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VENDETTA RED Release Highly Anticipated New Album, ‘Quinceañera’

Seattle Alternative Rock Band VENDETTA RED has released the official lyric video for their single, “Entantado,” off of their first full length album since 2005, Quinceañera, via Cleopatra Records. VENDETTA RED is also finishing up their tour with PUDDLE OF MUDD through April.

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Vendetta Red with Puddle Of Mudd Tour Dates:
04/27 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
04/28 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
04/29 @ Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT

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VENDETTA RED Announce New Album, ‘Quinceañera’ & Join HE IS WE and PUDDLE OF MUDD on Select North American Show Dates

Seattle Alternative Rock Band VENDETTA RED has announced the release of their first full length album since 2005, Quinceañera, which is set to release April 13th via Cleopatra Records.

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Vendetta Red with He Is We Tour Dates
03/16 @ Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
03/17 @ The Shredder – Boise, ID
03/18 @ The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA
03/19 @ Hawthorne Lounge – Portland, OR

Vendetta Red with Puddle Of Mudd Tour Dates:
04/27 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
04/28 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
04/29 @ Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT

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Primitive Race Releases Lyric Video for “Cranial Matter”

Soul Pretender Climbing College Radio Charts Throughout North America

Primitive Race has released the lyric video for their “Cranial Matter,” off of their November 3rd released Soul Pretender LP, to celebrate the album’s dubut on NACC Top 200 and #27 Weighted / #22 Unweighted College Radio Charts. The band is also donating 100% of 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction in honor of late front-man Chuck Mosley, who passed away a mere 6 days following the album’s release.

“‘Cranial Matter’ is probably my favorite song on the album because it was a classic example of Chuck doing what he did best; it was punk rock that ear worms the listener to singing along without knowing the words.” – Chris Kniker (Founding Member)

“When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. “I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”

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Track List:
1. Row House
2. Cry Out
3. Cranial Matter
4. Take It All
5. Bed Six
6. Stepping Stone
7. Turn It Up
8. Soul Pretender
9. Nothing To Behold
10. Dancing on The Sun

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Blacklite District Goes Viral With “Cold As Ice” Music Videos

“Cold as Ice (A Minecraft Original Music Video)” Garners Over 15 Million Plays

Spearfish, SD based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District (BLD) has released two Official Music Videos for their single, “Cold As Ice,” off of their third LP, Instant Gratification. The original video, released on February 24, 2017 and posted by famed radio DJ Lou Brutus the same day, scored 350,000 streams in its first week and later accrued several million since. The second video, featuring imagery from the hit video game Minecraft, has garnered an additional +15 million views since its release on August 23.

“I don’t really know what else to say about this song, because the music really does the talking. “Cold As Ice” has exceeded every expectation we set for it. From 20 million views on YouTube, to major airplay on SiriusXM Octane, to the “Rock Hard” playlist on Spotify, and now heading Top 40 on the Billboard Charts, we’re excited for “Cold As Ice” to continue to scratch and claw it’s way into 2018 with us.” – Kyle Pfeiffer (Vocalist/Producer)

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Track List:
1. Living in a Nightmare
2. Goodbye
3. Slave to You
4. Cold as Ice
5. Just so You Know
6. Blood Red (Turn the Dollar Green)
7. Okay
8. No I Will Not
9. Starboy
10. Live and Learn

Blacklite District follows no rules. With sounds of everything from electronic, EDM and hip hop, to hard rock and alternative, the band truly stands out from the pack of what has becomes today’s generic sounding “Active Rock”. Formed in 2012 by Kyle Pfeiffer and Roman James, ages 12 and 11 respectively, the band grew organically in their local music scene through the years to come. In 2011, BLD was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Paul McCartneyQueen), which resulted in a 10 day recording session at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, just outside of Mexico in Tonillo, TX. The group re-located to Los Angeles and played some of the most famous venues in the world for the remainder of 2011.

In 2013, the group released “With Me Now” as the lead from it’s debut album Worldwide Controversy. “With Me Now” immediately went to #1 on SiriusXM channels Octane and Faction, hit the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart (#32), and sold 100,000 copies. BLD went on a very successful US tour with Saving Abel in Jan-Apr 2014, with 26 of those shows SOLD OUT. After a legal battle with their management and record label, Blacklite District went on hiatus in late 2014.

On August 23, “The Struggle” was release to radio and To Whom It May Concern went for pre-order at digital retailers. Revolver Magazine premiered the music video for “The Struggle” on August 25. The band also announced a 41 date tour called “The Struggle Is Real Tour”. Blacklite District released a Nightcore remix of “The Struggle” to YouTube on September 6, which got over 2,000,000 plays and resulted in the single breaking the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator chart at #36.

One month later, on October 6, the group released a Nightcore remix of “We Are The Danger” which got over 400,000 plays on YouTube. A couple of weeks later, the band released “Broken Souls” to radio, as well as a Nightcore remix which resulted in 500,000 plays and hitting #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator. This was the second song in the month of October to break the Top 40 (along with “The Struggle.”)

“The Ghost of You and Me” was released as a music video and a Nightcore remix on December 28, 2016. The song was yet again a success for Blacklite District resulting in 400,000.

On January 20, 2017, BLD released “Living In A Nightmare” as the first single from upcoming album Instant Gratification. With a coinciding Nightcore release, “Living In A Nightmare” broke the Top 25 on the BDS Indicator chart, marking the bands highest spot in chart history. The song has been streamed over 250,000 times.

On February 24, famed radio DJ Lou Brutus posted the bands video for “Cold As Ice”, which was released the same day. The song scored a whopping 350,000 streams in its first week alone, and as of May 2017, has over 3.5 million combined views on YouTube. “Cold As Ice” serves as the second single from Instant Gratification. In the summer of 2017, “Cold As Ice” was added to Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist, and was put into rotation on SiriusXM’s alternative channel Faction. In October, “Cold As Ice” was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, and it’s Minecraft music video has over 10 million views on YouTube. There are about 4 videos about a Herobrine invasion with zombies and “nether watchers” and how the main character, a player in a blue suit, survives. There are 4 songs in total in the order of The Struggle, Cold as Ice, We are the Danger (possibly not from Blacklite District), and Just so you Know.

Blacklite District released their third album Instant Gratification on September 22, going Top 10 on Amazon’s Top Electronic Albums chart.

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Alien Knife Fight Revisit Bourbon Princess Roots with Visually Stunning DIY Video for “Clocks”

 Indie Art duo Alien Knife Fight may be best known for their punk tinged blues styling, and front-woman Monique Ortiz for her mastery of the bass guitar in all forms, but the intensely creative Texas pair’s aesthetics transcend both medium and genres, as is showcased in their newest music video for “Clocks”. The video, filmed entirely on an iPhone with artistic direction and editing by the couple themselves, was actually created as a vehicle for an earlier track of Ortiz under her previous project, Bourbon Princess, off of debut album Stopline. The original 1999 recording, paired with striking visuals, caught the attention of elite taste making site mxdwn, who enthusiastically premiered the video.

“The video, like many other productions from the band, was made in a completely do-it-yourself fashion on a cell phone. Despite the low-budget techniques used in making the video, the visuals are a stunning accompaniment to this slow, downtempo electronic track.” – Matt Matasci – mxdwn

“I always wanted to do a video for this song, and others in my back catalog, but never had the necessary technology or means until now. This is a song I’ve continued to perform over the years, in a variety of projects, and we’ll be resurrecting this and a few other Bourbon Princess songs for Alien Knife Fight’s next live set. Better late than never.” – Monique Ortiz

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WICCID Releases Second Music Video, “Ash,” Off of Debut Album, ‘By Design’

Sacramento based, Dark Synth Pop duo WICCID–featuring Erie Loch, known for his songwriting, video, remix and studio work with bands (and members of bands) like Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Rob Zombie, Scum of the Earth, Prong, Pig, PWEI, Faith No More, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, NIN, Marilyn Manson, Lords Of Acid, Primitive Race, Bells Into Machines, Tweaker, Velvet Acid Christ, Gary Numan, Peter Murphy, Mission UK and more–have released the second music video for “Ash,” off of their  debut LP, By Design. With By Design released 9/29 via Cleopatra Records,  Wiccid is currently on tour with  legendary Industrial bands Lords of Acid and Combichrist.

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SEXTREME FEST ’17 – LORDS OF ACID, COMBICHRIST, CHRISTIAN DEATH, EN ESCH PLUS NIGHT CLUB / WICCID

10/22 @ MAVERICK’S LIVE – JACKSONVILLE, FL
10/23 @ MASQUERADE – ATLANTA, GA
10/24 @ BLIND TIGER – GREENSBORO, NC
10/25 @ SOUNDSTAGE – BALTIMORE, MD
10/26 @ GRAMERCY THEATER – NEW YORK, NY
10/27 @ TROCADERO – PHILADELPHIA, PA (NO EN ESCH)
10/28 @ REX THEATRE – PITTSBURGH, PA
10/29 @ FRANKIE’S – TOLEDO, OH
10/30 @ OPERA HOUSE – TORONTO, ON
10/31 @ BOTTOM LOUNGE – CHICAGO, IL
11/01 @ VOGUE – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
11/02 @ READY ROOM – ST LOUIS, MO
11/03 @ DIAMOND BALLROOM – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
11/04 @ SUNSHINE THEATER – ALBUQUERQUE, NM

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Willamena Release Inspiring “When You Close Your Eyes,” Off of Upcoming ‘Strong Enough to Last’ EP

Kalamazoo, MI, based Alternative Indie Rock Band Willamena has released the lead single off of their upcoming Strong Enough to Last, “When You Close Your Eyes.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “When You Close Your Eyes” has already garnered extensive radio plays and praise across Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and College radio throughout the United States, Canada, and even Australia.

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Early Praise for “When You Close Your Eyes:”

Uplifting and Inspiring, this track is timely for a world that seems more focused on scandals and negativity, and a much needed respite from the darkness being thrown at us every day. But it’s not just the lyrics that make this track so special; “When You Close Your Eyes” is both refreshingly new but comfortably reminiscent of the best of 80s and 90s college rock.Paste Magazine

Clearly, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist, and carries dynamics the the Fred Neil did, and Rob Thomas and Bono still doK-Zap (KZHP, Sacramento)

Willamena creates a true audible experience that is both savory and delicious…With laser focused precision and pinpoint accuracy, Willamena delivers music that is destined to be in your arsenal of playlists.Rob Figarola (Daily Unsigned)

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Willamena is a rarity — a nationally-charting genuine indie band. Strong Enough to Last (mixed by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb) is the band’s sixth studio effort, and advance single “When You Close Your Eyes (Radio Mix)” was on the radio even before the EP went to replication. So all the arrows continue to point “up” for the award-winning #1 Kalamazoo rock act (dubbed “the hardest-working band in Michigan” – music.AllAccess.com 10/20/15) whose music has aired from Japan to Montana to Greece.

Their fifth release, The Light Ahead hit the streets and the airwaves in January, 2015. Before the release date of The Light Ahead lead-off single, “The Other Side of Loneliness,” debuted at #5 on the Billboard AAA indicator most-added chart (1/17/15), started at #3 in AAA downloads and streams on radio-servicer PlayMPE.com (1/2/15), and jumped straight onto the FMQB AAA top-200 singles chart at #110 (1/20/15) – all without professional promotion or a publicist. “The Other Side…” peaked at #87 on the FMQB singles chart, stopped only by a lack of “promo” spending. The EP itself climbed directly to #1 on Amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” Adult Alternative list (1/17/15) and cracked the top-100 on the FMQB AAA non-comm album chart. The follow-up single, “If This Is Love,” charted nationally as well, and third single “Way Back When” spun on over 200 radio stations world-wide. As RadioInfo.com observed, “… it’s definitely a marketable sound that makes for some hit triple-A playlists… and hot AC/AC stations that wait patiently for their turn …. We are keeping our ears on them. So should you.” (RadioInfo.com “pick of the week” 1/14/15).

But “The Light Ahead” was no flash in the pan. Willamena has been impressing programmers, critics and fans for years. The band’s 2013 CD Lost in the Shadows and its tracks charted nationally in six radio formats: Top 40, Hot AC, Triple A, Active Rock, Americana, and College. At least 180 terrestrial stations in six countries aired something from “Lost…” not counting syndicated-show affiliates that pushed the total well over 300. Several critics predicted the success of “Lost in the Shadows” from the get-go:

“… [U]ndeniably infectious rock…” “… [T]he standout tracks… could do some serious damage on U.S. radio in 2013. And that means there are songs on this album you’ll likely be humming in your sleep.” John Sinkevics, Revue Magazine and http://www.LocalSpins.com

“… [Lost… has] a very polished sound that suits their seemingly effortless radio-ready rock anthems perfectly… [It] should help… give them the national attention they… rightfully deserve.” – Justin Kreitzer

“Lost in the Shadows” followed 2004’s “Far From the Current.” “… Current” aired on then-emerging AAA stations from Seattle to Staten Island to satellite (XM Unsigned’s “most notable” and “most played” lists) on a near-zero budget and made its own mark in the music world:

“Willamena… turn the Northern superiority complex against itself with devastating results in ‘Rock-n-Roll.” Dave Queen, Village Voice 9/26/05 re: “… Current”

“I keep thinking, how could a band with this talent and sound not be on a big label… will these guys ever run out of hooks?” Bill Ribas, NYRock.com 3/5/2005 re: “… Current” 3/5/2005 re: “… Current”

“…[P]op rock, in the vein of Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, modern U2, etc… a familiar rock sound culled from decades past, [but] the sheer craftsmanship… in the music keeps [it] from coming across as a stale rehash… Comparisons aside, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist…” Alan Moore, LoveLaborMusic.com 6/14/2005 re: “… Current”

But by the time “… Current” was released, what became the music industry’s (and Michigan’s) unprecedented decline was already underway. For one snapshot of the milieu, a story in the Grand Rapids Press about “… Current” was titled “Willamena revives music scene in Grand Rapids.” (Tricia Woolfenden, Grand Rapids Press 2/5/04). Part of another writer’s review offers a clue, too:

“Perhaps the real risk for Willamena is writing a great album that no one will hear.” Nick Stephenson, Recoil, 2/04.

Simply put, after “… Current” came out, tough times got tougher. Willamena’s home base between the coasts and lack of industry connections (or cash) had always hampered the band; what turned out to be “the big crash” didn’t help. Neither did Napster, or NAFTA, or club closings, or slashed label rosters, or the cratered economy which scattered so many Michiganders, and the band, around the country seeking work. In mid-2009 the band went on a reluctant hiatus.

So despite winning the 142-band WBFX/Aris Hampers Rock Search in 2001… and despite making head-turning original rock like the 2002 CD Ghost of July which produced rave reviews like these:

“Willamena are the Derek Jeters of local music… Along with their kick-butt live shows… “Ghost of July” is putting these cats on the bus that says “Major League…” Buddah Worthmore, Music Revue, 5/2002

“’Ghost of July’ could be the most solid release from a local band this year – a sonically-superior recording showcasing emotional performances and… gifted songwriting… highly recommended…” Recoil Magazine, 6/2002

… and despite headlining at premier clubs from Milwaukee to Manhattan and outdoor festivals, and opening for national acts like Fishbone, The Why Store, and SR-71… and despite earning “… the reputation of being the hardest-working act in Michigan…” (The Buzz, TheIndustryResource.com 12/22/04)… and despite maintaining the title of “… the hardest-working band in Michigan…” (Carly Plank, Revue Magazine 6/20/13) years later… Willamena remained unsigned and, largely, undiscovered.

Undiscovered, that is, until the rise of internet radio, and LPFM, and the Triple A radio format, and accessible technology that brought Willamena’s music out of obscurity. Beginning in 2011, world-class recording pros including Gravity StudiosDoug McBride (Fall Out Boy, Rachael Yamagata, Veruca Salt), Grammy winner John Seymour (U2, Santana, Dave Matthews Band) and Grammy winner Cameron Webb (Kelly Clarkson, Social Distortion, Motorhead) began to take an interest in the band, contributing their talents on various tracks (and on decidedly non-major-label budgets). Throughout 2012, ‘13, and ‘14 radio stations all over the U.S. and internationally-syndicated programs latched on to Willamena’s hook-filled songs, and the stage was set for 2015’s “The Light Ahead.”

Music fans around the world have been figuring out what the major labels have missed so far: Willamena has the goods. Strong Enough to Last is another collection of original, radio-ready Midwestern rock n’ roll, and it’s set to line the band up toe-to-toe with major-label acts on radio playlists around the globe.

“‘… Clearly, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist, and carries dynamics the way that Fred Neil did, and Rob Thomas and Bono still do…” KZHP Sacramento

“There is plenty to like here and these guys should really make a splash on the music scene… Expect great things from Willamena. They’ve got the chops to achieve them… 4.5 stars (out of 5).” – G.W. Hill re: “Lost in the Shadows”

“… Their music is ready made to fill arenas…” John Verburg, WestMichiganIndie.com

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