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Press Release Roundup: March 23

posted March 23, 2015, 12:14 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.

Breaking Benjamin

Off their upcoming, long-awaited LP “Dark Before Dawn,” the lead single “Failure” is here.

SXSW-Pandora

As we blearily headed home after last week’s action packed week of intensity, we’re still processing all that we witnessed, heard and touched. Here’s a glimpse of what folks at Pandora’s Discovery Den experienced:

Robert Delong Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Robert Delong Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

There were live performances at SXSW from over 35 artists, including: Wyclef Jean, Migos, Earl Sweatshirt, Halsey, Robert DeLong, Odessa, Elliphant, Peking Duck, Jamestown Revival, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Houndmouth, Ex Cops, Joywave, Palma Violets, Priory, Big Data, San Fermin, The Black Angels, and more.Each day of the Discovery Den highlighted the most exciting musicians in their respective genres – electronic, hip hop/R&B, Americana and rock. Fans were able to experience the Discovery Den both in-person and online via a multi-platform live audio stream. All performances were broadcasted live on Pandora’s web, mobile and tablet platforms.

Peep our in depth recaps on the site soon!

J. Cole

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Right off the heels of a huge Dreamville SXSW takeover show and in the midst of the first leg of the Forest Hill Drive tour, J. Cole has released the video for “G.O.M.D.” directed by Lawrence Lamont off the biggest hip hop album of 2014. Check out the video below, buy the album (now available on vinyl) and see him live with Bas, Cozz and Omen on the first leg of the Forest Hills Drive tour (complete tour dates below) now.

Forest Hills Drive Tour Act 1 : Hometown

3/23 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

3/24 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity

3/25 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen

3/28- Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum

3/29 – Birmingham, AL -Iron City

3/31 – Columbus, OH -LC Pavilion

4/1 – Nashville, TN -Marathon Music Works

4/3 – Richmond, VA – The National

4/4 – Rochester, NY – Waterstreet Music Hall
4/7 – Providence, RI – Lupos

Forest Hills Drive Tour Act 2 : The Journey
4/30 – Zurch, Switzerland – Komplex 4575/1 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik

5/2 – Frankfurt, Germany – Gisbon

5/4 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller

5/5 – Stockholm, Sweden – Berns

5/6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
5/8 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys

5/9 – Amerstadam, Holland – Heineken Music Hall +

5/10 – Paris, France – Olympia +

5/11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix

5/13 – Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy+

5/14 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena +*

5/15 – Birmingham, UK -Barclaycard Arena +*

5/16 – Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena +*

5/18 – London, UK – The 02+*

+ w/ Jhené Aiko

* w/ Pusha T

Forest Hills Drive Tour Act 3 : Hollywood

7/12 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre

7/14 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/17 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

7/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

7/21 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

7/24 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/25 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre **

7/26 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

7/28 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/30 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

7/31 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

8/3 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

8/4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

8/6 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center

8/7 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

8/8 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre

8/9 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live

8/11 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

8/12 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

8/13 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

8/16 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/18 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre

8/21 -Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/22 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater

8/23 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/25 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/29 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Complex

**BIG SEAN not on show

AXS TV-Stagecoach

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AXS TV is unveiling its first glimpse at the artist lineup for the network’s broadcast of the 10th Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival, on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. The line-up includes some of the hottest bands on the circuit today such as ZZ Top, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. The festival will air each evening, starting at 9pE/6pP. This is the third consecutive year that AXS TV will broadcast the fan-favorite event, presenting 21 hours of coverage as the genre’s biggest stars take the stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Additional artists will be added to AXS TV’s broadcast schedule closer to the event.

Over the last decade, Stagecoach has firmly established itself as California’s premier Country music festival, delivering a one-of-a-kind experience spanning decades of well-known classics and modern hits. AXS TV is giving viewers a front row seat to the action with seven hours of coverage kicking off on Friday, April 24, with a fully loaded lineup featuring radio kings Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”) and Kip Moore (“Beer Money”); Western swing ensemble The Time Jumpers, featuring the legendary Vince Gill and Kenny Sears (“So Far Apart”); family four-piece Parmalee (“Carolina”); indie sensation Sturgill Simpson (“Just Let Go”); and Brooklyn outfit The Lone Bellow (“Then Came The Morning”).

Then, on Saturday, April 25, tune in for an A-list roster of established favorites and exciting up-and-comers featuring superstar hit maker Dierks Bentley (“Drunk On A Plane,” “I Hold On”); Nashville sensation Justin Moore (“Small Town USA”); classic rock icons ZZ Top (“Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’”); and Country quartet the Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”).

The channel closes out the weekend on Sunday, April 26, with unforgettable performances from beloved brother-sister trio The Band Perry (“If I Die Young,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”); soulful songstress Sara Evans (“A Little Bit Stronger,” “Born to Fly”); Southern Rock heroes George Thorogood & the Destroyers (“Bad To The Bone”) and The Outlaws (“Green Grass & Tides”); and chart-topping newcomers Maddie & Tae (“Girl In A Country Song”).

In conjunction with AXS TV’s season of music festivals—opening with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Friday, April 17—Stagecoach viewers will be able to access special festival-specific content on an all-new interactive microsite via www.axs.tv/festival/Stagecoach. Using a broadcast alert center, social media updates, in-depth blog posts, minute-by-minute broadcast lineups, and a social interaction page, viewers will be able to stay updated on breaking news from all of their favorite acts, ensuring they won’t miss a second of their most anticipated performances.

Action Bronson

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Action Bronson’s highly anticipated major label full-length debut Mr. Wonderful is now available worldwide via VICE / Atlantic. To celebrate, he’s released the video for his single “Baby Blue” ft. Chance the Rapper in conjunction with the YouTube Music Awards. The video shows Bronson in a slew of scenarios playing a cast of characters culminating in a grand social hall performance with Chance the Rapper. Cohort Big Body Bess is on-hand throughout and eventually featured in Bronson’s band with actual baby blue suits. You can see Bam Bam perform the track live on Letterman this Wednesday (3/25).

Jameson Burt

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We’re excited to announce that the heavily anticipated follow-up to the first single “Breathe Your Last” from Americana-inspired Indie Rock marvel Jameson Burt is the patiently deadly track “Let It Pass”. The fourth song on the newly released Carnivore EP, “Let It Pass” slides along like a snake in the grass. Beginning with almost sinister-sounding guitar picking, Jameson Burt’s haunting croon kicks in, building suspense until the tension is broken as he shifts to an R&B-quality falsetto. Syncopated drums and bass are added in time, hopping in and out as they please to create a tumultuous sense of disorder, an allusion to the central theme of the track that time keeps moving and we’re all being thrust into the infinite abyss constantly. The way in which we live our lives is merely a reflection of how aware we are of this. You have the choice to be cognizant of the world around you at the time and embrace it or focus your attention on the past or future, letting the beauty around you go unnoticed.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to head out to Hotel Cafe tonight to catch Jameson Burt for his last show in the United States before he heads out to stake his claim on Europe! The show starts at 9:00pm at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

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