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THE AVIATORS Release Official Video for “Goodbye to the Rain” ‘Flowers and Moonshine’ Album Out NOW!

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Bakersfield, CA hard rock band THE AVIATORS has released the official music video for the single, “Goodbye to the Rain,” filmed at The Canyon at The Rose, off of their latest album, Flowers and Moonshine.

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In an era when the perception that Rock N Roll is a dead art form, The Aviators have eschewed the apathy towards rock n’ roll and chose to release an incendiary piece of work that gives a nod to the legends of the past, but also blazes their own trail into the end of the decade.

Flowers and Moonshine is the fourth offering from The Aviators, and is a body of work that authentically reflects 10 years of blood, sweat, and beers–a mature effort which showcases both their individual strengths and collective prowess, none more evident than on the single “Goodbye To The Rain”.

The band has been featured on many international radio stations and have been well received from the video release of “Goodbye To The Rain”, garnering over 40,000 views in the first two weeks of its release. “This album is the culmination of our years grinding it out in venues small and large, hustling gigs with national acts, and being in front of audiences that give one shot to prove your worth,” says guitarist Daniel Reynoso. With the release of the new album, the band intends to expand their reach both regionally and nationally.

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 Track List:
1. Flowers and Moonshine
2. Going Down Swinging
3. Goodbye to the Rain
4. Time
5. One Last Cigarette
6. Set It Off
7. Blind
8. Destroyer
9. Grim Reaper

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The Aviators, a homage to the best that rock and roll can provide! We operate out of Bakersfield, CA, and are booking shows throughout the Western region for the upcoming year in support of our fourth album,Flowers and Moonshine. We have a significant following in Southern California and the central coast, and are known for consistent, high-quality performance, as well as engaging and entertaining live shows that have garnered us awards such as the 2018 Bakersfield Favorite, and the 2016 Cathouse Live/Hair Nation Battle of the Bands Champion.

We have previously released three albums of original material, which has been consolidated on our streaming sites to The Best Of The Aviators 1-3, with sounds influenced by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and southern rock. Locally we are known for our cover shows, where we play from a catalog of over 100 songs covering the rock classics of the 70’s and early 80’s. We’ve been successful playing in LA at venues such as the Whisky A-Go-Go, Redwood Bar, Saint Rocke, The Saban Theater, the Cave in Big Bear, and have been direct support for touring acts at the Canyon Clubs throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

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MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT Announce Spring Dates for STRANGE AFFAIRS TOUR with CURSE MACKEY!

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“America’s Most Dangerous Kult” hits the road again this coming Spring for their STRANGE AFFAIRS Tour with Special Guest CURSE MACKEY. In support of their upcoming album, In The House Of Strange Affairs, which is scheduled to release on Valentine’s Day, the tour launches May 5th in Las Vegas, NV and winds through the South and West Coast, winding down June in as yet to be announced venues in Southern California; additional dates with be coming in October. The band has also revealed a sneak peak into their highly anticipated new LP with the single “The Chains Of Fame,” which will release digitally on New Year’s Eve.

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MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT STRANGE AFFAIRS TOUR with CURSE MACKEY!
05/05 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
05/07 @ Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
05/10 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR
05/11 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
05/14 @ Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
05/15 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
05/16 @ The Ritz – San Jose, CA
05/28 @ 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ
05/30 @ Industry – San Antonio, TX
05/31 @ Elysium – Austin, TX
06/01 @ Numbers – Houston, TX
06/02 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
06/07 @ The Venue – Denver, CO
06/09 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
06/11 @ Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
06/13 @ TBA – Southern California
06/14 @ TBA – Southern California
06/15 @ TBA – Southern California

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Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and kitschy horror since 1987. Along with label mates such as Front 242, KMFDM and Ministry, TKK (as often abbreviated), helped develop the industrial music genre, but they themselves continued to evolve, creating one of the most diverse repertoires in modern day music. Their sound can be described as electronic rock, heavily influenced by both disco and funk. One of their most distinctive characteristics is the use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies laced throughout their songs. Since debuting, they have released 13 studio albums, and their music has been featured in a variety of films, television/cable shows and soundtracks, all the while making a reputation for themselves as one of the most notorious and controversial cult bands of their generation.

Artist Franke Nardiello and musician Marston Daley, two Chicago neighbors who enjoyed late night burritos while watching foreign horror movies on VHS rented from the corner store, began conspiring to make a trashy B movie (in the style of Russ Meyer and John Waters) to be called “My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. While the film itself never came to fruition, they also wrote some music to be the accompanying soundtrack. Both worked at Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, and when the label heard the tracks, they were intrigued and eager to release it.

The duo took the title of the film as the name for their band, and decided to focus on the musical group full time. Taking the stage names Groovie Mann (Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Daley), they worked on creating an occult-biker meets disco-rock influence look for the project, which included a bevy of voluptuous back-up singers and dancers known as the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. The New York Times wrote, “Sex, blasphemy, big beats and go-go dancing; they’re all in a day’s work for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult ”. This attracted the attention of indie fans and the ire of religious groups in practically equal measure. They released their first album I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits in 1988 followed up by the hard-hitting dance floor classics “Kooler Than Jesus” and “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot,” which featured no-wave chanteuse Lydia Lunch on vocals. By the time they released their second album, Confessions Of A Knife (1990), they were far and away one of the biggest selling acts on the label.

In 1991, the band embarked on the decadent “Sexplosion! Tour”, titled after their third album. Alternative Press reviewed the show as “Sin-sational!”. The tour was a success and the record sold so well that they signed a deal with Interscope Records shortly afterwards, and the single “Sex On Wheelz” became a sizeable radio hit.

Hollywood also embraced the group, recognizing the unique cinematic aspect of their sound. The band’s music has appeared in a slew of films and tv/cable shows including, director Ralph Bakshi’s “Cool World”, Paul Verhoven’s saucy “Showgirls”, MTV’s “Beavis And Butthead”, and the cult film classic “The Crow”, in which the ensemble make a cameo appearance performing their song “After The Flesh”. More recently the KULT was written into the story line of the 2014 film “Sexy Evil Genius” starring Seth Green.

THRILL KILL KULT continue to release new material via their own SleazeBox Records label (sleazebox.com) and tour extensively with a rotating cast of musicians and dubious characters, however the core of the project has always been Nardiello and Daley, both on record and in the live act. Their performances sizzle with sleaze and infectious grooves, as Melody Maker once described, “A red hot cabaret from Hell”.

They begin their 4th decade this year with the release of a new album, In The House Of Strange Affairs on February 14th, and a North American tour commencing May 5th in Las Vegas. The current line-up is Groovie Mann (vocals), Buzz McCoy (keys), Mimi Star (bass), Justin Thyme (drums), Arena Rock (Bomb Gang Girl).

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BLACKLIST UNION Pays Tribute to Legendary Hardcore Guitarist TODD YOUTH with FREE DOWNLOAD of ‘Back To Momo’

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Devastated BLACKLIST UNION front-man TONY WEST has announced that, in tribute to the tragic death of iconic New York Hardcore guitar legend and former bandmate TODD YOUTH, that the band will be offering a limited free download of Back To Momo through the remainder of 2018. The close friends, described as “…two controversial characters. Rock n roll to the bone With huge hearts and both very misunderstood,” co-wrote the explosive 2015 LP that was applauded by both long term fans and music critics alike.

“I just lost one of my best friends . we wrote this amazing record together. I want to make sure people hear it. Todd had a fire in his soul for rock ‘n’ roll . I’m going to miss you so much. I love you very much Todd . See you on the other side my friend . R.I.P. ” – TONY WEST

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Back to Momo” is an album chock full of adrenaline, heart, and grit. Blacklist Union’s fourth studio album is a combination of all that is right with music. It has the feel of alternative, punk, and classic metal and something new altogether. Tony West and Todd Youth have truly written a masterpiece that should go down with some of the greatest alternative albums in history.” – Ted Darden – RockRevolt Magazine

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Track List:
1. Intro
2. Alive-N-Well Smack in the Middle of Hell
3. Shake It Off
4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
5. Evil Eye
6. Super Jaded
7. Rock N Roll Outlaw
8. Back to Momo
9. We Are Not Saints
10. It’s All About You
11. Meet Me on Zen Street
12. Graveyard Valentine
13. Wined, Dined, & 69’d
14. Read Between the Lines

Click to Download ‘Back to Momo’ FREE Until 12:01 am 1/1/2018

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Formed in 2004 by front-man Tony West, Blacklist Union released their debut After The Mourning in April of 2006, which was met by critical acclaim all across the globe. From Memphis to Melbourne to Louisiana to London, Blacklist Union instantly made a mark throughout the rock n’ roll underground. Their follow-up in 2008 Breakin’ Bread With The Devil with tracks including the title track, along with “Sixty-Five Steps Away” and “Wicked Love Song,” received the same amount of critical acclaim and put them on the map in the rock n’ roll world yet again. The band’s third full-length CD entitled, Til Death Do Us Part was released in 2012 and features amazing tracks including “Alabama Slammer” & “Diggin’ 4 Gold” was received yet again with the highest ratings and reviews in the press. Blacklist Union released their fourth CD, Back to Momo’ in July 2015, which has without a doubt has been received with as much or even more enthusiasm as their prior 3 releases & has certainly been exposing them to a larger audience around the world.

Blacklist Union have toured nationally receiving five star reviews from music industry magazines, fanzines, webzines, and has a continuously growing fan base both domestically and internationally. With all of their hard work and perseverance, Blacklist Union are a true rock n’ roll band that continuously push themselves to the limit in every aspect of their music. Singer/songwriter Tony West tackles real life situations that affect each and every one of us in one form or another. From character assassination, to name dropping, addictions, sexual innuendos, romance, friendships, birth, death and living on the edge of destruction is just a fraction of what is touched on in their music.

Blacklist Union previously worked with Doug Goldstein and When Pigs Fly Entertainment. The former Guns n’ Roses manager and now former Blacklist Union manager has said that Back to Momo is “The best record that he’s heard since Appetite For Destruction and that “Tony West is the hardest working frontman he knows.” Hailed worldwide as the next “big rock band”, Blacklist Union are clearly on their way from the street to the elite.

 

▪ (Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen and Craig Brzezinski)

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BEDLEM — Feat. Paul Wandtke (ex Trivium) — Releases Debut LP, “Back to Bedlem”

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Chicago based Metal Band BEDLEM, founded by ex TRIVIUM touring powerhouse PAUL WANDTKE, has released their debut LP BACK TO BEDLEM.

Bedlem is a bombastic display of groove via Joey Brassal’s catchy guitar style and Paul Wandtke’s monstrous drum kit abilities complimented by Brian Ahern’s bass lines. Their melodic hooks are stringed in with poetic lyric content via vocalist Mike Petrasek’s lyrical vision. There’s no doubt that this quartet from Chicago, IL is the next up and coming act from the Windy City.

“BEDLEM Is Groovy As Hell” – Metal Injection

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“I had to make a decision, move to Florida and continue drumming for Trivium or stay at home and take a chance on something. I couldn’t be more thrilled about our debut album, Back to Bedlem. There’s nothing more thrilling than being in a band with my own brothers. We are literally family. This is not a work for hire situation and it feels so great!” ~ Paul Wandtke

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 Track List:
1. Epidemic
2. Revelation
3. Avarice
4. Bereft
5. Scorned
6. Violence
7. Praxis
8. Bethlem
9. Gspot
10. Chaos Reigns
11. Triumph
12. Triumph (acoustic bonus track)

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Paul Wandtke has taken the world stage with the heavy metal titans, TRIVIUM, making his debut at Knotfest in 2015 followed by 3 runs in the US and 2 in Europe, playing for crowds of up to 100,000! Check out the list of festivals and more at PaulWandtke.com.

In the past year, Paul has dedicated himself to his two own bands, BEDLEM, as drummer and producer, and DEAD ORIGINAL, as lead vocalist/guitarist and songwriter. Learn more at DeadOriginal.org or catch them live 11/3 supporting SEETHER at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI!

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KATIE KNIPP Announces Release of ‘Take it With You’ LP

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Northern California Blues Americana Singer / Songwriter KATIE KNIPP has announced the release of her long anticipated, 5th album, Take it With You. Due out November 7, Take it With You features Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau on bass, and Brett Vaughn Rechtfertig on guitar while Katie sings and plays various instruments including piano, slide dobro guitar, and harmonica.

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“After focusing 20 years of my life on my music, it took the births of my two sons and associated sacrifices of motherhood testing my commitment for me to truly appreciate what that means. Some of these lyrics to the songs were typed into my phone at 3am while breastfeeding. With the support of my family, I was able to return as a solo act, and my attitude has completely changed. My love for music had been tested and I couldn’t be more grateful now for ANY time I get to play, especially after the pregnancy carpal tunnel healed. I started writing songs from a more natural state of just pure love and they come easily to me now. I’m no longer trying to prove myself because there’s only one me out there.” – Katie Knipp

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Track List:
1. Ya Make it So Hard to Sing the Blues
2. I Don’t Sing for You
3. Letters
4. Metro in Paris
5. I Will Stick Around
6. Come Back
7. Get Outta My Dream
8. Santa Cruz Blues
9. Another Round
10. Last Man Out

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Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between. Her raw solo act captures audiences hearts from her first notes. She has opened for Robert Cray, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, The James Hunter Six, among many others. Currently releasing her 5th album in November of 2018, her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

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SEASON OF GHOSTS Release New LP & Official Music Video for “A Leap Of Faith”

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UK and Japan based Cinematic Electro-Metal band SEASON OF GHOSTS has released the official music video for the title track off of second full length album, A Leap Of Faith, which releases physical and digital copy 10/23/2018.

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A Leap of Faith came to life, as the result of our collective experiences since the creation of ‘The Human Paradox’ and although one could say that four years is not such a long period of time, a lot has changed within and without, on every possible level. Every challenge, of course, is an opportunity in disguise, as well as a valuable lesson, so me and Sam attempted to put this into music and words. In a Leap of Faith, as well as everything I’ve ever worked on, every word has a purpose, every note, every meaning has been carefully selected with intent. We do not believe in fast fashion, fast art, therefore we create slowly, hoping that our songs will mean something to someone in the years to come. This album bears significant emotional weight for us who created it, existential intensity, but also it’s very pleasant to the ear, easy to listen, hopeful. We feel it conveys a straightforward, honest, loving message to those who’ll let it be their life soundtrack for an hour or so.

For the needs of A Leap of Faith, we combined our musical influences, spanning from Japanese visual kei, to American rock, to European metal, inviting our friends from all over the world to contribute with their unique musical style, Fatal FE (ex-Fail Emotions) from Russia, who was in charge for most keyboards, Masaki (This is a PEN) from Japan, who played piano on ‘You Are Not Your Pain’ and of course Mr Fusix who worked his magic on the mix and master. My good friend Intetsu from Japanese Visual Kei band, AYABIE, handled all photography and videos, the ethical, ethnopunk UK brand, Psylo, took care of our costumes and Sam along with Paul were in charge of art direction. Looking back, it’s so surprising that sometimes darkness can create something so harmonious, beautiful and full of light.

A Leap of Faith is not a concept album like the previous one, but undoubtedly it has a concept if one connects the dots. It emerged during a prolonged period of mental, emotional and physical drought, so it bears a certain level of rawness in its sound, its artistic concept, the photography, the aesthetics, which comes in contradiction to the more lavish atmosphere of ‘The Human Paradox’. I am in no way denouncing my beliefs or my style, I just happen to like lots of different things and everyone deserves variety, so this album has been tasked with the mission of conveying our message in a more laconic, no-frills -literally-, straightforward way, It’s a bittersweet memoir and a peculiar, daily life user manual for those who dare to listen closely. For me, A Leap of Faith is the music of the spirit, soul- nurturing, it means to offer insight and love, but you, the listener, can take whatever you need from it.” – Sophia (Vocalist and main song writer)

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Track List:
1. The Road so Far
2. A Place to Call Home
3. Astero (Id)
4. Listen
5. A Leap of Faith
6. How the Story Ends
7. Almost Human
8. What a Time to Be Alive
9. You Are Not Your Pain
10. Listen (To This) [Fatal Fe Remix]

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Sophia Aslanides – Vocals, song writing
Zombie Sam – Guitar
Paul Dark Brown – Bass
Max Buell – Drums

Season of Ghosts “is a spiritually ground breaking, intergalactic music project, dedicated to the love for the unseen and film soundtracks.” Released in 2014, the project’s official debut, “The Human Paradox”, came off as exactly that, serving up a brash mix of guitar riffs, harsh electronics, and compelling vocals through the eerie spectrum of a sci-fi, horror movie.

Season Of Ghosts was definitely something different from the norm that spoke of huge potential, and the fanbase that followed Sophia in the aftermath of her split from Japanese trance metal act Blood Stain Child grew, finding deeper roots as time moved forward, thanks to a handful of live shows and subsequent video clips that were circulated and shared via social media.

In 2017 Season Of Ghosts created a new, unapologetic, in-your-face album, A Leap Of Faith. Between the creation of The Human Paradox and the birth of the new album, Sophia spoke out about the health issues that prevented her from advancing and creating. Everything that transpired those past years, weaved the lyrical theme of the new songs.
“I spent years in depression, feeling helpless, lost, feeling captive,” Sophia explains of her full stop on making new music. “I stopped doing anything that once made me happy, including music.

Sam, Paul and Max had been trying to talk me into working for the new album for at least two years, but I couldn’t respond. Eventually, I understood I couldn’t procrastinate any longer and I asked Sam to start making some rough chord progressions that I’d work on later. Sam tends to be very concise about his compositions, so the core of the album sounds more solid. The main melodies, base keyboards, hooks and vocal lines were made by me, so you can tell there’s diversity because I’m a colourful character with many influences and I just can’t pick two to focus on.”

The Human Paradox was an experiment, born of Sophia’s desire to express her creativity and reveal herself to the fans who had affectionately been following her for years. It was also an opportunity to explore paths she’d always wanted to take but couldn’t due to having a lack of creative input in her former band. A Leap Of Faith is not only a continuation of Sophia’s tale, but a new chapter in the life of the band Season Of Ghosts.”An honest, in-your-face, loud statement, a reminder to ourselves that we’re still alive,” says Sophia. “It’s a piece of our soul, raw, the way the universe whispered it to us.”
The Human Paradox was as unconventional as the person who brought it from dream to reality, a reflection of the inner workings of Sophia’s mind. Thus, the album’s diversity and sometimes unexpected twists are a direct result of her having so many musical influences and her wanting to unleash them all simultaneously. A Leap Of Faith is more compact and defined in sound, certainly heavier and faster than its predecessor, and the strongest, most dynamic vocal showcase of Sophia’s career.

The trance / electronic elements of the Season Of Ghosts sound have, up to this point, been the elephant in the room. Many believe that once a metal band embraces electronics they cease to be metal, or have at the very least diluted their sound. A Leap Of Faith doesn’t shy away from the trance sound, which has become a Sophia trademark, but all the performances on the album are completely organic, including the keyboards. And the auto-tuning of Sophia’s voice that plagued her following her one and only album with Blood Stain Child is nowhere to be found. All the voices on A Leap Of Faith are 100% real and mixed up front on purpose. All performances are real, including keyboards that were done by Fatal Fe. He programmed some things, but several arpeggiators and keyboards were made piece by piece, constructed from zero.”

Sophia feels A Leap Of Faith has the feel of a traditional 4-piece band, a 5-piece if you add Fatal Fe’s invaluable input. There’s no question the Season Of Ghosts dynamic as presented on the The Human Paradox has changed 100%, and ultimately for the better.

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likemelikeyou Reveals “Serotonin” Off of Debut LP, ‘The Dream’

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Indie Alternative Pop/Rock artist likemelikeyou has revealed the second single off of his June released debut album, The Dream, a funk infused pop-rock track entitled “Serotonin.” Highlighting the young musicians diverse range, “Serotonin” blends nostalgic 80s pop with modern electronic dance elements to create an equally jukebox and dance floor friendly back drop.

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Click HERE to Download / Stream ‘The Dream’ Online.

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Track List:
1. The Dream
2. Serotonin
3. Getting Higher
4. Big A$$ Neighborhoods
5. Naughty
6. Things Fall Apart
7. Breakthru
8. Gazebo
9. Little White Clutch
10. Wine Me Dine Me
11. Jungle Gym
12. Me & You
13. Backstreets
14. The Comedown
15. Frenzy

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“I’m getting ready to take my show on the road in support of what’s soon to be my debut album, The Dream, which was released on June 22. I’ve got a lot of big things planned for the future, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks for being a part of this, it means a lot to me. hugs. kisses.” – Grayson Bos

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