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YOB Share Amoeba Green Room Session + Kick off North American Tour On Tuesday

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Oregon – YOB, who kick off a new round of North American tour dates on Tuesday, share a recently taped Amoeba Green Room session. The session was filmed during the band’s previous national tour and features the songs “The Lie That is Sin,” “Breathing from the Shallows,” and “Our Raw Heart,” the title track from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album. View the session HERE.

Born in Berkeley, CA in 1990, Amoeba Music Hollywood is the world’s largest independent record store. Nestled deep inside Amoeba Hollywood is its Green Room, home for each of its visiting artists and an intimate performance space. Amoeba’s Green Room Sessions have featured stripped down, acoustic performances by Julien Baker, First Aid Kit, and Father John Misty, as well as full-throttle, powerhouse electric sets from Youth Code, U.S. Girls, and The Heavy.

Album Success

Our Raw Heart surfaced on a wide range of best of 2018 lists, nabbing the #1 spot in Decibel Magazine’s extensive year-end issue, as well as receiving nods from NPR, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Mashable, New York Magazine’s Vulture, Noisey, Treble and more.

Consequence of Sound’s Heavy Consequence said of the album that they placed at the top of their 2018 countdown:Our Raw Heart… possesses a serene almost uplifting quality,”
while PopMatters, who also placed the release at the top of their Best Metal of 2018 list, said “… true art… offers us an insight into the most frightening of human emotions. Our Raw Heart acts as a portal to another’s pain…”

YOB‘s eighth album, Our Raw Heart, is a riveting document of Scheidt‘s year,” said Rolling Stone in an online feature. “A gauntlet of sickness and health, clarity and confusion, the record wrestles with mortality and ultimately perseveres.” Decibel Magazine, in their July cover story said “one of the byproducts” of Scheidt’s illness “is a brilliant new album that takes the YOB blueprint of punishingly heavy, delightfully angular doom/sludge into unexplored areas of heart-breaking melody and triumphant resolve.” The album has won accolades from the Associated Press (“Yob… swing effortlessly between menacing distortion and hushed reverie”), NPR (“…the group’s sprawling gravity and thunderous majesty have taken an introspective turn…”), Pitchfork (“…metal that sounds sensuous, bellicose, and jubilant all at once”).

North American Tour

Tickets, as well as exclusive ticket and merch bundles, are on-sale now. The bundles, which can be found via YOB‘s website, include an entry ticket, an exclusive t-shirt as well as the option of vinyl or CD versions of Our Raw Heart.

YOB Tour Dates:

(All dates with Voivod and Amenra except where noted)

March 26 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
March 27 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
March 28 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups SOLD OUT
March 29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 30 Toronto, ON Phoenix
March 31 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
April 2 Portland, ME Geno’s SOLD OUT
April 3 Boston, MA Royale
April 4 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
April 5 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
April 6 Richmond, VA Broadberry
April 7 Raleigh, NC Kings
April 9 Knoxville, TN Concourse
April 10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
April 11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
April 12 Houston, TX Warehouse
April 13 Austin, TX Barracuda
April 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
April 16 Denver, CO Marquis Theater *
April 18 Phoenix, AZ Club Red +
April 19 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick + SOLD OUT

* – No Voivod
+ – YOB only

YOB Is:

Travis Foster (drums)
Aaron Rieseberg (bass)
Mike Scheidt (vocals/guitar)

YOB Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Featured photo (top) by Jimmy Hubbard


Spotlights Premiere New Song, “The Particle Noise,” via Kerrang! + New Album, Love & Decay, Arrives April 26

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Spotlights premiere new song, “The Particle Noise,” via Kerrang! magazine. The song is from the band’s forthcoming album, Love & Decay (April 26, Ipecac Recordings). Listen via Kerrang! HERE.

Guitar player/singer Mario Quintero talks about the meaning behind the track, “’The Particle Noise’ is a multi-dimensional song. Mainly being a love story about the beginning of the universe. A moment so intense that it encapsulates what it means to exist. This all being a metaphor for this person’s infatuation with another, so strong it tears them to pieces and reforms them over and over.”

About the record, Mario continues “It’s intangible, It’s intense. It’s beautiful. There’s an impending darkness underneath everything and a sense of unease, but it’s also honest and vulnerable. It’s just really important to us. Regardless of why anyone might react, that’s why we do it.

Mario handled the production work on the eight-song album, which was recorded in he and bass player/singer Sarah Quintero’s basement. Love & Decay also finds the band officially grow to a trio, with touring drummer Chris Enriquez becoming a full-time member.

The physical version of Love & Decay features a bonus track: “Sleepwalker.” Album pre-orders including a mauve-colored 2LP set, are available now with digital pre-orders including an instant download of “The Particle Noise” and the previously released song, “The Age of Decay”. Pre-order Love & Decay HERE.

Praise For Seismic:

Seismic is also imbued with an almost celestial warmth. After all, if you’re going to shoegaze, why not do so from way up in the stars.” – RECORD COLLECTOR

Seismic…both sharpens up the guitar and intensifies the somnambulist sheen…they are at their best when strands of guitar and synthesizer tangle and weave, producing something akin to a lullaby, albeit one that’s far from sleep-inducing…it is nimble and concise, thoughtful and focused – a sideways take on the genre and a refreshing change from the downbeat onslaught of their nearest contemporaries.” – THE WIRE

With vast soundscapes under heavy skies and tinged with a noir 80s nuance that elevates Spotlights‘ stylishly forward-thinking atmospheric bludgeon.” – METAL HAMMER

“[Spotlights] balance delicate atmospherics [and] crushing sounds,” – REVOLVER

… the Quinteros make some truly huge-sounding music, much of it crushing. There’s an ethereality and grace about it, however, which makes the ambitious expanse of Seismic consistently interesting throughout its hour-plus runtime.” – TREBLE ZINE

They avoid many of the common pitfalls associated with some shoegaze or sludge artists in that the album never feels like it drags. Sometimes doomy, sometimes romantic, it’s as heavy as it is beautiful.” – GHETTOBLASTER

About Spotlights

Spotlights‘ story happens void of spectacle, show, or tableau. However, in this day and age, that might be why their story feels so serendipitous and strange, if not utterly surprising. This story also instantly appealed to some rather influential peers who lent an early endorsement. Two musicians – a husband-and-wife duo, Mario [guitar, synths, vocals] and Sarah [bass, guitar, vocals] – simply pick up their instruments and mainline dense distortion, spacey soundscapes, and unnervingly serene vocal transmissions directly from the heart. This unpredictable, yet unassuming sound quietly heralded their arrival in 2016 on the DIY debut album, Tidals.

Brooklyn Vegan stumbled upon the project and streamed “Walls.” The song eventually entranced musician and producer Aaron Harris (ISIS/Palms) who shared it with Palms’ singer, and Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno. An invite to open the Deftones summer tour soon followed and kickstarted an envious touring resume, with the band having been picked to open for the Melvins, Quicksand, Hum, Glassjaw, Pelican and Pallbearer. Ipecac Recordings co-founders Mike Patton and Greg Werckman fell under the band’s spell and signed them. SpotlightsIpecac Recordings’ debut, Seismic, arrived in in the Autumn of 2017. During the following months, Spotlights also recorded an Audiotree session and released the Hanging By Faith EP.

Spotlights Is:

Mario Quintero – Guitar/singer
Sarah Quintero – Bass/singer
Chris Enriquez – Drums

Spotlights Online:

Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Featured photo (top) by Miser Photo


Queen + Adam Lambert Rock the 91st Academy Awards

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Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2019) – The 91st Academy Awards saw the world’s biggest rock band own Hollywood’s biggest night.

Legendary rock band QUEEN + Adam Lambert opened—and stole—the show at the star-studded Oscars, performing a medley of two of their most iconic songs, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” getting a much-deserved standing ovation from Tinseltown’s elite. Watch their electrifying tour de force HERE.

Queen Is First Rock Band to Ever Open the Oscars

It was also a history-making performance, as QUEEN is the first rock band to ever open the Academy Awards. “Guitarist Brian May was the first to appear on stage, shredding on his guitar to the iconic beat of ‘We Will Rock You,’” wrote Rolling Stone. “Lambert joined, paying homage to (Freddie) Mercury’s gravity-defying vocals and unmistakable showmanship.”

Bohemian Rhapsody Is Highest-grossing Biopic of All Time

QUEEN, who were recently the No. 1 streamed artist on Spotify, was celebrating the Oscar nomination and blockbuster success of the award-winning 20th Century Fox film, Bohemian Rhapsody, a tribute to the band’s enduring legacy and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing biopic of all time and the fifth top-grossing release of all time for Fox.

The legendary Bohemian Rhapsody single, regularly cited as one of the greatest songs ever recorded, was recentlyrecognized as the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 10 on Spotify’s Global Top Songs Chart and has been on that chart every week since the film’s release.

QUEEN original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will team up once more with vocalist Adam Lambert for the Rhapsody tour, an epic 25-date run from mid-July through late August. The North American headline tour will be produced by Live Nation. 

After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album For Your Entertainment which included the international hit “Whatya Want From Me” and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album Trespassing which became the first album to reach the number one spot in the US and Canada by an openly gay artist. His highly anticipated third album The Original High was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback and included the smash hit “Ghost Town.” Adam joined the cast of Glee for a six-episode story in 2013 and performed the role of Eddie in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He went on to judge on The X Factor Australia where his artist, Isaiah, won the show. 2019 will see Adam releasing his fourth album, and also exploring the world of film, voicing character Emperor Maximus in upcoming animated-live action hybrid movie Playmobil: The Movie. His new song “Feel Something” came out on February 22nd. 

Click here for full tour itinerary.

 

September Mourning Launches U.S. Tour with Smile Empty Soul Next Week

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September Mourning have been turning heads in the dark art and metal scenes for years, bringing a fusion of dark culture and fantasy based in the world of comic books to life on stage. Created by September Mourning frontwoman Emily Lazar and comic book legend Marc Silvestri, the comics “A Murder of Reapers” and “The Hand of Fate” (collectively “Volume I“, published by Top Cow/Image Comics) tell the tale of September, a human/reaper hybrid with no memory of her past. Empowered with supernatural gifts, she is driven to protect humanity from Fate and his Reapers.

This mysterious story – brought to life by September Mourning‘s potent mixture of dark pop, electronica and modern metal – can be experienced in auditory form via their latest Billboard-charting (#19, Heatseekers) Sumerian Records release, Volume II, out now (Amazon | iTunes | Spotify).

In late 2018, September Mourning released the singles “Empire“, “Glass Animals” (video below), and the third chapter of their story, “Trinity“. More music will be released in 2019 and “The Complete Collection“, a full graphic novel containing all four chapters of the story, will hit comic stores in early 2019.

U.S Tour With Smile Empty Soul

Witness September Mourning on the road this winter during their upcoming tour with headliners Smile Empty Soul and fellow support artist Rise Among Rivals! The tour begins next week on February 28 in St. Louis, MO, and will visit over a month’s-worth of major U.S. cities, coming to an end on April 6 in Newport, KY.

September Mourning are no strangers to the stage, having built up their touring resume by performing at massive events such as Download (UK), Rock on the Range (Columbus, OH), Aftershock (Sacramento, CA), Comicpalooza (Houston, TX), AC Boardwalk Con (Atlantic City, NJ), Anime Midwest (Chicago, IL), Mechacon (New Orleans, LA) and many more.

September Mourning says about the tour: “We are beyond excited to join Smile Empty Soul and Rise Among Rivals for the Oblivion of Souls Tour. This is our first Soul Collection of the new year and we look forward to seeing both new and old souls on the road. Expect an intense showcase of all things dark rock as we gather souls across the US this spring.”

See below for a full listing of tour dates (please note that specific dates notated with an asterisk feature September Mourning only), and pick up tickets via their website HERE.

September Mourning U.S. tour dates with headliners Smile Empty Soul:

2/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar*
3/1 – Atkins, AR @ Dirt Days at Sweeden Island Park
3/2- Memphis, TN @ RockHouse Live
3/3 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
3/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
3/6 – Scranton, PA @ Stage West
3/7 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
3/8 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
3/9 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster Underground
3/10 – Providence, RI @ 5th Annual Providence Tattoo and Music Festival at Fete Music Hall
3/12 – Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music and Events
3/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at The Chance
3/14 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Music Hall
3/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
3/16 – Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
3/17 – Akron, OH @ The Empire Concert Club and Bar
3/19 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s Inner City
3/20 – South Bend, IN @ Cheers Pub
3/21 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
3/22 – Heath, OH @ Muddy Creek Saloon
3/23 – Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
3/24 – Sturtevant, WI @ Route 20
3/27 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Iowa City
3/28 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
3/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
3/30 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Oklahoma City Limits
3/31 – Wichita, KS @ The Elbow Room*
4/2 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre*
4/3 – Sioux Falls, IA @ Bigs Bar*
4/4 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s Bar & Grill*
4/5 – Braidwood, IL @ Top Fuel Saloon*
4/6 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House*

*= September Mourning Only

Announcing New Signing with The Oracle Management

September Mourning are also pleased to announce their recent signing with The Oracle Management. Founded by Dez (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) and Anahstasia Fafara, The Oracle Management is powered by passion, honesty, integrity and a militant devotion to the creative arts.

September Mourning says about signing with The Oracle Management, “We have been preparing to bring the next chapter of our trans-media story to life and cannot express how excited we are to bring The Oracle Management on board to help facilitate this. With such a solid roster of established and emerging artists, alongside an insatiable drive and dedication to each individual acts’ success, The Oracle promises to be just what we need to achieve our future goals.

The Oracle Management Vice President and COO Dez Fafara adds, “The Oracle Management is proud to sign September Mourning to our management roster. This band is fire, so get ready! It will be our pleasure to guide them to a very bright future. Here we grow!

September Mourning Is:

Emily Lazar (September) – Vocals
Rich Juzwick (Riven) – Guitar
Patrick Romanelli (Wraith) – Guitar
Kyle Mayer (Stitch) – Drums

September Mourning Online:

Website | Facebook | Instagram
Twitter | YouTube | Snapchat


Featured photo (top) by Curtis Noble


The Party After Debut “Philophobic” On Valentine’s Day

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Omaha, NE based, alternative rock group, The Party After,
have released a debut single, “Philophobic” on Valentine’s Day. They quickly teamed up with director/producer David M. Weiss and producer Angela Root with D.M.Weiss Productions to pair with the song a music video that would inspire humor through creative visual themes and a song that digs deep into the unpleasant sides of attraction.

The Party After Philophobic Video Still

This new tune, mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominee Tom Ware at Warehouse Productions, is a story of the darker side of love and of the negative emotions that can come attached to it. The video revolves around a newly formed relationship between the mythological beast known as Sasquatch and a beautiful, blonde woman (Gina Comparetto) who seems poised to turn this hairy wonder into her ideal man. Watch the video HERE.

The power trio was formed initially as a four-piece in 2011 under a different name, but after tumultuous events on the road to stardom, the remaining three members have rebranded and are getting ready to hit the ground running yet again. Along with a new batch of hard-hitting, catchy tunes, the group has brought their live show to an energetic level that contagiously keeps the party rocking. The Party After has plans to continue releasing more singles, and possibly more video content, before the end of the year. If they come near you, don’t miss the chance to see this party in action!

The Party After Is:

Jared Gottberg
Tony Bates
Derek Talburt

The Party After Online:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube



The Faim To Join Andy Black On Spring North American Tour

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Los Angeles, CA – Rising pop-rock group, The Faim, will be joining Black Veil Brides’ frontman, Andy Black, on a massive North American tour this spring in support of their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse (2018 via BMG). The band will provide direct support on the 28-date trek runs that throughout April and May, kicking off in Sacramento, CA on Sunday, April 7 and wrapping in Virginia Beach, VA on Friday, May 17. The run also hits major cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Toronto. The full list of shows is included below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15 and can be purchased HERE.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be supporting Andy Black on his tour across the USA and Canada! These will be our first ever Canadian shows and our second tour of the U.S., so we’re looking forward to performing for both familiar and brand new faces on the road,” says the band.

The Faim have also released the official music video for “Fire,” the lead single from their forthcoming debut album. The ‘fire’ in the song refers to the quartet’s burning passion to create, express themselves, and grow as musicians. The video was filmed just south of London and captures frontman Josh Raven at different stages in his life. The footage also features an energetic and engaging live performance from the band, highlighting that inner drive and desire to succeed. Fans can watch the new offering HERE, and the song is available to stream and download on digital retailers HERE.

Fire” has already secured notable playlisting, including Spotify’s New Music Friday (France, Netherlands), New Noise, and Pop Rock Shot, as well as Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative (40 countries), A-List Alternative (Germany), and Best of the Week (Austria). “Make Believe,” a standout track from the group’s Summer Is a Curse EP, was also played on a recent episode of Legacies on The CW and subsequently landed on Spotify’s Film & TV Favorites sync playlist.

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

The Faim is currently on their first ever headline tour, resulting in numerous sold out shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and their hometown of Perth in January. Their European headline run has also produced sold-out dates in London, Southampton, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Hamburg, not to mention eight venue upgrades due to popular demand.

The four-piece will be releasing more new music soon, with their first full-length LP slated for release in the fall. Stay tuned for more news to come, and keep up with the band on social media below.

Andy Black Admat 2019 (feat The Faim)

The Faim Tour Dates:

2/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash * [SOLD OUT]
2/13/19 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk * [UPGRADED]
2/14/19 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom * [UPGRADED]
2/15/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea *
2/17/19 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns *
2/18/19 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo * [UPGRADED]
2/19/19 – Milan, Italy @ HT Factory *
2/20/19 – Paris, France @ Les Étoiles *
2/22/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar *
2/23/19 – Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick Club *

4/7/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades ^
4/9/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon ^
4/10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre ^
4/12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl ^
4/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre ^
4/14/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theatre ^
4/16/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
4/17/19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^
4/19/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill ^
4/20/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box ^
4/22/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^
4/23/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live ^
4/25/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts ^
4/26/19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger ^
4/29/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
4/30/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage ^

5/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre ^
5/3/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ^
5/4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes ^
5/6/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation ^
5/7/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro ^
5/8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater ^
5/10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub ^
5/11/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic ^
5/13/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House ^
5/15/19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral ^
5/16/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts ^
5/17/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 ^

* Headline
^ Supporting Andy Black

The Faim Is:

Josh Raven / Lead vocals
Sam Tye / Guitar
Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard
Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion

The Faim Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube



Feature photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner



Jocelyn Releases Debut Single, “Speak Up,” And Announces Signing To BMG

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Los Angeles, CA – BMG is excited to welcome Jocelyn to the recorded music family! The Omaha-based singer/songwriter unveiled her debut single, “Speak Up,” last week, which is available to stream/download HERE. The official music video is also out today and can be viewed HERE.

“You may not know Jocelyn yet, but you will.” – Omaha World-Herald

The uplifting and infectious track was co-written in Los Angeles with producer/composer, Denny White, (The Fray, Tiësto) and chronicles a personal bullying experience she endured and how she worked to overcome it. With its righteous chorus, catchy guitar work, driving bass, and bombastic beat, listeners can hear traces of her major influences – from Shawn Mendes and Gabrielle Aplin, to Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran.

“ ‘Speak Up’ is about turning negativity into positive energy instead of letting the bullies drag you down,” says Jocelyn. “It’s about realizing that you are your own individual, so speak up and live by example.”

Jocelyn’s powerful voice, mesmerizing stage presence, rhythmic guitar playing, and tireless work ethic puts the heart into Heartland, utilizing her natural talent and mature perspective to connect with listeners no matter what venue she plays. Her career began to take off when a viral video for her original song, “Just Like Everybody Else,” went viral and brought her worldwide attention. Soon she was performing on TV for Steve Harvey’s Showcase” at the world-famous Apollo Theater and for Darius Rucker on an episode of “Celebrity Undercover Boss,” in addition to garnering notice from media in her hometown. She’s also become a staple in her local music scene, recently winning Best Pop Artist and Artist of the Year at the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards.

“Soulful yet spirited acoustic pop” – The Reader

Jocelyn is currently working on her first full-length album and will be releasing more music throughout the year. In the meantime, stay connected with her on her socials below.

“She’s a showstopper—and a guitar-wielding poet of sorts.”Omaha Magazine

Jocelyn Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube

Feature photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner

Evanescence Announce Spring U.S. Tour Dates

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Los Angeles, CA – Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, have announced a new batch of spring headline tour dates. The trek serves as a follow up to the group’s massive 2017 and 2018 “Synthesis Live” tours that featured a powerful live orchestra and received rave reviews nationwide.

The upcoming run marks Evanescence’s return to their signature rock shows, revered by fans across the globe. The trek takes the quintet throughout the east coast and southern U.S., kicking off in Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Event Center on Sunday, May 5th and wrapping in Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, May 19th.

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, February 8th
10:00AM Local Time

All tickets go on sale Friday, February 8th at 10:00am local time and can be purchased on the official Evanescence website HERE. Limited VIP packages will also be available, which include meet and greets with the band, access to watch sound check, and exclusive merch items.Tickets

Evanescence - Photo Credit: Paul Brown
Evanescence | Photo Credit: Paul Brown

Amy Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock’s pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop, this time cutting through a full orchestra.” – Variety

Evanescence will also hit the festival circuit this summer, with performances at Welcome To Rockville (Jacksonville, FL), Epicenter (Concord, NC), and Impact (Bangor, ME). The five-piece will also be the headlining act at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on Thursday, July 18th. The full tour routing is included below.

After touring European festivals and shows in 2016 and early 2017, Evanescence unveiled their fourth album and most ambitious effort to date, Synthesis. Released fall 2017 via BMG, the group worked in the studio with producer, Will Hunt, and orchestra arranger and composer, David Campbell. Synthesis features two new Evanescence songs in addition to fan favorites re-imagined with a live orchestra and electronica. The record debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was also the #4 Debut Top Album, #1 Debut Independent Album, #1 Current Rock Album, and #1 Debut Rock Album, not to mention receiving critical acclaim from media staples including Rolling Stone, Paste, Nylon, Loudwire, Kerrang!, and more.

Listen to Synthesis:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | TIDAL | Deezer

Haunting, powerful, and packed with poetic truth, Lee’s voice is one of the strongest in the game—recognizable and unparalleled.” – Nylon

The accompanying “Synthesis Live” tour launched in 2017 was augmented by Synthesis producer & live electronicist, Will Hunt, cellist and composer Dave Eggar, and conductor Susie Seiter. The band combined their intense performances and timeless songwriting with a gorgeous live orchestra, resulting in an ethereal concert experience. For the second leg of the tour in 2018, Evanescence teamed up with Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, for a successful co-headliner that was dubbed one of Live Nations Top 10 tours of the summer. Evanescence also released their new concert film, Synthesis Live, in October 2018, capturing the group’s incredible musicality. Synthesis Live can be purchased HERE, and fans can stream and download the tracks HERE.

Amy Lee‘s voice remains vibrant, soaring and sweet. She makes disappointment sound like romance.” – New York Times

Evanescence 2019 Tour Dates:

5/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
5/5 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Event Center *
5/7 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre *
5/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy Theater *
5/10 – Concord, NC @ Epicenter Festival
5/12 – Coraopolis, PA @ UPMC Events Center **
5/14 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center *
5/15 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *
5/18 – Camden, NJ @ MMRBQ Festival
5/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *

7/18 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
7/28 – Bangor, ME @ Impact Festival

* Headline
** On sale 2/15 at 10:00am local time

Evanescence Is:

Amy Lee / Lead singer-songwriter and keyboardist
Tim McCord / Bassist
Will Hunt / Drummer
Troy McLawhorn / Lead guitarist
Jen Majura / Guitarist + backing vocalist

Evanescence Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube


Featured (top) photo by Paul Brown



The Faim Release New Single, “Fire,” Premiering Exclusively With Forbes

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Los Angeles, CA – Emerging Australian pop-rock quartet, The Faim, is excited to kick off 2019 with their new single, “Fire.” Forbes premieres the track today HERE, describing it as, “a driving, indie-pop earworm…with potential to take hold of an arena-sized crowd.” Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Linus (blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Palaye Royale), the song is saturated with addictive pop-beats and dazzling guitar riffs, with the spotlight on frontman Josh Raven’s soaring vocals. Overall, “Fire” captures the band’s infectious, magnetic sound that has been building momentum and resonating with fans across the globe.

According to Josh, “The concept behind ‘Fire’ is about how dedicating yourself to achieve your dream can affect your relationships with those closest to you, be it family, friends, or loved ones. When you fully believe in something that you’re working towards, it can become an addiction. You become so focused on what you plan to achieve that you lose sight of what’s happening around you. This is what ‘fire’ refers to in the song: that burning passion to create, express ourselves, and grow as musicians that we can’t put out even if we tried.”

After a short holiday break following the group’s inaugural U.S. tour last year, The Faim wasted no time getting back on the road. The four-piece recently wrapped the Australian leg of their first ever headline run, resulting in sold-out shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and their hometown of Perth. Their European headline trek also commenced last week, with dates in London, Southampton, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Hamburg already completely selling out. A full routing is included below, with tickets available HERE.

Due for a commercial breakthrough” – Idolator

The Faim unveiled their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, last year (Sept. via BMG), along with four stellar singles, “Saints of the Sinners,” “Midland Line,” “Summer Is a Curse,” and “A Million Stars.” Since then, the outfit has seen massive growth across their digital platforms, racking up over 16 million total global streams and clocking over 11 million on “SIAC.” They’ve also toured exhaustively worldwide, supporting PVRIS, Sleeping With Sirens, Against The Current, Lower Than Atlantis, The Dangerous Summer, Hands Like Houses, and PVMNTS, and playing European festival staples including Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk, and more.

The Faim’s debut marked the first chapter in what is bound to be a grand story of one of alternative rock’s greatest bands.” – Live Nation’s Ones To Watch

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

The Perth natives originally got their start with renowned producer, John Feldmann, who was so impressed with their early demos that he invited them out to Los Angeles to record with him. There they enlisted the help of several notable co-writers, including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer. They also recently collaborated with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Dave Bassett (Vance Joy, Bishop Briggs), and Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Weezer).

There’s something so honest, so earnest about The Faim’s sound, you can’t help but feel it.” – idobi

The Faim is currently working on their debut album, which is slated for release later this year. Stay tuned for more news to come!

The Faim The Fire Single photo

The Faim Headline Tour Dates:

1/30/19 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Bodega
1/31/19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Key Club
2/2/19 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Think Tank
2/3/19 – Manchester, U.K. @ Rebellion
2/5/19 – Glasgow, U.K. @ King Tuts
2/6/19 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Academy
2/7/19 – London, U.K. @ The Garage
2/8/19 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg Upstairs
2/9/19 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
2/11/19 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
2/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
2/13/19 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
2/14/19 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom
2/15/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
2/17/19 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns
2/18/19 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
2/19/19 – Milan, Italy @ HT Factory
2/20/19 – Paris, France @ Les Étoiles
2/22/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar
2/23/19 – Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick Club

The Faim Is:

Lead vocals / Josh Raven
Guitar / Sam Tye
Bass, keyboard / Stephen Beerkens
Drums, percussion / Linden Marissen

The Faim Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube


Featured photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner


All-Star Metal Band IMONOLITH Reveals First Official New Single “Hollow”

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Imonolith – the new metal powerhouse featuring vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea), drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian Waddell (Devin Townsend Project), bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), and second guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) – is making an unforgettable entrance with a brand new official single, “Hollow”, available to stream/download for the first time today.

Experience the highly-anticipated new track via a brand new video:

“Hollow” serves as the perfect introduction to Imonolith, a band whose mission is simple: to write the heaviest riffs, the biggest hooks and most monstrous grooves. Given the impressive pedigree of each player, they do exactly this and more.

Stream or Purchase “Hollow” Here

Recorded and produced by Brian Howes and Jay Van Poederooyen (Nickelback, Chris Cornell, Airbourne, Hinder, Daughtry) at Van Howes Studios in Los Angeles, California, “Hollow” is immediately setting the bar high – and the best is yet to come.

Drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen comments: “‘Hollow’ is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don’t meet specific standards in your mind. The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It’s not about feeling hollow, it’s more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs.”

Fans can expect many surprises as they unveil more music. RVPcontinues: “As for ‘Hollow’, musically it represents the catchier side of Imonolith’s music. We have varying influences spread throughout the band and we don’t like to play just one style of music. We have a more metal crushing side, a catchier radio side and then music that fits in-between our heavy and catchier vibes. We always aim to make Imonolith’s overall sound diverse and interesting. Most of all, we’re always focused on trying to write a great song, no matter if it’s heavy or catchy.”

Imonolith was officially formed in February 2018 by drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian Waddell, although the pair started writing their own brand of heavy music in 2015 whilst playing together in the Devin Townsend Project. RVP and Waddell then went on to recruit vocalist Jon Howard, bassist Byron Stroud, and second guitarist Kai Huppunen, completing a fearsome line-up. The Canadian quintet have since written a mass of highly diverse material, which appeals to everyone from the metalhead to the radio rock fan, and everyone in between.

About Imonolith

Imonolith - Photo Credit: Dave Benedict
Imonolith | Photography: Dave Benedict

Since teasing demos and video clips online, Imonolith have amassed a dedicated legion of supporters worldwide, and with the release of the new single, their following is set to expand by the thousands. With their first run of shows throughout Canada announced and big international plans in the pipeline, 2019 is set to be a huge year for Imonolith.

Imonolith Confirmed Tour Dates:

February 23 – The Red Room, Vancouver, BC – Tickets
March 1 – Dickens, Calgary, AB – Tickets
March 2 – Starlite Temple, Edmonton, AB – Tickets

Imonolith Online:

 

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Featured photo (top) by Dave Benedict