Friday, April 15, 2016

Emo bands delight fans with reunion tours as Jared Putnam of The March Divide preps third album of songs he never stopped writing.

San Antonio-based musician is keeping thoughtful rock music alive, with fans helping “I Told You So” single pass a half-million streams.

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Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Greg Gabrisch

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The March Divide – In The Press

“Impressively hooky.” – American Songwriter
“Completely clever.” – Performer
“This is quality pop at its best.” – Popdose
“An emo revival really is taking place.” – MAGNET
 “All about lyrics and melodies.” – Babysue
“Gifted with a serious set of pipes.” – The Aquarian

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“Putnam’s lyrics prove that honesty doesn’t have to be complicated.” – Elmore Magazine with the “Who Are You” video from The March Divide


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While the word may be considered taboo in some circles of the musical elite, the fact is that Emo is back, and for some it never went away.  With revered acts such as Mineral selling out a three-night stand at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom at the end of 2014, to the just-breaking news of The Anniversary’s announced reunion, it’s clear that thoughtful, passionately performed rock songs still have a loyal audience.

Jared Putnam of San Antonio-based The March Divide knows it’s true because he’s been making this music for most of his adult life, first with his hard-touring band The Conversation, and over the course of three albums and three EPs in just three years as The March Divide.  While Putnam’s audience is smaller than some of his contemporaries, it shows its allegiance, recently helping The March Divide single “I Told You So” from 2014’s Billions album to pass 500,000 streams on Apple Music alone.

Saturdays, the third full-length by The March Divide will be released on May 13th and today Elmore Magazine has the premiere of the music video for “Who Are You,” the latest single from the album.

“I think I finally made the record I wanted to make,” Putnam says of the follow-up to Billions and its accompanying EP “+1,” which arrived in 2015.  “I didn’t set out to write an album so soon after the last, but I never really stopped writing.”

Regarding “Who Are You,” Putnam says “This song is an achievement for me since it represents a direction that I’ve been trying to steer myself in.  A lot of great songs get lost in translation – sometimes there’s too much effort put into trying to be different,” Putnam explains. “But I think the emotional attachments we feel for songs are primal, so maybe the more primitive the approach, the more likely people are to connect. That’s the goal after all, right?”

It’s this attitude that Putnam’s fans, and fans of the genre, feel.  It’s what brings them back, it’s what makes for 500,000 track streams, and it’s what sells out venues for acts that left the scene, only to find that their fans never left them.

Saturdays by The March Divide arrives on May 13th, distributed by Burnside. The March Divide will be touring before, during, and after the release of Saturdays, as per usual.  See below for current tour dates.  Jared Putnam is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The March Divide – On Tour

04/17 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
04/19 Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall
04/21 Brownsville, TX @ El Hueso de Fraile
04/22 Harlingen, TX @ The Prelude
04/30 San Antonio, TX @ Point Park & Eats
05/14 Austin, TX @ Sam’s Boat
05/20 San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar Record Release Show
05/26 Amarillo, TX @ The 806
05/27 Clovis, NM @ House Show (info@themarchdivide.com for info)
05/28 Denver, CO @ Bushwackers Saloon
05/29 Boulder, CO @ The Laughing Goat
05/31 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
06/01 Dallas, TX @ Adair’s Saloon
06/04 Austin, TX @ Sam’s Boat
09/10 Fort Stockton, TX @ The Garage

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The March Divide – Saturdays
(S/R – May 13th, 2016)


Track Listing:

1. Exit Signs (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
2. What Will I Do
3. Take Me Out
4. Take Your Chances
5. Who Are You (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
6. I Give Up
7. Kathrine Loves The Fall
8. Go To Sleep
9. I Don’t Recall
10. Because I Wanted To
11. This Infatuation
12. Over and Over
13. Stacey
14. This Argument

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The March Divide Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Matt Bennett to release debut “Terminal Cases,” a concept album about divorce based on the films of Robin Williams.

Project that was shelved indefinitely after Williams’ 2014 passing now arrives June 10th.  Listen to “Fisher King” here.

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Matt Bennett as photographed by Robyn Von Swank

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Hear “Fisher King” from “Terminal Cases,” the debut album by Matt Bennett



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Matt Bennett discusses Terminal Cases

“I could start on my bedroom floor, circa 2006, listening to Lou Reed’s Berlin for the first time.  Or I could start as a boy watching ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ for the zillionth time.”

Los Angeles based musician, Matt Bennett is discussing his upcoming debut album Terminal Cases, a concept record about divorce, inspired by the films of Robin Williams, and scheduled for release on June 10th

“I first got the idea for Terminal Cases one afternoon while watching the movie ‘Jumanji,’ he recalls.  I wrote a song based around it that told the story of a man revisiting his childhood home and not recognizing any of his surroundings.”

Bennett then spent the next year and a half watching and re-watching Robin Williams films, writing and re-writing.  And in his viewings he noticed that in Williams’ movies, there is often a character named Jack (see: “Jack,” “Hook,” “Fisher King”), and that the films often deal with aging – either too slowly, too quickly, or with the reticence of a man child to “grow up.” They also often dealt with divorce.

“That last realization came at a crucial time for me,” Bennett explains.  “My parents had just announced their plans to divorce.”

Around the same time, Bennett’s dream job ended.  He had been one of the co-stars of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious” for over three years and one summer afternoon he found out that the show had been abruptly cancelled.

“With no job and very little structure to my days, my life seemed directionless,” he recalls.  “I realized change could only come from within, so I started making this album.”

In addition to being inspired by Robin Williams, Bennett also took a nod from another of his heroes, Lou Reed.

“I decided to structure the project around the album Berlin,” Bennett explains.  “I had been fascinated by Berlin since I was in high school, especially the song ‘The Kids.’  It’s a tragically beautiful song and I tried channeling that energy into my song ‘Doubtfire.’

Bennett worked on Terminal Cases every night for a year and a half with the intention of somehow getting it into Robin Williams’ hands, and he had most of it written when the legendary actor unexpectedly and tragically passed in 2014.

“That’s it,” Bennett thought. “There’s no way I can release this album now.  It’s dark and strange and completely wrong.”  Bennett sat on the material for much of the following year.

“But there was something in these songs that lingered with me,” he says. “I needed to get them out of my head, and completing this album has been very therapeutic for me. It was a great experiment to write these songs, to record them, and now to release them.”

Terminal Cases by Matt Bennett arrives on June 10th, 2016Matt Bennett is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Matt Bennett is a comedic actor and musician best known as a co-star of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious” and recently seen in the festival circuit hit film “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” He recently appeared as a guest star on the hit show “The Big Bang Theory” and can also be found hosting his monthly variety show “This Show Is Your Show” at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

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Matt Bennett – Terminal Cases
(Fanatic Records – June 10th)


Track Listing:

01. Fisher King (STREAM)
02. Moscow
03. Jumanji
04. Hook Pt.1
05. Birdcage
06. Bicentennial
07. Hook Pt. 2
08. Doubtfire
09. What Dreams May Come
10. Garp (Terminal Cases)

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Matt Bennett Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

L.A.-based visual artist, producer, vocalist Rae Okino offers free download of debut album “Valentine’s Day” for limited time.

Hear “dreamy, synth-drenched banger” single “Game Changer” (feat. Bassnectar, Beats Antique collaborator, Lafa Taylor) now.

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Rae Okino as photographed by Machete Bang Bang

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“Game Changer” (feat. Lafa Taylor) is the first single from the debut album Valentine’s Day by Rae Okino



  
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Every day is Valentine’s Day! Rae Okino shares her Valentine’s Day Top 5 via YouTube

The debut album by Los Angeles-based visual artist, producer, and vocalist Rae Okino arrives today via traditional consumer digital outlets, but the artist is also making the record available for free download via her Soundcloud account for a very limited time. The public can grab a copy of Valentine’s Day starting today, March 23rd at 12PM PST!

Why today instead of the newly-traditional release date of Friday? 

Okino explains, saying, “It’s a full moon in Libra and I’m a Libra, and today is a day that closes out a cycle Libra’s have been in for two years.” Okino created Valentine’s Day within that two-year period, and goes on to say, “It’s a great day for Libra’s to release what they’ve been doing during that time, and my desire to offer the record for free as a gift to all of the lovers and feelers out there reflects that.”

“Lovers and feelers” is what Valentine’s Day, the holiday and the album, are all about, after all.

Valentine’s Day not only touches on love, lust, and the general ins and outs of relationships,” Okino explains, “but also on the relationship between togetherness and separateness as a means to achieve oneness.  Show the people you love why you love them, any chance you get.  Why wait for Hallmark to bank on your love for each other?”

“Game Changer,” the lead single from Valentine’s Day (premiered on February 14th by ear-to-the-ground music discovery site Buzzbands.la), starts where relationships do – at the beginning.  It’s about that “difficult stripping back of the layers,” Okino says.

The track, featuring rapper Lafa Taylor (a collaborator with Bassnectar and Beats Antique), is described by writer Kevin Bronson as a “dreamy, synth-drenched banger,” and is just one cut that comprises an overall effort by Okino to create what she calls a “sex positive” album.

Valentine’s Day, the debut album by visual artist, producer, and vocalist Rae Okino arrives today. Okino is already back in the studio working on her next round of material.  Rae Okino is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Rae Okino
Valentine’s Day
(S/R – March 23rd, 2016)


Track Listing:

01. Game Changer (feat. Lafa Taylor) (STREAM | MP3)
02. 100
03. Come Over
04. Not a Transaction
05. Walk Away (feat. Releece)
06. Nights & Mornings
07. Good
08. Kiss You
09. Means Nothing
10. Crushin’
11. Moving On

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Rae Okino Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion