Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit







Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Australian String Quartet

In the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, the ASQ pays homage to Beethoven in a brand-new interactive experience for music-lovers young and old, presented in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Quartet has teamed up with Sandpit, the experience design company behind exhibitions at ACMI (Melbourne), Arts Centre Melbourne, Google’s Creative Lab, the University of South Australia’s MoD (Adelaide), Beyond Blue, Penguin Books, Melbourne Zoo and more, to deliver Project Ludwig – an interactive journey into Beethoven’s sound-world, where the audience determines the program.

Deviating from the traditional string quartet performance, audiences will be able to participate in this interactive adventure by walking through the performance space gathering information about Beethoven’s famous Opus 18 string quartets, listening to excerpts through ‘bone-conductive sound technology’, and ultimately, using NFC-chip technology to vote for which movements they’d like the ASQ to perform. This show is designed to be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of age, classical music knowledge, experience or expertise.

Collaborations at the core, the State Library of New South Wales, Museum of Brisbane and SAHMRI (South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute) all join the project as presentation partners with the ethos of learning and discovery truly at the project’s core, and Adelaide-based luthier URTEXT Stringed Instruments joins as the project’s Listening Installation Partner.


“There are so many ways to enjoy music other than just sitting in a seat and quietly listening. We believe that behind every sound, lies a journey of discovery waiting to be explored. Through Beethoven’s stunning Opus 18 string quartets, with the inspiring and creative minds at Sandpit, we hope to help illuminate the path of musical discovery for everyone!” Francesca Hiew, Violin 2, Australian String Quartet


“Sandpit’s approach, as with much of our work, is to create an immersive, magical experience for the audience – where technology is hidden into seemingly ordinary objects that come to life during the performance.” Sam Haren, Creative Director, Sandpit


This is the second time the ASQ has created a new interactive listening experience for Adelaide Fringe audiences, following the success of its sell-out, five-star hit PitchFork, a collaboration with food experience producers Post Dining, which went on to win a Fringe Weekly Award for Best Interactive, Film or Digital Work  and currently shortlisted for an Adelaide Critics Circle award for Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation.


Melbourne Mon 24 February, 6.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon)
Sydney Wed 26 February, 6.30pm, State Library of NSW
Brisbane Thu 27 February, 6.30pm, Museum of Brisbane
Adelaide Sun 1 March, 2pm & 4pm Mon 2 March, 6pm, SAHMRI Auditorium

Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Heart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life







Australia’s Largest MHeart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Lifeusician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

Country Singer

Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced Victoria McGee, one of Australia’s queens of country music, will join the Rodeo 4 Life star-studded line-up alongside Travis Collins, John Jarratt and 25 superstar bull riding cowboys in the explosive rodeo and country music arena spectacular at WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday 30 November.

The Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular will mark 7 months to the day since Victoria McGee received the heart transplant that saved her life.

Passionate about donating her time and talent to many worthwhile charity causes, McGee now brings her vocal talents to the centre arena to open Rodeo 4 Life by performing the Australian National Anthem.

Overwhelmed by the generosity of her donor, McGee said, “I’m one of the lucky ones whose life was saved because someone cared enough to register to become an organ donor and because of many years of dedicated research into organ transplantation.

“It’s an incredible honour to be part of this special event to raise vital funds for the RPA Transplant Institute’s important research to enable more lives to be saved by increasing organ transplants,” she said.

“I will always be grateful for this gift of life my donor entrusted to me; and I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Rodeo 4 Life to give something back to transplant research while being a voice for all those whose lives have been saved and to pay tribute to the wonderful donors who’ve given many of us a second chance at life,” Ms McGee said.

A country girl, McGee is no stranger to bull riding rodeos. Hailing from “The Bull Riding McGees” – a family considered among Australia’s rodeo royalty, McGee’s uncle is one of the only cowboys to ever ride the notorious rodeo bull, “Chainsaw” for the full 8 seconds.

Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “It’s an absolute honour to have Victoria join our line-up of extreme talent to play such a poignant role of singing our National Anthem on behalf of all of us who owe our lives to the researchers, surgeons, nurses, medical staff and above all, our generous donors. 

“We owe this talented young woman a sincere debt of gratitude for getting behind Rodeo 4 Life and together we’ll help save the lives of others in need of a transplant with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of lives that can be saved each year.

“The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said.

Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes Victoria McGee, John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money!

Rodeo 4 Life will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell – both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying!

For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or 

Heart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life

‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ – The Definitive Third Wave Skacumentary







Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

90s Music Documentary

PopMotion Pictures’ critically-acclaimed third wave ska documentary ‘Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s‘, directed by Taylor Morden, has been a fan favorite on the festival circuit and now the film is coming to DVD & Blu-Ray on November 18!

The film will also be available for purchase digitally soon via Vimeo and Amazon.

Vimeo pre-orders have launched at: .

The feature-length documentary explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990’s, and tells the story of 90’s ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.

A “love letter” to third-wave ska, the film delves deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British “two-tone” in the 80s, into an entirely new global sensation in the 90’s, when it became wildly popular for an all too brief moment in music history; From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let’s Go Bowling and Skankin’ Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.

‘Pick It Up’ is narrated by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and features commentary from the likes of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!



Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Tour (1/18-2/1)

JAN 18 Twilight Cafe and Bar- Portland, OR

JAN 19 924 Gilman- Berkeley, CA

JAN 20 Holy Diver- Sa2cramento, CA

JAN 21 Thee Parkside- San Francisco, CA

JAN 22 Fulton 55- Fresno, CA

JAN 23 The Siren- Morro Bay, CA

JAN 24 Chain Reaction- Anaheim, CA

JAN 25 Pub Rock Live- Scottsdale, AZ

JAN 30 The Bluebird Theater- Denver, CO

FEB 1 Backstage Bar & Billiards- Las Vegas, NV

‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ – The Definitive Third Wave Skacumentary


Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital







Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

Music News Website

Melbourne-founded  Allegro Live, the startup behind  Australia’s largest musician marketplace that wants to make it easy to book a musician or band for your event, has closed a seed funding round led by Uluwatu Capital.

The funding will be used to expand its team and begin paid marketing in a bid to increase the demand side of its marketplace given that the marketplace already has thousands of musicians registered.

Led by Heather Clarke, Allegro Live was born to provide the fastest, most transparent way to find and book great musicians for weddings and other events – corporate, private and public. It is another example of a company that disrupts the traditional agency model, where agents typically add margins of 100% + on top of the fees that musicians are paid.

Heather Clarke, CEO and co-founder of Allegro Live, said “Finding musicians for an event can be daunting, unless you’re prepared to pay huge booking agency fees and deal with reams of contracts, invoices and old-school payments. Finding musicians yourself can take weeks. Once you’ve finally found the right musicians, the phone calls and text messages begin, along with organising the logistics of the venue, deposit payments . . . And what if the musicians don’t show up?

“I founded Allegro Live to demystify the process of hiring bands, musicians, singers and DJs, allowing event hosts to find musicians that match their requirements quickly and for a fraction of the price of booking agencies.”

James Cotton, Founding Partner of Uluwatu Capital, said: “In addition to making it easier to book musicians and bands, Allegro Live will have a huge impact on musicians who are tired of being ripped off by traditional agents. The marketplace aims to improve pay and conditions for the musicians themselves by cutting out (and replacing) the traditional agencies who often don’t have the musicians’ best interests at heart, thus bringing transparency to an industry that desperately needs it”.

Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital








Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rock Band

American bass player Steve Di Giorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH) and Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (SALAZH TRIO, OBSCURA, PESTILENCE), globally renown for their fretless signature playing, team up to work on a brand new world-fusion-metal group named QUADVIUM. Furthermore, talented Dutch fusion-metal drummer Yuma van Eekelen (OUR OCEANS, EXIVIOUS, PESTILENCE) joins the group as permanent member.

‘About ten years ago we already had the idea in mind to form a group together. Using two fretless basses in one production is a different concept, we often discussed it in the past. Further completion of the line-up is in progress. Soon we start writing, collecting ideas for a debut and expect to announce a fourth member on short notice’, add Steve and Jeroen

In addition, TESTAMENT will release their upcoming album in 2020. Also OUR OCEANS who just finished studio recordings expect to release their second album that same year. SALAZH TRIO released their debut album ‘Circulations’ in 2017 and postponed the recordings for a second album.

QUADVIUM line-up (in progress):

Steve Di Giorgio – bass
Jeroen Paul Thesseling – bass
Yuma van Eekelen – drums

The fretless guru, STEVE DI GIORGIO doesn’t need any longer introductions, as he is widely renowned as a pioneer on the fretless bass in heavy metal music, being the bassist of TESTAMENT, DEATH and SADUS, among others. Within his genre, STEVE DI GIORGIO is respected for his playing skills, versatility and incredible technique. He has more than 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.

STEVE DI GIORGIO is available for studio sessions as well as session bassist for tours.

Fretless Bassists Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling Build New Group QUADVIUM

BriGuel Releases Inspiring New Song | The Difference

 BriGuel Releases Inspiring New Song | The Difference
Indie DuoBriGuel  recently dropped their latest effort, an inspiring song entitled “The Difference.” Despite its name, the song is about unity, love, self-love, awareness and mindfulness, and is aimed at bringing hope and strength to all the underprivileged children from around the world.

The project was born from the collaboration between the Holistic Life Foundation and BriGuel, and the HLF’s founder Andres Gonzales makes a remarkable guest appearance on the track. A sophisticated mix of rap, pop, and electronic music, “The Difference” is an extremely catchy song set to take the music scene by storm this month.







BriGuel Releases Inspiring New Song | The Difference








Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rebirth Album

Neo-classical/Ambient/New Age composer Juan Sánchez makes dream-like inspirational music. Sánchez’s atmospheric melodies evoke the deepest feelings of the heart. Many listeners even go as far as to say his music has given them a new perspective on life. Now Juan Sánchez has launched a brand new website, where his stunning new album ‘Rebirth’ can be downloaded.


By simply entering an e-mail address, listeners will receive a link to a free download of ‘Rebirth.’ The album is already a hit with critics, with Stereo Stickman calling it “Stunning, a genuinely mighty and special collection of original compositions,” and The Ark Of Music praising it as “etheric and beautiful”. Led be Juan Sánchez’s emotive and passionate piano playing, the album’s nine tracks are deeply moving. Soaring string melodies intertwine with aching arpeggios to transport the listener away from the mundane and into the sublime.

“People often ask me why I chose the name “Rebirth” for my first album,” Juan Sánchez explains. “My goal is to completely overcome my limiting self beliefs. I feel that in some way I am becoming a new person. I have been reborn.”

‘Rebirth’ is available everywhere now.


For more information about Juan Sánchez and to download his ‘Rebirth’ album for free, visit his new website:

Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

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The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour







The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rock Band The Carbons

Hailing from Canada, rock trio The Carbons deliver their newest single “Comforts That Kill” ahead of some special Australian tour dates which can give fans a long awaited taste of the Canadians special blend down under. Officially showcasing at Australian Music Week in Cronulla, they’re playing shows in Sydney and Brisbane to round out their trip!


“Whether it’s alcohol or narcotics, substance addiction affects millions of people around the world. Much like the effects of the substances, Comforts That Kill uncovers the topic of addiction in a multi-climactic, clean AND distorted rock ride.” The Carbons on “Comforts That Kill”


Forged in Western Canada, The Carbons are a rock trio known for their multi-climactic live shows, deep powerful vocals and huge groovy drums. Their debut LP August Ash is a 10-song groove rock ride that explores the shallower waters of young adulthood and progressively dives into deeper human challenges like mental health and temptation. With songs such as “Jerry, Can I Dance with Your Sister?”, “All I Need”, and “Stuck in Your Head”, the trio delivers melodies that grab you by the earlobes and lyrics that tickle your soul. Their latest single Black Mirror is a continuation of the dive. Fun and entertaining at first glance, the song uncovers the common fear that our best years may be behind us.


Off-stage, The Carbons can be found shredding some gnar, ripping through waves, and revving motorcycles through the Canadian Rockies. They often end the day with a craft beer in hand, a movie quote battle and depending on the number of beers, a lengthy conversation about all the world’s problems. Their environment fuels them with inspiration and they are currently preparing the next album. 

Thursday 7th November | Footstomp Party  | Cronulla, NSW
Friday 8th November | Australian Music Week Showcase | Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 9th November | Frankies Pizza | Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th November | Triffid Beergarden (SOLO) | Brisbane, QLD

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event – in Conjunction with its Fourth Birthday







Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event

Giveaways from Music Talks

Based in Sydney, Australia, Music Talks is a music website that began in 2015 as a place for independent Australian artists to showcase their talents. Four years have passed since and Music Talks has grown by leaps and bounds, functioning as an information hub for artists, fans, musicians, labels and those in the independent music business. An overwhelming response from the overseas community, artists and indie labels quickly expanded Music Talks on a global scale within the first year, in 2016. And, Music Talks is celebrating their fourth birthday, marking it with a massive giveaway  spanning four weeks of November 2019, its birthday month, with giveaways  worth more than $1,000 USD. ($2,000 AUD)


Music Talks regards their supporters and participants as a family and the site is using social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to allow the participants to win peachy-keen prizes that include Music Talks’ special backpacks, caps, video animation, artist directory listings and full 35 video  online singing lessons courses. By checking in regularly, Music Talks’ followers can update themselves on what’s new and win the cool and exclusive prizes. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the Music Talks’ grand giveaways. Access for participants has begun at 10am Australian eastern standard time (AEST) on Sunday 27th, (11pm UTC, Saturday 26th).

Music Talks’ Founder, Tracey Arbon expresses her delight of seeing Music Talks’ robust growth,

“Music Talks has exceeded my initial idea and plan by developing into something that is not only helping independent artists but creating awareness of what indie music is to the general music listeners who are receptive to all kinds of music from all kinds of artists. We still have a long way to go to spread the word about indie music and how incredible it has become, not only in the quality of sound but songwriting abilities from independent musicians. This is the biggest giveaway to date endeavoured with the hope people and artists will share and spread the word and get it out to the music listeners. It’s truly a joint effort from both artists, blogs, and radio to grab the attention of the average music listener.”

Besides the funky Music Talks’ backpacks and caps giveaways, what Tracey Arbon is really looking to push, is the full online singing course  that will act as a valuable learning curve for indie singers  who are looking to polish their professional singing abilities. As for artist branding and social media, Music Talks personalised video animation giveaways would help enhance and promote brands and names on the cyberspace connected community. As for Artist Directory listing, that includes tracks for the Music Talks’ Radio Portal  enabling radio to download tracks to their own shows in a straightforward manner, with minimum hassle.

The whole giveaway event is designed to delight winners with Music Talks’ merchandise as well as help indie artists consolidate their talents and for radio to have easy access to independent artistsvmelodic stuff. Indeed, there’s no better way for Music Talks to celebrate its fourth anniversary.



Tracey Arbon Website:

Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event

Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound







Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound

Australian Indian SingerA recent collaboration between Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and singer-songwriter Mahmood Khan represents Australia’s continuous growth as the World’s most culturally diversified country.

His new single ‘One line down’ is airing across Australia on community and commercial radio stations.

This overwhelming response has prompted a national radio tour. Mahmood will become first Pakistan born singer-songwriter to tour the Australian radio circuit which began October 7th, 2019.


Stations supporting this new genre are:

Tribe FM –South Australia
5 Triple Z – S.A
Coast FM – S.A
Inner FM –VIC
Yarra Valley FM –VIC
Radio Alex (Goolwa) – S.A
Goldfields FM – VIC
Plenty Valley FM –VIC
Donnybrooke FM –WA
2 Oceans FM –WA
Tank FM – NSW
Happy FM –S.A
Eastern FM –VIC

Australia’s rich and deep music history from Indigenous folklores, rhythms, and chants to the modern storytellers like Paul Kelly has been inspiring souls across the globe for many generations.

In 2009 Mahmood Khan’s single Like the River went to number one on the Aria pop charts. Like the River was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House and has undoubtedly influenced a change in the Australian music industry. Once considered a hard industry to crack it became a hotbed for fostering diverse international singer-songwriters.

But is the industry set up for migrant artists? There isn’t really a single artist with a (Subcontinental) South Asian or Asian continent background who commands a respectful audience in Australia. There are no labels, promoters or managers to support and develop the special needs of such artists.
Under these extreme conditions, defying all odds there are artists bubbling along who keep releasing music and adding to the ever-evolving Australian sound.


“Vastness inspires thoughts and for a songwriter, it purely means creative juice”.

‘Here in Australia, there is plenty of that. And it is serene and as I get to explore more, I can see my expansion as a writer. My expression has diversified. And as this brings me more peace within I write more effortlessly. It is a cycle, continuous evolution’, said Mahmood Khan.

‘Yes, it is tough for a migrant Artists to create a new audience but it is difficult no matter where you are. Important thing is to stay focused and keep creating your work. I have received tremendous support from Australian Community radio networks and some Industry folks have been very kind as well. Through the ‘Jagamarra’ song project, I was able to make some amazing friends in the Aboriginal world. I would not have experienced this incredible culture if I had not come to Australia. I think it is my greatest find and what to place to develop your craft’, he added.

Mahmood’s new single ‘One Line Down’, which features some of the Latin Music Industry’s greatest musicians, is out now exclusively on 






Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound

Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Elite Bull Riding Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!







Elite Bull Riding Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!Rodeo 4 Life Banner

Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives!

18th Annual dependent Music Awar

In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits.


Australian Country SingerRodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money!

Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) – all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold!

Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said,

“We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.”

While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI).

Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!”

“We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.”

Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI.


Bull Riding

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians.


Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved.

“Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment – they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said.

“By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said.

Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said,

“It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.”

Book now at Ticketmaster  or


Rodeo 4 Life Website:

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Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Ziggy Marley, Coolio, CeCe Peniston Join 18th Annual Independent Music Awards







Ziggy Marley, Coolio, CeCe Peniston Join 18th Annual Independent Music Awards Judging Panel

Independent Music Awards Logo

The year’s best music projects from around the globe to be announced June 2020 at annual IMA show in New York City

The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) the influential platform for self-released and indie label projects, today announced that Ziggy Marley, G. Love (G. Love & Special Sauce), Dee Snider, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Walk the Moon, Jaci Velasquez, CeCe Peniston and Coolio have been added to the 18th annual IMA judging panel, currently accepting submissions at www.INDEPENDENTMUSICAWARDS.COM

They join Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Joe Satriani, Boyce Avenue, Robert Smith,  KT Tunstall  Bob Boilen (NPR Tiny Desk Concerts), Alan Light (Sirius XM), Michael Dorf (City Winery) and dozens of other industry icons and influencers tasked with selecting the year’s best music, video and design projects submitted for IMA award consideration. 

In addition to judge-selected projects in all award categories, fans select  the Vox Pop honorees in each Song and Music Video category; and earn points by promoting IMA artists to their social networks. Details, and a complete list of past and current judges is available at The IMA site. 

The most diverse awards on the planet, The IMAs recognize a broad range of established and emerging creatives worldwide in more than 150 Album, EP, Song, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories.  

Winners will be announced June 2020 during the annual IMA award show and Indie Konference in New York City. 


The Independent Music Awards honor the year’s best indie projects – in all styles and mediums. IMA recognition is a badge of honor that generates more interest from music consumers, programmers, press, talent buyers and other influencers worldwide. 

Independent musicians, producers, visual artists and record labels from 95 countries on 6 continents enter new work for award consideration. Masta Ace, Marco Polo, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Melissa Auf der Maur, Air Traffic Controller, Juliana Hatfield, JD McPherson, Valerie June, Lacuna Coil, Macy Gray, Pokey LaFarge, John McEuen, The Motels, The Mud Howlers,  Esprit D’Air, Miss Tara, Nik West, Yemi Alade, Dollyrots, fun., RuPaul, Passenger, The Trews, Bright Eyes and Flying Lotus are among the extraordinary artists who have sought and earned IMA honors.

In addition to award recognition, winning tracks are promoted globally on branded streaming playlists and enjoy a targeted 12 week radio promotion campaign among other performance, promotion and distribution opportunities for winners, nominees and entrants.

New Album, EP, Song, Producer,  Music Video, Photography, Merch and Design projects can be submitted for review through December 12, 2019. Details available at www.INDEPENDENTMUSICAWARDS.COM

Ziggy Marley, Coolio, CeCe Peniston Join 18th Annual Independent Music Awards

Canadian Musician Ed Roman Supports Dyslexia



Canadian musician Ed Roman has been a champion for many causes over the years. He has helped deliver humanitarian aid and teach music to children in Jamaica. He has helped raise funds for veterans through the Heart Songs for Veterans organization. Ed has brought awareness to global environmental and sociopolitical issues through his music and press interviews. Now, Ed is raising funds and awareness for a cause that is near and dear to his heart…dyslexia.

You see, Ed Roman is dyslexic. Dyslexia is something that he refers to as “The Gift.”

With the EXCLUSIVE Amazon Prime Video release of his award-winning animated music video for “Red Omen,” Ed is partnering with The Whole Dyslexic Society (WDS). Ed will donate a portion of the Amazon Prime Video sales and rentals of the music video to WDS.

“I know with everybody’s help, love and support this can all be something extraordinary,” said Ed. “There has been a tremendous amount of effort that has gone into this project, and I am excited to have it evolving the way it is…A bigger than me kind of thing.”

The Whole Dyslexic Society’s mission is to offer coordinated and central approach to addressing the needs of the dyslexic individual, their families and their community, while ensuring a safe place for accelerated learning, healing, education, social interaction, and support of individual growth and development. Your contribution will go towards our bursary objective, ensuring that anyone with the ‘gift of dyslexia’ will be able to take a program to fit their needs, no matter their financial status. 

“Red Omen” was directed by Ed and Nelson Diaz with There Be Dragons Creative Media (Kung Fu Panda 2, Sponge Bob). The animated music video has won Official Selection status, Semi-Finalist, Finalist and Winner awards at film festivals around the globe, including the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, Lift Off Amsterdam, Cult Critic Film Awards, Twister Alley Film Festival, Jersey Shore Film Festival and many others. The track itself reached the iTunes Canada Pop Songs chart Top 20.

ABOUT ED ROMAN: Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist.

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This Is Why Indie Artists Find The Music Biz Hard To Trust

This Is Why Indie Artists Find The Music Biz Hard To Trust

Indie Band

Noctoruma duo comprised of guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper (The Church, All About Eve, The Saints, Anekdoten) and producer Dare Mason , have announced  ‘The Afterdeath’ EP, which is being released in the wake of PledgeMusic’s collapse. The platform was allegedly supporting the release of Noctorum’s fourth album  ‘The Afterlife’.

Both releases have been made possible by Schoolkids Records, who, together with Mason and Willson-Piper, have had to shoulder most of the costs of the album’s recording, production, mixing, mastering, artwork, manufacturing and mailing to every single person who had ordered ‘The Afterlife’ album via PledgeMusic in order to honour supporters’ pledges, despite the fact that such monies were never received by the artist. Considering that this artist charted simultaneously in several Billboard charts for sales during its first week should give you an indication of just how many orders needed to be fulfilled.

A  GoFundMe campaign  has now been set up to attempt to recover the funds lost. But nobody is asking for a handout. In exchange for their support, Noctorum and Schoolkids Records are offering pledgers ‘The Afterdeath’ EP, a digital four-track release that includes two unreleased tracks from ‘The Afterlife’ album sessions and two cover versions – one originally recorded by The Sound and the other by Buffalo Springfield. In addition to receiving these tracks, pledgers can make their own CD by downloading credits and lyrics in a booklet, along with the cover art – the fossil of a mermaid (created by Olivia Willson-Piper and Andy Jossi), which is also available as a poster.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing for over 35 years. Best known as a member of The Church (from its inception through to 2013), he also was a member of All About Eve and The Saints, and has co-written music with Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Jules Shear, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry, among others. Today he is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten since 2015. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has also maintained a steady solo output, with nine releases to date.

Dare Mason was a house engineer at London’s Townhouse Studios, working with Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. Since becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placebo and AC Acoustics, and has mixed Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama and Tommy Tokyo via his VIP Lounge studio.

Go here  to view a fact-filled video and text on the GoFundMe page or here for a more philosophical viewpoint on Noctorum’s own website. Also find ‘The Afterlife’ in all formats via Schoolkids Records  or streaming via Spotify .

1. Dancing with Death
2. The Mermaid
3. I Can’t Escape Myself
4. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing


Read the artist’s and label’s joint statement below:

It seemed like such a great idea and for a while it was, but at some point the pigs started walking on their hind legs.

Using Animal Farm as a metaphor for the collapse of PledgeMusic might not be a perfect way to explain what happened for countless reasons, notwithstanding the perfect allegory that the book already is, but there are parallels – that is, if you unfussily consider the farm to be the big bad music biz and the musicians to be the exploited animals. And as many execs might have been musicians before, I naively thought that we were all in this together and that Pledge and the artists were from the same stock and we were going to take over the farm and run it in a way that encouraged the arts for the arts’ own sake. Ok, so the connection is precarious on lots of levels, sorry, and of course not everyone is exploited (although some have been called animals) and not all mistreat their wards but in the case of this one organization with its vision of the future, the expectation, then the disappointment of PledgeMusic’s collapse, is crushing. It certainly revitalized the idea that we are not in control. Finally, we had a system that worked for musicians and fans until the system failed seemingly to greed (back to square one). The disillusionment and failure of this revolution was disconcerting.

Such disappointments have become known as ‘first world problems’ but still, this collapse is hard to take. It may in fact have been almost impossible to destroy something so perfect, but give humans power, give them money and watch them destroy themselves and everything around them, somehow forgetting the actual people that put them in their position and in this case they didn’t have to do much, just supplying the platform then sitting back and watching the money roll in. How could you complicate such a simple idea? You were a trust, a philanthropic society, a bridge between lovers of music, a connection between the creators and the appreciators. There are of course other platforms that seem to work and we need to trust them for next time, otherwise the bad guys have won.

In the world of Noctorum, a labour of love that places me and my oldest friend in a studio for months, exploring the puzzle of songs, just the idea that out there someone that I’ve never met would be prepared to not only support and invest in our musical project but in the event of it all falling apart, would contribute again to its recovery, is both heartening and unexpected.

The actual story of what happened with video and text can be found at the link above which leads to a GoFundMe campaign that attempts to get us back on track financially without compromising our music but also by delivering something worthy of donation. Namely a digital EP consisting of a download of two unreleased tracks from The Afterlife album sessions and two cover versions, one from cult innovators The Sound and the other from the beginnings of future major musical heroes in an early disguise as Buffalo Springfield. Add to this a conceptual drawing of a mermaid’s skeleton, photoshopped into an imagined fossil as cover art, a booklet with lyrics and credits and the possibility to download the cover as a poster, then you have – The Afterdeath EP.

Making music without costs is almost impossible but with good people sacrificing their time and resources, generosity and effort and with the emergence of the internet we can do it. This of course means we cannot in this case hold the physical in our hands despite our desire to do so. The idea of the tactile might be a thing of the past for some but we are not marrying holograms yet. The Afterlife was released on vinyl and CD, there were illustrated handwritten lyrics from songs past (not quite on parchment, written with a quill). There were internet concerts and live appearances at the end of people’s beds if they wished although they mainly occurred in the living room. There were magnets and autographs, older records resurrected and signed and all this to finance what would be Noctorum’s fourth album.

Not receiving all the money donated due to PledgeMusic’s demise led to us making a big decision – cancel the project in full swing or see it through? We decided the latter, finishing the album, mastering it and with our dedicated label’s support manufacturing it and posting it out to all the pledgers, honouring the support and good faith whilst putting ourselves into debt. One might take this moment to say that at least we had the opportunity to do this to ourselves. A lot of artists couldn’t even finish their project and certainly couldn’t afford to mail out the result because the money simply wasn’t there to do so. So we consider ourselves lucky.

We are well into our GoFundMe campaign and we have raised a portion of the money we lost. In return we offer more of our music, more of our ideas as we gratefully continue the uncertain arc of creative pursuit as we resist George Orwell’s dystopian future of doom.

Thank you!

Marty, Dare, Olivia and Stephen

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“The Last Scene”

A Documentary About Punk and Emo at the Dawn of a New Millennium







A Documentary About Punk and Emo at the Dawn of a New Millennium


Kickstarter Project

LA-based director Kyle Kilday has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his still-in-production documentary film “The Last Scene” which examines the musical and cultural roots of the various underground DIY music scenes popping up around the country at the start of the new Millennium.

To view the trailer and back “The Last Scene” Kickstarter campaign, please visit:

“The Last Scene” will be the FIRST comprehensive chronicle of what many believe is the LAST underground, DIY music scene. One forged in VFW halls and community recreation centers across the United States in the Late 1990’s/Early 2000’s. It’s the story of the hardcore, punk and emo kids who gave us the last new thing in rock music, during an era of change for the music industry and youth culture at large.

The film will feature interviews and perspectives from many of the key figures of the scene, including:

Travis Shettel (Piebald)
Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche)
Peter Munters (Over It/Runner Runner)
Shane Told (Silverstein/Lead Singer Syndrome Podcast)
Mark Rose (Spitalfield/Mark Rose/
Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday/The Color Fred)
Chris Conley (Saves The Day)
Amy Fleisher Madden (Fiddler Records)
Ben Jorgensen (Armor For Sleep)
John Tran (Home Grown)
Chris No. 2 (Anti-Flag)
JT Woodruff (Hawthorne Heights)
Geoff Rickly (Thursday)
and many more to be announced soon.

Kilday says,

“My first exposure to this underground punk scene came when I went to college in Boston. I remember everything about the first show I went to. The small space, the acoustic ceiling tiles, the barely-raised stage; the guitarist hitting the opening chord and sending a shockwave through the room. Kids all around me started to jump and sway into one another, like kernels inside of a microwave popcorn bag. They moved in waves towards the stage, singing along, extending their fists and shaking them in unison. There was pushing and shoving, but when the song ended everyone smiled and hugged one another. Zero pretense, near zero production value. Just electricity, instruments and you. Exactly what playing music for other people is supposed to be. We were all peers and it was something built for (and by) us all.”

The inspiration for the film came after he moved to LA. He explains,

“After college, I moved to Los Angeles and started working in reality/doc TV. I continued going to shows with the friend who took me to that very first punk show and still goes to shows with me today. Going to these bands’ album anniversary tours and feeling the general sense you get when you enter that “20 years since” realm, I started thinking more retrospectively about this era of music and why it’s meant SO MUCH to me (and I know to millions of other people, too!)”

Documentary Cast




Makeout Announce New Members: Kyle Dee (The Frantic, American Idol) and AJ Khah (Sleep On It)







Makeout Announce New Members: Kyle Dee (The Frantic, American Idol) and AJ Khah (Sleep On It)


Pop Punk Band

Pop-punk phenoms  Makeout , who took the music world by storm on the heels of their debut album, The Good Life, have ended the search for their new lead singer. Kyle Dee, formerly a Season 11 American Idol contestant, and lead singer of Chicago mainstays, The Frantic, will take charge of lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Also joining the band is bassist AJ Khah, who was previously a member of fellow pop-punk favorites, Sleep On It. Both members bring a wealth of experience to the band alongside Tyler Young (Lead Guitar) and Scott Eckel (Drums).

Earlier this year, former lead singer Sam Boxold shocked fans when he abruptly announced his plans to leave the band and focus on other endeavors. Immediately after, the band began an extensive worldwide search for a new frontman. Makeout utilized their social media channels and engaged with fans and potential candidates alike, to help find a replacement for the vacant position. The band received more than 500 submissions for the job. Over 30,000 fans voted, and Kyle was one of three finalists that received the most votes. After several interviews and rehearsals, the band unanimously agreed that Kyle was the perfect fit for the next chapter in the band’s career.

Kyle says, “I’ve been a huge fan of Makeout since the beginning, so for me, to get to step in and continue building on such a solid foundation is an amazing opportunity. I realize that I have some big shoes to fill but I’m up for the challenge and feel so grateful to be a part of the next chapter in Makeout’s story.”

“We are so pumped to officially have Kyle on board. We knew that when Sam left, the bar had been set pretty high. Kyle’s talent as a vocalist, writer, and guitar player has added so many new and improved dynamics to the band,” says Young. “From the moment we stepped into rehearsals with Kyle and AJ, it all just clicked and felt like we had been playing together for years.”

The members of Makeout talk with Alternative Press about the new lineup here:

After building a local buzz, in 2014 the band ended up performing on the Massachusetts date of the Warped Tour and becoming a finalist in a Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands judged by none other than iconic GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer John Feldmann [blink-182, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens], who eventually signed them to a production deal. Makeout recorded their debut effort at Feldmann’s home studio in 2016 between dates supporting longtime heroes blink-182. Throughout this whirlwind, they collaborated with the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood as well as legendary skinsman Travis Barker on what would become their 2017 Rise Records debut LP, The Good Life.

Accolades followed with more than 10 million streams to date, and Rock Sound labeling them “one of pop-punk’s hottest new properties,” and New Noise calling the album, “…a perfect blend of powerhouse power chord choruses and delicately picked, suspension building bridges.”

Makeout has already begun working on new material and plan to release a new single before the end of the year. They’ll also be playing a few select headline shows (see dates below) before they begin work on their sophomore full length follow up in 2020.

Additionally, the members of Makeout have decided to retire their song “Secrets”. Guitarist Tyler Young comments, “None of the current members of the band had anything to do with the writing or the decision to release the song, and we feel that it no longer represents who we are or what we stand for.”

New frontman, Kyle Dee, explained, “When we all initially got together, we looked back at the band’s past and asked ourselves, ‘who do we want to be moving forward?’”

The answer was simple. The foursome agreed that moving forward, they wanted to be a band that is transparent and conscious of issues that affect others.

“Our love for our fans and this scene as a whole has only grown through this transition period. We sincerely want to make a difference and we feel the best way to show that is by starting fresh and eliminating any past material that has hurt others or been a source of conflict,” says AJ. “We are just thrilled to get back to what made this band, and that’s undeniable music that can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Upcoming shows:

12/12 – Reggie’s Chicago, IL

12/14 – Alchemy Providence, RI

Tickets on sale Friday

Visit or follow @makeoutofficial on Twitter and Instagram to stay connected with the band.

Scottish EDM Producer Readies 4th Quarter Releases With AWAL







Scottish EDM Producer Readies 4th Quarter Releases With AWAL


EDM Producer

Chris Burke is a 24 year old electronic dance music producer from Aberdeen, Scotland.

Having produced pop, rock and country music in his late teens and early twenties, Burke decided to delve into the electronic dance music world on his 24th birthday. Writing his first 2 singles “Dreamers” and “Space and Time” within the first 3 days of producing.

Burke’s approach to music production is influenced by artists such as Avicii, Martin Garrix and fellow-Scotsman Calvin Harris. Collaborating with experienced session vocalists remotely to deliver catchy, radio-friendly anthems. In addition to fully producing and programming his tracks, Burke also handles the mixing and mastering – skills he obtained whilst working at his local recording studio as a teenager.

The fifth single of Chris Burke’s dance music career titled “Same Thing” was supported by world renowned Dutch DJ and record producer, Tiësto, when he featured it on his weekly radio show, Club Life. Burke commented on the feature, saying: “it’s an honor to have my song be put in spotlight by a music legend. I’ve enjoyed Tiësto’s work since I was about 8 years old so it’s pretty surreal to have my song played on his show.”

An educated mechanical engineer and the founder of a multi-million dollar recruitment agency, Burke hopes to utilize his business expertize in the music world. Having amassed over 3m followers on various Instagram pages (including @elonmusk, an account given to him by his 2nd cousin – South African entrepreneur, Elon Musk). Burke is exercising his social networking skills to build a fan-base of his own online.

Producing for up to 14 hours per day, the ever-creative Chris Burke has 12 singles completed and scheduled for release via exclusive distributor, AWAL, in the last quarter of 2019. Burke will be taking his productions from the studio to the club in 2020 with a 3 month long European summer tour currently being planned.

The future is looking bright for Chris Burke in the world of electronic dance music.

Rory Felton Launches Feltone with Global Distribution Through The Orchard







Rory Felton Launches Feltone with Global Distribution Through The Orchard


Rory Felton

Veteran music executive Rory Felton launches artist management and record company, Feltone, with a newly inked global distribution deal with The Orchard. Feltone is a self-described ‘post-modern’ music company born from a philosophy of partnering with incredible artists through flexible deal structures. By providing full record label, digital distribution, and artist management services, Feltone can advance artists’ careers in multiples areas at any stage.

“Now is the greatest time in human history to be an artist. There are more tools and resources available to new artists than ever before. With a click of a button, an artist can distribute their music to billions of people. With today’s Fan Relationship Management tools, I don’t know if everyone quite grasps the magnitude of the growth-hacking opportunity.”

