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Press Release Roundup- July 20

posted July 21, 2015, 7:20 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Tour | 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.

Lamb of God

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American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD have just revealed a fourth track from their upcoming VII: Sturm Und Drang, hitting stores and digital retailers on July 24, 2015 via Epic Records. The highly-anticipated new track “Embers” featuring Chino Moreno, lead singer of platinum group Deftones, is available for streaming BELOW on YouTube. You can stream “Embers” on Spotify now, in addition to receiving the track as an instant-grat with your VII: Sturm Und Drang pre-order via iTunes and Amazon. “Erase This”, “Overlord”, “512” and “Still Echoes” are also available as instant-grat tracks. Additionally, several exclusive pre-order bundles are available via http://smarturl.it/vii-preorder.

Menage

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Check out Portuguese/Canadian power-pop/rock band Menage and their new music video, “Our Time Is Now,” from their latest EP. The band premiered the video in the US and Portugal (MEO). Menage released the second EP in their series of four in October 2014 to rave reviews from PopMatters, CraveOnline, Exclaim.ca and The Huffington Post, among others. Diffuser.fm states, ​”Ménage have expertly crafted a powerfully inspiring sound weaved in and out of intense rock-pop arrangements.” Besides these press accolades, the band have collaborated with producers David Bottrill (Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo), Michael Phillips (Stone Sour, The Cliks), Dale Penner (Nickleback, Holly McNarland), and Ted Jensen (Sigur Ros, Coldplay). Additionally, the group have received Rock Song of the Year at the International Portuguese Music Awards, presented by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (Rihanna, Extreme).

With a huge response to their music and significant airplay throughout the US, Menage was selected for Portugal Week 2014 in Toronto, Portugal Day in NYC’s Central Park, Portugal Day Montreal, and Toronto’s Portuguese Walk of Ceremonies.

We Are The Catalyst

Today sees the release of the second single and video from We Are The Catalyst’s critically acclaimed album Monuments. “We have become know for very slick, well produced, big budget videos and while that’s not a bad thing, we decided this time to show a very different side of the band” said Kristoffer Andersson, lead guitarist for WATC.
“Never Fall is a real stripped back video that shows an intimate behind the scenes look at the bands recent highly successful 10 day tour of china” added Kenny Boufadene (Guitars and vocals). “We had an absolute blast playing China and as this video shows, it was as much about the country, the people and the fans as it was the tour itself”.

We Are The Catalyst are seriously riding high right now, having just been confirmed to play Bloodstock in the UK on the 7th of August, followed by an opening slot in Birmingham on October 23rd with Dutch band Delain which is set to also double up as an opening date for the bands first full UK tour. “We can’t wait to play Bloodstock” added Joni Kaartinen, Bass player for WATC “We hope that the release of Never Fall will give fans a taste of what they can expect to see when they come out and watch us live in the coming months”.

Birdcloud

Photo Credit: Dylan Coulter

Photo Credit: Dylan Coulter

This summer and fall Birdcloud are taking the party on the road, bringing what the Nashville Scene describes as “a blast of refreshingly vulgar air,” to clubs and bars across America. “They aim to displease,” explained the Chicago Sun Times, “and that is certainly the charm of this duo who are shaking up the country cutie aesthetic and, more importantly, elevating women’s roles in the highly patriarchal cowboy community.” Joining them for many of the dates are Mountain Sprout and Blaine Cartwright, lead singer of Nashville Pussy.

For the past few years Birdcloud have used things like booze and sacrilege to make very modern country music. The duo write songs about what Sarah Palin deemed “the real America,” that unsung republic of countrified interstices stretching from coast to coast between cities. Kaset and Green’s America is a nation of indulgent reprobates and boastful imbeciles, laughing maniacs and horny high school dropouts- the desperate, absurd place we all inhabit in one way or another. In addition to their upcoming tour dates the duo is also working on their next EP, release details TBA.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

* = w/ Mountain Sprout, Blaine Cartwright (Nashville Pussy)

JULY

26 – Brooklyn, NY – Black Bear Bar

AUGUST

01 – Atlanta, GA – Star Bar

06 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival w/ Unknown Hinson

07 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Unknown Hinson

08 – Columbus, OH – Rumba cafe

21 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern

22 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick

26 – Shreveport, LA – Bear’s

27 – Dallas, TX – Three Links

28 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk

29 – San Antonio, TX – 502 Bar

OCTOBER

08 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater *

09 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint *

10 – New york, NY – Bowery Electric *

11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Cafe *

13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern *

15 – Ozark, AR – Mulberry Mountain *

16 – Ozark, AR – Mulberry Mountain *

17 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s *

18 – Springfield, MO – Outland *

20 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Omaha *

21 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck *

22 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo *

23 – Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap *

24 – Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company *

25 – Minneapolis, MN – Nomad World Pub *

26 – Madison, WI – The Frequency w/ Blaine Cartwright

27 – Fort Wayne, IN – Brass Rail w/ Blaine Cartwright

30 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe w/ Blaine Cartwright

Minus The Bear

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Minus The Bear will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2005 album Menos El Oso, with a North American tour this fall and the release of a reissued Menos El Oso LP coming soon. Minus The Bear will play the albumin its entirety during these tour dates in addition to other fan favorites and select new material. Joining the Seattle group on the road as part of the tour are the excellent bands Murder By Death, O’Brother, and Aero Flynn.

A limited amount of VIP ticket packages will will be available for sale beginning July 22nd, and include an advance copy of the Menos el Oso reissue LP as well as other exclusive merch, soundcheck viewing, meet and greets, and more. General on sale for the tour begins on July 24th at 10AM local times.

VIP Ticket Packages avaliable for sale July 22nd at minusthebear.com/VIP

General on-sale July 24th at 10 am local time via minusthebear.com

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The Listening Room Festival

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This is a contest which puts performing artists in front of an audience interested in listening to their music. Each year the festival audience nearly doubles in size. This one-of-a-kind festival is a live music event consisting of over 100 intimate shows throughout the southeastern United States held in homes, offices and other spaces. Artists need to send us two live videos and their up-to-date website to apply. The application fee is only $35. Contest applications are being accepted through July 30, 2015. Winners announced September 1.

The Listening Room Festival is designed to create profitable tours on top of powerful showcase opportunities. In addition to merchandise sales and house concert earnings, the concert hosts provide lodging, feed you, and brag about you to their friends.

_”The Listening Room Festival is an experience like no other. From the moment you step through the door of any one of the heartwarming homes you will perform in, you get the feeling that the audiences are ready to be dedicated fans even before you’ve played the first song. That, combined with the intimacy of playing in close quarters to these music lovers, creates an addictive performance environment for artists that crave appreciation. To summarize: We felt loved, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat.” The Doll Sisters, Contest Winner, 2015 Listening Room Festival_

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