Monday, June 29, 2015

Chris Squire - The Recording Academy® Statement

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Chris Squire
June 29, 2015

Photo by Dan Locke

GRAMMY® winner and co-founder of the iconic progressive rock band Yes, Chris Squire was an exceptional bass player and talented vocalist. From his humble beginnings as a church choirboy in London, to selling out arenas worldwide with Yes, it was his commitment to mastering his craft, as well as his enthusiastic demeanor, that made him one of the most respected and influential bass players of all time. We have lost an undeniably gifted musician and our heartfelt condolences go out to Chris’ family and friends, and to all of those he entertained during his impressive career.

Neil Portnow
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Alex winston at Schubas in Chicago on June 29, 2015 while on tour dates with Neon Trees EP out, "this ain't luck," due november 13

Alex Winston tour dates with Neon Trees EP out, "this ain't luck," due november 13

Described as a modern day Stevie Nicks, with vocals drawing comparisons to Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and PJ Harvey, NYC-by-way-of-Michigan, artist Alex Winston is gearing up to release her sophomore LP, "This Ain't Luck" on November 10, 2015.

With love from major tastemakers like Fader, ASOS, Urban Outfitters and more from the blogosphere, Alex is keeping her fans satisfied - she released an exclusive teaser EP with three songs from the record. The EP includes tracks, "Day I Died", "Down Low" and "Dead End.

Alex's essence is a perfectly fitting contradiction -- she's a juxtaposition of classic and contemporary, poppy and edgy, and quirky, yet accessible.Classically trained as an opera singer and a self-taught guitarist, songwriter, and pianist, Winston signed to 300 Entertainment in 2014.

She dropped The Sister Wife EP in 2011 (Island Records), and her debut full-length album, King Con in 2012 (Island Records). 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Neal Schon is added as Special Guest on Journey Canadian Tour

 SATURDAY, JULY 25, 22015

NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON has been added as the special  guest to JOURNEY’s upcoming Canadian tour, which launches Monday, July 6 in Winnipeg Manitoba with concerts scheduled through August 3 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This tour marks the first time the American rock greats perform Canada-only tour, including markets in which band has never previously performed such as a Penticton;Prince George; and Dawson Creek, British Columbia; and Lethbridge, Alberta. See below for a complete list of tour dates. Tickets are on sale now - visit for complete tour and ticketing information.

NEAL  "VORTEX"  SCHON features Schon on  guitar, Omar  Hakim on  drums, Rachel  Z  Hakim on keyboards and Jerry Brooks on bass. NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON will perform selections from Schon’s brand new, all-instrumental 2-CD album, Vortex, released June 23 through the Mascot Label Group. The album – featuring Neal Schon on guitars and bass, drummer Steve Smith, GRAMMY-winning keyboardist Jan Hammer, and keyboardist Igor Len - utilizes rock as its foundation, and embraces elements of jazz,classical  and world music in an 18-track,  sonically explosive collection  of  original  compositions.  The music of Vortex came to life at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios, Schon’s preferred spot for recording since Journey cut the 10-times-platinum number-one album Escape there in 1981.

Blazing  hotter  than  ever  with  the  lineup  of  founder Neal  Schon (lead  guitar  and  backing vocals), Jonathan  Cain (keyboards  and  backing  vocals),  co-founder Ross  Valory (bass  and  backing vocals), and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda (who was discovered by Schon), Journey has created some of the  best-known  songs  in  rock,  such  as “Wheel  In  The  Sky,”  “Separate  Ways,” and “Faithfully.”  Neal Schon recruited Omar Hakim to play drums for Journey’s recent Hollywood Bowl Opening Night concert,the band’s July 4th performance in Provo, Utah, and the Canadian tour.

The Hollywood Bowl, one of the most iconic concert venues in the world, launched its 94th season with its2015  Opening  Night  Concert  featuring JOURNEY who  performed  with the Hollywood  Bowl Orchestra and Youth  Orchestra  Los  Angeles  (YOLA),  on  June  20.  The  Bowl’s  opening  night  is traditionally a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s many education and community programs,which serve more than 150,000 youth, families and teachers every year, and this year it raised a record$1.6 million; the previous best was $1.4 million in 2011.

Following the Hollywood Bowl opener,  and Hakim’s debut with Journey, Neal Schon stated, “I'm very happy I was able to bring Omar Hakim in to help us pull together a very elaborate and complex show at the last minute. It was a nearly impossible feat, and tall order for anyone, but with Omar’s musical integrity and talent, we pulled it off and had a blast! Glad to know I have still got the ears and now I'm 2 for 2: first was finding Arnel and now, recruiting Omar Hakim.”

Over the years JOURNEY has earned multiple accolades, including 19 Top 40 singles; producing 25 Gold and Platinum albums; and receiving a Diamond certification for its Greatest Hits album, marking U.S.sales in excess of 15 million. In 2011, they drew nearly a million fans to their Eclipse World Tour and was awarded  the  prestigious  Legend  Of  Live  Award at  the  Billboard  Touring  Awards  in  honor  of  their significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.

The group’s seminal anthem - “Don’t Stop Believin’” - is the top-selling digital catalog track in history,after being featured in the last scene of the electrifying series finale of HBO's ‘The Sopranos’  and then reaching  another  level  of  stratospheric  success  when  it  was  covered  by  the  cast  of  FOX's  wildly successful series ‘Glee.’  Three decades after its original release, "Don't Stop Believin” has reached anew generation of young fans welcoming this legendary band as it continues to bring its signature sound of classic hits around the world.

The intensely creative guitar giant, Neal Schon, has always had an innate ability to make glorious music.He began playing at age five and was inspired by soul vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight,and blues and jazz guitarists ranging from B.B. King Albert King, and Eric Clapton to Wes Montgomery.When Schon was just 15 years old, Carlos Santana invited him to join his band. Schon’s recording debut was on the classic 1971 album Santana III.  He played the solo on the LP’s  hit  single, “Everybody’s Everything.” Recently Schon  completed the album Santana IV with Carlos Santana, co-writing songs and playing guitar. Additionally, Journey, co-headlined with Santana on Carlos’ recent homecoming concerts in Mexico.

6-July                        Winnipeg, MB                     MTS Centre
8- July                       Calgary, AB                        Fort Calgary – Stampede Roundup
10-July                      Penticton, BC                      South Okanagan Events Centre
11-July                      Vancouver, BC                    Rogers Arena
13-July                      Victoria, BC                        Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
15-July                      Prince George, BC              CN Centre
16-July                      Dawson Creek, BC              EnCana Events Centre
18-July                      Edmonton, AB                    Rexall Place
19-July                      Lethbridge, AB                    ENMAX Centre
21-Jul                        Regina, SK                         Brandt Centre
22-Jul                        Saskatoon, SK                   SaskTel Centre
25-Jul                        Hamilton, ON                      FirstOntario Centre
26-Jul                        Kingston, ON                      Rogers K-Rock Centre
28-Jul                        MontrĂ©al, QC                       Centre Bell
30-Jul                        Moncton, NB                       Moncton Coliseum
31-Jul                        Dartmouth, NS                     Alderney Landing
2-Aug                        St. John’s, NL                      Mile One Centre
3-Aug                        St. John’s, NL                      Mile One Centre

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Sentinel Releases "Counting Stars" Off Points of Light


“Counting Stars” :: STREAMMP3


San Francisco dream pop group Sentinel has released "Counting Stars" as the second single off their fifth independent studio album, Points of Light

Focusing on constellations in the stars as a form of connectedness to the universe, Points of Light explains we are all individuals tied together by fate, love, struggle, and loss to shape our stories. Conceptual lyric themes running deep within this album include: recognition of California Native Americans, lost romances and lifestyles, overcoming and dealing with self-esteem, human potentials, human interconnectedness, nature and divinity.

