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One’s to Watch: Luke Starkiller, The Morning Life see pg. 5
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“Pressing Perserverance” It’s crazy how life is. When I wake up, I must begin where I left off. Sometimes I get so crazy busy, or my mind can’t stop thinking - that I feel I have a fresh start and then you figure, “Damn, I knew I forgot something.” As the time goes by, I continue to pursue my dreams and goals to one day achieve success in this industry, but also the financial stability to maintain my family’s well being. Out of all this there’s this thing called “faith”--where you must continue on the path that, in most people’s eyes, they feel that you are destined for failure even before you begin. I know when I first started out, thinking of doing anything within this industry, I was pretty much laughed at. It is no lie that I have been through hell and back trying to keep this going, but it is the good people that I have encountered and that have stuck by my side, being there not only when I am at my best, but my worst. And that feeling of support keeps me pushing along with my belief and faith in everything I do. These past two months have been so difficult, but also so vital in the future of everything I do and everyone involved. I had to move on from people whom I cared dearly about. From the fact of one being almost a son to me, to another being a close friend, but in the end business is business. We all must survive to better our future, and if someone is not on board for the better, then it is time to move on. This is where perseverance comes into play. The emotional roller coaster ride of any venture deals with frequent changes of feelings as you continue to move ahead. The easiest thing to do when times get tough is to quit. Taking on daily risk, everyday of your life, has no option for quitting. Either you want this or you don’t. I have been through so much, and most have no clue of what it really takes to make this tick. I expect to go through so much more in the future, but it is up to me and the people I surround myself with to see it work into a success. I remember starting out back in 2003, trying to break into the business by going knocking on doors, driving to Baton Rouge trying to find Master P’s house, trying to find Cash Money studios in New Orleans, even as far as flying out to New York to knock on Donald Trump and P. Diddy’s door. All of these attempts were unsuccessful, except for Donald Trump--he sent me the most honored rejection letter of my life. LOL. I continued on doing numerous ventures and trying to “get in”. I couldn’t stop. If I ever would, I definitely would not have a chance. If I were to ever get in front of any of the icons I was trying to pursue, all I was going to ask for a chance. If you know my history, what I have done so far to continue in this industry, the key thing is that I never gave up and never moved out of Houma. I stayed here because my thoughts were to create our own industry right here in Houma, LA. Three weeks ago, I finally got a chance to meet with one of the industry’s icons. It wasn’t easy trying to convince the mogul of what we had to offer and why he should work with us. A couple weeks had passed, going back and forth to Cali to meet, and the outcome of the last trip was that we could meet later down the road, he was “good.” I was like, “Shit!” We just lost the opportunity of a lifetime, and now we were back to Houma, just as we left the first time--starting from scratch. Co-Ruff & I flew back into town, and I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I was at a loss. How did this not work? I got home and went to sleep. When I woke up, I sent the most important text of my career to the mogul. Twenty minutes later he calls me back--“You want your chance?” I said, “Hell Yeah!” He said, “You are truly passionate about what you do.” I told him, “This is my life. All or nothing, now or never.” He said, “Let’s do business!” Since then, he has come to Houma for a visit, to see our team and resources. Houma is going to be the new entertainment hub. He is going to be our outlet. He is Percy Miller aka Master P. Long Live the Music, Myke Fay-Z PRESS PLAY MAGAZINE MARCH 2011
by Chris Recinos, Staff Writer, Editor Family - a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together We all start off with family, and don’t get to choose to whom we’re related. Some of us get lucky; some of us end up songwriters. Later in life, most of us form relationships with those around us and if things work out well, we create or become a part of another family. I don’t care how much of a loner you are, everyone needs family; everyone needs support… everyone needs backup. I wear many hats, but I can’t wear them all. I need family – at home, at work, and out in the world. I need the knowledgeable, parent-type to keep me safe and to teach me what I don’t want to hear. I need the cool older sibling-type to keep me grounded and to remind me I’m not as cool as I think I am… not yet, at least. I need the weird younger siblingtype that’s creative and fragile and reminds me that I need to worry about others first sometimes. I need the protective relative-type that will fight my fights for me when I need them to, but then will show me that some battles aren’t worth fighting. I need the OCD sibling that knows where everything is or is supposed to be (oh, wait that’s me.) Little by little, I’ve acquired my extended family, in many different cities, but we all work together towards the same goal: that one day we can all do what we love the most… and get paid for it, hopefully! I have the pleasure of working with various venues, club owners, club managers, and promoters that have helped and taught me what to, and sometimes, what not to do in this industry. I have just recently started another family. A family of artists and musicians. A family where I play the elder role and try to help them achieve what I was not able to do when I was “their age.” I want to keep them from making the same mistakes that I did, and to see them succeed beyond their wildest dreams. I want to see them win at everything that they do and to eventually teach me a thing or two about life, business, and music. So I make a toast to my families. My mom, dad, brothers, and sisters. My cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. My venues and everyone involved with them. And to my bands, who I hope to steer in the right direction. If you think you fit into any of these categories, I toast to you and what you’ve already done, and hopefully continue to do; to allow me to do what I love… and do it some more.
