Introducing: Rachel Platten, "Fight Song" Available Now

posted 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




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.




3/31 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

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

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

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

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 ]

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:
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

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.


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.

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 -

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 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

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

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


"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.


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

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
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

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)

Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday will include yearlong celebration of rare and unreleased material from the Marley family vaults and private collection - 1st commemorative release out on February 17th

posted Feb 21, 2015, 8:12 AM by Vu Nguyen

Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year (2015) will include a variety of releases and events to commemorate the legend, his work and iconic impact.  Over the course of the year, his legacy will be remembered by new releases of rare and unreleased material as well as fan favorite deluxe editions of his most memorable work.  The first release will be available on February 17.   BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78, features two historic live shows from Boston’s Music Hall, June 8, 1978.  This new and unreleased performance  is from the Marley family giving unprecedented access for the first time to their  personal material from their private collections and their vaults. The album will be available on blu-ray/cd combo pack as well as dvd/cd and standalone cd versions.  Additional newly created animated material will also be a part of this release, marking the first time the family has incorporated this technology into any official Marley releases.  

The video footage was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable imagery that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set. While the cinematographer was shooting with film and forced to change rolls of tape, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. The animation video elements were produced and created by the animation team of S77 whose credits include recent projects for Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disney, ESPN and many others. The 46-minute video includes seven of the 13 songs in the full set.

Highlights of the performance include a lively “Jammin’” and “The Heathen,” a song Marley and the band didn’t perform during the second set. The show features them at their most comfortable, truly enjoying themselves in the spotlight, basking in the appreciation of the audience.

Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions — symbolized by rival politicians Michael Manley and Edward Siega joining hands on-stage -- during his legendary “One Love Peace Concert” in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978, less than six weeks before this Music Hall performance in Boston. It was five years since Marley and the band arrived from Jamaica, with the 1977 release of EXODUS, recorded in London just after an assassination attempt on his life, turned into not just a socio-political statement, but one which included such hits as the title track, “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love,” paving the way for their next release Kaya and a world tour in ’78.  Together with his music’s theme of liberation, Marley’s own rags-to-riches story brought inspiration to subjugated people around the world, where he was revered as a larger-than-life leader.


Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide

Thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers’, LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). LEGEND also holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  For more information visit: and



1. Slave Driver

2. Burnin' and Lootin

3. Them Belly Full

4. The Heathen

5. Rebel Music

6. I Shot the Sheriff

7. Easy Skanking

8. No Woman, No Cry

9. Lively Up Yourself

10. Jammin'

11. War/No More Trouble

12. Get Up Stand Up

13. Exodus

TRT: 1:15:17




1. Rebel Music

2. I Shot the Sheriff

3. No Woman, No Cry

4. Lively Up Yourself

5. Jamming

6. War/No More Trouble

7. Exodus

TRT approx. 46min


The complete list of the performers on BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ‘78 :


Bob Marley - vocals, guitar

Carlton Barrett – drums

Aston Barrett – bass

Marcia Griffiths - backup vocals

Rita Marley - backup vocals

Judy Mowatt - backup vocals

Tyrone Downie – keyboards

Alvin Patterson – percussion

Julian Marvin - lead guitar

Lights Debuts 'Running with the Boys' Video + Headlining 2015 Tour and Coachella Confirmed

posted Feb 12, 2015, 12:50 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 12:51 PM ]

Canada's acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist 
Lights has debuted a nostalgic new video for 'Running With the Boys.' The track is taken from her latest album, Little Machines, which is nominated for 'Pop Album of the Year' at this year's Juno Awards. Lights is currently on a sold-out European tour, and will return to the states for a headlining tour starting February 14th in Minneapolis, supported by X-Ambassadors. Tickets are on-sale at Please see below for all dates. 

She has also announced that she will be performing at Coachella 2015. Ryan Seacrest included Lights in his '10 Artists You Must See at Coachella,' saying "Lights has a knack for creating celestial beats by combining alternative rock and contemporary synth-pop."


Lights has been perfecting her own unique brand of synth pop since she was 14. With a couple of Junos and Gold records under her belt, she's amassed a dedicated 'Lights Army' over the years (1.3 million Facebook fans, over half a million Twitter fans), including self-professed fans Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, and K'Naan among others. She's also collaborated with Kaskade and Deadmau5. 


Little Machines was produced and engineered by Drew Pearson, with key songs/singles mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent (Madonna, U2, Beyonce). The anthemic single, "Up We Go," deemed "perhaps [Lights'] biggest banger to date," by Noisey, follows intro track 'Portal,' which Refinery29 called "the wanderlust song of the summer."


Lights upcoming tour dates w/ special guest X Ambassadors:

*Select dates w/ special guest Saint Motel


02/13 Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre 

02/14  Minneapolis, MN       Mill City Nights

02/15  Omaha, NE               The Waiting Room

02/17  Iowa City, IA              Blue Moose Tap House

02/18  St. Louis, MO            Ready Room

02/20  Dallas, TX                 Granada Theater

02/21  Austin, TX                  Emo's

02/22  Houston, TX              Warehouse Live

02/24  Orlando, FL               Beacham Theater

02/25  Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room

02/27  Atlanta, GA                The Masquerade

02/28  Carrboro, NC             Cat's Cradle

03/01  Nashville, TN             Rocketown

03/02  Charlotte, NC            The Fillmore Charlotte

03/04  Norfolk, VA                The NorVa

03/05  Pittsburgh, PA           Mr. Small's Theatre

03/06  Columbus, OH           Skully's Music Diner

03/07  Indianapolis, IN          Deluxe at Old National Centre

03/09  Cleveland, OH           House of Blues - Cleveland

03/10  Grand Rapids, MI      The Intersection

04/11  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 1

04/14  Phoenix, AZ               Marquee Theatre*

04/15  San Diego, CA           The Irenic*

04/16  Sacramento, CA         Ace of Spades*

04/18  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 2


Lights as special guest to OneRepublic:


04/20  Montreal, QC             Bell Centre

04/21  Ottawa, ON                Canadian Tire Centre

04/22  London, ON               Budweiser Gardens

04/24  Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre

04/25  Sudbury, ON              Sudbury Arena

04/27  Winnipeg, MB            MTS Centre

04/29  Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place

04/30  Calgary, AB               Scotiabank Saddledome

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