Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flat Land final show to be at Heartwood Soundstage

Flat Land, a funk group based out of Gainesville, will play their final show at Heartwood
Soundstage on Saturday, April 29. This event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a night out in
Gainesville and to celebrate Flat Land’s accomplishments and contributions to the Gainesville
music scene and community.

A VIP set will begin at 7 p.m., followed by an outdoor show at 9 p.m.

The band will perform songs off of their debut full-length record, Arrow to the Sun.
Arrow to the
Sun showcases the band’s eclectic sound and tight compositions, quirkily self-described as

Flat Land’s out-of-the-box sound is reminiscent of artists like Beck, Led Zeppelin, Alabama
Shakes, and Hiatus Kaiyote. Led by frontwoman Fae Nageon de Lestang (a descendant of
pirates with buried treasure somewhere off the east coast of Africa) on vocals and electric violin,
their live performances have been catching national attention at top tier festivals, such as
Okeechobee Music Festival and Suwannee Hulaween.

“Arrow to the Sun is our first album and we really wanted to make the best product possible.
Cutting the record was an adventure and we really hope to bring a piece of that experience to
new faces,” said Fae Nageon de Lestang, frontwoman/violinist.

Outside of the studio, the band spends their time working to promote music education within
their community. Flat Land founded
Future Music Makersthis past spring along with electronic
duo Bells & Robes and
marketing firmPhairground. The organization works to create
opportunities for youth to foster creativity and a passion for music in north central Florida.

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Skillet's Front Man, John Cooper, Featured On Marvel's Playback

"Back From the Dead" to Appear in SyFy Channel's
New Series, Blood Drive

Skillet Announces Extension of "Unleashed" Tour

New York, NY (April 26, 2017) - Spearheading the effort to merge the two worlds of comics and music, Marvel Entertainment's Marvel Playback opens up conversation with some of music's biggest names. GRAMMY® nominated Skillet's John Cooper joined Marvel's Playback to speak about his love for comics, and the lessons he's learned from their stories and heroes. That video can be seen here:

“What makes a hero is someone who does something selfless…Someone who stands up for someone who is weak," says Cooper. "Working in rock and roll is good, but being a hero is better.” 

Earning three Billboard Music Award Nominations, their most recent album, Unleashed, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The group's latest single "Back From the Dead," continues to climb the charts, hitting No. 9 on the Active Rock Chart, and No. 10 on Billboard's Christian Rock Chart. The new single comes on the heels of the debut track “Feel Invincible” that went to #1 at Active Rock radio.

"Back From The Dead" is also set to be used in SyFy's new series, Blood Drive. The episode featuring the Skillet track will be the premiere of the show on June 14th.

Skillet has announced they will be extending their "Unleashed Tour" with the addition of three more shows. After recently wrapping three legs of their headlining tour with sold-out dates across the U.S. and Europe, the group has decided to extend the tour to Memphis (June 6th), Orlando (June 8th), and Atlanta (June 9th). These dates come alongside already announced festival dates including Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Loudwire Live and Rise Above Fest. The band will also be joining Korn and Stone Sour on the Serenity Of Summer Tour in July and August.

About Skillet:
Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 12 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” and currently has over 87 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver Loudwire, and more. Their latest album, Unleashed debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and the first single “Feel Invincible” went to #1 on the Rock Radio chart.  The track “Stars” was featured in the motion picture The Shack that was released last March. Skillet was recently nominated for 3 more Billboard Music Awards and their songs have been used by the WWE, Marvel, ESPN and the NFL to name a few.

Get Connected With Skillet:
Twitter & Instagram: @skilletmusic

Blossoms Announce Additional Headlining Summer Tour Dates.

“U.K. garage-pop darlings Blossoms showed why they were one of the
highly touted ‘fine-print’ bands at Coachella.” – Buzzbands LA
“Blossoms showcases suave alternative rock vibes.” – The Daily Californian
This UK buzz band delivers hook after sticky hook in a style that recalls Duran Duran at times.” – NBC 7 San Diego
“Are Blossoms The Next Big Brits?” – Seattle Music News


Hot on the heels of their first official headlining tour across North America, bonafied British rock starsBlossoms have announced new U.S. tour dates set to take place this summer. Kicking off June 1st in Boston, this new tour comes right as TomCharlieJoshJoe and Myles embark on a massive supporting slot, opening for Two Door Cinema Club, not to mention two stellar appearances at Coachella this month.
Tickets for Blossoms’ headline tour go on sale Friday, April 28th at 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST. For a full list of tour dates and ticket info, please visit
With a Number 1 record under their belt for their self-titled debut album, plus appearances at New York City’s Governors BallManchester’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Chicago’s Lollapalooza this year, it is without a doubt that Blossoms will be the Great British breakout band and on everyone’s lips in 2017.

Across the Atlantic, the band has just completed their SOLD-OUT headlining tour, playing to more than 30,000 fans across the UK. They’ve also SOLD-OUT their recently announced upcoming 8,000 capacity outdoor headlining show in Manchester this summer. In other news, Blossoms will also be supporting The Stones Roses this summer, opening for them at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London this June.
Be sure to catch the band live at any of the following dates and listen to their critically acclaimed debut full-length on iTunesApple MusicSpotifyAmazon today.

elbow Announce New Dates and Venue Change. U.S Tour Continues To Sell Out

As dates continue to sell-out, this week elbow announced they have added a new date to their forthcoming U.S tour. On November 3rd, they will be headlining The Fillmore in Philadelphia. Tickets are on-sale now and available HERE.
The band also announced that due to a temporary closure of Webster Hall, they are moving their two shows to Terminal 5 on November 2nd. Tickets for both Webster Hall shows will be honored at Terminal 5. For those unable to attend the new date/venue, refunds will be available at point of purchase until 5PM ET on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Please note the Terminal 5 show will be an all ages event. Tickets are available HERE.
Earlier this year, the Manchester four-piece released their seventh studio album “Little Fictions” to widespread critical acclaim. Praised for their “rich, sweeping rock songs about melancholy and love” (Pitchfork) and considered “the best (album) they've made in years,” (The Associated Press), elbow will be making a welcomed return to U.S soil and bringing their legendary live performance to fans this November. For more details and tickets, go to










Roadrunner recording group Stone Sour has announced details of their highly anticipated new album.HYDROGRAD arrives worldwide on Friday, June 30th.

Recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA with producer Jay Ruston, HYDROGRAD features the lead tracks “Fabuless” and “Song #3” which are available now available now at all DSPs and streaming services. “Fabuless” is joined by an official music video, directed by Paul Brown, which is streaming now on Stone Sour’s official YouTube channel.

HYDROGRAD is available for pre-order beginning today at all DSPs and via, with all pre-orders accompanied by instant grat downloads of “Fabuless” and “Song #3” (see tracklisting / album art attached). Exclusive pre-order merch bundles are also available at

Stone Sour will celebrate HYDROGRAD with an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group Korn. “The Serenity of Summer Tour” gets underway June 16th at Salt Lake City, UT’s USANA Amphitheatre and then travels through early August. Presented by Live Nation, support throughout the eclectic tour comes from Babymetal, Skillet, Yelawolf, Islander and Ded. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit  Stone Sour will also headline the sold-out official Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party, set for May 18th at Columbus, OH’s EXPRESS LIVE, as well as additional headliner and festival slots this summer (see tour itinerary attached).

Stone Sour unleashed their eponymous debut album in 2002 and was immediately confirmed as one of the most significant hard rock outfits of the 21st century. The self-titled release earned RIAA gold certification while singles “Get Inside” and “Inhale” each received GRAMMY® Award nominations for “Best Metal Performance.”

COME WHAT(EVER) MAY followed in 2006 and proved an even greater accomplishment with a top 5 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 and a #1 entry onto Billboard’s “Rock Albums” chart. The acclaimed album spawned still another GRAMMY®-nominated single in “30/30-150” on its own way to RIAA gold certification. COME WHAT(EVER) MAY unleashed a series of rock radio classics, including “Sillyworld,” “Made of Scars,” the #1 hit, “Through Glass,” which spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s “Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks” while also reaching #2 on “Alternative Songs” and the top 40 on the overall “Hot 100.” The song’s companion video was also a favorite, now with over 44 million individual views at YouTube alone.

Stone Sour’s most recent all-original releases, the monumental HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 1 and HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 2, both made top 10 debuts on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 just six months apart from one another – the band’s third and fourth consecutive top 10 chart entries. The two-part concept album yielded a string of multi-format rock radio hits, including the top 5 favorites “Absolute Zero,” “Do Me A Favor,” and “Tired,” the latter of which ascended to #1 at Mainstream Rock outlets nationwide.

HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES drew widespread critical applause with ArtistDirect hailing “PART 1” as “a milestone for Stone Sour and for modern rock music. It's on par with Alice In Chains’ ‘DIRT,’ Metallica’sMASTER OF PUPPETS, Queens of the Stone Age’s SONGS FOR THE DEAF, Soundgarden’sSUPERUNKNOWN, and any other game-changing albums you can think of.” HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 2 earned equally great acclaim, including placement on Revolver’s “Top 20 Albums of 2013” andLoudwire’s “Top 10 Rock + Metal Albums of 2013” ranking. The Guardian, in its four-out-of-five starred rave, praised Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor’s “remarkable transformation into heavy music's premier polymath and renaissance man” while further hailing the album’s “towering melodies and moments of radio-friendly majesty, the band's trademark straddling of the divide between metal and commercial rock sounding increasingly adroit.”

2015 saw the arrival of STRAIGHT OUTTA BURBANK, an unprecedented EP in which Stone Sour take on five immortal songs originally performed by such iconic artists as Bad Brains, Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, Mötley Crüe, and Slayer. The EP is highlighted by a stunning rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” featuring distinctive guest vocals from Lzzy Hale of Atlantic recording group Halestorm,STRAIGHT OUTTA BURBANK is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

Known far and wide as a truly incendiary live act, Stone Sour has built an international fan following through countless headline tours, multi-artist caravans, and performances at such famed festivals as Rock In Rio and the UK’s Download Festival.

Stone Sour is: Corey Taylor (vocals), Josh Rand (guitar), Roy Mayorga (drums), Johny Chow (bass), and Christian Martucci (guitar).

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Welcome To Rockville: Popular band videos

I put together this youtube video list of songs from bands that will be at this year's Welcome to Rockville, check them out here then at the event!

Monday, April 24, 2017

STARSET Welcome To Rockville Saturday, April 29 2:10pm @ Metropolitan Stage

Don’t miss STARSET at WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE on SATURDAY, APRIL 29 performing at 2:10pm on the METROPOLITAN STAGE! The cinematic rock band is touring this spring in continued support of their sophomore album VESSELS. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch their set and include STARSET in your festival coverage.

VESSELS (Razor & Tie) is a data-stream rendered in sound where front man Dustin Bates becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload that is increasingly complex yet ultimately human. From atmospheric opener, "Back To The Earth" to the driving hooks of the album's first single, "Monster" to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of "Frequency," Bates has succeeded in escaping the gravity of formula radio rock. Instead, he has re-imagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor. VESSELS was produced by Rob Graves (Halestorm, Red) and mixed by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Filter), who also helmed their 2014 Razor & Tie debut, Transmissions, a landmark album selling in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads, and propelled by singles including the unforgettable "My Demons" (which spent an unprecedented 43 weeks scaling rock charts).

Upon its release January 20, 2017, VESSELS debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, with more than 23,000 equivalent album units, and at #3 on the Billboard Top Current Rock Album Chart. The album has been receiving critical praise with Steve Beebee from Kerrang! giving VESSELS a 4K rating and hailing, If revered darkwave pop veterans Depeche Mode multiplied their aural dimensions by seven, something like Vessels would emerge (1/10/17) and naming it January’s Release of the Month adding, “Simply put, Starset’s Vessels works on multiple levels. If you’re looking for engaging singular tracks to fill your playlist, this album has several songs that could keep the band on radio for a long run. But if you’re looking for a deeper connection and a full listening experience, Vessels truly takes the listener on a journey both musically and thematically” (1/20/17). Additionally, gave the album 5 out of 5 stars noting, “Starset are a band of astronomical talent and, bigger and bolder, Vessels encompasses a whole new galaxy of sound. Every single track of the lengthy fifteen is catchy and orchestrated to perfection; the production is flawless, the band is at the upper echelon of their craft” (1/13/17). Elsewhere, Pure Grain Audio said, “Vessels represents what every sophomore album should be. It stays true to Starset's unique brand of hard rock, brooding and melodic like a cybernetic Breaking Benjamin, but it also showcases a band pushing itself into new territory...Checking out Vessels on January 20th is an absolute must and, by the end of 2017, you're gonna be looking back on it as one of the best rock albums of the year” (1/11/17), Music Existence praises Vessels as “is an outstanding exploration of sound. The album incorporates an array of different styles and influences that, though you would think shouldn’t go together, not only fit but work in a way that I’ve never heard before. Starset does all this without losing their identity as a band for the slightest second. And that’s what I find most remarkable” (1/20/17) and Rock Revolt Magazine adds, “This album tops my list as far as favorite albums go; it does NOT disappoint…This album will assuredly take listeners on a ride that they won’t forget and will be happy to return to, over and over again…The entire album is incredible from start to finish and is truly an example of Starset at their absolute finest. If you’re looking for an excellent album that will make you think and feel while still rocking your face off, look no further” (1/17/17).

Watch the unique 360-degree lyric video for “Ricochet” conceptualized by Bates HERE. The video—directed by Denver Cavins and Bates—was released January 6 and has already been viewed over 1.2 million times.

Watch the official audio video for "Monster" HERE, which has already amassed over 3.1 million views, and the official music video for “Monster” HERE, which has over 1.7 million views.

With over 300 shows logged to date, STARSET--front man Dustin Bates and his helmeted-and-pressure-suited crew, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert--has distinguished themselves touring with the likes of Breaking Benjamin and In This Moment, playing major U.S. rock festivals and four sold out performances in planetariums, becoming the first rock band to play live in the full dome entertainment environment. This spring, the band will return to Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On the Range, the famed rock festival in the band's hometown of Columbus, OH, following their 2015 debut at all four events. STARSET had developed an unparalleled digital foothold, amassing nearly 700 million YouTube views, driven primarily by the band’s rabid fan base synching STARSET songs to a variety of visual images. Later this year, Marvel Comics will be releasing a graphic novel based on The Starset Society.

To read STARSET’s bio and full press releases, go to:

Let us know if we can help at all to include STARSET in your festival coverage.


Vessels cover art

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