Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees for 2016 Induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees for 2016 Induction

Fans Can Officially Cast Their Vote for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees at

Cleveland (October 8, 2015) – The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 are:

    The Cars
    Chaka Khan
    Cheap Trick
    Deep Purple
    The J.B.'s
    Janet Jackson
    Los Lobos
    Steve Miller
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Smiths
    The Spinners

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2016 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 8 and continuing through December 9, 2015 fans can visit to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 inductees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Inductions, presented by Klipsch Audio will be held in New York in April 2016 and HBO will again broadcast the ceremony later in 2016. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date. Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, its Induction Ceremony events and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products deliver the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience throughout the iconic museum.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees:

The Cars
Founded in Boston in 1976 by singer-guitarist-songwriter Ric Ocasek and singer-bassist Benjamin Orr, the Cars were the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused 60s pop, 70s glam and avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana. Their epic ride of 13 Top 40 singles across six classic studio albums – including four straight Top 10 LPs – drove the fury and intellectual adventure of punk rock out of the underground, firmly and forever into the American mainstream. Former hippie-folk compatriots, Ocasek and Orr were a natural yin-yang; Orr polished the terse, melodic grip and experimental vigor in Ocasek’s songs with vocal-dreamboat magnetism. Guitarist Elliott Easton’s rockabilly and surf-rock flourishes, Greg Hawkes’ ingenious keyboard science and drummer David Robinson’s futurist-Charlie Watts backbeat completed the design, already honed to maximum appeal on the Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut album. That record’s first three tracks, “Good Times Roll,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Just What I Needed,” were all hit singles. Heartbeat City was the Cars’ commercial apex, a Number 3 album that featured the ravishing ballad, “Drive,” sung by Orr with broken-heart perfection. The group broke up in the late 80s. But the Cars’ visionary bravado was evident in the 90s alternative-rock boom. Nirvana played “My Best Friend’s Girl” at their last-ever show in 1994, while Ocasek became a producer-of-choice for younger bands such as Weezer and Bad Religion. Orr’s death in 2000 seemed to end any hope for a Cars reunion – until 2011, when the surviving members issued Move Like This, a new studio album that proved the Cars always sound like this year’s model, in every decade.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan (born Yvette Stevens in Chicago) came to prominence with the innovative funk/rock group Rufus in the 1970s. At a time when audiences for rock and soul were splitting into different camps, Khan’s voice represented the racial and social integration at the heart of rock and roll. With her incredible vocal range and mastery of dynamics, Khan has recorded durable and powerful music through four decades. Rufus recorded several excellent albums and had a long run of hits. She broke out on her own in 1978 with Ashford & Simpson’s “I’m Every Woman,” where she successfully mixed rock and disco. She continued to master the rhythms of every era from rock to funk to hip hop. Throughout her career, Khan has also showcased her jazz roots on albums like Echoes Of An Era (1982). Her finest solo album, 1984’s I Feel For You, was a creative and exciting mix of funk, synth dance rhythms and hip hop on Prince’s title track and the stunning ballad “Through The Fire.” And she has remained one of the most prolific and eclectic singers around, covering songbook standards and soul classics to equal acclaim and earning the 2008 Grammy for best R&B album with Funk This. Few stars offer such convincing proof that in rock and roll, grit and grace can co-exist harmoniously.

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick had perfected an extremely individual yet classic rock and roll band sound by the time it released its first album in 1977. It has never changed it much. It didn’t need to. Cheap Trick’s records and concerts display a singular musical consistency over almost 40 years. Remaining interesting, sometimes hilarious, in that way is also pretty much unparalleled – and indispensable to understanding them. Cheap Trick is led by Rick Nielsen’s classic and perpetually fresh guitar and the sweet power of Robin Zander’s vocals. The group’s original lineup with Tom Petersson on bass and the amazing Bun E. Carlos as the powerhouse drummer influenced pretty much every other hard rockin’ band that came afterwards. They somehow bridge the gap between the fierce clowning of early punk and the accidental- on-purpose humor of metal, without ever sounding a bit like either. Their first five albums – Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Dream Police, All Shook Up – made in a rock and roll tsunami from 1977 to 1980, are about as great as any such sequence in rock history and they hold up beautifully all these years later. Their American breakthrough, Live At Budokan, is in the running for best live album of all time. Some of their studio albums are better than others, but they have never made anything like a bad one. And they will all rock you ‘til your eyes bulge out. Promise.

Chic’s founding partnership consisted of songwriter-producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards (1952-1996), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson (1954-2003). They rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts. Rodgers’ chopping rhythm guitar alongside Edwards’ deft bass lines were the perfect counterpart to melodic arrangements with their two female vocalists Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean Wright (replaced by Luci Martin). Out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the Number One “Le Freak” and Number One “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s "500 Greatest Singles Of All Time") made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ‘band’ – of the late 70s. Their music also extended disco’s tenure at a critical moment, as hip-hop (and later in the 80s, new jack swing) began to take the stage. Over the years, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples: “Good Times” has been checked everywhere from “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Rodgers and Edwards followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars. Under Rodgers’ leadership, Chic has continued to tour, releasing live performances of its shows in Japan and Amsterdam.

Fusing jazz and rock together in a time when the Beatles were still crashing onto the American shores and psychedelic rock was taking over the basements of teenagers; Chicago Transit Authority broke onto the scene unapologetically in 1969 with their self-titled double album, Chicago Transit Authority. A brazen mix of soulful rock, pop and jazz coupled with protester’s chants from the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention; the album received critical acclaim and later produced the classic singles “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Beginnings.” As the band began touring, under pressure from the city of Chicago, they shortened their name to simply, Chicago, and later released their second self-titled album, Chicago, in 1970. The center track, “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon,” is a seven-part, 13-minute suite of pure melodic perfection composed by James Pankow who merged his love of classical, long song styles with Chicago’s signature sound. It yielded two unexpected singles “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World” that quickly took the charts by storm reaching the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. From their inception through to the late 1970’s, Chicago mastered the art of making melodic jazz tinged rock with a keen pop sensibility. The group had a long string of jazz-rock mega hits including: “Make Me Smile,” “Saturday In The Park,” “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Feelin Stronger Every Day,” “If You Leave Me Now” and many others. Chicago’s early lineup created such an unmistakable sound. With over 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles, fans that stretch across the globe and countless bands that have followed in their wake, Chicago’s legacy is unquestionable.

Deep Purple
If there were a “Mount Rushmore Of Hard Rock” it would only have three heads: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. They are the Holy Trinity of hard rock and metal bands. Deep Purple combined outstanding musicianship with dozens of FM radio smashes. Three separate incarnations of the band have made spectacular albums culminating with Deep Purple In Rock, which along with Led Zeppelin II and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid created the genre of hard rock music. Deep Purple have sold over 100 million albums and their flagship track “Smoke On The Water” eclipses “Satisfaction,” “Born To Run” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as the Number One Greatest Guitar Riff Of All Time. It is the riff that inspired tens of millions of guitarists to pick up the instrument and only Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony gives it a run for the money as far as recognizability and badassed-ness. Genius guitarist Ritchie Blackmore fused countless powerhouse riffs with a deep knowledge and appreciation of classical music. Keyboardist Jon Lord kept pace on the classical and rock fronts and cemented the guitar/keyboard axis that defined the band’s sound, and along with Zeppelin and Sabbath gave birth to an entire genre. Ian Gillian’s vocal range was unparalleled and the boiler room rhythm section of Roger Glover and Ian Pace cemented the classic lineup. Original vocalist Rod Evans and the David Coverdale/Glen Hughes lineups also created masterpieces of their own. Deep Purple are and were a band of supremely talented musicians and songwriters. They are one of the titans and pioneers of their genre, and one of the hardest pillars in the Temple Of Rock. Their groundbreaking albums and eardrum breaking live shows are the stuff of legend.

The J.B.’s
“Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the world. You are about to witness the eighth!” The introduction to the 1970 single “These Are The J.B.’s” was certainly audacious, but it was all too appropriate for a group that came on like an unstoppable force of nature. Initially assembled when James Brown needed to scramble to put together a new backing band, the J.B.’s quickly became the heaviest funk ensemble on Earth, recording and touring behind the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” and also releasing material under their own name. The first version of the group featured Cincinnati brothers Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Bobby Byrd and Jabo Starks; this lineup recorded “The Grunt,” with an unforgettable squeal that would later become the crucial element in multiple records by Public Enemy. When horn giants Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and St. Clair Pinckney rejoined the James Brown team, the J.B.’s went nuclear, with a series of hits including “Pass The Peas,” “Gimme Some More,” and the Number One, gold-selling R&B smash “Doing It To Death.” And if all that weren’t enough, as the J.B.’s gradually peeled away from Brown, they became the backbone of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic and kept the funk flag flying for the next generation.

Janet Jackson
“No, my first name ain’t ‘Baby,’ it’s Janet – Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty.” With innovation and bravado, Janet Jackson brushed aside the challenges of being a superstar’s sibling and became one of pop music’s dominant figures. The youngest member of the Jackson clan, she was first in the spotlight as a child actress on the TV series “Good Times” and “Fame.” But it was with the five-times-platinum Control album in 1986 that she staked her claim as an R&B powerhouse. Working with the visionary production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she fused melodic dance-pop with more aggressive beats, influenced by industrial and hip hop sounds, and helped usher in the new jack swing era. Such juggernauts as Rhythm Nation 1814 and janet.secured Jackson’s position as a global icon, as she explored themes of social justice and daring sexuality in her lyrics. With over 160 million records sold, she is one of the best-selling artists in history, and she still holds the record for the most consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist with 18. Jackson’s sonic and visual style loom large over the generation that followed, including Beyonce´, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Rihanna – as evidenced in the last few months by the likes of J. Cole and Missy Elliott contributing to her latest singles.

Los Lobos
East L.A. rockers Los Lobos (Spanish for “the wolves”) are responsible for bringing a Latino sensibility to the American rock market. Fusing classic American styles, such as R&B, blues and rock, with cumbia, Tejano and Mexican norten~a music, the group had already won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American / Tejano Performance by the time they became international pop sensations in the late 80s.

Multi-instrumentalists David Hidalgo and Louie Pe´rez bonded in high school over a shared fascination with more obscure music ranging from progressive rock to jazz to singer-songwriter styles. By 1973, they were joined by guitarist Cesar Rosas and bassist Conrad Lozano, and the quartet honed their act performing at countless weddings and parties. Between day jobs, they headed to the studio, appearing on and recording a series of albums and EPs from 1976 to 1983, before their 1984 major label debut How Will the Wolf Survive?. The album highlighted the group’s fluency in a variety of musical styles, while introducing listeners to their poignant songwriting – the title track examined illegal immigrant life in America. Keying into issues facing Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants, Los Lobos faces thematic challenges head-on, indicting politics with their subtle yet powerful lyrics. The group amplifies their Mexican roots, singing in Spanish and Spanglish and employing traditional instruments including the guitarro´n (large six-stringed bass guitar). Los Lobos’ chart-topping version of Hall of Fame Inductee Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” extended their popularity, while more than 20 albums have shown the band’s versatility over more than three decades and helped make them a truly international act, touring with rock royalty including Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead. Los Lobos continues to tour and release hit records that seamlessly fuse distinct cultural traditions with inimitable personality.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late 60s. With albums like Children Of The Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music – and, indeed, society – could be in the years to come. Then, in the 70s, Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible – and that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “Take The Money And Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love,” among them. To this day, those songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio – and impossible not to sing along with. Their hooks are the very definition of indelible. Running through Miller’s distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. His parents were jazz aficionados – not to mention close friends of Les Paul and Mary Ford – so, as a budding guitarist, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from that musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, eventually moving to Chicago, where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield. In recent years, Miller has immersed himself in the blues once again. And, as always, whether he was riding the top of the charts or exploring the blue highways of American music, he is playing and singing with conviction and precision, passion and eloquence, and making records that are at once immediately accessible and more than able to stand the test of time.

