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Mondo NYC Fest To Be Held Oct. 4-8, Puts Out Call for Musical Performers and Panelists – Apply Here

Fall NYC Festival Seeking Performers


The second Annual Mondo.NYC festival and global business summit of music and tech industry returns to New York City Oct. 4-8, 2017.

Mondo connects fans and creators in a shared mission of empowering artists and advancing ideas in an ever-changing music business.

Mondo NYC is a creative gathering of tech, music and business innovators - Photo courtesy Mondo NYC

Mondo NYC is a creative gathering of tech, music and business innovators – Photo courtesy Mondo NYC

The 2016 debuted three-day business summit and five-night music festival featured more than 160 bands, 1900 conference delegates and more than 220 speakers.

Artists wishing to be considered for showcase performances should apply HERE.

Mondo’s daytime business summit is held in partnership with New York University. Bringing fans, bands, professionals, entrepreneurs, innovators, brands, media and students together in New York City, Mondo.NYC is an opportunity to be at the heart of music, media and technology.

Industry professionals gather at Mondo.NYC to collaborate, educate, discuss, learn and connect through a series of dynamic panel discussions, seminars and keynotes featuring local and global leaders, practitioners and commentators.

Mondo.NYC 2017 from Mondo.NYC on Vimeo.

At night, Mondo.NYC curates and presents a compelling line-up of national and international artists — from the new and emerging to those on the precipice of global success, playing in the music capital of the world, New York City.

Mondo.NYC is proud to partner with quintessential New York City music venue Rockwood Music Hall. Rockwood will be Mondo’s home base for nighttime events and artist showcases.

For more information, check out the Mondo.NYC website.


Joe Perry to Receive Les Paul Award at 32nd annual TEC Awards at NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.


Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry will receive the Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual  Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards at this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim.

The annual award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording. Perry will receive the award on Saturday night during the TEC Awards gala at the Hilton.

Perry is set to perform live before an audience of pro audio and sound production inventors, musicians and industry friends.

“Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor,” says Perry. “Getting an award bearing his name is the icing on the cake.”

A co-founding member of a Aerosmith, whose music repertoire spans four decades, Perry’s versatile musicianship and influence has helped pave the way for a long list of accolades that reach beyond the band’s more than 150 million albums sold.

Joe Perry, recently wrapped a worldwide tour with The Hollywood Vampires - Photo © Suzanne Allison Witkin

Joe Perry, recently wrapped a worldwide tour with The Hollywood Vampires – Photo © Suzanne Allison Witkin

In the role of principal songwriter, lead guitarist, and as producer for multiple tracks featured on several notable Aerosmith albums, Perry’s talent has helped contribute to the super group’s four GRAMMY Awards,  — one of which includes Perry’s guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man” —  among many others.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith, and in 2013, Perry with his songwriting partner Steven Tyler were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Joe Perry was a friend of Les Paul and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and talented musicians of our time,” said Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation. “His ability to push boundaries of the electric guitar with his signature sound and deft playing ability embodies the true spirit of what Les Paul and the award given in his name stands for.

The Les Paul Award has been presented at the NAMM TEC Awards to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry, including such luminaries as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash and last year’s recipient, Don Was.

For more information go to the TEC Awards Page of the NAMM Foundation.

Mike Snyder of Drum! Magazine Publishes List of The 10 Best Recorded Drum Sounds

Drummer Mike Snyder makes great picks for Best Recorded Drum Sounds list - Photo courtesy of Mike Snyder CaliforniaRocker.com

Drum expert Mike Snyder makes great picks for Best Recorded Drum Sounds list – Photo courtesy of Mike Snyder


Drum! magazine has published its list of The 10 Best Recorded Drum Sounds and the list will not shock music lovers, but there are one or two surprises in the mix.

In the big scheme of things, somehow drummers tend to be overlooked, yet they play a most critical role in the success of any band.

Mike Snyder — a most prolific drum professional in his own right — makes interesting selections to the list, including works of Ringo and Jeff Porcaro.

As new technology, drum machines and technology continue to influence sound, it’s interesting to see human interaction and success in the use of the new sounds.

Regardless, it’s still the human behind the skins that deserves the props.

After publishing his first drum set instruction book in 1983, at age 23, Mike went on to teach drum set at and write All About Electronic Percussion a top guide for electronic drums, in addition to dozens of feature articles for DRUM! Magazine.

The current issue of the mag features Korn’s Ray Luzier on the cover.

Check out DRUM! magazine’s great list of The 10 Best Recorded Drum Sounds.  And don’t be shocked to see some great old favorites along with some new additions to the roster of beat-keepers.

Click here to read the full story at DRUM!


‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ The Latest Work by Tilted Axes and its Creative Leader Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant is the creative behind the group Tilted Axes. Tilted Axes has released a new album, 'Music for Mobile Guitars'

Tilted Axes has released a new album, ‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ – Photo courtesy Tilted Axes for EastCoastRocker.com


Imagine an army of cordless electric guitars marching down the street playing innovative Balinese-like beats.  Outside your window.  In New York City.

With Music for Mobile Guitars, the new release by Tilted Axes, that’s basically what you’re getting plus more.

Patrick Grant created Tilted Axes in 2011 as a way of freeing the electric guitar from traditional band constrictions — basically like cords and amps.

Grant was interested to lead the celebration Make Music Winter, the event that brings NYC alive with parades in honor of the winter solstice.

The guitarists of Tilted Axes perform original compositions written by Grant as well as those from the Tilted repertoire, using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides.  Check out the Tilted Axes website.

As for the new album, it’s clear that Grant loves the Gamelan music. That’s clear. Grant is a composer and performer who creates music for a wide range of media.  Originally from Detroit, he studied at the Juilliard School, worked on the production team for composer John Cage, and produced his first recordings at the studios of Philip Glass. He led the compositional element of a project for the Millennium, on which he worked with Quincy Jones and Billy Joel. His travels to Bali heavily influenced his music.

Patrick Grant is the creative behind the group Tilted Axes. Tilted Axes has released a new album, 'Music for Mobile Guitars'

Tilted Axes has released a new album, ‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ – Photo courtesy Tilted Axes for EastCoastRocker.com

Consistent and Powerful

The album is consistent if anything. One doesn’t have to be a fan of what appears to be random riffs played in concert with others to appreciate that they’re being played well.

Music for the Mobile Guitar is a techno-jazz creation with an upbeat element that makes us enthusiastic for the future of original music. Let’s just say the great Frank Zappa, who exhibited disdain for his own fans and worshippers and truly did his own thing, might have raised a quasi-approving eyebrow.

While there are plenty of interesting songs to take you there, our favorites on the album are the victorious “Asciae Obliquiae,” the wild, rush-hour infused “Corridor 84 + Krimson Coda,” and the melodic “Tilted Axes Theme.”

There is enough cohesiveness to hold this new work together and gain the nod of purists, while tickling an avant-garde fancy in the most ardent of admirers of the genre.




Traveling Wilburys Albums to Be Released on Vinyl and Compact Disc in Time for ‘Vinyl Tuesday’ Oct. 4

By JOHN DALY – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 will be released on Oct. 14 in compact disc and 180-gram vinyl formats, it was announced by Concord Bicycle Music.

The Traveling Wilburys AKA George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan had a relatively short but legendary run and is considered one of the first supergroups.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 achieved great success. After hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the certified double Platinum album earned a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, the group’s second album, was released in 1990 and dedicated to Lefty (Roy Orbison) Wilbury, who passed away in late 1988 before recording could be completed.  “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist” became radio hits as the album reached No. 11 in the U.S. and was certified Platinum.

The individual vinyl releases will make their reissue debut October 4th as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday initiative. The release is supported by a very special giveaway opportunity at recordstoreday.com with a rare and uniquely numbered Traveling Wilburys Portfolio. The limited-edition portfolio includes seven prints of the band suitable for framing.

The Traveling Wilburys made their long anticipated streaming debut in June and are now available on all streaming services.

Track Listing

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1

1.              Handle With Care
2.              Dirty World
3.              Rattled
4.              Last Night
5.              Not Alone Any More
6.              Congratulations
7.              Heading For The Light
8.              Margarita
9.              Tweeter And The Monkey Man
10.           End Of The Line
11.           Maxine (CD Bonus Track)
12.           Like A Ship (CD Bonus Track)


The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3

1.             She’s My Baby
2.             Inside Out
3.             If You Belonged To Me
4 .            The Devil’s Been Busy
5.             7 Deadly Sins
6.             Poor House
7.             Where Were You Last Night?
8.             Cool Dry Place
9.             New Blue Moon
10.            You Took By Breath Away
11.            Wilbury Twist
12.            Nobody’s Child (CD Bonus Track)
13.            Runaway (CD Bonus Track)

The Traveling Wilburys

Website:               travelingwilburys.com

Facebook:            facebook.com/travelingwilburys

Instagram:           instagram.com/officialwilbury

Twitter:                twitter.com/officialwilbury

YouTube:             youtube.com/user/TravelingWilburys

Vevo:                   youtube.com/user/OfficialWilburyVEVO