Friday, March 25, 2016

Pete RG Announces 2016 Spring Tour Supporting Candlebox

"Full, resonant vocals delivering a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment."
- Guitar World's Acoustic Nation

"Pete RG‘s post-rock sound packs enough power for him to be considered an arena rock contender while still remaining smooth and sophisticated."
- Diffuser

"Speckled with hints of Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen and Matt Berninger, RG is blessed to have a voice so unique, so enchanting and so captivating. It is that voice and its intrinsic charisma that will carry RG forward in the months and years to come."
- Absolute Punk

Los Angeles, CA (March 10, 2016) - Pete RG will be supporting Candlebox on their 2016 Disappearing From Airports tour, which kicks off April 1st in Louisville, KY. His backing band will feature multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Brina Kabler, bassist Adam Kury, guitarist Kevin Haaland and drummer Dave Krusen (an original member of Pearl Jam).

RG will be promoting his latest work, Reaching For The Moon, which was released on October 9, 2015 via his 4L Entertainment imprint. RG will also be debuting songs from his forthcoming album, Sentimental Fools, scheduled to come out in July 2016.

The singer-songwriter delivers a rustic yet soulful sound throughout the five song EP as he sings about celebrating the splendors of life. Such a message of rejoicing life is fully captured on "Divine", the EP's first single. "The song's about making the most of every moment we're given," describes RG. "It's about focusing on what we have and need as opposed to chasing our wants, because life is simply too short and beautiful."

Stream/Share the single "Divine" here:

Reaching For The Moon marks RG's follow up to the acclaimed Lightning Strikes EP, released in the spring of 2015. Once again recording in his personal Santa Monica studio, RG collaborated heavily Kabler, Kury, Haaland and Krusen after touring the better part of the year together.

"Lightning Strikes was recorded over the course of the year, making the recording process less organic since we were in and out of the studio numerous times," explains RG. "When we began recording Reaching For The Moon, we were fresh off the road and restless to get into the studio. I was determined to work at a faster pace to maintain the band's momentum."

Getting his start in music as the frontman of L.A. indie pop/Americana outfit Last December, RG wasted no time finding his own voice as a solo artist, starting with his debut full-length New Eyes in 2013. However, Pete RG's solo efforts have proven to be an even stronger collaborative effort. "I wanted Last December to capture all the feelings and subtleties that I felt when I played the songs by myself," recalls RG. "Now, I want to reveal as little as possible about myself while working with a band. It's a much more fun and rewarding process than the earlier days."

Pete RG's Upcoming Tour Dates (all supporting Candlebox):

Fri April 1 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom (Tickets)
Sat April 2 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts (Tickets)
Sun April 3 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue (Tickets)
Tue April 5 - Dallas, TX - Trees (Tickets)
Thu April 7 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar (Tickets)
Fri April 8 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgeralds (Tickets)
Sat April 9 - Tyler, TX - Clicks (Tickets)
Sun April 10 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's (Tickets)
Tue April 12 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center Spirit Garden (FREE)
Wed April 13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre (Tickets)
Thu April 14 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
Sat April 16 - San Francisco, CA - Slims (Tickets)
Tue April 19 - Butte, MT - Butte Depot (Tickets)
Wed April 20 - Billings, MT - Pub Station (Tickets)
Fri April 22 - Denver, CO - Marquis (Tickets)
Sat April 23 - Pueblo, CO - Pueblo Memorial Hall (Tickets)
Tue April 26 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex (Tickets)
Wed April 27 - Monroe, LA - Live Oaks
Thu April 28 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre (Tickets)

Tue May 3 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern (Tickets)
Thu May 5 - Nashville, TN - 12th and Porter (Tickets)
Sat May 7 - Marietta, OH - The Adelphia Music Hall

Reaching For The Moon track listing:
1. Our Escape
2. Divine
3. True Love
4. Magic
5. Fighting Fires

Smoke Season Announces Signing To CAA

Leading entertainment and sports agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed Los Angeles indie-electronic band, Smoke Season. The talent agency is known for its prestigious roster of actors, athletes and musicians.

