Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chicago Based Rock Band Introduce Us To "The Lost Art OF Empathy"

Chicago Illinois very own "Voice Of Addiction" look to introduce Chicago and the world to "The Lost Art Of Empathy." The politically charged and socially conscious Rock and Punk band recently released their sixth album "The Lost Art Of Empathy on July 16th, 2017. The album is distributed by Wrecking Ball Production and is available for purchase on the band's website and is available for streaming on all major platforms.

The song "Rustbelt" is the album's first single and it was also released on July 16th, 2017. Promotional efforts combined with touring is planned to promote the single. A direct link below is provided to listen to the single pre-hand. A private link can be provided for media and radio to download for review and rotation by request via email at:

Physical copies are also available per request to the above email.

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A South-East tour is in place to support and promote the album. The next Chicago based show will be "Punk Rock Weekend Kick Off Party" at Liar's Club with The Hex Bombs & Squared Off on August 14th.

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Voice Of Addiction was founded in Chicago in 2004 and currently consist of members, preferring only their nicknames used, Ian Johnny X (Vox, Bass Guitar) Make-Up Jake (Guitar, Vocals) LOOKING (Drums). The band has been around over a decade doing over 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. They have had 5 prior official releases & independently has sold 6,500 physical copies. Realizing the importance of live shows to their career, the band never fails to deliver a highly dynamic and energetic performance in which all are encouraged to participate. A feature length documentary is due to be released in 2018.



"It may sound like an attempt to start a revolution and the band has no problem with that, but the purpose in the music is awareness that maybe the wheels need to be dismantled, not reinvented" -Local Vertical

"The DIY trio blends rock, ska, and metal into an explosion of sound, touching on modern subjects with a view that is simultaneously radical and relatable" -Lumino Magazine

"... A punk band out of Chicago who have made it their mission to spread the word of injustice worldwide through playing socially conscious music." -Target Audience Magazine

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Village People's Iconic Cowboy Randy Jones Sets Summer On Fire With A Cascade Of Remixes For Single 'Hard Times'

If it takes a "Village," then Randy Jones is ready to rope in the masses for the summer of 2017. The renowned vocalist, film star, philanthropist, all-round nice guy - oh, and the beloved cowboy from American Music Award-winning The Village People - follows the release of his successful single "Hard Times" with no less than eight club remixes from Mark Saunders, Erik Kupper, Drew G, Tim Cox and more.

Randy Jones' 2017 single "Hard Times" from Young Pals Music offers an empowering message that tough times may come and go, but with the will to win, you can always land "on the right line."

Jones not only remains a fixture among New York City's entertainment illuminati, but he is a gifted solo artist. Collaborating with songwriter/producers Ayhan Sahin and Bernadette O'Reilly, Jones brings his vocal machismo to the joyous uptempo fanfare, driven by the track's flourish of acoustic guitars, pounding percussion and a chorus of angelic voices.

As a reminder, amid a four-decade career, Jones helped sell 100 million singles/albums and fostered a quarter billion views on YouTube, thanks to "Macho Man," "In the Navy," "Go West" and "YMCA." Add to that the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, alongside a co-starring role in the 1980 musical comedy film "Can't Stop the Music," directed by Nancy Walker- and also starring (then) Bruce Jenner.

"It's so good to be back in the game... oh, no wait, I never stopped playing the game," Jones jokes. "Seriously, keeping my voice out there and persistently being able to perform is not only great fun, but it is a testament to those fans who have stayed strong with a cause that is so much greater than anything I could ever do. I'm proud to still be doing what I love to do... every damn week!"

Adds producer and co-songwriter Sahin, "Having Randy Jones coming full force for ‘Hard Times' has been crazy fun. Then, adding these incredibly talented remixers to the project raises the bar all the more. I can't wait to hear Randy across clubs all summer."

Indeed, "Hard Times" arrives at the ideal time. The Village People are celebrating their 40th anniversary since "Macho Man" became the group's first U.S. top 40 hit. That, of course, was followed by the beloved "Y.M.C.A.," "In the Navy" and countless dance hits. Add to that the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever," whose soundtrack ultimately sold 15 million copies. Disco resurgence, anyone?



Monday, September 4, 2017

Evamore To Host Music Event On BMI Rooftop Nashville

Nashville music tech company EVAmore (Events, Venues, Artists & more) whose award-winning online platform automates booking live entertainment announced they are hosting their own event – a rooftop party which will showcase their top booked live entertainment this month. "EVA's Social" will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00PM on the BMI Rooftop on Music Row in Nashville.

"EVAmore is hosting this event to keep our event planners in the know with a showcase of live entertainment that is currently receiving the highest number of bookings this month on our automated online platform," says Channing Moreland, CEO / Co-Founder EVAmore. "Please RSVP and join us on top of Music Row for an exciting evening of live music, drinks, food and fun at EVA's Social!"


Wednesday, September 13
BMI Rooftop
10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203

*RSVP REQUIRED (Free Event) via Eventbrite

About EVAmore
EVAmore (Events, Venues, Artists & more) provides an online platform at that automates the process turnkey for booking live entertainment for events. The easy to use website allows event planners to browse multiple genres and offers top vetted professional and reliable artists guaranteed to have a strong digital presence and recorded music material. Users set the event time, date and budget and request to book. They handle confirmation and the rest – it's that simple. EVAmore makes it easy and turnkey offering: Reliable Bookings; Simple Contracts and Secure Payment. The unique platform draws comparisons in the music and entertainment industry to the innovations presented by early platforms created for the travel industry in booking.

EVAmore was part of the inaugural class of the Project Music international accelerator program. In November 2015, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce awarded EVAmore as the 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wanna Dig Into Surf Music. Bongo Boy Records Gnarly Wave Volume Two By Various Artist

Hej America! The other day my friends at Bongo Boy asked me to give a listen to and share my thoughts about their new surf music compilation album Gnarly Wave Volume Two. Even in Sweden it is summer and who doesn't like the beach?? So with visions of Half Moon Bay, California in my head I cued up their latest release.

Bongo Boy Records Gnarly Wave Volume Two by Various Artists
Release Date: 7.14.17

1. Los Surfer Compadres - Eyes On The Market 3:05 - The song starts out with what sounds like the audio from a Spanish language movie. This is followed by the band laughing and then some classic surf guitar kicks in. There is no question the man can play the guitar! The drums and bass are locked in while both guitars go back and fourth. The organ fills the edges nicely and even steps up for a solo while the Spanish movie plays in the background. All in all, this is a really good effort!

2. Dylan McGuire - Hang 11 2:28 - I like the drum into. As an old drummer I kind of have a thing for big rolls. Dylan can definitely make so noise, but what really grabs my attention are the cool fills their drummer does while the guitar alternates with some muted chords before ripping into a shedding solo. This is a very good track. Well done guys.

3. Susan SurfTone - Subduction 2:20 - Ahh Susan SufrTone! I remember her from other Bongo Boy albums and I can say that I am a fan. I dig the bass line that hold this song together as the drummer alternates between a simple, yet rock solid beat and massive wipeout rolls. Then there is that smoking guitar. I find myself smiling and really grooving in time to the music. This is the kind of song that should be listened to in a red convertible driving down the Pacific Coast Highway.

4. The SpyTones - Somewhere in Siberia 3:52- I like the into. It is different from many other Surf songs. This song actually starts at a very slow tempo and reminds me of a 60s James Bond soundtrack. I really dig it. The Spy Tones are good players and it is nice to hear something a bit different from the standard Surf vibe. Well done guys and an A+ for creativity.

5. Les Fradkin , - Kick Sand 2:30 - My man, Les Fradkin - this is the guy who taught me that "New Age" music can be really good. Les, for that reason alone, you rank in the list of my favorite musicians. This song is anything, but New Age! I really like the sound his drummer is getting from the toms - thunderous, but not noise. Les, the guitar rocks, but it is your drummer I am listening to. The drums absolutely dominate. Make no mistake, the rest of the band is cranking out some fantastic sounds, but those drums simply OWN the track.

6. TarantinosNYC - Shindig 2:03 - Get ready for some old-school Surf. The guitar is cool and the organ just adds to the vibe. Just when I settle in to the groove I realize how outrageously fast yet clean the guitar is. His notes are crisp, it is only at the end of a phrase I hear a little whammy bar. These guys can rock.

7. 9th Wave -Surfin' with Poseidon 2:47 - Nice intro. I like the play between the guitars and the snare drum. I think their drummer has a little Punk in him. This is a very hypnotic song and my head is bouncing in time. I really like the descending chords that end with the drummer adding a short roll. Excellent song guys, very well done.

8. Agent Octopus - The Sun Chasers 2:42 - These guys get an award for a cool name! They should also get an award for musical ability. The guitar dominates, but it does so melodically. Granted, the bass is solid and as we hear during a short solo and with various fills, their drum-mer is no slouch, but I am really drawn to the very interesting guitar. I need to listen to this track again. It really grabbed my interest.

9. Tsunami Of Sound - Blue Fonda 3:17 - How can you not dig a band called the Tsunami of Sound?? Naturally, I immediately think of Phil Spector and the Wall of Sound. What I hear on this track is indeed a huge wave of sound that completely engulfs my brain. If Black Sabbath did Surf music it might sound something like this. This is just so cool!

10.Avante Gar - Apache 3:24 - Now this is cool! This is surf music for 2017. Is that drum
machine I hear or is he playing electronic drums? For some reason I am reminded of the early "alternative" bands such as Joy Division or even Bauhaus. The thing about this song is that, it is just so different from everything else. Yeah, I guess it is Surf, but to me it doesn't really fit the Surf mold. I had a similar feeling when I first heard Peter Murphy sing with Bauhaus, or when I first heard the Flock of Seagulls. Although these examples are musically quite differ-ent, the thing that they have in common with Avante Gar is that they were doing something no one else was doing at the time. Very cool guys, very cool.

11.The SpyTones - Rocketball 3:30 - The Spy Tones are back with another track and I like it. I dig the Sandy Nelson feel at the beginning. This song does have what I consider Surf overtones, but to me it is more of a rocking Swing song. There is no doubt these guys call all play and the whole Let There Be Drums groove makes my day.

12.The Derangers - Revenge of Chupacabra (!La Venganza!) 3:08 - Man, I love well used feedback. I am not sure, but I swear these guys are channeling the ghost of Jimi Hendrix. Granted, it is Surf and not Purple Haze, but the noise this band can make is just killer. I am impressed.

13.Susan SurfTone - Mint471 2:49 - Ms. SurfTone is back and I am glad she is. This band is just so talented, I can't get over it. I can just see their drummer with a big goofy grin as he wails and the guitar not only keeps up, but shreds. If you are a caveman who thinks women can't rock, get ready for the Enlightenment as Susan blows the roof off. Susan, I *really* want to see your live show!

14.The SpyTones - The 57 2:59 - The Spy Tones have contributed a third track to this dynamic album. I really like the groove laid down by the bass and drums at the beginning. How did they get that sound out of the drums? This track really sounds like a modified version of Wipeout with an added organ jam and more complex changes. All in all, I am really enjoying this song.

15.Los Surfer Compadres - Nairobi 4:37 - This time around the song starts with a news report in English of an alleged Holy Man appearing in Kenya. Then the blast hits and all thoughts of Buddahism or Maitreya vanish from my mind and I am captivated by the incredibly tight and fast music being played. The thing is there is a section of this song that I know I have heard before, but for the life of me I cannot remember where. Give it a listen and see if you can iden-tity that bit of the song. I don't understand the ending of the song in which it sounds like astro-nauts counting "1 2 3 4 5, 5 4 3 2 1 into death". In any case, whatever the purpose of the ending is, the music is very good.

So folks, the bottom line is if you dig Surf music this album is a must. If you want to stick your toe in the surf, then this is a good way to get started. This really is a good album. - The Grouch | Sweden

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