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  • Tour announcement: Diet Cig with The Spook School
    Tour dates: October 2017
    More info: Band website

    NY's Diet Cig today added Scottish indie-poppers The Spook School to their upcoming UK dates and also add a second London date at The Moth Club after the first sold out.

    The band also recently shared the video for 'Barf Day',' a highlight of their much-loved debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Watch 'Barf Day' here.

    'Swear I'm Good At This' was released this Spring via Frenchkiss Records to world-wide critical acclaim. It is the follow up to the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced the world to the band's consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I'm Good At This accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and direct, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison.

    Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. The LP was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City. 

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  • Album release:  'Epiphet' by Cassels
    Release date: 6 October 2017
    Label: Big Scary Monsters
    More info: Band website

    The precociously young and talented art-punk two-piece Cassels today announce their debut album proper, 'Epiphet' for October 6th on Big Scary Monsters. Poetic and agitated, you can stream the opening salvo of tracks, 'Coup', and 'Let', now. They will also play two launch shows for the record:

    • October 6th - Birthdays, London
    • October 7th - The Cellar, Oxford

    For Cassels, music is about authenticity. Together they embody the spirit of punk, even if their sound stretches the boundaries of any genre. It is rare to find a band who sound only like themselves, especially one with just two instruments, but Cassels are just that. The work of two brothers, Loz and Jim Beck, they have been playing music together since long before their voices broke and all that practise has paid off – direct and considered lyrically, musically challenging and in possession of an originality you could never force.

    “I’m hoping cynicism will pass as lyricism,” Jim Beck, the driving force behind the sibling duo spits on previous single ‘The Weight’, featured by NME, Dork, DIY, Upset, Gold Flake Paint and a highlight of a “pre-album” that got 5 K’s in Kerrang!.

    “I guess it stems from a few places,” he says of the origin for this attitude, “people letting me down, not having a particularly sociable childhood, and our dad’s a pretty cynical guy.”

    But in his mind, cynicism is realism. It underpins what Cassels stand for. Their noisy, edgy and sometimes deliberately jarring sound is built around a reluctance to idly stand by as our political climate clouds our futures. It balances apathy with anger, and through it channels a generational voice. A generation who are incorrectly dismissed as being inactive, but who are finding new ways to attack the establishment.

    The message lies unfiltered over a unique sound only the UK DIY scene could cultivate. There’s no metaphor to hide behind. Cassels are antagonistic and brash, but more importantly, they challenge the norm, both musically and lyrically. 

    The lyrics are like contemporary poetry driven by the frustration of socio-political injustices, and fed by the ennui of growing up in a one-horse town. “There’s the old cliché that good lyrics stand up on a page without music, but in reality I don’t think many read well at all,” Jim says scathingly of mainstream music. “At some point I made the conscious decision to try and write words which could be read in isolation without them being obviously identifiable as being from a song.”

    ‘Epiphet’ features the production work of Rocky Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank) who captures all the intricacies of the two piece in their biggest sound yet. From the opening salvo of singles “Coup” and “Let”, to the bitter tribute to the town they grew up in – “shitty Chipping Norton” – on “Where Baseball Invented”, onto the call and response hooks of “You Turn On Utopia” and the melodic suss of closer “Chewed Up Cheeks”, the album rarely lets up pace. Disparate, desperate wording set to music that moves from cacophony to melody seamlessly, ‘Epiphet’ further cements their youthful tenacity, and continues to paint them as one of the most unique, and most important, bands of our time.

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  • The upcoming EP release from Chicago trio The Shades drives across the country on a wind-swept, harmony-drenched road trip with friends, family, and an intoxicating summer breeze. The EP, Miles Made of Inches, is due out October 6. The band, comprised of NBC’s The Voice Season 11 semi-finalist Andrew DeMuro (Team Adam Levine), and brothers Phil and Mark Jacobson capitalize on moments of inspiration and melodic overhauls to create a diverse sound. The single, “Only For A Moment,” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

    Miles Made of Inches was recorded in half a dozen living rooms across America. The accessibility of technology allowed them to take these moments and bounce them across state-line studios from Miami, to New York and Chicago; staying true to the title and shrinking every mile along the way. With influences spanning from pop and Americana, to Beatlemania and even hip hop, the band’s experiences find lyrical homes within the EP’s themes of love, loss, strength, perseverance, and the value of taking risks by seizing life’s fleeting moments.

    “Only For A Moment” was inspired by the fleeting Chicago summer. The band, who often plays at local venues like the House of Blues, Schuba’s, and The Elbo Room, captured the changing seasons through sunset harmonies and upbeat melodies that stretch into tomorrow. The symbolism of weather and the changing seasons calls to action while reminding us that just as summer can come and go, so can important moments in our life. Whether it’s a first kiss, an important interview, or stopping to feel the morning’s first ray of light, it is important to capture every moment. The lyrics highlight this imagery and message saying “I’ve seen September greens fade into Autumn, I’ve fought the January blues, April rain gonna wash away my pain...Another summer brings me back to you.”

    Miles Made of Inches Track Listing

    1. See You Again
    2. Take You Home
    3. Only For a Moment
    4. Some & Others
    5. The Path Without
    6. The Wildfire

    About The Shades

    The Shades is comprised of NBC The Voice’s Andrew DeMuro (lead vocals), and brothers Phil & Mark Jacobson (vocals & guitars). With roots stretching from the New Jersey coast to the Chicago suburbs, the boys’ paths collided in South Florida at 2008, when DeMuro met Mark on his freshman floor at the University of Miami. They have performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center and Rockwood Music Hall, as well as Chicago’s City Winery and House of Blues. The group has performed with Billy Joel, Matisyahu, Jon Secada, Patti Austin, and Raul Midon, as well as had direct experience with Adam Levine. “Take You Home,” was featured as a ‘Daily Discovery’ in American Songwriter Magazine, and was chosen as one of ten finalists in NewSong Music’s International Songwriting Competition.

     

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  • Treble Zine has the exclusive premiere of The Yorks latest track off of their upcoming debut self-titled EP. You can stream "Parking Lots" and learn more by going here. 

    “Parking Lots” is carefree, rolling out of the right side of lo-fi rock’s bed. Reminiscent of ’60s surf tracks but holding the same nostalgic presence Beach Fossils and Real Estate reside over, the track is just a preview of the joy in The Yorks’ soon-to-be-released self-titled debut.

    Don't forget to follow The Yorks on Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify. 

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  • The past few weeks I’ve focused on how to create and strengthen a Spotify playlist you create. This is the best tool a band can use when you have few followers, few accolades, no playlist activity outside your own, and virtually no media coverage.

    You also want to make sure you’re setting yourself up to the best advantage. If you’re utilizing a playlist to get your own music heard, you should make sure you start with a song that has the best chance of being listened to repeatedly, shared on social media and shared on other playlists.

    Below are a few angles you can try:

     

    1. Select the Most Popular Song with the Most Plays

    Start with the obvious and select a song that is receiving the most plays, since it’s clearly a song Spotify listeners are gravitating toward. Let that song be your anchor to create a themed playlist based around the song content or title. If it’s a break up song, create a heartbreak playlist with other songs that would fit well with the song you’re including. By including a song that already have some presence you can help build awareness with Spotify Playlist influencers while demonstrating you have a base and interest with listeners.

     

    2. Include Songs Already Featured on Playlists

    If you’re fortunate to already have a song or songs featured on Spotify playlists, let that be your starting point. This shows what playlisters already gravitate toward and will increase the chances others will follow. It also helps with official Spotify aggregators who look at how songs are gaining steam among playlists.

     

    3. Include a Recently Released Single

    If you’ve just released a new single use that to promote it while it’s fresh. This will be most beneficial from a media perspective with blogs who prioritize newly released singles over those that have been out for more than a month. By including this song in a playlist and promoting it for increased plays, you can potentially draw interest from music blogs who have Spotify playlists of their own.

