Ven Scott (Runescarred, ex-Dead Earth Politics) Directorial Debut “DATE FROM HELL” Horror Short Review Request

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Austin, Texas heavy metal frontman, Ven Scott (Runescarred, ex-Dead Earth Politics), has completed his directorial debut “DATE FROM HELL”.


Running at just under twelve minutes, “Date From Hell” is currently being submitted to festivals across the U.S., Canada and beyond. Filmed over a period of three nights in Llano, Texas the goal was to create a film clearly inspired by 1980’s horror masters. Of the film Scott says, “This became way more than I imagined. Much bigger than I hoped, and I am incredibly proud of this. The friendship and guidance from both Brandon Torres (cinematographer/producer) and Tracee Beebe (co-writer/producer) was and remains immeasurable. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

Scott adds that he hopes to make the film available to the public late in 2019, after the festival circuit has completed for the film.

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Bobby and Susie find themselves on the worst date ever, pursued by a lone drifter with murder on his mind. The drifter is unrelenting, relishing the hunt and claiming his victims.

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Early Praise for “Date From Hell:

“This film was a really nice surprise and I don’t think the title does it justice – not that I can think of a better one – because for some reason I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. What’s nice is that I really believe the main couple throughout every point of the film and, when we see the scene of them arguing in the bar, you think “oh man, here we go again”, because you probably know ‘that couple’ from your own local.” –

“utterly compelling and a great tribute to those 80’s movies us horror fans hold so dear and I would certainly pay good money to see more. What seems like a labour of love for Ven Scott, will hopefully help to propel him into the major leagues so that in the near future we can all enjoy Date From Hell on the big screen” – Chris Andrews – Mass Movement

“Date From Hell tosses in quite a bit of gore then a little more in just the right ways. If this debut short from Ven Scott is any indicator of the guy’s talent behind the camera, here’s hoping this isn’t the last we hear from him.” – Richard Propes – The Independent Critic

“If you see Date From Hell playing at a festival near you, make sure you get your arcane ass in a seat toot-fuckin’-sweet…a better short you’d be hard pressed to find in our beloved horror biz!” – Horror Fuel


Ava L’Amoreaux – Susie
Samuel Brett Howard – Bobby
Ven Scott – Writer/Director
Tracee Beebe – Co-Writer/Producer
Brandon Torres – Cinematographer/Producer



Garage Days Re-Revisted To Be Re-Released! — Metallica To Release Remastered Version Of Long Out-Of-Print The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited On April 13, 2018

 Garage Days Re-Revisted To Be Re-Released!

Metallica To Release Remastered Version Of Long 
Out-Of-Print The $5.98 Ep – Garage Days Re-Revisited On April 13, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 25, 2018 –  The Wait is over…Actually, it’s back!  Nearly three decades after going out of print, Metallica will release a remastered version of The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited on April 13, 2018 as part of their ongoing remasters series via their own Blackened Recordings label.  
Originally released over 30 years ago on August 21,1987, the collection features the band covering songs by early Metallica influencers such as Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie, and The MisfitsThe five songs from the EP were later included as a part of the 1998 multi-platinum release Garage, Inc., but the band felt it was time to bring it back in the original formats!
Fans who pre-order the album HERE will receive an instant download of “The Wait” (originally released by Killing Joke in 1980). 
The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited was remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA.
The EP will be available in the following formats:
●      CD
●      Black 180g LP
●      Cassette (LIMITED EDITION)
●      Lenticular Longbox (LIMITED EDITION)
●      Streaming & Download
●      Picture Disc (Metallica.Com Exclusive – LIMITED EDITION)
●      Red-Orange 180g LP (Metallica.Com and Indie Retail Exclusive – LIMITED EDITION)
  1. Helpless (originally released by Diamond Head)
  2. The Small Hours (originally released by Holocaust)
  3. The Wait (originally released by Killing Joke) 
  4. Crash Course in Brain Surgery (originally released by Budgie)
  5. Last Caress/Green Hell (originally released by The Misfits)  
Metallica was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and in the nearly 37 years since, they’ve pretty much done it all. If you need to know more, loads of facts can be found on Wikipedia…and some of them are even true.  One more thing you should know: the European leg of their WorldWired tour will recommence on February 1st in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May.

Walk The Moon Press Restart Tour 2018

Walk The Moon. You may be reading this and thinking, “oh that’s the band that sings ‘Shut Up And Dance‘, right?” Well, yes, but they are so much more than that. Continue reading to hear all about how they brought the house down at Stage AE on Tuesday night and provided some temporary relief from the cold rainy weather.
On tour with them, Walk The Moon brought along Company of Thieves as their opener. Originally, they’re from Chicago, IL and have since relocated to Los Angeles. Personally, they remind me of a much poppier and mild Tonight Alive… mostly because every member in the band is male aside from the lead singer. Genevieve is the lead singer and she is amazing. She works the stage and has a very powerful voice and can take the attention of everyone in the room. I loved them. Their sound was fitting to the headliner’s genre as well and I felt they meshed well. I hate going to shows and the openers’ genre(s) don’t match or mesh well with who the headliner is. Company of Thieves was the perfect opener and their set was fantastic. Their performance was fun and upbeat and kept the audience’s attention throughout. Their Facebook is linked above and you can follow them on just about every form of social media (and I suggest you check out their music on Spotify as well if Indie/Pop is your thing).
Walk The Moon opened up their set with “Press Restart” from their newest album, ‘What If Nothing’. According to their Facebook page, they are considered Indie/Visual/Lyrical, which is very fitting after having seen them live. Their light show is amazing and rivals The 1975. May not beat it, but it’s up there. They play around with tons of different colors (no pun intended… you’ll understand in a few seconds) and have produced an all around fun production to go along with their crazy talent.
Later in the set, they slowed it down a bit for “Aquaman” and “Surrender” to which the crowd sang every word. “Different Colors” was soon after (see I told you). Before this, lead singer, Nicholas Petricca gave a little speech about equality and our society. Their light show included every different color on the spectrum, with a visual in the background with rainbow colors, the universal representation of equality.
If I could say anything that’s very consistent within their show, it would be to bring ear plugs because it’s very loud and also, don’t be afraid to dance. Have some fun because they make it hard not to. “Shut Up And Dance” really got the crowd moving. Everyone was singing along, dancing, and fist pumping. A few songs later, they got the crowd moving again with “One Foot”, and as I said before, if you’re at a Walk The Moon show, don’t be afraid to dance. Even if you suck at it. They make it so hard to just sit and watch. So, do yourself a favor and give in and dance your socks off.
They continued with “Next In Line” and “Headphones” before leaving the stage and awaiting the screaming crowd, aka their cue to come back and do the encore. Once the crowd was loud enough, they came back and made a point to note that this was the loudest crowd of the tour so far. That of course got the crowd to be even louder. The encore consisted of two hits from the 2014 release, ‘Talking Is Hard‘, “Up 2 U” and finally, “Anna Sun“.
I can honestly say this was one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while. Their show is definitely worth the ticket purchase. They have this way of temporarily relieving you of your anxieties for an hour and a half. Some of my favorite photos of the night are showcased below! You can also go check out their latest album, “What If Nothing” on Spotify here!
Story and photos: Abigail McNatt  © 2018

The Black Dahlia Murder premieres new single, “Matriarch”, In Pittsburgh Oct 5 @Diesel


The Black Dahlia Murder premieres new single, “Matriarch”, via Alternative Press

New album, ‘Nightbringers’, becomes best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in Metal Blade Records‘ history!

On October 6th, The Black Dahlia Murder will release their eighth full-length, Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records – which has already become the best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in the label’s storied history! For a preview of Nightbringers, the new single, “Matriarch”, can be heard now at the Alternative Press Facebook

To watch the video for the album’s title track, please visit: – where the album can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Standard Digipak (10-Panel “Cross”) CD
Limited Edition Digipak (10-Panel “Cross”) CD w/ 5 Bonus Tracks (EU Exclusive)
–Cassette (USA Exclusive – limited to 500 Copies)
–Split Translucent Red / Black Vinyl (USA Exclusive – 800 Copies)
–Translucent Red (USA Exclusive – 600 Copies)
–Translucent Red w/ Black Swirls (USA Exclusive – 300 Copies)
–Clear w/ Black Swirls (USA Exclusive – 300 Copies)
–White / Red Marble Vinyl (USA Exclusive – 200 Copies)
–180g Black Vinyl (EU Exclusive – 1000 Copies)
–Translucent Red / Black Marbled Vinyl (EU Exclusive – 500 Copies)
–White Vinyl (EU Exclusive – 300 Copies)
–Opaque Red / Black Splatter Vinyl (EU Impericon Exclusive – 200 Copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

Nightbringers track-listing
1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake
3. Matriarch
4. Nightbringers
5. Jars
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased

This October/November, The Black Dahlia Murder will embark on a North American trek in support of Nightbringers, along with Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, and Wormwitch. See below for all dates.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch

Oct. 5- Pittsburgh, PA- Diesel
Oct. 6 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Oct. 7 – Lowell, MA – Mill City Ballroom
Oct. 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Chance Theater
Oct. 10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Oct. 11 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
Oct. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Oct. 13 – Easton, PA – One Center Square
Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
Oct. 16 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed
Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed
Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed
Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed
Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch

The Black Dahlia Murder online: 

NIGHT DEMON – New 7″ vinyl single (Limited) and digital single “Black Widow” out July 14, 2017

California Metal outfit NIGHT DEMON are pleased to unveil a special treat for their European fans: a limited 7″ vinyl single for the song “Black Widow” taken from the band’s new highly acclaimed record Darkness Remains.

 Jarvis Leatherby says: “We are pleased to announce the release of the first vinyl single from our latest release Darkness Remains!  Our cover of Black Sabbath’s Turn Up The Night serves as the b-side, and really goes hand in hand with the content of the A-side.  Take a journey into the night with the illustrious kiss of death. Beware the wrath of the Black Widow!”  

“Black Widow” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer europeanwide on July 14th, 2017 as a 7″ vinyl single (limited to 1.000 pieces), download and stream.

Tracklisting “Black Widow”:

Side 1: Black Widow 03:26
Side 2: Turn Up The Night 3:24 (Black Sabbath cover version)

You can get the limited vinyl single at the live shows listed below or here:

Live 2017:

22.07.D-Crispendorf – Chaos Descends Festival

25.07.SE-Gothenburg – The Abyss

27.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbanger’s Open Air
28.07.D-Kiel – Alter Meierei (with Nervosa)
29.07.D-Kassel – Fiasko
30.07.D-Frankfurt – AU Squat

01.08.D-Weimar – Gerber 3

03.08.D-Cologne – Underground (with Crowbar)

04.08.D-Hohenstaufen – Downhill Festival

05.08.D-Rheine – Hypothalamus (with Flotsam & Jetsam)

08.08.D-Krefeld – Kulturrampe

09.08.D-Oldenburg – MTS Records

10.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air

11.08.D-Weiher – Live Music Hall

13.08.F-Paris – Le Klub

14.08.B-Gent – Casa Papa Giovanni

15.08.D-Saarbrücken – Garage (Club)

16.08.D-Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival

– new additions in red – more dates will be added soon –


Hard to believe that, for whatever reason, this writer has never seen Iron Maiden live.  Iron Maiden has not been back to Pittsburgh since 2010 and since I have been going to shows in 1984 at the ripe age of 14, be it money or horrible timing I have not been so privileged.  So, when my wife saw they were coming to DC, a woman (my same age) who witnessed them at the age of 9, she simply said, “road trip”.  And how could we not?  We both have loved Ghost since their inception and the promise of this killer combo was completely worth a four-hour drive and a hotel stay.

If you have read Pittsburgh Music Magazine at any length, you know that GHOST is one of my favorite bands, maybe to the point of obsession.  I first learned of the band in a metal magazine touting their unique music and the look captured me immediately.  Add to that praise from Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo, and a slew of others who saw them in Europe and to say the least I was intrigued.  On the Opus Eponymous touring schedule, I was lucky enough to witness and photo them opening for  Opeth and Mastodon in 2012 and remember being completely thrilled with their stage show and music.  I’ve made it a point to see them every tour since.

Ghost is currently going through some legal battles, more specifically their frontman, Tobias Forge (Papa Emeritus) and former bandmates regarding money and song credits.  This certainly has not stopped the juggernaut that Ghost is and I’m sure all the lawyers will get wealthy and the musicians screwed on both ends, whatever the case may be.  But even though the lawsuit has taken away a slight bit of mystique to the band, it is definitely Tobias’ genius that has put this band on top.  Talking with Pittsburgh adopted son, Doug Bradley (you probably know him as the actor who played Pinhead in the Hellraiser series), who is close friends with Tobias, it has solidified my opinion of how calculating and intelligent our beloved Papa is.

As usual, Ghost started with the song from Stanley Kubrick‘s Eyes Wide Shut “Masked Ball” by Jocelyn Pook, without a doubt the spookiest song I’ve ever heard.  From there they went into their newest material, “Square Hammer” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit“, both amazing songs in their own right.  It was strange seeing Ghost in the daylight and to be honest, it took away from the performance slightly.  But when Iron Maiden asks you to go on tour, you go, and you perform in front of 17,000 plus every night and convert people one by one.  And that they did.  While there were plenty of the faithful in attendance like myself, it was fun to talk to the uninitiated who had never seen the spectacle that is Ghost and immediately fall in love.

It’s not just the imagery inherited from KISS and the Catholic “blasphemy” and horror movie props that make the band what is has become.  First and foremost, it is great music, music that is sometimes a dichotomy with their presence.  One would assume it to be the blackest of metal and not the melodic, operatic, and lyrically intense with historical and cultural references aplenty that it is.  Tunes like “Ritual” and “Cirice” and “Year Zero” are just monumental and so much deeper than the cursory glance.  Papa talked a bit in his typical “Transylvanian” accent and kept the crowd piqued by his odd encouragement and enigmatic presence.  His band mates were highly entertaining as usual and if there were major changes in personnel, well it has been seamless.  The musicianship is impeccable and timing dead on, if you will excuse the pun.

I’ve been attacked by the religious right before about Ghost and I will simply say, you don’t get the joke.  And if you don’t get the joke, just don’t laugh with the rest of us, and we will smile knowingly at all you are missing.

Does one expect guys in their sixties to perform with as much energy as Iron Maiden?  Touring the US on their “Book of Souls” Tour, Maiden is still relentless.  They have not resigned to greatest hits tours, although some may prefer that, and arguably made their best album in years.  Thus, hearing songs from Book of Souls was entertaining and well worth the price of admission.  But don’t think that is all Maiden played, they have not lasted this long without knowing their audience.

Being the legends that they are and this being the first night of the US Tour, there were fans from all over packing Jiffy Lube Live.  There was not one disappointing moment either.  Opening with “If Eternity Should Fail”, the band was surrounded by an Aztec theme that changed backdrops frequently and kept the incarnations of ‘Eddie’ coming fast and furious.  Bruce was, as always, running and flying all over the stage while keeping a perfect voice.  That is no small feat as audiences have seen Roth, Neil, and even Daltry drop in performance range.  Add to that the man beat throat cancer and it’s even more impressive.  His antics were also a plus, not taking himself seriously at all, appearing in a monkey hat/mask complete with simian movements at one point and later singing in a Lucha Libre mask.  Being the heart and soul of the popular Maiden sound, it was awe inspiring to see Bruce at his best.

But that is not to say the three guitarists in the band did not put on some pyrotechnics of their own.  Dave Murray is just disgustingly good, ripping the fretboard down with ease.  Janick Gers antics onstage are so fun to watch, transporting this writer back to the eighties, as he twirled his guitar around and pranced over the stage.  While Adrian Smith may be the most stoic of the three, he certainly did not disappoint with his amazing ax work.  All three primarily stuck to using Fenders, but Murray used a Gibson SG for a few tunes, and Smith a Jackson Destroyer toward the end.

Iron Maiden, of course, played some classics including The Trooper, Powerslave, The Number of the Beast, and Wasted Years.  There is nothing like the energy of hearing these songs around a bunch of die-hard fans, and the excitement was palpable.  Bruce waving the Union Jack during The Trooper, Eddie appearing as a South American Savage, massive blowups of Eddie and then Baphomet for Number of the Beast, and pyro galore was like eating a tray of uncooked cookies…heavenly.  Maybe the two bands that played DC were forged in hell but they brought enough happiness to 17,000 people to atone for any sins.  Regardless, it was a night that will be unforgettable.

All Iron Maiden photos: John McMurtrie © 2017


All GHOST photos AWeldingphoto © 2017



Big Bliss – NYC post punk – at Spirit 3/29

Big Bliss is an updated take on new wave, gothic, punk, and pop popularized decades ago by the likes of The Cure & Joy Division.  In fact, their debut EP Keep Near, was described by Noisey as “…a glistening, energetic continuation of what Robert Smith so eloquently popularized in the late 1970s.  It is modern yet nostalgic, a wonderful example of post-punk the will have you excited by the genre again.”

Big Bliss is touring with fellow Brooklynites Fruit & Flowers, and local band Dinosoul.

They also just premiered a video for the song “High Ideal,” over at Impose Magazine, watch it here:

Big Bliss’ Tim is a Pittsburgh son, so go out and show your support!


Kurt Baker Combo in Pittsburgh on March 27

A master of hooks and melody, Kurt Baker’s music embodies a feel-good spirit wrapped in a punk rock sheen inspired by music of decades past. In support of its most recent release, In Orbit (via Steven Van Zandt‘s  Wicked Cool Records), Spain-based Kurt Baker Combo is coming to the U.S.
After releasing several records with The Leftovers, the Maine native struck out solo and released three full-length albums, along with a prolific output of B-sides and covers, touring with the likes of The Offspring and Tommy Stinson. He soon caught the attention of noted tastemakerSteven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, radio host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and proprietor of Wicked Cool Records–not to mention Silvio on The Sopranos

Extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY have released a new live video for the song “War Eternal”

The video was filmed at Wacken 2016 and is featured on the band’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray As The Stages Burn!, which comes out March 31st, and will be available as a Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set (EU), Ltd Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD, and as digital album.

Pre-Order the CD/DVD and the LP now at CM Distro / Indie Merch.

NELSON and Wendy and Carnie Wilson perform on ‘THE TALK’

Photo credit: Brian Lowe
LOS ANGELES, December 13, 2016
“This Christmas Too” is available in stores, now.  The album is a true family affair for Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, who have teamed up with another pair of platinum, second- (and, in the Nelsons‘ case, third-) generation performers in their childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson for a holiday single that celebrates not only their legendary rock fathers – Ricky Nelson and Brian Wilson – but their individual hit-making histories. The large-screen video for the single “This Christmas” can be viewed
Nelson, along with Wendy and Carnie Wilson, will make their television debut with a performance of “This Christmas” on CBS’s “The Talk” on Dec. 14 at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.
NELSON is once again a solid Top 10 Holiday radio smash with “This Christmas” – with a major Mediabase and Nielsen/BDS chart and national airplay profile going head to head with major superstars Josh Groban, Train, Pentatonix and Neil Diamond. Building on their breakout 2015 holiday success, the new 2016 version featuring Carnie and Wendy Wilson has been met with enthusiastic radio programmer support and solid airplay right up there with the established Christmas classics.
Both the Nelson brothers and Wilson sisters experienced chart-topping success from the very start of their careers.  Nelson’s “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” from their 1990 multi-platinum debut album, After the Rain, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the #6 title track and Top 40 hits “More Than Ever” and “Only Time Will Tell.” The Wilson sisters’ Wilson Phillips – with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ John and Michele – scored three #1 singles that same year in “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love,” from their self-titled multi-platinum debut.
CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities discussing current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity and the trending topics of the day. The daily one-hour series is hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. The hosts swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes. Show segments include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, musical performances, cooking demos with celebrity chefs, as well as real-world advice. Multiple Daytime Emmy Award-winning John Redmann serves as executive producer. Gilbert, who developed the show, is also an executive producer. Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews are co-executive producers. THE TALK’s seventh season premiered Monday, Sept. 12.
“Christmas with the Nelsons” Tour Dates

