Rainmaker Public Relations Celebrates 12th Anniversary

Rainmaker Public Relations & Artists Management is celebrating its’ 12th anniversary this month. Rainmaker PR, one of the longest-running PR companies for independent artists, has worked with over 1,500 clients since it opened it’s doors in 1995. Being an indie public relations firm, Rainmaker does something that is much more specific and intricate than other PR firms. Aside from sending out discs and getting reviews & interviews for her bands and labels, Rainmaker also offers artist development consultations on a bi-monthly basis. In regards to this cutting-edge service, Kelley says: “It’s important to educate artists on the most cost effective ways to spend their money and give them a solid direction to achieve their specific goals.” Continue reading “Rainmaker Public Relations Celebrates 12th Anniversary”

Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady

Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady / 2006 Self / 14 Tracks / http://www.brandishearer.com / http://www.amoeba.com

I spent the better part of my 18 years on Earth dogmatically honoring the industrial cacophony of bands like Wumpscut and Front Line Assembly, so it seemed a radical and incomprehensible move when I abandoned synthesizers in exchange for acoustic guitar. Continue reading “Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady”

Conquistador To Release Royal Fifth EP, Head to NYC To Record Full-Length Debut

In a far off glamosphere of glitter-soul, funk’n’roll, somewherebetween Al Stewart, David Bowie and Funkadelic, skates the dandy-disco-roller-rocker. He has the looks of Zappa, the suave ofGainsbourg, the feet of James Brown and dress, words and a way, allhis own. This is Conquistador: not your run of the mill dumpster diving retroist regurgitation. On this, the week of August 25, 2007, Conquistador offers a gift of their bounty ofroller-boogie-funk-rockology. Continue reading “Conquistador To Release Royal Fifth EP, Head to NYC To Record Full-Length Debut”

Flogging Molly – Whiskey on a Sunday

Flogging Molly – Whiskey on a Sunday / 2006 SideOneDummy / DVD + CD / http://www.floggingmolly.com / http://www.sideonedummy.com /

I wanted everyone that reads this interview to understand that I am not a fan of Flogging Molly, but that I can and will put out an objective interview. “Whiskey On A Sunday” is a full-length documentary put out by Jim Dziura. This is a fairly complete picture of the band, as the footage shot by Dziura features the band over the last two years and shows their exploits in seven countries. I knew that Flogging Molly was big in the States, and could guess that they were big in Ireland and Scotland, but to see them pull some other huge crows in different nations showed the mass appeal of the band to me. Instead of going for the fish out of water style a number of different tour DVDs in the past and present attempt to accomplish, Dziura shows the band out on the road and also in their element. The most crazy the fans get for Flogging Molly comes during their homecoming show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles; Flogging Molly just does not seem to feel like a fish out of water when they have so many fans scattered throughout the globe. Continue reading “Flogging Molly – Whiskey on a Sunday”

Dragons of Zynth Announce Very Special 7” Single To Benefit Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

“Xerathyn (Between Two Hurricanes)” Out Aug 28th on Gigantic Music Debut LP “Coronation Thieves” Out on Gigantic Music October 16th Produced by Dragons of Zynth & David Andrew Sitek (TVOTR)

8.30 Tonight @ Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (10pm)

“Dragons of Zynth, a Cleveland-bred group whose as-yet-titled debut, is produced by Dragons of
Zynth & David Andrew Sitek, which is bonkers. Their hazy rock and synthesizer soul, coupled with
brilliant shows in New York, are just what these war-torn summer days should sound like.” – XLR8R Continue reading “Dragons of Zynth Announce Very Special 7” Single To Benefit Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina”

Brave Story: New Traveler (PSP)

Brave Story: New Traveler / 2007 XSEED Games / $39.99 / For: PSP / http://www.bravestorynewtraveler.com / http://www.xseedgames.com/

RPGs are obviously my favorite genre of games. I typically shy away from RPGs created by companies I am not familiar with, but after digging a little, I realized that XSEED is a company founded by former members of the USA branch of Square Enix. They are relatively new, but have been attached to games such as Wild Arms (4 and 5), Shadow Hearts: From The New World, Valhalla Nights, and Dungeon Maker: Hunting Ground. Brave Story: New Traveler is a 2006 Japanese game that was modified and edited for an American audience by XSEED. The premise of the game is a little goofy. The lead character, Tatsuya, is too immersed in playing eir PSP to see that eir friend Miki has taken a turn for the worse and passed out. After playing/wishing/hoping that Miki can get better, a disembodied voice sends Tatsuya into the world to collect 5 gems, in order to place them in eir traveler’s sword and give Miki a new lease on life, and generally make things better. Continue reading “Brave Story: New Traveler (PSP)”

The Confession Tour With Megadeth

The Confession, championed by Alternative Press as one of “100 Bands You Need To Know in 2007” pounded audiences this summer on the Vans Warped Tour. Blazing through tracks from their debut CD entitled Requiem, produced by Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, the Dana Point, California band is now readying themselves to hit the road this Fall on the Tour of Duty with metal juggernaut Megadeth. Continue reading “The Confession Tour With Megadeth”

Europe – Live From the Dark

Europe – Live From the Dark / 2006 MVD / 240 Minutes / http://www.mvdb2b.com /

For twenty dollars, the sheer amount of information that individuals get here is nothing less than extraordinary. More than just a concert slapped on a DVD, there is also present on this DVD set a documentary that details twenty-four hours in the life of Europe as they go from Holland to London. Europe is another one of those bands that do not easily fit into a specific genre tag. Sure, at some level they are rock but they never could easily fit into the hair band designation; they are at times (“Ready or Not”) even harder than the vast majority of hair bands out. Continue reading “Europe – Live From the Dark”

A Life Once Lost Tour With Dillinger Escape Plan

Critically acclaimed Philadelphia, PA hard rock unit ALOL (A LIFE ONCE LOST) has announced a U.S. tour in support of its much-talked-about forthcoming release “IRON GAG”. ALOL will hit the road alongside New Jersey tech-rockers The Dillinger Escape Plan for a planned three week trek that will launch on October 9 in Cleveland, OH. Continue reading “A Life Once Lost Tour With Dillinger Escape Plan”

OST: Kyle XY

OST: Kyle XY / 2007 ABC Family / 14 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/kylexy

I know that a lot of individuals are really into Kyle XY. I never got to watch the show because it didn’t seem like something that would be too terribly interesting to me, and I didn’t even have cable until last month. Regardless, the disc has a who’s who of solid indie rock, alternative rock, and emo bands. Earlimart, OAR, Mates of State, Sherwood, and Kate Voegele all represent individuals and groups that have garnered some serious media attention, the presence of these individuals only will help relative newcomers like Mariana’s Trench, Sean Hayes, In-Flight Safety, and April Matson. Continue reading “OST: Kyle XY”