Twelve Foot Ninja at Mr. Smalls

An electrifying Friday night in Millvale at Mr. Smalls Theater with one of the freshest, biggest acts to come out of Australia, Twelve Foot Ninja.  With their unique style and incredible stage presence, they were hitting the stage with everything they had.  This being the fourth official time that they were visiting the states, they have definitely shown that they now have quite the following since their debut album came out a few years back.

 

Right before seeing them play for the first time, I admit that I have never heard any of their music and had no clue what “fusion metal” would even sound like.  Just half way through their first song, I will also admit that I became a fan listening to some of the most unique musicians that have hit the stage to date.  From the excellent guitar work to the killer drum beats back to the smooth vocals that combined together leave you in shock and awe… this is one band that is fairly difficult to describe who they sound like without overloading anyone’s brain; meaning there are about dozen bands that if combined together could do what Twelve Foot Ninja do on a daily basis.  No wonder why these guys have been recognized so much in the past couple of years and are now about to be the direct support for the legendary Disturbed.

 

Even though Twelve Foot Ninja was not the headliner for the night, it seems as if they could have been since majority of the crowd was screaming their name to start the show.  Once again, they have quite the following now.  Now that I personally know what all the hype is about surrounding this band, it all makes sense, they are the next big thing, and they are worth the listen.  I feel as if most would be surprised by what they hear, in a good way that is.  Plus, seeing them live was quite the experience and I do hope that the albums they have released do just as much justice as their performances do.

All photos Dave Mondine © 2016

The Contortionist is Coming to Pittsburgh OCT 3 @MrSmalls

The Contortionist have released a “Rediscovered” version of their most recent LP, Language. The new version contains four re-worked tracks recorded and engineered by John Douglass and mixed/mastered by Jamie King. The rediscovered tracks are accompanied by four all new music videos for the same tracks.
“Playing with that idea, throughout all the songs, there is also a story woven in that
               plays on a few different ideas,” Lessard explains. “Even beyond the actual lyrics and what
              they are literally saying, some of the vocal sounds themselves play a part.”It’s a crude summary of an ambitious project – one that has dense layers of
              sophistication listeners can delve into on their own, while others may be just as happy
              
to nod their head along to the expansive rhythms and accessible song motifs.The men of The Contortionist remain in awe of prog-titans like Yes, King Crimson and
              Rush. At the same time, the music they are creating will not only build bridges between
               different genres and different scenes; it can even send younger fans to dig through their
              parents’ LP collections look for albums by old legends. Language is more than capable of
              launching The Contortionist to the top of the progressive realm and into the creative

           stratosphere.

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Twelve Foot Ninja, Nothing More, and Dinosaur Pile Up @MrSmalls Theatre on 9/16

FRI SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 – 6:45 PM

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

 GET “OUTLIER” NOW AT…

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

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

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

Track Listing:

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

 

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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Jake Bugg – Pittsburgh, PA @MrSmalls Theatre – September 23

ALBUM “ON MY ONE” OUT NOW!

“Jake Bugg mixes Americana and British Folk as skillfully as ever”

–         Rolling Stone

 

“Jake Bugg may or may not be the latest New Bob Dylan

–         NPR

“’On My One’..sees Bugg also draw on a more diverse range of genres in a way…that it is strangely captivating”

–         The Guardian

 

UK-based artist JAKE BUGG is on tour and coming to your area! Traveling in support of his recently released third studio album “On My One,” Jake Bugg has been garnering lots of media attention. Rolling Stone recently called Bugg “one of the finest new songwriters of his generation,” and it seems listeners are in resounding agreement, giving “On My One” 10.5 Million combined streams on Spotify alone. Jake Bugg is no stranger to these accolades—he is the youngest male artist to debut #1 on the UK charts and recently played completely sold-out dates on his headlining tour with the Black Keys.

 

 

Jake Bugg On Tour

 

9/2 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Denver 2016

9/8 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

9/9  Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo

9/10 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

9/12 2016 San Francisco, Us The Regency Ballroom

9/13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

9/21 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

9/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre

9/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts

9/27 New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/28 Boston / Cambridge, MA @ Royale

9/29 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

BEST COAST performing in Millvale @Mr.Smalls Theatre on August 15th

The LA duo, Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, released their third album California Nights last year. Rolling Stone gave the California Nights a raving review, describing the album as having “bigger [and pretty glorious] sounds with sharper hooks.” The album is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.
 
Watch the music videos for “California Nights” + “Feeling Ok”  + the band performing “In My Eyes.”Best Coast - Janell Shirtcliff - General 1 - HIGH RES (2)

Marianas Trench: Memorable in Millvale

Stephanie Connell: story and photos

It’s a quiet night in Millvale, just like any other night.  Cars happily bustle up and down the narrow streets, and a line forms outside Mr. Small’s Theatre and Funhouse.  Teens and young adults alike eagerly wait for the doors to open.  Around 7 pm the venue welcomes its guests inside the former church to enjoy a sanctuary of a different kind: music.  A DJ opened the show with a series of classic 1980s jams, such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”  At 8pm, Greensburg’s own Vertigo continued on with its pop-rock funk styles, followed by Skylar Stecker who is on the full tour.  Not long after she finished, the lights dimmed and the crowd roared.  Four musicians take the stage, the lead singer Jedi-style (slowly, hood-up).  During the opening song, Astoria.  The hood is removed to reveal Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay.  The first few songs end with Ramsay very happily exclaiming “I told you we would be back soon!”  Ramsay then happily discussed the excitement of the band touring for close to a full year since the beginning of the first Astoria tour. The Canadian pop-punk band played hits such as “Fallout” and “Cross My Heart” as well as hits from Astoria such as “Who Do You Love”.  The band revealed that upon the tour’s end, they would be making a music video for the latter.  They ended the show with the statement “We will back soon!”  Hopefully, we can count on this.

Overall, the band puts on a memorable show.  The theatrics at the beginning of their set create an atmosphere that live music fan can enjoy.  Their crowd interaction only makes it better.  The band saw some familiar faces in the crowd, including a fan who strongly resembles Dean Back of Theory of a Deadman.  “I know we talked about this the last time we came here!” Ramsay exclaimed to the crowd.  Apparently, their concerts in Millvale are just as memorable for the band as they are for the fans.  This was only the band’s second trip to Millvale.  Hopefully, they do not think twice about returning a third time.

