What: The Get Free Tour
When: Thursday, March 1st, 2018 – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
Where: Mr. Smalls Theatre – 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209
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…
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!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, 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 Satanist, Behemoth 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.
ABOUT TESTAMENT – http://www.testamentlegions.com/site/
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 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.
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.
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.
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(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
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
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
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
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.
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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*MAXIMALISM USA & CANADA TOUR 2017 W/ AMARANTHE, CITIZEN ZERO, FAILURE/ANTHEM & SMASH INTO PIECES
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).
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*ON TOUR WITH CONSIDER THE SOURCE
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.
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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.
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.
Wyclef 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.
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.
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NEW DOUBLE SINGLE OUT NOW:
“INSIDE OF ME” FEAT. CHRIS MOTIONLESS FROM MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
“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
|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|
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 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.
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.