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Legendary Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Receives Overdue Grammy Award Nomination

There are few guitarists in rock history that have managed to scale the heights that Robby Krieger managed while a member of one of the all-time great groups, THE DOORS. Krieger continues to release original music that strikes a chord in music listeners worldwide, as evidenced by his critically acclaimed solo album, 2010′s Singularity. But the greatest proof is that Krieger was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, alongside the likes of GERALD ALBRIGHT, LARRY CARLTON & TAK MATSUMOTO, KENNY G, and KIRK WHALUM. In order for an album to be considered for this category, it must contain 51% or more playing time of instrumental tracks.

“I am super proud to be nominated,” says Krieger, “Especially as hard as Arthur Barrow [the album's co-producer] and I worked on this album. We started working on the song ‘Russian Caravan’ as a tribute to MILES DAVIS, shortly after he passed away years ago. We never gave up on the project, even though it took a lot longer than we planned. Believe it or not, we actually said, ‘Man this is good enough to get a Grammy!’ And here we are, nominated. Thank you!”. Also incredibly pleased with the nomination is the owner of Oglio Records, Carl Caprioglio, the label that released ‘Singularity.’ “Oglio Records has been in business since 1993. We have worked with many great artists, but I have to pinch myself every time I think of my good fortune to be working with the legendary Robby Krieger. I will certainly go down in history as one of the luckiest guys in the independent record label business”. Robby is represented by Tom Vitorino Management.

Robby Krieger was one of The Doors’ principle songwriters, penning the classics ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, ‘Love Her Madly’, and ‘Touch Me’. Singularity co-producer Arthur Barrow is also a multi-instrumentalist musician, best known for his stint as a bass player and band leader for FRANK ZAPPA in the late ’70′s and early ’80′s. Arthur appeared on The Doors An American Prayer album, and the two have worked together on nearly all of Krieger’s solo work and performances.

Along with Barrow, Singularity features a number of Zappa alumni, including Tommy Mars, Bruce Fowler, Larry Klimas, and Vinnie Colaiuta (all of which are featured on the album’s aforementioned standout track, ‘Russian Caravan’) as well as one of the last appearances from LITTLE FEAT’s Richie Hayward. Singularity also features two additional long-time Krieger collaborators, Dale Alexander on ‘Solar Wind’ and Kevin “Brandino” Brandon on ‘Event Horizon’. Additionally, Brandino has appeared on Krieger’s Cinematix album for Oglio Records and played over two decades with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on February 13, 2011, at 8pm ET/PT.


Cruel Hand Confirmed For Madball/Comeback Kid Tour In January 2011

Maine’s CRUEL HAND are excited to announce that they are confirmed as support on the upcoming Madball/Comeback Kid tour in early 2011! Beginning January 11th, the bands will head south and then west through January 23rd – these shows will be some real bangers for sure. Currently out on the Lock & Key tour with a little less than a week’s worth of shows left, Cruel Hand has canvassed the US twice over now, headlining and as support on the Bane/Trapped Under Ice tour last September. Additionally, Cruel Hand will head overseas in a few weeks for the Persistence Tour, sharing the stage with Sick Of It All, Blood for Blood, D.R.I. and many others. 2011 is sure to be just as packed for the band as 2010 was – more exciting tour plans to be announced soon.

Cruel Hand released their most recent album and defining release, Lock & Key, this past summer. Lock & Key has been hailed as “a gift from the gods” by Decoy Music and has cemented the band as “one of the hardest touring up-and-coming hardcore acts” (Blistering). Be sure to catch Cruel Hand on tour forever!

Nov 22 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s
Nov 23 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout
Nov 24 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Nov 26 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Nov 27 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad
Nov 28 Cruel Hand (w/ Backtrack)
Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront Tavern
Dec 03 Cruel Hand
Deinze, Belgium @ Brielpoort
Dec 04 Cruel Hand
Dresden, Germany @ Messe Dresden
Dec 05 Cruel Hand
Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
Dec 06 Cruel Hand
Berlin, Germany @ Astra
Dec 07 Cruel Hand
Stuttgart, Germany @ Philarmonie Filderstadt
Dec 08 Cruel Hand
Rouen, France @ Le 106
Dec 09 Cruel Hand
Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage
Dec 10 Cruel Hand
Wurzburg, Germany @ Posthalle
Dec 11 Cruel Hand
Muhlheim, Germany @ RWE Sportshalle
Dec 12 Cruel Hand
Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Klokgebouw
Jan 11 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 12 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 14 Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 15 Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 16 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 18 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702 w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 20 San Diego, CA @ SOMA sidestage w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 21 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Centre w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 22 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Madball, Comeback Kid
Jan 23 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Madball

CD Review: Demander “Future Brite”

When you find a new group that feeds your ears with nothing but musical goodness, it makes you smile. Well, this group from NYC did just that. They put a huge smile on my face. I think I just heard a new group that is sure to rock the scene to its dirty little dancing core. The group is Demander. A trio that seemingly have the know how to pump out indie pop gems like nobody’s business. Track per track, Demander’s Future Brite is an absolute winner! Seemingly influenced by the New York City landscape, Demander is definitely one of those groups on the scene that completely get it. Musically, it’s something fresh and inviting, music to my ears.

Absolutely dig the direction of this group. It sounds like a mish mash of groups from the 80’s to the 90’s with a healthy splash of new generation indie pop punk that all convolutes into something totally their own. The overall sound of the Demander is addictive. They remind me of the time I found my original Oakley’s from the 80’s to sport now and it felt so damned good. That’s what this CD felt like. So damned good. They also threw in pop punk sensibilities in the mixture to make a lavish texture of soundscapes that is truly something new. Beautiful and definitely vocally blessed, Karen Kanan Corrêa, is the heart of this group. Take note of that name, as she is one of the best vocalists I’ve heard in quite a long while. No she’s not Mariah Carey nor Celine Dion but Karen’s creative and aurally visceral vocal approach is absolutely superb! Sultry, sexy, dizzying, powerful and lovely, Karen is golden in an age of mediocrity. Demander’s Future Bright will not surprise me at all if it ended up on ‘Best Of’ lists by end of year. It has all the trimmings and musical audacity to do so. There is also not one dull moment on this record. It’s all talent and fun!

The record is virtually a digital indie electro rock escape to another planet where ‘Cool’ is the only thing to be. You hardly come across a record these days without any fillers but this one surely does not have one. As the title of the record suggest, the future is bright for Demander. I can clearly say that they’re one of the breakout bands of 2010. Future Britehas made me a fan of Demander. I believe that once you listen to this record, you may just become a fan too. It’s hard to ignore and it’s hard to resist but once you give in, you’ll absolutely fall in love, almost in an instant. I’m going to do my part; I’m going to spread the word about this wonderful new band I just found. I’m ready to sweat it out with Demander!

Frantik Clips: Puscifer – “The Mission”

The graphically-intense video for Puscifer’s “The Mission,” is now available for viewing at You can view the video above.

The video, crafted by Meats Meier who has had a long history with Maynard James Keenan including work with both Tool and Puscifer, was filmed in downtown Los Angeles and features Meier’s inordinate animation talent.

“The Mission” features both Keenan and actress Milla Jovovich on vocals and has received a significant amount of radio airplay throughout 2009. The previously unreleased song will finally surface on the C Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) EP, which is due out on Nov. 10. You can hear “Polar Bear,” a new song from the EP via Puscifer’s MySpace page.

Puscifer kick-off their first tour with a Western U.S. run on Oct. 29 at The Pearl (at The Palms Casino) in Las Vegas. The dates are:

Oct. 29 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl (@ The Palms Casino)
Oct. 31 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
Nov. 1 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
Nov. 4 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
Nov. 5 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
Nov. 7 Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theatre
Nov. 10 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Nov. 11 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Nov. 13 Vancouver, BC Centre for Performing Arts
Nov. 14 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Nov. 16 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Nov. 18 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
Nov. 20 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Nov. 21 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Nov. 24 Dallas, TX McFarlin Auditorium
Nov. 25 Dallas, TX McFarlin Auditorium
Nov. 27 Houston, TX Jones Hall
Nov. 28 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Dec. 1 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre
Dec. 3 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 4 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre