The Ready Set Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Breathe Carolina

The Ready Set Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Breathe Carolina

Decaydance/Warner Bros Records artist The Ready Set has announced a co-headlining tour with Breathe Carolina. The month-long string of dates kicks off March 21st in Columbia, MO and runs through April 27th in Bloomington, IL. Ashland High, and Matt Toka will support. Tickets are on sale now, and fans can purchase a special VIP bundle, including an exclusive meet & greet with acoustic performance, autographed poster, thank you video, limited-edition button and commemorative laminate via Artist Arena: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/thereadyset/

The Ready Set is 21 year-old Indiana-born drummer, singer, songwriter and keyboardist Jordan Witzigreuter. “Love Like Woe” the first single off his debut EP I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming hit #15 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart and is certified platinum. I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming has received strong critical support. AOL praised its “irresistible hooks” Seventeen called it “ground-breaking…infectious” and USA Today recently chose The Ready Set for their coveted “On the Verge” series. MTV has also been an early supporter of The Ready Set, selecting him for their “PUSH” & “POSTED” artist programs.

The Ready Set is currently in the studio working on the follow up to I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming.

March 21st – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
March 22nd – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room
March 23rd – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
March 24th – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
March 25th – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ Buena Vista Palace
March 28th – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
March 29th – Gainesville, FL @ Double Down
March 30th – Miami, FL @ Miami Dade County Fair – Main St .
March 31st – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
April 1st – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
April 3rd – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
April 4th – Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
April 5th – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 6th – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy
April 7th – Richmond, VA @ The National
April 9th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
April 10th – Allentown, PA
April 13th – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
April 14th – Syracuse, NY
April 21st – Louisville, KY
April 25th – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
April 26th – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 27th – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

MOTHER’S GREEN Announces Release of New Album ‘Swimming In The Sun’

MOTHER’S GREEN Announces Release of New Album ‘Swimming In The Sun’

Canadian eclectic rock outfit MOTHER’S GREEN recently released their brand new full-length album, Swimming in the Sun. This album comes as a follow-up to the band’s first full-length, self-titled release, which hit stores in Canada in 2008. For Swimming in the Sun, founding member, vocalist and guitarist March Ciaccari tapped drummer Dean Glover, percussionist Greg Noguera, and bassist Mike Simpson. The album was recorded at BWC Studios (The End, Moneen) in Toronto. The album was then mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Mastodon) in New York.

Shortly after recording, bassist Nick Tipe entered the band to handle bass duties in the place of Mike Simpson. Swimming in the Sun was completed with no label support, and the band continued on to self-finance their new video for ‘Observation for the Day’, cut from the new album.

Track listing:
Swimming in the Sun
Observation for the Day
Catching Existence
A Night in Complete Awe
Conscious of the Free Side
Just Another
The Antidote
A Close Encounter
Checking Point
Tattoos Leave Scars (bonus remix)

Swimming in the Sun is available now in a 180g vinyl/CD combo pack at www.mothersgreen.com. The new album is a sonic journey from start to finish— with warm guitars, pounding, echoing drums, and resonating bass. MOTHER’S GREEN promises to reach a wide fan base; followers of 90’s rock groups like Soundgarden and Foo Fighters and modern-day stoner rock and sludge metal bands like Mastodon, Baroness, and everything between will enjoy Swimming in the Sun.

MOTHER’S GREEN formed as the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist March Giaccari in Ontario in 2008. Shortly after formulating his idea for MOTHER’S GREEN and completing several songs, March wasted no time and hired bassist Brent Kervin and drummer Kevin Correia to help him complete MOTHER’S GREEN’s self-titled debut album, resulting in a raw and infectious collection of catchy grooves. MOTHER’S GREEN’s self-titled album did well for a completely independent release and saw several positive reviews.

MOTHER’S GREEN will be touring to support the new record, performing first on May 19th at the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, located at 219 Monroe Avenue. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Entry is just $5 and the show is 21+. The show will also feature openers Velvet Elvis, Babayaga, and Oceans of Insects.

Band of Skulls New Album Lands The Number One Spot On The Heatseekers Chart

Band of Skulls New Album Lands The Number One Spot On The Heatseekers Chart

Band Confirms SXSW Shows & The Late Show With David Letterman
February 17, 2012 – New York, NY – Band of Skulls new album Sweet Sour lands at the number one slot on the Heatseekers Album chart after its iTunes only release last week. And this past Tuesday, Sweet Sour was released wide and to rave reviews…see below for the latest oohs and aahs the press have bestowed on Sweet Sour.

On March 13th, Band of Skulls return to Austin, TX to kick off the SXSW Music Festival with a show at Antone’s which marks the band’s debut show of their first U.S. tour in support of Sweet Sour. The band’s live show has been a constant highlight at previous festivals by the likes of Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and SPIN (Best of Coachella) amongst many others.

The band will return to both must-see events this Spring and will surely not disappoint. Please see below for complete tour itinerary but SXSW’ers MARK YOUR CALENDARS now and don’t miss Band of Skulls at one of these shows – see you in Texas!
BAND OF SKULLS SXSW SCHEDULE
TUESDAY – March 13th Antone’s @ 10pm
First date of Sweet Sour U.S. Tour with We Are Augustines Supporting

WEDNESDAY – March 14th @ Midnite
KCRW’s Official Night Showcase
Haven
409B Colorado

THURSDAY – March 15th @ 3pm
Filter’s SXSW Showdown
Cedar Street Courtyard
208 West 4th Street

Following SXSW the band will continue on with their tour and will include a stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater later that month where the band will perform their first U.S. single and album title track “Sweet Sour” on The Late Show With David Letterman. Fans should set their DVRs for March 30th and for a first look & listen they can CLICK HERE for the band’s new video for “Sweet Sour.”

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
And the press weighs in on Band of Skulls second album Sweet Sour:

“In this millennium, there are seldom few “rock bands” creating music with a shelf-life. Band of Skulls appear to be in this game for the long haul. Your move, The Black Keys.” PASTE

“….a monstrous crunch-off: metal-sized riffs and sugary harmonies existing in some nebulous region between My Morning Jacket and Mastodon. Be the first to hear the first single and title track, three minutes and 30 seconds of doomladen retro-chug that sounds like Jack White gone Black Sabbath.” SPIN

“This isn’t alt. This isn’t indie. It’s not French-electro-synth-ethnic-kudos-drums-‘n-bass. Band of Skulls is a rock ‘n roll band and one that should be taken seriously.” NY Press

“It’s been two years since Band of Skulls unleashed their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, featuring some of the purest rock tracks in an auto-tuned world. Now the band gears up for their sophomore album, and based on the new tracks they played at Mercury Lounge last week, the Skulls want to show the alt-kids how real music should sound.” Nylon Guys

“London’s Band of Skulls offers dirty, dramatic modern rock, like Jet covering the White Stripes….” Time Out New York

“Miss the edgy rock sound of The White Stripes? Try the second album from this U.K. trio Must-hear track:The Devil Takes Care Of His Own.” People Style Watch

“…the rock songs are harder, the ballads are softer, the production value is pitch perfect.” V Man

“…a sneak peak of their still untitled upcoming 2012 full-length, has us certain that the album will be on repeat in our offices.” Teen Vogue

“Band Of Skulls trades effortless boy-girl harmonies without a hint of twee or irony in their new video, leaving the irony only to the cameramen-turned-maybe-ninjas.” MTV

“….a gritty burner that sounds like voodoo Kyuss.” Prefix

“Wanderluster,’ the album’s immediate standout, is set in a dizzying 7/8 time signature, throbbing with vintage guitar muscle and jaw-dropping prog-rock touches.” PASTE

“Sweet Sour is the rare modern-rock album that can span cliques or generations, uniting hippies and hipsters…” SPIN

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“Guitarist Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson have learned to let their voices mesh the way their instruments already did. ‘On Lay My Head Down,’ unhurried three-part harmonies evoke Crosby, Stills & Nash before a surprisingly heavy instrumental breakdown.” 3 out of 4 Stars – USA Today

“…a killer like ‘The Devil Takes Care Of His Own’ will make you sell them your soul.” People Magazine

“…gorgeous interweaving harmonies on the smoldering folk of ‘Close to Nowhere,’ the slow-burning Americana of ‘Navigate,’ and the dreamy acoustic balladry of ‘Hometowns.” All Music Guide

” ….’Bruises’ and ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ boast wry, deliberate ferocity; and ‘Navigate’ features a guitar line that’s transcendental in its gloominess. ” Boston Phoenix

“Sweet Sour, their sophomore full-length, is torn almost evenly between spacious ballads and ass-smashing rock…” PASTE

Four out of Five Stars – Alternative Press

“… British alt-rock that fuses enough catchy hooks and splintery riffs to justify its album title. The sound falls somewhere between the bluesy rock of Dead Weather and the more psyche-pop approach of Silversun Pickups.” Colorado Springs Independent

“The towering basslines and frenzied psychedelic riffs of the opening title track, the old-fashioned grizzly blues of ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ and You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On,’ and the Pixies-influenced sludge rock of the epic ‘Bruises’ show they can still get down and dirty with the best of them.” All Music Guide

“…merging blues with punk minimalism and pop melodies, though their ace in the hole is the swapping lead and harmony vocals of Marsden and Richardson. ” Examiner

“…a bigger, more dynamic sound.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Band Of Skulls are: Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

BAND OF SKULLS 2012 TOUR DATES:
13-Mar TUE Austin, TX Antone’s
14-Mar WED Austin, TX KCRW SXSW Show @ Haven
15-Mar THU Austin, TX Filter’s SXSW Showdown @ Cedar Street Courtyard
16-Mar FRI Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
17-Mar SAT Dallas, TX Granada Theater
19-Mar MON Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
20-Mar TUE Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
22-Mar THU New York, NY Webster Hall
23-Mar FRI Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
24-Mar SAT Washington, DC 9:30 Club
26-Mar MON Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
27-Mar TUE Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
28-Mar WED Providence, RI The Met
30-Mar FRI Toronto, ONT Phoenix Concert Theatre
31-Mar SAT Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
2-Apr MON Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
3-Apr TUE Chicago, IL House of Blues
4-Apr WED Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
6-Apr FRI Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
7-Apr SAT Salt Lake City, UT The Complex (Grand Room)
9-Apr MON Seattle, WA Neptune
10-Apr TUE Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
11-Apr WED Portland, OR Dante’s
12-Apr THU San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
15-Apr SUN Coachella
22-Apr SUN Coachella
* We Are Augustines Support All Dates except Coachella

Sweet Sour Tracklisting
1. Sweet Sour
2. Bruises
3. Wanderluster
4. Devil Takes Care Of His Own
5. Lay My Head Down
6. You Aren’t Pretty But You Got It Going On
7. Navigate
8. Hometowns
9. Lies
10. Close To Nowhere
*The special iTunes release will include the bonus track “Such A Fool”

Electric Sun opening up for Guns N Roses

ELECTRIC SUN OPENING FOR GUNS N’ ROSES THIS SUNDAY IN CHICAGO CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY ON TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD

New York rock band Electric Sun will be opening up for rock legends Guns N’ Roses this Sunday at the House of Blues in Chicago. The band is also currently on display for all to see in New York’s Times Square as part of a Toshiba promotion. For the next week you can see a photo of the band underneath the 2012 Times Square ball.

In support of their debut EP The Gilded Cage, Electric Sun is gearing up for the release of their video for the first single “Don’t Look Back,” which will debut in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for the video’s release. The 5 song EP, co-produced by lead singer Vlad Holiday and Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, Brand New, The Gay Blades, Lissy Trullie), was recorded in Queens, NY.

Electric Sun is Vlad Holiday (lead vocals/lead guitar), Amanda Carl (keyboards/backing vocals), Steve Kellner (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Dave Tantao (drums). After a year and a half of writing songs about optimism, something Holiday explains he found “by sitting back and viewing other people’s negativity” he presented the material to his long time friends. Holiday’s goal is to “inspire people to do great things…I want to add soundtracks to their lives and give them a bit of extra fuel to get through the day.” Carl, Tantao, and Kellner all backed Holiday’s vision and ES was formed.

YACHT – Shangri-La video

You Can’t Spell Shangri-La without L.A.

YACHT Releases New Video for “Shangri-La”

YACHT has returned in the midst of touring to release their new video for the title track off their new album, Shangri-La. Premiered today on LA Times, the video is a document of a perfect day in YACHT’s newly-adopted hometown of Los Angeles, California. From sunrise to sunset, the video follows our movements throughout the sprawling strangeness of the Southland, from ice-cream parlors to beach bonfires.

Shangri-La features dozens of extended members of the YACHT family–fans, collaborators, friends–sharing a space of our own invention, spotted with magical realism. Every point of light smiles. YACHT believes that Utopia, like reality, is not a physical experience, nor one dictated by the boundaries of a particular space. Rather, it’s a movable feast, defined by its capacity to adapt and change to new surroundings.

Basically, any place can be Utopia.

But it doesn’t hurt when that place is already Los Angeles.

Catch YACHT on tour at one of the upcoming dates below:

02/17/12 Madison, WI – The Sett, University of Wisconsin

02/18/12 Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe
02/19/12 Columbus, OH – The Basement
02/20/12 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
02/22/12 Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub
02/23/12 Toronto, ON – Wrongbar
02/24/12 Monreal, QC – Il Motore
02/25/12 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/26/12 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/27/12 Waltham, MA – Chum’s, Brandeis University
02/29/12 Gamier, OH – The Horn Gallery, Kenyon College
03/01/12 St. Louis, MO – Plush
03/02/12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03/03/12 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03/05/12 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
03/15/12-3/16/12 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/29/12 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

*YACHT is spelled in all CAPS… it is an acronym for Young Americans Challenging Higher Technology

Keeping it classy with The Darcy’s | The Darcy’s Interview

The Darcy’s, the Toronto rock quartet, recently released their new album, AJA and are starting their first U.S. tour. I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Jason Couse, the day before they headed to their first stop in California.

So how’s the touring circuit been?

Couse: It’s good. We haven’t really done this much year. We had one night off in Montreal, we then drove all the way through there and back, which was a nice taste for what was to come in the next two weeks. We’re just getting started for the season, and it’s going to be action adventure for sure.

Do you guys have a favorite song to play during shows?

Couse: Recently, we’ve been playing Home at Last off of AJA. It seems to be a good mood setter for the set.  Also, for us it helps us all connect to each other and feel warmed up and ready to cook for the rest of the time. That’s kind of the top track right now. 

Is Steely Dan one of your band’s main inspirations?

Couse: Yeah, in an indirect way. It’s kind of the music that we all grew up with our father’s playing in the car and they were like, “Listen to this! You will learn to love this one day.” The interesting thing about Steely Dan is there is a very lustrous shine to it that people find it hard to break through. It’s kind of mischievous sometimes. Learning it as kids, we kind of took it for granted.  It hasn’t necessarily influenced all the music we have made but it comes down to their attention to detail, and their constant reinvention we respect in a big way. 

What was your decision to release your album for free?

Couse: There are a lot of bands that are trying to put up music right now. Us, as a relatively young and new band, it’s really important that we try to maximize our exposure and grow as much as we can in our own way.  We try to have as many people as we can hear us, rather than make a couple dollars off a record. This way, we will be exposed to more people which is important to us because we didn’t work on AJA thinking about how much money we can make. Rather, it was us pouring ourselves into a creative project and trying to realize it was fully possible. After working that hard, you want people to hear it. You want it to be accessible to them. That’s what it’s made for, made for sharing. 

The tough thing about that is there’s a lot of resources going into a rock band including touring, traveling. You need a van with lots of equipment, time off work, etc. It’s gets tricky at a certain point, but it’s all with a greater purpose in mind. 

How does the crowd differ come Canada to the US?

Couse: We have yet to play a show in the US. Our first show will be in San Diego at the Casbah. Most of us have never been there at all, so we have four days to drive down from Ontario to San Diego. 

So is your name inspired by Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice?

Couse: Yes and no. We kind of stumbled into the name.  There was a point when we were all in English Literature class together and we were reading that book at the same time. Alot of the work that we were reading for that time period was kind of dry, but when we ended up reading that book, we found him as an interesting character. That’s something that kind of fell into place and all of a sudden, we had a different artistic idea and different lineup and aesthetic. It has been with us a long time.

How is his character present in your music?

Couse: I guess you could say it in that way. In general, his demeanor and aesthetic is aloof and cryptic.  He was well-dressed, chose his words cautiously, but yet quite the cutting guy.  He’s a cool dude. He knows that he has something to offer and the way he carries him self through that, although he comes across as arrogant, he is still modest in a way. I think all those are interesting qualities. We are similar in that we don’t want to give too much away. 

I love your music video, Don’t Bleed Me.  How did you guys come up with that?

Couse: Mike, the guy who directed it, had an apocalyptic scenario in the works for a while. He had been sitting on this idea and originally wanted to do it for a different song of ours. It was more fitting for Don’t Bleed Me and kind of through the process of us scouting locations and brainstorming different ideas to include in the video, there was a lot of discussion. Sometimes you have a video in mind when producing a song but there seems to be a massive gulf between what you write and when you work on the idea.

What’s the future for you guys?

Couse: Well AJA is fairly fresh, considering it just came out a couple weeks ago. We are going to be preparing for tour for a while, and also keeping busy with using our spare time for writing another album that’s coming along. We got a ton of ideas.

Caveman Announce Spring Headline Tour + Fat Possum Release CoCo Beware on 3/27

CAVEMAN ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN SPRING HEADLINING TOUR

Debut Album CoCo Beware sees release on Fat Possum Records on March 27th

photo credit: Angel Ceballos

After a successful past year where Caveman signed on with Fat Possum Records and sold out their first headlining show at Bowery Ballroom, the band sets out on a Spring tour through North America, starting in Chapel Hill on March 6th, including stops in Georgia, Florida, Austin’s SXSW, Toronto, and the Midwest, before ending at Los Angeles’ Echo. Their debut CoCo Beware will get a wide release on March 27th via Fat Possum after the self-release on the band’s Magic Man! label last year.

In 2011, Caveman garnered critical praise for their debut album CoCo Beware from outlets like NPR, The New York Times, and The Fader, and for their big-sounding, impressive and completely unforgettable live shows alike. The band shines live, noted by NPR as their #7 live show of 2011 HERE and after touring with Here We Go Magic and The War On Drugs, Cavemanwill be heading to Europe for the first time next week, before embarking on their North American tour.

Caveman live dates:

2/15: London, UK @ The Macbeth
2/16: Paris, France @ La Fleche d’Or
2/17: St Malo, France @ La Route du Rock Festival (Live Webcast)

3/6: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
3/7: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater Rooftop
3/8: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
3/9: Atlanta, GA @ 529
3/10: Orlando, FL @ Orange You Glad Festival
3/11: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
3/13: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/14: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/21: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
3/22: Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
3/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
3/23: Toronto, ON @ El Mocombo
3/24: Buffalo, NY @ 9th Ward
3/29: Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University
3/30: Bethlehem, PA @ Nowadays Fest
4/9: Washington, D.C. @ Red Palace
4/10: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/11: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
4/12: Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
4/13: Madison, WI @ UW Madison
4/14: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
4/16: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.
4/17: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
4/20: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
4/21: Seattle, WA @ Neumos Jr.
4/22: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
4/24: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
4/25: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

Caveman is made up of five proud New York natives: lead singer/songwriter Matt Iwanusa, who also adds percussion and drums to the band on record and live on stage, Guitarist Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti, who designs his hand-made Cobra Guitars from scratch, drummer and native Manhattanite Stefan Marolachakis, bassist Jeff Berrall, and Sam Hopkins on synths. Caveman’s 10 song debut CoCo Bewareis produced by Nick Stumpf (French Kicks) and shows front man Matt Iwanusa’s ability to craft melodies and lyrics which tackle topics of life and love, reflections on hope, joy as well as moody observations, all sung in grandiose four-part harmonies, wrapped in timeless melodies.

Metallica Announce The Creation Of New Annual Music And Arts Festival To Take Place This Summer

METALLICA ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF NEW ANNUAL MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER ORION MUSIC + MORE HEADLINEDBY METALLICA TO BE HELD AT BADER FIELD IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY ON JUNE 23 AND 24, 2012

IN ADDITION TO METALLICA THE LINE UP WILL INCLUDE ARCTIC MONKEYS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, AND MORE METALLICA MET CLUB FAN CLUB PRESALE TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 8, 2012 10AM EST

Metallica, in conjunction with friends C3 Presents, today announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a new annual music, arts, and lifestyle festival founded and headlined by the band, a natural progression for a band that has headlined legendary festivals around the world for years. Orion Music + More will take place June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,” said Lars Ulrich. “Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious. After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves.”

Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica’s band members many personal interests. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play “The Black Album” in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012. The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform, including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts tomorrow – February 8th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets and with a couple of options to choose from.

– A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR
– The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!

Tickets will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, February 11th at 10 am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.

Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.

ABOUT METALLICA
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica (www.metallica.com) have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinumalbums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning almost 15.7 million albums in the United States alone, and over 28 million worldwide. In October 2008, their latest album, DeathMagnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. It was certified platinum in the United States just six weeks later. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Metallica recentlycelebrated its 30th anniversary as a band last month, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. They released the Beyond Magnetic EP via digital retailers on December 13, 2011 after giving the songs away to their fan club members. A CD version of the Beyond Magentic EP was released on January 31, 2012.

ABOUT C3 PRESENTS
C3 Presents (www.c3presents.com) creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, events, and just about anything that makes people stand up and cheer. C3 produces the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Along with these multi-day, multi-stage festivals, C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US. In 2011, C3 was the number three promoter by sales in the US, and the number seven worldwide. In addition to event creation and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

Nikon & WMG Team Up To Rock SXSW

NIKON® AND WARNER MUSIC GROUP TEAM UP TO ROCK SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST® (SXSW) WITH STAR-STUDDED THREE-DAY MUSIC RESIDENCY

“THE WARNER SOUND CAPTURED BY NIKON” TO FEATURE LIVE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES BY SANTIGOLD, B.o.B, WALE, MEEK MILL, fun., AND GARY CLARK, JR.

Your 1 Shot” CONTEST OFFERS NEW ARTISTS A CHANCE TO PERFORM LIVE AT SXSW RESIDENCY

NikonInc. and Warner Music Group are uniting to host a star-studded residency at the upcoming South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” will make its home at Austin’s famed La Zona Rosa, with two days and three nights of showcase performances slated for March 13th through 15th.

Artists from Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records and other WMG labels will appear live at these official SXSW showcases; all SXSW badge-holders are welcome. Among the artists will be such acclaimed acts as Santigold, B.o.B Wale, Meek Mill, fun., and Gary Clark, Jr. – a full line-up will be announced shortly.

WMG and Nikon are also teaming up to search for the next great music superstar via the “Your 1 Shot” contest. Bands/artists are invited to submit one live performance video to the “Your 1 Shot” contest site, located at http://www.talenthouse.com/nikon-perform-at-sxsw. One winner, courtesy of Nikon 1, will be selected by a stellar panel of music industry experts, including A&R executives from both Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records as well as guest artists from each label’s prestigious roster. The winning artist or band will be brought in to Austin for a Wednesday, March 14th live performance at “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon.”

In addition to earning a live performance, the “Your 1 Shot” winner will receive a new Nikon 1 J1 camera kit to capture their most memorable moments, travel and three nights’ accommodation in Austin and VIP access to “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon.” One runner-up, as selected by Warner Music Group, will receive new Nikon photography equipment valued at up to $1,000. In addition, the “People’s Choice” artist receiving the most votes online will receive Nikon equipment valued at up to $2,000.

Artists’ submissions will be accepted through Monday, February 20th at 10 a.m. PST, with online voting set to run from February 21st through February 27th. The “Your 1 Shot” winner is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, March 6th. Warner Music Group will choose the winner(s) from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top People’s Choice voted entries. For Official Rules, Guidelines and Terms & Conditions please visit http://www.talenthouse.com/nikon-perform-at-sxsw.

“The Warner Music Sound Captured by Nikon” is presented by Nikon, Inc., with additional sponsorship provided by TIGI Haircare, which notes that “TIGI’s Bed Head is proud to be the official hair care partner of the Warner Sound Captured by Nikon, providing fans the opportunity to primp before they rock out at the show!”

Follow @thewarnersound on Twitter for more announcements about WMG’s SXSW® showcases at “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon.”

ABOUT NIKON: Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2011, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 65 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @Nikon_USA.

ABOUT WARNER MUSIC GROUP: With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

Scott Matthew at Rockwood Music Hall

In a small and cozy dimly light red room at Rockwood Music Hall, Scott Matthew graced the audience with his presence and talent.  The crowd quietly listened to the Australian born New Yorker play his new album, Gallantry’s Favorite Son, at his record release partyThe drums and bass were pushed far back as we listened to Matthew gently strum his ukulele.  There’s nothing more classic than watching a passionate musician only with his guitar, if there only was a fireplace crackling to the side, it would have been the perfect setting on a cold winter’s night.

The intimate environment went well with his personal songs about love and life’s complexities.  He sang some melodramatic melodies about past relationships, threw in some whistles and lightened up the mood.  It’s difficult to categorize his voice which makes it truly is unique and endearing. It features a touch of rasp, but yet feels pure, filled with vibratos and crescendos that create the right mix for his gentle folky ballads.

If you’re in the mellow mood, Gallantry’s Favorite Son is definitely worth listening to.