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Press Release Roundup: May 18

posted May 19, 2015, 9:52 am 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.

Taking Back Sunday

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Influential rock band Taking Back Sunday has debuted a fiery new video for their fan favorite track “Better Homes And Gardens” today. The track is featured on the band’s latest album, Happiness Is, which is on sale this week at iTunes for $4.99 and available from Hopeless Records. The song can also be found on the recent reissue, Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, that includes additional tracks from the studio session.

Known for their striking and imaginative videos, Taking Back Sunday’s latest is no disappointment. Directed by DJay Brawner (Panic! At The Disco, Refused) of Anthem Films, Inc and shot in Greensboro, NC, “Better Homes And Gardens” is staged around a burning house set to the band’s memorable song. For the ambitious shoot they enlisted the help of Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze.

“Eddie (Reyes) had this wonderful idea of watching a home burn to the soundtrack of “Better Homes And Gardens,” says vocalist Adam Lazzara. “With the help of the Greensboro fire department we were able to make that happen. As I was sitting there watching the house burn, and they were running playback of the song, there couldn’t have been anything more fitting. It was very emotional.”

Taking Back Sunday is headed to the UK for a string of dates in May followed by one-off shows in the U.S. this summer, including a performance at Alternative Press’ 2015 APMAs. Follow the band at https://twitter.com/TBSOfficial for additional updates.

Taking Back Sunday Tour Dates:
May 21 – Kingston, UK – New Slang (Hippodrome)
May 22 – London, UK – Rhythm Factory
May 23 – Leeds, UK – Slam Dunk Festival North
May 24 – Hatfield, UK – Slam Dunk Festival South
May 25 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slam Dunk Festival Midlands
June 23 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
June 22 – Cleveland, OH – APMA’s
July 25 – Kansas City, MO – Buzz Beach Ball
Aug 7 – St. Louis, MO – Friday Night Live!
Sep 6 – Columbus, OH – Fashion Meets Music Festival

Alesso

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Nearing the release of his debut album FOREVER, Alesso dropped his brand new track “Sweet Escape” ft. Sirena this past weekend on Danny Howard’s BBC Radio 1 show. It’s a sweeping multi-layered pop track rooted in progressive house that showcases the producer’s dynamic sonic evolution. The companion video will be dropping this Friday. FOREVER is out next week 5/26 via Def Jam Recordings.

P.S. The ReBels

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P.S. The ReBels
are leaving Babylon and are taking you along the journey in the latest album! P.S. The ReBels have now teamed up with Pharoahe Monch’s W.A.R. Media LLC for the digital release of their new album “The Great Migration”. The album is available globally via all major digital distributors: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Yahoo Music, Youtube, etc.

Pihon and SamUiLL of PS The Rebels, unveil their new AfroHop project “The Great Migration”. A seamless collection of Hip-hop-styled and African influenced music. The album is comprised of songs directly related to international, cultural, political, financial, spiritual, and social issues, which evokes awareness and a call-to-action response from its listeners. PS The Rebels is musically, artistically, and creatively incomparable with their own inventive sound and messages. The mixture of indigenous instruments, African drumbeats, 808s and the compelling and effective lyrical content makes “The Great Migration” a project long overdue and highly anticipated. PS The ReBels educates its audience with its positive, forward, and liberating approach and continues to be highly effective in the hip-hop culture and surrounding communities

Zola Jesus

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Fresh off the heels of a successful worldwide tour, including a performance at LA’s “The Music of David Lynch” celebration, Zola Jesus announces another series of tour dates, including festival performances in the US, Canada, the UK, and Belgium. 2014 saw the release of TAIGA on Mute, which Billboard named “Zola Jesus’ most profound, accessible release to date,” while LA Times described it as going “large with a cavernous, invigorating synth–wave sound.”

Nika’s live performance is not to be missed: Village Voice calls it “expansive and enthralling,” and KEXP describes her as “the perfect balance of beauty, bravery, and bloodlust.” See below for tour details.

LIVE DATES
6/2 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios – Red Bull Sound Select
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – Northside Festival (w/ Container and Blanck Mass)
6/15 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen
6/16 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa (w/ Âmes Sanglantes)
6/17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – North by Northeast
6/18 – Winnipeg, MB – Union Sound Hall – Jazz Winnipeg
6/20 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
7/17 – Dour, BEL – Jupiler Dance Hall – Dour Festival
7/19 – Suffolk, UK – I-Arena Stage – Latitude Festival
9/24 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Union Theatre – Shannon Hall
9/25 – Urbana, IL – Pygmallion Festival
9/26 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Festival

Faith No More

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Faith No More’s eagerly awaited new album, Sol Invictus, is available now. “The most imaginative and urgent FNM have sounded in years,” is how Alternative Press described the ten-song release which was recorded in secret at the Bay Area band’s own Oakland, Calif. studio with founder/bass player Bill Gould producing. News of the impending full-length came late last year when Faith No More revealed plans for a Record Store Day (Black Friday) 7-inch of new song, “Motherf***er”. The surprises continued as the band delighted hometown fans with an unannounced in-store performance at Amoeba Records.

“Reunited and Reclaiming Its Spot” is how the New York Times titled their review of a recent New York performance, one of fourteen sold out dates the band played across North America in the last month. The paper went on to say, “In new songs and old ones, the band had its longtime brawn and precision.”

The Story So Far

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Bay Area punk band The Story So Far’s highly-anticipated, self-titled album is now available for purchase at Amazon and iTunes as well as in-store at Target and Best Buy and other local indie retailers. Fans can also purchase the record in an assortment of bundles and stream the record in its entirety at thestorysofar.merchnow.com.

Considered by many as one of punk’s most anticipated albums of 2015, The Story So Far follows the band’s critically acclaimed, breakthrough full-lengths Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and What You Don’t See (2013), which debuted at number 46 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Story So Far are currently on a headlining U.S. run with Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs, which leads into a worldwide tour later this summer.

The Story So Far Tour Dates:
May 19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 20 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Music Hall
May 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 22 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 25 – Virginia Beach, VA – Peabody’s
May 26 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
May 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theatre
May 29 – Vero Beach, FL – Polish American Social Club
May 30 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
May 31 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
June 2 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
June 3 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
June 4 – Dallas, TX – The Door
June 5 – Oklahoma, OK – Farmers Market
June 6 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
June 10 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
June 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
June 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
June 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Aug 2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan Theatre
Aug 7 – Oberhausen, Germany – Olgas Rock
Aug 8 – Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany – Taubertal
Aug 9 – Eschwege, Germany – Openflair Festival (Baumkreis Stage)
Aug 11 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Treibhaus
Aug 12 – Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
Aug 15 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Aug 16 – Prague, Czech Republic – OO7
Aug 20 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
Aug 21 – Dessau, Germany – Destruction Derby
Aug 22 – Karlsruhe, Germany – New Noise Festival
Aug 25 – Kit Ku, Japan – Shangri-La
Aug 26 – Nagoya, Japan – Apollo Base
Aug 27 – Shibuya, Japan – Club Quattro
Aug 30 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Viky Sinipar
Aug 31 – Singapore – The ACC MPH
Sep 2 – Perth, Australia – Amplifier Bar
Sep 3 – Leederville, Australia – YMCA HQ
Sep 4 – Brisbane, Australia – Lab
Sep 5 – Brisbane, Australia – Max Watts
Sep 6 – Sydney, Australia – Metro
Sep 7 – Newcastle, Australia – Cambridge
Sep 8 – Canberra, Australia – Magpies
Sep 10 – Melbourne, Australia – Aarrows
Sep 11 – Melbourne, Australia – Max Watts
Sep 12 – Adelaide, Australia – Uni Bar LIC
Sep 14 – Wellington, New Zealand – Zeal
Sep 15 – Auckland, New Zealand – Ellen Melville
Sep 16 – Christchurch, New Zealand – Revive

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