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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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Introducing: The Fylls

posted July 10th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | 0

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From the moment the listener hits “Play” on NYC based band The Fylls’ new EP ‘Interrupted’, each song blends their trademark style of 60’s rock/90’s grunge with tackling inner turmoil, fond and unpleasant memories and social commentary about the perils of city life. Guitar and harmonica player Jordan Rhodes and bass player Erica Robinson’s complementary vocals prominently punctuate each track and it’s easy to see they bring that natural rapport onstage. Recalling childhood music memories and what led Jordan to play the guitar, he casually picked up the guitar around 9 years old, obtaining informal lessons in the household by his mom’s music teacher boyfriend. The info stuck and would prove useful when Jordan became more serious about music later in life.

Strongly influenced by Wilco, especially Jeff Tweedy, these influences sonically appear frequently throughout the Fylls’ discography. First embarking on writing songs solo, Jordan then joined forces with Erica as a duo, eventually adding Brian Lo Blanco on ukulele, trumpet and keyboard and Rick Troise on drums to complete the Fylls band formation puzzle. When asked to describe albums he could listen to for the rest of his life, Jordan chose a varied group which included Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’, Nirvana’s ‘Live at Reading’, Father John Misty’s ‘Fear Fun’, The New Pornographer’s ‘Mass Romantic’, The Pixies’ ‘Doolittle’ and a bonus selection- Grandaddy’s ‘The Sophtware Slump’. When considering dream acts to go on the road and tour with (besides Wilco and The New Pornographers), Jordan would also love to share stages with Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Real Estate and Tame Impala.

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Introducing: Suicide Swans

posted July 3rd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | 0

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Checking out Brisbane and Toowoomba located quintet Suicide Swans’ music, the listener takes a swirly nostalgic trip to the 60’s and 70’s folk of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, with a hint of today’s country rock. Coming together in 2012, the group’s first EP and full-length gets introspective, while making observations about society like the great folk storytellers did before them. Music was an early presence in their childhoods but as vocalist and guitarist Kyle Jenkins explains he didn’t start playing guitar seriously until 17 years old. After picking up the guitar one day, he became obsessed with writing his own material. Recalling the first song he’d ever written as most musicians would, Kyle jokingly states: “The first song I ever wrote was about growing up on a farm. Pretty insular, juvenile stuff. Probably had a thick dose of earnestness about it. I actually looked at the lyrics the other day… Cringe worthy at best but I’m sure at the time I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever done.”

Although not particularly influenced by the local Brisbane music scene, other amazing bands The Stress of Leisure, Mexico City, Elba Lane and Old New York get honorable mentions for also making their marks in Queensland. Music fans might visit local record shops like Sonic Sherpa and Jet Black Cat where one might pick up records that reflect a garage-psych/folk-pop/lo-fi sound popular now in the city. But not interested in paying attention to trends that fade away, the Suicide Swans will proudly find a place of comfort in the country/folk/rock genres intersection no matter what.

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Press Release Roundup: June 24

posted June 28th, 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.

III Points

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Miami’s III Points Festival announces new additions to its already stellar lineup for the 4th annual III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival: Machinedrum Live, Blkkmorris, Millionyoung, Poshstronaut, Nuri, Viniloversus, Kodiak Fur, Jport, Parrot Jungle 95, Tony Disco, John Hancock III, Fudakochi, Laura of Miami, DSAN, Baez , NSR , Nii Tei, True Vine, Oxynalia, Oly and Cog Nomen. Machinedrum will be touring his new album live with visuals by Strangeloop. Stangeloop, is a III Points alum, who provided visuals for Flying Lotus’ epic set from III Points 2014. The highly anticipated three-day festival, returning this year to Mana Wynwood, will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9. This year features bigger than ever production, complete with five unique stages, equipped with the most innovative sound and lighting systems.

Artists previously announced include LCD Soundsystem, M83, Thievery Corporation, Method Man and Redman, Flying Lotus (DJ set), Dixon plus + more. In addition to the stellar performances, there will be large-scale art and technology installations showcased throughout the venue, as well as the surrounding Wynwood community, to showcase III Points’ commitment to cultivating Miami’s modern, artistic development. Day programs will feature film screenings, tech talks, panel discussions, BBQs, and gallery showcases.

Tickets are available now HERE for $125, or you can enhance your festival experience with limited FORESIGHT PASS for $245-$305. FORESIGHT ticket holders will have access to the two FORESIGHT lounges with craft cocktail bar, seating, air-conditioned private restrooms, charging stations as well as complimentary Becks, water & Red Bull. FORESIGHT passes will also have dedicated entrance into the festival grounds. As a special thank you to all of our loyal PROPHET PASS ticket holders we are automatically upgrading your tickets. If you have already purchased a GA ticket and want to upgrade, we got you. (email us at upgrade@iiipoints.com).

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Press Release Roundup: June 17

posted June 20th, 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.

Arise Music Fest

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ARISE is thrilled to announce the full music and yoga schedule including over 100 musical performances and daily yoga classes from morning til dusk. Stay on the look out for other programming schedules to be released in the coming weeks including workshops, playshop sessions, Big Sunrise Dome presenters, and all of other interactive experiences that make ARISE uplifting and unique.

Peep the full schedule HERE!

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On the heels of its debut at Sundance Film Festival, ARISE Music Festival will spotlight a feature presentation and film screening of How to Let Go of the World and Love All Of the Things Climate Can’t Change with Academy Award-nominated writer and director, Josh Fox.

Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

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