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January 25, 2012

VANNA CONFIRMED FOR THE 2012 VANS WARPED TOUR

VANNA CONFIRMED FOR THE 2012 VANS WARPED TOUR

Headlining European Tour This February

(New York, NY) - Van's Warped Tour today unveiled metalcore band Vanna as one of the latest acts confirmed for next year's touring festival. Vanna will perform the entire nationwide run, from June 16th through August 20th . Other bands announced for the tour include Artery Recordings labelmates Chelsea Grin, Bayside, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, and Mayday Parade. Tickets are available HERE for the Van's Warped Tour.

Vanna will head out on tour Hundredth and The Greenery this February a month trek around Europe, hitting venues from the UK to Italy. Immediately following, they will join Chelsea Grin's headlining "Sick Tour" throughout March and April. Attila, For The Fallen Dreams and Chunk! No Captain Chunk will provide additional support, with The Crimson Armada and Volumes on select dates (full tour dates below).

The band's latest full length album, And They Came Baring Bones debuted at #8 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and #22 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart. AltPress.com exclusively premiered the first video off the album, "Scarlet Shroud" - view HERE.

And They Came Baring Bones, Vanna's first full length Artery Recordings album, was produced by Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot). Alternative Press says, "Vanna could well be on their way to the pinnacle of hardcore success" while AbsolutePunk.net says of the album "And They Came Baring Bones is without a doubt Vanna's best effort to date." The Boston based band is Davey Muise (vocals), Nick Lambert (guitars), Evan Pharmakis (guitars, clean vocals), Shawn Marquis (bass), Chris Campbell (drums). And They Came Baring Bones received rave reviews:

"Vanna could be well on their way to the pinnacle of hardcore success." - Alternative Press

"Vanna is back and better than ever with And They Came Baring Bones." - Outburn

"And They Came Baring Bones is without a doubt Vanna’s best effort to date." - AbsolutePunk

VANNA DATES:
HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR

Feb 3 - Stuffgart, Germany - Juha West
Feb 4 - Koln, Germany - MTC
Feb 5 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Feb 6 - Dessau, Germany - Beat Club
Feb 7 - Krakow, Poland - TBA
Feb 8 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Feb 9 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
Feb 10 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Club
Feb 11 - Cesena, Italy - Vidia Club
Feb 12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Planet 5
Feb 13 - Munchen, Germany - Feirwerk
Feb 14 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
Feb 15 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Feb 16 - Prague, Czech Republic - 007
Feb 17 - Braunschweig, Germany - B 58
Feb 18 - Hasselt, Belgium - Muziek-o-drome
Feb 19 - London, UK - Underworld
Feb 20 - Leeds, UK - The Well
Feb 21 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
Feb 22 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
Feb 23 - Reading, UK - Face Bar
Feb 24 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Popcentrale
Feb 25 - Trier, Germany - Ex--Haus
*Vanna with Hundredth and The Greenery
THE SICK TOUR
March 3 - Ogden, UT - The Basement
March 4 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe
March 6 - Tempe, AZ - Underground
March 7 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
March 8 - San Diego, CA - Soma
March 9 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
March 10 - Simi Valley, CA - 118 West
March 11 - Tucson, AZ - Skrappy's
March 12 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
March 14 - Mission, TX - Never Say Never Fest
March 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
March 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
March 17 - Dallas, TX - South By So What Fest
March 19 - Memphis, TN - Newby's
March 20 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
March 21 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
March 22 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
March 24 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
March 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
March 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Hideout
March 27 - Toronto, ON - Annex Wreckroom
March 28 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
March 29 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
March 30 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom
March 31 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
April 1 - Springfield, VA - Empire
April 3 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
April 4 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
April 7 - Ft Lauderdale. FL - The Speakeasy
April 8 - St Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
*with Chelsea Grin, Attila, For The Fallen Dreams, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, The Crimson Armada (select dates), Volumes (select dates)

2012 VANS WARPED TOUR
Dates HERE

VANNA LINKS
www.facebook.com/vannamusic
www.twitter.com/VannaBoston
www.arteryrecordings.com

January 24, 2012

Dave Barnes New Single "Mine To Love" Available Today On iTunes

DAVE BARNES NEW SINGLE "MINE TO LOVE" AVAILABLE TODAY ON ITUNES

Listen To "Mine To Love" HERE (OK TO POST)

Barnes Tour Dates Announced

(New York, NY) - Dave Barnes new single "Mine To Love" off his upcoming studio album, Stories To Tell, is available at iTunes today. Stories To Tell is set for release on March 13, 2012 and features 11 new tracks produced by John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, P!nk). Barnes is also announcing a series of tour dates in support of the album hitting such cities as New York, Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia and DC (tour dates below).

