SABATON & KREATOR kick off their 2018 North American co-headlining tour this Thursday, February 8

Mark your calendars! Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans and label mates Kreator for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek kicking off this coming Thursday, February 8! The 24-date tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10.
SABATON will be touring in support of their highly-acclaimed eighth album, The Last Stand. Check out a brand new live footage video for the album’s title track, “The Last Stand”, now here: https://youtu.be/i9BupglHdtM. The video garnered over 120,000 views in just one week!
Tickets are available now via all applicable retailers and venues.
2018 SABATON & Kreator North American co-headliner tour dates:
02/08/2018 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
02/09/2018 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
02/10/2018 – The UC Theater – San Francisco, CA
02/12/2018 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
02/13/2018 – Showbox – Seattle, WA
02/14/2018 – The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC CANADA
02/16/2018 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB CANADA
02/17/2018 – The Palace – Calgary, AB CANADA
02/19/2018 – Revolution – Boise, ID
02/21/2018 – The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
02/22/2018 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
02/23/2018 – The Myth – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/2018 – Orpheum – Madison, WI
02/26/2018 – 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
02/27/2018 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/01/2018 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA
03/02/2018 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
03/03/2018 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
03/04/2018 – The Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
03/06/2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
03/07/2018 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
03/08/2018 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
03/10/2018 – Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
03/11/2018 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
About SABATON:
Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, SABATON thoroughly researches their battle topics to ensure the songs paint accurate and objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Like their home country of Sweden, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. SABATON have reached their unshaken position as heavy metal’s AAA-torchbearer after releasing ingenious studio recordings and playing endless amount of unforgettable live shows with massive live production. The Last Stand is another unquestionable and bulletproof evidence of SABATON‘s top class abilities. The album reached the highest US & Canadian chart entries in the bands history, debuting at #63 on the Billboard U.S. Top 200 album chart and #20 on the Canadian Top 200 album chart, as well as several other charts.
 
Purchase your copy of The Last Stand here: http://nblast.de/SabatonLastStandNB
 
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MONSTER MAGNET Unleash Title Track of “MINDFU*KER”

MONSTER MAGNET Unleash Title Track of “MINDFUCKER”
via Brooklyn Vegan 
New Album Out March 23rd via Napalm Records



“Ladies and gentlemen, I humbly present for your consideration the title track from our new album: MINDFUCKER. We got the rock if you want it! I hope you can dig it”, Dave WyndorfMONSTER MAGNET frontman.
Today the title track and first single “MINDFUCKER” has been made available for streaming.  Get a first listen to the track HERE, courtesy ofBrooklyn Vegan.
MONSTER MAGNET puts the pedal to the metal with “MINDFUCKER”,their 11th record.   “MINDFUCKER” is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious Proto-punk era. Up tempo, savage in both sound and spirit,“MINDFUCKER” is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new MONSTER MAGNET album.
“MINDFUCKER” will be released on March 23, 2018 and can be pre-ordered right HERE!
MONSTER MAGNET will be on tour in Europe this May and June, a complete list of dates can be found below.  The band is currently planning a full North American tour as well.  Details coming soon!

“MINDFUCKER” Track Listing:
1. Rocket Freak
2. Soul
3. Mindfucker
4. I’m God
5. Drowning
6. Ejection
7. Want Some
8. Brainwashed
9. All Day Midnight
10. When The Hammer Comes Down
MONSTER MAGNET line up:
Dave Wyndorf (vocals, guitar)
Garrett Sweeny (guitar)
Phil Caivano (guitar)
Chris Kosnik (bass)
Bob Pantella (drums)
MONSTER MAGNET European Tour:
03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UKLondon / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli
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Flint Eastwood in Pittsburgh on 2/22 @StageAE

Fresh off of a stellar 2017 (with two shows in Australia this weekend supporting Foster The PeopleFlint Eastwood is stoked to hit the road with PVRIS and NYDGE .

Flint Eastwood will be playing Stage AE on Thursday, February 22nd!

Flint Eastwood
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Flint Eastwood LIVE
* – with NYDGE ^ – with PVRIS
Thu 1.25 – Toronto, CA – Horshoe Tavern*
Fri 1.26 – Montreal, CA – L’Esco*
Sat 1.27 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
Sun 1.28 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
Thu 2.1 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge*
Fri 2.2 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall*
Sat 2.3 – Philadelphia, PA – Coda*
Tue 2.6 – Columbus, OH – The Basement*
Thu 2.8 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt*
Fri 2.9 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI*
Sat 2.10 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club*
Sun 2.11 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry*
Tue 2.13 – Cincinnati, OH – Ballroom at Taft Theatre*
Thu 2.15 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre^
Fri 2.16 – Richmond, VA – The National^
Sat 2.17 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom^
Sun 2.18 – Providence, RI – The Strand^
Wed 2.21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Thu 2.22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE^
Fri 2.23 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues^
Sat 2.24 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection^
Mon 2.26 – Saint Louis, MO – Delmar Hall^
Tue 2.27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave^
Wed 2.28 – Lawrence, KS – Granada^
Fri 3.2 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre^
Sat 3.3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot^
Mon 3.5 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox^
Tue 3.6 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
Wed 3.7 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom^
Fri 3.9 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore^
Sat 3.10 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues^
Sun 3.11 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre^
Tue 3.13 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre^
Thu 3.15 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec^

 

SUICIDE SILENCE “The Cleansing” 10th Anniversary Tour Stops At Diesel on 11/28

SUICIDE SILENCE celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their debut LP The Cleansing on September 27th. The album was highly successful debuting at No. 94 on the Billboard 200 charts and securing their legacy as the death-metal front runners.

To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the band is hitting the road making 34 stops across North America. The tour kicked off in Oakland, California and will hit Toronto, New York, and Atlanta before concluding on December 17th in Los Angeles..

SUICIDE SILENCE will perform The Cleansing each night in its entirety. Joining the band on the tour are UPON A BURNING BODYSLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL and PRISONWINDS OF PLAGUE will meet up with the tour on December 12th in Dallas, Texas and finish the remaining dates.

“10 f—king years!! The Cleansing was a record we wrote when most of us were in our early 20’s. I was in my teens still! My has the time flown by,” guitarist Mark Heylmun writes. “All we knew back then was we wanted to offend ppl and piss in the face of the mainstream (Dying Fetus pun intended). We’ve wanted to do a commemorative tour for this record for years now and the time has come. The Cleansing broke us into the metal world and the record came from a very special place, a fresh place, a place that words fail when I try to describe it, and without it…well we wouldn’t be here attempting to describe it.”

Heylmun adds, “Mitch [Lucker] had a vision for this record, he wanted to set a standard for our scene and in my eyes he created much much more. Since his passing, Eddie has paid homage to Mitch‘s vox on this record every night. It’s something very close to our hearts to have Eddie singing these songs with us. Mitch and Eddie inspired each other, exchanged vocal tips, and both have the passion for the most brutal sounds you can humanly make and it’s going to be an amazing show for us and for you. Emotions will be high, maybe we will be high too, you don’t want to miss this. Let’s f—king party! Come celebrate with us cuz this will only happen once!”

Confirmed dates for the 10 Year Anniversary Of The Cleansing tour are:
11/07/2017  Oakland, CA – The Complex
11/08/2017  Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/09/2017  Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/10/2017  Vancouver, BC – Imperial
11/11/2017  Portland, OR – Analog Theater
11/13/2017  Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/15/2017  Jerome, ID – Diamondz Events Center
11/16/2017  Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/17/2017  Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/18/2017  Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
11/19/2017  Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
11/21/2017  Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
11/22/2017  Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar
11/24/2017  Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/25/2017  Chicago, IL – Portage Theater
11/26/2017  Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
11/28/2017  Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
11/29/2017  Detroit, MI – Shelter
11/30/2017  Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/01/2017  Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
12/02/2017  Rochester, NY – German House
12/03/2017  Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
12/05/2017  Reading, PA – Reverb
12/06/2017  Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
12/07/2017  Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12/08/2017  Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
12/09/2017  Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/10/2017  Tampa, FL – Crowbar
12/12 Dallas, TX – The Door*
12/13 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger*
12/14 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls*
12/15 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red*
12/16 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse^ *
12/17 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky ^ *
^ no Upon A Burning Body
* with Winds Of Plague:

Future Generations in Pittsburgh @BrilloBox on August 3rd

Future Generations has been busy since the NYC quintet released its debut album in July 2016. In 2017, Future Generations played an official SXSW showcase in March and continued a streak of successful shows including in NYC, Philly, Nashville, Dallas, and DC. In November, FG toured out to Chicago and Atlanta to support Savoir Adore, and played with them again this February.

In addition to “Stars,” Future Generations singles “Thunder In The City” and “Coast” garnered over 1 million streams combined. “You’ve Got Me Flush” has emerged as the band’s second-most popular song, racking up almost 1 million Spotify plays on its own. The album has led to favorable comparisons to MGMT and Passion Pit, with the band’s love of catchy hooks and dynamic electronic production evident throughout.

Future Generations is Eddie Gore (vox, keys, guitar), Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion), Eric Grossman (guitar), Devon Sheridan (bass) and Dylan Wells (percussion). Gore, Sansevere and Grossman met while in college at Fordham University and the 3 quickly bonded over sharing a nerd-like, academic appreciation of all forms of pop, rap and rock music. The three have been writing and recording music together since the first day they met; Junior year, Gore recruited Sheridan, a fellow Fordham 2015 classmate, to join the band.

After graduation, Future Generations recorded in Brooklyn with Eli Janney (Tweens) and enlisted Claudius Mittendorfer (Neon Indian) for production. They added Wells in March 2016, after he tried out for the band via a Craiglist ad. The band currently lives together in Brooklyn.

Sweet Crude @ Hartwood Acres 7/9

SWEET CRUDE
JULY 9 | HARTWOOD ACRES | PITTSBURGH, PA
CONFIRMED FOR BONNAROO

AND HIGH SIERRA FESTIVAL

 

 
NEW ALBUM CRÉATURES OUT NOW


WATCH THEIR NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “MON ESPRIT

“An alluring indie pop record filled with playful rhythms and a genuine love for the Louisiana city”
“Créatures is a bilingual mix of English and French songs set to music that’s as indebted to indie rock as New Orleans.”
New Orleans, LA – Louisiana bilingual pop project, Sweet Crude, have added new dates in June and July to their headline tour. Additionally, the band is confirmed to play Bonnaroo, and High Sierra, among other festivals. A current list of cities they will hit can be found below. Tickets for all shows are on sale today and can be purchased at https://goo.gl/0j4eML
Sweet Crude recently released their new album Créatures through Rhyme & Reason Records on April 21st. It is now for purchase on vinyl and CD here and digitally here. Fans can also stream the album in full on Spotify.
Sweet Crude is a young 6-piece composed of New Orleans musicians creating a sound that sets English and Louisiana’s native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 5-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks.
Sweet Crude debuted in Spring 2013 and have hit the ground running. Music from their EP Super Vilaine can be heard in FX’s American Horror Story and the band has been receiving generous amounts of plays nationally and internationally on public, satellite and internet radio.  Sweet Crude has tested their frenetic sound on the road, packing venues across the country. They have been praised and featured with publications such as Consequence of Sound, Washington Post, Marie Claire, Brooklyn Vegan, FUSE, PopMatters, and more.
Upcoming Sweet Crude shows
June 10@ Hampton Park, Charleston, SC
June 11 @ Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
June 13 @ South On Main – Little Rock, AR
June 14 @ Spirits – Alexandria, LA
June 15 @ White Oak Music Hall: Upstairs – Houston, TX
June 16 @ The Rustic – Houston, TX
June 17 @ Solstice Festival – Austin, TX
June 20 @ Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
June 21 @ Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
June 23 @ Levitt Pavilion – Pasadena, CA
June 27 @ Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA
June 29 – 30 @ High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA
July 9 @ Hartwood Acres – Pittsburgh, PA
July 11 @ World Café Live Downstairs – Philadelphia, PA
July 13 @ Summer Concerts on The Square – Storrs, CT
July 14 @ 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH – SOLD OUT
July 15 @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival – Brooklyn, NY
July 16 @ The Ballroom at Outer Space – Hamden, CT
July 18 @ Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse – Dunellen, NJ
July 19 @ Museum of Fine Arts – Concerts in The Courtyard – Boston, MA
July 20 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY – SOLD OUT
July 21 @ Songbyrd – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
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ED SHEERAN: North American Tour Dates/PITTSBURGH PPG PAINTS ARENA SEPT 26

08 Mar 2017
North American Tour Dates

Ed will be coming back to North America to play 48 dates starting this Summer. Tickets on general sale Friday 17th March.

A limited number of tickets will be available via a fan presale that starts 10am local time on 13th March.

Please REGISTER HERE before 10am ET on 10th March for access to the pre-sale.

Note: fans wanting to buy presale tickets for the Quebec City show must email EdSheeranQuebec@wmgcustomerservice.com before 10am ET on 10th March to get their pre-sale code. Notez: les fans souhaitant acheter des billets en pré-vente pour le concert de Québec doivent envoyer un email à EdSheeranQuebec@wmgcustomerservice.com avant 10h ET le 10 mars pour obtenir leur code d’accès.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

June 29 || Kansas City, MO || Sprint Center
June 30 || Des Moines, IA || Wells Fargo Arena
July 1 || St. Paul, MN || Xcel Energy Center
July 7 || Toronto, ON || Air Canada Centre
July 9 || Buffalo, NY || KeyBank Center
July 11 || Philadelphia, PA || Wells Fargo Center
July 14 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 15 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 18 || Quebec City, QC || Videotron Centre
July 19 || Montreal, QC || Bell Centre
July 22 || Winnipeg, MB || MTS Centre
July 23 || Saskatoon, SK || SaskTel Centre
July 25 || Edmonton, AB || Rogers Place
July 28 || Vancouver, BC || Rogers Arena
July 29 || Tacoma, WA || Tacoma Dome
July 30 || Portland, OR || Mode Center
August 1 || Sacramento, CA || Golden 1 Center
August 2 || Oakland, CA || Oracle Arena
August 4 || Las Vegas, NV || T-Mobile Arena
August 5 || Glendale, AZ || Gila River Arena
August 6 || San Diego, CA || Valley View Casino Center
August 10 || Los Angeles, CA || Staples Center
August 15 || Denver, CO || Pepsi Center
August 17 || Tulsa, OK || BOK Center
August 18 || Dallas, TX || American Airlines Center
August 19 || Houston, TX || Toyota Center
August 22 || San Antonio, TX || AT&T Center
August 25 || Duluth, GA || Infinite Energy Center
August 29 || Tampa, FL || Amalie Center
August 30 || Miami, FL || American Airlines Arena
August 31 || Orlando, FL || Amway Center
September 2 || Raleigh, NC || PNC Arena
September 3 || Charlotte, NC || Spectrum Center
September 5 || Charleston, SC || North Charleston Center
September 7 || Louisville, KY || KFC YUM! Center
September 8 || Indianapolis, IN || Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 9 || Cleveland, OH || Quicken Loans Arena
September 12 || Omaha, NE || CenturyLink Center
September 15 || Chicago, IL || Allstate Arena
September 17 || St. Louis, MO || Scottrade Center
September 19 || Washington, DC || Verizon Center
September 22 || Boston, MA || TD Garden
September 26 || Pittsburgh, PA || PPG Paints Arena 
September 27 || Detroit, MI || Little Caesars Arena
September 29 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
September 30 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
October 3 || Columbus, OH || Nationwide Arena
October 6 || Nashville, TN || Bridgestone Arena

REVIEW: Queensyrche at the Historic Rex Theatre Pittsburgh

Review and Pix: Ed Thompson

There has been much to say over the years about Geoff Tate’s departure from Queensryche in 2012.  The question about his replacement; Todd La Torre was whether Todd had the pipes to fill the job much like Steve Augeri or Arnel Pinera did to The Voice, Steve Perry of Journey. Since 2012, I personally was unable to get to a Queensryche show to see the if Todd could or not. I read the great reviews about his and his filling of the role. But yesterday here in Pittsburgh PA.  Queensryche made yet another visit to the great city of Pittsburgh at the Historic Rex Theatre in the beautiful South Side district for their “Condition Human” tour and I was lucky enough to get the chance to not only see the show for shooting the show and review it for Pittsburgh Music Magazine.  Merry Christmas to me!!

I rarely have complaints about bands that I truly like and look forward to seeing.  I wait for weeks or even months to see them these days. This time, with Queensryche though, I do have a complaint and it’s simple one to fix. Next time, PLAY MORE OF QUEENSRYCHE.  It’s nice getting a band or two to warm up the crowd and get the atmosphere “right” for the headliner to come out, however with a band like Queensryche, I want to be spoiled and get the full effect and 20 plus songs. Of course, I am joking. To an extent.  With the catalog and the hits and the persona that Todd La Torre has, filling a 2.5-hour spot is not too much to ask. They could do it easily and actually do this on many nights across the country on this tour. All depends on of the number of warm-up acts.

