8th grade metal band lands $1.7 million dollar deal with Sony


8th grade metal band Unlocking The Truth have been signed by Sony, all at the ages of 12 and 13. After performing in Times Square (and being discovered by Eric Clapton’s drummer Steven Jordan,) the group has been picked up for a two album deal with an option for four more albums. The deal secures $60,000 for the band on their first album with a $350,000 advance on their second. You can listen to a portion of the bands set at this year’s Coachella here.

Riot Fest has been denied a permit for Colorado shows


According to the Denver Post, a three day permit was denied to Riot Fest for the festivals three days in Byers, Colorado, though the festival organizers claim the show will still happen. They will now have to find an alternative location.

The festival has made the following statement on their Facebook page:

Due to circumstances beyond our control and despite lots of support for Riot Fest & Sideshow in Byers, May Farms is no longer available to host Riot Fest. A nearby alternate location will be announced early next week. We know this sucks, we’re as disappointed as you are, but if you could be a little patient with us, we’ll have more information ASAP. All tickets will be honored at the new location. Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies.

Andrew McMahon starts new project


Andrew McMahon formally of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate has started a new project called Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. A statement from Andrew is below.

I’ve always thought of music as a mirror to the adventure of living. Over the last 14 years I have lived many lives and had the opportunity to play stages around the world in various incarnations. At times I’ve performed simply as Andrew McMahon but mostly as Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate. As I embark on yet another musical adventure, I will be traveling with my band to many of those same stages, this time as “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness”. I suppose my wilderness is mostly an abstract one. Since putting Jack’s behind me, I have forced myself into strange spaces seeking new stimulus. New lights on the path to the high of a finished song. Since getting off tour last summer this pursuit intensified. From more than one Southern California garage, to a cabin set deep in Topanga Canyon, to a shoebox studio in the thick of the Hollywood tourist traps, the only constants have been my keyboard and a desire to make my best music. I’ve met amazing people in the process; people who have propped this mission up, adding a palate of sound and perspective. This new name carries with it the spirit of that collaboration. As my fans, you have seen me through many transitions. From a misunderstood pop band in a punk world, to a man in transit sent spinning through illness and recovery. We’ve seen each other through a lot. We met me in the pop underground, I hope to see you in the wilderness. More big news to come…stay tuned

George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, and Gary Barlow involved in tax avoidance scheme


All four members of the British band The Arctic Monkeys, George Michael, Gary Barlow, and other British musicians have all been involved in a tax avoidance scheme after collectively sheltering 1.2 billion British pounds ($2 billion in US dollars.) Gary Barlow was involved in another tax scheme with his Take That band mates Howard Donald and Mark Owen earlier this year, while Take That members Jason Orange and Robbie Williams were not involved. For more information head over to Billboard.

Spencer Day: A Day’s Work


Spencer Day is one of the best undiscovered musicians you will hear this year. After hearing his latest EP A Day’s Work, you won’t want to stop listening to his soft crooning and tasteful jazz stylings that sound far beyond his years. Raised in Arizona, Day inherited his love of music from his mother who was a music teacher and singer. His mother’s love of music was what encouraged Spencer to make music his career. Some of his inspirations include George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, making for a diverse range of influences. He has released five albums including Introducing Spencer Day (2004), Movie of Your Life (2005), Vagabond (2009), The Mystery of You (2013), and Daybreak in 2014. From the opening notes of “Till You Come to Me”, the EP’s opening number; Day sounds like he is singing in another era, as the track opens with strings that will take listeners back in time. Sounding a bit like the kind of string accompaniment Buddy Holly would have used on many of his last songs, Spencer has written an EP that is pleasing to the ears, and for many older listeners, A Day’s Work may stir up some nostalgia for the music of their youth.

“The Mystery of You” is the album’s second track, and sounds like an old jazz tune with a modern twist. With its easygoing style, we really get a taste of Day’s expressive and gorgeous voice. Still heavy on the strings, while featuring a light guitar, “The Mystery of You” is a song that sounds like Day will head down the same path as Michael Buble, as they both have bold voices and an inviting musical presence. “Better Way” is a song that lets Spencer’s voice really support the tune, with his voice sitting at the very front of the mix. While Spencer adds in an organ to give the song a slight pop edge, the jazz angle is not lost on this tune. As a pianist, Day is incredibly gifted and after listening to A Day’s Work, we hope that he sticks with the instrument throughout his live performances, as his piano skills really bring emotion to the song by giving it a happy and carefree vibe and playing anything else on stage might sound awkward, as he has firmly established himself as a great pianist. The addition of background vocalists on the track also gives the song a bit of extra spice, making the tune come alive. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” made famous by Nancy Sinatra, is a track where Day pays tribute to his musical ancestors and how their music has shaped his songs. He sings like he’s a seasoned jazz musician, and his natural charisma and presence really make this collection of songs highly enjoyable.

The EP’s closing track “Missing You Tonight” has a more poppy feel to it, and really makes use of his modern influences, as the horns and strings are largely absent from this tune. While Spencer experiments with several genres throughout the record, there is never a moment throughout A Day’s Work where it sounds like Day is spreading himself to thin, as his experimentation is just enough to keep him and the listener satisfied throughout the entire EP. Spencer Day is a charming musician from start to finish, as his songs will keep you wanting to hear more, and after hearing his latest effort, new music cannot come fast enough.

Robin Thicke’s new album Paula sold poorly everywhere, but in Australia its even more dismal


Robin Thicke isn’t doing to well these days, both personally and professionally. While his new album is dedicated to his estranged wife Paula, it looks like people have no interest in hearing about Thicke’s marriage problems. Paula only sold 26,000 copies in the United States and 560 in the UK, while in Australia it only sold a whopping 53 copies. The news doesn’t get much better in Canada where only 550 copies were sold.

Thicke’s last album Blurred Lines went to number 1 on the Australian Charts as well as number 1 in Canada.

Cut Copy release new song called Lights Shine On


On July 22nd, Cut Copy will be releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 album Free Your Mind. On this new edition, there will be five new songs, including the two that were released on Record Store Day (“In These Arms of Love” and “Like Any Other Day.” The other three tracks are “I Wish The Sun Would Grow Today”, “Believers”, and “Lights Shine On.”  You can head over to Stereogum to listen to “Lights Shine On.”

What’s Eating Gilbert to release a covers EP


Chad Gilbert (from New Found Glory) will be releasing a covers EP with his side project What’s Eating Gilbert called Come On Let’s Go. You can see the track listing, information about the album, and a few tour dates below.

1. Come On Let’s Go – Richie Valenz
2. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) – Cher originally by Betty Everett
3. Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
4. I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash

Hey Everyone! Excited to announce the self release of a new What’s Eating Gilbert 7 inch. “Come On Let’s Go” is a covers EP consisting of songs that we’ve been playing over the last year and a half of touring. A lot of you have expressed that we should record these songs and we listened!
The track listing is:

Come On Let’s Go – Richie Valenz
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) – Cher originally by Betty Everett
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash

The first pressing will be 500. Colors are 200 yellow and 200 light green (both available on our NEW web store launching on July 15) and 100 light blue & black haze available at my upcoming California shows! They’ll also be some cool bundles available on the web store!

We are very excited for our upcoming west coast shows supporting Matt Pryor from the Get Up Kids. Tickets and dates below! 7/23 The Casbah San Diego, CA http://bit.ly/1qWqnWO
7/24 The Satellite Los Angeles, CA http://ticketf.ly/1zq5XIl
7/25 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA http://tktwb.tw/U4APNJ
7/26 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA http://bit.ly/1zq632v

To all of you fans asking about the full length album, “That New Sound You’re Looking For” is completed and I’m anxious for you all to hear it! However the world of New Found Glory has been very busy and exciting lately with lots of fun things coming up so we’re going to hold off on releasing that until I have the time. But do not worry, it won’t be too long. Until then, stay tuned and enjoy this new ep!

Britney Spears tune leaks online without autotune and its horrible


A Britney Spears track called “Alien” off of her most recent album Britney Jean has leaked online. The song does not have any autotune and is unedited, and her voice sounds absolutely horrible.

However, the producer on the track, William Orbit, has gone on to defend the song saying the following ““Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly.” “I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners. A generous singer will put something down the mic to help the engineer get their systems warmed up and at the right level, maybe whilst having a cup of herb tea and checking through lyrics before the session really kicks off. It’s not expected to be a ‘take’.”

Whatever the song is supposed to be, it stinks. For all of you curious readers you can listen to “Alien” here.

Mastodon and Gojira are going on tour together


Mastodon and Gojira will be heading out on tour together starting in October. You can find the dates below. Mastodon new album Once More ‘Round The Sun is out now.

10/15/2014 Boise, ID Revolution Center
10/16/2014 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
10/17/2014 Pomona, CA Fox Theatre
10/18/2014 Phoenix, AZ Marquee **
10/20/2014 Austin, TX Stubbs
10/21/2014 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
10/22/2014 Kansas City, KC Uptown Theater
10/24/2014 Detroit, MI Fillmore
10/28/2014 Portland, ME State Theater
10/29/2014 Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/30/2014 Providence, RI Lupos
10/31/2014 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
11/1/2014 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11/2/2014 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
11/4/2014 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
11/5/2014 Knoxville, TN The International
11/6/2014 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
11/7/2014 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle