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THE DISCO FRIES TEAM UP WITH GREAT GOOD FINE OK FOR RETRO INFUSED SINGLE “MOVING ON” VIA ENHANCED MUSIC

Fresh off the release of their summery tune “Reckless,” The Disco Fries have teamed with Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok on their retro infused single “Moving On.” Shimmery synth patterns and a funky melody are enhanced by heavenly signature falsetto vocals to create a heart-felt ambience fit for anywhere from the dancefloor to late-night drives. The single comes ahead of Great Good Fine OK’s scheduled performance at Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival next week, and is poised to be the quintessential anthem for your end of summer playlist.

The Disco Fries are no strangers to producing chart-topping hits with their breakout ‘Autonomous’ EP, supported by the likes of Billboardand MTV, in 2015 recruiting the likes of 311‘s Nick HexumRaine Maida of Our Lady PeaceBreathe Carolina & Hope Murphy to create a timeless body of singles that would leave listeners feeling refreshingly nostalgic during the peak of the electronic dance music craze. The duo would go on to produce chart-topping hits like 2015’s “Stars Come Out” with RUNAGROUND, which has achieved almost 7 million streams on Spotify alone, and 2016’s “Born Ready,” with the Halogen edit achieving 10.4 million combined streams. Their cross-over success has awarded them a global fan base and official remixes and collaborations with the likes of TiestoFatman ScoopIcona PopDuke Dumont,Jack UAzealia Banks, Tommy Sunshine, and more. The duo shows no signs of slowing in 2017 with their forthcoming EP due out later this Summer.

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Is it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism. In the past three years, GGFO have performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty WhoJoywaveMagic ManVacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing ten million plays on Spotify.

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Athena Hiotis and Nina Themelis Aim to Inspire with “Unbreakable: Our Story”

Athena Hiotis (RÊVE) has teamed up with Baltimore artist and childhood friend Nina Themelis to release their inspiring concept video. “Unbreakable:Our Story” features a diverse array of women’s empowering stories, from being proud to have gained weight to addiction victories to losing a spouse and fighting to change laws to protect others set to the Athena and Ian Kaine MacGregor written track, “Unbreakable.”

We had one rule for them. They had to be positive in the syntax. Words like ‘can’t’, ‘don’t’, ‘I’m not’ were not allowed. They had to write their statements in an affirming way. – Athena

The reason I was so excited to work on this project is because of how frequently our culture perpetuates the idea of women working in competition with one another. It was important to work on something with strangers, or mild acquaintances, where the unifying thread was how we empower ourselves and each other. –Nina

Visual artist and creative director, Tré made a bold appearance in the short and penned an equally bold statement, recalling her experience participating in the making of the video. “Support is always important; we can’t expect others to support us if we don’t make an effort to support each other. Today, women support women because now we can, and now we must.” – Tré (Visual Artist and Creative Director)

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Athena Hiotis is a musician, producer, and songwriter from Baltimore, MD. With a penchant for a wide range of music, she began writing and producing professionally in styles ranging from pop to rock to classical. Athena co-founded and owns PopRiot Music Group, a boutique songwriting and production house, providing music for TV/Film projects and artists. She is a member of RÊVE, an art-rock band known for creating cinematic visuals (both motion and live) along with their music.

Molehill Release Official Music Video for “Hearts on Fire”

Currently gigging around Austin, TX for SXSW, the progressive indie rock band Molehill has released the official music video for their single “Hearts on Fire”. The song is the title track from their new EP (releasing on May 12th) and was inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in the Ukraine, the birthplace of vocalist Peter Manhart’s mother.

We wanted a video that would reinforce the lyrics and message of the song while also adding additional layers through the visual format,” says Manhart. “Over a couple phone calls with director Matt DiMare, we were all on board with using footage of protests and revolutions. We also tossed around the idea of people being forced to watch this footage in almost a Clockwork Orange – type scenario. Matt came up with a storyline for the video which we all loved – the ‘angel’ character, played by Kit Hamlen, finds Peter walking through downtown Chicago like a zombie, unaware of his surroundings (not an unusual sight in any city these days), takes him to this strange building and forces him to watch protest footage and ‘pay attention.’ He sort of ‘wakes up’ out of his previous state and takes to the street himself to carry on her work.

“Hearts on Fire” was produced and engineered by J. Hall and Molehill, and is available on Spotify and iTunes. Pre-order the EP here.

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About Molehill:
Molehill had humble beginnings in small local venues in Champaign, IL, and has since grown into an established presence in the Chicago music scene. They have played over 300 shows between the Midwest and Eastern United States, including some of the more prestigious venues in Chicago, as well as national (and international) festivals like Summerfest, Musikfest, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Molehill has built a reputation for explosive live shows and a tireless work ethic, as well as the work they’ve done towards fostering a more friendly and cooperative music community in the city of Chicago. They were one of the founding members of the Chicago Roots Collective, which was a 10-band collective working together to promote the Chicago music scene and their music, and for the last 2 years Molehill has curated a monthly email list to dozens of local bands to try to promote live music in Chicago and encourage local bands to attend shows, discover new bands, and support each other even more.

Peter Manhart, lead singer, lyricist, and guitar player, started playing piano at the age of 3. At the University of Illinois, he pursued a double major in engineering physics and piano pedagogy, but dropped the piano major after 2 years so that he could focus his practice time on the guitar. He went on to get his physics degree, but also took numerous creative writing and poetry classes to develop his lyric writing ability. After moving from Champaign to Chicago, Peter met bassist Trevor Jones, who was studying double bass at DePaul University. Trevor had spent a large portion of his life in various orchestras and has always had a penchant for well organized noise, whatever the genre. He also grew up watching his father, a music professor, manage and play in a 16-piece jazz big band. This instilled in Trevor a strong business and management sense, and helped him complement Peter not only musically but with the business aspect of the band as well. After Peter and Trevor started working together, drummer Devin Staples joined the group. Devin has been a fixture in the Chicago gospel scene for years, and had also been a member of two highly-respected Chicago bands, NYCO and Cassius Clay. The 4th and final piece of the puzzle, keyboard/synth player Greg Van Zuiden, joined soon after. Greg had recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a music degree, moved to Chicago, and was looking for a band to join. As the youngest member of Molehill, he was the light-hearted “glue” that helped the band stay strong.

The Hearts on Fire EP continues the group’s tradition of storytelling in music. The dark, brooding “Old Soldier” tells the story of a proud, religious, soldier, living out his last days in a nursing home – “And he sits in a dead room, sterilizer and perfume, and the lights are slowly growing dim.” “Reverie” has the narrator lamenting the loss of a parent long ago, while also thanking that parent, for “you made me the person I am.” Last but not least, the title track was inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine – the birthplace of Peter Manhart’s mother. The song is about the common people rising up to fight an oppressive regime. Though the people in this protest were unarmed, the government sent riot police and snipers to kill them, and yet the people’s numbers kept growing until they were finally heard. This song is about the strength of community, sheer willpower, and the resonance of a good and virtuous idea. Though the few in control may try to keep the will of the people down, the masses can change the world if they fight together. With the recent wave of public dissent and protests happening around the world, this seems like the appropriate time to share this song.

Indie Rock Band Foreign Sons Release “Good Things” Music Video

Indie rockers, Foreign Sons have released their new music video and single, “Good Things”. This is the second single off of their forthcoming full-length which is set to release later in 2017. Deriving their sound from many different genres, Foreign Sons solidified their indie rock groove before releasing their last EP, Of Want & Wisdom, in 2013.

“”Good Things” is about the struggle of losing our way and taking hold of the redemption that is possible regardless of how far we may have drifted. The video captures this struggle through the lives of four children rediscovering freedom.” -Vocalist Chris Bundra

Watch the eye catching video for “Good Things” below and be on the look out for more music from Foreign Sons.

About Foreign Sons:

Dreams of a raw and honest dialogue through rock n roll inspired the conception of Las Vegas indie rock band, Foreign Sons. Formed in 2012, the band spent a year developing their breakthrough sound before releasing their first EP and subsequently playing their first set of shows.

After spending a year of DIY touring, Foreign Sons was invited to tour with As Cities Burn, Emery, and Listener. Now fresh out of the studio with an unfiltered sound all their own, the group is preparing to release their first full-length album.

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Lower Still Stream Debut Full Length Album “Those Who Dream”

Los Angeles based indie band Lower Still are releasing their debut full length titled, “Those Who Dream“. With a background of melodic hardcore and now to the indie rock market, the band brings together a new twist to indie rock with melodic guitars and emotional yet powerful vocals that will make you want to listen to the album front to back.

“Music has always been my most healthy outlet and a way for me to express the depths of my heart. I wrote this album in 2016 which was a very hard year for me (as it was for many),” said vocalist, Eric Masterson. “This album is a chronicle of things I wanted to say but never could, of love and loss, of secret battles with depression, anxiety, insomnia and suicidal thoughts, of lost friendship and loneliness, of insurmountable defeat with little victories along the way. These are my stories.

Following the band’s inception in 2015, the quintet has been cultivating their sound into what is their new release. You can stream “Those Who Dream” below and purchase the album on iTunes.

“I poured my heart, soul, and much more more into this album. I hope it could one day mean as much to you guys as it does to me.” – Masterson

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Lower Still is a Los Angeles-based indie band founded by singer and songwriter Eric Masterson. Conceived from the ashes of a Melodic Hardcore band in 2015, you can still hear the “hardcore” in traces of his music. That same year, Eric released Lower Still’s first EP entitled “The Winter Has Changed Me” to great acclaim. Joined in 2016 by lead guitarist Michael Irizarry, the acoustic duo performed in clubs and coffee shops before quickly evolving into a full 5-piece band.

Wonky Tonk Releases “Four Letter Word” Video

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Covington KY based singer/songwriter Wonky Tonk has announced her brand new 7 inch record “Love Detox” due out February 17th via their Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. Today she is releasing her brand new single “Four Letter Word”.

Wonky Tonk is constantly on the road (well over 100 dates a year for the past few years) and this year makes no exception. You can find a full list of TOUR DATES via her website.

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Jasmine Lorraine “Wonky Tonk” Poole grew up in the hard scrabble portion of the American heartland. Kentucky, to be precise. Her world of loss and longing is familiar terrain for lovers of country, bluegrass and folk music but, just as Kentucky can be viewed as a bridge between north and south, Wonk’s music blends elements of Indie/Alternative rock with old school country. It’s hard to separate the wonk from the tonk. Nor should you try.

Wonk’s influences, John Prine, Guy Clark, Modest Mouse and Loretta Lynn among them (especially Loretta), are apparent but her music is not derivative. Loretta, Skeeter Davis, Iris Dement and Jenny Lewis come to mind but none of her comparables quite pin her down. Wonk is her own cowgirl. “Cowgirls get up in the morning, decide what to do and do it”, she was told as a child. Fiercely independent but naturally shy Jasmine uses her alter ego and blue cowgirl boots to deal with the notion of impossibly cruel but equally exhilarating existence.

One byproduct of youthful innocence is a constant disappointing, bewildering surprise:

“You used to call me baby
You used to call me darlin’
Now you don’t call me at all”

Another is vulnerability and manipulability:

“In the greasy ballroom
You whispered in my ear
Darlin’ life is a gamble, romance a drug
The whole world is dancin’
Won’t you give in and love”

Her eleven song debut release Stuff We Leave Behind deals with the necessity of moving on at critical points in your life. Stuff that once seemed important must be cast aside, ex-lovers relegated to the shadows. “Heartbreak makes the jukebox play”, she was once told. Her song titles reflect her wandering spirit and a fascination with time and place. “Cleveland.” “Denmark.” “Tennessee.” “Montague Road.” A veteran troubadour at such a tender age, Wonk has toured Europe with the same restless drive as her native Northern Kentucky.

Tom Robbins told us that even Cowgirls Get the Blues but all is not remorse and regret. Jangly sunshine pops through the clouds unexpectedly, such as in “Parkland Avenue” (arguably the best track). Though softly. Without the glare.

Wonk’s lyrics are worth a read even without the music. The album tracks her evolution as an artist and a person. The gravel, rutted road to an emerging wisdom.

“Tennessee didn’t you hear
Money’s not real and neither is fear”

Pay attention to Wonk. Not just because she is talented and beautiful. Pay attention because she has an important purpose. To help you remember. To help you forget. Or to help you remember why you chose to forget.

Sam Ash Music Stores Now Carrying The Music Industry Self Help Guide

Sam Ash Music is now carrying The Music Industry Self Help Guide online and in limited stores.

Considered the Bible of Independent Artist Development, The Music Industry Self Help Guide was written by Author and Musician Mike Repel. Previously only available through mail order and small independent book stores, The Music Industry Self Help Guide will now be carried by Sam Ash Music Stores.

” What also sets this book apart from others like it is its emphasis on the DIY mindset. [The book] will open your eyes to a way of thinking that you could apply to every single aspect of your life beyond just that of a musician.”-Carlos Fournier Editor of The Music Industry Self Help Guide

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No other book currently on the market covers such a wide range of topics dedicated solely to artists’ career self-development. In contrast to the cold encyclopedic reference style of other reference books, this 402-page book,which is now in its second edition, pulls no punches, delivering lessons in an honest, thought-provoking and direct style to help emerging artists navigate through the underground and independent sectors of the music industry. The updated edition boasts hundreds of topics across 34 insightful chapters, including a step-by-step guide on how to register an online copyright registration form.

The Music Industry Self Help Guide is now available online through Sam Ash and in stores in these cites, New York City, NY | Carle Place, NY | King of Prussia, PA | Ontario Mills, CA | Hollywood, CA | Torrance, CA | Clearwater, FL | Tampa, FL | Miami, FL | San Antonio, TX | New Haven, CT. You can read the first three chapters of the book HERE.

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