May 2007

May 4th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Keepin’ 6 set to drop debut disc in June

Anyone familiar with the Canadian rock scene can tell you that there hasn’t been a lot of noise coming from the small suburban Mississauga community of Applewood, Ontario. (Hell, most people have never even heard of Applewood.) But now that ska-punk band KEEPIN’ 6 are exploding out of Applewood and the Southern Ontario punk scene, that’s all about to change!

Formed in 2003 by 4 lifelong friends; drummer Matt “Phatty” Wilkinson, guitarist Jason Wilford, bassist Dan Renwick and vocalist Bryan Hotchkiss, KEEPIN’ 6 is a band who’s high energy, and hook-heavy songs blend the best of influences ranging from The Police and Rancid / Operation Ivy to the Foo Fighters. And truth be told, if there’s a band that can sonically bridge the gap between Billy Talent and Rancid, well that band is definitely KEEPIN’ 6.

Having spent the past few years playing hundreds of shows in rec centers, church basements and community halls with their friends in bands like illScarlett, The Flatliners, The Creepshow and The Johnstones (with whom the band released a 2005 indie split CD with; “The Johnstones VS. Keepin’ 6″), KEEPIN’ 6 have already amassed a huge local following that many “more established” artists would kill for. And that huge local following has been waiting a very long time for a full-length album from KEEPIN’ 6!

Produced by Steve Rizun (illScarlett, The Creepshow, Hostage Life) the band’s debut album UNCENSORED is a collection of non-stop, call-to-arms ska-punk anthems guaranteed to have fans screaming along and dancing ’til they drop.

“SO ALL I’M TRYING TO SAY IS… / LOOK AT WHAT YOU GOT!”
- Look @ Whatcha Got

From the one-two opening punches of “Illusion” and “Scapegoat” on through the reflective sentiments of “Look @ Whatcha Got” and the mellow(er) vibes of “EndZone v.II” and “1086″, the album’s powerful combination of modern rock hooks and punk energy never let up. And with underlying socio-political themes UNCENSORED sees KEEPIN’ 6 give their fans something to chew on beyond the usual “us VS them” punk rhetoric.

With fantastic grooves that will keep the circle pits skankin’, and song-after-song of infectious sing-a-long choruses, UNCENSORED is a modern punk album with the potential to reach mainstream audiences without sacrificing either integrity or intent.

The band will be on tour constantly promoting the album, and with a little luck on their side, 2007 just may be the year that KEEEPIN’ 6 finds legions of new fans world-wide.

…Far beyond the winding suburban streets of Applewood, Ontario.
Source: www.stereodynamite.com

UK’S THE JAMESTOWN UNION TO PLAY NXNE

The Jamestown Union, the hot alternative Americana indie pop band from Brighton UK, are on a mission to recapture the high ground with great songwriting, incredible musicianship, originality and energized performances. The band has been selected to showcase at NXNE 2007, on June 8th at the Cadillac Lounge at 11pm.

The band’s self-titled album was released February 2007 and mastered at Abbey Road Studios; it displays the perfect combination of intelligent lyrics, vocal harmony, guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, and dobro. It was named the Sound On Sound album of the month in March, and sold out on its first run at CD baby in the United States. The success of the album has helped in landing The Jamestown Union gigs at the honky-tonks of London, where the Stones made history, and nightclubs, and festivals across the UK.
 
Six strong musical personalities merge to form the Jamestown Union. Matt Hopwood’s vocals supported by Mel James’s harmonic caresses, sit easily on the bands textured sound built around Jon Ryman’s cloudless mandolin interplayed with Gavin Williams’s razorlike guitar solos, solidified with Jim Cox’s mahogany bass and Rob Biss’s sparkling drums, and finely iced with pedal steel, banjo, violin and dobro.  The resulting sound can take you to heaven, cure your soul of pain and make your feet wish they could dance all night. “It’s almost like we’re going back, picking up the pieces of that great period of music, applying it to the world and making history all over again,” says Ryman.

Although being an unsigned band has afforded The Jamestown Union the maximum creative freedom, they are now grasping the attention of the industry and it is only matter of time until a signing arrives. The Jamestown Union are a guaranteed pleaser for the NXNE crowd.

http://www.thejamestownunion.com
http://www.myspace.com/thejamestownunion

“Effortlessly melodic & full of sweet melancholy” – Album of the Month, Sound On Sound

“Why The Jamestown Union haven’t been signed is the mystery of the year, go and buy this album now” – Americana UK, 2007

“An astonishingly assured and hugely listenable debut album of alt.country pop, it’s one of the best things I’ve heard all year” – Americana UK, 2006

“A stunning new addition to the UK Alt Country Scene. Traditional yet contemporary, emotive lyrics set against an enticing country music soundscape, Sweet hearted sentiments set amid the tensions of modern relationships with the finest instrumentalists – making a big impact ” – Brighton Festival, 2006

Canadian Tour Dates:
June 6, 2007    Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto
June 8, 2007    **NXNE**The Cadillac Lounge – Toronto
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

The Horrors unleash new video

The Horrors’ Strange House (awesomely subtitled Psychotic Sounds for Freaks and Weirdos) is currently in stores, and now you can get your hot little hands on the album digitally through iTunes:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum i=253734569&id=253734557&s=143441

And then you can get all psychotic and weird with their video for “Gloves” here:

http://www6.islanddefjam.com/www2/av_system/fv_standalone/player.php?link=4T5BeWIusF2aQ4q4ki706877-88226

Don’t forget the Horrors’ take over North America starting June 4! 

June 4             Luna Lounge                                      Brooklyn, NY
June 5             The Fillmore at Irving Plaza                New York City, NY
June 7             Paradise                                             Boston, MA
June 8             Rocknroll Hotel                                   Washington DC
June 9             Northstar                                           Philadelphia, PA
June 10           Petite Campus                                   Montreal, QUE
June 11           Mod Club                                           Toronto, ONT
June 12           Grog Shop                                         Cleveland, OH
June 14           The Abbey Pub                                  Chicago, IL
June 15           Triple Rock                                         Minneapolis, MN
June 18           El Rey Theatre                                   Los Angeles, CA
June 19           Popscene/330 Ritch                           San Francisco, CA
June 20           Crocodile                                     Seattle

Stream for “Count in Fives”:   http://stolentransmission.com/mediafiles/thehorrors.html

Video for “Count in Fives”:  http://stolentransmission.com/mediafiles/countInfivesiPod.mp4

MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/thehorrors
Source: www.sneakattackmedia.com

MTM MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of EDENS CURSE!

In 2006 songwriter/bass player PAUL LOGUE of CRY HAVOC and vocalist MICHAEL EDEN decided to form a rock solid partnership cemented in Metal. Together with British drummer PETE NEWDECK of THE STEVE GRIMMETT BAND, DEMON DRIVE and ATTACK guitar virtuoso THORSTEN KOEHNE of CODE OF PERFECTION and AXEL RUDI PELL, ULI JON ROTH and ROUGH SILK keyboard player FERDY DOERNBERG, they started this promising union.

Melodicrock.com’s Producer Of The Year 2005 and PINK CREAM 69 bassist DENNIS WARD was secured to oversee the mixing and mastering of the album. Logue persuaded PINK CREAM 69 vocalist DAVID READMAN to join the backing vocal army for the record as well as YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CORNERSTONE, ex-RAINBOW and MIDNIGHT BLUE vocalist DOOGIE WHITE, current EVIDENCE ONE, MIDNITE CLUB and former DOMAIN vocalist CARSTEN “LIZARD” SCHULZ. EDEN’S CURSE will take no prisoners in this game of Rock N’ Roll. They will curse you if you curse them. Game on!!

