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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