Many music fans may have got their first taste of The Architects on Warped Tour this summer but the band is coming back around for seconds so get ready. The brothers Phillips (Brandon, Zach and Adam) along with their best friend Keenan are currently on tour with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner in support of their latest album “The Hard Way”.
With their no bs, no gimmick approach to music their sound has been described as combining the lyrical stylings of Johnny Cash and Tom Petty with the sonic boom of The Clash and AC/DC and authentic to the core.
You don’t have to take our word for it though. We have two songs for your downloading pleasure:
And while you’re at it, watch their video for “Bastards at the Gate”:
Tour Dates with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner:
Feb 10 HOUSE OF BLUES Houston, TX
Feb 12 MINGLEWOOD HALL Memphis, TN
Feb 13 TABERNACLE Atlanta, GA
Feb 14 THE RITZ YBOR Tampa, FL
Feb 16 HOUSE OF BLUES Orlando, FL
Feb 17 HOUSE OF BLUES Orlando, FL
Feb 18 THE MUSIC FARM Charleston, SC
Feb 19 THE FILLMORE Charlotte, NC
Feb 20 HOUSE OF BLUES Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb 22 THE NORVA Norfolk, VA
Feb 23 RAMS HEAD LIVE Baltimore, MD
Feb 25 WEBSTER THEATRE Hartford, CT
Feb 26 ELECTRIC FACTORY Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27 HOUSE OF BLUES Boston, MA
Feb 28 MAIN STREET ARMORY Rochester, NY
Mar 2 HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM New York, NY
Mar 4 LC PAVILION Columbus, OH
Mar 5 HOUSE OF BLUES Cleveland, OH
Mar 6 THE FILLMORE Detroit, MI
Mar 8 EGYPTIAN ROOM Indianapolis, IN
Mar 9 BOGARTS Cincinnati, OH
Mar 10 THE PAGEANT St. Louis, MO
Mar 12 EAGLES CLUB Milwaukee, WI
Mar 13 ARAGON BALLROOM Chicago, IL
Mar 14 UPTOWN THEATRE Kansas City, MO
Mar 15 CAIN’S BALLROOM Tulsa, OK
For more info on the band:
Check them out on MySpace
On January 26th, the same day This Is It, the Michael Jackson film that showcased Orianthi’s incredible guitar skills to the world, was released on DVD, Orianthi’s debut album Believe was been re-released to include a bonus track, “Find It,” exclusively on iTunes.
The 24 year old shredder who has played with the likes of Steve Vai, Carlos Santana and Michael Jackson is out to prove that she’s not just an amazing guitarist, luckily for us, she’s got a lot more in her. Aside from her guitar-heroing she also writes her own music and sings and it’s hard to say which she’s best at but you be the judge.
After a whirlwind few months following the release of Believe and This Is It, Orianthi isn’t about to slow down any time soon. With her debut single “According To You” #10 at top 40 radio, and her album sitting at #2 on the Billboard New Artist chart, she’s been hitting up the day and night talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen DeGeneres.
Orianthi recently debuted her new music video for “Highly Strung,” a blistering guitar duet between she and legendary guitarist Steve Vai, a long-time friend and mentor to the 24-year-old Australian. In the video the two phenoms face each other in a guitar show-down of epic proportions. Check it out here or below:
Finally, for fans in the Los Angeles area, Orianthi will be hosting a free all-ages concert and CD signing at the Hard Rock Cafe outside Universal Studios on Friday, February 5th at 8:30 pm. Space is limited, so plan ahead for this unique opportunity! Visit the Hard Rock website for more details, and stay tuned to Orianthi.com for additional updates.
Indie singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson released her highly-anticipated new album, “Everybody,” on August 25th on her own Cabin 24 Records. “Everybody” is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2007 release, “Girls and Boys,” which spawned the hit single “The Way I Am” and launched Ingrid into the mainstream consciousness. The New York Times describes Michaelson’s unique musical approach as “soulful, idiosyncratic,” while Rolling Stone loves her “sweet but mellow lounge-pop harmonies,” and Entertainment Weekly hails Michaelson as “a deft mistress of quirk folk… a grassroots phenomenon.”
On “Everybody” Michaelson showcases a matured point of view as she explores a new relationship with the idea of love, one that’s less crushed-out girl and more self-realized, independent woman. “’Everybody’ – which is about a big idea,” explains Paste Magazine, “chronicles a relationship so intense and volatile that both lovers lose themselves within it. ‘Everybody’ is truly everybody’s.”
Well known for her live performances that balance honest emotion with her own quirky humor, Ingrid will be heading out on a fall tour of intimate venues to present live for the first time brand new songs from her forthcoming album. While her fall tour schedule will be announced soon, dates have been confirmed for September 16th in New York, October 7th in Los Angeles and October 26th in Chicago.
With a warm, relatable sound that has captured the hearts of countless fans, Michaelson’s compelling story as an unsigned artist first achieved national attention with multiple song placements on the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. The show’s producers became so enamored of her music that they chose Michaelson’s “Keep Breathing” to air during the final six minutes of the 2007 season finale, resulting in massive and immediate mainstream exposure. Her ubiquitous hit single “The Way I Am” (also featured on Grey’s Anatomy that same season) was not only spun on radio stations all over the country, but was featured in a major national television commercial for Old Navy. Despite attracting interest from major record labels, Ingrid has remained fiercely independent, releasing all of her music via her own Cabin 24 label which has sold nearly 400,000 albums and over 1.5 million singles to date. Cabin 24 Records will release “Everybody” as part of a unique marketing and distribution arrangement via Original Signal/Universal Motown.
Ingrid has appeared on Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Fuse TV and was the first unsigned musician ever selected as a Vh1 “You Oughta Know” artist. She has been the subject of print features in publications as varied as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and even graced the cover of Billboard Magazine, as the new face of the music industry. Michaelson’s most recent project, a compilation of new songs, covers, live favorites and demos was entitled “BE OK” and supported Stand Up To Cancer, an organization created to urgently move cancer research forward with the help of the public.
Catch Ingrid Michaelson on tour:
“EVERYBODY” HEADLINE TOUR
* with Greg Holden
01 Dennis, MA @ Cape Cinema
09 Toronto, Canada @ Mod Club Theatre *
10 Montreal, Canada @ Petit Campus *
11 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
12 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
13 Albany, NY @ Valentines *
16 New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
17 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts *
18 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
19 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern *
21 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
22 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft @ Center Stage *
23 Athens, GA @ The Melting Point *
24 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay *
25 New Orleans LA @ The Parish @ House of Blues *
26 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio *
28 Austin, TX @ The Parish *
29 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
01 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
02 Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch *
03 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
04 San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House *
06 W. Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
07 W. Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
09 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10 Redding, CA @ Cascade Theatre
11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
12 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
13 Vancouver, Canada @ Venue
15 Boise, ID, @ Knitting Factory
17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
18 Aspen, CO @ Wheeler Opera House
19 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
21 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
22 Menomonie, WI @ Great Hall @ University of WI
24 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
25 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
26 Chicago, IL @ Park West
27 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
29 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
30 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
31 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
02 Nashville, TN @ The Belcourt Theatre
03 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
04 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre05 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Mike Smyth – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Glenn Stewart – Drums/Vocals
Jay Atheney – Sax/BG Vocals
Aaron Zylman – Trombone/BG Vocals
“This Riot Use To Be A Party”
Central Florida has always been a hotbed for music and its latest progeny, VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE (VOC) are ready to lead the ska charge out of the Southeast. With an adrenaline-fueled second album ROLL THE DICE released on August 25, 2009 via Financial Records and a high-profile gig hosting the “Super Size Summer Ska Spectacular” in Clearwater, FL, they are primed and ready to pump some horns and punk/ska/pop “riddim” back into the mainstream.
While the saying goes, “idle minds are the devil’s playground”, in VOC’s case, idle minds breeds musical creativity. “We had a full drum kit, a half-stack, a bass rig and half-a-dozen guitars lying around Glenn [Stewart]’s office”, says guitarist Michael Smyth about his drummer bandmate. “We just kept the door closed and no one seemed to notice.” Jamming afterhours once the rest of the office went home, Glenn and Michael formed the nucleus that would soon evolve into the five piece it is today. Adding bassist Alan Garcia, trombonist Aaron Zylman and saxophonist Jay Atheney to the line-up, the band took the 12 songs they had written and recorded the appropriately-titled 2007 debut, Do It Yourself with Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton in the producer’s chair. Garnering respect from Punknews.org (“Victims of Circumstance have put themselves in a surprisingly good position early with just one album under their belt”) and Bullz-Eye (“Victims of Circumstance are indeed a welcome breath of the proverbial fresh air in a genre that can become polluted with hack acts…. Here’s hoping for more!”), VOC made a grand entrance in the ska world.
Roll the Dice, produced by Big D and the Kids Table bassplayer Steve Foote, not only turns up the amps two level notches above ten but also delves deeper into the depth of VOC’s musical creativity. From the getgo of opening track “The Final Flight of D.B. Cooper” that eases in with instantaneously-infectious punk rhythms to the celebratory skank of “This Riot Used To Be A Party” to the cheekily-named (but not too far off) “Number One Hit Single”, their second album packs energetic melodic ska/punk/pop into fifteen tracks.
For more info on Victims of Circumstance visit them on MySpace
The Coming Weak is:
Tim White on vocals
Nick Benziger on drums
Jamie Thomas on guitar
Matt Tremblay on guitar
Jeff Langmaid on bass
One of the the most rewarding things about living in New England is that so many great bands get their start here. One of our favorite bands and one we’ve been a fan of since their very beginning is The Coming Weak. Over the past few years we’ve watched them grow and evolve into the band that they are today and we couldn’t be more excited for them about their new EP “Are We All Letting Go” that drops on July 25th. (For a trip in the “way-back” machine check out the spotlight we did with The Coming Weak back in 2007. We will be conducting a new spotlight feature with them soon!)
Although we’d like to think that we’ve got our finger on the pulse of upcoming superstars in music, we aren’t the only one’s with eyes and ears on The Coming Weak, they’ve been named as one of the top 10 unsigned bands in DJ Rossstar’s “Unsigned Band Contest II” as well as named to Absolutepunk.net’s “Absolute 100″ list of bands to watch out for in 2009. Most recently the band was nominated in The Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for best local act.
If you can’t make the release party, the band will be performing acoustic sets at select Hot Topic locations in New England the last week of July. Check their MySpace page for details.
Davis Leduke- lead singer
Ryan Wallengren – guitar
Jessi Calcaterra – drummer
Greg West – guitar
When producer Jude Cole saw Billy Boy on Poison perform live he knew immediately that he wanted to sign them to Ironworks Music; the music label he had started with Kiefer Sutherland.
At the time the band were playing local gigs and backyard bashes around town and were as raw as could be, but that was part of the allure. It wasn’t bells and whistles that made this band stand out, it was their organic ability to channel rock influences of old with a fresh new approach. One listen to Billy Boy On Poison will conjure up comparisons of old school rock and glam being delivered through a new youthful perspective.
Even their name, taken from the novel “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess (later made into the film by Stanley Kubrick), beckons back to a time before the members of the band were even born. Leading the group of old souls, frontman Davis admits to loving the works of Burgess, Ginsberg, and even Robert Frost.
Noting the frustration of being young and not always being heard Davis expresses his desire to get out on the road and to play to audiences who can relate to them. “I can’t wait to get in a shitty van and travel the country!” exudes Davis. “Play our songs, speak our truth to audiences who can relate to our sense of frustration with this troubled world. Yeah we’ve got songs about getting laid and blowing shit up but it’s more than that. It’s teenage rebellion, trying-to-be-heard stuff. Nobody listens to teenagers or gives a shit about what’s on our minds. People say we’re the future. We have to save the planet. If that’s true, doesn’t it make sense to listen to us while we’re young, while we’re learning, instead of when its too late and we’ve gotten all cynical and lost our youthful perspective, not to mention our faith?”
The band’s debut album “Drama Junkie Queen” was just released, as the reviews start to roll in check them out and draw your own conclusions because this is a band built for music fans, not for critics.
For a taste of what the band is all about check out the videos below for “On My Way”:
Happy Valentine’s Day:
(Note: Please check TWRY later this week for an interview we did with Lzzy, Joe and Arejay before a recent show in MA as well as live photos from their performance!)
Formed in 1998 by Lzzy and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such like-minded artists as Shinedown, Seether, Flyleaf, and Trapt. 2006 saw the release of Halestorm’s debut Atlantic EP, “One and Done,” which expertly captured the intensity and energy of the band’s live show. Now in 2009 we see the release of the band’s first studio self-titled album on Atlantic records.
Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), “Halestorm” is an explosive collection of infectious hard rock anthems, a fiery flurry of sexy hooks and rough and tumble grooves. Steering this runaway train is dynamic singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, who brings a hypnotic intensity to such tracks as the sensual “I Get Off” and “Bet U Wish U Had Me Back.” The rest of the band is just as explosive and to get the full benefit of what they have to offer you should check them out live!
The band is currently out on a co-headlining tour with The Veer Union and Burn Halo which will be followed up with Halestorm joining Staind and Shinedown on the “Stimulate This” tour. (Tour dates can be found below)
Watch Halestorm’s video for their first single “I Get Off”:
Halestorm – I Get Off
Catch Halestorm on Tour:
Jun 22 2009 RECHER THEATRE (Headline Show) Towson, Maryland
Jun 24 2009 MUSIC FARM (Co-Headline w/Veer Union) Charleston, South Carolina
Jun 26 2009 EXIT/IN (Co-Headline Show w/Veer Union) Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 27 2009 POP’S (Co-Headline Show w/Veer Union) Sauget, Illinois
Jun 28 2009 RIVERSIDE BALLROOM (Co-Headline show w/Veer Union) Greenbay, Wisconsin
Simulate This Tour:
Jun 30 2009 ROCK STAGE/MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST (w/STAIND) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 1 2009 PEORIA CIVIC CENTER (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Peoria
Jul 2 2009 HARRIET ISLAND (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle ST. PAUL, Minnesota
Jul 2 2009 HARRIET ISLAND (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle ST. PAUL, Minnesota
Jul 3 2009 NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES (Tantric, Navy Band, Royal Bliss, etc) Great Lakes, Illinois
Jul 4 2009 DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Great Lakes, Illinois
Jul 5 2009 HERITAGE PARK (w/Shinedown) Muskegon, Michigan
Jul 7 2009 ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Roanoke, Virginia
Jul 9 2009 MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Columbia, Maryland
Jul 10 2009 MEADOWBROOK US CELLULAR PAVILION (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Gilford, New Hampshire
Jul 12 2009 ARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Stained, Shinedown, Chevelle, Offspring, Sum 41) Saratoga Springs, New York
Jul 14 2009 BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 15 2009 ASBURY PARK CONVENTION HALL (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Asbury Park, New Jersey
Jul 16 2009 CHEVORLET THEATRE (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Wallingford, Connecticut
Jul 18 2009 FESTIVAL D’ETE (w/Kiss, Sting, Staind, Chevelle) Quebec City
Jul 21 2009 EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER (Stimulate This! Tour) Staind-Shinedown- Chevelle Pikeville, Kentucky
Jul 22 2009 SE KENTUCKY AGRICULTURAL & EXPO Corbin, Kentucky
Aug 15 2009 LONESTAR AMPHITHEATRE Lubbock, Texas
Aug 20 2009 KAY YEAGER COLISEUM Wichita Falls, Texas
Aug 21 2009 AUSTIN MUSIC HALL Austin, Texas
Aug 27 2009 CONGRESS THEATRE Chicago, Illinois
Aug 30 2009 FESTIVAL PIER AT PENN’S LANDING Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Paolo’s insight on some of his new songs:
There was a lot of improvisation in the studio, musically and lyrically. “There was really some random, mad train of consciousness stuff, you just open your mouth and let it all come out. I approach a song almost like a letter, whether it be to my girlfriend or to the public. I find it easier to communicate emotions while singing, cause I feel I go out of myself, I’ve not got a guard up. I feel music is a great vehicle for any man, whether he’s making it or just listening to it, to portray his vulnerable side. I found an honesty in me, that I like cause i feel like I owe it to myself a little bit to say what I feel. It’s OK to be wrong. In the end it’s just a song.”
The first single will be heart tugging ballad “Candy” which was written after an argument with his girlfriend, when it suddenly occurred to him that the fault lay with him. “That doesn’t necessarily portray the state our relationship is in, or anything more than just one evening of defeat. But that’s all a song has to be.” Paolo has sought a quality of duality in his songwriting, so that he can deal with tough subject matter without sinking into minor chord melancholy.
Another stand out track is “Coming Up Easy,” which he suggests can be listened to from different perspectives. “Its about my own conflict I had about marijuana but you can hear it as a song about relationships, compromising, having to deal with someone else’s emotions. It’s about bad habits and breaking up, but I wanted to keep it positive.”
One song particularly close to his heart is “Simple Things,” a cheery paean to his father that sounds like it could have been written and recorded anytime in the last hundred years. “My dad lives a pretty simple life. Since he was sixteen, he’s worked in a chip shop, all day, everyday, 41 years in front of the same mirror, the same fryer. But then to see the joy he gets out of coming home to see us, of just sitting on the couch with my mum on a Sunday afternoon, after he gets to go and ride his motorbike. He’s helped me really appreciate what can be perceived as happiness, just out of sheer consistency. He’s never changed. You grow up and everybody’s trying to be cool and to me that word cool is totally misconstrued. My dad is the coolest guy I know, simply because its the last thing he reckons himself to be. Its a big time ode to my father, and owed in both senses of the word. The feeling I get knowing that he listens to it, and loves it, to me that’s what the whole idea of making music in the first place starts spiraling from.”
He says the songs of ‘Sunny Side Up’ are already changing the way he performs. “I can’t sing a song like ‘High Hopes’ all hunched up. I have to stand with my chest out. Different things are coming out. It’s like, ‘get it going, you’re at the front of those guys for a reason!’ Get the band feeling what you’re feeling, and then the audience will all feel it, and that’s where I’m getting. This record’s called ‘Sunny Side Up’ for a reason. I want to keep it positive. Cause for me music is more than just music. It’s a power!”
Check out the video for the first single off of “Sunny Side Up” titled “Candy:
For more info on Paolo Nutini and his new release:
There For Tomorrow
Meet the band:
Maika Maile: Lead Vox/Guitar/Programming
Christian Climer: Lead Guitar
Chris Kamrada: Drums/Samples
Jay Enriquez: Bass
Hailing from Florida, There for Tomorrow’s debut full length album “A Little Faster” comes out on Tuesday June 9th. You can check out their MySpace page to hear a preview of it. There for Tomorrow has a lot of hype to live up to, they were named one of Alternative Press Magazine’s Top 100 Bands You Need to Know as well as scored the mtvU Breaking Woodie Award for “Best New Artist 2008.” This album does the talking for them.
1. The Remedy
2. A Little Faster
3. Wish You Away
6. Just In Time
8. I Can’t Decide
9. Sore Winner
10. Burn The Night Away
11. The World Calling
For some behind the scenes footage from the band on the making of the album check out the video below:
You can catch the band live on this year’s Warped Tour.
For more on There For Tomorrow:
Please meet music’s best kept secret – Fallbrooke. With their Twitter account sending subliminal messages to music fans touting them as “Your new favorite band”, they just might be! Signed to RMR Music group their debut self-titled album hasn’t left my ‘pod since I received it. It’s been awhile since I’ve been turned on to a great melodic rock band with the ability to pull off four part harmonies, the diversity to give me a little bit of everything on their album, and doing it in a way that keeps me coming back for more, so thanks Fallbrooke!
Stay tuned later this week for a recent interview we did with lead singer Eric but until then take a moment to check them out – they won’t disappoint.
Check out their video for their song “Losin It” (Paying homage to finding love on the internet!)
“Losin’ It” Official Video from Fallbrooke
Purchase their album on iTunes: