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Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Due to selling out venues across the country, legendary showman and pop culture icon Corey Feldman has extended his Heavenly US Angelic Tour schedule by doubling the dates previously announced for the fall. Feldman and his angelic band have entertained audiences with their theatrical and fun performances featuring lasers, lights, costumes, and signature talented all female band of Angels, with a few changes in the lineup as Corey is always trying to give new talent the chance to entertain audiences. Feldman stated, “this company was designed to give as many young female artists a chance to showcase their talents as possible, so I will keep changing the faces a bit.”

In addition to doubling the dates, Corey will be doubling the fun and giving his fans the experience they’ve come to expect with hit songs from his catalogue and iconic movies. This time, Corey will also be giving back. Corey and the Angels will be returning to Houston for the second time this year, doing a very special fundraiser for the Hurricane Relief fund. Feldman will also be contributing a portion of his ticket sales to the cause.

The tour will also include a special Halloween performance in St Charles Illinois, and the band will be visiting some new areas they are yet to visit such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Flint Michigan. Feldman specifically chose several controversial areas with the intention of bringing their message of love and light to those who need it most right now.

At the completion of this run, Corey and his Angels will have performed this critically acclaimed show 80 times this year.

COREY FELDMAN & THE ANGELS FALL TOUR DATES:

10.13.17 – FRESNO, CA – FULTON 55

10.14.17 – RENO, NV – FACES NV

10.16.17 – SACRAMENTO, CA – HOLY DIVER

10.17.17 – DENVER, CO – THE ORENTIAL THEATER

10.19.17 – DALLAS, TX – CLUB DADA

10.20.17 – BATON ROUGE, LA – VARSITY THEATRE

10.21.17 – MONROE, LA – LIVE OAKS BALLROOM

10.22.17 – HOUSTON, TX – CONCERT PUB NORTH

10.24.17 – HAZARD, KY – THE FORUM

10.25.17 – MEMPHIS, TN – HI TONE CAFÉ

10.27.17 – EMPORIA, KS – EMPORIA GRANADA THEATRE

10.28.17 – SPRINGFIELD, MO – OUTLAND BALLROOM

10.30.17 – ST. LOUIS, MO – THE READY ROOM

10.31.17 – ST. CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATRE

11.03.17 – VALPARAISO, IN – BIG SHOTS

11.04.17 – LEXINGTON, KY – MANCHESTER MUSIC HALL

11.05.17 – DES MOINES, IA – WOOLY’S

11.07.17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – LIQUID JOE’S

11.09.17 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – BLK LIVE

Shows may still be added so please check back in the coming weeks! For information on tickets and VIP Meet and Greets, you can visit the official website: Angelic2theCore.com or www.CoreyFeldman.net

You can also follow Corey and the Angels on Twitter @corey_Feldman and @Coreysangels

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Fergie To Release New Album, Double Dutchess, On September 22nd!

Fergie To Release New Album, Double Dutchess, On September 22nd!

Eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and global superstar Fergie will release her highly-anticipated second full-length opus, DOUBLE DUTCHESS, along with her first visual album “experience”, Double Dutchess: Seeing Double, on September 22 via her own label Dutchess Music/BMG.

The pre-order goes lives today HERE.

Feeding the appetites of rabid fans worldwide, she unveils not one, but two new songs from the album to hint at what’s in-store. Opener “Hungry” [feat. Rick Ross] produced by Yonni and JP Did This and co-produced by Donut, sees Fergie ravenously devour a beat before a sexy, gothic chorus accompanied by a classic Ricky Rozay cameo. See video HERE. The slick cinematic video is directed by the Brazilian artist Bruno Ilogti.

Meanwhile, “You Already Know” [feat. Nicki Minaj], listen HERE, produced by will.i.am bobs and weaves a familiar sample through the explosive interplay between two of music’s hottest leading ladies and a stadium-size chant. Watch this space for new video coming soon.

Check out the full tracklisting:

  1. Hungry (feat. Rick Ross)
  2. Like It Ain’t Nuttin’
  3. You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  4. Just Like You
  5. A Little Work
  6. Life Goes On
  7. M.I.L.F. $
  8. Save It Til Morning
  9. Enchanté (Carine) (feat. Axl Jack)
  10. Tension
  11. L.A.LOVE (la la) (feat. YG)
  12. Love Is Blind
  13. Love Is Pain

Uniting her audience around the globe for the release of Double Dutchess, Fergie will debut the entire Double Dutchess: Seeing Double visual experience exclusively at iPic® Theaters nationwide for one night only: September 20, 2017. Pre-order tickets HERE.

About the release, Fergie comments, “It’s finally here! I’ve spent a long time-many late, late nights-writing and working to make Double Dutchess perfect. I wanted to make a visual experience too, because there’s a special story here that’s really close to my heart. This is my vision. I feel like it truly represents who I am on every level, and I hope you love it as much as I do. I’ll see everyone on the road soon!

Next up, she makes her first live appearance supporting the record with a headlining set at Rock In Rio in Brazil, September 16, 2017. The concert will be livestreamed on the new LiveXLive Digital Music Network.

Fergie is back with Double Dutchess + Double Dutchess: Seeing Double.

ABOUT FERGIE:
You might know a thing or two about Fergie…

You might know she’s an eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winner. You might know her iconic 2006 solo debut, The Dutchess, moved over 8 million albums and over 30 million tracks around the globe. You might know all of the words to Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits like “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” or Top 5 smashes “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” You might know she led The Black Eyed Peas to the pop pantheon with sales of 35 million records and 60 million tracks over the course of four multi-platinum offerings. For all you might know (or might think you know) about Fergie, you’re going to learn a whole hell of a lot more on her second full-length and first visual album for her own label Dutchess Music-Double Dutchess.

Opening Dutchess Music, aligning with BMG for distribution, and signing herself, you’re going to learn that she’s a #boss surrounded by moguls like Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross. You’re going to learn that she’s a high fashion assassin whose vision has seduced everyone from Italian Vogue creative director Giovanni Bianco to C.R. Fashion book visionary Carine Roitfeld. You’re going to learn she has a wicked sense of humor that’s right at home in smoked-out late night claymation macabre. You’re going to learn she’s the O.G. runway-slaying sex symbol. Free, focused, and fucking shit up again, Double Dutchess shows every side of Fergie-the superstar, the visual artist, the creative director, the label head, the fashion icon, the wife, and, she’ll tell you most importantly, “mom.”

These 13 tracks tell a story of transformation. It’s not so much caterpillar into butterfly as it is Princess Diana into Wonder Woman, and it starts with the one-two punch of “Hungry” (feat. Rick Ross) and “You Already Know” (featuring Nicki Minaj followed by a one-night premiere of the complete visual album experience in iPic® Theaters September 20.

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Carrie Lane Debuts Official Music Video For Single “Think About It”

Carrie Lane Debuts Official Music Video For Single “Think About It”

LA-based indie-pop artist Carrie Lane released her “heartfelt” official music video for her new single “Think About It” everywhere today. “Think About It” is the third single off Lane’s debut EP, California Freaks, available everywhere now.

“‘Think About It'” is a song for anyone who has turned to a toxic environment in order to escape a painful situation,” Carrie explained in a recent interview with Yahoo Music“For some people, it’s about hanging on to a person or a situation that isn’t good for them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a substance or alcohol; in this case the booze symbolized my escape and how I tried to avoid coping with a painful heartbreak by numbing myself to those around me.” 

Watch the music video for “Think About It” below.

“Carrie Lane’s ‘California Freaks’ is summer vibes perfection.” – Benjamin Lindsay, NYLON

“In a world full of Lana Del Reys and Halseys, Carrie has a unique sound..” – Mackenzie Behm, BABE

“I was immediately hooked on Lane’s infectious pop vibes and flawless yet sexy vocals.” – Lucy Binetti, PASTE MAGAZINE

Carrie’s second single off the EP, “If I Can’t Be With You,” made it’s debut on Forever21.com. The accompanying music video premiered on Paste Magazine, who dubbed the vocal performance in the track “flawless”. Lane recently performed the single at Balcony TV in Los Angeles, and you can watch the performance here.

“I wanted to write something that was truly me, not who people want to perceive me to be,” Carrie states. “I wrote this EP from the heart – it’s truly all the sides of me being loved and me as a lover… not every song is pretty and not every lyric is nice, but every note is real and every emotion is me.” 

ABOUT CARRIE LANE:
With her contemporary indie-pop vocals, ever-so-relatable lyrics, and bleach blonde wavy locks, New Jersey bred Carrie Lane was born to be in the spotlight. At the age of 18, Carrie became a double threat – she started to write her own songs and began her professional modeling career. After some experience, Carrie was signed to MSA Models of New York and Los Angeles, where she’s landed many prestigious gigs, including a national campaign for Target just last year.

In 2016, Carrie Lane made the move to Los Angeles, where she finished writing and recording her debut EP, fittingly penned California Freaks, released on June 23rd, 2017. The first single from the EP, “Drowning”, was a hit on Spotify, landing on their coveted New Music Friday and Today’s Top Hits playlists. Her most recent single “If I Can’t Be With You” made it’s debut on Forever21.com. The dramatically-written love song also caught the attention of outlets like Galore Magazine, Zooey Deschanel’s HelloGiggles, PopDust and Paste Magazine.

California Freaks is somewhat of a diary for Carrie Lane, full of songs about love and unbearable heartbreak, all written from personal experiences. It’s no question that Carrie stands out as one of the most real, relatable pop acts in a market that’s extremely saturated – there’s a song for every kind of person on the EP.

Carrie is already back in the studio, writing and recording new music.

