The London-dwelling, Kansas-born indie pop artist Piney Gir says, “Gold Rules is a reminder to all to live in the moment. Sometimes it’s better to be a grasshopper than an ant and seize the day instead of storing for winter all the time, because what are you waiting for; what if winter never comes? You can’t take it with you! I tried to create this sort of grungy choir of angels in the intro-outro to symbolise a rock n roll heaven – I hope that comes across!” Continue reading “Piney Gir Releases “Gold Rules” Video”
One year on from the unforgettable Vatos Locos showcase at The BPM Festival, Hector is set to launch his ‘VL’ label at the next edition of the festival in his home country of Mexico. Continue reading “Hector is set to launch VL label”
Coheed and Cambria release their new album, The Color Before The Sun, on Oct. 9 via 300 Entertainment. The band is giving fans an early listen, streaming the song for “You Got Spirit, Kid” below. Continue reading “Coheed and Cambria Release “You Got Spirit, Kid””
“Secret Friend,” the opening track on Grounders’ debut self-titled LP, is a nostalgic and vibrant pop song with a psychedelic glisten. So it’s only fitting that its music video, animated by band member Daniel Busheikin, is equally colorful and kaleidoscopic. The visuals were digitally rotoscoped – an antiquated animation technique that involves tracing and painting over live-action footage, frame-by-frame. The music video captures familiar movements and moments through thousands of individually-made frames, presenting a hallucinatory mirror of our daily life. Continue reading “Grounders animate “Secret Friend” in new video”
Left Lane Cruiser have just announced a tour that will begin in Columbus, Ohio on May 29th and extend through the United States through June, July, and the beginning of August. The band is touring in support of their new album “Dirty Spliff Blues”, which will be released 6/16/15 on Alive Naturalsound records.
The vaporizer is one of the most simple that we have had the chance to review. Where there are a number of settings or other steps (filling the product, ratcheting in the correct temperature), all one needs to do when it comes to the Pax Vaporizer is charge it up and to place the herbal blend into the product. Continue reading “Pax Vaporizer by Ploom Review”
The 6th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am presented by Hurley (www.switchfoot.com/p/broam) will feature performances by Timmy Curran, Dynamite Walls, Jon Foreman and Friends, OK Go, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, The Almost, Kate Voegele and Young the Giant. The concert/surf contest will take place on Saturday, June 26th, at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.
The event will benefit San Diego and Oceanside, CA chapters of StandUp For Kids (www.standupforkids.org), a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids. Funds will be raised at a pre-event auction night set for Friday, June 25th, as well as from beach vendors, sponsors and an after-party at the Belly Up Tavern. Admission to the beach concert is free to the public.
“The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in ’05,” says Switchfoot’s lead singer, Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience – surfing, music, and the San Diego scene at its best. Last year was our biggest year ever, and we hope to top it again this year.”
“StandUp For Kids is extremely proud that Switchfoot has chosen our Southern California programs as the beneficiary of their Bro-Am again this year,” notes Rick Koca, founder and CEO of StandUp For Kids. “Their dedication, support, and commitment to the homeless and street kids of Southern California is unequaled. For Jon and the band it isn’t just about raising funds, but getting to know the kids and the volunteers. Their impact in Southern California is felt long after the last surfboard is put away, the last song has been played, and the last fan has left the beach.”
The 2009 Bro-Am raised $100,000 for the charity and drew a crowd of over 7,000. This year’s surf contest participants include riders representing Hurley, Billabong, Surfer Magazine, Jedidiah, Surf Ride, Macbeth, Jet Pilot, AKA, Surfline.com and SIMR Surfboards as well as professional surfers Rob Machado, Tom Curren, and Timmy Curran, and members of Switchfoot. In addition, there will be a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats and an expression session.
Clothing brand Hurley will also have its “Phantom Truck” on location, allowing beachgoers to customize boardshorts, win prizes, and potentially win an all-expense-paid trip to Indonesia with Rob Machado and the Hurley Team.
The Switchfoot Bro-Am will again work with San Diego-based Sustainable Waves to offer cutting-edge solar-powered sound and staging. Sustainable Waves utilizes the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver 100% pollution-free concerts.
At night, the festivities move from the beach to The Belly Up Tavern in nearby Solana Beach. Teva and Switchfoot will host an after-party there featuring the Bro-Am All-Stars- an all-star cast featuring Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Bro-Am performers past and present – plus Silent Comedy and The Howls to raise additional funds for StandUp For Kids.Party attendees will get a firsthand look at the illum, Teva’s new surf-inspired flip-flop. Tickets to the after-party are $19 ($17 in advance).
Beach vendors include:
Surfrider Foundation, Pizza Port, Nika Water, Harney Sushi, Surf Ride, Keep A Breast, Quiver, California Quivers, Love Nail Tree, INT, Surf Aid, Jedidiah, So Cal Kettle Corn, Walking On Water, the Belly Up, 91X, To Write Love On Her Arms, Life’s Rad, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Outside The Bowl, Le Grand Cru, Clif Bar, Hurricane Olympics, Project7, Zinka, Water For Christmas, We Minus Me, Vitamin Water, GenerateHope, Tonic, Green Cruiser, Inc., Nature’s Agave, First Light Surf, Christian Surfers Encinitas and more.
Switchfoot – comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – has sold over 4.4 million albums in its career. Founded in San Diego, CA in 1996, Switchfoot released three independent records before its breakthrough album, 2003’s The Beautiful Letdown, which was certified multi-Platinum. Each of the band’s subsequent studio albums – 2005’s Nothing Is Sound, 2006’s Oh! Gravityand 2009’s Hello Hurricane – debuted in the Top 20 of The Billboard 200 and elicited critical acclaim.
Originally known as one of the world’s best gravity-defying professional surfers, Timmy Curran has also delivered two critically acclaimed albums and has reached the VH1 Top 20 charts. VerseS was released in March and is being accompanied by his first full-length U.S. summer tour. ThisIsModernMusic notes: “each song flows from one to the other much like the waves that Curran rides, smooth and refreshing.”
Based in Encinitas, CA, Dynamite Walls released the full-length album, The Blinding Lights Above, in 2007 and followed it with an EP, entitled Stay Awake, in 2009. Nominated for MTV2’s “Band on the Rise” competition, the band recently signed with Universal Republic Records.
With 180 million video streams and counting, OK Go is the most-downloaded band ever. Its inventive video for “Here It Goes Again” – “the treadmill video” – won the band a GRAMMY®.OK Go is currently touring in support of its latest album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, which debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and will be performing at Bonnaroo this weekend.
Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants
This new project from Chris Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United, is steeped in his love for classic country artists, rockabilly and deep-rooted rock bands. Their self-titled debut album is due out July 13th on Le Coq Napoleon/RCA Records.
Founded by former Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie, The Almost debuted in 2007 with Southern Weather, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 39. Monster Monster followed in 2009 and the band appears on the recent compilation Punk Goes Classic Rock with a killer version of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.'”
Singer-songwriter Kate Voegele made her debut with 2006’s Don’t Look Away, which sold close to a quarter-million copies. She followed it with A Fine Mess in 2009, which peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 and included the hit single, “99 Times.” She also plays “Mia” on The CW’s “One Tree Hill.”
Young the Giant
Southern California’s Young the Giant – the indie artists formerly known as The Jakes – are putting the finishing touches on their Roadrunner debut with GRAMMY®-award-winning producer Joe Chiccarrelli. They’ll be on the road this summer with Steel Train.
wl City’s Adam Young has retreated to the studio to start work on the follow up to his platinum selling debut album – Ocean Eyes (Universal Republic). After spending a good part of the past year on the road in support of Ocean Eyes, this admittedly shy and introverted artist is thrilled to be home and working on his next album. However the break will be a short one as the band is already scheduled to hit the road again in early August.
Owl City will be heading out as main support for Maroon 5 on a string of East Coast Dates starting on August 5th and ending on the 15th when the tour makes a stop at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center. Directly following these dates, Owl City will head West to join up with John Mayer on August 18th at the Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. Again as main support, Owl City will tour the West Coast, South and Southeast with Mayer including stops at the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco on August 20th and the legendary Hollywood Bowl in LA on August 22nd before ending the run on September 11th at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. Then in November the band will be heading overseas for a six week international headlining tour of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.
The past year has been a whirlwind for Owl City who has gone from being an unknown artist from Owatonna, MN to an international phenomenon. His debut album Ocean Eyes was released in July 2009 and went platinum on April 1st, 2010. The first single “Fireflies” is now triple platinum and hit the #1 spot on the Hot 100 twice as well as going #1 in 22 countries around the world! He played his first live show in February of 2009 and has been on the road with his band since May of 2009 on several consecutive sold out headlining tours in the US and abroad. With a platinum debut album, an international hit single, an impressive touring record and a slew of critical acclaim (New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, etc.), Adam Young is amazed by everything he’s accomplished as Owl City this past year and even more excited about what’s ahead.
Confirmed US tour Dates:
Aug. 5th DTE Energy Music Theatre w/ Maroon 5 Clarkston, MI
6th Verizon Wireless Music Center w/ Maroon 5 Noblesville, IN
7th Constellation Performing Arts Center w/ Maroon 5 Canandaigua, NY
10th Comcast Center w/ Maroon 5 Mansfield, MA
11th Nikon at Jones Beach Theater w/ Maroon 5 Wantagh, NY
13th Jiffy Lube Live w/ Maroon 5 Bristow, VA
14th Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Maroon 5 Camden, NJ
15th PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Maroon 5 Holmdel, NJ
18th Cricket Pavilion w/ John Mayer Phoenix, AZ
20th Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer San Francisco, CA
21st Sleep Train Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Wheatland, CA
22nd Hollywood Bowl w/ John Mayer Los Angeles, CA
24th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Irvine, CA
25th Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Chula Vista, CA
28th Pipeline Café (Headlining) Honolulu, HI
31st USANA Amphitheater w/ John Mayer Salt Lake City, UT
Sep. 1st Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Morrison, CO
4th Superpages.com Center w/ John Mayer Dallas, TX
5th Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ John Mayer Houston, TX
6th Amphitheatre at The Wharf w/ John Mayer Orange Beach, AL
8th Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood w/ John Mayer Atlanta, GA
10th Ford Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Tampa, FL
11th Cruzan Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer West Palm Beach, FL
For the most up-to-date tour dates and news, please visit www.owlcitymusic.com.
The divas are out in full force this summer and hitmaking songwriter Claude “Studio Beast” Kelly is at the helm of their chart invasion. Claude Kelly has done it again — penning sure-fire summer hits for pop music divas “Woohoo” by Christina Aguilera, “Bittersweet” and “The Worst Part Is Over” by Fantasia, “Love Is Your Color” (theme song to Sex And The City 2 movie and soundtrack) by Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson and “In This Song” by newcomer Charice.
Christina Aguilera’s highly anticipated album Bionic, out June 8th, contains a whopping six tracks written by Claude Kelly – “I Hate Boys,” “Glam,” “Get Naked,” “Primadonna,” “Vanity,” and second single “Woohoo” featuring rapper Nicki Minaj and production by Polow Da Don. This catchy, club banger is currently climbing the charts.
“Bittersweet,” the lead single off the upcoming Fantasia album, out July 13th, marks the long-awaited return of the platinum-selling songstress. On May 12th, she commanded the American Idol stage with a soul-stirring performance of the song and was met with great reviews — which further cemented Claude Kelly’s status as a masterful songwriter. While on stage, Fantasia expressed her excitement about getting back to her roots and “working with a lot of great people [including] Claude Kelly.”
Recently, the “Studio Beast” teamed up with teen sensation Charice, winner of “Oprah’s Search for the Most Talented Kids.” Charice’s powerful vocals combined with Claude Kelly’s beautiful lyrics brought the house down when she performed her debut single, “In This Song.”
Holding true to his moniker, the “Studio Beast” also penned the theme song for the newly released Sex and the City 2 movie and soundtrack. Written by Claude Kelly and with production from super producer Salaam Remi, “Love is Your Color” features powerhouse performances from Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis. The “diva-whisperer” as he jokingly referred to himself has also made magic happen with such biggest female pop stars as Miley Cyrus’ and her smash hit “Party In The USA,” Britney Spears’ “Circus,” Kelly Clarkson’s #1 single “My Life Would Suck Without You” and Whitney Houston’s “Like I Never Left,” among others. Often asked about his creative process with such notable singers, Claude Kelly simply states, “When I’m in the studio, somehow I can tap into the artist.”
Claude Kelly is currently in the studio working on upcoming albums for Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Faith Hill.
On the heels of a new partnership with renowned producer Randy Jackson on his new label DreamMerchant21, KIMBERLEY LOCKE revels in the continued success of her April release of “Strobelight”. The now megahit wrangles Billboard’s #1 spot on The Hot Dance Club Chart amongst the likes of Kelis and Kylie Minogue.
Such positive reception of the track has sparked the attention of several celebrated DJs and producers who have since created multiple remixes. The original, and its most played remix by Tony Moran and Warren Rigg, now dominate the dance floor.
No stranger to climbing the charts, the Nashville native has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits, three #1 Dance hits, and eight #1’s across various Billboard charts.
Most recently, Locke was honored to attend an event hosted by Michelle Obama at Wayne State University for the First Lady’s Detroit youth leadership and mentoring program. There Kimberley performed “Strobelight” for the First Lady and her guests and also offered some encouraging words of wisdom, “…you’ve got about 20 seconds to cry about it. Then you’ve got to pick yourself up,” with regards to when things go wrong [Kimberley Locke via The Detroit Free Press].
Up next for the star will follow her game plan with Randy Jackson and a handful of performances, including Seattle Pride 2010 on June 27th. In an interview with AOL’s QueerSighted.com Locke said, “the deal we have is a singles deal. Randy’s philosophy is that when people go to iTunes, they just buy the singles they like. So we’ll do a new single every six to eight months and maybe do an album down the line.” In any case, anticipation of chart toppers like “Strobelight” every couple of months is something to get used to.
For more information on Kimberley Locke, visit http://www.myspace.com/kimberleylocke.