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The British Music Embassy Returns to SXSW, Announces BBC Introducing Showcase

The British Music Embassy Returns to SXSW, Announces BBC Introducing Showcase

Back again for an eighth year at Latitude 30, The British Music Embassy is pleased to announce their first official showcase, hosted by BBC Introducingand PRS for Music Foundation.

Each year, The Embassy takes over the venue for the week, playing host to some of the best new talent from the UK. With a spread across a variety of genres from brand new baby bands to more established breaking acts, these showcases have become the go-to hub for many SXSW veterans.

The BBC Introducing showcase will be Wednesday, March 18th, featuring six acts from the UK: Spring King, SOAK, Blossoms, Gengahr, Little Simz and Jack Garratt, all specially chosen by a panel including the PRS for Music Foundation, Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq and Radio 1 DJ and BBC Introducing champion, Huw Stephens.

With the help of technical partners Cato Music, AKG, Allen + Heath and Tannoy, The Embassy has one of the best technical setups at SXSW. The venue has played host to a number of legendary shows over the years and confidence is high that 2015 will be another vintage year.

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Listen to The Frail’s Dance Anthem, “Run Life”

Listen to The Frail’s Dance Anthem, “Run Life”

SF’s electro pop force The Frail have released their new song, “Run Life.”

Made up of Daniel Lannon (vocals/synths), Alex Cohen (bass/synth), Rahi Kumar (guitar/synth), and Chris Chan (drums), The Frail pushes the boundaries of pop and electronic music to new heights.

The band defies traditional genre classification by creating a harmonious hybrid of indie, synth pop and electro. The Frail’s velvet-throated vocalist Lannon and hyper-prolific producer Kevin Durr started the band in 2007 over Craigslist, and recorded their first songs without ever meeting. Now with four core members, they have propelled the group from a Craigslist collaboration to an electro pop act worthy of international acclaim.

Crank up the volume and put on your dancing shoes! :D

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iHeartMedia Announce the Return of the ‘iHeartRadio Country Festival’

iHeartMedia Announce the Return of the ‘iHeartRadio Country Festival’

iHeartMedia announced today the return of the successful iHeartRadio Country Festival. This year, country music’s biggest superstars will hit the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2, in a live celebration of all things Country.

The country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life onstage in Austin with an extraordinary lineup including Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley, with more to be announced, and will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones.

The iHeartRadio Country Festival is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful nationally-recognized concert events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, the iHeartRadio Ultimate Valentine’s Escape and the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina.

John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises said:

This is truly a night of Country’s All-Stars. Every single one of these artists can headline an arena or stadium on their own, but on this night they will share the stage to celebrate the amazing music on our iHeartRadio country stations and the iHeartRadio app.

Tom Poleman President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia added:

The country format has great talent and on-air personalities who have such a strong bond and loyalty with their fans and there is no better way to celebrate that relationship than at a live event. With our more than 120 country stations nationwide we have the ability to bring the biggest events and one-of-a-kind experiences to our loyal listeners that no one else can provide.

Fans who cannot attend the iHeartRadio Country Festival will be able to listen live on iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations in their local markets or on iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 28. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival. The iHeartRadio Country Festival is an iHeartMedia Production.

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Night Riots Release New EP ‘Howl’

Night Riots Release New EP ‘Howl’

After climbing their way to No. 7 on SiriusXM Alt Nation’s Alt 18 Countdown and breaking into the Top 50 on the Alt Radio Chart with new single Contagious,” Night Riots have officially released their highly anticipated new EP, “Howl” today, January 20th, via Sumerian Records.

Produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Waaves, Mars Volta), Howl, was written while the band was touring in promotion of their 2013 EP release, Young Lore.

The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility – delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, ’80s movie soundtracks.

With praise pouring in from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, and sharing recent bills with bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, K.Flay, Step Rockets, The Mowgli’s, Wild Cub and Youngblood Hawk, NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics.

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New Kids On The Block, TLC and Nelly Step Into The Ring for ‘The Main Event’ Tour!

New Kids On The Block, TLC and Nelly Step Into The Ring for ‘The Main Event’ Tour!

It’s happening, possibly the most EPIC tour of 2015 has been announced.

New Kids on The Block, TLC and Nelly will embark on “The Main Event” tour. NKOTB surprised viewers with a special reveal of TLC and a personal message from Nelly (who is currently overseas with the armed forces).

The groups hinted at possible collaborations and other exciting possibilities while on the road this summer, sending fans into a frenzy across social media. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on May 1 in Las Vegas, Nev. and will stop in over 30 cities across North America.

American Express card members can get advance tickets beginning this Friday, Jan. 23 at 10:00 a.m. (local time). Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early starting Wednesday, Jan. 28 by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at http://smarturl.it/NKOTB_RSVP. Tickets can be purchased starting Jan. 31 on www.livenation.com.

With all-new and top-notch production elements, this tour is sure to be the ultimate summer concert ticket as promised. The highlights will include a 360-degree stage “in the round.” With no obstructions, the stage set up will offer optimal viewing. The bands have worked hard on the show and staging concept to make sure that everyone in the house has a part of the action, up close and center.

Check out the full list of tour dates, after the jump!

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J Balvin to Speak at 2015 ‘Billboard Latin Music Conference’

J Balvin to Speak at 2015 ‘Billboard Latin Music Conference’

Breakout Latin artist J Balvin is set to headline a panel at the 2015 “Billboard Latin Music Conference.”

Balvin will join other urban music acts who’ve made memorable impacts in this year’s charts during the “New Latin Urban Movement” panel as part of the conference, taking place April 27-29 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Balvin’s success — he’s notched two No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm and Latin Airplay charts in the past year and toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull — has triggered a wave of interest in a new generation of urban acts who have gained considerable chart success in the past year. “It’s a new school,” said Balvin, whose hits include party anthem “6 a.m.”(feat. Farruko) and “Ay Vamos,” currently at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, airing live on Telemundo April 30. (Billboard)

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