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Continues to Innovate With a Kickstarter Campaign

Help the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble create and perform a new work by composer Ted Hearne.  Check out their campaign here:

For over 35 years, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble ( has performed innovative and compelling new music for an ever growing audience in Pittsburgh. Under the direction of artistic director Kevin Noe, PNME produces a four-week summer season at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre each year that sets memorable music in a unique context utilizing film, drama, and many other theatrical media, performed by top-class musicians from around the world. Our talented ensemble brings new works to life in a beautiful way, not only exposing listeners to new types of music, but in many cases allowing audiences to meet the composers in person.

For our 2013 season we are commissioning a new work from composer Ted Hearne. As comfortable in operatic and orchestral works as in rock and choral music, Hearne’s compositions are socially engaging, exploring the complexity of contemporary experience with visceral power and raw emotional beauty. His Katrina Ballads, a modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, offers a searing portrayal of the media’s take on Hurricane Katrina. Katrina Ballads was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus International Composers Award from Music Center the Netherlands, and the recording, on New Amsterdam Records, was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago andThe Washington Post. It’s also the work that Ted submitted to win our own Harvey Gaul Competition.

PNME is turning to Kickstarter to engage a much wider audience in our latest commissioning project. Your donations will support …

  • Ted’s composition of a new work,
  • PNME’s innovative staging and production of the work at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, and
  • Two nights of performance by our world-class musicians.

Commissioning new works is one PNME’s most important activities. Be a part of the process with us and help us to not only create a wonderful music experience for you and our listeners, but to advance the field and artform of new music.

PNME is a 501c3 organization. Please visit our website at for more information.

Dave Grohl’s Sound City Film Sure to Be Real to Real


I am so pumped for Dave Grohl’s new documentary about legendary studio Sound City in Van Nuys, CA to be released Feb. 1. The amount of people appearing in the doc is pretty sick ( and will have any music buff salivating. Grohl actually purchased the custom Neve 8028 Console from Studio A, in order to install the board at his private recording studio. Just to name some famous moments that came out of Sound City: Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Metallica’s Death Magnetic. Tom Petty, Charles Manson (yea- that Charles Manson), Foreigner, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joe Cocker are some of the other artists who have pumped out legendary tunes there. If the walls could talk!

Here is part of Dave’s message when you purchase the film, “I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.

From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest man on earth.

And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.

But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..

What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can do this too…..”

That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.

I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too.

Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!”

Sound City Theaters
the first round of theaters have been announced…some of these are ONE NIGHT ONLY.

The Soundtrack: SOUND CITY – REAL TO REAL, the album, features Grohl enlisting the musical legends who recorded at Sound City–and then some (hello, Paul McCartney!) to demonstrate the human element of creating and recording music, teaming up to write and record brand new original songs on the spot.

Simenona Martinez: Scholar, Writer, Recording Artist, and Entrepreneur

Simenona Martinez is an American actress, from Los Angeles, California. This thespian is an academic scholar, writer, recording artist, and entrepreneur.

