Saturday, May 23, 2015

Milton Star Things Fall Apart


 Milton Star Things Fall Apart
Stereogram Recordings Release: 15 June 2015

Milton Star follow their hugely successful double A side record 'Salvation' and 'Sorryville' with the release of their new single 'Things Fall Apart'. The track is another example of duo Alan Wyllie and Graeme Currie's unerring ability to create wonderfully atmospheric stories about love, loss and regret framed in beautifully structured melodies and carried by an expansive tremolo wall of sound and a dark soul.

For those familiar with simultaneously released debut, 'Things Fall Apart' finds them in similar territory with a tale of the darker side of the human condition, referencing the destructive capacity of depression and all it entails. “I think we all have that capacity to fall foul of our inner demons at times.” says Alan “and the pace of modern life and the inherent shallowness of relationships lived through social media & technology can detach us a little from the real world and the problems many suffer from, itching just below the surface.”

From the first Duane Eddy inspired twang underpinned by wandering strings and rhythmic arpeggio piano we are in cinematic noire territory and the accompanying video speaks volumes, the roll of the dice, the miniature Mariachis, the Mexicano tarot cards, the sinister skull-painted faces, the burlesque dancers – this is a beautifully tragic song rich in imagery.

Alan and Graeme have been collaborating in different guises dating back to the early days of post punk but these days the duo write and record their unique blend of indie and dark country in a converted church where Alan lives in Fife, which, as Alan explains, is pivotal in the writing process. “The things that feed the ideas and make the sound are the environment and acoustics here in the church and the setting of the surrounding countryside. Out in those fields you could be anywhere at any point in time, and that’s where the stories start to form.”

Graeme adds “Although we have a lot of shared musical influences like the Velvet Underground, Bowie and Roxy Music, I veer towards the more experimental side of things like Captain Beefheart whereas Alan likes a lot of early 50s vintage rock and country. Once you factor into that mix the cinematic soundtrack influences like Angelo Badalamenti and Ennio Morricone, that’s when the Milton Star sound comes together.”


"The vocals travel the mournful baritone channel previously dug by Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan. But the duo of Alan Wyllie and Graeme Currie choose restraint rather than noise.  Is is country? Post punk?  Lynchian film soundtrack?  Well, yes, I suppose it sounds like all of that.  The effect is simultaneously beautiful and bleak, but it always is evocative and satisfying."
When You Motor Away

"UK duo offers up dark and trembling meditations smeared with the meloncholic malaise of experience. Lovelorn, lost, a little broken and filthy, their stuff cuts the Lanegan chops they drop and let Nick Cave saunter in with sleazy ease."
Overmental.com

"It's how the late and eternally great Lou Reed would sound if he came fae Fife."
Ralph's Life

"This is classy stuff with a sense of mischief and the luxurious, almost Elvis-like vocals really hit the spot."
Listen With Monger

"This is really as cool as f**k..."
Irvine Welsh


Social Links:
https://soundcloud.com/miltonstar
http://www.facebook.com/miltonstar
https://twitter.com/miltonstarmusic
https://vimeo.com/channels/miltonstar
https://www.youtube.com/user/bdumbdumman
- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Follow The Lion The Candy and Gravity Motel


Follow The Lion
The Candy and Gravity Motel

Sound House Records
29 June 2015 


Lead Track: Candy and Gravity

Follow the Lion are a Leeds based alternative rock band who formed in 2013, quickly gaining a strong following thanks to their energetic and infectious live sets. The band have played a range of venues across the north west of England and will be hitting the festival scene this summer with appearances already confirmed at Live at Leeds, Tramlines and Long Division. 

With influences ranging from Pixies, Massive Attack and Nirvana to The Beatles, Tricky, UNKLE and King Crimson, their debut EP 'The Candy and Gravity Motel' promises to be one of this year's must hear records. The EP, recorded at Chairworks Studio in Castleford, was produced by Steve Whitfield who has previously worked with The Cure, Bill Bruford (YES/King Crimson) and was mastered by Sufi Dub legend Celt Islam

The EP's single 'Candy and Gravity' was championed by Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music show, chosen as a featured band on Fresh on the Net and received airplay on BBC Introducing Leeds

"I listen to a lot of music to put together the Mixtape perhaps 180 to 200 tracks a week and so things kind of tend to blend one into another… the sound coming out of the speakers you hear a lot of the same genres of things; and just when you think you have heard everything that three guitars and a set of drums can do, along comes a song like that that has a kind of integrity and authenticity about it. Beautiful way the vocal just kind of communicates heart to heart. It’s hard to put your finger on what it is about that that makes it so much above the run of the mill."
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Band Members:
Daniel Francis - Lead Vocals and Guitars
Richard Swann - Lead Guitar
Mase - Bass
Paul Smith - Keys and Vocals
Danny Jay Barnett - Drums

Social Links:
www.facebook.com/followthelionmusic
www.soundcloud.com/followthelion
www.twitter.com/followthelionwww.twitter.com/followthelion
Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Roger O'Donnell with Julia Kent Love and Other Tragedies


Roger O'Donnell with Julia Kent
Love and Other Tragedies
99X/100
26 June 2015
Digital Release - May 29th 2015
About Roger O'Donnell:

Best known for his role as keyboard player with alternative rock band The Cure, Roger has spent most of the last five years composing for orchestral strings. Ranging in size from the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (The Bernhard Suite) to this his most recent work written for the cellist Julia Kent, 'Love and Other Tragedies'.

In 2010 having written some exploratory works for piano and cello Roger was asked to compose for the acclaimed Toronto Corktown Chamber orchestra. This led to the suite, 'Quieter Trees' inspired by the painting “Bigger Trees near Warter" by English artist David Hockney. Intrigued by trying to describe colours and shape using sound, Roger went on the repaint the picture using violins, violas, cellos and basses. The piece in six movements was premiered in London by the children of the Centre for Young Musicians and then completed in Toronto with the orchestra.

Collaborating with South African born composer Adam Donen led to a Requiem for a small ensemble and then on to a suite for chamber orchestra based on the life of the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. Performed by the Wurttemberg Chamber orchestra in Heilbronn Germany and at the Cadogan Hall in London in 2013 and the Summer of 2014.

Parallel to these other works and very close to his heart Roger stayed true to a very personal project which evolved to become this release, 'Love and Other Tragedies'.

The piece will be premiered at St Leonards Church in London on May 30th 2015.

About Julia Kent:

After years spent performing and recording with other artists and groups, among them Anthony and the Johnsons and all female cello group Rasputina, Canadian-born, New York City-based Julia Kent found her own voice with her solo debut 'Delay', an exploration of the private emotional worlds that exist within the disjunctions and disorientations of travel.  'Delay' was hailed for its “lovely, melancholy” compositions, full of “aching romanticism…rich melodicism and detailed arrangements”. Kent toured extensively in support of the album throughout Europe and North America and subsequently released an EP 'Last Day in July'.

In 'Green and Grey', her following solo record, she continued to use looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and the natural world. The record explores the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations, and the complexity and fragility of our relationships with one another and with the world that surrounds us.

Kent's last record 'Character' was released by The Leaf Label in March 2013.
Julia Kent has composed a number of original film scores, as well as music for theatre and dance performances.  She continues to tour extensively and is currently composing for television and film.


About Love and Other Tragedies:

Almost three years in to the making of this project, it quickly turned in a labour of love, lost love and tragedy.

When asked to write a new version of the story of Scheherazade for the Post Romantic Empire project of Italian, Giulio Di Mauro, Roger was first introduced to the cellist Julia Kent. They collaborated on the suite written in three movements by Roger for piano and four cellos and decided to explore this liaison further. After a solo performance by Julia in Spring 2011 the two met and in one of those moments of open thought and excitement decided to add two other stories to Scheherazade and complete an album together.

Roger suggested 'Tristan and Isolde' and Julia, 'Orpheus and Eurydice'. The original idea was that they would write one story each but due to Julia’s extensive touring schedule Roger took over the composition. Each story was written in three movements in the same way Scheherazade was approached, and because each story had three crucial plot points, this made the process quite simple.

Each piece is written for piano and two to four cellos, all of which are played by Julia. Roger wrote the entire suite for Julia and at one stage contemplated recording with other cellists due to scheduling conflicts. This idea was quickly abandoned due to no other reason than that it simply wasn’t meant to be.

Writing in his studio in England’s rural Devon, Roger sent the piano files and scores to New York where Julia recorded the parts in her home studio. Two totally contrasting environments but with a common understanding of emotion and drama; dialogue was never required, misunderstandings never an issue. The male piano and the female cello came together in perfect harmony.

