(PCM) Producer Kent Heckaman discovered vocalists Rachel Russell and Torey Russell in the summer of 2010 through studio manager Dusty Rose at Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. Mr. Heckaman was impressed with the vocal abilities and harmonies that Rachel and Torey brought to the studio. The ladies describe their music as non-traditional folk with an indie sounding twist.
In 2012, Sonnet Cottage released Another Time, a record that earned lots of positive reviews and acclaim, including airplay on Sirius/XM. Another Time was a collection of incredible, rich harmonies and memorable acoustic songs.
Their second CD, titled Half Written Story, will be released in late June. The album will have 11 songs. Those gems feature incredible guitar playing and warm tones from Nashville-based Buddy Speir, an extraordinary musician in his own right.
(PCM) Let me begin by saying that ever since I got my hands on copy of Cody Simpson’s highly anticipated new album “Free” I am absolutely in love. The overall ambiance of the album is breezy and beautiful, with Simpson showcasing a side of himself that many will be surprised to see. With this album, Simpson is able to just let go and truly be free to create the music that it appears he was always destined to make.
“Free” will be released on July 10th and the entire album is sure to become a staple on everyone’s summer playlist. The album will be released via Coast House Records / Banana Beat Records and is produced by Cisco Adler.
Favorite tracks: “Thotful”, “I’m Your Friend” “Wilderness” and “Love Yourself” feat. G.Love
I had a chance to catch up with Cody Simpson just prior to his performance at the Firefly Music Festival to discuss the new album, touring plans and more! See our full interview below:
Simpson has announced his upcoming summer tour dates with Donovan Frankenreiter followed by a fall tour with AER. Cody will also be performing his song “New Problems” on TODAY Show on Monday, July 13th followed by Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday, July 20th.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jun 27 Bonner Springs, KS @ Mix 93.3’s Red, White & Boom!
Aug 10 Singapore @ SCAPE Playspace
Aug 12 Manila, Philippines @ Newport Performing Arts Theater
Aug 15 Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic, QVC Marine Field
Aug 16 Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic, Maishima
Donavon Frankenreiter Tour Dates
Aug 18 Cape May, NJ – Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grill
Aug 19 Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork
Aug 20 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Aug 22 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Aug 23 Myrtle Beach, SC – The Boathouse
Aug 24 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug 25 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Aug 26 Fort Pierce, FL – The Inlet
Aug 27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Aug 28 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Aug 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Aug 30 Key West, FL – Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello
AER Tour Dates
Sep 16 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Sep 17 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Sep 18 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Sep 19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sep 20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sep 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Sep 23 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Sep 24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sep 25 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sep 26 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Sep 27 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 29 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sep 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Oct 2 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
Oct 4 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 7 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Oct 8 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 9 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Oct 11 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct 13 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Oct 15 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 16 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Oct 17 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Oct 18 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 20 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct 21 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Oct 22 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Oct 23 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
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(PCM) Thanks to the assistance of the police department in Dover, Delaware, pop superstar Taylor Swift was able to grant the wish of a cancer stricken teen who was unable to attend Swift’s sold-out concerts at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend.
The Dover PD produced the following video about the life of 13-year old Victoria Marsh, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer late last year after discovering some pain in her ankle. The video has been viewed over 1.4 million times on Facebook, and eventually got the attention of Taylor Swift and her team, who made young Victoria’s wish come true.
Swift invited Victoria, who also suffers from Downs Syndrome, and two of her sisters to a private meet & greet back stage just prior to her amazing performance on the “1989 World Tour”. Unfortunately, Victoria’s doctors were not able to clear her to attend the actual concert, but she did receive an 8-hour pass for the hospital to attend the meet & greet with her favorite musician.
The Dover PD were overjoyed to help make Victoria’s dream come true and posted images of Victoria and her sisters meeting her idol on their official Facebook page. Such an amazing story, as we are so glad to hear that young Victoria’s #Swiftawish came true.
(PCM) I had the chance a couple days ago to watch the 2015 HBO documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” directed by Brett Morgan. The movie was interesting to say the least and sad all in the same time. I was a Nirvana fan like most kids growing up in the 90s. Kurt Cobain and the Nirvana machine helped change music. I take that statement back, because music is universal but Nirvana was a HUGE success, especially after the release of the 1991 album Nevermind. It put a lot of glam and party bands out to pasture and cleared the way for the gloomy Seattle weather that tortured Kurt Cobain’s soul. It seemed like a lot tortured his soul.
As a fan of Nirvana’s it was cool and unnerving to watch this documentary. It is literally what the title of the movie is … a montage of different things. From home movies of Kurt growing up, to interviews with various family members and band mates, but there was this one guy that was missing. And that guy was a man named Dave Grohl, the lead singer of the band the Foo Fighters, and former drummer of Nirvana at the height of their success. I know Dave’s a busy guy and seems like a humble and nice guy in all the interviews I have seen, but it was odd to see him left out of the film. We all know that Dave was busy with the making of Sonic Highways during the making of this film, but it would have been cool to see or hear from him, at least with some special commentary or something similar. He was a huge part of Kurt’s life on and off stage. They were friends and I felt that there was a void not having him in the film that could certainly be felt when watching.
Our favorite Yoko Ono of the 90s Courtney Love is in the film. She can be seen through old home movies and present day interviews. The present tense Courtney during interviews looked pretty and chill, as she gave us insight into the grunge gods mind and life style. The home videos portray her as both b**chy and incredibly drugged out. Her main man was always standing right by her side, but some of the nudity that was shown in the home video footage was certainly questionable at best.
It was cool seeing Krist Novoselic talking about Kurt. He seems like a nice humble guy that told stories and insight about Kurt. They just seemed like a couple friends that grew into the biggest band in the world. Other Cobain family members were in the film and through the interviews laid out a map of what would form and empower Cobain’s life and music. And now let’s talk about drugs.
As the movie ends Kurt’s daughter Francis Bean is revealed as one of the producers. I have no idea what her life is like now, but as I watched the movie she is seen on old home movies as a little baby. Kurt and Courtney are obliviously strung out on drugs as they are with her which was absolutely sickening. This not only infuriated me but I felt really bad for their daughter. For her to have to grow up without a parent (I know the feeling) and have to watch this old footage was probably a montage of emotion for her, and I have to commend her for helping to release this film.
Overall, a good flick and very, very sad. Kids don’t do drugs. Because even the biggest rock star burned out because of them. But he will never truly fade away.
(PCM) The hilarious writers of @Midnight hosted by Chris Hardwick over at Comedy Central have created yet another brilliant trending topic on Twitter. This time it is #BeatlesRecipes!
Beginning with @Midnight tweeting out the hilarious “Lettuce Be”, users for all around the world began submitting some absolutely outrageous puns that Beatles fans everywhere would be dying to eat up. People have certainly come up with quite clever ways to turn the band’s song lyrics into some delectable dishes.
Some of the ones we found the most clever can be found below:
(PCM) From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.
Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.