BENT KNEE launch new single “Catch Light”

Photo: Rich Ferri

Boston-based art-rock band Bent Knee are pleased to announce their brand new single “Catch Light”, the first new music to arrive from their forthcoming new studio album out later this year. This comes on top of the beginning of their North American tour alongside Thank You Scientist.

The band comments: “Catch Light is about the pressure women feel to shrink themselves and their ideas. The song is the culmination of over a year of collaborative sonic experiments and marks a drastically new direction for the band. More to come.”

Listen to ‘Catch Light’ here: 

The band’s full list of upcoming North American live dates can be found below:

11th June – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY
12th June – Mahall’s, Lakewood, OH
13th June – Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
14th June – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
15th June – The Citadel Music Hall, Indianapolis, IN
16th June – The Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
18th June – Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
19th June – Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT
20th June – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
21st June – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
22nd June – Palladium, Worcester, MA

Earlier in the year, Bent Knee embarked on their first, extensive, European tour alongside label-mates Haken and Danish act VOLA. To coincide with this they launched a video for the track ‘Boxes’, taken from their last album ‘Land Animal’. Watch the video for ‘Boxes’ now here: https://youtu.be/T3Zkqgw33vk

Bent Knee formed in Boston in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock, combing myriad influences into a seamless, thrilling whole. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace, and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weave’s it all together with a captivating, expert touch. Fiercely innovative, the group bridges the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving, addictive, and unapologetically original. The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Their last three albums, 2017’s Land Animal, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements, and the band continues to be garnished with praise for their live show, performing hundreds of concerts worldwide to date.

‘Land Animal’ is available on CD, LP & Digital Download here: http://smarturl.it/BentKneeLandAnimal
“Mind-boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table” –NPR
“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness” – The Wall Street Journal
“Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground” – The Boston Globe

BENT KNEE online:
http://www.bentkneemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BentKneeMusic/
https://twitter.com/bentkneemusic

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusicshop.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist: 
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – Tour 2019 – A Tribute To The Beatles White Album feat. Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff a​nd Joey Molland!

In celebration of The Beatles 50th Anniversary of the White Album, Flower Power Concerts, Inc presents It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – Tour 2019 – A Tribute To The Beatles’ White Album feat. Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Jason Scheff (Chicago) and Joey Molland (Badfinger)! Musical Director: Joey Curatolo (the musical director of RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles).

Performing their greatest hits along with songs from The Beatles White Album!

Tour Dates:

Sept 21 – Atlantic City, NJ – Golden Nugget
Sept 28 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
Sept 29 – Danville, KY – Norton Center
Oct 1 – St. Charles, IL – Arcadia Theater
Oct 2 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Oct 5 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
Oct 6 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center For The Arts
Oct 7 – Orono, ME – Collins Center For The Arts
Oct 8 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 10 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theater
Oct 11 – Boston, MA – Berklee PAC
Oct 12 – Westbury, NY – Theatre @ Westbury
Oct 13 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC
Oct 15 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Oct 17 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theater
Oct 18 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center
Oct 20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
(Additional shows to be announced soon!)

Featuring!

Christopher Cross is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. Cross won five Grammy Awards for his eponymous debut album released in 1979. The singles  “Sailing” (1980), and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (from the 1981 film Arthur) peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. “Sailing” earned three Grammys in 1981, while “Arthur’s Theme” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen). 

Todd Rundgren, born and raised in Philadelphia, began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front Nazz, the quintessential 1960’s psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, Runt. But it was 1972’s seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind.” It was followed by such landmark LPs as A Wizard, A True Star and The Hermit of Mink Hollow, as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light, “Hello It’s Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”

Micky Dolenz is an actor, singer, director, producer, writer, radio DJ, inventor, and all-around performer extraordinaire, and stands tall as a paragon of taste and accomplishment in the rough-and-tumble world of show business and entertainment. Micky is best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop legends The Monkees. The Monkees not only achieved great success as a TV show, but also as viable recording artists; selling in excess of 65 million units, and achieving worldwide success. Their first four albums – The Monkees (1966); More of The Monkees (1967); Headquarters (1967); and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd.(1967) all reached the number-one position on the charts and launched three number-one singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,”  “I’m a Believer” (both with lead vocals by Micky), and “Daydream Believer.” The group’s first five albums also went platinum.

Jason Scheff is the longtime tenor lead vocalist of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted supergroup Chicago. Scheff joined the group in 1985 replacing the iconic vocalist/bass player Peter Cetera going on to be one of the principal songwriters and main contributors throughout Chicago’s career. Scheff’s songwriting, vocals, and musicianship helped create the most successful recording era of Chicago, the 1980s and 1990s. Scheff is also the voice across 4 decades, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, performing all the classic Chicago hits in thousands of concerts, television appearances.

Joey Molland is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans five decades. He is best known as guitarist, singer and songwriter of classic rock legends Badfinger. Molland is the last surviving member from the band’s classic line-up and is still playing concerts worldwide. He is currently recording a new solo album produced by Mark Hudson.

For more information:
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New York City based​ band The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are touring the UK in the first 2 weeks of July 2019.

Starting off as the almost heavy metal Ancestors in the ’90s the band have taken all that is good in folk, country, and Americana with a twist of Pink Floyd flavouring. 

The Slambovians have melded their own unique sound that is at once familiar yet almost impossible to pigeon hole. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have such an eclectic live stage presence that once seen, always hooked. Rubbing regular shoulders with some of the icons of American music the band has got some serious endorsees. Garth Hudson of The Band is a committed Slambovian disciple and fan describing frontman Joziah Longo as “An awesome songwriter”. Writers have quoted lyrical similarities to both Bob Dylan and John Prine.

A close listen to their many albums and well attended live shows would bear out that comparison. Well known as a touring band throughout the North Eastern States, the popularity of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have earned them a virtual residency at many of the larger folk festivals. Gary Lucas, outstanding guitarist with Jeff Buckley and early member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band is quoted saying “It was an honor and a privilege to play with the great psychedelic band The Slambovian Circus of Dreams“.

Had the stars aligned, Gary Lucas would have toured with the band given half a chance. Maybe next tour? Dave Pegg, renowned bassist and longtime member of Fairport Convention, co-curator of Cropredy Festival met up with Slambovian UK management, Jonti Willis recently and said we could quote him widely, “Love the band and the music (of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams)” – Dave Pegg Fairport Convention. He’s also going to endorse a recommendation for a Cropredy Festival 2020 appearance too.

The New York Times says…. “They Take The Stage By Storm” And so they do!

UK Shows
Thursday, July 4th Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue  Bradford Friday,
July 5th, The Greystones  Sheffield Saturday,
July 6th Linton Music Festival Ross-on-Wye Sunday,
July 7th The Eyes Have It, Festival Duffield, Tuesday,
July 9th   The Platform   MorecambeThursday,
July 11th  The Stables  Milton Keynes Friday,
July 12th  The Fox and Firkin Lewisham Saturday,
July 13th  Platform Festival Pocklington Sunday,
July 14th  Blue Funk Rhythm & Blues Club  PoyntonMonday,
July 15th   Cubley Hall   Penistone 

Follow The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
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The Next Generation of Toto… ZFG Feat. Sons of Lukather and Porcaro To Tour Europe Summer 2019!

Photo by Ross Halfin

ZFG will tour with Toto Summer 2019 in support of new single “Special”

Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.

“You guys are better musicians than KISS will ever be and you sound like you could be the next QUEEN.” – Gene Simmons

Based in Los Angeles, ZFG consists of Trev Lukather (son of legendary guitarist Steve Lukather and founding member of Toto), bassist Sam Porcaro (son of original bassist for Toto, Mike Porcaro), drummer Josh Devine of One Direction, and stellar vocalist Jules Galli.

The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. “Zero F**ks Given” is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.

“Having released two songs already, ‘Holehearted’ and ‘Special’ it is now apparent just how good that chemistry is. Funk rock grooves and infectious backing vocals are just the first things to jump out at you. These guys can play. Of course when you carry the last name of rock royalty (Lukather and Porcaro) or come from a massive band like One Direction (Devine), people expect good things. These guys deliver that in spades.”

As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles.

ZFG’s radio campaign recently launched for their single “Special” and was officially released on April 26th on Spotify and all platforms via Cleopatra Records. “Special” landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. “Special” lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!

The band is currently on their first tour with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs. Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, “Special.”

Watch the lyric video for “Special”:https://youtu.be/Q50Zjwpt2M4

Listen to “Special”:https://open.spotify.com/track/1srQdwnytpjbLse6Bfsd04?si=OezXEON-R-u0Kk_VQjJR-A

To purchase:https://orcd.co/special

ZFG Summer 2019 tour dates:

June 25 – OPERA LESNA – SOPOT, POLAND with TOTO
June 27 – BUDAPEST ARENA – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY with TOTO
June 29 – BOERDERIJ – ZOETERMEER, NETHERLANDS – HEADLINE
June 30 – HEDON – ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS – HEADLINE
July 02 – TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL – MUNICH, GERMANY with TOTO
July 03 – PIAZZA DEGLI SCACCHI – MAROSTICA, ITALY with TOTO
July 04 – AUDITORIUM CAVEA – ROME, ITALY with TOTO
July 05 – PIAZZA NAPOLEONE – LUCCA, ITALY with TOTO
July 06 – BALADIN OPEN GARDEN – PIOZZO, ITALY
July 10 –  MTC – KOLN, GERMANY – HEADLINE
July 11 – NOCHTWACHE – HAMBURG, GERMANY – HEADLINE
July 12 – MUSIK AND FRIEDEN – BERLIN, GERMANY – HEADLINE
July 13 – BLUES GARAGE – ISERNHAGEN, GERMANY – HEADLINE
July 14 – GELSENKIRCHEN AMPHITEATER – GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY with TOTO
July 16 – Z7 SUMMER NIGHTS OPEN AIR – PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND with TOTO
July 17 – BAROCKGARDENT – FUSSEN, GERMANY with TOTO
July 18 – SCHLOSS OPEN AIR – SALEM, GERMANY with TOTO

For more information: 
www.ZFGband.com
www.instagram.com/zfgofficial
www.facebook.com/zfgband
www.Twitter.com/zfgband

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Matt Epp New song and video out now!

Photo by Jen Squires

“You Were Chosen To Be Here”, written and performed with Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch) and Shannon Paul is available everywhere; the music video too. Have a look + listen!

Listen to ‘You Were Chosen To Be Here’

Watch the music video, directed by Max Smith

Good morning everybody! In this time of more division than ever; in this era of abrupt climate change; in this day of deep underlying unease; my friends and I want to offer some art that is meant to reach and bridge from our hearts to yours. This piece above was created for you. We’re all in this together. Without love we have nothing. Without each other we have no one. We were chosen to be here, now, together! Have a listen.

This new and timely collaboration is written and performed with highly acclaimed Indigenous artist-activist and storyteller, Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch), from Serpent River First Nation, and Shannon Paul – a powerful traditional singer from Winnipeg.

These mesmerizing artists have been working together with me on new music and art; This song will be the first step to kickstart a grassroots unity-seeking movement and in developing a collaborative show between them called, “The Heart is at the Centre; De naanaaweying teh”, which will begin traveling across Canada later this year. The title comes from the heart at the centre of Murdoch’s art, and at the centre of my songs.

Love, Matt

PS. I play Winnipeg, at the West End Cultural Centre, next Thursday April 25!

PPS. Germany/Switzerland tour is coming October-November 2019!

Dates will be announced this summer.

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UN Singers to Perform with Strawbs at the Grand Finale of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, ​April 27, 2019!

We are very pleased to announce that the UN Singers will perform with Strawbs in the Grand Finale of the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ on Saturday April 27, 2019.

The UN Singers are designated by the United Nations as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill who convey a message of peace and tolerance, and a celebration of other cultures and religions, through music.

The UN Singers, a club affiliated to the UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC), were formed in 1947. Members of the choir come from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Conductor and musical director: Guillermo Vaisman

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