Friday, April 7, 2017

Tripp Denom Releases New EP “The Funktional Addict”

Get the rolling papers, lighter, and get ready for an experience! On April 21, 2017, rising artist, Tripp O.K.C. feat K-Buck & Captain Atlanta" or “Coupe Life (Smoke & Ride Mix)”. It is very apparent that Tripp Denom has added so much substance into this 7-track collection that "The Funktional Addict” is much more than an EP… It’s a trippy experience. "Stoner Indie" is the self-proclaimed genre in which he operates. His music is a natural blend of Hip-Hop and R&B and Funk with nodes of style from multiple genres. His tracks have a sense of longevity, the type of music that you can keep coming back to and it will mean something different every time.

Denom, will finally release his new smoked-out EP titled "The Funktional Addict”. The EP acts as a platform for Tripp to set himself aside from the pack with his own sound, which he calls Stoner Indie. It is an addictive new genre that draws its influences from hip-hop, funk, and soul music! Within just the 1st few tracks you will learn so much about Tripp as he lures listeners in with his unique sound. Get lost in the soulfulness and supreme dopeness of tracks like, "Bright Lights Fast Living". Or get lost in soothing psychedelic smoker’s anthems like, "

"Stoner Indie" is best described as smooth yet sometimes upbeat music that incorporates stoner culture and life. Not only is Tripp Denom a name, but also a Mantra. It represents that which brings a person joy in life.” 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pasadena Beatz: Going LOCAL on Thursday Nights

KGUP FM Emerge Radio had a spectacular Red Carpet and Entertainment Networking event on January 26 at The Rose. Immediately following our event, we continued to party with the people at the Golden State Tattoo Expo pre-party. You just never know what will take place during one of our events!

KGUP FM is hosting a new regular event to bring you a night of networking and music together called, Pasadena Beatz. Come join us on March 2nd for the inaugural event featuring the sounds of DJ sensation, Brandi Garcia of KDAY 93.5FM, plus a different local band each and every Thursday night.

And of course, we always roll out the RED CARPET, so dress up...or not, but at least show up!

Oh, yeah! Don't forget to bring plenty of business cards.

Whether you're seeking to promote a new project, promote a new release, hire new talent, seeking employment in the industry, wanting to expand your network, meet new people, or simply need a place to hang out with your friends to hear great new music from up and coming local bands, then this is an event not to miss!

Happy Hour 4-7pm ($3.75 wells + lots of great discounted food)
Red Carpet arrivals 5-8pm
Live Music begins at 7pm (main stage)

Note: To qualify for FREE entrance, you MUST RSVP HERE, otherwise the cost is $10.00 in Advance / $20.00 Day Of Show + applicable fees.


Perform on our 60' x 40' stage with professional sound and lighting at our 1,500 capacity venue. We are looking for local bands to open and headline at future Pasadena Beatz events. To apply, please contact our booking agent at Be sure to email your EPK with links to your social media and live videos.

Note: Selected Artists may be interviewed and featured on the KGUP FM blog and featured on Where Music Meets the Soul. Artists will be promoted on our social media leading up to each show, so the sooner you apply and are approved, the sooner we can promote you!


The Rose
245 E Green St, Pasadena, CA, United States

Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM PST

Get in Touch
Box Office: 888-645-5006

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You Own the World: Interview with Gitaron

In 2006, guitarist Giovanni "Gio" Smet formed Gitaron. The concept was clear and simple: creating heavy metal in the purest way, with an innovative vision. No nonsense, just pure headbanging heavy metal.

The band worked on several songs and recorded the first album in the summer of 2007 at 'Midas Studios'. The album called 'The First Battle' and had the following songs on it: 'Enter My Church', 'Excalibur', 'We're Knights', 'Blood On The Wall' and 'Flame Of Hate'. The line-up at that time was: Gio (vocals/guitars), Tom Willems (drums), Aaron Onghena (guitars), Wilfried Vandenberghe (bass) and Femke Waterschoot (backing vocals).

Gitaron had some changes in the line-up, as Aaron Onghena, Tom Willems and Femke Waterschoot left the band. Replacements were found in David Van Gompel (guitars) and Steven Van Dijck (drums). Gio also decided to concentrate on the guitar parts only and Nico De Clerq became the new vocalist.

In 2009, Gitaron recorded another album called 'Mental Visions', again at 'Midas Studios'. The album got great reviews and the band played a promo tour for the new album. Gitaron played shows together with bands such as Mystic Prophecy, Blaze Bayley, Killer, Mother Of Sin, Fireforce,... Shortly after the promo tour, vocalist Nico De Clerq left the band and was replaced by Kevin Andries.

In 2012, three members decided to leave the band. Both drummer Steven Van Dijck and vocalist Kevin Andries moved to Denmark. With both them leaving, guitar player David Van Gompel also made the decision of leaving the band.

After a sabbath year, the band was born again. Guitarist Aaron Onghena re-joined and another
guitarist was found in Philip Pedraza, as Gio became vocalist only. On drums was Jef Boons shortly, as he was replaced by Michael Bauwens. Wilfried Vandenberghe was again the bassplayer for the band. With this formation, Gitaron started to play new shows. At the end of 2014, Gio had the idea of recording a new album along with several national and international guest musicians. Lots of musicians agreed to be a part on it and a special project was born. Sadly, some band members didn't want te be a part of it and only Gio and drummer Michael Bauwens worked on the project. The duo build a home studio and lots of guest musicians came and did there part for the new album, that was given the title 'You Own The World'. The release for the new album is scheduled for late 2016.

How did you start with this project?

Gio: There was always the idea of starting a project with guest musicians. The time was also right to start preparations for a new album, since the 10th anniversary of Gitaron came very close. When there was some disagreement with other band members, the idea of creating the new album with guest musicians was suddenly the right way to go. I made a personal wish list of musicians that inspired my when I was still a teenager and other musicians that I’ve got to know along the way.

Tell us more about the musicians taking part in it.

Gio: The responses I’ve got from everyone were really very positive. Everyone took part of this project with the very best intentions. Musicians like Paul “Shorty” Van Camp” (Killer), Filip “Flype” Lemmens (Fireforce), Mark Van Luijk (Civilian),… are musicians that inspired me since along way back. Other musicians, like Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Expedition Delta) and Sten Veiths (Breakfast At Midnight), are very talented guys that I’ve met along the way. I am overjoyed with every single guest appearance on the album.

What’s your working method? How was the songwriting and then the recording process?

Gio: Every song, except “Camelot Rising” and “Feudal Obligation” which are co-written songs, is composed by myself. Most of the guest musicians recorded their bit in our studio. Others recorded their part at home, because the travelling distance was too far. Everything was done with the best communications and planning. The mixing and mastering was also done at the Gitaron Studio.

Every artist has his music influences; which are yours?

Gio: Ever since I was a kid, my father inspired me to listen to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Queen, Helloween,… I really rolled into it to be honest. Later, when I went to my very first concert (Manowar, at the age of 12), I knew right away…that’s what I want. I fell in love with the sound of the guitar, the beating of the drums, the powerful vocals,… I really “felt” the music. Since then, there was no stopping, I bought my first Strat guitar and started to play along with my favorite tunes.

What makes you different from all the other guitar-oriented projects?

Gio: We really have the freedom since Mike (drummer) and I plan everything by ourselves. There’s no pressure of other band members or record labels. We do what we like, when we want it. When we feel the need to enter the studio and write some new material, we have the freedom to do so, without obligations.

Is there any particular message you would like to spread with your music?

Gio: Not really. Most of the lyrics are straight forward, medieval war songs and other songs have a personal kind of touch. There’s no real message, just stuff we like or want to share. What’s next in Gitaron’s world? Can we expect a Gitaron II?

Gio: I really think so. Like I’ve said, I really enjoy the working method alongside Mike. And the work we’ve done with every guest musician was really exciting and reward full. I don’t see myself playing in a full band anymore. We’ve done that and just didn’t “feel” it anymore. I’ve already made up a new wish list of guest musicians, since we started working on new songs straight away.

Any other plans on the future we should be aware of?

Gio: Writing new songs, enjoying them and taking our time to make them into real Gitaron songs. Maybe there will be some exclusive live shows together with some guest musicians. There are some talks, but it’s really too early to speak of. We also made our own parody project “Genietdarom” (which simply means “Enjoy It”). We changed the Gitaron lyrics and recorded them in our mother language. Just for the fun of it of course, nothing to serious, but still hilarious as hell!

Where can we find more about your music?

Gio: The new triple album “You Own The World” can only be ordered online by mailing or at our website The instructions are very easy and you will receive immediate response. Some lyric videos like “Camelot Rising” and “You Own The World” can also be found on the website and on YouTube!

Any latest words to all our readers out there?

Gio: Feel free to get to know Gitaron and enjoy our music! Thanks for your time and always follow your metalheart!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Expedition Delta & Chianti Rock: new endorsement deal & new video released

Breaking Newz!
Thank You For The Good Times

Expedition Delta &Chianti Rock: new endorsement deal & new video released

Srdjan Brankovic’s Expedition Delta just released a new music video for the track "Thank You For The Good Times” taken from the album “Expedition Delta II” out now via Perris Records.

Alongside Srdjan Brankovic (founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer of the band) also many other, celebrated musicians have been involved in the project: Bobby Koelble (Death/DTA) Nikola Mijic, (AlogiA, Eden’s Curse) Nicola Di GiĆ  (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso), Santiago Dobles (Aghora), Dario Esposito (Il Balletto di Bronzo).

Also: exciting news concerning an exclusive deal may be now announced: Chianti Rock is the new extraordinary endorser of the international supergroup!

The renowned brand of Made in Italy is going to produce a superb quality of unique red wine dedicated exclusively to Expedition Delta and their new hit “Thank You For The Good Time”

“The idea –says Domenico Tancredi CEO at Chianti Rock- is to connect one of the world famous brand of Made in Italy to amazing music, which is synonym of freedom and energy. This is the basic idea of Chianti Rock. This wants to be a product where music and Rock & Roll lovers gather and share events, passions and pure emotions. This wine comes from pure passion and love for the earth. I combined in it my long time passions: Chianti and Rock & Roll.

Strong and intense, this wine is extracted from Sangiovese grapes only, grown and produced according to the production regulations of Chianti Consortium. And Chianti Rock would uniquely customize your events. It is born to gather the numerous and multiple customers who love to listen to great live music.

It can also be an original and exclusive gift for friends, customers or colleagues” To connect the excellence both in music and wine, the deal has been enshrined To celebrate the joy in life, the thankfulness towards Life’s gifts, an original package, a new Case of Rock is born from the combination of amazing music, a delicious wine, a unique brand worldwide renowned, an authentic love and strong passion.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

NYC Pop Princess Kendra Black Releases New Club Banger 'Air Pack Jet'

Kendra Black, Italian pop artist based in New York City, released new club banging pop single "Air Pack Jet" on August 17, 2016. She teamed up with major songwriters and producers to put together this single and others to be released on her forthcoming album "The Edge."

The song was produced by Hollywood production house Trend Def Studios (Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida) and cowritten by Bravo Reality TV actor Nick Nittoli and former EMI songwriter and performing artist Lachi. With a launch party on August 16 celebrating the single's release at Webster Hall and hosted by NYC's Hot 97 Morning Show host Laura Stylez, Kendra is bringing out this club banger with a bang! The Tuesday rainy night, drew a fiery, excited crowd as buzzing NYC acts Demi Grace, Chris Casino and Lachi opened up the night for Kendra. There was also a special performance by R&B vocalist Dudley Alexander a finalist of the New York Star of the Day tri-state reality series.

At the end of her set, Kendra thanked her dancers, band and fans and gave a special thanks to Lachi who appears to play a large role in the production of Kendra's music.

Kendra's got the look, the moves and the music to step on to the pop scene as a viable contender for the hearts of millions! Check out her new single Air Pack Jet on all online music stores!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Marko Stout Retrospective Opens in Times Square this Fall

The popular New York Artist Marko Stout will be bringing his latest collection entitled “Erotic Dreams” to Times Square this fall. The prestigious Art Nation Gallery of Miami will be sponsoring this long awaited exhibition and retrospective at it New York Gallery at 4 West 43rd Street, New York City. The show is set to open with a VIP and collectors preview party on October 23, 2016 and will open to the public on the following day.

The last few years has seen a rapid growth by collectors and galleries in the works of Marko Stout. There is also a very large social media conversation about his work with much anticipated excitement about the upcoming New York solo exhibition. Many have begun to compare Stout to other popular New York artists such as Warhol, Koons, Basquiat and Haring. Luxury Magazine reviewed his work saying, “echoes of Warhol and Koons” and BuzzFeed calls his works, “deeply penetrating with a gritty edge, in the spirt of Jean-Micheal Basquiat.”

This upcoming “Erotic Dreams” Times Square exhibition is much anticipated with long line expected, so early ticketing is highly recommended. Details and tickets can be obtained by contacting the Art Nation Gallery directly. We have also learned that a special preview of the exhibition will be held in The Rivington SoHo Street Gallery, 2 Rivington Street, New York City 08/31/16 thru 09/04/16. This limited preview is open to the public.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Srdjan Brankovic’s Expedition Delta II

A supergroup has re-formed and released a new record: ‘Expedition Delta 2.’ This project, the brain-child of Srdjan Brankovic is: Expedition Delta who has been an entity since 2008 when the predecessor of ‘Expedition 2’ was released.

Expedition Delta was lauded in the Serbian scene and landed some notable gigs. Since 2008, the outfit has released music here and there, but hasn’t actually committed to a full length return - until now. Thus, ‘Expedition 2’ is essentially a record eight years in the queue.

It calls upon the talent of a huge variety of artists to craft its sonic landscapes on ‘Expedition 2.’ For the sake of this review, we’ll shine our gaze particularly onto Brankovic, who performs lead guitar and songwriting duties, and Nikola Mijic, the lead vocalist, an high-octaves singer, similar to a mix between Geddy Lee and Axl Rose. The dynamic between the two (Brankovic-Mijic) is lovely, and they’re the primary catalysts for making ‘Expedition 2’ the infectiously fun experience that it is.

‘Expedition 2’ opens with‘ Spectacular’ a track that sets an interesting tone for the album. It’s explosive, anthemic, and surprisingly versatile as Brankovic dances about a synth-soaked soundscape with a powerhouse lead guitar performance. There’s a ‘vintage’ feel to Expedition Delta’s music - something that’s noticeable right out of the gate. ‘Spectacular’ is a track that sounds like it’s mixed the best of arena rock from the80s together. (Think Rush or the like.) Also people who enjoy the likes of Rush, Poison, Van Halen, and acts akin to them, are probably going to love Expedition

At this point, it’s worth mentioning that the veteran indie label Perris Records is the house that Expedition Delta has signed with for this release.

This is important, because it’s a great example of a label and band being perfect for one another. Perris specializes in rock and roll with an 80s twist. Having a label the power of that niche will likely aid Expedition Delta very well with this project. ‘Fly With Me’ offers some female duets with Mijic, which adds some diversity to the vocal space of the album. It’s a feel-good rock and roller. Instrumentally, I’d argue that Brankovic’s compositions do a spectacular job. I mean: just because it’s thunderous80s-esque rock and roll doesn’t mean that the instrumentation is simplistic.

Nay, the performances are intensely complicated!

One of my favorite tracks on the endeavor is ‘Canis Major,’ a classical piano interlude near the halfway point on the record. It’s only a minute long, but goodness, it’s breathtaking!

After it, there is a lead vocal switch to the aforementioned female vocalist who is Andjela Isic. Isic is a beautiful vocalist, and I’d argue ‘Without You’ the first track with her at the forefront, is served stunningly by her. ‘The One Who Lives a Dream’ is a bizarre, charismatic track. I’d go as far to argue that there is a deep-seated ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ influence somewhere in the track.

‘House of God’ takes the vocal experimentation even further, and succeeds in doing so. I love that the album takes liberties in that department.

‘I Don’t Believe’ is probably another one of my fav on the album, offering a glimpse into Brankovic’s talent as a tactful songwriter. The track is followed by ‘Remember You,’ that is: another highlight of the album. The subject matter and 80s infused sound makes the track reminiscent of the 1985 track,’ I’ll Remember You,’ by Bob Dylan.

‘Connected’ is the final piece of ‘Expedition 2,’ and it’s essentially a pure statement of instrumental rock and roll. Brankovic flies through the track with unbelievable power, making it a lovely closer to an awesome album.

That’s exactly what ‘Expedition 2’ is, too.

It’s a fun album. It’s a good time. It’s amazing talent. There may not be enough of that nowadays. (D.S.)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Interview with composer and music producer Yang Zhang

Hollywood-based film composer and music producer Yang Zhang has a multi-faced career. Her music career can track down when she was a teenager; she builds her early stage music career as a classically trained composer then immediately jumped into the electronic music world. After spending years of music production in the fields of film, TV, major and indie albums productions, she electrifies and re-defines film music genres by infusing her unique sound architecture designed for a variety of combined textures with electronic music elements and modern orchestral productions. Being part of the creative team of Flint Dille's, (known as the director for video game blockbuster "Transformers"), she has been working closely with tons of Hollywood-based top music publishing companies, including but not limited to Megatrix Music, Ole Music Box, Fine Tune music, etc.She serves as a member of Emmy music peer group.

 Interview with Yang Zhang

What inspired you to become a film composer?

Yang: "I was fascinated by the idea of how limitless powers of the imaginations are connecting the images and sounds. Sometimes, images can visualize the whole concept of music; sometimes, music can carry out another layer of meaning beyond image's."

What got you into producing music?

Yang: "I have been making music since middle school when I grew up in the Conservatory of Music, but to really dig my inner desire to produce music especially to create your own voice was after I heard those EDM's heavy hitters during late '90s. It sparked me to discover another landscape of all possibilities in Electronic music field; I was like Alice in Wonderland......."

What music productions have you worked that you're most proud of?

Yang: "I would say, my first electronic music album featured Asain futuristic sound. It was a challenging yet fun production processing. I wanted to find a new way to remix and concrete the element of Asain folk instruments and the texture in Electronic music, it affected the way how you programme, arrange, write a melody, record and mixing. Another project if I can describe the second one, was the transmedia project working with Flint Dille. The whole process with his creative team was really interactive, and it gave me a lot of space to develop artistic creativity. I was asked to provide the theme cue only by giving a short description of the storyline and a couple of images, but I love it! The story itself already marked a vivid image in my head, and I was glad that I also got room to develop by my own. After I had delivered my cues, then the writer team followed up to story line, and I added up another cue as the consequences......this is how we build up our creative circle."

Tell us your current projects.

Yang: "I am in the process of preparing my next album and other scoring production sessions. Will update more details through my websites."

What drives you to create your own music publishing firm?

Yang: "The idea of creating my own digital music firm came up with that scene where still 90% of composers or musicians in film scoring business today still fantasize their music and their living in a very traditional way. I want to build a digital community where members can truly be empowered by the full force of the digital revolution, share and benefit every aspect of the music biz in the digital era.”

