It’s the sound of summer insanity. Lorde’s Melodrama hit the charts this week shortly after Katy Perry’s new album broke. Haim has a new album coming out and just announced their new tour. Everywhere you look new albums, new tours, new music is hitting the airwaves at a rate seen every summer. Summer is the bread and butter of the entertainment industry. The summer blockbuster films are as big as the summer music releases. Any artist that can be on the road is. Every tour is filled and we’re already booking the Fall. SXSW is already accepting applications for 2018.
This month we are previewing festivals worldwide. From Quebec to Sydney to London to Portland there is music everywhere. There is no time to slow down. We’re jumping at gigs to see artists we’ve been hearing about. As I finish up the July issue I’m already feeling the breath of August in my ear. Summer is the time to be out and drinking in the music. No one sits still now.
Lucy Camp is a hip hop artist you’ve probably never heard of. She is releasing her Whispers EP this month featuring the song “The Heart Dies.” She is a force to be reckoned with and will attract attention quickly. http://lucycamp.com/
On Monday May 22, 2017 another concert venue was attacked, this time in Manchester, England. Almost immediately after, the usual debate began of concert security. It is a hot button issue and my soapbox. I come from a weird mix of criminal justice and music. I’m also a strong believer in order.
The choice is simple. Do you want to have going to a concert be like going to the airport or not? Large venues and large tours already have metal detectors and bag searches, some of which pre-date the Pulse Nightclub attack. Do you want ALL large venues and large tours to be secure? Does that take away from your fun?
What about small venues? The smaller the venue the less money to be able to hire extra people, have metal detectors, etc….I love small venues for their intimacy. I also know the staff at many small venues. They are my friends and I find them outside of work. I worry about their security.
I have a tendency to think like a terrorist. What does that mean? I look at venues and wonder how easy it would be to have a scenario like Paris, like Pulse….there. Sadly the scenarios are too easy to imagine.
Live music keeps me alive. It is the blood in my veins. I’ll never stop going to live shows until I’m physically unable to. Terrorists win if we’re too scared to go. Be smart. Have fun. Never stop going.
Marika Hackman – UK artist is releasing follow up to her 2015 album We Slept At Last. The new album is I’m Not Your Man and is coming out on Subpop Records. Hackman has a provocative folk sound that has come through in the singles “Violet” and “My Lover Cindy.” She is touring with The Big Moon who are also featured on the album. http://marikahackman.com/