Dave Barnes explains "Mine to Love," "I wrote this song after I found out that my wife and I were pregnant. I couldn't stop thinking about the possibility of having a child, and this song poured out of all those emotions. I've never been as emotional as I was writing this song. I had to stop a few times while writing it due to that."

Dave Barnes also recently received his first Grammy nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," as performed by Blake Shelton. Barnes will attend the Grammy Awards on February 12th. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date and the song has had enormous success at radio.

Stories To Tell is Barnes' fourth studio album for Razor & Tie and a first for Barnes on many levels. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer John Fields, marking the first time Barnes has recorded outside of his home town Nashville, TN. Leaving everything familiar behind with his writing and recording processes forced Dave to venture outside of his creative comfort zone. Stories To Tell also presents a stylistic departure from his previous releases. Adding more programming and synth sounds than previous Barnes' albums, Stories To Tell, did not suffer from rules and restrictions when it comes to instrumentation. The electronic flourishes on this album add dynamics that are not typical when it comes to most singer-songwriters. Using orchestral accents, syncopated percussion alongside his soulful, impassioned vocals, the album introduces Barnes' fans to eleven finely tuned and honestly crafted songs with a strong pop sound. An artist that has never adhered to a specific genre, Barnes' music is generally inspired by an array of music influences ranging from rock, pop and country to blues, soul and R&B.

Nashville-based Dave Barnes' last album, the 2010 release What We Want, What We Get, features the Grammy nominated song "God Gave Me You." This album debuted at #59 on the Billboard top 200 album chart, #17 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #15 on the digital albums chart. Barnes has sold over 155,000 albums to date and over 510,000 individual song downloads. Dave has toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo. His music has been featured in television shows such as CW's "Life Unexpected," Disney's "Suite Life On Deck," ABC's "Brothers And Sisters" and WB's "Summerland," as well as the films Employee Of The Month and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Dave Barnes songs have been covered by a bevy of other artists including, country singers Blake Shelton and Billy Currington as well as Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, to name a few. Barnes has been recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter. Billboard Magazine touted "Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum." Dave Barnes is signed to leading independent label Razor & Tie and is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing.

Dave Barnes Tour Dates
March
15 Chicago IL Lincoln Hall
16 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
17 Indianapolis, IN Earth House Collective
22 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel
23 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
24 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
April
13 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
20 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
21 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
26 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
29 Charlotte, NC McGloghlin Theatre

DAVE BARNES LINKS
http://davebarnes.com/
"Mine To Love" on iTunes: http://bit.ly/Mine2Love

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HIT THE LIGHTS' NEW VIDEO FOR "EARTHQUAKE" PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON HOTTOPIC.COM

HIT THE LIGHTS' NEW VIDEO FOR "EARTHQUAKE" PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON HOTTOPIC.COM

Exclusive Album Stream Available Now On AltPress.com

"Countdown To Invicta" Leading Up To Album Release January 31st 2012

(New York, NY) - Hit The Lights' first video from their upcoming album Invicta is premiering today exclusively on HotTopic.com. The "Earthquake" live video was shot during several stops on the band's headlining tour this fall. Hit The Lights is currently on the road as direct support to D.R.U.G.S. making stops across the country throughout February (full tour dates below). The album set for release on January 31st 2012 was produced by Machine (Four Year Strong, Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Crime in Stereo).

AltPress.com has the exclusive stream of Invicta which can be heard here. Hit The Lights will also host an AP.net chat with their fans on February 1st. The Invicta EP is available now on iTunes and features three songs from the highly anticipated Invicta full length album. When purchased on iTunes here, fans will be able to "complete my album" on January 31st.

The band has started their "Countdown to Invicta," a promotion currently running up to the release of Invicta on January 31st. Contests and giveaways are being held with different media partners to promote the album's upcoming release, including Glamour Kills, Taco Bell, The Vinyl District, Absolute Punk and AltPress.com amongst others. The promotion will end with a contest hosted on the band's Facebook with one winner receiving the ultimate fan bundle: an exclusive album variation tee, exclusive album variation hoodie, autographed 11x17 lithograph, laminate with lanyard, album art pick card including 4 picks, custom logo ear buds, removable light switch cover, and an autographed Invicta album on both CD and vinyl.

"Invicta is the band's more developed and diverse sound...Invicta is a real treat." - Alternative Press

"The strongest, most diverse offering from the band to date." - Absolute Punk

"Hit the Lights is back in a big way." - Mind Equals Blown

"Those looking for proof there is life after pop punk need look no further than Hit The Lights' Invicta." - Under The Gun Review

Formed in 2003, HTL has released two full length albums This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder (2006) and Skip School, Start Fights (2008) and two EPs Coast to Coast (2009) and Until We Get Caught (2005). Having played nearly one thousand shows, Hit The Lights has toured with Paramore, New Found Glory, All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Bayside, and Chiodos. The band was featured on the Alternative Press Tour with 3!oh3, The Maine, and Family Force 5 as well as two successive summers on the Vans Warped Tour, once as headliners of the Smartpunk stage. To date, Hit The Lights has sold over 112,000 albums in North America. Nick Thompson (lead vocalist) has been featured on the cover of Alternative Press and the magazine raved about the band on their last EP "Hit The Lights on their way to becoming one of the genre's brightest stars, while at the same time helping hone the band's blend of heavier-but-still-melodic pop-punk." Hit The Lights is Nick Thompson (Vocals/Guitar), Omar Zehery (Guitar), Dave Bermosk (Bass/Vocals), Kevin Mahoney (Guitar) and Nate Van Dame (Drums).

HIT THE LIGHTS TOUR DATES
Jan 24 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
Jan 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Jan 27 - Charlotte, NC - Amo's Southend
Jan 28 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Jan 29 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
Jan 30 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Jan 31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Feb 2 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Feb 3 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
Feb 4 - Dallas, TX - The Door @ The Prophet Bar
Feb 6 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
Feb 7 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
Feb 8 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Feb 9 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Feb 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Café
Feb 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Feb 14 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Feb 15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Feb 16 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
Feb 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Feb 19 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Feb 21 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Feb 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Feb 23 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose Tap House
Feb 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Feb 25 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
*with D.R.U.G.S., Like Moths To Flames, Sparks The Rescue

HIT THE LIGHTS LINKS
http://www.hitthelightsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/HitTheLightsMusic
http://twitter.com/#!/htlband
http://www.youtube.com/hitthelights

January 18, 2012

KEVIN DEVINE TO TOUR AS DIRECT SUPPORT TO SAY ANYTHING THIS SPRING

"If The Boss himself isn't the Springsteen of our generation, it's surely Kevin Devine." - Boston Globe

"Kevin Devine aka musical genius." - URB

"Unique and enthralling." - Rolling Stone

KEVIN DEVINE TO TOUR AS DIRECT SUPPORT TO SAY ANYTHING THIS SPRING

Additional Headlining Dates With The Front Bottoms Confirmed

Confirmed for SXSW 2012

Music and Videos Available To Post (See Below)

(New York, NY) Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kevin Devine is confirmed as direct support to Say Anything on their nationwide tour this spring. The tour will kick off on March 24th in San Francisco, CA and will make stops across the country before concluding in West Hollywood, CA on May 3rd (tour dates below). The tour features additional support from Fake Problems, The Front Bottoms (select dates) and Tallhart (select dates). Prior to heading out with Say Anything, Devine will headline a short string of dates with The Front Bottoms as support while routing to and from SXSW 2012 (showcase information forthcoming).

"Though I've never personally met Say Anything, we have a bunch of mutual friends and former tourmates, all of whom spoke real highly of their experiences touring with the band, and about the open and attentive nature of their fans," said Kevin Devine. "I've had the pleasure of exchanging e-mails with Max over the past couple of months and have found him to be a thoughtful, sweet guy. I think the shows will be a welcome stretch for all of us."

While down at Deluna Fest, Kevin filmed a "Snapshots" segment for NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly that can be viewed HERE. After the wildly successful festival, Devine returned to New York for a sold out CMJ show at Highline Ballroom (also the official launch event for MECA/inBloom). Kevin teamed up with Musician's Energy Conservation Alliance (MECA) to become the first musician to use their new app, inBloom, designed by Andy Ross of OK Go and Eytan Oren. (More info on app available HERE). Kevin also recently recorded a CBS Streetdate Session - view HERE

DOWNLOAD AND POST KEVIN DEVINE ASSETS BELOW:

Video for "Off-Screen" - http://www.vevo.com/watch/kevin-devine/off-screen/USRZR1130811?source=ap (featuring the haunting puppets of esteemed artist Diana Schoenbrun)

"11-17" Remix By White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) MP3 (Approved To Post): http://razorandtiepublicity.com/kevindevine/WhiteSeaRemix.mp3

In-Studio acoustic videos with Morgan Kibby of M83 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85BfpIhVoaU


"My collaboration with Kevin at Rob Schnapf's was an incredibly inspirational music moment for me, and served as a strong reminder of why we collaborate as artists," said Morgin Kibby of M83. "Subsequently remixing Kevin's work was daunting... I had to throw all caution to the wind and commit to giving him something unexpected; he was totally game and I'm thrilled he liked the outcome."



Known for his acoustic musings Kevin Devine's latest release, Between the Concrete & Clouds debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Without losing his lyrical density, Kevin explored the technical side of creating structurally more traditional pop songs, evident in the shorter tracks on BTC&C. Devine has received numerous accolades from press and fans alike over the span of his nine year career. His discography includes several EPs and live albums, as well as past full-lengths Circle Gets the Square (2002), Make the Clocks Move (2003), Split The Country, Split The Street (2005), Put Your Ghost to Rest (2006), Brother's Blood (2009), and Bad Books (2010), a side project Kevin worked on with Andy Hull and other members of Manchester Orchestra. Kevin has played with top artists including Bright Eyes, Manchester Orchestra, Okkervill River, Earlimart, and many more, and has performed at the following festivals: Coachella 2010, Bonnaroo 2010, Bamboozle 2010, Lollapalooza 2009, Austin City Limits 2007, and Soundwave 2008 (Australia).

KEVIN DEVINE TOUR DATES
HEADLINING DATES

March 8 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge
March 9 - Altoona, PA - Altoona Masonic Temple
March 10 - Columbus, OH - The Basement *
March 11 - Nashville, TN - The End *
March 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory *
March 14 - March 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
March 18 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova *
March 20 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture Gallery
*with support from The Front Bottoms

SAY ANYTHING TOUR March 24 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom *
March 25 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
March 27 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox @ The Market *
March 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex - Grand Room *
March 30 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall *
March 31 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
April 1 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
April 3 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4 *
April 4 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues *
April 5 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's *
April 6 - Toronto, ONT - The Opera House *
April 7 - Montreal, QC - Corona *
April 9 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre *
April 10 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall *
April 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre *
April 13 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre +
April 14 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues +
April 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of The Living Arts +
April 17 - Washington, DC - Black Cat +
April 18 - Richmond, VA - The National +
April 20 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel +
April 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle +
April 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade +
April 24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution +
April 25 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre +
April 27 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live +
April 28 - Dallas, TX - Live @ Mokah +
April 29 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rose +
May 1 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee +
May 2 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues +
May 3 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues +
*Say Anything, Kevin Devine, Fake Problems, The Front Bottoms
+Say Anything, Kevin Devine, Fake Problems, Tallhart



LINKS
www.facebook.com/KevinDevineMusic


www.kevinedevine.net


www.twitter.com/KevinDevineTwit

January 13, 2012

Dave Barnes To Release New Studio Album, Stories To Tell, On March 13 2012

DAVE BARNES TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM, STORIES TO TELL, ON MARCH 13, 2012


Barnes Celebrates Recent Songwriting Grammy® Nomination for Best Country Song "God Gave Me You" (Recorded by Blake Shelton)

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie artist Dave Barnes will release his new studio album, Stories To Tell, on March 13, 2012. The 11 track album of original material was produced by John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, P!nk). Dave Barnes will tour in 2012 in support of his new release (tour dates to soon follow). Barnes recently received his first Grammy® nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," as performed by Blake Shelton from Shelton's 2011 album Red River Blue. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date.

Stories To Tell is Barnes' fourth studio album for Razor & Tie and a first for Barnes on many levels. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer John Fields, marking the first time Barnes has recorded outside of his home town Nashville, TN. Leaving everything familiar behind with his writing and recording processes forced Dave to venture outside of his creative comfort zone. Barnes' explains, "I've done all the other records in Nashville but for this one I really wanted to do something different, I wanted to get out of town and do something that wouldn't sound quite as much like the stuff I've done before."

Stories To Tell also presents a stylistic departure from his previous releases. Adding more programming and synth sounds than previous Barnes' albums, Stories To Tell, did not suffer from rules and restrictions when it comes to instrumentation. The electronic flourishes on this album add dynamics that are not typical when it comes to most singer-songwriters. Using orchestral accents, syncopated percussion alongside his soulful, impassioned vocals, the album introduces Barnes' fans to eleven finely tuned and honestly crafted songs with a strong pop sound.

Dave describes the music, "It's definitely poppy but everything is accounted for. There are no rogue parts or instrumentation, everything is really fleshed out and that's what I was going for thankfully. Working with John, I knew he does kind of what I wanted to do which is make a little more of a pop record and get out of the self-imposed box I've been in for a while."
The underlying theme of the new album is the Stories To Tell, most plucked from Barnes' personal life and experiences. He wrote much of the album after discovering that he and his wife were going to have their first baby this year. Two songs directly inspired by this news are the ballads "Mine to Love" and "One of Us." Another major theme of this album is enjoying the moment because life has unexpected twists. The songs "White Flag" and "Heaven Help Me" reflect this sentiment.

An artist that has never adhered to a specific genre, Barnes' music is generally inspired by an array of music influences ranging from rock, pop and country to blues, soul and R&B. "Stories To Tell, is another bookmark. For me, that's why I love making records; not because I was going for a specific sound but I was trying to encompass everything that I was listening to and enjoying at that time in my life. It is like a fun kind of musical history, like a photo album," add Barnes.

Nashville-based Dave Barnes' last album, the 2010 release What We Want, What We Get, features the Grammy nominated song "God Gave Me You." This album debuted at #59 on the Billboard top 200 album chart, #17 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #15 on the digital albums chart. Barnes has sold over 155,000 albums to date and over 510,000 individual song downloads. Dave has toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo. His music has been featured in television shows such as CW's "Life Unexpected," Disney's "Suite Life On Deck," ABC's "Brothers And Sisters" and WB's "Summerland," as well as the films Employee Of The Month and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Dave Barnes songs have been covered by a bevy of other artists including, country singers Blake Shelton and Billy Currington as well as Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, to name a few. Barnes has been recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter. Billboard Magazine touted "Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum." Dave Barnes is signed to leading independent label Razor & Tie and is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing.

Stories To Tell Track List:
1. White Flag
2. How Long
3. Mine To Love
4. Heaven Help Me
5. Love Will Be Enough For Us
6. Seventeen
7. Missing You
8. Find Your Way Home
9. Stories To Tell
10. Warm Heart In A Cold World
11. One Of Us

DAVE BARNES LINKS http://davebarnes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/davebarnesmusic?ref=ts
https://twitter.com/davebarnesmusic
http://www.youtube.com/thedavebarnes
http://www.myspace.com/davebarnes
For Press Assets: http://razorandtiepublicity.com/artistpage.php?artist=169

ANGELIQUE KIDJO TO RELEASE FIRST LIVE ALBUM, SPIRIT RISING, ON FEBRUARY 21, 2012

ANGELIQUE KIDJO TO RELEASE FIRST LIVE ALBUM, SPIRIT RISING, ON FEBRUARY 21, 2012

Features Performances With Josh Groban, Dianne Reeves, Ezra Koenig and Branford Marsalis

Concert Airing On Public Television Stations Nationwide With Performance From the FELA! Dancers

Watch the "Spirit Rising" Trailer here

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie artist Angelique Kidjo will release her new live album, Spirit Rising, on February 21st 2012. The 16 track album was recorded in Boston when Kidjo partnered with Boston's public television station, WGBH, for a captivating live performance featuring special guests Josh Groban, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend). The record features a collection of Kidjo originals and covers including the Curtis Mayfield classic "Move On Up." Angelique Kidjo will tour the US in early 2012 (tour dates below).

Joining Kidjo on Spirit Rising is her band of highly accomplished musicians, including Christian McBride on upright bass (also on her last studio album OYO), Thierry Vaton (piano), Dominic James (acoustic and electric guitar), Daniel Freedman (drums), Magatte Sow (percussion) and Marvin Sewell (electric guitar). Also featured are a trio of horn players from Berklee College, the Borromeo String Quartet and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College. The album showcases Kidjo's breathtaking voice and exuberant spirit that can only be heard during one of her magical live performances. The Boston Globe said of the performance, "The special captures the African singer in fierce form... Kidjo's appeal cuts across not only genres, but also generations... Kidjo proves she can rattle the rafters."

The 90 minute concert was filmed in Boston at WGBH's studios and will be released for national public television broadcast on March 1, 2012. The concert is available on DVD through PBS at ShopPBS.org and is the first ever documentation of Kidjo's vibrant live performance. Also included on the DVD are five additional songs and a bonus interview with Angelique. The entire show is Kidjo's personal tribute to her homeland, and the beauty and experiences of the African culture she grew up with and continues to embrace. Joining Angelique and the impressive array of musicians playing with her are the dancers of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical FELA!

Born in the West African country of Benin, Angelique Kidjo is a critically acclaimed recording artist deemed "Africa's premiere diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo was included by the BBC in its list of Africa's Most Iconic Figures and The Guardian has listed her as one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. In October 2011, Forbes listed Angelique as the first women in their list of their 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa. Kidjo's 2008 album Djin Djin won the Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music album at the 50th Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Album in 2008, while her 2010 release OYO was nominated in the same category at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Kidjo's internationally celebrated repertoire includes collaborations with artists including Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, and more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga, and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador. Kidjo has participated in several global events including the first 46664 Concert in Cape Town hosted by Nelson Mandela, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert in Johannesburg.

Spirit Rising Track List:
1. Tumba
2. Afirika
3. Redemption Song
4. Agolo
5. Gimme Shelter (with Dianne Reeves)
6. Malaika
7. Summertime
8. Batonga
9. Pearls (with Josh Groban)
10. Kelele
11. Move On Up (with Branford Marsalis)
12. I Think UR a Contra (with Ezra Koenig)
13. Lonlon - Ravel's Bolero (with Branford Marsalis)
14. Monfe Ran E (with Dianne Reeves)
15. Senamou
16. N'Yin Wan Nou We

ANGELIQUE KIDJO TOUR DATES
Feb 25 - St. Thomas, USVI - Reichold Center for the Arts, UVI Mar 3 - Stanford, CA - Dinkelspiel Auditorium - Stanford University
Mar 8 - Austin, TX - Texas Performing Arts - University of Texas at Austin
Mar 10 - Toronto, ON - The Royal Conservatory
Mar 23 - Blue Bell, PA - Science Center Theater - Montgomery County Community College
Mar 24 - Washington, DC - GW Lisner Auditorium - George Washington University
Mar 25 - Roanoke, VA - Shaftman Performance Hall - Jefferson Center

ANGELIQUE KIDJO LINKS
www.kidjo.com
www.facebook.com/angeliquekidjo
www.twitter.com/angeliquekidjo
www.youtube.com/angeliquekidjo
www.batongafoundation.org
For Press Assets: http://razorandtiepublicity.com/artistpage.php?artist=166

January 10, 2012

JON MCLAUGHLIN SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEAL WITH RAZOR & TIE

JON McLAUGHLIN SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEAL WITH RAZOR & TIE

Forthcoming New Studio Album, Promising Promises To Be Released On May 22nd

First Single, "Summer Is Over" Featuring Sara Bareilles Available Now On iTunes and
LISTEN HERE

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie announces the addition of singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin to its label roster for a worldwide, multi-album deal. McLaughlin's forthcoming new studio album Promising Promises is set for release on May 22nd 2012. The album's first single, "Summer Is Over" featuring Sara Bareilles is on sale now - Buy HERE and Listen HERE. "Summer Is Over" will impact Hot AC radio the week of February 27th. Jon McLaughlin recently wrapped up a national fall co-headlining tour with Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers and will tour extensively this year in support of this new release.

In September of 2011, McLaughlin released a self-financed/self produced independent album, Forever If Ever. The forthcoming album Promising Promises will be a completely updated and remixed/remastered version of that album which will include all new artwork and packaging, three brand new songs along with the addition of Jon's duet with Sara Bareilles on the album's lead single, "Summer Is Over."

"It's so refreshing to find a group of people who have so much experience in the music business and are still so passionate about music," comments Jon McLaughlin. "I feel like I've found the right fit with Razor & Tie and I could not be more excited about working with them!"

"We are so pleased to announce Jon's addition to the Razor & Tie family," comments Pete Giberga, Vice President of A&R for Razor & Tie. "An accomplished pianist and singer for many years, Jon has written and produced a truly exceptional album that we believe will serve as a benchmark for his career for years to come. I personally could not be more proud to be associated with Jon and Promising Promises."

Promising Promises embodies McLaughlin's irresistible songwriting style and charismatic live performances. The album features songs all written and produced by Jon McLaughlin and was partially recorded in 2011 with additional material currently being completed in Jon's home state of Indiana with his core band. Work on the new material began after parting ways with previous label Island-Def Jam Music Group. Jon wrote over 40 songs and began narrowing them down. As he explains, "A lot of songs over the past few years, there's nothing wrong with them, but there was no weight or significance with me. It feels really good to have a record that I'm working on that I can really deliver wholeheartedly knowing that the fans are getting a piece of me." He continues, "There isn't a note on the record that I didn't spend hours scrutinizing over, or at the very least sitting with and playing over and over again. I feel like it's a real connection to me."

At the core of Promising Promises remains Jon's sweetly melancholy songs. McLaughlin was able to let his stories and characters live through painfully honest and telling lyrics. Key songs include the galvanizing pain of lost love on "These Crazy Times," written after the cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and "If Only I" bearing a different take on loss, cleverly written from the perspective of a person deeply, madly in love with someone they've never worked up the courage to talk to. With Jon's lead single he returns to a more traditional view of heartbreak with the wistful "Summer is Over," written for a friend in the throes of a crushing break-up. Lest fans begin to think he is about to drown in the depths of love's despair, McLaughlin throws in "Without You Now." Another standout is the title track "Promising Promises" which features a minute long minute spectacular piano solo. Jon explains, "I wrote the song 'Promising Promises' during a really frustrating and challenging time in my career. The song became a turning point and became a clear indication of where I needed to start going as an artist-it became therapy. It says exactly what I wanted to say and says it exactly how I want to say it."

The mid-western born and raised Jon McLaughlin has released two albums 2007's Indiana and 2008's OK Now with Island Records. His hit singles "Beautiful Disaster" and "Beating My Heart" propelled the singer songwriter up the charts and to date he has sold more than 1 million digital tracks and 170,000 albums. In 2008 McLaughlin appeared as himself in the film Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey singing the song "So Close." The song was nominated for an Academy Award and Jon performed it at the Oscars in front of 32 million US viewers. The 29 year old McLaughlin plays both piano and guitar and has performed on such television shows as The Today Show, The Tonight Show and The CBS Early Show and been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition. USA Today has raved about his "indelibly catchy" music and Billboard has declared his songs have "instantaneous hit potential, and proper promotion could propel the artist to superstar status." His music has been featured in film and television shows such as Disney's Bridge To Terabithia, Universal Pictures' Georgia Rule, CBS's Ghost Whisperer, CBS's Flashpoint, an ABC Primetime promo spot, NBC's Scrubs, and NBC's The Event. McLaughlin has toured with Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, One Republic, Paolo Nutini, Duffy and many more. Jon McLaughlin is managed by Darren Gilmore at Watchdog Management - A Division of Macklam Feldman Management and represented for touring by Brodie Becker at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Jon McLaughlin is the latest addition to independent label Razor & Tie's expanding roster that includes such artists as Vanessa Carlton, Nicole Atkins, Dave Barnes, Dar Williams, Kevin Devine, Saves The Day, Hit The Lights, The Summer Set, Foreigner, Dee Snider and the hard rock/metal bands P.O.D., All That Remains, Norma Jean, For Today, Shadows Fall, Chelsea Grin, Such Gold and many more. The New York City-based label is one of the fastest growing independent record companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20-year history.

LINKS
www.jonmcl.com
www.facebook.com/jonmclaughlin
www.myspace.com/jonmclaughlin
www.twitter.com/jonmclaughlin

iTunes "Summer is Over": http://bit.ly/SUMMERISOVER
Listen to "Summer is Over": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_eyb8MIvZ0

CBS Early Show - Performance from 11/26/11

Dar Williams to Release New Studio Album In The Time Of Gods On April 17th 2012

Dar Williams to Release New Studio Album In The Time Of Gods On April 17th 2012

Headline National Tour Confirmed April - June 2012

Stream New Song "I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything" HERE

"Dar Williams, one of America's very best singer-songwriters... Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh-not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook." - The New Yorker (Nov. 2011)

"Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plainspoken." - Rolling Stone

"A new generation of pop-folk enthusiasts lauds her as one of the genre's central figures." - Paste

"One of our most thoughtful singer-songwriters." - New York Daily News

New York, NY - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - Beloved singer-songwriter Dar Williams is set to release her ninth studio album, In The Time Of Gods, on Razor & Tie on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Dar's first album of original material in four years is produced by Kevin Killen (who has worked with such giants as U2, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel), and features special guests Shawn Colvin and Larry Campbell, and a remarkable set of musicians including Charley Drayton, Gerry Leonard, and Rob Hyman. Williams presents 10 original compositions on In The Time Of Gods, which explores many of today's most challenging social issues told against the parables of Greek mythology. The inimitable collection of songs includes some of the richest and most evocative writing of Williams' career. She will kick off a national U.S. tour starting in April 2012 (upcoming confirmed tour dates are listed below).

In The Time Of Gods covers many relevant topics such as retaining one's moral compass, our personal responsibility in aiding to change the world, the politics of power, and following a guiding light in the midst of chaos. The ceaseless turmoil in the world today is of great concern to Williams who is also a wife, mother and community activist. Williams was inspired to return to the stories she was told as a child to see if the gods of the Parthenon would speak to her while penning songs for her latest release. As it turned out, these stories and characters helped her make sense of our eccentric world and shaped the scope of the album. Standout tracks on In The Time Of Gods include the album opener "I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything," "I Have Been Around The World," "Crystal Creek," "Summer Child," and "You Will Ride With Me Tonight."

"It was very intriguing to work with Kevin Killen and the musicians he handpicked for my latest album," says Williams. "Kevin really was the alchemist behind the record. Ron Hyman and I co-wrote four songs, so a lot of the album is based around our relationship. There really is an epic setting for the album, I'm at a point in my life where I feel like people are flying higher and falling harder. There is a grown up fairytale feeling to In The Time Of Gods. It sparkles with simple and beautiful layers, and it's muscular in places and very lyrical in others. It was a great service to my storytelling to have these fine musicians giving the arrangements so much strength and sophistication."

The great achievement of Williams' new album is it gracefully reminds us that wherever we are, whenever it may be, we are always living In the Time of the Gods. It's not to say we are living in 400 BC Greece, but rather, as Williams notes, "We are evolving in time. And that's what you're allowed to do with mythology - let it evolve and show who your Parthenon is now." Her latest narratives borrow from classic Greek archetypes, but she beautifully shows how flexible and expansive they are by easefully weaving in her own personal experiences and insights. Williams portrays a spellbinding contemporary interpretation of these classic ancient themes.

One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early '90s. As documented on her last album, the 2010 two-disc retrospective Many Great Companions, Williams' growth as an individual over her almost two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. She has toured with such distinguished artists as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, and Shawn Colvin, and recently became a regular contributor to the Huffington Post's Green Blog. A dedicated environmentalist, Williams toured throughout the northeast visiting children's camps and planting bee gardens in summer 2011.