Strongly influenced by 80's synth and 90's dream pop, Sentinel uses dreamy female vocals, steady guitar lines, and arching harmonies to create their full, flourishing sound that shines throughout the album. With Points of Light, the band continues to establish their presence with a long catalog of moods and textures.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Featured On New CD By Dual Female Fronted Power Trio TANG

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Featured On New CD By Dual Female Fronted Power Trio TANG

“TANG Rocks!” - Dee Snider

NYC - One of the hottest releases of 2015 is undoubtedly the new album by dual female fronted alternative metal power trio TANG featuring a guest appearance by legendary Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider! Titled “Blood & Sand”, TANG's new CD features a duet with Dee Snider on the track “Reign of Blood”!

Says guitarist Denny Colt, “Bonnie knew Dee from back in the day when they both did the club circuit...I hooked up with Dee when I was in Van Helsing's Curse with we have quite the connection. He's a really nice guy & did such a great job on the duet with Bonnie on 'Reign of Blood.'”

Hailing from New York, TANG features Bonnie Parker on Vox & Bass and Denny Colt on Vox, Lead Guitar & Keyboards, and have been trading phrases back and forth in their own ripping style since 1999. Mark Edwards, formerly of Criss Angel & Burning Star, now brings skull-splitting drum beats and a monster attitude. TANG has toured Europe, Canada and the US opening shows for such artists as Crucified Barbara, Girlschool, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Hammerfall, Helloween, Dee Snider, Symphony X and many, many other cool bands.

Denny played guitar, toured & recorded in Dee Snider's “Van Helsing’s Curse”, the gothic rock orchestra. Bonnie & Denny have currently played, toured & recorded, with Corky Laing from Mountain in his new band “Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves”. They are also working with Corky in Finland, writing, recording & performing on a rock opera called “Playing God” which was presented in Helsinki in 2014. The opera was presented in the US in April 2015 at Yale University & Hunter College.

“I love the total rock vibe of the new TANG CD! It’s real, it’s vital - it’s brilliant.” - Corky Laing

TANG is featured in the new Fred Carpenter film, “Charlie Mantle”, performing their song “Crashing”. The film debuted summer of 2014 and stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Funaro. Says Bonnie, “TANG was in the film performing the song in a Russian mob club as the lead character, Robert Funaro (of The Soprano's), is at the end of his dirty cop career & everything is 'crashing' down around him. Great concept by director Fred Carpenter!”

Watch TANG's new video:

Now much to the excitement of their fans worldwide, on September 1, 2015, TANG is releasing their new CD “Blood & Sand”!

Says Denny, “TANG is currently promoting the release of 'Blood & Sand' doing shows in the tri-state area. We are talking with promoters in Europe, Scandinavia & the US about setting up a tour. Our first CD, 'Mental Pollution' was on a Swedish label, Raw Power UK, and we toured Scandinavia to support it. The tours were very successful culminating with TANG performing at the Sweden Rock Fest.”

Denny Colt - Guitar, keys & vocals
Bonnie Parker - Bass & vocals
Mark Edwards – Drums

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kill Matilda Make Two Announcements: Sign To Label + Releasing EP



Canada's favorite sweaty, sexy punk rock nomads Kill Matilda have two pieces of good news to share. First, they have signed to Louisville's Little Heart Records.

Secondly, the label will release the band's brand new EP, Songs of Survival, on August 25.

Exclaim! has premiered the video for "Needle and Thread." Watch it here.
The song is also available for purchase here and will be available on iTunes next week.

Songs of Survival produced by GGGarth Richardson, engineered by Nygel Asselin and GGGarth at the Farm Studio in Vancouver BC, and mixed by Ben Kaplan and Scott Ternan.

"We have waited a long time to sign with the right label and we are excited to be partnering with Little Heart Records," the band said. "Signing with Little Heart is the first step on the next leg of our rock 'n 'roll journey. We wanted to do this release justice in terms of pushing it out there to our fans and we think Little Heart is the right label to do that with."

Songs of Survival Track Listing (Little Heart, August 25):

"Needle and Thread"
"Live to See"
"Holding Out for aHero"
"Party Harder, Party Starter"

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Dick Van Patten on meeting Mel Brooks

R.I.P. Dick Van Patten (December 9, 1928 - June 23, 2015)

The American Masters series website has an In Memoriam tribute to actor Dick Van Patten, a Santa Monica, Calif., resident at the time of his death today at age 86.

