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Press Release Roundup: February 19

posted February 19, 2016, 2:07 pm 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.

Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival

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Continuing on the success of its 2015 debut, the second annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is set for Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA, near Los Angeles. Blaze ‘N’ Glory will feature hip hop legend Nas, alongside an eclectic mix of performers which includes Atmosphere, The Growlers, Griz, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Prof, Hirie, Seedless, Radical Something, and Black Salt Tone. Blaze ‘N’ Glory attendees will also be able to experience over 100 lifestyle vendors, as well as a midway and carnival rides, craft beer, food trucks and more.

The one-day music and lifestyle festival–produced by Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Live Nation–will feature music performances in the open area General Admission festival grounds adjacent to the amphitheater.

Atmosphere says, “I can’t wait to come make party with your faces.”

Producer John Reese of SGE says, “We’re back at it and ready for year two of Blaze ‘N’ Glory! Our first year was a massive success and everyone had a great time, ourselves included. This year, having heavy hitters like Nas and Atmosphere, along with Stephen Marley, Griz and tons more, we feel like we have something special for everyone to truly enjoy up in the San Bernardino mountains!”

On many Top 50 lists, Nas is recognized as the greatest Rapper/MC of all time. Nas does not tour very often, so this is a rare opportunity to see and hear a legend.Atmosphere are the crusaders of indie hip-hop with their introspective lyrics and funk driven beats. Their catalog spans beyond their age and encompasses decades of hip hop and when heard live puts the audience in a frenzy.Southern California’s own “Beach Goth” band, The Growlers promise to ignite the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival crowd with outrageous stage props and their one-of-a-kind sound, which mixes country, surf pop and psychedelic rock.Fresh off a sold out spring tour, Griz is set to light up the Blaze ‘N’ Glory stage with his infectious and smooth bass driven DJ set infused with live sax and instrumentation.Stephen “Ragga” Marley has consecutively landed #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart for all of his solo albums and has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album.

The Blaze ‘N’ Glory Early Bird ticket presale will offer a limited number of GA tickets and premium passes for the following prices (plus fees):

GA Early Bird: $49

Premium KUSH Pass Early Bird: $169

VIP Lounge Early Bird: $149

The Premium KUSH VIP Package includes: 1 VIP admission ticket, designated fast pass entry lane into the venue, VIP laminate, Exclusive Blaze ‘N’ Glory 2016 poster, access to a VIP viewing platform offering the best view and sound in the house, and access to the KUSH VIP Lounge. The KUSH VIP Lounge will feature complimentary select beer, snacks, candy and Rockstar water (while supplies last), a VIP cash bar, private restrooms, and comfortable areas to sit and relax.

The VIP Lounge Package includes: 1 VIP admission ticket, designated fast pass entry lane into the venue, VIP laminate, Exclusive Blaze ‘N’ Glory 2016 poster, and access to the KUSH VIP Lounge. Please note: This VIP Package does not give access to the VIP viewing platform.

For full details on the Blaze ‘N’ Glory lineup and tickets, visit HERE!.

Aesop Rock

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Aesop Rock dropped the haunting video for first single “Rings” off his upcoming solo album ‘The Impossible Kid’ out April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Check out the track listing below.

Tracklisting:
01: Mystery Fish
02: Rings
03: Lotta Years
04: Dorks
05: Rabies
06: Supercell
07: Blood Sandwich
08: Get Out of the Car
09: Shrunk
10: Kirby
11: TUFF
12: Lazy Eye
13: Defender
14: Water Tower
15: Molecules

Pre-order The Impossible Kid from Fifth Element now to receive an exclusive autographed insert by Aesop Rock, plus an instant mp3 download of the first single, “Rings”!

Bundle your pre-order with The Impossible Kid t-shirt & hooded sweatshirt, featuring the album’s cover artwork by Alex Pardee, and save!

Plus! All Fifth Element orders will also receive a digital download of the full album including bonus tracks “Syrup feat. Homeboy Sandman & Open Mike Eagle” and “Dorks [Blockhead Remix]” at midnight of release date.

Deadpool

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Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation “Deadpool” is its most unconventional anti-hero yet. “Deadpool” tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rouge experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. The movie has surpassed all expectations and over $300 million since its release making it the most successful first weekend for an R-Rated movie of all time in the US and currently sitting No 1 on the UK Box office chart.

To accurately depict the chaos they have drafted in Grammy nominated and multi-platinum producer, musician and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, 300: Rise of an Empire, Kill All Your Friends and Batman Vs Superman). Holkenborg said “[Deadpool] is such a fantastic, over arrogant, extremely funny, swagger-heavy, violent character…its Miami Vice meets Mad Max”. The score was crafted with vintage drum machines and modular synths alongside live drums and bass truly allowing the music to become its own character within the narrative.Holkenborg also shows his skills as a selector for the movie with the soundtrack featuring tracks from the likes of DMX (X Gon Give It To Ya) and of course Deadpool’s favourite band Wham! (Careless Whisper).

Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL has enjoyed an illustrious career as an artist, producer and composer. Starting in 1993 in his own band Nerv and producing hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory. He adopted the moniker Junkie XL in 1997 creating 5 albums while playing headline shows the world over. He then lent his talents to remixing, having a worldwide hit with his remix of Elvis’s ‘A Little Less Conversation’. Following that success he collaborated and remixed for some of the world’s biggest artists such as Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Robert Smith (The Cure), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Coldplay, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Piers James

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After the success of the ‘Green Screens In-Visible View EP’ gaining support from the likes of Complex, The 405, Lost Culture & more, Piers drops a co-directed (Reece Selvadori from Grade A) visual for ‘Hit The Bass’. Cut with a slick cinematic feel, that progressively becomes more intense throughout the video, this seamlessly takes you on a captivating battle between Piers’ crew and the opposing gang.

This is definitely a step away from the expected videos of a rapper on the come up, but yet a complete polar opposite of the more glamorous Hip Hop Videos. With this visual Piers is kick starting the year ‘with a bang’ and it’s intriguing to see what’s in store for the remainder of 2016, he is definite a one to watch.

DJ Shortee

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For many who aspire to become professional DJs, location or lack of funding to attend a reputable DJ school can stand in the way of their dreams. Groove3 and DJ Shortee have teamed up to offer an exciting alternative: Shortee’s Complete DJ Method, the most comprehensive DJ instructional program available that teaches all the skills of a professional DJ.

DJ Shortee, the world’s premier female DJ according to the Grammy Foundation, has developed over 50 thorough tutorials for all skill levels. She teaches on a wide range of industry standard DJ equipment and software platforms, so students will be able to follow the instructions on their preferred type of gear. Whether you want to learn on turntables, CDJs, mixers, controllers, or software, each lesson plan is arranged in an organized, easy-to-follow series of courses that cover everything from the essential basics to the most advanced skills.

Shortee’s Complete DJ Method covers turntables, CDJs, various DJ mixers, DJ controllers (Serato and Traktor), various DJ software (Serato DJ, Traktor Pro, Traktor Scratch Pro, Rekordbox, Rekordbox DJ, and Mixed In Key), music theory, mixing, harmonic mixing, trick mixing, scratching, beat juggling, remixing, video mixing, and more.

The first six Method courses are now available on Groove3 along with a number of related DJ courses by other experts making Groove3 the one-stop solution for every aspiring DJ or any musician who wants to improve their craft:

DJ Gear: Turntables & Mixer
DJ Gear: CDJs & Mixer
DJ Gear: Serato Controller – Numark NV
Software: Traktor Pro 2
Software: Serato DJ
Software: Rekordbox

Black Tusk

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Check out the release of ‘Pillars of Ash’ LP from Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK!

Catch them on tour with Holy Grail:

Feb 23 Charlotte, NC Milestone
Feb 24 Virginia Beach, VA Shakas
Feb 25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Feb 26 Boston, MA Once Ballroom
Feb 27 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Feb 29 Burlington, VT Nectars
Mar 01 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
Mar 02 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
Mar 03 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Mar 04 Detroit, MI Berserker Fest
Mar 05 Chicago, IL Reggies
Mar 06 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Mar 07 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Mar 08 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
Mar 09 Winnipeg, MB The Windsor Hotel
Mar 11 Saskatoon, SK Amigos Cantina
Mar 12 Edmonton, AB Brixx
Mar 13 Calgary, AB The Palomino
Mar 14 Kamloops, BC The Office
Mar 16 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore
Mar 17 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Mar 18 Spokane, WA The Pin
Mar 19 Portland, OR Panic Room
Mar 20 Bend, OR Volcanic Theatre Pub
Mar 22 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
Mar 23 San Francisco, CA The Parkside
Mar 24 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room
Mar 25 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Mar 26 Phoenix, AZ Pub Rock
Mar 27 Las Vegas, NV Divebar **No Holy Grail**
Mar 28 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
Mar 29 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Mar 30 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Mar 31 St. Louis, MO Fubar
Apr 01 Indianapolis, IN 5th Quarter
Apr 02 Newport, KY Southgate House

BORKNAGAR

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‘Winter Thrice’, the 10th studio album from Norway’s very own progressive / epic Black Metal pioneers, BORKNAGAR has already been available worldwide from Century Media Records for coming up on one month and where the “buzz” would normally subside, the critical acclaim from both the media and the fans continues rolling in with no end in sight!

Winter Thrice, which also culminates BORKNAGAR’s 20th year of existence, also managed to enter sales charts throughout the world within its first week of release. In the United States, Winter Thrice hit # 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. In Germany the album reached #62, in Switzerland # 90, and in Finland #44.

You can order the album in its various physical formats here:
http://smarturl.it/winterthriceCMDISTRO
http://smarturl.it/winterthriceAMAZON

And digitally here:
http://smarturl.it/winterthriceITUNES
http://smarturl.it/wtAMAZONMP3

Travis Barker and Yelawolf

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Travis Barkers single “Out of Control” with Yelawolf is out everywhere now! Get it HERE and P33P the music video directed by Jason Goldwatch.

ONO

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Vocals by ONO. Performed, produced and mixed by Danny Tenaglia. Danny Tenaglia previously remixed Yoko Ono’s ‘Walking On Thin Ice’ in 2003 and 2013. Both remix packages went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Danny created and delivered his “Walking On Thin Ice (Maestro Mix)” and it was an unexpected pleasure when Yoko received it – Danny abandoned his usual dance style for a more poignant and elegant orchestral remix. Released on Yoko’s 83rd birthday, 18 Feb 2016, this new video contains original camera footage from the music video that Yoko directed herself in 1981 for the original version of Walking On Thin Ice, much of it previously unseen. Music Executive Producers: ONO & Rob Stevens. Video directed by YOKO ONO.

The album release, which comes a day after ONO’s 83rd birthday, is streaming NOW exclusively via New York Magazine and you can watch the ONO directed video for “Walking On Thin Ice” (Danny Tenaglia Remix) here. Yes, I’m A Witch Too features collaborations and remixes pairing ONO with groundbreaking artists Death Cab For Cutie, Miike Snow, Peter Bjorn and John, Sparks,tUnE-yArDs,Moby,Cibo Matto,Portugal. The Man and more. Yes, I’m A Witch Too will be released on February 19th, 2016 via Manimal Group as a double vinyl set, as well as in deluxe CD and digital formats.

Photo Credit: Scott Rudd (containing image by Karl Lagerfeld)

STWO

Parisian producer STWO shares his remix for ZAYN’s (formerly Zayn Malik of One Direction) breakout track “Pillow Talk” below. Last year, STWO signed to OVO Noah’s “40” Shebib’s publishing company and announced his new Distant EP now set for release later this spring with his debut track “Haunted” featuring Sevdaliza (over 4.6 MILLION plays to date on SoundCloud alone). He most recently played Boiler Room’s All-Start Weekend alongside Majid Jordan, Roy Woods and Bambii in Toronto. Get to know STWO with the spotlight video below and more to come from him soon.

The Cave Singers

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The Cave Singers are excited to release their fifth studio album ‘Banshee’ which you can stream in full.

‘Banshee’ brings The Cave Singers back to their original 3 piece of vocalist / songwriter Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco and drummer Marty Lund. The album was recorded live in July of 2015 over 6 days with producer Randall Dunn who also produced 2011’s No Witch. The record is warmly anchored in the members’ creative familiarity with one another. Yet there is a new thirst toBanshee, one that can be attributed to the combination of the band taking a year off to work on other projects, Pete Quirk’s solo album and the Kodiak Deathbeds debut record, and their return to songwriting from distanced correspondence.

Cave Singers Tour Dates
02/20/16: Seattle, WA Neumos *
02/21/16: Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *
02/25/16: Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Lounge *
02/27/16: Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theatre *
02/28/16: San Diego, CA Casbah *
03/02/16: Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room *
03/03/16: Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst *
03/04/16: Arcata, CA Humboldt Brews *
03/05/16: Reno, NV Psychedelic Ballroom & Juke Joint *
04/03/16: Tucson AZ Club Congress
04/04/16: Phoenix AZ Valley Bar
04/05/16: Albuquerque NM Launchpad
04/06/16: Oklahoma City OK The Opolis
04/07/16: Houston TX Rudyard’s
04/08/16: San Antonio TX 502 Bar
04/09/16: Austin TX Sidewinder
04/10/16: Dallas TX Three Links
04/13/16: Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep
04/14/16: Denver CO Larimer Lounge
04/15/16: Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
04/16/16: Boise ID Neurolux

Vandaveer

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Hello friends! We are very happy to share Vandaveer’s brand new album The Wild Mercury with you!

Venture out of your home and visit your local record store to pick up a copy on CD or vinyl!

Catch the band on tour and grab a copy directly from them!

Living Hour

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Living Hour began in the basements of South Winnipeg, writing dreamy love songs inspired by the cinematic sky of their hometown. Blending bright shimmering guitar pop with thick casio drones and uniquely powerful, smoky vocals, their sound washes over you like the soundtrack to the best parking lot makeout session of your youth. Watery echoes of gorgeously sung melodies, psychedelic interlocking guitar, and huge driving crescendos create an enchanting wall of blissful dream pop.

Living Hour contributed two songs to Family Portrait II, a vinyl compilation put out by Art is Hard Records (Bristol/London) in April 2015, and released a super limited edition cassette of their debut s/t album with Tree Machine Records (Bloomington) that same month. The band will release their debut album world-wide with Lefse Records (Portland) on February 19, 2016.

Lee Eller

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Check out this new single below from Lee Eller!

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