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Press Release Roundup: May 20

posted May 21, 2016, 1:09 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News | 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.

III Points

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III Points Music, Art, & Technology Festival is thrilled to announce its 2016 lineup, with a stacked roster of talent in its fourth year running. This year’s festival returns to Mana Wynwood, where it all began, on October 7th, 8th and 9th of 2016, bringing a bigger than ever production featuring cutting-edge visual art, innovative technology, and acts that Miami music fans have been waiting to experience.

III Points presents its most impressive lineup yet, with exciting news that Miami will witness a rare, exclusive performance by Grammy-nominated LCD Soundsystem, a show marking the band’s only Florida appearance of the year. Following a 5-year hiatus, LCD Soundsystem will take the stage at III Points in a distinct, boutique festival setting, where guests will be graced by the dance-punk icons for a special musical journey. A longtime supporter of the festival in its early days, James Murphy believed in III Points when it was just a dream. Years later, he returns to the city with LCD Soundsystem, for one of the most highly anticipated performances of the year.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: May 13

posted May 15, 2016, 11:42 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Art of Cool Fest

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Returning for its third year, The Art of Cool (AOC) Fest brought a diverse mix of jazz, R&B and hip-hop legends and rising stars to Bull City for a weekend takeover. Fans and media outlets came from North, South, East, West and even across the pond to take part in the festivities, raising the profile of the relatively new and prominent fest yet again. Covering AOC for a second year, we obtained access to chat with the likes of Terrace Martin, 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Chantae Cann, The Internet, Moonchild, Kamasi Washington, Donnie, Derrick Hodge and Terrance Blanchard about Grammy experiences, current albums, unforgettable stage and studio moments and upcoming projects in the pipeline. Most exciting above all was the performing artists we spoke with all confirmed they have full plates of new music on the horizon. After the busy days of conversing with AOC acts (Dark Water Rising, The Beast and Bashiri Asad were new and welcome finds), we rested up for the night shows at venues around Durham which featured Anderson.Paak, J Davey and Art of Turntables with Dres Da Beatnik, Rich Medina, Pete Rock and DJ Maseo from De La Soul (yeah, that happened, too). Def well worth the time and effort and look forward to 2017’s!

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Video Credit: Justin Gartman

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Press Release Roundup: May 6

posted May 8, 2016, 3:24 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News | 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.

Rooney

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Rooney’s long awaited new album ‘Washed Away’ is out today! Pandora premiered the album earlier this week, stream it HERE.. The twelve song LP features singles “My Heart Beats 4 U,” which MTV called “a stadium-ready beat, and “Why,” a sticky sweet duet with french singer Soko. Washed Away is available now across all digital retailers and streaming partners via Beachwood Park Music.

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Press Release Roundup: April 29

posted April 30, 2016, 11:05 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

International Jazz Day

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Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance. We are honored that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert from the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert will be broadcast across the United States on April 30th – International Jazz Day – as an ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO. Viewers will experience jazz being played at the White House, where it has been showcased by every Administration since President Kennedy.

The 2016 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Pérez and Chucho Valdés; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Till Brönner, Hugh Masekela and James Morrison; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting; saxophonists Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson; bassists Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; guitarists Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour; drummers Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kendrick Scott; percussionist Zakir Hussain; trombone player Trombone Shorty; and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Tune in to ABC at 8 PM EST TONIGHT or live stream on the UNESCO site HERE to watch the concert!

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Introducing: Red Black Red

posted April 28, 2016, 8:25 am by madelainej | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


2Red Black Red have created a hybrid of electronic and industrial rock with an unique emphasis on groove in their new album . Their album largely inspired by The Police, not surprisingly, most of the band’s formative years were spent listening to and being influenced by guitar based rock. The group comments: “truly improving and/or innovating on that art [rock] is a challenge given it’s already long history.” Electronic (music) allows the band to explore new sounds and expand on a burgeoning music scene.” Red Black Red feels they expand creatively with electronic while staying true to their rock roots and they elaborate: “Electronic-based music […] is so wide open – as you can literally synthesize any sound you want. So the possibilities for experimentation and exploration are wider. So the possibilities for experimentation and exploration are wider – and the tech’s gotten a whole lot better especially in the last 5 years.”

Red Black Red’s dedication to editing and passion for the process is obvious when they describe, “ The downside [to electronic music] is that there are so many options for sound in electronic genres and it’s easy to get lost in tweaking. So in the end it comes down to your basic ability to put it all together for the song […]and being able to come up with something interesting.” With modesty, Red Black Red goes on to exclaim, “Anyone can create a cool squiggly sound, but it won’t matter if the song’s not there.”. While the electronic scene is awash with dance and upbeat music, Red Black Red explore the dark potential in the electronic genre by combining it with rock.

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Press Release Roundup: April 22

posted April 22, 2016, 1:24 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.

Prince

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As 2016 continues to rip our beloved musical heroes away from us, another legend has left us as Prince passed away yesterday at the age of 57. Here’s what the Recording Academy had to say:

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Prince
April 21, 2016

Our GRAMMY® family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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Introducing: Old New York

posted April 19, 2016, 8:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


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When previewing Brisbane based indie rock quartet Old New York’s upcoming effort, ‘Before We Hit The Ground’, it’s easy to see the band (comprised of Benjamin Lancaster, Paul Barnes, Jacob Lancaster and Kristian McIvor) wears their 90’s retro rock influences like hearts on sleeves. Growing up in a musical household with parents as musicians, band members Benjamin (Ben) and Jacob Lancaster soaked up these influences and what was on the radio like a sponge. Encouraged to begin playing instruments like the clarinet, electric guitar, violin, bass and drums as young kids, the playing skill and the songwriting ability (which began at 9 writing songs about unrequited love) was honed during these formative years. Pondering throwing a hypothetical music fest at the tender age of 13 years old, the lineup reflects diversity under the music spectrum with acts like Built to Spill (including musical hero Doug Martsch), Modest Mouse, Dinosaur Jr (including musical hero J Mascis), Sebadoh, Radiohead, Bjork, Sidewinder, Tumbleweed, Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine and R.E.M, making the bill.

Not only influenced by home life and international radio, their own city’s scene in Australia also played a role in defining their sound today. As Ben explained, they “grew up listening to Custard, The Go-Between and Regurgitator (eventually getting to play with them live which yielded a future WTF moment), attending live shows in their youth so it wouldn’t be a shock to find out the Brisbane scene has influenced us pretty heavily.” When considering the live scene in Brisbane currently, there seems to be a cultural clash occurring which makes navigating the musical landscape interesting.

When asked about a definitive record or album that made them want to pursue a career in music, Ben points to Smashing Pumpkins ‘Siamese Dream’ and ‘Vieuphoria Live’ with musical hero Billy Corgan. Ben further explains “watching that video filled me with a burning desire to play live. I think seeing an amazing band cutting sick on stage can be more exciting than listening to a record.” With an obvious love for SP, it’s no surprise that ‘Siamese Dream’ joins Dinosaur Jr’s ‘Bug’, Neko Case’s ‘Fox Confessor Brings The Flood’ and Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News for People Who Like Bad News’ as albums Ben could listen to for the rest of his life. Although there is a deep love for rock in Ben’s musical collection, The Bangles will pop up as a surprise find, perhaps reflecting a secret love for “Walking like an Egyptian”.

Looking ahead to the future, the band prepares for their album released slated for May 24, with hopes of touring, getting a distribution deal and recording more later this year. Visit Old New York’s site for more album release info!

Press Release Roundup: April 15

posted April 15, 2016, 12:33 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.

Coachella

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Coachella is here and we at Music Emissions are most hyped to see:

Grimes
Run The Jewels
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Purity Ring
Foals
CHVRCHES
Of Monsters and Men
James Bay
Lost Frequencies
Zedd
The 1975
Flume
Calvin Harris
Mavis Staples
Joey Bada$$
BadBadNotGood
Chris Stapleton
Moon Taxi
SZA
Gary Clark Jr.
Ice Cube
Alessia Cara
ToKiMONSTA
Anderson Paak
Joywave
Guns N’Roses

Don’t miss the action and livestream Coachella’s Weekend One starting at 3:30 PM PST HERE!

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Jazz Street: Frank Sinatra

posted April 14, 2016, 11:24 am by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Jazz Street, Music News, Throwback Thursday | comment Leave a Comment


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The voice, it’s without parallel after all these years. We keep listening to Frank Sinatra because he’s simply the best. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 82. But his music and his movies live on. Sinatra, performed in the golden age of Hollywood, and the golden age of music. Many would say he made his best recordings in the Capitol years. I prefer the Columbia songs, where there was an innocence to it all. Still even if I’m not a student of the rat pack days, I can still appreciate the later recordings. I also admire the changes he made in his life. He realized the Democrat party wasn’t getting the job done in leading the country, so he got on board with the Reagan revolution. His adaptability serves as a lesson for celebrities in the current age. I like the movies better, when he’s traveling around Hollywood or New York with Gene Kelly, while on leave with the Navy.

Still, even his later work as an actor has its moments. I have no interest in watching his Oscar-winning performance (If I want to watch a Fred Zinnemann flick, I’d rather take another look at “High Noon.”). But even a grim picture such as “Man With the Golden Arm” has a more hopeful message by the end than succeeding tales about the ravages of addiction (I’ll take Otto Preminger over Darren Aronofsky). Mainly I’ll just revel in the voice and the legacy, he’s left behind. I mentioned in a review recently an artist was making discs in the pop music tradition of Louis, Duke and Frank. The artist wrote me a tweet of thanks. No last name is needed for some icons. Whether it’s a radio program, a record or a streaming session, some art is timeless. And it’s just plain good.

Press Release Roundup: April 8

posted April 8, 2016, 11:25 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

AXS TV

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HIT THE ROAD WITH AXS TV FOR AN EPIC 2016 MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP, FEATURING LIVE COVERAGE OF ZAC BROWN BAND’S SOUTHERN GROUND MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL, THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, MONSTER ENERGY CAROLINA REBELLION AND HANGOUT FESTIVAL

The Festival Lineup Boasts 13 Days of Coverage, with an Eclectic Roster of Artists Including Zac Brown Band, The Weeknd, Flo Rida, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Megadeth, and More

Continuing its spring tradition for live broadcasts of music festivals, AXS TV delivers an all-access pass to four of the country’s largest festivals, as the biggest names in music take the stage at legendary venues across the U.S. The impressive lineup includes Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival (April 16-17); New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 23-24, April 29-May 1); Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (May 6-8) and Hangout Festival (May 20-22). The Network will present a combined 13 days of music coverage during this special event, airing at least four hours of footage each day, and headlined by a roster of all-stars featuring Zac Brown Band, Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, ZZ Top, The Weeknd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper, and more.

AXS TV’s festival slate, with respective airdates and times, is listed below:

ZAC BROWN BAND’S SOUTHERN GROUND MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL – April 16-17 – 6pE-12aE – Charleston, South Carolina
Get ready for the ultimate genre-bending music experience, as Zac Brown Band hosts the fifth annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in “one of the South’s most beloved foodie cities” (Forbes). Returning to Charleston’s MUSC Health Stadium on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, Zac Brown Band’s two-day event will “highlight Charleston’s remarkable food scene with an equally remarkable lineup” (Rolling Stone). Joining the Zac Brown Band on AXS TV’s broadcasts are The Marshall Tucker Band, Drake White, Muddy Magnolias and Packway Handle Band, among others.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL – April 23-April 24 & April 29-May 1 – 5pE-9pE – New Orleans, Louisiana
For the fourth consecutive year, AXS TV will be the official broadcast home of the 47TH Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, airing 20 hours of footage covering both weekends, from April 23-24 and April 29-May 1. This marks the first time ever that the Network will broadcast both weekends of this event, giving viewers the ultimate front row seat to one of the world’s most beloved music festivals, as an unprecedented list of all-star talent delivers unforgettable performances directly from Jazz Fest’s biggest stages. This year’s televised performances offer up an eclectic roster of artists, spanning a wide array of genres, including Nick Jonas, Bonnie Raitt, Flo Rida, Elvis Costello, Janelle Monae, Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Elle King, and Michael McDonald.

MONSTER ENERGY CAROLINA REBELLION – May 6-8 – 7pE-11pE – Concord, North Carolina
Charlotte’s premier rock and metal revival blazes through the Motor Speedway, as Carolina Rebellion comes to AXS TV for the first time ever. Since 2011, the festival has highlighted the very best in the hard rock and alternative genres. The legacy rages on in 2016, with televised acts such as southern rock legends ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd; heavy metal masters Scorpions, Disturbed, Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Sixx:A.M.; alternative heroes 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, and Deftones; and shock rock icon Alice Cooper.

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