Once the recordings were finished, Roger called upon his good friend Paul Corkett to mix the songs and then mastered them in London with Guy Davie. The tracks have been cut to heavyweight vinyl and are presented in gatefold format with art work by constant collaborator Anna Dorfman. The inside cover photograph was taken by Australian photographer Romain Duquesne and realised by the artist Jodee Knowles.

Video for Tristan - https://youtu.be/zRfiz9IvEBc

Video for La Ninfa - https://youtu.be/HsgCuHgv-Wk
Love and Other Tragedies

The Variations - Les Variations - Le Variazioni

Tristan and Isolde - Love and Devotion
Isolde
Tristan
Marke

Scheherezade - Le Triomphe de L'Amour sur La Haine
Le Roi
La Princesse
Les Deux

Orpheus and Eurydice - L'Amore Cieco per Sempre Perduto
La Ninfa
Romanza
Il Regno Dei Morti

Physical Release - June 26th 201- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Avon Guard - Forget

The Avon Guard
Forget
Jonestown
12 June 2015



The Avon Guard is Dominic Silvani (vocals and lyrics) and Andy Mitty (music, artwork and photography). Following a close friendship spanning twenty years, this band represents the first time the duo have recorded together.

Dominic was vocalist/lyricist for 90s Midlands band Penelope’s Web who released a single ‘Potboiler’ on Cherry Red Records. Andy was the frontman for Transistor, a Camden based indie glam band.

'Forget' is a record that sits somewhere between Nick Cave and Lloyd Cole, it's an accomplished debut from a band that has taken twenty years to form, but The Avon Guard have certainly proved to be worth the wait.



Facebook:
facebook.com/pages/The-Avon-Guard/

- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

NOW PLAYING: Watch The Mowgli's Go Bonkers In Austin

THE MOWGLI'S
Power Through Communal, Californian Pop-timism
Powered by rapturous tunes (from both their most recent album Kids In Love and their debut Waiting For The Dawn) that are equal parts 60s Laurel Canyon, 70s Venice Beach, and 10s Silverlake, our newest Front Row Encounter with The Mowgli's is absolutely bonkers; the type of uplifting, check your ego at the door, and go a little crazy kind of party music fans flock to SXSW in search of.  Have at it!
 
4 childhood friends from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, augmented by 3 mid-western transplants, The Mowgli's are a quintessential California band. Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles and the serenity of the Big Sur Coast, their songs are a joyous revival of rock n' roll, a twisting indie-folk dance and a heartfelt protest ballad.

Sliding from indie pop to country and a host of genres in between, the band evokes modern artists such as Fun., Grouplove and Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros, whilst having their roots in the music of Neil Young, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. 


Part 60's Laurel Canyon, part 70's Venice Beach and part 10's Silverlake, the band and the harmonies are held together by their message of universal love, peace and the belief that the highest form of consciousness is achieved by togetherness and unity.

Uplifting, collaborative, joyous and communal, their songs are a walk through their life thus far: Meeting each other ("Hi Hey There Hello"), experiencing together ("San Francisco", "The Great Divide", "I've Been Around"), fighting and making up (“Colin's Song”), emerging stronger ("Carry Your Will", "We Are Free") - their message is finding a foothold with fans from every walk of life, bringing people together under one roof to celebrate each other.
https://www.facebook.com/themowglis

- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Jennifer Love Hewitt Shows Baby Bump for Palmer's Campaign


Jennifer Love Hewitt Becomes New Face and Belly of Palmer's Pregnancy Range!

Actress Embraces Pregnancy in Trusted Brand’s Latest Ad Campaign



Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula has cast actress Jennifer Love Hewitt as the star of their latest pregnancy ad campaign. Jennifer Love confidently showed her pregnant belly yesterday for the brand as the face of its trusted stretch mark products during their ad shoot in LA! As a longtime Palmer’s fan, Jennifer Love has trusted the brand to keep her skin smooth and flawless throughout both of her pregnancies.

The ad campaign will celebrate soft, supple skin during pregnancy and the emotional bond between a mother and her unborn child. The ads will roll out in Fall 2015 in print, television and radio and will feature products including Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks and Skin Therapy Oil. 

“After the success I had using Palmer’s through my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted to support the brand by baring my pregnant belly to celebrate the beauty of expectant mothers,” said Hewitt. “These are products that I believe in and actually use – they help moms to embrace the natural glow of pregnancy and I find it so empowering to be able to show my pregnancy off in this wa


Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

E-Force 'Demonikhol' (Heavy Metal, ex Voivod)

E-Force
Demonikhol
Mausoleum Records
19 June 2015

Fronted by vocalist/bassist, Eric Forrest, previously with the legendary Voivod, ‘Demonikhol‘ is lyrically a concept album, illustrating the ravages and devastation alcohol is capable of causing. Besides Eric Forrest on vocals, drums and rhythm guitar the current E-FORCE line-up features the return of KROF on drums, while the lead guitar parts are divided among no less than five exceptional guitarists.
E-Force was formed in Montreal, Canada in 2001 by vocalist/bassist, Eric Forrest, upon his departure from the legendary Canadian cyber metallers Voivod. In all Eric appeared on two studio masterpieces, "Negatron" and "Phobos"; on the live album, "Voivod Lives", and on the compilation: "Kronik". When leaving Voivod, Forrest chose to use his nickname, E-Force, as the name for his new band. Labeled monsters of Thrash, Eric Forrest's wide array of musical influences and vocal capabilities set E-Force apart from the pack and ensure that this band is very original. E-Force released their debut album "Evil Forces" to widespread critical acclaim in 2003. Soon after Forrest relocated to France, resulting in a line-up change. In 2008, E-Force released their follow-up, "Modified Poison. The album further expanded the intensity of the band, impressing both fans and critics alike. In 2014 the band released their third album "The Curse," on Mausoleum Records. "Curse" was a concept album based on a collection of songs describing the power and temptation of, and obsession with the female race. The album featured guest performances by Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Kristina Niemann (Therion) and Vincent Agar (Yotangor). Throughout their 10-year history E-Force has released only three albums, albeit prominent ones, but nevertheless managed to perform in over 20 different countries since the band's inception, appearing at some of the most prominent festivals of the musical genre, both in Europe and North America. Now E-Force returns with "Demonikhol," lyrically another concept album with alcohol as the subject matter, illustrating the ravages and destruction of all kinds it is capable of causing. Musically E-Force has become an intense and shatteringly percussive killing machine, driven by battering ram guitars, supporting Eric's primal screaming vocal assault.


E-Force new album 'Demonikhol' is the final frontier for extreme metal music!
https://www.facebook.com/eforceoffical


- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Coeur de pirate - Oct 7 - Phoenix Concert Theatre

COEUR DE PIRATE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015
PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE – TORONTO
                                                                                     
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 @ 10AM

Tickets available at all Ticketmaster Outlets
or Call 1-855-985-5000 to charge by phone

Tickets (incl. HST) $27.50 (plus service charges)
All Ages / General Admission 

Since the age of 3, Martin has been playing the piano and expressing herself through songs and music. After spending several years singing and playing keyboards in Montreal indie bands, Martin decided to go solo and released her eponymously titled debut album in September 2008, to immediate national and international acclaim. Her popularity on YouTube and MySpace helped her garner millions of new fans. Coeur de Pirate has now sold more than one million albums worldwide and counting. Martin toured the album extensively throughout Europe and North America, while building an impressive list of collaborations (Jay Malinowski, Kardinal Offishal, David Usher) and awards (Felix awards in 2009 and 2010, and the 2010 Victoire de la Musique Award for Original Song of the Year, Juno and Polaris Prize nominations, etc.).

Martin then returned in November 2011 with her sophomore album, Blonde, which she co-produced with Montrealer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dears). Blonde found widespread success, leading to more sold-out tours across Europe, Canada and the United States, selling over 200 000 copies worldwide while Coeur de pirate reached Diamond certification in France. Martin
took home 2 Felix awards at the 2012 ADISQ gala (Pop Album Of The Year and Female Singer Of The Year), while in 2013 she collaborated with the likes of Simple Plan and Lights. The following year, Martin provided the soundtrack to Radio-Canada’s hit medical series, Trauma, as well as the original score to Ubisoft’s video game, Child of Light.

Martin returns in 2015 with her third album, a collection of songs dating as far back as 2012, written mostly in Montreal. Where Blonde was inspired by 60’s yéyé, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot, that new album finds Martin boldly expanding her horizons and modernizing her approach. The intoxicating first single “Carry On” was recorded
in Stockholm with producer Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John, Robyn, Lykke Li), her beloved piano is now cradled within a swirling ensemble of synthesizers and carefully crafted string arrangements, with layers of dynamic drum sounds and samples powerfully propelling the song forward. "Carry On" signals the end of an era and ushers in another, where Martin reflects more deeply on her life upto that point.

- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Miesa Performs On CBS Talk Philly

Miesa performs "Blame My Ex"
on CBS's Talk Philly Live
Siri Music Group/eOne Music recording artist, Miesa, makes an appearance on CBS 3 Talk Philly. In an interview with Ukee Washington, Miesa discussed her deep passion for music followed by an electrifying performance of her latest single "Blame My Ex."
 
WATCH/SHARE, CBS Talk Philly Live "Blame My Excbstv (direct link): http://cbsloc.al/1Bh2SZK


- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

The 2nd Annual ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS Adds New Performers/Appearances

THE SECOND ANNUAL

JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS,

FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY DRINK

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS, APPEARING ARTISTS, PARTNERSHIPS, PRESENTERS & MORE

+ ALTERNATIVE PRESS ANNOUNCES 30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT

AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM


WITNESS LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM NEW ADDITIONS

COREY TAYLOR of SLIPKNOT & STONE SOUR

PVRIS • Tyler Carter of ISSUES

 PLUS

WEEZER • PANIC! AT THE DISCO • ALL TIME LOW • SUM 41

NEW FOUND GLORY with HAYLEY WILLIAMS • SIMPLE PLAN

TAKING BACK SUNDAY • HALESTORM • BLACK VEIL BRIDES

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and many more to be announced!



JULY 22, 2015 @ QUICKEN LOANS ARENA - CLEVELAND, OH

 TICKETS ON SALE NOW VIA ALTPRESS.COM/APMAS

APMAS TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON AXS TV


The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce additional show performers, participants, sponsorship partners and presenters! In addition, Alternative Press Magazine is announcing the launch of their special Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum exhibit, opening Tuesday, July 21st. Read below for more information on all newly announced details.

In addition to a newly confirmed performance from Corey Taylor of Artist Of The Year nominee Slipknot and Stone Sour, the APMAs are revealing plans for a special performance featuring four-time nominees PVRIS—fronted by Best Vocalist nominee Lynn Gunn—teaming up with special guest and fellow nominee Tyler Carter of the buzz band Issues.

“We're so excited to be performing at this year’s APMAs,” says Gunn. "We even have some tricks up our sleeves with our good friend Tyler Carter.”

Carter adds, “I'm so excited. We [Issues] were so upset that we all wouldn't be able to make the APMAs this year due to recording our second studio full length, but I'm just stoked that I get to rock the stage with my girl Lynn and her band. It's definitely going to be above and beyond! I hope the APMAs are ready!”

 Additional live performances include Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Sum 41, a special performance from New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams, Taking Back Sunday, Halestorm, Black Veil Brides, Simple Plan and Motionless In White. The world-renowned Contemporary Youth Orchestra will also be returning to the APMAs to accompany many of the evening’s performances.

 In addition to these performances, appearances will be made by members of ‘68, As It Is, August Burns Red, Bullet For My Valentine, Mayday Parade, Motion City Soundtrack, Parkway Drive, Real Friends, Senses Fail, Set It Off, This Wild Life and While She Sleeps with more to be announced soon.

On the eve of this year’s APMAs, Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine at 30, presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. To commemorate the milestone and Alternative Press’ unparalleled 30 years of championing underground music and breaking some of the biggest names into the mainstream, the exhibit will feature a history of the magazine, its best stories and photos, and how the publication contributed a much-needed voice to the underground scene over the years. Special artifacts that will be on display include contact sheets from various photo shoots, cover art from hundreds of issues, letters to Alternative Press Magazine from fans and celebrities, early art work, video interviews with musicians featured over the years, footage from prior award shows and Vans Warped Tours, and more! The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre. For more information visit rockhall.com. More details on the exhibit and performances are forthcoming.

Voting on all awards is open now via www.altpress.com/apmas, in addition to the “Best Music Video” award, which can be voted upon exclusively at any Journeys retail location via voter mobile device and store-provided QR codes or via journeys.com/bestmusicvideo. Voting ends on July 6, 2015.

APMAs Early Bird discount tickets and Ultimate Monster Travel Packages are already sold out, but you can still purchase several other ticketing options now. Available options include reserved seats at $59.99, premium seats at $79.99, Vans Warped Tour bundles for $89.99, GA Pit passes for $199.99 which now include early entry, and special VIP packages are $249.99. Head to www.altpress.com/apmas for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.


The 2015 APMAs CATEGORIES, NOMINEES, and PRESENTERS are:



Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy Drink

Against Me!

Black Veil Brides

Crown The Empire

Issues

Motionless In White

New Found Glory

Of Mice & Men

Slipknot

Taking Back Sunday

Weezer



Album Of The Year presented by Journeys

Beartooth •  Disgusting

Black Veil Brides •  Black Veil Brides

Circa Survive •  Descensus

Every Time I Die • From Parts Unknown

frnkiero andthe cellabration • Stomachaches

Gerard Way • Hesitant Alien

Issues • Issues

La Dispute • Rooms Of The House

Linkin Park • The Hunting Party

Real Friends • Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing



Artist Philanthropic presented by Sub City / Take Action

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness  • Dear Jack Foundation

Bayside  • The Human Rights Campaign

Koji  • Doctors Without Borders

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red •  HeartSupport

Simple Plan  • The Simple Plan Foundation

Taking Back Sunday  • American Cancer Society



Best Live Band presented by Macbeth

A Day To Remember

letlive.

Panic! At The Disco

Paramore

twenty one pilots

The Wonder Years



Breakthrough Band presented by Splat!

Beartooth

Echosmith

Modern Baseball

Neck Deep

PVRIS

This Wild Life



Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records

Beartooth • “Beaten In Lips”

Motionless In White • “Reincarnate”

Real Friends • “I Don’t Love You Anymore”

Set It Off  • “Why Worry”

Sleeping With Sirens • “Kick Me”

PVRIS • “My House”



Best International Band

The 1975 (UK)

The Amity Affliction (Australia)

Marmozets (UK)

New Politics (Denmark)

Northlane (Australia)

Crossfaith (Japan)



Best Music Video presented by Journeys

Bring Me The Horizon • “Drown”

A Day To Remember • “End Of Me”

Fall Out Boy • “Centuries”

Modern Baseball • “Your Graduation”

PVRIS • “St. Patrick”

Set It Off • “Why Worry”

 
Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records

All Time Low (Hustlers)

Crown The Empire (The Runaways)

Fall Out Boy (Overcast Kids)

Motionless In White (Creatures)

Paramore (Parafamily)

twenty one pilots (Skeleton Clique)



Best Underground Band presented by Sumerian Records

Being As An Ocean

The Hotelier

Knuckle Puck

Major League

State Champs

Tigers Jaw



Best Vocalist

Tyler Carter (Issues)

Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil)

Lynn Gunn (PVRIS)

Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday)

Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember)

Hayley Williams (Paramore)



Best Guitarist

Arun Bali (Saves The Day)

Jordan Buckley (Every Time I Die)

Tony Perry (Pierce The Veil)

Kevin Skaff (A Day To Remember)

Will Swan (Dance Gavin Dance)

Jacky Vincent (Falling In Reverse)



Best Bassist presented by Razor & Tie Records

Kyle Fasel (Real Friends)

Jeph Howard (The Used)

Ryan Jay Johnson (letlive.)

Zack Merrick (All Time Low)

Devin “Ghost” Sola (Motionless In White)

Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco)


Best Drummer presented by DW Drums

Cyrus Bolooki (New Found Glory)

Rian Dawson (All Time Low)

Jake Garland (Memphis May Fire)

Adam Gray (Texas In July)

Matt Greiner (August Burns Red)

Luke Holland (The Word Alive)

 The APMAs are very pleased to team with 2015 title sponsor and official retail partner Journeys, in addition to lead presenting sponsor Monster Energy Drink. Additionally, the APMAs are proud to once again team with official broadcast partner AXS TV. Last year’s award show marked the highest social engagement in the channel’s history.

The APMAs are made possible by many other great sponsors and partnerships including Affliction Clothing, Another Century Records, Artery Recordings, CreativeLive, Disc Makers, DW Drums, Eagle Rock Entertainment, EarthQuaker Devices, Epitaph Records, Equal Vision Records, Fueled By Ramen, Full Sail University, Fearless Records, Hopeless Records, idobi radio, Lace Pickups, Macbeth, MerchNow, Razor & Tie Records, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Splat! Hair Care, Sumerian Records, Tumblr, Victory Records and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum.

 Congratulations go out to five-time AP cover stars All Time Low and this year’s award show hosts Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat, who recently secured their highest Billboard Top 200 chart debut to date, landing at No. 2 with their new album Future Hearts in the USA and UK. Order your copy via iTunes here.

The 2015 AP Music Awards are just around the corner! Check back to www.altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for more announcements and information.

The APMAs are produced by Josh Bernstein, Mike Shea, Kevin Lyman, Dawn Marshman, Joe Scarpelli and Marc Grant.