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Review: The Beach Boys Journey Into Their Vault For ‘1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow’

Review: The Beach Boys Journey Into Their Vault For ‘1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow’

Coming off the biggest hit of their career and submerged in the mythical recording of “SMiLE,” The Beach Boys were in turmoil. They struggled to understand chief songwriter and producer Brian Wilson’s increasingly erratic behavior. The Beach Boys sank even lower on the popularity chart by pulling out of the Monterrey Pep Festival in 1967, which they helped create. After totally aborting “SMiLE” and pulling out of the Monterrey Pop Festival the band decided to stay relevant they needed to change their sound.

The band convened at Brian’s house and started work on a record that would be unlike anything the band had done in its short 6 year history. Late September 1967 Mike, Carl, Dennis, Alan and Brian began writing and recording the album “Wild Honey”. Flush with R&B and soul influences it was a breath of fresh air to the ‘Boys. Fast forward to June 30th, 2017 from the seemingly endless archives, “Sunshine Tomorrow” the 50th Anniversary of “Wild Honey” is released to the world.

65 songs containing the original “Wild Honey” album, 2 aborted live albums from 1967, 13 previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions, 10 songs from the sessions of the”Smiley Smile” album from July 1966 and various other live tracks spanning August thru December 1967. What is most extraordinary here is the 2 aborted live albums. “Lei’d in Hawaii” Just a few months after Brian Wilson stopped work on SMiLE and Capitol Records released the extremely confusing “Smiley Smile” someone had the idea to send the band to Hawaii to record a live album.

What is special about this release is Brian Wilson made the trip with band in what turned out to be his first live performances with them since 1964. The weirdness surrounding the band followed the band though and is clear through out the performance. The band came back to Los Angeles and upon listening to the tapes, Capitol Records decided it wasn’t good enough for release. One of the stand out tracks that see’s its official release here is the Beach Boys cover of The Box Tops “The Letter”. Brian handles a lot of vocals on these 2 aborted live albums.

Capitol had the band enter Western Star Studios and re-record the “live” album then add canned crowd noise. Sadly, that was still deemed unusable. After a few weeks the band started on “Wild Honey”. The title comes from when during a break from recording, Mike Love saw a jar of wild honey in one of Brian Wilson’s cupboards. The cover artwork comes from a stained glass window Brian had in his living room.

The Beach Boys

Most fans of the bands post Good Vibrations years love this album and the differences between the music and the surf sound they were known for. You can hear the difference in the motivation on stage as well when performing songs such as “Wild Honey”, “Darlin” and “Arent You Glad”. I saw Brian Wilson in concert back in 2015 and before performing “Wild Honey” he told the crowd, “This next song is from one of my favorite records we’ve done, Wild Honey.”

Released the same year as The Doors debut album and The Jimi Hendrix Experience debut, “Wild Honey” stands on its own but clearly shows a band struggling to fit in with the counter culture. Considered by many to be apart of the “establishment,” The Beach Boys would struggle between the years of 1967-1974 to find chart success and acceptance. Thankfully, the country would be yearning for nostalgia closer to the bicentennial and The Beach Boys would once again will ride the wave of popularity.

New albums are not very forth coming from this band with only 2 studio albums of new music in the last 25 years. Archival releases like this are what is keeping the band alive in the hearts of their fans. It is amazing the amount of unreleased material these bands have. Smart business is releasing these deluxe and special editions at a time when music sales are down. The interviews and track by track commentary help provide a little clearer picture as to what was going on with The Beach Boys in 1967.

Everyone knows “I Get Around”, “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls” but do yourself a favor and give the other Beach Boys music a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

John E. Thunder – Staff Writer
Born in the 70’s and raised in the 80’s, John is a true child of the the greatest decade. A lifelong fan of Star Wars and glam rock, he shows no fear in still rockin’ a fanny pack. While Jason Voorhees may have struck fear into his heart as a boy, now it’s responsibilities of adulthood which leave him quaking in his boots. A father of 3 boys, he takes great pride in passing on the great music and movies decades past to future generations. John E. can be found on a beach during the summer and traveling the country in the fall and winter. His motto is ….”Gene Simmons, Gene Lovell and G.I. JOE taught me everything that I’ll ever need to know”.

The Beach Boys:  1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow [2CD, digital]

Disc 1

Wild Honey Album (Stereo)
(New stereo mix, except as noted *. Recorded September 15 to November 15, 1967 at Brian Wilson’s house and at Wally Heider Recording in Hollywood, California)
1. Wild Honey (2:45)
2. Aren’t You Glad (2:16)
3. I Was Made To Love Her (2:07)
4. Country Air (2:21)
5. A Thing Or Two (2:42)
6. Darlin’ (2:14)
7. I’d Love Just Once To See You (1:49)
8. Here Comes The Night (2:44)
9. Let The Wind Blow (2:23)
10. How She Boogalooed It (1:59)
11. Mama Says * (Original Mono Mix) (1:08)

