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Press Release Roundup: March 2

posted March 2, 2015, 8:35 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | 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.

Nimbus and Universal Music Canada



Universal Music Canada recording artists Mother Mother, Wes Mack and SonReal providing tracks for 3rd annual Nimbus Mix Contest, giving Canadian students & adults the opportunity to show their skills for a chance at a $25,0000 scholarship

In its third year, the annual Nimbus Mix Contest opens up to include two categories: one for adults and one for high school students, with over $100,000 in scholarship prizes. Aspiring Canadian producers will be able to create their own mix (or remix) of tracks from Mother Mother, Wes Mack, and SonReal for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship to attend Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC. Competitors will be able to download the stems on April 1, 2015 and create their own unique mixes to be uploaded for public voting. The resulting mixes must be submitted online by May 1, 2015, with the winners announced on or before June 1, 2015.

Mixes will be judged by Nimbus co-founders Bob Ezrin and GGGarth Richardson, and Shawn Marino, Vice President of Universal Music Publishing Group Canada. The student and adult creating the winning mix in each category will receive a $25,000 scholarship to attend Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC. The second prize in each category is a $10,000 scholarship and the third prize is a $5,000 scholarship to Nimbus. A popular vote prize of a $10,000 scholarship to Nimbus is also awarded in each category to the mix receiving the most public votes.

2014 winner and current Nimbus student, Lorenzo Dittrick-Katevatis calls the mix contest “an amazing opportunity” and recommends that this year’s contestants show their own style when working on their mixes. “I have learned so much already! I’m really happy to be at Nimbus learning about what interests me most,” said Lorenzo.

“Over the last two competitions we have heard some amazing submissions from young up-and-coming producers and engineers,” says Nimbus co-founder and renowned music producer Bob Ezrin. “This year, we hope to uncover even more great Canadian talent by opening up the competition to include not just high school students, but adults as well.”

“Universal is excited to be working alongside Nimbus for the third annual Nimbus Mix Contest,” says Shawn Marino, Vice President of Universal Music Publishing Group Canada. “This contest is an invitation for Canadians of all ages to pursue their love of music as a career.”

Nimbus School of Recording Arts offers students hands-on training in Audio Engineering, Record Production, Urban Hip Hop production, Post and Game Audio, Live Sound and Recording, and Music Business. Nimbus gives students a chance to learn and develop their craft using industry standard studio gear, with mentorship from award-winning engineers and producers. Nimbus is known as one of the best audio and media schools in the world due to our focus on exceptional quality inspired by our world-class founders.

Canadians interested in participating in the contest can visit: for more details!

Mad Decent Boat Party




With a highly successful maiden voyage last year Mad Decent and Sixthman, the industry leader in festivals at sea, are partnering up once again for their second annual Mad Decent Boat Party. Hosting over 2,600 guests for the inaugural party and garnering coverage from the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, MTV and more, the 2015 Mad Decent Boat Party will be their biggest party yet serving as the finale to what will be an amazing summer of Mad Decent Block Parties. In conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Lines and taking place November 11th – 15th, the four-day cruise will set sail from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico featuring Diplo, Major Lazer, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Dillon Francis and more TBA (full lineup below). On sale now and nearly sold out, guests wishing to sail onboard this exciting event can reserve their spot for as little as $200 down, based on double occupancy rates. For additional information, visit

It wouldn’t be a true Mad Decent Boat Party without making a stop to a bright and sunny tropical port. Known for its fantastic fishing, snorkeling, and diving opportunities, Cozumel is a playground for Mad Decent Boat Partiers. The island located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula will host the Ultimate Mad Decent Block Party. Guests can look forward to stepping onto dry land and taking part in the “MDBP Cruiser Only Excursion” which includes admission to Playa Mia Grand Beach Park (, free lunch, an open bar, and performances from various Mad Decent artists.

Guests traveling on The Mad Decent Boat Party will take advantage of Norwegian Pearl’s 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive spa and fitness center and much more. In addition, guests can test their strength on the outdoor rock-climbing wall, bowl a few frames at the ship’s bowling alley, or try their luck in The Pearl Club Casino. Norwegian Pearl features a wide range of stateroom categories to fit all lifestyles and budgets, from the perfectly appointed inside staterooms to luxurious penthouse suites in the Haven.

Alabama Shakes



Alabama Shakes will kick off the second leg of their North American tour on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The run will include shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, MN (May 30) and Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Art Festival (June 6). Opening acts will include Father John Misty, Strand of Oaks, and Courtney Barnett.

The GRAMMY®-nominated band will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, March 9, and play a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12. They gave their new single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” its network television premiere on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. They also performed “Gimme All Your Love,” another track from the band’s new album’Sound & Color’ which ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release on April 21.

Billboard named “Don’t Wanna Fight” as one of the best singles of the week upon its release, noting, “[Lead singer] Brittany Howard makes raw pain feel sensual.” NPR Music’s Ann Powers said, “This is the heart of soul music: transcendence intertwined with an unflagging sense of being in the thick of life, the sound of ordinary people heroically getting by.”

Alabama Shakes co-produced ‘Sound & Color’ with Blake Mills at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio. It is the follow-up to their 2012 Gold-certified debut album ‘Boys & Girls’ which earned the group three GRAMMY® nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist.The success of ‘Boys & Girls’ paved the way for Alabama Shakes – comprising lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton – to become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world, as they delivered unforgettable performances everywhere from intimate venues to the main stages of festivals like Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. Boys & Girls charted in the Top 10 in both the U.S. and the U.K. and”Hold On,” the Gold-certified lead single, was voted the #1 Best Song of 2012 by Rolling Stone.

Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates – (Canadian dates are in bold)

3/11 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre w/special guest Songhoy Blues SOLD OUT
3/12 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre w/special guest Songhoy Blues SOLD OUT
3/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre w/special guest Songhoy Blues SOLD OUT
3/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater w/special guest Songhoy Blues

3/17 – Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts w/special guests Promised Land Sound

3/18 – Champaign, IL @ The Virginia Theatre w/special guests Promised Land Sound
3/20 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall w/special guests Promised Land Sound SOLD OUT

3/21 – Knoxville, TN @ Historic Tennessee Theatre w/special guest Promised Land Sound

4/2 – Newtown, Australia @ Enmore Theatre w/Charles Bradley

4/3 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/4 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Byron Bay Bluesfest

4/8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/special guest Allah-Las

4/10 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/11- Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/very special guest Neko Case
4/17 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival SOLD OUT

4/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas w/special guest Allah-Las
5/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival SOLD OUT

5/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty

5/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Starlight Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty

5/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island w/very special guest Father John Misty

6/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ White River State Park w/very special guest Father John Misty

6/3 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty

6/5 – Seaside Heights, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road

6/6-7 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival

6/7 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival

6/9 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion w/special guest Strand of Oaks

6/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre w/special guest Courtney Barnett
6/11-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole

6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter

7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival

8/7-9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival

8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers

Stone Jack


Nashvillian main player Stone Jack Jones just shared his new video “Circumstance” from his upcoming album Love & Torture out on Western Vinyl next month. This time around he’s rejoined forces with producer Roger Moutenot, alongside members of Lambchop and Patty Griffin who guests on vocals throughout. Love & Torture, a collection of experimental, inviting mantras and sonic dialogs that tells tales of all the bliss that has touched Jack’s incredible life. Noisey debuted the “eerie” video below.

Stone Jack Jones Live Dates:
3/17: Grimeys – Nashville, TN
3/19: The Hideout – Austin, TX
(Western Vinyl Showcase w/ Ava Luna, Elephant Micah, In Tall Buildings & more)
3/19 – 3/20: SXSW – Austin, TX

The Winter Brave

(New York, NY) Alternative garage rock duo The Winter Brave release “As You Once Were” from their forthcoming EP, The Hand You Never Seem to Lend, due out June 16, 2015.

Founded by identical twin brothers Jake (vocals/guitar) and Sam (drums/vocals) Scarpino in Pittsburgh, PA, The Winter Brave have been playing and writing songs 
together since 2007. The two relocated to Portsmouth, NH  in the past year to write/record the upcoming album. Their natural connection as twins mixed with influences such as The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups and  Band of Skulls make for “an excellent fusion of rock and roll, garage, and alternative rock,” (The Undiscovered) which is displayed on their EPs, Metaphor (Feburary 2013) and Lonely Days (May 2014). The Winter Brave continue to elevate their “hard yet melodic sound” (Pittsburgh City Paper)  with The Hand You Never Seem to Lend.

Earning a spot in the top 10 of the “Top 100 of the Jansport Sonicbids Battle of the Bands” and after extensive touring throughout the US (including an appearance at 2014’s SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX,) The Winter Brave are ready to make another wave with “As You Once Were” and their third EP.

Action Bronson

Off the heels of Action Bronson’s “Actin Crazy” video released last friday you can now listen to “Baby Blue” off of his forthcoming album Mr. Wonderful. Mark Ronson produced, Chance is featured. Zane Lowe co-wrote the chorus and premiered the track just now, his last week at BBC Radio 1. Album coming March 24th via VICE / Atlantic and available for pre-order now.




Philadelphia pop-punk band Grayscale is thrilled to announce that they have signed to LA-based label Anchor Eighty Four . The label will release the band’s sophomore EP, Change, on April 14, 2015 leading up to the up-and-coming five-piece’s debut full-length What We’re Missing, which is due out this summer. With influences such as Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, and The Starting Line, Grayscale aims to connect with their fans through raw, emotional and lyric-focused songwriting. To celebrate the band’s signing, Cody Jones of Anchor Eighty Four records released the following statement:

“Anchor Eighty Four is really honored to be able to work with such a talented and exciting band such as Grayscale. From the moment I heard their song “Change” I was hooked and couldn’t stop listening to it for days! We feel fortunate that Grayscale also chose to work with us and we look forward to an adventurous and promising relationship together.”

For now, fans and and members of the press can enjoy Grayscale’s recent video for “Change,” the first single and title track off of their sophomore EP. Change is a snapshot of their upcoming full-length, a teaser of what’s to come. Here is what the band had to say about the year ahead:

“We’re relishing everything, the new record and signing to a cool label we love. We want to reach more people and give them something to relate to and confide in. This band is our outlet to do that. We want our pure, raw emotion to connect with fans and for them to scream back at us.”

Change was recorded at Maximum Sound Studio in Boston MA, produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser). It was mixed by Gary Cioffi and Phil Dubnik and mastered by Brian Gardner. You can view the cover art below:


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