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Edgefest, a yearly outdoor rock concert festival that primarily promotes Canadian rock music, began in 1987 as a thank-you gesture to the listeners of Toronto radio station 102.1 the Edge and as a birthday party to commemorate both the station's tenth birthday, and the coinciding Canada Day. Since then, it has spanned 20 years, over 300 bands, over 500,000 attendees, and 4 locations (Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario, the Ontario Place Forum, the Molson Amphitheatre, and most recently Downsview Park). It is now the longest running rock show in Canada.
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Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known by his simple stage name of Beck.
Beck's music—with its pop-junk culture collage of musical styles, oblique, ironic lyrics, and post-modern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and heady sound effects—was hailed by critics and the public as among the most idiosyncratic of 1990s alternative rock: critic Steve Huey describes him as "One of the most inventive and eclectic figures to emerge from the '90s alternative revolution." Although Beck's work defies easy categorization, his eclecticism and genre experiments sparked comparisons with Prince, though Beck was undoubtedly a less prolific artist and drew on an absurdist, free-flowing lyrical style that was totally original when first exposed to mainstream audiences. Indeed, some critics labeled him and his breakthrough single "Loser" as novelties.
Despite this individualism, Beck's music is very much a product of the 1990s and the media age in general, with hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music and genre-benders like the Beastie Boys as notable touchstones; in addition, some critics liken his head-spinning lyrical aesthetic to a post-modern Bob Dylan sensibility.
Initially started as a solo project by Dan Smith, Bastille have become an international sensation. After experiencing some moderate success in the UK with their debut album, Bad Blood, they rocketed to stardom after their single, "Pompeii", became a hit with music lovers around the world. The single has gone Platinum in the UK and Double Platinum in the US, and the band itself won the 2014 Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act.
Switchfoot is a San Diego band that first came to fame as a Christian rock act, eventually branching out to a more mainstream audience. While they have retained elements of their faith-based music, Switchfoot's Grammy Award-winning alt-rock has been exciting fans for over a decade. Fans are especially excited about the release of their new album, Vice Verses, in June 2011. As of April, Switchfoot is currently finishing up the US leg of their tour dates, but will be heading to Australia, Asia, and Canada before the end of their 2011 concert schedule.
In 1996, brothers Jon and Tim Foreman - along with friend Chad Butler - got together to form Chin Up. They were soon signed to indie record label Re:think Records, which was quickly bought out by Sparrow Records, who wanted Switchfoot to be an exclusively Christian band. That meant that Switchfoot's first three albums -- The Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human, and Learning to Breathe -- were released almost exclusively to Christian radio stations and stores that sold Christian tchotchkes. Despite the limited release, the album Learning to Breathe went gold and received a Grammy nomination. Even more amazing was when three of Switchfoot's songs were featured in the movie A Walk to Remember, with Mandy Moore even singing the song "Only Hope" in the movie.
The movie piqued the interest of several major labels, and Switchfoot was able to leave Sparrow and move to Columbia Records. Shortly after, the band picked up keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and released their fourth album, The Beautiful Letdown, in 2003. The changes were exactly what the band needed as the album went double platinum while still retaining popularity in the Christian rock scene. Switchfoot saw a drastic increase in the crowd size on tour dates after the album's release, also indicating their widened audience.
In 2007, Switchfoot announced that they would be leaving Columbia and forming their own record label, lowercase people records. While building their own studio in San Diego, Switchfoot performed tour dates in support of various charitable causes until spring of 2008. After recording "This is Home" for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, they released the album Hello Hurricane in 2009, which won a Grammy in 2011.
With the success of Hello Hurricane, fans can't wait to see what Switchfoot has in store on Vice Verses. In the meantime, Switchfoot is currently well into their 2011 concert schedule, with their next tour date at Australia's Easterfest. On April 28, they're headed to Singapore, then Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia before heading to Canada on May 16. On June 15, Switchfoot will return to the US to play a handful of extended tour dates, with their concert schedule for 2011 ending in at the Awakening Festival in Leesburg, VA on September 23. With so many tour dates in 2011, be sure to check Eventful for Switchfoot's full concert schedule.
Cage The Elephant:
Music lovers that haven't heard of Cage the Elephant have probably heard their hit single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" on the radio or TV. Those same lovers are probably also missing out on Cage the Elephant's amazing concert dates. This Kentucky band is a group up-and-coming stars who are bringing a much needed kick to mainstream music through their folksy yet rocking beats and frenzied tour dates. Their style is a unique blend of bluegrass, punk, and rock that has been garnering attention from both fans and critics. For those people who have heard and enjoyed "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", there's good news in the form of tour dates for 2011.
Cage the Elephant was formed by brothers Matthew and Brad Schultz in 2006. Their sound was almost immediately a hit and gained the band a concert date at the 2007 Lollapalooza, immediately following Lady Gaga's breakout performance at the festival. It wasn't until they played at the South By Southwest Festival that Cage the Elephant were signed to UK record label Relentless Records, eventually relocating there. Their debut eponymous album was released in June of 2008 in the UK and almost a year later in the US to positive reviews. Shortly after, the single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" began to circulate as a hit single and the band began to play concert dates with a number of UK and US bands, including The Pigeon Detectives and Manchester Orchestra. Cage the Elephant returned to play a tour date at Lollapalooza in 2009 as well as playing the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and Bonnaroo in Tennessee.
Cage the Elephant's new album, Thank You Happy Birthday, was released in January of 2011 and has prompted the current 2011 tour dates with superstars The Black Keys. The two bands share a similar bluegrass sound, as well as the energy they both expend on stage. The concert dates will kick off in Cage the Elephant's home away from home of London on March 23, with tour dates in 2011 extending into July. Part of Cage the Elephant's meteoric rise to fame is due to their energetic tour dates, where the band's members visibly play like it's their last night on Earth. While Cage the Elephant won't be opening for The Black Keys on every tour date in 2011, the shows with The Black Keys are selling out fast, so buy tickets soon.
The Avett Brothers:
If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you're lucky, their laughter. If you're almost anywhere in America , you'll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven't heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.
It is not New Year's, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band.
The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.
They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that's left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That's the commotion, that's the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that's what you'll find.