Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bandzoogle Upgrades Self-Service Musician Website And Marketing Platform

Website:, the leading website building platform for musicians, has launched a major upgrade that provides artists unprecedented control over the look and feel of their websites, with no technical skills needed.

Bandzoogle's new "Custom Style Editor" enables any artist to create a robust custom website using their own domain name with point and click ease. Artists can easily add their own images, typefaces, and backgrounds for a completely custom look, or choose from a large library of images. Design features that usually require a web designer can now be added with a just few clicks. "This is the first time musicians have been able to create a completely custom website, right in their web browser. No other musician web site builder offers this design flexibility." said Bandzoogle founder Chris Vinson.
"Hundreds of amazing sites have already been built with this new tool." Examples of sites created with the new editor include,, and http://

Integrated with Bandzoogle's website building tools is a complete direct to fan marketing and sales platform, including email and mobile blasts, a no-fee music and merchandise store, easy to use blogs, podcasting, and fan clubs. Bandzoogle powered sites automatically send updates to social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter. Tying it all together is a detailed fan statistics system to track the effectiveness of promotional campaigns.

Other new features include:

• Full integration with - In addition to Bandzoogle's existing integration Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, integration with ArtistData enables members to easily post content to dozens more sites such as Last.FM, PureVolume, and Eventful.

• Mobile fan clubs - Send text message blasts to fans from within the Bandzoogle control panel.

• $9.95 per month Lite Plan - Includes a full range of features and a free .COM address registration.

For more information or to try Bandzoogle free, visit

About Bandzoogle

Bandzoogle evolved from a website management platform that founder and musician Chris Vinson created while working with major label clients. Since 2003, Bandzoogle has helped tens of thousands of musicians build a professional website in minutes, including a built-in music store, promotional tools, and integration with their existing social networks.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Chris Vinson at

Friday, February 12, 2010

Comedy At Gonzalez Y Gonzalez Returns On Wednesday, February 24th With Erik Rivera, Peaches Rodriguez, Ricardo Aleman, Gina Brillon And Andrew Kennedy


A monthly showcase of Latino comedians brought to you by Gonzalez y Gonzalez and Comix Comedy Club

Come join us at Gonzalez y Gonzalez to experience New York City's newest comedy night sensation. The last Wednesday of every month, Gonzalez y Gonzalez and Comix Comedy Club bring you five of the funniest Latino comedians for a night of great laughs and fantastic food & drinks. Our next show on Wednesday, February 24th has confirmed to the lineup host Erik Rivera, Peaches Rodriguez, Ricardo Aleman, Gina Brillon and Andrew Kennedy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Doors open at 6:00pm; performances start at 7:30pm.

Gonzalez y Gonzalez
625 Broadway, NYC
(bet. Bleecker & Houston Streets)
Tel: 212-473-8787

$10 at the door
$5 if you have dinner at the restaurant
Reserve now as seats are limited. First come, first served.
RSVP now

Erik Rivera (host) -
Since bursting onto to the NYC comedy scene in 2004, Erik Rivera's name has become synonymous with comedy. His “boy next door” good looks and unique perspective make him one of New York's fastest rising young comedians. His quick wit along with his commanding stage presence, charisma and infectious smile make him a favorite act at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country.

Peaches Rodriguez -
Peaches Rodriguez is a Latina Stand-up Comic from Connecticut who was a world class break dancer in the Eighties. Her mix of twisted Perspective and Edgy humor has won her a place in the Annual Jack Daniels Latino Comedy Festival. Peaches has also done three U.S.O. tours of duty including the most recent ,where she traveled to five countries in the Middle East- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

Ricardo Aleman -
Ricardo Aleman is a New Jersey-born Mexican-American comedian who performs regularly at Comic Strip Live, and was a featured comedian in their Guinness World Record 50 hour "Longest Stand Up Comedy Show". Previous television standup comedy appearances have included Si Tv's Latino Laugh Festival, and LTV's Llegamos.

