Kicknote Charts: Week 10

Our top 3 artists this week were Grizzly Bear, Owl City, and Ke$ha.

Grizzly Bear is an indie rock band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They’ve released three studio albums to date, the latest being Veckatimest. Grizzly Bear has made numerous appearances on various talk shows over the past few months, including David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien. Single to check out: “Two Weeks.”

Owl City is a synthpop/electronica act from Owatonna, MN, consisting solely of Adam Young. Owl City has been around since 2007, but only recently gained mainstream popularity. Be on the lookout for tour dates in your area, as Owl City has a bunch of dates coming up in the Midwest and South in the coming months. Single to check out: “Fireflies.”

Ke$ha is a pop/dance artist out of Los Angeles, making her fourth appearance in the top 3. She first burst onto the music scene with an appearance in Flo Rida’s“Right Round.” A popular inquiry about Ke$ha involves her height, as she is a fairly tall woman at 6’1.” Single to check out: “Tik Tok.”

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Kicknote Charts: Week 9

The Kicknote chart-toppers this week were Justin Bieber, Them Crooked Vultures, and Ke$ha.

Justin Bieber is a 15 year-old Canadian pop singer who has a deal with Island Records. His first full-length album just released last week. Bieber has been in the news recently because of a borderline riot at a Canadian mall involving hoards of teenage girl fans. Single to check out: “One Time.”

Them Crooked Vultures is a supergroup consisting of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age). Their debut album was just released on Nov 17th. Single to check out: “New Fang.”

Ke$ha is a pop/dance artist out of Los Angeles, making her third appearance in the top 3. She first burst onto the music scene with an appearance in Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” Single to check out: “Tik Tok.”

New Feature: Artist Sites Categories/Filters

Here at Kicknote we’ve been hard at work to keep the site steadily evolving. A ton of stuff is currently being worked on behind the scenes (and it’s almost ready), but we’re trying to release little updates as often as possible to keep improving the user experience for you guys. Our latest update was adding categories & filters to the artist sites box (check out the screenshot). Now you can select one of seven categories (artist updates, videos/pics, streaming music, tix/concerts, get music/merch, bio/info, & social networks), and Kicknote will show you which of the artist’s sites have what you’re looking for. This is especially helpful if you’re not exactly sure what some of the sites “do,” or you’ve never heard of them before.

A full artist profile redesign is on the way, which will include a more robust version of categories/filters, a new layout, and an artist-specific newsfeed of real-time updates, among other things.

Lots of great new features will be out soon, so be sure to check back often!

Comments/suggestions are always welcome: comments@kicknote.com

Local Show: Fiction 20 Down

Eve 6 008.JPGSome of us guys from the Kicknote office went to check out a show last Thursday at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. The venue is a pretty cool place–it’s just a dark little bar with a stage, and the walls completely covered in stickers and posters. There were some really interesting old show posters up on the walls, including Ben Folds and Cake (keep in mind the max. capacity of this venue is 175). Those shows must have been incredible to attend.

The lineup for the night included The Juicy Grapes & Fiction 20 Down. We got a chance to hang out with the guys from Fiction 20 Down before and after their set, and it was a really good time. Fiction 20 Down played a solid set of originals with some covers thrown in for good measures. They have a reggae-rock sound somewhat reminiscent of bands like Pepper and Sublime, and they actually did a couple of really good Sublime covers in their set, including “54-46 That’s My Number,” and “Don’t Push.” My personal favorite cover was Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend;” very creative and well-done.

So be sure to check out Fiction 20 Down on Kicknote and find out when they’ll be playing near you. CDs are available on iTunes. Good luck guys.

Stories From the Road: Backdrop

The guys from Backdrop share some amusing stories from the road, including hawks smashing into cars, houses burning down, & White Castle. Most of you are probably familiar with Backdrop from their numerous appearances in the Charts, now get to know them behind the scenes. Enjoy.

Kicknote Charts: Week 8

KN_Gold_RecordWe have two brand new winners for you this week in the Charts. The top three were: Girl Talk, Ke$ha, and Weezer.

Girl Talk is an electronic/dance/experimental DJ-musician from Pittsburgh. He is known for his creative mash-ups incorporating rock, hop-hop, and various other genres into something entirely different altogether. Girl Talk has released four full length studio albums to date, as well as several EPs and single tracks. Single to check out: “Play Your Part Pt. 1.”

Ke$ha is a pop/dance artist from Los Angeles, making her second appearance in the top 3. She first came onto the scene with an appearance in Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” Single to check out: “Tik Tok.”

Weezer is a long-enduring alt-rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1992, Weezer has released seven studio albums to date, the most recent being Raditude (released November 3rd of this year). Rivers and the gang are currently touring the US to promote the new album. Check their website for dates. Single to check out: “Say It Ain’t So” (scroll down a bit).

New Feature Release: Kicknote Newsfeed

Kicknote newsfeed (basic)We are happy to announce the release of the Kicknote Newsfeed. This feature allows users to create customized feeds of information about their favorite artists right on Kicknote.com. Currently the feed only supplies Twitter updates, but more information sources are being added very shortly. Soon, you will be able to see new photos, videos, concert dates, blog posts, and more, from over 50 sites, all nicely organized in one place. Staying up to date on your favorite artists has never been easier!

How it works:

  1. Sign in OR create your Kicknote account
  2. Find your favorite artist’s profile on Kicknote
  3. Click “add to feed” on the left side.
  4. Repeat for all of your favorite artists

You can access your own custom feed by clicking “my account” in the header whenever you are signed in. Only artists with Twitter accounts will show up in your feed right now, but don’t be afraid to add artists without Twitter– you’ll be able to see all kinds of other updates from them soon.

We have plenty more features currently in the works, and look for the Newsfeed to expand and evolve very rapidly over the coming weeks.

There’s lots of great stuff happening at Kicknote right now, so check back often to see all the progress we’ve made and stay up to date on your favorite artists!

As always, we’d love to hear your opinions on the new features at feedback@kicknote.com

Also, don’t forget to check out the Kicknote Charts to see who’s hot this week!