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The Rocket Summer Premieres “You Gotta Believe” On AOL Music

Another successful tour wraps up this weekend for The Rocket Summer, as frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumental mastermind Bryce Avary looks ahead to the release of his long-awaited second major label album release on Island Records, OF MEN AND ANGELS, scheduled to arrive February 23, 2010.

In advance of the album release, the 4-song EP You Gotta Believe was issued by The Rocket Summer in October, at the same time its title track premiered on AlternativePress.com as the new single. Coinciding with the EP release, The Rocket Summer returned to the road, for a 34-city North American tour. On January, 9 2010 Bryce Avary will be joining the “Heavy and Light” benefit show in Orlando, FL at The House of Blues. “Heavy and Light” show is meant to challenge, inspire and encourage people. Move them with songs and stories with a taste of community. For more information go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/Two-Write-Love-On-Her-Arms-Presents-Heavy-and-Light-tickets/artist/1388983

The video for “You Gotta Believe” is set to premiere Today music. The clip was directed by award winning director Randy Scott Slavin. A sneak-peak at the ‘making of the video’ for “You Gotta Believe” can be viewed at www.therocketsummer.com.

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Worldwide pop icon Utada, who holds the record for the past decade as the top-selling Japanese-American female pop artist of all-time, has scheduled an 8-city U.S. tour in support of THIS IS THE ONE, her most recent album on Island Records, featuring the Top 5 Billboard Dance track, “Come Back to Me.”

01/15 Honolulu, HI – Pipeline Café
01/19 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
01/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox
01/24 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
01/30 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
02/02 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
02/05 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/12 London, Eng. – Islington Academy

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After more than two years of non-stop touring as The Rocket Summer, frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumental mastermind Bryce Avary has finally been able to put the finishing touches on his second major label album release on Island Records, OF MEN AND ANGELS, due to arrive early next year. Single “You Gotta Believe” will premier on AlternativePress.com on October 19th. Fans can hear early teases of the song on the site week of October 12th.

Two days before the You Gotta Believe EP release, the Rocket Summer returns to the road, for a 34-city North American tour with Forever the Sickest Kids, opening October 25th in Oklahoma City, ending six weeks later in San Francisco on December 5th.

10/25 Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Events Center
10/27 Omaha/Kansas City – BeaumontClub
10/28 Des Moines/Omaha – Peoples Court
10/29 Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
10/30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/31 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/01 St. Louis, MO – Pops
11/03 Detroit, MI – Orbit Room
11/04 Grand Rapids, MI – Clutch Cargo’s
11/05 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
11/06 Washington, DC – The Tavern
11/07 Baltimore, Maryland – Sonar
11/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
11/09 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
11/11 Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey
11/12 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/13 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Cafe
11/14 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
11/15 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/18 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/20 St Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
11/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
11/22 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
11/24 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
11/26 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/27 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
11/28 Houston, TX – Meridian
11/29 Pharr, TX – JAGZ Entertainment
12/01 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
12/02 San Diego, CA – Soma
12/03 Los Angeles, CA – Avalon Hollywood
12/04 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom at The Regency
12/05 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

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There’s been quite a bit of news out of the LUDO camp lately. The St. Louis band whose 2008 major-label debut, You’re Awful, I Love You, sold over 100,000 copies (thanks to non-stop touring) was rather quiet the first half of 2009 but have emerged with all sorts of announcements. They’re re-releasing their first two albums on their own label September 29th, they’re playing nine shows this fall where they’ll be performing their 2005 rock opera Broken Bride in its entirety, and they’ve begun work on their next album for Island Records with producer Matt Wallace.

But that’s not all Ludo was working on in the first half of the year. They’ve announced the formation of the side-project THE NEW HEATHERS. “It all just kind of worked out,” says Ludo guitarist and Heathers’ frontman Tim Ferrell. “I was writing a lot of songs that didn’t really fit for Ludo. We finally had some time off and our singer, Andrew, wanted to spend some time at home before we put out the next Ludo album. Fortunately for me, the other guys were anxious to record and play some shows as well.” And so 3/4 of Ludo – singer / guitarist Tim Ferrell, keyboardist Tim Convy, and drummer Matt Palermo entered the studio and became The New Heathers.

Why “The New Heathers“? When the trio was still unnamed, Convy came across an article about Wynona Ryder declaring that there was a sequel in the works to her 80’s teen dark comedy Heathers. Convy says, “I’m a big fan of that movie, so I kept looking for details. As it turns out, every few years Wynona declares they’re making a sequel, but no one else involved with the film knows what she’s talking about, and no one’s actually planning to make the sequel…ever!” Convy brought the name to his bandmates and within days Ferrell came across “The New Heathers” in the book he was reading at the time, Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums. They took it as a sign.

The Fuel, The Fire, The Spark is available at digital retailers now and the physical release hits stores October 13th. The New Heathers will headline their first shows across the U.S. this fall in between Ludo dates starting October 18th is Allston, MA.
Oct. 18th – Allston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct. 20th – Columbus, OH – The Basement
Oct. 21st – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Oct. 25th – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Oct. 26th – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
Oct. 27th – Iowa City, IA – The Picador
Oct. 28th – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
Nov. 01st – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Nov. 04th – Salt Lake City, UT – V2
Nov. 09th – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
Nov. 10th – Tuscon, AZ – Club Congress
Nov. 12th – Austin, TX – Emo’s

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