Mastodon to Appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Outdoor Stage on April 3rd

MASTODON TO APPEAR ON ABC’S JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
OUTDOOR STAGE ON APRIL 3RD
 
BAND WILL PERFORM LIVE AT AMOEBA MUSIC, HOLLYWOOD ON APRIL 4TH
 
NEW ALBUM, EMPEROR OF SAND, DUE MARCH 31ST ON REPRISE RECORDS
 
(Photo Credit: Jimmy Hubbard)
March 16th, 2017 – (Burbank, CA) – MASTODON have announced their first live late night televised appearance in support of their new album Emperor of Sand, which will be released via Reprise Records on March 31st. The band will perform on the outdoor stage at ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 3rd,  and  the following day, April 4th, a rare, intimate show at Amoeba Music Hollywood, 6400 Sunset Blvd., at 5 pm.
Beginning on Friday, March 31st, fans who purchase Emperor of Sand at Amoeba Hollywood will receive admission to the in-store and a limited-edition “MASTODON Live at Amoeba” lithograph commemorating the show. Admission is limited to in-store orders only and two LP/CD + ticket per person.  Admittance lines for the in-store will form on Ivar Avenue beginning at 2 pm on April 4th and is limited to first purchasers and the store’s capacity.
Emperor of Sand is available for pre-order now at www.mastodonrocks.com.
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Despite the industry ilk, Trace Cyrus is his own man.

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Photo: Fred Blauth

Trace Cyrus spoke with me before his show at Altar Bar on April 27th. Miley’s brother. Billy Ray’s son. Shirtless, covered in tattoos, and without removing his sunglasses he prepared for my barrage of questions, a slight disinterest in his body language. You can imagine how one might feel conducting an interview with such a first impression. While I geared up in an attempt assert my own coolness despite my age, humble income, and complete lack of tattoos, Trace Cyrus began to open up about his shortcomings as a songwriter and musician. He freely spoke of his family’s connection to the industry and how fortunate he has been because of it. He acknowledged that without his sister he wouldn’t have had access to his first band (it was on the set of Hannah Montana where he was connected with Metro Station, a teen pop foursome who made a splash on the charts with their single “Shake It.”) All in all, Trace Cyrus is an extremely likable guy, humble and down to earth. Shame on me for assuming otherwise.

All that being said, real people like you and I may acknowledge that while he may be down to earth what earth is he down to? Certainly not mine. He never finished high school, never had a real job, and experienced immediate musical success. But our experiences are always our own and there are still universal emotions and struggles. Trace Cyrus isn’t entirely void of the existential crises that post-modern intellectuals like to boast.

Growing up with Billy Ray Cyrus as a father would get any Nashville youngster in the early-mid ’90s an immediate identity, and perhaps it brought more comforts than most people have. But his identity, regardless of its fortunes, was crafted. Crafted by the music industry and music fans. This realization does not escape him. His celebrity persona followed him to Toronto, Canada where Billy Ray agreed to make a television show. “I hated living in Canada,” Cyrus admits. “I got bullied a lot, it was probably the worst part of my life.”

All this time Cyrus had attended nine different schools, his father was continuously under pressure to repeat the success of “Achey Breaky Heart,” and Trace had no identity to call his own. Then, on the brink of adult hood, Trace made a bold decision. He dropped out of high school and moved to California. ” In California, nobody gave a crap that my dad was Billy Ray, I just got to be me.”

Hollywood clubs, and parties attracted the young Cyrus. Now he admits that those days are over and looks forward to moving back to Tennessee and buying a house. At the the time however, upper tier socializing advanced his confidence and laid the foundation for his energetic on-stage presence that served Metro Station well. All of this he credits to California.

That is not to say that it has been one success after another. Metro Station parted ways, best friends separating. His first album under the moniker Ashland High, Geronimo, was released to mixed reviews, and Trace admits that Miley and Billy Ray are still referenced whenever anyone discusses his music–it has to happen, though and ultimately Cyrus knows that.

Growing up within the music industry is still growing up and the pressures of adult hood have not gone unnoticed by the 24 year old. Cyrus takes in all in stride, however. He’s recreated himself once, he can do it again.While he still mainly plays to the 15-17 year old market, and this is not surprising, Cyrus strays little from the teen-pop genre, Trace asserts that he is trying to reach out to his older fans who grew up with Metro Station. It seems as if it is working. There was a substantial number of folks in their early 20’s who attended the show. Maybe they were there out of nostalgia, or maybe, as Cyrus’ presence has become far more personal on stage old Metro Station fans are getting a vision of what one of their teenage idols has experienced entering adulthood. And they’re realizing that he’s feeling the same sort of pressure, expectations, and confusion they are.

While there is certainly room for the young Cyrus to grow musically and lyrically, Trace Cyrus doesn’t seem to ignore experience and so it is a growth that is sure to happen.

“Capturing Music: A Music Photography Seminar”

After a busy year culminating with shoots for Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Motionless in White, The Misfits, GWAR, Arsis and Epica, spreads in Alternative Press Magazine, Revolver Magazine AND Outburn Magazine, as well as time well spent raising over $1,500 for late Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker’s daughter Kenadee with a legacy print series (all proceeds went to Kenadee’s education fund), JEREMY SAFFER can now announce the new dates for his first west coast music photography seminar in conjunction with SoundCheck Hollywood.

The seminar will take place on February 9th and 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood, located at 8872 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.

SEMINAR DETAILS:
The two-day seminar and workshop will focus on portrait work with musicians and will cover the entire process—from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, and magazine layouts, to walking attendees through the process of what to do post-shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, and even how to price yourself. Many other business aspects of being a professional photographer within the music industry will be discussed.

The first day will be the official seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as a lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial. In the afternoon of day one, attendees will complete mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set-ups, poses, etc. Jeremy has also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for attendees that specifically request it.

On the second day of the seminar, attendees will experience a hands-on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by Jeremy (as a real-life example), and next by themselves! Attendees will take over and complete a real photo shoot with the band in various locations.

Hopeful attendees must act now; there are only 10 tickets available to this seminar!

On February 9th at 6pm, SoundCheck Hollywood will re-open to the public for a brief meet and greet/signing where Jeremy will be signing his copies of his book Bring The Noise and will have exclusive limited edition prints available for purchase at a special one-time only price.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.jeremysaffer.com/soundcheckseminar.

Beach Day Premieres “Walking On The Streets”

Click Here To Listen To “Walking On The Streets” On FILTER

Hollywood, Florida is not your typical beach town. The buildings, diners, and of course the beach appear frozen in the 1950’s. Probably a result of the town’s population boom happening in that era, a current drive down the streets feels like your moving through an R. Crumb drawing. Things seem exaggerated and a bit odd. The now mature population seems a caricature of their former selves.

It is this strange place, lovingly dubbed Hollyweird, Florida, that the trio Beach Day calls home. Their sound is heavily influenced by their surroundings. They make new music, but it is definitely old at heart. And it’s definitely sunny, but not without some murkiness.

Kimmy, Natalie and Skyler met at a local show and quickly bonded over their love of 60’s Girl Groups, their dissatisfaction with their current musical endeavors and a common desire to be in a band that was purely about fun and making music without pretense.

Skyler was living in Asheville but missing the beach culture, so he moved back. Natalie was planning a move to the west coast but already had song ideas, so she decided to stay. The two moved into a house with Kimmy and all acquired jobs at the local Smoothie Shack. Somewhat of a big commitment for a band that just wants to have fun, but the first song they wrote together came easy. It is called Beach Day, and it is their first release out July 17th on Kanine Records (limited edition white vinyl 7” & digital download).

An embodiment of their surroundings and love of 60’s girl groups, Beach Day sounds as you might expect. Think of a female fronted Beach Boys, throw in some The Shangri-La’s, The Ventures, The Sonics, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, add in contemporaries Cults, Jacuzzi Boys, Dum Dum Girls and the Black Lips and you have a soundtrack for your perfect Beach Day.

KATE EARL ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES WITH PASSENGER

To celebrate the release of Stronger on November 19th, Kate Earl is performing a residency at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles all month and has just announced a run of dates this December with UK-based singer-songwriter Passenger. The Wall Street Journal named Kate an “Act to Watch” at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, and praised her “warm, sometimes-smoky voice and acute pop sensibility.”

It’s also no surprise that Alaska born singer-songwriter Kate Earl was recently named Glamour.com’s “New Indie Obsession.” With her rootsy brand of all-American 70’s pop-rock, Stronger echoes the timeless era of west coast singers like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell and features collaborators Brett Dennen and former Dawes member Blake Mills.

Kate’s new collection showcases the careful development of a singular voice, re-emerging as a deeply thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. “Maybe I’m a late bloomer,” Kate admits with an infectious chuckle, “but I think I’ve reached such a place of honesty with this album. It’s me coming out and telling my stories. This is where I came from.”

Kate Earl November Residency at The Hotel Cafe in LA
Nov 08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café
Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café
Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café

Kate Earl Tour Dates with Passenger
Dec 06 – Boston, MA @ Café 939 at Berklee
Dec 08 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Dec 09 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
Dec 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Dec 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

STELLAR CORPSES PREMIERE NEW HALLOWEEN EDITION VIDEO

Santa Cruz punk rockers Stellar Corpses are premiering an all-new Halloween edition video for their debut single “Vampire Kiss,” today at AOL’s Noisecreep! Recently filmed in Hollywood at a raucous house party, by director Jared Sagal (Rockerrazzi Films), check out the band performing the track singer Dusty Sheehan tells Noisecreep “is a tribute to the greatest vampire movie of all time, The Lost Boys, filmed in our hometown of Santa Cruz.” The band also recorded two webisodes full of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to accompany the video.

Stellar Corpses’ new studio album Dead Stars Drive-In was produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Joe McGrath (AFI, Morrissey, Green Day, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio). Blending a musical amalgamation of punk, rockabilly, hard rock and melodic rock, thrown in for good measure, Dead Stars Drive-In defies musical expectations. In support of the release, Stellar Corpses have recently been on tour supporting Tiger Army, punk rock legends TSOL, Nekromantix, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and classic horror punk rockers The Misfits. The band recently added a new slate of Southern California live shows, with additional tour dates to be announced.

With musical influences ranging from Elvis, Black Flag, Social Distortion, Stray Cats, and Bad Religion, to Black Sabbath, The Misfits, Danzig, Rancid, Sepultura and Megadeth, it’s no wonder Stellar Corpses chose to work with producer McGrath pouring everything they had into a stellar first album. Dead Stars Drive-In features special guest turns from Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget from the revolutionary goth punk band AFI, and Michale Graves of The Misfits.
Dead Stars Drive-In covers all sorts of subjects beginning with the title track, an ode to the dark side of Hollywood and how some of its brightest stars eventually burned out. “But to this day, their lights shine as bright as ever, and we will go on loving them always,” Sheehan explains.

Stellar Corpses, which literally means “dead stars” in astronomy (Grave’s idea from studying astronomy in college), have become a fixture in the Santa Cruz hard rock music scene over the years. They are by no means an overnight success story. The band met in high school and have been around, playing clubs, building their fan base one-by-one with their dynamic and interactive live shows.

Stellar Corpses is Dusty Sheehan on vocals and lead guitar, Dan Lamothe on upright bass and backing vocals, Emilio Menze on guitar and backing vocals, with Kyle Moore on drums.

STELLAR CORPSES CONFIRMED LIVE SHOWS:

DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
October 30 The Viper Room Los Angeles, CA
November 1 The Hood Palm Desert, CA
November 2 Bar Eleven San Diego, CA
November 3 So Cali Studio Los Angeles, CA
November 4 Slide Bar Fullerton, CA
November 10 The Cosmopolitan/Sunset Sessions Las Vegas, NV
November 30 The Alley Sparks, NV
December 01 Oakland Metro Oakland, CA
May 25, 2013 Tucson Rodeo Grounds (Hot Rods and Horror Festival) Tucson, AZ

* additional dates TBA

Beach Day Announces 3 CMJ Shows

Click Here To Watch Beach Day’s Break Thru Radio Session

Click Here To Watch ‘Beach Day’ Video

CMJ

10/18 – PUTUMPU + Surprise Attack! Party @XPO 929

10/19 – 5:30pm – Kanine Showcase @ Cameo Gallery

10/20 – Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Public Assembly

Hollywood, Florida is not your typical beach town. The buildings, diners, and of course the beach appear frozen in the 1950’s. Probably a result of the town’s population boom happening in that era, a current drive down the streets feels like your moving through an R. Crumb drawing. Things seem exaggerated and a bit odd. The now mature population seems a caricature of their former selves.

It is this strange place, lovingly dubbed Hollyweird, Florida, that the trio Beach Day calls home. Their sound is heavily influenced by their surroundings. They make new music, but it is definitely old at heart. And it’s definitely sunny, but not without some murkiness.

Kimmy, Natalie and Skyler met at a local show and quickly bonded over their love of 60’s Girl Groups, their dissatisfaction with their current musical endeavors and a common desire to be in a band that was purely about fun and making music without pretense.

Skyler was living in Asheville but missing the beach culture, so he moved back. Natalie was planning a move to the west coast but already had song ideas, so she decided to stay. The two moved into a house with Kimmy and all acquired jobs at the local Smoothie Shack. Somewhat of a big commitment for a band that just wants to have fun, but the first song they wrote together came easy. It is called Beach Day, and it is their first release out July 17th on Kanine Records (limited edition white vinyl 7” & digital download).

An embodiment of their surroundings and love of 60’s girl groups, Beach Day sounds as you might expect. Think of a female fronted Beach Boys, throw in some The Shangri-La’s, The Ventures, The Sonics, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, add in contemporaries Cults, Jacuzzi Boys, Dum Dum Girls and the Black Lips and you have a soundtrack for your perfect Beach Day.

“Singer Kimmy Drake has the true voice of a girl-group leading lady, something like a young, white Ronnie Spector raised on punk” ORLANDO WEEKLY

“[The music] may tip its hat to the past-in particular, ‘60s girl groups…but it’s hardly derivative.” ELLE

“We love a fun song about going to the beach. Now there is a whole band about it.” FOAM MAGAZINE

“A ‘60s surf band with a touch of The Ronettes and Dum Dum Girls” WILD HONEYPIE

“Take a listen to our latest Band Crush… the nostalgic trio with ‘60s surfer melodies” NYLON (BAND CRUSH)

““If The Shangri-Las and the Black Lips had a baby, the result would definitely be Beach Day. Those Beachy girl vocals you crave alongside a steady 60’s garage rock sound will make for a nostalgic and rejuvenating listening experience.” POP MONTREAL

HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SPORTS Video and Updates; List of Music Events at CLUB CRIMSON

Spread across 23 acres, HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SPORTS is located just outside Los Angeles, CA. Consisting of four themed mazes, two Killhouses, a full bar – Club Crimson, two scarezones, a ‘freak show’ and a number of additional activities, the park has made a few changes since it’s opening weekend. General admission to the park is now only $25 and Killhouse prices have been slashed in half, now only $5 per house, per time. Haunt outlet Theme Park Adventure came through on opening weekend and has posted a video showcasing a handful of our creepy characters.

One of the few haunted attractions to offers a full bar to 21+ patrons, CLUB CRIMSON is a 2-story club facility located inside the park, built with actual props from the movie “The Haunting”. At no extra cost, the club offers music, dancing, outdoor smoking patios and more. Below is a list of scheduled meet and greets and DJ appearances, with more to be announced. General admission to the park will be only $10 with a printed out flyer for that night’s CLUB CRIMSON event. Flyers are located on each night’s Facebook Event Page listed below. The specialty drink menu can also be seen here.

Friday, 10/12 – EYES SET TO KILL / CENTURY MEDIA Night
http://www.facebook.com/events/421679277880995/
-EYES SET TO KILL Meet and Greet @ 9:00 PM (All Ages)
-Special Guest DJ CISKO of EYES SET TO KILL
-CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Booth

Saturday, 10/13 – DAS BUNKER Night
https://www.facebook.com/events/444992612219267/
-Los Angeles Nightclub DAS BUNKER takes over CLUB CRIMSON
-Special Guest DJ’s include TRAUMA, REV. JOHN, FRANCK H-BOMB and RONAN HARRIS of VNV NATION

Friday, 10/19 – SUICIDE SILENCE Night
-Mitch Lucker of SUICIDE SILENCE’s birthday party
-Special Guest DJ’s MITCH LUCKER and ALEX LOPEZ of SUICIDE SILENCE

Saturday, 10/20 – BURNING ANGEL / LIP SERVICE Night
http://www.facebook.com/events/460800277298221/
-Meet and Greet with the ladies of BURNING ANGEL, including JOANNA ANGEL and JESSIE LEE
-Special Guest DJ VIC NUNEZ of INKED TILL DEATH
-LIP SERVICE Booth (located in the Dark Market)
-KROQ Booth

Thursday, 10/25 – BUTCHER BABIES / BRANVILLE Night
– BUTCHER BABIES Meet and Greet
-Special Guest DJ’s BVILLIAN and MIKEALIS
-BRANVILLE Booth

Wednesday, 10/31
-Special Guest DJ’s NERO BELLUM of PSYCLON NINE and KRISTOF BATHORY of DAWN OF ASHES