West Coast Contributing Editor - THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine
A tenured veteran of the music industry, Rob is the founder and CEO of 1888 Media in Los Angeles. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry, working both at major and independent labels having managed and directed sales, marketing (tour, street, internet, 3rd party), publicity, A&R, advertising, production, graphic design, web design, packaging, business development, digital distribution, legal, licensing, publishing & royalties.
Rob enjoys writing about music and the business of music. You can find more of his original content regularly at Matrix To A Muse.
With three decades of storied history, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kevin Lee continues to inspire generations as one of the best big-hook, power pop songwriters in the business. Flanked by his incredible band, The Kings, Lee recently released Sticks & Stones on Sigus Records. With an infectious sound of modern pop/rock packed with big guitars, indelible hooks, and soaring vocal harmonies, the songs deliver the kind of car-radio magic that turn winter nights into summer bright. Tracks like “On Top of the World,” “Tell the Truth,” the Tom Petty-esque, “All We Have Is Now,” and the ultra-catchy “Hold On to Yourself Tonight,” remind you of why you loved rock and roll in the first place. Ahead of some summer live dates and an upcoming performance at Joe's Live in Rosemont, IL to benefit Lurie Children's Hospital, our writers caught up with Kevin to talk a little bit about the new album, the music business and the Chicago sound.
The ONE THOUSAND MILES TOUR featuring Hoobastank, OLDCODEX, Against The Current, [Nagoya, Osaka only], and coldrain [Tokyo only] kicks off later this month in Japan. Presented by H.I.P., tickets for all shows are on-sale now, with full details listed below. I will be in Japan representing The Rock Father™ Magazine and look forward to checking out the tour first hand.
I know I tend to always overthink
But tonight it’s as simple as this
All I need is a lovely little lonely kiss
I have a friend who’s always playing bands I’ve never heard of, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The 1975, Acceptance, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Bad Suns, and State Champs, to name a few. Ok, so I've heard of The 1975 and Jimmy Eat World but never listened to any of their music until she mentioned how much she loved them. I respect her opinion and want to understand the world through her lens.
Following the worldwide success of her breakthrough music videos, “Earthquake,’ and “Young Hearts,” which both topped the YouTube charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Italy, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Em Rossi premiered her latest single, “Empty Space,” on February 7 via Huffington Post.
The eleventh of January welcomed the return of the most rad thing to do on hump day night, Soundcheck Live at Lucky Strike. On parade every Wednesday, Soundcheck Live, at Hollywood & Highland, offers a rotating platform for artists of all musical divinations to give unique interpretations of the music that shaped them.
This month, Japanese pop/rock band, ONE OK ROCK is set to hit North America hard with the U.S. release of Ambitions, their eighth album overall and first for Fueled By Ramen. Hitting the streets on January 13, the U.S. edition includes a track featuring Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, while the Japanese version (out 1/11 via A-Sketch) features a duet with Avril Lavigne. Both versions feature Five Seconds of Summer making a guest appearance on the album closer, "Take What You Want." To celebrate the release, ONE OK ROCK will be performing a short, six-date North American Tour from 1/15-1/24. Check out music and dates below...