Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hitman: Experiential Media

For the launch of Hitman HD: Trilogy barcode artist Scott Blake to created a digital mosaic portrait of Agent 47. The mural is comprised of 9,985 UPC barcodes from the Trilogy game box.


Users can scan the barcodes with their smartphone to find out where to buy the game. Hidden QR-Codes unlock the video trailer, and artwork commissioned for the Hitman HD: Trilogy art book.

"Jacuzzi Job" by Jeff Langevin:

ORGY Announces “Wide Awake and Dead” Tour with VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE and DAVEY SUICIDE

Multi-platinum electronic rockers ORGY are pleased to announce their upcoming US headline tour, dubbed the “Wide Awake and Dead” Tour. Supporting on the tour will be Vampires Everywhere and Davey Suicide. The month-long tour kicks off in Phoenix, AZ on March 2nd and will visit several major US cities until its close in Lincolnshire, IL on April 2nd. See below for the first leg of the tour dates, new tour dates will be added soon!


3/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

3/4 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

3/6 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

3/7 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live SA

3/8 – Broussard, LA @ The Stations Bar and Grill

3/10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater

3/12 – Jacksonville, FL @  The Roc Bar

3/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

3/15 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

3/16 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

3/17 – Springfield, VA @ Empire

3/19 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

3/20 – New York, NY @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall

3/21 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock

3/22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution

3/23 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s Pub

3/24 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

3/26 – West Chester, PA @ The Note

3/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

3/28 – Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s

3/29 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

3/30 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

3/31 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards

4/2 – Lincolnshire, IL @ Viper Alley

The band’s new single, ‘Grime of the Century’, was released in the fall and has been well-received by radio stations, press and fans alike. A music video for the track was released in December. ORGY recently finished up a successful tour of the west coast in select markets and plans to tour Europe in the summer of 2013. The band is currently finishing up new music in the studio.

ORGY is:
Jay Gordon - Lead Vocals
Carlton Bost - Guitars, Gadgets & Vocals
Ashburn Miller - Guitars & Gadgets
Nic Speck - Bass & Vocals
Jamie Miller - Drums & Guitar

To learn more about ORGY, their new single and their upcoming tour, please visit:


Set For Release on Feb. 26th on Metropolis Records

With three decades of historic, groundbreaking musical mayhem behind them, the legendary industrial pioneers KMFDM are ready to unleash the next album KUNST on February 26, 2013 on Metropolis Records. Fronted by the volatile and fiercely outspoken Sascha Konietzko, KMFDM has led the industrial revolution with their self-coined "Ultra Heavy Beat" that continues to expand and evolve, ushering new beats and structures that push their music up into new plateaus. "[Thirty years is] not really a milestone," says Sascha. "It's more proof of longevity through quality. Totally DIY, yet a successful business model and outlet for real meaningful art."

German for “ART”, KUNST is fitting for a band that has spent three decades conceptualizing its own brand of art war against the establishment. Bombastic musical graffiti, the album shows the band making another indelible mark on the walls of society. Kicking things off with the snarky title track, the signature KMFDM sound busts down the doors with an instant payoff for long-term fans and newbies alike, seamlessly blending their anarchic signature sound/themes with elements of punk, industrial and EBM. From the steady build of "Ave Maria" to the relentless "Animal Out " to their show of solidarity for the jailed Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, with the song of the same name, KUNST exposes the underbelly of society's shortcomings. "KMFDM has always been, particularly by means of our artworks, a propagator of female empowerment.," Sascha explains of that track. "I am a 'fan' of both Pussy Riot and FEMEN [the feminist Ukrainian protest group] insofar as these are young women who don't just talk and complain but act and take things into their own hands and create worldwide awareness of their issues and be it - in the case of FEMEN, simply by calling attention to their actions by baring their t**s in public. The felling of the cross was an epic statement in support of Pussy Riot." Contributions by Swedish cult band Morlocks and Legion Within's William Wilson to the tracks "The Next Big Thing" and "The Mess You Made" add further fuel to the inflammatory statements about the eroding forces undermining society. "The use of guest vocalists has a longstanding tradition with KMFDM," he says. "it spices up the mix here and there and collaboration with others is always interesting, sometimes even fun."

KUNST is the passageway into the very abyss, the unknown depth of a staple we took for granted over the years, commonly known as KMFDM. It will be released on February 26, 2013 on Metropolis Records.


Friday, January 25, 2013

EXCISION Bringing "Execution Tour" to Jacksonville, FL Monday, March 4 at Freebird Live

EXCISION Brings "Execution Tour" to Jacksonville, FL Monday, March 4 at Freebird Live 
*NOTE - due to venue constraints, the EXECUTIONER cannot be used. Full lighting and audio will be used.

The “Execution Tour” will feature EXCISION’s new stage “The Executioner,” a behemoth production setup and a true technological breakthrough that will take live electronic music performance to a new level. “The Executioner” is a video-mapping masterwork that displays an impressive 420 square feet of world-class, true-3D, video-mapped animations guaranteed to daze and amaze fans. “The Executioner” will include the greatest projector available in the world and cast some of the most intricate and amazing animations available today onto a mechanical bunker in which EXCISION will perform a live set that will simultaneously sync audio with video using groundbreaking technology. Watch the official “Execution Tour” trailer here: http://youtu.be/tloy0ldDvVQ.

EXCISION is revving up the audio experience and inviting back Canada’s PK Sound—which worked with him on the sold-out 2012 “X Tour”—as the official audio provider for the “Execution Tour,” packing more than 100,000 watts of full-on bone-crushing sound. Colorado producer and Mad Decent artist Paper Diamond and dubstep producer Vaski join EXCISION on the tour.

For more information on EXCISION, check out:

HE IS WE Starts The Next Chapter Preparing Follow-Up to My Forever

"Without the growing pains that come with life, we cannot become who it is we were born to be," says HE IS WE frontwoman Rachel Taylor philosophically about the rather tumultuous year she had involving both her personal health and her band. Currently hard at work on the follow-up to her 2010 breakthrough debut album My Forever (Republic Records), her songwriting this time isn't based on the wide-eyed innocence of youth but instead a wisened perspective of growth and appreciation. "This next album is a make up of the chapters the fans have seen me go through," she explains. "It is my 'thank you' to each and every single prayer, tweet or email sent my way."

Originally formed as a duo in Tacoma, WA who decided on a lark to write a few little acoustic pop songs in between work breaks at a musical instrument store, He Is We blossomed into an indie pop powerhouse whose debut album appealed to a huge audience. When My Forever was initially released, it astoundingly debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart at #6 and zoomed up iTunes's Pop Album Chart to #3 almost immediately, spawning two hit singles "Happily Ever After" and "All About Us (featuring Owl City)". They had collected a wealth of accolades in media from Alternative Press (“big enough for live sing-alongs and sweet enough for to soundtrack next year’s prom”) to AbsolutePunk (“For just a debut record, My Forever has set He Is We up for greatness”) to About.com (“If you love sweet, straightforward, melodic pop music, you owe it to yourself to listen to He Is We”). With major support from the media (including many Best of 2010 lists) and a continually building digital sales story, He Is We was enjoying commercial and critical success both in record sales and touring when health problems forced Rachel off the road. Her bandmate at the time, Trevor Kelly, continued their hectic tour schedule while she tended to her health. While the road to recovery was long and hard, it took a toll on the band itself, with Trevor eventually departing, leaving Rachel to decide her next step. But through it all, her fans were what kept her going, both mentally and creatively. "I have never felt so connected with the fans," she says appreciatively of their continued and undying support. "They have truly become family to me and I owe them everything."

With a renewed spirit and physical health back up to par, Rachel is gearing up for the next step - the follow-up to My Forever. "Feeling like I had truly lost everything, I saw what it was that I was made to do," she explains. "I had the hands of each and every supporter raising me up, giving me strength and showing me that I wasn't doing this alone. He Is We is more than just 'some band' but rather a movement of people. People who matter to me and deserve to know it."

He Is We's as-yet-untitled second album is due in 2013 on Republic Records.





Black Flag original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, along with guitarist Stephen Egerton (who played along Bill Stevenson in Descendents and ALL), spurred by crowd reaction to a surprise set at Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary show in 2011, have formed FLAG as a vehicle to continue performing the hardcore progentiors' repertoire. Appearances at Belgium's Groezrock Festival and Germany's Monster Bash this April, with full US tourdates to follow throughout the year.

The members of the quartet have maintained a steadfast relationship to the music they helped pioneer. Keith Morris, who served as Black Flag's original vocalist, followed his tenure in the group by forming the hugely influential Circle Jerks and more recently OFF! Chuck Dukowski, Black Flag's bassist from 1977-1983, continued on as co-owner of the band's label SST and as bassist in a variety of project including Würm, SWA, Chuck Dukowski Sextet, and Black Face. Bill Stevenson's 1981-1985 stint in Black Flag was concurrent with his tenure in Descendents (who remain active and are playing this year's Coachella) with virtuosic guitarist Stephen Egerton. The new outfit will play sets that pull from all eras of Black Flag's history.

4/26 - Monster Bash Festival - Munich, Germany
4/27 - Monster Bash Festival - Berlin, German
4/28 - Groezrock Festival - Meerhout, Belgium
5/24-5/27 - Punk Rock Bowling - Las Vegas, NV

For more info




Big Beat recording group Rudimental has announced plans for their first ever U.S. live shows.  The eagerly anticipated dates herald the acclaimed East London-based quartet's debut album, an eclectic blend of genre and sound - ranging from Garage to House, Jungle to R&B - arriving in stores and online later this spring.

