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Travis Barker Presents MUSINK

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The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 4, 5 and 6, 2016 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert–Southern California’s premier tattoo and music lifestyle event–will host over 300 world renowned tattoo artists and will feature performances from headliners Snoop Dogg, Deftones,Circa Survive along with Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, The Transplants, Face To Face and more.

 

MUSINK tickets go on sale Friday, January 22 and are available for a single day or for the full three-day event. Attendees can choose to purchase tickets with access to the full event (music concert, tattoo convention, car show, and vendor midway) or tickets without concert access. Visit www.musink.org for details.

 

The current music lineup for MUSINK is as follows:

 

Friday, March 4: Snoop Dogg, The Transplants

 

Saturday, March 5: Deftones, Taking Back Sunday, and more

 

Sunday, March 6: Circa Survive, Atreyu, Face to Face, and more

 

Snoop Dogg says, “I’m excited to join my homie Travis at MUSINK this year. Catch me live while u kick back and check out the dope tattoos and cars at the festival. It’s always a good time there and this year u don’t wanna miss it!”

 

MUSINK producer Travis Barker says, “I’m beyond excited to have my friend Snoop on the lineup for MUSINK this year. His contribution to music, tattoos and car culture make him a perfect fit for MUSINK. This year’s lineup is gonna be one of our best yet.”

 

The MUSINK tattoo convention will feature over 300 world renowned tattoo artists, including Robert Atkinson, Nikko Hurtado, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Carlos Torres, Norm, Baba, Corey Miller, GTC’s Tattooland, and many more. In addition, the MUSINK vendor midway will include hundreds of vendors.

 

MUSINK attendees are invited to check out Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low and Slow Car Show, which will feature some of the best classic cars in Southern California on display. The car show will even include some of Travis Barker’s very own classics. Daily tattoo contests will take place in at the car show as well.

 

Another MUSINK attraction is the Miss MUSINK competition. The top inked beauties will compete for the title of Miss MUSINK 2016and a spot as the next official “Sullen Angel.” For full details, visitwww.musink.org.

 

Multiplatinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop Dogg has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and received multiple Grammy® nominations.

 

Since Deftones’ inception, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento, CA have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. Deftoneshave released seven albums to date and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

In their decade-plus career, critically acclaimed progressive rock band Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.

Tickets for MUSINK go on sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 AM PT at www.musink.org. Ticket prices are as follows:

 

Single Day General Admission Tickets

$25 – Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway

$45 – Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway

 

Single Day VIP Tickets (Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway)

$99 – VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail

$149 – Front Of Stage Viewing Pit + VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail

$299 – Travis Barker Meet & Greet, Limited Edition Signed Poster, Front Of Stage Viewing Pit + VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail

 

3-Day General Admission Tickets

$60 – Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway

$120 – Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway

3-Day VIP Tickets (Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway)

$225 – VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail

 

All ages are welcome, and kids 7 years old and under get in free.

 

MUSINK begins at 3:00 PM on Friday and Noon on Saturday andSunday. Music is scheduled for 6:00-10:00 PM each night.

 

MUSINK 2016 is produced by Bill Hardie, Travis Barker, John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Sean Akhavan. MUSINK partners include KROQ, Rockstar Energy Drink, Famous ​Stars and Straps, Tecate, Johnny’s Saloon, Second Floor, and Gold​en ​Crown​ Barber Shop​.

 

The OC Fair & Event Center is centrally located in Southern California, just off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The venue is conveniently accessible to all in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA is also nearby for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

 

Website: www.musink.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/musink

Instagram: http://instagram.com/musink_tatfest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Musink_TatFest

 

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Morning Bear Reveals Latest Single “A Simple Understanding”

John Runnels unveils the revival of his indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of new single, “A Simple Understanding”.

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Denver raised and now Copenhagen based singer/songwriter John Runnels unveils the revival of his orchestral indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of a deeply personal and emotionally charged single, “A Simple Understanding.” Marking the band’s return after a six-year hiatus, Morning Bear’s latest offering provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of its creator, navigating through the profound challenges of loss, resilience, and self-discovery.

Characterised by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music weaves together the calm and delicate stylings reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, while embracing the complexity and depth akin to the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and unconventional arrangements, including cello, violin, piano, and more, Morning Bear crafts a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.

The catalyst for Morning Bear’s resurgence lies in the transformative journey of band leader John Runnels, who, after facing a series of devastating events and losses, found solace and inspiration amid the chaos. The global pandemic, the loss of three close friends in separate tragedies, a severe injury, and battles with anxiety and depression marked a period of uncertainty for Runnels, but he emerged stronger and more resilient.

“A Simple Understanding”, a continuation of the first releases from Morning Bear after a long hiatus, showcases Runnels in an intimate and vulnerable performance, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Released at the time of year where it is most difficult for mental health, John recorded this in a single, live take during a rainstorm in a small garage in a village outside of Andover, UK, and the song captures the raw emotion of Runnels’ struggles and experiences. The lyrics delve into themes of self-loathing and finding hope in the darkest moments of life.

He says “People are often their own worst critic. ‘A Simple Understanding’ speaks to the self-loathing you feel when you have hit rock bottom. How do we find something to hold onto when we’re in the darkest points of our lives?

Morning Bear invites audiences to join them, to embrace vulnerability and share the power of music to heal and connect. With echoes of early Bon Iver in its acoustic performance, ‘A Simple Understanding’ is a brutally honest and delicately executed piece of songwriting that is sure to resonate with listeners, John Runnels bears all in this captivating and emotionally charged offering that sticks.

Morning Bear "A Simple Understanding" single artwork

Morning Bear “A Simple Understanding” single artwork

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Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’

Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

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Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.

Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.

Commenting on the album, the band states:

“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”

Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

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Frankie Flowers Releases Her Brand New Single “LUST”

Waterloo, Ontario, genre-bending alternative punk artist Frankie Flowers has released her brand new single “LUST.”

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Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)
Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)

Frankie Flowers is an emerging alternative artist from Waterloo, Ontario. She creates a genre-bending sound by merging her love for dark-wave and post-punk music, as well as combining elements from other genres. Frankie has a dark, psychedelic, and eclectic vibe that urges you to escape reality and experience the unknown.

Her aptly-titled new single “LUST” feels dark and desperate, with echo and reverb that drown out the verses, in contrast with the punchy chorus.

Commenting on the single, Frankie states:

“You can lust for anything. People, money, power; we’re all longing for something.”

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

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