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October 20, 2010

ALL THAT REMAINS DEBUTS AT #10 ON BILLBOARD'S TOP 200

Band's Best Sales Week and Chart Position Ever as For We Are Many Sells 29,247
ATR's Fifth Release Also Top Hard Music Album In the Country

All That Remains shows they are at a highpoint and only getting bigger as their latest album For We Are Many scores a Top Ten debut on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart selling 29,247 copies to come in right at #10, while also grabbing the #1 spot on the Hard Music Albums chart, and #2 Rock Album overall. These are career-best chart positions and sales week for the New England-based hard rock giants, who are released through a joint venture between Prosthetic Records and Razor & Tie.

"We're thrilled with All That Remains' debut sales and chart positions," said Jeremy Kramer, VP of Marketing at Razor & Tie. "In a market where sales are trending downward, ATR's first week numbers and overall sales have increased with every release, which is a testament to this phenomenal band as well as the team supporting them. There's no shortcut to success in artist development - this band has worked timelessly over the years, creating a real and passionate fan base that continues to grow with every album."

Prosthetic Records co-owner and co-founder E.J. Johantgen added, "All That Remains' success can be summarized simply - steady wins the race."

For We Are Many is one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2010 as it follows All That Remains' previous break through album, 2008's Overcome which spawned the smash rock single "Two Weeks" helping it sell over 250,000 copies. The new release has received major acclaim in the rock media - "The songs are brutal," said Alternative Press, while Outburn Magazine declared, "If there was every any questions as to whether ATR deserved to be considered among the melodic metalcore elite, For We Are Many will dispel any lingering doubts once and for all."

All That Remains is currently on a headline tour of the U.S. in support of For We Are Many. The first single from the album "Hold On" is on the way to becoming their biggest success at radio as its rapidly ascending both the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. The band will perform the single on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit on October 25th.

CHILD PIANO SENSATION ETHAN BORTNICK BRINGS HIS PBS CONCERT SPECIAL DEBUT, ETHAN BORTNICK AND HIS MUSICAL TIME MACHINE, TO CD/DVD ON OCTOBER 26TH

ETHAN RETURNS TO GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON OCTOBER 26th
TICKETS FOR ETHAN'S NATIONAL HEADLINING TOUR ON SALE OCTOBER 22ND

Nine-year-old pianist, composer and entertainer Ethan Bortnick has been making headlines as one of the youngest musicians to have his own PBS special, and is now bringing the show to fans across the country with an upcoming CD/DVD release and national headlining tour. Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine will be released through Razor & Tie on October 26th, featuring the concert special that has captured the attention of PBS viewers along with special bonus content. Ethan will celebrate the release with a return visit to Good Morning America and will take his musical time machine back on the road on January 14th for a nationwide trek with tickets for select tour dates on sale October 22nd.

Filmed at the historic El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles, Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine puts Ethan center stage as he delivers a trip through music's history from classical to pop and many genres in between. Disco queen Gloria Gaynor joins Ethan for a rendition of her anthem "I Will Survive," while legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval accompanies him on the Louis Armstrong classic "What A Wonderful World." Other performances include Ethan's energetic take on Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," a performance with the Canadian Tenors and an introduction to some of his original compositions including "Arctic Jazz," a song that delivers an inspirational message with a jazz swing.

Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine will be available at retailers nationwide on October 26th in a special combo package including a CD and DVD featuring highlights from the PBS special. Bonus features on the DVD include behind the scenes footage, Ethan conducting a special interview with music industry icon Quincy Jones and four performance not seen on the televised PBS special.

"Ethan's imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable," says Quincy Jones. "With such talent and expressive piano playing, he's sure to go all the way."

On January 14th, Ethan will kick off a national headlining tour that will take him to over 20 cities throughout North America, including a stop at the Best Buy Theater in New York City and two hometown dates at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, FL. On the tour, Ethan will play songs from the PBS special and beyond as he brings to life some of music's most well known classics and biggest hits from every era and genre, from Mozart to rock 'n' roll and the Beatles to Justin Bieber.

Ethan will also be making special appearances in the upcoming months. On October 27th he will be performing in New York at Matt Damon's ONEXONE fundraiser. On November 13th, he will join David Archuleta on stage as the Children's Miracle Network recognizes doctors, nurses and other amazing caregivers from their nationwide network in the annual Delta Miracle Awards in Orlando.

On November 27th, "Keys to Music City" will feature Ben Folds performing with the Nashville Symphony, led by guest conductor Francisco Noya, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville. Ethan will join fellow pianist Folds for a portion of the show, which benefits the Nashville Symphony and two local firefighting organizations: the Williamson County Rescue Squad and Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department.

"Yes, Ethan has perfect pitch and photographic memory, has performed with some of the worlds finest, has a repertoire of over 200 songs as well as his own compositions all at the age of nine," says Ben Folds. "But more than that I am struck by his spirit - his natural wisdom and ability to inspire both musically and personally."

Ethan made his national television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 2007 and has since made appearances on national shows on every major network, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show and many others. Ethan will return to Good Morning America on October 26th for a performance to celebrate the release of Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine.

Through concert and charity events, he has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Natalie Cole, Beyonce and Reba McEntire and recently joined some of music's biggest names, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, as the youngest member of the all-star lineup that recorded "We Are The World 25 for Haiti" and earned the distinction of being named the youngest musician to be endorsed by premiere instrument manufacturer Gibson Guitar / Baldwin Piano.

Beyond his amazing talent as a musician, Ethan has made a name for himself as one of the world's youngest philanthropists. Through his appearances at benefits and charity galas, he has helped raise millions of dollars for charities around the world including the Miami Children's Hospital, Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night, Matt Damon's ONEXONE, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and many others.

For more information on Ethan, visit www.ethanbortnick.com.

October 08, 2010

DAR WILLIAMS TO PERFORM AND VOLUNTEER AT HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE CAFE OCTOBER 16TH

Singer-Songwriter to Return to Her Coffee House Roots

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams will return to her coffee house roots on Saturday, October 16th. Dar will perform and volunteer at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho at noon while she is in the city for a two night sold-out residency at City Winery. 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 and launching her national career.

Dar's upcoming October 12th release, Many Great Companions, revisits the growth of her career, which began singing in coffee shops similar to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. She will be performing 3 songs at the Soho cultural institution, as well as serving coffee, greeting fans, and selling and signing CDs. Proceeds from the sales will go to Housing Works, a non-profit which provides housing, advocacy and other essential tools for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. For fans who aren't able to attend the sold-out City Winery residency and want to experience an intimate setting, Dar's appearance at Housing Works is the perfect opportunity to see the celebrated songstress perform.

Dar's New York City events will occur just a few days after the release of her highly-anticipated new album. The 2 disc-set features newly-recorded versions of some of her classics plus a bonus disc featuring the original recordings of her best songs. It spans Dar's impressive career from 1993's The Honesty Room through 2008's Promised Land.

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. Performing Songwriter recently called her "A leader in the folk-pop movement," and praised her "intimate and profound writing style." Dar's personal and artistic growth has happened concurrently. 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 www.darwilliams.com.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is one of downtown New York's most vital cultural institutions, presenting an eclectic mix of events - from readings and concerts to comedy nights and storytelling competitions - featuring many of today's most exciting artists. The bookstore is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of its profits go to Housing Works Inc., which provides housing, healthcare, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. As an independent cultural center, it offers patrons a unique opportunity to join the fight against AIDS and homelessness simply by buying or donating books; eating at our cafe; coming to concerts, readings, and special events; or volunteering on our staff. For more information, visit www.housingworksbookstore.org.

October 06, 2010

ALL THAT REMAINS DEBUTS VIDEO FOR "HOLD ON" EXCLUSIVELY ON MYSPACE MUSIC

For We Are Many in Stores October 12th
Headline Tour Kicks Off Same Day of Album Release

All That Remains has just premiered the video for their massive new single "Hold On" exclusively on MySpace Music. The clip, helmed by Ramon Boutviseth (Trivium, Dream Theatre) features a narrative involving a variety of characters dealing with internal struggles and their inability to change their fate as their world crumbles down around them, both figuratively and literally. The force behind the destruction is the manifestation of their dark emotions, whcih All That Remains embodies as they unleash an epic performance in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland.

The video is featured on MySpace Music's home page and can be viewed here: http://www.myspace.com/music/videos?videoId=106735159#pm_cmp=mce_con_music_bilboard_allthat

"Hold On" is the first single from ATR's new album For We Are Many, one of the most highly anticipated metal albums of 2010, coming out through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie on October 12th. The album hits the same day the band heads out on a month-long US headlining tour with support from Asking Alexandria, Unearth, Born Of Osiris, & And She Whispered. Decibel Magazine called the album "Proof that neck-snapping tempos, thoughtful soloing and a catchy chorus or three can co-exist," while Outburn Magazine remarked "If there was ever any question as to whether All That Remains deserved to be considered among the melodic metalcore elite, For We Are Many will dispel any lingering doubts once and for all."

The album can be preordered now via Prosthetic Records (http://store.prostheticrecords.com). An exclusive version of it is available for pre-order on iTunes which includes a bonus track available, and instand download of "Hold On" (http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/for-we-are-many/id392819717)

For We Are Many 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. In warming up for their headlining tour All That Remains is on the road with As I Lay Dying and Unearth for a run of dates concluding on October 10th. After their headlining US tour, the band will head to Europe for dates in November and December.