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VELVET CHAINS Share New Single “Time Stood Still” from October 21 EP ‘Morbid Dreams’

DT: OCTOBER 19, 2022

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH / SRO PR

VELVET CHAINS
TODAY SHARE NEW SINGLE “TIME STOOD STILL”
AND ANNOUNCE NEW SIX-SONG EP
‘MORBID DREAMS’
OUT OCTOBER 21

LISTEN HERE TO “TIME STOOD STILL”

VELVET CHAINS today (October 19) have shared their new song “Time Stood Still” and announced the Friday, October 21 release of the six-song EP MORBID DREAMS. Listen to the song–a heavy ballad with the dark stylings that Las Vegas-based hard rock band is becoming known for—HERE.

“Time Stood Still” was produced, mixed & mastered by Grammy Award-nominated and Juno Award-winning producer Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Skillet) and recorded at The Hideout Recording in the band’s Vegas hometown. Co-written by multi-platinum songwriter Drew Lawrence (Lindsey Stirling, Christina Perri) and the band’s bassist/founder Nils Goldschmidt, “Time Stood Still” starts and ends tensely with eerie guitar sounds and possesses an explosive chorus with full-on guitar crunch and searing vocals by frontman Ro Viper, who sings, “I’ve been going down the darkest path.”

In addition to “Time Stood Still,” MORBID DREAMS features new songs “Hiding From Stars” and “Fade Away” alongside the previously released singles/videos “Last Drop” (launched by AntiMusic), “Can’t Win” outlet Terra) and “Back On The Train,” debuted by MXDWN which took note of the band’s “thunderous riffs, melodious guitars…[and] booming vocals.”

VELVET CHAINS—consisting of founder Nils Goldschmidt (bass), Brazilian brothers Laurent (lead guitar) and Larry (rhythm guitar) Cassiano, drummer Jason Hope and Chilean-bred lead singer Ro Viper—decided to issue this EP now instead of waiting to release a previously announced second album for next year. “We’re proud of these six songs and wanted to get them out there now,” says Nils. “At the same time, we’re excited about the band’s growth and evolution. We want to fully capture that in the studio with the next batch of songs.”

Armed with heavy riffs, melodic guitars, soaring vocals and driving rhythms, VELVET CHAINS performed this past summer at Rock Fest (Cadott, WI) and Blue Ridge Rock Fest (Alton, VA). They’ve also opened twice for Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, The Age of Electric) at Count’s Vamp’d in Vegas and have an ongoing Vegas residency at The Barbershop (The Cosmopolitan).

‘MORBID DREAMS’ Track Listing
1 Back on the Train
2. Last Drop
3. Hiding From Stars
4. Can’t Win
5. Time Stood Still
6. Fade Away

EP Credits:
“Last Drop” (produced, mixed & mastered by Kane Churko), The Hideout Recording. Co-written by Churko, Nils Goldschmidt and Drew Lawrence.

“Back On The Train” (produced by Darren Trentacoste and James Boldt; mixed and mastered by Tristan Hardin), The Hideout Recording. It was co-written by Nils Goldschmidt, Jason Hope and Drew Lawrence.

“Can’t Win” (produced, mixed & mastered by Kane Churko), The Hideout Recording.It was co-written by Nils Goldschmidt and Drew Lawrence.

Time Stood Still” (produced, mixed & mastered by Kane Churko), The Hideout Recording. Written by Drew Lawrence and Nils Goldschmidt

Hiding From Stars” (produced, mixed & mastered by Monster Sound and Picture with producers Darren Trentacoste and James Boldt). Written by Drew Lawrence and Nils Goldschmidt.

“Fade Away” (produced, mixed & mastered by Monster Sound and Picture in Vegas with Darren Trentacoste and James Boldt). Written by Drew Lawrence, Nils Goldschmidt and Jason Hope.

A group of people posing for a photo Description automatically generatedCredit: Fred Morledge
(l-r: Jason Hope, Larry Cassiano, Ro Viper, Nils Goldschmidt, Laurent Cassiano)

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Americana/alt-Country Artist DEB MORRISON Shares Intimate Video For “Jaded-Live” In Advance of LA Record Release Show This Saturday, 10/18

DT: OCTOBER 18, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER/SRO PR

AMERICANA/ALT-COUNTRY ARTIST
DEB MORRISON
SHARES INTIMATE VIDEO FOR
“JADED-LIVE”
IN ADVANCE OF LOS ANGELES RECORD RELEASE SHOW
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ HOTEL CAFÉ

DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ‘THE NORTH FORK’
OUT NOW
VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL

Credit: Anna Azarov

Americana/alt-country singer-songwriter and bassist DEB MORRISON will celebrate the September 9 release of her debut solo album THE NORTH FORK (Blackbird Record Label) with a special release show in Los Angeles at Hotel Café this Saturday, October 22. In advance of the concert, MORRISON has revealed an intimate video clip for the album’s track “Jaded – Live” which was premiered yesterday via AntiMusic. Watch it streaming below or directly HERE.

The “Jaded – Live” music video was recorded during lockdown and filmed by Nic Capelle of Rockton Road Studios who previously filmed and co-directed recent singles (“The North Fork,” “Blackbird,” “Salton Sea”) and produced THE NORTH FORK. The clip shows a stripped down performance featuring MORRISON on bass, Matt Littell on guitar and Natalie Capelle on harmony vocals.

“Jaded is about remembering when you were a dreamer,” shares MORRISON. “It’s about figuring out a way to rekindle feelings of hope and endless possibility in a complicated world.”

Further explaining the track, she states: “The story takes place at my friend’s mother’s house where we used to hang and talk about all of the things we dreamed of doing one day. It’s tough getting up over and over again when life knocks you down. It’s about to getting back to where you started, when you had big dreams, and empty pockets.”

On THE NORTH FORKMORRISON blurs the boundaries between alt-country, Americana, and roadhouse rock & roll with cinematic storytelling. Notes Andy Kaufmann in his October 2022 album review in Music Connection: “You know the way music can elicit tears of joy? The feature-length debut from singer-songwriter Deb Morrison is loaded with such misty-eyed moments. Inhabiting the space between a left-coast country aesthetic and modern Americana, her tunes are as personal as they are delectable.

Stream/download THE NORTH FORK now at:
https://smithmusic.ffm.to/662582838527_debmorrison_thenorthfork

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OZZY OSBOURNE Teams With Omaze To Give Away Custom Dodge Demon By Speedkore In Support Of Save The Music Foundation

DATE: OCTOBER 17, 2022

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

OZZY OSBOURNE
TEAMS WITH OMAZE TO GIVE AWAY
CUSTOM DODGE DEMON BY SPEEDKORE
IN SUPPORT OF SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION
CHANCE TO WIN TO WIN ONE-OF-A KIND CUSTOM CAR
RUNS THROUGH DECEMBER 23

Just in time for Halloween, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has teamed with online fundraising platform Omaze and SpeedKore Performance Group™ to give away a custom Dodge Demon® to one lucky customer, while supporting Save The Music Foundation. Now through December 23, participants can donate to Save The Music Foundation and enter for the chance to win this coveted one-of-one custom Dodge Demon upgraded by the experts at SpeedKore, the team behind a number of famous movie franchise supercars.

OSBOURNE yesterday unveiled a video in support of the sweepstakes. In the promo, OZZY sets out to give away a Dodge Demon to support a great cause, but he soon discovers that the tagline, “Win A Demon” might not sit well with everyone…including his 7,000 year old pet demon. This sweepstakes comes on the heels of OZZY’s critically acclaimed #1 album PATIENT NUMBER 9.

“Having worked with so many great players over the years, I hope we can raise some money to support Save The Music’s mission to encourage the next generation of musicians,” OZZY OSBOURNE says.

Earlier this month, Save The Music Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary with the unveiling of a brand refresh reflecting its forward-looking approach to music education. Since 1997, the nonprofit has helped over 2,500 schools across the country develop music programs and donated nearly $70m worth of instruments and technology. This year has been STM’s most impactful yet, as the organization delivered grants to 166 schools with a total enrollment of 82,187 students—achievements in line with STM’s long standing history of impact.

“We are on a mission to dream the world better, which means we look for ways to support the passions of many, which is something that Save The Music does very well,” said Matt Pohlson, co-founder & CEO, Omaze. “We are excited to partner with Ozzy and SpeedKore to give away this one-of-a-kind car to benefit Save The Music.”

“For 25 years, Save The Music has focused on investing in young creators in the culturally rich communities behind the pop music that dominates today’s industry,” said Henry Donahue, STM’s Executive Director. “Through the support of Omaze and Ozzy, we are able to take our work to the next level, reach more students, and share the power of making music.”

To enter, visit omaze.com and select the Dodge Demon giveaway and follow the entry instructions, including an opportunity to donate or enter without donating. The sweepstakes will be open through December 23, 2022.

Details about the Dodge Demon and the Official Rules can be found here.** No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ABOUT OZZY OSBOURNE’S PATIENT NUMBER 9:

Released September 9, OZZY’S 13th studio album, PATIENT NUMBER 9 was produced by Andrew Watt and features a dynamic group of A-list guests. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff- master Tony Iommi appears on an OZZY solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and long standing right hand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney supplying bass on a few songs.

The critically acclaimed album topped OZZY’s previous chart entries with record-breaking numbers around the world. In the U.S., the album debuted at #1 on multiple charts: Top Album Sales (Ozzy’s first #1 ever on this chart), Top Current Album Sales (another first), Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts; and at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Globally, the album charted at #1 in Canada (OZZY’s first-ever #1 there); career high #2 entries in the UK, Australia, Finland and Italy; #6 in the Netherlands and New Zealand; #8 in Belgium; and #14 France. Other highlights include #2 Austria, Germany and Sweden; #3 in Switzerland; and #4 in Norway.

ABOUT OMAZE

Omaze is an online fundraising platform that offers the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support nonprofits around the world. Through the Omaze platform, the Omaze community has raised over $170M to support over 600 charities, driving substantial levels of awareness for their work. This Omaze experience raises funds for Charities Aid Foundation America (“CAF America”), a US-registered, 501(c)(3) public charity, which will then grant the donations, minus experience fees and costs, to Save The Music Foundation. To learn more and donate, please visit omaze.com.

ABOUT SPEEDKORE

SpeedKore Performance Group™, a Kacmarcik Enterprises Company, is an American performance company where engineers and artisans combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. SpeedKore high-performance vehicles are engineered and built as limited editions, or one-off custom builds. SpeedKore is known for its use of pre-impregnated carbon on classic and late-model vehicle builds and a wide variety of aftermarket body panels, parts and accessories. SpeedKore’s 1970 Dodge Charger, “Evolution,” received one of five Goodguys Gold Awards in 2018 at the world’s largest aftermarket automotive trade show, the SEMA Show. SpeedKore’s carbon-fiber 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback awarded the prestigious “Best in Show” design award from Ford Motor Company at the 2017 SEMA Show. Learn more about SpeedKore builds and products by visiting SpeedKore.com and stay in touch via @SpeedKore01 on social media.

About Kacmarcik Enterprises

Kacmarcik Enterprises is a portfolio of companies in the Industrial, Human Performance & Social Impact, and Consumer sectors, all of which are committed to the collective goal of positively impacting a million lives annually.

ABOUT SAVE THE MUSIC

Save The Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) music education nonprofit that helps students, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. For 25 years, Save The Music (STM) has addressed the systemic inequities in music education by investing in culturally rich communities across the US. Since its inception, STM has donated $68M worth of instruments and technology to over 2,500 schools – impacting millions of students’ lives in hundreds of communities nationwide. And we’re just getting started! Learn more at savethemusic.org.

 

 


BETTER NOISE FILMS’ Bloody Revenge Horror-Thriller ‘THE RETALIATORS’ Available On VOD/Digital In USA & Canada Beginning October 21

DT: OCTOBER 18, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

BETTER NOISE FILMS’ BLOODY REVENGE HORROR-THRILLER
‘THE RETALIATORS’
IS AVAILABLE ON VOD/DIGITAL IN USA AND CANADA
BEGINNING OCTOBER 21, 2022

THE MUST-SEE HALLOWEEN FILM OF 2022

*click here for trailer*
*click here for images*

Los Angeles (October 18, 2022) – Just in time for Halloween, Better Noise Films, the team behind hit Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, announce the North American VOD release of their brutal horror-thriller THE RETALIATORS. The acclaimed revenge odyssey inspired by a true story of one woman’s battle for survival, will be available everywhere you rent or buy movies, including iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast and Verizon, on October 21, 2022.

After a hugely successful Global Film Festival run leading into a global theatrical release, THE RETALIATORS comes to VOD, telling the story of an upstanding pastor whose faith is tested when he uncovers a dark and twisted underworld while searching for answers surrounding the brutal murder of his daughter.

Michael Lombardi (“Rescue Me”), Marc Menchaca (“Ozark”), and Joseph Gatt (“Game of Thrones”) headline the cast alongside Jacoby Shaddix, front man of Papa Roach, making his acclaimed acting debut. The Retaliators features cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, and Chris Kael, Papa Roach, Jaya of The Hu, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Eva Under Fire’s Amanda Lyberg, Matt Brandyberry, Danny Case, Lance Dowdle, and Matt Madiro of From Ashes to New, Cory Marks, and Dan Murphy and Miles Franco of All Good Things, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein renowned for their score work for Netflix’s series “Stranger Things.”

In addition to THE RETALIATORS’ theme song “21 Bullets” (co-written by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe), the killer soundtrack features a lineup of hard-hitting tracks from Five Finger Death Punch, The Hu, Papa Roach, Tommy Lee, Asking Alexandria, Eva Under Fire, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, Hyro The Hero and many more. Fans can stream the soundtrack now on all music-streaming services. Releasing this fall is a limited collector’s edition of the soundtrack on 180-gram red and black splatter vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with exclusive movie stills and a 24×36 movie poster. Fans can find the soundtrack on streaming platforms, or pre-order their copy of the limited-edition vinyl here: https://theretaliators.ffm.to/retaliatorssoundtrack.

To learn more about THE RETALIATORS and how to pre-order The Retaliators Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, please visit https://www.retaliatorsmovie.com, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok.

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ABOUT BETTER NOISE FILMS

BETTER NOISE FILMS is the film/tv production company under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Films, founded by music industry veteran and independent entertainment pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on creating content that focuses on unique, often untold, stories brought by world-class filmmakers. The company launched in 2019 with its co-production of Netflix’s hit Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt. Upcoming productions include a feature film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.

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Grammy-nominated Rock Outfit NOTHING MORE Share New Video “Best Times”; ‘SPIRITS’ Out Today via Better Noise Music

DT: OCTOBER 14, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

GRAMMY-NOMINATED ROCK GROUP
NOTHING MORE
RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
‘SPIRITS’
OUT TODAY (10/14) VIA BETTER NOISE MUSIC

STREAM/DOWNLOAD HERE | TAKE “SPIRITS TEST” HERE

BAND REMEMBER THE
“BEST TIMES”
IN BITTERSWEET MUSIC VIDEO

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3x Grammy-nominated rock outfit NOTHING MORE’s latest studio album SPIRITS is out today (October 14) via Better Noise Music across all platforms. On their new album, SPIRITS, NOTHING MORE—Jonny Hawkins (vocals), Mark Vollelunga (guitar, backing vocals), Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums), pair unapologetically massive anthems, catchy hooks, and progressive music with introspective, philosophical lyrics and thought-provoking emotionalism. From the Top 5 Active Rock charting lead single “TIRED OF WINNING” and its fan-driven extended version “TIRED OF WINNING / SHIPS IN THE NIGHT” to fist-pounding banger “TURN IT UP LIKE” and their most recent impassioned single “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS,SPIRITS documents the impact the past two years of lockdown and turmoil has had on the world capturing society’s desperation, mental health struggles and self-realizations. Inspired by philosophers including Alan Watts and Carl Jung, NOTHING MORE have also launched their own meta-personality test, “SPIRITS TEST,” developed by Hawkins which measures psychometrics to determine your “SPIRIT TYPE”—a personality description that shows your correlating elements, paths and perceptions.

“This album is a mass experiment to see which SPIRIT TYPES connect to particular songs on the record,” collectively shares NOTHING MORE. “Go to spiritstest.com and then listen to our new album.”

Stream/download SPIRITS now at: https://nothingmore.ffm.to/spirits

Take the “SPIRITS TEST” and discover your “SPIRIT TYPE” here: https://spiritstest.com

In their latest music video for “BEST TIMES,” NOTHING MORE stress the power of living in the moment. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Robyn August (“Party With Me,” Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Set It Off), the video displays the band’s unique mix of rock balladry and the full-on rock that the band is known for. The “BEST TIMES” music video can be seen now via YouTube (HERE) or streaming below.

“This song is a living reminder to live in the now,” shares Hawkins. “Often the best times of our lives escape us, unrecognized and unappreciated in the moment. It’s not until time passes that our mind reveals what our heart always knew.”

NOTHING MORE are currently on tour alongside Sleep Token and In This Moment throughout October 24 including appearances at some of the country’s top rock festivals (Aftershock Festival, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration and Louder Than Life). Their incendiary live show has been acclaimed by critics in recent reviews who’ve praised their performance as follows:

“It’s impossible to not be drawn in by the band’s electric stage presence, stunning musicianship and the songs themselves (which everyone knew by heart of course).”
ATLAS ARTIST GROUP (6/20)

“If any rock concert in recent memory is sure to leave a lasting impression in my mind, it will certainly be the day Nothing More graced The Wellmont with their energetic, unapologetic, and absolutely electric performance. This is the kind of rock band you need to see with your own eyes to believe, and once you’ve experienced their eclectic performance for yourself, you will have a higher standard for rock concerts as a whole, if any other band has the hope of keeping up with Nothing More.”
ASBURY PARK VIBES (5/31)

NOTHING MORE 2022 TOUR DATES
10/14 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues #
10/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex #
10/16 Billings, MT @ Pub Station *
10/18 Omaha, NE @ The Admiral #
10/19 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland #
10/21 Chicago, IL @ Radius #
10/22 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club #
10/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor Stage #
10/24 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
1/22-28/2023 Canaveral Acres, FL – ShipRocked 2023
# with In This Moment
* NOTHING MORE headlining

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FOLLOW NOTHING MORE
Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | TikTok
Apple | Spotify | Deezer | Amazon | Pandora | YouTube

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Eliana Nunez – eliana@betternoise.com

 


ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL Announces “ZONA NIGHTS” Events (12/1 – 12/3) Across Phoenix Venues ft. AJJ, Phantom Planet & Electric Feels & more

DT: OCTOBER 12, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH / SRO PR

ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL
–DECEMBER 3 & 4 IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX—
ANNOUNCES
‘ZONA NIGHTS’
CONCERTS SURROUNDING FESTIVAL
ACROSS NEARBY MUSIC VENUES
INCLUDING SHOWS FROM
AJJ, PHANTOM PLANET, ELECTRIC FEELS & MORE

‘ZONA NIGHTS’ CONCERT TICKETS ON SALE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 12:00 P.M. (PST)

ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL
GA & VIP WEEKEND PASSES AVAILABLE NOW AT
ZONAMUSICFEST.COM

(ZONA NIGHTS artists Phantom Planet [left] & AJJ [right])

The inaugural ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL presented by Psyko Steve Presents (PSP) and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (DPI) will take place Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix, AZ. Headlined by Beach House, Portugal. The Man and Bleachers with Tegan and Sara and Japanese Breakfast, ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature a diverse range of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock artists in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors.

