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DEAD SARA to Perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers

The band will also be performing their new single “Something Good” for the first time on national television on April 1st on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

DEAD SARA PREMIERE NEW TRACK “SOMETHING GOOD”

Dead Sara has revealed a brand new track “Something Good” from their highly anticipated forthcoming album “Pleasure To Meet You.”

The track premiered on NYLON.com and is now available to purchase as an instant-grat on iTunes here.

Dead Sara To Go Out On A Mini- Tour

Dead Sara will be headlining at the following venues:

3/15/15 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
3/16/15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
3/21/15 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
3/22/15 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
3/24/15 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/25/15 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
3/27/15 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
3/28/15 – Charlotte, NC – The Chop Shop
3/31/15 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
4/03/15 – COLUMBUS, OH – The Basement
4/04/15 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Birdy’s Live
4/06/15 – OMAHA, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
4/07/15 – DES MOINES, IA – Wooly’s
4/09/15 – KANSAS CITY, MO – The Riot Room
4/10/15 – KNOXVILLE, TN – Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival

“Heart-Shaped Box” By Dead Sara Wins Best “Song, Original or Adapted” At The NAVGTR Annual Awards

Heart-Shaped Box” by Dead Sara (Cover of original Nirvana Song) won an award for best “Song, Original or Adapted” at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) 14th annual awards program. To see full press release and awards click HERE

Get Your Copy at iTunes: Dead Sara – Heart Shaped Box

HSB Award  Image courtesy of the Deadicated UK

The DEADicated (Dead Sara Fan Club) have sites all around the world.

Find Your Site and join them here: TheDeadicated.net

Dead Sara To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Lake Tahoe NV

Dead Sara will perform at Lake Tahoe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vinyl music venue Saturday February 21st 2015

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Mona Lisa – Dead Sara

New Dead Sara Video from soon to be released Second Album: Pleasure To Meet You

Preorder now at PledgeMusic.com/deadsara

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Pre-order Dead Sara New Album “Pleasure To Meet You”

Pre-order our new album “Pleasure To Meet You” coming out late March 2015 now At PledgeMusic!!

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Hard Rockers Dead Sara Announce Pre-Order on PledgeMusic

Los Angeles Dec 22, 2014 – Hard rock band Dead Sara, a female-fronted breakout act from Los Angeles, known for their single “Weatherman” from their eponymous self-titled debut album, have announced a pre-order with PledgeMusic. The band chose to work with PledgeMusic to deepen their engagement with fans as they release new music. The new album will be released on February 10th 2015 on the band’s own label, Pocket Kid Records.

The band, consisting of Emily Armstrong (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sean Friday (drums, backing vocals), Siouxsie Medley (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Null (bass guitar, backing vocals), have received widespread attention for creating some of the most power rock songs to hit the radio in recent years. Dead Sara have been praised by musical icons such as Grace Slick, Courtney Love and Dave Grohl, and have opened for Muse.

Fans using PledgeMusic’s direct-to-fan platform will be the first to receive a digital download of the album as well as unlock a variety of bonus content including footage from the studio, photos from shows and exclusive announcements – just for pledgers.

Items and experiences with the band, only available on PledgeMusic, are offered to fans including handwritten lyric sheets, signed drum heads, a Skype chat with the band, a day on the rides at Disneyland with Dead Sara, the actual smashed guitar from a memorable moment at their El Rey show… all the way up to a private house concert for a lucky fan. Pledge now at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/deadsara

Lead vocalist Emily Armstrong said, “The last year has been a crazy ride for us, and our fans have stuck with us through it all.  Working with PledgeMusic gives us the chance to bring our fans into the process of making this album that we are so proud of.  We can’t wait to share the new music with everyone.”

PledgeMusic is the world’s leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience while interacting with PledgeMusic’s global community of music fans.

PledgeMusic artists and President & founder Benji Rogers are available for interviews.

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Pocket Kid Records Announces Extended Distribution Contract with INgrooves Music Group

Pocket Kid Records, signed an extended and amended three year distribution contract with INgrooves Music Group (formerly Fontana Distribution LLC). INgrooves Music Group offers a unique opportunity for Dead Sara, signed to Pocket Kid Records, with its distribution platform which now includes worldwide distribution of digital and physical product and integration with PledgeMusic.

INgrooves Music Group will distribute Dead Sara’s second album worldwide around April of 2015. “We are looking forward to this extended relationship with INgrooves Music Group, one of the strongest, most innovative distribution companies in the business today”, stated Pocket Kid Records’ president Robert Bryan.

Additionally, Pocket Kid Records is in negotiations with a Major Label partner for Dead Sara’s third album. Pocket Kid Records’ president, Robert Bryan, stated:”We are close to finalizing a contract with a Major Label partner for Dead Sara’s third album. We are very excited as this relationship will be a good fit for a rock band like Dead Sara. We have agreed on all major points and anticipate finalizing the deal before the end of the year”.

