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THE SWEET THINGS Announce ‘Brown Leather’ Record Release Shows in NYC, Philadelphia, Nashville & Atlanta

DT: MAY 23, 2022

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH / SRO PR


THE SWEET THINGS
ANNOUNCE ‘BROWN LEATHER’ RECORD RELEASE SHOWS
IN NYC, PHILADELPHIA, NASHVILLE & ATLANTA

NEW ALBUM DUE JUNE 3
VIA WENDIGO PRODUCTIONS NYC/ SPAGHETTY TOWN RECORDS


“From trashy rock n’ roll to blues to country to soulful ballads…a perfect balance between Saturday night debauchery and Sunday morning regret.
Faster and Louder, (5/24/2019)

To celebrate the release of their sophomore album BROWN LEATHER out June 3 via Wendigo Productions NYC/Spaghetty Town Records, freewheeling New York rock band THE SWEET THINGS will perform a series of record release shows kicking off with a hometown gig at The Bowery Electric in NYC on the album’s release date followed by stops in major cities including Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Full dates are listed below.

Recorded with producer Matt Chiaravalle at the iconic FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett) with finishing touches added in NYC’s Flux Studios and Mercy Sound, BROWN LEATHER is an 11-song sweet mix of twangin’ bangin’ country blues, bluesy country and Southern rock and roll that tells timeless tales that sound familiar yet fresh at the same time. BROWN LEATHER features founding members Dave Tierney (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) Sam Hariss (bass/vocals) alongside new members Tobin Dale (guitars) and Hector Lopez (drums) with a specially curated lineup of guest musicians including Rob Clores (The Black Crowes, Jesse Malin), Dave Eggar (Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Pete Seeger), Dana Athens (Jane Lee Hooker) and more.

THE SWEET THINGS have shared two of the album’s tracks so far—the potent title track “Brown Leather” and the bluesy, soulful ballad “Ya Know I Don’t Mind”—both of which were accompanied with two successive music videos filmed by award-winning director Video Rahim (Mastodon, Blackberry Smoke).

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BROWN LEATHER Track listing

1. Brown Leather
2. Ya Know I Don’t Mind
3. Ride It Home
4. Keep On Movin’
5. Ain’t Got Enough Room (In My Heart)
6. Cold Feet
7. Familiar Face
8. It Hurts Me Too
9. Mentholated Blues
10. Problematic Life
11. SRide The River

*Guest musicians include Rob Clores (piano & organ) – tracks 1-10, Brian Hurd (harmonica) – tracks 1, 8 & 9, Arno Hecht (saxophone) – tracks 1 & 6, Larry Etkin (trumpet) – tracks 1 & 6, Julie Acosta (trumpet) – track 7, Dave Eggar (cello) – track 5, Dana Athens (vocals) – tracks 1,4,5,6,8 & 10, Tessa Grady (vocals) – tracks 4 & 10, Liza Colby (vocals) – track 10, Audrey Wilson (vocals) – track 10, Dina Regine (vocals) – track 7, Kelley Swindall (vocals) – track 7 and Cid Scantelbury (vocals) – track 10.

THE SWEET THINGS Record Release Show Dates:

Friday, 6/3 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Electric
Saturday, 6/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
Friday, 6/10 – Nashville, TN @ Eastside Bowl
Saturday, 6/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

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TASH SULTANA: New Album Out 6/3; North American Tour Launches 6/10; Livestream of Sold-Out Red Rocks Show 6/12

DATE: MAY 19, 2022

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

Tash Sultana Press PhotoPhoto credit: Ben McFadyen

TASH SULTANA:
NORTH AMERICAN 2022
‘TERRA FIRMA’ HEADLINING TOUR
TO COINCIDE WITH RELEASE OF
‘MTV UNPLUGGED, LIVE IN MELBOURNE’ ALBUM
OUT JUNE 3

DATES KICK OFF
JUNE 10 IN LAS VEGAS,
WITH SOLD-OUT SHOWS IN
NEW YORK, BOSTON, LOS ANGELES,
RED ROCKS, OAKLAND, SEATTLE AND MORE
WORLDWIDE FANS CAN EXPERIENCE THE
RED ROCKS GLOBAL LIVESTREAM
VIA FLYMACHINE ON JUNE 12

TASH SULTANA, the gender fluid multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, will return to North America for a headlining tour that kicks off June 10 in Las Vegas at The Chelsea. These dates coincide with the June 3 release of the album MTV UNPLUGGED, LIVE IN MELBOURNE on Mom + Pop (see the track listing below).

Marking their first concerts here in three years, the run includes sold-out shows at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sandy, UT (Sandy Amphitheater), New York City (The Rooftop at Pier 17), Portland, ME (State Theatre), Boston, MA (House of Blues), Victoria BC (Royal Theatre BC), Forest Grove, OR (McMenamins Grand Lodge), Seattle (Paramount Theatre), Oakland (Fox Theater) and Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium).

The Red Rocks show sold out in just five minutes and marks a triumphant return for TASH, who previously sold out the historic venue on their 2019 tour. To highlight this appearance, TASH wanted to ensure that fans who were unable to attend the show would be able to experience the performance via a just-announced live stream. TASH says, “For those who can’t be there I hear you LOUD AND CLEAR, RED ROCKS GLOBAL LIVESTREAM: Join the virtual crowd and catch my sold-out Red Rocks show live–from anywhere–on Flymachine! You can invite your friends + watch the show together with your cameras on.” Get your pass now at fly.live/tash using promo code: TERRAFIRMA22.”

The tour also includes stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, the Bonnaroo Music Festival (June 19) and more. These dates follow TASH’s 2022 global ‘Terra Firma’ shows in the United Kingdom and Europe this past March/April with TASH set to return there for additional shows set for September.

“Finally, after 3 years I get to come back to North America,” TASH says. “Just wait to see what I have in store. I’ve been working on this new show since 2020 and I’ve been patiently waiting to bring it to the world. Now it’s my time,” says TASH.

This run will see TASH SULTANA performing their sophomore album Terra Firma in North America for the first time as well as hits from Notion EP and Flow State, while also expanding the groove into new territories. SULTANA has remained tight-lipped about what the new show may include but has promised it’s an extension of ‘what already is’ and what they are best known for.

The MTV UNPLUGGED album powerfully shines a light on TASH’s body of work and underlines their impact as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and mixer. By being so multi-faceted and talented—in a way that brings to mind Prince—nothing gets in the way of TASH’s artistic vision.

The MTV UNPLUGGED, LIVE IN MELBOURNE album track listing is as follows:

01 Musk
02 Big Smoke
03 Mystik
04 Sweet & Dandy
05 Pretty Lady
06 Crop Circles
07 Greed
08 Willow Tree
09 Blame It On Society
10 Coma
11 Dream My Life Away
12 Flume
13 Notion

TASH SULTANA has been dubbed one of the hardest working music exports in Australia. Selling over 500’000 tickets globally in 2019 alone, they are back to make their mark on the world. Their #1 ARIA-charting sophomore album Terra Firma arrives three years after ARIA-winning debut album Flow State–which spawned the 2x Platinum single ‘Jungle’ and the Platinum-selling single ‘Mystik’ as well as accumulating over 1billion worldwide streams.

TASH’s 2022 North American dates are as follows:

Date City/State Venue
6/10 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
6/11 Sandy, UT Sandy Amphitheater SOLD OUT
6/12 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre SOLD OUT
6/14 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre
6/15 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
6/17 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre
6/18 Newport, KY Promowest Pavilion at Ovation
6/19 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/21 Pittsburgh, PA Roxian Theatre
6/22 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall at Babeville
6/24 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
6/25 Washington, DC The Anthem
6/26 New York, NY Pier 17 SOLD OUT
6/28 Portland, ME State Theatre SOLD OUT
6/29 Boston, MA House Of Blues SOLD OUT
6/30 Montreal, QC Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
7/2 Sherbrooke, QC Sherblues and Folk Festival
7/4 Toronto, ON HISTORY
7/5 Toronto, ON HISTORY
7/7 Quebec City, QC Festival d’été International de Québec
7/8 Ottawa, ON RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
7/10 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
7/12 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Convention Centre
7/15 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre SOLD OUT
7/16 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
7/17 Forest Grove, OR McMenamins Grand Lodge SOLD OUT
7/19 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre SOLD OUT
7/21 Oakland, CA Fox Theater SOLD OUT
7/22 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
7/23 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium SOLD OUT
7/24 Pomona, CA Fox Theater

CONNECT WITH TASH SULTANA
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Hard Rock Group COLD KINGDOM Share Black-And-White Performance Music Video for New Single “Agony”

DT: MAY 19, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

COLD KINGDOM
SHARE BLACK & WHITE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
“AGONY”

WATCH IT HERE

BAND MAKE DEBUT “WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE” PERFORMANCE ALONGSIDE STEEL PANTHER;
SHARE UPCOMING TOUR & FESTIVAL DATES

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Credit: Brad Gunnarson

Minneapolis-based hard rock band COLD KINGDOM revealed the second sampling of new music from their upcoming as-yet-untitled album due this summer via oneRPM with the kinetic single “Agony” last Friday, May 13 across digital streaming platforms. The track is currently featured on Loudwire’s ‘Weekly Wire: Best New Rock + Metal Songs of the Week’ Spotify playlist. Today, May 19, the band have shared a black-and-white live performance-style music video for “Agony” which premiered this morning via YouTube. Stream/watch it below or at this link: https://onerpm.link/agony.

“The video for ‘Agony’ is focused on black-and-white footage with a raw, performance-based feel to it,” shares guitarist/founding member Evan Ogaard. “It utilizes the band performing the song in a small, enclosed space and includes full band shots as well as close-up shots of individual members. The room is completely dark save for a few spotlights and narrow beams of light all directed at the front of the band in order to enhance the feeling of claustrophobia and chaos.”

COLD KINGDOMElissa-Marie Ogaard (vocals), Evan Ogaard (guitar), Jason Michael (bass) and Chris Morley (drums)—made their debut Welcome To Rockville appearance for the festival’s kickoff ceremony last night (5/18) on the DWPresents stage alongside Steel Panther and Moon Tooth. The band have previously brought their “lethal combination of fury, rock and emotion” (Rock 94.5) to stages alongside the genre’s top acts including Shinedown, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd and Nonpoint and festivals including Northern Invasion, RockFest and Summerfest. A list of upcoming shows is below.

COLD KINGDOM premiered their anthemic radio single “Criminal” featuring Danny Case of From Ashes To New earlier this year via Outburn Magazine. The track is making its way up Billboard’s Active Mainstream Rock charts and is currently at #49. Stream it here: https://onerpm.link/criminal.

 

COLD KINGDOM Tour Dates:

5/21 Akron, OH – The Vortex
7/9 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
7/23 Walker, MN – Moondance Jam (Bret Michaels, Candlebox)
8/5 Appleton, WI – Mile of Music Festival

Find COLD KINGDOM online at:
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THE HU Reveal New Single & Video “This Is Mongol” Ahead Of Sophomore Album Due This Summer via Better Noise Music

DT: MAY 13, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

CRITICALLY CELEBRATED MONGOLIAN ROCK BAND
THE HU
PREMIERE A NEW SINGLE, “THIS IS MONGOL,”
AND VIDEO, AHEAD OF THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM EXPECTED THIS SUMMER

WATCH HERE

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Photo Credit: Enkhbat Nyamkhishig

Further Details on the The HU’s Highly Anticipated Second Studio Album to be Revealed in the Coming Weeks via Band’s Social Media Channels
Band Continuing to Headline Shows This Spring on The Black Thunder Tour

Today, acclaimed Mongolian rock band THE HU released a new single called “This Is Mongol” ahead of their second official studio album set for release later this summer via Better Noise Music. With “This Is Mongol,” as with all of their music, THE HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for “This is Mongol,” also released today. The deeply meaningful lyrics uplift the Mongol people, as the band wishes for prosperity and peace among all. Previously debuting at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts with their 2019 debut album THE GEREG, the band is excited to start dropping new music for fans. Currently on their Black Thunder Tour this spring, THE HU also recently played at Coachella, earning an array of critical acclaim. They will also join Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeath on tour later this summer. Full list of dates below. To stream, download and catch the stunning video for “This Is Mongol,” click HERE.

Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”

Enkush, who also sings and plays the morin khuur, shared his thoughts on their tour dates with Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth, “We grew up listening to Megadeth and can’t express how much they have inspired and motivated us to do what we love every day, so you can only imagine our excitement for our next tour with them. Everybody knows Megadeth is one of the four biggest trailblazers in thrash metal and to be performing with a modern band such as FFDP is truly going to be legendary. Although it will be our first time performing with them, we will bring our A-game on this tour.”

Thrilled to be sharing more of their Mongolian roots, producer Dashka said, “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”

In celebration of their new single and upcoming album, THE HU also released an official music video directed by John Connor Hammond. The visual is set in the Mojave Desert and showcases the band energetically performing their inspiring new single “This Is Mongol.”

Over the last several months, the band has been recording new material in their homeland of Mongolia and shared an update from the studio with fans on their YouTube channel HERE. While on their current headlining tour, the band has been teasing the new music from their much-awaited sophomore album, out late this summer. The tour continues tonight, May 13, in Portland, ME and will see the band journey across the southern U.S. throughout May 29 landing in Dallas, TX before ending in Mexico City, MX on May 31. For more information on The Black Thunder Tour, visit https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.

On the morin khuur and serving as a vocalist, Gala talked about their recording process, “Our second album was recorded during Covid lockdown, where we used the time to put our best effort and astounding amount of energy to focus on the work. Therefore, it is our hope to present our listeners with unique songs that have their own characteristics.”

Temka, who plays the tovshurr and sings background vocals, also spoke about their upcoming album, “The new album has great quality, composition, melody and overall it is sensational. The lyrics that Dashka wrote consist of our traditional values, virtues and wisdom of our ancestors. Our fans can expect to hear and feel the messages we try to deliver through our songs, such as love and respect for parental love, the importance of sustainability and cultural heritage. We can’t wait for our fans to listen and enjoy our second album and are excited to be performing for fans whom we have yet to meet. We will see you very soon and send our regards to our fans all over the world!”

Soon after, THE HU will continue their trek across North America, as they head out on tour with Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch, and Fire From The Gods. The tour, presented by Live Nation, will kick off in Portland, Oregon on August 19th and span over 30 dates, closing out on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Concertgoers are promised an intense multi-faceted night of heavy rock music. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

Most recently, the band headlined a tour last fall through North America after joining Halestorm’s headlining tour, reuniting with frontwoman Lzzy Hale, their special guest on Song of Women from their #1-charting debut album THE GEREG. In addition to those tours, THE HU also performed a slew of high-profile festival dates including Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration and more. Those dates coincided with THE HU’s appearance on Metallica’s Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project, for which they covered the legendary band’s “Through the Never.” They appeared on the track listing alongside some of the biggest names in music – Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Yo-Yo Ma, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, J Balvin with the Neptunes, Weezer, and many more – who offered their own renditions of Metallica’s songs that originally appeared on the iconic LP.

The band is excited to share more news on new music and further touring in the coming weeks on their social media channels and encourage everyone to give them a follow so they don’t miss out on anything: Website, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok.

The HU Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 13 – Portland, ME – State Theater
May 14 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
May 16 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
May 17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
May 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
May 21 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
May 22 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Music Hall
May 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theater
May 28 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Buzzfest)
May 29 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
May 31 – Mexico City, MEX – Lunario
Aug 19 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Aug 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
Aug 23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug 24 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
Aug 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Aug 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sep 1 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Sep 2 – Houston, TX –The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sep 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 7 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sep 9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sep 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sep 12 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 15 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
Sep 17 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater
Sep 18 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Sep 20 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sep 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake**
Sep 23 – Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 24 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Sep 27 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater**
Sep 28 –Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sep 30 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Oct 1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Oct 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Oct 5 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Oct 7 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
Oct 8 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Oct 12 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Oct 14 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Oct 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
**5FDP, The HU, and Fire From The Gods only

See full list of the band’s upcoming live shows and ticket information at https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.

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About The HU
In 2019, an NPR story put a spotlight on “a band from Mongolia that blends the screaming guitars of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian guttural singing,” accurately highlighting the cultural importance and unique musical identity of The HU. Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, The HU, Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s two most popular videos, “Yuve Yuve” and “Wolf Totem,” were produced by the band’s producer Dashka. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 2019 ‘s The Gereg, debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist Charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

Proving their global appeal, The HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. And most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” which Metallica picked up on and invited them to record ‘Through The Never’ for their Metallica Blacklist album released in 2021 alongside other high-profile guest artists like Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, J Balvin, St. Vincent, and so many more. The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Readying their next chapter as a global force, The HU are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due for a global release later this year from Better Noise Music. The Hu will tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth starting August 19th 2022.

Connect with The HU
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ABOUT BETTER NOISE MUSIC

BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, The HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.

In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Label for the year.

For information, visit: http://betternoise.com/

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Hard Rock outfit COLD KINGDOM Tackle Menacing Affect of Social Media with New Song “AGONY”

DT: MAY 13, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

HARD ROCK OUTFIT
COLD KINGDOM
REVEAL NEW SINGLE
“AGONY”
OUT NOW ACROSS DIGITAL PLATFORMS

LISTEN HERE

BAND ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL DATES & SHOWS

Minneapolis-based hard rock outfit COLD KINGDOM are excited to share the second track “Agony” from their forthcoming third album due this summer via oneRPM. The fierce and rhythmically intense new single minces no words as it tackles the harmful effects of social media. “Agony” is out today across digital platforms at this link: https://onerpm.link/agony. An official music video for the track will premiere next Friday, May 20.

“‘Agony’ is an energetic and aggressive song that digs into how vile people can be on social media,” collectively shares COLD KINGDOM who are: Elissa-Marie Ogaard (vocals), Evan Ogaard (guitar), Jason Michael (bass) and Chris Morley (drums).“It’s far too often that people publicly project their negative opinions and judgements on one another, whether asked to or not, whether warranted or not. It’s so easy to hide behind a screen and present a one-sided narrative that shines a light on themselves while completely disrespecting someone else or their views.”

COLD KINGDOM launched their new album with the pulverizing debut single “Criminal” featuring Danny Case of From Ashes to New which Outburn Magazine described as “a lethal combination of fury and sentiment.” Watch the music video HERE. The track is currently at #49 on Billboard’s Active Rock radio charts.

The quartet have brought their energy-filled shows to stages across the U.S. alongside acts including Shinedown, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd and Nonpoint, in addition to festival appearances at Northern Invasion, RockFest, Summerfest and more. COLD KINGDOM will next appear performing the opening night of Welcome To Rockville on May 18 in Daytona Beach, FL and have a series of shows throughout the summer including festival stops at Moondance Jam (Bret Michaels, Candlebox) and Mile of Music Festival. Full dates are as follows:

5/18 Daytona Beach, Fl – Welcome To Rockville
5/21 Akron, OH – The Vortex
7/9 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
7/23 Walker, MN – Moondance Jam
8/5 Appleton, WI – Mile of Music Festival

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Credit: Brad Gunnarson

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THE BLACK MOODS Drop Sultry Music Video For Blues-Drenched Rock Track “The Cure”; Announce Summer Tour Dates

DT: MAY 11, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

 

PHOENIX, AZ ROCK & ROLL TRIO
THE BLACK MOODS
REVEAL SULTRY MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK
“THE CURE”
OUT THIS FRIDAY, MAY 13

WATCH HERE

NEW ALBUM ‘INTO THE NIGHT’ DUE JUNE 3
PRE-SAVE HERE

BAND ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES

Phoenix, AZ rock & roll trio THE BLACK MOODS heat things up with a sultry music video for their latest track, “The Cure,” taken from their upcoming June 3 album INTO THE NIGHT via Wit Hustle/The Orchard /Steelhorse Entertainment. “The Cure” is a “sultry slowburner” that highlights the band’s “raw, riff-heavy, blues-drenched rock” style according to Metal Edge Magazine who premiered its video earlier this week. Watch “The Cure” music video–directed by Jim Louvau & Tony Aguilera (Jerry Cantrell, Killer Be Killed)– streaming above or on YouTube HERE in advance of its release across digital platforms this Friday, May 13.

“To me, ‘The Cure’ is the bluesiest song we have,” says vocalist/guitarist Josh Kennedy. “It came together very naturally and has ALL the sex appeal in it. It’s a love song about something being so good, but so bad for you at the same time. She’s Bella Donna.”

THE BLACK MOODS have previously shared three tracks from INTO THE NIGHT: “She Gets Out,” “Hollywood” and their current radio single, the hedonistic anthem “Saturday Night,” which is currently in the Top 50 Billboard rock charts. The album was recorded with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny “K” Karkazis (3 Doors Down, Disturbed), who the band previously enlisted on their critically acclaimed 2020 sophomore effort SUNSHINE. INTO THE NIGHT is an album that’s felt as much as heard, rooted in the stomp of drummer Chico Diaz‘s kick drum, the pulse of Jordan Hoffman‘s bass, and the larger-than-life presence of Josh Kennedy. Pre-save INTO THE NIGHT now at: https://orcd.co/tbmintothenight.

The blazing rock trio will ignite stages across the midwest this summer as they head out on a run of dates alongside Royal Bliss in addition to a handful of headlining shows and a stop in Mexico to take part in Roger Clyne’s Circus Mexicus festival. Full dates are listed below. THE BLACK MOODS were recently seen performing as the halftime entertainment for their hometown NBA team Phoenix Suns winning semi-finals game on May 10 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ to over 16,000 attendees. This followed their performance at Cannaval Festival in late April and a sold-out show at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ earlier this year.

THE BLACK MOODS Tour Dates:

5/25 Council Bluffs, IA @ Big Kels*
5/26 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Chrome Horse Saloon*
5/27 Keokuk, IA @ L-Treyns*
5/28 Madison, WI @ Bratfest
6/9-10 Puerto Penasco, MX – Circus Mexicus
6/18 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
6/24-25 Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ – Weekend In The Pines
7/23 Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Music Theatre (w/Scott Stapp)
*with Royal Bliss

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OSAKA POPSTAR Reveal Animated Music Video for “Lost & Found” Starring Fred Armisen

DT: MAY 10, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

ANIME-PUNK ROCK COLLECTIVE
OSAKA POPSTAR
REVEAL ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR CATCHY NEW SINGLE,
“LOST & FOUND”
STARRING FRED ARMISEN

WATCH HERE

NEW RECORD ‘EAR CANDY’ OUT NOW VIA MISFITS RECORDS

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Following last Friday’s (May 6) release of their new album EAR CANDY via Misfits Records in collaboration with Demented Punk, anime-meets-NY punk rock collective OSAKA POPSTAR are excited to reveal the animated video for its rocking and infectiously sweet original single “Lost & Found.”

Out today (May 10), the “Lost & Found” music video was written, produced and directed by OSAKA POPSTAR’s frontman and longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero. The cartoonized video stars actor/comedian/musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL, Documentary Now) as the main character, a lost and lonely soul seeking out an unattainable love, all while paying homage to Saturday morning breakfast cereals, the Partridge Family, the Archies and the Monkees—all of which are artists OSAKA POPSTAR cover throughout EAR CANDY. Watch it streaming below or via YouTube HERE.

Find an exclusive Q&A with Cafiero below outlining the process of creating the video.

EAR CANDY is fronted and produced by Cafiero (vocals), with Dean Rispler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on guitar and bass, Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Bob Mould) on drums and features guest backing vocals from indie rocker Colleen Green. It is available now across all digital platforms and on CD and Limited-Edition candy swirl ‘bite’ vinyl (as seen in the above cover art and included featured in the “Lost & Found” video). Its CD and vinyl versions also include a download card with MP3’s and a digital full-color 32-page variant first issue of the upcoming “Sweetie Candy Vigilantecomic book exclusive to this release. Get your copy now at https://store.osakapopstar.com.

OSAKA POPSTAR recently unveiled a deluxe expanded and remastered edition of their debut album, OSAKA POPSTAR AND THE AMERICAN LEGENDS OF PUNK, which features a backing lineup of punk rock legends Jerry Only (The Misfits), Marky Ramone (Ramones), Dez Cadena (Black Flag) and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) along with a special guest appearance from the late outsider music icon Daniel Johnston. The band followed up its release with a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic for Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 to release a “blistering, accordion-tinged cover” (Rolling Stone) exclusive 12-inch split, BEAT ON THE BRAT which immediately sold out and was listed as one of the Top 5 and Top 10 Record Store Day releases across several notable media outlets including iHeart Radio News.

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Q&A WITH OSAKA POPSTAR’s JOHN CAFIERO

Congrats on creating the “Lost & Found” animated video, which you wrote, produced and directed. What inspired you to take this approach and why do you feel it’s the best visual to represent the song? 

“Thanks. I’m a bit of an art junkie, and over time, have amassed an extensive roster of surreal characters in the Osaka Popstar universe. I like to weave them into the fabric of what we do, and animation is an excellent outlet for that. In fact, to date, every Osaka Popstar music video has been fully animated. The irony here being that initially, I was planning to do this particular video in live action, but the more time passed, it eventually evolved into a fully animated video.

Although I have a background producing and directing live action, I’m a former animator as well, and I’ve always loved the medium. There are no limits, no boundaries, and anything can happen beyond the confines of reality. I love making the impossible possible and spinning things into surreality tends to be a lot of fun.

I think the video distills the core of the song into terms everyone can relate to, but in a fun and entertaining way, while simultaneously capturing the vibe of not only the song itself, but Osaka Popstar generally—and the new record. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and I hope others enjoy it as much as I do when they see it. So far, the reaction from those who’ve seen it has been amazing, and the guys in the band were blown away by it.”

—In creating the video, were there any challenges and how did you handle them? 

“Some of the challenges were ensuring my key concepts would be realized within the storyline, and also ensuring we captured not only the likenesses, but the essence of everyone that was transported into animated form. Not to mention, wrapping it all by the record’s release date, while living up to my high standards and expectations. I’m genuinely passionate about everything I do, and I believe that’s the key to making it all gel in the end. The process is fun, but it’s hard work and involves a lot of hours and extreme attention to detail. I tend to be relentless in ensuring the end result lives up to its full potential, and I think we accomplished that with this video, in a fairly quick turnaround time too.”

The video stars the animated Fred Armisen. Can you tell us about how you know Fred and what inspired you to ask him to use his likeness in the video? 

“Fred and I have mutual friends and met briefly at the first Misfits reunion show in 2016. On the flight home, we ran into each other at the gate in the airport. As fate would have it, our seats were assigned right next to each other on the flight, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. I’ve always liked his work, and we have a lot of common interests. His favorite bands are my favorite bands, (bands who would turn out to become an integral part of my life and career), and we’ve both been huge John Waters fans from an age many would consider too young to have seen his films. John jokingly once told me he could have been arrested for me seeing Pink Flamingos when I did!

The basic premise of the video was inspired by real life events! I was waiting in my car parked outside of a supermarket in NYC, and a guy in a business suit passing by, stopped at the picture glass window of the storefront and, while gesturing to someone inside, started doing all these absolutely crazy and ridiculous dances—and I’m talking full throttle! I had no idea what he was up to, but I was mesmerized by it. It turned out that he was trying to get the attention of a girl working the checkout line. Making it more bizarre is that he was well dressed and very reserved looking; someone you’d never expect to behave that way. He was so over the top, it was absolutely absurd and surreal, like a scene from a movie. As I was watching it, I thought… this is my music video… and I immediately had Fred in mind to play the main character. Starting with that basic premise, I embellished on it, and developed it into what you see.

While Fred has done a lot of incredible work, and given a lot of amazing performances, it was his role in an episode of the IFC series ‘Documentary Now’ called the Globesman, that would impress on me that he was the perfect person to play this character.

Fred and I ran into each other when I was in the process of mixing Ear Candy. I played him a rough mix of the song and told him the concept I had in mind. At the time I was considering shooting this as a live action music video. He dug it, and immediately agreed. When I later switched gears and decided to do the video fully animated, I still wanted Fred to star in the role. I explained and asked if he remained interested. He was, and the rest is history.”

—Are you able to tell us what Fred has said about the video after he saw it? 

“Fred said that he loved the video and thought the song was great. I was thrilled. Fred was the first person to see it.”

—Can you give us a few sentences about the storyline of the video? 

“A lost and lonely soul wanders through a world of faceless people and things, but the one constant dynamic he sees everywhere he goes are the vibrant ads for his favorite red licorice. He falls for the poster girl who appears in the ad campaign, thinking she’s beyond his reach, if not beyond reality… Until he wanders past the storefront window of a supermarket and spots her working the register inside. He sets out to win her over in his own, goofy, but charming way. All the while Osaka Popstar appears in animated form, popping up in the most unlikely of places, providing the soundtrack to the story—which features cameos from the Osaka Popstar Devil Dogs, the Kawaii Black Metal Trio, Sweetie Candy Vigilante and more, including homages to Saturday morning breakfast cereals, the Partridge Family, the Archies and the Monkees. The latter three bands all having a kinship with Osaka Popstar in that they reach beyond the confines of the average band, existing in a universe of their own, while simultaneously existing in ours.”

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REDLIGHT KING Announce New Album Due This Fall via AFM RECORDS; Reveal Music Video for Debut Track “In Our Blood”

DT: MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

REDLIGHT KING
SIGN TO AFM RECORDS;
ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR FALL ALBUM
‘IN OUR BLOOD’

REVEAL UPLIFTING MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK
“IN OUR BLOOD”

SINGLE OUT NOW; WATCH IT HERE

BAND TO APPEAR ON SEVERAL SUMMER ROCK FESTIVALS
(Welcome To Rockville, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Louder Than Life)

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Canadian-American rock outfit REDLIGHT KING are excited to share news of their signing to German rock/metal label AFM RECORDS who will release the band’s fourth full-length album IN OUR BLOOD later this fall. The album was written and produced by frontman Mark “Kaz” Kasprzyk at his studio, The Wheelhouse, in Los Angeles, CA with long-time collaborator and guitarist Julian Tomarin, who also co-wrote a few tracks, and drummer Randy Cooke. REDLIGHT KING released its debut single, the uplifting anthemic title track “In Our Blood,” last Friday, May 6 across all digital platforms following the premiere of its energetic music video via Loudwire on May 5. Watch “In Our Blood” streaming below or here: https://bfan.link/in-our-blood.

Senior A&R Director of AFM Nils Wasko commented on the signing, “I am thrilled that REDLIGHT KING has chosen AFM. My team and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kaz, Julian, Brian and Mark to delight people with their authentic music and leave a footprint on the world.”

“’In Our Blood’ is not about religion or politics or money,” explains Kaz about the new single. “It’s about heart. It’s about family. It’s about never giving up. The song was first imagined by our guitarist Julian, who laid down the riff and a killer melody in the hook. It continued to build with a vengeance, so we kicked it into high gear with a four on the floor beat and a traditional rock n’ roll approach to scoring the lyrics.”

Kaz continues, “For me, ‘In Our Blood’ captures the human spirit and gives a sense of hope that we can break through the generational cycles of classism set in place to divide us. When I sing the song I think of my family, I think about my grandfather fighting in WW2, the things they went through, the sacrifices they made and that my parents made as well. I think of my bandmates and the audience we play for. We are all trying to make the best of this journey. We all bleed the same color and we’re all in this together.”

