1. Elestial Sound: A Collective Culture of Music and Art

    In a world where anyone with access to GarageBand can create music to share with the world, it has become a rarity to find artists coming together to create, record, and promote local music.  Nestled just down the street from the Grooveshark Headquarters is the independent label, gallery, recording studio, and artist collective, Elestial Sound. This do-it-yourself initiative truly showcases the passion and drive that goes into making art. 

     

    Elestial Sound, the independent record label based out of Gainesville, Fla, is releasing its first compilation album on April 30th. 

    Only two years old, Elestial Sound has quickly become a vital part of Gainesville’s alternative art and music culture. The compilation—meant to showcase Elestial Sound as a collaborative group of artists—will feature songs from ten of the bands on the label: MSNRA, Euglossine, Ghost Fields, Chromadadata, Floating, Pospulenn, Orchal and Vir, Jane Jane Pollock, Danny and Emily Reo.

    The music is influenced by many different genres —- psychedelic, electronic and indie to name a few —- but the bands hardly pigeonhole their sound into specific categories. MSNRA, for example, is a hip-hop group that blends elements of electronic and world music to create a unique sound.

    The artists, who have taken time from their solo work to create music specifically for the album, have worked closely with each other since Elestial Sound’s beginning in 2011. They frequently play live shows together at venues across Gainesville, and, in 2012 and 2013, they performed at South by Southwest (SXSW), a music and interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

    Although music is the main driving force behind Elestial Sound, it is not the only thing that defines it.  The Gainesville collective puts on live, local shows that combine elements of music and art to create a mesmerizing experience.  Art installations are specially crafted to add to the ambiance of each show. The stage and walls of The Church of Holy Colors, where many of the local shows are held, are sometimes covered with hand-painted colorful designs, or, more recently, plastered with vibrant afghan blankets. Lights that pulsate to the beat of the music hang from the ceiling and vintage 35-millimeter slide projectors cast filmstrips around the room.  Far from the top 40 glitz and glam of mainstream shows held at huge venues—Elestial Sound shows’ actually mix authentic music with real art.  

    Davis Hart, co-owner of the label describes his organization as a “mutating entity” that is still evolving and defining itself.  “It’s a collective of artists, musicians and builders and people just mad to live,” he said.

    Gabriel Ortiz, the other half of the founding pair, says the compilation is a great example of this collective effort.  

    In addition to encouraging and inspiring one another in their solo endeavors, some of the artists also lend their talents to multiple projects. Tristan Whitehill, the force behind Euglossine, composes and performs with MSNRA and collaborates with Kane Pour of Pospulenn in the duo known as Orchal and Vir.

    “The nature of our community is built upon the idea that we all help support each other’s creative output,” Whitehill said. “Each project is equally special and the community is there to help each artist’s vision.”

    The soon-to-be released album will be available for purchase on the official website: www.elestialsound.com.

     

     

     

     

     

  2. For all of our very special users enjoying the perks of Grooveshark Anywhere, try out our latest themes by heading to the gear icon on Grooveshark. For anyone not enjoying the perks of Grooveshark Anywhere, take a peek at all the eye candy we are serving up on the site.  

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  3. The Creators Proejc

    For the past 3 years, The Creators Project has been showcasing some of the coolest content on the web from some of the most creative individuals on the planet. Highlighting individuals and initiatives that fuse together art and modern technology, this product of VICE Magazine and Intel is establishing itself as a pioneer of a new digital media renaissance. Check out one of their latest featured projects, the music video Eclipse/Blue by Nosaj Thing. Head over to their site to discover more about the work they are doing or  check out some of the other cool videos that the Creators Project is serving up by heading to the Grooveshark homepage and exploring through our Featured Videos.

  4. Grooveshark is really excited to be involved with Bear Creek Music & Art Festival! The Festival, which runs from November 10-13, brings soul, funk and jam bands including the Trey Anastasio Band, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, The Funky Meters, Galactic and many more. In addition to the music, Bear Creek showcases visual art from an array of artists to create a multi-sensory experience.

    Be sure to be on the lookout for Grooveshark employees at the festival! Grooveshark is proud to be bringing you the silent disco, swag and other surprises. We always love meeting our users and fans- especially when we can jam to great music together. 

    Check out our Bear Creek Music & Art Festival site theme on Grooveshark!

    Grooveshark is sending two lucky winners and their guests to Bear Creek! All you have to do to win is:

    1. Create a playlist with 15 songs max from all of your favorite artists attending Bear Creek

    2. Enter your Bear Creek playlist on the Grooveshark Facebook page and comment with a widget or link to your playlist.

    3. Tag Grooveshark and the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival in your comment!

    The two sharks who create the funkiest playlists will get a pair of tickets to the festival! The contest ends November 3rd. Good luck and have a great time making your playlist!


  5. The Rootwire Music & Arts Festival brings you the nation’s best up and coming transcendental artists on the biggest and best stage this summer. The festival, brought to you by Papadosio, aims to bring about ideals of enlightenment, community and social change that is real and tangible. In addition to the incredible music acts, they will be featuring visual art in the same way they feature music. A large scale tent will act as a walkthrough psychedelic gallery featuring some of the best visual art. 

    The festival is taking place at Kaeppner’s Woods in Logan, Ohio from August 4 through August 7, and we’ve got two GA tickets to give away to one lucky winner!

    If you want the chance to win the tickets, follow the steps below to enter:

    1. ‘Like’ the Grooveshark Fan Page and Rootwire Music & Arts Festival Fan Page on Facebook

    2. Post a 15 song playlist on the Grooveshark Fan Page. The theme of the playlist should be your ideal daily lineup for the festival using songs from the acts that will be playing.

    3. Tag both Grooveshark and Rootwire Music & Arts Festival in the post.

    The contest begins now and will end on Monday, August 1 at 6pm EST. Only one entry per person. We will pick a winner who we think has the best ideal daily lineup and announce it on our Facebook page on August 2.

    May the best playlist win!

    Thank you to everyone who entered! We’re happy to announce that the winner of two tickets to Rootwire Music & Arts Festival is Ryan Clark.