Music Tonight: Walter Schreifels has been a pivotal part of one of the greatest straight-edge Hardcore bands of all time (Gorilla Biscuits) and one of the finest (if underrated) Post Hardcore bands ever, Quicksand. His winning streak continued when Schreifels formed Rival Schools in 1999. The band — featuring members of Youth of Today (a band which Schreifels was also a member) and CIV — lasted four years and released United By Fate on Island Records before calling it quits in 2003, as Schreifels went on to form the Indie Rock group Walking Concert. After five years, the group resurfaced with a string of Euro dates and news that a new album was forthcoming. After a few delays, Rival Schools' Pedals finally came out this spring. Rival Schools performs at The Mad Hatter in Covington tonight at 7 p.m. with Balance and Composure and Hostage Calm. Tickets are $15.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 17 On this day in 1968, unlikely Pop star Jose Feliciano — a blind, Puerto Rican singer/guitarist — released his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," which he had performed before Game 5 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Saint Louis Cardinals 10 days prior.
As one of the first widely-heard re-interpretations of the national anthem, Feliciano's bluesy rendition sparked controversy, but also opened the door for creative versions of the song by everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye to Aerosmith and, uh, Roseanne Barr. In retrospect, Feliciano's lovely version — which peaked at No. 50 on the charts — is rather tame. But he got all the words right, and it stands as one of the best "unique" versions of the song ever performed. Below is a bit of Jose's version (and an interview with the singer about the performance), followed by a couple of clips of what some consider the worst ever.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Oct. 17 birthday include: Leader of Pop rockers The Union Gap, Gary Puckett (1942); Country music superstar Alan Jackson (1958); Bob Marley offspring and successful Reggae artist in his own right, Ziggy Marley (1968); the crazy-haired one in NSYNC, Chris Kirkpatrick (1971); and Hip Hop star Marshall Mathers, who you might also know as Eminem (1972).
Eminem's Recovery was the biggest Hip Hop album of 2010 and it continues to sell well — about 16 months after release, it's still in the Top 100 on Billboard's album charts. Last month, beverage maker Brisk teamed up with Eminem's Shady Records for an exhibition in New York City featuring memorabilia from Em's (and his label's) storied history. Below, check out Parts 1 and 2 of a guided tour of the "pop-up bodega" that housed the gallery. The Bodega also has featured the Shady Records' "sneaker collection," featured in the last vid below.