Sign Up Now

Accounts are always free! Take a site tour ››

Fresh Reviews

Erasure - Pop! The First 20 Hits Illz - Illz My Dad Is Dead - The Taller You Are The Shorter You Get Mel Monaco - Single Again Burned Out, Still Glowing - Image Is Imaginary Bad Mary - We Could Have Saved The World Simon - Belong Fades - Breaking Through The Walls Jim Wellman - Dawn To Dusk Bad Reed - Bad Reed Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield - Curtis RhymeSight - Broke & Dedicated Mind The Journey - Color In The Gray Machine Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja Nic Nassuet - Eleutherios

Artist Spotlight RSS FeedFeatured Artists:

Indie Artist Spotlight RSS FeedEditorial Emissions »»

Staff Editorial: Music Emissions’ Top Albums/EPs of 2017

posted January 5th, 2018 by Carlita | Filed under: Best Of, Staff Editorial | 0


Now that the holidays are over and arctic chills possessively rule most of the land, it’s prime time to applaud the artists of several genres who gave us moments of musical surprise and joy throughout an otherwise pretty bizarre year. This group of artists comprises a diverse mix of well-established and rising talents that filled many playlists and made pressing “Repeat” that much easier. Check out the international staff picks below!

Gary Hill

1. Styx – The Mission

2. Hawkwind – Into the Woods

3. Chrome – Techromancy

4. The Residents – Ghost of Hope

5. Alice Cooper – Paranormal

6. Joe Bouchard – Playin’ History

7. Nik Turner – Life in Space

8. Roadcase Royale – First Things First

9. Djabe and Steve Hackett – Life is a Journey: The Sardina Tapes

10. Aurganic – Distant Echoes and Close Encounters

Nick Fry

1. Slowdive – “Slowdive”

2. A Projection – “Framework”

3. Secret Shine – “There Is Only Now”

4. Kairon:IRSE! – “Ruination”

5. Desperate Journalist – “Grow Up”

6. Underground Youth – “What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?”

7. Blue Aeroplanes – “Welcome Stranger”

8. The Bats – “The Deep Set”

9. Les Discrets – “Predateurs”

10. Drab Majesty – “The Demonstration”


In no particular order.

Prince-Purple Rain (Deluxe)

Gwen Bunn- Safe Travels


H.E.R- H.E.R

Adelita’s Way- Notorious

RLUMR- After Image

Daniel Caesar- Freudian

Hurray For The Riff Raff- The Navigator

Sadistik- Altars

Rapsody-Laila’s Wisdom

Miguel-War & Leisure

Bomba Estereo- Ayo

Mega Ran- Extra Credit

La Pingos Orquesta-Peregrino

The Doppelgangaz-Dopp Hopp

Emily Estefan-Take Whatever You Want

Sabrina Claudio- About Time

Demi Lovato-Tell Me You Love Me


Suzi Analogue- Zonez: Vol 1: I Hope My Momma Is Bragging on Me

Goldlink- At What Cost

Insecure- Season 2 Soundtrack

La Misa Negra- La Misa Negra


Chris Stapleton-From A Room: Volume 1

Prophets of Rage-Prophets of Rage


Nai Palm- Needle Paw

Joey DeFrancesco and The People-Project Freedom

Willow- The 1st

Takashi Tzusuki- It’s Not Fair

Dua Lipa-Dua Lipa Live Acoustic EP

Ambrose Akinmusire- A Rift in Decorum-Live at The Village Vanguard

Press Release Roundup: December 22

posted December 22nd, 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.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion


Muse–In Their Only American Festival Performance–

Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Alice In Chains,

Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus & Shinedown Top Lineup

For 8th Annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion

Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6 At

Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway In Charlotte, NC

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse and unprecedented music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion music lineup will feature many critically acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and the hottest up-and-coming talent including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack (celebrating their 20th anniversary), Incubus, Shinedown, Billy Idol, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, In This Moment, The Used, Bullet For My Valentine, The Struts, Underoath, Clutch, Greta Van Fleet, and many more.

Many Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion bands will be performing brand new music from their upcoming 2018 releases, including Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, and Red Sun Rising.

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival features over 60 bands performing on four stages, plus outstanding barbeque offerings in the Pig Out Village, and top-notch camping facilities. In 2017, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record-breaking year, with more than 105,000 fans attending over three days.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018 is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 4: Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Parkway Drive, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Andrew W.K., Tremonti, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, He Is Legend, Turnstile, Counterfeit, Stick To Your Guns, The Wild!

Saturday, May 5: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, In This Moment, The Used, Trivium, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Butcher Babies, New Years Day, Shaman’s Harvest, From Ashes To New, Emmure, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Palaye Royale, Joyous Wolf, Them Evils

Sunday, May 6: Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Billy Idol, The Struts, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Greta Van Fleet, Quicksand, The Sword, Red Fang, Code Orange, The Bronx, Mutoid Man, The Fever 333, The Blue Stones, Black Foxxes, Spirit Animal

Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, said, “In all of the Carolinas there is only one music festival that has this kind of variety in a single weekend, spanning the rock spectrum and the decades of rock history. From Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and Incubus to Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Shinedown, Halestorm, and Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots…it doesn’t stop. And that is exactly what we wanted to accomplish for this year’s Carolina Rebellion–non-stop, incredible rock from a diverse range of top artists.”

Brent Smith of Shinedown said, “We are extremely honored to be playing Carolina Rebellion 2018. We have always admired how this event has grown year after year. With that being said, let’s get it on. Cya in May, Rebels!!!”

All General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and Camping options, are on sale now at Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend VIP: $350.00 plus fees

Weekend General Admission: $149.00 plus fees

Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $500.00 plus fees

2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50 plus fees

Single Day General Admission: $89.50 plus fees

Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond Premier Hotel Packages are also available for purchase while supplies last.

Camping Packages are currently SOLD OUT. However, Camping Upgrades (to tent, basic RV or full RV camping) are still available for those that purchase GA or VIP weekend tickets.

Specially priced tickets for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will be available for active military through partner GovX ( while supplies last.

Read more…

Press Release Roundup: November 3

posted November 8th, 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.

Welcome to Rockville


Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch lead the bill for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, as Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days – Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 – at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.

Corey Taylor says, “Stone Sour is stoked to return to Jacksonville for the first time since Welcome To Rockville in 2013. See you fxckers soon!”

Sully Erna of Godsmack says, “We’re really excited to be headlining Welcome To Rockville this year! 2018 is the 20th anniversary of Godsmack, so we’re gonna make this year’s shows bigger, louder and more off the hook than ever. See ya there!”

The daily band lineups for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are as follows:

Friday, April 27: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ‘68, Palisades, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Them Evils

Saturday, April 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, ??? (to be announced), Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!

Sunday, April 29: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever, Black Foxxes, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal

“Since Welcome To Rockville’s inception seven years ago, I have been building towards this day: To bring not just the biggest rock festival in Jacksonville (or even Florida), but the biggest rock lineup in the United States to my hometown,” says festival creator and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “This is a triumph for me, my company and the city that I love.”

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are on sale now at

For the first time, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is offering car and RV camping spots for attendees. Camping spots at Tailgaters Parking lots include four nights of camping in a secured lot featuring indoor restrooms, shower trailers and access to a full restaurant and general store.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series and will also feature a variety of onsite experiences, including the Monster Energy Experience (featuring Monster Energy tastings and signings with select Rockville artists), The Music Experience (an interactive exhibit and musical instrument retailer), F.Y.E. Fan Experience (purchase your favorite album and get it signed by select Rockville artists), Zippo, and Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue organization, among others.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville “Grub” will include local favorites: Indochine (voted Jacksonville’s “Best Thai”), Mojo’s BBQ (unique barbeque experience), and TacoLu (the Bangin’ Bus serving Bangin’ Shrimp tacos, and other TacoLu classics).

Additional food vendors include: Angry Bird Grill, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Brucci’s, Catullo Brothers, Cely’s Filipino Food, Classic Home Cookin’, Funnel Cake Fantasy, Girls Gone Green Nacho Bar, Grumpy’s Homemade Ice Cream, GuanaBana Ice Pops, Hebros Bacon Restaurant, Island Noodles, Knuckle Sandwiches, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus Greek, Nomi’s Island Girl Foods, Ollie’s Tots, Pele’s Wood Fired Pizza, Pie Baby, Rock N’ Roll Arepas, and What’s The Catch Fish Tacos.

Fans 21+ can wash down Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville’s over-the-top food offerings with a variety of beverages, including selections from the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer), Heavy Tiki Bar (an oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade), and local craft beer.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, as well as hotel and VIP packages are on sale now. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details.

Initial ticket prices will be as follows:

3-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $129.50 + fees

3-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $365.00 + fees

Single Day General Admission: starting at $75.00 + fees

Single Day VIP: starting at $155.00 + fees

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stages; seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville partner GovX (

Read more…

Press Release Roundup: October 20

posted October 24th, 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.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance


More than 20,000 rock and metal fans united for a day full of music, food, and unforgettable experiences at the third annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance on Saturday, October 7, held at the festival’s new location at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ.

Attendees of the Northeast’s biggest rock experience enjoyed sets from Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch (featuring a surprise appearance from In This Moment’s Maria Brink on “The Bleeding”), Pennsylvania’s own Halestorm, Mastodon, Gojira, and more.

Other highlights of the day included the hometown record release show for August Burns Red and buzzworthy sets from up-and-comers Joyous Wolf and Greta Van Fleet, among nearly 20 total bands across three stages.

In addition to music, attendees were able to get an authentic taste of Philly cuisine with offerings from a number of area food trucks including Baby Blues BBQ, Boardwalk Specialties, Champ’s Steaks, Cheese It Up, Chewy’s, Chickies & Pete’s, Frozen Delights Ice Cream Truck, Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, Lil Trent’s Treats, My Four Suns, Nico’s Pizza and More!, PB & J’s Lunch Box, P.J. Whelihan’s, and Sum Pig.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance also gave festivalgoers a taste of local breweries and national specialty drafts with a lineup including 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Dogfish Head (Milton, DE), Founders (Grand Rapids, MI), Neshaminy Creek (Croydon, PA), Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO), Spellbound Brewing (Mount Holly, NJ), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA), Unibroue (Chambly, QC), and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

Here’s a sampling of what the press had to say about Monster Energy Rock Allegiance 2017:

“Saturday’s Rock Allegiance festival at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, showed there are bands out there reclaiming the sound and exciting energy that made the [heavy metal] genre so popular in the first place.”
–John J. Moser, The Morning Call, October 9, 2017

“By the end of the night fans were satisfied from catching all of their favorite bands, as another successful year of the rock fest came to an end.”
–Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire, October 10, 2017

“The Rock Allegiance bill is solid: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Halestorm, Steel Panther, Gojira and tons more bands who like to get loud.”
–Patrick Rapa, Philadelphia Magazine, October 6, 2017

Other onsite experiences at Monster Energy Rock Allegiance included artist signings and meet & greets at the Monster Energy Experience and FYE Fan Experience, plus charity Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents in association with Live Nation. The festival was part of the Fall For All festival series, which also includes Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY and Monster Energy Aftershock in Sacramento, CA.

In addition to Monster Energy, other sponsors included FYE, Roadrunner Records, Razor & Tie, Century Media and Another Century, Fearless Records, CHRGR, and more.

Read more…

Press Release Roundup : October 6

posted October 11th, 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.

Loudwire Music Awards


AVENGED SEVENFOLD will headline the LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS Los Angeles concert on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo. Tickets for the concert are available to the public and on-sale now (here) and at

Avenged Sevenfold–vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman–became one of the world’s biggest rock bands by creating a sound that broke through obstacles of language, distance and culture. They raised the stakes and standards for the genre with a string of blockbuster albums, including their 2005 platinum-selling breakthrough, City Of Evil, 2007’s platinum-selling Avenged Sevenfold and two consecutive No. 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart: 2010’s Nightmare and 2013’s Hail To The King. They’ve achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries, racked up over a billion video views and a billion-plus Spotify streams, have consistently been one of the most-played bands on rock radio for over a decade with multiple No. 1 singles, and have headlined arenas and the biggest rock festivals around the globe, amassing a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions.

From M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, “We are excited to celebrate a night of heavy metal with all of our friends. We hope to see everyone there.”

Also added to the bill will be a special live performance by IN THIS MOMENT. Known worldwide for their dramatic live performances, In This Moment– Maria Brink (Vocals), Chris Howorth (Guitar), Travis Johnson (Bass), Randy Weitzel (Guitar) Kent Diimmel (Drums)–have received rapturous praise in a range of national outlets.

The group released their new album RITUAL this summer via Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records. Produced by longtime collaborator and multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne), with RITUAL, In This Moment pushing their inimitably dark sound forward with a provocative sense of pervading doom and metallic blues power. Highlights include a dramatic reimagination of the Phil Collins classic “In The Air Tonight” as well as “Black Wedding,” of which Brink shares the mic with legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.In This Moment made a stunning Top 10 chart debut with 2015’s acclaimed album BLACK WIDOW. The album arrived at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at #3 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” marking their highest chart placement to date. Furthermore, the title track off In This Moment’s 2012 album, BLOOD, has been certified gold by the RIAA and its companion music video has been viewed over 27 million times.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Loudwire Music Awards this year,” adds Maria Brink of In This Moment. “We have a big surprise in store for everyone watching! Get ready for the Black Wedding!”

Among the bands performing are ANTHRAX, HALESTORM, ICE-T’s BODYCOUNT, NOTHING MORE, STARSET and POWER TRIP, with special performances by MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine, JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford and HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta.

In addition, BLACK SABBATH icon Tony Iommi, VAN HALEN legend Sammy Hagar and the aforementioned ROB HALFORD will receive special honors at the event, which will be hosted by WWE superstar CHRIS JERICHO. Other acts set to appear include ZAKK WYLDE, VINNIE PAUL, STEVE VAI, REX BROWN, STEEL PANTHER, DAVID ELLEFSON, JOEY JORDISON, JOHN5, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and many more.

Just hours prior to the LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS concert will be the “Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Summit” at the GRAMMY Museum next door to The Novo. Panels will feature Rob Halford, Sammy Hagar, Rex Brown, Steve Vai, Frank Bello and more. The “Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Summit” is free and open to the public; however, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS VIP ticket holders will be given priority seating at the summit. Registration on Eventbrite is required for ALL summit attendees, including LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS VIP ticket holders. To register, visit (HERE) and purchase VIP tickets (HERE)

Read more…

Press Release Roundup: September 22

posted September 27th, 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.

Afropunk ATL





AFROPUNK ATLANTA has announced that Miguel will be taking up headline duties for the second edition of the festival while B L A C K I E, Lonely Horse, Pay To Cum, The Txlips, Bloodplums and DJ’s Uniiqu3 and Werc crew will be joining the already stellar lineup that includes Solange, Willow Smith, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Young Fathers, Algiers, Moses Sumney, Sam Dew, Jamila Woods and many more (full lineup below). Taking place in Atlanta’s 787 Windsor, AFROPUNK presents The Carnival of Consciousness is a weekend-long retreat of music, art, salons, film, and lectures. Following in the same vein as the AFROPUNK Brooklyn, Atlanta will also be participating in this years theme WE THE PEOPLE along with many new initiatives.

The Solution Sessions – a social salon, is a unique space within the weekend’s programming that provides an opportunity to mobilize, inspire, engage, inform, and to rally some of our brightest around the importance of civic participation, diverse thinking, and encouraging attendees to envision themselves making a difference & supporting social innovations. These curated talks feature dynamic orators & personalities addressing audiences on a myriad of topics, issues, concepts, that are solution based. Solution Sessions topics will include:

WE THE PEOPLE: Decriminalizing Blackness – exploring mass incarceration, the war on drugs, criminal justice reform, profiling, civil & criminal rights and presented in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance.

Reclaiming Our Time & Our Bodies, presented in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will break down the perception and stigmas tied to black women in America, to include an examination of political movements, reproductive health and rights, cultural appropriation and more.

Featured Solution Sessions speakers and panelists for the weekend include noted author, professor and former MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry; Dorian T. Warren, political commentator and President of the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA); Paul Butler, author and Georgetown School of Law professor; Mary-Pat Hector, 20-year old Atlanta City Council candidate, National Youth Director of NAN and Founder of Just Think Twice; Matthew Kincaid, educator and founder of Overcoming Racism; Model and activist, Ebonee Davis; author and advocate for criminal justice reform, Kemba Smith Pradia and others!

One of the best things about the AFROPUNK festival are its community-driven initiatives. Activism Row is an interactive, site-specific educational installation featuring grassroots non-profits that attempt to solve urgent community problems. Activism Row’s goal is to inform youth about civic participation opportunities. This year the area is presented in partnership with AHF – AIDS Healthcare Foundation and participating organizations include Drug Policy Alliance, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Color of Change and Headcount.

While at the festival, make sure to stop into The Spinthrift Market, a showcase of the best of the AFROPUNK maker community. Vendors this year will include Limegreen Skincare, Healing Temple, BLK MKT Vintage, Afrodesiac Worldwide, Trading Races and many more. Also on site is Bites&Beats, a curated food truck rally experience for everyone from vegans to paleo’s featuring tastes from around the world.

To get tix, click

Read more…

Press Release Roundup: September 8

posted September 10th, 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.

POP Montreal


The festival is in a few weeks and today we are adding more than 200 bands. We are getting ready to bring the party to THE MILE END and all adjacent neighborhoods. We are adding Ty Segall solo acoustic for an intimate concert and rapper Havoc, the co-founder of legendary hip hop group Mobb Deep. We are really excited to be bringing the Seattle-based KEXP Radio to Canada for the very first time! They will be filming 12 live sessions from Breakglass Studios, featuring performances by Samito, The Luyas, Tess Roby, The Barr Brothers, and more! We’re also honoured to be partaking in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the opening night of POP.

Speaking of celebrations, we’re highlighting Montreal’s 375th year by putting on a day of FREE events on Saturday, September 16th, as part of Sessions 375. The daytime programming will take place at POP Quarters (3450 St-Urbain) and feature music by local favourites Orkestar Kriminal, Klô Pelgag, Aba &Preach, Bonjay, Lunice and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville. After night falls, the action will move up to the Rialto Theatre Complex (5719-5723 Ave. du Parc), where 5 venues will open their doors for a night of more FREE shows. From RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, to Aldous Harding, Lido Pimienta, Laura Sauvage and Think About Life, the public will be invited to venture through the 4-floor complex, and discover new art and sounds from 7pm to 3am!

POP Quarters will also be hosting all the FREE POP Symposium talks, with festival artists such as Yves Tumor, Moor Mother, Royal Trux, William Basinski, a cooking beats workshop with Lunice, as well as panels by Women in Music Montreal and a discussion on how cultural communities can support Indigenous resurgence. The Record Fair is also moving to POP Quarters this year and will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring live music, DJs and a listening lounge with complimentary Auchentoshan scotch cocktails inspired by selected festival artists.

We’re also putting on a stellar year of film programming through our Film POP segment, with a slew of International, North American, and Canadian premieres, with films programmed from festivals as varied as Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW, and CPH: DOX. The world premiere of A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017) will open the fest, featuring an all-star cast of Montreal-based musicians, including Alex Zhang Hungtai (Love Theme, ex-Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro, and Alexis O’Hara, followed by a musical performance by the bands featured in the film later that night at the Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night).

It will also be a big year for Art POP with over 15 events and 30 participating artists. Highlights include a video installation and performance by Maya Stovall, one of the selected artists of this year’s Whitney Biennial; an artist talk and performance by a New York artist Baseera Khan; and a Céline Bureau Artist Residency that will take over an entire floor of POP Quarters, featuring artists such as the internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sirois and painter Peggy Kouroumalos.

To get tix, click HERE!

Read more…

The Sighs – Wait On Another Day

posted September 8th, 2017 by JasonHillenburg | Filed under: Introducing | 0

Western Massachusetts based The Sighs just released their latest CD entitled “Wait On Another Day” (2017). The Sighs are definitely a great throwback to the heydays of Rock N’ Roll. Wait On Another Day captures the energy and foundations of these particular eras, and by “these” I mean the early 60s and 90s. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because according to our sources, most of them have been kept in an old box for quite some time. Songs such as “Lift Me Up” & “Summertime Roses” have hooky vocals, catchy, melodic beats and crunchy guitar that will make you dance, sing, and beg for more.

I get the impression it was ultimately songwriting that captured these guys hearts and imagination. The Sighs (feat Tom Borawski (drums) / Matt Cullen (lead guitar, vocals) / Robert LaRoche (lead vocals, guitar) / Tommy Pluta (bass, vocals)) does not only have great vocals, songwriting skills, but they are what I would call musical method actors. They embody their influences as any other band out there, and somehow while it sounds very familiar, it also sounds somewhat original. Track 1, “It’s Real” is indeed a festive listen. That’s apparent from the opening few tracks this is a surprisingly easy CD to just groove to and get delighted. The sharp edge collection of songs is very compatible with the persona and personality of these 4 guys which will indulge many. Personally, the “nostalgia” quality struck me as I was listening to it. Getting back to the clean comment – some listeners might think that their rock approach is a little too “clean.” I wish there were a few more hard rock pieces on the CD, and rather spread through the record instead of just locate them pretty much at the very beginning and then over at the end. My top picks are “Love From Lisa”, “Into The New Light” and “Think About Soul”. One all tracks you will hear guitar, drums, bass, and phenomenal vocals as well as decent but highly appreciated amount of soloing. As “Wait On Another Day” breathed wildly out of my speakers, it captivated me and inspired me to write down my thoughts and feelings. Feeling I had about life from day to day, from moment to moment. Perhaps this is the same approach The Sighs had when writing this CD. Yes I played it in the background while I was working out as well. This is the perfect music for these types of background activities. “Wait On Another Day” delivers several superb performances from all four members and the best songs are the ones that delve into extended play territory.

Insofar as Marketability and Radio – airplay I recommend Too Bad push “Lift Me Up” and maybe “Thinking About Soul.” The CD also allowed me to indulge into memories of my childhood when I used to listen to The Church and The Clash. The Sighs provided the escape I was looking for, while all 11 tracks washed over me. While I’m definitely pleased with the smooth, easy-to-digest sounds of this release, it’s easy to see that not everyone will be won over by it. “Wait On Another Day” by The Sighs are an impressive talented band within their own right. It’s witty, it’s gritty, it’s infectious, it’s like a powerful ecstasy – it makes you sigh.



Ryan King

Introducing: Samantha Ronson

posted August 24th, 2017 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Introducing | 0

Samantha Ronson And Nicole Richie photosNow one of the biggest DJs in the world, Samantha Ronson has led a privileged life and been surrounded by music since an early age. A friendship with Lindsay Lohan saw her propelled into the public eye more than a decade ago, but just where did Samantha Ronson come from, and what is she up to now? Read more…

Selling Tickets,
buy Concert Tickets
and more...

Music Emissions music community
Music Emissions
Rate, Recommend, Review

© 1999 - 2013 Music Emissions
Acceptable Use | Privacy Policy | Built by Scanland Development
Facebook | Twitter