THE COMMON THREAD at MUTINY RADIO in SF

Mutiny Radio is a DIY-style radio station based in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district. Mutiny Radio opens its doors to many different types of events; concerts, poetry readings, comedy shows, and even pumpkin carving contests.

Today, we want to bring your attention to one very special show, The Common Thread Collective hosted by San Francisco’s beloved poet and activist Diamond Dave and Women’s Magazine’s Global Val! This wonderful and spontaneous show takes place every single Friday afternoon from 3PM-6PM. It is run open-mic style but there is no sign-up sheet! Show up with your guitar, your readings, your poems, and be ready to go! Diamond Dave directs the show as he goes. He crafts the line-up throughout the show as he sees fit and it always ends up to be perfect. “Another amazing show!”

Songwriters may play one song and then Dave may ask you to play a second, a third, or maybe even a fourth if you are truly talented and if time permits. Poets recite their poetry, sometimes improvising pianists. Global Val and Diamond Dave often read poetry on the show. People read from their published or unpublished novels. There are call-in guests. There are activists talking about how to make social change. There are many people calling for revolution through their work and words. Guests are often interviewed, sometimes spontaneously. If you perform, you may be asked to do an interview only seconds later.

The last 30 minutes of the show usually erupt the radio airwaves with an open jam session. Everyone that was part of the show bangs their drums, noodles on their guitars, and sings lyrics written on the spot. It is often very folky or bluesy. It’s a very exciting event that revolves around community and togetherness. The happy vibe that the Common Thread Collective emits will linger for the rest of your Friday. Come on down and be found.

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Crystal Noir & The Obscurity take stage in Queens, NY

Heavy rock band from Brooklyn will be taking the stage at Blackthorn in Queens this Friday! Doors open at 7:30! Tickets are $10. Info about purchasing tickets is posted below. Crystal Noir & The Obscurity will be joined by SYKA from New Jersey, and Plague of Humanity from New York.

Crystal Noir & The Obscurity is a 3 piece “alternative rock” band from Brooklyn, NY. They have recently came together in early 2014 to form the band and have since been releasing singles, music videos, and playing shows across the NorthEast. Quite impressive! Guitarist Binx, puts on a wild show. RTP writers have seen him perform at legendary venue Webster Hall in NYC. Binx completely owns the stage and keeps the audience mesmerized while he riffs on his classic black Gibson SG. We encourage you to go see him and the band in action!

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At their last show they did an even more gothic version of The Doors song “People Are Strange.” Crystal can really sing! We are hoping to hear another classic rock cover from this band at their upcoming shows! This band is epic! Go see them live!

There is also an after party for anyone who saves their show ticket. It’s at the Cybertron “Everyday is Halloween” event.

THE SHOW:
When: October 24th, 2014, Doors @ 7:30
Where: Blackthorn 51
Address: 80-12 51st Ave, Elmhurst, New York 11373
Tickets: $10, 18+ Email CrystalNoirBand@gmail.comOTHER UPCOMING SHOWS:
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The Serotones are releasing a powerful EP!

The Serotones are a young 5-piece rock-fusion band from Long Island, New York. They will be releasing their first EP on November 18th, 2014. This EP will be self-titled and is currently available for pre-order at just $3.99 via iTunes. Kevin  Eiserman and April Rose Gabrielli both sing wailing vocals on the tracks. Here at Rock The Pigeon, we got to preview the entire 5-song EP and we are so glad that we got this chance! It’s a fresh sound. The music fits perfectly together. The harmonies are beautiful. The sound is sonically pleasing and feel-good. Each song sounds different from the last but they all mesh together to create a consistent sound for an EP. This record deserves to be blasted from good-quality speakers!

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Rock The Pigeon’s favorite Track: The Crown 
We Rate this EP: 5/5 

The Serotones have been making waves in the Long Island (Strong Island) music scene. They are probably one of the only current Long Island bands that have singers that can actually sing and play more than the standard 3-chord/power chord songs. Unlike the rest, they combine elements of jazz, rock, alternative, and pop-punk. They recently performed at the Great South Bay Music Festival, an annual music festival on Long Island that draws large crowds and well as big-name acts. The Serotones were on the bill with the likes of Taking Back Sunday, BB King, and Circa Survive.

The Serotones cite some of their favorite local bands as:
Vanilla Coast
Tedesco
Cumbre Vieja
Morning Fuzz

Press Release: “The EP was produced by Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions) and recorded at VuDu Studios in Long Island, NY. The Serotones are thrilled to share a five song EP that touches upon themes of deception, love, longing, chaos and liberation and look forward to a successful release.”

Word from the band: “Musically, all five of us are songwriters – we each have written music for the band and luckily our styles are extremely cohesive. Although having five songwriters is our biggest strength, it also at times can be our biggest weakness. Additionally, the band is fronted by a male with supporting vocal from a female giving the songs alternate perspectives, always utilizing vocal harmonies and giving the music a story-like appeal. We like to write about darker themes, however we often pair them with a sort of “feel good” instrumental. We like to write about the here and now, revolutionizing emotions and the way they are felt.

Logistically, we are in some type of long-distance relationship with one another because three of the members are long island based (James, Kevin, Jared), one of us lives upstate (Matt) and one of us is in nyc (April) – we are all trying to finish school in 2015. We manage to accomplish what we need to via phones and Internet, but it is our greatest challenge and we cannot wait until we all live a bit closer after graduation.

We all went to the same high school on Long Island and graduated in 2011, with the exception of the youngest member Jared who graduated two years later. Jared is April’s younger brother, their Mom taught them how to play music. Kevin started singing when the band began – April is a veteran musical theatre performer newly experimenting with alternative rock music.”

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Fox & Family: The Italian Rock N’ Roll Family Band!

Fox & Family is a hard rock band hailing from Italy. The entire family is extremely talented at both their instruments and their stage performance. The father, Fox, plays the guitar. The mother is the lead singer. Her name is Christian. She sings in perfect English. Marco, the brother and son plays bass. Claudia, the sister and daughter plays the drums, and she really plays them! Fox & Family mainly play covers of hard rock songs, glam metal, and rock n’ roll tunes. They put on quite the show! They occasionally come to the Los Angeles area to put on a show for fans in the United States. Follow their Facebook page below and check out their cover of “Sweet Dreams.”

Follow Fox & Family on Facebook.

DIY Spotlight: Chase Eagleson

Chase Eagleson is a singer-songwriter from Grove City, Ohio. He recently published a live recording and video of his song “Autumn Thyme.” This song features pre-recorded harmonies. The unique thing about this song is the whistle riff that happens twice in the song. That’s some really good whistling, Chase!

Chase Eagleson is currently competing in the Guiter Center Singersongwriter 4 contest.
Vote for him here: http://songwriter.amplifiertv.com/channel/Chase+Eagleson+Music

Find Chase on facebook.

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DIY Spotlight: Caroline Stafford, “Yellow Bird”

The simplicity of the song is one reason of many of what makes Caroline Stafford’s new release “Yellow Bird” so beautiful. Her voice is calming and the lyrics are very relatable to anyone who has experienced hardship when it comes to love, which is almost everyone, right? The easy-going guitar playing and soft singing expresses the sadness further. We couldn’t imagine the song any other way. It was produced perfectly. “Yellow Bird, lift me up, just for a moment.” She asks for just a minute of serenity. What an incredible voice! We cannot wait to hear more. Please go listen!

It’s also available for download!