quarta-feira, julho 01, 2015

Scott Henderson Live 2016 dates and the new album

TRAVIS CARLTON - bass guitar & ALAN HERTZ - drums
(ERNEST TIBBS - bass guitar; only on July 24)

Fri, July 10 - Studio City, Los Angeles, CA (Baked Potato)
Fri, July 24 - Santiago de Quéretaro, Mexico (Festival Internacional Jazz de Verano)
Thu Sep 10 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's) w/Marbin
Fri, Sep 11 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's) w/Marbin
Sun, Sep 13 - Austin, TX (Wobeon Festival, Ironwood Hall)
Wed, Sep 16 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
Thu, Sep 17 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
Sat, Sep 19 - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's)
Sun, Sep 20 - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's)

(more info to be announced soon)
Thu, October 8 - Uppsala, Sweden
Fri, October 9 - Uppsala, Sweden
Sat, October 10 - Moscow, Russia
Sun, October 11 - Astana, Kazakhstan
Tue, October 13 - Tromso, Norway
Wed, October 14 - Tromso, Norway
Thu, October 15 - Munich, Germany
Sat, October 17 - Delemont, Switzerland
Tue, October 20 - Bologna Italy 

(more info To be announced soon)
Fri, October 23 - Valparaiso, Chile
Sat, October 24 - Colina, Chile
Sun, October 25 - Puerto Montt, Chile
Mon, October 26 - Santiago, Chile
Thu, October 29 - Rancagua, Chile
Fri, October 30 - La Paz, Bolivia
Sat, October 31 - Lima, Peru
Mon, November 2 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tue, November 3 - Cordoba, Argentina
Thu, November 5 - Azul, Argentina
Fri, November 6 - Rosario, Argentina
Sat, November 7 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sun, November 8 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Mon, November 9 - Mar Del Plata, Argentina

November 10/11/12/13/14/15 - more shows to be confirmed soon. Stay tuned.

For bookings in the USA, Canada, Central America, The Caribbean and Africa:
Leonardo Pavkovic @ Moonjune Music • Email: noanoamusic (at) moonjune (dot) com

For bookings in South America, Asia, and Europe:
Alejandro Orellana @ The Art Media • Email: artemedios (at) gmail (com) com
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he VIVALDI METAL PROJECT crowdfunding campaign is now running on PledgeMusic!

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The Vivaldi Metal Projects features all-metal-stars such as:
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Spock's Beard reveal 'Tides of Time'; first track from 'The Oblivion Particle'

Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard recently announced that their brand new 12th studio album 'The Oblivion Particle' is set for release on August 21st, 2015, and now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the record.   

Fans can listen to the song 'Tides of Time' over at Soundcloud for 7 days here: https://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/spocks-beard-tides-of-time/s-80IYe

Dave Meros previously said of the track: "I think the opening track 'Tides of Time' is classic Spock's in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different. That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us."
The band also recently announced European tour dates in support of the album. The band will be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.

The full list of dates are as follows:
16.09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
17.09 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
18.09 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
19.09 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
20.09 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
21.09 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
23.09 - Legend, Milan, Italy
24.09 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25.09 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
26.09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
27.09 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
29.09 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30.09 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
1.10 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2.10 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
3.10 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK 

Spock's Beard's forthcoming new studio album The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The album finds the band answering the needs of their creations by utilizing the considerable versatility of each member. In addition to Ted Leonard's soaring vocals and Dave Meros' distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on "Bennett Built a Time Machine" and Ryo expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends his touch to the album's majestic closer, "Disappear."  

As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years. 

Spock's Beard Online:

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Prog Ensemble Kinetic Element Releases Highly Anticipated Second Album “Travelog”

Richmond, VA – One of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2015 has finally been released by prog ensemble Kinetic Element titled "Travelog"! Kinetic Element is a neo/symphonic progressive rock band from Richmond, Virginia that harbors musical roots in classic artists like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Asia and Genesis and blends those influences with philosophical and spiritually powerful and uplifting lyrics. They are a known act in the prog rock genre.

Kinetic Element's two principal writers, keyboardist and founder Mike Visaggio and guitarist Todd Russell, began collaborating on new music for the band towards the end of 2013 following the departure of two members. Deprived of the ability to play out, they decided to focus on composing and recording KE's second CD. They began working out sketches to five grand scale pieces of prog rock with founding member and drummer Michael Murray. Soon they had a working model of the album and began recording in earnest.

Says Mike Visaggio, "Although normally I prefer to let listeners ferret it out for themselves, the new album is most definitely inspired by current events. We believe that liberty is what humanity's preferred state of being is. The lyrics of the CD then are understood as standing up for that. The train imagery came to me when I heard the old song 'People Get Ready' which talks about a train to freedom. The design was the result of an image Martin Kornick did for us when we were looking to create a new logo last year, and we just applied that whole concept to the logo image."

Kinetic Element was formed to perform the music of Mike Visaggio's solo CD, "Starship Universe" which was released in 2006 after Mike was selected to perform at the 2006 Pop Montreal festival. They are now performing selected classic prog and classic rock covers and their new prog pieces they have put together since they formed which comprise "Powered By Light" (2009) and their new CD "Travelog". The cover art for both CDs was executed by the incomparable Martin Kornick. "Powered By Light" was nominated for Best Debut CD of 2009 by The Prog Awards, which was at that time an Italian reviews website. They were signed to Melodic Revolution Records at ROSfest 2013.

The band is comprised of Mike Visaggio (keyboards); Michael Murray (drums), Todd Russell (electric and acoustic guitar) and Mark Tupko (basses). In May 2008 the original incarnation of Kinetic Element was privileged to be a support act for Circa (featuring Tony Kaye, Alan White and Billy Sherwood of Yes, at Jaxx in northern Virginia), Rare Blend (at Orion Studios in Baltimore, Maryland one of prog's must-play venues), IZZ (who have played every prog festival in America, at the Artomatic festival in Washington, D.C.) In 2009, KE's Powered by Light lineup supported Morglbl (at Capitol Ale House Music Hall in Richmond VA) and in 2010, with Edensong (at Orion again). Kinetic Element opened the nation's longest running prog rock festival, Prog Day, at the Pre-Show on August 29, 2008 with Speechless and again on Sept. 3, 2010 with Jack Dupon. They played The Magic Room in Boston in November 2011 headlining, with support acts Eccentric Orbit and Resistor. In 2015 KE has headlined at Orion Studios again (May 29) with support band Brave, and supported Lo-Fi Resistance at New Jersey Proghouse (June 6). Kinetic Element was featured in Progression Magazine #59 in 2010.

Kinetic Element's new album "Travelog" was recorded by the band at their cavernous garage studio in Richmond VA with Michael Murray performing engineer duties, between December 2013 and February 2015. In May of 2014 bassist mark Tupko auditioned and joined as the band's fourth permanent member.

Unable to find a suitable vocalist in their hometown, Mike Visaggio reached out to their musical friends Odin's Court whose lead vocalist Dimetrius LaFavors agreed to perform the vocals for Travelog and join the group while remaining with Odin's Court. However Dimetrius could not continue due to changes in Odin's Court's schedule, and was forced to cease recording after appearing on three of the five tracks. Riding in to KE's rescue came Michelle Schrotz of Fredericksburg, VA's prog icons Brave, and stellar CProg artist Mike Florio, to record the remaining two tracks.

When Mike Visaggio let it out on Facebook that KE would be seeking a professional prog rock engineer to do the mix, he was approached by Fred Schendel and Steve Babb of prog legends Glass Hammer about engaging them to mix. The resulting collaboration produced the terrific sound you hear on Travelog. They also did the mastering at their studio Sound Resources in Chattanooga TN.

Early in the spring 2015, Kinetic Element was offered a show at New Jersey Proghouse for June 6, and all the production went into high gear in order to have product in hand for that show and another one that was booked for a week previous on May 29 at Orion Studios in Baltimore. Both shows came off well with Mike Florio and Michelle singing. However there are no shows on tap at this time because their vocalists do not live in Richmond, but are available if a suitable concert gig comes KE's way.

