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ELEAGUE PARTNERS WITH TWITTER FOR ESPORTS STREAMING
August 18, 2016 5:41 pm

 

On July 29 and 30, Twitter presented its first live streamed eSports event, showcasing CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) teams as they battled it out for the ELEAGUE championship.

This coverage was the result of a partnership between ELEAGUE, a professional eSports league, and Twitter.  The event was held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, and according to a Turner press release attracted some of the world’s elite CS:GO teams.

The fact that Twitter is breaking into the eSports streaming community has some people wondering if this will result in market competition between other popular eSports streaming platforms such as Twitch.  That said, Twitch provided coverage of the ELEAGUE championship alongside the Twitter stream.  According to the ELEAGUE news release, live streaming coverage was available for all three matches of a best-of-three series, on both Twitter and Twitch.

Twitter is the native social platform for eSports and this partnership provides our passionate fans with an additional opportunity to consume ELEAGUE content as we reach the pinnacle of our first season,” Christina Alejandre, General Manager of ELEAGUE and Vice President of eSports, Turner Sports

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According to the press release, matches were also live-streamed on TBS, which is a part of the Time Warner company Turner.  ELEAGUE was created through a partnership between Turner and WME.

According to the press release, at the ELEAGUE event, Twitter was used primarily for providing highlights, memes, stats and scores, alongside content from Periscope, a video streaming application Twitter acquired in 2015.

Despite the fact that Twitter is taking a place alongside other streaming applications, it is clear that they are expanding their marketability. At least at this point that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will push out other streaming platforms, but it is clear that Twitter is trying to increase the audience that they can reach in various different ways. 

Twitter has been a staple in the gaming community for some time, what with interaction from professional players with one another, building event hype, etc.  Now, it appears Twitter is moving from the background to the main stage, and taking its place as an active participant in the eSports experience.

According to Anthony Noto, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer, eSports fans have been using Twitter to check up on events in competitive gaming.

“Gamers are one of the largest and most engaged audiences on Twitter, and we are thrilled to partner with Turner and WME I IMG to bring them the live content from ELEAGUE and Twitter commentary they are already looking for, all on one screen,” – Noto

While this ELEAGUE competition was the first live streaming eSports event on Twitter, it is almost certain that it won’t be the last. We may see Twitter stats popping up in some fan-favorite competitive games soon, such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Smite and more.

For more information check out the ELEAGUE press release – HERE 

Featured Image Source – Aban Tech 

TOP 5 UNDERDOG MUSIC SCENES IN THE US
June 24, 2016 1:35 pm

Keeping up with the slew of musical talent coming out of places like New York City and Los Angeles is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It can become overwhelming to keep up with all the other fantastic music scenes this country has to offer. From coast to coast, there are many cities making a significant mark on the musical world, many that go unappreciated.

For instance…

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-Atlanta.

With the likes of Deerhunter, Manchester Orchestra and Neutral Milk Hotel all hailing from Atlanta and nearby areas it’s impossible to say they don’t know what they’re doing. Venues such as The Earl, 529 and The Star Bar showcase many local and national acts. If luck is on your side, you can catch members of bands such as The Black Lips or Mastodon playing at these venues with side projects when not out on tour. Locally, Stokeswood gives everyone a reason to dance while Lazer/Wulf slays the instrumental prog metal scene. The Coathangers are a perfect example of the raw sounds that are coming out of this city right now. Further proof of the scene quality, multi-instrumentalist Derek Torres of TOW3RS has uprooted himself from Raleigh, NC to take his dynamic psych pop talents to ATL. The scene is hopping and don’t expect it to stop any time soon.

Noteworthy Artists:
T0W3RS
Jungol
The CoatHangers
Stokeswood

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-New Orleans

This city will be forever known for their blistering jazz- and understandably so. However, what lurks in between the bars is a whole slew of diverse greatness. The folk and blues styles that have been developed here for decades bleed into the city and it’s musicians in fantastic ways. From the always catchy indie pop of Generationals to the Americana influenced Cardinal Sons to the bluesy, sultry folk of Hurray for the Riff Raff, there truly is something to please everyone. With the Circle Bar showing live music every night and Gasa Gasa housing great up and coming acts, there’s no doubt that the music scene here is one to watch.

Noteworthy Artists:

Generationals

Cardinal Sons

Bantam Foxes

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-Omaha

Bright Eyes, The Faint, steaks…These are a few names that come to mind when thinking about Omaha. This city’s music scene is still churning out great bands and it’s only looking to get better. The locally legendary venue Slowdown, made famous as a creative experiment by the Saddle Creek Records, is the place to play. The venue has become a springboard for local artists and, with no cover, the best place to catch the next great band. The Mynabirds released a standout album in 2015 that showcases just what Omaha and Saddle Creek Records are bringing to the table.

Noteworthy Artists:
The Mynabirds
The Decatures
Eli Mardock

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-Portland

Portland has produced some stellar bands. The Decemberists. Sleater Kinney. Blitzen Trapper. The list goes on. The entire city seems to be a part of a hip band. There’s the indie pop of Radiation City, the shoegaze of Lubec, the folk rock of There is No Mountain. The list of music in Portland literally goes on forever. They’re enveloped by spectacular venues as well. Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir Lounge and the Aladdin Theater attract many local and national acts of an unimaginably wide variety. Good luck keeping up with all the talent coming out of this place.

Noteworthy Artists:
Typhoon
Mo Troper
There is No Mountain

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-Tulsa

Between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, you can find more than an earful of great tunes. From the kaleidoscopic sounds of Tallows to the indie rock of Horse Thief and Broncho, there’s plenty of variety to go around. Although a vast amount of the scene here is Americana influenced, that doesn’t stop any of the citizens from branching out. Annie Clark of St. Vincent was born here, only a stone’s throw from the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. The scene is varietal and interesting. Cain’s Ballroom is a nationally recognized venue. The Campus Corner provides a range of indie rock acts while The Blue Door features the quieter, folky side of the town.

Noteworthy Artists:
Horse Thief
Tallow
Broncho

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IT ALL FEELS RIGHT WITH WASHED OUT
November 18, 2015 1:56 pm

If I were to take a wild guess, you, the reader, having ventured into our wondrous world of ATYPICALSOUNDS, might be into ‘indie’ music, which by that extension means, you might recognize this tune.

Washed Out Band Photo. Ernest Greene pictured.

The creative forces behind Portlandia didn’t randomly select that snippet as the backdrop for their sketch comedy roughly based around the ill-defined ‘hipster’ niche. Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around” was the anthem to a short-lived–yet indispensable–piece of nostalgia-injected ambient-electro dance pop that emerged circa 2009 that is referred to as “Chillwave”, often characterized by heavily distorted lyrics, synthesizers, and sampling.  Think Toro Y Moi Causers of This Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms or Aerial Pink’s Before Today.

Washed Out is Athens, Georgia native Ernest Greene. He was discovered on, of all places, his MySpace account—which was still the social media mode of choice for most aspiring bedroom musicians at the time. Greene released his first two EPs High Times and Life of Leisure both within a short span in September 2009.  The former of the two was released via exclusively on cassette tape.  The latter saw a much wider release on Mexican Summer, a Brooklyn-based record company that specializes in elaborate vinyl packaging. Life of Leisure served as a major catalyst for Mexican Summer, which, along with Best Coast’s 2010 debut Crazy For You, was a hot commodity indie label at the time–and was certainly a major player in the vinyl craze that started around that time.  Greene next moved to Sub Pop where he released his debut full-length Within and Without in 2011 and followed up with Paracosms in 2013.

Thematically, Washed Out’s music tends to revolve around one central theme.  Look no further than his debut record cover.  That’s right: Love. Washed Out is a desperate romantic chasing after his muse. The titles of Greene’s tunes don’t really beat around the bush either; for example, “The Sound of Creation,” or “It All Feels Right.” His music is sensuous, immersive, and evocative, and at the same time, quite beautiful and dense.  Make-out music on a mild dose of psychedelia.

