DOG DAYS | Official Teaser Posters

The official teaser posters for DOG DAYS are here! Check out the posters below and see DOG DAYS starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally and more IN THEATERS August 10th!

SYNOPSIS: From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.

DOG DAYS

Genre: Comedy
Release: August 10, 2018
Director: Ken Marino
Writers: Elissa Matsueda
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally
Distributor: LD Entertainment

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Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | #DogDaysTheFilm

 

PETER PAN Soars Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital 5/29 and on Blu-ray 6/5

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Experience the Magic of Disney’s Beloved Flight of Fantasy:
“Peter Pan” Soars Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection
on Digital May 29 and on Blu-ray™ June 5

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of the timeless classic and enjoy new and original bonus features!

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney’s beloved flight of fantasy, “Peter Pan,” joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, landing in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere on May 29 and on Blu-ray June 5. With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John); and new “Oke” renditions of the classic song “You Can Fly” and deleted song “Never Smile at a Crocodile” accompanied by on-screen lyrics and the film’s unforgettable animated characters.

In “Peter Pan,” fantastic adventures await the Darling children—Wendy, John and Michael—when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land.  After flying with Peter and the delightfully impish Tinker Bell past the “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” they explore the enchanted island and Peter’s secret hideout with the Lost Boys, and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous villain Captain Hook.

“Peter Pan” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL*:

New Signature Collection Bonus

  • Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight – “Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings”. One thing you’ll notice inside Walt Disney’s office are all of the models and pictures of airplanes. Walt loved planes and was an aficionado of flying. As a continuation of the “Stories from Walt’s Office” series, we’ll soar into the world of one of Walt’s favorite pastimes and look at the history behind the company airplane he used to scout Central Florida looking for the perfect place to build his second theme park.
  • A “Darling” Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul Collins – Join Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John) as they reunite for the first time in many years to reminisce and discuss their experiences working on Peter Pan, meeting Walt Disney and learning to fly … literally.
  • You Can Fly” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the classic Disney song, “You Can Fly,” with fun lyrics on screen and lots of your favorite “Peter Pan” characters.
  • “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the deleted song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, with fun lyrics on screen and highlighting the relationship between Captain Hook and Tick- Tock the Crocodile.

Legacy/Classic Bonus

  • DisneyView
  • Sing-along Version of the film: Sing along with your favorite songs from the movie.
  • Growing Up with Nine Old Men – “Peter Pan” is both a story of living with a child’s sense of openness to the world and an acknowledgement that the path to adulthood most often leads away from those qualities. A parallel of sorts to that duality can be found in Walt Disney and his core group of animators, the Nine Old Men, in their lives and in their work. Our short film will look at who they were and the parts they played in one of the most remarkable team of artists that ever worked together.
  • Deleted Song: “The Pirate’s Song” – Original demo recording of the song played over concept art.
  • Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – With music played over static concept art of the crocodile from Pater Pan.
  • Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song” – With music played over static concept art of Captain Hook and his crew.
  • Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” – A proposed alternate ending where Peter asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy and the other children.
  • Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” – A deleted scene where Wendy and the children are initially attacked by the Lost Boys because Tinker Bell tells them that Wendy is holding Peter captive. We also see in this version of the story that Nana the dog travels to Never Land with Wendy and the children.
  • Disney Song Select – Simply play the clip from the movie with subtitles underneath it.
    • “The Second Star to the Right
    • “You Can Fly”
    • “A Pirate’s Life”
    • “Following the Leader”
    • “Your Mother and Mine”

  

  • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney – Audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney, but carried on by several other people.

 

  • Backstage Disney
    • You Can Fly: The Making of ‘Peter Pan’ – A making-of video of the 1953 Disney classic, “Peter Pan.”
    • In Walt’s Words: “Why I Made ‘Peter Pan’” – Based upon an article written by Walt Disney retold as a dramatic recreation.
    • Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale – An introspective video on the creation, history and personality of the one and only “Tink.”
    • The Peter Pan That Almost Was – Hosted by Ron Clements and John Musker, we take a look at the storyboards and early concepts of a version of the “Peter Pan” film that never saw the light of day.
    • The “Peter Pan” Story – An original featurette for the film created in 1952.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook – Peter Pan | Facebook – TinkerBell | Website | Instagram | YouTube

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE COLLECTION:

The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi”, “The Lion King,” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone®, iPad® and iPod Touch®; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

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A Mom Is On A Mission To Save Her Kids in BREAKING IN

BGN_Tsr1Sheet_0301_RGB_1This Mother’s Day, a group of thieves mess with the wrong mom!

Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will do anything to rescue her children from a band of ruthless criminals who kidnap them before her very eyes.

In Breaking In, the new Universal Pictures action thriller from V for Vendetta director James McTeigue and producer Will Packer, Shaun (Union) takes her two children on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded house. When they arrive, she discovers her father had built a fortress designed with impenetrable security.  As she wonders why, criminals force their way in, lock her out of the house and hold her children hostage, demanding the contents of a safe.

Initially feeling powerless, Shaun’s maternal instincts kick in and she gets physical as she figures out a way to outwit her children’s captors.

When the ringleader tells her she is “a woman alone at the mercy of strangers,” she becomes determined to prove them wrong and find a way into the house to save her kids and herself from what looks to be certain death, even if she cooperates with the thieves.

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Union shines in this action-packed suspense thriller as a desperate mom who will stop at nothing to get her children back and teach the criminals a lesson: no traps, doors or locks, and especially no man can match a mother with a mission.

The movie will keep you at the edge of your seat, rooting for Union as she tells the criminals “you broke into the wrong house.”

Breaking In co-stars Billy Burke (Twilight series), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Ajiona Alexus (Empire), Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim Uprising), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Carr (Black Panther) and Christa Miller (Cougar Town).

The movie premieres May 11. Don’t miss this kick ass mom fight for her kids this Mother’s Day!

THE ORIGINALS | S5E1 | “Where You Left Your Heart” Review [Podcast]

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Hey there, vamp fans!

Welcome back to another season recapping The Originals! Unfortunately, this is the last season for the show, but I’m sure we have a heck of a season ahead of us.

Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the premiere episode!

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram! You can tweet us or comment on Insta and we just might read your comments on air next week.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to see her father Klaus after seven years, Hope resorts to drastic measures to bring her father back to New Orleans. Hayley attempts to minimize the fallout from Hope’s actions, but not before news of what she’s done ripples through the city. Meanwhile, Freya’s guilt over not being able to reunite her family gets in the way of her happiness with Keelin, while Rebekah struggles with her inability to fully commit to Marcel. Finally, struggling without Elijah by his side, Klaus’ murderous rampage throughout Europe leads to an unexpected encounter with Caroline Forbes.

Special shout out to our friends over on Twitter this week:

@theoriginalsaaf, @fairlyliterary, @_inthenova, @mrlsmith21, @jkimmay5, @the7thmatrix, @nerdette, @toomuchtelly, @hailqueenebony

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c for more of the 5th and final season of The Originals!

@Thisfunktional Music Review: CHURCH OF SCARS By Bishop Briggs

@Thisfunktional Music Review: CHURCH OF SCARS By Bishop Briggs
Magnificent lyrics and wonderful vocals make Bishop Briggs’ highly anticipated “Church of Scars” a must have album

Written by Jesus Figueroa

The raw emotion of each and every song make this debut 10-track “Church of Scars” both the beautiful satisfying album debut for Bishop Briggs and leaves listeners anxious to hear more.

From start to finish this album showcases a vocal talent which is unique, passionate and attention grabbing.

“Water,” the song from the video above, moves the listener and stirs up feelings each and every time they listen to it, and I have listened to it more than 20 times in less than 24 hours.

The vocals start slow and smooth and flows to an almost gospel chorus. The lyrics include some great symbolism which listeners can easily relate to and not only listen to the lyrics being sung but feel the meaning as well.

Much like “Water,’ “River,” which had already been released on Briggs’ Youtube channel, brings a familiarity and connects the sound of the album.

Each song is a tear-jerker, which is testament to the care these tracks were given to be able to be universal.

A combination of metaphors throughout the album seam to imply a sense of freedom and being better off, such as in the song “Lyin'” which although being a slower track can hit hard with deep meaning.

The melancholy song can have both a sense of relief and sadness while walking the line of hopeful.