REDLIGHT KING will make their way across the rock festival circuit with appearances at Welcome To Rockville (5/19-22) in Daytona Beach, FL, Blue Ridge Rock Festival (9/8-11) in Dansville, VA and Louder Than Life (9/23-26) in Louisville, KY along with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The band have developed a worldwide fanbase since their formation in 2009, performing over 1,000 shows with some of the biggest names in rock and being seen on festival stages in North America, UK and Europe as well as late-night TV appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

ABOUT REDLIGHT KING:

Formed in Hamilton, ON by Kaz, REDLIGHT KING made waves in 2011 with the release of their debut album SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN on Hollywood Records which included the #3 Billboard Mainstream Rock single “Bullet In My Hand” and a reimagined version of Neil Young’s “Old Man” of which Young approved the band to use a sample from his original song. Their second album, IRONS IN THE FIRE, followed in 2013 and featured the single “Born To Rise” which is heard in the end title credits for the Lionsgate sports drama blockbuster Draft Day. Additional music from the band has been featured in movies and tv shows such as The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Italian Job, FOX’s ‘Malcolm In The Middle’ and CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ in addition to being licensed across sports networks including ESPN, Nascar, NFL, CFL, NHL, NBA and MLB.

For their third album MOONSHINE, REDLIGHT KING went back to basics and recorded a very analog traditional rock sound with songwriter and producer Jimmy Messer (Foreigner, AWOLNATION) who released it on via his independent label, Parts & Labor Records.

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AWOLNATION Premiere Music Video for Cover of ABBA’s “Take A Chance On Me” Featuring JEWEL

 

DT:  MAY 6, 2022

FM:  KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO  PR

AWOLNATION CELEBRATES HEALING POWER OF MUSIC WITH NEW COVERS AND COLLABORATIONS ALBUM,
‘MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME,’
OUT NOW

INCLUDES COLLABORATIONS WITH JEWEL, PORTUGAL. THE MAN, BECK, BRANDON BOYD OF INCUBUS, TAYLOR HANSON, GROUPLOVE, AND MORE

BAND PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO WITH JEWEL FOR COVER OF ABBA’S “TAKE A CHANCE ON ME”
WATCH MUSIC VIDEO

DOWNLOAD ARTWORK  /AARON BRUNO (AWOLNATION) PHOTOS (Credit: Kari Rowe)

TICKETS ON SALE STARTING TODAY AT 10AM LOCAL TIME
FOR HEADLINING “FALLING FORWARD” US TOUR
OCTOBER 6 – NOVEMBER 18
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BADFLOWER
AND OPENING ACT THE MYSTERINES

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 6, 2022 – Today, diamond-selling alternative act AWOLNATION officially released their highly anticipated covers and collaborations album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, via Better Noise Music. The album’s epic track listing was revealed earlier this winter and includes collaborations with Beck, Jewel, Portugal. The Man, Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Brandon Boyd of Incubus and more. The project is a collection of masterfully crafted and carefully curated covers, with each track featuring at least one acclaimed musical artist with whom AWOLNATION’s founder Aaron Bruno has a personal connection. See full track listing below. The aim of the project is to illustrate the healing power of music and to celebrate the collaborative spirit of the artistic community. My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me is now available to stream and download across platforms HERE.

AWOLNATION earlier this week announced dates for their headlining “Falling Forward” U.S. tour featuring special guests Badflower and additional support from UK-based alternative act The Mysterines. Tickets are on sale to the public today starting at 10am (local time) at https://www.awolnationmusic.com/. A full list of upcoming shows can be found below.

Aaron Bruno said the following of wanting to create this project in reaction to the mixed emotions that came with 2020’s lockdown, in conversations with with TV/radio personality and music journalist Allison Hagendorf: “I know a lot of artists and everybody deals with fear differently, and my way of dealing with it was to never stop moving. And so that’s why I just started making a covers album instead of feeling too defeated by everything getting shut down. I thought, ‘Well at least if I stay busy and stay active, I’ll feel productive.’ It also allowed me to be prepared to make original music as well because the last thing I wanted to do is release Angel Miners, which is the fourth AWOL record and then just make the fifth one right away. It didn’t feel appropriate. I didn’t feel emotionally capable because I just said everything I wanted to say on that album, so this was a great palate cleanser for me.” Fans can find more of their conversation on AWOLNATION’s social media platforms and YouTube.

See below additional commentary from Aaron Bruno on each track from the album.

To celebrate today’s album launch, the band also premiered an official music video for one of the tracks, an epic cover of ABBA’s classic “Take A Chance On Me,” featuring Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jewel. Animated by award-winning film writer, director and editor Eliot Charof, the whimsical video is playing now here: https://awolnation.ffm.to/memsmcm

Jewel said of the collaboration, “ABBA is legendary! Their songs are hook machines, and recutting this song with Bruno was so fun. Aaron did all the heavy lifting, so all I had to do was sing.”

The first official offering from the project, a powerful reimagining of Scorpion’s “Wind of Change,” featuring Portugal. The Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, has earned millions of streams since its release in January. John Gourley, frontman of Portugal. The Man said of the collaboration, This song marks a very significant point in my childhood. My dad pulled me to the TV in 1989 to watch the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was the first time I truly became aware of the world around me. We wrote a song about that experience called ‘1989’ Like many others, ‘Wind Of Change’ sticks to that memory for me.”

Boyd added, “This track has been drifting around in my headspace since I first heard it as a kid in the 1990s. It never occurred to me that it would be a great song to cover until Aaron suggested it for his project. The deal was doubly sweetened when he told me John from Portugal. The Man would be joining us as well. I’m thrilled to be part of it!”

In their exclusive reveal of the album’s title and release date, Billboard spoke with Bruno about his core mission for this collection of songs and collaborations: to illustrate the healing benefits music brings and the power of connection within the artist community. Bruno explores mental health through a personal conversation with fellow musician Elohim in collaboration with The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading mental health nonprofit. The conversation, to be held this month, is part of Bruno’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness for mental health through the album’s release. Bruno is also making a generous donation to JED’s mental health awareness efforts.

Since then, the band has released two additional tracks from the project. “Beds are Burning (Featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)” gives a futuristic, raw, and gritty twist to the 1987 Midnight Oil classic. McIlrath said of the collaboration, “When I met Aaron years ago at one of our shows at the Coliseum in L.A., he disclosed his past time spent in hardcore bands, and we bonded over that. I’ve always been a fan of his, both as a person and his music, so it was an easy decision to guest on his version of Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning.’ It didn’t hurt that I also love the song and all it stands for. I’m really impressed with the ways in which he made it his own because it’s not an easy song to reimagine.”

Originally recorded by Midnight Oil, drummer Rob Hirst gave their stamp of approval, stating, “A tough new light on our old song! The whistle near the end is a deft touch…congrats AWOLNATION and Tim on doing a brilliant job!”

And then last month saw the release of an infectious cover of Madonna’s classic “Material Girl,” along with Taylor Hanson of pop music sensation Hanson. Taylor Hanson added, “My first introduction to the project was simply the idea of working on an unexpected cover song, and a project that would have many different collaborators as a part of it, and that had my interest. The song ‘Material Girl’ was surprising on several levels, because it’s a song I would never expect either AWOLNATION or HANSON to cover. I loved the challenge of covering the song and staying true to the composition, while giving an authentic interpretation that I was proud of. I think the combination of the track Aaron built and the vocal arrangement I was able to contribute is a dynamic combination.”

To follow the covers project, AWOLNATION is currently working on a new album with original music, after most recently celebrating the 10th anniversary celebration of the group’s platinum debut album Megalithic Symphony, which spawned the rare DIAMOND-certified “Sail”, and releasing their 2020 album ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS. Featuring the hit single “The Best” and collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ANGEL MINERS was the band’s first album after signing to Better Noise Music and was praised by both critics and fans upon release.

MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME Tracklisting

  1. Beds Are Burning (featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)
  2. Eye In The Sky (featuring Beck)
  3. Take A Chance on Me (featuring Jewel)
  4. Maniac (featuring Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves)
  5. Just A Friend (featuring Hyro The Hero)
  6. Material Girl (featuring Taylor Hanson of Hanson)
  7. Wind of Change (featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man)
  8. Waiting Room (featuring Grouplove)
  9. Drive (On digital only)
  10. Flagpole Sitta (featuring Elohim)
  11. Alone Again (featuring Midland)

AWOLNATION frontman and founder Aaron Bruno on the album tracks and his collaborators.

  • “Beds Are Burning (featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)” – “Ever since I was much younger, I would sing along to this song. The singer may have the coolest dance moves in music video history. I think this song speaks for itself in terms of the message and meaning of the song. I was excited that Tim from Rise Against performed on this one in particular, given the power and influence his lyrics and music have had for so many years.”
  • “Eye in the Sky (featuring Beck)” – “This song from 40 years ago feels very relevant to today. More and more with new technologies, we are being watched at all times it feels like. Beck is definitely a major influence for me as an artist and songwriter, so the fact that he joined me on the song is very special to me. His album Sea Change helped me through a serious breakup haha, and I covered one of his songs from that album called Guess I’m Doing Fine in 2020 and that’s actually how we met.”
  • “Take A Chance On Me (featuring Jewel)” – “ABBA and Jewel. What more can I say? The importance and impact of ABBA’s music can’t be overstated and now they’ve released new music for the first time in four decades, and got a Grammy nomination! I still can’t believe Jewel agreed to perform on this song with me. She took a chance on me!”
  • “Maniac (featuring Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves)” – “While this is a massive pop song that almost everyone in the world probably knows, the chords are actually extremely complicated and unique. I met Conor from Nothing But Thieves on tour some years back. He has such a commanding and sensitive voice, I knew this song was perfect for him to join me on.”
  • “Just a Friend (featuring Hyro The Hero)” – “I did this song before the devastating passing of Mr. Biz Markie, and of course was left with sadness upon learning the news. This was one of the early smash hits of hip-hop before it busted wide open into the mainstream as we know it today. I used to sneak into my older brother’s room to listen to this record all the time. My buddy Hyro The Hero agreed to do his best tribute on this cover. RIP Biz Markie.”
  • “Material Girl (featuring Taylor Hanson of Hanson)” – “Taylor Hanson is a very very good singer. And an amazingly kind person. I asked him to try Material Girl, and he was definitely thrown off by it at first, haha, but I am so happy I convinced him to do it!”
  • “Wind of Change (featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal The Man)” – “I’ve known Brandon for a while and he’s been good to me over the years of being in this industry. The guys from Portugal the Man feel like brothers from a hardcore band we would be in in another lifetime. This is such a massive song that I thought I’d swing for the fences.”
  • “Waiting Room (featuring Grouplove)” – “Covering Fugazi is blasphemy, I know… But I just had to do it, and Grouplove was crazy enough to join me. It was either this, or Minor Threat “Straight Edge.”
  • “Drive” – “I recorded this song a while ago, long before the recent passing of Ric Ocasek, but it’s now a nice way to honor him and what an amazing songwriter, artist and producer he was as well. It’s a song that has always just crushed me when it came on, and it’s one that I’ve had in my head for a long time that I would cover some day. It has a little bit of an 80’s/90’s hip hop beat in it as well, which is fun and that’s an era of hip hop I grew up on and love. So it’s really just me putting my own little spin on a song I always loved, and also paying respect to Ric, Benjamin Orr and The Cars.”
  • “Flagpole Sitta (featuring Elohim)” – “This song directly tackles mental health and it was Elohim’s idea originally. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy, and she is one of my best friends.”
  • “Alone Again (featuring Midland)” – “This is one of the saddest songs ever written. Years ago the guys in Midland and I were couch surfing in LA together. We were all completely broke and damaged goods in our creative pursuits. It seemed fitting to finish the album with this song back together. A song about ending up alone … naturally”

AWOLNATION Upcoming Tour Dates

October 06 – Salt Lake City, Utah – The Complex

October 7 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

October 8 – Omaha, Nebraska – Barnato

October 10 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Fillmore

October 11 – Kansas City, Missouri – Uptown Theater

October 13 – Chicago, Illinois – The Riviera Theatre

October 14 – Columbus, Ohio – KEMBA Live! Indoor Pavilion

October 15 – St. Louis, Missouri – The Pageant

October 16 – Newport, Kentucky – Ovation

October 18 – Detroit, Michigan – The Fillmore Detroit

October 19 – Cleveland, Ohio – Agora

October 21 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Stage AE

October 22 – New York, New York – The Rooftop at Pier 17

October 23 – Boston, Massachusetts – House of Blues

October 25 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Fillmore

October 26 – Silver Spring, Maryland – Fillmore

October 28 – Atlanta, Georgia – Tabernacle

October 29 – Charlotte, North Carolina – The Fillmore Charlotte

October 31 – Nashville, Tennessee – Brooklyn Bowl

November 2 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Cain’s Ballroom

November 4 – Houston, Texas – Bayou Music Center

November 5 – Dallas, Texas – Southside Ballroom

November 6 – Austin, Texas – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

November 8 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Revel

November 9 – Tempe, Arizona – Marquee Theatre

November 11 – Los Angeles, California – Hollywood Palladium

November 12 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Brooklyn Bowl

November 13 – Oakland, California – Fox Theater

November 16 – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater

November 18 – Seattle, Washington – Moore Theater

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ABOUT AWOLNATION

Since its formation by multi-talented musician and songwriter Aaron Bruno in 2010, AWOLNATION has redefined alternative music. With multiple radio hits at the alternative format, including 8 Top Fives and 2 Number Ones, the act has inarguably already made a permanent mark, not just in their genre, but across modern music. Most notably, the chart-topping, record-breaking, diamond-certified track “Sail” created a reference soundscape for a myriad of hits in the last decade. That song launched a career that already spans four albums. Megalithic Symphony, the platinum debut LP that also produced the gold certified “Not Your Fault” and two other Top 10 US singles. Sophomore album Run arrived in 2015, and the follow-up, Here Come The Runts, came in 2018. Then entering a creative partnership with current label Better Noise music, the band’s fourth full-length album, ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS, featuring the hit single “The Best,” was released on April 24, 2020, and features collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. In their positive review of the project, AllMusic calls it, “an energetic, fun, and compulsively listenable set that distills the best of what AWOLNATION can do: making pop-savvy, dance-friendly, alternative rock anthems that are not bound to traditional genre conventions.”

That boundary breaking of genres continued in Bruno’s creative calling, even more so as the world shut down in 2020. While quarantining, Bruno had the idea to celebrate music unapologetically with a team of talented friends – new and old. The result is the upcoming album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, a collection of unexpected yet passionately crafted covers and collaborations. Launched with the first single in January 2022, a powerful rendition of “Winds of Change,” featuring Portugal the Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, the project offers a sonic experience that takes listeners inward on a retrospective journey and outward on a collective celebration. The homage paid to each song’s original artist is just as fun to dive into as the mutual respect heard in every note from both AWOLNATION and guests.

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ABOUT BETTER NOISE MUSIC

BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, The HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.

In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Label for the year.

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TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT Celebrates Today’s Release Of ‘Day By Day’ Album With Video For Its Third Single “I Come Alive”

DATE: MAY 6, 2022

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT
CELEBRATES TODAY’S RELEASE OF SOLO ALBUM
‘DAY BY DAY’
WITH VIDEO FOR ITS THIRD SINGLE
“I COME ALIVE”

WATCH “I COME ALIVE” VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM AND SONG HERE

TBS Press PhotoPhoto credit: Dove Shore

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT of the Eagles today (May 6) celebrates the release of his solo album DAY BY DAY by sharing the video for its third single “I Come Alive.” Anchored by an infectious ska rhythm, it’s a joyously soulful SCHMIT original lit up with his unmistakable tender voice and lyrics about romantic harmony and being in tune with the world. Watch the video here and listen to the song and album here.

“I was feeling really good about things in general when I started this song,” says the icon of American music since the early 1970s who’s spent the past half-century in a creative whirl, blurring the lines between rock & roll, blue-eyed soul, California country, and folk.  “I decided it wasn’t necessary to try and go particularly deep, so I let it sort of roll out of me without too much second guessing.  It’s a simple love song intended to express my feelings right from the surface.” TIMOTHY adds: “I am a fan of reggae and its cousin, ska. This song is definitely driven by the opening guitar chords, which are played on the upbeats and remain throughout.  The rest was a matter of keeping the instrumentation equally uncomplicated so as to have a lot of air.”

The song’s easygoing charm is reflected in the relaxed feel of the video, which focuses on the camaraderie between TIMOTHY, the musicians and backing singers. Filmed at a Los Angeles rehearsal studio, it begins with them arriving to the studio and then working out parts for the song before performing it.

“Shooting the video was a blast,” says TIMOTHY. “I was reunited with most of my touring band, including the three lady singers who play a large part in the choruses. We very much have a family vibe when we’re together, and the song lent itself to having some fun.  I think it translates on camera.”

The “I Come Alive” video was directed by Ava Warbrick, who also lensed the clip for Simple Man,” the album’s lead single, which was followed by a lyric video for Heartbeat.” (hyperlink the video).

DAY BY DAY, produced by TIMOTHY and Jeff Peters, highlights the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s enduring appetite for new sounds and timeless melodies. He recorded the album’s 12 songs during breaks in the Eagles’ busy schedule, utilizing his home studio known as Mooselodge–nestled into a rural pocket of Los Angeles County, with the Santa Monica Mountains looming outside–to capture a sound that’s as eclectic as its creator. On DAY BY DAY, his third consecutive self-penned album, guests like Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, John Fogerty, Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, John McFee and Kenny Wayne Sheppard all make appearances, as well as many other fine musicians and singers.

As noted by Gary Graff in Ultimate Classic Rock, the album “…ranges from the rich harmonics of ‘Simple Man’ to the rocking ‘Mr. X.’ Elsewhere, the Band-like Americana of ‘Grinding Stone,’ the Caribbean flavor of ‘I Come Alive and the rich orchestrations of ‘Taste Like Candy” boast further sonic ventures” (3/18/22).

Early praise for singles from the album has also come from Martine Ehrenclou of ROCK AND BLUES MUSE who noted–“One word about ‘Simple Man’ by Timothy B. Schmit–gorgeous” (3/18/22)–while Markos Papadatos of DIGITAL JOURNAL praised “Heartbeat” by noting: “Schmit allows his rich, crisp vocals to shine on this haunting ballad, which proves to be timeless. This tune stands out sonically, lyrically, and vocally” (4/11/22).

The DAY BY DAY track listing is as follows:

SIMPLE MAN
THE NEXT RAINBOW
HEARTBEAT
MR.X
QUESTION OF THE HEART
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
I COME ALIVE
FEATHER IN THE WIND
GRINDING STONE
TASTE LIKE CANDY
CONFLICTED
WHERE WE BELONG

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Read the album’s launch press release here.

For TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT press inquiries, please contact SRO PR:

Mitch Schneider, mschneider@sropr.com
Marcee Rondan, marcee@sropr.com

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