Monthly Archives: January 2014

On Top Of The World: Mikey Pauker

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Photo Credit to Nataly Zigdon.

In the music industry, it seems that people tend to generalize and assume that musicians fall into one of two categories: excited newbie or jaded veteran. But where are the artists who are just looking to share the love?

Mikey Pauker, one of TIME Entertainment’s ’10 Stars of The New Jewish Music,” is quickly extinguishing that generalization, sharing his infectious optimism with the world through his “synergy of folk/hip-hop/reggae.” After the successful October release of his album, Extraordinary Love, Mikey seems to be riding on a high, especially having also released the music video to his track, “Top of The World.”

“[With the video], we wanted to really move our viewers,” Mikey says. “[Filming was] surreal. It was a day of playing like a child. We were laughing on the set all day, and the cast was extremely talented.  I also love wardrobe, and was really blessed to have a very talented stylist who really brought her A-game to the shoot.

“Thank you, Odeila Benabou! I also really bonded with Remotely, he’s a crazy kid.”

The video, directed by Daniel Knust, is the video counterpart to the track, featured on Mikey’s full-length album, Extraordinary Love. The album reinforces positivity, filled with stunning melodies, entrancing lyrics, and undeniable soul.  “I worked with two producers on the album; most was with Diwon (Bonhom, Dreams In Static, Y Love),  and for two of the tracks, with artist and producer Brian Judah (Bravos Platinum Hit Contestant),” Mikey explains. “When I worked with Diwon, we recorded rough guitars and vocals.  Since he is a hip hop and electronic music producer, I gave him the permission to cut up the music and re-create it.  For me, this was an exercise of non-attachment.

“I don’t know many other artists who would give their music  to someone else and have them re-arrange them,” he says honestly. “I would listen back with Diwon, and we would find middle ground in finding elements we both loved in our production. In the same respect, I have been working with Brian for a few years now.  We spend most of our time doing pre-production before we record anything, and adding textures as we go.  Working with both producers was such a different set of processes and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have two different production styles.”

These two different styles factor in on the album, really helping to showcase the versatility that Mikey brings to the table. “Every second counts via production and songwriting,” he states, and Extraordinary Love illustrates the epitome of “time well-spent.”

With songs that are so infectious and make people feel so wonderful, Mikey Pauker has been taking his message to the international stage, touring throughout the US and UK, most recently returning from the latter. “It was an honor,” he says. “I have been gigging in Israel for the past two years and will be returning sometime in 2014.  I also just found out in the next two months I’ll be gigging in Dallas, St Louis, New Orleans,  Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, and Atlanta (opening for Yo La Tengo at the Variety Playhouse for the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival), and then maybe to a handful of other countries like India, China, Sweden, and Italy.”

With all that travel, one would think that Mikey would be “dead on his feet,” but he’s quick to expel that thought. “That’s one of my favorite things about touring; being fully self-expressed, and knowing that I have the opportunity of sharing what I love with communities all over the world.  People-watching is also a fun activity,” he admits. “It’s amazing meeting local people and having a “locals only”  perspective of the places I visit. I also love testing out new material live, and performing “Miracle Of You,” live.”

Moving to the international stage has meant big things for the artist. “[It’s been] crazy, actually.  Last month in Europe, I couldn’t walk a few feet at Limmud UK without someone asking for an autograph.  I’m not used to it,” Mikey seems to admit, coming across almost bashful. “I have been receiving emails from listeners about the impact my music is making in their lives and it feels amazing to be acknowledged for all the hard work I have been cultivating.”

A believer that people “have the power to be everything we manifest with our words,” Mikey is proving that this is, indeed, the truth. With every line of his music, and every career-making decision he makes, no one can deny the power that pure determination can make every want into a reality.

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Warner Brother’s Records To Release Soundtrack for Universal Pictures’ Endless Love

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Warner Bros. Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack to Universal Pictures’ Endless Love on February 11th, 2014. The romantic drama will hit theaters nationwide on, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day.

 

The soundtrack features music from a wide variety of artists, including the Top 40 hit-in-the-making “Pumpin Blood” by NONONO, as well as The Bird and The Bee featuring Matt BerningerEchosmith, Franz FerdinandTanlinesGuards, and Tegan and Sara, who perform the track “Don’t Find Another Love,” which was written specifically for the movie. Please see below for the full track-listing.

 

Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose “instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.” The film, directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), is a romantic drama co-starring Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, and Rhys Wakefield.

 

The track-listing for Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Endless Love is as follows:

 

1 Pumpin Blood – NONONO

2 Don’t Find Another Love – Tegan And Sara

3 All Our Endless Love – The Bird and The Bee featuring Matt Berninger

4 I Know It’s You – Guards

5 All Of Me – Tanlines

6 Go Outside – Cults

7 Right Action – Franz Ferdinand

8 Crickets – Drop City Yacht Club

9 Peaches – In The Valley Below

10 Leading Me Now – The Tallest Man On Earth

11 Surround You – Echosmith

12 Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron

13 Endless Love Suite – Christophe Beck

14 Pumpin Blood (The Jane Doze Remix) (Bonus Track) – NONONO

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You Me At Six Release Cavalier Youth in North America, Hit #1 on UK Charts

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You Me At Six have released Cavalier Youth in North America and Canada today (January 28th), the same album that hit number ONE on the UK iTunes Chart. North American Fans can Purchase Cavalier Youth on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/CYiTunes

With three Gold-Certified albums under their belt, You Me At Six have teamed up with Prospect Park for the release of their highly anticipated fourth album, Cavalier Youth, and the Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Yellowcard) produced record is set to be the biggest of their career. Released on January 27, 2014, the deluxe edition is already No.1 on the iTunes chart in the UK and on course to knock Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon from the top spot. Praise has been pouring in for Cavalier Youth, winning critics over seemingly from the opening notes. After major tours overseas with Paramore, twenty|one|pilots, and Thirty Seconds To Mars, You Me at Six’s Prospect Park signing alludes to plans the band might have in store for 2014. For more information: http://www.youmeatsix.co.uk/

 

“We spent six months of 2013 in North America and it is truly our second home, “says You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi. The band called Los Angeles home for the duration of recording “Cavalier Youth”. Franceschi continues, “Our US and Canadian Fans can expect to see a lot more of us in the next 18 months.” You Me At Six have just released the trailer for their documentary film DVD,“Oceans Away,” directed by Tom Welsh, which chronicles the band’s love affair with Los Angeles, while they record their fourth album. The film is available exclusively as part of the Deluxe CD/DVD Edition of “Cavalier Youth.” Watch the trailer here:http://youtu.be/iegQFEk_RmQ
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The Used Co-headlining Tour With Taking Back Sunday

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The Used, who will be releasing their sixth studio album, Imaginary Enemy, on April 1st have just announced a North American co-headling tour this spring with Taking By Sunday. The tour will kick off on March 14th in Dallas, and end on April 27th in Orlando, with special guests Tonight Alive and Sleepwave.

Fans can purchase digital versions of both The Used and Taking Back Sunday’s new albums with a ticket starting today at 2pm EST via Applauze.  These limited tickets will have a special reduced service fee along with a sale price to pre-order either or both albums.  If you download the free Applauze app for iPhone/iPod Touch there is an additional specially priced bundle that includes both albums. There will also be an artist pre-sale beginning today at 2pm local time. General ticket sales will begin on Friday, January 31st at 10am local time. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit: http://theused.net

For more information on The Used, please visit:

Website: www.TheUsed.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheUsed

Twitter: twitter.com/WeAreTheUsed

YouTube: www.youtube.com/THEUSEDCHANNEL

 

Pre-Order Imaginary Enemy, here: http://bit.ly/1d5Wbwi


Tour Dates w/ Taking Back Sunday:

3/14             Quiktrip Park – South By So What              Dallas, TX  *on sale, here: http://ticketf.ly/MkW6zF

3/15             Backstage Live                                        San Antonio, TX

3/16             Bayou Music Centre – HWHAP Fest           Houston, TX

3/18             Marquee Theatre                                       Phoenix, AZ

3/21             In The Venue                                            Salt Lake City, UT

3/22             In The Venue                                            Salt Lake City, UT

3/23             Knitting Factory                                         Boise, ID

3/25             Warfield                                                    San Francisco, CA

3/27             Palladium                                                  Los Angeles, CA

3/28             House of Blues                                          San Diego, CA

3/29             Extreme Thing                                           Las Vegas, NV *on sale, here: http://bit.ly/19XheGq

4/1               Ogden Theatre                                           Denver, CO

4/2               Sokol                                                        Omaha, NE

4/4               Eagles Ballroom                                         Milwaukee, WI

4/5               Concord Music Hall                                     Chicago, IL

4/6               Fillmore                                                      Detroit, MI

4/8               Kool Haus                                                   Toronto, ON

4/9               The Armory                                                 Rochester, NY

4/11             Webster Theatre                                          Hartford, CT

4/12             House of Blues                                            Boston, MA

4/13             Tower Theatre                                              Philadelphia, PA

4/15             Best Buy Theatre                                         New York, NY

4/19             Sands                                                         Bethlehem, PA

4/22             Fillmore                                                       Silver Spring, MD

4/24             The Tabernacle                                            Atlanta, GA

4/26             Revolution                                                   Ft.Lauderdale, FL

4/27             House of Blues                                            Orlando, FL
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GUEST BLOG: Dovetail – The Secret To Success In Music: Part II

When my band Dovetail went into the studio to begin recording a new album in 2010, none of us knew what we were getting into together. We’d been working on a handful of songs and were planning to spend two weeks recording live versions of the tunes. I wanted to do something original and fresh with our band. I fought against the suggested influences people put on me about what kind of music might be the most successful for my voice and our band. We worked and reworked the album for two years, and, finally, independently released Mount Karma in March 2012. It was later re-released by Ok! Good Records in October 2013.

 I’d often get frustrated with the length of time it was taking to finish our record, but we set our sonic standard high and had to learn how to reach it together with our producer, Beau Patrick Bedford. Quickly shedding some misconceptions about the kind of super high-end gear you should have to make an industry standard recording, we went to work in a one-room cabin in the woods. It was a romantic endeavor. We slaved over the recordings and went through some painful (and some not-so-painful) personnel changes in the process.

 As I reflect on that time, the thing I take from it is that we made the record we believed in from the beginning. We sacrificed, stuck it out, and grew until it was what we wanted. The album, Mount Karma, is the result of people giving a lot of time to love their art, and key people giving time and money to get the album out to an audience. Without every person involved, it wouldn’t have turned out the way it did. The title was kind of a prophesy in and of itself. If you’re going to find your way as an artist, you’re going to have to learn to dream bigger and then hold yourself to the dream. You have to do it. Continue to honor your vision, fight for it, sacrifice for it, and you can create what you see in your imagination and infinitely more.

 

You can purchase Dovetail’s amazing album, Mount Karma, HERE.

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We Are The In Crowd Release New Song “Windows In Heaven”

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We Are The In Crowd have released “Windows In Heaven,” the new single from their upcoming album, Weird Kids, which is out on February 18th on Hopeless Records.

You can purchase the song on iTunes here: bit.ly/1n7HcdFAlbum and bundle pre-orders are also now available via Hopeless here: http://hopelessrecords.com/weirdkids/. Fans can also pre-order the album through Best Buy to receive two exclusive bonus tracks here: http://bit.ly/1dwerSI. For tickets and more information about We Are The In Crowd’s upcoming US + UK Tours: http://www.wearetheincrowd.com/tour.

 

“Windows In Heaven” showcases the emotions of Tay Jardine, the band’s front woman, at her most vulnerable. “‘Windows In Heaven’ is a very personal song,” says Jardine. “When someone close to you passes away, after awhile you begin to wonder how they would preserve you if they were still here. In my case, it’s my Dad; one of the happiest and inspiring people I have ever known.” 

She continues, “My dad was a musician, and he’s always in my head when we’re out reaching these milestones in our band’s career. When we got signed, when we play a big show, I always wish I could call him and tell him about it. We played the main stage at Reading and Leeds and I remember looking up and thinking, ‘Would you be proud of me?’ This song helps remind me who he is to me.”

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SIIINES New EP

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SIIINES, the Los Angeles-based electro-rock band, have announced the release of their brand new EP, Fukushimarama! Produced by Ari Rhodes of Hands Up!, the EP will be released on February 11th, equal parts rock and electronic dance music, SIINES bring a new perspective to genre.

In 2012, the band was formed by Travis Nesbitt and Morgan Gies (both formerly of Social Code), and that same year, they released the Disk0sno EP, which won them an Edmonton Music Award for “Best Electronic Release.” Not too much later (mid-2013), work began on Fukushimarama! When asked about the upcoming release, Gies states, “It’s about watching the world burn and dancing in the flames. YOLO!”

 

SIIINES will release Fukushimarama! on February 11th, 2014.

 

 

ALBUM TRACK LISTING:

1. God I Hate Clubs

2. Whelps

3. Kanye West

4. Inhuman Nature

5. Breathe

 

For updates, please visit:

Website: www.siiines.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/siiines

Twitter: www.twitter.com/siiines

YouTube: www.youtube.com/siiines

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Gary Clark Jr. Wins Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance”

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Singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr. won his first Grammy las night for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “Please Come Home.” The song appears on Clark’s debut album for Warner Bros. Records, Blak And Blu. Originally nominated in two categories (“Best Rock Song” for “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,”  as well as “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “Please Come Home”), Gary Clark Jr.’s nominations mark the first time in Grammy history that a single artist has been nominated in two different genre categories simultaneously from one album in the same year.

In addition, Clark turned in an incendiary performance with Keith Urban on the live Grammy broadcast trading lead vocals and guitar solos on Urban’s “Cop Car”, from his current album.

 

Clark will be heading out on the road with Kings Of Leon beginning Feb 5th, in Atlanta and wind up the tour March 8th, in Chicago. All tour dates are listed below:

 

With Kings of Leon:

02/05    Atlanta, GA                   Philips Arena

02/07    Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena

02/09    Louisville, KY                KFC Yum! Center

02/11    Auburn Hills, MI            The Palace Of Auburn Hills

02/14    New York, NY               Madison Square Garden Arena

02/15    Uncasville, CT               Mohegan Sun Arena

02/18    Columbus, OH              Schottenstein Center

02/19    Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center

02/21    Washington, DC            Verizon Center

02/23    London, ON                  Budweiser Gardens

02/24    Montreal, Quebec          Bell Centre

02/26    Toronto, Ontario            Air Canada Centre

02/28    Boston, MA                  TD Garden

03/05    Kansas City, MO           Sprint Center

03/06    Minneapolis, MN           Target Center

03/08    Chicago, IL                   United Center

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We Are The In Crowd Release New Song, “Long Live The Kids” off Upcoming Album

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Weird Kids” Set To Release via Hopeless Records on February 18th! You can pre-order the album in a bundle by clicking Here, there is also a Best Buy Exclusive Pre-Order featuring 2 Bonus Tracks Available Here.

We Are The In Crowd have released “Long Live The Kids,”a new song off their upcoming album, “Weird Kids,” which will be released February 18th via Hopeless Records. Fans can stream “Long Live The Kids” here: http://bit.ly/1aEdZBK and purchase the song on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1doxJpN.

Following the release of the band’s single, “The Best Thing (That Never Happened),” anticipation for We Are The In Crowd’s sophomore release is growing, with FUSE naming “Weird Kids” one of their “Most Anticipated Albums” of 2014 and MTV Buzzworthy coining female lead, Tay Jardine as one of the “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop in 2014.”

Weird Kids,” produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Yellowcard, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco), is WATIC’s follow-up release to their successful debut album, “Best Intentions,” which launched the band into world wide exposure.

We Are The In Crowd recently release an action-packed music video, for “The Best Thing (That Never Happened),” directed by Mark Staubach (Lupe Fiasco, Travie McCoy, Cody Simpson)Check it out here: http://youtu.be/BFqtasnu7y8.

 

 Tour Dates Listed Below! 

 

Upcoming UK Tour Dates                                              

1/29 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms

1/30 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit

2/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage

2/02 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ Newcastle University                                                                             

2/05 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 22/03 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 2

2/06 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2

2/07 – Bristol, UK @ Fleece

2/08 – Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms

2/10 – London, UK @ Koko 

 

Upcoming US Tour Dates

2/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

2/22 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

2/23 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club

2/25 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

2/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

2/27 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

2/28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

3/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar

3/02 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage

3/04 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre

3/05 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

3/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound

3/08 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

3/09 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

3/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Assembly

3/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

3/14 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

3/15 – San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage

3/16 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live

3/18 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

3/19 – Dallas, TX @ HOB-Cambridge Room

3/20 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

3/22 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits

3/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

3/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

3/26 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

3/28 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club

3/29 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

3/30 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

4/01 – Hamden, CT @ The Space

4/02 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

4/03 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

4/04 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

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All Time Low Announce Headline Spring Tour, “A Love Like Tour”

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All Time Low have announced their upcoming headlining tour “A Love Like Tour” with special guests Man Overboard and Handguns. The tour kicks off on March 28th in Richmond, VA at The National, wrapping up in Baltimore, MD on May 3rd, at Ram’s Head Live. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25thdepending on the date of the show and can be purchased at http://www.alltimelow.com/tour  

  

“A Love Like Tour” is a play on the band’s most recent hit single “A Love Like War” featuring Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil. The song can be found on the band’s brilliantly successful album “Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now,” which was released late 2013 and charted #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #19 on the Billboard Top 200! The amazing album included the all of the tracks from “Don’t Panic” as well as four brand new songs and four bonus acoustic tracks that listeners are sure to fall for. The official music video for “A Love Like War” has reached over 4.8 million views and can be seen below!

  

“Don’t Panic, It’s Longer Now” can be purchased on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1dynoMx 

 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth can be currently seen on the cover of the latest issue of Kerrang! Magazine alongside Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six!

 

A Love Like Tour – Dates 

Purchase Tickets: http://www.alltimelow.com/tour

 

MARCH 28 Richmond, VA – The National

MARCH 29 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

MARCH 30 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm

APRIL 1 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live

APRIL 2 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

APRIL 4 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre

APRIL 5 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre

APRIL 6 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

APRIL 8 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

APRIL 10 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

APRIL 11 Flagstaff,AZ – Orpheum Theater

APRIL 12 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues

APRIL 14 Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom

APRIL 15 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

APRIL 17 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

APRIL 18 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

APRIL 19 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

APRIL 21 Sioux Falls, SD – The District

APRIL 22 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

APRIL 23 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

APRIL 25 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues

APRIL 26 Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater

APRIL 28 Portland, ME – State Theatre

APRIL 29 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

APRIL 30 New Haven, CT – Toads Place

MAY 1 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

MAY 2 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

MAY 3 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

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