 About Alternative Press:

Now in its 30th year, Alternative Press continues to be on the forefront of discovering new artists, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends in music and youth culture. Since its early days as a pasted-up fanzine in the mid-’80s, Alternative Press is one of the largest music magazines in the world. AP provides in-depth interviews and exclusive photos, making it an essential collectors piece for a passionate fan base, as well as digitally through various mobile and tablet formats. AP has expanded its digital reach via an enhanced mobile app and Altpress.com, one of the world’s fastest-growing websites. The site has become a necessary destination for up-to-the-minute breaking news, coverage from our national APtv correspondents, exclusive multimedia premieres and much more. Additionally, the brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company's inaugural AP Music Award Show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Independently owned and operated, AP continues to reach millions of fans, offering them insight to the hottest artists and cultural trends first.



About Journeys:

Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 850 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, new styles. The Journeys store is more than a retail environment; it’s an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers’ lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through www.journeys.com,a mobile website, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events like The Journeys Noise Tour. Journeys is, in every way, an attitude you can wear!



About Monster Energy Drink:

Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster Energy, we chose none of the above. Instead we support the scene, our bands, our athletes and our fans. We back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion. We promote concert tours, so our favorite bands can visit your hometown. We celebrate with our fans and riders by throwing parties and making the coolest events we can think of a reality. www.monsterenergy.com | www.facebook.com/monsterenergy



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 (and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day), 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 http://www.rockhall.com.  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.- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Seapony Announce New LP, A Vision - Out July 31st New Single, "Saw The Light" Out Now


Seapony has released the first single, "Saw the Light" from their upcoming LP, A Vision which Stereogum announced the band will be self-releaseing on July 31st. It's first new track from Seapony since the 2012 release of their sophomore LP, Falling which came out Hardly Art.

"“Saw The Light.” It’s a slow, steady, melancholic reflection on the horizon — moody, curious and resigned at the same time." - Stereogum

After a two year hiatus, Seapony is returning this summer with their 3rd LP, A Vision which features some of the band’s most fully realized songs to date, balancing wistfully crafted acoustic numbers with perfectly blissed out guitar pop jams."

 Vocalist Jen Weidl & guitarist Danny Rowland spent years writing and recording together before relocating to Seattle in 2010. Once there, the longtime couple teamed up with bassist Ian Brewer and a vintage drum machine, thus forming Seapony. The trio sought to create simple, catchy melodies that fused together elements of shoegaze and surf.

After a summer of recording, Seapony posted a free EP online. They played their very first show soon after, opening for former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman’s new band, La Sera, and Mexican Summer’s No Joy. A representative from local record label Hardly Art was in attendance and a relationship formed between the band and label.

Over the next three years Seapony released two full length albums on Hardly Art (Go With Me, and Falling) and toured the UK, Europe, and Japan. Being primarily a recording project from the onset, the band forged their live sound as they went. They eventually replaced their live automated drum machine sounds with drummer Aaron Voros. Over time, the band developed a more natural sound with increased emphasis on clean tones and acoustic guitars.

In 2013, Seapony went on an unscheduled hiatus that would last nearly two years. They continued to record new tracks occasionally, eventually amassing enough material for their third LP, A Vision which features some of the band’s most fully realized songs to date.

A Vision balances delicately crafted acoustic numbers with perfectly blissed out guitar pop jams and is the result of two years of sporadic recording. The lyrics focus on self realization, alienation, and the dissolution of the material world through a hallucinatory experience. Like other Seapony albums, the music was recorded at their makeshift home studio, with the exception of drums. A Vision is the first Seapony record to feature live drums, which were recorded at legendary producer Jack Endino’s Soundhouse Studio.

Tracklisting: Seapony - A Vision
01. Saw The Light
02. Bad Dream
03. Couldn't Be
04. Everyday All Alone
05. Hollow Moon
06. Let Go
07. A Place We Can Go
08. Go Nowhere
09. In Heaven
10. New Circle
11. A Vision


- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Versus The World's "Homesick/Roadsick" (out June 23)




Versus The World is a Santa Barbara based rock band with roots in post-hardcore and pop-punk. Having formed in the back of the iconic "Down on Haley" record store, the band features Chris Flippin (Lagwagon), Mike Davenport (The Ataris), Donald Spence, Tony Caraffa and Bryan Charlson.

