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Arctangent Festival Confirm Rivers Of Nihil, Zeal & Ardor and More for 2022 Line-Up

Organisers have announced further additions to the Arctangent 2022 Festival bill, including the brilliant Zeal & Ardor. Find out more here.

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Organisers for Arctangent Festival 2022 have revealed a host of brilliant new additions to its line-up for next years event.

Heading up this announcement are the incredible Zeal & Ardor, who have their new album due for release on February 22nd, 2022. Joining them are much loved Welsh 3 piece Mclusky, the enigmatic and mysterious The Armed and US rock band, The Fall Of Troy. Also announced today are Oranssi Pazuzu, Delta Sleep, Rivers of Nihil, Intervals, Alpha Male Tea Party, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, Arabrot, Frontierer, Her Name Is Calla, BRUIT ≤, Down I Go, The Samuel Jackson Five, Castrovalva, Hail The Sun, Satyr, Psychonaut and URNE.

ATG festival booker, James Scarlett said “Other than my 3-year-old child, this lineup is the best thing I have ever created. Hahaha… seriously! I really am so proud of this lineup of bands and I honestly think 2022 will be the best ATG ever. There are more bands to come in a few weeks, but this should get you going for starters – just look at that beautiful lineup poster! I should also point out that we’re already well on our way to a sell-out for ATG 2022, so I suggest people get their tickets ASAP. See you in August!”

This follows the first announcement from earlier this year where it was revealed Opeth and Cult Of Luna would be two of the main stage headliners. Also announced (back in May this year) were TesseracT, MONO, Amenra, Maybeshewill, Alcest, Perturbator, Leprous, Enslaved, Caspian, The Locust, Agent Fresco, Oathbreaker, Intronaut, A.A.Williams, Bell Witch, Talons, Jo Quail, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs and Blodet.

Ticket link for the festival which takes place from August 17th to 20th, can be purchased from here.

Poster for “Arctangent 2022” Festival

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.

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Blueprint Music Studios Announces Rockstar Master Class with Simon Wright and Robert Sarzo

Musicians of all levels welcome Blueprint Music Studios, which is turning it up to 11 with experience in mastering the music industry.

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Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)
Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Musicians of all levels should mark their calendars. Blueprint Music Studios is turning it up to 11 with an electrifying, educational, and memorable experience in mastering the music industry. Join them for the highly anticipated Blueprint Master Clinic featuring legendary musicians Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche, Hurricane). RSVP today on Eventbrite

Blueprint Music Studios, known for its vibrant, rockstar clientele of musicians around Ventura and Los Angeles counties, is thrilled to introduce the Blueprint Master Classes series at its Westlake Village studio. Serving as the ultimate hub for artists of all genres and ages to nurture their creativity, Blueprint is kicking off its inaugural clinic on Sunday, March 3rd, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. This not-to-be-missed event will feature an intimate panel-format session led by music industry veterans Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and Robert “The VuDu Man” Sarzo (Ozzy, Hurricane, Interscope/Universal). The event is a collaboration between Blueprint Music Studios, Radford Media Group, and ReTune Wellness.

Dubbed the Blueprint “Rockstar” Master Class, this event promises attendees an immersive experience as Wright and Sarzo share invaluable insights gleaned from their illustrious careers. Hosted by Blueprint Studios owners Jasan Radford (ONESIDEZERO, CENTERSHIFT) and Ted Wenri (Bemus, CENTERSHIFT), the 5-hour class will delve into the essential elements of thriving in today’s music landscape, drawing from the mentors’ rich tapestry of successes and setbacks. With Wright’s four decades of drumming expertise and Sarzo’s iconic guitar prowess, participants are positioned to gain invaluable knowledge and inspiration to elevate their craft.

Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Event Co-partner, The Radford Media Group, is an all-inclusive music management and artist development company based out of Westlake Village. ReTune Wellness was founded by professional musicians, scientists, and board-certified doctors to provide specialized products for musicians. Since its inception in 2023, Blueprint Music Studios has emerged as a premier destination for musicians across various genres, providing a nurturing environment for practice and recording. From aspiring students to established artists, Blueprint’s dedicated team stands ready to support projects of all sizes, ensuring every artist’s vision comes to life.

Rockstar Master Class Itinerary:

– Attracting A&R and labels in today’s climate
– Best practice techniques
– Securing studio gigs
– Networking
– Marketing
– The dos and don’ts in 2024 for musicians
– How to excel at guitar and drums

Purchase Master Clinic tickets via Eventbrite

When – March 3rd, 2024
Where – Blueprint Studios
Time – 11:30 am – 4:30 pm PST
Cost – $299.99
Address – 31143 Via Colinas ##506 Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone – 818.874.3090

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Blueprint Music Studios Master Class flyer

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Three Second Kiss Releasing First LP in Twelve Years via Overdrive Records

Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years, the band sets out to release their newest LP, From Fire I Save The Flame later this year.

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Three Second Kiss, photo courtesy of Three Second Kiss
Three Second Kiss, photo courtesy of Three Second Kiss

This is not a self-celebratory message. This is not a reunion. This is not even a proper press kit. These lines are just to communicate details related to the production of a record. Because Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years with a new work. An infinite amount of time when compared to the times of the contemporary music market. A chasm. But what was up to Three Second Kiss?

“In fact, we never stopped.” comments the band, talking about what is about to become the new chapter in their career. Twelve years between their previous: “Nine tracks that do not pick up the band’s musical discourse where it was left off. At least to our ears it doesn’t sound the way we were.” stress the members of Three Second Kiss.

As active as the trio was initially, in 1993, Three Second Kiss is happy to share the details of their signing announcement:

“We are happy that this album is coming out on Overdrive Records. We believe that the people who work there are driven by a sincere passion for the most direct and incisive music. We got to know some members of this family and we think we share the same musical history; we grew up with the same sounds and a sincere and unmediated attitude towards the musical world.”

After all, the time issue has never been a concern for Three Second Kiss, who has always operated autonomously and independently. This time, however, time has run fast. And there is not much to say about that. The members stress:

“These are the pains (many) and joys of adult life. We stopped when life forced us to stop. We regained purpose and cohesion when environmental circumstances and harmony got flowing again. And from the chasm, we have risen again.”

Three Second Kiss would release their newest LP, From Fire I Save The Flame later this year. Follow the band on social media and subscribe to Overdrive Records to get all the newest details.

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Sean Lafontaine Releases Electrifying Single “Sliver”

Sean Lafontaine, continues to carve his path through the rock landscape with the release of his electrifying single “Sliver.”

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Sean Lafontaine, photo by Sean Lafontaine

Sean Lafontaine, the Detroit-born, Duluth-raised powerhouse musician, continues to carve his path through the rock landscape by releasing his electrifying single, “Sliver.” Serving as the second installment from his highly anticipated EP, Thorn, Sliver, Smolder, Lafontaine once again proves his prowess in delivering hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping rock music that resonates with listeners across generations.

“Sliver” wastes no time in making its presence known, opening with the primal roar of a thunderstorm before erupting into a relentless torrent of driving hard rock. Seamlessly blending elements of classic rock with a contemporary edge, Lafontaine navigates through the song’s labyrinthine grooves, exuding a palpable sense of power and confidence with every chord struck and every beat hammered.

Following the success of his previous single “Thorn,” which made waves with its premiere on Canadian Beats, Lafontaine solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the rock scene. Drawing on his diverse musical influences and experiences, Lafontaine crafts a sonic journey that captivates the senses and leaves an indelible mark on the listener’s psyche.

“Sliver” is not merely a song; it’s a sonic tempest, a raw manifestation of Lafontaine’s unbridled passion and unwavering dedication to his craft. From its thunderous opening to its climactic conclusion, “Sliver” is a testament to Lafontaine’s ability to harness the raw energy of guitar-driven rock music and channel it into a transcendent auditory experience.

As Lafontaine teases audiences with glimpses of what’s to come from Thorn, Sliver, Smolder, anticipation reaches a fever pitch. With each release, Lafontaine proves himself to be a true rock maestro, forging ahead with an unyielding spirit and an insatiable hunger for musical innovation.

Sean Lafontaine "Sliver" single artwork

Sean Lafontaine “Sliver” single artwork

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