Tell a friend about OpeningBands!
|Added Apr 30, 2007 by Todd Hunter (todd)|| |
|Change of address|
OpeningBands has a new address!
P.O. Box 446
Champaign, IL 61824-0446
Local acts are encouraged to submit review copies of recordings in person if possible.
|Added Apr 16, 2007 by Todd Hunter (todd)|| |
April is halfway over, but no use letting a perfectly good cover for the April issue go to waste. Click on the cover and check out the April issue if you have not yet! Credit: Lance Birch.
|Added Mar 06, 2007 by Steve Sobel (steve)|| |
|Score one for Indie Labels|
The FCC is currently finalizing a settlement with four major broadcasting companies over Payola. As part of the agreement, 4 major broadcast companies would pay $12.5 million in fines and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists.
The four companies tentatively named are: Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio, Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp.
Further detail can be found here.
|Added Feb 28, 2007 by Steve Sobel (steve)|| |
|Political spam is lame...|
The following is my own view, and may not represent that of the entirety of the openingbands staff:
Regular readers of the openingbands forums are well aware of my vehement anti-spam stance. Today I received spam to a prominent @openingbands.com email address telling me who I should vote for and against for City Council.
This is what TV ads, door to door campaigning, lawn signs and paid-for postal mail are for. It is my personal feeling that if we as a community do not respond to political spam disapprovingly, it will continue to come from those who feel it may be effective.
To be clear, I believe that part of the role of our politicians as technology changes so fast should be to be advocates for constituents who overwhelmingly want to fight things like spam. For this reason, I feel that taking part in sending it is so terrible.
As a disincentive to the spam I received today, I am voicing my opposition to those candidates supported by a campaign sending unsolicited mass email. The two candidates promoted in this spam were Deborah Frank Feinen and Karen Foster - who I would vote against were I still a Champaign resident.
I recommend voting against any and all candidates who support their campaigns with unsolicited email on principle. We get enough of it already and it costs us huge amounts of money in productivity and spam fighting tools, not to mention the risk of missing out on legitimate emails due to spam filters.
|Added Jan 28, 2007 by Steve Sobel (steve)|| |
Are you in a band? Are you a comedian? Are you in a dance squad? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute...
Email Nate Jones
Nate is working with a group to book bands, comedians, dance acts and entertainers for the 1st Champaign County Fall Festival held in Rantoul this September!
Looking for entertainers of all genres to perform for about 30-45 minutes.
If interested, please email Nate with your name, name of your group and a brief description about yourself or music, website, etc. Please include "Champaign County Fall Festival" in your subject line.
We're ready to believe you!
Pygmalion Festival to Kick Off This Month [Pitchfork] - The people of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois unleashed REO Speedwagon upon the world in the early 1970's, and they've been making up for it ever since. Braid, Hum, Poster Children, and the Didjits are but a few Chambana bands that have vaulted the city into the same indie rock league as Chapel Hill, Athens, and Olympia-- college towns with musical influence in absolute disproportion to their size.
The Opportunists and Col. Rhodes call it quits [Buzz] - This July, we bid goodbye to Colonel Rhodes and The Opportunists, two outstanding local bands that never got as much attention as they deserve.
Review: Desafinado - s/t [Buzz] - Review of the C-U based latin band.
Interview: Shipwreck [Buzz] - The Buzz's Kyle Gorman talks with Shipwreck about their music and their new album.
City on Film [The Onion's A.V. Club Staff Picks] - Former Braid and Hey Mercedes frontman Bob Nanna's new project, City on Film, is highlighted on The Onion's A.V. Club Media Center as a staff favorite.