WE WERE ASTRONAUSTS POST “GOLDEN”
We Were Astronauts is a four piece indie/alternative rock band hailing from Boston and hitting the pavement with tasteful guitar licks, strong rhythms, and memorable vocal melodies. Inspired by and named for every kid whose dream of becoming an astronaut was crushed the day NASA’s shuttle program was closed, the band presents a melodic rock sound that is as timeless as the American dream. Influenced by solid rock acts, including Kings of Leon, NEEDTOBREATHE and the Airborne Toxic Event, We Were Astronauts is known for their catchy hooks, killer leads, and riveting energy.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY BALLAD “FIGHT”
“The indie crooner urges a woman not to abandon her dreams of romantic bliss when the going gets tough: “Don’t run away / Fight for the love you need.” His heartfelt vocal performance comes backed by the slow-burning production of T-Pratt.” _DJ Booth
Ballad shares: “Nothing great in life comes easy. Love is no different. If you find it, fight for it. Don’t run away from it. Fight” was inspired by me being afraid of love. Afraid to feel it as deeply as possible, after a truly heartbreaking and failed relationship. It was my way of letting myself, and my woman of interest, that in order to have the kind of love that we want, that we need and deserve, we have to fight for it.” Ballad is slate to release a summer debut EP “89” in a few weeks.
Listen to “Fight” (Produced by T- Pratt):
MORE DATES FOR BEN WATT
Following the success of his acclaimed new solo album Hendra, Ben Watt has announced a week-long US tour this July in addition to the previously scheduled performances and readings in New York and Los Angeles this June.
Watt will play solo on guitar and electric piano, accompanied by friend, album-collaborator and perhaps the finest lead guitarist of his generation, Bernard Butler (formerly of Suede). The audience can expect new songs and vintage gems from the two indie legends.
US Tour Dates:
6/10/14: Brooklyn, NY – PowerHouse Arena – Reading + Q&A
6/11/14: New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/12/14: New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/13/14: Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/14/14: Los Angeles, CA – Book Soup – Reading + Q&A
7/15/14: Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
7/16/14: Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
7/17/14: Toronto, ON – The Drake
7/18/14: Chicago, IL – Old Town School Of Music
7/19/14: Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
7/21/14: Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
7/22/14: San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
AN EVENING WITH AL PACINO
S2BN Entertainment and Citi Performing Arts Center announced today that the worldwide acclaimed event with one of cinema’s most riveting stars, An Evening With Al Pacino, will stop at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Friday, June 27, 2014 for his only area appearance. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM EST.
An Evening With Al Pacino will celebrate one of the most acclaimed careers in acting history in an intimate theatre setting, with the actor himself, as he shares his passion for acting and directing. The evening will explore his time Off-Broadway in the ‘60s right up to the present day, and will include some never heard before stories and some never before seen clips, as well as the rare chance to speak directly with Pacino. “I’m very excited to be presenting these special events with Al Pacino,” said S2BN founder Michael Cohl. “He is one of the most talented actors of all time and to see him live, in person, and to hear his stories, and watch him go in and out of his most famous characters, is truly a unique experience.”
Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM and will be available at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office, through Citicenter.org, aneveningwithpacino.com, by phone at 800.982.ARTS, or through Ticketmaster.
NEW VIDEO BY LED ZEPPELIN
At the conclusion of last week’s Led Zeppelin listening event at L’Olympia in Paris, a new video for “Whole Lotta Love” (Rough Mix With Vocal) was premiered following the onstage Q&A session with Jimmy Page. The video is a composite of several classic Led Zeppelin live performances, some well-known and others rarely seen, and can be viewed now at the following link: http://bit.ly/1pf2GoK. The “Rough Mix With Vocal” version of “Whole Lotta Love” is featured on the deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II which is set for release on June 3, along with deluxe editions of the band’s debut album and Led Zeppelin III.
WAKEY!WAKEY! TO RELEASE SALVATION
On July 22, 2014 MummaGrubbs Records/Thirty Tigers will release Salvation, the new album from the Brooklyn-based, Wakey!Wakey! Produced by “Fabulous” Fab Dupont, the 11-track album follows the band’s critically acclaimed Irresistible EP which was released in January and is their first full-length release in four years. Frontman Michael Grubbs knows the album is much different from his previous releases saying, “We took a big step forward toward making something bigger.” He goes on, “I wrote the last album when I was in a pretty dark place. Salvation captures my current state, which is happy. Really happy. I’m taking a leap of faith that my fans have evolved with me.” It seems that his fans have evolved with him. Grubbs and the band launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the new album and raised 141% of their goal. Grubbs collaborated with some big names – Boots Ottestad, Dan Keyes, Fredrik Eriksson, Peter Stengaard, Caleb Shreve – to write all the songs on Salvation. The first single off the album will be “Wake Up (Lily, I love you)” and the track was shipped to Triple A, Non-Comm and Specialty Formats on May 19 with an impact date of June 2.
NEW SINGLE BY CAS METAH
Illect Recordings and Cas Metah present their latest release, “A Stone’s Throw”, featuring Shabazz the Disciple & Hell Razah. Beat production is by Theory Hazit and the cuts are by Mista Sinista (The X-Ecutioners) & EF Cuttin.
Order at iTunes, Bandcamp and other digital outlets:
ERIC JOHNSON ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR IN SUPPORT OF EUROPE LIVE
Eric Johnson has announced a summer tour that begins in Des Moines on July 30 at Wooly’s and runs through August 16th at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. On June 24, Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records will release Europe Live. Recorded in venues across Johnson’s tour of the continent, the majority of the album captures his appearance at Amsterdam’s Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured.
NEW VIDEO BY LE COMMON DIAMOND
Floran and Thomas make a lunar and organic music dissolved in subtle songs reflecting their desires, longing to escape and routine. Their voices merge as the fusion of their spirits and give birth to this original, solid and usually rare duo. Le Common Diamond combines cerebral and cardiac music, pop, minimalism and wide spaces : some space-pop that the oblivious band broadcasts through european stages. The beat is cold, the guitar is warm, the synthesizers vibrate and the voices trenscend the songs. The duo gets inspired but doesn’t copy.
WIRE: SHY HUNTERS PREMIERE “IDLE DAYS” REMIX BY GREG SAUNIER OF DEERHOOF
Shy Hunters have announced they will be launching a northeast tour in June opening for Jolie Holland and promoting their debut album O, That I Had Wings, which arrived in stores last month. In conjunction they have premiered a remix of the single, “Idle Days”, by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) via Stereogum.
NEW VIDEO BY SKULASTIC
Skulastic just dropped a new music video for the third single “The Bridge” off her selftitled debut album. The video was shot over a onemonth span in Berlin Germany, Szczecin Poland, and Vancouver last summer. It was directed and edited by her younger brother Adrian and the beat was produced by Skulastic herself.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY LOVE CRUSHED VELVET
NYC’s own Love Crushed Velvet has teamed up with Concert Blogger to exclusively premiere their new video, “Lover, Leave The Lights On” today! The track originally released on Love Crushed Velvet’s compelling new EP Delusions in September, mixed by Mark Needham (Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers). Channeling influences from Joy Division, U2 and The Rolling Stones, Love Crushed Velvet blends alternative, glam and classic rock into a contemporary sound that retains a strong sense of melody and edge.
Watch “Lover, Leave The Lights On” on Concert Blogger, here: http://bit.ly/1myYMXt.
DENZAL PARK POST “ONE WAY HOME”
Enigmatic Australian duo Denzal Park continue to prove they’re a cut above the rest with yet another world-class production. Jon Hume (of Evermore fame) lends his captivating vocal talents to the pair’s pulsating new single “One Way Home.”
Premiered May 9 on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix as the week’s Essential Selection, Hume’s clever hooks meet with Denzal Park’s signature progressive house sound, giving the track depth that lacks from most modern day productions and serving as a promising display of great things to come from the duo from Down Under.
JIGGLEY JONES ON WHISKEY AND CIGARETTES RADIO SHOW JUNE 1
Whiskey and Cigarettes Country Radio Show is happy to announce the airing of their exclusive interview with Award-winning Americana singer/songwriter, Jiggley Jones. Mr. Jones is promoting his new Lamon Records Nashville album, …A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light… and his upcoming CMA Fest appearances.
The interview with Jiggley Jones will air this coming Sunday, June 1st, 2014 between 11am ET-3pm ET. The live show airs on Military Brotherhood Radio at http://www.militarybrotherhoodradio.com and on WDMU Radio at http://www.wdmuinternetradio.com. Whiskey And Cigarettes is also re-broadcast on 50 syndicating stations, worldwide, multiple times throughout the week. The interview will also appear on the June edition of the brand new “Whiskey and Conversations” talk show, broadcasting in July, on iheartradio and other outlets.
MASCOT LABEL GROUP AND IRIDIUM ANNOUNCE EVENING IN CELEBRATION OF WALTER TROUT
Legendary New York venue Iridium in association with Mascot Label Group have announced a special evening planned to celebrate Walter Trout on June 10. Trout’s THE BLUES CAME CALLIN’ will be released that morning by Provogue / Mascot Label Group. The accompanying documentary The Blues Came Callin’ – THE WALTER TROUT STORY will be premiered at the venue, followed by performances of Trout repertoire by esteemed, special guests Joe Louis Walker, Jon Paris and Jim Weider joining a house band assembled by Elmore’s Arnie Goodman featuring Rocky Athas (John Mayall), Scott Holt (Buddy Guy) and original member of George Thorogood and The Destroyers Jeff Simon. There are two sittings planned for 8:00PM and 10:30PM, with a door charge of $25.00.
Tickets can be purchased here: http://theiridium.com/events/2296/walter-trout/
AIR DUBAI VIDEO “ALL DAY”
Air Dubai and Hopeless Records are thrilled to announce the band’s upcoming full-length release, Be Calm out July 1st! The album is now available for pre-order through iTunes and the band’s web store. Watch the new music video for “All Day” now on the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/1mlDw5T
WIRE: LONDN BLUE “LET IT RAIN”
23 year-old Londn Blue follows up his introspective “City Lights” with the equally heartfelt “Let It Rain” (which was premiered today by Respect-mag.com). With the feel of a late night confessional, the somber, self-produced cut is driven by piano keys and finds the NY born, Alabama breed rapper dealing with doubts and fears.
Londn’s False Hope EP, produced entirely by Londn Blue and Andre Bishop is currently slated for a 7-29-14 release.
ZEKE HUNTER VIDEO “SLEEPING ALONE”
The Electro-Industrial Rock artist Zeke Hunter has been featured on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM station and performed alongside countless major acts including Santana, James Taylor, Bruno Mars, and LMFAO.
Zeke Hunter is redefining a genre. Born and raised into a musical family, he grew up listening to P-Funk and Classic Rock. From 9 years old, he began to teach himself bass, saxophone, piano, and electric guitar. However, it wasn’t until he began experimenting with synthesizers and digital audio that he found his calling. Zeke began combining analog and digital instruments several years ago, creating his own unique sound that is both massive and unforgettable. Today, he is poised to become the next major force in rock music.
SNOWGLOBE MUSIC FESTIVAL INFO
Today, SnowGlobe Music Festival announces its highly anticipated return to the stunning landscape of South Lake Tahoe, California over New Year’s Eve, December 29-31, 2014. Combining the world’s best live musicians with the world’s best snow conditions, SnowGlobe is a one-of-a-kind festival experience that seamlessly fuses music and mountains.
Hosted each New Year’s in the heart of California’s breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains, fans can expect over 50 international, national, regional, and local artists performing multiple stages over 3 nights – and easy access to a variety of world-class ski resorts by day.
Tickets on Sale Friday, May 30.
X ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL 4-NIGHT STAND AT THE ROXY
L.A.’s most famous punk rock leaders, X, announce a special 4-show engagement this July at Hollywood’s famous Roxy Theatre. Beginning on July 10th and continuing each night through July 13th, X will play their first four ground-breaking albums – in their entirety, presenting the songs & albums just as they were recorded.
X at The Roxy Theatre – 9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Thursday, July 10 X to play Los Angeles
Friday, July 11 X to play Wild Gift
Saturday, July 12 X to play Under the Big Black Sun
Sunday, July 13 X to play More Fun in the New World
SOMO NEW SINGLE FEAT KIRKO BANGZ
SoMo’s self-titled debut album entered at #6 on the Billboard charts and #1 on the iTunes Album Chart. His breakout single “Ride” was certified Gold and his new single “Show Off” is currently climbing at radio.
Check out R&B singer and songwriter SoMo’s new single “Show Off” featuring Kirko Bangz:
BOSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEREDITH HODGES
Jack Meyer, Chairman of the Boston Ballet Board of Trustees, announces the appointment of Meredith (Max) Hodges as Executive Director. The appointment concludes a national search that began in October 2013. Hodges will join Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Boston Ballet’s Board in leading the world renowned company into the next 50 years.
“We are delighted that Max will be joining Boston Ballet as Executive Director”, said Meyer. “She brings great energy and analytical skills to the Ballet at a time when we are expanding our audiences and ambitions.”
ZEDS DEAD EP MINI MIX
After announcing their Somewhere Else EP for July 1st and debuting the lead single “Lost You” last week, Zeds Dead hit us with a mini-mix to preview each of the 8 tracks. Somewhere Else features collaborations and appearances by Twin Shadow, Perry Ferrell, Big Gigantic, Dirtyphonics, Bright Lights, Memorecks, Omar LinX and Sean Price. The EP is up for pre-order today with “Hadouken” and “Lost You” available for immediate download.
LISTEN TO MINI-MIX HERE:
RUTHANN FRIEDMAN NEW ALBUM
Light in the Attic is pleased to announce that they’ll be distributing the first new recordings in over 40 years from enigmantic Los Angeles bases singer/songwriter Ruthann Friedman, titled Chinatown. The new album was produced by bassist John Muller at his home studio and mixed at Jackson Browne’s studio and special guests include Van Dyke Parks. Chinatown is being released by Wolfgang Records July 8. Ruthann has led a fascinating life to date and I include an excerpt of her biography which appeared in The Ruthann Friedman Songbook compilation CD on Now Sounds.
NEW SINGLE BY PROBCAUSE
ProbCause’s latest single, “Pale Moonlight,” is a melancholy, jazz-infused soundscape that features trumpeter Donnie Trumpet and vocalist KSRA, with additional production by Wes P. “Jewels, brilliantine/Stardom and majesty/Like a king to riches, pursue the brilliant skin that’s me/Cause I can’t scream that loud – I’ma treasure – quiet like Chicago crowds,” sings KSRA on the song’s chorus. ProbCause explains, “she’s basically talking about being out on the town, all done up and knowing that she’s a queen whether other people know it or not. She’s a quiet queen.” The song has proven to be a fan favorite, having exceeded 80K listens on Soundcloud since the EP’s release just two weeks ago.
Listen to “Pale Moonlight” ft. Donnie Trumpet and KSRA (prod. Wes P):
NEW VIDEO BY DIZZY WRIGHT
Funk Volume’s Dizzy Wright is back with a new music video. The track, “Reunite For The Night,” can be found on Dizzy‘s new EP, State Of Mind.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY GROUNDISLAVA
Groundislava, the next artist up from the WEDIDIT collective (Shlohmo, Ryan Hemsworth, Purple, D33J, Sus Boy), just dropped the lead track “Feel the Heat” ft. Rare Times from his upcoming EP of the same name (out June 24th via WEDIDIT / Friends of Friends).
WIRE: BROOKLYN VEGAN PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “BEST CASE SCENARIO”
Massachusetts-based melodic punk quartet Blessed State is set to release their new 12’ LP Head Space on June 24 via Safety Meeting Records. The video for “Best Case Scenario” is premiering on BrooklynVegan.com today. Filmed at an abandoned religious amusement park in Connecticut, the video follows a band on a hunt for an AWOL drummer before culminating in an outlandish bonfire punk show.
Watch “Best Case Scenario” at Brooklyn Vegan – http://bit.ly/1jYQiJa
CHUCK BASS POSTS NEW EP
In 2011 Chuck began to develop his brand and launched a website focused on the positive energy that art brings to life through both music and fashion. By 2012 Chuck had booked a flight to Europe to perform in Paris, Italy, Amsterdam, Spain, and England – promoting his music, his brand, and his message. In 2013 Chuck released his debut EP, Cool Life with assistance from R&B artist, Emanny and started performing live to promote the release. Since December 2013, Chuck has performed at numerous NYC venues, including The Studio at Webster Hall, Drom NYC, Club Pyramid NYC, Nuyorican NYC, and Fontanas.
Stream the Cool Life EP Here:
SHORTE NEW SINGLE “WINNING”
Winning to some may be different, but the end results goal is to feel the accomplishments despite the circumstances. We have a new track titled “Winning” available now for streaming off of Seattle’s upcoming artist SHORTE. This is from the new album titled Infinity.
Listen/Share “Wining” by SHORTE via Soundcloud at:
“RUBBERBAND LAZER” BY CHOCOLATE PUMA
Out now and serving as their Dim Mak debut, “Rubberband Lazer” is the perfect summer fusion of a four-to-the-floor beat, combined with a lo-fi piano loop over “that” thunderous saw-tooth bassline, designed for truly massive sound systems. “Rubberband Lazer” is an unconventional tune playing into the world’s burgeoning appetite for house music without nodding to the rules of big room. Fierce bass maneuvers and well-formed grooves spell another home run from the duo, one as infectious as recent international dance radio staple “Step Back.”
GUITAR GIVEAWAY BY DEAN ZELINSKY
Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars today announces the “Why The Spyder” Guitar Giveaway and the chance to win a one of a kind custom engraved Dean Zelinsky Tagliare guitar. The Giveaway begins today with the grand-prize drawing on June 30th, 2014.
Zelinsky launched his new line of Private Label Guitars in August of 2013 through his ecommerce website, www.deanzelinsky.com. His unique logo adorns a Spyder that accompanies his signature. Zelinsky claims the Spyder has some major significance in the branding and marketing of his latest venture. He is giving fans the opportunity to win a Custom Built Retro Blonde Tagliare Model Guitar with the Spyder Logo engraved into the highly figured flame maple top.
POLARIS ROSE VIDEO “OCEAN ENDING”
Dynamic Los Angeles indie rock band, Polaris Rose, have released their vibrant new EP “OceanSongs.” Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse are the vibing duo that make up Polaris Rose and together work to craft an effortlessly eccentric sound. Their music is a place where illustrious songwriting collides with intricate harmonies for an electrifying yet sparse atmosphere of music. Their 2013 EP, “The Moon & It’s Secrets” created a flurry of critical acclaim, garnering them attention that continued to build their dedicated west coast followers. They’ve played their energetic, pop-infused melodies in famed venues throughout the Los Angeles area, and it’s done nothing but inspire them to craft their best EP yet. Their newest release, “OceanSongs” is a hyped-up, smattering of sounds. Self-Produced by Peter and Madelynn, the album carries with it a consistent and unique sound, the arrangements and melodic themes building on top of one another for a cohesive, highly anticipated release.
Official Video “Ocean Ending”:
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY LEXI ROTH
“Music was in my blood from birth,” says Lexie Roth, the daughter of Arlen Roth (legendary guitar god who has performed with everyone from Simon and Garfunkel to Bob Dylan) who possesses a unique musical talent of her own.
Her latest album Lexie Roth, out to rave reviews includes the catchy single, “Lost Memory.” Lexie just released the official music video via The Deli Magazine.