sábado, abril 18, 2015

DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS SINGS SOUL BALLADS HIS WAY

LEGENDARY FORMER BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS LEAD SINGER'S LATEST ALBUM
INCLUDES DISTINCTIVE RENDITIONS OF CLASSICS BY RAY CHARLES, OTIS
REDDING, SAM & DAVE, AND SAM COOKE

The latest album by legendary vocalist David Clayton-Thomas delivers
splendidly on its succinct title. Soul Ballads, now available in the
U.S. on Airline Records after its initial release in Canada (where the
singer resides), consists of 10 seminal soul ballads, every one of
them expertly interpreted by Clayton-Thomas. If you didn't know
better, you might think these timeless anthems were created
specifically for David to wrap his warm, expressive pipes around.

"The keyboard player for Blood, Sweat & Tears for many years during
the '80s was Lou Pomanti. And he'd been bugging me for the longest
time to do an album of all those great songs that we used to do
together back in the old bar days, when we played five shows a night
on what they called the Yonge Street strip here in Toronto," says
David, who was in the midst of completing his autobiography and about
to receive his star on Canada's Walk of Fame when he decided to make
this album. "I didn't have much new original material. But I called
Lou up and I said, 'Lou, I think the time has come. Let's do it!'"

In addition to playing piano throughout, Pomanti produced the set in
Toronto. "We didn't go looking for obscure songs that nobody had ever
done before. We went looking for those great iconic tunes,"
Clayton-Thomas continues. "We decided to do them with a full
orchestra: 15 strings, eight horns, rhythm, percussion, the whole bit.
And of course, utilizing modern recording studios."

Assembling the set list was a labor of love. "They're just basically
songs I've always wanted to sing," David says. "A very challenging
album too, because if you're going to go and put vocal performances up
against Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, you'd better be on
your game, you know? Pretty tough competition. But we just set out to
basically pay tribute to all those artists and those great songs."

The set opens with David's distinctive rendition of Gladys Knight &
the Pips' "Midnight Train To Georgia." We stuck very close to a lot of
the arrangements, but I didn't want to just clone the arrangements and
make it like a cover album," he says. "We wanted to bring our own
thing to it. So since I don't have the Pips, and I'm a huge Gladys
Knight fan--I think she's one of the greatest singers ever--we decided
to do the background parts with the horn section instead."

Few 1960s soul anthems pack a more powerful punch than Sam Cooke's
hopeful "A Change Is Gonna Come," its message resonating strongly with
David. "I idolize Sam Cooke, and I had sung 'A Change Is Gonna Come' a
thousand times in the old days," he says. "So it just fell right back
into place very, very easily." Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions'
similarly inspirational "People Get Ready" receives a welcome revival
on the set as well.

David underscores his love for Otis Redding by revisiting two of his
Stax/Volt classics: the tender "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (which
Otis wrote with Chicago soul great Jerry Butler) and Redding's
contemplative posthumous smash, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay."
"Otis Redding was one of my idols, along with Bobby 'Blue' Bland and
Ray Charles," he says. Roly Platt's harmonica winds plaintively
through Clayton-Thomas' remake of "Dock Of The Bay." "That's because I
can't whistle!" David laughs.

That enduring allegiance to Brother Ray's catalog is immediately
apparent on lavishly arranged treatments of Charles' versions of
"Ruby" and "You Don't Know Me." David does a splendid job on Harold
Melvin & the Blue Notes' lush "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (the
original featured Teddy Pendergrass, another timeless soul voice), and
really brings the heat on an intense rendition of Sam & Dave's
uplifting Stax classic "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,"
complete with a punchy horn section.

Transforming Bobby Hebb's catchy "Sunny" into an after-hours torch
number works like a charm. "The song I'm really intrigued with on the
album that I like the most and has been getting the most airplay up
here in Canada is 'Sunny,'" he reports. "And that's a song we did
totally different. We did it as a slow ballad, as opposed to the
up-tempo version that I had heard."

Throughout Soul Ballads, Clayton-Thomas' longtime love affair with
each song shines through bright and bold. "I'm a fan of every single
artist on that album," he says. "That's why I chose the songs. And
those are all artists that basically informed my style when I was
growing up. One week I'd sound like Ray Charles, the next week I'd try
to sound like Sam Cooke!"

Here Clayton-Thomas sounds like no one but himself—the same mighty
vocalist whose unforgettable front work on Blood, Sweat & Tears'
"You've Made Me So Very Happy," "And When I Die," and his self-penned
"Spinning Wheel" made the expansive group a full-fledged 1969
juggernaut.

Soul Ballads and David Clayton-Thomas: what a perfect combination!

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BRIEG GUERVENO TOUR

Italian Prog Ensemble Not a Good Sign To Release Sophomore Album “From a Distance” On Fading Records/AltrOck


Milan, Italy – Italy's Fading Records/AltrOck will be releasing the highly anticipated second album by the Milan-based band Not a Good Sign, who acquired a worldwide following thanks to their catchy, dynamic, dystopian versions of prog-rock merged with pure rock. The new album is titled "From a Distance," and in these tracks many will recognize the 'old school' Prog from the '70s, but in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the gloomy but colorful imagery of the band.

Says Not a Good Sign, "For every band, a second record is a great achievement and at the same time an occasion to focus on past experience and visions. We expect we'll satisfy all the people who enjoyed our first work and we hope to gain new fans, even amongst people who don't like progressive rock."

Not a Good Sign are proud and full of hope. Their second release, "From a Distance", follows up where their 2013 self-titled debut album left off. Released, like their first work, by Fading Records/AltrOck, one of the best known and most appreciated Italian record labels, priding itself on the innovative quality of its products, "From a Distance" starts from the best parts of its predecessor and presents new developments and solutions. The Milan-based band, created in 2011 by Paolo "Ske" Botta and Francesco Zago (Yugen) along with producer Marcello Marinone, has a renewed line-up. During the February 28th album presentation, Not a Good Sign introduced to the fans their new guitarist Gian Marco Trevisan, replacing founding member Zago who left the band after the recording of "From a Distance."

