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26 Jan
2012

DJ Havana Brown can do it all.

Not only is she a superstar, international DJ, she’s also quickly becoming a pop phenomenon with “We Run the Night” (iTunes) featuring Pitbull, her debut single for Universal Republic Records. However, that was always the plan for Brown.

Growing up in Melbourne, the singer discovered music by raiding her brother’s collection of R&B records. Crooning along to the likes of Janet Jackson and Bobby Brown, Brown taught herself how to sing. Soon, she was performing at family gatherings and immersing herself deeper into music. After high school, the budding star started seriously writing her own songs.

Moving to the UK, she formed an R&B dance group called Fishbowl and landed a deal with Polydor. Even though Fishbowl recorded an entire album, a single was never even released as the group dissolved due to inner tensions. Brown was crushed, but she found solace under the bright lights and pulsating sounds of London’s club scene.

“I was clubbing a lot in order to suppress my depression about things not working out,” recalls Brown. “One night, I looked at the DJ, and I thought he had the best job on the world. As a DJ, you get to perform, entertain, play good music, and have fun. I knew I had to try it. When I started, it was so natural. At the time, it was what I was meant to do. It didn’t work out for me Polydor, but it led me to the next phase.”

Snagging some turntables and equipment in 2006, Brown picked up small gigs spinning around London. She slowly but surely started to carve out a following due to her diverse and energetic sets. Moving back to Australia, she landed an opening spot on tour with The Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga in 2008. From there, she supported Britney Spears all over Australia and Europe.

Brown established herself as a go-to DJ, manning the decks on tour before major pop presences such as Chris Brown, Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, and many more. In the meantime, she became the first female DJ in Australia to sign a major label record deal with Universal Music and she began releasing her compilation series, Crave, via the label. Juggling everything flawlessly, she hosted various popular radio shows across Australia, remaining inescapable.

However, everything simply served as a prelude to “We Run the Night”. Over infectious beats from mega-hot producer RedOne, Brown seduces with an irresistible refrain. Her voice shimmers soulfully, while Pitbull drops a kinetic verse. The song stands out as a bona fide anthem equally ready for the radio airwaves and the clubs.

About the “We Run the Night”, Brown reveals, “I wanted to combine the club and commercial words in one song. I wanted to make something that I could play in my DJ sets and on my radio show. It was a challenge, as I had to work with people who understood what’s happening in the club scene and in pop music at the same time. RedOne was perfect. We were trying to mix two types of music together.”

The track bridges those gaps seamlessly with its hyper catchy, sexy hook and incendiary bump ‘n’ groove. “The lyrics are about music, but there’s this sexual innuendo in there. I like boys, but I love music,” laughs Brown. “It brings everything together, while showing how music makes me feel.”

Listeners are going to feel “We Run the Night” as soon as they hear it. Most importantly for Brown, the song establishes her foundation as an artist, seeing her jump from behind the decks to center stage.

“It’s a great introduction to the kind of artist I am and I’m going to be,” she declares. “However, it also represents me as a DJ. I didn’t want to neglect that side. My dream was always to make music that I could play in the clubs and on my radio shows.”

That’s exactly what she’s doing. Still, Brown is at another new beginning. “I want people to forget everything and feel free when they hear my music,” she concludes. “I want them to move, dance, feel sexy, and enjoy life. I want them to escape.”

Havana Brown doesn’t simply “run the night”, she’s about to run pop.

http://www.djhavanabrown.com.au/
http://www.facebook.com/djhavanabrown
https://twitter.com/#!/djhavanabrown

03 Aug
2011

Hollywood Records recently announced that it has signed all-girl rock group Cherri Bomb, one of the hottest up-and-coming bands coming out of Los Angeles.

The group – Julia Pierce (vocals/guitar), Nia Lovelis (drums/vocals), Miranda Miller (guitar/keyboards/ vocals), and Rena Lovelis (bass/vocals) – have begun recording their debut EP slated for release later this summer.

“We’ve been working so hard for three years – intense rehearsals, lots of gigging (including opening slots with the Smashing Pumpkins, Filter, Camp Freddy, and Chelsea Girls among others) – it was blood, sweat, and tears literally. Signing with Hollywood Records validated all of that,” says drummer Nia Lovelis.

Along with their own material, Cherri Bomb have been playing a few choice covers at their shows including a hard rocking rendition of the Foo Fighters’ hit “The Pretender” for which they recently shot a video with director Giles Dunning (White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Weezer, Vampire Weekend). Watch it below.

