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.

LGBTQ Music Vote Nominee- Reigen (Troye Sivan-esque) New Single/Free Download with Arthur Indrikovs- (James Arthur, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris)

REIGEN
“How To Make Love”

The New Single Out 26th Jan 2018
FREE DOWNLOAD

“Gorgeous, poised vocals over a gossamer production” – BBC Radio 6Music

Pop with a left field feel that seems to play the game by its own rules” – Clash Magazine

The LGBTQ Music Vote Nominee, Reigen, is a Houston native who relocated to Brooklyn to advance his career as a singer/songwriter and producer.  Reigen’s delicate falsetto vocals and synthy RnB style in his song, “Weekend,” earned global blog attention in 2017. His new single, “How To Make Love” is a blend of new wave and modern pop that draws worthy comparisons to Years & Years, Sam Smith and Troye Sivan.

In times where there seems to be a constant threat of war and negativity, Reigen shares a gift with the world in the form of ‘How To Make Love’ as a free download. It opens with his trademark falsetto voice, breathing evocative lyrics. The minor tonality of the song, and the underlying heartbeat-like kick drum throughout the song echoes the everyday threat of war with big political heads currently in power. A warm synth leads up to the chorus, offering hope and security while the harp provides serenity during the choruses.

“How To Make Love” was written, performed, and produced by Reigen, then mixed and mastered by Arthur Indrikovs (James Arthur, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris).

Weeks of late night panic attacks and no sleep, unimaginable news echoing in my head, feeling angry. They say love conquers all – how do we make love in a time of war?

 

S T R E A M

Reigen – How To Make Love
https://soundcloud.com/reigen/how-to-make-love/

D I S C O V E R

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/reigen

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0tfxiUabEtqELHeVOCvN8l
Instagram: https://instagram.com/reigenmusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reigenmusic/
Website: http://www.reigenmusic.com/

Major Star Wars Guest Announced for Steel City Comic Con

STEEL CITY COMIC CON

APR 13-15, 2018

Monroeville Convention Center

209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146

 

SHOW HOURS:

FRI 10am -8pm  SAT 10am-8pm    

SUN 10am- 5pm

 

3 Day Pass Holders get in Early ALL 3 DAYS!

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Visit the Official Steel City Con web site!
 
IAN MCDIARMID – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
Yep! This is BIG news!
We are pleased to announce that Ian McDiarmid will be attending the Steel City Comic Com! McDiarmid was cast by George Lucas in Return of the Jedi as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain. Sixteen years after appearing in Return of the Jedi, he reprised the role as the character’s younger incarnation of Senator Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious in the prequel filmsThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The prequels had him play two faces to his character; he re-created his diabolical interpretation of Palpatine from Return of the Jedi when playing Darth Sidious, the Chancellor’s Sith alter ego, but created a pleasant, charming character in Palpatine’s public persona.

In the 2004 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, a brief scene between Darth Vader and a hologram of Emperor Palpatine was updated to include McDiarmid. He has also worked with the Star Wars expanded universe as the voice of Palpatine in the video game adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the JediSuper Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Ian McDiarmid will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
        LIMITED TIME – TICKET DISCOUNT OFFER!
Act quickly and get massive discounts on admission tickets to the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  Ticket Discounts ENDS when Offer expires or when ticket category sells-out, whichever comes first. Purchase tickets: (1) web site; or (2) Facebook page
Steel City Con / April 13-15, 2018 / Monroeville Convention Center

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ALICE COOPER – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
Yep! This is BIG news!
We are pleased to announce that “The Godfather of Shock Rock” will be attending the Steel City Comic Con!  He has drawn equally from horror filmsvaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.  The original Alice Cooper band released its first album in 1969 but broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen” from their third studio album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies. Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rockhard rockheavy metalnew wave,glam metalpop rockexperimental rock, and industrial rock.
Alice Cooper will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
 
GARY BUSEY – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS
Gary Busey will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 Days of the show. A prolific character actor, Busey has appeared in over 150 films, including Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Carried Away (1996), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Gingerdead Man (2005) and Piranha 3DD (2012). Busey also made guest appearances on television shows such as GunsmokeWalker, Texas RangerLaw & OrderScrubs, and Entourage.

For portraying Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Busey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor.
Gary Busey will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.  Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
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BRENDA STRONG – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that Brenda Strong will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  Brenda has appeared in Twin PeaksParty of FiveSeinfeld, and Sports Night; she was regular cast member in the sitcoms Scorch (1992), and The Help (2004). Strong had supporting roles in a number of films, including Starship Troopers (1997), Black Dog (1998), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) and The Work and the Glory (2004). She is best known for her role as Mary Alice Young in the ABC television comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards. Strong later starred as Ann Ewing in the TNT prime time soap opera, Dallas (2012-2014). In 2016, she undertook a recurring role as Lillian Luthor on Supergirl.
Brenda Strong will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
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WILLIAM KATT – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that William Katt will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!   the star of the television series The Greatest American Hero. He first became known for playing Tommy Ross, the ill-fated prom date of Carrie White in the film version of Carrie (1976) and subsequently starred in films such as First Love (1977), Big Wednesday (1978) and Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979). Between 1985 and 1988, he starred in nine Perry Mason television films alongside his mother Barbara Hale, who reprised her role as Della Street from the television series Perry Mason.
William Katt will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
 
ANNABETH GISH – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that Annabeth Gish will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  Annabeth had roles in films such as ShagHiding OutMystic PizzaSLC Punk!The Last Supper and Double Jeopardy. On television, she played Special Agent Monica Reyes on
The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing, Eileen Caffee on Brotherhood, Charlotte Millwright on The Bridge and Sheriff Althea Jarry on the final season of Sons of Anarchy.  In 2016, she reprised her role as Monica Reyes in the tenth season of The X-Files. She confirmed on social media that she will be appearing in the eleventh season of the series in 2018.

Annabeth Gish will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
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ROSS MARQUAND – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are please announce that Ross Marquand will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  He has appeared on filmstage, and television. He is best known for portraying the role of Aaron on The Walking Dead. Ross is also an accomplished voiceover actor, Ross has lent his talents to productions such as Phineas and FerbConan, and video games like Battlefield Hardline. He is also known for impersonating a plethora of celebrities including Harrison FordBrad PittKevin SpaceyMatthew McConaughey and over 50 others.
Ross Marquand will be available for autographs and professional photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
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BARBARA EDEN – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
 
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BRUCE DERN – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
 
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MICHAEL DORN – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that Michael Dorn will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con! Michael is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise.  From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint“, to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise’s history, spanning five films and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf’s ancestor, Colonel Worf, in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  Following the end of his Star Trek career, Dorn had supporting roles in a number of independent feature films, including Shadow Hours (2000), Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and the Santa Clause trilogy, in which he appeared in a cameo role as “The Sandman”.

Michael Dorn will be available for autographs and professional photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
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TERRY FARRELL – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that Terry Farrell will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con! Terry is best known for her role as Jadzia Dax in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and later in the comedy series Becker as Regina “Reggie” Kostas.
Terry Farrell will be available for autographs and photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
JAY “CHRISTIAN” RESO – ALL 3 DAYS!
We are proud to announce that wrestling legend Jay “Christian” Reso will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con! Jay is a Canadian actor, variety show host, podcaster, and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE under the ring name Christian, a shortened version of his original ring name Christian Cage that was also used during his tenure in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

In April 2009, Reso won the ECW Championship, eventually losing the title only to regain it in July, during which he became WWE’s longest-reigning ECW Champion. After ECW was shuttered, Reso went on to capture WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice in 2011, making him the only wrestler to have held the NWA, ECW, and World Heavyweight Championships. Between WWE and TNA, Reso held 22 total championships (including six world titles) and headlined multiple pay-per-view events. He is the twenty-third Triple Crown Champion and the eleventh Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
Jay “Christian” Reso will be available for autographs and professional photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
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VICKI GUERRERO – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are proud to announce that Wrestling Legend Vicki Guerrero  will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  Vicki is an American professional wrestling authority figure and medical administrator. In wrestling, she has appeared as an on-air authority figure, storyline lover to several WWE wrestlers, occasional professional wrestler in the WWE Divas division, and as a manager for numerous wrestlers.

She is known for igniting negative reactions from audiences with her catchphrase, “Excuse me!”, and her villainous persona. She is the widow of professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero, which has been occasionally incorporated into WWE storylines.
Vicki Guerrero will be available for autographs and professional photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
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JOHN WESLEY SHIPP – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that John Wesley Shipp will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!   John played the lead Barry Allen on CBS‘s superhero series The Flash from 1990 to 1991, and Mitch Leery, the title character’s father, on the drama series Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2001. Shipp has also played several roles in daytime soap operas including Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light from 1980 to 1984, and Douglas Cummings on As the World Turns from 1985 to 1986 (which earned him his first Daytime Emmy Award). He portrays both Barry Allen’s father, Henry, and Jay Garrick/Flash on the current The Flash series on The CW network.
John Wesley Shipp will be available for autographs & professional photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con.
Buy Admission Tickets: http://www.steelcitycon.com
 
TIFFANY – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
We are pleased to announce that 80’s Pop Music Star TIFFANY will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con! Tiffany is a songwriter, actress, and former teen icon. She is most notable for her 1987 cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now“, a 1967 original recording by Tommy James and the Shondells. Released as the second single from her eponymous album, Tiffany, the song quickly became a teen anthem. Thanks to an original mall tour, “The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour ’87”, Tiffany found commercial success; both the single and the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The singles “Could’ve Been” and “I Saw Him Standing There“, a cover version of The Beatles‘ “I Saw Her Standing There“, followed soon after, with the former also claiming the No. 1 position on the Hot 100.
Tiffany will be available for autographs and photo ops ALL 3 DAYS of the comic con!
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
STEEL CITY COMIC CON 
LIMITED EDITION CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE COMIC BOOK! 
Zenescope Entertainment
Grimm Fairy Tales Issue #120
You can purchase your copy of this amazing convention exclusive at the Steel City Comic Con Booth located near Artist Alley!
 
The Official Steel City Comic Con Booth is located across from Artist Alley and you can find great deals on autographed merchandise! 
 
Stop by for some great deals!
Buy Admission Tickets:   http://www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets/                  

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING OPTIONS AVAILABLE!
The Steel City Comic Con is the largest show of the Monroeville Convention Center and their EXCLUSIVE comic con!
We know our customer base is your target audience.  The Steel City Comic Con can help your business reach our core customer base through a variety of different options.
 
Most sponsors that we speak with find they want to participate in multiple options.
We offer both corporate and private sponsorships that are unique and can help you get the results you need.  Additionally, we offer a wide variety of options that will suit your budget and level of interest.
Use the contact information below and let’s get started! http://www.steelcitycon.com

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With crowds hitting building capacity tables always sell-out fast!
You may also contact us through the website if you would like to be placed on the WAIT LIST.
We are the biggest show at the Monroeville Convention Center and their EXCLUSIVE Comic Con
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STEEL CITY COMIC CON

APR 13-15, 2018

Monroeville Convention Center

209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146

 

SHOW HOURS:

FRI 10am -8pm  SAT 10am-8pm    

SUN 10am- 5pm

 

3 Day Pass Holders get in Early ALL 3 DAYS!

http://www.steelcitycon.com


Visit the Official Steel City Con web site!
 
IAN MCDIARMID – ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!
Yep! This is BIG news!
We are pleased to announce that Ian McDiarmid will be attending the Steel City Comic Com! McDiarmid was cast by George Lucas in Return of the Jedi as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain. Sixteen years after appearing in Return of the Jedi, he reprised the role as the character’s younger incarnation of Senator Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious in the prequel filmsThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The prequels had him play two faces to his character; he re-created his diabolical interpretation of Palpatine from Return of the Jedi when playing Darth Sidious, the Chancellor’s Sithalter ego, but created a pleasant, charming character in Palpatine’s public persona.

In the 2004 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, a brief scene between Darth Vader and a hologram of Emperor Palpatine was updated to include McDiarmid. He has also worked with the Star Wars expanded universe as the voice of Palpatine in the video game adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the JediSuper Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Ian McDiarmid will be available for autographs and photo ops all 3 days of the show.   Don’t miss this VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY!
Got your Admission Tickets yet?: http://www.steelcitycon.com
LIMITED TIME – TICKET DISCOUNT OFFER!
Act quickly and get massive discounts on admission tickets to the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!  Ticket Discounts ENDS when Offer expires or when ticket category sells-out, whichever comes first. Purchase tickets: (1) web site; or (2) Facebook page
Steel City Con / April 13-15, 2018 / Monroeville Convention Center

Purchase tickets: http://www.steelcitycon.com

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.

 

POWER TRIP Announces North American Tour With Sheer Mag, Fury, And Red Death As Support

[photo by Kevin Estrada]
POWER TRIP has announced a new set of headlining North American tour dates late this spring with Sheer Mag, Fury, and Red Death. Check below for a full list of dates, and watch for more tour dates to be announced. All tickets for the new headlining dates are now on sale HERE. See a newly unleashed tour trailer HERE.
POWER TRIP‘s breakthrough album, Nightmare Logic, earned an overwhelming amount of love across the board, ranging in praise from The New Yorker to a Pitchfork’s Best New Music, to countless best-of/year-end lists The band was awarded the Best Metal Album Of The Year from Loudwire and song placement in the WWE.
Find POWER TRIP’s Nightmare Logic at YouTube HERE, Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, and at the Southern Lord US store HERE and European store HERE.
POWER TRIP Tour Dates:
1/13/2018 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
1/18/2018 Astra Kulturhaus – Berlin, DE ^
1/19/2018 Tivoli Ronda – Utrecht, NL ^
1/20/2018 Eventwerk – Dresden, DE ^
1/21/2018 Backstage – Munich, DE ^
1/22/2018 Komplex – Zurich, CH ^
1/23/2018 Schlachtof – Wiesbaden, DE ^
1/24/2018 Sono – Brno, CZ ^
1/25/2018 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, DE ^
1/26/2018 De Mast – Torhout, BE ^
1/27/2018 Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, DE ^
1/28/2018 02 Forum Kentish Town – London, UK ^
3/11/2018 Live Music Hall – Koln, DE #
3/12/2018 Turbinenhalle 2 – Oberhausen, DE #
3/14/2018 KB – Malmo, SE #
3/15/2018 Fryshuset Klubben – Stockholm, SE #
3/16/2018 Rockefeller – Oslo, NO #
3/17/2018 Arbis – Norrkoping, SE #
3/19/2018 Cable Factory – Helsinki, FI #
3/21/2018 Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE #
3/22/2018 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK #
3/23/2018 Huxleys – Berlin, DE #
3/24/2018 Täubchenthal – Leipzig, DE #
3/25/2018 Progresja – Warsaw, PL #
3/27/2018 Roxy – Prague, CZ #
3/28/2018 Majestic – Bratislava, SK #
3/29/2018 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU #
3/30/2018 Simm City – Vienna, AU #
4/01/2018 Tvornica – Zagreb, HR #
4/02/2018 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, SI #
4/03/2018 Phenomenon – Novara, IT #
4/04/2018 Komplex – Zurich, CH #
4/06/2018 Sala Santana – Bilbao, ES #
4/07/2018 Teatro Barcelo – Madrid, ES #
4/08/2018 Sala Razzmatazz – Barcelona, ES #
4/10/2018 L’Usine – Geneva, CH #
4/11/2018 Tonhalle – Munich, DE #
4/12/2018 LKA-Longhorn – Stuttgart, DE #
4/13/2018 Bataclan – Paris, FR #
4/15/2018 Trix – Antwerp, BE #
4/16/2018 O2 Academy – Bristol, UK @
4/17/2018 O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK @
4/19/2018 O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK @
4/20/2018 Academy – London, UK @
4/21/2018 Academy Brixton – London, UK @
4/27/2018 Welcome to Rockville Festival – Jacksonville, FL [info]
4/28/2018 Fort Rock – Sunrise, FL
4/30/2018 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA *
5/01/2018 Saturn – Birmingham, AL *
5/04/2018 Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
5/05/2018 Broadberry – Richmond, VA *
5/06/2018 Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA *
5/07/2018 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
5/08/2018 The Black Cat – Washington, DC *
5/10/2018 Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY *
5/11/2018 Paradise – Boston, MA *
5/12/2018 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY *
5/13/2018 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON *
5/15/2018 El Club – Detroit, MI *
5/16/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL *
5/18-20/2018 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH [info]
5/19/2018 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL *
5/20/2018 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN *
5/21/2018 The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB *
5/23/2018 Louis’ – Saskatoon, SK *
5/24/2018 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB *
5/25/2018 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB *
5/27/2018 Modified Ghost Festival III – Vancouver, BC [info]
5/28/2018 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA *
5/29/2018 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *
5/31/2018 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA *
6/01/2018 The Ritz – San Jose, CA *
6/02/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA !
6/03/2018 Soma – San Diego, CA *
6/04/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ *
6/05/2018 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM !
6/07/2018 The Mohawk – Austin, TX !
^ w/ Hatebreed, Madball, Terror, Broken Teeth, Insanity Alert
# w/ Trivium, Venom Prison
@ w/ Trivium, Venom Prison, Code Orange
* w/ Sheer Mag, Fury and Red Death
! w/ Sheer Mag and Red Death
 