GOOD TIGER Announces North American Tour With Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, And Hail The Sun 10/3 @MrSmalls

Following their North American tour with Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red earlier this year, GOOD TIGER — which features within its ranks former members of Tesseract, The Safety Fire, and Architects UK — has announced another journey with Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, and Hail The Sun. The month-long trek will run from September 22nd in Los Angeles, California through October 27th in Mesa, Arizona. See all confirmed dates below.
GOOD TIGER w/ Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, Hail The Sun:
9/22/2016 El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
9/23/2016 Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
9/24/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/25/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA
9/27/2016 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
9/28/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
9/29/2016 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
9/30/2016 Portage Theater – Chicago, IL
10/01/2016 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
10/02/2016 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
10/03/2016 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
10/04/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
10/05/2016 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
10/06/2016 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
10/07/2016 Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
10/08/2016 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/09/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/11/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
10/12/2016 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/13/2016 Cats Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC
10/14/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/15/2016 Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
10/16/2016 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/17/2016 The Social – Orlando, FL
10/19/2016 Rocketown – Nashville, TN
10/20/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
10/21/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10/23/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/24/2016 Mohawk – Austin, TX
10/26/2016 Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
10/27/2016 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
GOOD TIGER will be touring in support of their debut album, A Head Full Of Moonlight, which was initially released digitally (after crowd-funding a staggering $45,980). First single, “Where Are The Birds” was aired on BBC Radio 1 and its music video counterpart – directed by Kim Taylor and produced by Compulsory – was seen on Kerrang TV, Scuzz TV, MTV Rocks, and more throughout Europe. The record was released on CD and LP this past April via Blacklight Media, the new label founded by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of the New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social, and Beauty & Essex, together with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records. To preview and purchase A Head Full Of Moonlight, visit: metalblade.com/goodtiger where the album is available in various formats and the “Where Are The Birds” clip can be viewed.

Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows II Tour packs a powerful punch in Pittsburgh

July 18, 2016 Millvale, PA-  In the sleepy quaint town of Millvale  just five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh there is a sacred rock n’ roll institution known as Mr. Smalls Funhouse.  A former church and now one of Pittsburgh’s finest establishments to see a great show, as well as grab excellent beers and grub, Mr. Smalls this night hosted rock royalty in the name of Zakk Wylde.  Former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, leader of Black Label Society, and all around badass, Wylde brought a slew of guitar gunslingers to blow our minds and brighten our hearts last Monday.

Opening acts Jared James Nichols and Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown were frighteningly good.  Nichols brand of guitar playing is very much in line with Wylde’s solo work, bluesy Allman Brothers type rock n’ roll.  He absolutely blazes and has great emotion behind every string played.  His band’s work is really blood pumping, fist pounding classic style rock that made them a surprise favorite for many.  Even the cover of Nugent’s “Stranglehold” brought chills and made your hair on your arms stand on end for it’s beautiful and true interpretation.  This three piece (Erik Sandin, Dennis Holm) out of Wisconsin must be on your radar if you love a great bluesman who truly has the touch.  Check them out…www.youtube.com/jjnicholsmusic
www.reverbnation.com/jaredjamesnichols.

Tyler Bryant and his bandmates The Shakedown have been tearing up the road and this is by no means their first stop in Pittsburgh.  Bryant has been recognized as a child prodigy guitar player by many, including God himself, Eric Clapton.  Bryant has the soul of an old blues master and his style shows it.  Staking his rep by moving to Nashville at 17, Bryant has put together a tight and impressive band to match.  Shakedown  members Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford (Brad Whitford of Aerosmith’s son), and Noah Denney complement Bryant’s guitar like icing on cake.  If you have not discovered these guys yet, you owe it to yourself to witness one of the best blues players around…www.tylerbryantandtheshakedown.com.

You know you are confident in your playing when you let two young guitar blazers open for you.  Zakk Wylde is no stranger to the spotlight but prefers to do his talking through pickups, strings, and wood.  Touring his Book of Shadows II effort, Wylde is accompanied for the most part by his regular band, Black Label Society.  But don’t expect to hear Ozzy or Sabbath covers (although a bit of “The Wizard” on mouth harp was pretty awesome) or a bunch of BLS tunes.  This is the other side of Zakk, the side that has been influenced by blues and southern rock.

The ten-minute opener of “Sold My Soul” was enough to make anyone’s jaw drop as he soared up and down his fretboard with wild abandon.  The crowd was absolutely wowed and entertained from the first note.  Wylde does not spend a bunch of time on stage banter, instead, he keeps the rock rolling as he went into, “Autumn Changes”, “Tears of December”, and “Lay Me Down”.  Wylde and his band just kept pouring out their souls tune after tune, playing like they were in front of 50,000 instead of hundreds.  The well packed Mr. Smalls ate up each moment, sang along and played air guitar.  “Road Back Home”, “Yesteday’s Tears”, “Heaven and Hell” (with the aforementioned “The Wizard” as an intro.), and “Darkest Hour” rounded out the first half of the show (see the entire guest list in pictures below).

To have a fairly intimate setting with Wylde playing his solo material was an amazing treat that does not come around often.  It was fun to see him play piano as well as his trusted axe and sing a bit differently than the more metal oriented BLS.  Zakk will return in October with his new fun project Zakk Sabbath when they open for Clutch at Stage AE Oct. 1.  And the hits just keep on coming…

All photos 2016 AWELDINGPHOTO

 

MARIANAS TRENCH TO EMBARK ON A SUMMER US HEADLINE TOUR “SPF 80s” NEW ALBUM ‘ASTORIA’ OUT NOW/@MrSmalls 7/30

Multi-Platinum selling Canadian pop-rockers Marianas Trench have announced a summer headlining tour in the U.S., “SPF 80s”, which kicks off on July 8th in Oklahoma City, OK at the Diamond Ballroom. Presale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting on Thursday, May 19th at 10am local time. General admission tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 20th at 10am local time. Go to www.marianastrench.net for more info and to purchase tickets.
The tour is in support of their newly released fourth studio album Astoria which echoes one part 1980’s fantasy adventure film and one part classic Marianas Trench. It honors classic coming of age stories, and reflects on front man Josh Ramsay’s own personal journey that took him from the highest high to the darkest point in his life and career. “This album is about completely falling to pieces, and picking yourself back up again,” Josh explains. “We took the hardest two years of my life and made it into something beautiful, and our best work to date.”
Excited to be performing in the U.S. again this summer, Marianas Trench enthuses, “America, we’re back. Grab your sunscreen, super soaker, and speedo ‘cuz things are about to get HOT. The Marianas Trench SPF 80s tour is coming to a city near you this summer and David Hasselhoff says, “You definitely don’t want to miss it!”
Since their 2006 debut album Fix Me, Marianas Trench have had two Certified Platinum albums in Canada (Masterpiece Theatre and Ever After) and many chart-topping hits including “Fallout,” “Haven’t Had Enough” and “Stutter.” In 2013, the band earned a JUNO Award for Group of the Year, adding that accomplishment to their multiple MuchMusic Video Awards. Ramsay also received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough smash “Call Me Maybe.”
Below is a full list of tour dates for Marianas Trench’s SPF 80s tour. General admission tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 20th at 10AM local time
July 8, 2016               Oklahoma City, OK                Diamond Ballroom
July 9, 2016               San Antonio, TX                    The Aztec Theatre
July 10, 2016             Austin, TX                             Mohawk
July 12, 2016             New Orleans, LA                    House of Blues
July 13, 2016             Birmingham, AL                     Iron City
July 15, 2016             St. Petersburg, FL                  Jannus Live
July 16, 2016             Ponte Vedra Beach, FL           Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
July 17, 2016             Atlanta, GA                            The Masquerade
July 19, 2016             Wilmington, NC                      Ziggy’s By The Sea
July 20, 2016             Asheville, NC                          The Orange Peel
July 22, 2016             Raleigh, NC                            Lincoln Theatre
July 23, 2016             Richmond, VA                        The National
July 24, 2016             Asbury Park, NJ                      The Stone Pony
July 26, 2016             New York, NY                         PlayStation Theater
July 27, 2016             New Haven, CT                      Toad’s Place
July 29, 2016             Baltimore, MD                        Baltimore Soundstage
July 30, 2016             Millvale, PA                             Mr. Small’s Theatre
July 31, 2016             Cleveland, OH                         House of Blues
August 02, 2016        Louisville, KY                           Mercury Ballroom
August 03, 2016        Nashville, TN                          The Cannery Ballroom
August 05, 2016        St. Louis, MO                          The Pageant
August 06, 2016        Chicago, IL                             Taste Of Lincoln Avenue
August 07, 2016        Omaha, NE                             Slowdown
August 09, 2016        Denver, CO                             The Summit Music Hall
August 10, 2016        Salt Lake City, UT                   The Complex
August 13, 2016        San Francisco, CA                   The Fillmore
August 14, 2016        San Diego, CA                         House Of Blues

Zakk Wylde Book of Shadows II Tour @MrSmalls Millvale/Pittsburgh

Details.
ZAKK WYLDE ANNOUNCES NEW U.S. / CANADIAN TOUR DATES
BOOK OF SHADOWS II OUT NOW
May 10, 2016 — Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has announced new U.S. and Canadian tour dates in continued support of his new LP Book Of Shadows II. Wylde will hit over 40 cities spread out across the U.S. and Canada this summer including a performance at Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal on August 7th, a first for him as a solo artist. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, May 12th. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Jared James Nichols will serve as support.

Wylde, as always, has been on the road nonstop. He wrapped up a buzzworthy stint on Steve Vai’sGENERATION AXE TOUR just yesterday in Red Bank, NJ and prior to that served as a marquee artist on THE HENDRIX EXPERIENCE TOUR with the likes of Billy Cox and Buddy Guy. This is the first time Zakk has toured as a headliner in the U.S. and Canada since last year’s Unblackened tour.

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre
7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale
8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support
8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support
8/15: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma
8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central
8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
CLICK HERE FOR ALL TOUR DATES
Book Of Shadows II was released on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), Zakk Wylde’s first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. The album debuted at #2 on the Independent Chart, #3 on the Rock Chart and # 6 on the Current Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been,Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

1. Autumn Changes
2. Tears of December
3. Lay Me Down
4. Lost Prayer
5. Darkest Hour
6. The Levee
7. Eyes of Burden
8. Forgotten Memory
9. Yesterday’s Tears
10. Harbors of Pity
11. Sorrowed Regret
12. Useless Apologies
13. Sleeping Dogs
14. The King
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Zakk Wylde - Sleeping Dogs
“Sleeping Dogs” Official Music Video

BUILT TO SPILL ANNOUNCE FALL 2016 TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF CURRENT ALBUM UNTETHERED MOON/@MrSmalls Sept 28

(Photo Credit: Laurence Bishop)
June 6, 2016 – (Burbank, CA) – Built to Spill have announced yet another round of East coast an mid-western region tour dates for this September and October. At present, BTS are working on new material and will be touring and performing as a trio consisting of Doug Martsch (guitars, vocals), Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass). All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
Built to Spill have been touring in support of their current album Untethered Moon, which was released last April by Warner Bros. Records. Yet again, Doug Martsch & company have created a melodically rich song cycle that weaves memorable guitar textures with thoughtfully crafted lyrical passages open to the listener’s own interpretation. The press embraced the album with open arms and ears:
“Built To Spill are the AC/DC of indie rock. The album consistently is a testament to Martsche’s perfectionism – and for that, we salute him.” – Rolling Stone
Untethered Moon is a record flush with blustery guitar passages, hooks and heart…chugging ramblers with psych moves and serpentine melodies around every corner…towering shards of incendiary guitar.” – Associated Press
“Assured songwriting and richly rendered freakouts.” Alternative Press
Untethered Moon was produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes (from the band Quasi) and recorded entirely with Martsch playing all guitars along with new band members, Steve Gere (drums) an Jason Albertini (bass).
Built to Spill’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
15-Sep – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
*16-Sep – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
17-Sep – Wilmington, DE – Analog-A-Go-Go (Bellevue State Park)
*18-Sep – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
*20-Sep – Richmond, VA – The National
*21-Sep – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
*22-Sep – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
*23-Sep – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
*24-Sep – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
*26-Sep – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
^27-Sep – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
^28-Sep – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
29-Sep – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
#30-Sep – Toronto, ONT – Danforth Music Hall
^1-Oct – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
^3-Oct – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
^4-Oct – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
*5-Oct – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
*6-Oct – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
*7-Oct – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
#8-Oct – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
More info and tickets here
* with Hop Along and Alex G
^ with Hop Along
# with Alex G
For BTS news, tour dates, merchandise and more, visit: www.builttospill.com 

INTERVIEW: HATEBREED’S CHRIS BEATTIE/Live @MrSmalls June 7

An institution can be relied on. Its foundations don’t shake due to the winds of change or tides of trends—no matter how volatile, omnipresent, or tenuous.

