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Press Release Roundup: September 23

posted September 25th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

30 Days in LA

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LA, it’s almost that time again! Peep the lineup above and get tix for the November shows HERE!

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Introducing: The Channel Drifters

posted September 15th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | 0

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Exploring New York based quartet The Channel Drifters’ new self-titled album, one can’t help but grin. Hybridizing the pop and folk genres, Mike Mahony, Nick Barone, Ryan Harden and Melissa Mahony each bring something different to the sonic table, creating undeniable band chemistry and crisp harmonies that could be destined for mainstream radio any day now. It’s obvious the collaborative songwriting process works, with each member putting their individual signature on each track. Cutting across decades, melding 70’s Laurel Canyon era, 90’s Lilith Fair and a tinge of blues rock guitar, places The Channel Drifters in a unique position. Hailing from the Hudson Valley provides rife natural inspiration as guitarist Mike Mahony mentions they’re “about an hour away from NYC, just far enough away to be surrounded by wilderness, and the Appalachian Trail is literally in our backyard.” Being in this type of environment lends itself to seeping into their songwriting. Fellow guitarist Nick Barone also points out the Hudson Valley “is the home of the most notorious outdoor musical festival of all time, Woodstock. As a guitar player, just knowing you live only an hour from where Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana made a stamp on musical history is pretty cool and it provides a certain energy and influence.”

Music initially entered each band member’s lives at different points, from early memories of listening to the radio on car rides with parents as Mike recalls, playing Queen’s “Greatest Hits” on cassette like guitarist Ryan Harden or “singing since talking” like vocalist Melissa Mahony. In fact, Melissa loved musical theater and opera so much, she thought she might pursue a career in either once upon a time. Definitely reflecting her vocal training in the band’s songs, we’re certainly glad there was a change in plans and she also fell in love with the ukulele instead. When considering the band’s musical heroes, several enduring icons come to mind, ranging from Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, BB King, Damon Albarn, Eric Clapton and Dave Grohl who yielded a pretty incredible WTF moment for Nick who got a chance to speak to him about guitar playing once at a wedding. Along these favorite artist lines, if they could listen to at least five albums for the rest of their lives, classic albums like The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, The Counting Crows’ “The Desert Life”, Weezer’s “Pinkerton”, John Mayer’s “Continuum”, The Head and The Heart’s self-titled album and Radiohead’s “Kid A” make the cut.

Although these admirable selections remain planted in certain genres, surprises lurk into their personal musical collections. One might find Halsey, Cher, N’Sync, Earth Wind and Fire, The Prodigy or Death which reflect a varied range of tastes. With each band member listening to different styles of music, they influence and learn from one another. Although they’ve just released their debut, new music is already in the works as they’re working on a sophomore effort and have no plans to remain “out of sight”. If they remain focused, there’s no doubt this band is destined to play a large festival “beneath the sun”.

Press Release Roundup: September 9

posted September 12th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Falls Music and Arts Fest

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The 2016/17 Falls Music & Arts Festival line-up has landed! Positive times (+x) will be migrating across state borders this summer to four unique locations – Lorne VIC, Marion Bay TAS, Byron Bay NSW and for the very first time, Fremantle WA! From stunning natural settings and rolling green amphitheaters to inner city streets and abandoned buildings, Falls will be taking over four corners of Australia and transforming each of the spaces into immersive carousels of music, dance, light and art.

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2016/17 LINE-UP! from Falls Festival on Vimeo.

As Falls enters its 24th annual event, we have everything pretty down-pat! A rich history of amazing live music · world class production · thoughtful and modern camping facilities · makers’ markets · visual arts performances · creative installations · daily beach access · pop-up bars and beer gardens · food trucks and restaurants · holistic and wellbeing services · local traders · community involvement · interactive games and activities · all with experienced staff and volunteers to help make your time great.

