Eric Benet surprises DeAndre Brackensick on American Idol with a special appearance

R&B Crooner, songwriter and actor Eric Benét has successfully released five albums and is currently gearing up for the release of his sixth album entitled The One, which is slated for a Spring 2012 release. Very appropriately named, Benét’s new album The One marks a moment of positive transition in his life and lyrically speaks to the many new beginnings developing in his career and family. The One will also be the first album released on Benét’s newly formed record label Jordan House Records, which he created in partnership with EMI

Real Love” (available on iTunes) is the first single off Benét’s new forthcoming album The One and was the #1 added song to Urban AC when shipped to radio in October 2011 and is currently #14 on the Urban AC chart and climbing quickly. This new single is a taste of what to expect on Benét’s new album, which he describes as a “very contemporary approach to old-school songwriting integrity”. The One will also feature his signature mid-70s soul groove, a variety of instruments from strings to horns to featured artists and even a duet with his first daughter India

Eric Benét was also recently nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for his single “Sometimes I Cry”, up against artists Cee Lo Green (“Fool For You” feat Melanie Fiona), R. Kelly (“Radio Message”), Raphael Saadiq (“Good Man”), Betty Wright & The Roots (“Surrender”). The Grammy Awards will air on Sunday February 12th, 2012. Additionally, Benét was nominated for a 2011 Soul Train Award for “Best Male R&B/Soul Artist” and also performed during the Soul Train Award’s tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, which aired November 27th on BET. 

In addition to a new album, single & record label, Eric Benét also has a new marriage and baby. Eric married Manuela Testolini on July 31st, 2011 in Newport Beach, CA and the newlyweds welcomed their baby daughter, Lucia, on December 21, 2011. Previously, Eric was married to actress Halle Berry from 2001 – 2005 and has one daughter named India from a prior relationship with his longtime girlfriend Tami Marie Stauff, who tragically died in a car accident leaving Eric as a single father to their daughter at age 1. India is now 21 years old, attending USC and very musically gifted. Testolini also familiar with being in a Hollywood marriage was married to Prince prior to Benét.  

Eric Benét grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1970s and was the youngest of five musically talented siblings. He started out singing with a group called Gerard in the late 1980s; then Benét, his sister Lisa, and his cousin George Nash Jr. formed a band called Benét and in 1992, they were signed to EMI and released a self-titled album. Two years later, Eric Benét broke onto the music scene with his solo career and signed with Warner Bros. Records, releasing his debut solo album, True to Myself in 1996. His sophomore album, A Day in the Life, was released in 1999 and featured his smash hit “Spend My Life With You (featuring Tamia)”, which rose to #1 on the US Billboard R&B charts (for 3 weeks), was certified gold, and nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group”. The album also won a Soul Train Music Award for “Best R&B/Soul Album, Male”. 

In 2001, Benét decided to leave Warner Bros. and signed with the Reprise-distributed label, Friday Records, where he released his next studio album, Hurricane on June 21, 2005, which featured “I Wanna Be Loved” that reached #2 on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart. His fourth album Love & Life was released on September 9, 2008, debuting at #11 on Billboard 200 and #2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album featured fan favorite “Chocolate Legs” and his hit single “You’re The Only One“, which spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on Urban AC radio and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Male Performance”. In November 2010, Eric released his fifth album Lost in Time featuring duets with Faith Evans, Chrisette Michelle, Ledisi, and Eddie Levert of The O’Jays; plus his single “Sometimes I Cry“, which reached # 1 on the Hot Adult R&B Songs Chart. 

Benét has also been active as an actor and most recently starred in his first lead role in the feature film “Trinity Goodheart” also starring Erica Gluck, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival on July 9th, 2011. Additionally, Eric had a recurring role on the television program For Your Love (1998–2002) and made his film debut alongside Mariah Carey in Glitter (2001).

Tiësto and Wolfgang Gartner team up for “We Own The Night”

On April 6th international superstar DJ and producer Tiësto teams up with Wolfgang Gartner for the release of their brand new single, “We Own The Night”, a feature track on Tiësto’s forthcoming new mix album “Club Life – Volume Two Miami”

“We Own The Night” is a definitive dance music anthem; dedicated to the late night hours when clubbers and DJs burn with the stars and shine so bright. Tiësto and Wolfgang Gartner have created a masterpiece where a powerful instrumental is paired with perfect vocals for an epic result.

