Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity Storm Stage AE Pittsburgh (w/ guest Red Fang)

Entering Pittsburgh’s Stage AE, “Zakk Wylde may be the last true Guitar God on this planet,” was overheard within the enthusiastic crowd.  Wylde may have made his fame from being Ozzy‘s on and off guitar player, but he has forged a loyal group of followers and fans with Black Label Society.  And why wouldn’t he?  The man consistently tours either with BLS, Ozzy, Zakk Sabbath, or solo.  He plays the guitar like it’s another appendage and he has the strut and attitude of the old regime of metal gods.  The fact that he is built like a brick shithouse and looks like sasquatch stole a biker’s outfit only adds to his persona which includes being one of the most serious guitar players to not take himself seriously.

Pittsburgh is lucky enough to be on BLS’s tour list for quite some time and their performance (Feb 6, 2018) proves why the crowd keeps coming back.  Opening with Genocide Junkies from 1919 Eternal, the band just kept ripping it up from there as they dove into Funeral Bell and Suffering Overdue.  Wylde continued to let his guitar do the speaking as John (JD) DeServio (bass), Jeff Fabb (drums), and Dario Lorina (guitar) pummeled their individual instruments with abandon.  Watching Zakk get up on his riser, skull and cross adorned mike stand and all, and whip his hair in a frenzy as he plays more notes than your fingers can air guitar to in mere seconds is a rush each and every time one might see him live.  The fact that he consistently has put together a very tight band to work with him adds to the appeal of BLS, for the members are a traveling family of sorts.

BLS are touring their latest release, Grimmest Hits. Grimmest Hits, the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010).  It reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts. The LP was also the #1 selling album at Best Buy for the week of its release, beating out Grammy nominated, Fall Out Boy by a considerable margin.  Upon its release last in January, Grimmest Hits landed at #1 spot on iTunes Top Rock Albums Chart and #7 on the Overall Top Albums Chart. Full setlist here.

One of the favorite parts of any BLS show is the inevitable solo by Wylde as he plays behind his head and every which way in between passing through the crowd and even into the balcony.  Add to this BLS hits such as Suicide Messiah (inspired by Scott Weiland’s life), the Dimebag Darrel tribute In This River (with piano solo), as well as the classic Stillborn (that features Ozzy doing backing vocals on the record).  As always BLS brought the goods and distributed them freely and viciously, keeping us wanting more.

 

A special treat to the show was the edition of Corrosion of Conformity.  COC has been on a tear recently as they have reunited with Pepper Keenan on guitar and lead vocal.  Pepper has become a fave due to his role in Down with ex-Pantera frontman Phillip Anselmo.  But, before he graced that band, he became known in the COC crowd when he first joined the band as a guitarist and was asked to do the vocals on 1991’s Blind song “Vote With a Bullet” which started their first mainstream attention.

The true four among fans of COC are considered Pepper, Mike Dean (bass), Woody Weatherman (guitar), and Reed Mullin (drums).  Unfortunately, Reed was out for part of the tour (he stuck out the first month), including Pittsburgh, as he nurses a knee injury that required surgery (filling in has been John Green, Mullin’s drum tech).  Mostly intact and with a formidable stand-in drummer, COC absolutely destroyed Pittsburgh.  The combination of stoner metal-punk that was unleashed is comparable to repeatedly getting punched in the face and getting intoxicated from it instead of feeling pain.  Keenan’s vocals were perfectly steel reinforced with just enough of that signature Pepper gravel to make them stand out.  His guitar playing is diverse and masterful as well, with a touch thrash, country rock, and true NOLA sludge blended together.  Add to this Woody’s crunchy and perfectly timed rhythm guitar in the vein of Malcolm Young, as well as Mike Dean’s solid low end, and the conglomeration leaves one with a distinct sound that can carry many variables to keep it interesting and evolving.

COC’s set was tight and powerful, not relying on spectacle but prowess and panache.  Their new effort, No Cross No Crown, is no less punitive to the ears as it hearkens to a “Black Sabbath-esque” formula containing slowed down sludge scenery.  It was released January 12th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release earning #67 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart making it the highest charting album of the band’s career.  Captured in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, No Cross No Crown marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and has reaped critical accolades from fans and critics alike both stateside and abroad.  Please check out our interview with Mike Dean on YouTube.

If you missed it, check out the band’s recently-released new video for “The Luddite” HERE as well as their animated clip for “Wolf Named Crow” HERE.  No Cross No Crown is available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various order bundles are available at nuclearblast.com/coc-nocrossnocrown.

Portland rockers Red Fang opened the evening touring with their latest, Only Ghosts, out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records (Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HEREand Bandcamp HERE).  Red Fang has been around since @2005.  Often put under the moniker stoner rock, the band has become a staple go-to for band fans like Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan.  Interestingly enough the band has announced a special wine collaboration with Teutonic Wine Company, a small urban winery in their hometown that makes wines in the style of the Middle Mosel Valley in Germany and France’s Alsace region. The wine, aptly called “Red Fang Red” is a blend of varieties that have never been done before: Pinot Noir, Tannat and Gewürztraminer.  To celebrate, Teutonic and the band teamed up for a wine release party like no other on January 13th at the Teutonic headquarters in Portland. Attendees got get to enjoy a DJ set from drummer John Sherman, a wine tasting with the band, munch on house-made corn dogs and much more.  By all means, Red Fang is a must-see for any KYUSS-style loving rocker.

In Tall Buildings Announce Headlining North American Spring Tour/Pittsburgh 3/27

In Support of New Album 
Akinetic

“… delightfully anomalous compositions….” – CULTURE COLLIDE

“…deftly arranged metropolitan pop…” – STEREOGUM

“…lovely…the perfect soundtrack to your snow-soaked mid-week.” – SPIN

…expertly crafted…” – PASTE

Wide-eyed and instantly likable…” – POP MATTERS

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall aka In Tall Buildings is excited to announce his North American Spring tour in support of his new album Akinetic,out March 2nd on Western Vinyl. The two-week run will feature a new, full live band, starting in Milwaukee and hitting major cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

On Akinetic, Hall worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) out of Hall’s home studio in Chicago. The album yields his most intelligent and focused songwriting yet over the course of ten tracks, blending rock, indie-folk, ambient, and electronica to create spacious and textured handmade pop.

Watch video for lead single “Beginning To Fade”

Tour Dates

Friday March 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room
Saturday March 24 –  Chicago, IL Album Release Show @ Schubas
Tuesday March 27 –  Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
Wednesday 28 –  Washington, DC @ DC9
Thursday March 29 –  Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Friday March 30 –  Boston, MA @ Café 939
Saturday March 31 – Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House
Sunday April 1  – Northhampton, MA @ The Parlour Room
Monday April 2 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Tuesday April 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Thursday April 5 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
Friday April 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ Pioneer


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Pictorial: St. Vincent Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh at Stage AE

Touring in support of her latest album, ‘Masseducation,’ St. Vincent restarted her Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh Tuesday night at Stage AE. Released on October 13, 2017, ‘Masseducation’ is St. Vincent’s fifth album and her first record to debut in the Billboard top 10. 

All photos Jack Fordyce ©2018

Off With Their Heads @ Howler’s on Dec 10th

The phrase “punk” gets thrown around a lot these days but for over a decade Off With Their Heads has eschewed trends and embodied that ethic with every ounce of their being. Having put out numerous releases and toured the country dozens of times the band are about to release Home, their best-sounding album to date which takes the group’s sound to the next level without sacrificing the palpable passion that’s made them underground favorites.
Off With Their Heads is the project of Minneapolis native Ryan Young and on Home he’s joined by drummer Justin Francis and bassist Robbie Swartwood, the latter of whom has been playing with the group for nearly five years. “It’s hard to bring people into a full-time touring punk band because you have to be a musician not someone who is doing this for a hobby,” Young admits. “An actual musician is the type of person who does this because it’s what they do. Money is always nice but you have to expect nothing and still play like you care.”
For their second release on Epitaph the band teamed up with one of Young’s heroes, Descendents’ drummer Bill Stevenson who produced the album at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado—and the result is an album that captures the raw passion of Off With Their Heads’ live shows without obscuring any of the instrumentation with a slick, studio sheen. “It was really important that this record didn’t sound too polished so once we agreed on a general sound of the record it was great,” Young explains. “It’s definitely the best-sounding record that we’ve done.”
Home is also the strongest collection of Off With Their Heads’ songs to date and certainly the most diverse. From the instantly catchy sing-alongs of “Shirts” to straight-ahead, Ramones-influenced ragers like “Seek Advise Elsewhere” and stripped-down ballads like “Don’t’ Make Me Go,” Homeshows how much the band have grown sonically since their last release, a development that is no doubt due to the fact that the band have spent so much time on the road touring with everyone from Municipal Waste to Kind Of Like Spitting in everything from massive theaters to basements.
If there’s a lyrical theme on Home, it’s personal experiences whether that ranges from struggles with identity (“I don’t feel like me, whatever that’s supposed to be” from “Shirts”) to tales from the road. However as you might expect it all comes back to the fact that for a full-time touring punk rocker the word “home” has a very unique connotation. “I think I used to take for granted the simple notion of having an apartment in Minneapolis,” Young explains. “The album is about the bad feelings associated with being at home, why people leave home, and how important it is to have a good one.”
Over the course of these twelve songs Young expresses that sentiment in different ways and the content on the disc explores everything from being oppressed because of one’s sexuality (“Focus on Your Own Family”) in addition to more personal writing that exposes Young’s own misgivings about the Catholic church and the impact it’s had on his family life (“Altar Boy”). Then there’s a song like “Don’t Make Me Go” which guest vocalist Tony Kovacs from Shot Baker summarized telling the band, “OWTH has a story and this explains a lot.” Listening to the impassioned track, it’s evident why this is true.
Having toured with everyone from Bad Religion to the Dropkick Murphys, Young has learned that in order for him to maintain his ethics he tells his bandmates that “playing a show in front of 6,000 people is no different than playing a house show” and you can tell by the group’s countless live performances that this isn’t just lip service. “I’m proud that I have pretty much maintained my core beliefs over the years,” he explains. “Opening for my heroes is cool but that’s their crowd and I have always been about carving my own part through all of this.”
Despite the fact that Off With Their Heads have performed everywhere from Jacksonville to Japan over the past decade, it’s clear that even if OWTH never left Minneapolis they would be doing the exact same thing just as passionately. “Everything involved with this band has become larger and more successful than I could have hoped for,” Young admits, citing signing to Epitaph as one of these milestones. “The only goals I have for myself and OWTH is to continue to make music that I care about, try to push myself physically and musically and continue to be able to do what I love for a living.”
W/ Mobina Galore
12/5 – Hotel Vernon / Worcester MA
12/6 – Great Scott / Boston MA (TBA)
12/7 – The Low Beat / Albany NY 
12/8 – Brighton Bar / Long Branch NJ (TBA)
12/9 – Metro Gallery / Baltimore MD
12/10 – Howler’s / Pittsburgh PA
12/29 – High Dive / Denver CO

AVERSIONS CROWN – North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS PERFORMS AT Cattivo ON 11/21

North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS & ENTERPRISE EARTH!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Harley Folbigg

 

Order your copy of Xenocide here:
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Train Tough it out Despite Rainy Night

On a rainy Friday night, the citizens of Pittsburgh (and a lot from Erie actually) toughed it out to see Train play what was close enough to be a hometown show for lead singer Pat Monahan who lived in Erie, PA as a kid.  With that being said, anticipation was high for them as they were about to take the stage, as for me on the other hand… I personally was unsure of what to expect.

 

As much as I never like to use the first person until the end of a review, I have to be honest and say I never listen to the radio, only my own music.  When listening to Train play the other night I’ve come to realize that anytime the radio did happen to be on my stereo, or any other time I walked into a grocery store, Train plays quite literally every other song… this is no joke.  My personal thoughts kept repeating and it sounded like a broken record, “I didn’t know they played this song.” “They play this song too?” “Really?  They play that song as well?” “So they play every song on the radio ever?”  At this point, I was unsure whether to be impressed because they had so many popular songs or to be kind of disappointed in a band that only plays catchy hit singles of their own.  One thing for certain, the crowd loved and sang along all night long with Pat and it seems as if they made a great career choice for themselves in the long run.

 

Upon watching Train’s performance, aside from the catchy songs that were being performed, and the guest appearances from the opening acts to help with a couple of songs (check setlist below), the performance by the band was somewhat boring.  This is not me being biased, just stating a fact that no one really moved around at all on stage except Pat, and even then all he did was walk side to side the whole time; there just wasn’t a whole lot of energy it seemed.  During the third song, he was taking people’s phones and taking selfies with them which was very cool of him, and later on the double guitar solo from Luis Maldonado was pretty great, but aside from those two things, the show relied on the display screen in the backdrop to entertain the crowd with images, colors, and lights.  That was a lie, there was one more interesting thing, Train played a song titled “Marry Me” so their bus driver could propose to his girlfriend mid-song on stage.  FYI she did say yes.

 

As we were getting towards the end of the show, and they came back out for their encore songs, they dedicated a song to the recently lost Chris Cornell and played a “Black Hole Sun” exactly as it is performed by Soundgarden.  Personally, it sounded great, the interest of everyone else though seemed as if they didn’t even know the song or even care about it because it was the complete opposite of every other song played that night.  It was kind of upsetting to not see any support for that song but more importantly, Chris Cornell.  Probably because everyone at the show had no clue what that song was.

 

To wrap this up the show was overall consistently good throughout the night, but was lacking in the true concert experience I felt as if nothing really stood out to me.  The same experience could have been felt by watching a youtube performance or just turning on the radio.  I give Train a lot of credit for creating so many catchy and popular songs over the past few years, I just wish the show would have been less of a “greatest hits” show and more of an actual performance.

All photos ©2017 Dave Mondine

 

Setlist:

  1. Drink Up
  2. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
  3. If It’s Love
  4. Angel in Blue Jeans
  5. Get to Me
  6. Save Me, San Francisco
  7. Calling All Angels
  8. Bruises (with Natasha Bedingfield)
  9. Meet Virginia
  10. Drive By
  11. Marry Me (with marriage proposal by Pat’s bus driver)
  12. Valentine
  13. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simoncover) (with O.A.R.)
  14. Working Girl
  15. Mermaid / Shape of You / Cheap Thrills / Treat You Better / Lost and Found
  16. Hey, Soul Sister
  17. Play That Song

Encore:

  1. Black Hole Sun (Soundgardencover)
  2. Drops of Jupiter

Detroit-based saajtak @Brillobox 6/11

Drawing from eclectic backgrounds, Detroit based avant-rock quartet saajtak channels the textural experimentalism of electronic music, the timbral and rhythmic intricacies of Indian classical music, the intimate communication of Deep-Listening rooted free improvisation, and the urgency of polymetric groove. Through ritualistic collaborative sessions, the ensemble creates unique audiovisual environments and genre defying compositions.

“With their combined forces, saajtak are nothing if not unpredictable, bobbing between feverish noise and lush, operatic soundscapes with the agility of a hummingbird… it is rare to see musicians thrive in this space as saajtak [does].” – Detroit Music Magazine 

Saajtak brings meaning to each moment as they perform – eervescent, ethereal, and completely drool-worthy. One of our favorite bands in SE Michigan.” – Detroit Bureau of Sound

“Witnessing this group fuse their powers together and lock into their form of magic is nothing short of astounding. I just can’t even imagine how their songs and performances come together … Too amazing for words.” – Paul Simpson, Music Director at WCBN-FM

Propelled by a shared ainity for free improvisation, vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, percussionist Jon Taylor and bassist Ben Willis developed a musical rapport in Creative Arts Orchestra, a large all-improvising ensemble at The University of Michigan. Since 2014, saajtak has cultivated a dynamic artistic practice, incorporating Taylor and Koi’s study of jazz, Willis’ experience in the western art music tradition, and Alexander-Adams’ work in multimedia and performance art technology. 2017 will be a busy year for the ensemble, with the spring release of their debut EP Spokes, an east coast tour, and many performances.

@Brillobox 6/11!!!

Website : www.saajtak.com

SEETHER LURKS INTO STAGE AE

by Shelby Sweitzer

When you think about a crowd at a rock concert, there are a lot of different scenarios that can come to mind. You may think about teenagers, in dark clothing and piercings, or you may think of the older classic crowd, who are wiser and well taught in the art of rock and roll. Either way, there are several different types of fans in the rock and roll genre, and you would’ve found all types of fans this past Friday at the Seether concert in Pittsburgh.

Before Seether, however, there were two powerful opening acts to get the crowd energized and moving before the main event, both having one specific thing in common, they were both fronted by women. Starting with the first band Kaleido, a rock band from Detroit, fronted by Christina Chriss. This band opened the show with a bang, playing songs off of their first full-length album Experience,  which was released this past Friday. The album is based on the ideas of real people, with real emotions, and their real stories. Following Kaleido, Letters from the Fire hit the stage. The band is a group of five members, based out of California, all except for their front woman Alexa Kabazie, who was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh. This up and coming band kept the crowd going, playing songs off of their current album, Worth the Pain, which was released back in 2016. If you haven’t heard of either of these bands yet, I highly recommend you look into them and become a fan now, because they are definitely heading to the top.

After a half hour break, fans are packing the place full for the main event, and the room goes black. The lights come up, and four mysterious black figures have appeared on the stage. The figures were none other the members of Seether, Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, and John Humphrey, and Clint Lowry of Sevendust, who they recruited specifically for the tour. That is what they remained for most of the night, just four black figures with instruments, but that didn’t stop them from bringing life to that stage. Playing not only songs from their new album Poison the Parish which was released earlier this year under Shaun’s new label imprint Canine Riot Records,  but songs off of older albums as well, such as “Nobody’s Praying For Me” off of their 2014 album “Isolate and Medicate“, the band kept the crowd going for the remainder of the night. The band also performed “Broken” off of their “Disclaimer II” which was released in 2004, with Alexa Kabazie, who filled in for Amy Lee‘s portion of the song. The song was played as a tribute to the recently deceased rock icon, Chris Cornell, who passed away earlier this week. It was non-stop music for a good hour and a half, as the instrumental music continued in between each number. Needless to say, it was a good night for rock and roll in Pittsburgh this past Friday, and we hope to see Seether stop by again in the future.

All photos ©2017 Tycephotography

The Cult – Only Local Appearance

The Cult - On Sale Now!
THE CULT
LIVE IN AKRON
THE CULT, returns to Northeast Ohio‘s Goodyear Theater on Friday night, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the band’s only appearance in Cleveland/Akron and the closest date to Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Erie, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

You will receive a $99 room rate at the Hilton Garden Inn located next to the theater. Call 330-733-2900 and ask for the “Goodyear Theater” rate.

FRIDAY, MAY 12
GOODYEAR THEATER AKRON, OH
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Stream Stef Chura’s Debut Album, Messes/Show tonight @ClubCafe

STREAM STEF CHURA’S DEBUT ALBUM, MESSES, VIA NOISEY
https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/listen-to-stef-churas-debut-album-messes

ALBUM OUT NOW ON URINAL CAKE RECORDS

Today, you can head over to Noisey and stream the debut album from (and read an interview with) Detroit’s Stef Chura, Messes, out tomorrow on Urinal Cake Records. Long a staple of the Detroit and Ann Arbor DIY scene, songwriter and guitarist Stef Chura has crafted a perfect album of grungy, 90s-tinged confessional songs, too loud to be bedroom pop, and too confident to be ignored. Already praised by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR Music, MTV News, Stereogum, Paste, and more, Messes is a promising and confident debut for an artist we’re sure to hear from a lot in the coming years.
STREAM MESSES VIA NOISEY
https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/listen-to-stef-churas-debut-album-messes

STEF CHURA TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Tue. Jan. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Wed. Feb. 1Philadelphia, PA @ Glitter Galaxy
Thu. Feb. 2Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
Sat. Feb. 4Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar [Record Release Show]
Wed. Feb. 8Grand Rapids, MN @ Witch House
Thu. Feb. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 10 – Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller w/ Priests
Sat. Feb. 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Priests
Wed. Feb. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ 333 w/ Priests
Thu. Feb. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 17 – Portland, OR @ Disjecta w/ Priests
Sat. Feb. 18 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal w/ Priests
Sun. Feb. 19 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club w/ Priests
Mon. Feb. 20Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Priests
Wed. Feb. 22La Jolla, CA @ Che Café Collective w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 24Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Sat. Feb. 25 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Wed. Mar. 15 – Sat. Mar. 18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Wed. Mar. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. Mar. 24 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville
Mon. Mar. 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake

PRAISE FOR STEF CHURA

“The Detroit-based indie rocker Stef Chura sings in a wry, hooded tone somewhere between acidic Liz Phair and eyebrow-raised Chrissie Hynde; her voice is a colorful instrument that hits a lot of emotional nerve clusters at once. On “You,” she lets it unfurl like a snapping flag.” – Pitchfork

“Her music recalls the propulsive, pop-driven rock of icons like Liz Phair and Hole; her conversational, confessional lyrics add a touch of folksiness.” – NPR Music

“there are a bunch of reasons you should pay attention to the grunge pop songstress.” – Noisey

“The twilight-shaded alt-rock track is topped off with Chura’s striking vocal presence, each word quivering with power whether whispered, moaned, or fiercely belted out. It’s the sound of a songwriter taking familiar sounds and molding them into her own unmistakable image.” – Stereogum

“A major highlight on the record is Chura’s voice, which is prone to breathy, almost yodel-y stretches, and can take the simplest lyric and twist it into what sounds like a hundred knots until, suddenly, you realize that’s the chorus. ” –MTV News

“Chura packs the album full of doubts, anxieties, stresses and breakthroughs. It’s an album about all the shit that life throws at you and coming out, at least somewhat, better on the other side.” – Raven Sings the Blues

“Delivering with a perfectly imbalanced combination of dead-pan brush-offs and evident pensiveness, Stef Chura has pressed and pressed herself and in doing so created something gold.” – GoldFlakePaint

“Stef makes hooky indie rock and she has a way with a turn-of-phrase, too. (Think Liz Phair joining Throwning Muses, that’s kinda like what she sounds like.)” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The standout here is Chura’s singular voice, a seemingly delicate, orphic thing that can slide from breathy lullaby to belted ballad.” – Paste

GWAR Announce October Tour Dates/Pittsburgh date 10/28 @MrSmalls

Following another extremely successful GWAR B-Q, your Lords and Masters are GWAR pleased to announce another round of tour dates for this October.  Joining them on the tour are Darkest Hour and Mutoid Man.  This run kicks off October 27th in Norfolk, VA and runs through October 30th in Washington, DC.  Tickets for the Washington DC show go on sale August 25th while Norfolk and Millvale shows go on sale this Friday August 26th.  Details on the Brooklyn show will be announced soon.
These new dates are in addition to their previously announced dates with Crowbar and Mutoid Man as well as their appearance at Riot Fest Chicago.  A completed list of dates can be found below.  It has also been confirmed that Sleazy P. Martini will be accompanying the band on all of these dates, who had the following to say:
“As manager of GWAR and America’s benevolent deep state dictator Sleazy P. Martini. I want to encourage as many Americans as possible to shun the false left-right dichotomy that is politics and make their voices heard by coming out to see GWAR defend their belts on tour this year. And while your vote will have no effect on the Presidential election this year you can take pleasure in watching Trump and Clinton fight to the death. So come out and support democracy by watching GWAR take on all comers in a political death match knowing that at least it’s not rigged… this time.”
 
GWAR W/ Crowbar and Mutoid Man:
 
GWAR W/Darkest Hour, Mutoid Man
10/29: Brooklyn, NY – Venue TBA
10/30: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
 
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Volbeat Seals The Deal and Boogies with Killswitch Engage in Pittsburgh

The States have been fortunate as of late, having Danish “metalbilly” band Volbeat tour here with some stalwart bands.  Last time around it was Anthrax and Crobot and the current tour is with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard.  Volbeat’s current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen and they have a rep for bringing the goods.  Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie was released worldwide on June 3 and their sixth record is one of their strongest starting off with singles, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and “For Evigt” (Forever) or the English version”The Bliss”.  Pittsburgh’s show at Stage AE was exceptional and there was a great blend of old and new material to entertain fans (see set below). Poulsen was a commanding presence and the acquisition of Anthrax’s Caggiano is certainly the coup of the band’s history.  The new record picks up where  Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies left off and their performance of the new tunes was spot on.

Metalcore act Killswitch Engage returned to Pittsburgh as well after a few years of absence again with lead singer Jesse Leach in tow.  No offense to Howard Jones (in between singer of KSE), but Leach’s return to the fold has made them more entertaining than ever.  Due to the intense heat, the stage antics of Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz were a bit more subdued than usual, but the intensity was amped to replace the jumping around.  KSE is firing on all cylinders right now and seems to be even more back in the groove than ever before, making them a band to truly watch rise in popularity (if that’s possible).

Vancouver’s Black Wizard opened and brought their brand of doom-stoner metal to the masses.  These guys are definitely onto something as they have a great sound, look, and cool throwback chops.  You can check them out here http://www.blackwizard.org/.

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LAMB OF GOD Reveals New Music Video for “Embers”, Latest Single from ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’

Read Guitarist Mark Morton’s Op-Ed & Watch “Embers” Now, Exclusively viaVice/Noisey
  
Last summer, internationally-renowned heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD released theirlatest Grammy-nominated full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, which includes the emotive anthem “Embers” featuring Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno.
 
In order to further illustrate the story behind “Embers”, LAMB OF GOD has revealed the official music video for the track. The video is directed by Zev Deans, also recognized for directing videos for Ghost, Behemoth, Chelsea Wolfe, and others.
 
