Concert Review: Hoodie Allen at Stage AE

Words and Pix: McKenna Misko

Before Hoodie Allen steps on stage, his fans are already screaming and anticipating his appearance with pure excitement and happiness. As the lights go off, then slowly begin to turn on again; Hoodie’s band takes the stage. The moment Hoodie Allen steps on stage, the room is filled with the screams of his fans and a powerful introduction to a song. Hoodie’s stage presence is very compelling. He incorporates his fans into everything that he does, including bringing a lucky fan onto the stage and gifting that individual with “The Hype Tour” merchandise. Throughout his performance, Hoodie and his band remained consistent with their amount of energy.  One may even say, Hoodie’s energy levels rose as he continued his concert. They also incorporated songs from Hoodie’s most recent album,”The Hype” along with older hits of his dating back to the very start of his career. Hoodie Allen started his concert off with “Sushi” then continued it with older hits such as “Act My Age”, and “Champagne and Pools”. While watching Hoodie Allen perform, one is able to tell that he is fully invested in his career and his fans. He is devoted to making his followers happy through his live performances, and through the music he releases. I myself was more than impressed with his performance and I highly recommend seeing him live, and purchasing his music online; including his most recent album, “The Hype”.

Included on The Hype are previously released singles “Know It All,” “Sushi,” and “Ain’t Ready” which set the internet ablaze being recognized as “arguably the best songwriting of his career.” The album features collaborations with artists such as Scott Hoying (Pentatonix)State ChampsGoody Grace, and Wale, seeing Hoodie emerge with his most ambitious work to date.

The Hype follows Hoodie’s critically acclaimed 2016 Happy Camper LP which debuted atNo. 1 on the Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop chart and No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. Previously, his debut 2012 All American EP hit No. 1 on iTunesNo. 10 on the Billboard 200, and featured runaway hit single “No Interruption.” His first full-length People Keep Talking released in 2014, featuring a collaboration with Ed Sheeran on “All About It.” Later that year, Hoodie Allen made his late-night TV debut on Conan and toured with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on The Boys of Zummer Tour.Hoodie has earned praise from the likes of BillboardRolling Stone, and MTV as he continues to amass a cult following across the globe.

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August Burns Red return to Pittsburgh

Once again, Lancaster legends August Burns Red swung by Pittsburgh for the Messengers 10th anniversary tour.  Since their “go to” venue has been shut down (Altar Bar) they ended up at Mr. Smalls for the occasion.  Deciding to tour and celebrate one of their heaviest and fastest albums seemed like it would be a crazy idea for them after coming off of their most intricate album (Found in Far Away Places) to date.  Luckily it brought out the diehard ABR fans to these shows who remember seeing them ten years ago when this album first came out.  That being said, crazy may be an understatement for Wednesday night since there were endless crowd surfers and moshers from start to finish.

At the very start of the show, maybe about halfway through the first song, Jake Luhrs (vocals) stopped singing to help one of the photographers out of the pit actually because it ended up getting way to hectic for anyone to be down there with all the crowd surfers falling over the barricade.  After leaving the stage, the band continued to finish the song before stopping to wait for the return of their frontman.  When coming back on stage, he had a brief statement about having fun but staying safe.  From that point they continued on with playing the Messengers album all the way through before returning to the stage for one of Matt’s famous drum solos followed by some of their hits such as: Empire, White Washed, and Ghosts.

Every single time I end up covering ABR I feel as if I always leave with a drive to listen and play music so much more than I ever would at another concert.  From the professionalism to the offstage generosity these guys have is just mindboggling sometimes.  Plus getting some of the best pictures of my career of them definitely helps.  All in all, their shows are some of the best metalcore performances out there and the fact that they are in the writing process for another album makes my hair stand on edge for how excited I am.

Photos Below!

Setlist:

  1. The Truth of a Liar
  2. Up Against the Ropes
  3. Back Burner
  4. The Blinding Light
  5. Composure
  6. Vital Signs
  7. The Eleventh Hour
  8. The Balance
  9. Black Sheep
  10. An American Dream
  11. Redemption

Encore:

  1. Drum Solo
  2. Empire
  3. Fault Line
  4. Martyr
  5. Ghosts

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Announce US Dates @MrSmalls May 5

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT will return to the road in the US this year with a two week stretch of dates; some of which will see the band playing support for Opeth. The band continues to tour on the strength of their new record, Transcendence. Speaking about their upcoming shows in North America, Devin comments:

“Continuing on our run to support Transcendence, we are coming back to America for a quick run with Opeth and Gojira as well as some additional dates to get us to and from those shows. We are many places this year and are trying to make sure we take advantage of our geographic locations as we roll. The band keeps getting stronger and we look forward to seeing you there!”

Devin Townsend Project – “Stormbending”
DEVIN TOWNSEND Online: 
Official Website: http://www.hevydevy.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend
Recorded at The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Canada with Townsend and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Animals as Leaders), Transcendence sounds absolutely massive. From the moment ‘Truth’—a re-work from the Infinity album—monstrously blends into the soul-stirring ‘Stormbending’ to the undulating cool of mid-point jam ‘Secret Sciences’ and Ween cover ‘Transdermal Celebration’, Townsend and crew have engineered a modern-day classic. The sheer scale of tracks like ‘Failure’, ‘Higher’, and the majestic title track is at once daunting and inviting. Transcendence pulls the listener in like a movie score. It has the emotional heft of Rosenman’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the mega-riff power of Black-era Metallica.
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Upcoming US Dates

Friday, April 28th – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
Saturday, April 29th – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum*
Sunday, April 30th – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
Tuesday, May 2nd – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
Thursday, May 4th – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
Friday, May 5th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls*
Saturday, May 6th – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory^^
Sunday, May 7th – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom^
Tuesday, May 9th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre^
Thursday, May 11th – Denver, CO @ Red Rock Amphitheatre^
Friday, May 12th – Kansas City, KS @ Arvest Bank Theatre^
Saturday, May 13th – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room^
Sunday, May 14th – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s**

* – Headlining with Thank You Scientist & ONI
** – Headlining with Thank You Scientist
^ – Supporting Opeth & Gojira
^^ – Supporting Mastodon, Opeth & Gojira

“Killthrax” Tour Opening Acts Announced Including Pittsburgh’s Code Orange

ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ANNOUNCE OPENERS FOR CO-HEADLINING SPRING 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR – “KILLTHRAX”
 
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA SERVING AS MAIN SUPPORT ON ALL DATES
 
JASTA TO OPEN 10 DATES, WITH CODE ORANGE OPENING ALL DATES THEREAFTER
 
SiriusXM Will Present All Dates
Anthrax, L-R:  Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
Photo Credit:  Ignacio Galvez


LOS ANGELES, CA – Thursday, January 26, 2017 — Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax announced in December that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.

With Anthrax and KsE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

Multi-tasking Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will perform solo as Jasta and open the first 10 shows of the tour – including the two Killswitch Engage headline shows that do not feature Anthrax.
Pittsburgh‘s Code Orange, who are being hailed as one of the most exciting metal acts of 2017 with the release of their new album FOREVER, will open all of the dates thereafter. Code Orange jump on the tour on April 11.

Tickets are on sale via the Anthrax sitethe KsE site, and the TDWP site. Please visit those locations for all details regarding ticketing.

Killswitch Engage released the universally regarded Incarnate (Roadrunner) this past March, which debuted #6 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album chart. 2016 also saw KsE appearing on a Stars Wars-themed Revolver cover, staging an unforgettable and intimate, five-club NYC takeover for album release week, and embarking on an impressive Incarnate World Tour. On November 25, the band released Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II on Blu-ray, a treasure trove of gripping content, containing over 3.5 hours of footage. At the heart of this release is a 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form back in 1999. It picks up right where their 2005 {Set This} World Ablaze release left off, revealing the rest of the untold KsE story. Beyond the Flames is now available digitally.

KsE, L-R:  Adam Dutkiewicz, Jesse Leach, Justin Foley, Joel Stroetzel, Mike D’Antonio
Photo Credit:  Travis Shinn

For Anthrax, these dates are in support of the band’s critically-celebrated 11th album,  For All Kings (Megaforce), released last February. Celebrating its 35 th anniversary, 2016 has been action-packed for Anthrax.  For All Kings debuted at #1 on

Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard 200, the band’s second Top 10 chart entry. Two striking music videos made with director Jack Bennett, one over-the-top grizzly, the other an innovative stop-motion piece, an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers that paired the band with the iconic Robert De Niro, and sharing stages with bands like Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, and fellow Big Four members, Slayer were just a few of the highlights.
“Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a ‘Total Explosion of the Senses.'” Added the band’s Frank Bello, “This Anthrax/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S.”
“Anthrax and Killswitch – KillThrax! Holy crap!,” said Scott Ian. “I am so excited about these upcoming shows with our old friends Killswitch Engage. Get out your pit pants and start stretching now for all the glorious action and fun!”
KsE singer Jesse Leach echoed Anthrax’s enthusiasm about the upcoming trek, saying, “We are so stoked to tour with thrash legends Anthrax! We are sure this will bring a powerhouse of a live show with the combination of both bands. This is, hands down, the most excited we’ve been to tour alongside a band in a long while. This will be one you won’t want to miss. KillThrax is coming for you!!!!”
“I rarely get to tour with Jasta and since the rest of my year is booked up with Hatebreed tours, I jumped at the chance to hit the road and debut some new Jasta songs with some of my favorite people in metal,” said Jamey Jasta. “Not only is the tour hitting some of my favorite cities to play, the lineup offers something for every generation of metal and hardcore fan. Come out early and get the pit started with us!”
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, L-R:   Kyle Sipress, Andy Trick, Mike Hranica, Jeremy Depoyster
Photo Credit:  Anthony Barlich

Confirmed dates for the Anthrax and KsE tour  – “Killthrax” are as follows.

MARCH
29  The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *&
30  Express Live, Columbus, OH **&
31  Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL  (Anthrax only)
31  The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE only) &

APRIL
1   Little River Casino, Manistee, MI  (Anthrax only)
1   Norva, Norfolk, VA  (KsE only) &
3   The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD &
4   The Dome, Wallingford, CT *&
5   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA *&
7   20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *&
8   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI ** &
9    Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *&
11   The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **#
12   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **#
13    House of Blues, Orlando, FL *#
15    Texas Independence Festival, Austin, TX **#
16    Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **#
17    House of Blues, Houston, TX *#
18    House of Blues, Dallas, TX  **#
20    The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *#
22    The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **#
23    The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **#
25    Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *#
26    Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **#
28    Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *#
29    Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **#
30    Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *#

MAY
1   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **#
3    Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, CANADA **#
5    Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **#
6    Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *#
7    House of Blues, Boston, MA   *#

*  – KsE closes
** – Anthrax closes

&- Featuring Jasta
# Featuring Code Orange
ABOUT KILLSWITCH ENGAGE:
Formed in 1999 out of western Massachusetts, Killswitch Engage are often credited as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. Twice Grammy-nominated, they’ve sold over 3 million records worldwide, with The End of Heartache and As Daylight Dies both certified Gold in the U.S. The band has enjoyed multiple Top 10-charting albums, with 2016’s Incarnate (March 11/Roadrunner) landing at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Current Rock Albums chart, and debuting at #1 overall in Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in both the UK and Germany, a testament to the band’s international reach.

As cofounders of Killswitch Engage, guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Mike D’Antonio, and lead vocalist Jesse Leach (who returned four years ago after a decade-long absence) together with longtime drummer Justin Foley continue to make trend-resistant, timeless heavy music that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Spending much of their career on the road, Killswitch Engage have enjoyed premium slots on major U.S. tours, including OzzFest, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, Music As a Weapon, and Trespass America, as well as countless international festivals around the globe. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled. Their songs have been featured on Guitar Hero III, Rock Band, John Madden, the Resident Evil III soundtrack, and as entrance music for WWE wrestling champ CM Punk.

ABOUT ANTHRAX:
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 at #9 on Billboard’s 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 and innovate. Click here for more about Anthrax’s 35 years

ABOUT THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:
The Devil Wears Prada is the musical embodiment of a generational shift. Built on a diverse array of heavy, dark, melodic and genre-defying music, hardened and sharpened by putting in road work together since the days when they had to skip class to tour, The Devil Wears Prada has long been at the forefront of a movement that bridges the gap between Rockstar Mayhem and the Vans Warped Tour.

In many ways, the band -Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and the recent addition of Kyle Sipress (guitar)-has embraced transition and change since their 2005 formation. After the pivotal breakout With Roots Above and Branches Below in 2009, the boys challenged the status quo and notched widespread critical acclaim, landing two consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 for the conceptual Zombie EP [2010] and Dead Throne [2011]. Two thousand thirteen’s 8:18 continued to expand their imprint on heavy music, while the intergalactic concept epic Space EP (2015) blasted off to a #18 debut and praise from Alternative Press, Loudwire, and more. With influences from novels like The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir, William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury, and Russian literature by Nabokov, Chekhov, and Dostoevsky, Prada gets very personal on their new album, Transit Blues (10-7-16), tackling topics like gun control, anxiety and the toll that touring takes. All Music called it “as blistering and visceral as anything they’ve ever done.”

ABOUT CODE ORANGE:
Pittsburgh, PA’s Code Orange, the progressive unit comprised of Jami Morgan (Drums/Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar/Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar/Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass) have gripped listeners and press around the globe with their visionary compositions and aggressive power. Code Orange’s elevated and expansive mixture of hardcore and punk has situated them at the forefront of a new generation of artists. In September of 2014 with Code Orange approaching their 20’s, the band released their landmark second LP, I Am King, which Pitchfork asserted as “…the most forward-thinking post-hardcore record of 2014.”
Crashing through the confines of genre limitations, Code Orange proved that their power lies in their fearlessness and audacity.  With the release of their new LP FOREVER, Code Orange are quickly cementing their place as one of the boldest and most dynamic bands in heavy music.  Rolling Stone exclaimed, “FOREVER captures some of the most punishing noise the band has recorded to date, featuring songs rife with sudden transitions to still-harsher textures,” while The FADER selected Code Orange as one of “13 Artists You Need To Know About in 2017.”  NPR declared that “FOREVER, the band’s…third album, is among its most bruising works, with surprises throughout,” while Stereogum exclaimed, “The ferocious Pittsburgh hardcore bruisers Code Orange have long been one of the most restless, feverish groups within their genre, and their willingness to experiment has set them apart.”

ABOUT SIRIUSXM:
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world’s largest radio company measured by revenue and has approximately 31 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment, and a wide-range of Latin music, sports and talk programming. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®, NavWeather™. SiriusXM delivers weather, data and information services to aircraft and boats through SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation™, XMWX Weather, and XMWX Marine™. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has approximately 2.8 million subscribers. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

CODE ORANGE STREAM NEW TRACK “BLEEDING IN THE BLUR”

CODE ORANGE STREAM NEW TRACK “BLEEDING IN THE BLUR

U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF JANUARY 13TH WITH PITTSBURGH, PA RELEASE SHOW

NEW ALBUM FOREVER ARRIVES JANUARY 13TH

 

JANUARY 5, 2017 – Code Orange have unveiled “Bleeding In The Blur,” the third track to be released from their anticipated new LP, FOREVER. “Bleeding In The Blur” is streaming now via NPR’s All Songs Considered who state, “FOREVER, the band’s upcoming third album, is among its most bruising works, with surprises throughout.”

 

Stream “Bleeding In The Blur” here: http://flyt.it/bitb-npr

 

Bleeding In The Blur” follows the recently released “Kill The Creator,” and FOREVER’s title track / accompanying official music video which reaped critical admiration. Rolling Stone exclaimed, “FOREVER captures some of the most punishing noise the band has recorded to date, featuring songs rife with sudden transitions to still-harsher textures.”  Nerdist declared, “Code Orange is back and heavier than ever,” adding, “These kids were heavy before, but they just increased density by a hundred percent and then crushed all livings under their weight.” CLRVYNThailed “Forever” as Code Orange’s, “…most depraved set of grooves yet,” asserting, “…don’t underestimate the quartet, ’cause they’re out for blood.”

 

FOREVER is available for pre-order at all DSP’s (Flyt.it/forever) with exclusive pre-order bundles – consisting of limited edition red vinyl in special gatefold packaging and an exclusive long sleeve T-shirt design – available atwww.CodeOrangeTOTH.com.  All orders will receive instant grat downloads of “Forever,” “Kill The Creator,” and “Bleeding In The Blur.”

 

Next week Code Orange will kick-off a U.S. headline tour which will see the Pittsburgh, PA band performing a hometown record release show on January 13th at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater with support from Incendiary, Wisdom In Chains, Eternal Sleep, Enemy Mind, and Drawing Last Breath. Tickets for that show are available here.  Code Orange will then traverse the U.S. on a headline run, which will see the band joined by Youth Code on all dates along with support from Lifeless (1/17-1/25), Disgrace (1/27-1/28), Gatecreeper (1/29-2/1), and Nicole Dollanganger (2/3-2/10) [see attached itinerary].  Furthermore, Code Orange will be presenting a unique tour experience in which original compositions, created by Code Orange’s Eric “Shade” Balderose and collaborator Drumcorps (Aaron Spectre), will be played in between sets creating a soundtrack for each show.  The body of work which is titled, IT’S ALMOST FOREVER, will be available as a tour exclusive tape only release.  Tickets for all dates are on sale now.  For up-to-the-minute news and ticket information please visit http://codeorangetoth.com/tour/.

 

Recorded with producers Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA, FOREVER is a jarring and experimental body of work, pushing the envelope with songs like; “Bleeding In The Blur,” “Kill The Creator,” and “Spy. Code Orange is comprised of Jami Morgan (Drums / Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar / Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass).

 

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

(ALBUM ART / TRACK LISTING BELOW)

 

CODE ORANGE

U.S. TOUR 2017

With Support From

Youth Code (1/17-2/10)

Lifeless (1/17-1/25)

Disgrace (1/27-1/28)

Gatecreeper (1/29-2/1)

Nicole Dollanganger (2/3-2/10)

 

*1/13 – Record Release Show with Incendiary, Wisdom In Chains, Eternal Sleep, Enemy Mind, and Drawing Last Breath*

 

JANUARY

13                           Pittsburgh, PA                       Rex Theater (Record Release Show)

17                           Detroit, MI                             El Club

18                           Chicago, IL                             Subterranean

20                           Denver, CO                           Marquis Theatre

21                           Salt lake City, UT                   Kilby Court

24                           Seattle, WA                           The Vera Project

25                           Portland, OR                         Analog Café & Theater

27                           San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside

28                           Los Angeles, CA                    Union

29                           Mesa, AZ                                The Underground

30                           Austin, TX                              Barracuda

 

FEBRUARY

1                              Houston, TX                           Eastdown Warehouse

3                              Orlando, FL                           Backbooth

4                              Atlanta, GA                            The Masquerade – Purgatory

5                              Raleigh, NC                            Kings

6                              Richmond, VA                       The Broadberry

7                              Baltimore, MD                      Ottobar

8                              New York, NY                        Marlin Room at Webster Hall

10                           Worcester, MA                    The Palladium

 

CODE ORANGE

FOREVER

RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 13TH

 

 

  1. Forever
  2. Kill The Creator
  3. Real
  4. Bleeding In The Blur
  5. The Mud
  6. The New Reality
  7. Spy
  8. Ugly
  9. No One Is Untouchable
  10. Hurt Goes On
  11. dream2

Six Organs of Admittance @ClubCafe 4/6

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE IS SCORCHING INTO A NEW DAWN

BURNING THE THRESHOLD OUT FEBRUARY 24TH 2017 

In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic Six Organs of Admittance music since 2012’s Ascent, Ben Chasny had a think about what he’d be saying in his own tongue for the first time in a half-decade. As ever, a head-full of ideas were driving him to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of Six Organs-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

With a spacious acoustic sound stage, Burning the Threshold may actually more resemble 2011’s Asleep on the Floodplain or 2005’s School Of The Flower. All of this is speculative, comparative, unverifiable – but our sense of what is true tells us that nobody plays acoustic music quite like Six Organs of Admittance, and that furthermore, nothing sounds so much like Burning the Threshold as Burning the Threshold.

Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing with all the thoughts affixed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infinite space. This space radiates out from the album’s first single, “Taken By Ascent”, a seven minute plus burner that engulfs the surrounding realm with empathetic waves. Featuring the thrilling vocal accompaniment of Haley Fohr, the massive drumming of Chris Corsano, and flourishing keys of Cooper Crain, “Taken By Ascent” exemplifies Six Organs of Admittance‘s furvid push into new and thrilling territory with Burning the Threshold.

With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning the Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence. Listen to “Taken By Ascent” on NPR’s Songs We Love  below and mark your calendars for 2017 in anticipation of Six Organs’ special release show in London and the massive US tour that follows!

600A ON TOUR!
02/23/17 Thu in London, UK at St. Pancras Church (Record Release Show)
03/02/17 Thu in Vancouver, BC at The Cobalt
03/03/17 Fri in Seattle, WA at Fremont Abbey Arts Center
03/04/17 Sat in Portland, OR at Bunk Bar
03/06/17 Mon in San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
03/07/17 Tue in Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg Bar
03/08/17 Wed in San Diego, CA at Soda Bar
03/23-26/17 in Knoxville, TN at Big Ears Festival
03/28/17 Tue in Atlanta, GA at The Earl
03/29/17 Wed in Asheville, NC at Mothlight
03/30/17 Thu in Raleigh, NC at Kings
03/31/17 Fri in Washington, DC at DC9
04/01/17 Sat in Brooklyn, NY at Union Pool
04/02/17 Sun in Boston, MA at Great Scott
04/03/17 Mon in Portland, ME at Space Gallery
04/05/17 Wed in Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s
04/06/17 Thu in Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
04/07/17 Fri in Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
04/08/17 Sat in Detroit, MI at Third Man Records
04/09/17 Sun in Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
04/10/17 Mon in Minneapolis, MN at 7th St. Entry
04/12/17 Wed in Milwaukee, WI at Collectivo Coffee
04/14/17 Fri in St. Louis, MO at Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
04/15/17 Sat in Louisville, KY at Zanzabar

Elvis Costello @Heinz Hall Nov. 1

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Elvis’ autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, will be released to paperback on Oct. 11

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint.

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group The Fairfield Four and the viol consort Fretwork with the countertenor Michael Chance. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album ‘The Girl In The Other Room’.

images-uploads-gallery-ec_book_promo_photo_credit_mary_mccartney_2During his career Costello has received several prestigious honors, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for ‘The Juliet Letters’, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series ‘G.B.H.’ and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, ‘Painted From Memory’.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. There have also been a number of Grammy nominations for his recent albums ‘When I Was Cruel’ and ‘The Delivery Man’.

The late-2003 Deutsche Grammophon release ‘North’ – an album of piano ballads composed, orchestrated and conducted by Costello – retained the number one position on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart for five weeks.

In 2004 Costello was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song – “The Scarlet Tide,” sung by Alison Krauss in the motion picture “Cold Mountain.” The song was co-written with T Bone Burnett.

The summer of 2004 saw Costello presenting a series of concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. Following concerts with the Metropole Orkest and The Imposters, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Brad Lubman, gave the premiere concert performance of ‘Il Sogno’, Costello’s first full-length orchestral work.

The music was originally commissioned in 2000 by the Italian Dance Company, Aterballetto, for their adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Following performances in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Communale, the ballet was staged throughout Italy, Germany, France and Russia.

‘Il Sogno’ was subsequently recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. The recording was released in the late 2004 by Deutsche Grammophon and stayed at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Classical Charts for 14 weeks.

Elvis Costello was commissioned by The Royal Danish Opera to compose an opera based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen. “The Secret Songs,” a “work-in-progress” cycle extracted from the opera, was given its first performance in Copenhagen in October 2005 to an appreciative audience response and enthusiastic reviews. Costello sang both of the leading male roles, Andersen and that of the showman P.T. Barnum, while the leading female role of Jenny Lind was taken by Swedish soprano Gisela Stille.

In January 2006, Elvis Costello was a featured artist at the Sydney Festival in Australia, presenting a series of contrasting concerts. The first reunited Costello with the Brodsky Quartet for excerpts from ‘The Juliet Letters’, while in the second half, Steve Nieve, double-bassist Greg Cohen and soprano Antoinette Halloran joined Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for several newly arranged excerpts from “The Secret Songs.” Costello and Nieve then gave a second concert, in which they drew on some of Costello’s rarely performed compositions.

The festival appearances concluded with two concerts with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Alan Broadbent at the Opera House. The program consisted of a suite from ‘Il Sogno’, followed by a number of Costello’s songs arranged for orchestra by Costello, Sy Johnson, Bill Frisell, Vince Mendoza and Steve Nieve. The program also included compositions by Charles Mingus and Billy Strayhorn with Costello’s lyrics and songs written by Costello and Burt Bacharach for the album ‘Painted from Memory’.

Many of these compositions are also featured on ‘My Flame Burns Blue’, the live recording of Costello’s performance with the Metropole Orkest at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival that was released in March of 2006 by Deutsche Grammophon coupled with the suite of ‘Il Sogno’ highlights.

Later that spring, Costello, Nieve and conductor Alan Broadbent presented a program similar to their Australian tour throughout the U.S., including appearances with San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Austin and Baltimore’s symphony orchestras.

2007 saw Costello tour extensively with The Imposters and also with Allen Toussaint throughout the USA and Europe. In autumn 2007 he undertook a highly successful tour, performing solo on “The Bob Dylan Show.”

In late 2007, Costello completed his work on a commission from The Miami City Ballet when he collaborated with world-famous choreographer Twyla Tharp. The work, entitled “NIGHTSPOT,” was premiered in Miami to great critical acclaim in March 2008. A new album with The Imposters entitled ‘Momofuku’ had already been recorded in secrecy in a period of just seven days and was released on April 22, 2008.

In December 2008, Costello launched the inaugural season of his internationally acclaimed music television series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…. Spectacle is a compelling blend of the best of talk and music television that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the creative process with an extraordinary and eclectic array of guests joining host Elvis Costello to chat, perform and share their passion for all kinds of music. The program’s eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host, a songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair; and a noted wit whose stint as guest host on “The Late Show with David Letterman” won rave reviews.

First season’s guests included: Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.

The second season of Spectacle will begin airing in late 2009 and feature guests including Bono & The Edge, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Ray Lamontagne, Lyle Lovett, Nick Lowe, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester.

On June 2, 2009 Hear Music released Costello’s ‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.’ Produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded by Mike Piersante during a three-day session at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, ‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane’ debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, Costello’s highest album chart position since 1980’s Get Happy. Following its release, Costello toured extensively with the featured musicians on the album dubbed the Sugarcanes – Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Jeff Taylor and Dennis Crouch.

2016 Music Tour:

Solo “Detour” with Special Guests Larkin Poe:

10/1 – New York, New York: Town Hall

10/3 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Paramount Theater

10/4 – Omaha, Nebraska: Holland Performing Arts Center

10/6 – Des Moines, Iowa: Hoyt Sherman Place

10/7 – Overland Park, Kansas: Yardley Hall

10/8 – Wichita, Kansas: Orpheum Theater

10/10 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Chevy Bricktown CTR

10/11 – Dallas, Texas: Majestic Theater

10/13 – Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

10/14 – Houston, Texas: Revention Music Center

10/15 – New Orleans, Louisiana: Saenger Theater

10/17 – Nashville, Tennessee: Ryman Auditorium

10/18 – Atlanta, Georgia: Cobb Energy Centre

10/22 – Atlantic City, New Jersey: Borgata Casino

 

Elvis Costello & The Imposters:

10/23 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Sands Bethlehem Event CTR

10/25 – Boston, Massachusetts: Orpheum Theater

10/26 – Albany, New York: The Palace Theater

10/28 – Akron, Ohio: Akron Civic Center

10/29 – Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Theater

10/30 – Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Theatre

11/1 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Heinz Hall

11/2 – Buffalo, New York: Shea’s PAC

11/3 – Washington, D.C.: Warner Theater

11/5 – Wallingford, Connecticut: Toyota Presents Oakdale

11/6 and 11/7 – New York, NY: The Beacon Theater

LATEST RELEASE

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

Release date: 10.9.15

Label: UMe

DAVID ELLEFSON Talking about EMP Label Group, MEGADETH, EMP Underground And More

MEGADETH co-founder/bassist, producer and EMP LABEL GROUP’s President DAVID ELLEFSON recently podcasted a special 34 minutes Facebook live-stream event, making special announcements and talked about the State of the “Ellefson” Union, EMP Label GroupEMP UndergroundEllefson Coffee CoMerchlive.comMEGADETH and more. The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1074862262583450

Formed in 2015, EMP Label Group has already had worldwide success with their first release, the debut EP from Phoenix all-female punk group DOLL SKIN, released as a joint venture with Megaforce and Cargo Records (U.K.), who has already received airplay on dozens of stations around the world. EMP Label Group signed later a distribution deal with eOne for USA and SPV in Europe.

Current EMP Label Group roster bands are: Doll Skin, Arise In Chaos, Green Death, Dead By Wednesday, Apollo Under Fire, Behind The Fallen, Chuck Mosley, Cage9, Even The Dead Love A Parade, Hail Sagan, Heaven Below, Semblant, Ancient, Helstar, Killing The Messenger, Machinage, SkumLove, Another Lost Year and Solus Deus.

Finally EMP Label Group put the EMP: Underground Vol. 1 Sampler to bed. Over 30 TRACKS, mastered by producer/mixer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Corrosion Of Conformity. D.R.I). Available from: www.empmerch.com

Tracklisting:

Dead By Wednesday – Live Again (F/ Brian Fair) 3:52
(From the EMPLG LP THE DARKEST OF ANGELS)
Ditchwater – Blister 3:18
Abertooth Lincoln – Dreamy Kids 3:50
Casket Robbery – Annibelle’s Hell 4:16
Dead Epimony – Untamed Mind 3:13
Solus Deus – The Plague 3:18
(From the EMPUG EP THE PLAGUE)
Unicorn Death – Doomed by the Inquisition 3:58
Killing The Messenger – Fuel to the Fire 4:13
(From the EMPUG LP FUEL TO THE FIRE)
Evil Engine – Father 3:19
Grüzer – The Accessory 4:29
Incarcerhated – Nightmare Reality 4:53
Lutharö – Black Scorpion 6:00
Green Death – Gates of Hell (F/ David Vincent) 3:16
(From the EMP LP MANUFACTURING EVIL)
Ancient – Land of the Dead 4:06
(From the EMPUG Release BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD)
Surviving the Era – Here in the Dark 4:00
SKUMLOVE – The Infected (F/ Burton C. Bell) 3:06
(From the EMPUG LP SINISTER MINISTER)
Even The Dead Love A Parade – Heart Poacher 3:59
(From the EMPLG EP EVEN THE DEAD LOVE A PARADE)
Machinage – Voices 6:07
(From the EMPUG LP SLAVE NATION)
Mutilated By Zombies – Maggot Bath 3:34
NonHuman Era – Hollow Point 5:49
Semblant – Incinerate – 4:45
(From the EMPLG LP LUNAR MANIFESTO)
Psykotribe – Live Evil 4:30
Revilwen – Lead 3:28
Behind the Fallen – Reflections (f/ Telle Smith) 3:13
(From the forthcoming EMPLG LP AS THE SKY FALLS THROUGH)
S7N – Blackout 4:08
Sardis – Satisfied 3:55
Toothless – Ennui 4:17
Helstar – Black Cathedal 7:38
(From the EMPUG LP VAMPIRO)
Your Chance To Die – Shadow and Flame 3:21
(From the EMPUG LP EX-NIHILO Coming Spring 2017)
Urn – Silently, I’m Still Screaming 5:25
Goatsilk – Nothing Compares 3:10
Heaven Below – Renegade Protest Movement 3:48
(From the EMPLG LP GOOD MORNING APOCALYPSE)
Left of Reason – Randall Cobb (4:03)

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Review- Sigur Ros at Stage AE

Superb.

If I could provide you with just that one word as my complete review of Sigur Ros’ September 19th show at Stage AE, I would. Sadly, writers are expected to be at least slightly capable of examining and explaining the world, and it’d be negligent of me to leave you, the wonderful reader, with nothing more than a two-syllable summation of a two-hour long concert.

The show began with a short set by the luminous Julianna Barwick. I missed all but two of her songs, so I won’t speak much on her live style, but what I heard was equally as ethereal as her most recent release, Nepenthe. (Side note: don’t wait in the parking lot to hear an opener begin before going in. Often, as was the case with Ms. Barwick, bands cannot be heard outside of the venue. Tactical error.)

The 30-minute set change between acts provided me with more than enough time to wonder how my lyric-driven brain would respond to Icelandic. In recordings, it’s easier to take Sigur Ros’ vocals and composition as ambient, post-modern rock and digest it as such. I resigned myself to at least attempt to imagine each voice as just another instrument. And then the show crew brought out and rearranged bells and strings and drums and brass. There were guitars and keyboards and single light bulbs on tall stands. I worried that perhaps adding another “instrument” for my brain to keep straight was a bad idea.

They began their set began with Yfirborð, off of the recently released Kevikur. It’s an ambitious opener that feels more like a track from one of their previous albums. It’s slower, pretty, almost less-experimental. Perhaps in opening with something new that sounds so much like something old they were appeasing the many fans in the audience who have so obviously followed the band since its inception in 1994. This worked. The throngs of21-year-olds were just as pleased as their middle-aged counterparts. All heads swayed in unison, as projections of what I think were artistically blurred and filtered cordyceps fungi shifted slowly on the projection screen behind the 10-or-so musicians on stage.

The core band members, Jón Þór “Jonsi” Birgisson, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason, were joined by at least six others who did everything from sing ghostly, minor-key backup to play the French horn. In addition to a full drum set, there was a second half set with a series of differently sized bells hanging above it. Sigur Ros moved adeptly from song to song, never spending too long playing tracks from one album. In this way, they managed to keep the pace from ever flying too high or sinking too low. The full setlist is below, thanks to setlist.fm.

Yfirborð
Brennisteinn
Vaka
Glósóli
Hrafntinna
Stormur
Sæglópur
Varúð
Hoppípolla
Með Blóðnasir
Olsen Olsen
Kveikur
Festival
Popplagið

About halfway through, a very tall gentleman in front of me split a pill in half and handed a part of it to his friend along with a beer. He mumbled, “put this in your mouth,” and his companion dutifully obliged. I waited patiently, sure that their sways and bobs would become frantic soon, or that they’d end up just a beat or two behind the rest of the crowd. I was happily surprised when they remained as engaged by the stage as the rest of us. But thinking back on it, what was I to expect? Attending an avant-garde, Icelandic rock show is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for a transitional fan. It’s for people who are delighted by flashing lights and projected floating bodies. For those of us who can, in fact, imagine that foreign-language vocals are just another part of the lushest of musical landscapes. For fans who cannot wait until the next time Jonsi picks up his bow and drags it along the strings of his electric guitar.

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