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Press Release Roundup: April 29

posted April 30, 2016, 11:05 am by Carlita | Filed Under 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

International Jazz Day

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Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance. We are honored that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert from the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert will be broadcast across the United States on April 30th – International Jazz Day – as an ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO. Viewers will experience jazz being played at the White House, where it has been showcased by every Administration since President Kennedy.

The 2016 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Pérez and Chucho Valdés; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Till Brönner, Hugh Masekela and James Morrison; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting; saxophonists Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson; bassists Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; guitarists Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour; drummers Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kendrick Scott; percussionist Zakir Hussain; trombone player Trombone Shorty; and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Tune in to ABC at 8 PM EST TONIGHT or live stream on the UNESCO site HERE to watch the concert!

Armorite

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Italian prog ensemble Armonite, featuring composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, has released their highly anticipated debut album “The Sun is New Each Day”! Produced by the first producer of Muse, Paul Reeve, and mastered by Geoff Pesche at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London, “The Sun is New Each Day” is an exciting mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums, including amazing participation by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt.

“Working with a team like this is fantastic,” says Fosso, composer of the album, “Everyone’s unique skills and talents added something special to the album and the final result is powerful. Life and people offer a boundless supply of inspiration. Channeling concepts without the support of lyrics might be hard, but it’s also very universal. These songs break down the language barriers becoming visceral and direct. We tried to give the album one sonority, but also characterize each track with a different setting.

“For example, in the song ‘Suitcase war’ you’ll see a rejection of how our life has changed after becoming workaholics. Whereas ‘Insert Coin’, featuring 8-bit sounds by Swedish demoscener Anders ‘Goto80’ Carlsson, is a tribute to 80’s and 90’s arcade coin-ops.”

Each track captures the various passions found in the band. “Satellites” is a reflection on space exploration and technology, “ ‘G’ as in Gears” features Samuel Gomper’s famous speech, “What does the Working Man Want?” and “Die Grauen Herren” recalls the Men in Grey from Michael Ende’s novel, “Momo.”

“The Sun is New Each Day” is a whirlwind of sounds, themes and emotions. “Connect Four”, a track composed by Bigi, finds its sound in a protest against gambling addictions. While the track “Sandstorm” is a look at the living energy that can be found in Marrakech.

“We hope the album connects you to the world around you,” says Fosso, “Tracks like ‘Le temps qui fait ta rose’ from ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery suggest ‘It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.’ Yet, the track ‘Slippery Slope’ explores that unclear side of the human soul.”

Dying Fetus

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DYING FETUS are one week away from the kickoff of the 2016 edition of the Metal Alliance Tour! They’ll be headlining and crushing North America for the next month alongside The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, and more. A full list of dates is available below:

***All dates with The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate***

Apr 29 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Apr 30 Lowell, MA Mill City Ballroom
May 1 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
May 2 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
May 3 Chicago, IL Reggies
May 4 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
May 5 Winnipeg, MB Park Theater
May 6 Saskatoon, SK Obriens
May 8 Edmonton, AB Shredmonton Festival
May 10 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
May 11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
May 12 Petaluma, CA Phoenix Theater
May 13 Pomona, CA Glass House
May 14 Hollywood, CA Whisky
May 15 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
May 17 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
May 18 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
May 20 Ft Worth, TX Rail Club
May 21 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
May 23 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
May 25 Tampa, FL Orpheum
May 26 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
May 27 Knoxville, TN The International
May 28 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s
May 29 Greensboro, NC Arizona Pete’s

July 24 – 30 Tolmin, SI MetalDays Festival*

To get tix, click HERE!

The Y Axes

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SAN FRANCISCO-BASED INDIE-POP-ROCKERS THE Y AXES RELEASE SINGLE “PATCH ME UP.” ANNOUNCE OPENING SLOT W/ THE THERMALS

“Recorded in Oakland at Hellam Sound, the song pulls together grungy alt-rock guitar tones (think My Bloody Valentine) and polished synth pop (The xx) into a solid production that nods to The Cocteau Twins.” – SF Critic

“The Y Axes are the poster space-babes, with a cosmic sound that is dancey and fun.” – The Bay Bridged

(New York, NY) After five years of lineup changes and other challenges, San Francisco, CA-based indie-pop-rock group The Y Axes have begun to fulfill on their tremendous promise with their first set of professionally produced songs. January saw the release of the groovy alt-rock banger “Meteorite” with the more delicate “Hold Dawn” immediately following. The Y Axes now share their latest single, “Patch Me Up,” which premiered exclusively with Baeble Music.

The Y Axes were formed in 2010 by Alexi Rose Belchere (vocals) and Devin Nelson (guitar/vocals/synths) as a side project to the other bands they were in at the time. After years of dropping DIY releases and adding and dropping members, the band finally arrived at its current iteration with Jack Sundquist (bass) and Nick Schneider (drums) rounding out the newly minted quartet.

“Patch Me Up” offers a new glimpse into the sonic world of The Y Axes’ forthcoming LP, Umbra.

“An Umbra is the point of total obscuration in a shadow or eclipse, which while dark, can only be produced by a bright light, shares Nelson. “Our music has always had elements of light and dark, balancing between being fun and upbeat while being simultaneously solemn and melancholic.”

Be sure to stream “Patch Me Up” and look for more from The Y Axes soon.

(Photo Credit: Dave McMahon)

Adian Coker

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A futuristic galaxy of electro synths orbit around an explorative drum beat making way for the entrance of a rock fuelled hook. Adian Coker takes a strong lyrical stance on ‘Aim’, a quality that Adian Coker fans will already be accustomed to, however there’s something notably different about this record. There’s a relaxed edge that to the track, aided by the smooth and R&B, soulful hook from Bluey Robinson. Aim feels accessible and the perfect introduction to ‘Connect’ his listeners to his new capsule of music.

In recent years, Adian Coker has earned an array of support from some of the most impressivemusic platforms. Each of them delve in to Adian Coker’s musical output giving nod’s to his ingenuity, depth and ambition yet there’s always been an air of mystery surrounding him and his music. ‘Connect’ is a very deliberate release, offering an identifiable side to Adian Coker that we haven’t seen before. The release gives an understanding and a much more upbeat and playful element to his music without any compromise on quality. The records ooze with eloquence and as expected, the E.P is something of a masterpiece in itself but this time it’s touchable, it’s exciting and it’s within reach.

A new chapter begins and with his production and lyricism, Adian Coker takes ‘Aim’ and has the target clearly within his sight.

Elle King

Did you know that Elle King plays banjo? The incredibly talented Elle King performed in the Deering Woodroom recently, armed only with a Sierra banjo. The Ohio born songstress is emerging as a rising star and has seen great success in the last year, receiving a Grammy nod for her platinum selling track, “Ex’s & Oh’s”.

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND SHINEDOWN JOIN FORCES TO CO-HEADLINE FALL’S BIGGEST ARENA ROCK TOUR PRODUCED BY FRANK PRODUCTIONS/NS2/CMoore Live

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SIXX:A.M. AND SUPPORT FROM AS LIONS

VIP PRE-SALE BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY; LOCAL AND VENUE PRE-SALES START THURSDAY AND GENERAL TICKET ON SALE
KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY AT 10 AM ET

SIXX:A.M. NEW ALBUM – PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED -OUT THIS FRIDAY

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown are partnering to co-headline the biggest Fall Arena Rock Tour 2016 produced by Frank Productions/NS2/ CMoore Live – an epic trek that kicks off on October 18th in Little Rock, AR, and crisscrosses North America through December. See tour dates below. More dates will be announced soon.

The tour is also highlighted by Special Guest SIXX:A.M. featuring vocalist/producer James Michael, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Dj Ashba. UK newcomers As Lions, featuring Austin Dickinson, will round out the supporting lineup, following the tour’s previous openers-turned-success stories Nothing More and From Ashes To New.

Tickets are available for purchase via VIP and fan club pre-sales today at 10 am ET at Ticketmaster.com. Local and venue pre-sales begin tomorrow, April 28th, at 10 am local time on Ticketmaster.com. The general public on-sale starts this Friday, April 29th at 10 am local time. For more information and exclusive VIP Packages, go HERE or HERE.

Says Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory about the tour: “I wanted to give you a brilliant quote about trying to keep rock music alive by assembling bills that can sell out arenas where everyone can have the production rock shows deserve, or bringing out new talented bands and expose them to huge crowds… or about rebuilding a community with the help of rock radio, and donating to good causes while we are at it… but we are so busy doing it that I ran out of quotes”.

Shinedown has always been about sharing the undeniable power of rock music,” says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith. “And performing live is where we make that connection most directly, where we can truly experience that power together with our fans in its purest form because we are literally sharing the same physical space, living in that moment as one. Five Finger Death Punch shares that passion and commitment, and, like us, leaves it all out on the stage every single night. Come experience the power of rock music with us.”

“We are really excited and proud to be part of this tour with FFPD and Shinedown. Having spent many months in the studio recording Prayers for the Damned, it will give us the opportunity to play our new songs and hits in arenas”, says bassist Nikki Sixx. “They have been such supporters of new music and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this powerful night of music!” adds vocalist & producer James Michael. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be sharing the bill with FFDP and Shinedown, this tour is going to be off the f’n chain, can’t wait to see you all out there!” states guitarist Dj Ashba.

“This will be the most explosive and dynamic rock tour these cities have ever experienced!” added Frank Productions president Charlie Goldstone.

The Raveonettes

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The Raveonettes share a new track this week entitled “Junko Ozawa” via Clash. “…This tune is dedicated to Junko Ozawa the great female game composer of such classics as Rolling Thunder, The Tower Of Druaga, etc…” says Sune Rose Wagner “I wanted to keep all the instrumentation in the 8-12 bit range, only using low bit synths and sounds. Even the guitars have been re-sampled and played on a synth…Cool, uptempo shit!…”

The track is the fourth release from the band’s official RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH playlist where the duo will continue to upload a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month until December. The ‘anti-album’ will feature a collection of new tracks that aren’t bound by the constraints of the format. Join the RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH and subscribe to the playlist below.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE
RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH
PLAYLIST AT
http://radi.al/RaveSoundOfTheMonth

The Raveonettes also continue their new Pledge Music Campaign where fans can pledge for the CD and vinyl of the forthcoming new album. Sign up for the Pledge Music Campaign at http://radi.al/TheRaveonettesPledge.

Grammar

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Grammar is the Boston based alternative / electronic pop project of 26 year old multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Barrie Lindsay. She’s been writing and recording music since the age of 15, but has only recently begun to release her music publicly online. Since the formation of Grammar a little over a year ago, Lindsay has performed in and around Boston opening for Marian Hill, Reptar, Beacon, and others as well as having recently placing a song on the British TV show Made in Chelsea.

All music for Grammar is written, recorded, and produced by Barrie including all instrumentation, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, lyrics and vocals. “Americana” was engineered by Billy Pavone (Wet, The Fall, Delorean) and mastered by Josh Bonati (Zola Jesus, Mac DeMarco, Wild Nothing). The live band is comprised of Barrie’s brother Jack Lindsay (drums), and childhood friends Sammy Stewart (keyboards and percussion), Chris Hemberger (guitar and vocals), and Ryan Boyer (bass and vocals).

Barrie describes “Americana” as “a dreamy American road trip, a long night drive. The heart of the song is a synth keyboard run through a massive Leslie speaker, giving the song a blend of full, clean synth and whirring, roughed-up analog.” Grammar will be playing shows and releasing new music throughout the remainder of 2016.

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