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September 29, 2010

NBA ALL-STAR DWIGHT HOWARD LAUNCHES DEBUT ALBUM

SHOOT FOR THE STARS
CD Benefiting BETA Center Takes Center Court On October 26

He shoot! He scores...a record contract! NBA All-Star, Orland Magic center, Olympic Gold Medalist and humanitarian, Dwight Howard can add one more credit to his growing list of accomplishments - recording artist. On October 26th, Dwight Howard will release his debut album, Shoot For The Stars from Razor & Tie/KIDZ BOP. The full-length CD lineup includes MVP worthy recordings of popular arena anthems and classic hits, plus the original song, "Shoot For The Stars," which encourages his young fans to pursue their dreams.

On Shoot For The Stars, Dwight is backed by his All-Star Band, featuring some of the industry's most talented musicians and session players, including Grammy winner Luis Conte (Eric Clapton, Santana), Abraham Laboriel (Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles), Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins) and Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson). Also accompanying Dwight on the album is a group of talented young kids who sing backup vocals on each song. Special guests, the KIDZ BOP Kids, join Dwight on Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There." A portion of the proceeds from sales of Dwight's album will go to benefit the BETA Center (www.betacenter.org), the Orlando, FL based organization whose mission is to provide children and parents with the knowledge and support needed for strong and healthy families.

Shoot For The Stars was produced by Latin Grammy nominated producer, Loren Harriet, who also helmed former New York Yankee star Bernie Williams' two critically acclaimed albums.

"This record is a dream come true for me in so many ways," says Howard. "Recording this album for me ranks with being the first pick in the NBA draft, my first NBA All-Star game and winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Razor & Tie and KIDZ BOP have been incredible and I hope everyone enjoys the album as much as I did recording it."

Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Co-Founders of Razor & Tie and KIDZ BOP, added, "Dwight Howard is one of the best players in the NBA, but it's his positive attitude, exuberance and sportsmanship both on and off the court that make him a real All-Star. Razor & Tie is proud to be releasing his debut album that we believe perfectly captures his humor and heart. We think that Shoot For The Stars will be a slam dunk hit with kids and fans."

Hoop there it is! From Bob Marley to the Black Eyes Peas and MC (Hammer) to MJ, basketball's Superman brings his larger-than-life personality and voice to some of the NBA's most popular stadium staples. Dwigth works his "magic" to add his own take on fan favorites such as "Whoomp (Hoop) There It Is" and "U Can't Touch This (Howard Time)" where he does pitch-perfect impersonations of his friends Charles Barkley, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Orlando Magic coach, Stan Van Gundy. Each of the record's 11 songs features background vocals from several of the industry's top kid performers.

September 27, 2010

DAVE BARNES WISHES YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

Tennessee's Rising Star Releases New Holiday Album, Featuring Guest Vocals Of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott

With a nod to the classics, Dave Barnes' first-ever holiday project, Very Merry Christmas, evokes the traditional soul of the Christmas season while adding splashes of his well-known signature contemporary flair and lively persona. At one familiar and cozy, Very Merry Christmas features four yuletide staples meshed with six original penned by Barnes himself. Very Merry Christmas will be available both physically and digitally November 9th.

Very Merry Christmas showcases the quintessential Dave Barnes - classy, romantic, and hip with traces of his traditional Southern upbringing. The album's highlight, "Christmas Tonight," features Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott joining Barnes for a special Christmas duet. The additional original tunes include more guest appearances, such as Thad Cockrell on "Mary and Joseph" and Grammy-award winning singer-songwriters Shannon Sanders and Drew Ramsey who appear alongside Barnes with Scat Springs on "Very Merry Christmas."

Barnes adds his own classic touch to the cover songs, including Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," Bing Corsby's classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and "The Christmas Song." A special version of "O Come Emmanuel" will be available exclusively to those who purchase the album through iTunes.

"Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum," Billboard Magazine said. After the April release of his second full length album for Razor & Tie, What We Want, What We Get, Barnes has steadily created awareness surrounding himself and his music. He joined the world of soap operas in June, playing himself in a special two episode story arc on ABC's hit All My Children. Barnes' hit single, "God Gave Me You," quickly became a radio favorite, peaking at #3 on Christian CHR and #9 on the Christian AC charts.

Dave Barnes has previously toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic. He continues touring throughout 2010 in support of What We Want, What We Get and the dates for his Christmas tour with Drew Holcomb will be announced shortly.

VERY MERRY CHRISTMASTrack Listing:
1. Very Merry Christmas *
2. Christmas Tonight * (with Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum)
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. Meet Me At the Mistletoe *
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. I Pray On Christmas *
7. Family Tree
8. Holiday Made For Two *
9. The Christmas Song
10. Mary and Joseph *
*Dave Barnes original

TWIN TIGERS TO HIT THE ROAD WITH WE ARE SCIENTISTS

"The band's live show kills, reminiscent of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Psychocandy era JAMC." - Aquarium Drunkard

After a successful stint with Interpol over the summer, Twin Tigers are hitting the road again, joining We Are Scientists on a brief run this October. Following this short run of dates, the Athens, GA indie group will embark on a short headlining run later this fall to be announced shortly.

During their summer tour with Interpol, Twin Tigers were able to bring their unique sound to larger audiences, creating further interest and awareness to their music. Their debut album, Gray Waves, was released via Old Flame Records in March 2010. The critically acclaimed album helped thrust the band into 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 and Sneak Attack Media 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.

September 21, 2010

A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL LENGTH REVISION:REVISE NOVEMBER 9TH

Album Available For Preorder Now

A Bullet For Pretty Boy's debut full length album Revision:Revise will be released both physically and digitally via Artery Recordings on November 9th. Fans can now preorder the album exclusively through the band's MerchNow page (http://new.merchnow.com/catalogs/a-bullet-for-pretty-boy alone or in a variety of different bundles, with options including different t-shirt designs and a sweatshirt. The band is currently streaming the title track off Revision:Revise on their MySpace (www.myspace.com/abulletforprettyboy).

"Recording the album was really fun," said guitarist Derrick Sechrist. "It was a little stressful because we were nervous about our first release, but we recorded music we liked and had a really great time. I think working with Cameron Mizel (producer) gave us a great balance as far as what our sound is - what we think is going to be fun to play and what we enjoy as well as what we think kids are going to have fun listening to." A Bullet For Pretty Boy will be touring in November and December in support of the album, with dates to be announced shortly.

Artery Recordings label manager Mike Milford said, "This is one of the most powerful and influential releases I have heard in a long time." Derrick echoed the feeling, stating, "We all love working with Artery. It's been a sweet label so far, we're stoked with all the people involved, and we're glad to be working with them."

September 20, 2010

BAD BOOKS TO BE RELEASED PHYSICALLY NOVEMBER 9TH VIA FAVORITE GENTLEMEN RECORDINGS AND RAZOR & TIE

Album Available Digitally October 19th


A true accident if there ever was one; Bad Books was never an intended nor calculated side project of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull. Though the two musicians have collaborated and performed together on tour within the Favorite Gentlemen community of artists for years now, the genesis of Bad Books came from a simple idea to fill space and time off the road by collaborating on a small batch of songs together at the top of the year. With no agenda and no expectations, what was birthed just one week later was Bad Books, a fully realized album encompassing five compositions each from both Devine and Hull, with members of Manchester Orchestra filling out the sound and the band. The self-titled debut will be released November 9th via Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and Razor & Tie.

Stream "You Wouldn't Have To Ask," at www.facebook.com/BadBooksMusic.

In contrast to previous outputs from Manchester Orchestra and Devine, Bad Books cradles a much more noticeable pop aesthetic and energy than either artist has probably ever showcased before. Nowhere is this more evident than in songs like "You Wouldn't Have To Ask" and "Holding Down the Laughter."

Engineered by Robert McDowell (of Manchester Orchestra) with help from drummer Ben Homola, and mixed by Chris Bracco (of Devine's 'Goddamn Band'), Bad Books progressed in the most organic and natural way possible. Free from any boundaries or restrictions, Devine and Hull were able to craft a beautiful body of melodies, highlighting arcs of high and low throughout, and utilizing the stark imagery and storytelling for which both of them are known.

For Devine, Hull, and the rest of Manchester Orchestra, choosing the direction of the road less traveled resulted in sonic harmonies and woven textures that meshes what these best friends do best. Some accidents were just meant to be.

Be sure to catch Bad Books when they play select dates this October (dates below.) On November 24th, they will join the rest of the Favorite Gentlemen family for "The Stuffing," the label's first annual festival in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Eve. The album will be released digitally on October 19th and available for presale starting the week of September 20th. Bundles will include CDs, posters and vinyl. A limited number of special edition packages will include the CD, poster, vinyl, and an actual book with a hidden cut out that will house the CD and other items.

10.20.10 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
10.22.10 - T.T. The Bear's Place - Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 - The North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
11.24.10 - The Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
September 17, 2010

ARTERY RECORDINGS SAMPLER AVAILABLE FOR FREE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH AMAZON

Artery Recordings, the joint venture imprint label of The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie, has released a sampler of the label's first five bands. The ten-song sampler is available for free as a digital download exclusively through Amazon.com through October 12th. The sampler features songs from Chelsea Grin, Bury Tomorrow, Attila, I Declare War, and A Bullet For Pretty Boy.

Following the success of Artery Recordings month in July, which included premieres of three music videos on MySpace Metal, features on the label at top industry blogs, and strong sales, the Artery Recordings bands joined together to offer a small compilation of their favorite tracks to their fans for free as a way to thank them for their support.

The entire Artery Recordings roster will be hitting the road this fall on an assortment of tours. A Bullet For Pretty Boy will tour this November and December to support the release of their debut full length album, Revision:Revise. The latest addition to Artery Recordings, newly signed Vanna, will join fellow label mates Chelsea Grin on the Ghostbustour which also includes Iwrestledabearonce, Eyes Set To Kill and The Chariot. Bury Tomorrow will kick off a headlining UK tour followed by a return to the United States on the Monumentour with Miss May I and The World Alive while Attila will join the Faith In the Untamed Tour with Stick To Your Guns. I Declare War joins Whitechapel and Impending Doom on the Corruptour.

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, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, and Vanna. 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 on the Billboard charts have included Top 40 releases with The Devil Wears Prada and Attack Attack! as well as Top 100 releases with Whitechapel, Alesana, Emarosa and Breathe Carolina, and additional artists such as Asking Alexandria, Jonny Craig and Dance Gavin Dance.

ARTERY RECORDINGS SAMPLER 2010 TRACK LISTING
1. Chelsea Grin - "Sonnet of the Wretched"
2. Chelsea Grin - "Desolation of Eden"
3. Bury Tomorrow - "You and I"
4. Bury Tomorrow - "Her Bones In The Sand"
5. Attila - "Girls Don't Lie"
6. Attila - "The Invitation"
7. I Declare War - "Extermination Process"
8. I Declare War - "Damnation Enslavement"
9. A Bullet For Pretty Boy - "I Will Destroy the Wisdom of the Wise"
10. A Bullet For Pretty Boy - "Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder"
http://www.amazon.com/Artery-Recordings-Summer-2010-Sampler/dp/B0041ISU7M/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1284476770&sr=301-3

September 14, 2010

VANNA TO EXCLUSIVELY DEBUT "TRASHMOUTH" VIDEO ON ABSOLUTE PUNK TODAY

Vanna's video for "Trashmouth" from their upcoming The Honest Hearts EP, will premiere exclusively via Absolute Punk today, September 14th. "Trashmouth" was previously released on Vanna's 2009 album A New Hope and has been re-recorded for The Honest Hearts EP to feature the vocals of Davey Muise. The video showcases the mischievous nature the band has become known for through their "Tough Life" videos they have been creating for the past two years and can be seen on their YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/vannatheband).

The Honest Hearts EP will be available both physically and digitally on October 12th. Fans can now preorder the physical album exclusively through Vanna's MerchNow page (http://new.merchnow.com/catalogs/vanna) alone or in a variety of different bundles, with options including different t-shirt designs, a sweatshirt, and a poster. The physical version of The Honest Hearts EP will also be available during Vanna's upcoming stint on the Ghostbustour.

Fans can also participate in "The Vanna Coloring Contest" which can be found on both their MySpace and Facebook pages. Participants are asked to download an exclusive Vanna image and color it in the most creative way they can think of, then scan it and submit it via email by October 19th. The winner will be chosen by the band, and will receive The Honest Hearts EP, an exclusive Vanna t-shirt, two tickets to the show of their choice, and dinner with the band.

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 The Greenery.

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 on the Billboard charts have included Top 40 releases with The Devil Wears Prada and A Day To Remember as well as Top 100 releases with Alesana, Asking Alexandria and Breathe Carolina and additional artists such as Emarosa, Attack Attack! and Whitechapel.

September 07, 2010

ALL THAT REMAINS ANNOUNCE FALL 2010 HEADLINING TOUR

For We Are Many, the highly anticipated album from All That Remains will be released October 12th, the same day the band will head out on a month-long headlining tour throughout the United States. All That Remains will kick off the tour in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom on release day and hit venues throughout the country before their final US date of 2010 in New York, NY on November 11th. Supporting All That Remains will be Asking Alexandria and And She Whispered, with Unearth and Born Of Osiris on select dates of the tour.

For We Are Many will be released through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie and can be preordered now via Prosthetic Records (http://store.prostheticrecords.com). Decibel Magazine called the new album "Proof that neck-snapping tempos, thoughtful solo-ing and a catchy chorus or three can co-exist." An exclusive version of the album will go live on iTunes September 14th which will include a bonus track available only to those who preorder the album, and an instant download of the album's debut single "Hold On." The video for "Hold On" will be filmed during the first week of September and will debut later in the fall.

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. Prior to their headlining tour, All That Remains will join As I Lay Dying and Unearth on a nationwide tour in September and October. After their headlining US tour, the band will head to Europe for dates in November and December.

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. 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."