4.23.2017

INTRODUCING ALEXA VILLA!



Alexa Villa is a multi-talented singer-songwriter/musician, highlighting her talent at piano/synth in each track of the EP. Artfully blending and fusing together rock, pop and grunge, Alexa Villa relentlessly liberates the confines of both genres and flawlessly creates a sound that is both unique, eclectic and a bit quirky.

Beginning her career at the age of 7 when she started taking piano lessons and performing at her school talent shows and local recitals. At 16, Alexa started her own band, Oversoul, with her older brother where together, they played live shows all throughout Southern California and was part of The Van’s Warped Tour line-up.

Website: https://alexamusicnow.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theAlexaVilla
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theAlexaVilla
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theAlexaVilla
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/alexa-music

RICK WAKEMAN LAUNCHES PRE-SALE CAMPAIGN ON PLEDGE MUSIC


Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign on PledgeMusic For “Crimes of Passion” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

London - Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his soundtrack “Crime of Passion”.

Originally released in 1984 “Crimes of Passion” was directed by Ken Russell and starred Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness. A mix of sex and suspense.

“Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well….Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level.

“He was always involved and came to stay with me during my writing period. He would listen and make suggestions. He would always be complimentary if you did something he really liked and if he felt something wasn’t working musically he would discuss it with you and explain what he needed for the film.


“I learned so much from Ken and to this day I feel it is a tragedy that in his later years film companies didn’t give him more opportunities to show off his talents.


“ 'Crimes of Passion' is a much deeper film than it has ever been given credit for. It took many years before 'Lisztomania' became cult and recognised for the clever film it was and I class 'Crimes of Passion' in a similar way…

“With every film Ken ever made the viewer and listener has to immerse themselves into every crevice of the work and may take multiple viewings before his genius is truly absorbed.” - Rick Wakeman, New York April 2017

There will only be 250 of this deluxe edition manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive experiences as part of this pre-order campaign.

Box Set Content:
CD
DVD/BluRay
Signed / numbered Certificate
8 x Repro Lobby Cards A6
Repro Japanese Press Pack
A3 Repro poster
Repro Press Release

Release date 2nd June 2017

For more information and to pre-order please visit this PledgeMusic link:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/pro jects/rick-wakeman-crimes-of-p assion

About PledgeMusic:
PledgeMusic is the leading global direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering artists, labels and brands to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for “Helping artists and fans get what they want”. – Fast Company

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com
(Catch Rick on tour with YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman - http://www.yesfeaturingarw.c om/)

1980 DIANA ROSS ALBUM, DIANA ORIGINAL CHIC MIX NOW ON VINYL!


LEGENDARY 1980 DIANA ROSS ALBUM, DIANA – 
THE ORIGINAL CHIC MIX, 
GETS ITS FIRST-EVER VINYL RELEASE, 
ON TWO-45rpm DISCS, AVAILABLE NOW

Rare Tracks Previously Appeared On 2003 diana: deluxe edition CD release

Los Angeles, CA – April 21, 2017 – Sought after by collectors and considered the rarest of Motown’s rare grooves, Diana Ross’ diana – the original CHIC mix, will make its long-awaited debut on vinyl on April 21, on Motown/UMe/UMGI, with a twist: it will be a double-LP set on pink vinyl at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. This edition of diana includes alternate-mix versions of such classics as “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out,” as envisioned by Chic’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards.

Following 1979’s collaboration with Ashford & Simpson, which produced her hit “The Boss,” Diana Ross sought a new sound and hired the hot Chic team of Rodgers and Edwards to compose, play on and produce her next release. But she and Motown were dissatisfied with the too-Chic-like results, a feeling supported by influential disc jockey Frankie Crocker, who warned Ross the record might fall prey to the disco backlash at the time. Ross turned to Motown’s house engineer, Russ Terrana, the man behind her Supremes and solo hits and much more, and he proceeded to remix the entire album, using alternate vocals or placing her vocals more upfront, creating overall a smoother, “commercial” mix. “Our concept was to make it more avant-garde,” Nile Rodgers later told writer Brian Chin, “and their concept was to make it a little bit more accessible.” The revised diana, her tenth studio album, was released – with a striking, now iconic cover image – on May 22, 1980.


Rodgers and Edwards were not informed and, protesting publicly, wished to take their names off the record. But they cooled off and saw “Upside Down” – Ross’ own description to Rodgers and Edwards as to what she wanted to do to her career – emerge a #1 smash hit.

Subsequent singles included “I’m Coming Out,” which went to #5 in the U.S. and became a LGBTQ anthem, while “My Old Piano,” was a Top 5 hit in the U.K. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling nine million albums worldwide. Soon after Ross moved on to RCA Records in a then-record $20 million deal before returning to Motown in 1989.

Fans now get to hear for the first time on vinyl those original Chic mixes of diana, one of four albums the duo of Rodgers and Edwards produced that year, including Sister Sledge’s Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion’s King of the World and their own studio album, Real People. Available on two pink vinyl 45rpm discs, diana – the original CHIC mix, incorporates tracks first heard on diana: deluxe edition, originally issued July 29, 2003.

diana – the original CHIC mix vinyl track listing

Side One
1. “Upside Down”
2. “Tenderness”

Side Two
1. “Friend to Friend”
2. “I’m Coming Out”

Side Three
1. “Have Fun (Again)”
2. “My Old Piano”

Side Four
1. “Now That You’re Gone”
2. “Give Up”



SAN CISCO TO RELEASE 3RD ALBUM MAY 5TH


San Cisco To Release Third Album 'The Water' 
May 5th
First Single SloMo Out Now

April 21st, 2017 Fremantle, Australia/New York, NY: San Cisco will be releasing their third album 'The Water' on May 5th via their own Island City Records, distributed through Metropolitan Groove Merchants in America. This is the follow up to 2015's 'Gracetown' that Noisey called "the kind of thing you'll want to listen to all summer." The songs on The Water were penned by singer Jordi Davieson over a relatively short time span and in his words, are “a good snapshot of my life and headspace earlier this year”.


Production wise, The Water takes a new direction from previous releases and is more of a collaborative effort that came to life in the studio the during recording process. The result is an album that is as diverse in its sound as it is in subject matters.

The album was made over a six-month period last year, in staggered sessions that went for one or two weeks at a time. Drummer and singer Scarlett Stevens says the plan with The Water, which was written and produced with San Cisco’s long-time collaborator Steve Schram, was “to refine the San Cisco sound”. Not only has that sound been refined and enhanced by 10 deliciously upbeat pop songs, but the hook quotient has been increased significantly.

The Water features the disco tinged classic SloMo you can check out here:



Formed in Fremantle, Western Australia in 2009, San Cisco is comprised of Jordi Davieson (vocals/guitar), Josh Biondillo (guitar), Nick Gardner (bass), and Scarlett Stevens (vocals/drums.) The band released their first EP Golden Revolver in 2010, followed up by their break out hit Awkward that presently has nearly 10 million views on YouTube. The debut self-titled album followed in 2012 earning the band nominations for Breakthrough Artist - Release, Best Independent Release and Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards in 2013.


Their sophomore album 'Gracetown' with a more mature sound was released in 2015 to critical acclaim: "There’s much more emotional and musical heft to their sugary sweetness as on “Magic”, “Too Much Time Together” and “Run”, but the album’s highlights come when San Cisco go for broke and head off the rails in the impressively strange “Super Slow” and slinky electro-funk closer “Just For a Minute” Rolling Stone Australia.

NME also heralded the album's sound: "As single ‘Too Much Time Together’ attests, polished follow up ‘Gracetown’ is an even poppier confection, sugared with breathless adolescent crushes on opener ‘Run’ and syrupy R&B on vocoder jam ‘Super Slow’. With The Water, the band continues to evolve and improve on their songwriting and they look forward to showcasing the tunes on an upcoming American tour, soon to be announced.

Website: https://www.sancisco.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanciscomusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sanciscomusic

4.20.2017

BOB MARLEY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!


MARLEY FAMILY CELEBRATES 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF 
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS’ CLASSIC EXODUS

Four Separate Releases Out This June
Ziggy Marley-Curated “Restatement” Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues; Gold-Colored Vinyl of Original Release and Live Album set for June 2
4 LP Super Deluxe Version Available June 30

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017— Bob Marley & the Wailers’ classic Exodus album, the ninth studio album of the band, was released on June 3, 1977, featuring a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley on backing vocals, and newest member Julian “Junior Marvin” on guitar. The album was released on June 3, 1977, just six months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in Jamaica in December, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.

This June, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe will mark the 40th anniversary of Exodus – named the “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time magazine in 1999 – with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley’s newly curated “restatement” of the original album.


As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.

On June 2, UMe will release a version of Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues in a two-CD package that includes the original album and the Ziggy Marley “restatement”; a three-CD set (and digital equivalent) that includes the original Exodus, Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues and Exodus Live. A limited edition gold vinyl version of the original 1977 album will also be available.

A Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7” single vinyl version includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley’s restatement Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release, Punky Reggae Party LP which includes a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep On Moving”, and a pair of vinyl 7” singles, including “Waiting in Vain” b/w “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” b/w “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”


In celebration of the Exodus 40th Anniversary, fans who pre-order the Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues Super Deluxe edition via BobMarley.com or uDiscover.com will receive a digital download of the entire package as well as an exclusive Stephen Marley “Juggling” of the song ‘Exodus’ with a reimagined music bed and different lead vocalists including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and more to be announced, on June 2nd in advance of the June 30th physical release date.

Following Jamaican music customs of taking a music track (known as the "riddim" or “juggling”) and have several artists record original songs with original lyric and melody on that track, Stephen Marley has recorded a “Re Likk” EP of the Exodus Riddim that will be available exclusively in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Ziggy approached the “restatement” project with the utmost respect for his father's music and the message. Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues is his vision of how his father might have accessed these songs today. Ziggy's respectful, but experimental approach places them in a brand-new context, like listening to this classic album again, for the first time.


Ziggy uncovered 10 lead vocal outtakes for “One Love,” proceeding to piece together a dazzling, new lead vocal from the outtakes, which includes vocal booth lyric ad libs near the end of the song. He also assembled a noteworthy roster of musicians to record a new music bed for “Turn Your Lights Down Low” - which leads the song into deeper elements of R&B.

Bob's original vocals sit atop this fresh music bed, creating a new soulful experience with this iconic song. Ziggy and his hand-chosen musicians provide subtle instrumental textures throughout this knowledgeable reimagining from the multiple Grammy® winning heir to his father’s legacy.

Full details of all formats are available at http://www.bobmarley.com

Ziggy Marley will be embarking on a summer tour beginning June 12 in San Diego, CA. In addition to his own lauded catalog, Ziggy will also be incorporating music from Exodus into his set. For more information, please visit: http://ziggymarley.com/upcoming-shows/


ABOUT BOB MARLEY
Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions. Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music.

In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide.

His iconic collection LEGEND holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.

SOUL SINGING LEGEND ALFA ANDERSON PAYS TRIBUTE TO LUTHER VANDROSS!


Former Chic Member Alfa Anderson Celebrates the Life of Music Legend Luther Vandross with
New Single to be Released on the Late Icon’s Birthday

When Luther Sings Available Nationwide April 20


New York, NY (April 18, 2017) – Alfa Anderson, former member of the iconic funk soul band Chic (Le Freak, Good Times, Everybody Dance), will release a new single, "When Luther Sings," in honor of her longtime friend Luther Vandross 66th birthday. The rousing, heartfelt tribute is written by Anderson and co-produced by multi-talented Bert Price. Available nationwide on April 20, When Luther Sings is the first single from Anderson’s long-awaited debut solo album, From My Heart (set for release summer 2017).


“When Luther Sings is my homage to good friend and musical mentor Luther Vandross; the song is autobiographical in many ways,” said Anderson. “As our professional relationship grew, he taught me so much about vocal technique and stage presence. As a matter of fact, Luther is one of the co-creators of the Chic vocal sound. I am forever grateful for the doors he opened for me and for the golden friendship we shared.”



For years, Anderson was an integral member of Vandross' touring band and performed at Wembley Stadium, among many other prestigious venues around the world. Her vocals can be heard on popular Vandross albums such as Give Me the Reason and The Night I Fell in Love, which Rolling Stone Magazine voted as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Eighties.



A chance meeting at a rehearsal studio in NYC led to her introduction to Vandross while rehearsing for a Lou Courtney gig with Ednah Holt. After being introduced to Vandross, a musical bond was formed and Anderson became part of a cadre of in-demand New York session singers. It was Vandross who invited Anderson to a vocal session for Chic with Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson and Norma Jean Wright.



Chic went on to see commercial success with disco songs that include "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (1977), "Everybody Dance" (1977), "Le Freak" (1978), "I Want Your Love" (1978), "Good Times" (1979), and "My Forbidden Lover" (1979).

Throughout the '80s and '90s, Alfa sang on albums by Bryan Adams, Gregory Hines, Mick Jagger, Teddy Pendergrass, Jennifer Holliday, Billy Squier, Sheena Easton, Jody Watley, Bryan Ferry, and Jonathan Butler.


This full-length album is not Anderson’s first foray as a published musician. In the late-'90s, Anderson and her husband Tinkr Barfield formed and produced Voice of Shalom, a group that explored spiritual themes through uplifting original compositions.

They released two full-length albums, Messages (1999) and Daily Bread (2002), as well as a single called "What A Spirit" (2005), which featured guest vocals by Lisa Fischer and Keith Anthony Fluitt. Meanwhile, she continued introducing the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated group Chic’s music to younger audiences through feature films like Shrek 2, Toy Story 3, Up in the Air, 54, Roll Bounce, Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and The New Edition Bio-Pic.

For more on Ms. Anderson and her upcoming musical endeavors, visit www.officialalfaanderson.com. Also keep up with her on Twitter @alfakanderson and FB: https://www.facebook.com/alfa. anderson.7.

4.14.2017

SUNKEN GARDENS AT KENSINGTON PALACE CELEBRATE PRINCESS DIANA


The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been temporarily transformed into the White Garden in celebration of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The garden has been designed and created by gardeners at the palace inspired by memories of the Princess's life, iconic image and style and will flower through spring and summer this year.
Find out more about the White Garden here: http://bit.ly/WhiteGarden

4.12.2017

WORLD NARCISSISTIC ABUSE AWARENESS DAY IS JUNE 1


I'm really excited to announce that World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day is official. We've been added to the National Awareness Day Calendar, under the International Awareness Days section.


Now, we need your help to really thing-a-fy this thing. Throughout the month of May, or you can start right now, join the cause and use the hashtag #IfMyWoundsWereVisible on all social media.

On June 1st, we're going to use the hashtag on Twitter like we did last year, only this year, we hope to make an even bigger impact.



There are many other ways you can get involved and show your support. To learn how visit www.wnaad.com for more details, and for a sneak peek at the official If My Wounds Were Visible video.

You can also show your support by adding a Twibbon to your social media profile pictures: http://twibbon.com/support/narcissistic-abuse-awareness

Don't forget to friend WNAAD on Facebook for updates about this global, online event.

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THE BOX TOPS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR!


Memphis blue eyed soul legend THE BOX TOPS celebrate their 50th anniversary and the release of their mega hit THE LETTER as a featured act on the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017. Considered the premier 60's package tour, HAPPY TOGETHER will play in almost 50 US cities between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR
(Check boxtops.com for additional dates that may be added)

06/09/17 Biloxi, MS - IP Casino, Resort & Spa
06/10/17 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
06/11/17 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
06/13/17 Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
06/14/17 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre New Jersey
06/15/17 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
06/16/17 Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
06/17/17 Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
06/18/17 Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
06/20/17 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
06/21/17 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
06/22/17 Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
06/23/17 Williamsport, PA - Community Arts Center
06/24/17 Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
06/25/17 Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
07/04/17 San Rafael, CA - Marin County Fairgrounds
07/06/17 Modesto, CA - Gallo Center For The Arts
07/07/17 Brooks, CA - Cache Creek Casino Resort
07/08/17 Salem, OR - Historic Elsinore Theatre
07/09/17 Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino
07/12/17 Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
07/13/17 Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
07/14/17 Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
07/15/17 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
07/16/17 Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
07/19/17 San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
07/21/17 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
07/22/17 Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Casino Hotel
08/04/17 Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
08/05/17 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
08/06/17 Boston, MA - The Wilbur
08/07/17 Wilmington, DE - Playhouse Theatre
08/09/17 Hamburg, NY - The Fairgrounds Event Center
08/10/17 Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
08/11/17 New Buffalo, MI - Four Winds Casino
08/12/17 Manistee, MI - Little River Casino Resort
08/13/17 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica
08/14/17 Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds
08/16/17 Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center
08/17/17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
08/18/17 Hot Springs, AR - Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
08/20/17 Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino & Resort
08/22/17 Louisville, KY - Kentucky State Fairgrounds
08/23/17 Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
08/24/17 Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
08/25/17 Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
08/26/17 Mille Lacs, MN - Grand Casino Theatre


2016 was truly a remarkable year for the BOX TOPS. After a six year hiatus, original founding members BILL CUNNINGHAM AND GARY TALLEY joined up with their former manager (and musician) RICK LEVY for exploratory rehearsals in Nashville. Buoyed by keys, drums, and horn section, THE BOX TOPS took to the road in January 2016, and played concerts up and down the East Coast and the Midwest. They were the featured act at Las Vegas' Cannery Casino Summer Kickoff Concert, which had its biggest attendance ever.



Their authentic sound, contemporary look, and raves from audiences and promoters alike brought THE BOX TOPS to the attention of the producers of the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR. Offered a featured and co-billing spot, they accepted. As manager Levy stated, “Strategically, there is no better opportunity to be seen by so many fans, top promoters, and buyers in such a concentrated time. The HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017 will be a fantastic opportunity for fans to sample THE BOX TOPS all across the country.”

THE BOX TOPS continue to perform select shows outside of the summer tour and field international inquiries as well. Join the BOX TOPS as they celebrate their 50th anniversary all during 2017.

We Invite You To Check Out The Box Tops New Official Website: www.boxtops.com

4.11.2017

ROCKTOPIA LIVE! FISHER THEATRE ONE NIGHT ONLY APRIL 12!




THE CULT ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES MAY 2017

Ian Astbury (photo credit: @kioui_pix)

THE CULT - LIVE 17 A RETURN TO THE HIDDEN CITY

In continued support of their acclaimed album 'HIDDEN CITY' THE CULT announce a run of live dates in MAY 2017.

The Cult will return to festivals & intimate venues with the same passion & intensity that drew crowds to their 2016 world tour delivering a set of iconic songs drawing on their 10 studio albums leaving no stone unturned.



One of the most powerfully compelling live bands in the world, arguably the best kept secret in rock and roll.

CULT LIVE 17 will take the band from the East Coast to the Southwest including stops in Baltimore, Atlantic City, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and ending in Oklahoma at the ROCKLAHOMA Festival.

Tickets on sale Now!

Full Cult Live Dates:
WED 03 May - RAMS HEAD LIVE ­ BALTIMORE, MD
FRI 05 MAY - CAROLINA REBELLION FESTIVAL ­ CONCORD, NC
SAT 06 MAY - HARRAH¹S ATLANTIC CITY ­ ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
SUN 07 MAY - COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL ­ NEW HAVEN, CT
TUE 09 MAY - ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS ­ NEW BEDFORD, MA
WED 10 MAY - BROOKLYN STEEL ­ BROOKLYN, NY
FRI 12 MAY - GOODYEAR THEATER AT EAST END ­ AKRON, OH
SAT 13 MAY - THE VENUE AT HORSESHOE CASINO ­ HAMMOND, IN
SUN 14 MAY - THE PAGEANT ­ SAINT LOUIS, MO
TUE 16 MAY - HOUSE OF BLUES ­ DALLAS, TX
THU 18 MAY - HOUSE OF BLUES ­ HOUSTON, TX
FRI 19 MAY - IP CASINO ­ STUDIO A ­ BILOXI, MS
SAT 20 MAY - JEFFERSON THEATER ­ BEAUMONT, TX
TUE 23 MAY - SELENA AUDITORIUM ­ CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
WED 24 MAY - AZTEC THEATER ­ SAN ANTONIO, TX
THU 25 MAY - STRAND THEATRE ­ SHREVEPORT, LA
SAT 27 MAY - ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL ­ PRYOR, OK

WEB & SOCIAL LINKS
CULT Website: http://thecult.us/HIDDEN_CITY/
Twitter: @officialcult
Facebook: facebook.com/officialcult
Instagram: @officialcult

TODD RUNDGREN SPANS GENERATIONS & GENRES: WHITE KNIGHT OUT MAY 12


TODD RUNDGREN SPANS GENERATIONS AND GENRES ON ‘WHITE KNIGHT’ OUT MAY 12 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS

ALBUM FEATURES GUESTS ROBYN, TRENT REZNOR, DAM FUNK, DARYL HALL, DONALD FAGEN, JOE WALSH, BETTYE LAVETTE, JOE SATRIANI + MORE

Los Angeles – Todd Rundgren – the iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator – will release his newest album ‘White Knight’ on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, and others. Recently Pitchfork unveiled album track “That Could Have Been Me” featuring Robyn.


Above: Todd Rundgren photo by Lynn Goldsmith; Robyn photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball

The songs on ‘White Knight,’ all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests, range from hip-hop flecked funk and dystopian synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop. Album opener “Come” swirls with oscillating rhythms and sweeping layers of synths.

More squiggling synths drive the feature with Daryl Hall, “Chance For Us,” giving way to a rich sax solo and a punchy, squelching bass line. Robyn soars on the pop anthem “That Could Have Been Me,” while Todd and Donald Fagen harmonize on the timely political jab “Tin Foil Hat.” “‘Cause the man in the tin foil hat / is sitting on the throne tonight / it kinda feels like a coup e’tat / but its gonna be great, tremendous, amazing and all that.”



“It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas. I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.” – Todd Rundgren

PRE-ORDER LINK: 


Todd Rundgren will tour throughout 2017 with headlining dates kicking off in late April. Tour dates below with more to be announced shortly.

TRACK LIST – Digital/CD version:
1. Come
2. Got Your Back featuring KK Watson w/Dam Funk
3. Chance For Us featuring Daryl Hall w/Bobby Strickland
4. Fiction
5. Beginning (Of The End) featuring John Boutte
6. Tin Foil Hat featuring Donald Fagen
7. Look At Me feat. Michael Holman
8. Lets Do This with Moe Berg
9. Sleep with Joe Walsh
10. That Could Have Been Me featuring Robyn
11. Deaf Ears with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
12. Naked & Afraid feat. Bettye LaVette
13. Buy My T
14. Wouldn’t You Like To Know feat. Rebop Rundgren
15. This Is Not A Drill featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton

Vinyl version:
1. Come
2. Got Your Back featuring KK Watson w/Dam Funk
3. Chance For Us featuring Daryl Hall w/Bobby Strickland
4. Fiction
5. Beginning (Of The End) featuring John Boutte
6. Tin Foil Hat featuring Donald Fagen
7. Lets Do This with Moe Berg
8. Sleep with Joe Walsh
9. That Could Have Been Me featuring Robyn
10. Deaf Ears with Trent Reznor
11. Buy My T
12. This Is Not A Drill featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton

TOUR DATES:
April 29 – St. Louis, MO – River City Casino and Hotel
May 2 – Burnsville, MN – Ames Center
May 3 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theater
May 5 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
May 8 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 10 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
May 11 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
May 13 – Kingston, NY – Ulster PAC
May 14 – East Greenwich, RI – Greenwich Odeum
May 17 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall
May 18 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 25 – Ft. Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 27 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theater
June 10 – Syracuse, NY – OCC Campus 35th Syracuse Jazz Festival

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4.06.2017

SGT PEPPER DELUXE EDITIONS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER


‘Sgt. Pepper’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, ‘The Making of Sgt. Pepper,’ Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set



Strawberry Fields & Penny Lane, Record Store Day, April 22
For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966.



This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London.

All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

CRANBROOK'S SAARINEN HOUSE: A TOTAL WORK OF ART


"Saarinen Home: Living and Working with Cranbrook's First Family of Design" exhibition opens on April 30, 2017, offering public tours and four Finnish Fridays

Bloomfield Hills, MI - The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research is pleased to announce the launch of reinvigorated and expanded tours of Cranbrook's landmark Saarinen House.



Curated by Center Collections Fellow Kevin Adkisson, this three-month installation expands on the life and work of the remarkable Saarinen family, presenting drawings, letters, and family photographs from the Cranbrook Archives and bringing out treasures designed for use in their home, at Cranbrook, and for projects around the country.


Designed in the late 1920s and located at the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designers Eliel Saarinen (Cranbrook's first resident architect and the Academy's first president and head of the Architecture Department) and Loja Saarinen (the Academy's first head of the Weaving Department) from 1930 through 1950.

Saarinen House has been open for tours since 1994 following a careful restoration overseen by Gregory Wittkopp, now director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.


While continuing to interpret the house as a total work of art, new stories, sounds, and objects will enrich the space and add insight into how the family lived, entertained, and worked in their home.

Visitors will see silver, glass, and ceramics selected or designed by the Saarinens for Cranbrook sparkling on the dining room table, study Loja's intricate weaving on test pieces she made on her hand loom, take a close look at eclectic titles of the hand-bound volumes in the family library, and even inspect the steamer trunks they used to travel back and forth between Europe and the United States.


The Saarinen House Studio--where Loja worked on designs for her rugs and monumental tapestries, and Eliel practiced architecture and discussed projects with his two partners, son Eero Saarinen and son-in-law J. Robert F. Swanson--will be transformed into a showcase of work produced by the entire family from their arrival at Cranbrook in 1925 to Eliel's death in 1950.



Sketches, plans, and presentation drawings of their furniture and buildings, as well as period books, articles, and catalogues by or about the family, will be arranged on drafting tables in the Studio for guests to explore. Weavings by Studio Loja Saarinen, ceramics and illustrations by daughter-in-law Lily Swann Saarinen, dresses and tableware by daughter Pipsan Saarinen Swanson, and furniture by Eliel, Eero, and J. Robert F. will also be on display.


The exhibition will open to the public with a free Open House on Sunday, April 30, from 1pm through 4pm, during the Cranbrook Academy of Art OPEN(STUDIOS) event. During the remainder of the exhibition, visitors experience this special installation on regularly scheduled public tours May 5 through July 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm.

All tours start at Cranbrook Art Museum, where tickets may be purchased on the day of the tours. Saarinen Home tours cost $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65 and older), and $11 for students with ID.


Tour price includes admission to the Art Museum. Private tours may be scheduled by calling the Center for Collections and Research at 248.645.3307. Private tours are $20 a person, with a $100 minimum to make a reservation.

Complementing the regularly scheduled tours will be four Finnish Fridays (May 5, May 19, June 9, and June 23, from 6 to 8:30pm), held in conjunction with the Cranbrook Art Museum's exhibition, Finland 100: The Cranbrook Connection. These evenings will include live music in the studio on the Swanson-designed piano, treats served in the house's courtyard (Loja's pineapple upside down cake), as well as Saarinen home movies screened in the living room.


Enjoy a cash bar on the Art Museum's Peristyle, with period games and Finnish-inspired art-making activities for your enjoyment. Center and Art Museum curators, archivists, and program presenters will be on hand with behind-the-scenes-stories to complete these remarkable evenings. Advance tickets for the Finnish Fridays are $12 per person; admission at the door is $15 each. Admission may be purchased by calling the Cranbrook Art Museum at 248.645.3320 or visiting their website: http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org.

The "Saarinen Home" exhibition and interpretive project was organized by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and curated by Kevin Adkisson, the Center's 2016 - 2018 Collections Fellow. Foundation support for the Center's 2016 - 2018 Program Year is provided by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Towbes Foundation, and the Clannad Foundation. Addition support for the "Saarinen Home" project is provided by Knoll, Inc.


For more information on the "Saarinen Home: Living and Working with Cranbrook's First Family Design" exhibition or the Finnish Friday events, please call the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research at 248.645.3307, email center@cranbrook.edu, or visit www.cranbrook.edu/center.
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