Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Subs in Montrose tonight

Hey everybody! Another SUBS show at the very nice 'n' comfy Oceanview Bistro! (3826 Ocean View Blvd Montrose, CA) Thursday, March 31 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm Come out and relax with us as we play and sing for you those melodies you just have to hear or else things aren't quite right! The Oceanview Bistro is a intimate, casual place to hang. Joe, Felicia and Danny will do stuff! Visit http://www.ovbistro.com/ for more info. Thanks Danny

The Tumbling Tumbleweeds hit #1 on Western Top 10

Howdy Fans & Friends! We wanted to share some great news with you! Our song "California" just hit #1 on the "Top Ten Western Songs" chart in the new Rope Burns Magazine!! We also just found out that Blaze Across the West is #2 in it's first appearance on the "Top Twenty Cowboy/Western Music CDs" chart in The Western Way Magazine! Woo hoo! We are really excited and so very grateful to you all for your continued support of our music! To listen to samples and get your very own copy of Blaze Across the West just go to www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com/store1.htm or if you prefer you can download your digital copy immediately on iTunes or on CDBaby at www.cdbaby.com/cd/tumblingtumbleweeds2 . Thanks for staying tuned!

Shades of LA in Azusa Saturday

"Shades of L.A." performing Live R&B, Soul,Classic Rock n' Roll at Callahans located at 200 South Irwindale Ave. ,Azusa,Ca.91702. 9pm-1:00am, Saturday, April 2nd, 2011. No Cover. Please call for Reservations (626)334-5532.

Gil Stokes in Alhambra April 8

Gil Stokes performing Live on Stage, R & B, Soul, and Rock n Roll. April 8th, 2011 at 8pm to 11pm, at the "Cafe on 2nd" located on 7 South Second Ave. Alhambra, Ca.91801. Please call (626) 284-1292 for reservations. $8 minimum food purchase. All ages Show.

Rick Shea shows through June

Rick Shea Upcoming Shows Apr 3 - June 24 April 3 - 8 Roots on the Rails Kings and Queens of California Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Chris Smither, Rick Shea, Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber Wed. April 13th 8pm Rick Shea & The Losin End Cafe 322 2nd Wednesday's 322 W Sierra Madre Bl Sierra Madre 91024 Sat. April 16th - 8pm Rick Shea & the losin end Trilogy Guitars 143 Culver Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90293 (310) 305-7577 (acoustic show with band) Sun. April 17th - 7:30pm Rick Shea & the losin end Grand Ole Echo 1822 w. Sunset LA 90026 ----------------------- Nor Cal dates Fri. April 29th 8pm Rick Shea & Tom Corbett Mission City Coffee 2221 The Alameda Santa Clara, CA 95050 Fiddling Cricket Music Production Sat. April 30th 2:30pm Live Performance w/Wesley Robertson KVMR 89.5 Nevada City Sat. April 30th 8pm Rick Shea & Tom Corbett Evangelines Cafe 5 Depot st Colfax Ca 95713 Sunday May 1st 7pm Rick Shea & Tom Corbett Poplar Playhouse, Berkeley House Concerts Contact Linda Oliver & Tom Montgomerylinda AT berkeleyhouseconcerts.org 510-219-7750 or 510-697-4097 -------------------------------------- Wed May 4th 8pm Guitarology at Bar Melody 9132 SepulvedaLA 90045 Wed May 11th 8pm Rick Shea & The Losin End Cafe 322 2nd Wednesday's 322 W Sierra Madre Bl Sierra Madre 91024 Wed May 18th 7pm Independents Day www.lancerradio.org. Radio Performance and Interview Sun. May 21st Rick Shea & The Losin End Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Culver Cty 90230 (310) 390-1328 Sun. June 5th Rick Shea & The Losin End Molly Malones "Roots & Twang" 575 South Fairfax LA 90036 (323) 935-1577 Wed. June 8th 8pm Rick Shea & The Losin End Cafe 322 2nd Wednesday's 322 W Sierra Madre Bl Sierra Madre 91024 Fri. June 10th 8pm Wigstock (details soon) Fri. June 24th Rick Shea & The Losin End Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Culver Cty 90230 (310) 390-1328

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade queen tryouts Saturday

The Sons of the American Legion and the Light Bringer Project present The 2011 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts – Sat. 4/2 Featuring Music by Snotty Scotty and the Hankies ~ and ~ Horses on Astroturf Although not a proper Doo Dah Queen herself, "Queen Victoria had a ridiculous sense of humor." ~ Winston Churchill Food served for a nominal price. Raffle Prizes $5.00 Admission Doors open and music begins at 2pm. Queen hopefuls check in at 4pm. Tryouts begin at 5pm. Queen hopefuls: Visit www.pasadenadoodahparade.info, contact hurleypanne@yahoo.com, call (626) 590-1134, or just show up at the Legion by 4pm to sign up. American Legion Post 280 179 N. Vineda Ave., East Pasadena (626) 792-9938

Entries being accepted for Folk Tree art show in Pasadena

From June 4 – July 2, 2011, The Folk Tree presents the juried exhibition Pasadena: A Cultural Mosaic. This show is being held in conjunction with Happy Birthday Pasadena – Celebrating 125 Years, the City’s official anniversary celebration to be hosted by Pasadena Museum of History on June 11, 2011. The opening reception for The Folk Tree show is on Saturday, June 4, from 2 – 6 P.M. In 1886, Pasadena became the first independent incorporated city in Los Angeles County. However, the cultural history of the area extends back much farther. It was once occupied by the Hahamogna Tribe of Native Americans, and today the San Gabriel Valley is considered one of the most diverse regions of the country, reflected in the richness of its traditions and the contributions made by its various ethnic communities. The Folk Tree invites artists to submit work in a variety of media reflecting or inspired by the many cultures that have contributed to Pasadena’s history and clearly relating to some aspect of the city. The goal of this show is to recognize the influence all these groups have had on the area, both historically and in contemporary society (for example,through images related to festivals and rituals, landmarks, people, the landscape, architecture). The Selection Committee consists of: Rocky Behr, Owner,The Folk Tree; Michelle Mills, Staff Writer, San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, and 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen; Gail Mishkin, Gallery Director, The Folk Tree; Amanda Parsons, Anthropologist, Author, Photographer, Arts/Museum Consultant; and, Ardis Willwerth, Director of Exhibitions and Programming, Pasadena Museum of History. The Folk Tree, a store/gallery near historic Old Town Pasadena, is the outgrowth of owner Rocky Behr’s fascination with travel and the art and culture of indigenous people, particularly of Mexico and Latin America. Since opening in 1986, The Folk Tree has specialized in folk art of the Americas. A separate gallery within the retail space hosts changing exhibitions featuring local artists throughout the year. Pasadena: A Cultural Mosaic will be on view in The Folk Tree gallery. The Folk Tree is located at 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, minutes walking distance from the Gold Line’s Del Mar station, and just south of Old Pasadena. Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information contact Gail Mishkin at mishkinftc@aol.com or call (626) 793-4828. Entry forms are available on The Folk Tree website at http://www.folktree.com/pasadena11entry.html.

Hand drum workshop in Claremont Sunday

HAND DRUM WORKSHOP with DAMARU featuring Ray & Butch Sunday, April 3rd 4:30-6pm $20. *Bring your own drum or borrow one from us. Featuring many styles and techniques for all kinds of percussion instruments. Call (909)624-2928 for sign-ups & info.. Check out Damaru here: http://www.myspace.com/damarupercussion FOLK MUSIC CENTER 220 YALE AVE. CLAREMONT CA. www.folkmusiccenter.com

Tomatomania app launched

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO OWN THE NEWLY RELEASED...TOMATOMANIA! APP Generation Underdog has created an essential and fun tool for all of us 'Maniacs and it's available NOW for the iPhone and iPad. You can buy it ($3.99) through iTunes or our newly relaunched website! Just can't wait? BUY IT NOW! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tomatomania/id426634724 As always, our spring season (and no doubt yours too) is an often chaotic flurry of activity and we're thrilled to offer you this seasonal guide to settle things down a bit - at least in your tomato garden. Get tips, chronicle your garden's progress, find our spring and summer event info and of course, plan your last minute additions or your tomato list for NEXT year! The APP features a catalog of 220 tomatoes that we'll add to soon. In the next months we'll be asking for your help with your favorites, pics from your garden and ratings! We hope you'll be as excited about the new app as we are, and that you'll share the news with fellow tomato lovers and help us spread the word! Happy Growing.

Thrillist shares Check My Ride

Check My Ride An easier way to stalk your ex...carsIn many ways cars are better than girlfriends -- you can get in whenever you want, they don't complain when you take their tops off, and spare tires are actually a plus. To follow up on old flames that could be covered in them, hit up Check My Ride. A recently launched social network affiliated with a major auto data company, Check My Ride lets you build and share a comprehensive personal vehicle history and check up on old whips using their “Where in the World is My Car?” tool, not to be confused with the Dude Where’s My Car? tool, as no one cares where Stifler is (spoiler alert: it's rehab). Start by building a detailed history of your vehicles (age when purchased, year/make/model/color, year sold, etc.), including awesome road trips you took, how many miles you put on, and “why [it] was memorable”; once complete, it’ll calculate the total mileage you’ve accrued since you started driving and generate a bar graph timeline of your life in terms of car ownership, which will be low if you're wont to take "bar graph" literally. Next, enter a VIN into the car-finder widget (powered by AutoCheck) to see deets on an old whip's current whereabouts, including a GMap with connected pins showing the places it's been registered since you ditched it, unless you literally ditched it, in which case, um...it's in a ditch. You can also connect with fellow users to comment on their cars, and, once membership levels are a bit more robust, possibly even track down your old ride's current driver, who hopefully isn't referring to your ex-girlfriend when he starts talking about burning rubbers. Plot the memories and see where that Cutlass Supreme ended up at CheckMyRide.com http://links.thrillist.com/2ucn.a0oq/TZKCtO5tl_OhiP7GBd504

Roland launches V-Drums Friend Jam

Roland is pleased to announce V-Drums® Friend Jam, a powerful new social networking tool for drummers. Since their introduction in 1997, Roland’s V-Drums have been the standard for modern electronic drum sets among players everywhere. Now, the free and easy-to-use V-Drums Friend Jam software app allows V-Drums users across the globe to interact with each other while improving their drumming skills with play-along MP3 songs and practice evaluation features. Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, V-Drums Friend Jam automatically downloads a suite of practice songs after a user installs the application on their computer. The play-along songs cover popular musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, metal, and more, and feature full-band arrangements minus drums. In addition to these special practice tracks, users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer and jam with their favorite tunes. By connecting their V-Drums kit to their computer using a MIDI interface (available separately), players can record and evaluate individual performance elements including beat, stamina, and technique. Using their Twitter account, they can share their results and compare how they rank with other V-Drums Friend Jam users around the world. In addition, the included calendar feature records daily playing time, providing an easy and convenient way for players to set and achieve practice goals. The V-Drums Friend Jam software application is available as a free download at http://www.Roland.com/V-Drums/FriendJam.

Julie Feeney to release new album

Dramatic and stylish singer / composer/ orchestrator Julie Feeney, winner of the Choice Music Prize for 'Irish Album of the Year' (Ireland’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize), will release her album ‘pages’ on May 31 via her own label, mittens. Combining her “mesmerizing stage presence and eccentric pop genius” (Hot Press), Feeney takes an avant-garde approach to her innovative, one-of-a-kind sound, which, while rooted in classical music, straddles both the pop and theatrical worlds. With noted influences ranging from Philip Glass and June Tabor to Bob Dylan and Beethoven, Feeney has constructed a subtly complex masterpiece in ‘pages.’ After composing the record entirely on her own, Feeney then got to work recording the album by conducting an orchestra of clarinets, flutes, oboes, bassoons, trombones, French horns, trumpets, strings, sticks, harp and percussion from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and then singing over what she just conducted – all in one six-hour session. A true perfectionist in the vein of Bobby McFerrin, Feeney’s supreme talent in composition and arrangement is matched only by her gorgeous, soaring voice. Hailed by The Washington Post as "The Emerald Isle's Original," Feeney is a genuine star in Ireland, with her music widely broadcast on TV and radio and her recent sold-out performance at Ireland's National Concert Hall receiving a 10-minute standing ovation. The Sunday Tribune (UK) gushed that Feeney's last album, '13 songs,' was "a remarkable achievement," adding "Feeney towers over her contemporaries." The NY Times has called her music “charming, urbane and dreamy” and The Guardian (UK) simply said "the world will listen." Feeney is currently in the midst of her debut U.S. tour, which spans from New York to California and is part of Culture Ireland’s ‘Imagine Ireland: A Year of Irish Arts in America.’ Julie Feeney On The Web: http://www.juliefeeney.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Feeney-page/283249963860 http://twitter.com/julie_feeney

Scala & Kolacny Brothers at the El Rey April 14

Scala & Kolacny Brothers, the Belgian all-female rock choir that Entertainment Weekly called “brilliantly haunting,” will take the stage at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on April 14. That same day they will be stopping by ‘Conan’ to perform their moving take on Radiohead’s “Creep,” which has already been heard by 250 million worldwide in the trailer for “The Social Network.” Watch the video for Scala & Kolacny Brothers’ imaginative reworking of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” here: http://yhoo.it/gHz2I7 Scala & Kolacny Brothers, led by pianist/composer Steven Kolacny and his brother, conductor Stijn Kolacny, released their self-titled debut album March 22 on ATCO, which also includes imaginative reinterpretations of songs by Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Metallica and U2, as well as their own original compositions. They were named one of the “Top 100 Acts of SXSW 2011” by AOL’s Spinner, and are about to embark on a U.S. tour that includes a stop at Coachella on April 15. WHO: Scala & Kolacny Brothers WHERE: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 8 p.m. TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C004641FCBE3FEA?brand=goldenvoice http://www.scalachoir.com/en/index.htm

Kate Voegele to release new album

On May 17, ATO Records will release ‘Gravity Happens,’ the strongest album yet from the acclaimed and multi-talented singer-songwriter and actress Kate Voegele. A critical favorite since her 2007 debut ‘Don’t Look Away,’ Voegele has refined her stellar songwriting skills to craft an album that shines with uncompromising honesty. That same day, the Ohio native will premiere her new song “Heart in Chains,” as performed by her character Mia, for the season finale of the hit television series One Tree Hill. ‘Gravity Happens’ bursts with songs that marry Voegele’s heartland roots with her youthful, modern attitude. It reflects an impressive level of maturity for the 24-year-old singer whose lyrics often elevate the personal to the universal. “I want my music to be your favorite pair of blue jeans,” she explains. Though writing, touring and acting at a quicksilver pace has kept her busy, Voegele’s feet have remained firmly planted on the ground where her small town, all-American roots have been a constant source of inspiration ever since she first picked up the guitar at the age of 15. Since then, Voegele has shared stages with the likes of Neil Young, Natasha Bedingfield, Grace Potter and Patty Griffin. She has also received a bounty of praise for her powerhouse vocals and “serious charisma” (Entertainment Weekly). That same voice and charisma landed her a role on the television series One Tree Hill in 2007. Creator Mark Schwahn tapped the budding songstress for the show after hearing her debut album. Voegele continues to perform her original songs on the show as the enchanting vocal artist Mia Catalano, a character whose storyline is dictated by Voegele’s music. The soulful, raw songs on ‘Gravity Happens’ are not only a testament to Voegele’s evolution as an artist, but as a person coming into her own. “As you get older you realize that the world can be more cruel and scary than you ever imagined…I just hope these songs can take a tiny bit of weight off .” The album embodies a year of transition and growth for Kate, and a number of eye-opening experiences, that have both informed and strengthened her work.

"Grey's Anatomy" gets musical tonight

How to Save a Life," the song that brought an audience to from its placement in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will be treated to a group sing-along in the show's musical episode airing March 31. With a Tony Award winner in the cast, Sara Ramirez, it's no surprise she receives the bulk of the solos on the drama's first musical episode. As Dr. Callie Torres, she sings lead on Kate Havnevik's "Grace" and "The Story" and shares lead duties with Jessica Capshaw on KT Tunstall's "Universe & U." The show will feature nine songs closely associated with the show. Chandra Wilson, who starred in "Caroline, or Change" on Broadway, sings lead on Get Set Go's "Wait." Only one of the songs, Gomez's "How We Operate," will feature a lead male voice, that of Kevin McKidd who portrays Dr. Owen Hunt. The ensemble of Ramirez, McKidd, Daniel Sunjata, Scott Foley, Justin Chambers, Chandra Bailey, Kim Raver and Jessica Capshaw gets two numbers: "How to Save a Life" and Jesus Jackson's "Running On Sunshine." A video of Ramirez, who won her acting Tony for the musical "Spamalot," McKidd and Bailey singing "Chasing Cars" is featured in a promo for the drama. The show returns to original episodes March 24. The show's creator Shonda Rhimes and director Tony Phelan had the songs selected and written into a script in November when Chris Horvath was brought in a music director. He spent about two months on arrangements and rehearsing musicians; the vocals were recorded over four days. "When we started I knew we had four people who had serious vocal talent, some had a little bit of experience and some had barely sung in the shower," Horvath tells Billboard. "There was some pushback from some of the cast … but I was impressed by how everybody responded." Jessica Capshaw, for example, worked with a vocal coach and came up "with some really cool qualities" in her voice, Horvath said. He was also impressed with Chyler Leigh, another non-singer. Horvath, a composer, producer and arranger, is putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack, which will be digitally available on March 31.

Younger Brother and Shpongle to release albums

This spring, pioneering musician/producer/composer/DJ Simon Posford offers up the release of Younger Brother's scintillating new album Vaccine. Vaccine (April 26, 2011/SCI Fidelity Records) is the third album by Younger Brother, in which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell. Look for select Younger Brother U.S. tour dates in April; the complete list of dates is included below. Vaccine is Younger Brother’s boldest release to date, and marks a notable evolution from the band's electronic origins by embracing melodic song structures and organic instrumental sounds. Vaccine sounds like no other record ever made, marrying top-quality, stadium-size songcraft to the pulsing beats and sound palette of full-tilt electronic music. Featuring Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) on bass, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar and Joe Russo (who also plays in the Grateful Dead spin-off act Furthur) on drums, the nine-song collection offers expansive, anthemic songs, each molded with Younger Brother’s unique digital process. The result: songs that warrant radio airplay just as much as dance floor action. The U.S. release of Vaccine coincides with Posford’s other current project: the highly anticipated “Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience.” For this massive run of Shpongle “Hybrid” DJ dates, Posford reveals his brand-new "Decks, FX & 101" show made up of an arsenal of turntables, synths, and effects units. The elaborately staged multi-media presentation, which Posford describes as a "maelstrom of beauty and surprise," will raise the bar on Shpongle's longstanding reputation for providing mind-bending, fully immersive multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experiences. Younger Brother tour dates - with Posford (synth/guitar), Vaughan (Ableton / synth) and Campbell (vocals) joined by Matt White on guitar, Chris Borud on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums - are as follows: Apr 6 - Bourbon St. Baltimore, MD w/ Jesters of Kindness, Elemental Apr 7 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY w/ guests TBA Apr 8 - TLA Philadelphia, PA w/ Conspirator Apr 9 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO w/ Prometheus, Inspired Flight, and Human Agency Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience tour dates are as follows: April 12 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV w/ Random Rab, Psilogod April 13 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR w/ Random Rab April 14 - Arcata Theater - Arcata, CA w/ Random Rab April 16 - Coachella - Indio, CA April 20 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO w/ Random Rab April 21 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO (DJ Set) w/ Random Rab April 22 - Spring Back to Vail - Vail, CO April 23 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen April 25 – The Granada - Lawrence, KS w/ Random Rab April 26 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI w/ Random Rab April 28 – Club Zoo - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Random Rab April 29 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Random Rab, Pax Effex April 30 - Best Buy Theater - NYC, NY w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen May 3 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC w/ Random Rab May 4 - Pearl Street Nightclub - Northampton, MA w/ Random Rab May 5 - Royale - Boston, MA w/ Random Rab May 6 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT w/ Random Rab May 9 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO w/ Random Rab, Tom Foolery, Clandestine May 11 - Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO w/ Random Rab May 12 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI w/ Random Rab May 13 - Epic Event Center - Minneapolis, MN w/ Random Rab May 14 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Random Rab, Excision May 18 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY w/ Random Rab May 19 -Valarium - Knoxville, TN w/ Random Rab May 20 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC w/ Random Rab May 21 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Random Rab May 25 - State Theatre - Portland, ME May 26 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NJ (DJ Set) May 27 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY May 29 - B.O.M.B. Fest - Danbury, CT June 1 - Lyric Oxford - Oxford, MS w/ Random Rab June 2 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Ozark, AK June 3 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Random Rab June 10 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL w/ Random Rab June 11 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Random Rab June 17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ Random Rab July 2 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI July 17 - Motion Notion Festival – Alberta, Canada Additional dates to be announced. Purchase a ticket in advance of any Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience shows from www.wantickets.com/shpongle, and receive a link and password to download 3 of Random Rab's albums for free! (Or, forward your ticket receipt to randomrabmusic@gmail.com ) Visit for more information.www.facebook.com/shpongle

Planet Dog launches story contest

In celebration of the 10th birthday of the Orbee-TuffÒ OrbeeÒ Ball, Planet Dog (http://www.planetdog.com) has created an "I Love My Orbee So Much Story" Contest. Known as the best dog ball on the planet, the Orbee launched a decade of romping, wagging and giving in 2001 for the socially responsible pet industry leader. The "I Love My Orbee So Much Story" Contest kicked off on March 15th and runs through May 30th. Dog lovers who submit a story along with a photo or video on Planet Dog's Facebook page earn a chance to become one of ten finalists who will compete for the Grand Prize - a customized dog bed from L.L.Bean and an array of Planet Dog products. For those without access to Facebook, Planet Dog is also accepting submissions through their website. One winning "I Love My Orbee So Much Story" is chosen every week. After 10 weeks, Planet Dog's Facebook fans will vote on the top 10 stories to choose the Grand Prize winner. Along with their story submission, dog lovers participating in the contest are also required to include the name and location of their favorite place to buy Planet Dog products. The Planet Dog Retailer who receives the most mentions will win customized "I Love My Orbee So Much" t-shirts for every employee in their store. They will also win a free case of the Special Anniversary Edition Orbee Balls and the new Orbee-Tuff countertop display Planet Dog is also launching in honor of the 10th birthday. "Since its launch 10 years ago, dog lovers from around the world have gotten in touch to let us know how much their canine companions enjoy Orbee balls, how durable they are, how their dogs hug them, sleep with them, and protect them," says Kristen Smith, Planet Dog's Brand Ambassador. "We are excited to receive and share more Orbee stories through the new contest," adds Smith.

Omnivore Recordings release debut vinyl projects

Ominvore Recordings has announced the release of the label’s debut vinyl projects with a special, limited-edition LP of Big Star’s “lost album” titled Third and a yellow-vinyl Buck Owens 7", featuring early and unreleased recordings, officially available at retail worldwide on Record Store Day, April 16, 2001. The company, distributed in North America by EMI and in Europe by Ace Records UK, will continue to release new projects throughout the year including previously unissued recordings from Townes Van Zandt and Leon Russell, with additional projects to be announced soon. Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition] is a special edition vinyl release limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide. The album has been described as a lost record re-discovered years after it was recorded, one that has seen many track listings, titles and album covers. It’s been dubbed a classic, and an enigma. The Omnivore Recordings edition comes complete with replicas of the original tape box, tracking and lead sheets, mastering card and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The new pressing was cut from the original assembly reel, on the same lathe at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis and by the very same engineers who cut it the first time, Larry Nix and John Fry. Pressed on high quality vinyl at RTI, this is the definitive version of this album. In the limited run of 2,000, five copies of the original test pressings signed by Big Star’s Jody Stephens, original mastering engineers Larry Nix and Ardent’s John Fry will be available at retail, randomly, worldwide. Take a peek inside Larry Nix's Mastering room at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis as Larry, John and Jody prepare the actual new master being used for the new “test pressing” edition on YouTube. The worldwide release of Omnivore’s Buck Owens 7" 45 on yellow vinyl—limited to 1,300 copies—features “Close Up The Honky Tonks” (Early Version - previously unreleased) / My Heart Skips A Beat (Early Version). After Buck acquired all of his masters from Capitol Records, most everything he recorded for the label found its way back into the marketplace in one form or another, except this January 28, 1964, take of “Close Up The Honky Tonks.” Recorded at the same sessions as his #1 single “My Heart Skips A Beat,” the Omnivore version of “Close Up The Honky Tonks” was recently discovered, buried on a multi-track reel—thought to be lost for years. It’s in a different key than the released version (recorded five months later), and whether this was an abandoned take (it does not feature Buck’s trademark, overdubbed harmonies) remains unclear. What is clear is that it is a fascinating peek into the evolution of The Buckaroos and a classic song. Although never issued as a single, “Close Up The Honky Tonks” became a fan favorite and has been covered by artists including Dwight Yoakam, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. The flip side featuring “My Heart Skips A Beat” was originally recorded during the “Act Naturally” sessions in 1963. This early performance carries elements—like fiddle and the honky-tonk shuffle—that Buck would eventually move away from. The track was finished and apparently readied for release, but the song was buried until the tune was re-cut almost a year later (it is possible that the success of the newer sound of “Act Naturally” was the reason for shelving the original version). While this version appeared on the Bear Family box in 2008, it has never been released in mono on a 45. This beauty is the coolest Buckin’ A & B side you’ll ever find. About Omnivore Recordings: Founded in 2010 by long-time, highly respected industry veterans Cheryl Pawelski, Greg Allen, and Brad Rosenberger, Omnivore Recordings’ vision is to preserve the legacies and music created by historical, heritage and catalog artists while also releasing previously unissued, newly found “lost” recordings and making them available for music-loving audiences to discover. Distributed by EMI in North America and Ace Records UK in Europe, Omnivore Recording’s current artist projects include limited edition releases by Big Star and Buck Owens with future projects by Townes Van Zandt and Leon Russell to be announced soon. Omnivore Recordings official website: http://omnivorerecordings.com/

In Other Words signs with Tragic Hero Records


Tragic Hero Records has signed New Jersey post hardcore band In Other Words. The band’s forthcoming label debut was produced at Think Sound with producer Drew Fulk (Decoder, To Speak Of Wolves, Delusions). The album is expected to released mid-Summer 2011.


Drummer/lead vocalist Anthony Ruggiero says, “We could not be happier to be part of the Tragic Hero family! We are looking forward to be on the road as much as possible to support our upcoming full length."


Here’s a link to the band’s signing video:







"The Wrecking Crew" add Long Beach screening Sunday

Another opportunity to experience this amazing personal glimpse into the music industry of the 60's... Another date has been added... April 3, 2011 12 Noon Art Theatre Long Beach 2025 E. 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 Movieline: 562/438-5435 http://www.arttheatrelongbeach.com/ Suggested Donation: $10 DON'T MISS IT!

SXSW channel launched on KarmaloopTV

KarmaloopTV launches a SXSW channel on their site containing exclusive video footage consisting of interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes from the 2011 SXSW Music Festival. WHAT: KarmaloopTV made it down to Austin,Texas for the most recent SXSW 2011 providing you with behind the scenes footage and interviews from all your favorite artists. Running from throughout the month of April Karmaloop will be releasing over 25 new videos from artists like Duran Duran, Chromeo, Atrak, Blaqstarr, B.O.B., Hieroglyphics, Asher Roth, Perez Hilton, Moby, Dirty Vegas, The Cool Kids, and many others. Discussing everything from fashion tips and musical inspiration to the great state of Texas, there’s a little something for everyone. WHERE: Check out the exclusive KarmaloopTV SXSW channel with new interviews daily @ http://www.karmalooptv.com/category/channels/sxsw-channels. WHY: Karmaloop & KarmaloopTV are the purveyors for exciting content on cultural icons,music and fashion for the Verge Culture generation.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias in Long Beach May 13

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is back to perform in his home town of Long Beach at the Terrace Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center on FRIDAY, May 13, 2011, at 8PM. This show is a presentation of Live Nation. Iglesias is a gifted performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a quality comedy experience in every venue he performs. His high-octane show is a hilarious mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters, and sound effects that bring all his personal issues to life. Iglesias’ clean, animated comedy style has earned national crossover appeal. The national sensation has made several television appearances including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and BET's Comic View. He was a guest on the ABC hit sitcom, My Wife and Kids, appeared on Showtime's original series, Resurrection Blvd., and was one of the stars on the popular Nickelodeon show, All That. Iglesias has also won several prestigious awards including Comedy Central's "Favorite Comic of the Year" two years in a row and is recognized as the youngest comedian in the history of Comedy Central to win its "Special of The Year Award." “Gabe is such a talented comedian and we always look forward to hosting him here in Long Beach,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, April 1, at 10AM. Ticket prices are $34.00 and $36.00 and can be purchased through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. The Box Office is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday and 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturday.

Jascha Heifetz documentary to screen at Colburn April 16

It was announced today that the world premiere of Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler, a feature length documentary on the world’s most renowned violinist will take place on Saturday, April 16th at 5:00pm in The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. The film gives a unique insight into the life of Jascha Heifetz, a legendary but mysterious artist for whom only perfection would do; a musical wunderkind who went on to define the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. Heifetz’s story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius: the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts; gifts he must honor, but which extract a life long price. Widely recognized as one of the greatest violinists of all time, Heifetz burst upon the European musical scene as a child virtuoso, where he created such a sensation that police had to protect the young violinist after concerts (as was the case in a 1911 St. Petersburg outdoor concert before 25,000 spectators). His incredible career included stunning success at solo and chamber engagements with major orchestras and concert halls worldwide; as a highly respected teacher and as a prolific recording artist. The film explores not only his musical history in vintage performance clips, but also his family life with rarely seen family home movies, photos and footage from his influence upon pop culture-- from The Muppet Show to Star Trek. The Colburn School was chosen for the premiere because of the school’s commitment to the legacy of Heifetz. When slated for destruction after Heifetz’s death, his Lloyd Wright-designed teaching studio was moved piece by piece to its current home at The Colburn School, where it is now the teaching home of master violin faculty Robert Lipsett, who himself studied with Heifetz as a young man. The School also houses a collection of Heifetz’s personal items. Portions of the film were shot at the studio at The Colburn School during summer 2010.

"Artist Management for the Music Business" 2nd edition publishes

Focal Press, the global leader in media technology publishing, is proud to announce the publication of "Artist Management for the Music Business," 2nd Edition, by Paul Allen. This updated edition prepares readers for the realities of directing the careers of performers in the risky but rewarding music business by providing clear, in-depth information on what to do as an artist manager and how to do it. The book also helps prepare the reader for a successful career as it looks at the application of classic management theory to artist management. " Artist Management for the Music Business," 2nd Edition, contains key industry insights for both new and experienced artist managers, exclusive planning and management tools and successful career strategies for managers and the artists they manage. Allen's book includes artist manager profiles, an exclusive and detailed template for an artist career plan, and samples of major contract sections for artist management and record deals. Updated information, including a directory of artist management companies, is always available at the book's companion website, www.ArtistManagementOnline.com. "Artist Management for the Music Business" was written by Allen for professionals in the record industry seeking insight into the field of artist management, as well as for students studying music business or industry programs. Also newly released by Focal Press is " The Art of Music Publishing: An Entrepreneurial Guide to Publishing and Copyright for the Music, Film and Media Industries" by music industry veteran Helen Gammons. The guide provides a ‘hands on’ perspective to the exciting, high-risk, high-reward music business, with topics covering: understanding the role of the publisher, copyright, managing rights, income streams and contracts. Gammons' book looks at how, when and where income is generated in all the current areas of business, as well as exploring all the areas of music publishing that are available, the new industries offering new income streams and the business models that are developing. Book Details: "Artist Management for the Music Business" 2nd Edition. By Paul Allen. ISBN: 9780240815015 / e-ISBN: 9780240815022 / paperback; 290 pages / Price: EUR 25.99/USD 34.95/GBP 21.99 "The Art of Music Publishing: An Entrepreneurial Guide to Publishing and Copyright for the Music, Film and Media Industries." By Helen Gammons. ISBN: 9780240522357; e-ISBN 9780240522364 / paperback; 208 pages / Price: EUR 25.95/USD 34.95/GBP 21.99 About the Authors: Paul Allen is an author, college professor and veteran of the radio, television, political management and music business industries. He earned his B.S. in business management from the University of Tennessee and was awarded the M.B.A. with an emphasis in marketing from Middle Tennessee State University. Allen's career has included work in the radio and television industries, as well as holding the position of executive director of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., an industry trade association. He is author of the top-ranked and hands-on book, "Artist Management for the Music Business," now in its second edition. He is a contributing author to the industry guide, "From Demo To Delivery," and is co-author of the defining recording industry book, "Record Label Marketing." His artist management website, www.ArtistManagementOnline.com, tops Google.com’s list on the subject of artist management. Helen Gammons, MBA, has three decades of experience as International Creative Director and Business Affairs for leading music industry companies, responsible for music publishing, music supervision, synchronization, licensing of songs and masters, business affairs and artist development. Helen is currently Head of Business Studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in the UK (www.acm.ac.uk ), Executive Director of Planet Audio Group www.planetvideosystems.co.uk , including www.rotolight.com and Executive Producer on forthcoming Hollywood movies. Helen also advises music companies as a business mentor for www.rockstargroup.co.uk.

Kitten in Livestream Studio today

Recently signed to Atlantic Records, L.A. rock band KITTEN will be stopping by the Livestream Studio for an exclusive acoustic set and chat with fans on Thursday, March 31 at 4pm ET/1pm PT. Livestream will broadcast this special occasion as KITTEN takes a break from their current tour with Young the Giant to perform new songs, while taking questions via Facebook and Twitter. Fans can tune into the live performance and chat at http://www.livestream.com/kittentheband.

Christopher Cross to release new album

The voice rides high. Melodic. Beautiful. Everything everybody ever loved about Christopher Cross is on display in the 13 exquisite tracks of Doctor Faith, to be released May 10 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (through earMusic). It marks the first all-new studio offering from Christopher Cross in 12 years. Thirty-one years, five Grammys and an Oscar later, Doctor Faith is a dramatic return. His songwriting has never been sharper, more observant. His singing is better than it’s ever been. The production, for the first time, is guitar-oriented, rather than keyboard-oriented. Michael McDonald is on hand to give voice to the title character. “This album not only feels like a new chapter to my career,” says Cross, “it feels like starting a whole new book.” Cross has dedicated the album to Joni Mitchell “for a lifetime of inspiration.” Influenced by Mitchell’s idiosyncratic way with a lyric line, and the guts to delve deep, Cross, and long time songwriting partner Rob Meurer, have written some songs sure to be instant classics. Opener “Hey Kid” lays it all out: optimistic yet cautious, forward-thinking yet imbued with a world-weary voice-of-experience, it sets the tone for such profundities as “I’m Too Old For This,” “Poor Man’s Ecstasy,” “Still I Resist” and the title track. One of the recurring themes of the album is the search for peace by making peace within one’s self. Cross landed loud and large on the music scene in 1980, winning the Grammy for “Best New Artist.” “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” were both #1s, the latter co-written with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and the late Peter Allen. Cross charted eight times between 1980 and 1983. He has eight albums to his credit, as well as a number of other packages. Through it all, he’s maintained his high level of excellence, also singing, writing and performing with other artists. Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris. Track Listing: 1.) Hey Kid 2.) I’m Too Old For this 3.) When You Come Home 4.) Dreamers 5.) November 6.) Leave It To Me 7.) Doctor Faith 8.) Rescue 9.) Help Me Cry 10.) Still I Resist 11.) Poor Man’s Ecstasy 12.) Everything 13.) Prayin’

Scot Crandal releases album with portion of proceeds to benefit PHAME

Scot Crandal’s newly released album, the aptly titled Now & Again, is a compelling reminder that a well-matched marriage of words and music is what makes the world of love songs go round. The album features eleven original songs composed by Crandal, with lyrics by Nancy Jerrick. Crandal provides stylish vocals and piano accompaniment, recorded at Dead Aunt Thelma’s Studio in Portland, Oregon by well-known recording engineer Josh Millman. Music journalist Mike Roots rates the album 5 out of 5 stars and writes, “As ambitious as Now & Again is in its pursuit of the lofty goal of finding a fitting and comfortable place within the canon of American standards and jazz vocal pieces, it succeeds in a marvelous way.” Music journalist Bryan Rodgers rates the album 4 out of 5 stars and writes, “Crandal instantly becomes an amalgam of classic crooners. His voice has the arresting power of Etta James, the smoothness of Kurt Elling, and the personality of a Bacharach or Sinatra. He’s diverse too, moving easily from the impassioned blues mood of “Bad Storm Comin’ In” to the regal title track, which unfolds with lovelorn, cinematic drama.” In creating the album, Crandal and Jerrick hearken back to the tradition of the Great American Songbook, where sophisticated lyrics and musical expression go hand in hand. “Our aim is to capture the varied moods and styles of the time-honored classics, while also expressing some of the fresh ideas of today,” Jerrick says. “In these songs, I used mostly traditional chord progressions, occasionally infused with more modern harmonic and melodic ideas.” Crandal says. He adds, “I wanted to create something intimate, like the listener is just a table or two away, listening to me play the piano and sing. I think the recording captures this nuance really well.” The songs run the gamut from love lost, in the bittersweet “No Regrets” and torchy “Any Day Now” to love found, in the pop-influenced “Loving Just You” and upbeat “Now You’ve Heard It from Me.” “Summer Heat” expresses the pain of parted lovers, while “So Much, So Fast, So Soon” plays with the surprise of unexpected romance. Together, the album’s songs capture the longing, disappointment, and elation that are part and parcel of the love canon. Now & Again is available through iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Bandcamp and other leading music retailers. Five percent of all sale proceeds will be donated to PHAME, a Portland fine arts academy for developmentally disabled adults. An album release party will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2:30 p.m. at Doc George’s Jazz Kitchen, 4605 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97213, 503-287-7067; Crandal will perform many of the songs, and CDs and download cards will be available for sale. http://www.scotcrandal.com/

dredg and The Dear Hunter at the Roxy May 3 and 4

Two of my favorite bands together on two nights-- who could ask for more?! ~m dredg (headlining) and The Dear Hunter (support), along with Balance and Composure, Trophy Fire, will get their new tour started in Los Angeles at the Roxy on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4. dredg’s new album, CHUCKLES AND MR. SQUEEZY, will be released May 3 on Superball Music. It’s the highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed THE PARIAH, THE PARROT, THE DELUSION (Ohlone Recordings through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group), which was inspired in part by Salman Rushdie’s essay “Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen.” It took the band -- Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitars), Drew Roulette (bass, samples), Mark Engles (guitars) and Dino Campanella (drums, keyboards) -- almost eight months of exchanging song-material via e-mail to finish CHUCKLES AND MR. SQUEEZY-- a process producer Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Kasabian, etc.) was also involved in right from the early beginnings. His influence becomes most apparent in the songs “The Tent,” “Sun Goes Down” and “Before it Began” where he also took an active part in the songwriting. Even though there is a lot of variation in tones and tempo, singer Gavin Hayes sums up the general sound of CHUCKLES AND MR. SQUEEZY as “Dark Pop”: a dark undertone is giving the songs some kind of a contemplative self-analysis – but in the end the album is still characterized by its optimism. “There is a certain darkness to it,” Gavin agrees. “A lot of our music is ultimately positive but can be conceived as sad as well. It has these two sides that oppose each other, but manage to reconcile in the music.” Singer/guitarist/lyricist Gavin Hayes is an adopted child that recently found his biological family. Last year, he did some research online and ended up finding his half-sister on Facebook. Since then he has met about 30 cousins and half-cousins. His half-sister is also in the music business, interestingly enough. She’s an opera singer who has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as other orchestras across the country. A few songs on the new album were written about Gavin’s personal experiences….“Before It Began” is inspired by meeting his biological family, while “The Thought Of Losing You” and “Upon Returning” are about Gavin’s adopted sister being at war and dealing with severe shell shock. The Dear Hunter will be touring in support of their forthcoming nine-EP collection, THE COLOR SPECTRUM, which is due out June 7 on Triple Crown Records in a variety of formats (Full Length CD, Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set, Full Length Vinyl and each song as an individual digital version). THE COLOR SPECTRUM consists of songs inspired by the colors of the spectrum, specifically RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO and VIOLET, with WHITE and BLACK being included as bookends. Casey Crescenzo, mastermind of The Dear Hunter, completed the EPs while traveling the U.S., documenting every step of the process. The collection will feature collaborations with several producers and musicians, including Manchester Orchestra, Brendan Brown from The Receiving End of Sirens, Mike Watts (who has worked with As Tall As Lions and he mixed The Dear Hunter’s 2009 album, ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH), and Steve Haigler (Brand New, As Tall As Lions, Quicksand). Alternative Press had praised ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH: “Casey Crescenzo, the multi-talented fountainhead of The Dear Hunter, assembled a masterwork in ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH, ostensibly the midsection of his ongoing, six-act tale of a born-loser boy who falls for a whore. LIFE AND DEATH expands the Danny Elfman-does-gypsy-vaudeville sound pioneered on TDH’s two previous albums, dedicating more space to better explore the densely layered vocal swathes (‘Writing On A Wall’) and polyrhythmic grooves (‘In Cauda Venenum’) for which Crescenzo’s become known. He flexes some serious harmonic muscle on the lachrymose ‘Saved’ and the aching, album-closing trifecta ‘Son,’ ‘Father’ and ‘Life and Death.’ If you’d prefer to simply commence wetting your shorts, jump to the 4:15 mark of ‘Thief’ and listen through to the end of ‘Mustard Gas.’ F**king bravo, man. 4-1/2 out of 5 stars.” For dredg and The Dear Hunter sound clips, videos, and more, please check out www.dredg.com and www.tdhcolors

Charley Pride honored with road marker

Country music legend Charley Pride has been honored with his very own road marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The ceremony was held Tuesday, March 29, at 1 p.m. on Highway 3 in Pride's hometown of Sledge, MS. A portion of the highway has also been renamed "Charley Pride Highway." "I'm honored and humbled at the same time. It was wonderful!" gushes Pride. "Who'd have thought that a kid who walked four miles to school and four miles home every day would ever get such a tribute?" Charley Frank Pride first garnered notice as a singer when music was just a sideline to his early baseball career. Taking a shot at what seemed an unlikely music career in Nashville, he went on to record 52 Top 10 singles, including 36 No. 1 hits. Singing honky tonk songs in his remarkable baritone, Pride has become a country music legend and the most successful African American artist of the genre. Born on March 18, 1938, Pride was one of 11 children and the outgoing son of poor sharecropper parents. Pride family entertainment focused on the radio – dramas, baseball broadcasts and his father Mack’s favorite, the Grand Ole Opry. Even though Pride would first pursue baseball as a career, music was never absent. He would sing for teammates on bus trips and make appearances in Montana clubs. After a Nashville audition launched Pride's career, from there it was a legendary story in the making. Pride’s greatest success came in the early- to mid- 1970s, when, at that time, he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. He has won multiple awards and honors including: the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year (1971) and Male Vocalist of the Year (1971, 1972), the American Music Award's Favorite Country Album (1973) and Favorite Country Male Artist (1973, 1976). In 1972, Pride won a GRAMMY Award in the Best Country Vocal Performance category for “Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.” He has also been inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and has his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charley Pride has traveled a lot of highways and seen many mile markers, but his journey isn’t over yet. He continues to tour regularly and recently released his first studio album in five years, Choices (Music City Records). For additional information on Charley Pride, visit www.charleypride.com.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Emery releases new album

Post-hardcore veterans EMERY have just released We Do What We Want, their fifth studio album, via Tooth & Nail Records/Solid State. Their first new material since 2009’s ...In Shallow Seas We Sail, Emery is back in fine form with what many are calling the band’s heaviest album to date. Produced by guitarist Matt Carter and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, August Burns Red, All That Remains) We Do What We Want further cements Emery as a mainstay in the heavy music genre, proof that quality and longevity go hand-in-hand. In its review of We Do What We Want, Alternative Press notes, “The first thing you really notice on We Do What We Want, is how heavy it is. Like, ridiculously heavy. Between the ubiquitous A Day To Remember-styled chugga-chugga breakdowns and frantically shrill screams, it’s the hardest performance the band have served up in a long time, if not ever. There’s also an appealing balance to the record, since not every track continues the aural beatdown; there are quieter moments, and they’re generally pretty fabulous…essential listening for fans.” DailyDischord raves, “Catchy hooks. Big choruses. Great harmonic vocals...It’s great to see a band grow without compromising the sound we all know and love." UnderTheGunReview calls the new album, “a beautiful, emotional and aggressive piece of art. (9 out of 10).” Sputnikmusic describes it as, “one of the most hard-hitting, honest and all around solid releases to date for Emery,” while MindEqualsBlown says, “(the) songs smash through your speakers in an inspired way…Emery do what they want, and they refuse to fade.” The deluxe edition of We Do What We Want (featuring two bonus tracks) is available on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-do-what-we-want-deluxe/id424466783) and AmazonMP3 (http://www.amazon.com/What-Want-Deluxe-Digital-Booklet/dp/B004RDCI4W). We Do What We Want is currently streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. Listen in here: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/6. A music video for the album opener, “The Cheval Glass” will premiere in the coming weeks. We Do What We Want tracklisting: 1. The Cheval Glass 2. Scissors 3. The Anchors 4. The Curse of Perfect Days 5. You Wanted it 6. I’m Not Here For Rage I’m Here… 7. Daddy’s Little Peach 8. Addicted to Bad Decisions 9. I Never Got To See The West Coast 10. Fix Me www.facebook.com/emery www.toothandnail.com

Sharks slated for Warped Tour

Hey have you heard of the UK band SHARKS? They were named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2011 and will be on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer. Starting April 26th the band will touring the US with Social Distortion and Chuck Ragan. See dates below. Sharks’ US debut The Joys Of Living 2008-2010 comes out April 5, in a unique partnership between their own label Velvet Scene and Rise Records. The 14-song album is actually a compilation of sorts, showcasing the band’s first 2 years worth of recorded material ('Shallow Waters' and 'Show Of Hands' EP's and the 'Common Grounds' single) as well as 2 brand new songs. This band is seriously AMAZING!! Check out their video for “It All Relates” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtL0gxV0aaw&feature=player_embedded Here’s another link to their song “Sweet Harness”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IDxTi_X96s&feature=player_embedded#at=38 And you can hear their killer cover of The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait” here: http://soundcloud.com/sharksuk/cant-hardly-wait-the.

Remix Armani Exchange and win Coachella tickets

Armani Exchange is giving you a chance to WIN the Ultimate Music and Style Experience - Tickets to Coachella 2011 and the VIP AX 944 Magazine Neon Carnival Event. To play Remix To Win - go the Armani Exchange Facebook Page - Tap the AX Insider Tab and Enter-To-Win: GRAND PRIZE A trip for two (2) to Coachella and to the AX 944 Neon Carnival Event (Air Hotel Included) DAILY PRIZES • TEN (10) FIRST PRIZES: Two (2) admission tickets to Coachella music festival (April 15-17, 2011) in Indio, CA. • FIFTY (50) SECOND PRIZES: One (1) pair of AX Solar Remix sunglasses (style and color of sunglasses to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). ARV: $65. • Limit: One (1) Instant Win Game prize per person. REMIX TO WIN here: http://on.fb.me/ighZa1 **Armani Exchange is in no way affiliated with the Coachella Music Festival.**

Not Tonight Josephine releases cover of "All That She Wants"

Tampa, FL natives NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE are pleased to release their new single on iTunes today. The single is an amazing cover of Ace of Base’s popular tune ‘All That She Wants’. The track has seen amazing reception from fans, especially on YouTube where the track has seen a remarkable 60,000 hits since January 29th, 2011. The band will release their new album All on the Horizon, on April 26th, 2011. The album is the band’s follow up to their 2009 EP, This Orphan Heart. The band teamed up with producer Brett Hestla (Creed, Dark New Day, Framing Hanley) in the studio for All on the Horizon. Brett Hestla is also credited for producing This Orphan Heart. To celebrate the release of the album, NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE is scheduled to head out on a tour of the Eastern U.S. in late spring. The ‘All on the Horizon Tour’ will begin in late April and will travel the states through the end of May. The band is also planning on making appearances at the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Durty Nelly’s in St. Petersburg, FL on March 17th, and at University of South Florida’s Student Union for their tour kickoff on April 24th. The dates will be announced very soon! Since the release of their debut, This Orphan Heart EP and being named "Tampa, FL's Most Buzz-worthy Rock Band" by Creative Loafing in Fall 2009, NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE have quickly been raising their status in rock's up-and-coming scene. 2010 saw the band selected for a main stage performance at the Florida Music Festival in April, shooting a series of webisodes for Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream festival in September, and nailing down a much-coveted slot on WSUN 97X's annual Next Big Thing concert in Tampa, FL in December. The band has also performed at the November 2009 Ford 300 NASCAR Championship Race, the Miami Music Festival, the Driven Music Conference, XFC 9, MudFest, WSUN 97x’s BackYard BBQ, and WJRR Native Noise at House of Blues Orlando, FL. NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE has performed with acts such as Anberlin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and more. With their new single ‘Carousel’ and its video now leaving fans bloodthirsty for more music, NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE will certainly be climbing the ladder ever higher in 2011. NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE is: David Easlick - Vocals Jake Moore - Guitar Adam Aungst - Guitar Evan Foley - Bass, Vocals Randy Ayers – Drums For more information on NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE, please visit these sites: www.nottonightrock.com www.facebook.com/nottonightjosephine www.youtube.com/nottonightjosephine0 www.reverbnation.com/nottonightjosephine

Upcoming concerts from Goldenvoice

On Sale Now! The Dan Band May 28th / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / $19.75, $25.25, $30.25 / on sale now On Sale Thursday! George Lopez's Viva la Risa Comedy Tour All New Comics! April 28th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $25, $35 VIP / on sale 3/31 @ 10am On Sale Friday! International Fitness Challenge May 7th / Club Nokia / Doors: 8am / $79.50, $199.50, $249.50 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am Earth, Wind & Fire 40th Anniversary World Tour 2011 with special guest Aaron Neville June 1st / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 7pm / $49.50, $59.50, $79.50, $129.50 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am John Prine with special guest Loudon Wainwright III June 10th / The Orpheum / Doors: 7pm / $47.50, $59.50 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am Deftones with The Dillinger Escape Plan June 15th / Fox Theater Pomona / Doors: 7pm / $30.50 adv & $33 dos / on sale 4/1 @ 10am Warped Tour 2011 featuring Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Relient K, August Burns Red, Asking Alexandria and more! July 1st / Fairplex Pomona / Doors: 11AM / $33.75 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am July 3rd / Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park / Doors: 11am / $32 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am August 10th / Cal State Dominguez Hills / Doors: 11am / $32.75 / on sale 4/1 @ 10am Boyz II Men July 15th / Club Nokia / Doors: 7pm / $19.50, $33.50, $48.50, $53 dos / on sale 4/1 @ 10am Owl City with Mat Kearney, Breanne Duren (7/21 only), Unwed Sailor (7/23 only) July 21st / Club Nokia / Doors: 6pm / $28.50 adv / on sale 4/1 @ NOON July 23rd / Fox Theater Pomona / Doors: 6pm / $28.50 adv / on sale 4/1 @ NOON On Sale Saturday! Paul Simon live in concert April 19th / The Music Box / Doors: 7pm / $55 / on sale 4/2 @ 10am 102.7 KIIS FM's WANGO TANGO Ke$ha, Pitbull w/ Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, New Boyz, Cobra Starship and introducing Cody Simpson. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and special guest host appearance from Britney Spears May 14th / STAPLES Center / Doors: 5:30 pm / $40, $65, $95, $155, $215 / on sale 4/2 @ 10am The Antlers with Little Scream June 3rd / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $20 / on sale 4/2 @ 10am Front Line Assembly vs. Die Krupps with Cyanotic and DJ Acucrack June 10th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale 4/2 @ 10am Added Support Imelda May with Omar And The Stringpoppers April 7th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $17 / on sale now Plan B with Eliza Doolittle April 19th / El Rey / Doors: 7pm / $20 / on sale now Noah and the Whale with Apex Manor May 25th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $22 / on sale now Hootenanny 2011 Dropkick Murphys / Reverend Horton Heat / Murder City Devils / Supersuckers / Swingin’ Utters / Royal Crown Revue / John Doe / 3 Bad Jacks / Rosie Flores / Big Sandy / Mojo Nixon/ Roger Alan Wade / Luis & the Wildfires / Rocketz / 454's July 2nd / Oak Canyon Ranch / Doors: Noon / $39, $100 VIP / on sale now Show Date Change Kara DioGuardi September 8th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $40 / on sale now, all tickets purchased for April 20th will be honored http://www.goldenvoice.com/

"Tron: Legacy" soundtrack remix contest

The TRON: Legacy soundtrack, composed and produced by the iconic and critically acclaimed duo, Daft Punk, was the highest charting score soundtrack in over a decade when it was released last December. On April 5, Walt Disney Records will release the remix album TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED, which features an eclectic mix of acclaimed DJs, remixers and producers including M83, Photek, Moby, Com Truise, and others. Now Indaba Music http://www.indabamusic.com/tron is giving its community the chance to remix tracks themselves, with the grand prize winner’s track to be considered for airplay on internationally renowned radio station KCRW and featured on the KCRW Music Blog, as well as the chance for the winning mix to be released by Walt Disney Records. The winner will also receive an iPad2 and the TRON: Legacy original motion picture soundtrack deluxe vinyl box set. Ten runners-up will receive the TRON: Legacy original motion picture soundtrack deluxe vinyl box set. Remixers can work with any of the three songs on the Indaba Music site, “The Grid,” “Derezzed” or “End of Line,” but mashups will not be accepted. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Submissions are due by April 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM EDT, and the online voting for 20 finalists ends May 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM EDT. Jason Bentley, the music supervisor for TRON: Legacy and also KCRW’s Music Director and Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, will listen to submissions to determine the Grand Prize Winner, and will select the 10 runners-up from the 20 finalists as chosen by the Indaba community. Pre-order TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED from the TRON: Legacy soundtrack website, where you can also order the deluxe box set that comes with a digital EP featuring previously unreleased tracks, the movie on DVD or Blu-ray, a poster, and more.

"The Dance Scene" coming to E! channel April 10

When the curtain rises and the lights shine on some of music’s biggest stars, she’s the one woman you don’t see in the spotlight. Yet Laurieann Gibson’s blood, sweat and tears are obvious everywhere on stage. This acclaimed choreographer and creative director has worked with A-listers from Lady Gaga to P. Diddy to Alicia Keys, making her one of the most powerful women in music today. Helmed by Ryan Seacrest Productions, "The Dance Scene" follows the lives of Gibson and her team of aspiring dancers and choreographers, (aka Team Boomkack), as they tear up the dance floor preparing for a variety of A-list performances around the world. Whether it's dancing with Katy Perry at a USO event, or performing in Keri Hilson’s latest music video, Gibson demands perfection from her performers, her team and herself. Grab your backstage pass for a look inside this exclusive and high energy world of dance and witness what it really takes to survive on stage…and in Laurieann’s studio when she challenges her crew to “dance for your lives, muffins!” The new E! series, “The Dance Scene,” premieres on April 10 at 10:30 PM only on E! Inside Laurieann's inner circle are: Richy - Gibson’s rock and right hand man who she discovered at a P. Diddy audition nine years ago; Sarah, Gibson’s assistant choreographer who is struggling with her on-again, off-again relationship with Paul, another of Laurieann's star dancers; Kherington, the newest member of the team who Laurieann pushes to the brink to try and unleash her star power; Paula, Kherington’s childhood friend and roommate, and fellow Boomkack dancer; and Lacee, Gibson’s overworked assistant who is dying to get her chance to perform with the crew. Audiences are also introduced to Laurieann's longtime boyfriend Joe Wilson, a hot shot music supervisor, and Marcia, her outspoken Jamaican mother. With Laurieann in the center ring of the circus that is her life there is never a dull moment for her and her “squirrels.”Viewers will get to witness the back-breaking work that goes into the eye-popping performances Laurieann creates. From the first rehearsal to the big night, Laurieann works her team “till their knuckles bleed” so there are no mistakes. A few of this season’s featured performances include the “Divas Salute the Troops” featuring Katy Perry, Keri Hilson and Jennifer Nettles, and a pre-Golden Globes performance by up-and-coming artists Paris and Destinee. Plus, Laurieann makes her directorial debut and directs the bold and controversial new Keri Hilson music video. As the season opens we see Gibson holding intense auditions for the upcoming “Divas Salute The Troops” performance. Hundreds of dancers line up to audition for the opportunity to be one of the select few chosen by Laurieann, as she narrows the field one-by-one. One young cast-off, Kherington, catches the dance diva’s eye, and she is invited to join Team Boomkack as an assistant. However, Laurieann believes Kherington must pay her dues, and earn her right to "dance on a great stage." Laurieann will repeatedly test Kherington's resolve; off-stage she sends her to buy hair extensions, makes her run for coffee and even asks Kherington to wash her dogs. On-stage Laurieann pushes their strained relationship to the brink, demanding perfection and total dedication in every dance step. Will Kherington be able to stand the heat in the studio, or will she crack under fire from BoomKack's leader? Throughout the series we also see glimpses of Team Boomkack’s complicated personal lives. After four years of dating in secret, Laurieann struggles about whether or not to finally go public with her main man/business partner, and for the first time begins to think seriously about whether motherhood is an option for her. Is it possible that she’s finally ready? Sarah has major drama two ex-boyfriends, and begins to wonder if her strained relationship with her father is the cause of all of her issues with men. Even Kherington begins a flirtation with a talented young singer/dancer that Laurieann has been mentoring. Adding to the drama is the underlying competition between all of her employees as they all must audition against each other to be cast by Laurieann for performances. The stakes are high for this group of dancers where one false move could cost them the job…and their reputation. With additional special appearances by Faith Evans, JoJo, Perez Hilton, Rick Ross, Dawn Richard, Six-D and Missy Modell, “The Dance Scene” is a fast paced, never-before-seen, VIP look at what it takes to make it in the toughest, most coveted dance studio in town. Can you take the heat? “The Dance Scene” is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as Executive Producer for RSP while Amber Mazzola also serves as Executive Producer.

Widepread Panic coming to LA in July

WIDESPREAD PANIC WHAT: LIVE IN CONCERT WHERE: THE WILTERN WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 THURSDAY, JULY 14 INFO: BOTH SHOWS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 1 AT 11AM PURCHASE TICKETS AT TICKETMASTER.COM OR CHARGE-BY-PHONE AT (800) 745-3000. GO TO LIVENATION.COM FOR MORE INFO. ALL AGES WELCOME

Buffalo Springfield reunites for shows in LA June 4 & 5

Legendary rock band Buffalo Springfield has announced two performances at The Wiltern on June 4 and June 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10 AM and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, select Live Nation and Ticketmaster retail outlets and via Charge-By-Phone (800-745-3000). Formed in 1966, Buffalo Springfield launched the careers of Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay. Although the group only released three studio albums, Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again and Last Time Around, their impact in folk-rock and country-rock still resonates today. They were recognized for their contribution to music when Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Since disbanding in 1968, Buffalo Springfield has only reunited for last year’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. After four decades, these performances at The Wiltern will allow you the rare opportunity to witness band members Richie Furay, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale, Stephen Stills and Neil Young come together to perform their classic California rock sound.

Fun & Games Friday April 22 at Altadena Library

Fun and Games Friday, April 22, 2011 It’s On @ the Library! Altadena, CA: Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa St, Altadena, CA Teens and tweens come out to the Altadena Library and we’ll open up the Community room, set-up traditional and video games and put out some snacks just for you. Come to the library and have fun, snack, socialize and have the opportunity to win a cool prize, a Target Gift Card. Fun and Games Fridays will happen on April 22, at 3:30 pm.

