Friday, July 27, 2018

AmpVibes is alive!

AmpVibes, The Social Networking App for Musicians, has officially launched today! 
Connect, collaborate, and amplify your music community and download the app: 

Download now on the App Store or Google Play!

After downloading take two minutes to:
  • Create your profile
  • Upload a profile photo
  • Search for other musicians to favorite or friend!
Official Launch Party this Saturday, July 28th in Newport Beach
Live music, giveaways, and soul food!

RSVP on Facebook

New music video from The Dafneys, "New Degrees"

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Peter Fredriksson Mixes “Crossover Concerts” with Allen & Heath

Peter Fredriksson is a Swedish FOH and monitor engineer who frequently mixes monitors for Scandinavian conductor and arranger Hans Ek using an Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack. Conductor Ek’s “Bowie in Berlin” concerts pay tribute to David Bowie’s famous Berlin Trilogy in a classical setting with a full symphony orchestra, band, choir and vocalists.

Fredriksson notes, “If you are going to do an engineered crossover concert like this, it’s better to mic the whole orchestra instead of just parts. So we have as many as 100 live microphones on stage.”To manage these inputs, Fredriksson uses a pair of DX32 Expanders for the choir and the band and six DX168 Expanders for the orchestra. This gives him a flexible input system while minimizing mic cable length. The DX32 and DX168 Expanders connect to the DM64 MixRack and Fredriksson sends a split via Allen & Heath’s gigaACE network to FOH engineer Hans Surte Norin who mixes on another Allen & Heath dLive S5000.

Many of the vocalists and band members have in-ear monitors and Fredriksson often adds reverb to his in-ear mixes to give the performers the feeling that they’re in the room with the orchestra. He notes, “Our next goal is to try to do the whole orchestra with in-ear monitors with groups of musicians sharing monitor mixes. This will give us lower volumes on stage and reduced leakage from monitors into open microphones resulting in a tighter and better sound experience for the audience.”

For smaller concerts and fly gigs, Fredriksson owns a dLive C Class C1500 Surface which has the same workflow as the S5000 in a reduced footprint. He uses the C1500’s layers, soft keys and DCA Spill feature to manage inputs and adds a dLive IP8 Remote Controller for extra faders when needed. “The DCA Spill helps me switch quite fast between the DCA groups,” he says.

Fredriksson commented, “The dLive is a really flexible system. You can patch anything to anywhere and I found it quite easy to get into the menus and the work flow with the drag-n-drop. And it sounds great. The artists say they can hear everything – all the small details.”

Groove Cruise Cabo Announces Phase II Lineup for 30th Sail feat. Duke Dumont, MK, Green Velvet, the Desert Hearts Crew, Two Friends + more!

July 10, 2018 — Hop aboard the original floating dance music festival as Groove Cruise Cabo announces Phase II of their 2018 lineup today. Boarding Norwegian Pearl this October 10-14, 2018 is an array of electronic music legends and up-and-coming acts, primed to deliver the best in house, trance and techno for four incredible days on the high seas. Don’t miss this opportunity to dance, discover, and follow your inner compass to the experience of a lifetime — cruise packages available here.

As Groove Cruise prepares to take its monumental 30th sail, the soundtrack for this year’s cruise will be provided by an amazing roster of 2018 headliners that now include Detroit house music phenom Marc Kinchen (MK), UK house producer and Blasé Boys Club owner Duke Dumont, Chicago house and techno legend Green Velvet, Mikey Lion, Marbs, Porky, and Rybo of the beloved Desert Hearts, Chus & Ceballos plus L.A.-based progressive house duo Two Friends.

These newly added artists will be performing along with previously announced Phase I headliners legendary Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi, famed Dutch-Filipino DJ and martial artist Laidback Luke, German trance duo Cosmic Gate, Dirtybird Records signee Shiba San and Marques Wyatt, the Los Angeles-based house DJ named “Best DJ” by LA Weekly.

The Isotonik Sound Store is Open for Business - Welcome AfroDJMac!


PRICE: £59.00 Exc VAT


Whilst Ableton have just started announcing the line up for this years Loop conference (wish we were there) the idea for our Isotonik Sound Store began during our trip to Berlin last year. We were humbled to be invited and nervous for our own talk but once that was over we met an amazing bunch of people running blogs about Ableton Live from all around the world.

Our simple idea was to bring together as many of the people that we had admired over the years of working with Live in one place to release extremely high quality Ableton Live Packs. I couldn't do it on my own though, it's enough keeping up with the output of the existing members of the collective, and so i roped in existing collective member Animus Inviduous of PerforModule to be the curator of the new Isotonik Sound Store.

He's been instrumental in gathering together an absolute star studded squad of artists and bloggers to release packs and today we announce the second member joining Flintpope in the line up, the prolific and legendary AfroDJMac!

Animus has carefully worked through every pack released through the AfroDJMac store to date, deconstructed them, mastered the content and repackaged them in a set of ultimate Ableton Live Packs.

The first collection is ADM Drums, a collection of 151 Drum Racks +1430 Loops + 80 MIDI Clips + 4 inst racks + 2333 drum hits!! In one singular pack you're pretty much sorted for all your Drum needs.

Not only that but in re-organising them, you'll quickly find what you need through the Live browser or even the Push!
Have a watch of the video to see how this can supercharge you workflow and quickly turn your ideas into realities!



Friday, July 20, 2018

Guitarfish set times posted, online sales end Sunday

1 Week Until We Play ~ Online Ticket Sales End Sunday!

Music lovers, we're just 1 week out now!! We have such an amazing line-up of live music and funky djs to keep the party going and the dancefloor rocking all weekend long. Online ticket sales end Sunday 22nd at midnight, get your tickets here. Tickets will also be available at the gate at full price.
What else is happening at Guitarfish?

We can't wait to create an amazing and memorable weekend with our festival family, see you there!

Out Now: Black Girl / White Girl - oDD Prophets EP released on Dessert Hearts Records

Dessert Hearts Records has released oDD Prophets EP from Dutch duo Black Girl / White Girl.

There's a little stigma about the Tech House genre right now with so many copycat sounding tracks flooding the market, but Black Girl / White Girl have been able to tap into everything that is good about one of our favorite genres. It's fast, it's trippy, it's chugging, and it beats dance floors the fuck up.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Public Image Ltd. Announce 40th Anniversary Celebration

Public Image Ltd. (L-R) Lu Edmonds, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Bruce Smith (photo Tomohiro Noritsune).
In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, JOHN LYDON’s PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) have announced THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, will kick off in New Orleans on Tuesday, October 9 (see below for all dates). Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, July 13 at 10:00AM local time. Further PUBLIC IMAGE LTD activity includes the release of THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN a career–spanning box set (out July 20) and a new documentary film of the same name, the latter of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and at London’s Raindance Festival. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller and released by Abramorama, the film will make its North American theatrical premiere on Friday, September 14 in New York City at Metrograph with more theatrical dates in October-November to coincide with PiL’s North American fall tour. View the trailer for THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN film (here).

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR arrives on the heels of the band’s current headlining UK/Europe tour which has included a number of sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanese dates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 was regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played; it followed the release of their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘This is PiL’ (2012) which marked the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘What The World Needs Now’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue as PiL and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history.
John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.
Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. 
Scott Firth - A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.
TUE    10/9    New Orleans, LA       The Civic Theatre
WED   10/10  Atlanta, GA                Variety Playhouse                  
FRI     10/12  Washington, DC        Black Cat
SAT    10/13  Asbury Park, NJ         Asbury Lanes 
MON   10/15  Brooklyn, NY              Brooklyn Steel
TUE    10/16  Philadelphia, PA        Union Transfer                       
THU    10/18  Montreal, QC             Club Soda
FRI     10/19  Toronto, ON               Lee's Palace  
SUN   10/21  Detroit, MI                  The Majestic
MON   10/22  Chicago, IL                 Thalia Hall                  
WED   10/24  Dallas, TX                  Granada Theatre
THU    10/25  Austin, TX                  The Mohawk  
SUN   10/28  Portland, OR              Wonder Ballroom
MON   10/29  Seattle, WA                Showbox        
WED  10/31  San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
THU    11/1    San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
SAT    11/3    Los Angeles, CA        El Rey           
TUE    11/6    Mexico City, MX         Pepsi Centre
FRI     9/14    New York City, NY    The Metrograph

For more information on PUBLIC IMAGE LTD, visit:

EG Vines Announces Debut Album Conversation First Single “Me and You” Available Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 10, 2018 Today, EG Vines announces his debut album and forthcoming EP Conversation. Vines made his mark in Nashville as a member of rock band The Bandoliers; not only is Conversation his debut as a solo artist, but a statement on empathy, compassion, and greater understanding between people. Set for release on August 17, 2018, Vines teamed up with producer Eddie Spear (The Delta Saints, Dave Cobb) and noted studio musicians Leroy Powell, Chris Powell, and Brian Allen to create the five song masterpiece. EG Vines recently released “Me and You,” the first single from Conversation; the full album is available for vinyl pre-order today.

According to EG Vines, the lack of empathetic communication is at the root of a lot of our problems. “All this division, and the words that we use/the lines for no reason between me and you/well I won’t believe that this is the best we can do”, sings Vines on his upcoming record. From the funky “Tell Me Something Brother”, to the slow burning “Reconcile”, Vines is on a mission for more understanding on his debut solo EP Conversation

Vines is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas. “It’s a small, religious town, somewhere that the same families have inhabited for generations,” he says, “There’s more churches than houses in that place.” Growing up, Vines was heavily involved in the Church of Christ, which is where he first became interested in music composition. “The music is all A Capella, so it really gave me an appreciation for vocal harmony and layering,” he explains.

His religious upbringing, his time spent at a large state school, and almost a decade of living in a progressive city have given Vines perspective. Having so many close family members and friends with such strong, and often opposing, beliefs helps him understand different outlooks on many current social and political conversations – even when he may not agree with everything (or anything) that is being said. “A lot of friends of mine, maybe we have a little bit of different viewpoints just because of the things we’ve seen in our lives,” he explains, “And I’m usually the type of person who will say something if I see a statement that is just not how I see the world, but I think we all find a way to respect each other’s opinions.”

Vines’ ability to hear others viewpoints served him well when he began the search for a producer of his first solo EP. After playing and writing with rock outfit The Bandoliers for half a decade, life pulled the bandmates in different directions, leaving Vines in search of a new way to present his original material. “I felt like my songs never quite reached their full potential in the band, so for a couple years I spent most of my free time writing, I wrote for hours every day.”

Finally, when he felt that he had a group of songs he was ready to record, Vines reached out to producer Eddie Spear, who he admired for his work with The Delta Saints and Dave Cobb. Spear was skeptical at first, he told Vines that although there was a lot of good components, some of the songs weren’t quite working for him, and he gave him some classic records to listen to as homework. Rather than take offense, Vines took the advice to heart. He listened deeply, wrote more, and worked harder on honing his craft. That initial conversation turned into a powerful creative collaboration. Over the next few months, the songs on Conversation were born and Spear agreed to produce the EP. 

“If you try to really hear someone out and not condemn a viewpoint before giving your opinion, that always works a little better,” Vines explains. We can only hope that Vines empathetic message is heard out, and paves the way for many more meaningful conversations.

Tour Dates:
July 12 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
August 4 – Bowling Green, KY – Tidball’s
August 17 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
September 28 – Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot

For more information, visit https://www.egvines.com/.


L-R:  Kinder on stage at British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival 
L-R:  Kinder on stage at British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival
Ryan Kinder has enjoyed an unforgettable summer touring with some of his biggest musical heroes John Fogerty and ZZ Top. Kinder recently wrapped the 22-city run with a stop in London, where he opened the 2018 British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival featuring iconic legends Eric Clapton, Santana and Gary Clark, Jr

"I would have been thrilled just standing side-stage each night," says Kinder. "But getting to share the same stage with those legendary musicians was a greater experience than I could have ever imagined. And, getting to talk music with Fogerty and Billy [Gibbons] still doesn't seem real." 

Kinder, whose powerful vocals and nimble guitar skills have been critically praised by Amazon, Billboard, CMT, Pandora, PEOPLE, Rolling Stone Country and Spotify, to name a few, is set to release his next single to country radio later this summer.

Con Brio Releases Anthem “United State of Mind” Off Their Full-Length Album, Explorer, Just In Time For Your 4th of July Weekend Summer Tour Takes the Rock-Soul Septet to Europe, Canada, and Across the U.S.

Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. This funk-soul septet known for their acrobatic, adrenaline-fueled live shows in clubs and festivals all over the world, have released their summer synergistic single, “United State of Mind” just in time for your 4th of July weekend party.

Add United State Of Mind to your July Weekend Spotify Playlist here - https://open.spotify.com/album/60LRHt6pv56VXLRUYsOevc

Order Explorer on Fat Beats

Con Brio never set out to be a political band. To be sure, Paradise contained songs about inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement. In a world divided, Con Brio has set out to find a way to bring love, positivity, and compassion through uplifting, sultry rhythms, and lyrics. It makes sense that Consequence of Sound has called them “a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone.

“United State of Mind” reflects directly on America’s current political moment, urging strength and perspective in the face of cynicism and apathy. It’s also a song that was created to be played on dance floors across the world.  Over a cheerful guitar lick from Benjamin Andrews, the former track sings the praises of travel, the ways it can make the world feel bigger and smaller all at once — and how sometimes you have to leave home to see it with fresh eyes.

Explorer, out today, July 6th, is Con Brio’s sophomore full-length album. Showcasing a newly layered, contemporary production style, the record represents an impressive leap for the group PopMatters calls “the best new live band in America.” Explorer is a travelogue of sorts, it was written over two years and one presidential election—all while the band was touring the globe and fielding questions about our leaders, our choices, our guns. If Paradise turned a mirror on America in 2016, Explorer looks outward, confronting uncertainty about the future, and the challenges of representing America abroad during a time of unprecedented volatility at home.

Con Brio will tour the U.S. and Europe in support of Explorer throughout the remainder of 2018. (See dates below.)

Con Brio Tour Dates

Jul 07           Bobital Festival                                     Bobital, France
Jul 08            Royal Park                                           Baarn, Netherlands
Jul 14         Bospop                                                   Weert, Netherlands
Jul 14        North Sea Jazz Festival                           Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 17            Umbria Jazz                                         Umbria Italy
Jul 19            Groene Ster                                          Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 21            Umbria Jazz                                          Umbria Italy
Jul 22        Welcome To The Village Festival              Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 27           Guitarfish Festival                                  Cisco Grove, CA
Jul 28            Newberry Event                                     La Pine, OR
Aug 03          State Room                                            Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 04 – 05 Arise Festival                                          Loveland, CO
Aug 08          Live! From Mt. Crested Butte                 Crested Butte, CO
Aug 09           Club Red                                               Telluride, CO
Aug 10          Dillon Amphitheater                                Dillon, CO
Sep 15-16    Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival      Paso Robles, CA
Sep 23         Sonoma Harvest Music Festival            Sonoma, CA

Listen to “Explorer” on SoundCloud

Tickets can be purchased on:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s 4th Annual Roots Music Fest, Announces Lineup Featuring Gaelic Storm, Mandolin Orange, Scythian, Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, and more!

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s 4th Annual Roots Music Fest, Announces Lineup Featuring Gaelic Storm, Mandolin Orange, Scythian, Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, and more!

Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2) at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s premier roots music festival will take place Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2) at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia. The three-day fest is located just five miles from the entrance of Skyline Drive and George Washington National Forest, an hour drive from Washington D.C. The grounds provide the perfect backdrop for a roots music camping experience in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) has awarded Appaloosa Festival a substantial grant as part of its 2018 Music Festival Sponsorship Program-- Virginia is for Music Lovers-- building Virginia’s reputation as a music destination, and putting Appaloosa on the map as Virginia’s premier Roots Music Festival.

2018’s lineup features two sets by festival hosts Scythian, Gaelic Storm (Saturday headliner), Mandolin Orange (Sunday headliner), Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, Upstate Rubdown, The New Familiars, The Gina Clowes Project, Cake For Dinner, Tajci, The Hillbilly Thomists, Ben-David Warner, Will Overman, Mountain Duo, Jack Dunlap Band, Kentucky Avenue, and The Williams Brothers Band + a few surprises.

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