Apr 15th, 2009 JAPANESE ROCKERS FACT INVOLVED IN SERIOUS VAN ACCIDENT ON DAY OF ALBUM RELEASE
REMAINING US AND CANADIAN TOUR DATES CANCELLED
The members of Japanese rock band FACT were involved in a serious van accident yesterday afternoon. The band had played a show in Montgomery, AL the night before and was headed to their next gig in Altoona, PA, when another vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 85 just outside of Atlanta, striking the band’s van and causing the two vehicles to collide head on. The van flipped over on its side.
Everyone survived, but singer Hiro sustained a concussion and drummer Eiji remains hospitalized with a broken arm. Tour manager John Kim was originally thought to have suffered internal injuries but turned out to be OK and was released from the hospital. The other band members suffered minor injuries.
Due to Eiji’s arm injuries, FACT will be forced to cancel the remaining dates on their North American run and will return to Japan to recuperate. There were two US shows left and a string of Canadian dates that will be rescheduled at a later date.
To read an article about the accident visit: http://www.times-herald.com/local/Five-injured-in-two-car-wreck-on-Interstate-85-715174.
FACT’s Vagrant/Maximum 10 Records debut was released yesterday.
FACT is: Takahiro (guitars, vocals), Tomohiro (bass, vocals), Eiji (drums, vocals), Hiro (lead vocals), and Kazuki (guitar, vocals)
www.vagrant.com Apr 4th, 2009 Meet Karate High School...Karate High School
The Bay Area band’s third release, Invaders is a record they like to say is about life, love, destiny, self-discovery, accomplishments, disappointments, Heaven, Hell, dreams, reality, hope, realizing it’s never too late to follow your heart, and finding beauty and strength in the most peculiar of places. One theme that runs throughout Invaders is that it’s OK to just be yourself.
“I fought with this concept for a long time, and I still do,” Paul McGuire (vocals, keyboards, guitars) explains.
Not concerned to be the most indie, metal or hipster band out there, Invaders is a fun, pop-tinged collection of songs. Recorded in McGuire’s old bedroom at his mom’s house, there was no high-priced studio, nor big-name producer attached. Invaders is the result of a band working together to make sense out of their lives and not worrying about writing the next groundbreaking song.
“The Beatles already wrote every great song many years before I was even born,” McGuire declares. “I’ll never write a “Hey Jude.” Heck, I’ll never write a “Yellow Submarine. The only thing I can do is put as much honesty and creativity into the songs that I can, and hope that they connect with people.”
Fans of everything from Talking Heads to Cannibal Corpse, as well as DJ Shadow, Bjork, and Wham!, the lads in Karate High School don’t stick to one sound for long and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Invaders will be released through Eyeball Records May 19. Watch for Karate High School on tour throughout 2009. For the latest tour dates visit: www.myspace.com/karatehighschool
1. Zombies Everywhere
2. One Trip Around The Sun
3. Punk Rock Uniform
4. Fell In Love With A Robot
5. Under The Microscope
6. Out On The Streets
7. You’re Not Fooling Anyone (Except Me)
8. If You Don’t Live Here, Don’t Surf Here
9. The Horror Show
10. Failure Is Officially An Option
11. Dear You, It’s Me Apr 3rd, 2009 Logan Hicks Art Show In Brooklyn May 1-3
ARTIST LOGAN HICKS TEAMS UP WITH TWO-MAN PAINTING TEAM BROKEN CROW FOR THEIR FIRST COLLABORATIVE SHOW IN NEW YORK
THE ‘BROKEN HORSE’ ART EXHIBIT RUNS MAY 1-3 AT THE FORMER HAMILTON SAVINGS AND LOAN BANK IN BROOKLYN, NY
HICKS’ WORK SHOWCASES THE SPRAWLING INHABITANTS OF THE CITY JUXTAPOSED AGAINST THE STARK, GREY ENVIRONMENT THEY LIVE IN
LOGAN HICKS’ FIRST-EVER SOLO SHOW IN AMERICA TO BE HELD IN LOS ANGELES THIS OCTOBER
April 3, 2009—Renowned stencil artist Logan Hicks, who has been busy stenciling his way around the world for the past 10 years, will be teaming up with the two-man painting team known as Broken Crow for the Broken Horse exhibit running May 1 – 3 at the former Hamilton Savings and Loan Bank in Brooklyn, NY (498 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231).
Known for his meticulous, multi-layered stencils, Hicks’ work captures the sensory overload with which a city can inundate a person. His art captures the sprawling urban inhabitants and juxtaposes them against the stark, grey environment they dwell in.
Also known as Workhorse, Logan Hicks has a work ethic second-to-none. “My tip is to stay awake 24 hours a day and work like a crackhead. That's what I do, and it has seemed to do the trick,” Hicks told Behance Magazine last year.
Hicks’ art has been shown in nearly 30 countries in cities as far away as Cape Town, South Africa and Shanghai, China. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Hicks currently calls New York City home. Citing NYC as the 'city of all cities,' he can often be found wandering the subway system at 4AM taking pictures for his artwork or simply observing the army of people coursing through the tunnels like blood through a body's veins and arteries.
A leader in an incredible art movement that features artists such as Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, and Banksy, Hicks had his first solo show last July at the prestigious Black Rat Press Gallery in London where he sold more than 115 paintings to collectors on opening night.
Hicks was also one of the main painters featured when graffiti artist Banksy turned a half-mile of disused road tunnel in South London and created Cans Festival, a collection of works by the world’s most esteemed street/stencil artists. According to the reclusive organizer, the exhibit was to "transform a dark forgotten filth pit" into "an oasis of beautiful art.” Over 120,000 fans showed up on the first day alone to view the show.
Logan Hicks’ art has been featured in a series of cutting-edge Nike commercials staring Le Bron James. The artist also had his own apparel line in partnership with Japanese company Medicom, in addition to having his own Logan Hicks signature K-Swiss sneaker backed by a massive MTV ad campaign in Asia.
2009 will be a breakthrough year for Logan Hicks who will have his first-ever solo show in America to be held in Los Angeles this October.
For more information on Logan Hicks see www.loganhicks.com Apr 2nd, 2009 Hopeless Records Band Anarbor Announce Spring Tour With Forgive Durden, You Me and Everyone We Know
Bamboozle Left Date Changed to April 4th
Phoenix, AZ pop-rock band Anarbor (www.myspace.com/anarbor) just wrapped up their stint on the 2009 Take Action Tour Presented by FYE with Cute Is What We Aim For, Breathe Carolina, Meg & Dia and Every Avenue,and and are now readying themselves for a performance at Bamboozle Left in Anaheim, CA on April 4th. Starting on April 26, the band will play 4 east coast dates with label mates The Dangerous Summer, after which they will embark on a month long tour with Forgive Durden and You Me and Everyone We Know (see dates below).
Anarbor released their debut Hopeless Records EP, Free Your Mind on March 10. The EP was produced by Mike Green (Paramore, Good Charlotte) in Los Angeles, CA.
“Pop-rock songs that burrow into your brain and stick there for hours afterwards… takes catchy hooks and knits them together into a melodic feast of music.”
“…they have come up with a very fresh and catchy soulful pop/rock set that, in my opinion, blew the headliners out of the water! Lead vocalist Slade has a big voice and delivers a respectable live show that rivals that of some big name acts like The All-American Rejects and Fall Out Boy…”- Redefine Magazine
“…fuse together pop rock and pop punk seamlessly…”- Rockfreaks
Anarbor Tour Dates:
4/04/09 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
4/09/09 Fullerton, CA – CSUF Becker Amphitheater (students only)
*4/25/09 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Café Metropolis
[w/ The Dangerous Summer]
4/26/09 Newark, NJ – New Jersey Institute of Technology [w/ The Color Fred]
4/27/09 Rockville Center, NY – Vibe Lounge
4/28/09 New York, NY – NYUrocian
*4/29/09 Providence, RI – Jerky’s Live Music Hall
*4/30/09 Plains, PA – Energy Nightclub
*5/01/09 New Canaan, CT – The Outback
5/02/09 Sterling, VA – Sterling Community Center
[w/ Forgive Durden, You Me and Everyone We Know]
5/05/09 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
5/06/09 Boston, MA – Café 939 at Berklee
5/07/09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
5/08/09 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels
5/09/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Mixtape
5/10/09 Madison, WI – The Loft
5/12/09 Howell, MI – Howell Opera House
5/13/09 Akron, OH – Musica
5/14/09 Orland Park, IL – Mojoes
5/15/09 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
5/16/09 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
5/17/09 Claremore, OK – King of Clubs
5/19/09 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
5/20/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounge
5/21/09 San Antonio, TX – Rock Bottom Bar
5/22/09 Dallas, TX – The Max
5/23/09 McAllen, TX – McAllen Creative Incubator
5/24/09 Waco, TX – Art Ambush
5/26/09 Tempe, AZ – Modified Arts
5/28/09 Victorville, CA – Club Karma
5/29/09 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
5/30/09 San Diego, CA – The Epicentre
5/31/09 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory (Front Bar)
6/02/09 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
6/04/09 Portland, OR – Satryicon
6/05/09 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey Apr 2nd, 2009 THE HUMAN ABSTRACT START U.S. HEADLINING TOUR APRIL 30
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
BAND RECENTLY WRAPPED EUROPEAN TOUR WITH THE CHARIOT, AND PROTEST THE HERO
THA’S LATEST RELASE, MIDHEAVEN IS IN STORES NOW
L.A. band The Human Abstract, fresh off the heels of a recently wrapped European tour, is preparing to embark on a U.S. headlining tour beginning April 30 at famed club Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. Touring as support acts will be Oh, Sleeper, as well as Iwrestledabearonce, and Vanna.
Having completed previous U.S. tours in support of their sophomore Hopeless Records release Midheaven with Trivium, All That Remains, Protest the Hero, As I Lay Dying, and Vans Warped Tour, in addition to a trek with Japanese rockers Dir En Grey, the Los Angeles progressive metal act The Human Abstract is excited to hit the road on its very own headlining tour.
The Human Abstract (vocalist Nathan Ells, pianist Sean Leonard, bassist Henry Selva, drummer Brett Powell, and guitarists Dean Herrera and Andrew Tapley), teamed up with producers Leonard Simone and Jesse E. String on Midheaven which aptly showcases the band’s masterful songwriting on 10 breathtaking tracks that are action packed with progressive rock melodies, tasteful riffs and dynamic guitar solos.
The sextet’s growing popularity helped propel Midheaven into the Billboard Top 200 last year. Anxious to take their full production across the country, definitely make it a point to catch The Human Abstract when it comes to your town.
The Human Abstract Headlining Tour (w/ pre sale links):
w/ Oh, Sleeper, Iwrestledabearonce, Vanna
4/30/09 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction www.allages.com
5/01/09 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage www.lunatiks.com
5/02/09 Phoenix, AZ – Phix Gallery http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/ (No Oh, Sleeper)
5/03/09 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad http://www.holdmyticket.com
5/04/09 Las Cruces, NM – Dream Center http://www.myspace.com/lcdreamcenter
5/05/09 Dallas, TX – The Door http://www.thedoorclubs.com
5/06/09 Houston, TX – The Java Jazz http://www.javajazzcoffeehouse.com
5/07/09 Metairie, LA – High Ground http://www.groovetickets.com
5/08/09 Orlando, FL – The Social http://www.ticketmaster.com
5/09/09 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue http://www.ducatking.com
5/10/09 Charlotte, NC – The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall www.etix.com
5/12/09 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar http://www.missiontix.com
5/14/09 Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey www.musictoday.com
5/15/09 Montreal, QC – Underworld www.admission.com
5/16/09 Toronto, ON – The Kathedral www.ticketweb.com
5/17/09 Pontiac, MI – Mill Street Entry www.ticketmaster.com
5/19/09 Tinley Park, IL – Mojoes Rock House www.ticketrumba.com
5/20/09 St. Louis, MO – FUBAR www.frontgatetickets.com
5/22/09 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre http://www.timgardeapresents.com (No Oh, Sleeper)
5/23/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theater www.smithtix.com (No Oh, Sleeper)
5/25/09 Modesto, CA – Modesto Virtual www.timgardeapresents.com
5/26/09 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s www.timgardeapresents.com
5/27/09 Fresno, CA – The Exit ww.timgardeapresents.com
5/28/09 Hollywood, CA – Knitting Factory Hollywood www.knittingfactory.com
For more information see:
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