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Sunday, 26 June 2016

JULIET SIMMS Rises Again with the Release of FROM THE GRAVE EP on July 15th

“The concept of this EP is essentially personal growth and strength. Like everyone, I have been through tough times and have always been resilient and rose back up,” says alt-rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new EP FROM THE GRAVE which will be independently released on July 15, 2016. “In many ways, it's a snap shot of finding myself and never giving in.”

“Resilient” is a great word to describe Juliet who has seen the ups and downs of the music industry from up close with her label teams suffering the massive layoffs of the 2000s, another label suffering from the Japanese tsunami of 2010, as well the worldwide exposure of her second place finish on NBC’s hit music competition show The Voice. But she’s managed to keep her head far above the water and bounced back each and every time. With the release of From the Grave, Juliet mined the depths of her songwriting closet and uncovered a collection of mostly previously unreleased tracks that needed to see the light of day. “I wrote these songs in the last couple years,” she explains. “During and after the recording of [2015’s] All or Nothing, a few of the songs I intended for that EP but the crowd funding campaign I ran was for a 6 song EP only. These songs are indicative of life on the other side when having some darkness in your past.”

Kicking off with the scorcher “Get Ready” (which was co-written with her friends in Boys Like Girls), From the Grave is a rollercoaster of guitar-led rock, tempered by Juliet’s distinctive, gravelly purr and growl. The southern rock flair of “Say Hello” benefits from a massive blast of adrenaline and a swagger that’s equal parts of whiskey and swank. “'Say Hello' is a very cocky song,” she laughs. “It’s a part of my personality about unapologetically being yourself. Over the past few years I’ve noticed, and much like a lot of people or public figures, social media has two sides to it - the lovers and the haters. This song is for both. It’s an anthem for the good guys and a big ol’ bird for the bad guys.”

The midtempo pop of “Tidal Wave” shows off Juliet’s command of infectious songwriting and big, booming choruses. “I wrote with [producer] Aaron Sprinkle in Nashville,” she explains. “One of my biggest influences is Sheryl Crow and, at the time, I was immersed in some of her older material. I think that's why this song has a bit of a 90s feel to it. It’s about waiting for something to wake you up and knock you back into shape. It’s a sad happy song.”

The remainder of the eight-track EP travels such roads as the heavy rock of “Trouble Finds You” (“Chaos begets chaos in the song... with order chasing not far behind”), a tender rumination on Kurt and Courtney’s daughter Frances Bean in “Frances” (“Being a huge fan of both since I was a little girl, I naturally was effected by the films Montage of Heck and Soaked in Bleach and the new things learned that it inspired me to write some poetry much like both did”), and the acoustic ballad “Phoenix” (“The metaphor of being a phoenix waiting for your demise, just so you can return again stronger, more beautiful and ready to ‘fly’ again”).

Gearing up for “more touring and perhaps a new LP”, Juliet is once again bouncing back… and the great thing about her is that each time she’s presented with an obstacle, it only makes her determination and her songwriting so much stronger. If this EP is any indication, the lyrics in the song “Phoenix” perfectly captures her trajectory: “Like a phoenix, I’m just waiting to fly.”

From The Grave will be released on July 15, 2016.

Friday, 20 May 2016

geordie. Drops Official Music Video for “Tastes Like Chocolate”

LOS ANGELES, CA // May 20, 2016: The freshest new vibes coming from the streets of western LA are from rising singer-songwriter and producer, geordie. The “agro-pop” mastermind and postgraduate student at Georgetown University has been maniacally hacking away in his makeshift studio, cultivating a sexual (and sometimes comedic) sonic upheaval unlike any before it.

geordie.’s latest single, “Tastes Like Chocolate,” is about a Caucasian young man who has discovered his budding palate for “less vanilla” tastes. geordie. describes his music as largely autobiographical, and adds, “The song was written about a girl, as is so often the case; the kind of girl you want to celebrate like royalty. A white guy has a crush on this black chick, and he immediately gets this wonderful ego boost because of her mild validation. He thinks he’s the man and that she’s down with him, when in reality she just likes having him around fawning like a puppy.” The song and video clock in at just over four minutes, chock-full of exaggerated flattery and pandering to the new chocolate lady love of his life.

View the Official Music Video for geordie.’s “Tastes Like Chocolate” Below:

One might ask where a fun and sexy lyrical theme like this originates: “The song just appeared out of thin air,” geordie. explains. “I knew I was I was going to write something that was about her because I had no choice. I was thinking only of her. I just didn’t know what it was going to be about until I got to the chorus, and then I found it.” When asked how long it took to craft the words, he replied, “[It was] by far the fastest song I’ve ever completed. Took maybe two days, tops. You basically black out, and wake up and have a song.”

But as geordie. is known to do, there is an honest and forthright theme woven delicately throughout, and in his own words, “this song/video is about the celebration of being with someone you’re proud of. It’s self-deprecating and satirical at its core. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I honestly catch feelings for someone, it shows. There’s really nothing I can do to suppress that.”

The “Tastes Like Chocolate” music video was directed by John Connaboy, Danny Gilani and geordie.


Equipped with a free spirit and a mind of his own, geordie. is making moves. The LA-based musician is set on infusing the scene with his incomparable vibe complete with grit, groove, and sexual satire. The self-proclaimed “badass mother fucker poet” draws influence from anything and everything, making his sound something worth hearing. geordie. celebrates individualism through creating tunes with elements spanning from hip-hop to country to straight up sunshine. His breakthrough jam “Tastes Like Chocolate” is a comedic ear-worm bound to reel in new listeners as this artist crafts his next hit.

geordie.’s music is destined to inspire a good time. Listen, laugh, and party on.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hospitality In The Park - London Elektricity Big Band Announced

For a landmark event we had to pull in a landmark performance. On Saturday 24th September London Elektricity will be taking to the stage at Hospitality In The Park - but not for any ordinary DJ set. He'll be presenting, for the very first time, the London Elektricity Big Band including the return of multi-award winning jazz singer Liane Carroll, rising talent Emer, Reprazent frontman Dynamite MC and an incredible 12-piece brass band from Riot Jazz!

"The London Elekricity Big Band will be a world first - a 12 piece brass band, rhythm section and 3 vocalists playing drum & bass for an hour. This will be totally different to the old 'London Elektricity Live' from 2003. I couldn't and wouldn't have thought about doing this without Liane Carroll, who since we last performed together has won every single award going for best British jazz artist, but moreover she is simply the best living British vocalist in my opinion. We'll be cherry picking moments from the London Elekricity back catalogue, repping "Why Are We Here?" and a couple of surprise selections as well. Hospitality In The Park will be our first and quite possibly only show anywhere in the world this year. Oh I nearly forgot - I get to play bass in the band - that's one tick off of my bucket list!" - London Elektricity

This unmissable performance is just one of the many live sets to be taking place throughout the day. Find out about the other live acts to be joining us at Hospitality In The Park below!

Gentleman's Dub Club will be joining London Elek on the Hospitality mainstage! And 'if the truth be told' this nine-piece band's high energy blend of dub, reggae, roots and ska go hand in hand with our all day outdoor BBQ, blazing sunshine and a beer or two.

Med School's Ukrainian five-piece band The Erised will be making their debut UK performance on Soul In Motion and Med School's stage!

Frederic Robinson will be bringing his unique live show to Soul In Motion and Med School's stage. His live sound synthesis uses a mixture of software and hardware to bring a new lease of life to his own signature style of drum & bass.

Don't miss out on the perfect festival season finale! First release tickets are on sale now, if you want to get your hands on one you better act fast, these are likely to be gone before the month is up!



Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE has released a new custom emoji set available starting today via Emoji Fame, the go-to company specializing in making emoji sets for musicians. Thus far, the artist emoji space has been dominated by hip-hop and EDM acts, Zakk Wylde's set is one of the first on the rock/metal side of things, and the first for a guitar god.

