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Mongolian Rock Band THE HU Share Details on Upcoming N. American Headlining Tour & New Music in Exclusive Q&A

DT: SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

 

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GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED
MONGOLIAN ROCK SENSATION
THE HU

SHARE DETAILS ON UPCOMING RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA & NEW MUSIC
IN EXCLUSIVE Q&A

BAND TO BE FEATURED ON METALLICA’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY ‘BLACK ALBUM’ REISSUE COVERS PROJECT, ‘THE METALLICA BLACKLIST’

Globally acclaimed Mongolian rock sensation THE HU are excited to return to audiences across North America this fall on their upcoming headlining tour, “The Hun Tour,” with special guests The Haunt from September 7 to October 31. With five sold-out shows to date (NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver and Flint), tickets are going fast and can be purchased while available at https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.

Before the headline shows begin, THE HU will make their way stateside on September 1 for shows supporting Halestorm, whose frontwoman Lzzy Hale was featured on the empowering track “Song of Women,” included on the deluxe edition of THE HU’s #1 debut album THE GEREG. During the run, THE HU will also perform at several of the U.S.’s most high-profile music festivals including Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration, Louder Than Life and more as well as appear alongside Danish rockers Volbeat for a few select dates.

Read an exclusive Q&A with THE HU below as they talk about returning to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic and their experience dealing with its repercussions from a global standpoint. The band also discusses their excitement on reuniting with Lzzy Hale; being included as part of Metallica’s 30th anniversary reissue project; and the creation of new music.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU, comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. 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, was released via BETTER NOISE MUSIC and 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’ve quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True” (as part of Better Noise’s “15 Years of Rock” series), which Metallica themselves acknowledged on their social media accounts and enlisted them to be part of their upcoming Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project, with a cover of the iconic song “Through The Never.” 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 finishing their highly anticipated sophomore album, which was recorded in their homeland during quarantine. The project is expected to be released in early 2022 via BETTER NOISE MUSIC.

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10 QUESTIONS w/THE HU

–What do you think will be going through your minds when the band step onstage September 1 in Lewiston, New York since it will be your first time in front of an audience in a long time due to Covid?

A: We are so excited and we’ll be delighted to be on the stage again. The stage is the place where we live, love and express our messages and feelings. Not being able to perform due to COV-19 reminded us how important this is in our lives.

–What has THE HU missed most about touring?

A: Connecting with our fans through our music is something we missed the most. Of course, there are other parts we missed including having a great time with our entire crew and seeing new places.

–In the months ahead, the band has its North American headlining tour, festival appearances plus shows with Halestorm. THE HU’s collaboration with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm on a new version of “Song of Women” on the deluxe edition of ‘The Gereg’ in 2020 was bold and moving. Can you talk about Lzzy’s contributions vocally and lyrically?

A: Lzzy is an incredibly talented singer, musician and songwriter. She brought a whole other level of dynamics to “Song of Women.” The lyrics that she wrote for this English version are absolutely beautiful and they complement the message of the original version. The first time we heard her vocal recording, it gave us goose bumps. Her sincerity in singing is off the hook.

–On the upcoming tour, THE HU will preview songs from the upcoming album. What can you tell us for now about these new songs and the album?

A: Yes, we will perform several new songs from the upcoming album. We’re highly anticipating sharing these songs because we have worked very hard to make them amazing for our fans. The recording part of the second album is done and now it’s in process of mixing and mastering.

— Does the band have any rituals before hitting the stage?

A: Yes, we do. A few minutes before going on the stage we circle around and chant together just like our ancestors.

 

–Can you talk about the challenge of performing at festivals where audiences are a mix of your fans plus folks who may not have heard of the band?

A: We don’t see it as a challenge but rather an opportunity. We believe in our music and message therein. We welcome new folks to come and listen to our music and hope they leave as new fans of the band.

–How does THE HU stay positive in such a volatile world given the pandemic, wars, polarizing political views, dramatic weather events and more?

A: As human beings, we’re stronger when we’re united together as we face any adversity. We believe that everyone has a warrior in them. Through our music we want to wake up those inner warriors in each of us so that you can face your fears and overcome them. Also believing in a bright future and accepting others regardless of their race, age, and political views make us stay positive.

–As Mongolians, do you feel you may view the world differently than, say, Americans and if so, how?

A: At the end of the day, we all are human being whether you’re from America or Mongolia. We have more things in common than one might think. For example, we grew up in Mongolia listening to American rock bands just like American kids. We love touring here and meeting with our idols, some of whom we have been fortunate enough to collaborate with.

–THE HU ended its last tour in Australia and were in fact stuck there as the country locked down at the start of the pandemic in early 2020. What was that experience like and how did you make the best of it?

A: Because of the COV-19 restrictions, we needed to stay in Sydney, Australia for about two months in early 2020. Of course, we wanted to return to Mongolia and our families, but it was impossible due to border lockdowns. During that time, we worked on our second album recording and making some episodes of “HU’s in the Kitchen?” We love Australia and would love to go back there to perform again.

–Music fans have really embraced THE HU’s cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True” on Better Noise’s “15 Years of Rock” series. And now you’re offering THE HU’s interpretation of Metallica’s “Through The Never” on the upcoming Metallica Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project. Can you talk about the influence of Metallica on THE HU?

A: Like millions of people around the world, Metallica has been a huge influence and inspiration for us as music fans and musicians. We admire their 40 years of relentless touring and the timeless, unique music they have created. It is a great honor to show them our respect and gratitude by recording our versions of their incredible songs. We are honored and grateful to be included in the Blacklist.

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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 Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Escape The Fate, AWOLNATION, Atlas Genius, Papa Roach, Bad Wolves, Nothing More, and The Hu. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Berlin, Toronto and Sydney.

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YES Unveil Video For “Dare To Know,” The Second Track From New Album ‘THE QUEST,’ Out 10/1

DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR

 

YES
TODAY UNVEIL VIDEO FOR “DARE TO KNOW,”
THE SECOND TRACK FROM THE FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM
‘THE QUEST,’ OUT OCTOBER 1
ON INSIDEOUTMUSIC/SONY MUSIC

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YES, who are Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood, today (September 1) have unveiled the video for “Dare To Know.” It marks the second single and video from their upcoming album THE QUEST, due out October 1 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music and produced by Steve Howe. Watch the “Dare To Know” video here.

“’Dare To Know’ presents a guitar theme played within many different arrangements, with different chord structures and altered textures,” says Steve Howe. “The ‘idea’ mentioned in the first verse gets described later as an awakening to the subtle goings on within our bodies and mind, all geared to nature’s scheme of things, all fluctuating and rearranging according to the principles of life, as we know it. The centrepiece leaves the orchestra alone to elaborate and develop the way the theme is heard, then augments the closing minutes of the song as it rests, with an acoustic guitar cadenza.”

Much of the music for THE QUEST was “written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020,” says Howe. “We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners.”

The album was recorded across the globe. The sessions took place in the UK with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, while Alan White and Billy Sherwood got together in the studio in the US. “Billy Sherwood and myself did all the rhythm sections, bass and drum, in America,” says Alan White, “down in Los Angeles at Uncle Studios, where he works a lot. It helps when you’ve got a good place to work,” Alan laughs, “and Billy’s really good on the recording desk, so we got things down relatively quickly. I spent quite a while studying the music before I went down to LA so I was prepared.”

YES recently launched a video for the album’s opening track, “The Ice Bridge.” Watch the video here.

THE QUEST is also now available for pre-order on various formats, including a Limited Deluxe Box-Set that features a Gatefold 180g 2LP on exclusive coloured vinyl, 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix & backing tracks), 36-page perfect bound booklet, enamel pin badge, 60x90cm poster, slipmat & hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, all housed in a rigid lift-off box.

Containing 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD, THE QUEST will also be available as Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook, 2CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+2CD & as Digital Album. Pre-order now here: https://yes-band.lnk.to/TheQuest

The Quest – 2CD Digipak tracklisting:

CD1:

01. The Ice Bridge 7.01
02. Dare To Know 6.00
03. Minus The Man 5.35
04. Leing Island 6.52

CD2:

01. Sister Sleeping Soul 4.51
02. Mystery Tour 3.33
03. Damaged World 5.20

Formats are:

Limited Edave Well Alone 8.06
05. The Western Edge 4.26
06. Future Memories 5.08
07. Music To My Ears 4.41
08. A Livition Deluxe 2LP & 2CD plus Blu-ray Box-set

Limited Edition 2CD & Blu-ray Artbook
Gatefold 2LP & 2CD plus LP-booklet
2CD Digipak
Digital Album

Cover artwork designed and created by the band’s long term collaborator Roger Dean.

YES Story

For half a century YES have been the definitive band of the progressive music genre, the band by which all others are judged. Their ground-breaking albums of the 70s set the standard for the genre and influenced countless others who followed in their wake.

The current line-up of YES was completed in 2015 when Billy Sherwood replaced founder member Chris Squire, at Squire’s insistence, as he bravely fought a losing battle with leukaemia. Since then, YES have concentrated on touring with their Album Series tours, each featuring a classic YES album in its entirety. During this period YES have released three live albums Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), Yes Live 50 (2019) and The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (2020).

The music of YES has endured over the years and has been handed down through generations of music lovers.

YES Online:

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https://twitter.com/yesofficial
https://www.instagram.com/yesofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/yesofficial

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www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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POP EVIL Land 18th Overall Top 10 Rock Single with “Survivor”; Launch Online Video Game

DT: AUGUST 31, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH

POP EVIL
LAUNCH ‘VERSATILE’ CUBE VIDEO GAME

LAND 18TH OVERALL TOP 10 MAINSTREAM ROCK TRACK
“SURVIVOR”

BAND RESUMES HEADLINING ‘THE VERSATILE TOUR’
AFTER DELAY DUE TO POSITIVE COVID RESULT

POP EVIL are amped to resume their headlining U.S. tour after a brief hiatus due to vocalist Leigh Kakaty testing positive for Covid-19. The band returned to stages last Friday, August 27 in Virginia Beach and will continue their tour, including rescheduled dates for previously cancelled shows, throughout October 8 where they will appear at Aftershock Festival alongside Metallica.

The Michigan-formed blue-collar rock outfit recently landed their 18th overall Top 10 Mainstream Rock charting single with the empowering track “Survivor,” currently at #9, taken from their new album VERSATILE out now via Entertainment One (eOne). “Survivor” joins the album’s previous Top 10 single “Work” and #1 singleBreathe Again,” their sixth #1 single in career history. You can listen to VERSATILE’s “powerful and uncompromising modern rock sound” (Modern Drummer, 5/21/21) as you play along with POP EVIL’s new computer video game “The Cube.” Head over to game.popevil-versatile.com and see if you can beat the band’s high scores as you solve a scrambled digital Rubik’s cube that gets more complex in each level.

“Over the last few weeks, I played the hell out of this game during my Covid isolation,” shares KAKATY. “Just warning everyone, it’s not an easy game to nail down. Good luck beating Hayley’s score, she currently has the highest score on the bus…”

Don’t miss out on seeing POP EVIL live at one of their upcoming shows. Tickets are available now at https://popevil.com/tour-dates/

POP EVILVERSATILETOUR DATES
August 31 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North #
September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
September 2 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Zero 9:36 only)
September 4 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
September 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #
September 9 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #
September 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #
September 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest
September 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest
September 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #
September 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #
September 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *
September 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *
September 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center*
September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *
September 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *
September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest
September 29 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center #
October 1 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater #
October 3 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge #
October 5 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with ZERO 9:36 & BRKN LOVE
* with BRKN LOVE & LIKE MACHINES

For more information on POP EVIL, please visit:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

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BRIAN SETZER Marks Today’s Release Of ‘Gotta Have The Rumble,’ By Sharing Third Single + Video For ‘Rockabilly Banjo”

DATE: AUGUST 27, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

 

BRIAN SETZER
MARKS TODAY’S RELEASE OF
‘GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE,’
BY SHARING THIRD SINGLE + VIDEO for
‘ROCKABILLY BANJO”

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM HERE

BRIAN SETZER is marking today’s release (August 27) of GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE, his first solo album in 7 years, by sharing the album’s third single + video, “Rockabilly Banjo.” The song, written by the iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award-winner with Stephen “Dibbs” Preston (The Rockats), is a spirited countrified rockabilly song that shines a light on SETZER’s banjo playing, with Paul Franklin on pedal steel guitar. Watch the fun video, with vintage ‘50s black and white footage here. The album is now available physically (CD) and digitally via Surfdog Records, with the vinyl album due this fall (release date TBA). Listen to the full album here.

“Me and Dibbs were hanging around, and it was one of the few times ever that someone gives me a song that’s just the music and not the lyrics,” says SETZER. “And Dibbs said, ‘hey you play banjo, I love the way you play it.’ You know, banjo makes everybody smile and everybody’s after me to play more banjo. And Dibbs said, ‘hey, I got a song, what do you think of this?’ and I thought ‘Wow! Let’s clean it up.’ So that’s the last track. The legendary Paul Franklin is on steel. It was just a fun and good way out of the mess called 2020!”

“Rockabilly Banjo” follows the album’s first two singles/videos: Checkered Flag,” co-written with SETZER’s bandmate in The Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom, and “Smash Up On Highway One” a collaboration with SETZER’s frequent writing partner Mike Himelstein.

Produced by Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell and Cheap Trick), GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE contains 11 all-original songs, all written or co-written by SETZER, and was recorded in Minneapolis (Setzer’s adopted hometown) and Nashville. GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE is a red-hot album from start to finish–American music amped up to 10–with songs that are full of dynamism and bravado. Highlights include “Checkered Flag,” “Smash Up On Highway One,” “Drip Drop,” “The Cat with 9 Wives,” “One Bad Habit” and “Rockabilly Banjo.”

“Obviously, it’s a reference to my motorcycles and hot rods, something that hasn’t changed since I was 15 years old,” says SETZER about the album title GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE. “I still have the same passion for going fast and adrenaline. But it’s also about my hearing problem with tinnitus–the ringing of the ear. It was pretty bad, and I realized that I couldn’t play the way I wanted to. As I recovered, standing in front of a small amplifier just didn’t cut it. The sound from my big amp makes the guitar rumble. Which is a big part of my sound. I was really despondent for a while because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do that again. So, ‘Gotta Have The Rumble’ refers to both of those things.”

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The track listing for GOTTA HAVE THE RUMBLE is:

1. Checkered Flag
Written by Brian Setzer and James McDonnell

2. Smash Up On Highway One
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

3. Stack My Money
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

4. The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

5. Drip Drop
Written by Brian Setzer

6. The Cat With 9 Wives
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

7. Turn You On, Turn Me On
Written by Brian Setzer

8. Rockabilly Riot
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

9. Off Your Rocker
Written by Brian Setzer and Stephen “Dibbs” Preston

10. One Bad Habit
Written by Brian Setzer and Mike Himelstein

11. Rockabilly Banjo
Written by Brian Setzer and Stephen “Dibbs” Preston

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ABOUT BRIAN SETZER:

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award-winner BRIAN SETZER has achieved one career milestone after another. He’s sold millions of albums and is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles. Setzer is widely credited for taking two forgotten genres, rockabilly and swing, adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin’ style, and completely reinventing and single-handedly resurrecting them in the process. Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. SETZER is also, fittingly, in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. On the live front, Setzer has headlined venues and festivals worldwide, including a 1983 headlining slot on the iconic US Festival in California, The Playboy Jazz Festival, a three-night, sold-out headlining run at the Hollywood Bowl with the 98-piece Philharmonic Orchestra, Woodstock ’99, and performing in front of more than 150,000 people as headliner of the Montreal Jazz Festival. His reach also includes films and TV, where his roles include portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran in the 1987 film, La Bamba, Fox’s “Beverly Hills 90210,” among many others, and he is one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons” in 2002. That same year, SETZER was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SETZER had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. Also in 2006, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame with the Stray Cats. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum.

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BUTCHER BABIES Drop New Single “It’s Killin’ Time Baby (feat. Craig Mabbitt)” Inspired By DC Comic’s Lobo

DT: AUGUST 27, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

 

BUTCHER BABIES
PAY TRIBUTE TO DC COMIC CHARACTER LOBO
ON NEW SINGLE
“IT’S KILLIN’ TIME, BABY!”
FEATURING CRAIG MABBITT (ESCAPE THE FATE)

LISTEN HERE

BAND KICKS OFF HEADLINING TOUR SATURDAY (8/28)

GA & LIMITED VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW @
WWW.BUTCHERBABIES.COM

Heavy metal squad BUTCHER BABIES are ready to liven up the joint with their brand-new track “It’s Killin’ Time, Baby” featuring guest vocalist Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate). “From beginning to end, ‘killin’ time’ is a relentless groove-infused face melter that is guaranteed to give you bang-over,” shares guitarist HENRY FLURY. The single, out today, was inspired by the DC Comics character, Lobo, a heavy metal bounty hunter. It was recorded by Matt Good (From First To Last) and will be featured on their upcoming self-released EP alongside recently released singles “Last Dance,” “Yorktown,” “Sleeping With The Enemy” and “Bottom of a Bottle (ft. Andy James).”

Listen to “It’s Killin’ Time, Baby” streaming across all digital platforms here: https://bfan.link/its-killin-time-baby.

“I can’t think of a better song to release the day before we hit the road on our first tour in over two years,” exclaims co-vocalist CARLA HARVEY. “It’s killin time, baby…in more ways than one!! As a lifelong comic book aficionado, it was so much fun to write a song based on one of my favorite characters, the bounty huntin’ space cowboy himself, Lobo. When Heidi and I were penning the lyrics we thought, are we really writing a song about a Bastitch on a Spaz Frag? Hell yes, because just like Lobo, we like a good time. It was also a cool new experience for us to throw another singer in the mix for this one! Craig Mabbit’s screams add another level to this banger…enjoy!”

“HOLY FRAGG, SPACE HOG!,” shouts co-vocalist HEIDI SHEPHERD. “We are fraggin’ stoked to bring to you our latest banger, ‘It’s Killin’ Time, Baby!’ inspired by the Main Man himself, Lobo! This bounty hunter, biker has a way of stealing even the blackest of hearts. Between breaking legs and breaking hearts, Lobo embodies the Heavy Metal attitude we all need in 2021! We were so lucky to have our buddy, the very talented, Craig Mabbitt from Escape The Fate and Dead Rabbits, join us in this jam! Our incredible producer, Matt Good, brought this comic-themed dream to life and we CAN NOT wait for you to hear it and then rock it LIVE in the pit!!”

MABBITT commented, “Thank you to the Butcher Babies for including me in this awesome track, and for introducing me to Lobo!!”

BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first tour since the pandemic with a headlining run starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 28 in West Virginia at Metal In The Mountains festival and lasting until October 8 including stops at Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festival. The ‘Butcher Babies Vs. Goliath’ tour will see the band perform their 2013 debut album GOLIATH (Century Media) in its entirety along with fan-favorites and new previously unheard music. The fully female-fronted lineup will include support from Infected Rain and Stitched Up Heart, with Kaleido also appearing on select dates. General admission and limited VIP tickets are available now at www.butcherbabies.com. Full dates can be found listed below.

For over a decade, BUTCHER BABIES have been crushing stages worldwide with their vicious live performance and explosive energy. Their stage presence is a hypnotic spectacle that leaves audiences hungry for more as they’ve displayed on tours among the likes of Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Cradle of Filth, Black Label Society and many more.

Hailing from the City of Angels, BUTCHER BABIES aided in the jubilant revival of the metal scene on LA’s iconic Sunset Strip, landing the band a record deal with Century Media Records. The group has released two EPS and three albums to date with their latest 2017 LP, LILITH, debuting at #1 on iTunes Metal Charts and #7 on iTunes Rock Charts.

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Last Chance To Experience Los Angeles’ Only Summer Fair: THE FAIR AT SANTA ANITA PARK Before It Wraps This Weekend

DATE: AUGUST 18, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN

LAST CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE
LOS ANGELES’ ONLY SUMMER FAIR:
THE FAIR AT SANTA ANITA PARK
FULLY OUTDOOR, ALL-NEW
ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATION
WRAPS THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 22

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Following a month-long celebration with tens-of-thousands of attendees, the first annual THE FAIR AT SANTA ANITA PARK will wrap its inaugural run this Sunday, August 21. Hours this weekend are Thursday and Friday, 4:00-11:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 11:00 PM (last entry 10:00 PM daily). Get free tickets online at www.https://statefairent.com/ or purchase for $12 at the door.

THE FAIR AT SANTA ANITA PARK includes onsite activities with something for fans of all ages. Family-friendly on-site activities include more than 50 rides and games including three Ferris wheels, the Star Tower Swing ride (soaring 125′ above the grounds, with a birds eye view of the fair and surrounding areas), Olympic Bobsled Coaster, Cliff Hanger, a brand-new ride called the Drone, along with a Haunted Mansion and a variety of traditional carnival games. A designated Kid Zone is highlighted by a train ride, Grand Carousel, Fun Slide, and much more. Fairgoers will also experience multiple daily shows from Team FXM Motorcycle Stunt Show, ExtremeDogs Stunt Dog Show, along with a full line-up of musical performances. In addition, fans can feast on classic festival fare from Juicy’s Fair Food (Giant Turkey Legs, Deep Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes, Caramel Apples, Lemonade).

THE FAIR AT SANTA ANITA PARK will operate as a ticketless event and promote covid-friendly digital ticketing and a digital currency system. Contactless payment (through mobile apps or pre-loaded onto the event’s RFID wristband) throughout the park provides added safety. For the most up-to-date information, please go to www.https://statefairent.com/

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Youthful Alt-Pop Singer-Songwriter KYLIE SPENCE Shares Emotionally Stirring Single “River”

DT: AUGUST 19, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

YOUTHFUL ALT-POP SINGER-SONGWRITER
KYLIE SPENCE
REVEALS EMOTIONALLY STIRRING SINGLE/VIDEO
“RIVER”
FROM FORTHCOMING EP

ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDING
SOLD-OUT SHOW WITH REO SPEEDWAGON
SATURDAY, 8/21

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20-year-old indie/alt-pop singer-songwriter KYLIE SPENCE has shared the video for her poignant new single “River”–taken from a forthcoming EP due later this year–with a stirring video filmed across Montana, where she resides. The video was premiered yesterday (August 18) via V13 who described the song as “highly relatable in nature” as it covers dealing with heartbreak. Watch the “River” music video streaming below and pre-save the track across digital platforms in advance of its release tomorrow, August 20 HERE.

“For ‘River,’ I really wanted to capture what being so desperately in love with somebody feels like, especially when the feelings are no longer mutual,” shares KYLIE. “Sometimes, it can feel so hopeless when you love someone so much and they don’t love you the way that you love them. I think we’ve all been there, and it sucks.”

Speaking on the music video, KYLIE says, “I obviously wanted to include as much of Montana as I could since this song was so heavily inspired by nature. The story follows me on a journey after getting into a fight with my partner and them leaving without me. I hitchhike my way around, and have flashbacks of the relationship throughout my journey, but start to feel like I don’t need them to be happy. Towards the end of the video, I see his truck, and all of the memories come back again, and I’m back to square one in a sense. I wanted the viewer to interpret the ending in whatever way made the most sense to them. Was I chasing him the whole time, or really trying to find myself? That’s up to you.”

KYLIE will celebrate the release by opening a sold-out show with REO SPEEDWAGON on August 21 at the Helena Civic Center in Helena, MT. She will then perform in Bozeman, MT on October 11 before heading for a mini-tour across California from October 20-24 including a stop in Los Angeles at The Hotel Café. Full dates are listed below, with tickets available now at www.kyliespence.com.

KYLIE SPENCE TOUR DATES

8/21 – Helena, MT @ Helena Civic Center (w/ REO Speedwagon) *SOLD OUT
10/11 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
10/20 – Santa Ana, CA @ Find The Good Warehouse
10/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Haven
10/23 – South Pasadena, CA @ Jeweled Universe (pop-up)
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café

(Credit: Tracie Spence)

Hailing from a small town in Montana, KYLIE writes songs with a universal appeal that listeners of any age will relate to. For KYLIE, performing, writing, and composing are means of processing and releasing her thoughts and feelings. At a young age, her creativity began finding an audience at school talent shows, musicals, and eventually open mic nights. After saving up to buy a guitar and then teaching herself to play, she was writing one song a day by the eighth grade. KYLIE’s music can be described as deeply empathetic pop with universal appeal, speaking to difficult topics beyond her age. The self-aware girl next door who’s in tune with her emotions, KYLIE wants nothing more than for people to connect with her art. Many of her songs dive into topics that can be difficult to speak about openly. KYLIE is a true storyteller at heart with an innate gift to pen powerful lyrics and incorporate them into well-crafted, original songs, using her unique voice to do so.

KYLIE’s debut 2017 single “Lying Eyes” was immediately added to iTunes ‘Hot Tracks’ upon release and has since received over 300k Spotify streams. She has also released two cover tracks—Billie Eilish ft. Khalid’s “Lovely” and Lana Del Ray’s “Young And Beautiful”—which received airplay on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House station. Overall, KYLIE has received over 4 million Spotify streams, 595k YouTube views and over 112k Apple Music streams. She was last seen opening for Dennis Lloyd on his sold-out European and Israel tour in 2018.

Find more information on KYLIE SPENCE online at:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

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POP EVIL Announce Rescheduled Dates For Postponed Shows Due To Covid

DT: AUGUST 19, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH

POP EVIL
ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
FOR POSTPONED SHOWS DUE TO COVID

Credit: Tammy Vega

Mainstream rock outfit POP EVIL were forced to postpone seven dates on their current U.S. headlining tour due to vocalist Leigh Kakaty testing positive for COVID-19. The band are happy to announce they have rescheduled the shows and the new dates can be found listed below. Tickets purchased for any postponed shows will be valid for the new dates, which are on-sale now at https://popevil.com/tour-dates/.

POP EVILVERSATILETOUR DATES
(*dates in red mark rescheduled shows)

August 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 #
August 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
August 29 – Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres (w/ Black Stone Cherry)
August 31 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North #
September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
September 2 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Zero 9:36 only)
September 4 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
September 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #
September 9 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #
September 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #
September 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest
September 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest
September 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #
September 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #
September 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *
September 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *
September 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center*
September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *
September 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *
September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest
September 29 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center #
October 1 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater #
October 3 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge #
October 5 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with ZERO 9:36 & BRKN LOVE
* with BRKN LOVE & LIKE MACHINES

For more information on POP EVIL, please visit:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

SRO PR ASSETS: www.sropr.com/portfolio/pop-evil

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D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND Share “Olivia…That’s Who!” Second Single + Video From Their Debut Album ‘Let’s Rattle’ Out September 17

DATE: AUGUST 18, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND
SHARE “OLIVIA…THAT’S WHO!”
THE SECOND SINGLE + VIDEO
FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
‘LET’S RATTLEOUT SEPTEMBER 17
NEW + ORIGINAL SWINGIN’ AND ROCKIN’ BIG-BAND MUSIC
FROM THE SONGWRITER/FOUNDING MEMBER AND BASSIST
FOR HEAVY METAL PIONEERS OVERKILL
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO THE SINGLE HERE
AND READ INTERVIEW WITH D.D BELOW

BAND TO PERFORM FIRST -EVER LIVE SHOW
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
AT THE VOGEL(COUNT BASIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS)
IN RED BANK, NJ
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND today (August 18) unveil “Olivia…that’s Who!” the second single and video from their debut album LET’S RATTLE, due out September 17 (via MVD). As with the album’s lead single and video Cadillac Man,” the new single underlines the high-energy original swingin’ and rockin’ big-band sound from D.D. VERNI, the songwriter/founding member/bassist for heavy metal pioneers Overkill who’ve sold millions of records worldwide and have released 19 studio albums dating back to their 1985 debut album. Listen to the song, which D.D. wrote about his daughter Olivia, here and watch the quick moving video, comprised of storyboard illustrations, here. Pre-order the album here or pre-save the album here

“While the song is about my daughter, I think it speaks to anyone who has a bubbly outgoing spirited girl in their life,” says D.D. “It could be your mom, wife or girlfriend. And I think the drawings capture the spirit of the song. The song lyric says “There’s always enough love to go round” and I think that’s the spirit of the song and the drawings. It’s about how a girl like that in your life can brighten your day and make things always seem OK.” Read more quotes about the song and video below.

LET’S RATTLE is the result of VERNI’s longtime dream of recording a big band album, as his love for the sound dates back many years. The New Jersey-based artist began by writing a fantastic collection of soon-to-be big band classics. Next he recruited longtime Brian Setzer Orchestra upright bassist, John “Spazz” Hatton, to do horn arrangements and play upright bass, while bass player D.D. switched things up playing some guitar on the album. Then D.D. brought in the LA based horn section from Phat Cat Swinger to play the horns and added Brian Setzer Orchestra drummer and current Doobie Brothers member, Tony Pia. Add jazz pianist Dave Moscoe and Hot Rod guitarist Damian Bacci, and you have a star-studded line-up of big band greatness that made this album shake and swing.

With songs like “Cadillac Man,” “Shake It Swing It” and “Olivia…that’s Who!” the album features 13 tracks (nine originals and four covers), was produced by VERNI and mixed by Greg Reely (Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Overkill), and recorded in Los Angeles and New Jersey.

In addition, D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND have confirmed their first-ever live show, Saturday, October 30 show at the Vogel (Count Basie Center for the Arts) in Red Bank, NJ, the same venue where they filmed the video for “Cadillac Man,” the album’s first single. Tickets are on sale now.

10.30 Show Flyer

DD VerniPhoto Credit: Mark Weiss

Q&A WITH D.D. VERNI ABOUT
THE “OLIVIA…THAT’S WHO!”: SINGLE + VIDEO

–For the “Olivia…that’s who!” video, what inspired you to have a video created with storyboard illustrations?

That was actually my wife Lisa. She thought a storyboard following the lyrics etc. would be a cool idea for a video for that song. I had worked on many projects with an illustrator named Gery Nible for years and she suggested I call him. So I reached out and he was very excited about the idea. We went back and forth on a bunch of ideas and character development, what people should look like and the style/tone for it. I would get sketches from Gery and I would send to Lisa and she would send to Olivia hahaha…so it was a fun project to work on. I really liked her storyboard idea, where it felt more like sketches rather than finished inked and color drawings. I am a comic book fan, as well as Pixar/Disney animated film fan. I have a ton of collectable toys and such from movies, so this was great chance to do a little of that with my own song. I had done an animated video a few records back and had so much fun doing it and this one was similar. Fun to see it come to life.

–How do you feel the video captures the spirit of the song?

While the song is about my daughter, I think it speaks to anyone who has a bubbly outgoing spirited girl in their life. It could be your mom, wife or girlfriend. And I think the drawings capture the spirit of the song. The song lyric says “There’s always enough love to go round” and I think that’s the spirit of the song and the drawings. It’s about how a girl like that in your life can brighten your day and make things always seem OK.

–Who directed the video and who did the illustrations?

The video was edited by Steven Bartashev who was the editor on the Cadillac Man video we just put out. I was really happy with how that turned out so I contacted him about doing this one as well. The illustrations were done by Gery Nible. As I said Gery is a friend who I have worked with on a bunch of projects before. We’ve done album art, t-shirts, all kinds of stuff. He has a similar DNA to mine as far as stuff we like and so the process of doing this was pretty easy. He really ran with the idea, I thought we could get by on a dozen or so drawings and I think it wound up more like 60+ . He even sent a video kind of walking us through it and his ideas which made it very easy to visualize what it would be like in the end.

–You’ve said that your second daughter Olivia told you: “‘where’s my song!’ and then on her 16th birthday I wrote and recorded “Olivia…that’s who!” What does Olivia think of her song and the video (if she’s seen it)?

She loves it! For years she would run around and tell people she has her own theme song. Now she has a video to go along with it.

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The track listing for LET’S RATTLE is:

Cadillac Man
Shake It Swing It
Give Me Your Number
Olivia…That’s Who!
Powerhouse
Cold Hearted Woman
School Of Rock n’ Roll
L-O-V-E
Just Say U Love Me
Manhattan Baby
Close Your Eyes and Dream
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
The One Who Loves You

DD Verni Press PhotoPhoto Credit: Mark Weiss

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PI JACOBS To Perform Saturday, August 28 Show At The Hotel Café

DATE: AUGUST 18, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

Pi Jacobs LA Show

AMERICANA ARTIST PI JACOBS
SET TO PERFORM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
AT HOTEL CAFÉ

SHOW FOLLOWS
AUGUST 13 RELEASE OF
NEW ALBUM
‘LIVE FROM MEMPHIS’
VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL

Acclaimed Americana singer, songwriter and musician PI JACOBS will perform a Saturday, August 28 show at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. This will mark the Los Angeles-based artist’s first show following the August 13 release of her latest album LIVE FROM MEMPHIS, her first album for the label and ninth overall, via Blackbird Record Label. Shows in Nashville (September 23 and 25), Washington DC (September 30), New York City (October 3) and her San Francisco hometown (October 15) are also on her concert itinerary.

LIVE FROM MEMPHIS peels back many layers of PI’s life and sensibility in both the songs and the story intro’s that she narrated for each song. The music on LIVE FROM MEMPHIS comes from PI’s live taping for Ditty TV, which was filmed without an audience. For the set list, she drew six songs from 2020’s Two Truths and a Lie and two others from 2017’s A Little Blue. But rather than using the between-songs banter intended for the viewing audience, she took a page from one of her favorite NPR podcasts and decided to share more of herself than ever before by narrating the songs with revealing intros.

An outstanding example of this is the new and third track “No Sin To Be Poor,” which is based on her own life growing up poor in Northern California. The song is accompanied by an imagery-rich animated video created by Turkish surreal artist Mertcan Mertbilek, who did the same honors for the album’s first release, First Thing Tomorrow.” Watch the “No Sin To Be Poor” video here, which was premiered by American Songwriter. Listen to the song here and the story intro here. Pre-order the album here.

With her blend of roots-rock swagger and storytelling soul, Pi Jacobs distinctively amplifies the concert experience on it places eight original songs alongside the self-narrated personal stories that shaped them. Recorded with a full band, the project offers a sincere and sometimes funny look at her formative years, her family relationships, and even a few lessons she’s learned along the way.

The LIVE FROM MEMPHIS track list is here.

Live From Memphis Cover

On the concert front, Pi Jacobs’ upcoming itinerary includes

8/28 – Hotel Cafe’ Los Angeles – TICKETS

9/23 – Nashville, Dee’s – 12-4 – The California Country Show @ Americana Fest – free entry for the festival

9/25 – Nashville – The Bowery Vault – 12 noon – The California Country Shakeup @ Americana Fest – free entry for the festival

9/30 – The Pocket, Washington DC + Annie Stokes – TICKETS COMING SOON

10/3 – Rockwood Music Hall, Rm 3, NYC – TICKETS

10/15 – Amados, San Francisco with Kyra Gordon! – TICKETSTicket alert, our last SF show sold out before some of our longtime fans could get tickets, which was a bummer – so grab em soon!

Pi Jacobs Press Photo

(Photo credit: Deb Morrisson Little, @shotsbymorrison)

www.PiJacobs.com
Facebook.com/PiJacobsMusic
Instagram.com/PiJacobs
Youtube.com/PiJacobsMusic
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