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Levi J Releases New Song "Leaving" Featuring Taylor Rae

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Levi J released his newest single “Leaving” featuring Taylor Rae last Friday! The song is a heartfelt rock ballad and their two voices blend beautifully together in the chorus. Really impressed with Levi’s songwriting, he has a unique artistic style that’s really his own, which sets his music apart from other singer-songwriters out there. I really hope he has a fruitful career ahead of him as I know how hard he works at everything he does. I can’t wait to hear the next tune!

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"Rocketship" Video Features Frantic Romantic As Aliens Landing On Earth

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Alt-pop/dream-rockers Frantic Romantic released their newest single “Rocketship” with an awesome music video reminiscent of the 80’s movie Earth Girls Are Easy. The video, directed by Nic Domaguing, stars local model/actress Victoria Barajas in your typical aliens meets earth girl fashion, with gold jumpsuits and a funny dinner scene that will make you smile. Stream the single on Spotify and don’t forget to follow/subscribe/like the band on their social media channels!

In other great news, Mr Kerosene & Rube Walker perform at Festiarte, el punto del arte in Tijuana Mexico this weekend, courtesy of El Topo Records, as well as on June 22 in the downtown festival.

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JWB Premiere Their First Single "Start Today"

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San Jose acoustic-pop trio JWB released their first single “Start Today”! The song is a beautifully composed tune in tribute to Harvey Wichman, who’s beautiful poem “Dreamer” inspired the song. It’s a lovely melody with a positive message that gets stuck in your head. I’ve been meeting with the band regularly to give them advice on releasing music and social media best practices and they’re doing a great job telling their amazing story. I’m highly impressed with them and expect big things to happen for them if they continue to work hard at it.

You can listen to the song on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes.

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Meet Texas-Based Singer/Songwriter Alex Winters

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While at SXSW, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely and talented Alex Winters in person after having communicated with her over some time in Music Launch Co. Not only did Alex and I bond instantly, but I fell in love with her songs for wayward souls about the good and ugly life experiences. Alex bares her deepest feelings in her music and it’s refreshing to see an artist so comfortable in their own skin, who’s goal is to let others know they are not alone in their pain.

I highly encourage you to check Alex Winters out on Spotify and YouTube, and if you end up loving her music as much as I do, please support her via her Patreon page. Alex is about to release her new single “Silent Storm,” which I promise you is worth the wait! I’m hoping to work with this wonderful artist, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Levi J Releases "My City" Single & Video

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My good friend and talented singer/songwriter LEVI J released his new single “My City” today and it’s amazing! I instantly bonded with Levi when I met him back in November 2017. He came to one of my house shows ready to network with everyone there with such confidence, eager to impress me, which he obviously did. He played me his songs the following day and I really dug his style. It’s great to see him write even better songs now and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him and the talented musicians playing with him. I’m also honored to be one of the voices in the group “hey” you can hear halfway into the song. Check out “My City” on all outlets! Levi also released video for the new song filmed in downtown San Jose with live footage from Art Boutiki show a few months back. And yes, that’s my in the audience singing along to one of his songs.

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Frantic Romantic on Soundwaves TV's Season 2 Premiere

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Soundwaves TV featured Frantic Romantic's "At Night" official music video in their Season 2 debut! The video is featured at 1:15:40 in Vimeo below. Soundwaves is also premiering the band's new song and video "Rocketship" on March 31st, plus the band will be live in the studio with them on April 27th! Can’t wait for you all the experience “Rocketship” — it’s a great song and from what I’ve seen in the trailer, it’s going to be epic!

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Austin Freeman and the Hard Souls Band Release "Ain't Hard To Choose" Video

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I’m so excited to see Austin Freeman & The Hard Souls Band release their song “Ain't Hard to Choose" with video footage from them recording at Airship Laboratories and Tea House West. This tune is a guaranteed hit with its catchy hooks and earworm melody. I have a feeling Austin and his band have a big future ahead of them with an arsenal of good songs that appeal to a wide audience. I hope to work with this talented musician and help him and his band achieve more success. Would love to hear what you think of the song, so leave me a comment and share your thoughts!

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Barb Rocks Selected As SXSW Mentor!

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Very excited and proud to announce that SXSW has selected Barb Rocks as a mentor for their mentorship program during the conference! Barbara is a mentor on management, live events, and A&R and will be available on Saturday March 16th from 3:30pm to 4:45pm at the Austin Convention Center in Room 17A on the 4th Floor.

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interaction with industry leaders and professionals from a variety of fields spanning interactive, film, and music. To schedule your time, please do so through your SXSW account.

Barbara will be in Austin from March 8th to 17th and would love to meet up with anyone interested while she’s there. So if you’re going to be at SXSW, let’s get together!

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Frantic Romantic Rerelease Victoria Trap Album & Announce Santa Cruz Show

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San Jose dreampop quintet Frantic Romantic are rereleasing The Victoria Trap album which was previously available under their old band name Skyway View. The Victoria Trap features some of the band’s best singles including “Made of Glass,” “Crimson Petal,” and “Never Let Me Go.” The band is premiering one single every week day from February 14 to February 28 on their YouTube, starting with “Wilted Heart,” which appropriately surfaced online on Valentine’s Day. The full album will be out February 28th on Spotify and all major outlets.

Frantic Romantic also announced their first Santa Cruz show on Saturday March 2nd at Blue Lagoon with Threat To Self and Birdo.

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Barb Rocks Signs Frantic Romantic To Her Management Roster!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2019

Barb Rocks announced the signing of San Jose's dreampop rockers Frantic Romantic to her management roster. Having worked with the band in their previous incarnation, as well as managing lead singer Mr. Kerosene's former band Drop Dead Sixty, it was only natural for Frantic Romantic to sign with the local band manager they already trusted and built repertoire with.

Frantic Romantic emerged from the ashes of Skyway View with an arsenal of new music, which they've been releasing monthly since October 2018. Comprised of six strangers who came together to handcraft a sonic, melodic miasma of songs, they’ve been compared to the likes of The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Psychedelic Furs. Both melodic and aggressive, they possess a sound sonically reminiscent of decades past, oozing 80’s new wave mixed with 90’s culture, with a stage presence to match. With four singles and accompanying videos released already, plus a new video and full EP coming this Spring, the band is ready to burst out of California music scene and gain traction wherever they can.

In regards to working together, Frantic Romantic's Mr. Kerosene said, "We’re very excited to announce our official partnership with Barb Rocks. Barb has a quality that few others possess: she really gives a damn. She wants musicians to succeed, and she’ll fight for bands even when they aren’t fighting for themselves. As a group, we feel our dedication to our work will not only be matched, but heightened by her services. She has a myriad of resources and she makes herself constantly available. We look forward to working with our manager and close friend, Barb Rocks."

Barb Rocks said of Frantic Romantic, "I’ve always been impressed with the drive, passion, and energy the band has to make it in this business. Not only is Frantic Romantic releasing quality songs with entertaining videos, they are also eager to learn and find new ways to garner people’s attention. Working with musicians who are actively involved in achieving their goals with a distinct creative vision is every manager’s dream, and together we can achieve new heights.”

Both Frantic Romantic and Barb Rocks are excited for this union and what the future holds, confident their working relationship will lead to prosperous years ahead.

Be sure to check out all the creative music videos Frantic Romantic has released in the last four months and be sure subscribe to their YouTube Channel! The band is currently shooting their new music video which they plan to release in March, followed by the release of their debut LP Celestina. And don’t forget to stream their music on Spotify!

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Frantic Romantic Release The Wolf In Newest Song & Video

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Amping up for a wild Friday? So is this werewolf. Watch his night out on the town in Frantic Romantic’s latest music video “Un Lobo Entre Nosotros.”

The video follows a lonely wolf creeping the city streets and causing some trouble, as well as the band and friends dressed in various animal heads jammin’ out to the song. Not only does watching the video make you wish you’d been at the video filming in your own animal spirit mask, but it also conveys that there’s a little wolf in all of us.

Stay tuned for another awesome video coming this Spring with the release of their full new album!

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Barb Rocks On Social Media Panel At Balanced Breakfast Music Summit

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Balanced Breakfast announced their 2nd National Music Industry Summit, taking place at PianoFight in San Francisco on Saturday February 9th, with a Pre-Party on Friday February 8th. Meet professionals from San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Charlotte and more. Learn from panels discussing everything from social media to licensing.

Check out the Schedule & Panels:

10:30 AM • "Welcome" • Front Cabaret Stage
Stefan Aronsen - BB Co-founder

10:40 AM • "Flow Warm-up" • Front Cabaret Stage
Barb Blank - Yoga Instructor

11:00 AM • The Importance of Radio • Center For New Music
Alvie Alex Adams (Moderator) - DJ at BFF.fm
M Florentino Buenaventura - CEO EnterTalk Media
Mindi Levine - Radio DJ & Music Marketing Maven
Amanda Guest - Founder of BFF.fm
Pam Benjamin - Director at Mutiny Radio

11:00 AM • No Photo, No Video, it Didn't Happen • Small Theater
Reed Cameron Fox (Moderator) - Artist
Boris Petrov - Software Engineer @ YouTube Music
Anne Cook - Co-founder of PressureDrop.tv
Paige Parsons - Photographer
Greg Chow - Photographer

11:00 AM • How to Build a Stronger Brand • Big Theater
Zen Zenith (Moderator) - Song Writer & Podcast Producer
Ben Givarz - Sr. Content Specialist at Dolby Labs
Bryce David Dow-Williamson - C.E.O. at Second Octave
Ayliffe Brown - Director of Programs at Zoo Labs
Matt Roads - CEO/Founder of IHE Entertainment

12:00 PM • The Power of Social Media & The Web • Center For New Music
Suzanne Yada (Moderator) - Social Media Specialist
Isabelle Garson - CCO at Second Octave Media
Dakin Hardwick - Managing Editor of Spinning Platters / Product Trainer for Eventbrite Music
Cory Zechmann - Blogger Silence Nogood
Barbara M Wahli - Artist Manager / Social Media Advisor
Moody Jones - Director of Marketing at EMPIRE

12:00 PM • Tech Tools for Music Professionals • Small Theater
Bob Duskis (Moderator) - Co-Founder Six Degrees Records
Rémi Jourdan - Founder TuneTrax
Elaine Ryan - Founder Hooplays
Anisa Khoshbakhtian - Digital Asset Advisors (blockchain)

12:00 PM • How to Book Better Shows • Large Theater
Travis Hayes - (moderator) Booker at Neck of The Woods
Jules Indelicato - Booker at Bar Fluxus
Kent Jamieson - Manager at Slim's
Lynn Schwarz - Talent Buyer at Bottom of The Hill
Paul Chalker - PR & Marketing Manager at The Chapel

LUNCH BREAK

1:00 PM • Live Broadcasting
Dor Wand - Founder at Fault Radio
Dundee Maghen - Co-founder at Fault Radio

1:00 PM • Afternoon Stretch
Eve Fleishman - Yoga Instructor & Musician

2:00 PM • Creating an Unforgettable Experience • Center For New Music
Josh Windmiller (Moderator) - Artist, Festival Producer, Venue Director
James Lopez - Assistant Talent Buyer at Noise Pop Industries
Liam Shy - DJ / Lawyer
Andi Galpern - Founder & Producer at Cascade SF
McKay Garner - Record Producer, Mix Engineer, Composer

2:00 PM • How to Musician Better • Small Theater
Kat Downs (Moderator) - Sit Kitty Sit
Serafino Barto - Forgotten Dreamers (formerly Serf & James)
mike hoffman - Panic is Perfect
Sivan Lioncub - Everyone is DIrty
Alexi Rose Belchere - The Y Axes

2:00 PM • Music Business Stories • Large Theater
Kit Russell (Moderator) - Creative Consultant
Lyle Burns - Creative Consultant
Ashley Kervabon - Stoyanov - Founder of #WomenCrush Music
Fred Hausman III - President of Prize Fighter Records
Justin Pogue - Consultant / Financial Advisor / Author

3:00 PM • Tools For Industry Success • Center For New Music
Arya Zarrinkelk (Moderator) - Creative Arts Career Counselor & Musician
Marcus Ghiasi - Lead Singer of Your Fearless Leader
Elliot Gann - Executive Director at Today's Future Sound
Paige Clem - Marketing Director for High Sierra & Musician
Michael Annuzzi - Musician

3:00 PM • Opportunities in Music Engineering • Small Theater
Kalib DuArte (Moderator) - Executive Producer Asylum Arts Record Label
Chis McGrew - Producer and Mixer at Hyde Street Studio C
Carmen Caruso - Music Producer, Engineer & Lead Singer of Agouti
Michael Romanowski - Mastering Engineer
Edmond Clare - Producer at Noir Studios (Sony Music)
Chris Wirsig - Songwriter, Composer, Producer at No:carrier

3:00 PM • How to Treat it Like a Business • Large Theater
Peter B. Jacobsen (Moderator) - GM at Music City SF
Mark Pearson - Lawyer with ARC Law Group
Bob Duskis - President and Co-Founder of Six Degrees Records
Dae Bogan - Co-founder & CEO of TuneRegistry
Alison Lucille Griggs - Owner of Note 4 Note Accounting

4:00 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Watch the promo video!

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Frantic Romantic Premiere "Celestina" Single With Animated Video

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San Jose dream-pop rockers Frantic Romantic released their newest single “Celestina” today with an awesome animated video created by lead singer Mr. Kerosene!

Middle Tennessee Music premiered the video with a raving review stating:
“California based rockers Frantic Romantic emanate the essence (and a charming nostalgia) for the magical process of music discovery during an era now simply referred to as the ’90s. They are that band you stumbled upon in a shitty dive bar one random night with whom you uncontrollably fell in love with. Their songs were included on those mixtapes you carefully curated and handed to your girlfriend(s). They are the band you tried to emulate with your middle school buddies during talent shows. They are rock and roll from a gradually distancing era of music history that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts.“

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Music Launch Summit's Seven Days Of Interactive Learning

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Music Launch Summit, created by Australian musician and entrepreneur Steve Palfreyman, just released their Seven Days of Interactive Learning to Build Your Career in Music.

This event series is here to help artists and industry professionals up-skill, to gain insights and inspiration, meet and collaborate with your peers, and most of all, to walk away with completed work to help you launch. 🚀

I urge you to watch the replays and learn from those that specialize in these topics and provide great information so you can take charge of your music career!

Sign up and then watch here! I also posted my notes from each session in my dropbox.

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Frantic Romantic Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos With New Song/Video

In honor of Dia De Los Muertos, San Jose dream-pop rockers Frantic Romantic released their second single and music video today with an awesome premiere in No Depression magazine! Writer Mary Roberts states:
“With Alt-Pop hooks, the group easily wins over your heart and your ears which does the soul good. Vibrant melodies take over the track as it captures the nature of the band and also the video. Bound to win you over, Frantic Romantic quickly proves they have staying power in the modern era.“

The band was lucky enough to get another write-up via Music Existence, who’s writer Stephen Vicino wrote:
”The video not only shows the essence of the group in song, but also as a visual masterpiece. Their sonically alluring sound blends perfectly with a strong melodic flow that resonates throughout. The video perfectly captures the essence of the song with solid instrumentation and intriguing vocals which helps to convey the story of the piece.”

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Music Driven Rockumentary Releasing October 31st!

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My friends at Tabrizi Productions made an awesome rockumentary called Music Driven and they are releasing it this Halloween 10/31/18 through Vimeo On Demand!

Music Driven features a filmmaker and a musician that hit the road and journey across the US to take a pulse on the current state of unsigned rock and roll bands. If you're a musician, promoter or just a fan of music, there is something here for you. I guarantee by the time you finish the film, you'll have found at least one new band to follow.

Watch from the comfort of your home on the big screen or your computer through Vimeo On Demand. Streaming ($3.99) and Download ($12.99) available. Pre-order the film today, first 20 that use promo code: FREE20 will be able to rent the premiere for free!!! Slots are going fast!

Link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/musicdriven

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The Go Ahead Playing Two Female-Themed SF Shows on 10/27

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The Go Ahead are bombarding San Francisco with two shows this Saturday, October 27th! First, the band takes the stage at Bandwagon’s “Women In Music” event with The She’s and Zelma Stone from 12-6pm, part of their Summer Music Series at Anchor Taps. Then, the band rocks PianoFight’s Femme Fatale Halloween Party with Thrown Out Bones from 10pm on, so dress as your favorite lady of the night and join in on the dancing and costume contests for the best dressed lethal enchantress!

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The Go Ahead Selected For Topgolf's Who Will Rock You Season 2!

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After auditioning in LA back in September, The Go Ahead were selected for Season 2 of Topgolf’s Who Will Rock You digital series! The band will compete with 23 other bands from all around the US with the hopes to advance to the finals in Nashville and win! If you’re in Las Vegas on Oct 21st or Oct 22nd, you can apply to be in the audience for the filming and get paid for it. As of right now, The Go Ahead are scheduled to film on Monday October 22nd. Stay tuned for more info; the band and I can’t wait to share this experience with you!

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