"Many members of the Emoji Fame team are secretly guitar nerds, so when Zakk Wylde agreed to do an emoji set with us we were beyond excited," says Gavin Rhodes, co-founder of Emoji Fame. "Zakk is arguably one of the top-ten most influential guitar players of all time and we're immensely proud of the set that we put together with him. His emojis are hilarious with a double dose of SHRED thrown in for good measure.”

The emoji set is available starting today at

ZAKK WYLDE recently announced new U.S. and Canadian tour dates in continued support of his new LP Book Of Shadows II. Wylde will hit over 40 cities spread out across the U.S. and Canada this summer including a performance at Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal on August 7th, a first for him as a solo artist. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, May 12th. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Jared James Nichols will serve as support.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will also be included as one of the marquee acts on OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST announced just yesterday.

Wylde, as always, has been on the road nonstop. He just wrapped up a buzzworthy stint on Steve Vai's GENERATION AXE TOUR and prior to that served as a marquee artist on THE HENDRIX EXPERIENCE TOUR with the likes of Billy Cox and Buddy Guy. This is the first time Zakk has toured as a headliner in the U.S. and Canada since last year's Unblackened tour.

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live 7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s 7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues 7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues 7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live 7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade 7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre 7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall 7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa 7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom 7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall 7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre 7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre 7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre 7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts 7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale 8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live 8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support 8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL 8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre 8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support 8/15: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall 8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot 8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma 8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central 8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre 8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre 8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse 8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO 8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House 8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom 9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues 9/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee 9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Book Of Shadows II was released on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), Zakk Wylde's first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. The album debuted at #2 on the Independent Chart, #3 on the Rock Chart and # 6 on the Current Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.



"When I decided to make this album cover, I wanted to do something that would make some noise. It just seems that the rebellious, unsafe and offensive side of rock music is going extinct. So what better way to pump a little life into it than to get five naked women wearing masks and make them my personal human throne? EMP has already gotten some up-turned eyebrows but they have stood by me. I don't want your parents to like my music. I don't want your parents to approve of the art. I don't want your pastor to be "OK" with the lyrical content. This is a Rock 'N' Roll; it's dirty, it's ugly and it's offensive. I think it's time we re-teach what Rock 'N' Roll really is. This is my big middle finger to the vanilla music industry. It's time for the zombie apocalypse of Rock 'N' Roll to RISE!" - Skum of Skumlove

Skumlove has recently signed to EMP Label Group and will be releasing their 2nd full length album "SINISTER MINISTER" on June 6, 2016 With a reunion show that same night at the Whisky A GoGo.

Coast Modern drop new track

"Plucky synths rock back and forth like a hammock swaying in the sunset, the perfect nest to cuddle up with your lover and consider how damn lucky you are. Amending your lifestyle isn’t the easiest of tasks, but doing it for the one you love with “Guru” as your soundtrack can definitely be worth it." - Consequence of Sound

"the L.A. duo combines upbeat synth-pop with meandering lyrics that capture the lackadaisical nature of, well, life." - NYLON

"Los Angeles duo Coast Modern made a huge splash with their debut single “Hollow Life.” It’s got around 400,000 streams on SoundCloud and almost a million on Spotify, and they’re keeping that momentum going with new single “Animals.” The song is full-bodied and warm, with a lighthearted bounce and a soaring melody perfect for this transition out of the winter months. " - Pigeons and Planes

Catch Coast Modern on tour:

May 22- The Orange Peel-Asheville, NC* May 23- The National - Richmond, VA* May 24- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC* May 25- Terminal 5 - New York City , NY* May 27- Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA* June 10- Popscene - San Francisco, CA June 14- Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY** June 15- College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT** June 16- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY June 18- Amos' South End - Charlotte, NC** June 20- The Music Farm - Charleston, SC** June 21- Center Stage - Atlanta, GA** July 8- Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI July 9- Power & Light District - Kansas City, MO** July 11- Deluxe @ Old National Center - Indianapolis, IN** July 12- First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN** July 13- Metro - Chicago, IL** July 15- PromoWest Fest - Columbus, OH July 18- The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO** July 19- Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN** July 23- Mo Pop Festival - Detroit, MI August 1- The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ** August 3- The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA** August 5- The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA** September 2 - Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA September 19 - Wonder - Portland, OR*** September 21 - Commodore - Vancouver, BC*** September 25 - Gothic - Denver, Colorado*** September 27 - Varsity - Minneapolis, MN*** September 28 - Metro - Chicago, IL*** September 30 - Phoenix - Toronto, ON*** October 4 - Royale - Boston, MA*** October 5 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA*** October 6 - 930 Club - Washington, DC*** October 8 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*** October 9 - 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN*** October 11 - Granada - Dallas, TX*** October 12 - White Oak - Houston, TX*** October 13 - Emo's - Austin TX*** October 16 - Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA*** October 17 - Observatory - Orange County, CA*** October 18 - Belasco Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*** October 19 - Warfield - San Francisco, CA***

* supporting BØRNS ** supporting The Wombats *** supporting The Temper Trap

+ more festivals to be announced

ABORTED announce European tour with Kreator, Sepultura and Soilwork

In support of ABORTED’s latest studio album 'Retrogore' - which is out now via Century Media Records - the band will be hitting the road for a run of European dates next February/March alongside Kreator, Sepultura & Soilwork.

The band comments: “Retrogore over Europe... After the festival season this will be our main trek throughout Europe to bring you some of that delicious gory 80's horror sauce known as RETROGORE! And what a line up it is! We are beyond happy to be sharing the stage with giants like Kreator, Sepultura (arise anyone?) and our friends in Soilwork. Prepare for a very diverse bill of pummeling and kick ass metal! Get ready for a few surprises from our side as well! See you all then!“


2017 tour with Kreator, Sepultura and Soilwork

02.02.2017 NL – Tilburg, 013 03.02.2017 DE – Munich, Tonhalle 04.02.2017 DE – Hamburg, Mehr! Theater 06.02.2017 DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio 07.02.2017 NO – Oslo, Rockefeller 12.02.2017 EE – Tallinn, Rock Cafe 13.02.2017 LT – Vilnius, Siemens Arena 15.02.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja 17.02.2017 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof 18.02.2017 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle 19.02.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z 7 21.02.2017 IT – Trezzo, Live Club 22.02.2017 FR – Grenoble, Summum 23.02.2017 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 24.02.2017 ES – Madrid, Riviera 25.02.2017 FR – Toulouse, Bikini 26.02.2017 FR – Paris, Bataclan 28.02.2017 UK – Manchester, Academy 01.03.2017 IR – Dublin, Vicar Street 02.03.2017 UK – London, O2 Forum 03.03.2017 BE – Torhout, De Mast 04.03.2017 DE – Essen, Grugahalle


Worldwide festival appearances 2016:

02.07.2016 Rock Al Parque – Bogota, Colombia 09.07.2016 Antwerp Metal Fest – Merksem, Belgium 16.07.2016 Gefle Metal Fest – Gavle, Sweden 27.07.2016 Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia 30.07.2016 Nord Open Air – Essen, Germany 06.08.2016 Le Stock – La Louviere, Belgium 07.08.2016 Live Music Hall – Cologne, Germany 11.08.2016 Brutal Assault – Josefov, Czech Republic 01.09.2016 Deathfest Open Air – Andernach, Germany 07.10.2016 Trondheim Metal Fest – Trondheim, Norway 08.10.2016 Hell Over Vellach – Sachsenburg, Austria

ABORTED line-up:

Sven De Caluwe: Gurgloroth Mendel Bij De Leij: Flesh Upon The Razor Wire JB van der Wal: Nocturnal Pulse Ken Bedene: Hymen Blaster Ian Jelekis: Immaculate Resection