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April 30, 2015

20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Begins




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April 29, 2015
Email: info@songwriting.net
Website: http://www.songwriting.net


 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Begins

Song entries are being accepted for the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise. Winning songs will receive radio airplay. 15 different song categories include Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.

USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: Sony, D'Addario Strings, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, D'Addario strings, PRS Guitars, Audio-Technica, Full Compass Music Stores, Propellerheads, Presonus, Notion Software, Sonoma Wireworks, IK Multimedia, Alfred Music, Sonicbids and more. 

USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television. The 2013 top winner "American Authors" hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies. The 2014 top winners Justine and Kerris Dorsey (pictured) had their winning song "Best Worst Day Ever" placed in a Box Office Hit Movie "Alexander the Terrible..." Starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell.

The top two winners of 2011: Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale were signed to Interscope Records after their win. The 2007 winner hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records; she went on to hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and was signed to a record label.
 

In it’s landmark 20th year, the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries from now till May 29, 2015. For more information, visit: http://www.songwriting.net/enter

April 24, 2015

Prog Rock Stream: Exovex-Daylight (Radio Silence Part IV)

Exovex Releases Debut Album ‘Radio Silence’

Exovex Cover
Greenville, SC – The Prog Rock community is buzzing about the new release by progressive rock ensemble Exovex featuring members of Porcupine Tree, NIN, Devo, Sting & Steely Dan!  Radio Silence is the project’s debut album and features Josh Freese (NIN, A Perfect Circle, Devo) and Keith Carlock (Sting, John Meyer, Steely Dan) on drums. The album also showcases two members of Porcupine Tree, Gavin Harrison on drums and Richard Barbieri on keyboards and synthesizers. All songs on the album were written, performed and produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dale Simmons.

April 23, 2015

Track Feature: Eric Tingstad-Swamped


Eric Tingstad's "Swamped" is but one example of his excellence at connecting to the roots and blues music that literally influences all music to this day. His guitar playing and production is superb! I instantly felt a connection to his music as soon as it started playing. Words are not necessary because this music will speak to you! Make sure you check out more of Tingstad's music on his new release Mississippi and read the review

Rating 5/5-Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Eric:
http://www.erictingstad.com

Eric Tingstad’s solo recording career began in 1982 with the release of On The Links. Capitalizing on his gift for composition, On the Links compiled eleven original songs best described as part of the burgeoning New Age genre. The album appeared on his private label, Cheshire Records, under which he continues to release albums of his own music and others. 

Tingstad won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 2003 as artist, engineer, and producer of Tingstad and Rumbel’s, Acoustic Garden. He continues to tour as part of Tingstad and Rumbel, an acoustic duo that remains a standard among listeners of the instrumental/New Age genres.

April 20, 2015

Prog Metal Band Odin's Court Release New Music Video in Support of Their Latest Album Turtles All The Way Down


Progressive Metal for fans of Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, King’s X, Metallica, HIM, and Queen

Baltimore, MD - USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin's Court's released their 5th full length album Turtles All the Way Down on March 3, 2015, and it has been well received by the press and fans alike. The album deals with ideas and questions relating to the entire universe and mankind’s place in it, using the idiom “Turtles All the Way Down” to describe the challenge of having to solve a new problem every time an old problem is solved.

Turtles All the Way Down continues to elicit positive buzz from the press:

“The band plays heavy rock inundated with catchy guitar riffs, cool keyboard passages, and excellent lead vocals…the music is so well played, upbeat and catchy as any rock/metal album I have heard in a while. An excellent heavy rock album that should have tremendous crossover.” – Sea of Tranquility

“The strengths are undoubtedly singing, orchestration, and the work on the guitars. Here is an album for all progressive metal fans and all fans of metal and progressive music. It is highly recommended listening!” – MusicInBelgium.net

“Good lyrics, beautiful melodies, and the album is very well organized.” – RockPortaal.nl

Check out the newest video single from the album “And the Answer Is…” here:

“And the Answer Is…” deals with an individual’s attempt at coping and trying to understand mankind’s origins and beyond.

Band leader Matt Brookins comments: “The latest single ‘And the Answer Is…’ deals with the internal thought process people go through as they try to figure out their place in the universe. Attempts at handling the vast scope are a big part of this, because infinity is a concept the human mind has a hard time grasping. Sometimes we think we have things figured out, then we dig deeper and our thought process spirals out of control leaving us as confused as ever. In my specific case, I remember a ‘lazy Sunday’ as a teenager laying on the floor in the sunshine. I fell asleep, but it was that special kind of ‘asleep while awake’ state, where you are conscious and controlling your thoughts…trying to maintain the balance of being aware so you don’t wake yourself up, but also continuing to crunch data in that serene state. I remember thinking ‘that’s it! I’ve figured it out!” only to wake up, and promptly lose everything. I was aware enough while asleep to remember, when I woke, that I was thinking about the meaning of it all and had figured it out – but somewhere between the lucidity of dreaming and waking, I lost the actual answer.”

Odin's Court is a Maryland, USA based Metal and Rock band that was formed by Matt Brookins in 2001. The band was signed to ProgRock Records in 2008 releasing 4 albums worldwide. They released their latest album Turtles All the Way Down independently in 2015 through their own label D2C Studios. The current line up started gigging in 2013, and has the following live dates confirmed thus far for 2015:

  May 5 – NJ Proghouse – Dunellen, NJ – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
  May 6 – Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
  May 7 – Empire – Springfield, VA (Washington DC) – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
  May 8 – 120 Tavern – Atlanta, GA – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant

More press highlights for Turtles All the Way Down:

“Some great songs with great passion and melody, expressive vocals, intense use of keyboards, and precise guitar work combined with progressive drumming. Moods are created and then create an atmosphere ... at certain points you get goosebumps. This is a band that definitely gets far too little attention in the global scene.” – Heavy-Metal.de

“With pipes in the Jon Anderson’s range (Dimetrius LaFavors), and progressive rock music with a semi-metallic shine, Odin’s Court is a worthy listen — and with more listening, the band tends to grow on you.” – Goldmine Magazine

“The very first impressions make it clear that the band has stayed true to itself while still delivering detail-loving, sensitive, emotional art that ensnares the listener with beautiful hooks.” – PowerMetal.de

“The twin guitar work, which sees Brookins team up with Rick Pierpont is a real feature, and this is an album that prog fans should be hunting down.” – The-Rocker.co.uk

“The album is far from derivative, it’s fresh and varied enough to hold your attention, the production is faultless, composition is well thought out, and everything sits exactly where it should, there’s nothing jarring or out of place.” – Amplified Newsletter

“Odin’s Court actually creates a very pleasant racket, where the music is rooted in progressive metal but which borrows liberally from the power metal and melodic hard rock genres. It is an enjoyable listen if not an entirely essential addition to your collection.” – Powerplay Magazine

“Odin’s Court have crafted a classy and enjoyable album that … adds just enough progressive elements to please the ever elusive ‘Prog Snobs’.” – Lady Obscure

“The highlight of the album is the lead playing of Matt Brookins and Rick Pierpont, of which there is plenty. Both in the breaks in songs, and the several instrumentals, they take turns playing richly melodic solos.” – Bloody Good Horror

“Turtles All The Way Down" is an excellent polished heavy rock album that should have tremendous crossover appeal for fans outside the prog genre while still retaining a complexity and high level of musicianship that fans of melodic progressive rock are searching for.  Odin's Court is a great band, I mean great, believe me.  So this is Highly Recommended for all metal-related fans, including progsters, hard rockers and even lovers of the harder side of AOR.” – 0DayRox

“Odin's Court excels in two areas beyond the average: a singer who perfectly embodies the ideal of progressive singer and a guitarist who has a melodic taste out of the ordinary: Dimetrius LaFavors, and the all-rounder Matt Brookins.” – HardSounds.it

“The guys have made the record of their lives.” ProgWereld.com

“The album sits at the more melodic and accessible end of the Prog Metal Spectrum. For those who like their Rock a bit more technical, there’s enough on offer to show these guys know how to play, yet the album seems to constantly on the build to the epic seventeen minute closer.” – Fireworks Magazine

“A truly impressive effort, with solid songwriting and outstanding musicianship. Terrific melodic prog/metal that gets better with every listen!” – USA Progressive Music

“4.5 out of 5: Turtles All the Way Down is an exceptional album of classic melodic progressive rock and metal…Easily recommended.” – Danger Dog

“Odin's Court mixes metal and hard rock to a tasty menu that you can enjoy anytime.” – Proggies.ch

Here is what some Odin’s Court fans have been saying about the new album:

“The latest release touches taste buds of a well-seasoned palette in all the right ways. Great songs, great lyrics, great performances. Delicious. Judge for yourself and give this band a try. Support the Arts!” – Facebook User

“It is most definitely the best Odin's Court has sounded to date. The compositions, the execution, the production, the mix - all great. And the geek element. Cannot forget the geek element.” – Amazon Customer Review

“What the hell are the folks up in the DC area eating and drinking? The A Sound of Thunder and Iris Divine projects and now this? Whatever it is, I'll have seconds. Just another quality result here.” – Ultimate Metal Forums

To purchase Odin's Court Turtles All the Way Down CD:
http://www.OdinsCourtBand.Com/store.html ;
http://odinscourt.bandcamp.com/merch 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R82X2QC/ ;
http://itunes.apple.com/album/id951784646 ;

Odin's Court:
 Matt Brookins – Guitarist, Keyboardist, Vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist
 Rick Pierpont – Guitarist and Backing Vocalist
 Dimetrius LaFavors – Vocalist
 Gary Raub – Drummer, Percussionist, and Backing Vocalist
 Jason Pierpont – Bassist

CONTACT:
 Email: band@odinscourtband.com

OFFICIAL SITES:
 Band: www.OdinsCourtBand.com ;
 Facebook: www.facebook.com/odinscourtband ;
 YouTube: www.youtube.com/odinscourt ;

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

April 15, 2015

Nik Turner Debuts A Visionary New Song/Video From His Bold New Solo Album!


Los Angeles, CA - In 2013, Nik Turner released the most acclaimed album of his solo career, Space Gypsy, the intergalactically acclaimed masterpiece that found this Hawkwind co-founder returning to his space rock roots alongside fellow Hawkwind alumnus Simon House and others. Now, Turner is preparing for departure on a whole new kind of spaceship, a musical project that finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches into new stratospheres of jazz, blues, fusion, and other eclectic styles heretofore unknown to man.

This new album Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! As with many of his previous releases, Turner has surrounded himself with an incredible crew of fellow musicians who help him bring his vision to life. Dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra (hat tip to Sun Ra), the group includes some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage & Gilli Smyth of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! Space Fusion Odyssey is set to land in July of this year courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Check out the video for “Hypernova” featuring some truly mindblowing guitar work from both Krieger and Megadeth’s Chris Poland:


Also be on the look out for The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the soon to be released definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains over 250 pages of rare and unseen photos as well as a comprehensive discography - a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere!

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Album Preview: OH-Synemotion


New Progressive Rock Metal Album - SynemotionOH. - Progressive Rock and Metal
 
The progressive rock/metal artist OH. released two singles, “Run Away” and “Synemotion” from her upcoming vinyl and digital album Synemotion set to be released on April 24, 2015.


The singles and pre-orders of the digital download and the Limited Edition Double Gatefold vinyl are available now on Bandcamp and iTunes.


The album Synemotion, is a journey through the complex emotional states we experience when we are overwhelmed by concerns and fears – escapist feelings in the song, “Run Away”, anger and frustration in “Rumpus” – wanting to cower and hide in “Subterfuge” – longing and nostaglia in “Elegy” and the experience of disappointment and let-down in the song “Deception”. Finally, letting go and receiving the feeling in the song “Reception” – and the awareness and sensation of irony knowing it will all start over again in the “World of Warcraft”.

The title track, “Synemotion” expresses in words this entire journey from pain and fear to release and hope. But most importantly the song uncovers how we cope with pain, fear, disappointment, depression, embarrassment and futility, it uncovers what actually happens to us, when we are overwhelmed by experience, and with a strange twist of perception, gifts the listener a path out of the darkness and despair, into an even more compelling and complex palette of emotions and sensations. The song gives hope and strength to walk through life even with wounds and disfigurement and have an even greater experience than before.

April 2, 2015

Italian Rock Ensemble The Mugshots Release New Single “Frozen” Featuring Clive Jones From Legendary Black Widow!


“I am very proud of this music and of The Mugshots for their tenacity and terrific talent!” - Dick Wagner 

Brescia, Italy - Gcm Music & Alka Records proudly present “Frozen”, the new single by The Mugshots; the first European band ever produced by legendary Dick Wagner. The song is a very personal cover of a famous Madonna's masterpiece and features (unfortunately his last work) Clive Jones on sax and flute, from the legendary English band Black Widow - the first group to introduce occult themes in Rock music. Mastering has been accomplished par excellence by Dr. Gil Markle, long time collaborator of Dick Wagner, who has also worked with Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones, just to name a few.

Says lead vocalist Mickey E. Vil ,“Working on 'Frozen' has been a unique human and artistic experience. Clive Jones knew this would have been his final work and, as his life faded away, he channeled all of his vital energy into his flute and saxophone to add the song an ethereal dimension.”

The Mugshots are an Italian rock group who's influences are primarily Alice Cooper, along with The Stranglers and The Misfits. The quintet from Brescia have already released two albums and several EPs. Though based in Italy, The Mugshots were born in New York City in 2001 when lead singer, Mickey E. Vil, visiting the United States, chose the band's name after listening to an Alice Cooper record (“DaDa”, 1983). As their name would suggest, dark crime stories have infused the band's lyrics from the very beginning. As the Mugshots’ line-up was developing over the next few years, the band released two full-length albums, “House Of The Weirdos” and “Weird Theater” plus an EP, titled “Doctor Is Out”. Then in 2009, the band's present line up was consolidated. In 2010, The Mugshots released a limited edition EP titled “In Disguise” through an independent Italian record label. This EP was made available on both red vinyl and CD and garnered enthusiastic reviews around the world.

In 2012, The Mugshots teamed up with the legendary Dick Wagner, producer and guitarist for such great rock icons as Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss, Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, Ray Manzarek and Mark Farner among others. This collaboration resulted in another EP titled “Love, Lust and Revenge” on which Wagner arranged, co-wrote and played lead guitars. Dick Wagner sadly passed away in July 2014, making this EP one of his last productions.

“A perfect European/American mixture of Rock sensibilities and mystery that is worldly and unearthly at the same time. I am very proud of this music and of The Mugshots for their tenacity and terrific talent!” - Dick Wagner

Throughout their career, The Mugshots have shared the stage with The Stranglers, The Damned, UK Subs, Hugh Cornwell, Dick Wagner, Brian James, TV Smith, Eddie And The Hot Rods, Baz Warne, The Lords Of Altamont, Demented Are Go, Koffin Kats, Zombina & The Skeletones, among many others.

“I made the decision: Mute the TV and put on my new favorite band, The Mugshots. And it hit me...like a steam train...like a gang-fight, like an atomic bomb - I was bruised, beaten and pummeled by the incandescent brilliance of The Mugshots!” - Matt Malley, Oscar nominated songwriter and founding member of Counting Crows

“A mix of Pop & Rock perfectly balanced and held together by great keyboards and melodic vocals!” - Clive Jones, Black Widow, Agony Bag

“I would say regardless of Genre the sound is brutally bombastic, rude, crass, and altogether beautiful. Definitely worth nabbing for fans of energetic and bizarre music.” - Fangoria Magazine

CHECK THE VIDEO OUT HERE:

THE MUGSHOTS:
http://www.mugshots.it
http://www.facebook.com/themugshots
http://www.twitter.com/mugshotsarmy
http://www.reverbnation.com/mugshots
http://instagram.com/themugshots

GCM MUSIC:
https://www.facebook.com/gunclubmusic

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com