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Friday, May 20, 2016

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Interview with The Ries Brothers

The Ries Brothers an Alternative Pop and Rock a band duo with a blend of Blues, Reggae and Funk Headlining at Side Bar Theatre in Tallahassee, FL.

The Ries Brothers (Charles & Kevin) Alternative Pop and Rock band duo from Clearwater, FL.. The brothers’ music is a unique sound, influenced by many genres, including rock, blues, funk, and reggae.

The Ries Brothers’ rise to success has been their creative genius and aptitude with playing multiple instruments. The band leaves fans amazed as Charlie, the lead vocalist, simultaneously plays drums and the keyboard bass, while Kevin plays guitar and provides background vocals, Their talent is also displayed through original lyrics they co-author and the music the brothers produce together

Their music is available on Spotify and SoundCloud

The Ries Brothers had the honor of touring twice with the legendary band CHICAGO in 2014 and 2015 and recently toured with Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band. They have also opened for talented and well known bands such as David Cook, REO Speedwagon, Daughtry, Little River Band, Los Lonely Boys, The Wilson Van to name a few. Other performances include three SOLD OUT headlining shows at Ruth Eckeard Hall in Clearwater, Florida and several music festivals.

Music is part of the Ries' family their grandfather’s was a top rated bass player in Chicago. Opened for icons such as the Beatles in Comiskey Park, played with Sonny & Cher, John Denver and The Jackson Five amongst other artists.

Interview with The Ries Brothers

Tell us about your music. What and who does your music sound like?

Rise Brothers - Our music is a blend of Rock, Alternative, Pop, Blues, Funk and Reggae. We love to blend different genres together to create a new and unique sound. As far as similar artists, I’d say we sound like a cross between The Black Keys, John Mayer, Sublime, and Ed Sheeran.

What do you want people to take from your music when they listen to you?

Rise Brothers - We just want people to have a good time listening, have something to move to, and really feel something special. Music allows us to release complex emotions and we want the same for our audience. We want a genuine reaction of feeling from our music and give our listeners something to relate to and something to make them happy, help them through tough times, have a good cry if they need one, and just really make them feel something.

What influenced you guys to become recording artists?

Rise Brothers - We’ve always been interested in music from a young age, but mostly just as a hobby early on. After our dad introduced us to the Beatles we became more and more interested in the writing and performing processes. We used to both play competitive baseball for most of our lives until that point, but pretty soon, after school, instead of going out to play baseball, we were picking up instruments and playing for hours. We played for different bands around town, but realized the best way to really go for it was to form a band ourselves, since we’re brothers and could practice whenever we wanted. I (Charlie) taught myself to play bass lines on a keyboard with my left hand, drum with my right, and sing at the same time to fill in our sound. Once we had some material, we went out and started playing local shows. We’ve played over 500 shows since and haven’t looked back!

In your young careers, you’ve performed with some of the most recognizable names in music. What is it like being surrounded with so many legends?

Rise Brothers - It’s been incredible, in particular, the legendary band, Chicago! They were extremely kind and supportive of us while we were on tour with them. They offered amazing life and career advice and the legendary Robert Lamm even complimented my multi-instrumentalist style and said he couldn’t figure out how I was doing it! That was amazing to hear from such a legend!!

What song seems to be your fan favorite right now?

Rise Brothers - I’m so happy to say there’s a few right now! “Lockdown” is our big sing-along, and we always close our sets with that one. But other ones that are resonating with fans because of the lyrics and messages are “Run To The Sea”, “Road Map”, and “On and On.”

What is on the horizon for The Ries Brothers? What can fans expect from you in the coming months?

Rise Brothers - We hope to be constantly touring and releasing new music! We have big things in the works that we can’t announce yet, so keep checking for updates!!

The Ries Brothers original lyrics, "Run to the Sea" on YouTube

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