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Stone Cottage Studios Hosts Brendan James for an Exclusive Virtual Concert

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Stone Cottage Studios, a Colorado-based Music Discovery Platform in support and promotion of local and visiting musicians, is hosting a live stream concert with troubadour and pianist Brendan James on April 29. After several months off the mic, James and his trio will reunite for a special virtual show sponsored by Spring44 Distillers. James will pull music from his entire catalogue as well as from his latest release, Leap Taken. As a special offering, the event will be available on-demand until Sunday for anyone who purchases a ticket to watch at their convenience as many times as they like.

The majority of James’ recent work was written overseas while Brendan travelled the world with his wife and children. His music commonly takes cues from artists like Maggie Rogers, Sam Smith, and Adele. Critics have said, “it’s clear from the artist’s own words that he aims to touch the listener’s heart in every song” (American Songwriter). His livestream concert at Stone Cottage Studios will feature live performances through 1080P video and audio technology. “I’m so excited to get back on the mic in such a beautiful setting,” says James. “We’re ready to bring some good energy to this show!”

Brendan James is an American singer-songwriter in the pop/folk genre, akin to David Gray, Jason Mraz, and Elton John. Signed to Capitol Records at age 25, and Universal Records at 28, James has reached the #1 spot on iTunes multiple times along with accruing more than one million fans in 65 countries on Spotify. He has collaborated or toured with the likes of John Mayer, John Legend, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Keb Mo, and Andy Grammar, and his songs have been placed in over 15 major television shows and films worldwide.

Truly summing up Brendan James is a difficult task though – you’d have to meet him, talk with him, or hear him sing his songs to understand his shocking talent and unique purpose in today’s over-saturated music scene. As he puts it: “What I hope to do is calm, strengthen, and transport my listeners to a better self, and in turn maybe I get there too.” And he means it. Penning songs on the topics of love, optimism, political enlightenment, simplifying, self-empowerment, marriage equality, wanderlust, raising a family, ageing, and adventuring aimlessly through the natural world, James has left no stone unturned in his six studio albums to date; and in his words, “I’ve only just begun.”

Stone Cottage Studios Featuring Brendan James

Dawn Jones is the curator of the V13 imPRESSED Column. Previously known as imPRESSED Indie Music Blog, Jones and her team joined forces with V13 in 2020 to collaborate on an exclusive column on V13's site (imPRESSED) to bring a niche focus to the rapidly evolving indie music genre. Dawn is also the founder of Pressed PR - a boutique PR agency that focuses on PR for independent creatives. Pressed PR’s team works on a variety of campaigns partnering with independent filmmakers, independent artists, and independent labels. Pressed PR’s music clientele has landed in the pages of Billboard, Atwood Magazine, EARMILK, HYPE Magazine, and many others.

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Gianfranco Pescetti – ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ [Album Review]

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts on ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL.’

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Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork
Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork

Composer and producer Gianfranco Pescetti recently unveiled his latest album, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL, his first new album in almost a decade.

Speaking about the album, Pescetti says, “DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL is my attempt to explore the depth of emotions and create a profoundly personal and evocative sound without conforming to the rigid specifications of a particular genre, all while keeping an eye to the dance floor.”

Originally from the Tuscan Island of Capraia, he previously lived in France for a few years before moving to the United States to continue his music career. He currently lives on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, including modern chillwave, Depeche Mode, and The Cure, Pescetti’s sound incorporates instrumental atmospheric electronica with dance vibes and elements of modern indie rock.

Comprising ten tracks, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL starts with “Clownspunk.” Flickering tones shape a rising intro that evolves into a shimmering, ambient-flavored dance melody. As the melody progresses, a psychedelic-lite dance vivacity slowly takes over, pushing the ambient surfaces into the background.

High points include the changing emotional sensations of “Obsidian,” which utilizes amiable layers of shifting colors riding a galloping rhythm to fashion a warm, sparkling melody punctuated by glistening, chiming textures.

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Sundog” places darker rhythmic pulses against the illumination of drifting, humming, twinkling blushes, thus giving the melody a lingering, hypnotic intensity, at once exotic and full of lavish refinement. “Be My Ghost” swings away from the ambient and pushes into the more muscular momentum of EDM, employing a driving kick drum and elusive tints of disco.

Capraia,” a blend of industrial and heavy, atmospheric dance components, molds a mechanistic mood, simultaneously shadowy and foreboding. “The Wake,” eerily haunting on one level, pours like a waterfall on another level, giving the tune dual interpretations: either a progressive lament or a celebration of natural beauty.

The album concludes with “Stopless,” traveling on a propelling rhythm topped by intertwining layers of scintillating, aerated percolations, heady with impetuousness. For some reason, the melody conjures up the impression of EDM gingered with hints of Ennio Morricone-like Spaghetti Western.

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts.

DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL Track Listing:

1. Clownspunk
2. Macchia, I’ll See You…
3. Obsidian
4. Sundog
5. Nostalgia Aime Le Rouge
6. Be My Ghost
7. Capraia
8. The Wake
9. Fogbound
10. Stopless

Run Time: 35:47
Release Date: January 25, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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The Menzingers Wrap Up Their UK Tour with a Punk Party at Manchester Academy [Photos]

Punk rockers The Menzingers brought their European and UK tour to a close in Manchester. Check out the photo gallery from the gig here…

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The Menzingers @ Manchester Academy by Maryleen Guevara
The Menzingers, photo © Maryleen Guevera

Coming at the end of a week-long run which has taken The Menzingers across the UK, the punk rockers arrive at the Academy in Manchester to wrap up their visit to these shores. The tour, which kicked off in mainland Europe on January 24th in Amsterdam, supported their 2023 Epitaph Records offering Some of It Was True.

Joining the band on the UK trek were New York punk rockers Prince Daddy & The Hyena and Philadelphia quartet Gladie. Kickstarting 2024 like they ended 2023 on the road, The Menzingers arrived in Manchester to wrap up this run of dates. Hence, we set along our photographer Maryleen Guevara to join the party as the US punks made sure their final days in the UK, for now, were ones that nobody would forget.

You can pick up your copy of Some Of It Was True from here. Before you check out Maryleen’s photo gallery from the show, here’s The Menzingers setlist.

Set List:

1. Hope Is a Dangerous Little Thing
2. I Don’t Wanna Be an Asshole Anymore
3. Try
4. Good Things
5. Lookers
6. House on Fire
7. Some of It Was True
8. Anna
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Tellin’ Lies
11. There’s No Place in This World for Me
12. Burn After Writing
13. Ultraviolet
14. Nice Things
15. Come on Heartache
16. America (You’re Freaking Me Out)
17. The Obituaries
18. Nobody Stays
19. After the Party
20. Gates
21. Casey

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Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’

Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.

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Chris Ostler

Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.

CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.

Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.

Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”

Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.

Chris Ostler "CO2" album artwork

Chris Ostler “CO2” album artwork

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