Candlebox

Love Stories & Other Musings, the fifth studio album from Candlebox (released April 3 on AudioNest/Fontana/Universal), evidences a newfound level of maturity for the band, formed in 1991 in Seattle. At the same time, listening to it with the volume knob cranked up emphatically reveals that frontman Kevin Martin, lead guitarist Peter Klett, drummer Scott Mercado, and their bandmates, remain filled with the youthful exuberance that marked their first go-round in the 1990s, a decade during which they ran off a string of alt-rock classics while selling north of 5 million albums

No modern-rock band combines aggression, melodicism and towering hooks more authoritatively than the current Candlebox lineup. They're in peak form throughout Love Stories & Other Musings, from the unbridled dirty blues (as Klett refers to it) "Lifelike Song" to the cascading "Baby Love" and the throbbing, anthemic "Believe in It," the first single.

To make music your life for over 10 years, it's not just a beginning and an end, it's a career…just writing, recording, and playing music for a living is what makes miggs who they are. You could line up the milestones of a road traveled: playing "Good Morning America," touring over 150 dates a year, touring with artists like Plain White T's, KT Tunstall, Cowboy Mouth and more, playing unique one-off events with artists such as Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Maroon 5, Train and more, having two singles break the 80′s on the Billboard "Hot AC" chart, have music played on TV shows and commercials such as "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" and major T-Mobile ad campaigns, performing on regional TV shows in all Top 10 DMAs and 35 other markets in support of tours and records, having your video for "Let The Games Begin" featuring Lindsay Lohan get over 750,000 views and be used in national ad campaigns for all Champs and Foot Locker stores…and finally, having your latest album produced by legendary producer Phil Ramone and mixed by Jim Scott.
There is no better way to see what it takes to make music your Life unless you see it through THEIR eyes. THIS is miggs through the eyes of singer/guitarist Don Miggs:
East coast, life, Rolling Stones, guitars, girls, local shows, euphoria, four-man band, death, heartbreak, no money, school, marriage, record deal, tour, tour, tour, ten minutes of fame, no more record deal, four band members down to one, U2, West coast, car and a trunk, three band members, tour, tour, tour, record deal offers, add a guitarist, lose a drummer, divorce, no money, school, lose a drummer, work, girlfriends, tour, little bit of money, van and trailer, national tours, record deal, marriage, become a three piece, have kids, lose a drummer, bus and no trailer, national tours, play in front of 10,000 people, play in front of 10 people, find the perfect drummer, add the right guitarist, same bass player, same singer, more drive, more ambition, better at the craft, ready for our close-up, hungrier for your attention — the list can go on and on and it does – end result – we are HERE. Our collective experiences all led to writing and recording the best work miggs has ever produced, thanks in part to Phil F-ING Ramone and Jim Scott – we can't get to here without where we've come from. We embrace it. We are a band on the corner of a new crossroads, 15TH AND HOPE.

For Don Miggs (lead guitar), Michael Lombardo (bass guitar) and Walker Adams (drums), after years of grinding it out – multiple albums, touring over 150 dates a year it was time to push the band to the next level. MIGGS turned to multi-platinum producer/engineer Ken Lewis (Fall Out Boy, Kanye West) to translate MIGGS' years of on-stage chemistry into a gripping studio album.

The result was mid-2010's "Wide Awake" (Rock Ridge), easily MIGGS' most accomplished, fresh-sounding and accessible collection of songs to date. In support of the album, the rock trio toured successfully with Maroon 5, Ed Kowalczyk from LIVE, Plain White T's, Thriving Ivory, Green River Ordinance and Parachute. The debut single, "Girls & Boys" is about coming of age and learning to appreciate what makes you unique. The song was a hit for MIGGS and peaked at #42 on Billboard's Adult Album Alternative chart and #89 on the Billboard's Hot AC chart. One of the highlights of year was the making of the video for "Girls & Boys," and the chance to work with up-and-coming music video director, Justin Purser. To date, the video has nearly 150,000 views on YouTube.

"I wanted to make an album that felt both immediate and nostalgic. Worn in and new at the same time." At its core, "Wide Awake" is about clarity, focus; seeing things the way they are – not as we want them to be – and accepting, even embracing that state. It's a good thing even when it's a bad thing sometimes.

"Each song on "Wide Awake" has a counterpart, an accomplice – another track that connects with it emotionally, echoes it lyrically or recalls it musically," says Don. "There is a cohesiveness to the songs, and I want you to feel like you've been on a journey when track 12 finishes. This collection says more in 45 minutes than anything I've done previously."

MIGGS has fully embraced the web's ability to connect musicians with their fans more directly and can be followed at the most popular social networking sites on the web. The band even produced an eight-episode webisode/podcast called "Inside Wide Awake" that is available on iTunes and gives fans exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the making of their latest album and their life on the road as one of today's most prolific rock bands.

MIGGS saw its fair share of the spotlight over the course of the years with the singles "Perfect" and "I Believe" reaching No. 66 and No. 82, respectively, on Billboard's Hot AC chart and "I Believe" even pushing No. 7 on the Hot AC Media Base chart.

In 2009, the band landed a performance on "Good Morning America," media accolades came their way and opening slots for everyone, including Duran Duran to Train, Matt Nathanson and Sister Hazel, seasoned their stage show. Music supervisors have included MIGGS' unique brand of pop-rock in television, games and movies, such as the A&E's documentary "Kurt Cobain," MTV's "Five Questions: Nick Jonas," Fox's "The O.C.," Buena Vista video game "Spectrobes," MTV's "Bromance with Brody Jenner," A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," Disney's "Fallen," and Don even wrote the song for the Florida tourism campaign, "Share A Little Sunshine."

"Growing our audience organically has always been the goal," says Don. "If too many people jump on at once, the boat will sink. Remaining afloat was always key." "Wide Awake" shows not only how far they've come, but also promises to keep the band sailing smoothly into the future.

Open Air Stereo

ev·o·lu·tion /ˌevəˈlo͞oSHən/ Noun 1. The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms 2. The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.

Eleven years is a long time for any band to stay together, let alone for one band to finally see the release of their debut album, but for Open Air Stereo, they wouldn't have wanted it to happen any other way. The band's story is one of evolution, that gradual development from a simple to a more complex form; that gradual development from their humble days as 13-year olds in Laguna Beach to self-assured rock band bursting forth and ready to share their music with the world. Darwin championed his scientific Theory of Evolution, from which we get such trite adages as "survival of the fittest," something that applies as much to the animal world as it does to the music industry.

Many bands never make it eleven years; The Beatles couldn't even manage to stay together for that long. For the two founding members of Open Air Stereo, lead-singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross, eleven years has been just what the band needed to grow as individuals, to develop as a band, and to perfect their songwriting craft alongside bassist Evan Smith and guitarist Scott Pounds, who were brought on board by Johnson and Gross in order to complete the classic 4-member rock-band lineup.

It's obvious from the first time you hear a song off Open Air Stereo's 10-song debut album Primates that the band know exactly what they are doing; that much is clear from the rush of guitars and explosive percussion that punctuate all three minutes of "Love Is Blind," which gives the impression not of a band just putting out their first record but one that has multiple albums and world-tours under their belt, like perennial festival headliners Foo Fighters. "Living Proof" continues in this same vein, sounding like the best song that Audioslave never wrote, with a guitar lick straight out of the Tom Morello Guide To Awesome Guitar Licks.

Open Air Stereo show they are ready to headline music festivals and sell out stadiums with the slow-burning "Damned," which begins as a simple piano progression with pulsating bass and an insistent kick drum, before the band slowly adds more and more layers to the song, building to a triumphant sing-along chorus. Open Air Stereo change things up and can show their sentimental side on the beautiful, tender "Stuck On You." With so many sure-footed, confident songs on their debut album, one can't help but wonder how the band came to be so fully formed.

The truth is, the band on Primates is the latest form in a long evolutionary chain leading up to this point. Meeting in 2002 in their catechism class at the age of 13, Chase and Nick bonded over a common love of music (Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors, to name a few), which resulted in Nick joining Chase's band at the time, known as Stulpigeon. While the name Stulpigeon didn't last, the band name eventually evolved to reflect the thunderous, big, wide-open spaces of their music: Open Air Stereo.

In 2004 and 2005, Open Air Stereo spent their time playing multiple shows in the Orange County and Southern California scene, including shows at The Galaxy and KROQ's Weenie Roast, eventually culminating with nominations in multiple categories at the OC Music Awards as well as the limited release of a self-titled EP.

The next year, MTV's series Laguna Beach came into town. Chase became a main character in the series, which featured Open Air Stereo prominently. The series closed with the band's sold-out performance at The Roxy Theatre. Scott Pounds (guitar) joined the band around this time, and the band marvels to this day over being able to find such a talented guitarist through a Craigslist ad. Things were looking up for the band.

At the same time, Open Air Stereo signed to Sony Epic Records, and were diligently working on recording their debut album. Over a year-and-a-half of writing and recording eventually hit a creative blockade, and the sessions stalled. The band split for about three years, unsure of the future and uncertain that the music they had worked so hard to create would ever see the light of day.

But Chase and Nick knew that they had unfinished business, and this nagging sense of urgency brought them back together with Scott Pounds and new band member Evan Smith (bassist).

The band had grown up and changed over those years, and upon their return to the studio, completed their 10-song debut album Primates. With a mix of songs written by the band and some co-written collaborations, Primates is an exercise in the tight, economical execution of rock-and-roll. The album was produced by an array of producers including Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, and Peter Stengaard; a large part of the writing on the album is with Marti Fredrikson (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Def Leppard). With Primates, the band has filtered their various influences through their own personal experiences to arrive with a fully realized and confident debut album.

The album's title was inspired by mankind's own evolutionary cousins, giving the band a moment to reflect on their own personal evolution through time, perfecting their craft and going through the growing pains to emerge on the other side as a stronger, leaner, fitter band.

Fatal Addiction

Hailing their roots from rural Iowa since 2006, Fatal Addiction has become a common household name and a must see powerhouse for rock music in the Midwest. From small bars and venues to large festivals, Fatal Addiction has shared the stage with such acts as; Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, Candlebox, 10 Years and Buckcherry. In April of 2013 they won the largest statewide battle of the bands, which was put on by the coveted radio station LAZER 103.3, based out of Des Moines, IA. Their most recent album, entitled “Undertow” was released in June of 2013 is available on Itunes, numerous satellite radio stations and Amazon. Their high energy stage presence and unfiltered genuine sound has fueled this new rock rebellion from the muddy banks of the Des Moines River.

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