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Who? Nathan Allen – Guitar/Vocals Luke Songy – Guitar/Piano Brody Leake - Drums Tyler Lirette - Bass What? Progressive Alternative rock from the suburbs of New Orleans with Maiden-like guitar work meshed with Indie vocal stylings. When? March 11th at Siberia for the Foburg Festival in New Orleans April 15th at The Hangar with The Damned Things Where? www.lukestarkiller.com Why? The first thing to come to mind when watching Luke Starkiller perform is the word “refreshing.” It’s just damn good to hear rock ‘n’ roll again in any form. These gents will jazz it up for a verse, hit you with the catchiest chorus you’ve heard in years, and then overwhelm you with an obvious and extraordinary amount of talent and musicianship you just don’t see any more from young bands. It’s also nice to see an act that can pretty much play with anyone. Put them in front of any decent rock band and they are sure to walk out with a number of new fans that weren’t planning on seeing another act they would like. The bands playing after them also get a gift. I nice swift kick in the ass. You can’t help but take it up a level if you have to follow the likes of a Luke Starkiller. I mean, you can’t go wrong with harmonized guitar leads… You just can’t… just saying.
Who? Bobby Hoerner - Vocals David Philastre - Guitar Jack Miele - Guitar Woody Dantagnan - Drums Graham Robinson - Bass What? A “Super Group” of sorts. A long awaited original project from the leaders of the cover/tribute band scene in New Orleans. When? April 2nd at Southport Hall in New Orleans July 15th for Beatles Fest at The House of Blues Where? www.themorninglife.com Why? One of the biggest problems with being a musician is that you have to spend so much of your time doing non-musician type things (unless of course you’re Sting, Bono, or Paul McCartney) to make ends meet. Some decide to venture to the sometimes frowned upon land of covers bands to make some extra money on the side, somewhat doing what they love. The unfortunate thing is that sometimes you get stuck in that land and don’t get the opportunity to get back to writing and performing your own original music. Or frankly, sometimes the money is just too good, so it’s nice to see musicians who take the chance at going over to “the darkside” but continue in their creative endeavors. The Morning Life is made up of some of the most talented musicians in the New Orleans area who have continued in the music business - whether it be in tribute bands, producing, engineering, or graphic design these gentlemen have found a way to remain relevant in the music scene here… and now have found another way. The original way they all planned to in the first place. Writing and performing their own music. And they’re doing it well. 5 PRESS PLAY MAGAZINE MARCH 2011
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1) Where are you from? New Orleans, LA 2) How long have you been in the music industry? 20 years and 75 million records later 3) How did you get your first taste of the music business? I started by selling cassette tapes out the trunk of my car. 4) Who influenced you the most, musically, growing up? Michael Jackson & Run DMC 5) Who influenced you the most in your business decisions? Donald Trump, Bob Johnson & Bill Gates 6) You’ve been involved in music, film, and television. Which is your favorite? Music 7) You also played in the NBA… for how long and with whom? Charlotte Hornets & Toronto Raptors for a year 8) Tell us about your WCW experience. It was really exciting to be able to bring the No Limit Soldiers to WCW and be a part of Wrestle Mania as a Hip Hop artist, being the first making history. 9) Which is a better feeling, walking out on stage, walking out onto a basketball court, or out to a wrestling ring? All three. There’s definitely a different adrenaline rush to each one. 10) What do you and Bill Clinton have in common? We both had the honor of being NAACP’s “Ambassador of the Youth” 11) How old was your son when he got started in the business with you? 10 yrs old 12) Now you’re working with your son and brother with your label, please tell us about that. It’s always good to have family working with you. 13) You’ve recently crossed over into the rock realm. Which rock band are you now working with and how did you come across them? The group SouthDown. I met them through Myke Fay-Z the song they did with Co-Ruff really caught my attention. 14) Are there any other projects that you are looking at in the future? A lot of movie sountracks, video games and television scoring. Also, reality tv show in China (about the label), Master P headphones & No Limit Forever headphones 15) Where is the best place online to see what’s going on with you, your business, and your music? NoLimitForever.com or NoLimitForeverRecords.com Bonus Question: What do you think about Houma, LA? I think Houma is an untapped market. I like the culture and the people. I came check out the scene w/ Myke Fay-Z and his team, and I must say I am impressed. Ya’ll better get ready cause we gonna make Houma the new entertainment hub.
