MNDR (pronounced “mandar”) consists of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade. They are a an electronic music duo, formed in 2009 in New York City.
In 2008, Warner moved from Oakland, Ca. to New York city to work as a songwriter for hire. Eventually she met Wade, and that meeting decided to think about fronting an act herself. The duo uploaded four tracks to Myspace in 2009, which would eventually be turned into their debut EP: E. P.E. They are currently working on a full length album that will hopefully be released sometime in 2011.
The duo re-recorded the song “Fade To Black” from E. P.E. on the fake language of Simlish, and is featured in the video game The Sims3: High-End Loft Stuff.
MNDR’s official Green Label Sound single “Cut Me Out” now has a video that is equally impressive! Director Tim Saccenti and Amanda Warner (MNDR) combined their creativity to give a visual complement to the song’s emotion and lyrics. Tim’s team used Kinect technology to capture the images, and then manipulated the data into what you see in the final product (watch the behind the scenes video). This unique technique yields an incredible digital aesthetic that expresses the nature of the track. So check out the video and don’t forget to download the official Green Label Sound single “ Cut Me Out ” and the Hervé remix for free right now!
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Massachusetts technical metal outfit WITHIN THE RUINS is heading out with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Ion Dissonance, And Hell Followed With, Destruction of a Rose and Struc/tures on a full US tour, presented by Malus Clothing. Click here to see a message from the band as they gear up for their next feat on the road.
Their latest release, Invade, clocks in at just over 40 minutes of pure unadulterated intensity and has already proven to be one of the most well-received technical metal albums of 2010. The music video gives a taste of just what these tech-metal-masters are capable of. Click here to watch!
Known for sophisticated time signatures, skilled guitar work, choppy rhythms and commanding vocals, this is the live set that you do not want to miss!
10/15/10 Temacula, California @ The Vault
10/16/10 Canoga Park, California @ San Diego, California
10/17/10 San Diego, California @ Soma
10/18/10 Tucson, Arizona @ Skrappys
10/19/10 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ The Fusion Factory
10/21/10 San Antonio, Texas @ White Rabbit
10/22/10 The Woodlands, Texas @ Shadowplay Lounge
10/24/10 Waco, Texas @ Art Ambush
10/25/10 Metairie, Louisiana @ The High Ground
10/27/10 West Palm Beach, Florida @ Ground Control
10/28/10 Tampa, Florida @ The Brass Mug
10/29/10 Columbus, Georgia @ Gallery 13
10/30/10 Greenville, North Carolina @ Backdoor Skatepark
10/31/10 Springfield, Virginia @ Jaxx
11/1/10 Jermyn, Pennsylvania @ Eleanor Rigby’s
11/2/10 Vineland, New Jersey @ Hanger 84
11/3/10 Howell, New Jersey @ The Dippy Dome
11/4/10 Patchogue, New York @ Club Karma
11/5/10 Albany, New York @ Bogie’s
11/6/10 Manchester, New Hampshire @ Rocko’s
11/7/10 Holyoke, Massachusetts @ Waterfront Tavern
11/8/10 Danbury, Connecticut @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
11/9/10 Buffalo, New York @ Broadway Joe’s
11/10/10 Toledo, Ohio @ Frankie’s
11/11/10 Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange
11/12/10 McHenry, Illinois @ Just For Fun Roller Rink
11/13/10 Jefferson, South Dakota @ Jefferson Community Center
11/14/10 St. Paul, Minnesota @ The Space
11/15/10 Wichita, Kansas @ Eagles Lodge
11/16/10 Denver, Colorado @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
11/17/10 Boise, Idaho @ The Venue
11/18/10 Seattle, Washington @ Studio Seven
11/20/10 Orangevale, California @ Club Retro
Buckcherry’s fifth studio album, ALL NIGHT LONG, their first since the band’s move back to Top Independent Rock label Eleven Seven Music, has debuted at #10 on the Top Billboard Top 200 Album chart and was the #1 Rock debut. ALL NIGHT LONG is winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike…The New York Post called the album “A fun rock n’ roll tribute to hedonism”, while Classic Rock said, “It’s about a band playing to its instincts and leaving you with the promise that the winning streak ain’t no fluke.” Kerrang added, “The party is back on” and Spin dubbed Buckcherry, “Fist-pumping anthem-makers.”
The band continues their Top 10 success worldwide as they debuted at #7 on the overall chart in Canada (their highest chart position to date there) and scored their first Top 10 chart positions in the UK at #6 on the Independent Albums and #5 on the Rock and Metal charts, respectively.
The band will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC at 12:05am ET/PT
Buckcherry is currently on the road playing select tour dates and will gear up for an extensive North American tour supporting Nickelback beginning September 14th in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena. Please see below for a full list of Buckcherry tour dates. In their more than decade-long career, multi-platinum artists Buckcherry have established themselves as a definitive hard rock band with a massive presence at radio. Hits such as “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch,” and “Sorry” have propelled the band’s sales to more than 3 million albums worldwide and have garnered Buckcherry two Grammy nominations. 2008′s BLACK BUTTERFLY was deemed the “Album Of The Year” by Entertainment Weekly and “Best Rock Album” by iTunes.
Listening to Robert Randolph’s new album We Walk This Road (out everywhere June 21st), most listeners would assume that the acclaimed steel guitar player had been steeped in traditional blues, gospel, and soul sounds from the earliest days. But surprisingly (especially for a musician renowned for his instinctive power and feeling), Randolph turns out to have come to a lot of this music later in life, in some cases under the guidance and tutelage of famed producer and walking Music History Book, T Bone Burnett. Over the two years recording the album, the crew listened to ancient numbers from the 20s and 30s, music in the public domain and the collective memory of roots, until something hopped out and revealed itself to be pre-ordained. The process was simple: bring volumes upon volumes of tunes into the studio and just dig. According to Randolph, “I was only allowed to listen to modern Christian and gospel music growing up, so there was so much I didn’t know about. My mind is expanded now. The record is finished and I still feel as if I’m not done. I’ve spent over $5,000 on iTunes in the past eighteen months just catching up.”
Which basically proves the central premise of We Walk This Road: there’s a thread that runs through the past century of roots, blues, soul, gospel, you name it, that any music fan has an innate understanding of. That’s the gift of discovery that Randolph shares with his listeners across the entirety of We Walk This Road. In essence, the album is a highly personal, walking tour through the past one hundred years of African-American music, as experienced and understood by Robert Randolph, his band and the handful of friends lucky enough to join him. Like Leon Russell, who played piano on the album-closing “Salvation,” or Ben Harper, who played six string and sang on Blind Willie Johnson’s “If I Had My Way.” Throughout the album, Randolph’s trademark “Sacred Steel” guitar shines on tracks from traditionals to versions of songs from Bob Dylan (“Shot of Love”), John Lennon (“I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama”), and even Prince (“Walk Don’t Walk”).
Benjy Davis Project will be offering a free digital sampler, “Paper Trails,” to fans beginning July 13th via Amazon.com for a limited time. The sampler will feature 11 songs from various Benjy David Project albums plus a previously-unreleased track, “Raining In Me.” The complete track listing is as follows:
“Check Your Pockets” (from “Lost Souls Like Us”)
“Sweet Southern Moon” (from “Dust”)
“Mississippi” (from “Lost Souls Like Us”)
“The Day That I Die” (from “More Than Local”)
“Green and Blue” (from “Dust”)
“No More Pills” (from “More Than Local”)
“She Ain’t Got Love” (from “The Angie House”)
“214” (from “The Angie House”)
“Same Damn Book” (from “Dust”)
“Raining In Me” (unreleased)
“Stay With Me” (edit, from “Lost Souls Like Us”)
The group has been touring the United States since the release of their latest album, “Lost Souls Like Us,” was released on March 2, 2010. “Lost Souls Like Us” debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #15, the Billboard Indie Albums Chart at #50 and at #76 on the Billboard Current Digital Albums Chart. On iTunes, the album hit #5 on the Rock Chart and was Top 30 on iTunes in overall sales week of release. Since the release of the album, the band has been touring as a four-piece featuring founding group members Benjy Davis and Mic Capdevielle and two touring musicians who round out the line-up. Their summer and early fall dates see them visiting the East, South, and Midwest, and include shows with labelmates Sister Hazel and Ingram Hill, as well as a show with Shooter Jennings and Corey Smith. (See list of tour dates below.)
Abita Beer (www.abita.com) will be sponsoring Benjy Davis Project’s touring in the months of September and October. Each Abita-sponsored show will include special offers for fans including Abita swag and beer specials (wherever possible). As part of the Abita-sponsored dates, Benjy Davis Project and Ingram Hill are planning a co-headlining tour of all 12 SEC schools with one show in each market.
Benjy Davis Project has toured extensively in the South, including seven performances at New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest, and countless college performances, as well as jaunts with Sister Hazel, Robert Randolph, Buckwheat Zydeco, and many others. 2008 and 2009 saw them heading further afield on a touring circuit that now incorporates the entire country.
BENJY DAVIS PROJECT TOUR SCHEDULE:
7/13/2010 Evanston, IL SPACE (w/Matt Hires)
7/14/2010 Columbus, OH Rumba Café (w/Kate Tucker & Matt Hires)
7/15/2010 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room @ HOB (w/Sister Hazel)
7/17/2010 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café (w/Matt Hires)
7/18/2010 Lancaster, PA Long’s Park Amphitheatre
8/4/2010 Seaside, FL Seaside Concert Series
8/13/2010 Destin, FL The Shed
8/14/2010 Ocean Springs, MS The Shed
8/17/2010 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
8/19/2010 Orlando, FL The Plaza Theatre (w/Jacob Jeffries)
8/27, 28, 29 Isle of Palms, SC The Windjammer
9/2/2010 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre (w/Ingram Hill)
9/3/2010 Hattiesburg, MS Mugshots
9/4/2010 Nashville, TN Exit/In w/Ingram Hill
9/5/2010 Eclectic, AL Lake Martin Amphitheater (w/Shooter Jennings & Corey Smith)
9/9/2010 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern (w/Ingram Hill)
9/30/2010 Birmingham, AL Zydeco (w/Ingram Hill)
10/2/2010 Auburn, AL Bourbon Street (w/Ingram Hill)
10/15/2010 Pensacola Beach, FL De Luna Festival
10/28/2010 Tuscaloosa, AL Jupiter Bar & Grill (w/Ingram Hill)
While still only in their twenties, Irish trio Kopek have a history that stretches back a decade.
Drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella grew up as next-door neighbors in Dublin.
The first singer who answered their ad in a local musician’s magazine turned out to be the golden
voiced Daniel Jordan and from there Kopek was born. Look for the band to release their US
debut White Collar Lies digitally on June 29 on Religion via SIN/SonyMusic Independent Network.
Alison “VV” Mosshart and Brit Jamie “Hotel” Hince bridge the Atlantic
Ocean as the Kills, a propulsive duo that reconstructs rock and blues
into a moody and lightning-quick modernized permutation of garage rock.
Mosshart’s background was punk with the band Discount, while Hince
played in a pair of British rock bands. A chance encounter prompted
them to correspond and collaborate across the ocean. The Kills
resulted. The duo announced its arrival in 2002 with the Black Rooster EP, an edgy thing that hinted at the euphoria of the Kills’ live shows. A year later Keep on Your Mean Side
was released. The album lived up to its title, with snaky and
blistering blues-influenced songs. By the time the Kills released Midnight Boom
in 2008 the band’s sound had expanded, with some lighter textures
giving the music a depth and, some claim, greater accessibility.
The dark sounds and spare instrumentation of the Kills has earned
the band no small number of comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the
New York band that pioneered a dark, droning style of avant garde rock.
The VU’s 1967 debut album - The Velvet Underground and Nico –
is a rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece and touchstone, featuring jagged guitar
interplay between Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison, menacing viola work
by John Cale and tribal drumming by Mo Tucker. Cale had left the group
by the time it recorded “Pale Blue Eyes” (released in 1969’s The Velvet Underground).
The song represented another side of Reed’s songwriting, delicate and
haunting. As re-crafted by The Kills this beautiful tune starts with a
fuzzy drum that owes much to Tucker’s playing before Hince plays its
lovely and spidery opening melody on guitar. Mosshart’s reading of the
lyrics is fittingly detached until she gets to the titular subject and
her voice cracks with just the right amount of aching.
Psychostick will hit the road this summer on a headlining tour with info-punk band Look What I Did along for direct support. The band has a simple goal this summer – they want to pay off their van.
“From a business standpoint, it is always best to minimize your expenses. By doing that, it is significantly easier to tour without having a huge amount of money due every month,” says Psychostick drummer Alex Preiss. “Wait…I’m supposed to be a rocker…what I meant to say was: we just want to party!”
The “Pay Off the Van Tour” will be Look What I Did’s second tour with Psychostick. The bands, along with Powerglove, joined forces in May/June 2008 for the “Terrible Shirt Tour.” The Look What I Did’s February 2010 album, “Atlas Drugged,” was produced by Brian Virtue (Deftones, Chevelle, 30 Seconds to Mars) and released on Modernist Movement Records.
“We’re extremely excited to hit the road with our buddies in Look What I Did again,” says Preiss. “They just released a new disc and I can’t wait to see them perform some of my new favorite songs. I’m also very stoked to get our van paid off. Hey, if you could tour the country to pay off your vehicle, would you? Of course you would.”
“Psychostick are great friends,” says Look What I Did drummer Jake Omen. “This tour will make ‘House Party 2′ look like ‘House Party 3.’”
Psychostick just wrapped up the final dates of their nine-week tour with Green Jelly and Nashville Pussy. The band released “The Digital Appetizer,” a three-song collection of new music, earlier this month. Songs “Cockblock” and “Tuff Luv” are available for listening on the bands website.
06-17: Kansas City, MO at Aftershock
06-18: Sauget, IL at Pops
06-19: Danville, IL at Slang Metalfest
06-20: Chicago Ridge, IL at Bobby McGee’s
Psychostick and Look What I Did:
06-23: Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
06-24: Cookeville, TN at Club Jet (also with Green Jelly)
06-25: Amelia, OH at Big Ed’s
06-26: Rutland, OH at SKATETOPIA (PS only, with GWAR and Green Jelly)
06-27: Pittsburgh, PA at Mr. Smalls
07-01: Buffalo, NY at Broadway Joes
07-03: Fredericksburg, VA at KC’s Music Alley
07-06: Allentown, PA at Crocodile Rock
07-09: Cayce, NC at Hard Knox Grill
07-10: Jackson, NC at The Party Zone
07-11: Fayetteville, NC at The Rock Shop
07-13: Eden, NC at Modelo Bay
07-16: Louisville, KY at Phoenix Hill Tavern
07-17: Clarksville, TN at The Warehouse
07-21: Des Moines, IA at House of Bricks
07-22: Janesville, WI at The Back Bar
07-23: Galesburg, IL at Billiards on Main
07-24: Streater, IL at AJ’s Tap Room
07-26: Downers Grove, IL at North Beach Club
07-27: Bloomington, IL at Coconut Louie’s
07-30: Detroit, MI at The Ritz
07-31: Louisville, OH at The Carriage House