Wild Honey Sessions:  September – November 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
12. Lonely Days (Alternate Version) (1:45)
13. Cool Cool Water (Alternate Early Version) (2:08)
14. Time To Get Alone (Alternate Early Version) (3:08)
15. Can’t Wait Too Long (Alternate Early Version) (2:49)
16. I’d Love Just Once To See You (Alternate Version) (2:22)
17. I Was Made To Love Her (Vocal Insert Session) (1:35)
18. I Was Made To Love Her (Long Version) (2:35)
19. Hide Go Seek (0:51)
20. Honey Get Home (1:22)
21. Wild Honey (Session Highlights) (5:39)
22. Aren’t You Glad (Session Highlights) (4:21)
23. A Thing Or Two (Track And Backing Vocals) (1:01)
24. Darlin’ (Session Highlights) (4:36)
25. Let The Wind Blow (Session Highlights) (4:14)

Wild Honey Live: 1967 – 1970 (Previously Unreleased)
26. Wild Honey (Live) (2:53) – recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
27. Country Air (Live) (2:20) – recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
28. Darlin’ (Live) (2:25) – recorded in Pittsburgh, November 22, 1967
29. How She Boogalooed It (Live) (2:43) – recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
30. Aren’t You Glad (Live) (3:12) – recorded in 1970, location unknown

31. Mama Says (Session Highlights) (3:08)
(Previously unreleased vocal session highlights. Recorded at Wally Heider Recording, November 1967)

Disc 2

Smiley Smile Sessions:  June – July 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
(Recorded June and July 1967 at Brian Wilson’s house, Western Recorders, SRS, and/or Columbia Studios, except as noted *)
1. Heroes And Villains (Single Version Backing Track) (3:38)
2. Vegetables (Long Version) (2:55)
3. Fall Breaks And Back To Winter (Alternate Mix) (2:28)
4. Wind Chimes (Alternate Tag Section) (0:48)
5. Wonderful (Backing Track) (2:23)
6. With Me Tonight (Alternate Version With Session Intro) (0:51)
7. Little Pad (Backing Track) (2:40)
8. All Day All Night (Whistle In) (Alternate Version 1) (1:04)
9. All Day All Night (Whistle In) (Alternate Version 2) (0:50)
10. Untitled (Redwood) * (0:35)
(Previously unreleased instrumental fragment. Studio and exact recording date unknown. Discovered in tape box labeled “Redwood”)

Lei’d In Hawaii “Live” Album:  September 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
(Recorded September 11, 1967 at Wally Heider Recording in Hollywood, CA, with additional recording September 29, 1967 (except as noted *). Original mono mixes from assembled master ½” reel, dated September 29, 1967, discovered in the Brother Records Archives.)
11. Fred Vail Intro   (0:24)
12. The Letter (1:54)
13. You’re So Good To Me (2:31)
14. Help Me, Rhonda (2:24)
15. California Girls (2:30)
16. Surfer Girl (2:17)
17. Sloop John B (2:50)
18. With A Little Help From My Friends * (2:21)
(Recorded at Brian Wilson’s house, September 23, 1967)
19. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring * (2:33)
(Recorded during rehearsal, August 26, 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii)
20. God Only Knows (2:45)
21. Good Vibrations (4:13)
22. Game Of Love (2:11)
23. The Letter (Alternate Take) (1:56)
24. With A Little Help From My Friends (Stereo Mix) (2:21)

Live In Hawaii:  August 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
(The Beach Boys recorded two complete concerts and rehearsals in Honolulu on August 25 and 26, 1967. Brian Wilson rejoined the group onstage for these shows; Bruce Johnston was not present. The following tracks derive from the original 1″ 8-track master reels discovered in the Brother Records Archives.)
25. Hawthorne Boulevard (1:05)
26. Surfin’ (1:40)
27. Gettin’ Hungry (3:19)
28. Hawaii (Rehearsal Take) (1:11)
29. Heroes And Villains (Rehearsal) (4:45)

Thanksgiving Tour 1967:  Live In Washington, D.C. & Boston (Previously Unreleased)
(The touring Beach Boys – Mike, Carl, Dennis, Al, and Bruce – embarked on a Thanksgiving Tour immediately after delivering the finished Wild Honey album to Capitol Records. For this tour, the band was augmented by Ron Brown on bass and Daryl Dragon on keyboards.)
30. California Girls (Live) (2:32) – recorded in Washington, DC, November 19, 1967
31. Graduation Day (Live) (2:56) – recorded in Washington, DC, November 19, 1967
32. I Get Around (Live) (2:53) – recorded in Boston, November 23, 1967

Additional 1967 Studio Recordings (Previously Unreleased)
33. Surf’s Up (1967 Version) (5:25)
(Recorded during the Wild Honey sessions in November 1967)
34. Surfer Girl (1967 A Capella Mix) (2:17)
(Previously unreleased mix of Lei’d In Hawaii take from the Wally Heider Recording sessions in September 1967)

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The Science of Letting Go: Smallpools’ Mike Kamerman The Rise of The Band

The Science of Letting Go: Smallpools’ Mike Kamerman The Rise of The Band

After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America supporting Twenty One Pilots, WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as playing both Lollapalooza and Firefly Festival. The Los Angeles based indie pop group released their debut album, LOVETAP!, in 2015 and just this year the band co-wrote the song “Break Up Every Night” on The Chainsmokers’ debut album, ‘Memories… Do Not Open,’ which was released in April via Disrupter/Columbia Records.

Their latest single “Million Bucks” was released earlier this month. The single is the first off their forthcoming EP, THE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO, due out on August 4th, 2017. Along with the upcoming EP, the group is heading out on tour this fall to support MISTERWIVES on their “Connect the Dots” tour.

Icon Vs. Icon’s Dylan Lyles was lucky enough to chat with Michael Kamerman, the guy laying down those sweet grooves on the guitar. Throughout our discussion we talked the how the band came to be, the origin of the “Small Dogs”, and the upcoming EP/tour. You can pre-order the EP now on all digital retailers and pre-save on Spotify.

How did music first come into your life and when did you know you wanted to pursue it professionally?

Music first came into my life at a very young age. My uncle was a collector of all-things-music and also played the drums; whenever I’d go over to my grandparent’s house I’d hang with him and we’d listen to records & knock around on his drum set. I don’t really remember this, but it’s been said that at the age of three or four, I could pick out any record from his collection of thousands. “Led Zeppelin IV? no problem, here ya go”. As for pursuing music professionally, I don’t think it was ever a conscious decision. I had always played in bands and it was the only thing I was moderately good at. When most others started going to college or getting real jobs, I just kept playing.

How did you guys get your start in the industry?

It was a very long, gradual process. I had played in a band in high school and over the course of those 4 years we kind of worked our way up the ranks of playing friend’s garages and talent shows to some battle of the bands at real clubs to eventually being the local opener to the good shows at those clubs. At that time, you had to sell tickets to get on the big shows and we would go around and sell tickets at school and the mall. We eventually became one of the go-to bands in the area and started booking out of state weekend gigs, which eventually led to self-booked tours. Basically, I just kept trying to expand my circle to different cities and states and as I met new musicians and got more experienced, the bands I played with gradually got better and we started to meet people at various DIY/indie labels.

What brought you guys together as a band?

Sean and I became friends while we were playing with other groups, and once they dissolved we started jamming together out on the east coast. In search of some new inspiration we trekked out to Los Angeles where we met our bass player, Joseph. He introduced us to Beau and BOOM…the band was formed!

What can you tell us about the process of finding your creative voice as a band?

We wrote the songs off of our first EP (and some of the album) while we were all becoming acquainted musically and personally. I think we were all very inspired and motivated by each other. We were all scraping by financially and working day jobs. At the time, the music really was our only real escape and we didn’t take our time together for granted. We were definitely on a creative high during those first few months.

Smallpools in the wild.

What are some of your personal influences and what influenced your sound as a whole?

My influences are ever evolving but some of my all time favorites are Tears for Fears, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. When we first got started, the LA music scene was super exciting. There were a ton of free shows in the Silverlake/Hollywood areas and a ton of bands and a ton of hungry, music lovers; the shows were always packed. I think we were all very inspired by the “indie” movement that was happening at the time and were also very anxious to attempt to make our mark on it. LA based bands such as Grouplove and Foster the People were really starting to see success, it was a super fun time to be out here.

You guys have sort of a tour tradition that includes two small plastic dogs that are simply known as the “Small Dogs”, what is the story behind this?

Sean had won the OG “small dog” which was a porcelain grey hound at an event called Hip Hop Bingo. We didn’t have time to drop the dog back at the apartment before continuing our night so the dog came along as we hopped between bars. The dog became very popular wherever we went, it was almost as if we were walking around with a newborn baby. We took that as a sign of good luck and we started bringing the dog to the studio with us and then to our first show and then on our first tour. It just kind of became “our” thing and it’s gotten out of hand.

After an EP and multiple radio appearances you guys released your first full length album, LOVETAP! In 2015. After numerous years in the music industry, describe the feeling you guys shared as a band as you shared this artistic work with the world.

We were working on the album for a long time and had a lot of birds chirping in our collective ear with a lot of expectations. There were a lot of hoops to jump through and a lot of inner label politics to go along with it. We finished the album about 8 months before it was released, so by the time it saw daylight, I think we were all just relieved to have it out there. Don’t get me wrong, we still like the album but we definitely had too much time to reflect on it in the interim period.

Around the same time, Joseph Intile left the band. Was there any thought to find a replacement member or did you guys immediately decide to just continue as a three piece?

He actually “left” the band a little later but he currently has still been playing most shows with us. He has a family now and would rather not tour but he’s still quasi involved with the band. He still likes playing our one-off shows and Beau’s brother, Kelsey, is going to jam this fall on the tour with Misterwives. I don’t see any need to ever fully replace him and ultimately, we’ve been really enjoying writing and operating as a three piece. We will probably continue to roll in that direction for the foreseeable future.

You guys just released your first single, “Million Bucks,” from your upcoming EP. What’s the story behind this track? How did it come to fruition?

