sleeping with sirens

Sleeping With Sirens just keep showing up on our newsfeed. The band recently dropped a new single, signed with Sumerian Records, and frontman Kellin Quinn is now taking to the small screen, joining the ensemble of Paradise City, a spinoff of American Satan.

According to a post from the show’s official Instagram, the SWS vocalist will be playing Ralphie. The post reads, “Welcome Kellin Quinn to the Paradise City universe in the role of ‘Ralphie’—his band Sleeping With Sirens just dropped a new single tonight and signed to Sumerian Records, you’ll remember Sleeping With Sirens from the American Satan Soundtrack with their song, ‘Trouble’!”

The show is a spinoff of the 2017 film, American Satan, which follows the story of The Relentless, a rock band who drop out of college, relocating to the Sunset Strip. However, they make a deal that brings them a lot of trouble.

Paradise City is in post-production, as of now, but no official premiere date has been announced. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of social media teasers floating about.

And yes, Andy Black and Ben Bruce will also be reprising their roles.


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“Hello, it’s me…”: A Q&A of Where The Hell I’ve Been

I know what you’re thinking:

“Woah! Liv, it’s been FOREVER!”

Yes, yes it has.

In fact, this hiatus has lasted so much longer than I anticipated. Now, I’m not expecting this return to be front page, top feature news, but I am back…kind of.

Before I deal with that, I’ll try to answer some of the questions I’ve received since my departure.

Q: Liv, where are you/where have you gone?

A: Anyone who follows me on my social media has probably noticed that my normal Florida background has been replaced with various countries across Europe, but mostly Scotland. That’s where I am; I live in Scotland now, working in television.

Some of you might know my struggles with US immigration, but some don’t. You can click that helpful link to read the full tale. The short of the story is that despite the fact that I grew up in the States, and didn’t know different, US Immigration is a flawed system (essentially, the more you cheat the system, the more it works for you – honesty didn’t get my family anywhere, which really sucks), and after years of trying to work through it all, I couldn’t get past the roadblock of being treated like garbage…So my mom and I sold our house, and I came back to the UK.

I lived in England for a couple of months, with a short stint travelling around Italy, France, and Spain (I highly recommend people travel around these three countries with thirty-some-odd strangers, because it is my most magical experience to date).

I then got a job at BBC Scotland, so I relocated. Since graduating my Apprenticeship, I’ve kept working in Scotland, moved in with my Scottish/non-kilt-wearing boyfriend, and bought a car…so I think I’m sticking around for a little while…?

Obviously, this crazy moving about, working like a mad woman, et cetera, hasn’t really left much time for the unpaid, full-time job that Planet Stereo truly became over the years.


Q: Why do you want to get paid for Planet Stereo? It takes no time!

A: Actually, Planet Stereo can take a ridiculous amount of time to run/create content for. It’s not just publishing articles or occasionally interviewing people; it’s chatting to PR companies, labels, managers, bands, listening to albums/singles, watching videos, researching artists, writing reviews, typing up interviews, editing interviews, attending live events, taking/editing/publishing pictures, filming/editing interviews, creating/editing podcasts, managing social media, responding to readers, trying to come up with cool new features, etc.

At its height, Planet Stereo was the accumulation of 60 hours a week worth of work on the regular, and on rare occasions, 80 hours! Factor this in with my human need to sleep, eat, exercise, and my freelance photography/training work, and it definitely took a toll. There are wrinkles on my forehead that no amount of moisturizer or anti-wrinkle cream can combat!

So yes, it would be nice to get paid to do some of this stuff. Wouldn’t you want to get paid for your full-time/part-time jobs?


Q: Why haven’t you updated in forever?

A: Again, lots of things going on: transatlantic move, starting a new career, starting over in a new country, and just working round the clock.


Q: Why do I see you posting things about Everest?

A: In May of 2018, I will be running the Tenzing-Hillary Mount Everest Marathon. Yes, a marathon on Mount Everest. If you want to know more, or wish to donate to the cause, please click HERE.


Q: So, like, what, do you hate music now?

A: Of course not! I love music! It’s still one of my greatest passions! Once you love music enough to dedicate a crazy amount of your short life to it, believe me, it doesn’t go away overnight! If anything, I’ve expanded my love of music to include even more artists/genres/etc.

Jesse Hale Moore Tour Dates and Album Release

c23b8909-547d-4d09-be3b-2856f9af718fRhode Island’s Jesse Hale Moore is a busy guy these days. The Key/WXPN have shared an in-studio session with Moore, during which the singer/songwriter performed three songs; “Leave You Lonely,” “Every Time,” and “Running With You.”

“Leave You Lonely” is Moore’s latest single, which you can view the music video for below:


Moore will also be hitting the road this spring and summer, opening for Okkervil River, doing solo shows, and performing in Nightlands. You can view tour dates below, and be sure to keep your ear out for his debut album, Green End, which drops on April 7th!


4/7 @ Rockwood Stage 3, New York, NY

4/8 @ Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA

5/8 @ Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC

5/9 @ The Sunset, Seattle, WA

5/10 @ Doug Fir, Portland, OR

5/12 @ Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA

5/13 @ The Echo, Los Angles, CA

5/19 @ DC9, Washington DC

5/20 @ Rough Trade, NYC

5/22 @ Great Scott, Boston, MA

5/24 @ Garrison, Toronto, ON

5/25 @ Schubas, Chicago, IL

5/26 @ Spring Sound Series (The Warhol), Pittsburgh, PA

5/27 @ Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA


07/20 @ Rumba Cafe in Columbus, OH

07/21 @ Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL

07/25 @ The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC

07/26 @ World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA

07/27 @ Joe’s Pub in New York, NY

07/28 @ Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY

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REVIEW: The Adversary – ‘Chapter 3: Falling Is Flight’

the adversaryThroughout the five-track release, The Adversary channel 80’s style (see “Coming On”), utilizing modern technology. On tracks like, “Coming On,” the nostalgic vibes are strong, as well as fantastically catchy.

However, it’s “Aural Fixation,” with opening bass notes remind me of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and a very 80s sound, that is quite mesmerizing. It’s a very chilled track, which I can easily imagine in the opening credits of a film. Rhythmic, catchy, filled with plenty of other-worldly sounds to keep a listener entertained, especially once the haunting vocals eventually creep in, hypnotic in nature, and adding another layer to the song.

“Falling Is Flight” features systematic sounds, with a steady build. The husky tone of the vocals remind me of Muse’s Matthew Bellamy’s haunting drawl. The track acts as a beautiful reminder that holding on so tight to something is unhealthy, and sometimes, that plummeting fear of the fall is the only way to move on.

The last two tracks, “Can You Believe” and “When Doves Cry,” are very similar, to me. Both thrive on synth-driven, repetitive melodics and lyrics, which work in their favor. In all honesty, this collection of music is something you want to move to, not necessarily sit around listening to. So, listen to the music, get off your butt, and get dancing in your room, like humans were obviously built to do!

Chapter 3: Falling Is Flight is available NOW.

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New Single and EP From The Rival

the rivalNashville alt-rock duo The Rival have just unveiled their first single, “My Own Devices,” from their upcoming EP, SANDS. Following WAVES, the five-track EP is a perfectly versatile, melodic sampler of the duo’s incredible talents, and the second in the trilogy of EPs that the band is releasing in 2016 and 2017.

The Rival explain that the track was written from the perspective of a “family member that has been through hell with their partner, and it’s been difficult to watch. We wrote ‘My Own Devices’ by putting ourselves in their shoes, imagining what it must feel like to try and fix what is broken and get back to that sense of home. Musically, we wanted to pay tribute to some of the great 90’s albums we grew up with, from Jeff Buckley to Weezer, and experiment with a sound that felt like home to us.”

“My Own Devices” will be released and available on all digital outlets on August 26th, and the SANDS EP is slated for an October 7th release.

Stream the single below and let us know what you think!

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WARGIRL Premieres “Mess Around (Song For The Man)” Single

wargirlPolitics are everywhere. Whether it’s the current political situations unfolding in the Middle East, the Brexit in the UK, or the disastrous Presidential campaigns going on in the US, there are people talking about politics.

With a politicized pop take on things, WARGIRL boldly tackle just about any subject. Featuring Nate Willet and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids, WARGIRL is an interesting new band, relating a cheating boyfriend to a dishonest government.

The band is comprised of Willet (bass), Maust (keyboards), Erick Nieto (drums), Matt Wignall (producer), Jeff Suri (percussion), Anne Dereaux (vox), and Marika Dahlin (percussion).

Check out their new single, “Mess Around,” below:

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Wages Release “Rattlesnake” Music Video

wagesLA-based indie rock quartet Wages just premiered their official music video for their single, “Rattlesnake,” taken from their recently released album, Glace. The band is already drawing comparisons to Band of Horses, Deerhunter, and the like.

Wages will be performing in the Greater Los Angeles area throughout the rest of 2016, promoting Glace.

“As a whole, Glace was written during a time of substantial change for all of us in the band, and I think that comes across in a lot of the songs,” says Nick Byron Campbell (vox). Check out the video for “Rattlesnakes” below and let us know what you think!

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Andrew Belle Releases New Single, “Dive Deep”

andrew bellwLA-based singer/songwriter Andrew Belle has just released his brand new single, “Dive Deep,” the first track from his forthcoming album.

As a member of Nashville’s critically acclaimed touring group Ten out of Tenn, his first two albums have been featured on iTunes Rewind Best Of Lists, and his songs have found their way onto hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and Pretty Little Liars. 

The new album focuses around a theme brought about in the new single, “This is my heart / dive deep.” 

“I wrote ‘Dive Deep’ while thinking about the moment when we let out guard down and invite another person to know us on a deeper, more meaningful level,” Belle explains. “On the surface, I wrote it from a romantic perspective, but I also meant for it to encapsulate the broader theme of this new album. The hope is that my listeners will know a little more of me and my story through this song and the forthcoming album.”

You can stream the single below:

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Tresor Releases Video for “Never Let Me Go (Spada Remix)”

tresorHailing from South Africa, award-winning Tresor (in French, “treasure”) has been spreading his soulful pop style across the globe, showcasing a life few of us can relate to, all the while doing so with an ear-catching, melodic sound.

He just released the music video for “Never Let Me Go (Spada Remix).” You can view the video below.

Tresor was recently chosen by Rolling Stone Magazine and Intercontinental Hotel Group as the winner of the 2012 Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Challenge.

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AWOLNATION Announces ‘Run (REMIXES)’ EP, Kicks Off Tour TODAY

AwolnationAWOLNATION just announced the September 9th release of their Run (Remixes) EP. The digital release will feature nine reworked tunes from the band’s 2015 album, Run, by artists like Dan The Automator (ft. Del), Kill The Noise, Mike D, and Steve Aoki. You can see a track-listing for the EP below.

The band also kicks off a North American tour, supporting Prophets of Rage, today in Fairfax, VA. The two-month long “Make America Rage Again” tour will be running through until October 15th in Chula Vista, CA.


Run (Remixes) track listing:

1.”Run (Beautiful Things)” – (HIGHSOCIETY Remix)

2. “I Am” – (Mike D Remix)

3. “Run (Beautiful Things)” – (Dan the Automator feat. Del Remix)

4. “Run” – (Kill the Noise Remix)

5. “I Am” – (Steve Aoki Remix)

6. “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” – (Goshfather & Jinco Remix)

7. “Run (Beautiful Things)” – (ROBOKID Remix)

8. “Run (Beautiful Things)” – (LIKE Remix)

9. “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” – (Unlimited Gravity Remix)



With Prophets of Rage:

08/19: Fairfax, Va. — EagleBank Arena

08/20: Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion

08/21: Mansfield, MA. — Xfinity Center

08/23: Montreal, QB — Bell Centre

08/24: Toronto, ON — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

08/26: Holmdel, N.J. — P.N.C. Bank Arts Center

08/27: Brooklyn, N.Y. — Barclays Center

08/28: Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena

08/30: Quebec City, QB — Videotron Centre

09/01: Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre

09/03: Tinley Park, IL. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

09/04: St. Louis, MO. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

09/05: Kansas City, MO. — Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

09/07: Morrison, CO. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre

09/10: Auburn, WA. — White River Amphitheatre

09/11: Ridgefield, WA. — Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre

09/13: Mountain View, CA. — Shoreline Amphitheatre

09/15: Los Angeles, CA. — The Forum

09/17: Phoenix, AZ. — Ak-Chin Pavilion

09/25: Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion

09/27: Nashville, TN. — Bridgestone Arena

09/30: St. Augustine, FL — St. Augustine Amphitheatre

10/01: Tampa, FL — MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at Encore Park

10/02: West Palm Beach, FL — Perfect Vodka Amp

10/04: Alpharetta, GA. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

10/05: Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center

10/07: Austin, TX – Austin City Limits (AWOLNATION only)

10/08: Houston, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

10/09: San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center

10/11: El Paso, TX — El Paso County Coliseum

10/12: Tucson, AZ — The Rialto Theater (AWOLNATION only)

10/14: Las Vegas, NV. — Mandalay Bay Event Center

10/15: Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre

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