Idol Records to Release New Gaston Light Single / Video - Dream Good

imageSongs are insights into the soul. At least they are for Jason Corcoran, the probing singer-songwriter that records under the moniker Gaston Light. In the last four years Corcoran has laid bare his psyche in a revealing and transcendent batch of tunes that sound like the deep musings of a man twice his age. The 26-year-old artist released his raw, auspicious Gaston Light debut, Peel, in 2011, and then upped his creative game in the revelatory 2012 single, “Truth I Suppose.”

Now it’s time to dream.

“Dream Good,” the new Gaston Light single and accompanying video, opens with a swirling, haunting yet strikingly sunny combo of layered guitar, synthesizer and vocal tracks topped by an acoustic piano. Corcoran purposely channeled his influences, namely Big Star, Roy Orbison, The Animals and Phil Spector, to craft a tune that modernizes a classic sound.

“It was meant to be a power pop record,” the Dallas-based Corcoran says of the song set for release Oct. 14, 2014. “Originally the idea was Big Star meets Roy Orbison with that wall-of-sound production. I wanted it to be classic but sound like 2014.”

Lyrically “Dream Good” is about hope, to put it simply.

“So I’ll hold on and keep my eyes on the prize,” Corcoran sings, “I’ll have the beggar’s truth over a rich man’s lie/There’s a hell inside of paradise/Or so I’ve been told/Right now I need you by my side, my pretty baby, if you would/Before the sun grows cold and help me dream good.”

But all great songs are intricate in their simplicity. When Corcoran explains the genesis of the “Dream Good” lyrics he delves into the root of his creative mechanism.

“The lyrical inspiration stems from that hopelessly hopeful quality of Woody Guthrie,” he says. “There’s a lot of simple wisdom throughout his writings. Also, he has that quote where he talks about there’s too many song that knock people down and how the world doesn’t need any more of them. That really resonated with me.”

“Dream Good” was recorded in the spring of 2014 at Baby Bird Studios in Venice, Calif. Corcoran worked with electric guitarist Dave Green, bassist Dave Jones, drummers Justin Ivey and Josh Mervin, pianist and organist Mark Nilan Jr. and producer-vocalist Nathan Blumenfeld-James, who also helmed Peel.

The video for “Dream Good” should also resonate with listeners and viewers. The clip is a provocative, fantasy-like excursion that reveals the flip-side of the lyrics in an attempt to cement their hefty messages. It was directed by Dustin Bath and filmed inside a Motel 6 near LAX and the always congested Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, Calif.

“The video is a peak into what I didn’t want in my life,” Corcoran says. “You sometimes become aware of what you don’t want when you’re in the thick of it. I didn’t want to do some video of me shirtless running down the beach. I was ready for something actually closer to reality. It represents a ‘bad scene’ that can be visually appealing, but unless you’ve been there you know it’s not.”

Now that “Dream Good” has been recorded and filmed, Corcoran is ready for more. “Dream Good” is the first installment in a series of single releases followed by an EP via Dallas-based Idol Records in 2015. This is just the beginning. There’s more soul searching to come.

“Music has always been the one thing that has lifted me up throughout the years,” he says. “I wanted to finally write those songs that would do the same for someone else.”

Single Review: “Wanderers” by Swindle Boys

imageThe Fort Worth-based Swindle Boys are continuing to pump out a new single each month, and the third one — “Wanderers” — is perhaps their best yet.

Many of their songs are rather relatable, but the fact that this one deals more with the human condition ensures it’s a track that connects with everyone who takes time to listen.

“Disappointment can take you over in the blink of an eye… and turn your heart to stone…” vocalist Joey Swindle sings at the start. It’s partly about not letting events of your past make you callous or jaded, and also about how we as people need to start taking time for one another.

“It’s not a waste of time to invest your time in another life,” goes the following line of the hopping song — which nicely blends the catchy elements of the pop genre with a grand scale rock atmosphere — as the song continues to make the point that everyone needs someone. Maybe it’s a friend, it could be a partner, or whatever else, to help make the journey through life a little easier; because humans are emotional creatures by nature, as they point out later, “We were meant to explore, to love and to mourn. Hold nothing back.”

At its core, “Wanderers” is a song about how we all could stand to be a little kinder to everyone; and from the impassioned singing, to the vibrant guitar notes (which waxes and wanes accordingly), and even the subtle keys (which accents the lyrics perfectly) it’s a message they succeed at getting across.

Swindle Boys is:
Joey Swindle
Matthew Swindle
Josh Brown
Chance Cochran

Purchase the single on:
Bandcamp

Visit Swindle Boys’ websites:
Facebook / Twitter / Youtube

Requiem: Pre-Order “The Unexplainable Truth” Now! Out October 28th via Cleopatra Records

imageSanta Cruz, CA metalcore up-and-comers REQUIEM will release their brand new album, The Unexplainable Truth, on October 28, 2014 via Cleopatra Records (E1)! Beginning today, a pre-order is available now via iTunes HERE.

Make sure to order your copy now, and stay tuned for a brand new music video for the band’s new single, ‘Sticks & Stones And Her Lovely Bones’ coming soon. The single begins impacting at radio stations everywhere today, so make sure to call your local rock station and request to hear some REQUIEM!

The Unexplainable Truth combines dark melodies and soaring orchestras with vicious metal guitars and bass. Recorded by the band themselves in Santa Cruz, CA at Sonic Shark Studios, the album was also mixed by JD Keiser at Laughing Lion Productions, and mastered by Nakasaki Sound. Stepping forward as visionaries while most bands are still trying to catch up in the scene, REQUIEM are set to unleash and album that will change your views of what “metalcore” should be.

REQUIEM features vocalist Steve Juliano of former Epitaph Records powerhouse band I Am Ghost, Daisy Rock Guitars-sponsored guitarist/vocalist Jacklyn Paulette, and Pearl-sponsored drummer Rick Siegfried, amongst their full line-up.

imageJoin REQUIEM for their official CD and music video release show and party on Saturday, October 25th at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. The show is all ages and the full bar can be accessed with ID – and get this – the show is only $7! The line-up also features Stellar Corpses, The Sea Wolves, and Scarlet Harlot & Her Handsome Devils. Learn more by visiting www.catalystclub.com

Additional upcoming events:
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst - CD RELEASE SHOW
11/8 - Monterey, CA @ Monterrey Fair Grounds
11/18 - San Jose, CA @ The Rock Shop

Album Review: Baker’s Dozen by Stephen Spencer & Richard Eerie

imageRichard Eerie has a DIY mentality. He bleeds it, actually.

He founded the label Sad Boy Donuts; and even has a studio, Federal Palsy Deathouse, inside his home. From there, he has recorded albums for his own band (The Earth and I Had a Falling Out, Said the Nuke), and some others. More recently, however, he and friend Stephen Spencer decided to co-produce and release an album under their individual names.

It wasn’t just any album, though. They set out on an ambitious project that they called Baker’s Dozen, which is an homage to the deceased rapper known as J Dilla and his final album, Donuts.

The forty-two track album (yeah, you read that right) will appeal to anyone who is a fan of the lo-fi genre. I, admittedly, am not, but the album grew on me rather quickly.

The bulk of the songs last somewhere in the one-minute range, with few lasting a little more than three; and it traverses a lot of ground. Some songs, like “Kanye West is Not Going to Give Me a Panic Attack”, boast more of a rap beat before fading to an instrumental outro, while the vocals on others are spit out at a faster pace.

“My Boss is a Jerk” and “The Heir is a Dick” go hand in hand, the first describing disdain for your job (“My boss is a jerk… But I need the money; I could never be a monk…”), while in the latter it’s revealed “the boss” described is actually the characters father. It’s a little funny, and there are a slew of other songs that can evoke some chuckles if not a laugh, such as “Transitional Fossil”, which is kept simple with the line, “Stay out of …My monkey business.” before the musicians start imitating chimp noises. In twenty-one seconds, “Hole in the Wall” repeats the joke, “Why did the baker stop making donuts? “He got tired of the whole thing.” a few different times, yet the repetition just seems to make it all the more funny. Another laugh worthy moment comes towards the end, on the very official infomercial sounding “Commercial Break From Steaks”.

For as many tracks that could be considered offbeat or obscure, there are an equal amount of songs that tackle more serious subjects, like “Stutterin’”. It’s catchy and revolves around love; “Knew the right words yesterday. Woke up this morning those words went away…”, and I have a feeling plenty of people can relate to that. On the other hand, “Wouldn’t Gillette Me No. 11 : Tyler Was Young” in part deals with how influential music can be (“…Since I was young, punk rock anarchy has had a hold on me…”) It may be a slowed down acoustic track, but even then a slight sense of rebellion can be heard seeping from it.

Baker’s Dozen may take more than an hour to listen to start to finish, though it doesn’t seem it. The songs are often short enough, with it changing pace so frequently throughout, that it really helps keep the listening experience fresh; and before you know it, you’re already halfway through.

Maybe you appreciate the lo-fi genre, or maybe you don’t. Either way, the record will most likely win you over. The fact that this was such a massive undertaking, yet one done by a tight-knit group of friends  or rather a community  adds to the character of the music; character that shines on every track.

Key players in making Baker’s Dozen were:
Stephen Spencer and Richard Eerie
Featuring Tyler Davis, Eric Aranda, Eric Barron, Emilio Barron, Chad Pierce, Charlie Frizzell, Derrick Rice, Taylor King, Keaton Collins, Sean Kennedy, Max Kuhl, Matthew Spann, Justin Spann, Corey Neal, Dylan Bare, Oshay Green, Colton Baker, Ryan Harrington, Richard’s nephews and songs by The Zebraboys, The Rabbits, and Earth and I Had a Falling Out Said the Nuke

Purchase the album on:
Bandcamp

Winger Release Music Video for “Queen Babylon”

imageThe 5th music video to be taken from the band’s latest album 'Better Days Comin' - Queen Babylon follows the videos for ‘Rat Race’ ‘Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine’ ‘Tin Solider’ and ‘Better Days Comin’.

"Soundwise, ‘Queen Babylon’ is classic first-album Winger meets Winger of today” explains Winger frontman Kip Winger. “This video features the exclusive, unreleased extended audio version of the song with a dual solo from Reb [Beach] and John [Roth] at the end that isn’t featured on the album version. It is also the first video to include our original keyboardist Paul Taylor since [1990’s] ‘In the Heart of the Young.”

I have three different things I do: solo records, classical music and the band. And the sound of Winger is when Reb plays guitar and I play bass, and we write from that perspective,” Winger explained in an interview with Songfacts. “It’s really helped my rock writing to have studied composition for so long, because I can now take a riff that normally any given band might repeat four times, and then move to the next thing … Bach never did anything more than three times, so there’s a whole plethora of s— that I do on both levels. One feeds the other.”

Buy Better Days Comin’ on iTunes.

Voodoo Vegas Premiere New Music Video for “No More”

image. “This is what rock should sound like now” - Classic Rock Magazine
"Attitude charged blusey hard rock" - Metal Hammer Magazine
"Voodoo Vegas dares you to have anything other than a good time" - Powerplay Magazine
. “Raw and explosive rock” - Big Cheese Magazine
"Refreshing, enticing and enjoyable" - Fireworks Magazine

UK rockers release new lyric video for ‘No More’ - taken from critically acclaimed debut album, ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’.

'No More' captures Voodoo Vegas's full throttle driven, hard rock style perfectly.

Already winning accolades early on in their career (Best New Band at Pure Rawk Awards 2014 / No.1 in Classic Rock Magazine poll as voted for by the public) and receiving critical acclaim from music press and fans alike - Voodoo Vegas have honed their skills sharing stages with Glenn Hughes, Uriah Heep, Fozzy, The Wildhearts and Gilby Clarke.

Bournemouth’s finest recorded their debut album at legendary Rockfield studios and was produced by Multi-Brit award winning producer Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Therapy?, Joe Strummer, Enter Shikari).

This Saturday, 4th October 2014, Voodoo Vegas headline The Barfly, London UK before heading out to Europe as special guests to Y&T.

'No More' will be the last release from Voodoo Vegas's debut album - with the band expected to head back into the studio early next year to record new material with producer Ferreira for a brand new release, expected in 2015.

Live dates:
3 Oct - BASINGSTOKE - The Sanctuary - England
4 Oct - LONDON - The Barfly - England
11 Oct - CALELLA - Calella Rock Festival - Spain
16 Oct - ZWOLLE - Hendon Podium (w/ Y&T) - Netherlands 
17 Oct - ZOETERMEER - Boerderlj (w/ Y&T) - Netherlands 
18 Oct - UDEN - De Pul (w/ Y&T) - Netherlands 
19 Oct - VOSSELAAR - Biebob (w/ Y&T) - Belgium
2 Nov - SOUTHAMPTON - The Brook (w/ Y&T) - England
6 Nov - CHESTERFIELD - Real Time Live - England
7 Nov - CREWE - The Box - England
8 Nov - SELBY - Riverside - England
13 Nov - BRISTOL - The Tunnels - England
14 Nov - SHEFFIELD - The Corporation - England
15 Nov - MILTON KEYNES - Crauford Arms - England
16 Nov - NORTHAMPTON - King Billy - England
19 Dec - PARIS - Le Gibus Cafe - France
20 Dec - ARRAS - The Blue Devils - France

Echosmith Named VH1 “You Oughta Know” Artist for October + Ellen Appearance

imageAlt-pop breakout Echosmith has been named an official VH1 “You Oughta Know” Artist for the month of October. Since its launch in 2005, VH1’s “You Oughta Know” franchise has introduced promising new artists on the rise and served as a barometer for what and who’s hot in music today.  Many “You Oughta Know” artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including “Best New Artist” Grammy Awards and nominations. This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Sam Smith, Lorde, and many more.

The past few months have seen Echosmith continue to solidify their status as 2014’s breakout band, with ubiquitous hit single "Cool Kids" dominating in multiple radio formats and charts. It’s currently in the Top 8 at Hot AC and #14 in Top 40, and just broke into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100! The single is now certified Gold, which the band celebrated with a performance on The Today Show, and a brand new video premiered by MTV. The band will perform on Ellen on October 27.

The LA-based siblings are kicking off the 3-week Honda Civic Tour with American Authors tonight in Reno, NV before headlining their own tour in November with stops in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and more. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with a full list of tour dates below.

Tour dates:
10/01     Knitting Factory - Reno, NV*
10/02    House of Blues - San Diego, CA*
10/03    The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA*
10/04    Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA*
10/05    Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon - San Jose, CA
10/05    The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA*
10/07    Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
10/08    Vogue Theater - Vancouver, Canada*
10/09    Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA*
10/10     Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA*
10/11     Knitting Factory - Boise, ID*
10/13     The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT*
10/14     Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO*
10/16     Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO*
10/17     Granada Theater - Dallas, TX*
10/18     Warehouse Live - Houston, TX*
10/19     Mohawk - Austin, TX*
10/24     Life is Beautiful Festival - Las Vegas, NV
10/29     Higher Ground - S. Burlington, VT
10/30    The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
10/31     Davis & Elkins College Masquerade Ball - Elkins, WV
11/12      Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
11/14      Marlin Room at Webster Hall - New York, NY
11/16      The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
11/19      Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL

* Honda Civic Tour w/ American Authors

Former Contestants from Hit Show “The Voice” Reunite for North Texas Benefit Concert

imageFour contestants competing against one another for a record deal on season six of NBC’s Emmy Award winning hit TV show “The Voice” will share the local spotlight soon for a good cause. The former national singing competition contestants whom sang and battled their way into the hearts of fans worldwide will perform together at Granville Arts Center Brownlee Auditorium on November 1, 2014. Fans from as far away as Brazil are expected to attend the show to help benefit children suffering from chronic or terminal illness.

Texas favorite former rocker turned Soul artist Stevie Jo Rosenbalm who finished the show as a top five finalist on Team Usher is headlining the show. Rosenbalm will be joined by R&B singer T.J. Wilkins, country rocker Morgan Wallen, and Texas Pop singer Clarissa Serna. All performers will play songs from the show as well as talk about how their lives have changed since joining the national singing competition.

50% of the concert proceeds will benefit the late Dallas, Texas and beloved national DJ Kidd Kraddick’s charity called ‘Kidd’s Kids’ that helps children with fatal or chronic illnesses go to Disney World.

Tickets for “Untapped: The Stevie Jo Experience” are currently available online at www.untappedconcert.eventbrite.com.

For More Information on Kidd’s Kids please visit:
www.Kiddskids.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Debut New Track ‘James Dean’ + Expand National Tour

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Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have debuted new track “James Dean" at Esquire, who said the band has “embraced a mellower side perfect for the change in seasons by dropping this brand new single just before reworking their live set.” The single, now available for purchase HERE, is accompanied by their cover of The Tallest Man On Earth’s song “Revelation Blues.”
 
The band, consisting of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, have added dates to their upcoming fall North American tour, which will kick off on October 17th in Seattle, making a stop at LA’s brand new Regent Theatre, and concludes with two hometown shows at Detroit’s Crofoot Ballroom on November 22nd and 23rd. Madi Diaz, Miniature Tigers, and Mini Mansions are supporting. Tickets available now. http://www.showsnear.bydejjtour14

They’ve been out on the road in the past year in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album,The Speed of Things, featuring the single Run,” which Paste named one of the “50 Best Songs of 2013.” The magazine also selected the band as one of “The 25 Best Live Acts of 2013.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
10/17 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA*
10/18 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC*
10/19 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
10/22 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA*
10/23 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA*
10/24 - The Regent Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
10/25 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ*
10/27 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT*
10/28 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO*
11/7 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX^
11/8 - Trees - Dallas, TX^
11/9 - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs - Houston, TX^
11/11 - Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center - Atlanta, GA^
11/13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY^
11/14 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC^
11/15 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY^
11/16 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA^
11/19 - The A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH^
11/20 - 20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH^
11/21 - Metro - Chicago, IL^
11/22 - The Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit, MI
11/23 - The Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit MI

Support From:
*Miniature Tigers & Madi Diaz
^ Mini Mansions

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – The Wind and The Wave Brave the Heat at Western Days

With it officially being fall it means it’s time for festival season to kick back into high gear.

Even the city of Lewisville gets in on the action with their annual Western Days Festival (sponsored in part by 99.5 The Wolf), taking place in the heart of historic downtown Lewisville.

All sorts of art and food vendors were set up along the multiple blocks they had blocked off; and there was plenty going on to entertain. Live music was one of the things that occupied some time; and, of course, that would be the thing that got me out here in the first place.

In all honesty, I was completely unaware of this festival until just a few days prior to it, when I happened to see a Facebook post from the Austin duo The Wind & The Wave, saying they’d be performing at it.

I had seen their first Dallas area gig about five months before (when they played the March Madness Music Festival that was happening in conjunction with the NCAA Championships), and I couldn’t pass up a second opportunity to see them, especially for free.

The weather was the exact opposite of how it had been back in April. Instead of light rain and chilly temperatures, the sun was out in force and there was not a cloud in sight. Actually, they may have preferred it the other way around, because this afternoon, the sun was beating right down on them.

It was 4:04 when Patricia Lynn picked up her acoustic guitar and Dwight Baker his electric; firing up a sample track with the drums and bass, as they opened with the incredibly infectious, “My Mama Said Be Careful Where You Lay Your Head”. They may have only had a couple dozen people watching them intently, but all of them seemed taken by the lead track from their From the Wreckage album, bobbing their heads to the music, while Lynn sang, “…Love taught me everything I know, everything I know. Sometimes you keep it near, sometimes you let go…”

“We are The Wind and The Wave from Austin, Texas,” she announced afterwards, thanking the city of Lewisville for, “having us at your intersection.” “It’s a lovely intersection,” added Baker, before moving on to the subsequent track off their debut record, “From the Wreckage Build a Home”, which was often haunting, but in a lovely way. “I want to rename this show Lewisville Skin Cancer 2014,” Baker cracked upon finishing it.

If you were fortunate enough to be in the shade, it wasn’t all that bad. Even the crowd at least at their backs to the sun’s rays, though the band had neither of those luxuries. “Sweat is rolling down into my eye balls and burning my eyes. That’s happening right now,” Lynn remarked. It may have been uncomfortable, but they weren’t going to let that stop them, as they carried on with a song about growing up and making your own way, as well as the importance of family, “Loyal Friend and Thoughtful Lover”. They then slowed things down some with “This House is a Hotel”, which at times showcased the higher register Lynn is capable of, and it sounded gorgeous. Baker had thrown in some harmonies here and there already this day, and did so again now, with the pair of them repeatedly crooning at the end, “It’s not at all good, but it ain’t that bad…”. “I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty bad. It’s pretty hot,” Baker cracked afterwards.

They continued with “When That Fever Finally Takes a Hold On You”; and Baker riffed on his axe while Lynn took a moment to tune her guitar before the following song. His electric guitar was far more prominent on “The Heart it Beats; The Thunder Rolls”, which had some semi-dark undertones at times. It’s just a very moody track. Then, they switched things up.

A mandolin had been sitting in plain sight behind Lynn, and now she exchanged her guitar for it, while Baker swapped to an acoustic. They used them for a couple of songs, like the cherry, “It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought”, as well as another tune. “We are The Wind and The Wave, as you can tell from the thunderous turnout,” joked Baker in between the two songs, also mentioning their debut record had recently come out on RCA Records.

After switching back to their acoustic and electric guitars, Baker also noted their single had come out eight weeks or so before, and it was in the Billboard Top 40 charts. “But not in Dallas,” he said playfully. “With Your Two Hands” was the single he spoke of, and it was by far the catchiest thing they did (which is saying something); and I doubt I was the only one who felt compelled to tap my foot along to the beat.

“It’s pretty hot. I still haven’t figured out why y’all are all standing here,” Lynn said to the crowd after that song. Not many people wanted to endure the heat, though they did have their section of fans out, while others I think quickly became fans of theirs. “You could fry an egg on this guitar,” she finished, before Baker chimed in, this time saying that Skin Cancer Jamboree 2014 would be a great name for this. He got serious, though, thanking the sponsors and the city for having them as a part of this, before doing their final original song of the afternoon, “Raising Hands, Raising Hell, Raise ‘em High”.

In closing, Baker mentioned they had been asked to record some covers for the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. “Last year, or maybe it was this year. It’s all running together. Shit, I don’t know,” he confessed. A timeframe didn’t really matter. The most important thing was they had done some covers, and one was a classic from Simple Minds.

They had to wait for the mandolin to “recover from sun exhaustion” as Baker put it; and once Lynn had it properly tuned, they did their version of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” to wrap up their 47-minute long set. They’ve made it their own, giving it more of a folk sound; and it was a fun one to end with.

It was a great performance; and for those who were fans, it was nice getting to hear nearly everything off their record.

What I like the most about The Wind and The Wave is all of their songs tell stories, and are often quite deep if you really pay attention to the lyrics. The clever banter is also a constant, and it makes them all the more entertaining. Let’s not forget about the phenomenal voice that resides in Patricia Lynn, which often leads you thinking, “Wow!”

Their Dallas fan base may not be strong in numbers yet, but it will be. Especially considering the national attention they have been getting for a while now.

They’ll actually be back in Dallas on October 10th at the House of Blues opening for Bernhoft, who they’ll be touring much of the country with from October through early November. A full list of their tour dates can be found HERE. Be sure to check out their record in iTUNES, too.

Get On It Presents Announces Dallas Mini Music Festivals!

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GET IT ON PRESENTS
, a national music booking and promotion company, announces a slate of roving mini-festivals intended to spotlight specific genres to help bands build a local scene with other like-minded bands. Each event will feature several bands of the same genre, allowing their fans to enjoy a full night of the music they love — be it Alternative, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Funk, etc. The intention is to move these festivals around to different venues and to bring Dallas bands to other cities to play other mini-festivals that fit their music.

GET IT ON PRESENTS is headed by Lee Sobel who was a filmmaker before becoming a music promoter. The company currently puts on shows throughout the country. There are no fees to play these events - bands who would like to be considered for future events may reach the company through their website: GetOnItPresents.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, October 10th

Get It On Presents:
Dallas Blues Fest!

Liquid Lounge @ 2800 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226, 214.742.6207; $10 admission - 17+ Admitted (Anyone Under 21 will be charged an additional $5 by the club)

Bands Performing:
8pm Taylor Castleberry
9pm Texez Mudd
10pm Light Horse Harry
11pm The Buffalo Parade

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Friday, October 10th

Get It On Presents:
Dallas Alternarock Fest!

Bryan Street Tavern, 4315 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75204, 214.821.4447; $10 admission - 21+ w/ID

Bands Performing:
8pm My Lucky Lighter
9pm The Honest Mistakes
10pm Sparrow and the Clay

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Friday, November 14th

Get It On Presents:
Dallas Alternarock Fest!

Bryan Street Tavern, 4315 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75204, 214.821.4447; $10 admission - 21+ w/ID

Bands Performing:
8pm My Lucky Lighter
9pm Drive Thru Society
10pm Treeside
11pm Slybot
12am King For President

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – Reckless Kelly Pumps Up the Crowd at Western Days

With it officially being fall it means it’s time for festival season to kick back into high gear.

Even the city of Lewisville gets in on the action with their annual Western Days Festival (sponsored in part by 99.5 The Wolf), taking place in the heart of historic downtown Lewisville.

All sorts of art and food vendors were set up along the multiple blocks they had blocked off; and there was plenty going on to entertain. Live music was one of the things that occupied some time; and, of course, that would be the thing that got me out here in the first place.

One act I was eager to see was Reckless Kelly.

The Austin-based country/rock band is no stranger to the D/FW area, though I’ve never managed to make it to a show when they’ve been up here. They routinely headline some of the biggest venues in the area, though it would seem it’s easier to get people out to an air-conditioned venue later at night than it is to a (free) show in the great outdoors at six in the evening.

Don’t get me wrong, as there were several dedicated fans ready for them. A few dozen sat in folding chairs, with dozens more standing; and as it got later and the heat from the sun subsided, the number of eyes on them grew substantially.

The quintet made their way on stage as they were being introduced by one of the radio personalities; ripping right into their opener as soon as he had said what he needed to.

Immediately you could feel the massive presence they had in tow as they commanded everyone’s attention; and then they got into what was pretty much a full headline set.

Covers always interest me, mainly because some bands stay as far away from them as possible, while others have no problem with it, and quite enjoy putting their own twists on some classics. Reckless Kelly apparently fits into that latter category, and they opened with a deep cut from Bruce Springsteens’ catalog, “My Love Will Not let You Down”. The mandolin Cody Braun wielded helped in giving the song more of a country vibe, though it definitely retained its rock core; and singer and rhythm guitarist Willy Braun even gave The Boss a run for his money, belting out the song in a gritty, raw tone of voice. “Come on, boys!” he roared as they hit an instrumental break — almost like he was taking a cue from Springsteen’s playbook — as David Abeyta took the spotlight on a killer lead guitar solo.

They knew their time with everyone was short, and never wasted much time this evening; and now, drummer Jay Nazz rolled them right into their next track. “How we doing y’all?!” Willy excitedly asked the crowd, many of whom screamed back at him. “This is an Alejandro Escovedo song for you!” he informed everyone. Nazz held a maraca in one hand and a drumstick in the other, and his drumming on “Castanets” was absolutely phenomenal. He was completely in the zone; and at the break, Willy walked up on the drum riser and stood beside him and jammed for a few moments. The singer then made his way back to the forefront of the stage, hopping atop a monitor. “Come on!” he mouthed as he threw his hand in the air, further pumping up the spectators; before he and Abeyta concluded the song by facing one another as they shredded on their axes.

No one cared in the least that those were covers, because they owned both of them, but now it was time for some original music, and it started with the title track to their 2011 album, “Good Luck & True Love”. Its catchy hooks dug in to everyone, making them enjoy the show all the more, while plenty sung right along with the band, “…Maybe it was just one night of good luck and true love…”. As the guitars and drums fell silent, Joe Miller proceeded to lay down some hefty riffs on the bass, and Willy made sure to point him out, asking everyone to say “hi” to him. The Braun Brothers then got to show off their full vocal capabilities as they co-sung “Lonely All the Time”. Their voices were rich and vibrant, and when layered over one another, well, it resulted in the best thing they had done thus far.

“Here’s one y’all might remember from the old days,” Willy told the crowd. It appeared as if he was about to move on to the song, but then added, “And by old days, I mean, oh, about thirty years ago.” Abeyta now had a twelve-string guitar in his hands, using it as they handled another rock classic, this one coming from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Their rendition of “Listen to Her Heart” was stellar; and while they kept it pretty spot on, there were some slight tweaks here and there, giving it a bit of an Americana vibe.

The applause rang out while Willy played some riffs on his guitar, getting everyone excited before stopping. They teased everyone for just a bit, again acting as if they were starting the song before quitting. They kept it going the third time around, officially getting the more outlaw country tune “Crazy Eddie’s Last Hurrah” underway, and it was another one the audience thoroughly seemed to enjoy.

An acoustic guitar was brought out to Willy, who then told the onlookers they had a song about the road for them. He was referring to the lead track from the Bulletproof record, “Ragged as the Road”, a song that received some strong cheers as they started it. Upon finishing it, a fan shouted a request at them. “We’ll get to that one,” Willy told the person, politely joking with them by saying, “We know what we’re doing up here.” He mentioned this next one was the latest single from the record they released just one year ago. Willy and Cody again did some co-singing, this time on the melancholy “The Girl I Knew”. “…You come and steal my heart with your wild eyes shining, then you smile as you break it in two. What did you do with the girl I knew?” goes the poignant chorus, and the brothers delivered that emotion in their singing.

Before moving on, Abeyta switched to an acoustic guitar, while Willy grabbed his neck rack and harmonica. Miller and Nazz left the stage to those three for “Wicked, Twisted Road”. It may have been the slowest thing they did this evening, but it also the most powerful. You could tell the lyrics came right from the heart, and Willy appeared to be connecting with it on a deep personal level.

As they neared the end, Miller returned to the stage, grabbing his upright bass for the first time this night, and he began to tune. Nazz got back behind his kit shortly after; and when that song was over, Willy handed the reins over to Cody, who said they had “a little bluegrass” to play. “Wild Western Windblown Band” was the song, and it’s lively pace was the exact opposite from the previous few songs. It reinvigorated everyone, from the band to those watching; and Abeyta got to show off his skills some more on another nice solo.

The lead guitarist then swapped back to an electric guitar, while Willy got a little nostalgic, saying he and Cody were big fans of The Everly Brothers growing up. “We worked this up the other day,” he said in advance of “Bird Dog”. It created a fun atmosphere, and they kept some of those 50’s era vibes intact, while modernizing it some, too. Willy and Cody spent much of the song huddled around the main microphone, with Abeyta throwing in the “bird dog” part and such.

A few times this night Cody had busted out his fiddle, and he brought it out again here, using it for the intro to their next track, while Cody shook a tambourine. Miller started a clap along with the now couple hundred people who were now standing along the street (many of whom were a little further back from the stage, though still glued to the band). Already there was an unmistakable Irish jig sound going, and fans roared when Willy stated they were going to “take it on down to Ireland one time”, doing so with “Seven Nights in Eire”.

“We’ve been playing this song for a long, long time…” Willy mentioned, saying it was originally done by Richard Thompson. “It took a long time for us to learn it, but after doing it a couple thousand times, we feel confident it is the best song on the subject,” he finished. I’d say he’s right about “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” — another song that they have made completely their own — and it fit with the outlaw tones of some of their previous stuff.

Nazz bridged them into the following song; and with everyone back on electric instruments now, they were ready to finish strong, first serving up “Vancouver”. “Here’s a little Joe Ely for you right now,” said Willy. They had just enough spare time left to throw in their take on “My Eyes Got Lucky”, something all the Texas country music fans really went crazy over. Willy then led the charge into the final song of their 71-minute long set, “Nobody’s Girl”, which really seemed to personify these Red Dirt rockers spirit, leading to an awesome finish.

My first experience with Reckless Kelly was far better than I even thought it would be.  The showmanship they displayed was off the charts. Best of all, it never wavered; and by the time things were done, they had only grown into an even more powerful force.

It’s the type of performance that can only come after you’ve spent the better part of two decades together, logging a few thousand shows at least, and developing just the right chemistry amongst band mates.

This may have been my first Reckless Kelly show, but it certainly will not be the last.

They’ll be back in North Texas on November 7th at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, though they have plenty of other dates around the Mid-West before then. Their full tour schedule can be found HERE. Be sure to head over to iTUNES and check out their albums, too.

Pepper Announces U.S. Headline Tour

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Southern California-based alternative rock reggae bandPEPPER is hitting the road this Fall with The Movementand New Beat Fund in tow. Unlike previous tours, VIP upgrades will be available for every show, which gives their fans an exclusive intimate experience. Tickets are on-sale now.

This national headline tour is in support of their most recent self-titled album that was released in the latter months of 2013 via The Island Def Jam Music Group. Their single"F**k Around" peaked at #19 on the Alternative Chart, which is the band’s highest charting song to date. Broadening beyond the surf rock that they have been known for, the band challenged themselves and ultimately made what they consider to be their best record to date. From the feel good, head-nodding "Deep Country" to the sunshine-filled jam "Hunny Girl" to the radio-friendly anthem "F**k Around (All Night)", Pepper really expands the band’s palette. Since the release of their self-titled album, the band has been gaining momentum with performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and ABC as part of the X Games.

The tour kicks off at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ on November 11th, heads cross-country to the East Coast, and then circles back to the West Coast to conclude at Santa Ana’s The Observatory on December 14th. VIP upgrades can be purchased for an additional $50 per person. This exclusive package includes: meet & greet, photo opportunity, admission to pre-show acoustic set (setlist determined by VIP buyers’ votes), autographed poster, and a commemorative VIP laminate. Purchase advance tickets and VIP upgrades HERE.

Formed in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997, Pepper built a huge following through their six studio albums as well as their non-stop touring with bands such as 311, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, and Flogging Molly as well as impressive sets at Lollapalooza, Miles High Festival, West Beach Music Festival, and numerous rounds of Jagermeister Music Tour and Warped Tour.

Fall Tour Dates:
Nov 10 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Nov 11 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque, NM
Nov 13 The Aztec Theater San Antonio, TX
Nov 14 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov 15 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Nov 17 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Nov 18 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
Nov 19 Terminal West Atlanta, GA
Nov 21 Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, NC
Nov 22 NorVa Norfolk, VA
Nov 23 The Howard Theatre Washington, DC 
Nov 25 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA 
Nov 26 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Nov 28 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
Nov 29 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Dec 01 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Dec 02 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Dec 03 The District Sioux Falls, SD
Dec 05 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
Dec 06 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
Dec 07 Venue Vancouver, BC
Dec 10 Senator Theatre Chico, CA
Dec 11 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
Dec 12 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Dec 13 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
Dec 14 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA

The Rabid Whole Release “Problems” EP With Full Album Stream Available Online

imageToronto based Alternative Rock band The Rabid Whole have released their highly anticipated “Problems" EP, available for streaming on their SoundCloud. The Rabid Whole will be touring in support of the “Problems" EP with Cyanotic on the Terminatour this fall.

Stream the “Problems” EP HERE.
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Purchase The Rabid Whole “Problems” EP:
http://therabidwhole.bandcamp.com

Terminatour Tour Dates:
09/26: Chicago, IL @ Metro (Cold Waves Festival) (Cyanotic only)
09/28: Chicago, IL @ Underground Lounge (The Rabid Whole only)
09/29: Ypsilanti, MI @ The Maidstone Theatre
09/30: Cincinnati, OH @ The Rakes End 
10/01: Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry 
10/02: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub 
10/03: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s 
10/04: Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club 
10/05: Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar 
10/07: Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox 
10/08: Providence, RI @DV8 
10/09: Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13 
10/10: New York, NY @ Tobacco Road 
10/11: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus 
10/14: New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den 
10/17: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight 
10/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits 
10/22: Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern 
10/26: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge 
10/28: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge 
10/29: Seattle, WA @ Highline 
11/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Bar Sinister 
11/03: Oklahoma City, OK @ Voodoo Lounge 
11/04: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 
11/05: St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall 
11/07: St. Louis, MO @ The Crack Fox 
11/08: La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse

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Brazilian-Born Guitarist Gus Sinaro is Sinaro - New Music Video for ‘No Salvation’ Out Now

imageBrazilian-born guitarist GUS SINARO is fast establishing himself as a worthy warrior in the world of heavy metal. After founding and fronting the successful metallic thrash act Symphony of Malice, SINARO is about to take on the heavy music world with his own eponymous project.

Building upon the whiplash-inducing drive of S.O.M., SINARO infuses that sound with a more melodic and anthemic sheen on debut release Darkest Hours (The Rebirth) and ‘No Salvation,’ the album’s latest single. The single’s accompanying music video, a gnarly, little urban nightmare, is available for viewing.

During his adolescence in Brazil, SINARO was quick to discover the thrill of heavy metal and hard rock after hearing Metallica, Iron Maiden and Alice in Chains for the first time. Hearing those bands ignited inSINARO a passion for singing and playing guitar. Pushing himself as much as he could, he became an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Then, at the age of 17, SINARO made the biggest investment in his musical career by moving to the U.S. After playing leads in a handful of local bands left him wanting, he decided to branch out on his own and create the sound he was hearing in his head.

This began with the inception of Symphony of Malice, a band whose sound was akin to that of SINARO’s peers in Trivium and All That Remains, but whose foundation was rooted in the stadium-sized thrash of bands like Metallica and Megadeth. Judgment Day (The Aftermath)¸ the debut album by S.O.M., garnered the group some commercial and critical success. That release, as well as a slew of gigs opening for monster acts like Trivium, DevilDriver, Drowning Pool, Korzus, Nervosa and Eye Empire, earned them a strong fanbase.

It also gave SINARO the confidence to go one step further and create his solo project. So, in February 2014, SINARO was unleashed upon the world in the form of Darkest Hours (The Rebirth) and its first single ‘Bullet Through Your Head.’ Building upon what he began in S.O.M., SINARO has taken the most extreme elements of his previous band and given it a bigger, more powerful approach. It maintains that metallic approach while incorporating a leaner, more hard rock sound, a la Alice in Chains, a major influence on SINARO and the record. ‘No Salvation’ is the latest auditory and visual onslaught from this revelatory release.

Ear-catching and earth-shattering, SINARO will continue to gain fans and followers worldwide.