Wednesday, December 24, 2008




The reality of depression and suicide has inspired artists to take part in the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR, a traveling college music tour committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health as well as making the access to help and hope for students safe and without fear. ALKALINE TRIO will headline the inaugural PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR--where impassioned artists join together to raise awareness and funds for depression and suicide prevention. ANBERLIN will support on the trek with newcomers SINGLE FILE opening the show. The PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR marks the first-ever suicide prevention tour happening on college campuses; the events are also open to the public. The trek will launch in April; look for tour dates and venues and a ticket pre-sale to be announced in early 2009.

The PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR is created through a partnership between the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) which boasts the largest audience on MySpace and Facebook:;; and 1-800 SUICIDE The National Hopeline Network. Through 1-800 SUICIDE--which provides a life-saving service that is private and confidential for people in need--callers are routed directly to the closest crisis center in their immediate area so that quick referrals to behavioral health services and other supports can be offered. Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE has received over 3 million calls and rescued more than 4,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans.

"In moments of bravery and confusion and honesty, people turn to 1-800-SUICIDE--over three million of them," points out Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) and PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR partners. "The folks at the Hopeline Centers have been answering those calls for ten years, picking up the phone when it's mattered most. Now it's our turn. This is our moment to respond." To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)--a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide--exists to encourage, inform and inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since 2006, they have responded to 80,000 messages from people in over 40 different countries.

The Alive! Mental Health Fair--present onsite at every show day on the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR--will contain booths with information, therapy and local help resources as well as offer education in suicide prevention with the goal of recruiting volunteers to be trained and staff local peer-to-peer hotlines and online crisis support centers at the college. The tour aims to inspire and raise awareness of students' mental health rights by spreading the best practices and guidelines for colleges, students and faculty set forth by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (

In another innovative move, the tour has partnered with to air live performances from the artists via the Internet as well as provide an immediate online confidential connection for fans in need. will create an essential connection for concertgoers in crisis who are unable to approach a booth at the show in-person either for direct help or to volunteer for the online counseling program.

"ALKALINE TRIO is thrilled to get to work with the Hopeline Network," says the band's frontman Matt Skiba. "We are especially excited about being a part of this whole tour and the cause it's supporting. Suicide is a very permanent solution to what may be a temporary problem and it feels great to be a part of something that is purely there to help people in times of desperation." Skiba adds, "If one life is saved because of the hotline, then I consider it a success and we're very proud to in any way be a part of something so positive."

ALKALINE TRIO's new single "Over And Out"--inspired by a story Matt read about a grieving woman waiting in vain for her slain husband to return from Iraq--offers a timely connection to the focus of PICK UP THE PHONE. The group released their sixth studio album Agony & Irony (Epic), which debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in July 2008. Alkaline Trio is Dan Andriano (vocals/bass), Derek Grant (vocals/drums) and Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), who emerged from the working class suburbs of Chicago in 1996. The band's career was propelled by the 2003 release of Good Mourning--their first full-length of the current lineup--which was met with critical praise. The band has since led the charge in defining a genre of music, selling nearly a million albums and continuing to maintain a rabid fan base.

"We're extremely excited to be on this upcoming tour because it brings together two of our favorite things: great music--such as Alkaline Trio--but also a helping hand to those in need and serving a purpose greater than the typical tour," notes ANBERLIN frontman Stephen Christian. "To Write Love on Her Arms, Hopeline, Post Secret and the fight for the prevention of suicide are all causes and organizations we firmly stand behind; we're always excited about touring, but to tour with a purpose makes it an unbelievable experience."

ANBERLIN released their fourth studio album New Surrender (Universal Republic) in September 2009 when it debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Originally hailing from Florida, the group--lead singer Stephen Christian, guitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young and guitarist Christian McAlhaney--have established themselves as one of alternative rock's most exciting acts. The group reinvented themselves with their 2007 mainstream breakthrough Cities, and after releasing three successful albums on the well-respected indie label Tooth & Nail, the band signed with Universal Republic to release their major label debut New Surrender.

Hailing from Denver, CO the power trio SINGLE FILE will open the show. After self booking and promoting hundreds of shows over several U.S. tours, as well as independently releasing and distributing three self-produced EP's, the group has signed with Reprise Records. SINGLE FILE teamed with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All American Rejects, Less Than Jake) to record their full-length debut Common Struggles, set for Spring 2009 release.

Partners for the first-ever PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR 2009 include:

About the National Hopeline Network 1-800 SUICIDE (784-2433) and the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC):

After losing his wife, Kristin Brooks to suicide in 1998, Reese Butler founded the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC), which created the National Hopeline Network 1-800 SUICIDE. In 2000, Reese gained the support of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and obtained more than seven million dollars to expand and support the National Hopeline Network which is comprised of 200 community crisis centers in 48 states. Callers in crisis to 1800-SUICIDE are routed to the closest crisis center in their immediate area so that quick referrals to behavioral health services and other supports can be offered. Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE has received more than 3 million calls and rescued more than 4,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans.

About To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA):

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story, a glimpse into a friend's life and her first steps to recovery from drug addiction, self-injury, and depression. The story, titled To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), and t-shirts Tworkowski printed to help pay for his friend's recovery, started a movement, not only within his local Orlando, FL community, but one that was swiftly embraced by people everywhere. Realizing a strong need to bring these mental health issues to light, Jamie created TWLOHA--a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide--and enlisted bands such as Paramore, Thrice, Anberlin, Switchfoot, Bayside, The Almost to spread TWLOHA's message. Jamie and TWLOHA joined national and international touring bands spreading their message of hope before bands took the stage each night. In August 2007, MySpace awarded TWLOHA the winner of their "Impact Award" for "Community Building," TWLOHA garnered the most votes in the history of the Impact Awards. To Write Love on Her Arms began with one broken girl, one painful night; addiction, depression, self-injury. It is the realization of what life can be when people commit to meeting a need. "A friend of mine told me there is no such thing as suicide prevention. This is an attempt to prove him wrong, to say that love can change a life. We can hold back the darkness. Rescue is possible," says Tworkowski.

About Synclive.Com: is a highly interactive music and entertainment Internet community that allows users to broadcast their live performances, as they happen, over the Internet to a worldwide audience. is currently reaching 127 countries with over 1 million video views a month. Shows can be broadcast from anywhere, at anytime. offers artists a tremendous promotional platform for worldwide exposure. It is a great way to promote new music, a new tour, new merchandise, and stay intimately connected with your fans. Shows are streamed live, recorded and stored at the artist's discretion for future on demand viewing. Our most used tool is the embedded player which allows an artist's live and on demand shows to be placed on all of their websites so fans can watch the show in the artist's environment. is free for artists, fans, and venues to use and is open to all genres of music and live entertainment.


Called "the most trusted stranger in America," Frank Warren is the sole founder and curator of the PostSecret Project: A collection of nearly 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. The site now receives more than 1,000,000 visitors every week. In 2005, the All American Rejects approached Warren about using images of actual PostSecret images in their "Dirty Little Secret" music video. They offered Warren $1,000, but Warren instead asked them to donate $2,000 to 1800-SUICIDE where Warren is a volunteer. The donation was made and the music video became one of the most requested on MTV. The National Mental Health Association presented Warren with an award for his work in raising public awareness of Suicide. The PostSecret project has now raised over $200,000 for 1800-SUICIDE. PostSecret has won the December 2008 "Myspace Impact Award" and will donate 100% of the proceeds to 1-800 SUICIDE.

For more information, visit:


“I think that the REPO! Road Tour must be seen to be believed. REPO! has inspired a community, and that community shows up in force on the road tour to bond, sing, and show off their fan-made REPO! costumes and props. I imagine this is what being there on the ground floor of The Rocky Horror Picture Show experience 33 years ago must have been like.” Stated Terrance Zdunich Actor/Co Creator.

The third and FINAL leg of the REPO! Road Tour is primed and ready to kick off January 13, 2009. Director Darren Bousman and actor/writer Terrance Zdunich will be heading out across the country to promote their film, REPO! The Genetic Opera. In anticipation of the dual release of the extended Soundtrack and the DVD on January 20th, Bousman and Zdunich will be taking over independent theaters and screening the film for fans in-person. The REPO! Road Tour is for fans to come out and be a part of the event together. Each city has put its own spin on the event, from fans dressing up as characters to theater-wide sing-a-longs, and more!

With sellouts on the first two REPO! Road Tours, Bousman and Zdunich look to repeat their success. Tickets are $15 and are on-sale Monday, December 29, at The event WILL sell-out, so make sure to buy yours early! Recently on REPO! Road Tour I and II, several cast members have joined the tour in select cities including Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega and Bill Moseley, as well as co-writer and band leader Darren Smith, so to all REPO! Fans; be prepared for special guests!

Bousman commented on the upcoming tour: “The REPO! Road Tour has become the single most important aspect of REPO. You haven't seen REPO until you have seen it with a packed house of dressed-up people singing with the movie. The Road Tour truly has turned into an event. It's like a concert. Every single show we have done thus far has been sold out. With lines wrapping around the block, the fan reaction is amazing.”

For the fans: REPO! Road Tour includes an introduction to the film by Bousman and Zdunich, a screening of REPO! The Genetic Opera, as well as a post-film Q&A session and autograph session with the filmmakers and Actors, and a chance to purchase exclusive REPO! Road Tour merchandise.


1/13- / TUESDAY -SALT LAKE CITY UTAH -The Tower Theatre


1/15- / THURSDAY- FOXBORO, MA -The Orpheum

1/16-/ FRIDAY - NJ - TBA

1/17-/ SATURDAY -GREENBELT, MD -The Greenbelt Theatre

1/18 -/ SUNDAY -CINCINNATI, OH -The Esquire Theatre

1/20-/ TUESDAY- ST.LOUIS, MO- The Landmark Tivoli

1/21- /WEDNESDAY- DENVER, CO- The Landmark Mayan

1/22-/ THURSDAY- JACKSON, MI- The Michigan Theatre

1/23-/ FRIDAY - MILWAUKEE, WI- The Oriental Theatre


REPO! The Genetic Opera: In the no-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GENECO, a biotech company that offers organ transplants...for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by THE REPO MAN. By fusing ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this futuristic tale of horror modernizes the “rock opera” genre with original music and rich, dark production design. This rock opera boasts an entirely original soundtrack that blends equal parts goth and punk rock to form an eerie and powerful musical narrative and features vocal performances by an amazing cast; Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Ohgr and more. Instrumentals and score provided by an all-star lineup that features performances from Joan Jett( who cameos in the film), Richard Patrick (Filter), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth's band), Sonny Moore (From First to Last), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie's band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.

For further info including a full list of confirmed dates and show times, visit

For behind the scenes footage and more visit the film’s main page

For the MOVEMENT report from the Orlando stop of the Road Tour click here:

Thursday, December 18, 2008


They Live!
OUT FEB 24th (marine parade)



Don't be surprised if Brighton based Evil Nine and their forthcoming album They Live! does for zombies what Daft Punk did for robots. With stomping electro drums, '80s Italian horror-movie synths, dirty punk basslines, and a wanton disregard for genre rules, the infamously subversive dance/electronic duo create an unstoppable soundtrack for the new virtual zombie revolution.

The title track (and first single) They Live! pays irreverent homage to cult director John Carpenter's classic 1988 sci-fi ghoulfest They Live with its ultra-catchy vocoder chorus ("They walk, they lie, they love, they live!/They wake, they fall, they cry, they live!/They fight, they fail, they die, they live!"). "We love that film and the weird, crunchy, stripped-down analog-electronic scores John Carpenter creates," Beaufoy says. "I've had a massive fascination with zombie films since I was a teenager," Pardy adds, which probably explains why they also recruited cult artist Dan Mumford (known for his infamous sicko album art for Gallows and other punk/metal classics) to create the gory horror-show like album art for this particular album.

The album itself features a number of surprising collaborations, foremost is Def Jux's radical mastermind El-P, whose brutal spitting transforms the apocalyptic slammer "All The Cash."

We hooked up with him after our DJ set at Coachella last year and really got along," Pardy says. "If there was one rapper we wanted to work with, it's El-P. And he was up for something different: I don't think he's much of a dance-music fan, but he's very open-minded musically." Elsewhere, Beans (of Anti-Pop Consortium) turns "Set It Off" into a Goth-meets-hip-house burner, while David, vocalist of Kitsuné buzz band Autokratz, adds melodic New Wave melancholy to "The Wait." "I'm not sure what David's singing about," Beaufoy admits. "I think it's about getting laid after a gig and trying to slip away quietly to avoiding any awkwardness." Additionally Seraphim (from Brooklyn indie-electro seditionaries No Surrender) and Bristol scenester Emily Breeze also make crucial cameos. "To us, Emily's the female Danzig," Pardy explains. "It was great having her make ballsy punk-rock-chick noise over us pretending to be a rock band. We always like to push people to do something completely new."

Creating this army of like-minded iconoclasts is all part of Evil Nine's plan to confound expectations. To that end, They Live! features pounding tracks that will work in any club, but filtered through unexpected influences spanning '80s cock rock, The Cure, early Prince, krautrockers Cluster, Can and Tangerine Dream, vintage noise punkers Suicide and Black Flag, and newer sonic saboteurs TV On The Radio and Queens of the Stone Age. As such, "Behemoth" welds Timbaland rhythms to Black Sabbath heaviness; "Feed On You" comes out somewhere between Beverly Hills Cop and a phantom death march; "Dead Man Coming" loops soundtrack composer/Goblin member Fabio Frizzi's theme from Zombie Flesh Eaters with ragga rudeness courtesy Toastie Taylor of U.K. rap crew New Flesh; "The Wait," meanwhile, incorporates the experiments of Paul Lansky, the early synth pioneer whom Radiohead sampled on "Idioteque." "He's a mad Princeton professor who experiments with strange noises," Beaufoy explains. "We're obsessed," Pardy says. "We can usually find something positive and inspiring about most of the music out there, we then fuck it up and twist it into our own thing." Equally individual will be Evil Nine's kinetic new live show: it features Pardy and Beaufoy singing and playing dueling bass guitars, synthesizers, samples onstage, an actual human drummer, fittingly spooky visual phantasmagoria along with group's new full-length They Live!—a worthy successor to their 2005 album debut You Can Be Special Too, one of the most acclaimed electronic albums in recent memory.





NEW YORK, N.Y.- For Virgin Records platinum-plus rockers THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, a busy holiday season is only getting busier in the two-month run-up to the much-anticipated February 3, 2009 release of the band's second album, LONELY ROAD.

The band played early Secret Santa to their worldwide fan community by posting the new album track "Pen & Paper" as a free download at the website, adding a stream of the song to, and letting viral word of mouth do the rest.

The album's kick-off single and video, the righteous rocker "You Better Pray," has already been streamed nearly 350,000 times on the RJA page, as it builds national airplay and climbs the alternative and modern rock radio charts.

Three months' worth of live dates have now been finalized, including year-end holiday celebrations presented by America's greatest rock radio stations; a month of headlining dates through the south and Midwest (including a stop in their hometown Jacksonville, Florida); and a series of gigs in Southeast Asia and Australia.

On Monday, December 15th, the final MTV2: UNLEASHED All-Day Premiere of 2008 will be "You Better Pray." The video will run on MTV2's online homepage and on MTV2's cablecast throughout the day, at the top of each video hour and in front of the channel's regular programming. Promo spots will feature teaser footage from the song's video clip for a week prior to premiere day.

THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS recorded LONELY ROAD, at the Valley Village, CA, studio of super-producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank, P.O.D., Less Than Jake, Daughtry, Seether, All-American Rejects). The album follows up DON'T YOU FAKE IT, the band's breakthrough debut, which charted for 62 weeks on Billboard's Top 200, scanning over a million copies in the U.S. to date, and selling more than 2.1 million copies of its singles.

Consisting of lead singer Ronnie Winter, guitarist/pianist/singer Duke Kitchens, bass/singer Joey Westwood and drummer/singer Jon Wilkes, RJA's extraordinary address of domestic violence in their first single, "Face Down," signaled the close relationship the band would keep with their fans as they grew from local sensations to platinum international hit-makers. "Everybody loves the band 'cause they know we are real and not contrived, and know the trailer that we started jamming in when we were 15 years old," Ronnie Winter told a interviewer during his brief downtime at home in Florida, just following completion of the new album. "The cops had to come shut us down. I still talk to those cops when I see them on the streets. It's one whole long story that has taken eight or nine years, so our community has been with us the whole time.

Accordingly, since the release of DON'T YOU FAKE IT, RJA has also been an active force for a wide array of charitable organizations and social causes, including teen suicide prevention (including co-headlining the US Take Action Tour with My Chemical Romance and Rise Against), mental health parity and a strong commitment to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, teaming up with their label Virgin Records, to raise funds.

In addition, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation has been formed as an umbrella group to support under-funded high school band programs, to promote and enhance student musical development; support individuals affected by domestic violence, to break the cycle of abuse; and contribute to research that focuses on management of acute hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients. "We've honestly always felt blessed, and the best way to give back is to…give back! Don't talk about it. Just do it. So our motto of, 'Doing good for no good reason' will always apply to this specific band, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus," Winter said.

RED ALERT…keep up with RJA and the upcoming release of LONELY ROAD at:

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation
P O Box 1060
Middleburg, FL 32050-1060


12/10/2008 Richmond, VA The National
WDYC Snow Ball
12/13/2008 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
12/14/2008 Detroit, MI The Fillmore The Night 89X Stole Christmas
12/16/2008 Portland, ME The Station
12/19/2008 Dothan, AL Dothan Arena Jingle Bell Rock 2008
01/09/2009 Tallahassee, FL Floyd's Music Store
01/10/2009 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
01/12/2009 Tulsa, OK The Marquee
01/13/2009 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
01/15/2009 Des Moines, IA People's
01/16/2009 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
01/17/2009 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
01/21/2009 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
01/23/2009 Toledo, OH The Omni
01/24/2009 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
01/25/2009 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theater
01/30/2009 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
01/31/2009 Fayetteville, NC Jester's Pub
02/03/2009 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
02/04/2009 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
02/06/2009 Spring,TX Java Jazz
02/07/2009 Dallas,TX The Pontiac Garage

International Dates:
02/21/2009 Brisbane, AU RNA Showgrounds Soundwave Festival
02/22/2009 Sydney, AU Sydney Entertainment Center Soundwave Festival
02/27/2009 Melbourne, AU Melbourne Showgrounds Soundwave Festival
02/28/2009 Adelaide, AU Bonython Park Soundwave Festival
03/02/2009 Perth, AU Steel Blue Oval Soundwave Festival
03/05/2009 Manila, PH Alabang Town Center
03/06/2009 Manila, PH Greenbelt
03/07/2009 Manila, PH Glorietta Mall
03/08/2009 Manila, PH Trinoma

The Asteroids Galaxy

Traveling at Lightening Speed, Touched Down in America;
“Around the Bend” EP is here!

Formed less than a year ago, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is heading for fame at a speed even they didn’t expect. The band, led by Lars Iversen and Mette Lindberg, has barely begun to share their music with anyone outside of their hometown of Copenhagen, and yet their first UK single, "The Sun Ain't Shining No More", is already tickling the ears of delighted radio programmers across the pond. Another track, “The Golden Age,” has mysteriously popped up on the playlist for “Passport Approved,” a syndicated radio show broadcasting weekly on Indie 103.1 (Los Angles), WXPN and other “tastemaker” stations around the country. If that weren’t enough, their song “Around the Bend” is currently being featured in ads for the new iPod Touch (, and is available now on iTunes.

Stylistically The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is hard to pin down, except to say that they throw one hell of a party – which may be why those music-loving folks at Apple chose them to help sell what’s being touted as “the funnest iPod ever.” Sun-drenched pop melodies collide with Technicolor dreams, anchored by the band’s shared love of the classic soul stylings of Marvin, Stevie and Sly that can be heard in the horns snaking through “Around The Bend” as well as the slinky “The Sun Ain’t Shining No More”, for which they have made a spectacular video. TAGT will release a digital EP, Around the Bend, on October 28, followed by debut full-length album in early 2009.

Although Mette and Lars are the core of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, the band grows to a six-piece live, including trumpet and sax players, clavinet sounds, a drummer and a guitarist.

Funeral Party Heads to the Studio!

East Los Angeles- Funeral Party will be heading into the studio today to start the recording process for their first full-length album, set to release on Fearless Records in Spring of 2009.

Funeral party will be working again with producer Lars Stalfors , the engineer on the most recent Mars Volta full-length album "The Bedlam in Goliath." Lars also produced Funeral Party's debut EP "Bootleg." They will be recording at a Los Angeles studio where Mars Volta frequently rehearses and records their material. Also joining the band in the studio is special guest drummer Alfredo Ortiz, current drummer for Latin rock-band Ozomatli, and the studio drummer for the popular Beastie Boys.

The full-length record will be a follow up to Funeral Party's three track EP "Bootleg," which was released in November of 2008 and features the tracks, Carwars, NYC Moves to the Sound of LA, and Chalice.

Funeral Party opened for LA Weekley's Detour this October, alongside Justice, Cut Copy Moving Units, The Faint, Mickey Avalon, and more. They have had club dates and tours with artists such as Yelle (Astral Werks) and Friendly Fires (XL Records.)

Funeral Party has a sound all their is melodic without being overly poppy, with a lyrical tone that is perfectly forceful, without being overbearing.

Stay in the loop with their latest studio updates at

Monday, December 15, 2008



Legendary Band, The Cure, Performs Secret Show Concert For Fans at the Historic Troubadour Club in Los Angeles

MySpace Music held a special Secret Show concert by The Cure ( on Saturday, December 13 at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The performance took place exclusively for the MySpace users, in which the community was notified via MySpace of the free concert only 24 hours before the show occurred. Many of the band's most avid followers came out for the incredible event! In addition to the hundreds of fans that lined up to see The Cure, celebrities in attendance included Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Eliza Dushku, Lukas Haas, The Killers, All American Rejects, AFI, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Trey Parker (South Park).

Cure posterThe Cure first formed in southern England in 1976 as Easy Cure. In 1978 the 'Easy' was dropped, and The Cure was signed to the Fiction label. In May 1979 their debut albumThree Imaginary Boys was released to great acclaim. Other landmark Cure albums include Pornography (1982), The Head on the Door (1985), Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987),Disintegration (1989), Wish (1992), Wild Mood Swings (1996), the Grammy-nominated Bloodflowers (2000) and their last full length release, the self-titled set The Cure (2004). 2006 saw the Suretone/Geffen release of Festival 2005, an award winning 5.1 DVD featuring 30 songs, shot by fans, band members and professionals during the summer of 2005's European festival run. Earlier this year The Cure embarked on a 59 date world tour and over the summer released four singles leading up to the release of 4:13 Dream. At one point all four singles - "The Only One," "Freakshow," "Sleep When I'm Dead," and "The Perfect Boy" - appeared in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart!

The Cure recently released their thirteenth studio album 4:13 Dream to rave reviews with People Magazine giving the album four stars stating "a damn near classic Cure album."Led as always by lead singer/guitarist Robert Smith, the Cure line-up comprises longtime members bass player Simon Gallup, drummer Jason Cooper and, back in the band for a third time, guitarist Porl Thompson.

Full set list from the show:
Underneath the Stars
Pictures of You
The Perfect Boy
Alt End
The Reasons Why
The Walk
The End of the World
Love Song
The Real Snow White
The Hungry Ghost
The Only One
Wrong Number
Sleep When I'm Dead
Friday I'm in Love
In Between Days
Just like Heaven
The Scream
One Hundred Years
Its Over

MySpace Music has organized more than 150 Secret Shows since the franchise launched in February 2006 with artists like Gnarls Barkley, The Offspring, Neil Diamond, Slayer, Fran Ferdinand, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing in cities around the world. For more information about the artists and upcoming schedule, visit the official MySpace Secret Shows profile at Bringing together music fans with both offline and online experiences, MySpace Music has recently premiered the albums of top music artists, including Gun 'n' Roses, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, The Fireman, Smashing Pumpkins and Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to name but a few.

About MySpace Music:
MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.



New York, NY - Following Brian (BT) Transeau's critically acclaimed electronic film/5.1 masterpiece, This Binary Universe (heralded as ”The most important electronic work of the new millennium” by Keyboard Magazine); a foray into the world of animated film making seems like a very natural progression for him.

Next up Transeau is scoring the new Pixar short Cars-Tokyo Mater!. “I am beyond thrilled” says BT, “it’s the first thing I’ve ever done that my daughter thinks kicks ass!!” In addition, Transeau has completed a “dub-step, glitched out orchestral-freak out” for the new Sega game Alpha Protocol featuring a full orchestra. He is also in the process of remixing and collaborating with Shiny Toy Guns, Christian Burn and Catherine Wheel’s Rob Dickenson.

BT's plans for a full tour with his live band upon completion of his as-yet-untitled upcoming album are coming soon!

Friday, December 5, 2008





The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic music experience--has announced the dates for its 11th consecutive year: Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28, 2009. South Florida’s favorite music festival, internationally renowned for its memorable live performances and DJ sets from the world’s top electronic and alternative rock artists, will take place during the 24th annual Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami (the same grounds it has occupied since 2006).

The initial line-up for the first night of the festival includes Miami exclusive performances from: Tiësto, Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, Santogold and--making their first US appearance as a full band in seven years--drum and bass legends Roni Size Reprazent. Miami exclusive artists confirmed for the second night of the festival include Cut Copy, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, The Presets, Hercules and Love Affair, Simian Mobile Disco and Busy P. Carl Cox will also return to perform on both Friday and Saturday and will host the legendary Carl Cox and Friends arena with a full complement of special guests TBA. Many additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are currently available via Limited 2-day passes are currently available for $99.95. Tickets will go up to $129.95 and then $149.95 as the event approaches. Two-day VIP passes are available for $350.00.

Last year over 55,000 dance music enthusiasts coming from the entire United States and over 50 countries around the world were in attendance, marking it as the largest ever UMF event and ranking at #14 on Pollstar’s 2008 Mid Year Top 100 Concert Grosses. “The Ultra Music Festival, which started as an afterthought at the Winter Music Conference a decade ago but has now become its biggest event, more than lived up to expectations this weekend at downtown Miami's Bicentennial Park,” wrote Miami Herald pop music critic Mike Hamersly in his review of last year’s festival (March 30, 2008). Added the Los Angeles Times (via their blog) of the Winter Music Conference April 2, “…the highlight of the week of DJ-centric festivities was surely the massive Ultra Music Festival. Taking place…over two days at downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park, Ultra did not disappoint.”

In addition to the annual Miami festival, UMF has expanded internationally to include events in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, San Juan, Madrid and Ibiza. UMF recently added a January 2 festival in Cambriou exclusively featuring Tiësto’s only 2009 Brazilian performance.



(PHNOM PENH / LONDON / BANGKOK) – The UK rock band Placebo today joined a host of other international and local artists performing at a historic MTV EXIT concert to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking, a crime impacting millions of people worldwide. The concert will be held at Angkor Wat in Cambodia on 7 December.

Duncan Sheik, whose current Broadway Musical Spring Awakening garnered eight Tony Awards and a Grammy in 2007/8, and Australian pop sensation Kate Miller-Heidke today also confirmed performances at the concert that features the US group The Click Five and some of Cambodia’s biggest recording artists.

MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) is a project of the MTV Europe Foundation -- a London-based registered charity – to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. MTV EXIT in Asia is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“We are incredibly proud to perform at this important concert,” the members of Placebo said. “We hope that through our music and involvement in this event and the MTV EXIT campaign that millions of people learn about this tragic form of slavery.”

“Music can be an incredible force for change and through this special concert and the other events that MTV EXIT will be holding across Cambodia and Asia, this force will empower young people and their peers to avoid trafficking” said Simon Goff, MTV EXIT’s Director.

Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex near Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 12th-Century temple served as the backdrop for scenes in Tomb Raider, the action movie starring Angelina Jolie, and is one of the most unique and iconic cultural sites of the world. Whilst other cultural, classical and operatic performances have taken place at the temple, this will be the first ever rock concert.

The concert will provide content for a series of television programmes produced by MTV EXIT to be broadcast in Cambodia and on MTV channels internationally. These specials will combine concert footage with important information about human trafficking. All MTV EXIT television programming is produced rights-free and free of charge for all broadcasters and organisations.


New release is follow-up to platinum-selling debut, Don’t You Fake It, with new single, “You Better Pray” out now

(NEW YORK, N.Y.—Virgin Records) Jacksonville, FL, platinum rockers THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS have completed recording their sophomore album, LONELY ROAD, at the Valley Village, CA, studio of super-producer Howard Benson (Hoobastank, P.O.D., Less Than Jake, Daughtry, Seether, All-American Rejects), the follow-up to the DON’T YOU FAKE IT. Their debut breakthrough was two years in the making, a tribute to the label’s commitment to long-term artist development, and has gone on to sell more than 2.1 million singles and scan over a million copies in the U.S. to date.

The new album, LONELY ROAD, streets on Feb. 3, 2009, and is preceded digitally by the current hit track, “You Better Pray,” as well as a fan’s only studio demo for “Pen & Paper,” available at the band’s website, and now on MySpace. To mark the release, RJA will embark on a headlining, international tour, starting Dec. 6 at the 97X Next Big Thing 8 in Tampa, FL, then heading to a number of South East Asian countries in late February and March including Australian dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

“We’re really psyched about these tracks and the new record and hope you are, too,” proclaims lead vocalist Ronnie Winter on the band’s MySpace page. “Just like DON’T YOU FAKE IT, you can be sure LONELY ROAD will tie together these and a bunch of other sounds in a classic, but new-and-improved RJA-sounding way.”

Consisting of Winter, guitarist/pianist/singer Duke Kitchens, bass/singer Joey Westwood and drummer/singer Jon Wilkes, RJA connected immediately with listeners on their first single, “Face Down,” a plea against domestic violence that introduced a band with a commitment to social issues, not just in their music, but in their day-to-day lives.

DON’T YOU FAKE IT charted for 62 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 while “Face Down” stayed atop the Top 20 Modern Rock airplay list for 52 weeks before being retired. “Face Down” earned the band platinum status by selling 1.5 million digital singles and has been streamed over 16.6 million times on MySpace. Songs from the first album have been streamed more than 50 million times on the band’s MySpace page, along with such favorites as “Your Guardian Angel,” which generated 10.2 million MySpace spins and 455k downloads, as well as marking the festive occasions of thousands of Facebook and YouTube photo flipbooks and videos. Two other songs from their debut, “Damn Regret” and “False Pretense,” are both at almost 100,000 downloads apiece.

Since the release of DON’T YOU FAKE IT, RJA has also been an active force for a wide array of charitable organizations and social causes, including teen suicide prevention (including co-headlining the US Take Action Tour with My Chemical Romance and Rise Against), mental health parity and a strong commitment to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, teaming up with their label Virgin Records, to raise funds.

In addition, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation has been formed as an umbrella group to support under-funded high school band programs, to promote and enhance student musical development; support individuals affected by domestic violence, to break the cycle of abuse; and contribute to research that focuses on management of acute hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients.

“We’re looking forward to finally getting the new record out and once again hitting the road,” writes Winter on the band’s MySpace blog. “And as you’ll soon hear, it was all worth it.”

The Prodigy

return with the release of their fifth studio album.
INVADERS MUST DIE RELEASED MARCH 3RD on Take Me To The Hospital / Cooking Vinyl

‘Invaders Must Die’ is 40 minutes of having your head battered by future nostalgia, serotonin levels twisted by feel-good horrorcore and your synapses snapped by whiplash attitude. It's the sound of The Prodigy mixing up genres, contorting the past and rewiring the future, ram-raiding through the tranquility of music's status quo like a blot on the landscape of England's dreaming.

The first thing you notice about Invaders Must Die it is how complete it sounds, a consistent collection of bangers all firing from the same cannon. The next thing you notice about Invaders Must Die is just how melodic it is. Not just melody in the vocal sense but in the heyday-of-hardcore keyboard-hookline sense. Yes, if The Prodigy have learned anything from the hugely successful live shows was that those old skool rave anthems still rock hard - and are every bit as iconic to their generation as punk was to the nation's forty-somethings.

So Invaders Must Die is awash with references to the free party generation, thundering along like the mother of all E-rushes, all hairs tingling, spine jumping and lips buzzing. But not a retroactive arms-in-the-air, water-sharing nostalgia trip, but a set fuelled by punk's saliva-dripping rabid snarl. Take 'Colours', the first tune The Prodigy recorded for this set with it's 1992 polysynth riffing that sounds like The Stranglers' 'No More Heroes' parachuted into the middle of a Castlemorton circa 1992. Or 'Thunder', the 21st century bastard child of the classic 'Out of Space'.

‘Take Me To The Hospital' finds Keith and Maxim flexing over a vintage Prodigy riff. Suitably rusted, distorted and in need of urgent medication it bites like the soundtrack to Dante's Inferno. While the live favourite 'World’s On Fire' resurrects a 'flaming' theme and applies it to a groove straight out second album 'Music for the Jilted Generation. 'Omen' and ‘Warrior’s Dance’ are both beamed straight into the moshpit from rave central, while 'Piranha' rips the threads from the back of 60's garage and beats it into the filthy gutters of modern urban life.

Any old skool bonhomie floating around the riffs of this album are quickly slaughtered by 'Run With The Wolves' where The Prodigy's self-assured, gang-minded campaign turns into a maniacal, nose bleeding, heads-against-the-wall warzone. With added drum-pounding energy supplied by Dave Grohl.

And finally Invaders Must Die delivers its last brilliant twist with ‘Stand Up’ a horn-led sunrise anthem that aches with the positivity of a new dawn, walking the line of a burning horizon with the swaggering look of satisfaction that only comes when you instinctively know you've achieved what you set out to do.

Cocky? Perhaps, but wouldn't you be if you'd seen off all of the invaders with your most complete album yet, the first for your own record label?

Invaders Must Die is the unique sound of The Prodigy, still trespassing after all these years, walking the path they've created for themselves. And with that free party attitude still breaking and entering where other's can only dream of following.

There will also be a High Definition video download of 'Invaders Must Die' streamed from


01. Invaders Must Die
02. Omen
03. Thunder
04. Colours
05. Take Me To The Hospital
06. Warrior's Dance
07. Run With The Wolves
08. Omen Reprise
09. World’s On Fire
10. Piranha
11. Stand Up



MySpace Music proudly presents the global premiere of iconic alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins' new music video for their latest single "G.L.O.W." The MySpace community around the world can watch the video by visiting The song, "G.L.O.W," was released by the Smashing Pumpkins and marks the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the Guitar Hero® franchise which was released afterwards.

The band is in the midst of a North American tour tour celebrating their 20th anniversary, playing two night stands (with different set lists for each night) in most of the cities on the tour route. For more information and tour dates please visit the band's official MySpace profile at The Smashing Pumpkins have more than 270,000 friends on MySpace.

MySpace Music officially launched in September 2008 and has since become a global leader in the digital music space and the platform of choice for artists at all levels to share their content with music fans around the world. In a little over a month, MySpace Music has exclusively premiered new albums and singles from such high profile artists as Guns N' Roses, The Killers, Kanye West, The Cure, Oasis, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park and John Legend amongst others.

MySpace Music revolves around the millions major, indie, and unsigned artists that use their MySpace music profiles to communicate and intimately connect with fans and friends. Each music profile empowers artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.


With Support from Wes Borland's Black Light Burns
New album ‘Today We Are All Demons’ out on Jan. 20th

New York, NY – COMBICHRIST will be taking their patented electro-industrial sound on the road to support their fourth album Today We Are All Demons which is set for release on January 20, 2009. Kicking off on January 14th at Fort Lauderdale's Club Premier, the tour will include direct support from Black Light Burns featuring Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson). Tour dates below.

Combichrist's much lauded and respected live shows are, as Crypt Magazine describes, "known for tons of energy, blood, and a rock n' roll attitude." BlogCritics also warns that it's "not for the faint of heart - you wouldn't bring your grandmother to this show." The live incarnation is comprised of Combichrist mastermind Andy LaPlegua, longtime live drummer Joe Letz (Amen, Genitorturers, Mortiis), keyboardist Z_Marr (Hell Trash), and Trevor Friedrich (Eighteen Visions, Imperative Reaction).

Born from the metal and hardcore soul of Norway, COMBICHRIST is the brainchild of Andy LaPlegua, an icon within the industrial/dance scene. Creating music for much of his life, he began his musical empire fronting two highly respected (but very Norway-inclusive) bands: Fleshfire and Lash Out. While playing with Lash Out, Andy felt constricted within the organic side of hardcore and metal and decided it was time to branch out work in electronics and dance beats. As a result, he began the influential and seminal band Icon Of Coil, and released three ground-breaking and acclaimed albums through Philadelphia’s Metropolis Records. Feeling the need to expand into a darker and harder direction, he created Combichrist, which has become one of the label’s top selling artists.

Tourmates for this run, Black Light Burns released their CD/DVD combo package, Cover Your Heart and The Anvil Pants Odyssey, earlier this year. Featuring odd and unorthodox covers of songs by a diverse group of artists including Duran Duran, P.J. Harvey, The Swans, and Sisters of Mercy, this collection has been described by Revolver as a "revealing look into the mind of one of one of heavy music's most creative headcases."

Jan. 14 Ft Lauderdale FL Club Premier
Jan. 15 St. Petersburg FL State Theatre
Jan. 16 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits
Jan. 18 Houston TX venue TBA
Jan. 19 Dallas TX venue TBA
Jan. 20 Austin TX Elysium
Jan. 22 Phoenix AZ Marquee Theater
Jan. 24 Los Angeles CA The Avalon
Jan. 25 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge
Jan. 26 Orangevale CA The Boardwalk
Jan. 27 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
Jan. 28 Seattle WA El Corazon
Jan. 30 Salt Lake City UT Avalon Theater
Jan. 31 Denver CO Marquis Theater
Feb. 1 Kansas City MO The Record Bar
Feb. 3 St. Paul MN Station 4
Feb. 4 Chicago IL House Of Blues
Feb. 5 Detroit MI The Majestic Theater
Feb. 6 Cleveland OH Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 7 Toronto CAN Opera House
Feb. 8 Montreal CAN Foufoune Electriques
Feb. 10 Philadelphia PA Polaris
Feb. 11 New York NY The Filmore @ Irving Plaza
Feb. 12 Townson MD Recher Theatre
Feb. 13 Norfolk VA The Norva
Feb. 14 Atlanta GA The Masquerade

- More dates to be added -

Combichrist's Today We Are All Demons hits stores on January 20, 2009 via Metropolis Records. Black Light Burns' Cover Your Heart & The Anvil Pants Odyssey is available now on I Am: Wolfpack Records.

Broken Spindles

prep new album for early 2009 release on blank.wav

Kiss/Kick is the latest album from Broken Spindles, and the second release from The Faint's blank.wav record label. Although Broken Spindles' sole member Joel Petersen has done remixes for Of Montreal and AFI and is also a member of The Faint, Kiss/Kick is a strictly "No Eyeliner" record. It is more No Wave than New Wave.

The new album was made in Omaha's Enamel, the studio owned by The Faint. With the entire studio at his disposal, Petersen used a live drummer more than on his previous Spindles records. Petersen says, "I knew that finding the balance of opposites was key to making sense of it all, to get the right mix of human and machine, acoustic and electronic, analog and digital, spontaneous and premeditated." This combination is heard clearly on the song "Introvert" which features programmed live drums, keyboards that hold down the rhythmic center and a guitar sound that careens out of control.

Lyrically, the album explores human fragility, both in body and mind. Songs like "I've Never Been This Afraid" and "We All Want to Fit in" show Petersen observing others and himself -- a constant theme in all of the Spindles records. Kiss/Kick is a record that takes the place of that late night journal writing session where the writer reveals more than what he knew was inside. As Petersen says, "For me, there has always been truth somewhere in the midst of extremes, and lyrically, this is where I wanted to be -- open, honest, and truthful. "

Kiss/Kick is Petersen's strongest work to date. With four Broken Spindles albums and five Faint albums under his belt, he has found his voice, as well as comfort in being the observer of our inherent discomfort with ourselves and our relationships. He has learned how to reduce songs to their basic parts without losing the power and excitement of great production.

Broken Spindles
Street date: Feb. 17, 2009



Britain’s metal heroes Bullet For My Valentine will release a deluxe version of their sophomore album, Scream Aim Fire. The limited edition enhanced CD/DVD package will hit stores on December 9, 2008 and includes the original album in its entirety along with four bonus tracks—three new songs (“Road to Nowhere,” “Watching Us Die Tonight,” and “One Good Reason Why”) that are exclusive to the Deluxe Edition, as well as “Ashes of the Innocent,” a track previously available of SAF vinyl and digital download only. The CD also features all 11 Scream Aim Fire mini-comics illustrated by noted underground artist Tom Manning, most of which have never been seen before. On the bonus DVD, fans will find music videos for the title track, “Waking The Demon” and “Hearts Burst Into Fire,” along with five hilarious new episodes of Bullet TV, the band’s long-running series of behind-the-scenes home movies, all filmed and edited by the band members themselves while on tour in Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Scream Aim Fire: Deluxe Edition caps off an exciting year for the foursome Kerrang! Magazine named Best British Band in 2008. Band members Michael Thomas, Jason James, Matt Tuck and Michael Paget have toured worldwide in support of their second Jive album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and made the Top 5 in six other countries, Germany and Austria (No. 3), Japan and Australia (No. 4), and the U.K. and Sweden (No. 5). The title track to Scream Aim Fire also landed a coveted spot on the new video game Guitar Hero World Tour.

On the road, the band co-headlined the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour in the U.S. and sold out a trek to Australia in Spring 2008. Their recently completed U.K. tour also sold out in advance and included a tremendous bow at London’s 8,000-seat Alexander Palace, which was filmed for future release as a Hi-Def concert DVD. The band also played the 2008 Reading and Leeds festivals and are currently wrapping a sold out EU tour with plans to take a break for the holidays before hitting the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Combichrist TOUR DATES!

Jan. 14 Ft Lauderdale FL Club Premier
Jan. 15 St. Petersburg FL State Theatre
Jan. 16 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits
Jan. 18 Houston TX venue TBA
Jan. 19 Dallas TX venue TBA
Jan. 20 Austin TX Elysium
Jan. 22 Phoenix AZ Marquee Theater
Jan. 24 Los Angeles CA The Avalon
Jan. 25 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge
Jan. 26 Orangevale CA The Boardwalk
Jan. 27 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
Jan. 28 Seattle WA El Corazon
Jan. 30 Salt Lake City UT Avalon Theater
Jan. 31 Denver CO Marquis Theater
Feb. 1 Kansas City MO The Record Bar
Feb. 3 St. Paul MN Station 4
Feb. 4 Chicago IL House Of Blues
Feb. 5 Detroit MI The Majestic Theater
Feb. 6 Cleveland OH Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 7 Toronto CAN Opera House
Feb. 8 Montreal CAN Foufoune Electriques
Feb. 10 Philadelphia PA Polaris
Feb. 11 New York NY The Filmore @ Irving Plaza
Feb. 12 Townson MD Recher Theatre
Feb. 13 Norfolk VA The Norva
Feb. 14 Atlanta GA The Masquerade

Monday, November 24, 2008


The B-52s have lent their sound to NBC network's ongoing CHIME IN campaign. The World’s Greatest Party Band has recorded its own version of NBC's infamous chimes, which will air in promo form during the network’s primetime lineup. The promo will feature the band shaking and shimmying to the reworked tune in their own distinctive style.

The B-52s are in good company- other super-stars involved in the campaign include B.B. King, Clint Black, Richie Sambora, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Flaming Lips and T.I. All of the musicians will autograph the chimes with their own personal style -- from B.B. King playing guitar, to T.I. rapping, to The B-52s grooving to a dance beat -- the promos will excite, entertain and inform viewers.


The G-E-C notes have been an audio icon for NBC over the past 75 years, since the days when it was only a radio signal. Throughout the years, the chimes have been used by stars, from Jerry Seinfeld to Bill Cosby, but never before in such an all-encompassing campaign. In January 2008, the chimes were added to all promos and the overall effort took on the name CHIME IN -- gaining worldwide exposure throughout NBC’s Olympic coverage. NBC stars have championed the CHIME IN mantra and added their own personality and style like never before. From Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg beat-boxing to Jenna Fischer singing, talent are chiming in. They are now the voice of the network, introducing programming line-ups, sharing what is coming up next and putting their own signature on the chimes. The willingness of today’s hottest musical talent to embrace the chimes and infuse them with their own signature style illustrates the reach and impact of the three musical notes. Their star-power takes this branding campaign to a new level of excitement. Additionally, as the campaign continues to grow, the network looks forward to potential advertiser tie-ins or involvement -- giving advertisers a chance to CHIME IN.

The B-52s are currently on tour supporting their latest album Funplex. Recorded in their native Athens and released earlier this year, Funplex saw the band return to excellent reviews after a 16 year hiatus and once again deliver a collection of classic B-52s material. With its primal guitar hooks, driving drums and The B-52s unmistakable vocal style, Funplex is instantly recognizable as quintessential and contemporary B-52s.

The band recently released the “Juliet of the Spirits” Remix EP which features remixes from some of world’s most sought-after electronic producers - Zoned Out, Dan McKie, Glenn Morrison & Bruce Aisher, and Morgan Page



ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, A.C. NEWMAN, NO AGE, GOBLIN COCK, CLUES and DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS set to headline Noise Pop 2009. Noise Pop Festival film screenings will include JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON and AGILE MOBILE HOSTILE – A YEAR WITH ANDRE WILLIAMS. The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009.

November 24, 2008—San Francisco, CA— Event Producers, Noise Pop Industries, have announced the dates of the West Coast’s premiere independent celebration of music, film and art - Noise Pop 2009. The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.

Early artist confirmations include New Pornographers front man A.C. Newman, No Age, Pinback side project Goblin Cock, Dear And The Headlights, the Bay Area debut of Clues and a very special performance by Antony and the Johnsons at Davies Symphony Hall. More confirmations will be announced very shortly.

The Noise Pop Film Festival continues its mission of focusing on films that embrace and reflect independent music and culture. Early announcements include “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” examining the most important day in the career of an American icon, and “Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams,” which follows the charismatic hit songwriter (he has recorded with Berry Gordy, Ike Turner, Stevie Wonder and Jon Spencer to name a few) and his struggle with his creative vision and his addictions. Many Noise Pop Film Festival screenings will include Q&A discussions with the filmmakers.

Noise Pop has announced that returns as a presenting sponsor of the 2009 Festival showcasing emerging artists. Wolfgang’s Vault is the home for the past, present and future of live music including The Bill Graham Archives, Daytrotter Sessions, King Biscuit, selections from Noise Pop 2007 and 2008 and more, all available for free streaming online and by iphone. In addition to the Concert Vault music of Wolfgang’s Vault, the site also offers concert posters, rock photography, vintage t-shirts and retro t-shirts, rock gear and concert related memorabilia. Wolfgang’s Vault will offer exclusive Noise Pop 2009 concerts as free streams and free downloads of the bands destined to become household names.

Noise Pop Festival badges, which provide entry to all Noise Pop Festival events will be available to purchase starting at 10:00 AM on December 10, 2008. Festival badges are exclusively available from a dedicated Noise Pop 2009 Festival website ( launching on December 3, 2008. Noise Pop Festival news updates will also be featured on

Wednesday, November 19, 2008



Breakthrough New Artist To Perform
'ONE OF THE BOYS' Album In 50-City 2009 World Tour

(NEW YORK, NY November 18, 2008) - This years best new artist keeps breaking through. Capitol Records' own KATY PERRY adds another milestone to her already remarkable career, as the high-voltage smash "Hot N Cold" becomes her second No. 1-charted hit, reflecting national play in America's Top 40 radio format. The platinum-selling ONE OF THE BOYS rebounded into the Top 25 of the national Billboard Top 200 album chart five months after its release, thanks to the massive radio play of Katy's second consecutive chart-topper. The song is also No. 1 in Canada and Australia and in the Top 15 in the UK, Finland, Holland and New Zealand.

Katy begins her first worldwide headline tour in early 2009, starting January 23rd in Seattle, WA, and closing in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA in May, with stops in 50 cities. Tickets are currently on sale.

Katy's debut single, "I Kissed a Girl," was her first international No. 1 hit. Its seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 equaled the Capitol Records label record previously set by The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". The song was the 1,000th American No. 1 hit of the rock era, surpassing 2 million domestic paid downloads, and now approaching 6 million in global single sales. In addition, the song was No. 1 nationally in 15 countries, including the U.K., Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Australia as well as a No. 1 iTunes download in over a dozen countries, and a No. 1 airplay smash in 20 territories.

ONE OF THE BOYS made its debut at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, and No. 4 on the Top Digital Album chart, on July 5, 2008. The album track fan favorite "Thinking of You" is being prepared for single release in December.

For more on music's best new breakthrough artist of 2008, including photos, streaming video, and Katy's blog, visit her official website or MySpace page

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Von Iva’s “Girls on Film” EP Set For Release Oct. 28

Band to make major film debut alongside Zooey Deschanel & Jim Carrey in Warner Bros’ Yes Man on December 19

National US Tour Begins October 15

San Francisco’s Von Iva special mix of musical madness and their distinctive blend of electro-pop-rock executed by synths, drums, and gritty soulful vocals is beautifully showcased on their new EP, Girls on Film (Oct. 28, self-released). The 6 song set features some tracks from their 2007 CD Our Own Island (i.e., “LALA,” “Birds of Prey,” and “Guise”) and some new songs (i.e., “Living For It,” “Emerald Eyes,” and “Electricity.”)

As infectious as the ladies recordings are, it’s the trio’s live shows that move the masses. “An ass-shaking mix of soul, disco and dirty, raw rock & roll, this San Francisco band rattles the rafters with an aural love potion.” raved LA Weekly. While SF Weekly says: “Believe the hype Von Iva is the new purveyor of soul, and it's got the groove-drunk fans to prove it.”
But it’s the uber cool Bust Magazine that really captures all one can say about Von Iva... “If you've ever wished for Franz Ferdinand, P.J. Harvey, Gary Numan, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to be bottled up into a love potion, here it is. They're soul-shaking dance-punk queens-and they're going to rock your world.”

Not only will Von Iva rock your world on stages across America this Fall, they are set to rock it on the Hollywood big screen when they make their movie debut playing the band that Zooey Deschanel fronts in her new film with Jim Carrey, Yes Man, out December 19, 2008. Von Iva also wrote the song “Yes Man” specifically for the film and it will run over the end credits.

Von Iva embarks on a national US tour this week. See dates listed below.

Von Iva on Tour

October 15 Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters
October 17 Tucson, AZ Plush Lounge
October 18 Las Vegas, NV Jillian’s
October 20 Los Angeles, CA The Viper Room
October 21 San Diego, CA The Pink Elephant*
October 22 Long Beach, CA Alex’s Bar*
October 23 Fullerton, CA Cal State Fullerton
October 23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill*
October 24 San Jose, CA The Blank Club*
October 25 Reno, NV The Tonic Lounge*
October 26 Salt Lake City, UT Burt’s Tiki Lounge*
October 28 Denver, CO Benders Tavern
October 29 Lincoln, NE Box Awesome
October 30 Minneapolis, MN Club Underground
October 31 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi’s
November 1 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge*
November 2 Pontiac, MI Pike Room at Crofoot
November 4 Columbus, OH Bernie’s Distillery
November 6 Jamaica Plain, MA The Midway Café
November 7 Williamsburg, NY Supreme Trading
November 8 New York, NY The Knitting Factory
November 9 Long Branch, NJ The Brighton Bar
November 11 Philadelphia, PA The Manhattan Room
November 12 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
November 13 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
November 14 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
November 15 Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn
November 16 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
November 17 Gainesville, FL 1982 Bar
November 19 Houston, TX Chance’s
November 20 Dallas, TX Sue Ellen’s
November 21 Austin, TX The Beauty Bar
November 22 San Antonio, TX Jack’s Patio
November 24 San Diego, CA The Pink Elephant
December 5 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
December 6 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door
December 11 San Diego, CA The Casbah
December 12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo

*w/ Girl in a Coma

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jacksonville's Platinum Rockers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus -Guitar Hero Challenge this Saturday!

Hey Jacksonville,

I wanted to let you guys know that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will be participating in GameStop's Guitar Hero Challenge this weekend -- details below:

The St. John's Town Center GameStop in Jacksonville, FL is throwing a party this Saturday and they are inviting YOU to come rock out and challenge some of their buddies from Red Jumpsuit on the new Guitar Hero 4!

This Saturday October 25, 2008 at 9:30pm

GameStop [St. John's Town Center, next to Target]
4611 River City Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246


** Devils In My Details DTour 2008 to Hit 25 Cities **

** Long Awaited Solo Return from Skinny PuppyÕs Visionary Frontman hits Stores November 18 **

New York, NY, October 23 – Electronic music icon and Skinny Puppy vocalist Ogre is taking his OHGR project on the road with a 25-date tour kicking off November 18 in San Diego, CA. The tour is in support of the highly anticipated new release Devils In My Details, which arrives in stores the day the tour kicks off.

The opener for the tour is American Memory Project, consisting of two ohGr collaborators, filmmaker/guitarist William Morrison and drummer/composer Justin Bennett. American Memory Project is a unique and startling multimedia project mixing visuals and audio Òfrom the past, the future, and the present in real time.Ó

ohGr tour dates:

11.18.2008 — San Diego, CA / House of Blues

11.19.2008 — Los Angeles, CA / El Rey Theatre

11.21.2008 — San Francisco, CA / Slim's

11.22.2008 — Portland, OR / Dante's

11.23.2008 — Vancouver, BC / Red Room

11.24.2008 — Seattle, WA / El Corazon

11.26.2008 — Salt Lake City, UT / Murray Theatre

11.27.2008 — Denver, CO / Bluebird

11.29.2008 — St. Paul, MN / Station 4

11.30.2008 — Chicago, IL / Double Door

12.02.2008 — Toronto, ON / The Opera House

12.03.2008 — Montreal, QC / Les Saints

12.04.2008 — New York, NY / Blender Theater at The Gramercy

12.06.2008 — Boston, MA / Paradise Rock Club

12.07.2008 — Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel

12.09.2008 — Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle

12.10.2008 — Atlanta, GA / Masquerade

12.12.2008 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Culture Room

12.13.2008 — St. Petersburg, FL / State Theatre

12.15.2008 — New Orleans, LA / House of Blues

12.17.2008 — Houston, TX / Warehouse Live

12.18.2008 — Dallas, TX / Granada Theatre

12.19.2008 — San Antonio, TX / White Rabbit

12.21.2008 — Albuquerque, NM / Launchpad

12.22.2008 — Tempe, AZ / The Marquee

Devils In My Details is Ogre's third solo disc and most personal and conceptual work to date in his 25-year career. The 11-track disc was recorded with longtime creative foil Mark Walk (Ruby) and is an immersive experience intended to emulate the feel of such 70's progressive rock classics as The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway from Genesis and Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project -- both of which were major influences on Ogre and Walk while growing up. I'm grateful to be able to make a record like this, said Ogre. If we were in any other situation, the standard model is to write two hit singles and fill in the holes as best you can. ThatÕs the mode a lot of musicians are in right now. WeÕre trying to do things from the heart, regardless of what the commerce end of music dictates.


Announces Fall Mini-Tour
Headling Brainwaves Festival in Boston

San Francisco, CA - International electronic pioneers MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO (MBM) have announced a very brief but very highly-anticipated East and West Coast tour, kicking off November 19th with a return to NYC's Highline Ballroom (they played to a frenzied, near sell-out crowd in April). Among the four stops is a headlining spot on Boston's Brainwaves Festival, celebrating avant-garde and experimental sounds that includes festival mates Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars of the Lid, Lichens, and Peter Wilson and Peter Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle's new band, Threshold House Boys Choir. MBM will head back to the West Coast to the last half of the tours coming to Los Angeles and San Francisco with hybrid beatsmith Dub Gabriel.

Known for both their genre-bending, dance-inducing dubstep as well as their electrifyingly intense audio/visual live performances (which will undoubtedly be populated with soundbites from the current political whirlwind), MBM continue to be six steps ahead of the curve. With this their 20th anniversary, the ever-evolving MBM released their latest album Autoimmune early in April 2008 on Metropolis Records. Heralded by All Music Guide as "an exhilarating aural exploration of the past, present, and future, rampaging across genres along the way," its 10th album is a fascinating foray into the creative force of its mastermind Jack Dangers. At once embracing his past and thrusting himself into the future, he explores new sonic territory in an album that's both familiar yet expansive... or as IGLOO Magazine explains, "it could be said that Autoimmune, while not a drastic departure from the Meat Beat Manifesto sound, is an album worth owning for that very reason."

Those familiar with MBM and its futuristic explorations into the technology of rhythm and melody know that its sensory-overloaded live show is a multimedia extravaganza that's as much a communal celebration as it is a cerebral mindf*ck. As describes, "Meat Beat's live show has generated a solid rep for being a surround-sound sensorium, and thumping Autoimmune tracks like 'I Hold the Mic,' 'Spanish Vocoder' and 'Solid Waste' are just part of the equation: Throw in Lynn Farmer's incendiary live drumming and smartass viz from [Ben] Stokes and Consolidated vet Mark Pistel, and you've got a politically explosive multimedia program that's nowhere near as boring as An Inconvenient Truth."

Tour dates are:
Nov. 19 Highline Ballroom
w/ Excepter
New York City
Nov. 21 Brainwaves Festival
w/ Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars of Lid, etc Boston, MA
Dec. 4 Knitting Factory
w/ Dub Gabriel Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 5 Independent
w/ Dub Gabriel
San Francisco, CA

An acknowledged innovator in the electronic music scene, Jack Dangers continues to stretch sonic boundaries and influence new generations of sound activists. As a premiere remixer, producer and sound designer, he has played a seminal role in defining tomorrows' music today. Past and current Dangers' production/remixing projects include: Public Enemy, David Bowie, Orbital, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Bush, Depeche Mode, Tower of Power, The Bee Gees and DJ Spooky & Dave Lombardo (Slayer). MBM also contributed the track "Suicide" to the top-selling soundtrack to Underworld: Evolution and Jack's remix of Tower Of Power's "What Is Funk?" was nominated for a Grammy in 2006.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Elephant Lady Records Releases Kyle Andrews' Real Blasty on January 20, 2009!

"Real Blasty is the breakthrough album."
- Timothy Zila, Patrol Magazine

"This is a bed-room rock Brian Wilson of depth and character. Most highly recommended."
- Dot Shop (Scandinavia)

"If people saw the space I recorded in, they would laugh," admits Nashville pop wizard Kyle Andrews. Crafted mostly in the comfort of his own home, and at his parents' place in Chicago, the DIY maestro's second full-length Real Blasty is a marvel: crisp, quirky, studio-quality pop recorded using little more than a laptop. Meet the future of the music industry.

After releasing his whimsical debut LP Amos In Ohio and the sad, stripped down EP Find Love, let Go on Badman Recordings, Kyle Andrews has decided to go it alone. It is appropriate that his self-recorded, self-produced Real Blasty should be released independently, relying on Andrews' own imprint, Elephant Lady Records.

Real Blasty takes Andrews’ homespun tunes to a happier place—the words still tell their fair share of sad tales, but the sound is brighter, dancier and crackles with more mature technical dexterity. The opener, "Sushi," has evolved over the years into a fuzzed-out club track; as the emotional intensity rises he implores the object of his affection, "You gonna save me or not?" The irresistible, synth-heavy "Naked in New York" adds a slight edge to the proceedings, as waves of noise crash and recede, revealing a narrator desperate to hang onto an unstable woman. "Polar Bear" tackles life on the road and the people you can't take with you. The ramped-up, guitar-driven "A Constant Wavering Between the Real and the Abstract" gets apocalyptic about love, asserting "Everything special fades away / all hearts will be erased." Standouts "Put Your Hands Up" and "Call and Fade" channel vintage anthemic pop, allowing Andrews to show off his ample skill with pretty melodies and infectious choruses.

In between releases, Nashville’s prolific pop maestro has found time to open for Peter, Bjorn and John, and tour with Josh Rouse; Andrews was also asked to contribute an original song to a recent Crown Royal ad campaign. In addition, the soft-spoken songsmith has managed to reinvent himself as a performer—shedding the introverted acoustic incarnation while experimenting with new methods for translating his glitchy, dynamic songs to the stage.

Kyle Andrews third release Real Blasty drops Janurary 20th, 2009!

Track Listing

01. Sushi
02. Naked In New York
03. Polar Bear
04. Call and Fade
05. Tennessee Torture Dream
06. Put Your Hands Up
07. Wavering Between The Real And The Abstract
08. Blow It Out
09. Take It To Heart
10. I Wanted To Paint A Rainbow
11. Cut And Paste
12. Bus

Previous Praise for Kyle Andrews:

"Armed with a guitar, Casio keyboard and drum loops, Andrews escaped the crushing Nashville scene to create his own brand of indie-rock with a southern drawl. Reminiscent of poppy Bright Eyes, Postal Service and an adolescent Eels, Andrews has 13 tracks worthy of a thorough listen." - Perfect Porridge

"Amos in Ohio is an honest, quirky, spontaneous and heartfelt acoustic album underpinned with electronic beats. It might be a break-up album, but its reflective mood won't leave you feeling crippled." - Marie Clare UK

"Instantly memorable, the album is packed with infectious hooks, especially on the title track and the upbeat "Moon Tea." - NPR

"His lyrics are good, often seeming to laugh at themselves, yet maintaining a wholesome integrity and frequently laying bare our darkest instincts in a most unnerving way." - Jon Fletcher, New Noise

"Chicago native, Kyle Andrews, makes 'hook heavy' indie pop. You will listen and wonder why you haven't heard this music before, or at least someone saying you should hear Kyle Andrews... uh, you should. " - Alan Williamson, Six Eyes


Having kicked off their fall tour schedule with an appearance at AUSTIN CITY LIMITS that elicited raves from the AUSTIN CHRONICLE ("an act that's matured both personally and professionally") and THE ONION ("the duo continues to save itself by producing albums that are better than the previous ones"), and currently on tour with Santogold, the indefatigable MATES OF STATE have added a November series of headline dates to their Re-Arranger tour.

The new dates begin November 7 in Asbury Park NJ and run through November 23 in Baltimore MD. All dates will feature LA hip-hop duo Brother Reade as main support - see below for a full itinerary.

The Re-Arranger tour is of course named for the MATES' fifth album, Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk), which was released May 20, the same day marking the band's network television debut on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN.

Re-Arrange Us has received the best critical (and public) response of MATES OF STATE's career: NEW YORK magazine called the record "a bona fide breakthrough," MAGNET praised it as "the best album of their career for a second straight time," while DETAILS and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY focused on individual tracks, the former raving "'Now' has summer anthem written all over it" and the latter featuring "My Only Offer" as a "Choice Cut."

Gardner and Hammel will be joined on the upcoming dates by additional musicians Linnea Weiss (cello) and Chris Cosgrove (guitar, bass, electronics).


11/7 Asbury Park NJ @ Wonder Bar
11/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/9 Morgantown, WV @ Mountainstage (NPR show)
11/10 Lexington, KY @ The Dame
11/11 Washington DC @ Black Cat
11/12 Charlottesville VA @ Gravity Lounge
11/13 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
11/14 Lexington KY @ The Dame
11/15 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
11/16 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
11/17 Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
11/19 Jacksonville Beach FL @ Freebird Live
11/20 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
11/21 Greenville SC @ The Handlebar
11/22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
11/23 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar


Having received confirmed press reports that John McCain has been using Foo Fighters' "My Hero" as the latest in a number of unauthorized theme songs at his campaign rallies without seeking permission from the band, its management, record label or publisher, Foo Fighters have issued the following statement: This isn't the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that 'My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song--and start asking artists' permission in general!


War Child and Astralwerks Records have moved the release of the album "Heroes" from November 2008 until early in 2009.

The "Heroes" album is a unique collaboration of music's biggest acts, with all-time legends nominating both the classic track and modern artist to record an exclusive cover version.
Since the album was announced recently a list of huge names have come forward with offers to participate in the record. This new release date will allow War Child to add further to their historic roll call of musical legends and modern greats. The initial list of participants included such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Duffy, Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Joy Division and Hot Chip.

War Child say: "We have been over-whelmed and amazed by the response to the project. The wealth of talent who have contacted us wishing to support the charity and contribute to the album is humbling and we are delighted to have been able to change our deadlines to accommodate some of them. It was impossible to say no."

War Child would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to releasing a fantastic record in 2009.

Pegasuses-XL Announce Two New Albums and US Tour!

This is totally original, totally bizarre, and totally fucking rad. - Alternative Press Magazine

Pegasuses-XL truly represent a cornucopia of musical influences. The band's music is sometimes based in synthetic electro-punk, sometimes based in frantic post-punk, and most of the times just plain weird. -

Since we last heard from them, Athens' tweaked out synth-punks Pegasuses-XL have been busy gearing up for a fun-filled 2009 and are coming through your town on a mind-blowing US tour to remind us of their almighty ambitions.

The band's tour begins next week and sees them traveling the US w/ We Versus The Shark, playing alongside acts including Pattern Is Movement, Monotonix and So Many Dynamos, and hitting up both CMJ in NY and The Fest in Gainesville, FL! Check below for all tourdates.

On this tour PXL will have the first copies of "Electro Agitators," a 17 track collection of all the tracks on their first 3 EP's, remixed and mastered, as well as a brand new bonus track. "Official" release date may be a little further down the line, but we will have copies of this for everyone as soon as they arrive.

And don't think our favorite tweaked out coffee chugging synth monsters are just sitting back and resting before tour... Nope! - They are instead putting the finishing touches on yet ANOTHER brand new album to be released in early 2009. The current working team of Joel Hatstat (ex-Cinemechanica) Jeff Tobias (We Versus The Shark, Dark Meat) and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb The Music Industry!) have churned out a record that is both oddly mature and weirder that we could have ever imagined (in the best way possible - and featuring tons of grand piano!). As soon as they get back from tour and finish up the mixes we'll start slipping some tracks out into an unsuspecting world.

More information to come, tracklisting for Electro Agitators and US Tourdates below!

Electro Agitators Tracklist
1. Welcome To It Me
2. Run The Gauntlet
3. $600 Man
4. Why Nautical
5. Working For The Weekend
6. Rorshak's Theorem
7. Into The Canyon
8. Major In Business
9. Untitled
10. Pixilated Flowers
11. Panzerfaust
12. Sunrise at Lake 2k
13. The Orchid
14. New Domestic Paradigm
15. Theme To Athfest
16. House Is Not A Homey
17. Iron Man Pt. 1 and 2

Pegasuses-XL Live!

w/ We Versus The Shark!
Oct 9 2008 Under the Couch Atlanta, Georgia w/ Pattern is Movement
Oct 10 2008 Cave 9 Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 12 2008 Midnight Mountain Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Oct 13 2008 Western Kentucky University - RevFest 08 Bowling Green, Kentucky
Oct 14 2008 HELP! Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 15 2008 Al’s Bar Lexington, Kentucky
Oct 16 2008 Cicero’s St Louis, Missouri w/ So Many Dynamos
Oct 17 2008 The Moperie Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 2008 The Belmont Hamtramck, Michigan
Oct 19 2008 Bernie’s Distillery Columbus, Ohio
Oct 20 2008 HELP! Western PA, Pennsylvania
Oct 22 2008 Hello Sir Records CMJ Showcase @ the Bowery Poetry Club New York, New York w/ So Many Dynamos
Oct 23 2008 EJRC CMJ Showcase @ Cake Shop NYC, New York w/ Skeletonbreath, The Black Hollies, Chris Mills and more!
Oct 24 2008 The Silent Barn Brooklyn, New York
Oct 25 2008 Danger Danger Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 26 2008 The Hexagon w/ We Versus the Shark Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 27 2008 The Bridge Charlottesville, Virginia
Oct 28 2008 TBA Greensboro, North Carolina w/ Monotonix
Oct 29 2008 TBA Clemson, South Carolina
Oct 30 2008 Caledonia Lounge Athens, Georgia w/ Sirhan Sirhan
Nov 1 2008 THE FEST 7 Gainesville, Florida

The Rockwells release Place & Time on December 2, 2008!

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, The Rockwells is made up of two sets of of brothers: Fred and Jonathan Kelly, and Tommy and Trace Bateman. They met in high school and started The Rockwells as a long-distance recording project by Jonathan and Fred in 1999, while Fred was working in Memphis and Jonathan had moved to Knoxville for school. Tommy and Trace joined the band in 2000 when Fred moved to Knoxville. After recording four full-length albums and one EP by ourselves (on very primitive equipment), the band recorded an EP at Studio 613 with Don Coffee Jr. of Superdrag. This EP was called Tear It Down, since the studio was leveled to make way for I-40 shortly after we finished recording.

Place & Time was recorded entirely by The Rockwells in both Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee. More than half a dozen locations were used, including various houses, a cabin, and local rock club The Pilot Light. The record was mixed by Howard Redekopp, who has mixed such Merge artists as The New Pornographers and AC Newmann (also of the New Pornographers.) He was in Canada at the time, and the band couldn’t afford to go up there, so the mixing process was done almost exclusively via email. Guests on the album include Jeremy Bain (May Gray, Slick) on lead guitar and Christina Horn (Hudson K) on piano on “Knot of Tension,” as well as guest vocalist Emily Robinson (Tenderhooks) on “Hole in the Wall.” Seth Hopper (Christabel and the Johns, Tommy Bateman and the Thunder Thieves) played all the violin on the record, as well as trumpet on “Hole in the Wall.” All other instruments, including trombone and French horn, were played by The Rockwells. It did, indeed, take over two years to finish the record. From the bands perspective, at least, that could be described as “forever.” Their lastest record Place & Time is being released December 2, 2008 on Migrant Records.

Previous Press for The Rockwells:

Place & Time is deeply textured and rich in its thoughtfulness. It would have been easy to just transplant The Rockwells’ phenomenal live act onto CD, but the boys seem to take a chance. There are elements that are not exposed until repeat listens. Once you’ve broken down all the topmost pieces, the soil of sound underneath presents itself. Whether it be extra percussion, the appearance of cars passing on a late night journey, or even the faintest brushes of an organ, you’ll long experience the album in new ways. - Paperthin Magazine
[Tear It Down] is actually the sixth CD by this foursome, and from this six-song EP, produced by Don Coffey, Jr. of Superdrag, it my be worth tracking down some of the others. It seems like catchy, up-tempo, streamlined, not too loud or garagy power-pop is breaking out all over, and with the harmonies between the Kelly brothers and solid support from the Bateman brothers, these Rockwells fit the bill. They spill the joy of finally getting a girlfriend on “Lonesome No More” and up the “back in the saddle” feeling on “Breakout,” though the best here is the Velvets/Sebadoh/Dumptruck-like “Lou Says.” But they can also ace two quiet waltzes (cue the close dancing) on “Theme From Miss Signal” and “Another Country Song”. - Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

Kinetic Stereokids prepares for new album Kid Moves with the release of the “Have A Nice Day” EP including live performance on Seattle’s KEXP.

Kinetic Stereokids cut its teeth in Flint, Michigan-a city of abandoned auto industry, staggering unemployment and one of the nation’s highest crime rates. What started as childhood friends seeking refuge in basement jam sessions has since developed into an inspired, intelligent and innovative brand of modern rock.

With comparisons ranging from Beck to Mogwai, and the cited influence of Can, Elliott Smith and the Beastie Boys, the Kinetic Stereokids’ sound is gritty, beat-heavy, sample-laden, lo-fi sonic alchemy.

Kinetic Stereokids first earned recognition playing warm-up shows in the metro Detroit area for acts such as …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Secret Machines and Explosions In The Sky. The band was consequently signed to Brooklyn-based label Overdraft Recordings.

After the 2007 debut full-length release Basement Kids landed on the CMJ Radio 200 list, Kinetic Stereokids gained national momentum, touring from New York to Los Angeles and from Pop Montreal to South by Southwest.

Basement Kids’ lead single, “Explosions Were Heard” was featured as “Song of The Day” by indie rock heavyweights and web-radio pioneers KEXP-FM Seattle, and was also included on their groundbreaking “Music That Matters” podcast series. The buzz surrounding Kinetic Stereokids spread beyond the U.S., as well, with its “junkyard folktronica” dubbed “insidious and addictive” and “attractive in so many ways” by various UK sources.

In February 2008, Kinetic Stereokids headed into Ghetto Recorders to mix their second release, Kid Moves, with Detroit studio legend Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki, The Dirtbombs). The result is a more sophisticated effort than Basement Kids, while still retaining Kinetic Stereokids’ distinctive grit.

Overdraft Recordings has now assembled the first taste of Kid Moves onto the Have A Nice Day EP. “Have A Nice Day” (MP3) is a long-time fan favorite - an organic, beat driven feel-good anthem demonstrating down-home goodness with catchy, pop-influenced refined sound and radio-friendliness. “Blunder,” however, establishes the true dichotomy of the band in epic proportion. “Are you on my side? I know you’re not...” sings front man Justin Ford, while the band lets loose a fury of swirling distortion and cacophony, compounding and then imploding in Kinetic Stereokids’ signature harmonious fashion.

Rounding out the EP is the bonus track “Explosions Were Heard” (Live on KEXP) from Kinetic Stereokids’ remotely broadcast on-air session in Chicago’s Engine Studios. This track encapsulates-as well as any recording can-the raw power and energy of the band’s dynamic live show. Superb mastering by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Wilco) brings the entire experience to another level of speaker-shattering sonic assault.

Kinetic Stereokids Live:

10/31/08 Flint, MI The Loft

11/01/08 Lansing, MI (Scene) Metrospace

11/08/08 Flint, MI The Aloha