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BLACKTOP MOJO Announce ‘2019 Can’t Sleep Tour’ Dates

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After spending the first 3 months of 2019 in the studio, Texas Based Rock Band BLACKTOP MOJO has announced a summer headlining tour in support of the debut single and video, “Can’t Sleep,” off of their highly anticipated, upcoming 3rd album, Under the Sun. The video is scheduled to premiere on June 21, at which time the track will be available for download and streaming, with the album slated for a mid-September release.
The Can’t Sleep 2019 Tour launches July 13th in Kansas City, MO and runs through August 24th, finishing in Quapaw, OK.

Catch BLACKTOP MOJO Live on the 2019 CAN’T SLEEP TOUR w/Special Guests LULLWATER

07/13 @ Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
07/14 @ Apollo Theatre – Rockford, IL
07/16 @ Spicolis – Waterloo, IA
07/18 @ Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
07/19 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
07/20 @ Bike Rally – Sturgis, KY
07/21 @ Exit/In – Nashville, TN
07/23 @ Winchester – Cleveland, OH
07/25 @ Hard Times Four Mile Fork @ Fredericksburg, VA
07/26 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH
07/27 @ Cotter Pin – La Crosse, WI
07/28 @ Q and Z – Ringle, Wi
07/31 @ Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
08/01 @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
08/02 @ Madam Caroll Boat – Monticello, IN
08/03 @ Moefest – Monticello, IN
08/04 @ Madison Live – Covington, KY
08/06 @ Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA
08/07 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
08/08 @ Wally’s – Manchester,, NH
08/09 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI
08/10 @ TBA
08/11 @ TBA
08/14 @ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN
0815 @ Illinois State Fair – Springfield, IL
08/16 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
08/17 @ ABATE Summerfest – Bristol, IN
08/18 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
08/20 @ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL
08/21 @ TBA
08/22 @ Commandry – Ft. Smith, AR
08/23 @ City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
08/24 @ Downstream Casino – Quapaw, OK

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ICON FOR HIRE Announce Summer Dates for THE ICON ARMY TOUR

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Even as they continue to create more music to reveal over the coming months, Nashville, TN based Alternative Rock Duo ICON FOR HIRE has revealed Summer dates for THE ICON ARMY TOUR. Launching July 19th in Atlanta, GA, the tour winds through the Mid and Southwest before finishing up on August 25th in Nashville, TN. Tickets and VIP Packages will be available at iconforhire.net on Friday, 5/17.

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“We decided to name this The Icon Army Tour because we want to show our fans how much their continued support and encouragement means to us. We can’t wait to get back on the road and share the new music we’ve been working on this year, because getting to interact with our fans through the live show is one of the best parts about making music! We are so excited to showcase both new and old songs on this upcoming tour, as well as reconnect with our amazing tribe.” – ICON FOR HIRE

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Tour Dates:
07/19 @ Hell – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
07/20 @ The Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
07/21 @ Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
07/23 @ Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
07/24 @ Sonia – Boston, MA
07/25 @ TBA – Philadelphia, PA
07/26 @ Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
07/27 @ The A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
07/28 @ The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
07/30 @ Thompson House – Cincinnati, OH
07/31 @ Irving Theater – Indianapolis, IN
08/01 @ Subterranean – Chicago, IL
08/02 @ Gabes – Iowa City, IA
08/03 @ The Garage – Burnsville, MN
08/04 @ Roxy Bar – Shawnee, KS
08/06 @ Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
08/07 @ Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
08/09 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
08/10 @ Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
08/12 @ Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
08/13 @ Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
08/15 @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
08/16 @ Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
08/17 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
08/19 @ Club Dada – Dallas, TX
08/20 @ TBA – San Antonio, TX
08/21 @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock – Houston, TX
08/23 @ Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
08/25 @ TBA – Nashville, TN

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Track List:
1. Demons
2. Get Well II
3.Happy Hurts
4. Pulse
5. Supposed to Be
6. Bam Bam Pop
7. Under the Knife
8. The Magic
9. War
10. Too Loud

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Track List
1. Supposed to Be
2. Demons
3. Pulse
4. The Magic
5. Happy Hurts
6. You Were Wrong
7. Too Loud
8. War
9. Under the Knife
10. Here We Are
11. Get Well
12. Invincible
13. You Can’t Kill Us

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Despite their name, ICON FOR HIRE aren’t indebted to anyone but their fans. Since forming in 2007, the duo—singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—have amassed a legion of followers who have connected with not only the band’s genre-bending sound, but also their honesty. That soul-baring spirit and realism is at the heart of everything Icon For Hire do, and it’s front and center on their latest Billboard-charting release, YOU CAN’T KILL US

Produced by Mike Green (Gwen Stefani, All Time Low) and funded by fans through Kickstarter on a campaign that raised $127, 200—making it one of the year’s highest-raising music campaigns—the self-released album marks a brand-new chapter for the band.

Blending hard rock, hip-hop, electronica and pop into an anthemic swirl of both melody and muscle, You Can’t Kill Us isn’t only a modern sounding record—it’s awash in lyrical themes that tap into the times as well. Addiction, depression and self-worth are all topics Ariel addresses and these themes reverberate loudly in today’s tumultuous, judgment-first culture.

After all, having survived the record label system and reemerged stronger than ever, Icon For Hire are living proof that you can take control of your life—and that’s perhaps the greatest success anyone can hope to accomplish.

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AUTOPILOT Releases Official Music Video for “Undisguised”

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Canadian Alternative Rock Band AUTOPILOT has released the official music video for their single, “Undisguised.” Directed by Kevin Van Witt, “Undisguised” is off of the band’s latest album, Afterglow.

“We don’t need these walls between us!” lyrics in “Undisguised” from Autopilot, a song that bridges the feelings of the times with modern rock vibes. It’s a song that questions why do we put up walls when love is what we really want.

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“After 20 consecutive shows on tour we had a few days off in NYC to shoot the video for Undisguised. Director Kevin Van Witt captured the contrast of the lyrics with empty streets in a condensed and often chaotic city.” – Autopilot

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Track List
1. Modern Age
2. Weightless
3. Undisguised
4. Living Dead
5. Afterglow
6. Without a Dream
7. Domino
8. Poison Pills
9. Hurricane
10. Crooked Lines

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Over the last few years, Canadian alternative rock band Autopilot has become a staple in the Saskatoon indie music scene. Known for their thoughtful lyrics, powerful hooks, dynamic stage show, and obsessive hard work, they somehow seem to effortlessly walk the line between passionate art and massive appeal. Over the course of 3 full-length records, and one EP, they’ve become road warriors, touring relentlessly across Canada and the US. They’ve been praised for their tireless work ethic by publications like Canadian Musician Magazine, who called them “quite possibly one of the hardest working bands in the country.”

Autopilot’s highly anticipated new record Afterglow, their most impressive and accessible record to date, produced by legendary Saskatchewan producer, S.J. Kardash, and backed by their most ambitious marketing campaign yet, finds the band reaching for bigger sounds, bigger ideas, and much bigger audiences. The release of their new single “Undisguised” following the success of preceding singles “Living Dead” and “Weightless”, is proof positive of this growing momentum.

Marlon Harder, the driving creative force behind Autopilot, has a knack for finding beauty in simple moments, and hope in the challenges life tends to bring. Inspired by the early writing of Modest Mouse, he seemed to know very quickly what he wanted to do in life. After the release and College radio buzz of their first record Now It’s Time You Know What We’re Losing For, unexpected illness struck, effectively putting the band on the back burner for the foreseeable future. But he never quit writing. Health improved, lineups changed, and in 2013 they teamed up with S.J. Kardash for the release of Diamond Rough, a sophomore full-length forged in the fires of struggle, faith, and growing maturity. The record widely expanded their media exposure across North America; in print, online, commercial rock radio, CBC, podcasts, and through licensing placement on major US television networks.

Their 2015 release, Desert Dreams, reunited the band with Kardash, and represented a significant leap forward in both the ever expanding sound, and rapidly growing fan base the band had built strongly upon with 2013’s Diamond Rough. Along with debuting on Earshot’s Top 50 chart, Desert Dreams received heavy rotation on The Verge, Sirius XM’s Iceberg Radio, and garnered the attention of New York’s prestigious CMJ; while securing the band showcases at Toronto’s CMW and Indie Week festivals, AYE Fest in Cincinnati, Fairfield Revival Festival in Minnesota, and opening doors to tour extensively in the United States.

Autopilot has always been a dedicated touring band. In support of Diamond Rough, Desert Dreams, and the 2017 release of the single “Hurricane” / “Crooked Lines“, the band spent countless months on the road touring across Canada and the United States. These tours have included stops at Jersey Shore Festival, Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a mainstage performance at Mesa Music Festival in Arizona supporting hard rock legends P.O.D. October 2018 marked the release of Afterglow, which chartered in the top 200 on the NACC North American College Charts as well as specialty radio in the US.

The future is truly wide open for Autopilot. Everything they’ve learned is on the table for 2019 while they continue to promote the release of Afterglow. They are casting their net wider, and going all in. Never content to sit still or play it safe, they’ve crafted a remarkable live show, and plan on spending as much time over the next year as possible, getting the new songs in front of as many new fans as they possibly can.

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JOURNEY Founder NEAL SCHON Launches New Augmented Reality App, “StraxAR™”

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Neal Schon, Founder and legendary lead guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band JOURNEY, has announced, with Strax Technologies Inc., the launch of a new augmented reality application, “StraxAR™”, that will combine entertainment, exclusive “sneak peek” distribution of new music and events, and present rewarding retail opportunities. Augmented Reality brings the digital world together with the physical world by “augmenting” digital content or a digital experience onto a physical object or image. In the case of “StraxAR™”, millions of Schon’s album covers, posters, and other imagery are being combined to form a network that will be able to showcase his legendary music, performances, and new material for fans around the world. “StraxAR™” also will enable Schon to change content at will, effectively “broadcasting” it across millions of target images continuously. For launch, Schon will be adding to the image library every “STOP” sign in America – the signs being one of the image targets.

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“Last week we launched our commerce site, NealSchonMusic.com, and promised more to come – today we are fulfilling our promise by delivering an exciting app that gives the fans a whole new way to get closer to what we are doing,” said Schon, “the platform will allow us to very quickly release material worldwide and share it in this unique way, combining it with all kinds of rewarding experiences for our fans.”

“Neal has incredible insight into how people think and feel and a creative mind that never stops” said Eric Singleton, CTO of Strax Technologies, “during the development process it was invaluable to have his feedback as we brought the whole concept together to deliver an experience fans will want to have again and again.”

“The opportunity to film Neal Schon and Journey Through Time in the studio has been incredible, requiring a new production approach for AR, capturing the authenticity of the moment”, said Lee West, creative officer for Strax.

To use the application, one simply launches it on their device (iPhone or Android) and points it at the “target” image. In seconds the experience begins. There is an “Image Targets” button in the app that references which images are active (at the moment every major album cover that Neal Schon has played on, and any STOP sign in the country too).

“This approach to augmented reality delivers a powerful expression of music and entertainment in the real world the user is immersed in,” said Alan Mariotti, technologist and cybersecurity advisor for Strax Technologies, “its simplicity and ability to deliver multiple experiences quickly jumps over earlier boundaries.”

To see the “Neal Schon Collection,” visit *www.nealschoncollection.com*

For more information on Strax Technologies Inc. please visit: www.straxart.com

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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COLD KINGDOM Release Official Music Video for “A New Disaster”

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Minneapolis, MN Hard Rock Band COLD KINGDOM has released the official music video for “A New Disaster,” the debut single off of their upcoming LP, due out May 24th, 2019.

“The process we went through to create this album really pushed us to find the things we needed to address and talk about in these songs, because we didn’t have a lot of time to waste. It ended up becoming the most adventurous thing we’ve ever done as a band. Every song comes from a very real and genuine place, and as a result we have a record that we’re extremely proud of and excited to be playing live throughout 2019.” – Cold Kingdom

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Album Release date and Hometown Release Show

May 24, 2019 – 7pm @ Route 47, Fridley MN, $10 advance,

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Born of Minneapolis in 2014, Cold Kingdom is a full-out, juggernaut hard rock band that dispenses a lethal combination of fury and sentiment, delivering emotional lyrics wrapped in an unbreakable hard rock casing.

Cold Kingdom brings an unfailing drive to play energy-filled shows every time they walk on stage, a quality that gets ever-rarer in today’s arena. In their years of performing live they’ve had the experience of touring the west coast in support of Shinedown and opening for acts such as Chevelle, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, and Nonpoint, as well as contributing to some of the Midwest’s largest music festivals, including Northern Invasion, RockFest, Summerfest, Moondance Jam, and Halfway Jam. Their first released album, The Moon and the Fool, brought their musical dreams roaring to life, with the singles “Crash Poet,” “Let it Burn,” and “Surrender” quickly becoming fan favorites. Their eponymous EP, produced by Shinedown’s Eric Bass, further pushed their rock to an even greater creative edge with songs like “The Break” and “Perfect Chambers”. Their long-awaited full length album release for 2019 represents a creative outpouring for the band, with “A New Disaster” leading the charge.

More than just a band, this close-knit family is always looking forward to new challenges, new venues, and new fans, because that’s what it’s all about to Cold Kingdom: the fans. The Midwest is their home, but they’re excited to grow and make new friends all around the country, bringing their distinctive sound to all corners, both domestically and beyond. Cold Kingdom is also forever thankful to the friends, family, fans, bands and companies that so significantly contribute to their success.

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IGNESCENT Release New Single & Lyric Video,“Into the Night”

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Chicago Rock Band IGNESCENT has released the lyric video for their newest single (out 3/29/2019), “Into the Night.”

“There is no picture so precious as unconditional love and nothing so freeing.” – Jennifer Benson (Vocals)

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Female fronted and from Chicago, Illinois, Ignescent is a rock band founded by Jennifer Benson. Since 2011, the band has been primarily touring throughout the Midwest and Nashville area. Ignescent is comprised of Jennifer Benson on lead vocals, Deven Elion on lead guitar, Joey Sepulveda on rhythm guitar, and Chris Calix on drums.

Ignescent’s first CD, Electrified, was produced by Grammy Nominated producer Travis Wyrick (10 Years, P.O.D.) and recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee. The first song on the CD, “Calling Out to You”, was co-written with former lead guitarist of Skillet, Ben Kasica. Ignescent’s 2nd CD was produced by Eric LaBrosse of Cherry Pit Studios. Their song, “You Got Me“, has been played on many radio stations including 95 WIIL Rock. Ignescent’s new song, “Into The Night,” was produced by Cameron Mizell (Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens).

Ignescent has had the honor of opening for Flyleaf, Eve 6, Megadeth, Stryper, Saliva, Stitched Up Heart, Lacey Sturm, Otep, Fight The Fury – featuring John Cooper of Skillet, Another Lost Year, Art of Dying, Letters From The Fire, Like a Storm and has played at fests with Switchfoot, Colton Dixon, Memphis May Fire, The Devil Wears Prada, and Veridia. Ignescent has also played on Vans Warped Tour, at world famous – Rock Fest – in Cadott, Wisconsin with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Anthrax, Lita Ford, Slayer, and Sevendust, at Summerfest, and recently co-wrote a new song with Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf.

Ignescent combines their musical backgrounds to form a harmony that is both addictively musical and inspiring. Ignescent is more than just a rock band, they are real people with a combination of great stories. These stories, combined with moving guitars riffs and a driving beat create a sound people enjoy and relate to. Their influences include Flyleaf, Evanescence, and Paramore.
Ignescent’s music is a great mixture of rock and pop with a great message. You can tell that their music has a rock/alternative edge that sounds right at home with most Top 40 formats.
Ignescent is excited to share their music. They have been working hard creating and perfecting their sound. Relatable lyrics with a rock and roll vibe, Ignescent is sure to entertain and inspire. “We’re authentic people that just want to encourage others with our message. We’re also a rock band and put on a great show! The music is addicting, it’s catchy with a real message.”

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AM I DEAD YET?–MARY BYKER (POP WILL EAT ITSELF) and NOKO (APOLLO 440, MAGAZINE)–Release Debut, Self-Titled LP via Wire-Sound!

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Retro-Cinematic, Noir Electronic duo AM I DEAD YET?, made up of POP WILL EAT ITSELF and GAYE BYKER ON ACID frontman MARY BYKER with APOLLO 440 and MAGAZINE guitarist and long-time collaborator NOKO, has released their stunning, debut, self-titled LP. Out Now via Wire-Sound and worldwide via Cargo, the 11 track LP introduces audiences to the pair’s hauntingly unique sonic universe.

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“For me it’s pretty much all Leonard Cohen at the end of the day, with some residual David Bowie, Abba, Nick Cave, Scott Walker and Chico Buraque. Basically any important musician who’s recently dead. I’ve brought my new found voice and some basic piano playing and programming, Noko then transforms my crude doodling into something beautiful sounding with added bongos…” – MARY BYKER

“I never got over John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Serge Gainsbourg, Hank Marvin, Brian Wilson, the post-punk dystopia of Magazine, Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire and an awful lot of ‘70s progressive rock : King Crimson, Yes and Goblin. All of this stuff has a huge bearing on my contribution to our sound.

As a 2-piece, I play pretty much all the instruments. Inevitably the computer forms the centre of our sonic universe, though guitar is at the core of it all. I do have a primal love for the bottom-end of a harpsichord though. What I’ve enjoyed playing most on our stuff is the bongos – I got an amazing pair for my birthday last year and haven’t looked back…” Noko

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Track List:
1. Leaving Me Behind
2. Loneliness
3. Solid Gone
4. Joe Meek Shall Inherit The Earth
5. Ghosted
6. People Are Dangerous
7. Wasted on Me
8. Futuristic Paranoia
9. Master of Disguise
10. Fake Flowers
11. Thanks for Sharing

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Last century, Mary joined Noko’s band, Apollo 440, as frontman and they went chart-bound with, amongs others, their genre-busting, ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Dub’. Their collaboration, ‘Stop The Rock’, hit world-wide and nearly 20 years after its release, the film and advertising synchronizations show no sign of slowing down. The track recently flew into a stadium near you on Budweiser’s global FIFA World Cup commercial.

To date over 50 Apollo 440 tracks have appeared in Hollywood film & TV blockbusters (Gone In 60 Seconds, Driven, Resident Evil, The Sopranos etc), and the band were also commissioned to record
the themes for the Lost In Space & Charlie’s Angels 2000 movies, and the mega-selling video games, Gran Turismo, FIFA 2000, Forza Motorsport & Spider Man, alike.

Noko’s non-Apollo 440 previous includes work-outs with The Cure (bass), Pete ‘Buzzcocks’ Shelley (bass & guitar), with Howard Devoto in Luxuria & Magazine (guitar), and bass with Japanese superstar guitarist Tomoyasu ‘Kill Bill’ Hotei. Noko has also scored a number of feature films, notably French-language noir thrillers, Une Affaire D’Etat and La Proie.

Mary’s previous includes vocalising for psychedelic-grebo giants, Gaye Bykers On Acid, industrial monsters, Pigface, and Black Country indie perennials, Pop Will Eat Itself. He even delivered on Nervous with DJ Fresh and took it to #1 in the BBC Radio 1 dance chart. To this day, Mary fronts the Gaye Bykers & The Poppies, and like Noko, composes film scores & TV documentary soundtracks.

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