B.O.M.B. Fest Announces 3rd Annual Festival! The East Coast’s Premiere Music Festival Returns May 28-29th at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT

B.O.M.B. Fest Announces 3rd Annual Festival! The East Coast’s Premiere Music Festival Returns May 28-29th at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT!

Weezer• Snoop Dogg

Wiz Khalifa • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros • Coheed And Cambria • Neon Trees • State Radio • George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic • The New Pornographers • Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience • Against Me! • Best Coast • HEALTH • RJD2 • Titus Andronicus • The Cool Kids • Wavves • Portugal. The Man • Man Man • Dum Dum Girls • Dam-Funk • Freelance Whales • Holy Fuck and more!

Watch The Lineup’s Unveiling HERE!

Tickets On Sale Friday, March 4th

at 6 a.m. EST via Bombfest.com

February 28, 2011 – The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University (43 Lake Ave, Danbury, CT 06810) in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.

B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109 go on sale on Friday, March 4th at 6:00 am EST. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiativesincludes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.

2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Weezer
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
Neon Trees
State Radio
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience
Against Me!
Best Coast
HEALTH
RJD2
Titus Andronicus
The Cool Kids
Wavves
EOTO
Portugal. The Man
Man Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Dam-Funk
Freelance Whales
Holy Fuck
Daedelus
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dan Deacon
12th Planet
Free Energy
Woods
Real Estate
Nosaj Thing
The Hood Internet
Toubab Krewe
ESKMO
Small Black
River City Extension
Big Freedia
David Wax Museum
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!

About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.

Lady Gaga – Born This Way video

Lady Gaga – Born This Way official video

Written by Lady Gaga

Executive Producer Vincent Herbert

Directed by Nick Knight

Choreography Laurie Ann Gibson

The clip was directed by Nick Knight, along with Lady Gaga, the Haus of Gaga creative team and choreographer Laurieann Gibson.

The pop star confirmed last week that she will unleash another “Born This Way” video as well. The second version, she says, “is a more stripped-down version of the song that will be released on iTunes and also released as an audio file. A portion of the money raised selling the song is actually going to go towards an anti-bully charity.”

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS WIN RADAR AWARD AT THE NME AWARDS! BAND SET TO EMBARK ON FIRST U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM PASSIVE ME, AGGRESSIVE YOU

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS WIN PHILLIP HALL RADAR AWARD AT THE NME AWARDS

BAND SET TO EMBARK ON FIRST U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM PASSIVE ME, AGGRESSIVE YOU

2011 has seen The Naked And Famous begin to make waves outside of their native New Zealand with their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You. Set to be released in the U.S. on March 15th via Universal Republic Records, the band is rapidly gaining attention on both sides of the Atlantic with the album and their single Young Blood.

Following in the footsteps of The Drums, Glasvegas and The Big Pink, the Phillip Hall Radar Award was won by the band last night at the NME Awards. The honor is given to the band deemed the most worthy to have graduated from NME Magazine’s Radar pages over the past year.

Coming off the band’s growing U.K. and U.S. buzz, the band are gearing up for their first U.S. tour and appearance at SXSW in the spring. Set to play a packed schedule in Austin and shortly after kicking off a month long tour supporting Foals with Freelance Whales, the band will be cross-crossing North America and hopefully coming to a city near you soon.

Here are the tour dates:

WED-SUN 3/16-3/20 AUSTIN, TX SXSW Festival
SUN 4/10 VANCOUVER BC Commodore Ballroom
MON 4/11 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
TUE 4/12 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom
THU 4/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
FRI 4/15 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues
TUE 4/19 HOUSTON, TX Fitzgeralds
WED 4/20 DALLAS, TX Granada
THU 4/21 AUSTIN, TX La Zona Rosa
FRI 4/22 KANSAS CITY, MO Beaumont
SAT 4/23 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird
TUE 4/26 CHICAGO, IL Metro
WED 4/27 COLUMBUS, OH Outland
FRI 4/29 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland
SAT 4/30 TORONTO, ON Phoenix
SUN 5/1 MONTREAL, PQ National
MON 5/2 BOSTON, MA Paradise
WED 5/4 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
THU 5/5 PHILADELPHIA, PA Theatre of Living Arts
FRI 5/6 WASHINGTON, DC 930 Club
SAT 5/7 BALTIMORE, MD Ottobar
SUN 5/8P PROVIDENCE, RI The Met

Jeniferever – Silesia album review

Jeniferever – Silesia

Jeniferever is a four piece Swedish atmospheric rock band whose forthcoming album “Silesia” is to be released in April of 2011 on Monotreme Records. Jeniferever is comprised of Kristofer Jönson, Martin Sandström, Olle Bilius and Fredrik Aspelin. The group sounds a little like early Deathcab for Cutie, Appleseed Cast and Sunny Day Real Estate but they are in need of some serious editing. Jeniferever’s songwriting and music has great potential but their music needs more direction, and clarity.

The vocals and the lyrics on this album are really nice. The solemnity of the dramatic lyrics pair nicely with the austere vocal delivery. There’s no wailing or screaming and this type of music seems to invite that type of over dramatization. However, the vocals are so low in the mix that they are often overpowered by the guitar. The guitar lines on the majority of the tracks feature arpeggiated rolling eighth or quarter note patterns. This is a good tool in the arsenal of orchestration but it is not a good replacement for harmonic structure. The trick gets old fast and leaves the listener sleepy.  To further induce sleep, all of songs are fairly long (all of them over 4 minutes) and far too simplistic to warrant such long track times.

“A Drink to Remember” is over seven minutes long and there’s really only thirty seconds of musical material.  The song’s structure is basically verse, chorus, verse and the repetition of the same material coupled with the slower tempo should foreshadowed a build and possibly an accelerando that never came. This song should have been 2 minutes long or there should have been something new introduced.

The problem with this album and with most of Jeniferever’s recordings is the lack of guidance, and the poor producing and mastering. The vocals are too low to be understood or enjoyed fully. The guitar arpeggiation line should be an auxiliary addition, not the main attraction. The synth’s should be more textural, maybe adding a complimentary rhythm or two. And lastly, the percussion needs to be more clear, not so splashy.

Overall, the band would do well to fire their producer and to try to focus on diversification. Good vocals, honest lyrics and passion do not make up for the lack of music.  With the right guidance this band could put out an album that would kill but as it stands this album’s repetitive arpeggiated chords, sustained synths and simple percussion, leave the listener bored, sleepy and wondering “Why, with all the passion that this band exudes, am I so bored?!”

Agnes Obel – Philharmonics album review

Agnes Obel – Philharmonics

With ‘Falling, Catching’ opening with a subtle delicacy that could make the most cynical muso prick their ears, it sets the tone for what follows on the haunting debut that is ‘Philharmonics’ (PIAS, April 12th) by Danish songwriter/composer Agnes Obel. Before ‘Philharmonics’, Obel was best known for her song used on a Deutsche Telekom television advertisement, and her heartfelt reworking of John Cale’s well-known hit, ‘I Keep A Close Watch’. Born in Copenhagen, the emotive beauty of Obel’s sparse chamber folk had first been lauded in Europe (a spot on BBC Radio playlists, making the cover of French daily ‘Le Monde’) , and now she is stateside-bound.

Her folkster label tells only half the story, as there are actually echoes of Debussy in Obel’s work – ‘Avenue’ and ‘Louretta’, in particular, contain the same occasionally morbid, florid romanticism. So, think Joanna Newsom-meets-Debussy. A masterpiece of sombre, graceful solitude that suggests an album of twilight, the effect is both soothing and unsettling as Obel’s simply structured folk melodies linger in the air. Astutely accentuating her dusky voice with pared, subtle arrangements, Obel’s voice blossoms beautifully on the upbeat ‘Beast’, guided by the metronomic plucks and playful flourishes of harp. In an age when acts are remastering their albums to death, by contrast, Obel’s understated production is a revelation and appropriately places her melodious, near-whispered vocals and instrumental narrative center stage.

There is also a broadness to her vocal range, as evidenced on ‘Beast’, and in the harmonic refrains of ‘Avenue’. ‘Brother Sparrow’ and ‘Philharmonics’ have a sense of backstory where enough is left unsaid to make them intriguing repeated listens. ‘Beast’ is a gentle folk hymn of offbeat time signatures and mesmerizing acoustic guitar and piano interplay.

‘Philharmonics’ is a twisting melody with stately piano chords and tautly woven vocal harmonies. ‘Riverside’ builds incrementally until it ends abruptly. The vocal is only part of a theme – of a motif echoing the playful harp and the rumbles of her beloved piano. As such, Obel has said: “I don’t see myself as a singer that plays piano. The piano and the singing are two equal things to me – maybe not inseparable but very connected. You can say they are like two equal voices.”

The Dane’s music recalls that of British composer Michael Nyman (‘The Piano’ soundtrack) at his most expansive, mixing melancholy folk and lilting chamber pop. Much of the album is centered around Obel’s sharply defined piano lines and precision, even as melancholy sets in and the lyrics drift with surreal imagery of animals, riverbanks and rural landscapes. Return listens reveal more of Obel’s rich imagery and faultless voice, and there are enough transcendent moments on ‘Philharmonics’ to ensure that it will forego hollow imitation and instead remain timeless.

On a surface level, apparently introspective compositions can sometimes appear to run the risk of being indulgently insular, but ‘Philharmonics’ is so beguiling and striking that it will (and should, quite rightly) be accessible to a broad cross-section of listeners.

A Statement From Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene Statement:

It comes as a huge shock to all those who know Poly Styrene and X-ray Spex that Poly has been diagnosed with cancer, she is currently undergoing various treatments in her battle with this illness.

She is devastated that she cannot commit to any live dates at this stage, but her album remains a very positive force in her current journey.

Poly has been tweeting about her illness and will continue to keep in touch with fans: “It’s been a bit of a battle fighting this cancer but hey ho I’m still alive, Luv Poly x”. She also recently added via Twitter “Hoping & praying I can fight this cancer. Thank u all 4 ur positive vibes, I’m overwhelmed, ur keeping me in the land of living.
Luv Poly X”

Poly Styrene Generation Indigo (April 26, Future Noise Music)

“Poly, DayGlo heroine of playfully serious punk and icon to Beth Ditto among many others, makes an unexpected festive return”
– NME

“’Generation Indigo’ is her most commercial record yet but remains spiritually, socially, and environmentally concerned”
– Mojo

At the end of 2010, Poly Styrene, the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex announced her return to the music scene by releasing a free download of alternative festive anthem ‘Black Christmas’. Poly’s reggae tinged track took on the commercialism that has infected the holidays and served as a reminder of how much we need her voice. Along with her ahead-of-their-time sound and vocal styling, her lyrics have been amazingly prescient. A true musical; and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling.

“Black Christmas” was just the beginning of what Poly Styrene has in store. The forthcoming album ‘Generation Indigo’ is due on April 26 through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).

X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. Poly Styrene’s return is highly anticipated; she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. Currently, a new set of young American bands like the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, The Gossip and countless others recognize her fiery, irrepressible presence. With her great self-styled image, brilliantly sharp lyrics and powerful presence, Poly’s indomitable spirit still inspires.

After reforming the band for a one off show at The Roundhouse, Camden in 2008, Poly was persuaded to start writing a solo album. Armed with a record’s worth of songs, Poly met Youth who added his own epic style to the tracks.

The resulting LP kicks off with the mighty, power-pop of ‘I Luv Ur Sneakers’, and maintains the quick pace with forthcoming single ‘Virtual Boyfriend’ – before then moving into dubstep territories on the title track ‘Generation Indigo’. The album takes in everything from neo-X-ray Spex punk rock on ‘Thrash City’ and ‘L.U.V’ to the Trojan-reggae infused grooves of ‘No Rockefeller’, ‘Code Pink Dub’ and ‘Colour Blind’ whilst one of the stand out songs, ‘White Gold’ attests to the power of Poly’s soaring vocals.

The forward looking ‘Generation Indigo’ showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics.

‘Generation Indigo’ is a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene’s remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever.

OLIN & THE MOON ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF 10 OF MUSIC’S RISING STARS OF 2011 BY THE DAILY BEAST! BAND SET TO EMBARK ON WEST COAST TOUR IN MARCH

OLIN & THE MOON ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF 10 OF MUSIC’S RISING STARS OF 2011 BY THE DAILY BEAST

BAND SET TO HIT THE ROAD FOR SPRING U.S. TOUR AND SXSW IN MARCH

Olin & The Moon have already been making 2011 their year in the two short months its been in existance. From a sell out crowd opening for Lucero in Los Angeles ealier this month to a January residency at the Echo that got the Los Angeles Times, NYLON, LAist and LA Weekly talking; this is only the beginning.

Being recognized as the only unsigned band to make Music’s Rising Stars Of 2011 as chosen by The Daily Beast, the band are ready to take the buzz they’ve been receiving in Los Angeles on the road in support of their latest release Footsteps. Kicking off the tour on March 2 in Boise, ID, the band will play several dates on the west coast and southwest until wrapping up on March 16th for their official SXSW showcase in Austin.

The band have also had the honor of being asked on the popular CW show One Tree Hill, making a guest appearance that will air very soon as well as recording their take on the show’s theme song, I Don’t Want To Be, that you can listen to here:

Olin & The Moon – I Don’t Want To Be video (OTH Theme)

Here are the band’s upcoming March tour dates:

March 2 Neurolux Boise, ID
March 4 Sunset Tavern Seattle, WA
March 5 The Woods Portland, OR
March 6 Sam Bonds Garage Eugene, OR
March 8 Luigi’s Slice & Fungarden Sacramento, CA
March 9 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
March 10 Audie’s Olympic Fresno, CA
March 11 The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA
March 12 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
March 14 The Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
March 16-20 SXSW Festival Austin, TX

Jeniferever – Silesia Swedish atmospheric rock band’s 3rd album on Monotreme Records

Jeniferever – Silesia Swedish atmospheric rock band’s 3rd album on Monotreme Records.

“It’s personal, every song, every note – it moves out and reaches into you, and you just know that you didn’t find this band, they came looking for you.” — The Red Alert

“The kind of heart-swelling soundscapes that beg to be described in terms of glaciers and geysers.” — Uncut

The sound of Uppsala, Sweden’s cult-beloved Jeniferever is often described in epic terms: majestic, soaring, atmospheric, careening, sweeping. And, the quartet’s forthcoming third album, Silesia (Monotreme Records) is a fitting example of their masterful meld of melodic pop songcraft with post rock’s expansive sonic wanderlust. It is an album borne of tragic loss and motion.

Silesia will be available worldwide this April on CD, vinyl and digital download.

Jeniferever – Kristofer Jönson, Martin Sandström, Olle Bilius and Fredrik Aspelin – have previously been compared to some truly otherworldly outfits like The Appleseed Cast, Explosions In The Sky and Immanu El. But every second of Silesia is tied to place and time, bound by reality and borne by experience. It’s less about escape, more confronting the unexpected trials that send one’s life into undulation.

The album’s title is taken from the former name of Berlin’s Ostbahnhof. It was near here, while on tour in 2009, that Kristofer learned that his father had passed away. Reality bit where there was so often release; the structure of life on the road collapsed, and the band canceled their remaining dates. Several months later, a third album began to form; while not wholly informed by the recent tragedy, nevertheless the collection bears its title with no little relevance. Said Kristofer, “I liked the idea of naming it after a railway station since it’s a place of motion, a place where people arrive and depart and sometimes maybe depart never to come back…” And, the end product is Jeniferever’s brightest, most immediate long-player yet. From pain, confidence; from darkness, light.

Two previous albums – 2006’s Choose a Bright Morning and 2009’s Spring Tides – earned the band the affections of in-the-know admirers. It was easy to be charmed by their soft-focus dynamics, their soaring climaxes and emotions-stirring textures. But it wasn’t so easy to chance upon their fare, and word of mouth has largely driven the group’s reach. Whether Silesia breaks through the invisible divide between underground and mainstream is out of the band’s hands. But there are moments of snappy accessibility that will surely tick relevant radio boxes, given the chance.

There’s a crack and strut to “The Beat of Our Own Blood”, the album’s third track. “Goodbye to bright spotlights,” sings Kristofer, taking the listener into the belly of the urban beast, through a city’s trains and tunnels. “Deception Pass” might be the band’s heaviest song yet, drums and bass combining to kick up a turbulent maelstrom of menace. “Hearths” threads elegant atmospherics like satellite trails across a starry sky, and the title-track’s sentiment, while stemming from a single heart, is truly universal.

Leaves fall, ice builds, the sun breaks cover, flowers blossom. Everything’s part of a cycle, every aspect has its beauty. Silesia is an album of similar changes and contrasts, of life and death, and just as fascinating as the forever-changing nature of what’s outside your window.

Artist: Jeniferever
Album: Silesia
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: April 19th, 2011

01. Silesia
02. Waifs And Strays
03. The Beat Of Our Own Blood
04. A Drink To Remember
05. Deception Pass
06. Cathedral Peak
07. Where The Hills Fall Towards The Ocean
08. Dover
09. Hearths