Finch Drop New Album! Exclusive Interview!

Finch1(PCM) Finch has just released their first full length album in nine years titled “Back To Oblivion” and without a doubt the band has truly outdone themselves with this brilliant release.

After listening to the album it is quite apparent that the band has pushed themselves above and beyond and what I love is that they are truly not afraid to take some risks with their music.

“Back To Oblivion” is a true statement to the band’s longevity and certainly showcased a deeper and more matured side to the band.

Recently we were able to catch up with Finch guitarist Alex Linares to discuss the band’s new album, touring plans, musical history and more!

We were certainly sure that the band was more than excited to get this highly anticipated album into the hand of listeners. Alex comments “Yeah, it felt like it was taking forever. It was finished a couple of months ago and I am so anxious for people to hear it”.

With this being the band’s first full length album in nine years were were curious about any challenges they may have faced in the studio. Alex tell us “Probably just writing together again. It has been almost ten years since we all sat down to write a whole album together. Before we split up, we tried to write a record and came up with nothing worthy of a third full-length record, but with this album it took about a year of us writing in secret. We were doing all these anniversary shows for the 10th anniversary of “What Is To Burn”, but we were always secretly working on the new material. We just didn’t want to announce it at that point”.

When speaking about tracks on the new album that can definite the mentality in the studio, Alex reveals “We worked really quickly and it was sort of over before it began, but I don’t know if there is really one song that captures the tone of us recording. I think maybe it would be “New Wave”, it is the last song on the record and it was one that was wholly created in the studio. Normally during the recording process each person records their parts separately and they are all put together, however for that song we were all in the studio together, at the same time, working on it, and we created it together. I think that might be an example of the new Finch where we are a bit more united”.

With “Back To Oblivion” Finch were definitely not afraid to experiment some with their sound and create a very unique new album. Alex says that he is “crossing my fingers and toes” that the fans take to it more than they did “Say Hello To Sunshine”. He felt that “Sunshine” caught most people off guard, although some people did love it.

Alex goes on to say ” I have ADD in the studio and I feel it is important for us to keep challenging ourselves with every record, so that will keep us all interested”.

“Two Guns To The Temple” is the first single off of “Back To Oblivion” and we were curious to know what led to the band’s decision for that track in particular to become the single and also if they ever get a feeling about a song and then are surprised by what the fans happen to gravitate towards. Alex comments ” I don’t even pretend to know which song should become the single, usually I’m like ‘Yes, that’s the one’ and the record label and manager types are like “You’re f**king crazy, dude … it’s five and half minutes and you don’t get to the chorus for three and half, so that doesn’t work’! The lead off single was really “Anywhere But Here” as the internet single and fit a little more into the traditional single format.”.

We also spoke in-depth about many of the changes that have taken place within the music industry over the years. Alex reveals ” Five years ago I didn’t want anything to do with a label, but I think how they function now, it makes sense, it works and we are more comfortable with it. So far, Razor & Tie has been a really good home for us. They have not made any sort of ridiculous demands that we have had to deal with from label in the past. They seem to really respect their artists and that is genuinely what artist really want … to be respected.

We also spoke about the up rise of social media and Alex commented “As much as social networks give you access to the band in ways that you or I didn’t have twenty years ago, I mean you had to buy Hit Parader if there was a cool picture of Marilyn Manson or Jonathan Davis in there, now you have this inside peek. You get to see backstage and see how boring it really is (laughs), I think it is kind of good and kind of not good sometimes. It takes some of mystery away.

He goes on to say “When I was thirteen, Korn was my favorite band ever and this last tour we were on tour in Australia and they were on it and seeing Jonathan Davis, like romp around backstage, he looked like the most mega-geek and that’s probably what most people involved with social networks these days really think about the artist’s they see. They take backstage photos and they are just sitting there with a book, reading or something. It’s like someone explaining how the magic trick works and it’s a f**king bummer!”

Currently the band is gearing up for a headlining tour run with Maps & Atlases that is set to begin in a few weeks. Alex also told us that there is some talk about the band headed back to England and some other parts of Europe as well and plan for non-stop touring for the next year and half of so in support of the record.

We mentioned to Alex that it would have to be difficult for the band to craft a set list each night and he replied “The only hard part is not wanting to put too much new material in there. I want to go out and play the new record from beginning to end but I know that would greatly annoy most people that paid for a ticket so I think we will play a good mix of both old and newer material”.

Alex also reveals that one of the great inspirations for the new album was the 10th anniversary show for their seminal album “What Is To Burn”. He says ” To play the album together again was bizarrely easy and running through all the songs, it was like muscle memory. I think feeling such constant enthusiasm for my band and just constant desire for us to not go away after this tour was a great motivator to try our hand at a new record.”

Often times certain information about a band may be misconstrued or misunderstood, we asked Alex if that had ever happened with Finch. He replied “So much!  Usually everything! (laughs) I am not actually a grizzly bear, most people think I am the offspring of some great grizzly mother … that’s not true! No, I’m kidding. People come up with the wildest things and it’s ridiculous. I think the worst on is that people actually think that I’m a d**k. People will come up and talk to me and be like ‘man, we heard you were a d**k, but you’re really great’.  I appreciate that … really.”

Well, we can certainly set the record straight! He is neither bear nor d**khead! Alex along with the rest of Finch are truly great guys that have put together a truly wonderful new album that we certainly urge you all to check out!

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Pink Floyd Reveal New Album Release “The Endless River”

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(PCM) We were absolutely overjoyed when the news was released that there will be a new album from Pink Floyd coming soon. The forthcoming album’s title will be “The Endless River” and it will be the first album of new material from the band in 20 years.

The target release date for the new album will be November 10th, which is perfect time for the start of the holiday season. According to a recent interview with Uncut, David Gilmour and Nick Mason began recording for “The Endless River” back in November of last year and spent about a month overdubbing guitars and recording drums. It was also revealed that producer Phil Manzanera is very involved in the creative process for the upcoming album as well.

Pre-orders for “The Endless River” have already begun and according to the band’s website the album will feature 18 tracks and be available as a standard CD, double vinyl or a deluxe box set which contain about 40 minutes of bonus material.

Much to the additional delight of Floyd fans, the album is also said to feature original organ recordings from Richard Wright, taken from rehearsals dating back to June 1969. The album will be set up into four different pieces and focus on the more atmospheric and digressive aspects of the band. The full track listing for the album can be found below:

The Endless River Tracklist:
01. Things Left Unsaid
02. It’s What We Do
03. Ebb And Flow
04. Sum
05. Skins
06. Unsung
07. Anisina
08. The Lost Art of Conversation
09. On Noodle Street
10. Night Light
11. Allons-y (1)
12. Autumn’68
13. Allons-y (2)
14. Talkin’ Hawkin’
15. Calling
16. Eyes To Pearls
17. Surfacing
18. Louder Than Words

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Concert Review: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Rocked Philadelphia

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Photography credit: Ken Schuler

(PCM) Music played by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers is the kind that has a way of just reaching out and soothing your soul. I like to compare it a loving embrace from an old friend, like the kind that you share fond memories with and catch up like no time has passed at all.

It was feelings like those that passed over me as I watched Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform during their recent tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Petty blasted into his set opening with “So You Want To Be A Rock n’ Roll Star?” which nicely set the pace for what was in-store for the rest of the evenings performance. On stage, Petty promised an industrial strength rock show and that is certainly what we received.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear “Last Dance With Mary Jane” for the second song of the set, but when you have a catalog that is as iconic and full as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers then the hits are sure to pop up quite frequently throughout the performance. The crowd went absolutely wild and the entire floor because a sing-a-long as we all belted out the lyrics to that memorable song.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently released a brand new album called “Hypnotic Eye” and it is absolutely phenomenal. I was thrilled to hear that some new tracks such as “American Dream Plan B” and the current single “You Get My High” made their way into the set.

The crowd continued to go wild as Petty and the Heartbreakers plowed through hits such as “Into The Great Wide Open”, “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down”. It was at the point that an amazing moment occurred during the show. The band decided to change up the set list a little bit and Petty invited show opener, the amazing Steve Winwood to join him and the band on stage.

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The show in Philadelphia marked the first time during this tour that the two artists performed together and their jam session on the hit song “Gimme Some Lovin'” from The Spencer Davis Group with Winwood on vocals was just incredible. Prior to that, Winwood also performed a cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” with the band as well. I was absolutely thrilled to be in attendance to watch this performance live!

We found an excellent fan filmed video of the two performing “Gimme Some Lovin” during the Philadelphia, PA show:

The band closed out their set with the hits “Refugee” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream”  and then of course returned to the stage for an epic encore that included “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, “You Wreck Me” and “American Girl”.

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It was an amazing night of rock n’ roll and it proves the spirit is alive and well, especially in Philadelphia!

Click here to see more amazing photos from the show!

 

 

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Use And That He Did Not Create “Blurred Lines”

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(PCM) A recent court deposition has shed light on quite a few revelations about singer Robin Thicke that fans may not have been aware. Thicke’s deposition was part of an on-going court battle between Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. and the children of the late Marvin Gaye who claim that the trio’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringes on the copyright of their father’s song “Got To Give It Up”.

In his deposition, Thicke admitted that he cannot recall most of the recording process for “Blurred Lines” because he was completely intoxicated at the time. He claims that he was taking Vicodin and was drinking alcohol when he showed up at the studio to record the track.

Thicke goes on to admit that he was not as involved as he would have liked to be with the writing of the track and only said he was because he was jealous that Pharrell would receive all of the songwriter’s credit. He reveals that Pharrell was indeed responsible for most of, if not all of, the songs creation saying he was “just lucky to be in the room” when the track was written.

He felt that by telling the media a false story about how the song originated that it would help album sales. Thicke also says that he barely remembers any of the media interviews he gave at that time because he had a drug and alcohol problem for a year.

We are certainly not sure how fans are going to react to these new revelations about Thicke’s character, but surely many will being to view him in a bit of a different light.

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Kanye West Stops Concert When Handicap Fans Won’t Stand-Up

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(PCM) Here is yet another instance where Kanye has full inserted his foot in his mouth by bringing his entire concert to a stop when several handicapped fans wouldn’t stand-up.

The incident occurred during Kanye’s performance in Sydney, Australia and according to several sources Kanye was refusing to perform until the entire audience was up on their feet saying “I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. ‘Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that.”

Kanye eventually notices the one fan waving their prosthetic limb in the air to show the reason behind being seated and says “You fine”, however yet another wheelchair bound fan still wasn’t standing up for obvious reasons, however Kanye sent his bodyguard Pascal Duvier down into the crowd after stopping the song “Good Life” to verify that the fan was indeed wheelchair bound.

The crowd in attendance were yelling and making wheelchair motions with their hands to let Kanye know what was going on, but he did not continue the song until he receive Pascal’s confirmation. He said “He’s in a wheelchair. It’s fine!”.

 

Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian was also in attendance at the show and was seen leaving the area through the back door about twenty minutes before the show ended.

One would hope that he would have at least apologized or given those fans something for putting them through that embarrassment during the show.

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Miley Cyrus Takes On Led Zeppelin’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”

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(PCM) Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has definitely been showing quite a bit of genre diversity lately and has just released a Soundcloud link to her cover version of the classic Led Zeppelin hit “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”.

Cyrus revealed the cover by tweeting “Check dis sh*t out” with a link that directed fans to Soundcloud. “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” was featured on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut album and was originally written by folk singer Anne Bredon and has been covered numerous times by a variety of artists over the years.

It has been stated that Zeppelin themselves learned the songs from Joan Baez, however Miley’s recently released version is definitely based on the Zeppelin version. Miley also recently revealed that she teamed up with the Flaming Lips for a Beatles cover album titled “With A Little Help From My Fwends” taking on the classic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.  She also recently mentioned wanting to make an attempt to cover Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”.

Do you like Miley’s cover? Or should she stick to the pop genre? Personally, we think it’s great, but just wish the audio quality was a little bit cleaner.

 

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Iggy Azalea Sex Tape Surfaces! Claims Ex Is Selling It For Revenge

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(PCM) It has been revealed that a sex tape has surfaced that features hip-hop/pop superstar Iggy  Azalea. When the news of the tape first surfaced, Iggy’s team denied that that it existed, however now they are changing their tune.

Azalea’s legal team is now claiming that the tape in question actually does exist and that there is a strong possibility that she was underage at the time that it was shot.

The homemade video is being shopped by one of Azalea’s ex-boyfriends and he had approached porn giant, Vivid Entertainment for close to seven figures. Azalea’s lawyers tell TMZ.com that the video is the work of a “spurned business suitor a.k.a. ex-boyfriend who is trying to damage her image and career.”

Azalea’s lawyers also claim that the tape may have been shot with or without her knowledge or consent and if she was a minor at the time the tape would be classified as child pornography. If the tape were to be distributed under these circumstances there could very well be some serious legal ramifications for those in possession.

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Jackie Evancho Shares Two Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clips With PCM

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(PCM) Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho is gearing up for the release of her third studio album “Awakening” set to drop on September 23rd. The album release will also coincide with her international world tour.

“Awakening” was produced by Nick Patrick and is Evancho’s first under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. The new album features some new directions for Evancho! Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You.” Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace.” She also tackles the ethereal ballad “Memories” by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, in addition to the popular classic “Think of Me” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

You can also catch Evacho making several TV appearances leading up to the album release. She will be visiting The Today Show on September 22nd, Queen Latifah on October 2nd, and a PBS special will air this December.

Evancho has revealed details about her upcoming album, as well as, some things that she enjoys doing her spare time in a series of exclusive interview clips that are premiering as part of a lifestyle series that lead up to the release of “Awakening” on September 23rd.

PCM is pleased to share two exclusive interview clips where Evancho reveals her love for archery (and The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon) and also explains some of the details that go into prepping for a big show!

For more information and to keep up-to-date with Jackie Evancho please visit:

www.JackieEvancho.com | @JackieEvancho | Facebook.com/jackieevancho

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Fall Out Boy Release New Single And Send Fans Into A Frenzy

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(PCM)  Rockers Fall Out Boy have dropped their new single “Centuries” today and fans are going absolutely wild. The new track is a #1 trending topic globally on the internet and is currently available right now on iTunes. It will be released to other digital retailers and streaming services including Spotify, Beats and Amazon at midnight tonight.

Fall Out Boy are hot on the heels of their recently-wrapped MONUMENTOUR summer tour which received strong critical acclaim and the monster success of their #1 album Save Rock and Roll.

This will be the band’s first single from a forthcoming album on Island Records/DCD2 Records. The track, produced by JR Rotem, was recorded in Los Angeles, with fellow DCD2 artist LOLO lending backing vocals. To launch the single, the band created a video directed by Scantron and using footage shot by Beutler Ink, using Instagram’s brand new Hyperlapse app. An official music video will follow shortly. The band’s first live performance of “Centuries” can be seen on September 16th on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.

ESPN’s inaugural coverage of the College Football Playoff will showcase the upcoming single “Centuries” as the featured track on ESPN’s College Football Playoff game and studio telecasts, and in on-air promotions throughout the season. ESPN will use the song in various capacities, including highlight packages and transitions in and out of commercial breaks during the network’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tripleheaders – the “New Year’s Six” – showcasing the semifinals and four additional premier bowls and the first-ever College Football National Championship on January 12. The song will also be a central part of the regular-season marketing efforts to promote the top college football matchups across ESPN’s networks each week. ESPN began using an instrumental version of “Centuries” on August 25 in advance of the opening weekend. Fall Out Boy and ESPN will also collaborate on a video for exclusive use in the game telecasts. The video will feature the band performing “Centuries” and college football highlights relevant to each College Football Playoff matchup.

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz had the following comments about the new track:

“We never had a plan to jump right back into it after the whirlwind year we’ve had…but sometimes the song calls you. We started writing “Centuries” while we were on tour. Traveling the world for the last year we have seen, and been a part of, the landscape and fabric of music – from tiny sweaty clubs in Australia to insanely huge festivals in the UK. It felt impossible not to react to it, to be inspired and to want to scream back,” said Pete Wentz.

“Like The Great One said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” We don’t feel any urge to turn the clock back; we crave something new, our place in it all. That some kids from the Middle of Nowhere, USA can make a mark or will scream long enough until the world listens is amazing – but it’s all just to prove to the next kid that she can pick up a guitar and know that it is a weapon.

Make no mistake, “Centuries” is, at its most distilled, the story of David & Goliath. It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage, trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant. Sometimes wrongs are righted. Sometimes if you scream loud enough the world will listen. Sometimes the quintessential loser wins. Sometimes the giant falls.”

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Steve Aoki Paints A Neon Future At Made In America Philadelphia

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(PCM) Words cannot even begin to express how excited we are for the upcoming new album “Neon Future I” the first installment of a dual release from Steve Aoki on September 30th!

The Vegas born producer/DJ recently performed at both Made In America Philadelphia on Saturday and then at Made In America Los Angeles on Sunday. When this man finds a minute to rest is completely beyond us!  His restless and creative spirit is always on the go and it shows.

His performances are truly a work of art and we adore an artist, especially in the world of EDM, who is not afraid to get up close and personal with their adoring fans, even if that does mean getting showered in both cake and champagne from time to time! Yum!

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It is also not everyday that you have rap icon (and Budweiser Made In America curator) Jay-Z and the infamous two-dollar bill man literally making it rain two-dollar bills during a performance as well…but with a Steve Aoki show, always expect the unexpected.

We got to hear some snippets of new material of the upcoming album which included a new collaboration with Afrojack. “Neon Future I” will also feature collaborations with Aoki and Empire Of The Sun, Fall Out Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Machine Gun Kelly. We also loved his clever move of blending the opening of Kanye’s “Power” into the Chainsmoker’s “Kanye” as a way to almost welcome Kanye, who was up next, to the stage.

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We had the chance to catch up with Steve Aoki just prior to his incredible Made In America performance. We discussed the new album, the hectic schedule and the many places from which he draws his inspirations. Check out the full interview below:

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