Rudimental has just been unveiled as one of the live acts appearing at the first weekend of Miami's upcoming Ultra Music Festival, slated to kick off on March 15th in Miami.  The band will also headline a series of major market dates, with shows set for March 19th at New York's Bowery Ballroom; March 21st at San Francisco's Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop; and March 23rd at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood.  What's more, Rudimental will showcase their diverse influences through live DJ sets on a string of Black Butter showcases in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, with Kidnap Kid and special guest Bondax on select dates. Additionally, Rudimental will make a number of appearances at Austin, Texas' annual South By Southwest (SXSW®) Music and Media Conference, scheduled for March 12th - 17th.  For full details, please visit www.rudimental.co.uk.

Hailed by Mixmag at 2012's "Star of the Year," Rudimental has earned widespread applause for their dazzling sonic vision, a stunning sound clash of live instrumentation, eclectic beats, and soulful songcraft.  The Hackney-based foursome made a remarkable popular breakthrough last year with their blockbuster single, "Feel The Love (Feat. John Newman)."  The distinctive dubstep-flavored anthem proved a full-scale phenomenon, entering the U.K. Singles Chart at #1 before spending 11 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. As if that weren't enough, "Feel The Love" was also a top 5 favorite in Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Australia, where it has since been certified 3x platinum by the ARIA.

Named as iTunes' "Dance Song of the Year," "Feel The Love" is currently among the nominees for the Brit Awards' prestigious "British Single" honor, slated to be awarded February 20th in London.  In addition, Rudimental was among the "Best Newcomer" candidates for the 2012 MOBO Awards, while the extraordinary "Feel The Love" companion video clip was named "Best Music Video" at this year's LA Shorts Fest.  The award-winning video has received more than 17 million individual views at Rudimental's official YouTube channel, located at www.youtube.com/rudimentaluk.

"Feel The Love" was followed by still another dancefloor sensation, "Not Giving In (Feat. John Newman and Alex Clare)," which immediately ascended to the top of the U.K. Dance chart.  Rudimental's most recent track, "Hell Could Freeze (Feat. Angel Haze)," is currently shaping up as a true viral smash.  The single - as well as an array of remixes, sessions, and other rare cuts - is spinning now at the band's official SoundCloud, https://soundcloud.com/rudimentaluk.

Rudimental is: Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Leon Rolle.


3/13- SXSW, Austin TX (DJ)

3/14- SXSW, Austin TX (live)

3/15- SXSW, Austin TX (live)

3/16- Black Butter party @ Bardot, Miami FL (DJ)

3/17- Ultra Music Festival, Miami FL (live)

3/18- Black Butter party @ Santos, New York NY (DJ)

3/19- Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (live)

3/21- Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA (live)

3/22- Black Butter Party @Key Club, Los Angeles CA (DJ)

3/23- Troubadour, Los Angeles CA (live)



Keep In Touch (Feat. George Clinton) - Maximum Hedrum

Maximum Hedrum premiered their music video for their song "Keep In Touch" at Consequence of Sound. The track features George Clinton and is the first single from the band's forthcoming debut self-titled album due out on Tuesday, March 19th via Spectrophonic Sound. The poignant video was co-directed by Sam Spiegel and Christopher Neil.

"The video was inspired by an article in Italian that my friend Wendy Morgan sent me about a young man with cerebral palsy and his relationship with his mom and a prostitute. The story felt closely related to 'Keep in Touch' in the sense of yearning for intimacy without the ability to express it with touch," said Spiegel. "Shooting this film was a great experience in getting to know Javier Silcook (our lead actor who has cerebral palsy) and his family who are amazing (Javier has 62 adopted brothers all with disabilities as well). I hope we were able to show some of the beautiful as well as lonely moments of living with CP."

Maximum Hedrum kicked off a live residency at Los Globos in Los Angeles last week and will appear for two additional shows on January  28th and February 4th.  The band will also appear at Austin's South By Southwest in March. Stay tuned for additional live date to be announced.





Hailing from the northern metropolis of Toronto, likeminded rappers Swamp Donkey and Roshin, producer/rapper BronzeOne, world renowned DJ/turntablist DJ Dopey and writer/illustrator Elicser unite to form Notes To Self, a collective dedicated to delivering a decidedly hip-hop ethos through numerous contemporary mediums. The highly dextrous vocalists of Notes trade verses with the adeptness of seasoned vets, sparking fire across Target Market's eleven tracks, set to be released on Decon February 26th. Each beat is nailed down with tremendous low-end, while horn and vocal samples humanize the tracks, jostled along with percussion. The aesthetic is familiar, yet the execution is timeless - Notes to Self are students of their genre, giving thanks to those who reigned before them, yet sharing in where rap music has currently landed by being musical contemporaries, drawing inspiration from both back home and the American market. The quartet immediately impressed Decon co-owner and creative brain trust Jason Goldwatch, who simply states "it's just so refreshing to see someone break some new rules."