Tiësto says, “I’ve been a huge fan of Wolfgang for years. As a producer, there are few out there with the kind of talent he has, so teaming up was always something I was very keen to make happen. I’m really happy with how the track turned out; you can hear each of our individual styles on there, but together they create something really special! It was an easy decision to make it a key track on my new “Club Life Volume Two Miami compilation.”

Wolfgang Gartner adds, “When Tiësto brought up the idea of collaboration I was thrilled and I think “We Own The Night” is destined to be a classic. We were already happy with the musical part, but something special happened when Luciana came into the project and put her vocal touch on it. The only way I can describe it is…magic. I can honestly say this song is my favorite of all the collaborations I’ve ever done.”

“CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami” offers unique access to Tiësto’s Miami, a city renowned for its world class night life, beautiful party goers and everlasting summers. Tiësto crafts the CLUB LIFE experience masterfully, using his own exclusive original productions and remixes as the driving force behind the album.

Tiësto’s official online store is selling exclusive CLUB LIFE – Volume 2 Miami merchandise bundles, including signed copies of the album, t-shirts, posters and more.

Visit and follow hashtag – #TiestoClubLife2

Tiësto will be supporting the album throughout 2012 with more than 100 dates on the CLUB LIFE WORLD TOUR.

CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami Track List:

Tiësto – Miami (Original Mix)

Tiësto – Chasing Summers (Original Mix)

Tiësto & Wolfgang Gartner – We Own The Night ft. Luciana (Original Mix)

Tiësto – What Can We Do (A Deeper Love)(Third Party Remix)

Baggi Begovic ft. Josie Cotton – If A Lie Was Love (Original Mix)

Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiësto Remix)

Coldplay – Paradise (Tiësto Remix)

Sultan + Ned Shepard – Walls ft. Quilla (Original Mix)

The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (Tiësto & Hardwell Remix)

John Dahlback – Life (Original Mix)

John De Sohn ft. Andreas Moe – Long Time (Original Mix)

Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

Avesta – Arena (Original Mix)

Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me Now (Tiësto Remix)

Tiësto & Swanky Tunes – Make Some Noise ft. Ben McInerney of New Navy (Original Mix)

Tiësto – Maximal Crazy (Original Mix)


Mar 30 The Borgata Atlantic City, NJ

Mar 31 XS Las Vegas, NV

April 4 Playa Norte Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico

April 5 The City Cancun, Mexico

April 13 Spring Fling Philadelphia, PA

Apr 14 Digital Groove Duluth, GA

Apr 19 Bounce Music Festival Bloomington, IN

Apr 20 Poliforum Leon Leon, Mexico

Apr 21 Plaza Monumental De Tijuana Tijuana, Mexico

Apr 22 Encore Beach Club Las Vegas, NV

May 26 I Love This City Festival San Francisco, CA

Jun 15 Summerburst Festival Stockhold, Sweden

Jun 24 Red Summer Party Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jun 29 Pharos Park Bratislava, Solvakia

July 14 Breda Live Breda, Netherlands

Aug 11 Creamfields Andalucia, Spain

Aug 26 Creamfields Daresbury, UK

Sep 8 Lake Festival Gratz, Austria


Mar 30 Chicago The Mid

Mar 31 Tallahassee The Park A Forest Ridge

Apr 07 Los Angeles USC (students only)
Apr 07 Santa Ana The Observatory

Apr 20 New York Webster Hall

Apr 21 Washington Fur Nightclub

Apr 27 Edmonton Edmonton Expo Centre

May 04 Miami Beach Amnesia

May 12 Philadelphia Festival Pier At Penn’s Landing

May 13 Pittsburgh Stage Ae – Outdoors

May 25 Vancouver Celebrities

Jun 02 San Juan, PR Muelle Panamericano

Jun 09 Baltimore Starscape

Jun 17 Chicago Spring Awakening

Jul 18 Detroit Global Dance Festival

Jul 19 Minneapolis The Brick

Jul 20 Kansas City Midland Theatre

Aug 05 Montreal Osheaga Music Festival

Aug 17 Madawaska WEMF
Aug 26 Daresbury, UK Creamfields

“Watch Out”… Here comes CITY RAIN, Philly’s electro surf duo… New EP out 4/17!

“It was 90% natural and 10% conscious,” explains Ben Runyan, one half of Philadelphia’s electro surf pop duo CITY RAIN, about their songwriting prowess. “90% natural in that we love dance music, play it live, and that is our natural way to do things. 10% conscious in that we still have ‘chiller’ more ‘band’-based music that we love to make.” If their new EP WATCH OUT (independent; release date: April 17, 2012) is any indication, the sum of those fractions equals a very unified, singular vision that’s truly unique.

The follow-up to last Fall’s critically-hailed I’m Gone EP, Watch Out finds Ben and his bandmate Jarrett Zerrer on a slightly different and more organic trajectory. If I’m Gone was the emotional outpouring of a post-breakup blues, Watch Out is the sound of moving on and getting back on track. “This is who we are and where we are going,” Ben says confidently. “There is NO doubt to that. This form of City Rain is here to stay.”

Finding that their groove was more exciting in the sunnier registers, Watch Out is the sound of a band who has found their voice and is excited about it. Kicking off where they started, the title track is the final song on the I’m Gone EP, the cohesive thread that binds the two EPs together. A combustive track with a killer bass beat, it’s hearkens to the synthpop of yore (Depeche Mode, New Order, Yazoo) while adding fastidiously modern electronics that embodies the direction the band is headed. “Taken literally, ‘Watch Out’ is simply about a relationship you are in where you don’t feel challenged enough,” Ben explains. “But the song for us has really grown to be a message about our splash onto and into the music scene. We really feel like this EP is our tour de force awakening into the music industry. So you better ‘watch out’!” From the midnight dance beats of “Can’t Rain All the Time” (“a nod to the movie The Crow, it serves as a release for all the hard times we went through during our development as a band and as adults”) to the swirling propulsiveness of “Don’t Stay Inside” (“We wrote this at the high of our insanity in the long search to find ourselves. We went out after writing the track in a full-on winter blizzard, with a bottle of wine and went sledding”) to the instrumental live favorite “Wife With a Knife” that inspires manic mayhem on the dance floor, the Watch Out EP is a nonstop assault of dance beats and catharsis. The jittery electropop of “Building Blocks” stands as the band’s personal favorite song on the EP. “It has the best message possible,” he says. “It’s about how far we’ve come, the pieces we are putting in place to hopefully succeed in music and in life. The end part with the dropped beats sucks back and forth and really represents the agony and release of emotions that have preceeded where we are now.” The EP ends with a killer remix of the title track by Chandler Coleman, a high school classmate of Ben’s who “has a massive hand at trance and electro house and this was an impressive mix from him. I was delighted when I heard it.”

Watch Out EP Art
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Their latest single “Real Good” (from the I’m Gone EP) was recently released and the video was selected by AOL SPINNER for Video of the Day.” Starring the people and places that make up the Northeast end of Philadelphia, the video served as a loveletter to their home city, a strikingly honest and genuine statement that the good and bad coexists peacefully in the city’s complicated streets.

A textural capsule that is at once thematically poignant and undeniably catchy, the Watch Out EP combines the emotional yet danceable impact of The Postal Service, New Order, Cults, and a less hormonal Kids of 88 with a surprising surf guitar twist that adds a fascinatingly fresh dimension. Blending surf, New Wave, funk and electro, City Rain was hailed by Deli Magazine asBand of the Month and has received adulation and spins on influential AAA station WXPN 88.5FM. Named after the “cleansing and cathartic electric smell after it rains in the city,” City Rain is ready to undergo a similar rebirth – from one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets to a formidable national electronic band. Having supported such buzz-heavy bands as The Dears, School Of Seven Bells, Telefon Tel Aviv, East Hundred and fellow Reybee roster mates Hank & Cupcakes, their buzz is beginning to resonate quite loudly outside of their hometown.

CITY RAIN is Ben Runyan (vocals, keys, production) and Jarrett Zerrer (vocals, guitar).

Tour Dates
Apr 2 – Tigerbeats @ Barbary (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr 13 – Brighton Bar (Long Branch, NJ)
Apr 27 – HMAC (Harrisburg, PA)
Apr. 28 – Arlene’s Grocery (New York, NY)

The Beatles – Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records (DVD)


This is one of the most fascinating documentaries about The Beatles that I have ever seen. We kicked the film on at NeuFutur Headquarters, and had everyone stick around for the two-plus hour feature. There are so many stories and anecdotes provided by members of The Beatles’ Apple Records, and these stories do much to paint a different picture of the Fab Four than I previously held. The narration of the feature benefits from the inclusion of these interviews; I personally feel that the way that Strange Fruit is oriented makes it significantly better than other music documentaries on the market.

This is because there are first-hand stories laid down by members of Badfinger (and other Apple bands), the presence of which allows viewers to make their own connections instead of being force fed “facts” by a disembodied voice. I believe that there are more stories to be told about Apple Records and the constituent Beatles’ time in the 70s and 80s. Here’s to hoping that Chrome Dreams (and their U.S. distributor, MVD) can continue to release documentaries with the same sort of quality.

I believe the main thing that one can glean from Strange Fruit would have to be that the label was not quite as transient as it seems today – Apple Records had a tremendous talent roster during their formative years, and a great many of the titles that they released had a profound effect on how music was and would be in the decades to come. Strange Fruit is a must buy for anyone that considers themselves to be a fan of The Beatles – check it out when it drops down next month.

Rating: 9.0/10


The Beatles – Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records (DVD) / 2012 Chrome Dreams / 162 Minutes /

Species Nutrition Fiberlyze Review


After a while of supplementing, there is a good chance that you will get your GI tract all bound up. This is particularly prevalent for those that supplement with protein drinks, Thus, supplementing with a fiber-based product is absolutely essential for maintaining one’s health. Species Nutrition has created Fiberlyze; one need only put a scoop of the product into a drink two or three times a day. After that, overall health increases – there are less substances just sitting in one’s colon, and decreases the possibility that one will get colon cancer.

There are few calories (45), offset by the presence of Calcium (15% RDA) and Potassium (2% RDA). The miscibility of the product is considerable, ensuring a smooth drinking experience for anyone that supplements with Fiberlyze. For those that have been turned off in the past by these types of products, Fiberlyze has two solid flavors – Lemonade and Fruit Punch; the Fruit Punch is able to approximate the sugar and water drinks that I had when I was a kid, rather than the bizarre flavor profiles that are usually present in workout supplements. We just polished off a bottle of Fiberlyze, and noticed that there was little bloating to be had compared to other products on the market. The psyillium in Fiberlyze is enough to keep the bowels in perfect repair, no matter how many of the protein drinks that I may take down in a day.

Keep an eye on Species Nutrition in 2012 – they have expanded their product offering to include offerings for any normal bodybuilding need. Their dedication to creating a quality product is manifest in each of the products that they create – one should be confident that what they are receiving from the company is absolutely stellar.

Rating: 8.7/10

Fiberlyze / Species Nutrition / /


Trust announce a string of North American tour dates this April in support of their debut LP, TRST, out now on Arts & Crafts. Trust is Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (Austra) – a Toronto-based duo formed in 2009.


Praise for Trust:

Alfons and Postepski write songs strong enough to entice listeners who wouldn’t ordinarily touch a Ouija board, much less bring it to the disco.” – eMusic


Something beautifully seedy.” – The Fader


Trust take their own extraordinary machines and slather them in gloss, resulting in the sonic equivalent of what a fashion show might look like if it were put on by depressive pill abusers. This stuff sounds malevolent, but mighty sexy, as Alfons’ pinched whine of a voice takes on both characteristics with ease.” – Pitchfork


Toronto dance duo like Dead or Alive doing a goth-trance rendition of “You Spin Me Round” [no cowbell].” – Spin


A must-have for any self-respecting current or former goth.” – V Magazine


Trust Tour Dates:

Apr 10 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex

Apr 11 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

Apr 12 San Francisco, CA – Popscene

Apr 13 Seattle, WA – Electric Tea Garden

Apr 14 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl

Apr 15 Portland, OR – Rotture

Apr 17 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle


NATE HALL: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By Cvlt Nation

Today Cvlt Nation is hosting an exclusive track premiere of “The Earth In One Cell” from USX mastermind NATE HALL. Following several lauded LPs released under the Neurot Recordings banner, this May the founding USX vocalist/guitarist, will release his first solo full-length entitled A Great River.


Comments Hall on the track: “’The Earth In One Cell’ has been kicking around in my brain for years before I got it right and ready to record. In a way, it was a catalyst for the whole album, because once I got it done the rest followed quickly. I used a capo on the twelfth fret of my electric guitar to get the chimey string sound. It was a natural song to start the record.”


Check out “The Earth In One Cell,” the opening track to the record, at THIS LOCATION.


Set for European release on May 7 and in North America on May 8, A Great River, which popular

rock/doom portal The Obelisk crowns a “…beautiful and lush work of a songwriter beginning what will hopefully be a long journey,” offers up a lush landscape of pastoral richness. Recorded in March 2011 by Travis Kammeyer at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, the work draws from the lush musical history of America, the melancholy of Appalachia, and harnesses the “electric vacuum roar” of guitar slingers past and present.

