Recently, Rocky Votolato visited the great city of Lansing, MI while on tour in support of his most recent album, True Devotion. He stopped by the Impact studios to sit down with Jesse Wiza and talked about the album, his favorite places to play, and the resurgence of vinyl. Jesse Wiza: Is there a particular part of the country that you really like going to? Rocky Votolato: Well, I like the west coast, because it’s close to home. But yeah, just the whole west coast is really good for me. I’ve got good crowds over there and a lot of really excited fans. But yeah, I love going all over the country. I really like coming to Michigan, I’ve got some good friends here in town. Read More…
Impacter Brian Garcia got the chance to talk with Christopher Owens, lead singer of Girls before their show at the Magic Stick in Detroit, discussing the scene in San Francisco, the sound of their new album, and just why they call themselves something so generic. Impact: Was it a conscious effort to name the band and album something so generic you couldn’t find it if you searched Google? Christopher Owens: No, the two things were done probably a year apart from each other. Both times we weren’t really think of anything like that. We liked the name Girls for the band, and that’s the only reason we picked it. And Album, we didn’t have a title for the album. A lot of bands for their first album is self-titled of somehow the debut of, we just didn’t give it a title. Read More…
Congrats, IMPACT! On April 7, 2010 the Lansing City Pulse picked the best bands, stations, venues, DJs & performers:
Runners-up: 97.5-FM and 90.5-FM
The Impact 88.9-FM, the Michigan State University radio station, has been delivering a diverse blend of cutting-edge music to the Lansing area since 1989. “During the day, it’s mainly just college and indie rock,” said Autumn Maison, Impact music director. “But we also have a local music show, we play metal, hip-hop and other alternative programming.” The station also launched its YouTube channel in 2008. “Since then it’s been an upwards slope of getting people in to perform,” Maison said. “I think it’s the coolest part of our station.”
When in Austin, TX for SXSW I saw a TON of different bands live. (At a number of venues.) Here is a list of what I saw in no particular order.