Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Varèse Sarabande Records to host special composer autograph signings at Wondercon in Anaheim (April 3-5, 2015)

Love soundtracks? Might want to get over to Wondercon in Anaheim this weekend...

Composers in Attendance Include Greg Edmunson (FIREFLY), Elia Cmiral (BATTLEFIELD EARTH), Mark Kilian (REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGON), and Tim Jones (CHUCK)
(March 31, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records proudly announces that the label will be hosting a booth on the Exhibition Floor at WonderCon (April 3-5, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA).   The world-renowned record label, specializing in film music releases, will be selling genre-appropriate titles from their catalog all weekend long, and will be hosting exclusive autograph signings in the booth on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Schedule of composers in attendance:
11AM-noon Greg Edmunson – FIREFLY
3PM-4:30PM Tim Jones – CHUCK
All fans that come to the Varèse Sarabande booth at 3PM on April 4th will have the opportunity to purchase the first ever CHUCK -- Original Television Soundtrack (while supplies last), in advance of its April 7th release date and have the album autographed by series composer Tim Jones. The CHUCK -- Original Television Soundtrack, features the film’s original score by Jones, with three performances by Jeffster, featuring Vik Sahay: “Take on Me”, “Fortunate Son,” and “Fat Bottom Girls.”
Also available at the Varèse Sarabande booth will be a limited number of copies of JUPITER ASCENDING, autographed by its composer, Michael Giacchino.
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler.
The Varèse CD Club releases deluxe and expanded editions of special soundtracks for the film music aficionado. The Varèse Vintage imprint specializes in releasing new and re-issued albums by classic pop, jazz and country artists. Varèse Sarabande Records is distributed by Universal Music Group, while the Varèse CD Club accepts direct orders at www.varesesarabande.com.
Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary Concert Gala

YouTube to live stream Coachella April 10-12, 2015

How cool is this everybody? Can't wait to catch the first weekend of Coachellafest. AC/DC, Steely Dan, Florence + the Machine, Ryan Adams, Belle and Sebastian and countless more in the desert. What could be better?

For the fifth year in a row, Coachella is giving fans from around the world a front row seat to watch the California music festival live on Coachella’s YouTube channel from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Coachella is the longest-running live streamed music festival on YouTube.

Check out the teaser video here:

Presented by T-Mobile, fans can catch the biggest acts and emerging artists performing live at Coachella on any screen where you watch YouTube. Viewers can also choose from three live stream channels, as well as:

-- Create a custom Coachella avatar by uploading a photo, then decorating with Coachella graphics, before sharing it with your friends.

-- Browse an interactive map of the entire festival grounds and access photos taken from your virtual location.

-- Schedule your live stream experience with a timetable that automatically updates based on your local time and channel you are watching.

-- Learn about the performing acts via interactive profiles.

Subscribe to Coachella’s YouTube channel to stay up to date on all the latest videos and relive the sights and sounds of Coachellas past.

PRESS NOTE: Music artists who are part of the 2015 Coachella live stream to be announced at a later date.

David Duchovny to release solo album 'Hell Or Highwater' on May 12

Being a long-time fan of The X Files, I just had to share this media release! David Duchovny follows a long line of well-established actors willing to give music a try. It will be interesting to hear Duchovny's album when it's released later this spring...
Robert Kinsler

The actor/writer/producer will debut HELL OR HIGHWATER on May 12 with Thinksay Records 

New York – March 31, 2015 – David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will release his first solo album, Hell Or Highwater, on May 12 with ThinkSay Records, distributed by the Caroline/Universal Music Group.

The two-time Golden Globe winner’s debut album will include 12 self-penned tracks, firmly embedded in his uniquely lyrical, troubadour style. The first single, “Hell or Highwater,” will be released on March 31st.

“Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream – it's still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” said Duchovny.  “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I've ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

The album is available for presale now via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/DDHell_AmzmP3) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/DDHell_iTunes).

“David’s blend of poetic lyrics and infectious melodies are something ThinkSay is very proud to deliver said Brad Davidson, President ThinkSay Records. “We look forward to bringing the live show of Hell or Highwater to a global audience in 2015.”

Duchovny finds himself in high demand in 2015, starring in the upcoming NBC/ITV limited series Aquarius, about the Charles Manson Murders. The series will premiere on May 28.  Earlier this year, Duchovny released his first-ever novel, New York Times Bestseller, Holy Cow, published through Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Aside from his most recent achievements, Duchovny has appeared in numerous television shows, including The Larry Sanders Show, Twin Peaks, Life With Bonnie, and Sex and the City, alongside his illustrious film credits including roles in such movies as The X Files Movie, Zoolander, Beethoven, Kalifornia, Full Frontal, The Rapture, Evolution, Return To Me, Julia Has Two Lovers, Chaplin, and Playing God. Other feature credits include Trust The Man, The TV Set,and his self-directed House of D.

Track Listing
1. Let it Rain
2. 3000 
3. Stars
4. Hell or Highwater       
5. The Things     
6. The Rain Song
7. Unsaid Undone
8. Lately it’s Always December
9. Another Year
10. Passenger
11. When The Time Comes         
12. Positively Madison Avenue

The Rolling Stones 'Zip Code Tour' to arrive May 24 - July 15

Have I got a nugget for you...

With Stops In Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, Quebec


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The Rolling Stones
March 31, 2015 – New York – Ladies and gentlemen...The Rolling Stones are back!  The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park.  The tour will make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Été de Québec.

Tickets for these dates will go on sale Monday, April 13.  For ticketing information please visit rollingstones.com.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public, beginning Wednesday, April 8.

“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer!  We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.” - Mick Jagger

"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America!  I can't wait to get back on the stage!” - Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one night only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”

The stage design for the stadium shows includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.  Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.

AEG Live’s Concerts West is the promoter of The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour.

The tour will also coincide with the Rolling Stones re-release of Sticky Fingers on May 26 by Universal Music. Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums from the Rolling Stones, is set to enthrall a new generation of fans in 2015. The 1971 classic features timeless tracks such as ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Bitch’ and ‘Dead Flowers’.  Sticky Fingers 2015, with its iconic zip cover, will be unveiled in a variety of formats. The deluxe editions include a generous selection of previously unreleased Stones studio outtakes from the Sticky Fingers sessions and stunning live performances from that time. These sought after tracks have never been available until this release.

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Olympic Studios in London, and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, Sticky Fingers was released just before the Stones became tax exiles in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking design in rock history, with its famous working zip on the front cover and artwork by Andy Warhol.

May 24, 2015                      San Diego, CA                    Petco Park
May 30, 2015                      Columbus, OH                   Ohio Stadium
June 3, 2015                       Minneapolis, MN             TCF Bank Stadium
June 6, 2015                       Dallas, TX                             AT&T Stadium
June 9, 2015                       Atlanta, GA                         Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12, 2015                     Orlando, FL                         Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015                     Nashville, TN                      LP Field
June 20, 2015                     Pittsburgh, PA                   Heinz Field
June 23, 2015                     Milwaukee, WI                 Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015                     Kansas City, MO               Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015                         Raleigh, NC                         Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015                         Indianapolis, IN                 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015                         Detroit, MI                          Comerica Park
July 11, 2015                       Buffalo, NY                         Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015                       Quebec, QC                        Le Festival D’Été de Québec*
*wristbands will go on sale at 12pm local on Saturday, April 11


Monday, March 30, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Jeff Beck, Striking Matches, Neon Trees

What better way to get the week started than with a quick roundup focusing on forthcoming releases...

On June 2, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jeff BeckPerforming This WeekLive At Ronnie Scott– Special Edition on 2CD and Digital Audio. A 3LP Edition will be released shortly thereafter.
Now released for the first time with the full audio from these incredible shows, Performing This Week features classic tracks from across Jeff Becks career including: “Beck’s Bolero,” “Led Boots,” “Scatterbrain,” “Where Were You,” “Angels (Footsteps),” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” and his now iconic version of “A Day In The Life.” This amazing show includes guest appearances by Joss StoneEric Clapton and Imogen Heap, in addition to a 7-track set with the Big Town Playboys.
This 2007 series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club in London became a must-have ticket of the year, with a packed audience every night consisting of the famous and the fans. The CD and DVD releases of these shows (released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2008, 2009 respectively) have become the definitive Jeff Beck live recordings. Now for the first time on LP and CD, all of the live tracks are available (including those with special guests plus the Big Town Playboys set, which has previously only been on the Blu-ray release).
From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career, Jeff Becks unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of peers and legions of fans worldwide. Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott– Special Edition is a stunning representation of the unmatched live experience that only he can deliver. 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

Striking Matches' Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann
Striking Matches has officially taken the UK by storm, landing at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Albums Chart with their debut release, Nothing But The Silence. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album showcases this dynamic duo (comprised of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis), brimming with harmonies and plenty of guitars.
“Their debut album is an engaging blend of slick country storytelling scuffed up with rockier riffs. Imagine a noisier version of The Civil Wars: squaring up and trading electric licks before coiling their voices together in sweet harmony,” beamed The Telegraph UK.

While the guitar-driven duo has been steadily building their fan base here in the U.S., it was to their great surprise to be greeted by concert goers singing the words to their songs at their very first overseas show in London – before ever releasing a song in the country. Due to having eight songs they’ve written featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville, which has built a dedicated British following, the unprecedented early embrace by music fans in the UK has led to sold-out performances and demand for more (the band will return for a series of concerts in large venues as well as TV appearances in May), airplay on the country’s largest radio station Radio 2 and rave reviews, as well as a No. 1 album on the chart. Nothing But The Silence is available now: iTunes and Amazon.
Meanwhile, back at home, supporters include USA Today, who wrote: “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” In additon, Nothing But The Silence was included on their  “Don’t Miss These Great March Albums” list stating, “Like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt or Keith Urban, they're both fiercely talented guitarists who revere the songs that come out of their mouths every bit as much as the music that comes through their fingers.”

American Songwriter declared “these songs crackle and sizzle, walking on a tightrope between pop, rock, country and blues,” additionally noting, “Between the acoustic/electric twin guitar attack, easy flowing harmonies, peppy mid-western rootsy singer/songwriting and an unbridled enthusiasm, Striking Matches fires up a hot, often incendiary first impression.”

Striking Matches will continue their overseas charge with headline dates before they return to the U.S. for a co-headline stint with harmony-loving The Secret Sisters. The run will be part of the Fender Accelerator Tour as Striking Matches is one of a select range of rising artists in various genres chosen to represent the iconic guitar brand, who in turn will provide vehicles, gear and support. Following, the duo will join the festival circuit and share stages with country music superstars such as Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley, as well as an opening slot for Keith Urban.

4/22 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Kat Country Jam benefit for St. Jude w/ David Nail and more

5/8 – London, England @ Union Chapel
5/9 – Bristol, England @ Fleece
5/10 – Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute
5/11 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Oran Mor
5/14 – Milton Keynes, England @ The Stables

5/26 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
5/27 – Alexandra, Va. @ Birchmere Music Hall
5/29 – Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head
5/30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live
5/31 – Hopewell, Va. @ Beacon Theatre
6/4 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement

6/6 – Detroit, Mich. @ WYCD Downtown Hoedown *
6/17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Mint
6/18 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Go Country’s Summer Under the Stars ^    
6/21 – Princeton, N.J. @ McAneny Theatre @ Princeton Festival
6/27 – New York, N.Y. @ Farmborough #    
8/21 – Thackerville, Ok. @ Winstar Casino +    
* with Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Ashley Monroe and more
^  with Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe & David Nail
# with Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and more
+ opening for Keith Urban

Neon Trees today announced their next tour "An Intimate Night Out With Neon Trees" will kick off June 6 in Seattle, WA at the Showbox and cross the country before winding down on July 25 in Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.

"At the end of last year we had made plans to take this year off, but honestly we got bored at home. We just love touring that much," said front man Tyler Glenn.  "We're going to play songs from all three albums and it will be an entirely new show.   We chose smaller clubs and theaters to make it a communal, fan driven experience for us and the audience."

Neon Trees - comprising Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keys), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals) - released their third album Pop Psychology on April 22, 2014.   The album, recorded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, and their hometown of Provo, UT with longtime collaborator Tim Pagnotta spawned the RIAA Gold-certified single "Sleeping With A Friend," which won an award for BMI Publishing Award in 2014 and charted in the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100.  It is available HERE

Pop Psychology is the follow up to Picture Show, which featured the RIAA double platinum single "Everybody Talks," which charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Neon Trees' debut album, Habits, was released in 2010 and featured the double platinum smash single "Animal." The band has toured with Taylor Swift, The Killers, Maroon 5, Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, My Chemical Romance, and more.

Information: www.fameisdead.com

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mike Peters thrills audience at The Coach House

Mike Peters celebrated his legacy at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in a two-hour concert that defied the solo, acoustic setting with performances of Alarm anthems that yielded a number of sing- and shout-along moments, clapping accompaniment and cheers all the way around.

While the Rhyl, Wales-spawned singer-songwriter didn't take the stage until 10 p.m., the near-capacity crowd was ready to celebrate from the moment he opened with "The Stand." His powerful and fully-intact vocals conveyed the power of his uplifting lyrics and - as he would prove over and over - his rhythm guitar work was sweeping enough to propel the rockers even if the setting put the focus more on Peters' lyrics and compelling storytelling.

"Howling Wind" came next, with Peters working his acoustic guitar and blasting out harmonica. He utilized backing firepower even more dramatically a few songs later during "Absolute Reality" where he played guitar and used a foot pedal to pound out a beat on a drum while he sang.

On "Knife's Edge," some seamless technology was incorporated into his approach with some backing drum track melded into the song as he sang. While the audience clearly loved the powerful Alarm classics, Peters' nuanced set included several introspective (and clearly acoustic) tracks too. The wonderful "Dawn Chorus" that finds its emotional core in a man's lone walk through "lonely streets," and "Father to Son" with its inspired look at Peters' relationship with his father tapped into some of the artist's oft-overlooked material.

Peters closed with some of his most beloved Alarm tracks. An extended take on "Spirit of '76" provided the perfect chance for Peters to demonstrate the mastery of an arrangement; while he sang most of the song to the accompaniment of his guitar, he walked over and played the sparse spoken-word bridge as he played melodic keyboards. He closed out his 18-song set with the forceful "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke" (blasting his harmonica like Bob Dylan on steroids) and a joyous "Blaze of Glory." 

It speaks volumes that on a night when Peters didn't play "Sold Me Down the River" and "Rain in the Summertime" that few in the audience seemed to care. Peter's pacing as he combined well-known songs, rarities and intimate stories of life growing up made for a magical night.

Review and photos by Robert Kinsler

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Annie Lennox, Tommy Bolin, Do LaB Coachella Stage

Here is a nice roundup focusing on a number of upcoming high-profile releases...

Nostalgia: An Evening With Annie Lennox set for release on Monday, May 4 via Blue Note Records; 'PBS Live' concert set to air on April 3

Nostalgia: An Evening With Annie Lennox, a deluxe package featuring Annie Lennox’s GRAMMY-nominated Nostalgia album and a brand new concert film, is scheduled for release on Blue Note Records on May 4. Shot on January 28, 2015 by director Natalie Johns (Morrissey) at Los Angeles’ art deco Orpheum Theatre, the film captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of the songs from Nostalgia. Fronting a 19-piece band – including string and horn sections – and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this special evening, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of American standards, ranging from “Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” to one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put A Spell On You.” In addition to its inclusion in the deluxe package, the film can also be purchased on its own in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long form formats at all music retailers and streaming partners. The pre-order is underway now on Amazon. It can also be pre-ordered at http://smarturl.it/NostalgiaPremium, where fans will find several exclusive bundles, including the Premium Nostalgia Experience, which will contain the concert DVD (or Blu-ray), CD and vinyl editions of the Nostalgia album and a silk lithograph that Annie will personally inscribe for each recipient. (This edition is limited to 100.)
“Every singer loves the challenge of interpreting truly inspirational songs. Each one of these masterpieces stands as a lasting testimony to the brilliance of their creators – their individual beauty, power and poetry continues to stand the test of time,” saidAnnie Lennox. “The song selection for Nostalgia was very personal and intuitive – there was no agenda or stratagem other than becoming intrigued and fascinated through the process of listening, transcribing and recording. Now they live in my blood stream.”
Fans can get a first look at Lennox’s concert film when it premieres on THIRTEEN’SGreat Performances, airing on PBS on Friday, April 3, at 10 p.m. Check local listings or visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf. Click HERE for a preview of the episode, which features Lennox performing “Georgia On My Mind.”For an encore, Lennox sat down at the piano and delivered striking solo renditions of two of her own hits, Here Comes the Rain Again” and “Why.” Fans who purchase Nostalgia: An Evening With Annie Lennox will enjoy the entire 60-minute concert plus exclusive footage of Annie performing two additional songs –“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and “No More I Love You’s.”
Nostalgia hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart in October of 2014 and subsequently received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. After her performance with Hozier on the awards show telecast, Nostalgia shot up to No. 1 on the Amazon and iTunes Jazz albums charts and “I Put A Spell On You”topped the two retailers’ Jazz Songs charts. “Annie Lennox was the surprise hit of the GRAMMY’s,” marveled Vogue.
“I Put A Spell On You,” which was heard in the opening four minutes of the filmFifty Shades of Grey, breaks the Top 20 at Adult Mainstream radio this week, jumping to 18*, and Lennox’s performance video of the song has more than six million views.

Nostalgia: An Evening With Annie Lennox - Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Memphis In June
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. I Put A Spell On You
5. Summertime
6. I Cover The Waterfront
7. Strange Fruit
8. God Bless The Child
9. You Belong To Me
10. September In The Rain
11. I Can Dream, Can’t I?
12. The Nearness Of You
13. Mood Indigo
14. Here Comes The Rain Again
15. No More I Love You’s
16. Why
17. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Nostalgia – CD & Vinyl Track Listing
1. Memphis In June
2. Georgia On My Mind
3. I Put A Spell On You
4. Summertime
5. I Cover The Waterfront
6. Strange Fruit
7. God Bless The Child
8. You Belong To Me
9. September In The Rain
10. I Can Dream, Can’t I?
11. The Nearness Of You
12. Mood Indigo

UDR Music Announces TOMMY BOLIN “TEASER” 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – Out May 19, 2015 in North America

Tommy Bolin – recognized for his work with groups such as ZephyrThe James Gang, and Deep Purple – was a bright, young American guitar god who created a whirlwind with his loud, stylish, free-form fusion performances before his untimely death at the age of 25 in 1976. Released in 1975 during his time with Deep PurpleTeaser was the solo masterpiece and eventual cult-classic that Bolin never got the chance to properly promote.

Now, 40 years after the album was originally released and unfortunately buried with time, Teaser is finally getting its time to shine.

On May 19, 2015, UDR Music will release the official TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set, a three-album deluxe vinyl box-set supplemented with two live CDs, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this legendary release. Featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes from the original Teaser studio sessions, plus two live CDs comprising performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father’s Place and Albany, the TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set is set to satiate the appetites of Bolin fans worldwide.

Bolin was a shooting star, a fiercely bright, ferociously driven and a guitarist whose soul spoke through his fingers and fretboard. Bolin was an American axeman of the caliber rarely seen or heard before (or since) his untimely death at the age of 25 on December 4th 1976. Bolin allowed the power of funk and the fury of rock to find such finite expression through his inspiration. His expression never sounded more fluent than on his 1975 solo album debut Teaser. The album embraced a tour de force of styles from jazz to hard rock to Latin music, all of which were expressed in a glorious musical stew.

At the age of 17, Bolin formed Zephyr, whose blues rock was coated in psychedelic tendencies. Despite opening for the likes of Led Zeppelin and growing a strong fan-base, Bolin left the group in 1971 to form Energy (a jazz-rock project) before Joe Walsh recommended him to The James Gang, where he recorded the Bang! and Miami albums in 1973 and ’74 respectively. Bolin also appeared on legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Spectrum solo album, and his ability to enjoy (and make the grade with!) such improvisational jamming style sounds left Bolin as that rare bird. A man who could be a rock star or a man who could be a musician’s musician at cafes across America.

Bolin moved to LA seeking confirmation of the stardom his enormous talents promised, and the foundations for the legendary Teaser album were laid. Featuring session musicians such as Glenn Hughes, David Sanborn, Jan Hammer, Stanley Sheldon and Phil Collins, Teaser represents the fulcrum point of Tommy’s solo-artist work. As he completed work on it, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore quit the band, and Bolin was invited to join Purple by singer David CoverdaleCome Taste The Band came out towards the end of 1975, before Purple disbanded and left Bolin free to do his second album Private Eyes. Opening for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck, Bolin was just starting to enjoy the sort of attention and recognition that would surly have seen him rise to the next level of revered guitar God. Sadly, Bolin’s addiction issues would not allow it, and in 1976, he died at the young age of 25.

Bolin’s legacy is superbly reflected in TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – get your copy while they last!

Learn more about TOMMY BOLIN via http://www.tbolin.com.

Do LaB Coachella Stage Announces Lineup and Exciting Changes in 2015!

Since 2004, Los Angeles-based music and event production house, Do LaB,have been constructing an interactive stage inside the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival being held April 10-12 and April 17-19, 2015 in the Southern California desert. The Do LaB stage and its surrounding area - complete with creative lighting structures, shade and misters - has become known and loved by festivalgoers as the oasis of Coachella. This year, the Do LaB stage has been reimagined with an all-new design in a new location, plus a unique, previously unannounced lineup curated by the folks at Do LaB.

The Do LaB stage, unlike the festival’s other five stages, will change its lineup each weekend. Musicians will come from afar - Berlin, France, Australia, England, and Spain - to play this memorable stage. The first weekend lineup includes trap stars Loudpvck, techno-funk maestro Sebastien Leger, LA DJ collective Droog, The Glitch Mob’s Ooah, Washington D.C. reggae-funk act Fort Knox Five, underground house producer Edu Imbernon, Australian up-and-comer Cassian and Berlin-based house duo M.A.N.D.Y.  Additionally, Russ Liquid, Mihkal, Coyote Kisses, Lane 8, Joe Kay x Jay Prince, Justin Jay, Jackal, Jai Wolf, Jesse Wright, Hayden James, Falcons, Clozee, Dirtwire, Till Von Sein, Bit Funk, B.R.E.E.D., Addatap, An-ten-nae round out the first weekend’s bill. Lucent Dossier Experience returns with a new performance showcased both weekends.

Artists performing the second weekend on the Do LaB stage include A Tribe Called Red, Adam Freeland, Andrew Luce, Atish, CRNKN, Dance Spirit, Dr. Fresh, GoldRush, Hoodboi, Hunter Leggitt, J. Philip, Lisbona, Kraddy, Louis Futon, Mija, Morillo, My Favorite Robot, Patricio, Pomo, Redux, Robot Koch, Sabo, TasyTreat, Tropicool, Whitehorse and Worthy.

As with all Do LaB music curation, this year is a mix of artists you may know and those you need to know. Jesse Flemming explains, “I’m on an endless hunt for new and amazing music, and I’m excited that I get to share it--and even more so that people dig the music we share. If you don’t know any of the artists on the lineup--you will soon.”

In 2015, the Do LaB stage moves to a new location within the Terrace next to a new entrance, directly across from the Sahara tent, providing direct access from the Saharaa major win for electronic music fans.

Previously, Do LaB has been inspired by nature and exotic plants when building their immersive environment for the festival. This year, the inspiration comes from endangered whales. The stage and its encompassing area serves as a mini-oasis with much-needed shade and misters to cool off the Coachella crowds during the hottest parts of the weekend.

After Coachella, make sure to hit Do LaB’s tenth anniversary of the world-renowned Lightning in a Bottle festival featuring over 300 musicians, artists, workshops, and speakers including Flume, Odesza, SBTRKT, RL Grime, Panda Bear, Tycho and many more. The 5-day camping festival will take place 25 minutes north of Paso Robles on California’s central coast at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21 - 25, 2015). Purchase tickets here!

Based in Los Angeles, Do LaB’s mission is to craft experience as art and bring communities together. Aside from showcasing musicians throughout Southern California, Do LaB is well known for creating unique art installations/stages and curating cutting-edge acts at Coachella in addition to producing Southern California’s Lightning in a Bottle, and the 2012 Winter Solstice event The Great Convergence, which took place at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Do LaB’s work has also been showcased at Virgin Music Festival, Global Gathering, Portugal’s Boom Festival and many more.