We did! It’s a song about finding unexpected happiness in a place where you least expected it. We actually started working on this song about two years ago with our friend, Printz Board. He’s an awesome songwriter and a master of the trumpet. The song lingered in demo-land for a while but as time passed, we kept finding ourselves going back to it. We re-opened the idea with another friend of ours, Dylan Bauld of the band Flor. We are fans of his production & band and we thought that collaborating together could breath some new life into the song.

The new EP, “The Science of Letting Go” releases on August 4th. What can we expect in terms of sound? Will the songs be similar to that of a lead single? Can we expect a few switch ups?

I think each song on the EP is very different. We’ve been working on new tunes for almost two years now and the five songs on this EP just happen to be the songs we felt like sharing first. We dug into some unexplored SP territory and I think this will be our most diverse offering to date. It’s still cohesive but you’re not going to hear the same song twice.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for your music?

The process is always different. Sometimes the spark will come in the form of a melody, sometimes it’ll be a riff on the guitar and other times it’ll all start with a simple phrase.

Heading into the fall, you guys are going on tour with Misterwives, a band killing it in the alternative scene right now. What are some of the band’s goals going into this tour?

We haven’t toured in almost two years! We’re super excited to get back out there with such a great group of people. Our main goals are to get our music to people who may not have necessarily heard of us or seen us play before and to have some fun in the process.

What can we expect in terms of setlist? A mixture of new and old tracks or a full concentration on the new EP?

Definitely a mixture of new and old. A “best of” set if you will.

With the EP coming out in August and the Misterwives tour in September, so you guys have a pretty full plate. That being said, what can we expect from Smallpools in the distant future?

More music and more tours is the goal.

When you look back it all you have done so far, what stands out as your creative milestones?

The discovery of our initial sound was definitely a lucky occurrence and a creative milestone for us. There’s an old version of our song “Over & Over” with a different chord progression and more emphasis on the guitar riff. That version of the song was the gateway to what our initial sound would eventually become. We knew that we had something special with that one and kind of used that song as a template to write a few others.

What are the biggest challenges you face as an independent artist?

Money. We don’t have the big major label bank to play with anymore but even when you’re on a major, those funds eventually run dry. I feel like a lot of struggling artists can make decisions or head in directions musically out of desperation because they think it’ll make them money. It can sometimes be a challenge to stay true to yourself and retain sanity in times of dwindling digits in the bank account. A lot of artists on majors face these problems also though so it’s not just an independent thing. The cool aspect about being independent is that you have much more control over the moves you make. We’re also lucky to still have a team of brilliant, creative people helping us and working our corner. So far, we’ve been enjoying the “independent” life!

Where are the best places for us to following you continuing adventures online?

Spotify, iTunes, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or whatever your favorite portal is! Thanks for listening!

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Carrie Lane Releases Debut EP ‘California Freaks’

Carrie Lane Releases Debut EP ‘California Freaks’

LA-based indie-pop artist Carrie Lane‘s debut EP California Freaks makes it’s official release today, June 23rd, just in time for the warm summer months. The tracks streamed exclusively on Nylon yesterday, who called the EP “summer vibes perfection.”

“Whether she’s scheming up a sexy summer fling (“Florida Keys”), losing herself to tropic-tinged ecstasy (“Drowning”), doting on a lover she can’t live without (“If I Can’t Be With You”), or finding herself stuck to a love gone wrong (Think About It”), Lane draws from her own romances to seamlessly navigate trials of the heart with an ear tuned to irresistible pop hooks.” – Benjamin Lindsay, NYLON

Carrie’s second single off the EP, “If I Can’t Be With You,” made it’s debut on Forever21.com. The accompanying music video premiered on Paste Magazine, who dubbed the vocal performance in the track “flawless”. Lane recently performed the single at Balcony TV in Los Angeles, and you can watch the performance here.

“I wanted to write something that was truly me, not who people want to perceive me to be,” Carrie states. “I wrote this EP from the heart – it’s truly all the sides of me being loved and me as a lover… not every song is pretty and not every lyric is nice, but every note is real and every emotion is me.” 

Stream the California Freaks EP now on Spotify or download available at all digital retailers.

Carrie will be supporting ROZES at two of her upcoming California dates – July 7th in Los Angeles at The Resident, and July 8th at The Parish @ House of Blues in Anaheim. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Diamante Releases Single “Coming In Hot” From Forthcoming Album

Diamante Releases Single “Coming In Hot” From Forthcoming Album

Los Angeles-based Mexican-Italian-American solo artist DIAMANTE brings a new (and blue) fire to rock and alternative music with the release of her single “Coming In Hot,” out now via Better Noise Records. The single is the title track of her forthcoming debut album and is available on all digital streaming and retail platforms. Listen HERE.

Swinging between an arena-filling chant and a robust and raucous riff, “it’s essentially a super fun weekend summer anthem,” says Diamante. “I picture people leaving their day jobs in the car on a Friday, cranking this, and getting ready to go nuts on the weekend. It’s also a metaphor for me coming in hot into the industry. I want to bring this style back and take over rock.”

In conjunction with the release of “Coming In Hot,” Diamante exclusively premiered the official music video for the track with Alternative Press. Filmed at a Calabasas mansion, the lighthearted, cheeky video captures Diamante and friends crashing a senior social gathering and turning it into a wild summer house party. Check out the video below!

Produced by Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, Chris Cornell, Halestorm, Kelly Clarkson], Coming In Hot brings to light Diamante’s signature sound that she has been meticulously working at since age 13. “Diamante is the only true heir to the female rock throne that has been vacant since Joan Jett’s heyday,” says Benson. Having an edgy style, sultry vocals, and pop sensibility to her music, and drawing influences from eighties female rock icons, including Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Debbie Harry, the now 20-year-old singer aims to breathe new life into rock with Coming In Hot. Stay tuned for more information on the album.

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We The Kings Release New Song “Ally” In Celebration of Pride Month

We The Kings Release New Song “Ally” In Celebration of Pride Month

Pop/rock band We The Kings have released a new song, “Ally,” today to celebrate Pride Month – the track is available now on iTunes + Spotify (links below). As Florida natives, the tragedy of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando hit close to home for the band and they wanted to release the track during Pride to honor all those effected. Also out today is an intimate, emotionally charged acoustic video of the song performed by lead singer Travis Clark.

About the track, Travis has this to say: “This song was written with hope for Human Rights and EQUALITY for the world we live in and all the worlds after,” says lead singer Travis Clark. “We’ve decided to release it today specifically in support of Gay Pride month and dedicate it to all those who were effected by the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub just a few miles away from my home in Orlando, FL. I hope this song can help everyone in need of a friend and an ally. We love you all and appreciate all the love and support you’ve shown us over the years, it’s time to give that same love and support to every soul on this earth.”

“Ally” Acoustic Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTg_MgjDWLY
Spotify Link: http://spoti.fi/2rvXDru
iTunes Link: http://apple.co/2rIUpoH

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Daryl Hall & John Oates Add Dates To North American Tour

Daryl Hall & John Oates Add Dates To North American Tour

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Due to overwhelming demand, five new dates have been added to the Daryl Hall & John Oates North American tour.  The 39-show tour which kicked off Thursday, May 4th in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center will now include stops in Cedar Park, Sugar Land, Tuscaloosa and Jacksonvillebefore wrapping up September 30th in Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Tickets and VIP packages for the newly added dates go on sale beginning Friday, June 23 at 10am local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, June 21st at 10am.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are the number-one selling duo in music history.

CURRENT 2017 TOUR DATES
¨June 19 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
¨June 21 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
¨June 24 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
¨June 26 – Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center
¨July 11 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
¨July 13 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
¨July 15 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
¨July 17 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
¨July 19 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
¨July 21 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
¨July 23 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
¨July 25 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
¨July 28 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
¨July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
September 1 – Aspen, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass
*September 22 – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
*September 24 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
*September 26 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
*September 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
September 30 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
October 28 – London, UK – The O2 Arena
October 29 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
¨ with TEARS FOR FEARS

* with ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

 

About Daryl Hall & John Oates
From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums-’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ’82’s H2O, ’83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ’84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.” By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  2017 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

About St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Led by dynamic front man Paul Janeway, St. Paul & the Broken Bones has forged a reputation as a must see live act, headlining sold-out shows across the United States and Europe, while also supporting acts such as the Rolling Stones, and performing at major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based band’s 2014 debut, Half The City, featured Janeway’s impassioned singing atop a blend of ’60s soul fire and otherworldly grooves inspired by the likes of Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince. The album received critical acclaim from outlets including NPR, Rolling Stone and Esquire.

Their latest full-length, Sea of Noise, is a heart-pounding infusion of R&B, cosmic soul, funk and psychedelic rock & roll, packed with songs that witness a deepening and broadening of the unit’s musical reach and lyrical concerns.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones has appeared on CBS Saturday Morning, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CONAN.

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THE PARTY STARTS NOW! — Hundred Handed On Making Beautiful Music Together!

THE PARTY STARTS NOW! — Hundred Handed On Making Beautiful Music Together!

The guys from Los Angeles pop-rock band Hundred Handed are doing it right and for all the right reasons! Singer-guitarist Jordan McGraw, bassist Matt Black and drummer Drew Langan joined forces in 2015 after years of playing in other bands that didn’t give them the creative high for which they were searching. Inspired by a plethora of diverse artists, ranging from from Blink-182, Daft Punk, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire and beyond, they quickly found themselves bursting at the seams good vibes, sonically captivating jams and a drive to create the soundtrack that keeps the party going! Serving up heaping helpings of unapologetic energy, Hundred Handed have captured the hearts and minds of music fans from around the globe. In 2017, the band has unleashed several inspiring singles with ‘Vibe,’ ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Miss California’. The best part is they are just getting warmed up! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the guys from Hundred Handed to discuss the formation of the project, the beautiful music they are making together and what the future may hold for this fun-loving band!

Hello, gentleman! Thanks for taking time to answer our questions. I am really excited to help spread the word on what you have created. I have to say I love what I am hearing and I wish you all continued success! 