The band came out after the two warm up acts of New York’s Midnight Eternal and the always electrifying Armored Saint to a very excited crowd of Pittsburghers and even a few Ohio travelers from what I heard talking to people before the show.  I saw in a review of the concert too on their site that someone made the trip from NY also where the band played the night before.  Todd La Torre came out oozing with pure energy as expected.  HIS voice, to me, was incredible.  There were a few times I closed my eyes and honestly couldn’t tell the difference between Todd and Geoff in the 1990’s. Sure the “Sryche Faithfull” may miss Geoff, but my God, Todd is MORE than an adequate replacement. And I use the word “replacement” because it’s been almost 5 years. Geoff is not coming back to this band.  This band is Todd’s and he is performing at an “ABOVE MEETS REQUIREMENTS” as the lead singer or frontman. Seeing Todd sipping on hot tea throughout the show with what I’m guessing was topped with some honey, was great to see in regards to him taking care of his voice for the future of this band. It’s refreshing to see a front man caring about his voice these days and secondly taking acre of it.

 

The band went right to the energy of their catalog with Guardian, Operation:, Mindcrime and Best I Can and not only put me in my “Happy Place” for the event but also the 4000 plus at the Rex Theatre. Damaged, The Killing Words and The Mission set up for the flashback to the band’s 1990’s BEST HITS of Silent Lucidity, Empire, and Jet City Woman. In that order too.  The band blew the roof off The Rex in Pittsburgh with JCW.  The crowd sang along with them too on it like it was 1991 all over again. And set the pace for the rest for the evening’s set.

They continued on with the hits belting out Take Hold of the Flame, Screaming In Digital and finally Eyes of a Stranger.  Eyes of a Stranger was song # 14 of the night and the final song of the set and leads me back to the point that I made earlier. It would have been great to get a few more hits. But it’s all good.  I was more than happy to get my Queensryche-fill a few weeks before Christmas.

 

I think Queensryche will be back to Pittsburgh. Possibly soon too. The crowd REALLY loved what they put out and the show they gave. In the days of bands like Queensryche touring the country in 2016, that’s all that matters. Additionally, I fully expect them to be back with Todd La Torre. This is HIS band now. Without a doubt. He now not only has the pipes to fill the position night in and night out, but also the charisma and personality. Todd’s the real deal and the ONLY logical replacement for Geof Tate. Can’t wait to see this band again. Soon.  Very soon.

M83 Announces Collaboration with Cirque du Soleil

Montreal, December 5, 2016 – As tickets go on sale to the public today, Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to announce that international artist M83 is the composer and musical director of Cirque du Soleil VOLTATM, its new production presented by Sun Life Global Investments for next spring. After record-breaking sales in Montreal this year, the show will be presented under the Big Top in the Old Port starting April 20, 2017.

Photo by Andrew Arthur
Photo by Andrew Arthur

Anthony Gonzalez, the sonic author behind the sublime sound of M83 is known for his epic space-age future pop. In 2011, the Grammy-nominated album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming revealed M83 to mainstream audiences with the hit single “Midnight City.”

“We have been following the work of M83 for many years and have always been convinced of the incredible potential of integrating his music to a Cirque du Soleil production,” says director of creation Jean Guibert.  “VOLTA is a contemporary show brimming with energy, but it is also deeply human and theatrical. We were seduced by Anthony’s ability to create melodies that are both epic and poetic and transcend the heart and soul. We are honored that he agreed to lend his talent to this project,” explains writer and director Bastien Alexandre.

About his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Gonzalez says: “When Jean and Bastien first approached me, I was immediately excited about the idea of working with Cirque du Soleil. Not just because they are a company known throughout the world, but also because I was deeply attracted by the story of VOLTA, and the spirit that underpins the show. The story of VOLTA is ours. It is a tale of a generation who is calling for change and I was very keen to contribute to telling this story. I’m deeply honored to be part of the Cirque team and it’s a wonderful new challenge in unknown territory for me. Ultimately, it’s challenges like this that I find so inspiring and drive me to make the music that I do.”

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Tickets Information
VOLTA will be presented under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port starting April 20, 2017. Tickets can be purchased for these performances online starting today at www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta

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Show Review: Switchfoot and Relient K – Stage AE

Switchfoot. Relient K. No this isn’t the early 2000’s. It’s 2016. This also isn’t another show review about two aging American Alternative rock groups. Here we have bands that frankly, have yet to age.

Switchfoot and Relient K collectively boast 30 plus years of touring and performing. The similar nature of each group is what has brought them together on this tour. For the bands, the music and emotion follow similar paths.  Uniquely, the two groups share a strong Christian rock influence. Each also seems to have made it a habit living atop the Christian Rock music charts year after year. Together the bands have 1$ from each ticket sold on the tour supporting Bro-Am which supports local kids, the homeless, and at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

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The stage was set with a white buffalo statue, scenic forest-cabin background, and coca-cola cooler next to a white piano and 70’s era yellow lawn chair. All were tied together with a faux tree and grill. Frontman Matt Thiessen was the perfect completion to this odd motif. Wearing khakis, a white button-down, and a yellow jacket. His presence left no doubt of being old, lame, or unhip.

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Thiessen is a shaggy-haired 36-year-old. You’d think though with his on-stage presence he was no more than 25. He matched energetic riffs behind the piano with perfect execution. Relient K opened with their piano-infused song “Local Construction” off of their new 2016 album “Air for Free.” The love was apparent through connecting smiles with one of the last original members Hoppes on lead guitar. The veteran duo that often laughed, humanized the band as average people just doing what they love. I couldn’t help but smile seeing real happiness onstage.

Is he really 36? No way. This energy is reserved for a younger persona. The end of the set met an unexpecting crowd with the lead singer of Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, joining Thiessen on stage. The two began an emotional duet with Relient K’s 2007 “Deathbed.” A stunned crowd gave an emotional farewell as Foreman exited. Switchfoot’s Foreman had the crowd ready for the impressive showmanship that his band had ahead.

Flashing led’s in a wave of lights glistened as a countdown began on a screen above the stage. A massive roar followed the end of the countdown. Effectively backing up the build-up from Relient K. switchfoot-1-19Holy Water,” the Looking for America Tour intro, started in perfect timing. Our leather jacket wrapped, fedora-topped Foreman bolting out stage center just in time for the uptempo crashing drums stage center.
The immediate transition to one of their biggest hits came next with “Meant to live” boasting an aggressive sound paired with uptempo lyrics. Switchfoot’s Tim Foreman on bass, Chad Butler on drums, and guitarists Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley weren’t about to let expectations down. A band sounding better live than on their albums electronically is such a great surprise here.

The rest of their set was a professional high octane experience. Each song blended beautifully to the next. Slow songs had emotion as Foreman reached to the crowd.We have an artist here that made it very clear to share the love with his fans. You felt as if he wanted to give every last person there his thanks through his acknowledgment of the fans. Switchfoot ended the set just as strong as they began.

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Much of the crowd consisted of 30 somethings listening to their favorite college or high school heart-throbs. Though a set of Christian acts, whether here for the message or music you left fully satisfied.

The Looking for America Tour has something for everyone. You leave feeling satisfied knowing that concert ticket was worth every last penny.  These are two bands that keep the excitement alive through their onstage presences and atmosphere. Fizzled out? No chance. Switchfoot and Relient K aren’t close to stopping. Be sure to catch them nearby before the tour ends Dec 6.

All photos shot by Jacob Dube – PMM Contributor

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BATTLECROSS And WOVENWAR To Kick Off North American Tour With Soilwork, Unearth, And Darkness/ @Diesel Pittsburgh 11/12

Metal Blade lablemates BATTLECROSS and WOVENWAR will kick off their North American Fury tour tonight supporting Soilwork and Unearth. Set to commence in Providence, Rhode Island, the trek will coil its way through over two dozen venues, coming to a close on November 16th in Toronto, Ontario. Additional support will be provided by Darkness Divided.
 
Following the journey, BATTLECROSS will close 2016 with a three-week headlining run: the third installment of the Winter Warriors Tour. This year, support will be provided by Metal Blade labelmates Allegaeon and Necromancing The Stone. In conjunction with the Veterans Ticket Foundation, the Winter Warriors Tour will once again offer free admission to members of the US Armed Forces, and the band will donate a portion of their proceeds to local veterans’ organizations in each city. Veterans are invited to register for free tickets at vettix.org. BATTLECROSS will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise To Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band’s second Billboard chart entry (2013’s War Of Will entered the charts at #130). To preview and purchase Rise To Power, visit: metalblade.com/battlecross.
On October 21st, WOVENWAR will release their sophomore album, Honor Is Dead. More aggressive and fluid than its self-titled predecessor, Honor Is Dead was written with contributions from all members, while the music for Wovenwar was mostly written before vocalist Shane Blay joined the band. The results speak for themselves, capturing a group that sounds truly unified, and hungry. Expanding upon the ruthlessly catchy melodies and hooks of their debut and driven by darker lyrical themes, Honor Is Dead makes for a listening experience with true depth, and a broad emotional range. To hear latest single, “World On Fire,” visit AltPress.com at THIS LOCATION where a drum play through for the track can be viewed, alongside an exclusive interview with drummer Jordan Mancino. For preorder info and to check out a concept video (by the band’s own Nick Hipa) for “Censorship” visit: metalblade.com/wovenwar.
 
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10/14/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
10/15/2016 Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
10/16/2016 Shakes – Virginia Beach, VA
10/17/2016 Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/18/2016 The Loft – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2016 The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
10/21/2016 18th Street – San Leon, TX
10/22/2016 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
10/24/2016 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
10/26/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
10/27/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/29/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/30/2016 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/01/2016 Dimondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
11/02/2016 Metro – Salt Lake City, UT
11/03/2016 The Summit – Denver, CO
11/05/2016 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
11/06/2016 Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
11/08/2016 The Metal Grill – Cudday, WI
11/09/2016 Q&Z – Ringle, WI
11/10/2016 Home Bar – Arlington Heights, IL
11/11/2016 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
11/12/2016 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/2016 Gramercy – New York City, NY
11/15/2016 The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
11/16/2016 Rockpile – Toronto, ON
BATTLECROSS Winter Warriors Tour w/ Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
11/25/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
11/26/2016 Harmony House – Webster, NY
11/27/2016 Fuze Box – Albany, NY
11/28/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
11/29/2016 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
11/30/2016 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
12/01/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
12/02/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
12/03/2016 The Iron Heights – Augusta, GA
12/04/2016 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
12/07/2016 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
12/08/2016 Shooters – Texarkana, AR
12/09/2016 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
12/10/2016 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
12/11/2016 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
12/12/2016 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/13/2016 Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
12/14/2016 The East Room – Nashville, TN
12/15/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
12/16/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
12/17/2016 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI

NYC: BxC Music Festival

We are proud to announce that proceeds from the BxC Music festival will be donated to the Tillary Park  foundation who’s main focus is the preservation of NYC parks for the youth.

The BxC Music Festival  Outdoor is brought to you by BxC Entertainment, the event production brand of the BxC media umbrella. The BxC Music Festival will be held September 17th & 18th.

Come join us to raise funds and awareness for the Tillary Park Foundation. An amazing organization designed to create jobs and help inner city youth. Enjoy good food, cold drinks, live art and amazing musical performances; all while raising funds and giving back to the community.

This festival is where music, fashion and film meet. It is a concert-based event where musical performers collaborate with film projects to create a definitive bridge for the film industry to cross-market with the music industry.

Food and Drinks will be available all day.

The BxC Music Festival Brooklyn will be held at Tillary/McLaughlin Park . Catch performances from your favorite  musical artists along with access to vendors.

Click here For early bird tickets.

Majid Jordan to Premiere Tour Documentary on September 6th

Majid Jordan NA Tour 2016 Follows Toronto Duo Throughout Their First-Ever North American Tour
August 31st, 2016 – (Burbank, CA) – Majid Jordan NA Tour 2016 – a tour documentary that follows OVO Sound‘s Majid Jordan as they embark on their very first North American tour in Spring 2016 – will premiere on Tuesday, September 6th. The film will stream on the Toronto duo’s websitewww.majidjordan.com and on www.redbull.tv.
The film reveals Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman dedication to artistry, their close friendship, and the bond and commitment they shared on and off-stage with family, friends, and the team around them. A striking mix of backstage moments and intimate conversations, Majid Jordan NA Tour 2016 also includes live performances from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin (SXSW), Miami, and New York City, and concludes with their first hometown show in Toronto.
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Majid Jordan recently finished their sold-out first headlining tour following the February 5 release of their self-titled debut album.
The duo will hit the road for their fall headlining run in late September. Majid Jordan are touring in support of their self-titled debut album. Visit https://www.facebook.com/majidjordanmusic/events for all upcoming tour dates.
FRI 9/30           Montreal, QC              The Metropolis                         TICKETS
SAT 10/1          Boston, MA                 Royale Night Club                   TICKETS
MON 10/3         New York, NY            Webster Hall                            TICKETS
TUE 10/4         Brooklyn, NY               Warsaw                                   TICKETS
THU 10/6         Baltimore, MD             Baltimore Soundstage               TICKETS
SAT 10/8          Philadelphia, PA          Theatre of the Living Arts          TICKETS
SUN 10/9         Washington, D.C.        930 Club                                 TICKETS
MON 10/10       Atlanta, GA                 Center Stage                           TICKETS
WED 10/12      Fort Lauderdale, FL       Revolution                              TICKETS
THU 10/13       Orlando, FL                  Social                                     TICKETS
SUN 10/16       Austin, TX                    Emo’s                                    TICKETS
MON 10/17      Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live                     TICKETS
TUES 10/18     Dallas, TX                    South Side Music Hall             TICKETS
FRI 10/21         San Diego, CA             Observatory North Park           TICKETS
SAT 10/22        Santa Ana, CA             The Observatory                      TICKETS
MON 10/24      Los Angeles, CA           The Fonda Theatre                  TICKETS
TUE 10/25       Los Angeles, CA           The Fonda Theatre                   TICKETS
WED 10/26      San Francisco, CA        Regency Ballroom                   TICKETS
FRI 10/28         Portland, OR                Wonder Ballroom                     TICKETS
SAT 10/29        Seattle, WA                  The Showbox                          TICKETS
SUN 10/30       Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom               TICKETS
WED 11/2        Denver, CO                  Gothic Theatre                         TICKETS
FRI 11/4           Minneapolis, MN          First Avenue                             TICKETS
SAT 11/5          Madison, WI                Majestic Theatre                       TICKETS
SUN 11/6         Chicago, IL                  Metro                                       TICKETS
WED 11/9        Detriot, MI                   St. Andrew’s Hall                       TICKETS
THU 11/10       Toronto, ON                 Sound Academy                        TICKETS
FRI 11/11         Toronto, ON                 Sound Academy                        TICKETS
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Twelve Foot Ninja, Nothing More, and Dinosaur Pile Up @MrSmalls Theatre on 9/16

FRI SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 – 6:45 PM

Nothing More
Twelve Foot Ninja *
Dinosaur Pile Up
6:45pm – To Whom It May
6:00pm – Doors Open
Winners of Best New Talent for Revolver’s Golden Gods Award in 2014, the Ninjas just released their hotly anticipated second full-length album, Outlier on August 26.
Twelve Foot Ninja – Invincible (official lyric video)

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twelvefootninjaIf the name isn’t awesome enough, Twelve Foot Ninja has taken music as we know it and twisted it into something like you’ve never heard before. From Melbourne, Australia, 12FN is a five piece band that refuses to do anything but stay busy. Silent Machine, their debut album which was released in October of 2013, gained national attention and reached new fans worldwide. It quickly became #4 album on Australia’s AIR Chart, which led them to their first national headlining tour of Australia. Now they are back with their newest album called Outlier, which is set to be released August of 2016. And it kicks major ass.

To anyone who is familiar with 12FN, you would probably agree with me that it is very difficult to pinpoint their exact genre. Sometimes even explaining their music to people is difficult, they are one of those “You have to listen to understand” bands. From jazz, blues, 60’s funkadelic, reggae and of course some good ol’ djent riffs, you name it and they can play it (and they play it well). The talent doesn’t just stop at their music and watching any of their music videos is proof of that. In 2013, they obliterated a world record for the most money crowd-funded for a music video and delivered on that promise with the release of their video “Ain’t That A Bitch“. Outlier is also a crowd-funded project, as their fans go above and beyond to support them. These guys put the time and effort into everything that they do, and it seems to be working in their favor.

Consisting of 10 tracks, Outlier did not disappoint me in the slightest bit. Upon listening to it in its entirety, it left me feeling extremely satisfied after waiting nearly 3 years for new material. I would say that the most satisfying part of the album for me is simply the fact that didn’t change their sound one bit. It is the sameTwelve Foot Ninja that I fell in love with 3 years ago and for that I am thankful. It’s hard to just pick some tracks that stand out, as they all have something unique about them. Each song has a different feel and vibe while keeping their heaviness. One favorite of mine off this album is “One Hand Killing” which is onYouTube. You can also check out their single, titled “Invincible,” on YouTube and preorder Outlier today by going to www.pledgemusic.com/twelvefootninja. Make sure to join their mailing list to stay up to date with news, tour announcements, and new releases.
Review by: James McClellan (Damnation Magazine)

Track Listing:

01 – “One Hand Killing”
02 – “Sick”
03 – “Invincible”
04 – “Oxygen”
05 – “Collateral”
06 – “Post Mortem”
07 – “Point Of You”
08 – “Monsoon”
09 – “Adios”
10 – “Dig For Bones”

 

The Sheepdogs come to Pittsburgh @Cattivo 9/23

image002On September 23, bluesy retro-rock band The Sheepdogs will bring their raucous live show to Pittsburgh, PA at Cattivo. The band has been on the road throughout the last year across North America and Europe – including many SOLD OUT shows to crowds of over 3K in Canada.

Formed in Saskatoon, The Sheepdogs have continued to follow in the footsteps of Canadian rock legends including Neil Young, The Band and The Guess Who with a bold take on classic guitar rock and polished retro sound. The Sheepdogs came into the national spotlight in 2011 as the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, and since then have won four JUNO awards and been nominated for seven over their impressive career.

WATCH:

CBS This Morning Saturday Session: “Downtown” “I’m Gonna Be MyselfBad Lieutenant

Downtown” music video: HERE

I’m Gonna Be Myself” music video: HERE

“Bad Lieutenant” NSFW music video: HERE

 

Following the release of their 2015 album Future Nostalgia (Dine Alone Records), The Sheepdogs have brought their raucous live set to thousands of fans across the UK, Europe and North America – including manysold out shows, and 3K-cap venues in Canada The band continues on their North American run including headlining dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans + more, as well as many festivals includingPhilly Folk Fest in Philadelphia and CMA Fest in Nashville – see full routing below, and PRESS HERE for purchasing information.

 

Praise for Future Nostalgia:

 

“The album is fully in the thrall of that 70s groove. Gnarly double guitar noodling (“Downtown”) and soft focus drive-time goodness (“Jim Gordon”). “Take a Trip” will make you want to spark up and dance around and make out.” – Noisey

 

“The Sheepdogs have a bold take on classic guitar rock” – Yahoo! Music

 

“The Sheepdogs twist classic psychedelic rock with hints of folk and turn it into music that is pure ear candy” –Baeble Music

 

“[Future Nostalgia is] steeped in the classic and psychedelic rock of the 70′s but also feels like a blast of fresh sounds in a musical landscape in desperate need of (good) bands capable of writing punchy rock and roll tunes.” – Glide

 

“[‘Take A Trip’] has all of the hallmarks associated with monster ’70s rock that ruled the music world” – Pure Volume

 

The Sheepdogs Tour Dates:

*w/ The Temperance Movement

 

9/1        Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward

9/2        Nashville, TN @ WRLT: Live on the Green

9/3        Seymour, IN @ House Show

9/4        Lexington, KY @ The Burl

9/6         Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

9/7        Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

9/8        Indianapolis, IN @ The Rathskeller

9/9        Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

9/10      Bowling Green, OH @ Black Swamp Arts Festival

9/11      Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

9/14      Toronto, Canada @ Lee’s Palace

9/15      Fredericton, Canada @ Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

9/16      Toronto, Canada @ Turf

9/17      Toronto, Canada @ Turf

9/18      Toronto, Canada @ Turf

9/19       Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl*

9/21       Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*

9/23       Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

9/24       Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar*

9/24       Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage*

10/6       Bloomington, IN @ Castle Theater*

10/7       St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club*

10/8       St. Louis, MO @ Fubar*

10/9       Louisville, KY @ Headliners*

10/11     Atlanta, Ga @ Masquerade*

10/12     Charlotte, NC @ Underground*

10/14     New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues: Parish*

10/15     Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey*

10/16     Houston, TX @ House of Blues: Bronze Peacock*

10/18     Destin, FL @ Club LA*

10/20     Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy

10/21     Washington DC, @ Rock and Roll Hotel

10/22     Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom

 

http://www.thesheepdogs.com/

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Bebel Gilberto Announces Fall Tour Dates

“Gilberto’s voice alights on a song. Her vocals trace the melody with a delicacy that carries its own kind of intensity.” – NY DAILY NEWS

Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound.” – NPR

BEBEL GILBERTO TOUR DATES

09/10: Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre

09/11: New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s

09/13: Atlanta, GA – City Winery

09/14: Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center

09/27: Seattle, WA – The Triple Door

09/28: Mount Vernon, WA – Lincoln Theatre

09/30: Portland, OR – Dolores Winningstad Theatre

10/01: Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts

10/04: Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust

10/05: Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust

10/06: Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust

10/16: Newark, NJNew Jersey Performing Arts Center w/Mariza
Grammy nominated Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto is excited to be back on tour this Fall. Her month long US tour will start on September 10th in Boca Raton, FL and continues through October, where she will perform a 3-night run at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY before joining fellow Brazilian Mariza in Newark, NJ on the 16th. The tour will make stops in ten different cities across the country.

Gilberto, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations over the course of her career, has captivated fans and earned media acclaim worldwide with her trademark electronic bossa nova, sonically transporting listeners to Brazil, with bright, incandescent bossa nova-infused melodies, lyrics about love, and a lilting performance style has earned her raves for her live performances.

Hailing from a rich musical lineage, Bebel is the is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, and grew up surrounded by her extended musically family, including her uncle Chico Buarque and family friends like Milton Nacimento, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and João Donato. Her professional solo debut came in 1986 with a self-titled EP released by WEA which included “Preciso dizer que te amo,” a partnership with Cazuza.

With her highly acclaimed release Tanto Tempo in 2000, Bebel introduced her now-trademark blend of electronic bossa nova, which took over clubs around the world and positioned Bebel as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S. The album reflected Bebel’s life split growing up between Brazil and New York City, infusing a modern, cosmopolitan edge to the music she grew up with. She continues to call New York City home to this day.

ROBOTS AND MONSTERS: New Jersey Hardcore/Metal Act Premieres “Signing Off” From New EP Via New Noise Magazine

New Noise Magazine is now streaming the new single from New Jersey-based ROBOTS AND MONSTERS and their impending Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fight EP.
“Signing Off” is the closing track to the new seven-song record which follows a concept about battling your own mind, and as the band informs us of the track, “By the end of his journey, our anti-hero takes full ownership of his thoughts. In ‘Signing Off,’ we find him embracing the dread, the sadness. He yearns for peace, to ‘leave it all behind.’ Whether that means a physical end or a symbolic end to this internal suffering is up to the listener to decide.”
Hear ROBOTS AND MONSTERS’ new track “Signing Off” only through New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Also stream the EP-opening “King Of The World” HERE.
With its roots tracing to bands including Mucky Pup, The Bloodhound Gang, and more, ROBOTS AND MONSTERS owns a sound that deftly combines the commanding crunch of metal with the groove, punch, and emotion of hardcore and post-hardcore, a trait which finds the band comfortably sharing bills populated with any type of aggressive music. Their upcoming Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fight EP follows a concept about battling your own mind, the theme backed by high-energy metal and dosed with old-school hardcore. The seven-song storyline was recorded at Portrait Recording Studios with engineer John Ferrara, and mastered by Chris Badami, and features art by bassist Bill Bergmann.
ROBOTS AND MONSTERS will independently release the Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fight EP on CD and digital formats September 2nd; preorders are available via the band HERE.
ROBOTS AND MONSTERS continues to book shows through the Summer months in preparation of the new EP, including a show in New London, Connecticut on August 6th, a show in Brooklyn supporting All Out War on August 13th, and more, with more one-off shows and widespread tour dates to be added.
ROBOTS AND MONSTERS Live:
8/06/2016 33 Golden Street – New London, CT
8/13/2016 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY w/ All Out War, Full Scale Riot

COFFINS: Tokyo Doom Destroyers Announce US Tour Including Return To Maryland Deathfest

Following their most widely-received LP to date with the 2013-released, The Fleshland, Tokyo, Japan’s COFFINS have confirmed a new American invasion this Spring.

 

COFFINS will bring their diseased, suffocating death-doom decimation back to this side of the Pacific once again in May with a special mini-tour, marking a four-year gap since their previous stateside visit. Bringing forth bulldozing hymns from The Fleshland in addition to their brutal back-catalog of mid-paced gravedigging metal, in addition to their recently revamped lineup, beginning May 18th, COFFINSwill plunder Chicago, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Philadelphia before closing down the run with their return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on May 22nd, their first time storming MDF since their set at the 2010 edition of the event. COFFINS will be provided with support from Chicago death’n’rollers, Bones, on the tour dates leading up to Deathfest.

 

COFFINS 2014 U.S. Tour Dates:

5/18/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Bones

5/19/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Bones

5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Bones

5/21/2014 Kung Fu Knife Shop – Philadelphia, PA w/ Bones

5/22/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

 

Their first LP for Relapse Records, The Fleshland shows COFFINS smashing down everything in their path with nine new grisly tracks, laying down over forty-five minutes of low-end, sludge-infiltrated, plodding, doom, captured with some of the best production values in the band’s meaty catalog of carnage, recorded at Tokyo’s Noise Room Studio with engineer Shigenori Kobayashi, and produced by Bungo Uchino and the rest of COFFINSThe Fleshland is available on CD, download and 2xLP. Stream the entire album and order all versions HERE.

 

“Tokyo’s Coffins have been at it steadily for nearly two decades, never bringing the tempos above a deathly lurch and unironically keeping it sick/staying brutal.” – Decibel

 

“…Japanese death metal yakuza Coffins have carved out a long and fruitful career by out-Autopsying Autopsy.” – Pitchfork

 

“The nine tracks on The Fleshland have a knack of crawling their collective carcass toward listeners to smear faces with their pus, making the whole thing quite fascinating…” – Terrorizer

 

“…their absolutely-no-frills approach is essential to what’s best about them: most Coffins songs are among the finest death/doom you’ll ever hear with nary more than the basics of the genre necessary.” – MetalSucks

 

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Lowell Drops “88” w/ SPIN, Debut EP Out 2/25

Listen to “88” Unleashed Today!

Performing LIVE In NYC This February

2/13: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Timber Timbre)
2/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar- FREE

I Killed Sara V. Debut EP Out Feb. 25 via Arts & Crafts

“…like Grimes having a dance off with Lykke Li. In a disco ball.”
– VICE’s Noisey

“high-minded, electronic sing-alongs concerned with gender politics and identity issues.” 
 SPIN 

“…rooted in bubbly pop but executed with a punk rock, mischievous edge.”
– Pigeons & Planes

Pairing deliriously catchy pop melodies and pointed gender politics to the forefront of her music, 22-year old LOWELL is the newest signee to renowned indie label Arts & Crafts.With her debut EP I Killed Sara V. dropping February 25, Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach places her at the vanguard of her pop contemporaries.

Lowell previously unveiled EP opener “Cloud 69,” which instantly explodes with her riotous and sensual vocals, solidified with infectious, hook-laden honesty. Now, SPIN has unleashed “88”– another EP cut armed with her remarkable vocals that sear through erratic yet melodic percussion. “88” is available HERE.

Lowell has already found success across Canada & Europe through the release of 2012’s If You Can Solve This Jumble, a collaborative mini-album which she wrote & recorded with the super group Apparatjik featuring Grammy Award-winning producer Martin Terefe with members of Coldplay, Mew, and A-ha. 2013 began with a self-financed UK tour as well as acclaimed appearances at CMJ & and shows across Europe. 2014 will undoubtedly find Lowell bringing her provocative music and politics to a larger audience.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed To Perform At Brooklyn’s Union Pool

ELI “PAPERBOY” REED RETURNS TO PERFORMING FOR “NIGHTS LIKE THIS” EVENT AT UNION POOL IN BROOKLYN ON

NOVEMBER 14TH AND 15TH

 

REED TO DEBUT HIS NEW BAND, SONGS FROM HIS UPCOMING ALBUM FOR WARNER BROS. RECORDS, AND PRESENT SOME OF HIS FAVORITE MUSICAL ACTS

Singer-songwriter-guitarist-performer Eli “Paperboy” Reed has announced that he will perform at and curate “Nights Like This” – a very special two-night event at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on November 14th and 15th.

 

These are the first shows that the Boston-born, Mississippi and Chicago-bred Reed will perform with his new band and new sound; in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn.  He will give fans a taste of the songs that will be included on his upcoming debut for Warner Bros. Records including the instant classic, “Nights Like This” which gives the event its name. The new album, which Reed produced himself with his guitarist and longtime collaborator Ryan Spraker represents a sonic evolution beyond the singer’s Soulful roots, taking his affinity for classic R&B and blending it with the ebullience of modern pop music.  Listen to the single “Woo Hoo” here.

 

Reed will also present some of his favorite bands and DJs, to stamp “Nights Like This” with his personal style and vibe. Local vendors will be on hand selling vintage records, clothing, and ephemera. Expect special guests and surprises throughout both nights.

 

Night one will feature DJ’s Mr. Finewine (Host of WFMU’s Downtown Soulville), and The Honey Dripper (Daptone Records in-house selector). Night two will feature DJ Jay-Tram (Sinkane, DFA Records. Both nights will also feature support sets from High and Mighty Brass Band.

 

Vendors for both events will feature:

By Brooklyn: Handmade and carefully selected vintage items from Brooklyn-based artists and manufacturers. Kings County Salvage will be on hand as well as a Vintage Magazine Stand for collectors, and a Warner Brothers Records Pop Up Shop.

 

RINGWORM Added to Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase

Coming off of their recent North American headline tour, Cleveland hardcore/metal giants RINGWORM have been added as a special guest to the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase.  The Showcase is set for Thursday October 17th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY.  Appearing alongside RINGWORM are Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody and Hasj.  The showcase is open to CMJ badge holders and tickets are available for purchase HERE.  For more info on the showcase visit the Invisible Oranges site HERE.

 

RINGWORM released their new EP Bleed in September on Relapse Records. Bleed features three brand new songs including a Discharge cover!  Bleed is available in multiple different vinyl colors and can be ordered HERE.  The EP is streaming in full on Noisey (VICE Magazine’s New Music Channel) HERE.

 

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http://www.ringworm13.net

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BATILLUS: Brooklyn Industrial Blackened Doomsmiths Unveil Their First Ever Music Video

Brooklyn’s favorite industrial blackened doomsmiths, BATILLUS, are pleased to unveil their work of cinematic grimness in the form of “Concrete.” An ultra bleak, narrative story that brings the track to life in a most uncomfortable fashion, “Concrete” was directed by Gretchen Heinel, features actors Candice Freshko, David McManamon, Rush Aaron Hicks, Mockingbird Girl, Jane Marguerite and La Luna and serves as the band’s first ever music video.

 

Plot your next nightmare, courtesy of “Concrete,” at THIS LOCATION.  

 

“Concrete” opens BATILLUS‘ mammoth Concrete Sustain full-length, released via Seventh Rule Recordings earlier this year. With songs that range from relentless mid-tempo churns to subterranean crawls, BATILLUS coheres the extremes of heavy music into a surge of massive riffing, rolling over and descending upon the listener with the force and intensity of steel dropping from the sky. Originally conceived in 2007 as an instrumental trio, the BATILLUS lineup expanded in 2009 to add vocals, synthesizers, and samples to the dynamic range of their music. Described by The New Yorker as “[a] sludgy four-piece that slows monstrous Black Sabbath riffs to a crawl to produce highly textured compositions of droning doom-metal,” and commended for their meticulous weave of “searing feedback and blistering riffs” by NPR, the tight and focused songs on Concrete Sustain reflect this expanded palette, which has had a profound effect on the band’s writing process. Concrete Sustain was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker and BATILLUS at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room.

 

Order your copy of Concrete Sustain HERE.

Concrete Sustain filters the hard edged and bleak urban landscape through heartfelt and meaningful industro-doom, cementing BATILLUS near the top of the heap. Put on your best heavy-lidded scowl and prepare to sustain and dominate.” – About.com

 

“At their stripped and shrapnel-scarred heart, BATILLUS are a doom band, and Concrete Sustaincarries a bit of the funereal around with it, though the dead it mourns were not made of flesh and bone, but rather concrete and steel,” – Exclaim!

 

“In addition to an abundance of trudging, mid-paced riffs played on densely distorted guitar and bass,BATILLUS have built a framework of counterpoint rhythms that provide tension and contrast: Grinding, whirring industrial samples abound, as do textural washes of feedback that border on the post-rock nihilism of Neurosis.” — Emusic

 

“…their most cohesive release yet.” – MetalSucks

 

“Concrete Sustain is the sound of modern doom and each track here holds dear to its heart the essence and core of the doom genre, yet BATILLUS twist it and turn it onto something new and different and a marvel to experience.” – Cvlt Nation

 

“Sounds and noises come at you from nowhere in the vast darkness BATILLUS have offer on here. Concrete Sustain is an album that is truly alive. They have added a dark demented soul to their music and it is not a pretty sight. BATILLUS have taken another almighty step towards greatness…” – The SludgeLord

 

“For many metal acts the word ‘industrial’ is simply an adjective to throw around. For BATILLUS, who hail from the home of skyscrapers and 24-hour Starbucks known as New York City, this workman-like take on pressurized doom metal is not just another sonic layer, but a sense of being.” – Invisible Oranges

 

BATILLUS have excelled on Concrete Sustain creating their best work and to my ears a faultless album.” – Echoes And Dust

 

“…a 2013 must-listen for fans of doom, especially those who might want to do more than stand in place and nod dreamily at the floor.” – No Clean Singing

 

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http://www.seventhrule.com
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http://seventhrule.bandcamp.com

Ebony Bones Announces Secret Brooklyn Show with TECLA, Tickets Available Now

Show Location To Be Revealed To Ticket Holders; Purchase HERE

“It’s that emphasis on a symbiotic relationship between the players and the audience that propels an Ebony Bones performance from a typical event to an unforgettable experience.” – MTV Iggy

“Whether on stage or in the studio, Ebony Bones is set to be a major player for years to come” – NPR

Having developed a love for music at an early age, Ebony Bones—whose stage name was coined by punk rock icon Rat Scabies, drummer of The Damned— began her musical education in her father’s music stall in Brixton Market with artists like Brian Eno and Quincy Jones and as time went on her influences grew to include everyone from Siouxie Soux and The Slits to Fela Kuti and Public Enemy.

New Yorkers will be able to experience Ebony’s eclectic combination of punk, pop and soul in person when she plays a secret show with TECLA and other special guests on Wednesday, September 11th at a secret Brooklyn location. Said location will be announced to ticket holders only so be sure to pick yours up HERE right away.

Divided into Parts I and II, Ebony Bones’ new album Behold, A Pale Horse opens with the album’s striking title track, which features harmonious chants from the Symphony Orchestra of India along with deep, bellowing strings and frenzied percussion. Part I,Born In Flames, continues with “I See I Say,” which sets an air of mystery and intrigue with a foundation of effected vocals playing on a continuous loop throughout. “Mystery Babylon Balloon” buzzes with electric energy, featuring Ebony’s commanding vocals above rich layers of guitars and strings. “While The People S.L.E.E.P.” is a high-energy cut led by quick-paced, melodic verses and a tribal beat.

Motivated by her desire to “reach her full potential and inspire others to do the same,” Ebony’s music is filled with strength and courage. “In the end,” she believes, “it doesn’t serve the world to play small.”

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WATAIN launches video trailer for “All That May Bleed” single

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Erik Danielsson to appear at Duff’s in Brooklyn for special DJ set

The first single from WATAIN’s new album, The Wild Hunt, will be released on June 25th in North America as a limited 7″ and digital download (see below for worldwide release dates and formats). A trailer for this new single, “All That May Bleed,” can be viewed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr-1TDrUpTI

WATAIN comments about the track:

“‘All That May Bleed’ shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into ‘The Wild Hunt’ because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!”

Side B will be a track called “Play with the Devil,” originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band TAIWAZ in 1988 in WATAIN’s hometown, Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from IN SOLITUDE participates on solo guitar in WATAIN’s version).

The single will be released in the following formats:
–Black 7″ vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies worldwide)
–Red 7″ vinyl with sticker (only available from http://www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
–7″ Picture disc (available from http://www.cmdistro.com and http://www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)

–digital download

“All That May Bleed” physical release dates:

GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / NORWAY and worldwide throughhttp://www.cmdistro.com and http://www.wolfwear.net: Friday, June 21, 2013
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / POLAND: Monday, June 24, 2013
USA / SPAIN: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
SWEDEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

“All That May Bleed” digital release dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / NORWAY / ITALY / AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, June 21, 2013
UK: Sunday, June 23, 2013
BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, June 24, 2013

USA / SPAIN: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WATAIN’s upcoming album, The Wild Hunt, will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America by His Master’s Noise, via Century Media Records. On August 24th, WATAIN will conduct the grand opening of The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown of Uppsala at Svandammshallarna. The band comments:

“The plan is to make this concert everything we have ever wanted our concerts to be. In a touring scenario it is impossible to drag along all the horrors and infernal machinery we need for that, but performing in our hometown allows for a much more grandiose and spectacular stage show and performance. Mark our words, this will be one to remember!”

WATAIN’s own Erik Danielsson (vocals) will also appear at Duff’s in Brooklyn, NY onJune 8th for a special DJ set. See below for event details:

When: Saturday, June 8 @ 11pm
Where: Duff’s Brooklyn
168 Marcy Avenue (between S 5th & Broadway)
Williamsburg, New York
For more information, please visit: http://www.duffsbrooklyn.com

WATAIN online:
http://www.templeofwatain.com

TWIN GUNS – Saturday, March 23 – 9:00PM @ 31st Street Pub

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The powerhouse duo of Andrea Sicco and “Jungle” Jim Chandler give the full blown sound out of a two person front that is reminiscent of the Black Keys, but with a unique sound core that defies any one genre of rock n’ roll. On tour for their late 2012 album Sweet Dreams, listen for a wild, but not chaotic, mix of surf, grunge, metal, death metal, electronica, rockabilly, and 50s-60s doo-wop aspects… all tied up in neatly choreographed feats of musical composition.

Twin Guns satisfy like a Wild West Neo-Black Sabbath that rides in from the sunset instead of disappearing into it.

With King Fez, and Retro Agents. Doors at 9:00PM.

Listen to Sweet Dreams by Twin Guns at: http://twinguns.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-dreams-2012

& Twin Guns debut album Scene of the Crime at: http://twinguns.bandcamp.com/album/scene-of-the-crime-2011

Early Spring Trifecta With Fletcher, The End Men & Land Lines

Fletcher

Team Clermont-Fletcher began in early 2012 as a basement project between English brothers Oscar and Harvey Baker and their Chicagoan friend Tom Fry. Since then, the group has been steadily creating an incredible buzz as one of rock music’s new, relevant acts. The band has developed a strand of new-age British Rock with quirky melodies and brain tingling music. Insisting on sticking to a three-piece, Fletcher has created a vigorous and chemistry-driven connection between each member.

Their release details have a hard time comparing them to other acts, as their sound is so different. They’ve heard names such as The Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Kooks, Kings of Leon, The Strokes – but nobody can quite figure their influence. They like it that way evidently. Oscar Baker might not be the rock star that Johnny Borrell is but his vocals are easily on par. There is a coy appeal to their sound and delivery and you can def hear the resemblences to The Artic Monkeys and Razorlight.  I’ll stop here with the references and let you hear for yourself. I’m in queue for the this April 9th self release date and hope to review the entire record then.

 

The End Men start off Play With Your Toys” by Cleaning Your Mind. The first track is a haunting chant with the unmistakeable voice of singer-songwriter Matthew Hendershot delivering a lecture to get your head right.  Now Hendershot’s voice has been compared to Tom Waits which I can accept.  He’s a crooner that showcases his sound via the two piece approach in live settings. He is joined by the very talented Livia Ranalli on drums, percussions, toys, vox, other noise makers.

Sound likes: warm fuzzed out guitars, great acoustic boomy drums, grooving purposeful bass lines, raspy storytelling vox, interesting song arrangements, unpredictable, stellar percussive ideas.

 

The Brooklyn based duo have a devilish lure about them. Hendershot channels a villain storyteller from a Disney movie who’d do well in pairing with filmmaker Tim Burton to create a gloomy storyboard. Track 4 “Into The Mine” is a fascinating composition that projects a male version of Cinderella’s Lady Tremaine or maybe a down and out Jafar sitting on some rolled up oriental rugs smoking squares in beat up attire.

 

The End Men are garage-rock pioneers on a time warp circus tour telling warm sounding stories. Forget the snake oil people this is as real as it gets. Play With Your Toys is your spring-summer BBQ soundtrack.

Land Lines is a Colorado based strings band. The players are Martina Grbac, Anna Mascorella and Ross Harada. Their 11 track release under the same name is a collection of very live sounding works.

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Sounds like: bright tamborines, cellos, two part female harmonies, plucked strings a very different sound from bowing, short and percussive rather than sustained-pizzicato, straight ahead songs, militant drumming, bells.

I especially like their very acoustic sound sans electricity.  Martina Grbac’s voice carries the tonality of Dolores O’Riordan‘s. The approach is very safe in terms of progression. They tend to stay in the same key too much for my liking.  I keep waiting for the sonic palette to change and would love to hear some electronica somewhere underneath it all. The trio makes up for these simple shortcomings with very dynamic songs and vocals. They appear to be happy with “instruments, books and hot water” and what else do you really need right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Guns are Dealing Western Devils Out of Brooklyn

The double-edged sword of contemporary, ubiquitous music releases on the Internet is that bands like Twin Guns are out there and you haven’t heard them yet. While a reviewer might use this line for many albums by bands recently discovered, “Scene Of The Crime” by Twin Guns, released in March 2011,  is the one that inspired it.

The Twin Guns are extremely generous with the devil’s chord in the opening tracks of Scene Of The Crime, taking on a rockabilly-Black Sabbath tone that is almost too easy to get into… like a contract with the son-of-the-morning himself. Twangy guitar and corrugated sheet-metal roof thumping drums are continuous through the dusty tracks that Andrea Sicco and “Jungle” Jim Chandler laydown on their range, making spurs jingle-jangle through a backdrop of urban chaos that evokes a backroom punk show at Gooski’s (for Pittsburghers who know that effect from experience).

Vocals come through big, like old-timey tunes… listen for wailing and lamentation, as well as coyote calls. At first it is a bit off-putting, as the instrumentals are so pounding and jarring the ear looks for a clean line in the lyrics. However, by not finding a clearer tonic from the sound engineering of the voices the sound of Twin Guns has a consistency of grit and tormented musical structure that is satisfyingly unsettled (perhaps extending the theme of buttering up the listener for an unholy commitment to a deal with the devil). It also goes a long way toward selling the lonesome cowboy emotion that seems to drive the wagon onward. This trend comes to an apex, in well managed order, with track 4, “Safe,” when pedal effects on both vocals and guitars take you over a canyon cliff somewhere out in the unpopulated vastness of the west Rocky Mountains.

Instrumentally the album doesn’t stop inventing. For example, use of essential piano tones, coming over where the mind’s ear envisions rhythm guitar laying on top of the lead. Confessing a slight aversion to the overdrive effects of synthesizer and soundboard background sounds through the first four tracks, it all comes together for resolution in track 5, “Druggy and Suicidal,” which is every bit the homage to rock n’ roll stars burning out like meteors that the title suggests. This is immediately justified by track 6 (“One More Night Of Sin”) opening with a church bell beat that sets up a lead guitar packed with glissando & crescendo. Listen for super-subtle alt-surf guitar and arching vocal deliveries on what balances out as a mellower song compared to the first half of the album. This mellowness seems to groove-on into the remainder of the album… for moments, but then the moments are gone.

The whammy bar gets just ridiculous, in the best of ways, on the latter tracks. What’s more, there is a surprising operatic coolness to track 8 (“She Cried”), where a neo-Quadrophenia sound of the ocean waves opening and another lonesome, wild-west yodel ride out on another set of silky and surfy guitar waves. Some spoken word aspects accent the song with a sort of hipster-Meatloaf result that does more to make the listener replay the track than to cast doubt on the, at this point of the album “signature,” sound qualities that it has just condensed through the cochlea.

The album might be best for the big finish of the final track. Using a recording of a subway car taking off, and singing about the same, it seals the listener’s fate with a guilty pleasure-inducing familiarity that forces the question… is that a Kink’s song? …the Clash? …funky early, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis? …nope, it’s Twin Guns.

Scene Of The Crime by Twin Guns is out on reverbnation.com and many of your friendly Internet music peddlers.

THE LONE BELLOW RELEASE “YOU NEVER NEED NOBODY”

Soulful Brooklyn folk-rock outfit THE LONE BELLOW has released its first album track “You Never Need Nobody” to the public along with their first music video. “You Never Need Nobody” is taken from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album out on January 22nd via Descendant Records. Amongst several CMJ performances, The Lone Bellow graced the Last.fm showcase performing several songs at The Living Room. Watch the band belt it out in New York City:

iTunes | http://tinyurl.com/TheLoneBellowTrack

Stream | http://tinyurl.com/TLBstream

Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, The Lone Bellow (formerly known as Zach Williams & The Bellow) has established an exuberant following via live shows in New York and across the country during their stint opening for Grammy Winners The Civil Wars

. Featuring lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow isn’t just a group of musicians; they are an “urban tribe,” a family away from family.

At the heart of it, Zach Williams is an intentional songwriter focused on growing a community, rather than merely finding a following. Georgia-born Williams began songwriting in 2005, during a prolonged stay at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after his wife was thrown from a horse and paralyzed from the neck down. With a dire diagnosis of quadriplegia, there was nothing to do but sit vigil with his group of friends – also artists. While they waited for healing, Zach picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, putting melody to a journal entry that would become his first song, “Hospital.” His wife eventually recovered (her spinal cord, initially thought severed, was terribly bruised) and the couple and their group of friends moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter.

Williams and the band’s music evolved to reflect his Southern roots, incorporating elements of rock, gospel, country and blues that result in a unique and soul-searing blend of can’t-get-them-out-of-your-head lyrics that spring from a deep emotional reservoir. The upcoming record is a complete work, a “collection of stories embodying tragedy, hope, betrayal and redemption.”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Announces Debut Album

LISTEN TO/SHARE LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPERS’ “ROOFTOP”:
http://soundcloud.com/badabingrecords/rooftop/

More than anything, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro) has 20,000 second-hand DVDs to thank for her first album. Despite being recorded at a proper studio in her recently adopted home of Brooklyn, Ripely Pine showcases songs conceived during her tenure at Bart’s & Greg’s DVD Explosion in Brunswick, Maine. Little did customers know, the same store they’d drop off their Transformers movies was providing the ideal four-year cocoon for the development of a major musical talent.

During those nightly creative spells after working her shift, Spaltro’s music brought raw expressions of her lyrical thoughts. Anger, confusion, love, happiness, and sadness reigned, and the songs ran rampant, with little form or structure. Isolated for those many hours, this is how she taught herself to write music and sing. She had only two outlets for giving out her music: Bart & Greg’s and a record store next door, so she gave herself a band name. She would arrange her CDs on the counters of these two shops as free offerings, and seeing how she was often the employee at the register, didn’t tell people it was her music.

In a live setting, her performances were unhinged, as melodies followed an internal logic only apparent to Spaltro herself. She played guitar and sang, careening from hums to screams within seconds, but always maintaining self-control. That’s how Lady Lamb the Beekeeper became one of the most beloved performers in Portland and Brooklyn.

At 23, with five years of writing music and self recording her own demos, she ventured to the next milestone – recording an album. She wrote everything. All the songs, all the arrangements. Keeping the songs’ stark rawness, the record is a pure representation of her sound.

Ripely Pine shouts the introduction of a new talent from every groove. Here, finally, are recordings of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper that come as close as possible to conveying the intense majestry of her live shows. And, much like her performances live, a narrative breathes through the record’s progression. The album opens with urgency and anger, settles into reconciliation and reciprocation, and ultimately reaches towards resolution, realizing infatuation leads to a loss of self; instead, embracing one’s own strengths is the most powerful thing of all.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper’s debut album, Ripely Pine, is out February 19th on Ba Da Bing! Records.

Upcoming Shows:

Tue. Nov. 13 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *
Wed. Nov. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live *
Thu. Nov. 15 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theater *
Sat. Nov. 17 – Durham, NC @ Casbah *
Sun. Nov. 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall *
Mon. Nov. 19 – Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall *
Tue. Nov. 20 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt *
Fri. Nov. 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
Tue. Dec. 4 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery *
Wed. Dec. 5 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Thu. Dec. 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
Fri. Dec. 7 – Binghamton, NY @ Binghamton U
* with Kaki King