Dead Sara – West Coast Mini Tour

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Live Fast Mag – Interview With Emily Armstrong Of Dead Sara

Interview Series: Dead Sara

Vocals that stay embedded within your brain plus a strong melody to get your pulse racing. Rock and roll nostalgia floods your memory. You think of classic rock, you think of The Runaways, you think of past music icons and you become grateful for this musical revival. Dead Sara is a band that has a unique sound – one you can’t quite typecast to any ordinary genre.

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We recently had a chat with Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong about the (continued here)

Dead Sara To Perform At Aftershock Festival in Sacramento 9/13/14

Dead Sara will be performing at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento CA on September 13, 2014

Here is a chance to get another preview of some of their new songs

Get tickets on Ticketmaster here:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Dead-Sara-tickets/artist/1478615

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Dead Sara Performs At Marc By Marc Jacobs LA Bash

 

Read more here: Marc By Marc Jacobs Bash

Dead Sara To Perform At Pershing Square In Los Angeles

Dead Sara – July 19th Be There! (Get a preview of some new material!)

Free Summer Concerts: 2014 Pershing Square Downtown Stage Summer Concert Series
The 2014 Pershing Square Downtown Stage Summer Concert Series is here!

Saturday Nights, 8PM -11PM

Six weeks of FREE entertainment

Pershing Square – 532 S. Olive St, Los Angeles 90013

JULY 12th – THE ORCHESTRA (Starring former members of ELO) and WHO’S YOUR DADDY.

JULY 19th – DEAD SARA and TONIC

JULY 26th – WHEN IN ROME, MISSING PERSONS and INFORMATION SOCIETY

AUGUST 2nd – SURVIVOR and LOU GRAMM (The Voice of Foreigner)

AUGUST 9th – STAN RIDGWAY and THE ENGLISH BEAT

AUGUST 16th – THE ORIGINAL WAILERS and DREAD ZEPPELIN

Dead Sara To Perform At Bunbury Music Festival Cincinnati, July 11, 2014

Dead Sara will be performing at the Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH. July 11.

Get a preview of some of their new music.

Dead Sara To Headline Three LA Shows During May 2014

Dead Sara to headline three LA shows in May. 

Get a preview of their new songs!

The Echo       -5/6/14   SOLD OUT

The Bootleg  -5/14/14 SOLD OUT

The Satellite -5/21/14 SOLD OUT

Dead Sara’s “Lemon Scent” Video #5 of Top 10 Videos For Year 2013 – Loudwire.com

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Dead Sara Cover for inFAMOUS Second Son – Heart Shaped Box / Nirvana

Like Nirvana?

Well here is a Dead Sara cover of Heart Shaped Box

they did for Sony’s  new inFAMOUS Second Son Video Game

Here is the “official Playstation trailer”

The complete song is played over the credits

Here the compete “unplugged” acoustic version here:

Both Versions are available on iTunes HERE

Dead Sara Kills It at The El Rey

photo by Chelsea Lauren

 

DEAD SARA | EL REY THEATER | MAY 9, 2013

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I can’t remember the last time I was in a mosh pit. In fact… if I’m remembering correctly … the last true mosh pit I was in was for a Let’s Go Bowling show back, back, back in the day. Like… back in my ska days when I used to wear khakis with suspenders, a wife beater and my Doc Martins. On May 9, 2013, I went to see Dead Sara, and for the first time in forever, I found myself reliving my youthful abandon, smack dab in what was perhaps one of the most intense concert experiences I’ve had in a while.

Sometime last year, driving in my car, I heard a hard, rocking song with some bad-ass female vocals on the radio called “Weatherman”.  After the song ended, the disc jockey said that the name of the band was Dead Sara.  I hardly listen to terrestrial radio these days, but god bless the ways of old, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have heard about the band.

Later that week, before a blind date, I went to Amoeba Records to pick up a copy of their self-titled, debut, full-length album. The chick I was with was a musician who was into hard, classic rock, so I decided to play the album for her on our way to dinner to she what she thought.

The album was very, very good.  It was so much more intense than other female fronted rock bands that have been releasing albums recently.  It’s a no holds barred album. Intense power rock but at the same time extremely vulnerable. The lead singer’s (Emily Armstrong) voice is filled with such strength and passion (plus it sounds pretty!) which contrasts the steady lead guitar riffs of Siouxsie Medley, and made me recall another female rock duo … Heart, anyone?  But Dead Sara’s rock is much more blistering than Heart’s.  It’s the kind of music that boils the adrenaline in the veins … even with the vulnerable sensitive songs.

About half way through the album, my date suggested that she wasn’t feeling the music as much as I was, and that kind of put a damper on the date, because …. Well … I’m a music snob, and I didn’t understand why she didn’t like the album as much as I did.  I told her that I’d call her sometime … I didn’t.

When I got home from the date, I went online to see when they’d be performing.  I assumed, since they are Los Angeles based, they would be playing some gigs locally.  But when I logged on to their website, there were a bunch of dates having them open up for Muse at large venues (in Los Angeles, The Staples Center).  Muse? Seriously?

I’m not a Muse fan.  They were hyped as a headliner for Coachella one year, but when I saw them perform then, it was soooo not my thing, that I left to catch another act.  Muse’s single, at the time, was “Madness” and that song reminded me of Savage Garden. Nope. As much as I wanted to see Dead Sara perform, I wasn’t going to buy a ticket for Muse to see them do a short opening set from the rafters of the Staples Center. “C’est la vie,” I thought. Maybe some other time.  I followed their Facebook page, and life went on.

Months later, I get a Facebook “notification” that Dead Sara was playing the El Rey theater.  Now, THAT was more my speed.  Immediately, I got online and purchased tickets. Glad I did it that day, as tickets for the show sold out. From then, I waited.

IMG_1051It was my buddy’s Steve’s birthday, so I invited him to join me for the show.  He was coming from rehearsing for a gig (opening for Motorhead at Nokia Live!!), so I told him that I would either be outside hanging out or waiting in line for merchandise.  While I was outside in the patio area, I noticed someone who looked vaguely familiar. Holy shit.  It was Siouxsie and … what’s his name … uhh … the drummer … lol.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know the drummers name (it’s Sean Friday), but they didn’t seemed bothered by it.  I told them how long I had waited to see them perform, and they were cool enough to let me snap a group shot to post on Instagram.

I left them alone to handle their business, and I went over to the merch line to pick up a limited edition 7’’ release of their  newest single “Lemon Scent”.  I’m glad I got in line early for merchandise, as the line for merch was LONG.  So long, that I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get the vinyl treasure I wanted.  My buddy met me in line, and after purchasing the merch and as soon as the prior act had finished their set, we decided to try to get as close up front as we could.  We got about 5-7 rows from the front, and we waited.  Every minute we waited, we could feel the crowd slowly pushing up against our backs.  That was sign.  A sign that it was about to get pretty nuts.

Found this pic online. So Badass.
Found this pic online. So Badass. (c) Brian Bowen Smith (@brianbowensmith)

When the band took the stage, they started the set with a mellow song called “Sorry For It All”.  After that, fireworks.  Dead Sara lit the fuse with “Test My Patience” and that fire burned scalding through “I Said You Were Lucky”. I know how that fire burned.  I was in the middle of the mosh pit as soon as it erupted.  For 15-20 minutes straight, I was lost in aggressive moshing. My “technique” for fending off people that were going really crazy came back to me, and I was able to float around an area with a radius of about 3 feet.

Thank god, Dead Sara broke up the intensity with “Face to Face”.  After that three song stint of mosh songs, my shirt was drenched with sweat and I’m sure I got a few bruises along the way.  I assessed what other really hard songs would lead to moshing, and I could only think of “Weatherman” so I stayed where I was, figuring that I would make my way towards the edges later in their set.  By the way, I had no idea where my buddy was.  I guess he couldn’t hang. Lol.

Dead Sara’s album is good.  Watching them perform is better. I spent my time in awe of Emily’s live vocals and the connection the whole band had with the audience.  The performance reached a high point when Emily absolutely DESTROYED her guitar on stage.  It totally felt right.  From there, the band went on to perform Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of”.  If Zac and Emily squared off, I’d put my money on Emily.

After the set, my buddy and kicked it a while afterwards.  He actually knew some people there and was shooting the shit. Me, I was waiting to see if a bid I placed on a one-of-kind autographed, painted, concert poster won out.  It didn’t.

IMG_1118When we were kicked out of the El Rey, we hung out in front just to decompress.  Sean and Chris Null (the bassist) were moving equipment, and- being always prepared- I asked them to sign the LP and the poster I had picked up.  Since I had two signatures, I had to wait for Emily and Siouxsie, right?  Patience pays off, as they soon followed, and I was able to snag signatures from the entire band. If you want to check out some other music treasure of mine, click through on this link.

If anything, watching Dead Sara at the El Rey proved three things in my eyes: (i) I fall in infatuation to easily with chicks who can shred an axe, (ii) Dead Sara is a female-fronted rock band that can melt your face off, and kick you in the ass, and is here to stay, and (iii) yes, you need to see them live … just make sure you invite me to come with.

Set list is below.  My video clips from the show are below as well.

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  1. Sorry for It All
  2. Test on My Patience
  3. Monumental Holiday
  4. I Said You Were Lucky
  5. Face to Face
  6. Dear Love
  7. Feeling Empty
  8. Whispers & Ashes
  9. Lemon Scent
  10. Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover) (Freedom Outro)

Encore

  1. Blue Was the Feeling For You
  2. Weatherman

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This is the first version of their concert tour poster opening for Muse. Four additional dates were added to this version. The poster is on thick paper stock, perhaps archival paper.

Dead Sara To Do Three More Shows With MUSE

Dead Sara will replace Biffy Clyro in E. Rutherford, NJ (4/19) and Montreal, QC (4/23 and 4/24).

Biffy Clyro was forced to cut short their North American tour with Muse and return to the UK immediately, as Simon Neil has been struggling with a serious respiratory problem.

Get well soon Simon!

 

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