     

    4. Include a Song That Fits Into Popular Themes

    “Workout songs” and any variation of exercise songs encouraging people to bust a move, are one of the top searched themes. If you’re fortunate enough to have a song that fits the bill, try creating a workout playlist. Others theme ideas could be love songs, heartbreak songs, songs that fit into a holiday, or current events.

    Green Light Go: Determine your best song for Spotify playlist exposure and create a theme around it for your own playlist.

    Sharing is Caring: Know someone interested in getting Spotify playlist exposure? Send them this article.

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    Green Light Go is thrilled to announce we now offer Spotify playlisting services to help you secure those elusive playlist slots. We don’t just leave it up to chance. There are a lot of variables when trying to secure a Spotify playlist. You’re not going to hear things from us like, “Sorry, there’s nothing we can do.” Instead, you’ll hear, “Let’s at look how we can work together to make this happen.” Let’s look at how we can turn that deficit into an opportunity. We look under every nook and cranny, while arming you with the tools necessary when trying to influence the Spotify playlister to include your band. We are your partner. We are your tribe.

    Contact us today if you’re interested in hearing more about Spotify playlist promotion.

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  • Portland trio, Three For Silver, release the second single, “The Way We Burn” off of their upcoming album due out September 1 on Foggy Night Records. “The Way We Burn” is an uncharted ship destined to vulnerable depths. It’s an orchestral beckoning and reckoning where honeyed velvet vocals soar and swell in a divine dance of intoxicating melody.

     

    Every note, every instrument, every decision was made to strip the band down to their core and stretch them to unexplored areas of their musicianship. Willo Sertain relied solely on her voice as a vessel in exploring the upper limits of her register. Lucas Warford replaced his yowl and rap basses with tender and nimble piano enveloping Sertain’s vocals in a lover’s embrace. Susan Lucia, deprived herself of the bombastic beats of a traditional drum kit to capture the whispered conversation of padded toms and snares. The result is a slow burning ember rising and swirling in an unbridled fire of beauty. This is what can only be found when we lay ourselves bare.

    About Three For Silver:

    Three For Silver is made up of three core members, Lucas Warford (lead vocals, bass banjo, resonator bass, contrabasin), Willo Sertain (lead vocals, accordion), and Greg Allison (violin, mandolin). They put out their first self-titled album in 2013. Their second album, Bury Me Standing, was released in 2015, and have released two live EPs within that time as well. Their upcoming album features a diverse instrumentation and style. It was engineered by Adam Lansky and is being released on Foggy Night Records this September.

    Tour Dates

    07/27/17 Portland, OR McMenamins Gearhart Hotel
    07/28/17 Washougal, WA OnionFest 2017
    07/29/17 Battle Ground, WA Northwood Public House
    07/30/17 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge, Summer Patio Series
    08/03/17 Bothell, WA McMenamins Anderson School Hotel
    08/05/17 Anacortes, WA Brown Lantern
    08/10/17 Hillsboro, OR Mcmenamin’s Rock Creek Tavern
    08/17/17 - 08/23/17 Big Summit Prairie, OR Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017
    08/24/17 Seaview, WA Sou’wester Lodge

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  • The Shades

    Paul Corsi

    With roots stretching from the suburbs of Chicago to the New Jersey coast, the story of the Shades actually begins in South Florida. Brothers Phil & Mark Jacobson met Andrew DeMuro at the University of Miami in 2008. Andrew joined vocal forces with Phil in the University's top jazz vocal ensemble, and with Mark in dorm rooms across campus, but the boys’ musical paths rarely crossed until Andrew’s first teaching job brought him to Chicago in the summer of 2012, where Phil had recently begun a career as a solo artist.

