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AESTHETIC PERFECTION Releases Dark Cover of N*SYNC Mega-Hit Single “Bye Bye Bye” Off of Upcoming ‘Ebb and Flow’ EP!


100% independent industrial pop act Aesthetic Perfection has taken the N*SYNC hit single “Bye Bye Bye” from bubblegum pop to sensually tense, dark electronic ballad, pairing minimal synths and brightly expressive vocal styling for a deeply morose aural experience. “Bye Bye Bye” is the first single off of Aesthetic Perfection’s upcoming EP, Ebb and Flow, due out February 2, 2018.

Uncertain times call for bombastic art, and Aesthetic Perfection has returned to answer that call with the new single, “Ebb and Flow.” Recounting the highs and lows of the heart, the single’s swagger recalls a not-so-distant past where the wars were cold and gratuitous excess burned hot; but producer Daniel Graves is not one for overwrought nostalgia. He keeps us focused on the future with clean electro rhythms and smooth vocal harmonies backed by aggressive percussion fit for an arena. “Ebb and Flow” sees you, Top 40 radio, and raises you an Industrial Pop romp in an underground nightclub.

Available worldwide February 2nd, the three-track single contains an infinitely danceable remix by Miggiddo (alias of Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh) and a surprise bonus cover of N*Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” featuring Nikki Misery of New Year’s Day on guitar. Graves may be tipping his hat to the past, but the “Ebb and Flow” single sets its sights on the sound of tomorrow.

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Aesthetic Perfection will also be joining GRENDEL and PETER TURNS PIRATE on the SEVERED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. Launching April 5 in Fairfield, OH, the tour will wind throughout North America, wrapping up May 13th in Toronto.

04/04 @ The Event Ceter – Fairfield, OH
04/05 @ Bar XIII – Willmington, DE
04/06 @ Drom – New York, NY
04/07 @ Brighton Music Hall – Allstong, MA
04/08 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Buffalo, NY
04/09 @ Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
04/10 @ Phantasy Ballroom – Lakewood, OH
04/13 @ Respectable Street – West Palm Beach, FL
04/14 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
04/15 @ Fallout – Ricmond, VA
04/16 @ TBA – Charlotte, NC
04/17 @ Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
04/18 @ Goat – New Orleans, LA
04/19 @ Numbers – Houston, TX
04/20 @ Elysium – Austin, TX
04/21 @ Jack’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
04/22 @ The Church – Dallas, TX
04/24 @ The Ruins Live – Oklahoma City, OK
04/25 @ TBA – Albuquerque, NM
04/26 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
04/27 @ TBA – San Diego, CA
04/28 @ 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
04/29 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
05/01 @ Paris Theater – Portland, OR
05/02 @ Highline – Seattle, WA
05/04 @ Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
05/05 @ TBA – Denver, CO
05/06 @ Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
05/07 @ TBA – Omaha, NE
05/08 @ Amsterdam Bar – St. Paul, MN
05/09 @ TBA – Milwaukee, WI
05/10 @ Crack Fox – St. Louis, MO
05/11 @ Reggies – Chicago, IL
05/12 @ Smalls – Detroit, MI
05/13 @ Coalition – Toronto, ON

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Susan Gittes Releases Dark New EP, ‘Alone,’ Via Bishops Bloc Records!

Elusive Electronic Music Producer Susan Gittes has released her debut, down techno-industrial EP, Alone, via Bishops Bloc Records.

“Susan Gittes did it! Introducing one of the hardest, darkest artists we could find with one slowed down, dark industrial techno stomper and one what we would call soundtrack-esque industrial nightmare.” – Bishops Bloc Records

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Slowed down techno and industrial sounds drenched in darkness. Nobody knows anything about Susan Gittes other than what we hear in her music’; its our best guess that she is a psychopathic killer on the loose, with a sampler and a drum machine. Sometimes heavy on percussion while other times heavy on the synths and soundscapes, Susan Gittes definitely knows how to create a feeling. Regardless of who Susan Gittes is, this release is already getting some major underground techno support from the likes of D.A.V.E. the Drummer aka Henry CullenCorvad and Fear The Priest. When contacted about the tracks and her process in music making Susan only replied with “…when i make songs I’m basically acting on impulses, what results is often emotional leftovers from my last seduction.”

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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

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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. 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” – 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 (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’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 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.” ( “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

“… [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, 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 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 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

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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.

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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!

.bipolar. Release New Single “Ernest” From Upcoming ‘Seven EP’


Las Vegas based Metal band .bipolar. have released their new single “Ernest” from the upcoming Seven EP which will be released on January 28th. The self produced EP was recorded at Hideout Studios in Las Vegas, NV and was engineered by Shawn McGhee. The video / album release show will take place at Adrenaline Sports Bar & Grill on January 28th with special guests DiM.Levitron, and QUOR. Info on the show is available HERE.

The SEVEN EP will feature four brand new songs taking the band into a more technical direction than we have been before. This is our Seventh studio album that was birthed from a new direction with guitarists Jaisen and Kevin. We have a solid foundation now to craft our next EP and look forward to it’s release. – Charlie (Vocals)

About .bipolar.

[From In Their Own Words: Smash Magazine Issue 77]

Eight years are behind us in the city of sin. Eight years of growth, evolution, accomplishments with the ever-changing desert as our backdrop.

While playing on almost every stage in this town (that will allow metal) we’ve watched the metal scene transcend a dusty cloud of impoverishment and become fruitful; pushing forth greater venues, more talented musicians and a plexus of community between the bands. While there is always the need for further growth the current state is far more productive than when we had first moved here from Sacramento in 2008.

.bipolar. was birthed in Northern California in 2003. We were recognized in 2004 as Best Metal band by the Sacramento News & Review played hundreds of shows and put out four albums over the span of six years.

Vocalist, Charlie and drummer Brian moved to Charlie’s former home of Las Vegas for personal growth during the recession still with the hopes of continuing .bipolar. Within a few months we played our first Las Vegas show at the now defunct Farm and begun the plunge into the Vegas metal scene.

Two EPs, hundreds of shows, a couple Vegas Rocks Award nominations and a few guitarists later we haven’t regretted the move one bit.

The band now consists of Chris Kmit as bassist, Kevin Lemus and Jaisen Hinds as guitarists joining Brian on drums and Charlie as vocalist.

We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as a DIY metal band while producing great music we are passionate about and giving 110% at our shows. The music we are writing now and the shows we have planned don’t stray from our goals and promise to be as savage as ever.

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Must Be The Holy Ghost Announce New EP & Tour


Alt-electronic artist Must Be The Holy Ghost, the solo endeavor of North Carolina native Jared Draughon, has announced that his new EP Overflow will be released on September 16th via Cardigan Records. Draughon, who engineered and mixed the EP himself, will be following up his 2014 debut album Get Off.

I think of ‘Overflow’ largely as an extension of ‘Get Off’,” Draughon says. “I’ve been playing songs like ‘Forest,’ ‘All Night,’ and ‘Melt Down’ live for over a year while touring to support the first record. They were all written shortly after ‘Get Off’ was released, but it took awhile before I recorded them. Playing the songs in so many different venues and situations helped me figure out how they should be recorded to find a balance between a studio sound with a live feel.

The video for “Melt Down” showcases Draughon’s signature live performance in which visual artist Evan Hawkins uses water and food-coloring on an overhead projector to bathe the show in swirling colors. Fans will have a chance to see the liquid light show in action on the upcoming EP release tour (dates below). Pre-order Overflow now on iTunes or get your hands on a limited-run vinyl version at

About Must Be The Holy Ghost:
Must Be The Holy Ghost (MBTHG) is the latest vehicle for North Carolina’s longtime sonic traveler Jared Draughon. Layered electronic rhythms fuse with thick looping guitars and soaring vocals, a sound both intricately crafted but with ever shifting landscapes.

After fronting touring bands in Brooklyn, NY and Chapel Hill, NC for the last decade, Draughon began his unorthodox approach to a solo project in 2012. MBTHG has since opened for various acts including The XX, Torche, Whirr, He is Legend, House of Fools and William Tyler.

Live MBTHG consists of Draughon on stage with various pedals and an array of different amps to build layers of guitar and vocals over tight drum loops. Within the limitations of loop music, Draughon manages to create unusually structured and complex songs with distinct movements, largely through his gift for melody. Impassioned vocals, often stacked in multiple harmonies, draw you into a world that is far from constrained by the underpinning loops. MBTHG often teams up live with analog visual psych artist Evan Hawkins to unfold a narrative bathed in swirling colors.

In 2014 Cardigan Records released MBTHG’s debut album, “Get Off”, which showcases the loop-based art while still maintaining songs with emotional conviction. The follow-up EP Overflow will be released on September 16th.


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Meridians Debut New EP


Metalcore quintet Meridians have released their debut EP titled, The EP on June 24th. Since forming in 2012, Meridians has been working on their craft to perfect their debut release and with influences of We Came As Romans and The Color Morale, the band is sure to be a fresh face in the metalcore genre.

Making this EP into a reality was one of the hardest things we have ever done. It took us nearly 3 years of member changes, gear changes, and all around “starting over” on several occasions to finally end up with something we are all proud to call our own. We just hope our past, present, and future fans will love it as much as we love them. Although this album and the songs it contains holds a myriad of meanings to each of us individually, “The EP” is still something we made with our fans in mind. – Josh Miller / Drummer and Clean vocals

Listen to The EP below and make sure to purchase it on iTunes today.

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Meridians is a metalcore/djent band based out of Flint, MI, that formed during the Summer of 2012. Since then, they have been making a name for themselves all around Michigan, bringing high energy and positive vibes in their live performances, and in their music. Their music combines the heavy aspects of modern metal with melodic overtones of symphonies and electronic music.