Aaron David Gleason Wry Observer (Independent)
Abe Partridge “Colors” (Independent)
Bahamas Earthtones (Brushfire/Republic)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Echo” (BMG)
Blue Music The Blue Music (Independent)
Brett Dennen “Already Gone” (Downtown)
Car Seat Headrest “Nervous Young Inhumans” (Matador)
Chile Colorado “Fast Woman’s Lovin'” (Independent)
Company Of Thieves “Treasure” (Independent)
Coronas “We Couldn’t Fake It” (Independent)
David Myles “Real Love” (Independent)
De Lux More Disco Songs About Love (Innovative Leisure)
Erika Wennerstrom “Extraordinary Love” (Partisan)
Fay Gauthier Firehead (Independent)
Foster The People “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
Fratellis “Stand Up Tragedy” (Cooking Vinyl)
Glen Hansard “Roll On Slow” (Anti-)
H.C. McEntire “Quartz In The Valley” (Merge)
High Ceiling Easy (Independent)
Joe Marson “This Is Magic” (Independent)
Jules Shear One More Crooked Dance (Funzalo)
Karney No Mercy (Independent)
Laila Biali Laila Biali (Independent)
Lauren Kinhan A Sleepin’ Bee (Independent)
Lisa Morales Luna Negra and The Daughter Of The Sun (Independent)
Lone Bellow “May You Be Well” (Descendant)
Lonely Biscuits “Endlessly” (Soundly)
Lucy Dacus “Addictions” (Matador)
Marie-Lepanto Tenkiller (Big Legal Mess)
Mark Erelli Mixtape (Independent)
Mary Gauthier “Brothers” (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Matthew Stubbs and The Antiguas Matthew Stubbs and The Antiguas (Independent)
Rick Springfield “Little Demon” (Frontiers)
Rodney Crowell “Shake Your Money Maker” (Independent)
Steep Canyon Rangers “Out In The Open” (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)
Tautologic Re: Psychle (Independent)
Various American Folk Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Wild Child “Think It Over” (Dualtone)
Slingshot Names 2018 Artists
In the fall of 2017, NPR Music and VuHaus‘ public radio network – which includes The Colorado Sound KDHX/St. Louis, KEXP/Seattle, KXT/Dallas, Radio Milwaukee, WFUV/New York and WXPN/Philadelphia and others – kicked off Slingshot, a collective effort among taste-making music stations to elevate exceptional emerging artists. The inaugural class included Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon. As the three artists traveled around the country, public radio stations produced videos, conducted interviews and recorded live performances, both on-air and on NPR.org/Slingshot.
In 2018, each music member station selected one Slingshot artist in January and will add more to the list throughout the year. Some, like WebsterX (nominated by Radio Milwaukee) or Haley Heynderickx (nominated by opbmusic), are important players in a station’s local music scene. Others, like Jade Bird (nominated by KXT), are rising stars from abroad. The rest of the list includes Bedoine, Brent Cowles, George Li, Gracie and Rachel, Hello June, Hembree, Knox Fortune, Lawrence Rothman, Liz Brasher, Mt. Joy, Phoebe Bridgers, Sidney Gish, The Hogan Brothers, The Shacks and Thunderpussy.
Boulder 2018 Dates Announced
The dates have been announced for the 2018 edition of the FMQB Triple A Conference and registration is now open! Once again, between August 8-11, 2018, the Conference will take place at Boulder, CO’s St. Julien Hotel & Spa, with the evening shows moving over to the venerable Fox Theatre. This marks the 27th year Triple A has been in Boulder at the Fox, the 26th year there has been an official convention, and the 12th year it has been held at the St. Julien. Pre-Registration is nEarly Bird Registration is now available for only $269 through March 15 at registration.fmqb.com. You can also take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at $239/night, by either calling the St. Julien at (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB or by going to https://www.phgsecure.com/IBE/bookingRedirect.ashx?propertyCode=DENSJ&group=GRPFMQ&arrivalDate=08-08-2018&numberOfAdults=1 and booking online.
Amplify: Circle of Fifths Becomes Four
For over a decade, Circle of Fifths Music LLC was the original free-standing field staff in the industry, breaking a myriad of records over the years. These very familiar names and faces now make up Amplify Entertainment Group. Looking to create a new level of synergy with their highly successful yearly conference, The Gathering, they’ve renamed, rebranded, reorganized and are relaunching as Amplify.
On the executive level, Tracy Brown will take the helm as the new President/CEO, backed by William Marion who adds Vice President to his CFO and Regional Director of Promotion Northeast responsibilities.
“As The Gathering continues to grow, we saw a need to marry our efforts and brand ourselves accordingly as new opportunities for The Gathering started to become reality,” Brown commented. “Both Amplify and The Gathering are already fixtures in the Alternative community. We wanted to make the companies synonymous in people’s minds: Think of Amplify and you think of The Gathering.”
Vice President William Marion added, “It is my pleasure to continue to work with such talented people in the music business. The Gathering has opened up many new possibilities for our company and by forming Amplify, our options are now unlimited!”
Drew Murray, VP/Promotion will oversee the staff and day to day promotion activities. Edie Lundeen is handling National Director of Alternative and Rock West Coast, partnering with Colleen Taylor, who joins the team as the National Director of Alternative and Rock East Coast. Long time partners, Lida Galka continues as Regional Director of Promotion West Coast and is joined by longtime, legendary veterans BeBop Hobel in the Southeast and Patti Martin in the South.
“We’re excited about the records we’re working now and looking forward to getting more new music to radio in the coming weeks! If you want to get your artist and brand a spot on this year’s Gathering, you should start making your reservations right away. We were blown away by how many labels began reserving slots for their artists last year!” said Tracy Brown.
Cranberries O’Roirdan Passes
The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died in London. Her death was confirmed in a statement by her publicist: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The band members released a statement in their own tweet later, saying, “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal”
The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland and shot to international fame in the ’90s with hit singles including “Linger” and “Zombie.” Their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide. The Cranberries had announced a 2017 tour but cancelled remaining dates in May as a result of O’Riordan’s health issues which at the time the group’s website cited as “medical reasons associated with a back problem.” O’Riordan had also split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton in 2014. She and Burton have three children together.
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