Cazals return to the USA this March -Release critically acclaimed debut album What of Our Future out March 3rd (The:Hours)

Cazals return to the USA this March -Release critically acclaimed debut album “What of Our Future” out March 3rd (The:Hours).

Tuesday March 3rd – Pianos 8.30PM – New York, NY

Friday March 6th – 10PM – The Studio, New York, NY

Tuesday March 10th – 10PM – Cinespace, Los Angeles, CA

Life Is Boring – Crookers Remix

Cazals are set to return to the US this spring to showcase their killer live set in New York & LA as well as to celebrate the release of the debut, before returning back to the UK to work on their sophomore release. The first non-electronic group to sign with label du jour Kitsune, ran by Daft Punk former manager Gildas Loaec who promptly signed the band after hearing their tremendously exciting indie ode to teenage rebellion “Poor Innocent Boys”. After the single was added to the infamous Kitsune Maison collection in Europe, the bands name and buzz soon began to flourish, prompting them to record their spectacular pop debut masterpiece “What of Our Future” out March 3rd (The Hours).

“Wrapped in bright guitars and slick synths, every track boasts an arresting touch” – SPIN

“The London five-piece balances retro-pop melodies reminiscent of XTC with DJ-minded fist-pump breakaways and a gritty garage edge. ” – XLR8R

Cazals signed to The:Hours/Kitsune in 2009 and are thrilled to be part of two very unique and hands on indie labels (The:Hours also recently signed UK favorites Elbow in France), able to stay true to their DIY ethics and maintain control in all aspects of their creative output, it’s clear this band refuse to slow down. Their debut album ‘What Of Our Future’ — produced by the bands bass player Martin Dubka (who’s also currently producing the upcoming Ali Love debut) — opens with the anthemic ‘New Boy In Town’ – the perfect antidote to endless, faceless guitar bands. Before unfolding with ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’ and the strutting guitars of their last single smash ‘Somebody, Somewhere’, a massive hit with a huge pogo-inducing chorus that had SPIN comparing the band to elvis costello, prompting any mere mortal to “strut off shamelessly into a skinny-tie karaoke chorus”. Kanye West also recently gave his seal of approval in the form of a blog not to long ago — to their most current “Life Is Boring” a stellar single, accompanied with a limited edition LIFE IS BORING T-shirt — designed by the one and only graffiti artist, illustrator, night life entrepreneur (who also co owns Beatrice Inn with Paul Sevigny and is the proud hubby of Ed Banger Queen Uffie) Andre Saraiva

The centre piece of the album sees the band at their most experimental with ‘Comfortable Silence’ a beautifully weird and sonic track that Phil Spector in his pomp would have been proud of. Along with the brilliant French pop perfections of ‘We’re Just The Same’ and the razor sharp ‘Both Sides’.

Hailing from the four corners of England, Cazals have built their reputation from the ground up and are now more than ready to take centre stage. Cazals are here, bringing their own brand of ‘guitar-dance-pop’ with them … so be prepared for a new set of heroes.

Its clear to see these lads have a lot going for them and 2009 is destined to be there year – the stars have aligned and the band are heading stateside -be sure to catch them at one of their gigs / in store appearances then be sure to run out and buy the album when it drops here in the USA on March 3rd (The:Hours/Fontana).

Cazals – Life Is Boring video

A phrase such as the hilariously dismissive and ironic “Life Is Boring” slogan, couldn’t possibly sum up any better a collective attitude and notion that the hipster elite so blatantly possess — embracing that je ne sais quoi… a New York-Paris-London rock-n-roll common-denominator that’s so prevalent in the world of indie rock — not to mention the swagger, of course, that all three have constantly maintained. This T is the epitome of anything-but-boring.

Early Pearl performing at Rock On The Range

Early Pearl performing at Rock On The Range!

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Dallas based band Early Pearl have been selected to perform at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio at Columbus Crew Stadium, on May 16th and 17th 2009.

Early Pearl will be sharing the stage with Motley Crue, Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Saliva, Flyleaf, Blue October as well as some of the biggest other bands in rock today.

The band who recently signed to a multi year, multi album recording contract with Global Music Group, has spent the last 3 years touring and developing their fan base. Their first single is slated for release sometime in March ’09 and the official release of their debut album “This Is” is slated for summer ’09.

For more information on Early Pearl, go to www.myspace.com/earlypearlrock or www.earlypearl.com.

THE BIRD AND THE BEE TO PERFORM LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN FEB. 26 ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

THE BIRD AND THE BEE TO PERFORM “LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN” FEB. 26 ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

EAST COAST TOUR CULMINATES WITH PERFORMANCE AT CARNEGIE HALL’S ZANKEL HALL IN NYC ON MARCH 7

The Boston Globe wrote that “there is something undeniably charming about the bird and the bee,” the irrepressible L.A. duo made up of singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin who released their second full-length album Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future on January 27 to wide critical acclaim. The New York Times noted that “the group’s arsenal reflects a fondness for late-1960s psychedelic pop and Brazilian Tropicalia. Mr. Kurstin accesses those allusions with a wink, mixing in shimmering electronics, atmospheric noise and layer upon layer of Ms. George’s breathy vocals.”

After standout performances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the bird and the bee will be performing the album’s lead single “Love Letter to Japan” tomorrow February 26 on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The band’s current tour will conclude with an East Coast run that culminates March 7 in a performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York as part of the WFUV Live at Zankel series. See all dates below.

Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future has also been generating considerable online buzz. BrooklynVegan posted about the band calling their music “tuneful and charming,” and adding that “live the bird and the bee really come alive…Inara George is a funny, charismatic presence…a bit of a revelation.” PerezHilton raved that “this is not dumbed-down bubblegum. It’s sweet, atmospheric and sublime… complicated and beautiful pop landscapes that never distract or overpower the vocals and melody.” “Love Letter to Japan” is also currently an Editor’s Pick Featured Video on MSN Music.

the bird and the bee – tour dates
Feb 26 — The Ellen Degeneres Show
Feb 26 — Santa Ana, CA — Yost Theater
Mar 3 — Fairfield, CT — Stage One
Mar 4 — Vienna, VA — The Barns at Wolf Trap
Mar 5 — Philadelphia, PA — Tin Angel
Mar 7 — New York, NY — Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

the bird and the bee ? Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future ? Blue Note 34556 ? January 27, 2009

AWARE/COLUMBIA RECORDING ARTIST ANGEL TAYLOR TO GO ON TOUR WITH GAVIN DEGRAW AND BRANDI CARLILE

AWARE/COLUMBIA RECORDING ARTIST ANGEL TAYLOR TO GO ON TOUR WITH GAVIN DEGRAW AND BRANDI CARLILE!

Angel Taylor, one of New York Post’s “6 Who’ll Sizzle” in 2009 and Billboard Magazine’s “Faces To Watch,” will hit the road with Gavin DeGraw in March and then again with Brandi Carlile in mid-April, in support of her forthcoming debut album, Love Travels. The album is produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat) and will be available digitally April 14th.

Recently performing on sold out shows with two-time Grammy Award winner Adele and singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, Angel returns to the road with Gavin DeGraw starting on March 27th in Portland, OR. She wraps her tour dates with Brandi Carlile in Missoula, MT on April 21st (complete list of tour dates below).

Billboard magazine proclaims, “Taylor sings of love lost, found and unrequited… she manages to toe the line between believing in true romance and giving up all hope.” On her debut album, the 20 year-old singer-songwriter is quick to share stories about her inspirations, but those stories fast become secondary to the true magic of her talent as a songwriter: The 12 tracks on Love Travels are more than just personal missives that Angel Taylor has set to music, they are living and breathing experiences that we have all shared. The names may change, but the stories remain the same.

A passionate blend of youthful innocence, soulful essence and a spiritual center, Angel Taylor is every bit as wholesome and pure as her Love Travels debut.

Love Travels EP is available digitally on iTunes now.

www.myspace.com/angeltaylor

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

March 14 Chicago, Illinois Project Music @ The Catalyst Ranch
Opening for Gavin DeGraw:
March 27 Portland, OR The Alladin
March 28 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
March 31 San Francisco, CA American Music Hall
April 1 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
April 2 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
April 5 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
April 6 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
April 8 Austin, TX The Parish
April 9 Dallas, TX The Loft
April 10 Houston, TX House Of Blues (Bronze Peacock)
April 11 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom

Opening for Brandi Carlile:
April 14 Aspen, CO Wheeler Opera House
April 16 Denver, CO Swallow Hill
April 17 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
April 18 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
April 20 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
April 21 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theatre

GREAT NORTHERN ANNOUNCE MARCH TOUR DATES AND SXSW SHOWCASES

GREAT NORTHERN ANNOUNCE MARCH TOUR DATES AND SXSW SHOWCASES

Look out for Great Northern on tour in the following cities:
Weds March 11 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Thurs March 12 – Portland, OR – Holocene
Sat March 14 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah Salon
Mon March 16 – Los Angleles, CA – Silverlake Lounge
Tues March 17 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Thurs March 19 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Filter Party @ Cedar Street – 2:30pm
Fri March 20 – Austin, TX – SXSW @ Karma Lounge -12am
Sat March 21 – Austin, TX – SXSW @ Convention Center – 2pm (Acoustic Performance)

‘REMIND ME WHERE THE LIGHT IS’
OUT APRIL 28TH (Eenie Meenie Records)

Their follow up to 2007’s ‘Trading Twighlight For Daylight’ is the new masterpiece, ‘Remind Me Where the Light Is’, is the work of a more seasoned group, one that has been on the road for months (touring with the likes of Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, Ladytron, Spoon and Fiery Furnaces) missed home, seen the world, and returned, not entirely prepared to sit still and write. It became very clear to them that they were going to do things a little differently this time.

