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Onkyo Unveils Two New Headphones Designed For iOS

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

ONKYO UNVEILS TWO STUNNING NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE HEADPHONES TO PARTNER iOS DEVICES

ONKYO EXPANDS HEADPHONE RANGE WITH iOS COMPATIBLE ES-CTI300 ON-EAR AND IN-EAR MODELS

Users of Apple mobile devices can now enjoy award-winning Onkyo headphone sound with the convenience of inline controls and mic to make on-the-fly playback adjustments and phone calls easy.

The ES-CTI300 on-ear and IE-CTI300 in-ear headphones retain the same brilliant design and specification as the existing four-model range but add a detachable oxygen-free 6N copper cable with iOS-Certified controls. Two versions of the on-ear type will be available. The ES-CTI300(SS) sports a striking silver finish with premium leatherette earpads while the ES-CTI300(BS) features a black finish with matching earpads. All CTI300 model headphones come with a silver (transparent) tangle-resistant cable.

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The slim three-button cable control offers play/pause, track selection, call accept/reject, and volume functionality and includes a sensitive microphone for clean and clear communication. It’s compatible with almost all current and legacy iPod, iPhone, and iPad models.

When it came to designing its new headphone line, Onkyo invested almost 70 years’ engineering experience into translating its signature sound into a portable format, while attempting to replicate the look and feel of its reference hi-fi components. With liberal use of aluminum and clean, stylish lines, both the on-ear and in-ear models successfully introduce high-quality sound to products that are beautifully finished and comfortable to wear.

At the heart of the ES-CTI300 on-ear headphones are two 40 mm titanium drivers backed by high-capacity bass chambers encased in lightweight, non-resonant aluminum ear-cups. Combined with the super-conductive 6N cable, a full, pure, and highly detailed sound is produced. Bass response is satisfyingly punchy with the brilliantly clear mid-range sure to win the heart of discerning hi-fi enthusiasts.

CTI In Ear

The IE-CTI300 headphones, meanwhile, use a wide-range 14.3 mm dynamic driver and aluminum/ABS hybrid enclosures to create an engaging and musical performance. Vocals and other mid-range instruments are given plenty of space to breathe. Neutral, but not without personality, these headphones are very light and comfortable to wear and make an ideal partner for iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

Like all Onkyo headphone models, the ES-CTI300 and IE-CTI300 feature detachable cables with gold-plated MMCX connectors and reinforced, gold-plated stereo plugs, allowing users to easily replace a damaged cable rather than a complete set of headphones

With a total of three main cable options now available (including flat tangle-free elastomer, one-piece 6N copper, and 6N copper with inline control), Onkyo has a portable sound solution for anyone seeking an authentic hi-fi experience on the go.

The ES-CTI200 and IE-CTI300 will both be available in December and have suggested retail prices of $199 and $149 respectively.

Onkyo also recently announced an innovative, free HF Player app that enables playback of high-resolution audio files while granting users unprecedented control over how their music sounds. The free, full-featured audio player app features an intuitive interface that includes album artwork display, playback controls, and an organizational structure that will be familiar to any iOS user. Once the app has been pointed to the device’s music library via a synch with an iTunes®-equipped computer (an auto synch function is included), the user can start exploring the benefits of the phase-linear FIR equalizer, which offers 16,384 discrete bands of equalization with zero loss in audio quality. The user simply shapes their desired frequency curve with a finger on the touchscreen to manipulate bass, mid-bass, mid-range, and treble response. Presets may be created to suit a particular musical genre, artist, album, or pair of headphones and can be saved, swapped, and loaded in moments.

About Onkyo:  

Since 1946, Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to create award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on.

Onkyo is a trailblazing force in the home entertainment industry, anticipating market trends with intelligent, user-focused products. This new release joins a stable of acclaimed audio and A/V components, and will introduce more music lovers to the iconic Onkyo sound.

audio ‘stache: Big B Strikes Gold With New Album

Big B’s latest album Fools Gold features collaborations with The Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, P!NK, Butch Walker, and many more.  

big b fools goldJuly 9th marks the release date for Fool’s Gold, the latest album by Las Vegas-based singer/rapper Big B. Released on Suburban Noize Records, the album features appearances from Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, and many others. It is currently streaming on MSN.com and on last.fm.

For Fool’s Gold, Big B‘s sixth studio album, he is upping the ante by delivering his most heartfelt album yet.  

“I put a lot of heart and soul into this record and the last few years have been pretty hard on me for various reasons,” he says. “This record was my way of getting it all out and turning it all into a positive thing. I just wanted to make good songs that people can have a good time listening to. “

Fool’s Gold features musical collaborations with members of legendary punk outfits NOFX and Pennywise, as well as a songwriting collaboration with Grammy winner Pink on the single “Here Comes the Lightning.” The end result is a collection of songs that are just as contagious as Big B‘s thuggish charm. With the entire music industry focused on finding the next huge star on reality television, Big B has taken a back-to-basics approach on “Fool’s Gold” and filled it with fun spirited songs that can fit into any music lover’s playlist. The album is rich is musical diversity and is cleverly inventive, as Big B seamlessly bridges the gap between rock, hip-hop, and alternative.

 Big B is currently on the road as part of the Cabin By the Sea tour with Dirty Heads and The Expendables. From there, he will embark on Redlight King’s “Ones to Watch” tour, which will run through August. Tour dates can be found below.

BIG B TOUR DATES:

Cabin by the Sea Tour feat. Big B, Dirty Heads & The Expendables
07/09 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
07/11 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
07/12 – Denver, CO – Exdo Event Center
07/15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/16 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
07/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
07/24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert
07/26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
07/28 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre

Ones to Watch Tour w/Redlight King & Icon for Hire
08/01 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
08/02 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
08/03 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
08/06 – Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room at HOB
08/07 – Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock at HOB
08/09 – Shreveport, LA – Strange Brew
08/10 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at HOB
08/11 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
08/13 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
08/14 – Knoxville, TN – NV Nightclub
08/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
08/17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
08/20 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
08/21 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
08/23 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter at St. Andrew’s Hall
08/24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
08/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Studio B at Skyway Theatre
08/27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

big b fools goldBig B OnlineOfficial Website | Facebook | Twitter

Purchase Fool’s Gold: iTunes | Amazon

audio ‘stache: MALINA MOYE Finds The Groove With “K-YOTIC”

June 25, 2013 13 comments

The new single from guitar goddess Malina Moye features the legendary Bootsy Collins.

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Malina Moye shreds on the guitar and flips funk grooves with equal amounts of skill. The first single from her upcoming album,Rock ‘n Roll Baby, is called “K-Yotic,” and it joins her with Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins. The song will be released on all digital platforms 7/30, with the Rock ‘n Roll Baby album to be released early 2014 on  WCE Records, Distributed by BDG/ RED Distribution, LLC (a division of SONY Music Entertainment).

“K-Yotic” has a Zeppelin vibe with urban undertones that has Moye poised to showcase a new generation of rock. About the song, Malina says “With ‘K-Yotic,’ I wanted to capture the raw energy of rock and the power of funk, but maintain a current, radio friendly vibe. I feel everyone has a situation in their life that is chaotic. When I wrote the song, I was going through mine.”

Stream “K-Yotic” on Soundcloud here

Malina Moye 2013 Tour Dates:

6/27/13: Piacenza Festival (Piacenza, Italy)
6/28/13: Rapperswil Fest (Rapperswil, Switzerland)
7/6/13: Vache De Blues (Villerupt, France)
7/7/13: Club Montmartre (Brussels, Belgium)
7/13/13 Goodwood Fest of Speed (West Sussex, UK)
7/14/13 Goodwood Fest of Speed (West Sussex, UK)
7/17/13 Magic Fest (Giumaglio, Switzerland)
7/27/13 Rhynoferock Festival (Pernes Les Fontaines, France)
8/12/13 Umag Fest (Umag, Croatia)

Malina Moye online: Official Site | Facebook | Twitter

audio ‘stache: TOMMY & THE HIGH PILOTS Release New Album ‘Only Human’

May 28, 2013 1 comment

Only Human is out today on Redbird Records and is streaming now on ARTISTdirect and MSN Listening Booth.

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Santa Barbara quartet Tommy & The High Pilots release their new full-length album Only Human today May 28th on Redbird Records. The 10-song set is united by frontman Tommy Cantillon’s bold vocal range and themes of perseverance, redemption and humanity.

Last week ARTISTdirect exclusively premiered Only Human and starting today MSN Listening Booth is offering a full album stream of Only Human all this week.

 STREAM: Tommy & The High Pilots, Only Human  on ARTISTdirect
STREAM: Tommy & The High Pilots, Only Human on MSN Listening Booth
WATCH: Tommy & The High Pilots, Outta My Head on VEVO

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Only Human Tracklisting:
1. Get Up
2. Outta My Head
3. Devil To Pay
4. Broken Down
5. Only Human
6. Here In My Hands
7. Young & Hungry
8. Somebody Make A Move
9. Innocent
10. Painted Cave

 

 

 

 

Click here for the interactive ThingLink flyer and embed code  

MTV Buzzworthy exclusively premiered Tommy & The High Pilots’ music video for the first single off of Only Human,  “Outta My Head” which showcases the band’s colorful dance party moves. The video can always be viewed on the band’s YouTube Channel.

The band will perform at SoHo on May 31st in their hometown Santa Barbara, CA with additional Summer tour dates to be announced on June 4th performing in cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, New York, Dallas and more!

Tommy & The High Pilots are Tommy Cantillon (vocals/guitar), Michael Cantillon (keys), Steve Libby (bass), and Matt Palermo (drums). Only Human was helmed by a trio of prolific producers – Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Train) Jason McEntire (Son Volt, Ha Ha Tonka) and Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo).

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audio ‘stache: Big B Premieres “Here Comes The Lightning”, Co-Written with P!nk

May 9, 2013 2 comments

Listen to “Here Comes The Lightning”, co-written with P!nk and Butch Walker,  from Big B’s forthcoming album, Fool’s Gold, scheduled for release on July 9th.

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Big B has officially released his new single “Here Comes The Lightning”, which was co-written by pop superstar P!nk and producer Butch Walker, online at ArtistDirect.com. The track is the lead single from Big B’s new album Fool’s Gold, which is scheduled for a July 9th release through Suburban Noize Records. It will be available for digital purchase on Tuesday, May 15th.

“Here Comes the Lightning” : ArtistDirect Premiere| YouTube Link

“P!nk is a good friend of mine and we always wanted to do something together, but the timing never worked out because of her insane schedule,” says Big B. “For this album everything just worked out as she had the time to work on a track together with Butch Walker. It was cool mesh my writing style with theirs, and the song we created together turned out to be one of my favorite songs on the record.”

Big B‘s new album Fool’s Gold features musical collaborations with Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, and members of legendary punk outfits NOFX and Pennywise. The end result is a collection of songs that are just as contagious as Big B‘s thuggish charm. With the entire music industry focused on finding the next huge star on reality television, Big B has taken a back-to-basics approach on Fool’s Gold and filled it with fun spirited songs that can fit into any music lover’s playlist. The album is rich is musical diversity and is cleverly inventive, as Big B seamlessly bridges the gap between rock, hip-hop, and alternative.

Fans can catch Big B on tour this summer with The Dirty Heads and The Expendables on the Cabin By The Sea Tour throughout June and July.

BIG B TOUR DATES:
06/21 – Austin, TX – The Belmont
06/22 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
06/23 – Jacksonville, FL -Free Bird Live
06/24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
06/25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
06/26 – North Myrtle Beach, FL – House of Blues
06/28 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
06/30 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
07/02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
07/08 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
07/09 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
07/11 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
07/12 – Denver, CO – Exdo Event Center
07/15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/16 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
07/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
07/24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert
07/26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
07/28 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre

Big B Online: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

audio ‘stache: The BLACK STAR RIDERS Radio Interview with Eddie Trunk that Every Thin Lizzy Fan Needs to Hear

April 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Vocalist Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson sat down with Eddie Trunk of SiriusXM to talk  about joining members of the legendary band, Thin Lizzy, to create the rock world’s latest super group, Black Star Riders.

Black Star Riders

Last week, BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson dropped in on Eddie Trunk at SiriusXM Radio’s HQ while in New York City on a promotional tour for their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose – due out in North America on May 28th.  The result was the definitive live radio interview covering the historical context and each band member’s history leading to the creation of the rock world’s latest super group: BLACK STAR RIDERS.

Click here to listen to the audio interview in its entirety on the Nuclear Blast Soundcloud page.

ABOUT BLACK STAR RIDERS:  In 2012, the touring members of THIN LIZZY began to seriously consider utilizing the vast songwriting talent within the band and spoke of it freely in the press. When THIN LIZZY drummer Brian Downey and keyboardist Darren Wharton bowed out of a new album and the subsequent tours to support it, the remaining members decided to band together under the BLACK STAR RIDERS name allowing them to forge forward from – yet informed by – the historical legacy that the THIN LIZZY name is infused with.

The BLACK STAR RIDERS line-up features THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth).  Produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), their first studio album All Hell Breaks Loose features cover artwork by Gil Elvgren– the most renowned pin-up artist in the history of American Illustration.

The “Bound For Glory” single can be purchased on iTunes here, and watch the lyric video below!

 

Hear the backstory and watch Ricky & Damon’s acoustic performance of “Bound For Glory” for The Orchard’s Stairwell Series here: http://youtu.be/KjUSSKnrX1w

The track listing for All Hell Breaks Loose is:

1. All Hell Breaks Loose
2. Bound For Glory
3. Kingdom Of The Lost
4. Bloodshot
5. Kissin’ The Ground
6. Hey Judas
7. Hoodoo Voodoo
8. Valley Of The Stones
9. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track “Right To Be Wrong” and a “Making of” DVD.

Purchase “Bound For Glory” iTunes

Follow Black Star Riders Online: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

audio ‘stache: UGLY KID JOE is Back With “Stairway to Hell”

April 16, 2013 6 comments

Stairway to Hell, the platinum-selling hard rock band Ugly Kid Joe’s first album in over 15 years, is streaming  on AOL Music and MSN Music all week.

ugly kid joe bigIt’s been a long time since rock legends Ugly Kid Joe have released an album, but the wait has ended.The California band’s critically acclaimed EP, Stairway to Hell, is being released today through MRI, and it contains songs that span the full repertoire of influences that made Ugly Kid Joe the soundtrack for young snowboarders, surfers, and keggers worldwide.

The first video from Stairway to Hell, “I’m Alright,” has been racking up the YouTube hits since its release earlier this year. Stairway to Hell is streaming all week on AOL Music’s Listening Party as well as MSN Music’s Listening Booth.

Stairway to Hell: AOL Listening Party | MSN Listening Booth

 

Ugly Kid Joe is:

Whitfield Crane (vocals)
Cordell Crockett (bass)
Klaus Eichstadt (guitars)
Dave Forman (guitars)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

Stairway to Hell track listing:

Devil’s Paradise
You Make Me Sick
No One Survives
I’m Alright
Love Ain’t True
Another Beer
Cat In the Cradle (acoustic)
Would You Like To Be There (acoustic)
No One Survives (acoustic)
EPK (video)*
It’s Alright (video)*

*bonus content on the physical CD only.

ugly kid joe bigPurchase Stairway to HellAmazon | iTunes   

Ugly Kid Joe online: Official Website Facebook Twitter