Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Catholic Girls Ask You To Kiss Me One More Time


On April 6, the all-female rock group, The Catholic Girls, who have performed nearly continuously from the 80s through the present, have just released a new CD, "Kiss Me One More Time". The CD contains 8 brand new tracks that range from solid rockers like "Shame On You" to the power pop tune, Where'sThe Logic" the band's tribute in memoriam to Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. The CD also features the hardcore blues-styled "Kiss Me One More Time", and the riveting ballad, "Don't Go Away". A definite highlight is the song, "Breaking All The Rules", which serves as an anthem for all female bands everywhere and throughout the ages. There is also The Catholic Girls' ode to New Jersey (where the band is located), dedicated to The Jersey Shore specifically – Attention Chris Christie; "Down at The Shore" should be THE New Jersey Theme Song. The last 3 tracks include a heart-rending new version of "God Made You" (the ‘epic' song that was banned by The Archdiocese of Rhode Island in the 80s) from their first release, along with two bonus live tracks. "Young Boys" and "Boys Can Cry".

The Catholic Girls were born when schoolgirls Gail Petersen and Roxy Andersen put their guitars together to form the first East Coast all-female band that would be signed to a major label. With Doreen Holmes on drums, The Catholic Gils released an album on MCA both in the USA and Australia. Since then they have been putting out new work on CDs such as "Meet The Catholic Girls" and "Exposed", and touring to glowing reviews. John Pfieffer of The Aquarian Weekly has said of their music that it is "a roughly tumbled gem that showcases a group that has done things their own way, made many successful trips to the altar…and when it comes to their approach to writing recording and releasing – it's quirky jangle-laden pop rock music without pomp and circumstance." Jim Testa of Jersey Beat said, "Petersen still has that distinctive plaintive yearning in her vocals, more womanly than girlish now but nonetheless affecting, Andersen's new-wavy guitar still shimmers and glows, the harmonies still send a shiver down your spine, and the songwriting still communicates female longing, dreams and heartbreak" You can expect the new CD Kiss Me One More Time to have the same effect and more.

The Catholic Girls will be touring in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area to support this new CD and additionally, a special acoustic show as an opening band for Melanie of "Candles In The Wind" fame. They will also be appearing on many radio stations such as WFMU, WTSR, WMFO. WFDU, Home Grown Radio, Cyberstorm, IndieScene Radio and on Little Steven's Underground Garage with Genya Ravan with interviews, playing cuts from the CD, and telling stories about the songs themselves and what it is (and was) like to be a working all-female rock band.

To get your own copy of "Kiss Me One More Time" please go to www.thecatholicgirls.net

For more information, promo requests, radio requests or to set up an interview, please contact Gail Petersen at purefiction@comcast.net

The Catholic Girls
Kiss Me One More Time
www.thecatholicgirls.net
www.facebook.com/TheCatholicGirls

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Young Long Island Rock Bands Help Revitalize A Dying Scene


On May 3rd, 2015, the alternative/post-hardcore/pop/punk rock band Approaching Troy will be joined with musical performances by several Long Island rock bands to celebrate the release of AT's new EP, "Dear Sadie" at Evolution Sound Stage, 80D Dale Street, West Babylon, NY 11704 at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 each, All ages. See EvolutionSoundStage.com for directions.

The music scene of Long Island has always had a long, rich musical history with many famous indie bands leaving their mark in the hearts and souls of American rock fans. The faint echoes of that revolution (predecessors Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, Dream Theater, Bayside and Brand New) can barely be heard these days around the suburban towns they were born in. However, if the reaction from their loyal fans at live shows and the excitement over their soon-to-be released EP, "Dear Sadie" (a testament to the band's potential as an Alternative/Pop/Punk/Post-Hardcore Rock leader) is any indication of a revitalization of that scene, then Approaching Troy is about to be on the cusp of a new revolution; ready to make their individual mark on the Island's rich history beginning with their release party on May 3rd. Fans won't want to miss this special night and concert as Approaching Troy is joined along with a host of young, up-n-coming, talented Long Island bands for a night not soon to be forgotten.

Currently planning a second northeast mini-tour like their successful one this past January which included shows in Providence, RI, Bedford, PA, West Haven, CT, Ithaca and Buffalo, NY and Boston, MA, Approaching Troy looks to capitalize on their local Long Island success and spread their music to other U.S. regions hungry for their Long Island melodic sound that features catchy, Pop hooks over simmering guitar riffs and a rebellious punk sensibility. For more info, follow them on Facebook & Twitter @ApproachingTroy or check out their website, ApproachingTroy.com and sample some of their music at reverbnation.com. Contact Management for more info and booking inquiries, email: AT@ApproachingTroy.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ArtistMax To Present Three-Day Artist Development Sessions At LA's Legendary Village Studios


ArtistMax is pleased to announce a special three-day weekend artist development session, to take place June 12-14, 2015 at the world-famous Village Studios in West Los Angeles. Presented by GRAMMY®--winning engineer, producer and author Ken Caillat, (Fleetwood Mac), Sleeping Giant Entertainment and ArtistMax, this intensive development session will provide talented, aspiring artists with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals necessary from the pros for a successful career as recording artist, performer and entertainer in today’s music industry.

Intended as a next step from songwriting and performance schools, ArtistMax offers a real life chance to train with the top music professionals behind the GRAMMY-winning artists of today – top engineers and producers, vocal coaches, image consultants, makeup artists and managers to the stars – at a legendary studio where hundreds of multi-platinum albums were created.

"Many new and up-and-coming artists, songwriters and entertainers don’t know where to go to get professional training and advice to prepare them for today’s competitive entertainment industry," says Ken Caillat. "ArtistMax was created to give these future stars the insight and tools necessary to lead them on the path to success and help them to avoid the proverbial school of hard knocks."

Colbie Caillat adds, "If Artist Max was available when I started performing, it would have made things so much easier for me and the growth of my career. Things like finding the right manager, researching producers and mixers, working with a stage coach, figuring out how to dress and present myself in a way I felt comfortable while standing out and looking like an artist, knowing the equipment I like to use on stage and using in-ear molds and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an insanely busy schedule. All the information I needed to learn back then is now all in one place -- ArtistMax. From the creative side, to the business side and everything in-between."

The ArtistMax weekend session will explore the keys to becoming a successful artist, including tips from behind-the-scenes expert coaches to stars like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Katharine McPhee, John Legend and many others. Sessions will explore topics including vocals, songwriting, publishing, production and production tools and arrangement. Individual breakout sessions will offer a more in-depth approach with each instructor which focus on the attendee’s needs. One-on-one programs will also offer vocal lessons, personalized image consulting, songwriting assistance, publishing essentials and arrangement assistance.

A special preview event of this June session, "An Afternoon of Artist Development," was recently held during the NAMM Show at the Hilton Anaheim. The event included appearances and panel discussions by a number of noted artists and producers, including GRAMMY®--winning artists and songwriters Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly," "Try," "Brighter than the Sun,") and Toby Gad (Beyoncé, "If I Were a Boy," John Legend, "All of Me").

Registration and auditions are open for the ArtistMax Development Sessions at Village Studios for June 12-13th as well as other dates during the summer. Space is extremely limited. Register online at: http://artistmax.org/registration/. Watch the video for more about Artistmax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxkdGn2BuA.

About Sleeping Giant Music Group
Sleeping Giant Music Group is a creative, artist-friendly music and content label with interests in music publishing, recorded music and film/television music.
www.sleepinggiantmusicgroup.com.

About ArtistMax
ArtistMax is a 3-day intensive artist development session designed to give developing artists access to the training, knowledge and coaching necessary to maximize their careers.
ArtistMax is designed to maximize the artist in YOU. www.ArtistMax.org.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

IQzic Music Discovery Platform Now Open To All


Following a successful beta period, IQzic, innovators committed to connecting the music world, have opened their Phase I music discovery platform to the general public. Phase I of the IQzic platform not only allows members to competitively discover music videos across 40 genres, but also recognizes those members who best predict music trends. The result yields well curated playlists and an organic community of influencers.

"In beta we found music fans using the platform in fun and unexpected ways. We saw a healthy balance between discoveries for communal benefit versus private exploration, affirming that motivations for finding new music differs." said Jim Hodson, Founder and FanZero of IQzic. "Knowing one's Music IQ is being calculated daily, motivates fans to scan tunes quickly using custom IQzic filters and player tools to identify emerging music worthy of attaching their name to. --It's a win-win for everyone."

Phase II of IQzic will introduce additional incentives while also allowing listeners to financially support artists early in the creation process. The novel concept of coupling artist and fan success cultivates a music ecosystem wherein relationships actually matter. "When creating IQzic, we wanted anyone who enjoys music to be able to share in its success and have something to show for it." said Hodson.

IQzic is free. The general public can view the leaderboards or sign in to get behind the next great tune emerging at http://iqzic.com. IQzic plans to release Phase II later this year.

