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Press Release Roundup: June 17, 2013

posted June 18, 2013, 8:55 am by GWHill | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists like myself 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, I will compile a list of some of the most intriguing things to come across my virtual desk the week before.

F. Stokes

The Song:

F.Stokes is a Chicago born and bred rapper and spoken word poet now based out of New York City. He tells his story with punctuating imagery and glass-like clarity as he looks at the world through the lens of his family’s shared experiences. Growing up as one of six children to a single mother in the South Side of Chicago, he shared his home with people who lived on the edge of violent death, poverty, and ghosts of abuse and addiction. He found solace in writing early on in childhood and soon began to express himself creatively through verse and spoken word poetry as he grew into adolescene and early adulthood. In 2009 he began touring in Europe in preparation for the release of his first album, 2010’s Death of a Handsome Bride. He quickly grew as a prolific artist, releasing the Baked Goods Mixtape in 2011 and Love Always in 2012.

F.Stokes has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Essence Festival, and the Metropolis Festival in Holland. He has also cultivated a particularly strong fan base in the UK, where he recorded an EP with the band Bastille, and in Paris, where has sold out multiple shows and has been featured onNova Radio. Stateside he has been featured in XXL Magazine, Source Online and HipHopDX, among others, and has toured with the likes of Ryan Leslie, Chall Tuna, Mac Lethal, Arrested Developed and Nas. 2013 will see the release of his new album Fearless Beauty, which features production by Paper Tiger of Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective DoomTree, his most personal and political record to date, and more tour dates in Europe, including the Independence Day Festival in France on July 4th.

Download the album from iTunes here:

From his godfather’s tale of migration from Arkansas to Chicago on “1954,” to the ubiquitous narrative of the Windy City pimp who idolizes Don Juan on “Carpe Diem,” F.Stokes makes sure that no character fades to the periphery of his Fearless Beauty panorama. With a musical backdrop painted by producers like Paper Tiger of the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, each piece weaves together, simultaneously bringing both the details and broad brushstrokes of his exploration into focus.

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Palms

Los Angeles – Palms, the Los Angeles-based band featuring members of ISIS and Deftones, are streaming their self-titled debut album (June 25 release via Ipecac) in its entirety via Spin.

Palms is available for pre-order both in its digital form, with pre-orders gaining immediate access to a download of “Tropics”, and in a variety of physical pre-order bundles that include limited edition vinyl, t-shirts and posters.

The band play their first live dates in July with a four-date west coast outing, followed by a performance with System of a Down at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29:

July 10 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern
July 11 Santa Ana CA The Observatory
July 12 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT
July 13 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
July 29 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl SOLD OUT

In case you forgot, Palms came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris, (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together. “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.” The band, knowing that Chino Moreno (Deftones) had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed. “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno says, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

The Black Dahlia Murder

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s new album, “Everblack,” has debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200! The album also landed at #3 on the Billboard Current Hard Music Albums chart (behind Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age). Additional chart debuts include #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums, #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #30 on the Hits Albums Chart. Additionally, the album peaked at #15 on the iTunes album chart, and #2 on the iTunes Metal chart, second only to living legends Black Sabbath.

Internationally, “Everblack” posted debuts on the Canadians charts at #8 on the Soundscan Hard Music Chart, #30 on the Soundscan Top Albums chart, #43 on Soundscan digital chart, and boasted day of release chart peaks on iTunes at #20 on the overall albums chart, #4 on rock, and #2 on the metal chart. In the UK, the album debuted at #25 on the rock and metal albums chart, and #45 on the independent albums chart. In Germany, “Everblack” heralds the band’s first ever debut on the German Album Charts Top 100 at #91, as well as earning the band debuts on the German Media Markt Top 100 Album Charts at #59, and the Weekend trend charts for Media Control Top 100 at #58.

Trevor Strnad reacts to the success of the album: “We are thrilled that “Everblack” is being so well received by the fans and we thank them truly from the heart for picking the album up. It’s been an amazing ride so far and the new album is our proudest moment yet. THANKS!!”

The cover art for Everblack was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller with Weta Workshop (nickkellerart.com), whose recent projects include: The Hobbit, Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, and more. Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. Trevor Strnad’s horror-inspired lyrics persist on Everblack, beginning with In Hell is Where She Waits for Me, a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.

Fans can stream “Into the Everblack” and order the album now at metalblade.com/bdm and see the band live all summer as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER with Vans Warped Tour
06/19 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/21 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/22 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/23 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fairground At Seaside Park
06/26 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
06/27 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV Silverton Casino Parking Lot
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairpark
06/30 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07/03 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/05 Toronto, ON The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/06 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/09 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
07/10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/11 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/12 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/13 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
07/14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/16 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/17 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
07/19 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/21 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
07/23 Kansas City, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/25 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/26 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
07/27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/28 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
07/29 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/30 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/31 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
08/02 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/03 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
08/04 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot

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Admirers

While the influences that helped shape Admirers’ debut LP Involuntary Memory can be felt from the opening pulse of album starter “Return,” (Nile Rodgers, Roxy Music, Italo Disco) the record subverts the traditional notion of “synth pop” at every turn. Veering seamlessly from the Nile Rodgers inspired funk of “Return,” to the synth-laden dreamscapes of M83, Admirers’ mastermind Mikey James shares the same sandbox with these diverse artists, but creates his own reality on every track. The secret may lie in the album’s title: Involuntary Memory is the culmination of the cinematic, literary, and musical influences flowing through James. A lifelong, pop culture junkie, James toured the world during his time in early aughts indie darlings Longwave, before founding his own projects, most notably Mikey Jukebox. While Admirers’ upbeat, dance aesthetic may be a departure from James’ previous output, it’s a reflection of all that has come before, and where the future lies. “I listen to everything really,” explains James. “And they all shape me. From Pete Seeger and Al Jolson to World Music to Autechre to Beatles and Stones to Stone Roses & Smiths.”

Produced, recorded, and mixed by James with help from legendary producer/engineer John Hampton (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Gin Blossoms) at the historic Memphis-based Ardent Studios, Involuntary Memory is a tribute to the slew of production techniques James gleaned from records all over the musical map. There are shades of glam, disco, Britpop, ’80s R&B, EDM, post-punk and lo-fi indie rock. Technical mastery aside, the through-line remains James’ whip-smart, pop songwriting chops and a quirky, ethereal romanticism that feels suited to a nighttime driving montage, or a dimly-lit, smoky after-hours club.

“The record was made entirely at night, between 11pm- 4am,” recalls James. “It was intentional, and simply what our schedule allowed. And, I will not lie, I didn’t hide from this knowing Bowie’s Station to Station was done all at night. And if I listen to it during the day, it seems weird. It doesn’t sit well with me. But put it on at 12:23am and it feels right.” Regardless of the setting or context, Involuntary Memory is one of the most immediately infectious records of the year.

Involuntary Memory is available July 23 via Ardent Music/Redeye Distribution.

Black Numbers Records

Black Numbers is a Jersey City, NJ based independent record label. The label has been putting out records since 2007 and have grown leaps and bounds since. After only 3 releases in Black Numbers’ first year, the label is now approaching 50, including veteran bands like Grey Area, No Motiv, Purpose; as well as new bands like Real Friends, Diamond Youth, Pentimento, and more. 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for Black Numbers, and this sampler is a chance to a get a quick refresher course on what’s come out so far.

Track Listing
01. Real Friends “Floorboards” from Everyone That Dragged You Here
02. Maker “Shadows” from Self-Titled
03. The Here and Now “Born To Make Believe” from Born to Make Believe Part 1
04. Tiny Moving Parts “Vacation Bible School” from This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship
05. Light Years “Parking Lots” from I Won’t Hold This Against You
06. Banquets “Call It A Comeback” from Self-Titled
07. Pentimento “Almost Atlantic” from Self-Titled
08. Crimes “Something” from Self-Titled
09. Diamond Youth “Sunburn” from Don’t Lose Your Cool
10. Great Lakes USA “Ghosts” from Live Fast, Die Whenever
11. PJ Bond “I’m In A Bad Way” from Brother Bones/Baby Bones

Lollapalooza ’13

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American Head Charge

Minneapolis, MN hard rock/industrial metal outfit AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE proudly announce their new EP, Shoot, slated for release on July 23rd, and the first leg of the “Shoot Tour” kicking off on August 2nd in Madison, WI @ The Regent State Theater.

The Shoot EP was recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH, and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA. Artwork for the Shoot EP was created by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon. The EP will be self released by the band. “We’re extremely proud of this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5 states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded.” notes bassist and co-founder Chad Hanks. “This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The “heavy music scene” is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We’re looking to rectify that.”
Shoot can be pre-ordered from the American Head Charge website (headcharge.com) and fans can bundle the CD with an exclusive poster and t-shirt. All pre-orders will receive a code to digitally download the EP a week prior to its release.
Joining AHC on the “Shoot Tour”, on select dates, are fellow Minneapolis heavy rockers Blue Felix and “humorcore” kings Psychostick. “We’re all very excited to go out and tour the U.S. in support of our new EP.” continues Hanks. “It’s been a year since we’ve been on the road, and we’re more than ready to deliver the goods. Prepare yourselves, America.” American Head Charge formally celebrates the release of the EP on September 6th, the final date of the tour, with a blowout event at the famed Minneapolis concert venue, First Avenue.

Tracklist
1. Writhe
2. Set Yourself On Fire
3. Sugars Of Someday
4. Sand
5. Rock N Roll Nigger (Patti Smith cover)

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE – “Shoot Tour”
(featuring Psychostick and Blue Felix on select dates)
8/2 – Madison, WI @ The Regent Street Retreat #
8/3 – Wausau, WI @ The Fillmore #
8/4 – Des Moines, IA @ Woolys #
8/7 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards #
8/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s ^
8/9 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage Bar & Grill *
8/10 – Birch Run, MI @ Dirt Fest ^
8/11 – St. Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505 *
8/13 – Nashville, TN @ 12th And Porter *
8/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room *
8/17 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar *
8/18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *
8/20 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog *
8/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Room *
8/23 – Sauget, IL @ Pops %
8/24 – Sandusky, OH @ The Underground ~
8/27 – Trenton, NJ @ Championships %
8/28 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution %
8/29 – Newark, DE @ Mojo Main %
8/30 – White Marsh, MD @ House Of Rock %
8/31 – Albany, NY @ Bogies %
9/1 – Syracuse, NY @ Mac’s Bad Art Bar %
9/3 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s %
9/4 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes %
9/5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave %
9/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Mainroom
Additional dates still being confirmed

# = w/ Blue Felix, Dead Horse Trauma
* = w/ Psychostick, Willpowerless
^ = w/ Psychostick, Blue Felix, Dead Horse Trauma
% = w/ Psychostick, Gabriel And The Apocalypse
~ = American Head Charge only

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Online
www.headcharge.com
www.facebook.com/AmericanHeadCharge
www.twitter.com/AHC_Official
www.youtube.com/OfficialHeadCharge

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