Rockers Lorenzo Release "Ignition"!

Lorenzo_Photo(PCM) Like similar rock artists, Nickelback, Daughtry and 3 Doors Down, Lorenzo’s sound is characterized by great songs driven by high-energy guitar.

Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Hinder, 5-Finger Death Punch) produced the CD and did a fantastic job!

With great recordings in hand, Lorenzo quickly rose to become the top independent rock act in the Midwest per the Billboard/DiscMakers Independent Music World Series. They got their first Billboard add at WEBN in Cincinnati, and opened for several major acts, such as 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Default and Hinder.

What followed were live shows with Stone Temple Pilots, Saving Abel and being featured on ESPN’s “The LIfe” website . They were also named the Official Band of “The Big Show” MMA (Mixed Martial arts) which has been televised on the CW and seen in over 30 Million homes worldwide on Sky Network.

The band is made up of talented and experienced professionals. Marko, the lead singer and founding member brings the voice to the band as well as acting as the main songwriter for the group. Guitarist Stuart McConnell is the heart of the dirty rock sound and Drummer Aaron Farrier creates the heavy rhythms that drive the high-energy Lorenzo shows.

Highlights: Not Ready To Say I’m Sorry Yet, Naked & Wasted, Nothing Left To Talk About

Official Web site: http://www.lorenzolounge.com

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Within The Ruins Release New Album "Elite" And Premiere New Music Video!

(PCM) I recently had a chance to check out the new album “Elite” from Massachusetts rockers Within The Ruins and I have to disagree with what a lot of other critics are saying about the album. The main criticisms are that the band are not expanding upon their sound or taking things to the next level in any way and in my opinion that could not be further from the truth. Within The Ruins have always balanced on the fine line between metalcore/deathcore and while “Elite” does nothing to push the band any further to one side or the other, I do feel that it showcases a lot of growth and maturity especially within the technicalities of the music itself. It is a solid metal album, perhaps one of the best we have heard from Within The Ruins yet. I can not stand the way that everything has to be broken down into sub-genres of genres, it can truly make some incredibly talented artists feel very boxed in and stuck feeling as if they are forced  to perform in one way or another.

Within The Ruins have a solid grasp on what their fan-base has come to expect and “Elite” without a doubt delivers. Stand-out tracks include “Feeding Frenzy”, the album title track “Elite”, and the crushing “Absolute Hell”.  You can order the album here: ITUNES | AMAZON

The band recently announced a new batch of spring tour dates including their participation in the “THE SICK TOUR II” last week, which begins soon!

The band will then be heading out with label-mates THE CONTORTIONIST in part of the “GOOD FIGHT TOUR” along with I DECLARE WAR, REFLECTIONS and CITY IN THE SEA. Soon after that, the “ROAD TO METAL FEST” tour kicks off with the band supporting AFTER THE BURIAL, dates can be seen below.

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Interview With Sharkmuffin!

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(PCM) Sharkmuffin is about to swim into your head with their unique brand of Rock n’ Roll. Hailing from the ever prominent Brooklyn music scene, this infectious trio will prove to you instantly that they are not your average band. Just premiering their debut single “The Lake,” Sharkmuffin are gearing up for their 7-inch release, due out later this month, with B-Side, “Big.”

We were recently able to catch up with Sharkmuffin’s Tarra Thiessen to ask a few questions about the upcoming 7-inch release, the band’s creative process, the story behind the band name and more…you can read the full interview below:

Q: I am sure you are busy gearing up for the release of your 7-inch due out this month, do you have any big plans for release day?

Tarra Thiessen: Yes! Friday, March 1st we’re having a great big girls-night-out release party at our friend Cat’s loft in Bushwick. The lineup for the evening includes dream pop diva Sparxx, who just released their video for the song MOD, Girl Toy, which is an awesome new band that includes a member from The Vandelles, and our favorite trash rawkers, Mannequin Pu**y. Our friends, thee source of fawnation, who are tour from Olympia, WA are also probably going to perform. It’s free, everyone should come! The address is- 73 Granite St. Apt. 3. It should start around 9.

Q: What is the creative process like for Sharkmuffin? Who brings what to the table creatively?

Tarra Thiessen: This upcoming release is a special case when it comes to our songwriting dynamic. “The Lake” was originally a guitar riff adapted from a band I was playing in a couple years ago and when my boyfriend at the time invited his best friend and girlfriend to live with us for a few months to help them recover from a rough situation they were in back at home, I started Sharkmuffin with his best friend’s girlfriend as the lead singer. The lyrics and melody for “The Lake” were her only creative contribution to the project, which quickly fell apart after a massive melodrama of breakups and drug overdoses. In July after relocating to Williamsburg and playing with a totally new lineup for Sharkmuffin, I rewrote the lyrics to “The Lake,” but kept a couple of her original lines and reworked her melody for the new lyrics.

Our B-side was also a track that I wrote with a drummer from London I was playing with last September and was originally about Occupy Wall Street, which was rewrote to be about the Russian art-rockers Pu**y Riot. The track that ‘Big’ fades into, called ‘Straight Grease’ is the only track written entirely by this incarnation of Sharkmuffin, and is a raw representation of the future of our sound.

Q: Is there a story behind the name Sharkmuffin?

Tarra Thiessen: There is, but I think it would be more interesting to contemplate what a Sharkmuffin is. Is it just a perverted edible for the adventurous or could it be the vagina of a female shark? In the social sense, when an older woman exclusively pursues younger men, they call her a cougar, but what do you call a young woman, without any malicious financially based intentions, who only pursues older men? And no, the answer is not vulnerable and dumb…

Q: How would you best describe your music to a first time listener?

Tarra Thiessen: Female-fronted Shredwave Pop.

Q: Your song “The Lake” certainly showcases a lot of emotion, is it hard to put so much of yourself out there or can it be therapeutic in a sense?

Tarra Thiessen: The actual rewriting of the lyrics for “The Lake” was very hard since I wrote them the night after an old friend of mine, who I unfortunately had lost touch with, passed away from an overdose. It was an incredibly heartbreaking experience and inspired the track to be a message of love and support for my friend and original singer of Sharkmuffin who had struggled with similar addiction issues. For me, in general, our first release is a celebration of a very bittersweet period in my life and pays tribute to the people who have shaped my life and career thus far. The cover art is actually a portrait my exbf, James Marshall, painted of me for my birthday last year, and I told him if I ever fronted my own band I would make that the cover.

Q: What types of touring do you have planned for 2013?

Tarra Thiessen: We are touring down & back from SXSW in TX, hitting cities in NJ, TN, NC, VA, & PA. We also want to do a couple short tours this summer, maybe one in the UK.

Q: Was there a pivotal music moment that occurred in your life that made you want to pursue music for a career?

Tarra Thiessen: I was in a car accident on Valentine’s Day when I was 17 and I broke my right hand. I was so unnecessarily paranoid that I would never be able to play guitar again that I vowed if it healed normally and I could still play that that was all I wanted and was going to do.

Q: If you could create your dream music festival line-up, who would be included on the bill?

Tarra Thiessen: Led Zeppelin & the original lineup of Hole.

Q: Personally, I look at music as a universal language that we can all speak and understand even if we take different messages away. Is there anything in particular that you hope your music will say to listeners?

Tarra Thiessen: Enjoy everything and have as much fun as possible. Believe in sex, drugs, rock n’ roll & yolo, behbe.

Q: In what ways has the rise of social media been a tool for Sharkmuffin? What is the best way for us to keep up-to-date with the band?

Tarra Thiessen: Well, we still have less than 100 followers on twitter. So at this point, just text me and I’ll personally update you.

Be sure to keep up with Sharkmuffin on the road at the following tour stops:

3/2 @ Neapolitan Oasis, 7″ release party
3/7 @ Alphabet Lounge (East Village Music Fest)
3/8 @ Neapolitan Oasis tour kick off show
3/9 @ Newtown Radio 2-4PM
3/9 @ The Kunt House, New Brunswick, NJ
3/10 @ The End, Nashville, Tn

And for the latest information about the band please visit:

Facebook
Official Website

 

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Black Veil Brides And William Control Bring The Church Of The Wild Ones Tour To Philadelphia!

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(PCM) Church was definitely in session at the historic Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, PA and at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA when fans came out in droves to see rockers Black Veil Brides bring their Church Of The Wild Ones Tour to town. Despite the band being hit with a bit of a plague (majority of the band members were dealing with various illness and a few technical problems with the sound) Black Veil Brides still managed to deliver one hell of an amazing sermon.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke was able to catch up with Black Veil Brides front man Andy Biersack prior to the band’s completely sold-out Croc Rock show to discuss the band’s new album, upcoming touring plans, a possible graphic novel and much much more!  View the complete interview below:

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had a chance to catch up with William Control prior to his incredibly high-octane performance on The Church Of The Wild Ones Tour. In the interview William Control discusses the current tour, saying “It has been one of the best tours I’ve ever done” and fills us in on what the future holds in store as he is currently doing pre-production work for a band called The Fearless Vampire Killers, planning a new series of William Control EP’s,  and touring. You can view the full interview below:

 For more images from the show please visit us on Facebook and give us a “Like”!

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Metallica Announce Line-Up For 2nd Annual Orion Music + More Festival

(PCM) Metallica, in conjunction with their friends C3 Presents, are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8 and 9. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature amazing acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs, DEATH and BATTLECROSS.

“Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members,” said Lars Ulrich. “The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the f**k on!”

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica’s band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield’s Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt, Lars Ulrich’s Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo’s Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

 

The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold. The 2-day festival was met with praise from both fans and critics alike: “Orion Music and More Fest was curated to be a tremendously fan-friendly experience,” said Rolling Stone. The Village Voice said “the way that the band left its stamp on all aspects of the festival (particular the big-tent aspect of the musical lineup) gave it a charge of intimacy and care that was much more present than at other multi-band, multi-day extravaganzas I’ve attended in recent years.”

PCM was in the midst of the action at the inaugural Orion Music + More…check out our festival recap here!

 

The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts February 26th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets with a couple of options to choose from:

 

– A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day Pass OR

– The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing for Metallica’s set, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!

 

Orion Music + More E-list members will get a chance to purchase $150 2-Day Passes before they go on-sale to the public. This presale starts February 27 at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern).

Tickets will go on-sale to the public on March 1 at 10am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.

 

Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.

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Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, And Haim Concert Review

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(PCM) Looking around the Susquehanna Bank center for the sold out Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, and Haim show I am suddenly reminded of how music can make people feel. I see laughing and smiling people all around me and despite the everyday trials and tribulations in life, when people attend a show we are all able to escape and lose ourselves even if only for a little while within the melodies and chords being put forth from the stage.

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Mumford & Sons are riding high off the success of the latest album release “Babel” which also earned them a much deserved Grammy win for Album Of The Year! The last time I saw Mumford & Sons perform was at Bonnaroo 2011 and I can say without a doubt they always bring 110% to each and every performance. Opening with fan favorites such as “Babel” and “Little Lion Man” the audience went absolutely wild. Overhead string lights gave the feel of a raucous back-yard BBQ in summer despite the freezing February temperatures.

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The band added in a brass section and strings when performing songs such as “Winter Winds”, using absolutely gorgeous lighting and a very clean and open stage set-up. It was like a glorious jubilee of sight and sounds…just marvelous. Mumford & Sons showcase perfect harmonies and such a wonderful spirit exudes from the stage during their performance especially evident during songs such as “White Black Page” which happens to be one of my personal favorites.

Opening band Haim boasts some truly incredible vocalists! Reminded me of a hard rocking Journey with a little bit of Michael Jackson thrown in for good measure. The tone quality of this band was just incredible! I loved it! If these ladies are not signed…they deserve a deal pronto! Very catchy songs…look really young, but make quite a large sound that is also truly unique. Their thoroughly entertaining set ended with a phenomenal drum solo, something that really seems to be crowd-pleaser these days! I loved every minute of their performance.

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Simplicity was key with Ben Howard’s performance however there was nothing simple about the voice that came pouring forth from the stage. It is absolutely haunting and his ability to use the guitar as both a string and percussion instrument on opening song “Keiko” was mesmerizing. He reminds me of artists such as Eric Hutchinson or Snow Patrol. He has a very clean and hypnotic vocal skill.  Ben appeared very humble and thanked the crowd between all songs. Ben’s music was equivalent to an emotional journey and I very much appreciated the raw honesty and feeling that made up his performance. He provided a healthy mix between happy and more forlorn tracks. It was amazing to see someone who seemed very shy and soft spoken between tracks, just let loose and start singing with a voice huge enough to blow away the whole room. I really loved songs such as “Keep Your Head Up” and “Only Love”. It was also just recently announced that Ben Howard has one two 2013 Brit Awards for Best Male Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act. Be sure to catch Ben on more U.S. tour dates throughout the year, including performances at Coachella on April 13 and 20, and Central Park SummerStage on July 29.

To see more photos from this truly amazing concert please visit us on Facebook and give us a “Like”!

Photography by: Ken Schuler

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