No Shades Of Grey, The Green’s New LP Is One Of 2019’s Top New Reggae Records

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Reggae outfit The Green released its latest full-length studio recording last week.  The Hawaiian-sextet’s new 15-song, hour-long record Black & White is one of the most welcome surprises from the reggae realm so far this year.  According to the band’s own members – Caleb Keolanui (vocals), Ikaika Antone (keyboards, lead vocals), JP Kennedy (guitar, lead vocals), Zion Thompson (guitar, lead vocals), Brad “BW” Watanabe (bass, vocals) and Jordan Espinoza (drums) – the album’s title is a reflection of the band’s minimalist approach to the record.  That simplistic approach to the album’s musical content is just one of the album’s most important elements.  Its lyrical themes couple with its musical content to add even more interest to its whole.  Together, they do plenty to make the album appealing from start to finish.  That is evidenced early on in the form of ‘Good Vibrations.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Wake Up,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another way in which the album proves itself a surprisingly enjoyable offering from The Green.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Chocolate & Roses,’ which comes just past the album’s halfway mark, is yet another example of what makes Black & White stand out in this year’s reggae realm.  It will also be addressed a little later on.  When it is considered along with the two other songs noted here and the album’s remaining dozen songs, the whole of the record becomes a piece that is one of this year’s top new reggae records.

The Green’s new full-length studio recording Black & White is a strong new effort from the Hawaiian reggae band that will appeal to fans of performers, such as Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Gabby Pahinui.  That is evidenced through the minimalist approach taken by the band to the album both musically and lyrically.  One of the songs that serves to support that statement comes early on in the album’s run in the form of ‘Good Vibration.’  ‘Good Vibration’ opens with the band’s members singing a capella before bringing in a steady mid-tempo guitar riff that couples with a steady beat on the timbales from Espinoza.  As the song progresses, the rest of the band joins in, creating a three-part harmony that creates a positive, easy-going vibe that translates quite well to listeners.  That simple musical approach makes the song’s equally uplifting lyrical content to make the song in whole one of the record’s strongest additions.

Keolanui sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve been traveling for so long now, you know/Around these islands/Just to show/With a good meditation/Can cause a good vibration/Turn a bad situation/Into a fine afternoon.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “So listen up, listen up/’Cause we’re gonna fill your cup/’Cause we like/The joy that it brings us/And yes, we take it everywhere that we go/To people we’ll throw/These big love grenades/And we’re on target almost every time…no we don’t care about things that bring us down/And we gotta let you know/That I’ve got that good vibration.”  Keloanui continues in the song’s final verse just as positive, stating he just wants positivity for others, encouraging support for others.  There really is no grey area here.  It is all…well…black and white.  The message is one of optimism and hope, and it is delivered with total clarity.  That positive message, coupled with the song’s equally uplifting musical arrangement, is certain to achieve its goal of empowering listeners and lifting them up.  That clear, simple message and equally simple, accessible musical arrangement makes the song in whole a clear example of what makes Black & White a strong new entry in this year’s reggae field.  It is just one of the album’s standout entries.  ‘Wake Up,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another positive addition to the album.

‘Wake Up’ stands out because its arrangement is another surprisingly enjoyable non-traditional reggae work.  The arrangement opens with an easygoing bluesy guitar riff that couples with Watanabe’s bass to form a solid foundation for the song.  Once Keolanui and the rest of the band joins in, the arrangement develops a slightly more traditional reggae sound that still is balanced well with that early bluesy sound.  The two sounds together create a unique sound that stands solidly on its own merits.  The positive vibes that the arrangement establishes in listeners’ minds is made even more encouraging by the song’s uplifting lyrical theme.  It is a theme that even the most devout Christians will appreciate.