CUSSES New Video “GOLDEN RAT”
July 28, 2015 5:39 pm

CUSSES are at it yet again.  Their latest video is for “Golden Rat” off of their Here Comes the Rat LP.  

CUSSES are a pulsating and fierce band from Savannah, Georgia. We spoke with vocalist, Angel Bond to get the skinny on the story behind the video. The video was directed by the bands drummer, Brian Lackey and it was filmed in Savannah, Georgia at the Southern Pine Company.

Bond tells us, “we really just wanted to make a live, raw video.  A lot of fans had asked to see more of us in our videos”.

The video is filled with double exposed images and you can see Bond in her metallic red gloves feeding a cassette into a boom box.  It then explodes into 3 minutes of pure rock energy.

The BEASTS love this band and you should too.  Don’t miss them live in your city when they come through on their next tour.  After all, we are all CUSSES.

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Big Sound, Little Tybee
July 20, 2015 4:32 pm

Little Tybee is a big band with an even bigger sound. And when the 6-member group performed at Rough Trade last Thursday, ATYPICALSOUNDS was there to receive it. Before the show, we sat down with singer and guitarist Brock Scott to find out how touring was treating him, twelve shows in. 


 
You started your tour by playing 11 nights in a row. How are you still standing?

BS: Well I’m seated right now! We’ve done a bunch of U.S. tours in the past, and it’s always like 10-hour drives in between stops and it just kills us. But this tour, we intentionally booked 3-hour drives per day, so we didn’t stress ourselves out. This tour is really less about marketing, and more about us finishing up an album. Before we finalize everything we want to get the songs mature. When you tour with a song is when the little nuances of the songs come out.

Right, you want to make sure you can perform the songs live.

BS: Josh, our guitarist, plays an 8-string guitar and a lot of the time he’s recording part by part. His technical prowess on the songs is so advanced, he pushes himself to where he’ll write something and record it, but he can’t actually play it live yet. Then it’s like a challenge to progress his talents, to meet up to the recording standards.

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So, this tour is to practice the new songs? Did you get to tour with the last album?

BS: We did, but not as extensively as we would’ve liked. We all have jobs back home, so like July and August is kind of our touring month. A lot of the guys teach in the band, and summers are when a lot of their students are doing summer camp. This is just the time that we go on the road, but most of the time we’re kind of just focusing on online content and doing videos, and recording. I’ve been playing with some of these guys for like 15 years, so we’re not one of those bands who’s just putting everything into it and living out of our van, and then we burn ourselves out because we don’t get to the level we think we’re supposed to be or whatever.

It takes time.

BS: Yeah, exactly. I’m a firm believer in slow-build. Cause that’s when you get true, devout fans, and people that follow a kind of legacy, or a discography, as opposed to a Pitchfork, overnight band, where it’s like, “They’re awesome! Everyone’s got to see them!” But then after 3 months it’s like, “Who?”

We’ve messed up enough times in our career to know what not to do. It’s almost like things have leveled out on all sides, where we’re not wearing ourselves too thin. We’ve made it work. But to answer your question, we toured a good bit around the U.S., but really we’re trying to focus on online content and then potentially doing festivals. It’s kind of where our future lies.

As a folk band, what kind of festivals would you like to do?

BS: I think we fall into a lot of genres. Believe it or not, we appeal to the metal scene because of Josh playing the 8-string. He’s playing a lot of technically advanced things. The way we write songs, if you add distortion, a lot of our songs would be metal songs. It’s really kind of arpeggiated and classical sounding, but cleaner. We don’t really want to pigeonhole ourselves into one genre, we kind of want to be accessible to you and your grandmother, and everyone.

Similar to how ska is basically sped-up polka music, do you try changing up a single element in your music that turns it into a completely different genre? 

BS: I think we have a little bit of that in there. I think what we try to do though, is not be limited. In one song, we might have four different genres. On the new album we have this one song that goes from sounding like a funeral procession, a New Orleans-style ending part with a horn section, to rah-rah marching band kind of stuff. But then right before that, it’ll be really prog-y and almost sound like [the Yes album] Fragile. So we just kind of go wherever our interests lie. We’re just having fun.

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Do you get to do anything cool on your tour stops besides play? Do you get to look around, or do things? Or are you just trying to catch up on sleep?

BS: I guess the biggest endurance challenge is on your liver. Because you get to the venue, you get to the soundcheck, and you’re hanging out. They’re like “Oh, by the way, here’s a bunch of free drink tickets!” You need a lot of restraint, and there’s a lot of fatigue. It’s not tiredness, because we’ll get a full night’s sleep. But fatigue is a different kind of monster.

We just came from Richmond, and we hung out with some locals there. A lot of times we hang out with the bands, we have a lot of friends in all the cities we’ve played in over the years. We’ll make a plan to stop at the Crystal Cave on a drive if we see it, or Wizard World or something; as long as we have time for it and it seems interesting enough.

I noticed you’re going up to Canada on this tour.

BS: This is more or less an east coast kind of thing. We started in Georgia, and then went down through Florida, then have been working our way up the coast. But from New York, we’re moving to Boston, and then Maine, and then Vermont and Canada, and then down through Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and then making our way back down to Nashville and then home.

It’s about 36 stops in 38 days. It’s a lot, but it’s the only way. We’re not a band that gets gigantic guarantees, so the only way to make it financially viable for us is to play every night. And it’s what we want to do, because it allows us to get really tight, like that tour-tightness that you don’t really get normally. We’ll practice just before a show, but you don’t have the nuance of the songs down, so I think we’re just now settling in to how the songs are supposed to be.

Have you done anything since coming to New York? Have you tried the pizza?

BS: We haven’t really done anything other than sit in traffic for a while. But we’ve been to New York a whole bunch of times in the past, so we have friends in the area, in Williamsburg and Manhattan.

Nirvana, our violinist, is Dominican and her family lives in Teaneck, right over the bridge. And they’re awesome. They cook the best authentic Dominican food you’ll ever have. So we’re going to go there straight after this.

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Tell me about the new album.

BS: The new direction is awesome, it’s really 1970’s-inspired. Real direct-sounding. For a while, everyone was on a Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear kick, so reverb was cranked high on those albums. We’re going back to Harry Nilsson, Bill Withers, really 1970’s close drums, tight vocals, everything’s right in your ears instead of in a field. It’s real bombastic and I’m really excited. I think this is our first album where we actually figured out our sound and our writing process. We look forward to having it out, probably at the beginning of next year.

You mentioned you all work outside of the band. How do you find time to be a band?

BS: I work building sets for the movie industry, I’m a welder. I build props for The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games, and a bunch of other things. Some of the guys work at a brewery, a lot of the guys teach. They’re all jobs in which we can have a flexible schedule where they don’t mind if we take off for like two months or something. Traveling the country, playing music, doing the things you love, there’s nothing better than that.

Watch: Little Tybee, “Tuck My Tail”

CUSSES ARE GOING TO GET YOU
May 27, 2015 1:38 am

Georgia indie rock band CUSSES are at it again.  With the release of their latest single, “I’m Going To Get You” from their LP, “Here Comes The Rat the band once again reels you in with their pulsating sound and fearless lyrics.

This song is all about taking back the night and letting all the bullshit go.  Vocalist Angel Bond has this ability to lure you in with her wild presence and stunning sexiness but what you get at this band’s live show is so much more than a hot chick up front.  This is one leading lady that will make sure you know she’s running the show.  Seeing CUSSES live is a cathartic experience.  The band leaves you wanting more even though you feel like you just went through a hardcore workout with them.

Don’t miss this band when they come through Brooklyn on July 18th to The Flat in Bushwick.  For CUSSES summer tour dates click here.