WMCX's 24 hour fest RECAP

WMCX's 24 hour fest RECAP

Here at the X were all finally waking up from our post 24 hour music fest hibernation. We're obliviously a little biased but can safely say it was a major success! We had a great turn out, all the bands showed up and played incredible sets, and we had a load of fun.  Stay tuned for all the sets and interviews, till then check out these SICK photos from our Social Media Director, Linda Pluhar

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Stage

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Stage

Bad events happen in threes and we have seen the second death of a rock and roll legend in less than a week. Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian tragically passed away after collapsing on stage during a performance at the Legends of Rock Cruise on Wednesday Night. He was 67 years old.

Sib Hashian joined Boston in 1975 and played on the band’s 1976 self-titled debut album. Included on the album is possibly their best-known song, “More Than a Feeling.” Rolling Stone praised Hashian’s “climatic drums fills in the final fade-out” on “More than a Feeling.”

The leader of Boston hired Hashian during sessions for the group’s first LP, firing their original drummer Jim Masdea. Ironically Sib Hashian was later replaced in the late 80’s by Boston’s original drummer.

Though best known for his time with classic rock band Boston, his accolades stretch far beyond. He played on bandmate Barry Goudreau’s self-titled album as well as singing backup vocals on Sammy Hagar’s cover of “Sittin On (The Dock of the Bay).

It has been reported other musicians will perform tributes to the late Sib Hashian and his wife insisted the cruise not come to a premature end. The cruise began March 18th in Florida making stops in Peurto Rico and the Bahamas.

On The Passing Of Chuck Berry

On The Passing Of Chuck Berry

The legendary Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90 this March in his home outside of St. Charles, Missouri. It was reported he died of natural causes. Death cannot stop a master musician considering his next and final album will be released in June featuring Nathaniel Rateliff. The influential musician who was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri has been considered the father of rock n’ roll but is constantly compared to Elvis Presley, another founding father of rock n’ roll. There has been a long history of black people being compared to their white counterparts instead of being allowed to represent themselves. A major difference is as such, Chuck Berry is also known as a pioneer performer for rhythm and blues. Over the decades copious amounts of arguments have taken place about who is the founder of rock and roll, Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley. As music does not evolve in a linear fashion there is no way to definitely say which one was the “first” or most influential.

Death comes for us all but just like Presley and all those before him, Chuck Berry will be forever immortalized in his musical influence on all forms of music and musicians.

Freelance Whales' Diluvia Album Review

Freelance Whales' Diluvia Album Review

From the subways of Queens to somewhere in outer space, experimental indie folk band Freelance Whales showcases their ethereal sound with their newest album (released back in 2012), Diluvia, that “Absolute Punk” raves is “a celestial and cinematic tour-de-force” that “cements [the band’s] status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie” groups. Once again travelling down the rocky path of a concept album, the band’s sophomore story this time focuses on space travel – which was inspired by movies and TV shows such as The NeverEnding Story and Battlestar Galactia.

PHOTOS: The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, and Rozwell Kid

PHOTOS: The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, and Rozwell Kid

There was one hell of a gigernio to be gotten to this past Thursday. The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, and Rozwell Kid sold out Irving Plaza and I was lucky enough to be there. This was my first time at Irving Plaza, get ready for a ton of stairs (what's up with every NYC venue being the least accessible??), but not even close to the first time for seeing any of this crew. I'm used to seeing these boys pack 350 cap bowling alleys down the shore, so seeing them sell out a 1,025 cap venue made my little heart melt. 

Interview with CHRIS GETHARD

Interview with CHRIS GETHARD

Area Getheads rejoice!!! We had the man himself come sit down in The X studio and chat with us LIVE. If you missed it, you're in luck! Listen below!

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Toy Cars, Sentient Moss, Halogens @ The Electric Oak 3.25

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Toy Cars, Sentient Moss, Halogens @ The Electric Oak 3.25

There was a gig to be gotten to this past Saturday at The Electric Oak. Sentient Moss celebrated their debut full-length Somebody, Somehow, which you can (and should) stream HERE. I was late to the gig for a necessary sushi run, but I would bet my bottom dollar Grin & Bear rocked everyone's socks off. They're fresh home from their tour with Halogens who closed out the night and left everyone in a stoked sweaty mess. I haven't gotten the pleasure of seeing Toy Cars in what seems like forever and I am kicking myself in the butt. Sleeping Patterns is one hell of a record. If there was one thing off about this killer gig, it had to be the exclusively. It's a rarity to show up to a D.I.Y show and be carded at the door. That on top of an 4 band bill of all dudes is not exactly my ideal gigerino but nevertheless, I had a frick fracking blast. 

PHOTOS: DNCE at The Wellmont Theater

PHOTOS: DNCE at The Wellmont Theater

Under many inches of crusty Black Flag t-shirts you'll be able to find a very avid pop music fan, and an even bigger Jonas Brothers fan. I got the opportunity to catch DNCE at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair NJ, despite feeling archaic among the sea of 12 year olds I had an incredible time. DNCe puts on a live show that is fit for arenas rather than theaters. JinJoo constant shredding, Cole Whittle reaching a whole new tier of "extra", and Joe Jonas just existing should be enough for this band to make it into your rotation. 

Check out some pictures from the show