The Aquabats Celebrate 25 Years With TV Show Soundtrack & New Albums








Rock’s Awesomest Super Heroes The Aquabats Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Release of Television Show Soundtrack, New Studio Albums and a new Fall Tour w/ PPL MVR


In fall of 2018, thousands of Aquabats fans young and old stood up and proclaimed, “I am The Aquabats!,” by joining the band’s Kickstarter and raising over $690,000 – funding two new full-length studio albums and 12 web-exclusive episodes of their Emmy Award-winning kids’ show The Aquabats! Super Show!

Now the group carries that momentum in 2019 with their first release since 2011’s Hi-Five Soup! Released June 7th,The Aquabats! Super Show! Soundtrack Vol. 1 is a 27-track genre-defying, high-energy celebration of the wackiness that made Super Show! some of the most unique kids’ TV in the last decade. Fans of the show and The Aquabats’ music alike will love getting their hands on never-before-heard extended versions of tunes from the show, including “Burger Rain,” “Feel My Steel” and “The Dude Theme.”

2019 marks the band’s 25th year and promises to be one of their best yet. The year will round out with West and East Coast headlining tours in the fall to coincide with the release of their first fan-funded full-length studio album in October.

About The Aquabats
TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously. Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark blue rash guards, black eye masks, “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fiercely loyal following that spans generations. Their line-up and music is continuously evolving, including Blink 182’s Travis Barker as former drummer “Baron Von Tito.” To date, The Aquabats’ music library includes The Return of the Aquabats (1996), The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997), The Aquabats vs. The Floating Eye of Death (1999), Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000), Yo! Check Out This Ride! (EP, 2004) Charge!! (2005), Radio Down! (EP, 2010), Hi-Five Soup! (2011).

Current Aquabats are Christian Jacobs, “The MC Bat Commander” (lead singer), Chad Larson, “Crash McLarson” (bass, vocals), Ian Fowles, “EagleBones FalconHawk” (guitar), Richard Falomir, “Ricky Fitness” (drums), and James Briggs, “Jimmy the Robot” (keyboards, woodwinds, vocals).

About The Aquabats! Super Show!
In 2012, the band debuted The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action musical comedy television series which aired on the Hub Network. Known for its bizarre humor, callback style and celebrity guest appearances (“Weird Al” Yankovic, Tony Hawk, Mark Mothersbaugh, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rhys Darby, Jon Heder, Paul Scheer and more), the show received eight multiple Daytime EMMY nominations and one win. Super Show!’s run was cut short when The Hub closed in 2014, leaving fans consistently asking for a return.

11/6 Portland, OR The Wonder Ballroom
11/7 Seattle, WA The Showbox at the Market
11/8 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
11/9 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/11 Englewood, CO The Gothic Theater
11/12 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
11/16 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11/19 Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
11/20 Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
11/22 Ventura, CA Discovery Ventura
11/23 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom




VANS Presents: The Loyal To The Craft Tour featuring Josh Manuel of ISSUES








VANS Presents: The Loyal To The Craft Tour featuring Josh Manuel of ISSUES The Ultimate Drum Workshop FREE Drum Clinics–Event Open To The Public SEPTEMBER 6-14


VANS Presents: The Loyal To The Craft Tour featuring Josh Manuel of ISSUES!

Learn New Skills, Own Your Craft, Achieve Your Dreams, Launch Your Passion

SJC Drums will be hitting the road September 6 – 14th and will be hosting a drum workshop with Josh Manuel of ISSUES, including a Q&A, meet & greet, and much more!

Come hang out and get some FREE goodies and see some amazing local drummers and bands!

Shows are FREE & open to the public, simply RSVP @ now!

Come and enjoy a great night, and enter to win a VANS X SJC snare drum!

Check out a recap video of the previous SJC Custom Drums/Vans Loyal To The Craft Tour here:

VANS Presents: The Loyal To The Craft Tour

FRI SEPT 6 Middletown, NY @ Alto Music

SAT SEPT 7 Worcester, MA @ Railers Tavern *also feat. special guests

SUN SEPT 8 Croyden, PA @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing

MON SEPT 9 Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Drum & Percussion

TUE SEPT 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee * also feat. local School of Rock Bands

WED SEPT 11 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music-Diner *also feat. Pray For Sleep, The Lost Boys Collective and Northern Remains

THU SEPT 12 Detroit, MI @ The Underground @ Dime *also feat. Antighost, Forest Green, Gold Route

FRI SEPT 13 Chicago, IL @ 2744 W. Superior Street *also feat. local School of Rock Bands

SAT SEPT 14 Chicago IL @ Riot Fest *we’ll be hanging out with SJC Family!!



About SJC Custom Drums:

Whether you’re just starting out, hustling and playing local shows, or headlining arenas around the world, we take pride in treating all our drummers with the same exceptional service and will always go the extra mile.

We’ve had over 15 years experience building world-class custom drums across the world for thousands of artists just like you. We’ve collaborated with some amazing companies like VANS, Zildjian, D’Addario, Make A Wish, School of Rock, Balvenie, Jack Daniels, Vitamin Water, and our family includes world-famous drummers like Tré Cool of Green Day, Jay Weinberg of Slipknot, and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots.

See why they chose to join the SJC Drums family.

SJC Custom Drums was started as a hobby by the Ciprari brothers out of their Grandmother’s basement in the year 2000. What they started has become a shared passion for musicians across the world. The grassroots, do it yourself approach and morale of what the brother’s started many years ago is still alive and will continue to drive the companies’ values and mission every day.

SJC Custom Drums is more than the products they create – it’s about passion, culturing and nurturing a community, and pride.

About Vans:

Vans was founded in 1966 by Paul and James Van Doren, Serge Delia, and Gordon Lee. It has stood for authenticity in youth lifestyle, music and action sports since day one. Vans has one of the top action sports teams in the world including riders Geoff Rowley, Johnny Layton, Tony Alva, Tony Trujillo, Steve Caballero, John Cardiel, Omar Hassan, Christian Hosoi, Chris Pfanner, Andreas Wiig, Mark Landvik, Jamie Lynn, Eric Willett, Hana Beaman, Nathan Fletcher, Joel Tudor, Leila Hurst, Dane Reynolds, Dane Gudauskas, John Florence, Alex Knost, Ryan Guettler, Cory Nastazio, Scotty Cranmer, Ryan Villopoto, and many others. Vans also supports and promotes the action sports lifestyle through such events as Vans Triple Crown of Surfing™, Pro-Tec Pool Party, The Downtown Showdown and Vans Warped Tour™.


Artist Jason Cruz (Frontman of Strung Out) Fine Art Exhibition







Punk Rock & Paintbrushes

Celebrating Launch of Jason’s New Children’s Book ‘There are such things as in your dreams’ Inspired By His Daughter

Event To Also Feature Guest Artist Steve Caballero and Special Acoustic Performance By Punk Rock Legends Strung Out



Artist and frontman of legendary punk rock band Strung Out, Jason Cruz, will celebrate the launch of his new children’s book ‘There are such things as in your dreams’ with a fine art exhibition at Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA this October.

The FREE all-ages exhibition kicks off with an artist reception on Friday, October 25 at 6pm, presented by Art Crisis Management and Punk Rock & Paintbrushes. The evening will also feature works by guest artist Steve Caballero, as well as a special acoustic performance by Strung Out.

The exhibition is also open to the public on October 26 from 11am-5pm.

RSVP to the event here: 

Pre-orders for ‘There are such things as in your dreams’ will be available in the coming weeks via

Copro Nason Gallery

2525 Michigan Ave # T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404


About Jason Cruz: Musician and Artist

Jason Alexander Cruz is an artist, musician, father and motorcycle enthusiast. Trading an art scholarship for the open road Cruz began touring with his band Strung Out at an early age and never looked back. With over eleven full-length albums under his belt and 30 years of touring he still continues to write and perform with the same band he started over 30 years ago

As an artist, Cruz has shown his work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Tokyo. His inspirations include 80’s Venice skate culture, graffiti, Basquiat, Lee Bonticou, and the Pulp covers of Robert McGinnis.

Jason says, “I became fascinated with and started collecting children’s book before I ever thought of having kids. I loved the freedom of children’s books, the possibilities, and the rhythm. As an artist and musician, it seemed like an obvious choice to make my own. Once I became a father I began the process of creating this book.

‘There are such things as in your Dreams’ took two years to complete and will be my first book in a series of three children’s books. It’s basically a bedtime song with illustrations providing the music.”


About Steve Caballero:


ArtistSteve Caballero (born November 8, 1964, San Jose, California) is one of the most prominent skateboard legends in the world. Like many other artists who have been linked to the skateboarding culture, his legendary place in skateboard industry offers a historical commentary on life for his generation: a constant need to find goals and challenges, but always taking a serious path to get his work ethic done in a positive light. Steve derives a lot of imagery from cartoons, hotrod, motorcycle and pop culture – but he also combines and transcends these sources into something colorful, witty and pleasing to the eye. His daily sketches and ideas are the seedbed of his work from which all his other media generates.


About Punk Rock & Paintbrushes:

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is a niche & unique art management company as well as art show production brand with our show “PUNK ROCK & PAINTBRUSHES”. We manage talented artists across the globe who share the love of music and/or sports. We strive to bring the art to our buyers and fans of artist from all walks of life. Our art shows are produced across the earth to share our love of art with you. All artists bleed for their art and each individual we work with is a talented and positive individual we are proud to have as part of our Punk Rock & Paintbrushes family.

Video recap of 2018 Punk Rock & Paintbrushes show:


Punk Rock and Paint Brushes from EMILY NIELSEN on Vimeo.


Jodi Vaughan to perform Tamworth Country Music Festival for the first time








New Zealand Country star Jodi Vaughan will travel to Tamworth for the first time in January. Jodi is Australian born but carved her career out as a major recording artist in New Zealand in the 1980s. Despite being a multi award winning and nominated artist, with 4 solo top selling albums under her belt in New Zealand. (These can be found on spotify, Apple Music).  The only release to hit Australian shores was 1982 New Zealand Platinum album with Brendan Dugan ‘Fairweather Friends’ .

Brendan Dugan and Jodi Vaughan’s names together became synonymous as New Zealand’s Golden Duo of Country Music. At Tamworth Country Music Festival  2020 they will be ‘Together in Tamworth’ for the first time. Ticketed shows and other profiled appearances at Tamworth Country Music Festival  for the two New Zealand country legends ,both together and individually to be announced soon. 

Jodi will be bringing a tour group to Tamworth from New Zealand, giving a chance for New Zealand Country music fans to experience travelling with Jodi to Tamworth Country Music Festival 2020.

Limited places are available 

Non refundable deposit must be received by Friday 6 September, to secure your place on the tour. 

For more information on the tour package contact Kay Gregan
64 7 865 9568
027 337 6222 Poster

Save the date for the premier of KGUP PRESENTS!







The premier of KGUP PRESENTS the talk show on inDtv | Channel 140 on Universe Network is upon us! 


Save the date for August 27th for our first episode featuring The Controversy followed by interviews with Lee Brown, Moderns, Ariel Beesley, Ships Have Sailed and many more to come!


KGUP FM Emerge Radio has been supporting local artists since 2012 and is proud to launch its first televised talk show on it’s new home on Universe Network! We’ll be interviewing people from all over the realm of Entertainment and much much more! 


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Nigel Westlake’s emotionally charged work to be premiered and toured by the Australian String Quartet








Celebrated Australian composer Nigel Westlake’s new work Sacred Sky will be premiered by the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) in an evocative program alongside works by Charles Ives and Claude Debussy.

Commissioned by the ASQ* and written as an homage to the spirit of his late sister Kate, who passed away in early 2018, Westlake’s piece renders emotions related to life and loss in the special way that only music can truly accomplish.

“I have endeavoured to invoke Kate’s spirit, in the hope of imbuing the music with themes of beauty, energy, soulfulness, and transcendence. Inevitably the fingerprints of grief and sadness permeate the musical narrative at times.” Nigel Westlake

This will be Westlake’s third string quartet, and the first written for the ASQ. Among a myriad of concert hall compositions across his four-decade career, the highly praised and award-winning composer is also known for his film scores which include Ali’s Wedding, Paper Planes, Miss Potter, Babe, Babe II and IMAX films Antarctica, Imagine, Solarmax and The Edge.

“We are honoured that Nigel has written this work for us. Themes of life, love and loss, though experienced personally, are shared universally. Through our playing, we hope to bring justice to Nigel’s work, and to provide solace and musical companionship to all listeners, who may be on their own journey” Sharon Grigoryan, ASQ

Complementing Westlake’s work is Charles Ives’ vivid and ground-breaking String Quartet No 1 From the Salvation Army, and Claude Debussy’s monumental String Quartet op 10.

The Australian String Quartet performs Ives Westlake Debussy around Australia in September 2019.

Ives String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army
Nigel Westlake String Quartet no 3 Sacred Sky*
Debussy String Quartet op 10


Sydney Wed 4 September, City Recital Hall
Canberra Sun 8 September, Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia
Adelaide Mon 9 September, Adelaide Town Hall
Brisbane Tue 17 September, Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank
Perth Wed 18 September, Government House Ballroom
Melbourne Fri 20 September, Melbourne Recital Centre

*Commissioned by the Australian String Quartet with generous support from Carl Wood, and Don and Veronica Aldridge

Nigel Westlake – guest composer


For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, the Quartet’s purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.


From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. The Quartet’s distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the ASQ’s exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.


Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin

Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza

Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin

Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’ 

String Quartet


Home of the Australian String Quartet

116 Young Talents for the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition in September







After the pre-selection in the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, 116 young pianists and violinists from 16 countries and regions will enter the 3rd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians, an event organized by Huafa Group. In its first press conference held on August 8th, it was announced that this year’s competition will be held from September 10th to 22nd in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The 116 candidates will show the best of them in 3 groups for each instrument based on the age, and the grand winner will claim the highest award of USD 30,000.

The inaugural Zhuhai Mozart Competition was held in 2015 and followed by the successful second competition in 2017, with the full support from the Mozarteum University Salzburg, and the certification by the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Genova and the Alink-Argerich Foundation. The competition has connected the name of Mozart with the city of Zhuhai, and empowered the city with the charm of music and art.

Many of the winners from previous competitions have made great further achievements, winning top prizes from the International Mozart Competition Salzburg, the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, the Junior Division of the 2018 Menuhin Competition and most recently, the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019.

For the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition, an important new rule has been set that forbids the students of the juries to participate in the competition, to ensure an open and fair competition. In addition, an award for “Best Interpretation of Chinese Works” has also been introduced for the candidates to discover the beauty of Chinese music masterpieces.

Furthermore, a group of “young critics” including 10 students from non-conservatory schools in China has been assembled, they will review and select their favorite candidates from the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition. This is a first for any music competitions in China.

A series of concerts, exhibitions, lectures and workshops will also be held in Zhuhai during the two weeks, under the title of the first “Mozart Festival – Music plus Life”, making it a carnival not only for the music lovers but also for all the people in Zhuhai. The city of Zhuhai welcomes all the guests from the world to enjoy the music and witness the rising of future stars.

SOURCE Huafa Group


HEAVENS GREATEST HITS; The Ultimate Tribute to the Great Artists in the Sky



The Ultimate Tribute to the Great Artists in the Sky
Inspired by his top 10 album VALE, 
Taxiride’s JASON SINGH
is joined by friends 
TIM WATSON – Taxiride
as they come together to pay homage to the greatest songs of all time by the great artists in the sky.


Drawing their inspiration from a range of artists including Prince, John Lennon, George Michael, Freddy Mercury, Tom Petty, Elvis, Bon Scott, Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Michael Hutchence and many more – HEAVENS GREATEST HITS is a musical journey celebrating the hits that have provided a timeless soundtrack to our lives.
With the energy and charisma Shannon, Jason, Andrew and Tim are known for, along with an incredible band of Australia’s premier musicians, HEAVENS GREATEST HITS is a homage to legendary passed superstars.
Hear what people have to say about the ultimate musical tribute

Lee Harding 
Australian Idol and The Voice 2019 Finalist with his new show:
MYSTIFY. The Songbook of INXS. 

Trafalgar Releasing Launches Tickets & Trailer For Metallica & San Francisco Symphony










Metallica Poster
Official movie poster. Credit: Metallica and Trafalgar Releasing.

After the announcement of the forthcoming Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² film last week, Trafalgar Releasing is excited to reveal the official trailer for the film. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their original S&M (Symphony & Metallica) show with S&M², filmed at San Francisco’s new Chase Center. The film will be released on October 9th.

(See The trailer below)

Tickets on sale now from

The original S&M concerts were performed by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony and conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. 2019’s S&M² concert will feature the first live performances of these arrangements in 20 years, plus the first-ever Metallica and San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since the original concert, with new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin.

Legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas completes the first week of his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director with a special appearance, conducting a portion of the show.

Metallica’s first collaboration with San Francisco Symphony was documented by the Grammy-winning live album S&M.

Kymberli Frueh, SVP for Programming and Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing has said: “Trafalgar Releasing is excited to give Metallica fans around the world a chance to celebrate this anniversary concert together in local cinemas in October.

“The original collaboration between two San Francisco legends—Metallica and San Francisco Symphony became a true moment in music history two decades ago. Reuniting again to perform S&M² is a salute to the legendary collaboration and creates a special moment for Metallica fans to see this iconic pairing.”

The event will be screened in cinemas around the world on October 9. More information can be found at, where fans can sign up for event alerts including when tickets go on sale.

This announcement follows a busy 2019 in music for Trafalgar Releasing with the upcoming release of Roger Waters Us + ThemRush: Cinema Stangiato, The 9th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies coming to cinemas worldwide for the first time ever and BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE, the latest film from K-Pop phenomenon BTS. Recent releases have included Tribeca documentary Between Me and My Mind about Phish front man Trey AnastasioThe Cure – Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park LondonKhalid Free Spirit and The Music Center presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration.


About Metallica 
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating more than 2.5 billion streams while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. The band’s several multi-platinum albums include Kill ’em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, … And Justice for All, Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic, and most recently Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, released in November 2016 and charting at #1 in 32 countries.  

Metallica’s numerous awards and accolades include nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In June of 2018, the band was awarded one of the most prestigious musical honors in the world: Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Metallica is currently in the midst of its WorldWired tour, which began in 2016 and is scheduled to continue through 2020.


About Trafalgar Releasing 
Trafalgar Releasing is the global leader in event cinema distribution. A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s global operations include production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of specialised content to over 4,000 cinemas in more than 100 countries worldwide.

A full spectrum of releases includes high arts (The Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House), award winning theatre (The King and I: from the London Palladium, An American In Paris, Funny Girl), iconic moments (Monty Python Live, David Bowie is happening now, They Shall Not Grow Old), heritage music acts (Roger Waters The Wall, David Gilmour Live in Pompeii, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and contemporary music sensations (BTS’ Burn the Stage the MovieColdplay: A Head Full of Dreams, Muse Drones World Tour).

Headquartered in London, the company also has offices in New YorkLos Angeles and Denver. More information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at

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Watch The Trailer


Aloft Hotels Brings Music Makers Back To Their Roots With The First-Ever “Live At Aloft Hotels Homecoming Tour” Featuring Troye Sivan, BANKS, Dermot Kennedy, NJOMZA And Mala Rodriguez







Intimate Performances Will Be Accompanied By Interactive Augmented Reality ‘GIF-ITI’ Art Installation by Street Artist INSA & Money-Can’t-Buy Experiences for Marriott Bonvoy Members

Pop Singer
Troye Sivan
Some of the hottest names in music will be returning to their hometowns for free live music performances for fans as part of the Live at Aloft Hotels Homecoming TourAloft Hotels, Marriott International’s brand for music lovers and music makers, and Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB), the brand partnership division of Universal Music Group, have joined together for a special tour thanking the fans for helping to launch the careers of some of today’s most talked-about artists.

With its long-standing live music program Live at Aloft Hotels, the Homecoming Tour is Aloft’s way of continuing to support the artist community by taking musicians back to the locations that made them who they are today, as well as giving the fans that supported them from the beginning a chance to reconnect with their hometown headliners in an intimate setting.


The global eight-stop Homecoming Tour will feature performances from UMG artists at Aloft’s newest and most notable hotels located in some of the best music cities around the world, including:

August 23:

NJOMZA at Aloft Chicago Mag Mile (United States)


September 15:

Troye Sivan at Aloft Perth (Australia)


October 3:

Mala Rodriguez at Aloft Madrid Gran Vía (Spain)


November 20:

Dermot Kennedy at Aloft Dublin City (Ireland)


Additional tour stops will include a performance by BANKS at a U.S. Aloft property (TBA), as well as other artist performances in DubaiShanghai and South America in late 2019/early 2020

“Being able to return home and connect with my fans in Australia is always a really special experience for me and being able to return to my hometown of Perth where my musical journey began is truly magical. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Aloft’s Homecoming Tour and share my music with the community that shaped me and with music-loving travelers staying at Aloft,” said Troye Sivan.

“Through the global Live at Aloft Hotels music platform, every week up-and-coming artists are playing intimate, no cover, open-to-the-public, sets for their local communities,” said Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International. “As a travel brand, we want to bring breakout musical talent closer to their greatest fans by bringing them back to their hometowns. For our Marriott Bonvoy members, the Live at Aloft Hotels Homecoming Tour is going to be particularly special with once-in-a-lifetime experiences available through Marriott Bonvoy Moments, where they can bid points to get up close and personal with the artists.”


Merging Music, Design & Technology with ‘GIF-ITI’ Artist INSA
In addition to providing a platform for artists to showcase their talent, Aloft is also Marriott International’s tech incubator brand, trialing innovative technology such as voice-activated rooms, Emoji room service and Botlr, the world’s first robotic butler. Combining this love of music and technology, and to continue to give innovation a platform during the Homecoming Tour, Aloft has collaborated with British ‘GIF-ITI’ street artist 
 INSA to provide an interactive art experience that puts a new spin on the tendency for fans to film concerts on their phones. INSA, who is often portrayed as “the next Banksy” thanks to his talent and heavily guarded anonymity, will be creating an AR experience that evolves during the performers’ sets.  Embracing the inevitable sea of phones at concerts as a sign of our times, INSA will be creating a dynamic stage design for the Homecoming Tour that will animate via his custom app, rewarding guests with the ultimate phone viewing and recording experience as they hold up their device to the stage. 

Exclusive merch featuring INSA’s artwork will be gifted to guests attending the event to take home as a memento.

Not able to attend the global performances? No problem – INSA is also creating artwork on limited-edition key cards that will be distributed to every Aloft hotel around the world for guests to bring to life using the custom app. Fans will also be able to follow the journey of INSA’s artwork creation on Aloft’s Instagram.


Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Perks & Exclusive Moments
As with all of Aloft’s live music events, the performances are free and open to everyone, but the best way to get closer to the artists and music is by being a member of Marriott Bonvoy, the travel program that earlier this year replaced Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Special member benefits include:


  • Members can bid Marriott Bonvoy points on money-can’t-buy experiences to meet with each artist in their hometowns. Marriott Bonvoy Moments include:
  • Shopping and styling at one of NJOMZA’s favorite boutiques in Chicago, a meditation guided by Mala Rodriguez and attending Troye Sivan’s intimate sound check followed by a Q&A with the artist.
  • All Marriott Bonvoy members will receive priority access to the event and an exclusive meet & greet with the artist after the show. (Offer is based on first-come, first-served basis up to maximum capacity of the venue, at Marriott’s sole discretion. Capacity will vary by location.)
  • Marriott Bonvoy members with Gold, Platinum Titanium or Ambassador Elite status will receive curated gift bags which include a limited-edition tour t-shirt from street artist INSA, wireless headphones courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy, nostalgia merch and more.
  • To recover from the night before, all Marriott Bonvoy members who book directly on can request Morning After Re:fuel Kits via the chat function on the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app. Each kit includes hangover helping items from Aloft’s Re:fuel pantry.

“This Live at Aloft Hotels Homecoming Tour is bringing artists closer to their fans, with intimate concert venues and money-can’t-buy exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Moments where artists can connect with fans in such an authentic and creative way,” said LJ Gutierrez, General Manager of Brand Partnerships, UMG. 

“Since UMG and Marriott International first started working together in 2015, our collaboration has come to life through concerts showcasing UMG’s premier talent at Marriott properties across the globe.”

How to Attend


  • Hometown Fans: Those looking to attend Live at Aloft Hotels Homecoming Tour performances should RSVP at (please note capacity is limited, RSVP does not guarantee entry and attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis; guests must be of legal drinking age).
  • Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Holders Perks: Card Members who present their Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card at the door will have the opportunity to cut-the-line with guaranteed entry, exclusive merch, and a meet & greet with talent. (Must present valid Marriott Bonvoy credit card to receive “cut-the-line” access. Limited to card holder plus one guest. Offer based on first-come, first-served basis up to maximum capacity of venue, at Marriott’s sole discretion. Capacity will vary by location.)
  • Out-of-Town Fans: For those fans who are not local, or just want to guarantee getting up close-and-personal with the hometown star, limited-edition bookable hotel packages are available at Music-inspired packages will include a one-night stay, $50 beverage and food credit per package, guaranteed entry to the event, Aloft Homecoming Tour merch and artist meet & greet.

Special Artist Rates, As the Hotel for Music Makers and Music Lovers
Aloft Hotels has been supporting emerging musical talent since its inception with its ongoing live music program Live At Aloft Hotels, which hosts live music performances from up-and-coming musicians in Aloft Hotels’ W XYZ® Bars around the world every week. Aloft hotels are in thriving music destinations, welcoming touring musicians with special discounted artist rates, the opportunity to use the W XYZ® Bar as a performance space for free, and a musician’s guide featuring everything from where to dine late-night after a gig, the best nearby affordable recording studio, where to purchase guitar strings and more to hit the right note for each stay.


About Aloft Hotels
With over 160 hotels now open in 25 countries and territories around the world, Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveller, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit and follow along on 
Facebook Twitter , and Instagram . Aloft is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enrol for free or for more information about the program, visit


About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at , and for the latest company news, visit . In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.


About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at:



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ForteRight Arcade Makes Learning The Piano Fun








Piano learning is made easier for beginners with the Arcade, a full-sized display that turns the piano into a retro-style game.

ForteRight, a music, media, and technology start-up is launching the Arcade on Kickstarter. The Arcade is a piano keyboard trainer device that is designed to teach anyone how to play the piano in minutes. Paired with a companion mobile application, the device provides a video game-like experience that smooths the learning curve for beginners and makes the process fun.


Notes are represented on-screen by simple visual bars that cascade downward to the actual keys on a piano. The player simply has to play the notes when the indicators reach the bottom of the display, and their performance is tracked by a scoring system. Learning is effortless as players attempt to achieve high scores on the songs they are playing.

“Whether its children, college students or working adults, we’re constantly amazed at how fast complete beginners can pick up the piano using the Arcade,” said Roger, co-founder of ForteRight. “We believe everyone has an innate desire to play music. However, learning an instrument can be hard, so we aim to change that.”

A Video Game Approach

The Arcade was borne out of the realisation that anyone can spend hours enjoyably focused on a video game. These long hours tend to translate to actual skills being developed, albeit skills that are limited to the video game itself.

By making piano playing more like a video game, learning and mastering the piano can be made into a fun and engaging experience. Therefore, the ForteRight team adapted various features of video game design into their system, ensuring that the process remains engaging for hours on end.

Amongst these features are bright visuals, individual levels, scoring, and practice modes. The ForteRight team commented that they are working on adding a multiplayer element to the Arcade as well.

ForteRight App Integration

The Arcade integrates with a mobile application that allows players to connect wirelessly and stream visual lessons as well as access music scores from the online library. It eliminates the common difficulties experienced by users when reading the scores or turning the pages of a music score, therefore giving them the freedom to concentrate on their performance.

Once the user chooses a song from the library, they can learn it via Practice Mode. This mode breaks the song down into sections as well as isolating the left-hand and right-hand components. It allows the learner to grasp the right keys as the song does not progress unless the correct notes are played.

After the song is learned in Practice Mode, the user may attempt to play it in real-time. The app tracks the user’s scores to benchmark their performance. Note accuracy, timing, and smoothness of play is measured so players have a clear view of where they can improve.


  • Supports any MIDI file
  • Slows songs down to allow easier learning
  • Library of built in music and warm up exercises
  • Practice mode to simplify song learning
  • App works with Apple and Android devices

Pricing and Availability

The Arcade be available from 5 August 2019 through ForteRight’s Kickstarter campaign at

Pricing of the device through the crowdfunding campaign is as follows:

  • The Arcade Early Bird Special at US$199 limited to the first 200 backers
  • The Arcade Kickstarter Special at US$249

According to the company, regular retail pricing after their crowdfunding campaign is expected to be US$349. The Kickstarter pricing reflects a limited promotion with a cap on units available.

“Music is everyone’s right. We worked hard to make the Arcade as affordable as possible so anyone can start learning today,” said Roger.

Media Kit
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2X Grammy Nominated Artist, Bebe Rexha Has Paired Up With Namesake Fashion Brand, bebe To Debut New Marketing Campaign, Titled ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE’







2X Grammy nominated artist, Bebe Rexha, has partnered up with fashion brand bebe, to debut an empowering national marketing campaign ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE.’ Rexha appears in the brand’s Fall 2019 campaign, which will debut throughout the U.S. on social, out of home, and in print with the launch of Vogue’s September issue. Visit to learn more. Source: Bluestar Alliance
2X Grammy nominated artist, Bebe Rexha has partnered up with fashion brand bebe, to debut an empowering national marketing campaign ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE.’The campaign was created to celebrate the powerful idea of loving and accepting yourself, feeling incredible at any time, all the time.  Rexha appears in the brand’s Fall 2019 campaign, which will debut throughout the U.S. on social, out of home, and in print with the launch of Vogue’s September issue.
The campaign was inspired by Rexha, her honest unveiling of the fashion community and their injustice when she was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year. In an empowering video on Instagram, Rexha called out designers who failed to dress all celebrities, and those who do not fit “a runway size.” Rexha urged women and men to love their bodies and feel beautiful at any size, hence the campaign hashtag, #LoveYourself.
“It’s incredible to be part of this bebe campaign, it’s not only about me loving the brand, but more importantly about me loving myself!  I hope to inspire and empower women all over the world with this message of self-love, I believe it is super important,” commented Bebe Rexha. “I grew up wearing bebe, it was the coolest piece of fashion you could have, so to be able to mix fashion and my music is so fun,” Rexha added.
Joey Gabbay, CEO of Bluestar Alliance and manager of the bebe brand commented, “The bebe brand has a passionate consumer following, one that loves the brand and all it has to offer. Similarly, Bebe Rexha has passionate fans around the world that love her, her music and what she stands for. Beyond sharing a name, this was a natural partnership as Bebe is a longtime fan of the brand herself.”
Rexha will be making a personal appearance at Macy’s Herald Square on November 7th, to promote the bebe Fall/holiday collection.  The collection includes sportswear, outerwear, swimwear, active footwear, handbags, watches, jewelry, eyewear, accessories and kids. The full 2019 bebe collection is available at department stores nationwide, as well as online at
“bebe is a full lifestyle brand, and continues to garner a strong following: its clothing is sexy yet comfortable, and can take any customer from day to night,” comments Ralph Gindi, COO of Bluestar Alliance. “The bebe customer, after all, is a notoriously loyal one, and stays true to the brand by accessorizing its apparel, from head-to-toe, with all its product offerings.” The bebe brand has consistently remained true to its DNA since its inception, known to accentuate the customer’s body, but also fit into one’s lifestyle with ease. 
For exclusive behind the scenes photos and video please visit To stay up to date with the latest news from Bebe follow us at @bebe_stores on Instagram and become a fan of Bebe on Facebook at .
About bebe:
bebe is the go-to destination for chic, contemporary fashion. The brand evokes a mindset – an attitude, not an age. It’s a true original, always defining fashion’s next stride forward. Designed for the confident, sexy, modern woman, bebe is a global  lifestyle brand that embodies a sensual, sophisticated lifestyle.
About Bebe Rexha
Two-time Grammy®-nominated New York City native Bebe Rexha is a musical force to be reckoned with.  She has accumulated over 12 million overall single sales, over 6 billion total global streams, and a radio audience over 10 billion.  Her debut, RIAA Gold album, Expectations (released June 2018) contained the massive singleI’m a Mess and global chart-topping smash “Meant To Be” (featuring Florida Georgia Line), now RIAA Certified 7x Platinum.  #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-setting 50 straight weeks, the longest reign ever by a female lead artist, “Meant To Be” won Best Collaboration at the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards.  It was subsequently nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards® in February 2019, where Bebe was also nominated for Best New Artist. Most recently, Bebe debuted her newest single, “Last Hurrah,” which sets the stage for her upcoming second album release. Reviewing the song, Billboard said, “‘Last Hurrah’ is also a triumphant sequel to Rexha’s last single, ‘I’m a Mess.'” Rexha will debut new music this summer, with her new album coming early next year. 
One of the youngest artists to receive the Songwriters Hall Of Fame’s prestigious AbeOlman Scholarship award (2012), Bebe formally burst onto the scene the following year, when she wrote “Monster,” a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna that was certified 6x-platinum by the RIAA.  Bebe went on to co-write and carry the instantly recognizable hook for the 3x-platinum “Hey Mama,”by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song.  Bebe also hit #1 on the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her RIAA platinum “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy. In 2017, Bebe released the critically acclaimed EPs, All Your Fault: Part 1 (with “I Got You”), and All Your Fault: Part 2 (with “Meant To Be”). Now in 2019, Bebe has amassed over 2 billion YouTube views and counting. In conjunction with Grammy® Week 2019, Bebe launched the Grammy® Music Education Coalition’s (GMEC) national campaign on behalf of its new All-Star Ambassador program, whose members also include Luis Fonsi, Rita OraKristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, War on Drugs, and others.
About Bluestar Alliance LLC
Founded by Joseph Gabbay and Ralph Gindi in 2006, Bluestar owns, manages, and markets a portfolio of consumer brands that span across many tiers of distribution from luxury to mass market. This portfolio consists of major department store retail brands including Brookstone, Tahari, Bebe, Kensie, Catherine MalandrinoNanette LeporeJoan VassMichael Bastian, English Laundry and Limited Too.
Each brand is uniquely positioned maintaining the brand heritage and equity, considering new categories and current tiers of distribution. Bluestar’s current network of international and domestic partners offers the opportunity to take a niche brand to a visible worldwide lifestyle brand. Since its inception, Bluestar has acquired select brands with current retail sales exceeding $3.0 billion.  The company manages a current portfolio of over 300 licensees and a growing branded retail platform of over 100 stores worldwide throughout North AmericaEuropeAustraliaSouth AmericaAsiaUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastIndia and Russia
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Well-Known Locals Launch New Radio Station Targeting In-Car Listeners







LogoHall of fame radio personality Bobby Rich, legacy station manager Jim Arnold and local downtown champion Fletcher McCusker have joined forces to launch the only totally Tucson owned-and-operated commercial AM and FM radio station at 101.7FM and AM830.

“I am now officially un-retired,” said Rich, a 25-year Tucson talent who anchored the top-rated morning show on MIX FM since 1993.  “This is a dream come true for all of us: a chance to select our own music and manage content that matters to Tucson – not some corporate office in Dallas, LA or New York – and have incredible fun while making great radio.”

