, here’s part deux!

The Decemberists cover Sugar

Bob Mould covers himself

August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

Bob Mould was traveling through Chicago and A.V. Undercover 2011 couldn’t resist inviting him in to perform his own song: ‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’ from Sugar’s classic 1992 debut, Copper Blue. Mould, who also fronted the legendary Husker Du.

Bob Mould “covers” Sugar

Beirut releases The Rip Tide digitally next week

July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized by rock6847

We are pleased to announce that Beirut, one of our favs, has decided to release the new album, The Rip Tide, digitally next week (August 2nd). The digital release comes ahead of the physical release, due for release August 30th. You can thank Zach Condon later. Go ahead and stream the single ‘East Harlem’ from The Rip Tide. Don’t be e-scared!



Beirut – East Harlem by Revolver USA

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