Local filmmaker, podcaster and host Homer Martinez directed two projects, including the emotional docu-short “Houston’s Proud Voice” and “Molly Where You At,” a campy music video by singer Morena Roas that finds her traipsing through Montrose in search of the titular character, who may or may not be real. The clip was shot using one camera over two days throughout several well-known gay clubs, including FBar, Bayou, Crocker and TC’s.

Martinez, who is straight, has been a longtime supporter of the gay community. He co-hosted this year’s Pride Superstar singing competition and has emceed the Pride Festival for two years.

"QFest, as well as other organizations that focus on the impact of the LGBTQ community around the world, do a great job of portray the LGBTQ community in many different lights," Martinez says. "It shows you their ups and downs, happiness and sadness, successes and struggles."

"Houston’s Proud Voice" features alternately sweet and sad stories from locals, gay and straight, discussing what Pride means to them and why it’s an important concept. Among them are Pride Superstar 2013 winner Juliana Wathen, Roas, jazz singer Tianna Hall and KRBE (104.1 FM) personality Benjamin Phoenix.

Martinez says he was inspired to create “Houston’s Proud Voice” by the 2013 ruling that deemed the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and by his gay brother (“who I love and am very proud of”). He’s currently working on a “brand new era” of his long-running Podimouth podcast, which focuses on local music, and a documentary about gay and straight dating apps.

"Pride, to me, is all about shouting to the world how much you love being yourself," Martinez says. "Whether you’re straight, gay, male, female, white, black, brown, it doesn’t matter. Love yourself and learn to love others for who they are. It really is that simple."

Watch on sarakelly.tumblr.com

Please help out! They are so great! Also you know you want to see them do something stupid if they raise the money! ;)

Video Game Voice-Over and Model Casting Call!!

Many of us enjoy playing video games. We go out and purchase the latest and greatest console and video game. We try to be the first in line in order to get bragging rights of beating the game before anyone else. However, how many of us can actually say that we have been in a video game? Like, actually IN IT!! PODiMOUTH in association with Nephilim Rising Studios are working on a video game and are bringing you the opportunity to appear and act in it.

The casting call is open to everyone! Amateurs, professionals, and fans, are welcome to submit their video audition along with a picture of themselves. If possible, we would like to see you dressed up in SteamPunk attire, though not required. We are casting models and voice-over actors for all types of characters, including main characters. Everyone is welcome to audition, even if you are only interested in being a model for our characters or just as a voice-over actor.

The winners of the casting call / contest will be featured in the video game actual characters, you will be voicing said characters, and will receive an advanced copy of the video game. You know, so you could brag about it. Those interested must submit their video audition to both their YouTube, tags ‘PODiMOUTH’ and ‘Nephilim Rising’ and title your video ‘PODiMOUTH/NR Video Audition’.

Tell us about yourself and why you are auditioning. Tell us what you think the video game will be about. If you are auditioning to be a vice-over actor, show us your vocal abilities! Send us a link (to the email address listed below) of your video plus a picture of yourself with your information. We will only contact the winners and we will post them on PODiMOUTH.com, and our Facebook page.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter: @PODiMOUTH and @Nephilim_Rising

Facebook: PODiMOUTH and Nephilim_Rising.

Best of luck to everyone!!

PODiMOUTH/Nephilim Rising Studios

Contact Info: info@podimouth.com

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Atlantic Records has announced the debut release from acclaimed singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez. “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” arrives on May 20th and is highlighted by the stunning new single, “Dollhouse,” which is available now on the iTunes Store(itunes.apple.com/us/album/dollhouse-single/id813791270). In addition, the track’s compelling companion video is fast approaching 1 million individual views at Martinez’s official YouTube channel,www.youtube.com/Melmartinezx3.  Co-written by Martinez with GRAMMY® Award-nominated tunesmiths Kinetics & One Love (B.o.B, Neon Hitch), the dark pop dream of “Dollhouse” has already earned an array of ecstatic critical notices.

Having spent much of 2013 selling out clubs across the country, Martinez will celebrate “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” with her biggest national tour to date, kicking off June 4th at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s World Café and continuing through the end of June (see attached itinerary). Additional live dates will be announced soon –please see www.facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusicfor updates.

Martinez – who is also currently hard at work finishing her eagerly awaited debut album alongside such collaborators as Robopop (Jessie J, Lana Del Rey) and the aforementioned Kinetics & One Love – has been hailed as a provocative singer, songwriter, and visual presence. The song “positions Martinez as an American version of Lorde,” writes Newsday. “(Martinez) sings about a picture-perfect family that is much more troubled under the surface,” declared Us Weekly, noting that Martinez – a former contestant on NBC’s smash reality singing competition series, The Voice – “might be the show’s first real breakout star.” The Long Island, New York-native captured the country’s imagination with her arresting performances on the highly rated Fall 2012 season of NBC’s The Voice, driving her unique renditions of “Too Close” and “Seven Nation Army” to top 5 sales on the iTunes Store. In addition, Martinez’ rendition of “Toxic” lit YouTube on fire, earning more than 6 million individual page views.

For more information, please visit

www.facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusic

twitter.com/MelanieLBBH 


MELANIE MARTINEZ

On Tour 2014

 

JUNE

4              Philadelphia, PA                World Café

5              Norfolk, VA                        FM Backstage

7              Ashville, NC                        The Lab

9              Nashville, TN                      High Watt

10           Atlanta, GA                         Vinyl

12           Carrboro, NC                      Cat’s Cradle

14           Charlottesville, VA           The Southern

15           Baltimore, MD                   Soundstage

16           Vienna, VA                         Jammin’ Java

18           Portland, ME                      Port City Music Hall

19           Boston, MA                        TBD

21           Providence, RI                   The Met

24           New York, NY                    Marlin Room

ADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Dallas, TX rockers MEMPHIS MAY FIRE will release their long awaited new LP, Unconditional, on March 25th via Rise Records. The band is premiering a new song titled “No Ordinary Love” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1HIegAANIk.

Pre-orders for Unconditional launched today at: http://MemphisMayFire.merchnow.com.

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE has spent the past 3 years turning heads and they are now one of the big dogs in the metal core world. To say the band has been moving at full throttle would be putting it lightly. After making a name for themselves as the standout band on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, they were asked back to headline the 2013 Main stage. Meanwhile, their previous album, Challenger, debuted at #16 on Billboard. After that, they toured with Sleeping With Sirens on a full U.S. major market run - selling out 2,000 cap rooms across the country. The band has also toured with the likes of Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexanderia and The Devil Wears Prada.

For the LP, the group returned to Chango Studios & Compass Audio with producers Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, Woe Is Me, The Word Alive) & Kellen McGregor (MMF Guitarist / Songwriter), who previously worked to create Challenger, and the result showcases MEMPHIS MAY FIRE at their ­best.

Mullins says, “We are so proud of Unconditional. I couldn’t have been more honest in these songs & I can’t wait to see the impact they have. This record is exactly what it’s supposed to be.”

Unconditional is about struggles, faith, paving out your own future, and coming to terms with the responsibilities life throws your way. The band has written a record that is sure to connect with their fan base in a big way, while attracting a large number of new listeners in the same fashion as their previous release
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MEMPHIS MAY FIRE will embark on a full U.S. headline tour on February 21, with support from The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses and Beartooth. The band will also be performing at Self Help Fest, Rock On The Range and Carolina Rock Rebellion.

The Unconditional Tour
Memphis May Fire (w/, The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, and Beartooth)
2/20 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown (Beartooth only)
2/21 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
2/22 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
2/23 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/26 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues - Orlando
2/27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/2 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
3/4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
3/5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/6 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/7 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/9 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
3/10 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
3/11 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
3/12 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
3/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
3/16 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
3/18 - Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory
3/19 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/20 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
3/22 - San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest)
3/23 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
3/26 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip
3/27 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre

For more info:
www.facebook.com/MemphisMayFire
www.twitter.com/memphismayfire
http://instagram.com/memphismayfireofficial

Ghost Town Re-Release Debut Album.

Fueled By Ramen group Ghost Town has announced the re-release of their debut LP, “PARTY IN THE GRAVEYARD.” The breakout album, which was originally self-released by the Los Angeles based outfit last winter, now features brand new artwork, completely remastered recordings and multiple new tracks including ‘Trick or Treat,’ ’In Flames,’ ‘Universe’ and ‘Game Freak (Acoustic).’ “PARTY IN THE GRAVEYARD” is available now at www.officialghosttown.com as well as on iTunes (SEE TRACK LISTING ATTACHED).

Ghost Town, who earlier this fall completed their first headline tour of the North America, playing 27 shows across the continent, just recently made their United Kingdom debut on Vans Warped Tour UK. Ghost Town is currently overseas traversing the UK on the “Kevin Says Tour” and will make their way back to the states for a special holiday performance on December 20th at Anaheim, CA’s Chain Reaction. Tickets for that date are on sale now. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.officialghosttown.com.

Ghost Town - that is, Kevin Ghost (vocals), Evan Pearce (electronics), Alix Monster (guitars) and MannYtheDrummeR (drums) - has earned widespread praise for their fervent live shows and distinctive blend of digitalized-pop-punk. Shortly after the initial release of “PARTY IN THE GRAVEYARD” last January, Ghost Town exploded across the web and found themselves atop the charts on countless social music sites including PureVolume where they have remained in the Top 10 since the album’s release. Furthermore, the band has developed a strong connection with their rapidly expanding fan base through constant interaction on their social media sites. Ghost Town, which has amassed over 8 million views on their official YouTube page, has used the platform to release weekly updates and new tracks, each accompanied by their own unique artwork, all of which is created by honorary 5th member artist Alister Dippner aka Imamachinist.

For more information and updates on Ghost Town, please visit www.facebook.com/officialghosttown, www.twitter.com/ghosttown, www.youtube.com/officialghosttown, www.fueledbyramen.com and www.youtube.com/fueledbyramen.

MA’s My Fictions will release their debut full length, “Stranger Songs” on July 1st via Topshelf.

The band self recorded and mixed the record and Will Killingsworth (Orchid) at Dead Air Studios mastered it.

Clocking in at 28 minutes long, “Stranger Songs” is a display of manic intensity. The ten tracks each plunge deep down into a darkness that was only teased at on the band’s 2012 EP, “Always Trapped”. The songs are certainly “stranger” than anything the band has released before: sometimes there are mere seconds between the chaotic blast beats and the slow, crushing riffs that the album attacks with. However, the true “stranger” in “Stranger Songs” is the one that lyricist Bryan Carifio seems fixated on becoming, as identity is a constant battle screamed over songs wavering between catharsis and collapse.

On “Stranger Songs”, My Fictions have perfected their craft. The signature atmospheric dread that the band offers on this release is a mix of anger and sadness that is impossible to avoid. The new album is a collection of songs written at an emotional low, and My Fictions are determined to drag the listener down with them.

"Stranger Songs" is the follow up to the band’s acclaimed 2013 split with label mates The Saddest Landscape, which included a 13+ minute long track that was written collectively by both bands.

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The pop trio, known as Before You Exit, have announced their upcoming The Dangerous Tour starting in Raleigh, NC on March 18th with special guests to be announced. VIP Packages will go on sale tonight and tickets will be open to the general public this Saturday, February 8th. The band released their new EP, I Like That, last February with their latest single, the title track, recently peaking at #4 on Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown. When you combine the creative intuition of musical brothers with the wisdom and input of chart-topping songwriters, you get an album of finely crafted pop bursting with spirited authenticity. Though the three brothers in Before You Exit were just in their teens, they had the talent, sophistication, and confidence to find their distinct pop-rock aesthetic through writing with such songwriting heavyweights.

Conjuring up the optimism in the band’s name-inspired by the sentiment “make a difference before you exit”- the band works daily to make their way to the top but they never fail to stop and appreciate what has got them thus far.”There’s no way we’d be anywhere without our incredible fans. They are behind us every step of the way and are a huge piece of this band,” states youngest brother, Toby. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

To purchase Before You Exit’s I Like That, please visit: http://bit.ly/1lyBRhn.

For more information, please visit:
www.BeforeYouExit.com
www.facebook.com/beforeyouexit
www.twitter.com/beforeyouexit
www.youtube.com/beforeyouexit


The Dangerous Tour Dates:
w/Special Guests TBA

3.18 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
3.20 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
3.22 GameChangerWorld Freehold, NJ
3.24 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
3.25 The Space Hamden, CT
3.27 Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA
3.28 Club @ Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
3.29 Lizard Lounge Lancaster, PA
3.30 The National - Matinee Richmond, VA
3.31 Amo’s Charlotte, NC

From Indian Lakes will be setting out on a full US tour this March/April. The band will be playing their highly acclaimed album Able Bodies, plus other fan favorites.

Singer Joey Vannucchi says, “Last year was an incredible year as a band. We got to play on some really big tours, meet a ton of new friends, and play in a lot of amazing places. We decided to do our first proper headlining tour for Able Bodies and make sure it’s about giving back to all of you for your support. We are going to be playing in a small intimate setting, and trying to play the things that you want to hear the most. We hope all of you come out and sing louder than ever with us.”

All tickets are now available at www.ablebodiestour.com.

Dates:

3/6/2014 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
3/7/2014 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/8/2014 UltraViolet Studios Las Vegas, NV
3/9/2014 The Underground Mesa, AZ
3/10/2014 OFF OFF
3/11/2014 OFF OFF
3/12/2014 The Aquarium Austin, TX
3/13/2014 Papi Tino’s Austin, TX
3/14/2014 QuikTrip Park Dallas, TX
3/15/2014 OFF OFF
3/16/2014 OFF OFF
3/17/2014 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
3/18/2014 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
3/19/2014 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
3/20/2014 Siren Records Doylestown, PA
3/21/2014 Studio @ Webster New York, NY
3/22/2014 Cafe 939 Boston, MA
3/23/2014 Stanhope House Stanhope, NJ
3/24/2014 The Bugjar Rochester, NY
3/25/2014 Skully’s Columbus, OH
3/26/2014 Irving Theater Indianapolis, IN
3/27/2014 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
3/28/2014 Fubar St. Louis, MO
3/29/2014 Jackpot Lawrence, KS
3/30/2014 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
3/31/2014 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
4/1/2014 The Crux Boise, ID
4/2/2014 El Corazon Seattle, WA
4/3/2014 Slabtown Portland, OR
4/4/2014 OFF OFF
4/5/2014 Brick + Mortar San Francisco, CA
4/6/2014 Strummer’s Fresno, CA

London Grammar Announce North American Tour Dates for 2014

Critically acclaimed UK three-piece London Grammar announced today that they are returning to North America for a string of headlining tour dates in 2014. The band will kick things off in Texas then continue on their headlining stint covering the west, mid-west and east coast in March and April. Tickets for the tour are on-sale Friday, November 22nd. For additional tour and ticket information please visit www.londongrammar.com.

The upcoming spring tour follows London Grammar’s first ever U.S. headline tour this fall, where they sold out multiple dates including The Troubadour in LA and Gramercy Theater in NYC. London Grammar’s live show has received much praise, with The Guardian admiring the “Brooding Brits with angsty anthems, impassioned delivery and the power to transfix a room,” ultimately proclaiming, “What’s not to like?” Seattle’s KEXP also commended the band, noting “London Grammar blessed us with an excellent night of music, both melancholy and marvelous.”

London Grammar’s current single “Strong” continues to gain momentum stateside and was recently featured as ‘Single of the Week’ on iTunes in the U.S: http://smarturl.it/strongsotw

‘If You Wait’ is now certified GOLD in the UK and has remained in the Top 10 since debuting at #2. London Grammar recently made their late night television debut on Later with Jools Holland, and are currently out on a sold-out European tour following stints at all the major UK festivals this summer and their own sold-out U.S. headline tour.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
03/17 – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX

03/18 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX

03/21 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
03/22 – Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
03/23 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA 

03/25 – El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA

03/27 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
03/28 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

03/29 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
03/31 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

04/03 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
04/04 – Metro – Chicago, IL

04/05 – Shelter – Detroit, MI

04/07 – Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON

04/09 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
04/11 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
04/12 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

04/14 – 9:30 Club - Washington

**More dates TBA**

You Blew It touring with The Front Bottoms in early 2014

Coming right on the heels of a standout performance at The Fest 12 in Gainesville, FL, the past weekend, Florida indie rockers You Blew It! have announced plans to tour as direct support for The Front Bottoms starting in January. The Hot Chocolate Tour kicks off January 9 in Grand Rapids and runs through Feb 1st. You Blew It! will release a new LP, their follow up to 2013’s “Grow Up, Dude”, in early 2014 via Topshelf Records.

W/ The Front Bottoms & The Wild


1/9/2014 GRAND RAPIDS MI @ THE PYRAMID SCHEME

1/11/2014. PALATINE IL @ DURTY NELLIES

1/12/2014 OMAHA NE @ THE WAITING ROOM

1/13/2014 FORT COLLINS CO @ AGGIE THEATRE

1/14/2014 SALT LAKE City UT @ CLUB SOUND

1/16/2014 OAKLAND CA @ OAKLAND METRO

1/17/2014 SANTA CRUZ CA @ THE CREPE PLACE

1/18/2014 WEST HOLLYWOOD CA @ TROUBADOUR

1/19/2014 VENTURA CA @ VENTURA THEATRE UPPER DECK

1/21/2014 ALBUQUERQUE AZ @ THE GASWORKS


w/ The Front Bottoms

1/22/2014 OKLAHOMA CITY OK @ THE CONSERVATORY

1/23/2014 DALLAS TX @ CLUB DADA

1/24/2014 SAN ANTONIO TX @ THE LIMELIGHT

1/25/2014 NEW ORLEANS LA @ ONE EYED JACKS

1/26/2014 GAINESVILLE FL @ HIGH DIVE

1/28/2014 CHARLOTTE NC @ TREMONT MUSIC HALL - CASBAH

1/29/2014 ALEXANDRIA VA @ THE LAB

1/30/2014 PATCHOGUE NY @ 89 NORTH

1/31/2014 BETHLEHEM PA @ BLAST FURNACE @ ARTSQUEST CENTER

2/1/2014 PAWTUCKET RI @ THE MET

Houston, Texas band Whether, I has signed a deal with InVogue Records. Their debut EP “Dreamcatcher” hits stores April 1, 2014. The EP is produced by Robby Joyner (The Great Commission) and mixed & mastered by Tom Denney (Secrets, A Day To Remember, For The Fallen Dreams).

You can watch the bands first music video for “Is It Too Late?” here — http://youtu.be/Y8l4HVQRRcg

http://facebook.com/whetheriband
invoguerecords

Being As An Ocean is heading out on tour this March with A Lot Like Birds, My Iron Lung, Idlehands, and This Wildlife.

8-Mar Mesa, AZ
9-Mar Albuquerque, NM
10-Mar El Paso, TX
11-Mar San Antonio, TX
12-Mar Mcallen, TX
13-Mar SXSW
14-Mar SXSW
16-Mar Dallas, TX
18-Mar Des Moines, IA
19-Mar Denver, CO
20-Mar Salt Lake City, UT
21-Mar Spokane, WA
22-Mar Seattle, WA
23-Mar Portland, OR
24-Mar Sacramento, CA
25-Mar San Luis Obispo, CA
26-Mar Fresno, PA
27-Mar Anaheim, CA
28-Mar San Diego, CA

For more info:
www.facebook.com/BeingAsAnOcean

The PODiMOUTH Podcast
  • The PODiMOUTH Podcast
  • With Homer Martinez
  • Pride Superstar 2014 -1
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Not only am I a co-host at this year’s Pride Superstar, I am also bringing backstage interviews and highlights through The PODiMOUTH Podcast!! Check out interviews with some of the contestants and don’t forget to join us every Thursday at 10 at South Beach!! 

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