Thursday, March 24, 2011

Driven Music Conference Expands To Bring Industry Giants To Atlanta, Georgia

Due to the success of the first Driven Music Conference in Florida, the event will expand to Atlanta, Georgia September 17th + 18th, 2011. The Driven Music Conference will connect bands and music fans with the most accomplished professionals in the music world. Bands, solo artists and duos of all genres will be in the position to advance their careers at panel discussions led by Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, Atlantic Records VP of A&R Steve "Stevo" Robertson and more at Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station by day while fans will enjoy the best of emerging bands at The Masquerade by night.

Atlanta, Georgia, March 21st, 2011 -- Driven Entertainment Group, Inc. is proud to present the expansion of the Driven Music Conference to Atlanta, Georgia September 17th + 18th, 2011 at Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station and The Masquerade. A direct-connect to music industry professionals, DMC includes discussions, Q&A and meet & greets with those that are in the position to offer music career advancement.

Featuring top major record label and independent record label executives, a top tour producer, songwriters and producers with radio hits in their bio, music marketing professionals, so many have the opportunity to benefit from attending DMC. It's a fit for anyone interested in music. It's for bands seeking advancement and the chance to showcase for music industry professionals, fans of live music, those studying music, anyone interested in the business side of music and those already active in the field looking to make new contacts, as well as "give back" to their industry.

DMC has become a magnet for talent as hundreds of bands from all over the U.S. as well as oversees have submitted their music to DMC for a chance to be selected as a DMC Showcase Performer. DMC offers music fans a chance to learn from those advanced and active on the inside of the business, as well as enjoy live performances from the best in emerging bands.

Visit for additional info, band submission and discount advance conference registration.

"What band would NOT want to meet and put their music in front of the Vans Warped Tour Founder, Kevin Lyman?", asks Dominick J. Centi, CEO of Driven Entertainment Group, Inc., the company producing DMC, "Kevin Lyman and the many other Featured Panelists will bring a high profile and a very high level of excitement to the Driven Music Conference expansion to Atlanta, Georgia".

The Driven Music Conference will take place at Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station 361 17th Street Northwest and The Masquerade 695 North Avenue, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

Spirit Of Jimi Reborn In Brandon Jarod!

The spirit of Jimi is no doubt in this new artist, from the bottom of our hopes. Brandon Jarod is nothing but the truth, with his debut release "The Crush" many who hear his music believe they are seeing the rebirth of an era we all just loved. Brandon Jarod (Jah-rod) "The Crush" was born in Milwaukee, WI to working class parents on March 16, 1986. A quiet yet inquisitive child, Brandon would often entertain himself with drawing and writing imaginative short stories. Though he didn't come from a musical family, Brandon's father was an avid listener of the band Parliament Funkadelic which Brandon would recount as "the first music I remember hearing." Seeing him play air guitar on a baseball bat, his mother made him his first guitar with rubber bands for strings, a cereal box for a body and a paper towel roll for a neck. Seeing his interest for music, she eventually enrolled Brandon in his school choir and orchestra playing the trumpet.

The family eventually picked up and moved south to Virginia Beach, VA when he was 11 years old. The slightly traumatic event effected Brandon in such a way that he discontinued his singing, trumpet playing, and any other form of music for years. It wasn't until his 18th birthday that his mother bought him his first real guitar and for the next year, Brandon would spend up to 10 hours a day locked in his room teaching himself how to play it. Over the next 4 years Brandon would play in over 15 bands of various styles ranging from R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel and Blues quickly becoming one of the most talented and in demand guitarist in the area, drawing comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. It was these formative years that would prove to be irreplaceable in Brandon's development as a musician and an artist in his own right...playing along with and opening for Jasmine Sullivan, Jaguar Wright, The Clipse, The Zapp Band and The Cool Kids.

In 2009 Brandon met drummer Bryan Adkins at a jam session at a popular open mic in Norfolk, VA. The two immediately found an admiration and chemistry in each other's playing and it wasn't long until they starting rehearsing together on a regular basis. In 2010, Brandon decided to create Nicobe Records as well as his own publishing company. Recording sessions came shortly thereafter producing new music that would soon come to be known as his debut 6 song EP entitled "The Crush." With its release, Brandon established himself as an artist with huge potential and a fresh sound forged from years of experiences.

Listen carefully to the lyrics of No Solution..., Put it in a love song, Cream and "The Crush". You will agree musically how things are Falling into place for this new Star!

"Every 10 years music has to go somewhere. 50 years from now I want people to look back on the years 2010 to 2020 and say that I was among the pioneers pushing new music to where it was supposed to go."- Brandon Jarod

Track Listing

1) Falling Into Place
2) No Solution...
3) Luv 'em and Leave 'em
4)Put it in a Love song
5) The Crush
6) Cream

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Raftree Releases First Indie Rock CD The Long Way

New Jersey based Raftree began their story in 2006 and after things came together and the timing was right they released their debut. The Long Way is bound to satisfy the rock audience as well as hard rock and metal enthusiasts everywhere.

The band features its namesake Ken Raftree, an accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist fronting the band with Paul J. Baccash (guitar), Scott Jackson (bass) and Vincent Livolsi (drums) to fill out the aggressive, hard edged but melodic Raftree sound.

The Long Way connects instantly with listeners with lights out guitar playing, a powerhouse rhythm section and the expressive vocals and lyrics of their leader Ken Raftree. The album kicks into high gear at the onset with the energetic "What I Say" followed by raucous tracks such as "Over And Over" that drive home the Raftree sound with authority.

The Long Way is a well-produced hard rocking collection of songs that never takes the foot off the gas. This is a top of the line indie release that is major league in production and sound. Raftree could not have done any better for a debut release and most certainly have a bright future ahead.

The Long Way is the shortest road to hard rock heaven so let Raftree show you the way. You can visit the Raftree website to find out more about the band and become a part of their vast social network of sites and media.

Music: And Tagur Footwear Partner To Offer Fans Stand Out Design Contest, one the world's most popular internet radio stations has partnered with world famous Tagur Footwear to present Swurvradio fans, an opportunity to design an exclusive sneaker, which will be mass produced and sold around the globe. @swurvradio and @Tagur are both trending international topics on the powerful social network Twitter, as well as many of the more popular social sites. Tagur has made an international impact as a custom designed sneaker producer, with a unique twist on bringing exclusively branded footwear to the world market. has led the internet radio market for more than six years and its brand is recognized in more than one hundred fifty-five countries worldwide. was nominated in 2011 for an SEA Award, alongside Sirius Radio, in the "Top Internet/Satellite Radio Station" category.

"Tagur Footwear is excited to announce its partnership with Swurv Radio. Tagur will be rewarding new Facebook and Twitter followers through Swurv Radio, with free shoes as well as an opportunity to design a pair of shoes to be mass produced and sold around the world! It's better to stand out, than blend in", says Tagur Founder and Chairman, Wesley Williams.

TAGUR hit the streets and open market in Dec 2005 and in the timespan of only one year, the movement received much attention and praise.

"Penetrating the minds and spirits of those with something to express and also those who are becoming sick of the cookie cutter brands with identical blueprints and weary of the major corporations with their multi-million dollar ad campaigns for "limited" mass production and "artist series", is the goal of Tagur Footwear", says the company.

Tagur Footwear is available in Finish Line shoe stores throughout the United States and various stores around the globe.

"We are artists and we built TAGUR not for an artist series rather a series of artists! TAGUR provides you with a new canvass to express yourself on such as we do. TAGUR sets the stage... you rock the mic", says the Tagur website. For more info about Tagur check out and follow the links to their facebook and twitter pages has received multiple award nominations so far in 2011; Nominated for the 2011 A&R Award from the United DJ Alliance, a coalition of some of the most influential DJ organizations in the United States; Nominated for the 2011 SEA Award in the top Internet/Satellite Radio category (3rd nomination). has been the leader in internet radio for more than six years and has distinguished itself as the first and only station to have a "Clean" rotation From 6am to 6pm as well as "Uncut" from 6pm to 6am.

Swurvradio is a fully licensed ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Sound Exchange Internet Radio Station as well as a featured station on iTunes; Nokia; and a four-time "Editor's Pick" on Microsoft's, "Windows Media" internet radio channel.

Over a 6 year period, has grown to create an online home for both Independent and Major-label artists seeking to increase listener-ship and viral exposure. is dedicated to becoming the #1 Internet-radio destination for listeners of Hip-Hop, R&B Classic Hits and Top 40. Serving as the home for critically acclaimed DJ's and legendary personalities, the SWURVRADIO DJ's convene to identify and support the music industry's next mega-star.

"We have a unique opportunity by partnering with Tagur Footwear, to continue as the tip of the spear for the Internet Radio medium. What an exciting way to expose our fans and listeners to a unique fashion statement, as well as thank them with an opportunity to gain an exclusive high-end product. and Tagur Footwear, with this promotion, will be doing what others only talk about, give back to the fans and listeners", says CEO Ivan May aka Osiris.

Second home to many of the radio industry's major market DJ's,, looks to continue its leadership role in the internet market and welcome's it newest product partner Tagur Footwear, as an addition to its role as a taste maker and fan advocate.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Post Punk, A Splash Of Goth, And Two Servings Of Depression... Pazz Kluger Releases EP

Pazz Kluger, the NJ based Post Punk/Post Goth band, has recently released a new EP titled "Insides". Written by Patrick A. V. (vocals/guitar), this is Pazz Kluger's second release, but first with current lineup. "Insides" was recorded by Bob Both at Twain Studios in West Milford, NJ and produced by NJ punk legend Marty Munsch. In the vein of Joy Division and other retro alternative bands, "Insides" features four tracks to keep your mood sullen.

From the first haunting notes of track 1 "Naughty Things", to the ending feedback of track 4 "I Hate My Life, I Love My Lie", "Insides" grinds out an everyday tale without a happy ending. Loss of innocence, loss of self, twisted fantasies and a slow realization that things in life aren't always what they seem; Pazz Kluger's "Insides" is as powerful as it is poignant. Available for download at most digital retailers including: I-tunes, Amazon MP3, & CD Baby. "Insides" can also be heard streaming on the web at

Pazz Kluger is: Patrick A. V. (vocals/guitar), Andy Vos (drums), Joe Colasurdo (bass), and Jon Lorusso (guitars).
A full bio can be found at
For booking or more information, please email Stay in touch and up to date with Pazz Kluger via Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.

Joint One Radio, Tokyo Hosts Video And Audio Message Center To Connect Japan's Families

Japan's far reaching radio show, Joint One Radio on INTERFM 76.1, has opened its website to host video and audio messages from relatives and friends outside of Japan to their friends and relatives trapped in the chaos stricken areas of the country. Joint One Radio, who's offices neighbor the Tokyo Tower, has its staff fielding inbound calls and attempting to fulfill contact requests for those outside of Japan to citizens and residents all over the country. While much of Japan's communication ability is strained or disabled, Tokyo remains capable of assisting those both inside and out of the Country to establish some type of communication via the Internet and limited land-line services.

Joint One Radio has suspended all of its music video and music promotional activities to host video and audio contacts to citizens inside of Japan from other parts of the world. On-air personality, Joey Slick has been providing text updates from Tokyo via the Joint One Website as well as up to the minute updates on his personal Facebook page.

Those wishing to use the Joint One Radio website to upload video or audio messages may do so by attaching their MP4 or .MOV/.WMV files or their MP3 files to an email to Joint One will post the video on its home page and will host the MP3 files under a separate heading. Joint One on-air personalities are also available to assist with disseminating on-site information from Tokyo to outside agencies seeking information.

Please support the people of Japan with your video and audio messages, donations may be made through the Red Cross.