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Press Release Roundup- June 22

posted June 23, 2015, 8:49 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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Miguel

R&B artist Miguel returns this week with his much anticipated follow-up to his Grammy award-winning sophomore album ,’Kaleidoscope Dream’, with his latest offering ‘Wildheart’. Continuing his trademark style of romantic, sexual and introspective lyrics with tinges of classic rock, ‘Wildheart’ gives listeners an inside peek into the artist’s psyche, passionate love affair and his genuine affection for LA. Preview the album before it officially drops next week at NPR HERE !

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Spider Rockets

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Everyone has been Bitten by the infectious sounds of New Jersey’s SPIDER ROCKETS. The album has received some real love from press and made Top Adds on the CMJ Metal charts. At secondary market active rock, SPIDER ROCKETS triumphed over respectable heavy hitters like Five Finger Death Punch, Pennywise, Hellyeah and other kick-ass contenders. Since the release of Bitten, the group has toured with Trapt, opened for the likes of Papa Roach, Steel Panther, Saigon Kick, and their track, “Going Down,” was picked up by the WWE and served as wrestler Charlotte Flair’s entrance AND victory theme for 2 quarters of 2014. Watch the video HERE!

Now the band is pleased to debut their FIRST EVER lyric video for the song “Break.” For the concept, the band wanted to make this a fun video to watch and was drawn to powerful and dramatic pulp art from the 1930’s through the early 1960s. The video was created and directed by Jason Nappi and Roman Fernandez. SPIDER ROCKETS combines contemporary loud rock with classic rock elements. The New Jersey based band travels the sonic spectrum from dark and seductive to energetic to angry, with a dynamic live show and scream-along anthems. Interestingly enough for a band called SPIDER ROCKETS, it is a bit strange that members of the band are afraid of spiders…. Although, it seems that they may be starting to overcome their fear based on the title of their album, Bitten.

On Bitten, the band worked once again with producer Eric Rachel in New Jersey. In South Florida, Ryan Sambrook provided additional production and Zach Ziskin mixed the album. From both a compositional and performance standpoint, Bitten is the group’s strongest work to date. Long before completion of the record, an early rendition of one stand-out track “Scream,” garnered over 35,000 hits on YouTube without any promotional efforts and no official release.

White Reaper

Like everything White Reaper does, the band’s trajectory from regional act renowned for its high-intensity shows to national touring group was accomplished at the speed of 0 to 60. “We went all over the country and grew our hair out a little bit,” says guitarist/singer Tony Esposito about the past year spent on the road with the likes of Deerhoof, Young Widows, Priests, and more. After signing to Polyvinyl in early 2014 and releasing a self-titled EP that blasts through six tracks in a breakneck 15 minutes, the Reapers – Esposito, keyboardist Ryan Hater, bassist Sam Wilkerson, and drummer Nick Wilkerson – soon began working on new material to fill out their set.

Enter White Reaper Does It Again: a raucous debut full-length from a bunch of barely 20-somethings who have more fun on a Tuesday night than you do on a Saturday. Recorded in White Reaper’s hometown of Louisville, KY, with engineer Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, Coliseum), WRDIA is a pure rock ‘n’ roll adrenaline shot: vicious guitar scratches, elastic bass, sugary keyboard leads, and a thudding drums that will inevitably give your heartbeat a new rhythm.

Opening track/lead single “Make Me Wanna Die” counts off to detonation before quickly ensnaring the listener in a melodic force field of fuzz and distortion, highlighted by Hater’s bright keyboard tones sending out signal flares through the haze.Esposito’s punk snarl takes center stage on “I Don’t Think She Cares,” a two-minute ripper that romps and stomps like a certain girl on a certain guy’s heart.As with their previous material, before entering the studio Esposito put together demos of all the tracks before sending them to his bandmates to flesh out their parts.

TOUR DATES:

7/18 – Louisville, KY – Headliners * (Record Release Show & Forecastle After Party)
7/19 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Music Festival
8/01 – Birmingham, AL – Secret Stages Festival
9/25 – 9/26 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival

* = w/ King Tuff

Odezsa

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ODESZA, one of electronic music’s breakout acts of 2015, are excited to announce Phase 1 of the In Return World Tour 2015. Not only is it ODESZA’s biggest headline tour ever, it’s one of music’s biggest fall tours, period. The producer duo has been busy playing every major music festival this summer wowing massive crowds and winning over multitudes of new fans. Recently, they’ve performed jaw-dropping full band sets, complete with vocalists, a horn section and live drums, at Bonnaroo and Coachella, the latter featuring members of the USC Marching Band’s drumline. It’s clear that ODESZA continues to push the envelope of what electronic music can be today.

Tickets for Phase 1 of ODESZA’s In Return World Tour 2015 go on sale Friday, June 26th at 10am local time via odesza.com/shows. After headline shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, ODESZA kicks off their North American dates with a very special Pandora-presented show at the Joy Theater in New Orleans on Friday, Oct. 30th and ODESZA listeners on Pandora will have a special opportunity to get tickets for that show as well as the rest of the tour. More dates will be announced later this summer.

Mark de Clive-Lowe

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CHURCH with STRINGS – TWO NIGHTS! Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 June for TWO NIGHTS at the Blue Whale, DTLA

With the string quartet joining MdCL and band, this is going to be a super special two night engagement at one of our favorite spots to play, the Blue Whale. Carlos Nino (Spaceways/Lifeforce Trio) will also be spinning a selection of music to open each night. Invite your friends, and we’ll see you there! MdCL (piano, keys, live electronics) with… Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola), Artyom Manukyan (cello), Daphne Chen (violin), Tylana Renga (violin), Brandon Eugene Owens (bass), Gene Coye (drums) + Nia Andrews (vocals) and guest DJ Carlos Nino

#wepresentCHURCH

Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [map]

8pm doors / 9pm first set / 11pm second set

$15 presales: CHURCH with STRINGS – TWO NIGHTS!

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 June for TWO NIGHTS at the Blue Whale, DTLA

With the string quartet joining MdCL and band, this is going to be a super special two night engagement at one of our favorite spots to play, the Blue Whale. Carlos Nino (Spaceways/Lifeforce Trio) will also be spinning a selection of music to open each night. Invite your friends, and we’ll see you there!

“…a timely reminder that some of the greatest producers, in line with the likes of Quincy and Stepney, are also musicians with chops as well as smart adventurers in sound.” – Echoes Magazine (UK)

MdCL (piano, keys, live electronics) with… Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola), Artyom Manukyan (cello), Daphne Chen (violin), Tylana Renga (violin), Brandon Eugene Owens (bass), Gene Coye (drums) + Nia Andrews (vocals)and guest DJ Carlos Nino

#wepresentCHURCH

Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8pm doors / 9pm first set / 11pm second set

$15 presales: GET TIX HERE!

* 20 x free poster giveaways each night at the show too – prints of Roland LeFox’s fantastic event artwork!

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