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1.13 THIS JUST IN!! Carolina Rebellion ~ Another Kickass Summer Destination Festival!

Two-Day Festival Set for May 4 & 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds

 3rd Annual Event Features Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, 3 Doors, & More


An expanded Carolina Rebellion returns May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. After uncharted success in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival has grown to two full days in its third year and will feature more camping and VIP space at its new location. 


Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a dream lineup including Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Device (with David Draiman), Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Aranda, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Tracer, American Fangs and Heaven’s Basement.

The bands listed above will perform on one of the three festival stages: the Monster Energy “Carolina Stage,” the Monster Energy “Rebellion Stage,” and the Jägermeister Stage.  In addition, f.y.e will have a special artist tent where bands will stop by throughout the day to meet fans and sign their CDs.

“After wrapping up our last U.S. tour, we were planning on recharging our batteries for a while, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with the mighty Soundgarden in what will be one of the only shows we’ll play in the U.S. this year,” says Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against.

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat comments, “In Europe and the U.S., we have enjoyed the experiences that come from being a part of the festival environment, just as the fans do. Looking forward to Carolina Rebellion!”

“The ‘Rebels’ spoke and we listened,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “More days, a new venue, huge bands…It’s our mission for Rebellion to be the biggest and best rock festival in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. We have our home at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and can’t wait for May 4 and 5!” 

 Full Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public Friday, February 8 at 10am EST, as do Single Day General Admission tickets, all at Full Weekend tickets will be available starting at $99 plus fees, and Single Day tickets will start at $59.50 plus fees. Parking is included with all tickets.

 To get access to the special internet presale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 6 through Thursday, February 7, go to the Carolina Rebellion Facebook page ( or and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. Those who sign up can purchase the Full Weekend General Admission tickets for just $89 plus fees during the presale only.

 Once again, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, go to

 Carolina Rebellion will feature an even greater variety of Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will also include access to the Friday night campground party. Details for all Camping, Hotel and VIP packages can be found at

 “Holding Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway gives us the ability to create an even better experience for our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival for AEG Live.  “We have more space to expand, easier access in and out, upgraded tent and RV camping opportunities, and lots of participating hotels to cater to our crowd.  But most importantly we’re able to continue to offer incredible value by keeping our ticket prices low while the festival grows in stature each year.”



Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Device (with David Draiman), Young Guns, Otherwise, Aranda, Tracer, Monstro


Soundgarden, Rise Against, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs


 Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, U.S. Army and f.y.e.  Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH. 

 Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord, NC, just outside Charlotte, and less than two hours from Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Visit for directions and additional venue information.

 Carolina Rebellion marks the second event during the 2013 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Right Arm Entertainment, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in five distinct U.S. concert atmospheres: Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. In 2012, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 100 artists playing for more than 200,000 rock music fans across the country on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.  



Twitter: @cRebellion

 Special thanks to Kristine Ashton-Magnuson

1.13 NEW! Pamper Yourself This Valentine’s Day!

Get ready for a romantic night out this Valentine’s Day by treating yourself or your special someone (or better yet, both of you!) to luxurious at-home pampering with these head-to-toe products.

February is the month for love, so love your hair with the Philip B® Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioning Crème and Lovin’ Pomade. Revive and restore your glossy, gorgeous hair and no doubt someone will want to run their fingers through your silky locks…not a bad way to start the evening!

Philip B. Lovin’ Pomade: $26.00

Philip B Lovin’ Leave-in Conditioner: $24


A beautiful blend of luxurious, rare, carefully curated ingredients, Bath & Body Works’ Forever Red Fragrance is the ultimate Valentine’s Day accessory. The scent combines red-inflected notes like Brazilian red pomegranate, fiery marigold, peche de vigne, and the sensual yet delicate red osmanthus for an alluring, feminine effect.   He won’t be able to get enough of you!


Forever Red EDP: $44.50


Forever Red Shower Gel: $18


Forever Red Body Lotion: $20



1.13 NEW!! The Musicians of Hollis Brown ~ The Name, The Talent, The…Marriage?

By Tine Roycroft

Hollis Brown, a band that’s a little bit classic pop, a little bit Americana, and a whole lot of sweet rock n’ roll, is proud to announce the release of their full-length debut album, Ride On The Train, via Alive Records on March 5.  If you’ve yet to grab an earful of these talented boys, get a taste while the album is fresh!

With Mike Montali as lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jon Bonilla as songwriter and guitarist, Mike Graves on drums and Dillon DeVito on the bass, the band delivers melodic sweetness with each song.  They’ve been playing together for a number of years, starting with Montali and Bonilla jamming together in their New York high school and then bringing Graves into the fray after seeing him perform at a shared gig.  The band was completed when Dillon, who moved from Cleveland to NY, joined them.  They had the talent, they just didn’t have a name.

“We were throwing around ideas,” remembers Montali.  “We’re big fans of the Rolling Stones and they got their name from a Muddy Waters’ song.  Finally we said, let’s just find a song title that we can all live with and that happened to be Bob Dylan’s song ‘The Ballad of Hollis Brown.’”

The boys of Hollis Brown, all in their twenties, put their hearts and souls into their first album.  But even with that kind of passion, there were challenges along the way.  According to Montali, one of the hardest songs to perfect was the title track “Ride on The Train.”  The inspiration for the song came as he was riding the New York subway, listening to a Mariachi band playing nearby. 

“We thought [“Ride on The Train”] was really cool, but when we went to record it in Nashville, it just seemed to fall short of our expectations,” Montali says.  With the guidance of producer Adam Landry and a lot of hard work, Hollis Brown got the song to where it needed to be.

“It really took all day and a lot of hard work because we record everything live.  We don’t have the opportunity to overdub or add things in later.  It had to be done on the spot,” Montali says. 

According to the lead guitarist, long days of hard work and intense collaboration are easy for the members of Hollis Brown. 

“First and foremost, we’re friends,” Montali says.  “We’re passionate about this band and playing music.  We make time for it like anything else.  It’s like being married to 3 other people.  We’re very committed and we basically work the rest of our lives around this band.”

And these good-hearted musicians are always ready to give props to bands they like.  According to Montali, right now they’re digging Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo and Middle Brother’s self-titled 2011 debut album.

Hollis Brown will be focusing on their extensive tour schedule for the next couple of months, hitting cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Nashville.  But between gigs, they’ll be writing new songs in the hopes of getting back into the studio before the summer. 

Listen to “Down On Your Luck” now!

Hear “Nightfall” MP3 on Rolling Stone!

Debut LP Ride On The Train Out March 5th via Alive Records

For more info, visit


Special thanks to Dana Cooper of Girlie Action Media

1.13 PulseTECH ~ Give Your “Luver” Something Special from iLuv This Valentine’s Day

iLuv is Showing Customers Some Love By Offering a 20% Discount on All Products! 

iLuv Creative Technology, the premier provider of the most comprehensive line of accessories for today’s mobile lifestyle, is excited to offer Valentine’s Day-inspired cases and accoutermentsfor a variety of mobile devices this February ~ and we’re excited to let you know about them! Since Valentine’s Day is no longer JUST for lovers and romantic dinners or sexy lingerie ~ we all want to find the perfect gift for our bff, parents, siblings, even kids to show that we’re thinking of them on this special day ~ it’s great to find a company who has V-Day specials that will work for all the special people in our lives! iLuv offers a cool selection of products like hip cases, Bluetooth speakers, headphones and earphones…see? Something for everyone on your list!

Felix Kim, Sr. Manager of Global Product Marketing at iLuv Creative Technology, knows that sometimes it’s hard to choose what to give to whom and hopes that the iLuv options below take the anxiety out what should be a fun, happy holiday: “We are excited to be able to offer people this line of Valentine’s Day-inspired cases and accessories. It’s important that on Valentine’s Day people put a lot of thought into making their gift-buying decisions. At iLuv, we care about our customers, and to help make that decision easier for them, we are happy to provide quality products at convenient prices.” 

Those “convenient prices” are a 20% discount on iLuv’s entire product line beginning February 1st and lasting through the big day itself, February 14th. To take advantage of the special V-D offer, use promo code T4JTSB when you’re checking out with your order at or at one of the company’s retail stores.. 

Valentine’s Day inspired cases and accessories include: 

Snoopy Behavior Series Case
Hardshell Case for iPhone 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy S III 

These fun and playful cases are super sleek and customized to fit both the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III. They provide direct access to controls on both devices and have a durable hardshell construction to protect from the daily abuse of an active lifestyle. 



ReF Premium Headphones
Deep Bass On-Ear Headphones w/ Canvas Fabric Exterior

The ReFs were specifically designed to fulfill the growing consumer demand for accessories that are technically AND visually superior.Available in red, black, blue, or white, these headphones meet that demand by combining fashionable elements and premium technology to produce a product that wins approval from fashionistas and techies alike (not an easy feat!). Consumers can plug these headphones into an any iOS device or Smartphone to enjoy hands-free conversation or their favorite track and immerse themselves in the rich, deep bass and precise treble.



Pulse (and of course given the name, this is one of our favorites!)
Dual Layer Protective Case for iPhone 5

This dual-layer case features two different pieces that create an exciting contrast of colors and textures. The first layer covers the sides and back of the phone while maintaining access to all of the phone’s ports and controls. The second layer consists of raised, shock-absorbing ridges that interlock with the first layer to provide extra protection. These layers come in a variety of different colors that can be mixed and matched for a combination that suits every style.


Neon Sound
High Performance Earphones for iPhone/Smartphone/Stereo

You’re going to fall in love with these pink Neon Sound headphones and not want to part with them, so it might be a good idea to order two pairs! The high performance speakers and durable design allow for the ultimate listening experience. Compatible with Smartphones and Apple devices, they include small, medium, and large eartips to give anyone what feels like a custom fit.

Portable Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker 

OK, we said that V-Day isn’t ONLY about romance, but when it is, why not go out all out? Set the mood for a romantic dinner (and, if all goes well, dessert) with the MobiTour Bluetooth wireless speaker. It provides quality sound with extreme portability, so no matter where you and your sweetie are or what kind of music you choose to create that special ambiance, the MobiTour is the perfect option. The high performance speakers provide gr eat audio quality while the rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers extended play. Its compact size is just as convenient as the aux-in that plays almost any audio device. 



More About iLuv

iLuv Creative Technology, the premier provider of the most comprehensive line of accessories for Apple, Samsung and Smartphone devices, rapidly delivers products for today’s discriminating consumers. Since inception, iLuv has amassed a total of 33 prestigious awards ~ including 4 red dot product design awards, 4 prestigious iF Design Awards, 2 Good Design Awards, and 23 CES Innovation Awards. iLuv was also recognized with 1 Global iBrand Top 20 award. These awards serve as [much deserved] recognition for their innovative design and engineering across a range of mobile accessories including headphones, adapters, speakers and chargers. Headquartered in New York, iLuv is a division of jWIN Electronics Corp., a leading consumer electronics company since 1997. All iLuv products are conceived, designed and developed in New York and continue to lead in quality, value, design and innovation. Learn more about their distinctive range of products and why iLuv means “Innovative Lifestyle Unquestionable Value®” (pretty great acronym for Valentine’s Day, right?!) at


 iLuv’s Valentine’s Day inspired accessories are available at and select iLuv retailers.

Follow them on Twitter @iLuv_World or friend them on Facebook at iLuv Creative Technology.

 Special thanks to Abby Forman

1.13 NEW!!! NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, 98 DEGREES AND BOYZ II MEN ~ The Package Tour is Coming!

New Kids on the Block Debut New Single “Remix (I Like The)” Available on Itunes now: Smarturl.It/Nkotbremixlisten

 New Album 10 Dropping April 2nd ~ Check out the teaser at:


Tickets for The Package Tour Go On Sale February 2

Multi-platinum selling New Kids on The Block are gearing up to win over a whole new generation of listeners while reminding those of us who’ve known for decades that they’ve got “the right stuff” just why we still can’t get enough of them ~ The group will release their brand new album 10 on April 2nd (and to give you an idea of the what’s in store, when NKOTB debuted the new single “Remix (I Like The)” on, it created a fan frenzy that crashed Seacrest’s website for over ten minutes!) as a kickoff to their summer headlining tour.  Multi-platinum selling artists 98 Degrees (on their first tour in over 12 years) and Grammy Award winning Boyz II Men (the best-selling R & B group of all time) will be opening The Package Tour.


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Fans caught wind of secret studio sessions and have been clamoring for information after rumors spread about the 2013 plans of new music and a possible tour. After officially announcing the good news on The View, NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men set out on a day long media blitz stopping by outlets like Access Hollywood, CNN, E!, ET, EXTRA, OMG! Insider, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, US Weekly and Rolling Stone. Social media has been abuzz ever since the official reveal with no signs of slowing down.  All three groups were phenomenally popular from the moment they each appeared on the music scene, and the anticipation of their return to the stage proves that they have true staying power.

“Ladies, we’re coming for you,” said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. “This is going to be the craziest year yet ~ the single, the album, the tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men … We can’t wait to give fans The Package!”

“We are really excited to get back on the road together and tour with our friends in NKOTB and Boyz II Men. Looking forward to playing our hits and trying out some of our new tracks too,” said 98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey.

“We couldn’t be more excited to join New Kids on The Block and 98 Degrees on The Package Tour.  This summer is going to be fun and fans will not want to miss it,” said Shawn Stockman, one of the Boyz. Wanya Morris agreed, saying, “This has been in the works for a while… The Package is on its way, and we’re going to deliver.” Added Nate Morris, “We plan on bringing it, mark your calendars.”

Please visit or for up-to-date information or join the discussion at #thepackagetour.


The Package Tour Local Dates

May 31                 Uncasville, CT                    Mohegan Sun Arena

June 2                   Boston, MA                        TD Garden