N.W.A’s improbable rise from marginalized outsiders to the most controversial and complicated voices of their generation remains one of rock’s most explosive, relevant and challenging tales. From their Compton, California headquarters, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella would - by force of will and unrelenting tales of street life - sell tens of millions of records, influence multiple generations the world over and extend artistic middle fingers to the societal barriers of geography, respectability, caste, authority and whatever else happened to get in their way. As enduringly evergreen as the Beatles and as shockingly marketable as the Sex Pistols, N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) made a way out of no way, put their city on the map and solidified the disparate elements of gangsta rap into a genre meaty enough to be quantified, imitated and monetized for generations to come. But two decades before Rolling Stone would rank them 83rd on their “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” list, they were just five young men with something to say. Five men, at least twice that many opposing points of view among them and well over a hundred million records collectively sold over the last 29 years, N.W.A, and its extended family tree of platinum satellites (J.J. Fad, The D.O.C, Above The Law, Michel’le, Yo-Yo, Da Lench Mob, Del the Funky Homosapien, Hieroglyphics, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, The Dogg Pound, The Lady of Rage, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, 2Pac, Westside Connection, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar – an unmatched assemblage of talent) helped set the stage for hip hop’s emergence as one of this planet’s most dominant musical life forms.

Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor is a study in contradictions: a self-described “computer dweeb” with sharply defined biceps, he makes music that juxtaposes the brutal and delicate, chaos and order, nihilistic despair and spiritual rapture. With Nine Inch Nails, he has taken the sounds and sights of transgressive art — monkey messiahs, shiny boots of leather, serial killers — into the mainstream, transmuting alienation into community. Nine Inch Nails began in Cleveland in the late 80s as a studio project for Reznor, but blossomed onstage with his live band during the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991, which found NIN laying waste to its instruments in the afternoon sun as dismayed fellow musicians and converted fans looked on. The 1994 breakthrough album, The Downward Spiral, combined the mechanized funk and discordant noise of industrial rock with Reznor’s belief in melody and song structure. It debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart and spawned the Top 40 hit “Closer” — with its promises of animalistic sex as a way of being nearer to God — as well as “Hurt,” later covered by Johnny Cash. A mud-splattered, star-making performance at Woodstock 94 delivered Nine Inch Nails to the arena level. A series of carefully wrought tours — including a co-headlining trek with David Bowie in 1995 — followed, accompanied by visuals as transformative as they were simple. In recent years, Reznor’s penchant for futurism has included distributing music for free on the Internet as well as working for Beats Music and Apple to find a way to restore value to purchasing music. Nine Inch Nails returned in 2013 with Hesitation Marks.

The Smiths
The Smiths are among the most important and influential bands ever to come out of England. They link the musicality and pop ambition of the Beatles to such inheritors as Oasis, Blur, the Stone Roses and, really, every English rock band that has risen up in the wake of their emergence in the early 80s. They defined a sound and a style that was simultaneously stripped-down and eloquent, powerfully expressive of their fervent belief that everyday people – which is why they were called the Smiths – lived emotional lives of great drama, passion and meaning. The Smiths – singer Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce – formed in Manchester, England, in 1982, four working-class kids who defied the musical trends of their times. Against the foppery of the so-called "new romantics" and the bloodless, synthetic dance pop of the era, the Smiths offered spare guitar-bass- drums arrangements that spoke directly to the fears and yearnings of their fans. Though he avoided contrivance and showiness, Marr became the English guitar hero of the 80s and beyond – a player capable of finding a sound to suit every musical circumstance. And Morrissey, of course, became a rock star despite himself. Unapologetically literate and fearless about exploring feelings of isolation, embarrassment and longing in his lyrics, he became an icon for the disaffected. The Smiths broke up at the height of their popularity in 1987. They forged a legacy that continues undiminished to this day. Every year, offers for the band to reunite are held out, so far to no avail. But whether or not the Smiths ever get back together, their impact can be felt in the countless bands they have helped shape – as well as in their own undeniable music, which has lost none of its ability to inspire, provoke and move.

The Spinners
One of the world’s most beloved R&B vocal groups, the Spinners were a hitmaking machine at Atlantic Records, where they came to define the Philadelphia Sound that dominated pop and urban radio and dance clubs in the 70s. With a stage act that rivaled Motown’s best groups, and a track record of hits that resonated around the world, the Spinners were second to none. Before settling into the classic five-man lineup of Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough and lead singer Philippe´ Wynne, the Spinners spent nearly two decades in their native Detroit. This included stints in the 60s on Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label and later on Motown’s V.I.P. imprint. At Aretha Franklin’s behest, they moved to Atlantic in 1972, where they were teamed with Philadelphia producer-songwriter Thom Bell and the Sigma Sound Studios crew. Bell’s track record with the Delfonics and the Stylistics made him the perfect choice for the Spinners, who exploded at Atlantic with four Number One R&B hits in less than 18 months: “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair)” and “Mighty Love.” In fact, there were 15 consecutive Top 10 R&B singles over their first five years at the label. During this time, the Disco era brought massive crossover hits with “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick, Number One pop), “They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)” and “The Rubberband Man.” In the decades to follow, the Spinners’ trunk full of hits found new fans on every continent, and such artists as Elton John, David Bowie and Elvis Costello have all sung their praises. To see Henry Fambrough leading the group today is one of the eternal joys of classic R&B.

Yes is the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. By fusing the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson with the hard rock edge of The Who and the soaring harmonies and melodies of Simon and Garfunkel, they took progressive rock from a small audience of aficionados to radio airwaves and football stadiums all over America. Hits like “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” appealed to rock fans who did not even think they liked prog rock, while album-side length epics like “Close To The Edge” and “The Gates Of Delirium” represent the genre at its absolute finest. Steve Howe remains one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history, while keyboardist Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire and drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White will always be regarded as musicians simply without peer. Frontman Jon Anderson is an alto tenor singer who still hits the highest of high notes 45 years after forming the group. While many of their contemporaries wilted once punk hit, Yes managed to change with the times, and they reemerged in the 80s as an MTV-ready commercial force, landing massive hits on the charts like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” While prog giants like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Emerson Lake & Palmer retired years ago, Yes continues to tour (albeit with some new members) at a pace that would leave bands half their age breathless.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Unrated Backstage Talks to the owner of Angel’s Envy at Louder Than Life

During the Louder than Life.  Unrated Backstage had the change to talk to Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador and Chief Innovations Officer of Angel's Envy
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Unrated Backstage with James Higdon the Author of Cornbread Mafia

While at Louder than Life in Kentutry  Unrated Backstage had the change to talk to the author of "The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate's Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History" Check out the interview.

And the follow-up

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Elliphant and Big Freedia Collaborate on "Club Now Skunk"



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Today, Elliphant threw us another impressive sonic curveball with her mind-melting, genre-bending banger “Club Now Skunk.”

The new single – out today on all digital platforms – is accompanied by an equally tripped out official video and features hip hop/bounce diva Big Freedia.

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Johan Holm and styled by Stina Persson -- who collaborated with Elliphant to make unique custom pieces especially for the video – and together, they’ve created a spectacular out-of-this-world, 8-bit, VHS warped universe.

“I hunted the ‘Queen’ down in DC!” says Elliphant on how this collaboration came to be. “By far the most top notch and coolest collaboration I could ever dream of! I waited by the merchandise stall like a real groupie. Freedia responded warmly and said ‘I’ll look out for you girl!” Three weeks later, the seed I planted that night popped in a studio in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles and that is where we made 'Club Now Skunk'!!!”

 “Club Now Skunk” was produced by Carli Löf and Tommy Tysper and is taken from Elliphant’s forthcoming debut album “Living Life Golden.” (Kemosabe/Record Company TEN)

To this day, Elliphant has remained one of the most intriguing artists of the past decade. Since entering the musical arena in 2012, the Swedish singer-songwriter has gone onto release 2 critically acclaimed EP’s in the U.S, and has continued to defy expectations, push the envelope and keep people guessing with every piece of audio or visual offering she unleashes into the world.

Already Elliphant has amassed an impressive 40.4 million+ Spotify Plays, 28 million+ video plays, and an incredible 55k+ Shazam tags, clearly indicating that Elliphant is a force to be reckoned with and not one that is going to go away anytime soon.

She has worked with some of the world’s biggest producers, from Grammy Award nominees and winners Skrillex, Dr. Luke, Diplo, Major Lazer and Joel Little (the man responsible for producing Lorde’s critically acclaimed debut album). Her diversity and courage to do what she wants musically is what makes her so appealing.

Currently Elliphant is on a European tour with Major Lazer and will be returning to North America later this year.
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Cinematic Prog-Rock Phenom MOONLAPSE Releases New EP

Moonlapse is back and better than ever in his second 5-track LP, “Fade Construct”. Concocted in the confines of his dorm room, Moonlapse masterfully created metal-infused tracks using an updated set of instruments from his debut LP, “Conscious”. Staying true to form, “Fade Construct” remains dark and cinematic with the similar aim to take each listener on a cerebral journey. In regards to musicality, “Fade Construct” is heavily focused on exploring polymeter, complex patterns, unique sonic textures/world instruments and exotic scales like Phrygian dominant. It is worth mentioning that Moonlapse is only 21 years old.
Moonlapse explains the title “Fade Construct” stating, “Construct is used as a noun. A construct, in mythology, is something that was purposefully animated or brought to life. It could be a stone construct or something like that. This album is a Fade Construct, being made of ‘fade’. Fade refers to musical notes because even though music fades away just as it is heard, a construct of a song or riff is formed in the listener’s mind.”

Moonlapse, who comes from a musical family (his father is exec Danny Strick), further states, “Anytime someone is listening to a song, the notes sort of transcend time. For example, the last chord someone heard 5 seconds ago has a melodic impact on the current chord they are hearing, even though it has completely ‘faded’ away”.

Just so happens that “Construct” is also a favorite map of Moonlapse’s from Halo 3.

Moonlapse is the progressive cinematic rock project by 21-year-old composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Strick. Strick came by his love of progressive rock at age 14 via classic bands such as Genesis and King Crimson. Soon he moved on to more contemporary prog metal like Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree. “I studied them and learned to play their music,” Strick says. “In doing so, I was introduced to a lot of strange and beautiful chord progressions, which I didn’t hear in other music. Gradually, I began to compose my own songs using a lot of those chords and scales.”

Strick channels the spirit of axe god idols like Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders on the Moonlapse LP, but what’s striking and altogether revolutionary about the guitar parts is that they’re not performed on the guitar at all. Strick, who studies computer science at Northwestern University, recorded all of his guitar tracks on a computer using MIDI and a plugin called Omnisphere.

“Omniphere is really useful because it has tons of electronic instruments that are designed to sound like the real thing, and you can manipulate the tones and frequencies in some really cool ways.” Strick says. “I could never get guitar tracks to sound the way I wanted using a real instrument, but by orchestrating them digitally, they sounded new and original.  For drums, I used Battery 4. Everything, including mixing, was done on my computer.”

Moonlapse describes “Fade Construct” as a dark progressive endeavor that explores cinematic mood, complex instrumentation, heaviness, abstract song, structure, world instruments and experimental sonic textures.”

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Stuffed and Double-Stacked to the Max, Johnny Rockets Debuts New Burgers

 Frightfully Delicious New Hand-Spun Goosebumps Shake Also Debuts in Honor of New Film

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, guests at Johnny Rockets restaurant chain can enjoy its world famous burgers, now double-stacked and stuffed with all the right ingredients to satisfy the cravings of burger lovers all over the country. Last month, Johnny Rockets' culinary team announced that they were involving consumers in menu development for the brand's ongoing limited-time menu offerings. The new burgers, available for a limited time only at participating restaurants through November 15, 2015, are once again a result of consumer feedback and taste tests. The majority of consumers asked for more beef, more cheese, more bacon and more elements of surprise on their burgers. 
Johnny Rockets stuffed, double-stack burgers are a Teriyaki Pineapple Double-Stack, a Spicy Southern Double-Stack and the All-American Bacon Double-Stack. 
In addition, guests at Johnny Rockets are going to get goosebumps. In anticipation of the nationwide release of Goosebumps, the new movie starring Jack Black based on the worldwide best-selling Scholastic book series by R.L. Stine, Johnny Rockets is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the restaurant chain's first-ever shake celebrating a major studio film release. The Johnny Rockets Goosebumps shake is available now in participating restaurants just ahead of the film's October 16 nationwide release. 
New Double-Stacked Limited Time MenuThe notion that everything tastes better with bacon certainly has staying power on the menu at Johnny Rockets. Consumer demand for bacon at Johnny Rockets continues and comes out on top every time as the most desired ingredient to top burgers and sandwiches. Applewood smoked bacon rules on all the new stuffed and double-stack burgers.
  • Teriyaki Pineapple Double-Stack Burger has two fresh beef patties, a slice of sweet grilled pineapple, melted provolone cheese and a sweet and salty pineapple teriyaki sauce, lettuce and tomato on an artisan bun.
  • Spicy Southern Double-Stack Burger includes a creamy sriracha pimento cheese, combining a hot and tangy taste with a hint of sweetness with a Southern icon mix of sharp cheddar and pimento, on two beef patties, with a spring lettuce mix, tomato, dill pickle chips and mayonnaise on an artisan bun.
  • All-American Bacon Double-Stack has American cheese melted between two beef patties so it sinks deep into the fresh beef, a spring lettuce mix, tomato and a special that combines mayonnaise, sweet relish, seasonings and chili sauce on an artisan bun.
"People already love our farm-fresh hamburgers so it just makes sense that our guests want more of what they love in one sandwich," said Joel Bulger, Chief Marketing Officer for Johnny Rockets. "We've now doubled the beef patties and doubled the taste and also included all the right stuff to complement each burger with a variety of ingredients."
Goosebumps Shake and GiveawaysThe Goosebumps shake is made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and milk, mixed with Oreo pieces, and topped with whipped cream, an Oreo garnish, and colorful gummy worms. The frightfully fun Goosebumps shake is designed to satisfy Goosebumps fans of all ages by conjuring up memories of the series.  

Joel Bulger continues, "Based on its popularity over the past couple of decades, there is no doubt that many Johnny Rockets guests have grown up reading the Goosebumps books and introduced them to their kids. Goosebumps is loaded with delicious, scary fun, so we're thrilled to be continuing the movie experience with a special Goosebumps shake inspired by the movie."
Johnny Rockets is inviting fans to follow them on Instagram (@johnnyrockets) for a chance to win free shakes or free tickets to the Goosebumps film. To participate, fans are being asked to create a new Goosebumps monster and how to entice it back into its book. All entries must include the hashtag #JRGB. The Instagram campaign will begin on September 29, 2015 and conclude on October 15, 2015. More about the campaign and how to enter, can be found on Johnny Rockets Twitter, Instagram or Facebook pages. (Sweepstakes starts on September 29 through October 15, 2015.  No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. and D.C. 13+. Go to for Official Rules. Void where prohibited.)
Another shake that was introduced for a limited time last month -- the Reese's Peanut Butter Shake -- has out-performed expectations with Johnny Rockets' guests and will now remain on the menu until November 15, 2015. The Reese's Peanut Butter Shake is made with premium ice cream, Reese's peanut butter sauce, chocolate syrup, and topped with mini Reese's peanut butter pieces and whipped cream. And to top off the shake, peanut butter lovers will enjoy a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
The Double-Stack burger menu, Goosebumps shake and the Reese's Peanut Butter shake will be available at participating restaurants now through November 15, 2015.
ABOUT JOHNNY ROCKETSJohnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise that offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, never frozen 100% beef cooked-to-order hamburgers, Veggie Boca® burger, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries and rich, delicious hand-spun shakes and malts. This dynamic lifestyle brand offers friendly service and upbeat music contributing to the chain's signature atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets operates more than 330 franchise and corporate locations in 26 countries around the world. For more information, visit
ABOUT THE GOOSEBUMPS FILMScholastic has over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages in print since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children's authors in history. Now, the literary phenomenon is coming to the big screen. In Goosebumps, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee).  But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah's mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Stine's creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach's life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it's up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stine's imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town. Directed by Rob Letterman, the screenplay is by Darren Lemke with a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. The film is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. For additional information, go to
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3 PR Lessons From Jay Z’s Tidal Launch

Music mogul Jay Z has a flair for PR and marketing, what with being one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.
So it shouldn't come as a shock that Jay Z went big when he debuted his latest business venture Monday, announcing Tidal, a subscription music-streaming service he recently bought for $56 million.
Jay Z made the announcement at a star-studded news conference in Manhattan, where he introduced the “owners” of Tidal, which will compete head-on against Spotify, Pandora and, eventually, Apple.
Jay Z’s media strategy provides a veritable clinic for communicators who are looking for ways to make a splash when they announce new products and/or services.
Here are three PR takeaways from Jay Z’s announcement:
  • Create a unique hashtag—and a sense of anticipation. Social media, of course, is an increasingly vital component of any product rollout. But how do you stand out? Pick a hashtag that will grab consumers, but also try and spark some action among your followers. The general public first got wind of the launch just after midnight when artists began turning their Twitter avatars cyan-blue in support of the #TIDALforALL hashtag, according to USA Today.
  • Surround yourself with talent. Sure, few of us can recruit Rihanna, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj to help get the word out about a new service. But by surrounding himself with his musical peers during the launch event, Jay Z presented a unified front and conveyed a strong message about Tidal’s artistic endeavors. Who are your mainstay partners and how can you include them in your communications? What are some of your common goals that you would like to convey to customers and consumers together?
  • Reinforce the message. Throughout the news conference Jay Z stuck to a core message: This is a service run by artists who should be fairly compensated. Subscription rates and competitive landscape aside, Jay Z kept the focus on why consumers need to recognize the value of music. “Everyone knows that the pay system is unfair to artists,” he said during the news conference (per The New York Times). “Everywhere else, everyone gets compensated for their work. Music is everywhere—you consume it every day, everywhere you go. The content creator should be compensated. It’s only fair
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Tickets For Ultra Music Festival 2016 On Sale Now

Created by UMF Films and Charly Friedrichs' FINAL KID team, this latest offering - shot in eye-watering 4K - is yet another remarkable departure from the standard aftermovie format, capturing the pure essence and magic of Ultra Music Festival's seventeenth annual edition at Bayfront Park in March of this year.
Immersing fans deeper into the action than ever before and providing the viewer with the most honest insight into the Ultra Music Festival experience to date, Charly's work is wholly representative of ULTRA's musical evolution and demonstrates precisely what fans can expect, come March 2016.
With an electrifying new soundtrack offering something different to the classic main stage sound, Charly's unique vision for this aftermovie takes listeners on a diverse musical journey and into unchartered waters. Showcasing the vast range of genres and styles now on offer at ULTRA, the aftermovie's exquisitely crafted tracklist really does deliver something special for everybody. From the deeper grooves of HI-LO and Josh Philips, to the high-octane sounds of Skrillex and Valentino Khan, the 14-minute masterpiece concludes with a brand new exclusive from ULTRA favourite and man-of-the-moment, Martin Garrix.
"When I planned on shooting this Miami aftermovie I knew I wanted to create a megamix again. The last Miami aftermovie was created as a short film with one custom soundtrack and a lot of story and slow-motion shots in it, but this time I felt like doing a faster one with a lot of new techniques, visual FX and editing tricks. Most of all I wanted to 'bring back the groove' so I created a soundtrack that has more flow. I want the viewer to be more 'inside' the festival, where people are dancing and not necessarily focused on the DJ. 
So it's a bit different, but I'm very happy with how it turned out, and of course I'm not leaving the lovers of the epic emotional shots with empty hands because none other than Martin Garrix provided me with an amazing and exclusive melodic track for the Grand Finale!" Charly Friedrichs, Final Kid
Visually stunning in every sense, the 2015 aftermovie for The World's Premiere Electronic Music Festival also sees the debut of ULTRA's brand new RESISTANCE concept. Taking the form of an immersive 360° 'Afterburner' stage powered by Arcadia Spectacular, welcoming some of the biggest names in the house and techno world, this piece of audio-visual genius takes us right to the front row of the RESISTANCE Stage to showcase a completely different facet of Ultra Music Festival.
As Ultra Worldwide's 2015 global journey comes to a close, with a staggering 19 shows across 5 continents clocked in less than a year, all eyes are now focused on the eighteenth annual edition of the Miami flagship in March 2016. For those that want to experience the action first hand, tickets for Ultra Music Festival 2016 are now on sale. Those who registered in advance will have received exclusive access to Tier 1 ($299.95) ticket pricing, available while inventory lasts. Full prices and details are outlined below.
Tier 1: Early Bird Tickets (Registration Only) - $299.95**
Tier 2: GA Tickets - $324.95**
Tier 3: GA & GA Payment Plan Tickets - $349.95**
VIP Tickets - $1,249.95**
**Price Subject to Availability and does not include service charges, state taxes and fees || Rain or Shine || All Sales Are Final || Standing Room Only || Lineup Subject to Change || Ages 18+ Only
Payment Plan Dates:
Initial Payment – before November 15
2nd payment – November 15
3rd payment – December 15
4th payment – January 15
Final payment – February 15 
IMPORTANT: Ultra Music Festival takes place one week earlier than usual in Downtown Miami, from March 18-20, 2016, and is an 18+ event
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HAIRBALL Slated To Be The First Concert Ever At Badlands Pawn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hairball, arguably the highest drawing concert touring act in the Upper Midwest region, will celebrate joining forces with Badlands Entertainment Group in Sioux Falls as the first act to perform during Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry's Grand Opening weekend. Hairball will perform in Badlands' state of the art, $2 million showroom personally designed by Badlands visionary and CEO Chuck Brennan on Saturday, November 28.
Opening Thanksgiving Day, Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry is an over 70,000 square foot tourist destination including a pawn shop, gun range, radio station and fully functional concert venue. The concert hall will host up to 1,800 music fans, with national touring acts on the Badlands Live Thursday Night Concert Series beginning in January. "With the addition of our newest shareholder, Paul Stanley of KISS, we are anticipating an incredible line up of acts for our Thursday Night Concert Series," Brennan said.
Hairball has sold out their last five indoor shows in Sioux Falls and are known for their popular 80's impersonations. Hairball will welcome some of the original artists from the "Decade of Decadence" during their performance. Chainsaw Caine, the band's founder, original singer, and now Badlands Entertainment Group Manager, will also join Hairball on stage for some classic Slave Raider songs.
Tickets for Hairball go on sale at 10 a.m. this Thursday, October 1 at and are just $25 each for General Admission. Concert-goers can purchase a VIP Table for six people for $300 that includes one-hour early admission privileges to the Badlands VIP Club.
Badlands Entertainment Group is currently booking more than 50 national acts that will perform at Badlands Pawn and Badlands Motor Speedway in 2016. "After twenty years in the concert business, I can truly say that I have never been more excited about an upcoming entertainment calendar," said Judy Alberti, Badlands' resident talent buyer.
Badlands Entertainment Group will also host a special New Year's Eve show with the Badlands House Band and a few surprise guests you won't want to miss. Tickets for that event also go on sale October 1 and are just $100, which includes food and drinks.
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SUBWAY® Introduces New Sustainability Efforts As Part Of Ongoing Environmental Commitment

MILFORD, Conn., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As a part of the restaurant chain's continued commitment to making its restaurants and operations more socially responsible, the SUBWAY® brand has made LED lighting standard for all new and remodeled restaurants.  This important upgrade will provide energy-efficient lighting that, in 2014 with a small percentage of stores participating, saved 21.9 million kilowatt hours – enough energy to power 1,996 households in a single year. 
This news follows a number of recent environmental milestones for SUBWAY, including adding to the brand's number of "Eco-Restaurant" certified store locations. Additionally, several more Eco-Restaurants are in various stages of development and an increasing number of franchisees are incorporating green elements into their existing stores.  
"From reducing water and waste to using energy-efficient equipment, our franchisees are deeply committed to finding new ways to make their stores more 'green,'" said Elizabeth Stewart, who heads the SUBWAY® brand's corporate social responsibility efforts. "We know there is much more work to be done, but every step taken in every restaurant is one more step towards our social responsibility and sustainability goals."
As a part of the restaurant chain's continued commitment to making its restaurants and operations more socially responsible, the SUBWAY® brand has taken significant steps in recent years as  part of its environmental commitment, including: 
  • Standardizing low-flow faucets/taps with increased water pressure in all SUBWAY® restaurants; this small change annually saves an estimated 277 million gallons of water
  • Using cleaning supplies that are CARB (California Air Resources Board) and Green Seal certified
  • Exclusively offering napkins made from 100% recycled fiber, processed chlorine-free, and printed with soy or water-based inks
  • Ensuring a majority of the packaging used in North American stores is made with recycled content which can be recycled or composted where facilities exist
  • Using salad bowls and lids made from two recycled plastic water or soda bottles (20 ounce), diverting 141 million bottles from landfills last year
  • Adding 95% post-consumer recycled material to redesigned catering trays, reducing about 3 million pounds of plastic materials from going directly into the waste stream each year
Most recently, its newest restaurant location in the Fort Wayne area of Indiana has earned Eco-Restaurant designation from the brand. Additional SUBWAY® Eco-Restaurants can be found in the following U.S. locations: La Place, La.; St. Helens and Keiser Station, Ore.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Chicago and Love Park, Ill.; Loveland, Colo.; Durham, Cary Park and Chapel Hill, N.C.;  Kokomo, Ind.; University of California, Los Angeles; and North Haven and Orange, Conn.
"This was the first store I had constructed from the ground up, so I wanted to use this opportunity to do something socially responsible in my hometown of Fort Wayne," said SUBWAY® Franchisee Jeff Sebeika. "I believe in being a good corporate citizen and I'm proud to be a part of a company that encourages our team's environmental efforts and participation with community organizations."
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Jack Daniel's Announces Sinatra Century In Celebration Of Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday

LYNCHBURG, Tenn., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jack Daniel Distillery announces today the upcoming nationwide release of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century, the brand's latest collaboration with the Sinatra Family to celebrate The Chairman of the Board's Centennial. Hitting shelves October 1, Sinatra Century is the latest ultra-premium whiskey from the Jack Daniel's family to commemorate Jack and Frank's special friendship. As a limited edition expression, only 100 barrels of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century are being made available in individually numbered bottles making each as unique as the man to which it's attributed.
The relationship between Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel's is legendary, special and authentic and one that still holds strong to this day. First recommended by friend Jackie Gleason, the Tennessee Whiskey quickly became Sinatra's signature drink. During performances, he kept a glass of Jack Daniel's on a nearby stool on stage. It was his drink of choice at bars in his favorite cities, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Chicago, Miami and (of course) New York. 
Master Distiller Jeff Arnett created Sinatra Century through the careful selection of specially crafted barrels. Tasting his custom selections with the Sinatra family, he sought a bold, refined flavor that is befitting Sinatra's legacy. 
"At the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, we worked very hard to achieve a special flavor and aroma for Sinatra Century in order to give Frank a proper 100th birthday gift," says Arnett. "This meant working with the people who knew him the most, his family, and honoring the legacy that he has shaped with our brand. We have created a product that we know the public will love just as much as Frank did."
Like all of Jack Daniel's expressions, Sinatra Century is crafted using the same cave spring water from the Jack Daniel's Hollow, proprietary yeast and charcoal-mellowing process that's been used in the distillery's nearly 150-year-old Tennessee Whiskey recipe. From there, the whiskey enters specially selected "Sinatra" barrels hand-picked by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. In those barrels, the liquid is exposed to extra layers of perfectly toasted oak through a grooving process only done at the Jack Daniel's Cooperage. This allows the ultra-premium whiskey to achieve a pleasantly smoky and rich oak aroma that Sinatra was known to adore.
Commenting on Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century, Frank Sinatra Jr. explains, "Sinatra Century is a fitting tribute to Dad and the perfect way to mark his centenary in December. Jack Daniel's was Dad's drink of choice, whether entertaining friends, or making new acquaintances. Therefore, it only seems right that we raise a toast of Sinatra Century to the musical legend as we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday this year."
Sinatra Century, at 100 proof, is the Jack Daniel Distillery's second offering to commemorate Frank Sinatra.  The first was Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select, a 90-proof premium Tennessee Whiskey with a bold, yet exceedingly smooth flavor profile. Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select was introduced in 2013.
This one-time, limited release of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century will be available nationwide beginning early October 2015 and will be the only available selection of the whiskey. Each exclusive bottle will be enclosed in a luxury gift box inspired by the legendary singer's signature style. Additionally, the set will also offer a selection of previously unreleased Sinatra tracks, entitled "Sinatra Live at the Sands in 1966," to accompany the specially designed Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century bottle. The product will be priced approximately $499.99 per 1L.
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About Jack Daniel's
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel's is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails.
About Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. FSE owns Sinatra recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra's name and likeness rights and represents the artist's rights to Columbia and Capitol catalogues. (
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Monday, September 28, 2015

September Mourning Releases "Eye Of The Storm" Lyric Video From Upcoming EP

September Mourning Releases "Eye Of The Storm" Lyric Video From Upcoming EP
Tour Dates Announced With Mushroomhead


September 21, 2015 - Dark Alternative, Hard Rock, Transmedia Project September Mourning have released their "Eye Of The Storm" lyric video (originally premiering with Loudwire). Presented by TBoy Records and Mortem Media, "Eye Of The Storm" is the lead single from the band's upcoming debut EP "Volume I" (produced by Sahaj Ticotin and Howard Benson) and debut comic book "A Murder Of Reapers" which is available worldwide on September Mourning's official website through Top Cow Comics. "Eye Of The Storm" continues the story of September Mourning and is a follow up to the bands critically acclaimed single "Children Of Fate", which has received heavy airplay on Sirius XM Octane.

September Mourning is currently playing a string of U.S. headline dates before joining Mushroomhead on October 3rd in Greencastle, Pennsylvania for "The Devils Be Damned Tour" and then playing this year's Aftershock Festival on October 24th in Sacramento, California. More information on September Mourning's tour can be found on the band's Facebook page.
Watch September Mourning's "Eye Of The Storm" lyric video below:

Eye of the Storm lyrically blends the purpose of September with an overall message to her Children of Fate: be strong in your battle to stand against any fears you might have in life knowing that you will never be left standing alone. - September (September Mourning)
September Mourning Tour Dates:

09/22 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Legends

09/24 — Clarksville, Tennessee @The Warehouse

09/25 — Danville, Illinois @ Villains Con

09/27 — La Crosse, Wisconsin @ The Warehouse

09/29 — Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin @ Every Buddy’s Bar

09/30 — Madison, Wisconsin @ The Red Zone

10/24 — Sacramento, California @ Aftershock Festival

10/31 — Spokane, Washington @Knitting Factory Concert House

The Devils Be Damned Tour
w/ Mushroomhead, Mortiis, Unsaid Fate,
& Amerakin Overdose:

10/03 — Greencastle, Pennsylvania @ Journey for a Care

10/04 — Winston-Salem, North Carolina @ Ziggy’s

10/05 — Wilmington, North Carolina @ Ziggy’s By the Sea

10/06 — Cape Coral, Florida @ Dixie Roadhouse

10/07 — Jacksonville Beach, Florida @ Freebird Live

10/09 — Orlando, Florida @ Venue 578

10/10 — Fort Lauderdale, Florida @ Culture Room

10/11 — Destin, Florida @ Club LA

10/12 — Birmingham, Alabama @ Zydeco

10/13 — Odessa, Texas @ Club Patron

10/14 — Fort Worth, Texas @ Rail Club

10/15 — Austin, Texas @ Dirty Dog Bar
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About September Mourning:

September Mourning has just recorded her debut EP. It tells a story in 6 songs, an epic tale of “heartbreak, loss, pain, joy, love, redemption, but most of all, courage…” Produced by Sahaj Ticotin, September Mourning revives the concept of rock star meets superhero. If Marilyn Manson and X-Men's Storm had a kid, it would be September Mourning, who also cites influences as varied as Paramore, Motionless in White, David Bowie, and My Chemical Romance.

“For me, the project is a story, a theatrical art piece,” September explains. “Music is the backbone, but for this to work, it has to include the imagery and the narrative all symbiotically linked into the whole. Music taps into your innermost being. There’s something very intimate and personal about it.”

The character of September Mourning is a human-reaper hybrid, who feels the need to give some human souls a second chance, and thus toys with Fate. To expound on this narrative, September is working with iconic comic book artist Marc Silvestri, who started out on the original X-Men comics and went on to form Top Cow Productions (Witchblade, The Darkness). Together, they are putting together the story of September Mourning in graphic form, to accompany, and enhance the musical message.

Having toured with Marilyn Manson, September Mourning has already built up an impressive fan base, which she calls her “Children of Fate,” constantly encouraging them to have “the courage to embrace their passion… to allow yourself to follow your heart and not be a slave to your fears. To know that the only boundaries that exist in our lives are the ones we allow.”

Band Lineup:
September (Vox)
Shadou (Bass)
Riven (Guitar)
Wraith (Guitar)
Stitch (Drums)
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

3 Doors Down 12th Annual The Better Life Foundation concert at Horseshoe Casino


Sponsored By Paul Benton
Jamey Johnson Confirmed To Perform As Support
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Tunica, MS -- 3 Doors Down will stage the 12th annual The Better Life Foundation concert on Saturday, December 5th at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.  The long-term mission of the foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs.  Funds raised are distributed to organizations and hospitals that fulfill the band's mission to enable children to develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become caring and responsible adults.  Operating with the mission statement, "Changing the World, One Life at a Time," 3 Doors Down has committed their energies over the past decade to make a tangible contribution for those in need through this annual event, and continuous efforts to generate funding to support these goals. 
The event is sponsored by Paul Benton. Guests 18 years and under may attend the event with someone 21 years or older, with Premier Balcony general admission seated tickets at $150 (which includes hors d'oeuvres and open bar), while general admission standing floor tickets are $50. A VIP upgrade is available for an additional $125  which includes a meet and greet with the band, a photo with 3 Doors Down, an exclusive Hatch show print and gift bag.  For more information visit or call 251-586-2208.  
Once again the annual “Ride For A Cause” motorcycle ride will take place on December 5th at 11:30 a.m. and will originate from Southern Thunder Harley Davidson in Southaven, MS.  Last year, over 400 motorcycles participated.  Also taking place will be a raffle for a one of a kind 2015 CITIZEN SOLDIER VIII ~ HARLEY-DAVIDSON Custom Road Glide (valued at over $35,000) which is currently on display in the Horseshoe Tunica hotel lobby. For a $10 donation to the charity, fans receive one raffle ticket for the drawing to win.  The ticket holder does not have to be present at the event to win. For more information on “Ride For A Cause” and the raffle visit A silent auction will also take place in the hotel lobby on December 5th from 2 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. The auction will feature memorabilia from a wide range of musical artists and notable sports figures.
Since forming in 1995, Mississippi rock quintet 3 Doors Down has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, garnered three Grammy nominations, two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including BMI’s coveted "Songwriter of the Year" award. The band’s debut album, 2000’s The Better Life, which is now certified six times platinum, featured the smash hit “Kryptonite.”  Their sophomore album, 2002’s Away from the Sun, saw similar success with its radio mainstays “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” Their subsequent efforts 2005’s platinum certified Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.  In 2012, 3 Doors Down released The Greatest Hits, a collection of nine #1 hits and three new songs, returning to the Top 5 at radio with "One Light."  The band will begin recording their sixth studio album in early 2015.
Horseshoe Tunica has been the market leader in gaming and entertainment since opening on February 13, 1995. The casino known nation-wide as the place where real gamblers come to gamble has recently been remodeled to include state-of-the-art technology and luxurious furnishings and contains over 1,380 slot and video poker games, the widest variety of table games in the region including an Asian gaming section featuring an Asian noodle bar, Noodles. The newly renovated 25-table World Series of Poker themed poker room featuring a WSOP lounge is a poker player’s paradise. Horseshoe Tunica guests enjoy a 14-floor hotel tower with over 500 luxuriously appointed rooms featuring world-class customer service and amenities including: Binion’s Steak which offers contemporary as well as classic fine dining offerings and a wine bar, the all you can imagine Village Square Buffet featuring fare from all over the world and highlighting Southern specialties and desserts, and the area’s only Starbucks. Horseshoe Tunica consistently books headline entertainment to perform at the 1500 seat intimate and stellar Bluesville concert hall. For more information, please visit
Alabama native and former marine Jamey Johnson rose to the top of the Nashville food chain through blood, sweat and tears.  In April 2005, Johnson signed a recording agreement with BNA, and then released his debut The Dollar in January, 2006. Following the dissolution of that relationship and his marriage, he took a year off and returned with The Lonesome Song in August, 2008.  The lead single “In Color” reached number nine on the Billboard Country chart and was followed by “The High Cost of Living” delivering a RIAA certified gold album. At the 2009 Country Music Association Awards, Johnson won Song of the Year for “In Color.”  He has continued to release successful albums, while co-writing hits with or for others which include “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” (Trace Adkins) and “Give It Away” (George Strait).
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