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August 26, 2010


Straight off a thriving summer on the Vans Warped Tour, The Summer Set are excited to announce their first headlining tour this fall. "The Travelin' Show" fall tour will kick off at Emo's in Austin, TX on October 19th and hit venues nationwide, concluding the tour with two dates in their home state of Arizona on November 26th and 27th. Stereo Skyline, Mod Sun, and Austin Gibbs will join The Summer Set for "The Travelin' Show," with School Boy Humor and The Downtown Fiction on select dates.

"The Travelin' Show" is the perfect summation to an exciting year for the pop rock quintet. After Alternative Press named them one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2010," they joined the sold out spring AP Tour which was followed by an entire run on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour in support of their album Love Like This. "We've made it this far! The Summer Set is finally doing our first headlining tour this fall and we couldn't be more excited," said vocalist Brian Dales. "This is our chance to get back to our roots and play the small clubs we haven't gotten to play in the past year. The most important thing about this tour is that we want to spend more time hanging out with you guys. Let's take this back to the beginning. Are you ready?"

The Summer Set also made an appearance at this year's Hoodwink Festival, where their set of Taylor Swift covers was recorded and released 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 for $10.00, and an acoustic cover video was featured on MTV Buzzworthy to preview the album. The video for "The Boys You Do (Get Back At You)," the second single off Love Like This, debuted this July while the band was on the Vans Warped Tour.

The Summer Set's edition of Alternative Press's AP Sessions debuts on September 6th on with a two song original performance and a bonus third song. The performance was filmed at world-renowned punk venue The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, OH and produced by Alternative Press in association with Additive Agency and Lava Room Recording Studios.

The Summer Set was founded by the Gomez brothers, Stephen (bass) and John (guitar) and drummer Jess Bowen while the three were in school together. 2007 brought vocalist Brian Dales and guitarist Josh Montgomery, creating the lineup fans know and love today. After three successful EPs, the band signed to Razor & Tie and released their debut full-length album Love Like This in October 2009.

August 18, 2010


Dar Williams is set to release her eighth studio album, Many Great Companions, via Razor & Tie on October 12th. Many Great Companions is a new album of Dar Williams classics recorded acoustically with special guests, with an additional disc of Williams' most significant songs. Songs span Dar's impressive career from 1993's The Honest Room through 2008's Promised Land.

On Songs Revisited With Guitar and a Few Friends, Dar re-records 12 classic songs from her extensive catalogue, all performed acoustically. She's joined by several fellow musicians and friends on the new versions, including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin, Motherlode, and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks who also produced the album. The second disc, Best of Dar Williams, is not just a compilation, but rather a journey through Dar's career. Listeners are able to follow Dar as she transforms from a folk singer just starting out to the seasoned musician she is today.

Many Great Companions showcases classic Dar Williams in a remarkably unique way, different than anything the songstress has ever put out before. Dar's personal and artistic growth can be seen throughout her career, and this album is the perfect summation of her natural evolution. Songs Revisited With Guitar and a Few Friends and Best of Dar Williams complement each other flawlessly, creating the memorable Many Great Companions. The new album will not only engage and interest Dar's current fan base, but will surely intrigue those who may not be as familiar with her prior music.

Dar Williams is one of the most respected singer-songwriters of her generation, and continues to engage her loyal fans and growing audience throughout the country. Dar's personal and artistic growth have happened concurrently. After attending Wesleyan University, Dar spent 10 years performing at coffee houses in the artistic town of Northampton, Massachusetts before self-releasing her first album, The Honesty Room. She now spends her off time with husband Michael, and their two children, Stephen and Taya. Dar will be touring from September through November, with residencies in a few select cities. For more information, visit

August 17, 2010



Vanna has signed to the Artery Recordings roster, the new joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. Based out of Boston, the melodic hardcore band is set to release a new digital EP, The Honest Hearts EP, on October 12th. Vanna is the sixth band to join Artery Recordings since the label was founded in late 2009.

Prior to joining the Artery family, Vanna previously released two full length albums and an EP while signed to Epitaph Records. The boys from Boston are excited about their new home at Artery Recordings. Vocalist Davey Muise stated, "Artery really caught a vision for who we are and where we want to go. It feels like such a great fit, and with Razor & Tie on board we are looking forward to our future and where the road will take us."

A new version of "Trashmouth," off of Vanna's 2009 album A New Hope, has been re-recorded for The Honest Hearts EP featuring the vocals of Davey Muise who joined the band after their original vocalist parted ways shortly after the album's release. The video for "Trashmouth" will premiere in September, and showcases the mischievous nature the band has become known for through their "Tough Life" videos they have been creating for the past two years. The semi-monthly webisodes are filmed and edited by Vanna, and feature the band in an array of different situations on the road, while recording, or just hanging around. The "Tough Life" series has over 40 videos to date with over 300,000 total views on their official YouTube channel.

Vanna will join fellow Artery Recordings labelmates Chelsea Grin on the Ghostbustour, kicking off this fall. Iwrestledabearonce, Eyes Set To Kill, and The Chariot round out the tour's lineup, which will run from mid September through late October, hitting venues nationwide. Vanna recently finished a run on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour during which they also headlined off dates with Kid Liberty and We Are Defiance.

Artery Recordings is the label home to The Artery Foundation and is an imprint of independent label Razor & Tie, whose roster now includes Chelsea Grin, Bury Tomorrow, Attila, I Declare War and A Bullet for Pretty Boy. A management company since 2004, The Artery Foundation has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough and nurturing them into worldwide prominence. Some of their recent artists flooding the Billboard charts have included Top 40 releases with The Devil Wears Prada as well as Top 100 releases with Alesana and Breathe Carolina and additional artists such as Asking Alexandria, Jonny Craig and Dance Gavin Dance.

New York-based Razor & Tie is one of the fastest growing independent record labels in the United States. The label has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards, and is rapidly increasing their presence in the rock and metal genres. Their ever-expanding roster includes artists such as All That Remains, Norma Jean and The Summer Set, as well as upcoming releases from Dead Confederate and The Graduate.

August 11, 2010


All That Remains will release For We Are Many, on of the most anticipated metal albums of the year, on October 12th through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie. The album was recorded this spring at Zing Studios in Massachusetts and produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also handled This Darkened Heart and The Fall Of Ideals. Vocalist Phil Labonte told Revolver Magazine in their August issue, "Fans of Overcome won't be disappointed, but the disc will also offer new twists and turns." 2008's Overcome, All That Remains' last studio album, has sold nearly 240,000 copies to date, debuting at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielding the Top 10 active rock smash "Two Weeks."

While fans wait for the new album, they can find several of their favorite songs from the band's latest album Overcome on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace. The songs that are now available for download are "Days Without," "Undone," and "Forever In Your Hands."

The five-piece metal band is Phil Labonte (vocals), Oli Herbert (guitar), Mike Martin (guitar), Jeanne Sagan (bass) and Jason Costa (drums). Prior to For We Are Many, the band has released four albums, selling over 650,000 records to date. All That Remains will be touring with As I Lay Dying and Unearth in September and October. Fans can expect additional headlining dates around the release of For We Are Many. The band will then head to Europe for dates in November and December.