At the age of 16, Simenona wrote, directed, produced, and edited her first film entitled “Black and White.” This documentary project was honored at several well-known film festivals around the U.S., including the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2002. Immediately after completing the film, she opened a production company in San Francisco where she took her writing and producing skills to the next level. She collaborated with large corporations such as Bank of America working one on one with the head of the Bank of America Diversity Division in San Francisco.

Simenona worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She also signed on with San Francisco’s Warner Bros WB20 Youth Division in 2003, where she wrote, produced and starred in a series of Public Service Announcements. She used this opportunity to connect directly with youth and answered emails from those who were dealing with difficult life issues. Simenona went on to receive awards for her work with the WB20. She was also featured twice on the cover of Summer Blast Magazine. In addition, she hosted the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney show “Behind the Ears.” In 2007, she appeared alongside John Amos, Anthony Mackie, and Ving Rhames in the film Ascension Day. Simenona also stars in Rob Cohen’s 2012 blockbuster film Alex Cross (film) headlined by Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, and Cicely Tyson.

As the founder and president of Sioni Academy, which focuses on developing self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-assurance in children, Simenona is able to actively give back to the community. Her production company Sioni Entertainment produces documentaries that focus on controversial yet relevant topics.

She’s releasing a new album called “Awaken”…

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Emmanuel Hudson Cast In New Ice Cube/Kevin Hart Film “Ride Along”

Emmanuel Hudson, entertainer and one half of The Hudson Brothers, has been cast alongside silver screen legends Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

The film is called Ride Along, and Emmanuel will be playing a supermarket clerk who runs into Kevin Hart.

The film is about a tough cop’s[Ice Cube] soon to be brother-in-law[Hart] goes on a ride-along with him (to get to know him better), and gets embroiled in the cop’s dangerous undercover efforts to take down a drug kingpin. Expect to see the film in 2014.

Hudson Brother’s new album “LOL” will be coming out November 20th

The FABulous Rudies 2012 Visual Media Nominee For Best Song @ The HMMA

The FAB Rudies are a band like no other, branded as a local institution on the West Coast. The Rudies have held slots on The Vans Warped Tour, and received some amazing press from outlets such as Rolling Stone to Music Connection. But all of this almost didn’t happen, when in 2008, the band broke up. But never the type to give up, the band leader Tom Voris installed his daughter as the new lead. This created the cool, young and fresh vibe that their fans resonate with to this day.

Currently nominated by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Song in a indie movie, their new cut “It’s My Life” is definitely making waves on the West Coast. The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums (film, TV, movie trailers, video games, commercials, music videos, etc.), the talented individuals responsible for creating, producing and placing it, and the music of artists, both mainstream and independent, from around the globe. HMMA is the first music awards event to recognize and honor excellence in
music supervision.

In other news, the movie which features their song, called “Music High” is looking to be picked up by Paramount Pictures. An offer is currently being made, which means this movie could easily become a mainstream success.

Listen to “It’s My Life” via iTunes

Behind The Suit and Tie: A Documentary On Who Rules The Metal Recording Industry

Thanks to our friend Robert Bolger for turning us on to this:

Long-in-the-making Behind The Suit And Tie, A documentary that takes you into the hearts and souls of the real people who rule today’s heavy metal recording industry appears to finally be on the brink of release.

This six minute extended trailer features segments from Alan Becker (RED Distribution), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music), Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music), Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records), Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records),
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE), David Ellefson, (MEGADETH)

To discuss piracy, corruption issues and the future of a record label.

The film will contain insight from:

* Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music)
* Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music)
* Jason Lekberg (ELEVEN SEVEN), previous (epic records)
* Burt Goldstein (MVD), previous (Big Daddy Distribution)
* Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic’s that metal show)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
* Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
* Alan Becker (SONY RED, Distribution)
* Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
* Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
* Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
* Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
* Ed Rivadavia (RCA Music Group)
* Al Dawson (Earache Records)
* Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
* Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
* Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
* Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
* Ryan Forster (Moshpit Tragedy)