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Introducing: Red Black Red

posted April 28th, 2016 by madelainej | Filed under: Introducing | 0

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 22nd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 19th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | 0

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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 15th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 14th, 2016 by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed under: Jazz Street, Music News, Throwback Thursday | 0

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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 8th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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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Press Release Roundup: April 1

posted April 2nd, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News | 0

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.

Mayer Hawthorne

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Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne is releasing his fourth full-length record, Man About Town, on April 8th via Vagrant Records/BMG. Today, fans can stream the record in its entirety on Pandora. Listen here: http://pdora.co/ManAboutTown

On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music.

Earlier this year, Mayer brought his three bands together (Tuxedo, Jaded Incorporated, Mayer Hawthorne) for two sold out revue shows at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. For fans that weren’t lucky enough to attend, you can watch the highlights below:

In support of the new record, Mayer will be kicking off his US headline tour on May 4th in Santa Ana at the Observatory. The tour takes Mayer across the states before wrapping up in Las Vegas on July 8th. Fans who purchase tickets to see Mayer live will receive a digital copy of Man About Town upon release on April 8th. A full list of dates can be found below.

Pre-order Man About Town today via iTunes, and receive instant downloads of album tracks ‘Lingerie & Candlewax,’ ‘Love Like That,’ and ‘Cosmic Love.’

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Pre-Order Man About Town:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ManAboutTown

Store/Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/MayerStore

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ManAboutTownSpfy

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/ManAboutTownAmz

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ManAboutTownGP

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/ManAboutTownAM

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Introducing: The Maension

posted March 29th, 2016 by Kevin Sellers | Filed under: Music News | 0

In a musical mainstream stuck on dredging the past without a clear view of a promising future, the self-dubbed “FutuRock” (Future Rock) of the international collective The Maension is making a real push at reverting the trend. With an original sound that cultivates comparisons to a myriad of hard rock staples, The Maension manage to completely dodge pigeon-holed niches and industry pressures. 12898415_10154043394288699_4550126235334630376_oConstant touring and a recent debut LP only scratch the surface of a story that, while short in terms of years, stretches across oceans and a seemingly endless road of live performances that are fueling the growing fire. As more and more people learn their name, The Maension are certainly looking forward; but their focus settles squarely on the next stage, the next city, the next gig.

Recently I had the opportunity to immerse myself in their debut LP “Aevolution” (check the review here) and had a chance to shoot a few questions to the band. Frontman Mark Maension took the bulk of the answers, and you get a real sense of where the band is coming from, where they want to go and the vital importance of living (and sharing) the moments in between. Keep scrolling afterwards for a playlist of my favorite moments from “Aevolution” and to watch their most recent video for “Chrysalis”, featuring Fred Durst (more on that in the interview!). Read more…

Press Release Roundup: March 25

posted March 26th, 2016 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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.

Funkadelic featuring Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube

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After months of prep and internet teases, the official video for Funkadelic’s “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?” remix has arrived and it’s got the whole gang onboard. Featuring contributions from Kendrick Lamar (who spits the opening bars of his “Blue Faces” demo at the top of the cut) and OG Comptonian, Ice Cube, the visual follows the intergalactic pursuits of of George Clinton and the torchbearers of funk, all of which co-pilot the mothership as they descend upon an interplanetary soiree. Join Funkadelic, Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube for a ride on the mothership in the video below and hold tight for the next transmission. You won’t want to miss it.

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