Upcoming concerts from Live Nation

ON SALE THIS WEEK: On Sale Friday April 1 at 10 AM: EDDIE VEDDER With Special Guest: Glen Hansard Long Beach Terrace Theater -- July 6 The Wiltern -- July 8 On Sale Friday April 1 at 10 AM: Reunited & Performing Live! BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD Featuring: Richie Furay Rick Rosas Stephen Stills Joe Vitale Neil Young The Wiltern June 4 & 5 More Shows Just Added By Demand! On Sale Monday April 4 at 10 AM: SADE With Special Guest: John Legend Staples Center – August 21 Just Added! Honda Center – August 31 Just Added! On Sale Friday April 1 at 11 AM: WIDESPREAD PANIC The Wiltern July 13 & 14 On Sale Thursday March 31 at 4 PM: SLEEP The Wiltern June 26 On Sale Friday April 1 at 1 PM: RAMON AYALA Gibson Amphitheatre July 23 On Sale Friday April 1 at 10 AM: BALLET FOLKLORICO The Wiltern May 1 On Sale Friday April 1 at 10 AM: GABRIEL IGLESIAS Long Beach Terrace Theatre Friday -- May 13 JUST ADDED: Special Guest Just Announced! J. Cole to Join Rihanna’s LOUD Tour On Sale Now: 2011 Loud Tour RIHANNA With Special Guests: Cee Lo Green J. Cole – Just Added! Staples Center -- June 28 Honda Center – June 29 GO TO LIVENATION.COM for tickets, show information and more

Moonday East toasts Poetry Month April 17 in La Canada

Moonday East, the newly opened sister of Moonday in the Village, will be celebrating National Poetry Month with featured reader, Judith Terzi on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2 pm at the beautiful Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada, CA. Moonday is hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones. The reading will take place on the 3th Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 pm. There will be a feature and open mic. Come early to sign up for the open mic. Find future features at: www.moondaypoetry.com Judith Terzi is the author of The Road to Oxnard (2009 Pudding House finalist of note) and Sharing Tabouli (Finishing Line, 2011). Her poetry appears widely in print and on line and has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Best of the Web anthologies. She has received awards and recognition from Alehouse Press (2009 Happy Hour Awards, runner-up), Atlanta Review (2010 International Publication Prize winner), Mad Hatters' Review (Knock Our Hats Off Contest, honorable mention), and Newport Review (2010 Bananagram Contest, 2nd place). She taught French language and literature for many years at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California, as well as English at California State University, Los Angeles and in Algiers, Algeria. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge CA 91011, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Highway. Take the Angeles Crest exit off of the 210, and turn south toward Foothill Blvd. Parking is in the rear of the store. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

Alan Robert working on film adaptation of "Wire Hangers"

Alan Robert, best known for being the bassist and creative force behind the respected hard rock group, Life of Agony, has formed a new film production company, called Wasted Talent Entertainment. The first project in the pipeline is a live-action film adaptation of Robert's own horror/crime graphic novel, Wire Hangers. Robert created, wrote and illustrated the book last year, which was published by award-winning comics publisher, IDW Publishing (30 Days of Night, Locke and Key, Zombies Vs. Robots). IDW's CEO, Ted Adams, is on board as the film's Executive Producer, with Robert and ZAM Entertainment's Jeff Mazzola (Descent, Under New Management, Kiss Me Again) attached as Producers. Teaser poster art for the film reveals Wire Hangers’ main character, Cypra, in full costume designed by Robert Hall of Almost Human FX (The Crazies, Paranormal Activity 2, Devil). Wasted Talent Entertainment is actively pursuing a short list of choice directors and screenwriters for the film. Visit the official movie website, at wirehangersmovie.com. In related news, IDW Publishing will release Robert’s new original horror comic mini-series, Crawl to Me, beginning monthly in July 2011. Crawl to Me is created, written and illustrated by Robert and boasts three unique covers per issue. Cover artists include Robert, Silent Hill: Past Life painter, Menton J. Matthews III and UK illustrator, David Lupton. Visit the official website, at crawltomecomic.com. Crawl to Me takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months. The story centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence. When husband and wife, Ryan and Jessica, move into their first home together, strange things begin to occur. Half-eaten animals and other remains are found inside the basement’s crawl space. Their family dog disappears within the house. Distant voices are heard from beneath the floorboards. The couple begins to think that an evil entity is living inside their walls. Nothing can prepare them for what they’ll discover, but Ryan and Jessica soon realize that they must set aside all they believe to be true, in order to face their inevitable reality. "I couldn't have been happier to do Wire Hangers with Alan," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer, "and to see him stretch in different areas here is even more gratifying. This is a dark, psychologically affecting and surprisingly intimate story that I'm happy to foist on an unsuspecting comic-reading public. Put another way, if you survived Wire Hangers with any part of your psyche intact, Crawl to Me should help finish the job." “All my life, I’ve been told that I have a warped and twisted imagination. So, with these horror stories, I’m finally putting my morbid thoughts to good use,” says Robert. “When Wire Hangers was received so well by comic and horror fans last year, it really inspired me to continue creating stories in the medium. With Crawl to Me, I wanted to go even darker, but, don’t be fooled. This is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, haunted house story. It’s more of a thriller, filled with a ton of demented mind-games that will keep you guessing. Think of it like a Twilight Zone episode on steroids.” About Alan RobertIn 2010, Alan Robert’s debut comic series, Wire Hangers, received the Cover of the Year Award by ComicMonsters.com. The four-issue series was published monthly by IDW and later collected into a trade-paperback book. Robert's band, Life of Agony, recently celebrated their twenty-year anniversary with a successful tour, where the group performed in front of crowds as large as 500,000 people in Europe. A double-disc set entitled 20 Years Strong: River Runs Red - Live in Brussels (I Scream Records) is in stores worldwide. Robert is also wrapping up the writing process for his new Spoiler NYC album, titled Banned in 38 States. Robert is the lead vocalist/bassist for the New York based, punk-trio. Banned in 38 States will be the sophomore release for Spoiler NYC, following their 2007 debut, Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen (SOS Records/I Scream Records). Two new exclusive tracks, produced by Grammy-Award winning producer, Ken Lewis (Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys, Fall Out Boy) can be heard online. Information about Robert’s bands can be found at LifeOfAgony.com and SpoilerNYC.com. For his latest comic news and downloadable low-res images, visit: WireHangersComic.com and CrawlToMeComic.com. For Wire Hangers movie news and downloadable low-res images, visit WireHangersMovie.com.

Pasadena Emergency Response Training offered Saturday

Pasadena families, neighborhood leaders, business associations, churches and community-based organizations are invited to a free boot camp Saturday, April 2, when they will go through Pasadena Emergency Response Training (PERT) course. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cleveland Elementary School, 524 Palisade St., will include training in disaster preparedness, assessment of medical needs, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and other skills critical to the first 72 hours after a disaster when first responders may have to take care of other top-priority needs. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. RSVPs are required. To reserve a spot or for more information e-mail district1@cityofpasadena.net, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/district1/pert or call (626) 744-4444. This event is sponsored by Pasadena City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, Flintridge Center and Southern California Gas Company. For general information about emergency preparedness in Pasadena visit www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster or call (626) 744-7276. www.cityofpasadena.net/publicaffairs Blog: www.pasadenapio.blogspot.com Facebook: Pasadena PIO Twitter: pasadenapio

Theatre 360 offers classes and workshops in Pasadena

Theatre 360 announces upcoming Master Classes and Workshops for the Community! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with Broadway and New York theatre professionals. All kids ages 6 to 19 are welcome! Seussical: Broadway Master Class with Eddie Korbich Saturday, April 2nd from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Ages 6 to 19 Curtain up! Learn original choreography from the Broadway production of Seussical from Broadway veteran Eddie Korbich and get feedback on your performance! This is a unique opportunity for students to develop their skills as they learn what it takes to be in a Broadway show. $40 if enrolled in Theatre 360 spring session class or $60 if not enrolled Eddie Korbich's Broadway credits include THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Drama Desk Nominee), AFTER THE NIGHT, WICKED, SEUSSICAL, CAROUSEL (Lincoln Center), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and SWEENEY TODD (Circle in the Square). Eddie received the 2000 Obie Award for his performance in TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE at the York Theatre. Master Class: From Audition to Opening Night with Bixby Elliot Five Saturdays: April 9th, 16th, 30th, May 7th & 14th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm (except 5/7, class will be from 4 pm to 6pm) Ages 12 to 19 This 5-week workshop with New York based playwright, director and actor Bixby Elliot, takes the actor from the audition room to cold reading callbacks to in-depth scene work that brings students inside the world of the play. Participants will be asked to "audition" for a specific play using prepared monologues, then work on cold reading of sides from that play in callbacks and then prepare and work on scenes from the play-giving actors a full experience of booking a job to being brilliant on stage. $150 if enrolled in Theatre 360 spring session class or $250 if not enrolled A graduate of Columbia University's MFA program, Bixby Elliot has had plays produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Edinburgh, Scotland. Bixby is a finalist for the Julliard Fellowship, recipient of the Howard Stein Fellowship and a Dean's Fellow at Columbia. He has taught at the illustrious Strasberg Acting Program as well as Syracuse University's Tepper Semester for Directors in NYC. Casting Workshop: LA Film & TV Casting Director Arlie Day Saturday, May 7th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Ages 8 to 19 A workshop where kids will get material, cold read and get individual feedback from a television casting director. Students will learn how to improve their on-camera auditions. Parents will have the opportunity to participate in a half-hour Q & A. $40 if enrolled in Theatre 360 spring session class or $60 if not enrolled Arlie Day started casting at NBC in 2005 under Damona Resnick. In January 2006, Ms. Day started on the pilot of "Brothers & Sisters" under Bacharach/O'Neill Casting and since its premiere has been working as an associate on "Brothers & Sisters" as well as numerous television pilots. ABOUT THEATRE 360: Theatre 360 is an award-winning children’s theatre company and school that offers professional theatre and theatre education to children of all ages. Since 2001, the theatre company has trained students on-stage and back stage through classes and workshops, developing their talents and abilities into working theatre professionals.

Western Union Love in Any Language contest in LA Saturday

WHO: Across the country, people looking to sing, shout-out and send love in any language are invited to record their original song to show how they care about the special people in their lives. WHAT: As part of Love in Any Language contest candidates will be auditioning in-person at the Patricia Styrla Studios for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize and appear at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference on April 27. Constants should share their original song that displays the theme of Love in Any Language. Those interested in entering can go to loveinanylanguage.com (in English) or amorenmilidiomas.com (in Spanish) or visit facebook.com/WesternUnion to upload their original music video that describes how they express their love to family, friends and loved ones. Live auditions will also be coming to New York, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C. and Miami. See contest site for details. WHEN: Saturday, April 2* 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Patricia Sturla Studios 3440 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 450 Los Angles, CA 90010 *Contest runs online from Monday, March 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 18, 2011.

All District Music Festival in Pasadena Friday

The Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) stellar young musicians will showcase their talent at the second of two spring All District Music Festivals on Friday, April 1, at the Pasadena High School auditorium. This annual event provides a first-class performance opportunity for student musicians to broaden their experience and prepare them for advanced musical training. Prominent area music professionals will be on hand to serve as guest conductors. Musicians representing all PUSD elementary, middle and high school campuses will present a Middle and High School String Orchestra, and choral ensembles from all grade levels, including a mass choir at the end. Featured conductors include PUSD instrumental music faculty Keleen Lewkewich, retired PUSD music faculty and prominent local music educator Vena Luthey. Guest conductors include Jeffrey Bernstein, Artistic Director of the Pasadena and Hollywood Master Chorales and assistant conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, and Alan Mautner of the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. The concert is free to the public. EVENT: All-District High School Music Festival DATE/TIME: April 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm LOCATION: Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena DETAILS: Ample free parking is available For the latest news and information about the Pasadena Unified School District, including Board of Education Meeting Highlights, watch KLRN-TV or go to www.pusd.us.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Weerd Science (Josh Eppard) to release album and tour

After his eight-year daily battle with opiates, Josh Eppard has kicked his addiction and will be releasing his long awaited second full-length album SICK KIDS under his solo moniker WEERD SCIENCE on May 17, 2011. He will be telling his story throughout Spring on The British Invasion Tour and all Summer long on Vans Warped Tour (tour dates below). MC Lars will be releasing this collection of rhymes, raps, and beats on his independent label Horris Records, nearly six years after Weerd Science’s debut album Friends and Nervous Breakdowns. Sick Kids was co-produced by Eppard and Dave Parker (ex-Coheed and Cambria), tracked at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY and Dark World Studios in Kingston, NY, and mixed by Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, Bad Brains). Sick Kids is a journey in the fragile mind of a drug addict – feelings of hurt, guilt, sadness, happiness, and twisted thoughts. During the making of Sick Kids, Eppard was back and forth with drugs - more back than forth. He explained, “Part of the guilt that haunted me daily was to look the people who were so excited to be making another Weerd Science record in the eyes and lie. I would convince them that I was sober and ready to work, but the truth is that I was shooting dope in the bathroom pretty much the entire session.” I n no way does Sick Kids follow a specific theme, but the songs that have nothing to do with drugs were his way of running from the truth. Deep down inside, this album was his cry for help. Drugs didn’t necessarily enhance his creative mind, so he kept Sick Kids as-is. “It would’ve been vastly different if I was sober,” he continues. “It would also be an injustice to my struggle with addiction to gloss my performances.” Realizing when he was sober that the more good people he knew became distant during his addiction. “You open your eyes one day and ask yourself, 'Why am I in a car with two homeless guys and a hooker at 4am?' The people in your life who were honest and decent are gone,” he reflects. After two years of being clean, he no longer gets the urge like he used to, back when he had dreams of getting high and would have to wake up in the middle of the night to shake it off. “It’s such a great feeling to be beyond this… I know what it’s like to not want to live and literally hold a knife to your wrist and pray to God that this time you’ll have the courage to slice.” As a drummer, Eppard has seen the ups and downs of the music industry first hand, which was even the topic of his Weerd Science debut Friends and Nervous Breakdowns (Equal Vision). He began his career drumming in the band 3 (Universal) in 1992 prior to joining Coheed and Cambria (Columbia) in 2001. After parting ways with the band in 2006 and taking time to clean up, Eppard’s love of drumming drew him back to his current band Terrible Things (Universal Motown). Opting to release his debut on an independent label, Eppard confides, “In my opinion, a label in this day and age can’t offer me anything as an artist. Labels fail more than they succeed. Why should I sign a deal where they have their hands in my touring revenue, merch, and my everything when all they can offer me is a fancy building and some free lunch every few months?” Eppard wanted his fans to be directly involved with this album, so he created a KickStarter campaign, and within five days, he reached his goal of $4,000 dollars. Currently, he's surpassed his goal by nearly $2,000 and there is still seven days left. “Weerd Science can be as big as the world wants it to be,” he surmises. “I’m tired of boring music and I’m not following a system designed to limit what’s available to us as consumers.” WEERD SCIENCEtour dates w/ Heavy Metal Kings Apr 16 The Note West Chester, PA The British Invasion Tour May 11 Railway Winchester, ENG May 12 Academy 2 Oxford, ENG May 13 Furnace Swindon, ENG May 14 The Grove Tavern Wimbledon, ENG May 15 The iBAR Bournemouth, ENG May 16 Cavern Exeter, ENG May 17 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, WAL May 18 Roadmender Northampton, ENG May 19 Lock 42 Leicester, ENG May 20 Vivaz Scarborough, ENG May 21 Corporation Sheffield, ENG May 22 Rock City Disco 2 Nottingham, ENG May 23 ABC2 Glasgow, SCT May 24 Tunnels Abderdeen, SCT May 25 Shipping Forecast Liverpool, ENG May 26 Ruby Lounge Manchester, ENG May 27 Cherries Café Bridgewater, ENG May 28 Slam Dunk Festival Leeds, ENG May 29 Slam Dunk Festival Hatfield, ENG May 30 Slam Dunk Festival Birmingham, ENG Vans Warped Tour Jun 24 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX Jun 25 The Showgrounds Houston, TX Jun 26 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX Jun 29 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM Jun 30 The Plaza Hotel Las Vegas, NV Jul 01 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA Jul 02 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA Jul 03 Seaside Park Ventura, CA Jul 06 Sandstone Amphitheatre Kansas City, KS Jul 07 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Noblesville, IN Jul 08 Comerica Park Detroit, MI Jul 09 First Midwest Bank Tinley Park, IL Jul 10 Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN Jul 12 Darien Lake PAC Darien Center, NY Jul 13 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA Jul 14 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA Jul 15 Arrow Hall Mississauqa, ON Jul 16 Parc Jean Drapeau Montreal, QC Jul 17 The Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT Jul 19 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, WI Jul 20 Time Warner Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH Jul 21 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ Jul 22 First Niagara Pavilion Burgettstown, PA Jul 23 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY Jul 24 Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport, NJ Jul 26 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD Jul 27 Verizon Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA Jul 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC Jul 29 Firestone Orlando, FL Jul 30 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL Jul 31 Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, FL Aug 01 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA Aug 02 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH Aug 03 Verizon Amphitheatre Maryland Heights, MO Aug 04 Westfair Amphitheatre Council Buffs, IA Aug 05 Invesco Field Denver, CO Aug 06 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT Aug 07 Cricket Wireless Pavilion Phoenix, AZ Aug 09 Cricket Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA Aug 10 Home Depot Center Carson, CA Aug 11 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA Aug 12 Idaho Center Amphitheatre Nampa, ID Aug 13 Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA Aug 14 Washington County Fair Hillsboro, OR Sick Kids Pre-Order Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/horrisrecords/weerd-science-sick-kids www.weerdscience.net www.facebook.com/weerdscience www.twitter.com/realjosheppard www.horrisrecords.com

Funeral Party album out today


Funeral Party's Debut Album The Golden Age Of Knowhere Out Today, March 29, 2011


Buy it here:



"Funeral Party's debut has all the scream and guitar to get your feet moving...unironically" - Filter, Good Music Guide"[Under] hissing high-hats and angular guitar rhythms lies the unmistakable facility for balls-out arena anthems" - Spin


The LA natives also take to the road joining Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan then Panic! At The Disco for a cross-country tour, starting in New York tomorrow, March 30th, for a special release party early show at Mercury Lounge. Funeral Party will also make their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on March 31 and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 6.


Produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis), Funeral Party's debut album has already received rave reviews from the UK. The legendary Q Magazine gave The Golden Age Of Knowhere four stars calling it "thrilling"; while Mojo says: "each track spills out with fist-in-the-air energy." The first single off the album "Finale" recently won MtvU's Freshman and is also a part of this month's Fuse/MySpace Introducing series.


Funeral Party Tour Dates

Weds. March 30 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

Thurs. March 31 New York, NY Late Show with David Letterman

Weds. April 6 Los Angeles, CA Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Thurs. April 7 San Diego, CA Soda Bar

Fri. April 8 Los Angeles, CA Echowith Deftones:

Thurs. April 14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

Fri. April 15 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

Sat. April 16 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

Thurs. April 21 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

Fri. April 22 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

Sat. April 23 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

Tues. April 26 St. Louis, MO The Pageant

Thurs. April 28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

Fri. April 29 Milwaukee, WI The Rave

Sat. April 30 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

Sun. May 1 Detroit, MI Fillmore Theatre

Tues. May 3 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy

Thurs. May 5 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino

Fri. May 6 Providence, RI Lupo's

Sat. May 7 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre

Mon. May 9 Boston, MA House Of Blues

Tues. May 10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

Weds. May 11 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

Fri. May 13 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre

Sat. May 14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre


with Panic! At The Disco:

Weds. June 8 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

Thurs. June 9 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

Fri. June 10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Murat Center

Sat. June 11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

Sun. June 12 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club

Weds. June 15 Houston, TX House Of Blues

Fri. June 17 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre

Sat. June 18 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

Sun. June 19 San Diego, CA House Of Blues

Tues. June 21 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

Weds. June 22 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre

Fri. June 24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo

Sat. June 25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

Sun. June 26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

Tues. June 28 Denver, CO Odgen Theatre

Weds. June 29 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium


Check out their U.K. documentary here:



Stay in touch with the latest on Funeral Party:





Videos:


NYC Moves to the Sound of LA:



Just Because:



Finale: