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Press Release Roundup: September 9

posted September 12, 2016, 10:41 pm 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Falls Music and Arts Fest

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The 2016/17 Falls Music & Arts Festival line-up has landed! Positive times (+x) will be migrating across state borders this summer to four unique locations – Lorne VIC, Marion Bay TAS, Byron Bay NSW and for the very first time, Fremantle WA! From stunning natural settings and rolling green amphitheaters to inner city streets and abandoned buildings, Falls will be taking over four corners of Australia and transforming each of the spaces into immersive carousels of music, dance, light and art.

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2016/17 LINE-UP! from Falls Festival on Vimeo.

As Falls enters its 24th annual event, we have everything pretty down-pat! A rich history of amazing live music · world class production · thoughtful and modern camping facilities · makers’ markets · visual arts performances · creative installations · daily beach access · pop-up bars and beer gardens · food trucks and restaurants · holistic and wellbeing services · local traders · community involvement · interactive games and activities · all with experienced staff and volunteers to help make your time great.

Sing for your supper and be the first ticket holder in town! Score a VIP pass for you and 3 friends by downloading the official Falls Festival app and taking part in #fallskaraoke! Get creative and belt out your favorite bangers from the 2016/17 line-up by choosing a song, pressing record, adding some stickers and uploading to Instagram with the hashtag #fallskaraoke. Make sure you tag @fallsfestival and the three pals you’ll take along if you win!

To get tix, click HERE!

Emeli Sandé

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One word comes to mind when you hear Emeli Sandé’s new music. It’s palpable in every note, in each lyric; its visceral presence exists even in the silence. Freedom.

It’s from that feeling of freedom that Emeli Sandé’s new single “Hurts” was born. An uplifting ballad brimming with heart and soul, “Hurts,” produced and co-written with Mac & Phil [Miguel, Naughty Boy], manages to embody both raw pain and joyful redemption as Sandé sings ‘You could at least try look at me/ Man oh man what a tragedy/ Bang bang there goes paradise….Baby I’m not made of stone, it hurts/ Loving you the way I do, it hurts’.

“I wanted to release ‘Hurts’ first because it felt like everything I’d avoided saying for so long,” says Sandé, “It’s a real explosion. It’s everything I wish I’d said years and years ago. I didn’t want to hold anything back anymore.” A lot has happened to Sandé in the four years since the resounding success of her critically acclaimed number one record, Our Version Of Events. Not only was it the UK’s biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1 and exceeded The Beatles’ previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6 million copies worldwide. The Scottish songwriter scored three UK number 1 singles including “Next to Me” which is certified platinum in the U.S., with over 1.5 million singles sold. Sandé has won numerous accolades including 3 X Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album, Female Solo) as well as awards from Q Magazine, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.

The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry. As 2013 came to a close, Sandé was exhausted and unable to ignore the strain it was putting on a number of close relationships, “Sounds a bit dramatic but I just wanted to disappear. I just had this overwhelming sensation and realization everything had to stop,” she reflects, “And then slowly it did.”

Now, Sandé has let go and opened up, and she’s come out stronger than ever, “In retrospect, I was like a pressure cooker waiting to pop off. I had to stop and really look at myself and realize who I was. That’s been the biggest lesson for me, learning to feel comfortable in who I am and what I represent and what I stand for.” “Hurts” and the rest of Sandé’s upcoming second album mark a brand new chapter in her life, “I’m proud of my first album and thankful for the experiences it gave me, but I’m so much happier with my new album and with where I am in life.”

Shir Khan

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Spearheaded by dance music legend Shir Khan, Berlin label Exploited is pleased to announce ‘Shir Khan Presents: Dancing & Romancing’, a compilation album featuring some of the best music over the last five years from the label’s most exciting artists.

Since forming in 2007, Exploited have gone on to break a plethora of emerging talent to the electronic world and beyond. Turning Claptone from an unknown artist into one of the biggest names in the dance arena, Khan’s talent as an A&R and his keen ear for cutting edge music has resulted in a formidable back catalogue featuring the likes of Julio Bashmore, Metronomy and Fort Romeau.

Striving to highlight that dance music is no longer reserved simply for the clubs, but has just as much merit on a home stereo system, ‘Dancing & Romancing’ truly showcases the label’s diverse roster and depth of talent. Mammoth deep house dance-floor fillers such as Claptone’s ‘No Eyes’ and Mike Dunn’s ‘Let’s Get To It’ sit alongside progressive, forward-thinking tracks such as Light Year’s ‘Never Know’ and Sirens Of Lesbos’ ‘7 Years In Tibet’. The project also features fan favourites such as Adana Twins’ ‘Strange’ and Dr Dru’s ‘Voice Of Doctor’, but doesn’t rely on them to make the compilation an instant classic.

Firmly cemented as one of the key tastemakers in the dance world, Shir Khan’s previous two compilations, ‘Maximize!’ and ‘Shir Khan Presents Exploited’, were featured as ‘Compilation of the month’ in Mixmag, DJ Mag and IDJ, and were stocked in a number of stores across the UK and worldwide including Urban Outfitters, HMV and Rough Trade.

‘Dancing & Romancing’ will be released as a double CD and triple vinyl – with many label classics appearing for the first time on wax – and is essential listening for everyone from the most esteemed patrons of dance music to the complete electro novices.

Cymbals Eat Guitars

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‘Have a Heart’ not only serves as a highlight from Pretty Years – an album already marked by its playful, dexterous songwriting and showcasing of Cymbals Eat Guitars’ ongoing desire to evolve and expand their craft – but also marks new territory for the band. “I had never written an honest-to-goodness love song before this one, and I never thought that I would,” explains frontman Joseph D’Agostino. “Throughout my teen years and adult life, I was in a series of really toxic relationships plagued by jealousy and insecurity, but when I met my current girlfriend I knew that I had found someone who lifts me up, and who I lift up. Matt Whipple and I co-wrote the music together and we tried to make that joy evident in it. This is a song of jubilation. I’m personally very proud of it.”

“We wanted to make a more energetic record. I personally looked to artists like Springsteen, 70’s Bowie, The Smiths, The Cure, Neil Young as inspiration for—not really for sound as much as for that dichotomy of bands who were entertainers still making, at times, weird dark music and writing songs that seem totally over-the-top by today’s rock band standards,” says Cymbals Eat Guitars bassist Matthew Whipple of his band’s wildly ambitious fourth LP, Pretty Years.

D’Agostino emphasizes that the band always goes into the studio with an edict of crafting an album that replicates their live sound, but haven’t had that come into full fruition until now. “With this record…I think we nailed it this time. First or second takes of everything, real hunger in the performances. Just something to prove.” He stresses that he’d be happy with the band’s chaotic yet tight performances on songs, yet would expect producer John Congleton to ask him to do multiple run throughs. To his surprise, Congleton would say pithily, in D’Agostino’s words, “ok, what’s next?,” obviously satisfied with the results. Remarkably, the band tracked the album in four days.

This looseness is apparent from the outset, on the epic grandeur of opener “Finally,” which shimmers with complex beauty, leading into the sweet rush of “Have a Heart,” which finds D’Agostino singing, “I’m so out of sync / And you’re out of sync with me,” which could well be a mantra for the visceral appeal of this superb record.

“In a dark moment on tour for LOSE, I said something to Matt about losing my pretty years quickly because of touring, how the lifestyle ages you,” explains D’Agostino. “Months later when we were writing for the record, he came to me with the lyrics for that chorus and I wrote the song
around them.”

D’Agostino gets to the crux of his emotions on the album’s closer, “Shrine,” in which he veers from the ghosts chasing him into fever dream territory, seemingly coming to terms with demons past. The instrumentation itself is a gorgeous storm-cloud of guitars, building glacially to a cathartic denouement, as D’agostino sings with mounting emotion, “Where will it all go when I die / Never know while I’m alive.” Circumspect about discussing his lyrics’ meanings, D’Agostino laughs when the dark nature of the song’s broached, “This is a record that has many moods!”

And indeed, Pretty Years is a roller coaster ride, both lyrically and sonically, that encompasses what it’s like to be alive and in the moment. But ultimately, this is an album that keenly captures the magic and loss attendant to living life wide-eyed, and hints that these “pretty years” may portend even prettier ones to come.

Photo Cred: Shervin Lainez

One Less Reason

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Veteran Rock band One Less Reason has released a redemptive and emotional new video for “Break Me” with an Exclusive Premiere @ Loudwire. They are simultaneously releasing new album “The Memories Uninvited”. The band is prepping for upcoming tour dates with Sick Puppies.

In describing the track Cris Brown says “Lyrics to me should be universal. They should apply to anybody based on what it is they’re going through – their thought processes at the time. We all, as people, have human conditions to associate things that are going on with us and what we’re focused on at the time. ‘Break Me’ is about somebody helping you pick up the pieces that fall behind whenever you’re broken. Sometimes it takes a lot of people to pick up your pieces, no matter what that is; whether it’s drug problems, or relationship problems, or political, or whatever it is. We all need help along the way”.

Across thirteen years and a half-dozen albums with Cris at the fore, Jackson, Tennessee-born One Less Reason has pushed the limits of hard rock into deep and emotionally engaging territory, making music as heartfelt as it is heavy. The band’s sixth album The Memories Uninvited offers a cross-section of the talents that always made One Less Reason a unique contender among hard rock acts, while revealing a newer, more contemplative vein in Brown’s songwriting.

The Memories Uninvited is the product of two years of work, during which time Brown also bought the former Kiva Recording Studio and House of Blues Studio on Rayner Street in Memphis—an address that’s now home to Tattooed Millionaire, the label Brown founded with John Falls in 2014. It’s been a period of change for Brown and company, which might be why the primary factor in making The Memories Uninvited has to do with the changes wrought by time. For the first time in his career, Brown wasn’t constrained by budgetary or studio concerns; he was able to demo the album’s songs more extensively, record them more painstakingly, and hone the arrangements until, as he says, when you hear The Memories Uninvited you’re hearing “exactly what I heard in my head.” The band is now managed by Andy Gould (Ron Zombie, Linkin Park).

OLR are prepping for a tour with Sick Puppies in September and October, and plans to be on the road for the rest of 2016 into 2017. A UK & European tour is being booked for the fall.

Tour dates:

Opening for Sick Puppies

9/18 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
9/19 A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH
9/21 Druid City Music Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL
9/25 Trees, Dallas, TX
9/26 Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
9/27 The District, Sioux Falls, SD
9/29 Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
9/30 Pop’s Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
10/2 Route 20 Outhouse, Sturtevant, WI
10/3 Live On Main, Stevens Point, WI
10/5 District, Rockford, IL
10/18 Ziggy’s By The Sea, Wilmington, NC
10/24 Metroplex, Little Rock, AR
10/26 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
10/27 Music Farm, Charleston, SC

Another Lost Year

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Another Lost Year have announced new tour dates with Memphis, TN rock band Artifas in continued support of their release Alien Architect. The Budz Are Back In Town Tour will kick off on September 16th in Charlotte NC at Amos Southend and will conclude on October 22nd in Springfield, Illinois.

ALY released Alien Architect on June 10th via Mirage M’hal Records/EMP/eOne. The second single off of the record “We All Die Alone” debuted at #8 on Billboard Heatseekers East North Central Region.

In addition, the band will be playing ShipRocked 2017 along with Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach.

Artifas released their first full length album, Inhuman in July 2015 via Round Two Records. Thanks to the help of producer/engineer Justin Rimer of CrossTrax Studios in Memphis, TN, the band released their first single, also entitled Inhuman, in 2015, which climbed to No. 30 on Billboard Active Rock charts. Artifas has toured with many bands, some of the most notable being the likes of Theory of a Deadman, Saint Asonia, Pop Evil, and Aranda. Their music has been selected for use at numerous fighting competitions, and most recently to be featured in Fight Valley, starring Holly Holm and other MMA stars.

Artifas is currently in the studio working on an acoustic record to release later this year.

Another Lost Year Tour Dates:

Dates w/ Death Division
Sep 9th – Dubuque, IA @ Diamond Jo Casino
Sep 10th – Durand, IL @ Durand Biker Bash
Sep 10th – Yorkville, IL @ The Revival @ Hide A Way Lakes

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9/16- Charlotte NC. @ Amos’ Southend
9/22- Pinehurst NC. @ Hickory Tavern
9/27- Cincinnati OH. @ Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville
9/28- South Bend, IN. @ Cheers
9/30- Bartonville, IL. @ Dizzy Deans*
10/1- Janesville, WI. @ The Back Bar Sonic Boom MidWay Party
10/2- Green Bay, WI. @ TBA
10/5- Warren, MI. @ Ritz
10/6- Toledo, OH. @ TBA
10/7- Battle Creek, MI.@ The Music Factory
10/8- Bradley, IL. @ The Looney Bin
10/9- Joliet, IL. @ The Tree
10/11- Eau Claire, WI. @ TBA
10/12- Savage, MN. @ Niesen’s
10/13- Cedar Rapids, IA.@ TBA
10/14- Waterloo, IA. @ Spicoli’s
10/15- Rock Island, IL. @ RIBCO
10/16- Altoona, IA. @ The Brewhouse No. 25
10/19- Kansas City, MO. @ All Star Rock Bar
10/21- Cape Girardeau, MO. @ Blue Diamond Sports Bar
10/22- Springfield, IL @ Capitol City

Rachel Mason

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Renowned performance artist and musician Rachel Mason, freshly signed to Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records, has announced her forthcoming single ‘Tigers in the Dark’, along with an accompanying video, directed by Matthew Spiegelman and choreographed by Haylee Nichele. This is the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Das Ram’. The single, out on September 9, will be followed by the ‘Das Ram’ LP, to be released digitally by Cleopatra Records and on limited edition cassette by Practical Records.

This song is written from the voice of an imaginary animal-human hybrid, who expresses the idea that real life only occurs on the stage, as it represents the creative dimension where everything is possible.

This video’s first screening took place during an immersive theatrical performance at LTD Los Angeles, which involved infamous DJ Rodney Bingenheimer (a.k.a. Rodney on the Roq) and a virtual reincarnation of his legendary English Disco.

‘Das Ram’ is the first complete set of songs written and performed with Mason’s longtime creative partner Jeff Hassay. An artist, writer and publisher, who also co-runs an art gallery, Hassay recorded, mixed and produced these tracks at his Los Feliz studio.

“Tigers In the Dark is one of those songs that felt like it was already written when I started singing it. Jeff was playing this little guitar riff and I just heard the lyrics and the melody instantly. It felt like it was just handed to me,” explains Rachel Mason. “The voice of the character in the Tigers song feels like it just wanted to exist with or without me. I’m just the vessel that gets to carry it out into the world right now. The video feels like it magically coalesced.”

In scripts, sculpture, rock operas, performances and songs spanning over a decade, Mason has created imagined worlds where animals, objects, mythological creatures and all forms of non-human entities have taken shape through her body and voice. Her shows wrap the audience in fantastical narratives which interweave musical, theatrical and narrative elements into unexpected operatic journeys.

She has recorded 13 full-length albums and three operas, including her most recent unique rock opera feature film The Lives of Hamilton Fish, which toured the world in 2015 and was released this month on VOD. Mason has exhibited her visual art and performance work at museums, film and performance festivals internationally. Her work has garnered press attention from the likes of Vice, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, Artforum, LA Weekly, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and Flash Art.

Mason has shared stages, toured and collaborated with numerous artists, including Sharon Von Etten, Devendra Banhardt, Prince Rama, Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux, RTX), Phosphorescent, Light Asylum, Josephine Foster, Diane Cluck, and Excepter. She has also exhibited sculpture, video and performance art at many of the country’s leading art galleries.

She is currently co-directing a documentary feature on Circus of Books, the notorious adult bookstores owned by her parents, which played a major role in the Silver Lake and Hollywood music scenes and gay culture.

APPEARANCES
Sept. 13-18 Monkey Town, Los Angeles (SOLD OUT Residency)
Oct. 26 Los Globos, Main Stage Downstairs (with Happy Lives and Valentina)
Oct. 28 Hammer Museum Residency (In Real Life: Studio 4-6pm)
Nov. 10 Hammer Museum Residency (In Real Life: Studio 4-6pm)
Nov. 18 Noise Against Sexual Assault Show w/ Madam Gandhi ( M.I.A.’s drummer)
Nov. 27 ‘Das Ram’ Record Release – Bootleg Theater, Bar Stage (with L.A. Drones, Egrets on Ergot)
Dec. 2 Hammer Museum Residency (In Real Life: Studio 4-6pm)
Dec. 20 Hammer Museum Residency (In Real Life: Studio 4-6pm)
Dec. 22 Hammer Museum Residency (In Real Life: Studio 4-6pm)

Photo Credit: Kerwin Williamson

KIX

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Platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, KIX will release CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film is an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.

The DVD also features the making of the album from bassist Mark Schenker’s studio, interviews with the band as well as notable rock artists such as Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Share Ross of Vixen, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, and more, key music industry veterans such as radio personality Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic as well as Luc Carl and Keith Roth of Sirius/XM. It also includes a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX’s Hot Wire).

The CD, CAN’T STOP THE SHOW (LIVE) offers never-before-released live KIX tracks recorded over the last three years. A bonus KIX logo sticker is inside the first manufacturing run, a special treat for KIX fans around the world, and each band member offers his own special contribution to the package’s booklet including vocalist Steve Whiteman’s rigorous exercise routine, cartoons by guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe, an essay by bassist Mark Schenker, a gear rundown by guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and a favorite recipe from drummer Jimmy Chalfant, aka “Chef Chocolate.”

“KIX is proud of the band’s legacy, but equally proud of our new chapter,” says Schenker. “We had an opportunity to work with some great film makers, so we just let the cameras roll everywhere, and had so much fun putting the project together. There was a true outpouring of love and admiration from our fans and our peers after the release of Rock Your Face Off and luckily, we had documented the recording sessions on film. Now we are excited to share the process of making the new album with our loyal fans. KIX thanks everyone involved and hopes everyone loves it as much as we loved making it!”

In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indy/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart. It also garnered rave reviews from publications such as Stereogum who said, “KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review. The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined…Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it’s a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn’t the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.”

Jesse & Joy

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JESSE & JOY SET TO CONQUER NORTH AMERICA WITH FALL HEADLINING DATES

Latin American Music Awards Performance on October 6

17-City Tour Launches October 1st in Indio, California

Five-time Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo Jesse & Joy are set to return to North America this fall headlining 17 dates beginning October 1st at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California, announced today! The acclaimed Un Besito Mas tour began in 2015 in Mexico with recent dates in Latin America and will continue through 2017 playing to more than 300,000 fans! Jesse & Joy’s live show is an electrifying voyage through their hits! Ticket pre-sales go live Thursday, September 8 at 10:00am local time to 10:00pm; general on-sale is Friday, September 9 at 10:00am local time. Individual show pre-sale ticket links can be found on the routing below. For ticket links and more information on the tour please visit HERE or HERE!.

Jesse & Joy have been nominated for three 2016 Latin American Music Awards including Favorite Duo or Group—Pop/Rock, Favorite Album—Pop/Rock (Un Besito Más), Favorite Song—Pop/Rock (Jesse & Joy featuring Alejandro Sanz, “No Soy Una de Esas”), and will also perform at the Latin AMAs live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on October 6th airing at 8 p.m. on Telemundo.

The critically-acclaimed Mexican-American duo recently landed their fourth #1 iTunes Global Single with the Spanish-language single, “Dueles.” They also crossed the pond with their first English-language single, “Echoes of Love” and returned triumphant with BBC Radio 2 adding the single which debuted at #66 – the highest chart debut from a new artist last week! Jesse & Joy are currently on their headlining tour of Latin America in support of their fourth studio album, platinum-selling Un besito más which includes Spanish radio hits “Ecos de amor” and “No soy una de esas” (feat. Alejandro Sanz), as well as current Top 5 track and #1 single in both Chile and Mexico, “Dueles.”

Jesse & Joy are celebrated throughout the Americas having gone platinum in Chile and Mexico, gold certified in the US. “Dueles” is a Top 5 single in multiple countries including Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and more, as well as going #1 in Chile! “Dueles” is a smash at digital with more than 16 million streams on Spotify – adding to Jesse & Joy’s more than 180 million streams on Spotify.

Jesse & Joy will join the Latin Recording Academy ‘on the road to the Latin Grammys‘ with a headlining performance at the 2016 Latin GRAMMY® Acoustic Sessions on October 25 in Miami, Florida.

In the ten years since Huerta siblings Jesse & Joy started writing and recording together they’ve released four albums, a string of #1 hits, sold out tours throughout North America, received five Latin Grammy Awards and a US Grammy nomination. The duo have amassed a passionate and devoted following with more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube, 2.6 million YouTube subscribers, 15.2 million likes on Facebook and 5 million Twitter followers. Their first English-language single, “Echoes of Love,” stems from the hugely successful Spanish-language counterpart, “Ecos de Amor.” Since its release in August “Ecos de Amor” has amassed 32 million streams and 66 million views of the official video (on YouTube alone.) Produced by Jesse and Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith, CeeLo Green, Ellie Goulding), “Echoes of Love” blends pop, folk, Latin rhythms and Joy’s powerhouse vocals on this heart-breaking ballad.

Paul Mosley and The Red Meat Orchestra

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After an exceptional reception to Paul Mosley’s last album and debut for Folkwit Records, Paul has taken his creativity up another notch after tending lovingly to ‘The Butcher’ – his folk opera over the past two years, to reveal what is in fact his seventh solo record. Featuring a stunning 20 songs, with 20 plus musicians from six different countries ‘The Butcher’ is an epic ghost story told in songs.

Taking inspiration from Nilsson’s ‘The Point’, Kate Bush’s ‘The Ninth Wave’ and especially Anais Mitchell’s ‘Hadestown’, Paul set out to create something that would bring together his years of singer/songwriter experience and the new skills he has developed as a composer for theatre. A ‘piece’ that was more than the sum of its parts, that could have layers of ideas, a whole world to explore within the songs. It’s that ‘the more you listen, the more you hear’ thing. No stranger to the sort of cult following that comes with a prodigious career having been part of major alt folk group Moses whose fans ranged from Graham Coxon to Florence & The Machine among the rest of the UK’s music cognoscenti in the early naughties.

Self-taught and infamously ever-grinning Paul’s joy to be playing in this massive musical toy box is infectiously evident throughout his latest opus ‘The Butcher’. Be sure to witness: The ‘Nick Drake meets ELO’ strings of Jamie Lawson/Esther Dee’s character establishing duet ‘The World is flat’! – The growling bass saxophone colliding with xylophone and an actual kitchen sink on ‘A Lighthouse part 2’! – An army of treated glockenspiels, euphoniums and flamenco guitar conjuring the whirring and chopping of the butcher’s machines on the title track! – The balladry of Jamie Lawson morphed into improvised, free jazz instrumentalism – Every impeccable note Josienne Clarke sings!

‘The Butcher’ is the story of a good man turned bad. A lighthouse fails and a love is lost.

From the darkness left behind rises The Butcher, a man who has ripped through every scrap of meat a body has to show and never seen a sign of a soul. With nothing to lose the blackened Butcher keeps the lighthouse dark and rises to tyrannical power over the isolated island. Will the work of two awkward scientists – one gazing up to the stars, the other digging down into the past – unearth more to life than the Butcher’s endless ‘shadows on the wall’ to bring light – and hope – back to the island?

With a full supporting cast of sentient skeletons, butcher birds and drunken sailors ‘The Butcher’ is a new story in the skin of something ancient, folkloric.

Paul is touring with various members of the Red Meat Orchestra in different ensembles while a full theatre production – there will be puppets! – has been commissioned for Little Angel Theatre’s ‘Firsts’ festival, Islington, London in Autumn 2016.

Confirmed upcoming shows:

Sunday Sept 11th Nottingham – The Jamm Cafe – solo.

Monday Sept 12th London – The Betsey Trotwood (with string trio and Jack Harris as ‘The Star-Gazer’)

Sunday 25th September (afternoon) London – The Hospital Club (with junk ensemble and Esther Dee as ‘The Scientist’)

Sunday 2nd October Colchester – Queen Street Brewhouse

Weds 7th December Norwich- The Guildhall

Saturday 11th March 2017 Leeds – Carriage Works Theatre (the first preview performance of ‘The Butcher’ theatre show with puppetry.)

Kate Lomas

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‘Tipsy’ by Kate Lomas hooks you with its verse flow, the chorus balancing witty lyrics with a dark throbbing bass line. Ahead of the release of debut EP ‘Let’s Just Be’, and building on the success of the lead single of the same name released earlier this month, ‘Tipsy’ is the latest track by the up-and-coming Bath based artist.

Dakota Sixx

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The video to Dakota Sixx’s latest single – the follow up to electro-ballad ‘Innocence’ – is a great watch, a story of lost love set in brutalist atmospheric surroundings. Dakota Sixx is fast positioning herself as an artist to watch; she recently had her first BBC Radio 1 play from Jamz Supernova and has twice been featured as track of the week on Reprezent FM.

Lucy Layton

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Coinciding with the 45th anniversary of ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, famously recorded by The New Seekers and remembered as one of the most iconic Coca Cola songs, British singer songwriter Lucy Layton brings this exciting new take on the classic.

All proceeds from the song will be donated to Syria Relief, a UK based charity Syria Relief is a UK based charity that aims to provide support and care to the 7.6 million internally Syrians and provide over 10,000 people with health care, education, hygiene and food every month. The music video for the single showcases the conflict in Syria, the work of Syria Relief and features two original members of the world famous New Seekers, Marty Kristian and Paul Layton (who just so happens to be Lucy’s father.)

This re-working was produced by garage pioneer K. Warren, whose single with ‘Coming Home’ featuring Lee-O (aka Leo the Lion), reached the UK Top 30. Along with Lucy’s hypnotic vocal tone, this makes for a truly unique take on the song whilst retaining the melody and charm of the original. Enthusiastic interest in the project has already been shown by the The Huffington Post, BBC Radio and The London Live Channel (Freeview 8) who have invited Lucy along to their studio for an interview and live performance.

To coincide with the single’s launch on Thursday 22nd September, Lucy will be holding an exclusive screening of this video on the 24th floor of The Shard, London and will be accompanied by her band and the fabulous Orion Orchestra. This event will be raise funds for Syria Relief also.

Lucy Layton’s EP is also released on the 22nd September, following on her acclaimed debut Downbeat and Loved, a collection of songs showcasing her distinct sound of folk/country/blues with a nod towards the seventies. Her style is truly versatile, enchanting and eclectic. This is echoed in her choice of venue which has seen Lucy perform at Clarence House with Jools Holland, The Troubadour Earls Court and the recent London Folk Festival.

‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by Lucy Layton is out September 22nd 2016.

MC Chris

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LA, don’t miss MC Chris at Bootleg Theater on Sept 30th! Get tix HERE!

Night Riots

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Los Angeles-based rock band NIGHT RIOTS have announced an October 21st release for new album LOVE GLOOM (Sumerian Records). The band has already released two preview tracks from the album – “Nothing Personal” and “Fangs”.

Fans can get both “Nothing Personal” and “Fangs”—plus “Contagious,” the hit single from last year’s Howl EP—as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order LOVE GLOOM on iTunes.

All three songs will be part of the band’s set during the upcoming “Advanced Placement Tour,” presented by SiriusXM’s Alt Nation with The Shelters and The Hunna. Dates begin November 5th at the The Shelter in Detroit (see itin below).

Night Riots—vocalist Travis Hawley, guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez—recorded the album with producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, Spoon, The Strokes) at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.

“We recorded in the same room where Led Zeppelin recorded ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ says Hawley. “It was pretty inspiring to come in each day, walk through a hall of gold records and see pictures of Jim Morrison sitting at the console where we mixed. We even had a few weird celebrity sightings, like the time Mikel bumped into Lenny Kravitz and his procession of super models. He flashed a peace sign, said ‘what’s up,’ and sauntered off, his scarf dancing on the ground behind him as he walked.”

About the album title, Hawley says, “Love gloom is within all of us. It’s a collision of emotions. It’s when you need love and can’t find it. It’s the sickness of wanting someone and not knowing if they feel the same way. It’s the tearing of a breakup and the coldness of a partner during a fight. We wanted to make an album that sounded like ecstasy and despair and make the listener feel like they’re climaxing and suffocating at the same time.”

LOVE GLOOM is the follow-up to 2015’s Howl EP, which featured “Contagious,” a song that hit No. 1 on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation while amassing over 4.5 million streams.

Makeunder

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The music of the Oakland-based art-pop group Makeunder, the brainchild of musician Hamilton Ulmer, is undeniably visually evocative. The sweeping sounds featured on the project’s latest EP, Great Headless Blank, came paired with an Illustrated Listening Guide created in collaboration with noted Illustrator Dean Stuart (SF Weekly feature).

Appropriately, Makeunder now returns with a wonderfully imaginative animated music video for the EP’s title track. The singular work of Montreal-based visual artist Carine Khalife (Colossal feature), the video extends Makeunder’s commitment to a vision that goes beyond a traditional band structure.

Ulmer shares, “Makeunder’s music tends to attract visual artists. My mother is a painter and my father was a sculptor. Because of my upbringing, I’ve always seen music as a visual medium – both in terms of tone color and shapes and structures. So we thought it’d be interesting to give the title track of the latest Makeunder EP to an artist and see what they come up with.

Carine’s work is incredible, and she has the kind of work ethic necessary to surmount the tedium of painting every frame of a music video. She channeled the work of painter Francis Bacon, and borrowed the imagery used by my good friend and album-art maker, Gabriel Schama, to create a portrait of someone caught in the dizzying fury of grief.

I wrote the song ‘Great Headless Blank’ in a broken state, and Carine managed to capture the anxiety of it, the feeling of spinning endlessly without really ever departing.”

The unveiling of the “Great Headless Blank” video kicks off a pre-release for the EP, available for the first time on vinyl, out October 14th, 2016. Great Headless Blank also serves as the debut offering from the newly launched Good Eye Records.

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