Tonight Alive Bring The Get Free Tour to Millvale 3.1/Co-Headlined with Silverstein and support from Broadside and Picturesque

Tonight Alive are celebrating their worldwide charting positions for Underworld. Including the #1 Australian Artists Chart and #11 ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #5 Record Label Independent Current Albums and #11 Top Current Rock Albums in the United States, #3 Rock Albums, #6 Independent Albums and a Top 100 Albums spot in the UK while rounding out the Top 50 on Canada’s Alternative Charts, it was an incredibly successful week for the band’s first release on Hopeless Records (UNFD in Australia and New Zealand.) Already heralded by press as some of the band’s best work to date, Underworld is available today on  Spotify,  Apple Music and  iTunes. Physical albums and merch bundles are available at http://smarturl.it/TAUWmerch.
This success has been echoed across radio with Underworld being chosen as Triple J Radio’s feature “album of the week” and the band’s latest single, ” Disappear” premiering as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. Streaming services have been showing their love to the single along with “Crack My Heart” and ” Temple.”  Songs from Underworld have been featured in over 15 Spotify-owned playlists across the platform including New Music Friday, The Scene, Rock This and Crash Course and the band’s monthly listeners have reached nearly 900,000.
Most recently, Tonight Alive released “Crack My Heart,” the brand new single from upcoming album Underworld. On the track, Singer Jenna McDougall shares “The concept of cracking the heart is to allow the precious, vulnerable self to come through and be free. The painful, yet liberating experience involves the emotional and energetic decalcification of the hardened heart. The lyrics follow my conversation with a ‘winged man’, a conscious figure, who offers space and safety to do my healing with. In my experience, when you are seen as your authentic self by another, you come to recognise your reflection more accurately and lovingly. Crack My Heart is a tribute to the way that love from the divine masculine elevates and holds space for the divine feminine to flourish.” Fans can head to http://smarturl.it/CrackMyHeartVideo to check out the accompanying music video.
WhoTonight Alive and Silverstein with Broadside and Picturesque
What: The Get Free Tour
WhenThursday, March 1st, 2018 – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
Where: Mr. Smalls Theatre – 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209
Howhttps://tonightalive.com/
Tonight Alive, the now 4 piece since departure of guitarist & writer Whakaio Taahi is composed of vocalist Jenna McDougall, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cameron Adler and drummer Matt Best. After self-releasing the EPs All Shapes & Disguises and Consider This in 2010, Tonight Alive released What Are You So Scared Of? in2011/2012.  In 2013 the band released The Other Side. The band also contributed the song “The Edge” to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack before releasing their third full length album, Limitless in 2016.

WILL PITTSBURGH GET THE FINAL SLAYER TOUR?

The question on every metalhead’s mind yesterday was whether Slayer would hit their town on the final tour with the likes of Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.  The answer for Pittsburgher’s is YES!!!  See below for details…

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to…after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades…having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.
Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.
Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.
Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says: “If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave LAMB OF GODour very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…”
MAY
10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16   PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19   Big Four, Calgary, AL
20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ
JUNE
 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
 2    PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA
 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12   VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15   Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17   Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20   Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX
ABOUT SLAYER – www.slayer.net:
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history.
The two-time Grammy-winners have accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who commercialized their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King in 2013, and is back behind the kit to stay.
In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th, and what would be their final studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career.  The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 25-million+ YouTube views.  In 2017, Dark Horse Comics published the three-issue “Repentless” comic book series based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.
On January 22, 2018, Slayer announced its decision to do one last world tour to thank its fans for their decades-long support, and then move on.  All Hail Slayer.
ABOUT LAMB OF GOD – http://www.lamb-of-god.com:
Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD are one of heavy music’s most successful and uncompromising bands.  When the band’s first major release, New American Gospel, was released in 2000 it was immediately touted as a classic within the genre. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.”
Some predicted a sophomore slump – that no band could top a debut album so strong.  They were proven wrong, with the release of 2004’s Ashes of the Wake, an album that not only exploded stateside (certified Gold by RIAA) but also saw the spread of LAMB OF GODto all corners of the world.  The band’s first DVD, Killadelphia, followed shortly after and was certified Platinum.  Then, with Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 debut on the US Billboard Hot 200), LAMB OF GOD were honored with a Grammy nomination for the track “Redneck”, which would be the first of five Grammy nominations for the band to date. Next came Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008) and then the band’s fourth album Wrath in 2009, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart, and then Resolution, which debuted at #3. Shortly after the release of Resolution, vocalist Randy Blythe was arrested in Prague, and spent 30 days in jail on a charge for which he was later acquitted (and lead to Blythe’s bestselling memoir, Dark Days, as well as the film As The Palaces Burn).  After regrouping,LAMB OF GOD lost no ground with their latest full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, the album was #3 in the US, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia, #3 in Finland, #7 in UK, #12 in Germany and #13 in Japan, and #13 in Netherlands. “Overlord“, the first single from VII: Sturm Und Drang, achieved a new milestone for the band when it reached the Top Thirty of US Active Rock Radio Chart (Mediabase).  In late 2016, LAMB OF GOD paid tribute to late, longtime fan and friend Wayne Ford with the release of The Duke EP, which raised funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The EP release coincided with a charity campaign offering personal items such as Blythe’s Ashes Of The Wake Gold plaque, signed signature model guitars, handwritten lyrics and more.
Since inception and through it all, LAMB OF GOD‘s consistent and unwavering commitment to their music – and their fans – has kept them a critical and fan favorite worldwide, selling millions of albums and tickets around the world.
LAMB OF GOD is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).

ABOUT ANTHRAX – https://anthrax.com:
As part of the band’s 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released one of 2016’s most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings (February 26/Megaforce in North America/Nuclear Blast internationally), that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, and #9 on the Top 200, becoming Anthrax’s highest-charting album in more than two decades.  Written by drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre, combined with Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, it’s no wonder the album and the band’s live shows have consistently received tremendous reviews.
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.”  Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.  From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre – to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground andinnovate.  On December 13, 2016, the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards presented Anthrax with its first-ever “Innovator Award” to acknowledge the band’s contribution to music.  On April 27, Anthrax will release “Kings Among Scotland,” a live DVD shot at the band’s 2/15/16 show at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom.
ABOUT BEHEMOTH – http://behemoth.pl
Behemoth have been carving out their claim as one of the world’s top extreme / black metal bands since their inception in 1991. That claim was solidified in 2014 with the release of the band’s tenth album, The Satanist. The record marked their triumphant return following front man Adam “Nergal” Darski’s battle with Leukemia. “‘The Satanist‘ is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic,” states Nergal. While instantly recognizable as the work of the Polish blackened death quartet, it takes their sound in previously unimagined and riveting directions. A writhing, densely layered, brutally violent and sinister record, it is quite unlike anything ever unleashed within the canon of heavy music. As such it demands attention, offering ever greater sonic and emotional depths with every listen. This is evident in the band’s videos for the title track, as well as “Messe Noir” and “Ben Sahar”. Nergal continues, “You may hear the title and think it’s very primitive and one-dimensional, and yes it is, but when you look beyond that it’s as primitive as it is complex and multidimensional, and that applies to everything about the record.” Behemoth‘s lineup is rounded out by Inferno (drums), Orion (bass), and Seth (guitar).

The Satanist debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the United States. In their home country of Poland, the album became their second consecutive #1 debut, along with 2009’s Evangelion. Since the release of The SatanistBehemoth have published their official biography “Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors” as well as Nergal’s own biography, “Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond.” The books are available worldwide now.

For over three decades, the Bay Area thrash quintet-Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums]-has consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won “Best Album” at Metal Hammer’s 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group’s sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Most recently, 2012’sDark Roots of Earth and 2016’s Brotherhood of the Snake assaulted the charts, both debuting within Billboard’s Top 20 chart.

 

The Brothers Reed – Pittsburgh performance @BlackForgeCoffee

The sibling acoustic duo from Southern Oregon, The Brothers Reed, are on a two-month national tour promoting their brand new album “Three” set to release on Jan.6th. They are performing at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh on February 15th.

“Their melodies make their music exceptional” – Natalie Johnson (music editor for Sneak Preview)

“…intoxicating sound a light in the darkness of the song craft” – Josh Gross (album review in Rogue Valley Messenger)

Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until two years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.

            With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained.  

Touring as a guitar-duo, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion and keys into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original.   Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft.

            Winners of 2014’s “Road to Nashville,” competition as well as finalists and crowd favorites of Britt Festivals 2015 “Rising Stars Contest,” the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. Their sophomore full length, Monster In My Head (released March 2016), is a power-punch follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed debut, Sick As Folk. Moving away from the stripped down approach of Sick As Folk, Monster In My Head combines full band instrumentation with the finest elements of folk, rock, R&B, country and reggae, to create a record that at 17 tracks is an ambitious yet fluid piece of work. The album also marks the group’s first effort at collaboration and features several guest artists including Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; Jazz is Dead), T.J. Eilers (Synrgy, Buckle Rash, The Illies) and Ambur Rose (Roses and Whiskey).

All aspects of the brand including management, website design, graphics, and album production (engineering, recording and mixing) is done completely by The Brothers.  

Find tour dates, merch., and videos at www.thebrothersreed.comSick As Folk and Monster In My Head are available on iTunes, Spotify, and also at www.thebrothersreed.com

 (Photo courtesy of Daniel McCarty of Focal Fire Productions)

 

The Contortionist Announce More 2018 Tour Dates

THE CONTORTIONIST ANNOUNCE THE CLAIRVOYANT 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

SILENT PLANET, SKYHARBOR + STRAWBERRY GIRLS TO SUPPORT.

CLAIRVOYANT OUT NOW

December 12, 2017 – The Contortionist have added more U.S. tour dates for next year in continued support of their new LP, Clairvoyant, this time a long run for the Spring of 2018. Support will come from Silent Planet, Skyharbor, and Strawberry Girls.

The tour kicks off on March 4th at Cornerstone in Berkely, CA and stretches coast to coast before wrapping up at home in Indianapolis at the Deluxe at Old National Centre on April 6th.

VIP packages will be available to pre-order Wednesday, December 13th between 10 amLocal and Thursday, December 14th at 10 pm Local before the general on-sale becomes available on Friday, December 15th at 10 am Local. The will include exclusive merchandise items, a Q&A session with the band and more.

Prior to these dates, the band will support recent Grammy Nominees, NOTHING MORE in February and March.

Clairvoyant, released in September via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music, served as the highly anticipated follow up to Language, the genre-defying LP that continues to garner critical acclaim. Clairvoyant, which reunited the band with producer Jamie King, took the best elements of The Contortionist’s past and reshapes them as the band follows their individual creative muses toward the future.

After being slated as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2017” according to Metal InjectionClairvoyant was well received in its own right. The LP debuted at #6 on the Hard Music, #8 Indie, #16 Rock and #31 Current Top 200 Billboard Charts.

The Contortionist saw critics calling the record “gripping adventure,” as Metal Hammer did.Alternative Press said Clairvoyant was “best described as magical” and “a record you can truly get lost in.” MetalSucks even declared it a “Perfect Album.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL TOUR DATES
w/ NOTHING MORE
Feb 3 – Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
Feb 5 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Feb 6 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Feb 7 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Feb 10 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
Feb 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Feb 12 – Racine, WI @ Route 20 Outhouse
Feb 14 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Feb 15 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Feb 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Music Hall
Feb 17 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
Feb 19 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Feb 20 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Feb 22 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Feb 23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Feb 24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster St.
Mar 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
Mar 2 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Mar 3 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Clairvoyant North American Tour
March
4 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
6 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
13 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
15 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe
16 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
17 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Barand Grill
18 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
19 – Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
20 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven
23 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater
24 – Orlando, FL @ The Abbey
25 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
27 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
29 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
30 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
31 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe

April
1 – Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
3 – Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground
4 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
5 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
6 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Ctr

The Contortionist ultimately proves to have as much in common with the psychedelic experimentation of later Opeth or Tool and even the textured melodicism of Sigur Ros as they do technical heavy music, but they’ve never sacrificed urgent impact. Critics and fans admire their intelligent approach to the crushing riffs of tech-metal, which becomes more vibrant with elements of ambitious post-rock and jazzy / fusion-infused virtuosity. Even when angular riffs, odd time signatures, and devastating breakdowns give way to hypnotic, ethereal, and trancelike musical meditations, The Contortionist are never lacking in total power.

In whatever The Contortionist endeavors to do, there will always be a great amount of thought, attention to detail, and a shared love of musicality. They have committed to never surrender to the path of least resistance, always challenging themselves and their audience.

This is art for art’s sake. The Contortionist ease through the doors of perception with grace where possible and smash through the boundaries with absolute force when necessary.

WATCH THE “RETURN TO EARTH” MUSIC VIDEO VIA PROG MAGAZINE HERE
1. Monochrome (Passive)
2. Godspeed
3. Reimagined
4. Clairvoyant
5. The Center
6. Absolve
7. Relapse
8. Return to Earth
9. Monochrome (Pensive)
STREAM HERE
PURCHASE DIGITALLY HERE
PURCHASE PHYSICALLY HERE
The Contortionist is:
Joey Baca / Robby Baca / Cameron Maynard / Michael Lessard / Jordan Eberhardt / Eric Guenther

Ghost Release Live Double Album Ceremony And Devotion

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN – DECEMBER 8, 2017 – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost today released a live double-album entitled Ceremony And Devotion.The album was recorded during the band’s critically exalted Popestar tour during the summer of 2017 and documents Ghost’s unforgettable live show in pursuit of becoming the world’s next great arena band. Ceremony And Devotion is available to stream and download now via iTunesSpotifyAmazon, and Google Play.

Watch a new music video for live album track “Absolution” HERE.


Ceremony And Devotion was produced and mixed by Tom Dalgety and features fan favorites spanning the band’s entire catalogue from Opus Eponymous (2010) to Infestissumam (2013) to Meliora (2015) to the Popestar EP (2016). The album will be available physically on double CD and double LP on January 19, 2018. Exclusive, limited edition “translucent tigers eye” colored vinyl and bundles including a lenticular poster, limited edition 8-track, and t-Shirt, will be available exclusively in the Ghost ShopHERE.
Ghost’s most recent studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with “Square Hammer”.
Along the way Ghost have racked up both widespread critical acclaim and adoration from a legion of fans across the globe in a genre stagnated by Nü metal for nearly two decades.
Tracklisting
01 – Square Hammer
02 – From The Pinnacle to the Pit
03 – Con Clavi con Dio
04 – Per Aspera Ad Inferi
05 – Body and Blood
06 – Devil Church
07 – Cirice
08 – Ghuleh
09 – Year Zero
10 – Spöksonat
11 – He Is
12 – Mummy Dust
13 – Absolution
14 – Ritual
15 – Monstrance Clock
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AVERSIONS CROWN – North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS PERFORMS AT Cattivo ON 11/21

North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS & ENTERPRISE EARTH!

Australian metal destroyers, AVERSIONS CROWN, are hitting the road on October 19th with Massachusetts metal veterans WITHIN THE RUINS and Spokane-based skullcrushers ENTERPRISE EARTH  for a 32-date trek across North America. Opening the shows will be Connecticut metal bandCURRENTS.

Since the release of Xenocide earlier this year, the band has been touring relentlessly. Prior to hitting the states, the band made appearances at several European Summer festivals and completed a sold out  Aussie tour.

Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) from Audio Hammer. Watch the music video for “Prismatic Abyss” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!

11/15/2017  Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
11/17/2017  Triple Rock Social – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/2017  The Wire – Berwyn, IL
11/19/2017  The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/20/2017  The Shelter – Detroit, MI
11/21/2017  Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
11/22/2017  Landos – Corning, NY
11/23/2017  Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
11/24/2017  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/25/2017  ‪One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/26/2017  Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

More on Xenocide:
The Soulless Acolyte” drum play-through video https://youtu.be/JmlkegqPewk
Album trailer #1:  https://youtu.be/Tmbw4QdhmqE
Album trailer #2: https://youtu.be/lWVIwBKKUzs
Album trailer #3 https://youtu.be/i0EHEg3k0I8
Album trailer #4 https://youtu.be/Q-870VoA1vA
Ophiophagy” lyric video: https://youtu.be/DhZfRGRPNQg
Erebus” drum play-through video: https://youtu.be/d6bHACoe5eA

Photo credit: Harley Folbigg

 

Order your copy of Xenocide here:
nblast.de/AversionsCrownXenocide

Fit For A King on 11/16 @ Rex Theater

Fit For A King will be co-headlining alongside In Hearts Wake, with Like Moths To Flames and Phinehas joining them as support.
The band released their latest album Deathgrip last year. Stream it here: goo.gl/LBpZFH
Fit For A King mesmerized fans with 2016’s Deathgrip and its honest and emotional depictions of death and devastation. Spurred by the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Fit For A King aimed and succeeded in turning harrowing times into a heart-wrenching record. Founded in Tyler, Texas the band has been building their fan base since their previous releases Descendants and Creation/Destruction. They’ve been praised by HM Magazine, Loudwire, Revolver, Alternative Press and more for their powerful and thought-provoking brand of Christian metalcore. Although their presence in rock music is sizable, their egos aren’t Bobby Lynge remarked that, “more than anything, we want our fans to be our friends, and we want to stand out as gentlemen.”
NOVEMBER 16 | REX THEATER | PITTSBURGH, PA
 
October 18, 2017 – Fit For A King recently announced they will be heading out on tour this fall with In Hearts Wake. Like Moths To Flames and Phinehas will accompany the bands on the road, kicking off in St. Louis, and hitting cities including Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. Tickets are on sale now at fitforakingband.com
The band recently finished up playing Vans Warped Tour, as well as released their album Deathgrip last year. Fans can stream the album on Spotify, or purchase on iTunes, here.
Fit For A King mesmerized fans with 2016’s Deathgrip and its honest and emotional depictions of death and devastation. Spurred by the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Fit For A King aimed and succeeded in turning harrowing times into a heart-wrenching record. Founded in Tyler, Texas the band has been building their fan base since their previous releases Descendants and Creation/Destruction. They’ve been praised by HMMagazine, Loudwire, Revolver, Alternative Press and more for their powerful and thought-provoking brand of Christian metalcore. Although their presence in rock music is sizable, their egos aren’t. Bobby Lynge remarked that, “more than anything, we want our fans to be our friends, and we want to stand out as gentleman.”
Upcoming Tour Dates
Nov 9 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Nov 10 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Nov 11 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Nov 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
Nov 14 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
Nov 15 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Nov 16Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Nov 17 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Nov 18 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Nov 19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov 20 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Nov 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Nov 22 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy
Nov 24 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
Nov 25 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
Nov 26 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
Nov 27 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Nov 28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 29 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Dec 1 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec 2 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Dec 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe Grotto’s
Dec 5 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Dec 6 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Dec 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Dec 9 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Dec 10 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Dec 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Dec 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec 15 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Dec 16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
For more information:

Chris Jamison, Pittsburgh-Native and The Vault Recording Artist, from NBC’s Season 7 ‘The Voice’ to Perform at Comcast Light Up Night®

WHAT:          Chris Jamison to perform during Comcast Light Up Night®.  Chris is also scheduled to appear at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ during Light Up Night weekend.

WHO:            Chris Jamison, The Vault Recording Artist – finalist from NBC’s ‘The Voice” Season 7.

WHERE:          Comcast Light Up Night® – Friday

Comcast Main Stage | Ft. Duquesne Boulevard at Ninth Street

    Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ – Saturday

Market Square Holiday Market

WHEN:          Friday, November 17, 2017 – around 6:45 p.m. performance

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 

Jamison will be available for photos and interviews during this time at the market. He will be performing with The Vault Recording artist and Pittsburgh Native Jesse Denaro.

 

ABOUT THE VAULT RECORDS

Established in 2017, The Vault Records is an artist-friendly studio and community for singers, songwriters and musicians.

Owner, Bob McCutcheon has been producing music for more than two decades.  The Vault Records will play a key role in developing and supporting the artistic community in Pittsburgh. A new state-of-the-art recording studio recently opened on Neville Island, just 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh and is ready to support a diverse set of musical styles. More information about The Vault Records is available at www.thevaultrecording.com.

ABOUT CHRIS JAMISON

Jamison, a Pittsburgh native, made his mark with Team Adam on Season 7 of NBC’s ‘The Voice’.  He captivated audiences with his signature sound which merges pop palatability, blue-eyed soul, and an inimitable energy. Jamison signed with The Vault Records label in August 2017 as a debut artist. He can next be seen performing at Christmas with Chris –Tuesday, December 12 – 7:30 p.m. at North Allegheny High School – Wexford. Jamison will be joined by special guests Brett Keisel and Vanessa Campagna. More information about Chris Jamison is available at www.iamchrisjamison.com.

Hanging with DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN…a misunderstood MISFIT

The question I most often hear from people when they learn that I have had the experience of meeting and interviewing Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein multiple times is typical, “Is he really that huge?”  The answer is more complicated than yes or no.  “Is he a mass of super tight muscle?”  You bet and he works hard at maintaining that physique at 53 years young and maintaining a vegan diet.  “Is he really that tall?” He is tall, some list him at 6’3″, but honestly it is hard to tell with those massive boots.  “Is he intimidating?”  Sure, he is a big dude with crazy makeup, but if you do your research and avoid the same old questions, he is downright awesome and very approachable.  In fact, when asked what I take away most from hanging with Doyle, it’s his humility.

Doyle will be the first to tell you that he ‘only plays 3 chords’ or that he can only play the ‘songs that he created (or is associated with)’, but if you study his work well enough, that is not exactly true.  There is a reason that his guitar playing with the legendary Misfits is one of the most widely influential from the punk era, just ask Metallica.  Doyle tends to downplay his abilities when it comes to writing songs, creating riffs, surviving in a cutthroat business, and in essence re-inventing his career to make it his own.  Since he partnered up with Cancerslug vocalist Alex Wolfman Story, he has produced some extremely hard-hitting thrash punk that borders more on the extreme metal side than the heyday of the devil lock.

Now with two full albums in the can under the Doyle moniker, the guitarist is taking the heavy music world by storm, one town at a time if he has too.  The band’s set is no longer beefed up with Misfits tunes, but Doyle’s own.  Opening with the brutal “Abominator”, Doyle, Alex, and company took no prisoners as they pounded the audience with songs like “Beast Like Me” and “Run For Your Life” and “Valley Of Shadows” in a relatively short, but killer set.  Alex kept with the running sarcastic joke of, “this is sort of a love song that you can dance to if you want’ as an intro to every song.  It did not take long for the crowd to become an entangled sweaty mess of humanity and was an amazing, if not overpowering, opening for Ghoul and GWAR.  The newest album, Doyle 2: As We Die picks up where Abominator left off, most of the guitar written and recorded actually at the same time as Abominator.  But, Doyle is a perfectionist, and definitely took his time until he was satisfied with the mix.  It paid off and is once again an awe-inspiring piece of savage songwriting.  His partnership with Alex and his giving over of lyrical/story content to him shows how much trust he has in him.  When asked how they hooked up, he talked about ads he placed on the East and West Coast and that Alex’s work, “was the only stuff where I listened to every song, the other stuff went immediately into the garbage”.  The pair play perfectly off of one another, Story having just enough Danzig in him to fit, but being a man completely of his own as well to create something entirely unique.

Doyle is a lot deeper than people give him credit for and personally, I think it has a lot to do with his humility and often times standoffish personality he uses as a deflection of attention, he certainly is more at home on stage than in front of a camera.  On his tour bus after his set while opening for GWAR in Pittsburgh, we started talking about the recent “concert shootings”, namely Las Vegas and the Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris, he is downright introspective, “Actually, I’m surprised it did not happen earlier, I mean look at what happened to Dimebag.  It’s taken a long time and tragedy to finally get metal detectors (wands as a normal procedure).  Glenn (Danzig) will not and has not performed anywhere in a long time without it for safety reasons.”  He also added, “we are vulnerable on stage as well and people don’t know if it’s part of the show or real when it happens”.

Our conversation took a darker turn when we discussed all the musical legends lost in the past year, “David Bowie probably personally affected me the most…Chris Cornell really impacted my girlfriend (Alyssa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy).  Delving deeper into the subject matter, Doyle brought up Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and how serious the problem of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation can be and how it needs to be discussed openly.  But, we did not stay mired in the very heady and weighty topics the whole time.  We also got into an unexpected influence, that of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, “if you are not a musician you don’t notice the underlayer that is going on there.  His use of feedback specifically.”  Not expecting a primarily blues-based player like Perry to be on his list of major influences, it just makes one think that there is a lot more to the man than the surface value, you just have to dig a little.

Being a private man, one does not want to go too deep into Doyle’s private life, but he will talk about Alyssa a bit, with enthusiasm.  Unfortunately, their touring schedules do not jive often.  In fact, before each of them headed back from just completed tours and headed off to new tours, they only had about three days together (listen to Alyssa and Michael of Arch Enemy guest on “Kiss Me As We Die”).  Their vegan lifestyle has been much chronicled and discussed as well as their respect and love for animals.  Doyle does not have any pets of his own but Alyssa has a ‘big orange cat’ that he thinks is cool and his mother has ‘like 20 cats’.  When he can he would like to get a Chinese Crested dog, “the ones without any hair except on the top of their head.” It’s not hard to search his Instagram and find Doyle with a dog in his massive arms with that big grin of his.  One is not nearly as intimidating with a chihuahua in their lap, and Doyle could give two shits if it is a dichotomy to his “image”.  But the page is also filled with fan art he receives playing off of that beloved image.  He gets a ton of stuff given to him and finds it hard to store it all.  Thus when we got into his love of “horror-themed art” (i.e. Basil Gogos) he spoke enthusiastically about his love for it, but his inability to collect anything, “I just don’t have anywhere to put it!”

And that image is not easy to maintain.  It can take as much as three hours for him to put his makeup on and style his hair, a whole hour for just the white face base.  Add to that the weight training,  (he actually has a sponsorship with an adjustable dumbell company that ships them to Europe just for his use), his dieting, interviews, soundchecks, etc…it is a pretty hectic schedule.  He definitely has knowledge when it comes to training and even follows The Pittsburgh Steelers own James “DEEBO!” Harrison on Instagram, to see what outlandish weights he throws around like toys.  It is hard for me to believe that no fitness magazine has not tapped Doyle for an in-depth article about what he personally does to stay in shape (and if any mags want to commission me for this I’m pretty sure Doyle and I could talk training all day!).  By the way, don’t bother asking him about his upcoming role in the “Death Warrant 3” movie, though he is fairly certain they will be respectful to his look, he really does not know much about it.  Doyle has been in some movie productions before and he is always amazed, “how some actors just become different people when the camera comes on, it’s incredible.”

Since The Misfit stuff is so often talked about, out of respect we did not get into it too much, but let’s just say the sold-out reunion shows coming up in LA and Vegas are going to be beyond special and he is pretty pumped. “They just call me and tell me where to show up,” just another example of Doyle’s deflection away from himself and his legend, making the man that much more endearing.

 

All photos AWELDINGPHOTO © 2017

 

P!nk – Sat, April 7, 2018- PPG Paints Arena

P!NK
BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR 2018

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BLEACHERS

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018
PPG PAINTS ARENA

TICKETS ON SALE NEXT FRIDAY, OCT 13 AT 10am VIALIVENATION.COMTICKETMASTER.COM AND THE PPG PAINTS ARENA BOX OFFICE

TICKETS ON SALE STARTING OCTOBER 13TH AT TICKETMASTER.COM
RELEASES NEW TRACK, “WHATEVER YOU WANT” TODAY; FROM SEVENTH STUDIO
ALBUM, BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA DUE OUT OCTOBER 13TH VIA RCA RECORDS
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
(New York, New York – October 5, 2017) – Known for her incredible and entertaining live show,
international pop icon P!NK announces her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 today. The 40-date North
American arena tour produced by Live Nation will start in Phoenix, AZ on March 1st and culminate in Los
Angeles, CA at The Forum on June 2nd
.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday,
October 10th at 10am local time through Thursday, October 12th at 10pm local time.
U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase tickets online between October 10th and October 20th will be
able to redeem (1) physical copy of P!NK’s new album “Beautiful Trauma,” out Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017.
All albums must be redeemed by October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Tickets will be on sale starting
Friday, October 13th to the general public.
To ensure fans gain access to tickets, Fan Registration for the U.S. and Canadian tour dates will be
available here through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program.
P!NK last hit the road on her The Truth About Love Tour which saw her play 142 sold out shows across
13 countries. The Los Angeles Times said, “Pink remains perhaps the most gifted and imaginative
physical performer in pop right now,” while Rolling Stone claimed, “the singer had demonstrated an epic
workout of vocals, stagecraft and stunt-work without missing a note,” and The Hollywood Reporter raved,
“she still is one of pop’s most powerful vocalists.”
In addition, P!NK releases another track, “Whatever You Want” from her highly anticipated seventh studio
album Beautiful Trauma which is available for pre-order now and due out in stores on October 13th (click
here to listen) via RCA Records. The track was produced and written by Max Martin and Shellback along
with additional writing credits from P!NK. P!NK has also released two other tracks from the album, first
single, “What About Us” and “Beautiful Trauma” to rave reviews.
Beautiful Trauma 2018 Tour Dates
DATE CITY VENUE
03/01/18 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
03/03/18 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
03/05/18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
03/06/18 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
03/09/18 Chicago, IL United Center
03/12/18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
03/14/18 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
03/15/18 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
03/17/18 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
03/18/18 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
03/20/18 Toronto, ON* Air Canada Centre
03/23/18 Montreal, QC* Bell Centre
03/25/18 Detroit, MI* Little Caesars Arena
03/27/18 Louisville, KY* KFC Yum! Center
03/28/18 Cleveland, OH* Quicken Loans Arena
04/04/18 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
04/07/18 Pittsburgh, PA* PPG Paints Arena
04/09/18 Boston, MA* TD Garden
04/13/18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
04/14/18 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
04/16/18 Washington, DC*
Capital One Arena (fka Verizon
Center)
04/19/18 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
04/21/18 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
04/24/18 Orlando, FL Amway Center
04/25/18 Fort Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
04/28/18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
05/01/18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
05/08/18 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
05/09/18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
05/12/18 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/13/18 Seattle, WA KeyArena
05/15/18 Portland, OR Moda Center
05/18/18 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
05/22/18 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
05/23/18 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
05/25/18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
05/26/18 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
5/28/18 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
5/31/18 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
06/02/18 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
*Bleachers supporting
Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released six studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 42 million
albums, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, one
Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe
Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. She has
sold out arenas all over the world, made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks for Sharing and released
a side project with singer/songwriter Dallas Green entitled You+Me. Last year, P!NK released “Just Like
Fire” from Walt Disney Studios’ feature film Alice Through The Looking Glass. The track was #1 on the
Adult Contemporary Chart for 6 consecutive weeks and has over 155 million views of the music video.
P!NK was featured on Kenny Chesney’s “Setting The World on Fire,” marking her first #1 on the Country
Airplay Chart and Hot Country Songs Chart. The track also received a 2017 Grammy nomination for
Best Country Duo/Group performance earning P!NK her 18th Grammy nomination.
P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks,
Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry. She was formerly a spokesperson for COVERGIRL and
remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.
For More Information:
Official Website: http://www.pinkspage.com

Good Old War headlining Mr Smalls on 8/2

Philadelphia indie rock band Good Old War returns this summer as the trio their fans have come to know and love. Drummer/vocalist Tim Arnold rejoins Keith Goodwin and Dan Schwartz as the band readies three EPs and takes their unforgettable live show back on the road.
They will be headlining The Funhouse At Mr. Smalls on August 2nd
The first EP, Part Of Me, will be released in August (date tba), but fans will get a taste of what’s to come on July 21st with the release of the title track, “Part Of Me.” Good Old War has spent the past five years building an incredible live following with their acoustic-driven, sing-along-inspiring live performances, both as a headliner and support for a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Joshua Radin, Guster, Brandi Carlile, Dispatch and Dr. Dog.
Listen to their classic track “Coney Island” (which is a similar vibe to the new music):

Opening the show is Canadian female folk duo Twin Bandit

Local Natives at Stage AE on 3.18

LA’s Local Natives have a headlining show at Pittsburgh‘s Stage AE on Sat. March 18th. The band just shared a new music video for their ‘Sunlit Youth’ LP single “Dark Days” (ft. vocals by The Cardigans’ Nina Persson) ahead of their headlining shows throughout March and April. Watch here: http://found.ee/LD_WatchDarkDays

“Dark Days is a bit of a misleading name. It’s a nostalgic song about high school first loves and all the intensity and tension surrounding them, mixed with a little dose of religious guilt. Growing up in Southern California, we didn’t have many days without sun. Dark Days brought to mind good memories of swimming on rainy days and sneaking out to your girlfriend’s house.
 
We’d never done a duet before and when we brainstormed on our favorite female vocalists, Nina Persson immediately came to mind.  We’d never met or had any connection to her prior, but she gave us a chance and we’re so happy to have her beautiful voice on our record. 
 
This footage is from the past two years of making Sunlit Youth. Instead of just going to a ‘proper studio’ in LA, we used most of our recording budget to travel and work in some beautiful locations. Our friend Jonathan came along and filmed us in Thailand, Malaysia, Joshua Tree, Ojai, Nicaragua and London. Not really sure why Taylor was naked…”

The tour will lead them back to the west coast to perform at both weekends of Coachella; the band is also confirmed for the Hangout Music Festival, Governor’s Ball, and Osheaga festivals this summer. ‘Sunlit Youth’ was released on September 9th, 2016 via Loma Vista and earned praise from outlets including NPR, The FADER, Entertainment Weekly, NYLON, NY Mag‘s Vulture, and many more, in addition to performances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and Conan.

Local Natives tour dates:
MAR. 16          TORONTO, ON                        DANFORTH MUSIC HALL
MAR. 17          BUFFALO, NY                          TOWN BALLROOM
MAR. 18          PITTSBURGH, PA                    STAGE AE
MAR. 19          BALTIMORE, MD                     RAMS HEAD LIVE
MAR. 21          CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA         THE JEFFERSON THEATER
MAR. 22          ASHEVILLE, NC                       THE ORANGE PEEL
MAR. 24          SAXAPAHAW, NC                    HAW RIVER BALLROOM
MAR. 25          ATHENS, GA                            GEORGIA THEATRE
MAR. 26          OXFORD, MS                           THE LYRIC
MAR. 27          KNOXVILLE, TN                       THE MILL & MINE
MAR. 29          LOUISVILLE, KY                      MERCURY BALLROOM
MAR. 30          CLEVELAND, OH                     AGORA THEATRE
MAR. 31          ROYAL OAK, MI                       ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE
APR. 1             COLUMBUS, OH                      EXPRESS LIVE! PAVILION
APR. 3             COVINGTON, KY                     MADISON THEATER
APR. 4             COLUMBIA, MO                      THE BLUE NOTE
APR. 5             MADISON, WI                          MAJESTIC THEATRE
APR. 7             DES MOINES, IA                     WOOLY’S
APR. 8             OMAHA, NE                             SLOWDOWN
APR. 11           MISSOULA, MT                       THE WILMA
APR. 12           SPOKANE, WA                        THE KNITTING FACTORY
APR. 13           BOISE, ID                                KNITTING FACTORY
APR. 15           INDIO, CA                                COACHELLA
APR. 17           SAN DIEGO, CA                      THE NORTH PARK THEATRE
APR. 19           POMONA, CA                          FOX THEATER
APR. 22           INDIO, CA                                COACHELLA
MAY 19-21      GULF SHORES, AL                  HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL
MAY 28            LIVERPOOL, UK                      LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY
MAY 31-JUN. 4 BARCELONA, ES                    PRIMAVERA SOUND
JUN. 2-4           NEW YORK, NY                       GOVERNOR’S BALL
JUN. 18            MORRISON, CO                      RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
JUL. 28             BERKELEY, CA                       GREEK THEATRE
AUG. 4-6          MONTREAL, QC                      OSHEAGA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

Refraction and Rebirth: The New Rise of Local Natives

 

Let’s think about our musical heroes for a second. How few of our favourite artists rose from a burst of brilliant light and then rode that one, simple wavelength across an entire career. Those who have truly built a lasting lot, one with arcs, evolution, and focus—the icons who hold up the mirror to nature and push themselves to grow and change and persevere, and who challenge us, the listeners and fans, to follow them on their glorious, circuitous paths—those are the heroes who will truly live forever.

In 2010, Local Natives galvanised a musical scene in Southern California, crafting a sound that they loved, and that others flocked to in turn, with the breakout success of their debut album, Gorilla Manor. The five-piece from Los Angeles featuring Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, Nik Ewing, and Matt Frazier have since created a series of different cathartic chapters informed by their constantly changing surroundings.

The band’s second album, 2013’s brooding and lovely Hummingbird, was born out of a period of darkness, a time spanning loss, grief and change. It was, as Rice calls it, an “existential nightmare” and a difficult writing process, but is remembered fondly by its authors as a beautiful and honest representation of who and where the band was at the time. After a multi-year tour that required the group to relive the dark introspection night after night within the explosive enthusiasm of their stage show, Local Natives were ready to transition into their next phase and to begin writing a new record with an entirely fresh perspective.

As the band began to grow, so too grew its lens, and suddenly the “indie rock” lens cap did not seem to fit any longer. These 30-year-old Los Angelenos had seen the world and heard its sounds, and knew, deep down, that there was more in them. And, as in the style and paths of those arcs of our heroes, when Local Natives filtered this whole new layer of influences through their spectrum, the result is an everywhere-you-turn showcase of vision and virtuosity and their grandest statement yet: their third album, Sunlit Youth.

“Coming out of Hummingbird, I think we took our time,” Rice says. “Part of that was to hit a reset, but also the whole process of this new album was very different. We made sure we were connecting to the joyfulness of making music and what inspired us, and we let that lead us. These songs have this outward effusiveness to them. We threw out our band rulebook and tried to push our dynamics and to think differently.”

The first step in this leap of faith was their songwriting process. As opposed to culling song ideas from jamming together as a group as in the past, the band’s core trio of songwriters Rice, Ayer, and Hahn each produced songs on their own more frequently than ever before, rendering each writer prolific and vastly increasing the number of songs brought to the group space. “That just made us so much more productive,” Rice says. “It was more fun and more free. We wrote fifty songs for this album. I think the record shows that it was chosen from a much larger batch of songs.”

“It took us a second to get used to the idea that no matter how much you slam your head against the wall, a song isn’t going to be great unless everything truly comes together,” Ayer says. “We just focused on the good ideas and knew what to chase. I think getting better at writing songs means knowing what to grab and what to throw away. It’s better to see potential. This record is definitely a testament for us that if you write fifty songs, you’re gonna get ten or twelve that you really love.”

The kick-start album-opener “Villainy” signifies the band’s unbridled new energy and huge ambitions. As Rice sings “I want to start again / sunset’s new babbling man,” electronic notes sputter and swirl, rising and setting as drums pound and keys light the path. It heralds more of a focus in that energy—something the band has had in spades since the beginning—than a change in direction, and the way it reaches beyond the rafters and straight into the sun points the way for the tracks to follow.

As Hahn says, “We’ve gotten older and gotten better at our instruments. There’s a confidence in that, and a confidence to be selfish. You start thinking, ‘What do I want to hear?’ Forget about what we’ve done and what people expect. This is a song that I would want to hear. Selfishly, within the band, if we like this, it doesn’t matter if anyone else does. ‘Villainy’ was born out of listening to sounds that I would have never listened to for Gorilla Manor. We just wanted all the new stuff to have a different energy, and to challenge ourselves to do something different each time.”

Across the album, the band does just that, delving into dancier, poppy moments on “Past Lives” and “Masters,” Fleetwood Mac-inspired dark pop on “Dark Days”, blue-eyed-soul stomp on “Coins,” and prospective anthems on “Fountain of Youth” and “Call Me On.” And while this is new ground for Local Natives to some degree, the sound never loses those qualities that made us fall in love with them in the first place, an accomplishment the band endears to simply following their desire to please themselves.

What has always been there for Local Natives is their meticulous crafting of musical elements while constantly pushing and pulling melody, harmony, and rhythmic components from within their construct and out into the cosmos. Their method lends to a dynamic beyond cerebral execution and into pure, unbridled emotional and energetic territory. As the hedges grow higher in our minds, the band has tapped into that which got the seeds planted in the first place, and the result is an empowering concept of eternal life embodying what Sunlit Youth is all about.

“The record is optimistic and does suggest this feeling that we—as individuals, as society—have the power to take life wherever we want. It’s exuberant and joyful but I think we have a self-awareness in this world now that you can’t have when you’re twenty years old and making your first record. We’re realising that there’s a cyclical nature to it all and there’s always a new perspective. I think it’s this optimistic vision of how the world works, and this album is about facing those realities. A concept like ‘Fountain of Youth’ isn’t an individual, selfish desire to live forever, it’s more the kind of regenerative way that the world is made over and over again. We can do our small part, even if you don’t know how it’s going to affect the change. That is what optimism and changing the world into what you want is. It’s a metaphor. We could connect each of these songs to that feeling of empowerment. ‘Sunlit Youth’ evokes that feeling. It feels like a nice wrapping-up of this trilogy of who we are: these Southern California kids who grew up feeling like the world was this endless possibility. We make music for a living. It’s the most insane thing that any of us would have imagined.”

Looking back upon their own youths yet constantly moving forward to the future, Local Natives have embraced their evolution and made what could be seen as the most Local Natives-sounding album of their young careers.

 

Sunlit Youth was released September 9 on Loma Vista Recordings

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CHRIS CORNELL RELEASES NEW SONG ‘THE PROMISE’ TODAY

CHRIS CORNELL RELEASES NEW SONG ‘THE PROMISE’ TODAY!

FEATURED IN FORTHCOMING FILM THE PROMISE STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE AND OSCAR ISAAC

PROCEEDS TO INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE 

Chris Cornell releases a new original song entitled “The Promise” today. Chris wrote the song for the forthcoming feature film The Promise, starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale and Golden Globe winning actor Oscar Isaac. The Promise is directed by Terry George and will be released in theatres on April 21, 2017 by Open Road Films.

Chris has unveiled a lyric video for the song today which can be seen HERE and the song is now available at all streaming services and digital retailers:

iTuneshttp://smarturl.it/iTunesThePromise

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/ThePromiseApple

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ThePromiseSpotify

Chris will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

Chris’s involvement in The Promise stemmed from his close friendship with the film’s producer, Eric Esrailian. Having married into a Greek family, Chris had been exposed for years to stories about similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire. “If it’s something you or your family members went through, it’s something you’re faced with confronting on a daily basis,” he said.

Immersed in these stories and after further research, he was inspired by the strength and perseverance of those who were affected by these tragic events. Chris aimed to help tell the story of the film, but also to connect it to the kind of brutality we still face today.

“The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it,” he added. “’The Promise’ to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”

Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road, The Shore), The Promise takes place in 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medial student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photojournalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale) has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.

To watch the trailer for the film, click HERE and for more information on the film visit http://www.thepromise.movie.

John 5, 14-string guitarist Felix Martin and more

cypher16promo13/4 – CYPHER16 @ REX THEATER

1602 E CARSON STREET

$22 GA

DOORS: 5:30/SHOW: 6:30

*MAXIMALISM USA & CANADA TOUR 2017 W/ AMARANTHE, CITIZEN ZERO, FAILURE/ANTHEM & SMASH INTO PIECES

 

www.facebook.com/cypher16

 

About CYPHER16:

CYPHER16 have come a long way since their formation in 2007. Based in London, United Kingdom, the alternative metal outfit has made a name for themselves by playing with Dark Tranquility and Lacuna Coil and touring internationally, headlining the DeepWoods Festival abd IIT Delhi Blitzkrieg Show in India, by performing at Bloodstock and Hammerfest. In 2015, CYPHER16 followed up their 17-date tour withAmaranthe by performing in China on festivals headlined by the Scorpions and Killswitch Engage.

 

CYPHER16 is on the road in support of their debut LP The Great Surveyor which is out now. The Great Surveyor is produced by produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon).

  

felix53/8 – FELIX MARTIN @ JAMES STREET (BALLROOM)

422 FORELAND STREET

AGES: 21+

$12 GA

DOORS: 7:00/SHOW: 8:00

*ON TOUR WITH CONSIDER THE SOURCE

 

www.facebook.com/felixmartinmusic

 

About FELIX MARTIN:

Although Berklee-educated modern progressive/world fusion guitarist FELIX MARTIN’s popularity first exploded in 2012 with the release of his Live in Boston album via Prosthetic Records, he originally began shaping his unique performance techniques at the age of just 13. His unparalleled ability to perform a striking genre-blend of metal, jazz, progressive, world and Latin music while nimbly executing it with personally-designed 14 and 16-string guitars is what preserves Martin at the forefront of fusion music today.

 

FELIX MARTIN will release his new album, Mechanical Nations, on February 24. good portion of Mechanical Nations is inspired by industrialized South American locations and the hard work of the people. Musically, Martin’s goal with this album was to discover unique sounds on the electric guitar while blending rock and metal with a Latin spark.

 

john_5061-s4/11 – JOHN 5 @ HARD ROCK CAFE PITTSBURGH

230 W STATION SQUARE DRIVE

$17-$20

DOORS: 7:30/SHOW: 8:00

 

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About JOHN 5 – PS, he’s an LA local!

JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such asRob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martinand others. His upcoming release, Season Of The Witch (out March 3) follows his previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.

YOUTH IN REVOLT ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM THE BROKEN/Pittsburgh 2/21 @Diesel

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Listen to Latest Single “Don’t Wait For Me” HERE
Debut Album The Broken to be Released 2/17/17 via Outerloop Records
Pre-Order HERE and Get “The Broken,” “Not Giving Up” and “Don’t Wait For Me” Instantly
Watch “The Broken” (Official Music Video) HERE
“The Broken” (Official Lyric Video) HERE
HOLMDEL, NJ | JANUARY 24, 2017: As New Jersey rock outfit Youth in Revolt gears up for their highly anticipated debut full-length, The Broken, to be released on February 17, 2017 with Outerloop Records, fans everywhere have been flooding social media, asking when they will be able to see the new lineup in full fruition. Today, the band has answered that call, as they announce a two-week tour kicking off the weekend of the album’s release. The tour will kick off on February 18, 2017 in Worcester, MA at The Raven and wind its way through the midwest hitting Chicago and St. Louis before heading south ending in Nashville and Newport, KY on March 3, 2017 at the Thompson House.
Youth in Revolt is a five-piece rock band hailing from New Jersey with musical similarities to bands such as  Sleeping With Sirens and Of Mice and Men. With sinister riffs, heavy breakdowns, and an array of catchy choruses, Youth In Revolt’s sound is nothing to be considered forgettable. After adding former Brightwell members Tanner Allen (vocals) and Arvin Sarathy (drums) to an impressive lineup with original members Kenny Torres (Vocals, Bass), Alex Ramos (Guitar), and Chris Coletti (Guitar), Youth in Revolt are in their biggest year yet. The band released the first piece of music with the new lineup, a cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Something in the Way You Move“on September 21st, to great acclaim. The band most notably broke into the scene touring alongside acts such as Capture the Crown, Ice Nine Kills, Palisades, and more. Following the debut of their cover of Lorde’s popular track, “Royals,” featured on Pop Goes Punk Vol. 6 and touring the Vans Warped Tour supporting their EP Love is a Liar’s Game in 2015, Youth in Revolt have gained a dedicated following that has highly anticipated the band’s next move.
Tour dates and additional information can be found below. Youth in Revolt’s debut album, The Broken, will be available on February 17th, 2017 via Outerloop Records. Pre-orders are available here and fans will be treated to an instant download of “The Broken,” “Not Giving Up,” and “Don’t Wait for Me.” Visit Outerloop.Group for more information.


Youth in Revolt on Tour:
02/18/17 @ The Raven, Worcester, MA
02/21/17 @ Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA
02/23/17 @ Unruly Brewing, Muskegon, MI
02/24/17 @ Frankie’s, Toledo, OH
02/25/17 @ Bada Brew, Chicago, IL
02/26/17 @ Fubar, St Louis, MO
03/01/17 @ The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
03/03/17 @ Rocketown, Nashville, TN
03/04/17 @ Thompson House, Newport, KY

Youth in Revolt: The Broken Tracklisting
1. Noise
2. Love is a Liar’s Game
3. Not Giving Up
4. The Broken
5. Brisbane
6. Don’t Wait for Me
7. There for You
8. I’m Not Scared
9. Alright
10. Sleep
11. Only One
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Extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY have released a new live video for the song “War Eternal”

The video was filmed at Wacken 2016 and is featured on the band’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray As The Stages Burn!, which comes out March 31st, and will be available as a Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set (EU), Ltd Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD, and as digital album.

Pre-Order the CD/DVD and the LP now at CM Distro / Indie Merch.

Goodbye June @TheSmilingMoose Feb 12

Goodbye June will be coming through Pittsburgh playing at The Smiling Moose on Feb 12th. GBJ is a Nashville based rock band made up of three cousins.  These guys have landed a major label deal w Interscope Records (and EP was released this past fall, new music is coming soon and a full length later this year)   The band hails from Nashville and their sound is something along the lines of Cage the Elephant meets ZZ Top, meets CCR meets Shinedown.
Growing up scattered throughout the South and Midwest, cousins Landon Milbourn,
Brandon Qualkenbush, and Tyler Baker had longtime plans of forming a band. Then in June 2005, Baker’s brother was tragically killed in a car accident while home on military leave. “It wasn’t until after Shane passed away that we decided to finally make this happen, and to focus on writing music that felt really meaningful to us,” notes Qualkenbush. Having chosen a name to mark the month of Shane’s death, Goodbye June soon forged a heavy, soulful sound that fused Milbourn’s ferocious vocals with Qualkenbush and Baker’s brilliantly gritty guitar work.
In 2012, Goodbye June inked a deal with Nashville-based record label Cotton Valley Music, which eventually paved the way for their signing to Interscope Records in early 2016.
Goodbye June are now making their debut with the Danger In The Morning EP (Cotton Valley Music/Interscope Records), created in the thriving rock scene of their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN. The band worked closely with producer Paul Moak (The Weeks, Joy Williams of Civil Wars) to carve out a selection of songs that reveal both their frenetic energy and dynamic musicality.
Since their start, playing live has been essential to the lifeblood of the band. With recent performances including dates with ZZ Top, Forecastle Festival, Live on the Green, Louder Than Life Festival, and a European swing, the band delivers a show that Milbourn describes as “sweaty and dirty, with hair flying everywhere and tambourines getting broken and me falling down every once in a while.”
th_6743302dfba9c80b3a4605e299b318d9_1472575924goodbyejune_albumartcopyNow at work on a full-length debut to be released in 2017, Goodbye June is focused on channeling that raw energy into their studio output. “There’s definitely a structure to the madness with this band,” Qualkenbush points out. “We want to give people the kind of rock-and-roll experience that’s a little harder to come by these days-and hopefully they’ll come away with something that has real meaning.

goodbyejune.com

Wyclef Jean Debuts New Single I Swear Feat. Young Thug

unnamed-1Wyclef Jean premiered his new single, “I Swear” feat. Young Thuglast night on Ebro Darden‘s show on Apple Music‘s Beats 1. “I Swear” is an upbeat romantic track which celebrates the love in a strong relationship.

Listen To “I Swear” Feat. Young Thug Here

I Swear” is featured on Wyclef’s forthcoming EP, J’ouvert, which will be available on January 27, 2017. In addition to Young Thug, J’ouvert also features Walk The Moon and others.

J’ouvert is a precursor to Wyclef’s forthcoming full length album aptly titled Carnival III: Road To Clefication dropping next summer on the 20th anniversary of Wyclef’s critically acclaimed debut The Carnival. The LP has already created quite a buzz with confirmed appearances from Young Thug, Walk The Moon Afrojack, Emeli Sandé and multiplatinum DJ/recording artist Avicii.

Pandora Rolls Out the Next Generation of Its Artist Marketing Platform

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OAKLAND, Calif.–Oct. 17, 2016– Pandora (NYSE:P), the go-to music source for fans and artists, today revealed the next generation of its Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), a powerful evolution of Pandora’s unique suite of marketing tools that includes Artist Audio Messages, Featured Tracks andAMPcast. The redesigned platform makes it even easier and faster for artists – emerging to megastar – to grow an audience, track progress and connect with fans on Pandora.
Learn more about Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform: https://youtu.be/LzE-Pdr5qpc
In addition to providing valuable data about how an artist’s music is performing on Pandora, AMP now features a dynamic feed of an artist’s campaign activity as well as performance metrics and suggestions for new campaigns. AMPcast, in limited release since it launched earlier this year, is now open to all artists. Its new features give artists the ability to geotarget Artist Audio Messages, share these messages via social networks or save draft messages to edit at a later time – all from the Pandora mobile app.
“Our mission has always been to offer every artist the opportunity to find their audience on Pandora – a fan base of more than 78 million of the most engaged listeners in streaming music today,” said Sara Clemens, chief operating officer and head of Pandora’s Music Maker Group. “AMP eliminates guesswork, helps break new artists, surfaces new music from established artists and creates new revenue streams.”
To promote singles, albums, shows or tours, artists can design and schedule integrated campaigns on AMP leveraging a combination of tools that drive listener engagement:

* Artist Audio Messages: Let artists record a short audio message, customize the message with images or calls to action, set it to play before or after a specific track and geotarget fans in specific markets.

 

*Featured Tracks: Give artists the ability to promote a new single widely across Pandora and receive real-time feedback such as thumbs up or down and station creations to gauge listener affinity.

 

*Ticketfly Integration: Prompts artists to promote shows at Ticketfly venues via Artist Audio Messages, automatically provides a “click to buy” link and suggests dates for airing and geotargeting the message based on the event location.

“AMP is proof of Pandora’s commitment to improving the lives of musicians and supporting our industry. It’s the most targeted and efficient set of promotional tools available and it helps us reach a massive audience. The latest updates actually make it even better and we will use it across our roster to let fans know of initiatives and to break new artists,” said Avery Lipman, president and co-founder of Republic Records. “Ariana Grande recorded a series of Artist Audio Messages to support the release of Dangerous Woman that encouraged listeners to preorder the album. The click through rate – a staggering 8.1 percent – was five to seven times what we saw for social and paid channels and drove significant preorders. Other emerging bands like Marian Hill are also using AMP and are thrilled with the results they’ve seen with products like AMPcast.”
Over the past two years, Pandora has invested in helping artists connect with their fans at scale. The company introduced AMP in late 2014, Artist Audio Messages in early 2015 and AMPCast in early 2016. Pandora also acquired Next Big Sound to help artists quantify the value of other channels including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and this August, introduced three Next Big Sound charts:Trendsetters, Predictions and Top Spins. To date, more than 6,000 artists are using AMP to make critical career decisions and more than 5,400 Artist Audio Messages have been heard by Pandora listeners nearly half a billion times.
For AMP how-to videos, case studies and more, visit http://ampplaybook.com

 

VAMPS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR IN NOVEMBER

TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 1PM EST TODAY!
 
NEW DOUBLE SINGLE OUT NOW:
 
“INSIDE OF ME” FEAT. CHRIS MOTIONLESS FROM MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
AND
“RISE OR DIE,” CO-WRITTEN BY VAMPS AND RICHARD Z.
 KRUSPE OF EMIGRATE / RAMMSTEIN 
 
(Preview the new music HERE)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 19, 2016) VAMPS, the visually arresting Japanese rock band featuring HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), are back! There is a swell of activity surrounding the band, including new songs with major guests, a Fall 2016 headline tour across North America and working on their next full-length album.
VAMPS just dropped not one but two songs with blockbuster features: “Inside of Me” features Chris Motionless from Motionless in White, while “Rise or Die” was co-written with Emigrate and Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe.
The songs are available via Spinefarm Records now. Get them on iTunes and Apple Music HERE or stream them on Spotify HERE. For a preview of the new tracks, go HERE and check out the official music video for “Inside of Me.”
HYDE spoke about the new material, which was written and recorded earlier this year in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, 3 Doors Down). “The recording session with Howard Benson and his team was very creative,” Hyde said. “I truly enjoyed writing and recording these new songs. ‘Inside of Me’ contains themes of the forbidden and abstinence. ‘Rise or Die’ is a very catchy rock song that gets the audience pumped up when we play it live. I hope everyone likes these new songs.”
VAMPS will also crash U.S. soil for November headline dates and bring along special guest CITIZEN ZERO whose current single “Go (Let Me Save You)” is available through Wind-up Records and has already climbed up to #23 on the rock radio charts. Find out more about Citizen Zero here.
It’s a welcome return to America for VAMPS and the first time they will tour the U.S. since their special guest stint with SIXX:A.M. in Spring 2015. The tour kicks off November 7 in Los Angeles and will hit select major markets across the U.S., Canada and Mexico throughout November. Tickets go on sale at 1pm EST today – see a full list of dates and ticket links below.
VAMPS are coming back to the States,” enthused K.A.Z. “We will return to some of the cities we performed at with SIXX:A.M. and APOCALYPTICAlast year. We will be playing some new songs and this will be a great tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all the rock fans out there!”
VAMPS just concluded several sold-out shows in their hometown of Tokyo, Japan with support from U.S. rock heavyweights IN THIS MOMENT and Finland’s finest, APOCALYPTICA, the latter of which previously collaborated with VAMPS on the 2015 single “Sin In Justice.”
The rest of 2016 will see VAMPS working on the follow up album to 2015’s Bloodsuckers and the band expects to return to the U.S. for more shows next spring.
VAMPS – North American Tour 2016
With Special Guest CITIZEN ZERO
 
11/6 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF – Social Hall SF Tickets
11/7  – Los Angeles, CA  – El Rey Theater –  El Rey Theatre Tickets
11/10 – Mexico City, Mexico – Teatro Metropolitan – (On-sale 9/22) Teatro Metropolitan
11/13 -New York, NY  – Irving Plaza –  Irving Plaza Tickets
11/14 – Toronto, ON –  Lee’s Palace  – Lee’s Palace Tickets
11/15    Chicago, IL  – Bottom Lounge  – (On-sale 9/22) Bottom Lounge
 

Jacob Whitesides Releases Debut Album ‘Why?’

WHY? DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON ITUNES SINGER/SONGWRITER CHART
PERFORMING “LOVESICK” ON NBC’S TODAY ON SEPTEMBER 14 AND ABC’S LIVE WITH KELLY ON SEPTEMBER 15
 
 
LOS ANGELES, CA –  September 9, 2016 –  Jacob Whitesides today released his highly anticipated debut full length album WHY? via his own Double U Records. The album debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and is available now HERE. To celebrate the release ofWhy?, Jacob will perform the album’s lead single “Lovesick” on NBC’s TODAY this Wednesday, September 14 and on ABC’s Live with Kelly this Thursday, September 15. Tune in to NBC at 7:00amand ABC at 9:00am* to catch the performances.
*Check local listings
Why?, produced by Nashville-based David Spencer, showcases the soulful singing and songwriting of an 18-year old whose independent approach has captured the attention of critics and industry tastemakers as well as connecting with millions of fans around the world.
The album is a powerful thirteen-track collection of songs, brimming with standouts like the finger-clicked soul-pop of “Lovesick” (“A fun song about getting in trouble with your girl”) and “Focus,” which reflects on the stress of a love in our current culture of distraction. Whitesides’ songs are, by and large, heartfelt and relatable. Sometimes they’re lighthearted, but even when they’re upbeat, there’s often another level to the lyrics as the listener dives deeper into the music.  “Love Slow” was inspired by the struggle of being 18 and in a relationship, and on “Bury Our Love” when he sings, “I was old before I was young” the line rings particularly true, echoing his musical talents and accomplishments.
Why? is the follow-up to Whitesides two chart-topping EPs A Piece of Me and Faces On Film (both which stood for days at #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2015). A Piece of Me produced the unintentional hit “Not My Type At All.” The track became the No. 1 most requested on Radio Disney and received heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s “Coffee House” alongside such heavyweights as Coldplay, Paul Simon, and Ray LaMontagne. Additionally, Jacob enters his debut album campaign as the only artist to be chosen as MTV’s “Artist to Watch,” Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing,” Pandora’s “Artist to Watch,” and Spotify’s “Artist to Watch” for 2016, all concurrently.
Later this month, Jacob will embark on a fall tour supporting Ben Rector. A list of dates can be found below. Tickets and on-sale information can be found at www.jacobwhitesides.com.
Thu, Sep 22 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
Fri, Sep 23 Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
Sat, Sep 24 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC
Thu, Sep 29 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Fri, Sep 30 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
Sat, Oct 01 House of Blues – Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
Thu, Oct 06 Brady Theater Tulsa, OK
Fri, Oct 07 Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK
Sun, Oct 09 Rudder Auditorium College Station, TX
Fri, Oct 14 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Sat, Oct 15 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN
Fri, Oct 21 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
Sat, Oct 22 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Sun, Oct 23 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
“He’s built a massive following across social media, which has helped skyrocket his original songs on the Top 40 and singer-songwriter charts.”

Rolling Stone
 
“There is no stopping this humble heart throb.” Teen Vogue
 
“Warning: you are about to fall head-over-heels in love with Jacob Whitesides.” MTV

Make your Monday a little smoother with Stonecold from Machine + Heart

unnamed-9Let us make your Monday a little smoother with this rich and dreamy new track from machineheart, fresh from Spotify’s New MusicFriday playlist…
 
Listen to “Stonecold” 
on Soundcloud HERE and Spotify HERE.
Interview premiered the new track, declaring the “incisive lyricism and honest vocals certainly herald an artistic evolution for the band.”

Gary Clark Jr. @StageAE Pittsburgh: Virtuoso Guitarist Tells The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. came into Pittsburgh last night to tour his acclaimed record, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim .  As Warner Brothers states, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself”.

A true test to his talent, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath “Cheex” Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals were provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and  Sciba.

The young Texan, Clark, started off with a slow easy jam and then launched into “Bright Lights” to get the crowd warmed up to a night full of incredible tone and texture coming from a six string.  Stage AE in Pittsburgh was packed and Clark looked and acted very inspired by the sight of everyone pumped to hear him play.  His next numbers were “Travis County” and “Next Door Neighbor News”, keeping with the straight blues vibe.  A few songs later in the set he played what many feel could become a classic, “When My Train Pulls In”, and the night continued with a very blues tradition feel, leaving his more “modern” work to take a backseat (setlist here).  To watch Clark play is to witness a man at one with his instrument.  Like his pre-concert music of Prince, the man can play many things and styles, but he has true mastery in blues guitar, as Prince did with funk.  Akin to watching Clapton. Clark may be a living legend and the crazy thing is that it is all just starting for him.  Having him play Stage AE, and the last time in town, Mr. Smalls, may be looked back at in the future as crazy impossible, like Bruce or The Police playing The Decade.  The man is destined for bigger and greater things and it is a purely emotional experience to watch the man play.  Hopefully, he won’t wait a few years again before he comes back to a town that certainly loves him.

all photos © 2016 AWeldingphoto

Barrage 8 coming to Pittsburgh

Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide:

“a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before.”

Chartiers Valley Middle School and High School Orchestra will be performing with the musicians of Barrage 8 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Intermediate School at7pm.

Buy tickets here

 

Jason Derulo’s “Platinum Hits” Album w/ New Single “Kiss the Sky” is here

“KISS THE SKY” WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN THE WARNER BROS. PICTURES ANIMATED ADVENTURE STORKS, IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 23RD
 
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JULY 29, 2016 – (Burbank, CA) – Jason Derulo’s Platinum Hits album is out today, July 29th. The 12-track collection includes 11 platinum-selling songs spanning his seven-year career and the brand-new track, “Kiss The Sky.”  The single was co-written by Derulo and produced by Thomas Troelsen and Thomas Eriksen.
Tracklisting:
1. Want To Want Me
2. Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)
3. Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4. Trumpets
5. Whatcha Say
6. Ridin’ Solo
7. It Girl
8. Marry Me
9. The Other Side
10. Don’t Wanna Go Home
11. In My Head
12. Kiss the Sky
WATCH JASON DERULO DISCUSS PLATINUM HITS AND “KISS THE SKY” ON
“Kiss The Sky” will be featured in the Warner Bros. Pictures animated adventure Storks, opening nationwide September 23rd, with a starring vocal cast including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Danny Trejo – and in the film’s upcoming trailer, set to launch in early August.
Tune in this Sunday, July 31st to see Derulo perform on the Teen Choice Awards. He will appear onThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 5th. On September 2nd, Derulo closes out Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, which features the hottest chart-topping music stars live from SummerStage in New York City’s Central Park. He is also continuing on as a judge on the 13th season of So You Think You Can Dance. The live shows air Mondays on FOX.
ABOUT JASON DERULO:

Singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo is one of the most successful and sought-after artists in the industry today. In the six years since ascending to superstardom, Derulo has sold over 56 million singles worldwide, all of which have been co-written by the artist himself. Derulo, who got his start writing hits for other A-list artists such as Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, and more, has seen his eye-grabbing music videos amass over two and a half billion views on YouTube. His music has been streamed over six billion times on Spotify, and his singles have aired on radio to an audience of over 20 billion since his debut single “Whatcha Say.”  His four acclaimed studio albums have accumulated eleven Top 10 singles (including four #1 singles on the Hot 100):  “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “It Girl,” “The Other Side,” “Marry Me,” “Talk Dirty,” “Wiggle,” “Trumpets,” and “Want To Want Me.”  Equally as influential overseas, Jason Derulo has had four #1 singles in the UK, with “Want To Want Me” staying at #1 for four weeks in 2015.  With more new music on the way later this year, Jason Derulo continues to remain at the forefront of modern music, continuing to help shape the DNA of both urban and pop music.
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I Prevail @RexTheater on July 31st

Detroit rock band I Prevail who recently announced a headline North American tour, which will stop in Pittsburgh for a show at The Rex Theater on July 31st.

If you’re not familiar, I Prevail gained global notoriety in early 2015 with a massively successful cover of Taylor Swift’s hit “Blank Space,” which garnered a Top 20 slot on the Active Rock Radio charts, mass media attention and has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies and 22+ million streams/views. Following the overwhelming reception of “Blank Space,” the band recorded their debut EP, Heart Vs. Mind, that has sold over 50,000 copies to date.
The band also just announced they’ll be releasing their highly anticipated debut, full-length album, Lifelines, later this year. Check out their new song “Scars” here: https://youtu.be/tZzL4jI60p4

Alt-Metal Band BLACKMORE Reveals New Guitar Play-Through Video for “God Sells” via Gear Gods

Today marks the release of thrash-influenced alt-metal group BLACKMORE‘s new albumNEO. The primarily Armenian-American band, featuring Greek lead vocalist K’noup of global rock artists Viza, have the album available for purchase now via their website here. There, you can also purchase official BLACKMORE merchandise. You can also stream the album today via Spotify.
In celebration of NEO‘s release, the band is pleased to reveal a brand new guitar play-through and gear review via Gear Gods. Take a look/listen here: http://geargods.net/playthrough/blackmore-god-sells-guitar-playthrough/
As depicted in the video, guitarist Vahan Aslanyan performs with a PRS CE 24 with a bolt on neck, maple neck and rosewood fret board with 85/15 pickups. Guitarist Shaunt Sulahian performs with an Ibanez JS Series Satriani Signature with a Floyd Rose bridge, maple neck and rosewood fretboard.
There’s more where that came from! Last week, BLACKMORE released another play-through video for their new track “Tsunami” via their YouTube page:https://youtu.be/vxCa0FVIzXc
More visuals are available now via BLACKMORE, including their heavy-hitting music video for the track “72”, produced and directed by Noel Ross: https://youtu.be/MZp2ypW4EsI
A “72” music video behind the scenes clip is also available for viewing:https://youtu.be/VSiWzhYhR_M
 
BLACKMORE began introducing fans to NEO last summer by releasing one new track from the album per month. NEO was produced by Yury Anisonyan and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering (Faith No More, Sepultura, Halford, Cynic).
Stay tuned for more coming from BLACKMORE soon!
 
BLACKMORE is:
Vox: K’noup
Guitars: Shaunt Sulahian
Guitars: Vahan Aslanyan
Bass: Andy Terzyan
Drums: Vinny Mezian
BLACKMORE online: