Friday, July 3, 2015

Fidlar coming to Riot Fest




LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 2, 2015 - Los Angeles band FIDLAR today announced they will release their second full length album, Too, on September 4th via Mom + Pop Music. The album is available for pre-order today at iTunes and directly from the band at with exclusive merchandise bundles.

Produced by Jay Joyce, Too was recorded in Nashville over the span of just two weeks. The 12-song collection of pop-infused garage rock expands on the band's 2013 self-titled album that put them at the forefront of modern punk music. The new album showcases a band that continues to fine-tune its sonic approach while also highlighting a more introspective and revelatory approach to songwriting. It also marks the first time the band has worked with a producer.

"We could have made record number one again... but instead we decided to challenge ourselves and admit that we don't know everything," said guitarist and lead vocalist Zac Carper. "Up until this point we had recorded everything ourselves, so working with a producer taught us so much. I didn't want to make a standard rock record. The goal for this album was to think outside the box and I think Jay really helped us do that."

Today the band is revealing the first taste of new music from Too via a music video for the album's leading track and first single "40oz. On Repeat". Directed by Ryan Baxley, the must-watch video is a hilarious "Be Kind Rewind" tribute to past music video masterpieces, sure to conjure loving nostalgia for anyone who came of age during the glory years of MTV's afternoon video countdown show Total Request Live.  "In the late 90s and early 2000s, music videos were such a huge deal," adds Carper. "We decided that instead of making one overly slick music video, we would nod to 15 of our favorite music videos that we grew up with. Everyone in the band threw in their ideas." A complete list of video masterpieces that inspired the "40oz. On Repeat" video can be found below.

Additionally, FIDLAR have announced an extensive headlining U.S. tour to take place in September and October. The live run will kick off in Denver, CO on September 9th and wrap up on Halloween for a hometown show at the Regent Theater. Tickets for all dates will be available for purchase beginning this Friday, June 5th at 10:00 AM local time. See below for a complete list of upcoming dates.
Too Tracklisting

1. 40oz. On Repeat             
2. Punks                              
3. West Coast                      
4. Why Generation            
5. Sober                           
6. Leave Me Alone             
7. Drone                           
8. Overdose                     
9. Hey Johnny                  
10. Stupid Decisions             
11. Bad Medicine                 
12. Bad Habits        

"40oz. On Repeat" music video inspiration (in order):

Sugar Ray - Fly
Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
Devo - Jocko Homo
Weezer - Undone -- The Sweater Song
Eminem - The Real Slim Shady
The Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk
Oasis - Wonderwall
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Korn - Freak On A Leash
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
George Michael - Faith
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Upcoming Live Dates

09/09 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
09/10 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
09/12 - Riot Fest Chicago - Chicago, IL
09/14 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
09/15 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
09/16 - Rose Music Hall - Columbia, MO
09/18 - Thompson House - Newport, KY
09/19 - The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI
09/20 - Riot Fest Toronto - Toronto, ON
09/22 - Theatre Fairmount - Montreal, QC
09/24 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
09/26 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
09/27 - Boston Calling Festival - Boston, MA
09/28 - The Black Cat - Washington, DC
09/29 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC 
10/02 - The Masquerade - Hell Stage - Atlanta, GA
10/03 - High Dive - Gainesville, FL
10/05 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
10/06 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
10/9-11 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
10/13 - 89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City, OK
10/15 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
10/16 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
10/17 - The Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA
10/19 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
10/22 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/23 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
10/28 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
10/30 - The Regent Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
10/31 - The Regent Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

FIDLAR is Zac Carper (guitars/vocals), Elvis Kuehn (guitars/vocals), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and Max Kuehn (drums).  Since forming in 2009, FIDLAR quickly became one of the Los Angeles music scene's most celebrated live acts thanks to their raucous live shows, which often concluded with the majority of audience members joining the band on-stage. Since formation, the band has toured the world and played with The Pixies, The Hives, Black Lips, OFF!, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Orwells, Wavves, The Delta Spirit, and more. Their debut self-titled full-length album was released in the U.S. in January of 2013 and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart, #2 on the Alternative News Artist Chart, and was the #1 most added release at CMJ. Rolling Stone immediately called FIDLAR "a band to watch", asserting, "FIDLAR redefines the 'Golden State' skate/garage punk aesthetic for contemporary tastes." The Los Angeles Times described their sound as "Bratty, amphetamine punk rock made to soundtrack the noise of crushing cans on ones forehead." Noisey praised the band's "ever-growing catalog of readymade garage-punk classics that draw omnivorously on a half century of bad-ass pop, from Phil Spector to Nirvana to the late, great Jay Reatard." SPIN declared "These risk-taking, SoCal pop-punks unleash true sounds of liberty."

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Tove Lo Hits The Road After Lollapalooza


                                        & CANADA

                                                                                  Photo Credit:  Rankin


  Multi-platinum Island Records artist Tove Lo, whose RIAA triple-platinum worldwide hit single “Habits (Stay High)” hit #1 on the Pop Airplay and iTunes Alternative charts, premieres the video for her new single “Timebomb” today.  The Emil Nava directed clip is an emotional explosion of love, passion, and pain, illustrated by an array of couples set against the stark beauty of a desolate beach. View it here.

For this video Tove has created a campaign website (, inspired by the 2009 Chatroulette phenomena, where fans can watch the video with a complete stranger. Tove Lo will be checking in on the site sporadically giving fans the unique chance to watch the video with her.

            “Timebomb” sets the stage for Tove Lo’s Queen of the Clouds Tour this Fall.  The North American headline run, opens September 28th at North Park Theatre in San Diego. The 16-city tour, will wrap up October 21st with a night at Terminal 5 in New York City.  Tickets for all shows go up for sale June 26th, and will be available at  (Full list of tour dates below.)

Timebomb” follows up Tove’s triple-platinum single “Habits (Stay High)”, which garnered an impressive 129+ million views on YouTube, early champions at Alt Nation, non-stop spins on Sirius Hits 1 and helped launch her as a VH1 You Oughta Know artist.  These songs, along with her platinum selling single “Talking Body,” which reached #4 at Top 40 Radio, are featured on her critically acclaimed debut album QUEEN OF THE CLOUDS.

          Tove Lo will perform “Talking Body” on Conan on July 1st following her performances of the track on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Tove Lo is a pop adept…for sheer sucker-punch verse-slinging, no one's touching her, as showcased on this smartly produced arc-of-a-love-affair LP” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“Her debut full-length stands as the best, brightest, most fully realized pop record of 2014… bursting with personality, she’s got the musical chops to back it up” – Stereogum

“It’s this sort of disarming honesty and boldness in well-phrased lyrics that stick in the brain while listening to ‘Queen of the Clouds’” – Pitchfork


09/28 - North Park Theatre - San Diego, CA
09/29 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
10/01 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
10/03 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
10/05 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/06 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, B.C.
10/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
10/10 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
10/11 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
10/13 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
10/14 - Royale Nightclub - Boston, MA
10/16 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
10/17 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
10/19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
10/20 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
10/21 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY   

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chicago's Riot Fest And Carnival Announces New Bands: System Of A Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, And Chef'special To Perform

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Chicago's Riot Fest and Carnival is announcing another wave of bands to play in Douglas Park September 11-13. System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, and Chef'Special join the huge and diverse array of bands previously announced.

For those tight on budget, Riot Fest is also bringing back its layaway program, giving festivalgoers the option to pay for tickets in installments leading up to the festival. Details are here:

No Doubt, System of a Down, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Special Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, Dirty Heads, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, The Academy Is…, The Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band, The Damned, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, De La Soul, Andrew McMahon, In The Wilderness, Mayday Parade, New Politics, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, OK GO, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, The Joy Formidable, The Dead Milkmen, Atreyu, FIDLAR, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, Living Colour, The Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Fishbone, Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, The Movielife, The Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, The Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, 88 Fingers Louie, Mustard Plug, The Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, The White Buffalo, Black-Am-I, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef'Special, Marmozets, Modern Life Is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, The Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis,Sleep On It, The Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, PEARS, Gateway Drugs, Tasha The Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, & Indian School

Several artists have also confirmed they'll be performing their seminal albums for this year's festival:
Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle)
Ice Cube & Guests (Straight Outta ComptonRemix)
Rancid (… And Out Come The Wolves)
The Academy Is… (Almost Here)
The Dwarves (Blood Guts and P*ssy)

In previous years, Riot Fest has cultivated lineups that feature reunions and rare appearances—and 2015 is no exception. Bands such as Faith No More, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Alexisonfire, Babes in Toyland, Thrice, The Academy Is…, Mest and The Movielife will be making reunion appearances at Chicago's Riot Fest & Carnival. Moreover, rare appearances by the Godfather of punk Iggy Pop, Bootsy Collins, Merle Haggard, Lee Scratch Perry, The Damned and more give 2015's edition its unique feel.

Outside of the announced bands, this year's festival will also include a stage dedicated to The Rock-afire Explosion, considered by many to be the greatest animatronic rock band of all time. In the 1980s it was synonymous with ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurants, for which it was specifically designed. Combined with a full carnival (rides and games), a circus tent featuring the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, a miniature golf course, a video arcade hall, dozens upon dozens of unique and diverse food vendors that rival Taste of Chicago and more attractions to be announced in the coming weeks, Riot Fest's 11th annual Chicago event might be the best event the organizers have produced to date. Stay tuned for the most up to date news and announcements!

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Mariachi El Bronx To Play Riot Fest

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"(III) features not just some of the best songs the band has recorded in this guise, but a number of the finest songs heard this year." - Kerrang

"The return of rockers The Bronx's alter-ego, bringing some of the flavor of their LA hometown to their catchy tunes." - KCRW

Set in the Southern California desert, Mariachi El Bronx's new video for the track "Wildfires" is a beautifully shot example of the band's LA-meets-mariachi aesthetic on their latest album, III. "Horns and a certain wistfulness reminiscent of the Regional Mexican sound pervade the English-language indie pop track," said Billboard. You can watch Billboard's debut of it HERE.

After bringing their LA attitude to a run of US headlining dates this spring, Mariachi El Bronx are back on the road this summer with Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly. All of those upcoming dates are listed below, as are the band's summer festival performances.


With Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly
6/25 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
6/26 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Lot
6/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
6/29 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion

7/2 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall (with Gene Ween)
7/18 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
8/5 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
8/6 - Portland, OR - Dante's
8/7 - Squamish, Canada - Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/8 - Nashville, TN - Ink N Iron Festival (MEB)
8/9 - Nashville, TN - Ink N Iron Festival (The Bronx)
9/11 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
9/15 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater with Ben Harper
10/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Supersonico - Hollywood Palladium
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An Evening of Music with Eliane Elia at The City Winery on April 1, 2015

Concert Review Eliane Elias at The City Winery on April 1, 2015
by Maja Rios
The day before her performance in Chicago.   Eliane EliasMade in Brazil, came out on March 31, which marks the first time the Grammy-nominated pianist/keyboardist/singer/composer has recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.

Made in Brazil focuses on three different eras of Brazilian music beginning with two compositions from the 1930s written by Ary Barroso (a composer first popularized by Carmen Miranda), moving to Bossa Nova with music written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Menescal in the ‘60s and ‘70s , then traveling through the evolution of Brazilian pop music and the modern music of today, represented by six of Eliane’s compositions. 

Made in Brazil also features Take 6, guitarist/vocalist Roberto Menescal and vocalists Mark Kibble and Ed Motta, with seven orchestral arrangements by Rob Mathes recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

The performance at the Chicago City Winery Brazilian pianist/signer Eliane Elias was a real treat.  Consisting of Eliane on piano and vocals, longtime music partner Marc Johnson on acoustic bass and two Brazilian musicians on guitar and drums, Elias he that   sashayed through terrific, tight, arrangements of jazz standards and Brazilian boson nova and samba.

Her light, airy vocals, similar in many ways to Brazilian singer Astreed Gilberto, was a perfect complinent to her outstanding piano playing, which was both energetic and at the sametime never over-powering.

She opened her set with an up-tempo instrumental samba by Gilberto Gil, and then sang a great rendition of Chega de Saudade which she said was one of the song that launched basso nova worldwide.

Backed up by authentic Brazilian  bossa guitar playing, I was totally transported back to Rio de Janeiro, 1958, when the tune was written.

Next she song a jazz standard.  I thought about bass with a great samba flair.  She mentioned that the song was from her album of the same name (I thought about), which is a tribute to the American jazz trumpet/vocalist Chet Baker.

The remainder of her set, consisted of mostly vocals of classic bassos like “So”, “Dancing Samba”, “Desifinado”, “Brasil”, and a few originals “Butterfly” an instrumental which she co-wrote with Marc Johnson.  And an lesser known tunes by Brazilian composer Miniscao on “Voce”.

She sang a great rendition of “Embraceable You”, as a slow basso, but frequently she mentioned Laryngitis, though I could not tell, as she said in a whishing tone.

Toward the end of the set, she changed tempos to a funk beat which I feels reflects her versatility as a pianist.

My favorite part of her performance was when she got up to sing with the trio, as she danced around the club in a tight black dress and heels.

She called herself “The blonde morena” {which means dark) as she sung a tune Rosed by  Jobram’s favorite composes, Dorival Cayimmi from Bahia via the very cool venue of City Winery for the evening.
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Babes In Toyland To Play Riot Fest

Photo credit: Robin Laananen; left to right Maureen Herman, Kat Bjelland, Lori Barbero
LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2015 – Babes in Toyland, the influential Minneapolis-born trio Mojo Magazine said “delivered some of the most electrifying punk rock of the ‘90s,” have extended their North American tour, adding dates in several cities including Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

The band will also appear on all three Riot Fests as well as Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.

New dates:

October 22     Philadelphia, PA     Underground Arts
October 24     Washington, DC     Black Cat
October 25     Richmond, VA     Strange Matter
October 27     Charlotte, NC     Visulite Theatre
October 28     Atlanta, GA     The Masquerade
October 29     Birmingham, AL     Saturn
November 2     Nashville, TN     Exit In
November 3     Little Rock, AR     Juanita’s Cantina

Babes in Toyland tour dates:

June 21     Minneapolis, MN     Rock The Garden Festival
August 27     St. Louis, MO     The Firebird
August 28     Kansas City, MO     The Riot Room
August 28 – 30     Denver, CO     Riot Fest
September 1     Salt Lake City, UT      Urban Lounge
September 3     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios
September 4     Vancouver, BC     Biltmore Cabaret
September 5     Seattle, WA     Bumbershoot Festival
September 11 – 13     Chicago, IL     Riot Fest
September 15     Covington, KY     Madison Theatre
September 17     New York, NY     Irving Plaza
September 19     Montreal, QC     Pop Montreal International Music Festival
September 19 – 20     Toronto, ON     Riot Fest
October 22     Philadelphia, PA     Underground Arts
October 24     Washington, DC     Black Cat
October 25     Richmond, VA     Strange Matter
October 27     Charlotte, NC     Visulite Theatre
October 28     Atlanta, GA     The Masquerade
October 29     Birmingham, AL     Saturn
November 2     Nashville, TN     Exit In
November 3     Little Rock, AR     Juanita’s Cantina
November 6 – 8     Austin, TX     Fun Fun Fun Fest

The newly announced tour dates are on-sale this Friday, June 19.

“There’s nothing better than playing music with your friends, traveling the country and all of the experiences that come with that,” said Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero. “I’m one fortunate woman.”

The band returned in February, playing an intimate, sold out show at The Roxy in Los Angeles which Rolling Stone described as “searing” and the LA Weekly said the trio “sounded fierce as ever.”  In the months since, Babes in Toyland had offered up only one U.S. date, an eagerly awaited homecoming on June 21 at the Rock The Garden Festival in Minneapolis. 

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Kat Bjelland said the first song they practiced after reforming was the beloved “He’s My Thing,” saying “We started laughing just like we did the first time we ever, ever played together. You just have like a muscle memory.  But it is weird. You’re like ‘what are my arms doing? What are my ands doing?”

“The first practice was really magical. The music was – bam! – right back,” bass player Maureen Herman explained to Rolling Stone. “We couldn’t even believe it: ‘Holy shit, we just f***in’ kicked the ass out of that song!”

Babes in Toyland came to prominence in the late ‘80s with a raw live show that captured a musical and cultural moment; angry, talented and unfettered by societal norms, there were no costumes, no matching outfits and no harmonies. Babes in Toyland were as punk as their contemporaries, male or female, and made history along the way.  Releasing three full-length albums and a number of singles and EPs, the trio influenced a legion of musicians including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Jack-off Jill. Dangerous Minds said, “Kat’s delivery was intense and atonal, with her lyrics referencing fairytales (“Handsome and Gretel”), pain, rage, beauty, betrayal, and abusive parents, not sung with sweet, breathy, unsure vocals, but with a gut-wrenching maenad’s growl.”  They were the first of their female contemporaries to sign to a major label (Fontanelle, the band’s sophomore release, arrived in 1992 via Reprise Records) and as a byproduct of their individualism, Kat kick-started the return of baby doll dresses and plastic barrettes. Babes in Toyland graced the covers of Alternative Press, NME and the aforementioned Entertainment Weekly. They played the Reading Festival three times (1991,1993 and 1995), Lollapalooza once (1993) and have been featured in numerous documentaries including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and Not Bad for a Girl. Herman left the band in 1996; Barbero and Bjelland played the final Babes in Toyland show in 2001.
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