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Speedy Ortiz on tour now

posted Apr 25, 2015, 3:15 PM by Vu Nguyen

After sharing a stream of it a week early via NPR's First Listen, Speedy Ortiz has released their brand new album Foil Deer today via Carpark Records. Its release comes in conjunction with the band sharing the video for second Foil Deer single "The Graduates" via T Magazine. 

 

The remainder of the band's week won't let up any either, as their North American tour kicks off tomorrow night in Cambridge and the band will be hosting a Reddit AMA April 23rd at 3PM EST . 

 

Check out the video for "The Graduates" along with what the press has been saying about Foil Deer below and grab a copy of the album via iTunes.

 

Tour Dates

4/25/15 ­ New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *&
4/26/15 ­ Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *&
4/28/15 ­ Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo *!
4/29/15 ­ Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop *!
4/30/15 ­ Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle *!
5/1/15 ­ Madison, WI @ The Frequency *!
5/2/15 ­ Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *!
5/3/15 ­ Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis *!
5/4/15 ­ Champaign, IL @ Highdive *!
5/6/15 ­ Washington, DC @ Black Cat *!
5/7/15 ­ Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
5/8/15 ­ Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle ­ Back Room *
5/9/15 ­ Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
5/11/15 ­ Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar *
5/13/15 ­ New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
5/14/15 ­ Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown $
5/15/15 ­ Austin, TX @ Red 7 $
5/16/15 ­ Dallas, TX @ Club Dada $
5/21/15 ­ Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo $
5/22/15 ­ Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room $
5/23/15 ­ Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium $
5/25/15 ­ Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios $%
5/26/15 ­ Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt $
5/27/15 ­ Seattle, WA @ Barboza $
5/29/15 ­ Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court $^
5/30/15 ­ Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge $^
5/31/15 ­ Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room $^
6/1/15 ­ Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall $^
6/2/15 ­ St. Louis, MO @ Firebird $^
6/4/15 ­ Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory $^
6/5/15 ­ Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern $^
6/6/15 ­ Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B. $^
7/17/15 ­ Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

* w/ KRILL
&w/ Mitski
! w/ Two Inch Astronaut
$ w/ Alex G
% w/ Broken Water
^ w/ Palehound
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ROBBEN FORD streams 'Breath of Me' ft ZZ Ward ahead of new album 'Into the Sun'

posted Apr 4, 2015, 11:46 PM by Vu Nguyen

Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s new album Into The Sun (Mascot Label Group) shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and the stunning playing that’s made him a favorite foil of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends.

 

The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” — a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.

 

Into the Sun, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: gritty Southern rock newcomer Tyler Bryant on “Stone Cold Heaven,” Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes on “High Heels And Throwing Things,” slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on “So Long 4 U,” Americana and blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph on “Justified,” and vocal sensation ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me." Niko Bolas, whose credits include Neil Young, John Mayer and Keith Richards, engineered.

 

“The album is really upbeat,” Ford relates. “It has a positive vibe to it — a good time feel. There are a lot of different rhythms and colors and the way the instruments are used is really different on this and that track. It makes me very happy to have something so diverse.”

 

Although Ford’s recent releases have been hailed as returns to his musical roots — which go back to his discovery of blues as a teenager in the 1960s – Into The Sun is a clear departure, using tradition as a springboard to incorporate his timeless vocabulary of jazz, pop, blues and rock into a modern framework for his poetic lyrics and the most graceful, emotionally nuanced and melodic vocal performances of his career.

 

“This album is obviously of these times,” Ford says. “And the rule during the recording process was to have no lid on things. I’ve worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter, but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music. When you’re open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen.”

 

All of the music and most of the lyrics from Into The Sun came directly from Ford, but he also collaborated with ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me” and enlisted the enigmatic Kyle Swan, whose own recordings liberally mix images and styles to build articulate modernist-pop tone poems. That quality reverberates in the four songs Ford co-wrote with Swan, married to the guitar giant’s own deep commitment to narrative. “Working with Kyle was part of my desire to toss up everything and see what might happen, to get a fresh perspective,” says Ford.

 

“Justified” is a sheer gas with Keb’ Mo’ and Ford trading tongue-in-cheek vocal lines as Randolph adds soaring pedal steel punctuation over Jim Cox’s purposefully wobbly honky tonk piano.

