Chris Jamison, Pittsburgh-Native and The Vault Recording Artist, from NBC’s Season 7 ‘The Voice’ to Perform at Comcast Light Up Night®

WHAT:          Chris Jamison to perform during Comcast Light Up Night®.  Chris is also scheduled to appear at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ during Light Up Night weekend.

WHO:            Chris Jamison, The Vault Recording Artist – finalist from NBC’s ‘The Voice” Season 7.

WHERE:          Comcast Light Up Night® – Friday

Comcast Main Stage | Ft. Duquesne Boulevard at Ninth Street

    Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ – Saturday

Market Square Holiday Market

WHEN:          Friday, November 17, 2017 – around 6:45 p.m. performance


Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 

Jamison will be available for photos and interviews during this time at the market. He will be performing with The Vault Recording artist and Pittsburgh Native Jesse Denaro.



Established in 2017, The Vault Records is an artist-friendly studio and community for singers, songwriters and musicians.

Owner, Bob McCutcheon has been producing music for more than two decades.  The Vault Records will play a key role in developing and supporting the artistic community in Pittsburgh. A new state-of-the-art recording studio recently opened on Neville Island, just 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh and is ready to support a diverse set of musical styles. More information about The Vault Records is available at


Jamison, a Pittsburgh native, made his mark with Team Adam on Season 7 of NBC’s ‘The Voice’.  He captivated audiences with his signature sound which merges pop palatability, blue-eyed soul, and an inimitable energy. Jamison signed with The Vault Records label in August 2017 as a debut artist. He can next be seen performing at Christmas with Chris –Tuesday, December 12 – 7:30 p.m. at North Allegheny High School – Wexford. Jamison will be joined by special guests Brett Keisel and Vanessa Campagna. More information about Chris Jamison is available at

Darto Coming to Pittsburgh Oct 3 (For fans of: Cate Le Bon, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Ryder, This Will Destroy You)

Darto Releases ‘Human Giving’ LP and joint Darto / WAND 7” plus New Video for ‘No-Self’
U.S. release on September 8.  U.K. release on September 22.


““I Am” is a catchy sultry melancholic downtempo synth-infused psych-trip combining the best of Cate Le Bon, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Black Ryder. The keyboards and strings seemingly propel the movement and the lyrics with instrumentation seem to induce a trance-like feeling” – The Big Takeover Magazine

“Experimental rock outfit Darto are into something. That something is called dichotomy. Mixing together adventurousness with playfulness, they have crafted a sound that is both challenging and accessible. This can be heard on recent track ‘No Self’. With repetitive and hypnotic vocals, jagged guitar stabs, and yet a lightness that is endearing, the track pushes the boundaries but at no time does the track lose sight of what is most important. Namely, that’s being memorable” – Overblown Magazine

Aagoo Records has just released two packages of goodness simultaneously: The first is ‘Human Giving’, a full length album from Seattle-based four-piece Darto. The second is the ‘Follow Up / Hush’7” featuring Darto and WAND, who wrote and performed these tracks together. Today they also released the new creepy video for ‘No-Self’.

‘Human Giving’ was preceded by the single ‘I Am’, which The Big Takeover Magazine calls “a catchy sultry melancholic downtempo synth-infused psych-trip combining the best of Cate Le Bon, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Black Ryder”.

The album’s mood is immediately clear from the first note of ‘GDLS’, enveloping the space around the listener. By the time ‘I Am’ enters, the sound and feeling transitions from lush and inviting, to focused and intentional with the keyboards and strings propelling the movement. The lyrics and accompanying melodies float along seamlessly like being lulled into a dream.

“Despite all of its catchy qualities, ‘Human Giving’ is a difficult album to pin down. The lyrical phrasing, and melodies have been stuck in my head for months,” says Alec Dartley of Aagoo Records. “It takes me to a place filled with light, despite the psych realms the band takes us”.
As the record progresses, splashes of Americana seem to emerge, painting subtle pictures of the American West, or a vast expanse that we would associate it with. It’s a momentary visit to those places as Darto keeps moving, exploring new worlds. The album closes in a cinematic soft way, where the constant is an emotional hook that dives into the human condition. This is an open story, suggestive but with room for the listener to fill in the blanks.
“We didn’t play shows or hardly go to shows for a year and a half so we could write and record the album,” says Darto’s Gordon De Los Santos. “The album comes from the places within us where hope and love exist. Where the focus is not on the self, and where everything is possible. Humans giving themselves to other humans. The power of listening on all fronts. The desired effect is and was to bring hope in some capacity.”
“We are extremely proud of this record. Writing, recording, mixing and mastering was the most intentional musical experience we have had to date. We took a lot of chances on it, and grew exponentially in the process,” says Gregory Flores. It felt, and feels like we walked through many doors while working on it, and the place we ended up is very similar to the place where we were as young people first deciding to create. A vulnerable first step towards something larger.”

Darto is Gordon De Los Santos, Gregory Flores, Candace Harter, Nicholas Merz. ‘Human Giving’ was recorded by Darto between September 2015 and January 2016 in a cabin in Cle Elum, WA and their home in Seattle. The ‘Follow Up / Hush’ 7″ was written, performed and recorded by Darto and Wand at Comp-ny in Burbank, CA in April 2017. It was engineered and recorded by Be Hussey. Both releases were mixed by Cory Hanson at Comp-ny and mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA.

“We smashed together in Los Angeles and wrote these two songs; repurposed lyrics we wrote in the studio together.  A lot of people got to sing who had never sung on record before,” says Cory Hanson of WAND. “All in all, this was a successful collaboration I think. The spirit of both bands made it onto the tape together, intact.  We ate breakfast burritos the next morning, then Darto flew away.  I went to go to the beach but our car died in Topanga Canyon”.

Aagoo Records is home to vinyl releases by Xiu Xiu, Lucky Dragons, The Use with Rachelm Mason, Philippe Petit and more. ‘Human Giving’ can now be ordered in physical format from Aagoo Records’ websiteand digitally via Darto’s Bandcamp.

2. I Am
3. Omniscient
4. Fell III
5. Truss
6. No Self
7: Human Becoming
8. Character Study
9. Guiding Light
10. Aging
11. Within Without
12. American Storyteller

1. Follow Up
2. Hush


September 8  Seattle – Black Lodge (Record Release with Big Bite, Casual Hex)
September 9  Seattle – Live on KEXP 90.3 at 6:30pm
All shows with Wand, except *
September 21* San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
September 22* Oakland, CA – 1234GO
September 23  Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
September 24  San Diego, CA – Casbah
September 25  Las Vegas, NV – Bunkhouse
September 27  Denver, CO – Lost Lake
September 28* Milwaukee, WI – Ground Zero
September 29  Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
September 30  Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
October 01  Michigan City, IN – Tommy’s Place
October 03Pittsburgh – TBA
October 04  Boston, MA – Sonia
October 05 * New York, NY – Secret Project Robot
October 06  New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
October 07  Phildealphia, PA – Everybody Hits
October 08  Washington, DC – DC9
October 09 * Baltimore, MD – New America
October 10  Raleigh, NC – King’s
October 11  Atlanta, GA – 529
October 12  New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
October 13  Austin, TX – Barracuda
October 14  Dallas, TX – Dada
October 15  Norman, OK – Opolis
October 17* Phoenix, AZ – LBX
October 18   Salt Lake City – Metro Music Hall
October 19   Boise, ID – Neurolux
October 20   Spokane, WA – The Bubble
October 21* Olympia, WA – Le Voyeur
October 22   Seattle, WA – Vera Project
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Foster the People in Pittsburgh 6/4 @StageAE

Foster the People is back. The Grammy-nominated band released three new tracks from its forthcoming third album and they’re heading out on tour, stopping in Pittsburgh on June 4 at Stage AE.

New tracks on III bundle:

Doing It For The Money” (current single)

Pay the Man


Founded in in 2009, Foster the People achieved success with the 2011 release of its debut album Torches, which has sold nearly two million albums and over nine million singles worldwide. Torches features the #1 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” which was declared “the year’s anthem” by SPIN, and also spawned the chart topping singles “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls),” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat.” Foster the People garnered three Grammy nominations for its monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini.” Supermodel was the second full-length record from Foster the People. Influenced by frontman Mark Foster’s world travels and shifting perspective, the album was recorded in studios around the world and features fan favorites including “Coming of Age” and “Best Friend.”

At the new live show, the band will give fans a taste of what’s to come on their new album. To date, Foster the People has achieved 450M video views, 1.1M albums sold and over 630M combined streams.

Dethklok Mastermind Brendon Small Reveals Upcoming GALAKTIKON II Album Details and Music Teaser

Galaktikon II: Become The Storm | August 25, 2017 | Megaforce Records/MRI
Digital Pre-Orders Available June 2
Watch an Exclusive 360° Music Teaser Here via Nerdist
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Brendon Small – the mastermind behind massive metal band Dethklok and albums The Dethalbum (the highest-charting death metal album ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart), Dethalbum II, Dethalbum III and Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – has been teasing a new chapter of his popular Galaktikon saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over.
This year, marking the 10 year anniversary of his breakout Dethklok release, The Dethalbum, Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, to the masses. The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25, 2017 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2.
Take a 360° hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new Galaktikon II: Become The Storm music, exclusively via Nerdist:
Galaktikon II: Become The Storm follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original Galaktikonalbum, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the new album will feature acclaimed musicians and Dethklok alum Bryan Beller (bass/The Aristocrats, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums/Testament, Death, Dark Angel). Galaktikon II: Become The Storm was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the Dethklok albums.
With these names behind the project, it should come as no surprise that Galaktikon II: Become The Storm is a welcomed transformation and expansion of the sound that put Brendon Small on the musical map. With uncapped time and creativity on their side, Small & Co. were able to reach above and beyond what fans have come to expect as of now. Galaktikon II: Become The Storm proves to be Small’s most commanding release yet.
“This record is a combination of all the sounds I’ve been making throughout my creative life,” says Brendon Small. “It’s as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be – it’s the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I’m excited to have it live inside listeners’ heads and let their imaginations take over!”
Fans should anticipate plenty of early tidbits, such as track leaks and videos, leading up to the release of Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, so stay tuned!
Elsewhere in the universe of Brendon Small…
Albatross Funnybooks recently announced GALAKTIKON!, a six-issue series of comic books launching this August based on the original Galaktikon album. The series will be written by Brendon Small and five-time Eisner Award winner and Albatross founder Eric Powell. Powell will also be contributing cover art with interior art by Steve Mannion of Fearless Dawn and Spook House. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.


