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‘Family of the Year’ now charm crowds everywhere they go, but it all started with a chance encounter outside an LA bar

l_67e134b9652c41548beae4df18be9a90It’s not often you come across a band that has, yes, six members. On top of that two are dating, two are brothers, and it still all manages to work out wonderfully. Sound impossible? Not for California’s Family of the Year who are one such band. The self-professed indie-rock-folk-Americana songsters have just released their debut album, Songbook, and seem to be charming their way onto everyone’s iPod. If you haven’t heard them yet, SPIN Magazine recommends that you do – and so does The Rock and Roll Report.

The band consists of: Vanessa Jeanne Long (vocals), Joe Beaulieu Keefe (Vocals & Guitar), Sebastian Keefe (Drums & Guitar), James Buckey (Keys), Christina Schroeter (Keys) and Brent Freaney (Bass). Vanessa recently phoned in for a chat about Rock Band’s (yes, the videogame) pivotal role in their formation, impossible to remember band names and actually living and feeling like a family.

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Rock and Roll Report TV Episode 3 – Our Studio is an Alley in Hollywood! We Chat with Endeverafter…

endeverafter 300On this episode of Rock and Roll Report TV join Leah after the Golden God Awards, as she bumps into Endeverafter in an alley in Hollywood. Listen in as they discuss their 2nd album, being featured on Rock Band and Guitar Hero and why they continue to make first rate rock and roll!

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MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For ‘Rock Band’

Opening up another way for bands to distribute their music, MTV has announced the Rock Band Network Store which will allow bands, both signed and unsigned to upload their songs to the Rock Band Network and if accepted they will be made available for Rock Band players with the band getting a 30% cut.

Full details can be found in this article on Billboard and an interesting analysis called “Can the Rock Band Network Transform the Music Industry?” can be found here.

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Is ‘Guitar Hero’ saving rock ‘n’ roll?

Is ‘Guitar Hero’ saving rock ‘n’ roll? That’s the question posed in an article at CNN in talking about the great success that video games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero are having on the popularity of bands such as Aerosmith, Guns & Roses and Metallica. It’s pretty clear from the article that there has been an increase in the visibility of rock music amongst kids as my 13 year old can attest. But isn’t this all part of the typical pendulum that rock and roll swings upon, albeit with a somewhat modern twist?

Rock and Roll always seems to go from one extreme to the other with great regularity since its inception. The problem these days is that unless you are differentiating rock and roll from something like rap or hip hop we are talking about “classic rock” in this case and rock and roll is so much more than this as those of you who listen to the podcast know full well. The thing that I love about these games is that they make kids much more receptive to all rock in general. My son loves playing along to Aerosmith and Rush but it has also opened his ears to bands like the Tenspoke Indies, Airbourne and The Sleepers to name but three.

People tend to to drift away from rock and roll at times and get caught up with whatever fad is in at the moment whether it be boy bands or American Idol crap or whatever but it is the attitude that makes rock and roll what it is and that I believe will never really go out of style. At least it won’t in this household!

Later.

Mark