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A Clear Blurr Plays Opening Spot, PacTour Battle Of The Bands

aclearblurrclassA Clear Blurr has just released their second studio album, Trigonometry. The band chose to work with John Collura (former guitarist for The Atari’s) who produced the record at Silent Owl Studios in Orange County, NY.

Most recently the band competed to enter into the PacSun PacTour Battle of the Bands which can win them a spot to open for Saosin, Innerpartysystem, POS and Eye Alaska at the Starland Ballroom show. The battle will take place at School of Rock on 11/12.

Pacsun Kicks Off Nationwide Concert Tour This Friday In LA

pactour2009 PacTour to Feature Headlining Artist Saosin, Co-Supporting Artists, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem with opening act Eye Alaska

PacSun, the clothing store inspired by the California lifestyle is gearing up for tour kick-off this Friday (11/6) in Los Angeles, CA at the House of Blues and tickets are on sale now here. Saosin, P.O.S., Innerpartysystem, and Eye Alaska as well as local battle of the band contest winners will be performing on each date.

Pacsun Kicks Off Nationwide Concert Tour In L.A.

pactourPacSun, the clothing store inspired by the California lifestyle, has officially announced tour kick-off, November 6th in Los Angeles, CA at the House of Blues and wraps December 20th at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Saosin,P.O.S., Innerpartysystem, and Eye Alaska as well as local battle of the band contest winners will be performing on each date.

“The diverse lineup this year makes me very excited” says Josh Hubberman, Manager of Music Marketing for PacSun. “Kids aren’t just listening to one genre of music these days and PacTour is a great place for them to be exposed to new music styles.”

PacSun stores near each tour stop will again play host to PacTour bands each day of the tour for free and intimate in-store acoustic sessions. Not only can fans show up for the performance and meet and greet, but this year, Ernie Ball will be giving away a free guitar at every in-store performance. Stay tuned for specific in-store performance dates and locations.

Indie Band Sherwood Set To Release New Album, Kick Off Tour

sherwoodalbumCalifornia alterna-popsters Sherwood announce the release of their highly anticipated new album Qu out October 13thon MySpace Records. Recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) the album features 11 original tracks written by all five members.  The result is a refreshingly catchy and precise pop record.  Sherwood will be hitting the road on September 17th when they join Better Than Ezra for some select dates before heading out on a full tour of North America with Hanson, Hellogoodbye and Steel Train that kicks off September 30th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK and takes them through November.

Qu is without a question the band’s most mature album to date and the result of nearly a year of work.  In July 2008 the five members of Sherwood – Mike Leibovich (keyboards), Dan Koch (guitars/vocals), Nate Henry (vocals/bass), David Provenzano (guitar/vocals) and Joe Greenetz (drums) – squirreled away in a rented apartment in Oakland, CA and dove head first into writing music.  Never having this kind of freedom to write, they devoted countless hours each day to crafting song after song, a process which Leibovich says “felt like we were testing our limits and abilities.”  They emerged 9 months later with 85 songs which they carefully narrowed down to 11 before heading into the studio with Wood.

Independent Rock Band The Action Design Take On West Coast Tour

Photo by Trish Leeper

Photo by Trish Leeper

Indie pop-punk rock band, The Action Design, are currently on a West Coast tour in support of their Never Say release.

Exploding from the Bay Area music scene and recently chosen as one of Alternative Press Magazine’s “100 Bands To Watch” in 2008, The Action Design delivers edgy, yet clean and sophisticated, indie rock well suited for any dance party.

The Action Design emerged like most things, from the end of something else. When the pop-punk act Tsunami Bomb disbanded, vocalist Emily Whitehurst and bassist Matt Mckenzie soldiered on adding guitarist Jaycen McKissick (ex- Pipedown) and drummer Jake Krohn (ex- Calcutta Bazaar) to put their new stamp on the San Francisco music scene.

With a focus on change from each of their previous styles, the band’s debut full length is bursting with energy. Never Say carries great weight with its soaring vocal melodies, heart-pounding music and fresh-minded potent lyrics.

Ernie Ball Announces 15th Annual Battle of the Bands Competition

Ernie Ball Inc., the world’s premier string and accessory manufacturer, announced the launch of its 15th annual Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands.

In the largest and longest-running unsigned artist competition of its kind, Ernie Ball will give talented, undiscovered artists worldwide a platform to play live on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and win a 3-song EP with multi-platinum producer Matt Squire, in addition to an incredible prize package which includes a $15,000 Guitar Center shopping spree.