The Galaktikon universe online:

The Nearly Deads @Diesel on May 14th

Nashville based rock band called The Nearly Deads  will be releasing a new EP, Revenge of The Nearly Deads, on May 26th. The band is currently supporting the new record on tour which will include a show inPittsburgh at Diesel on May 14th.

The band is self-described as sounding like “Halestorm meets the Foo Fighters, with Courtney Love at the helm, if she could wail like Kelly Clarkson.” I think that description hits the nail on the head. This band is very fun! Check out their video for “My Evil Ways” which was released last fall:

The band exploded in 2011 with a video for their song “Never Look Back” which has gone on to garner 7.6 Million views. Since then the band has been on a steady rise performing alongside bands like IN This Moment, Halestorm and more. The new EP, is lining up to be a massive break for the band and I’d love to see if you’d be into being a part of their trajectory.
Watch the new video for “Diamond In The Rough”:
Based in the music mecca of Nashville TN, The Nearly Deads emit polished grit. Mixing the powerful pop vocals of singer Theresa Jeane with the aggressive grunge-inspired instrumentals of Steve Tobi, Javier Garza, Josh Perrone, and Kevin Koelsch, the band has managed to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before.
Evidence of this musical evolution came to fruition in the form of a breakthrough track called “Never Look Back”. Armed with a Zombie-infused music video that skyrocketed past 7 million views, NLB finds TND scratching the surface of a sound that fully comes into focus on their 11-song debut album, Invisible Tonight, available now!
From studio to stage to the written page, The Nearly Deads continue to forge a new path dotted by passion, charisma, talent, hard work, and messages of positivity and empowerment. The band’s genuine nature and generosity towards their supporters has fueled the ascension of their “Zombie Nation” of fandom.
Crowned victors in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and a Converse Battle of the Bands competition, the band tours incessantly, with slots at prestigious festivals such as Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, PrideFest and Journeys Backyard BBQ matched by shows with Halestorm, All-American Rejects, and a 2015 run on the Black Widow Tour with In This Moment, Butcher Babies, and Upon A Burning Body. This constant stream of success and activity has led to airplay on MTVu, MTV Hits, FUSE, BlankTV, Verizon FiOS and Vevo; features in Absolute Punk, Alt Press, ARTISTdirect, Outburn, PureVolume, Revolver, Rock Confidential and Substream and a #14 spot on Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart.

In Celebration of Misfits 40th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only‘s Bass and Vest

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Misfits (note: the legendary punk band’s first gig took place on April 18, 1977 at CBGB in NYC), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils the latest edition to its permanent collection of historic punk artifacts…

Misfits founding member Jerry Only’s custom Devastator Bass and custom spiked leather vest—both designed by Only personally, and used at both of the Original Misfits Reunion Shows in 2016—now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland!

Jerry’s artifacts are specifically displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Blank Generation: New York/London/Los Angeles case in their Cities and Sounds exhibit. This exhibit focuses on the music scenes in various cities (Detroit/Motown, Memphis/Sun Records, etc.). The Blank Generation covers the birth and enduring legacy of punk and new wave.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says: “The Misfits have long been a favorite here at the Rock Hall among both visitors and staff. We are thrilled to add these unbelievably kickass and iconic items to our permanent collection, and are so grateful to Misfits’ founding member and bassist Jerry Only for his generosity in sharing the legacy of his genre-defining career. These artifacts will help us continue to engage, teach and inspire our visitors through the power of rock & roll.”

Jerry Only speaks about the inclusion of his vest and bass in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Fame was not my intent. It was always the creation of something so unique that others would remain in awe of its design. I am proud to walk among icons who felt the same way. We changed the world!!! I am honored to have my Excalibur…’The Devastator’ and my ‘Fiend Battle Armor’ on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… May we one day grace its halls and exhibit a full arsenal of our weapons of mass destruction. Search -n- Destroy!”


This particular Misfits Devastator bass is very rare and unique for a variety of reasons. Not only was it used at both of the historic Original Misfits Reunion shows that took place at Riot Fest on September 4th 2016 in Denver, and September 18, 2016 in Chicago, but this particular Devastator also marks the first model ever made from authentic Louisville Slugger wood—as used in their world famous line of iconic baseball bats.

“I’m also very proud that this is the first Devastator bass made from Louisville Slugger wood, which is an American institution,” says Jerry Only. “For every home run in major league baseball hit with a Louisville Slugger bat, I don’t think any one ever hit a home run bigger than I did in Denver and Chicago with this bass. It may be the concert of the millennium. The reaction from our devoted fans, the fiends, was unparalleled and their blood lust is for more…”

More info on the Hall of Fame display:
To the upper right of Jerry’s Devastator Bass is Dee Dee Ramone’s 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and to the lower right of Jerry’s Devastator is Johnny Ramone’s main guitar used from 1977-1996. Johnny himself wrote those dates on the back of the guitar upon retiring in 1996.  The black leather jacket above Johnny’s guitar is Joey Ramone’s, circa 1988. To the left of Jerry’s artifacts you can see a red Tama drumhead used by Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, c. 1988, as well as the very first Talking Heads T-shirt, worn by Tina Weymouth in 1975. The Hall of Fame’s collection also includes original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone on loan.

Nomadic, Indie Brett Newski solo artist at Kollar Club on 3/11

Brett Newski is coming to Pittsburgh to play at Kollar Club on March 11th

Newski’s most recent work, Land, Air, Sea, Garage, is a continuation of the world-travelled (part of the LP was recorded in Sri Lanka) smart indie rock song-writing has earned comparison to The Mountain Goats, Frank Turner, and early Weezer. Newski has really lived out passion for music and DIY values, quitting his job in 2011 to become a nomad, traveling and touring all over the world in cars full-time (as documented here in “Crusty Adventures” on his Youtube channel: LINK).


Brett Newski w/ Ike Reilly

Kollar Club
Friday March 11th @ 7:00 PM

More Info Here

Here’s the premiere of his new single “Everybody Knows You Can’t Sleep With Your Eyes Closed” on Glide Magazine :

Here’s a killer video for the opening track “Garage”:

Newski also has garnered strong press buzz:

“Across nearly a dozen tracks he manages to come off as vulnerable (without all that emo baggage), extremely witty (“D.I.Y.,” is still one of the finest songs ever written about the realities of playing a show) and smart without pretention.” – New Noise Magazine

“Combining just the right amount of wit and irreverence to his earnest talents as a lyricist and composer, Newski charmed the crowd and regaled with stories of his travels and adventurous life.” – Celluloid Annoyed

Mastodon Announce New Album- Emperor Of Sand- To Be Released March 31st Via Reprise Records


January 27th, 2017 (Burbank, CA) – Internationally celebrated heavy rock icons MASTODON are proud to announce the title, track-listing, and release date of their eighth studio album, Emperor Of Sand – the follow-up to their universally praised 2014 album Once More ‘Round The Sun. The album will be released on March 31st via Reprise Records. Emperor Of Sand will be available for pre-order beginning today at Thedeluxe pre-order package will contain the album on double 180-gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket along with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket, plus an exclusive box of Mastodon colored pencils. In addition fans will also receive a digital copy of the entire album on March 31st, along with an instant download of the album track Sultan‘s Curse.” Emperor Of Sand will also be available digitally and on CD. Click hereto view the typically stunning album artwork by Alan Brown in a glorious, full 360-degree view. Alan Brown, aka Medusawolf, created the cover and inside gatefold images. Click here to learn more about the artist.
Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. “Emperor of Sandis like the grim reaper,”says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'”
“We’re reflecting on mortality,” adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It’s 17 years in the making, but it’s also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.”
Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon’s hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), whofirst worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.
Over the course of Mastodon’s career, the band members have fearlessly continued to push themselves towards greater creative heights on their recorded output. Each studio album has united an ever-expanding worldwide legion of fans who have come to expect the unexpected twists and turns that have elevated Mastodon to become one of the most respected and influential creative forces in rock music.
“Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation – no one else comes close.” Rolling Stone
“The coolest band in rock!” Drum! Magazine
“Chances are you could use heavier rock in your life, and Mastodon’s riff-heavy epics are as friendly to non-metalheads as they are to heshers.” New York magazine
Mastodon kick off a Spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand beginning April14th in Missoula, MT, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the Carolina Rebellion Festival on May 5th.
Each pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon (excluding festival dates and the May 6th Philadelphia show) includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of Emperor of Sand. Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem the album on March 31st. Tickets are on sale now. Please see below for all tour dates and visit to purchase tickets.
VIP Upgrade Packages are available for all headline U.S. dates and will include:
Mastodon Ultimate VIP Upgrade Package (30 packages per show):
*Meet & Greet with selected members of the band
*Individual photo with the band
1 Signed setlist
1 Exclusive Mastodon poster
Exclusive VIP laminate
Early Entry to the venue (where available)
 *Not all members of the band will participate in the Meet & Greet or photo
Mastodon VIP Upgrade Package (75 packages per show):
1 Signed setlist
1 Exclusive Mastodon poster
Exclusive VIP laminate
Early Entry to the venue (where available)
Click here to purchase your Mastodon VIP Packages:
Tour Dates:
# indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows.
04/14    Missoula, MT                Wilma Theater
04/15    Seattle, WA                   Paramount Theater
04/16    Portland, OR                 Roseland Theater
04/18    San Francisco, CA        The Warfield
04/20    Los Angeles, CA           The Palladium
04/21    Phoenix, AZ                  Comerica Theatre
04/23    Salt Lake City, UT          Complex
04/24    Denver, CO                   Fillmore
04/26    Kansas City, KS            Uptown Theater
04/27    St. Louis, MO                Pageant
04/28    Birmingham, AL             Iron City
# 04/29 Jacksonville, FL             Welcome to Rockville Festival
# 04/30 Ft. Myers, FL                Fort Rock Festival
05/02    Washington, DC            Fillmore
05/03    Toronto, ON                  Rebel
05/04    Cleveland, OH               Agora Theater
#05/05  Concord, NC                 Caroline Rebellion Festival
05/06    Philadelphia, PA            Electric Factory
05/08    Boston, MA                  House of Blues
05/09    Portland, ME                 State Theater
05/11    New York, NY               Hammerstein Ballroom
05/12    Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
05/13    Chicago, IL                   Aragon Ballroom
05/14    Cincinnati, OH               Taft Theatre
05/16    Detroit, MI                     Royal Oak Theater
05/17    Nashville, TN                 Ryman Auditorium
05/18    Memphis, TN                 Minglewood Hall
05/19    Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
05/20    Austin, TX                     ACL Live
For further tour and ticket info visit:
Lastly, Mastodon have created an entirely new line of Emperor Of Sand merch. A variety of ultra-cool bundles are now available through the Official Mastodon Store. Click hereto view all options.
The track-listing for Emperor of Sand is as follows:
Sultan’s Curse
Show Yourself
Precious Stones
Roots Remain
Word To The Wise
Ancient Kingdom
Scorpion Breath
Jaguar God

NEXI Industries Adds ‘Must-Have’ Analog Chorus to Guitar Effects Pedal Collection

sp_view1_analogchorus_white_cALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, NETHERLANDS  — Pure, lush and warm, the guitar tones of yesteryear are alive and well thanks to NEXI Industries’ new Analog Chorus (CHO-01) guitar effects pedal. The player can call on the Chorus for many different styles of music and whenever a rich, thicker sound is needed. It’s “warm syrup” without the stickiness, leaving the player in full control of the tone they want to achieve. Whether this effect is used to broaden the arpeggiated chords of an 80s classic or to add depth to a modern dance jam, the Analog Chorus is a versatile pedal that players will want on their board’s regular lineup.

A chorus pedal essentially gives the effect of more than one guitar playing by doubling the original sound and then putting it slightly out of time and tune. NEXI’s Analog Chorus pedal has three onboard controls that give the player flexibility in how they dial in their tone. The Speed knob makes the wavering sound effect faster or slower, while the Depth knob controls how much effect the player gets. Or, switch the Ultra Classic knob to “on” for a pure effect that’s reminiscent of the early days when the chorus became popularized by some of the era’s most influential bands, including Pink Floyd, The Police and U2.

Like all NEXI pedals, the Analog Chorus was designed by boutique effect pedal creators, the self-declared “Vintagesp_detail1_analogchorus Analog Protection Squad,” who are committed to providing a unique tone without compromise. All NEXI pedals are true bypass and hybrid, and all are tailor-made to plug ‘n play. That means the Analog Chorus can be used standalone with a 9V battery or plugged right into the external power supply of NEXI’s revolutionary pedal board. Aptly named “The Solution,” this heavy-duty board has a two-channel switch and three-step booster to satisfy every guitarist’s ego. It’s also equipped with covers that protect ports against dirt and beverage spills (splash-proof), a built-in tuner and power supply, and two charging docks for tablet or smartphone. Players can rock confidently, knowing that their board—and their Analog Chorus pedal—are safe and sound.


The Analog Chorus pedal may be steeped in nostalgia, but it’s built with the durability, convenience and compatibility today’s players are seeking—and at the €99.95 (approx. USD $105) price point they can afford. Get a closer look and hear a demo at

Fanburst: a music sharing platform for artists

The best way to describe Fanburst? Think of Fanburst like a Youtube or Soundcloud –

but just for music.

fanburst-comWhat makes Fanburst ideal for artists? Unlimited uploads and downloads, no limits on anything. Fanburst also has a bunch of other features they are rolling out, and the goal is to help artists make money selling merch, concert tix, and growing their fanbase.  Sounds like a win/win.

Fanburst was built on simple philosophies: They think it’s backwards to charge artists for sharing their music.
Their goal is to help artists share music with their fans and earn a living while doing it.  Albums don’t belong on Mediafire or Zippyshare. The Internet has been an amazing place for singles, mixes, and individual recordings, but albums, EPs, and mixtapes desperately need a home, too.  The Internet doesn’t have borders, so why should music? It’s important to be able to reach all of your fans at once. All countries are equal; geoblocking hurts artists and fans.  Plays are an outdated metric. Modern artists need to be more concerned with retaining and growing their fanbase. Just like a tech company would measure “monthly active users,” we believe artists need to measure their “monthly active fans.”  Sign up here and import your music to get started.

Fanburst has tens of thousands of artists – especially independent artists. It’s a great place to get discovered and get new fans…check it out here to get started.

Aisha releases “Fake”

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

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

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

‘Fake’ is out now!

Listen on Soundcloud

Available on iTunes

Amar John, “Paint Dat” 23-year-old Bronx rapper with a nimble flow

unnamed-6Bronx, New York rapper Amar John presents his new single “Paint Dat”, produced by Steven Sharp. Amar says the song is about “finding success in the midst of pressure, adversity, and internal conflicts, while maintaining composure, and motivation to persevere. It also explains how the average person in this position, with trust issues, finds balance for these negatives by focusing on things on the opposite polarity, such as drugs, jewelry, and women.” Lexibanks produced Amar’s last single “Angels & Demons” (Soundcloud).

Queensrhyce Tonight Dec 7 @RexTheater

QUEENSRYCHE Release New Music Video for “Hellfire”

On ‘Condition Human’ Headlining Tour In North America

Seattle based heavy metal icons QUEENSRYCHE are nearing the end of their ‘Condition Human’ world tour, which has now brought them back to North America on Fall a headlining run. Continuing to build on the momentum of their latest studio album, the band has released a visceral new music video for their song “Hellfire”, which spotlights the Malaysian passenger flight crisis in 2014. Speaking about the influence and subject matter for the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre states,

“‘Hellfire’ is a depiction primarily based on the tragic events surrounding the Malaysian airline flight MH17. Despite the storyline’s foundation, the lyrical and visual narrative transcends into other pertinent, global subject matters. Civil unrest, guerrilla warfare, media propaganda, and social inequalities are just some examples of the multifaceted issues marbled throughout ‘Hellfire’. A poignant illustration of an unfortunate yet timeless reality.” 

Queensryche – “Hellfire” (Official Music Video)
QUEENSRYCHE – ‘Condition Human’ North American Fall Tour

Tuesday, December 6th – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, December 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Thursday, December 8th – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
Saturday, December 10th – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, December 11th – Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Tuesday, December 13th – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 14th – Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
Thursday, December 15th – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
Friday, December 16th – West Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Hotel & Casino

Watch Katy Perry Vote Naked For Rock The Vote

Katy Perry Teams with Funny Or Die and iHeartMedia to Reveal The Most Natural Way to Rock The Vote on November 8.

Katy Perry gives us the bare truth about this year’s election, urging everyone to get registered and to vote. Katy came to Funny Or Die and Rock the Vote demanding to be naked on camera, so they decided to channel this to urge young voters to get registered – no matter what they’re wearing (or not wearing). Funny Or Die’s wardrobe department was thrilled with the day off, and America was thrilled with the results. Katy is joined in the PSA by comedian Joel McHale and YouTube star iJustine.

Katy Perry Votes Naked


Gary Clark Jr. @StageAE Pittsburgh: Virtuoso Guitarist Tells The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. came into Pittsburgh last night to tour his acclaimed record, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim .  As Warner Brothers states, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself”.

A true test to his talent, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath “Cheex” Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals were provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and  Sciba.

The young Texan, Clark, started off with a slow easy jam and then launched into “Bright Lights” to get the crowd warmed up to a night full of incredible tone and texture coming from a six string.  Stage AE in Pittsburgh was packed and Clark looked and acted very inspired by the sight of everyone pumped to hear him play.  His next numbers were “Travis County” and “Next Door Neighbor News”, keeping with the straight blues vibe.  A few songs later in the set he played what many feel could become a classic, “When My Train Pulls In”, and the night continued with a very blues tradition feel, leaving his more “modern” work to take a backseat (setlist here).  To watch Clark play is to witness a man at one with his instrument.  Like his pre-concert music of Prince, the man can play many things and styles, but he has true mastery in blues guitar, as Prince did with funk.  Akin to watching Clapton. Clark may be a living legend and the crazy thing is that it is all just starting for him.  Having him play Stage AE, and the last time in town, Mr. Smalls, may be looked back at in the future as crazy impossible, like Bruce or The Police playing The Decade.  The man is destined for bigger and greater things and it is a purely emotional experience to watch the man play.  Hopefully, he won’t wait a few years again before he comes back to a town that certainly loves him.

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Return of the Dreads Tour: Dreadfully Entertaining (Korn, Rob Zombie, and In This Moment)

Somehow metal has a way of surviving like a cockroach.  Not your dirty hotel cockroach, though, more like something “Kafkaesque”.  Korn has never really gone away since they hit in the 90’s, Rob Zombie has stayed in the limelight from White Zombie since blowing up mainstream in 92, and In This Moment (since 2005) takes some of those influences and puts them to good use.  What that all added together makes is the sum of Return of the Dreads Tour that was a downright full on blast of great metal music with a lot of showmanship from each band.

To call In This Moment an opener is a bit of a slight, let’s just say they have not built the audience that the co-headliners have…yet.  Maria Brink has always been a beautiful temptress who blurs the lines of what many would believe a “metal singer” sounds like.  She takes that amazing voice, throws in props, wardrobe changes, grand theatrics, and of course the music to truly put together a brand.  Her guitar players, Chris Howorth and Randy Weitzel play off of one another with fluidity and flash.  What was nice about having a more open stage at First Niagara Pavilion was that the audience could see and interact with the band members more.  When ITM plays smaller venues, it is often hard to see the band and what they are doing behind the masks and makeup.  Although Brink is a show unto herself, the addition of the dancers and even the blank expression of Lord Hannibal provide that little extra that provides a memorable experience. (setlist here)

Korn and Rob Zombie have been flip flopping each night as the final performing band.  In Pittsburgh, Rob Zombie followed ITM and put on his usual jaw-dropping performance.  Zombie also employs theatrics on a grander scale with giant aliens, a dancing satan, oversized boom boxes, and tossed to the crowd massive balloons and “E.T.’s” that may or may not be anatomically correct.  Watching Rob Zombie move is a lesson in frenetic motion, he is a blur of dance, bounce, and twirl.  That guttural tone in his voice is as strong as ever, and his band mates are beyond tight.  John 5 put on his usual guitar pyrotechnics and is able to show off just a fraction of what he can do within the confines of Zombie’s genre, he may be one of the most versatile guitar players in music today.  Piggy D and Ginger Fish (bass and drums respectively) held down the beat that is an essential aspect of Zombie’s music, even when throwing in a cover such as Tone Loc‘s “Wild Thing”.  All in all, it was an amazing set with all the hits you would want to hear including some White Zombie material (“More Human Than Human” and “Thunderkiss ’65“). (setlist here)

Korn has been coming to Pittsburgh from the very beginning, playing small venues such as the defunct Metropol.  Korn have never been known to ‘phone it in’ and their performance last week was no exception.  Opening with “Right Now” from Take a Look in the Mirror, the band launched into full out dreads flying mode and set the tone from there.  Even though Korn’s brand of nu-metal may not be at the top of the charts anymore, the band is just as fresh sounding and aggressive as ever.  Pittsburgh’s very own Ray Luzier on drums has become a backbone member of the band and even though Head has been back for a few years now, he plays like someone fighting for starting position.  Korn had a little less of the theatrics to offer, but made up for it with a very tight set that included new material that definitely reminds one of their earlier work.  Davis’ voice is an instrument to itself and playing off of Munky, Fieldy, and the aforementioned Luzier and Head shows why the genre they championed is still alive and well.

All photos AWELDINGPHOTO ©2016

I Prevail @RexTheater on July 31st

Detroit rock band I Prevail who recently announced a headline North American tour, which will stop in Pittsburgh for a show at The Rex Theater on July 31st.

If you’re not familiar, I Prevail gained global notoriety in early 2015 with a massively successful cover of Taylor Swift’s hit “Blank Space,” which garnered a Top 20 slot on the Active Rock Radio charts, mass media attention and has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies and 22+ million streams/views. Following the overwhelming reception of “Blank Space,” the band recorded their debut EP, Heart Vs. Mind, that has sold over 50,000 copies to date.
The band also just announced they’ll be releasing their highly anticipated debut, full-length album, Lifelines, later this year. Check out their new song “Scars” here:

SKATERS Launch Pre-Order for Debut Album, Manhattan




Beginning today, November 11th, the digital version of SKATERS debut album, Manhattan, will be available for preorder on iTunes. Upon purchase, fans will instantly receive the first single, “Deadbolt.” Those who preorder the album will also receive an exclusive bonus track, “Played Out,” on release date, which is February 25th, 2014.


As previously announced, Twin Shadow has remixed “Deadbolt”. Click here to listen. Those who enter their email at the band’s website will receive a free download of the remix. Remember, a limited edition 7″ vinyl pressing of “Deadbolt” will go on sale at independent record stores on Black Friday, November 29th. It features “Deadbolt” on Side A and an exclusive track, “Stood Up,” on Side B.


Last week, SKATERS took over the Nylon Guys Instagram account to reveal the tracklist forManhattan. Click here to view.


The track-listing for Manhattan is as follows:

One Of Us

Miss Teen Massachusetts



To Be Young In NYC



Fear Of The Knife

I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)

Nice Hat

This Much I Care


Much more SKATERS news to be announced shortly. Until then, go to:

Pierce The Veil Announces 2013 Spring Headline Tour

Pierce The Veil are excited to announce their North American headline tour in spring of 2013, with support from Memphis May Fire, Letlive, and Issues. The “Street Youth Rising Tour” is the follow-up to the band’s recent 34 date headline US major market run with Sleeping With Sirens, which completely sold out in all cities.

“We plan on bringing everything that we’ve got for this next tour and we can’t wait to share it with all of you,” adds lead singer Vic Fuentes.

Noted as one of MTV Buzzworthy’s Breakthrough Artists of 2012, the San Diego, CA ensemble will be touring in support of new album Collide With The Sky, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Alternative Chart, #1 on the Rock Chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Chart, selling nearly 30,000 copies in its first week. The album is now available on iTunes.

Pierce The Veil will charge into the new year heading to South East Asia, as well as a slot on the Australian 2013 Soundwave Festival in February / March. The band are already selling out a May / June UK headline run with Woe, Is Me, with select dates being upgraded to larger venues. Stay tuned for more exciting tour news!


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Pierce The Veil has teamed up with Invisible Children to give fans a chance to win exclusive merch items as part of the “12 Days of Fearless” holiday contest via Instagram. Follow @FearlessRecords on Instagram for details and to enter to win great prizes from Pierce The Veil and Invisible Children!

PIERCE THE VEIL – Vic Fuentes (Vocals), Mike Fuentes (Drums), Tony Perry (Guitar), Jaime Preciado (Bass) – With a unique brand of progressive post-hardcore, Pierce The Veil have captured a rabid fan base across the globe. Gaining a reputation for their explosive live show and the unique vocal style of singer Vic Fuentes, the band has received press support from MTV, Guitar World, Outburn, Kerrang!, Revolver, AOL, FUSE TV, warped tour coverage feature by The NY Times, and were featured on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Alternative Press Magazine and AMP Magazine’s Warped Tour Issue.
The San Diego quartet recently released their music video for “King For A Day” featuring Sleeping With Siren’s “Kellin Quinn”, which is at nearly 6 million views. Primed with an incredible new album and a rigorous tour schedule, Pierce The Veil are ones to watch in 2013.

Street Youth Rising Tour Dates w/ Memphis May Fire, Letlive, & Issues
Mar 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
Mar 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Mar 16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Mar 17 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Sports Cafe
Mar 20 – Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Post 33
Mar 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc bar
Mar 22 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
Mar 23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Mar 24 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Mar 26 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mar 28 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar 30 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
Mar 31 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Apr 3 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Apr 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst


AWOLNATION and Red Bull Records are proud to unveil the latest in fan-to-band-to-fan networking called The AWOL “NATION” Project, an innovate new community-driven site that creates a living, breathing interactive experience centered around fan-contributed content. Fans can post anything they want on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and if it’s tagged with the hashtag #awolnation, it will show up on the new AWOL “NATION” fan site in real-time at: The same feature is currently being added to incorporate Tumblr. As fans around the world talk about AWOLNATION and tag their content (photos, videos, comments), the site continuously evolves, allowing fans from across the globe to explore and engage with both the band and each other like never before. Additionally, if fans geo-tag their posts, those posts show up on a custom Google-powered map, allowing fans from around the world to interact with the band and each other.


Behind the scenes, The Uprising Creative, the design and development company behind the site, built it on top of a customized WordPress install and used custom-built tools to tap into the APIs from these four services Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo. As posts are found via the APIs, they are pulled into the site, and anything with a geo-tag is additionally mapped to its specific coordinates using the Google Maps API. The site is fully responsive, allowing it to be usable and optimized at any browser size automatically without the need for a separate mobile web version of the site. Additionally, Topspin Media is used to power the email list, Facebook Comments for the ability for fans to interact with each other, and a variety of customized share tools allow fans to spread the word about the site and its content.

Keep up with, and meet up with other fans and the band during the AWOLNATION “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” U.S. tour, with the rapidly on-the-rise alternative band Imagine Dragons and indie hip-hop artist Zeale. Tickets are going quickly with the band selling out shows across the country! A complete list of remaining dates is below.

Led by musical architect and vocalist Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION features David Amezcua on bass, keyboardist/guitarist Kenny Carkeet, drummer Hayden Scott and Drew Stewart on guitar. The band’s debut album Megalithic Symphonyis currently available in stores and online.

“Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” U.S. tour with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:

September 25 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT!
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO SOLD OUT!
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO SOLD OUT!
September 29 Gallivan Center/X96 Big Ass Show Salt Lake City, UT
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID SOLD OUT!
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR SOLD OUT!
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA SOLD OUT!
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA SOLD OUT!
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT!
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX SOLD OUT!
October 19 Hullabalooza College Station, TX
(with Rusko, Chiddy Bang, Paul Wall, and more)
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX SOLD OUT!
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 27 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)


Smashing Pumpkins to Employ Fan Art and Social Media for New Release ‘Imagine Oceania’

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are asking their fans to IMAGINE OCEANIA for the 13 songs on their new album OCEANIA, out June 19 via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution.
Longtime fans of the visual arts–including their groundbreaking music videos and memorable album covers/packaging–THE SMASHING PUMPKINS want to inspire creativity and evoke one’s personal vision for each song, simply based on the title.
That’s the idea behind their new social media endeavor, whereby fans can create their own imagery for any of the album’s 13 songs, tag them with #SPoceania and share them with each other via Instagram, Pinterest, Deviantart, Facebook and Twitter.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will also share, like, repost and repin on the official SMASHING PUMPKINS social sites and some images may end up on the official website.
Artists can upload photos, designs, paintings and words to imagine their own vision of the songs on OCEANIA including “Quasar,” “Panopticon,” “The Celestials,” “Violet Rays,” “My Love is Winter,” “One Diamond, One Heart,” “Pinwheels,” “Oceania,” “Pale Horse,” “The Chimera,” “Glissandra,” “Inkless” and “Wildflower.” (Full track listing below.) For more information on the campaign, go to
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS also teamed up with photo specialty blog to create their first ever photography challenge series: Fans submit photos for each of the 13 song title challenges, one photograph from each challenge will be chosen and compiled into a limited edition print-on-demand canvas poster signed by the group.
Fans can preorder OCEANIA now at the following outlets:
iTunes (Digital) –
Amazon (CD) –
Insound (LP) –
OCEANIA was recorded at singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN’s private studio in Chicago with his bandmates: guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist/vocalist NICOLE FIORENTINO. The 13-song collection (see track listing below) was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
Here’s the OCEANIA track listing:
The Celestials
Violet Rays
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
Pale Horse
The Chimera