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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DAVID GRAY/SKELLIG

British singer/songwriter David Gray first came to prominence in the UK and Ireland with the release of his debut album, A CENTURY ENDS, in 1993. A critical success, the album climbed to #23 on the Irish charts and earned him plenty of press and good reviews. His next two albums - FLESH (1994) and SELL, SELL, SELL (1996) – did similar business and helped to expand his audience even more. When Gray released his fourth [...]

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

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES/WHEN GOD WAS GREAT

Ska music was born, developed, and brought to live in Jamaica in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. Artists such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, The Wailers, Laurel Aitken, and The Skatalites were just a few of the bands that took Ska to the top of the Jamaican charts. By the end of the ‘60s, Ska had evolved into Rocksteady, Dancehall, and, finally, Reggae. In the late 1970s, there was a Ska [...]

By | May 7th, 2021|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: girl in red/if i could make it go quiet

Like any country, Norway has always had many vital and exciting music scenes throughout the decades. While a majority of the artists have not achieved worldwide success, there have been quite a few that have managed to gain different levels of success outside of their homeland. The most commercially successful Norwegian band thus far is A-Ha, but other artists have earned much-deserved commercial and/or critical success including TNT, Bel Canto, Royksopp, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, [...]

By | April 30th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: girl in red/if i could make it go quiet

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DINOSAUR JR./SWEEP IT INTO SPACE

While other ground-breaking bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth may have temporarily stolen the spotlight from them, Dinosaur Jr. have become one of the most important American Alternative Rock bands of all time. Originally formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. was comprised of J Mascis (guitar/vocals), Lou Barlow (bass/vocals), and Murph (drums). Initially known as Dinosaur, the trio released their self-titled debut album in 1985. Due to legal reasons – there was already a band called [...]

By | April 23rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DINOSAUR JR./SWEEP IT INTO SPACE

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ESCAPE THE FATE/CHEMICAL WARFARE

Founded in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004, Escape the Fate is a Metalcore band that has survived an ever-changing musical landscape and remain top of their game nearly 20 years since their formation. Initially featuring Ronnie Radke (vocals), Bryan Monte Money (guitar), Max Green (bass), and Robert Ortiz (drums), the band eventually added Carson Allen (keyboards) and Omar Espinoza (guitarist). The band began touring and recorded a demo, eventually landing a contract with Epitaph Records. [...]

By | April 16th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ESCAPE THE FATE/CHEMICAL WARFARE

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHRIS CAIN/RAISIN’ CAIN

Award-winning Blues guitarist Chris Cain grew up on the Blues. His father used to entertain Chris by telling him tales about growing up on Memphis’ historic Beale Street and constantly played the Blues in the Cain household. Attending his first B.B. King concert at the age of 3, Chris’ future was cemented in stone cold blues. Teaching himself to pay the guitar at the age of 8, he continually honed his craft and was already [...]

By | April 9th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHRIS CAIN/RAISIN’ CAIN

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BEAT FARMERS/TALES OF THE NEW WEST (Deluxe)

Even if they may escape the prying eyes and ears of the rest of the world, every major city in the U.S. has a vibrant music scene. And San Diego, California is no different. While some think of San Diego as Los Angeles and Orange County’s precocious little brother (or sister), the talented musicians that have created and built the SD scene over the decades beg to differ. The city – and surrounding areas – [...]

By | April 2nd, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BEAT FARMERS/TALES OF THE NEW WEST (Deluxe)

AMPED™ – Now Hiring: Marketing Coordinator

MARKETING COORDINATOR AMPED’s marketing team is looking for a marketing coordinator who will be responsible for a roster of retail accounts marketing needs, maintain social media efforts and coordinate the production of a weekly solicitation publication as well as assist other areas within the marketing department. This person will interface record labels, solicit, and book co-op advertising, manage multiple social media platforms, present advertising opportunities to labels, present new music projects to retail accounts, perform [...]

By | March 31st, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ – Now Hiring: Marketing Coordinator

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SUZI QUATRO/THE DEVIL IN ME

Here in the United States, Detroit, Michigan-born Suzi Quatro is best remembered for her stint as Leather Tuscadero on the television sitcom Happy Days and the 1978 hit single “Stumblin’ In” (a duet with Chris Norman, lead vocalist for British band Smokie). However, Quatro is much more than just a blip on the pop culture roadmap – she is one of the most influential female artists in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. From her days as [...]

By | March 26th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SUZI QUATRO/THE DEVIL IN ME

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PAPA ROACH/GREATEST HITS, VOL. 2: THE BETTER NOISE YEARS

Formed in 1993 in Vacaville, California, Papa Roach climbed to fame during the early ‘90s Nu-Metal movement. Even though the band was tougher and edgier than some of their contemporaries, they still got swept up in the scene. However, they managed to break away and prove that they were more than just another band riding Korn and Limp Bizkit’s coattails. Founded by vocalist Jacoby Shaddix and guitarist Jerry Horton along with Will James (bass), Dave [...]

By | March 19th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PAPA ROACH/GREATEST HITS, VOL. 2: THE BETTER NOISE YEARS