Sing for your supper and be the first ticket holder in town! Score a VIP pass for you and 3 friends by downloading the official Falls Festival app and taking part in #fallskaraoke! Get creative and belt out your favorite bangers from the 2016/17 line-up by choosing a song, pressing record, adding some stickers and uploading to Instagram with the hashtag #fallskaraoke. Make sure you tag @fallsfestival and the three pals you’ll take along if you win!

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: September 2

posted September 3rd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Metallica

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Metallica will release their eleventh studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, on November 18th, via Blackened Recordings. The 2 CD / 2 Vinyl set is the Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is available for pre-order at www.Metallica.com starting today in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions. The albumis produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic.

“Has it really been eight years? Doesn’t feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We’ve been rockin’ along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in … INCOMING!”

“Hardwired,” the first track to be released from the forthcoming album was played for the first time earlier today during a live remote broadcast from Metallica’s HQ in the Bay Area. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X discussing the band’s performance at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th, Lars Ulrich stunned 93X’s Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station, as well as fans around the world. “Hardwired” will be delivered as an instant download to fans who pre-order the album.

Stay tuned for more details on Hardwired…To Self-Destruct in the coming weeks.

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Press Release Roundup: August 19

posted August 22nd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

X Live and The Confluence

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A beautiful and long overdue union of the esteemed International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON) and International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) has given birth to the progeny of the future: XLIVE – the most illustrious convention of industry leaders at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, eSports, technology and the experiences + community that culminate at festivals & live events.

In an unprecedented move, XLIVE has joined forces with renowned digital media and publicity agency, The Confluence, for the 2016 “Live Event” convention taking place this December 5-7, 2016 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, NV. The Confluence, a full-service media agency that delivers best-in-class publicity, branding and content strategy to many of the world’s most influential brands, festivals, and artists, will join in on the collaborative venture with XLIVE to incorporate publicity savvy and expertise into programming and overall communication strategy.

The compelling partnership with The Confluence came as a natural evolution: as pioneers in their respective creative industries it was only a matter of time the two companies were joined by their thirst for curating unique, memorable and exciting moments in festival and live event history. Waco Hoover, CEO & Co-Founder of XLIVE, looks ahead to the future, remarking on the journey that lies ahead:

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Confluence to the XLIVE community. The Confluence has deep roots in the festival community and shares our passion for creating memorable and extraordinary experiences. As the official public relations firm for XLIVE, there isn’t a better partner suited to work with our team creating awareness for the myriad of organizations participating along with the programs and resources that will be offered to festivals and event producers at the annual 2016 XLIVE Conference in Las Vegas this December.”

Serving all facets of digital media and publicity strategy, The Confluence has cemented its place as the premier creative agency for festivals and beyond. Since its inception in 8 years ago, The Confluence has engaged world class campaigns for the likes of Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Further Future, Wonderfruit Thailand, Do LaB, MaiTai, Robot Heart, Woogie Weekend, Shambhala, Symbiosis, Decibel and Envision Festival in Costa Rica, among many others. In addition to having serviced festival clients on four continents, The Confluence also engages across a multitude of enterprises including lifestyle, technology, medical, and consumer goods with current and past clients including GoPro, Wall St. Journal, General Electric, Target, Budweiser, Pepsi, Intel and countless others. The Confluence looks forward to bringing their expertise and array of proven methodologies to XLIVE.

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Press Release Roundup: August 5

posted August 10th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Life is Beautiful

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Peep the lineup below and get tix HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: July 29

posted August 3rd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

ShipRocked 2017

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Despite selling out in just one week after staterooms went on sale to the public in May, ShipRocked 2017 continues to add to its stellar lineup. ShipRocked veterans Art of Dying, Stitched Up Heart and Letters From The Fire, as well as first-timers Living Sacrifice and Them Guns, join a lineup that features headliner Breaking Benjamin, along with Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil and more. ShipRocked 2017 sails January 16-20, 2017 from Miami, FL to Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands onboard Carnival Victory.

