Toadies To Release ‘The Lower Side of Uptown’ on September 8th

Cross-Country Tour With Local H In The Fall

June 20th, 2017 Ft. Worth, TXToadies will release their next album The Lower Side Of Uptown September 8th via Kirtland Records. This will be the band’s seventh studio album and a ‘return to form’ as explained by frontman Vaden Todd Lewis: “This album is ‘roots Toadies”, full of riffs and time shifts.’ The Lower Side Of Uptown is the follow up to 2015’s Heretics which saw the band taking a change of pace with a stripped down sound and mostly acoustic. When they were preparing to enter the studio this time around there was no set idea for what was to come but, the process ultimately had the band going back to their signature sound: “I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn’t happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it’s louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums” guitarist Clark Vogeler said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studio, a favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin.

Long time collaborators, producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, along with mixer Rob Schnapf once again joined the band in the studio for the new set. Frenchie produced the last ‘loud rock’ album from the band: 2012’s Play. Rock. Music., and Rob produced Heretics and Feeler, and co-produced Rubberneck and Hell Below/Stars Above.  Vogeler adds: “Recording with Frenchie is always an interesting experience. He brings such enthusiasm to the process that it’s infectious. He’s got a great ear for what makes a good rock ‘n’ roll record, and as much as anyone else, he put his heart and soul into this record.”

The cover imagery for The Lower Side of Uptown was done by renowned comic artist Michael Lark, the artist of the critically-acclaimed, Eisner-nominated series LAZARUS from Image Comics. Since 1992, Lark has provided artwork for a variety of comics including DaredevilCaptain Americaand Winter Soldier and books for Marvel and DC/Vertigo. He collaborated on the critically acclaimed, multiple-award-winning Gotham Central with Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka at DC Comics. He is the recipient of two Eisner Awards, both for his  work with Greg Rucka. (A little info on how Toadies and Mark came to work together?)

Since reuniting in 2008, after disbanding in 2001 Toadies have released 4 albums, played hundreds of shows and festivals, released 4 signature craft beers, and have been featured in an X-Men comic. Last month they partnered with the Texas Rangers to release their own version of ‘Take Me To The Ballgame.’  This year, the band continues that busy streak with The Lower Side Of Uptown showcased on a cross-country tour over two months along with Chicago’s Local H. on the bill. The band are stoked to tour with an act they got to know at their own Dia De Los Toadies festival says drummer Mark ‘Rez’ Reznicek: “We’re super excited to be going on tour with Local H, a band we’ve long been fans of. We’ve wanted to tour with them for years, and it’s finally happening!” Toadies have also hosted and played nine Dia De Los Toadies festivals.This year’s Dia De Los Toadies 10 will be returning to Possum Hollow at Possum Kingdom Lake. More details to be announced soon.

The Lower Side Of Uptown Tracklisting:

  1. When I Die
  2. Take Me Alive
  3. Polly Jean
  4. You Know the Words
  5. Mama Take Me Home
  6. Keep Breathing
  7. Amen
  8. Human Cannonball
  9. Broke Down Stupid
  10.  I Put s Spell on You
  11. Echo
  12. Sentimental

Tour Dates:  More TBA

September:

Sept. 6 – Denton, TX                 Rockin Rodeo
Sept. 7 – Oklahoma City            Diamond Ballroom
Sept. 8 – Kansas City, MO        KRBZ Beach Ball
Sept. 9 – St. Louis, MO             Delmar
Sept. 10 – Cincinnati                 Bogart’s
Sept. 12  – Knoxville, TN           The Concourse
Sept. 13 – Nashville, TN            Exit In
Sept. 14 – Memphis, TN            New Daisy

Sept. 16 – Possum Kingdom Lake, TX Possum Hollow
Sept. 19 – El Paso, TX              Tricky Falls
Sept. 20 – Tucson, AZ               Congress
Sept. 21 – Las Vegas, NV         Beauty Bar
Sept. 22 – Phoenix, AZ             Crescent
Sept. 23 – Solana Beach, CA    Belly Up
Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, CA      Troubadour
Sept. 26 – Anaheim, CA            House Of Blues
Sept. 27 – Berkeley, CA            UC Theater
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA              The Crocodile
Sept. 30 – Portland, OR            Star Theater

October:
Oct.  1 – Boise, ID                     Knitting Factory
Oct.  3 – Salt Lake City, UT       Metro Music Hall
Oct.  4 – Grand Junction, CO   Mesa Theatre
Oct.  5 – Denver, CO                Gothic
Oct.  6 – Omaha, NE                Waiting Room
Oct.  7 – Milwaukee, WI           Turner Hall
Oct.  8 – Minneapolis, MN        1st Ave.
Oct.  10 – Chicago, IL               Metro

Oct.  11 – Louisville, KY           Mercury
Oct.  12 – Indianapolis, IN        The Vogue
Oct.  13 – Detroit, MI                St. Andrews
Oct.  14 – Cleveland, OH         Grog Shop
Oct.  15 – Pittsburgh, PA          Rex
Oct.  17 – Washington DC        Black Cat
Oct.  18 – New York NY            Gramercy Theater
Oct.  19 – Philadelphia, PA       TLA
Oct.  20 – Boston, MA               Brighton
Oct.  21 – Asbury Park, NJ       Stone Pony
Oct.  22 – Norfolk, VA               Norva
Oct.  24 – Durham, NC             Motorco
Oct.  25 – Wilmington, NC        The Muse
Oct.  26 – Atlanta, GA               Masquerade Hell
Oct.  27 – Orlando, FL              Plaza Live
Oct.  28 – Ft. Lauderdale          Culture Room
Oct.  29 – Tampa/St. Pete         Ritz
Oct.  31 – New Orleans, LA      Tipitinas

November:
Nov.  4 – Carrolton, TX              Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
Nov. 10 – Austin, TX                  Stubbs BBQ

CLUTCH TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION VINYL COLLECTOR PICTURE DISCS

THE FIRST IN THE SERIES “LIVE AT THE GOOGOLPLEX” OUT TODAY 

October 6th, 2017 – Clutch and Weathermaker Music have prepared three very special Clutch limited edition vinyl collector picture discs.  The first in the series, “Live At The Googolplex” will be available tomorrow.
Recorded in 2002 in Chicago, Montreal, Kansas City, and Columbus, OH.  “Live At The Googolplex”, like all three releases in the series will be the first time these releases will be available as a picture disc vinyl.
The next two releases in the series will be “Jam Room” (scheduled for release October 27th, 2017) and “Pitchfork & Lost Needles” (scheduled for release November 24th, 2017).
Weathermaker Music is releasing 3 limited edition picture discs” states frontman Neil Fallon.  “The first will be Live at the Googolplex.  That will be followed up by Jam Room and thenPitchfork and Lost Needles.  All feature art from the original releases.  For what it’s worth, I drew Medusa’s head for the Jam Room release.  With a pen.  And paper.  This is your chance to own a bit of art history”.
All 3 in the series will be available at all major vinyl outlets and is available to pre-order now at https://www.indiemerchstore.com/b/clutch.
Clutch is set to embark on another leg of the Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017starting November 29th, 2017 and running through December 31st, 2017. All tour and ticket info can be found at:https://www.pro-rock.com.
Clutch is currently in the throes of working on new material for a 2018 release.
CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion
For more  information, check out the band’s website:

Are you ready for Hopscotch 2017?!?

RDU Music is proud to be covering another year of the Hopscotch Music Festival here in Raleigh. Tickets are still available as the fest kicks off on Thursday the 7th and runs through the weekend.

The whole RDU Music crew will be out and about for the entirety of the festival. Come catch us at some of Thursday’s notable shows including Big Thief, Kayo Dot, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Tropidelic Releasing “Heavy Is The Head” November 10th

Tropidelic Sign to Pepper’s LAW Records

Now On Tour

Cleveland, OH’s Tropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country.

The six-piece band has signed with Pepper’s LAW Records for their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head” which will be released on November 10. The album will be available for pre-order on October 13. See artwork and tracklist below.

“Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music,” says frontman Matthew Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs to be said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”

Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”

These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Sugar Ray, Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Passafire, Ballyhoo! and many more. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest.

For the remainder of 2017, expect to the see the band focused on headlining tours and festival dates in support of the new record.

Check out Tropidelic’s latest video “Hey Now”, here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44QyIUMoccU.

WORDSMITH “PERSPECTIVE JUKEBOX” OUT TODAY

Wordsmith, the always-professional, ever-expanding, world-wide movement based out of Baltimore, MD, has released his fifth studio album “Perspective Jukebox” today.
The song “The Statement” is the first single from the new album “Perspective Jukebox” that is scheduled for release July 21st via the artist’s own label NU Revolution Entertainment and distributed by Monster Entertainment/Empire.  The album consists of 14 new tracks. The album is available via iTuneshttp://bit.ly/2raqYLG, Spotify: https://goo.gl/PZz9vWAmazon:  http://amzn.to/2raxhil and all digital outlets.
Wordsmith recently released the first of three music videos for the album “The Statement”:  http://vevo.ly/DOZ29S.
To kick off the album’s debut, an exclusive free stream is at  https://goo.gl/moNc9w, a performance on Fox Morning News https://goo.gl/n3oNcC and a performance on Saturday at Artscape in Baltimore.
Wordsmith’s mission is to entertain and educate through a message of purpose, and always by example, relate that message through clean, quality, and marketable Music for the Masses.
Making great strides in the independent music scene Wordsmith was accepted into the Grammy voting committee due to his numerous songwriting credits over the years.  His label NU Revolution Entertainment is recognized by his alma mater Salisbury University as a certified alumni business. Major accomplishments include being a Top 5 winner in the Great American Song Contest, touring Africa & Israel for Wordsmith’s American Music Abroad TourFive Artist to WatchPresented by JBL, featured music at Red Bull’s BC One World Final, a spread in theBaltimore Sun Newspaper, and coverage of Wordsmith’s Hip Hop narration for “Carnival of the Animals” with theBaltimore Symphony Orchestra fromJanuary 11th, 14th and February 10th, 2018!
Perspective Jukebox” track listing:
1. Acapella Box (Intro)
2. The Statement
3. Ya’ll Don’t Know
4. Made
5. Who We Are
6. Ascension (feat. Nikki Taylor)
7. Be U
8. My Night
9. On The Come Up (feat. Ihsan Bilal)
10. The Promise
11. Fill The Space
12. Hope Box (Outro)
13. Man Please (Bonus Track)
14. The Promise (Acoustic Reprise)
Wordsmith has developed corporate approval through the licensing of over 30 songs for film, television, internet video, video games and advertisement purposes with companies like NFL NetworkCBS,NBCFoxStyleBravoNintendo Wii and many more.  Recent ad placements includeWordsmith’s “Happy Hour the Universal Blackout” used in Kicks promo ad, while providing the soundtrack to the amazing documentary Road trip Nation: Ready Rise  Other placements include “We Do It Better” featured in Red Bull’s Street Skating Mystic Sk8 , “On My Job” appearing on NFL Networks Top 100 Players 2015 and “Eye for the Spotlight” used in ESPN’s Sportscenter in Review show to name a few.  Film placements include the movies Hollidaysburg and Slow Learners.
For more  information, check out the artist’s website:

WAYLAND TO RELEASE “RINSE & REPEAT” SEPTEMBER 22nd 2017

Michigan-based rockers Wayland will release their debut full length album “Rinse & Repeat” with Mighty Loud / InGrooves on September 22nd.
Preorder bundles are available now at https://waylandshop.com/.  Digital pre-sales at iTunesAmazon and Google Play.
WAYLAND “RINSE & REPEAT” “track listing”:
  1. Ghost
  2. Through The Fire
  3. Come Back To Me
  4. All Rise
  5. All We Had
  6. Revival
  7. Shopping For A Savior
  8. Ode To 37
  9. Back To Life
  10. Follow
  11. The Brave Don’t Run
  12. From The Other Side
  13. Welcome To My Head *** Bonus Track ***
  14. On My Knees *** Bonus Track ***
The first single “Through The Fire” is currently at radio, check out the lyric video here:   https://youtu.be/mBqyMMzfgHs.
Wayland consists of Mitch Arnold (vocals), Phillip Vilenski (guitars), Dean Pizzazz (bass) and Nigel Dupree (drums).
The band had previously self-released 2010’s self-titled album, a 2012 EP (Welcome To My Head) and several singles (2015’s Bloody Sunrise, 2014’s Get A Little, 2013’s Reno).
Promoting their brand with over 500 shows since 2013, the band recently teamed up with Mighty Loud / InGrooves for their first major release later this year.   Along with Jesse James Dupree have brought on industry veteran, Mark Abramson (MPMA Music Entertainment) and Thermal Entertainment as part of their management team.
For more  information, check out the band’s web properties:
Catch the band on the road (more dates coming):
07-16-17 in Cedar Rapids, IA at Wild Hogs
07-20-17 in Madison, WI at Dane County Fair
07-21-17 in Rothbury, MI at Sandy Corley Memorial Run
07-22-17 in Nashville, MI at Sandyland
07-23-17 in Braidwood, IL at Top Fuel Saloon
08-10-17 in Three Forks, MT at Rockin’ The Rivers
08-11-17 in Sturgis, SD at Iron Horse Saloon
08-12-17 in Lincoln, NE at The Bourbon
08-15-17 in Cedar Rapids, IA at Otis’ Tailgators
08-16-17 in Mankato, MN at What’s Up Lounge
08-17-17 in Glen Flora, WI at Northwoods Rock Rally
08-18-17 in Marietta, OH at Adelphia Music Hall
08-19-17 in Martinsburg, WV at O’Connell’s LIVE
08-25-17 in Akron, OH at The Empire
09-09-17 in Durand, IL at Durand Biker Bash
09-14-17 in Poplar Grove, IL at KC’s Cabin
09-29-17 in La Crosse, WI at Oktoberfest
10-01-17 in Janesville, WI at Sonic Boom