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Starling Glow Releases New Single “Caution Tape”

Starling Glow Releases New Single “Caution Tape”

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Starling Glow

LA based pop group Starling Glow have released their brand new single, “Caution Tape”, the third track from their debut EP out March 24. “With an addicting pop-rock vibe that will have you listening to the anthem on repeat, it’s a powerful song that Liz thinks will speak to [girls] everywhere.” – Her Campus

“Caution Tape carries so much significance for me because it’s not a love song in the conventional sense. The lyrics speak to anyone who has come to rescue you despite your best efforts to push them away. I feel that both the message and the melody are powerful, and I hope they resonate with everyone who listens to the track.” – Liz Anne Hill

Fans can catch Starling Glow in their “March Spotlight Artists” feature on American Airlines this month. The group is highlighted in American Way Magazine, along with additional exclusive interviews, acoustic performances, and more via the AA in-flight entertainment. The feature can be seen online here.

Stay up to date on Starling Glow by visiting http://www.starlingglow.com/.

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AWOLNATION Announce Headlining North American Tour For 2015

AWOLNATION Announce Headlining North American Tour For 2015

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AWOLNATION have announced the headlining dates of their Run Tour 2015 kicking off May 28th in Vancouver, British Columbia. With 50+ concert dates now confirmed in support of their highly anticipated new album Run, the band will take to the road for a full scale North American tour this summer with their signature high energy live show performing songs from the new album alongside undeniable fan favorites from their chart topping debut. To celebrate the release of Run, AWOLNATION will make their long awaited return to Austin, TX for a one-night-only show during the SXSW Music Festival at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on Thursday, March 19. Following SXSW, the band will embark on a brief European tour before returning stateside for a round of select festival dates. The summer headlining tour will include stops at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Bottlerock Music Festival, and more. A complete tour itinerary is listed below. Ticket and pre-sale info is available at www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com.

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‘Run’

AWOLNATION is currently premiering a new video for the song titled “Windows” from the upcoming album that can be viewed on YouTube. Fans that pre-order the new album at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Windows,” the title track “Run,” and the debut single “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” Already climbing the charts, the track quickly became the #1 most added track at alternative radio where it currently sits in the Top 10. KROQ will stream a special AWOLNATION performance live from the Red Bull Sound Space on Tuesday, March 10 at 3:00pm Pacific. Fans can view the concert in its entirety online at http://kroq.cbslocal.com/webcast. Tune in to catch the band performing “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC 11:35pm/10:35pm central) on Wednesday, March 11.

Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of Megalithic Symphony, AWOLNATION withdrew into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of the debut album, the 14-track Run, was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno. The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease.

Released in 2011, the band’s gold-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony was an alternative music revelation that became an astonishing success resonating with fans around the world. The album holds a number of long-running Billboard chart positions including 146 weeks on the Independent Albums chart, 111 weeks on the Billboard Top200, 105 weeks on the Top Rock Albums chart and has topped the Heatseekers Albums chart several times over. Their hit single “Sail,” a redefining global anthem, is certified 6X Platinumin the U.S., and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100’s 55-year history amassing hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online while charting around the world. Following the success of “Sail,” the band would go on to have two more Top 10 charting alternative singles, “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes,” having sold over a million downloads combined. Since the release of their debut, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe.

AWOLNATION U.S. TOUR CONFIRMED DATES: 

March 13 – Pot of Gold Music Festival – Tempe, AZ

March 15 – Q101 Show @ Cubby Bear – Chicago, IL

March 19 – ACL Live @ The Moody Theater – Austin, TX (SXSW)

March 24 – Lido – Berlin, Germany

March 25 – PPC – Graz, Austria

March 26 – Freiheiz – Munich, Germany

March 27 – M4music Festival – Zurich, Switzerland

March 28 – Burgerhaus Stollwerk – Cologne, Germany

March 30 – Le Divan Du Monde – Paris, France

March 31 – Melkweg – Netherlands, Amsterdam

April 1 – Electric Ballroom – London, UK

April 18 – Buzzfest – Woodlands, TX

April 24 – KMYZ Radio Show @ Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK

April 25 – Edgefest @ Toyota Stadium – Frisco, TX

May 1 – Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN

May 3 – Sunfest – West Palm Beach, FL

May 8 – Big Guava Music Festival – Tampa, FL

May 10 – WRFF Annual Birthday – Philadelphia, PA

May 28 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

May 29 – Roseland – Portland, OR

May 30 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR

May 31 – BottleRock Music Festival – Napa Valley, CA

June 2 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

June 3 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

June 5 – The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

June 6 – The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

June 9 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL

June 10 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

June 12 – House of Blues – N. Myrtle Beach, SC

June 13 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

June 14 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN

June 16 – The National – Richmond, VA

June 18 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD

June 19 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE

June 22 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON

June 23 – Metropolis – Montreal, QUE

June 25 – House of Blues – Boston, MA

June 27 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY

June 28 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

June 30 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH

July 1 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH

July 2 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

July 5 – The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB

July 7 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB

July 8 – Flames Central – Calgary, AB

July 19 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN

July 21 – Cabooze Outdoor Plaza – Minneapolis, MN

July 23 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

July 25 – KRBZ’s Annual Radio Show Beach – Kansas City, KS

July 26 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE

July 28 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

July 30 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

August 1 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

September 19 – Kaaboo Music Festival – San Diego, CA

 

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Lupe Fuentes Releases “I Think of You” EP On Positive Music

Lupe Fuentes Releases “I Think of You” EP On Positive Music

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House Music Producer and DJ Lupe Fuentes has a released her latest EP I Think of You on Positive Music. With two hypnotic, deep house tracks and remixes by UK beast producer Wrighty, I Think of You is yet another example of how Lupe is cementing herself among the new breed of underground DJ’s.

A defining track for Lupe Fuentes, with her debut on Positive Music, “I THINK OF YOU” has moved crowds from Pacha NYC to Exchange Los Angeles with its deep Dark bassline, soulful vocals, and jackin beat.

Born in Colombia , raised in the club scene of Spain, and now living in Los Angeles, Lupe Fuentes is dropping bombs in the underground house music scene! Lupe’s sound is a refreshing stripped back tech-house style with hypnotic bass lines and funky beats that are timeless. It’s a fresh new sound that tips its hat to classic house. With a dozen releases in 2014 on a bevy of tastemaker labels, with consistent positions and top tens in the tech house and house charts, Lupe Fuentes is poised to be the first lady of the underground . With her tracks supported by artists like DubfireGorgon CityClaptoneTensnakeDimitri from ParisTodd TerryJunior SanchezThe S manShiba San, and Deep Dish to name a few, and releases on labels like GuesthouseNervousInhouseUndercoolDefinedBrobotPositiveWIN, and more, it seems like there is no stopping this dynamic powerhouse. Lupe’s recent collaboration with Rap Icon DMC of RUN DMC has a lot of people in the house music scene taking notice. Traxsource lists Lupe Fuentes #67 in their Top 100 DJ’s in Tech House and Mixmag lists Lupe in the top six of hot artists to watch. Lupe’s original productions have been played on BBC Radio 1 and BPM on Sirius XM. Lupe Fuentes has created a musical identity for herself that focuses on grooves and dancefloor prowess above all else – combining tribal, tech, Latin and more. Citing the likes of Erick MorilloAdam Beyer, and Marco Carola as influences, it’s clear she’s well versed in the way of quality 4/4 dance music. Lupe Fuentes is part of the new breed of DJ producers that you need to watch… for more on Lupe Fuentes check out lupefuentes.com and soundcloud.com/lupefuentes.

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Starling Glow Premieres Official Video For ‘Ignite’

Starling Glow Premieres Official Video For ‘Ignite’

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Starling Glow

LA based pop/rock band Starling Glow have unveiled their official music video for their brand new single, “Ignite”. With influences ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Paramore, the track showcases vocalist Liz Anne Hill’s strong female vocals and love for “slick pop-rock” music.”

The video for the track features Hill dodging a series of traps and obstacles, as well as some rooftop rocking and a burst of fire, the latter being a mandatory facet of any good music video.” – All Music

“The lyrics of “Ignite” speak to the underdog, someone who has faced setbacks but finds the strength to come back swinging. From the second I get up in the video, I’m just trying to get to the roof where the band is, but there are countless obstacles in my way to overcome. This video and the song reflect my  journey up to this point as a musician. I’ve had to surmount so many challenges to make it where I am today, but the struggle has undeniably made me stronger.” – Liz Anne Hill

“Ignite” is now available on iTunes.

Stay up to date on Starling Glow by visiting http://www.starlingglow.com/

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ON THE RISE: Liz Hill On Bringing Starling Glow’s Powerful Debut Album To Life!

ON THE RISE: Liz Hill On Bringing Starling Glow’s Powerful Debut Album To Life!

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Liz Anne Hill took about 15 years and a few busted romances to create the songs that make up her band Starling Glow’s self-titled debut album, a blend of modern pop musical styles that ranges from pop/rock to dance and indie. Starting with the club floor single, “We Are Infinite,” a Dave Aude remix that recalls similar anthems like Gloria Gaynor’s disco smash “We Will Survive” or Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” Hill takes flight like the birds she often references in her songs. Starling Glow proves equally adept on the new wave of the Blondie-esque “A New State of Mind,” the dance-rock synthesis of “Glass Heart,” the pugnacious Pat Benatar swagger of “Battle Song” or the full-on power ballad, “Empty Handed”.

A multi-instrumentalist, Hill grew up in Orange County surrounded by music—her mom played piano, her dad guitar and older sister piano, pipe organ and drums, while they all sang. “They told me early on, if I don’t pick up an instrument, they would kick me out of the family,” she laughs. “I was handed a bass at 10 years old and told, ‘It’s easy to play and you’re not very coordinated.”

Her earliest musical influences include blues/country artists like Bonnie Raitt, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton, while learning to play Jimi Hendrix and Steely Dan songs on bass. Her later influences include groups such as Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Anberlin, and fellow Orange County natives, Thrice. Growing up, Liz was a member of a variety of bands when she wasn’t horseback riding, the other passion in her life. “All I’ve known is being in rock groups, because I enjoy that collaborative thing,” she explains. “A lot of the bands that I grew up listening to were on small indie labels and played good music – I was into that. For me, playing in a band is all about building that energy and engaging people.” As for her eclectic musical tastes, Liz admits, “I’m a typical girl. One minute, I’m feeling one way, the next, another. I could be blasting Underoath on the way home and then chilling in my room to City and Colour”.

Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and musician Billy Mohler—one-time member of L.A. band The Calling, who has also played or worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Macy Gray, Liz Phair, Kelly Clarkson, AWOLNation and skateboard pro Tony Hawk—was hired to produce the record and immediately recognized the fellow Orange County native’s talent. The record is being released through newly formed Indie Label Trailblaze Music Group, where Mohler is General Manger.

The album, despite some of its modern EDM touches, is rooted in the rock ‘n’ roll of her youth. “I know my father would’ve killed me if I didn’t have guitars on there,” she admits. “I wouldn’t do it any other way. There’s just something about feeling the vibration of an actual instrument on your body while on-stage having a conversation with your audience. The only reason I make music is because I feel things and want other people to feel them too. I’m so grateful to anyone who listens to my music,” she adds with typical self-effacing modesty. “Being able to perform these songs, get them into people’s hands and, hopefully, have them enjoy them for as long as possible would just be more than I could ever wish for.”

Liz Hill and Starling Glow are primed and ready to share their music with you. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Liz Hill for a little Q&A. In the interview, they explore her musical roots, the creation of Starling Glow’s debut album, the challenges involved in bringing it to lifeand much more!

Starling Glow's Liz Hill

Starling Glow’s Liz Hill

Take us back to your earlier years. What are your first memories of music in your life?

My family was really musical- everyone sings and plays at least one instrument. I remember a lot of playtime from an early age was focused on music. My dad still has a guitar with my teeth marks on it from my toddler days! [laughs]

How were your biggest influences as both a musician/music fan and performer?

I listened to everything growing up, and having musical parents was amazing because they exposed me to a lot. We were always going to see concerts- Stevie Wonder, Prince, Heart, Sting and the Police, Bonnie Raitt- just to name a few. I didn’t grow up following big pop acts necessarily, although I did love me some Spice Girls [laughs], but instead, my parents wanted to expose me to incredibly talented musicians that did their thing and still made a huge mark in the mainstream music world.

They say a career in music isn’t a journey for the faint of heart. What made you take the plunge and pursue a career in the music industry?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a singer. It was just a natural choice being raised in my family. My parents never deceived me about how difficult a career in music would be, and with that in mind, it just made me want to work harder for my goal.

What can you tell us about the formation of Starling Glow and what’s the story behind the name?

My producer Billy Mohler was auditioning singers to work with on an album. The lengths I went to in order to get into that audition were pretty ridiculous; they involved a bribe, a dead guinea pig, and an alley behind an elementary school, but that’s a story for another day! [laughs] Either way, Starling Glow came about once Billy and I started writing together and decided that we had better think of a name for this project! His wife Becca actually suggested the name, and I loved it. A starling is a songbird, which seemed pretty natural. It just stuck from there.

For those who may not be familiar with your work quite yet, what can they expect sonically?

Unapologetic pop with a rock ‘n’ roll edge!

Starling Glow's Liz Hill: One To Watch In 2015!

Starling Glow’s Liz Hill: One To Watch In 2015!

You have been hard at work in the studio. What were your expectations going into the process of creating the album?

I honestly had none. Haha as a personal rule I try not to have expectations about much. It’s better to just see things as they pan out. That being said, I’m very pleased with how the album is coming along.

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process and how you bring a tune to life?

I’m absolutely all over the place when it comes to writing haha. I really don’t have a specific “process.” Sometimes a melody comes into my head, or I’ll just have a lyrical idea and run with it. Sometimes I show up in the studio and Billy and I build a song from a beat he’s been working on. I feel like the spontaneity keeps the songs fresh.

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Liz Hill

As an artist, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration these days?

Generally I write about things that are happening to me or those close to me. I’m often trying to capture a mood or feeling.

You have been working with producer Billy Mohler on the album. What does he bring to the table and what have you taken away from your time working alongside him?

He’s kindof a genius haha. We recently tracked/shot a video for a semi-acoustic version of “Ignite.” We were in the studio for less than 3 hours total, and Billy tracked every single instrument on the fly. He’s incredibly talented, and really has a great ear for what’s cool/edgy. His tracks always have a vibe to them that I could never replicate without him. Needless to say, I feel very lucky to work with him!

You have released a video for “We Are Infinite” and one is on the way for “Ignite.” What was it about these songs that made you select them as your introduction to the world, so to speak?

Both songs are upbeat, encouraging, and fun. I feel like in music, just like in real life, nobody wants to meet “Debbie Downer” on their first date! [laughs] There are definitely moodier songs and ballads on the record, but we thought it be best to start on a more positive note with “Ignite” and “We Are Infinite.”

When might we expect to see a full album release from Starling Glow?

Early 2015!

Looking back on the process of bringing this album to life, what stands out at as the biggest challenge in creating it so far?

I wouldn’t call it a challenge per say, but it definitely took some time to hone in a sound. We recorded rock versions of all of the songs with live instruments, only to realize that we wanted to incorporate some more synth/pop sounds. It took a while to find the balance, but I’m very happy with where we’ve landed.

Liz Hill: The Voice of Starling Glow

Liz Hill: The Voice of Starling Glow

What is the biggest thing you learned about yourself during this intense process?

Wow, that’s a great question. I’ve always been in bands where the writing has been a group effort. This is my first solo project, and I’ve had to learn to trust my instincts a bit. I’ve also had to learn a bit of patience- the album has taken some time to complete but I know it’s worth the wait!

Is there something you hope people come away with after they catch one of your live performances?

Honestly, I just hope they have a blast. I have so much fun when I perform, my goal is to make sure that the audience feels that way too.

What do you consider your biggest milestone so far, in the band or otherwise?

Definitely “We Are Infinite” reaching #19 on Billboard Club Dance. It’s pretty nuts that our first song out charted on Billboard but now my goal is to beat that!

How do you feel you have evolved as a musician since first starting out?

I’ve definitely become a stronger singer. I actually became certified as a voice coach so I could coach myself and constantly work on my technique. I feel like I’ve also learned to streamline my writing- a lot of that has been with the help of Billy’s editing.

As an artist, have you ever experienced a SPINAL TAP moment, where something totally ridiculous happened?

Oh, absolutely! I got detained at the French Canadian border once. That’s a great story for another day! [laughs]

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Starling Glow

What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to someone who wants to pursue a career in music in the industry’s current climate?

Be humble, but be prepared to work harder than any of your peers.

What do you feel the future holds for Starling Glow both long and short term?

Going back to the “no expectations” thing haha, I have no way of being certain. However, we are working to finish the best album we can make, and once it’s out, I plan to bust my butt to promote and perform the heck out of it!

Are you currently involved with any charity work that we can help spread the word on? If so, how did you get involved?

Yes! I’m very passionate (we can safely say obsessed) with horses. I rescued my horse from slaughter, and I strongly believe in supporting organizations that are doing great work helping to save and rehabilitate animals and place them into loving, forever homes. Red Bucket is an excellent charity in Southern California that helps relocate abandoned and neglected horses.

What are you most excited about when you think about the year to come?

Definitely getting the album out and hitting the road.

Anything you want to tell your fans before I let you go?

Thank you so much for taking the time to ask such insightful and thoughtful questions! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did answering!

To get the latest news and dates for Starling Glow, visit the official website at www.starlingglow.com. Be sure connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Be sure to check out Starling Glow’s amazing cover of Sia’s “Chandelier” at this location – Click Here!

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deadmau5 To Release ‘5 years of mau5’ – Retrospective Double Album – On November 25th

deadmau5 To Release ‘5 years of mau5’ – Retrospective Double Album – On November 25th

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Since releasing Random Album Title in 2008, electronic music producer deadmau5’s rise to the upper echelons has been nothing short of meteoric.  This winter, he’ll release 5 years of mau5, a retrospective double album encompassing highlights from his most beloved back catalog alongside exclusive and new remixes from friends of mau5trap. Just in time for the holidays, 5 years of mau5 will be releasedNovember 25 via mau5trap.  Further details will be announced soon.

deadmau5 will make his next major U.S. festival appearance on November 1 at HARD Day of the Dead in Southern California.  There he’ll join Eric Prydz for a back-to-back performance on their ‘mau5-ville’– hosted stage.  Log on to www.harddayofthedead.com for more information. 

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Marc Klasfeld Directed Video For “Reverse” By SomeKindaWonderful Unleashed

Marc Klasfeld Directed Video For “Reverse” By SomeKindaWonderful Unleashed

somekindofwonderful-2014SomeKindaWonderful released their self-titled Downtown Records/White Clover Records on June 23, 2014. They have just released a video for “Reverse,” which can be viewed below.

“Reverse”  – a love story gone wrong, told chronologically backwards.   Written in in only a few hours after the band met.

“We wanted to create something that not only represents the song itself but also establishes who we are as a band and reflects our creative vision,” said lead singer, Jordy Towers.

Over two million streams on Spotify, Pandora and Soundcloud and has been on the Top 20 radio charts for over 16 weeks.

SomeKindaWonderful are touring with New Politics and Bad Suns this October and November (all tour dates listed below).

Tour With New Politics and Bad Suns:

October 11 Wilmington, NC @ Cowan Street Festival Grounds (98.7 Rockfest)

October 14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

October 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

October 16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

October 17 – Orlando, FL@ Beacham Theater

October 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

October 21 ­ Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

October 22 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

October 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

October 25 ­ Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

October 26 ­ Austin, TX @ Mohawk

October 28 ­ Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre

October 29 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

October 30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

October 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

November 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater

November 4 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

November 7 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

November 9 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

November 11 ­ Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre

November 12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

November 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

November 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club

November 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre

November 16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

November 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

November 19 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom

November 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

November 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

November 25 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

November 26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

November 28 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

November 29 ­ Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

November 30 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

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Wachowski Siblings (Matrix), UNKLE, Derrick May and Others To Participate In “GENERATE” App Launch

Wachowski Siblings (Matrix), UNKLE, Derrick May and Others To Participate In “GENERATE” App Launch

generate-app-2014Matrix directors, Wachowski siblings, capture launch of AV performance app, Generate Pro, at KOKO with Derrick May, A Guy Called Gerald, UNKLE, Barem and Playground.

Generate is a new app capturing the imagination of thousands of users around the world with amazing, real-time, audio-visual manipulation. Generate lets you playfully transform images into abstract visual wonders and instantly share them with friends.  In just a few months, the app has reached almost 100,000 downloads and users, after a public beta release for artists and creatives.

Generate’s ability to engage audiences and heighten performance technology will be on display during the shooting of the Wachowski siblings latest sci-fi epic. On August 16, the Playground at KOKO will transform one of London’s premier live music venues into a reality club scene. Join the party as projection of the audience’s Generate videos will be set to the rhythm of seminal artists, Derrick May, A Guy Called Gerald, UNKLE, Barem, Richard Fearless and FKJ.

This event is set to capture an evolution in audience interaction and live performance visuals. Using the occasion to represent the future of concert interactions, Generate visuals will fittingly be paired alongside some of the most innovative minds in electronic music.   When offered the opportunity to go live with the Pro Version for the first time at Koko, the Generate team decided to hold out on the official launch to coincide with such a perfect collaboration.

With an extensive history working at the convergence of art, music and technology, the team behind Generate realized the app with visual artists in mind Since its launch Generate has been used by interdisciplinary visual artists and musicians such as Paul Wong, Kris Krug, Grandtheft, and Ryan Enn Hughes, and plans are underway for projects with Tokimonsta, Decibel Festival and a number of other artists and organizations.   The app was recently shown at the 2014 SIGGRAPH festival exhibition, Blurred Lines.

Generate Pro is a high performance tool that can be used to capture high-resolution video and images, apply unique aesthetics already used by professional artists and output full-scale video projection. With Generate and Generate Pro, the possibilities for image making just got really interesting.

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Capital Cities Announce Fall Headlining Tour Following Summer Outing With Katy Perry

Capital Cities Announce Fall Headlining Tour Following Summer Outing With Katy Perry

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After spending the summer supporting Katy Perry on the first U.S. leg of her Prismatic World Tour, Capital Cities will embark on a fall headline run. The outing will kick off on October 1 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO and include a two-night stand at New York City’s Webster Hall (10/29 & 30) and a show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY (10/31). Special guests Night Terrors of 1927 will open on all dates while Sneaky Sound System and Cherub will support on select dates, as noted in the itinerary below.