The trio of well-known Tucsonans recently acquired the stations from Family Life Radio after its move to 104.1 and have converted to an original format of music and local, live personalities. 

“Bobby is responsible for the format and music collection,” said McCusker, chairman of the new board. “And there is nobody better than Jim when it comes to media management.”

Branded as The DRIVE, KDRI Tucson originates 24/7 broadcasting from McCusker’s old headquarters at Scott and Broadway downtown.  The station is designed to appeal to baby boomers whose radio options have become overlooked and underserved by local radio. With a catalogue of over 2,000 songs, the distinctive presentation will be unlike anything in the region and maybe in the country. 

Joining Bobby Rich on the morning show is Hill Bailey, another local radio veteran and a Tucsonan since 1987. She grew up on the Eastside and graduated from Tucson High. She attended the University of Arizona to study media arts and got her first taste of radio on the U of A radio station KAMP. After a decade on the radio in Colorado and California, she returned to Tucson, joined KHYT, married, and welcomed a daughter in March 2017.

Middays are hosted live by Ken Carr, a media veteran who started his career in Nebraska. He fell in love with the people and weather of Tucson in 2001 and has lived here ever since. You’ve heard him on KRQ, Z104 and MEGA, and you’ve seen his work as executive producer at KGUN 9 TV. Since 2009, he has run a Twitter channel @WhatsUpTucson, which is 100% local content featuring up to the minute Tucson news and info. The profile has nearly 100,000 followers. 

Afternoons, The DRIVE welcomes the famous (or infamous) talent from San Diego known as “The Mikey Show.” Mike Esparza is a 30-year radio professional who started his career in Tucson. His years on the air have taken “The Mikey Show” to DallasSan FranciscoSan Diego and now back home.

To host the evening shift, The DRIVE acquires California personality Tyler Russell, currently at KX 93.5 in Laguna Beachand a veteran of the LA radio scene. Tyler grew up in Tucson, is a graduate of St. Gregory High School and started his career as an intern for Bobby Rich before gigs at K-EARTH, KIIS and KCLB in Southern California.

Listeners can hear the KDRI-AM830 signal while driving from the Mexican border to Phoenix and the new management is enhancing the AM broadcast to improve sound quality.  The DRIVE 101.7-FM signal can be heard all over the Tucson valley, allowing for frequent road reports and local information. The music will be familiar without playing the same 40 songs over and over, and you’ll be able to connect with local, live DJs.

“It’s crazy to start a new radio station, but we are just crazy enough-and have the passion-to make it work,” says Rich.

The DRIVE launched the new format at 6 a.m. on Aug. 5 after a few days of signal testing and the now famous fake format “The Worm”…the world’s greatest novelty hits, the brainchild of Bobby Rich, known for his radio stunts from New YorkPhiladelphia and San Diego. 


LiveXLive Returns To Livestream Sziget, Europe’s Largest Music And Culture Festival







LogoLiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) (“LiveXLive”), a global digital media company focused on live entertainment, today announced that it will again livestream select performances from Budapest’s 2019 Sziget Festival from August 7th through August 13th.  As Sziget’s official streaming and video-on-demand partner, LiveXLive will bring the best seat in the house to music fans who can’t be at Sziget.

The Sziget Festival, which takes place in Budapest, Hungary, on the Óbuda Island, draws 550,000 people from more than 100 countries during its week-long run.  Ranked as one of the Top 5 festivals in Europe by The Independent, more than 1,000 artists will perform at Sziget in 2019, including Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Florence + the Machine, Martin Garrix, the 1975, and twenty one pilots. 

LiveXLive will stream select performances, as well as artist interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives from August 7th to August 13th on, as well as the LiveXLive mobile and OTT apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.  The start times and livestream lineup will be announced on and LiveXLive’s social handles and apps.

A next generation live social music platform, LiveXLive has globally livestreamed premiere music festivals and exclusive events from all over the world, producing in excess of 360 hours of original content that features more than 440 artists since May 2018.  In addition, LiveXLive has developed a slate of original programming that includes more than 300 pieces of short-form content comprised of live performances, podcasts, artist interviews, lifestyle segments, and show pilots.

About LiveXLive Media, Inc.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) (the “Company”) is a global digital media company focused on live entertainment. The Company operates LiveXLive, the first ‘live social music network’, delivering premium livestreams, digital audio and on-demand music experiences from the world’s top music festivals and concerts, including Rock in Rio, EDC Las Vegas, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and many others. LiveXLive also gives audiences access to premium original content, artist exclusives and industry interviews. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook Instagram, and Twitter.

Destiny Band Oz Take Out ISSA International BAnd of The Year for 2019







Australian Country Duo

Destiny Band Oz (Australian, Gippsland-based Thomas and Tessa Libreri and their band) have won the International Band of the Year 2019 International Singer Songwriter Association Awards held in Atlanta USA yesterday!
This is no mean feat  with hundreds of nominees vying for positions in the various categories!  Destiny Band Oz were nominated in 9 categories of the International section and made it through as finalists in 6 of those categories; winning the Band of the Year category.  Thanks go to all who nominated Destiny Band Oz (Thomas and Tessa are very humbled by the support) and they extend their congratulations to all the winners, finalists and the organizers.
Unfortunately Thomas and Tessa  were unable to attend the gala ceremony to accept the award but a lovely 12 inch high, solid crystal obelisk will be arriving in the mail shortly; so this trophy, (along with Destiny Band Oz’s other recent awards, the 2018 Gold Medallion Media Award for Band or Duo, the 2018 TICMA National Country Band of the Year, Akademia Music Award (USA) and 3 x International Clouzine Music Awards 2018-2019) will be going straight to the pool room! 😉
Lately Thomas and Tessa have been keeping busy gigging, writing and recording their own music – as well as other people’s songs!  So Tessa would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the radio presenters who have been playing the duet ‘I’ll Be Home Soon’ which country balladeer, Gary Ellis asked her to record with him for his new album which was released last month.  It has made #3 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay chart, #7 on an independent USA chart and is currently #5 on the Tasmanian chart. Tessa was also asked by songwriter and Diamondback Records boss, Glenn Erickson, to record one of his compositions which will will be released in October 2019 while Destiny Band Oz are touring Tasmanian venues on their October Tassie Tour with solo artist, Garry Hunt. (Venues on fb gig page).
Young Adult Artist: – Gold Ava Paige
Publicist Of The Year: Julie Harper
Photographer Of The Year: John Matthews
Promoter Of The Year: Mitch Oliver
Sound Engineer Of The Year: Charles Vallely
Radio Station DJ – Gold: Music Mafia
Music Video Of The Year – Gold: Lucas Giliberti
Female Songwriter Of The Year – Gold: Cat Beach
Male Songwriter Of The Year – Gold: Arnold Connelly
Female Single Of The Year – Gold: Cat Beach
Male Single Of The Year – Gold: Damian Wyldes
Band Single Of The Year – Gold: Hughes Taylor
Album Of The Year – Gold: Electric Mud
Band Of The Year – Gold: Wall Of Cain
Vocal Duo Of The Year – Gold: Seperate Charm
Male Rising Star: Anthony K
Female Rising Star: Jennifer Mlott
International Promoter Of The Year: Shaista Imran
International Music Video Of The Year: David Findlay
International Female Songwriter Of The Year: Dina Andrews
International Female Single Of The Year: Bisola Imam
International Male Songwriter Of The Year: David Findlay
International Male Single Of The Year: Keith Spinney
International Male Rising Star: Imran Ahmed
International Female Rising Star: Maddison Mueller
International Female Vocalist Of The Year: Esther Van Kommer
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Randall Griffith
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Michal Tobar
Entertainer Of The Year – Gold: Electric Mud
Emerging Artist Of The Year – Gold: Mariel Morgan
Humanitarian Of The Year: Bobby Johson

TIDAL, deadmau5 and mau5trap Label Release Exclusive Documentary Out Now







Today, global streaming and entertainment platform, TIDAL, announced it’s partnering with international electronic music superstar, deadmau5, and leading independent label mau5trap to release an exclusive documentary, Wild Things: Life Inside The mau5trap. Members across the globe can experience what it’s like to be a performing artist at one of America’s largest EDM festivals.

Chronicling the label’s time at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the documentary shares a behind-the-scenes journey of the mau5trap collective and explores how they create their distinctive sounds, connect with their audiences and build the cohesive mau5trap family. TIDAL members can tune in at

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As a TIDAL artist owner, deadmau5 has previously collaborated with the platform on several TIDAL X: deadmau5 livestreams as well as the exclusive nine-part series, Orchestration. Wild Things adds to the growing list of exclusive content and unique experiences available for TIDAL members. The video further solidifies the platform’s commitment to elevating the connection between artists and their fans by providing subscribers with more than just great music.

TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events. Available in 53 countries, the streaming service has more than 60 million songs and 250,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.

Read About mau5trap 
A decade since its formation, mau5trap—the independent label founded by groundbreaking electronic music producer deadmau5—has become a bastion for trailblazing and genre- defying artists. Casting a palpable influence over the genre, Mixmag readers voted mau5trap among the “Top 50 Labels of the Decade,” placing it in the Top 10. It has served as an influential platform for dance music heavyweights such as Feed Me, Zedd, Moguai, Noisia, Chris Lake and many more. A combination of dark, forceful techno and complex, electro sounds, the label acts as hot bed for rising talent such as ATTLAS, Matt Lange, No Mana and REZZ.

Produced by Live Nation, deadmau5’s North American ‘cube v3 tour’ is set to kick off in September with members of his mau5trap label family joining him for shows in DallasAustin and Los AngelesTour and ticket information can be found here

mau5trap online


The Rebirth Of Australian Metalcore comes ‘Capture’


Rock Band

Out of the ashes of beloved Australian metalcore outfit Capture The Crown comes a rebirth, with the formation of Capture, which brings together original CTC frontman Jeff Wellfare, drummer Manny Dominick (Ghost Town, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa) and bassist Erik Vaughn Weatherford (Oh, Manhattan), for a completely new creative force that represents the union of three singular talents whose own roads twisted and turned to reach this point.

Propelled by the promise and potential of a clean slate together, Capture is now set to release their debut effort ‘Lost Control’ on August 16th via Artery Recordings.

On August 15, Capture will launch a tour with Alesana in support of the new LP. See dates/cities below. Venues will be announced shortly.

Of the new single, Jeff says, “No Cure was written and recorded during a hyper-politicized period where religion was the focus of negative basis, the world seemed separated into several groups.

There was much debate on the topic and it resonated with us; we strived to twist the ideology of these issues in a way that would open people’s minds to what is really important to them regardless of what race, religion, sex etc. No Cure may come across like a backhand to religion but it is much deeper than that and can be perceived as a deeper reflection of everyone’s inner battles. In saying that we hope everyone can take something different away from the song. For me personally, it’s about self-empowerment, inner-demons and overcoming the obstacles in front of you.”

In speaking about the new video, Erik says, “We worked hand in hand with our director, Embryo, to help bring this concept to life. It was very important to us to show the duality between self-empowerment and relying solely on one’s beliefs in difficult situations. It’s such a fine line and a personal battle essentially within your self with this other side of you. We wanted to bring that battle to life in a cinematic way while doing justice to this prevalent theme from our debut track “No Cure””.

“All three of us are from entirely different backgrounds, yet this album brought us together for a new chapter,” adds Erik. “We’ve got a relatable story to tell.”

“The idea was to do something completely different,” explains Jeff. “We wanted to test ourselves, experiment, and push the envelope. We came out with this roller coaster of a record that has something for everyone. This is a fresh sound. It’s a fresh start, full stop.”

The “fresh start” encompassed major musical strides. The musicians unlocked an elusive nexus between metal and melody equally influenced by everything from Linkin Park to Slowdive and Coldplay. In order to bottle this energy, they entered a Portland studio alongside producer Kris Crummett [Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance] and emerged with the twelve tracks comprising Lost Control. The sonics expanded over the course of the process. They incorporated analog synths throughout the fabric of the record in addition to inviting a twelve-person choir to “body the album and make it feel full” during “High,” “Lost Control,” “Is This (Love),” and teaser track “The Lake.”

The title spoke to a shared experience.

“Lost Control complements the chaos surrounding all of us,” the frontman continues. “You often don’t have control—except within your art.”
Capture take the reins of their destiny on the 2019 single “No Cure.” The song immediately snaps into a double bass gallop punctuated by nimble thrashed-out riffing and Jeff’s seismic chant, “You’d better pray for yourself because there’s nobody else.” A harrowing cinematic video accompanies the song, weaving a captivating cultish narrative.

“It might seem so in-your-face lyrically, but it’s incredibly metaphorical,” Jeff admits. “You can read into it—or not. We wanted to leave it up for interpretation.”

“We’re really bringing different things together,” adds Manny. “

“We’re bridging the gap between different genres, keeping the integrity of a heavy background but infusing pop elements, bright choruses, and synths. These songs prove it.”

Elsewhere, “Alive” unfolds from hypnotic verses into an instantly unshakable chorus under strains of distorted guitar and shuddering piano keys. As Jeff puts it, “‘Alive’ gives the album a softer and anthemic start with a lot of dynamics. It’s the beginning of the journey.”

Sonny Sandoval drops a knockout cameo on “High,” Thomas Erak from Fall of Troy lays down some cracking guest vocals on “Alive” and Earth Caller’s Josh Collard lends his scream to “Dead Hollywood.” Everything culminates on the punked-up barrage of “This Ones For You,” which hinges on a guttural gang vocal and delivers “a crowd pleaser for everyone to sing along to.”

In the end, everyone will be singing along to Capture.

“We’d just love for people to relate,” Jeff leaves off. “We’ve got something very special between us, and we can’t wait to share it.”

Pre-Order “Lost control”

Capture’s First Album ‘No Cure’

Tour Dates (w/ Alesana):

Aug 15- Seattle, WA

Aug 16- Portland, OR

Aug 17- San Francisco, CA

Aug 18- Sacramento, CA

Aug 20- Pomona, CA

Aug 21- San Diego, CA

Aug 22- Los Angeles, CA

Aug 23- Phoenix, AZ

Aug 24- Las Vegas, NV

Aug 25- Albuquerque, NM

Aug 26- Lubbock, TX

Aug 27- Austin, TX

Aug 28- Dallas, TX

Aug 29- Houston, TX

Aug 30- New Orleans, LA

Aug 31- Atlanta, GA


Capture – No Cure








Sony Music Masterworks Acquires Leading Soundtrack Label Milan Records







From Left to Right: Emmanuel Chamboredon, Mark Cavell, JC Chamboredon

Sony Music Masterworks today announced it has acquired Milan Records, an international leader in film and television scores and soundtracks.  Founded over 40 years ago by Emmanuel ChamboredonMilan Records has released the soundtracks to renowned and critically acclaimed classics such as DivaGhostBackdraftBenny & Joon as well as recent hits including The Revenant, Deadpool, Chef, Under The Skin, Birdman, Midsommar and Hereditary

As part of this transaction, Sony Music Masterworks also acquires Milan’s sister label Jade, which comprises more than 500 liturgical and classical albums from across the globe.  Under the agreement, JC Chamboredon, Senior Vice President, Milan Records and son of Emmanuel Chamboredon, will continue to run Milan Records, reporting to Mark Cavell, Sony Music Masterworks U.S. Label Head and COO International.

This agreement enhances Sony Music Masterworks’ presence in the film, television and gaming soundtrack business and provides Milan Records with stronger and more unified global distribution, marketing and promotion resources. Milan Records boasts an impressive catalogue of film and television soundtracks as well as independent artist releases and works with some of today’s most prominent filmmakers including Nicolas Winding Refn, Gaspar Noé and Alejandro González Iñárritu as well as award-winning composer and artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Mark Cavell stated, “The acquisition of Milan Records, under the leadership of JC, underscores our commitment to soundtracks, further developing important relationships on the West Coast with both film studios and composers. I am delighted to welcome Milan Records to Sony Music Masterworks and look forward to bringing its projects, artists and unique identity to a global audience.” 

JC Chamboredon stated, “I have been incredibly fortunate to watch my father, Emmanuel Chamboredon, run Milan Records for the past 30 years.  Witnessing his hard work through my young eyes was the most formative schooling in music and business I could have ever had.  I am thrilled that 40 years following its foundation, Milan Records will now join the Sony Music Masterworks family.  It was evident to both Emmanuel and me that Mark Cavell clearly understands what has always made Milan Records a special label.  I am honored to be able to build upon what my father started and bring Milan Records to the next level in this new and exciting time for soundtracks.”

Emmanuel Chamboredon stated, “My dream was to ensure that Milan Records and Jade, both of which I started 41 years ago, would continue once I hung up my gloves.  Today that dream has come true. Sony Music Masterworks is the ideal home for Milan and Jade, under the experienced leadership of my son JC and the label’s incredible team.  I am very grateful to Mark Cavell, who showed lots of energy and imagination in carving out the right place for Milan and Jade at Sony Music Masterworks.”

Sony Music Masterworks will begin working with Milan Records immediately on upcoming releases including soundtracks to films including The Farewell, The Lighthouse, La Belle ÉpoqueAtlantics as well as the hit HBO series Succession.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, OKeh, Portrait and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit

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Tejano Recording Artist Lucy Rodriguez

Lucy Rodriguez’s case highlights need to protect works


A Federal Court in San Antonio, Texas, ordered the payment of $29,000 in damages and attorney’s fees, to Corpus Christi based Tejano artist and Air Force veteran, Lucy Rodriguez, as a result of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against music producer Eric Avalos, Avalos’ company Chavalos Music Inc. and Cortney Rico. The claim involved the song Pediré, which Rodriguez widely released and promoted in 2015, under her Emerald Records label. The song was originally composed by Juan Villarreal and Rodriguez owns the rights to the song. The dispute originated in 2017, when Rico and Avalos recorded and commercially released Pediré, without permission.

In 2018, Rodriguez’s attorneys sent cease and desist letters demanding Rico and Avalos stop their infringement. Avalos removed the song from digital distribution and offered to pay all revenue generated, totaling $31.61 dollars, and further promised to discontinue any involvement with the song.

“Based on a public claim from Rico’s promoter of 2,000 purchases, we expected higher revenue, however, the sales report only showed 36 sales. To avoid further litigation, I agreed to the proposal,” Rodriguez said.

Despite Rodriguez’s attorneys reaching out to the defendants to formally close the matter, neither defendant followed through nor were the defendants done infringing on Rodriguez’s work.

In January of 2019, Rodriguez’s rights were again infringed when Cortney Rico, publicly performed Pediré at a music venue alongside Eric Avalos, created a video of the performance and distributed it on the internet.

“Creating and distributing a music video without obtaining a synchronization license from the owner, is another way to break Copyright Law,” Rodriguez explained.

The choice to move forward via the courts was as much about exercising the protection she has under the law, as to bring caution to fellow professional musicians. “Had I not registered my work, this case would have taken much longer to resolve,” Rodriguez warns.

The US Western District Court ruled that the defendant’s actions were willful, allowing for damages, attorney’s fees and a permanent injunction banning defendants use of Pediré.  Copyright Law is complex and constantly updating (as recently exemplified by the Supreme Court’s Fourth Estate decision).  Ms. Rodriguez partnered with San Antonio intellectual property attorneys Brandon Cook and Mike Villarreal in achieving this victory.


MPW created to go beyond the realms of educating women







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Xylo Aria is a singer, producer, entrepreneur and true visionary. Born in India, identifying with Australia but residing in the UK, Xylo brings her global perspective into her music and everything she does. Her journey in mu-sic began during her formative years while being introduced to traditional Indian Car-natic music by her grandmother. Sparking her interest, she began creating originals at the age of 12 and collaborating with numer-ous Melbourne based producers. This lead to her debut EP release, Arrow, followed by the single Paradigm both of which got significant coverage on Australian publications including Tonedeaf, Music Talks and Australian Music Scene as well as radio coverage on numer-ous independent radios such as PBS and Tri-ple R.

In 2017 Xylo took the decision to produce her own music, after which she released her first self produced track Pig which was the first of a few tracks with an environmental message. The track was hailed as “A haunting slice of downtempo electronica dealing with some heady issues” by music blog Pile Rats and it did indeed have a unique ambient quality which would soon become her signa-ture.

After the release of collaboration track MRI, Xylo began reflecting on the hardships she faced as a female musician working with a choice of only male producers and also the challenges of learn-ing to self produce one’s music in an area of music which was heavily dominated by men. This self-reflection planted the seed for the online education platform MPW – Music Production for Women. Launched in 2019, which she founded and created.

MPW was created to go beyond the realms of educating women, and become a movement in the music industry which would empower and encourage more women to take their first steps into music technology. Within it’s first few months of conception MPW has been asked to participate in a Lever-hulme Trust funded study undertaken by Portsmouth University exploring the causes of female un-der-representation in music production, featured in numerous podcasts and included in various arti-cles on the topic and received support from music software giant, Ableton Live. The MPW workshops

will be taken on tour through Europe in August 2019. Xylo’s sheer determination and persistence in proactively equipping any interested women with the skills she needs to enter music production is truly inspirational. “It’s time we started empowering ourselves and each other, if we wait for others to provide the stepping stone, we’ll be waiting forever” she says. Logo





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