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The Invisible World – Color / Echo

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The Invisible World – Color / Echo

URL: http://welcometotheinvisibleworld.com/

This isn’t paint by numbers alt rock peddled long past the genre’s sell by date. Readers of a certain age will remember well those bygone days in the early 1990’s when bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and The Smashing Pumpkins burst on the scene and swept away the bloated hair metal balladeers and pseudo-rockers who dominated the airwaves and charts for much of the 1980’s, particularly the latter half of the decade. The Invisible World aren’t a tribute act to that distant time. Instead, this four piece from the Kansas City, Missouri area brings together guitar pyrotechnics, attentive songwriting, greater artistic ambitions, and a sturdy ear for evocative melodies into a well rounded package. They dispatch the six tunes on their latest EP, Color / Echo, without hesitancy and maximum conviction.

Lead singer Jesse Collins makes an impressive mark on listeners from the outset. His vocal on the title track and EP opener dramatizes the relatively weighty theme with gusto and surprising theatricality. His voice has a certain measure of sweetness, but there’s gravel and dirt on his vocal chords that helps give the song an additional veneer of credibility. The acoustic ending to the opening song makes for a fitting segue into the much more relaxed, straight forward style employed on “Bellamy”. Collins’ acoustic guitar lays down a steady rhythm track that electric guitarists Bryce Veazey and Ara Woodall are able to burn over with their slashing, chord-heavy style. The rhythm section of Brandon Woodall and Jon Gibbens prove their dexterity on this song by adapting to its uptempo pace just as easily as the more deliberate tempo employed on the first song. The EP’s third track, “The Way”, recalls the opener in its insistent on occupying a bigger portion of the stage than comparatively minor efforts like “Bellamy”. While their more light hearted fare is certainly worthy of attention, The Invisible World truly shines on songs like this because listeners can feel the fullest realization of their musical and lyrical vision.

“Brick by Brick” takes the band completely into acoustic territory. Collins is center stage for this one and his eloquent fusion of immediacy and technique creates magic late on the EP. The lyrical content is deceptively simple – what seems sing-songy and clearly draws its reference points from children’s nursery rhymes soon reveals itself to be much deeper than a first listen might reveal. The EP’s final song, “Oughta Know”, brings the biting pop tempo of “Bellamy” to serve equally brisk lyrical material. It reaches beyond the earlier song for the sense of gravitiy heard in songs like “The Way” and the title track, but the band keeps things relatively light hearted with the musical tone.

This is a powerhouse unit that has already enjoyed some recognition and this release is sure to garner more. Few bands can lay claim to being the complete package, but The Invisible World can. They are carrying on the torch for alternative rock long after the term first appeared and doing so with talent and passion that will only carry them higher.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/color-echo-ep/id1104737554

9 out of 10 stars.

Lance Wright

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Claudia Norris – Shine

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Claudia Norris – Shine

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claudia-Norris/1570895209799297

Upcoming pop starlet Claudia Norris is not sure what kind of EP she wants to make on her third effort thus far, Shine. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it leads to a varied set of tunes that take some chances and are unafraid of changing up styles throughout. Most pop artists following the flavor of the week trend suffer from writing the same song on after another and never really finding an identity beyond what the studio producers and label executives will allow them to create. That’s why the independent music scene, even pop, is the best place to find exciting new talent in the ever-changing musical climate of the 2010s.

Norris was off to a great start with previous EPs Love, Claudia and Hello, Hello, but Shine finds her really settling into her own pair of shoes comfortably as an artist. “Tonight” is teeming with life and love, simple guitar riffs and insistent bass lines finding their running legs thanks to a popping, bass drum beat guaranteed to shake loose a floorboard or two whenever played at the proper volume. Though certain phrases of Norris’ vocals are phased and reversed with auto-tune, the singer is allowed to get into a fluid lyrical delivery that utilizes her lofty range and melodic assets to their full capacity. The chorus is a monument of curvy, voluptuous pop sensibility designed to be recited back by thousands of people in an arena-sized venue. It isn’t complex or technically astounding, but rather a superbly layered, powerfully delivered crescendo of live wire melodicism that matches Bieber and Swift at their own respective games.

The title track slows things down but cruises at high speed into a radio rock anthem with electric guitar embellished verses that clear the way for Norris’ vibrato vocal might during the chorus. Touches of stripped-down, country songwriting are present in the rhythms with root-note bass lines and pocket percussion keeping the music tightly woven together for a dynamic rise whenever Norris’ mantra like vocals command the forefront. “Marry you” is the odd man out. It’s a sublime ballad of love and yearning with electronic drum-work, acoustic guitar and piano played backing melodies. Claudia’s vocals sound great in the verses but the chorus isn’t without its awkward moments and somewhat unnecessary repetitions (the phrasing of words is good but Norris eventually falls into making a sort of “Oooh” sound a little too often in a lengthy track). Still the song is quite good even if it could have used a bit more trimming on the cutting room floor. That leaves finale number “Sunny Afternoon” to bring things around with a straight country jam reminiscent of LeAnn Rimes filled to the brim with acoustic/slide guitar juxtaposition, toe-tapping drums, south of the Mason Dixon bass grooves and Norris’ finest vocal performance on the entire record that shows noticeable progression from the verses to the chorus. It’s a real charmer of a song and the one that is destined to get the most repeat plays from the reviewer. In a way, it summarizes and provides a perfect snapshot of Claudia Norris’ abilities in one robust, succinct track. Shine is the EP that will no doubt catapult Norris’ music to the next level and hopefully national radio will soon pick up on this wonderful new artist as a result!

Purchase Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/claudia-norris/id647290372

8 out of 10 stars.

Cynthia Spencer

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Sawtooth Brothers – One More Flight

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Sawtooth Brothers – One More Flight

URL: http://www.sawtoothbrothers.com/

Since their formation, the Sawtooth Brothers have distinguished themselves as among the pre-eminent young musicians working within the Americana genre today. The four piece’s first full length album release, One More Flight, will garner much attention and helps establish their credentials as among the best songwriters in the field today. They accomplish their artistic goals by faithfully invoking those rustic sounds in a modern context without ever trying to outright ape their poses and phrases of the past. Bluegrass, country, pop, and rock echoes resound through the album’s track and are filtered through pristine, acutely accurate production that lays out each musical element in beautiful detail. One More Flight shapes up, from its presentation forward, as an uniquely individual experience that never neglects tradition.

It opens with “Another Cliché”. This song serves notice for that last sentence of the above paragraph and reveals songwriting perfectly balanced between the instantly accessible and artistically clever. The light musical touch that the band develops doesn’t mean that they lack dynamics – there’s tremendous energy generate by the interplay between these low-fi instruments and the chord changes, coupled with shifting melody lines, throw off real sparks. “Country Road X” is a little more restrained, but surges with the same vitality. The vitality dissipates only a little on the nominally much more traditional-minded “What’s Her Name?” The Sawtooth Brothers take on the classic country ballad form here and score a resounding success. Its musical qualities propel it forward. The basis of everything the Sawtooth Brothers do musically is in their use of melody – often two or three melodies interchangeably moving through a song – and “What’s Her Name?’ makes an impact mostly thanks to its emotional tenor.

“On Top of the World” is One More Flight’s first real proof of the band’s sleeping rock inclinations. There’s an intensely rhythmic quality to the acoustic guitar riffing that nevertheless loses sight of melody and works well against the clear, yet physical vocals. The title and songwriting place it firmly within a certain tradition that the music reinforces – the title, immediately, recalls “Sittin’ on Top of the World”, popularized by Howlin’ Wolf among many others, and this small allusion is yet another piece in the stylish and highly intelligent feel emanating from this album. “Summer All the Time” has a considered, reflective pace that recalls the earlier “What’s Her Name?” in its emotional slant, but it’s a richer musical feel here and the arrangement has a pleasantly layered effect that makes it one of the album’s finest moments.

The title track, “One More Flight”, has much of the same rhythmic flair on guitar that distinguishes earlier tracks like “On Top of the World”, but its lyrical concerns reach further. The Sawtooth Brothers wisely never burden these songs with ornate, pseudo-poetic musings, but they do push far past the typical tropes of country and Americana either through humor or observation. One More Flight is a solid outing from first song to last – there’s no filler here to speak of and the instrumental prowess powering these compositions promises to develop in surprising ways.

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/One-More-Flight-Sawtooth-Brothers/dp/B01AQ309YM

9 out of 10 stars.

David Collins

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Chris Murphy – Red Mountain Blues

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Chris Murphy – Red Mountain Blues  

URL: http://chrismurphymusic.com/ 

The Americana artist and violin virtuoso Chris Murphy has carved out an impressive niche as one of the best interpreters of traditional folk and bluegrass on the scene today. Other strains of Americana, like gospel and blues, make occasional appearances in his self-penned material, but Murphy is predominantly rooted in the rustic Appalachian sounds of classic bluegrass. His songwriting subject matter never strictly confines itself to rural themes but, instead, mixes them freely with contemporary settings. There are a number of songs on the album that are outright nods to popular music’s distant past, but Murphy’s reach gracefully encompasses all of these disparate elements into a seamless whole. 

His fidelity to the past is on full display with the album’s first song. The title track is a lightly rambunctious instrumental ripped straight from the past and given vibrant new life thanks to his inventive talents as an arrangement and the sheer irrepressible glee in his playing and those around him. “Dirt Time” is Red Mountain Blues first lyrically driven number and weaves traditional imagery with a very idiosyncratic humor that helps the song stand out. While Murphy and his collaborators are expert at invoking the past with entertaining skill, even the numbers on Red Mountain Blues that smack of outright tribute are distinguished by Murphy’s facility for transmuting those influences into something altogether his own. The brilliantly conceived musings of the song “Kitchen Girl” is a perfect example. While the idea behind the song isn’t particularly original, Murphy’s performance alongside guest star Tim O’Brien and his deft lyrics bring this tale of a slightly bedraggled girl to vivid life. Here, as elsewhere, the instruments are rendered with exquisite clarity while never feeling drained of their warmth.  

The second half of the album has a lighter outlook, overall, than the first half thanks to the inclusion of songs like “Dry County” and “Meet Me Tonight”. The first serves up some more of Murphy’s storytelling skills in a crackling, full-on bluegrass vehicle that satisfies listeners by hitting all the expected reference points while still never sounding imitative or as if it is pandering to the listener’s simpler ideas about bluegrass. The second is equally playful and geared more in the direction of a love song. Murphy’s plaintive and uncalculated delivery elevates this past the level of being a mere throwaway. The haunting lyricism and considered pace of “Johnson County” comes at an ideal place in the album’s sequencing and, despite its instrumental basis, breathes deeply with a beautiful and very vocal melody. The album’s final cut, “The Lord Will Provide”, is an impressive instrumental with deceptive emotional range. Much like other songs on the album, “The Lord Will Provide” moves with considerable internal energy, but there’s an added melancholic subtext that enriches the song and gives it a surprising surplus of gravitas. 

This is a deeply rewarding work that will appeal to a cross section of listeners. The melodies give each of the album’s fourteen songs instant accessibility without ever sounding too samey and the lyrical content has a wide vision rather than confining itself to rehashing tired tropes from the genre.  

CD BABY: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chrismurphy57 

9 out of 10 stars.  

Lance Wright

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Thunderbird – New Music, Old School

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Thunderbird – New Music, Old School
Formed in Vancouver, Canada in 2003, Thunderbird play original songs that recall the classic hard rock sound of the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Inspiration came from the entire spectrum of hard rock styles of that era. So much was going on at the time – everything from blues-rock to boogie, metal and punk. A major influence for Thunderbird has been ‘Oz Rock’, the raw and powerful sound developed by bands gigging in Australian pubs in the Seventies.

Thunderbird’s debut album, ‘What’s The Word?’ was released in 2006. The first single ‘No Prisoners’ was Number One for several weeks on online music site Boost Independent Music, and also charted in the Top 10 in Mike Cameo’s Indie Rock out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A decade later the band – now scattered across the globe from Canada to Australia, the UK and Costa Rica! – have reunited for a follow up album and to have fun rocking out once more with songs that aim to evoke the swagger and groove of the glory days of classic rock.

Marc LaFrance (vocals) tours with Bachman & Turner and has sung on albums by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, The Cult & many more. Rod Coogan (guitar) has played in progressive rock bands in Australia & Japan. Holding down the bottom end are veterans Rob Becker and Tim Rath on bass and Kelly Stodola, one of Vancouver’s in-demand session musicians, on drums.

Special guests on the album include singer Steve Mulry of Oz Rock band Black Label, blues/rock guitarist Steve Edmonds and jazz bassist Brendan Clarke.

‘Heavyweight’ is now available on all the major digital platforms – Amazon, iTunes, Spotify. CDBaby etc.

YouTube channel
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Music & Arts, Other Top Music Companies, and Area Businesses Host “Battle of the Bands” July 21

Nine bands from across the country will compete for grand prizes and championship title:

Well-known national music companies, Music & Arts, Woodwind & Brasswind, and Fender, will partner with local businesses, Flying Dog Brewery and Champion Billiards Sports Bar, to host the 2nd annual Battle of the Bands competition on July 21 in Frederick, MD. “As the largest school instrument retailer and music lesson provider in the country, we started this competition to not only showcase new talent, but to reflect our passion and knowledge of music,” said Renier Fee, director of marketing, Music & Arts. The competition will feature 9 bands from across the country playing in a range of genres. Competing bands will be flown in to compete for the championship title and grand prizes.

What: 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands competition

Who: Sponsored by: Music & Arts and Woodwind & Brasswind

Presented by: Fender, Flying Dog Brewery, and Champion Billiards Sports Bar

Competition judges:

Gary Allen, Champion Billiards Sports Bar; Rohry Flood, Flying Dog Brewery; Dean Herman, Fender; Andrew Moore, D’Addario; LeeLee Hunter, Music & Arts

Competing Bands:

Blame the Youth, Charlotte, N.C.; Celeste ‘Al Descent, San Antonio, Tx.; Cyrenic, Frederick, Md.; Lenore Lenoire, Baltimore, Md.; Letterbox, Baltimore, Md.; Magnetic North, Middletown, Del.; Raise The Kicks, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Shade Parade, Woodbridge, Va.; Signs Point East, Frederick, Md.

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Champion Billiards Sports Bar, 5205 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704

*Professional video and photography will be available upon request

About Music & Arts

The first Music & Arts, run by founder Benjamin O’Brien, opened in 1952 and was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD. Still run by the O’Brien family today, Music & Arts now has more than 500 retail and affiliate locations, 120 educational representatives and 33,000 lesson students making it the nation’s largest school music retailer and lesson provider. Now based in Frederick, MD, the company of trained musicians offers friendly service for everything musical in your life including instruments, lessons, rentals and repairs. Visit MusicArts.com for more information.

About Woodwind & Brasswind

Woodwind & Brasswind – your band and orchestra authority – offers thousands of products to musicians and music educators all over the world, through online, phone and catalog channels. For almost 40 years, the company has provided expert advice, superior customer service and competitive pricing for all band and orchestra needs.

About Fender

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® fretted instruments, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel® among others.

About Flying Dog Brewery

Flying Dog is the largest brewery in Maryland. Their award-winning “litter of ales” are available in 46 states and 27 countries. The Flying Dog Brewery is located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., just off English Muffin Way and MD Hwy 85 in Frederick, MD. Flying Dog’s core values of “purposeful, provocative and irreverence” flow through the veins of the brewery’s founding owners George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. George and Richard were friends with the “Gonzo Journalist” Hunter S. Thompson, who coined the brand’s tagline “Good People Drink Good Beer,” and also with the “Gonzo Artist” Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand’s packaging.

About Champion Billiards Sports Bar

Champion Billiards Sports Bar opened its doors in Frederick on 2002. Since then, we have provided our guests with a unique experience in dining and entertainment. By day, bring the family for lunch and dine in our large dining area or enjoy a meal outside on our covered and heated private patio. By night, we will entertain you and your friends in a nightlife atmosphere. Voted Best of Frederick’s 2015 and 2016 1st Place Sports Bar, Dance Club, and Billiards.

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Wear Your Wallet on Your Wrist with Cutting Edge Technology at the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival 2016

July 22-24, 2016 the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival brings three nights of music under the stars and incorporates cutting-edge wristband technology to ensure guests a cashless, secure and socially integrated experience. Performers include Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway, Joe (Joe Thomas), Jazmine Sullivan, Marsha Ambrosius, Angie Stone, Lyfe Jennings, Melanie Fiona, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Goapele, Vivian Green, Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene, Avery Sunshine and Conya Doss.

2016 is the summer of soul, and both Mark Douglas and Airborne Tickets are counting the days to present the city of Los Angeles with the first three-day music festival of its kind. Live at the Autry, nestled in the scenic Griffith Park (located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027), the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival kicks off July 22-24 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly under SoCal’s celestial skies. Sure to amaze and entertain those in attendance, Airborne Tickets has raised the bar for modern-day festival goers.

To keep everyone grooving, Los Angeles Soul Music Festival attendees will appreciate the convenience of collectable wristbands combined with a cashless experience. No need to print tickets from a computer, waiting in long lines at will call or deal with cell phone barcodes. At the cutting edge of festival experiences, Airborne’s wristband technology contains RFID (radio frequency identification)/ NFC (near-field communication) chips that deliver efficient and secure transactions. This same technology is what the Apple wallet uses to keep its information well protected.

While most festivals only have the option to link a credit card to the cashless wristband, Los Angeles Soul Music Festival attendees can use onsite pay stations to load money onto directly from their bank accounts, credit cards or with physical cash. The wristband will manage each user’s identity and pay for concessions, festival gear and retail vendors. Rather than linking up to a credit card, patrons determine their spending limits and any remaining balance will be refunded that following Monday. This technology provides valuable information for organizers to aid the ebb and flow of foot traffic at events.

Entertainment Technology Unlimited’s state-of-the-art Canvas Pt Series™ LED video wall panels will boast larger than life visual effects and close-up shots of the performers during the concert with greater viewing angles. While encouraging the crowd to stay socially connected through @LASoulFest, the wristband technology also allows guests to take smartphone photos for instant uploads to their Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter accounts. Live photos will filter onto the video wall, sharing memorable festival moments from the crowd’s perspective. Socially integrated with festival vendors and partners, the wristband also permits guests to enter contests, receive giveaways, sign up for discounts and more.

Mark Douglas and Airborne Tickets have gone to great lengths to ensure the technology behind this project, vendors and partnerships attached are as hot as its lineup consisting of Grammy, Billboard, ASCAP, BET, Soul Train, and Reader’s Choice Award-winning and nominated performers. Confirmed talent includes Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway, Joe (Joe Thomas), Jazmine Sullivan, Marsha Ambrosius, Angie Stone, Lyfe Jennings, Melanie Fiona, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Goapele, Vivian Green, Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene, Avery Sunshine and Conya Doss.

#LASoulFest public relations team, Jade Umbrella, is currently accepting interview requests for talent and complete coverage.

Please visit LASoulMusic.com for more information on the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival.

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World Patent Marketing Success Group Offers Digital Music, A New Electronic Invention To Help Musicians Make Sweet Music All The Time

World Patent Marketing Reviews A New Electronic Invention. Will Digital Music Be the Next World Patent Marketing Low Cost Success Story?

World Patent Marketing, a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products, announces Digital Music, an electronic invention designed to provide a new and improved music sheet device for musicians.

“The major label music Production industry is worth $7 billion,” says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. “In the coming years, the industry will continue to readjust their priorities to meet the standards of the digital marketplace.”

“More often than not, pianists need someone to manually turn the page of their music sheet when they perform to avoid making mistakes,” says Jerry Shapiro, Director of Manufacturing and World Patent Marketing Inventions. With this electronic invention called Digital Music, they can now do it on their own without losing their concentration.”

Digital Music is an electronic invention which allows musicians to be able to refer to a music sheet without having to manually turn each page while playing an instrument. This unique invention comprises of a display monitor with a screen, a convenient and easy-to-access button which is utilized to turn the music sheets, a mechanical switch, download capability and the means to keep it powered. What Digital Music achieves is the ability to provide a convenient and effective way to display musical sheets. It uses an e-reader type of system which shows musical notes in a format which is identical to traditional music sheets printed or written on paper. Because of this, musicians will no longer get distracted or frustrated with manually turning a page of sheet. With a simple touch of a button, a new page appears, thus enabling them to concentrate more on the piece they are playing.

“The Digital Music device will make playing any instrument with notes much easier than in the past,” says inventor Carol D. “There will be no more hesitation in playing while turning the page and no more page-flipping on their own. All of the frustration of fumbling with paper music will be a thing of the past. It will change the way everyone plays their favorite piece, whether they’re a professional or a newcomer.”

Lance Park, a piano student at a local high school in Massachusetts, has this to say about the Digital Music device: “Digital Music allows me to instantly turn to the next music sheet and provides me with a way to continue playing the piano without interruption.”

The Digital Music device is an electronic invention perfect for musicians.

About World Patent Marketing:

World Patent Marketing is an innovation incubator and manufacturer of patented products for inventors and entrepreneurs. The company is broken into eight operating divisions: Research, Patents, Prototyping, Manufacturing, Retail, Web & Apps, Social Media and Capital Ventures.

As a leader in patent invention services, World Patent Marketing is by your side every step of the way, utilizing our capital and experience to protect, prepare, and manufacture your new product idea and get it out to the market. Get a patent with World Patent Marketing and the company will send representatives to trade shows every month in order to further advocate for its clients. It is just part of the World Patent Marketing cost of doing business.

World Patent Marketing reviews enjoy an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and five star ratings from consumer review sites including: Consumer Affairs, Google, Trustpilot, Customer Lobby, Reseller Ratings, Yelp and My3Cents.

World Patent Marketing is also a proud member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Duns and Bradstreet, the US Chamber of Commerce, the South Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and the New York Inventor Exchange.

Like the World Patent Marketing Facebook page, and add us on Twitter and YouTube. You may also contact us at (888) 926-8174.

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Musician Andrew McMahon’s Dear Jack Foundation Launches 10-Year Anniversary Fundraiser

Campaign aims to raise $100,000 to continue advocating for adolescents and young adults affected by cancer:

In celebration of its 10-year anniversary,the Dear Jack Foundation (DJF) announces the launch of its fundraiser, kicking off today and running through Nov. 11, 2016. The four month campaign, titled The 100K Challenge: Dear Jack Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary, celebrates the 501(c)(3) non-profit’s milestone of advocating for adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15-39, diagnosed with cancer. The DJF hopes to raise $100,000 for its programs and initiatives that target this underserved community.

As part of the campaign’s narrative, the DJF will share stories from those AYAs who are currently battling and have battled cancer. The foundation will also highlight the issues, both physical and mental, that affect AYA patients and survivors on a daily basis. With staggering statistics such as 72,000 AYAs diagnosed each year and 10,000 losing their lives to cancer, the DJF hopes to create even greater awareness on the unique challenges this community faces. Building on last year’s success of the DJF’s 72K Challenge, they hope to increase the amount of money raised from $84,000 to $100,000 to fund its adolescent and young adult cancer programs.

The campaign’s donations are driven by peer-to-peer fundraising and individual donors. Three top fundraising prizes, including a grand prize consisting of a private in-home concert by Andrew McMahon, will be awarded at the end of the campaign. Participants can also look forward to a variety of fun, interim prizes offered throughout the entire four month period. More information about the campaign and fundraising details can be found by visiting here.

In 2006 musician Andrew McMahon (previously of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) founded DJF after he survived a battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). The foundation’s mission is to support initiatives and provide programming to promote positive health outcomes for AYAs from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer to survivorship.