Most recently, the preferred rule for the group to break is the sanctity of the classics - their use of visual effects with found footage, attention to detail and some very smart editing in the video for album single "Nobody" (featuring Cali legend Evidence) repositions rap heroes of the past as cohorts in the present to capture the attention of future fans... and it's working. The video racked up 50,000 YouTube views in its first weekend, turning the once-unknown collective into promising internet heroes with fans across the country and a label deal in the course of a month. On Decon Records, Notes to Self joins an impressive roster that boasts Pusha-T, Roc Marciano, and Freddie Gibbs to name a few, and opens the door for some potentially explosive collaborations in the future.  "We're fans of everyone on the label; it's great to be a part of the team" said Roshin. That's the aim, at least.



1. UTBD Intro

2. Recoil (Crimson)

3. Today (I Wanna) feat. Lee Gaul

4. All Of The Above (BBRC)

5. Nobody (Recoil Remix) feat. Evidence

6. Oh My God (Life is so Hard) feat. Arowbe

7. Mr Polite feat. Fashawn

8. Sky Light (InBetween)

9. Used to be Dark feat. Lee Gaul

10. Mr Polite (Remix) feat. Fashawn

11. Popular Music

Mark Lanegan cover from Reason To Believe - The Songs of Tim Hardin

Hear Mark Lanegan Cover Of Tim Hardin's "Red Balloon" Via Rolling Stone HERE

Tim Hardin Tribute album featuring covers by Mark Lanegan, Smoke Fairies, Okkervil River, Alela Diane and more…

Stream Smoke Fairies “If I Were A Carpenter” HERE

Acclaimed Oregon troubadour Tim Hardin is one of the most influential and respected singer-songwriters of all time, not that the man himself cared much for the title. "My songs aren't personal," he insisted before his death in 1980. "They sound it 'cos it was me who revealed them, but it was my head that got the lightning shot through it.” An interesting choice of descriptive, seeing as how for his many devotees, his bewitching folk music has the same knockout power as a ten thousand volt lightning strike from the sky – instantaneous, bruising, beautiful, electrifying.

Among those devotees are some of the most exciting alternative voices of the last fifty years – like Nick Drake and Tim Buckley before him, Hardin was a musicians' musician, the inspiration behind a great many artists whose limelight he never procured for himself. Johnny Cash, Paul Weller, Rod Stewart, Echo and the Bunnymen, Scott Walker, Nico... Hardin's music has been covered by countless icons of contemporary counter-culture. Now that tradition is set to continue with the release of Reason To Believe, a tribute album collecting specially recorded cover versions from the impressive likes of Screaming Trees legend Mark Lanegan, the beguiling Hannah Peel, indie favourites Okkervil River and many more.

Patti Smith expressed her admiration for Tim Hardin’s music in her memoir Just Kids, for instance: "My brother gave us a new needle for our record player... we happily listened to Tim Hardin, his songs becoming our songs, the expression of our young love." (p.44) and “I played Tim Hardin songs for my lovers and told them of you." (p.274) referring to Mapplethorpe.

“So many people's entry point to Tim has been through cover versions,” says Full Time Hobby co-owner Nigel Adams, responsible for the release. “It felt fitting to bring his songs up to date with contemporary artists approaching his music with the hope listeners would then go beyond the well known and dig into some of the wealth of songs he wrote and recorded”.  The album comes as a sequel of sorts to the label's 2006 release, Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley, and is the next in a gradual series of releases that puts the spotlight on artists whose impact was more profound than their fame would suggest, whose names may have drifted into obscurity but continue to burn brightly in the hearts and record collections of many music lovers.

But Reason To Believe is more than an opportunity to pay lip service to one of the most gifted and overlooked talents in generations, with its artists (in the true spirit of Hardin) getting creative with the songs. The record begins with Wellington cinematic-pop types The Phoenix Foundation and a dazzling reworking of “Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep”, the '60s groove and strummed guitar of Hardin's original replaced by a tsunami wash of post-rock pianos and airy vocals. From there, the good times keep tumbling. Sam Genders’ Diagrams turn the tender “Part Of The Wind” into an electronics epic guided by 16-bit bleeps and ghostly synths, while Smoke Fairies offer a broody, smokey, intense take on “If I Were A Carpenter” that burrows its way into your psyche.

With artwork by Jack White's former collaborator Miles Johnson at Third Man Records and extensive linear notes by Rock’s Backpages music critic and highly respected author Barney Hoskyns, Reason To Believe is too good to miss.

Reason To Believe – The Songs Of Tim Hardin (out 2/12/13 on Full Time Hobby) Tracklisting:
1. The Phoenix Foundation - Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep
2. The Sand Band - Reason To Believe
3. Mark Lanegan - Red Balloon
4. Diagrams - Part Of The Wind
5. The Magnetic North - It’s Hard To Believe In Love For Long
6. Alela Diane - How Can We Hang On To A Dream
7. Snorri Helgason - Misty Roses
8. Sarabeth Tucek - If I Knew
9. Okkervil River - It’ll Never Happen Again
10. Smoke Fairies - If I Were A Carpenter
11. Gavin Clark - Shiloh Town
12. Hannah Peel - Lenny’s Tune
13. Pinkunoizu - I Can’t Slow Down


Netherfriends in Jacksonville

Netherfriends perform Sunday, February 3th show at Burro Bar in Downtown Jacksonville! Using drum pad, sampler, keyboards, guitar and a plethora of pedals, Netherfriends loops handclaps, vocal beatboxing, and layers of harmony to create unusually poppy songs. Even more entrancing than his musicianship are his undeniably fun dance moves and excitement.

Watch Netherfriends perform at KSUA




WEEKEND 1 – MARCH 15-17, 2013
WEEKEND 2 – MARCH 22-24, 2013

The second phase of talent confirmed for the 2013 ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL taking place March 15-17 and 22-24 during Miami Music Week, has been unveiled with what is undoubtedly the most diverse, forward thinking line-up ever billed in the event’s 15 year history.

Watch the Phase 2 trailer here:

Set to annihilate the newly designed, never-before-seen ULTRA MAIN STAGE and the aptly titled ‘MEGA STRUCTURE,’ MID PARK and more the Phase 2 DJ billing is quite simply out of this world. ALESSO, BENNY BENASSI, DIRTY SOUTH, DOG BLOOD (Boys Noize & Skrillex), ERIC PRYDZ, FEDDE LE GRAND, HARDWELL, LOCO DICE, LUCIANO, LAIDBACK LUKE, MARTIN SOLVEIG, PRETTY LIGHTS, STEVE AOKI and SVEN VÄTH are among just some of the names to join the already eye-catching line-up delivered in Phase 1, which included ABOVE & BEYOND, AFROJACK, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, CALVIN HARRIS, CARL COX, DAVID GUETTA, FATBOY SLIM, KASKADE, KNIFE PARTY, RICHIE HAWTIN, SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA and TIËSTO.  After 14 consecutive years of delivering the ultimate dance music experience, it was never in doubt that ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL would deliver for its 15th anniversary.

Set to shake the revamped ‘LIVE STAGE’ to its very core, the next slew of LIVE acts confirmed includes AZELIA BANKS, FAITHLESS (Live DJ & PA Set), SLEIGH BELLS, SNOOP DOGG and THE WEEKND. Joining the likes of THE BLOODY BEETROOTS, BOOKA SHADE, BOYS NOIZE, CRYSTAL CASTLES, deadmau5, DISCLOSURE, DJ FRESH (LIVE), HOT CHIP, MAJOR LAZER, MATT & KIM, MODESTEP, RUDIMENTAL, THIEVERY CORPORATION and YEASAYER announced in Phase 1 at the beginning of the year, it’s safe to say that never before has an electronic music festival offered so much variety and such an array of top live talent than this year’s fifteenth edition of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL.

"In celebration of Ultra Music Festival's double weekend and 15 year anniversary, what we've achieved with this edition's ocean of talent and stage production is we feel unprecedented. As the industry we work in continues to explode, with so much talent emerging and the taste of our consumer changing in the process, diversity was key," says Russell Faibisch, Ultra Music Festival Founder, Executive Producer, CEO & President.

"We've never put so much time and effort into programming an event as we have for this year's Ultra Music Festival. We truly hope everybody attending this year will value and more importantly enjoy the unique experience we've worked so hard to create," adds Adam Russakoff, Ultra Music Festival Executive Producer, Director of Business Affairs & Talent Buyer.

There is more. ULTRA have also announced the incredible array of arenas set to appear over the two weekends this year. It wouldn’t be ULTRA without the legend that is CARL COX. Bringing his titanic CARL COX & FRIENDS ARENA to Bayfront Park this March, he’ll be playing host to some of the finest names in house and techno, including CASSY, FATBOY SLIM, JAMIE JONES, JOHN DIGWEED, LOCO DICE, LUCIANO, MAGDA, NICOLE MOUDABER, RICHIE HAWTIN, SVEN VATH, UMEK and UTO KAREM. Expect seriously big things from this much-loved ULTRA veteran and his merry following.

Once again, the world’s #1 DJ ARMIN VAN BUUREN delivers his breathtaking A State Of Trance 600 stage, where ABOVE & BEYOND, ATB, COSMIC GATE, DASH BERLIN, FERRY CORSTEN, MARKUS SCHULZ, TRITONAL and W&W will all be joined by the legendary PAUL VAN DYK who will be making his long-awaited return appearance to the world’s premiere dance music event.

Finally, the MEGA STRUCTURE serves up an all-star lineup of the world’s top acts, which includes main stage regulars ALESSO, CALVIN HARRIS, DAVID GUETTA, ERIC PRYDZ and TIËSTO, just one example of what ULTRA meant by “2 Weekends, 2 Unique Experiences.” Fans will rejoice to see their favorite artists tackle both the Main Stage and the Mega Structure at ULTRA 15.

Keeping it going for underground fans, new to ULTRA this year is SURFACE, a brand new concept arena held each Sunday of the festival at the Bayfront Stage. Reading as a ‘who’s who’ from the world of the underground scene, look forward to seeing the likes of ART DEPARTMENT, CLAUDE VONSTROKE, DAMIAN LAZARUS, DANNY DAZE, DROOG, FRANCESCA LOMBARDO, GUY GERBER, JUSTIN MARTIN, LEE FOSS, MACEO PLEX, MAYA JANE COLES, MIGUEL CAMPBELL, SETH TROXLER, SOUL CLAP, SUBB-AN, TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS, WOLF & LAMB and more.