Keolanui sings in the song’s lead verse, “As your times start to get rough/And you fear you’re losing love/It’s ‘cause you never took the time to trouble/The one and only man above/My friend, God.”  From there, he and his band mates sing in the song’s chorus, “You gotta wake up, brother/Open your eyes/You gotta wake up/It’s time you realize.”  The second verse continues in similar fashion, with Keolanui singing about a person spending so much time drinking and smoking, doing negative things, yet wondering why things are going badly.  He reminds people about having faith in God to make things better.  Again, the message is clear, even if some of the lyrics are not so clear without a lyrics sheet.  The message is clear enough that it is obvious what is being discussed in this case.  Keeping that in mind along with the subtleties of the song’s arrangement, the whole becomes a song that will appeal even to people who might not necessarily be the most devoted reggae fans.  When it is considered along with ‘Good Vibration,’ the optimism of both songs shows even more clearly just how much Black & White has to offer listeners.  It is still not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Chocolate & Roses,’ which comes just past the album’s midway point, is one more example of the album’s strength.

‘Chocolate & Roses’ stands out musically from its counterparts already discussed here as they do from each other and the rest of the album’s works in terms of its musical arrangement.  This song’s arrangement presents some of the strongest comparisons to Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz that the album exhibits.  It is a simple, laid back work that utilizes Keolanui’s vocals, Espinoza’s work on the bongos, Watanabe’s bass work and a steady, easygoing, tropical guitar riff to create a whole that is one of the album’s most memorable arrangements.  With summer only around the corner, one could imagine this playing during a couple’s romantic getaway at the beach.  Of course, as with the other songs noted here – and the rest of the album’s songs – that impressive musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song work.  Its lyrical content is just as notable as its musical arrangement.

Keolanui sings in the song’s lead verse, “Fireworks going off on a new year’s day/Like a dozen roses on the fourteenth of February, yeah/Like a beautiful day in the start of spring/Like an April fool I watch the smile it brings/I’m all you need girl/I’m all you need/Like chocolate and roses…are all you need.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Like a cloudy day in May/I’ll be there/Like the sun, it shines on a summer day/Like a chocolate pie on the fourth of July/Like a cool breeze on an August night/I’m all you need.”  The similes don’t end here, with more refrains of the chorus and even more in the song’s third verse that are just as simplistic.  That simplistic approach to the song’s message once again leave no doubt about what’s being said.  This is a love song, and one that with the right support, could be the love song of this summer.  It, along with the other two songs noted here – and the rest of the album’s works – could be one of the year’s biggest surprises from the reggae realm with that same support.

The Green’s new full-length studio recording Black & White is a work that is worth the green paid for the album.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  Reggae fans and the band’s most devoted audiences alike will agree with that statement.  That is made evident through all three songs discussed here, as well as the rest of the album’s works.  From start to end, the album stands out as one of the year’s most surprisingly unique reggae offerings to date, and one of the year’s best in the genre.  More information on Black & White is available online now along with all of The Green’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory’s New Anime Import Will Generate Plenty Of Noise

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Shout! Factory is bringing the Japanese coming-age-age story A Silent Voice to American audiences.  Set for release on Tuesday on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, the almost two-and-a-half-hour movie is a stirring tale of redemption that will engage and entertain anime fans just as much as it will those who might not typically be interested in the very niche genre.  That is due in part to that story, which will be discussed shortly.  While the story’s appeal is far-reaching, it does suffer from at least one problem in its pacing, which will be discussed a little later.  The movie’s average price point plays its own important part to its presentation, and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of A Silent Voice.  All things considered, A Silent Voice is certain to generate plenty of discussion among audiences.

Shout! Factory’s new anime import A Silent Voice is a cinematic offering that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among audiences.  That includes the most devoted anime fans and even those who are generally not as interested in the very niche genre.  That is due in part to the movie’s story, which follows a young high school student named Shoya Ishida as he tries to make amends for bullying a former classmate years earlier in their middle school.  Shoya bullied the girl, Shoko Nishimiya, along with a group of his friends just because she is deaf.  The end result is that Shoko’s mother ends up transferring her to another school, and Shoko ends up being ostracized by his own friends.  The result of what happens to Shoya leads him to have a revelation that at first turns him suicidal.  However, after his failed attempt to take his own life, he realizes that it is his mission to right the wrongs caused by him and his friends.  The story does have a happy ending.  As a matter of fact, one could almost make a biblical comparison of sorts to the story’s end and a certain story from the Bible interestingly enough.  However, along the way, the story’s progression is so emotionally heavy that audiences will definitely have to be in a certain frame of mind in order to watch through the whole thing.  That is not to say the story is unwatchable, but rather that it is simply that deep and heavy.  Staying on that track, coming-of-age stories and tales of redemption are nothing new to the movie industry in the Western and Eastern hemispheres.  However, the way in which the story’s writing team crafted those two interweaving story elements in this case is an intriguing new approach.  That in itself makes the movie worth the watch.  While the movie’s central story does plenty to keep viewers engaged and entertained, it does suffer from one problem – its pacing.

The run time of A Silent Voice is two hours and 10 minutes.  A lot of things happen over the course of that run time.  There is also a lot of jumping around in terms of time frame from one scene to the next.  There are points at which the story could have easily wrapped up, but instead, it keeps going. While these issues do not leave audiences checking their watches, it does create enough of a problem that viewers will recognize the noted issues and wonder when the nearly two-and-a-half-hour story will finally end.  Luckily, as much of an issue as the pacing is for the overall presentation of A Silent Voice, it is not so overly prominent that it makes the movie unwatchable either.  It is just another example of what often can and does happen when multiple people have their hands in the proverbial writing pot for any movie, whether Asian, American or from somewhere else.  Keeping all of this in mind, A Silent Voice is still worth an occasional watch when audiences are in the right mindset, especially considering the movie’s average price point.

The average price point for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of A Silent Voice is $20.69.  The average price for its DVD standalone release is $12.48.  Those prices were obtained using listings at Shout! Factory’s story and those of Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The movie was not listed at Books-A-Million, but the book series on which the movie is based was listed there.  Neither price is a bank buster, so to speak.  What’s more, the story at the center of the movie actually stands out from so many anime movies.  What’s more, while it is emotionally deep and heavy, it is still relatively accessible for its target audiences.  That accessibility, coupled with the depth of the story, makes it a movie that is worth at least an occasional watch.  That being the case, whether one buys the movie on DVD or on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, the price paid is money well-spent.  Keeping all of this in mind, A Silent Voice proves itself to be itself a worthwhile investment among drama fans and anime fans alike.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming home release of the anime import A Silent Voice is a work that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among its target audiences.  That is proven in part through a story that stands out among so many of its anime counterparts.  The dual coming-of-age/redemption story at the movie’s center is emotionally deep and heavy.  It is not a movie that one can simply sit down and watch.  It is one of those works that requires a proper mindset in order for audiences to fully appreciate.  While the story is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained, its pacing is a little bit problematic, but not so much that it makes the movie unwatchable.  To that end, the movie’s relatively affordable price point on DVD and BD/DVD combo pack makes it a worthwhile investment among drama and anime fans.  It will be available Tuesday.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is “Rocking” Fun For The Whole Family

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PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Ready Jet Go! Episodes next month on DVD.  The new collection, Chasing The Sun, is set for release April 9.  While audiences wait for the DVD’s release, they have another collection of episodes from the hit series in the form of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  Released this past January, the DVD features four episodes from the series’ first season that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  Those episodes are themselves are just one of a group of reasons for any family to own this DVD.  The episodes’ secondary content plays its own critical role in the DVD’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  When the DVD’s primary and secondary content is coupled with the DVD’s average price point, the whole of the single-disc presentation makes the collection a (space) rocking – yes, that awful pun was intentional – collection that the whole family will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is a collection that space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content.  All four of the episodes featured in this latest RJG compilation are lifted from the series’ debut season, and are presented in exactly the same chronological order in which they were originally aired on television.  This is good in itself in that it means nothing is left out as audiences watch.  Instead of jumping around from one point to another, audiences can feel as if they are watching it on television instead of on DVD.  It’s a minor aesthetic element, sure, but in the bigger picture, that element goes a long way toward the DVD’s presentation.

The actual primary content presented in the episodes is just as important to note of the episodes as their sequencing.  Audiences of all ages will enjoy the lessons about the changing forms of space rocks in “Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites” and the lessons about the compositions of meteorites and comets in the episodes.  Older audiences will enjoy the lessons because, honestly, plenty of adults forget the specifics of the noted topics very easily.  So for adults, the lessons would be learned for the first time again while for younger viewers, the lessons will be just as fresh, learning them for the first time ever.  As if this is not enough, the lessons tie into one another from the first to the last.  First is the lesson about the different terms used to classify space rocks as they make their way toward and onto Earth.  From there, audiences learn how to determine an average Earth rock from a space rock in terms of its composition and characteristics.  Immediately after that episode, audiences are taught about the composition of comets, which themselves are space rocks.  From there, Jet and his friends create their own asteroid patrol, a smaller version of what NASA already does.  They are then introduced to what the said scientists do every single day.  Again, older audiences will enjoy learning facts that they likely forgot over the years while younger viewers will enjoy just as much, learning those same lessons for the first time.  It makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.  That is more than enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD, but most definitely not the only reason.  The secondary lessons incorporated into the episodes add even more reason for audiences to view the DVD.

Audiences learn how to make their own homemade comet in the secondary lesson in “Comet Fever.”  “Mindy’s Meteorite Stand” uses the lesson of how to tell the difference in an Earth and space rock as its primary AND secondary lesson.  The use of the magnets plays into the traits that determine if a rock is from space or Earth.  This is the starting point for families and even teachers to do their own lesson about how to spot Earth rocks and space rocks.  “Asteroid Patrol” helps viewers of all ages learn where to look for asteroids in the sky and what to look for.  Simply put, the lessons presented in each episode are just as valuable as the primary content because they take the information presented in the primary lessons and use them to continue that learning first hand.  When the two lessons are coupled, they give audiences more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is $5.17.  That price is obtained by averaging prices from PBS’ online store, from Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  The least expensive listing at the time of this review is at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart at $4.79.  The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  Whether one purchases the DVD at the low end or high, neither price is very high.  Purchasing the DVD will not break any family’s budget, and will be enjoyed plenty of times at that one-time price.  Considering all that the DVD offers, that makes the disc’s average price point quite affordable.  Keeping everything in mind here, the DVD in whole proves itself a positive addition to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS Distribution’s most recent Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is another enjoyable new offering from Craig Bartlett’s (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) hit science-based educational series.  That is thanks in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content, which will entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  The secondary content serves as a solid starting point for educators and families alike to try their own related experiments and experiences.  The disc’s average price point is money well-spent, considering all that the primary and secondary has to offer audiences.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  All things considered, they make the DVD another out of this world hit for the whole family.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is available online along with lots of games, activities and printables at:

 

 

 

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Journey’s New Live Recording Is A Powerful New Musical Adventure

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World-renowned rock band Journey released its brand new live recording this week.  The recording, Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan, was released Friday through Eagle Rock Entertainment.  While not the group’s first live recording ever – the group’s most recent live recording, Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour, was released in 2005 through Columbia Records – it is still a piece that audiences and the band’s more devoted fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to discuss as the set list itself, and will be addressed a little later on.  The companion booklet included with the set plays its own integral part to the recording’s overall presentation.  Together with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of the set becomes an early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.

Veteran rock band Journey’s latest live recording Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan is an offering that classic rock fans and Journey’s more devout fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  An expansive two-hour-plus concert, the set list covers two of the band’s most well-known and beloved albums – Escape and Frontiers.  The concert, originally recorded in 2017 at the famed Budokan in Japan, covers both albums in full.  What’s more, the band performs each album in its original sequence from start to end in the exact same order as their original presentations.  The band wastes little time between the songs, filling time with pointless chatter.  Rather, the band collectively does its talking through its music.  That is not to say that the band’s members don’t talk at all between songs.  There are moments in which each member of the band offers some commentary, sharing stories of songs’ creation.  However, those moments are limited in their frequency.  That limit makes the noted all the more special, and at the same time, the rest of the concert just as enjoyable for audiences.  With all of this in mind, the set list proves to be an integral portion of this recording’s presentation.  It is just one of the most important of the recording’s whole.  The band’s performance of the set list is important in its own right to the recording’s presentation.

The band’s performance is important to address in the bigger picture of the recording because it is so engaging and entertaining throughout the show.  Lead guitarist Neal Schon shows time and again with his work, why he is such a respected musician.  From his work on the soaring show opener that is ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ to his more subtle performance in ‘Who’s Crying Now’ to the driving riffs of ‘Chain Reaction’ and more, Schon shows that he is still at the top of his game even so many decades after first picking up a guitar.  Drummer Steve Smith’s timing in each song is impeccable. His fills, his control of his drum kit and stamina are just as impressive.  Drummers will note his stamina and creative performance is due to obvious classical training.  He uses his wrists instead of his arms to play.  He also uses plenty of rudiments throughout each song, utilizing every inch of his kit.  At no point does he ever show any sign of drained energy, nor does he lose any ability to keep the songs interesting in his own right.  Again, here is a clear example of the band’s talents throughout the show.  Keyboardist/guitarist and bassist Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory help maintain each song’s foundation in their own way, too, giving just as much positive energy as their band mates.  Front man Arnel Pineda, while maybe not as tall as his band mates, proves big things can and do come in small packages.  He delivers a nonstop powerhouse vocal performance, displaying time and again, an impressive control over his voice.  That includes not just in terms of dynamics, but also his ability to properly convey the feeling of each song.  When His vocal prowess is coupled with the talents of his band mates, all of which have been noted here, the whole of the band’s performance becomes a spectacle that shows how a live concert is done right.  As noted in the recording’s companion booklet, which itself will be discussed shortly, there is no pyro in this show.  There are no giant video screens behind the band.  There are no special effects other than lighting.  That puts the full attention on the band, and the band makes the most of that attention in every song.  That less is more approach makes the band’s performance more than enough reason for audiences to watch this show.  It will be two hours-plus well-spent.

The band’s performance in whole gives audiences more than enough to appreciate in this recording.  It would be unfair, of course, to ignore the work of those behind the cameras, lenses and computers in the production and post.  It is thanks to those individuals’ efforts, that the energy of that performance is heightened even more for home viewers.  The timing of the shots, the shots’ angles and the sound are top quality.  Given, Eagle Rock Entertainment would not release a recording whose production values are any less.  It is the standard for which Eagle Rock has come to be known.  Even with that in mind, it would be wrong it ignore the part of those who captured the band’s performance and prepared it for its presentation.  Those individuals did just as much to make this show enjoyable for audiences as the band itself.

Having noted the set list featured in this recording and the band’s performance thereof, it is obvious that the recording offers plenty of appeal.  They are only a portion of what makes the recording another positive offering from Journey and Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The recording’s companion booklet adds its own share of interest to the recording’s whole.  As already noted, the recording’s booklet notes the simplicity of the show’s stage setup.  There’s no pyro, no giant video screens behind the band, no other special effects.  There are some steel structures behind the band, but they are really more cosmetic than anything else. They don’t really serve any other purpose than to add to the stage’s look.  The liner notes, crafted by journalist Matt Wardlaw, gives audiences insight into the importance of Escape and Frontiers, noting that the two albums collectively spawned eight Top 40 singles and sold no less than 20 million copies worldwide.  The liner notes also note that Journey’s 2017 Budokan performance was not the first time the band performed at the famed venue.  The full story on that will be left for audiences to discover on their own.  There is even a mention about Smith’s technical prowess by Valory included in the liner notes, going back to the previous discussion on Smith’s talents.  If that is not enough for audiences, Wardlaw cites Pineda as he talks about his nerves before going on stage with his band mates because of his own lifelong view of the Budokan.  Everything noted here is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that is the liner notes in the recording’s companion booklet.  Between these notes and many others featured in the booklet, audiences get a rich, thorough setup on the concert before they ever take in the concert.  At the same time, the notes give an equally rich examination of the albums performed in whole in the concert.  In other words, the liner notes offer audiences just as much appeal as the concert contained in the two CDs and one DVD/BD (One set is 2 CD/DVD and the other 2 CD/BD) that make up the recording’s packaging.  When that concert is considered alongside the liner notes,  the whole becomes a presentation that classic rock and Journey fans alike will appreciate.

Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan is a strong new offering from veteran rock band Journey.  The recording presents the band as a unit that is still going strong decades after its formation.  It also gives longtime fans a full performance of two of the band’s most iconic albums in exactly the same sequence as their presentation in those noted albums.  The liner notes featured in the recording’s companion booklet put the finishing touch to the recording’s presentation.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan a work that proves itself worthy of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  It is available now.  More information on the recording is available online now along with all of Journey’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.journeymusic.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/journeyofficial

 

 

 

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Hyro The Hero Announces Summer Tour Schedule

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Hyro The Hero has announced a new slate of live dates.

The rap-rock artist announced a new jam-packed summer tour schedule on Wednesday.  The three-month-long-plus tour schedule is set to launch May 3 in Jacksonville, Fla and to run through Aug. 25 in Brooklyn, NY.

The tour will feature performances at the Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, NC, Dreamhack Dallas Convention and Rocklahoma festival as well as performances in cities nationwide.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome To Rockville
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter After Show
Sun
5/12
Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge ^
Tue
5/14
Chesterfield, MI
Diesel Concert Lounge ^
Wed
5/15
Lexington, KY
Manchester Music Hall ^
Fri
5/17
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater ^
Sat
5/18
Lynchburg, VA
Phase2 Dining and Entertainment Club ^
Sun
5/19
Poughkeepsie, NY
The Chance ^
Tue
5/21
Sayreville, NJ
Starland Ballroom ^
Thu
5/23
Nashville, TN
The Cowan ^
Fri
5/24
Springfield, MO
The Complex ^
Sun
5/26
Pryor, OK
Rocklahoma
Sat
6/1
Dallas, TX
Dreamhack Dallas Convention
Fri
6/21
Dallas, TX
Dos Equis Pavillion #
Sat
6/22
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheatre #
Sun
6/23
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion #
Tue
6/25
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre #
Wed
6/26
Tampa, FL
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Fri
6/28
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater #
Sat
6/29
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavillion #
Sun
6/30
Atlantic City, NJ
The Beach at Atlantic City #
Tue
7/2
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse #
Wed
7/3
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage #
Fri
7/5
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center #
Sat
7/6
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center #
Sun
7/7
Hartford, CT
The Xfinity Theatre #
Tue
7/9
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live #
Wed
7/10
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre #
Fri
7/12
Tinley Park, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/13
Thornville, OH
Legend Valley #
Sun
7/14
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center #
Mon
7/15
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/17
Englewood, CO
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/20
Irvine, CA
Starland Ballroom #
Sun
7/21
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater #
Tue
7/23
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/24
Boise, ID
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater #
Fri
7/26
Chula Vista, CA
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/27
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavillion #
Sun
7/28
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater #
Sat/Sun
8/24-25
Brooklyn, NY
Afropunk Festival
^ with P.O.D. & Nonpoint & Islander
# with Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival Tour

Hyro The Hero’s upcoming tour schedule is in support of his most recent full-length studio recording Flagged Channel.  The album was released Aug. 31, 2018 on Century Media Records/Red Music.  The album has spawned the singles ‘Never Back  Down,’ ‘Bullet‘ and ‘Live Your F**** Life‘ since its release.

