Budweiser Made In America Reveals The Addition Of The Tidal Stage

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(PCM) “Budweiser Made In America,” the JAY Z-curated two-day music festival is adding a TIDAL Stage where nine (9) stellar TIDAL Rising and TIDAL Discovery artists, featured on the global music and entertainment platform, will perform each day beginning at 2:45pm. The artists are in addition to the already announced “Budweiser Made In America” lineup which features headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd.

The “Budweiser Made In America,” concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved and the money raised will be invested into these communities to positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions. The money raised from last year’s “Budweiser Made In America” festival allowed the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to invest more than $300,000 into education and talent development initiatives, to enhance cradle-to-career education, equpping individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure a family-sustaining income. The festival also enabled United Way of Lancaster County to invest an additional $100,000 in programs and services in education, financial stability and health.

WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2015 and Sunday, September 6, 2015

WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA

THE TIDAL STAGE LINE-UP:
Lili K: Hailing from Chicago, IL, classically trained vocalist Lili K was featured on Rolling Stone‘s “Best of 2013″ list and received praise for her feature work with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa.

Bizzy Crook: The Miami hip-hop artist draws his inspiration from Jadakiss, DMX, Ludacris and more. He has already been featured in XXL magazine and on BET.

Bass Drum Of Death: From Oxford, MS, this rock group’s music has been featured in MLB2K12 and in the film “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.” Their latest album is entitled Rip This.

Sarah Jaffe: This Denton, TX singer-songwriter just released her first EP entitled Even Born Again, and has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone,NPR and The Dallas Observer. She has previously toured with Norah Jones, Lou Barlow and Chelsea Wolfe.

Mike Floss: The Tennessee native is rapidly expanding his audience with his last two releases For The Rebels 1 & 2, that were recognized by Nashville Scene as Mixtape and Hip Hop Album Of The Year respectively. He has opened for Pusha T, Wale, Stalley and Yo Gotti, among others.

Tanlines: This rock duo draws from every genre including pop, dance and world music. The Brooklyn natives comprised of percussionist Jesse Cohen and guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm, released their debut album Mixed Emotionsin 2012 and reached a top position on Billboard‘s “Heat Seekers Charts.”

Twin Peaks: The rock band recorded their debut album in 2012 and their newest release Wild Onion in 2014. Their sound is influenced by acts such as The Strokes and Ty Segall.

Hippo Campus: Gearing up for their tour in early 2016, the group from Woodbury, MN, recently released their album Bashful Creatures online, CD and vinyl.

Bully: Currently touring the US, this Nashville-based group recently released their album Feels Like this year.
Ticket Purchase:
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com
Festival Information:
For the latest on the “Budweiser Made In America” festival, visit:www.madeinamericafest.com

Full line-up:

Axwell & Ingrosso
J. Cole
Bassnectar
Modest Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
Banks
Meek Mill
Big Sean
A-Trak
Duke Dumont
Santigold
Nick Jonas
Metric
De La Soul
G-Eazy
Future
GTA
Claude VonStroke
Action Bronson
DJ Mustard
Earl Sweatshirt
Fabolous
Vic Mensa
Jacob Plant
Gryffn
Halsey
Saint Motel
Young Rising Sons
Grits & Biscuits
The Struts
Flatbush Zombies
Lola Wolf
Creepoid
Superheaven
Hop Along
Waxahatchee
Strand of Oaks
Remy Banks
Mick Jenkins
Marian Hill
Post Malone
Mayaeni
Bas
Cozz
Omen

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Never Shout Never Gear Up For “Black Cat” Album Release! Exclusive Interview!

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(PCM) I can officially say that I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming release of “Black Cat”, the highly anticipated new album from alternative pop band Never Shout Never!  Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew is an artist that absolutely refuses to be grouped into any one particular genre or style and this has never been more evident than within the tracks that make up the “Black Cat” record.

I adore that Never Shout Never has never been afraid to be a bit experimental with their sound and take a few risks along the way. It truly pays off with “Black Cat” as I find it to be one of the band’s most solid efforts to date.  “Black Cat” also marks the first time that Drew has welcomed the input of his fellow band mates and the album’s producer Dennis Harring to pen a few of the tracks that make up the album.

At the end of the day, “Black Cat” is a pop album, but with a more matured twist. Each track tells a very unique and engaging story and I find myself picking up on additional details with each and every listen. “Black Cat” is set to drop on August 7 via Warner Bros. Records just as Never Shout Never wraps up there stint playing the Main Stage at this years Vans Warped Tour. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant access to download the new singles “Hey! We OK” and “Red Balloon”, which are also available for purchase via iTunes.

I caught up with Christofer Drew and the rest of Never Shout Never at the Van’s Warped Tour Stop in Columbia, MD to discuss the new album, touring plans, their creative process and more!  Check it out below:

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Catching Up With Cody Simpson at Firefly Music Festival

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(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

For more information about Cody Simpson, please visit:

www.codysimpson.com
www.facebook.com/codysimpsonmusic
Twitter – @codysimpson
Instagram – @codysimpson

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Catching Up With Highly Suspect At Rock On The Range

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(PCM) From the humble shores of Cape Cod to the grit and spit of the streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Highly Suspect have come a long way. These bad ass indie rockers are set to drop their debut LP, “Mister Asylum,” on July 17 via 300 Entertainment.

