Brooklyn’s LUV DOT GOV Go Retro with New “Helsinki” Video

From The Single Off Their Debut LP “At Least We’ve Got This Madness”, The Band Become Characters In Their Own Video Game A’La Classic “Super Mario Bros.” Era

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Jumping lava pits, flying, fighting demons, and dodging falling rocks aren’t usually the qualifications for being in a great rock band, but for NYC/U.K. based rockers LUV DOT GOV, it’s all in a day’s work in their latest video for “Helsinki” off their debut LP!

WATCH: LUV DOT GOV – “Helsinki” (Official Music Video)

The video, written and animated by Patrick Fischer, is the ultimate throwback for retro gamers. With band members battling the elements, the video begins with the opening narration bubble “Cauterized and healed from the sun, Luv Dot Gov find themselves in Hell-sinki. They must must defeat Satan himself to stop the end of the world!” and the the rest is, as one can imagine, an epic battle with band members struggling to keep their three “lives” represented by LDG hearts along the way!

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WATCH: Luv Dot Gov “Pretty Enough” (Official Music Video)

WATCH: Luv Dot Gov “What’s Going On?” (Official Music Video)

WATCH: “Luv Me Blue” (Official Music Video)

Luv Dot Gov, the brainchild of Matthew Pop (vocals/guitar) and Stevie Seaweeds (drums/vocals), was born on a rooftop in Brooklyn in the summer 2016 as a response to dark, trying times — both personally and politically. The band would quickly become a vehicle for some of the best emotionally honest power pop this side of the 90s. Thankfully, they were armed with the finest collection of tunes penned by Pop over the course of his decades-long career, marrying heartbroken but hopeful lyrics to sticky-sweet melodies — all set to precisely arranged, chunky down-tuned guitars.

By fall 2016, the fledgling Luv Dot Gov had recruited Sean Egan on bass, and had a few local gigs under their belts. However, stressed and depressed in a post-election US, Pop ran away to Scotland for a brief respite in November. It was here he linked up with Graeme Young, a producer and operator of Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. A plan was soon hatched to record Luv Dot Gov’s debut album abroad, taking advantage of Young’s top notch equipment, expertise and extensive network of first-class musicians. After another smattering of stateside and UK shows, Matt and Steve decamped to Scotland for the spring of 2017 to lay down tracks for the record. Here, isolated from the stressors of the States, the songs blossomed into intricate but accessible pop-rock anthems, equally suited for blasting out a car stereo or headphones-on introspection.

Upon Matt and Steve’s return to New York that summer, the band rounded out its roster by bringing in Matt Middleton (lead guitar) and Patrick Fischer (keyboard/synth). Now equipped to capture the record’s expansive arrangements live, the new five-piece lineup started honing their skills, sharpening their set into a muscular, airtight slice of indie rock. Meanwhile, Young continued refining tracks across the pond, and the resulting album; the hooky and bittersweet “At Least We’ve Got This Madness,” was released in Spring 2018.

Now, following their Debut LP’s release and their BRAND NEW VIDEO for “Helsinki”, you can catch them LIVE as they return to NYC’s famed venue The Bitter End (147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012) on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00PM!

Check out “At least We’ve Got This Madness” via  BandCamp HERE: https://bit.ly/2QogiFZ

For More Information on Luv Dot Gov, Go To:

Facebook.com/LuvDotGov

Instagram.com/LuvDotGov

Luv Dot Gov Bandcamp Page

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Taylor Guitars – Bigger and Better Than Ever, Retains Silver Sponsor for 2019 NY Guitar Show & Exposition

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The NY Guitar Show & Exposition proudly announces Taylor Guitars will again display in the lobby of the 8th Annual NY Guitar Show and retain Taylor’s Silver Sponsorship for 2019.

David Kaye, Taylor’s trade show manager, notes “We worked with founder Rich Johnson in 2018 to take over the building’s lobby, and it worked out so well for us we did it again this year for 2019. We will have an even larger display of new Taylor Guitars including a NEW round-shouldered dreadnought!”

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Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars and through the NY Guitar Show partnership has seen a dramatic rise in the survey responses of those owning and enjoying Taylor Guitars in the NY Metro region.

Again I can’t thank David & Taylor Guitars enough for working with us the last couple of years in the sometimes trying ambience that goes with a full blown guitar show. After some rethinking we were able to come to a new display pattern & set up that will allow Taylor’s Guitars to be heard as they are intended to be, with the full nuance, clarity and complex tones Taylor Guitars offer.” said NY Guitar Expo founder Richard Johnson.

About Taylor Guitars: Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, the company is renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail. Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company was a pioneer of the use of computer technology, lasers and other high-tech tools and machinery and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer.

NY Guitar Show & Exposition: The 2019 NY Guitar Show & Exposition at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd. in Freeport, NY on April 27 & 28, 2019 will feature the Les Paul Exhibit in all its glory along with new, vintage & used instruments & amps, local dealers/music stores, custom builders and major manufacturers.

Show Hours:

Saturday, 4/27 – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 4/28 – 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $10

Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by adult

For More Information on the NY Guitar Show & Exposition, Contact Show Manager Richard Johnson at (516-435-8382) Rich@NYguitarexpo.com or VISIT: www.nyguitarexpo.com

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/NYGuitarExpo

Twitter (@NYGuitarExpo): Twitter.com/NYGuitarExpo

Mark Newman Signs Distribution Deal with WBA Records as He Gets Ready to Hit The Paramount Stage in Huntington Saturday, June 22nd

The Label Welcome’s His Mix of Americana, Blues, and Roots Music to Their Already Stellar Roster Which Includes The John Oates Band, Michael Londra, and The Little River Band

As he gets ready to take the stage at The Paramount (370 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743) opening for The Weight Band – Featuring Members of The Band & The Levon Helm Band on Saturday, June 22nd – singer/songwriter and guitarist Mark Newman will have plenty to celebrate. Having recently signed a distribution deal with Nashville-based record label WBA Records, he’ll soon be releasing his third LP “Empirical Truth”, and just hit at #11 on the Reverbnation Singer/Songwriter Charts for NY!

A New York native, Mark Newman’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over, playing with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents from Sting to Elvis Costello, and Travis Tritt as well as his own solo work. A multi stringsman, Mark has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro, and with a voice reminiscent of many rock and blues men before him- it has the familiarity of an old friend yet the power and soul of many of today’s rock, soul, folk and R&B icons. For over five years, Newman and fellow songwriter Naomi Margolin have run the “Music From the Hive”  Singer/Songwriter Series, and for the past three years- “The Original Music Series” for bands, in an attempt to keep original music alive on Long Island.

Although Newman has played a ton of exciting solo and full-band showcases–notably Delbert McClinton at Highline Ballroom just last month and Les Dudek at My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, The Paramount in Huntington opening for The Doobie Brothers, The Space at Westbury opening for the one and only Don Felder and David Bromberg on separate occasions, The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, and NYC’s Legendary Bitter End–he has also worked as sideman to so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time like John Oates (Hall and Oates), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Sam The Sham, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)!

Past releases include 2010’s “Walls of Jericho” filled with intricate guitar work and mixed with a plethora of sounds from hard rock to a lighter more Dylanesque folk tinge, and 2015’s  “Brussels” – a live acoustic-driven EP that packs a bluesy punch reminiscent of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album through both the guitar work and raw vocal power. His latest LP “Empirical Truth” is due later this year.

More Upcoming Mark Newman Live Dates:

Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th @ Montauk Music Festival (Dates, Times, Locations TBA)

Friday, May 24th, 6:00PM @ The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY

Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00PM @ The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Saturday, August 10th, 7:00PM @ The Jones Beach Bandshell, Wantagh, NY

More on WBA Records:

WBA Records is a Nashville-based independent record label and production  house, specializing in artist development, distribution, and promotion in the digital age. The label was founded by Robert Williams in 1996. Opening their doors in Nashville, Tennessee, WBA Records expanded their offices nationwide and throughout Europe in 1997 as Williams continued to build and developed an elite collection of artistic entities recognizable worldwide as solo artists, musical acts, comedic  performers, actors, actresses, theatrical touring companies, feature films, television series, and much more. WBA Records builds on Mr. Williams’ own past and current history. With multiple artists – the genres range from country to soul.  

Oh his new distribution partnership with WBA, Newman says “I’m extremely grateful to be welcomed as part of the WBA Records family. Having been a big fan of their work for years it’s great to know I have an amazing team helping to get my music out right in the heart of Music City, U.S.A.!”.

Now, that excitement continues as Mark Newman gets ready to open for The Weight Band at The Paramount in Huntington on Saturday, June 22nd!

For Tickets to Mark Newman w/The Weight Band 6/22, VISIT:

https://bit.ly/2JQN4wO

For More on Mark Newman, VISIT:

www.MarkNewman.us

Facebook.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Twitter.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Instagram.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Purchase “Walls of Jericho” via iTunes HERE:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/walls-of-jericho/396805457

Or

Via CD Baby HERE:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/marknewman2

 

Purchase “Brussels” via iTunes HERE:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brussells-ep/id978060700

or

via CD Baby HERE:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marknewman3

 

For More on WBA Records, VISIT:

www.WBARecords.net

 

Reality TV Show Breaking New Ground In The Music Industry

RiseUP TV to Feature Slate of International Artists Performing Live On Tour, with Long Island’s Own Chris Ruben Band Performing in Smithtown

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RiseUP TV is a live musical tour and reality TV show that features musical artists from around the world. The live tours will happen simultaneously in Canada and the USA, with a UK version coming in the fall of 2019. The behind the scenes footage from the tours will be compiled into episodes for release online and for broadcast TV. The focus of the live episodes is to document what goes on when you bring together artists of all ages and genres that have never met, for a series of live shows, while travelling and staying together in hotels along the way.

The live shows will be 2.5 hours long and feature short sets from the TV show characters and longer sets from local artists that represent each city’s music scene. RiseUP TV is also supporting local food bank’s and is asking attendees to bring one can of food as a donation. New York artists The Chris Ruben Band has been chosen as the local headlining artist for the live show and filming on May 11, 2019 at The Rail (281 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787). Chris will also be a featured character on season 2 of the series.

The Chris Ruben Band is a funk/rock band from Long Island, New York. The group features five members; Chris Ruben (Vocals, Guitar), Brendan Allan (Bass), Russ Benjamin (Drums), Eugene Iovine(Keyboards, Synths), & Frank Iovine (Synths, Organs). Influenced by classic acts including The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, together their sound is a blend of modern funk and indie-rock reminiscent of Jamiroquai and Mac DeMarco. The band has become a staple in the Long Island music scene, frequenting venues including Portside Bar & Grill, 89 North, The Velvet Lounge, and BrickHouse Brewery. In addition, they have had the pleasure of performing at SXSW, Froggy Daze 7 & 8, The Space at Westbury,The Bitter End, Alive After Five, and The Jones Beach Bandshell.

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More Upcoming RiseUP TV Dates Include (Click Link for More Info and Tickets):

Sunday, May 5th with SILVERSEL @ Cowboys Pub & Grub, Statesboro, GA

Monday, May 6th with The Andy Browne Troupe, Mueziq Entertainment, Kamp Hustle, Ghetto Mafia and MORE @ Tin Roof Cantina, Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, May 7th with Debendetta, Cara Lipman, Clayton Quisenberry and MORE @ The Local, Nashville, TN

Wednesday, May 8th with Horus Maze, Big Atlantic, and Crucible Project @ Mr Smalls Theatre, Millvale, PA

Thursday, May 9th with Real Music Records and MORE @  Skully’s Music-Diner, Columbus, OH

Friday, May 10th with Omnislash, Crimson Orchid, Jordan Gillis Band and MORE @ Angel’s Rock Bar, Baltimore, MD

Saturday, May 11th with The Chris Ruben Band and MORE @ The Rail, Smithtown, NY

Hosted by Kristina Jones of the U.K.’s Rock Solid Talent Entertainment!

RiseUP TV is unlike any existing show on television. The business behind the concept of RiseUP TV is Rosner Management Services, with Rock Solid Talent Entertainment LLC (U.K.) stepping in as an integral part of planning for the filming and tour in the UK. An innovative company called Maxogram has also brought something very special to the RiseUP TV live tours, inventing a business card that “comes alive”. These cards become animated when held up to a device such as a phone or tablet. The technology may just change the way events are ticketed and promoted around the world, as all of the artists in Riseup TV will be using these cards as tickets to their live shows. This has never been done before.

WATCH: “Sociedad Sur” Maxogram Demo

RiseUP TV is seeking media coverage of any kind for it’s live shows and or the episodes being released and distributed worldwide in future. See the contact information below and feel free to contact Mark Rosner at anytime.

Contact:

Rosner Management Services

rosnermangement@gmail.com

604-401-2503

 

Sadowsky Guitars to Exhibit at 8th Annual NY Guitar Expo

Becoming Standards in the Industry for Superior Tone, Feel, Playability, and Especially Value – Sadowsky Has Served The Working Musician with Quality, Value and Integrity Since 1979

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The 8th Annual NY Guitar Expo is proud to announce that Sadowsky Guitars will be exhibiting this year as the Expo returns to the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E. Merrick Rd) Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2019 in Freeport, Long Island!

Sadowsky Guitars opened their doors in NYC in 1979 as a one man repair shop run by Roger Sadowsky, who had been doing acoustic guitar building and repair work since 1972. Sadowsky Guitars quickly became the “go to” shop for all of the top NYC players as well as touring musicians worldwide. At that time, much of his repair and modification work was being done on quality guitars and basses from the 40’s through the 60’s.

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Sadowsky Guitars and Basses became known for their exceptional quality and reliability for working musicians. Early work active tone circuits for electric bass put Sadowsky on the map for top bassists such as Marcus Miller, Will Lee, Neil Jason, and many others. Today, Sadowsky Guitars is known for exceptional Guitars and Basses and are available worldwide. www.Sadowsky.com

The 2019 NY Guitar Show & Exposition at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd. in Freeport, NY on April 27 & 28, 2019 will feature new, vintage & used instruments & amps, local dealers/music stores, custom builders and major manufacturers along with the return of the Les Paul Exhibit curated by Jim Wysocki!

Show Hours:

Saturday, 4/27 – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 4/28 – 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $10

Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by adult

For More Information on the NY Guitar Show & Exposition, Contact Show Manager Richard Johnson at (516-435-8382) Rich@NYguitarexpo.com or VISIT: www.nyguitarexpo.com

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/NYGuitarExpo

Twitter (@NYGuitarExpo): Twitter.com/NYGuitarExpo

 

8th Annual NY Guitar Expo…Not the Same Old Guitar Show!

8th Annual NY Guitar Expo…Not the Same Old Guitar Show!

New Exhibitors, Media Partners, and Sponsors Adding to the Continually Growing Popularity of One of the Biggest Guitar Shows on the East Coast

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The 8th Annual NY Guitar Expo is proud to announce their return to the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E. Merrick Rd) Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2019 in Freeport, Long Island!

One of the largest guitars shows in the northeast, the Expo features new, vintage & used instruments & amps, local dealers/music stores, custom builders and major manufacturers along with the return of the Les Paul Exhibit curated by Jim Wysocki!

A longtime friend of Les Paul’s, Wysocki will have several guitars and inventions from Les Paul’s actual collection. Photographs with the guitars will be allowed and you’ll be able to plug in and play. The exhibit will have one of the first reel to reel tape machines from Les Paul’s 8 track machines.

Show founder/promoter Richard Johnson said, “It’s an honor to have Jim and his exhibit back at this year’s show. We missed him last year (wedding) and Jim’s personal relationship with Les Paul only adds to the knowledge, humorous background and anecdotes Jim has on Les and his fabulous life!

Guitar players / enthusiasts have their chance to buy, sell, and trade with a wide range of dealers, other attendees and collectors including Taylor Guitars, Homestead Amps, Gbase, Guitar Center, My Generation Guitars and others. Gear manufacturers to custom builders, everyone attending can participate and enjoy everything the Expo has to offer in some way. With guitars, gear, and a private pedal & amp room it is the place to be for serious players or those just getting into their groove!

This show has become a fan favorite because of our well-rounded guitar show with vintage gear & guitars, retailers, manufacturers, private collections etc., so anyone walking through the front door can participate in some way large or small.”

Show Hours:

Saturday, 4/27 – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 4/28 – 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $10

Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by adult

For More Information on the NY Guitar Show & Exposition, Contact Show Manager Richard Johnson at (516-435-8382) Rich@NYguitarexpo.com or VISIT: www.nyguitarexpo.com

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/NYGuitarExpo

Twitter (@NYGuitarExpo): Twitter.com/NYGuitarExpo

Woodstock Revival Concert to Rock Old Bethpage Restoration Sunday, June 10th

Woodstock Revival Concert to Rock Old Bethpage Restoration Sunday, June 10th

The classic rock scene on Long Island is surging, and this phenomenon has fueled a growing popularity among the many tribute bands who breathe new life into this music at venues across Nassau and Suffolk. The 6th Annual Woodstock Revival is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th and will feature live music by Wonderous Stories, Half Step, Milagro, Jellyband and Dave Diamond Band, who will be recreating the music of The Who, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, The Band, Hendrix, CSNY, Creedence, and more!

FOR TICKETS, VISIT:

https://bit.ly/2HUhoC1

Along with all the tie-dyed regalia and familial hugs, the event will showcase live painting and exhibiting by dozens of artists, plus vending, kids’ activities, food & beverage, yoga, massage, and hula hooping.

Says festival producer, Rich Rivkin, “Woodstock Revival is one of my all time favorite days. It’s where I get to dance and hang out at the park with a thousand of my closest friends, and you can see from the expressions on everyone’s face that happiness abounds. There’s clearly a peace & love kind of vibe that is unique to this event, and the music is just amazing.”

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Communities of devoted fans have coalesced around these bands during recent years, sparking new friendships and a tangible sense of camaraderie among folks who share a common passion for the music that they grew up with.

When these fans converge to see their favorite bands perform, the energy of the event seems to exceed the sum of its parts. It often becomes more than just a music experience. At its peak, there is a sensation of shared knowingness – something that’s conveyed by a simple glance or smile, among those who find themselves dancing, high fiving, and singing in unison.

This joyous brand of social harmony plays out in spectacular form each summer when Long Island’s annual Woodstock-themed music festival takes the stage at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage) June 10th from Noon until 7:30 pm!

 For More Information, VISIT: WoodstockRevival.net