Thursday, January 31, 2013

COMBICHRIST Presents No Redemption

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2013

COMBICHRIST Presents 
No Redemption

Soundtrack for Videogame DmC Devil May Cry
“As an avid gamer myself I was honored to be asked to work on this project,” saysCOMBICHRIST mastermind Andy LaPlegua, regarding his latest project No Redemption, his soundtrack to the Capcom videogame DmC Devil May Cry. “I had a lot of fun digging myself into Dante’s psyche in order to create music to match the battle scenes and am equally as excited to license existing Combichrist music.” Not quite the follow-up to 2010’s Making Monsters nor far removed either, No Redemption is a brutal and unrelenting musical excursion into a nightmarish videogame world. It explores the dynamic and violent realm, seen through the eyes of DmC’s Dante, a young man who has no respect for authority or society in general.
Culled from a collection of 27 new tracks Andy wrote specifically for the game, the 13 tracks that make up No Redemption are an apocalyptic fusion of Industrial, Electro and Metalcore – unyielding yet cinematic and stunning. From the breakneck kickoff of “Age of Mutation” to the moody and atmospheric “Feed the Fire” to the machine gun assault of “How Old Is Your Soul”No Redemption isn’t for the squeamish. Stereoboard accurately described the album as “a massive sonic onslaught of aggressive, electronic walls of sound, spiced up with hefty Metalcore elements that complements the game’s battle scenes perfectly.”
In addition to the 27 new tracks Andy wrote, Capcom also licensed ten tracks from Combichrist's past including"Sent To Destroy" (from 2009's Today We Are All Demons), "Get Your Body Beat" (from 2007's What The F*ck Is Wrong With You People) and "Throat Full Of Glass" (from 2010's Making Monsters). Out Of Line has released a limited edition 2-CD digipak of No Redemption that is exclusively available in Europe and viacombichrist.com that includes the 13 No Redemption tracks and the ten licensed tracks.
No Redemption
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Starting off in the dark metal and hardcore soul of Norway, Andy LaPlegua led a few seminal bands in the Norwegian underground (including Fleshfire and Lash Out) before fusing electronics and dance beats and forming Combichrist in 2003 and releasing their incredibly well-respected EBM/Industrial debut The Joy of Gunz. The following four albums witnessed the band's evolution of their self-described "techno body music", which was described as "a journey through hell and high water, through the eyes of a serial killer, sex, violence and plenty of Jack Daniels on ice."
No Redemption will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 by Out Of Linefor the world outside of Japan (January 25, 2013 for Europe) and byColumbia/Nippon for Japan (February 20, 2013). The official as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010’s Making Monsters is scheduled for release later this year.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

OLD MAN MARKLEY ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH DROPKICK MURPHYS


OLD MAN MARKLEY ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH DROPKICK MURPHYS

Pre-Order Down Side Up and Download Old Man Markley’s New Single, “Blood on My Hands,” Today for Free!

January 29, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Rising “newgrass” band Old Man Markley will join Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys on a U.S. tour beginning February 21st in Cleveland, OH.   The LA based septet will be touring in support of their recently announced, sophomore album, Down Side Up, which is scheduled for release on March 5th via Fat Wreck Chords.  

Beginning today, fans are invited to download the new single, “Blood on My Hands,” for FREE at http://www.fatwreck.com/record/detail/792 as well as pre-order the upcoming album from Fat Wreck Chords at http://www.fatwreck.com/record/detail/792.

Produced by Fat Mike (NOFX) and John Carey (OMM), Down Side Up features thirteen punk infused bluegrass tracks that mend Old Man Markley’s influences seamlessly for a signature “newgrass” sound that will appeal to everyone from street punks to alt-country and bluegrass fans.

Follow Old Man Markley’s newgrass movement at http://www.oldmanmarkley.com/.

Old Man Markley Tour Dates (w/Dropkick Murphys):
Feb 21 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Feb 22 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
Feb 24 - St. Paul, MN - The Myth
Feb 26 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Feb 27 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Feb 28 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Mar 2 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Mar 3 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
Mar 4 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Mar 5 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Mar 6 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Punk Rock Bowling: Festival Weekend Passes on Sale Tomorrow



Bowling Registration and Hotel Rooms Are Now Available
at www.punkrockbowling.com

Festival Weekend Passes On Sale Tues. Jan. 29, 2013 @ 1pm PST

$105 For All 3 days



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Black Veil Brides "Wretched and Devine"

Many people take one look at Black Veil Brides and never give them a chance. That, my friends, is a huge mistake. Having followed the evolution of this band from the time Andy Biersack was just a punk kid trying to make himself famous on Myspace, I have learned that there is some serious determination, intelligence, and skill going on with this band, and it's just taking the world a little while to recognize that. The fact that they have the inimitable John Feldman helming this record, taking on the producing, recording and mixing duties says something about their desire to grasp for both respect and world domination, something akin to what Feldman led The Used to. Indeed, frontman Bert McCracken of The Used even makes a guest appearance here providing guest vocals on "Days Are Numbered". Juliet Simms, of Automatic Loveletter reknown, but perhaps even better known for competing on The Voice, also makes an appearance in support. But, perhaps the most interesting supporting role goes to William Control as "The Voice of F.E.A.R.", in a narration capacity that helps tie together the concept album narrative.

While correlations can be drawn to My Chemical Romance's creation of The Killjoys, make no mistake, Wretched and Devine, and it's accompanying mythos of "The Wild Ones" is profoundly unique to Black Veil Brides. Post apocalyptic themes of government oppression and religion gone awry can be interpreted and analyzed on this album, or you can just take it for what it is, a flat out great rock album. Feldman did a masterful job of both bringing out Andy's best vocal effort to date, and featuring the impressive guitar stylings of Jinxx and Jake. This is a young band that is ever-evolving and it's fascinating to ponder where they may turn next.




Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bedroom to Stage Tour Announcement

While this tour is not scheduled to visit So Cal, all of you lucky enough to live where it is scheduled should be sure to come out in support of Rookie of the Year!



Friday, January 25, 2013

DOWNLOAD A FREE TRACK OFF AUTHORITY ZERO'S NEW RECORD


DOWNLOAD A FREE TRACK OFF AUTHORITY ZERO’S NEW RECORD!

January 24, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Hermosa Beach’s burgeoning indie label Hardline Entertainment has launched a new download page which features free tracks from the label’s eclectic stable of bands, including Authority Zero, Hoist The Colors, Neo Geo, AllurA, The Darlings and more!  

Fans are invited to visit http://hardlineent.com/download to download Authority Zero’s new song, “No Other Place,” from their upcoming album The Tipping Point (out on April 2nd) among other tracks from some of Southern California’s best up-and-coming bands.

Hardline Entertainment is starting off 2013 with a bang!  The emerging label recently announced the release of Authority Zero’s new album, The Tipping Point, which is due out April 2nd and will be announcing a string of exciting new releases in the coming months.

Follow Hardline Entertainment at http://hardlineent.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/HardlineEntertainment for the latest news and information.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THOUSAND WATT STARE PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR "MESSENGER"


THOUSAND WATT STARE PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “MESSENGER”
 
January 23, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – So-Cal rock band Thousand Watt Stare has premiered a brand new video for their heavy hitting anthem, “Messenger,” today on Noisecreep.com.  The song is featured on the band’s recently released album, Silver Dimes, which is available now from Hardline Entertainment at http://hardlineent.com/store/thousand-watt-stare-silver-dimes/.  Download two free songs from Thousand Watt Stare as well as many other Hardline artists at www.HardlineEnt.com/downloads.

Watch the video for “Messenger” today, exclusively on Noisecreep.com:
 
Fronted by guitarist Christian Martucci, who’s performed with rock greats like Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Dee Dee Ramone (Ramones), along with drummer Dylan Howard (Unwritten Law) and bassist Pat Kim, Thousand Watt Stare got their start in 2010 with the release of their debut EP and never slowed down from there.
 
After sell-out dates along the West Coast and the addition of guitarist Trevor Howard, Thousand Watt Stare returned to the studio in 2011 to record their debut full-length albumSilver Dimes, which transcended the previous EP, carrying the band out of their comfortable punk-influenced rock ‘n’ roll into a deeper and darker territory.
 
"I've been in a few bands over the years that were expected to sound a certain way and it just never made me happy," says Martucci.  "It's all about feel...  That's the thing that makes this band special to us.  There are no rules."  
 
Thousand Watt Stare’s Silver Dimes is available now from Hardline Entertainment.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

BROADWAY CALLS ANNOUNCE WEST COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM OUT FEB 5


BROADWAY CALLS ANNOUNCE WEST COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM OUT FEB 5
January 22, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Punk rock trio Broadway Calls has announced a West Coast Tour in support of their forthcoming album, Comfort/Distraction, which is due out via No Sleep Records in North America on February 5.   The tour will kick off at the legendary 924 Gilman in Berkeley on February 16 and continue down into Mexico and back up to wrap up in San Jose at The Attic on February 28.  
Broadway Calls recently teamed up with producer Bill Stevenson (NOFX, Rise Against, Descendents) for the band’s third studio album, Comfort/Distraction, which features eleven rolicking punk rock anthems, including the new song “Lucky Lighter” and the recently released track “Wildly Swinging.”
Fans are invited to pre-order the new album at https://www.nosleepstore.com/artist/broadway-calls.
Stay tuned to https://www.facebook.com/broadwaycalls for news and updates regardingComfort/Distraction.
Broadway Calls Tour Dates:
Feb 16 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 17 - Fresno, CA - The CYC (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 18 - Camarillo, CA - Rock City (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 19 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 21 - Queretaro, Mexico - Teatro De La Ciudad
Feb 22 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Rock and Live
Feb 23 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro 246
Feb 24 - Tijuana, Mexico - El Tigre Bar
Feb 25 - Murrieta, CA - The Dial (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 26 - Corona, CA - Mayas (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 27 - Victorville, CA - Shot Callers (w/My Iron Lung)
Feb 28 - San Jose, CA - The Attic (w/My Iron Lung)

For More Information:
https://www.facebook.com/broadwaycalls
https://twitter.com/broadwaycalls
http://nosleeprecords.com/

Monday, January 21, 2013

Crossfaith Announces US Tour

Crossfaith Announces US Tour
Release "Jagerbomb" Video
Zion EP Out Now On The End Records


Click Here To Watch "Jagerbomb" Video


Tour Dates
03.04 - Toronto, ON - Annex Wreckroom
03.05 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
03.06 - Boston, MA - Royale
03.07 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
03.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
03.12 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
03.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.15 - Houston, TX - The Studio @ Warehouse
03.16 - Grand Prarie, TX - South By So What Fest
03.18 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
03.19 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre
03.20 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
03.22 - San Diego, CA - Soma
03.23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
03.24 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
03.26 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre






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This March Crossfaith will embark on their first ever US tour supporting Shikari. The tour will last the entire month and cover the east coast to the deep south. Get tickets here: http://crossfaithjapan.com/post/11654046194/var-widget-new
Unique in their home country of Japan, CROSSFAITH combine metalcore, hardcore, samples and electronica to create groundbreaking music that transcends genres. Their 2009 debut album ‘The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty’ (Zestone Records) served as the catalyst which kick-started the Japanese screamo / metalcore scene and they have been at the top of their game ever since.
It didn’t take long for the bug to catch – soon after their debut release the band found themselves opening for a diverse set of acts such as Machine Head, Hatebreed, August burns Red, Piece The Veil, blessthefall and Alesana to name but a few before playing to thousands of fans at the prestigious Loud Park Festival in Japan.2010 saw the phenomenon spread west - ‘The Artificial Theory…’ received a European release on Gan-Shin records and was met with critical acclaim throughout. With an unstoppable work ethic the band hit the studio to record their sophomore release ‘The Dream, The Space’ with producer Andrew Wade (who’s credits include A Day To Remember). Released in Japan in April 2011, the band took to the road to promote the record, playing to 10,000 fans at Summer Sonic festival which helped garner interest from infamous US label Tragic Hero. Soon the band toured outside of Japan for the first time, opening for Parkway Drive across China and Alesana in South Asia.
After blowing crowds away on their debut UK tour in support of ‘Of Mice & Men’, the band return to the UK on November 10th as part of the Vans Warped Tour at London’s Alexandra Palace – while in the meantime making their mark in the rest of the World.
Recorded with the legendary ‘Machine’ (Lamb of God/Everytime I Die/Four Year Strong) in New York; Crossfaith have released their brand new ‘Zion’ EP Worldwide featuring 6 tracks of breakneck, electro-infused energy and invention.
'Zion' EP Tracklisting
01. Monolith
02. Photosphere
03. Jagerbomb
04. Quaser
05. Dialogue
06. Leviathan


