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Fathom Farewell Release Their New Video “Take This World”

Rock/Bluescore artists Fathom Farewell release the video for their song “Take This World”.

We put a whole lot of time into this song and video combined. Fathom Farewell was a somewhat different band when we initially recorded the song, yet throughout the process of building this work we have the pleasure of presenting to you today, we have grown into something that we believe will make a difference for people craving a response to the environment in which we currently reside. Our aim with this video is to let people know that we are all in this together, we all suffer, we all crave the next step or something that can truly satisfy whatever gap may be left inside of us, and we all inevitably struggle together.

“Take This World” is off Fathom Farewell’s new EP Decomposition which is out now.

Live Dates

6/22 Rutland, VT @Knights of Columbus Supporting Kingsmen

6/23 Manchester, NH @ Bungalow Bar

6/24 Southington, CT @ Southington Legion

6/25 Worcester,MA @Worcester Palladium supporting Sevendust

About Fathom Farewell:

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Fathom Farewell are a Rock n Roll/Bluescore outfit out of Worcester, Massachusetts. With their unique blend of metal, blues and rock n roll they have been travelling the east coast, bursting onto the stage aflame with an energy like no other.

Willamena Releases ‘Strong Enough to Last’ EP

Michigan’s hardest working rock band, Willamena, has released their 6th studio album, Strong Enough To Last. Self-produced by members Chad HendricksonLucas Ross, and Lance HendricksonStrong Enough To Last showcases why the veteran rockers have been making waves on alternative, adult alternative, and indie rock radio charts for years, and is a testament to their inspiring legacy of consistent high quality indie rock sound.

“The EP had to be titled Strong Enough to Last if only because some producer took eight-plus months to never deliver the first one. He held our masters hostage to try and leverage more rights for himself. Bad move. We don’t roll over for scammers, and we never give up. So we saved our nickels and went out and recorded the whole thing all over again — better. Eventually he’ll hear it on the radio, and maybe drive right into the ditch? We wouldn’t want anybody hurt of course; but we’d pay money to acquire one of his set-off airbags.” – Willamena

“The EP title also reflects our history. We’ve been called ‘indie underdogs’ and ‘indie heroes’ and any number of ‘Rocky’ references over the years, and while I don’t know about ‘heroes,’ some of that’s factual. Basically every label A&R rep turned us down; most of them repeatedly. But we keep slugging along, and they keep getting fired. Now we’re earning more radio airplay than no small number of big-money acts can buy. From the single: ‘close your eyes and dream,’ right? And like we put in all our liner notes: ‘long live indie!'” – Chad Hendrickson

Willamena has also released a fun and lighthearted, DIY video for their radio and Billboard charting, hit single “When You Close Your Eyes.”

“The lyric video for the single’s as ‘indie’ as it gets. Total budget: $0. So, sorry, VH-1. We’re not getting on. We spent the money on Grammy winners for mixing & mastering instead. Maybe it looks exactly like a $0 clip, but DJs in exotic places like Greece and Australia (and South Carolina) love how it sounds.” – Willamena

Track List:
1. Strong Enough to Last
2. Open up the Stars
3. As Long as I Can
4. When You Close Your Eyes
5. Darkest Before the Dawn

Click HERE to Download Strong Enough To Last on iTunes

Click HERE to Stream Strong Enough To Last on Spotify!

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. Advance single “When You Close Your Eyes (Radio Mix)” was on the radio even before the EP went to replication, and it debuted on the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 soon after. 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 RockAmericana, 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 SinkevicsRevue 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 QueenVillage 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”

“…[P]op rock, in the vein of Matchbox 20Counting 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 MooreLoveLaborMusic.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 WoolfendenGrand 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 StephensonRecoil, 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 WorthmoreMusic 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 FishboneThe Why Store, and SR-71… and despite earning “… the reputation of being the hardest-working act in Michigan…” (The BuzzTheIndustryResource.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 Studios’ Doug McBride (Fall Out BoyRachael YamagataVeruca Salt), Grammy winner John Seymour (U2SantanaDave Matthews Band) and Grammy winner Cameron Webb (Kelly ClarksonSocial DistortionMotorhead) 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 VerburgWestMichiganIndie.com

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Blacktop Mojo Announces First Leg Of The “Where The Wind Blows 2017” U.S. Tour

Palestine, Texas based Southern Hard Rock band Blacktop Mojo have announced the first leg of their “Where The Wind Blows 2017” U.S. Tour. The tour kicks of on July 13th in Abilene, Texas and will work it’s way throughout the United States this summer. The band is touring in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Burn The Ships and current radio single “Where The Wind Blows.” Keep an eye out all summer for new dates on the band’s Facebook page. As a thank you to their friends, fans, and supporters, ALL of the shows will be free!

We’ve made so many friends from all over the U.S. the past few years – We couldn’t be more excited to take our live show to their doorsteps for the first time, and share that awesome energy that only rock and roll can offer. – Nathan Gillis (Blacktop Mojo)

Where The Wind Blows 2017 Tour Dates:

07/13 @ Amnesia – Abilene, TX
07/14 @ Perch @ Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
07/15 @ The Orpheum – Flagstaff, AZ
07/16 @ Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
07/18 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
07/21 @ Lost On Main – Chico, CA
07/22 @ Old Warehouse – Yakima, WA
07/23 @ The Pin – Spokane, WA
07/25 @ Pub Station – Billings, MT
07/26 @ Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
07/27 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
07/28 @ Roadhouse – Idaho Falls, ID
07/30 @ Lincoln Theater – Lincoln, NE

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Darling Down Release Official Music Video for “Collide”

Battle Creek, MI hard rock band Darling Down have released the official video for their single, “Collide”, featuring a solo by Clint Lowery of Sevendust, off of their newest album  Never Tell.  “Collide” was directed by Travis and Samantha Ross at RipJaw Media.

Every video we do is a challenge to outdo the last. I feel that “Collide” is a mini movie with elements of a grade A thriller with on par Hollywood cinematic value – our acting, however, could use some work 🙂 – Ryan Hudson (Drums)

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With their symphonically powerful sound and an arsenal of brand new material, mid-Michigan’s Darling Down is prepared to show the world that they are ready to stake their artistic claim in the territory of modern rock.

The band, an outstanding female fronted four piece, has a synergistic effect among its members: Amanda Legault’s clear, strong vocals that range from powerfully compelling to hauntingly sweet, Dustin Claud’s driving and dynamic guitar riffs, Nathan Simmon’s thunderous bass lines, and Ryan Hudson’s tight musicianship on drums. Committed to lyrically thoughtful and melodically engrossing songwriting with powerful hooks, Darling Down is distinctive in today’s musical arena. With lyrically relatable songs full of enough edginess, passion and real life to appeal to a wide audience, Darling Down’s songs are catchy, intriguing, and heavy; beautifully sung, constructed and arranged. Sonically driving, with soaring vocals and harmonies, the deep lyrics are sometimes juxtaposed with eerily strong, pretty vocals and heavy guitars, as on their earlier recording, “Revenge is Sweet Like Cherries.”

Fast forward to 2014, Darling Down is not holding anything back with their second full length release, “Never Tell,” produced by the nationally acclaimed producer / engineer / mixer Chuck Alkazian (Soundgarden, Trust Company, Pop Evil) and recorded at Pearl Sound Studios. “Never Tell,” which was released on 7/22/2014, has garnered a sizable amount of industry buzz. A stellar collection of songs, creatively written and with spectacular pieces of orchestration, Darling Down and their producer have created an album full of great musicianship, mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, and exciting, innovative collaborations with accomplished outside artists. “Never Tell” features guest appearances by Clint Lowery of SevendustVinnie Dombrowski of SpongeStephen Richards of Taproot, and Brett Hestla of Dark New Day.

Ramping up for the expansion of their touring in addition to their current live shows on schedule, following the release of “Never Tell” Darling Downcontinues to increase their live show radius throughout North America. In recent years, Darling Down has developed a loyal fan base with their passionate music and high energy live performances, and grabbed the attention of audiences throughout the Midwest. The band has performed alongside many notable acts including Theory of a DeadmanNonpointTaprootSmile Empty SoulPop EvilRedRaFraming HanleySaving AbelEvans BlueSalivaHed PEMushoomhead, and many more.
Darling Down, fresh off the release of “Never Tell,” will be one to watch as they share their new music and unique show with an even wider scope of music fans throughout the country. Be on the lookout for upcoming tour dates!

DOPE / (HED)Pe Announce The Monster High Tour 2017

Industrial Metal Veterans DOPE are teaming with G-punk innovators (HED)Pe to announce their The Monster High Tour 2017 with metal rockers Ill Niño on select dates.

“I’m really excited about this tour” says Edsel Dope. “We have never done a proper USA Tour with (HED)Pe, or Ill Niño, so this should be a really cool experience for the fans and for all of us…Me and Jared from Hed Pe are already talking about doing some collaborations before and during the tour…

“We’ve continued to add to our production to each and every tour” Edsel says with a smile.. “The show is almost out of hand at this point”

“I am anticipating that this will be the last Dope tour for a little while” says Edsel…”Once it is over, I want to focus on finishing up the next Dope album before we hit the road again…I am looking forward to seeing of our fans and friends out there this Fall…”

Both bands will play full sets each night and Dope will again be bringing out their highly interactive production, complete with 100 square feet of LED wall, geisers and more.

Click HERE for Advance Tickets

The Monster High Tour 2017 Dates:
09/09 @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival – Lynchburg, VA *
10/03 @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/04 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10/05 @ El Corazon – Seattle , WA
10/06 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome,ID
10/07 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
10/08 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
10/09 @ Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/10 @ The Reverb / Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
10/11 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
10/12 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/13 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/15 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
10/16 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Niagra Falls, NY
10/18 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
10/19 @ Claddagh – Lawrence, MA *
10/20 @ Whiskey Barrel – Laconia, NH *
10/21 @ Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI *
10/22 @ The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *
10/23 @ The Reverb – Reading, PA *
10/24 @ Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/25 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
10/26 @ The Abbey – Orlando, FL
10/27 @ Kelsey Theater – West Palm Beach, FL
10/28 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/30 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/31 @ St. Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
11/01 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
11/02 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/03 @ The Coliseum – Lawton, OK
11/04 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/05 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
11/06 @ Marquis Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/07 @ Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV
11/08 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
* Ill Niño Appearing

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Kevlar Releases Official Video for Cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”

Pennsylvania hard rock band KEVLAR have just signed with CB Entertainment for representation. With that, launching a brand new music video. The hard-hitting rendition of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”. Heading to Michigan, the single was produced and recorded with Nick Sampson (Asking AlexandriaBorn Of OsirisMiss May I). KEVLAR have just won the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands: Niagara Falls Edition in late May and will advance to the semi-finals. They will also be touring across the United States through the rest of 2017 including a stop at LOUD-N-LIMA Music Festival alongside BobaflexBrett Michaels and more.

As we started to develop our new sound, we thought it would be so fun to mess with a pop song like Dark Horse – flash forward two years later to every show we’ve played where the crowd’s reaction has been priceless!” “Our version of this song seems to have taken on a life of its own and we couldn’t be more proud of it! – Kelci Margaret (Vocals)

On joining CB Entertainment:

We are absolutely honored to be welcomed into the CB Entertainment family and are very much looking forward to working with Chris Bianchi and his team! It feels so incredible to find a team with the same amount of passion and love for the music we’re making as we do and now, more than ever, we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Hard, heavy, powerful, meaningful, and emotionally charged… That’s what you can expect from every song and every live show. Brutal and expansive riffs and beats with soaring vocals that deliver stories of suffering, insecurity, and the struggles we all face in our daily lives. The live KEVLAR experience attacks your senses with a high energy show delivered with a wide range of emotions. This is what we love. This is KEVLAR.

Moscow Releases Video & Debut EP ‘Queen of Sin’

Heavy Electro Rocker Moscow has released the Official Music Video for the title track along with her debut EP, Queen of Sin.

The tracks on Queen of Sin were created with support from Producers Shawn McGhee (Hideout Studios – HellyeahFive Finger Death PunchPapa Roach), Brian Steele-Medina (Gemini Syndrome),  HatebreedEscape The Fate),and upcoming Boston Producers OH NO! ØKTAPUS.

Click HERE to buy “Queen of Sin” on iTunes

I had a lot of fun writing and recording Queen Of Sin – our first EP that comes out June 2nd. It has a nice diversity of rock subgenres – you can find some post-hardcore, nu-metal, alternative tunes in it. ‘QoS’ is a sort of defial for those who say rock and sex can’t go together. “Make Rock Sexy Again.” We wanted to get a mix of hard rock tunes and guitar riffs with sensual feminine vocals and dominatrix attitude. – Moscow

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Call her Tsaritsa (queen) like the Russian rockers all do, or call her Moscow – her nom de guerre in the international music scene – but you are going to call (attention to) this talented young lady who embodies the rebellious spirit of rock and the consummate class of royalty.

Young, Russian, Free and Beautiful, a 16-year Moscow (then known as Elizaveta Tursunova) struck out on her own to explore the world. Not wanting to be tied down to the wealthy young businessmen who had been trying to impress her, her young Russian schoolmates that adored her, or the rockers on the scene who hung on her every word, she fled to Cambridge, England.

Never satisfied to stay in one place or know only one way of life, Moscow traveled to and lived in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, growing even more bold and worldly with every stop.

From the age of 15, Moscow was a part of the Russian music scene. “In Russia, the market is dominated by cheap pop music. It is next to impossible for a rock/metal band to break out. I hung out with some really dedicated and talented people, they taught me not to give up,” Moscow remembers. “They all thought I was older – I think I celebrated my 18th birthday for 5 years straight.” When she was in Cambridge and New York, Moscow was trained in musical theater and became a triple threat – dancing, singing and acting. “Musical theater will always be in my heart. Anytime I visit Broadway or the West End, I must go see a new musical. In London, I became friends with the cast of Rock Of Ages,” she explained. She decided to bring that musical’s premise to life and become the rocker she was destined to be.

Throughout her travels, there was something missing… something she found in Los Angeles. The Sunset Strip music scene spoke to her sense of rock history and her musical style. Having read about all her favorite artists’ lives in Los Angeles (Motley CrueSteven TylerSlash) the Sunset Strip seemed surreal to Moscow. It was there that she put down roots to record her material and the “Queen of Sin” video. Her approach is summed up by her quote “In popular music, I believe it’s time to look back to our roots – the richness of Muddy Waters, the theatricality of Alice Cooper, the romanticized excess of Motley Crue – and combine what we learn from them with a 21st century outlook,” says Moscow.

The team of Shawn McGhee (Hideout Studios – HellyeahFive Finger Death PunchPapa Roach) and Brian Steel Madina (Gemini Syndrome) produced “Queen of Sin.’ “Working with Moscow was straight fire. From the moment she walked in the studio we knew she had something amazing to offer,” says producer, Shawn McGhee. “She has the attitude and the talent to back it up,” adds co-producer, Brian Steel Madina. “It’s refreshing to work with someone who has such a clear vision of her endgame. Moscow is a force to be reckoned with.”

She collaborated with RAGE (Trivium, Hatebreed, Escape The Fate) on the “Queen of Sin” video – making it an epic presentation of her talent, power and beauty. “She fit her name, one would think she’s already toured the world several times and have sold a few million albums… On set she was fearless, her natural charisma just overwhelms you…even my crew, some of whom are just hip hop heads, as well as some of the background talent were all asking for her autograph and wanting pictures by the end of the day,” explains RAGE. “She was transforming herself in that very moment and it was with no effort, because in my opinion not only is MOSCOW ready to sneak attack the world of rock and metal but she is truly and wonderfully…’The Queen of Sin’. “

Just breaking into her 20s and breaking into the music world, she is wise beyond her years. “We all have God and the devil in us. That is where the spark for ‘Queen of Sin’ came from,” she explains. That spark is destined to set the rock world afire in 2017!