Shoving a fist in the face of tradition has been Filter's modus operandi since the release of their self-produced debut album, Short Bus. The album's rough-around-the-edges production consisted of inebriated answering machine samples, lavish bass lines, and jagged guitars set to a backdrop of drum machines punctuated by the unfurling of Richard Patrick's vocal prowess and signature roar. Patrick, Filter's magnetic, profoundly intelligent nucleus and frontman jubilantly admits that his creative process is unorthodox, whether he's staring down and conquering new technology or coalescing with new bandmate and co-conspirator Jonny Radtke on Filter's current release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight.

Patrick believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully aware of what he's rebelling against. He addresses his unconventional methods with utmost conviction in his voice, "Let's break the rules, let's put a finger up to the establishment and do something wrong. If William Shakespeare was alive today, he'd be using a word processor. He'd be copying and pasting. Does that change things? Yeah, but at the same time, it's flexible and different. It has to be done." This perspective is evident on The Sun Comes Out Tonight's lead single, "What Do You Say," an explosive track featuring Patrick's rousing howl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering guitars, biting lyrics, and the triumphant resurrection of the pulsating drum machines that cemented Filter's reputation for delivering a distinctive sound unlike any other band in existence. Patrick laughs, "It's all drum machine, just like Short Bus! I like that we're getting away with something that's wrong. There's almost this notion that someone like Skrillex is less of a talent because his music centers around making a computer do incredible things. Music is an interpretive art form."

"The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way)" isn't merely a stand-out track from 2002 release The Amalgamut, it's an integral component of the career Patrick has fabricated with Filter as a truly capable multi-instrumentalist and vocalist hell-bent on releasing top-notch material and delivering electrifying, intense live performances. Patrick's many collaborations and side-projects have transcended the boundaries between rock, industrial, and electronic music by utilizing the talents of musicians Trent Reznor, Robert and Dean DeLeo, Ray Luzier, Josh Freese, John 5, The Crystal Method, Danny Lohner, Clayton Worbeck and Wes Borland.

The Trouble With Angels, Filter's inaugural venture with producer Bob Marlette culminated in Patrick cleaning the slate and solidifying a new live band line-up before embarking on tour across North America and Europe in support of the album. Filter's affiliation with the organization Stars For Stripes allowed the band the honor of entertaining US troops on military bases in Kuwait, Iraq and Cuba's Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Patrick, a fervent supporter of the men and women serving the United States, takes immense pleasure in meeting and performing for deployed fans; he and his bandmates gained deeper insight into the lifestyle those serving face on a regular basis when the band survived rocket attacks in Kirkuk, Iraq.

The Sun Comes Out Tonight heralds the return of Marlette in the roles of producer and co-writer, and marks the introduction of Filter's newest addition, co-writer, and guitarist, Jonny Radtke. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Radtke's rapturous vocals and elegantly furious guitar playing mesh expertly with Filter's ambiance. "Jonny is the little brother-slash-guitar player I never had, he's just incredibly talented," Patrick affectionately admits. "Because of his talent and my connection with him, it was such a joy to make this album, it's a very inspired record. The chemistry was there. I really can't say enough about Jonny." Radtke's own predilection for rebellion and versatility are hallmarks of his own one-man musical project, the ethereal Polar Moon. Prior to joining Filter, Radtke's guitar stylings were best known for gracing the stage with his previous band, Kill Hannah, and the live incarnation of Ashes Divide, led by Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.

Patrick proclaims, "It's a new guitar player, a new label - we're so grateful we signed with Wind-up Records, [label co-owner and Chief Creative Officer] Gregg Wattenberg is so supportive, the label is amazing; it's a whole new idea. It was so easy to be angry on this record, there are songs about betrayal and pure evil, there's so much heavy stuff [on this record] but there's moments of light, songs about happiness and love. It's our analysis of the human condition."

Tracks "What Do You Say", "This Finger's For You" and "We Hate It When You Get What You Want" seethe with vicious guitar riffs, blasting beats, Radtke's lilting background vocals, Patrick's gruff delivery, and captivating choruses that were made to sing along to. "With our first single, 'What Do You Say,' it's about all the noise - noise from the media, people talking and having so much to say but not really listening," Patrick thoughtfully states. One of the album's brightest moments of light comes courtesy of the shimmering, euphoric "Surprise," a track reminiscent of the delicate song structure that made runaway hit "Take A Picture" one of Filter's most beloved offerings.

The whimsical "First You Break It" draws you in with lush guitars and surging harmonies. The lyrics for "Watch The Sun Comes Out Tonight" paint an intimate portrait of Patrick's adventures at age 22 wandering around under the influence of psilocybin in the chill of Cleveland, Ohio late at night. "We'd search for things to look at, something that would trigger a profound thought of some kind," Patrick recalls, "I love writing about those times; I was young and angry but optimistic at the same time. Gregg Wattenberg took all of what he loved about early Filter and reminded me of it, he was like, 'you need to get back there and do what you do!', I've always been about pressing forward and stretching my audience's imagination but there's got to be a point of reflection."

The Sun Comes Out Tonight's synthesis of tools from the band's past and brand new attributes facilitate the stereophonic assault that only Filter circa 2013 can deliver.

Dirty Heads

"It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what's going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this 'Cabin by the Sea.'", says Heads front man Jared "Dirty J" Watson of the new album Cabin by the Sea.

For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It's the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008's Any Port in the Storm. That's not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade's biggest rock singles, "Lay Me Down" (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year's best new bands.

But the Heads knew better things lay ahead. "Last time was our first time in the studio, working with a producer," says Watson. "This time out, we nailed it. We trimmed the fat and got the sound we were always going for."

Cabin by the Sea maintains the diversity from their first album, roaming from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns ("Disguise") and feel-good reggae ("Day by Day," "Your Love"). The album's defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes (with an herbal assist), a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, "Spread Too Thin." "It's about having too much going on, work or whatever is stressing you out," says guitarist Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell. "It's about needing a breather in life."

(The album's one outlier, "Smoke Rings," is a punk/hip-hop fueled rager. "We've matured, but we still have that side of us," says Bushnell. "It's talking shit for a couple of minutes, and we use a sample from an old movie called Satan's Satanists. It's fun, nothing more than that.")

While Port contained an expanded roster of guest stars, from M. Shadows to Billy Preston (best known for his work with the Beatles), Cabin keeps the guest list tight. Still, a few A-level names make an appearance, including a return engagement from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. "He's awesome. We got to know him years ago on tour," says Bushnell. "We had built this great relationship, so we asked him to guest on a track. He came down to the studio and knocked it out of the park."

The recognizable guest stars, big tours and hit songs are a long way from the group's humble origins in Bushnell's garage. Back in 1996, school friends Watson and Bushnell started their musical career almost on accident. "It was hilarious: I was in a punk band, but Jared had no musical inclination," remembers the guitarist. "Then one day he started rapping over these cheesy hip-hop songs I'd make with Casio beats, and I'm like, wow, you're really good!" (Note to fans: Bushnell recently rediscovered tapes of those teenage sessions, but don't plan on hearing anything in the near future)

Cabin By The Sea will be released on June 19, 2012.

Fuel will be touring the US in 2014 in support of their forthcoming album Puppet Strings (March 4th / MRI), including an album release party March 4th at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Tour dates are listed on tour page. Puppet Strings marks the first album in 10 years with frontman Brett Scallions.

"Rock and roll is very much alive and well on this album," says Scallions. The sound is pure, anthemic rock inspired by the punk records of the band's youth (the heavy, driving "Yeah" and first single, "Soul to Preach To") and the Memphis blues sound that taps into Brett's Tennessee roots ("Hey Mama"). "We were simply trying to write the best songs we possibly could, " adds Brett, who wrote the album with guitarist Andy Andersson and bassist Brad Stewart, formerly of Shinedown. "With Andy and Brad, I found the unity I'd always craved."

During his time away from Fuel, Brett continued to write music and toured with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors. "When I left Fuel I was miserable. It didnt feel much like a band anymore. Unity was nonexistent. Singing with Ray and Robby opened a whole new perspective on music and life for me. I realized how much music is truly all about freedom and not being confined to formats or singles."

Brett, Andy, Brad and drummer Shannon Boone will be on the road throughout 2014 in support of Puppet Strings.

Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony and in 1998, released their well-received debut album Sunburn and massive single "Shimmer". Their second album Something Like Human hit multi-platinum status with the singles "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)", followed by 2003's Natural Selection ("Falls on Me"). The band has been selling out dates since 2010 with the current lineup and return of Scallions.

From the ashes of bands past we have stirred in core members from bands that didn't last. From Sludge factory to 31 Spline we have a band that puts together all the elements each and every one of us has been searching for. Finally they are Pragmatic. A prominently rhythm driven band with a wall of sound that delivers low end to your chest, melody to your heart, and harmony to your soul. From A Capella to in your face screams they are sure to suffice.

MIdwest State of Mind

Midwest State of Mind was formed on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Our multifaceted group consists of Andrew on vocals and guitar, Casey on drums, Jay P on bass, and Corey on guitar. The music, unless otherwise noted, is written entirely and originally by Andrew, and succeeds in connecting different styles of music for your ears and minds! The sounds we create don't necessarily reflect the mainstream, but it is unique and has a lot to offer compared to what is out today! Our enjoyable take on music comes from a combination of each band members different inclinations and tastes which in turn help to create a wholly original sound! If you dig what you hear please leave us a comment and please spread the word. We would love to be in a town near you soon!

Sometimes things fall apart so better things can come together. This is the mindset of Chicago's hottest female-fronted pop rock band "Phosphene". Vocalist Jeni (of Persistence Of Memory), Drummer Andrew (of Beautiful Nightmare), Guitarist Joey (of The Tragic Loss Of Veronica Lake), Bassist Michael (of The Last Petal), and Guitarist Dan ( of Epiphany Dawns) quickly fell together after parting ways with their previous bands.

Keeping their spirits resilient in the face of overwhelming odds, Phosphene is known for being the hardest working band in Chicago. Relying on their talent, their message, and their unconditional love for Rock n' Roll, Phosphene took off into the music industry with a running start and continue to make their presence known as they embark on their 2nd year together.

Working as a highly driven quintet, the band finished their first full length album, Any Last Words, which they released January 5th 2014 headlining the House Of Blues in Chicago. Prior to that show, Phosphene marked their debut as a band while headlining the official Lollapalooza after party at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago. Soon after their debut, Phosphene released their first music video on You Tube of their single, Let You Go.

On January 1st, 2014 the band hit 20,000 fans on their Facebook page making an extraordinary entrance into the New Year. They are leading the Illinois rock market with over 75,000 fans. Phosphene's singles have been aired on different radio stations including 105.5FM THE KAT and 103.9FM THE FOX. They have been featured on TV on "The Mancow Show" with a special acoustic performance, They were also featured on ESPN "Friday Night Fights" with host Mike Tyson, and on FOX NEWS with reporter Eames Yates in a human interest piece.

The band has also done many interviews for different magazines, podcasts, and online radio stations that air all over the world.

Phosphene was the recommended artist on Reverbnation and the continue to hold strong in the #1 spot on the Illinois Rock Charts. They have shared the stage with many national acts including the Pretty Reckless, Lacuna Coil, Sick Puppies,Eyes Set To Kill, Cilver, Straightline Stitch, Adrenaline Mob, Bobaflex, Kill Devil Hill and Tantric.

Recently the band was nominated by the Chicago Independent Music Awards for the "Best Rock Band Of The Year". Phosphene is currently touring the US and creating national buzz. They kicked off their tour on the east coast showcasing at the Millennium Music Conference (MMC) in Pennsylvania and then headed to Indiana where they opened up for Revolver Magazine's Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour.They will continue to tour throughout March and April hitting accredited venues in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas,Colorado, Missouri, and Texas where they will be playing a showcase for "South By Southwest".

Touring, Interviewing, and writing new music along the way, Phosphene is ready to take their journey in the music scene to the next level as musicians, songwriters, artists, performers, and friends.

Jeni the lead singer of Phosphene states "We put our blood, sweat, and tears into this project and spent many sleepless nights perfecting and analyzing our music so it would not only reach the hearts but shake the souls of all our listeners." and that's exactly the emotional ride they are taking their fans on.

Get ready music lovers because Phosphene is ready to take the show and steal your heart!

Standout Story

Fresh off a victory earning the title "Indy's NextUp", Standout Story is capturing audiences now more than ever. They were awarded an opportunity to open for 30 Seconds to Mars on their Love, Lust, Faith, Dreams tour. Standout Story also shared the stage with Blue October at the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre.

Going into 2014, the band's third year together, they continue to make a name for themselves every time they play. Standout Story has taken these last few years by storm playing venues such as the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Vogue Theatre, 8 Seconds Saloon, The Bluebird, and the Deluxe Room at the Old National Centre.

Despite recent lineup changes, Standout Story just finished up their second EP "Let Me Go" with Alan Johnson at Static Shack Studios in Indianapolis, IN. This EP introduces a whole new level of songwriting with songs like Let Me Go, Angel Inside and Mr. Prescott, as well as a more edgy sound with songs like How Long Before You Fall and Careful What You Wish For.

"2014 is going to be a big year for us. We have a new lineup, new songs and a new show. We have already started writing songs with our new drummer and can't wait for the fans to hear them. We are more focused and excited as we've ever been." – Josh Hurt, guitarist.

Come see Standout Story for yourselves this year and see what everyone is talking about. Also be sure to check out the band's new release "Let Me Go" available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other online stores.

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