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THE SHILLS DROP BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR “OH, THIS DEVILISH PLACE”

(New York, NY) Boston-based rock quartet, The Shills, announce the release of the video for their new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” which comes from their brand new LP, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, that dropped in May 2015. The four-piece band fuses modern rock and pop to create a sound that The Deli NYC describes as “simultaneously catchy, challenging and experimental in sound and concept.” The video highlights the second release from their album, which Baeble Music says melds psychedelic, swirling melodies with propulsive riffs and deeply layered guitar work. It’s rare for guitars on a record to sound simultaneously this spacey while also carrying so much forward rock momentum. The vocals snake through your mind — Bryan Murphy switching up between a Travis Morrison yelp and Thom Yorke falsetto.”

The Shills
The Shills

The Shills originated in Boston in 2004, and consist of Bryan Murphy ­(guitar/vocals), Ryan Jackson ­ (guitar), Dave Sicilian ­(bass) and James Zaner ­(drums). After releasing an EP (Push), an LP (The Shills) and a concept record (Ganymede), the band began creating a two-part record, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 1 and 2. The first part was released in 2012 and was produced by Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, We The Kings). In early 2015, they released a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” which caught the attention of Huffington Post, who raved, “The Shills have given the R&B singer’s hit a new spin, keeping plenty of the sexy that made the song so great.” With a tone that ranges from mellow to heavy and soft to aggressive, the band is currently preparing for the release of Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2.

The Shills
The Shills

Boston Globe praises the band’s 2012 single, “Move A Mountain,” saying, “[it] chugs like the riff from Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ under another soaring vocal that cements Murphy’s chillingly spot-on voice as one of the most dependable rock weapons in Boston right now.” Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, as well as the band’s Boston album release show on May 21st at Brighton Music Hall.

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Brooklyn-Based Future Wave Band The Fantastic Plastics Release Their New Single “We are Obsolete”

The Fantastic Plastics
The Fantastic Plastics

The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview Brooklyn-based Future Wave band, The Fantastic Plastics. They just dropped a new single and they’re calling it , “We are Obsolete.” The track is just one cut from their forthcoming full-length album, Devolver.

You can stream it/snag the embed here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/thefantasticplastics/we-are-obsolete

Here’s the interview;

1. What is the concept of The Fantastic Plastics?
We are from the present time that the people of the 1950s / 1960s envisioned when they dreamed of the 21st century. People 50 years ago had such optimism for the future. They thought the future would be a panacea as opposed to the dystopia it has become. We are from that optimistic future, that alternate dimension, transported here and now that we are here we will make it all better.

2. What are your influences?
We are equally influenced by music, books and movies. Most of our influences do not exist in this dimension. However, since arriving, we have found inspiration in Gary Numan, DEVO, Kraftwerk, B-52s, and The Ventures to name a few bands. From the literary world, we are mostly inspired by William Gibson’s Nuromancer trilogy and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. When it comes to film we take fashion inspiration from Barbarella, 2001 A Space Odyssey, THX-1138 and many more from the genre.

The Fantastic Plastics
The Fantastic Plastics

3. Have you ever been to Japan/do you know any words in Japanese?
We have not been to Japan, but it is our goal to get there soon. They seem to be the closest society to that optimistic future we spoke of; especially in fashion and design. Of course we know the phrase: domo arigato Mr Roboto.

4. If you could be any instrument what would it be?
The “Holophoner” from Futurama.

5. What is something that would surprise people to know about you?
Trans-dimensional travel has caused us to constantly crave something you people call a “Cheez-It.”

6. What are your thoughts on New York City fashion?
We love that NYC fashion is such a mix and that you can express your creativity and personality through fashion without judgment. However, on the other hand, this is also a very corporate city, with a larger number of people who feel the need to conform in that world. This is why people from other cities equate New Yorkers with always wearing black. We are just hoping to influence more people to wear silver futuristic space suits on a daily basis.

7. What does “gentrification” mean to you?
Supposedly it means progress but we find that hard to believe. They destroy and tear down old buildings that have stood in some cases over 100 years and replace them with cheaply made glass boxes. We’d like to see self-sustaining architecture. Buildings covered in solar panels with garden rooftops meant to last hundreds of years and off the grid completely. That would be progress.

8. Can you tell us about an interesting experience on the New York City subway?
We could tell you many, but most are x rated and or involve things that would turn your stomach. We once did a photo shoot on the subway for our “Outsiders” EP that involved us wearing some huge furry neon insect masks and silver space outfits. We were amazed that nearly no one batted an eye or gave us a second glance. That right there says a lot about New Yorkers and NYC Fashion.

9. What was the last book that you read?
UBIK by Philip K. Dick. It is a trip to read. We read somewhere that Michel Gondry was trying to adapt it into a movie. Fingers crossed.

10. Do you have any words of wisdom for your fans?
Keep Moving Forward
This was such a fortunate experience to interview the Fantastic Plastics! Stayed tuned to the Hollwood Press Corps for future announcements regarding the upcoming album, Devolver.

 

Dustin Brown

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LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HEADLINING

5TH ANNIVERSARY LINEUP AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR 2015

Tickets are on sale now for the City of Angels’ annual culinary jubilee, featuring a live performance by Questlove and The Roots, and welcoming a distinguished list of Michelin-starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, and Food & Wine Best New Chefs including Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller, and Michelle Bernstein, among others.

Left to right, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tyler Florence, Michelle Bernstein, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller
 Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller and Michelle Bernstein

WHAT: Los Angeles Food & Wine, produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINEand Lexus, announces its 2015 festival lineup and live entertainment as it celebrates its 5th anniversary August 27-August 30. On sale now, tickets for individual events range from $50-$350, with package and VIP options starting at $650.

Set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivaled tastings, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture, marquee events and talent this year will include:

§ “Ultimate Bites of LA Presented by Lexus”on Thursday, August 27,hosted by Curtis Story, kicks off the festivities with special guest curator and DJ,Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson,spinning live on stage and handpicking several of his favorite culinary mavericks to show off their talents

§ “Lexus Grand Avenue Night Market”on Friday evening, August 28, hosted byTyler Florence, featuring small bites from culinary masters Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Jet Tila (Pakpao Thai), and Hannah An (The District), among others

§ “Lexus Live on Grand featuring The Roots”; on Saturday, August 29, featuring tastings from over 30 chefs and 100 wineries

o That same night,The Roots will join bandmate Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson on the “Lexus Live on Grand”; main stage as the festival’s headlining musical entertainment

§ The festival’s acclaimedPower Lunch Series returns on Friday, August 28, with exclusive chef collaborations taking place at Los Angeles’ premier restaurants across the city including:

o Neal Fraser (Redbird) and Markus Glocker (Bâtard/NYC) at Redbird

o Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant/Portland, OR) at Broken Spanish

o Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Ben Spungin (Coastal Luxury Management), and Ricky Webster (The Ace Hotel) at The Ace Hotel

o Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej (Love & Salt) joined by Zack Pollack (Alimento) at Love & Salt

o Nancy Silverton (Mozza) & Mourah Lahlou (Aziza) at Osteria Mozza

Please continue to visitLAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, mixologists, and culinary talent participating at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.

WHEN: Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHERE: Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street), the 5thannual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will also feature tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across parts of greater Los Angeles including Downtown, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more.

TICKETS: Tickets are available to purchase by visitingLAFW.comor by calling 855-433-LAFW (5239)

PHOTOS: Images of the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival (2014), for pre-event coverage, are available to view/download by clickinghere.

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Dustin Brown

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Alek Sandar to Debut Video of Pop Single P.O.R.N.

 

Alek Sandar's hot new single P.O.R.N.
Alek Sandar’s hot new single P.O.R.N.

The Hollywood Press Corps recently spoke  with electro-pop artist Alek Sandar. He’s soon releasing a video for his latest international pop single, “P.O.R.N.” featuring the amazing transgendered performer Amanda Lapore. The one thing that might surprise you to learn about Alek is that he is an International Business Studies major from the University. When I sat down to Skype with him, he was in Berlin.
HPC: Hi Alek! Nice to see you! Before we talk about your new single, can you tell us about Bulgaria?
Alek: My memories of Bulgaria are very positive. I got started there.
HPC:Where are you today?
Alek: I’m in Berlin. I’m visiting family and friends. I just played an exclusive show in Prague, Czechoslovakia. It’s so nice and modern there. It’s even cleaner than New York City!
HPC: Where do you stay in New York City?
Alek: I have a place on the Lower East Side. I recently played Webster Hall. It was a great show! So many people! The large clubs like Limelight are getting rare. I recently performed at La Baine on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel. The day that I played La Baine, Madonna was filming a video for, “I’m Madonna Bitch!” That was pretty cool!
HPC: Who do you work with in New York City?
Alec: Suzanne Bartsch puts on these unbelievable shows in NYC. I have to thank her! She puts these events together. She’s incredible.
HPC: You recently worked with Japanese EDM artist Ansoni. Where did you meet him?

Alek Sandar Drops In an exclusive still from his aticipated video "P.O.R.N."
Alek Sandar in an exclusive still from his aticipated video “P.O.R.N.”

Alek: We met in New York. He invited me to the studio. We clicked immediately. We would write songs all night till 7:00 AM. Ansoni told me that he enjoyed working with me because I know exactly what I want to do in the studio.
HPC: How did you get started in music?
Alek: My dad is an opera singer and my grandmother taught me piano as a child in Germany. I became a producer of music. I started in Germany, France and Bulgaria. Everyone expected me to be a manager of International talent but I realized when I produced that I wanted to express myself.
HPC: Tell us about your highly anticipated new track,”P.O.R.N.”
Alek: I did this with the amazing Amanda Lepore. It’s an “in your face” song that reflects the attitudes of my generation. We have become attention whores. Our obsession is “likes” and “hashtags”. The way you get fame today is by posting sexy videos and prostituting your body. We want as many likes so we can become famous. The metric is – if something is really good or really bad you will get “likes”. If you look at someone like Donald Trump, he has a lot of “likes” for saying things that a lot of people don’t like. The video is fun and outrageous. There’s an overweight girl who is very sexy. Also Amanda Lapore adds a gorgeous element to the video. Please watch it!
HPC: When does the video come out?
Alek: We’re scheduled to release it in August, 2015.
HPC: What are your travel plans?
Alek: I’ll be in Bulgaria next week and New York City in September, 2015.
HPC: Great! we hope to see you in Los Angeles soon!

 

Here’s a link to Alek Sandar’s soundcloud page for,”P.O.R.N.”

https://m.soundcloud.com/aleksandarofficial/alek-sandar-porn-feat-amanda-lepore-1

Dustin Brown

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Electro-Pop Artist and Social Media Activist, Alek Sandar, Drops His Hot New Single

 

July 6, 2015

(New York, NY) NYC-based electro-pop star, Alek Sandar, takes a stand on social media with his latest single, “P.O.R.N.” This club-ready track features transgender advocate, performer and socialite celebrity, Amanda Lepore. This pairing was inspired by Lepore’s lifestyle of transforming herself into the ideal looking woman with a perfect shape. The aim of the track, according to Sandar, is to show the world that through our self-absorption and public self-expression on social media, life becomes pornography. As the first

Alek Sandar Drops his new single
Alek Sandar Drops his new single

generation to have this in-your-face pressure to get “likes” and “followers,” this single seeks to open eyes on many levels and hints that society is missing the real message behind music and behind life because we’re all too busy comparing the stats, rather than creating a dialogue.

Alek Sandar's hot new single P.O.R.N.
Alek Sandar’s hot new single P.O.R.N.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Germany, Sandar is well-known in Europe and currently making his American debut. Sandar is a top music producer in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria and the Balkans) and has made hit records for various artists, including Kimbra, Oscar Loya, Frankmusik, Andrea and Jérémy Amelin. He’s also the co-founder of Berlin-based dance-pop label, Splendid Sound Records, and has produced music for Universal Music Germany and Payner Music Bulgaria. Having only been in The US since 2009, he’s already played major venues in NYC, including Webster Hall during NMS New York Music Festival in 2012 and Terminal 5 in 2014. Along with his close relationship with Amanda Lepore, Sandar has also become friends with celebrity personalities like Richie Rich, Patricia Field and Susanne Bartsch.

 

Alek Sandar creates sex-centric, high-energy music that’s heavily influenced by pop, EDM and hip hop, with Balkan, Arabic and Eastern European-infused musicality. With hit his prior singles, “Creature in Me,” “Say That You Love Me,” “It Ain’t Over,” “You and Me (feat. DESS aka Desi Slava) and “Peaceful Place” (a duet with Balkan superstar, Andrea), Sandar’s new album has been highly anticipated by fans all over the world. Don’t miss “P.O.R.N.” and stay tuned for more singles throughout the summer!

Listen here;

https://m.soundcloud.com/aleksandarofficial/alek-sandar-porn-feat-amanda-lepore-1

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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