It is always heartwarming to see our friends in the music industry using their fame and fortune to further worthy causes. Last month the kind folks at Rise Records generously donated $5,000 to the Portland Woman’s Crisis Line. The non-profit organization offers immediate assitance to domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors. Rise Records is now encouraging musicians and fans alike to follow in their footsteps and donate to PWCL. We know times are tough and many of us are strapped for cash, but for as little as $7, you can donate to the cause and be a factor in saving someone’s life. Please visit the PWCL website and make a difference today: http://pwcl.org/donate.
You’re all aware of the World Series of Baseball, but some of you music fanatics may be more interested in the first inagural World Series of Music. Entertainment29 in conjunction with Whitestone Studios is thrilled to present this enticing contest designed for unsigned artists and bands to showcase their music and garner fans. From now until February 28th, 2011, bands can submit their music for review. Out of all the entries, a panel of music industry insiders will select the the top sixty-four artists and bands who will go on to compete in an online live “real time” tournament. The tournament begins Tuesday, March 1st, and there will be a five-day voting period for each round of the tournament. The final eight artists and bands will compete at a one-day live event to be announced at a later date. The winner receives a production contract to record with top producer Noel Golden (Edwin McCain, Matchbox 20, Guns ‘n Roses). The recording process gives Entertainment29 the opportunity to shop the band or artist to major and independent record labels alike. The World Series of Music gets a full year of management and a whole list of other prizes. There is a $15 entrance fee.
For more information and to submit an entry, visit: http://www.entertainment29.com/worldseries/
Hailing from San Diego, post hardcore/screamo outfit Pierce The Veil have had a busy year. They released their sophmore album, Selfish Machines, on June 21st, right before they did a stint on the ever-popular Vans Warped Tour. The band then traveled across the world to take on crowds in Australia and Japan, before returning to the US to tour with Attack Attack!, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, and In Fear and Faith.
Post hardcore rock band We Came As Romans will celebrate the start of 2011 by headling the Motel 6 “Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour” (don’t you just love it when tours have really creative names with plays on words?). The five-week, thirty-two city tour kicks off January 6th in Pontiac, Michigan and wraps up February 11th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sponsored by Motel 6 and Primary Wave Music, the tour provides We Came As Romans, as well as all supporting bands, with free accomodations for every night on the road.
You saw the Epilogues‘ video for “Hunting Season” on the Sovereign Sound first. You remember how amazing it was, how the song made you feel, and how the cinematography moved, inspired, and awed you. Well now you have the chance to be a part of their next project– the band is at it again and gearing up to create a brand new masterpiece. The video for new single “The Fallout” will be directed by the same brilliant mind behind “Hunting Season,” Dylan Novak of Montauk Media, so it is guaranteed to be sensational. This time around, though, the band is doing something a little different and asking for fans, friends, and general admirers to help out in making the video. So if you love The Epilogues, here is your chance to prove it.
Hey hey hey Colorado music lovers, what better way to spend a chilly December night then at The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs with one of Canada’s most beloved and popular indie rock bands? That’s right, Tokyo Police Club is blazing through your great state on December 13th and, in our everlasting effort to please you, the Sovereign Sound has scored a pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader for FREE. That’s right, you can get a hot pair of complimentary tickets in your anxious little hands simply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us why YOU deserve to win.
Oftentimes in the music world, thing can move slowly for bands. Other times, the pace of the industry moves so quickly it’s hard to keep up. Either way, when you’re good, you’re good, and eventually someone takes notice. So whether it takes you a decade to get a record deal, or you’re Rocky Loves Emily and you drop your label debut EP less than two years after forming, hard work pays off. The pop rocking, punk infused, country lace band from Detroit, Michigan released their debut EP on Tooth and Nail Records just last week. The insanely catchy American Dream is available exclusively on iTunes and in Hot Topic stores nationwide and we here at Sovereign Sound highly recommend that you snag yourself a copy ASAP.
In the meantime, check out this behind-the-scenes making of the music video for their first single “Clueless”. The finished version should be up online any day now, but you can satisfy your Rocky Loves Emily craving a bit by watching this on repeat until then.