What nineteen means to me.

What nineteen means to me.
A very, very short essay by Kristopher Shepard

I’m nineteen-years of age not old or young like some would say. Just plain ol’ nineteen, stuck between becoming an adult in the eyes of the Constitution and leaving my teen years behind me. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that for a while now, why does nineteen suck the big one so much? It’s simple, this is about the time when life gets real fast and starts to blur so to catch up with it you go full speed at all times. Continue reading “What nineteen means to me.”

Irish Troubadours The Guggenheim Grotto Migrate To U.S. For Extended Tour Beginning in January

Kevin May and Mick Lynch, principles of The Guggenheim Grotto, will pack their bags and embark on a U.S. odyssey to support their sophomore release Happy The Man, which was available January 27, 2009 on new model indie label United For Opportunity. Continue reading “Irish Troubadours The Guggenheim Grotto Migrate To U.S. For Extended Tour Beginning in January”


With three back-to-back RIAA Gold-certified records under his belt, five GRAMMY® Awards, and now his fourth solo GRAMMY® nomination as well, GMA’s 2008 Artist of the Year, TobyMac, will release his fourth studio project, “TONIGHT” on February 9th.

“TONIGHT” is getting a great head start this fall with TobyMac’s hit single, “City On Our Knees,” the fastest charting and selling track in his career. The single has already sold over 133,000 copies and has hit No. 1 on the top 100 Hot Digital Tracks chart as well as on the Billboard Top Singles chart. In addition, it held the No. 1 spot on both the National Christian Audience chart for 9 weeks as well as SoundScan’s Christian Digital Track chart for eleven weeks.

“City On Our Knees” was fervently embraced at radio with 96 stations adding it to their playlist in the first three weeks, and sped to No.1 on AC Monitored and at CHR, while currently No.3 at AC Indicator.

Produced by TobyMac along with Chris Stevens (Portable Sounds), Jamie Moore (Ayiesha Smith, Stephanie Woods) and Dave Wyatt (a.k.a. “D-dub) also his musical director, TobyMac has spent the last two and a half years creating “TONIGHT,” in a recording process that he doesn’t take lightly:

“The recording process means a lot to me, and I don’t approach what I do haphazardly” he says. “I have a lot of passion when it comes to my records. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but there’s this range of emotions that come with making a record. Music is something that can actually open people’s minds to who God is. Music will never change the world, but God can choose to use music, and that’s what I count on. I want my songs to be said in a way that anyone can relate to them. I want them to move people’s lives forward; move people toward God, and if I’m accomplishing that, whether or not anyone loves this record, as long as I feel like that is what I’m doing, then I feel like my job is done.”

As with previous TobyMac projects, “TONIGHT” also features special guest collaborations and a diversity of musical styles. The title track brings in John Cooper of Skillet, while “Wonderin’” features Matthew Thiessen of Relient K, and Nirva Ready belts her vocals on “Changed Forever.” A true highlight, and one of the most anticipated moments is with TruDog, TobyMac’s 10 year old son Truett’s, full song debut with the track “LoudNClear.”

In an effort to offer only the best variety to TobyMac’s audience, “TONIGHT” will be available as a physical CD and in digital form, both of which will feature bonus remixes and behind the scenes video.

TobyMac is currently on the road on his annual Winter Wonder Slam tour and will announce exciting 2010 tour plans soon.



With all three of TobyMac’s solo projects receiving GRAMMY® nominations, his live CD/DVD taking home a GRAMMY® award, and receiving 4 win as a member of legendary group dctalk, the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist is now celebrating his fifth consecutive nomination with his new single, “City On Our Knees” receiving a nod for Best Gospel song. The track will be included on TobyMac’s February 24th release, “TONIGHT,” and has topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the Christian Audience Chart.

Each of TobyMac’s studio releases, “Momentum” (2001),”Welcome to Diverse City” (2004), and “Portable Sounds (2007),” were awarded RIAA Gold Certification, with “Portable Sounds” making his highest solo debut ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart (No. 10), and hitting No. 1 on SoundScan’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart in its first week. Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits, being named the GMA Dove Award’s 2008 Artist of the Year, and R&R’s Christian CHR Artist of the Year in 2007, TobyMac was nominated for a 2007 American Music Award as Favorite Inspirational Artist. His song “Ignition” was also chosen to play during the 2009 Superbowl as The Arizona Cardinals entered the stadium in Tampa, FL.

Antiseen – Badwill Ambassadors (CD)

Antiseen plays a style of punk in the vein of D.O.A. and D.R.I. – that is to say, tremendously influenced by bands like Venom and (especially in the case of Antiseen’s vocalist Jeff) Motorhead. Tracks blast through in the space of two minutes or less – guitars are heavy, thick and not concerned with the nuances of different chords and the drums are plodding, each subsequent thwack of the skins definite, planned, and irreversible. Tracks like “Scapegoat” show a mixture off “Ace of Spades” and early Ramones/Skrewdriver influence. While the tracks are extremely close to each other in terms of differentiation of guitar chords and tempos, nowhere on “Badwill Ambassadors” do Antiseen seem to slack. Every track, whether it is the opening (Alpha Male), the middle-ground (F.T.K.) or the much later, is as intense as Antiseen can possible be. “F.T.K.” is gritted-teeth, full-offensive in its distortion and grunge. Continue reading “Antiseen – Badwill Ambassadors (CD)”

Yukon Blonde to release debut LP February 9, 2010!

After returning from a cross-Canada tour with Jon-Rae Fletcher, both as his backing band and his opening band, Alphababy packed their bags and moved from Kelowna to Vancouver. Big changes lead to new beginnings, and with that, the band changed their name to Yukon Blonde, signed to Toronto-based Nevado Records (Bahamas, Fox Jaws), put their 300 show history behind them (including performances alongside Ladyhawk, Black Mountain and Women), and set out to write all new material, which they recorded in Vancouver with Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, You Say Party! We Say Die!).

Almost a year later, the result was a set of 14 songs. Borrowing from the best, the band looked for influence in 60’s rock harmonies, thick yet simple hooks, and depression-era furniture upholstery, leading them to be compared to Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Crosby/Stills/Nash, and America. Four songs became Everything In Everyway – the band’s debut EP, which was released in Canada and internationally (digital) on October 6th 2009, introducing the new band, the new songs and the new name. Old friends of long stretches of highway and sleeping on floors, the band set-out to do a 37-date tour across Canada in October/November which picked up dates at POP Montreal, Halifax POP Explosion and CMJ, and ended in a triumphant return to their home town of Kelowna on November 8th 2009 – almost two months later, picking up many rave reviews along the way.

Viking Skull wrap up East Coast tour, complete video

British rockers and sometime troublemakers Viking Skull returned to England earlier after a successful post-Christmas showcase tour alongside Clutch. The sold out performances put the band on US soil for their first major shows with seasonably happy audiences taking to the band’s gritty, hard rocking, drinking tunes. Their 30-minute set included material from their recently released third album Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey.

“What a fantastic opportunity it was to play with Clutch on their home turf,” says bassist Waldie. “The crowds were very cool and welcoming. We made a lot of new friends. Our new material went down great and there were even people singing along to the old stuff which was nice! There were a lot of parties but don’t worry – no hairy babies!”

Viking Skull concluded the US trek with two headline shows just after New Year’s celebrations. The Note in West Chester, Pennsylvania served as the final stop and the location for the band’s video shoot for album track “Hair of the Dog.” The footage is currently being edited by Jackass creator/mastermind Bam Margera and is expected to be completed early February.

Released November 25, Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey is the band’s first album with proper US distribution and promotion. The album is set to impact college and commercial specialty radio on January 19. Over 300 stations across the country are planned to receive the disc that Kerrang! recently called “a genuinely fantastic rock ‘n roll album.” Getting an early jump on the impact, weekly radio tip sheet FMQB interviewed the band in late December. During the interview drummer Jess Margera said, “this record is the epitome of every good rock band smashed into one.”

As the lone American in the band, Margera remembers his initial introduction to the ‘Skull. “I think five years ago was the first time I heard Viking Skull get played on the jukebox at the Crobar in London. The whole place went insane. It was kind of like when I was a kid hearing Back in Black for the first time. I bought everyone there a shot of Makers mark and a beer.”

With limited support and resources, Viking Skull have single-handedly created their own early opportunities. Independently recording their first release for a whopping $500, their 2003 mini-album titled Chapter One remains the only album to score 11 out of 10 in England’s Metal Hammer. The band’s full length debut, Born in Hell, was released in 2005. While finding limited stateside exposure in Europe the band continued to build on a growing fanbase and profile. Tours with Clutch and cKy would see them through the year setting up the recording of their second album. Chapter Two would be released in early 2007 and featured guest appearances from members of Fireball Ministry. It would also feature the first contributions from Margera (also a member of cKy and stoner super-group The Company Band).

Already looking forward to their return to the states in the near future, vocalist Roddy Stone shares, “Ice cold beer actually exists when you tour the US unlike the lukewarm beer you get off promoters in the UK. So bring it on…”

Viking Skull is vocalist/founder Roddy Stone, bassist Waldie, guitarist Dom and drummer Jess Margera. Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey is available in stores now via Powerage/Candlelight Records.

For more information contact Dave Brenner (earsplitpr@aol.com) or Paula Hogan (paula@candlelightrecordsusa.com).
European media contact Darren Toms (d.toms@plastichead.com)



o herald the release of their new album One Life Stand, Hot Chip will be bringing their explosive live show back to North America in April. The band will be playing tracks from new album as well as old favorites.
The xx will be the band’s special guests on this tour.

Hot Chip have become legendary for their unequivocally exuberant live performances, helping them to become one of the world’s most original and loveable artists. As with their sold-out tour last September, the band will once again feature a live drummer on these dates adding an extra dimension to their already exhilarating shows.

Here’s what some critics have said of their shows last year:

“Hot Chip was hot all right. The English electro-pop act packed the Sahara tent at Coachella on Saturday evening, and then some, blinding the crowd with beats…” – Los Angeles Times

“A non-stop pressure cooker of a performance.”- Boston Herald

Tickets will be on sale for the public on November 23 for the following dates:

April 16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

April 19 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

April 20 – Toronto, ON – Koolhaus

April 22 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

April 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

As previously announced, One Life Stand will be released on February 9, 2010. Fans will have the chance to pre-buy the album on amazon.com now. Check out the Hot Chip artist store at amazon.com in the coming weeks for exclusive streams and webisodes.

The tracklisting for One Life Stand is as follows:

1. Thieves In The Night

2. Hand Me Down Your Love

3. I Feel Better

4. One Life Stand

5. Brothers

6. Slush

7. Alley Cats

8. We Have Love

9. Keep Quiet

10. Take It In


Scott Pinkmountain & The Golden Bolts Of Tone release “The Full Sun” on February 10, 2009

In the rarest of cases, more really is more: Scott Pinkmountain’s The Full Sun blends improvisation and avant composition with classic song writing and more musicality per square inch than most box sets. Using upwards of 60 musicians, including a full orchestra, an eleven-piece big band and numerous experimental hybrids, Pinkmountain channels music with freedom, precision and raw earthy emotion. In the process of creating this opus, he also draws an arc of dissolving love. The record begins with romantic euphoria, and over the course of the hour, takes us through a downward spiral into a bleak vacuum of betrayal. The centerpiece of this turmoil is revealed in the song ‘Unforgiven’, which stretches out over a pained landscape and ends with a bold cinematic march of redemption. Continue reading “Scott Pinkmountain & The Golden Bolts Of Tone release “The Full Sun” on February 10, 2009″

Antiquus – Eleutheria

Man, was I ever wrong about this band. Most the time, I get CDs from acts that I am not familiar with. This was the case with Antiquus, and from looking at their cover of “Eleutheria”, I was expecting some sort of namby-pamby progressive space-metal. However, this disc starts out with “O Captain, My Captain”, and starts in a way that will get individuals immediately into the music. Continue reading “Antiquus – Eleutheria”