Among the group’s biggest supporters is Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins who invited Cherri Bomb to open on the Pumpkins’ 2010 tour and invited Julia onstage to sing the band’s rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” with him. “It was the highlight of my life!” exclaims Julia.

This summer Cherri Bomb hit Europe for the first time to playing some of the biggest festivals in the world including Oxegen, Sonisphere, T in the Park, and and the upcoming Reading and Leeds Festivals. “We’re so excited. It’s our first time going to Europe and playing these festivals with some of our favorite bands and some of our idols – Foo Fighters, Weezer, and My Chemical Romance. We can’t believe it’s happening to us,” says Miranda.

Catch Cherri Bomb live this summer. Dates listed below.

Aug. 19 Leipzig, Germany Highfield Festival
Aug. 20 Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
Aug. 21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands Lowlands Festival
Aug. 26 Reading, England Reading Festival
Aug. 27 Leeds, England Leeds Festival
Aug. 28 Paris, France Festival Rock en Seine

www.cherribombband.com
www.facebook.com/cherribombband
www.youtube.com/user/cherribombband
twitter.com/cherribombband

03 Aug
2011

Like her namesake, Novi is a new artist that is on a fast-track to stardom. Her first EP, Now I’m Here, set to be released for Fall of 2011, is sure to spark an immediate following from listeners throughout the music spectrum.

She comes to the scene with an original, distinct sound that is eclectic enough to hit the chords of any music lover in the galaxy. The smooth, electro-pop sounds that emanate from the speakers are a compulsive rise and fall of beats on every track that capture listeners, hook, line, and sinker.

With looping skills envious of Imogen Heap, and lyrics that send second guesses straight into the back of your mind (“I had bar flies sipping on my Motherf#*king drink”) you’ll have Novi “peddling back” through your mind all day. (Don’t worry. It’s a good thing.)

Starting with Now I’m Here, the self-titled track of the EP with the same name, is a slow psychedelic beat. With miscellaneous sounds strewn about in the background that only add to the thrill of listening to Novi for the first time. Her album follows the pattern of most of her tracks. They rise in tempo, and then drop back down, like an EKG of what your heart looks like as you listen. Same Old Song, the fourth track on her EP, captures the idea of Novi completely. The slow beat in the background, with different sounds intermittent between a steady beat, gives way to her lyrics, “I’m tired of the same old song, tearin’ me up at the end of the day,” which suddenly leads in to a fast-paced, hard-hitting female rap solo, all done by Novi.

Her cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair, not only does the song justice, but also gives the lyrics new meaning with her haunting intro that starts off with three short stagnant pauses. Barely recognized until they’re over, the pauses are the epitome of Novi’s music. You don’t know what hit you until it’s already over.

Novi is currently rehearsing for regional shows with “Blackbirds” as the first single to mark her arrival onto the music scene. Meanwhile, a full EP is tentatively slated for a Fall 2011 release. More music from Novi can be found on various web sites and social networking sites such as Reverb Nation, Facebook, and Soundcloud. You can visit the official Novi website at www.iamnovi.com for music and news.

Download “Blackbirds”

NOW I’M HERE Tracklisting:
1. Now I’m Here (A Prelude)
2. Blackbirds (feat. Lee Miles)
3. Dominoes
4. Same Old Song
5. Time Bombs
6. Wounded (feat. Lee Miles)
7. Scarborough Fair
8. Irretrievable

http://www.iamnovi.com/
https://www.facebook.com/noviofficial
http://twitter.com/#!/NoviOfficial

01 Jun
2011

Only Living Boy eats raw hearts for breakfast. Fueled by life’s stunning brokenness, the band offers an authentic and poignant experience through a distinct rock sound. The trio’s unrivaled style is a combination of 70s vinyl inherited from their parents and the alternative rock of their own MTV adolescence, rounded out with bits of jam, blues, reggae and punk. Thanks to their hometown’s suspension between Pennsylvanian woods and New York City concrete, Only Living Boy’s Northwest New Jersey roots help define its sound and attitude—organic with an edge.

In 2008 the band – seemingly as a right of passage – found that not everyone in the music industry has their best interests in mind. After much heartache, disbelief and lawyer’s bills the band surged forward to reinvent itself as Only Living Boy, named after Paul Simon’s “Only Living Boy in New York.” The change represented a significant shift in attitude, songwriting and musicianship. With newfound motivation and an evolved sound, Only Living Boy immediately recorded it’s insightful and provocative self-titled debut, which was released on Wurli Records in August 2008. The album saw national attention through reviews, interviews and airplay on large market terrestrial as well as online radio.

Throughout two years of constant national touring (200 shows/year) the band has developed a ravenous, grass roots fan-base that continues to grow with each and every show. With the upcoming release of their new album Hide Nothing (out June 18th on Hub City Music), the road “chops” of a band twice their age and the songwriting prowess that only comes from real experience, Only Living Boy is ready to seize this summer!

Hide Nothing was recorded and produced by Paul Ritchie, guitarist/song writer for Jersey shore based rock band The Parlor Mob (Road Runner Records). Get a taste of the new material next Thursday June 9th at Bowery Electric in New York City and head down to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ for their album release show on June 18th.

Only Living Boy w/Dead Ex’s
Bowery Electric

Thursday June 9th 8PM
327 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

Lonely Puppy Blues by Hub City Music

www.onlylivingboy.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Only-Living-Boy/10955029492
http://www.youtube.com/onlylivingboymusic

18 May
2011

Hailing from the East Bay, Emily’s Army is comprised of Max Becker on bass, Cole Becker on guitar, Travis Neumann on guitar, and drummer Joey Armstrong (son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong). Co-songwriters Max and Cole share vocal duties on the album. At the ripe age of 15, 16 and 17 years old, the Oakland-based band has already spent two years touring up and down the West Coast. The band’s name comes from Max and Cole’s 15 year-old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily’s Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization (emilysarmy.com) in their cousin’s honor.

At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily’s Army is a breath of fresh air – rocking out together for the pure fact that they love playing music and they love playing together. Don’t Be A Dick by Emily’s Army is the sound of the torchbearers to come.

Catch the band this Saturday May 22nd playing a Cystic Fibrosis benefit at the Huntington Beach Pier at 11:30AM. Full tour dates are below with more to be added soon.

Listen to some music from the band here.

5/21 Huntington Beach, CA Huntington Beach Pier
5/22 Long Beach, CA DiPiazza’s
6/18 Kelso, WA Hardtails
6/19 Olympia, WA Hall of The Woods
6/20 Portland, OR Alberta St. Pub
6/21 Portland, OR The Sea Shanty
6/22 Bend, OR Mad Happy Lounge
6/24 Salem, OR Wasteland
6/25 Ashland, OR Culture Works
6/26 Davis, CA TBA
6/27 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Pyrate Punx
6/28 Modesto, CA Melody Ballroom
6/29th Stockton, CA Plea for Peace Center
6/30th San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside

www.myspace.com/emilysarmy101
http://twitter.com/#!/emilysarmy

12 May
2011

Founded in the fall of 2007 by Damon Hardjowirogo and George Stroud, Starscream is a two (sometimes three) piece band that create deceptively complex and progressive post rock compositions through the use of drums, electronics, bass and guitar.

Perhaps best known for being featured throughout MTV’s Skins (in particularly the finale), Starscream are excited to announce their debut LP Future, Towards the Edge of Forever is out digitally on 5/10/11 and on a 2xLP available exclusively through Insound on 5/17/11

Pre-order from Insound HERE

Catch Starscream amongst others at Blip Festival in New York, NY on Saturday 5/21 at Eyebeam (540 West 21st Street).

GET TICKETS HERE

Find Starscream online–

Website: http://starscreamband.com/

Bandcamp: http://starscream.bandcamp.com/

Twitter: @starscreamny

Tumblr: http://starscreamband.tumblr.com/

Starscream – “Future, Towards the Edge of Forever” promo from Jean Y. Kim on Vimeo.

06 May
2011

Gypsyhawk! The band conceived in a bottle of Johnny Walker, and expelled onto the streets of Pasadena, California are about to take to the road this Spring/Summer in what has been dubbed the Defending Good Times Tour. After performing several one-off shows in Los Angeles to get acquainted with new guitarist Erik Kluiber (formerly of White Wizzard fame), it was decided that the four would embark on a tour that will (nightly) consist of three things: Excellent musicianship, outstanding facial hair, and of course, defending good times! Be sure to catch Gypsyhawk in a city near you.