Kasper Bjørke Premieres New Video For “Lose Yourself To Jenny”

Danish producer and DJ Kasper Bjørke has premiered a new video for “Lose Yourself to Jenny” with Interview Magazine. The track was released earlier this month alongside remixes by Rebolledo (Comeme), Axel Boman (Pampa), Maxxi Soundsystem (Hot Waves) and Till VonSein (Suol), available for streaming at SoundCloud. “Lose Yourself to Jenny” is taken from his third studio album, Fool, appropriately released on Fool’s Day, April 1st with hfn music (Trentemøller). The LP features collaborations with Jacob Bellens (Murder and I Got You On Tape), new Danish talent Emma Acs, and one of Kasper Bjørke’s favorite bands, Laid Back. Get a sneak peek of the album at SoundCloud.

Directed by Florence Tetièr, the new video is the “first part of a trilogy of videos to accompany the planned three singles. The theme of the video trilogy is about different types of girls that you can fall in love with,” says Bjørke. “The first one being “Jenny” who is generally bad news.” Like vinyl, Fool is split in two sides with a playful mixture of abundant, pop-infused bittersweet love songs on the ‘Hunger‘ side, and more spaced-out psychedelic disco voyages on the ‘Foolish‘ side. Recently abandoning his A&R chair at indie label Fake Diamond, where he discovered and developed acts like Oh Land, Bjørke now mainly focuses on studio work. As a remixer, he has pretty much covered the whole spectrum, reworking tracks from Moby and Oh Land, to hfn & In My Room label mates Trentemøller and Darkness Falls.

Fool Tracklisting

A – Hungry Side
01. Hummingbirds (with Jacob Bellens)
2. Lose Yourself to Jenny (with Jacob Bellens)
3. Deep is the Breath (with Jacob Bellens and Emma Acs)
4. Sunrise (with Jacob Bellens)
B- Foolish Side
5. Overture
6. D.O.A.H.
7. All I hear is Drums
8. Bohemian Soul (with Laid Back)
9. Ubiquitous
10. US Escape

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The Veer Union teams up with Gibson Guitars for “The Ultimate Gibson Guitar” giveaway

Vancouver hard rock outfit, The Veer Union, has teamed up with Gibson Guitars for “The Ultimate Gibson Guitar” giveaway. Fans can sign up for free on Facebook: for the chance to win a Gibson Melody Maker Flying V guitar, as well as an assortment of other Gibson gear and accessories, including a guitar strap, picks, strings, hat and t-shirt.
            The Veer Union is currently on tour in support of its sophomore full-length record, Divide The Blackened Sky, which released on Monday via Rocket Science Ventures.
            The blistering, 10-track offering that says is, “jam-packed with a blend of teeth-grating rhythms and commercial melodies that are heavy enough to appeal to the hard rock fan while rarely too vicious or overindulgent,” can be purchased on iTunes:
            The track list for Divide The Blackened Sky is…
1. Borderline
2. Bitter End
3. I Will Remain
4. Buried In The Ground
5. Inside Our Scars
6. Live Another Day
7. Divide The Blackened Sky
8. Silent Gun
9. Last Days Of Life
10. Stolen
            Divide The Blackened Sky was recorded at VanHowes Studios, Greenhouse Studios and Renegade Studios in Vancouver, BC – a record vocalist, Crispin Earl, proclaims to be, “a much darker and heavier effort than our previous works. It depicts all the hard times we have been through over the last couple of years.”
            The majority of the album was self-produced and recorded by the band. In addition, production on the first single, “Bitter End,” was handled by world-renowned producer, Brian Howes (Nickelback, Hinder, Skillet, Puddle Of Mudd, Rev Theory), and was mixed by Jay Van Poederooyen.
           Cover art comes courtesy of Jeff Ojeda at Harmonic Concepts.
            The Veer Union recently kicked off an extensive run of U.S. tour-dates in support of Divide The Blackened Sky. The band will spend the next two-plus months on the road, playing club shows and festivals with the likes of Korn, Staind, Godsmack, My Darkest Days, Smile Empty Soul and more.
            Stay up to date with the latest TVU news, tour dates and multimedia with the official TVU iPhone App, available for free via the iTunes store:
            For all the latest info online, head to The Veer Union Facebook page:, The Veer Union website: and Rocket Science Ventures website: http://
            Be sure to catch The Veer Union on tour this spring in support of Divide The Blackened Sky.
The Veer Union on tour…
3/30 – South Bend, IN @ Club Fever *
3/31 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s *
4/02 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
4/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s *
4/04 – Rochester, MN @ The Wicked Moose *
4/06 – Sault Sainte Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino Showroom *
4/07 – Dubuque, IA @ Courtside *
4/10 – South Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
4/11 – Ottawa, IL @ Luciana’s Rural Resort
4/12 – Clinton Township, MI @ The Detroit Pub
4/13 – Madison, WI @ RSR Stage
4/14 – Rockford, IL @ Bar 3
4/17 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock Bar and Grill
4/20 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater (w/ Korn, Chevelle, Buckcherry)
4/21 – SanAntonio, TX @ St. Mary’s University (Fiesta Oyster Bake w/ Buckcherry)
4/22 – Wichita Falls, TX @ Kay Yeager Coliseum  (w/ Chevelle, Buckcherry)
4/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep (w/ Cavo, Janus)
4/26 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater (w/ Cavo, Janus)
4/28 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Riverview Park (UFEST w/ Godsmack, Staind, Chevelle)
5/01 – Abilene, TX @ The Lucky Mule (w/ Cavo, Janus)
* w/ My Darkest Days
The Veer Union w/ Smile Empty Soul…
5/04 – Riverside, CA @ The Vibe
5/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
5/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
5/07 – W.Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go
5/08 – Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
5/09 – Redding, CA @ Johnny’s Cat House
5/11 – Sparks, NV @ The New Oasis
5/12 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
5/13 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/17 – Denver, CO @ Moe’s
5/18 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
5/19 – Keaney, NE @ The Garage
5/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
5/22 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/23 – Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
5/24 – Madison, WI @ RSR Stage
5/25 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
5/26 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgators
5/27 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
5/29 – Parkersburg, WV @ Marietta Brewing Co.
5/30 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club
5/31 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
6/01 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
6/02 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
6/03 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
6/04 – Raleigh, NC @ The Berkeley Cafe
6/05 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
6/06 – Cocoa, FL @ 321 Local
6/07 – Lake Worth, FL @ Speakeasy Lounge
6/08 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local
6/09 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewsters Pit
6/10 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
6/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/12 – Nashville, TN @ 12 And Porter
6/13 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas
6/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
The Veer Union online…
About The Veer Union…
The Veer Union made its mark in 2009 with the top 10 hit single, “Seasons,” off the debut album, Against The Grain, which peaked at #7 and was the longest charting rock song for a new artist all year. It became the theme song for the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was also featured in all Major League Baseballpostseason telecasts, as well as the NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more. The second single, “Youth of Yesterday,” was the highest added song to rock radio the first week of its release.
The Veer Union has toured the US for over a year in support of Against The Grain, hitting major cities across the nation. The band has played shows and festivals with the likes of Staind, Hinder, Theory of A Deadman, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Framing Hanley, 30 Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf and many more.
About Rocket Science Ventures…
Developed in 2004 as a new model solution for artists and management, the Rocket Science mission is to provide a full-service label-type experience to artists and management in the rapidly evolving digital and physical marketplace.

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Live At The Q (CD)

Everything about this live album works. Where there is some loss of fidelity with many live recordings, Hawkins’ inspiration piano arrangements are captured as clear as day. There is a vibrancy that weaves its way through each of this album’s 15 tracks. I feel that this vibrancy is linked to Hawkins’ narration through instrumental arrangements. With every track here, From The Outside to Love in Winter, there is a sense that Hawkins is speaking through each piano roll.

Feeling Sunshine immediately throws listeners into a more frantic and energetic space; the repetition and modification of arrangements keeps the momentum high. This allows Hawkins to include a track like Standing Up. Standing Up is one of the longest tracks on Live at the Q (6:20), but Hawkins’ ability is what will keep listeners eagerly anticipating what is to follow. A twinkling soundscape awaits listeners on this track, which is filled out through the inclusion of strings. The more definite sound created by the piano creates a slow build for the track. As the track gradually ratchets up to its peak, the piano and strings push each other to the highest plateau. The disc closes up with The Void, a track that acts simultaneously to close up the recording and establish possible paths for Hawkins to go in the future.

Live at the Q is a wonderful collection of compositions by Fiona Joy Hawkins, and it provides the best way to experience a live Hawkins experience. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be an American tour in the near future, but until then, Live at the Q will remain in my CD player. Check it out today if you would like to hear how contemporary and effecting instrumental, piano-based music can truly be.

Top Tracks: View From My Studio, Flight of the Albatross

Rating: 8.6/10

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Live At The Q (CD) / 2012 Self / 15 Tracks /