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We Are The Fallen To Film Upcoming Show
We Are The Fallen will be putting on a show this coming Saturday in Los Angeles unlike anything that anyone has witnessed before. Ben Moody explains: “”This Saturday at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California at 7:00 p.m., I’m producing a circus called Cirque Des Damnés, which translates into ‘Circus Of The Damned,’ and it’s just that. It’s going to be a carnival-style event thrown into the unpredictability of a rock and roll show — bigger than we’ve ever done before. There are going to be aerial acts and old-school freakshow freaks, there’s going to be a burlesque show and a woman is going to swallow a very big balloon and then bring it back up. I can’t promise this is a family-friendly show, but what I can promise you is that you will never see anything quite like tonight. So if there was ever a time you were going to travel for a show this would be the one — this is the one that will make your drive worth it. Carpool, bring some friends, we’re going to be giving stuff away, it’s gonna be amazing.” The show will be filmed and a DVD release is being planned in the near future. The quintet is comprised of former members of multi-platinum band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by breakout American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O’Brien (Disturbed and Static-X, among others) rounds out the line-up of this power combo. The band’s debut album, Tear The World Down released last summer debuted at #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

Hawthorn Signs With Intense Millennium
Brazilian Symphonic Extreme Metal band HAWTHORN has signed a multi-label recording contract with Sullen Records and Intense Millennium Records. By the influence of Scandinavian bands, HAWTHORN began in October of 200 in Curitiba – Parana (Brazil). Intending to compose extreme symphonic metal with well worked melodies and vocals. HAWTHORN have released two recordings independently. 2008’s “Dawn of Blood” EP, and 2010’s “Thorns and Blood”. Neither recording had been previously released in North America. Sullen Records will release a limited edition CD featuring both recordings in February 2010. HAWTHORN is currently working on a new full length album for release in 2011. The new full length will be released later this year on Intense Millennium Records. HAWTHORN is the first officially active band to be announced as signing to Intense Millennium Records. Intense Millennium Records is the partnered label to Frontline Records, and is distributed nationwide via Infinity Distribution.

Blue Like Jazz Named Kickstarter’s Project Of The Year
Don Miller & Steve Taylor want to say a quick thank you once again for making all that they have accomplished possible with Blue Like Jazz. They have been informed that Save Blue Like Jazz was named Kickstarter’s Project of The Year. Check out the full story here.

Damien Jurado To Tour With Viva Voce
In 2010, the revered Damien Jurado released his ninth album, Saint Bartlett, to laudatory praises from both fans and critics. In keeping with the undeniable chemistry he shares with Richard Swift, the two recorded a collection of covers, Other People’s Songs, which is still available to stream and download for free here. The relentless Jurado will be back on tour this March throughout the West Coast and South, alongside Viva Voce. And be sure to expect even more from Jurado in the coming months!
Tour Dates:
3/4 – Portland, OR
3/5 – Seattle, WA
3/7 – Bend, OR
3/9 – San Francisco, CA
3/10 – San Diego, CA
3/12 – Norman, OK
3/13 – Denton, TX
3/14 – Little Rock, AR
3/16 – Houston, TX
3/18 – Austin, TX
3/21 – Phoenix, AZ
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA
3/23 – Santa Cruz, CA
3/25 – Memphis, TN

Further Seems Forever To play Bamboozle
The Bamboozle Festival, the annual three-day music extravaganza scheduled for April 29, 30 and May 1 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, has announced additional main stage performers. Adding to an already exciting and diverse roster of today’s hottest artists, newly added main stage performers will include: Alkaline Trio, Sam Adams, Thrice, and Further Seems Forever featuring original members including Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional). Previously announced main stage performers include: Lil Wayne, Mötley Crüe, Taking Back Sunday, The Gaslight Anthem, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, LMFAO, Chiddy Bang, Dashboard Confessional, A Day To Remember, Boys Like Girls, New Found Glory performing their own set and a Ramones tribute featuring Marky Ramone, Circa Survive, Waka Flocka Flame, Streetlight Manifesto, and the RX Bandits. Tickets for three-day passes are currently available for purchase and beginning today, single day tickets will go on sale. For ticket information as well as additional artists announced and a day by day festival schedule please visit: thebamboozle.com.

Cold War Kids Booked For Coachella
With the Coachella line-up announcement serving as the official kick-off to the annual U.S. festival season, festival organizers Goldenvoice can now reveal details for the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The 12th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is set for Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA and the 2011 line-up includes headlining performances from Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon. While music serves as the centerpiece for Coachella, this year’s festival will feature an expanded commitment to art, culture and community via a unique partnership with The Creators Project–a global initiative that supports leading and emerging artists. The 2011 line-up will feature: !!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil’ B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, , Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle and Zed Bias.