On June 6, 2012, Dick Van Patten was interviewed for American Masters - Mel Brooks: Make A Noise (2013) by Emmy-winning director Robert Trachtenberg. Van Patten's interview didn't make the final film cut. In this never-before-seen outtake, Van Patten recalls the first time he met Mel Brooks at a Sunday tennis match with Brooks, Carl Reiner, Alan Alda and Gene Wilder. Van Patten was best known for his roles in TV series Eight is Enough and appeared in three Brooks films: Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs and High Anxiety. Patten was born in Kew Gardens, NY.

Watch now:
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie Reveals Fiery Fan-Produced Video for "Power In The Blood"

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE Reveals Fiery Fan-Produced Video for "Power In The Blood"
 Exclusively on Billboard
New Critically Acclaimed Album Out Now via True North Records
"On Power In The Blood, her first studio album since 2008, the 74-year-old firebrand defies categorization, as she has throughout a half-century of recording." - NPR Music
"The term 'folk singer' was attached to Buffy Sainte-Marie early, but those two words have never really done her justice.  On her new album, Power in the Blood, there are moments of hard-edged industrial music, plucky country, trip-hop, and one very pretty lullaby sung in Cree." - Vogue
"'Not the Lovin' Kind' isn't a protest song, but the song's rockabilly feel and tale of a nasty breakup feel just a fiery." - TIME Magazine
"Five decades later, Buffy Sainte-Marie is still making powerful music." - Democracy Now!
"Sainte-Marie is one of the most creatively restless musicians of the 20th century and even now, she tours and records according to nothing but her own whims." - People Magazine
Fresh off the release of her new critically acclaimed album, iconic singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and multi-award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie revealed today the compelling fan-produced video for the title track available exclusively on Billboard.  The bold new LP, Power In The Blood, was released last month via True North Records - her first in six years - and is a reminder that, five decades on, Sainte-Marie is a voice as vital and significant as ever.
WATCH: Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Power In The Blood" on Billboard:
"Featuring images of oil spills, fracking, protests, tanks, and corporate interests run amok," says Billboard's Joe Lynch, "this clip is a tribute to Buffy, her political convictions and those protesting for a better world."
Power in the Blood is a sculpture of an artist ever-evolving and a statement of a life’s work realized - challenging, empowering, and celebrating the listener with each and every song.  Recorded in Toronto, Sainte-Marie enlisted three different producers, a first for her, to help shape the album; Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’NAAN), and Chris Birkett (Sinéad O'Connor, Bob Geldof).  Featuring all but two original tracks, the album starts with a re-imagined version of “It’s My Way,” which premiered on NPR Music upon the album's first announcement.  The song originally appeared on her acclaimed debut album and demonstrates how her work can transcend generations while still inspiring individualism and self-expression 50 years after it was written.
Two of the tracks featured on Power in the Blood are newly re-imagined versions of songs Buffy wrote during what she describes as "'blacklist years,' when I could get no airplay no matter what I sang about."  TIME Magazine premiered one of them, "Not The Lovin' Kind," and writer Nolan Feeney explained "It wasn't until decades later that Sainte-Marie learned her outspoken views on the Vietnam War and Native American rights had made her the subject of campaigns by the Johnson and Nixon administrations to keep broadcasters from playing her (and other artists') music."  In recent interviews with Vogue and People Magazine, she details tracking down and reading her FBI files.
Check out her interview on Democracy Now! HERE.

Throughout her incredible half-century career each era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart.  Like so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal.
Power In The Blood Track List:
01)  It's My Way
02)  Power in the Blood
03)  We Are Circling
04)  Not the Lovin' Kind
05)  Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux)
06)  Ke Sakihitin Awasis
07)  Farm In the Middle of Nowhere
08)  Generation
09)  Sing Our Own Song
10)  Orion
11)  The Uranium War
12)  Carry It On
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