We caught the band’s mesmerizing set while out at America’s premiere rock festival Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH and their performance was absolutely spectacular.  Not only did we catch Highly Suspect’s incredibly set, but we also caught up with the guys for a quick chat about just what’s in-store for the rest of this year.

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Interview with Crobot Vocalist Brandon Yeagley

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(PCM) The last two years have been quite a whirlwind for Crobot. From signing with Wind-Up records and the release of their debut album “Something Supernatural” last October, these Pennsylvania rockers have certainly been keeping busy, as well as, gearing up for the release of some new material.

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The band’s new single “Full Moon Howl” is off the chain and we absolutely can’t wait to see what else is on the way later this year. Currently, the band is getting ready to wrap up a string of dates out on the road with Anthrax and Volbeat and getting ready to head overseas to perform at the upcoming Download Festival and then literally take to the seas on the upcoming Motorhead Motorboat Cruise this coming September.

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We were absolutely thrilled to see that Crobot got added to this year’s Rock On The Range festival and even more excited to catch up with front man Brandon Yeagley for a chat about what’s to come for the rest of the year!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

Full gallery of images of Crobot performing at Rock On The Range can be found on our Facebook page!

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Rock On The Range 2015 Features Timeless Talent

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(PCM) Rock On The Range is well-known as the premiere rock festival in the U.S. and as always the 2015 line-up delivered as promised. Despite gloomy skies and some scattered rain showers, this year’s festival was simply superb.

Timeless is the one word that comes to mind when thinking about the wide array of talent that was featured on the sold-out Rock On The Range 2015. Over the course of the three-day weekend, there was a certain timeless quality to the music and stage presence of each band that graced the festival’s three stages. The multi-generational appeal of the band’s on this year’s line-up was top notch and the sold-out crowd appeared ecstatic to see so many of their favorites all in one place.

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This year we saw headlining sets from Slipknot, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack, and Rise Against throughout the course of the weekend’s festivities.

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Friday got off to a great start with sets on the Ernie Ball and Jagermeister Stages with both Shaman’s Harvest and Islander, however things were kicked into high gear when We Are Harlot took to the festivals main stage. After We Are Harlot we ran over to the outside stage to catch the always energetic VAMPS, before rushing once again to the main stage to see Apocalyptica’s killer performance. They are always a favorite, especially in the live setting, as their rocking set featuring cellos is always a sight to behold.

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We were also thrilled to be in attendance to catch Live’s debut Rock On The Range performance. Having seen the band a few years back on the Summerland Tour, I was incredibly curious as to what they would bring to the big stage at Rock On The Range and trust me, they did not disappoint. The band churned out hit after hit and had the audience belting out each and every word.  Next on the main stage was Breaking Benjamin and it just so happens that back in 2007, the very first year of Rock On The Range, Breaking Benjamin was the very first band to ever play the main stage, so with this being the nine year anniversary of the festival, it was wonderful to see them up there rocking once again. Just like at Carolina Rebellion, they by far had one of the most insane crowds of the day.

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Bringing a little bit of hip-hop flair to Friday’s bill was Yelawolf, who put on absolutely solid performance and did a fantastic job at gearing us up for what was yet to come to close out Rock On The Range day one.  Marilyn Manson took to the main stage and does what Manson does best … tearing up the stage with a blistering set filled with fan favorites, as well as, some new tracks off his latest album release “The Pale Emperor”.  Never one to shy away from shock value, Manson proceeded to chew up and eat his set list, cut himself and bleed on-stage, as well as, try to pull up and smash the amps or speakers on stage … all while gloriously mugging for crowd. It was intense in the best way possible.

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Carrying on that intensity were Friday evenings final performers, Slipknot, who took things to a whole new level with their mesmerizing performance. The band is still as fierce as they were they first broke on the scene and no matter the trials and tribulations they may have suffered over the years, they are in no way showing any signs of slowing down.

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After a much needed night’s rest it was time for day two of Rock On The Range 2015. While we were hoping for bright and sunny skies, our day unfortunately began with scattered rain storms looming over Mapfre Stadium. However, a little rain couldn’t stop us from checking out this year’s “secret band”, which turned out to be none other than Saint Asonia, the new band formed by former Three Days Grace lead vocalist Adam Gontier and Staind’s Mike Mushok. They performed an fantastic set that featured some tunes from each of their old band, as well, as some new material off their debut album, which we were able to preview at the special VIP party on Friday night. They were the perfect band to set the place and lift some of the gloom that hung over the crowd that afternoon.

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A little rain couldn’t keep us from checking out Sabaton next and somehow the rain gave this band an opportunity to rock even hard and the inclement weather conditions almost seemed like a perfect fit for this band’s thundering side stage set. After Sabaton, we hit the main stage once again to check out the blistering performance from Of Mice & Men. Vocalist Austin Carlile is absolutely hypnotic to watch on-stage and much of the younger generation of fans in the audience were clinging onto his each and every move on stage.

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Unfortunately, it really began pouring once Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts came on stage and sadly the main stadium area emptied out rather abruptly. We were able to catch a few songs before heading for shelter, but definitely wished we could have stayed to see a bit more.  Again braving the rain, we just had to go see what all the hoopla surrounding Babymetal was all about!  As much as I want to say they were ridiculous, I could not help but find myself completely engrossed and entertained by their performance. It is always a treat to see something different at these type of festivals and Babymetal with their pounding metal backbeat and adorable J-pop dance moves definitely fit that description to a tee. They are easy to fall in love with, that’s for sure and if the huge, rainy mosh pit was any indication, the Rock On The Range crowd loved this group as well.

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As the rain tapered off we made our way over to catch In This Moment, which should really just be called Maria Brink backed by In This Moment, as she is truly the main focus of the band’s entire set. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the band members especially guitarist Chris Hemsworth are incredible musicians, but Maria is truly the show. I don’t think I have seen another artist since Lady Gaga go through as may costume changes in such a short set time, but they made it work and in the end the theatricality behind In This Moment makes them a must see performance.

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Closing out the Ernie Ball stage on day two was the legendary Ministry fronted by the legend himself Al Jourgensen. Taking to the stage in epic fashion wearing a modified gas mask of sorts, Jorgensen immediately held the crowd in the palm of his hand. Obviously a bit unhappy with the amount of set time given to the band, he commented on stage “These motherf**ckers only gave us 40 minutes to play our best s**t”” before hilariously adding “I figure we’ve got at least 42 minutes of quality s**t”. We agree, Al, we agree!

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Day two ended with amazing sets from both Godsmack and Judas Priest. I don’t think I will ever tire of watching the epic drum battle ensue between Godsmack front man Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin. It is as hypnotizing today as the very first time I saw it several years back. To again speak of the timelessness of the weekend, Judas Priest were a perfect choice to perform. It was sad to see so many people exiting the arena once these legendary “metal gods” took to the stage. Vocalist Rob Halford walked onto the stage using a cane, but that definitely did little to diminish the spirit and energy that poured forth from the band’s set. They were definitely one of the true highlights of our weekend of timeless rock n’ roll.

The intense heat and humidity did nothing to dampen the spirit as we moved into the third and final day of Rock On The Range 2015.  Due to an incredibly bad traffic back-up on the way into the festival, we got there just in time to catch the last few moments of Hollywood Undead’s main stage set. Once we were finally able to get into the swing of things,  The Pretty Reckless gave us a sultry, yet blistering performance. It was wonderful to finally see The Pretty Reckless shine during their Rock On The Range main stage debut. Last year, the band garnered an enormous crowd on the side stage, so it was only fitting that they be bumped up to the big stage, especially after the amazing success of the band’s latest album release.

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After The Pretty Reckless, we bounced over to the side stage to catch Rival Sons, who absolutely blew me away with their showmanship and musicality, followed by a set from Halestorm on the main stage. Halestorm is another one of those band that I truly never tire of seeing in the live environment. Vocalist Lzzy Hale absolutely captivates the audience and her brother Arjay Hale is without a doubt one of the most energetic drummers I have ever seen.

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While some die hard rock and metal fans were complaining about a little hip-hop flavor being thrown on the bill this year, I for one, was thrilled when it was announced that Tech N9ne would be appearing at this years festival.  Tech N9ne is a true artist and was without a doubt one of the performances that I had been waiting on all weekend long.  Take all your preconceived notions about genre stereotypes and toss them straight out the window because Tech N9ne is able to flawlessly blend together elements of both rap and rock to create a style that is very much all his own. He is incredibly unique and that is something that is very lacking in today’s music scene.  Tech’s Rock On The Range performance was fantastic and we absolutely can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next! Not going to lie, though, I was really hoping that both Slipknot and Tech N9ne would have been performing the same day, as hearing new track “Wither” feat. Corey Taylor would have been epic to see performed together live.

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Gathering ourselves together after Tech N9ne, it was time to head back over to the main stage to see Rise Against. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to catch Rise Against, not only once, but twice this summer, as they performed at this year’s Carolina Rebellion festival, as well as, Rock On The Range. It is always wonderful to witness a band that truly has something to say and Rise Against does a fantastic job of making sure that everyone within earshot is listening. Superb performance from these guys yet again!

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To close out our wonderful weekend of rock n’ roll, Linkin Park took to the stage to close out Rock On The Range 2015 with a bang. The placement in the line-up for this year’s headliners was perfect, because in years past we have seen the stadium slowly begin to empty out once the third day headliners take to the stage, however this was definitely not the case with Linkin Park. They were the perfect choice to close out the weekend, as they are another one of those timeless bands which every generation in attendance can relate.

Whose ready for next year?  I know we are, as we can’t wait to see what Rock On The Range 2016 with bring!

Want more images from Rock On The Range 2015? Visit our Facebook page to see full galleries from this year’s festival!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

 

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