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Press Release Roundup: May 26

posted May 29th, 2017 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.

MoogFest

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Attending our second MoogFest this month, the move to Durham provided a different vibe this time around. In a larger urban center than its previous hub, Asheville, the switch helped elevate the profile of the electronic music fest which continues to rise each year. Featuring events all over the city such as Michael Stipe’s art installation ‘Jeremy Dance’ being played on the windows of the American Underground, Sound Installations with Moor Mother and sold out workshops on techno-shamanism by Elizabeth Traina, the action packed agenda yielded cool moments. Whether you attended talks with Michael Stipe, Flying Lotus and Colin Wolfe, peeped performances by DJ Chela and ZenSoFly, Suzi Analogue, King and DJ Premier or sampled Moogs to your heart’s content at the pop-up shop, was inspiring to see electro nerds and neophiles from near and far united for the love of the art.

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Press Release Roundup: May 12

posted May 15th, 2017 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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Peep the lineup above for Colorado’s ARISE Music Fest and get tix HERE!

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Jesus Christ Superstar – ”A Striving Artist’s Cast Recording”

posted May 8th, 2017 by Mark Mcconville | Filed under: Releases | 0

 

 

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To unravel the beauty you must delve in, you must focus on the shine and the quality, and music group Striving Artists are doing that with their hearts beating to the instruments they wholeheartedly love and cherish. Their work is renowned for its elegance and subtlety, produced for the passionate and the purists, orchestrated with peace and serenity in mind.

The tranquil sounds are a reflection of why Striving Artist founder Greg Luzitano wanted to create a group setting and why he wanted to incorporate his expertise. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, proving his talents on a big scale. And with these sounds put in place, Luzitano and a whole array of talented people have put together astonishing, somber, emotional compendiums in Jesus Christ Superstar. They are records full of wonder and might, created to spark magic and hope.

There are two CDs to indulge in, both religious and compelling, both taking influence from faith and its impact. The brilliance of it comes from the true bond that the artists have. They all come together in unison, playing their hearts out for the cause, delivering beautiful harmonies.

The sequences and arrangements are powered by different singers and instrumentalists, which creates a sense of diversity and gives the crop of stars a chance to shine. There’s drumming from wonder-kid Nate Concalo, who has the powerhouse ability to go on and propel, there’s vocals from a variety of great singers. It all comes together as a worthwhile and entertaining project.

The performers have been plucked from a wonderful platform of flair and imagination, and it’s heard throughout the two collections. The songs all serve up a purpose too. Heaven On Their Minds from CD 1 is a brilliant, raw, rock influenced track which highlights what Striving Artists are about, great melody and scintillating instrumentals and sincere workmanship. This Jesus Must Die is a song which begins with slow vocal work. The contribution falls into a trance like vibe. The lyrics are searing and imaginative, describing a dangerous situation. Damned All The Time – Blood Money showcases a rock infused riff and well-toned vocals. This track highlights the versatility of the group.

CD 2 goes on in the same vein. It’s purposeful and intriguing. The Last Supper is a tour de force, it lasts for 7.17 and it’s a magical, colossal, burst of emotion. The arrangements are wonderfully placed and the production values are massive. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) directs towards Luzitano who serves up arresting vocal work. You will hear the passion and reason in his vocals. He certainly knows how to raise his voice and bellow out stark and eventful lyrics. King Herod’s Song contains a blunt subject matter. The lyricism is fundamental, and the words are sung with a degree of rage. Yet again the instrumentals are on point.

Striving Artists is a collective of unbelievably talented musicians. They’re truly at one with their craft and it shows through this religious but modern work.

Press Release Roundup: April 28

posted May 3rd, 2017 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.

Art of Cool Fest

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Capping off a steamy April, thousands traveled from far and wide, even crossing the pond, to partake in the 4th Annual Art of Cool Fest in Durham, NC. With a multi-generational jazz, hip-hop, R&B and soul-rock lineup that you couldn’t find anywhere else, each day showcased homegrown rising and Grammy-winning established artists and producers. With the diverse group assembled, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see future collabos and projects as a result. Whether it was Rakim backed by Zoocru and fest co-founder Al Strong on trumpet or George Clinton funking it up with Kendra Foster jumping onstage, the community vibe remained strong throughout the weekend.