 
LAMB OF GOD will perform in their hometown on August 20th at Gwar BQ 2016 in Richmond, VA. Tickets are available here
 
VII: Sturm Und Drang landed a #2 first week debut on the Billboard U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts. Get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang here: Lamb-of-God.com | iTunes | Amazon | Google Play
 
LAMB OF GOD is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).
 
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Brit tech metal outfit, SikTh @MrSmalls Saturday August 27

The Brit tech metal outfit, SikTh (www.facebook.com/sikthofficial). The guys just arrived last week, as part of the ‘Sonic Unrest Tour,’ in direct support of Periphery, on their first ever tour on this side. They’ll be at Mr Smalls Saturday August 27.  

SikTh formed in ’99, although spent the better part of 2008-2014 on hiatus & returned publicly, headlining the Red Bull Stage at Download, in ‘14.

 

They’re cited by a lot of bands as an influence, including the headliner, and are kind of a cornerstone that helped launch the djent tone/scene – along with the mighty Meshuggz.

This past December, they digitally released a new 6-track offering, on Peaceville, called ‘Opacities’ (and right after, hit the road with Slipknot). It’s their first new music in 10 years and will be physically released on LP/Cd versions, also on Peaceville, on September 16. For a sample, the new-ish track ‘Philistine Philosophies’ can be seen/heard @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8C0-8FACWo.

Chon and Toothgrinder round out the package for the 23-city trek, beginning August 4 in Raleigh, N.C. A full list of dates can be seen below. Stream a new teaser video for the upcoming trek on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/gG8QBJLyo-U. SikTh vocalist Mikee Goodman comments: “Touring America has always been a huge goal for SikTh; up to this point it hasn’t been possible, but we’re pleased to announce we are finally coming over as direct support to Periphery in August! August is a significant month in our career as it marks the 16th anniversary of our first release (‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild’). We’ve taken our time, but this is a great tour and opportunity to play for our very patient fans in the U.S. and also make new fans!” SikTh is touring in support of its ‘Opacities’ mini-album, available on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/Opacities_Digital.

‘Opacities’ will also see a physical release in North America this September 16 via Peaceville. Recorded at Lincoln’s Chapel Studios and produced by SikTh’s own Dan Weller and Justin Hill (mixed by Forrester Savell [Karnivool, Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus]), ‘Opacities’ was described by guitarist Dan Weller as a “more thoughtful, heavier, more refined” record. This is demonstrated in the video for “Philistine Philosophies,” which was directed and created by Mikee W. Goodman and can be seen online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8C0-8FACWo. ‘Opacities’ marks the first SikTh release since taking a hiatus in 2008 before reforming at the U.K.’s Download Festival in 2014.

Track Listing:

1. Behind the Doors 2. Philistine Philosophies 3. Under the Weeping Moon 4. Tokyo Lights 5. Walking Shadows 6. Days are Dreamed

 “Sonic Unrest Tour” dates: 8/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre 8/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 8/06 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre 8/07 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 8/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall 8/09 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues 8/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room 8/12 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues 8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent 8/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 8/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre 8/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox 8/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex 8/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 8/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre 8/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom 8/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection 8/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 8/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre 8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts 8/30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 8/31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 9/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage SikTh is: Pin – guitar Dan Weller – guitar Dan Foord – drums James Leach – bass Mikee W. Goodman – vocals Joe Rosser – vocals (Justin Hill – vocals on ‘Opacities’) SikTh online: http://www.sikth.band https://www.facebook.com/sikthofficial https://twitter.com/sikthofficia

Big Fee – Vader Mean ft. Brown Bomber 313 & Stereo Boyz | Video

Sith in the Streets; The New Big 3 of Detroit. Big Fee, Stereo Boyz and Tha Brown Bomber 313 have joined forces and destroying Al-deron places at the right time, in this new track off Big Fee’s upcoming 2nd album “&ONE Full Metal Emcee”

An artist that has always taken pride in his Southwest Detroit neighborhood, William (Big Fee) Feeley avoided becoming just another statistic by finding his way out of a troublesome street life when he began experimenting with Hip Hop music back in 2002 when he released his first project called “Spazmatic Recess.” Continuously evolving and making a conscious effort to learn different music genres, Big Fee has firmly staked his claim as a clever lyricist and exceptional producer throughout his ten year span on the Michigan music scene.

His newly finished project, respectfully titled ‘23’ (insert Jordan reference here,) is a non-stop ride of 18 tracks appropriately themed and organized to give the listener a concept album that’s just as fun as it is deep and meaningful. Fee has done the production on 17 of the 18 tracks himself, which is a skillful display of hard-hitting bangers spiced up with plenty of ear candy and a meticulous detail that doesn’t sound “over-produced.”

Music lovers and hip hop heads are already comfortable seeing this name around the Detroit scene and are looking forward to seeing Fee’s presence nationally as well. With plans to step on the other side of the microphone and be an asset solely as a producer, Big Fee states “There are some plans in the works I’m not really at liberty to talk about yet. But, I’ve been linking up with a lot of top-tier artists from around my way and sitting through a lot of creative studio sessions, so all I’m gonna say is there’s a lot more than talk goin’ on.”

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Documentary: NiiMiDAA- Idle No More

Multitalented Anishinaabe producer, MC and Detroit Raiz Up Collective member, Sacramento Knoxx, has produced a new short documentary, “NiiMiDAA” which translates to ‘Let’s Dance’ in the Anishinaabemowin native language, in support of the Idle No More movement.