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by Chris Recinos, Staff Writer, Editor 03.04 & 03.11 – Down The Hanagar - New Orleans, LA These Kings of Southern Metal have made their way into the library of every self-respecting metal head since their birth in 1991. Pantera vocalist, Phil Anselmo, joined forces with long time friends Kirk Windstein, Jimmy Bower, Pepper Keenan, and later Rex Brown to create a sound that has been emulated and respected by fan and colleague alike. Starting was is to be a hometown residency; Down has selected The Hangar to be their first stop of many of their future New Orleans shows. Tickets are $20. Cavalcade and Ponykiller open the 4th; haarp and Mountain of Wizard open the 11th.
of course Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters.) Lead by their Billboard smash hit “No One Knows”, QOTSA have made their way onto Guitar Hero, Rockband, and had enormous success with its video featuring Grohl back when MTV showed videos. Make sure to catch this band in such an intimate setting that many will never see. This show has already sold out.
03.19 – Metalliance Tour One Eye’d Jacks – New Orleans, LA Kylesa, Naam, The Atlas Moth, Howl, Crowbar, Saint Vitus, and Helmet performing Meantime in its entirety. Meatime, the debut album from Helmet that spawned such hits as “Meantime” and “Unsung” helping the album debut at 68 on the Billboard 03.15 – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 200. Along for the ride is the ever-heavy Saint Vitus - known House of Blues – New Orleans, LA for being a great influence to bands such as Down and fellow Sharon Jones can easily be described as a female James Brown; touring band, Crowbar – the Godfathers of Southern Sludge working just as hard, and just as funky. Backed by Daptone Metal from New Orleans, LA. Opening the show is a handful of Records house band, The Dap-Kings, Jones has grooved her bands that are sure to satisfy the need for sound for any fan. way into the hearts of many with her electric show and powerful Need we say more? It’s going to be loud. Tickets are $25 in voice. Advertisers have also enjoyed her music, featuring songs advance, $30 at the door. on commercials for Chase Manhattan Bank, Cadbury’s Boost Chocolate bar, and Tropicana Pure. The Dap-Kings were also in 03.28 – House of Pain the spotlight for a spell, backing Amy Winehouse on her album, The Varsity – Baton Rouge, LA Back in Black, where six of the album’s eleven tracks featured One of the most respected, infectious, and easily identifiable members of the group. Tickets are $25, Los Po Boy Citos open. hip-hop songs of our time was written by a group of IrishAmerican. House of Pain established themselves into the 03.18 – Queens of the Stone Age music community with their mega hit, Jump Around, in 1992. One Eye’d Jacks - New Orleans, LA Frontman Everlast (Erik Schrody) later started a solo career So many names have been associated with QOTSA: Joshua and recorded the multi-platinum album Whitey Ford Sings Homme (Kyuss), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden and Pearl Jam), The Blues. Now after a hiatus of 14 years, House of Pain has Van Conner (Screaming Trees), John McBain (Monster Magnet), banded together again for their “He Who Breaks the Law Tour.” Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Mark Lanagan (Screaming Trees), Tickets are $25. Big B and Slaine open. Troy Van Leeuwen and Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle), and
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by Chris Recinos, Staff Writer, Editor
There are times in your life that you meet people that you can’t help but like – people that you really wish the best. Those are rare finds that deserve every good thing that comes their way… and much, much more. Take a person like that and then give them an undeniable talent and you would want nothing more than to see them succeed doing what they love most. That’s how you can’t help but feel about Co-Ruff. Sure he looks the part of the iconic hip-hop artist, but after meeting the quiet, mild mannered gentleman you wouldn’t expect the swagger and confidence he brings to the stage. Artists with that kind of presence you’d expect to be a lot fuller of themselves and a much less approachable. Throughout my days of living close to the Houma area, I had the pleasure of associating with Co-Ruff on a number of occasions but rarely found the time to sit down and actually pick his brain. Luckily I have his number and this magazine that gives me an excuse to ask him things I never got to before….
So word has it, you’ve signed with No Limit Forever Records… can you break down the timeline of when you started to this level that you’ve reached? I’ve been doing music as far back as I can remember. I started out, just like a lot of people, in the church. My mom’s been in music all her life. My mom and my older brother both play piano and are singers. I always had a fascination with drums; I wanted to be a drummer. My younger brother became a drummer also. So when I turned about eight or nine years Where are you from? old, man, I started putting the pots and the pans together, you I’m from Gibson, Louisiana. know, and started making music. The church I was attending at the time had a community choir with a bunch of kids, so it Where exactly is Gibson? kind of fell in place. At that point, I knew that I wanted to be Gibson is right out of Houma, it’s about ten minutes out. You in music. I just continued on, and I eventually got away from know, the swamps. the drum set. Growing up I always liked rap, but I loved R&B too. I’m not the best singer, but I could hold a note. So when How and when did you come to be known as Co-Ruff? I was in high school, me and my homeboys we would just be It actually started in High School. My name is Cory Ruffin. I free styling, we would be riding somewhere and everybody used to play basketball and a couple guys on the team started calling me Ruff, and then they started calling me Co-Ruff, it kind would just start rapping. We’d put a beat on it and everybody would do their thing, And they were like, “Hey Co, you need to of just stuck with me. 8
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songs and, man, the response was just crazy. Everybody was loving it, And I actually ended up winning second place. They had a rock band that ended up winning first place, they were pretty cool at the time they had some good music. I hooked up with Myke Fay-Z that day and he got my information, and he was like, “Yeah man, I’m doing some stuff with some rappers if you’re interested. Come check it out, I got this little studio off of Coteau.” I went over there and checked it out and we been rocking ever since - it’s been good, man. I hooked up with Myke and we started doing some big things, we hooked up with a couple of cats, went to some showcases for major labels like J Records, Jive, and all that was surreal to me at the time and I’m thinking, “Man, we made it.” We went there and that A&R was really loving in the music and I was thinking I’m about to get signed right here on the spot. The dude was like a bobble head in the meeting. Every song I had, he was bobbing his head to it. “Awe man I got him, he’s ready to sign me right now, ya know what im sayin’.” He was asking me questions - I had a song called “Big Body Chevy”, it’s a real hot song, especially here where we from. He was like, “Man, that’s a hot song, you think you ready to go across the world and travel A little down the line I ran into a guy and he was a cat from down here, he was tryin’ to do the music thing and it was kinda and work this song? Do everything that comes along with the fame and all that?” I was like, man, I’m from Gibson, Louisiana, crazy because it was kind of like an audition, because at first and I’m here in New York talking to you… you don’t think I’m when we started they had like twenty rappers in there, it was ready? Like, you think I’m wasting my time?” I told him I’m kind of like a last man standing thing. So I was like I gotta get ready, you know, he was like “Yeah man, I’ll get back to you.” I in here and shine. It started out with twenty then it was down gotta bring it to my bosses, they gotta sit down and check it out to like 3 people - and I was one of them so I was like, “I did or whatever, but eventually all that fell through - that brought this!” That was like something big to me, that was one of my us back to square one. We were trying to figure this thing first things I accomplished in the music game, and it made me out, we know we got good music, I just can’t figure out what feel good that I stood out. I’ll never forget, the first I recorded we’re missing. So like I say, I never quit, Myke and Yada never was called Water Water. We’re from Gibson, we surrounded stopped believing in me, and y’all never stopped believing in by water, down here in Terrebonne Parish, there’s nothing but me so, you know, we kept rolling, man. And you know, a couple water. So I was like, “We off that water water,” you know what I’m sayin? Everybody that heard it loved it. But you know things years passed and we ended up hooking up with this other guy. He worked radio for different people, different bands, and happen and unfortunately that situation didn’t work out. But I different things like that and we ended up hooking up with him never quit so I started doing things on my own. Not long after and working with him for a while. Then we ended up hooking that I hooked up with my homeboy Yada, and he was like, “If up with Master P with No Limit Records out there in California. you serious about this music, we could do it.” He had some So we hooked up with Master P and I was like, “Man - I grew money stacked up, or whatever, and we used to get down anyway so we already had a relationship. So went and got some up listening to No Limit, and I might have a chance to be on beats, we hooked up with some cats with a studio out here and it was on, man. And it was looking good! I mean, we were making some good music, but even back then I felt like I never had the right production. So, me and Yada we were doing our thing and we’re still working till this day, but we kind of, I’m not going to say went separate ways, because everything I did he was always involved but we were getting older, he had a family he had to take care of. So when family came in the picture, I was like “Man, you gotta feed these kids, you know what I’m saying? The music’s going to be there, I’m going to keep grinding and shit but whatever happens you good, you know what im sayin?” So a couple years later, I was recording at a studio in Houma and the guy running it told me he was doing a talent search and he had hooked up with this guy named Myke Fay-Z. So I’m feeling like I had a status, It wasn’t my time with a talent show ya know what I’m saying, but I ended up being in the area the day that. So I figured I’d go check it out. I had one of my discs with me so I walked in, and they had a cool lil’ vibe, so I was like, “I’ll participate in it, or whatever.” So we sitting there and they had a couple artists in there, everybody was doing their thing, and when it was my turn, I did one of my put something on wax,” and, “man, you nice with that rap shit”. Around this time, I’m graduating high school and planning to go to college. I attended Nicholls State trying to do the basketball thing since I was a pretty good basketball player. But, the school thing wasn’t working out for me. At this time in my life, I wouldn’t say I was wildin’, but I wasn’t too focused on school. That was around the time everything seemed to be going downhill. We were going through some hard times, and that always killed me. My mom was trying to pay for school, but we couldn’t afford it. She wanted me to have the opportunity to get a college education. I was blessed to have a mom who was tough on me, and that kinda kept me straight. I’m glad she did what she did, and I thank her all the time. Because you know as a teenager, you get introduced to new things-some good some bad. Your parents can do everything in their power to raise you right, but at the end of the day, you still have to make your own decisions. So I figured I’ll get my education later, but that didn’t happen because I found something I loved doing. I knew I could be successful at it, and that was music.
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a record label that I grew up listening to! That’s crazy!” So we hooked up at the office and we had conversations… Obviously it all worked out... Hahaha – Now we can say it worked out, but at that time it was like an emotional rollercoaster. We’re trying to feel him out, while he’s trying to feel us out. He wanted to know if we’re serious about this, not knowing the struggles, hardships and all the let downs we been through, and then we get the opportunity to meet someone like him. He didn’t know all that, so he’s really trying to feel us out like, “Man, are y’all serious about this music?” So we actually met with him a couple times before it was official - before we inked the deal, or whatever. P is a real cool dude, a real dude, a real cat. One of the realest people I ever ran into in the music game, you know? But it’s been good, and like I said we just signed with No Limit Forever. We’re trying to get everything rolling right now, and we got a lot of big things in the works. How was your experience with Master P? He came down here, and showed us some love. He came down here to spend the day with us, ya know, talking business, but one of the things I’ll forever be thankful to him is he actually came down to the elementary school where my mom and my wife teach. So I’m like, “Dude, you gotta come down here to meet my mom, I can’t let you leave without meeting my mom.” So he went down there, he was cool about it and everything… came down met my mom, met my girl, but one thing he did, he talked to the kids. They actually had the kids gather up in the cafeteria - he actually devoted 15 to 20 minutes to these kids, talking to them about networking and stuff like that. That was real big of him, but was nothing new for him. He has an organization for schools in low income areas, or whatever. He goes out and talks to them, trying to give them hope. Just to look at their faces, and see how excited they were was crazy. You don’t see too many big stars down here, so these kids are going to remember that for the rest of their lives. Even if he helped one kid that day; that was real big of him. He didn’t have to do that, so I have a lot of respect for the big hommie. Where do you go for the lyrical content? I write about stuff that I’ve actually done, things I’ve seen growing up, and pretty much what’s going on in the world. And it’s like, if you can make people visualize what you’re talking about, I think you can go a long way in the industry. As long as you can make people relate to you- you’re good. I’m from an area that’s not the prettiest and the wealthiest, or whatever, so I rap about the real life situations that we see every day. How do you separate yourself from other hip hop artist? I do me; ya know what I’m saying? I feel like every individual is different. Nobody is the same unless you’re trying to imitate someone else. You know, how would you know if you’re the same? I feel like everyone is their own person, so I feel that’s what separates me. I don’t think stars and rappers were made, I think they’re born. I don’t think...well I do think you can train someone to do this, you can be trained to sing better, but it starts with natural talent, ya know? You gotta have some talent there, And I just feel like there’s a lot of people out there like me in these areas that didn’t come from a lot and pretty much struggled all their life. I think a lot of people that’s out there like me has a story to tell but they never get that chance to voice 10
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it. And I feel like right now I got the opportunity, I got a voice right now. Like where I’m from, we’re survivors, we’re from the swamps. I mean you gotta love the under dog right. I feel like the stories I have told so far in my career speaks volumes and people listen. You got to be able to demand people’s attention in this business, and for some reason I have people’s attention. What tracks do you feel fans are drawn to or relate to the most? I think my fans will be able to relate to the whole album.If not the whole album I guarantee they’ll feel at least one song, because there’s something for everybody on the album. When’s your next show, Co? March 12th. It’s going to be a coming out party for one of the new artists from No Limit Forever. I gotta lot of supporters in this area, so I’m going to show love to them first, ya know? Then we gonna build it up from there. I think it’s going to be a good night. Any last words today? It’s been a long grind. A lot of people that don’t know me might think this happened over night, but I been in this game for 10 years. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. I started out with a lot of people that were doing music back then that’s not doing music anymore, they gave up. But I never quit, and I’m still not quitting. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am if I didn’t have good loyal people on my team. So with this opportunity, I wanna tell those people thanks for the love and support all these years. I am forever grateful for all of ya’ll. I want to thank the man upstairs for all my blessings. Thanks to all my fans-new and old for ya’ll patience and love. I’ll try to keep giving ya’ll good music. WE MADE IT! NO LIMIT FOREVER!!!
No Limit Forever Signs Record Deal with Rock Band, SouthDown, and Louisiana Artist, Co-Ruff February 16, 2011
No Limit Forever inks a record deal with SouthDown, the alternative rock band based out of the New Orleans area, whose music contains elements of hard rock, post-grunge, and progressive rock while maintaining the straight-forward melodicism of traditional pop songcraft. The group has numerous songs dealing with real life situations from their upcoming album Chronicles. SouthDown continues to perform live at clubs throughout the southern region with a national U.S. tour and an international tour in the works. President of No Limit Forever Records, Romeo, says, “This is a great opportunity for the both of us and we are focused on making this project successful. SouthDown adds diversity to our roster. And being the first rock band signed to No Limit, this is definitely a part of history.” No Limit Forever has also inked a deal with Co-Ruff, a multi-talented hip hop artist/ songwriter out of Houma, Louisiana. He has written several hit records including “The Beast Inside” for the band SouthDown. Both artists were discovered by NLiv CEO and No Limit Forever’s Pop Senior VP of A&R, Myke Fay-Z. Myke says, “SouthDown and Co-Ruff’s work ethics are admirable. They have worked creatively hard in the studio, and their unique sounds is what the future of music is missing. Houma is an untapped market filled with diamonds in the rough--artists who are destined to blow up in the music world.” Look for future music and videos for these No Limit artists coming soon.
Romeo Miller, PRESIDENT
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March 3 Ice Cube 4 Dax Riggs Southern Cross Rockalanche Pat Green with special guests Better Than Ezra Down with Cavalcade and Ponykiller 5 Salt-N-Pepa Guns of The Seneca, The Difference, Deep Blue Sea, The Artisans Better Than Ezra with special guests Big Sam's Funky Nation Rockalanche Galactic, T-Bird, The Breaks 6 The Autopilots Morning 40 Federation with Super Nice Bros. 7 Groovy 7 Juvenile with Rebirth Brass Band and Y.Luck Slightly Stoopid and more Quintron and Miss Pussy with Black Lips, Vocka Redu and Turbo Fruits Thee Oh Sees 9 Real Talk YES - Live in Concert 10 Innerpartysystem plus Swiss Chriss (of TKVR) SimplePlay & Actionpacker presents Ra Ra Riot plus Givers and The Luyas Ingram Hill 11 Who's Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute 8 Bit Anatomy with Billsberry Flowboy Ra Ra Riot and Givers Baths Intervert featering Slave to the Day plus Days Taken Down with haarp and Mountain of Wizard 12 Meriwether CO-Ruff 13 Mint Condition 14 Snoop Dogg 16 G. Love and Special Sauce Fang Island and Maps and Atlases 17 MiMOSA 18 Star City Meltdown, Superbob, Ampathy Mike Foster Project 19 Helmet, Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl Low Ben Labat, The Happy Devil, Colin Lake 20 Deep Dark Robot Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group 21 Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses The Civil Wars with Grant Watts and the Old Family 23 Surfer Blood 24 Apocalyptica + We are the Fallen The Flamethrowers 25 Voodoo Bayou Rockalanche 26 Dax Riggs The Cybin Project, Big Frank, Blackwater Burial 27 The Whigs 28 House of Pain w/ Everlast 29 Curtis & Luckey
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April 1 Senses Fail, The Ghost Inside, Man Overboard, Transit Molly Ringwalds slowtheknife, For Shame, Cyanide Smile 2 Joan Red, Frequency Fifty Four, Ampanthy 5 The Residents 7 Warpaint with PVT and Family Band Pat Green Crossfade with Down From Up 8 Rockin Oldies Rockalanche 9 Category 6 10 Forever The Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, This Century, Before Their Eyes 12 Fair to Midland, Periphery, and Scale The Summit 13 BoomBox w/ High Top Kicks 15 Who's Bad - The World's #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band Copasetic The Damned Things with HourCast plus Lukeskarkiller and The Scorseses 16 Revolt Tour 2011 Feat: Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, Drive A & More Foret Tradition 19 Acid Mothers Temple, The Melting Paraiso UFO 21 Set The Controls: Recreating the music of Pink Floyd 23 Set The Controls: Recreating the music of Pink Floyd
May 4 Puddle of Mudd
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Stereoside - “Stereoside” Record Label: Bieler Bros. Records Reviewed by: Heidi Ohmer
Many different people can claim they enjoy many different genres of rock: some like metal, some like grunge, some like progressive, and there are those awesome people that love just plain ole rock n’ roll. A band that proves to have kick ass music blended with fun has to be Stereoside. If anyone is a fan, they know the bands first album, So Long, contains great hooks with catchy lyrics that will make anyone anticipate more music from these guys. Well, (release date) was the day for these fans to rock out with the release of Stereoside’s new self titled album. The CD begins with the single “Trailer Park Scum.” The delightfully named song starts off with a familiar guitar tone which delivers that feeling of being back home. Vocalist, Jeff Shields, joins the riff with his strong voice along with the groovin’ drum beat. This contagious verse transitions into the fun chorus with lyrics like “I like my girls like I like my cream/ A little bit sticky, and a little bit sweet.” This song delivers the “swagger” the band has always appeared to have. The following song “Risktaker” starts out with the heartbeat of the bass drum and yet another ripping guitar riff. The combination can remind the listener of a trip down South, and to contribute to this memory is Shield’s powerful voice. Halfway through the journey is a break-down that within shines an ear pleasing guitar solo. The first two songs pretty much set the mood for the remaining of the album and also proves that the band knows how to stay true to their roots. Further down the line, things tend to appear more personal. “Life Goes On” starts with emotional music and lyrics that could melt the coldest of hearts. With lyrics that speak of making the best of things because “Life Goes On.” The melodic music supports this message perfectly. This song, more so than others, is a blast from the past that reminds listeners staying true to yourself with some improvements is the best path to take. “Crazy and Paranoid” can only be described in one way: an example of melodic genius. Only the best of the best can create a smooth melody that hovers over a simply courageous instrumental composition. Jeff Shields sounds like a maestro with this one, in which this song definitely puts him in the spotlight with his soulful voice like no other. But wait, this tune is not just about a pretty voice-- mid-song there is a just as powerful guitar solo that beautifully relays the emotional message this song streams out. This song was the perfect ingredient to end this album. Some may say that an album should leave off with an in your face song that leaves listeners exhausted, but being a fan of these guys, I think that leaving feeling like I just had a one on one emotional confrontation is more satisfying than feeling tired and seperated.
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The Damned Things - “Ironiclast” Record Label: N/A (Independent) Reviewed by: Heidi Ohmer
The Damned Things should be in everyone’s music library. Never heard of them? Go out now and get their newly released album Ironiclast simply because it is worth it. Need motivation? The band includes members of Every Time I Die (Kieth Buckley), Fall Out Boy (Andy Hurley, Joe Troham), and Anthrax (Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano) which give a new meaning to the term super group. With these forces put together, one can only imagine how musically powerful this band can become. Ironiclast proves that theory by just one listen for the fact of all the influences are put into one sound. The CD starts off with a thrashing hit “Handbook for the Recently Deceased.” It starts the vibe off with heaviness that shows vocalists Keith Buckley’s Every Time I Die style. The most memorable aspect of this song is how the melodic chorus corresponds to the rest of the bands heaviness. Mid song, the time slows down just enough for the listener to take one breath then goes head first into a slamming guitar solo that could make anyone a fan at first listen. To make things more complete, the band decided to continue with the opening guitar riff, which creates an adhesive element that ends the song perfectly. The song sets a high bar for the rest of the album, and the following song “Bad Blood” can compete with the first to be one of the album’s best songs. Starting off with a smooth and an instrumentally contagious vibe, Buckley comes in once again with his strong vocals. One thing different than the first song vocally speaking: there is so much range in the 3:20 song. Skipping ahead to the last two songs on the album, “Graverobber” and “The Blues Havin’ Blues” proves the saying “saving the best for last. “GraveRobber” begins melodic yet heavy then slows down quite a bit for the verse which shows that the lead licks and chugging rhythms is a perfect mixture. There should be no question why this song gets air time on many radio stations. Rolling on to the albums last song, “The Blues Havin’’ Blues” starts out with a traditional rock drum beat along with a bluesy feeling guitar lick. Buckley brings out his raspy grungy voice which goes well with the previously mentioned riff. The decision to bring out backing vocals in this song, which delivered southern vibe they are apparently trying to bring out. The most impressive aspect of the track is they still keep their heavy and self-influenced sounds alive while adding new elements to the song. Thumbs up to these talented musicians who actually brought together an amazing “super group.” They have affirmed that they have not done this just for publicity reasons, but rather a love for music and a drive to put something together that many people can only dream of accomplishing..
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02.26.11 @ The City Club of Houma - Houma, LA Reviewed by: Heidi Ohmer
Listening to 10 Years can be said to be an experience within itself. The music’s ranging fusion of audible differences creating a captivating sound is proof in itself that this band is influential on many levels. Fans got the opportunity to witness this fusion live at The City Club of Houma on February 26th. Take note that this concert took place after a Mardi Gras parade, which for some first time goers could be a little confusing. This exhilarating party-on-the-streets experience clearly amped up the band along with the crowd for the concert later that night. From the very first song, “The Wicked Ones”, the energy in the room was raging and only increased from there. Not only did the crowd emit loads of energy, they yelled every word to practically every song (take in account that only five songs were from the newest album Feeding The Wolves) which proves that Houma has the truest 10 Years fans. Not only is transferring raging energy between crowd and band a major compliment to any performer, but having the ability to convey the exact ear pleasing music off of an album and delivering it live is an even bigger accomplishment - which is exactly what took place. Onside of the musical aspects, the band appeared to have an abundance power over the crowd. Multiple times throughout the show, vocalist Jesse Hasek was literally held by the crowd while continuing to deliver his flawless singing. When the show appeared to conclude with “Wasteland”, the crowd did not budge and started to chant for an encore. More specifically, and for the first time I have ever seen, they started to chant to demand for the single “Shoot It Out.” Not long after the crazed fans demanded the song, the band returned to the stage to give the crowd what they wanted and proved to everyone that not every band can have complete control over a room filled wall to wall. When asked about their City Club experience, 10 Years bass player Lewis Cosby said “This was our first Mardi Gras experience. We didn’t want to leave, honestly. The crowd was as rowdy when we hit the last note as they were on the first note. We are going to remember this show for a long time.” --A perfect way to sum up a memorable night!
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Hard Rock Cafe Battle of The Bands 02.10.11 - 02.24.11 @ Hard Rock Cafe - New Orleans Reviewed by: Heidi Ohmer
Local is always more comforting: local stores, local beer, but more importantly local music. Knowing that something is local gives a familiar feeling of being at home. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans local music has become scattered-- luckily it has not been demolished. Recently, music admirers and patrons have come together to support local music to try to push the amazing surrounding music into peoples ears.
Hard Rock Cafe has become the home for yet another exciting Battle of The Bands. The contest kicked off February 10th and continued through February 24th. The whole battle consisted of 10 bands total, five bands in each of the two preliminary rounds in which only two from each night moved on to compete in the final round. Each band had 15 minutes which only allowed an average of 3 songs. Out of the short set, the band announced which two songs they would like to be judged. Take note that the judges were not just anybody off of the streets, the contest had the privilege to have a few celebrity judges on hand. However, these celebrity judges were not the only ones judging, Part of the judging was crowd response which added more responsibility to the bands. So, they had to impress the judges along with the crowd, bring out their fans, and help promote the event The first Thursday, February 10th, had a killer line up: Anaujiram, Poltern Kinder, Envee, Luke Starkiller, and The Autopilots. The judges this week were Paul Mcoy and Eric Weaver of 12 Stones, and Rock 92.3’s Jason Ginty. Even though this was the first head to head battle, the bands did not hold back Out of the first five, the two that proved themselves the most on the first night were Luke Starkiller and The AutoPilots. These two locals definitely proved to have what it takes to move on to share the stage with the rest of the finalists. The battle then continued February 17th with The Morning Life, Godspeed 3, Farewell to Fear, Black Magnolia, and Pandemic. Just like the week before, the same rules applied with an average of 3 songs and crowd response was still part of the judging. The judges this week were Chris and Benji Lee from Supagroup and returning judge Jason Ginty. The two bands to win over the judges were Black Magnolia and Pandemic which once again proved the theory of saving the best for last. These two bands joined Luke Starkiller and The AutoPilots in the February 24th finals. One word to describe this showdown: intense! Each band performed even more forceful than before showing that they all had the drive to take the prize. The fan turnout for the preliminary rounds were impressive, but it seemed that the night of the final round, the crowds multiplied exponentially. Cheering and singing along with the bands familiar original tunes, as well with the mandated Bon Jovi cover, the crowd’s voices rose above The Hard Rock Cafe and into the French Quarter’s ears that night. After the dust settled, Pandemic emerged victorious, going back on stage to play three encore songs to the crowds delight. Pandemic will now compete nationally online at www. hardrockbattleofbands.com in which viewers will vote for their favorite artist to cross the pond to perform at Hard Rock Calling, a three-day concert in London, England. So, make sure to visit the site to rock out to Pandemic and vote for your local New Orleans boys for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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