Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hip-Pop Artist Keaira LaShae: Get To Know This Superhero

With a dash of electrifying vocals, a smidgen of gravity defying choreography and a whole lot of Superhero Swag, newcomer R&B/Pop superstar Keaira LaShae is the epitome of all-encompassing talent. Having a natural flair for music, fitness and dance, the advocate for female empowerment is gearing up to make a permanent indentation in the industry with a summer release of her self-titled EP. Recording in Rodney Jerkins’ Studios in Los Angeles, Keaira LaShae is putting the final touches on Keaira LaShae in partnership with Duane “DaRock” Ramos (The Pussycat Dolls, Nicki Minaj & LL Cool) and Sanchez Holmes (T.I, Young Jeezy) amongst others. Songs on the EP reflecting love, female empowerment & a little bit of attitude are guaranteed to connect with audiences near and far as illustrated by “Superhero”, the first single from the EP:
Additionally Keaira LaShae will have 3 songs featured in the upcoming motion picture, “Unattended – The Cost of Neglect” in theaters Fall 2012.
In addition to being a songwriter and musician, Keaira LaShae is also an accomplished choreographer and fitness instructor. Singing in her Church while growing up in Tampa, Keaira LaShae entered a dance competition and beat competitors twice her age with her natural choreography talent. A leading fitness instructor for Daily Burn with P90X director Mason Bendawald, Keaira LaShae encompasses attributes of a well-rounded and incredibly talented individual ready to make her mark on the industry. 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Robert Rorison's Blue Balloon - New Album 'Hearts Are Pretty Heavy'

Blue Balloon - Hearts Are Pretty Heavy
Robert Rorison released his astounding debut album recording through Marketstall Records yesterday on May 14th, 2012 under his new all-purpose nom-de-plume Blue Balloon. The release is limited to an initial run of 500 numbered, hand-packaged, signed compact discs.
“Hearts Are Pretty Heavy” is an album several years in the making during which time Robert not only lost a longterm relationship, a couple of jobs and several friends as he pursued the sound he had in his head, but also suffered mental health issues that Rob has had to fight hard to overcome. Rorison is not fucking about when it comes to his music.
His early days as a beat-matching hip-hop DJ  (Wu Tang Clan were his watershed moment) led him to a lyrical complexity and rhythmic intonation that are simultaneously worthy of both your admiration and devotion.  ‘I see little lyric shaped holes in the world I feel like I can fill…the words are a lot like puzzles I have to work into a song’ says Rob. This rings ever more true as the lyrical gymnastics and lithe poetry of ‘Hearts Are Pretty Heavy’ reveal themselves to the patient listener, gripping you more tightly with every play.
Influenced heavily by hip-hop but having had his head turned by Leonard Cohen, Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith, Rob spent a long time wending his way through quirky acoustic covers of the likes of Prince, The Cure and even Will Smith before finding his true voice – a clear, heartfelt sigh that can rise to desperation and drop to a tremble in the space of a note.
Having solidified his growing reputation as a master songwriter and performer with support slots for First Aid Kit and Stornoway Rob is now ready to reveal the first document of his heartfelt, heavenly work in the shape of ‘Hearts Are Pretty Heavy’.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Six60 Release US Tour Dates

Six60 is ready to head full speed into the U.S., with their debut self-titled release out now! Hailing from New Zealand, this energetic electro-pop powerhouse brings together the perfect blend of soul, rock, dub step and drum and bass. Already gaining huge success in their homeland, the group is ready to take on the rest of the world! With over 110,000 Facebook fans, the band already has a double platinum debut album including the double platinum selling singles “Rise Up 2.0” and “Don’t Forget Your Roots.”

The band’s infectious track “Forever” is now available for free download opening with gorgeous vocals, mixed with silky and harmonious guitars, the song picks up with hammering beats and layered synths that will make your jaw drop.

Six60’s music is versatile and vibrant, as their explosive guitars, thick beats and fierce vocals fill each inch of the room with pure and utter perfection. From heavy hitters like “Get,” to the hypnotic track “Run For It,” that channels Miike Snow, Six60 prove there is nothing they can’t accomplish. Slick guitar riffs accompany smooth vocals to create a stunning album that will not only intrigue you, but become an instant favorite.

Lucky North American fans will be thrilled to find out that this Spring Six60 is heading on a nation wide tour of the US.

This, my friends, is what rock n’ roll is all about….Six60 Live and Massive!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Hotel Utah – San Francisco, CA 
Thursday, June 7, 2012 – Crystal Bay Club Casino – Crystal Bay, NV 
Saturday, June 9, 2012 – TBD - Los Angeles, CA 
Sunday, June 10, 2012 – Anthology - San Diego, CA 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - Tin Angel - Philadelphia, PA T
hursday, June 21, 2012 - The Great Scott - Boston, MA 
Friday, June 22, 2012 - The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD 
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Woodbury Reggae Festival - Woodbury, CT 
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Bayley Beach Park - Rowayton, CT (Free Show) 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA 
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH 
Sunday, July 01, 2012 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI

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"Happy Endings" with Ghostly Glam Duo WAZU - Debut EP Out Now!

If you’ve been paying attention to the NYC music scene (and you should be!), you know that Brooklyn-based Australian transplants WAZU have been generating heaps of buzz as of late. “Murder 1,” the synth-heavy, post apocalyptic first single from their three song WAZU EP (Anti-Language Recordings) is getting rave reviews. The accompanying video premiered exclusively on Contact Music and was recently featured as Video of the Day on SPINNER. Watch it here:

The track is a glorious, vicious little tease of what’s to come from this male-female duo that appear to have swallowed some of the same sexy electronic pills as The xx, but have regurgitated them in a much more elaborate and foreboding fashion. “Happy Endings,” the second track off the EP produced by the legendary Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Swans, The Walkmen), is a cynical sing-along that resonates with the lyrics, “take a look at me / I’m living proof / Happy endings don’t have room for two.” Never has heartbreak sounded so enticing and danceable. It is now available for free download.

In their first week of playing together as WAZU, the duo performed seven shows in six nights at the Top 10 “Best of the Fest” Festival at Toronto Indie Week 2010. “We showed up planning to play three shows, but [we] kept winning!” Shortly after, the band performed as part of the CMJ Festival at Lower East Side staple The Living Room, the Neon Reverb Music Festival in Las Vegas, and the Dropout Party at Don Hill’s in NYC. In the past few months WAZU made the Top 3 of the Deli Magazine’s Year End Best of NYC poll for emerging artists in 2011 and the EP has earned the band glowing reviews and promising mentions in In-d Scene UK, Some Kind of Awesome, and Alfitude, to name a few.

Catch WAZU at one scheduled shows listed below, and be on the look out for WAZU’s debut LP, also produced by Kevin McMahon, Summer 2012.

5/8: Boardner’s “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang” in Hollywood, CA 
5/24: Deli Magazine Best of 2011 Festival in Brooklyn, NY

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