Wednesday, August 31, 2011

News from Madina Lake




After a tumultuous year, Chicago-based alternative rock group MADINA LAKE are gearing up for their third album, WORLD WAR III, due outSeptember 13 on Razor & Tie.  The album’s release is preceded by the single “Hey Superstar” and video which premieres today (August 30) via the Guitar World magazine site: and here at: The performance-based clip cleverly juxtaposes the song’s ethereal textures which bleed into propulsive guitars before the anthemic hook takes hold. MADINA LAKE teamed with director Andrew Bennett for the video which depicts the group’s DIY attitude and the main concept running throughout WORLD WAR III: survival and triumph through the unexpected curveballs of life. Fans can pre-order special edition versions of the new album starting today via:

Given the events of the last year, MADINA LAKE--twin brothers NATHAN (Vocals) and MATTHEW LEONE (Bass, Vocals), MATEO CAMARGO (Guitar, Programming), and DANIEL TORELLI (Drums)--have gone through a war and came out fighting on the other side, invigorated, the group is now up for any challenge. In June of last year, bassist MATTHEW LEONE was severely beaten when he attempted to intervene in a domestic violence incident and stop a man beating his wife. Even though the man was twice his size, MATTHEWimmediately intervened and subdued the attacker, but as he waited for police to arrive the man turned on him and beat him severely before leaving MATTHEW unconscious on the street. In critical condition, his injuries included a fractured skull, broken jaw and a brain so swollen the doctor had to remove one-third of his skull while waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down.  The attack created an outcry and groundswell of support from national and local musicians--including fellow Chicagoan Billy Corgan--who came together to raise funds forMATTHEW’s hospital bills as his medical insurance had lapsed. On July 27, 2010 The Smashing Pumpkins performed a benefit show forMATTHEW at The Metro in Chicago which raised over $80,000. The group forged a fast friendship with the iconic rocker and Billy teamed up with the band in the studio for WORLD WAR III.
“Billy surpassed our expectations of what kind of artist and man he is,” explains MATTHEW. “We went to Sedona for a retreat while Billy was working on new music for The Smashing Pumpkins; we didn’t think we’d end up actually working together,” he adds. “He took us hiking through one of the desert vortexes, which are power zones…We had one of the most rewarding philosophical conversations about life and music. On day six, he said, let’s work on a song, and that’s where ‘Imagineer’ was first born. His influence on the track is undeniable.” OtherWORLD WAR III  highlights include the haunting and hypnotic “The Great Divide,” “We Got This” which is NATHAN’s uplifting tribute toMATTHEW, and “Howdy Neighbor” where NATHAN’s unabashed fury is realized in an unadulterated open-letter to MATTHEW’s assailant.

2011 sees the group coming full circle in multiple ways with a full tour in the works; dates are spaced out for the time being to give MATTHEWrest in between shows (see dates below, more  to follow) and next month, MATTHEW’s attacker will have his final sentencing hearing in Chicago on September 6. “You can survive anything,” NATHAN says. “Life throws things at you that you can’t fathom surviving, but you can, you must. If someone feels that after listening to World War III, we’ve done our job.”
Following are the MADINA LAKE’s current Fall tour dates:
Madina Lake U.S. Fall Shows
Tue9/13Grand Rapids, MIThe Intersection
Wed9/14Cleveland, OHPeabody's
Thu9/15St. Louis, MOFirebird
Fri9/16Toledo, OHFrankie's
Sat9/17Chicago, ILMetro
European Tour w/ Chiodos
Tue11/1Cologne, GermanyUnderground
Wed11/2Hamburg, GermanyLogo
Thu11/3Berlin, GermanyMagnet
Fri11/4Eindhoven, HollandDynamo
Sun11/6Aarschot, BelgiumDe Klinker
Tue11/8Portsmouth, UKWedgewood Rooms
Wed11/9Brighton, UKConcorde 2
Thu11/10London, UKElectric Ballroom
Fri11/11Cardiff, UKGreat Hall 2
Sat11/12Birmingham, UKAcademy 2
Mon11/14Sheffield, UKCorporation
Tue11/15Glasgow, UKGarage
Wed11/16Manchester, UKAcademy 2
Thu11/17Norwich, UKWaterfront
Fri11/18Exeter, UKLemon Grove
Sun11/20Paris, FranceNouveau Casino
Mon11/21Lyon, FranceLe Plateforme
Tue11/22Marseille, FrancePoste a Galene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Sounds and The Limousines Hit the Road

August 30, 2011


Presale Goes Live Wednesday, August 31st
Special Presale Bundle Includes Albums, Unreleased Remixes and More!

Photo Credit: Kirsti Anna-Urpa
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New York, NY- "We love to tour in the States. It actually feels like our second home," says THE SOUNDS guitarist Felix Rodriguez excited, about their upcoming headlining national tour - their first in two years. "We can't wait to get back!" Coming to North America in support of their latest album Something To Die For, these Swedish indie rock/dance gods will be kicking off their 2011 tour with support from Natalia Kills and The Limousines. DJs Kids At the Bar will be spinning in between the sets to add to the celebratory party atmosphere. "Our shows are energy, just pure energy," he continues about their live shows. "We have the best fans and it really triggers us when we see our crowd go nuts. That makes us play better. They make us play better" (tour dates below).
The tour will go on presale Wednesday, August 31 at 10am EST with a limited amount of tickets directly from The Sounds at and For an additional $10 added to the presale ticket, fans will be able to purchase a special “bundle” which will include the following digital downloads:
            Something To Die For
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    • Crossing The Rubicon Album with digital art
    • Something To Die For Album with digital art
    • "No One Sleeps When I’m Awake" Video
    • "Something To Die For" Video (unreleased)
    • "Dance With The Devil" Video (Director’s Cut)
    • "Something To Die For" - Kids At The Bar Remix
    • "Something To Die For" - MFMB Remix (unreleased)
    • "Something To Die For" - Skitsnygg Remix (unreleased)
    • "Better Off Dead" - Data Romance Remix (unreleased)
    • "Painted By Numbers" - Classixx Remix" (unreleased)
Tour Admat
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Independently produced, their latest album Something To Die For has been garnering great reviews. NYLON called the album, "electro beats, thumping dance numbers, and highpowered melodies, all meshed into one totally awesome package. It's different, it's fun, and it's undeniably cool." The Aquarian said the album "doesn’t have a weak track on it and all the songs blend well with each other. Lyrically and instrumentally they are all powerful tracks.... in a word: Wonderful!" Blast! Magazine praises, "Something to Die For, their fourth album and strongest to date, represents a true evolution in The Sounds’, well, sound... is The Sounds’ most life-affirming record to date." From songs like the futuristic and militaristic rat-a-tat dance beat of "Dance With the Devil" (and its accompanying fast and exciting video) to the pure rock-pop rave-up "The No No Song" to the staccato strings of New Wave-esque title track "Something to Die For", the album mostly has frenetic dance on its mind. The more emotional tracks like the plaintive electro-fueled thump of "Better Off Dead" and the acoustic ballad "Wish You Were Here" expose a vulnerable and naked side of lead vocalist Maja Ivarsson, a side that truly showcases the band's ability to not only write great dance tracks but also massage the tender side as well.
"We'll probably tour for another year on this album, and then go home to write new songs," Felix concludes, looking ahead. "It's on tour we collect ideas and get inspired to write. So once this tour is done, we'll probably start working in the studio and then... out again on the road!"
The Sounds is Maja Ivarsson (vocals), Felix Rodríguez (guitar), Jesper Anderberg (keyboards, guitar), Johan Bengtsson (bass) and Fredrik Blond (drums). Something To Die For was released earlier this year on SideOneDummy.
2011 North America Tour
10/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/13 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
10/14 Pensacola, FL DeLuna Festival
10/16 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
10/19 Denver, CO The Gothic Theater
10/21 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
10/22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
10/23 Cincinnati, OH The Mad Hatter
10/24 Cleveland, OH The Beachland
10/26 Toronto, ON Opera House
10/27 Montreal, QC Club Soda
10/29 Quebec City, QC Imperial
10/30 Boston, MA Royale
11/1 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
11/2 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/4 New York, NY Webster Hall
11/5 Washington, DC Black Cat
11/7 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/9 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
11/10 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
11/11 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
11/12 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
11/13 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/15 Pomona, CA Glass House
11/16 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/17 San Diego, CA SOMA
11/18 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
11/19 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/21 Seattle, WA Neptune
11/22 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Alesana and the "Rock Yourself To Sleep" Tour

Motel 6 and Primary Wave Music, one of the largest music publishing, marketing, branding and talent management companies in the United States, announce the third “Rock Yourself to Sleep” Tour will kick-off on October 13, 2011 with Epitaph Records band ALESANA as the headliner.  Similar to the last two years, there is a companion contest leading up to the tour, which gives three up-and-coming bands the opportunity to open for Alesana on this six week national tour, as well as free rooms.  Bands can enter the contest on with their ReverbNation account. 
“Over the past two years, Rock Yourself To Sleep has solidified itself as one of the industry’s premier touring properties.  We’re very excited to have the guys from Alesana headline our Fall tour and look forward to another successful run”, states Devin Lasker, Chief Imagination Officer at Primary Wave Music and creator of Rock Yourself To Sleep.
Bands will have until September 25, 2011 to motivate fans to vote for them in head-to-head style competitions.  Then, the ten bands with the most votes will have until October 2 to have fans vote for them; three winners will be chosen from the five bands with the most votes by a panel of music industry professionals as well as Alesana and revealed on October 4
"We are very excited to be headlining this year's Motel 6 Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour!  Our new story releases at the same time which means we will be playing some brand new songs! Come hang out and be the first to see the new music live and in person!" adds Shawn Milke, Lead Singer of Alesana.
Packaged by The Agency Group, one of the world's foremost entertainment booking agencies, the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour gives developing bands an opportunity to become a part of a national six week tour without having to worry about the financial restrictions like accommodations; at the same time, this tour also connects national brands with the hard to reach 18 – 24 demographic. Previous contests have garnered over 100 million impressions for Motel 6 and other tour sponsors including Papa John’s and This tour has also given artists a platform to grow their fanbase and help launch their careers like previous headliners of the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour including EVERY AVENUE and WE CAME AS ROMANS.
“Motel 6 is proud to sponsor the Rock Yourself to Sleep 2011 fall tour,” said Olivier Poirot, CEO of Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6. “We support the dedicated and creative efforts of up-and-coming musicians and look forward to seeing them at Motel 6.”
Fans are invited to pre-order Alesana’s new album “A Place Where The Sun Is Silent” at and stream the track "Gilded Masquerade" by going to Also, check out for VIP links.   
For a full band line up of the 2011 Fall Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, please visit 
Fall 2011 Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour Dates:
Worcester, MA
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY
Irving Plaza
Albany, NY
Northern Lights
Buffalo, NY
Xtreme Wheels
Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Smalls
Cleveland, OH
Detroit, MI
Chicago, IL
Sauget, IL
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
Seattle, WA
El Corazon
Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theatre
Sacramento, CA
Ace of Spades
San Francisco, CA
Lancaster, CA
Allied Arts Cedar Center
Los Angeles, CA
House of Blues
Pomona, CA
Glasshouse 1H
San Diego, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Rialto Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
Sunshine Theatre
El Paso, TX
Club 101
Dallas, TX
The Door
Houston, TX
San Antonio, TX
White Rabbit
New Orleans, LA
House of Blues
Birmingham, AL
Tampa, FL
State Theatre
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Orlando, FL
Atlanta, GA
Raleigh, NC
The Brewery
About Primary Wave Music:
Primary Wave is one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing and talent management companies in the United States. It is a global music company that markets its unique publishing repertoire, which includes an interest in the Beatles songs written by John Lennon, the catalogs of Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, Steven Tyler/Aerosmith, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Chicago, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Def Leppard, Steve Earle, Daniel Johnston, Marvin Hamlisch, The Matrix, Lamont Dozier and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as artists such as Airborne Toxic Event, Albert Hammond Jr., John Forte, The Boxer Rebellion, New Boyz, Anberlin, Matt Serletic and Emblem Music Group,  as well as marketing and administration agreements with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Webb, Katrina and The Waves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Graham Parker, Evolution Entertainment/Twisted Pictures, Hammer Films, and many others. Additionally, Primary Wave manages artists such as CeeLo Green, Eric Benet, Cody Simpson, GMD3, David Garrett, Saving Abel, Taddy Porter, Volbeat, and as well as writers/producers such as Brian Kennedy, Matty Trump, Troy “Radio” Johnson and Ali Tamposi. Primary Wave also has an in-house branding company Brand Synergy Group, digital marketing company BrightShop, and a television development team, which all support the management and publishing artist roster as well as retaining third party clients. Primary Wave is based in New York with offices in Los Angeles.
About Motel 6:
Motel 6 offers the lowest price of any national chain at more than 1,100 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada.  For 25 years, Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®,” earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment.  Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962.  Standard amenities include free local phone calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee and an expanded cable channel line-up.  Most locations offer Wi-Fi Internet access, swimming pools and guest laundry facilities.  For more information, visit