THE STRUMBELLAS Announce New Album ‘Rattlesnake’

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ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
RATTLESNAKE
OUT MARCH 29TH VIA GLASSNOTE RECORDS

 ‘SALVATION’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW

EUROPEAN HEADLINE DATES IN MARCH

The Strumbellas have announced their fourth album, Rattlesnake, out March 29th via Glassnote Records. Last week the band released the video for ‘Salvation’, the first single to be taken from the album.

Rattlesnake marks a stylistic turn from their melancholy, introspective releases, to an uplifting album with songs that focus more on optimism. Produced by Tim Pagnotta (Elle King, Walk the Moon), co-produced and engineered by Brian Phillips, the album was recorded on the band’s home turf, at the legendary Bathouse Recording Studio outside of Kingston, Ontario, and at Revolution Recording in Toronto.

The nine-track body of work is the sunny side of the street follow-up to The Strumbellas’ Billboard-charting third album, Hope, which featured the hit single ‘Spirits’.

“Well, after the last tour, Izzy had a baby, I got an English Bulldog, Darryl travelled to Bali, Jon built a cottage, Jer drove all the way across Canada in his 85’ Camper Van, Dave grew a mustache and we made an album that we are REALLY proud of,” commented Simon Ward. “Everyone in the band is SO excited to get back on the road to show everyone some new music.”

The release of Rattlesnake will come after a string of European headline shows, including a show at London’s Bush Hall on the 25th, and will be followed by an extensive US headline tour starting on the 1st May. Full European dates can be found below.

The Strumbellas are Simon Ward (vocals, acoustic guitar), David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (guitar) and Darryl James (bass).

In 2017, they won the iHeartRadio Music award for Best New Alternative Rock Artist of the Year, and collected the JUNO Award for Single of the Year in their native Canada ahead of Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes.

From the onset the band received critical praise from the press, including from The New York Times, who said “The Strumbellas have perfected a story arc that’s summed up in the title of their new album ‘Hope,” and Forbes, who declared “The Strumbellas aren’t just taking on the US, they are taking on the world.” 

Rattlesnake Tracklist:
1) Salvation
2) I’ll Wait
3) One Hand Up
4) Running Scared (Desert Song)
5) We All Need Someone
6) We Were Young
7) The Party
8) High
9) All My Life

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES MARCH 2019
17th – Cologne, Studio 672
18th – Berlin, Privatclub
19th – Hamburg, Molotow
21st – Amsterdam, Het Zonnehuis
23rd – Paris, Les Etoiles
25th – London, Bush Hall

Tickets are available here – http://thestrumbellas.ca/tour/

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FERRIS & SYLVESTER Release Dramatic New Single ‘Sickness’

IMG_6521FERRIS & SYLVESTER have released their brand new single ‘Sickness’. The blues/folk epic has launched with great support across the board. The single premiered with Clash and has also been featured as BBC Introducing’s ‘Upload Of The Week’.

The new single arrived as the critically acclaimed London duo performed at Eurosonic Festival in Holland on Jan 18th.

After the release and sudden success of their kitchen recorded and self-produced EP Made In Streatham last year, the duo have expanded their sound and songwriting into deeper and darker places with ‘Sickness’ alongside producer Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen).

The song builds from a quiet, self-destructive thought as though Issy Ferris is whispering in your ear, and becomes an outcry of both suffering and delight, led by Archie Sylvester’s powerful scorching guitar. With their combination of roots and blues, the duo deliver a sound which sits somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit.

Regarding the single Ferris & Sylvester say, “Sickness was one of the first songs we wrote together. It came quickly and felt powerful almost instantly. It’s about human relationships – the power and the frustration – and the desire to throw it all away.

“We recorded the track on our last day in the studio with Michael and continued into the early hours; it felt important to keep it raw and let the song speak for itself. Everything you hear was tracked live and a lot of it was recorded in one take, the guitar solo and vocals for instance. It’s our proudest piece of work to date.”

‘Sickness’ follows the release of the duo’s last single ‘Burning River’, which was also recorded with Michael Rendall and clocked up well over half a million plays in its first two months on Spotify. The songs were written during the pair’s writing trips to Iceland and find the band at their most raw and powerful yet.

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Ferris & Sylvester received strong support from BBC Music throughout last year, with radio plays coming from 6Music and Radio 2, while they also performed a number of shows in association with BBC Introducing who have now named the band in their ‘Best Of’ lists for both 2017 & 2018.

The great BBC Introducing support continues for Ferris & Sylvester in 2019. The band will be performing a live session at Maida Vale aired on Cerys Matthews’ Radio 2 Blues Show on Jan 28th. Ferris & Sylvester will also be joining Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq in Austin, Texas as they perform their debut BBC Music showcase at SXSW Festival on March 15th.

Last year Ferris & Sylvester won hearts and praise across the country as they played to thousands of people at huge shows with the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, George Ezra and Jade Bird, while also performing at major festivals including playing the main stage at Wilderness Festival and at BST in Hyde Park.

The band played their first live show of 2019 at Eurosonic Festival on January 18th, it comes ahead of the duo embarking on their first ever headline tour this month. It will see Ferris & Sylvester play nine-dates across the UK and Ireland, with a London headline show at The Lexington on February 11th. Full headline tour dates can be found below:

FERRIS & SYLVESTER FEBRUARY HEADLINE TOUR DATES
4th – Leeds, Oporto **SOLD OUT**
5th – Glasgow, Poetry Club
6th – Manchester, Eagle Inn **SOLD OUT**
7th – Birmingham, Cuban Embassy **SOLD OUT**
9th – Exeter, Cavern
11th – London, The Lexington **SOLD OUT**
12th – Brighton, The Prince Albert
13th – Southampton, The Joiners
14th – Dublin, Sound House

Tickets are available now through ferrisandsylvester.com/tour

Online Alt-Pop Sensation MEGAN DAVIES Shares ‘Gimme’ Acoustic Video

MEGAN DAVIES

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SHARES ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR
‘GIMME’

AHEAD OF MOONLIGHT
UK/EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR NEXT MONTH

‘GIMME’ AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON SPOTIFY HERE

One to watch for 2019, Megan Davies is bringing her unique alt-pop style to the UK shortly, blending together a mix of commercial pop, indie folk and experimental rock.

She has just revealed a special acoustic video of her track ‘Gimme’. The original version debuted on nine Spotify playlists across the globe upon its release in November and was hotly tipped by the likes of Billboard. The release comes ahead of her UK and European headline tour in February and March.

Megan first gained traction online which led to her becoming a YouTube sensation after building up views and subscribers in their millions with her creative acoustic covers and mashups. Tracks like her 3-song mashup ‘See You Again/ Love Me Like You Do/ Sugar’ has had over 60 million video plays and reached #1 on both the US and Global Spotify Viral 50 charts.

She’s now amassed over 190 million views and 1.3 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and she maintains over 6 million Spotify streams each month.

Her influencer status led to collaborations with the likes of the Red Cross & American Cancer Society as well as performing for Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and the creators of The Greatest Showman then attending the film’s premiere in New York.

Megan’s first dose of original music was the 2017 debut Bad Poetry EP which was released independently and has clocked up over 3 million Spotify streams with the title track getting a lot of love from Sirius XM.

Last year she went on to release the songs ‘Doesn’t Matter’, which won 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition – Pop Category, the popular streaming track ‘Moonlight’ and her latest single ‘Gimme’ giving a taste of what’s to come. She also finished off last year with the beautiful festive number ‘Blue Christmas’.

As well as her ever-growing online following, Megan is also rapidly building her presence on the live scene having recently toured across the US supporting YouTube heavyweights Boyce Avenue and has shared the stage with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Madilyn Bailey and Noah Guthrie and Striking Matches.

She is now excited to play for her UK and European fans next month with her special guest opener and UK native, Alex Francis. There will be a whole host of exciting things to come for 2019.

MEGAN DAVIES UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
Tickets Available Here
FEBRUARY
Sun 24th – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Mon 25th – King Tuts, Glasgow
Wed 27th – Institute 3, Birmingham
Thu 28th – Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff

MARCH
Fri 1st – Bush Hall, London
Sun 3rd – KuKunn, Hamburg
Mon 4th – Melkweg, Amsterdam
Tue 5th – Blue Shell, Cologne
Wed 6th – Musik & Frieden, Berlin
Thu 7th – Poglos, Warsaw
Sat 9th – B72, Vienna
Sun 10th – Strom, Munich

Enter to Win: DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH | Online Giveaway

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DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH

NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AND AVAILABLE ON
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD FEBRUARY 5, 2019

WITH THREE HILARIOUS NEW MINI-MOVIES FEATURING THE MINIONS AND MAX!

025192368059_bluray_ws_3doring_clr-1Families everywhere can now enjoy Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE and on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 5, 2019. From Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the film based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships is one “the whole family can watch and enjoy,” (Kidsday/Newsday).

The new home entertainment edition contains more than 60 minutes of bonus content, including three mini-movies: “Dog Days of Winter” starring the Grinch and his heroically loyal dog Max; and “Yellow is the New Black” and “Santa’s Little Helpers,” both starring the lovable Minions. It also includes stunning featurettes, a how-to-draw tutorial and much more. Narrated by Grammy Award® winner and Oscar® nominee Pharrell Williams, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch stars Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange, “Sherlock”) as the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpit with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. The incredible voice cast includes Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation,” The Muppets) as Donna Who, Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) as Bricklebaum, Cameron Seely (The Greatest Showman) as Cindy-Lou Who, and featuring legendary actress Angela Lansbury (Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast) as the mayor of Whoville. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a perfect night in for the whole family!

Here are some adorable activity sheets you can complete with your family. Simply enlarge the photos, save, print & enjoy!

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, 3D BLU-RAYTM, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:

  • Who’s Who in Who-ville (interactive map) – There are so many interesting characters that call Who-ville home that it’s hard to keep track of them all. This “Who’s Who” pop-up book uses animation to create a virtual storybook that takes us from Who-ville to Mt. Crumpit.
  • “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Lyric Video – Tyler, The Creator puts a modern spin on the Seussian Christmas classic.

 

MINI-MOVIES ON 4K ULTRA HD, 3D BLU-RAYTM, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Yellow is the New Black – Before they all make their big escape from prison in Despicable Me 3, a couple of lucky Minions get a taste of freedom as they break free with the help of one of their fellow human inmates.
  • Dog Days of Winter – Max braves the harsh winter weather and an uncooperative Who to bring a sick Grinch his favorite hot tea.
  • Santa’s Little Helpers – Fan favorites – the Minions – are back for another adventure! Having been accidently dropped off at the North Pole, our Minion pals make the most of the situation by trying to become elves.

 

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

  • The Making of the Mini-Movies – Mini in size but not in heart, these short films are fan favorites. From the Grinch and Max to the Minions – you’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the filmmakers who made them.
  • From Green to Screen – It takes a lot to bring grumpy green to your home screen. This inside look at the making of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch features interviews and behind-the-scenes moments with the cast, filmmakers and artists whose hearts have all grown three sizes bringing this classic tale to life.
  • Illuminating THE GRINCH – Using filmmaker and cast interviews, concept art and progression reels, we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the characters evolved from initial sketches to fully realized characters.
  • My Earliest GRINCH Memories – The cast and filmmakers of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch reveal their earliest memories of the grumpy green character and the enduring appeal of this Christmas curmudgeon’s journey to redemption.
  • Grinchy Gadgets – From his body-size blow dryer to his moving mechanical chair, from his catapult to his dog drone-rig and more… you’ll get to explore the wondrous world of Grinch’s gadgets.
  • “I Am The Grinch” Lyric Video – A stylized look at Tyler, The Creator’s original song created just for the film.
  • Songs From His Little Heart – Take a deep dive into the toe tapping beats of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. From score to specialty songs, you’ll hear from the film’s A-list musicians on what it took to create the music behind the movie.
  • X-mas Around the World – Every culture practices Christmas in a slightly different way. We’ll highlight some of the more fun permutations of the holiday around the globe.
  • Cindy-Lou’s Yule Log – Nothing says the holidays quite like an animated fireplace blasting fake heat from your living room television. Just in time for winter, we’ll recreate Cindy-Lou’s living room on Christmas Eve for all to enjoy.
  • Production Babies – A celebration of the babies born to the filmmakers during the production of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch.
  • Any Who Can Draw – Hosted by an Illumination artist and head of story Mark O’Hare, you’ll see step-by-step how to draw some of your favorite characters from this beloved holiday classic; Grinch, Max and Fred!

I have 5 copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

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Yes, that’s all you have to do!

This promotion will end Friday, February 8th at 12:00 PM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


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FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW | Watch the Trailer | In Theaters August 2nd

It’s back!

The official trailer for
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW
has been released!!

_y7uF-gMAfter eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW.

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless  rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia. The executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith and Ainsley Davies.

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Genre: Action-Thriller
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Chris Morgan
Producers: Chris Morgan, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Hiram Garcia
Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith, Ainsley Davies

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW – In Theaters August 2

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 | Watch the Gidget Trailer | In Theaters June 7th

Who you calling a fluff ball?

GidgetGenre: Comedy
Cast: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet
Director: Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Jonathan Del Val
Writer: Brian Lynch
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – In Theaters June 7

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