As leader of her band Tomiya St., Tomiya sold thousands of self-released CD’s on the streets of Japan, quickly landing a contract with Warner Bros. As a solo artist, she’s recorded with top producers in Tokyo and New York, hosted a radio show in Nagoya, and delighted audiences with performances all over the globe.
Tomiya’s music comes from her pure soul, which has yet to be jaded by society. She is funny, cool, sweet and edgy. She is everything her music is all about. For her latest release “Ichiban Pop”, she returned to the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Brad Craig. Here, as with their 2005 release “Honey Rock”, they create a genre bending escape from the typical trappings of predictable pop.
Yuka Azuma,Adriana Sassoon, Tomiya Japanese Rock Star
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* Tomiya, I had a great time with you and Yuka hope to see you soon!
PUDDLE OF MUDD
Puddle of Mudd is an American Post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. They achieved success on rock radio and some success in the mainstream, and their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over 5 million copies. To date the band has sold over 7 million albums, and have had a string of #1 mainstream rock singles in the U.S. They have released 2 independent and 4 major albums, with their latest being Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate in December of 2009.
* PUDDLE OF MUDD – Show at the HOB Boston. Great Show.
Scantlin’s start in the music business came after a copy of his demo tape was delivered to Fred Durst. Durst contacted Scantlin, and after hearing that his band had broken up, decided to bring him to California to attempt to put a new band together.
One of the first people Scantlin met upon arriving in California was Doug Ardito, an intern at Interscope Records. Ardito was also in a Boston-based band called Throat Culture. When Scantlin found out about Ardito’s bass playing, they decided to work together. They were still in need of a guitarist and drummer.
Fred Durst decided to contact a guitarist he knew from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, Paul Phillips, who had formerly played in a local band there called Happy Hour. After getting the call from Durst, Paul decided to try out for Puddle of Mudd, and was accepted, choosing to leave college in order to join. A drummer was also recruited from Jacksonville. The four began playing together on some of the band’s older songs, as well as some new ones. Durst signed the group to another showcase, and then recruited the band to his new record label, Flawless Records. Things did not work out with the Jacksonville drummer, and Josh Freese from A Perfect Circle and The Vandals (and later Guns N’ Roses) did the drum tracks for Puddle of Mudd’s next album instead. The band later held auditions for a new drummer, which produced Greg Upchurch, an ex-member of Eleven who had also toured with Chris Cornell. Puddle of Mudd released its major-label debut album Come Clean on August 28, 2001. The lead single from the album, “Control” was successful and grabbed the attention of rock music audiences worldwide. It was also the theme song for WWE’s Survivor Series 2001.
The second single off the album, “Blurry” Co-written with Doug Aridito, turned out to be Puddle of Mudd’s most successful single, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 in the United Kingdom. Drift & Die was also released as a single and was very successful with rock audiences with the single spending 6 weeks at the #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The fourth single, “She Hates Me“, was released in late 2002 and became a massive hit reaching the #1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Copies of the album were selling well. It was certified Triple Platinum in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 31, 2003, and as of late 2006 total sales worldwide were in excess of 5 million copies.
Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch. The group has released three albums on Atlantic Records. They have issued popular singles such as “45“, “Heroes“, “Save Me“, “Devour“, “Sound of Madness“, “Second Chance“, and “If You Only Knew“. All of their eleven singles to date have climbed into the Top 5 of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making them the first to accomplish the feat. Shinedown’s musical influences are Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters.
*ROCK FOR THE CURE*
* Shinedown at HOB Boston. Great Show.
LIKE A STORM
Like A Storm is a four-piece rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. In the past 6 months, the band has toured the United States with rock giants Creed, Staind, Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Skillet, Shinedown, and Burn Halo, as well as The Veer Union and Framing Hanley. Like A Storm sold over 3,000 Limited Edition Tour EPs in their first 3 weeks of touring in the United States . Overwhelming fan response to the band’s live show saw their debut album “The End of the Beginning” enter at #61 on Billboard‘s New Artist Charts – from tour sales alone. The album has since been made available on iTunes and at Like A Storm’s shows. UPDATE: Like a Storm is now set to begin touring January 22nd 2010 with Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and record breaking rock band Skillet! [www.likeastorm.com] [www.skillet.com].
Their song “Enemy” is featured weekly on ESPN’s College Football, their song “Chemical Infatuation” was featured in USA’s hit Royal Pains, their video is set to debut on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and their songs were featured in trailers for Wolfenstein and Halo video games. The band’s brand of alternative rock music includes vocals, drums, guitar, and bass, as well as programming, piano, synths and didgeridoo. The band’s hit song Lie to Me was the official theme song of TNA’s pay-per-view event Genesis.Like A Storm began in 2005 when brothers, Chris Kent, and Matt brooks first played together in their native New Zealand. They immediately decided to move to move to North America to pursue a career in music. According to Chris “New Zealand is such an awesome place to grow up, it’s a really inspiring place–so beautiful and isolated. But the first time we jammed, we had this amazing chemistry, and we knew we had to take our sound to the world. We left our family and friends and set up in Canada. There are so many different experiences from that time, and the songs on the record are about them.” They settled in Vancouver and quickly created a buzz. After their first show, Kai Marcus from Methods of Mayhem befriended them and introduced them to producer Mike Plotnikoff. In 2006, they began working on the record and officially began recording with Plotnikoff and Igor Khoroshev in 2007 in California. After about sixteen months of writing and recording the record, The End of the Beginning was complete.
* LIKE A STORM- Great Show at the HOB Boston.
Emmanuelle Grey “Emmy” Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in films such as The Day After Tomorrow along side Jake Gyllenhaal who plays her secret admirer, Poseidon, The Phantom of the Opera and Dragonball Evolution.
Rossum is a 1996 graduate of the Spence School, a private school in Manhattan. She received her high school diploma at 15 years old via online extension courses offered by Stanford University‘s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY). She currently attends Columbia University.
Mrvica took up piano lessons from the age of nine from Marija Sekso and gave his first public performance in the same year. Just three years later he gave his first concert performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in C major. When war broke out in 1991, both Mrvica and his professor were determined that this would not disrupt his music studies. In spite of the war and surrounding turbulence, Mrvica entered in, and won, his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993.
Mrvica went on to study at the Music Academy in Zagreb where he spent five years under Professor Vladimir Krpan, who himself was a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He then spent a year at the Franz Liszt Conservatoire in Budapest and during this year he won first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition. In 2000, he moved to Paris to study with Igor Lazko and gained first prize in the Pontoise Piano Competition in 2001.
When he returned to Croatia he found himself to be the focus of intense media interest and he made frequent television appearances as well as giving a great number of interviews. He soon found himself recording his first CD, Gestures, an album of contemporary Croatian piano pieces. Gestures became one of the fastest-selling classical recordings to be released in Croatia, and Mrvica was even invited to officiate the Porin award ceremony, an honour not usually granted to a classical artist.
* I am so glad to have being blessed with the gift and passion for good Music and Art.
ALICE IN CHAINS
We knew Alice in Chains would be putting out their long-awaited comeback album some time in September, but now we know what the record will be called and when exactly it’s coming. Black Gives Way to Blue, the group’s first studio effort since 1995’s Alice in Chains and the first with new co-lead singer William DuVall, hits stores September 29 through EMI/Virgin.
“We were just hoping to make the best record we possibly could, and we did that. Sean and I talk a lot about (how) when you do a record, you’ve been working on it a long time and you’re pretty sick of it by the time somebody else hears it. You’re already thinking of the next thing. And we’re still listening to this. It’s still like really exciting to listen to, and that’s really good.”
* A picture of my Poster! I have to get the signature’s .Frame it for my son.The Party started at 7 pm. Started with the release of the Album. All the songs recorded on a Cd were played along some visual images from the Album on the screens. The band performed 3 songs on stage.And finito.Was fun.The release was at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.Located at 1615Vine st, CA.
BAUHAUS & MUSIC
The Bauhaus was initially supported and funded by the Weimar Government, but in 1925, the support was withdrawn and the School moved to Dessau. In Dessau, the Bauhaus used many of its ‘modernist’ principles to design functional housing for the Government. In 1932, the Bauhaus moved to Berlin. Bauhaus was a front due to the numbers of Russian artists, including Kandinsky, who were a part of the Bauhaus. In 1933, in accordance with other acts to shut down all non-Aryan forms of artistic expression, the Bauhaus was closed. This was the same year than many Jewish Professors and Directors were removed from University Positions and Government appointments in the arts, including the Opera and Symphony houses and Museums.
The Bauhaus, Arts, flourished, and its influence in design and building are still felt: it was a major moving force behind design and concept in ‘pop’ art of the 1950s and ’60s, and influenced the design of furniture and even utensils in the ‘modern’ styles which are designed to be aesthetically pleasing and utterly streamlined in function. (the computer lingo of ‘user-friendly’ would be appropriate.) Those who founded and influenced the Bauhaus continued in their own right. Kandinsky greatly influenced a form of expressionism called, “Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider)” , Klee went onto become an internationally respected painter and muralist, and Gropius’s influence in architecture was felt into the 60s in the United States. Hitler was able to stop the ‘institution’ of the Bauhaus, but his censorship probably only served to further the Bauhaus Concept and Influence, as many rallied to its cause, in support of Artistic Freedom.
REFERENCES & LINKS
When Gropius founded the Bauhaus, a School for Art, Design, and Architecture, he wanted to create an environment of experimentation and synthesis. The Bauhaus represented both a school and place, where Art, Form, Music and Design were to be seen in juxtaposition to one another, in what we now refer to as a ‘holistic’ approach. The Bauhaus gave free reign also to the school of Expressionism and others such as Dadaism and Cubism. Artists such as Klee, Dix and Klindinsky sought to incorporate in new art forms, classical and contemporary music, mysticism and religious beliefs and for some like Klindinsky, occultism in the form of Theosophy;The Bauhaus offered one common unique agenda: that form in art was not fixed, and that ideas were as central to art as technique: this central principle encompassed the arts in their fullness and was applied to every discipline from architecture to sculpture, although the combination of craftsman and artist particulary in Architecture remained its central focus.
The Bauhaus was initially supported and funded by the Weimar Government, but in 1925, the support was withdrawn and the School moved to Dessau. In Dessau, the Bauhaus used many of its ‘modernist’ principles to design functional housing for the Government. In 1933, in accordance with other acts to shut down all non-Aryan forms of artistic expression, the Bauhaus was closed. This was the same year than many Professors and Directors were removed from University Positions and Government appointments in the arts, including the Opera and Symphony houses and Museums.
The Arts, flourished, and its influence in design and building are still felt: it was a major moving force behind design and concept in ‘pop’ art of the 1950s and ’60s, and influenced the design of furniture and even utensils in the ‘modern’ styles which are designed to be aesthetically pleasing and utterly streamlined in function. (the computer lingo of ‘user-friendly’ would be appropriate.) Those who founded and influenced the Bauhaus continued in their own right. Kandinsky greatly influenced a form of expressionism called, “Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider)” , Klee went onto become an internationally respected painter and muralist, and Gropius’s influence in architecture was felt into the 60s in the United States.
THIRD EYE BLIND
BRAD HARGREAVES lives in the Hollywood Hills, enjoys learning new things, and has a powerful Dachshund named Shelby. They are both secretly slipping off the world.
Third Eye Blind recorded their first demo in 1993. The band gained major label attention after their second demo was released in 1995, including that of Clive Davis, who invited the band to perform a showcase for Arista Records in New York City. During Third Eye Blind concerts at the time, it was customary for the band to have a piñata release candy above their mosh pits, yet at the showcase for the record executives, lead singer Stephan Jenkins released live crickets from the piñata instead.With regard to the name of the band, Jenkins indicated during a radio interview that the name came from the metaphysical idea of a mind’s eye, a topic of a book he had read. The other group members liked it and chose it as the official name. In the past, Stephan Jenkins has also joked about a Ouija board and vodka being the sources of the name. In April 1996, after Jenkins had challenged Epic Records executive Dave Massey in a meeting, the band landed an opening gig for Oasis at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. In an unlikely scenario for an opening act, the band was invited back for an encore after playing their initial set and was paid double by the concert promoter.In addition, Stephan Jenkins’ production of The Braids’ cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” gained major-label attention. Afterwards, the band found themselves in a bidding war among record labels, and after a showcase in Los Angeles, signed with Sylvia Rhone of Elektra Records because they believed it offered the most artistic freedom.
Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (2009)
Third Eye Blind has announced a fourth studio album titled Ursa Major. The album has been anticipated since mid-2007 and was previously expected to be named The Hideous Strength. The current scheduled date as given by Stephan Jenkins is June 2009. The album will be produced under the Sony label. Jenkins has stated that this album will be “more political” than previous Third Eye Blind works.Jenkins said the fourth album has taken so long to complete because he experienced difficulty finishing the lyrics.
Also announced recently is a possible fifth album titled Ursa Minor, that may be released following Ursa Major. Jenkins said that Ursa Minor will consist of tracks that did not make the cut for Ursa Major. Leo Kremer, who has been filling in for Arion Salazar during recent shows is going to be playing his last time with the band after they tour Japan this Summer. Ari Ingber, from band The Upwelling, co-wrote “Break Like a Fever” with Jenkins, a new track from Ursa Major. John Evans (Vanessa Carlton) and Juan Alderette (The Mars Volta) will reportedly take over bass duties for the recording of this next album, according to Tony Fredianelli.
The first single from the album, “Non-Dairy Creamer”, was released in November 2008. This song was released as an Internet exclusive track on the digital EP Red Star.
A number of previously unreleased recordings were made available on Facebook and MySpace, including “Persephone”, “Carnival Barker” (an instrumental), and numerous instrumental sessions declined by Jenkins for inclusion on the fourth album.
For the 10th anniversary of the release of Third Eye Blind’s debut album, the band performed at the Fillmore on March 13 and 14. The shows were filmed for broadcast on HDNet on December 2, as well as normal broadcast and release on DVD and as a live album tentatively to be released in early 2008, as announced by Jenkins on November 9, 2007, on DC101′s “Elliot In The Morning”. However, at a concert in Newport, Kentucky in February, Jenkins announced a live cd was being recorded that evening.
Between April and November 2007, Third Eye Blind toured extensively throughout the US, playing dozens of sold-out shows as a build-up for the release of their new album. They played 2 shows with 1990s acts Counting Crows and Collective Soul during the summer of 2007. Their Fall 2007 tour consisted of nine shows, beginning on November 9, at the University of Maryland College Park (which sold out the presale and general sale in a matter of hours), and ending on November 18 at the University of Rhode Island Ryan Center. The band also toured in the winter of 2007, and played numerous shows in 2008. Several performances on the tour were recorded for possible use on a future live album.
Towards the end of September 2008, Third Eye Blind released the song “Non-Dairy Creamer” to fans. It was released as six individual tracks (lead vocal, background vocal, drums and clap, bass, guitars, and violin) as a competition for fans to remix the song for Third Eye Blind. On October 16th, the day that the “Non-Dairy Creamer” contest ended, another song “Don’t Believe a Word”, was released in stem format, again for the purpose of remixing the song. On November 6th the stems for “Red Star” were released to Indaba users. The winner for “Don’t Believe a Word” was chosen on the 23rd of November and the voting for “Red Star” started shortly after that on the 27th of November. The voting ended sometime in December after getting pushed back a few times. Ultimately, the band Third Eye Blind will pick their favorite submissions for each song and a grand prize winner will get the opportunity to perform live on stage with Third Eye Blind. The winner of each song will have their version released on an alternate mix album, which will be included as a companion digital album to the band’s own release of Ursa Major. Contestants get to vote for their favorite submissions and the top 3 of each contest will receive an autographed copy of the album when it is released.
An EP titled Symphony of Decay has also been completed. The band reportedly has a contractual obligation to deliver the EP.
Shinedown at the House of Blues Boston , was a great experience! I had a lot of fun.Thank you guys!Hope to see you soon……….
Eric Bass & Adriana Sassoon
Zach Myers & Adriana Sassoon
Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch. The band has released three albums on Atlantic Records. They have released popular singles such as “45“, “Save Me“, “Devour“, and “Second Chance.” Every single they have released has reached the Top 5 of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
To date, Shinedown has sold over six million albums worldwide
In May 2004, Brad Stewart shed significant light on the formation of the band during an interview with Metal-Rules.com:
The band started with Brent Smith, our lead singer. He had a development deal with a different band on Atlantic and the label decided to move forward with Brent and not with the rest of his band. They allowed him to write with other people, develop his songwriting craft, and find the musicians that he wanted to work with. This led him to Jacksonville where he met Brad, the bass player, through a mutual friend of Brent’s A&R guy, local Jacksonville producer Pete Thornton. The two hit it off and guitarist Jasin Todd would join the band next. Jasin was in another band and wanted to concentrate on his guitar playing and didn’t want to sing and play any more in his other band. Jasin’s fiancé owned the studio where Brad and Brent were making the demos and Jasin got the chance to play with us. We just fit together. His attitude, style, and personality were exactly what we were looking for. Barry was our lucky #7 drummer. The 7th drummer we tried out. He blew us away. He was confident, powerful and had mad chops. We finally had a working band. We continued to make demos in Jacksonville and Orlando and Atlantic gave the green light to record our record. This was about 3 years ago.
Leave a Whisper (2003–2004)
Leave a Whisper was released on July 15, 2003 and received a warm critical reception on the back of successful singles such as “Fly from the Inside” and the emotionally-charged, MTV-banned “45“. The album quickly gained momentum and was certified platinum by the RIAA in October 2005. A year after the album’s initial release, it was re-released to capitalize on the strength of a new single, a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic “Simple Man“. The band dedicated the song to their late friend, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who died in 2004. This new edition also featured an acoustic version of “45″ and a new mix of nothing “Burning Bright“.
The band’s rigorous touring earned them much respect in the hard rock community, especially after the band opened for Van Halen in 2004. The band also released a live DVD called Live From The Inside in 2005 that documented a full-length concert held at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Us and Them (2005–2007)
After the hugely successful Leave a Whisper and accompanying tour, the band went back into the studio in 2005 to record their second album. On October 4, 2005, the band released Us and Them, which went on to produce three singles; “Save Me“, “I Dare You“, and “Heroes“. The lead single, “Save Me”, maintained the #1 position of the Active Rock Charts for twelve weeks straight, setting a record for the band. The two other singles had similar success – “I Dare You” was notably performed on American Idol by Chris Daughtry. Us and Them was certified Gold by the RIAA in November 2006.
The album has three versions for release; the regular thirteen-track version, a limited edition with three bonus acoustic tracks, and a store-specific version with two bonus tracks: “Break” and “Carried Away”. After the album’s release the band took part in 2006′s SnoCore Tour with Seether, Flyleaf, and Halestorm. After the tour, the band joined Trapt for the Equinox Tour. The band then proceeded to play their first overseas concert at the London Astoria on June 6, 2006, supporting Alter Bridge. In the summer of 2006, the band then opened for Godsmack and Rob Zombie on their tour of North America, effectively ending their rigorous touring schedule.
On December 12, 2006, Shinedown played a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Theatre which was filmed for a DVD the band was expected release later in 2007. However, after a show in Waukesha, WI on July 21, 2007, the band made it known that the DVD was scrapped by Atlantic Records. “We don’t want to put anything out if the band is gonna be presented in the wrong way,” Smith said. “I might be able to bootleg it later on … but as of now I don’t see it coming out.” In late 2007 after taking some time off, the band returned to studio to record a new album.
The Sound of Madness (2007–present)
The band began recording their new album in Los Angeles on September 20th, 2007. Their first single, “Devour“, was released on May 6, 2008, and has proven a successful single, with it becoming their second #1 on the active rock chart. “Devour” was also the theme song for the WWE pay-per-view Night of Champions 2008 The video for the song was released in June 25, 2008. On June 17, 2008, the album in its entirety was put up on their MySpace page for listening. Shinedown’s third album, The Sound of Madness, was released on June 24, 2008. “The sound of madness” is based on 13 songs Smith submitted plus a bonus song – “Son Of Sam”- that were written in the studio during the recording process. The band played various festivals across North America before embarking on a tour in support of the new album.
Regarding the album, lead singer Brent Smith was quoted in an interview with Billboard.com as saying; “It’s time to just go over the top, literally go above and beyond what a human being thinks they’re capable of recording. We want to do a huge hard rock record that has a lot of crossover potential, but also some of the most insanely intense and heavy material that this band has ever tried – and see if we can pull it off.” Smith noted that the group had more than forty songs to consider after writing sessions in Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles, but this was narrowed down to eleven songs for the standard album, and 14 songs for the deluxe edition.
During the fall of 2008 the band went on a tour of Europe, supporting Disturbed, but have since returned and are now preparing for the next U.S. leg of touring for The Sound of Madness.
On December 18, 2008 it was announced via the band’s website that lead guitarist Nick Perri would leave the band after that night’s show after less then a year with the group. Statements released from Smith and Perri both cited personal reasons as the main factors in Perri’s departure with Perri’s statement highlighting that his decision had “nothing to do with the band.”
In January 2009, the band embarked on a European tour to promote their “Sound of Madness” album. Support came from Brighton rock four-piece The Crave. The dates that Shinedown played in the UK were the first time the band has played as a headlining act in Europe.