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Feb
09

Katsy Redstar Artist

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Experience a new degree of acoustic relaxation!

10 songs of very mellow songwriter tunes, played on acoustic guitar with awesome melodic background. Katsy Redstar is perfect for your dusk till dawn highway-drive.

…Katsy makes young and old people enthusiastic with his voice. The audience is positive surprised. Because the music from Katsy Redstar sounds different than a lot of his songwriter pals…‘ Quote about Katsy’s first CD form Mannheimer Citymagazine “Maier”, September 2009


Katsy Redstar CD Beautiful Life, Rel.date 15.08.2010

About the Beautiful Life CD

The new Katsy Redstar CD ‘Beautiful Life’ contains a wonderful mix of 10 mellow- relaxing songwriter tunes. Modern Americana/Alt.Country meets European Singer/Songwriter style. Steel-string acoustic guitar are in the foreground. Katsy is supported on guitar by Marc Dehnke (Solara, Radiodick) and Olli Seuser (Move On). Harmony and background vocals are added by Tanja Wingerter (Radio DJane) and Alex Goeppert (Rip Torn). Beautiful Life, which is Katsy’s second CD, is produced without any commercial sponsor at Landlord Landliebe Studios in Heidelberg, Germany.


Katsy Redstar is supporting HelpCharity with 20% donation from each Beautiful Life CD sale. HelpCharity is an organization that pay attention to the needs of handicapped children in America and Germany. www.myspace.com/helpcharity


About Katsy Redstar
Katsy Redstar was born and raised in Cologne, Germany. He has spent years of his life traveling all over North America visiting important music spots in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.
Originally Katsy learned to play Spanish Flamenco guitar during the 80ties and did joint concerts and television broadcasts together with his guitar-master Armin Backer, e.g. on SWF TV.

During the 90ties, Katsy played electric guitar for semi-professional independent and alternative rock bands, like In Fear Of Fear, Tusk, Granny Smith and Rip Torn. Starting in 2004 Katsy turned back to acoustic guitar and introspective songwriter music. Initially influenced by classic country and songwriter stuff, like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, Katsy was fascinated by the alternative country & songwriter music movement. He would see himself influenced by Larry Jon Wilson, David Allen Coe, Guy Clark, Towns van Zandt and Steve Earle.

Today Katsy lives in Hoffenheim, Germany, with his wife Suse, his two kids Elvis & Merlin and Gati the cat.  Watch for an exclusive interview in the future.

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Feb
07

TIMES OF GRACE ANNOUNCE TOURING LINE-UP

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TIMES OF GRACE

ANNOUNCE TOURING LINEUP

New York, NY: Times of Grace are excited to announce that they have solidified the touring lineup for their forthcoming debut tour this February. The core of the band is Jesse Leach on vocals and Adam Dutkiewicz on guitars/vocals, and they will be supported by guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Daniel Struble and drummer Dan Gluszak.

Stroetzel is a familiar name to Times of Grace fans, as he is also guitarist for Killswitch Engage, alongside Adam D., and is an original member who played with Leach while he was singing in KsE. Stroetzel’s involvement in Times of Grace was a happy accident,  as he assisted his former and current bandmates when they recorded acoustic performances for iTunes and SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal late last year. Times of Grace were on the hunt for a live guitarist and Stroetzel just clicked, so he decided to once again pitch in for his friends and act as their touring guitarist.  Struble is the former singer of Five Pointe O, a long ago labelmate of KsE, while Gluszak is the former drummer of Envy on the Coast.

“I am honored to work with such quality people and solid musicians and I can already see the synergy developing and it is very exciting. I truly feel blessed,” Leach said about the touring lineup.

Times of Grace will embark on their first tour on February 1st in Baltimore and wrap on February 27th in Boston. The band’s tour itinerary is as follows.

Feb. 01 Baltimore, MD  @ The Quarter

Feb.02 Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade (downstairs)

Feb. 04 Dallas, TX @ The Door
Feb. 05 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Feb. 07 Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
Feb. 08 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Feb. 09 San Francisco, CA@ Bottom of the Hill
Feb. 11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Ballroom
Feb. 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Grand Room
Feb. 15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb. 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb. 18 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb. 19 Detroit, MI @ Eagle Theater
Feb. 20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Feb. 21 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Feb. 22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

Feb. 24 West Chester, PA @ The Note
Feb. 25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Feb. 27 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Please visit www.timesofgraceband.com for more information.