Versus the World will release their third full-length effort, Homesick/Roadsick on June 23rd, 2015 with a return to Kung Fu Records. Produced by Thom Flowers (Lagwagon, The Ataris) and mixed by Ian MacGregor (All American Rejects, Katy Perry), the album was recorded at Playback Recording and Orange Whip studios in Santa Barbara and mastered by Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room in Colorado. Homesick/Roadsick highlights the bittersweet moments of life on and off the road with tracks such as “The Santa Margarita,” “The Black Ocean,” and “Homesick/Roadsick.”

Back In 2005, after releasing their first self-titled album on Kung Fu Records, Versus began touring the US, Canada and Europe in support of bands including No Use For A Name, MxPx, Bouncing Souls, The Lawrence Arms, Unwritten Law, The Ataris, The Vandals, I Am The Avalanche as well as an appearance on the Vans Warped Tour.



As their fan base grew, they reconvened in 2010 to write and complete Drink.Sing.Live.Love. The album was released on Viking Funeral Records (a label imprint started by Ken Seaton of Hardline Entertainment, Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise and Kevin Zinger of Suburban Noize Records) with concurrent releases on Concrete Jungle Records in Europe and 3Wise Records in Australia.

In 2012 Versus The World began a two year long run of worldwide touring in support of Drink.Sing.Live.Love that featured an appearance at the Groezrock festival in Belgium, the Soundwave Festival in Australia and multiple tours in the US, UK, Europe with dates in Japan and China.

https://www.facebook.com/vstheworldmusi
http://versustheworld.bandcamp.com/

- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THE STORY SO FAR’S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM IS OUT NOW ON PURE NOISE RECORDS

THE STORY SO FAR’S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM IS OUT NOW ON PURE NOISE RECORDS
 
May 19, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Bay Area punk band The Story So Far’s highly-anticipated, self-titled album is now available for purchase at Amazon and iTunes as well as in-store at Target and Best Buy and other local indie retailers. Fans can also purchase the record in an assortment of bundles and stream the record in its entirety at thestorysofar.merchnow.com.
 
Considered by many as one of punk’s most anticipated albums of 2015, The Story So Far follows the band’s critically acclaimed, breakthrough full-lengths Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and What You Don’t See (2013), which debuted at number 46 on the Billboard 200 chart.
 
 
The Story So Far are currently on a headlining U.S. run with Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs, which leads into  a worldwide tour later this summer.
 
Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/thestorysofarca for additional updates.
 
May 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
May 20 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Music Hall
May 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
May 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
May 24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
May 25 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peabody’s
May 26 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater
May 28 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum Theatre
May 29 - Vero Beach, FL - Polish American Social Club
May 30 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
May 31 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
June 2 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
June 3 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
June 4 - Dallas, TX - The Door
June 5 - Oklahoma, OK - Farmers Market
June 6 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
June 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
June 10 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
June 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
June 12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
June 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Aug 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan Theatre
Aug 7 - Oberhausen, Germany - Olgas Rock
Aug 8 - Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany - Taubertal
Aug 9 - Eschwege, Germany - Openflair Festival (Baumkreis Stage)
Aug 11 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Treibhaus
Aug 12 - Milan, Italy - Circolo Magnolia
Aug 15 - Vienna, Austria - B72
Aug 16 - Prague, Czech Republic - OO7
Aug 20 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
Aug 21 - Dessau, Germany - Destruction Derby
Aug 22 - Karlsruhe, Germany - New Noise Festival
Aug 25 - Kit Ku, Japan - Shangri-La
Aug 26 - Nagoya, Japan - Apollo Base
Aug 27 - Shibuya, Japan - Club Quattro
Aug 30 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Viky Sinipar
Aug 31 - Singapore - The ACC MPH
Sep 2 - Perth, Australia - Amplifier Bar
Sep 3 - Leederville, Australia - YMCA HQ
Sep 4 - Brisbane, Australia - Lab
Sep 5 - Brisbane, Australia - Max Watts
Sep 6 - Sydney, Australia - Metro
Sep 7 - Newcastle, Australia - Cambridge
Sep 8 - Canberra, Australia - Magpies
Sep 10 - Melbourne, Australia - Aarrows
Sep 11 - Melbourne, Australia - Max Watts
Sep 12 - Adelaide, Australia - Uni Bar LIC
Sep 14 - Wellington, New Zealand - Zeal
Sep 15 - Auckland, New Zealand - Ellen Melville
Sep 16 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Revive
 
For More Information:
 
 
 
- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com