To further showcase Phoenix’s thriving live music scene, ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL will host a series of shows surrounding the event and have launched “ZONA NIGHTS.”

Nearby venues Crescent Ballroom, The Rebel Lounge and Valley Bar will host gigs for artists including local acts such as folk punk group AJJ, alternative singer-songwriter Sydney Sprague and funk rock band Black Carl alongside national acts Phantom Planet, alternative/indie musician Sundiver Ca and electronic artist Teen Daze. The events will run from Thursday, December 1 throughout Saturday, December 3. Pre-sale tickets for each show will be exclusively available for ZONA MUSIC FEST ticketholders starting Thursday, October 13 at 12:00 P.M. PST throughout Friday, October 14 at 12 P.M. PST at which point they’ll go live to the general public at ZONAnights.com. The full schedule of events is as follows:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

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Sundiver CA @ The Rebel Lounge
w/ Mind’s Eye
Doors 7pm – All Ages
$16 adv / $18 dos

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

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AJJ @ Crescent Ballroom
With Veronica Everheart
Doors 7pm – 16+
$23 adv / $25 dos

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Phantom Planet @ Valley Bar
With AVIV
Doors 7pm – 21+
$20 adv/ $25 dos

Teen Daze @ Valley Bar
With DJ J-ME LEE
Doors 10pm – 21+
FREE ENTRY

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Black Carl @ Rebel Lounge
With Jackie Hayes & Wallace Hound
Doors 7pm – 21+
$20 adv / $23 dos

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

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Electric Feels @ Crescent Ballroom
Doors 10pm – 21+
$15 (early bird) / $20 (GA)

EmoNightPhx @ The Rebel Lounge
With DJ sets from Sydney Sprague, Luna Aura & resident DJ Sad & Boujee
Doors 9pm – 21+
$12 adv/ $15 week of

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The 2022 ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL lineup is rounded out by (in alphabetical order):

Bartees Strange, Beach Goons, Black Carl, Breakup Shoes, Chicano Batman, Chloe Lilac, Destroy Boys, Diva Bleach, flor, The Front Bottoms, The Garden, Glixen, The Happy Fits, Jeff Rosenstock, July Talk, Lucius, Miniature Tigers, The National Parks, Pariah Pete, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Playboy Manbaby, Pom Pom Squad, The Red Pears, The Regrettes, SALES, SASAMI, Sitting On Stacy, Sub Urban, Sydney Sprague, Turnover, TV Girl, UPSAHL, Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby.

ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL general admission and VIP weekend tickets are available now via ZONAMusicfest.com and SeeTickets.us. Single day GA and VIP tickets will be available closer to the event. Stay tuned for additional news.

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ZONAnights.com

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ABOUT PSYKO STEVE PRESENTS
Psyko Steve Presents (PSP) was founded in 2000 by Stephen Chilton, who has always strived to develop new artists and work with acts before anyone else. Over the years, PSP has worked with artists such as Frank Turner, Weezer, Ghost, Mitski, Bleachers, Thrice, Future Islands, and Jimmy Eat World in addition to producing 8123 Fest–an artist-curated festival by The Maine taking place bi-annually in downtown Phoenix–ALT AZ 93.3’s Ugly Sweater Party and Save Our Stages Fest. Chilton also founded the popular Phoenix indie/rock venue The Rebel Lounge in 2015. In 2019, Psyko Steve Presents was named “Best Promoter” by Phoenix New Times.

In 2020, Chilton became a founding board member and Vice President of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), successfully lobbying Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act, providing a crucial lifeline for venues and promoters nationwide.

Connect with PSYKO STEVE PRESENTS:
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ABOUT DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, INC.
Formed in 2013, Downtown Phoenix Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that advocates for our evolving urban neighborhood while managing the work plans for Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation and delivering enhanced municipal services to downtown’s business core. Downtown Phoenix Inc. works collaboratively with community leaders, city leaders and business leaders to propel Phoenix’s continued ascension as one of our nation’s great cities.

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THE BLACK MOODS Announce Headlining Hometown Show on December 9 at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ

DT: OCTOBER 10, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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AZ-BASED ROCK & ROLL TRIO
THE BLACK MOODS
ANNOUNCE HOMETOWN HEADLINING SHOW
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
AT MARQUEE THEATRE IN TEMPE, AZ

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY AT 10 AM (LOCAL TIME)

“YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG” MUSIC VIDEO
AWARDED “BEST MUSIC VIDEO” BY ‘PHOENIX NEW TIMES’
IN ‘BEST OF PHOENIX’ ISSUE

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Lauded as “one of the most crucial and exciting American bands working today” (Rock & Blues Muse), THE BLACK MOODS have spent most of the year touring across the U.S. in support of their acclaimed album INTO THE NIGHT, released in June via Wit Hustle/The Orchard / Steelhorse Entertainment. The band—Josh Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Chico Diaz (drums), Jordan Hoffman (bass)—will bring their “raw, riff-heavy, blues-drenched rock” (Metal Edge Magazine) to hometown audiences on Friday, December 9 for a special headlining performance at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ. The concert will see the group highlight songs featured on INTO THE NIGHT including recent singles “Saturday Night,” “Hollywood” and “Youth Is Wasted On The Young” whose music video was recently awarded “Best Music Video” by Phoenix New Times in their ‘Best Of Phoenix’ October 6 issue. The band will also play fan favorites from their previous album such as their Top 20 Mainstream Rock charting 2020 single “Sunshine.”

Tickets for the show go on sale today, October 10 at 10:00 A.M. local time HERE.

“We are so excited to be back at Marquee Theater on December 9,” exclaims THE BLACK MOODS. “There’s nothing like playing one of the best theaters in AZ to our home crowd.”

Prior to the show, THE BLACK MOODS will head out for a weekend of shows across Southern California with Seattle 90’s rockers Candlebox from October 26-28 before vocalist Josh Kennedy heads to fill in for acclaimed rock outfit Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela at one of their upcoming shows in November. Kennedy grew up in his hometown of Wheaton, MO (population of 502) listening and playing along to Gin Blossoms which led to him meeting vocalist Robin Wilson after attending a show in Springfield, MO. Kennedy then moved to Arizona to pursue his music career where Wilson recruited him to work in the band’s studio and later took out THE BLACK MOODS as openers for Gin Blossoms’ winter 2019 tour. “I have been a fan of Gin Blossoms since I was a kid in the Ozarks,” shares Kennedy. “Their songwriting and sound blew me away and inspired me to write and find my path. I’m beyond grateful!”

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Produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny “K” Karkazis (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down), THE BLACK MOODS mix hard-hitting rock with electric blues, strong attitude, and plenty of anthemic choruses on INTO THE NIGHT. It is an album that’s felt as much as heard, rooted in the stomp of Diaz‘s kick drum, the pulse of Hoffman‘s bass, and the larger-than-life presence of frontman Kennedy. Stream/download INTO THE NIGHT via: https://orcd.co/tbmintothenight. Limited edition, hand-signed CDs are also available at https://the-black-moods-shop.myshopify.com/.

THE BLACK MOODS Tour Dates:
10/14 Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
10/28 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up ^
10/29 San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House ^
10/12 Coachella, CA @ Spotlight 29 Casino ^
12/9 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
^ with Candlebox

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THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT Release New Single “Stronger Together” For World Cerebral Palsy Day, Today, October 6

DT: OCTOBER 6, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH/SRO PR

THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT
TODAY, OCTOBER 6
RELEASE NEW SINGLE
“STRONGER TOGETHER”
IN HONOR OF WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY
WHICH GUITARIST BRANDON MENDENHALL SUFFERS FROM

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO HERE

BAND’S SECOND EP
‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’
DUE OCTOBER 31 VIA LUCENT RECORDS (UMG)

Los Angeles-based hard rock/metal band THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT have today (October 6) released a second single—“Stronger Together,” from their upcoming EP AGAINST ALL ODDS in honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day, an incurable neurological disorder that founding member/guitarist BRANDON MENDENHALL suffers from. The disorder affects movement, coordination and balance and only allows MENDENHALL limited movement on his left side. Despite the odds being stacked against him—which was the inspiration for the EP’s title—he refused to let his disability get in the way of his passion for music and taught himself how to play guitar which rehabilitated his left hand without surgical intervention and led to the formation of THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT. His inspirational story was the subject matter of the award-winning 2019 documentary Mind Over Matter (Sumerian Films) directed by French filmmaker Sébastien Paquet (Korn, Wounded Warriors).

Watch the lyric video for “Stronger Together” streaming below or directly via YouTube HERE.

“World Cerebral Palsy Day is a day that those of us with Cerebral Palsy can stand together, stronger together,” states MENDENHALL. “It’s about celebrating our challenges and triumphs, while educating others about our affliction. ‘Stronger Together’ encompasses finding your core team of people in life and sticking with them—your inner circle that has your back through thick and thin when life hits those rough patches.

“‘Stronger Together’ is a song that’s all about finding your support system—a place to belong,” relates vocalist ALYCE HAYES. “We’re all looking to connect with people who ‘get us,’ those who understand and support us through it all—our celebrations as well as our dark moments. I wanted the lyrics to remind people that they weren’t alone in their interests, their passions, or their dreams.”

AGAINST ALL ODDS will be released on October 31 via Lucent Records (UMG) and was produced by Chris Collier (Korn, Prong, KXM). The band premiered its lead single “Pulse of The Lost” featuring Suicide Silence guitarist Chris Garza in July which My Amp Music lauded as “a tidal wave of sonic ferocity,” stating “the track delivers hard-hitting guitar riffs, a pummeling backbeat and savage vocals.” THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT reunited with Mind Over Matter director Sebastian Paquet to direct its compelling music video seen HERE.

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AGAINST ALL ODDS EP Track Listing:
1. Breaking Out
2. Pulse of The Lost
3. Carry On
4. Stronger Together
5. This Ride Is Over

THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT have been seen on stages with metal mainstays including John 5, P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm, Kill Devil Hill, Fear Factory, Prong, Flaw, Metal Allegiance, Smile Empty Soul and Cold in addition to appearances at Aftershock Festival and Rocklahoma in recent years. Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2017 which included guest appearances from James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn) and Danny Lohner (NIN, A Perfect Circle). Its hit single “Seize The Day” received over 30k views and won “Video of the Year” at the 2015 LRT Music Video Awards the same year MENDENHALL was named “Trailblazer of the Year” at the United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles Art of Care annual event.

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New Rock Opera “STARING INTO NOTHING?” Debuts Friday, October 7 In Los Angeles

DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN

“STARING INTO NOTHING?”
NEW MUSICAL/ROCK OPERA
BRINGS TOGETHER WIDE-RANGING CAST
FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 DEBUT
AT THE EL PORTAL THEATRE
IN THE NOHO AREA OF LOS ANGELES

“STARING INTO NOTHING?”
NEW STAGE PRODUCTION
WAS CONCEIVED BY
LONGTIME SONGWRITING PARTNERS
STEVE ROGERS AND KURT BARABAS

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Staring Into Nothing?” the collaborative songwriting partnership between Kurt Barabas and Steve Rogers, has evolved into a live stage production featuring all-new music and a wide-ranging cast of actors and musicians. Set to debut Friday, October 7 at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo area of Los Angeles, the full-scale production will launch with three shows: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available via the theatre’s website at $55. Listen to a sample of the music here.

The show is being directed by Broadway performer, director and choreographer Jeffrey Polk, with acclaimed musician Denny Fongheiser serving as producer, musical director and musician (drums, and percussion). Beyond Rogers and Barabas, the cast features stage and television actors, classically trained musicians and award-winning performers. The full cast (alphabetically) includes Jonathan Bluth, Marqell Edward Clayton, Adam Gimenez, Brentley Gore, Janaya Jones, Amanda Kruger, Ginny Luke, Derek Nakamoto, Will Riddle, Janet Robin, Krystle Simmons and Scott Spraags. Read more about the cast here.

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After releasing two albums under the name of “Staring Into Nothing?” Rogers and Barabas created a new musical/rock opera (with the same name) that explores the impact of mass media, social media and the digital information age on the quality of our lives. It asks and attempts to answer the age-old philosopher’s question: “What Is Good And What Is Not?” His project was always written as a musical narrative. Upon completion of the songs, the only question was should it be delivered as a film or a theatrical performance. After seeing “Hamilton,” Steve decided he definitely wanted to perform these songs with additional dialog and multiple actors live on stage and the rock opera was born.

The idea of writing a musical/rock opera that explores the philosophical concept of “Quality” began with one of Steve’s favorite books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. It is subtitled “An Inquiry Into Values,” and explores the relationship between people, technology and quality. Written in 1974, it could not have contemplated the technology we live with today, but the principles are the same.

Steve wanted to explore these same relationships in the modern world and mentions that during the writing process, “other books started to influence and enhance my thinking about ‘What is Good and What is Not’ in a world of cell phones, tablets, email and the 24-hour news cycle; particularly Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Technopoly by Neil Postman.

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Indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS Return With Single/Video “Don’t Be So Hard On Me” From New Album Out This Friday, 9/30

DATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
RETURN WITH VIDEO FOR
“DON’T BE SO HARD ON ME,”
THE SECOND SINGLE FROM
THEIR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
‘EARTH NEEDS A MOON’
OUT THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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Portland, Maine-based indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS—co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS—today (September 28) return with “Don’t Be So Hard On Me.” It’s the second single/video from their sophomore album EARTH NEEDS A MOON out this Friday, September 30. Produced by ROODS and LOMBARD, the album follows the acclaimed band’s November 2021 Colours EP and doesn’t repeat any of its songs. Watch the video HERE.

Sonically, “Don’t Be So Hard On Me” is big-sounding, soulful and rootsy, with ANNA’s gutsy and moving vocals illuminating a difficult, fractured relationship. The video, premiered yesterday (September 27) by Vents Magazine, is cinematic, mysterious and evocative. The video was directed by ROODS, filmed in Industry, Maine at their friend’s barn and shot in in a deliberately distressed style, with imagery that is striking and intense. Below are quotes from ANNA about the song and video.

The “Don’t Be So Hard On Me” video follows the “Earth Needs A Moon” clip that was premiered by Glide Magazine, which noted that “the dramatic title track song and video that showers our ears with the dramatic interplay between the trio that takes listeners to a nostalgic hideout where secrets are sheltered and sins are forgotten. There is a bleeding guitar solo midway through the song as Lombard pours her fervently soulful vocals into the song’s building storyline.”

The EARTH NEEDS A MOON album is filled with haunting and evocative songs about love, devotion and more with finely etched, atmospheric settings, over which the band cast their spells. The tracks are sonically wide-open and move slowly, however confidently, and make the listener feel like they are floating in air on a journey somewhere. The album was recorded at Fisher’s Waterhouse on Peaks Island as well as the band’s South Ranch studio. EARTH NEEDS A MOON follows the band’s November 2021 Colours EP and doesn’t repeat any of its songs. This is the music of a band who freewheelingly chart a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock.

“Don’t Be So Hard On Me”
Q&A with Anna Lombard
of LOVE BY NUMB3RS

–Congratulations on the release of “Don’t Be So Hard On Me.” It’s a lyrically candid and very raw song about a fractured and seemingly destructive relationship, with such lines as “I miss the way you screamed my name/When you were angry/Nothing left but you, your pride & me/That’s how I loved you in the end.” What inspired you to write it?

ANNA LOMBARD: The song started with a single line, “don’t be so hard on me…” When I began writing the lyrics for the song, I tried to imagine myself as a person within a relationship who knew it was falling apart. In the heat of an argument, our instinct can often be to say hurtful things to the ones we love most. We’ve all been there. We isolate, because it’s easier than facing the issue head on, whatever it may be. We stray. We lose ourselves. We ignore the advice of friends or shut them out because we don’t want to hear what they have to say…and this fear of something ending or things changing kind of silently travels through us until we’re ready to face it…so this was the narrative that originally helped me finish the story. But the more I listened, the more I realized that this song was less about being hard on a partner within a relationship, and more about being hard on yourself…It became more self-reflective. I know I’ve had to learn how to be easier on myself and forgive myself and others through my own life’s trials and tribulations. If we cannot be kind or love ourselves, it makes it very difficult to love and be kind to someone else.”

–The song also features your most intense vocals to date, underlining the rawness of the lyrics. Can you tell us what it was like to record this in the studio?

ANNA: This was honestly my fastest vocal take of all time. I really prefer to be solo and run the console when I’m tracking…I don’t love other people being in the room, besides Jon if it’s an absolute must. So we had laid down the musical beds for the song..just keys, bass and drums…and I kicked Jon and Dan out of the studio. I’ll never forget the look on their faces as I walked out of the studio and said, “okay, all done.” I think it took me a total of 26 minutes from start to finish. The cool part was that the lyrics were sketched out with about five pages of verse options…and a couple of the lines that ended up being in the song were improvised…so they felt natural and just right. It was also the first time I ever sat down while recording vocals, because I was running the board at the same time.

–“Don’t Be So Hard On Me” has that trademark LBN sound: minimal but big-sounding, very edgy but finely etched and rootsy, too. What goes into the creation of this sound?

ANNA: We had been listening to a lot of Donny Hathaway (specifically, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”) and from the start of the song, I really wanted to try and tap into some Betty Davis vocal style…throaty blues…lots of space…with simple, autobiographical lyrics. Throughout this album, Jon wanted the musical beds of each song built with all of us playing together live…the use of real instruments, keyboards, pianos, Hammond organ, synthesizers and very little editing…to be as true to late 60’s/70’s recordings as possible. I tracked my vocals on an SM-7 microphone through a vintage tube pre-amp with the gain cranked. It dirtied up my vocals so that when I pushed my voice, it allowed the rawness and cracks in my voice to come through.”

–LBN is also known for its visually striking videos. In this one, the imagery is arresting: you flip over a table, you emerge mysteriously from a body of water, instruments are smashed. And the video is shot in a deliberately distressed style. Please tell us about where it was filmed, who directed it and how you feel the video illuminates the song?

ANNA: We filmed this in Industry, Maine at our friend John Moore’s barn. We looked for weeks for a beat-up, empty warehouse around the Portland area but had no luck. We wanted the vibe of the video to look the way it sounds–raw, vintage, stripped down. This video was directed and filmed by Jon, as all our videos are done in house.

‘EARTH NEEDS A MOON’
ALBUM TRACK LISTING

(All songs written by LBN)
1. Intro
2.  When I Close My Eyes
3. Earth Needs A Moon
4. Don’t Be So Hard On Me
5. Ashes
6. Do It All Over
7. The Universe
8. What Would I Do Without You
9. The Refuge
10. Last Love
11. A Million Suns

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Pictured (L to R): DAN CONNOR, ANNA LOMBARD, JON ROODS
Photo Credit: Cam Jones

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