 

Into The Sun was recorded by Bolas, a collaborator of Ford’s since his all-instrumental 1997 album Tiger Walk. “Niko is simply the best tracking engineer I’ve ever encountered,” says Ford. “He gets great sounds instantly.” All the better to capture Ford’s glorious guitar tones, this time derived from four of his go-to instruments: a pair of Gibson SG’s from 1963 and 1964, his beloved 1960 Telecaster and his Gibson B-25 acoustic. As he’s done on every album he’s made since 1983, Ford used a Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier.

 

“For me,” Ford says, “it’s all about the art. If you work hard at something you’re going to get better. I honestly think I reached a point with my writing on Into The Sun where I could just go with the flow and bring some of the best songs I’ve ever created to life.”

 

Ford already has an impressive number of shows lined up to support the album, both here in America and overseas. One of the more notable upcoming appearances will be the from August 31-September 4, 2015, at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort, in Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Forest Preserve (about 30 miles west of Woodstock), guitar enthusiasts and guitarists of all skill levels will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to get inside the minds and see the hands up close of Ford and other music icons at Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp.

 

In addition to his robust profile as a world-class musician, Ford is a highly sought-after educator with a series of acclaimed and groundbreaking interactive videos presented on a variety of formats including disks, downloads and mobile apps.  This Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will include master classes, one-on-one sessions, landmark live performances with sit-in opportunities, and all-inclusive meal options and lodging accommodations.  Ford will be joined by special guest guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson; as well as Ford’s ace rhythm section (Brian Allen on bass and Wes Little on drums), who will conduct master classes on groove, time, and pocket; and Ford’s friend and trusted guitar tech, Rick Wheeler, a jazz virtuoso, will also conduct sessions on jazz guitar.  One of the most thrilling aspects of the Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will be hearing these complimentary talents make music together.  To get more details on the camp and/or to register, visit: http://www.robbenfordguitarcamp.com/

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Introducing: Rachel Platten, "Fight Song" Available Now

posted Mar 30, 2015, 9:22 PM by Vu Nguyen

New York City-based singer/songwriter Rachel Platten kicks off a cross country U.S. tour this week alongside Andy Grammer and Alex & Sierra, with dates continuing through April 3 at Los Angeles’ House of Blues. See below for full list of dates.

 

Rachel’s new single “Fight Song” is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. After recently being featured in the Christmas episode of Pretty Little Liars during a pivotal scene, the song immediately climbed into iTunes’ Top 100, making it the best-selling single of any song featured on the show in its following week. “Fight Song” has become a positive anthem for people far and wide, from fans battling cancer and other illnesses to Baltimore’s John Hopkins Children’s Center’s annual MIX 106.5 Radiothon, which kicked off early this morning. “Fight Song” is available everywhere now, including iTunes and Spotify.

 

Rachel is currently finishing her debut album for Columbia Records, expected to be released later this year. For more, visit www.rachelplatten.com.

 

***

 

Born and raised in Boston, Rachel Platten has been an independent musician for more than 10 years. While in college, Rachel realized her true calling and passion was music and upon graduation, dropped everything to move to New York City—specifically the musically-rich MacDougal Street in Manhattan’s West Village. There, Rachel met and played with a variety of musicians, from all skill levels and genres, from open mic nights to eventually self-booking and touring the country on her own, sharing stages with The Strokes, Lady Gaga, Matt Nathanson, The Fray, Gavin DeGraw, Regina Spektor and more. In 2011, Rachel landed a Top 20 hit at adult pop radio with her song “1,000 Ships,” which became the highest-charting independent release at the format in the last 10 years. Rachel’s songs have been featured on popular television shows and in films including Annie, One Tree Hill, Finding Carter, The Biggest Loser, and Pretty Little Liars’ highly-watched Christmas episode at the end of 2014. Rachel is currently finishing her debut album for Columbia Records, expected to be released later this year.

 

 

ON TOUR:

3/31 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

4/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

4/3 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

 


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Max Jury On Tour

posted Mar 27, 2015, 7:19 PM by Vu Nguyen

Des Moines singer-songwriter Max Jury is excited to announce his Spring North American headlining tour dates today. The tour begins on April 9 in Minneapolis before heading throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including a show on April 15 at the Mercury Lounge. For the full list of Max Jury's tour dates, please see below.

 

Jury is touring in supoort of his new EP, All I Want: The Sonic Factory Sessions which was released at the end of 2014. The Evening Standard hailed the first single, "Black Metal," as, "...another beauty, slow-paced and fragile, that doesn't need to scream and stamp to grab attention." Watch the video for "Black Metal" at the link below.

 

 

Max Jury On Tour

Apr 09 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Apr 10 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern 

Apr 11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi

Apr 13 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt 

Apr 15 - New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge

Apr 16 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

Apr 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café

Apr 19 - Monreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange 

Apr 20 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake

Apr 23 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency

Apr 24 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

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Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves) on tour now

posted Mar 21, 2015, 11:25 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Mar 21, 2015, 11:27 AM ]

Katrina
Leskanich
kicks off her North American tour next week in support of her latest solo album entitled Blisland (Listen to Blisland streaming via Popmatters.) The album is her first collection of new songs in 10 years and this will be the first time Karina tours N. America as a solo artist in over 25 years. The tour follows Katrina's summer stint on the Retro Futura Tour where she showcased tunes from Blisland as well as material from her stint as frontwoman of Katrina and the Waves. The trek begins March 17th on Long Island at Page One in Glen Cove.
 
Katrina's new backing band consists of two former Blackhearts, Sean Koos and Jimi Bones and her drummer Kevin Tooley has played with John Cale, Lou Reed, Midge Ure and Eric Burdon which all bring a rock edge to Katrina's classic 80's vibe.
 
An ex-pat living in London, Katrina has enjoyed notable success in the UK and Europe in the '90's, first with her former band, winning the renowned European TV show Eurovision by the largest margin ever with the song 'Love Shine a Light.'  The win was followed by an unprecedented four consecutive appearances on Top Of The Pops and a No. 3 in the UK Charts. After Katrina and the Waves broke up, Katrina switched gears and did stints as a Television and then Radio Presenter with the BBC. Katrina geared back up as a solo artist in the '00's, releasing her first solo album in 2005, relentlessly touring in 2006 and scoring a UK Club Hit in 2008 with a cover of 'They Don't Know.'
 
In 2010 Katrina celebrated the 25th Anniversary of  the global hit single, ‘Walking on Sunshine’ with the release of a new CD, ‘THE LIVE ALBUM’ and the Glee Cast had a UK Top 10 hit with a mash up of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and Katrina & The Waves ‘Walking on Sunshine’. The song has become a staple of the pop culture landscape appearing in numerous films, TV shows and ads including:  Secret of My Success (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), High Fidelity, (2000), American Psycho (2000), Daddy Day Care (2003), and Walking on Sunshine in 2014 starring Leona Lewis. 'Walking On Sunshine celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015. In addition to 'Walking on Sunshine', some of Katrina's other songs have enjoyed the spotlight with covers by a diverse group of artists including The Bangles, Dolly Parton and Celine Dion.
   
In addition to reintroducing herself to US audiences, Katrina has released the first on what she hopes to be a series of travel guides starring her toy poodle, Peggy Lee.  The first book, a guide to Katrina's current home base of London is available on tour and online:  http://peggyleeloves.com/peggy-lee-loves-london-katrina-leskanich/
 
Katrina On Tour:

March 21 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
March 22 - Outer Space Ballroom - Hamden, CT
March 23 - Lancaster, PA - Tellus 360
March 25 - Stanhope, NJ - Salt Gastro Pub
March 26 - Rochester, NY - The Lovin' Cup
March 27 - Buffalo, NY - The Forum
March 28 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 29 - Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room
April 1st - Dayton, OH - Canal Public House
April 2 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
April 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
April 4 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar + Hall
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Rock the Garden 2015 Lineup Announced

posted Mar 10, 2015, 3:04 PM by Vu Nguyen

The most picturesque festival in the Twin Cities, Rock The Garden returns for two days of great music in the heart of the city, with a line-up featuring a wide variety of musical styles and artists from Minnesota punk legends to stars of Afropop to scions of rock and roll history.  Saturday, June 20 kicks the weekend off with thestand4rd, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Conor Oberst, and Belle & Sebastian; Sunday, June 21 features Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, JD McPherson, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Babes in Toyland, and Modest Mouse.

The 10-band festival starts off strong with one of the most buzzed about Minnesota-based bands, Thestand4rd (featuring internet sensation Corbin “Spooky” Black, rising rap star Allan Kingdom, Psymun and Bobby Raps), who landed in The New York Times after their debut performance in New York City and who can call DJ Khaled and Kanye West among their fans; next up is Lucius, the female-led indie pop band from Brooklyn whose 2013 album Wildewomen earned them rave reviews and the attention of Jeff Tweedy, who tapped them to collaborate with him on his father-son debut. Following their luscious, luminous sound comes Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, who came crashing through the American charts with her hit “Avant Gardner”, landing her on the top of critics’ list for both her live performances and her recordings. Conor Oberst is no new-comer, with a career spanning two decades, multiple collaborations and a reign as one of the most beloved indie-rock chart-toppers. Oberst makes the perfect companion to Saturday’s headliners, the Glasgow-based Belle & Sebastian, who are back with a new, eagerly anticipated and highly rated album after a five-year absence. “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” continues the bands trademark style of danceable, wistful pop with playful lyrics.

Sunday’s line-up brings more rock, and some true rock and roll legends and legacies to the stage. Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is the newest project by Sean Lennon and song-writing (and real-life) partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl; they create a retro, psychedelic sound that will get people dancing and in a party spirit, which will carry right over into our next two acts. JD McPherson has quickly established himself as one of the best live acts around, with his R&B-tinged songs causing mass outbreaks of dancing. After the American-roots influence of McPherson, it’s time for Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 to take over, with a massive sound that will have the whole field dancing in joy. The son of famed Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti took over fronting Egypt 80 at the age of 14, after his father ‘s death, and they’ve been touring the world with their unique groove-heavy sound ever since. After that, Rock the Garden is proud to present the first Twin Cities appearance by local punk pioneers Babes in Toyland in 14 years. One of only a handful of announced dates on their reunion tour, the power trio is back to melt faces and represent the best of the mid-90s Minnesota music scene. The final band on 2015’s Rock the Garden bill is Modest Mouse, who will release their sixth studio album, “Strangers to Ourselves”, on March 17 after an eight-year hiatus, to ravenous audiences. The angular, experimental songs epitomize the Modest Mouse sound, and have had fans eagerly awaiting their return to the tour circuit, while the first single released, “Lampshades on Fire” shot to the top of alternative charts and playlists for non-commercial stations across the country.

Tickets:

Rock the Garden 2015 Tickets will go on sale to Walker Art Center and The Current/Minnesota Public Radio members at 11am, Thursday, March 12.  Member ID numbers will be required for all pre-sale purchases. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public at 11 am, Tuesday, March 17.

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Hollywood Undead on tour for fourth studio album Day of the Dead

posted Mar 4, 2015, 11:19 PM by Vu Nguyen

Los Angeles based hip-hop/metal veterans Hollywood Undead will release their fourth studio album, Day of the Dead, on Interscope Records on March 31st. The album (the band's first since 2013's Notes from the Underground) will feature the current single and title track, "Day of the Dead," and is available for pre-order starting today, February 17th. Pre-order Day of the Dead now - http://smarturl.it/HUDayOfTheDead

Leading up to the release, the band will be unveiling five new tracks from the album, beginning with "Usual Suspects" today, February 17th. Fans who pre-order Day of the Dead will immediately receive a download of single "Day of the Dead" and new song "Usual Suspects." The tracks will be streaming at hollywoodundead.tv as they are released.

Last week the band announced the release date for Day of the Dead and a string of intimate album release tour dates. Tickets are on sale now for this special U.S. tour where fans will be treated to shows in small venues. Hollywood Undead is offering a digital delivery of the new album (on March 31st) and the six tracks (prior to March 31st) to fans that purchase a ticket. Get tickets now at www.hollywoodundead.com.

Hollywood Undead U.S. tour:

March 9 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
March 10 Boston, MA @ Middle East
March 11 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
March 13 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
March 14 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
March 15 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
March 17 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
March 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
March 20 Denver, CO @ Marquis
March 21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theatre
March 30 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *SOLD OUT*

 

The band is also confirmed for the following festival dates:
April 25 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
May 9 Las Vegas, NV @ Rock in Rio
May 17 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range

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Violent Femmes Announce Record Store Day EP; Tour dates

posted Mar 4, 2015, 2:20 PM by Vu Nguyen

Violent Femmes have announced details of their eagerly awaited new EP, HAPPY NEW YEAR. The four-track EP will be released April 18th, exclusively on 180 gram champagne clear vinyl for Record Store Day.

 

Violent Femmes' first new collection of songs in 15 years, HAPPY NEW YEAR was recorded this past New Year's Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the world famous Sydney Opera House. The EP is highlighted by the Jake Brebes-penned single, "Love Love Love Love Love" streaming now exclusively via rollingstone.com.

 

"Happy to have some new recordings for people that have loved our music," singer/guitarist/songwriter Gordon Gano told Rolling Stone. "Would be honored to have a few new ears hear us for the first time too."

 

Violent Femmes - Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Brian Viglione - plan to reconvene this spring for more recording and then the trio will begin a major North American tour as Special Guests on Barenaked Ladies' "Last Summer On Earth 2015," getting underway June 5th at Columbus, Ohio's LC Amphitheatre and continuing through late July (complete dates below). One of the most beloved bands of the golden age of indie rock, Violent Femmes returned to action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella. Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) came aboard and the newly reconstituted band embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world. "The Guardian" applauded a London date as "a triumphant rampage through their back catalogue," declaring the band's self-titled 1983 debut to be "a cult classic of teenage alienation - a sneerier, post-pubescent Catcher in the Rye, if you like, with added nocturnal emissions and rattling acoustic bass solos."

 

Violent Femmes came together in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, and were quickly ranked among the era's most inventive and original, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. The trio released eight studio albums and more than a dozen singles, among them such iconic classics as "American Music," "Gone Daddy Gone," "Nightmares," "Add It Up," and of course, "Blister In The Sun." Violent Femmes' remarkable three-decade career earned them cumulative sales of many millions worldwide, with 1983's VIOLENT FEMMES earning RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release.


www.facebook.com/officialviolentfemmes

 

Violent Femmes/Barenaked Ladies tour dates below:

Date                         Day               Market                                                   Venue

5-Jun-15                  Fri                  Columbus, OH                                    LC Amphitheatre

6-Jun-15                  Sat                  Cleveland, OH                                    Jacob's Pavilion

7-Jun-15                  Sun                  Toledo, OH                                        Zoo Amphitheatre

8-Jun-15                  Mon                  Cedar Rapids, IA                            McGrath Amphitheatre

10-Jun-15                  Wed                  Denver, CO                                    Red Rocks

12-Jun-15                  Fri                  Welch, MN                                        Treasure Island Resort & Casino                                                                                                                       Island Events Center

13-Jun-15                  Sat                  Milwaukee, WI                                 BMO Harris Pavilion

14-Jun-15                  Sun                  Council Bluffs, IA                           Harrah's Council Bluffs

16-Jun-15                  Tues                  Chicago, IL                                    First Merritt Pavilion

17-Jun-15                  Wed                  Indianapolis, IN                            Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at                                                                                                                       White River State Park

19-Jun-15                  Fri                  Cincinnati, OH                                 PNC Pavilion

20-Jun-15                  Sat                  Detroit, MI                                        DTE Energy Music Theatre

21-Jun-15                  Sun                  Salamanca, NY                               Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

23-Jun-15                  Tues                  Pittsburgh, PA                               Stage AE

26-Jun-15                  Fri                  Portland, ME                                     Maine State Pier

27-Jun-15                  Sat                  Uncasville, CT                                  Mohegan Sun Arena