Thanks! Stoked to chat with ya. You might be the first person to call us gentlemen.

We always like to learn where a musician is coming from. Take us back to your earlier years. What are your first memories of music?

Jordan has, by far, the classiest of all first concerts: Celine Dion. Followed it up with Tina Turner, though, who has been one of our big influences actually. The showmanship is absolutely incredible. The songs are funky as hell… and her legs are almost as nice as Matt Black’s.

Who were your biggest influences as a musician and performer? 

This band is exclusively influenced by Tom Cruise’s performance in ‘Rock of Ages. ‘The way he really embodied the true soul of rock star mixed with the way they made him look taller without a gratuitous use of platform shoes… we can only hope to get there one day. ;)

Finding your way in music doesn’t happen over night. What went into finding your creative voice as musicians?

We all spent a lot of valuable time in bands that were ALMOST exactly what we wanted to be doing. Touring, having fun, making mistakes, and learning how crowds work and responding to certain things and not to others… that experience set us up perfectly to start Hundred Handed. When we started this band, we quite literally locked ourselves in a room and just listened to our favorite music (whether we wanted it to be a part of this sound or not), watched our favorite concerts, and just chopped it up all night about what our ideal picture of this band would be. Now all we have to worry about is having fun and making music!

At what point did you decide you wanted to pursue music professionally?

We wouldn’t be good at anything else! There was never another option… we just had to figure it out on our own time.

You are clearly very driven when it comes to your career. What has kept you inspired throughout the years as artists and helped to fuel your creative fire?

It’s too much fun getting on stage and having fun with hundreds or thousands or even dozens of new best friends. Being able to create something from scratch and then put it out there for people to have their own experiences with is something none of us could ever let go of.

How did you guys initially cross paths and join forces to form Hundred Handed?

Drew and Jordan were hired to be part of a band about a week before the first tour about 7 years ago… barely knew each other when they showed up to the bus… bus caught on fire… started hangin’… history. Matt Black was the guitar tech for the third band that Drew and Jordan were in… We were always the three laughing the most and hanging out so we tricked him into thinking we were handsome enough to stand next to in band pictures.

Obviously, you guys make beautiful music together. What do you bring out in each other creatively?

We just like to have fun. We’ve all been in bands that lost the fun… That’s our first priority.

For people who may be just discovering the band, what can they expect from you sonically?

Hopefully, something they want to show someone else. We want our fans showing up and dancing like idiots… with us.

You released your debut single, “Love Me Like The Weekend,” back in 2015. How have things changed for you, in a creative sense, since first starting out?

We’ve done some physical and sonic self exploration. The latter has kind of lead us to a more deliberate version of what we imagined our sound to be from the get go. It took the first round of songs to get to the second and those to get to the third.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for the band?

Honestly, we just kind of stumble into each song without a plan and see what happens. Having too concrete of a formula takes the excitement out of it for us.

When it comes to the music you are creating, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration these days?

Other music, movies, comedy, other artists, artwork, stupid jokes that we can’t help but laugh at… anything that gets us excited.

You guys have been releasing a lot of music in 2017, starting off the year with ‘Vibe’ in January, and followed it up with ‘Celebrate’ and then ‘Miss California’ soon after. What do you have in store for fans for the rest of 2017?

We have been recording music nonstop and the hardest thing to do is keep it in… So we’ll be keeping a steady flow of new music all year. We have a wide set of music with a heavy flow.

Writing catchy songs with feeling is hard to do. Which songs came easier and which were harder to nail down?

I don’t know if I agree with that. A good song IS a catchy song. Listen to Michael Jackson Man In the Mirror and try not to sing along. People are hard to fool nowadays. You can’t sing it, not mean it, and be anything more than a flash in the pan.

What do you consider the biggest challenges you have faced together as a band?

Drew’s bunk smells TERRIBLE.

You are no stranger to playing shows. What can fans expect from you in a live setting?

A GOOD FUCKING TIME.

What do you consider your biggest musical milestones as a band?

We heard ourselves on the radio in Australia. Pretty amazing to hear yourself on the radio on the other side of the globe.

Do you have any plans to put an album together or is the focus more on singles at the moment?

We are signed to our own label so we’re having fun making our own way. You can probably expect our impatience to grow. Singles – EP – Album.

Looking back on all you have done and created so far as musicians, how do you feel you have most evolved as artists?

We got Matt Black to wear super skinny jeans.

Where do you see yourself headed musically in the future — short and long term?

More theremin.

What is the best way for fans to help support you at this stage in your career?

Steal our music, buy our music, but most importantly share our music. We just want people excited about what we are creating. We don’t care how you get there.

You can serve as a great inspiration for so many aspiring artists and young people. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey so far?

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Whatever you want to be good at… Its a muscle. Exercise that muscle or you’ll always be playing catch up.

Where are the best places for us to continue following your adventures online?

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Anywhere! Find us and talk to us! We love hearing from you guys!

Visit the official website for Hundred Handed at www.hundredhanded.com and check out the lyric video for “Miss California” below!

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