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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: XENIA RUBINOS/UNA ROSA

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Xenia Rubinos. The Hartford, Connecticut-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist raised a lot of eyebrows with the release of her full-length debut album, BLACK TERRY CAT, in 2016. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Xenia Rubinos’ album was an unpredictable mix of R&B, Jazz, Pop, and Hip-Hop influences filtered through an artist with a unique voice and a gift for melodies. The album received critical acclaim and introduced Xenia [...]

By | October 18th, 2021|News|0 Comments

NOW HIRING: AMPED – Marketing Assistant

AMPED’s marketing team is looking for a marketing assistant who will be responsible for production of the AMPED’s weekly New Release solicitation publication as well as running and prepping and disseminating reporting materials for the marketing and sales department as well as assisting with other areas within the marketing department. This person will interface with our record labels, solicit, and book co-op advertising, perform light accounting, and administrate assigned department projects. A healthy knowledge of [...]

By | October 14th, 2021|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THRICE – HORIZONS/EAST

Post-Hardcore band Thrice was formed in Irvine, California in 1998 by high schoolers Dustin Kensrue (guitar/vocals) and Teppei Teranishi (lead guitar). The duo quickly recruited Eddie Breckenridge (bass) and his brother Riley (drums), and the band’s line-up was complete. The released their limited edition first EP, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, in 1999. The following year, they issued their debut full-length album IDENTITY CRISIS. The band began to build a buzz, picking up some high-profile support gigs and [...]

By | October 8th, 2021|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MINISTRY/MORAL HYGIENE

It has been 40 years since Al Jourgensen founded the band Ministry… and what a long, strange tip it’s been! Originally part of the Chicago alternative/punk scene, he eventually switched his attention to an aggressive synth-based sound. Forming the band Ministry in 1981, the band’s dark synth groove caught the attention of Arista Records, who eventually signed the band. By the time their debut album, WITH SYMPATHY, was released in 1983, the label had ‘encouraged’ [...]

By | October 1st, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MINISTRY/MORAL HYGIENE

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: QUICKSAND/DISTANT POPULATIONS

While not the most prolific of bands – they are releasing their fourth album in a 31=year career – New York Post-Hardcore trio Quicksand has certainly left their mark. The original trio’s members had their roots in the NY Hardcore scene:  Walter Schreifels (guitar/vocals) was originally a member of Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today; Tom Capone (guitar) was a member of the groups Beyond and Bold; Alan Cage (drums) was in Burn and played [...]

By | September 24th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: QUICKSAND/DISTANT POPULATIONS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CARCASS/TORN ARTERIES

Liverpool looms large in Rock history. In fact, the city changed the musical landscape forever back in February 1964 when four mop-topped Liverpudlian lads appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. From that moment onwards, Liverpool went from being just another city in England to becoming the birthplace of the new British invasion. Suddenly, fellow Liverpool acts Gerry & The Pacemakers, the Searchers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Freddie & The Dreamers and many other [...]

By | September 17th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CARCASS/TORN ARTERIES

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOW/HEY WHAT

Founded in Duluth, Minnesota in 1993, Low has become one of the most respected bands in indie rock. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker, the band has featured several bassists in their line-up over the course of their career including founding bassist John Nichols (1993-1994) who was then succeeded by Zak Sally (1994-2005), Matt Livingston (2005-2008), and Steve Garrington (2008-2020). While Low’s standard guitar-bass-drum line-up might lead the uninitiated to believe that [...]

By | September 10th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOW/HEY WHAT

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHVRCHES/SCREEN VIOLENCE

Formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 by vocalist Laureen Mayberry and multi-instrumentalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, Chvrches has become one of the most celebrated electronic/synthpop groups in modern music. However, the origins of the band began eight years earlier when Cook and Doherty met while they both attended the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. While they weren’t initially bandmates – Cook was brought in to produce Doherty’s band - they discovered that they had [...]

By | August 27th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHVRCHES/SCREEN VIOLENCE

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BOB’S BURGERS MUSIC ALBUM VOL. 2

Animated projects aimed at adult audiences have been around since the 1930s when LOONEY TUNES cartoons played in movie theaters all over the country. While children have embraced all the characters in the decades since they were first appeared on screen, many of original ‘messages’ in the cartoons were aimed at an older audience. And while they are now aimed at a much younger audience, when THE FLINTSTONES first aired in 1960, it was in [...]

By | August 20th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BOB’S BURGERS MUSIC ALBUM VOL. 2

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JADE BIRD/DIFFERENT KINDS OF LIGHT

Born in Hexham, England in 1997, Jade Bird is a British singer, songwriter, and musician. While her music isn’t defined by a specific genre, she has been labeled by several critics as Americana and indie Folk. With many different influences infiltrating her sound, she has also been embraced by fans of Alternative, Country, and Pop music. In the tradition of classic Folk music, Jade Bird is not just a songwriter, she is also a storyteller. [...]

By | August 13th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JADE BIRD/DIFFERENT KINDS OF LIGHT