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Brick City Sound Riot Music Festival w/ Rye Coalition!

**HEADLINER ANNOUNCED: RYE COALITION!!!!!**

SpillPeak Media and Ghost Train PR are proud to announce the initial lineup for the first annual BRICK CITY SOUND RIOT MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL. The three-day music showcase and flea market will be held on September 16-18 at Kilkenny’s Ale House at 27 Central Avenue Newark, NJ. Confirmed Acts all listed above and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

SpillPeak Media and Ghost Train PR are making history in Newark this fall with their first annual music and art festival. A longtime cultural hub, Newark will provide the stage for this blowout, adrenaline filled get-together of NJ and NYC’s upcoming and established talents of the underground art and music scene. Kilkenny’s Ale House at 27 Central Avenue will set the stage for this momentous occasion that is slated to become a New Jersey staple.

About Ghost Train PR/SpillPeak Media:

Ghost Train PR/SpillPeak Media believes in independent, quality local music and business. We believe in localism; a return to the mom & pop caliber standards of goods and entertainment. Ghost Train PR’s goal is to unite artists and fans together by creating a platform for communication in order to give them the tools they need to help one another. We specialize in cultivating new music, fashion and the preservation of the distinct character of local business, musicians and artists. We host rock events, fashion events, offer band management as well as PR, visual & social media services. We are the underground railroad connecting bands, fans record labels, promoters, sound engineers, small businesses and anyone else that has anything to do with independent music, business and fashion.

The Black Hollies

The Black Hollies began in 2005, and have three full length LP's, a slew of 45's, and years of touring under their belts. Their themes have always been exploration of form, channeling the spontaneity of the moment, making arrangements, caring, not caring, charcuterie, imported Belgian ales, Indicas v.s. Sativas, French wines, nasty fuzz tones, tight grooves, leslie rotors, tape wound bottom end, deep slow panning, organ grinders, tape echoes, and feeling the flow. As a collective all the players involved share a varied yet connected musical past.

The Black Hollies hastily turn a deaf ear toward connotations used to pigeonhole the band. Maybe The Black Hollies did it to themselves by recording their latest LP, Softly Towards The Light, at Pigeon Club in Hoboken, NJ, amidst surly, yet seemingly narcoleptic old Italian men with a penchant for jugs of Carlo Rossi and Entemann's donuts. Maybe after seeing these mean old men passed out in their wood-paneled club house drooling on worn out lazy boy chairs in front of a ratty early 1980's wood-paneled television with tin foil bunny rabbit ears for antennas at two o'clock in the afternoon, the band realized it wanted nothing to do with being a throw back. Call the Black Hollies a throw back and the members usual responses are either, "How about I throw you back?" Or, "Oh, did you throw your back out? You should try acupuncture and Chinese herbs."

The Black Hollies live performances pull beautifully from all three of their albums, Crimson Reflections, Casting Shadows, and Softly Towards The Light with a musical representation of where the band is currently at: its most interesting and diverse phase. Recently, The Black Hollies performed a supporting role for UK's The Heavy at Bowery Ballroom. Does anything compare to the rabid screams of encouragement uttered from 600 plus fans of The Heavy who had no idea who the Black Hollies were or what had just happened but knew only two things: that they loved it and they wanted more? I don't know, you'll have to ask one of The Black Hollies. Ed Koch was heard afterward saying, "I felt like I was seeing Zep at MSG in 1972. I thought Justin was going to start playing bass with a bow."

The Dead Exs

bring it back to mono, recording entirely LIVE in the studio with dp (David Pattillo) on electric slide guitar and vocals and Wylie Wirth on the skins.

Pattiillo is a producer with a credit list from Alanis Morrissette to the Hold Steady, The Black Crowes to the Beastie Boys and last year produced the Reni Lane debut for Universal Motown. Wirth has toured extensively in Europe and the US with various bands and was a member of the Warner Bros act Sweet Lizard Illtet.

Pattillo's love for the upbeat raw recordings of Howlin' Wolf and the garage rock of The Sonics inspired him to go back to his roots and record a true to life thrashing blues record. Although acquaintances for years and involved in various projects in NYC, Wirth and Pattillo had yet to musically meet. Their fortuitous jam session on Wirth's July birthday revealed the magic that became The Dead Exs.

Recently they were asked to open for the young rock band Carney (Stars of Spiderman on Broadway) for a "bring the house down" sold out show at Pianos NYC. Their debut record is slated for release in early 2011, with a US and European tour to follow.

The Press

The Press is a band from Brooklyn via Atlanta who will release their first full-length album INTEOTWJTEOAE this spring. This ornery foursome has spent the better part of the last five years honing their musical skills both separately and together, until they finally coalesced into their present incarnation in 2005. You can definitely divine many of the bands influences—Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, The Grateful Dead, The Violent Femmes, The Clash, Nine Inch Nails, The Everly Brothers, Burt Bacarach —but the band succeeds in letting their predecessors guide them without crowding their jocks.

The Courtesy Tier

They took the stage, the duo, be-flanneled and hairy, singer and guitarist Omer Leibovitz's worn features circling, bird-like, in front of the microphone, while Layton Weedeman saddled up next to him, nestled by a drumset. Mercury Lounge's audience filtered in punctually. Though cold as shit and rainy outside, inside was warm and cozy with fans and friends savoring the raw flavor of blues-burnt rock.

You know them, you love them, because The Courtesy Tier are seasoned performers and musicians, and play together like a no-frills dynamic duo, neither member pushing for the prominent role. Pretty much constant playing is required by both for their rocking symbiosis - Omer provides the thrashy guitars and punk-blues vocals, and Layton the clicking, splashing foundation of drums and vocal harmonies. The vibe was all the more welcoming as the Courtesy Tier sounds pretty mature, because they don't treat the audience like idiots. They are comfortable presenting their own thing, fine with being themselves onstage, not relying on patronizing shock value or cutesy bullshit.

The set was songs on the short side, lyrics as honest and forthright as their instrumental playing: "I need a friend... I need a friend... I need a friend to show me how to live again." They capture simple, serious, important feelings that none of us pay particular attention to, and preserve them in concise songs that just get the point across. But they're not downers either, as each song has a Hendrix-like heaviness and an old school blues influence (often with unison guitar and vocal lines), played with smashing precision.

Life Size Maps

“A darker, paranoid underbelly haunts Magnifier from the very moment it opens with a tense hissing static...Filled with intricate instrumental flourishes, every song on Magnifier feels at the cusp of bursting at the seams”
- Jonny Leather (Mecca Lecca Recording Co.)

Black Water

Black Water is a group of eight accomplished musicians with diverse abilities who share a love for Classic Rock, R&B, and the music of the Doobie Brothers. Playing the songs that will get you out of your seat, Black Water provides an upbeat and entertaining show delivered with style, power, and an extra large helping of soul!

Self-proclaimed spazoid post punk with a dash of lemon. Heavily influenced by Conan the Barbarian, muppet babies, love & loud noises.

$12.00

Off Sale

SpillPeak Media and Ghost Train PR are proud to announce the initial lineup for the first annual BRICK CITY SOUND RIOT MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL. The three-day music showcase and flea market will be held on September 16-18 at Kilkenny’s Ale House at 27 Central Avenue Newark, NJ. Confirmed Acts all listed and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

SpillPeak Media and Ghost Train PR are making history in Newark this fall with their first annual music and art festival. A longtime cultural hub, Newark will provide the stage for this blowout, adrenaline-filled get-together of NJ and NYC’s upcoming and established talents of the underground art and music scene. Kilkenny’s Ale House at 27 Central Avenue will set the stage for this momentous occasion that is slated to become a New Jersey staple.

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