Catching Up With The Wild Feathers At Firefly 2014

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(PCM) What I adore so much about The Wild Feather’s is their ability to put a unique and fresh spin on the genre of southern rock n’ roll. The band gives it their own flavor and fans across the country are eating it up.

We were able to catch The Wild Feather’s performing at this year’s Firefly Music Festival and they were definitely one of our highlights throughout the entire weekend.

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The band is currently touring in support of their self-titled debut album and their current single “Left My Woman Behind” is continuing to pick up more and more steam.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had a chance to catch up with The Wild Feathers at Firefly to discuss changes in the music industry, the importance of touring, upcoming plans and more. You can check out the full interview below:

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Woman With A Baby Thrown Out Of Brad Paisley Concert

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(PCM) The news that a woman has been thrown out of a recent Brad Paisley concert for having a baby strapped to her in the pit area in front of the stage has been stirring up quite a debate online.

The woman, who also had another child with her at the show who appeared to be about 10, was escorted from the “pit” area by venue security because local police felt that she was endangering the baby that was strapped to her chest by being too close to the speakers. The child was not wearing any sort of ear protection.

The incident appears to have taken place prior to Paisely taking the stage at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA, however the opening artists had already performed.

The woman was enraged about being asked to leave the “pit area” with her children and proceeded to take out her phone and begin filming the back and forth that went on between herself, venue security and local police.

The woman felt that the true reason she was asked to leave the show was because she was breast-feeding her baby in the “pit” earlier in the evening and was asked to stop by venue security.  The local police say they only had the baby’s safety in mind and it had nothing to do with a woman’s right to breast-feed in public.

I have chime in here and say from my own person experience attending hundreds and hundreds of concerts over the years, the sound decibels in “pit” area or really anywhere inside an amphitheater are incredibly loud and would most definitely pose a danger to a baby’s still developing ears. I am going to have to side with local police and venue security on this one.

I have seen plenty of young children out at shows, but all of them have always had very large headphones on protect their hearing, even at outdoor festivals nowhere near the speakers…I could not even imagine having a baby that close to the speakers inside the pit.

The woman was given the option to move to seats located in a safer area of the venue or she could leave and be refunded for the tickets. She chose to leave and receive the refund and her and her other child were seen crying as they exited the venue.

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The Last Original Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Had Died At Age 62

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(PCM) It is with great sadness that we report that the last original Ramone, drummer, Tommy Ramone, has passed away at the age of 62.

A call was made from Ramone’s wife, to Dave Frey who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, to let me know that Tommy Ramone had passed away. So, far there have been no additional details released about his immediate cause of death.

Tommy Ramone was one of the co-founders of the legendary punk band The Ramones back in 1974. His band mates were Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All members initially had different last names, but together adopted the last name of Ramone.

The band has been a huge influence in the world of rock n’ roll and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2002. Their staple hits such as “Blitzkreig Bop” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” truly put them on the map and assisted with their initial lack of commercial success.

The band’s influence has certainly left it’s mark on the musical landscape and to this day the band still has legions of fans all across the world. Our sincere condolences go out to Tommy Ramone’s family and friends during this difficult time.

 

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Ravens Ballroom Belongs On Your Radar

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(PCM) Ravens Ballroom is a New York-based power trio comprised of guitarist and vocalist Matthew Ravens, bassist and vocalist Simi Ravens, and drummer Jon Rosenbaum. The trio released their debut album, Rain Dance, in spring 2013.

Pulling from genres as diverse as psychedelic rock, post-punk, and Euro-jazz, and replicating the internal-production model trailblazed by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin, Ravens Ballroom has synthesized a broad range of sounds and aesthetics into its own unique style.

Ravens Ballroom performs regularly in the New York area, headlining small venues and opening for acts like the great David Johansen. The visionary trio and their passionate, evocative music have been well-received by industry insiders and audiences who are ever interested in hearing more.

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BET Makes A Major Blunder With Lionel Richie’s Name!

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(PCM) Artist Lionel Richie was recently honored at the BET Awards with one of the evenings highest honors…the Lifetime Achievement Award. However, during the award show broadcast, Richies’ name was misspelled on the screen as he was accepting the award.

As Richie was up on the stage giving his speech, “Lionel Ritchie” was displayed at the bottom of the screen. While it is a simple spelling error, you would think that given the fact that Richie was receiving such a high award, someone would have done their homework with the name spelling…opps!

Obviously, Richie was unaware of the incident during his speech and went on to give a beautiful acceptance speech about the merits of both talent and soul.

BET has yet to comment on the incident, however it blew up via social media with the hash tag #LionelRitchie trending on various platforms.

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Miranda Lambert Debuts Music Video For “Something Bad” feat. Carrie Underwood

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(PCM) When Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood performed a duet of the song “Something Bad” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards both critics and fans were blown away by the performance.

Not long after the performance, Lamberts’ new album “Platinum” soared its’ way to the top of the charts and iTunes as well.

Now, we are pleased to feature Lamberts’ sensational new music video for “Something Bad” which features Carrie Underwood. Check it out below:

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Dave Goddess Group Delivers With “Blown Away”

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(PCM) Dave Goddess Group drives the lonely and twisted road to rock n’ roll redemption, shifting gears between truth-telling ballads and gasket-blowing screamers with regard for neither fad nor fashion, trend nor taste.

In their latest release, “Blown Away,” the band takes a stripped down approach to some thoughtful yet rockin’ material. Drums pound, guitars soar, the bass throbs as Goddess sings alternatively about life, death, religion, politics and wanting to get laid.

The band never hides it’s love of classic rock, but somehow manages to make it sound modern. It’s painfully out of step, but somehow riding the bleeding edge. It wants to matter. It wants to make you think. It wants to rock your soul and break your heart. Dave Goddess Group’s private dream is now in the public domain. Who could sleep through this racket?

Keep up-to-date with Dave Goddess Group:
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Catching Up With Kongos At Firefly Festival

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(PCM) South African rockers, Kongos, put on an incredible performance during their recent appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE.

The band, which consists of four brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos, fill the stage with a true sense of passion and intoxicating energy. Despite their early set time, kicking off the Firefly Main Stage, they were the ideal wake-up call to shake things up and get everyone moving at the festival.

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The band’s single “Come With Me Now’ is blowing up at radio and is surely becoming one of biggest hits of the summer. The track comes from the band’s latest album release “Lunatic” which is available now!

I had a chance to catch up with both Jesse and Johnny of Kongos backstage at Firefly!  Check out our interview below:

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Soundgarden Gear Up For Co-Headlining Tour With Nine Inch Nails

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(PCM) Soundgarden are internationally recognized as one of the world’s most influential rock bands. With a laudable career and GRAMMY®- winning catalog, the Seattle four-piece started a transformation in rock music that inspired a generation. The band is supporting the reissue of its seminal album, Superunknown via A&M Records/UME on June 3rd, 2014.

In our opinion Superunknown is one of those album’s that does more than just inspire a generation. The album was a major part of defining the generation at that time and continues to have the very same effect on listeners to this day.

We could not ask for a better pairing of artists to co-headline a summer tour run than both Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails. Together it is going to be on insane evening of rock!

Summer Co-Headline Tour Dates with Nine Inch Nails

7/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood

7/21 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/22 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/24 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/26 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/29 Mansfield, MA @ XFINITY Center (Boston)

7/30 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center (New York)

8/1 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

8/2 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

8/4 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live (DC)

8/5 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/7 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

8/8 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood

8/10 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

8/11 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/14 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

8/16 Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/17 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/19 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

8/21 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

8/22 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/24 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

8/27 Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

8/29 Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater

8/30 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

 

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Outkast And Jack Johnson Round-Out An Epic Firefly Festival Weekend

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(PCM) I could hardly believe that after Thursday and Friday’s epic performance there were still two more days lined-up for Firefly Music Festival. As I made my way into the festival around noon on Saturday, I was greeted by sounds of “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles blasting through the speakers of the Lawn Stage, the same thing occurred on Sunday around noon as well.

I felt that it was a warm and lovely way to greet festival goers as they were making their way into the festival grounds each day…almost like a little good afternoon hug of a song!

All mushiness aside, I was able to check out some awesome performances on Saturday afternoon and evening from artists such as Bad Things, Twenty One Pilots, Unlikely Candidates, Third Eye Blind, The Wild Feathers, Grouplove, Cage The Elephant, Walk Off The Earth, Imagine Dragons, Johnnyswim, Beck, Outkast, Pretty Lights and X Ambassadors.

With so many great artists on the bill for Saturday it was such a challenge to try to make it to all the performances, but I did my very best and it was certainly a wonderful day for music that lasted well into the early morning hours. My crew and I were staying at a friends home about a mile or two away from the festival and we could still hear the thumping rhythms of both Pretty Lights and X Ambassadors once we had left the festival grounds.

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Once all the other stages had quieted down for the evening the spotlight was on Saturday night headliners Outkast and I found myself completely and totally engrossed in the sea of over 80,000 fans who flocked to the main stage to witness the magic that Outkast brought to the stage.

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If I could not have dreamed for a better set list from Outkast!  Launching right out of the gate with “B.O.B” straight into “Gasoline”, “Aquamini” and “Rosa Parks” the duo consisting of rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi held the audience completely captivated. Andre 3000′s platinum white wig and “Children of the Cornbread” jumpsuit was a trip and the pair truly appeared to be having a great time interacting on the stage and joking around with one another like old friends.

Earlier in the afternoon two of my favorite performances came Unlikely Candidates and Twenty One Pilots who certainly know how to put on a fantastic stage show. I could not believe how many people were in attendance to check out Twenty One Pilots despite their early afternoon set time. Later on, without a doubt Cage The Elephant went above and beyond engaging with the crowd and making sure “everyone throughout the festival was going to hear their performance”.

My only small complaint was putting Walk Off The Earth and Cage The Elephant on stage at the same time. I know that Walk Off The Earth did another performance at the Coffee House stage at a different time, however with the rest of the days packed schedule I felt like I was running back and forth to be sure I at least caught a good amount of each bands set.

After Cage The Elephant it was wonderful to see Imagine Dragons make their triumphant return to the Firefly stage. Playing the festival in its’ inaugural year on one of the smallest stages with an 11:30 am time slot, it was truly magical to see the way that this band has truly blown up and now they are gracing the festivals largest stage in the early evening hours to an enormous crowd of eager fans.

Imagine Dragons played an incredible set that included a covers of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and the band’s new song “Battle Cry” was performed live for the very first time. To close out their set Imagine Dragons were joined on the stage by Cage The Elephant to perform their hit song “Radioactive”.

Beck was another artist that I got to witness live for the first time at Firefly and I was absolutely blown away. Looking incredibly dapper, Beck plowed though his set that opened up with “Devil’s Haircut” and “Loser” among other tracks. The best was his amazing cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that had the entire crowd going absolutely wild.

After the incredible performances on Saturday, I think we were all in need of a little bit of slowing down and that is exactly the kind of vibe that Sunday, Firefly’s final day, provided.

We were able to catch performances from Dan Croll, Vance Joy, Nonono, Kawehi, Weezer, Ziggy Marley, The Lumineers, Phantogram, Jack Johnson and Childish Gambino to round out yet another amazing year at Firefly Festival 2014!

 

 

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