    While in Miami, the boys gained valuable vocal experience, sharing the stage with the likes of Billy Joel, Jon Secada, Patti Austin, Matisyahu, Raul Midon, and others. The Shades is a tribute to the group’s eclectic list of inspirations, ranging from 60s & 70s rock and roll, to Motown, to modern folk and pop artists. Their earliest on-stage experiences together featured heavy doses of the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Allen Stone. Nearly five years later, they've put their own stamp on a signature sound that encompasses elements of rock, pop, folk, and R&B.

    Of all their unique musical elements, the Shades pride themselves most on featuring close, three-part harmony in each of their songs. All three members sing, play, and write their own music. Through impressive arrangements and harmonies, they've developed a live act that is appealing to a wide audience, and critics across generations have taken notice. In 2015, their first original song, ‘Take You Home,’ was featured as a ‘Daily Discovery’ in American Songwriter Magazine, and was chosen as one of ten finalists in NewSong Music’s International Songwriting Competition.  The group toured the northeast in the spring of 2016 and received further honors in 2016 when lead vocalist Andrew DeMuro was selected as a member of Adam Levine's team on Season 11 of NBC's The Voice. Amidst all this, The Shades find time to give back to the next generation through working actively with a music and mentoring non-profit called Guitars Over Guns, giving several hours weekly to Chicago’s underserved youth and teaching the importance of positive, healthy decision-making through the transformative power of music.

    Having graced a variety of Chicago’s stages, including House of Blues, Schuba’s, City Winery & Navy Pier, The Shades spent much of the past year in the studio preparing for the release of their first major recorded effort, a six-song EP entitled, ‘Miles Made of Inches.’  Singles ‘Take You Home’ & ‘The Wildfire’ were released on all digital platforms in early 2017. Keep up with The Shades on social media (@WeTheShades) and visit their website for info on upcoming shows (www.wetheshades.com).

     
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  • The upcoming powerpop EP from Matt Tarka, Vision Hazy, is a rotating photo album of bright memories and golden nostalgia that winds along an open road. The EP was mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr.) and is due out September 29. The first single, “Time Travels” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

    Vision Hazy is a collection of the unexpected experiences, and the single delves deeper into a physical dilemma. Soaring harmonies and upbeat instrumentation will leave your heart racing through the infectious melody. Yet the lyrics talk about a more somber and difficult subject. Tarka explains, “I wrote this song from the point of view of someone who is coming to grips with losing a family member suffering from dementia. In turn, someone with the disease has flashes of being present, but is being held captive in their own personal hell. It’s such a devastating experience for anyone involved in being a caregiver or offering support for someone with dementia.”

    The EP has melodic highs and sentimental moments of contemplation. While primarily upbeat, harmony-driven powerpop, the sunset escape of “Selling Roses” smooths out an Americana landscape. Others like “Midnight Sun” highlight the vulnerability and honesty in Tarka’s voice and delivery. Perfect for the open road, or the warm embrace of a turntable, Vision Hazy is a wind drifting off somewhere without expectation or pretense.

    Vision Hazy Track Listing

    1. Vision Hazy
    2. Midnight Sun
    3. Time Travels
    4. Selling Roses


    About Matt Tarka

    Matt Tarka is an indie rock musician based in Washington D.C. Tarka has been featured as one of Relix Magazine’s “Artists On The Rise” and was nominated for The Deli’s “DC Artist of The Month.” Tarka has also performed alongside bands including The Ladybug Transistor. He has released three EPs, Motorcycle Breakfast (2011) and Farragut Square (2014), and Surely Late (2016). His upcoming release, Vision Hazy, was mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr.) and is due out in September.

    Tour Dates

    08.03 Hotel RL - The Living Stage, Washington, DC
    08.05 8th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Festival, Atlantic City, NJ
    08.06 Hotel RL - Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
    09.02 Annual Labor Day Kipona Festival and Powwow, Harrisburg, PA
    09.14 Robert Harper Books, Riverdale Park, MD
    10.04 Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge, Washington, DC

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  • GLEN MATLOCK! Australian Tour November 2017!

    RiSH Publicity | Recording Industry Servicing Hub
    Founding member of The Sex Pistols and Rich Kids, writer of hits 'Pretty Vacant' and 'God Save The Queen', Glen Matlock is a musical legend and raconteur extraordinaire.
     
    Glen and his band are hitting Australian shores in November, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Never Mind The Bollocks, conducting exclusive Q&A's and playing Pistols classics and choice cuts from his vast repertoire of innovative rock n’ roll. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the Pistols. 
     
    His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of the late 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers. 
     
    Working with Iggy Pop during the 80s kept him sharp and sought-after with a body of work during this period giving rise to releases by bands such as The Spectres and Hot Club. 
     
    In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album Who’s He Think He Is When He’s At Home? recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album and he continued with a series of fine albums by his band project, The Philistines. 
     
    Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to record songs to rival those on Never Mind The Bollocks for swagger and craft. Open Mind, On Something, & Born Running were albums showcasing the full spectrum of Glen’s prowess. 
     
    History is, thank God, not what Glen Matlock is about. Embracing the past, but constantly seeking out the new, musically, professionally and personally, keeps Glen out of his comfort zone, and at his best. Alive and alert. 

    Friday 10th November 2017

    Prince of Wales Hotel, Brisbane QLD
     
    Saturday 11th November 2017
    Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Airlie Beach QLD
     
    Sunday 12th November 2017
    Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast QLD
     
    Wednesday 15th November 2017
    Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
     
    Thursday 16th November 2017
    Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
     
    Friday 17th November 2017
    Enigma Bar, Adelaide SA
     
    Saturday 18th November 2017
    Yarraville Club, Melbourne VIC
     
    Sunday 19th November 2017
    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
     
    Friday 24th November 2017
    The Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ
     
    Saturday 25th November 2017
    Valhalla Tavern, Wellington NZ
     
     
    PRESS/RADIO ENQUIRIES:

    RiSH Publicity 

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  • GLEN MATLOCK! Australian Tour November 2017

    RiSH Publicity | Recording Industry Servicing Hub
    Founding member of The Sex Pistols and Rich Kids, writer of hits 'Pretty Vacant' and 'God Save The Queen', Glen Matlock is a musical legend and raconteur extraordinaire.
     
    Glen and his band are hitting Australian shores in November, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Never Mind The Bollocks, conducting exclusive Q&A's and playing Pistols classics and choice cuts from his vast repertoire of innovative rock n’ roll. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the Pistols. 
     
    His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of the late 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers. 
     
    Working with Iggy Pop during the 80s kept him sharp and sought-after with a body of work during this period giving rise to releases by bands such as The Spectres and Hot Club. 
     
    In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album Who’s He Think He Is When He’s At Home? recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album and he continued with a series of fine albums by his band project, The Philistines. 
     
    Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to record songs to rival those on Never Mind The Bollocks for swagger and craft. Open Mind, On Something, & Born Running were albums showcasing the full spectrum of Glen’s prowess. 
     
    History is, thank God, not what Glen Matlock is about. Embracing the past, but constantly seeking out the new, musically, professionally and personally, keeps Glen out of his comfort zone, and at his best. Alive and alert. 

    Friday 10th November 2017

    Prince of Wales Hotel, Brisbane QLD
     
    Saturday 11th November 2017
    Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Airlie Beach QLD
     
    Sunday 12th November 2017
    Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast QLD
     
    Wednesday 15th November 2017
    Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
     
    Thursday 16th November 2017
    Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
     
    Friday 17th November 2017
    Enigma Bar, Adelaide SA
     
    Saturday 18th November 2017
    Yarraville Club, Melbourne VIC
     
    Sunday 19th November 2017
    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
     
    Friday 24th November 2017
    The Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ
     
    Saturday 25th November 2017
    Valhalla Tavern, Wellington NZ
     
     
    PRESS/RADIO ENQUIRIES:

    Brian McDonald – RiSH Publicity 
    P: 0418 604 844 

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