Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Inbox Update: Maroon 5, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, James McCartney

All kinds of great news to share today, including news about James McCartney (whose tour will bring him here to Orange County when he performs at The Coach House on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Maroon 5 set to debut new studio album Overexposed on June 26, 2012

GRAMMY-winning band Maroon 5 have announced their highly anticipated fourth studio album Overexposed is set to debut June 26, 2012. Recorded in Los Angeles over the last year, Overexposed is a rich, pop-infused collection featuring 10 new tracks.

The album was executive produced by Max Martin with additional tracks produced by Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine said of the release, ”Overexposed is definitely one of our most diverse and poppiest albums yet. We had a great time recording it. I can’t wait for our fans to hear the record, as well as hitting the road to play it live for everyone later this year.”

Guitarist James Valentine added, “ ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was the first time we ever worked with an outside writer, so we decided to try it some more on this record. At this point in our career I think it was a good thing to completely mix up our process and it yielded good results, as well as a more collaborative spirit within the band. We wanted to make something that sounded contemporary with the elements of a lot of early eras of pop music. This is our most "pop" record ever and we weren’t shy about really going for it.”

Maroon 5’s musicianship and frontman Adam Levine’s vocals are as distinct as ever on Overexposed, continuing to showcase the band’s ability for creating songs that have become part of the fabric of pop and rock music today. Maroon 5 began writing and recording the album during their most recent world tour and the resulting collection is chock-full of undeniable, anthemic melodies. The album includes such stand out tracks as the emphatic “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, the irresistible “One More Night” and the rythmic ballad “Beautiful Goodbye.”

Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5’s releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, which included hits like "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See Your Face Again."

In September 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which also recently went platinum. The collection featured two hit singles including the Hot AC smash “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts and also claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Both singles received GRAMMY Award nominations in the category of "Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals," marking the group’s eighth GRAMMY nomination overall and 5th in that category. With the success of “Moves Like Jagger” on the Hot 100 chart, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine became the first artist in the chart's 53-year history to reach #1 as part of a group and enter the Top 10 at the same time as a soloist, as he was also featured on Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts."

In addition to his work with Maroon 5, band frontman Adam Levine joined the #1 NBC hit series The Voice as a coach in 2011. Debuting after Super Bowl XLVI, the second season of The Voice kicked off with a bang, scoring a total of 37.6 million viewers, making it the highest ratings for a non-sports related show on any network in six years.

For more information visit: http://www.maroon5.com/

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros To Release A Second Album By The End Of 2012

Band unveils tracklisting for Here

Fresh off a run of tour dates that began in Santa Ana, California on March 14, 2012 at The Observatory, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have announced they would release a second album by year's end in addition to their next studio album, Here, which will be released by Community Music on May 29, 2012.

"In the middle of the recording process we realized we were essentially making a double album. Being four years since our last album, the writing explored a wide variety of subject and sound, as it turned out we had a lot to say," said the band's Alex Ebert. "Instead of putting it out all at once, we found that two different albums seemed to be forming. Alone these albums are albums. Together these albums express a varying and so relatively living portrait of our lives."

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have now posted the final tracklisting for Here this morning on their website www.edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com, and recently unveiled the artwork for the album, consisting of a photograph shot by Alex Ebert in Mozambique on the fan website http://themagneticzeros.com.

"The hard division created by the horizon of sea and sky represents the appearance of a dualistic world of dark and light, us and them, here and there. The circle that breaks the dividing line between the sea and the sky represents what feels to be the underlying truth: that creation lives not by the laws of duality or division, but emanates from everything at once, swirling all falsely-held boundaries in a wonder of every spectrum of experience," said Ebert.

1. Man On Fire

2. That's What's Up

3. I Don't Wanna Pray

4. Mayla

5. Dear Believer

6. Child

7. One Love To Another

8. Fiya Wata

9. All Wash Out

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made an appearance with members of Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show at the 2012 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival on March 17, 2012 for the world premier of Big Easy Express, which won the Headliner Audience Award. Following the screening, the groups performed an acoustic set followed by an encore screening of the film and performances at the LBJ Lawn at the University of Texas. The Emmett Malloy directed film covered the bands' journey as they traveled in vintage railcars across the American Southwest over the course of a week, playing concerts at six unique outdoor locations along the route.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will launch a nationwide tour starting in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theatre on May 2nd. The band will be headlining the iconic Greek Theatre and kick off its 2012 Season on May 4th. The following night the band will headline Santa Barbara's Santa Barbara Bowl for the first time. The tour will cross the country and include a headlining performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and a stop in Canada before it winds down on June 1st at the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, AR. For ticket information please visit www.edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com. Full list of dates are below.


James McCartney has confirmed a new slate of North American tour dates which include his largest headlining shows to date and stops at the Bamboozle and Sasquatch Festivals. Kicking off May 11, this month-long, full-band tour will hit major cities on both coasts in support of McCartney’s critically acclaimed The Complete EP Collection (Engine Company Records).

Hear the bonus track "New York Times" at Rolling Stone: http://bit.ly/wMjlyj

On his last trip to the States, McCartney performed on Letterman and earned rave reviews for his LA and NYC shows from NY Daily News, Newark Star Ledger and more. During the first week of April, McCartney will play a run of shows in the UK including Liverpool's Cavern Club on April 3.

James McCartney North American Tour Dates:

May 11 – Ollie's Point – Amityville, NY
May 13 – Le Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
May 15 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON
May 19 – Bamboozle Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
May 22 - Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
May 25 - Sasquatch Festival – Quincy, WA
May 29 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 30 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
May 31 – The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 4 - House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
June 7 – The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
June 8 – Mohegan Sun – Montville, CT
June 10 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
June 11 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC

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