Line-Up:
Line-up:
MICHAEL EDEN (Vocals)
THORSTEN KOEHNE (Guitars)
PAUL LOGUE (Bass)
FERDY DOERNBERG (Keyboards)
PETE NEWDECK (Drums)

Tracklist:
01. BOOK OF LIFE (Intro)
02. JUDGEMENT DAY
03. EYES OF THE WORLD (mp3)
04. STRONGER THAN THE FLAME (mp3)
05. THE VOICE INSIDE
06. AFTER THE LOVE IS GONE (mp3)
07. FLY AWAY
08. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR (mp3)
09. EDEN’S CURSE
10. DON’T BRING ME DOWN
11. HEAVEN TOUCH ME
12. THE BRUCE (Intro)
13. FALLEN KING
14. WE ALL DIE YOUNG
15. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR (Alt. Mix)

The release is scheduled for late August 2007.
Source: www.mtm-music.com

FAIR TO MIDLAND: New album and tour

We’re still about two weeks away from the release of Fair to Midland’s debut full-length
Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True, but luckily you can pre-order the album
in not one, but two ways,  right now.

Newbury Comics
is giving away an autographed CD booklet when you pre-order:
http://www.newburycomics.com/rel/v2_home.php?storenr=103&deptnr=311&affnr=682

Amazon
is hosting a pre-order, too, and you can check it out here: 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Fables-Mayfly-What-Three-Times/dp/B000PKG7IO/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-8129168-3216031?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1179497738&sr=8-1

 

You can also get your FTM fix, by visiting their stunning new website at:
http://www.fairtomidland.com
and
by viewing the FTM E-card here:
http://staging.universalmotown.com/artists/fairtomidland/ecard/02/main.asp
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And don’t forget, Fair to Midland kicks off a week of headlining dates with a CD release show in their hometown of Dallas, TX on release day, June 12.  Here’s the full tour schedule including their shows with the 69 Eyes and Night Kills the Day, as well as their European festivals and UK shows with bands like Priestess and Suicidal Tendencies:

June 2      Rock Am Ring (main stage)         Nürburgring, Germany
June 3      Rock Im Park (main stage)          Nürnberg, Germany
June 5      Paradiso                                    Amsterdam, NL
June 6      Barfly                                        Birmingham, UK (w/ Priestess)
June 7      Fibbers                                      York, UK (w/ Priestess)
June 9      Mean Fiddler                              London, UK (w/ Suicidal Tendencies)
June 10    Download Festival                       Donnington Park, UK
June 12    Curtain Club                               Dallas, TX
June 13    Conservatory                              Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Rx Bandits)
June 14    Remingtons                                Springfield, MO
June 15    The Annex                                  Madison, WI
June 16    Varsity Theatre                           Minneapolis, MN
June 18    Valentines                                  Albany, NY
June 19    Middle East – Downstairs             Boston, MA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 20    The Gramercy Theatre                 New York City, NY (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 21    Mr. Small’s Theatre                      Millvale, PA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 22    Agora Ballroom                           Cleveland, OH (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 23    Harpo’s                                       Detroit, MI (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 24    House of Blues                            Chicago, IL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 26    Bluebird Theatre                          Denver, CO (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 28    Slim’s                                         San Francisco, CA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 29    Galaxy Concert Theatre                Santa Ana, CA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 30    El Rey Theatre                             Los Angeles, CA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 1       Civic Center – Outdoor Stage        El Paso, TX  (KLAQ Radio Show)
July 2       House of Blues, Cambridge Room  Dallas, TX (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 3       Meridian                                      Houston, TX (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 5       Revolution                                   Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 6       House of Blues                             Lake Buena Vista, FL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 7       Roxy Theatre                               Atlanta, GA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 9       Recher Theatre                            Towson, MD (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 10     Theatre of Living Arts                    Philadelphia, PA (w/ The 69 Eyes)

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 Here’s what people are saying about Fair to Midland:

“The quintet’s brawny, dire rock, came off as the real deal, neither as overwrought or whiny as many young bands venturing into that territory. The difference? The range of vocalist Darroh Sudderth, who can belt it out, growl, croon…you name it.”
- Kevin Bronson, LATimes.con “Buzz Bands”

”…Fair to Midland are ultra-eclectic, but their multitracked warbling, dexterous piano caresses, flecks of falsetto, and guitars more sturdy than shreddy lend their art-rock an organic, almost folkie fireside glow. Judging by the live tracks on their Drawn and Quartered EP, these Texans can light up a stage too.”
- Paul Rogers, LA Weekly
 
“Vocalist Darroh Sudderth transforms from a timid frontman to a spasmatic burst of flailing arms and uninhibited vocal explosions that make him one of the most courageous singers in rock music…Like The Mars Volta or Tool, their skills are multifaceted and require more than just a distracted listen to fully appreciate. This is a band that deserves to be applauded for the chances they are taking.”
- Jennifer Cray, Ink19.com

Source: www.sneakattackmedia.com

Norway’s AOR band KELDIAN release “Heaven’s Gate” in Japan.

Norway’s AOR band KELDIAN release “Heaven’s Gate” in Japan.
The Stay Gold label a division of Art Union Corporation
released the CD with one bonus track called “Hope”.
 
“Heaven’s Gate” was released this year in Europe and the USA
on Perris Records. This makes the first band signing to
Perris from Norway with a very impressive AOR style.
Tracks like “Crusader”, “Sundancer” & “Heart Of
The Sun” will please any fans of AOR rock.
 
“Heaven’s Gate” has been getting rave worldwide press, calling it a melodic hardrock
metal masterpiece.

Source: www.perrisrecords.com

THE MUDMEN on CBC TV

Canada’s own THE MUDMEN are featured in the Bob and Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary show on CBC on Sunday, May 20 @ 9:00 pm. They are also featured in the on air promo’s.
Source: Sandy Campbell

MARK FORD on the WEARY AND WIRED TOUR
FORMER BLACK CROWES GUITAR GURU FLYING SOLO IN SUPPORT OF NEW RELEASE
WEARY AND WIRED ON BLUES BUREAUS  RECORDS – IN STORES NOW!
 
Marc Ford, the former Crowes ax-slinger, is heading out on tour in support of his new solo album Weary and Wired on [Blues Bureau Records].

Marc Ford, who has sold millions of albums worldwide and played in front of more than 50 million people across the globe, will impact the airwaves with his first solo album Weary and Wired March 13th [Blues Bureau Records]. Weary and Wired features Ford on guitars & vocals, Mark “Muddy”Dutton on bass and Doni Gray on drums.
Former Black Crowe’s blues-guitar guru has delivered an extraordinary album full of Classic Rock-soaked riffs, bluesy based crunch with Southern Rock twang.  “My influences go way beyond as I do not play nor do I listen to rock,” explains Ford. “What influences my playing is folk, blues, jazz, gospel, country, reggae and the list goes on…” Weary and Wired is a significant recording showing Ford’s strength as a singer/songwriter, fueled by large doses of his phenomenal guitar work that brings to mind such masters as Clapton, Hendrix and Beck.

Come out and see what all the talk is about!

May

25         Hollywood, CA                        Knitting Factory
31         Fresno, CA                               The Crossroads

June

1          Eureka, CA                              Red Fox Tavern
2          Grants Pass, OR                       Save Our Fair Festival 
8          Lake Forest, CA                       Gypsy Lounge
9          San Louis Obispo, CA              Downtown Brew
14         Phoenix, AZ                              Rhythm Room
15         Flagstaff, AZ                             Mogollon Brewing Company
24         De Hague, NL                          Park Pop Festival
29         Venlo, NL                                 Socks Festival
30         Odenburg, DE                         Charly’s

 
July
7          Sestao (Bilbao), SP                   Sestao Blues Festival   
8          Bospop, NL                              Bospop Festival
27         Davenport, IA                          Redstone Room                     
29-31    Green Bay, WI                          Oneida Casino (Marc Ford  & Muddy Stardust & Friends)

August

3          Minneapolis, MN                      Cabooze
4          Clearlake, IA                            Surf Ballroom
18         Medford, OR                            Battle of the Bones Festival

September

15         Telluride, CO                            Telluride Blues & Brews Festival                       

*ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

For more information go to www.marcford.net
Source: www.vqpr.com

NEW 28-TRACK COLLECTION, COMPILED AND SEQUENCED BY THE BEACH BOYS THEMSELVES, IN STORES MAY 22ND!

The Warmth Of The Sun traces The Beach Boys’ creative arc
in a career-spanning sunup to sundown musical journey that goes beyond the beach, presenting a broad view of the rich musical legacy of America’s band. 
“Their unmistakable harmonies shine on this radiant collection…” PEOPLE magazine
 
An 11-episode Beach Boys Podcast series,
featuring new interviews with Mike Love, Brian Wilson,
Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, launched on May 8.
www.thebeachboys.com
CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR TOUR DATES AND ALL THE LATEST NEWS!
Source: www.emicap.com

Rocket Scientists Conclude Banner Spring Tour

Acclaimed prog rock band receives remarkable reception in Europe & USA Acclaimed American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists returned to their home turf after touring Europe and concluding with a colossal final concert at USA’s RoSFest. The tour kicked off on Saturday, April 7th  in Rotherham, England sponsored by the Classic Rock Society and concluded on April 28th at the Rites of Spring Festival in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The Rotherham, England show commemorated Rocket Scientists’ first live concert on European ground in 10 years. Additional tour dates were held in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany where Rocket Scientists were welcomed by very receptive audiences.  “I really had a fantastic time touring with Rocket Scientists again”, states Erik Norlander, keyboardist, songwriter and one of the core members of Rocket Scientists. “Over the last several years I have been playing in Europe, Japan, the USA and basically all over the world with Lana Lane and my solo project, but to take Rocket Scientists out on the road again after so much time has gone by was really a special event. Rocket Scientists has played some one-off shows occasionally, but this was the first real ‘Rocket Scientists Tour’ in 10 years! The Rotherham UK show was particularly memorable as that was where Rocket Scientists played our first – ever concert way back in 1997. So we had a little anniversary celebration there. For the musicians themselves, I have known Mark McCrite and Don Schiff for over 20 years now, and it’s so easy to play with them. Guitarist Peer Verschuren and drummer Ernst Van Ee completed the picture as our Dutch “secret weapon”, and after touring with these guys for so many years with my solo project, it was simply a natural evolution to bring them into the Rocket Scientists universe. And of course Lana made the shows extra special with her guest appearance on the last songs of the set. I hope this will be a new beginning of more great RS concert tours for the future.”

The musician lineup for the Rocket Scientists Tour in both Europe and the USA included Erik Norlander – keyboards, Mark McCrite – vocals, guitar and Don Schiff – NS/Stick joined by guest musicians Peer Verschuren on guitar and Ernst Van Ee on drums. Symphonic rock diva Lana Lane also made a special guest appearance on the tour performing several songs at the end of each Rocket Scientists set.

ROCKET SCIENTISTS was formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite. The two released their first CD Earthbound in 1993 joined by then – session bassist Don Schiff. Schiff quickly became a part of the band for their second release in 1995 Brutal Architecture, and the three toured in the US and Europe in 1997 along with drummer Tommy Amato culminating in the live CD Earth Below and Sky Above: Live in Europe and America. In 1999, Rocket Scientists released Oblivion Days, raising the bar on already high expectations. At the turn of the century, Norlander, Schiff and McCrite all worked on solo projects in addition to backing symphonic rock vocal icon Lana Lane on several tours around the world. The latest release is the band’s fourth studio album Revolution Road, a double CD released in the fall of 2006, their strongest and most successful title to date.

LANA LANE is an accomplished rock vocalist with a long history of albums and tours. Lana began touring in Japan in 1998 to support Garden of the Moon and the subsequent Ballad Collection and Queen of the Ocean releases. She then expanded her touring efforts to Europe in 2001 to support Secrets of Astrology with additional tours in 2003 and 2004. Lana has been dubbed as “The Queen of Symphonic Rock” by her fans and the press, and yet she remains a very versatile artist able to move from intimate jazz pieces to bone crushing progressive metal. But in the end it is Lana’s love of melody and artistry that reigns over all. Lana is a dedicated artist who approaches her craft with grace and integrity. She celebrated the 10 year anniversary of her first album in 2005 with the stunning concept album, Lady Macbeth, and has recently released a live DVD of her 10th Anniversary Concert Tour. Lana’s newest release is Gemini, an album of classic rock covers recorded with an all-star band.

Photos from the Rocket Scientists/ RoSFest show in Pennsylvania are posted at http://www.thetank.com/photo-rosfest-07.htm. For more information about Rocket Scientists, please visit http://www.thetank.com/rocketscientists.htm or http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband.
For more information about Lana Lane, please visit
http://www.lanalane.com or http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane.
Source: Serge Entertainment PR

New Hardcore Superstar release new single!

Hardcore Superstar will release the new single “Bastards” in June 6th. The song is taken from the forthcoming album planned to be released in November. The band will be in the studio this summer to record the new album. The single will only be released in Sweden but you can order it today world wide on their web site www.hardcoresuperstar.com
Hardcore Superstar
Source: www.hardcoresuperstar.com

Flagship Prog/Rock Ensemble Magellan Returns With “Innocent God” May 15th

Muse-Wrapped Records proudly announces Trent & Wayne Gardner/Robert Berry CD release collaboration

Leading prog/rock trio Magellan returns with their new CD “Innocent God” released by Muse-Wrapped Records, LLC on May 15th, 2007. The outfit, featuring core members Gardner brothers along with Robert Berry (3, GTR, ELP), recorded seven compositions true to the stellar Magellan style spotlighting a highly sophisticated production component of epic proportions.

MAGELLAN represents the second wave of sonic explorers, those who sailed in spirit with the most storied of the prog rock pioneers (e.g., Genesis, Kansas, Rush, Yes) during their youth and now seek to make the journey in practice. At the helm of Magellan are brothers Trent (vocals/keyboards) and Wayne Gardner (guitars), who with bass player Hal Stringfellow Imbrie released their debut album: ‘Hour of Restoration’, in 1991. (Their debut led off with a five-part suite entitled ‘Magna Carta’). A historical concept album about England, it was followed by the similar-sounding ‘Impending Ascension’. Magellan returned in 1997 with ‘Test of Wills’, which represented a slight departure from the band’s original sound (though the group, which included drummer Brad Kaiser, remained intact). In 2002, the Gardners released the ambitious ‘Hundred Year Flood’, dedicated to the brother they lost in the Vietnam War. Though not necessarily a prolific band, Magellan’s well-crafted and ambitious efforts have made them something of a flagship among prog rock’s second armada of artists.

Magellan is:
Trent Gardner
default vocalist and keyboard minimalist
Wayne Gardner
highly overpaid production consultant
Robert Berry
plays a long list of familiar instruments

Album Info
Magellan – Innocent God
Genre: Rock/Progressive
Release date: May 15, 2007
Label: Muse-Wrapped Records, LLC
Tracklist
1. Invisible Bright Man – 6:18
2. My Warrior – 6:51
3. Innocent God – 9:20
4. Found – 6:54
5. Who to Believe? – 5:13
6. Sea of Details – 6:00
7. Slow Burn – 4:41

Produced by Trent Gardner
Innocent God is powered by Hipsolve Media, LLC at http://www.hipsolve.com

http://www.muse-wrapped.com
Source: Serge Entertainment PR

ROBIN BECK set to release new disc

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details surrounding the release of ROBIN BECK’s forthcoming studio album project “Livin’ On A Dream” on July 6th 2007.

Robin started writing the songs that would make the follow up to “Do You Miss Me” in late 2006. “I started co-writing back in December and completed the first song “Nothing’s Gonna Change Your World” in January 2007″ says Robin, who adds “I wanted to write songs that would rock my own personal way. The biggest difference between the new CD, “Livin’ On A Dream” and ‘Do you Miss Me” is that this new CD is driven by my own story lines. “Do You Miss Me” lacked that aspect… There is a tougher, more edgy melodic/rock foundation to the stories”.

Robin was not alone in her powerful new undertaking, “Livin’ On A Dream”. “There is a strong new member of my writing team, Tommy Denander” states the now Florida-based singer. “Tommy is a powerful player and his input was key to this project becoming my best work as a writer and a singer.. Tommy co- produced with James Christian my partner and husband and we all worked in perfect harmony together. Another one of the highlights of this CD is the collaboration between Chris Pelcer, James Christian, Jeff Kent and my self on the song “Always”. I’m also back with my closest writing partner, Jeff Kent who put me firmly back into my truest Rock n’ Roll shoes. Jeff and I are an amazing writing team. I also had the privilege of working with “guitar great”, Jimi Bell and drummer “extraordinaire” BJ Zampa, both House Of Lords band members. In my opinion, we wrote two of best rockers on the CD. Last, but not least, I will always have a touch of my favorite songwriters Amy Sky and Marc Jordan somewhere in my work. They collaborated on a a song called “Until The Last Teardrop Falls” which brought James and I together for a heart pounding ballad that shows the profound love we share in no uncertain terms. Of course, James is at the helm of everything magnificent about these recordings. He is t he only producer I have ever worked with who really knows how to bring the best out in my vocal performances. These are best productions of my career, period!”

“Livin On a Dream” promises to be Robin Beck’s most powerful and exciting creation ever! “This CD is what my fans have been asking me to record for years now. An entire CD of my own work realized. I am so proud of these recordings. All the songs you will find have provocative and memorable hooks with monster playing. We all found a unique collaboration of creative energies that made “Living on a Dream” be an artist’s dream come true”.

“Livin’ On A Dream” will include the following tracks:
Livin’ On A Dream; Show Me The Way; Love Me Like A Man; Always; Nothing’s Gonna Change Your World; Seventeen Forever; Can’t Get Enough Of Your Heart; Runaway; Wrapped Around Your Finger; It’s Magic; I Can’t Walk The Line; Till The Last Tear Drop Falls: Love Lies.

Release date is scheduled on July 6th 2007 on Frontiers Records.
Source: www.frontiers.it

FAIR TO MIDLAND tour and new disc

Fair to Midland has a slew of new tour dates coming up after their US As I Lay Dying dates and their UK festivals and shows with bands like Priestess and Suicidal Tendencies.  In June, FTM comes back to the States to tour with Helsinki band the 69 Eyes and Night Kills the Day.  If you’d like to

Last weekend, the band rocked the Bamboozle festival in Jersey.  Check out a few photos from their set here:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=112774992&blogID=263179769&MyToken=3cf1fae0-fff7-41de-9fe2-2042d0108768

In other news, Fair to Midland killed it at Coachella.  Here’s what the Times has to say about Darroh, who was joined by Serj Tankian onstage during their set:

“During the young Dallas band’s set on Sunday, the singer went wail for wail with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian (who signed them to his label) and later convulsed like Iggy and hit the floor, helping intensify the band’s potent emotional hard rock.” – LA Times

What I Tell You Three Times is True (out June 12)

FAIR TO MIDLAND TOUR SCHEDULE
May 11      Ground Zero                      Spartanburg, SC  (w/ As I Lay Dying)
May 12      Nashville Riverfront Park     Nashville, TN (w/ Cake, Son Volt, Cowboy Mouth)
May 13      Culture Room                     Ft. Lauderdale, FL  (w/ As I Lay Dying)
June 2       Rock Am Ring (main stage) Nurburgring, Germany
June 3       Rock Im Park (main stage)  Nürnberg, Germany
June 5       Paradiso                            Amsterdam, NL
June 6       Barfly                                Birmingham, UK (w/ Priestess)
June 7       Fibbers                              York, UK    (w/ Priestess)
June 9       Mean Fiddler                      London, UK   (w/ Suicidal Tendencies)
June 10     Download Festival               Donnington Park, UK
June 12     Curtain Club                       Dallas, TX (CD Release show!)
June 13     Conservatory                      Oklahoma City, OK
June 14     Remingtons                        Springfield, MO
June 15     The Annex                         Madison, WI
June 16     Varsity Theatre                  Minneapolis, MN
June 18     Valentines                         Albany, NY
June 19     Middle East – Downstairs    Cambridge, MA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 20     The Gramercy Theatre        New York City, NY (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 21     Mr. Small’s Theatre             Millvale, PA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 22     Agora Ballroom                  Cleveland, OH (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 23     Harpo’s                             Detroit, MI (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 24     House of Blues                  Chicago, IL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 26     Bluebird Theatre                Denver, CO (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 28     Slim’s                               San Francisco, CA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
June 29     TBA                                 Anaheim, CA
June 30     TBA                                 Los Angeles, CA
July 2        House of Blues – Cambridge Room    Dallas, TX (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 3        Meridian                          Houston, TX (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 5        Revolution                       Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 6        House of Blues                 Lake Buena Vista, FL (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 7        Roxy Theatre                   Atlanta, GA (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 9        Recher Theatre                Towson, MD (w/ The 69 Eyes)
July 10      Theatre of Living Arts       Philadelphia, PA (w/ The 69 Eyes)

Listen to “Vice Versa”: http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/labels/universalrepublic/fairtomidland/audio/fablesofamayfly/vice_versa_96k.asx
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fairtomidland

Also, if you didn’t see it when it premiered on Pure Volume, here’s the new video for “Dance of the Manatee” :
http://video.umrg.com/fairtomidland/danceofthemaneteepromo
Source: www.sneakattackmedia.com

CAPITOL/EMI CONFIRMS THE RELEASE OF THE ENTIRE PAUL MCCARTNEY SOLO CATALOG DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

EMI Music has retained Paul McCartney’s solo catalog and is preparing a comprehensive re-launch, including new digital campaigns as well as physical re-releases.  For the very first time, McCartney and Wings albums will be made available across all digital platforms.  In the U.S., Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will oversee the physical and digital catalog initiatives.

McCartney’s EMI catalog stretches from his first solo album “McCartney” through his releases with Wings to his latest critically-acclaimed studio album “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.” Within these albums lies a breathtaking list of singles including ‘Band On The Run,’ ‘My Love,’ ‘Let ‘Em In,’ and ‘Jet.’

Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, “Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles catalog, spanning four decades, is one of the great treasures of popular music.  EMI is proud to be introducing Paul’s music to the digital marketplace.”

Paul McCartney recently received the Album of the Year award at the Classical Brit Awards for his classical album ‘Ecce Cor Meum.’

Paul McCartney releases his next studio album “Memory Almost Full” on June 4, 2007.
Source: www.emicap.com  

Droid makes their debut!

On July 10th Droid Will Release Their Self- Titled Debut On Emotional Syphon Recordings; Founded By

Munky, Korn’s Revolutionary Guitarist!!! + Guest Vocals By Chino Moreno Of Deftones

Don’t Miss Droid on Family Values this summer with Korn, Evanescence, Atreyu and more. 

This five piece hailing from Long Beach, California creates a menacing sound which features rapid-fire riffs and power grooves with a violent crushing delivery. On their self-titled Emotional Syphon

Recordings debut, Droid embrace a bludgeoning aesthetic that pummels and punishes. They are a cutting edge band who pushes the boundaries of heavy metal. This musical foundation is the core that allows Vocalist James “Buddy” Eason to channel an honest brutality that takes Droid’s brand of metal to soaring new heights and into a dark, violent and cathartic realm.

Droid’s debut marks the first release for Emotional Syphon, founded by revolutionary Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer. After catching a Droid show at Hollywood’s historic Whisky-A-Go-Go, Munky immediately signed the band as the label’s flagship act, and they recorded their inaugural offering at Korn’s Elementree Studios in Los Angeles. The sessions resulted in a volatile collection of tracks.

Their songs strike each listener with a vibrancy that separates Droid from the oversaturated scene surrounding them. Says Eason: “You’ve got to be true to where you come from, and each one of us has a metal background. So we want to pay homage to what we love, but bring it with a new flavor. I want to mix real hardcore into it a little bit, as well. Our goal is to be a band that’s always evolving. We’re never leaving metal, and that’s an oath I will always stand by—but we will evolve.”

The blueprint has been drawn with this release, and there’s no turning back. A standout track and an unforgettable collision of chaos “Vengeance is Mine”, showcasing a collaboration with Deftones frontman

Chino Moreno. The song is a volley of vitriol between the two singers, a twisted call and response with Eason’s commanding roar answering Moreno’s tortured, profound and often hypnotic high-pitched scream. “The contrast between me and Chino is sick,” says Droid frontman. “I learned a lot from just watching Chino in the studio. I’ll continue to learn and want to work with people like that but, at the same time, be able to hold my own.

Touring with Korn on 2003′s Back 2 Basics tour introduced Droid to America, who got another taste of the chaos on Family Values 2006. Mixing a raw East Coast hardcore ferocity with calculated metallic warfare, Droid have become a fine-tuned machine in front of a crowd. “It’s like a brick wall coming at you 100 miles per hour”, says Eason. “You can basically come to our shows and release all of your hate.”

Ultimately, what’s drawn so much attention to this band is their deep honesty. “If you’re not honest, people can tell”, concludes Eason. “People can tell if you’ve never experienced the things that you’re singing about. People will vibe you and see if you’re the same guy. The last thing I want is to be fake about anything.”

Quotes guitarist Jaime Teissere – “This record will force you to take your balls out of your mom’s purse.“

Make no mistake, this metal is real!!!
www.myspace.com/droid

Droid on Family Values Tour:

7/20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Float-Rite
7/22 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/24 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Waterfront
7/25 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic
7/27 – Boston, MA – Tweeter Center for the Performing

Arts

7/28 – Washington DC – Nissan Pavilion
7/29 – Hartford, CT – New England Dodge Theater
7/31 – Toronto, ON – Molson
8/01 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
8/03 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC
8/04 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
8/05 – Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain
8/07 – Sarasota Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts

Center

8/08 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Music
8/11 – Atlanta, GA – Hi Fi Buys
8/12 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
8/14 – Miami, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
8/15 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheater
8/17 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Center
8/18 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/19 – San Antonio, TX – Verizon Wireless
8/21 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
8/22 – Kansas City, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/24 – Denver, CO – Coors Amphitheater
8/25 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
8/28 – Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Arena
8/31 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
9/01 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/02 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

JOE SHITHEAD KEITHLEY AND HIS BAND OF REBELS UNITE

Joe Shithead Keithley, Canada’s punk godfather and leader of the legendary D.O.A. has gathered together some of Vancouver’s best musicians for his latest project Band of Rebels.

Coming from a punk background that has influenced fans, musicians and activists for the last 30 years, Band of Rebels covers his punk roots, but it flows wildly out from there. Keithley manages to combine punk-a-billy, ska, roots punk and even a little hard funk into a gripping, confrontational, but blatantly funny look at life on our evolving ball of confusion known as earth.

When asked why he has recorded a solo album when D.O.A is still going strong, he had this to say. “I have to stretch out and try new things; this is a different way to fight the system. Band of Rebels is like an extension of D.O.A., musically it’s little different, but it’s still nuts and it’s still meant to cause trouble and stir shit up!”

Joe knew that this had to be a group effort, not another pretentious solo CD from yet another fucking band dude who uttered the hackneyed phrase “I’m going solo, you see I’m a sensitive artist.” No, Shithead knew he needed a band that could really pull off stirring versions of his songs.

The Rebels started out with a trio that maybe was just as suited to causing trouble as making an album. The Great Baldini on drums (D.O.A.) Joe on guitar and vocals and Black Jacques Chirac on bass (rumored to have been mixed up in French politics).

To expand the sound (and to maybe aid in the potential takeover of western governments and banks, same thing really…) Joe lured producer and mixer CHON (D.O.A., Be Good Tanyas) into the Rebel’s clandestine fold.

Joe and CHON then scanned through the most wanted list and came up with these co-conspirators. Randy Rampage-vocals and bass (D.O.A., Annhilator, SF9), Chris Gestrin-keyboards (Jim Byrnes Band), Kuba Ohms-vocals (Velvet), Sho Murray-vocals (Shocore), Kevin Kane-vocals (Grapes of Wrath), John Korsrud-trumpet (Hard Rubber Orchestra), Liam MacDonald-percussion (Bocephus King), Jesse Zubot-violin (Zubot and Dawson), Coco Love Alcorn-vocals, Adam Bartlett-vocals (Adamnation), Bill Runge-saxaphone (Hard Rubber Orchestra) and Jeremy Holmes-standup bass (Bughouse Five).

The Rebels lay the music out in a wild and compelling manner. Shithead lyrically covers a wide gamut of topics. They range from rebellion to marijuana to Armageddon to Star Trek to rip off record companies. They even belt out a late nite bar room tribute to one of the original rebels, Leadbelly (“Goodnight Irene”). Yeah, Joe and his Band of Rebels take on the system and they do it well.

Band of Rebels is out June 19th, so come and join the revolution.

For an advance listen:   http://suddendeath.com/bandofrebels/

D.O.A. Tour Dates:

June 6 Calgary, AB- Distillery
June 7 Lethbridge, AB- Hard Candy
June 8 High River, AB- Beef n’ Brew
June 9 Ponoka, AB- P’s & Q’s
June 10 Innisfail, AB The Zoo
June 11 Banff, AB- Wild Bills
July 3 Hamilton, ON-The Underground
July 4 London, ON-tbc
July 5 Windsor, ON-The Roxy
July 6 Oshawa. ON- The Dungeon
July 7 Toronto, ON-The Kathedral
July 8 St. Catherines, ON-L3
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

THE AMERICAN BLACK LUNG TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM July 10

It is not often that a band comes along that can be compared to any number of bands yet embody each of them equally.  This is what Tucson’s The American Black Lung brings to the table.  The band’s sound is part early Black Flag, part Iggy Pop, part The Bronx, and part The Hellacopters. “An incendiary mix of hardore, hardrock, with a dollop of garage rock and a sliver of metal thrown in for good measure,” says All Music Guide.  Having recently signed with Laguna Beach’s Uprising Records, The American Black Lung is poised to release their sophomore effort Sudden Departure Of Vultures on July 10.
 
Since forming in 2003, The American Black Lung has toured North America and Europe numerous times with the likes of MXPX, Further Seems Forever, and Valient Thor among many others.  This summer looks to be no different as the band will be taking their captivating, sweat-drenched live show on the road with The Bled and then return to the Warped Tour for the second year in a row.  The American Black Lung came together as a group of friends looking to pay homage to their music that has influenced them and molded them into the people they are today. The band is comprised of Johnny Detroit (guitars), Dusty Rhoads (bass), Easy E (guitars), W. Moon (drums), and Diamond Rhino shedding on vocals.  With the band’s stock already rising steadily, make no doubt the release of Sudden Departure Of Vultures will take The American Black Lung to the next level.

For more information on The American Black Lung please visit www.myspace.com/theamericanblacklung or www.uprisingrecords.com.

Tracklisting for Sudden Departure Of Vultures:
1.  Behold The Mighty Galactus
2.  Cufflinks
3.  The Skyline Itself Is Alive
4.  Call Me Animal
5.  They Wept As They Drowned
6.  At His Best
7.  Doc Bollywood
8.  Werewolves By Night
9.  Born Of A Broken Man
Source: www.blackandwhitepr.net


TEN YEARS AFTER CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXTENSIVE WORLDWIDE TOUR

When one thinks of the original Woodstock Festival, classic performances of such bands as the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, and Santana immediately come to mind. But one group that handed in one of the festival’s show-stopping (and certainly, one of the most rocking) performances was Ten Years After, who subsequently built a sizeable fanbase of people starved for classic blues rock. Now, 40 years after the group’s original formation, Ten Years After – Joe Gooch (vocals, lead guitar), Chick Churchill (keyboards), Leo Lyons (bass guitar), and Ric Lee (drums, no relation to Alvin) – is rocking the tour trail once more.
 
During the group’s first go-round (from 1967 to 1974), the focal point of Ten Years After was guitar hero/singer Alvin Lee. It was the Lee-fronted line-up that rocked Woodstock, and also scored several hits (tops on the list being “I’d Love to Change the World” and “I’m Going Home”) as well as the hit albums ‘Sssh’ (1969), ‘Cricklewood Creek’ (1970), and ‘A Space in Time’ (1971), before splitting up. The group reunited briefly in the late ‘80s, before going their separate ways once more. Come the early 21st century, Ric Lee had unearthed a gem from the vaults, ‘Live at the Fillmore East’ (from 1970), which got the band members considering another go ‘round. With Alvin Lee the only member not willing to move forward, Gooch stepped in, and the group has been a lean, mean, rockin’ machine ever since.

“It’s better – has more of a band feel than before” explains Ric Lee about the Gooch-fronted Ten Years After. “The energy level is frightening from three old bastards and a young dude who is able to play the signature licks, and yet impart his own original stamp on everything.” Lyons adds that the move to replace Alvin was out of necessity to keep the band alive, but has worked out for the best. “Alvin Lee did not have the enthusiasm to tour. Joe joining Ten Years After has been a very positive thing and has given the band a renewed energy. I think the band is now playing like it did when the fire was first lit way back in 1967. We have more fun on stage than we’ve ever had and it shows in our music.”

And although it’s been 40 years since Ten Years After first took shape, the upcoming Anniversary Tour will show the quartet is still firing on all cylinders. “We’re determined to give them as good a time as we have playing for them,” says Lyons. “It’s a real pleasure to be back on tour. We’ll play a selection of the most requested songs from our earlier records plus new material from ‘Now’ (2004) and ‘Roadworks’ (2005). We’ll also be slipping in some as-yet-unrecorded material. After the show we’ll come out to meet our fans and sign any albums or CD’s they bring along.”

And if the upcoming tour wasn’t enough to satisfy longtime fans, Lee unveiled that the group is also currently hard at work on an all-new studio set. “Writing is going on as we speak, and a new album should surface in early 2008. The music will no doubt still have a blues base but will move forward from where ‘Now’ and ‘Roadworks’ left off.”

After the 40th Anniversary Tour winds down, Ten Years After plans on finishing off the forthcoming album, before…hitting the road again, says Lyons. “The 40th Anniversary tour runs until May 2008 and travels all over the world. It’s a heavy commitment. We plan to release at least one DVD and one studio CD. After that I guess we’ll start the 41st Anniversary tour. We all enjoy playing.”

In addition to U.S. dates, Ten Years After also plans on performing this year in such exotic locales as the Far East, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. According to Lee, expect to be rocked. “A powerful, ass-kicking Ten Years After – playing old and new like the fans have not seen or heard before.”

Confirmed Ten Years After tour dates:
 
May 23  Sellersville,  PA              Sellersville Theater
May 24  Roanoke,  VA                 Festival In The Park
May 25  Winston-Salem, NC       Ziggy’s
Jun 15   Chattanooga,  TN           Riverbend Festival
Jul 11    New  York, NY                 B.B. King’s
Jul 12    Northampton,  MA          Iron Horse
Jul 13    Ottawa, Canada             Ottawa Blues Festival
Jul 15    Milton,  Canada              Escarpment Blues Festival
Jul 17    Detroit,  MI                      Magic Bag
Jul 20    Huntington,  NY              IMAC Theater
Jul 21    Annapolis,  MD              Rams Head

For more information, visit the official Ten Years After site, at www.tenyearsafternow.com
Source: www.chipsterpr.com

Rare Led Zeppelin Book and Print Now Available

The rock world is on fire with the release of UK power trio GMT’s new heavy hitting CD Bitter & Twisted. GMT features Bernie Torme: Irish guitar legend and frontman, known for saving the day for Ozzy Osbourne when guitarist Randy Rhoads tragically died, as well as hits and tours with Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Desperado, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, Torme, LA Guns singer Philip Lewis and much, much more…
John McCoy: Larger than life lead bass player, a man mountain with a huger sound. Former bass player and producer with Gillan, Mammoth, Sampson, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), UK Subs, and Atomic Rooster.
Robin Guy: Powerhouse tribal drummer previously with Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Faith No More, Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Adam Ant and many others.

GMT’s new CD Bitter & Twisted, released on Bernie Torme’s label Retrowrek Records, has been receiving rave reviews worldwide. Here’s what some of the critics are saying:

“Once you pop in the rocking debut, Bitter & Twisted from GMT (Guy McCoy Torme ), it’s like throwing a lit match in a pool of gasoline! Coming at you like a battering ram the trio unleash their rock fury with… Like the late Joe Strummer and Rancid, GMT have not only embraced Punk, but elevate it to its truest art and rawest form. Combining it around richly textured power guitar hooks and an attitude that would bring a brama bull to its knees. There is something incredibly special about this band.
- (The Atomic Chaser) Access Magazine, Los Angeles, CA USA

“…GMT have released an album that not only will peel the paint off your walls, but will definitely perk up the ears of any fan of no nonsense heavy rock, resulting in one of the finest records of the year in the process… Remarkably diverse, especially for the power trio format, what GMT have come up with is a most impressive, cohesive mix of songs certain to find favor with all those who seek this out. Rather than merely playing it safe and coming up with something predictable, these three extremely talented rock veterans have created an album which is as vital as anything being released in heavy rock today, while still retaining enough of the classic elements which brought them recognition in the first place.”
- www.rocknrolluniverse.com

“If you thought the idea of a stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll power trio was dead and buried in these technological times, think again. GMT are as raw as untreated sewage – and as environmentally unfriendly… Enjoy. This is as twisted as a tornado.”
- Classic Rock Magazine – UK

“…This album ROCKS and then some!.. think Thin Lizzy meets the Pogues, this album is a sheer joy. As a three piece they exude so much power, in fact a melodic Motorhead would be a near comparison. The power trio as it should be done: no frills rock ‘n’ roll…”
- www.classicrocknewswire.blogspot.com

“I’m so pleased, I can’t believe it,” says Bernie Torme about the rave reactions the new GMT CD has been garnering. “I’ve been recording albums since 1978 when my first album was recorded, but I don’t think I’ve ever played on an album, or recorded any album that has received such an amazing response. The thing is, we recorded it, and it was just for our own enjoyment. It wasn’t actually planned to be a popular album. It was just a case of going and recording an album, just as we are, because it was enjoyable playing together. We’ve had great press, just amazing press!”

In support of Bitter & Twisted GMT are playing several select UK dates:

July 07, 2007 – The Pitz, Milton Keynes
July 21, 2007 – Riga Club, Southend
July 28, 2007 – The Rock & Blues Custom Show, Derbyshire
Aug. 11, 2007 – Rainbow Spirit Enlightenment Fayre, Chepstow
Sept. 07, 2007 – The Twist, Colchester
Sept. 08, 2007 – The Academy, Manchester
Sept. 29, 2007 – Esquires, Bedford
Nov. 02, 2007 – Boardwalk, Sheffield
Nov. 16, 2007 – The Point, Cardiff
Nov. 29, 2007 – Carling Academy, Liverpool
Dec. 01, 2007 – Fibbers, York

Recently, Bernie Torme has been doing a series of in depth interviews with the likes of www.rocknrolluniverse.com, www.classicrockrevisited.com and UK’s Metal Mayhem. Also, the legendary guitarist was listed in the April 2007 edition of Classic Rock Magazine’s Top 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes. As a follow-up to Bitter & Twisted, and the band’s 3-track EP Cannonball, Guy McCoy Torme are currently back in the studio recording their next album.

For more information on GMT visit the band’s official website: www.gmtrocks.com
Source: glassonyonpr

The Horrors Preorder and Tour

Hope you’re having a happy spring. Unfortunately we have a bit of bad news.  The Horrors will not be joining Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on their tour this summer.  However, they are setting up a bunch of US dates for the summer and should be playing a lot of the same cities.  We’ll send the details as soon as shows are confirmed.

Also, Strange House comes out May 15 on Stolen Transmission but you can preorder it and get a free t-shirt designed by lead singer Faris Rotter here:   http://www.cinderblock.com/bands/product-details.aspx?site=trn&product=8885
Stream for “Count in Fives” 
http://stolentransmission.com/mediafiles/thehorrors.html

Video for “Count in Fives”
http://stolentransmission.com/mediafiles/countInfivesiPod.mp4

http://www.myspace.com/thehorrors
Source:  www.sneakattackmedia.com

The BLACK LIPS to play Croatia

They’ve been dubbed the “hardest working band at SXSW” by the New York Times and “one of the best live bands in America” by Rolling Stone, and this summer the Black Lips storm the shores of the UK, Europe and Israel to show them how it’s done in Atlanta.  You’d think after running all over the country on a firey tour with the Ponys and playing more shows in three days than a Las Vegas chorus girl the fellas would want a break, but while the bags are already packed, why not just keep going.  6 shows in Holland?  Why not?  Showing Croatia and Israel a good time the Black Lips way?  Sounds about right.  World, meet the Black Lips.

If you’ve never seen the Black Lips, relive some Tijuana glory:
http://www.vicerecords.com/blacklips/Black_Lips-Boomerang.mov

Here are the dates.  If you’re planning on hitting Croatia, plan it for the 3rd week in May.

Tour dates:
Thu    3-May-07    Netherlands    Uttrecht    Ekko
Fri    4-May-07    Netherlands    Den Bosch    W2
Sat    5-May-07    Netherlands    Haarlem    Bevrijdingspop
Sat    5-May-07    Netherlands    Roterdam    Waterfront
Sun    6-May-07    Netherlands    Amsterdam    Paradiso    
Tue    8-May-07    Denmark    Copenhagen    Vega
Wed    9-May-07    Sweden    Gottenburg    Pusterviksbaren
Thu    10-May-07    Sweden     Oslo    Bla
Fri    11-May-07    Sweden     Stockholm    Debaser
Sat    12-May-07    Sweden     Malmo    Debaser     
Mon    14-May-07    Helsinki    Helsinki    Kuudes Linja 
Wed    16-May-07    Germany    Berlin    Vice Party at Scala
Thu    17-May-07    Germany    Nuremberg    Muz Club
Fri    18-May-07    Switzerland    St Gallen    Grabenhalle
Sat    19-May-07    Germany    Munich    Monofaktur
Sun    20-May-07    Austria     Vienna    Arena
Mon    21-May-07    Croatia    Zagreb    Teater + TD (Open Air)
Tue    22-May-07    Italy    Nr Venice    Mojomantics
Wed    23-May-07    Italy    Milan    Vice Party – Venue TBC
Thu    24-May-07    Switzerland    Schaffhausen    Tap Tab
Fri    25-May-07    Belgium    Brussels    Recyclart
Sat    26-May-07    France    Nancy    Autre Canal
Sun    27-May-07    France    Chalon Sur Saone    La Péniche
Mon    28-May-07    France    Drive Day/Day Off   
Tue    29-May-07    France    Bordeux    Heretic
Wed    30-May-07    France    Paris    Triptyque
Thu    31-May-07    UK    London    Corsica Studio
Fri    1-Jun-07    UK    Spain    Primavera
Sat    2-Jun-07    UK    London    Proud Gallery
Sun    3-Jun-07    UK    Manchester    The Roadhouse
Mon    4-Jun-07    UK    Glasgow    ABC 2
Tue    5-Jun-07    UK    Leeds    The Faversham
Wed    6-Jun-07    UK   Germany  Vice Party   tbc
Thu    7-Jun-07    UK    Bristol   Venue TBC
Fri    8-Jun-07    Israel    Tel Aviv    Levontin 7
Sat    9-Jun-07    Israel   
Sun    10-Jun-07    Israel   
Mon         Israel    TBC   
Tue    12-Jun-07    Israel   
Wed    13-Jun-07    Israel   
Thu    14-Jun-07    Israel    
Fri    15-Jun-07    Israel    Jerusalem   
Sat    16-Jun-07    Israel    Tel Aviv    Levontin 7
Sun    17-Jun-07    Israel  
Source: www.vicerecords.com

CHROMEO to release disc in June

We’ve been pumping the new Chromeo record, Fancy Footwork (out June 19) pretty much every morning in the VICE offices. The new record is usually followed with some Rick Springfield or Supertramp, if that gives any indication of what this record can do for you. If you listen to Fancy Footwork and don’t feel the insatiable need to go buy a white suit and drive around in a Ferrari Spyder, you need some summertime fun, stat.

You can check out a cliplet of Dave 1 and Pee Thugg rapping about the record here:
http://www.vicerecords.com/chromeo/FancyFootwork_Intro.mov

You can listen to the first two singles off the record here:
Fancy Footwork: http://www.vicerecords.com/download/Chromeo-Fancy_Footwork_vicerecords.mp3
Tenderoni: http://www.vicerecords.com/download/Chromeo_Tendreroni.mp3

AND you can watch a live performance clip of “Tenderoni” here. The vid feels all hot and sweaty, and that’s just how we like it.
http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=661014254&bccl=Njg2OTk3ODE5X19NVVNJQw==
Source: www.vicerecords.com

KARI KIMMEL Releases  A DAY IN THE LIFE On June 15th

A DAY IN THE LIFE, the new album by singer/songwriter Kari Kimmel and her first solo album release ever, is spellbinding with infectious songs. To Make You Smile, the first single release, will certainly be most striking to the fans. “The verse and chorus were written in 5 minutes,” explains Kari Kimmel. “This song wrote itself as I was waiting for a friend- it just fell out.”
 
If you haven’t heard of Kari Kimmel, you will be familiar with her work. A music veteran at age 26, Kimmel’s music can be heard featured on box office movies such as White Chicks, Shall we Dance, Ella Enchanted as well as T.V. shows like The Gilmore Girls, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, 8 Simple Rules, Laguna Beach and The Hills to name a few.
 
Kimmel started playing piano at age 10 and writing for other bands in high school. By age 19 she was signed to a development deal with Atlantic Records. From Atlantic she moved to Virgin Records in 2005. She has written for artists from Disco Diva Gloria Gaynor to Kimberley Locke (American Idol runner up) in which Kimmel’s song “I could” was a hit single.
 
Now Kimmel is writing her own album for the first time. *A DAY IN THE LIFE is an album based on real life experiences that are either personal or about someone near and dear. Most of the songs were written in a year, and are the best songs that sonically fit Kimmel’s trademark personality. “As a songwriter I have written many songs for others singers including r&b & country performers,” Kimmel explains. I get my best ideas when I sleep, so in the middle of the night I wake up and run to the piano so I don’t lose them.
 
For Kari Kimmel A DAY IN THE LIFE is the beginning of an auspicious career in music, never mind that the artist creating it has been making music for 16 years.
 
A DAY IN THE LIFE is currently exclusive at iTunes, CD Baby, www.karikimmel.com and www.myspace.com/karikimmel
Source: www.vqpr.com

Frontiers announces new releases

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND
 
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the reissue of MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND’s masterpiece “How Long” on June 8th 2007.
In order to coincide with the release of Michael Thompson’s new band debut album TRW’s “Rivers of Paradise”, Frontiers and Michael agreed that it was a perfect time to re-release this masterpiece on the same day.
In 1988, after working to try and get a deal with his band Slang for several years, Thompson got signed by Geffen Records to release one album entitled “How Long”, under the Michael Thompson Band (MTB) monicker.
 
The singer for this group was Rick ‘Moon’ Calhoun, previously front man for the AOR cult band THE STRAND, Michael’s long time friend. Completing the line-up were another bunch of highly respected studio professionals such as: John Andrew Schreiner (on keyboards), Leon Gaer (bass), John Keane (drums).
 
On “How Long” more musicians appeared, in particular drummer-maestro Terry Bozzio, Pat Torpey (of MR BIG), bassist Jimmy Haslip, ex KANSAS vocalist John Elefante, TOTO’s Bobby Kimball and GREAT WHITE associates Michael Lardie and Wyn Davis (who also produced the album).
As of today “How Long” is regarded as one of the highest examples of hi-tech AOR / West Coast, with a superb production and immaculate songwriting. During the years it became more and more of a collector’s item and the prices paid on E-bay exceeded 80 dollars!
This 2007 reissue comes completely remastered and adds two songs which were recorded during the original sessions and the first fruit of a reunion between Michael, Moon Calhoun and songwriter Jeff Paris entitled “Wheelchair”: an appetizer for an upcoming brand new album to be expected sometime in 2008 !
 
Final tracklisting of “How Long” reissue shall be:
Secret Information; Give Love a Chance; 1000 Nights; Wasteland; Never Stop Falling; Can’t Miss; Gloria; Stranger; Baby Come Back; How Long; Right To Be Wrong (bonus track); Love Goes On (bonus track); Wheelchair (new song).
In the meanwhile tracklisting for the highly anticipated album from TRW (the new alliance between Michael Thompson with former BRIDGE 2 FAR members and top-session players John Robinson and Mark Williamson) has been finalized.
 
The album “Rivers of Paradise” will include the following tracks:
Set My Spirit Free / Rivers of Paradise; Hold On; Indiscretion; Gonna Be Some Changes; Only a Letter; Hard Time Love; One Good Woman; Love Comes Callin’; Alimony Blues
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to welcome back some great AOR heroes !!!
 
 
SEVEN TEARS
 
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Swedish Melodic Metal hopefuls SEVEN TEARS !
 
Previously known as ATLANTICA (their demo received a great review on SWEDEN ROCK Magazine in early 2006) the band is now formed by Jonathan Carlemar on guitars, Fredrik Lager on bass, Kristofer von Wachenfeldt on keyboards (PLATITUDE), Michael Sjöö on drums (SPEARFISH) and singer Zoran Djorem. With this line-up SEVEN TEARS recorded the demo “The Story Unfolds” which was sent in early 2007 to the attention of Frontiers Records who immediately liked the music and offered a recording deal to the guys in February 2007.
 
“It is absolutely fantastic to get a deal with Frontiers. A dream come true!” said guitar player Jonathan Carlemar, who presents SEVEN TEARS music as “Evergrey meets Journey: an unique mixture of  Melodic Metal and an AOR-feeling with some prog-elements. The mixture of different styles from the members musical past gives the band a unique sound towards today’s rock/metal bands”.
SEVEN TEARS are currently busy recording the debut album under the direction of  Peter Lundin (SPEARFISH) at Teknik Kompaniet Studios in Vetlanda, Sweden. Frontiers hopes to release the album during the fall 2007.
Weblinks: www.myspace.com/seventearsmusic / www.frontiers.it
Source: www.frontiers.it

Dream Aria LIVE on AIR & LIVE VIDEO This FRI.

Dream Aria will be featured live on air AND via live VIDEO this Fri, May 4th (as shown below) on http://www.5150fm.com. We will be going on at 7pm (Toronto time). You can call in and chat with us if you like. We will also have ‘giveaways’. Hope you are all doing great!
Cheers,
Ann
http://www.dreamaria.com
Source: www.annburstyn.com

 

 

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