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Music: Pillar Point Premieres "Dreamin'" Video

03/10/14 - More From The Publicist: Pillar Point has premiered the new video for 'Dreamin'".

Directed by Jacob Krupnick of Wild Combination and shot in New York, the video features dancer Daisuke from the film Girl Walk // All Day.

"I first heard an early cut of Dreamin' about a year ago, and I was instantly taken with it. Haunting and beautiful; it was clear it was a personal song recorded to sound distant. It was already cinematic; it clearly wanted a video to accompany" explains Krupnick.

"For the film, I enlisted my friend Daisuke, one of the lead dancers from Girl Walk // All Day. The words I gave him were: yearning, urgency, stealthiness, joy. We filmed in New York (and in a forest upstate, with an absurd amount of snow) over three sub-zero days, my crew and Dai all frozen but excited." Head over to Noisey to watch the video for "Dreamin'" now.

Pillar Point's self-titled debut LP is out now on Polyvinyl Records.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise if something about Pillar Point’s nine-song self-titled album sounds familiar. Despite being the band’s debut, the moody, melancholy electronica is the work of Scott Reitherman, who until now has been primarily known for his involvement with indie-pop outfit Throw Me the Statue. And while Reitherman’s new project shows off a never-before-seen gloom, his knack for writing tracks that crystalize emotion and work their way into a listener’s guts isn’t at all obscured.

The album, produced by Reitherman’s longtime collaborator Charlie Smith, is a musical departure for the Bay Area native. As Reitherman explains, “Part of what steered me toward the textures and beats of dance music was the feeling of catharsis you can experience through dance." It’s a noble idea, considering the themes Reitherman’s songs are dealing with: heartbreak, loneliness, aging and isolation in an increasingly connected world.

Tracks like “Eyeballs,” a haunting, powerful ode to the solitude brought about by social networks, offer a sleek take on anguish that wouldn’t be out of place alongside early Depeche Mode; “Echoes” and “Cherry” are ethereal, evocative explorations of what Reitherman calls “that apathetic, shell-shocked feeling young people have when they’re trying to figure out what to do with their lives.” Considering the beats Reitherman has created, those young people might plan to spend the rest of their lives furiously dancing.

As the lyrical content reveals, Pillar Point is also a far more intimate project than anything Reitherman has ever embarked on. It's no coincidence that his own heartbreaks led to the songs that make up Pillar Point. They’re bleaker than his previous work and exhibit a growth in both songwriting and orchestration.

"Writing darker songs with dance elements helped me to process the confusion and change I was experiencing in my own life because within the confines of a pop song I could control little moments of clarity and redemption," he says. "And for the listener it adds depth to what might otherwise be just dance music.”

Born out of a two year recording process between Reitherman and Smith that stretched from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and ultimately Seattle, where Reitherman has once again settled, Pillar Point marks not only a fresh musical approach, but also a new mindset for writing songs. “One of the things I wanted to do differently,” he says, “is to lay it all out on table this time, to make my songs more bare and personal.”

The songs on Pillar Point are certainly those things, but they’re also exciting, intricate and impossible to stop listening to. There’s a heartbroken quality to them, sure, but one that seems like it might be cured if only we all close our eyes and move our feet until all is forgotten.

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Music: Brad Paisley To Perform In Bangor, Maine

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03/07/14 - Multi-Grammy Award and ACM Award winning Country artist, Brad Paisley, announced today his first ever concert in Bangor, ME which is set to take place at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Sunday, June 15th as part of the 2014 Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.

Paisley will be touring this Summer to support "Wheelhouse," his 10th studio LP which came out in April 2013, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 100,000 copies sold in its first week.

Tickets for this show will go on sale starting Friday, March 14 at 10:00am via www.waterfrontconcerts.com.

The piece, a silhouette of Paisley's home state West Virginia, is embedded in one of two stone walls of the drum room in his converted home studio. The state represents the place where he first acquired the skills that coalesced into one of contemporary country's most important careers. The studio itself is where he essentially started over, producing himself for the first time and figuratively rebooting a career that was already the envy of most of Paisley's peers. The rock reminder of West Virginia definitely belongs on the Middle Tennessee property. Paisley can't escape his past – nor would he want to. The 21 #1s, the three awards from ASCAP as the Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year, the 14 Country Music Association awards (including a win as Entertainer of the Year) and the 14 Academy of Country Music awards provide evidence that he has figured out how to connect in a big way with both the public and the country music business.

But as much as his past informs who he is, Paisley was inspired in this album to take a flying leap off a creative cliff. The album is called Wheelhouse, in part, because of the first line in the first song, "Southern Comfort Zone." The studio is now christened the Wheelhouse because Paisley changed his own comfort zone while recording the album.

"Whatever we do here," Paisley says in the studio's piano room, "whatever ends up coming out of here on an album, must end up eventually being in my wheelhouse. Because I've done it."

Much of what ended up among the 17 tracks on Wheelhouse was a result of Paisley's dedication to challenge. He'd never been his own producer, never commissioned a studio, never recorded an album without falling back on some of Nashville's studio musicians and never tackled some of the difficult themes that are present in the album. Certainly not in the way that he approached them on Wheelhouse.

As he experienced a creative rebirth on Wheelhouse, he began to ponder: When does one truly start living? He realized one experiences life most in the midst of personal challenge.

"You're alive when that girl you thought you'd marry is driving away in the limousine with someone else," he says. "And you're alive when you're standing in Paris looking at the Eiffel Tower, and you know when you go back to Nashville, you'll never be the same. And you're alive when you stand up for something you believe in and aren't afraid to do that. And you're alive when your first child is born, and that love you feel is so much larger than you ever imagined possible. That's why I wrote that. That song was meant to be the exclamation point."

 It's the final piece of his transition as Paisley moves into the next phase of his career. He cannot – and will not – let go of his past. But he's also excited about the uncertainty of the future. The West Virginia stone is a reminder of where he's been. The Wheelhouse and its namesake album are the starting point for the rest of Brad Paisley's creative journey.

General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, MARCH 14th AT 10:00AM Tickets prices range from $32.25 to $101.25 Reserved Seating & General Admission - PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET - 

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Music: Sarah McLachlan To Perform In Bangor, Maine



Bangor, ME -- Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan today announced concert dates for the Sarah McLachlan Shine On Tour 2014. The national tour will kick off on June 20th in Seattle, WA and will visit major amphitheaters and venues across the country including the ACM Nominated, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME on Friday, July 18 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series. The tour coincides with McLachlan’s forthcoming new album SHINE ON out May 6th on Verve Records. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 7th and can be purchased at www.waterfrontconcerts.com and all Ticketmaster Outlets.

McLachlan has also revealed album artwork for SHINE ON, her first full-length recording of new material in four years. The new album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand as well as Bob Rock and Vincent Jones.

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner (Canada) and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum SURFACING, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: "Building a Mystery" and "Last Dance." In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians which raised over $7 million for local and national charities over its 3 years and in 2002 founded her non-profit organization the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. The school provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming.

McLachlan will also return to "Live in The Vineyard" this April for an exclusive concert appearance. "Live In The Vineyard" is a private three-day festival amidst the lush scenery of boutique wineries in California's Legendary Napa Valley. For more information on "Live In The Vineyard" please visit http://liveinthevineyard.com/.

General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, MARCH 7th AT 10:00AM Tickets prices range from $22.75 to $68.75 Reserved Seating & General Admission - PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET - Tickets available via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or locally at Mark’s Music in Brewer.

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Music: The Trouble With Templeton Premiere 'Soldiers' Video

03/04/14 - More From The Publicist: Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of acclaimed Australian quintet THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON whose debut album Rookie will be released May 13th.

Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a 23-year-old wunderkind who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder’s emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.

Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that’s not afraid to affect or surprise. “The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it,” says Thomas. “The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we’re always shooting for. You don’t want to know where a song is going from the first two lines.”As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.

Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like ‘intelligent melodic alt-pop’ isn’t worth the hassle. It’s an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. “It’s held together by something undefinable,” reckons Thomas. “For me it’s a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there’s something holding it together, and that’s us as a band.”

Before signing to Bella Union, The Trouble With Templeton released the single 'Six Months In A Cast' on the Communion label.

Rookie will be released May 13th on Bella Union.

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Music: Coldplay Premieres "Magic"

03/04/14 - The lyrics are a little cheesy, but it's still a good song.

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Music: Scott Ian Of Anthrax To Perform In Portland, Maine

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03/05/14 - Scott Ian of Anthrax with Dave Harris of Planeside on Saturday, March 8th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Brett Dennen To Perform In Portland, Maine

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02/24/14 - Brett Dennen with Foy Vance on March 4th at the State Theatre.

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Music: The Machine To Perform In Portland, Maine

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02/24/14 - The Machine performs Pink Floyd on Friday, March 7th at the State Theatre.

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Music: North Mississippi Allstars To Perform In Portland, Maine

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02/24/14 - North Mississippi Allstars with Lightnin' Malcolm on Friday, March 7th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Local H To Perform In Portland, Maine

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03/04/14 - Local H on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $10.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00am

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