NeedToBreathe tour dates


Congrats to NeedToBreathe on hitting #3 on the Billboard 200 with their new release, “Rivers in the Wasteland.” The trio recently performed their song, “The Heart,” on Ellen and Letterman. Pretty soon they’ll be touring the USA.

NeedToBreathe tour dates:
5/1/14 – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield, MO *
5/2/14 – Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK *
5/3-4/14 – Suburbia Music Festival – Plano, TX
5/5/14 – Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ *
5/6/14 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA *
5/7/14 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA *
5/9/14 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA *
5/10/14 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA *
5/11/14 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC *
5/14/14 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO *
5/15/14 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO *
5/16-18/14 – Hangout Festival – Gulf Shores, AL *
5/31/14 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *
6/1/14 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *
6/3/14 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA *
6/5/14 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH *
6/6/14 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN *
6/8/14 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI *
6/10/14 – Simon Estes – Des Moines, IA *
6/12/14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN *
6/13/14 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *
6/14/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
6/15/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
6/17/14 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY *
6/19/14 – Danforth Theatre – Toronto, ON
6/20/14 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI *
6/21/14 – Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI *
8/16/14 – DownPour Festival – Great Falls, MT **
8/20/14 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN **
8/21/14 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN **
8/22/14 – The Uptown Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC **
8/24/14 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC **
9/4/14 – Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX **
9/5/14 – Bayou Music Hall – Houston, TX **
9/8/14 – River Center Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, LA **
9/9/14 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN **
9/11/14 – Alabama Theatre – Birmingham, AL **
9/13/14 – The Woods at Fontanel – Nashville, TN **
9/16/14 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA **
9/18/14 – North Charleston PAC – Charleston, SC **
9/19/14 – Littlejohn Coliseum – Clemson, SC **
9/22/14 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD **
9/24/14 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA **
9/25/14 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA **   
9/26/14 – House of Blues – Boston, MA **
9/27/14 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY **
* With Foy Vance 
** With The Oh Hellos

Echo: Bought Not Souled

Echo is a band that includes three singing sisters who’ll remind you of The Emotions, The Pointer Sisters and many others who’ve come before them. Indeed, Echo covers several famous soulful songs on their new release, “Bought Not Souled,” including “Best of My Love,” “We Are Family,” and “Dancing In The Street.”

Several live tracks are included on “Bought Not Souled,” like “Say A Little Prayer” and “I’ll Take You There,” and it’s fun listening to their take on these tunes, bringing the name of Jesus into classic soul songs.

Hailing from the UK (East London/Essex to be exact), Echo combines soul, funk, and Gospel with passion, faith and lots of energy. Definitely check them out on iTunes and Amazon.


Intelligent music to support global charities


Joshua K. Hinckley (aka AIST-AER) is an American born, self-taught music producer, sound engineer, and recording artist. His music has been described as inspirational and intelligent, as well as both spiritually and politically charged. He has a poetic soul, coupled with a revolutionary spirit.

AIST-AER is using his recordings to raise money for globally focused charities, including “Charity:Water,” “The Venus Project,” and the “Natural Resources Defense Council.” You can support his indiegogo campaign here.

“Revolution,” which blends hip-hop and rock, asks if you’re a friend or enemy:
It’s time you stand for something,
before you fall for anything.
Revolution’s going down…
Are friend or enemy?
Revolution’s come to town..
Are you friend or enemy?
Why don’t you stand for something?
Before you fall for anything.
Revolution’s going down…
Are you friend or enemy?
Revolution’s come to town…
Are you friend or enemy?

I especially like the sound of “Soul Travel,” with its ethereal, angelic background vocals. AIST-AER raps lyrics that will get you thinking:
Your fate is what you’re born with,
but your destiny awaits…
Only your choices make it great!
Sink or swim, rise or fall…
Ride it out, or make a change…
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, because you start again today.

AIST-AER’s main website is here. He’s just getting started, aiming to release more songs in the months and years to come, as he tries to communicate to people that they need to wake up and live life and be the change they want to see in this fallen world. –Mark Weber Music Blog


The Hosts from Sheffield

The Hosts from Sheffield
The Hosts from Sheffield

My friend Jeremy introduced me to a British band called The Hosts. Their song, “September Song,” received airplay on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

Then, they released the song “Give Your Love To Her.”

Now their full album, “Softly, Softly,”  is available on Amazon UK and iTunes.

The band, which hails from Sheffield, England, wear suits and ties, looking dapper. Their influences include Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, and Johnny Cash.

I like their sound and recommend The Hosts to you. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Songs from Frozen become pop culture phenoms

Frozen is Disney’s highest-grossing film of all time, making more money than a human being could count if it was all put before them.

And one of the things that propelled the flick to stratospheric heights on the pop culture radar is its music, its OSCAR-winning music.

Two songs in particular have truly caught on, becoming pop culture phenoms. The first is “Let It Go,” which pop star Demi Lovato and Broadway singer Idina Menzel have both had major hits with, and the second is “Love Is An Open Door.” Even two dudes from the Navy baseball team are lip-synching that one:

And then there’s this video of a man and a woman lip-synching it too, with over 10 MILLION views in a month!!!

Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go” has had over 135 MILLION views:

John Travolta introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem,” on the Oscars, and that performance really helped “Let It Go” go viral:

As of March 12, 2014, the soundtrack for Frozen spent fourteen consecutive weeks on top of Billboard Top Soundtracks. On the US Billboard 200, the album debuted at #18, the highest chart position for the soundtrack in an animated film since the 2006 film Cars. It later moved up to #10, becoming the tenth soundtrack from an animated film to reach top 10.[27] The soundtrack subsequently moved to #4, which is the highest position for an animated film soundtrack since Disney’s Pocahontas in 1995. In the week ending January 5, 2014, Frozen reached No. 1, surpassing Beyoncé‘s self-titled album to become the fourth animated film soundtrack in history to reach this position. It remained at number one for a second consecutive week, becoming the first theatrical film soundtrack to stay at No. 1 for multiple weeks since Dreamgirls in early 2007, and the first animated film to spend more than one week at No. 1 since Disney’s The Lion King in 1994 and 1995.With ten non-consecutive weeks at number one, Frozen earned the most weeks at No. 1 for a soundtrack since Titanic in 1998. Pretty amazing!

Frozen was the fifth best-selling soundtrack album in the US in 2013 with 338,000 copies sold for the year. On January 5, 2014, it topped the iTunes chart at No. 1 for album sales, selling over 165,000 copies. The soundtrack sold 2.1 million copies in the US as of April 16, 2014. Nearly half of these were digital sales, making the album the best-selling soundtrack in digital history.

If you ask anyone with kids what music they’re listening to these days, you’re bound to hear “The Frozen soundtrack.” It’s ubiquitous. And parents generally like singing along to the songs, though they can get annoying when their kids want to hear the same songs over and over and over.

Disney really hit the ball out of the park with Frozen!

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