Kandace Springs Set To Release Debut EP This September

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Blue Note Records has signed Kandace Springs and will release her self-titled debut EP on September 30 together with SRP Music Group. Springs will perform the EP’s first single, “Love Got In The Way,” when she makes her national television debut on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Friday, October 3. The official video for “Love Got In The Way” premiered on Afropunk.com and can be viewed here!

The pre-order for the Kandace Springs EP, which offers a first taste of her forthcoming full-length album, launched today on iTunes. See below for track listing. She will perform at an exclusive EP release show at The Box in New York City on September 30, with a limited number of tickets available to Kandace’s fans to be given out on her Facebook page. In October, Springs will open for Chance The Rapper on two East Coast dates of the fall 2014 Verge Campus tour.

Drawing on R&B, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and Latin music, Springs’ four-song EP showcases her knack for merging old-school values with fresh and innovative styles. Kandace co-wrote the first single, “Love Got In The Way,” and the sultry “Forbidden Fruit,” with Sturken and Rogers, who produced the tracks along with Eli Wolf. “West Coast” and “Meet Me In The Sky” were produced by Philadelphia and Los Angeles-based team Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Alicia Keys), who co-wrote these songs with Springs.

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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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Lee Ann Womack Gear Up For The Release Of Provocative New Music Video

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(PCM) When Lee Ann Womack agreed to do a clip for “The Way I’m Livin’,” the title track and lead song from her 9/23 Sugar Hill debut, she knew one thing: “I did not want a literal, storyline video.” The Roger Pistole-directed clip is anything but…and it’s provocative enough CMT will world premiere it across its platforms on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

“We joked about things you don’t hear at a Lee Ann Womack video shoot,” says the Grammy-winning vocalist of the unlikely video. “You know, like ‘The snakes just got here…’ Only for this clip, the snakes really did
just arrive!”

Considering the realm and reality in the world around us, Roger Pistole created a video where time has multiple layers, the characters are open to interpretation and Womack delivers a vocal performance that is equal parts confession, rumination and scalding immersion in the moment. In the end, the notion of just who the devil is will prompt discussion – with no clear cut answers.

“I think getting people to talk about things, issues and what they believe is the best thing music can do,” Womack says. “And I love that this video takes that concept, and pushes it even farther. Life isn’t black and white; people’s reasons aren’t simple, nor are the reasons they fall. Roger got the exact thing I was trying to capture in the song – and man, did he find a great way to create a video that leaves you wondering, but also shows you a lot about the gray areas of life.”

Shot in an abandoned house on a working cattle farm outside Nashville, “The Way I’m Livin'” seems like another old house in a field video – until you get 30 seconds in. From there, it’s a powerful exploration of temptation, falling, fighting and perhaps salvation – all without one obvious cue.

“The best things let you bring your own life to’em,” says the woman, whose The Way I’m Livin’ was singled out by The New York Times in their Fall Arts Preview. “I really want this album to open up what songs can contain, to make people think about their definitions of not just ‘what’s country?,’ but why do we need definitions.”

Wednesday, Sept. 10, CMT will take people even further into the song The Wall Street Journal debuted earlier this summer, writing of the song’s intensity, “She sounds as if she’s making up for lost time.” World Premiering it on CMT, as well as CMT Pure, CMT.com and the CMT Artists App

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Blake Shelton And JCPenney Honor USO Family At San Diego Concert

On Saturday night, during Blake Shelton’s performance at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in San Diego, JCPenney, along with Blake, presented the USO with a special JCPenney gift card for a lucky USO family on-stage. Following the presentation, Blake asked the crowd to turn on their cell phone flashlights and hold them up in the air, creating a magical moment for the family while Blake sang “Home”.

Family names: Roland Kiendrebeogo, Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo and their son Oswald Kiendrebeogo

 

Photo Credit – Getty Images for JCPenney

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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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I’m Only “Happy” When It Rains…Pharrell And Kings Of Leon Bring Made In America 2014 To An Epic Close

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(PCM) Despite the imminent threat of inclement weather on the way, the Budweiser Made In America Day Two in Philadelphia kicked off with a hot and humid start with some amazing performances from Bleachers, Kongos, Penguin Prison, YG, Man Overboard and Awolnation.

As the day progressed the storm clouds began to roll in and just after Spoon took the stage a nasty thunderstorm began, forcing the band’s performance to come to an abrupt halt and the festival grounds to be evacuated.

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There was some mild protest from some of the more rowdy attendees in the audience, but it appeared that all were evacuated quickly and efficiently until the worst of the storm had passed. About 20 minutes later the gates were re-opened and the curfew was extended for a bit to allow the rest of the show to go on as planned.

Spoon took to the stage once again to finish out their set and I give both them and Girl Talk all the respect in the world for continuing their performances during some absolutely torrential downpours of rain, but hey…that’s rock n’ roll.

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Majority of the heavy rain had passed by the time that Pharrell Williams took to the stage and his performance was just brilliant. There is nothing we don’t love about Pharrell, as his performances are always both entertaining and thoroughly engaging. Opening with “Lose Yourself To Dance” and plowing through a hit filled set that included some throwbacks to tracks that he had produced including “Hot In Herre” and “Hollaback Girl” to name a few.

One of my favorite moments occurred when Pharrell was addressing the crowd and gave a shout-out to all the women in the house, claiming that his wish would be to see more women in positions of power including both government and the entertainment realm.

At the very end of his set Pharrell commented that he had wished that the media/photographers were still out there to capture what 100,000 happy people looked like from his point of view. Well, rest assured P…we were out there, just as happy as could be, dancing our way all over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and loving every moment. (See our past chat with Pharrell Williams and his N.E.R.D. bandmate Shay Haly here)

In our opinion not much could compete with Pharrell’s outstanding Made In America performance, but Kings of Leon certainly gave it their best attempt. I am not sure I always agree with closing out a festival with a slower tempo, however Kings of Leon provided a nice way to close out Made In America festival with a dose of good ol’ rock n’ roll.

The rain unfortunately shortened the band’s performance time by a bit, but they were very gracious to those that stuck it out to the very end and definitely made true on their promise to give it all they had till the very end!

More images from Day Two of the Budweiser Made In America Festival Philadelphia below:

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Concert Review: Uproar Festival 2014 Featuring Godsmack, Seether, Skillet And More!

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(PCM) There are so many summer touring packages that it can often times be hard to make the decision as to which show is worth spending you hard earned cash on a ticket. This year the 2014 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival provided plenty of bang for your buck with an line-up of epic proportions this year!

The 2014 line-up consisted of Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Pop Evil, Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Within Reason and Sons Of Revelry to name a few.

Godsmack were the perfect choice to headline this year’s festival as they were definitely missed during their hiatus of sorts and it was great to seem them back out on the road, refreshed and ready to rock.

The band has just released a brand-new album title “1000hp” which made its’ debut at #3 on the Billboard charts. As a fan it was fantastic to hear some new material making it’s way into the band’s set and the band appeared to be both excited and invigorated to finally be able to play some of these tracks in the live environment.

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The band even went as far as to open their blazing 90-minute set with “Generation Day”, a track off the new album, as well as, “Something Different” which was another “1000hp” track that was played early in the set.  Of course the crowd went crazy for fan favorites such as “Straight Out Of Line”, “The Enemy”, “Awake” and of course my personal favorite “Voodoo”.

As many times as I have seen Godsmack live I also do not think that I will ever tire of seeing the epic drum battle that takes place between drummer Shannon Larkin and front man Sully Erna, now being dubbed Batalla de los Tambores. It is always just incredibly fun to see!

Prior to Godsmack taking the stage to close out Uproar Festival 2014, we were also privy to some incredible performances from many of the other bands’ on the bill as well. Highlight performances came from Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, and Sons of Revelry throughout the afternoon into the evening.

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Seether released their amazing new album “Isolate and Medicate” earlier this year and while their performance at Uproar sounded amazing, I was surprised that only one track from the new album, “Words As Weapons” made it into the set. They plowed through fan favorites such as “Rise Above This”, “Fake It” and “The Remedy”, and I am chalking it up to set time for the reason some more newer tracks did not make it into the performance.

We had a chance to catch up with Seether’s drummer John Humphrey prior to the band taking the stage. You can view our chat below:

Skillet also put on a phenomenal performance which was absolutely mesmerizing to catch. Skillet are a band that has the ability to take command of the stage and are able to hold the audience at full attention for the start of their performance to the very end.

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I adore the string players and the band just appears to be having a lot of fun while up on the stage. I would almost be willing to say that within the next few years we could possibly see Skillet as the top headlining spot for one of these mainstream rock festivals, if not already, as they have more than earned it!

We had a chance to catch up with Skillet front man John Cooper while out at Uproar. You can view our chat below:

There is truly nothing I don’t love about Buckcherry!  As headliners of Uproar’s second stage, the band put together a rousing performance that featured a perfect blend of both older and newer material.

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The band has just released their brand new EP perfectly title “F**k” and the songs are absolutely f**king brilliant!  We had the opportunity to catch up with Buckcherry front man Josh Todd before the band’s performance. You can listen to the full interview below:

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We were also able to catch up with Escape The Fate, who may have been the odd band out on the bill, but certainly did an incredible job at commanding the audiences full attention. The band is still currently touring behind their phenomenal album “Ungrateful” but have revealed that they have plans to start working on some new material shortly.

You can view our interview with Escape The Fate’s Robert Ortiz below:

 Up and coming band Sons Of Revelry were definitely another highlight from our day at Uproar Festival. We had a chance to speak with the full band…check it out:

We loved the 2014 edition of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour and we certainly can’t wait to see what they will have in store for 2015!

All photography credit: Megan C. Brooks Photography

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Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against Anchor The Return Of The SHINDIG Music Festival

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A “Shindig” is defined as “a large, lively party celebrating something,” and in this case, that “something” is the DIY Rock & Roll spirit and work ethic of Baltimore at the core of The SHINDIG Music Festival returning Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park with alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction and punk rock favorites Rise Against anchoring a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district that’s as fun and diverse as Charm City’s people and neighborhoods.

Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year’s two main stages will be Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until Aug. 16 (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets also available. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore’s best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available. The Woods is also home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities.

Carroll Park is located 1/2 mile from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of Baltimore’s beloved Pigtown. To eliminate any parking concerns, 24-7 Entertainment has reserved several large, secured parking lots that border the festival grounds conveniently landmarked by the monstrous Montgomery Park building.

The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories

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Album Review: Flyleaf “Between The Stars”

Between-The-Stars-640x640(PCM) Multi-platinum hard rockers Flyleaf are gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album “Between The Stars” which will be available on September 16th via Loud & Proud Records.

It is quite apparent when listening to the new album that a lot of heart and soul went into its’ creation. Flyleaf truly let it all out with this album and out of the 12 songs that make up “Between The Stars” it was difficult to find one that wasn’t up to speed.

The band made up of Kristen May (vocals), Sameer Bhatacharya (guitars), Jared Hartmann (guitars), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper (drums) worked with famed producer Don Gilmore, who has worked with artist such as Pearl Jam and Linkin Park in the past.

Songs such as “Thread”, “City Kids”, and the albums closer “Home” truly showcase May’s ability as a singer. Her vocals echo so much emotion that the listener can literally feel the music when listening. While the band did not take too many risks with their signature sound on the new album, their writing has definitely stepped up quite a bit. The lyrics are both honest and emotional hitting hard at just the right moments.

It is apparent when listening to the album that Flyleaf has had quite a bit on their minds these days and releasing an album like “Between The Stars” seems like the perfect way to air out those emotions and share their thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world.

The band has the uncanny ability to create a hard and heavy album without losing a certain level of pop sensibility that is just astounding. I absolutely can’t wait to hear some of these tracks live!

On “Between The Stars” there is sure to be a track (or more) that connects emotionally with the listener and the band has done a phenomenal job with their latest effort.

“Between The Stars” track listing is as follows:

1. Set Me On Fire

2. Magnetic

3. Traitor

4. Platonic

5. Head Underwater

6. Sober Serenade

7. Thread

8. Marionette

9. Well Of Lies

10. City Kids

11. Blue Roses

12. Home

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Catching Up With The World Famous Tony Williams At Made In America Festival

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(PCM) We spent our Labor Day weekend partying on the Ben Franklin Parkway at the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA with some of music’s top artists such as Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Pharrell Williams, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, The National, Spoon, YG, Destructo, Bleachers and many many more.

On Saturday evening we had the great pleasure of catching up with The World Famous Tony Williams, who was performing that evening with his cousin Kanye West.

Williams is best known as both a singer and a co-writer on all of Kanye’s albums including “College Dropout” where his named as a co-writer on “Spaceship” and “Last Call” and provided vocals on those tracks, as well as, “I’ll Fly Away and “School Spirit”. On “Late Registration” he provided vocals on “Drive Slow” and “Late”, on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Williams can be heard on “Runaway” and “All Of The Lights” to name a few.

Williams has also appeared on West’s latest album release “Yeezus” singing on “Blood On The Leave”.  Aside from his work on Kanye’s album’s Williams has also worked with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Kid Sister, and Outlawz as well.

Williams released his solo effort “King Or The Fool” back in 2012 and tell us that currently he is working on a follow-up to that album as well as the upcoming sequel to “Yeezus” with Kanye.

You can watch our interview below:

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