ULTRA is not only delivering the world’s greatest underground sounds each Sunday, but every day of the festival. The MIXMAG STAGE will play host to performances by tech gurus CARLO LIO, DUBFIRE, ELIO RISO, JON RUNDELL, JOSH WINK, SHADED and YOUSEF on Friday of Weekend 1. The second Friday will boast additional techno sounds from AUDIOFLY, CARL CRAIG, KEVIN SAUNDERSON, NINA KRAVIZ, PAUL WOOLFORD, RADIO SLAVE and STACEY PULLEN. Each Saturday will also see a myriad of techno and deep house artists that include DAVID SQUILLACE, tINI + GUTI, MARTIN BUTTRICH, NIC FANCIULLI B2B JORIS VOORN, REMO, ROBERT DIETZ, SCUBA, STEVE LAWLER, TIGA and TIMO MAAS on Weekend 2, and an undisclosed arsenal of premier DJs to play on Weekend 1.

SPACE IBIZA (voted #1 Club in the world and winning multiple awards) plans a triumphant return on Saturday, March 23 to host the tech house and techno acts that they are known for.  Also hosting stages will be Skrillex’s formidable OWSLA label, Afrojack’s JACKED, Mark Knight’s TOOLROOM, with more to be announced in Phase 3. Completing the full house, the brand new ‘TRAPPED’ arena, featuring the likes of BAAUER, BRO SAFARI, DJ CRAZE, DILLON FRANCIS, FLOSSTRADAMUS, NADASTROM and many more look more than adequate to cater to the new trap craze.

Finally, for the ninth consecutive year, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL proudly welcomes back the “ECO Village”.  This area is dedicated to the exposure and understanding of numerous non-profit organizations and charities, and will run over both weekends of the festival.  You can find several interactive booths that provide an informative outlook on the world today.

**For full info on all acts confirmed to date, please refer to the official poster here: http://www.ultramusicfestival.com**

Limited tickets—which have already sold in 77 countries around the world (topping the record of 74 from years past)--still remain for both weekends of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL, exclusively at www.ULTRAmusicfestival.com.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dead Can Dance Announce "Children of the Sun" Video Contest

Dead Can Dance have partnered with Genero.tv to give filmmakers and music video directors the chance to make the music video for “Children of the Sun,” one of the highlights on their 2012 album Anastasis. The contest runs through March 4 and those interested can enter and see the official rules at http://genero.tv/deadcandance/.  The winner will receive £3,000 (approximately $4,700) and have their creation used as the official music video for “Children of the Sun.” Outstanding videos will also be nominated for the 2013 Genero Awards. Dead Can Dance and Genero will choose the finalists and winners.

Anastasis is Dead Can Dance’s first studio album in 16 years. Anastasis is the Greek word for resurrection and can also mean between two stages, which is a fitting way to title the return of Dead Can Dance and to start their new chapter. It is also an astonishing regeneration of the legendary beauty, power and spellbinding nature of the duo’s unique sound and vision. Anastasis is out now on [PIAS] America.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DAYS OF THE DEAD Invades Atlanta Next Weekend (Feb. 1st-3rd), Debuts in Los Angeles April 5th-7th


Featuring a MONSTROUS line up of over 50 celebrity guests - including DANNY TREJO, ACE FREHLEY, EERIE VON, DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE, CLU GULAGER, DICK MILLER, KANE HODDER, JAKE "THE SNAKE" ROBERTS, THOM MATHEWS, SID HAIG, BILL MOSELEY, GINGER LYNN ALLEN, and BLAIR WITCH PROJECT reunion, and many, many, more, this promises to be the BIGGEST DAYS OF THE DEAD convention to date!

Discount pre-sale tickets for DAYS OF THE DEAD: Atlanta, happening February 1st - 3rd at the Sheraton Atlanta downtown, are available through Wednesday, January 30th by visiting http://www.DaysoftheDead.net/atlanta
Skip right through the long ticket lines and save up to $10 of the price of admission at the door! Weekend Passes also get a limited edition DAYS OF THE DEAD lanyard and laminate to use in place of wristbands!

Finally, ALL pre-sale ticket purchasers are automatically entered to win our daily drawings for FREE autographs and DAYS OF THE DEAD merch!

Dont delay! Get your tickets today at www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta

Warner Bros. Records Signs Australian Rock Sensations The Rubens


UK / Europe Tour with Walk The Moon Kicks Off February 20th

Jan 23, 2013 - (Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Australian rock sensations The Rubens to its roster. The band - which is brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Elliott Margin (keyboards), and Zaac Margin (guitar), plus their longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums) - hail from the tiny rural town of Menangle in New South Wales (pop. 327) and have been on a whirlwind journey since forming in 2011. They have gone from being total unknowns to enjoying strong support from Australia's influential radio station Triple J and playing the main stage at one of Australia's biggest music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, alongside Jack White and Bloc Party. The Rubens also opened for The Black Keys in New Zealand and have been selected to support Bruce Springsteen during his tour of Australia this March.

The Rubens' self-titled debut album, which was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor), has already won over a legion of fans with its rich, soulful take on blues rock. The album debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA chart and sold more than 10K its first week, shooting to No. 1 on iTunes Australia. The album's first single, "My Gun," as well as the album itself, has been certified gold in Australia and has spent multiple weeks at No. 1 on Triple J.

Australian critics have lined up to praise The Rubens' album calling it "a sophisticated and distinctly Australian take on rock & roll" (Rolling Stone), "full of soul, sentiment, and sheer talent" (Indie Shuffle), and "a defining musical statement" (Beat). "They've captured a distinct vibe - and their future's scorching," wrote The Telegraph.

The Rubens will make their U.S. debut performing at SXSW and touring here in March. Prior to that, the band will tour the UK and Europe with Walk The Moon beginning February 20th. The band are pleased to announce their first-ever headlining shows outside of Australia as follows:

Feb 19              Sebright Arms               London, England
Mar 11,             Mercury Lounge            New York, NY 
Mar 20              TBC                              San Francisco, CA
Mar 21              The Hotel Cafe              Los Angeles, CA

Warner Bros. Records will release The Rubens' album on June 11th. Check out the video for "My Gun" here. For more, visit the band's Facebook page here.


Cold Specks- New Single!

OUT MARCH 5th, 2013

 On the 5th of March Cold Specks, songwriter and vocalist Al Spx, will release the new single  “When the City Lights Dim” via Mute. This is the latest track from last year’s critically acclaimed debut album, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. An album that received numerous accolades, highlights include it’s inclusion on the short-list for Canada’s Polaris Prize and receiving eMusic’s highest praise as the #1 Album of 2012.

Following the release of the album, Cold Specks spent 2012 touring across Europe and North America winning fans along the way. Kicking off 2013 with a German tour Spx is looking forward to returning to her homeland for a string of Canadian dates in March.

Also on the books for March is a show at The Queen Elizabeth Hall as a part of the Women of the World Festival taking place at the Southbank, UK. WOW is an annual event celebrating women’s achievements and brings attention to the obstacles they face across the world. Running from March 6th to 10th, the festival will feature a diverse program of keynote talks, performances, concerts, gigs and debates.

Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. Citing Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits, the music of Cold Specks has maturity beyond its years. And with a voice that evokes the ‘spirit’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain-gang rhythms will stop you dead in your tracks.

 Cold Specks: Web

Ólöf Arnalds Announces New Album, Stream "Sudden Elevation"

 Ólöf Arnalds’ New Album Sudden Elevation
 Out March 5 On One Little Indian Records

Stream “Sudden Elevation” HERE

After two critically lauded and uncannily beautiful albums, Iceland’s Ólöf Arnalds announces her second US release, Sudden Elevation, out March 5 on One Little Indian Records.  The album, Arnalds’ third, is comprised of twelve self-penned tracks all sung in English and is melodically opulent, narratively compelling, and exquisitely rendered.  You can stream the title track via Soundcloud here (feel free to share and repost).  Watch the video for her first single “A Little Grim” here on Youtube.

Produced by Skúli Sverrisson and largely recorded in a two-week, partially snowed-in, autumn 2011 stint in a seaside cabin in Hvalfjörður (literally ‘Whale-fjord’), in the west of Iceland, with overdubs and mixing at Ólöf’s house in Reykjavík and at Sigur Rós’s Sundlaugin (Swimming Pool) studio at Álafoss, Sudden Elevation finds Ólöf inhabiting a drier, more stripped-back sound than was previously the case. While Ólöf’s voice, acoustic guitar and charango are once again the central focus, there is also subtle but luminous colouring from koto harp, keyboards and electric guitar, all played by Ólöf, as well as the odd, deftly applied swell of a string section. There are cameos from Ólöf’s two sisters: Klara Arnalds duets sunnily on ‘Bright and Still’ and ‘Numbers and Names’ while Dagný Arnalds essays the devastating piano part in ‘Return Again’. Skúli Sverrisson plays bass and electric guitar (including a high-pitched octave 12-string Shorty instrument) on several tracks, while Magnús Trygvason Eliassen adds gossamer drum parts to ‘German Fields’ and ‘A Little Grim’.

Ólöf’s liquid, finger-picked guitar or South American charango, intermittently ornamented by various degrees of chamber orchestration, has won legions of fans around the globe.  Her vigorous and wide touring schedule has placed her performing alongside artists such as Dirty Projectors, Blonde Redhead, John Vanderslice and Björk (sometime collaborator) who once described Ólöf’s uniquely compelling vocal sound as “somewhere between a child and an old woman.”  All of which is good going for a singer who started her musical life fighting chronic stage nerves only to deliver her deeply personal songs in that most magical yet, let’s face it, hardly universally accessible mother tongue, Icelandic.

One Little Indian Announces NYC Office

This is shaping up to be a great year for One Little Indian Records. The seminal UK label has opened a New York City office and has returned to the US with a renewed enthusiasm and the adventurous sounds they are known for. 2013 will see new releases from Bjork, Stubborn Heart, The Computers, Marc Carroll, HK119 and of course Olof Arnalds.

Sudden Elevation Tracklisting:
1 – German Fields
2 – Bright And Still
3 – Return Again
4 – Treat Her Kindly
5 – Call It What You Want
6 – A Little Grim
7 – Fear Less
8 – Numbers And Names
9 – Sudden Elevation
10 – The Joke
11 – Onwards And Upwards
12 - Perfect

Ólöf Arnalds On Facebook

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


January 21, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Warner Bros. Records' Muse hit the road today for an extensive run of U.S. dates. Kicking off tonight in San Diego, CA at Valley View Casino Center, the tour will wrap up on March 7th in Minneapolis, MN. The UK trio is touring in support of their sixth album The 2nd Law, which was nominated for two 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song ("Madness").  Rolling Stone declared The 2nd Law as Muse's "biggest, craziest music yet." See below for a complete list of dates.
Muse is Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme. Since forming in 1994, they have released five studio albums selling upwards of 15 million albums worldwide. The group's last album The Resistance reached Number 1 in 19 countries around the world, and they have won numerous awards around the world including a Best Rock Album Grammy Award and an American Music Award for The Resistance. In July 2012 Muse's song "Survival" was adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games. On October 2nd, the band released their 6th studio album The 2nd Law and performed their hit single "Madness" and "Panic Station" on Saturday Night Live on October 6th. To watch the performances, click HERE.

Muse 2013 North American Dates

1/21 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center

1/23 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

1/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

1/26 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

1/28 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

1/29 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena

1/31 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena

2/1 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena

2/3 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place

2/4 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome

2/6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

2/22- Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center

2/23 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum

2/25 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center

2/27 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena

2/28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena

3/2 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena

3/4  - Chicago, IL  - United Center

3/5 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center

3/7 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

3/8 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena

3/10 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

3/12 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

3/13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

3/16 -Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center

3/17 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay

4/9 -  Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre

4/10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre

4/12 - Boston, MA - TD Garden

4/13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena  

4/15 -  New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

4/16 -  New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

4/19 - E. Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center

4/21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum 

4/23 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 

4/24- Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

4/26 - Quebec City, QC - C




DATELINE - Burbank, CA - Grammy-winning alternative band Deftones will release several different vinyl editions of their current album, the critically acclaimed Koi No Yokan, on January 22nd. The four configurations are as follows: A standard retail version pressed on 140-gram black vinyl (3,000 units), a direct-to-consumer version on 180-gram black vinyl with foil-stamped numbered jackets (1,000 units), an international edition pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and an exclusive edition sold through Hot Topic retailers pressed on 140-gram clear-colored vinyl (1,500 units).

Koi No Yokan, the band's seventh studio album, was released November 13th via Warner Bros Records. It debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with over 65,000 copies sold first week. The first single, "Tempest," is Top 5 and climbing at Rock Radio. Revolver declared it their "Album of the Year," Spin selected it as one of its Top 50 Albums of 2012 (and its No. 5 Metal Album of the Year), the NY Post hailed it as "one of the best rock albums of the year," and Penthouse said "If you hear an album this year that combines the ferocious and the sublime as well as Deftones' Koi No Yokan, please write us an email and flag it 'urgent.'"

Deftones are gearing up for a spring headlining tour in support of Koi No Yokan that kicks off in Toronto on March 1st. Please see below for all dates:

3/1         Toronto, ON                      Kool Haus

3/3         Montreal, QC                    Metropolis

3/4         Rochester, NY                  Main Street Armory

3/5         Boston, MA                      House of Blues

3/6         Huntington, NY                 Paramount Theatre

3/8         Atlantic City, NJ                House of Blues

3/9         New York, NY                   Terminal 5

3/10       Montclair, NJ                     Wellmont Theatre

3/12       Stroudsburg, PA                Sherman Theatre

3/13       Norfolk, VA                        The Norva

3/15       Nashville, TN                     Marathon Music Works

3/16       Myrtle Beach, SC              House of Blues

3/17       Atlanta, GA                       The Tabernacle

3/19       Miami, FL                         Fillmore Miami Beach

3/21       St. Petersburg, FL             Jannus Live!

3/22       Orlando, FL                       Hard Rock Live

3/23       Mobile, AL                        Soul Kitchen

3/25       Baton Rouge, LA               The Varsity Theatre

3/26       Corpus Christi, TX              Concrete Street Amphitheater

3/27       Pharr, TX                           Pharr Entertainment Center

3/29       Austin, TX                         ACL  Live at the Moody Theater

3/30       Houston, TX                      Bayou Music Center