“There is nothing to prepare you for the moment the words, ‘you have cancer’ are delivered. I was 22 when I first heard those words. I am 33 now and would be lying to say it didn’t take the the last decade to wrap my head around the disease and its effects. As a young adult battling a leukemia diagnosis, I was shocked to find myself in the middle of a medical debate over whether to be treated with protocols built for children or protocols designed for adults well beyond my years,” said McMahon. “At the Dear Jack Foundation we are committed to addressing these issues through our impact now programs that help provide resources to help AYAs navigate the isolating waters of cancer – from diagnosis into survivorship.”

For up to date information on the fundraiser, please visit the DJF Facebook page.

About the Dear Jack Foundation:

Founded in 2006 by musician and leukemia survivor Andrew McMahon, the Dear Jack Foundation (DJF) advocates for and supports initiatives that directly benefit adolescents and young adults (AYA) diagnosed with cancer. The foundation supports organizations and provides programming that address the unique challenges the AYA community faces during and post-treatment. Through outreach, collaboration, and focused initiatives, DJF works to create more positive health outcomes and improved quality of life for all young adults in this fight.

About Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon, of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin fame, has reinvented himself as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and has seen the biggest success of his 16 year career with last year’s hit single, “Cecilia and the Satellite.” Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness’ eponymous album produced the smash single, “Cecilia and the Satellite,” garnering over 19 million Spotify plays and became a Top 5 hit across both Alternative and AAA radio, Top 10 hit at Hot AC and which also climbed up the Pop chart. “Cecilia and the Satellite” found great commercial success having been featured on FOX’s “Red Band Society” trailer, MTV’s “Real World,” and the TV promo for Warner Bros. Pictures’ film PAN. McMahon performed the single on “CONAN” and on “TODAY.” McMahon is touring North America as a special guest on Panic! At The Disco and Weezer’s co-headline tour this summer plus AMITW headline dates and festival shows including BottleRock, Laurelive and Forecastle. Aside from his professional successes, McMahon is a 10 year survivor of leukemia and founder of the Dear Jack Foundation, one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) specific cancer foundations which advocates for and supports initiatives that benefit AYAs diagnosed with cancer. McMahon lives in Southern California with his wife of 10 years Kelly and their daughter Cecilia.

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What’s New On Music Choice On Demand This July

Music Choice, the #1 music provider on television, will feature top level folders On Demand this July highlighting the best music videos and exclusive artist content around! Top level folders available for free nationally On Demand this July include PRIMED and Country Hits.

Top Level Folders for July:

  • PRIMED:

o BJ The Chicago Kid – BJ The Chicago Kid is the R&B/Soul star on the rise. Learn about his career path on a new episode of PRIMED.

Go To: Music Choice On Demand>PRIMED

Dates: July 1 through July 17, 2016

o Sofia Carson – With a budding music career, Sofia Carson is more than just a young actress. Watch her growth on PRIMED!

Go To: Music Choice On Demand>PRIMED

Dates: July 15 through July 31, 2016

  • CMA Fest Country Hits – Celebrate the CMA Music Festival with artist exclusives and the best music videos out on Country Hits.

Go To: Music Choice On Demand>Country Hits

Dates: July 18 through August 3, 2016

  • #WeThePlug Summer Playlists – Want to be up on the latest videos out? We got your back! Check out this folder to watch several themed summer playlists.

Go To: Music Choice On Demand>All Playlists

Dates: Now to July 31, 2016

For more information about Music Choice log onto http://musicchoice.com/ or to become part of the Music Choice community join us on Twitter: @MusicChoice or Facebook.

About Music Choice:

Music Choice, the multi-platform video and music network, delivers its music programming to millions of consumers nationwide through their televisions, online and mobile devices. Music Choice programs dozens of uninterrupted music channels; produces originals that feature today’s hottest established and emerging artists; offers thousands of music videos; and launched Music Choice Play, the music video, lifestyle and entertainment network for Millennials. Follow us on Twitter: @MusicChoice | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MusicChoice

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The Lowest Pair – Uncertain As It Is Uneven

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The Lowest Pair – Uncertain As It Is Uneven 

URL: http://thelowestpair.com/ 

Long after its commercial eclipse in the 1950’s, bluegrass music has continued to lurk along the margins of the nation’s musical life with a small, but deeply devoted, following that persists across multiple generations. Much has been written about the reasons behind the lasting appeal of Americana musical forms like the bluegrass, blues, country, and folk genres and we don’t need to rehash it here. Suffice it to say that The Lowest Pair, formed in 2013 by Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, understand the spirit driving this kind of music to the marrow of their beings and their internalized understanding of it informs and richens their songwriting throughout the release. These are superb musicians and singers, talented arrangers, and even in a small but significant way, practitioners of musical poetry at a high level. The release of Uncertain as It is Uneven will likely push the duo even higher in terms of critical respect and popular acclaim. 