Gypsyhawk is Eric Harris – Bass/Vocals, Andrew Packer – Guitar, Erik Kluiber – Guitar, Ian Brown – Drums

5/6 @ Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA w/ Glitter Wizard and Hot Lunch
5/7 @ Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV w/ Penetration Panthers, Swamp Donkey, Violent Rulers
5/9 @ The Alibi – Arcata, CA w/ TBA
5/10 @ Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Christian Mistress, The Guild
5/11 @ Funhouse – Seattle, WA w/ Thrones, Jr. Worship, Medula Pinata
5/12 @ The Lab – Missoula, MT w/ Green Sickness, Live Lady Meat Fuck, Buffler
5/13 @ Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Jesust, Visigoth
5/14 @ Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Warhawk, Malakai, Iconocaust
5/15 @ Zoo Bar – Lincoln, NE w/ Cats Melvin, Higher Empathy Movement
5/17 @ The Annex – Madison, WI w/ Chaos Revolution Theory, Skintones, See the Victim
5/18 @ Pancho’s – Chicago, IL w/ Thunderunderus, Wizard Castle
5/19 @ Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Eye, Bridesmaid
5/20 @ Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH w/ Duunes, Octolope
5/22 @ Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Natur, Hessian
5/23 @ Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Sweet Heart, Every Day Every Night, Thee Nosebleeds
5/24 @ Triple – Richmond, VA w/ Cross-Stitched Eyes, Lost Tribe, Soma
5/25 @ Get Down Bar – Asheville, NC w/ TBA
5/26 @ Green Lantern – Lexington, KY w/ Stampede, The Tall Boys
5/28 @ Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN for the Memphis Hates You Fest
5/29 @ Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Los Hijos Del Diablo, Lo Pan
5/30 @ Blue Iguana – Texarkana, AR w/ Mothership
5/31 @ The Mink – Houston, TX w/ Lo Pan, Mothership
6/1 @ The ND at 501 Studios – Austin, TX w/ Mothership, Scorpion Child
6/2 @ Night Rocker – San Antonio, TX w/ Mothership
6/3 @ Larry O’s – El Paso, TX w/ Fermentia, March of Chronos, Sector 7

Gypsyhawk on FB: http://www.facebook.com/gypsyhawkUSA

Gypsyhawk on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gypsyhawkUSA

Gypsyhawk on Bandcamp: http://gypsyhawk.bandcamp.com

05 May
2011

GIVERS’ debut album – In Light – set for release on Glassnote Entertainment Group on June 7th – is the most rewarding and joyous album you’ll hear all year. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based five-piece are nothing short of ebullient, tying together ecstatic ribbons of melodies into songs that leave you no choice but to smile upon hearing them.

In understanding GIVERS, it’s helpful to think of a constellation, a configuration of points that, when placed in succession, led to the band’s brilliant debut. The metaphor proves particularly useful given the name of their album – In Light is a collection filled with uncontainable brightness, buoyed by constantly evolving rhythms, warmed by spangling guitars, and illuminated by the melodic altruism that is the band’s mission statement. Mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Cee-Lo) as well as Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear) and produced by members of the band along with friend and engineer Korey Richey, In Light is as complex as it is enjoyable. It is a record that is as unique as the sounds of the state in which the band lives, and GIVERS themselves.

GIVERS first came together when lead singer/guitarist Taylor Guarisco and lead singer/percussionist Tiffany Lamson both started attending University in New Orleans. Lamson, waiting for renovations to be complete in her new apartment, ended up crashing on Guarisco’s couch. They quickly bonded over a shared love of bands, and revealed they were both musicians. Guarisco’s immersion in the sounds of New Orleans as a youth led him to play in handful of different funk, Cajun, and Zydeco groups. This influence on his playing was easily complemented by Lamson’s strong upbringing and appreciation for classic rock, soul, and pop.

Hurricane Katrina forced the duo back to their hometown of Lafayette, where they began to play together regularly, eventually recruiting drummer Kirby Campbell, keyboardist Will Henderson, saxophonist/keyboardist Nick Stephan and bassist Josh LeBlanc to fill out their sound. The players spent most of their waking hours creating improvised jams and molding them into powerful songs, recording in drummer Campbell’s apartment as they went. After a handful of local gigs, it was an opening slot for The Dirty Projectors that solidified GIVERS’ fate in July 2009: realizing that music was their calling, the band made a pact to focus all of their attention to getting GIVERS off the ground. The Dirty Projectors liked them so much they asked them to open the east coast leg of their fall tour; soon after, Ra Ra Riot did the same. Stereogum called them a “Band to Watch” for 2010, and blog buzz began to reach a fever pitch. GIVERS played and played, bringing their dizzying live energy from coast to coast, eventually ending up in front of Glassnote Entertainment Group’s legendary musical guru, Daniel Glass at the Austin City Limits Festival. Glass was so taken by the band’s infectious sound and jubilant live show that he signed them immediately.

In listening to In Light, it’s easy to hear what propelled the band so quickly. Engineer Ben Allen, known for his work with everyone from Cee-Lo to Animal Collective, helped to provide sounds that expanded the band’s greatest assets – their innate knack for the catchiest of melodies, and the ever-evolving rhythms and sense of adventure that gave them their experimental edge.

Opener and first single “Up Up Up” is nothing short of anthemic, a rousing calling card for the band’s elated sound. “Ripe” is a kaleidoscope of sultry Afro-pop, while “Meantime” showcases the band’s instrumental and thematic investment in fluidity, capping off with a no-holds-barred group sing-along. “Words” fuses fist-pumping, heavy percussion with staccato vocal chants, and “In My Eyes” is lifted into the night sky by fluttering harmonies, steel drum chimes, swirling guitar solos and cricket hums. “Atlantic” laces Lamson’s textured drawl with Caribbean accents, ukulele plucks and keyboard sparkles. Refreshingly alive with melody, endless energy, and downright danceability, In Light is the perfect introduction to a band whose name you will be hearing throughout 2011 and beyond…

Ceiling Of Plankton by GIVERS

GIVERS will be touring the U.S. upon In Light’s release this June. Check out thei full dates below:

May 13 Jepson Center for the Arts Savannah, GA – 8:00 PM

May 14 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC – 8:00 PM

May 21 North Star Philadelphia, PA

May 22 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

May 23 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH

May 25 Riot Room Kansas City, MO

May 27 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO

May 30 Sasquatch Festival George, WA

June 2 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, California

June 4 Trunk Space Phoenix, AZ

June 7 The Loft Dallas, TX

June 8 Antones Austin, TX

June 10 Bonnarroo Manchester, Tennessee

June 14 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC

June 16 Bowery Ballrom New York, New York

June 19 The Middle East Cambridge, MA

June 20 Il Motore Montréal, QC, Canada

June 21 The Garrison Toronto, ON, Canada

June 23 The Basement Columbus, OH

June 24 Schuba’s Chicago, IL

June 26 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN

June 27 Riot Room Kansas City, MO

July 2 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA

http://www.glassnotemusic.com
http://www.givers.bandcamp.com
http://www.myspace.com/giversmusic
http://www.last.fm/music/GIVERS
http://twitter.com/#!/giversmusic

27 Apr
2011

The band that keeps you salivating all throughout the day, Cheeseburger, has announced the release of their sophomore album Another Big Night Down the Drain. The Brooklyn based party rock band’s new album will be released on their new label Williams Street Records (Adult Swim) on May 3rd on CD and digital. Original band members Joe Bradley (vocals), Luke Crotty (Drums) and Christy Karacas (Guitar) are now joined by Jayson Green (vocals), Christian Gordy (Bass) and Eric Dufresne (Guitar) on the release, and the result is a bigger sound, but the same riff heavy garage punk vibe that fans have come to expect. If Christy Karacas’s name seems familiar, it might be because you also know him as the co-creator (along with Stephen Warbrick of Beavis and Butthead, Daria fame) of the Adult Swim show Superjail!. The new season of Superjail! will feature a bunch of new music from Cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger’s self-titled 2006 debut was released to worldwide acclaim even earning praise from the editors of Pitchfork: “Rather than copy some Motley Crue Cliché and wind up sounding like Jet or Louis XIV, Cheeseburger toy with rock archetypes the way a big cat teases its prey.”

Ok enough talk, check out a few songs below as well as the band’s video for “Winner” below the tracklisting for Another Big Night Down the Drain

1. Party Song
2. Winner
3. Big Night
4. Tight Jeans
5. Jellybean
6. Bobby’s Theme
7. Deep In The Cups
8. Gina
9. Suzy
10. Roll Like That
11. Good Time Charlie

Latest tracks by cheeseburgernyc

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20 Apr
2011

If you live outside New York City, you’ve been missing out on one of Manhattan’s biggest secrets, The Young Things. The Young Things are a five piece retro-rock band whose shows happen to be the best parties in town. Good friends who first met in London, The Young Things have been packing every NYC venue from The Bowery Electric, Pianos, The Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge to Brooklyn popular spots Spike Hill, Pete’s Candy Store and Cameo Gallery.

The Young Things will be playing Piano’s this Saturday April 23rd and at Bowery Electric on May 19th. Before you head over, we want you to check out their new video “All My Friends Are Junkies”. Watch it below and get a FREE mp3 of the song “Uptown” for a limited time here.

theyoungthings.net

www.myspace.com/youngthings

www.facebook.com/theyoungthings

@theyoungthings