Along with those singles, Hyro The Hero is also featured on EDM artist Crankdat’s new single ‘Monster.’

More information on that single is available along with all of Hyro The Hero’s latest tour news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.hyrothehero.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HyroTheHero

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hyrothehero

 

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Set It Off Announces Summer Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off announced its summer tour schedule this week.

The band announced on Monday, that just as the weather warms up, so will its tour schedule.  The band will launch the tour, which runs a little more than a month, is scheduled to launch June 11 in Colorado Springs, CO and to run through July 20 in Mountainview, CA.

The tour’s schedule features performances in cities, such as Poughkeepsie, NY; Charlotte, NC and Milwaukee, WI.  Its schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
THE MIDNIGHT WORLD TOUR PART 3:
WITH EMAROSA, BROADSIDE, + LIZZY FARRALL:

6/11 — Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep
6/12 — Lawrence, KS — The Bottleneck
6/14 — Burnsville, MN — The Garage
6/15 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave
6/16 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
6/18 — St. Louis, MO — Fubar
6/19 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East
6/21 — Indianapolis, IN — The Citadel
6/22 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
6/23 — Grand Rapids, MI — Elevation
6/25 — Buffalo, NY — Rec Room
6/26 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance Theater
6/28 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
6/29 — Richmond, VA — The Canal Club
6/30 — Atlantic City, NJ — Atlantic City Beach*
7/2 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met
7/3 — Amityville, NY — Revolution
7/5 — Reading, PA — Reverb
7/6 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore
7/7 — Charlotte, NC — Amo’s Southend
7/8 — Orlando, FL — Sad Summer*
7/9 — Lake Park, FL — The Kelsey Theater
7/12 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
7/13 — Austin, TX — Empire Garage
7/16 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole
7/18 — Los Angeles, CA — El Rey
7/20 — Mountainview, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre*
*Festival Dates

Set It Off’s upcoming summer tour schedule is in support of its latest album Midnight, which was released Feb. 1.  The album spawned the singles ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever, ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’ Midnight‘s full track listing is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

More information on Set It Off’s upcoming tour, its new album and latest news is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.setitoffband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SetItOff

 

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Reign Of Z Debuts ‘Reflections’ Video

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Alt-rock metal band Reign of Z debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Reflections’ on Tuesday via PureGrainAudio.com and YouTube.  The single is taken from the band’s debut EP Mirrors and Memoirs.  The record, produced by Steve Sopchak (Ice Nine Kills), is scheduled for April 19.

Vocalist Zosia West talked about the EP in a recent interview.

“This is the most exposed songwriting I’ve written up to this point,” West said.  “Each song was written at different ages in my life and reformatted for listeners.  Experiences from 8, 16, 24 and present.”

West added, “Our experiences have allowed us to create a world where we find solace and comfort, and allows us to be who we are and whoever listens and follows.”

The video for the new song presents vocalist Zosia West being restrained on a table by her band mates — Steven Lords (guitar), Zach Cunningham (guitar) and Stephen Berg (bass) — as she struggles to be released.  Meanwhile, her band mates work to hold her back so that an unidentified fluid can be pumped into her.  That footage is crossed with footage of the band performing its new single against a darkly lit backdrop.

Musically, the song’s arrangement lends itself to thoughts of Halestorm, Amy Lee and even Otep to a slightly lesser degree.  Lyrically, the song comes across as a commentary about an emotional battle that West at one time fought with herself.

‘Reflections’ can be purchased now via Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.

Reign of Z is scheduled to perform live Apr. 27 in Millvale, PA in support of Mirrors and Memoirs.  More information on the show is available along with information on the band’s new video, EP and more at:

 

Website: http://www.reignofz.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ReignofZ

 

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