Public Media Distribution Re-Issuing ‘Room On The Broom’

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There’s always room for more…on the broom.

Public Media Distribution announced Tuesday that it will re-issue the small-screen adaptation of author Julia Donaldson’s book Room on the Broom this summer.  Released via Magic Light Pictures and Orange Eye and featuring the voices of Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Last King of Scotland, The Fall), Rob Brydon (Cinderella, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and others, the DVD will retail for MSRP of $12.99.

The movie’s story follows the journey of a witch (voiced by Anderson) and her pet dog (voiced by Martin Clumes – Shakespeare in Love, Kipper, Doc Martin) as they try to recover some lost items.  Along the way, the pair is joined by a kindly bird, cat and frog, who help save the witch from a dragon.

The new re-issue comes with the same bonus material included in the DVD’s previous 2013 release.  Those bonuses include a behind-the-scenes featurette, live performance from Donaldson and art gallery.

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Yep Roc Records To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With 3-Night Festival This Fall

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Yep Roc Records will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall in North Carolina.

The little label that could will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a three night celebration that will run from Oct. 19 – 21 in Carrboro, N.C. and its new hometown of Hillsborough, N.C. The celebration will be highlighted with performances from the likes of Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Tony Joe White, Los Straitjackets, The Stray Birds and more.

Tickets for the three-day anniversary celebration are on sale now.  They can be purchased online now here.  Ticketing options include single-night, two-night and three-night access.  The label has also made available early bird VIP Premium Packages that include three-night access to the celebration, artist reception and dinner on Oct. 20, Yep Rock 20 gear including T-shirt, pin and festival blanket.  More VIP events will be announced soon.

The first night of the upcoming celebration will be headlined by Nick Lowe.  The festival’s second and third nights will feature performances by all of the noted bands and others at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

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The Dead Daisies Announce More New Live Dates

The Dead Daisies has confirmed three new live American dates for this summer.

A news released distributed Friday revealed the band will perform live August 9, 2017 at The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD at the saloon’s famed motorcycle rally.

On Sept. 1, the band will perform at the The Easyriders Rodeo in Chillicothe, OH and at The National Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Rally on Sept. 2 at the Harley-Davison Museum in Milwaukee, WI.

The third of the band’s upcoming dates is scheduled for Sept. 2

“Riding gives you a sense of freedom,” Corabi said in a recent interview.  “When your job, family and daily pressures of life are weighing you down, you can fire up a bike, get on it and ride, and free yourself of everything.  Plus, I think all men have an inner “bad boy” in them, and all women (deep inside) WANT a bad boy, as well.  I have to admit, I’ve felt a bit “tougher” while I’m riding…that is, until I chipped a nail,” he said with a laugh.

The Dead Daisies’ upcoming summer dates are not the only good news for the band’s fans.  The band is also working with 12 of the largest Harley-Davidson dealers in America as part of its current Rock N Ride promotion for its current Dirty Dozen tour.  The promotion allows Harley-Davidson owners in the key markets the chance to win tickets to shows in those markets and to meet the band.

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The announcement of the band’s new dates are not a surprise.  It comes a little more than a month after the band released its debut live recording Live & Louder, which was released May 19 as a standard 2-disc CD/DVD combo pack and as an extended box set.  The recording is available in stores and online now.

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Vyces Debut New Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Vyces unveiled the video for its latest single ‘Nocturnal’ this week.

The song, which is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP Angels, features Carla Harvey, of Butcher Babies, making a guest appearance.  The video was directed by Ron Thunderwood at Tiger Lab Studios. Thunderwood called working on the video a memorable experience.

“I feel really lucky to have worked on this,” Thunderwood said of the shoot.  “It’s been the coolest challenge I’ve met as a director…mixing practical and CG effects, we really got to create another world.”

‘Nocturnal’ debuted online via Bravewords, a little more than two weeks after the band debuted the song alone online to all digital outlets.  The video is also streaming online via the band’s official YouTube channel.

In anticipation of Angels’ upcoming release and the debut of the EP’s lead single, the band has also announced new live dates with Shallow Side and Dead Horse Trauma.  The band’s dates with Shallow side begin June 27 in Fardo, ND and run through July 12.  The venue for that date is still being scheduled.

The band’s tour with Dead Horse Trauma begins July 13 and runs through July 22 in Des Moines, IA.  Both tour schedules are noted below.

Look for VYCES on their summer and fall tour.

6/23 – Keokuk, IA – w/ Boboflex, Shallow Side
6/24 – Praire du Chien, WI – Music Fights Back Fest w/ Boboflex, Shallow Side, and Never Say Die

w/ Shallow Side

6/27 – Fargo, ND – Nestor
6/28 – Mankato, MN – Red Rocks
6/29 – Dubuque, IA – The Venue
6/30 – TBA
7/1 – North Platte, NE – Sculley’s Shooters
7/6 – Spokane, WA – The Pinnacle
7/7 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
7/8 – Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX
7/9 – Lewiston, ID – 3rd Wheel
7/11 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz
7/12 – TBA

w/ Dead Horse Trauma/ The Life Tour

7/13 – TBA
7/14 – Danville, IL – Vintage Villains
7/15 – Peoria, IL – Rail II
7/16 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
7/18 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
7/19 – TBA
7/20 – TBA
7/21 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
7/22 – Des Moines – Wooly’s

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TesseracT Debuts New Single, Video; Launches New Live Schedule

Tesseract is back.

The U.K.-based progressive metal outfit unveiled its new single ‘Smile’ and its companion lyric video this week.  The previously unreleased song was recorded at 4D Studios in Brighton and Celestial Sound Studios in Notts, UK, and produed by Acle Kahney early this spring.

Tesseract Smile Video Grab

The band described the new song as “its most collaborative track in recent years,” with its vocals playing an integral part in bringing it to life. The band’s members added the song’s bass line strengthened the song even more by serving as the backbone for its chorus.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins explained the lyrical concept behind the song is somewhat metaphysical.

“Lyrically, ‘Smile’ carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore the darkest side of the human condition,” Tompkins said.  “The song will witness the manifestation of an ‘entity.’ Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness.  Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form.”

Bassist Amos Williams expanded on Tompkins’ thoughts, saying the song, in its current form, is just one example of what audiences can expect from the band’s next, in-the-works album.

“We chose this track as although it is part of a greater theme, and is in fact toward the end of a story arc, it stands alone very well,” Williams said.  “We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is no way finished.  It is merely one step in a journey.”

Williams went on to discuss his own part in the song’s creation, saying a lot of time and thought was put into the bass’ line as it worked with the rest of the song.

“The verses and choruses stand very far apart from each other,” Williams said.  “There is a tension we wished to build through a minimalist approach, with small phrases that repeat against accompanying parts of different lengths.  These undulate, seemingly getting lost against the non-conventional phrasing of the drums.  All this is nothing new to TesseracT fans, but this time we have really looked to align the lyrical and musical messages.”

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The band’s release this week of ‘Smile’ and its companion video was intentionally timed, as the band has hit the road on a new string of live dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah.  The bands’ tour launched June 23 in Big Flats, NY, and currently runs through July 11 in Pittsburg, PA.  TesseracT also has its own string of headlining dates lined up from July 1 to July 13.  TesseracT’s current live schedule is noted below.

6/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
6/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavillion
6/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
6/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
7/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
7/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
7/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Centre
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEHEADLINE:
7/01/17 – Indianapolis IN – The Emerson Theater
7/05/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
7/06/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/12/17 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room

7/13/17 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Grill

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PBS Kids To Tackle Sibling Rivalry On New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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PBS Kids will release another new collection of Arthur episodes on DVD this summer.

Public Media Distribution and PBS Kids will release Arthur: Brothers and Sisters on Tuesday, July 18. The single disc compilation features eight more episodes of the hit animated series at a total run time of 108 minutes (1 hr. 48 minutes).

All eight episodes feature plenty of sibling rivalry between Arthur and his little sister D.W. (Dora Winnifred for the uninitiated) that puts the pair in plenty of different situations including the arrival of Arthur and D.W.’s second sibling in ‘Arthur’s Baby,’ D.W. copy-cating Arthur in ‘D.W. The Copycat’ and a pre-summer showdown between Arthur and D.W. in ‘The Pageant Pickle.’

Arthur and D.W. are not the only Elwood residents featured in the series’ latest DVD release.  Sue Ellen learns a hard lesson about being careful what she wishes for in ‘Sue Ellen’s Little Sister,’ in which she gets tired of being an only child.  Arthur’s friend Francine and her sister go through some growing pains to which so many siblings can relate, too in ‘Francine Redecorates.’

As if all of that isn’t enough, everyone’s favorite troublesome twins, the Tribbles, get their own moment in the light in this compilation in ‘Two Minutes.’  When Timmy and Tommy discover which twin was born first, Timmy asks D.W. to help him solve, with quite the interesting result.

Between these episodes and the pairing of ‘D.W.’s Baby’ and ‘Arthur’s First Sleepover,’ Arthur: Brothers and Sisters offers families nearly two hours of animated entertainment.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

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Putumayo World Music’s Latest Cuban Music Compilation Is Another Magical Musical Journey

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Cuba has been in the news quite a bit lately.  It hasn’t been for the best reasons, either.  Luckily though, where certain events have caused quite the division among Americans and natives of the island nation, Putumayo World Music has bridged that gap with a new collection of Cuban music in the recently released compilation record Cuba! Cuba!  The 10-song record is a collection that will unite everyone regardless of political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds.  That is due in part to the songs featured in this latest collection of Cuban compositions.  It will be discussed shortly.  The artists and acts featured throughout the record are collectively just as important to discuss in examining the record’s whole as its songs.  This will be discussed later.  The record’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the album’s whole.  All things considered, they make this record one of the year’s top new World Music offerings as well as one of the year’s top new Jazz and Blues records.

Putumayo World Music’s latest Cuban music compilation Cuba! Cuba! is one of this year’s top new World Music albums and new Jazz & Blues offerings.  That is due in part to the 10 songs that make up the record’s body.  From start to finish, the songs vary in regards to the eras in which they were released and in terms of their styles.  From Samba to Rumba to Bossa Nova and beyond, so many sub-genres of Cuban music are represented throughout the course of the album.  This shows that those behind the record’s sequencing clearly put a lot of time and thought into assembling and sequencing the songs.

That time and deliberate thought is exhibited just as much in the variety of eras represented here.  The balance of new and classic Cuban works is expertly balanced with five classics and five originals featured here.  Even more interesting to note is the fact that some of those classics are presented in a new setting through younger acts who specialize in Cuban music.  Case in point Asere’s take on Cuban composer Luis Marquetti’s song ‘Oriente,’ which was included in his 1980 album Fe, Esperanza y Caridad and Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro’s cover of singer-songwriter Marcelino “Rapindey” Guerra’s ‘Me Dieron la Clave.’  On the more modern side, listeners get Sonlokos’ original tune ‘Rumba Con Sabor a Melao’ and Palo!’s original composition ‘Al Monte.’  This is just a glimpse into the division of new and classic tunes that complete this record.  Audiences will hear for themselves the full division when they pick up the album for themselves.

Staying on the matter of the album’s featured songs and their performers, the performers featured in this record are just as important to discuss as the songs and their variety.  That is because the list of featured performers is just as varied as the songs.  Those behind the record’s creation put just as much thought into choosing the record’s featured performers as the songs.  Legendary Cuban singer Roberto Torres is featured as part of the collection alongside fledgling Miami-based outfit Sonlokos while fellow up-and-coming Miami-based Palo! is set alongside veteran Cuban-American musician Jose Conde to round out the record.  Earlier in the record’s run, Al Valdes is partnered alongside veteran La Familia Valera Miranda for a solid 1-2 classic Cuban pairing – one more example of the diversity in the record’s performer lineup.  Keeping this in mind, the diversity in the songs and performers featured in this record becomes clear along with the importance of said diversity.  Even with this in mind, that extensive diversity is only a portion of what makes this record so enjoyable.  The companion booklet that comes with the record rounds out its most important elements.

The musical diversity and that of the acts chosen for the record are both critical to its overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements, though.  The record’s companion booklet is just as important to its whole as the songs and their featured performers.  That is because the booklet provides a brief but concise history on each performer and its associated song.  For instance, audiences learn in reading the booklet that while Roberto Torres started his career as a performer, he is now a successful label owner.  Audiences also learn through the booklet’s notes that La Familia Valera Miranda’s musical roots reach back generations, going all the way back to Santiago de Cuba, “the largest city in the eastern part of the island.”  As if that is not enough, another Santiago de Cuba resident, Armando Garzon gets his own highlight here.  Audiences learn of his history that he was born in the city in 1948 and lived most of his life exposed solely to the region’s music thanks to his grandmother and great-aunt.  These are just some examples of the depth of information provided in the album’s booklet.  Again, even more information is provided both on the featured acts and songs throughout the booklet.  The whole of that collective information makes for an educational experience that is just as enjoyable as the experience provided via the album’s songs.  Keeping all of this in mind, the songs that make up the album, their performers and the record’s booklet join to make the album in whole a collection that will take listeners to Cuba without the need for expensive passports, tickets, vaccinations or anything else.  Considering this, they make the record in whole, one of this year’s top new World Music records and one of the year’s top new Jazz & Blues offerings.

Putumayo World Music’s new Cuban music compilation Cuba! Cuba! is a hit twice over.  It is one of the year’s top new World Music offerings and one of the year’s top new Jazz & Blues albums. As has already been noted, that is due to the partnering of 10 songs and acts that span the rich, expansive history of Cuba’s musical history.  The companion booklet that comes with the record, which is nothing new to Putumayo World Music’s offerings, puts the finishing touch on the album’s overall presentation.  All things considered, the album proves wholly that it deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new World Music albums list as well as the year’s top new Jazz & Blues albums.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Putumayo World Music is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:










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