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hell Or Highwater "Begin Again"

To say that this album is the first of the new year to join the list of nominees for Best Album of 2013 goes a long way in revealing the great writing, powerful performances, and stunning production that populate this disc. Due for release from Pavement Entertainment on Feb 5th,  BEGIN AGAIN,        the debut album from Hell or Highwater, puts Brandon Saller and his band firmly in line for major success. While this material has already seen independent release a couple of years ago, Saller and company are back with a label, bonus material, and a whole lot of swagger, to try and garner this album the attention it deserved, yet missed, the first time around.

To describe it stylistically, take the classic arena rock style of bands like Journey (who were actually cool back in the day), roughed up with nods to current bands like Avenged Sevenfold (and not just on the track that M. Shadows appears on).Melodic enough to be highly commercially viable, and yet badass enough to earn respect, BEGIN AGAIN, is an excellent debut effort. Striking a wide swath through cultural and musical references, there's really something for everyone to like about this record, including the strikingly punked up cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer", listed as a bonus track. This track alone has the potential to earn Hell or Highwater the kind of never ending radio play that The Ataris earned for their cover of "Boys of Summer".

This record has set the bar for all other rock albums to live up to this year.

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

 Hell or Highwater Tour Dates (w/The Darkenss):
01/21/13  Phoenix Concert-Toronto, ON
01/23/13  Newport Music- Columbus, OH
01/25/13  Majestic Theatre- Detroit, MI
01/26/13  The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
01/27/13  Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
01/29/13  First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
01/30/13  Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
02/01/13  The Summit - Denver, CO
02/02/13  Belly Up - Aspen, CO

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jon DeRosa's Aarktica Featured in Sundance Film Festival's 'The Crash Reel'!

Jon DeRosa's Aarktica Featured in  Sundance Film Festival's 'The Crash Reel'!

Playing Largehearted Boy's 11th Anniversary Celebration On January 30th In Brooklyn!




DeRosa will be also the musical guest at Largehearted Boy's 11th Anniversary celebration. The event is at Word bookstore in Brooklyn, NY on January 30th, details available here!

Praise For Jon DeRosa:
"Jon DeRosa is a living, breathing, gateway to a simpler time in the Jersey Shore’s musical history, reaching back into the annals of our culture when artistic scenes resided, not in boardwalk-based clubs and locales, but on street corners, outside store fronts, and in the minds of the same Gospel and Soul singers who would influence the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny." -- Speak Into My Good Eye
""True Men sets a more wistful tone, boxing serving as its central metaphor. Over a sweeping arrangement straight out of late 50s Ricky Nelson, DeRosa lets the double entendres fly. “I’ve woken the neighbors, after hard nights of labor,” is the closing mantra. And who hasn’t? But the way he sets it up – and then knocks it down – is sweet science."" -- New York Music Daily
"One of the most striking features of [Birds of Brooklyn] is DeRosa’s rich baritone. It resembles Morrissey’s a bit in its grand, expressiveness (with maybe the slightest dash of his childhood hero Glenn Danzig thrown in as well). The music itself is lovely. A lilting, slightly Latin rhythm guides the verses under gentle acoustic guitar and mellow keys.." - KUT -Song of the Day
"What strikes you is DeRosa's capable crooning. Sounding not unlike a teen-idol and writing like a stalwart, this man is equal parts Neil Hannon, Richard Hawley, Scott Walker (the '60s version), Bobby Darin and DeRosa himself." - Flipside, UK 
 
 









 
Jon DeRosa's other musical project Aarktica has been featured on the soundtrack of upcoming documentary, 'The Crash Reel'. Aarktica has contributed the song 'You Have Cured A Million Ghosts (From Roaming in My Head)' to a soundtrack that includes Moby, Spiritualized, Chemical Brothers and M83. 'Crash Reel' is directed by Academy Award-nominated Lucy Walker and  tells  the harrowing, yet uplifting story of U.S champion snowboarder Kevin Pierce.  'Crash Reel' will be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival,  details on the screening available here!
 
About Jon DeRosa:
Jon DeRosa (b. 21 December, 1978) is a guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the small shore town of Manasquan, NJ, DeRosa grew up idolizing Glenn Danzig, while studying classical and flamenco guitar and memorizing the entire output of 4AD and Projekt Records.  It was with this eclectic background that he began his approach to writing and recording music. DeRosa has been involved with many musical projects including dark folk/goth band Dead Leaves Rising, followed by the dreamy atmospheric sounds of Aarktica.  In 1998 Jon DeRosa lost nearly all hearing in his right ear which sparked the birth of Aarktica (a project that remains active over a decade later) as well as his study of Indian classical vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.
In addition to Aarktica, Jon plays guitar with with New York City chamber pop ensemble Flare. DeRosa also briefly recorded under the name Pale Horse and Rider, releasing two albums of urban country songs during this time. Rob O’Connor at CMJ remarked “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. ‘Jersey Coast Line’ [from 2002’s These Are The New Good Times] could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track.”
In 2006, DeRosa lent his voice to Stephin Merritt’s opera “The Peach Blossom Fan”, as the role of Hou Fang Yu. Some of his contributions were first featured on Merritt’s Showtunes album (Nonesuch, 2006). “The Peach Blossom Fan” became available in its entirety in 2008 (Nonesuch).
DeRosa continues to record as Aarktica, his most recent releases being 2009/10’s In Sea and In Sea Remixes.
In 2011, DeRosa unveiled his first eponymous release, the Anchored EP. Novelist Ed Park (The Believer) said of it: “At first, Jon DeRosa’s Anchored EP, a quartet of gorgeously layered chamber-pop shanties, seems leagues away from the voluptuous Lovecraftian drift he perfected under his moniker Aarktica. But there are dark spaces here, too, room to brood in the sweet gravel of his voice, in Julia Kent’s penetrating cello lines, and in the quiet violence of the lyrics. With a depth that belies its brief running time, Anchored is so perfect that it literally gives you the chills.”
On November 5/6 2012 DeRosa will released the album A Wolf In Preacher's Clothing internationally via RocketGirl Records.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ramona Falls Announces Winter US Tour

Ramona Falls Announces Winter US Tour

Sophomore LP, Prophet Out Now On Barsuk Records





Ramona Falls recently spent some time with the folks at Audio Files, and the result is a beautiful performance of “Spore” from their recent release, Prophet. Check out the video below.


There is also an extended version of the Audio Files taping that delves into the history and future of Ramona Falls. Watch below.




 
Previous Press
"Knopf’s unpredictable melodies and funky orchestral arrangements (played by 35 indie- rock acquaintances!) keep tracks like “I Say Fever” and “Always Right” lively, resulting in an album that leans more toward epic than emo." - SPIN
"In fact, of the various Menomena side projects, this is the one that most matches that band in terms of both sound and quality, paying meticulous attention to sonic and compositional details." - Pitchfork
"Knopf crafts the same kind of cerebral pop songs that made his former band so successful, but voice as a songwriter shines through in a way it never did before, unencumbered by Menomena’s inherently collaborative nature." - Seattle Weekly
"The emotion is palpable, whether the arrangements are dark, eerie or airy." - American Songwriter



Tour Dates
Jan 23 MINNEAPOLIS, MN , 7th Street Entry
Jan 24 MADISON, WI , FRZN FEST at High Noon Saloon *
Jan 25 IOWA CITY, IA, Gabe's *
Jan 26 CHAMPAIGN, IL, Mike N Molly's
Jan 27 GRAND RAPIDS, MI , Pyramid Scheme
Jan 29 PITTSBURGH, PA, Brillobox
Jan 31 HAMDEN, CT , The Outer Space ^
Feb 01 NORTHAMPTON, MA , Iron Horse Music Hall
Feb 02 BROOKLYN, NY , Glasslands Gallery ^
Feb 06 BALTIMORE, MD , Golden West Cafe
Feb 07 HOBOKEN, NJ , Maxwell's
Feb 09 PHILADELPHIA, PA , Johnny Brenda's $
Feb 10 RICHMOND, VA , The Camel
Feb 12 CHAPEL HILL, NC , Local 506 #
Feb 13 CHARLOTTE, NC , Snug Harbor #
Feb 14 ASHEVILLE, NC , Emerald Lounge #
Feb 15 ATLANTA, GA , Masquerade: Purgatory Stage #
Feb 16 NASHVILLE, TN , High Watt #
Feb 18 DALLAS, TX , Club Dada # %
Feb 19 HOUSTON, TX , Fitzgerald's: Upstairs # %
Feb 20 AUSTIN, TX , The Mohawk: Indoors #
Feb 22 EL PASO, TX , Lowbrow Palace #
Feb 23 TEMPE, AZ , Yucca Taproom #
Feb 24 SAN DIEGO, CA , Kensington Club #
Feb 25 SANTA ANA, CA , The Constellation Room #
Feb 26 LOS ANGELES, CA , Bootleg Bar #
Feb 27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA , NOISE POP
at Brick & Mortar Music Hall #
Mar 01 PORTLAND, OR , Doug Fir Lounge #
Mar 02 SEATTLE, WA , Tractor Tavern #

# - with Social Studies
% - with Calm Blue Sea
^ - with Mitten
* - with Wild Belle
$ -  w/ Ape School
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Like most of us, Brent Knopf watches a lot of YouTube videos, only he’s not watching kittens playing piano. Rather, his tastes err on the more experimental side of things—like people who attempt perpetual motion machines using magnets. “I love that they’re trying to harness an endless supply of energy,” says the Ramona Falls frontman, “and that they go against conventional wisdom in the hopes of true discovery.”
Which is exactly what Knopf did last year, when he decided to quit the acclaimed art rock trio Menomena and devote his time to one epic, personal vision. “False freedom is the ratification of pre-rigged choices,” the musician paraphrases the philosopher Noam Chomsky, “while true freedom is the agency to shape the choices themselves.” But as Knopf is learning now with a full-time focus on a former side project, freedom comes with greater risk. Prophet, the second Ramona Falls album, is sonically, lyrically and thematically brighter. It’s also more organic and personal than anything he ever contributed to Menomena, or as the singer/multi-instrumentalist explains, “it’s more of a rapid transit line between my sleeve and my heart.”
“With Ramona Falls I am exploring what I stand for which makes it more personal to me,” Knopf admits. “I’m less worried now about being made fun of, than I was before. I can now say things I believe in, and some people may think it’s stupid or cheesy...but that’s kind of fun. I would much rather speak from the heart than hide behind impenetrable obfuscation.”
That emotional honesty and creative fearlessness is certainly paying off. Prophet is an album that recalls the experimental beauty of Laughing Stock by Talk Talk, and the unabashed earnestness of his old labelmates Death Cab For Cutie. Knopf appreciates those highly regarded comparisons but when pressed for the true inspirations that fed into his overall vision, he cites Martin Gore of Depeche Mode’s dark chordal elements, a production style halfway between Tears for Fears and the Homosexuals, and lyrical themes that channel a dyslexic Jorge Luis Borges if he starred in Flowers for Algernon.
Recorded with bandmates Paul Alcott (drums, and also, ironically, Knopf’s replacement in Menomena), Matt Sheehy (guitar), and Dave Lowensohn (bass) and featuring guest appearances by four other friends, the stunning album begins with “Bodies of Water,” an emotive and rousing anthem about how intimacy bundles together both nourishment and peril. “Spore,” a heartfelt highlight of Prophet bears a substantive core: “I like the idea of someone refusing to feel lonely, despite how utterly alone they might actually be,” Knopf explains. “It’s a form of rebellion.” But the 11 tracks are not all exercises in introspective fragility; “Brevony” is Knopf’s most unleashed moment with gnarling guitars ambushing the listener at the chorus on all sides.
Prophet, the album’s title, is an homage to Knopf’s religious upbringing, a titular reference to a worldview that reveres exalted seers who assert meaning despite the chaos. But as the newly empowered songwriter has discovered with Ramona Falls, it’s a better strategy to embrace the chaos. And then refashion it into a beautiful noise.

Senses Fail Announce Tour


SENSES FAIL today announce an extensive US headline spring tour in support of their upcoming album, RENACER (ray-nah-serr) which will be released on March 26, 2013 on Staple Records.  The tour is presented by PureVolume.com and includes support from Such Gold, Real Friends, and Major League. The tour kicks off April 3, 2013 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently wraps on May 11 with a special New Jersey-area show that will be announced in the coming weeks. .

The band is offering their fans pre-sale tickets for the tour beginning TODAY at Noon local time at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/SensesFail/

The first 500 fans who purchase their tickets during the pre-sale will receive a three song digital EP of cover songs recorded exclusively for the pre-sale and not available elsewhere.

COVERS EP:
1. “Mouth For War” (Pantera)
2. “Suffer” (Bad Religion)
3. “AM/PM” (American Nightmare)

Additionally, every fan that purchases a pre-sale a ticket will receive a $5 coupon redeemable for any full-priced apparel item sold at the band's merch booth along the tour.

Renacer is Senses Fail’s fifth full-length studio album and was recorded in Los Angeles, California at both The Airport Studio and Red Bull Studio with producer Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones) at the helm.

Senses Fail formed in Ridgewood, New Jersey over 10 years ago and has sold over 1.2 million records worldwide.  The band’s most recent studio album, The Fire, was released in 2010. A greatest hits album, Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail, was released last year.


SENSES FAIL US TOUR:
04/03 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
04/06 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
04/07 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
04/09 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
04/10 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
04/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio
04/13 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
04/14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
04/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/18 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
04/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
04/20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04/21 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza Pub
04/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
04/25 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
04/28 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
04/30 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
05/01 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
05/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
05/03 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
05/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
05/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
05/07 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
05/08 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
05/09 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
05/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05/11 – New Jersey @ TBD

UK TOUR:
05/18 Kingston – The Peel
05/19 Southampton – Talking Heads
05/20 Bristol – Thekla
05/21 Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
05/22 Nottingham – Rescue Room
05/23 Glasgow – King Tuts
05/24 Newcastle – Academy 2
05/28 Manchester – NQ Live
05/29 Norwich – Waterfront Studio
05/30 London – Underworld
05/31 Exeter – Cavern
06/01 Oxford – 02 Academy 2

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Allstar Weekend Announce Winter Headline Tour Kicks Off Jan 19 with Support from Cute Is What We Aim For, Tiffany Alvord and Beneath The Sun



Chart-topping Southern California pop-rock trio Allstar Weekend will embark on a winter tour with support from Cute is What We Aim For, YouTube star Tiffany Alvord and Beneath the Sun starting on January 19th at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The 21-city trek runs through February 22 and includes two Canadian dates (see dates below).

General tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Allstar Weekend VIP tickets are also available, which include a meet and greet/photo op, soundcheck performance, Q&A, an autographed 8×10 photo, VIP laminate and early entry to the show. All of the details and links to purchase tickets are up on www.AdubClub.com.  

With their first two LP’s cracking Billboard’s Top 200 and appearances on such shows Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Live with Regis and Kelly, MTV’s 10 on Top and the Teen Choice Awards, Allstar Weekend has built up a strong and fiercely loyal fanbase (i.e. well over 21 million plays on Youtube, 250,000 followers on twitter and 1 million + friends of Facebook) that has enabled them to tour with the likes of Selena Gomez, Hot Chelle Rae and Demi Lovato and The Ready Set to name a few.

Allstar Weekend’s latest single “Life As We Know It” has been in regular rotation on SiriusXM’s Hits 1. The music video for the track can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_5t4nY4Hzc. The follow-up single "The Last Time" will be impacting at Top 40 radio to coincide with the tour.

The band is currently recording their 3rd LP in Nashville with producer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney). The release is expected in early 2013.

About Allstar Weekend:

This is the story of Allstar Weekend, formerly known as Allstar, and formerly-formerly known (or not-so-known) as Outerspace Politicians.

The story goes something like this...

Zach and Cameron met in Middle School in the San Diego suburb of Poway , California . Zach taught Cameron how to not be socially awkward, although recently, those roles seemed to have reversed. In High School, Zach started a band and put some jamz up on Myspace. That's how long ago it was...Myspace. The demos included the song "Dance Forever," which was recorded in their bedroom. The songs caught the attention of brother and sister team / owners of the independent, influential, trend-setting, and world-renowned label Drive-Thru Records, Stefanie Reines & Richard Reines (the former of the two who is obviously writing this bio). Stefanie and Richard were best known for their incredible ability to recognize and cultivate young, raw talent, and immediately saw it in "Outerspace Politicians."

Zach convinced Cam to learn to play bass, and their friend Michael Martinez emailed the band asking if they needed a drummer...they did! Michael happened to attend their rival High School and beat Zach in an "Air Band" competition, which remains a sore subject to this day. Anyway, the band now complete, the two teams joined forces - band and management - and set out to change the world and/or have some fun and make music.

First order of business: get rid of that atrocious band name. Name changed to Allstar.
Second order of business: not get sued by the NBA. "Weekend" added to band name. Still a legal issue, but soon sorted out and able to co-exist in peace & harmony.

The band was signed a year later to Hollywood Records. Singles, videos, photo shoots, ep, album, extended ep, Youtube videos, good stuff, bad stuff, fun stuff, not so fun stuff, cool people, not so cool people, ups, downs, highs, lows...whew! The outcome: an amazing fanbase who we love & cherish, some lifelong friends, and an album that we are still very proud of (All The Way) with the exception of a certain song (hint: it includes an ellipsis in the title).

To walk in the valley of the shadow of Mickey (ie Burbank, CA)...No matter how appealing it seemed, ASW never fully fit the Disney "mold." There were no TV shows, no movies, no promise rings, no smoke and mirrors. Just real dudes making real music wanting to do real tours and make real youtube videos without having to do some real censoring! They loved the H'wood years, and for the record, the band all LOVE Disney, but it was time for them to move on. And so they asked to be let out of their deal. No joke. They were not dropped. Hollywood was kind enough to recognize the band's vision was different from theirs, and it was time to move along.

Welcome to present day A-Dub. "The songs we're writing now we are more proud of than anything we've ever written" says Zach. This August we launched a Kickstarter and reached our funding goal in 24 hours!  With the support of our fans, we are able to begin recording our third full-length record Dec 10 in Nashville with Producer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Steve Forbert).

A handful of these new songs will be debuted on our Headlining Tour, which starts in Anaheim , CA at the House of Blues on January 19, 2013. Joining us on tour is Cute Is What We Aim For and YouTube star Tiffany Alvord.

Tour Dates:

Jan 19 House of Blues         Anaheim, CA
Jan 26            Marquis Theatre      Denver, CO
Jan 28            House of Blues - Cambridge Room         Dallas, TX
Jan 29            Stubb's Jr.     Austin, TX
Jan 30            House of Blues - Bronze Peacock Houston, TX
Feb 01            Handlebar     Pensacola, FL
Feb 02            House of Blues         Orlando, FL
Feb 04            The Masquerade      Atlanta, GA
Feb 06            Old Rock House       St Louis, MO
Feb 07            Varsity Theater        Minneapolis, MN
Feb 09            Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Feb 10            Crofoot          Pontiac, MI
Feb 12            Club Infinity Buffalo, NY
Feb 13            Altar Bar       Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 14            Fillmore        Silver Spring, MD
Feb 15 Theatre of Living Arts        Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16            Gramercy Theater   New York, NY
Feb 19            Mexicali Live            Teaneck, NJ
Feb 20            House of Blues         Boston, MA
Feb 21            La Tulipe       Montreal, Canada
Feb 22            Mod Club      Toronto, Canada


VIP Packages available wich includes:
*SOUNDCHECK PERFORMANCE
*Q&A WITH BAND
*MEET & GREET WITH PHOTO OPP
*AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO
*COMMEMORATIVE VIP LAMINATE
*EARLY ENTRY TO SHOW