It's only been a few short days since Dispatch announced that they'd be offering free downloads of their complete studio album catalogue (4 albums!) to any fan who helped spread the word of the recently announced reunion tour this summer. The success of the promotion speaks for itself, with nearly 15,000 downloads and counting.
The promotion was intended to build awareness of and excitement for the reunion by enlisting Dispatch's diehard fan base to further build the band's social profiles, reach potential new fans and reward existing fans all by following only a few simple steps. Full details are available at www.dispatchmusic.com.
This summer tour marks the first time since 2007's Madison Square Garden three-night sold out stand that the band has played live together. Highlights on the reunion tour include the first ever concert at the 25,000 capacity, brand new Red Bull Arena soccer stadium in Harrison, NJ, less than 10 miles from Manhattan, the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver, the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and a hometown stand at TD Garden in Boston. Dispatch has taken the extraordinary step of setting ticket prices at $40 across the board. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12 Noon local time on January 28th at www.dispatchmusic.com. Fans are also invited to sign up at www.dispatchmusic.com beginning today for access to a special presale which begins at 12 Noon local time on January 21st and runs until the public onsale.
“Longest Road,” by Morgan Page, is this month’s featured track on Marketplace from American Public Media. In the series, titled "Road Warriors," folks share with fellow listeners’ their business travel playlist. This week, Julie Aiken highlights Page’s “Longest Road” while stuck on L.A. freeways, in endless traffic. While originally a love song, the track also provides respite during the long, weary hours spent behind the wheel in the city of angels.
To Watch Pt.1 Of A 3-Part Short Film, Finding Home, Click HERE Or Preview Above
(Directed by Josh Franer and includes footage, interviews and live performances)
“Mr. Fitzsimmons makes music so lovely and intimate…songs that are delicate, tender and achingly romantic…” –Wall Street Journal
“William Fitzsimmons: A songwriter with vision…” – NPR
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of indie troubadour William Fitzsimmons to its label roster. Fitzsimmons’ first release on Nettwerk, Gold In The Shadow, is scheduled for March 22, 2011.
His first two full-length albums, Until When We Are Ghosts (2005) and Goodnight (2006) were self-produced and recorded by Fitzsimmons at his former home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His impressive first studio record, 2008's The Sparrow And The Crow, reached #1 on the iTunes Top Folk Albums chart and was named Folk album of the year by the iTunes staff in the US and Australia. In addition, Fitzsimmons’ music has also been featured in a wide variety of places including ABC's Brothers & Sisters, MTV’s Life Of Ryan, 16 and Pregnant, CW’s One Tree Hill, ABC Family’s Greek, and Lifetime’s Army Wives and he has been featured in Billboard, RollingStone, Paste, Spin, Musikexpress, Uncut, Q Magazine, and PerformingSongwriter Magazine.
On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the forty-one tunes eligible for the best original song Oscar. Nettwerk-managed artist Lucy Schwartz has two songs included in the list: "Little One" from the film Mother And Child and "Darling I Do" from Shrek Forever After. Visit Lucy's MySpace page to hear both tracks.
Members of the academy's music branch will review the songs on Jan. 6, giving them each a score which will be averaged and used to determine the eventual nominees. Visit the Hollywood Reporter for the full list of contenders.
British rock band The Outfield is back with two new releases slated for early 2011. Nettwerk One Music has been working with the The Outfield’s writer/guitarist John Spinks since 2007, and has witnessed him put together an impressive set of songs that will comprise the first new studio release from the band in nearly six years.
Spinks reunited the band’s original line up--Tony Lewis (lead vox/bass) and Alan Jackman (drums)--at the turn of the year, and they have spent the majority of 2010 recording, overdubbing and mixing in various studios in southern England. The result is a powerful album that combines the band's original classic guitar sound with a more mature and developed sound, appealing to old and new fans alike.
Chad Stokes & Friends sing Dispatch classic "Bang Bang" to close Calling All Crows' 3rd Annual Benefit Show at the House of Blues in Boston. From left to right: Lauren Coleman (Pebaluna), The White Buffalo, Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival), Chad Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch), Matt Embree (Rx Bandits, Pebaluna), Melaena Cadiz, and Brad Corrigan (Dispatch). (Photo credit: Steve Rosenfield / Ganesh Photography)
Chad Stokes & Friends wrapped up their inaugural acoustic tour on Friday in Boston at Calling All Crows’ 3rd Annual Benefit Show at the House of Blues. Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch) shared the stage with tourmates Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), Lauren Coleman (Pebaluna), Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival), The White Buffalo, and Melaena Cadiz as well as special guests Brad Corrigan (Dispatch) and Erin Coughlin. Through a check presentation to partner Oxfam America as part of the program on Friday night, Calling All Crows announced that it met its 2010 goal of raising $100,000 to support Sudanese women living in internal displacement (IDP) camps.
Founded by Stokes and tour manager Sybil Gallagher, Calling All Crows is a service organization that works to mobilize musicians and fans to empower women around the world. The donation will be used to offer grants, vocational training, and small-business loans — as well as assets like donkeys, donkey carts, seeds, and plows — to help many of those affected by the conflict in Darfur earn a dignified living.
"In my travels for Oxfam, I've seen first-hand how the initiatives Calling All Crows support are meaningful and can transform women's lives,” said Liz Lucas, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Press Officer. “We are grateful for Calling All Crows and State Radio's support, and for the support of their members and fans."
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announced that Nashville-based singer/songwriter Matt Wertz will release his next full-length album on Nettwerk Records. More details will follow in the new year, but the album is set for a late winter 2011 release and will coincide with a full N. American tour.
Wertz released his last full-length album, Under Summer Sun, in 2008 on Universal Republic. Stand out track "Everything's Right," which exemplified his penchant for combining soulful rock with carefree pop, debuted at #40 on the Hot AC Chart and was featured in TV shows like Brothers And Sisters and Wildfire, and the major motion picture My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He has toured with the likes of Ben Folds, Jamie Cullum, Gavin DeGraw and One Republic, as well as headlined sold-out clubs across the country.
Earlier this year, Wertz self-relased a new EP called While We're Becoming, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. He joined Five For Fighting on the road for six weeks before turning his focus to his new full-length album.
Check out Matt Wertz's original holiday song
"Christmas Just Does This To Me" HERE
Watch the video for "I Just Realized" from the While We're Becoming EP,
featuring actress Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill, Entourage, Friday Night Lights)HERE
Billboard has released their "Best of 2010" charts, and Delerium's hit single "Dust In Gravity" came in at #12 on the "Dance Club Songs" chart. The chart measures the most popular songs played in dance clubs in 2010, compiled from reports from a national sample of club DJs.
"Dust In Gravity," which features vocals by rising Canadian R&B/pop artist Kreesha Turner, is from Delerium's album Remixed: The Definitive Collection. The album featured new and classic remixes spanning Delerium's career. The collection was mixed in entirety by Neils Van Gogh and includes mixes from DJ Dan, Andy Moor, Deep Dish, Above & Beyond and the legendary DJ Tiesto.
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Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go"has gone Double Platinum in the US and Canada and Platinume in the UK. In the US, the track has cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains in the Top 5 of the iTunes Top Singles Chart, while the accompanying video (above) boasts more than 170 million views on YouTube and peaked at #2 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.