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31 Mar

The Black Keys will support their highly anticipated new album, Brothers—due out May 18 on Nonesuch Records—with a summer tour beginning June 2 in Salt Lake City. The tour will include a newly added second show at Central Park’s SummerStage on July 28 that follows the band’s July 27 performance, which quickly sold out. Presale tickets for the tour dates will go on sale Tuesday, March 30. Those who purchase presale tickets through the band’s website (www.theblackkeys.com) will receive a special bundle, which includes a copy of Brothers upon release (either digital only or digital and physical—CD or vinyl). Additionally, presale tickets will come with an instant download of two tracks from Brothers—“Tighten Up” and “Next Girl.” The Black Keys will also be playing select dates in April and May, highlighted by an opening slot for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden on May 20, as well as performances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on May 25 and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on May 26. Please see reverse for tour dates.

Brothers arrives on the heels of three other acclaimed projects the band released in the past year: Dan Auerbach’s solo effort, Keep It Hid, the debut LP from Patrick Carney’s band Drummer, and Blakroc, a collaboration between The Black Keys and renowned MCs including RZA, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raekwon.

The new album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” (streaming now on the band’s MySpace: myspace.com/theblackkeys) and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The remaining songs on Brothers are written, performed and produced by The Black Keys. Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.”

Carney and Auerbach recorded the bulk of the album at the legendary Alabama studio Muscle Shoals with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron, OH and The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY. Muscle Shoals, an old building located in the sparse Alabama town that lends the studio its name, has produced iconic recordings from The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, among many others. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds…like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.”

With the exception of a handful of tracks, co-production duties were handled by Mark Neill. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake. Carney explains the sound the band wanted for this record: “We are big fans of Tchad Blake. The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present. The mixes he did for us on Blakroc impressed us so much we knew he had to mix Brothers.”


*with Mondo Drag

†with Brian Olive

§with The Morning Benders

April 8 University of Iowa Memorial Iowa City, IA*

April 10 Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010 San Francisco, CA

April 17 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April 18 The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater Miami, FL†

April 19 The House of Blues Orlando, FL†

May 20 Madison Square Garden New York, NY

May 25 “Late Show with David Letterman” New York, NY

May 26 “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” New York, NY

June 2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT†

June 3 The Fillmore Denver, CO†

June 4 The Crossroads Kansas City, MO†

June 8 First Ave Minneapolis, MN†

June 9 First Ave Minneapolis, MN†

June 10 The Pagaent St. Louis, MO†

June 11 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

July 27 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY§

July 28 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY§


1. “Everlasting Light”
2. “Next Girl”
3. “Tighten Up”
4. “Howlin’ For You”
5. “She’s Long Gone”
6. “Black Mud”
7. “The Only One”
8. “Too Afraid To Love You”
9. “Ten Cent Pistol”
10. “Sinister Kid”
11. “The Go Getter”
12. “I’m Not The One”
13. “Unknown Brother”
14. “Never Gonna Give You Up”
15. “These Days”

31 Mar

Ozzy Osbourne’s new song, “Let Me Hear You Scream,” from his upcoming Epic Records album, Scream, will have its world premiere during an episode of CSI: NY, to be broadcast Wednesday, April 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In the episode, “Redemptio,” a death row inmate’s (guest star Harold Perrineau, “Lost”) final request brings Dr. Hawkes (series regular Hill Harper) to a Pennsylvania prison and face-to-face with a tragic incident that he has kept secret for many years, just as a prison riot erupts and traps Hawkes inside. The story was written by executive producer Peter M. Lenkov, with the teleplay by Lenkov and Bill Haynes.

“We were looking for something high energy and irreverent to sell the madness of a prison riot,” said executive producer and episode writer Peter M. Lenkov. “We immediately responded to the new Osbourne tune. The song exceeded our expectations and brought exactly the right tone to the episode.”

“When I heard they were going to use ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’ for a prison riot scene, I thought, ‘Well, now that’s something I know about,’” says Ozzy, who spent time in prison in the U.K. for burglary before his 18th birthday.

Ozzy Osbourne’s career has spanned four decades and his music is as relevant today as ever. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has sold over 100 million albums worldwide – 50 million with Black Sabbath and as many as a solo artist. In 2003, he was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame.” Osbourne is not only a legend and an icon, but is a pioneer in his genre of music.

CSI: NY, a crime drama inspired by the drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” is about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to follow the evidence and solve crimes in the Big Apple.

31 Mar

Welsh indie rock three-piece THE JOY FORMIDABLE have announced a run of headlining US tour dates. The band will play several shows on the east coast, beginning April 30th at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY and winding up May 8th at Jillian’s in Albany, NY. Along the way, the band will stop off in East Rutherford, NJ for an appearance at the Bamboozle Festival on May 2nd.

The Joy Formidable is the first band signed to Black Bell Records, the label founded by Passion Pit’s synth player/sampler Ayad Al Adhamy. The band will release their Black Bell debut- an 8-song EP titled A Balloon Called Moaning- on May 4th. The EP was recorded in the band’s home bedroom studio, and was entirely self-produced.

Of his roster’s first act, Al Adhamy says that “The Joy Formidable grabbed my attention when I first heard the EP. The loud guitars, epic drums and dense textures with lush pop vocals and melodies just stood out from everything else I was listening to. Since then I’ve been an addict, and so has everyone I have shown this band to.”

The Joy Formidable was conceived by music-obsessed friends Ritzy Bryan and Rhyddian Dafydd when they were both students in Wales. After a brief hiatus during which Ritzy and Rhyddian went their separate ways, the pair reunited in Wales and began to develop their sound. They relocated to London, brought in drummer Matt Thomas, and got down to writing and recording a record.

The band was pushed into the public consciousness from the very beginning, gaining a reputation as a band you had to see. This was well-deserved, as the band thrived on the live front; clamorous bass and waves of guitars all lay a musical bed for Ritzy’s evocative vocals. The band’s sound melds the huge expanses of its members’ native Welsh countryside with the hectic nature of their new London home. That sound has won them the praise of the highly influential NME and airplay on the UK’s Radio 1.

The Joy Formidable has sold out multiple UK tours throughout the past year and supported several standout bands including Editors and The Temper Trap. After touring the UK with Passion Pit, the band was invited to join them as the opening act to their shows at New York’s Terminal 5. Additionally, the band played two stateside headlining shows at Brooklyn’s Union Hall and New York City’s Pianos, both of which sold out.

Tour dates for THE JOY FORMIDABLE, more to be announced:

April 30 – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
May 1 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
May 2 – Bamboozle Festival – E. Rutherford, NJ
May 4 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
May 5 – The Green Room – Montreal, QC
May 6 – Harper’s Ferry – Boston, MA
May 7 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
May 8 – Jillian’s – Albany, NY

31 Mar

Sugar Red Drive is well on their way to success. The band has already opened for the likes of Seether and Theory of a Deadman, and the first single from their self-titled debut album, “One More Time,” was released to wide-spread acclaim. Now the boys from New York state have released a new single, the pulsing track “Red Machine.” Check out the song along with the lyrics on the band’s YouTube channel. Sugar Red Drive is also set to hit the road with Anew Revolution on their Economic Stimulus Tour starting April 23 in Hartford, CT. Visit their official website or their Myspace page for tour details and more information on the band. Their self-titled album can be purchased now in stores and on iTunes.

4/23/2010 I Hartford CT On The Rocks

4/25/2010 w Harrisburg PA Hardware Bar

4/26/2010 w

4/27/2010 I Jacksonville NC The O House

4/28/2010 H

4/29/2010 I Charlston SC Halligans

4/30/2010 w SC

5/1/2010 w FL

5/2/2010 I Gainsville FL Backstage Lounge

5/3/2010 I

5/4/2010 I Pascagoula MS Thunders Tavern

5/5/2010 H Jackson MS MS FIRE

5/6/2010 I Nashville TN The Muse

5/7/2010 H Charleston WV The Sound Factory

5/8/2010 w

5/9/2010 I Parkersburg WV Inferno **

5/10/2010 off

5/11/2010 I Ft.Wayne IN 4 Dees

5/12/2010 I Flint MI The Machine Shop

5/13/2010 I Battle Creek MI Planet Rock

5/14/2010 I Cincinnati OH Big Eds **


5/16/2010 H Barrington (Chicago) IL Penny Road Pub


** indicates no station involvement

BEGIN SUGAR RED DRIVE ONLY with OBSIDIAN (all dates tentative)

5/19/2010 w Springfield IL The Field House

5/20/2010 w Saint Louis MO The Library

5/21/2010 F Kansas City MO Aftershock

5/22/2010 w Springfield MO The Outland Ballroom

5/23/2010 w Salina KS The Blue Goat

31 Mar

The Dirty Heads are quoted by ROLLING STONE as one of the “Best New Bands of 2010” and have released a live music video for “Lay Me Down” featuring Rome of “Sublime with Rome” on Vevo.com. The video gives fans a taste of the reggae rockers energetic live performance and what is to come in the coming months when the guys hit the road. “Lay Me Down” will appear on The Dirty Heads special edition release of Any Port In A Storm along with fan favorites “Stand Tall” and “I Got No Time.” Any Port In A Storm an Executive Music Group release is now available for pre-order with a limited edition patch on Interpunk.com and will hit stores on 4/27.

The band is currently preparing to head out on a North American tour and will play with the likes of Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Sublime with Rome. For more information and a full list of tour dates stop by www.myspace.com/dirtyheads.

31 Mar

The countdown to Record Store Day is on and the people behind it are excited to bring you another great contest.

Samson, a pioneering audio company, and maker of ZOOM products is helping celebrate Record Store Day with some new and awesome audio-video gear. One very lucky winner will receive a Samson prize pack worth over $600! All you have to do is go to RecordStoreDay.com and enter to win. The prize pack includes:

1 Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder
1 Zoom G1U Guitar Effects Pedal + USB interface
1 Samson StudioDock 4i USB studio monitors w/ built iPod dock
1 Samson G-Track USB condenser mic w/ Audio Interface

The contest closes on April 19. Enter to Win here: www.recordstoreday.com

31 Mar

Multi-platinum rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars just finished the European leg of their Into The Wild tour where they headlined arenas including sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Arena and Paris’ Bercy stadium will return stateside to kick off the U.S. leg of the tour beginning April 9th at the Pearl in Las Vegas (full schedule below). Into The Wild is the band’s first tour in 3 years and is in support of their new album This Is War (Virgin Records), which was released in December, 2009. The album has already spawned a #1 single with “Kings & Queens” which spent 3 weeks at the top of the alternative radio airplay chart and the second single “This Is War” which Entertainment Weekly called “unashamedly epic” is following right behind. In just a few weeks of airplay, it is currently at #25 on the chart and climbing steadily. Mute Math and Neon Trees will open the U.S. leg of Into The Wild. Thirty Seconds To Mars will return to Europe in June to play the summer festival circuit.

Thirty Seconds To Mars has partnered with MTV for a special exclusive multi-platform promotion that will bring fans close to the band throughout the tour. Exclusive behind the scenes and performance footage will air on MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits and through out the tour. The band will also host an episode of MTV2’s “Rock N Jock” at one of their stops, airdate will be announced soon. In addition to airing behind the scenes footage, MTV.com will host “30 Seconds With 30 Seconds To Mars,” allowing fans to submit questions for the band that will be answered at each tour date. Sirius-XM Satellite Radio is also running an exclusive promotion. The alternative channel Alt Nation will give away a pair of tickets to each date of the tour and 1 grand prize winner will receive a trip to Thirty Seconds To Mars’ show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on May 15 to meet the band.