Kinetic Element's "Travelog" can be heard in its entirety at:

Here's what the press have raved about Kinetic Element:

"The Powered By Light Suite is an enjoyable release, filled with great keyboards work, beautiful melodies and appealing sound. I'm looking forward to the band's future output." - Progressive Ears

"This is their latest disc and it will certainly appeal most to the fans of classic progressive rock" - Music Street Journal

"Instrumentally KINETIC ELEMENT is at the top of their game. The driving force behind the group is keyboardist Mike Visaggio who is positively brilliant, some of the most energetic keyboard work I've heard since the Golden Age of Progressive Rock when Wakeman and Emerson were producing their best work. Yes, he's that good. And his surrounding cast of players are equally adept." - ProgNaut

"Fans of progressive rock in all its forms - including Transatlantic, Neal Morse, Tiles, KDB3 and Proto-Kaw - will find a lot to like here." - Angelic Warlord

"The musical expressions in this release could only come from highly-intelligent lifeforms. Much of its mimicry is provided by organs, Mellotrons and synthesizers, and its artificial sheen has an uncanny resemblance to Transatlantic." - Ytsejam

In closing Mike Visaggio has this to impart, "Prog Lives! It keeps us young."

To purchase Kinetic Element's "Travelog":

CONTACT INFORMATION: bigroad3@gmail.com to correspond with Mike Visaggio.
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TRYO performs at PROGDAY 2015!

TRYO performs at PROGDAY 2015!

"The best Chilean band of 2014" - ROCKAXIS (Chile's premier rock publication)

With a musical history that spans nearly 30 years, TRYO is considered to be one of the most important artists in Chile, especially in progressive rock /metal, jazz fusion and vanguard music. The band's distinctive sound comes from a fusion of rock, metal, jazz, Chilean and Latin American folklore, classical and world music.

Through the years the group has maintained its original line-up, releasing it's first album in 1996. Though the debut established TRYO as an electric ensemble, subsequent releases also highlighted it's acoustic side, culminating in the excellent all-acoustic outing "Viajes" in 2005. Currently the band is working on two new albums of original material to be released this year.

TRYO (Chile) joins JACK O' THE CLOCK (US), ECCENTRIC ORBIT (US) and UT GRET (US) at ProgDay, the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. ProgDay 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 5th, and Sunday, September 6th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at www.progday.net.


All Burn" out June 23

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Midwest symphonic dream-prog duo, The Receiver, has revealed the initial details for its upcoming studio album, All Burn. The group's debut on progressive powerhouse, Kscope – will release on June 23 in North America. For a taste of what's to come, please check out the new song, 'Transit,' now streaming on NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/05/28/410074826/vikings-choice-the-receiver-transit
Comprised of brothers Casey (vocals, synths/keyboards, bass) and Jesse Cooper (drums & vocals), the siblings call All Burn their "best material to date which focuses on a dreamier aesthetic than our earlier work."
All Burn is also the first self-produced Receiver album, with mixing handled by Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, Karen O)  and mastering by Brian Lucey (Sigur Ros, The Shins, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys).
Commented Jesse Cooper: "We're hoping our fans will think this album was worth the wait! It's the first time we've completely self-produced one of our albums, and we feel we got it right. This album is on the more ambient and groovier side, but is still undeniably a Receiver album. We feel it's our best work to date, from music to concept. We wanted to make an album with a collection of songs that are able to stand alone by themselves, but also had a cohesiveness to listen to as a complete piece of work. The end goal was to create an album that stands the test of time."
"A lot of music out there is one and done," added Casey. "It might be really catchy at first, but it's so instantly gratifying that it loses its luster after a few repeated listens. Our hope is that our music is catchy, but to always have layers that don't demand attention upon first listen. The goal is to provide a lot for the listener to comb through over time – music to get lost in for a while."

1. Drift
2. Transit
3. To Battle an Island
4. Collector
5. Dark Matter
6. April Blades
7. The Summit
8. Let It Dry
9. All Burn
10. How to be Young
11. These Days

Formed in 2005 at The Ohio State University, The Receiver released its debut album, Decades, in 2006 on the New York-based, Stunning Models On Display Records. The duo returned with the sophomore offering, Length of Arms, in 2009 through Vital Music Records.
The Receiver is an incredibly active touring partnership, having played throughout North America and sharing the stage with notable acts such as St. Vincent, Midlake, The Album Leaf, Mono, Dawes, Royal Canoe, Maserati, Telefon Tel Aviv, Mr. Gnome and Operators to name a few, as well as performing at 2014's CMJ Festival in New York.
The brothers have been featured on MTV2's "Bands on The Rise," and have songs included on the FX Network's series, Dirt, as well as a number of independent shorts and films.

The Receiver is…
Casey Cooper – vocals, synths/keyboards, bass
Jesse Cooper – drums, vocals
The Receiver online…
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Renaissance 2015 fall tour and DVD campaign update

Renaissance Fall Tour 2015

Renaissance at Union Chapel

Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing Song For All Seasons, Sounds Of the Seaand Northern Lights along with favorite classics and debuting Immortal Beloved from Symphony of Light on our 2015 Fall tour

We are excited to bring to these performances the same brilliant line up of musicians who just completed our successful European Spring Tour 2015: Rave Tesar - keyboards; Tom Brislin - keyboards/vocals; Mark Lambert - acoustic guitars/vocals; Leo Traversa - bass/vocals; Frank Pagano - drums/vocals; and of course, the amazing vocals of Annie Haslam.

We look forward to our upcoming DVD release of 'Live' at The Union Chapel London, which was made possible by our successful IndieGoGo campaign and enthusiastic contributors whose love and support of Renaissance has been overwhelming. Pre-release contributions for pledge rewards, including your name in DVD booklet credits, can still be made for a limited time at the campaign page on IndieGoGo.

Annie will be returning to England soon to finalize the DVD editing and production while back in the USA, Rave Tesar is perfecting the final audio mix.

We hope to see everyone at the shows!
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terça-feira, junho 30, 2015

Cleopatra Records Releases An Exhaustive 2CD Collection Of The Complete Recordings By Proto-Industrial Band Executive Slacks!

Los Angeles, CA - They were one of the most groundbreaking bands to emerge out of Philadelphia in the early '80s, laying the sonic foundation for future acts such as Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and Nine Inch Nails. Yet the post-punk, proto-industrial sounds of Albert Ganss, Matt Marello, and John Young never earned the significant recognition it deserved. On July 10, that can all change as Cleopatra Records will release Executive Slacks' Complete Recordings 1982-1986, a monumental 2CD collection that gathers the band's entire recorded legacy all in one place, with 22 of the 36 songs appearing for the first time ever on CD! Those already familiar with the band will recall their cult hit "The Bus," a song that none other than LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy idealized ("I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that," Murphy said), and that appeared in all its contorted, electro glitch glory, on Michael Mann's original TV series Miami Heat, which is as close to the mainstream as the Slacks would ever come. Much of the band's oeuvre was far too noisey and angular, from the debut EP that put them on the map, to their first full length LP Nausea (produced Killing Joke bassist Youth), to the college radio breakthrough Fire & Ice (their swan song). But with the current resurgence of post-punk electronic bands and this exhaustive collection of the group's work found on this 2CD set, it may perhaps be the Slacks time to shine!

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segunda-feira, junho 22, 2015

Roger Waters The Wall concert film - tickets available now


Founded in late 2001, Solstice Coil is one of the most veteran bands currently operating in Israel's progressive rock and metal scene. Dedicated to the notion of combining intellectually challenging music with reflective lyrics and high production values, the band draws its influence from artists such as Radiohead, Muse, Porcupine Tree, Oceansize, The Mars Volta and Dream Theater. In 2011, Solstice Coil released its sophomore album, 'Natural Causes', under US-based label Melodic Revolution Records. In this album, the band presented a darker and heavier sound alongside a more mature songwriting style, while maintaining their previous level of sophistication and innovation. Natural Causes fared well with the critics, receiving dozens of favorable reviews that cited it as a formidable follow up to the band's debut album. In 2012 the band embarked on its first two of India, playing various festivals such as Rendezvous, Synchronicity, and NH7, which featured veteran metal band Megadeth. After returning from India, the band commenced work on developing songs for its third album, Commute. In this album, the band takes a stab at the epic while mixing classic progressive rock influences with heavy metal tendencies and even some elements of electronic music. Commute is also the first studio album to feature bassist Mihael Galperin and drummer Yakir Fitousi. The album was produced and mixed by Shai Yallin and mastered by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Haken, Katatonia) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover illustration was created by upcoming artist Pavel Postovoit.

quinta-feira, junho 18, 2015

PHI to Embark on Tour This August

Austrian progressive rock power trio, PHI will embark on a European tour this August promoting their most recent studio album titled "Now the Waves of Sound Remain" released via Gentle Art of Music last year. See the tour dates below.

After being formed in 2006 and achieving first respectable successes in 2008, PHI have since released their critically acclaimed album "Years of Breathing" and consequently toured the stages of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and Lithuania. By means of their brand new album "Now the Waves of Sound Remain", the power trio now presents the fascinating result of the artistic vision that the band likes to call double bottom.

Finding the formula for how to reach the perfect mixture of raw power and deep emotion; how to fuse a love of elements of the past with the natural curiosity of one's own artistic evolution, without compromising the very own distinct voice; finding that sweet spot where inexorable force coexists with big feelings in perfect harmony – despite enormous complexity. That is the approach that Markus Bratusa (vocals, guitar, programming), Arthur Darnhofer-Demár(bass, vocals) and Gabe Cresnar (drums), all established in the vicinity of Vienna's legendary Hallucination Company, have been following and have now brought to an impressive conclusion through the release of "Now the Waves of Sound Remain."

On this record the mighty walls of TOOL's guitar sound meet the driving rhythms of RUSHand gently merge with sophisticated arrangements that resemble the delicacy ofPORCUPINE TREE. The JEFF BUCKLEY-esque jazzy elegance provides the music with the final ingredient that completes the fused aesthetic of the old and the new.

In order to make this album the comprehensive experience that it has ultimately become, PHIhave created and implemented a textual concept in which the discourse on music's role, its significance, its drift into banality and the corresponding deterioration in value in today's society functions as a backdrop for a both detailed as well as cynical analysis of major issues. The enormously powerful message of this album lies in the fusion of emotion and the coolness of the intellectual: art is so much more than only a mere product. "Now the Waves of Sound Remain" challenges the boundaries: this is music with a double bottom.

To give this record the scope that it deserves PHI joined forces with Gentle Art of Music, the label owned by RPWL-duo Yogi Lang and Kalle Wallner. Furthermore, the final touch of the album's sound was provided by none other than Jon Astley, whose earlier accomplishments include works of LED ZEPPELIN, THE WHO, TORI AMOS and ANATHEMA.

Progressive Rock is still alive and kickin', and PHI are demonstrating this fact with force and finesse by playing live shows that no one can ignore. A real POWER trio sound a la RUSHthat meets complex arrangements a la PORCUPINE TREE and TOOL shatters the earth, while leaving cliché and the usual limits of rock music far behind. Their live shows are a revelation, even for people that never heard a band that far out there.

PHI European tour 2015:

20.08. Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina @ Caffe Galerija Bunt
21.08. Subotica, Serbia @ Club Mladost
22.08. Belgrade, Serbia @ Klub Sioux
23.08. Nis, Serbia @ Black Stage
24.08. Skopje, Macedonia @ Havana Club
25.08. Thessaloniki, Greece @ Mavri Trypa
26.08. Istanbul, Turkey @ Kafe Pi Bronx
27.08. TBA
28.08. Bucharest, Romania @ Question Mark
29.08. Szeged, Hungary @ Live Music Club


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The Austrian Band The Maier Project had been formed in 2006 and created instrumental music only in their very beginnings. The first songs with lyrics formed the legendary album "A Gallery Of Dreams" in 2010 which is not available anymore. "Dragons" followed and made its way to the stores, with the single "Rush Hour" which had been listed among the Top 30 of alternative US charts.  Paris" is the 4th album of The Maier Project and has been strongly influenced by the assault against the editorial of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. This and the ruthless actions of large economic enterprises harming the health of humans and animals led to several songs with political impact, garnished with thoughts about love, relationships and the feeling to be at home. Again strong melodic guitars build the backbone of the songs with moderate or fast rhythms, accompanied by undulating piano sequences, floating organ or string section. The baritone voice of Hans Maier reminds of songs by David Byrne, Lou Reed, Peter Hammill in a sometimes heavier way which some critics compared with Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd or Porcupine Tree.

quarta-feira, junho 17, 2015

Sygnal To Noise Releases New Music Video "Punch The Clown" From Upcoming Album

BIDDEFORD, Maine, June 16 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sygnal To Noise released their second music video "Punch The Clown" in conjunction with announcing the release date of their upcoming  EP Under Construction. Under Construction will be releasedSeptember 22nd via Sygnal Records. The single "Punch The Clown" is currently available with the pre-order of Under Constructionon iTunes.

Punch The Clown

The music video for "Punch The Clown" was produced by Krazy Eye Productions in Biddeford, Maine USA and directed by Sygnal To Noise's vocalist Coopa. The music video is about an average guy who fanaticizes throughout his day to get through his mundane life. Like music videos from the 80's and 90's, "Punch The Clown" has campy imagery, and a lot of innuendo.

Under Construction

Sygnal To Noise's self-funded sophomore effort Under Construction was recorded at Halo Studios in Windham, Maine by John Wyman and mastered at world famous Gateway Mastering by multiple Grammy winner Adam Ayan. The album title refers to the growth from the struggles that the band went through after the release of their debut EP Without Color. Contrary to what Gene Simmons said in an interview with Esquire.com that "Rock is finally dead". Coopa, the vocalist for Sygnal To Noise states: "Rock music isn't dead, it's under construction".

About Sygnal To Noise

Sygnal To Noise is from Biddeford, Maine and was formed in September of 2013 with the mission to bring the fun and the escape of rock music of the 80's to modern listeners. Sygnal To Noise recorded its self-funded debut album Without Color at Halo Studio inWindham, Maine USA. Like Under Construction, Without Color was also produced and engineered by John Wyman and mastered at Gateway Mastering Studio's by multi-Grammy winner Adam Ayan.  

Tour Dates

Sygnal To Noise is currently booking dates in support of Under Construction and plan to begin touring in the fall in support of the EP. Sygnal To Noise will be performing with Powerman 5000, and Soil at Jewel Nightclub in Manchester, NH on July 4th.

Artists Official Links:

CONTACT: Michael Schermuly, 207-837-1298, 3ramusicconsulting@gmail.com

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ARMONITE - "The Sun is New each Day"
Composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi are classical-trained, but "classical" is not how they would describe themselves. Through their teenage years, they joined a few local bands playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. Armonite was formed in 1996. Though still in college, they released their first album in 1999, and performed a few dates live. They eventually split up, so Jacopo could follow his career as a classical violinist and violin teacher, while Paolo started working in the music administration. In 2015, violinist Jacopo Bigi and composer Paolo Fosso formed a new band while borrowing the name of their old one. Armonite came together as a transnational project. Joining Paolo and Jacopo was Porcupine Tree's bassist, Colin Edwin and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt. "The Sun is New each Day" is produced by the first producer of Muse, Paul Reeve, with mastering at the Abbey Road Studios

terça-feira, junho 16, 2015


Progressive rock trio Dream the Electric Sleep are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Heretics". The band will be working alongside Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Mastodon) at Rock Falcon studios in Nashville, TN.

Regarding the band's third full-length album, vocalist/guitarist Matt Page says, "The material came together faster than we imagined, with a real passion and vision. The songs seem to capture something we have been striving for as a band since our first release. They feel more focused and tighter, with equal creative contributions from all three of us."

On working with Raskulinecz, Page says, "Nick has produced some of the top rock albums of the past decade, and we are thrilled to be working and collaborating with him. We knew we needed to bring a creative visionary on board to really push us and the material to new places. We can't wait to begin this creative process with Nick at the helm."

The album is set for a Spring 2016 release.
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Rare & Highly Sought After Coloursound Recordings By Brainticket Founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck Released In An 18CD Box Set!

Los Angeles, CA - At long last, the first ever CD release of Brainticket founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck's much sought after Coloursound recordings presented in a limited edition, sequentially numbered 18CD box set! These rare recordings were released anonymously throughout the '70s and early '80s on the German-based Coloursound label, which specialized in ambient soundscapes for use in film and television, and have gone largely unheard except by those who know them to be some of the most progressive, awe-inspiring masterpieces Joel VDB ever committed to tape! The Coloursound Box also features meticulously recreated artwork from the original Coloursound LPs plus personal reflections on each album by Joel himself alongside additional liner notes by music historian Dave Thompson! The entire package is available now courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Belgian-born Joel Vandroogenbroeck was playing jazz in Switzerland when he found inspiration in the new sounds emanating from German krautrock artists Amon Duul II, Can, and Tangerine Dream. Under the influence of these groups, Joel and guitarist Ron Byer recruited drummer Wolfgang Paap and formed the trio that would become Brainticket. The group's 1971 debut album Cottonwoodhill immediately ran into a storm of controversy for its association with psychedelic drugs. The album came with a warning label that insisted you should "only listen once a day to this record. Your brain might be destroyed," which led to the album being banned in several countries including the USA.

From then on, Brainticket's reputation as a band of experimentalists at the forefront of underground, avant-garde music had been solidified. Following the death of Bryer, Brainticket regrouped for 1972's Psychonaut followed by Celestial Ocean, which told the after-life experience of Egyptian kings traveling through space and time. Released in 1973, the album was hailed as the definitive Brainticket experience and earned the band their greatest acclaim. And Joel has continued to explore new creative avenues over the decades, releasing more albums under the Brainticket moniker, including his most recent offering Past, Present & Future, which was released in February of this year by Purple Pyramids. The Coloursound Box is sure to please fans of Bratinticket as well as fans of adventurous, avante-garde music!

DISC 1: Images of Flutes in Nature
DISC 2: Biomechanoid
DISC 3: Contemporary Pastoral & Ethnic Sounds
DISC 4: Meditations Vol 1
DISC 5: Meditations Vol 2
DISC 6: Birth Of Earth
DISC 7: Lost Continents
DISC 8: Open Air Impressions
DISC 9: Computer Blossoms
DISC 10: Industrial Retrospect
DISC 11: Mesopotamia Egypt
DISC 12: Joel However
DISC 13: Middle Ages
DISC 14: Southeast Asia
DISC 15: Digital Project
DISC 16: Video Games & Data Movements
DISC 17: California - Industrial & Scenic Moods
DISC 18: Brainticket Remix 88

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Debut album "A Dream in Static" to be released later this year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, has announced "Mob Mentality" as the second single to be released from its upcoming debut album, A Dream in Static. The nearly 10-minute track, which will drop later this week, features guest vocals from Sevendustfrontman, Lajon Witherspoon. "Mob Mentality" began as guitarist Jamie van Dyck's senior thesis while studying music at Yale University; the song also features a full orchestral arrangement composed by van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO). For further insight, the band has released a teaser video discussing the new song and recording process on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHpxsYs-YUw.

Jamie van Dyck reflected on the experience: "Working with Lajon was surreal to me. Sevendust was my favorite band in high school when I was first finding my identity as a songwriter and all-around musician. Lajon's voice has always moved me. LJ was unbelievably gracious in the studio and dedicated himself to fulfilling my emotional vision for the piece, and unsurprisingly he totally nailed it. 

"Before I was even listening to rock music, my parents raised me on Beethoven symphonies and other 18th - 20th century orchestral music and operas so incorporating a full orchestral arrangement into the rock and metal music I love now has basically been a lifelong goal and dream of mine. And myEarthside bandmates were overwhelmingly enthusiastic and supportive in helping me fulfill that dream." 

An inherently collaborative cross-continental project - recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend) - A Dream in Static is due to release later this year. 

Van Dyck further elaborated on the album recording process: "New surroundings and collaboration are two of the best catalysts for inspiring creative energy. Living in Stockholm and recording withDavid Castillo was the opportunity of a lifetime for us. We were immersed in such a vibrant musical space and passionate group of people that ultimately made this record what it is. That inclusive spirit in working with David and the guest musicians on the record brought out that energy in each of us." 

Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra (courtesy of the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra), and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue. 

A Dream in Static, the group's conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements, interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds. 

"Our music aims to evoke the full range of human emotions," van Dyck added. "Having those emotions and themes expressed more directly through the voices of some of our favorite singers and musicians was an unbelievable experience and something we cannot wait to share with everyone." 

The first single, "The Closest I've Come," can be streamed on YouTube at:http://youtu.be/AL_v5U2AeIs.

A teaser video for the album can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5rMe3KTV4.

Live dates and additional album details will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for more information. 

Earthside online...

Earthside is...

Jamie van Dyck - Guitar
Frank Sacramone - Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom - Drums
Ryan Griffin - Bass 
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The Room – signs with Bad Elephant Music and releases new single

Bad Elephant Music is excited to announce the addition of UK melodic rock band The Room to its expanding roster of artists.

There is a rich musical heritage at the heart of The Room's progressive tinged rock - a combination of impressive musicianship, catchy hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. Formed in 2010 by Steve Anderson (guitar), Steve Checkley (keyboards), Andy Rowe (bass) and Martin Wilson (vocals), The Room released their acclaimed debut album, 'Open Fire', in December 2012. They were joined by drummer Chris York in 2013. A second album, as yet untitled, will be released by BEM in late 2015.

The Room's Martin Wilson: "Choosing a label to work with is not an easy decision to make. The way that the Bad Elephant guys go about their business is our way of doing things, and their genuine passion for music is highly infectious. We're really excited to be working with BEM on our new album and, hopefully, for many more years to come. David has also promised us a curry."

Bad Elephant Music CEO, David Elliott: "The Room is one of the few acts that comfortably spans melodic, radio-friendly rock and progressive music. I'm delighted to welcome the chaps to the BEM family, and look forward to long and fruitful relationship! Not sure about the curry, though."  

The first release through this new partnership is a digital single, 'Carrie', which is available to download from Bad Elephant Music's sales site from 15th June, where you can also buy 'Open Fire', the band's acclaimed first album.

More news regarding the upcoming album release very shortly!

Live dates

We had a great night yesterday at the Classic Rock Society, and are looking forward to this coming Tuesday (16th) where we return to The Robin2, up in Bilston, opening for the wonderful Soft Machine.
We have a small number of tickets for this show at just £11 (£16 on the door. If you would like tickets please email andy@theroom.eu and he will arrange them for you

Other dates:
Saturday July 4th : Under the sky festival, Wokingham
Saturday July 11th : Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
Saturday August 22nd : The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe

Once again thank You, for all your support, your kind words and encouragement. We hope to see you in June and don't forget that ticket offer is first come first served.
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Yoke Shire Headlines The Boston Irish Festival - Sunday 6.14.15!


Yoke Shire returns to The Boston Irish Festival for the fourth year in a row!
Yoke Shire is the headline act & will close out the festival with a rollicking 2 hour set of Irish favorites.

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Dr., Canton, MA 02021

Sunday, June 14, 2015    4:30 - 6:30 pm

Tickets & Info available at: http://bit.ly/IrishFestTix

Sunday's forecast is calling for a nice sunny day,
so come on down & have a good time!

Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases New Sci-Fi Symphonic Instrumental Surf Album “Signals From Malibu” on Gonzo Multimedia

Arroyo Grande, CA - Guitar legend Merrell Fankhauser has released a new Sci-Fi symphonic instrumental surf album "Signals From Malibu" featuring strange radio signals from the underwater anomaly off the Malibu California coast. A few years back UFO buffs began investigating some strange electronic signals that appeared to be emanating from a spot deep beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Malibu coast. They reported bizarre psychic phenomena in conjunction with them, and legendary surf guitarist Merrell Fankhauser was inspired to write music based on, and including them.

Says Merrell, "The song 'Signals From Malibu' was inspired by the odd anomaly that is off the coast of Malibu California 2000 feet on the ocean floor. The area has had many sightings of UFO's diving into and coming out of the ocean. This has led many to believe it is an underwater base. An ex Army radio expert recorded some strange signals coming from the area. The signal recordings were sent to me by Michael C. Luckman director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and I incorporated them into the song. After listening more to the signals I was compelled to write a symphonic song using more of the signals titled 'Messages From The Dome'. I had the feeling the signals were communicating with me and I was inspired to keep writing the rest of the songs on this disc. If you feel tingly after listening don't worry its perfectly natural!"

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit "Wipeout". He has presented a number of television programs over the years including 'California Music', 'Route 66 TV Live', and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called 'Tiki Lounge' that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.

Watch the promotional video for "Signals From Malibu": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCqfIepKVo

2. MALIBU USO 3:19
4. POINT DUME 4:23
8. MYSTO SPOT 2:53

Merrell's new CD comes hot on the heels of his recently released critically acclaimed biography "Calling From A Star", also released on Gonzo Multimedia.

To purchase "Signals From Malibu" CD:

To Purchase "Calling From A Star" (book):

Official website:
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