Oasis Fest

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All eyes will be on Morocco this September as Oasis festival returns to Marrakech for its third edition this September 14-17, 2017 bringing a world-class music line-up to music resort The Source. The third wave of acts are revealed today, including Agents Of Time (live), Black Rose, Call Super, DJ Stingray, Dr. Rubinstein, Pantha du Prince (live), Shed, Willow and more. With acts including Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Nicolas Jaar, Marcel Dettmann, Anja Schneider, Moodymann, KiNK and Charlotte de Witte also on the bill, this is set to be the biggest edition to date.

There’s not many festivals in the world where you can ride a camel in the desert by day and dance beneath the stars by night, soundtracked by the biggest stars of the electronic music scene. Founded in 2015, Oasis has put North Africa firmly on the map as the must-visit festival destination of the moment. Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech, the festival continues to showcase the finest international talent, as well as shining the spotlight on the flourishing Moroccan electronic music scene.

DJ Stingray has been an innovative force in the world of Detroit techno for over twenty years. Through his unconventional techno offerings, the balaclava-clad DJ has captured the attention of alternative audiences worldwide. As a blanket of darkness envelops the Atlas Mountains that backdrop the festival, his distinctive high tempo, high impact sound will set the tone, making for an intense and electric atmosphere at Oasis 2017.

Underground techno specialist Call Super also makes the journey to North Africa for Oasis festival this September. The British producer recently dropped his Fabric 92 mix to a stellar reaction from fans and media alike, with Resident Advisor slating him as “one of the most striking artists in electronic music right now” and Pitchfork praising his “spellbinding selections.”

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Jerad Finck – “New Kids”

posted April 21st, 2017 by JasonHillenburg | Filed under: Releases | 0

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Spokane, Washington native Jerad Finck has arrived at this place through talent, but discipline plays a much more important role. His experiences with a variety of instruments and musical approaches, as well as his lyrical engagement, makes him a singularly unique performer whose songwriting and performing talents have been amply recognized on both a regional and national level. However, it is discipline distinguishing him for than anything else. Finck is a performer who clearly gets and wants it – his new single “New Kids” bristles with creativity and a subtle sense of risk taking that defies the norm and rewards anyone willing to give him time to weave his magic. His time opening for acts as diverse as Daughtry, Sister Hazel, Red Wanting Blue, and Christina Perri have shaped him into a superior creative artist capable of conveying oceans of emotion with seemingly little effort. This latest effort highlights his ongoing artistic partnership with writer/producer Denny White and is set to propel his career to a higher level than ever before.

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“New Kids” has a low key fanfare opening the song before it soon settles into a steady groove. The groove is ambling, easy going, and loosely confident while still maintaining all the needed focus to get the song over. The percussion, seemingly scattershot at times, is particularly effective for conveying the song’s shuffle mood and Finck brings his voice into perfect accord with the backing track. The decidedly low-fi approach of the song never lacks physicality – “New Kids” is a track that will engage listeners on every level from the first notes on. It has understated melodic virtues that few songs of its ilk share and Finck does an exceptional job of wrapping his voice tightly around the arrangement.

There are few meaningful post-production touches. Instead, Finck’s voice is the centerpiece of the track and effectively wraps around the music in a compelling but unobtrusive way. Much like everything else about his presentation, Finck refrains from following established formulas too closely and, instead, attempts to wring new variations from aforementioned themes. It results in a collected, humble performance in some ways that nonetheless announces his arrival in unambiguous terms. Jerad Finck is clearly a performer intent on establishing himself as a major force on the music scene and there isn’t a single note of “New Kids” that doesn’t resound with that intent.

The lyrics are accessible without ever unduly belaboring things. The balance of artistry Finck brings to his work is a rarity with seasoned performers and writers, let alone new voices. It emerges from him naturally and without any of the usual trappings, like glossy presentation, that frequently compromise similar performers. Instead, Finck’s performance on “New Kids” comes out as a genuine expression of singer/songwriter artistry quite unlike anything else on the scene today. Finck’s ability to connect with audiences is quite obvious and it seems to come naturally. “New Kids” plays like a track ripped from his autobiography, but it will prove difficult for a wide swath of listeners to not relate to its sentiments and their expression in sound.

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Press Release Roundup: April 14th

posted April 19th, 2017 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.

MoogFest

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Today Moogfest announces their last and final additions to the 2017 festival, rounding out an already impressive lineup with DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, and Durham music collective The Floor. This announcement builds on Moogfest’s trajectory: balancing Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) conversations and workshops, with artists and technologists who participate in both sides of the program.

Grammy-award winning producer and half of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier will grace the stage at this year’s festival. Premiere’s prized productions have threaded through the decades, defining the sound of multiple generations of hip-hop. Always evolving yet timeless, celebrated rappers and lyricists from KRS-One to Kanye West, have called on Premier to create the sonic foundation for their voices.

Dark wave electronic artist Zola Jesus is set to perform from her unreleased 5th studio album, TAIGA. Described by the artist herself, “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.” King Britt has prepared a Moogfest exclusive part live part DJ (hybrid set) fusing his mastery in track selection with live hardware electronics including two Mother-32s, while NYC-based producer Baltra will perform a DJ set showcasing his expertise of gritty underground techno productions.

The full list of participants announced today is as follows: DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, DJ Bosslady, Andrius, Sound Resurgence, Lady Fingers, 3ZKL, Strider, Virginia Tech ICAT, ONO, Brandon Stosuy, Elliot Inman, Johnny Turpin, Krista Anne, Fannie Mae, Frankie Hutchinson, Hisham Bharoocha, Joseph Murray, Marshall King, Valencia Wood, Elizabeth Traina, Zena Loxton, Jessica Collette, Raj Bhakta, Senator Jaiz, Give a Beat, Armida Ascano, Pierce Freelon, and films Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Tomorrow: Travel the World of Solutions, SpeakUP: The Power of Lyrics, and SpeakUP: Women of Africa, Transfiguration, and Life in Waves.

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Press Release Roundup: March 31

posted April 3rd, 2017 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.

Psycho Las Vegas

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017 has shared the final lineup additions for this year’s four day festival. Full lineup includes Relapse Artists & Alumni: Neurosis, Windhand, Myrkur, Inter Arma, Gatecreeper, Cough, Black Anbil, Usnea, Minsk, Royal Thunder and Pentagram!

To get tix, HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: March 24

posted March 25th, 2017 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.

FYF Fest

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Peep the lineup above! To get passes, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: March 17

posted March 17th, 2017 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.

Rapture Electronic Music Fest

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Bringing Miami Music Week a fresh and alternative experience on the beaches of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami’s new Rapture Electronic Music Festival announces the phase 2 lineup for its inaugural edition. A special one-day event on Thursday, March 23, Rapture proudly adds (in alphabetical order) Dave Seaman, Dennis Ferrer, DeWalta, East End Dubs, Gaiser (live), Henry Saiz, M.A.N.D.Y., Magdalena, Rodriguez Jr. (live), plus a wave of rising local talent on a newly added fifth stage!

Boasting Virginia Key’s shorelines, lush spaces, and ocean views, Rapture brings festival goers the opportunity to take in the sounds of the underground all while enjoying a rejuvenating environment. Rapture Electronic Music Festival founders Youssef Khamis and Misha Warum wanted to take advantage of the natural beauty of Miami, stating “we feel that taking a lineup of this scale and presenting it in an alternative environment was an opportunity to showcase Miami’s geography to people outside the city. We even have beach access, so fans can take a break from dancing and enjoy the water.”

Featuring four uniquely themed stages powered by L-Acoustic Systems, each stage will play host to top global underground artists. The In-Tune Stage will see international DJs Steve Lawler, Ellen Allien, Fur Coat, andhim, and newly added Dennis Ferrer, Gaiser, Magdalena, Rodriguez Jr. (live) captain the festival’s main stage. The Flying Circus stage together with Miami’s own Secret Garden will take festival goers on a ride with its carnivalesque theme in a 5,000 square foot tent complete with stilt walkers, sexy clowns, thrilling aerialists, all to the beats of Detroit techno icon Carl Craig, Art Department, Audiofly, Matthew Dear and Francesca Lombardo, M.A.N.D.Y. plus an exclusive Miami appearance from M.A.N.F.L.Y. Presenting a highly music focused experience, The UN_MUTE Stage plays host to the minimal sounds of Romanian DJs Rhadoo and Petre Inspirescu along with tINI, DeWalta and East End Dubs. Representing the progressive side of house, The Soundgarden & Castaway Stage invites guests to dance with their feet in the sand to the sounds of Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Dave Seaman, and Nick Warren and Jody Wisternoff together as Way Out West for a special reunion. On the local front, Rapture welcomes Miami’s up and coming DJs to the newly added fifth stage the Nomad Stage featuring a Funktion-One sound system.

To get tix, click HERE!

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