It begins gently with the tracks “The Company I Keep” and “Keeweenaw Flower”. The first is a gently unfolding song with a strong banjo presence but equally eloquent guitar work. The banjo and its six string counterpart weave effortlessly around each other and create a delicate, but strong mood that gives Winter an excellent foundation for her vocal. Lee offers muted vocal counterpoints that deepen the song’s emotional tenor. The second song is straight guitar throughout and has a slight jangle, at points, that gives it an added step. Palmer T. Lee’s dramatic reading is strengthened, and sweetened a little, but Winter’s contributions as a harmony vocalist. “Lonesome Sunrise” draws from a wealth of traditional imagery but, like the best material from this duo, they give it a highly individual twist with the specificity of their experiences and responses. The haunting beauty of their voices is, likewise, a vivid reminder of what makes them unique and those qualities are served well by this song and subject matter. 

“37 Tears” and “The Sky is Green” are more poetic musical turns from the duo, but their moods are studies in contrast. The first is a mournful, mid-tempo banjo shuffle about despair with a capital D, manifested in strong imagery centered on numbers, and Palmer T. Lee’s vocal handles potentially difficult material with great care. “The Sky Is Green” has a slight air of melancholy just below the surface, but it’s a much brighter journey overall that gains an added layer of light from Winter’s lovely vocal. “Mason’s Trowel” is another Lee lead vocal, but Winter’s harmonies are as crucial as ever to pulling the song off. The machine gun musicianship never misses its mark or loses any feel despite the uptempo pace and it’s a strong, even slightly intricate lyric. “Holy Buckets” has a nice, striding quality generated by the marriage of banjo and guitar – the recurring figure, electrified and sped up, would make a great country rock riff. The album’s final song closes the collection on an anxious, but forward looking note with “By Then Where Will That Be”. It’s an extended song that ends Uncertain As It Is Uneven with the substantive statement it deserves.  

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/uncertain-as-it-is-uneven/id1092915918 

9 out of 10 stars. 

Lance Wright

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Moon & Pollution – The Box Borealis

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Moon & Pollution – The Box Borealis  

URL: https://www.facebook.com/moonandpollution/ 

Most popular music strictly adheres to formula and listeners flock to hear the latest regurgitated variation on familiar themes. However, occasionally, devoted music fans are treated to the unexpected and it immediately garners respect. The debut release from Moon & Pollution, The Box Borealis, is a ten song collection that challenges listener’s long held conceptions on the art and construction of a pop song while making brave forays into territory not typically associated with pop structures. Moon & Pollution features producer and composer Graham O’Brien teaming with respected singer and lyricist Molly Dean for one of the most interesting experiments you’ll hear all year. Don’t let the word “experiments” throw you. The songs are completely accessible and never strain for effect. The ten songs on The Box Borealis are products of genuine and clear artistic vision. 

The title track opening the album is a dense soundscape reliant primarily on electronica for its instrumental melodies while Dean delivers a blinding vocal over the top Her vocal melody shows a wise willingness to keep close to the music’s spirit, but yet has enough of a different flavor that it creates a striking contrast. However, the production on the album’s earliest songs is, at times, a little too thick for its own good and whatever lyrical message Dean aims to deliver is lost or obscured. “Moving Scene” has an ominous air – the sort of music that seems to prelude full-on disaster. Dean’s vocal is given far clearer treatment here than on the album’s opener and the composition creates spaces where her emotive phrasing can take center stage. The mid-tempo pace has a relaxed attitude, but there’s deceptive energy behind the restless pattering. Moon & Pollution toss a little extra spice into the mix on “The Magnetic North” – listeners will quickly lock onto the track’s tasteful rolling patterns that sparkle brighter thanks to subtle embellishments and, of course, find favor with another considered, yet passionate Dean vocal.  

Those who prefer the duo a little dreamy and light-headed, like on the coda for “The Magnetic North”, will probably feel let down some by the turn Moon & Pollution take halfway through this release. “Darkroom Double” and later songs maintain the same blueprint in many ways, primarily thematically, but “Darkroom Double” has percussion pursuing much more commercial paths than earlier on the album and making it work. Versatility is key to Moon & Pollution’s success and they move from strength to strength nary breaking a sweat. “Solace Sandwich” puts a commercial aesthetic forward in a pronounced manner not heard elsewhere. It works. This is a song sinking its teeth into your memory only seconds in thanks to the catchy melodies and invigorating performances from everyone involved. 

“I Didn’t Look” employs some backwards drums as its rhythmic hook and a gradually evolving melody from the remaining instruments. The song “Alter Eagle” has received some attention nationally and represents the duo’s first big home run as a songwriting unit. It captures a near perfect balance between the personalities of its participants without ever pandering to anyone or anything. Moon & Pollution are certainly beholden to no one musically. They’ve tapped into a rich vein of songs and live chemistry on this debut and we can only hope to hear again from them soon.  

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-box-borealis/id1076811039 

8 out of 10 stars. 

Lance Wright

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Junk Parlor – Mick Jagger’s Heart

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Junk Parlor – Mick Jagger’s Heart

URL: http://www.junkparlor.com/

The Bay Area’s, “Junk Parlor” have released two albums since their recent incarnation. “Wild Tones” in 2013 and “Melusina” in 2015. “Mick Jagger’s Heart “ is their most recent single to be released. Given Junk Parlor’s quick turnaround of albums, you can expect a possible release late this year. “Melusina” saw Junk Parlor expand their Gypsy influences even further. As said in 2015 Junk Parlor intended “to venture further down the path of Eastern European, gypsy and vintage belly dance melodies along with our own brand of moody, haunting originals …”

It is common practice for artist to release a different brand of music in-between albums. Junk Parlor are experimenting with “Mick Jagger’s Heart”. The European Gypsy sound is almost unrecognisable. In replacement we have “acoustic rock” as quoted by the artists themselves. This downscale of sound is not pretentious nor is it a pompous attempt at growing up as artists. It is an example of musicians exercising their talents in a way they simply want to.

A very brief surf rock into into “Mick Jagger’s Heart” sets the tone for the song. The rhythm is gains momentum early and carries that throughout the song. The consistent rockabilly flow structures the song to position the paramount lyrics. The vocal melody is strong and expressive. The fun concept of the song is well executed by Junk Parlor. Catchy lyrics hit the high points at all the right times and keep your head nodding throughout the song.

For all its simplicities there is still variety within the music. The arrangement of simple chords and tones create a shapely body of music. With a small amount of ingredients, Junk Parlor create a rich and full sound for “Mick Jagger’s Heart”. It is strongly possible that Junk Parlor want to move on from their Gypsy heritage and instead hone their skills and making a simple production that is greater than the sum of its parts,

The bands own description to the song said “When the heart ache of Leonard Cohen decides to lament under the sun amidst the California surf! The moment of goodbye… the lingering sigh that begs to turn back time…. Doctor won’t you please….. tear it out.” And I’m sure you can guess who’s heart they want to be next to. The lyrics aren’t emotional, not are you going to reflect on them but that is not the point. The lyrics are just fun and fit together perfectly with the music.

Mick Jagger once sang “Let me in your arms, angel in my heart”. Is this why Junk Parlor want to be next to his heart? Has the heat of the Californian surf proven to be too much from them that they simply want to rest at peace. Perhaps the Junk Parlor got over the Bay Area scene and want to be laid to rest alongside Mick Jagger when he was at his most naked, vulnerable point.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/JunkParlor

Review by Cameron Thomson

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Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist SEE Gears Up for Long Island & NYC Shows

Releasing “Ties” EP June 24th

June, 2016 (New York, NY) — Following the release of the first single from her highly anticipated debut EP “Ties” this past May, twenty-year old singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist SEE is getting ready to take her unique blend of pop, alternative rock, and singer songwriter genres to a new level as she gets ready to perform on Wednesday, June 22nd at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, 6:00PM and a THURSDAY RESIDENCY at NYC’s Legendary Arlene’s Grocery in July! “Ties” will be released on June 24th on Blue Élan Records, and was produced Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate).

After teaching herself the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and more, SEE began writing original songs at the age of 15 and eventually became the primary songwriter and drummer for an alternative indie rock band based in Long Island. At the age of 18, she began to sing and perform as a solo artist and decided to forgo college in order to pursue a music career full time.

“I’d decided I wasn’t going to go to college; I wanted to do music full time. My parents were definitely freaked out, but at the same time they were really supportive,” she explains. “One night, I gave them a big presentation outlining the paths of a bunch of successful musicians and once they had seen that, they were on board. I just showed them that I really felt confident that I could make it. I didn’t believe in having a Plan-B.”

With undeniable talent, drive, originality, and ambition, SEE is well on the road of achieving her goal of being one of the most influential artists of her generation.

Ties Track Listing:

1. Green Line Killer

2. Closed Eyes Open

3. Blue Await

4. Potions

5. She Cries

 

The official music video for “Potions” was released on May 24th. WATCH HERE

Catch this rising star on Wednesday, June 22nd, 6PM at Looney Tunes- 31 Brookvale Ave. West Babylon, NY 11704 for a FREE concert and AUTOGRAPH SIGNING and Thursdays this July at legendary Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St. in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and get ready for the release of Ties on June 24th!

Learn more about SEE at: www.eyespysee.com

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Press Contact:

Natalie Schaffer | Big Picture Media

40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001

Office: 212-675-3103 | Cell: 661-233-6479

natalie@bigpicturemediaonline.com

Rick Eberle | Rick Eberle Public Relations

Rick@RickEberle.com

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