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LONELY DAKOTA Releases Official Music Video for Title Track Off of Debut EP, ‘End of Days’

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UK based, Southern Rock Band LONELY DAKOTA has released the official music video for “End of Days,” the title track off of their hotly anticipated, debut EP, due out June 28th.

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The End of Days EP for us stitches together years of hard work and refinement, offering our fans the very best of each of us. A mix of riff laden hard rock tracks and emotional, thought provoking ballads. This isn’t just music to us, it’s our lives laid out for the world to see, at around 140bpm. If nothing else we hope that the message to the listener is clear, whatever it is you’re going through and whatever burden you carry, you’re not alone. We are with you.

Every sore-throat, snapped string and broken drumstick has led to this moment. Every dark thought, sleepless night and act of poor judgement has led to our story.

You will know us, and we will know you.

We are Lonely Dakota – VonDeePJTez, and Sepala.

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Lonely Dakota was originally the brain child of Paul ‘PJ’ Jackson and started life as an Indie band on the Southampton and London circuits, receiving moderate success supporting acts like Lonely The Brave, but PJ’s passion and influence had always been for rock music…

In December 2015 PJ set to realize his vision of an LD infused with cutting and melodic lead guitar with mammoth power chords, thunderous bass, technical but driving drums and gritty vocals.

In January 2016 Luke ‘VonDee’ Varndell would meet Jackson and a rabble of other musicians in a damp ‘would be studio’ in the arse end of nowhere to audition for lead vocals. Having prepared lyrics beforehand the band quickly began to meld together, and fan favourite ‘Medication’ began to take form. VonDee had never fronted a band before, having previously been a solo acoustic act, and felt naked without his own guitar around his neck. However with the support and encouragement of Jackson his confidence, ability and range grew. In a moment that would have made Marty McFly proud, they had both found ‘that new sound’ they had been looking for.

In April 2016 Lonely Dakota would release their first single, ‘
“On The Rise.” Recorded at the Ranch Production House, it received local radio success and LD went on to play a string of shows supporting acts such as SOiLWilson, and Reigning Days. Later the same year they released their second single, “Low Life,” via Revolver Records, but continual changes to the line-up saw the momentum dwindle. Due to disagreements and other commitments, the band lost its rhythm section.

Not to be deterred, and wanting to preach their songs to the masses, Jackson and VonDee set about reconstructing and breathing new life into LD.

Terry ‘Tez’ Jenvey would join the band in the Summer of 2017 providing thunderous bass guitar and giving a new momentum to the band. In November 2018 LD returned to the Ranch Production House, with producer Kurt Fagan, to record their new Southern Rock ballad ‘Dead Stories’. This would go on to receive national airplay on Planet Rock’s ‘The New Rock Show’, with Wyatt Wendels.

LD once again began to gather traction on the local scene developing a loyal and growing fan base. In February 2019 Lonely Dakota would become fully formed into the Southern Rock Powerhouse it is today with the addition of Craig ‘The Machine’ Sepala on drums. Sepala’s years of drumming experience and technical playing has helped to push Jackson, VonDee, and Tez to play harder than ever before. Leading to live shows laden with ‘behind the head’ solo’s, chest pounding bass, raspy and haunting dual vocals and earth-shattering drums.

In April 2019 LD once again returned to The Ranch and recorded their debut, five track, EP. Featuring forth coming singles, “End of Days” and “Overdrive.”

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DOPE Celebrates 20th Anniversary of debut album, ‘Felons & Revolutionaries’ with Worldwide Tour Alongside STATIC-X, DEVIL DRIVER, WEDNESDAY 13, RAVEN BLACK, & SOIL

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Industrial Metal Lifers DOPE are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album, Felons & Revolutionaries with the launching of a worldwide tour alongside STATIC-X. Kicking off June 18 in Tempe, Arizona, the tour winds throughout North America, Australia, the UK, Europe, and will also include Russia and The Ukraine.

“It’s crazy to think that it has been almost 20 years since Dope’s debut album Felons & Revolutionaries was released.

I’m so grateful for the foundation that the album laid for the band and I appreciate the affinity that so many of our fans have for its raw, unpolished production..”

Felons and Revolutionaries really put Dope on the map. It catapulted us from the streets of NYC to international awareness in such a short time. We toured constantly with bands like Slipknot, Mudvayne, Fear Factory, Powerman 5000, Statind, Sevendust, POD, Kid Rock, and of course Static-X.. We also got to see our music featured in some very prominent movies and soundtracks such as The Fast & The Furious, Scream 3, and American Psycho.
– EDSEL DOPE

On Dope touring with STATIC-X, Edsel states:

“Somehow, everything has all come full circle. In the early days, Dope toured with Static-X more than any other band. We played more than 200 shows together on our debut album cycles and we all became really good friends..

So many tours, so many memories.. It’s really surreal to be dong it again 20 years later..

It’s very fitting that Dope is pairing up with Static-X again to celebrate the anniversaries of both of our debut albums..”

And in discussing the passing of friend and iconic front-man WAYNE STATIC:

“It was really sad man! Dope was part of the last North American tour that Wayne did in 2014. So I had the pleasure of touring with Wayne at the very beginning of his career and also at the very end.. I’m very grateful for those experiences, but they obviously left me feeling very sad and angry, after hearing how he passed.. Addiction is incredibly unforgiving & It doesn’t discriminate.. Even still, Wayne’s passing caught us all off guard.. It was shocking and it was sad and it was totally unnecessary..
We lost an incredibly talented friend, a funny and gentle person, who contributed so much to our scene… His voice was incredible and we all mourn his passing because we love and miss the beauty that he contributed to the world… We should also view his passing as a cautionary tale, because too many good people are leaving this earth way too early.. It’s sad and it makes me angry, because it really shouldn’t have happened at all.. I’m glad that Static-X has chosen to memorialize Wayne on this tour! I think it’s an incredibly sincere way form them to pay their respects & to represent his importance and presence within the band, while they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip.”

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North America w/ Static-X, Devil Driver, Wednesday 13, Raven Black
06/18 @ Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
06/19 @ El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
06/21 @ Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
06/22 @ The Warehouse – Houston, TX
06/23 @ The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
06/25 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
06/26 @ The Firmanent – Greenville, SC
06/28 @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
06/29 @ Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
06/30 @ Levels – Scranton, PA
07/02 @ Opera House – Toronto, ON
07/03 @ London Music Hall – London, ON
07/04 @ Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
07/05 @ Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
07/06 @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
07/07 @ Reverb – Reading, PA
07/09 @ Jergel’s – Pittsburgh, PA
07/10 @ Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
07/11 @ The Citadel – Indianapolis, IN
07/12 @ The Clyde – Ft Wayne, IN
07/13 @ Harpos – Detroit, MI
07/14 @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
07/16 @ Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
07/18 @ Cadott Rockfest – Cadott, W
07/19 @ Anthem @ Hard Rock – Sioux City, IA
07/20 @ The Forge – Joilet, IL
07/21 @ Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
07/23 @ Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
07/25 @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
07/26 @ Catch One – Los Angeles, CA
07/27 @ House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/12 @ Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
11/13 @ House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
11/15 @ Revolution – Ft Lauderdale FL
11/16 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
12/02 @ House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
12/05 @ Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
12/06 @ Pop’s – Sauget, IL
12/07 @ Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
12/08 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO

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Australia w/ Static-X – Wednesday 13
08/22 @ Eaton Hill – Brisbane, QLD
08/23 @ Croxton – Melbourne, VIC
08/24 @ Metro – Sydney, NSW
08/26 @ The Gov – Adelaide, SA
08/27 @ Rock Rover – Perth, WA

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UK w/ Static-X – Soil – Wednesday 13
09/24 @ SWX – Bristol, England
09/25 @ Tramshed – Cardiff, Wales
09/26 @ Electric Ballroom – London, England
09/27 @ Rock City – Nottingham, England
09/28 @ Stylus – Leeds, England
09/29 @ Engine Room – Southhampton, England
10/01 @ Northumbria Institute – Newcastle, England
10/02 @ The Garage – Glasgow, Scotland
10/03 @ The Ritz – Manchester, England
10/04 @ 02 Institute – Birmingham, England

Europe w/ Static-X – Soil – Wednesday 13
10/05 @ File 7 – Paris, France
10/06 @ Trix Club – Antwerp, Belgium
10/07 @ Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
10/09 @ Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
10/10 @ MS Connex – Mannheim, Germany
10/11 @ Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
10/12 @ Rock Planet – Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
10/13 @ Backstage – Munich, Germany
10/14 @ Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
10/15 @ Simm – Vienna, Austria

Russia and the Ukraine TBA

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For fans hoping for new music from Dope, Edsel offers:

“Dope has a ton of new music recorded for the next album.. The trouble is, I’m a self diagnosed crazy person.. I just can’t seem to put the finishing stamp on things quite yet.. I’m truly sorry! I know that it drives the fans crazy, because they want to hear what I’m working on.. Believe me, It drives me crazy too.. I just have to be in the right head space, in order to commit to the completion of the audio and visual elements that go along with it.. I’m the artist, the producer, the video director, the graphic designer, the manager, and everything else in between for Dope, so it’s allot for me to come to a peaceful place with. Deep down, there is a method to the madness and I’ll get there soon enough….

Right now, I’m just excited to hit the road and party with the Dope fans around the world and to spend time with lots of old friends.. After that, we can turn the page again and focus on completing and releasing some new Dope music.
These shows are gonna be insane!! Many of them are already sold out..

I can’t wait for it to begin!”

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AGAINST THE GRAVE Release Official Music Video for “Killing Us Slowly”

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Los Angeles, CA based Metal Band AGAINST THE GRAVEhas released the official music video for their debut single, “Killing Us Slowly.” An aggressive soaked, groove dominated, riff-driven, vigorous, infectious dark track, “Killing Us Slowly” was directed, shot, and edited by Nathan Karma Cox.

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“This video was a lot of fun to make, especially with Nathan Cox at the helm!! We’ve worked with him in the past & his vision & final product is always top shelf. We had a day of sun, fun, beer, cool cars & all the homies came out to hang & help any way they could. Definitely one of the most enjoyable video shoots we’ve ever done!!” – Jay Dot CA (Bassist)

 

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Inspiration can sometimes be found, just lurking around the corner.

An unlikely alignment of solitary spirits from all around the world, brought together by none other than Metal itself. This uncanny formation culminates a fire of heavy metal power, hard rock passion, and electric force. Tuned much in the vein of metal legends PanteraSlipknot, and Five Finger Death Punch, Against the Grave brings new damage to the heavy metal lifestyle.

“We just clicked, immediately, almost as if we had been writing together for years, the music just simply erupted.” Asserts Jordan Gaw, vocalist of Against The Grave

“‘Killing us Slowly‘ is pure blunt force trauma, it’s my favorite song right now, Nathan did such a great job on the video!” exclaims Andrea Martis guitarist of Against the Grave

Dead (repeater)” is another glimpse at the horsepower resonating from the depths of a grimy downtown Los Angeles rehearsal studio. Give it a spin, see how long you last, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Newly ignited, just don’t be fooled, hailing from the ashes of Final Drive & *Media Solution*fame, expect a hell of a lot more out of this gang of metalheads as they rage a new path of pure will, determination and glory. Make some noise for Against the Grave.

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EMMA GARELL Releases Official Music Video for “Destination Anaheim”

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Richmond, VA based THE EMMA GARELL BAND has released the official music video for “Destination Anaheim.”

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“It was worth the wait…and all the blood, sweat and tears to find pure sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” – EMMA GARELL

Download / Stream “Destination Anaheim” Online

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Catch EMMA GARELL Live:
07/10 @ The Dark Room – Richmond, VA
07/16 @ The Camel – Richmond, VA w/ CoagulateTelKill the Druid
07/26 @ Hardywood – Richmond, VA w/ Deep Vinyl Groove

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WATCH ME BREATHE Teams with The Label Group / INgrooves & TAG Publicity

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Santa Cruz, CA – Progressive Pop-Rock Band WATCH ME BREATHE has announced that they will be partnering with The Label Group / INgrooves and TAG Publicity.

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From the very beginning, Watch Me Breathe has been all about honesty and authenticity. Lead singer Jake Aaron Ward formed the band in 2017 purely out of frustration. “As a solo artist, I just got fed up with trying to write music only to please other people. Watch Me Breathe is really an experiment that says: what would I write if nobody else was listening?”

The results of that experiment have been surprising. In the short time since the release of their debut LP, The Lighter Side of Darkness, in February 2018, Watch Me Breathe has already accrued well over 150K views on YouTube and over 50K streams on Spotify…and the numbers keep growing.

When it comes to making albums, this particular band has an unusual process not unlike that of Tame Impala or Bon Iver: Ward (a proficient multi-instrumentalist) writes, performs, records, mixes, and masters every song entirely by himself, in his own California home studio. He jokingly explains “I just kind of suck at collaborating.” He cites an eclectic range of influences, including Peter GabrielThe PoliceImogen HeapGoo Goo Dolls, and a whole slew of underground progressive metal bands that have helped shape his unique guitar parts and complex rhythmic patterns. In concert, the band performs as a power trio, with Ward covering guitar and lead vocals, while bassist Ryan Green and drummer/baby brother Carl Ward handle the rhythm section.

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THE FELL Announce Single Release Party at Nashville’s MERCY LOUNGE

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Alternative Rock Band THE FELLStephen Vickers (vocals), Mike Krompass (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass), Scott Westervelt (keys), Rich Redmond (drums)–has announced that they will be holding the release party for their new single, “Dancing On A Glass Floor,” at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN. Joined by DIGITAL BRAINS, THE FELL’s release party tickets with VIP opportunities are available online NOW.

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The Fell is a modern alternative band that balances guitar based rock with pop sensibility. Taking their explosive mix of grunge, 80’s pop, and infectious grooves to new heights, the end result is anthemic rock arrangements that are sure to leave you wanting more. The Fell features singer Stephen Vickers, guitar player Mike Krompass, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboard player Scott Westervelt, and drummer Rich Redmond.

Currently, The Fell is in the studio recording their full-length debut album and preparing to embark on a tour across North America and Europe.

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NEAL SCHON Pays Homage to PRINCE with “Purple Rain” Tribute

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NEAL SCHONJOURNEY Founder, has revealed a first taste of his upcoming, solo LP, Universe, with a Birthday homage to Prince, an inspirational tribute to “Purple Rain.”

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“Prince, pancakes and Journey guitar riffs at 4 am…. late eighties and I am sitting with Prince on the floor in his apartment at Paisley Park. We’ve listened to Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and I notice a worn Journey Escape record in his collection. Surprised I turned to him and said “Never took you for a Journey fan”. He gave me that doe eyed look that always made me uncomfortable and said: “Neal Schon is one of my favorite guitarists on the planet, he is a genius.”

I thought it only fitting that Neal would return the respect by playing a fiery, inspired version of “Purple Rain”. Having worked for Prince for the last few years of his life, Neal’s beautiful interpretation makes the loss of the colossal talent of “P” a little less sad. They are each prodigy’s that have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives and our lives are richer as a result.”

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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 EnglishJan HammerHSAS 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 Journey’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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