Williams has released one live album - Out There Live (2001); seven studio albums - The Honesty Room (1993), Mortal City (1996), End of the Summer (1997), The Green World (2000), The Beauty of the Rain (2003), My Better Self (2005), and Promised Land (2008); one live DVD - Live at Bearsville Theater (2007); and Many Great Companions (2010). In 1995, two years after self-releasing The Honesty Room, she signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment, beginning a relationship now in its 16th year.

In The Time Of Gods Track Listing:
1) I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything
2) This Earth
3) I Have Been Around The World
4) The Light And The Sea
5) You Will Ride With Me Tonight
6) Crystal Creek
7) Summer Child
8) I Will Free Myself
9) Write This Number Down
10) Storm King



Dar Williams Tour Dates:
1.14.12 - Levon Helm Studios: Midnight - Woodstock, NY
1.18.12 - Lincoln Center - New York City w/ Jonatha Brooke
2.9.12 - Sarah Lawrence College Auditorium - Bronxville, NY
3.23.12 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI
3.24.12 - Sacred Heart Music Center - Duluth, MN
3.30.12 - Club Orient - Poughkeepsie, NY
3.31.12 - Charles River School - Dover, MA
4.17.2012 - Anthology - San Diego, CA
4.18.2012 - Largo - Los Angeles, CA
4.19.2012 - Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
4.20.2012 - Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR
4.21.2012 - Triple Door - Seattle, WA
4.24.12 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
4.26.2012 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
4.27.2012 - Space - Evanston, IL* (Two Shows)
5.11.2012 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE
5.12.2012 - Ram's Head Tavern - Annapolis, MD (Two Shows)
5.13.2012 - Jefferson Theatre - Charlottesville, VA
5.17.2012 - The Handlebar - Greenville, SC
5.18.2012 - The ArtsCenter - Carrbaro, NC
5.19.2012 - Kirk Avenue Music Hall - Roanoke, VA*
5.31.2012 - Narrows Center - Fall River, MA*
6.1.2012 - StageOne - Fairfield, CT
6.2.2012 - One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME* (Two Shows)
6.7.2012 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT*
6.8.2012 - YMCA Boulton Center - Bay Shore, NY*
6.9.2012 - Bryn Mawr Gazebo - Bryn Mawr, PA
6.16.2012 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA* (Two Shows)
*"An Evening with Dar Williams" / No Support Act

Dar Williams Links:
www.darwilliams.com
http://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Twitter: @darwilliamstour, @darsnowdenw

*To stream the album's opening track, "I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything,"
please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NjB6gUbAMk

January 05, 2012

ALL THAT REMAINS TO HEADLINE NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

ALL THAT REMAINS TO HEADLINE NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Massachusetts' own All That Remains has been announced as a very special guest headliner on Saturday evening, April 21, at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

As one of metal's preeminent breakthrough success stories of recent years, All That Remains is one of many acts to get its start at the festival. From cracking the Billboard Top 10, to joining the elite active rock radio fraternity, to being one of just a handful of acts to take part in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour trifecta, the group has shattered previously held expectations about just how far a band with roots in independent heavy metal can go. The quintet also returned to the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival's stage for a headlining slot in 2009.

The band just wrapped their final tour this past December in support of their latest studio release, 2010's "For We Are Many" (Razor & Tie/Prosthetic). All That Remains have sold over 900,000 albums and 1,100,000 tracks to date. The band has had four consecutive hit singles at Active Rock radio with three in the top 10 andtheir latest single "The Waiting One" continues to do well at Active Rock Radio. All That Remains are currently writing material for their sixth album and this will be one of ATR's first performances of 2012.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is a three-day affair, beginning Friday, April 20. The Black Dahlia Murder will headline Friday night, with All That Remains on Saturday and Killswitch Engage will close out the weekend on Sunday night.

The complete lineup for Friday includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano, All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Lionheart, Fleshgod Apocalypse, First Blood, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Reign Supreme, Conducting From The Grave, Fit For An Autopsy, Incendiary, Palehorse, Hour Of Penance, Legion, and Relentless.

In addition to All That Remains, Saturday's bands include Overkill, iwrestledabearonce, Protest the Hero, Periphery, Bane, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, Aborted, The Mongoloids, Belphegor, System Divide, Naysayer, The Greenery, Diamond Plate, Rotting Out, Expire, Elitist, Trump The Harlot, Manners, and Malefice.

Sunday's lineup is Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Chelsea Grin, Sleeping Giant, Stick To Your Guns, Attila, On Broken Wings, Mychildren Mybride, For The Fallen Dreams, Texas In July, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, Like Moths To Flames, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Counterparts, and Gideon.

Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass).

Sponsors this year include All In Merch, Monster, Tama, Ibanez, Zildjian, Metal Blade Records, Break Thru Music, Shook Clothing, Planet Wave, d'addario, Pro Mark, and Evans.

Performers are subject to change.


www.allthatremainsonline.com
www.thepalladium.net
www.metalandhardcorefestival.com