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RICK SHAFFER ANNOUNCES THE FILMMAKER VIDEO COMPETITION

Tarock Music is now accepting entry’s from filmmakers, in all countries, for The Filmmaker Video Competition.   One video will be selected of each song, “Necessary Illusion” and “Gettin’ Deeper,” from Rick Shaffer’s solo album, Necessary Illusion.   The filmmaker of each selected video will receive a $500 cash award. We are looking for students,…

Rick Shaffer, Necessary Illusion

After a stint in the late 70s and early 80s, the bluesy duo The Reds faded into obscurity only to revive their garage rock/blues-laden career in 2007. A follow-up album came in 2009 and saw keyboardist Bruce Cohen release a solo album. Not to be outdone, Shaffer has released his own solo LP, Necessary Illusion–a…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2010

BRUNO MARS ANNOUNCES DOO-WOPS AND HOOLIGANS Bruno Mars will release his highly anticipated debut album Doo—Wops & Hooligans in October.   Mars’ debut single, “Just The Way You Are,” is steadily climbing the charts and is up four spots to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.   Mars will support Maroon 5 on the…

SERJ TANKIAN UNVEILS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “LEFT OF CENTER”

Serj Tankian has just unveiled a video for the song “Left Of Center”, which is the lead single off of his upcoming album Imperfect Harmonies (in-stores 9/21). The video was directed by Tawd Dorenfeld and features amazing clay animation and performance footage of Serj. [youtube Uh7tsMKv0Lo nolink]

“MAD PICKS” CAPSULE COLLECTION BY GOOD CHARLOTTE’S BENJI AND JOEL MADDEN

On Wednesday, August 25, Macy’s and American Rag will unveil the limited edition “Mad Picks” capsule collection by Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden, available in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com. As part of an exciting music program created by FILTER Creative Group and Macy’s private brand American Rag, the “Mad Picks” capsule collection…

NEW ALBUM FROM BARLOWGIRL SEPTEMBER 14

Fervent Records recording artist and 13-time Dove Award nominated band BarlowGirl is sharing the never-before-told side of their first 10-years with fans through their new album Our Journey…So Far due out September 14.   This album candidly tells the story of these three rockin’ sisters (Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca) musically and visually in chronological order.…

QUARTERFLY SIGNS TO ROCK RIDGE MUSIC

Spartanburg, SC-based modern rock quartet Quarterfly has signed to Rock Ridge Music and will be releasing their third album, “Do You Believe,” in January 2011.   The album was produced by Greg Archilla (Buckcherry, Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain), who also worked on the band’s 2007 release, “Quarterfly II.”   In addition to working…

CATMAN COHEN PREPARES TO OFFER HIS CONFESSION

After spending time in Portugal and Spain this Spring,   Catman Cohen is planning a return to Los Angeles this Summer and hopes to begin work on his 4th CD, tentatively entitled, ‘Confessions of a Shadow.’ “Having completed The Catman Chronicles last year, I wanted to do one more CD that embodies compelling concepts and…

ZOOSEVEN NEW VIDEO “LIFESAVER”

Del Currie, aka Zoo Seven, was born and raised in Northern Ireland with his parents Joseph and Mary (I know what you’re thinking, it’s not true), a brother and 4 sisters. Music was always part of family life and these musical roots are what gave Currie his love for melody and harmony from a young…

THE GREEN CHILDREN PREVIEW DEBUT SINGLE “DRAGONS”

The Green Children, announce the release of their debut single “Dragons” out September 21 st, featuring remixes from Digital Dog and Paul Oakenfold.   The band’s full-length album, Encounter, will release stateside October 12th on Spinside Records, the artist-centric imprint that’s a new division of Inside Recordings, the independent label formed by Jackson Browne and…

ULTRA MUSIC SIGNS WOLFGANG GARTNER TO A WORLDWIDE DEAL

One of the world’s fastest rising stars in electronic music, Wolfgang Gartner, signed a worldwide partnership deal with the New York based, award-winning electronic music imprint, Ultra Music. Patrick Moxey, Ultra Records President and founder, commented on the deal, “I am thrilled about Ultra Music signing Wolfgang Gartner, as both a performer and a producer,…

YANN TIERSEN SIGNS TO ANTI-RECORDS

Celebrated composer and multi instrumentalist Yann Tiersen has just signed to Anti-Records. Tiersen is a renowned and startlingly unique artist whose early albums merged cutting edge classical with flourishes of folk with the bristly energy of post punk. And while these works attracted a dedicated fan base, it was his soundtrack to the beloved indie…

GAPPY RANKS RELEASES HIS NEW ALBUM

Having started a buzz on the UK music scene as part of the dancehall collective Suncycle and working with the likes of Twista and Lethal B, Greensleeves Recording artist, Gappy Ranks, is set to release his debut solo album, PUT THE STEREO ON,   August 24.   The album contains 12 original tracks with production…

BIG J OFFERS MP3 “BACK IN THE DAY”

BIG J, a.k.a. Tha White Wonder, does what most refuse to do themselves in the music industry, be himself. A lower class, blue collar worker with burning passion for Hip-Hop. A carpenter by trade, BIG J works two jobs to support the pursuit of his dream.

Nadia Kay, Reloaded

Emerging Pop princess Nadia Kay has released the follow-up to 2009’s “Music, Sex and Marshmallows” with her 10-track LP of electronica-laced, beat-heavy dance pop, Reloaded. Lyrically, the album is comprised of the relatively standard fare of clubs, DJs and “Bling” (Track 10, actually. See below.), although a few songs are thematically based: aviation, beauty salons…

SKOPE TV PHONER FEAT RYAN OF TRENCHTROWN

On Friday August 20th Skope TV got on the phone with an exciting band that started in Detrout while in high school but now resides in Hermosa Beach, CA. The band we are talking about is Trenchtown and they mix punk, rock, reggae, and dub in a way that is addictive. If you have any…

PANDORA OFFERS GENRE BASED STATIONS

Pandora, the leading personalized radio service, today announced that listeners now have more ways than ever to kick-off their personalized listening experience on Pandora with a new option to create radio stations by selecting a musical genre.   Until now, stations on Pandora were created when listeners entered the name of a favorite artist, song,…

Maria Jordan, Landslide

Singer/Songwriters are a dime a dozen, but Maria Jordan proves that she is THE needle in the haystack.   Her new album Landslide proves that Jordan is a genuine-to-the-core artist with definite star quality.   You get real substance here with no filler and the new record will show you why Maria is a mainstay…

STEVESHOT TO DONATE 10% DIGITAL SALES TO THE CARA PROGRAM

In his neverending pursuit to make music and a difference, Steveshot has offered to donate 10% of all digital sales of his hit songs, “Catch” & “Adieu” to The Cara Program. The Cara Program helps motivate individuals to make positive changes in their lives that not only impact them, but their larger communities. 10% of…

MARIA JORDAN: MEASURABLE RESULTS FROM MANY SMALL PLACES

Emerging British songbird, Maria Jordan, is the epitome of the self-made artist. She can trace her love of music back to five-years old. She walked away from a significant part of her life and education to pursue a dream and single-handedly turned her craft from Monday open mic nights to a full-time career musician. And…

DANDY WARHOLS POST NEW TRACK “THIS IS THE TIDE”

The Dandy Warhols are releasing their long awaited album, The Capitol Years 1995-2007, set to release next Tuesday, August 24! The new album, featuring 14 urban bohemia classics, will also include the exclusive track, This is the Tide.   “This is the Tide”: SKOPE IT HERE!

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TO FEATURE THE WEEPIES

Whole Foods Market, in a music initiative partnership with music and branding company Inspire that celebrates one new release each month that is of exceptional artistic quality and critical significance, has chosen The Weepies’ ‘Be My Thrill’ as their recommended September release. Beginning September 4, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) will stream The Weepies’ anticipated new…

LADY SAW RECLAIMS HER CROWN WITH ‘MY WAY’

Grammy-winning dancehall pioneer, Lady Saw is back naughty, nasty and explicitly electrifying with her new album My Way set for release on September 7th, 2010.   The record, her first with Toasting Music/Diva Records, distributed by Fontana/Universal, follows the 2007 release Walk Out, her final album on the reggae label VP Records.   Saw’s latest…

DEBUT SINGLE FROM PIXIE LOTT “BOYS AND GIRLS”

Already a massive star in her native U.K., with one million singles sold, two No. 1 hits, and three No. 1 Airplay records to her credit, soulful pop singer and actress Pixie Lott is set to unleash her sizable talent Stateside this summer. Interscope Records will release Lott’s debut U.S. single, “Boys and Girls,” via…

JARED EVAN SINGLE FEATURED ON ENTOURAGE

Tune in to Entourage night to hear Jared Evan’s new single “In Love With You” featured in the closing credits.   Jared has been working with Grammy nominated executive producers Jimmy Douglass and Polow Da Don on his forthcoming Interscope Records debut. Stay tuned for the premiere of Jared’s “In Love With You” video on…

KEITH MOODY’S MUSIC GETS STOLI UP!

  I have been covering musicians for many years now and it never gets old thanks to talented & exciting musicians like Keith Moody. I will admit it took alot to get going on this rainy Monday morning. Then I put on Keith’s new single, “Up” and I am awake and ready to face the…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2010

JAY-Z & ALICIA KEYS INSPIRED “CALIFORNIA GURLS” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” came out of a very simple place: as a response to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ massive hit “Empire State of Mind.”   Perry told MTV News, “When I came up with the idea of ‘California Gurls,’ it was because I was a little bit…

THE REBIRTH OF A LEGEND: THE STANHOPE HOUSE

Stanhope, NJ will mark the rebirth of a legend, the Stanhope House is re-opening its doors and there is major anticipation around the revival of this storied hotspot. With a remarkable entertainment lineup of national acts and local favorites already in place and a partnership with Hot Rods BBQ, a renowned Wharton eatery, the Stanhope…

HARDRIVE LIVE RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR

United Stations nationally syndicated radio shows HardDrive and HardDrive XL have announced the second annual HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR 2010 branded and produced in conjunction with its’ weekend and nightly radio programs. The 2010 lineup for the fall concert tour features headliners Sevendust, 10 Years, with special guests Since October, Aranda and Anew Revolution. The excursion…

THRIVING IVORY PREPARE SOPHOMORE RELEASE

San Francisco’s critically-acclaimed band THRIVING IVORY prepare to release their sophomore album,   Through Yourself & Back Again on September 14th via Wind Up Records. The album features the first single, “Where We Belong” which is available on iTunes now. Watch the video for the single as the guys perform in an abandoned warehouse. [youtube…

RUINER ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR FINAL SHOWS

Ruiner has finalized their final shows. The first of a series of three farewell shows will be a benefit for the Jake Stults Foundation in Brooklyn on September 25th with Attica! Attica!, Achilles, Another Breath, Such Gold, and Mayflower at Party Xpo. On October 5th Ruiner will be playing a small, private locals only hometown…

OF MONTREAL NEW VIDEO “COQUET COQUETTE”

“Coquet Coquette” is the lead single from of Montreal’s 10th album, False Priest, which is due out in mid-September. That R&B influence present in “Coquet Coquette” is an approach that Barnes has honed in on in this new al ­bum, which features guest vocals from genre sirens like Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s sister) and the year’s…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2010

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND FRIENDS BENEFIT! Justin Timberlake will bring the Justin Timberlake and Friends, a Special Evening Benefiting Shriner’s Hospitals for Children event back to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Theatre For The Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 23rd.   The evening will feature performances from Christina Aguilera, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lady…

Gayle Cloud, Many Waters

Just picture yourself sitting under the clouds daydreaming as you try to make out figures & shapes from each and every passing cloud.   That is exactly the feeling you will get after experiencing Gayle Cloud’s Many Waters.   Gayle has created a world full of peace, love & tranquility on this new album.  …

WITH A $30K KICKSTART FROM FANS BLEU READIES HIS LATEST RELEASE

Boston native, and Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, producer, collaborator Bleu has just finished his fourth album of new solo material following 2009’s quietly released A Watched Pot (Fontana Distribution), titled Four. Due November 2 on his own The Major Label distributed through Redeye, Bleu will preview material at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles in September.…

BANK RELEASES ‘I WAS JUST RECORDING’

Hip Hop Artist Bank has released his debut Album, ‘I Was Just Recording’ on August 10th, 2010. The album is being released on his Atlanta based, independent record label Southern Produce Entertainment and is currently available on ITunes. The album is a follow up to 2009’s “2000 N Plenty Mixtape”, which was recorded by the…