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MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’

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Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.

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“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

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Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.

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THE AIRWAY Release Official Music Video for “In Case You’ve Been Wondering”

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Wisconsin based rock band THE AIRWAY has released the official music video for “In Case You’ve Been Wondering,” the first single off of their debut LP, Drifter, due out 12/6/2018 via New Industry.

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“The Airway is a four piece from Wisconsin and we are thrilled to be releasing our very first single, In Case You’ve Been Wondering. Our sound is Rock influenced and we integrate many different styles from Pop to Southern. Our debut album, Drifter, will be released on December 6th of this year!” – The Airway

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The Airway is a rock influenced four piece hailing from Wisconsin. Drifter, their debut album, is set to be released on December 6th of 2018. The strong Midwestern style blends seamlessly with an array of sub genres including pop and southern rock. Though highly commercial, the drastic compositional differences between songs is more than enough to keep your ears satisfied along with clever transitions into what is sure to be an explosive chorus. Rest assured, these catchy tunes will produce a soothing atmosphere time and time again.

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Legendary Techno-Trance Innovators JUNO REACTOR Release Long Awaited ‘JUNO REACTOR – THE MUTANT THEATRE’

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Legendary electronic act JUNO REACTOR has released their ninth studio album, Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre via Metropolis Records today. Originally inspired by the 2016 Ozora Festival spectacle of the same name, THE MUTANT THEATRE has, over the past two years of its visual and auditory development, become a standard for live show theatrics and electronic music production.

Juno Reactor has also revealed a stunning 2 minute video clip of “Dakota,” written in collaboration with UnderCover, from The Mutant Theatre live show.

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“Shot at a Live Show in London, England on February 23, 2018, ‘Dakota’ was inspired by the brave Water Protecters and Citizens holding the line at the Dakota Pipe Line Protests. ‘Dakota’ was also written with red hot Psy Trance group UnderCover, and the result is an intensified experience that rounds out the inspiration and visual performance adventure” – Ben Watkins

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“I always wanted to have a big show, a Barbarella meets Pan’s Labyrinth tableau with a sci-fi edge, set to trance and psytrance music; a huge, Las Vegas-style spectacle for the eyes, ears, and imagination. We’ve staged The Mutant Theatre throughout Europe since that inception, and it has developed with each show. We’re so thrilled that we’ll finally be bringing the show to the home of its inspiration with a performance at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, at the internationally renown DEFCON no less, on August 11th.

‘Let’s Turn On,’ inspired by the 3000 LED, wifi controlled costume designed by Stigma’s (one of the dance troupes that comprise The Mutant Theatre) Sasha, is a trancification of my love for ’70s disco, a fusion of my musical style and tastes. I brought in Shpongle vocalist Michelle Adamson — I love her very British voice and the way she is a virtuoso with the TC Helican Voiceworks—to round out the song and play to that larger than life spectacle that I had imagined.” – Ben Watkins

Click HERE to Download “LETS TURN ON (Video Edit)” FREE!

Advance Praise for JUNO REACTOR – THE MUTANT THEATRE:

“The Mutant Theater is undoubtedly stunning. As each track has the constitution of a mighty heavy metal and with the conductive properties of one too. There are endless opportunities to go from passive listener to active dancer infused by the power of all that is lovely and dark. The Mutant Theater is an exciting journey resplendent in artificial but massively undiscovered colours; Inspired, the scope of this album is visionary and beyond pop art. 10/10”
– Soundscape Magazine

“Ben Watkins has long been one of the cornerstones of Goa trance, and has also dabbled in other styles, including contemporary pop, anime, and film soundtracks (Juno Reactor has composed music for ‘The Matrix’ series of movies and video games), symphonic music, and tribal folk. ‘Let’s Turn On’ will burn up the dancefloor, but with its interlocking riffs, sophisticated beats, and digital vocals, show it’s also a fabulous work of modern electro-pop.” – Essentially Pop

“From the back streets of London to Hollywood blockbusters of the Matrix, Juno Reactor’s story is ever evolving. Ben Watkins aka Juno Reactor is constantly exploring new areas visually and musically, evidenced by the new album The Mutant Theatre (also the name of the new live extravaganza). The Mutant Theatre is a resounding achievement from one of trance’s most innovative, pioneering artists.” – AlterNation

“Juno Reactor continue to innovate and their latest project is the stage show The Mutant Theatre, which will see an album release on 22 June via Metropolis Records entitled Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre. “Let’s Turn On” Is a thrilling number from the new album, and it features vocoder vocals underpinned by charging and bubbling, powerful synths. The new presses forward with forceful energy while it simultaneously mesmerizes. Juno Reactor haven’t lost a touch through the years, as “Let’s Turn It On” is an addicting number sure to pump you up.” – Sarah Zupko – PopMatters

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Track List:
1. The Return Of The Pistolero
2. Our World
3. Let’s Turn On
4. Dakota
5. Alien
6. The Sky Is Blue The Sky Is Black
7. Showtime
8. Voyager 304
9. Tannhauser Gate

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Click HERE To Download ‘Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre’

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Catch Juno Reactor LIVE:
06/27 @ Dakini Festival 2nd Edition – Tuzia Beach, Romania
06/29 @ Rencontres & Racines 2018 – Audincourt, France
07/07 @ Genesis Skansen Kronan Project – Gothenburg, Sweden
07/20 @ VooV Experience 2018 – Putlitz, Germany
07/26 @ Electric Love Music Festival 2018 – Salzburgring, Plainfeld, Austria
08/06 @ Samsara 4th Europe Edition & 1st Land Art Finissage – Siófok, Hungary
08/09 – 08/12 @ DEF CON 26– Las Vegas, NE
08/18 @ Moonworld – O Som do Universo – Andradas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
11/17 @ ORION Festival 2018 – O Templo De Hórus – Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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Juno Reactor started in 1990 as pioneers of electronic Trance. A collaboration project project lead by Ben Watkins encompassing a multitude of musical paths. JR have Performed across the world with critically acclaimed shows spanning more than 25 years, with no let up in sight 2018 see’s the release of the 9th Studio Album “The Mutant Theatre”, which is also the name of the current live show extravaganza…

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