"Could Video Games Teach Us To Be Musicians?" via Music Think Tank
You may think you’re the next Hendrix while you play expert level on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but writer Jamal Asskoumi thinks the very opposite. These games may be fun, but they don’t necessarily improve musical ability. He goes on to recommend a lesser-known game called   “RockSmith" that actually requires you to plug in an actual guitar and subconsciously learn through mini-games provided. So although we don’t have a sure-fire way to make the transition from bedroom rocker to stadium-tour legend, there seems to be more intellectually challenging games on the horizon. 
Read more about Asskoumi’s thoughts on Musical Video Games at Music Think Tank. 

"Could Video Games Teach Us To Be Musicians?" via Music Think Tank

You may think you’re the next Hendrix while you play expert level on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but writer Jamal Asskoumi thinks the very opposite. These games may be fun, but they don’t necessarily improve musical ability. He goes on to recommend a lesser-known game called   “RockSmith" that actually requires you to plug in an actual guitar and subconsciously learn through mini-games provided. So although we don’t have a sure-fire way to make the transition from bedroom rocker to stadium-tour legend, there seems to be more intellectually challenging games on the horizon. 

Read more about Asskoumi’s thoughts on Musical Video Games at Music Think Tank. 

"Neural Nostalgia: Why Do We Love the Music We Heard As Teenagers?" via Slate
Why is it that when we hear an old song from the late 90’s and early 2000’s come on the radio, we tend to freak out and still remember every word? Recent scientific and psychological studies have found a distinct connection between our brains and what we listen to as teenagers that tends to trump any music we hear later on in life, creating a neurological song preference for ourselves.
Read more of what author Mark Joseph Stern has to say about the strong bond with our favorite bands we grew up loving as teenagers and reblog with some of your favorites!

"Neural Nostalgia: Why Do We Love the Music We Heard As Teenagers?" via Slate

Why is it that when we hear an old song from the late 90’s and early 2000’s come on the radio, we tend to freak out and still remember every word? Recent scientific and psychological studies have found a distinct connection between our brains and what we listen to as teenagers that tends to trump any music we hear later on in life, creating a neurological song preference for ourselves.

Read more of what author Mark Joseph Stern has to say about the strong bond with our favorite bands we grew up loving as teenagers and reblog with some of your favorites!

Foo Fighters play House of Vans London

Just months after its first opening, the legendary Foo Fighters disguised themselves as “The Holy Shits” and graced the new House of Vans London venue with a earth-shattering performance last night. It was no surprise that the place was absolutely packed and everyone cheered for more. 

Photos: Nathan Gallagher

'What's Good Los Angeles' EP Powered by Friends of Friends Drops First Track “Motivated” by Problem x Salva
Vans is proud to present a new 5-song EP entitled “What’s Good Los Angeles" featuring great artists from the City of Angels. We’ve teamed up with local record label Friends of Friends to find the best of the best to feature on the EP including Dam Funk, Jerome LOL, Baths, Salva, Problem, Hodgy Beats, and Mr. Carmack. 
The first track “Motivated,” a collab between DJ/producer Salva and Compton rapper Problem, is available now to listen via Soundcloud. The entire EP will be available for download starting October 8th at www.vans.com/whatsgood. We honestly can’t wait. 
Read after the jump for the full tracklist:


Track list:
1. Problem x Salva – Motivated
2. Dam Funk – Looks Like Ya’ Got Somethin’ to Say
3. Hodgy Beats – Bars (Produced by Mr. Carmack)
4. Jerome LOL – Burton Hall
5. Baths – Disorderly

'What's Good Los Angeles' EP Powered by Friends of Friends Drops First Track “Motivated” by Problem x Salva

Vans is proud to present a new 5-song EP entitled “What’s Good Los Angeles" featuring great artists from the City of Angels. We’ve teamed up with local record label Friends of Friends to find the best of the best to feature on the EP including Dam Funk, Jerome LOL, Baths, Salva, Problem, Hodgy Beats, and Mr. Carmack

The first track “Motivated,” a collab between DJ/producer Salva and Compton rapper Problem, is available now to listen via Soundcloud. The entire EP will be available for download starting October 8th at www.vans.com/whatsgood. We honestly can’t wait. 

Read after the jump for the full tracklist:

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Hey Denver! Heading to the Snowboard on the Block Festival this Saturday? Well, you should be. The second annual event brings together action packed snowboard films, a music festival, vendor booths, and the biggest rail jam Denver has ever seen, making it one epic season kick-off. While you’re there, come check out the Vans “Off the Wall” music stage, photo booth, and free waffle stand (free waffles?!).

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Hey Denver! Heading to the Snowboard on the Block Festival this Saturday? Well, you should be. The second annual event brings together action packed snowboard films, a music festival, vendor booths, and the biggest rail jam Denver has ever seen, making it one epic season kick-off. While you’re there, come check out the Vans “Off the Wall” music stage, photo booth, and free waffle stand (free waffles?!).

Blogs to Follow: indiepurr

Not only is IndiePurr chock full of soundcloud posts and great live photosets from FYF and local shows around Los Angeles, but it’s also got a whole tag called “Tips for Bands," a must-read for all you musicians out there! And blogger Jasmine Maurie always manages to sneak in great recommendations for upcoming shows in the LA area if you’re looking for something to do during the week. 

Photos: Jasmine Maurie

House of Vans Asia Tour - September 12-14th
House of Vans is heading over to Shanghai this weekend and bringing tons of art, skate, and music activations to take part in. For those of you itching to see what musical acts are in store for the weekend event, take a look below:

Friday’s Music Lineup, 10:00pm-LateIt all starts on Friday at Central Studios in Arkham with East Los Angeles punk band Corrupted Youth, Korean pop punk band The Strikers, Beijing metal band Twisted Machine, and headliner of the night indie-electro-punk band Peaches. 
Saturday’s Music Lineup, 10:00pm-LateThe music keeps on playing Saturday with a fully-equipped Open Mic for anyone and everyone to participate in starting at 5:00pm followed by DJ HBD, hip hop duo J Fever and Soulspeak, and a just-announced performance by Brooklyn-based Theophilus London.  
Last minute tickets for Saturday night are still available at the Vans Store at Cloud 9 Mall in Zhongshan Park. 
Head to houseofvansasia.com for more information. 

House of Vans Asia Tour - September 12-14th

House of Vans is heading over to Shanghai this weekend and bringing tons of art, skate, and music activations to take part in. For those of you itching to see what musical acts are in store for the weekend event, take a look below:

Friday’s Music Lineup, 10:00pm-Late
It all starts on Friday at Central Studios in Arkham with East Los Angeles punk band Corrupted Youth, Korean pop punk band The Strikers, Beijing metal band Twisted Machine, and headliner of the night indie-electro-punk band Peaches

Saturday’s Music Lineup, 10:00pm-Late
The music keeps on playing Saturday with a fully-equipped Open Mic for anyone and everyone to participate in starting at 5:00pm followed by DJ HBD, hip hop duo J Fever and Soulspeak, and a just-announced performance by Brooklyn-based Theophilus London.  

Last minute tickets for Saturday night are still available at the Vans Store at Cloud 9 Mall in Zhongshan Park. 

Head to houseofvansasia.com for more information.