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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote

posted May 4, 2015, 6:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


As we head into the first week of May and Star Wars fans all over the world yell “May the 4th be with you”, one of my top anticipated releases of the year drops TODAY, beginning the month with a bang. Grammy nominated foursome Hiatus Kaiyote’s sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is available everywhere in the U.S., providing more airport dancing jams for all (including me who’s previously danced in several terminals to ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ blasting from my headphones). Stumbling upon this Melbourne, Australia based group when they were scheduled to open for D’Angelo and Busta Rhymes at The Summer Spirit Festival in 2013, I’ve loved their unique blend of electro future soul/ jazz with world music influences ever since.

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Unsigned and Wound Up 11: Fan Picks

posted April 30, 2015, 4:53 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News | comment 2 Comments

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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Staff Editorial: Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?

posted April 3, 2015, 9:30 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Staff Editorial | comment 3 Comments


As Kendrick Lamar (intentionally or not, which is still up for debate after viewing his management’s reaction) added his name to the list of surprise releases with his latest drop, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the discussion stirred up again like dust in the wind, begging the question, “Do we as fans like it?” “Does it make a difference in the end?” or “Would we have bought these albums no matter their release date?” Although Queen Bey’s not the first artist in history to do it, she re-ignited the latest trend, moving almost a million units of her album in 72 hours in December 2013, with artists like Drake, U2, Björk, Run The Jewels and D’Angelo (with his drop coming 14 years after ‘Voodoo’) joining the ranks. I posed these “Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?” questions to our staff to get a global perspective as we listen to different genres and here are our thoughts below:
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UNSW: Announcing Unsigned and Wound Up 11

posted January 18, 2015, 12:34 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | comment Leave a Comment

Music Emissions is currently seeking the songs of 10-16 artists to enter into their quarterly contest, Unsigned & Wound Up. This is a great opportunity for exposure with the chance to earn an album review or artist spotlight on Music Emissions.


Unsigned and Wound Up is a series of audio compilations highlighting top emerging artists who may not be on your radar. Selected bands will compete for votes on Music Emissions and the top vote-getters will receive written features provided by the editorial staff at Music Emissions.MElogoUNSW11

Unsigned and Wound Up 10

Started in 1999, Music Emissions has been promoting independent or DIY music podcasting since February of 2008. Over the years the site has grown to include reviewers and critics from all over the world. What started out as a college project now houses a music community of over 5000 avid indie music fans. In May of 2011, they launched their monthly contest known as Unsigned and Wound Up. Read more

Best of: Staff Picks, 2014

posted December 28, 2014, 8:58 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

Every year our staff compiles a list of their favorite albums of the year. Here’s 2014

Gary Hill

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Live: Ed Sheeran in Milan: between + and X!

posted November 29, 2014, 10:44 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Ed Sheeran live Milan

Lots of people believe that “You never forget your first time!” and we’re pretty sure Ed Sheeran won’t forget his first gig in Italy, on the 20th of November at Alcatraz in Milan.

This concert was sold out for months. If you missed him this time, luckily he’ll return soon with two upcoming concerts planned in January as well! His British punctuality made him start the concert at 9:02 pm, ending precisely two hours later, with an amazing “Sing”, with over 2500 people in the venue, taking part. A real “one man show”, Ed was all alone on the stage but played like there were other four people on that stage. Cover, mash up, original arrangements and, above all, a live loop station’s application that left us without words. He beautifully harmonized the audience’s choruses and we spent all the time singing following his directions. Read more

Interview: Kimbra

posted October 23, 2014, 10:27 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

As I prep for more upcoming travel, it’s not shocking music is always a must-have. U2’s cloud delivered ‘Songs of Innocence’? Uh no. Grammy-winning New Zealand artist Kimbra’s ‘Vows’ and her latest, ‘The Golden Echo’? Yes, please. Since I first saw her mesmerizing live version of ‘Plain Gold Ring’, I felt a kindred left-field thinking spirit. Playing in the pop sandbox with bold visuals, jazz, musical theatre, electro, hip-hop, new wave and soul influences, this girl was different.

Photo Credit: Thom Kerr

Photo Credit: Thom Kerr

Catching her live with Foster The People, where she displayed her sweet personality in a flowing rainbow kimono, sealed the fandom deal. Read more

Interview: DJ Muggs

posted July 31, 2014, 12:22 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


When a music connoisseur mentions the words “DJ Muggs”, several things come to mind. One of the best hip-hop producers of all-time? One of the best producers of all-time, period? That guy from Queens behind all your favorite Cypress Hill classics (he’s working on the next album right now) and the unforgettable House of Pain’s “Jump Around”? The guy who’s collaborated with U2 and Depeche Mode and just recently released an EP this week called ‘Vita E Morte’ with a new multimedia collective featuring Andrew Kline, Brevi, and Sean Bonner named Cross My Heart Hope to Die (CMHHTD)? Yeah, that dude.

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Interview: José James

posted July 21, 2014, 9:24 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


One of the best things about summer, besides the abundance of outdoor shows to choose from, is the time to delve into new albums en route to said shows. June yielded several road trip and airplane friendly albums including José James’ standout latest offering, ‘While You Were Sleeping’. Known for merging the old with the new via the blending of neo-soul, electronic, hip-hop and classic jazz influences on previous efforts, José boldly brings touches of punk and folk into the foray this time around. On the experimental tip, he puts a trademark Generation X/Y blurred stamp on your definition of genre.

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Festivals: Rocklahoma Sights, Sounds (Day One)

posted May 30, 2014, 7:45 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Festivals | comment Leave a Comment

Last week, Pryor, Oklahoma played host to the eighth annual Rocklahoma. Whether you made the trip or just stayed at home and barbecued for Memorial Day weekend, chances are you’re still recovering. Although some logistical problems immediately came into play over the weekend, such as check-in traffic and cell phone signal and the overwhelming choice of terrific bands, we were there to get in close for a look at most of the action. Here we go…

Blackstone Cherry- We missed their show, but from everything we’re told (including their peers) Blackstone Cherry is not a show to be missed. Check out their youtube video for “Blame it on the Boom Boom”
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Interview: Mark de Clive-Lowe

posted February 20, 2014, 10:39 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


In the world where we live or die on the hot single, as a music fan nowadays, it’s rare to find cohesive albums that hold your attention with intricate production from start to finish. E-digging in the crates yet again, I came across such a gem called “Renegades” by New Zealand born, LA based producer, musician and orchestra bandleader Mark de Clive-Lowe. I immediately explored more of his diverse discography and found fiery music cutting across at least five genres (latin and classic jazz, soul, electronic, broken beat) from someone drawing comparisons to other avant-garde producers like Quincy Jones. Fortuitously, as is the case in LA, that same week, I attended Mark’s live “CHURCH” show which brought the music (which will be on his upcoming album dropping in June) to life and had the whole crowd dancing with some spirit-filled tambourine shaking.

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Interview: Twiztid

posted January 16, 2014, 10:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Peeping Juggalo fan favs Twiztid’s first independently released mixtape , “A New Nightmare” (I, still a horrorcore newbie) frightened, impressed and intrigued me. Putting the break with Psychopathic Records (Insane Clown Posse’s label) behind them, they ventured out on their own and had a very successful 2013, punctuated by their Abominationz Tour and headlining Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. In their 16 year career, this Detroit duo’s (Madrox and Monoxide) done a lot, working with the likes of Tech N9ne, Swollen Members and Royce Da 5’9, to name a few.

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Best Of: Staff Picks for Best Albums of 2013

posted December 31, 2013, 3:38 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

It’s that time, minus one or two, our staff picks are in. Below, find the best indie music had to offer our beloved staff. Some in lists of albums, others in songs and some with both. Thanks for reading in 2013, and join us as we spend the next few weeks exploring what’s to come in 2014. Read more

The Best Music of 2013 – At Least According to G.W. Hill

posted December 31, 2013, 12:11 pm by GWHill | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Early in the year I thought this was going to be a pretty mediocre year from music. I wasn’t hearing a lot of stuff that was really exceptional. The thing is, as the year progressed, that really changed. In fact, it wound up quite difficult to get this list to any kind of decent length. I had to make some tough cuts to get it into a small enough format to work.

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Live Review and Interviews: Red Bull Sound Select with El-P and special guest Killer Mike, Thurz, Warm Brew and Azizi Gibson

posted December 20, 2013, 10:59 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


‘Tis the season to wrap up 2013 and if you were looking to turn up one last time before putting on ugly reindeer sweaters, jingling some bells and shutting it down until 2014, Red Bull Sound Select’s LA show provided the perfect opportunity to do so. Mixing LA-based rising talent (Thurz, Azizi Gibson and the group Warm Brew) with an East Coast producer/artist on top of his game right now (El-P who brought along his Run the Jewels partner Killer Mike), you’d have to search far and wide to find a line-up like that for $3. On a cold (ok, it was 50) night, I ventured to the historic Troubadour to peep these acts. Read more

Interview: Johnny Richter

posted December 17, 2013, 1:02 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Johnny richter

After an intense start to 2013, MC Johnny Richter wraps up his year on a high note with the release of FreeKING Out, dropping today. Obviously, you might recognize him as a former member of platinum selling Orange County based group, Kottonmouth Kings. Breaking ties, channeling storied pasts, potential accusations and personal strife, Johnny focused his energy positively in response and connected with Souls Assassins producer G-Rocka to create his first solo EP in Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs’ studio. Approaching almost 20 years in the business, he faces this next phase of his career with a significant supportive fanbase and a larger than life persona and image that’s unforgettable. Read more

“Waking Up In Vegas”- 2013’s Life Is Beautiful Fest Review and Artist Interviews

posted October 28, 2013, 11:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, Music News, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment


To say that I had a great time this weekend in Vegas at the first annual Life Is Beautiful music, art and food Fest would be an understatement. The Killers, Imagine Dragons ( whose set featured Cirque Du Soleil Mystere performers) Childish Gambino (who did a dope cover of “Rolling in the Deep”),Janelle Monae (who flew in from NYC after performing on SNL on Saturday),Alabama Shakes (love them), Danny Brown, Allen Stone (always fun live), Wallpaper and a slew of great rising Nevada reppers (including Red Bull Sound Select Tour Bus performers American Cream, Moondog Matinee and Ekoh and Homegrown Stager Sabriel ) and other talents from around the U.S.(The Kingston Springs, Tink, Cosmic Suckerpunch to name a few) all made the traffic I faced driving from Los Angeles worth it.

Everywhere you turned on each block of the downtown Fremont St. vicinity stimulated the senses. Whether it be the 3-D art painted on sides of buildings, the fire-shooting ant, the various indoor and outdoor music stages, the culinary village that featured air-conditioned tent chef demonstrations (came in handy to get a break from the sun) and the ridiculously tasty gourmet food under $10 (how often do you find that at a festival?), it all definitely outweighed the serious walking concertgoers did, traveling around from place to place (in hindsight, it was good calorie burning).

Allen Stone and Wallpaper:

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Interview: DJ Colette

posted September 19, 2013, 7:42 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Growing up in my house, hours of booming, “ass-shaking” music filled my ears. Disco, dance and house music, in particular, made my little feet want to move constantly. Arriving in LA years later, a friend put me onto DJ Colette who not only brought those great memories flooding back but made it modern-day relevant. Repping Chicago and DJ collective Superjane, Colette released her first independent album on her own label, Candy Talk, When The Music’s Loud a few weeks ago. Featuring the blazing electronica title single and 80’s Adonis inspired “Hotwire”, DJ Colette’s clearly dropped another album full of club bangers. Read more

Exposed in the Grid – Adventures in Music & Mischief

posted September 4, 2013, 10:30 am by Danielle Martin | Filed Under Editorial, Exposed in the Grid, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, On The Verge, Worldly Venues | comment Leave a Comment

In an ever-changing global music and arts culture, one certainty still remains. The city that never sleeps, New York City, continues to wear the crown of trend-setting tastes. In a column every-so-often, special reporter to Music Emissions, Danielle Martin will take on the beast known as the five boroughs and all it has to offer…

Aly Tadros live at Joe’s Pub*

Folk music… This is definitely NOT your parent’s folk music. For the longest time, I had a slight aversion to folk music based on my experiences as a child listening to my Grandfather’s folk and country songs on the 8-track (hokey, etc. did not fit in with my rock/alternative mindset)…

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Interview: Madchild from Swollen Members

posted July 24, 2013, 9:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


A legend and crucial character in Canadian hip-hop, Madchild’s reputation precedes him. An undeniably skilled lyricist and potential loose cannon fiery personality, he’s dropped several unforgettable verses over his 14-year career. As a critical member of four-time Juno Award-winning Swollen Members (along with Rob the Viking and Prevail, who I spoke to earlier this year ), his talent speaks for itself. Achieving mainstream success, the bumpy road’s been filled with addiction detours and legal bans that prevented this brilliant artist from reaching his full potential. Back and better than ever, Madchild’s recently returned to the Canadian and U.S. stage (now allowed to return), rocking the Vans Warped Tour and is poised to drop his latest solo album, “Lawn Mower Man” in August. Read more

Contest: F.Y.E. Presents The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Flyaway!

posted July 9, 2013, 1:11 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment



Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from Bosnian Rainbows

posted June 21, 2013, 11:02 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


As a music fan, there are few things better than when members of great bands get together and create a new great band. New alt rock band Bosnian Rainbows (comprised of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Deantoni Parks from Grammy-winning The Mars Volta, Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes and Nicci Kasper who’s worked with Kudu and KRS-One) have joined forces to create said type of band and will release their self-titled debut on June 25. Combining left-field creativity and performance art sensibilities, this group has melded to form its own attention-grabbing entity. Read more

Episode 122: Unsigned and Wound Up 10

posted April 30, 2013, 5:27 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News, On The Verge, Podcast, Releases | comment 6 Comments

Welcome to another edition of Unsigned and Wound Up, volume 10 ladies and gents. The top three vote-getters will receive a professional review from a staff writer. The top vote-getter receives an interview feature.
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Tour Review: Cold War Kids

posted April 9, 2013, 9:37 pm by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

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Cold War Kids shared a special moment with a sold-out crowd at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio April 9.It’s not a band, which interacts much with the audience. But the crowd was prepared to be wowed by their heroes. And the fans were rewarded for their devotion. Cold War Kids rock hard. “Mexican Dogs,” the second song, was where the they started to cut loose.

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Nathan Willett put on a good show whether he was singing vocals sans instrument, playing guitar, sitting at the piano or shaking the maracas. The new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, was well represented in the set, which took a little more than an hour. Among the new songs, “Miracle Mile” was the biggest hit with the crowd. The band was entertaining throughout the night, moving about the stage effortlessly. Read more

Interview: Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan

posted March 26, 2013, 9:09 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Paris shoot venue pic

As a kid on the 70’s/80’s cusp, classic rock played an integral part of my childhood. Artists like Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Free rattled from our car’s speakers crisscrossing the country on frequent road trips and their songs remain imprinted on my cerebellum permanently. Nerdily scoping the regular late night show music schedule in Los Angeles (like I am prone to do) to see who’d be coming soon, I stumbled upon Rival Sons playing Jimmy Kimmel and gravitated to their latest album Head Down along with their previous one, Pressure and Time with songs like pointed “Burn Down Los Angeles” and sorrowful “Jordan” that now stay on repeat automatically. They took me right back to my favorite period of time blending modern and classic folk, rock, blues and funk, making me want to dance immediately. Live clips of these Long Beach, CA natives (who’ve opened for AC/DC, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper) playing live sealed the deal that this band was f-in dope.

jay buchanan

I chatted with Rival Sons’ frontman and lead singer Jay Buchanan right before he left for their latest European tour about “standing on the shoulders of giants”, the band’s secret name for him, working with noted producer Dave Cobb, his love of books and hidden wealth of knowledge that could possibly keep us alive on a stranded island and more. Check out the videos and interview clips below!

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Interview: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

posted March 4, 2013, 9:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: DJ Toure, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

Interviewing DJ Toure of the Bay Area Hieroglyphics crew a few weeks ago, I luckily connected with another member of the crew, the ringleader, legend and most colorful member, Del Tha Funkee (or The Funky) Homosapien during a tour stop through Southern California recently. One of the best freestylers in the game, which he proved, making the crowd go nuts during his packed show at the Constellation Room, his albums I Wish My Brother George Was Here and No Need for Alarm were two of the my favorite albums of the 90’s. As a member of futuristic Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz multi-platinum “Clint Eastwood” collaborator, his musical history has been varied and full of influential tracks. Watching his documentary , “The 11th Hour”, before the show, a portrait of a gaming, funny creative genius (peep the scene when he talks about porn) emerges.

Taking the stage that night with A-Plus from the Souls of Mischief, they rocked for 90 minutes before I got to catch up with Del after the show. Check the videos and interview clips below and follow Del on Twitter for more deets on his new album!

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Interview: Daru Jones

posted February 17, 2013, 5:23 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Blunderbuss, Jack White

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the kind of year Jack White had in 2012. From a Grammy-nominated album to touring the world over with two backing bands to putting vinyl records in balloons, White sure knows how to keep busy. He also knows it takes special people to want to come along for the rock ’n’ roll ride. Fortunately for White, Buzzards drummer Daru Jones is just that type of person – Grateful. Humble. And talented as all heck.

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Introducing: Equal Space

posted November 22, 2015, 4:37 pm by JasonHillenburg | Filed Under Introducing | comment 1 Comment


If anyone tells you music is just entertainment, I wouldn’t blame you for smacking them. No sensible person argues against music’s entertainment value, but anyone willing to over simplify music’s worth is willfully deaf, passive aggressive, or both. Another option is they simply listen to the wrong music. Anyone craving music solely to express themselves physically or else distract them from difficult tasks isn’t likely discerning about aesthetic quality. How new is it? Is everyone listening to it? Does it have a good beat?

To each their own. Few things in this life are apparent beyond practicalities, but one apparent fact of life is there are other types of music than mainstream pop. The star-making machinery, as Joni Mitchell once called it, might remain a venerable cash cow for show business impresarios of every stripe, but art lives on with musicians who write and play because they don’t have a choice. These musicians live on internal simmer and only self-expression blows off the needed steam to lower their temperatures. Equal Space, a four piece based out of Bloomington, Indiana, are among these artists.


The members are James Gillie on vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar, Chris Ciasto on lead guitar, Skylar Delk on bass, and Koren Helms on drums. Their set boasts a number of musical voice – labeling them as rock band alone is helpful for promotional purposes, but a mistake after hearing the singer/songwriter tendencies and even brief progressive flourishes in their music. It’s like this with all great bands. They are seldom content wedding themselves to the lowest common denominators and play with the bravery to follow their wayward muse wherever she goes. Another defining quality of great bands is that the sum is greater than its individual parts from their formation onward. Equal Space is no different.


Gillie’s emotive vocals and deft lyrical blend of surrealism and plain-spoken poetry gives the band an artsy, sophisticated flair. His talents are dramatically juxtaposed against Ciasto’s lead guitar. Young six string players with such melodic instincts rarely emerge in this diminished age, but his coherent lead work and fluid riffing contrast well with Gillie’s meaty rhythm guitar. Bassist Skylar Delk and drummer Koren Helms form an impressive backline that’s one part steady hard rock engine room and another part flexible bottom end capable of seamlessly extemporizing within a predetermined structure. Basic timekeeping can turn towards passages of thunderous complexity within a blink. Helms reins himself in for moments requiring a consistent, bare bones backbeat with swing and power, but he delivers tight and sophisticated fills with energy and ease. Delk’s bass lines range from rafter-rattling basics segueing with little notice into furious runs that never sacrifices the song in favor of empty flash.


The individual distinctions of each player are considerable. Merging these elements, however, clearly inspires these musicians and produces an uniquely layered and fluent musical voice. These sonics strengths elevate already strong material and the band’s focused live presentation holds listener’s attention where it matters – the song. Equal Space haven’t yet entered the studio, but are quietly amassing an impressive repertoire increasingly refined by attentive audience responses. This is a band on its way, however, and gaining momentum so, if you play Equal Space for an acquaintance and they merely shrug, smack them on the back of the head. The band wouldn’t have it any other way.

Equal Space are:
James Gillie – vocals, rhythm guitar
Chris Ciasto – lead guitar
Skylar Delk – bass guitar
Koren Helms – drums and percussion

Equal Space Soundcloud Page

Equal Space on Facebook

Photos by Joe Klemann.

Introducing: Electric Revolution

posted November 22, 2015, 1:52 pm by Jason Hillenburg | Filed Under Introducing, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


Everyone can know redemption. I’m not referring solely to church approved redemption, but any journey or moment restoring personal value and steering our days towards more productive ends. It never comes easy. Nothing worth anything in this life does. We fritter away so much of our time twiddling our thumbs waiting for someone or thing that might save us from ourselves, wipe our slates clean, or tell us who we are. There is no knight on horseback or fair maiden sweeping in to carry us away. The skies will not part and rain manna from heaven. If we snap out of it, we see turns in our personal stories as tied to our choices alone and we are our only way out of internal quicksand. It is a painful crawl, inch by bloody inch, and most never try.

Redemption wears many faces and the ten songs on Electric Revolution’s full-length debut, Character Is Power, stare it down from a variety of angles. What do you do when youthful excess becomes middle-aged desperation? What happens when you’ve pursued an elusive dream through thousands of Friday and Saturday nights, stop, look around, and see twenty plus years has evaporated like dew on the grass? How do you keep holding on after losing people you love and indicting yourself, in part, for their collapse? Electric Revolution searches and finds answers in these songs. The album’s ten tracks say many things, some of them simply about grabbing life by the scuff of its neck and enjoying it while it’s here, but they say something much larger as well. Knowing yourself, acting accordingly and never, come hell or high water, compromising what you love brings redemption.

It doesn’t come without fear. The album’s blues-spiked opener “Here We Go” rattles rafters with its breathless energy born every bit as much from fear of failure as lust for excitement. When lead singer Dave Lawson yowls, “I’m on the edge and I can’t look down…”, the risk jolts him as much as the reward. The band takes the plunge with him and blaze through an assortment of eye-popping changes and tempo shifts. Joe Gajan spews gritty blues fire from his slide guitar playing and the engine room of drummer Billie Pulera and bassist Steve Crucianelli provide a bottom end that never sacrifices power for flexibility. Crucianelli adds some memorably aggressive harmonica playing for an added bit of spice. “Save Me” rips a page straight out of Deep Purple’s MKIII’s playbook with Lawson and Pulera trading vocals. You can discern the obvious influences in Electric Revolution’s music, but they are never so apparent that the band risks imitation. Instead, their experiences, musical ability, and unique songwriting skills distill any borrowed elements into a much different brew. No other visible rock act offers this sort of hard-hitting, yet intensely musical, approach and the manic, white-knuckled passion of the music seamlessly dovetails with both men’s vocals.

“Killing Me” is another grinding blues rocker with strong lyrics and a committed, full-throated Lawson vocal. The relatively recent addition of Lawson to a band working as a power trio before his arrival immensely strengthens their presentation. Like many of their influences and iconic predecessors, Electric Revolution now boasts three capable singers and, as a result, virtually endless adaptability. “Killing Me” succeeds on another level – it’s a dazzling showcase for the band’s well-honed understanding of dynamics. The arrangement captures the song’s rising and falling and hooks listeners early. The first of many surprises comes with “Tragedy”, a melodic and meditative track that never neglects to dial up the rock for an impressive chorus. The band’s decision not to straitjacket themselves as strictly a blues-rock act sets them off exploring different textures here, but the blues and rock are never far away. Guitarist Joe Gajan stretches out here and his performance alone, if nothing else, justifies its inclusion here.

“Forgiveness” opens the album’s second half with a smoldering blues laced with tasteful organ. The keyboards fuel “Forgiveness” with a light gospel feel, an added layer of color, and another emotive Lawson vocal further underscores the elegiac mood. The interplay between Gajan, Crucianelli, and Pulera has impressive tightness born from equal parts talent and familiarity, but it’s difficult to go wrong with suggestive material and such a sturdy arrangement. The former point drives home another strength about Electric Revolution’s material – they draw it out of the meat and marrow of their individual lives, but listeners can still bring their own experiences to these tracks and feel satisfied. “What the Fuss” is whiplash-tight rocker with defiant attitude to burn and a chin high in the air. Lawson and Pulera exchange vocals again to superb effect and Gajan’s melodic lead guitar frequently catches fire. The real highlight, however, is Pulera and Crucianelli’s dominant performance that gives the album one of its best grooves.

The title track will surprise many. While “Tragedy” certainly shows the band is far from one-dimensional rockers, “Character Is Power” reveals them as musical high wire artists who believe there’s no reward without risk. It’s an outright funk song with a smattering of rock and roll added for extra potency, any hard rock purists who frown at such genre hopping can take off their bibs and find the door. This is what real artists do. Crucianelli’s meaty bass line threads through the track like a dark, slinking undertow while a number of brief and subtle tempo shifts from Pulera keeps attentive listeners on their toes. The falsetto vocal is another nice, unexpected touch. “You Are Here” turns the band back towards rock, but they show a lighter touch with this song than earlier numbers. There’s a radio-ready quality to this track, particularly in its relaxed stride, and Lawson’s sympathetic vocal. You can hear a bit of UFO in this song and, vocally, even a bit of Uriah Heep’s melodic strengths seep through in the harmonies, bridge and chorus.

Pulera’s drums open the next track, “Can You Feel It?”, before Crucianelli and Gajan join him with a brief quasi-call and response section. This is a full on rock and roll revival meeting, but despite addressing God, it isn’t about finding salvation in the hereafter. Instead, it’s a plea. It’s about waking up to your potential for the first time, perhaps decades later than you might have otherwise liked, and praying for more time. The vocal is pure rock and roll testimony overflowing with brimstone and blues. The final song on Character Is Power, “In the End”, finds Electric Revolution ending on a more reflective note. The musical mood is reminiscent of the earlier song “Forgiveness”, but “In the End” takes a slightly different lyrical slant on similar themes and brings the album full circle.

This is a sincere, brave, and ultimately fun rock album from a group of experienced hands long past the point of trying to put lipstick on a pig. No one can call any of the ten tracks filler and Electric Revolution presents a handful of musical voices with total confidence in their ability to pull it off. No gimmicks, just heart, soul, and energy to burn. Send us more bands like Electric Revolution to clear away the bullshit.

Electric Revolution Homepage
Electric Revolution on Facebook

The band:
Dave Lawson – lead vocals
Joe “Josey Wails” Gajan – guitars
Steve Crucianelli – bass, harmonica, vocals
Billie Pulera – drums, vocals


UNSW: Volume 12

posted November 19, 2015, 9:44 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | comment Leave a Comment

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. It’s been a long road down to the final 19 bands. We need your help deciding which are the best three to feature here on Music Emissions.


Unsigned and Wound Up is a series of audio compilations highlighting top emerging artists who may not be on your radar. Selected bands will compete for votes on Music Emissions and the top vote-getters will receive written features provided by the editorial staff at Music Emissions. Read more

Press Release Roundup: November 16

posted November 18, 2015, 1:34 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



The South by Southwest® Music Conference and Festival (SXSW®) is pleased to announce the second round of artists invited to perform, additional conference sessions and the acceptance of SXSW Music Hackathon applications. This is just a small sample of the wide array of innovative programming being presented to the attending global music community. SXSW Music’s 30th annual event takes place Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
The SXSW Music Festival staff continues to curate a can’t-miss music festival experience. The second round of artists invited to perform include:

Ben Abraham (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Accidentals (Traverse City MI)
Afriquoi (London UK-ENGLAND)
Alexander Jean (Los Angeles CA)
Ali aka Mind (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Amber Arcades (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
April Red (Taipei TAIWAN)
Ben Aqua (Austin TX)
Aristophanes (Taipei TAIWAN)
Arkells (Hamilton CANADA)
AudioDamn! (Mannheim GERMANY)
Autre Ne Veut (Brooklyn NY)
A-Wa (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Away Days (Istanbul TURKEY)
Banners (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Baskery (Stockholm SWEDEN)
BeatKing (Houston TX)
The Big Moon (London UK-ENGLAND)
Big Ups (Brooklyn NY)
Birthh (Florence ITALY)
Black Fast (St Louis MO)
Blackfoot Gypsies (Nashville TN)
Blanck Mass (Worcester UK-ENGLAND)
Bleached (Los Angeles CA)
Blowfly (Miami FL)
Brothers In Law (Pesaro ITALY)
Basia Bulat (Montreal CANADA)
Cadillac Tramps (Orange CA)
California X (Hadley MA)
Celestial Trax (New York NY)
The Chamanas (El Paso TX)
Chinah (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Citizen (Toledo OH)
George Clanton (Brooklyn NY)
Coma (Cologne GERMANY)
Crescendo (Los Angeles CA)
Dead Gaze (Oxford MS)
Dearly Beloved (Toronto CANADA)
Diarrhea Planet (Nashville TN)
Diet Cig (New Paltz NY)
DJ Chose (Brookshire TX)
DJ Clent (Chicago IL)
DJ Logic (New York NY)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Dressy Bessy (Denver CO)
Drowners (New York NY)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Ember Island (Linköping SWEDEN)
Enemies (Kilcoole IRELAND)
The Everymen (Tuckerton NJ)
Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow (Austin TX)
Fat Boogie (Dallas TX)
Fickle Friends (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Firekid (Muscle Shoals AL)
The Franklin Electric (Montreal CANADA)
Doug Funnie (Fort Worth TX)
Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends (Chicago IL)
Future Blondes (Austin TX)
G Herbo (Chicago IL)
Tommy Genesis (Vancouver CANADA)
The Ghost Wolves (Austin TX)
Laura Gibson (Portland OR)
The Gills (Pensacola FL)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Girls Names (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Gold Beach (Austin TX)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Greys (Toronto CANADA)
Grimm Grimm (London UK-ENGLAND)
G.U.N. (Dallas TX)
Gwenno (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Hand Job Academy (Brooklyn NY)
Hard Proof (Austin TX)
Sara Hartman (Sag Harbor NY)
The Heirs (Los Angeles CA)
Hembree (Kansas City MO)
Hockey Dad (Wollongong AUSTRALIA)
Holy Oysters (Paris FRANCE)
Honne (London UK-ENGLAND)
Hooton Tennis Club (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
I am Dive (Sevilla SPAIN)
Sarah Jaffe (Dallas TX)
Jay IDK (Bowie MD)
Juventud Juché (Madrid SPAIN)
Kalascima (Alessano ITALY)
The Marcus King Band (Greenville SC)
Kiño (Medellin COLOMBIA)
Korma (Seattle WA)
Kuroma (Athens GA)
L.A. Takedown (Los Angeles CA)
L.E.J (Paris FRANCE)
Letta (Los Angeles CA)
Lewis Del Mar (Rockaway Beach NY)
Liss (Aarhus DENMARK)
Los Aguas Aguas (Xalapa Enríquez MEXICO)
Louis The Child (Chicago IL)
Lulacruza (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Lusts (Leicester UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Main Squeeze (Chicago IL)
Malcs (Columbia MD)
ManMan Savage (Atlanta GA)
Menace Beach (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Mercury Rev (Catskills NY)
Metal Mother (Los Angeles CA)
MikeQ (East Orange NJ)
Miles (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Miss Garrison (Santiago CHILE)
Mitú (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Monika (Athens GREECE)
Morenito De Fuego (Monterrey MEXICO)
Mr. Kitty (Austin TX)
Mueran Humanos (Berlin GERMANY)
Mura Masa (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
NAAFI (Mexico City MEXICO)
Nao (London UK-ENGLAND)
Nap Eyes (Halifax CANADA)
Jay Nash (Hartland VT)
John Mark Nelson (Minneapolis MN)
New Politics (Brooklyn NY)
The New Regime (San Diego CA)
Next Stop: Horizon (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Night Beats (Seattle WA)
Night Moves (Minneapolis MN)
Nite Fields (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Oberhofer (Tacoma WA)
Ocellot (Barcelona SPAIN)
Oh Pep! (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Olde Gods (Barcelona SPAIN)
Cullen Omori (Chicago IL)
The Outfit, TX (Dallas TX)
Painted Zeros (Brooklyn NY)
Patterns (San José COSTA RICA)
Pedrina y Río (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Pell (New Orleans LA)
Petite Noir (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
Pinkwash (Philadelphia PA)
PINS (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Pirates Canoe (Kyoto JAPAN)
Pixx (Chipstead UK-ENGLAND)
Plattenbau (Berlin GERMANY)
POWERS (Los Angeles CA)
PRAYERS (San Diego CA)
Pumarosa (London UK-ENGLAND)
PWR BTTM (Brooklyn NY)
Que (Atlanta GA)
Ramesh (Austin TX)
Allan Rayman (Toronto CANADA)
Red Axes (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Relatives (Dallas TX)
The Revenge (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Ritual Howls (Detroit MI)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
RP Boo (Chicago IL)
Rusangano Family (Limerick IRELAND)
Phoebe Ryan (Rumson NJ)
Saint Sister (Dublin IRELAND)
Santa Muerte (Houston TX)
Satellite Stories (Oulu FINLAND)
Sauce Twinz (Houston TX)
Savoir Adore (Brooklyn NY)
September Girls (Dublin IRELAND)
Sertified (Austin TX)
Sevdaliza (Rotterdam NETHERLANDS)
Sextile (Los Angeles CA)
Sharkmuffin (Brooklyn NY)
Andy Shauf (Regina CANADA)
Sinistarr (Detroit MI)
Slothrust (Bronxville NY)
Smooth Hound Smith (Nashville TN)
Soda Fabric (Berlin GERMANY)
So Pitted (Seattle WA)
Sosamann (Houston TX)
Spain (Los Angeles CA)
Alexis Spight (Kansas City MO)
Spurz (Vancouver CANADA)
Stealing Sheep (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Steve’n’Seagulls (Jyväskylä FINLAND)
Tommy Stinson (Hudson NY)
Strange Wilds (Olympia WA)
Superlitio (Cali COLOMBIA)
Surfistas del Sistema (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Sur Oculto (Córdoba ARGENTINA)
Sweet Spirit (Austin TX)
Tacocat (Seattle WA)
Talisco (Paris FRANCE)
Ninet Tayeb (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
TEEN (Brooklyn NY)
Tempalay (Tokyo JAPAN)
Thee Oh Sees (Los Angeles CA)
Thirdstory (Brooklyn NY)
Timmy Thomas & The Overtown Soul Revue (Miami FL)
Jonah Tolchin (Princeton NJ)
Tototomas (La Plata ARGENTINA)
Traumahelikopter (Groningen NETHERLANDS)
Twin Limb (Louisville KY)
Jonathan Tyler (Dallas TX)
Chad Valley (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Casey Veggies (Inglewood CA)
We Are Catchers (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jane Weaver (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Weval (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
White Lung (Vancouver CANADA)
Alex Winston (Detroit MI)
Alicia Witt (Los Angeles CA)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Matt Woods (Truro UK-ENGLAND)
World’s Fair (Queens NY)
Worriers (Brooklyn NY)
Your Friend (Lawrence KS)
Yung (Aarhus DENMARK)
Sui Zhen (Brunswick East AUSTRALIA)
zZz (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)

(This list is subject to change. This is only a portion of the artists that will be performing at the SXSW Music Festival. More performers will be announced at a later date)

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Interview: Kevin Garrett

posted November 16, 2015, 8:40 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Kevin Garrett is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. His debut EP Mellow Drama, which includes songs “Coloring” and “Control,” received critical acclaim from a variety of media sources along with strong support from artists the likes of Sam Smith and Katy Perry. Kevin has been heavy into touring for much of the last year, including dates with James Vincent McMorrow, Hey Rosetta!, and several music festivals. He’s currently on tour with X Ambassadors and Skylar Grey, all the while preparing a full length LP. Read more

Review: Daniel Romano at The Grad Club

posted November 13, 2015, 1:04 pm by madelainej | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment 1 Comment

Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano played at the Grad Club in Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday, November 5th where the venue was small, the stage – even smaller, the crowd, however, was enthusiastic. Daniel’s opening band, Dylan Earl, wore a Canadian tuxedo, cowboy boots, curly black hair and a black moustache, all of which amounted to a late 1970s porno look. Far from being a detriment, he miraculously made this look fashionable and acceptable. Ignoring this fabulous attire, Earl had touching lyrics, excellent musicianship and Romano even played drums for the band, allowing fans even more time with the very person they came to see. Earl performed excellent original songs along with one cover song, if my memory serves me correctly. The second opener, Steve Lambke, was decent. His interludes were sometimes funny, but he often appeared to be trying too hard and to inhabit a long dead beat culture which I’m unconvinced he successfully revived. His music also seemed out of place after the first opener, and when followed by the music of Daniel Romano.

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Press Release Roundup: November 9

posted November 12, 2015, 11:19 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Green Day


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day are pleased to share Heart Like a Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. The documentary will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD via Reprise Records tomorrow, November 13, 2015.

Captured on film by director John Roecker, ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ is considered by many to be a “lost film”. More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees present this time capsule rock doc that takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award-winning punk rock opera. American Idiot achieved Multi-Platinum status worldwide and became a hugely successful Broadway show. Looking back on the band in the studio is both nostalgic and insightful-the band knew they had something good, but even they didn’t know how good.

“We can’t believe this was shot over a decade ago. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of the adventure this record would go on to be,” said Billie Joe Armstrong. “We are stoked for our fans to see this footage for the first time and watch us try and figure it all out.” ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ premiered last month at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. Abramorama theatrically released the film on more than 135 screens in the United States on October 15th, 2015. The following day, the film was released exclusively via Vimeo On Demand. Yesterday, Heart Like a Hand Grenade saw further theatrical release in theaters in multiple countries around the globe including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

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Jazz Street: Count Basie

posted November 12, 2015, 11:14 am by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Jazz Street, Throwback Thursday | comment 1 Comment

count basieI’ve started listening more intently to Basie in recent years. I hadn’t realized I had heard some of his songs performed or danced to watching cartoons or television shows over the years. I’ve enjoyed listening to “The Essential Count Basie.” Perhaps I can come across some movies and shorts where he made appearances. All I know is it sounds great what I’ve heard from him. The swing era is one of the best for popular music. I listen to 1940’s station on Sirius, and it’s my favorite. The 50’s station is good, too. Still, I find myself wanting to hear the crooners and big band recordings from the decade more so than the rock ‘n’ roll. Yes, I like those songs, too. There is something to be said for listening to pop music in a broader stroke than the rock period. It’s good to go back to the ’30s.

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Contest: Hey DJ, Play That Song

posted November 9, 2015, 9:42 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

If you’re a reader, then you know about our DIY indie contests, like Unsigned and Wound-up or it’s predecessor Indie of the Year. Now it’s your turn to share with the world… unsw12cover
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Press Release Roundup: November 2

posted November 6, 2015, 12:29 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

The Latin Grammys


Current Latin GRAMMY® nominees Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, Maluma, Ricky Martin, and Espinoza Paz added to stellar lineup for the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards™. In addition, Jamaican-American singer Omi and five-piece female group Fifth Harmony are scheduled to hit the Latin GRAMMY stage for the first time. Mexican actress Jacqueline Bracamontes and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and actress Roselyn Sánchez will host, together for the first time, The Biggest Night in Latin Music®, which is scheduled to air live on the Univision Network Nov. 19 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase via www.ticketmaster.com or www.mgmgrand.com

Six-time Latin GRAMMY winners Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, reggaeton artist Maluma and regional Mexican singer Espinoza Paz each received one nomination. Banda El Recodo are nominated for Best Banda Album for Mi Vicio Más Grande. Maluma is up for Best Urban Performance for “El Tiki.” Paz is nominated for Best Regional Song for “Perdí La Pose.”

Three-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin received three nominations: Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Disparo Al Corazón” and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for A Quien Quiera Escuchar. Previously announced performers include Julión Álvarez, Bomba Estéreo with Will Smith, J Balvin, ChocQuibTown, Silvestre Dangond, Nicky Jam, Natalia Jiménez, Natalia Lafourcade, Juan Luis Guerra, Major Lazer and mØ, Matisse, and Raquel Sofía. Additionally, the telecast will feature a special performance by 2015 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Roberto Carlos.

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