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Jerad Finck – “New Kids”

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

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Photo by: Michael Sparks Keegan

Official: http://www.jeradfinck.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jeradfinck/new-kids-master/s-266fn

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.

“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.

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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Press Release Roundup: March 3

posted March 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.

Moogfest

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The Moogfest 2017 music lineup is led by Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Gotye, Suzanne Ciani, Derrick May, 808 State, Jessy Lanza, Simian Mobile Disco, Moor Mother, Syrinx, Visible Cloaks, Princess Nokia, and Function.

Over forty of the artists announced today will also participate in the Future Thought daytime program including Flying Lotus and Animal Collective, who will both headline a conversation, and Detroit’s godfather of techno, Derrick May, who will hold his own masterclass.

We are also excited to announce that Gotye, Peanut Butter Wolf, and The Center for Deep Listening will lead tributes to the sonic icons we have lost recently. Gotye will honor the late French electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey with an intimate performance of Perrey’s space-pop compositions alongside a newly assembled Ondioline Orchestra (ft. members of the Psychedelic Furs and Zammuto), The Center for Deep Listening will present daily workshops that celebrate the teachings of Pauline Oliveros, who prior to her sudden passing had been invited to appear at Moogfest 2017, and Peanut Butter Wolf will perform a tribute DJ set with a special dedication to synth legends like Keith Emerson and Bernie Worrell.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: February 24

posted March 1st, 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.

North Sea Jazz Fest

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North Sea Jazz Festival has added an incredible array of artists to the line-up for this year’s event, which returns to the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam in July. The three-day event is jam-packed with international star names, ones to watch, unique collaborations and one-off commissions and offers a festival experience like no other.

Located in the bustling port town of Rotterdam, located less than an hour from the UK by plane, the festival brings together the greatest artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, funk, soul, r&b, hip hop and pop, and is widely regarded as one of the best events on the live music calendar.

Artists now confirmed for 2017 include Erykah Badu, Solange, Sampha, Usher & The Roots, Cinematic Orchestra, De La Soul, Kamasi Washington and The Next Step, Gladys Knight, Emeli Sandé, Robert Glasper, the Wayne Shorter Quartet with Casco Philharmonic, Yussef Kamaal, The Metropole Orkest, Christian McBride, Noname, Cory Henry, Jacob Collier, The Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Band, Van Morrison, George Benson, Laura Mvula, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Jamiroquai and many, many more.

North Sea Jazz Festival began in 1976 with performances from John Lee Hooker, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles alongside some of the biggest names in music. Since then the festival has become one of the most respected events in the world and in recent years has attracted artists such as Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, D’angelo and Prince.

Full line-up
Friday 7 July: Jamie Lidell and The Royal Pharaohs, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Steve Winwood, Avishai Cohen (Trumpet) Quartet, Lee Ritenour Group & Dave Grusin, Wayne Shorter Quartet with Casco Philharmonic (Conducted by Clark Rundell and featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade), Dhafer Youssef – Diwan of Beauty and Odd, Makaya McCraven, Yussef Kamaal Sextet, John Beasley’s MONK’estra, Atmosphères: Hamasyan-Henriksen-Aarset-Bang, Bill Laurance, Tiggs Da Author, Jeangu Macrooy, Typhoon and Jef Neve.

Saturday 8 July: Gladys Knight, De La Soul, Solange, Norah Jones, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Laura Mvula, Dianne Reeves, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano, Sampha, Noname, Eric Vloeimans & Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Christian McBride New Jawn, Tomasz Stanko/Enrico Rava Quintet, John Beasley’s MONK’estra, Bokanté.

Sunday 9 July: Jamiroquai, Maceo Parker, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Metropole Orkest with Cory Henry & Jacob Collier, Ambrose Akinmusire, Echoes With A Friend: McCoy Tyner Trio with special guests Craig Taborn & Geri Allen, Kamasi Washington and The Next Step, Robert Glasper, The Cinematic Orchestra, Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Band, Steve Lehman Sélébéyone, Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: February 17

posted February 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.

Euphoria Music Fest

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6th Annual Euphoria Music & Camping Festival
April 6-9, 2017
Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX

Euphoria 2017 is where you will discover your new favorite artist. There’s a sound for everyone, surrounded by a welcoming community and immersive experiences to explore. In addition to an eclectic lineup, Euphoria offers camping, art, yoga, workshops, and more.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: February 3

posted February 4th, 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.

So What?! Music Fest

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Third String Festivals is proud to present the 10th Anniversary celebration of So What?! Music Festival taking place March 24th-26th in Grand Prairie, TX (just outside of Dallas, TX). To celebrate this occasion in the biggest way possible, they will be taking over multiple venues in Deep Ellum on Friday, March 24th to kick off the weekend and then bring some of the best names in the scene to AirHogs Stadium (formerly known as QuikTrip Park) on Saturday and Sunday (March 25th and 26th). Expect lots of 10 year album celebrations, including Mayday Parade’s A Lesson In Romantics, Envy on The Coast’s Lucy Gray, Forever The Sickest Kids’ Underdog Alma Mater, Four Year Strong’s Rise or Die Trying, Set Your Goals’ Mutiny, We The Kings’ We The Kings, and a special throwback performance by Never Shout Never! The Deep Ellum shows will feature intimate “secret shows” from some of the festivals headliners as well plenty of other bands!

Today So What?! Music Festival is proud to announce the FINAL round of artists including: Avion Roe, Begotten, Call Me Karizma, City Under Siege, Closure, Clover The Girl, Drake Complex, gP.(Ghost Parade), He Is We, Huey Mack, I The Victor, It Lives It Breathes,Kenny Holland, Layne, Marty Grimes, Never Shout Never, Plaid Brixx, Recent Rumors, Run2Cover, Stepdad(fla), Sunsleep, Sykes, The Browning, The Human Experiment, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Leader The Legend, Under Dog House, Unity-TX, Whitney Peyton, Young Lungs, Assuming We Survive, Cover Your Tracks, Eidola, Erra, Forget Conformity, HE IS LEGEND, Home Above, Icarus The Owl, Idle lives, Keep Flying, Kurt Travis, Moth Wings,My Enemies & I, Mylets, Navajo., Nominee, NORMA JEAN, Odd Folks, Phinehas, Project Icarus, Runaway Kids, Sianvar, Something More, Spite, Stolas, Sundressed, Super Whatevr, The Grindmother, The Happy Alright, The Ongoing Concept, Thirtyseven, Young Graves.

The festival recently announced: Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die, Dance Gavin Dance, We The Kings, Set Your Goals, Chon, Envy on The Coast, Four Year Strong, Forever The Sickest Kids, and The Friday Night Boys, Attila, Emmure, After The Burial, Backwordz, Capsize, Escape The Fate, Fit For an Autopsy, Invent Animate, I See Stars, Kublai Khan, Like Moths To Flames, Sworn In, The Story So Far, Backtrack, Knuckle Punk, Power Trip, Turnstile, Between California & Summer, Can’t Swim, Capstan, Drug Church, Harm’s Way, Jesus Piece, Kid Liberty, Let It Happen, Light Years, Milestones, Sleep On It.

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