Friday, May 22, 2015

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









PVRIS • Tyler Carter of ISSUES





MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and many more to be announced!




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 More details on the exhibit and performances are forthcoming.

Voting on all awards is open now via, 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 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 for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.


Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy Drink

Against Me!

Black Veil Brides

Crown The Empire


Motionless In White

New Found Glory

Of Mice & Men


Taking Back Sunday


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


Panic! At The Disco


twenty one pilots

The Wonder Years

Breakthrough Band presented by Splat!



Modern Baseball

Neck Deep


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 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, 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,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. |

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  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

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

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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.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


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
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 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
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015





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Staggering crowds with their surf-pop garage sound since 2013, Washington, D.C.’s Shark Week keeps one foot planted in the past, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as David Bowie, The New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground and Ennio Morricone.

Beach Fuzz, the band’s debut full-length record out May 19 on PaperCup Music, offers a palette of jaded love songs to paint your summer with textured gem-toned vibes. The album seamlessly blends tight punk numbers, beach ditties, brooding western lullabies and sprawling, freaked out, psychedelic jams with wry wit, reverb-drenched chorus backgrounds and percussive rhythms.

Capturing the frantic energy of their notoriously raucous and carefree live shows, the record also showcases the band’s honed precision and ambitious range. The songs build on the foundation of their critically acclaimed self-titled EP and their follow up seven-inch record, Santurce, named for the Puerto Rican neighborhood where it was recorded.

CMJ Premiere of "Desire"

Flood Magazine Premiere of "Why Did I Let You Go"

Alt Citizen Premiere of Waste of Time

Catch the band on tour this Spring and Summer with Crocodiles:

Tour Dates:
05/22 – College Park, MD @ The Mad Ox
05/24 - Baltimore @ Ottobar
05/30 -- Chicago @ Tonic Room w Low Cut Connie
05/31 -- Detroit @ PJ's Lager House
06/01 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme %
06/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class %
06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Comfort Zone %
06/04 – Montreal, PQ @ Brasserie Beaubien %
06/06 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott %
06/07 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge %
06/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room (Northside Festival)
06/12 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless (Northside Festival)
06/18 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage w the Toadies
06/19 - Toronto @ Bovine Sex Club (NXNE)
08/07 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Indie Summer Series w Tweens
% w/ Crocodiles

Artist Websites:

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AJR perform on The Today Show, upcoming dates with Andy Grammer, American Authors



May 19, 2015 - New York's own AJR just performed their current single "Infinity" on NBC's The Today Show this morning. The breakout indie pop trio joined Kathie Lee and Hoda, with guest co-host Elvis Duran, for a chat, before blowing them away with their performance.

Watch AJR perform "Infinity" on The Today Show:

Following on from last year's Certified Gold smash "I'm Ready," "Infinity" is already making similar waves. The "stripped-back, folk-tinged pop song," as Idolator described it, is now in heavy rotation on SiriusXM's Hits1 and climbing their Weekend Countdown chart, currently holding the #14 spot. The single features on recently released debut album Living Room (AJR Productions/Warner Bros. Records), completely self-penned, -mixed, and -produced by the band in the living room of their NYC apartment.

Download Living Room via iTunes:

The three brothers will return to the road this summer, heading out on tour with Andy Grammer. Co-written by AJR's own middle brother, Ryan, Grammer's "Back Home" has been exploding in the charts lately, and was performed just last week on the American Idol finale by Grammer and this year's Idol winner Nick Fradiani. AJR will join Andy Grammer for his LA and New York dates in June, as well as the East Coast leg of his tour in August alongside American Authors. A full list of dates is below, and at

AJR got their musical start ten years ago, busking on the streets and in the parks of New York. After their earnings enabled them to buy the basic tools to get started, Adam, Jack and Ryan sat down to begin writing their own brand of pop music. Raised on the vinyl of the '50s and '60s, AJR was initially inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, but the sound they've created has now been favorably compared to a modern mix of those classic sounds, with flavors of Imagine Dragons, Fun., and even hip-hop production elements reflecting Kanye West.

"Pop has almost become the 'Anti-Pop' genre, where it's ashamed to be itself," says Ryan. "There was a great time in the '60s where artists would lift the pop genre up to a new standard instead of avoiding it completely. One of our major goals as a band is to make 'pop' something cool again--something creative and innovative, like it was 50 years ago."

Catch AJR on tour this summer:
06/03  El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
06/15   Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY*
08/02  Iron City Birmingham - Birmingham, AL^
08/03  The Music Farm - Columbia, SC^
08/05  Bottle and Cork - Rehoboth Beach, DE* 
08/06  Innsbrook After Hours / Innsbrook Pavilion - Glen Allen, VA^
08/07  Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ^
08/08  Indian Ranch - Webster, MA^

*w/ Andy Grammer
^w/ Andy Grammer and American Authors

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Pop Singer Dioni Achingly Recalls Friend Who Fell Victim to Melanoma

Once upon a time, a twin named Dioni Vertzayas was born in Sydney with starry eyes. Her mother was a concert pianist and her grandmother a coloratura soprano. After obtaining her Mass Communications degree from Macquarie University and being admitted as an Associate of the Trinity College of London, (in Speech and Drama, A.T.C.L) she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before setting off for Athens. After further study at the Conservatorium of Pireaus she embarked on an eclectic journey throughout the world and the world of music.

In 2001, she co-founded her group Astyplaz of which she is lyricist and vocalist and caught the attention of veteran promoter (formerly of BMG Canada) Gilles Petelle. With them she has played around the world, (including Quebec City and Montreal – where her label CHIC VINYL RECORDS is based) and toured throughout North America. She has released two albums (“Name Your Slippers”

 and “Bi”) with ASTYPLAZ (Universal and EMI respectively) and a third collaboration EP; and have also had tracks featured in numerous compilations including the internationally recognized “Buddha Bar XI” series.

In Greece she has worked with many renowned and diverse artists such as composer/saxophonist George Katsaros among others, as well as various cover bands (from rock, soul to acid jazz and fusion), in addition to projects with electronica producers and classical composers. She has travelled extensively throughout Greece and performed in Ancient theatres and stadiums supporting bands like British outfits “Faithless”, “Soft Cell” and “The Chemical Brothers” to crowds of thousands. She has also collaborated with many other respected European electronic artists featuring as vocalist.

She has performed as a solo artist in Australia, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Qatar; and for royalty and politicians alike. Dioni is an extraordinarily versatile artist who has a multilingual repertoire (seven languages and counting) and sings in almost any genre imaginable.

Dioni has worked voluminously as a voice over artist providing her mellifluous voice for animated film, television jingles and ads, documentaries, video and board games, in addition to educational and promotional videos; as well as a brief stint as co-host for a radio show.

She has toured with a children’s theatre group, and has had protagonistic roles in Pantomime and theatre. She has also featured in a short film. Integrating strong theatrical elements in all her shows, Dioni has been particularly influenced by Bertolt Brecht, Theatre of the Absurd and German Expressionism.

Charity is close to her heart and has participated in different events for various organizations including the International Red Cross and a UNESCO concert for the International Day of Peace. Dioni was present for the Special Olympics of 2011 and enjoyed entertaining the Australian athletes in the presence of Tim Shriver.

She is currently working on a solo album that is due to be released in Montreal in the coming months and excited to soon be announcing tour dates for her one woman show (an eclectic multimedia musical) entitled ‘Ode to a Crisis’ which was staged to a sell out crowd at The Factory Theatre in Sydney in June 2014

The Musebox today announced that Australia’s sweet and soulful export, Dioni, has released the bittersweet lyric video for her new single, That Summer.” According to a recent review by O Kosmos, Dioni is “blessed with a heavenly voice and shows her masterful use of a massive range while incorporating warm, beautiful lows and powerful, honey-dipped highs." Dioni explains that "That Summer” is a warning of the contradiction of summer’s beautiful beach life and its sometimes dangerous effects: “With clear blue skies, crystal clear seas, laughter, and a carefree lifestyle, there also lurks an insidious, sinister menace, a constant threat to which we easily and unwittingly fall prey.” Dioni’s good friend succumbed to melanoma, an often deadly form of skin cancer. Now, “the memory of her once beautiful face is all I have left of that summer.” “That Summer” was released today May 19th on iTunes, while Dioni’s new self-titled EP will be released on June 2. More information on Dioni is available on her official site.

In “That Summer,” Dioni hopes to spread awareness of the stealthy nature of melanoma: “Prevention is imperative. My friend was always careful to protect herself from the sun, but who would have thought about covering up your big toe?” Dioni strongly suggests “regular check-ups - especially regarding anything that appears suspicious.”

Compared to ’60s icons Dusty Springfield and Sandie Shaw, the renaissance woman from Sydney has traveled extensively throughout Greece, performing in ancient theatres and stadiums in support of bands such as Faithless, Soft Cell, and The Chemical Brothers. Dioni has performed as a solo artist in Australia, France, Germany, Greece, and Qatar. She has a multilingual repertoire (including seven languages) and the ability to sing in multiple genres.

In 2001, Dioni co-founded her group Astyplaz, of which she is still the lyricist and vocalist. She soon caught the attention of veteran promoter Gilles Petelle, formerly of BMG Canada. Dioni played around the world, including Quebec City and Montreal, where her label Chic Vinyl Records is based. She has since released two albums, Name Your Slippers and Bi, with Astyplaz (Universal and EMI, respectively), and a third collaborative EP. Dioni has also had tracks featured in numerous compilations, including the internationally recognized Buddha Bar XI series.

Dioni has worked voluminously as a voice-over artist, contributing her mellifluous voice to animated film, television jingles, documentaries, video games, and educational videos. Integrating strong theatrical elements in all her shows, Dioni has been particularly influenced by Bertolt Brecht, Theatre of the Absurd, and German Expressionism.

Charity is close to Dioni’s heart. She has participated in various events, including the International Red Cross and a UNESCO concert for the International Day of Peace. Dioni was present for the Special Olympics of 2011, and enjoyed entertaining the Australian athletes in the presence of Tim Shriver.
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Disco Donnie Presents Announces Full Line-Up For Sun City Music Festival Sept. 5 & 6 In El Paso, TX

Disco Donnie Presents & SMG
Announce Full Line-Up For The 5th Annual

September 5 & 6
Ascarate Park
El Paso, Texas

Saturday, September 5

Sunday, September 6



Tickets On Sale Now
2-Day GA Starting at $109
2-Day VIP Starting at $179
Purchase HERE

 Find your tribe under the desert sky this Labor Day weekend on September 5th – 6th at the fifth annual Sun City Music Festival. Disco Donnie Presents reunites at Ascarate Park for two days of international talent across three stages including headlining performances from Hardwell and Armin van Buuren.

Marked by bright lights and desert nights, the Sun City proudly hosts DDP's massive party with 40+ genre-spanning artists to spin our celebratory soundtrack. In true SCMF fashion, Disco Donnie's lineup features some of the most well-known and cutting edge artists making waves today – plus, the Beatport Stage is back and dedicated to the dark, deep sounds of the underground.

Disco Donnie Presents has proven time and again that El Paso knows how to party, so soak up the magical vibes of our SCMF 2015 lineup and join us this year. The Road to SCMF may be long, but the destination is priceless. Buy your tickets and make hotel reservations today!

Tickets available HERE

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TWIZTID to Release Highest-Charting Album "W.I.C.K.E.D." on Double Limited Edition Red Vinyl

TWIZTID to Release Highest-Charting Album “W.I.C.K.E.D.” on Double Limited Edition Red Vinyl

 Available August 21st via – Only 2,000 Copies Available

 On the “Back To Hell: The Darkness Tour” with KUNG FU VAMPIRE, DAVEY SUICIDE & More
New Album “The Darkness” OUT NOW, Debuts at:
#29 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart
#3 on Top Rap Album Chart
#4 on Top Independent Album Chart
#17 on Top Albums Chart
Billboard chart-topping rap duo TWIZTID are currently out on their “Back To Hell: The Darkness Tour”, taking over venues with their friends Kung Fu Vampire and special guests Davey Suicide, The Damn Dirty Apes and Kissing Candice.

Today, TWIZTID is announcing something very special for fans – a double limited edition red vinyl version of their highest-charting album of all time, W.I.C.K.E.D. Due to the album now being owned by the group’s new label, Majik Ninja Entertainment, TWIZTID is able to release this via their website,, as well as Amazon, FYE, Hastings and wherever music is sold. Out of the limited 2,000 copies that will be available worldwide, 500 of them are available for pre-order now. Act fast – already 300 copies are pre-sold as of now.

This release comes in on the heels of TWIZTID’s new album The Darkness, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 charts at #29, marking their 11th album debut on the chart. The Darkness marks the group’s first Billboard debut since the launch of Majik Ninja Entertainment. Order your copy of The Darkness now via

As mentioned above, TWIZTID are currently out on their “Back To Hell: The Darkness Tour”. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.


w/ Kung Fu Vampire & special guests Davey Suicide, The Damn Dirty Apes & Kissing Candice

5/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee

5/20 - Gallup, NM @ Gallup Community Center

5/21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/22 & 5/23 - Denver, CO @ The Roxy

5/24 - Pueblo, CO @ Planet 86

5/25 - Lubbock, TX @ Depot “O” Bar Live

5/26 - Dallas, TX @ The Green Elephant

5/27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

5/29 - Biloxi, MS @ Kress Live

5/30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

5/31 - Beckley, WV @ Muncheez Bar and Grill

6/1 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero Night Club

6/2 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas Live

6/3 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

6/4 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar

6/5 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House

6/6 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops

6/7 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater

6/9 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

6/10 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora

6/11 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

6/12 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon

For more information on TWIZTID, please visit: *official webstore*
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Sofia Donavan To Release New EP "Left To The Clouds" Today

Sofia Donavan has released her new EP Left To The Clouds today. Produced and mixed by Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Act Of Congress), Left To The Clouds is a heart-felt collection of masterfully crafted modern Americana music that is infused with both raw emotion and intense vulnerability. The 5 tracks on the EP are a culmination of life, love, and hope, fueled by powerful lyrics and infectious melodies. The honest nature of songs like “If It Wasn’t For Love”, “Note To Tennessee”, “Rare As Gold” and the album’s title track captures the essence of the process and adventure of life, taking the listener on a journey where the music exists in it’s purist form.

Growing up in a relatively musical family, Donavan was encouraged by her parents to follow her muse in all forms of creative expression. “Most of my childhood memories play out in my mind to a backing track of Beatles’ songs” states Donavan. Donavan is half Spanish and half American but, spent the majority of her childhood living in London. At around eight years old she started taking singing lessons and at age 13 took up the guitar and piano. She realized that music was not a hobby but actually a necessity once she started writing songs influenced greatly by artists like Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

“Left To The Clouds” track listing:

1. If It Wasn’t For Love
2. Note To Tennessee
3. Left To The Clouds
4. Rare As Gold
5. Let Go

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Is it a movie clip or a Taylor Swift Video

Music Dispatch: Kendrick Lamar Is In Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Video

 Thank about it.  Is Taylor in Kendrick video or is it Kendrick in Taylor video.  Count who sings the most.

Taylor Swift  “Bad Blood” video is out and you see Taylor like you never saw her before. First it looks like it could be a Quetin Tarantion  movie with all the Quentin Tarantino-style slice and dice imagery and her character title, “Catastrophe.” Then it was a shot of Lena Dunham smoking quite a large cigar. And Kendrick Lamar geared up to play “Welvin da Great” (according to T Swift, “each individual actor/actress chose their character’s name and persona”). The music video premiered Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards. But wait, there’s more. The 1989 cut also stars True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, Zendaya, and model Lily Aldridge in its video. Director Joseph Kahn clearly wanted to go big or go home.

Flashback (how this could have come to be)-  in 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s breakout LP Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City sold less than 250,000 copies. It also happened to come out the same week as Taylor Swift’s Red.

Two-  Kendrick freestyling over “Shake It Off” and T Swift blasting “Backseat Freestyle” when dodging paparazzi. This is a start a beautiful friendship/partnership.

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Black Tower Unveil New Track From Hobbit-Inspired LP

                               Black Tower Unveil New Track From Hobbit-Inspired LP

BLACK TOWER hails from Ottawa, Canada, but it might as well be Middle Earth. Or at least a Middle Earth as filtered through heavy metal. Tolkien would probably not approve, but generations raised on his books - as well as Iron Maiden and assorted black metal records - will nod their long-haired heads in appreciation.  Their debut LP, Secret Fire, will come out on June 2nd but you can check out a new track (see Nerdist debut)...

Listen/ "Riders"

As you can guess, BLACK TOWER is metal that wears its nerd credentials proudly on its sleeve. You don't sing "Under the Lonely Mountain!" loud and proud in your opening song, or marry the sensibilities of Slough Feg to early Dissection and an almost Bad Religion-ish punk catchiness, without knowing exactly what you are. A lot goes into the mix, but as with any good recipe, what comes out has a flavor all its own.

With only a self-titled demo under their belts, the three members of BLACK TOWER (who have played in many other outfits - most notably punk groups Crusades, The Creeps, and The Visitors) entered Apartment 2 Recordings in winter 2014 to track their debut LP The Secret Fire with fellow Ottawan and Fuck The Facts mastermind Topon Das. The album will be co-released by No Idea Records and Unspeakable Axe Records.

Praise for Black Tower:
"'Death March' is the opening battle cry from Black Tower's inaugural collection of blood-soaked trad metal legends -- a not-so-subtle nod to both the phantasmagoria of Tolkien's tomes and the dark melodicism of Elixir, Master's Hammer, Maiden, Dissection, et al, all the while rooted firmly in the soil that bore such punk essentials as Against the Grain, Sleep In Safety, and November-Coming-Fire." - Decibel

"If the legendary author (Tolkien) was still alive today, I can easily imagine him writing an Orc battle scene to Black Tower's shreddy track, "Riders"." - Nerdist

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Tonight, Tuesday, May 19 at 9/8c to ABC's grand finale of Dancing with the Stars to catch Derulo's performance of "Want To Want Me

JASON DERULO RELEASES NEW TRACK "BROKE" FEATURING STEVIE WONDER  &                                                    KEITH URBAN


May 19, 2015: Burbank, CA:

Jason Derulo releases the 4th instant grat track today "Broke" featuring Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban produced by Charlie Puth from his upcoming fourth studio-album Everything Is 4(out June 2). The 11-track album features more appearances such as Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor, K. Michelle, Matoma, and pop-songwriter Julia Michaels.



TUNE-IN: Tonight, Tuesday, May 19 at 9/8c to ABC's grand finale of Dancing with the Stars to catch Derulo's performance of "Want To Want Me." Also, be sure to catch Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance, premiering Monday, June 1st at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, as Derulo joins as one of the new judges with Paula Abdul, alongside returning judge Nigel Lythgoe.

Everything Is 4 is available for pre-order at The new album is led by hit-singles"Want To Want Me," "Get Ugly," "Cheyenne" and today's release of "Broke," proving the triple threat, singer, songwriter and dancer, Jason Derulo, is unstoppable in 2015, leaving audiences craving more:
"The undisputed king of sexy club anthems strikes yet again." - MTV

"To hit play on a Jason Derulo album is to open up a can of earworms. Once one of his hook-heavy songs like "Talk Dirty," "Trumpets," "Wiggle," or, most recently, "Want You To Want Me" makes its way into your head, it's impossibly hard to get it out." - Harper's Bazaar

"Jason Derulo has risen to the elite ranks of the pop music food chain" - Artist Direct

"Global pop phenom" - Elle


Ah mo' money

Ah mo', mo' money

Mo' money, mo' problems bae

Oh yeah

If I was flipping burgers on the nightshift would you choose me?

Would you let me take you home if I drove a hoopty

'Cause every time I see you, I be screaming "Hallelujah"

But you're all about the Benjamins, I see right through ya

I'm still gonna get stoned

So you could go ahead and break your bones

'Cause all I've ever been told

Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke


And all my people say

And all my people say

Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke

You just want one thing, my love ain't enough

I was so busy tryin' to make this shit last that I didn't notice you was chasin' my cash

'Cause every time I see you, I be screaming "Hallelujah"

But you're all about the Benjamins I see right through ya

I'm still gonna get stoned

So you could go ahead and break your bones

Cause all I've ever been told

Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke


Whatchu gonna do when you're outta favors?

Are you gonna chase this paper?

Whatchu gonna do when the good Lord aids ya?

Are you gonna chase this paper?

Cause all I've ever been told

Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke

Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke


Mo' money, mo' problems so I'd rather be broke


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The Church & Psychedelic Furs Announce Co-Headline US Tour

The Psychedelic Furs & The Church
Announce Co-Headline North American Tour  
20 Shows Together Beginning On August 8th
May 18, 2015 – The Psychedelic Furs and The Church will team up for the first time ever for an extensive tour of North America beginning on August 8th in Buffalo, NY and wrapping on September 9th in San Diego, CA.
Originally from the U.K., The Psychedelic Furs scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat,” Releasing seven studio albums and several compilations over the course of their career. Over the past thirty years the band's concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them a consistent player in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out venues worldwide.
The Church will be touring in support of their 25th studio album titled Further/Deeper, which was released in North America this past February to rave reviews.  The band recently completed their first North American tour in the states in four years, with key performances at SXSW and the Noise Pop Festival.
“The Psychedelic Furs has always been one of the bands the church have always held in high regard,” remarked Steve Kilbey. “Tours together have been mooted before but alas, the stars never aligned!  Finally we will be treading the boards around America with them in August /September and I really think this is a most excellent package for lovers of fine music and all things groovy. Very excited and looking forward to it immensely. Bring on August, please!”
A video for “Laurel Canyon” from Further/Deeper debuted this morning on  You can watch the clip here:
Tickets for most shows will go on sale this Friday morning. For up to date information on both bands visit: and
The Psychedelic Furs  & The Church 2015 – North American Tour
8/8/2014      Buffalo, NY                 Town Ballroom         
8/9/2014      Silver Springs, MD      The Fillmore
8/11/2014    New Haven, CT           College Street Music Hall
8/12/2014    Albany, NY                 Northern Lights
8/13/2014    Hampton Beach, NH   Hampton Beach Casino
8/15/2014    Philadelphia, PA          Keswick Theater
8/16/2014    Hyannis, MA               Cape Cod Melody Tent        
8/18/2014    New York, NY             Irving Plaza
8/19/2014    Westbury, NY              Theater at Westbury
8/22/2014    Royal Oak, MI             Royal Oak Music Theatre
8/23/2014    Louisville, KY             Mercury Ballroom
8/25/2014    Minneapolis, MN        First Avenue
8/27/2014    Kansas City, MO         Crossroads
8/28/2014    Urbana, IL                   Sweet Corn Festival
8/31/2014    Denver, CO                 Ogden Theater
9/2/2014      Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom       
9/3/2014      Seattle, WA                 Showbox at The Market
9/6/2014      Saratoga, CA               Mountain Winery                                         
9/8/2014      Las Vegas, NV             Brooklyn Bowl
9/9/2014      San Diego, CA             North Park Theater
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CSABA ZVEKAN of EXORCISM released a tribute video and sings his version of “Heaven And Hell”

CSABA ZVEKAN of EXORCISM released a tribute video and sings his version of “Heaven And Hell” in honor and memory of the legendary ‘RONNIE JAMES DIO‘.

The song will be included in the EXORCISM live set. The video can be viewed here

CSABA ZVEKAN comments: “A tribute song for one of the greatest singers, if not THE best. Certainly a strong influence in my work for EXORCISM. RONNIE JAMES DIO your music lives on and on and on … it’s heaven and hell \m/”.

EXORCISM recently released a promotion video for the song “Black Day In Pradise“:, taken from the forthcoming EP “World In Sin“, scheduled for a release phyiscal on June 1 and digital June 15, 2015 via Dream Records. The limited edition EP of 666 copies will be made exclusively available through the band’s website: Read the full story at

Kid Wave- 'Wonderlust' is out June 2nd on Heavenly Recordings.

Kid Wave- 'Wonderlust' is out June 2nd on Heavenly Recordings.  The band premiered lead single 'Honey' on FADER and just released their new track 'Wonderlust' which you can watch to here.

The international two girl/two boy quartet's debut album Wonderlust is a crafted set of pop songs that bathe in the golden, restorative rays more commonly associated with life on the Californian coast rather than London, where Kid Wave reside. This is music that's delivered with an uplifting sense of youthful wild abandon and imbued throughout with blissful surges of musical serotonin but with clear undercurrents of a wistful sense of melancholy too. Occasionally dark clouds obscure their sonic sunshine and there's a nagging sense that no summer lasts forever.


Kid Wave craft slacker indie rock and transcendental dream-laden pop of a distinctly early 90s bent – music to lose yourself in and give your life to. We hear shades of Lush and Dinosaur Jr. in their sonic sunshine, though other ears might recall PJ Harvey, The Lemonheads, The Breeders, Pavement, Teenage Fanclub. But these are all bands largely operational before the members of Kid Wave were even born – artists who singer Lea readily admits she doesn't always necessarily know much about - so let's not get too entrenched in nostalgia for days gone by. The one thing that perhaps unites this music of the past with the Kid Wave's effervescent present is an infatuation with melody; this quartet never sacrifice the song for volume or let the feedback do the work. Because at the centre, beneath the shoe-gazing dynamics and the dark lyrical undercurrents that speak of existential quandaries and the confusions of young life in the 21st century, is a big beating gorgeous pop heart.

These are timeless songs that sing of life-defining moments, Wonderlust sure to soundtrack many a young romantic fumbling or infatuation, wild party or sun-rise revelation. Kid Wave are the sound of liberation – of the very essence of life itself

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