Tommy Bolin’s Zephyr Reissues Debut Album

Guitar Hero Tommy Bolin’s First Band Zephyr To See 1969 Debut Album Reissued On Both CD & Vinyl

Tommy Bolin fans, you are in for a treat! The 1969 recorded debut of the guitar great performing with his first major act, Zephyr, the blues and jazz influenced rock and roll steamroller fronted by powerhouse female vocalist, Candy Givens, will be reissued courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records starting August 5. With newly remixed and remastered audio created under the supervision of founding member David Givens, this gem of an album has truly been restored to the band’s original vision. As Givens says, “For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I’m happy with the results!”

Happier still will be Bolin fans everywhere as a treasure trove of unreleased live material and studio improvisations were also uncovered in the process of remixing the album. These include performances of the band at small clubs in their home state of Colorado as well as Reed’s Ranch where the band opened for The Grateful Dead. In addition, the studio rehearsals showcase Bolin’s adventurous playing on two free form jams as he lays down blistering solos and eerie atmospheres courtesy of his Echoplex effect.

A limited edition 2,000 unit pressing of the reissue in a 3CD deluxe box set was released in May and has already been sold out, but a single disc version is set to arrive August 5 and a special 180 gram colored vinyl pressing will follow later this year.

Get a glimpse into the early salad days of this inimitable virtuoso whose rise to fame occurred nearly as fast as his untimely exit. His music lives on!

1. Sail On
2. Sun’s A Risin’
3. Raindrops
4. Boom-Ba-Boom
5. Somebody Listen
6. Cross The River
7. St. James Infirmary
8. Huna Buna
9. Hard Chargin’ Woman

10. Guitar Solo / Cross The River (Reed’s Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO – July 3, 1969)
11. Jam (San Bernardino, CA 1971)
12. Uptown (To Harlem) [Boulder, CO 1971]
13. Sail On (Tulagi’s – Boulder, CO June 19, 1973)

New Model Army’s Between Wine And Blood Comes September 16th

New Model Army is excited to announce the release of their new album

BETWEEN WINE AND BLOOD on September 16th, 2014 on earMUSIC
New Model Army will release their new album Between Wine And Blood on September 16th, 2014 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment as a 2CD set.

Between Wine And Blood is both a brand new studio mini-album of 6 new songs and an 11 track live album recorded on the band’s current Between Dog and Wolf tour in London, Nottingham, Cologne, Cambridge, and Amsterdam. Between Dog and Wolf, released last September, received some of New Model Army’s best reviews in their 34 year career and was certainly their fastest selling album in 20 years, charting top 30 in UK and Germany. The major European tour through the end of last year reflected this success.

The second half of the Between Dog and Wolf tour, planned for the Spring of 2014, was postponed until Autumn when drummer Michael Dean was diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and advised not to play shows. Instead the unexpected time off was used to record 6 brand new songs for the mini studio album to accompany the live tracks.

“When we finished ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ we wanted to keep the momentum going, and with Michael being unwell, the time became available to get back in the studio earlier than we planned. Michael was there writing and co-producing whilst he recuperated. The result is an eclectic and immediate-sounding New Model Army mini-album and feels to us like a logical move from ‘Between Dog and Wolf’s’ experimentation,” said lead singer Justin Sullivan.

Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), who previously mixed Between Dog And Wolf, took the helm once again, mixing Between Wine And Blood in LA. “It was a pleasure again – and beginning to feel very much as if Joe’s part of the NMA family,” said Sullivan.

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015 Update

Unforgettable all-star lineup leads to a record sell-out and a second sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise

Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White and more will headline two Caribbean voyages in 2015

While sailing into placid blue-green Caribbean waters last January, The Smooth Jazz Cruise encountered a tidal wave of demand for cabins for the 2015 sailing. On just the second day of the 2014 venture, next year’s cruise sailing January 11-18, 2015 showcasing more than twenty of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz and R&B sold out. To make sure that no one would be left stranded ashore, cruise producer Entertainment Cruise Productions, working with cruise line Holland America and the enthusiastic cooperation of the artists and musicians, swiftly put together a solution to rescue the lengthy waiting list of enthusiasts from all over the world eager to be part of the luxurious musical vacation adventure. Six days later, The Smooth Jazz Cruise 15.2 sailing March 1-8, 2015 was conceived.

Spending a week at sea performing, meeting and hanging out with fans aboard Holland America’s m/s Eurodam while visiting exotic Caribbean ports during the traditional January time slot fits nicely into the musicians’ schedules because most don’t tour or release new albums immediately after the holiday season, but rounding up everyone six weeks later in March, including such Grammy winners, legends and chart-toppers as Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White and many others, could have been difficult.

“We called all the artists’ agents and managers and they were happy to hear about the unprecedented demand so everyone was ready and willing to sign up immediately,” said Entertainment Cruise Productions’ Executive Director Michael Lazaroff of the cruise that will depart Fort Lauderdale and visit Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay. “The Smooth Jazz Cruise is simply the best entertainment in the world of smooth jazz. No other festival or event can boast this level and depth of talent, fun and excitement. As it’s affectionately known, it is ‘The Greatest Party at Sea.’”

Capturing the unique spirit of the perennially sold-out cruise that many guests embark upon year after year has been a bit of a challenge as well. Offering live music plus DJ Biz Markie in six different venues large and intimate on top of informative panels, theme parties and autograph sessions with the artists, it is more than a music festival and more than backstage experiences with fan favorites. It is more than a vacation in the Caribbean with a dazzling array of amenities and delectable dining. It is more than a week of pampering during which everyone is treated first class by the Holland America staff. For the past twelve years on 17 full-ship charters, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has delivered unforgettable music and lifestyle experiences. Something special happens when passionate guests devote the entire week to being immersed in the music. A new video clip that provides a glimpse into the magic that occurs on every sailing is as close as one can get without leaving shore. It can be viewed at

Alligator Records’ Bruce Iglauer Awarded By Airplay Direct


Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer will receive the very first “Iconic Innovators” Award from AirPlay Direct. AirPlay Direct is among the leading secure digital file transfer systems for the music industry. AirPlay Direct president Michael Harnett explains that the award, new this year, “will be given to the AirPlay Direct member who best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry continues to create.”

Harnett says Iglauer was the first person who came to mind for this new award. “Bruce’s professional career is a road map for success and accomplishment. He is a passionate, committed and relevant leader in the ever evolving independent global music community. Bruce is undoubtedly an ‘Iconic Innovator,’ but more importantly he is the type of man that blazes trails and leads by example. Great pair of ears, great heart and a great partner.”

Iglauer is equally thrilled to be receiving the award, which comes with a $50,000 AirPlay Direct Marketing And Awareness campaign. “I’m extremely honored to receive the first ‘Iconic Innovators’ Award from AirPlay Direct. Although Alligator is over 40 years old, we’ve always tried to make sure that we stayed on the technological cutting edge. We were the first Blues label to manufacture compact discs in 1984. We were selling online from our own website twenty years ago, and we were among the first independent labels to commit to streaming services and download stores.”

“More recently,” Iglauer continues, “we began working with AirPlay Direct to deliver our music to radio and online programmers around the world. This has been a great decision for us, and the AirPlay Direct staff have been terrific to deal with. I also have to give kudos to Josh Lindner, Alligator’s Director of New Technology, who first connected Alligator and AirPlay Direct, as well as leading us to many other new technology opportunities.”

Hemingway’s Pretend To Care Coming September 30th

Hemingway Premiere “No Hard Feelings” on Stereogum
New Album “Pretend To Care” out Sept 30th

Lots of bands have been mining the fertile landscape of ’90s music for inspiration lately, and HEMINGWAY is no exception. What sets this Portland, Oregon band apart though is what they’re tapping for influence, reaching deep into the lesser known realms of that decade and extracting elements of infectiously melodramatic pop. Think Silver Scooter, Superdrag, and Knapsack, yet filtered through nearly two decades of collected dust and bargin bin obscurity. Some might call the music HEMINGWAY creates “emo” but to do so relegates their heartfelt creations to something less than genuine and authenticity is something this band has unmistakably.

With the release of their debut album, Pretend To Care, HEMINGWAY put forth ten tracks of heart-on-the-sleeve pop goodness that simultaneously feel sunny yet full of melancholy, a dichotomy essential in the most masterful of ’90s releases too. Recorded by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Tony Molina, Deafheaven), the sonic quality of Pretend To Care matches the great songwriting contained within.

6131 Records will be releasing Pretend To Care by HEMINGWAY via LP / Digital on September 30th, 2014.

In anticipation of the album’s release, HEMINGWAY have teamed with Stereogum to premiere the song “No Hard Feelings” from their forthcoming full length, available to stream at the link below.

Stream “No Hard Feelings” via Stereogum

Tiny Ruins Tours, NPR Debuts “Me At The Museum…”



New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook is currently on tour in North America, playing songs from her new album Brightly Painted One, out now on Flying Nun Records.

NPR premiered the video which was shot, directed and even edited by Neil Finn while the two were touring together in Europe last month. Bob Boilen writes “Fantasize your ideal love. With that in mind, write the most gentle, serene love song. I imagine that Hollie Fullbrook, a.k.a. Tiny Ruins, did that here.”

Tiny Ruins will return to the US later this year to join Sharon Van Etten on her fall tour. The combination is simply a perfect musical paring of two of the best voices and songwriters right now. All dates with Sharon Van Etten are are below as well as her current run of dates.

Tour Dates
07/23 Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
07/25 Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Musical Festival
07/26 Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival
07/27 Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival
07/29 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
07/30 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue and 7th Street Entry
07/31 Iowa City, IA – Trumpet Blossom Cafe
08/01 Chicago, IL – Hideout
08/04 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
08/05 Montreal, QB – Casa del Popolo
08/06 Allston, MA – Great Scott
08/07 Washington DC – DC9
08/09 New York, Ny – Mercury Lounge (early show)
08/10 Brooklyn, NY -Baby’s All Right
Wed 10/08 Detroit – Loving Touch *
Thu 10/09 Columbus – Wexner *
Mon 10/13 Iowa City – Gabe’s Oasis *
Tue 10/14 Champaign – High Dive *
Wed 10/15 St. Louis – Luminary Arts *
Fri 10/17 Dallas – Kessler Theatre *
Sat 10/18 Austin – Mohawk *
Mon 10/20 Atlanta – EARL *
Tue 10/21 Asheville – Grey Eagle *
Thu 10/23 Carrboro – Cat’s Cradle *
Fri 10/24 Charlottesville – Jefferson *
Sat 10/25 Baltimore – Ottobar *

* with Sharon Van Etten

Tops’ Picture You Staring Out September 2nd



STREAM: “Way To Be Loved” -

TOPS have announced details of their much-anticipated new album and are sharing the lead single “Way To Be Loved”. The Montreal-based four-piece will release Picture You Staring on September 2nd which will be available on Vinyl, CD, Digital and Cassette via Arbutus. The album follows the recent single for “Change of Heart / Sleeptalker” – both of which appear on the new album. They’ll also be playing a handful of shows in support of the release, catch the band at the following dates:

Tour Dates:
July 30th – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall TICKETS *
August 29th – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola (Album release show)
September 19th – Montreal, QC @ Sala Rossa (Pop Montreal)
* w/ Blood Orange

TOPS are a four-piece band from Montreal, equal parts girls and guys, delivering a raw punk take on AM studio pop. Their new record, Picture You Staring, is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs.

Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded, produced, and the result of 12 months holed up in Arbutus Records’ Montreal office-space turned studio, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.

Singer Jane Penny gives a voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere’s seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. TOPS’ songs are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead.

David and Jane met in middle school, but didn’t stay in touch until they reunited in Montreal where they’ve been collaborating since 2009. Unintentionally initiating a pop music scene in Montreal, their strange homemade recordings have gained an international following. In 2011 they were joined Riley Fleck and started jamming at the loft space La Brique where they wrote and recorded their first record, Tender Opposites. TOPS continue to engineer and produce their own records and make their own videos in collaboration with fellow artists and filmmakers. In opposition to commercially driven pop music, TOPS pursuit lies in creating moving songs that succeed earnestly, disregarding trends and myth-making.

Jane, David and Riley have equal footing with their respective instruments and their sparring exceeds the imagination of any individual. For their new record TOPS have enlisted Madeline Glowicki to play bass. Like Jane and David, Madeline grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and went to the same elementary as Jane. A natural musician, and contributor to the Editorial magazine, the band are happy to have another prairie girl on board. LA-based painter Jessica Dean Harrison created the artwork especially for the release. It is a conceptual interpretation of the record’s title, continued in a large poster depicting a group scene, included with the purchase of a vinyl record. If you’d like to learn more about Riley, pre-order the album on  iTunes and you will receive an informational PDF created by his bandmates that depicts his growth and development into a man.

Lowell’s We Loved Her Dearly Coming September 16th

Lowell “The Bells” (dd elle Remix) Drops Today

Debut Album We Loved Her Dearly Out September 16 via Arts & Crafts

Lowell is like dynamite: ferocious, unrelenting, and determined – but not only when it comes to her music. Writing each song to empower not only herself, but also her listeners — to challenge gender conventions and inspire freedom from social limitations. Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach is what stands her unique brand of sophisticated synth-infused pop apart from the rest. She brilliantly blends deliriously catchy melodies and feminist punk gender politics on her debut full-length record We Loved Her Dearly, set for release September 16 via Arts & Crafts!

To announce We Loved Hear Dearly, Lowell revealed the track “I Love You Money,” with The New York Times’ T Magazine, which features the rebellious singer’s signature yelps and howls. Today, we unleash the dd elle remix of “The Bells,” where the mysterious producer takes the shimmering synths and hook-laden chorus of the original to minimalistic lows and infectious highs. “The Bells” dd elle remix was revealed with Pigeons & Planes- check it out HERE, and we encourage you to post and share!

In addition to writing openly about topics like sexual abuse, rape, abortion, and women’s rights, Lowell boldly addresses the lack of LGBTQ rights in our society – as heard in the celebratory track “LGBT”. Taking a cue from the feminist-punk contemporaries that her messaging has often been compared to (Grimes, Beth Ditto), Lowell’s brand of pop conveys the urgency of her subject matter, but her melodies keep songs accessible, optimistic and fun.

“Lowell is No Ordinary Pop Chanteuse” – The New York Times, T Magazine

“..supercharges our summer with her saccharine single. Is it an anti-consumerist anthem or a pro-capitalist smash? Hey! Woo! Who cares!” – Rolling Stone

“There’s this Canadian misandrist cheerleader that I’m the most excited about. Her name is Lowell…does she want to make out with me or beat me up? I don’t care, whatever she wants from me I want to give it.” – NPR Music

“a dreamy pick-me-up that prepares you for romantic letdowns” – SPIN

“..keeps her peppy streak alive, and, with a healthy dose of serious lyricism, also exemplifies her ability to take on more complex subject matter.” – Consequence of Sound

“dream-pop princess…” – NYLON Magazine

“ …bright, infectious melodies like a cheerleader on payday” – PAPER Magazine

Jessica Campbell’s III Coming October 7th

Jessica Campbell to release III on October 7, 2014

With her third album, roots-pop singer/songwriter Jessica Campbell proves there’s strength in numbers.

Largely produced by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Herzig), III captures Campbell in an adventurous mood, looking to build something new on top of the foundation that’s always anchored her music. She’s still a genre bender, with songs rooted in pop hooks, Americana influences, folk guitars and just the slightest hint of Southern twang. She’s still a storyteller, too, armed with autobiographical tunes about life and love in the Bible Belt. Even so, things have changed since her previous album, The Anchor & the Sail, which found the newly-married Campbell reflecting on a lifetime of past loves — including plenty of heartbreak and hard lessons. This time around, she’s taking stock of the sunny present.

From the bright blasts of bass and keyboards that fill III’s opening track (“Brighter Days”) to the campfire singalong that closes out the album (“My Heart Says Go”), III explores some of the most upbeat material of Campbell’s career. It’s an album by and about a happily married woman in her early 30s. There’s plenty of struggle in these 11 songs, too — despite a catalog of prime-time TV and promo placements (including Crate & Barrel, Delta Airlines, Ugly Betty, Hart of Dixie, Heartland, Melissa & Tye, and Tough Love New Orleans), a “Best Song” award from the USA Songwriting Competition and support from outlets like USA Today and American Songwriter, Campbell is still very much an independent, hardscrabble artist who runs nearly every aspect of her business — but it’s the sort of struggle that is ultimately uplifting. The sort of struggle that makes every reward seem that much more deserved. III doesn’t focus on the grind of being a cash-strapped musician. Instead, it highlights the thrill of doing what you’re meant to be doing… even if it involves driving 300 miles between shows.

“This is a very much a ‘seize the moment’ album,” she says. “It’s about dreaming… and chasing after those dreams, so you can eventually live them. It’s about being willing to try.”

It’s also about the magic found in everyday things. Take the number three, for example. Campbell is one of three children. She’s been married for three years. This year, she will turn 33 years old. She hired three producers — in addition to Cooley, with whom she has worked in the past, she also tapped Kyle Lee and Nettwerk recording artist Aaron Espe — to work on her third full-length album, the aptly titled III. When asked if the name is a reference to Led Zeppelin’s III, though, she laughs and shakes her head.

“It’s a reference to my own life,” she explains. “You either embrace where you’re at in life, or you put up a facade. I wanted this album to be more poppy and upbeat, but I also didn’t want to hide my age or my wedding ring. I think there’s something compelling about music made from that kind of honest place.”

Campbell knows a thing or two about making music in different places. Since releasing her debut album in 2009, she’s grown her audience significantly by playing more than 100 house shows. She even appeared on the syndicated radio program “Music Business Radio” in May 2013, talking about the unique business of performing in strangers’ living rooms night after night. Those house shows have tended to be quiet, stripped-down gigs, with Campbell usually performing her songs alone.

It’s that identity — the singer/songwriter sitting on a stool in someone’s home, telling stories and strumming the guitar without any outside accompaniment — that anchors III in something honest and familiar. This is Campbell’s poppiest album to date, but every song was written the old-fashioned way: with an acoustic guitar… and, occasionally, one of her friends from the Nashville songwriting community. In other words, Jessica Campbell still sounds like Jessica Campbell, even when she’s turning an old Beatles lyric on its head during the thumping, danceable “Lennon & McCartney Lied” or paying tribute to one of her earliest influences, gospel music, with the soulful “Everlasting Shore.”

The direction may be new, but the building blocks are the same. III is a songwriter’s album, dressed up with some of Campbell’s edgiest arrangements and rawest vocal performances to date. It’s an album about appreciating where you’re at, while still pushing toward a bigger, brighter, better future. It may be her best yet. The third time’s the charm.

G-Eazy On Late Night Tonight




“His success isn’t an accident, he’s one of the hardest working in the game, and he tookwhat could have been a niche lane… and put himself in the position to compete with rap’s biggest names.”– Pigeons and Planes

Tonight, G-Eazy is set to make his late night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:35pm EST / 11:35pm CST on NBC. The Bay Area rapper will perform a medley of his hit tracks “I Mean It” and “Far Alone” featuring Jay Ant off his new album These Things Happen.

Directly following G-Eazy’s late night debut, he will jet to perform at the upcoming mtvU Awards at ComicCon in San Diego on July 24th. The newly minted award show will broadcast nationwide on July 27th at 8pm EST / 7pm CST on MTV and mtvU with G-Eazy sharing the stage with Linkin Park. This week’s television performances are another highpoint in the crescendo that has quickly built into what the Oakland Tribune dubbed as a “deafening” buzz.

Additionally, this week, following a strong showing at Wireless Festival in Birmingham and London, G-Eazy released These Things Happen in the UK. The album is currently XX on the iTunes Chart and G-Eazy’s singles are receiving airplay on BBC Radio with legendary DJs Tim Westwood and Charlie Sloth.

Coming off a sold out 40-date North American headlining tour this spring, G-Eazy’s lauded new album These Things Happen was released on June 23rd, topping the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Top Rap Albums Charts at #1, while garnering the #3 position on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums Chart. G-Eazy’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, earning praise from The New York Times, Pitchfork and VIBE, who noted G-Eazy’s method for success in their review of These Things Happen, stating: “Sans radio single, sans famous rapper cosign, sans beats from super producers, the Bay Area-native has leveraged blog exposure, social media reach and a relentless touring schedule into a sizeable fan base.” The rap community has paid their respects as well; with Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross laying down a verse on the remix to G-Eazy’s current single “I Mean It.”

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