Monthly Archives: June 2015

Highly Suspect Release “Lydia” Video

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Highly Suspect just dropped the official video for their single “Lydia,” from this forthcoming album, Mister Asylum, which is due out on 7/17. The video has some incredible visuals, and was filed entirely underwater…in one take! Check it out below: 
The video is beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. When fans commented on the video at how long she could hold her breath, the band sang her praises, saying:
We wanted to make something that’s never been done. Marina Kazankova is a world champion freediver capable of holding her breath for upwards of six minutes. This is one single, honest take. That woman is AMAZING!! We saw this video filmed in person and it was insane to watch! Glad you enjoy:)
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Shane Crump (Alesana) Releases Solo Project The Ivory’s Debut EP, ‘The Gloom’

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Alesana bassist Shane Crump has branched out with a new piano-based solo project, The Ivory. The debut EP, Gloom, was released today, after streaming exclusively on AbsolutePunk.
Not sure if you know or not, but Shane from Alesana has a new piano-based solo project called The Ivory. The debut melancholy EP Gloom was released today and I’d be happy to send you a download if you’re interested. I have Shane available for interviews as well.

Gloom is my passionate heart-aching love story,” says Crump. “This record holds all of the emotions I felt while going through the worst break up of my life. At the time, I had this dreary cloud resting over my head and couldn’t snap myself out of my melancholy state. God and music were my only outlets, so I poured my heart and soul into about fifty songs and picked five. This EP has helped me overcome many weaknesses in my life, and I can only pray that it helps mend another broken heart out there.”

The Ivory also has a music video for the single, “I’m a Mess.” The video, directed by Adam Ferguson, and featuring Sierra Kay of VERSA (formerly VersaEmerge), can be viewed below.

You can purchase Gloom now on iTunes or Google Play.

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Q&A: Good Graeff

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Indie-pop twin sister duo Good Graeff, comprised of Brooke (guitar, lead vox) and Brit Graeff (cello, backup vox), is one of the latest acts that will leave your jaw slack with just how good they are. Their new album, Good Job Go, is about to drop, and the pair is just as excited as listeners are to finally have the material out there!

Despite their exceptionally busy summer (the girls on tour with Mates of State into July), Good Graeff took the time to chat to Planet Stereo. Check it out below:

Planet Stereo: Thanks so much for doing the interview. How are you?
Good Graeff: Good, good, it’s great to be here! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!
PS: Your new record, Good Job Go, is coming out at the beginning of July. How are you feeling as the release gets closer?
GG: Excited, duh! We have been waiting very patiently for this to come out; I can’t believe it’s finally happening!
PS: Do you have a favorite song from the new album? If so, what is it and why?
Brooke: I like “Unsung Heroes,” mainly because it started as a very different song. We also had a lot of fun recording it and throwing ideas around.
Brit: I’m really excited about “Good Touch.” It’s such a different style for us and we laughed so much while we were writing it.
PS: You two won your high school battle of the bands, and then took a break for six years before coming together again in Vietnam. May I ask why you took a 6-year break?
Brooke: I didn’t want to be a musician when I was 17, I wanted to be a foley artist. Music seemed like a very unattainable goal, I think the fear of failure when you have nothing else in the works, would have made giving everything difficult for me.
Brit: Cello was just a fun hobby for me at that age. I wanted to go to college and build a safety net while I was still in the school groove.
PS: What made Vietnam so special to both of you?
Brooke: Motorcycles.
Brit: When I moved there it was just another adventure location. It’s become special because of the incredible friends I’ve made there and the GG renaissance that is still driving my life.
PS: What is your favorite part about working with your twin?
Brooke: She tells me when my eyebrows need to be put back into place.
Brit: It’s things like her knowing to call the breakfast place ahead of time to make sure they have chocolate chip pancakes.
PS: When did you realize you could turn your passion for music into a career?
Brooke: When enough people told us we could.
Brit: Agreed.
PS: After traveling, do you find that you have wanderlust?
Brooke: I get real itchy feet now faster and faster! Now especially after touring, after one day home its like “Ok, where to next?”
Brit: I’ve been bitten by the bug, and once you start traveling a lot, it can be hard to stop.
PS: What country do you hope to eventually travel to?
Brooke: India would be rad, but I would like to tour Europe first!
Brit: Western Africa would be pretty incredible.
PS: If you could work with any artist, past or present, who would it be and why?
Brooke: oooOOOoooo I’ve found Courtney Barnett super inspiring, but I think I would get too shy!
Brit: Paris Hilton (DJ version)- she can teach me the art of ‘fake it ’til ya make it’ #amairite?
PS: How would you explain your sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
GG: That feeling you get when you smell something from your childhood but you can’t put your finger on it. OR Indie pop rock…ish.
PS: Any last words?
GG: We have a lot more touring coming up, so check out our dates, stay tuned for more music and a video! Good Job Go drops July 10th!!!
For more on Good Graeff, click hereGood Job Go will be out on July 10th.
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15 Songs From June ’15 You Have To Hear

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It is official. Summer is here! So while we’re all soaking up the sun, making summer playlists, and maybe attending a festival (…or two…), Planet Stereo has rounded up 15 songs from June that you have to hear while the summer heat rages on!

1. The Maine“English Girls”

It’s hard to say there’s only one song from American Candy that you need to hear, because the album is fantastic. But the band’s music video to go along with “English Girls” is nothing short of wonderful, and makes the song even better.

2. Pierce The Veil – “The Divine Zero”

New music from PTV! Finally! “The Divine Zero” is the perfect Warped Tour theme, which works, because they’re on Warped. If you have the chance, catch them live. They’re ridiculously memorable!

3. Anthony Raneri“Sorry State of Mind”

Bayside’s Anthony Raneri just adds another reason to love 2015 musically. More artists coming forth as solo artists (on the side, of course), and it’s fabulous. Add on how awesome the video for “Sorry State of Mind” is, and you can’t really go wrong!

4. The Technicolors“Tonight You Are Mine”

If there’s one band you have to see live, especially playing this song, it’s The Technicolors. There’s something so edgy and effortlessly cool about The Technicolors as a whole, but “Tonight You Are Mine” just seems to push that idea one step further. The accompanying video is visually stunning, and a must-see, as far as I’m concerned.

5. August Burns Red – “Ghosts (ft. Jeremy McKinnon)”

August Burns Red is joined by A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon for “Ghosts.” The track features some amazing guitar work, and a back and forth voice-off between Luhr and McKinnon, which is definitely enjoyable. ADTR/ABR tour anyone?

6. Parkway Drive – “Vice Grip”

This is the kind of song I can just imagine being a hit live…especially in an amphitheater. “Vice Grip” just radiates power.

7. The Wonder Years“Cardinals”

Once again, The Wonder Years prove how amazing they are. “Cardinals” is a powerful track to begin with, and the video just adds to it. Send it to a friend if you’ve not been great recently.

8. Knuckle Puck – “Disdain”

A catchy as hell punk track. If you’re looking for a song to revive the angsty, punk-loving teenager that resides in all of us, this could be the song to do it.

9. Sorority Noise – “Art School Wannabe”

Quirky, painting a colorful picture with vivid, illustrative lyrics, and fantastic instrumentals. I could just play this again and again. It’s awesome, and it’s a commentary on stereotypes, in my opinion.

10. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

One of the best videos I have seen in a very long time. It is beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. When fans commented on the video, which was filmed in ONE take, at how long she could hold her breath, the band sang her praises, commenting on how she could actually hold her breath for upwards of six minutes!

11. Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

Disturbed are back from their four-year hiatus with a new song, “The Vengeful One,” and the accompanying animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci. It’s hard to ignore.

12. As Cities Burn – “Prince of Planet Earth” 

This is the first new song the band have released in six years! And it is IN YOUR FACE, in a great way. Parts loud and chaotic and part melodic, it’s an intriguing listen.

13. Delta Rae“All Good People”

A protest song without being obnoxious. In protest to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, the band wrote and recorded this song, “All Good People,” as a means of expressing their “outrage, sadness, and insistence that things must change.” It is extremely powerful.

14. Hundredth – “Inside Out”

All I can say is: Just look at the video.

15. The Ivory – “I’m a Mess”

This song is a total ear worm! Alesana’s Shane Crump shows that he’s just as talented as a singer as he is a bass player. “I’m a Mess” is such an amazing track, and yes, that is Sierra Kusterbeck in the video with him.

BONUS

Mike Posner – “Be As You Are”

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Four Year Strong, Defeater, Expire, and More Announce Fall Tour

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Four Year Strong have announced that they will be on tour this fall with support on select dates from Expire, Superheaven, Speak Low If You Speak Love, My Iron Lung, and Elder Brother. Below, you’ll find a full list of dates and venues.

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Dates:

Defeater, Expire & Speak Low (full band)
Sept 1 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Sept 2 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Sept 3 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Sept 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Sept 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird*
Sept 6 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Sept 8 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sept 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sept 11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sept 12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
*no Expire

Defeater, Expire & My Iron Lung
Sept 14 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Sept 15 – San Diego, CA  @ The Epicentre
Sept 16 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Sept 17 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Sept 18 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Sept 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Works
Sept 21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sept 22 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sept 23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio

Defeater, Superheaven & Elder Brother (acoustic)
Sept 25 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sept 26 – Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
Sept 27 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
Sept 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Hell
Sept 29 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
Sept 30 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
Oct 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Oct 2 – Washington, DC  @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Oct 3 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas Live
Oct 4- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 6 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct 7 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Oct 8 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto
Oct 9 – Toronto, ON  @ The Opera House
Oct 10 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Oct 11 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs

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Chelsea Dash Releases Lyric Video

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Pop singer/songwriter Chelsea Dash just premiered her new lyric video for “Massive Attack.” You can stream the video below:
A recent alumna of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Dash has been entertaining audiences from a very early age, making her musical debut at a preschool “Show and Tell” with a lively rendition of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” – shocking peers and teachers alike, and nearly leading to her expulsion. Since then, Dash has performed at the White House Christmas Party, Staples Center, Madison Square Garden, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and Marin Civic Center.
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The Wonder Years Release “Cardinals” Music Video

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The Wonder Years have just debuted their brand new music video for the lead single of their upcoming album, No Closer To Heaven. You can view the video for “Cardinals” below. No Closer To Heaven is due out on September 4th via Hopeless Records, and is available for pre-order now.

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Dave Grohl “Terrified” By New Kurt Cobain Documentary, ‘Montage of Heck’

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently sat down for an interview with The Washington Post,  revealing that he is “terrified” to watch the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heckclaiming, “All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out.” Read an excerpt from the interview below and share your thoughts with us in the comment section, or by tagging @livlostinstereo or @planetstereo on Twitter.

Grohl was lying next to his wife in bed the other night when she came across the recent Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck. He was ‘terrified,’ he said, and figures he caught the one portion of the movie—a sliver in the middle—he could stand to watch. ‘All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out,’ Grohl said. So after 10 minutes, he rolled over and went to sleep. And anyway, he had to be up at 6 to take the kids to school.

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Ari & Mia Release New Single, “All The Wandering”

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Folk duo, Ari & Mia, just announced the release of their new single “All The Wandering,” which you can stream below. The track is from their upcoming LP, Out of Stone, slated for release this July.  
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Liz Brennan Releases “Expected To Fly” Lyric Video

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NYC-based singer-songwriter Liz Brennan effortlessly fuses a dark, edgy tone with stylings reminiscent of Blondie and Pat Benatar. The classically trained artist just premiered her brand new lyric video for her single, “Expected to Fly,” which you can stream below. The track comes from her upcoming EP, produced by Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello), and features Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Suzanne Vega), Zev Katz (Hall & Oates), Mark Copley (Rosanne Cash), Everett Bradley & Charlie Giordano (Bruce Springsteen).
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