30 September 2014

Three Days Grace release new single entitled I Am Machine

Three Days Grace new single I Am Machine

Three Days Grace release new single entitled I Am Machine

Canadian rockers Three Days Grace releases today their brand new single entitled" I Am Machine," their follow up to "Painkiller," the band's record-holding 12th  #1 single at Active Rock Radio.

Comments Neil Sanderson about their new single: "Sonically, we wanted to create a 'machine-like' sound in parts of the song.  We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'...relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate.  Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape. Every day seems the same.  No freedom from the vicious cycle that your life can sometimes control, you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion."

 "I Am Machine" is the second track revealed from their new studio album scheduled for release March 31,2015 and was co-written by the band, produced by Gavin Brown and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Three Days Grace re-teamed with Gavin Brown, who produced the band's platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album.  "We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other," says band member Neil Sanderson. "Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we're back in those days where we're high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands."

The band has spent much of the year vigorously touring, writing and recording their new album.

Three Days Grace is Matt Walst (lead vocals), Neil Sanderson (drums, piano, backing vocals), Brad Walst (bass guitar), and Barry Stock (lead guitar) .The band boast holding the record with 12 #1 singles at Active Rock Radio, more than any other band in history and has  sold over  6 million albums in the United States. 

The band's first single with new singer Matt Walst "Painkiller" celebrates their 12th #1 single. Their previous album TRANSIT OF VENUS was released in October 2012, debuted #1 on the Hard Rock Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year by the Juno Awards. TRANSIT OF VENUS spawned three #1 singles "Chalk Outline," "The High Road" and "Misery Loves My Company," Their other #1s include 'World So Cold,""Good Life," "Break," "Never Too Late," "Animal," "Pain," "Just Like You" and "Home" from previous albums.

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Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Release Tombstone

Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Tombstone

Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Release Tombstone

"Tombstone," from Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios, showcases a "wall of guitar"
 trademark style that alerts the listener that classic rock is alive and well. As the album unfolds, catchy pop hooks and epic rock harmonies are unveiled in a ceremony of searing sound. Complete with social commentary and a defined style, once described by Magnet 
as a "blend of power pop, folk rock and Tom Petty/Neil Young classicism," listeners are
reminded of the individuality of a Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios record upon first hearing "Tombstone."

Hopkins, who has been a part of the American music scene since 1985, is, amazingly, still an undiscovered talent to some.  Founding the Tucson, Ariz. based Sidewinders (RCA 1989-91)/Sand Rubies (Polygram 1993), Hopkins toured the U.S. and celebrated success with college/indie rock classics "Witchdoctor" and "We Don't Do That Anymore" (both went to #5 on the CMJ charts). In 1991, Hopkins formed Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios as a side project; it soon became his full time band when the Sand Rubies stopped touring. He has consistently cranked out new records and tours yearly in Germany/Europe (25 tours) where, in 1996, he was one of the first artists signed to Germany's Blue Rose Records.

A new member of the Tucson Musicians Museum (Class of 2013), Hopkins enters music history as the quintessential desert rocker, a constant in the bedrock of alternative music. As evidenced on "Tombstone," Hopkins possesses an ability to create unmistakable guitar tones that drive a hallmark sound and, as the years pass, he continues to reinvent and motivate himself for yet another album and tour.

Industry Quotes
"I am playing it in my car since three days now - can't stop! If Tom Petty calls his new album 'maximum rock and roll' how should we call this? Super maximum rock and roll? It's another great record my friend, proud as always to release it! Great job, whoever is involved in it! Your fans will love it!
Edgar Heckmann/ Blue Rose Records, Germany

"I finally heard it completely. I am totally exhausted. Brilliant! Uutstanding! I could scream and cry at the same time for joy. My reverence to the great master! I salute respectfully!"
Holger J. Schubert/ The Rich Hopkins German Fan Club

"It's a brilliant effort. A bunch of great songs on there and good production. Nice job!
Quinn Bishop/ Cactus Music, Houston, Texas 

"TOMBSTONE"* Track Listing:
1.     Don't Worry (Hopkins)
2.     Everything (Hopkins/ Novak/ Sanchez)
3.     Tombstone (Hopkins/ Novak)
4.     Home Of The Brave (Hopkins/ Novak)
5.     Free Man (Novak/ Hopkins)
6.     Hang On (Hopkins/ Novak)
7.     Top Of The World (Hopkins/ Novak)
8.     No Regrets (Hopkins/ Novak)
9.     Campfire Chat w/Luke and Jimmy (Hopkins/ Sanchez)
10.   Private Shaw (Hopkins)
11.   Mourning Song (Novak/ Hopkins)
12.   Leona's Waltz (Hopkins/ Novak)

For more information, please visit Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios online at:

Ariana Grande Makes Saturday Night Live Debut

Ariana Grande Saturday Night Live Debut
Photo Credit: 2014/Dana Edelson/NBC

Ariana Grande Makes Saturday Night Live Debut

ARIANA GRANDE made her Saturday Night Live debut this past weekend, performing “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd and on the kick-off episode of the historic show’s 40th season.

She gave a stunning performance of “Break Free” from her sophomore album, My Everything [Republic Records]—which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

GRANDE was joined by surprise guest The Weeknd for her new single “Love Me Harder”.

 In addition to these performances, GRANDE appeared in the skit “He-Man and Lion-O”. Check it out here!

The Swiines to accompany Jake Bugg on Scottish Tour

The Swiines Jake Bugg Scottish Tour

The Swiines to accompany Jake Bugg on Scottish Tour

It’s no coincidence that The Swiines front man Scott Bugg shares his name with Jake Bugg. They’re cousins. In fact, Jake used to rehearse and play live with The Swiines aged just 14 before his career took off, so it’s very fitting that they should join forces again for his autumn tour.

Scott said recently: “It’s an amazing opportunity for our band. We are so delighted that he has chosen us to support him. It will give us a huge boost, and help us to get the break that we need’’

This will be the second time that the band has supported Jake Bugg. They opened for him in front of a 10,000 strong home-crowd at Bugg's sold out event at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena in February this year.

Fresh off their 1st UK tour with The Rifles in the spring, the band has enjoyed a successful summer of gigs and festivals around the country, as well as taking time out to work on new material and record in preparation for the yet untitled debut album release later this year.

Jake Bugg commented while discussing their songs “- ‘Back of ya mind’ is a banger! Scotland will love ‘em!"

Tour Dates

Glasgow          9th October 2014
Dundee            10th October 2014
Edinburgh        12th October 2014

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Sam Smith releases video for Restart

Sam Smith video Restart

Sam Smith releases video for Restart

Sam Smith has had an incredible year, following the success of his debut album "In The Lonely Hour" he has toured across the globe performing at iconic venues and festivals throughout the year.  To mark the end of a standout summer Sam has compiled footage of the past 8 months to accompany 'Restart', a track taken from the deluxe edition of his album.  Produced by legendary Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, 'Restart' is an upbeat fusion of soul and R'n'B that echoes the likes of Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan.

On the video Sam explains "Restart is one of my favourite tracks on the album and I really felt like I wanted to visualise it,” says Smith. “I had such an amazing time putting this video together, remembering some incredible moments from this year and also a recent trip with my team to Brighton this summer.”

29 September 2014

Early Ghost release new single Everything Goes With It

Early Ghost new single Everything Goes With It

Brighton-based sextet Early Ghost have released a new video for their single release 'Everything Goes With It', out this September.

Made up of members hailing from both Brighton and London, Early Ghost have built up a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of Brighton's fledging neo-psych scene. Coming together over a shared love of The Doors, Early Ghost's unique sound sits somewhere squarely between the garage-driven psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators and the Californian surf of The Growlers. 

With a wide array of instrumentation that includes both brass and banjos, Early Ghost may be helping pioneer the UK post-psych scene, however the vast range of sounds afforded to the expansive band has made them stand out amongst their peers. Over their short lifespan, the sextet have already supported such acts as Beirut, First Aid Kit and Jacco Gardner, as well as performing at Green Man, Hop Farm, Camden Crawl and The Great Escape festivals amongst others.

New single 'Everything Goes With It' is out now, self-released by the band and will precede their new EP later this year. 

29 Sep – LONDON – Old Blue Last (w/ Orval Carlos Sibelius)


Summer Heart unveils new single Sleep and 7 Night UK tour

Summer Heart new single Sleep 7 Night UK tour

Summer Heart unveils new single Sleep and 7 Night UK tour

Winter may be coming but that is no reason to be cracking out the layers and dwelling on the long nights ahead just yet. Especially as Swedish-based musician Summer Heart has just unveiled his latest single.

The new track ‘Sleep’ follows on from his previously revealed production ‘U Got All I’m Looking 4’, a song The Guardian referred to as “the band’s coup d’état”, and it looks like he has pulled it out of the bag once again.

‘Sleep’ is a beautifully conceived piece of work, which not only highlights his talents as a lyricist, but also helps to bring out his ability to create helplessly blissful music throughout all his work.

With a new album expected early next year and a short European tour on the horizon, Summer Heart is certainly ready to kick things off in the next few months and will once again deliver a batch of new material to make you long for the sunshine once again.

Summer Heart Autumn 2014 Live Dates:

Mon 29th Sept 14      Café Video, Gent, BELGIUM, Free entrance
Tue 30th Sept 14      The Old Blue Last, London, UK, Free entrance
Wed 1st Oct 14          Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth, UK, Free Entrance
Thurs 2nd Oct 14       Birdcage, Bristol, UK, Free Entrance
Fri 3rd Oct 14             Whelans (Upstairs), Dublin, IRELAND.
Sat 4th Oct 14            Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK.

Summer Heart on Soundcloud:

Natalie McCool Reveals Video for Dig It Out

Natalie McCool Video Dig It Out

Natalie McCool Reveals Video for Dig It Out 

Natalie McCool, one of the most well respected singer-songwriters to emerge recently, has announced the upcoming release of her second single this year. ‘Dig It Out’ will surely build upon the plaudits and momentum that previous single ‘Wind Blows Harder’ cultivated, which garnered praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash, NME, Nylon, Pigeons and Planes, The Sunday Times and Indie Shuffle.

McCool boasts the very finest musical background, graduating from the highly prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with top honours. A burgeoning alumni career has seen McCool perform at Hyde Park to an audience of 120,000, with a live four-track EP from London’s Abbey Road Studios also under her belt. Fans of McCool’s work include Sir Paul McCartney, Bernard Butler (Suede), Steve Lamacq and Mojo founder Paul Du Noyer.

A young disciple of her influences Johnny Marr and Elizabeth Fraser, McCool’s signature sound is her ice-pure voice layered over chorusdrenched guitar – both shimmer amongst sounds that are natural yet fashioned to bespoke perfection. She taps on the doors of listener’s hearts with a hush of absolute conviction and beguiles the ear to long for more. Everything about Natalie McCool is original and bona fide – with each second of ‘Dig It Out’ oozing real and authentic emotion.

Where her previous single drew together a dense fabric of influences including Jeff Buckley, Cocteau Twins and Stone Roses, ‘Dig It Out’ sees McCool turn towards a more contemporary mindset. As delicate as a rose and as utterly conspicuous, ‘Dig It Out’ sits in a glorious hinterland between isolated frost and simmering heat. The track has a laid-back feel with highly exposed production, it jumps and spirals with complete freedom and seclusion whilst McCool’s breathy voice brilliantly hems the listener in, keeping them involved and interested. Topped with David Berger’s (Outfit) fantastic production work, which sees instrument and voice meld into one during the canny chorus, ‘Dig It Out’ is the perfect continuation of Natalie McCool’s excellent catalogue of pop brilliance.

McCool is currently on tour.