Before leaving the UK, Thirty Seconds To Mars stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on March 29th where the performed “This Is War” and a cover or Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” They were also awarded the the Ultimate Live Lounge cover for their version of Kanye West’s “Stronger” during a previous visit. Their version of “Bad Romance” has been rapidly spreading around the blogosphere since Monday. You can see it on the bands youtube page here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7spoPjx7hs.

MTV praised This is War, declaring “If only all big rock albums had this much nerve” when it debuted in December at #2 on the alternative album and digital album chart, selling nearly 71,000 albums in the first week of release. The album has 2000 different album covers, as friends, fans, musicians, artists and many other notable persons submitted their own photos to be used on individual covers as part of the band’s innovative Faces of Mars campaign. Not only are fans on the album’s different covers but thousands of fans from around the world can be heard singing on tracks throughout the album. The band invited fans to attend summits in 8 different countries and online, where they recorded a variety of sounds, choruses and versus for the album.

Formed by brothers Jared Leto and Shannon Leto, Thirty Seconds to Mars have over 100 million views on YouTube, 48 million plays on MySpace and more than one million fans on iLike/Facebook. The band have won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV EMA’s, an MTV Latin and Asia Award, a Fuse Award, and three Kerrang! Awards. Thirty Seconds to Mars’ sophomore record, A Beautiful Lie hit multi-platinum status after two years of heavy touring and winning fans over, one-by-one, garnering the band a growing and loyal fan base.

Thirty Seconds To Mars BBC Radio 1 Lady GaGa “Bad Romance” Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7spoPjx7hs

For More information on Thirty Seconds To Mars, go to: http://www.thirtysecondstomars.com/

Follow Thirty Seconds to Mars on twitter: www.twitter.com/30secondstomars

Into The Wild U.S. Tour Dates

* Indicates Radio Show

4/9 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theatre

4/11 Tucson, AZ Pima County Fair

4/13 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre

4/15 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom

4/16 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom

4/17 Detroit, MI The Fillmore

4/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy

4/20 Boston, MA House of Blues

4/21 NYC, NY Roseland

4/23 Washington DC Bender Arena

4/24 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

4/25 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre

4/27 Miami, FL The Fillmore

4/28 Orlando, FL House of Blues

4/29 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

*5/1 Frisco, TX Pizza Hut Park

5/4 St. Louis, MO The Pageant

5/6 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium

5/7 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium

5/8 Salt Lake City, UT The Rail Event Center

5/10 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO

5/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

5/13 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

5/14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

5/15 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

5/16 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre

31 Mar

Today Ben Kweller, in conjunction with Esquire Magazine and its April issue (on newsstands nationwide March 23), is offering an exclusive, free download of his song “It All Happened” on the magazine’s Web site. For this issue, Esquire Magazine asked five of its favorite musicians – Dierks Bentley, Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, Griffin House, and Ben Kweller – to come to the Shack-Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi and take part in a two-day fashion shoot with world-famous photographer Danny Clinch. To make things interesting, Esquire also asked each of the musicians to take the “Esquire Songwriting Challenge” which called for each artist to write, perform, and record an original song with lyrics that include the phrase “Somewhere in Mississippi.” For some of the musicians, this became the title of their song and they used it time and again. For others, they used the phrase once before heading in another direction. The results are five songs as unique and entertaining as the men who created them.

To download Ben Kweller’s “It All Happened” for free, go to: http://www.esquire.com/features/music/ben-kweller-it-all-happened

Since March 29, Esquire.com has been offering one song per day from these musicians to its site readers. For anyone who misses the individual downloads, a complete EP of all five songs will also be available as a free download on Monday, April 5. After that, the full songs will no longer be available on Esquire.com (or anywhere else).

30 Mar

Kick-Ass: Music from the Motion Picture is now available everywhere! The KICK-ASS soundtrack album opens with “Make Me Wanna Die,” the first official commercial release by new Interscope recording group The Pretty Reckless. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Taylor Momsen, who is also one of the stars of CW’s hugely popular TV series, Gossip Girl. The release of The Pretty Reckless debut album on Interscope is slated for June 22nd; two days later the group joins the 16th annual Vans Warped Tour 2010 for its two-month trek, running through August 15th.

In addition to The Pretty Reckless, the KICK-ASS sound track album features the brand new title track by multi-platinum selling artist MIKA, who goes head-to-head with producer of the moment RedOne (Lady Gaga/Little Boots). The album’s heady mix of tracks spans the ’70s to the ’00s, with songs from the New York Dolls, Sparks, the Dickies, Primal Scream, the Prodigy, the Little Ones, 2010 BRIT Award-winner Ellie Goulding, and Japan’s Zongamin.

KICK-ASS, presented by Lionsgate and MARV, stars Aaron Johnson (who played teenage John Lennon in 2009’s Nowhere Boy) as Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass. The plot thickens when he encounters Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage as the mysterious vigilante Big Daddy. He is working with his 11-year old sword-wielding dynamo daughter Hit Girl (played by Chloë Grace Moretz of (500) Days Of Summer) to bring down the local drug baron Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong of Sherlock Holmes). As Kick-Ass inspires a subculture of copycats, a friendship is forged with another fledgling crimefighter, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Superbad).

Make sure to pick up a copy of the album via iTunes, or Amazon.

30 Mar

LA-based indie artist ACTIVE CHILD (a.k.a. songwriter/musician Pat Grossi) will release his highly-anticipated EP June 1st on Filter US Recordings. Titled Curtis Lane, the EP is ACTIVE CHILD’s first stateside offering; he released several singles in the UK to significant critical acclaim. Track listing for Curtis Lane below.

In support of the release, ACTIVE CHILD will embark on a several-week European tour, kicking on May 13th with an appearance at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK. ACTIVE CHILD will then join NYC indie rock band White Rabbits for a string of dates that wraps up June 3rd in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Full European tour dates below.

ACTIVE CHILD is fresh off of a successful run of shows at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX. The highly-influential NME lauded the ingenuity and originality of his live performance: “How often do you get to see a harp played at a hip indie show? Not often. How gutted am I that I didn’t record one of the harpy tracks? Very.” Pitchfork went on to applaud Grossi’s “hushed and otherworldly falsetto synthpop” and called ACTIVE CHILD’s music “so overwhelmingly pretty that it absorbs whatever’s around it… the basic elements of a possible greatness are all in there.”

Despite only releasing several singles in the US, ACTIVE CHILD has already garnered various press accolades. Raves came from Stereogum, Pitchfork, The Fader and LA Weekly, who called him “evidently capable of great, great things.”

Track Listing for Curtis Lane:

I’m In Your Church At Night
She Was a Vision
When Your Love is Safe
Take Shelter
Weight of the World

Tour dates for ACTIVE CHILD:

* = with White Rabbits
May 13 – Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
May 14 – Cooler – Bristol, UK*
May 15 – Night & Day – Manchester, UK*
May 16 – Stereo – Glasgow, UK*
May 18 – Portland Arms – Cambridge, UK
May 19 – The Garage – London, UK*
May 21 – Stage and Dagger – London, UK
May 22 – Hobby Horse – London, UK
May 25 – Point Emphemere – Paris, France*
May 27 – Usine – Geneva, Switzerland*
May 28 – 59 To 1 – Munich, Germany*
May 29 – Keller Klub – Stuttgart, Germany*
May 31 – Luxor – Cologne, Germany*

June 1 – Magnet – Berlin, Germany*
June 2 – Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark*
June 3 – Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands*

For more information about ACTIVE CHILD, go to