On ‘Remind Me Where The Light Is’, Solon Bixler and Rachel Stolte are not afraid to delve into darkness. “We took a lot more risks by entering uncomfortable territory that wasn’t touched on the last record,” Bixler says. “We dug deeper into the unpleasant, which helped us to find the beauty.” Wishing to expand their sound, Bixler and Stolte began working with producer Michael Patterson (Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck, Puff Daddy, She Wants Revenge, amongst others) and Nic Jodoin. The results being upbeat, guitar-driven songs, yet with the familiar layered vocals and sweeping, panoramic sound.

Great Northern take bigger chances on this album; “We are content to be learning as we go,” Stolte says, “trying to overcome the fear of changing ourselves, constantly redefining ourselves as artists, and never creating the same thing twice. We hope the people who hear our music will relate to this next chapter of our lives.”

Given the ease with which Bixler and Stolte foster an immediate intimacy with their audience, listeners new and old are certain to not only relate to them, but to join in on the journey from the darkness, back to the light.

Check out Great Northern’s E-Card

MARNIE STERN TOURING IN MARCH

MARNIE STERN TOURING IN MARCH!

Guitarist/singer extraordinaire Marnie Stern and band tearing through the US in March, with a stop
at SXSW

Kill Rock Star’s very own Marnie Stern is touring the US this March. She got rave reviews on her last tour, and she’s going to reprise her feats once again on this tour. There’s the KRS showcase at SXSW, dates one the east and west coasts, and southern stops in between. It’s been said that Marnie posses “Astonishing axe skills in a set of songs that spin real emotion out of stunning technique” (NYLON). I’m most definitely in agreement, and I think you’ll be too. See below for tour datesŠŠ

“Sure, she’s a guitar goddess, nimbly scaling tall fretboards in a single bound. But axe dexterity is a snooze without personality to back it up, and Stern’s cheerleader/noise chick act is as tricky and compelling as anything post-feminist rock’n’roll has coughed up.” – PITCHFORK

Mar 5 – New York- NYU
Mar 10 – Philadelphia – Kung Fu Necktie
Mar 11 – DC – DC9
Mar 12 – Baltimore – Sonar
Mar 13 – Charlotte, SC – Snug Harbor
Mar 14 – Atlanta – 529
Mar 17 Dallas – Lounge on Elm Street
Mar 18 – Austin – KRS Showcase
Mar 21 – Tucson – Plush
Mar 24 – Phoenix – Rhythm Room
Mar 25 Los Angeles – The Echo
Mar 26 Visalia, Ca – The Cellar Door
Mar 27 San Francisco – Bottom Of The Hill


www.myspace.com/marniestern1

THE GUARDIAN gave The Isles debut 4 stars, sophomore Troika delivers more Britpop flavor today

THE ISLES Troika OUT TODAY

The debut of New York band The Isles found them garnering much praise. Their early 80s Manchester influenced pop was critically acclaimed. Prestigious publications such as The Guardian described their music containing “Flashes of contemporary color in flighty rhythms but a wash of late 1980s British Indies influences” and received 4 out of 5 stars. NME, the taste maker that they are called the album “a slow burn album for all seasons” and gave it 8 out of 10 stars. Whereas, in the United States Magnet Magazine called the album “Subtle, Skillful Smiths-Riffing.” There is no doubt that their music has flown over the Atlantic Ocean and has exhilarating ears.

Two years later after having toured the United States relentlessly and flying over to Europe and performing in countries such as the United Kingdom, France and Spain; the band demoed their new album. Immediacy and simplicity were paramount – songs were often written on Monday, arranged on Tuesday and demoed over the weekend. The same spirit traveled to Excello studio where The Isles recorded for 21 days. The results presents the band at their most mature state.

The record was written and arranged by Andrew Geller, Turner Stough and Timothy McCoy; that is the reason for the title “Troika”, which refers to a governing body of three people.

Their new album Troika is self-released and out February 21 2009.

FUSE TV to Air 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Fuse is the official home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and will bring you front and center for the biggest, most celebrated night in rock. Tune into Fuse for an exclusive look at this year’s highly-anticipated, star-studded Induction Ceremony – it’s live, loud and you can only find it on Fuse. Watch as some of music’s most legendary acts like Metallica and Run-D.M.C. join fellow Rock legends in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In November of 2008, Fuse signed a three year deal to become the new television and online partner of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The 2009 ceremony will air live on Fuse from Cleveland Ohio’s Public Hall on April 4th at 8pm ET/PT for the first time since 1997. Fuse’s exclusive deal also includes the live telecast of the 2010 and 2011 ceremonies from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The complete list of 2009 inductees include; Metallica, Run-D.M.C., Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Bobby Womack, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham.

Stay tuned to Fuse for an exciting lineup of original specials dedicated to 2009’s groundbreaking inductees.

SHOW: Fuse Presents the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

PREMIERE: April 4, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT

CHANNEL NUMBER: DirecTV 339 / EchoStar 158; cable subscribers, check local listing

WEBSITE: http://www.fuse.tv

Green River Ordinance New Album Out Of My Hands | Come On video

Green River Ordinance release their brand new album Out of My Hands today! The Texan rockers also have a high quality viral video for their first album single “Come On” in addition to a podcast series filmed on the road.

Come On” Viral Video Stream:

In the mundane world of local law, a Green River Ordinance prohibits door-to-door sales without a homeowner’s prior permission. Fortunately, the band Green River Ordinance needn’t rely on such pedestrian peddling to sell its wares—its catchy anthems have drawn listeners on their own. The only door-to-door action is purely word of mouth, as one fan tells another what they’ve found.

Now, listeners everywhere will be able to discover what people in Fort Worth, Texas— the band’s hometown—already know, as EMI/Virgin releases Green River Ordinance’s Out Of My Hands on February 24, 2009.

The major-label bow follows independent debut The Beauty of Letting Go, a record that sold well online (reaching #2 at retailer Awarestore.com) and firmly put the band on the map. Following its release, Green River Ordinance won Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Piece It Together”) at the 2006 Fort Worth Music Awards, winning Artist of the Year a second time in 2008.

Regional fame landed the band opening slots with artists such as Bon Jovi, Collective Soul, Bowling For Soup, Simple Plan and many others, earning this young band (which formed in high school) the onstage experience and poise of a veteran act.

Out Of My Hands builds on the strengths that got the debut album noticed, with accessible, hook-laden songs suitable for cruising—windows down and radio blaring. Reminiscent of arena-ready, larger-than-life rock bands, Green River Ordinance expertly blends emotive vocals, guitars-to-11 and anthemic choruses to deliver moments certain to move crowds, with lighters (or phones) inevitably waving in the air.

Whether the song is a slow build (“On Your Own”), a propulsive rocker (the title track), or a driving sing-along (lead single “Come On”), Green River Ordinance apparently are incapable of writing anything without a huge chorus that will stick in listeners’ heads for weeks.

The band is composed of singer/guitarist Josh Jenkins, brothers Jamey (guitar) and Geoff Ice (bass), Denton Hunker (drums) and Joshua Wilkerson (guitar). For Out Of My Hands, the band teamed up with producers Mark Endert (Natasha Bedingfield, Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw), Jordan Critz and Paul Ebersold (Sister Hazel, 3 Doors Down, Third Day) while still keeping the songwriting in-house. The resulting album will be familiar to the band’s hardcore fans while reflecting the additional time and expertise that went into its creation.

And despite the members’ youthful appearance and debut status, as the years in the Texas trenches demonstrate, this band is anything but green.

“We’ve always had a vision about what we wanted to do musically, and we’re still getting it done,” Jenkins reflects. “We’ve stayed true.”

Tour Dates:
Feb 25 2009 The Crofoot Pontiac, Michigan
Feb 27 2009 Station 4 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 28 2009 Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 1 2009 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Mar 3 2009 The Note West Chester, Pennsylvania
Mar 4 2009 The Canal Room New York City, New York
Mar 5 2009 TT the bear’s Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 7 2009 Jammin Java Vienna, Virginia
Mar 10 2009 The Music Farm Charleston, South Carolina
Mar 11 2009 The Evening Muse Charlotte, North Carolina
Mar 12 2009 The Square Room Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 13 2009 Smith’s Old Bar Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 14 2009 Gerstle’s Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 15 2009 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 19 2009 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 Mother Egan’s* Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 25 2009 Blue Light Live Lubbock, Texas
Mar 26 2009 Fitzwilly’s College Station, Texas
Mar 27 2009 The Aardvark Fort Worth, Texas
Mar 28 2009 House of Blues Pontiac Dallas, Texas
Apr 16 2009 Converse College Spartanburg, South Carolina
Apr 25 2009 Baldwin Wallace College Berea, Ohio
May 2 2009 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, Tennessee

*SXSW Official Showcase