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)

 

Jessica Lea Mayfield in Pittsburgh on October 14 @ClubCafe

Acclaimed singer songwriter will be in town performing at Club Café on October 14 in support of her new album Sorry Is Gone, out September 29 on ATO Records.

The album was written and recorded following the break up of Jessica’s marriage. She comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else. I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

Sorry Is Gone is now streaming in full at NPR Music who says, “she doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” Listen to the album here.

“She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” –NPR Music

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone, is now streaming in full exclusively at NPR Music’s First Listen series. Listen HERE. Of the album, NPR Music’s Tom Moon declares, “She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas. And there are expressions of anger, too. But Mayfield never lets bitterness become the whole story—she tempers the astringent lyrics of ‘Offa My Hands’ and ‘Wish You Could See Me Now’ with a breezy, beguiling melodic sweetness. There’s a sense of catharsis, but it’s catharsis on pop terms: Sorry Is Gone is the sound of someone who knows exactly how much her baggage weighs, and exactly how much energy it takes to get it out of her way and into the rearview mirror.”

Out next Friday, September 29 on ATO Records, Sorry Is Gone is now available pre-order, which includes instant downloads of three album tracks: “Sorry Is Gone,” “Meadow” and “Offa My Hands.”

Already receiving widespread acclaim, Stereogum recently debuted the official music video for “Meadow” calling it, “…appealing in its blend of melancholy resignation and defiant self-will” (watch HERE.), while NPR Music premiered the video for the title track declaring, “Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. ‘Sorry Is Gone,’ the title track to her next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life…Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing” (watch HERE). Moreover, of the album, LENNY asserts, “Sorry Is Gone is clamorous and dynamic, reflective of Mayfield’s rare gift of seeming equally steady and chameleonic from album to album” and goes on to praise, “Mayfield seems primed to enjoy not only another strong album but to harness its moment in the service of others.”

The 11-track record was recorded at Water Music and Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent). In addition to Mayfield, the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds).

Of the record, Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else.” She continues, “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

In support of the release, Mayfield will embark on an extensive tour this fall including shows at NYC’s Baby’s All Right, DC’s Songbyrd, Nashville’s The Basement East and Chicago’s The Empty Bottle among many others. All tickets are now on-sale via https://site.jessicaleamayfield.com/tour. See below for complete details.

Sorry Is Gone is Mayfield’s first solo album since 2014’s Make My Head Sing…, which was released to widespread acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone asserted, “…Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results,” while Pitchfork praised, “There’s something certainly compelling about this raw, minimalist sound” and NPR’s Fresh Air proclaimed, “The music is heavy, but it soars.” Additionally Interview Magazine declared, “Mayfield sounds like she’s finally arrived” and USA Today affirmed, “Her evolution as an artist has been fascinating to hear.” Most recently, in 2015, Mayfield collaborated with Seth Avett on Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.

SORRY IS GONE TRACK LISTING

1. Wish You Could See Me Now
2. Sorry Is Gone
3. Meadow
4. Maybe Whatever
5. Soaked Through
6. Safe 2 Connect 2
7. Bum Me Out
8. WTF
9. Offa My Hands
10. World Won’t Stop
11. Too Much Terrible

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD TOUR
*with support from Mal Blum
†with support from Blank Range
‡with support from Idle Bloom 

October 8  /// Charleston, WV  /// Mountain Stage
October 12  /// Columbus, OH /// Rumba Café*
October 13  /// Lakewood, OH  /// Mahall’s 20 Lanes*
October 14  /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Club Café*
October 15  /// Toronto, ON  /// The Rivoli*
October 17  /// New York, NY /// Baby’s All Right*
October 19  /// Boston, MA  /// Great Scott†
October 20  /// Philadelphia, PA /// Boot & Saddle†
October 21  /// Washington, DC—Songbyrd†
October 23  /// Charlottesville, VA  /// The Southern†
October 24  /// Carrboro, NC /// Cat’s Cradle Back Room†
October 25  /// Knoxville, TN  /// The Open Chord†
October 26  /// Asheville, NC /// The Altamont†
October 27  /// Atlanta, GA  /// The Earl†
October 28  /// Charlotte, NC /// Stage Door Theater†
November 3  /// Nashville, TN  /// The Basement East‡
November 8  /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi†
November 9  /// Chicago, IL  /// The Empty Bottle
November 10  /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Back Room at Colectivo
November 11  /// Minneapolis, MN  /// 7th Street Entry
November 12  /// Madison, WI /// The Frequency†
November 14  /// Davenport, IA /// The Raccoon Motel†
November 15  /// Des Moines, IA  /// Vaudeville Mews†
November 16  /// Kansas City, MO /// The Riot Room†
November 17  /// St. Louis, MO /// Off Broadway†
November 18  /// Louisville, KY  /// Zanzabar†

Good Old War @ Mr Smalls on 11/1

Philadelphia indie rock band Good Old War will be opening for Josh Ritter at his Mr. Smalls show on November 1st.

Drummer/vocalist Tim Arnold rejoined singer Keith Goodwin and guitarist/vocalist Dan Schwartz earlier this year reuniting the trio back to its original form.  They also just released an EP, Part Of Me, on September 1st which is the first in a collection of three EPs. Listen to title track here: https://youtu.be/N6-SvY3sUTQ
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.

SynthPop Duo, Great Good Fine Ok in Pittsburgh 5/25

Is it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine OK met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism.

An EP, Body Diamond, soon followed, as did a slate of shows at that year’s SXSW festival and a deal with Neon Gold and Epic Records. In 2014 GGFO’s second EP, 2M2H, reached #10 on the iTunes dance chart and featured the St. Lucia collaboration “Something to Believe In,” which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. In keeping with this collaborative spirit, GGFO co-wrote and performed on The Chainsmoker’s single “Let You Go,” recorded a cover of Phil Collins’s “Easy Lover” with fellow Brooklynite Panama Wedding, and produced the song “Shapeshifting” with Irish folk-pop singer Orla Gartland, whom Jon and Luke met after their headlining show at Notting Hill Arts Club in London. They have also remixed songs by St Lucia, Foxes, Twenty One Pilots, Luxley, Little Daylight, and many others.

In the past three years, GGFO have performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty Who, Joywave, Magic Man, Vacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing ten million plays on Spotify. As anyone who attended the group’s recent sold-out Northeast headlining tour can attest, GGFO has amassed a large contingent of loyal fans who have come to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos, with Jon and Luke backed by drummer Danny Wolf and guitarist Carey Clayton. 2016 has already seen the release of three singles and an EP of GGFO songs remixed by like-minded artists, with more new works ever looming on the horizon. Music blog Indie Shuffle says, “I dare you to find another group in the past two years who has been so prolific and consistent with their releases while at the same time delivering some of the most heavenly signature falsetto vocals known to man.”

http://www.greatgoodfineok.com/

THE BAND

Jon Sandler // vocals

Luke Moellman // keyboards, keytar, MalletKat

Carey Clayton // guitar

Danny Wolf // drums

Mykki Blanco @Cattivo 3.24.17

Mykki Blanco is the New York City writer, activist, and international performing artist who’s as well known for his gender-nonconforming attitude as he is for his genre-bending brand of hip hop. He released his debut studio album Mykki via !K7 Records in September 2016. The album was a culmination of Blanco’s years of recording, touring, work, and imagination and received much acclaim from the likes of The FADERThe AtlanticPitchfork (7.7), i-D and more.
Mykki recently got a “Fuck Trump” tattoo the day of the inauguration: http://www.thefader.com/2017/01/20/mykki-blanco-fuck-trump-tattoo
Watch Mykki’s Berlin Tour Diary: https://youtu.be/EMhQgU80IEA
Cattivo
146 44th St
Lawrenceville, PA 15201
Date: Friday, March 24th
Ages: 21+
Doors: 8:00 PM
Price: $15-$17

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

http://localnatives.com/

Aisha releases “Fake”

aisha-fakeAisha showcases her creative and unique British spin on American style RnB. The self-admitted perfectionist believes that the UK scene is dominated by urban rap and grime and lacks more soulful RnB sounds, which is what has prompt her to create ‘Fake’.

‘Fake’ follows the story of Aisha’s ex-boyfriend, a compulsive liar, who cheated of her compatible times. She perfectly depicts the relationships storyline and expresses her emotional anger with confidence and elegance.

Aisha grew up listening to American RnB and soul artists such as Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans and Alicia Keys, which shines through her single in regards to her vocal projection and control.

‘Fake’ is out now!

Listen on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/user-110741001/9-aisha-fake

Available on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fake-single/id1190409472

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

 

RADKEY Announce Fall Headlining Tour (12/7@Brillobox Pittsburgh) – New Album “Delicious Rock Noise” Out November 11th

With less than a month until the release of their new album, Delicious Rock Noise, RADKEY have announced a US headlining tour for the Fall. Joining the band on these dates are fellow Another Century labelmates The Fame Riot. The upcoming trek kicks off in Colorado Springs, CO on November 11th – which coincides with the release date of the new record. A complete list of dates for the tour can be found at the end of this press release.

RADKEY is also featured in the next issue of Alternative Press, as part of the publication’s “AP Recommends” section. Hear what the leading voice in alternative rock music has to say about the band’s upcoming record:

“Now entering their early twenties, their new record, Delicious Rock Noise, sounds far more mature than their ages would belie. Vocalist/guitarist Dee Radke has a deep and energetic baritone that glides over riffs that’ll have you jumping up and down. His brothers Isaiah and Solomon lay down a tremendously groovy rhythm section, rounding out a powerhouse that sounds so much fuller than just three brothers from Missouri.”

RADKEY – “Dark Black Makeup” (Official Music Video)
Delicious Rock Noise is available for pre-order via CM Distro (which offers multiple bundle options) and various other music retailers. All digital pre-orders come with an Instant Grat download of the track “Dark Black Makeup”.  A complete list of pre-order options can be found below.

Pre-Order Links
CM Distro: http://smarturl.it/RadkeyDRNcmdistro
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/RadkeyDRNiTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/RadkeyDRNamazon
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/RadkeyDRNspotify

“Delicious Rock Noise is the album we’ve always dreamt of making. Since we were old enough to even think about stuff I think. It was really important to make an album the way we believe rock records should be made, and that’s pretty much writing anything you feel like writing and then recording it because you feel that it rocks exactly the way that you needed it too. Delicious Rock Noise is everything that we are, and we feel so lucky to have been able to make it just the way we wanted to.”
RADKEY – Headlining Tour w/The Fame Riot

Friday, November 11th – The Black Sheep (Colorado Springs, CO)
Sunday, November 13th – Neurolux (Boise, ID)
Wednesday, November 16th – High Dive (Seattle, WA)
Thursday, November 17th – Hawthorne Theatre – Lounge (Portland, OR)
Friday, November 18th – The Boreal (Eugene, OR)
Saturday, November 19th – The Ritz (San Jose, CA)
Sunday, November 20th – Neck Of The Woods – Downstairs (San Francisco)
Monday, November 21st – Resident (Los Angeles, CA)
Tuesday, November 22nd – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
Wednesday, November 23rd – 191 Toole (Phoenix, AZ)
Friday, November 25th – Lowbrow Palace (El Paso, TX)
Saturday, November 26th – Sundown @ Granada Theater (Dallas, TX)
Sunday, November 27th – Sidewinder – Insider (Austin, TX)
Tuesday, November 29th – Hi-Tone (Memphis, TN)
Wednesday, November 30th – The Saturn (Birmingham, AL)
Thursday, December 1st – Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
Friday, December 2nd – Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC)
Saturday, December 3rd – Comet Ping Pong (Washington, D.C.)
Sunday, December 4th – Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia, PA)
Tuesday, December 6th – Studio @ Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Wednesday, December 7th – Brillobox (Pittsburgh, PA)
Thursday, December 8th – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
Friday, December 9th – The Pike Room (Pontiac, MI)
Saturday, December 10th – The Brass Rail (Ft. Wayne, IN)
Sunday, December 11th – The Stache (Grand Rapids, MI)
Tuesday, December 13th – Cobra Lounge (Chicago, IL)

Casey Hopkins Hosts New VICE Snapchat Series ‘Dating Advice With Guitars’

CASEY HOPKINS HOSTS NEW SNAPCHAT SERIES
FOR VICE
 ‘DATING ADVICE WITH GUITARS’
Photo Cred: Luis Lucio
LISTEN : Casey Hopkins – “Touch”

“Motorcycle music for road trips and ass-kicking.”
Miami New Times

Casey Hopkins recently landed a gig hosting a new Snapchat series for Vice’s channel. The segment features Casey at his day job, the Pentatonic guitar store in Brooklyn, from where he gives dating advices with guitars.

The second episode is now live on VICE’s Snapchat. You can also watch it here.

Catch the first episode here: http://qlnk.io/ql/57d1c46de4b0f1d1c05bdbc2

Hopkins is a Brooklyn-based guitarist/songwriter who was deemed a prodigy of blues guitar at a young age. His music is fueled by a deep love for The Cramps and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After moving up from South Florida in 2014, he started playing live as a trio in NYC in the spring of 2015, quickly making an impression with a scorching guitar sound and high energy performances.
LINKS
Facebook – Soundcloud – Bandcamp

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
 

OTEP Partners Up With Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY To Release “Crawling Up” Spoken Word Performance


 
New Album GENERATION DOOM Out Now
In addition to her prolific music catalog OTEP is also famous for her thought provoking, spoken word performances.  So much so in fact she is consiered a DEF POETRY ALL STAR, as she has appeared on Russell Simmons’ DEF POETRY on HBO.
With that being the case OTEP has once again partnered up with Russell Simmons on his ALL DEF POETRY project.  ALL DEF POETRY is a new channel brought to you by Russell Simmons – a world-renowned champion of the spoken word art form. Fresh, riveting, and featuring some of the best voices in the genre, ALL DEF POETRY brings you the raw power of spoken word!
Beginning today you can watch OTEP‘s ALL DEF POETRY performance of “Crawling Up” HERE.  OTEP partnered with Director Aleks Rastovic & ALL DEF POETRY to create this piece.
OTEP spoke about her past and current collaborations with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY:
“I’ve partnered with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY to create the future of spoken word performance.”
“My performances on HBO‘s DEF POETRY changed my life.  I appeared on HBO’s DEF POETRY twice before and am so honored to partner again with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY to create a new platform for spoken word artists.”
Earlier this year OTEP unleashed her latest album, GENERATION DOOM, via Napalm Records.  The critically acclaimed album debuted at #10 on the Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse, OTEP is far more than a band. OTEP is an Art Movement, a Revolution; Breaking ground. Breaking rules. Breaking barriers. Articulate. Aggressive. Pure Adrenaline. ARTcore of Heavy Mental Rock.
For More Info Visit:
Official Site: http://www.oteploves.me/
Official Merch: http://www.otepsaves.me
Social Media:
SnapChat: otepofficial
Periscope: otepofficial

TUNE IN: Grouplove to Perform Tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden

NEW ALBUM BIG MESS OUT NOW VIA
CANVASBACK MUSIC/ATLANTIC RECORDS
 
12:37 EST/PST* to watch Grouplove perform “Welcome To Your Life”
off their new album

Big Mess. 
*Check local listings
Big Mess was released last Friday via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records 
and is available digitally HERE and physically HERE now. 
 
Next month, Grouplove will embark on the North American leg of their Big Mess World Tour. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.
 

TRAVIS SCOTT’S BIRDS IN THE TRAP SING MCKNIGHT SOARS TO #1 ON BOTH THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 & THE TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS CHART

Reigning triumphantly at the top, TRAVIS SCOTT’s critically acclaimed second full-length album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight [Epic Records/Grand Hustle], lands at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Premiering on the artist’s own Beats 1 .wav Radio show last Friday,the Apple Music Exclusive indisputably dominated the charts. This marks the platinum-selling hip-hop maverick’s first #1 bow on the Top 200 and firmly cements his status as one of music’s modern leaders.

 

In addition to inciting widespread fan fervor, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight has drawn overwhelming critical and tastemaker support across the board. Pitchfork claimed, “SCOTT’s second studio album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, is the Houston rapper’s most concise and cohesive project to date,” adding, “He has always been a mood-setter and a vocalist, and he is in full command of the vibe, tone, and mood of this entire project more than ever.” Houston Presswrote, “SCOTT’s playground is chaos; the pure and unbridled variety that some have tried to emulate live but have ultimately settled for second place,” while W Magazine fittingly dubbed him, “Your new rap superhero.” Billboard described the album as “his own trap opera,” and Rolling Stoneprofiled him extensively.

 

Over the course of 14 tracks, TRAVIS threads together an engaging, enthralling, and epic patchwork of anesthetized and apocalyptic production, mind-numbing raps, and glorious hooks punctuated by an A-list cast of collaborators. Kendrick Lamar delivers hard-hitting and hypnotic bars in the middle of “Goosebumps” just before a signature chantable chorus. “The Ends” veers between a haunting hum and a verse-for-verse tandem of our protagonist and Andre 3000 ofOutKast. “Way Back” drips into a searing guitar solo as “Sweet Sweet” fires off one of his stickiest hooks to date. By the time The Weeknd and TRAVIS serve up a smooth send-off on“Wonderful,you’re in the Trap for life, and you won’t want to leave…

 

TRAVIS surprised fans with a pop-up performance at the BAPE store in NYC and literally swept through the city like a tornado, causing multiple street closures and frenzied fan pandemonium. Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight  is finally here, and TRAVIS SCOTT‘s presence can be felt throughout pop culture louder than ever.

 

TRACKLISTING:

1. the ends f/ Andre 3000
2. way back
3. coordinate f/ Blac Youngsta
4. through the late night f/ Kid Cudi
5. beibs in the trap w/ Nav
6. sdp interlude
7. sweet sweet
8. outside f/ 21 Savage
9. goosebumps f/ Kendrick Lamar
10. first take f/ Bryson Tiller
11. pick up the phone w/ Young Thug f/ Quavo
12. lose

  1. guidance f/ K. Forest
    14. wonderful f/ The Weeknd

Get it HERE:
iTunes:  http://smarturl.it/BITTSM

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/BITTSM_AM
To learn more about TRAVIS SCOTT, please visit:

Official Website: travisscott.com

Twitter: twitter.com/trvisxx

Facebookfacebook.com/travisscottlaflame

Instagram: instagram.com/travisscott

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/travisscott-2

VEVO: youtube.com/travisscottvevo

In Dying Arms Premieres Powerful and Controversial Video

        In Dying Arms is delivering a powerful message with their new video for “Blackwater”. The song itself shows the struggle of suicidal thoughts and feeling like one is dealing with life by themselves. The band wanted to stay true to the meaning of the song with the video and show fans that they are not alone. Vocalist Orion Stephens explains, “The Blackwater music video is about suicide contemplation with this character who has hit rock bottom and believes this is his only way out. In this video, we wanted it to look as real as possible with a very grim realistic setting. The conclusion of the video is the character finding his self worth as he watches the sun rising after his long night of failed suicide attempts.” Stephens continues with a message for fans, “We spent a lot of time on this video and hope it hits home for a lot of viewers that can relate to this message. Stay strong.”
       The band also celebrated a milestone anniversary. September 10th marked the ten year anniversary of In Dying Arms. The band has worked hard to make a name for themselves in the metal scene with an extensive album and touring history. Their latest release, “Original Sin” was their Tragic Hero Records label debut and landed the band on the Billboard charts. In Dying Arms is proof that hard work and dedication pays off and with no signs of stopping, the future looks bright for this band.

About In Dying Arms
(Baltimore, MD) Combining deathcore, metalcore and post hardcore, In Dying Arms prides itself on making music that is soothing yet devastating at the same time. Taking influences from Slipknot and even the older Suicide Silence, IDA has perfected a sound all their own. They could best be compared to a hurricane, often leaving the listener guessing where it will go next.
Orion Stephens (vocals) founded the band with fellow high school friends and has been active in building it ever since. Terence Bright (bass) and Alvin Richardson (drums) had worked musically with Stephens’ before IDA was formed and were eager to continue to create great music together. Christian Becker (guitar/vocals) and John Myers (guitar) were brought in to round out the current lineup.
With an impressive resume thus far, In Dying Arms plans to continue along the strong path that they’ve built both recording and touring. They’re definitely no stranger to the recording studio and have put out numerous albums and an EP. “This Is Retaliation EP” (2009) which was produced by Marc Neito of Kandid Productions and was followed up by their album “Deprivation” (2010) which was produced/engineered by Brian Bond and drums were tracked by Neito. In 2011, In Dying Arms put out their self titled album and brought in Toby Valmas to track the album and Zakk Cervini (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens) to mix/master. In 2012, the band worked with Producer Stephan Hawkes (I Declare War, Defeat The Low, Hearts & Hands) of Interlace Audio to release “Boundaries”.  Most recently they enlisted Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Born of Osiris, Despised Icon) to produce their latest album.
    In Dying Arms has toured extensively and relentlessly. They’ve spent time on the road with bands like Attila, Crown The Empire, Fit For A King, Volumes, Counterparts, My Ticket Home, Sirens & Sailors and numerous other bands.
During their career, they have been a part of the rosters of both Artery Recordings and Matchless Records, in 2015 the band caught the eye of Tragic Hero Records and they each felt that the other was a perfect fit. In Dying Arms released their label debut, “Original Sin” in 2016 and landed the band on the Billboard Charts.

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.”

NORWAY’S ALT-POP SONGSTRESS DAGNY RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ULTRAVIOLET EP TODAY

“Superior pop-rock in the vein of Taylor Swift from a Norwegian singer who has “star in waiting” written all over her” – The Guardian

Listen to “FIGHT SLEEP” HERE

 

unnamed (1)You know when you have a fucking brilliant night and don’t want to go to bed because you just don’t want the night to ever end? That is what Fight Sleep is about. The song was written whilst I was out in LA this spring. Being out there was such an adventure, so many new people and new impressions and I didn’t want to miss out on any of it.” – DAGNY

NEW YORK, NY (September 2, 2016) – Critically buzzing Norwegian songstress DAGNYreleases her much-anticipated debut EP, Ultraviolet [Republic Records], at all digital retailers today. Get it HERE.

In addition to her breakout hit “Backbeat,” and its follow-up “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS,Ultraviolet boasts the brand new single “Fight Sleep.Combining energetic percussion withDAGNY’s inimitable delivery, the track comes to life as another unshakable alternative pop anthem, merging a tribal bounce and a soaring, sweet, and striking howl. Take a listen HERE, and stay tuned for the music video debut soon.

Ultraviolet just begins to illuminate the scope of DAGNY’s diverse artistic palette. In order to achieve this vision, she spent time stateside in LA, composing and recording alongside a veritable “dream team” of collaborators such as Tommy English [Børns, Tigertown, Ladyhawke], Dave Bassett [Elle King, Fitz and the Tantrums], Mattman & Robin [Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift], and Justin Tranter [Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, The Knocks, KYGO].

DAGNY has officially arrived on Ultraviolet.

In late 2015, DAGNY delivered an energetic, entrancing, and enigmatic anthem with “Backbeat.” Coupling a handclap stomp, resounding piano, spirited guitar, and an unshakable refrain, “Backbeat” instantly gained worldwide attention. Following its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the Norway-born and London-based songstress landed on multiple “Artist to Watch” lists from Apple, Spotify, and Tidal, with features in INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, NME, NYLON, FORBES and more!  To date, the single has over 22 million streams on Spotify.  Meanwhile, “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS has quickly racked up nearly 5 million streams on Spotify.

DAGNY has also been making a name for herself on the international festival circuit with performances at Isle of Wight Festival, Belladrum, Cornbury, Koppaberg Urban Forest Festival, and more.  NME recently named her as one of “The Hottest Brand New Acts At Oslo’sIcy By:Larm Festival.”  Along the way, DAGNY has been handpicked to open for legendary artists including Sir Elton John and Sting.

Watch the video for DAGNY’s debut single “Backbeat” HERE.

ULTRAVIOLET EP TRACKLISTING

  1. “Fight Sleep”
  2. “Ultraviolet”
  3. “Too Young”
  4. “Backbeat”
  5. “Fool’s Gold” feat. BØRNS

DAGNY SOCIAL MEDIA PROPERTIES:
www.dagnyofficial.com/
www.facebook.com/dagnymusic
www. twitter.com/dagnymusic
www.instagram.com/dagnymusic

Check out Ultraviolet
iTunes: http://republicrec.co/DagnyUltravioletEP
Apple: http://republicrec.co/DagnyUltravioletEPAM