Gina Brillon -
Who's that girl? That's the question on everyone’s mind lately when rising star Gina Brillon hits the stage. Gina is one of the funniest New Faces of the Latino and mainstream comedy scene. Starting when she was only 18 yrs old, she blew the crowd away with her very first performance at Stand-UP NY. It was only up hill from there, she would go on to grace the stages of The Comic Strip, Boston Comedy Club, and Caroline's. Her comedy is the perfect blend of personal experiences, growing up racially mixed (Puerto Rican, Italian, American), and Sex Therapy.

Andrew Kennedy -
Andrew Kennedy was 12 in this year's "Top Twenty Countdown" on Comedy Central, behind Dane Cook (11). He has a half hour special currently airing on Comedy Central, did Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend" six years ago, been on Don Fransisco Presenta (Univision), Si TV and of course it all began with the standing ovation he received on BET's "Comic View" after singing "Amazing Grace."

About Gonzalez y Gonzalez
Located just steps from Soho and great shopping, Gonzalez y Gonzalez serves authentic, South-of-the-Border cuisine in a festive downtown location. NYC's longest bar is always buzzing, and you can drop by for live Latin music 3 nights a week.

About Comix Comedy Club
Comix is New York's hottest new comedy nightclub featuring headline comedians and established New York-area comics, the best of cutting edge alternative comedy, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety programming. Releases "Lenny Dee: Hard Electronic" Sample Pack


Lenny Dee: Hard Electronic is an incredible new collection of downloadable loops and samples produced by Lenny Dee. It features NINE relentless, hard and downright dirty Construction Kits, packed with hundreds of twisted samples and loops plus a huge bonus Sample Pack that includes even more loops and one shot hits/fx. Overall, this collection has approaching 3GB of total content including ACIDized WAV, Apple Loops, REX and Reason ReFill formats.

From raw old school to hi-tech circuit bent insanity. Lenny Dee: Hard Electronic features a staggering variety of warped basslines, glitched vocal samples, crushing drums and more. In addition, "Hard Electronic" also includes a huge bonus add-on Sample Pack containing even more loops, one-shots and FX. Finally, you can get your hands on content produced by a "true" legend, all for a fantastic price.

About Lenny Dee:

Producer / DJ / Label Owner / Lenny Dee is one of NYC's earliest techno and house pioneers. He produced classic UK chart-hitting techno with Frankie Bones (as Looney Tunes), Victor Simonelli (for Nu Groove and Def Mix) and Tommy Musto including their 'Fallout' track now heard on the video game 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'.
Early on, Lenny worked at Skyline Studios (at the time home of Nile Rodgers), and at Arthur Baker's Shakedown Studio's on productions for New order, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Al Jarreau amongst others. At the end of the '80s, he attacked Europe with his new sound of Techno and in 1991 launched Industrial Strength Records, a label that has featured Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Manu Le Malin, Cirilo, Zenith, John Selway, Daft Punk, Casper Pound, Unexist, DOA and many more.

Lenny has also written and produced hundreds of tracks on labels such as 4th floor, Warner Bros, Strictly Rhythm, R&S, Music Man, Atlantic Records, Arista, XL Recordings, Gigilo, A&M Records, Third Movement, ID &T and Stay Up Forever. He also also remixed for Atlantic Records, Sven Vath and chart acts in Holland and Italy - including projects with Italy's superstar DJ Moella from RadioDeeJay FM.

Lenny's musical accomplishments range wide, having recently engineered 3 remixes on the Wu Tang Clan album Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep, a remix for Ali King's new hit feat. Def Jam's Fabolous and a soundtrack for a Runway Show at New York's Fashion Week.

Its no wonder Lenny was named Number One 'Hard DJ' by Mixmag and has twice been awarded the accolade of Best Worldwide Techno DJ by the Scottish Dance Music Awards & Frontpage Magazine.

Construction Kit Contents:

- Basslines
- Pads
- Percussion
- Drum Loops
- Isolated Kick Loops
- Claps
- Hits
- Sweeps
- Vocal Samples/Phrases
- Synth Riffs
- Misc. FX

Sample Pack Contents:

- Drum Loops
- Bonus Kicks
- Noise and Static FX
- Musical Loops
- One-shots


- Acid
- Apple Loops
- Rex Loops (Drums)
- Reason ReFill
- Wav


- Approaching 3GB Total Content
- 44.1 kHz/ 24-Bit Loops & Samples
- All loops sync to BPM
- PC/Mac Compatible


All of the content is 100% royalty-free. Once purchased, you can use these loops and samples in your music releases, both commercial and underground, with no restrictions.

Price and Availability:

'Lenny Dee: Hard Electronic' is available for instant download now for £19.95 / 23,14 EUR / $26.97 USD. More information is available at:

Valerie Janlois: Finding Herself In Her Music And The Music In Her Self


San Francisco, CA pop/jazz singer Valerie Janlois is proud to announce the release of her new album No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted). To show her love and support for Transcendental Meditation, Valerie will be donating 20% of all digital and physical album sales to the David Lynch Foundation.

The David Lynch Foundation was established "to ensure that any child in America who wants to learn and practice the Transcendental Meditation program can do so." Valerie is happy to help out such an amazing cause that she believes in with all her heart. "The TM program is the most thoroughly researched and widely practiced program in the world for developing the full creative potential of the brain and mind, improving health, reducing stress, and improving academic outcomes." (

"Music has always been like a straw into the deepest part of me," says Valerie Janlois. "Even as a child, when I was singing, I was floating on waves of bliss. But when the music stopped I felt cut off...I just wanted to get that feeling back."

Following that bliss, Valerie left her home in Rochester right after her high school graduation and headed for New York City with $30 in her pocket. Living in a low-rent bedsit on the Lower East side, she cut a demo, hustled her songs, wrote every day in a tiny practice room in RCA and learned all she could about the music scene. She put a band together and toured New England, playing for food and gas money.

Then Valerie learned Transcendental Meditation (TM). "Everything changed," she says. "It was an a-ha! moment. Here was a way to find the bliss I felt when I was making music, to begin to live it all the time. That straw into my soul just dissolved into the ocean of life."

So Valerie dove in. She became teacher of TM and spent years teaching hundreds of people how to meditate around the country. But she never left music. She performed a children's opera with members of the New York Philharmonic and periodically recorded demos. Last November, Valerie walked into San Pablo Recorders in Berkeley and recorded "Sara/Miracles" in one take. Recording engineer Bond Bergland looked at her through the control room window and said, "Let's do a record."

Valerie wasn't sure. She had a CD's worth of songs and wanted to put them out. But she was committed to teaching TM, and she knew what kind of time and energy the recording project would take. "There was this cacophony of desires," she says. "But through transcending, I had gained access to that deepest part of me. Everyone has that place inside. And if you can sit and soak up all that silence and order, when you come out and act, you make the right decisions and do the right things."

That's how Valerie got the inner green light to move ahead with the CD. Once she did, a roster of incredible musicians joined the project.

"I've been learning from everybody I'm working with," says Valerie. "The process has certainly had its challenges. Yet it's been so effortless compared to the music I tried to make in the past. Having the music I've written fleshed out this way - made real - has brought me full circle. I'm dipping into the reservoir of inner bliss through music, but much more deeply. Performing live used to be like drawing pure water through a straw in the desert - now the straw is a wide channel. There is so much joy in life, even after the music stops. The connections I'm making with this band are so powerful. I can't wait to perform live with them. And with the CD, I'll have a new and tangible connection with my audience. The album closes the gap between me, them, and the music between us."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

MusicDishTV Valentine Special: Inanna - You And Me Only

Watch the video online on MusicDishTV: MusicDishTV Valentine Special: Inanna - You And Me Only

Inanna's soothing but powerful, rich vocal tones in this music video are sure to take hold of the Adult Contemporary charts. Her songs always have a good vibration to them and this is no exception; "You And Me Only" puts together a relaxing beat and Inanna's heartfelt voice to create a song that people will really listen to. It seems innate for Inanna to produce feel-good tunes that are anything but background music.