Smoke Season will embark on a tour this summer to support the release of their new EP, Ouroboros. The agency will play an impactful role in the release of the accompanying Ouroboros' short film, created with production company, APLUSFILMZ, (Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kwelli, Murs).

Smoke Season formed in 2013 and shortly after, the duo released their debut EP, Signals and their follow-up EP, Hot Coals Cold Souls. Since then, the band has released buzzworthy singles garnering the attention of LA Weekly, LA Record, New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, FUSE TV, Music Connection Magazine and many tastemakers blogs. The band was named Artist of the Month by The Deli Magazine as well as making Buzzfeed's list for the "11 Up and Coming Independent Musicians Making A Name For Themselves." Earlier this year, Smoke Season announced the upcoming release of their independent film and EP, Ouroboros.

Smoke Season's notable performances include the Sundance Film Festival, CMJ, SXSW, Noise Pop 2015, and San Diego CityFest. They have sold out shows at The El Rey, The Chapel, The Roxy, The Glass House and more. With an extensive touring history already, the duo is confident CAA can take them to the next level. They are currently preparing for SXSW and the release of their new video/single, "When The Smoke Clears," the second part in a four-part series.

About CAA: Founded in 1975, Hollywood's top entertainment and sports agency, Creative Artists Agency represents many of the most successful and acclaimed artists in film, television, music, video games, theatre, fashion and digital content. Their roster includes names such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, AC/DC, Lana Del Rey, Beck and many more. CAA is a four-time recipient of the award for "Best In Talent Representation and Management." CAA has offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Nashville, London, Beijing, St. Louis, Stockholm, and Mumbai.

PR Contact:
Amanda Blide // LaFamos PR

Booking Contact:
Emily Vandemark, Janet Kim // CAA

Management Contact:
Tracy Brown // CO5

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Xsidion Balances Musical Chaos With Second EP 'Behind The Mask'

Electronic music DJ and producer Xsidion has released his sophomore EP Behind the Mask. Transcending the eclecticism of his debut Anarchy, Behind the Mask delivers a more synergetic musical chaos. It further proves Xsidion's ability to brilliantly parallel and superpose opposing genres. The EP is available here:

His penchant for classical music colours the entire album with smooth synths and piano riffs, but also includes Xsidion's trademark disorderly style pushing through. Xsidion recently released a new track, 'Jullaby', leading to the EP, which introduced a soft but striking progressive house approach, abandoning the apocalyptic atmosphere he created in his debut EP Anarchy. The mellow yet mighty track 'Paradox' cultivates trance vibes to the greatest effect, though disturbed by underlying melancholy. Overall, Behind the Mask proves that Xsidion is an artist who knows his niche yet never fails to redesign the box.

Xsidion is a DJ and producer based in Las Vegas, whose musical stylings cover electro, house, hip-hop, trap, dubstep and more. He's opened for the likes of Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris in Las Vegas, as well as several other local DJs.

Missing Link Music Signs Rell The Soundbender

Missing Link Music has recently signed a worldwide administration agreement with Rell The Soundbender. An extraordinary producer, Rell has a passion for infusing different Trap sounds into his music. The producer started his career securing placements with notable Hip-Hop talent including Lloyd Banks, Jim Jones, and Flo-Rida. With the creative instinct for blending the unexpected, Rell's inventive production process soon led him to aligning multiple genres that typically remain separate.

He also has produced the Trap hits "Grimey Thirsty" and "Angels X Demons", both of which have been featured many times on "Diplo's BBC Radio 1Xtra Mixes." His Panamanian background led him to embrace "Moombahton," which resulted in his track with David Heartbreak "Killa" being placed on the Moombahton Forever Compilation on T&A Records.

Rell The Soundbender has taken to describing his sound as "a battle where lasers and drums fight to the death." He has also become notorious to Trap aficionados through his live appearances at Miami's Winter Music Conference, while also sharing stages with DJ Craze, DJ Sliink, gLAdiator and more. With his profile rapidly rising, Rell continues to push sonic boundaries by "sound-bending" Hip-Hop, Trap, Moombahton (house/reggae fusion), House and wherever else the music takes him. Missing Link is proud to have Rell join its esteemed roster of artists, songwriters and producers.

About Missing Link Music:
Missing Link is one of the leading independent music publishing companies in the U.S., offering fast, efficient and transparent licensing, and royalty collection for songwriters and rights holders. Founded in 1996, Missing Link started with the vision of offering the songwriter a modern music publishing and rights management platform. Through proactive negotiation of favorable rights holder terms in its agreements and licenses, Missing Link was launched to place the songwriter's needs first-be it royalty collection, international administration or creative support.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Missing Link Music's roster boasts hundreds of Multi-Platinum songwriters and recording artists, while overseeing multiple global hits and thousands of major label-released songs.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Time To Raise A Glass & 'Drink' For St. Patrick's Day, With Celebratory Single From Ayhan Sahin's Album 'Pop'

St. Patrick's Day is all about celebrating with a glass raised to the joys of life, love, family and all good things. Who needs a parade to step in line for the best of times, given the release of joyous new single "Drink," from the upcoming album "Pop," the first full-length namesake collection from songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin, released by his indie label Young Pals Music. Vocals in "Drink" are commandeered by veteran New York City-based singer & musician Denny Blake, whose credits include metal band Helix and the Billy Joel Broadway musical "Movin' Out."

The album "Pop" features 12+ diverse vocalists & musicians across a myriad of styles, including R&B & soul, dance, jazz, country and of course... pop. All songs are co-written and co-produced by Sahin with hit songwriter Bernadette O'Reilly, who has also worked for three decades in artist relations, management and song placement.

"Drink" offers a nod to all things worth celebrating, as Blake sings, "Five o clock, the weekend's here and I got a little plan, free the next 48 hours... Time to get back what I give/Drink to the ones you love, to your god above, Drink to a better way, to a summer day/Drink to the milkman, to the one-night stand, to the cabbies, your sugar daddy, drink to St. Paddy..."

In addition, the song features a rap shout-out to a roster of beloved New York City haunts worth raising a glass to—including the likes of Jake's Tavern, Raccoon Lodge, Otto's Shrunken Head, One Fish Two Fish, Planet Rose, 40/40 Club, Coney Island High, Tally Ho, Jimmy's Corner and the West Village's Ty's. No, it's not Fetty Wap delivering the flow: It's none other than co-writer O'Reilly.

Add to the global reach of "Drink" a third songwriting credit—alongside Sahin and O'Reilly—from Turkey's most-acclaimed female singer/songwriter Sezen Aksu. She descended upon New York City in 2006 to record a dozen songs, while embracing multiple songwriting sessions... including "Drink." In her native Turkey, Aksu is known as "the mother of all Turkish pop stars." Yes, she is the Madonna of the nation.

The track is already gaining views on YouTube with a lyric video for "Drink" launched at the beginning of the month. An official video release will be celebrated before St. Patrick's via an extravagant collective of footage from around the world collected from fans singing along to the song in bars, taverns and all other festive locations. The song is available for purchase on iTunes.

The album "Pop" is the first namesake project for Turkish-born songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin. Sahin has achieved notoriety in a range of musical genres, from pop, rock and dance to musical theater. In 2015, he co-wrote and produced the debut album for Mexican superstar & Broadway veteran Bianca Marroquín. "El Mundo Era Mio" was featured in a live segment and performance from New York City on Univision's top-rated morning show "Despierta America", while garnering record sales on iTunes.

Sahin has also worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Sandra Bernhard and five "American Idol" finalists. His music has been featured on CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Playbill, MTV, Yahoo! Music and "The Wendy Williams Show"; and heralded by USA Today, New York magazine, MTV and The New York Daily News.

All instrumentation for "Pop" was recorded live with renowned New York musicians, including Dan Delvecchio on guitars, synth & keyboards from Rob Preuss, Mike Sorrentino on drums, and Carras Paton on bass. It was mixed by Sahin and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound.