Rock on the Range Expands For 2013

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Organizers of the annual Rock on the Range music festival have made a big announcement.  The festival will expand in 2013.  The festival has typically been a two day event.  Next year, it will expand, adding one more day.  Organizers have announced that the festival will be a weekend long event, running from Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 20th.  The festival will remain at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. 

The official lineup for next year’s festival is still being firmed up at this time.  However, reports hint that some new very big name acts have been added to next year’s festival.  Pre-sale tickets for Weekend Field and Weekend Stadium will go on sale next Monday at 10am.  VIP packages, Hotel and ticket bundles, and Campaign packages will also be available.  They will be available beginning next Thursday, November 29th 10am.  Information on all packages as well as general admission ticket pre-sales is available online at http://www.rockontherange.com.  Fans can also keep up with all the latest news announcements regarding next year’s festival at http://www.rockontherange, and on the festivals’ official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/rockontherange and via Twitter at http://twitter.com/rockontherange

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Black Taxi’s New LP Good For Fans Of 80’s Music

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New York based Black Taxi has been making a lot of noise in the underground scene for a number of years.  The band has earned a “Webby” award for the video for the song, ‘Shoeshine’ off of its 2009 album, “Things of That Nature.”  The band started off 2012 in positive style, too.  The band debuted the first single from its newest album, “We Don’t Know Any Better” on AOL.  The band’s new album is good fodder for anyone that is a fan of old school 80’s acts the likes of The Talking Heads and Men at Work or for more modern acts such as Cake or The Killers.  There’s even a semi Pink Floyd style piece and some Franz Ferdinand influenced music on this disc, too.

Speaking of ‘Hand’, this is one of the album’s highlights.  It’s an interesting hybrid of that old school 80’s sound mixed with a newer version of said old school style.  ‘Do What You Gotta Do’ boasts some of that same style.  The mix of the synthesizer with the guitars in this song give it a really catchy almost Cake-style sound.  There’s some of that also in the album’s title track.  Fans of Franz Ferdinand will also enjoy this record thanks to its sound.  Black taxi sort of emulates Franz Ferdinand in the catchy ‘Balloon on a Barbed Wire.’  The solid drum beats mixed with the guitar work make it an instant hit for audiences.  Fans of prog-rock masters Pink Floyd will be intrigued by the change of pace when the band moves into the more melancholy drone of ‘Holding On To Nothing.’  Thankfully, that doesn’t last long as the band kicks things back into gear right afterwards with the more catchy ‘Politics.’  The band keeps the energy up right to the album’s end from here with the blatantly 80’s style of ‘Tell Me What You Need’ and the almost hippie-esque vibe of ‘Hope I Never Know.’

While “We Don’t Know Any Better” was released back in January, the band is currently touring in support of it.  The band will be in Charlottesville, VA tonight.  Tonight’s show is followed by a pair of dates in Georgia tomorrow and Wednesday and a stop in South Carolina Thursday evening.  The band will close out the work week with a trio of dates in Florida this weekend.  Fans can go online to http://www.blacktaxi.com or http://www.facebook.com/BLACKTAXIMUSIC for a full tour run down, and to get all the latest news from the band.  

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Duck Jazz Festival Organizers Accepting Contributions For Festival Workshops

This year’s festival is Sunday, October 7th at 11am.  As part of the annual festival, education workshops will be held on Friday, October 5th.  Jazz Festival organizers are now accepting contributions to help pay for the workshops. 

Students with First Flight and the Manteo High School Jazz Band will work with members of The Fuzz Band during the workshops.  There will be Q&A sessions, as well as opportunities to work on musical composition with The Fuzz Band. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation for the Duck Jazz Festival can make checks payable to the Outer Banks Community Foundation.  Donations made via check should include “Duck Jazz Festival Fund” in the memo line.  All contributions made through the Outer Banks Community Foundation are tax deductible and will be recognized in the Duck Jazz Festival brochure.  Contributions should be mailed to Outer Banks Community Foundation. 13 Skyline Road. Southern Shores, North Carolina 278949. 

The Duck Jazz Festival is free and open to the public.  Gates for the festival open at 10am.  Along with the Fuzz Band, this year’s list of performers includes:  The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Paula Atherton, and Emme St. James.  More information on the Duck Jazz Festival is available online at http://www.duckjazz.com, http://www.facebook.com/DuckJazzFestival, http://twitter.com/duckjazzfest, and on its own Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/DuckPR.  Information is also available by phone at 252-255-1234.

Boys Like Girls Announce U.S. Tour With The All American Rejects

Pop rock band Boys Like Girls has announced that it will hit the road this Summer, and it’s bringing The All American Rejects along for the ride.  The tour is in support of the upcoming new release from Boys Like Girls, “Crazy World.”  “Crazy World” is expected to be released this Fall via Columbia Records.  While fans wait for the new album, they can download a three-track EP by the same name from iTunes.  The EP can be downloaded here: http://smarturl.it/crazyworldep.  It has the songs, ‘Be Your Everything’, ‘Life of The Party’, and ‘The First Time.’  All three tracks are from the upcoming full length “Crazy World” LP.  

The band has released the official lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Be Your Everything.’  Audiences can check it out now, at http://youtu.be/UttOVBD-Rvw.  BLG front man Martin Johnson explained the song, saying, “This song is about the moment when it becomes okay to say, I love you.”

The band’s tour kicks off Thursday, September 13th at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.  Fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see BLG and The All American Rejects when they make a stop at the famed Charlotte, NC club, Amo’s on Tuesday, september 25th.  The band currently has announced nineteen dates so far, with more to come.  Fans can get all the latest tour dates, news, and more from Boys Like Girls at http://www.facebook.com/boyslikegirls, http://twitter.com/#!/BoysLikeGirls, and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/BoysLikeGirlsVEVO

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The “Dream” Is Alive For Belle Histoire

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Cincinnati, Ohio based Bell Histoire has officially seen its “dream” come true.  The band’s debut album, “Dreamers”, is a solid first impression on audiences.  Singer/keyboardist Jane Smith comes across in a sort of Avril Lavigne style on the album’s closer, ‘Don’t Run Away.’  She seemingly sings about a relationship on this song, “Oh I don’t know/what you do/well I just want you to feel the way I do/We, oh we/are standing in the middle/of a dream/dream with me, oh dream with me.  The standard lyrical content aside, what makes this song a good opener is that it has that strong up-tempo “poppy” vibe that will really grab listeners by the ear, and get their attention.

The band keeps that “poppy” vibe going on the album’s second song, ‘Everyday.’  Fans of Jimmy Eat World will like this one, as it seems to bear quite the musical influence from said band.  Smith again tackles the relationship topic here, singing, “we’ve only got each other now/and we can depend on the sun to come up/everyday, oh everyday/so please tell me does it matter anyway. 

“Dreamers” does venture outside the realm of relationship based songs.  ‘Kids’ offers encouragement to those younger audiences who may feel like social outcasts for one reason or another.  Smith sings to the band’s up-tempo backing, “We are, we are, we are/standing up and singing our songs/you are, you are, you are/everything that makes us who we are/don’t you ever change/cause you are the reason/we feel like we belong.”  It comes across as a very empowering anthem that is destined to become not just a hit, but the band’s biggest hit.  Smith’s vocals, mixed with the song’s music bring up a great general effect.  It’s really THE highlight of the album.

Whether for ‘Kids’ or any of the other songs throughout “Dreamers”, the entire album has such a strong pop sensibility that it would be no surprise that with the right backing, this band could easily find itself all over mainstream pop radio and even VH1’s Top 20 Countdown in the near future.  That is if it isn’t already.  The band will tour in support of its new album next month, beginning with a performance at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio.  It will be joined by Chiodos at that show.  Fans can get a full list of tour dates, news and more from the band online at http://www.bellehistoiremusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/bellehistoiremusic, http://twitter.com/bellehistoireKY, and http://www.youtube.com/bellehistoiremusic.

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Miggs Announces Dates For New Album, Tour

Florida based band, miggs, has announced the dates for the release of its new album and supporting tour.  The band will release its fifth full length studio release, “15th and Hope” on Tuesday, September 11th.  The album was produced by music legend Phil Ramone.  It will be supported by a three week tour with Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, beginning October 17th at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle.  miggs will also make a stop in North Carolina during its tour.  It will perform at the Cats Crade in Carrboro on Sunday, October 28th. 

The band has already released a lyric video for the lead single from “15th and Hope.”  Fans can check out the video for ‘Stars’ online now at  http://bit.ly/MRK7p5.

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5FDP, KsE, Battlecross, more kick off Trespass America tour

The Trespass America tour has officially hit the road.  The tour features some of the metal world’s biggest names, including:  Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and God Forbid.  Also along for the ride are some up and coming hard rock and metal acts in the likes of Pop Evil, Emmure, and Battlecross.  Being the road dogs that they are, Five Figner Death Punch will be headlining the tour. 

The tour will be making its way all across America straight into September.  Fans in North Carolina will have the chance to check out the bands live, as the tour will be making a stop in Charlotte next month.  The metal fest will play Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Pavilion Uptown on Tuesday, August 21st. 

Fans can get a ful listing of tour dates online at http://www.trespassamerica.com.  And while fans wait for the tour to hit their city, fans can get the latest news and more from the bands on tour online at http://www.battlecrossmetal.com, http://www.killswitchengage.com, http://www.trivium.org, http://popevil.com, http://ww.facebook.com/officialgodforbid, http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com, and http://www.facebook.com/emmure.

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Camplified tour celebrates two decades

NEW YORK, NY–The Camplified tour is back!  The leading annual tour for the Justin Bieber generation has announced the plans for its 2012 tour.  This year’s tour will make its way across the country throughout the Summer beginning July 2nd.  It all starts in Ortonville, MI.  Coming along for the ride this year are:  Alabama Capital, The Strange Familiar, Ariana and the Rose, Rebecca McGown, and Brandon & Savannah.  Disney Channel star Trevor Jackson will also make a special one time only appearance at Camp Rolling River in East Rockaway, NY on July 10th. 

Also expected t make special guest appearances along the way is teen pop superstar group, Blush.  The group is expected to make appearances on the tour from July 25 – 28th and August 3rd.  The appearances will be on stops at camps in New Jersey, Maine, and and Long Island. 

Cartoon Network is sponsoring the tour this year’s tour.  As sponsor, it will feature lots of activities, including:  slip ‘n slide human bowling to promote its new Ben 10 cartoon, and a create your own bandana booth to promote its hit show, The Amazing World of Gumball.  Music instrument companies Roland and Epiphone will also be on hand with special activities and promotions for concert-goers. 

Parents and kids can get a full listing of this year’s Camplified tour dates online at http://www.camplified.com.

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Return to Forever have returned in a big way on new live release

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Return to Forever has returned.  And it has returned in a huge way.  The band released its brand new live set, “The Mothership Returns” this past Tuesday, June 19th.  Being that it’s been nearly forty years since the band released its last full-length studio album, this new live release is an excellent “return” for this jazz/fusion/rock band.  It’s an equally impressive introduction to the legendary act for fans who might be new to RTF’s music.

Jazz/fusion, jazz/rock, jazz.  Call it what you will.  But one thing that can be said of Return to Forever on its new live release, “The Mothership Returns”, is that it shows that in the nearly four decades since the release of RTF’s last release, this band hasn’t lost even the slightest bit of steam.  The double disc audio portion of the set covers some of the band’s biggest hits including:  ‘School Days’, ‘Spain’, and Medieval Overture’ just to name a few.  This incarnation of RTF isn’t the original lineup.  But even with a new lineup, the band is still as strong as ever.  Drummer Lenny White’s work behind the kit is incredible to say the least.  He keeps perfect time all while crafting some of the most creative music of any drummer out there.  And founder/keyboardist Chick Corea continues to prove why he is one of the top musicians in his category, too.  Alongside Stanley Clarke (Bass), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), and Frank Gamble (guitars), the quintet’s performance makes for a wonderful experience for any lover of jazz.

The audio portion of “The Mothership Returns” is impressive in itself.  But it’s the addition of the bonus dvd that makes this release that much more enjoyable.  The documentary, “Return to Forever:  Inside The Music” is a bonus that makes the whole epxerience that much more enjoyable.  The documentary offers insight into how the songs on the live show came to life.  There’s even an extra discussion on the song, ‘Dayride.’  Bassist Stanley Clarke discusses how he came up with the song.  He notes in the band interviews that it started coming to life when he was watching the Grammys one night.  Mel Torme was awarding a Grammy to Chick Corea, and mispronounced Chick’s last name.  Clarke laughs about how Torme had to be corrected about the pronunciation of Chick’s name.  That’s just one of many more memorable anecdotes shared by the band throughout the interviews.

The bonus documentary dvd included in “The Mothership Returns” is loaded with lots of memorable anecdotes that audiences will love to listen to again and again.  They aren’t all that make the bonus documentary the great extra that it is.  As the band talks about how the songs on this show came to life, each one shares with audiences what the other band memers bring to the table.  Not one of the band members has anything bad to say about the other.  Drummer Lenny White even jokes with bandmate Stanley Clarke about how Clarke had told him that he [Clarke] swore he would not be playing ‘School Days’ at fifty years old.  that obviously didn’t work out too well for Clarke.  That camaraderie shows through to the show, too.  The chemistry between every one of the band members is evident in their playing during both the audio and video portions of the show.  It’s part of what gives the show the energy that it has.

The video portion of the set is another extra that makes the bonus dvd a welcome addition to “The Mothership Returns.”  As the band discusses the songs featured on the audio portion of the set, audiences get to see performances of those songs from the Montreux Jazz Festival.  One of the songs discussed that’s not included in the double disc audio portion of the set is ‘Dayride.’ As noted earlier, there is a discussion of this on the bonus dvd. Fans who pick up “The Mothership Returns” will get to not only hear the discussion on this one, but see it performed at length, too, thanks to that inclusion. 

The entire “Inside The Music” documentary clocks in at just over an hour.  In that time, the documentary alone shines as the cornerstone of the bonus dvd.  From the insight into the band’s music to the laugh filled anecdotes to the extra bonus content, the bonus dvd helps to bring the entire package completely together.  Together with the double disc performance by this newest incarnation, RTF has proven that even after nearly forty years the band is still a leader not just in the world of jazz, but in music in general.

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Dream Theater announce South American tour dates

Dream Theater has officially announced the dates for its the South American leg of its worldwide tour.  The band is currently touring in support of its new album, “A Dramatic Turn of Events.”  The band will kick off the South American leg of its tour Wednesday, August 8th in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  From there, the band will head throughout El Salvador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.  The tour will take the band through August and into September. 

Before heading South though, U.S. fans get plenty of chances to see the band this Summer.  The band will perform in Rochester, NY this Friday, June 15th.  The band will hit a total of twenty-four cities across the country through June and July before embarking on its South American tour.

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