Is Rock Dead?


Is Rock Dead?

I don’t listen to a lot of rock. I grew up in the Midwest on classic rock and kind of overdosed on it long ago. Don’t get me wrong I will never get tired of Zeppelin, Hendrix, or Crosby Still and Nash, and I love all 90’s rock from Nirvana to the Afghan Wigs, but I don’t really buy Rock music now. Sure I go to Lollapalooza and Bonaroo and enjoy all the indie bands but I mostly find myself checking out the latest mix tape, which is generally Hip Hop. That said I was kind of bummed to learn that a lot of other people aren’t buying Rock either.

New York Times reports that the state of Rock music is so dire that the genre has not produced a single great album in the last few years, its music critic Jon Caramanica writes that instead of declaring the genre dead we should “call it zombified.”

Rock is, after all, still shambling around, but the best of the bunch are basically walking “in footprints laid out years, even decades, earlier.”

Possibly it is fact that it’s the old guard? U2 and Bruce Springsteen tours bring in huge numbers. Bon Jovi was one of the highest grossing live acts in the last couple of years bringing in $201.1m in world ticket sales. However, its front man is 48, and according to a report by Deloitte, 40% of the front men of the top 20 highest-grossing live Rock acts in the US will be 60 or over next year; almost one in five acts will be over 50.

Beyond Arena Rock, 2011 was a terrible year full of long-reliable acts in the Rock genre that failed to arouse even their typical level of interest: Evanescence’s “Evanescence” (Wind-Up), Blink-182’s “Neighborhoods” (DGC/Interscope), Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” (Capitol).  Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “I’m With You” (Warner Brothers), Limp Bizkit’s “Gold Cobra” (Interscope), R.E.M.’s “Collapse Into Now” (Warner Brothers), Sum 41’s “Screaming Bloody Murder” (Island).

I personally did love that new Chili Peppers album. Anyway what do you think is the reason that the new Rock bands aren’t blowing up? Is it lack of record label support, lack of radio support or just lack of younger fans?

Sure, there is good work on the fringes, and on independent labels, but “it wasn’t so long ago that major-label rock had bursts of vitality,” Carmanica laments. Now “it’s a living funeral.”    Last year the UK Guardian reported that Rock songs in the charts fall to lowest level in 50 years, with only three tracks appearing in the top 100 best-sellers. The percentage of rock songs plummeted from a sickly 13% in 2009 to a terminal 3% – far behind hip-hop/R’n’B at 47%, pop at 40% and dance 10%, according to figures from MusicWeek.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Upcoming Tour 2014

It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run.
Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently.
From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience,” he recently told Fast Company magazine.
“If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly.”
So, 10 years later, while much has changed, many things aren’t so different now. For instance, Ounsworth has spent all of 2014 thus far crisscrossing the United States playing living room shows.
He still needs that direct connection with fans; it validates his vision of how art should work and confirms his belief in the music.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new album Only Run is out June 3, and today, they’ve shared a video from the album. The clip for “As Always”, directed by David M. Helman.

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US Tour Dates:

05-15 Manchester, England – Living Room Show
05-16 London, England – Living Room Show
06-02 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
06-03 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06-04 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
06-05 Ybor City, FL – The Orpheum
06-06 Orlando, FL – The Social
06-07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
06-08 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
06-10 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
06-11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
06-12 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
06-13 Chicago, IL – Taste of Randolph
06-14 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
06-16 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
06-17 Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore
06-18 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
06-27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
06-28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-24 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
07-25 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
07-26 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
07-27 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
07-28 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
07-29 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
07-30 Boise, ID – Neurolux
08-01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
08-02 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-03 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
08-05 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
08-07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
08-08 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-09 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live
08-11 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
08-12 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
08-13 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
08-14 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
08-15 Chattanooga, TN – Miller Plaza
08-16 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
08-17 Richmond, VA – The Camel
09-06 Tokyo, Japan – Club Quatro
09-08 Osaka, Japan – Club Quatro

David Bowie In Berlin!

The exhibition David Bowie is coming to the Germany capital. Berlin is the city where the exceptional artist has spent some of the most productive years of his career.

On 20 May 2014 the exhibition curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, opens its doors to the public. Exhibition venue is the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Be among the first to experience a spectacular show!

David Bowie is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie – one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.














The exhibition demonstrates how Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture and focuses on his creative processes, shifting style and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film.

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