Presented by Digital First Media and Forge Recording, the contest runs from today (Feb. 26, 2014) until the winner is announced in early May 2014. Entries will be accepted until March 26, 2014 at 11 p.m. From there, our panel of judges will decide who moves on to the Top 12. After the Top 12 is chosen, readers from across Montgomery County will vote to select the Top 3 finalists. Those Top 3 will then get the chance to perform in front of a live audience at the Norristown Arts Hill Festival on May 3, 2014. Readers will then get the chance to vote again — along with the judging panel's selections — to choose the contest's winner.
What does that winner get? The grand prize winner will receive a radio-ready demo recording at Forge Recording in Oreland as part of a $1,000 value prize package.
Second place and third place winners will also receive prizes, with a $500 value prize package for 2nd place and a $250 value prize package for 3rd place.
Last year's contest was a huge success with 38 entries from across Montgomery County. Francesca Venezia was crowned the winner in the end, and she just recently recorded her radio-ready demo at Forge Recording (we hope to receive this demo so we can share it with everyone). If you missed last year's performances at the Norristown Arts Hill Festival, you can watch them online here.
New York natives Bayside released their new album "Cult" Tuesday and it is just absolutely killer (at least I think so). The guitar solos are insane and vocalist Anthony Raneri's voice is flawless as usual.
I loved the band's last album "Killing Time" and I can only expect to fall in love with this release as well. If you're a fan of the band or just want to get a taste of some newly released punk rock, take a listen below.
I want your submissions for the Spotify Music Corner!
In case you haven't heard, the Spotify Music Corner has been on www.TimesHerald.com for a full week now and I'm really excited about it.
Editor Stan Huskey and I came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago and we officially launched it on Sept. 22. We wanted to give our readers a fun place to go to on our website to check out what other people are currently listening to and to give them the opportunity to share what they're listening to.
Ya hear that?
I want YOU to send me your Spotify playlists! We're keeping the number of songs to a maximum of 10, and we'd like you to tell us why chose each song. After you put a playlist together, just copy the embed code into an email along with your description and I'll put it up on our site FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK!
Want to know the coolest part about having it on our site for a week? Other Spotify users will be able to find you on Spotify and can follow you if they like your choices!
So make sure you start sending me your playlists so I can start featuring them on TimesHerald.com!
HOLD THE PHONE. 'NSYNC IS REPORTEDLY REUNITING AT MTV'S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS THIS SUNDAY, AUG. 25.
At least that's what US Weekly is claiming. Justin Timberlake is accepting this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year and will reportedly be joined on afterwards by former boy bandmates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.
According to US Weekly, "The MTV source ... (says) that producers are 'trying to make it happen,' and that the much-hoped-for reunion is 'coming together.' The hugely successful group last performed together back in 2004, singing the 'Star Spangled Banner' at the Annual Challenge for Children; their last televised performance was at the 2003 Grammy Awards during a tribute to the Bee Gees."
This is big, guys. This is so big. At least for me it is. I fell in love with 'NSYNC in 1997 and I never stopped following Justin Timberlake. So let's all keep our fingers crossed that this happens!
Bloodhound Gang deported from Russia after flag stunt
Collegeville-area band The Bloodhound Gang has caused a ruckus with a Russia.
A video that was taken at a recent concert in the Ukraine shows bassist "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff stuffing a Russian flag down his pants while on stage, according to the New York Daily News. Hasselhoff reportedly apologized for the incident, claiming it's the band's tradition to mess with objects thrown on stage by fans.
Over the weekend, Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky sent out a tweet saying "Bloodhound Gang is packing its bags."