“Hallowed Ground” continues the sense of self-importance with a sensitive feel and yet it beautifully brings forward a strength.

The combination of heavy instrumentals and powerful vocals makes this an anthem for anyone who has ever had a broken heart.

Previously released song “Dream” is one of the tracks which showcases the songwriting and vocal talents which makes “Church of Scars” the treat for the ears.

Bishop Briggs’ debut album “Church of Scars” is available now.

For those who follow me on social media, music is a big part of my daily life and I am quite the music snob.

I also cannot stop praising the talent of this wonderful, talented singer.

Bishop Briggs hits the road on her Headlining Tour starting on April 27 in Vancouver.

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ScareLA Announces Summer 2018 Return

ScareLA Announces Summer 2018 Return
The Premier SoCal Halloween Fan Convention to Bring an All New Fully Immersive Experience to Downtown Los Angeles

 

ScareLA, the first convention to bring Halloween to the summer, announced on April 20 that it will return for its 6th consecutive year on August 25-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall K.

The SoCal fan favorite is set to bring new frights and promises an all new fully-immersive show unlike anything audiences have seen or experienced before.Under the theme “Descend Into Darkness,” ScareLA 2018 invites horror fans of all ages to experience and celebrate the spirit of Halloween more than once a year.

“As the first-ever fan convention dedicated to Halloween, ScareLA has built a vibrant tradition bringing one of the world’s most beloved fall holidays to the middle of the summer,” Lora Ivanova, Founder and Executive Producer of ScareLA, said. “This year we inch a tad closer to Halloween to ramp up excitement for the scare season with an all new and fully immersive show unlike anything audiences have ever seen. ScareLA is the true scare season premiere in SoCal and we can’t wait to open the doors to darkness at the heart of Los Angeles this August.”

As a testament to the great success, ScareLA has quickly become one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the US drawing thousands of attendees from all over the world.

ScareLA has inspired numerous events and experiences in SoCal and beyond transforming the fall tradition of Halloween into a year-round way of life.Situated in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, ScareLA spotlights the rich Southern California scare industry and community, from its iconic seasonal theme park events, to haunted attractions, home haunts, theater, film, escape rooms, interactive experiences and much more.

For more information visit scarela.com or follow ScareLA on social media at Facebook @ScareLAcon, Twitter and Instagram @scarelosangeles. Join the conversation using #ScareLA.

About ScareLA
ScareLA is the world’s first summer Halloween convention. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws over 10,000 professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide.

 

@Thisfunktional Talks With Roselyn Sanchez TRAFFIK

@Thisfunktional Talks With Roselyn Sanchez TRAFFIK

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actress Roselyn Sanchez talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about her part of Malia in “Traffik.”

Sanchez talked about how uncomfortable it was to film the culminating sequence to her character’s story, being compelled to be a part of this story in part by the writer-director’s story and being proud to have gotten to play such a complex role which challenged her.

In the action-packed thriller, “Traffik,” plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turn to terror when Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang.  Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out.  The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor.  Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate will release the film wide on April 20.

TRAFFIK
Out In Theaters April 20
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Laz Alonso TRAFFIK

@Thisfunktional Talks With Laz Alonso TRAFFIK

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Laz Alonso talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his role as Darren in “Traffik.”

Alonso talks about filming in a secluded spot in Sacramento away from society and cell phone reception, getting to improve many lines and seeing how well the role came together and what he came away realizing once this project was done.

In the action-packed thriller, “Traffik,” plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turn to terror when Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang.  Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out.  The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor.  Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate will release the film wide on April 20, 2018.

TRAFFIK
Out In Theaters April 20
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PACIFIC RIM UPRISING Available on Digital June 5, 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-Ray™, Blu-Ray™, DVD June 19

JOHN BOYEGA AND SCOTT EASTWOOD RISE UP IN THE ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE
PACIFIC RIM UPRISING
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL JUNE 5, 4K ULTRA HD, 3D BLU-RAY™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD JUNE 19 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Ten years after the events of the first film, the Kaiju return in “Pacific Rim Uprising” with a new deadly threat that reignites the conflict between these otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and Jaegers, the human-piloted super-machines that were built to vanquish them.

“Pacific Rim Uprising” arrives on Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on June 5, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on June 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Building on the striking visual world created in the first film, “Pacific Rim Uprising” features a next-generation battleground complete with upgraded Jaegers and new Kaiju that offers a captivating a state-of-the-art spectacle perfect for your next night in.
Experience one-of-a-kind special effects and more than forty minutes of bonus content when you own the next installment on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and DVD.

In “Pacific Rim Uprising” directed by Steven S. DeKnight, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju.

Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld.
But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy.
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood), 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), returning veterans Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) and a talented crew of fiercely young cadets.
The international cast also includes Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) and Adria Arjona (“Emerald City”). Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, 3D BLU-RAYTM, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Steven S. DeKnight
  • Hall of Heroes – John Boyega takes us through the awesome weaponry and cutting-edge enhancements of the latest generation of Jaegers featured in the film.
  • Bridge to Uprising – The cast and crew discuss how the world of Pacific Rim has changed in the ten years since the events of the original film.
  • The Underworld of Uprising – Humanity won the Kaiju War, but every war has casualties. John Boyega and Steven S. DeKnight give a tour of the coastal “Relief Zones.”
  • Becoming Cadets – Step into the Shatterdome, and learn the grueling physical and mental preparation required of the young actors who portrayed the PPDC cadets.
  • Unexpected Villain – Learn the secret reason that turned one of the most beloved heroes of the original film into a villain obsessed with humanity’s destruction.
  • Next Level Jaegers – The cast and crew discuss the amazing technological advances of the Jaeger program in the years since the events of the original film.
  • I Am Scrapper – Actress Cailee Spaeny shares the backstory of Scrapper, Amara’s incredible self-built Jaeger and its many unique abilities.
  • Going Mega – Filmmakers take us through the technical and creative challenges of creating the most deadly threat the Pan Pacific Defense Corp has ever faced: the Mega Kaiju!
  • Secrets of Shao – Meet the woman behind Shao Industries. Actress Tian Jing shares her insights on the enigmatic tech tycoon Liwen Shao.
  • Mako Returns – Actress Rinko Kikuchi and director Steven S. DeKnight explain the significance of Mako Mori’s return and her importance to the events of Pacific Rim Uprising.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Steven S. DeKnight

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit moviesanywhere.com.

 

CATHERINE MCGRATH Releases ‘Wild’ & Announces Debut Album

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RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM TALK OF THIS TOWN
ON JULY 27TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

ALSO SHARES BRAND NEW TRACK ‘WILD’
HER 10TH CONSECUTIVE SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK PLAYLISTED TRACK LISTEN HERE

PLAYS SOLD-OUT LONDON SHOW AT BUSH HALL, MAY 2ND

“A hint of early Taylor Swift and a country-pop sound strengthened by serious songwriting chops.” Rolling Stone

“She’s gonna be a big star.”  Sir Elton John

“A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s growing country music scene.”  The Independent

“One to watch.” The Times

“One of the brightest emerging talents in country music.” Music Week

At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Catherine McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Hailed as a major new talent by Sir Elton John, Catherine McGrath’s ascent has been backed by Radio 1 support from Adele Roberts, Scott Mills and Cel Spellman; a playlist at Radio 2, where Bob Harris has been a long-term fan.

Now Catherine McGrath is set to make the biggest statement of her career to date with the July 27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town. To coincide with the album’s launch, Catherine today releases her new single ‘Wild’, a lovelorn country-flavoured pop smash that was inspired by her experiences at a Coldplay show, and is her tenth consecutive New Music Friday UK playlisted track on Spotify.

Catherine explains:  “This song is one of my favourites I’ve written. It’s about a guy who I liked but who still wasn’t over his ex. He took me to a Coldplay concert that he was meant to go to with his ex and half the time he was holding my hand, the other half he was texting her. Every time we were together he was only ever halfway there and the day after the concert I went into the studio and ended up writing about the whole thing. It’s really honest and I think that’s what I love most about it.”

Catherine co-wrote the song with Steve Robson as well as Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts).

Recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, Talk Of This Town affirms Catherine’s credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with. It features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams at Spotify in the shape of the ‘Cinderella’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ as well as a wealth of new material.

Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation Hunter Hayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Lose You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.

‘Talk of This Town’ will be released on digital and CD formats. The album is now available to pre-order from https://wbr.ec/tott_album with the tracks ‘Wild’, ‘Talk Of This Town’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ all provided as instant downloads.   Catherine McGrath is quickly building a reputation in the live area too, with highlights including two performances at Country 2 Country, further festivals including Latitude and Wilderness, and tours with Dan & Shay and The Shires. Her debut London headline show at Camden Assembly was sold-out, while next month’s Bush Hall gig also sold-out within two hours and her Manchester show at the Deaf Institute soon followed suit. Ticket sales are also strong in Glasgow, which looks set to sell-out imminently.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
1. Talk of This Town
2. The Edges
3. Lost In The Middle
4. Wild
5. Thought It Was Gonna Be Me
6. ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’ with Hunter Hayes
7. Enough For You
8. Dodged A Bullet
9. Good At Love
10. Cinderella
11. Just In Case
12. Good Goodbyes
13. She’ll Never Love You

 

LIVE DATES
MAY
1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)
4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
5th – Live At Leeds
27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend

JUNE
23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

JULY
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

AUGUST
25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

SEPTEMBER
7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

 

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THE RAVEN AGE Reveal New Vocalist & ‘Surrogate’ Video

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REVEAL NEW VOCALIST MATT JAMES
&
RELEASE FIRST SINGLE WITH NEW LINEUP
‘SURROGATE’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

UK TOUR WITH SAVAGE MESSIAH STARTS TODAY
INCLUDES THE UNDERWORLD, LONDON – APRIL 19TH

MAIN STAGE APPEARANCES AT HELLFEST & VOLT FESTIVAL

Dubbed as “the UK’s next brightest metal hope” (Metal Hammer) and Planet Rock’s ‘Best New Band 2017’ award winners, The Raven Age have today announced the addition of former Wild Lies vocalist Matt James who takes over frontman duties as the band continue their path to global stardom.

“I’m feeling incredibly honoured and excited to become part of The Raven Age family. It’s been such a natural fit for me, and has made me see that the possibilities are endless for the future of this band,” says Matt.

The first taste of the new line up, completed by guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue, bassist Matt Cox and drummer Jai Patel, comes with the brand new single ‘Surrogate’.

WATCH ‘SURROGATE’ VIDEO HERE

The morale and excitement of ‪The Raven Age has been sky high since Matt joined the band” comments George Harris. “He is an incredible vocalist and has brought a new lease of life to our sound. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been up to in the studio and ‘Surrogate’ is just a teaser of what Matt is bringing to the table.”

With an already impressive portfolio of over 250 live shows played worldwide, including their first European headline run and support slots with acts including Anthrax, Gojira, Mastodon, Ghost, Iron Maiden and Tremonti as well as appearances at Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Download UK and Graspop festivals, The Raven Age have a huge year of touring planned in 2018.

To kick things off, the band will join Savage Messiah on their six-date UK tour, which starts tonight at Nottingham Rock City and visits Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham before concluding at The Underworld in London on April 19th. “We can’t wait to get back on the road to play some of our new material for the first time!” adds Harris.

Their live schedule will continue this summer with main stage appearances at this year’s Hellfest and Volt Festival and European dates supporting Iron Maiden, with more high profile tours soon to be announced.

With a second album in the works, to follow their acclaimed debut Darkness Will Rise, and the US in their sights, The Raven Age head things up for the new generation of British metal bands breaking through.

APRIL UK TOUR W/ SAVAGE MESSIAH
Fri 13th – Nottingham, Rock City
Sat 14th  Manchester, Academy 3
Sun 15th – Glasgow, Cathouse
Tue 17th – Newcastle, Academy 2
Wed 18th – Birmingham, Academy 3
Thu 19th – London, The Underworld

BROTHERS OSBORNE Reveal New Track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’

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REVEAL NEW TRACK
PUSHING UP DAISIES (LOVE ALIVE)’

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE

FROM SECOND STUDIO ALBUM
PORT SAINT JOE
OUT APRIL 20TH
VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS
PREORDER HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR
**LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING**

KENDELL MARVEL CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUEST

Brothers Osborne have released the new track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’, which is taken from their forthcoming album Port Saint Joe, due out April 20th via Snakefarm Records.

‘Pushing Up Daisies…’ is available to anyone who pre-orders the album here; Port Saint Joe also features the lead single ‘Shoot Me Straight’, which went directly onto the Planet Rock Radio A-list. You can watch the video for ‘Shoot Me Straight’ here, showing footage of the band in the studio.

In addition, the duo’s first ever headline tour of the UK & Ireland, set to take place in May, is now virtually sold-out, with just a handful of tickets remaining for the Dublin, Belfast and Bristol shows only, and the venue in Glasgow having to be upgraded due to phenomenal demand.

Illinois songwriter / vocalist / guitarist Kendell Marvel, who co-wrote with the Brothers on certain of the latest songs, including the new track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’, supports across the aforementioned dates.

Recorded in a Florida beach house in the town of Port St. Joe, away from the sometimes sterile environs of the studio, Port Saint Joe is the Maryland brothers’ second studio effort. Raw, honest and uniquely homemade, the record was mostly captured in a series of live takes, retaining the atmospheric background noises of wind, roaring water and the excited and ‘refreshed’ encouragement of visiting Nashville friends. This unconventional location proved a perfect complement to the Brothers’ music, which instinctively bends both rules and genres…

“Port Saint Joe’ is a sonic representation of who we’ve become, not only as a band but as people,” says guitarist John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.”

Vocalist / guitarist TJ adds, “We shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”

A diverse collection, Port Saint Joe touches on half-lit drinking songs, emotive ballads, southern slow jams and roots-y rave-ups. The result is a record that’s both familiar and fresh, mixing classic country touchstones with amplified guitars and memorable hooks. In short, a 10-track collection for the modern age – forward-thinking and versatile, with songs that nod to the past whilst still pushing forward into new territory.

If Pawn Shop, the Brothers’ debut outing (re-issued via Snakefarm in 2017) introduced them in style, then Port St. Joe comprehensively defines them.

BROTHERS OSBORNE HEADLINE TOUR UK / IRELAND 2018
May 4th – Dublin, Academy
May 5th – Belfast, The Limelight
May 7th – Bristol, O2 Academy
May 8th – Brighton, Concorde 2 **SOLD OUT**
May 9th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 **SOLD OUT**
May 11th – London, Koko **SOLD OUT**
May 12th – Manchester, O2 Ritz **SOLD OUT**
May 13th – Glasgow, O2 ABC (upgraded from the Garage) ** SOLD OUT**

‘The Family’ fan club members can apply for meet & greets at brothersosborne.com

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NYC Indie-Punks THE NECTARS Announce Debut Album & UK Shows

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ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM       
SCI-FI TELEVISION – OUT MAY 25th

FEATURING THE SINGLES
‘HEAVEN’
& ‘I WANT IT’

WATCH ‘HEAVEN’ LIVE IN SESSION HERE

PLAYING UK SHOWS THIS MAY
INCLUDING THE GREAT ESCAPE & DOT TO DOT FESTIVALS
+
LONDON’S HOUSE OF VANS MAY 16TH

Conceived in the shadow of New York City in the dying embers of 2016, some 20 miles west of its lavish neon clutches, The Nectars rapidly climbed out of the tangled New Jersey suburbs to thrust themselves into the local alternative rock consciousness. Their punk-inflamed guitars, inventive harmonies, trashy beats, funkadelia and raw vocals lay a foundation that’s got NYC hipsters buzzing around their scorching live performance.

Harking back to the New York punk / pop scene of the late 70’s but filtered through the modern sensibility of tech-savvy millennial creatives, their first two singles – ‘Heaven’ and ‘I Want It’ – have been released to much acclaim in the USA, UK and mainland Europe.

Their debut album Sci-Fi Television is a ferocious, euphoric, sarcastic, brilliant slice of sleazy pop genius. Recorded at Barbershop studios in New Jersey and Studio G in Brooklyn, it’s a nine-song collection of short, sharp bangers, each with their own individual sound delving into art-rock debauchery.

The work of lead singer Jessica Kenny, Mike Montalbano (drums/vocals), Jon Paul (bass) and Michael Baron (guitar), the band describe the album as their search for inner peace and an attempt to escape from some of the evils that have taken center-stage in the world.    

“’Sci-Fi Television’ is our cumulative answer to the last 60 years of rock music, dissected on our alien operating table. Immensely personal and sometimes profoundly goofy, we wrote these songs as an attempted escape from all the real life monsters surrounding us. What we didn’t realize initially was isolating ourselves from the turmoil of news media left us alone with an entirely different beast. Ourselves. Picking apart the bad habits of our 20’s through song brought clarity to our band message. Profound societal change begins from within. There’s no hiding from yourself. With that in mind we’re abducting Rock N Roll, and never bringing it back. Enjoy.”

Opener ‘Holy’ races off on a 1 minute, 17 second frenzy, inspired by the band’s personal frustrations with the discovery of lead found in the water of the city and the local governments “deal with it” attitude. The space-age video for ‘I Want It’ showcases the band’s off-kilter personality, with debut single ‘Heaven’ demonstrating their gloriously technicolor performance.

Upcoming single ‘We Will Run’, is an anthem for all the dreamers, with its calmer, indie-pop style, topped with Jessica’s beautiful and distinctive vocals, while the track ‘Don’t Panic’ kicks in with a pounding bass drum and running guitar lick before Jessica lays waste with the lines; “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please / first of all, don’t panic, but the building is on fire / The firemen aren’t coming, they’re all saving their own families / and the worst part is that we stopped paying them so long ago”.

‘Lights Off’ radiates a feel-good ambience, with upbeat melodies and themes of sex, highs and partying, questioning “What’s it for? / This life’s a waste if you don’t take it for more”, while closing the album is the snappy ‘Tired’ which ramps up their sassy, punk style, with Jon Paul sharing vocal duties reminiscing on their fun nights out.

The band draw influences from a ragged mix of The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Pixies and Blondie while earning comparisons to peak 90’s era No Doubt and Paramore. This quirky debut is fun, abrasive and a straight to the point indie-punk pleasure. It’s a perfect introduction to this fiery four-piece, who continue their assault on the US, UK and beyond.

The Nectars will be heading over to the UK this May having already whipped up a storm in New York, to perform a number of shows including a headline date at London’s House Of Vans on May 16th before playing at The Great Escape festival the following day, as well as sold out shows in Pontypridd and Birmingham plus slots at this year’s Dot To Dot festival.

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SCI-FI TELEVISION TRACKLISTING

1. Holy
2. Heaven
3. Cemetery Girl
4. We Will Run
5. I Want It
6. Don’t Panic
7. Lights Off
8. Tame
9. Tired

 

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THE RUBENS Release ‘Never Ever’ Ft. Sarah & Announce Third Album

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ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM
LO LA RU

OUT JUNE 29TH

NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
‘NEVER EVER (FEAT. SARAH)’
LISTEN HERE

The Rubens have announced their third album, LO LA RU – a bold and confident record that effortlessly picks up from where their worldwide hit single ‘Hoops’ left off. The album is out Friday June 29th and is available to pre-order now.

To coincide with the announcement, the group are incredibly excited to release the powerful new single, premiered via triple j’s DRIVE program, titled ‘Never Ever’ featuring Sarah Aarons – a relatable and heart wrenching tale with Sam Margin and Sarah’s voices acting as yin and yang, so different, but so perfectly matched and harmonious within the track.

When Elliott and Sam Margin got an email letting them know that ARIA Award winning, Grammy Award nominated songwriter Sarah Aarons was going to be in Sydney for the holidays, was a fan of theirs and was keen to write a song with them, the guys thought “why not”. At that point, they were on their way to Brooklyn to put the finishing touches on their highly anticipated third album.

The band went into the studio with no expectations. In their mind, the album was done and whatever came out of the session would be an experiment in collaboration, something new for the band, or, much like Sarah’s long list of songwriting credits (LDRU/ZEDD & Alessia Cara/Dua Lipa/Jesse Ware), something for another artist to use.

Elliott said of the collaboration: “The day we met Sarah in the studio, she told us that her Grade 10 teacher introduced her to our song ‘Lay It Down’ and that is what inspired her to do music in Year 11 & 12. We were pretty blown away with that; a good sentiment to start writing a song together.

We actually thought with the album completed we would be writing a song for someone else.  The main chord structure and melody was something I had been fiddling with for a while but couldn’t find the words or story for. After meeting Sarah and having a chat we got stuck into the song, started throwing ideas around. Pretty quickly we realised it needed to be a duet and from there the story started to take shape.

The song became about these two lovers caught in the moment as their relationship drops away. There’s to-ing and fro-ing as they pass blame and second guess their actions before they realise that what they had is already over.”

It wasn’t until the song sat with the band for a few days that they realised just how ‘Rubens’ the track was, and just how much they wanted it on their third record, LO LA RU.

On LO LA RU The Rubens used the success of single ‘Hoops’ as an opportunity to spread their creative wings, pushing their music into new territory that is exciting for them, and hopefully by extension, their audience as well.

The story of the album began at the 2013 Laneway Music Festival, where The Rubens befriended NYC rapper EL-P (Run The Jewels) and his band, which included his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, brothers Wilder Zoby and Lil’ Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz). In 2017, this friendship turned into a musical collaboration when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio, housed in a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West. It was here that LO LA RU came to life.

Indeed, LO LA RU presents a fully realised sound that picks up on the r ‘n b and hip hop influence that was hinted at on songs like ‘Hoops’, ‘Bitter End’, bringing those stylistic references to the fore, without losing any of the soulful warmth that typified their earliest tracks like ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘My Gun’ and won them the adoration of fans all over Australia and the world.

2018 has already been a huge year for the group. After last year’s October release of the exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’, the first taste of LO LA RU, the band played to local audiences at the likes of The Sydney Opera House and The Forum before embarking on a global tour – one that saw the band sell out shows in Vancouver, Toronto, and Chicago. At the beginning of this month, the band played the London date of their tour to a packed out and ecstatic The Scala.

Indeed, the band are back and eager to build on the excitement of their first two albums, The Rubens & Hoops, that have gone Platinum and Gold respectively in Australia. 2018 is set to be a big one for The Rubens – with more exciting news to be revealed soon!

Pre-order LO LA RU here

Stream or Purchase ‘Never Ever’ here

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London Trio PLYA Release ‘Feast My Eye’ Video

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REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
‘FEAST MY EYE’
FEATURING BRITISH ACTOR GABRIEL THOMSON
WATCH HERE

“PLYA have us enraptured, a group able to cast a spell, uniting striking electronics with dreamy pop aspects… A glossy, glamorous sound with just a hint of grit, ‘Feast My Eye’ is a quite singular piece of electronic pop” – CLASH

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED
THE ALTERNATIVE ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
O SON DO CAMINO FESTIVAL, SPAIN

London based alt-pop trio PLYA have revealed the video for their new single ‘Feast My Eye’, out now via Atlantic Records’ Taste & Tone label.   Featuring My Family actor Gabriel Thomson, the video explores the demise of a relationship and captures the lyrical desire to make an unfaithful partner suffer the consequences of their actions.

  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

 An undulating and euphoric blend of dark dream-pop and electronica, ‘Feast My Eye’ is the band’s third single, following the infectious debut ‘Thinking Of You’ and ‘Adrenaline’.

PLYA marry the sophistication and style of the London scene with the exoticism of southern Europe and seductive west coast beaches, creating a sensual and captivating sound. These multinational influences arise from the band’s vocalist Julia Sykes, whose eclectic upbringing took her from Mallorca to Morocco and back before relocating to the UK, where she met bandmates Kris Taylor (guitar) and William Brown (drums).

The trio have been creating a buzz amongst tastemakers, with a whole host of Hype Machine attention and rave reviews,  and were invited for an interview with BBC Introducing London, which aired on April 7th.

PLYA’s first show was a sold-out headline performance at London’s Camden Assembly last year and over the past month have supported K.Flay, R.LUM.R and The Aces.

FORTHCOMING LIVE DATES
May 17th – The Alternative Escape, Brighton (Help Musicians UK showcase)
June 28th / 29th / 30th – O Son Do Camino Festival, Santiago de Compostela

FIND PLYA AT:
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| FACEBOOK | TWITTER