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20 Aug
2009
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Warner Bros Records is proud to announce the October 6, 2009 release of The Listening, the debut full-length album from LIGHTS.

The Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist crafts her own brand of sparkling, otherworldly electro-pop that is, in her words “soft, but not pussy-soft, you know?” LIGHTS’ songs have already garnered almost 16 million plays on MySpace, and she has racked up a #1 hit on MuchMusic, inclusion in a series of Old Navy commercials, and airtime on The Hills. On the strength of her self-titled EP alone, LIGHTS won the 2009 Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award) for New Artist of the Year, joining the ranks of Feist and Nelly Furtado.

During her stint on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour Rolling Stone selected LIGHTS as one of four Warped Tour Buzz Bands, calling her a “retro new wave…keytar-rocking pixie.”

LIGHTS’ first full collection of music, The Listening, expands on her sound, which she calls “inter-galactic electro” and describes as “simple lyrics juxtaposed with sounds harvested from the far reaches of my alternate universe.” The album includes a few songs already familiar to die-hard LIGHTS fans, as well as plenty of new material including the first single, “Saviour,” a propulsive pop anthem that represents the essence of LIGHTS.

The video for “Saviour” premiered on MySpace Monday, August 10th and immediately shot to the number one spot. It has remained the number one video on MySpace with 620 thousand views and counting.
In addition to her rabid online fanbase, LIGHTS has been criss-crossing the globe winning support with her live show, playing countless sold out gigs in her home country as well as numerous festival dates in the UK. This fall LIGHTS will join Keane on their Canadian dates and will be touring extensively throughout the US.

Visit www.IAMLIGHTS.com or www.myspace.com/lights to see and hear LIGHTS.

“Saviour” Music Video

20 Aug
2009
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For singer/songwriter Marina Chello, music has been everything for as long as she can remember. Originally from Uzbekistan, Marina learned English from singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. After years of voice and music classes, Marina began writing her own songs, eventually reaching out to notable producers via her Myspace page. She greatly impressed legendary producer and Bad Boy Records President Harve Pierre, and is now preparing to release her debut album, What’s Done Is Done, on Crazy Joint/Bad Boy.

There is significant excitement brewing around the young singer as she finishes recording her album, a heartache-heavy hybrid of next-level pop and R&B. Her single “Sideline” (listen here) is already being picked up by Top 40 stations across the country and continues to gain momentum, while her uptempo track “What’s Done Is Done” has also been snapped up by DJs across the country. A flurry of glowing online profiles and reviews on sites including Elle Girl, Teen, Young Hollywood, Alloy, MySpace and Imeem, just to name a few, have solidified the buzz, as fans hurry to upload their own versions of her songs on YouTube.

Since she grew up singing in several languages, including Russian, Spanish, and Italian, she brings a unique perspective to pop music. Her sound blends all the elements that have gone into the making of a young artist on the eve of great success the inherently relatable songwriting that reflects a childhood glued to the radio, the passion of a young girl raised between two cultures, and the energy of collaborating with some of todays most notable producers. With What’s Done Is Done, its clear that theres a new voice on the scene, and as “Sideline” continues its climb up the charts, Marina is ready to take center stage. Buy “Sideline” now on iTunes, and check out her Myspace page for more information.

19 Aug
2009
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The path to global musical notoriety from the frozen confines of a place called Chugiak, Alaska just got a little easier, thanks to the rapturous new song “Melody,” by newcomer Kate Earl. iTunes will feature the jubilant new hit from the Alaskan native as their Single Of The Week on Tuesday, August 18th. Earl’s debut full-length Universal Republic/Casablanca Music release, Kate Earl, will be made available digitally to online platforms the same day.

iTunes, the world’s leading music vendor, will make the single available for free all week, as well as providing an informative mini-snapshot of the singer for fans just getting to know the intriguing Earl. The digital meet-n-greet is all part of their Single Of The Week apps, which has become one of the most coveted slots in music, particularly for breaking artists.

And Earl is poised to ‘break’ soon. Signed to Tommy Mottola’s Casablanca Music, she is already drawing comparisons to an impressive array of female artists such as Feist and the legendary Rikki Lee Jones. The nimble “Melody” epitomizes the singer’s deft high-wire act as she displays sultry confidence and an enticing vulnerability in both musical range and narrative. Critics and influential online blogs have also taken notice, with PopMatters heralding the talented artist by proclaiming: ‘Earl can be something special.’

Born in Anchorage Alaska, she moved to Los Angeles after years of dreaming of a music career while helping out in her parents’ gas station in the barren outlands of a town twenty miles north of Anchorage called Chugiak. The apt translation of the former military homestead is a ‘place of many places,’ and Earl has written about how all roads leading to her unbelievable musical journey began there: ‘I’d ring a customer and dream…Stock the shelves – dream…plow the snow….dream.”

Now, armed with a “Melody” that is spreading like wildfire online and on radio, the charismatic singer is about to turn all those dreams into reality.

19 Aug
2009
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At the end of 2008, LoveHateHero felt like it was time to step outside the boundaries they had created for themselves with their previous efforts. After building a solid fan base with their first two albums, Just Breathe and White Lies, which they had supported by touring nationally with such acts as Chiodos, Funeral for a Friend, and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, the band, despite all its hard work, felt like it had not quite hit its stride. Even after White Lies sold over 20,000 copies in the U.S. and drew the attention of magazines like Alternative Press and Outburn, something wasn’t quite right and they knew it.

While writing songs for their newest release America Underwater, the band retooled their sound. The result was a record that focuses more on their well-developed vocal melodies and cleanly polished hooks. Nearly reinventing itself as a whole, the group dropped a lot of the edginess from its songs, using it sparingly instead of as a crutch to rest on. For this release, “maturing as songwriters” wasn’t just a cliché.

“Everyone’s better at what they’re doing so we were able to get more creative,” singer Pierrick Berub explains. “The album still holds true to the band’s sound but adds so much more depth, while at the same time being a more care free album.

“I think we concentrated more on songwriting and the material, what the songs are about,” Pierrick continues. “We wanted everything to be a complete song instead of just parts that shredded or were heavy. We didn’t want each song to be random riffs, we wrote complete songs that are just good songs. We simplified it but opened it up with vocal harmonies and music melodies in a way that we could have more fun.”

Backed by a phenomenal team including platinum selling pop/rock producers Daniel James and Leah Haywood at Dreamlab Productions, Grammy nominated mixing genius Brian Paturalski (Aerosmith, Silverchair), and mastering guru Ted Jensen (Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Tokio Hotel, etc.), this four piece from the City of Angels is guaranteed to inspire those fans who have loved them before and win over those who never gave them a chance.

“Our producers work with a lot of pop acts, but they’ve always had a love for rock & roll,” Pierrick states. “It was a great learning experience to record with them. They are excellent songwriters and are really knowledgeable about song structure and it helped us a lot.”

When LoveHateHero was finished recording, the band exited Dreamlab Productions with ten anthemic, pop-laced rock songs, powered by Pierrick’s signature vocals and Thrasher’s relentless guitar attack. With Scot Gee (drums) and Paris Bosserman (bass) solidifying the rhythm section, the band steamrolls forward with more passion and fervor than ever before.

LoveHateHero now looks to blast headfirst to the next level with the release of America Underwater immediately followed by endless touring to support the album while spreading their sound to new listeners. You can catch the band on the Vans Warped Tour.

Ferret Records will release America Underwater will be released on September 29.

19 Aug
2009
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Today we’re able to tell you about a new band called Desktop. Desktop is Keith Thompson from Electric Six and Zach Curd from The Pop Project. Zach was kind enough to send us over the mp3 for the track “Fired Up” (we’re really digging it!). You can listen to it in our player below. Read below for more info on the band!

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Desktop is unlike Curd’s and Thompson’s other projects, meeting somewhere between Stevie Wonder, New Order and 80s Detroit techno. Thompson’s thick and driving bass lines and Curd’s rich, reverb-drenched harmonies stand out as highlights of their debut self-titled EP. The EP was completely collaborative from the onset, with Thompson and Curd constantly revising each other’s contributions, at all times pushing for the goal of a better song. Thompson and Curd developed the recordings completely via the internet, never actually working on anything together in the same room.

With all the ambient, axe wielding, lo-fi experimentalists taking over the independent music limelight, Desktop have created a smart, feel-good breath of fresh air.

Keith Thompson plays in Electric Six, known for their hits “Danger! High Voltage” (UK Singles Chart #2) and “Gay Bar” (UK Singles Chart #7). Thompson also is an active member of Detroit’s Johnny Headband.

Zach Curd plays keyboards in The Pop Project, known in power-pop circles for 2008’s critically acclaimed Stars Of Stage And Screen album. Curd also heads up the Ann Arbor, MI based Suburban Sprawl Music label.

The EP is available for free on the Desktop’s website: http://www.desktopjams.org. Also go check out Desktop on MySpace here.

A very limited run of 200 12″ inches with letterpressed jackets will be available via Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack Media on September 29th, 2009.

19 Aug
2009
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Terra Terra Terra have now released their debut album Mind Like A Man, Soul Like A Child via Round Kid/Bonded Records. Hailing from Orlando, FL, Terra Terra Terra consists of Loren Taylor (vocals/guitar), Matthew Hagelberger (guitar), John Dye (synth) and Isaac Eisenhauer (drums). Influenced by bands like LoveDrug, Incubus, and Pink Floyd, Terra Terra Terra have an electric and passionate feel with tracks that range from solid rock to powerful ballads. With their recent release, Terra Terra Terra look to continue their extensive touring and rapidly expanding fan base.

Head over to their MySpace Page to hear the first single “Transmission Lost,” and make sure to pick up your copy of Mind Like A Man, Soul Like A Child in stores everywhere! For the latest on Terra Terra Terra, go to myspace.com/terraterraterra and buy the new album on iTunes now!

Terra Terra Terra “Transmission Lost” from Visually Inklined on Vimeo.

16 Aug
2009
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Lynhurst, the sibling pop rock trio from Minneapolis, is Mari (19), Matt (21) and Jake (22). The band left the University of Minnesota to pursue an upper-classman’s education in rock and roll. For most of the past year, Lynhurst has been in-residence in Los Angeles writing, recording, and performing. The band will be touring throughout the summer and fall of ’09 in support of their latest album Field Day.

Listen to “Exactly” here

With sister Mari front and center on drums and lead vocals, brothers Jake and Matt flank her with support guitars, keyboards and vocals. Their upbeat songs almost mask their clearly thoughtful, sophisticated songwriting and storytelling, which they delivered with undeniable musical proficiency. Mari’s mesmerizing voice stands in beautiful contrast to her rocking drumming and the trio’s surprisingly full-bodied sound. For more on Lynhurst, go to www.myspace.com/lynhurstmusic.

Download Field Day on iTunes or on Amazon

16 Aug
2009
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Anna Ternheim’s new album, Leaving on a Mayday just came out this past week. The album is already a huge success worldwide as it has won 2009 Swedish Grammys for “Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” for Anna. The album was produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn and John). You can listen to the whole album on iLike by going here and you can also listen to the track “What Have I Done” and its remix in our players below. You can buy Leaving on a Mayday on iTunes (buy) and Amazon (CD“> or MP3)

“What Have I Done”
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“What Have I Done” (El Perro del Mar remix)
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For more on Anna Ternheim, go to www.annaternheim.com and www.myspace.com/annaternheim.

01 Mar
2009
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Official Video for “Makes You Crazy”

The CBS Early Show

Everyone once in a while we like to take a look at an up and coming artist or band just so we can say “yeah, we’ve known them!”. We’ll be profiling Brett Dennen. Brett, a singer-songwriter from Oakland California, has been likened to some of the greatest songwriters of our generation from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to John Mayer and Dave Matthews.

    “This singer-songwriter got the Grey’s Anatomy seal of approval when his ballad “Ain’t Gonna Lose You” was featured on the show this fall. He keeps things strumming along nicely on this folk-pop disc.” – People Magazine

If you’ve heard the name before, it’s not surprising. Though only having released three albums, Brett has had his music featured on such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy, House, The Unit and Scrubs in addition to performing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O Brien and The CBS Early show.

    “With a mind-freeing groove and Nigerian singer Femi Kuti, ‘Make You Crazy’ should help you relax from the craziness.” – USA Today

As one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch”, Brett Dennen has been gaining fans everyday while on tour with John Mayer. Now on a winter headlining tour in promotion of his newest release “Hope for the Homeless”, Brett’s music has impacted AAA radio with his song “Makes You Crazy” which has been on the charts for 22 weeks and its music video is in rotation on VH1.

    “Brett’s “clear, melodic voice and easy-like-Sunday-morning compositions possess a “consciousness-raising bent and the kind of tuneful folk-rock accessibility that makes the music supervisors at Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, et al. positively giddy.” – Entertainment Weekly

Next up for Brett is touring with The Fray in the UK and playing in this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in June. Check out some of Brett’s music at his myspace or at brettdennen.com.

On Tour Now
Mon 03/02/09 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
Tue 03/03/09 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room
Wed 03/04/09 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Thu 03/05/09 Des Moines, IA People’s
Thu 03/12/09 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Fri 03/13/09 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Sat 03/14/09 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
Mon 03/16/09 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Tue 03/17/09 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
Thu 03/19/09 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
Fri 03/20/09 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sat 03/21/09 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sun 03/22/09 Sacramento, CA Boardwalk
Tue 03/24/09 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
Wed 03/25/09 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
Fri 03/27/09 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Sat 03/28/09 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue
Sun 03/29/09 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Mon 03/30/09 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
Wed 04/01/09 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
Thu 04/02/09 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Fri 04/03/09 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Sat 04/04/09 Murray, UT Murray Theater