Singer-on-the-rise Inanna has been working around the clock to further expose her music and has turned some heads along the way. She has received much acclaim in the last few years, including winning a 2005 songwriting competition (judged by Grammy winners such as Norah Jones and Bon Jovi) in the Electronic/Dance category for Song of The Year for her leading track "Feels So Divine." Inanna has since been signed to Ciantar Records and is currently working on her next music video.

Keep up with Inanna's music at

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MusicDishTV presents: Fiona Joy Hawkins Concert Highlights at the Q Theatre

Fiona Joy Hawkins in Concert at the Q Theatre Sydney. Fiona on piano and vocals, Rebecca Daniels plays violin and vocals, Trish McMeakin plays cello and Andy Busuttil plays saxillo, clarinet, percussion and vocals. Interestingly its was 45 degrees celsius that day (HOT) and so it was a case of strip down or die! So I played the second half in pyjamas!!! Tracks are from Blue Dream (produced by legendary Will Ackerman), Portrait of a Waterfall and Angel Above my Piano by Fiona Joy Hawkins and played on a Stuart and Son's piano (from Newcastle Australia).

Fiona Joy Hawkins Concert Highlights at the Q Theatre from MusicDishTV.

Fiona Joy Hawkins has been playing piano all her life. She started as a classical pianist but soon embraced New Age and more eclectic styles giving her sound a 'visual effect', creating music that, according to Hawkins, "evokes images and emotions and tells a story". She has received many awards for her music and has released four albums and more singles became available for purchase on iTunes.
In this video she shows all the passion and versatility of her songwriting, influences ranging from classical to world music and chill out. The fruition of her music remains universal, and the beauty endless. Announce Industry Bloggers: John Robb, Ty, Kutski, And The Music Consultants Join The Rivmixx Revolution


From today leading music authorities in rock - John Robb, hip hop - Ty, dance - Kutski, and industry experts - The Music Consultants will be sharing their passion for music and the latest happenings on Rivmixx.

Rivmixx MD, Danny Mac, said: "In January we introduced genre feeds and now only a short four weeks later we're thrilled to have a bunch of talented music stars blogging on the site. Personally I can't wait to hear what's on their playlists; their experiences at the top of the music world; and what they think's worth sharing with our growing community of Rivmixx readers."

Alternative rock music blogger, John Robb added, "Calling all international stations, my radar is buzzing, I'm in pop culture overload and need space to communicate all this action. My blogs will be anything that fire me up from music to the energy, the sex style and subversion of the counter culture. They will celebrate the great and destroy the vile; they will be short, sharp shocks of the now."

Robb made a name for himself in seminal Northern punk band The Membranes, before embarking on a career in journalism, writing for the likes of Melody Maker, Sounds, The Guardian and The Observer.

UK rap stalwart and Mercury nominated artist, Ty, joins Rivmixx in the run up to his new album release, with his hip hop music and culture blog.

"This is my opportunity to shed light on some other aspects of hip hop music that can get ignored for the simple reason of ignorance. Acts, music and art - all of it is open for interpretation from me. Freedom of speech and freedom of choice!"

Also joining the music site, with his view on what's going on in the world of dance, is Radio 1's own DJ Kutski. With his dance blog, Kutski intends to keep you updated with all areas of the scene.

"I wanted to start a blog for some time now, as I come across so much interesting stuff musically, and I think the world needs to know about it! This is the perfect opportunity for me to present my findings on a regular basis, about the scene, technology, and of course the music itself!"

Also joining the team are The Music Consultants - four leading music industry experts, with decades of experience within the UK music industry. These industry-heads can tell you how the music biz works, not to mention the all important aspect of maintaining a successful career within it. With their track record of executing in excess of 100 million records sold on various projects, these experts can offer priceless knowledge.

Nathan Graves says that they will be "providing regular commentary on key entertainment industry news and worthy events, trimmed down into a compact blog with hopefully some humour and knowledge. Music across all the multiple facets of recording, publishing, distribution, live, production, merchandise, sponsorships, PR, legal and business advice." is a music network and magazine, aimed at providing music news, album reviews and a music community for everyone with a stake in the music industry. We actively seek to break artists we believe in and focus our editorial on supporting such good music, regardless of the label and monetary backing.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Soul Singer Rachel McDonald Releases Video, "Clenching My Pillow"


Soul and R&B singer Rachel McDonald has released a new music video through MusicDishTV for her single "Clenching My Pillow." The video showcases McDonald's rich and sultry voice and clearly shows her grounding in classic soul music.

Rachel McDonald - Clenching My Pillow
Uploaded by MusicDishTV

On the track "Clenching My Pillow," McDonald very capably vocalizes the message and meaning of the song. The video gives viewers an even deeper sense of what she is conveying as she aptly emotes the pain, Loneliness, and sense of loss one feels at the dissolution of a relationship. Directed by Phoenix Tremayne, the video is an "experience" that highlights McDonald's skill for bringing the viewer into her world.

Commenting on the track, McDonald said, "I think 'Clenching My Pillow' is a great song, and I'm really proud of this project." Rachel says." "So far I've received a lot of positive feedback from everyone who has heard it or seen the video."

"Clenching My Pillow" is available on the following MusicDishTV channels:
Current TV
Black Planet

Rachel McDonald is a young up-and-comer on the R&B scene. At 18 years old, she has acted in nearly a dozen plays and almost as many vocal showcases and dance performances. She has an amazingly powerful voice and a wide vocal range. Her vocal style can be compared to that of Alicia Keys and Corinne Bailey Ray.

Buy her record here "Clenching My Pillow" on iTunes

Monday, February 8, 2010



Crafting a sound that pushes the line between elegance and aggression, New Jersey-based SPIDER ROCKETS will be joining Pop Evil on a Midwest USA tour starting February 10, 2010. Spider Rockets' latest release is self-titled and follows up 2007's buzz-worthy 'Ever After.' The group's music is available digitally through iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, emusic, Amazon, Best Buy, Puretracks, FYE and other digital portals. Spider Rockets has built a large and loyal fan base on the strength of a must-see live show which has seen the group open for many renowned national acts. "We are looking forward to the shows with Pop Evil. Fans can expect a great rock show," says Helena Cos, vocalist for Spider Rockets.

Listen to 'Cold' at Fairtilizer:

SPIDER ROCKETS' tour dates with POP EVIL:

Wed., February, 10 2010 07:00 PM - Wiley's Tavern
330 N. Main Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104 - $12 21+

Thurs, February, 11 2010 07:30 PM - The Rock
2029 Woodlyn Ave, Maplewood, Minnesota 55109 - $12/$15 18+

Fri, February, 12 2010 07:00 PM – Revolution
222 W. Franklin Ave, Appleton, Wisconsin 54914 - $10/$12 21+

Sat., February, 13 2010 08:00 PM - 1st Ave
3701 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 - $10 21+

Thurs., February, 18 2010 07:00 PM - The Main Event
200 Prairie Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120 - $10 21+

Fri., February, 19 2010 08:00 PM - The Mad Hatter
620 Scott St., Covington, Kentucky 41011 - $12 ALL AGES

Sat., February, 20 2010 07:30 PM – Musica
51 East Market St., Akron, Ohio 44308 - $10/$12/$12/$14 ALL AGES

Fri., February, 26 2010 07:00 PM - Piere's Entertainment Center
5675 St. Joe Rd., Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46835 - $0.99 21+

Sat., February, 27 2010 06:00 PM - Dream Makers Theater in Kewadin w/ Evans Blue
2186 Shrunk Road, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan 49783 - $15 ALL AGES