About IQ Holdings LLC dba IQzic: IQzic was founded in 2014 with a mission to enable more artists to create great music with those who believe in them most. The idea was born during a pool party thrown for a local independent singer, when founder Jim Hodson overheard to several sophisticated investors bragging about their stock market winners, but had no convenient way to show who got in first. The conversation later transitioned to music with the same result. With previous experience in markets and decision theory, IQzic was created with the belief that the fan-artist connection has mutual value that transcends a monetary transaction, and can be structured to greater benefit the artist and the fan.

Direct Inquiries to: communications@iqzic.com

http://www.iqzic.com

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Top 10 Fender Contender Country Music Challengers Announced


The Top 10 Fender Contender Challengers have been announced, and the fans' favorite will open Country Summer, Northern California's biggest country music festival June 5-7 at Sonoma County Event Center.

Go to www.countrysummer.com to vote for your favorite Fender Contender. The first round of public voting continues through April 15, 2015. Top 10 Fender Contender Challengers include:

Jared Porter - Porter was the Australian Star Maker award winner in 2014. He has performed at the CMA World GlobalLive Concert in Nashville, toured with Australia's biggest names in country and recorded his debut album, "East to West." He's venturing back to the United States in hopes of making it big.

JD Bauman & the Boot Band - Santa Rosa, California has been Bauman's home since birth. The Honky Tonk sound on his newest release profiles his booming baritone accented by the eerie likes of a steel guitar. The band has an impressive resume, having shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie and The Charlie Daniels Band to name a few.

Lindsay Bruce - Born and raised in Northern California, Bruce is the voice of California Country - a blend of her West Coast upbringing and traditional country values, amplified by her last three years in Nashville. Her sound combines the upbeat feel of a summer concert with singer/songwriter relatability. In 2014, she landed a spot on Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice."

LMJ - Lisa Marie Johnson, affectionately referred to as LMJ, blends country, Americana and blues into a style she calls "Stomp and Groove." LMJ has worked her way through college, gigging around the San Francisco Bay area, while also recording. She released her first extended play "This is Me" in 2011 and a full length album in 2012.

Mason Grace - Built by artists Jynette Lynell from Tampa, Florida; Tamara Ray from Bakersfield, California; and Jacqueline Rose from Saint Louis, Missouri, this trio is currently in the studio cutting their latest tunes. Their unique blend of country music transposes modern country to a fun groove with an infectious country swag sound.

McKenna Faith - Faith is a 20-year-old country rock/country pop singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist from Northern California. She has toured the nation, shared the stage with country's biggest stars and was the #1 Selling Independent Female Country Artist on iTunes in 2013.

Queen Anne's Lace - Carly Graves and Kyle Lino grew up listening to 1990s country music and branched out to alternative rock, pop and bluegrass. "Some of our songs are strongly influenced by pop, and one or two have a bluegrass feeling," Graves said. "We have tried a variety of styles, but you just can't beat feel good country music."

Rob Staley - Staley is a young country music artist living in Los Angeles with a genuine love and respect for "real country music." Since relocating from his small hometown in Plattsburgh, New York, his band is quickly becoming a fabric of the Southern California country music scene. The Rob Staley Band has just released a new record.

SaraBeth - Born and raised in Dallas, SaraBeth is a singer/songwriter making her mark in Nashville as the sweetly southern artist with an edge. She charted two Top 40 singles in 2014. With dates nationwide, she has shared the stage with country superstars, including Brantley Gilbert. Her current self-titled extended play is set for release April 14, 2015.

Tyler Rich - Rich found his love for country music after seeing George Strait at the age of 8. After working on his craft and years of touring across the country with multiple bands, he decided to pursue a solo career. Since that day, he has performed alongside some of the industry's top artists, including Easton Corbin. His debut album will be released in 2015.

One of these great country music acts will perform on the Country Summer Montgomery Village Stage, the main stage. In addition to recognition as a Country Summer superstar, the grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

Based upon the public votes, the Top 10 will be narrowed to the Final 4. The second round of voting will be from April 17 through April 29, 2015 to select the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced May 1, 2015.

To date, Country Summer presented by Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, has announced 13 of 14 entertainers. Country Summer 2015 headliners include Jake Owen on June 5, The Band Perry on June 6 and Brantley Gilbert on June 7.

In addition to the headliners, the June 5 lineup includes Gary Allan, Chris Young and Parmalee; June 6 includes Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard and The Swon Brothers; and June 7 includes Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope.

Daily tickets start from $69 for general admission, $99 for reserved seats. A limited number of discount three-day packages are available. To purchase tickets, visit www.countrysummer.com or call 800.514.3849 to order by phone.

Event sponsors include Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, Bud Light, Montgomery Village, Friedman's Home Improvement, Les Schwab Tire Centers of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, Leese-Fitch Wines, Jack Daniel's, River Rock Casino, Fender, Creams, Cattlemens, Harris Ranch, the City of Santa Rosa, American AgCredit, Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Froggy 92.9.

About Fender
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world's leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.

http://countrysummer.com/

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrating 10 Years Of Success And Community In The Midwest With Mindset Evolution


Locally grown national recording artists Mindset Evolution are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary Party April 25th at The Limelight Eventplex in Peoria IL. Tickets are available now for $12.50. They will be $15 at the door, day of the show.

Mindset Evolution was formed in Peoria, IL in 2005, and earned their introduction to the music industry in 2011 when their fans helped them to beat 5300 artists from across the U.S. In the Rockstar Energy Drink Battle of the Bands. They released 3 independent albums before finally seeing radio success with the national release of the single "Burn it Down" from the album "Brave Bold and Broken" which rose to the top 25 on the Billboard Rock Charts. They've since toured with Godsmack, Shinedown, Staind, Papa Roach, and In This Moment. Singer Rob Ulrich says "Peoria has always been at the heart of everything we've ever accomplished. We're excited to do this at home with the people we love, and those who gave us the support and the faith we needed to get where we are. We're celebrating 10 years, and we're celebrating the strength of the Mighty Mighty Midwest!"

This show boasts an exciting line-up featuring 105.7 the X House Band, Motorbiscuit, Peoria's own, Prey 4 Us, and national recording artist from right here in the Midwest, Three Years Hollow. Mindset Evolution and Three Years Hollow both formed in the Midwest. They have been playing and touring together in the Midwest Region for every part of Mindset's career. Now 10 years later they have both achieved their dreams of becoming national recording and touring artists.

As a thank you to Peoria and 105.7 the X Rocks for all their support, Mindset will be giving away 105 copies of their first national release "Brave Bold and Broken" to the first 105 people through the door.

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Blue Track Is Proud To Announce The Release Of Nelsen Adelard's Sixth Album "Voodou By You"


Blue Track is proud to announce the release of The Nelsen Adelard Band's sixth album "Voodou By You". The title is a lighthearted nod to the crazy things our better halves can seemingly make us do without our knowledge.

The album starts out in true Adelard form with the original "I Need Tonight With You" through five Delta Blues jams to the title track "Voodou By You."

What follows are four more originals reminiscent of the cut back trio approach Adelard took on his previous album, There's even an a cappella type harmonica and drum number that showcases Nelsen's affinity for the original.

Nelsen moved down to the Clearwater, Florida area and hooked up with his old friend and band mate, Jon Puhl. They played together in early incarnations of the NAB back in the 70s. Puhl brought with him a tight rhythm section of Mick Donner on bass and Phil Christman on drums. Nelsen's old friend and west coast band mate, Mark Norris even pops in for a couple tracks on the saxophone.

The new album "Voodou By You" is a smoking example of their combined talents. Excellent performances, great riffs and a no nonsense approach to modern Blues.

Mixed and mastered by Richard Robinson. "Voodou By You" was released March 15th 2015 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com

http://www.nelsenadelard.com

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Eventide Announces H9 Max Spring Giveaway


Eventide is pleased to celebrate spring in a way that all musicians can agree with -- free Gear! Simply sign up for our newsletter to be eligible to win an H9 Max ($799 MSRP). The contest starts today and ends on midnight May 7, 2015. The winner will be announced on eventide.com and on our Facebook page on May 8th. To enter, click here: http://bit.ly/H9MAX

The revolutionary H9 places Eventide's legendary studio-grade effects at your feet. Discover what artists like St. Vincent, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Robert Fripp, and producers like Richard Chycki, Tony Visconti, and Joe Chiccarelli have known about Eventide effects for years -- they are magical, inspirational and sometimes otherworldly.

The H9 MAX comes pre-loaded with all 45 effect algorithms and associated presets from the popular Eventide stompboxes: TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space, plus all future H9 exclusives at no additional cost.

All H9 MAX owners can share these effects with up to four additional H9s on a single Eventide.com account.

And what would all that power be without the ability to shape it to your will? Amazingly, you can control all aspects of the H9 using its simple, one-knob user interface. But Eventide went one giant step further and created H9 Control to allow you to use your computer (Mac or PC) or iOS device to manage settings, presets, lists, purchases wirelessly via Bluetooth. Set up a preset list for your gig at the hotel and just take your H9 to the show, or bring your iOS device with you and use H9 Control's unique X/Y pad features to interactively control effect parameters with your fingers or just by tilting the device.

The Eventide sound is a significant component of countless albums, movies, TV shows and live performances around the world for more than 40 years. Eventide’s longevity is due to its single-minded dedication to the art of sound. Just listen.

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Kraftwerk Legend Wolfgang Flür Releases Limited Edition Single In Collaboration With Meat Beat Manifesto's Jack Dangers


Artist: Wolfgang Flür and Jack Dangers
Title: Staying In The Shadow
Format: Seven-inch single, clear vinyl, limited edition of 750 copies
Label: Electronic Sound Music Club
Release date: April 2015

Former Kraftwerk man Wolfgang Flür has collaborated with Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto for a special limited edition single. The record, released as a seven-inch on clear vinyl with a pressing of just 750 copies, features two mixes of a track called 'Staying In The Shadow', one mix by Wolfgang and the other by Jack. It will be available via the Electronic Sound Music Club, a subscription service recently launched by the Electronic Sound magazine app.

‘Staying In The Shadow’ marks the beginning of a new chapter for Wolfgang Flür. It's his first single for 11 years and he is in the process of putting together his first album since 1996. Wolfgang is best known for his years with Kraftwerk (1973 to 1987), when he made up one quarter of the classic line-up of "the Beatles of electronic music" (Rolling Stone magazine) and played on their most important albums, including ‘Autobahn’, ‘Radio-Activity’, ‘Trans Europe Express’, ‘The Man Machine’ and ‘Computer World’.

Jack Dangers’ ongoing musical project is Meat Beat Manifesto, whose first records in the late 1980s influenced a generation of electronic artists using samplers, including The Prodigy and Future Sound Of London. He moved from the UK to San Francisco in the 1990s. He has worked as a producer/remixer with David Bowie, Depeche Mode, David Byrne and Nine Inch Nails among many others and remains a highly regarded pioneer of electronic music.

Wolfgang and Jack started work on ‘Staying In The Shadow’ last December, shuttling audio files between Düsseldorf and San Francisco before finalising the two mixes in February. The record features heavy use of an EMS 3000 vocoder, a vintage 1970s machine that was also used by Kraftwerk for their signature "robot voice" effect.

The collaboration was initiated by the Electronic Sound magazine app, who brought the pair together with the specific plan of creating a one-off limited edition seven-inch single to mark the launch of the Electronic Sound Music Club. A Kickstarter campaign for the club is currently underway.

Soundcloud audio (snippet): https://soundcloud.com/electronicsoundmagazine/jack-dangers-wolfgang-flur-staying-in-the-shadow-clip
YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7eHCNVdR4Y
Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1475410571/electronic-sound
Website: http://www.electronicsound.co.uk

For interview requests for Wolfgang Flür and/or Jack Dangers and more information about Electronic Sound, contact yvette@electronicsound.co.uk

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The Willie Basse Musicians Institute Audio And Music Degree Fund

Cultural Ambassador to The Sunset Strip, WILLIE BASSE launches his "Go Fund Me Campaign" to help fund Artists earning their degree in Audio Engineering & Music at Musicians Institute - Hollywood http://gofundme.com/williebasse

PURPOSE FOR FUNDS:
Artist seeks funding to pay for a 1-year Audio Degree Program. Includes Tuition, Rent & Expenses.

MISSION STATEMENT:
Musicians Institute is a Digidesign/Avid Certified Training Location preparing students for Pro Tools Operator Certification and an authorized Apple Training Center for Logic Audio software. Visit - http://mi.edu

OBJECTIVE:
To help Artists earn Certified Degrees in Audio Engineering, Music, Video, Film, Television Production, Live Sound Production, Music Business, Bass, Guitar, Drums and Vocals.

WILLIE BASSE says, "This is very significant to me. My vision is to provide one, or two scholarships per year, starting this year with myself. I'm looking for sponsors to manifest this vision into reality."

EVEANNA MANLEY says, "I've known and built equipment for WILLIE BASSE. He is a very talented end-user and artist. When it comes to music, sound and gear, he has extremely high expectations. When building his studios, MANLEY is his choice."

"I believe by him giving back and helping others through this College Fund raises the bar of what greatness is."

BASSE continues, "I've made a lot of albums, mainly in analog environments and this is my rehab to the current digital marketplace."

The M. I. 2015 Spring Semester begins April 6th and ALL Donations are Tax Deductible.

Contact:

http://gofundme.com/williebasse http://artistecard.com/williebasse
http://williebasse.com

Get LOUD / Get BUSY
The Best is NOW! @wbasse

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