Thursday, January 02 2014 11:43

SIDNEY YORK prepares for the release of HEARTS...

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So, last July, I'm headed for the exit at McCormick Place in Chicago when a rep from Daily's Cocktails snags me and tells me that there's something I need to see... a "free concert," she tells me. I've got time, so I follow her lead into a cavernous ballroom (this place is massive) where the name SIDNEY YORK is displayed on projection screens. I made my way to the front, and took a seat at a table near the stage. What was missing here was a crowd, and that's a shame, but the problem was... no one seemed to know that this concert was about to take place, despite it being held at BlogHer '13, a convention that was being attended by thousands of bloggers, most of which were female, as the name implies. 

Sidney York at BlogHer 13Fronted by the duo of opera singer Brandi Sidoryk and bassoonist Krista Wodelet, SIDNEY YORK is the band behind the catchy, whistle-riffic "Dick & Jane" that's been featured in the Daily's ad campaign. I dug the performance (during which I was pegged as the "token man" by Wodelet), it's indie rock goodness infused with everything from fuzzy bass to french horn, ukulele, and synth. I ended up buying a copy of their 2011 album, APOCALYPTIC RADIO CYNIC (Amazon | iTunes), and while I might be featuring the band in my "For Grownups" section, my little Rock Daughters love it, too.

Watch: "Cold in Here" from APOCALYPTIC RADIO CYNIC -

Sidney York - <3s Volume 1Now comes word that SIDNEY YORK is prepping the release of their new album, <3s (Hearts), which, like the new BLUE STAHLI record, is being released in volumes over the course of time. <3s will be released two songs at a time, both digitally and on 7" vinyl. If you'd like a tiny preview, head over to Amazon where you can stream clips of the first two tracks, "Hearts" and "Electrolove," both of which will be available starting January 14th as <3s Vol. 1.

Subscription options will be available on the band's official website starting this coming Monday.

Additionally, SIDNEY YORK has tour dates starting to roll out, with dates in Western Canada and the US Northwest beginning this month.

Vancouver, BC - Tuesday, January 7
Seattle, WA - Wednesday, January 8
Spokane, WA - Thursday, January 9
Moscow, ID - Friday, January 10
Eugene, OR - Saturday, January 12
Portland, OR - Tuesday, January 14
Ashland, OR - Wednesday, January 15
Lethbridge, AB - Saturday, January 25
Edmonton, AB - Monday, January 27
Regina, SK - Tuesday, January 28
Calgary, AB - Wednesday, January 29
Kelowna, BC - Thursday, January 30
Kamloops, BC - Friday, January 31
Cleveland, OH - Saturday, February 15
Toronto, ON - Sunday, February 16
Red Deer, AB - Thursday, February 27
Lloydminster, SK - Friday, February 28

PS: Would you like to watch the full SIDNEY YORK performance from BlogHer '13? Well, you can. 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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