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The Unknown Instructors and David Thomas Might Be Your New Favorite Music Group

The Unknown Instructors is another band headed up by David Thomas (punk god!). He also has the bands: Pere Ubu, Rocket From The Tombs & David Thomas and 2 Pale boys. These records all came to us from a long standing client, great guy and gal – Frank & Lisa Mauceri, and a fantastic label – SmogVeil Records.

Why is it called SmogVeil you  ask? Well they only signed bands from Cleveland (including Rubber City Rebels); known for its main export – Rubber tires, and known secondly for the constant haze over the city, aka Smog.

Our good friend Ilka Pardinas who runs FlyPR here in LA, turned us onto the label for whom we worked releases for many years, at retail – and then online.

We worked “The Master’s Voice” and “The Way Things Work” for the Unknown Instructors/Smog Veil Records.

“…Rock ‘n Retail helps us accomplish our marketing goals and makes sure key decision makers on the retail level have our products at their fingertips.  Hiring Rock ‘n Retail is the most cost effective solution to getting the job done.”

-Frank Mauceri, President; Smog Veil Records

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King Con

This was probably the first true indie band we worked back in the late 80’s or early 90’s – their label was “Dental Records” run by a surfer dude!  The Rock ‘n Retail crew went to see them play in San Diego when they opened for the Tubes.  It was quite the debauchery weekend!  That was the first time we met the members of the band and it turned it out that our boss had dated one of them years earlier!  They threw a big party shortly after that on a rooftop at the beach – those were some wild times!

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50 Techno Club

This is one of our favorite clients, Amathus Music and DJ Chris “the Greek”. 

This was our first job with them.  We worked Techno Club Tracks Vol. 3. that has 50 tracks on it(!) of some incredibly strong material from the Techno, Electro House, Trance & Hands Up style dance music scene.

50 Techno Club Tracks Vol. 3 features hot new tracks from: Laylah, DJG Project, Giuseppe D., Chris “The Greek” Panaghi, Darren Round, Kamarova, PK Project, 2 DJ’s on a Mission and many more!

Naid – Varanasi

This job came to us thought the Label Kosmic Music US, Inc.

Naid made an interesting video while traveling through India, meeting local Musicians in order to contribute to his album “Varanasi.” It is one of the many world music albums we worked on for Kosmic Music.

Here is a YouTube video of the song “Aigiri Nam.”

http://amzn.to/1j8EH7r

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Pop Star Olivia Rox Releases New Inspiring Single Weeks Before Presidential Election Titled “Go Vote” – listen on Spotify!

With the 2020 presidential elections barely 8 weeks away, Pop superstar Olivia Rox decided to write and record an inspiring new song called “Go Vote”.

Olivia herself is a first time voter, so seeing the reactions of her friends gave her the idea to record “Go Vote”. The young popstar wants to reach her generation and help inspire them to stand up and let their voices be heard.

Listen to Go Vote Here!

It all started when she was asking her friends if they were going to vote in November. They all told her that they were probably not going to because they thought that their individual vote would not make a difference.

“GO VOTE” talks about the importance of each of our own individual voices and votes. The new song is  everywhere (including Spotify) now!

Who is Olivia Rox? Rox is the daughter of saxophonist Warren Hill and singer-turned-producer Tamara Van Cleef. The pop superstar started her career at the young age of 12 when asking to join her father on-stage to sing “Someday My Prince Will Come”. Olivia wrote her first song at age four and had composed hundreds more by her late teens. More recently, she was a finalist on American Idol, and she appeared singing Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” on TV’s America’s Got Talent. Following a great relationship with Warner Bros. Records, Rox began shooting her own Roxumentary web series, and has since signed with Songbird Records. With the record label, Rox has already releasing 2 full-length albums, with 4 of the singles topping the pop radio charts.

www.OliviaRox.com

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If You’re a Fan of K Michelle, Stream Blazar’s Newest YouTube and Spotify Single “Tomorrow”!

Where are My K’Michelle fans at? I’m talking to you: stream Blazar’s latest indie-pop smash hit “Tomorrow” on all music platforms, including Spotify and YouTube.

Check out “Tomorrow” on Spotify!

Similar to the vibe of K’Michelle, Blazar (a.k.a. Jerad Finck) has had 3 top 40 singles, a Billboard Debut at #49, was the Grand Prize Winner of the U.S.A Songwriting Competition (Meghan Trainor, American Authors Previous Winners) and his Last Single “Criminal” sold 57,000 copies. BLAZAR is Jared’s brand new band  signed to AntiFragile Music.

This vocalist and group has been on multiple tours and worked on collaborations with numerous iconic artists such as Sister Hazel, Daughtry, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, Michelle Branch, Tony Lucca, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, DaDa, Ingrid Michaelson, and more.

Why else should you check out this band? Well, BLAZAR is very active in the pursuit of civil liberties and equality for all and is especially vocal and involved in the fight against systemic racism, LGBTQ inequality, and for common sense gun reform. Enough said.

To stay up to date with all the latest Blazar music and news, check out…

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David Thomas

David Thomas (yes the infamous quirky David Thomas of Pere Ubu) was a long term client of ours through one of our very favorite clients, Smog Veil Records run by Frank Mauceri and his wife Lisa.  We worked this album, “18 dead monkeys on a dead man’s chest” for them, along with David’s other endeavors – Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu and Unknown Instructors.    We did traditional retail marketing, in-store set ups and digital marketing for Smog Veil’s David Thomas projects.

Here’s some feedback we got from the stores and from David Thomas himself! (Regarding a Pere Ubu  In-Store we arranged with Borders, Cleveland Heights)

  “The event was PERFECT!  The only disappointment was that it wasn’t recorded!”

–  David Thomas; Frontman,  Pere Ubu & Rocket From The Tombs

“Well I heard about your band from a package that was sent to Barnes & Noble.  It included all your background and concert information and a copy of your CD.  There was in invitation in it for us to come see you guys play, and the Manager couldn’t go so it got passed on to me!  I love your CD and just wanted to let you know that whoever does your marketing is doing an excellent job!”

– Jonlyn; Clerk at Barnes & Noble (message sent via Artist’s MySpace Site)

“The store reported 65 people came to the performance.   That is incredible in our book !  Thank you again for choosing to partner with Borders !”

–  Darlene Collins;  District Marketing Manager, Border’s Books & Music

“…Rock ‘n Retail helps us accomplish our marketing goals and makes sure key decision makers on the retail level have our products at their fingertips.  Hiring Rock ‘n Retail is the most cost effective solution to getting the job done.” -Frank Mauceri, President; Smog Veil Records

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BLAZAR unleashes his addictive electrifying sound single “Better” Listen on Spotify!

The song “Better” features processed catchy vocals by Jerad Finck, the singer of BLAZAR. He has released many albums and 3 top 40 singles! You can hear his song Better on Spotify with over 200,000 streams, it fuses together many genres including pop, electronic and funk feels. The track is reminiscent of the band the Killers, see if you can hear the similarities.

Check out “Better” on Spotify!

Finck is also a Grand Prize Winner of the U.S.A SongWriting Competition, among other winners like Meghan Trainor and American Authors. BLAZAR is very active in the pursuit of civil liberties and equality for all. This group is especially vocal and involved in the fight against systemic racism, LGBTQ inequality, and for commonsense gun reform. BLAZAR shares his mix of EDM and synthpop vibes with this addictive hit. Stream the song on Spotify to find a new funky and electronic jam.

To stay up to date with all the latest Blazar music and news, check out…

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Chris Daughtry Music Fans Have Found Themselves Loving Blazar’s New Single ‘Better’ Available On Spotify!

Want to listen to some upbeat music with lyrics that make you get up, dance, and move your feet? Then you need to stream Blazar’s new single “Better’ on Spotify!

Check out “Better” on Spotify! (  at https://bit.ly/BZBetter )

The hit band Blazar is led by musical genius Jerad Finck. Throughout his career, Finck has recorded and created hit after hit – he has had 3 top 40 singles, and was the Grand Prize winner of the U.S.A. amateur song writing competition where he competed against Megan Trainor and other previous winners. The band blends sound of alternative music and synth pop to create their own unique sound.

He is also an avid gamer, so he can cross over within the community very well. He’s filing his downtime.

Give BLAZAR’s single “Better” a listen and you will be streaming him nonstop!

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Grab Your Dancing Shoes and Listen to Joe Fox and The Frantics, New Single “Dancin’ Shoes” on Spotify!

Looking for a new tune to add to your Spotify playlists that is sure to get everyone dancing? Stream Joe Fox and The Frantics new fun single “Dancing Shoes” and start a dance party!

Listen to “Dancin’ Shoes” on Spotify!  (  at: https://bit.ly/DancinShoes  )

Joe Fox & The Frantics was formed in 2016 as the new pop/rock outlet for singer/songwriter Joe Fox and producer/multi instrumentalist Aaron Edwards (The Cab, Rivals, Sick Puppies). The resulting project blends elements of Indie, Pop and British Alternative Rock into a fresh new take ready to start any party.

The Seattle-based band is making a statement with the hit single, inspired by Fox’s eclectic tastes, which will bring a fresh new sound to the music scene. Infectious grooves and strong story-telling are combined with energetic live shows to keep fans coming back for more.

Watch “Dancin’ Shoes” Lyric Video on Youtube (  at: https://bit.ly/dancinshoesvideo )

Press is already giving the single praise, Dom Vigil, of the Prelude Press wrote, “The band’s taking their love for classic rock, mixed with the vibes of Arctic Monkeys and Jack White to the next level with their newest single.

Stay up to date with Joe Fox and the Frantics by checking out:
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