Below is a sampling of what the press is saying about Times of Grace’s universally praised The Hymn of a Broken Man, which came out last Tuesday.

“Emotionally raw vocals, melodic guitar solos, thundering drums and everything else you’d expect from these guys…so purist it’s almost retro.” –Alternative Press

The Hymn of a Broken Man could very well be a touchstone for metal’s evolution. From the pointed explorations of darkness to the incendiary metallic incisions, The Hymn of a  Broken Man has all the trappings of a classic metal album…Times of Grace are the future. Let the new age begin.” –ARTISTdirect.com (5 out of 5 stars)

“An album that combines raging Killswitch-style metalcore with more melody and atmospheric moments.” –Guitar World

“It is unequivocally one of the finest records you’ll hear this year….a truly stunning achievement.” –Outburn (10 out of 10 rating)

“It’s a heavy and eclectic record that augments Dutkiewicz’s signature metalcore with atmospheric hard rock and moody pop.” –Revolver

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Feb
07

ALLFLAWS unveil two new releases

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ALLFLAWS unveil two new releases

Alternative Bristol music act Allflaws have just released a brooding new single called Amrak and a somewhat creepy and psychedelic spoken word video called Acid Face.The single Amrak is another deep and layered composition of industrial, electronica, trip hop and rap. Intelligently combining Gabriel Curran’s edgy and evocative vocals with the dark and experimental Allflaws production. The spoken word video Acid Face is an unsettling but intriguing audio and visual experience that artistically evokes feelings of paranoia, anxiety and dystopia. The Acid Face video is created by the talented UK filmmaker and Allflaws VJ Swankoid.

You can check out the new single Amrak and the new spoken word video Acid Face at these links below:

www.allflaws.com
www.myspace.com/allflaws

For Allflaws Wikipedia information visit:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allflaws

About Allflaws:
Vocalist and producer Gabriel Curran formed Allflaws in Bristol in the early days of
2004, looking to bridge the void between the hip hop, industrial, dance and rock scenes.
The Allflaws entity has produced two progressive studio albums to date, (These Walls Are Lies 2007/8) and (Black Box Here After 2009/10). Both these eclectic releases have
helped to propel Allflaws onto the UK underground scene with much attention being on
Curran’s conscious and poetic vocal style.

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Feb
07

Belle Brigade Announce Spring Tour Dates

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The Belle Brigade Announce Spring Tour Dates

Supporting Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

and G. Love and Special Sauce

Los Angeles-Based Sibling Duo Are Touring in Support of Their Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album, Due April 19th on Reprise Records

“Losers” Will Be Available From All Digital Retailers Beginning February 1st

BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – January 31, 2011) – Fresh off their well-attended month-long residency at Club Spaceland in Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, will hit the road for a series of spring U.S. tour dates in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released by Reprise Records on April 19th, 2011. The band’s single “Losers” will be available from all digital retailers beginning February 1st.

The duo, backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist Aaron Arntz, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman, and drummer Mike Green), will open four shows for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in February and March, followed by a series of dates opening for G. Love and Special Sauce in April. Please see below for all confirmed dates. The band will also perform at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, March 16th through the 19th.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan’s love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade’s debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brimming with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade have recently attracted notable critical praise for their live shows, as well as the first two songs released off the album, “Sweet Louise,” (available here: http://sweetlouise.thebellebrigade.com/), which was a Top Tune on KCRW’s website on January 24th, and “Losers,” which is available as a 7″ vinyl single here: http://www.becausesoundmatters.com/product/losers-7-vinyl. They were also featured as one of the Los Angeles Times‘ “Faces to Watch” picks for 2011. Times critic Ann Powers raved: “The Belle Brigade, Barbara Gruska’s band with kid brother Ethan, shows off her big memorable voice and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion. … Its misfits anthem ‘Losers’ could be a Top 10 hit.”

