Monday, July 29, 2013

Clean Water Music Fest


Flagship Romance, a rising folk duo based out of Jacksonville Beach, FL, is determined to make the second annual Clean Water Music Fest an even bigger success than its inaugural year. The duo, comprised of Jordyn Jackson and Shawn Fisher, organized this event in order to raise funds for and awareness about the worldwide water crisis. All of the proceeds from the Clean Water Music Fest go directly to the charity: water organization. With the help of the Fest's title sponsor, VENUS Swimwear, and numerous local businesses, musicians, and individuals, the inaugural Clean Water Music Fest raised close to $12,000. This went on to provide two entire communities in Malawi with clean water and basic sanitation for the next 20 years.

This year's event will take place at the renowned Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday, August 10th, 2013, from 1pm to 11pm. Some recent additions to this year's festivities include a farmer's market, and a local food truck court featuring Mother Fletcher's, Corner Taco, The Hyppo Popsicles, On The Fly, and the debut of The Swedish Bistro, who will all be giving a portion of their sales to the cause.

Returning this year will be the impressive silent auction and raffle, filled to the brim with the best items + services that local businesses have to offer. The Clean Water Music Fest also features a full day of music entertainment, with local acts SUNBEARS!, organizers Flagship Romance, The Dog Apollo, Chico Lobos Band, The Rubies, Sam Pacetti, Four Families, Oscar Mike, Dalton Cyr, and Northe. charity: water a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and they prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map.

Here are some of the important bullet points about the Fest:

- 2nd Annual Clean Water Music Fest

- Saturday, August 10th

- 1pm-11pm

- Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

- 100% of the proceeds from this event go directly to building fresh-water wells in developing countries without access to safe, clean drinking water, via charity: water

- All day line-up of incredible local music: SUNBEARS!, Flagship Romance, The Dog Apollo, Chico Lobos Band, The Rubies, Sam Pacetti, Four Families, Oscar Mike, Dalton Cyr, and Northe

- COME HUNGRY! Food truck court, including: Mother Fletcher's, On The Fly, Corner Taco, The Swedish Bistro, and The Hyppo Popsicles

- Farmer's Market, including a variety of unique vendors

- The best silent auction + raffle you'll ever see, which includes donations from over 180 local businesses.

- For more info on Clean Water Music Fest, visit:

- For more info on the charity: water organization, visit:

- Most important one: To get your free ticket, make a donation at the following link:

Twitter: @CleanWaterMusic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013



Born out of Dallas, Texas' rich music scene, The O's deliver a melodic, catchy pop sound, achieved with folk-minded acoustic instrumentation, drawing influences from the modern and traditional Americana scenes.  Comprised of Taylor Young (acoustic guitar, kick drum) and John Pedigo (banjo), the duo had spent time in numerous Dallas bands, including Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Boys Named Sue, P.W. Long, and The Backsliders, before coming together in 2008 to form The O's.

Having released their debut, We Are The O's in 2009 and the follow-up, Between The Two, in 2011, both on Dallas, Texas-based Idol Records, the band is navigating new waters with their latest, Thunderdog, which will be released on their own Punch Five Records on July 23, 2013.

"At this point," Young explains, "John and I have so many years of experience in dealing with [the music industry], and I think we know most of the things that need to be done for a record label, and we definitely know what's best for our band.  Now it's up to us.  If we want to lose our money putting it behind things we think are good, then we'll do that and hope it all works out."

Recorded at the famed Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, just along the Mexican border near El Paso, as well as at The Bubble in Austin, Thunderdog was produced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith.

A state-of-the-art, top-notch studio where the band could stay on-site, eat on-site, and record without distractions, the band felt, on their producer's recommendation, that Sonic Ranch's environment would provide them a chance to get more creative and break out of their standard mold, something they feel they accomplished with Thunderdog.

"Frenchie, our producer, had done a lot of work out [at Sonic Ranch] and thought it would be great for us musically and philosophically," recalls Pedigo.  "He was one-hundred percent right.  It's a magical place that sits on the border surrounded by a million pecan trees.  There are sweet ladies that make you food every day and more importantly, they make you the Sonic Ranch Red Sauce.  We ate it by the gallon and put it on everything - burritos, tacos, pizza, you name it.  We literally lived there for two weeks and worked at all hours of the day and night."

It was all worth it, as both Young and Pedigo will agree.  Their brand of stomping roots-rock comes alive on Thunderdog, a twelve-track collection of songs that fans of Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers will rejoice in, while purists of country-folk will eagerly nod in approval.

Named after Young's 36-inch kick drum ("We would always say that thing could 'Thunderdog' any crowd we played in front of," Pedigo says), Thunderdog means many more things to them, serving as the theme for the album, and the band, defining their method of achieving their own success, on their own terms, at their own pace.  

"Thunderdogging is a blazing of our own trail," comments Pedigo.  "So, the deal behind naming our album that is creating our own path with the record, and with the new record label.  There aren't any rules.  We're just thunder-dogging our own way through it all."

Expanding on their banjo-driven style, the band stays true to themselves, while experimenting and pushing the envelope, including putting the banjo through a fuzz pedal on the track "Kitty," which closes out the album.

"That's just a banjo solo," Pedigo says, laughing, when asked if they used an electric guitar on the album.  "It's my banjo through a fuzz pedal.  Just like Thunderdog represents what we do with the bass drum, this is how I Thunderdog the banjo.  I wouldn't have been able to try that two years ago, let alone actually put it on a record."

Prior to the album's domestic release, the band toured through Europe.  Now they plan to release the record in the states, hit the road, and do what they do best: play live, entertain a drinking crowd, and have fun.  Thunderdogging through the musical terrain, in a van, playing to anyone lucky enough to catch them.

Upcoming tour dates:

7/05/13 - Grease Monkey - Arlington, TX
7/06/13 - Ft. Worth, TX - Lola’s -
7/12/13 - Arlington, TX - Levitt Pavilion -
7/13/13 - Hank’s - McKinney, TX
7/18/13 – Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
7/19/13 – Golden Light - Amarillo, TX
7/20/13 – Iron Horse - Wichita Falls, TX
7/24/13 - Basin Burger House - Midland, TX
7/25/13 – Viva Big Bend Festival  (Railroad Blues) - Alpine, TX
7/26/13 - Viva Big Bend Festival (Gage Hotel) - Marathon, TX
7/27/13 - University of North Texas (Dream Benefit Concert) - Denton, TX
7/31/13 – Lone Star Music InStore - San Marcos, TX
8/10/13 - Rhythms on the Rio Festival - South Fork, CO
8/17/13 - Love and War in Texas (Dead Air Launch Party!) - Plano, TX
8/23/13 - Live Oak Music Hall - Ft. Worth, TX
9/14/13 - Dia De Los Toadies (Panther Island Pavilion) - Ft. Worth, TX

HUNTRESS Announce North American Tour Dates With Danzig!

HUNTRESS Announce North American Tour Dates With Danzig!
New Album Starbound Beast Available Now
HUNTRESS have confirmed they will be touring late summer with Danzig as he celebrates his 25th Anniversary with Doyle.  These tour dates kick off immediately following the band's run with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Canada.  The tour starts August 13th in Bethlehem, PA, and runs through August 31st in Tempe, AZ.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

HUNTRESS vocalist Jill Janus commented on the upcoming tour with Danzig:

"HUNTRESS is honored and thrilled to be the opening act for Danzig's summer 25th anniversary tour with Doyle! I speak for all my bandmates when I say Danzig and the Misfits were immensely influential during our angsty teenage years. I'm taking a time machine back to high-five and freak out with my thirteen year old self! This rules!"

HUNTRESS has generated a massive amount of buzz since the release of their debut album Spell Eater in 2012. The follow up to last year's kill, Starbound Beast, has been released and is available now via Napalm Records. The album is available for purchase oniTunesAmazon and in Best Buy stores in the US.

The band recently filmed their music video for "Zenith" from their new album Starbound Beast.  An exclusive trailer has been posted and can be viewed HERE.  The spectacular video was directed by Phil Mucci, whose video for HIGH ON FIRE's "Fertile Green" was named best video of 2012 by Revolver. Look for the video to receive its exclusive premiere via Bloody Disgusting soon.

HUNTRESS are taking part in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  In addition to performing every day, vocalist Jill Janus will host the first ever Shred-Meister guitar competition.  Festival attendees can go to the Jägermeister tents on site and audition for a chance to shred for 10 seconds on the main stage. Each day, one of the 10 finalists will win a custom  Jägermeister guitar from Schecter, and the overall winner at the end of the tour will win a  custom Jägermeister full stack and head courtesy of Peavey Electronics.

Starbound Beast was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front).  The artwork  for Starbound Beast  was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).

HUNTRESS was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus with underground metal bands Professor and Dark Black. They thrive on thundering drums, heavy riffs, spectral solos and catchy choruses that come from the band's musical concoction of occult science and bong rips. HUNTRESS remains true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal.

Vocals: Jill Janus
Guitars: Blake Meahl
Guitars: Anthony Crocamo
Bass: Ian Alden
Drums: Carl Wierzbicky

HUNTRESS on tour with Danzig and Scar the Martyr:
8/13: Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/14: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/16: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
8/17: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
8/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/20: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
8/21: Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
8/22: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
8/25: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
8/27: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/28: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
8/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
8/31: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

HUNTRESS on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
7/10: Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12: Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
7/13: Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
7/14: Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/16: Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
7/17: Bangor, ME - Bangor Waterfront
7/19: Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20: Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21: Hartford, CT - The Comcast Theatre
7/23: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24: Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
7/26: Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
7/27: Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/28: Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30: Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
7/31: Tampa, FL - Live Nation Amphitheatre at the FL State
8/2: Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheatre
8/3: The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4: Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion

Additional Huntress Dates:
7/9: Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross)
7/22: Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus (w/Battlecross)
7/29: Louisville, KY - Expo Five (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth)
8/5: Oklahoma City, OK - The Chameleon Room (w/Butcher Babies, Batltlecross)
8/7: Sauget, IL - Pop's Nightclub (w/Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Battlecross)
8/8: Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/9: Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Downunder (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/10: Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
8/11: Montreal, QC - Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau (w/ Heavy MTL) 

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THE SECRET Releases New Official Video; Band Confirms Fall Tour Of Japan

THE SECRET Releases New Official Video; Band Confirms Fall Tour Of Japan

THE SECRET has unfurled a new video from their 2012-released Agnus Dei LP this week. Directed and edited by Rasmus G. Sejersenfrom live footage he filmed at the nihilistic Italian crew’s crushing show in Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark last year, the video for “May God Damn All Of Us” artistically authenticates the band’s brutalizing live intensity.

“May God Damn All Of Us” indeed... witness it HERE.

In January, THE SECRET also released a visual companion for the track “Seven Billion Graves,” also from Agnus Dei, viewableHERE.

In their steady assault of international live actions supporting Agnus DeiTHE SECRET will invade Japan for the first time this Fall. From November 14th through 17th, the outfit will terrorize four cities throughout the chain of islands with support from Tokyo-based act Isolate.

THE SECRET Japan Tour 2013 w/ Isolate:
11/14/2013 B.B.Street - Yokohama, Kanagawa w/ A.O.W.
11/15/2013 Bush Bash - Koiwa, Tokyo w/ Enslave, Wombscape
11/16/2013 Hokage - Shinsaibashi, Osaka w/ Mortalized, Birushanah, Palm, Seek
11/17/2013 Earthdom - Shin Okubo, Tokyo w/ Coffins, Weepray

The fourth full-length from THE SECRETAgnus Dei is the most lethal weapon in this unique attack squad’s broadening arsenal, coalescing the most destructive elements of crust, black metal and hardcore with the force of tectonic plates, constructed of monolithic riffs, taking the listener on a hallucinated trip towards a hazy tomorrow. Released in October 2012, the band’s second album for Southern Lord, the album was recorded by Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Converge, Black Breath) at Godcity Studios, and has received continuous praise from media across the planet since.

Stream all of Agnus Dei at the Southern Lord Bandcamp page HERE.

Darkhorse To Release New Album "The Engineer" August 20th, 2013!

To Release New Album
The Engineer
Available August 20th, 2013

"Incorporating powerful, soulful vocals over intricate, passionate   
musicianship, Darkhorse's future is certainly bright."
-Property of Zack 

Rochester, NY July 9, 2013Darkhorse, the New York based duo comprised of Ian McLean and Jay Giacomazzo, is pleased to announce the release of their debut album, The Engineer, which will be released via Easy Killer Records on August 20th, 2013.   For more information, please visit:   

Dissatisfied with the lack of teeth in music as of late, McLean and Giacomazzo began writing music for a new project. They enlisted Trevor Reillyand Mike Supina (A Wilhelm Scream) to record, produce and mix their new material. Combining various influences from punk rock and metal to R&B, Darkhorse brings a visceral sound that combines aggressive textured music with meaningful, dark lyrics and intense melodic vocals. The end result is their debut album, The Engineer. When asked about the album McLean stated, "This album means everything to us. We've all worked so hard to get to this point. This is a perfect representation of what we love about music. Lately it's become all about image. We want to bring a fire, intensity and integrity back to rock music. This isn't a fashion show. The music is the only thing that matters and we'd love to have you along for the ride."

Darkhorse is the newest addition to the Easy Killer Records family.   Thrilled to have the brand new band on board, Kevin Gales, founder of Easy Killer Records along with Mike Judy, stated, "I completely remember hearing Darkhorse for the first time. I'm really focused when I get working, and I don't really ever get distracted. Mike played this song, and I sat right up in from my laptop, and said 'Holy shit. Who is this?!!'" I was hooked immediately." With passion and talent on their side, Darkhorse is aimed to leave their mark in 2013.

Darkhorse will release The Engineer via Easy Killer Records on August 20th.

  1. Atlas
  2. The Lottery
  3. Breach
  4. Gunslinger
  5. I Saw the Devil
  6. Division 1
  7. Haunted
  8. Sea of Trees
  9. Open Water
  10. Salem 

For more information, please visit:
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Bleeding Rainbow announce fall US tour dates

Photo credit: Sarah Everton    

In January of 2013, Philadelphia based Bleeding Rainbow released third LP “Yeah Right”. Founded by Robert Garcia and Sarah Everton, it should be noted that the first two LPs were released under the name Reading Rainbow. A name change ensued for various reasons and also a line up change. Though Al Creedon had a hand in recording the early works, it wasn’t until “Yeah Right” that he became a permanent addition. Everton switched from drums to bass and Bleeding Rainbow spent the months leading up to the release and most of 2013 performing as a full-blown rock quartet.
"They cranked up the volume past the ear-plug limit, blending shoegaze-y guitars with sweet, girlish vocals. They made noisy-pretty sound pretty noisy, and even managed to drag the crowd away from the silly free Taco Bell Nacho-Blazey Firemouth Burrito shwag to watch." - Entertainment Weekly
"Bleeding Rainbow opened things up early on, admirably wailing their way through fuzzily direct garage-pop and hitting big, harmonious notes while many of us were still wiping sleepfromoureyes." -Stereogum
"If Bleeding Rainbow were once known for their indie pop, their live show at Mellow Johnny’s was a full-fledged noise rock extravaganza. This band from Philadelphia shreds andtheyknowit." -KEXP
Catch them live this fall when they are back on tour throughout the US. They’ll be performing tracks from their upcoming fourth LP. Recorded in Philly at Fancy Time Studios with Kyle “Slick” Johnson working as engineer/producer, all of the instrument tracks were recorded live in order to ensure that the songs have the energy and intensity of the live shows. A few songs were grabbed in one take. Recording between tours and between drummers, the album features Robi Gonzales from A Place to Bury Strangers on drums. Bleeding Rainbow says, “This was by far the best recording experience we’ve had.” You’ll have to wait for a first taste. In the meantime, “Yeah Right” is available for streaming on multiple services and available for download, on LP, CD and cassette.
Tour Dates
8/28 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern 
8/30 Iowa City, IA – The Mill &
8/31 Madison, WI – The Frequency &
9/01 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
9/02 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
9/05 Vancouver, BC – Media Club ^
9/06 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
9/07 Portland, OR – Star Theatre %
9/09 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
9/10 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
9/11 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
9/13 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
9/15 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
9/16 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
9/18 Dallas, TX – Three Links $
9/19 Austin, TX – The Mohawk $
9/20 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s $
9/21 Baton Rouge, LA – Mud + Water $

& w/Heavy Times
^ w/TitusAndronicus
* w/Bleached
% w/The Dodos
# w/The Love Language
$ w/Twin Peaks


JANUARY 29, 2013

1. Go Ahead
2. Pink Ruff
3. You're Not Alone
4. Drift Away
5. Shades of Eternal Night
6. Fall Into Your Eyes
7. Inside My Head
8. Waking Dream
9. Losing Touch
10. Cover The Sky
11. Get Lost


WILSON Debut Album Full Blast Fuckery Available Today!!!

WILSON Debut Album Full Blast Fuckery Available Today!!!
Today finally sees the long release of the highly anticpated debut release from Detroit, Michigan's WILSON.  The world has been clamoring for it and now is the time for #FUCKERY!  Full Blast Fuckery can be ordered HERE.  Even the press loves these crazy fuckers:

"Your children will emerge from the womb looking like tattooed Wookies."
-Decibel Magazine

"An album that doesn't take itself so seriously is as refreshing as a vodka-spiked limeade on a 95-degree day. (Seriously, lemonade sucks in comparison.)" 
-Metal Sucks

"Full Blast Fuckery is the album you put on when everyone's at the party and you've opened the first twenty-something beers with every intention of destroying the place down to the last thing worth destroying."
-Metal Injection

"A debut album many bands strive for, but are rarely able to accomplish."
-Rock Revolt Magazne

"Full Blast Fuckery is the soundtrack to the best party you could only dream of.
...bands like Wilson don't need to believe the hype. Their music, their live show, their attitude will be a hit with genuine music fans of honest bands who don't need to fake their Facebook "likes" or YouTube views."
-Pure Grain Audio

When reached for comment on the album release, frontman Chad Nicefield was still passed out drunk from the CD release shows this weekend.

WILSON is a band that has toured relentlessly since 2010, through big cities and little podunks.  A band that records its albums the ol' fashioned way: with instruments.  And analog gear.  Fifth and sixth and twentieth takes.  A band that brings that last Friday night on Earth mentality equally to huge crowds and audiences of two solitary dudes. 
WILSON is not an "internet band".  They're five dudes in a van with beards and big dicks- working harder than your parents.  But instead of giving their all as stockbrokers or auto-mechanics or assistant branch managers their job is to destroy your party.  When that WILSON van cruises into your town that shit is REAL. Real MUSIC. Real LIFE. Real LOUD. Real SWEATY. And real fucking FUN. 

Like P. Diddy once said "Can't stop.  Won't stop." And they'll never quit on you.  And that's real talk. That's #FUCKERY. And that's WILSON.

Full Blast Fuckery Tracklisting:
1)    My Life My Grave
2)    Better Off (Strictly Doods)
3)    Passing on the Left
4)    College Gangbang
5)    Snake Eyes
6)    I Can Beat Your Dad
7)    Viking Pussies Fuck Off
8)    If You Ever Leave Me I Will Find You
9)    Susan Jane
10)Live in Corpus Christi

WILSON Tour Dates:
Jul 10 Common Ground Music Festival
w/ Slash, Monster Truck, Sevendust
Lansing, MI

Aug 10 DIRT FEST 2013 Birch Run, MI

Aug 17 4th Annual GWARBQ
w/ Battlecross, GWAR
Richmond, VA

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Having recently inked a record deal with Dr. Luke’s Sony Music Entertainment label Kemosabe Records, Swedish MC/singer Elliphantis releasing her first official single in the States, and has premiered her new video for the track exclusively on today.

 ‘Music Is Life’ features Jamaican roots & reggae artist Ras Fraser Jr and was recorded in both Sweden and Jamaica earlier this year. The track is a celebration of the two respective cultures and the signature sounds that derive from them; perfectly blending soulful reggae with 90’s inspired pop beats and synths. Watch Elliphant and Ras talk about this summer jam in the studio and on the set making the video of ‘Music Is Life’ here.

 Ellinor Olovsdotter aka Elliphant who recently completed a North American tour with Twin Shadow, first gained international acclaim back in April 2012 when she released her debut single 'Tekkno Scene' on Swedish independent label Record Company TEN. Sounding not unlike the twisted illegitimate offspring of MIA and Diplo, her unapologetic and in-your-face Jamaican influenced dancehall pop soon prompted the world to sit up, pay attention and see what else this Swedish solo artist had up her sleeve.

Fast-forward a little over one year, and the rambunctious performer, lyricist and vocalist now has a handful of critically acclaimed songs under her belt, including the dreamy 'Down On Life' and infectious 'Make It Juicy'. Elliphant is currently working on her debut album and plans to return to North America later this year for more tour dates. ‘Music Is Life’ is available on iTunes and Spotify from today.

Fans can also tune in today at 12:45PM EST and listen to an interview with Elliphant on Virgin Mobile USA. Tune in and stream here.



photo credit Laura Ferreira




“Mr. Charles knows how to make an album more than just a calling card for a small band, and how to sequence it too; he’s an auteur.”—The New York Times

“[Charles] hones a velvet, supple tone that’s as melodically captivating as it is rhythmically agile…there’s always a gracefulness to Charles’ playing that’s immediately pleasing.”—Downbeat

Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles’ fourth full-length release, Creole Soul, is premiering exclusively at The New York Times’ “Press Play;” the album can be streamed at

Creole Soul is out July 23 on Culture Shock Music. An exploration of Charles’ musical roots featuring sounds from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean as well as North America, the album highlights myriad inspirations from Haitian creole chants and blues to bebop and R&B while drawing on an array of rhythms including Rocksteady, Reggae, Bel Air, Kongo and Calypso.

Performing alongside Charles on Creole Soul are Jacques Schwartz-Bart (tenor saxophone), Brian Hogans (alto saxophone), Alex Wintz (guitar), Obed Calvaire (drums), D’Achee and Daniel Sadownick (percussion), as well as Thelonious Monk Competition winners Kris Bowers (piano & Fender Rhodes) and Ben Williams (bass). The record features a half-dozen original compositions by Charles in addition to interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys,” Willie Cobbs’ classic “You Don’t Love Me (No No No),” Winsford Devine’s “Memories” and Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Etienne is celebrating his newest release with a world tour, including stops at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar, Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Washington, DC’s Bohemian Caverns and more. Please see below for a complete list of dates.

Charles has been hailed as “a daring improviser” by Jazz Times while Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called him “one of the more ambitious soloists and composers.” A musician and professor at Michigan State University, Charles studied under piano virtuoso Marcus Roberts at Florida State University and Mark Gould, former principal trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera, at Juilliard. He was also mentored by Jamaican reggae and jazz luminary Monty Alexander and the late multiple Grammy Award-winning Trinidadian-American percussionist/songwriter Ralph MacDonald.


July 19-20    Washington, DC    Bohemian Caverns
July 23    New York, NY    Le Poisson Rouge
July 27    Philadelphia, PA    La Rose
August 4    Toronto, ON    Daniels Spectrum
August 8    Cincinnati, OH    It’s Commonly Jazz
August 15    Denver, CO    Dazzle Jazz
August 16    Los Angeles, CA    Blue Whale
August 18    Santa Barbara, CA    Soho
August 19    Santa Cruz, CA    Kuumbwa Jazz Center
August 20    Oakland, CA    Piedmont Piano
September 12    E. Lansing, MI    Broad Art Museum
September 13    Cleveland, OH    Nighttown
September 14    Ann Arbor, MI    Kerrytown Concert House
September 30-October 19    Doha, Qatar    Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

King Krule announces debut album + shares new track




STREAM: "Easy Easy" -
As King Krule, 18 year old south-east London based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall has quietly and stealthily crafted a reputation for himself as one of the most raw and startling voices of a new generation. With his unexpectedly deep and mournful baritone tracing fissures of disappointment and social disorientation to devastating effect, Marshall has harnessed the inchoate frustration and fury of youth and translated it into a series of brilliant singles released on the likes of True Panther Sounds and Rinse over the past few years.

Now comes 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, his first full-length on XL Recordings/True Panther Sounds, and with it, the much anticipated unveiling of the full scope and scale of Marshall's vision. Over the course of 14 tracks, Marshall's passions and confusions are rubbed raw and laid bare, the only connective tissue throughout it all being one of searing lyrical clarity paired with a confounding musical deftness which utterly belies his tender years. From the opening clarion call of "Easy, Easy" it is abundantly clear that this is a breathtakingly bold and arresting sonic worldview, as his songs, produced by Marshall along with Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Savages), open up to become a loose knit meditation on regret and discontent, loss of faith and renewal of hope, and optimism in the face of desperation.

Eschewing much of his previously released material, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon firmly yet soundly rejects any notion of contemporary trends or peers to occupy its very own unique place on the music landscape, oscillating gently between the classic 50's soul of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley to the minimal, avant-garde experimentation of Penguin Café Orchestra, to even the electronic smog and dub textures of Marshall's beloved Rinse FM. This is a record where the nakedly bluesy stomp of the likes of "A Lizard State" and "Easy, Easy" sit effortlessly next to the low-end frequency and shimmering beats of "Neptune Estate" and "Will I Come," after all. It is reflective as much of Marshall's own eclectic tastes as it is of the frenetic pulse and rhythm of the city around him, particularly the rapidly changing south-east areas in which he grew up. There is a genuine grittiness and world weariness ingrained here, as exemplified so succinctly when Marshall sings, "Hate...runs through my blood" on the stunning "Out Getting Ribs," the track which started all the fuss.

All these esoteric textures and fidgety, off-kilter rhythms make perfect sense as an album however, especially when you consider that incredible voice. Whether he is singing ruefully of youthful disaffection and "the heat of my own treason" ("Ceiling") or spitting out venomous lines like "I'm not going to crack like you cracked...I don't want to be trapped in the black of your heart" over the jittery "A Lizard State," its clear that something which marks Marshall out is his stunning ability to turn intense emotional peaks and troughs into spectacular pieces of artful, atmospheric and anthemic balladeering.

Some of the imagery is disturbing to be sure (as on the closer "Bathed in Grey" where he offhandedly murmurs that he "there was blood...found a body in the dark") but the songs are also imbued with genuine heart as well, as epitomised on his heart rending update of "Out Getting Ribs." Taken as a whole, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the sound of a young man growing up - not for nothing is this album being released, unconventionally enough, on a Saturday, which also marks Marshall's 19th birthday - and attempting to grapple with the realities of the world he inhabits, an unsparing dissection of the social decay that has begun to set in around him - and a fascinating, brutal journey it is too.
King Krule
6 Feet Beneath The Moon
(True Panther/XL Recordings)
Aug 24, 2013
1. Easy Easy
2. Border Line
3. Has This Hit?
4. Foreign 2
5. Ceiling
6. Baby Blue
7. Cementality
8. A Lizard State
9. Will I Come
10. Ocean Bed
11. Neptune Estate
12. The Krockadile
13. Out Getting Ribs
14. Bathed in Grey

THE OCEAN Prepares For Summer Slaughter; Pelagial Worldwide Takeover Begins

THE OCEAN Prepares For Summer Slaughter
Pelagial Worldwide Takeover Begins
Progressive sound contortionists THE OCEAN will return to North America as part of the seventh annual Summer Slaughter Tour later this month. Presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, the band level stages nightly alongside the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Following their Stateside takeover, THE OCEAN will play select shows throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Russia with an additional European sprint in the Fall to be announced in the coming weeks.
Comments guitarist Robin Staps,“We're stoked to get out on the road again! When I started this band 12 years ago, I would have never expected that it would eventually become possible for us one day, to play shows in Sichuan, China, or near the Baikal Lake in Siberia. These will be our first shows ever in Mexico and Taiwan, too. Good times ahead, see you people out there on one of these continents tasting your local beer and food!"
In the meantime, check out a clip of vocalist Loïc Rossetti performing with Dillinger in 2010 HERE.
THE OCEAN will be touring in support of Pelagial, their critically lauded, maritime-themed studio offering, which entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #10 upon its first week of release!
Their most profound work to date, Pelagial is a 53-minute exploratory composition written, recorded, mixed and intended to-be-performed-live as one single piece of music. Centered around all five pelagic depth zones — epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic – Pelagial purposefully submerges its listeners into an aquatic journey that is at once tranquil and terrifying. Pelagial begins rather light and becomes progressively heavier and slower as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level. Said Decibel Magazine, “Where the band was once steeped in sludgy noise/metalcore with orchestral interludes, they’ve become more luxurious, experimental and textural. Pelagial…further continues that shift, working on multi-tiered levels and drawing from DEP-inspired chaos, Opeth-like moods and Between The Buried And Me genre fiddling. It’s an album that strives to be all things at once without crossing into a ‘look-at-me’ mess.”
Order your copy of Pelagial at: Additionally, you can nab specialTHE OCEAN Pelagial World Tour 2013 T-shirts and posters via Pelagic Records at the following locations and

THE OCEAN on The Summer Slaughter Tour:
7/19/2013 Regency Ballrom – San Francisco, CA
7/20/2013 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
7/21/2013 The Observatory/Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2013 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7/25/2013 The Scott Inn – Austin, TX
7/26/2013 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
7/27/2013 House of Blues – Houston, TX
7/29/2013 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
7/30/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2013 Old City Courtyard – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2013 House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
8/02/2013 The Filmore Silver Springs – Silver Springs, MD
8/03/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/04/2013 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2013 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
8/08/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
8/09/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
8/10/2013 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
8/11/2013 The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
8/12/2013 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8/13/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/14/2013 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/15/2013 Club Antares – Omaha, NE ***
8/16/2013 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8/17/2013 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
8/19/2013 Snowbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/20/2013 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
8/21/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC ***
8/24/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX ***
9/01/2013 The Wall – Taipeh, TWN ***
9/04/2013 Hidden Agenda – Hong Kong, HKN ***
9/05/2013 B10 – Shenzhen, CHN ***
9/06/2013 SD – Guangzhou, CHN ***
9/07/2013 Vox – Wuhan, CHN ***
9/08/2013 46 House – Changsha, CHN ***
9/11/2013 Yuylntang – Shanghai, CHN ***
9/12/2013 Nuts – Chongqing, CHN ***
9/13/2013 Little Bar – Chengdu, CHN ***
9/14/2013 Mao – Beijing CHN ***
9/15/2013 13 Club – Tianjin, CHN ***
9/19/2013 Megapolis – Irkutsk, RUS ***
9/21/2013 Era – Krasnoyarsk, RUS ***
9/22/2013 Mayak – Tomsk, RUS ***
9/23/2013 Rock City – Novosibirsk, RUS ***
9/25/2013 Plan-K.Tone – Tyumen, RUS ***
9/26/2013 Nirvana – Yekaterinburg, RUS ***
9/28/2013 Plan B – Moscow, RUS ***
9/29/2013 Arktika – Saint-Petersburg, RUS ***
***THE OCEAN headlining shows
“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos.” – Spin
 “…a hallmark album for a gifted team of artisans…Pelagial is one of the most invested albums THE OCEAN has yet conceived. Prepare to be not only submerged but actually touched by this album.” -- Blabbermouth
“Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of.” – Crave Online
“Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name.” – MetalSucks
“…a journey within itself…” — Metal Insider
“…destined to be one of the year’s best releases.” – Echoes And Dust
“Creating music with a real meaning cannot be taken as a hobby. Either you put everything into it and make your message known or you don’t. Their correlation between diving deeper into the ocean and diving into the inner workings of the human mind is astounding…you would be a complete fool to not pick up this true work of art.” – New Noise Magazine