In addition, ShipRocked’s own all-star band The Stowaways and its revolving cast of special guests will once again be pulling out all the stops with classic hits, unexpected surprises, and a roster of performers that can’t be seen anywhere else. The initial roster for the 2017 edition of The Stowaways has been revealed, including Oli Herbert (All That Remains), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Dameon & Gabe Aranda (Aranda), Josh Todd and Stevie Dacanay (Buckcherry), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Doug Robb and Chris Hesse (Hoobastank), Jerry Gaskill (King’s X), Madame Mayhem, Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach), Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche), Lukas Rossi and Miles McPherson (The Halo Method), Joey & Jorge Dueñas (Unloco), and Rob Caggiano (Volbeat).

Time to set your countdown clocks! ShipRocked 2017 will set sail on our 8th annual voyage to Rock Hard and Vacation Harder, January 16-20, from Miami to Grand Turk Island onboard the Carnival Victory! Book your spot now at www.ShipRocked.com!

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Introducing: Jonathan Cavier

posted July 12th, 2016 by JasonHillenburg | Filed under: Introducing | 0

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Jonathan Cavier originally began his career in music back in the California area and spent a number of years as part of the duo EyeTalk. Sampling the material of that point in his career, you can already tell his musical skills were mostly fully formed. He next relocated to Phoenix, Arizona; perhaps in need of a change or a more central hub for touring, recording and writing. Whatever the case, Cavier debuts as a soloist with his latest effort ‘Premier’ and the record is a doozy.

Each track on ‘Premier’ has its own identity on this album, either embodying power pop, pop/rock, harder rock, blues and folk.  It’d be quite an experience I’m sure to sit down with Jonathan for an interview to see just what inspires him to make the music that he does.  In the meantime though, we can savor the tasty single “January” and its acoustic romp colored in by a fearsome rhythmic churn that keeps it smarter than the average bear from start to finish.  Several songs are crafted with this semi-loud/quiet halving which makes them welcome, stadium level experiences where you are encouraged to sing with Cavier’s superior vocal weight.  “Comes a Moment,” “Are You in Love,” “Found You” and “Pearl” all have similar traits and characteristics to the soft sonic majesty of “January,” and are all instantly interchangeable as lead-off singles for this collection.

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Press Release Roundup: July 8

posted July 11th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 1

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Pop Montreal

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Hello, we’re POP Montreal. We have a really cool music festival that truly reflects the amazing scene in Montreal’s underground artistic community in an ultra real way. Don’t forget that. We’ve been bringing you original, fresh and sexy music for 15 years and this year will be absolutely no exception. This is our 2nd press release, the next one will unveil our final programming. So enjoy another taste before the big explosion.

We’re very happy to add a slew of amazing locals artists to the line-up this year, including piano phenom Jean-Michel Blais, Little Scream, CO/NTRY, Un Blonde, Nancy Pants, TOPS, Jesse Mac Cormack, Heathers, Emily & Odgen, Tim Darcy of Ought, Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz, along with Jef Elise Barbara’s Black Space, She-Devils, and the launch of KROY’s debut album.

We are also happy to announce some SUPER IMPORTANT international headliners, including the beyond legendary co-founding member of the Velvet Underground John Cale; the avant garde pianist, composer (and genius) Annette Peacock; as well as a rare performance by Hayden, celebrating the 20th anniversary and performing in full his groundbreaking album Everything I Long For; and a one of a kinda 80’s rub-a-dub soundsystem featuring dancehall legends Shinehead and General Trees. Other mega cool artists we are announcing include oddball pop provocateur Dean Blunt’s alter ego Babyfather; experimental punk band HEALTH, the majorly hyped psych pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma and Princess Vitarah who’s break out single Nigerian Pussy “is the anthem”, So Get’cha Damn Hands Up!

That’s not it, there will be more more more! Win Butler’s POP vs JOCK IV basketball game, featuring some of the biggest celebrities in the world; a talk with Susan Rogers (Prince, Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, Jeff Black, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tricky, The Jacksons), Ph.D. in experimental psychology as part of the POP Symposium, and an Art POP curated conversation between CKUT’s Sundus Abdul Hadia and Beirut-Based artist Joe Namy.

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