Pushking To Release Special Project February 1st
On February 1st, PUSHKING will be releasing The World As We Love It, the Russian band’s star-studded new album from Armoury Records. The first video from the project, “It’ll Be OK,” also features ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons and Extreme axeman Nuno Bettencourt. The Fabrizio Grossi directed clip finds Pushking vocalist Konstantin “Koha” Shustarev trading verses with Gibbons, while Bettencourt lays down one of his signature guitar solos towards the end of the track. The World As We Love It also includes guest appearances from Paul Stanley (Kiss), Steve Vai, Udo Dirkschneider (Accept), Steve Lukather (Toto), among many others. You can check out the video for “It’ll Be OK” (featuring Billy F. Gibbons and Nuno Bettencourt) here.

Passion 2011 Draws 22,000
On January 1st, the city of Atlanta was flooded with more than 22, 000 college students as they filled the Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center for Passion 2011. The sold out event featured talks from Passion founder and Pastor Louie Giglio along with other notable speakers and best-selling authors John Piper, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley and Francis Chan. The annual event kicked off with powerful worship led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, along with special guests Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North and Gungor. With the past two years’ conferences taking place in these two locations as the conference exceeded the capacity of Philips Arena, Passion announced the exciting news that Passion 2012 will take place at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
At the core of Passion is a desire to wed worship and justice, believing that what God wants most is not just another song, but a reflection of His love and mercy among the poor, the imprisoned, the voiceless and the oppressed. Therefore, during the four-day conference (held Jan 1-4) attendees stepped up in a big way to help the needy around the world through the global movement, Do Something Now which Passion launched in 2007 to help those with the greatest of needs through various causes such as sponsoring a child through Compassion International, providing funds to build wells in India to supply fresh water, and helping set up loans so families can start their own business in Afghanistan. Since its inception Do Something Now has gathered more than three million dollars for these causes.

Gotee Signs Jamie Grace
Jamie Grace, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who is appearing as part of Women of Faith’s popular “Revolve Tour,” has been signed by Gotee Records, helmed by Joey Elwood and multiple GRAMMY ® winner TobyMac. Gotee Records’ will launch Jamie Grace’s debut Hold Me e.p. digitally on February 22, with plans for a full project release in fall 2011. “Every couple of years, I get a true desire to find an artist and dig in to try to help them develop songs, find the right producers and introduce them to the world at large,” explains multi-platinum selling recording artist TobyMac. “Jamie Grace is a great fit for Gotee Records for a lot of reasons. She writes, sings and plays her own music. She has a style that can’t be put into a typical label box—a dash of reggae, a dash of folk, a dash of hip hop. I’ve said it a million times, ‘If we’re every going to be a shining city on a hill, we have to be diverse city.’ Jamie Grace is part of that diverse city. She’s such a natural, beautiful next step for our industry.”

I Am Empire Debut Music Video
I Am Empire is ready to release their Tooth & Nail Records’ label debut, KINGS, next week amidst the buzz of being one of the most promising new signings. To usher in this anticipated release, the band is premiering the music video for “Brain Damage” on the label’s YouTube page today. Click here to see the video. In addition to the video premiere, I Am Empire is giving away a free download of the acoustic version of “Foxhole” on their Facebook page. With early reviews coming in, media outlets are digging this new release and band.

Hillsong United Announce US Tour
Traversing six continents of the world into 42 nations just since 2006 in a cross-cultural journey, best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED returns to North America February/March 2011 for the 12-city major market “Aftermath” tour. The tour follows the Feb. 15, 2011 release of the band’s highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second ever studio recording, AFTERMATH, on Sparrow Records. This is the first new recording from the band in the alliance announced last year with EMI Christian Music Group. The Aftermath tour extends coast-to-gulf-to-coast, hitting Los Angeles (The Greek Theatre), Houston (Berry Center), New York City (Hammerstein Ballroom) and more. Already selling thousands of tickets, the momentum has driven a second event to be added in Boston at the Orpheum Theatre. Last year’s tour opened in Boston with a capacity crowd at The Wang Theatre. The full Hillsong UNITED Aftermath tour itinerary can be found on the band’s Facebook page, which has more than 1.4 million friends.

Sennheiser Sponsors SXSW Contest For Bands
Audio specialist Sennheiser announces the final phase of its HearIAm initiative this March, as the innovative campaign for artists and fans sets its sights on the southwest’s hotbed of music: Austin, Texas. Sennheiser’s HearIAm campaign, which launched last spring and has since provided an abundance of opportunity for bands to play at prominent music festivals throughout North America, is now providing an exquisite showcase opportunity in Austin as well as $10,000 in music equipment to the winning band of the last phase.

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