28-Jun-15                  Sun                  Philadelphia, PA                             Mann Music Center

29-Jun-15                  Mon                  Boston, MA                                    Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

1-Jul-15                     Wed                  New York, NY                               JBL Live at Pier 97

2-Jul-15                     Thurs               West Windsor, NJ                          Mercer County Park Festival                                                                                                                             Fairgrounds

3-Jul-15                     Fri                     Solomon's, MD                             PNC Waterside Pavilion @                                                                                                                                  Calvert Marine Museum

4-Jul-15                     Sat                  Raleigh, NC                                     The Red Hat Amphitheatre

8-Jul-15                     Wed               Charlotte, NC                                 Time Warner Cable Uptown                                                                                                                               Ampitheatre                                   

10-Jul-15                  Fri                  Boca Raton, FL                                 Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

11-Jul-15                  Sat                  St. Augustine, FL                             St Augustine Amphitheatre

12-Jul-15                  Sun                  Atlanta, GA                                     Verizon Theatre

13-Jul-15                  Mon                  Nashville, TN                                 The Woods at Fontanel

15-Jul-15                  Wed                  Dallas, TX                                        Verizon Theatre at Grand                                                                                                                                    Prairie

18-Jul-15                  Sat                  Las Vegas, NV                                   Boulevard Pool at                                                                                                                                                 Cosmopolitan

19-Jul-15                  Sun                  San Diego, CA                                  OAT

21-Jul-15                  Tues                  Los Angeles, CA                             Greek Theatre

22-Jul-15                  Wed                  Saratoga, CA                                   Mountain Winery

24-Jul-15                  Fri                  Boise, ID                                              Idaho Botanical Garden

25-Jul-15                  Sat                  Portland, OR                                      McMenamin's Edgefield                                                                                                                                    Amphitheater

26-Jul-15                  Sun                  Seattle, WA                                      Marymoor Park

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Motown 25 Special Airs Feb 28 on Public TV/Boxed Set Feat Unheard Versions of Classics To Be Released

posted Feb 23, 2015, 6:16 AM by Vu Nguyen

Motown 25: Yesterday – Today – Forever,
an updated version of the legendary Motown 25 TV Special, will premiere on most public television stations on February 28, 2015 at 8pm ET, then will repeat immediately following. TJ Lubinsky, executive producer and co-host of public television’s “My Music,” series has created a 7-CD set of original Motown Hits, classic album tracks and rarities to accompany the airing of this classic special.
 
Titled Motown: Big Hits & More, the boxed set is a compelling collection of not just “the same old songs,” but many of the radio hits, regional hits and flip side favorites from the Gordy, Soul and Tamla/Motown labels. “I had the chance to grow up from New Jersey to South Florida to Pennsylvania, so I heard Motown on the radio not only in the Garden State, but also in New York and especially in Philadelphia”, says Lubinsky. “This gave me a special taste for different flavors of classic Motown that each region of the country loved to hear on the radio.
 
"In putting together this unique 7-CD set, I wanted to create a unique package that featured all these great songs, including 25 new stereo mixes of classic songs," Lubinsky elaborates. "We had the extraordinary opportunity to go through the Motown archives and have access to the original tapes and sessions, going back to the original stages and pre-mixed stages of recording sessions done at Hitsville gave us so many amazing surprises. Most often the songs went much longer than the fades we are used to hearing – and sometimes even extra verses were uncovered, like Smokey Robinson and The Miracles ad-libbing the line, 'the tracks of my tears, I’ve been crying for years' which has never been heard before because it was on the original session tapes past the fade-out on the 45."
 
The entire CD collection will be available to members that pledge to public television stations during the February 28 national broadcast of Motown 25 (8pm ET, 7pm CT - check local listings), and at www.treasurycollection.comMotown 25 is under license from Berry Gordy’s West Grand Media and jointly distributed by StarVista Entertainment and TJL for public television stations.

Track Lists: Motown: Big Hits & More 7-CD Set

CD #1 
1. Money - Barrett Strong
2. Shop Around – The Miracles
3. Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
4. The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells
5. Do You Love Me – The Contours
6. Stubborn Kinda Fella - Marvin Gaye
7. You Beat Me To The Punch – Mary Wells
8. Two Lovers - Mary Wells
9. You Really Got A Hold On Me – The Miracles
10.  Come And Get These Memories - Martha & The Vandellas
11.  Beachwood 4-5789 – The Marvelettes
12.  Too Strong To Be Strung Along – The Marvelettes
13.  Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
14.  Fingertips, Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
15.  A Breath Taking Guy – The Supremes
16.  Mickey's Monkey – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
17.  Heatwave - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
18.  Quicksand - Martha & The Vandellas
19.  I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying – The Miracles
20.  The Girl's Alright With Me – The Temptations
21.  Contact On Love - Stevie Wonder
22.  Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
 
CD#2
1. The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
2. I Want A Love I Can See – The Temptations
3. You're A Wonderful One – Marvin Gaye
4. In My Lonely Room - Martha & The Vandellas
5. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
6. My Guy Mary Wells
7. Looking For The Right Guy – Kim Weston
8. I Like It Like - That Miracles
9. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
10.  Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
11.  Would I Love You – The Miracles
12.  How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
13.  Girl Why You Wanna Make Me Blue – The Temptations
14.  Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes
15.  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
16.  Ask Any Girl – The Supremes
17.  Without The One You Love – Four Tops
18.  Since I Lost My Baby – The Temptations
19.  You Lost The Sweetest Boy - Mary Wells
20.  Sweet Thing – The Spinners
21.  Baby Love – The Supremes
22.  My Girl – The Temptations
 
CD #3
1. Come See About Me  - The Supremes
2. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & His All Stars - EXTENDED MIX
3. Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
4. Don't Look Back – The Temptations
5. I'll Be Doggone - Marvin Gaye
6. Ooh Baby Baby – The Miracles
7. Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes
8. I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
9. Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
10.  A Fork In The Road  - The Miracles
11.  It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
12.  Nothing But Heartaches – The Supremes
13.  Ain’t That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye - EXTENDED MIX
14.  Take In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) - Kim Weston
15.  My Baby – The Temptations
16.  Everything Is Good About You – The Supremes
17.  I Hear A Symphony – The Supremes
18.  Uptight  - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
19.  My World Is Empty Without You – The Supremes
20.  Since I Lost My Baby – The Temptations
21.  Put Yourself In My Place – The Elgins
22.  Going To A Go-Go – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
 
CD #4
1. Get Ready  - The Temptations - EXTENDED MIX
2. He Was Really Sayin' Something – The Velvelettes
3. This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers - EXTENDED MIX
4. Ain't Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
5. Truly Yours - Spinners
6. Shake Me, Wake Me - Four Tops
7. Whole Lot Of Shaking In My Heart – The Miracles
8. You Can't Hurry Love – The Supremes
9. I Guess I'll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers
10.  Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever - Four Tops
11.  What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin - EXTENDED MIX
12.  Blowing In The Wind - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
13.  Reach Out, I'll Be There – Four Tops
14.  You Keep Me Hanging On – The Supremes
15.  Heaven Must Have Sent You Elgins - EXTENDED MIX
16.  Beauty Is Only Skin Deep – The Temptations
17.  All I Need – The Temptations
18.  I'm Ready For Love - Martha & The Vandellas
19.  Standing In The Shadows Of Love - Four Tops
20.  Since You've Been Gone  - Four Tops
21.  (Come Round Here) I'm The One You  Need Miracles
22.  A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
 
CD #5
1. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone – The Supremes
2. Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
3. Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
4. Don't Mess With Bill – The Marvelettes - EXTENDED MIX
5. Bernadette - Four Tops - EXTENDED MIX
6. I Got A Feeling - Four Tops
7. I'm Losing You – The Temptations
8. 7 Rooms Of Gloom - Four Tops - EXTENDED MIX
9. I'll Turn To Stone - Four Tops
10.  I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
11.  More Love – Smokey Robinson & Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
12.  You're My Everything – The Temptations
13.  Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
14.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
15.  I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
16.  I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations - EXTENDED MIX
17.  I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
18.  Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
19.  I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
20.  If You Can Want – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
21.  The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game – The Marvelettes - EXTENDED MIX
22.  Reflections – Diana Ross & The Supremes
 
CD #6
1. Dance Party  - Martha & The Vandellas
2. Jamie - Eddie Holland
3. Let Me Go The Right Way - Supremes
4. The Only One That I Love – The Miracles
5. Third Finger, Left Hand - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
6. Forever - Marvin Gaye
7. The Impossible Dream – The Temptations
8. There's No Stopping Us Now – The Supremes
9. More, More, More Of Your Love - Miracles
10.  Come On And See Me Tammi Terrell
11.  I'm Still Loving You - Kim Weston
12.  Keep On Loving Me - Frances Nero
13.  S.O.S. (Stop Her On Site) – Edwin Starr
14.  If My Heart Could Tell A Story - Edwin Starr
15.  Behind A Painted Smile – The Isley Brothers
16.  I've Passed This Way Before – Jimmy Ruffin
17.  You'll Lose A Precious Love - Temptations
18.  Loneliness Has Made Me Realize (It's You That I Need) -  The Temptations
19.  Just A Little Misunderstanding – The Contours
20.  It's Easy To Fall In Love With A  Guy Like You - Martha & The Vandellas
21.  It's A Good Good Feeling – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
22.  What's So Good About Goodbye – The Miracles
 
CD #7  (Motown 1970s)
1. Ball Of Confusion - Temptations
2. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
3. War - Edwin Starr
4. Stoned Love - The Supremes
5. I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth
6. It's A Shame - Spinners
7. If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & The Pips
8. I'll Be There - Jackson Five
9. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
10. Love Machine - Miracles
11. Brick House - Commodores
12. You And I - Rick James

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Temple Invisible's Enter_ EP Out March 10th In The US/Canada

posted Feb 22, 2015, 8:52 AM by Vu Nguyen

Temple Invisible is the dark-experimental, electronic, post-industrial musical project of Irina Bucescu, Costas Ivanov and Daniel Olteanu – three multi instrumentalists from Bucharest, Romania.

Temple Invisible‘s music diffuses a unique blend of electronic influences and musical genres combined with a classical sense of composition. Since releasing their debut single ‘Disappearance’ in May 2014 they have had a pretty ripper year. Whether playing multiple venues around the hometown, performing on the main stage at Electric Castle Festival in Transylvania or finding new fans around the world it’s fair to say the guys have been off to a nice start.

In the autumn of 2014 they've released their second single, 'Collide', ahead of an EP release called ‘ENTER_’ on early of 2015. At the same time, they've been getting rave reviews across the internet as well as comparisons to the likes of Depeche Mode and Massive Attack. The darker edge of the first two singles is offset by Irina's vocals that draw you sub-consciously into the songs.

Striking a balance between the trip-hop scenes of Portishead with the dark industrial zones inhabited by Nine Inch Nails, the three-piece summon tectonic plates of noise that shift subtly with earth-shattering consequences.


Press Quotes

Temple Invisible hails from Romania, and makes a brand of dark, icy, electronica that feels like someone took the industrial tremor of Depeche Mode and the trip-hop sprinklings of Portishead, and made them spend the night locked together in a pitch black dungeon.” - Thump

“Creeping, emotive, glitchy” - BULLETT

"Romania may not be the first country to spring to mind when you think of those paving the way in electronic music, but experimental three piece Temple Invisible are out to change that." - Hunger Magazine

“Dark, neo-industrial electronics from Romania - a sentence we don’t get to write often enough - the trio have been attracting with their dense, Nine Inch Nails inspiring writing.” - Clash

“Imagine if Daughter went ‘80s goth or a more psychedelic Portishead and you’ll probably land in the ballpark of Temple Invisible.” - The Line Of Best Fit

'Enter_' EP Tracklisting

1. Everything From Above
2. Disappearance 
3. Collide
4. Sudden Acts 
5. Anima
6. Dimension Dive
7. Disappearance (Officers Remix)
8. Collide (Hologram Emperors Remix)
9. Sudden Acts (Liar Optimix)

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