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Skillet And Red Tapped For Creed Tour
SKILLET and THEFT have just been confirmed as special guests for select dates on CREED’s “$20-10 $Tour” dates, with RED also appearing at several concerts. As previously announced, “The $20-$10 Tour” kicks off on 7/28th in Washington D.C., and was named because the first 2,010 reserved seats are $20 all-in. This means fans pay a flat rate with no added service charges, and the remaining seats will be priced at $20 or $10, plus applicable ticketing fees. GRAMMY-nominated recording group SKILLET is set to take their explosive live show on the road once again in support of their highly acclaimed album, AWAKE, which made a blockbuster debut on the Billboard 200, entering the chart at #2. The album continues to reign as a favorite, ascending the upper half of the Billboard 200. AWAKE is highlighted by the Top 5 Active Rock smash, “Monster” and the electrifying, “Hero,” which is currently Top 25 at the format. Formed in Nashville, Tennessee over four years ago, RED made an immediate impact with its 2006 Grammy-nominated debut album, End of Silence, which featured the band’s signature sound of sonic layering, rich orchestration and visceral dynamics on the rock radio hits “Breathe Into Me” and “Already Over.” Red brought back producer Rob Graves and mixer Ben Grosse for their second album, Innocence & Instinct, which boasted their Top 10 rock radio hit “Death of Me.” Innocence & Instinct earned Red a 2010 Grammy nomination for the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, and the band won “Rock Album Of The Year” at the 2010 Dove Awards. Red’s nearly non-stop road experience has included tours with artists such as Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry and Seether, among others.

ABR To Hit Japan
AUGUST BURNS RED are excited to announce the very first Japanese tour dates in the band’s history – a string of headlining shows 6/17-20 that extend the boundaries of the band’s ever-expanding empire. For such an established band, 2010 is proving to be a year of firsts for AUGUST BURNS RED. On 6/4th, ABR return to their hometown to film their very first live DVD/CD. Less than two weeks later, they’ll be performing in Japan for the first time. While the band has spent nearly all of its time on the road since the release of 2009’s Constellations, criss-crossing North America, Europe and Australia, the band is thoroughly excited for its first trip to Japan. “We’re excited for the opportunity,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “It’s always amazing to be able to connect with fans on tour and we’re thrilled to be able to perform in Japan for the first time!” Constellations, the band’s 3rd album, has been a critical success in the metal world, helping AUGUST BURNS RED to not only become one of the forerunners in the current metal scene, but also break out and reach newer fanbases. The album has sold in excess of 75,000 copies and has been lauded by taste making publications such as Revolver, AP, Outburn and more, further solidifying ABR’s stature.
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Secret And Whisper To Tour South Africa
Canada’s own Secret And Whisper have announced a South African Tour for May. This is the band’s first live shows since releasing their new album Teenage Fantasy (Tooth & Nail) in April. The album has been receiving positive press including the aforementioned quote from the Absolute Punk review above. Speaking on the album vocalist Charles Finn offers “This album is more united than our previous work. We have different moods throughout but it works better as a whole. Of course we’re outdated because we still have the mentality of making an album when most kids now just care about a song.” Finn along with fellow bandmates Jordan Chase (bass), Jason Ciolli (guitar), Ryan Loerke (drums) and newest addition Dave Ecker (guitar) previously released 2008’s debut Great White Whale. In that same year the band played over 270 shows touring the U.S. relentlessly with bands such as Emery, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, A Static Lullaby, Still Remains, Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa culminating in an appearance in Japan at Loud Park alongside Meshuggah and Slipknot playing to over 26,000 people. Look for the band to announce U.S. dates shortly.
South Africa Tour Dates:
5/21 – Cape Town, SA
5/22 – Stellenbosch SA
5/25 – Bleomfontein SA
5/26 – Potchefstroom SA
5/27 – FTV
5/28 – Pretoria SA
5/29 – Seasons Wither Festival
5/30 – Gin Greenside

Call To Preserve Update
Call To Preserve have just returned from their European tour with Agnostic Front and they’re setting their sights on the upcoming release of Life of Defiance. The new album comes out this summer, 6/8th, and will be preceded by a tour with label mates Take It Back! You can also catch Call To Preserve at Cornerstone 2010 this summer. Check out Call To Preserve’s myspace for a new look and new song “Functionary” from Life of Defiance.
Tour Dates:
5/26 – Jackson, MS
5/27 – Houston, TX
5/28 – San Antonio, TX
5/29 – Monterrey, Mexico
5/30 – McAllen, TX
5/31 – Dallas, TX
6/1 – Little Rock, AR
6/2 – Memphis, TN
6/3 – Madison, AL @ The Venue

Catch Owl City Live On Internet
No matter where you are in the world, you can catch OWL CITY: Live from London! In a rare opportunity, fans of Owl City will get a chance to watch the band live when they play a sold out show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on May 9th. The performance will be broadcast around the world via a live stream on Owl City’s website and Facebook. page. There will be a re-broadcast seven hours later to accommodate viewers in different locations. Fans are encouraged to visit OwlCityMusic.com to check for local broadcast times and can RSVP for the stream! For the uninitiated, over the past year Owl City has become an international phenomenon with the release of his major label debut album Ocean Eyes (certified platinum in the US!), first single “Fireflies” (#1 in 22 countries and triple platinum in the US) and several sold out headlining tours of the US, Europe, UK and Asia. Adam Young started his career as Owl City in 6/of 2007 when he began making music in the basement of his parent’s house in Owatonna, Minnesota – a small town with roughly twenty-two thousand inhabitants. Nearly three years later, thanks to more than 18 million profile views and more than 92 million plays on MySpace, this young man has become more than just an internet sensation. Don’t miss out on your chance to join Owl City as they broadcast live from London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and hear all of your favorite songs from Ocean Eyes including “Fireflies,” “Hello Seattle,” and “Umbrella Beach.”

Eisley Announces “Mild Mild Midwest Tour”
Eisley have announced their first tour since exiting their deal with Warner Music, dubbed the “Mild Mild Midwest Tour” and including nine headline dates in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as a performance at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois, between 6/23 and 7/3. Eisley will be joined on most dates by fellow Tyler, Texas, band The Lion & The Sail, as well as singer-songwriter Christie DuPree (younger sister of Eisley’s Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy and Weston DuPree). See below for a list of dates. Eisley announced in February that they’d negotiated an exit from their deal with Warner Music after two albums. The band is currently in discussions with several labels about a deal for their third LP, which they have already recorded. Read the in-depth statement from the band here.
Tour Dates:
6/23 – Shreveport, LA
6/24 – Little Rock, AR
6/25 – Tulsa, OK
6/27 – Nashville, TN
6/28 – Memphis, TN
6/29 – St. Louis, MO
6/30 – Chicago, IL
7/1 – Indianapolis, IN
7/2 – Marietta, IL
7/3 – Kansas City, MO

Mychildren Mybride Tour With Haste The Day
Madison, Alabama’s own MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are pleased to announce that they will be heading out on the road this summer with HASTE THE DAY. Also joining MYCHILDREN MY BRIDE is UPON A BURNING BODY. The month-long trek begins in Allentown, PA on June 4th, and comes to a close in Marietta, IL on July 2nd. MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are poised to release their new full length, entitled Lost Boy, June 8th, 2010. The new record is the eagerly-awaited follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Unbreakable. Unbreakable has sold an impressive 30,000+ copies in the United States alone, and has generated two music videos. MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE’s most recently released video for ‘On Wings of Integrity,’ shot at The Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA, received over 60,000 views in less than 24 hours. The recently completed Lost Boy was recorded at Glow In The Dark Studio in Atlanta, Georgia by producer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, COPELAND, and THE CHARIOT). The new record recalls both the vehemence and sincerity of 2008’s Unbreakable while progressing in musical maturity. “Musically it’s about writing what was in our heads at the moment,” Guitarist Robert Bloomfield states. “We went in with the thought of ‘if we are going to be playing these songs for the next 2 years on tour then we want them to be really fun for the live show.’” “From day one,” Bloomfield adds, “it was like Matt Goldman was already in our heads. He saw what we wanted and tried to help us create it. The man has the best sense of humor. The most fun I’ve ever had in a studio.” This album is sure to enchant current fans as well as broaden MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE’s fan base significantly! With a hectic touring schedule both leading up to and following the release of Lost Boy, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are sure to be busy in 2010. In addition to dates with HASTE THE DAY, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE will be performing at a festival near you!
Tour Dates:
6/4 – Allentown, PA
6/6 – Philadelphia
6/7 – Farmingdale, NY
6/8 – Worcester, MA
6/9 – Hartford, CT
6/10 – Montreal, QC
6/11 – Toronto, ON
6/12 – Syracuse, NY
6/13 – Buffalo, NY
6/15 – Cleveland, OH
6/16 – Columbus, OH
6/17 – Wilmore, KY
6/19 – Cordova, TN
6/20 – Little Rock, AR
6/22 – Houston, TX
6/23 – San Antonio, TX
6/24 – Corpus Christi, TX
6/25 – Austin, TX
6/26 – Oklahoma City, OK
6/29 – Bloomington, IN
6/30 – Grand Rapids, MI
7/1 – Iowa City, IA
7/2 – Marietta, IL

Free Song Download By Quiet Science
Just wanted to let you know that Quiet Science’s debut full length album, [With/Without] is out now. The Album single “Ghost and The Grave” is available for free here, and (courtesy the band) we’re also giving away a couple of copies of the record. To enter the album giveaway, just send an email to contest(at)hmmag.com with the words “Quiet Science” in the subject heading. We’ll select two randomly in the next week and the band will send you the album if you are selected as one of two winners. You may be familiar with these guys, as they’ve gained quite a following in Florida and in other regional areas in the last year. They’ve appeared at Cornerstone Festival in Illinois and toured with such bands as Underoath, Sleeping At Last, Anberlin, and mewithoutYou. [With/Without] was released on May 4 and is the band’s first full length album. They previously released two EP’s that gained traction through magazine mentions in Alternative Press and their various support tours.

The Letter Black News
The Letter Black has released their full-length label debut on Tooth & Nail Records. This debut, Hanging On By A Thread, follows their Breaking the Silence debut EP that was released last fall. “The full-length will rock just as hard, if not harder, as the EP,” affirms front woman Sarah Anthony. “We came up with the title because it puts into words how a lot of people, including myself, feel sometimes. A lot of people can relate to it, and that’s what we want.” Members of The Letter Black have been invited to appear on stage with Hail (including Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth & Tim “Ripper” Owens of Judas Priest), a fellow super group jam featuring Dave Buckner of Papa Roach, Marcos Curiel of P.O.D., Travis Miguel of Atreau and Marcello Rapp of Soulfly, alongside Traa of P.O.D. serving as guest bassist for the band during a benefit. Currently the band is on tour with Skillet and Red (second leg touring with Skillet as they were on their fall tour as well). What is in store for The Letter Black for the remainder of 2010? “We’d like to get on as many tours as possible, do a lot of shows and build a stronger fan base,” sums up Sarah. “And more than anything else, we want to continue bringing hope to those who have none.”

Doug Burr Releases New Album
Doug Burr has release a new album and comes in a beautiful 6 panel digipak. You can order the new album here and be sure to check out the tour dates below.
Tour Dates:
5/06 – Fort Worth
5/08 – Austin, TX
5/13 – Ft. Worth, TX
5/14 – Dallas, TX
5/19 – Dallas, TX
5/21 – Denton, TX
5/27 – Frisco, TX
6/03 – Dallas, TX
7/08 – Dallas, TX

Collective Soul News
Collective Soul members Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Will Turpin and Joel Kosche will headline at the famed Chastain Park Amphitheatre in on 6/23rd, 2010. This show will mark the first time in two years that Collective Soul have played in their hometown of Atlanta, GA. Opening for Collective Soul on 6/23rd are The Less, a new band hailing from Atlanta and mentored by Collective Soul’s own Ed Roland. Uncle Kracker will also perform some of his hit songs including”Follow Me” from his 2001 double-platinum debut Double Wide. Commenting on the upcoming show, Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland states: It’s been a little while since we’ve played a big show in Atlanta, and Chastain Park is the perfect place to do it. It’ll be exciting to see all of our friends and fans come out – playing to your hometown is a uniquely rewarding experience for any band. The addition of Uncle Kracker to the bill should make it a fun night.” Collective Soul gained a special place in the hearts of music lovers when they burst onto the scene in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” It’s hard to imagine that the band has been making music for nearly 2 decades since then. The band released their 8th studio album in 2009 and the current hit single on the radio is “You,” the first song Collective Soul have written together as a unit. Other hot tracks include the driving “Dig,” the sobering, yet funky riffed “My Days,” “Staring Down” which convinces us that the world doesn’t have to be a dark place a bad relationship, and “Fuzzy,” with the hole band harmonizing together as good as any Beach Boys single. The record ends with a quiet, spiritual reflection in “Hymn For My Father:” “It’s fitting,” says Ed, “I grew up singing hymns and with my father’s passing 4 years ago it’s truly a tribute to him. He taught me the music I grew up listening too which he loved and I really wanted to write a fitting tribute.” Collective Soul shot to international fame with their 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and their mega #1 hit “Shine.” The album was a collection of Ed Roland’s demos that spread quickly through the college underground circuit and caught fire, going on to achieve Double-Platinum status. After having been invited to the 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert, Collective Soul went into the studio to record their sophomore follow up. The self-titled Collective Soul, released in March of 1995, would be the album that would help define their sound of catchy melodies and guitar driven songs. Containing four outstanding singles (three of which reached #1), “December,” “The World I Know,” “Where The River Flows,” and “Gel,” it became Collective Soul’s highest selling album to date. The album went Triple-Platinum and spent 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Collective Soul went back into the studio and vented their spleen on 1997’s Platinum Disciplined Breakdown, which produced two more #1 hits, “Precious Declaration” and “Listen.” 1999 brought the album Dosage, a critically acclaimed set of songs that fans count as the band’s best. The album took a meticulous six months to record, and provided another strong showing for the band, producing the #1 hit song “Heavy,” which would take the top Billboard spot for a (then) record of 15 weeks. Of the band’s 5th studio album, Rolling Stone cheered, “Blender simply shreds with unapologetic classic-rock energy.” Once again, the band teamed with Resta, and created three more radio heavy smash hits with “Why, Part 2,” “Vent” and “Perfect Day,” a duet with Sir Elton John. After releasing a Greatest Hits set entitled 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001, Collective Soul ended their contract with Atlantic Records and created their own label El Music Group. The first release on the label was Youth (2004). The lyrics, in particular “Better Now,” declared the band’s newfound confidence and independence. Two other records and a concert DVD were released under the El Music Group imprint: 2005’s EP From the Ground Up and 2006’s Home – their lush, live, concert event with the Atlanta City Youth Orchestra. In 2007 the band made an exclusive deal with all Target stores to be the sole seller of their 7th Studio album, Afterwords. The fans dug it, opening at #25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart, proving Collective Soul was now conquering the digital world. “Tremble For My Beloved” found Collective Soul on the soundtrack to one of the hottest movies of 2008 – Twilight. “We heard through the grapevine that Stephanie Meyer was a fan of Collective Soul’s music and lyrics,” says Ed. Expanding to tweens opened up a whole new audience for the band. You can purchase tickets here.

Invisible Children Get Benefited
Billabong’s 4th annual Design For Humanity benefit, to be held on Thursday, 6/10th, 2010, is heading to a new location set in the heart of legendary NY streets on the back lot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This massive fashion-music-art block party will feature two concert stages, DJ dance parties, a runway fashion show showcasing one of a kind Billabong bikinis, a custom art gallery in partnership with the Carmichael Gallery, live art installations, Hit+Run live t-shirt screen printing, food trucks, a VIP street, and much more. 100% of this year’s ticket sales and proceeds from art show and product collaboration auction sales are being donated to Invisible Children, an organization raising awareness and funds for families affected by the long-standing war in Uganda, Africa. Invisible Children rebuilds schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power.

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