Featuring footage from the #RoundDanceRevolution and interviews with artists and organizers including Chantel Henry, Dylan Miner, and Don Lyons, the short film also includes a new music video for Sacramento Knoxx’s anthemic #IdleNoMore-inspired hip-hop track “Dear Vaughn”.

It’s bigger than hip hop, so the doc concludes with footage from Idle No More solidarity rallies held in the Detroit-Windsor areas and provides background and context on this ever-evolving Indigenous resurgence and revitalization movement.

Produced by The Raiz Up Hip Hop Collective in solidarity with Idle No More, ZagaaJibiiSing aka (Detroit-Windsor) is Anishinaabemowin for ‘place that sticks out the river’.

The Raiz Up is a Detroit-based crew that uses hip-hop as a tool to create social awareness in their community through community dialogue, artistic creation and collective action. Combining Indigenous cultural roots with hip-hop connections is all part of their ongoing decolonization work to build community and create art and music:

Native American activism holds a prominent place in the group’s work as well. Most RAIZ UP members identify with indigenous culture and the group actively promotes decolonization, the reclaiming of native language and culture.

Members have dropped Native American banners from buildings, helped organize and document an Idle No More dance at Fairlane Mall, and put together an Ojibwe art installation to decolonize space at a traditional native site in Flint. They’re also interested in raising awareness about an Native American burial mound at Historic Fort Wayne in Southwest Detroit.

“NiiMiDAA” captures the heartbeat of Idle No More with passion and vitality; and Knoxx and his crew make it clear that the spirit of the movement lives on.

About Sacramento Knoxx

Detroit Music Producer / Artist / Stereo Crew Member/ Activist / Xicano / Anishnabe / Documentary Film Maker / Hip Hop Educator / MSU Alumni & ODPhi-AB

My artistry begins with music and I played violin as a kid, learned jazz as a teenager, and been making beats since my first heart beat into the Yepez Familia.

Grew up on the Southwest side of Detroit, I’m from Xicano and Ojibwe cultures by the ways of Monterrey, Nuevo León & Walpole Island First Nations Great Lakes peoples. Played the trumpet with a jazz ensemble through out my teen years traveling the city. Started breaking, writing, looping, and rapping through out high school. Made instrumentals as a hobby at Michigan State University studying under the Telecommunication Information Studies & Digital Media Arts Program & Music Theory at the music college. After graduating from MSU I recently started focusing on a multimedia arts path doing musical & visual independent art.

I am skilled in Video Production. Photography. Cinematography. Audio Production & Sound Design. Lighting Effects & Design. Project Coordinating. Recording Engineering. Composing & Arranging. Documentary Film Making.

Not only do I believe music is medicine, I believe it’s a powerful expression that can be used for change & elevation and I am a voice for my people through my art.

ALL MY RELATIONS.

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dPRESS’s “Creative Coma” Video

Southwest Detroit MC DPress drops new visuals for the song “Creative Coma” off his debut album “The Lions Den”.

“The Lions Den” is the first official project for the 20-yr-old artist and member of Detroit’s Stereo Boyz crew who has released several compilation albums over the past couple of years.

The tracks were inspired during a period of recovery from a series of personal and psychological setbacks after dropping out at the 9th grade when school failed him. Making music through a period of depression and isolation came to form a healing process of “writing myself I guess back to life.” Evident on “Chargin’ Up” (“nah, we don’t need elitists/we some revolutionary educated pissed-off leaders”).

Rhymes provoke thought and action; some like pages from a reporter’s notebook, recording fragments of everyday life and trying to capture the truth, others taking a stand—with riffs on immigration, the school system, prison industry, and his hometown Detroit, telling true stories of “the place where the people remain hungry/stuff you can’t imagine /fuck if you find it funny.” You also get some sharp swords and strong bars from the young lyricist who says he’s “something like your average rapper/only difference is I show damage after.”

Beats on The Lions Den were produced by local and national talent.

 

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John Wize – Project 1.0 (Producer Tape) | Free LP

About the LP:

“Project 1.0” is John Wize’ first official release, even though he has been making music for over seven years now. John Wize, member of the Stereo Crew, is a producer and occasional vocalist from Detroit and has lend his production skillz to not only his crew members Stereo Boyz but also local artists Supa Emcee, Valid, Side Notes Marvin Winans and others.

John Wize did not only want to make a beat tape, but wanted to introduce his music all around, so he put together a compilation of instrumentals and full tracks (featuring Stereo Boyz, Perfect Eclipse, B-Side and more), with every song on the project produced by him.

John Wize is a fan of 90s Hip Hop as well as Soul Music and anything that he feels will make a good sample. His influences are the likes of Curtis Mayfield, J.Dilla, Isaac Hayes, Pete Rock as well as Kanye West.
About his vision for his music he says: “I want to pay homage to my influencers and at the same time teach my generation about the art of sampling”.

“Project 1.0” is a well rounded project, with beats & rhymes for all hip hop heads alike.

Check it out and grab your free download below.

http://stereocrew.bandcamp.com/album/project-10-producer-tape

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Southwest Detroit born and raised MC DPress – The Lions Den | Free Album

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Southwest Detroit born and raised MC DPress drops his debut album today. The Lion’s Den is the official project for the 20-yr-old artist and member of Detroit’s Stereo Boyz crew who has released several compilation albums over the past couple of years.

The tracks were inspired during a period of recovery from a series of personal and psychological setbacks after dropping out at the 9th grade when school failed him. Making music through a period of depression and isolation came to form a healing process of “writing myself I guess back to life.” Evident on “Chargin’ Up” (“nah, we don’t need elitists/we some revolutionary educated pissed-off leaders”).

Rhymes provoke thought and action; some like pages from a reporter’s notebook, recording fragments of everyday life and trying to capture the truth, others taking a stand—with riffs on immigration, the school system, prison industry, and his hometown Detroit, telling true stories of “the place where the people remain hungry/stuff you can’t imagine /fuck if you find it funny.” You also get some sharp swords and strong bars from the young lyricist who says he’s “something like your average rapper/only difference is I show damage after.”

Beats on The Lion’s Den were produced by local and national talent.

Available digitally today and in hard copy from June 18—Dpress.bandcamp.com

http://stereocrew.bandcamp.com/album/the-lions-den

 

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“SDSC” ( Soul Daad & Stereo Boyz / Stereo Crew) – AMSTERTROIT…FREE LP

the AMSTERTROIT album at stereocrew.bandcamp.com/album/amstertroit
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Stereo Crew & Soul Daad release their free LP AMSTERTROIT. As the title hints, this album is a result of Detroit and Amsterdam collaborating. Stereo Boyz & Stereo Crew teamed up with Amsterdam’s Soul Daad recently to produce and record “Amstertroit”. The two teams of MCs and Producers first met on Twitter, exchanging beats and ideas. The Stereo Boyz picked 3 beats by Soul Daad members Gianski & Bolle for their upcoming album “Carz, Clubz & Theaterz”. During their recent Europe tour, the Stereo Boyz met the Soul Daad crew in person for the first time, and after a whole week in their Amsterdam headquarters, AMSTERTROIT was born. The LP consists of production and vocals from both crews. Mixo says: “We wanted to show a unity with this project, a unity in Hip Hop that, it seems, has been forgotten. This is positivity. This shows you that Hip Hop brings people together, and no language barriers or far distance can stop it.” AMSTERTROIT is now available for free download. Look out for the video to “Ooh La La”, dropping soon.

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Featuring EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE


CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below). Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/.
EVANESCENCE has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. The band’s global, Top 10 hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”–off their 2003 major-label debut Fallen (Wind-up Records)–led the group to two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”). Propelling the band to sales of more than 15 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent over 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries. The band’s follow up was 2006’s The Open Door, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the hit “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, they released their highly anticipated third studio album Evanescence, which marked the band’s first album in five years and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. The newly released album has spawned hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.” Check out the video for “My Heart Is Broken” which has been viewed over 5 million times online: http://youtu.be/f1QGnq9jUU0.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer. We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular,” said front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour.
EVANESCENCE is AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums). For more information, please visit their website, http://www.evanescence.com.
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and is being hailed as one of the finest albums of the band’s long and successful career. The explosive debut single, “Face To The Floor,” dominated the rock charts, claiming the #1 spot at Active Rock for 13 weeks. With a hypnotic and grinding riff, the song rails against the corporate corruption of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street and is a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess and eternal knack for a hit. The Chicago group’s latest single “Hats Off To The Bull” is following the same trajectory, shooting up the Active Rock chart, currently occupying the #3 position. A newly released video for the title track can be seen here: http://youtu.be/4MRLd1Cgbdg.
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album and touring steadily with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–to a new level of creative achievement. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that illustrates frontwoman LZZY HALE’s individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society. The massive hit reached the Top Spot at Active Rock and is currently #2. Watch the official video here: http://youtu.be/FmkHqUwa4zg.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You To The Bottom.” “Laid,” the album’s first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Scherer, who co-wrote the song with producers S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.” Their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies and the video for the song, which recently debuted on AOL’s Noisecreep, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VjxE2RTevMQ.
For up-to-the-minute news on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness and www.twitter.com/carnivalmadness.

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour Dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
w/ Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine:
TUE
7/31
Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
WED
8/1
Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
FRI
8/3
Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
SAT
8/4
Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
MON
8/6
Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
TUE
8/7
Baltimore, MD Pier Six
WED
8/8
Charlotte, NC (**) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
FRI
8/10
Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
SAT
8/11
Gulfport, MS Jones Park
MON
8/13
Belton, TX Bell County Expo
TUE
8/14
Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
WED
8/15
Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
FRI
8/17
Lubbock, TX Venue TBA
SAT
8/18
El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
MON
8/20
Sioux City, IA Venue TBA
TUE
8/21
Milwaukee, WI (*) Eagles Ballroom
THU
8/23
Grand Rapids, MI (**) Rock The Rapids – Downtown
FRI
8/24
Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
SUN
8/26
Chicago, IL Toyota Park
TUE
8/28
Pittsburgh, PA (**) Stage AE
WED
8/29
Holmdel, NJ PNC Amphiteatre
THU
8/30
Uncasville, CT (**) Mohegan Sun
SUN
9/2
Buffalo, NY (**) Venue TBA
WED
9/5
Evansville, IN Venue TBA

(*) Show features Evanescence and New Medicine with very special guests
(**) Show features Evanescence and Chevelle with very special guests