Capital Cities recently performed their new single, “One Minute More,” on “Good Morning America” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Idolator.com praised the song’s “seize the moment” feel, noting, “like their trumpet-heavy 2013 smash [‘Safe and Sound’], they’re bringing major summer vibes with this uptempo burst of energy.”

Found on the deluxe edition of the band’s debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Capitol Records/Lazy Hooks), “One Minute More” has already climbed into the Top 25 at Alternative radio. The official video and the lyric video for “One Minute More” have each racked up more than one million views.

View “One Minute More” official video HERE

View “One Minute More” lyric video HERE

“One Minute More” is featured in the commercial for BRP’s new Sea-Doo Spark watercraft and has been tapped for the soundtrack for The Weinstein Company’s upcoming film, The Giver. The soundtrack is out now and the film, which was directed by Phillip Noyce and stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, will be in theatres on August 15.“One Minute More” was also featured on The Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall (Music Inspired By the Motion Picture) collection.

“Safe and Sound,” the multi-Platinum first single from In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, has over 100 million streams on Spotify. It peaked at No. 1 onBillboard’s Alternative Songs chart and entered the Top 5 at Pop, Hot AC, Triple A and Modern Rock radio. The accompanying video, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects and was nominated for a GRAMMY®, has more than 100 million certified views on VEVO.

The official video for “I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo,” another track from In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, recently premiered on VEVO and can be seen HERE.

 

Capital Cities Tour Dates:

8/23  Vancouver, BC @ Sunset Festival

8/28  Nashville, TN @ Lightning 100’s Live on the Green

8/30  Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America Festival @ Grand Park

9/1  Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

9/20  Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

9/21  Maryland Heights, MO @ Big Point Summer Show at Verizon

9/26  Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park – Summer Ends Festival

9/27  Salt Lake City, UT @ X96 Big Ass Show at Gallivan Plaza

10/3  Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

10/10  Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

 

Fall 2014 Headline Tour:

*10/1 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
*10/23 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
*10/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
*10/25 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
*10/26 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.
+10/28 Boston, MA @ House of Blues – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.
+10/29 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
+10/30 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
+10/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
+11/1 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
^11/3 Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
^11/4 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
^11/7 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.
^11/8 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.
^11/9 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave. – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.
+11/19 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater – Tickets on sale Friday, 8/15.

* Night Terrors of 1927 supporting
+ Sneaky Sound System and Night Terrors of 1927 supporting
^ Cherub and Night Terrors of 1927 supporting

For more information about Capital Cities, please visit:

www.capitalcitiesmusic.com

www.facebook.com/capitalcities

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One Minute More: Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant On Their Amazing Rise & Future!

One Minute More: Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant On Their Amazing Rise & Future!

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Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, the frontmen behind the breakout alt-dance group Capital Cities, are a success story spawned by the Internet that has continued to blossom. Ryan first met Sebu in 2008 after responding to an ad that Sebu had placed on Craigslist offering his music production services. Little did they know upon first meeting that their creative collaborations would lead them to the heights it has. The Los Angeles-based act took both the blogosphere and the shores of California by storm with their self-titled debut EP which featured the breakout hit “Safe and Sound.” The worldwide attention led to the band amassing a sea of dedicated fans and quickly led to major label interest. Fast forward to 2013, when the band released their debut album, ‘in A Tidal Wave of Mystery.’ The powerful and beautifully crafted album scored the band a multi-format hit with its first single, “Safe and Sound,” plus an MTV Video Music Award, a GRAMMY® nomination and two iHeartRadio Awards nominations. Their hard work dedication and mind-blowing live show didn’t go unnoticed; earning them spots on some of the nation’s biggest festival dates and a prestigious opening slot on the first leg of Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour in the states. The band’s recent success is just the tip of the iceberg as the duo continue to capturing the hearts and minds of legions of dedicated music fans around the globe! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ryan Merchant to discuss his musical roots, the whirlwind of success they have experienced over the past year, the challenges they have encountered along the way and what they have in store for us in the months to come!

Ryan Merchant

Ryan Merchant

Anytime we have the opportunity to speak with a musician, we like to go back to their early years. What are some of your first musical memories?

The first thing I really remember musically happened when I was about four or five years old. It was around the time Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ came out. My parents got me the “Thriller” single and bought me the videocassette that had the music video and “The Making of Thriller” afterwards. At that time, I would watch it religiously every single day! I would practice my Michael Jackson moves and my parents even bought me a little red leather jacket. I even had a little glove that I would wear! I think that is my earliest memory of being aware if artists and being aware of the idea of writing and performing music.

That’s great! Who were some of the other early influences who had a big impact on you creatively?

Obviously, there was Michael Jackson. Madonna was another big one. As I got a little bit older, I became pretty obsessive about Jeff Buckley. Jamiroquai was a big influence and I was really into the funkiness of their sound. Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac also had a big impact on me.

What made you take the plunge and pursue a career in the music industry?

I started taking piano lessons when I was ten years old. For some reason, I had this natural inclination to want to write songs, even when I first started playing music. I was terrible with practicing and learning pieces, so I never became a very good technical player but I would always sit down to come up with chords, melodies and lyrics. From a very young age, it was this thing that felt very natural to me. I would just sit down and start messing around and end up writing stuff. I think it was my calling and it just took me a very long time to figure out how to turn it into a career. It took awhile to get very good at it and get to the point where I could be successful. It was something that hit me very early on because I always wanted to write songs, sing, perform and play different instruments. The process of composing music and coming up with interesting or innovative ideas is very exciting and fun to me.

Last time we caught up with Capital Cities, it was days before you revealed the album title. Looking back on the process of bringing your debut album to life, what stands out as some of the biggest challenges you faced?

'In A Tidal Wave of Mystery'

Available June 4th!

Working on an album is a pretty arduous process. In our case, our first album took us three years to write because for a long time we were unsigned and trying to figure out how we were going to release our material. We were putting out a lot of singles, remixes and cover songs. We didn’t want to put out a full album until we had the proper backing behind it. One of the hardest parts was figuring out what the smartest way to release everything was. Before we got signed, we actually self-funded a radio campaign and the song started to take off at radio, which is when we got signed. That is the point where everything really began to gel and come together; we had a team behind us and a plan, so we were able to focus for a couple of months and finish off the album. Finding your unique sound and getting a song right is a challenge. Sometimes you know that a song has so much potential but you are also aware the way it is produced is not right and it is not going to do as well if you don’t get it right. “Safe and Sound” is an example of a song like that. We reworked it nine different times and just never felt 100% confident about it until we did the final version that went on to become a hit.

They say you take something away from every project. What did you learn about yourself personally from that intense process?

I have learned a lot in the past five years, which have been the most productive musical years of my life where I have actually worked professionally as a music creator; starting off doing TV commercials and working on this album. I think being creative and writing good material is something for which you have to have a natural gift. I think that definitely helps. The more time and focus you put into it by treating it like a job by putting in eight hours a day, sitting there thinking about it with that blank page; interesting things start to happen when you make creativity a daily habit. I think your creativity expands and becomes better and better. You learn to do more interesting things and get better at your craft. I really learned the importance of working hard at it and not settling for something your gut tells you is mediocre and really pushing it as far as you can.

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The last year has been dedicated to promoting ‘In A Tidal Wave of Mystery’ and touring extensively. Where are you in regard to new material for Capital Cities and when might we expect a return to the studio?

I would say we would probably get into the studio early next year, maybe the first couple months of 2015. That is when we will start writing new material. Right now, we are about to go on tour with Katy Perry for a month and a half and then we have some time off but we have more shows coming up after that. We have a U.S. headlining tour in the Fall starting in September. I really feel like we aren’t seriously going to work on music until we have time to go into the studio and not be distracted by all the different shows, putting together different production for the show and music videos. I think it is really important to focus on one thing and not to spread thin when we are working on an album.

You mentioned hitting the road with Katy Perry. You have done a lot of touring but what does being on a tour of this caliber mean to you personally?

It is really cool to be at a point in our musical career where an artist of her magnitude, someone who is such a superstar throughout the entire world, basically hand selected us as one of her opening bands. It feels really good to have that vote of confidence that she would want to take us on the road, be the opener for her and introduce ourselves to her audience. That is a really big thing for us. It is also great that we are going to get to play for 15,000 people night after night for 26 shows! You can’t really get better exposure than that and our live show is one of the things we really excel at and put a lot of work into, so it is a huge opportunity for us to grow our fan base and continue that grassroots movement where we capture one fan at a time through a live performance. We think that is the most powerful way to make fans that are dedicated.

Capital Cities is known of putting on a great live show. How has your music evolved in the live setting and what are some of your favorite songs to perform live these days?

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Our live show is constantly evolving. The first time we ever performed I think it was Sebu [Simonian], me and a guitar player with a bunch of backing tracks; very much like an electronic duo. It was a function of the fact we were figuring out what the live show was going to become. Over the years, it has gotten bigger and bigger and a lot more live for lack of a better word. We have a lot of musicians with us. There are electronic elements playing through a laptop but we have a live drummer and I would say 99% of all the drum sounds are all acoustic drums. We have a bass player. I play guitar and Sebu plays keyboard. We have our trumpet player, Spencer, who is amazing! It has just gotten more and more live which has been a very fun process. For a while I was cool with having the beats come from a laptop and be electronic. I liked the fact it was easy to control the sound but now having played with a live drummer for the past five months has been terrific. We have had to do a few shows where we have gone back to the electronic setup and it just doesn’t feel right. Once you play with an amazing live drummer, it is the best feeling in the world! It just brings the songs to life in a very different way. As far as the songs I enjoy playing live, we have a song called “I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo” that is on the album. It is such an impactful song live. I feel like it is a bigger hit than “Safe And Sound” in some ways because it has this really anthemic chorus and coming out of the big speakers it is so rich and has this fat, synth bass and the live drums and trumpet. That is one is really fun to play for me personally!

In addition to the live show, you guys have really made a name for yourself when it comes to music videos. What are the plans for video releases in support of the album?

It is funny you mention that because we just put out a music video yesterday on Vevo for our latest single, “One Minute More.” We re-released the album, a deluxe version, where we put this song on it, which we wrote awhile back. It didn’t make the album initially because the mix wasn’t right. We reworked it a little bit and it is starting to pick up on alternative radio and it is starting to go Top 40 now. The video is really interesting and juxtaposes this very sad woman who is basically going through the process of a divorce. That sadness is contrasted by this group of twenty-somethings having a party on a lake with a bunch of watercraft. It is kind of a typical Capital Cities video where we try to show the dichotomy of a human existence; the good, the bad and the contract f what defines the good and the bad.

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You can definitely serve as an inspiration to young people who are looking to blaze their own trail in the music industry. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those who are looking to pursue a career in music in today’s climate?

I would say, first of all, when you are releasing my music for the first time, let’s say it is a new project, I would focus on only a couple songs. I would go with two or three songs for a first release. Don’t try to release an album because there is so much new music coming out that people don’t really have the attention span to dig into an album. Hit them with your best piece of music first; something that grabs people’s attention. That is what we did with “Safe And Sound.” It was the first song we had really produced in its entirety and was the sound we were finally came across that would be the sound of Capital Cities. That song along going on the internet did its thing and spread throughout the blogosphere and got us a lot of attention in the industry, as well as gigs. I think it is really important for the first release you put out to be so good. DO everything you can to make sure it is perfect. In our case, like I said, we reworked the song nine different times until there was something just undeniable about it. I think it is important to do things that are a little but unexpected. In our case, one thing that did that was using the trumpet to play the melodic instrumental line that comes in. That was something we experimented with. We brought in a trumpet player and it became a signature part of the sound. Then we met our trumpet player who plays with us live and now we have trumpet on just about every song. It has become such a dynamic part of our show. I am surprised more bands don’t try unexpected things like that, like bringing in traditional instruments like that and using them in a way you don’t normally see them being used in new music. That is one piece of advice.

ON THE RISE: Capital Cities

ON THE RISE: Capital Cities

Also, I think it is important that you don’t rely on other people to make your career happen. You have to push it as far as you can by yourself in every arena. You have to make sure you are staying on top of your social media by posting interesting stuff, finding out who is writing about you, sending emails thanking them and building up a database of different press people, all while making sure your live show is as good as it can be early on. You need to rehearse to ensure the live show is perfect and bring in the right musicians. You have to be creative when it comes to making your live show undeniably good because that is how you will get fans and it is also where you will make most of your money, if things go well. That is where we make the bulk of our money with Capital Cities. And then, when the time is right, your team will start to come together. You will form the right team and get signed when the time is right. Whatever you do, don’t rush into working with a major label. Make sure you have a lot going on by yourself so that you have as much leverage as possible and you have as much creative control as possible when going into any sort of deal. Get a good attorney too! [laughs]

I want to thank you for your time today, Ryan. It has been great catching up with you! We will continue to spread the word on Capital Cities. Keep the good stuff coming!

Thank you, Jason. I appreciate it! Great talking to you!

For all the latest news and tour dates, visit the official website of Capital Cities at www.capitalcitiesmusic.com. Connect with the band on social media at facebook.com/capitalcities
 and twitter.com/capitalcities.

Catch Capital Cities live on Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour:

6/22 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
6/24 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
6/25 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
6/27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
6/28 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
6/30 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
7/2 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
7/3 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
7/7 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
7/9 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
7/11 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
7/12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
7/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
7/16 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
7/18 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
7/19 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
7/21 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
7/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center
7/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
7/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
8/1 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
8/2 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
8/4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/7 – Chicago, IL – United Center
8/8 – Chicago, IL – United Center

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