Previously, Rory was the co-founder of The Militia Group record label that captured the essence of 2000s indie and punk scenes with artists such as Rufio, Copeland, Juliette & The Licks (featuring Juliette Lewis), The Appleseed Cast, and had at least one RIAA certified Gold Record with Cartel’s ‘Honestly.’ Rory was named a Top 30 under 30 Executive by Billboard Magazine and went on to lead innovative digital marketing and commerce campaigns for major labels, music festivals, artists and brands such as Green Day / Warner Records, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Oreo, Marriott, and more.

On inking a new distribution agreement with The Orchard, Rory commented: “Getting to work with world-class talent like Alan Becker, Nathan Day, Mathew Reiffe, and Stephanie Demar is a dream. Alan quarterbacked the Militia Group deal with RED back in the day, so it feels like coming back home,” shared Rory.

L-R: Alan Becker, Stephanie Demar, Rory Felton, Nathan Day

“Seeing the same drive in Rory when he brought the new Feltone label to life for us was inspiring. The label’s music cannot be contained by genre or border which will be an excellent fit for The Orchard’s global reach and capabilities” – Alan Becker, SVP Product Development at The Orchard

Nathan Day, The Orchard’s Manager of Content Acquisition added “It’s exciting to be a part of Rory’s vision for Feltone. The Orchard shares his goal of empowering artists with modern resources for the streaming era to foster growth and creativity.”

Feltone’s inaugural roster includes Los Angeles based alt-rapper, Jack Bruno, who’s toured this past year with Juice Wrld, SmokePurrp, Lil Pump, and 6ix9ine; Utah’s indie-pop darlings The National Parks, who’ve racked up over 50 million streams; bedroom pop stalwart, Black Pool; European festival favorite and Mothership publishing artist, WARGIRL; Soundcloud rap scene breakout, Surf, and Atlanta rap power couple Kori & Chyna, who’ve built up over 800,000 Instagram followers.

Through Feltone, Rory also invests in and advises innovative tech and music startups.










Goose Island’s ‘Riot Fest Sucks’ Pale Ale

Available Exclusively at Riot Fest


Sit back, relax, crack open a cold one and plan out your Riot Fest weekend! Riot Fest has unveiled its daily schedules alongside a new beer courtesy of Goose Island Brewing: Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale. This tasty beverage features a never-before-seen label design that pulls out to show each day’s hourly schedule, filled with each band’s respective set time and stage assignment.

Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale is a light amber-colored American Pale Ale that has a crisp, balanced hop aroma, citrus flavor, and notes of lightly toasted malt—a perfect beer for a mediocre festival! The beer will be available for sale in limited quantities at the festival.



Friday’s headliners Blink-182 (performing Enema of the State), The Flaming Lips (performing Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) and Jawbreaker will be joined by Rancid, Violent Femmes, Descendents and more; Saturday will be helmed by Slayer (playing their final Chicago & Milwaukee area show), Rise Against, and Bloc Party (performing Silent Alarm), joined by Wu-Tang Clan, Manchester Orchestra, The Story So Far and many more; Sunday‘s headliners include the recently reunited Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs (their first Chicago show in 11 years), Ween (performing The Mollusk), Patti Smith and her band, and Taking Back Sunday (performing Tell All Your Friends + Louder Now)—leading a slew of killer bands to close out the fest.

Like a lot of good music, Riot Fest began in a basement, when a rabid fan wanted to
connect his favorite bands with like-minded music lovers in Chicago. Fifteen years and
1,500+ bands later, Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park with a stacked array of bands to
score the festivities—featuring many friends of Riot Fest returning to pay tribute to the
festival and its loyal fans, alongside iconic and emerging artists who reflect the broad
musical tastes the festival is known for. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, the Replacements, the Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among other reunions—a staple feature of Riot Fest, alongside the full album performances, freak shows, carnival rides, and occasional butter sculptures.

Full Album Performances:
Against Me! – Reinventing Axl Rose + Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Avail – Over The James
Blink-182 – Enema of the State (20th Anniversary) 

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (15th Anniversary) 

Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute
The Selecter – Too Much Pressure
Senses Fail – From the Depths of Dreams + Let It Enfold
Taking Back SundayTell All Your Friends + Louder Now
Ween – The Mollusk







Gogol Bordello Newmer and MusicSnake Partner for Genre Bending Debut







Indie DuoSan Francisco-based producer, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Frea King, aka MusicSnake, has started a new hip venture. MusicSnake has teamed up with accordionist, Pasha Newmer, a former member of a gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello, to create a genre bending hip-hop-folk project. Their debut single, Elusive Light is available on all music platforms. The new single has already been featured on all Apple Music Global hip-hop charts.

The two musicians, who are both from Belarus and met in New York, have decided on simply calling their new project MusicSnake feat. Newmer. They say Elusive Light has folk and hip hop flavors, and tells a metaphorical tale about unattainable dreams. The track’s unusual sound also features unique female vocals throughout choruses.

The duo describes Elusive Light’s sound as “folk hop,” a non-standard fusion of the two genres because of the song’s mix of traditional instrument (the accordion) and hip-hop beats, similar to those in Lil Nas X‘s superhit, “Old Town Road.”

Elusive Light was recorded at Studio Circle Recordings, a studio based in San Mateo, California. Staff at Studio Circle have worked with Ed Sheeran, U2, Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, and others.

MusicSnake is known for his song “No One Loved Me” that was featured on several music charts in 2018. Pasha Newmer has also starred in the second season of Netflix’s dramedy Master of None, created by Aziz Ansari.