IROCKE Best of 2013

Best of 2013

Live streaming music took one giant leap for mankind in 2013 To honor the successes of artists, brands, venues, producers, and tech geeks that are making this revolution possible, we present you with IROCKE Best of 2013.

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Live Stream Review | The Front Bottoms–A Shirtless Studio Session

The Front Bottoms (Indie/Accoustic/Power Punk) are New Jersey’s suburban anthem minstrels. The band: Brian Sella (guitar/vocals), Mathew Uychich (drums), Tom Warren (bass), and Ciaran O’Donnell (keys/trumpet/guitar) have been on the road for nearly a year. Whether it be playing small clubs, touring with genre-busters Say Anything, and even breaking into the festival scene, The Front Bottoms are showing their faces everywhere. The live stream viewers witnessed and heard tracks from their latest EP, ROSE released on July 17, 2014 by Bar/None Records.

In Chicago for the weekend, The Front Bottoms shook Riot Fest on Sunday September 14, and on Monday the 15, the band set up in studio for one of Audiotree‘s live sessions.

Brian Sella’s songwriting style of stream of conscious-like strands of provocative post-adolescent suburban poetry, along with his emphatic acoustic strumming set to the boistrous drumming of Uychich was classic. The performance allowed me to hear one my personal favorites, “Au Revoir (Adios)”, the first track on their second album Talon of the Hawk. It was a treat to hear that song delivered in a live forum, especially given Sella’s raspy voice the day after a festival performance.

In a rare instance for Audiotree, the first few minutes of audio quality weren’t quite right, but once the engineer tweaked the levels the show got hot. In fact, the guys stripped shirts and then really brought the energy to close out the session. This was led by Audiotree’s guest interviewer Joe Hertler, of Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekersdeciding it was time to get sexy. Sella followed suit, while Uychich is reputably against the shirt. Audiotree founder/president Michael Johnston mentioned to me, ” . . . yes that was the first time but hopefully not the last our host has gone shirtless.”

Throughout the live session, Hertler asked The Front Bottoms about their influences, genre identification, and the life of being on tour. Sella was adamant in how much the band appreciates their fans, who even in a giant crowd like Riot Fest, the entire crowd is singing, lyric-for-lyric, with him. From the couch, as a big, albeit recent fan of The Front Bottoms, I was singing along and hanging onto every word of their artistic pursuits as a band throughout the live stream.

The Front Bottoms head to Australia for stint of dates in the month of November.  For more information, visit the band’s website.

Latest News | TomorrowWorld announces 2014 live stream


TomorrowWorld organizers have announced a secondary option for those unable to make it to Chattahoochee Hills on September 26-28.  TomorrowWorld TV will return to laptops and smart devices around the globe for a weekend-long live stream that’s sure to end all FOMO.

For six hours each day, revelers will be taken on a live stream adventure that will last from 7pm – 1am EST (plus replays).

TomorrowWorld’s largest stage – the ‘volcano’ structure – will host EDM superstars like David Guetta, Zedd, Nicky Romero and Martin Garrix throughout the weekend.  The recent set times announcement indicate that Tiësto, Skrillex and Kaskade will close it out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Check out the live stream trailer and mark your calendars for TomorrowWorld 2014.

Spotlight | SBTRKT @ iTunes Festival 09.19

SBTRKT1410911755Just four days before the release of his latest LP Wonder Where We Land, the London-based musical project led by Aaron Jerome known as SBTRKT will perform live as part of the 2014 iTunes Festival. Taking center stage at the Roundhouse and being watched from around the world, SBTRKT will bring his live show to the masses as he mystifies and mesmerizes.  Don’t miss SBTRKT live on Friday at 1 pm PT.

Source: iTunes Festival on Friday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. PT

Spotlight | iHeartRadio Music Festival @ Yahoo Screen 09.19

iheartradiofestIt’s Las Vegas or bust for Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, and more.  Live from the MGM Grand on September 19 and 20, the iHeartRadio Music Festival rolls into town for two full days of show-stopping performances with fans around the world watching via Yahoo Screen beginning 9/19 at 7pm PT.

Source: Yahoo Screen on Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. PT

Spotlight | Sunset Strip Music Festival @ Suretone Live 09.20

Headline-of-sunset-strip-music-festival-by-Jane’s-addiction_FIIn the 7th year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival is set to expand beyond the confines of the legendary boulevard.  SureTonelive, powered by Cinsay, will live stream the performances of 50+ acts including Jane’s Addiction, Empire of the Sun, Cold War Kids, Mayer Hawthorne, Tove Lo, Iration and more over two days.  Catch all the action for free beginning on Saturday, September 20 at 12 p.m. PT.

Source: on Saturday, September 20, 12:00 p.m. PT

Spotlight | Nick Cave @ Noisey 09.20

20000daysonearthLive from Town Hall in New York City, Noisey and Drafthouse films present a live stream that features a rare mixture. The legendary Nick Cave performs solo on the piano, and participates in a live Q&A with directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth in celebration of the critically-acclaimed 20,000 Days on Earth that’s being released. Tune in for the full live stream on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

Source: Noisey on Saturday, September 20, 5:00 p.m. PT

Spotlight | Eric Church @ Austin City Limits Live 09.23

Eric-Church21410968654Eric Church got his start playing Jimmy Buffett covers in North Carolina bars, but quickly advanced to original material. After earning a college marketing degree, he moved to Nashville and began recording demos.  Now Austin City Limits Live welcomes the country superstar to their stage at The Moody Theater for a performance, streaming live on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. PT.

Source: Austin City Limits Live on Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 p.m. PT

Top 10 Most Watched | New York Philharmonic, Farm Aid, Americana Awards and more


New York PhilharmonicNew York Philharmonic @ WQXR Radio


farmaidFarm Aid 2014 @ Farm Aid


npr americana2014 Americana Music Awards @ NPR Music 


coldplay-4fc0c69c452a3Coldplay @ (audio only)


maroon5Maroon 5 @ iTunes Festival


Tim McGraw1409080166Tim McGraw @ American Express Unstaged


Lily AllenLily Allen @ Live Nation


phasesPhases of the Moon Festival @ TourGigs


carnivores1408555852Linkin Park + Thirty Seconds to Mars @ VyRT


joburg1410204904947 Joburg Day @ SkyRoomLive


Latest News | Abbey Road webcam provides live feed of famous Beatles crosswalk

abbey roadAbbey Road studios in Westminster, London is jumping on the webcam train by providing a live feed of the crosswalk made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo in 1969. The webcam offers folks from around the world the ability to catch a 24-hour live stream of tourists stopping, holding up traffic, and doing their best to recreate the legendary photo of The Beatles made famous on the cover of their album Abbey Road.

It doesn’t stop there. The crossing cam site also has a wall of fame, a search function so you can find your own crossing shot, as well as a way to share shots with others.

For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title, just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios.  Abbey Road was the final Beatles album to be recorded (but not released).

Latest News | Clear Channel rebrands itself as iHeartMedia


America’s largest broadcast radio company, Clear Channel, announced that it has become iHeartMedia.  The rebranding reflects “the company’s success in becoming a one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company with unparalleled reach and impact” read the official press release.

“iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.

The new company is powered by its ability to deliver the reach and scale of broadcast media with the relevance and emotional power of real-time programming.  This is complemented by its culture-defining live events, which have amassed 15.4 billion social impressions, according to their statement. These include the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the biggest live concert event in radio history; the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour; the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party; and the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which garnered more than 65 million votes via text messaging and led the week in the Nielsen social TV ratings.

For more information, visit the iHeartMedia Fact Sheet. If you don’t already have tickets for the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival, it will be streaming live via Yahoo Screen on September 19 and 20 from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Latest News | Yahoo On The Road coming to college campuses and Yahoo Screen live

yahoo on the roadAlthough music festival season is coming to an end soon, Yahoo Live will keep the cross country road trip alive with the second annual Yahoo Live: On the Road series beginning on September 25 with Bleachers live from Rutgers University.

“We’re firing up our school spirit as the big purple buses make their way to 13 college campuses across the U.S. We’ll have two buses to rally students with fresh performances and amazing Yahoo Live experiences. We’re excited to kick off the tour with some of today’s most popular bands including Bleachers, Matt & Kim, Tokyo Police Club, Mayer Hawthorne, G-Eazy, Young the Giant and Panic! At the Disco,” wrote Kathy Savitt, Yahoo CMO, in a recent Tumblr post.

For those who can’t make it to all 13 stops or can’t secure tickets, Yahoo Screen is bringing the ‘On the Road’ series to you. Fans across the country can watch all Yahoo On the Road concerts via Yahoo Live. This allows anybody with an internet connection to catch performances from wherever they are through the Yahoo Screen App on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop and Smart TV platforms including AppleTV, Roku and Xbox 360.

For more details on Yahoo On the Road ticketing please visit their website.

Spotlight | Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival @ TourGigs 09.11

phasesTourGigs has partnered with the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival to offer a free live webcast of all 4 days of the fest, September 11-14th. Fans can catch live performances from The String Cheese Incident, Galactic, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Dumpstaphunk and many more in pristine multi-camera HD video. Couldn’t make the trip this year? Consider the live stream a potent remedy for FOMO!

Source: TourGigs, September 11-14, 2014