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July 22, 2010


International recording star Angelique Kidjo has made 2010 her year. The first single off her album, "Move On Up," is a passionate cover of Curtis Mayfield's 1970 hit featuring Bono and John Legend. Originally recorded with only Legend, the duo will team up once again to perform with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon July 27th for a memorable performance. She went back to her musical roots and inspirations on her April 2010 Razor & Tie release, OYO, a collection of original songs combined with covers of classics all infused with her distinctive international sound.

The duo recently performed "Move On Up" to a worldwide audience during the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Angelique Kidjo performed as part of a lineup that included the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Vusi Mahlasela, Amadou and Mariam and others as the world celebrated the first-ever FIFA World Cup held on the continent of Africa. The concert was shown on broadcast television and streamed on

On March 30th, Angelique Kidjo took part in Apple's "Live From SoHo" series. She performed a free show at the Apple store in SoHo open to the public, which was recorded and now being released as a live EP. "iTunes Live From SoHo: Angelique Kidjo" is a six song live EP available July 6th exclusively on iTunes.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 12:35 EST on NBC. Fallon is the third host of Late Night, replacing Conan O'Brien in March 2009. Renowned hip hop neo-soul band The Roots are Late Night's house band. The Roots is comprised of Questlove (drums), Black Thought (MC), Owen Biddle (bass), James "Kamal" Gray (keyboards), Frank "Knuckles" Walker (percussion), Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas (guitar) and Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson (saxophone).

Norma Jean Impresses In Debut Week

** Meridional Scans 9,819, debuts at #44 on Billboard's Top 200 **
** Video for "Deathbed Atheist" Premieres on MySpace Music **
** Tracks From Album Now Available for Xbox's Rock Band **
** Touring on Mayhem Festival Continues through August **

Norma Jean's Meridional is certainly living up to its buzz. The band's widely-acclaimed new album debuts impressively at #44 on Billboard's Top 200 on sales of 9,819. In addition the album comes in at #6 on the Hard Music chart, #15 on the Rock chart, #34 on the Digital Albums chart and #2 on the Contemporary Christian chart.

Meridional has been the recipient of some of the highest critical acclaim given to any heavy rock album this year. Alternative Press declared the album "Norma Jean's first true masterpiece," while Revolver gave it four stars saying it "hits plenty hard," and Decibel called it "career defining" and that their "songwriting has never been stronger."

"Norma Jean delivered a phenomenal album, and the positive reaction has been beyond our expectations," said Razor & Tie's Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Kramer. "We're incredibly proud to be associated with the band, and look forward to continuing to spread the word of the Almighty Norma Jean and Meridional!".

Also impacting this week is Norma Jean's new video for "Deathbed Atheist", which had its exclusive world premiere yesterday on MySpace Music. The intense video, which features some amazing animation was helmed by innovative Swedish director Linus Johansson of Popcore Film who has done three previous clips for the band.

"Deathbed Athiest" video on MySpace:

Additionally, three tracks off Meridional are available for purchase on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace. Fans can now download "The Anthem of the Angry Brides," "Deathbed Atheist," and "Leaderless and Self Enlisted" for their use on Rock Band, with players able to emulate any of the band members as they play along.
July 14, 2010

The Graduate To Release New Album August 31st

"Only Every Time" To Be Band's Razor & Tie Debut

Atmospheric rock band The Graduate will release their new album, Only Every Time, on August 31st. The album will be the first since the band signed to Razor & Tie in May 2010. Only Every Time was recorded in Baltimore where they worked with Brian McTernan, who produced several of the tracks that resulted in The Graduate's signing to Razor & Tie.

The album will be released August 31st at retailers nationwide as well as all digital service providers. Vocalist Corey Warning expressed his view on the album when he said, "We do see this album as an evolution of sorts. I think about bands that make the same record over and over again, and it has to be boring for them - and even more for the listener. We made sure we didn't do that on this record." While Only Every Time has the atmospheric feel for which The Graduate is known, it is definitely a different album than anything they have previously recorded.

Produced by Brian McTernan, who has previously worked with artists such as Thrice, Circa Survive, and Cave In, Only Every Time was recorded at McTernan's Baltimore based studio, Salad Days Studio. Throughout the recording process, the idea of loneliness and being lost was consistently coming up, which is how the intriguing album artwork came to fruition. Artists Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, known as Jolby, discussed the feelings of being lost with Corey and came up with an icon that they felt represented the overall identity and feel of the album.

The Graduate will hit the road once again this August for a month of dates with The Bigger Lights. They will then join Ludo, off of Razor & Tie Music Publishing's roster, for a two month nationwide tour throughout September and October kicking off in Chicago on September 9th and ending in Milwaukee on October 15th.

Formed in 2005, The Graduate is Tim Moore (drums), Corey Warning (vocals), Matt Kennedy (guitar/keys), Max Sauer (guitar), and Jared Wustenberg (bass). Through constant touring, playing close to 400 shows in a two year period, including rock festivals Lollapalooza, The Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and German rock festival Rock am See, the band has created a solid following.
July 06, 2010


Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Twin Tigers have brought their refreshing sound to the indie music scene. The band will be joining Interpol on the road for a month of touring that will begin July 23rd in Massachusetts. Their distinguished indie rock sound blends perfectly with the progressive, atmospheric rock for which Interpol is known, making the combination of bands a must see show.

Dreamy pop tones blended with throbbing noise textures have become Twin Tigers' signature sound. Their debut album, Gray Waves, was released via Old Flame Records in March 2010. The critically acclaimed album helped thrust the band into the indie spotlight, allowing them to perform with some of the best known bands in their genre including Deerhunter, The Hold Steady, Woods, Les Savy Fav, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

Their debut EP, Curious Faces / Violet Future, was released in 2008 to critical acclaim, and followed by a digital EP, Automatic, in late 2009. Following the completion of Gray Waves, Twin Tigers joined Minus the Bear and The Antlers on tour in the fall of 2009, and performed at the WOXY showcase at SXSW 2010.

The four piece band from Athens, Georgia, was formed by Matthew Rain (guitars/vocals) and Aimee Morris (bass) when the two were co-workers at Michael Stipe's Grit restaurant. Through constant touring with bands including Dead Confederate, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Dungen, and Snowden, Twin Tigers built a solid fan base throughout the southeast. The band rounded out its current lineup with Forrest Hall (guitars) in 2009.

July 01, 2010



As fans of The Summer Set know, the band has always had a soft spot for country sweetheart Taylor Swift. While on the Alternative Press tour this past spring, they covered Swift's "You Belong To Me" in their set. Fans now have the chance to own a special set of the Taylor Swift covers from The Summer Set's 2010 Hoodwink Festival performance in a limited edition deluxe version of Love Like This which includes a free disc of the five Swift cover songs entitled Love Like Swift. The album is available exclusively at Wal-Mart starting July 6th for $10.00, and can also be ordered at

At this year's Hoodwink Festival, The Summer Set had a special guest appearance by Eye Alaska frontman, Brandon Wronski, who joined the band for their rendition of Swift's "Love Story" after his band's own cover set of Kayne West songs. "Love Story," as well as the other tracks will also be available to stream via an ABSOLUTEexclusive Thursday July 1st on Absolute Punk.

The band recorded a video to give listeners a sneak peak of what they can expect from Love Like Swift which can be viewed here. Fans who pick up the limited edition album automatically have the opportunity to enter into an exclusive contest: Anyone who submits a photo of themselves holding a copy of the deluxe CD will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Warped Tour and a phone call from the band. A new winner will be selected every week for the duration of Warped Tour.

Also being released on July 6th will be The Summer Set's music video for their song, "The Boys You Do (Get Back At You)", which will be premiering exclusively on

The Summer Set will spend the summer on the Glamour Kills Clothing Stage at the Vans Warped Tour. The Vans Warped Tour kicks off on June 25th in California and ends August 15th in Oregon.


1. The Boys You Do (Get Back At You)
2. Punch-Drunk Love
3. Chelsea
4. Young
5. Take It Slow
6. Can You Find Me?
7. Love Like This
8. Girls Freak Me Out
9. Passenger Seat
10. This Is How We Live
11. Where Are You Now?
DISC 2 ("Love Like Swift"):
1. You Belong With Me
2. Our Song
3. Forever and Always
4. I'm Only Me When I'm With You
5. Love Story (f/Brandon Wronski of Eye Alaska)