Not a Good Sign began as a project by AltrOck and some members of bands signed to the label. Marcello Marinone, Paolo "Ske" Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, propose a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result is an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, besides ethereal and autumn nuances, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive. In 2011 Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics too. Soon G. Guidi Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, joined the band.The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012. Alessandro Cassani joined the band in 2013 after the release of the first album.

Different from the classics in the progressive genre, "From a Distance" doesn't feature long suites, being instead limited to ten songs of medium length in which various souls merge – from the most melodic to the hardest. One of the aspects that makes Not a Good Sign stand out is their new interpretation of the progressive rock musical language, often labelled as unable to renovate itself. "We are unable to consider Not a Good Sign simply a creature of its time: our music features too many references to the 1970s – the golden age of progressive. At the same time, there are a lot of much more recent references, particularly for what concerns the production; some of them even stray from rock. Our originality is in a honest approach, derived on one side from the present days on the other from the memory of an unforgettable period in music history."

The five-piece is supported by Maestro Maurizio Fasoli (Yugen) on the piano, Eleonora Grampa on oboe and English horn, Jacopo Costa on glockenspiel and vibraphone, and Gian Marco Trevisan on guitar. "The band, on 'From a Distance', is more mature, more aware, and its vision is clearer and easier to understand. There is a deeper melodic research that highlights the shadow play. The guest musicians and their instruments enrich the band's sound and occasionally take center stage." Not a Good Sign also filmed a clip for "Flying Over Cities", a video highlighting and strengthening the contrast between the dystopian lyrics and the musical dynamism.

After the February 28th showcase, the band will perform on the following dates:
March 1st – Arlecchino Club (Vedano Olona – Varese); March 2nd – Live Unplugged Radio Lombardia; March 13th – Floyd (Legnano – Milan); March 27th – Musicolepsia (Melegnano – Milan); May 29th – live unplugged Radio Cernusco Stereo; August 20th – Crescendo Festival (St. Palais sur Mer, France).


"From a Distance" studio personnel:
Paolo "Ske" Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Alessandro Cassani, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Francesco Zago, guitars

Guests:
Maurizio Fasoli (Yugen), grand piano
Eleonora Grampa, English horn/oboe
Jacopo Costa, vibraphone/glockenspiel

Live 2015 line-up:
Paolo "Ske" Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Alessandro Cassani, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Gian Marco Trevisan, guitars

To purchase Not a Good Sign's "From a Distance" CD: http://altrock.highsite.it/?wpsc-product=from-a-distance

For more information: www.notagoodsign.org

Fading Records/AltrOck: www.altrock.it
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sexta-feira, abril 17, 2015

Magic Pie - King For A Day

The Norwegian prog rock band Magic Pie are finally back with their excellent new album "King For A Day" on Karisma Records on  the 25thof May.


Magic Pie has become a household name for progfans around the world with their blend of classic prog and  70's hard rock inspired by bands such as Spocks Beard, Dream Theater, Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Kansas, Deep Purple, Yes etc.
Fronted by bandleader and guitar supremo Kim Stenberg, the band are known for their epic, energetic, melodic and sometimes heavy  prog rock with splendid vocal harmonies and great musicianship.

The band was formed in 2001, and their previous three albums "Motions of Desire" (2005), "Circus Of Life" (2007) and "The Suffering Joy" (2011) was very well received by both the press and fans. All three albums will be re-issued by Karisma Records later this autumn on both cd and vinyl (for the first time).
 
Hailing from Moss, Norway, the band consists of songwriter and producer Kim Stenberg (guitars, vocals), lyricist and melody co-writer Eirikur Hauksson (lead vocals, guitar), Eirik Hanssen (vocals, guitar), Jan Torkild Johannessen (drums), Erling Henanger (keyboards, backing vocals) and Lars Petter Holstad (bass, backing vocals).
 
 
   SELLING POINTS
- 4th album from Magic Pie, and their first on Karisma Records
- A highly anticipated album in the prog rock scene
- Vocalist Eirikur Hauksson are known for his work with Artch, Ken Hensley and Kerrs Pink
- Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (Spocks Beard, Transatlantic, Neal Morse, Dream Theater etc) at The Mouse House Studios, LA
- For fans of Spocks Beard, Yes, Deep Purple, The Flower Kings, Kansas
- Live dates and more soon to be announced
 
TRACKLIST
1 - Trick Of The Trade (6:09)
2 - Introversion (12:24)  
3 - According To Plan (6:35)
4 - Tears Gone Dry (12:14)
5 - The Silent Giant (5:22)
6 - King For A Day (27:29)
 
Band website: www.magicpie.no  
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Preacher set to spread the word with the album ‘Signals’

LP lead single 'Jupiter To Mars' set for release one week earlier – April 6th
It's been an exciting couple of decades for Scottish rock music, with several North of the Border groups making it onto the global stage. Excellent 8 piece rock band Preacher are the latest along the Scottish production line, bringing their very own take on melodic progressive rock along for the ride. 

Influenced by the classic likes of Pink Floyd, Preacher are updating the psychedelic rock tropes in a modern day setting and turning heads along the way. Their album launch made them the very first unsigned act to headline the ABC1 02 in Glasgow, which speaks to how much impact their new material has. 


Fronted by Martin Murphy, the backstory of Preacher is almost as incredible as the music. The album concept started when Murphy suffered a severe stroke seven years ago, a near death experience which served as a reason to think about life's priorities. It was this that inspired Martin, with melodies and lyrics which would eventually make it onto the 'Signals' album already written down by the time he left hospital. 

It's been a tumultuous ride since then, with a debut LP seven years in the making while the band worked on building their live reputation. They also had to replace a lead guitarist with health issues – a position eventually filled by Martin's son Greg Murphy, who impressively went from Guitar Hero novice to self-taught virtuoso in the space of 16 months. 

After all that, Preacher has become something of a family affair, whether by blood or shared experience of getting this album ready for release. It all culminates in 2015, with the single and album out in April, followed by a summer festival which will see them share a stage with rock royalty in Status Quo. 

As is often said – good things come to those who wait.

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EARTHSIDE TEASES DEBUT ALBUM "A DREAM IN STATIC"

Production handled by David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath); additional details, special guests to be revealed soon


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - New England-based creative collective, Earthside, has released a teaser video for its upcoming debut, A Dream in Static, on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5rMe3KTV4. The 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) - will release later this year.

Earthside guitarist Jamie van Dyck commented on the recording experience: "New surroundings and collaboration are two of the best catalysts for inspiring creative energy. Living in Stockholm and recording with David 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 continued. "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." 

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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SONIC VOYAGE FEST ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 22-24 IN NEW ENGLAND

Sonic Voyage is a new, traveling progressive rock festival featuring three incredible bands: Circuline, and Shadow Eden & Stratospheerius. All three bands have joined forces to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries.

The premiere Sonic Voyage takes place in New England this Memorial Day Weekend with modern rock bands Circuline, Shadow Eden and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius performing on:

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - Hartford, Connecticut

–Sully's Pub at  8:00 pm


Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 – Worcester, Massachusetts

–Ralph's Rock Diner at 8 pm

Other bands on the bill are Ben Levin Group and Joe Stump's Black Knight Castle


Sunday, May 24th, 2015 – Newmarket, New Hampshire

–The Stone Church at 6 pm.

–[opening band TBA] 

There will be master classes between 3 and 5 pm on Songwriting for the first hour and Improvisation for the 4 pm hour at the Stone Church event. We are currently doing this in New Hampshire on Sunday May 24 at the Stone Church.  

The Sonic Voyage Fest also looking for a local from the Newmarket, Dover, Exeter, NH area to be the opening act for the New Hamphsire gig.  Those interested in opening for the Newmarket gig should e-mail to Anne@AnneLeighton.com a short note, plus links to performance videos online.  Include contact name, phone number, and website. Deadline is April 24. Note: Only e-mail is the way to contact us for the opener, who will be decided by the 1st of May).


INFO ON SONIC VOYAGE'S SPONSORSHIPS FOR VETERANS AND STUDENTS    

The Sonic Voyage Fest is looking for sponsors to pay for the opener and for admission of interested veterans or students who might be going through financial hardships but would feel an event by musicians would help them.  Please contact Anne Leighton, who works with Joe Deninzon, at 718-881-8183 if you can either help financially or know a veteran or student who'd benefit from going. 

THE BANDS WHO CREATED SONIC VOYAGE FEST

Shadow Eden, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Circuline Now Available for Interviews. Please contact Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183 

Shadow Eden


****SHREDGUY RECORDS** recording artist Shadow Eden deliver well crafted, listenable songs which feature virtuoso performances designed to please the ear of musicians and music lovers alike. 

"Shadow Eden combine elements of progressive rock, fusion and guitar-driven metal into well structured, highly musical, and very listenable tunes."-Shred Academy.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius 


Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called "The Jimi Hendrix of the violin," Stratospheerius has showcased their "frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly" throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. 

Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named "Best Jam Band" in the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards. 

Circuline


What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA?  The new modern ProgRock band Circuline.  Performing melodic and cinematic rock for the 21st Century, their original music combines elements of classic progressive rock and modern rock. The "Tribute" part of their show covers British and North American progressive music that was played on the radio in the '70s, '80s and '90s, such as Yes,  Genesis, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Sound of Contact, and Pink Floyd.

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Jeff Beck Live + Album Release Set for May 5th....More May Solo Dates Announced

JEFF BECK LIVE+
New Live Album Spanning The Legendary Guitarist's Vast and Varied Career,
Along With Two New Studio Tracks, Available May 5

New Solo Dates Announced For May,
Tour Kicks Off April 13, Includes Dates With ZZ TOP
 
LOS ANGELES – Jeff Beck earned raves last year for his spellbinding performances during the hugely successful double-bill tour with ZZ TOP. Fans can relive Beck's thrilling guitar gymnastics from those shows with a new live album that touches on key eras from the legendary artist's influential career. The album captures a snapshot of Jeff's work in 2014, with two newly recorded studio tracks also included, his first new music since 2010's Grammy®-winning Emotion & Commotion.
 
Packed with more than an hour of music, JEFF BECK LIVE+ will be available from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on May 5 for a list price of $18.98 (CD) and will also be available digitally. The album will arrive as Beck is in the midst of an East Coast solo tour, which includes newly added dates in May. This trek also features make-up dates from the same ZZ TOP tour this album was recorded during, before it was cut short due to an injury to ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill.
 
The 14 live performances on JEFF BECK LIVE+ were recorded at multiple venues in 2014 and feature Beck backed by his band: vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. The quintet explored Beck's vast catalog—which stretches across five decades—with performances of "Morning Dew" (from Truth, 1968), "Superstition" (from Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), "Big Block" (from Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, 1989), as well as two Grammy-winning tracks: his cover of the Beatles' "A Day In The Life" and "Hammerhead."
 
LIVE + concludes with two new studio tracks: "Tribal" and "My Tiled White Floor," with   guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino, respectively. These aggressive new songs mark Beck's first studio recordings since 2010 and show a stark departure from the sound on his previous album as the guitarist continues to push the envelope of musical innovation, just as he has his entire career.  These tracks are sure to whet the appetite of Beck fans as the guitarist prepares his 17th studio album, which is expected later this year.
 
Throughout his career, Beck has also proven to be a brilliant interpreter of other's songs. This live album doesn't disappoint with covers of "Danny Boy," Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Mahavishnu Orchestra's "You Know You Know," and Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."
 
Beck's career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group's hits, such as "Heart Full of Soul," "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down." Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and again as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two in 2011. 

JEFF BECK LIVE+
Track Listing

 1. "Loaded"
 2. "Morning Dew"
 3. "You Know You Know"
 4. "Why Give It Away"
 5. "A Change Is Gonna Come"
 6. "A Day In The Life"
 7. "Superstition"
 8. "Hammerhead"
 9. "Little Wing"
10. "Big Block"
11. "Where Were You"
12. "Danny Boy"
13. "Rollin' And Tumblin'"
14. "Going Down"
15. "Tribal"*
16. "My Tiled White Floor"*
 
*New Studio Recording
 
Jeff Beck Solo Dates
April 13 The Capitol Theatre                 Port Chester, NY
April 15 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
April 16 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
April 17 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
April 18 The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
April 19 Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
April 21 Ulster Performing Arts Center - Kingston, NY
April 22 Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
April 24 Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center -   York, PA
April 26 The Palace Theatre - Greensburg, PA
 
With ZZ TOP
April 30 Cedar Park Center - Cedar Park, TX
May 1   Winstar Casino - Thackerville, OK
May 2   Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
May 3   Concrete Street - Corpus Christi, TX 
May 7   MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL 
May 8   Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL 
May 9   St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL 
May 10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA
 
Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:
May 12 The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall -  Louisville, KY*
May 14 Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor, MI ***
May 15 Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH*
May 16 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
May 17 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
May 19 Fox Theater - St. Louis, MO *
May 21 Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL **
May 22 Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI*
May 23 State Theater - Minneapolis, MN*
 
*on sale April 10
** on sale April 11
*** on sale April 17
 
For more information on JEFF BECK, please contact:
MAD Ink PR
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Cleopatra Records To Release Three Unreleased Live Albums By Blues Rock Legends Canned Heat


Los Angeles - Cleopatra Records are happy to announce the release of three unreleased live albums by legendary blues rock band Canned Heat! Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues". After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame.

Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker - Carnegie Hall 1971
Release date – April 14, 2015

Canned Heat teamed up with blues legend John Lee Hooker for the classic 1971 double album Hooker n' Heat and embarked on a subsequent historic tour together that has been captured here in all its glory!This vintage set shakes and boogies with tons of authentic blues rhythms including the fantastic "Back Door Man" and "Let's Work Together" as well as the Hooker-led bonus track "Tease Me Baby!" Available on both CD and limited edition green vinyl, and packaged with liner notes by Dave Thompson with a brand new interview by Heat drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra!

1. Framed
2. Let's Work Together
3. Hey Babe
4. Shake 'n' Boogie
5. Back Door Man
BONUS TRACK
6. Tease Me Baby

Purchase the digital version on iTunes: http://geni.us/CHandJLHCarnegie71digi

Canned Heat - Stockholm 1973
Release date - May 12, 2015

A very special never before released concert that features the revered post-Alan Wilson Heat line-up including vocalist Bob "The Bear" Hite, guitar Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine, drummer Adolfo "Fito" La Parra, guitarist James Shane, bassist Richard Hite, and keyboardist Ed Beyer!

1. Let's Work Together
2. On The Road Again
3. Harley Davidson Blues
4. Election Blues
5. So Long Wrong
6. Shake 'n' Boogie
7. Goodbye For Now


The third Canned Heat release Illinois Blues 1973 will be released July 7, 2015!

Canned Heat official website: http://www.cannedheatmusic.com/

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
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Audio Fidelity To Release “The Best Of The Doors” On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

Available in multichannel for the first time since 1970!  
 
Camarillo, CA – Much to the excitement of Doors fans and music fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing "The Best Of The Doors -1973" On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD! The 2-channel stereo and DSD layers of the hybrid SACD were remastered from the original 2-track tapes which are available for the first time since 1970. The 4.0 Quad layer mirrors the earlier CD-4 QuadraDisc format, Quadraphonic 8-Track and reel-to-reel tape. "The Best of The Doors -1973" compilation album was also released in standard Stereo.
 
The Doors were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960's and beyond. After the death of Jim Morrison in 1971, the remaining members, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.
 
Each of the tracks on "The Best Of The Doors-1973" have been taken primarily from the original two-track masters of the eight albums recorded by the band between 1967 and 1971. Three of the band's studio albums, "The Doors" (1967), "L.A. Woman" (1971), and "Strange Days" (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The popular rock magazine also listed The Doors as "One of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time!" As a matter of fact The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines and in 1993 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
1 Who Do You Love
2 Soul Kitchen
3 Hello, I Love You
4 People Are Strange
5 *Riders On The Storm
6 Touch Me
7 *Love Her Madly
8 Love Me Two Times
9 Take It As It Comes
10 Moonlight Drive
11 Light My Fire
 
Producer – Paul A. Rothchild
Producer – *Bruce Botnick and The Doors
 
Worldwide Management: Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.
Associate Manager: Kenny Nemes for JAM, Inc.

Mastered for this release by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering
For more information: https://audiofidelity.net/
The Doors web Site: www.thedoors.com
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Soen added to ProgPower Europe's 2015 line-up


Swedish band Soen plays a mix of different styles, that is best described as melodic, heavy & complex. Formed around drummer Martin Lopez (Opeth / Amon Amarth ) the band is gathering a  growing following. Their recent tour did see a number of sold out performances, proof of the fact that Soen is becoming a better known name in the progmetal genre

Soen's last release Tellurian got many positive reviews:

"Tellurian is an incredible album, with a couple of dynamic songs. It has a great dynamic arc, where each song leads perfectly into the next. It offers a wonderful variety of styles, blended together seamlessly. All the bands and musicians I mentioned should be seen as a reference, needed to describe the music only. This album is unique from the first to the very last note. It should not be missing in any prog metal collection."  - DPRP.net

"I am struck over and over by the mastery of the melody and feel that Soen has. These moments of piercing beauty combined with the epic writing, the powerful performances and the next level of heaviness is sprinkled across the record makes Tellurian special. Soen has stepped through Tool's shadow and come out the other side—and the light is revealing." - AngryMetalGuy.com

" Tellurian took me by complete surprise. Initially going into it, I had not expected myself to enjoy this as much I had. For fans of progressive metal, Tellurian is a must have and must listen this year. Soen are heading in a great direction with their second album, and it excites me to see what the future holds for this band." MetalReviews.com

It is because of this that the ProgPower Europe crew takes pride in adding Soen to their 2015 line-up.

 

Earlier the following 12 bands were announced:

·         Armed Cloud (Netherlands)
Hailing from the south of the Netherlands, Armed Cloud played a steady stream of live performances, with an album on the way later this year, a promising Saturday's opener for this year's ProgPower Europe.

·         Caligula's Horse (Australia) 
The Tide, the Thief & River's End, the album Caligula's Horse released on October 4th,2013 gained a lot of attention. In fact more than a few webzines mentioned it as one of the albums of that year. Metal Observer: "Uniquely alive and consistently inviting, CALIGULA'S HORSE are not unlike any great ruler: adherent to the people, brilliant in delivery, tender yet domineering, and then entirely worthy of your devotion."

·         EXXASENS (Spain)
Post-rock from Spain, that's what EXXASENS is described as. Their last album promises a band that is capable of a dynamic, melodic live set that can take it's listeners on a journey into outer space.

·         Obsidian Kingdom (Spain)
This Spanish five some creates a hard to classify type of metal, Burning Fist wrote: "An expansive mix of complex progressive post-metal interspersed occasionally with icily precise blasting black metal, they were a hypnotic experience that was all the more impressive in capturing the attention in that environment."

·         Schizoid Lloyd (Netherlands)
One of the surprises of ProgPower Europe 2011, Schizoid Lloyd returns to the festival in 2015. In 2014 the band released their first full length album: The Last Note In God's Magnum Opus. An album recorded by a uniquely-minded and talented band.

·         Abnormal Thought Patterns (USA) 
an instrumental metal band from the USA, formed by Jasun and Troy Tipton(Zero Hour, Cynthesis) who have more than earned there merits in Progressive Metal

·         Leprous (Norway)
one of the most surprising and refreshing newcomers in the metal genre a few years ago, have now proven that they have matured into one of the top bands in the genre.

·         Myrath (Tunisia)
return to the ProgPower Europe stage with their oriental style of Prog Metal.

·         Pagan's Mind (Norway)
a splendid live band, do not need much of an introduction, due to personal circumstances the band had to cancel 2014, but are eager to play at 2015's edition.

·         Serdce (Belarus)
is the first band from Belarus on the ProgPower stage, playing Progressive Death Metal

·         Until Rain (Greece)
impressed people on their last European tour together with Andromeda, in October 2015 they will be on the ProgPower stage.

ProgPower Europe sees people from over 20 different nationalities travel to Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands each year. A travel made easy because of Baarlo's location in between the airports of Dusseldorf, Weeze and Eindhoven, a stay made pleasant by meeting fellow visitors at Castle The Berckt. Even though there is still 1 band to be announced the 13 bands in the line-up so far should spark the interest of many prog metal fans.Popular bands to deliver what they are famous for, new and lesser known bands to showcase what is up and coming In the progressive metal scene

Tickets can be bought at: http://www.progpowereurope.com/tickets/
Stay at Castle The Berckt can be booked at: http://www.progpowereurope.com/thecastle/

About ProgPower Europe

ProgPower Europe is a Progressive Metal festival held in Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands. Last year's edition (2014) saw the celebration of 16 years of ProgPower Europe. In its history bands like: Opeth, Anathema, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Evergrey, Threshold, Jon Oliva, Riverside and many many more have played the festival.

PP Europe organization

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Roger Waters new album.

GAVIN HARRISON: ‘CHEATING THE POLYGRAPH’

Gavin Harrison, drummer for British prog innovator, Porcupine Tree, has announced a brand new solo album of re-imagined songs from the acclaimed Porcupine Tree repertoire, "Cheating the Polygraph," due out in North America on April 14 via Kscope (April 13 in the UK, April 17 in Germany, April 22 in Japan). 

Gavin Harrison currently finds himself working with British progressive rock group, King Crimson. His playing and performing résumé includes stints with artists as varied as Iggy Pop, Lewis Taylor, Manfred Mannand Kevin Ayers.

"Cheating the Polygraph" is an ambitious project which sees the restlessly creative Harrison re-imagine eight Porcupine Tree songs in a set of vivid and vibrant new arrangements that give full, free rein to his inquiring musical mind. 

The eight tracks which comprise the album were recorded over a five-year period, with Harrison working in conjunction with a crew of some of the finest contemporary musicians, including the gifted saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock and bass player Laurence Cottle. It's a set that will no doubt excite much controversy; Harrison use of the 'Big Band' musical sound stage isn't some ersatz attempt to make a 'Swing' album; it's closer in execution and arrangement to the innovative works of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, a layered, richly-textured selection that is both beautifully-recorded and incisively delivered.

No respecter of arbitrary musical pigeonholing, Harrison doesn't so much ignore genre confines as smash right through them – Harrison states in his thoughtful liner notes: "It's very important to me to push the boundaries of music whilst respecting what came before. In the arrangements of these pieces we really get 'out there' with some of the harmonies and rhythms, and we vastly extended the edges of the original compositions." Harrison also drops little musical depth bombs throughout by interpolating shards of melody and musical themes from other Porcupine Tree songs seamlessly into the musical patina of "Cheating The Polygraph," which serve to underscore his frontiersman spirit; this is some of the most enthralling, engaging and challenging music you'll hear in 2015, but there is also wit and charm in abundance here, too. 

TRACK LISTING:
What Happens Now?
Sound Of Muzak/So Called Friend
The Start Of Something Beautiful
Heart Attack In A Layby/The Creator Had A Mastertape/Surfer
The Pills I'm Taking (from Anesthetize)
Hatesong/Halo
Cheating The Polygraph/Mother & Child Divided
Futile
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Coheed and Cambria - Summer Tour Dates - Super Secret Presale!


We just announced a short tour and because you're on our mailing list, you get access to a super secret presale with special savings (low service charges) and first access to tickets. We are taking out our new friends in You Blew It!, and hitting some towns we've never hit before, like Dewey Beach, DE, Kalamazoo, MI and Peoria, IL.

This special presale goes live later today at 10am!


Password: Coheed2015 (case-sensitive)

And if you've been living under a rock, you might not have noticed we're headlining a few festivals, and playing some others...

Here are our full tour dates. Shows with asterisks are with You Blew It!:

May 7 • Observatory w/ Seahaven • Santa Ana, CA (Sold Out)
May 9 • Rock in Rio USA • Las Vegas, NV
June 16 • Bottle & Cork* • Dewey Beach, DE
June 17 • State Theatre* • Portland, ME
June 19 • Amnesia Rockfest • Montebello, Quebec
June 20 • Higher Ground Ballroom* • South Burlington, VT
June 22 • District Square* • Kalamazoo, MI
June 23 • Limelight Eventplex* • Peoria, IL
June 25 • Egyptian Room* • Indianapolis, IN
June 26 • Summerfest* • Milwaukee, WI
June 27 • Headliners* • Toledo, OH
August 8 • Ink-N-Iron Festival • Nashville, TN
August 9 • Wrecking Ball Festival • Atlanta, GA
August 14 • Hevy Fest • United Kingdom
August 15 • Serengeti Festival • Germany

TRANSLUCID TRADE PAPERBACK OUT NOW

If you haven't had the opportunity to read Claudio and Chondra's superhero deconstruction tale Translucid, now is an incredible time to do so, as all 6 issues have been collected into a 160-page trade paperback! It's available in stores and our Evil Ink webstore. It includes great bonus material, like the original Translucid story outline, original character designs by Dan Duncan, and a full cover gallery!
Visit the Coheed and Cambria Merch Store http://shop.coheedandcambria.com
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Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio “Vibe Station” on May 1, 2015!


"Henderson's guitar soars high, sometimes tender. Sophisticated, technical and soulful, his playing bristles with intelligence, never crossing the line into excess."

Los Angeles, CA – Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson has finished his new album "Vibe Station", the most ambitious project of his career! The highly anticipated instrumental album for guitar trio will be released on May 1, 2015.

Says Scott, "I'm really excited about this record because our trio has been touring a lot and that energy came through on all the performances. The music is still blues-based, but also has a lot of harmonic content. The big change is no vocals, which challenged me as a guitarist to write material which can be played in a vocal way on the guitar, while incorporating my own chord-melody style. I think fans will enjoy the scope of this record because it has elements of blues, rock, jazz and funk. There's something for everyone here."

Scott also said that the majority of the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks, utilizing many different guitars, pedals, amps and speaker combinations, making it the most textural and versatile sounding album he's ever done. Travis Carlton on bass and Alan Hertz on drums make this project and live show very much groove-based.

Says Scott, "I need to see people moving in their seats. I'm not interested on putting on an intellectual show for musicians only. I don't believe I need to dumb down the music to appeal to people who aren't musicians, because when Travis and Alan play together, the groove is going to attack you whether you're a musician or not".

Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar.

Expect to hear Scott on the top of his game on his April 2015 Europe tour.

Scott Henderson's "Vibe Station will be available for purchase on CDBaby and iTunes May 1, 2015: 

For more information: http://www.scotthenderson.net  
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RUSH GUITARIST ALEX LIFESON TO GUEST ON RENMAN MUSIC & BUSINESS WEB SHOW "RENMAN LIVE" NEXT WEEK

Tune in live Wednesday, April 22 to join the conversation!


LOS ANGELES - Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by longtime industry veteran, Steve Rennie (aka "Renman"), will broadcast another episode of its Renman Live web show next week, Wednesday, April 22, with special guest, legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. The show will air live starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT on the Renman MB YouTube channel at:https://www.youtube.com/user/renmanmb. Head over to Renman Music & Business at:http://www.renmanmb.com/live/renman-live-w-rush-guitarist-alex-lifeson for more info and to submit questions in advance. Viewers can also ask questions live on air by calling the Renman Live hotline: 1-310-469-9067 during the show.  

"People ask me all the time how you learn the music biz," said Rennie. "Simple. Hang out with smart people.

"On my web show, Renman Live, I've been lucky to have had some of the smartest, most talented people in the music biz join me to share their stories, insights and advice with aspiring artists and music pros who are dreaming of doing something big on their own and need some inspiration and direction. If you are interested in the music biz, watching an episode of Renman Live is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with me and my guests."

Guests who have appeared on Renman Live include Nate Reuss (FUN.), Pretty Lights, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Grouplove, Paul Tollett (Founder, Coachella), Charles Attal (Promoter, Lollapalooza), Kevin Lyman (Founder, Warped Tour), Troy Carter (Manager, John Mayer), Richard Griffiths (Manager, One Direction), Pat Magnarella (Manager, Green Day), Tom Corson (President, RCA), Mike Caren (President A&R, Warner Bros), Aaron Bay-Schuck (A&R Exec, Bruno Mars), Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records) and many more.

Over the last 36 years, Renman Music & Business mastermind, Steve Rennie, has become one of the most successful and respected professionals in today's music business. He has amassed a broad swath of experience as a concert promoter (Sr. VP Avalon Attractions now Live Nation 1984-1990), record company executive (Sr. VP GM Epic Records 1994-1998), internet entrepreneur (ArtistDirect 1998-2000) and artist manager (Incubus 1998-2014). Now, he is dedicating himself to mentoring this next generation of artists and music pros who will shape the music industry of the future.

In 2012, Rennie founded Renman Music & Business: http://www.renmanmb.com, an online education portal for the music industry featuring a YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/renmanmb with over 500 video clips with tips from industry pros, a web show, Renman Live: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaCGuUBKBfsuEGSchAEyI9fFuMXzJVuun, which has livestreamed over 100 episodes so far, and more.

Earlier this year, Rennie launched Renman U, an online course designed to be "an insider's guide to today's music business," at: www.renmanu.com. Once enrolled,Renman U students receive an interactive set of online video lessons designed to teach aspiring artists and music business professionals what it takes to succeed in the music industry. Course lessons are based on Rennie's more than 36 years of experience at the highest levels in the business, and include quizzes, written exams and more.

Rennie recently spoke with Forbes.com about his Renman U program. Check out the interview at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthblatt/2015/04/16/a-coaching-approach-to-becoming-a-music-business-insider/.

An introductory Renman U video can be seen on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/Q-GQyl5zNk8, while a free demo is available at: http://renmanu.com/course/renman-u-free-demo/.


Renman Music & Business online...

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Gazpacho – Release Night of the Demon Live CD/DVD and announce European tour with Iamthemorning

'Night of the Demon' was filmed when Gazpacho embarked upon the 'Demon' album tour in spring 2014. The band were aware that many countries were missing out on the tour and many fans across the world would be unable to attend so they brought in Dutch filmmaker Jon Vis to film their show in April at Boerderij in Zoetmeer in Holland. The CD/DVD set captures the band as they are on stage and showcases the band's raw and honest performance.

Watch video clips from Night of the Demon on the Kscope site


Gazpacho have also announced details of a series of shows in Europe in October. They will be supported by label mates Iamthemorning, which will be their first shows outside of Russia & London – click here for tour dates.

GAZPACHO w/ IAMTHEMORNING (supporting)

24/10 – Poland – Warsaw- Progresja
25/10 – Poland – Bydgoszcz -   Klub Kuznia
27/10 – Germany – Berlin – Maschinenhaus
28/10 – Germany – Essen – Zech Carl
30/10 – Netherlands – Uden – De Pul
31/10 – Netherlands – Zoetermeer – De Boerderij
01/11 – UK – London – O2 Islington Academy

The tour coincides with the release of Gazpacho's highly anticipated new studio album entitled 'Molok'.

The band are currently in the studio putting the finishes touches to the follow up to 2014's 'Demon' and they had this to say  "we are hard at work finishing it these days. It sounds fantastic and it is easily the best Gazpacho album to date. The concept is also such a fascinating story that I promise you all, you will be proud of us. It is the darkest album yet and after "Demon" that should tell you something"

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quarta-feira, abril 15, 2015

OZRIC TENTACLES TO RELEASE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM "TECHNICIANS OF THE SACRED" NEXT MONTH ON MADFISH

New double CD, vinyl set out May 26 in North America

British psychedelic rock instrumentalist, Ozric Tentacles, has announced an all-new double CD and vinyl album set, Technicians of the Sacred, to be released via Madfish on May 26 in North America (May 11 in U.K. & RoW / May 22 in Germany / May 25 in France).

"T.O.T.S." will be the first Ozric Tentacles double album since the classic Erpland over 20 years ago.Technicians of the Sacred is a superb sojourn to the world of Ozrics. Richly layered, evocatively ambient, and ethereal musical landscapes, seamlessly morphing through beatific freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves, and psychedelic progressive rock, create a heady, kaleidoscopic mixture of tones and textures.

The aesthetics of the album are heavily themed in Mayan Astrology. Technicians of the Sacred is a characteristic trait of the "tone" in each member's "dreamspell" (Mayan astrological symbol). "Many years ago in a tent just prior to performing at Glastonbury Festival, we were given our Mayan Astrology reading," says the Ozrics, Ed Wynne, smiling as usual. "The man doing the readings was getting more and more excited the further he went, he said he was going to tell us something that would change our lives forever. He proceeded to reveal that we are actually Galactic Activation Portals sent to channel messages of love to the world. Upon hearing this statement we questioned: 'Now that we know this, should we be doing something different with our lives?' He paused for a moment, then laughed, and as the crowd roared said, 'Hurry up then, the audience is waiting to hear you!'"

In support of this epic 90-plus minute offering, Ozric Tentacles will kick off its tour dates through Europe and the U.K. on April 25, with its first performance in Warsaw. Another first on the tour will be Belgrade, Serbia. The tour will continue through May, before arriving stateside in June for a run of festivals and club performances. A full list of tour dates can be seen below.

DISC 1 

1. The High Pass [08:23]
2. Butterfly Garden [05:04]
3. Far Memory [07:10]
4. Changa Masala[06:04]
5. Zingbong [08:26]
6. Switchback [10:11] 

DISC 2

1. Epiphlioy [11:49]
2. The Unusual Village [06:20]
3. Smiling Potion [07:12]
4. Rubbing Shoulders with the Absolute [08:36]
5. Zenlike Creature [09:54] 

For over 30 years, Ozric Tentacles has pursued its defiantly independent, free-thinking and fundamentally groovy path through contemporary music. The group was the rock band that joyously united the free festival crowd and the rave scene back in the late '80s and early '90s, and through successive passing trends and the abatement of the mainstream music business, has fearlessly let its freak flag fly, shrugged off the urge to compromise and stuck to its core values. Consequently, the result is pure music, made for love and joy, and the ecstatic reward that comes from habitually pushing its boundaries to create beauty to the limit of current human capabilities. The aim is not just to make truly unique and culturally diverse music, but also to harmoniously unite all in attendance, and create portals for astral travel. Many fans and listeners report feelings of euphoria, an immediate connection to nature as well as others around them, and intense feelings that they have journeyed to other dimensions or met with other-worldly beings. It's an open exploration of music and the soul.

Stay tuned for more information on Ozric Tentacles and Technicians of the Sacred, out next month on Madfish.

Ozric Tentacles tour dates... 

4/25 - Poland Warsaw, Serotonina @ Progresja
4/28 - Czech Republic, Prague 7 @ Cross Club
4/29 - Hungary, Budapest @ Akvarium Klub
4/30 - Serbia, Belgrade @ Club Drugstore
5/01 - Croatia, Zagreb @ Mochvara
5/02 - Slovenia, Kranj @ Trainstation Squat
5/03 - Italy, Pordenone @ Il Deposito Giordani
5/05 - Italy, Rome @ Planet Live Club
5/06 - Italy, Bologna @ Locomotiv Club
5/07 - Netherlands, Arnhem @ Luxor Live
5/08 - Netherlands, Leeuwarden @ Romein
5/09 - Netherlands, Alkmaar @ Podium Victorie
5/12 - UK, London @ O2 Islington Academy
5/13 - UK, Southampton @ Talking Heads
5/15 - UK, Bristol @ Bierkeller
5/16 - UK, Norwich @ The Waterfront
5/17 - UK, Glasgow @ O2 ABC 2
5/18 - UK,  Newcastle @ O2 Academy
5/19 - UK, Liverpool @ O2 Academy
5/20 - UK, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
5/22 - UK, Manchester @ Manchester Club Academy
5/24 - UK, Oxford @ O2 Academy 2
5/29 - USA, Black River Falls, WI @ Infrasound Festival (www.infrasoundfestival.com)
5/30 - USA, Black River Falls, WI @ Infrasound Festival (www.infrasoundfestival.com)
6/04 - USA, Glouster, OH @ Family Roots Festival (www.familyroots.com)
6/05 - USA, Glouster, OH @ Family Roots Festival (www.familyroots.com)
6/13 - USA, Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall (www.ardmoremusic.com)
6/14 - USA, New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (www.highlineballroom.com

Ozric Tentacles online...

Madfish online...

sexta-feira, abril 10, 2015

The Pinder Brothers’ New ‘Melancholy Sea’ Makes Waves With Sing-a-long Melodies & Crafty Alt-Rock Arrangements

Sons of Moody Blues founding member Mike Pinder carry on the tradition, as their own SoCal followers continue to burgeon


Los Angeles—The Pinder Brothers may not be the first pair of siblings to proffer an intrinsic fusion of vocal harmonies, but add to the mix crafty sing-a-long melodies and enough of a rock edge to engage the masses. That is the musical mantra of these brothers in arms' third full-length release "Melancholy Sea."

Of course, the many current fans of Matthew and Michael Lee are already aware of one other essential factor. Let's call it pedigree. Their dad Mike Pinder was a founding member of the legendary Moody Blues, who not only fulfilled the enduring band's mellotron duties, but also contributed harmony vocals.

The Pinder Brothers mesh the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash alongside the songwriting style of Simon & Garfunkel, and ultimately add their own modern spin. Listeners will hear all of this and more in "Melancholy Sea," which the pair wrote, plays and arranged.

The project's masterfully penned lyrics create a sonic tapestry that dazzles the ear… much like the colors of a seashell inspire the eye. The brothers' voices harmonize beautifully, accompanied by arrangements that deftly ease from a bed of crunchy electric guitars into warm overdriven tones that layer as naturally as sheets and a blanket.

"There are many themes that are explored in the lyrics of our new project," Michael says. "With today's manic lifestyle, we sometimes miss out on absorbing the beauty that is all around us. Our mission is to maintain that sense of wonder. It could be right in front of us in a scene that we pass day after day. That is the overall theme of our new album."

Among highlights, "Here We Go" illustrates how such a rapid pace can interfere with the simple enjoyment of the moment. The lyric relates: "Life seems impossible sometimes, It's hard to just go with the flow." Other tracks delve into bends in life's journey, exploring other universal themes fortified with endless sonic surprises throughout the eloquently crafted album. And as a wickedly wonderful bonus: founding Moody Blues members Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas make a guest appearance on the album's finale track "Summer Moon."

It could be said that The Pinder Brothers have 60's Brit-rock heritage in their DNA, with a healthy dose of California style thrown in. Hailing from Northern California, Matt and Michael Pinder grew up playing music and performing together whenever possible.

How could they not, with the sounds of the lost chord echoing softly in their ears. Thankfully, Mike Pinder's innate talent has been passed on to his sons—who are now creating their own legacy.

Audio samples and purchase of The Pinder Brothers' "Melancholy Sea" at: cdbaby.com/cd/thepinderbrothers22

For more information: www.pinderbros.com
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Rock Trio Blurred Vision To Release Debut Album and Tour With Uriah Heep

Easy to see why a band whose young career began with the support and endorsement of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, is being hailed as an iconic band in the making with their debut album.

London, UK - Blurred Vision is a 3-piece progressive/psychedelic/pop rock outfit comprised of guitarist & vocalist Sepp Osley, bassist Sohl Osley and drummer Ben Riley. The band's career was launched in 2010, when the endorsement of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters brought them international acclaim.

Blurred Vision release their debut album 'Organized Insanity' on April 6, signed to a worldwide distribution deal through Cherry Red Records (UK). 'Organized Insanity' reveals personal stories of the modern day culture of relationships and love, while also touching on controversial themes of war, politics, religion, and the state of the music scene today. Produced by multi platinum selling producer Terry Brown, the band's unique style varies from the progressive and psychedelic rock of the 70's, the mystical and exotic sounds and melodies of the Mid East, to an amalgamation of contemporary and unique new Rock 'N' Roll songs with memorable hooks and great pop sensibilities.

Says Sepp, "When we wrote 'Organized Insanity' we knew right away it was a title that would define our debut album. It not only depicted the personal relationships we were in at the time that were inspiring some of the songs on the record, but also the broader more global theme of the struggles our generation faces in our world today. Relationships, Love, war, religion, politics...all formed to make what is the first chapter of our band's musical story."

UK music writer Malcolm Dome, writes in the latest issue of Prog Magazine (UK): "...a debut album that will surely be one of the best of 2015." Full article here: http://prog.teamrock.com/reviews/2015-03-06/blurred-vision-organized-insanity

Track Listing:

NO MORE WAR
ROLLIN' ON
TONIGHT
LONG MAY YOU RUN
PROMISE
DEAR JOHN
ARMS OF OUR WORLD
ALL I WANTED
WHEREVER YOU ARE
THE KEEPER
ORGANIZED INSANITY

To purchase Blurred Visions 'Organized Insanity':



Official Blurred Vision Website: http://www.blurredvisionmusic.com

Blurred Vision will head out on tour with British Rock legends Uriah Heep in late April, opening for the iconic group on a 10 date run across the UK.

For tour dates, tickets & details visit:
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