May 16, 2012: Japanese metal legends LOUDNESS rocking the M3 festival on Saturday May 12

(below) Loudness with Derek Shulman at the BB King’s backstage on May 14.

(below) Akira Takasaki, Loudness’ guitarist with Leonardo Pavkovic of 2 Plus.

May 10, 2012: TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION to release new album Peacemaker this Summer, on Carved Records



from left to right
Timmy Braun (Drums)
Big Dad Ritch (Vocals)
John Exall (Bass)
Wes Wallace (Guitar)

Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers. What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.

THC’s frontman Big Dad Ritch, known as the “Godfather” of the RDM sound and an individual with a laser-like focus and vision when it comes to his music, believes that the band has hit its stride on Peacemaker, capturing the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. He declares, “The outlaw spirit is still alive today. That is our goal: Bring it back.”

But Texas Hippie Coalition aren’t simply about making sure the outlaw rock style that they pretty much worship stays alive. They want it to evolve, infusing it with a modern edge and energy, thanks to the new tools (or is that weapons?) of the trade. Having also been surrounded and influenced by the likes of Black Label Society and Pantera –with Ritch proudly proclaiming to having seen the latter between 50 and 75 times live- Texas Hippie Coalition are turning in something fresh and fierce with Peacemaker. They aren’t just paying homage to Southern rock’s cultural milemarkers. They are proceeding with the intent to add to its canon.

Essentially, Peacemaker, which follows the previous albums The Pride of Texas and Rollin’, is like one of those out-of-control parties that will find you without a girlfriend and with pissed off family members the very next day, but you’ll be gawking over your killer new tattoo while nursing an awful hangover. It’s the stuff of life, the good time ingredient that you can’t manufacture or fake. It comes from a very real place, thanks to Texas Hippie Coalition’s ability to understand their influences and mine them into something wholly unique.

May 10, 2012: ASIA (Frontiers recording artist) to release new studio album “XXX” with original line-up: GEOFF DOWNES, STEVE HOWE, CARL PALMER & JOHN WETTON

BRITISH SUPERGROUP CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH UK TOUR AND 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM

Thirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where it remained No.1 for nine consecutive weeks), the legendary British classic rock band returns with a brand new studio album, a 30th Anniversary edition of their debut album, 2 DVDs, and a world tour that includes UK, Europe, Japan and America.

ASIA will release their new studio album “XXX” (pronounced Triple X) on Frontiers Records on June 29th in Europe and July 3rd in North America. The new record, produced by Mike Paxman, which is being hailed as ASIA’s best album since its classic early 80s releases, will be released as a CD, collector’s edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos and behind the scenes footage), and on vinyl (limited edition Europe only). Original artwork for “XXX” album courtesy of Roger Dean.

The first single taken from the highly anticipated new album is entitled “Face On The Bridge”, released worldwide on May 14th.

“We’re very pleased with, and confident about XXX,” says John Wetton. “It encapsulates, lyrically and instrumentally, the essence of ASIA today. However, it is the very same four people that gave you the original, iconic album 30 years ago. If you loved it then, you will love it now.”

“We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album,” adds ASIA’s guitarist, Steve Howe. “ASIA has always been about great songs, and fantastic musicianship. I’m sure fans of the first album, will fall in love with XXX.”

“XXX” CD EDITION – TRACK LISTING

1. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) 6:47
2. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) 6:01
3. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 6:36
4. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) 5:37
5. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) 4:53
6. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) 5:59
7. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) 4:36
8. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 4:43
9. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) 4:21

Total Time 49:41

“XXX” SPECIAL EDITION 11-TRACK CD (+ BONUS DVD) – TRACK LISTING

1. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) 6:47
2. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) 6:01
3. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 6:36
4. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) 5:37
5. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) 4:53
6. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) 5:59
7. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) 4:36
8. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 4:43
9. Reno (Silver and Gold) (Howe/Wetton) 5:15 (Bonus Track)
10. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) 4:21
11. I Know How You Feel (Midnight Mix) (Wetton/Downes) 5:23 (Bonus Track)

Total Time: 60:20

BONUS DVD

1. Face On The Bridge (Music Video) (4:33)
2. Faithful (Music Video) (4:34)
3. The Making of XXX (Featurette) (20:33)

Total Time: 29:40

In addition ASIA has also completed “Resonance”, a DVD concert film of the group’s 2010/2011 Omega World Tour, captured live in Switzerland which will be released later in the fall.

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, ASIA will release a collector’s edition box set based on their legendary 1982 eponymous debut album, supported by a myriad of ASIA releases in 2012. The 30th anniversary edition of their debut album will feature 2 audio CDs (a re-mastered edition of the debut album, plus a CD of live rare tracks), an expansive historical booklet, a limited edition ASIA T-shirt, goodies from ASIA’s 1982 tour, plus a DVD of the new band documentary: ASIA – 30 Years On. A newly commissioned painting by Roger Dean updates the symbolic dragon and pearl from 1982 to 2012, the Year of The Water Dragon (in the Chinese calendar).

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:

Oct 17 – Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie
Oct 18 – Boston, MA, Wilbur Theater
Oct 19 – Westbury, NY, Westbury Theater
Oct 20 – Philadelphia, PA, Keswick
Oct 21 – Wilmington, DE, Opera House
Oct 23 – Syracuse, NY, Turning Stone Casino
Oct 25 – Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 26 – Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
Oct 27 – NY, NY, Best Buy Theater
Oct 28 – York, PA, Strand Capital
Oct 30 – Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
Nov 01 – Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak
Nov 02 – St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
Nov 03 – Sloan, IA, Winnavegas Casino Showroom
Nov 08 – Santa Ynez, CA, Chumash Casino
Nov 09 – Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club
Nov 10 – Las Vegas, NV, Green Valley Casino
Nov 11 – San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
Nov 13 – Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino
Nov 16 – Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
Nov 17 – Austin, TX, One World Theatre (2 shows)
Nov 23 – Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort

Mar 19, 2012: HURT, Carved Records recording artist

Virginia rock band Hurt has been going at it since 2000 having released 5 studio albums and the group shows no signs of quitting anytime soon. This new video for “How We End Up Alone” paints a pretty dreary picture of aging after a tragic romance. And with so many typical lip-synced music videos around you have to salute the band’s ambition to break formula and make a video with some pathos.

Mar 19, 2012: CARVED RECORDS is launching the incredibly talented TYLER BRYANT and his band THE SHAKEDOWN

TYLER BRYANT and THE SHAKEDOWN now on CARVED RECORDS

Tyler Bryant lives for music. Passionate about expressing himself and connecting with others through his songs and sounds, Tyler moved to Nashville from Honey Grove, TX when he was 17 to write songs and start a band. He has pushed the musical limits of guitar, vocals, and performance, and has captured the attention of the music scene with his spectacular talent and rare showmanship.

Tyler Bryant is a guitar prodigy who has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, BB King, Pat Benatar, The Arc Angels, Vince Gill and many others. At age 15, Tyler won the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s New Generation Award, which recognized him as one of the most promising new artists on the music scene. He has also performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and was signed by Creative Artists Agency on the spot, after his first showcase in Nashville.

Tyler recalls a musical turning point at age 11, when he walked into a music store in Paris, Texas and heard 63-year old bluesman, Roosevelt Twitty, on guitar. “He was playing a Lightning Hopkins song,” Tyler says. “He was just sitting in the corner of Holly Bond’s Music store, and was singing and playing with such emotion that something translated deeply, and I wanted to understand. I knew I wanted to play. Whenever you hear someone with that much soul, when they really believe what they are playing, it’s so inspiring.”

Tyler’s musical influences include the inspirations of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, and Jeff Beck. Tyler, along with Beck, Santana, and Slash, is featured in the award winning film, “Rock Prophecies,” which is directed by John Chester, and produced by Tim Kaiser (Seinfeld and Will & Grace). “Rock Prophecies,” is now airing nationally on PBS and is available on DVD. Also, this past year, thousands of kid’s across the world have been playing Tyler’s song, “Who I Am,” since its release on Guitar Hero® 5. Tyler has been busy recording and songwriting with some of Nashville’s best. He released his first EP, “My Radio” in March of 2011 and finished and released his most recent album, “From The Sandcastle,” in late September. He is currently writing songs for his next album, which he and his band will record in January 2012 with Bob Rock.

Tyler recently announced a new band name, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, as he wanted to recognize his band in everything he does. Tyler and the band embarked on their headlining tour this past summer and continued touring well into November. The band only paused for the month of October, while Tyler opened for Jeff Beck on his Canadian and US Tour. Tyler & the Shakedown are currently getting plans together for a big upcoming year, which will include tour dates all around North America and Europe. With a fearless obsession for his art, Tyler Bryant is advancing his music without limits.

“To be 18 and play like this kid is the rarest of the rare. Hands down a future guitar god.” –Vince Gill

Mar 19, 2012: 2 PLUS has formed an association with Texas label CARVED RECORDS

2 PLUS has formed an association with Texas based rock independent label Carved Records. It will support the company’s determination and focus in becoming the most significant new rock music company formed this decade in the USA. Artists already signed and making significant inroads are: TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, HURT, JUKE KARTEL and the incredible TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN. Distributed by SONY/R.E.D with worldwide distribution it is truly an artist friendly company that really does believe in artist development.
Significant signings are about to be announced!

Mar 6, 2012: TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION in studio in Los Angeles making the new album (produced by Bob Marlette)

The legendary rock producer Bob Marlette is producing the new TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION studio album that will hit stores worldwide in May and the band will hit the road worldwide immediately after the record is released on Carved Records.


Dec 28, 2011: 2 PLUS to sign Japanese metal legends LOUDNESS to their management roster

2 PLUS MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT is signing Japanese metal legends LOUDNESS to their management roster.

Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI and guitarist AKIRA TAKASAKI  launched LOUDNESS in May 1981. The duo was joined by former EARTHSHAKER vocalist MINORU NIIHARA and Takasaki’s childhood friend MASAYOSHI YAMASHITA on bass. LOUDNESS ensconced themselves in the studio and three months later the band’s debut album, “THE BIRTHDAY EVE” was released. The second LOUDNESS album, “DEVIL SOLDIER”, was released in July 1982, followed by “THE LAW OF DEVIL’S LAND” in January 1983. In July 1983, the band conducted their first American tour, followed by a European tour one month later. An A&R man from Atlantic Records was impressed by the LOUDNESS shows in the U.S. between July 1983 and May 1984, which led to the band being signed by the label for an international record deal – a first in Japanese music history. In August ’84, LOUDNESS entered a studio in Los Angeles with producer Max Norman, renowned for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, among others, to record their first worldwide release, “THUNDER IN THE EAST”. The album was released January ’85 and went all the way to No. 4 on Japan’s domestic charts. The band then embarked on a US tour that April, and a month later the album appeared at No. 74 on the U.S. Billboard album charts. In August, LOUDNESS opened for Mötley Crüe on their US tour. On August 14, they became the first Japanese act in history to play at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City. In December, the band went to the studio to record their second release on Atlantic, again with Max Norman manning the controls. “LIGHTNING STRIKES”, topped the band’s previous chart success, appearing at No.64 on the Billboard charts. As the band kept touring all over the US, they earned themselves a reputation as a great live act.

Despite their on-going success, Niihara left the band in December 1988. The news came as a shock, not only to the Japanese but also to the international rock community. After countless auditions, the remaining band members arrived at the conclusion that they would never be able find a Japanese singer to live up to Niihara’s talent, and hired former Obsession vocalist, MIKE VESCERA, in September 1989. The result was the album “SOLDIER OF FORTUNE”, followed by “ON THE PROWL” in February 1991, a compilation of cover versions of the band’s earlier work, as well as a number of new songs. Vescera left soon after the arrival of “SLAP IN THE FACE” in October 1991, followed by Yamashita, and the second LOUDNESS era came to an end in 1992. In the years following, the band’s line-up fluctuated, but Loudness remained active. In 2000, Takasaki began toying with the idea of a LOUDNESS reformation, featuring the group’s original members, and the news was formally announced in May of that year with the band going into preproduction soon afterwards. Multiple album and DVD releases followed as the band remained hugely successful in their homeland of Japan.

On November 30th, 2008 Munataka Higuchi sadly succumbed to liver cancer. “The Everlasting” release from 2009 would be the final recording with the classic Loudness line up. The remaining original members continue on with their new drummer Masayuki Suzuki. Loudness returned to the USA for their 30th Anniversary tour in May/June 2011. Upon completion of the tour, the band returned to Japan and put the finishing touches on their new studio album “EVE TO DAWN” which they hope to release in the U.S. and Europe in early 2012 with extensive worldwide touring to follow. “Eve To Dawn” finds the band rejuvenated and sounding hungrier than ever. Longtime fans will surely be pleased with the effort, but new fans will also be made with the excellent songwriting and absolutely blazing fretwork by Akira.

Dec 22, 2011: 2 PLUS MUSIC @ MIDEM 2012

Derek Shulman and Leonardo Pavkovic of 2 Plus Music & Entertainment to participate at MIDEM, the biggest music recording business fair in the world, on January 28/29/30/31 with CARVED RECORDS and more.

Oct 8, 2011: New Video single released by the seminal NYC hard rock band BLACK WATER RISING

BLACK WATER RISING from Brooklyn, NY, is managed by 2 Plus Music, and the band has just released their new video single “No Halos”.

“No Halos”, the new video from BLACK WATER RISING — the New York-based band featuring former members of BOILER ROOM and DUST TO DUST — can be seen above. The clip, which features Jose Hernandez Jr. (HBO’s “Oz”) in the starring role, was helmed by acclaimed director Noah Shulman (SOIL, HELLYEAH) and depicts religion as cult and uses media as a brainwashing tool. The viewer follows the preacher as he descends into madness caused by society’s ills.

Commented BLACK WATER RISING drummer Mike Meselsohn: “We are so proud and psyched to show our new video to the world. We jumped at the opportunity to work with Noah Shulman again and he didn’t disappoint. He came up with an awesome concept that really captures the vibe of the song and is visually captivating at the same time.”

The self-titled debut from BLACK WATER RISING was released in Europe on April 22 via Metalville Records, the band and label pool launched by the Cologne, Germany-based company Flying Dolphin Entertainment Group UG.

Available in the U.S. on Giddy Up! Records, “Black Water Rising” is described as a collection of soul-baring, angst-ridden, riff-heavy material that is proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock songwriting. Its giant, guitar-driven monster riffs are served up on a bed of crushing grooves with soaring melodic vocals and big hooks. Lyrically, the message is socially and politically driven by the dark times we live in. With darkness seemingly growing by the day, BLACK WATER RISING is a name that fits this band like a glove.

Band’s website: www.blackwaterrising.com

Oct 8, 2011: EDDIE TRUNK of THAT METAL SHOW visiting 2 PLUS office on October 3rd

American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author – EDDIE TRUNK – best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal themed radio and television shows, has visited 2 Plus Music office on October 3rd, 2011.

From left: Nick Tieder (of No Jacket Required Marketing, and 2 Plus Music’s associate), Leonardo Pavkovic (2 Plus Music), Eddie Trunk and Derek Shulman (2 Plus Music).

Oct 2, 2011: DEREK SHULMAN and GARY GREEN of GENTLE GIANT in Philadelphia, in-store appearance, October 1st

Former Gentle Giant lead vocalist DEREK SHULMAN and guitarist GARY GREEN made a very rare appearance in support of new digital and physical re-masters of OCTOPUS and THREE FRIENDS at FYE Music, 100 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, on Saturday, October 1.
Publicity Contact: Anne Leighton
Ph: 718-881-8183
E-mail: LeightonMedia@aol.com
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Sep 24, 2011: CIRCA: Featuring Former YES Members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood Release New CD ‘And So On’

CIRCA: Featuring Former YES Members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood Release New CD ‘And So On’

Los Angeles, CA – Prog fans across the globe are buzzing with excitement about the new CD release by CIRCA: featuring former YES members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. ‘And So On’ is the 4th release from the innovative progressive rock ensemble and currently available at the band’s official website www.circahq.com Along with veteran YES rockers Tony Kaye (keyboards) and Billy Sherwood (guitar, vocals), CIRCA: features Johnny Bruhns on guitar and Ronnie Ciago on drums. “Although the album was not written as a concept record, the songs are somehow tied together and are all symbiotic,” Billy Sherwood explains, “it’s really just an evolution of CIRCA: music. This is our 3rd Studio release.”

The band was formed in 2007 by Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. The debut self-titled CD, ‘CIRCA:’, also featured YES drummer Alan White and Jimmy Haun on guitar, with guest appearances by Michael Sherwood and Cole Coleman. The album includes two tracks based on material Billy Sherwood co-wrote with Trevor Rabin in 1995. A two-track download-only EP was previously available for a short period in the United States. The band’s debut live show was on August 23, 2007 in San Juan Capistrano, with a set that included an extended instrumental medley of Yes tunes. A DVD of this show was released as ‘CIRCA: Live’ in February 2008. A few North American dates followed in early 2008, with Jay Schellen, a previous collaborator of Sherwood’s and Kaye’s, filling in for White on one date.

In July 2008, Jay Schellen permanently replaced Alan White, who chose to focus on his work in Yes. The new line-up recorded an album ‘CIRCA: HQ’ in the latter half of 2008, and was released on January 14, 2009. Early 2011 saw a band change, with guitarist Johnny Bruhns replacing Jimmy Haun and Ronnie Ciago replacing Jay Schellen, who wanted to focus on work with Asia Featuring John Payne. CIRCA’s next release ‘Overflow’ is a collection of extra bonus material from the first and second recording sessions, available only as a digital download via iTunes. And now in 2011, after years of anticipation from fans of the band around the world, the new CIRCA: CD ‘And So On’ is available! In support of the new CD release, plans to tour are in the works.

“There are plans to get out there and do shows,” says Billy, “we are heading to Mexico to play Mexicali and Ensenada in September and some Southern California dates to follow… it’s early going but we are working hard to get the band on the road.” Stay tuned via CIRCA’s official website for any updates regarding live shows.

“CIRCA: would like to thanks all the fans who have followed us from the start, along the way… and now into the future!”

CIRCA: is doing a mini tour of Southern California to promote the album:
October 6 – Agoura Hills, CA (The Canyon Club)
October 7 – South Bay, CA (Brixton)
October 8 – San Juan Capistrano, CA (The Coach House)
October 21 – Corona, CA (Marquee 15)

Please visit the online store at www.circahq.com and for Billy Sherwood solo works visit www.billysherwood.com where his forthcoming 5th solo CD titled ‘What Was The Question?’ is due out August of 2011.

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Sep 10, 2011: FRONTIERS RECORDS USA announces November 1st Releases

Frontiers Records is announcing 3 new cd releases (November 1st) to be distributed in the USA via EMI:
TRILLIUM “Alloy”
MECCA “Undeniable”
THE MAGNIFICIENT “The Magnifiicient”

For more info:
FRONTIERS RECORDS
www.frontiers.it
www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords
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Sep 10, 2011: GENTLE GIANT’s progressive rock masterpieces THREE FRIENDS and OCTOPUS finally re-mastered!

GENTLE GIANT’S ALUCARD MUSIC is finally releasing:
OCTOPUS and THREE FRIENDS
distributed through EMI, which unleashes New Digital and Physical Remasters (in digipack format) from the original 1/4 inch tapes of these Seminal British Progressive Rock Recordings on September 27, 2011. (Please note that this is the first ever digital remastering from the ORIGINAL TAPES, with the supervision of Derek Shulman and Alucard Music).

• Complete With Original Cover Art
• Contains Special Liner Notes, Photos & More
• Additional Previously-Unreleased Live Material Also Included!!

GENTLE GIANT – “Three Friends”
(Remastered From The Original 1/4″-Tapes)

Gentle Giant’s third album was their first concept album, based on three school friends who grow up, pursue different paths and fail to understand one another’s lifestyles. The music is astounding – ranging from raucous rock, to exquisite choral work, and ending with the stunningly beautiful title song. All of its’ original splendor and exquisite detail is revealed in this beautifully-executed remastering.
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GENTLE GIANT – “Octopus”
(Remastered From The Original 1/4″-Tapes)

Gentle Giant’s fourth album has a harder, rockier edge – a striking contrast to their more symphonic third album – while still displaying a wide variety of sounds and textures. From the rocking power of “The Advent Of Panurge”, to the vocal intricacies of “Knots”, to the beauty of “Think Of Me With Kindness”, the signature GG grandeur is presented with ultimate clarity and impact on this fabulous remastered CD.
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