Check out video clips for the “Losers” 7″-single here:

Losers (A-Side): http://www.youtube.com/bsmvids#p/u/1/xEgfdW3lQgI
My Old Home (B-Side): http://www.youtube.com/bsmvids#p/u/0/UMFQstemc7w

The Belle Brigade’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

02/04 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre*
03/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
03/10 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
03/11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts*
04/07 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater**
04/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues**
04/09 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues**
04/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore**
04/14 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s**
04/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst**
04/21 Bend, OR Domino Room**
04/22 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory**
04/23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory**
04/26 Fargo, ND The Venue**
04/27 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works**
04/28 Madison, WI The Majestic**
04/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant**
04/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**

*denotes show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
**denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce

For more about The Belle Brigade, visit:

http://www.thebellebrigade.com/
www.myspace.com/thebellebrigade
http://twitter.com/thebellebrigade
http://www.facebook.com/TheBelleBrigade

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Feb
07

Biffy Clyro Nominated for Brits and NME Awards

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Biffy Clyro Nominated for Brits and NME Awards

After Ten Years, Scottish Trio Are an Overnight Sensation

Storming Stateside February 10th With Headlining Tour, Second Tour With Cage The Elephant to Follow This Spring

“Serious Contenders for the Title of Greatest Band in Britain” – NME

BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – February 1, 2011) – Breakthrough band Biffy Clyro has been nominated for three UK music awards. The Scottish trio was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group, alongside The xx, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons and Take That. Biffy also received nods from the Shockwave NME Awards for Best Live Band and Best British Group, alongside Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Foals.

These nominations add to Biffy’s already lengthy list of accolades. Their fifth studio release, the Garth Richardson-produced Only Revolutions, has spawned three Top Ten singles in the UK and is well on its way to being certified double-platinum there. Only Revolutions was nominated for the coveted 2010 Mercury Prize and their single “Captain” won Best Video at both the Kerrang! and NME Awards in 2010.

Only Revolutions has also received substantial critical acclaim in the UK. The Sunday Times, Kerrang and Q each gave it four stars, Esquire labeled it “a blistering triumph” and the NME declared that the release “springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world.”

Vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston formed Biffy Clyro in 1995 and quickly began honing their unique sound, a mind-boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams. Relentless touring built a dedicated army of followers and turned Biffy Clyro into one of the most celebrated live bands in the UK — they’ve shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Linkin Park, filled Wembley Arena on a recent headlining run and became the first band ever to play in the Houses of Parliament.

On February 10th Biffy Clyro will be arriving in America for a headlining tour. The month-long string of dates kicks off in Washington, DC and brings them to New York’s Gramercy Theater February 12th and Los Angeles’ Troubadour March 1st. Biffy will also be supporting Cage The Elephant on several dates of their upcoming US tour, beginning March 31st in Cincinnati, OH.

Biffy Clyro US tour dates are below. For more information please visit www.biffyclyro.com

Headline dates:
2/10 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
2/11 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
2/12 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
2/13 – TT The Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
2/15 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QB
2/16 – Garrison – Toronto, ON
2/18 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
2/19 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
2/20 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
2/25 – Venue – Vancouver, BC
2/26 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
2/28 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
3/1 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

Cage The Elephant Dates:
3/31 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
4/01 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
4/02 – Rhythm and Brews – Chattanooga, TN
4/04 – Valarium – Knoxville, TN
4/06 – Revolution Music Room – Little Rock, AK
4/08 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AK
4/09 – Blue Note – Columbia, MO

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Feb
07

AUGUSTANA GEAR UP TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM

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AUGUSTANA GEAR UP

TO RELEASE

SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM ON APRIL 26TH, 2011

FIRST SINGLE, “STEAL YOUR HEART,” GOES TO RADIO FEBRUARY 14TH

February 1, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — Augustana will release their eagerly awaited self-titled third album for Epic Records on April 26th, 2011. The first single from the album, “Steal Your Heart,” will go to radio on February 14th. The band, which is fronted by vocalist/lyricist Daniel Layus, recorded the album in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jacquire King, who is known for his work with Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, among others.

“The creative and musical progression of this record feels like the most true expression of who this band is in its most basic form,” said Layus.  “We worked really hard to bring the sound to a new frontier, but not so far that it lost that sense of organic sensibility.”

The album delivers on the emotionally resonant, rootsy pop/rock that Augustana have become known for since launching themselves onto the scene with their major-label debut, 2005’s All The Stars and Boulevards. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. It also spawned two Top 40 hits, “Stars and Boulevards” and “Boston,” which was certified digital platinum. The band’s follow-up, 2008’s Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt spawned the singles “Sweet and Low,” and “I Still Ain’t Over You.”

Augustana is vocalist Dan Layus, guitarist Chris Sachtleben, bassist Jared Palomar, and drummer Justin South.

The track-listing for Augustana is as follows:

1. Steal Your Heart
2. Wrong Side Of Love
3. On The Other Side
4. Counting Stars
5. Borrowed Time
6. Shot In The Dark
7. Someone’s Baby Now
8. Hurricane
9. Just Stay Here Tonight
10. It Only Means I Love You (You Were Made For Me)

http://www.myspace.com/augustana

www.augustanamusic.com

www.twitter.com/augustanatour

www.facebook.com/augustana

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Feb
07

JASON REEVES TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “STICKS & STONES,”

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JASON REEVES TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE,

“STICKS & STONES,”

HROUGH ALL DIGITAL RETAILERS ON FEBRUARY 15TH

SONG WILL PREMIERE ON AOL’S POPEATER

TRACK IS THE FIRST RADIO SINGLE FROM PLATINUM-SONGWRITER’S UPCOMING NEW ALBUM THE LOVESICK, DUE THIS SUMMER FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS

February 2, 2011 — Burbank, CA — Singer-songwriter Jason Reeves will premiere his new single, “Sticks & Stones,” on AOL’s PopEater [www.popeater.com]. The track, which will be available for purchase from all digital retailers on February 15th, is taken from Reeves’ upcoming new album, The Lovesick, which is due for release this summer on Warner Bros. Records.

Jason wrote “Sticks & Stones” with Danelle Leverett (the JaneDear Girls) and Jordan Lawhead. “It’s a twisted take on a classic children’s rhyme,” Reeves says. “It’s strength and defiance in the face of a lover’s disintegration. It’s armor for a fragile heart and an anthem for the breaking unbroken.”

The Lovesick was produced by Adam Smith and features Reeves’ songwriting collaborations with Kara DioGuardi, who, as WBR’s Senior Vice President of A&R, signed Reeves to the label, and Reeves’ frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. Reeves co-wrote 10 tracks on Caillat’s platinum debut album Coco, including the smash hit singles “Bubbly” and “Realize,” as well as 10 tracks on the deluxe edition of her album Breakthrough.

Of another track on The Lovesick, “Helium Hearts,” Billboard noted that it “is nicely designed to make girls swoon and solidly position Reeves as a solo artist.” The magazine also raved that Reeves’ “melodic voice carries a hint of Bob Dylan.”

The 26-year-old Iowa City native has toured for the past few years in support of his debut album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales, which was released by Warner Bros. Records after selling briskly as an independent release in 2007 through Reeves’ MySpace page. The album’s hook-filled songs of love, hope, heartbreak, and renewal, matched with Reeves’ engaging tenor voice, led iTunes to name Reeves one of the Top Indie Singer-Songwriters of 2007.

Reeves will perform three shows in February, at The Hub in Cedar Falls, IA, on the 17th, at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, IA, on the 18th, and at Space in Evanston, IL, on the 19th, followed by a radio promo tour in March with dates to be announced.

For more about Jason Reeves, please visit www.jason-reeves.com or www.myspace.com/jasonreeves.

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Feb
07

NEVER SHOUT NEVER GIVE AWAY FREE DIGITAL EP TO FANS

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NEVER SHOUT NEVER

GIVE AWAY FREE DIGITAL EP TO FANS WHO PURCHASE AN ITEM FROM BAND’S WEBSTORE DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

THE LOVE (LIVE) EP FEATURES THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM BAND’S TWO ALBUMS WHAT IS LOVE? AND HARMONY

Burbank, CA – Never Shout Never has announced that it will give away a free three-song digital EP to anyone who purchases an item from the band’s webstore (http://www.nevershoutnever.com/store), including CD and vinyl versions of NSN’s two albums What Is Love? and Harmony. This offer begins on February 1st at 1 a.m. PST and ends February 28th at midnight. The EP will be delivered beginning February 14th.

The Love (Live) EP features previously unreleased live versions of “Love Is Our Weapon” and “I Love You 5” from What Is Love? and “I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know” from Harmony. Never Shout Never, fronted by 19-year-old singer-songwriter Christofer Drew, has been on tour in support of Harmony, which debuted at No. 4 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 14 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums chart after its August 2010 release by Loveway/Sire Records.

Produced by Butch Vig (Green Day, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins), Harmony is the follow-up to Never Shout Never’s critically heralded debut What Is Love?, which bowed at No. 24 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart,  No. 2 on both the Alternative and Rock charts, No. 6 on the Digital Album chart, and No. 11 on the Internet album chart upon its release in January. Rolling Stone has praised Drew’s “airy, heartbroken acoustic tunes” and called him “a hero for a new generation of emo kids.”

Never Shout Never will tour The Philippines, Australia, and Europe this spring, including making several appearances at the 2011 Soundwave Festival in Australia.

www.nevershoutnever.com

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Feb
07

MIDWEST MUSIC FOUNDATION PRESENTS MID COAST TAKEOVER EVENT

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About Midwest Music Foundation: Founded in 2008, MMF is a non-profit dedicated to supporting
the music community in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest. More information can be found
online regarding services and programing at www.midwestmusicfound.org
For more information please visit: www.midcoasttakeover.com
February 1, 2011
The Midwest Music Foundation, in conjunction with The Record Bar, The Riot Room,
PopWreckoning, The Record Machine, and Crosstown Station are proud to present the Officially
Unofficial South By Southwest MidCoast Takeover, March 18th and 19th, 2pm-2am, at The Liberty,
1618 E. 6th Street in Austin, Texas showcasing over 30 acts from Kansas City and the region for two
days of music, mayhem, and general debauchery.
In its second year, The MidCoast Takeover, will bring the amazing talent of artists from Kansas City
and throughout the region to a more prominent place on the national stage by setting up shop in the
middle of the mother of all music festivals, South By Southwest.
Featuring KC favorites The Roman Numerals, Soft Reeds, and Approach, Lawrence’s indie darlings
Appleseed Cast, rangy Midwest troubadours Ha Ha Tonka, plus a host of others, sponsored by
Boulevard Brewing Company, this years festivities promise a definitive Midwestern flavored musical
throw down. For a full schedule and list of bands please visit www.midcoasttakeover.com
The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to support the DIY spirit of Kansas City’s intrepid and
inspired music community. Up from the gut, out from the middle, MidCoast is the sound of the heart
of American music.


When: Friday, March 18, 2011, 2pm to 2am
Saturday, March 19, 2011 2pm to 2am
What: A two day showcase of the best of the Midwest

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Jan
13

SANTA LOVES AFRESH ANNE

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MONTREAL ROCKERS EXIT 451 IS CALLING ON
ALL INSPIRING FILMMAKERS FOR THEIR NEXT ‘YOU EXIST’ MUSIC VIDEO!

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The Canadian Indie Rockers With A Mesmerizing Twist Host Their ‘You Exist’ Music Video Contest
And Seeks Inspiring Filmmakers To Create And Deliver The Official Music Video

Indie rock band Exit 451 with a mesmerizing twist releases their second single “You Exist” from their debut album The Sea Above The Sky and is hosting an open call to all filmmakers for the creation of the track’s official music video. Montreal, Canada’s trio, consisting of brothers Alain (guitars, piano, keyboards, arrangements) and Martin Avon (bass, arrangements) and lyricist/vocalist JP Alepins, is asking for the initial entries to create a short synopsis for the music video treatment and email that idea to info@exit451.ca by the contest’s February 14, 2011 deadline.

The more creative and unique ideas the better, as the video concept can be entered to be completed in various formats such as, short film, animation, montage, etc. The band will pick three finalists, who will be sent a WAV file of the track and a future deadline for the video to be created, edited and compressed for web.  Each of the finalists’ videos will be posted on the band’s website and social networking sites exposing the video and its creator to fans and newcomers.

In the end there can only be one winner that can claim the official music video title. The winner will receive an Exit 451 mega prize package plus, a chance for the film and music world to know ‘You Exist’ as the band’s professional marketing and publicity team will help spotlight the official winner within the band’s early 2011 press campaign.

Exit 451 recorded their album at The Bank Studio 451, the band’s own state-of- the- art recording studio in downtown Montreal. The studio was originally a bank that they remodeled in 2004. Renowned producer Mark Howard (Bob DylanThe Tragically HipTom Waits and Marianne Faithfull) spent ample time at Studio 451, helping  Exit 451 complete their debut album featuring their first single,” Where The Sea Meets The Sky,” which hit in late fall 2010. The single peaked at #11 and became the most added track on the FMQB AC Chart its first week.

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Nov
09

ROBIN ROGERS CD #1 ON BLUES CHART!

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ROBIN ROGERS CD #1 ON BLUES CHART!


Back In The Fire
, the new release from singer Robin Rogers, is #1 on the current (October 29) Blues Chart of the Roots Music Report. The chart position, compiled from radio station airplay reports, means it was the most played record at blues radio last week.

The success is bittersweet, however. In mid-August, after returning home from a festival in Norway, Rogers was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.  Because she’s not a candidate for a transplant, she was sent home from the hospital, where she is now under hospice care.  Since the announcement of her devastating illness, concerned fans and friends have organized benefit concerts as far away as Colorado, Washington, New York, Michigan and New Jersey.  The largest fundraiser so far took place on October 24th in Rogers’ hometown of Charlotte, NC.   The overwhelming turnout by the local community was not surprising given that for the past twenty years Rogers has worked tirelessly on behalf of numerous charitable organizations and individuals in need.
The album was released on September 14 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart, where chart positions are determined by sales.  Calling it “an excellent album,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette went on to say, “Rogers has a voice that will break your heart with the blues, even if you don’t think you have one.  She’s a soulful, bluesy, torchy singer who works a lyric with painful feelings of sorrow and joy.  And she plays a moaning, mournful harp.  It’s wonderful.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer added, “Rogers proves herself a wonderfully nuanced singer and composer, with entertaining changes and an equally full-bodied band led by her hubby/collaborator Tony.”
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Nov
04

CEIVAbrate the Holidays in 2010!

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CEIVAbrate the Holidays in 2010!

Share Your Holiday Memories with the Magic of CEIVA Connected Digital Photo Frames™

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Invite Everyone to Send Pictures to Your Frame – From Anywhere, Even By Cellphone!

Burbank, CA – This holiday season, do something magically different for the ones that mean the most to you in your life!  Give the gift that will keep you connected to them once the New Year rolls around.  CEIVA®, the inventor of the connected digital photo frame, has a magical way to share photos with family and friends – automatically.  “CEIVAbrate” the holidays this year by starting your own community of connected photo sharing frames amongst friends and family.

How it Works

With CEIVA’S practical PicturePlan® photo sharing service, your circle of family and friends can enjoy an endless automatic display of photos sent from everyone, from anywhere – even by camera phone, email, from Facebook and more.  You’ll receive an unlimited photo storage account at www.ceiva.com, photo customization tools, and the ability to send photos and written greetings – straight to your community of CEIVA frames – all year long.  With the PicturePlan Lifetime Warranty, your CEIVA will always be replaced or fixed for free for as long as you have the service.  Everyone can connect by either Wi-Fi, Ethernet or telephone line (for those without computers – like grandpa!).  Members can also invite anyone else to send pictures to their frame and they get a free photo storage account at ceiva.com – even if they do not own a frame.  Everyone can utilize CEIVA’S U.S. based full-time toll-free Customer Care line at 1-877.692.3482.

How to Give CEIVA as a Gift

You’ll rejoice this holiday season by taking advantage of CEIVA’S multipack discounts and special offers.  It’s simple to register your CEIVA frames and preload them with pictures from family celebrations and special moments with friends.  You’ll be ready to “CEIVAbrate” the holidays by giving friends and family the gift of photo sharing that will last throughout the year.  Your family and friends will all stay connected by receiving and sharing photos and personal greetings throughout the year.

How to Get Connected

Family and friends will be happy to know that CEIVA Customer Care is available to assist customers  Monday through Friday during the holiday season, including December 24 and 25, 2010.  The three-step connection guide is simple, even for grandma:  1) Register the Frame, 2) Set-up the frame, and 3) Get connected.   Once connected, your family and friends will love sharing photos during the holidays and throughout the year.  Start your “CEIVAbration” during the holidays with CEIVA Connected Photo Frames!  For more information on products and special offers, visit www.ceiva.com

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R.E.M. REVEAL NEW ALBUM WILL BE CALLED

COLLAPSE INTO NOW

Burbank, CA – Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference.
R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party.
R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008’s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles “Supernatural Superserious,” “Hollow Man,” and “Man-Sized Wreath.” The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October.
On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX — a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as “Losing My Religion” and “Man On The Moon,” have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.
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Nov
04

LIVE CLIP OF METALLICA’S “SAD BUT TRUE”

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LIVE CLIP OF METALLICA’S “SAD BUT TRUE”

— FROM THE BIG FOUR LIVE

FROM SOFIA DVD TO PREMIERE ON MYSPACE MUSIC

Burbank, CA – A live video clip of Metallica’s “Sad But True” will premiere today on MySpace Music.
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The video is a clip from The Big Four Live From Sofia — a DVD that captures a legendary concert featuring metal’s “Big Four,” Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, that took place on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Warner Bros. Records will release the full concert on Read More→
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