Saturday, September 26, 2015

Michal Menert To Release New Live Band EP Before Coast-to-Coast Tour

This fall Michal Menert takes his renowned musical stylings to the next level as he prepares for the September release of the debut studio album from his six-piece live band, Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics. The lyrically-driven EP will drop just before the band embarks on a 36-date tour across the U.S.

The Colorado-based musician and producer, dubbed by fans and the media as the godfather of electro-soul, has taken charge of the scene he helped create, pushing his music forward with bold creativity. His new band, Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics, is the latest incarnation of Menert's dedication to originality and musicianship in his music. The addition of live horns, keys, guitar, bass, and drums, plus his own sonic production makes Menert’s current and upcoming catalog come alive like never before.

The debut album for the sextet will be like nothing you've ever heard from Menert, and will distinguish Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics as its own musical force with a uniquely indie-rock style. With beautiful melodic structure, vocals from Michal himself, and playfully inventive lyricism, this upcoming EP takes a leap in an exciting new direction while maintaining the uncompromising songwriting and production that we've come to expect.

Bringing their new music on tour, the band, comprised of Michal Menert, Marcelo Moxy, AC Lao, Daniel De Lisle, Will Glazier and Matt van den Heuvel - all veterans of the Michal Menert Big Band - will be accompanied by additional sets from fellow Super Best artists Marcelo Moxy and WillDaBeast.

Philadelphia, PA - Coda - Oct 1
Darlington, MD - Luna Light Festival - Oct 2
Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room Studio - Oct 3
Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe - Oct 4
Portland, ME - Asylum - Oct 6 (RL)
Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom - Oct 7 (RL)
Burlington, VT - Higher Ground - Oct 8 (RL)
Boston, MA - Middle East - Oct 9 (RL)
New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre - Oct 10 (RL)
New Haven, CT - Stella Blues - Oct 12 (RL)
Charlottesville, VA - The Southern - Oct 13 (RL)
Richmond, VA - The Broadberry - Oct 14 (RL)
Asheville, NC - New Mountain in AVL - Oct 15 (RL)
Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - Oct 16 (ST)
Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge - Oct 17 (ST)
Louisville, KY - Diamond Pub - Oct 18 (ST)
Bloomington, IN - Kilroys/Dunkirk - Oct 20 (ST)
St. Louis, MO - 2720 - Oct 21 (ST)
Madison, WI - Segredo - Oct 22 (ST)
Kalamazoo, MI - The Mix - Oct 23 (ST)
Rockdale, TX - Art Outside - Oct 2
Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic - Oct 25
Albuquerque, NM - Stereo Bar - Oct 27
Durango, CO - Animas City Theatre - Oct 28
Aspen, CO - Belly Up - Oct 29
Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium - Oct 30 (ST)
Live Oak, FL - Hulaween - Oct 31
Seattle, WA - Barboza - Nov 5 (ST)
Portland, OR - Star Theatre - Nov 6
Eugene, OR - Cozmic - Nov 7
Arcata, CA - The Jam - Nov 8 (ST)
Tahoe, CA - Whiskey Dick's - Nov 10 (ST)
Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst - Nov 11 (ST)
Los Angeles, CA - Club Bahia - Nov 12
San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew - Nov 13 (ST)
San Francisco, CA - Hawthorn - Nov 14 (ST)
(ST) = Support from StarRo (Soulection)
(RL) = Support from Russ Liquid

Whitney Peyton Drops New Single "It's All Good" & Hits The Road With Fronzilla

Rising artist, Whitney Peyton has released a brand new single entitled "It's All Good" featuring Sounds online via all digital platforms and online at The track was produced by Philadelphia native Ali "A MAC" McGuire and offers a unique upbeat vocal delivery that's both aggressive, but motivational at the same time. The track will appear on Whitney's highly anticipated new album "Break The Frame" coming later this year.

Peyton is not only one of the songwriters and vocalists on a Grammy Award winning Album (2012 Grammy Awards) she also has an undeniable stage presence having already toured with acts such as: Twiztid, Potluck, R.A. The Rugged Man, Da Mafia 6ix (formerly Three 6 Mafia), and controversial electronic group Blood On The Dance Floor.

Whitney Peyton is currently on tour across the United States with Fronzilla, frontman for Attila, Palisades, and It Lives It Breathes until the end of October when she will be wrapping up her fall tour back home in Philadelphia performing at the "Freek Show" with Twiztid and Rittz of Strange Music.

9/17 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
9/18 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
9/19 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
9/20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/21 - Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom
9/23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9/25 - NY @ Revolution Music Hall
9/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
9/27 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter
9/28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
9/29 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/01 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10/03 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
10/04 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/06 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
10/08 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
10/09 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
10/10 - Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown
10/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (With TWIZTID and RITTZ)

Promo trailer for The Freek Show with Twiztid, Whitney Peyton, and Rittz

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Moonshine Bandits Announce Headlining Tour With Angels Cut & Pruno

Central California outlaws The Moonshine Bandits are about to get back out on the road and raising some hell on their headlining tour with Angels Cut and California rapper Pruno throughout October and the rest of the year. The Moonshine Bandits continue to tour in support of their new album "Blacked Out", which debuted inside the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Albums chart at #13, cracked the Billboard Top 200, and simultaneously debuted in the top 10 on the Rap Chart.

"We are stoked to be bringing our artist Pruno to rock these shows because the Shiner Nation loves his music! We are also bringing Angel's cut who is a hot up & coming Northern California rock band that has a badass chick lead singer," commented Tex. "These upcoming stops on the tour are always big crowds full of energy so we expect it to be loud and rowdy, just how we love it."

Long before people figured out that country and rap had a lot in common, the Moonshine Bandits released their genre-blending album, "Whiskey & Women," and took the world of outlaw music by storm. The group's blue-collar work ethic and unwavering persistence has led to over 19 million views on the ShinerTV YouTube channel – collectively over 30 million views on YouTube - while their video for "My Kind of Country" peaked at #1 on CMT Pure. Connecting with fans on all levels, Moonshine Bandits have built a solid "Shiner Nation" of loyal fans, developed their own brand of Shiner Barbeque Seasoning, Beef Jerky and legal Moonshine.

"Blacked Out" is the most adventurous MSB album ever. With its crunchy guitar riffs and southern rock swagger, "Blacked Out" is a soundtrack to the real lives of Bird and Tex. Their friendship was forged in all-night keg parties deep in the country; their music grew from what they'd experienced together as restless young men who refuse to apologize for their patriotism, who value family and freedom and above all who feel the calling to celebrate those many Americans who share their beliefs.

Tour Dates:
09/12 - Dixon, CA @ Renegade Rendezvous
09/19 - Livingston, CA @ Rock n' Ride For Autism
10/14 - Lousiville, KY @ Trixies w/ Big Smo
10/15 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House
10/16 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/17 - Fostoria, OH @ Cowboys & Angels
10/22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/23 - Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
10/24 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/27 - Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/28 - Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/29 - Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
10/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
10/31 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's Ent Center
11/12 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar
11/13 - Jasonville, TX @ Red River ATV Run
11/28 - Anchorage, AK @ Williwaw Venue
12/01 - Wilman, MN @ Peps Nightclub
12/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music
12/03 - Des Moines, IA Wooly's Dime Shop
12/04 - Hastings, NE @ Bourbon Jack's Bar
12/05 - Omaha, NE @ Whiskey Tango

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Raquel Aurilia Launches New Music Video "Shattered" Using Tattoo Artistry For Stunning Visual Effect

(NASHVILLE, TN) September 16, 2015 – Singer-Songwriter Raquel Aurilia released her first music video "Shattered" today – and the visual effects are stunning thanks to the artistry of renowned tattoo artist Brandon Hanna. Raquel's song "Shattered" is brought to life in a stripped down way on video – telling this raw and emotional breakup story even showing the visual aspect of being literally "shattered" throughout the video.

The process of drawing the effects by hand onto Raquel's face and upper torso required her to be very still in the studio for nearly five hours as East Nashville tattoo artist Hanna's work was captured frame by frame. The music video was directed by Darrin Dickerson of Ghostwater Films and shot on-location at the Baker Farm just outside of Nashville.

"Returning to Nashville to shoot the music video was such an amazing experience," says Raquel Aurilia. "The creative process came full circle as we told the song's story through stunning visuals. Being covered in ink by a tattoo artist was an experience I never imagined. I am very proud of my first music video and ‘Shattered' is a powerful song."

Recording Artist Raquel Aurilia is an amazing singer-songwriter who has toured opening for John Waite, B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Riders in the Sky... and has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver) and Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), as well as Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Bebe and Cece Winans) who produced "Shattered" from her album, "Long Way Home". Raquel will perform "Shattered" live in Nashville on Sunday, September 20, 2015 8pm during her songwriter's round at the Belcourt Taps.

Raquel Aurilia's original song "Shattered" was self-penned following the demise of her own high-profile marriage to a professional sports athlete and celebrity -- offering a somewhat autobiographical expression.

"Shattered" is from "Long Way Home", Aurilia's third album and highlights her authentic, powerful talent as a storyteller. It offers a Country/Pop style and features some of Nashville's top studio musicians including: Steve Brewster (drums), Ken Lewis (drums), Byron House (upright bass), Brennan Smiley (guitars), Blair Masters (keyboards), Sal Oliveri (keyboards), and Andy Leftwich (violin) who have recorded with icons such as Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Brett Eldridge, Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Peter Frampton, Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton.

Aurilia's music has been featured on MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage." Her hit single "Feels Like" from her debut record, "Finding My Way," cracked the ultra-competitive R&R Top 30 AC and Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts at #28, and is still receiving national air play today.

Bongo Boy Records Is SHINING With Excitement To Present This American Garage Rocker Gar Francis And His EP SHINE ON To Asian Fans

September 15, 2015, Bongo Boy Records' official announcement of the release of "SHINE ON"; the studio EP by New Jersey GARAGE ROCKER GAR FRANCIS. This 5 track EP is making its way to Hong Kong with Bongo Boy Records' partner in China. The distribution partnership is key in Bongo Boy Records continued commitment to tap into the coveted Asian market on behalf of their artists, reaching the following market territories China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. Considering the large population of Asia, Bongo Boy Records believes this to be one of our most strategic business partnerships in 2015. Together with Bongo Boy Records’ extended promotional campaigns; each release will be marketed to its best at home and overseas.”

Bongo Boy Records is SHINING with excitement to present this American Garage Rocker and his EP to Asian fans. Earlier this year "I'm Still Alive" track No5 on this EP was included as leading track on Bongo Boy Records Compilations Volumes Three to Asia.

"SHINE ON" is all the psychedelic rock coolness you would expect from a rock & roll veteran. "SHINE ON" the solo EP from Doughboys guitarist GAR FRANCIS continues with that 60's Garage Rock sound that we have come to know and love so well. Gar Francis sounds effortlessly vintage-cool as he again proves what rock & roll sounds like from where it truly originated - the garage.

2. BACK IN 1985

Gar Francis/Vocals & Guitars, Lee Fink/Guitars, Mike Caruso/Bass, Rocco Scavone/ Drums, Myke Scavone/ Harmonica, Kurt Reil/ Backing Vocals.

Produced by Gar Francis & Kurt Reil. Recorded at recording studio House of Vibes, Highland Park, NJ

"SHINE ON" is the EP from singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer GAR FRANCIS. Gar indeed shines his musical talent through "clouds of pink majestic skies" as he uses lyrics like "baby boomers sit back and take view, graffiti masters Peter Max tattoos". Yes, music world" SHINE ON" is going to Asia and with all the psychedelic rock coolness you would expect from a rock & roll veteran. He is a Garage Rock/Americana/Blues solo artist hailing from Belvidere, New Jersey with a long list of accolades and credits to his name. He has received awards from The John Lennon Song Contest, the Unisong Music Awards, and an honorable mention in the Billboard Song Contest. He's been writing, recording and playing live for decades, has written songs for The Doughboys, Jeanne Lozier, Jana Peri, Genya Ravan, Kelly Caruso, The Swinging Iggies, Crab Bubbles Band, The Satisfactors, Mark Lindsay (former lead snger of Paul Revere & The Rainder) as well as writing a tribute for the USA Armed Forces and performing for them. Gar is a busy man, with his songwriting, producing music, music consulting as well as the A&R Director at Bongo Boy Records and TV Producer at Bongo Boy TV.

Reviewers say that the first track "Shine On" has the 60's psychedelic groove which follows with "Back In 1985" a 60's type ballad feel reminiscent of a Phil Spector production. "Blue Cadillac" is a bluesy groove with production from the same inspiration as the Black Keys.

"Tragedy" is a pure 12 string guitar based song about the equal opportunity everyone has in finding themselves homeless. And "I'm Still Alive" is an old Who type song declaring that the child inside still remains many years after.

Gar Francis's EP "SHINE ON" is recommended listening for any rock n' roll fans. It's inspiring to hear this type of output coming from anyone; Mr. Francis's guttural Iggy Pop-like delivery and genuine fire eclipses most music I've heard from artists who are probably half his age. This really is a fantastic EP and I look forward to the next full length for another rock fix. - Reviewer James Indie Music Promotions. USA

This release, as others before, will be distributed and promoted by Bongo Boy Records in Asia. Currently this release is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital online retail outlets.

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