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 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

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

Kicknote Charts: Week 7

KN_Gold_RecordWeek 7 chart-toppers were: When Bears Attack!, Ke$ha, and David Archuleta.

When Bears Attack! is making their second appearance on the charts this week. The young screamo band has a bunch of shows coming up around Illinois, so check out the dates on their Myspace. Single to check out: “If I Had Eyes, Manhattan Could Fly.”

Ke$ha is a new-comer to the charts this week. She is a pop/electro/dance artist, who first gained popularity via her collaboration with Flo Rida on the hit single “Right Round.” Ke$ha’s own single “Tik Tok” is currently climbing the Billboard Charts as well. Keep an eye on this one, she’s probably going to get big. Single to check out: “Tik Tok.”

David Archuleta is a pop singer out of Utah. He is best known for being on the hit television show American Idol. Archuleta’s first album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Charts in 2008. Single to check out: “Crush.”

Kicknote Charts: Week 6

KN_Gold_RecordLast week’s top three on Kicknote included two repeats and one first-timer: Owl City, Backdrop, and The Alumni Club.

Owl City is a synthpop/electronica act consisting of solely Adam Young. Hailing from Owatonna, MN, Owl City was on top of he iTunes single charts last week as well. Owl City has been around since 2007, but only recently gained mainstream popularity recently. 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.”

Backdrop is making their fourth appearance in the charts this week. Check their website for upcoming dates around Iowa City. Single to check out: “Almost Over.”

The Alumni Club has reached the top three for the second time this week. They are fun, energetic pop rock out of Illinois. Several shows are slated in the NYC area this month, so be sure to get out there and see them. Single to check out: “Something About Symphony.”

Kicknote Charts: Week 5

KN_Gold_RecordThis past week saw two newcomers and one repeat winner. The top three this week, in order, were Kings of Leon, Daft Punk, and Backdrop.

Kings of Leon is an alt rock/indie band out of Nashville, TN. The band consists of three brothers and a cousin. Their single “Use Somebody” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 38 straight weeks to date. They have released four studio albums so far, with plans for a fifth in 2010. Single to check out: “Use Somebody.”

Daft Punk is an acid-house/techno group from Paris. They are probably best known in the US for having their song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” sampled by Kanye West. Other popular songs include “Around the World” and “One More Time.” They are known for their high-energy live performances, and will also be featured in the upcoming video game DJ Hero. Single to check out: “One More Time.

Backdrop is a group everyone should be familiar with by now. This marks the third time they have made their way into the Kicknote Top Three. The alt/rock/pop trio has several shows coming up around Iowa City in the coming weeks, so check out their websites for the dates. Single to check out: “Almost Over.”

Congrats to all our artists. Check back next week to see who’s topping the charts.

The 10 Best Rock Bands of All Time

Led Zeppelin IEvery music-lover has his own opinion of who the best bands ever are, and every one of these lists pisses people off. And, yes, there have been countless numbers of these lists made already, and there will be a million more. Regardless, here is my own personal, subjective opinion of the 10 best rock bands ever:


  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. The Beatles
  3. The Who
  4. The Rolling Stones
  5. Queen
  6. AC/DC
  7. Jimi Hendrix
  8. Black Sabbath
  9. Radiohead
  10. Guns n’ Roses

I’m not going to explain and defend each one of these choices, because if you know anything about rock, you should understand why I made these choices, even if you disagree. I will, however briefly explain why I have Zeppelin in the numberThe Beatles Sgt Pepper one slot. Subjectvely: because they are my favorite band, pure and simple. More objectively: because I believe that their infusing of blues and folk into some of the first real hard rock represents the pinnacle of musical innovation in the modern age. Whether they are rocking your face off with “Whole Lotta Love” or softly singing you a tale of being lost with “Going to California,” no one does it better than Zeppelin.

There were obviously a ton of runners-up who didn’t make the list, who many of you are probably outraged about, but I’m not going to list them. Tell me who should be on here if you think you know better.