AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BOB MOULD/BLUE HEARTS

Forty years ago, a Rock artist’s longevity was not something that was guaranteed. The first Rock ‘n’ Roll boom of the ‘50s had been swallowed by the late ‘50s/early ‘60s teen idols. Then those heart throbs were dethroned by the British Invasion. That joyful racket was overcome by the Summer Of Love/Hippy scene of 1967. And so on… The new kids would replace the old guard, who would then reluctantly slip into the shadows and [...]

By | September 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BOB MOULD/BLUE HEARTS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ALEXANDRA SAVIOR/THE ARCHER

Sometimes, an artist can just waltz into the music business and achieve massive commercial success within a year or two of their first recording session. That, however, is a rare occurrence. In all actuality, it can often take years of disappointment, detours, and mistakes before forward motion is achieved. Even then, commercial success isn’t guaranteed. The journey always begins with talent but luck is also a big part of the equation. The road to stardom is littered with true talents that have never caught a lucky break. Thankfully, Alexandra Savior made it through successfully, albeit with a few bumps in the road… […]

By | January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ALEXANDRA SAVIOR/THE ARCHER

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EDDIE MONEY/TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT: THE BEST OF…

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Eddie Money was one of the biggest Rock stars in America. His singles were on constant rotation on AM radio stations and his album tracks received plenty of spins on the FM dial. The Pop kids dug him but the AOR/Classic Rock fans took him as their own. With hits like “Two Tickets To Paradise”, “Baby Hold On”, “Shakin’”, “Think I’m In Love”, and “Take Me Home Tonight”, Eddie created an impressive catalog of Rock and Pop gems that are still being played on terrestrial and satellite radio stations. Some think of him as a ‘singles’ artist but his fans know that Eddie’s albums were solid, filled with great songs and even better performances. […]

By | January 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EDDIE MONEY/TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT: THE BEST OF…

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TERENCE BLANCHARD/HARRIET (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

While not billed as a ‘super hero’ movie, HARRIET most certainly deserves that designation. Based on the life of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the movie tells the story of a woman whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, HARRIET stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe. A film about Tubman has been rumored in Hollywood for years and has now finally made its way to the big screen. […]

By | November 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TERENCE BLANCHARD/HARRIET (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JULIANA HATFIELD/SINGS THE POLICE!

Juliana Hatfield has remained an unpredictable artist during her 30+ year career. Since the formation of Blake Babies in the late ‘80s, straight through her most recent solo work, she has surprised critics and fans with her many musical projects. Since Blake Babies’ original demise in 1991, she’s formed her own band Juliana Hatfield Three as well as getting involved in many other projects including Minor Alps (with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf), The I Don’t Cares (with Paul Westerberg), The Lemonheads, and more. Along the way, she’s been involved in a few Blake Babies reunions while continually movie forward as an artist. […]

By | November 15th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JULIANA HATFIELD/SINGS THE POLICE!

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS/GHOSTEEN

Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is a music industry veteran and Rock icon. He’s been releasing albums for 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down, creatively. And after years of success, failure, tragedy, and triumph, Nick Cave remains a survivor. From his early days fronting The Boys Next Door through their transformation into The Birthday Party, Nick Cave became one of the most infamous Post-Punk musicians of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  When The Birthday Party split, he formed Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, gravitating towards a sound that was more atmospheric and less abrasive. For 35 years, Cave has become of the most respected songwriters and performers of his generation. In fact, his songwriting is now compared to greats like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. And looking back over his catalog, those comparisons are well-deserved. […]

By | November 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS/GHOSTEEN

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1

In a time when most bands prefer to stick to a proven formula, Cold War Kids continue to break new ground while forging their own musical path. Although they don’t make drastic changes, they push the boundaries by experimenting with new musical ideas and adding new layers to their sound. From Post-Punk to Soul, Cold War Kids are not afraid to take chances.  Integrity intact, they’ve been critical darlings and achieved commercial success as they’ve navigated their way through an ever-changing musical landscape. […]

By | November 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAD WOLVES/N.A.T.I.O.N.

Bad Wolves is a supergroup of sorts. Vocalist Tommy Vext spent time in bands like Divine Heresy, Snot, and Westfield Massacre before the formation of Bad Wolves. Drummer John Boecklin was previously a member of DevilDriver, lead guitarist Doc Coyle once rocked with God Forbid, rhythm guitarist Chris Cain treaded the boards with both Bury Your Dead and For the Fallen Dreams, and bassist Kyle Konkiel has laid down the bottom end for In This Moment, Scar the Martyr, and Vimic. If you count their manager as an auxiliary band member, then it must be said that Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory – Bad Wolves’ manager – kicks the ‘supergroup’ claim up another notch. […]

By | October 28th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAD WOLVES/N.A.T.I.O.N.

Epitaph & Anti- Partner With AMPED for US Physical Distribution

‘AMPED, the indie distribution division of wholesale giant Alliance Entertainment, has entered an agreement to serve as the U.S. physical distributor for veteran punk rock label Epitaph and its sister imprint, Anti-. […]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Epitaph & Anti- Partner With AMPED for US Physical Distribution

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HALLOWEEN OST (Expanded Edition)

John Carpenter is a renaissance man. Best known as a director, Carpenter is an equally talented screenwriter and composer. He’s had a hand in many projects over the years. From TV movies, theatrical motion pictures, and comic books, John Carpenter is a man who has a passion for the arts. He is also a man who has a unique vision and it comes through in every project he is involved with. Operating outside any industry formulas, Carpenter has written his own rules along the way. Unsurprisingly, there have been many imitators along the way but none of them have matched the master himself. […]

By | October 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HALLOWEEN OST (Expanded Edition)