With steadfast determination, drive, and dedication, Hatebreed cement themselves as one of heavy music’s strongest institutions on their seventh full-length offering and very first for Nuclear Blast worldwide, 2016’s The Concrete Confessional. Since 1994, the Connecticut quintet—Jamey Jasta [vocals], Chris Beattie [bass], Wayne Lozinak [guitar], Frank Novinec [guitar], and Matthew Byrne [drums]—has risen to the ranks of hardcore and heavy metal elite with a GRAMMY® Award nomination, main stage slots on festivals, and countless fans worldwide. 2013’s The Divinity Of Purpose earned their highest entry on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #17 with impressive first-week sales in excess of 17,000. Thankfully, Hatebreed will carry on their tradition of playing high-intensity shows to the masses.  Hatebreed will return with DevilDriver to Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, June 7, 2016.  We caught up with bassist and founding member, Chris Beattie, while he was prepping for a show in Salt Lake City, Utah:

PMM:  You guys started off in Cleveland the other night. How was that?

 

Chris : It was great man. Sold out show. Packed that place. The whole deal, we hadn’t been there in about, I want to say 17 years. Last time we played there was with Motor Head, at that venue (The Odeon).  It was amazing man. A great kick off to the tour.

 

PMM: You guys even did a really special thing, spreading one of your fan’s ashes right?

 

Chris : Yeah. That was actually cool man. His friends came to the show, and said he’d passed away and stuff. He was actually buried in a Hatebreed shirt. He asked … His final wishes were to be spread on stage where we played. Jamey did that through ” As Diehard as They Come”. It was really cool that they sprinkled it around stage, and we just kept playing. It was actually an honor for us that someone was so into the band to be able to do that. It’s really cool.

 

PMM: How long have you known your tour mates DevilDriver?
Chris : We go back with them quite awhile actually. I mean maybe I got to say over ten plus years. We haven’t ever really done a tour like this together, but we’ve definitely been on Ozzfest and things like that. We always crossed paths.

 

PMM: Speaking of Ozzfest, you’re going to be doing that in September right?

 

Chris : Yeah. The Ozzfest meets Knotfest. That’s going to be awesome. We have to play the same day as Black Sabbath. It can’t get any cooler than that right?

 

PMM: No. That would be like a dream come true. That’s pretty awesome.

 

Chris : Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m pretty psyched to be honest.

 

PMM: Did you ever think that you would still be around playing with the popularity that you have, back in 1994 when it began?

 

Chris : No, not really man. It wasn’t even about that. It was just about making heavy music, because we  just wanted to do what we wanted to do, write heavy music breakdowns. It wasn’t like really like … we weren’t thinking way into the future like that. Now twenty-one, twenty-two years later, it’s still going, and it’s actually bigger than it ever was. It’s pretty amazing man, just the way things have turned out. It’s amazing man, you couldn’t have asked for anything more really.

 

PMM: Your fan base seems to grow every time I go to one of your shows. It’s more and more packed.

 

Chris : Yeah. I mean we were talking about this morning. Me and Wayne. We have dudes  all around the world with  Hatebreed tatoos, and spreading some guys ashes on stage. That’s just not a run of the mill band. You know what I mean? That’s really dedication to our music and what we do, and our fans are awesome. It’s like nothing but love for us, and then we give the same back. We couldn’t do anything without them. I don’t know man, it’s just pretty amazing. It just keeps growing and growing and growing. We’re just along for the ride as well man, and we hope to keep giving good music and doing our part of it.

 

PMM: Do you attribute some of that to that you guys don’t stray too far from your formula? I’ve heard people call you the AC/DC of hardcore. You do some different stuff, but you don’t go too far out.

 

Chris : Yeah. I mean yeah actually we’ve matured a little bit, but not matured to the point of our real fan base. Our loyal fan base that’s been around for years and years, and they’re like, “Ahh that’s a little bit too much for me.” We do some stuff, but it’s not overbearing. Yeah, I mean I just do what we do. We’ve been around for quite a many years.  

Yeah. There’s no reason to change the formula. We know what we do good, and it just works. We don’t want to put out a record that people are going to be like, “Ahh, whatever.” We want to keep people excited about the band, and really pumped on us.

 

PMM:  Where does your inspiration come from as the “song generator” of the band?
Chris : I don’t know man. It just goes through spurts, like I’ll have a … when we’re on the road and stuff like this. It’s really hard to sit down and concentrate and get in that mode. I’ll just go home, and when I know we have some time. I’ll start messing around with stuff man. I’ll send stuff to Jamey, and me and Jamey start talking about stuff here and there. He has his own stuff. I don’t know. It just happens man. Sometimes I’ll fire up a joint, and I don’t know I get inspired that way. Sometimes I’m just hanging out, and I’ll just get something in my head and I’ve just got to put it down. I usually always have something readily available to record on.

 

PMM: With the new record Concrete Confessional, you guys definitely stick to some really, really heavy stuff. Not only musically, but also lyrically. You generate a lot of that with your writing. How does that come out of you?

 

Chris : A lot of ideas … there’s more that get tossed away actually. It’s just like a jamming process. I’ll just sit down and jam. For hours. You have something cool out of it. Jamey’s really good at (coming up with) lyrics. Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t even know where the inspiration comes from man. It’s just there. It’s hard to explain.

 

PMM: You guys have worked with Zeuss quite a few times. You guys seem to have a special relationship. What does he bring out of you guys? What does he add?

 

Chris : He’s like one of us, one of our own, from the same mold as us. We’re able to talk to him, and he kind of gets what we’re going for. You can just talk to him and be like, “Hey, I was thinking this, but I know we should try this too.” He’s really cool working with different things. He’s not afraid to really tell you if it sounds like shit, or if it sounds good. I think that’s important, because a lot of people will just tell you what you want to hear. He really cares about what he’s doing, and he cares about us. He knows what we want to do. It’s just having that sixth person really understanding what you’re doing, and when you know you can get an honest opinion from somebody. They’ll tell you you suck if you suck, or not. That really helps, and it makes you push harder and think about more what you’re playing and this and that.

 

PMM: What advantage does going with Nuclear Blast have for you guys?

 

Chris : They’re fans, and they really supported us on the last record. They told us that they’re going to work their hardest to get our music out to the most people. They seem very relevant, and they’re always at every show we do when we’re in their countries. They’re really good to work for. They’re fired up about it. Some of the other labels in the industry are kind of, you’re on this label, but you don’t get that love. They have actual fans that have been involved in music, and have been fans of us for years. It’s really cool, and they know what we’re about. They don’t try and get involved in all the writing process and this and that. It’s just good having somebody on your team, that you know is going to work really, really hard for you and understands who you are, what you are, what your mission is. I think that’s really important nowadays, especially for record labels.

 

PMM: You guys are coming into Pittsburgh on June 7 to Mr. Smalls. What are your thoughts about Pittsburgh?

 

Chris : Oh we love Pittsburgh. We’ve been coming to Pittsburgh for probably twenty years man. It’s a real loyal crowd. We played the American Eagles place (Stage AE).  We played the Altar Bar on the other side of town. We’ve been playing for years in Pittsburgh, and it’s still a working class city. I think people in Pittsburgh get what we’re all about. Where we’re from in Bridgeport, Connecticut, it’s a hard working class society. You guys get that man, you guys really know the struggle and what it’s like to have to deal with the day to day shit. Always had good shows there.

 

PMM: Are you excited for Star Wars Rogue One to come out? (Chris is a known Star Wars fan)

 

Chris : Yeah, that’s actually pretty cool man. I checked out the trailer a bunch of times, and I think they’re doing a really good job with it. It ties into all the parts that are kind of left out in between all the stories. I guess they’re using pretty much some of the books and what not, but it’s cool to fill in the stories in between all the major films.

 

PMM:  Last question, what do you think about the Misfits reunion?

 

Chris : That’s great man. I’ve been waiting for that for years. I’m glad that those guys actually go together and give the people what they want man. That’s going to be huge. Everyone will want to see Danzig play with the Misfits and Doyle. I don’t know, I think it’s going to be awesome. I think it’s going to be huge. I’m glad those guys are doing it man. All their differences, and all their bullshit aside. It’s going to be great for all the fans that were never able to see that kind of stuff.

 

Hatebreed have come a long way from the East Coast’s storied nineties underground scene. Their journey has seen them achieve a 2005 GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for “Live For This,” sell over 1.2 million records, and land a #1 debut on Billboard’s DVD Chart with 2009’s Live Dominance. Moreover, they’ve annihilated audiences from Mayhem Fest to OZZfest Japan and Download Festival to Wacken, Hellfest, and beyond.

Now, The Concrete Confessional fits right into the bold, bloody, and beating heart of the Hatebreed institution.  Come see it live @MrSmalls June 7 or check out a city near you below…

MAY
19   Regency Center Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA**
20   Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA**
21   The Glass House, Pomona, CA**
22   Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA**
23   The Marquee, Tempe, AZ**
25   Warehouse Live, Houston, TX**
26   Republic New Orleans, New Orleans, LA**
27   Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas, TX**
28   Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
29   River City Rockfest, San Antonio, TX
31   The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA**
JUNE
 1   Hooligans Music Hall, Jacksonville, NC**
 2   Baltimore Sound Stage, Baltimore, MD**
 3   Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA**
 4   Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ**
 5   Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada+
 6   The Opera House, Toronto, Canada+
 7   Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale, PA+
 8   Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY+
 9   Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT+
10   Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI+
11   Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT+
** Devil You Know supports
+ Act of Defiance supports
JUNE
16   Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
17   Hellfest, Clisson, France
18   Fete De La Musique, Geneva, Switzerland
JULY
 2    With Full Force Festival, Roitzschjora, Germany
 3    Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
 6    Essigfabrik, Koln, Germany
 8    Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
 9    Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany
12   Festival de Quebec, Quebec City, QC
13   Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
15   Chicago Open Air, Chicago, IL
AUGUST
13   Dirt Fest, Crofoot Festival Grounds, Pontiac, MI
26   Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany

Pittsburgh Musician Marcus Meston to Open for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Marcus Meston is an eighteen year old artist, who performs, produces, mixes and records his own music.  He has a new song out entitled “Fading In and Out” and a show March 22nd to support Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Mr. Smalls in Millvale.

Check him out here:

BRAIDS Announce Spring Tour, PGH Mr. Smalls 5/2 Release 2014 Video Trailer

Click Here To Watch “Spring Tour 2014” Video Trailer

Tour Dates

w/ Wye Oak:

05.02 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
05.03 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
05.05 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05.06 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05.07 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
05.09 – Boston, MA – Paradise
05.10 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
05.11 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
05.13 – Chicago, IL – Metro
05.14 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
05.15 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
05.16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
05.17 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
05.18 – St, Louis, MO – Old Rock House
05.20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
05.21 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

BIO

After having released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker  in 2011, and hot off the heels of their 12″ single In Kind // Amends, BRAIDS have returned with their new LP Flourish // Perish out August 20th on Arbutus Records.

Flourish // Perish showcases the strength of the band as a collective, and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music.  Here, the band brings their widely disparate strengths together to create a distinctive voice; the organic and complex rhythms dance and spar with sparsely decorative sounds, often fragmented and tampered. Interwoven amongst these threads is the layered voice of Standell-Preston, her engaging lyrics and human performance drawing the listener close.

After 18 months of touring in support of Native Speaker, along with the departure of a band member, the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording.  While Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting.  Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable, demonstrating the group’s emotional growth and maturity since their last record.

With Flourish // Perish, BRAIDS marks an exciting new partnership with Montreal-based label Arbutus Records.

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Kathleen Hanna’s “The Julie Ruin” New Video 4/11 in PGH @Mr Smalls w/ Screaming Females

Unleash “Goodnight Goodbye” Video

Announce NEW 2014 North American Tour:

(# = w/ Screaming Females)

4/1: Easthampton, MA @ Flywheel #
4/3: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
4/4: Montreal, QE @ Il Motore #
4/5: Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club #
4/7: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/8: Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch #
4/9: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

4/11: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre #

4/12: Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes #

European Dates
5/17: Hamburg, Germany @ Kampnagel – KMH
5/18: Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
5/20: Brussels, Belgium @ Les Nuits de Botanique
5/22: London, England @ Tufnell Park Dome
5/24: Leeds, England @ Brudenell Social Club
5/26: Brighton, England @ Coalition
5/27: Paris, France @ La Flèche D’Or
5/30: Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival 2014

Critically Acclaimed Run Fast Debut LP Out Now

Featuring legendary riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini KillLe Tigre) at its helm,The Julie Ruin released their debut full-length album, Run Fast, last September. “Running fast” into 2014, The Julie Ruin will take their “bursting dance rock songs” (Los Angeles Times) & “engaging, endearing presence onstage” (The Austin Chronicle) to the road once more on a North American tour, including stops in CambridgeToronto,ClevelandFerndale Chicago.

To hold fans over until the tour kicks off this spring, the band has shared a new video for album track “Goodnight Goodbye”. An intimate peek into The Julie Ruin’s touring adventures and shot on Super 8 film in Olympia, WA last year, the video premiered with Pitchfork today. Watch the “Goodnight Goodbye” video, here!

Kathleen Hanna is a celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, and the subject of Sini Anderson’s The Punk Singer documentary film. She will also be guest curating this year’s The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. The Julie Ruin also features dream team Kathi Wilcox on bass (Bikini Kill bandmate), Kenny Mellman on keys (Kiki and Herb), Carmine Covelli on drums (actor, filmmaker and musical juggernaut) & Sara Landeau on guitar (met Kathleen mentoring at Rock Camp for Girls).

Run Fast is out now via TJR Records, distributed via Dischord.

“In The Julie Ruin, Hanna is still the woman so many have admired, even idolized; but she’s also fully herself, quirky and vulnerable, less a role model than a three-dimensional best friend.” – NPR

Hanna is one of America’s greatest living rock performers.” – The New Yorker

”…the inclusive titular invitation– plus featherlight sing-song notes and masculine shouts by her bandmates– puts the song square in 2013.” – Pitchfork 

“Kathleen Hanna has one of America’s toughest punk voices – somewhere between a Johnny Rotten sneer and a Valley-girl shrug.” – Rolling Stone

“the new song harkens back to Hanna’s days in Le Tigre, with its catchy keyboard line and surf-dance beat” – SPIN 

Pittsburgh Music Mag Speaks with Amon Amarth’s Ted Lundström

With an amazing lineup of Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch it was an amazingly cold February night that quickly heated up in Millvale at Mr. Small’s.  A completely sold out night had people offering upwards of $300 a ticket to get a glimpse of pure metal being handed down in one of the most brutal lineups Pittsburgh has seen.  So brutal, this photographer’s camera did not survive the vent!  Well, at least we got an interview in with Amon Amarth’s Ted  Lundström (bass) beforehand.  Listen in as we hang with the laid back Ted and learn a lot about what is going on with the ruling Vikings of metal…

Now Streaming: “Four Foot Shack” (Out 2/4) New Album By Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang

Unlike Les Claypool’s work with Primus, his new project with old buddy Brian Kehoe,Duo de Twang, focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as is heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

“This record represents what I personally listen to these days,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. “Guys like Johnny Horton, Jerry Reed and Vernon Dalhart are the soundscape of my world as I’m boiling up crab in the backyard or working on my old Chryslers, so the notion of ‘twangifying’ my tunes seemed like a damn good idea.” As evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions).

You can now stream the album in full via Rolling Stone HERE. Duo de Twang has also added additional live dates to their upcoming spring tour. Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town; tickets can be pre-ordered HERE, and Four Foot Shack can be pre-ordered HERE.

Tour Dates

2/26 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick – SOLD OUT
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianpolis, IN – The Vogue
3/9 – St. Louis, MO – Plush

3/12-3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/11 – Fayettesville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

Four Foot Shack Track List

  1. Four Foot Shack  (Les Claypool)
  2. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver  (Primus)
  3. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed)
  4. Red State Girl  (Les Claypool)
  5. The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down  (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. Boonville Stomp (Les Claypool)
  7. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  8. Rumble of the Diesel  (Les Claypool)
  9. Pipe Line (The Chantays)
  10. Buzzards of Greenhill (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. Hendershot (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
  13. D’s Diner (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  15. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver  (Primus)

Just Announced: Motionless In White at Mr. Smalls PGH with Like Moths to Flames, The Plot In You, The Defiled

Boldness courses through Motionless In White’s second full-length album, Infamous [Fearless Records]. Instead of simply sticking to a formula or worrying about anybody else’s expectations, the Pennsylvania six-piece challenges not only itself but the entire heavy music scene. A potent amalgam of industrial grind, metallic energy, hardcore spite, and rock ‘n’ roll bombast, this collection sonically sears, scorches, and soars at all the right moments. It’s also a sign of the next phase…Emerging from an overwhelmingly homogenous musical climate, it would’ve been easy to follow. However, for Chris Motionless [vocals], Ricky Horror [guitar], Ryan Sitkowski [guitar], Balz [keys], Ghost [bass], and Brandon Richter [drums] joining the proverbial pack wasn’t an option.

motionlessinwhite.net | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Tix on Sale 01/24

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Reveal Alice In Chains Cover “Man in the Box”, “Four Foot Shack” Out 2/4

Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box” is a staple of ‘90s hard rock that no musician has dared try to genre bend – until now. Featured on the upcoming album Four Foot ShackLes Claypool’s Duo de Twang has created a rootsy, banjo-filled rendition of the track that completely turns the original version on its head. Listen via SPIN HERE.

Upon listening to Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town, including a unique NYC performance at the McKittrick Hotel’s Sleep No MoreExperience; tickets for all shows can be pre-ordered HERE, and Four Foot Shack can be pre-ordered HERE.

Tour Dates

2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
3/12 – 3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW

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The Sword Premiere New Lyric Video, “The Hidden Masters”/Mr. Smalls PGH March 3rd

“The Hidden Masters” by The Sword. Download ‘Apocryphon’ on iTunes at http://glob.ly/2wq

Video by Twisted Iris
Directed by Kenneth Wilcox
http://www.twistediris.com

The Sword tour dates with Big Business and O’Brother

THU/FEB 13 – AUSTIN TX @ MOHAWK
FRI/FEB 14 – HOUSTON TX @ FITZGERALDS
SAT/FEB 15 – DALLAS TX @ GAS MONKEY
SUN/FEB 16 – OFF
MON/FEB 17 – NASHVILLE TN  @ EXIT / IN
TUE/FEB 18 – CHARLOTTE NC @ TREMONT
WED/FEB 19 – WILMINGTON NC @ ZIGGYS BY THE SEA
THU/FEB 20 – OFF
FRI/FEB 21 – WASHINGTON DC @ ROCK & ROLL HOTEL
SAT/FEB 22 – CAMBRIDGE MA @ THE MIDDLE EAST
SUN/FEB 23 – BROOKLYN NY  @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
MON/FEB 24 – OFF
TUE/FEB 25 – ALBANY NY @ UPSTATE CONCERT HALL
WED/FEB 26 – MONTREAL QC @ FOUFOUNES ÉLECTRIQUES
THU/FEB 27 – OFF
FRI/FEB 28 – LONDON ON @ LONDON MUSIC HALL
SAT/MAR 01 – TORONTO ON @ LEES PALACE
SUN/MAR 02 – CLEVELAND OH @ GROG SHOP
MON/MAR 03 – PITTSBURGH PA @ MR SMALLS
TUE/MAR 04 – OFF
WED/MAR 05 – CHICAGO IL @ DOUBLE DOOR
THU/MAR 06 – INDIANAPOLIS IN @ THE VOGUE
FRI/MAR 07 – GRAND RAPIDS MI @ THE STACHE
SAT/MAR 08 – MILWAUKEE WI @ THE RAVE BAR
SUN/MAR 09 – MINNEAPOLIS MN @ MILL CITY NIGHTS
MON/MAR 10 – KANSAS CITY MO @ RIOT ROOM
TUE/MAR 11 – COLORADO SPRINGS CO @ BLACK SHEEP
WED/MAR 12 – OFF
THU/MAR 13 – SALT LAKE CITY UT @ URBAN LOUNGE
FRI/MAR 14 – BOISE ID @ NEUROLUX
SAT/MAR 15 – SPOKANE WA @ THE HOP
SUN/MAR 16 – SEATTLE WA @ NEUMOS
MON/MAR 17 – PORTLAND OR @ HAWTHORNE THEATER
TUE/MAR 18 – OFF
WED/MAR 19 – SACRAMENTO CA @ HARLOWS
THU/MAR 20 – SAN FRANCISCO CA @ SLIMS
FRI/MAR 21 – ANAHEIM CA @ HOUSE OF BLUES
SAT/MAR 22 – PHOENIX AZ @ CRESCENT BALLROOM
SUN/MAR 23 – ALBUQUERQUE NM @ LAUNCHPAD

Amon Amarth to Premiere “Father of the Wolf”; Ticket Giveaway Now Live

AMON AMARTH premiere epic production video for “Father Of The Wolf” at Las Vegas show

US tour scheduled to begin in January – ticket giveaway now live!

AMON AMARTH is pleased to announce they will be premiering the stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place in Las Vegas onFriday January 17. For fans attending this show, make sure to follow Amon Amarth’s and Metal Blade Records’ Twitter and Facebook pages for info on what time the video will be played at the kickoff date of the tour. Fans not attending this show will be able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at metalblade.com/amonamarth onSaturday January 18.

Don’t forget to catch the Swedish heavy metal titans AMON AMARTH live this January/February 2014 as the band headlines the US in support of their newly released albumDeceiver of The Gods. Very special guest on the dates will be Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch.

Thanks to our friends at Live Nation and Blabbermouth, fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows listed below by entering HERE. Rules and restrictions apply and can be found on the contest page.

AMON AMARTH
+ ENSLAVED
+ SKELETONWITCH
Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (*no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, February 5 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Thursday, February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* No Enslaved)

Tickets are available now at: http://amonamarth.com/tour

Deceiver of the Gods shattered the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date. In Germany, Deceiver of the Godsentered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2. Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200. In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet. Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary.

Keep up to date on all things Amon Amarth at the following locations:

http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
http://deceiver.amonamarth.com

The Sword coming to Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh with special guests Big Business, O Brother

Every culture has its own set of cryptic texts. They’re the forbidden tomes of wisdom which governing powers will deny knowledge of and ban. They’re usually thought-provoking. They’re typically dangerous. They’re often revolutionary. It might seem impossible to keep anything private in the modern age of Facebook and Twitter where everyone’s dirty laundry is up for a comment. Nevertheless, the most impactful art remains the most mysterious. Apocryphon, which literally translates to “secret writing”, is the perfect moniker for The Sword’s fourth full-length album and first for Razor & Tie. Wrapping poetic and poignant imagery in a haze of crushing riffs and ethereal melodies, the Austin, TX quartet delivers haunting, hypnotic, and heavy rock. The group—John D. Cronise [Vocals, Guitar], Kyle Shutt [Guitar], Bryan Richie [Bass], and Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III [Drums]—is about to let the world in on a little secret…
swordofdoom.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401

MON 03/03 The Sword with special guests Big Business, O Brother  8:00PM ALL AGES

 

AMON AMARTH Live in PGH @ Mr. SMALLS 2/6 US tour scheduled to begin in January

 

AMON AMARTH premiere epic production video for “Father Of The Wolf” at Las Vegas show

US tour scheduled to begin in January – ticket giveaway now live!

AMON AMARTH is pleased to announce they will be premiering the stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place in Las Vegas onFriday January 17. For fans attending this show, make sure to follow Amon Amarth’s and Metal Blade Records’ Twitter and Facebook pages for info on what time the video will be played at the kickoff date of the tour. Fans not attending this show will be able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at metalblade.com/amonamarth on Saturday January 18.

Don’t forget to catch the Swedish heavy metal titans AMON AMARTH live this January/February 2014 as the band headlines the US in support of their newly released albumDeceiver of The Gods. Very special guest on the dates will be Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch.

Thanks to our friends at Live Nation and Blabbermouth, fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows listed below by entering HERE. Rules and restrictions apply and can be found on the contest page.

AMON AMARTH
+ ENSLAVED
+ SKELETONWITCH
Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (*no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, February 5 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Thursday, February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* No Enslaved)

Tickets are available now at: http://amonamarth.com/tour

Deceiver of the Gods shattered the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date. In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2. Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200. In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet. Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary.

Keep up to date on all things Amon Amarth at the following locations:

http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
http://deceiver.amonamarth.com

Caveman announce tour with Phosphorescent + Weezer Cruise and Toro Y Moi/ 1/31 Mr. Smalls PGH

Unreleased B-side “Empire” HERE
“In The City” (Vacationer Remix) HERE
Caveman vs Al Green “In The City” (Chrome Canyon remash) HERE
Caveman – “In The City” (feat. Julia Stiles) on YouTube HERE and VEVO HERE 

Caveman live:
* w/ Phosphorescent
# w/ Toro Y Moi
& w/ Midlake

more dates tba

01/21/14 Tue – Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer *
01/22/14 Wed – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club *
01/23/14 Thu – Charlottesville VA @ Jefferson Theatre *
01/24/14 Fri – Charlotte NC @ Neighborhood Theatre *
01/25/14 Sat – Atlanta GA @ Centerstage *
01/27/14 Mon – St Louis MO @ Firebird *
01/28/14 Tue – Indianapolis IN @ The Vogue *
01/30/14 Thu – Columbus OH @ A&R Bar *
01/31/14 Fri – Pittsburgh PA @ Mr. Smalls *
02/01/14 Sat – Toronto ON @ Mod Club *
02/03/14 Mon – Burlington VT @ ArtsRiot *
02/04/14 Tue – Boston MA @ Sinclair *
02/05/14 Wed – Hamden CT @ Spaceland Ballroom *
02/10/14 Mon – Chapel Hill NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
02/11/14 Tue – Athens GA @ Georgia Theater
02/13/14 Thu – Jacksonville FL @ Weezer Cruise
02/14/14 Fri – Jacksonville FL @ Weezer Cruise
02/15/14 Sat – Jacksonville FL @ Weezer Cruise
02/16/14 Sun – Jacksonville FL @ Weezer Cruise
02/17/14 Mon – Orlando FL @ The Social #
02/18/14 Tue – Miami FL @ Grand Central #
02/19/14 Wed – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder
02/20/14 Thu – Tampa FL @ Orpheum
02/21/14 Fri – Birmingham AL @ Bottletree
02/22/14 Sat – Oxford MS @ Proud Larry’s
02/24/14 Mon – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar
02/25/14 Tue – Chicago IL @ Double Door
02/26/14 Wed – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
02/27/14 Thu – Rochester NY @ Bug Jar
06/01/14 Sun – Orleans, France @ Astrolabe &
06/02/14 Mon – Bordeaux, France @ Rock School Barbey &
06/03/14 – Nantes, France @ Stereolux &
06/04/14 – Tourcoing, France @ Grand Mix &

Today, New York’s Caveman announce their American leg of the Phosphorescent tour after having toured in Europe together last month. That tour will be followed by their first stint on the Weezer Cruise which takes off in Jacksonville, FL, and afterwards the six piece (they are joined by Matt Clark from White Rabbits) will play shows opening forToro Y Moi as well as perform headline shows. Next summer the band will tour in Europe again after their successful trip last month. (see full details).

The band just revealed an unreleased B-side called “Empire” which you can hear HEREand Vacationer remixed their track “In The City” HERE.

Caveman‘s video for the track “In The City”. Director Philip Di Fiore made a thrilling portrait of a tourist couple visiting New York City for the first time. Head over to VEVO to see what happens when the couple, played by Julia Stiles and Fran Kranz, discover what lies underneath the surface of the playground of the city…

Caveman—a five-man vibe collective from NYC—released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012, the record brims over with four-part harmonies, crystalline guitar lines, and tracks that see-sawed between echoey lullaby (“A Country’s King of Dreams”) to shoegaze-by-way-of classic-FM-radio sprawl (“Old Friend”). The album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the likes of The War on Drugs, White Rabbits and Built to Spill. Despite being the work of a brand new band,CoCo Beware displayed a kind of Zen-like ease. It was the sound a five friends settling into a nice groove; the music that happens when, for whatever reason, a lot of seemingly disparate elements finally fall into place.

The guys holed up in Brooklyn’s Rumpus Room to start recording in earnest with Nick Stumpf (who produced the band’s debut album) and Albert Di Fiore behind the controls. The album is a kind of sonic microcosm—a series of emotional yet tough mini-narratives operating within the same quixotic musical universe.

The guitars on Caveman are bigger and more expansive, the rhythm section is tighter and more adventurous, the keyboards more opaque and pronounced. Like a marriage between Tangerine Dream, late period Slowdive, and Lindsey Buckingham, tracks like their new single “In the City” and “Ankles” boast synth lines that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic, while “Pricey” and “Never Want to Know” overflow with guitar sounds that could have miraculously floated off an old Cure album. It should be noted that James Carbonetti, the band’s primary guitar player, also happens to be one of the most highly regarded guitar makers in New York City.

And while Caveman’s music could certainly operate on the level of dreamy soundscape and still be excellent, the depth of feeling in front man Matthew Iwanusa’s lyrics helps weave the songs deeply into your memory. When Iwanusa sings Where’s the time to waste on someone else’s life? on “Where’s the Time,” it’s hard not to read between the lines. Wonder and regret seem to fuel the record in almost equal measure.


CAVEMAN is:
Jeff Berrall – bass, backing vocals
James Carbonetti – guitar
Sam Hopkins – keys, backing vocals
Matthew Iwanusa – vocals, guitar, percussion
Stefan Marolachakis – drums, backing vocals


Guitarist James “Cobra” Carbonetti handcrafts and designs award winning electric guitars from scratch HERE
Drummer Stefan Marolachakis’ ESPN column about music and sports called “Caveman with a van” HERE
Caveman on SoundCloud HERE

Caveman Website
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Caveman on Instagram
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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Announces Spring 2014 Tour/ Mr. Smalls 3/4 in Pittsburgh

Four Foot Shack Out February 4th via ATO Records

We are delighted to announce that everyone’s favorite storyteller, Les Claypool, will be embarking on an early 2014 tour with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as a part of their new project Duo de Twang. Unlike Les’s work with the Primus lads, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as is heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

Upon listening to Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town; tickets can be pre-ordered HERE, and Four Foot Shack can be pre-ordered HERE. You can also now listen to the track “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” HERE.

Tour Dates
1/7 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
1/8 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
1/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FL Revolution
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

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Affiance Calls All Warriors at Mr. Smalls

Affiances most recent tour has been to support Protest the Hero, the Contortionist, and the Kindred. Luckily we were able to catch them at Pittsburgh’s own Mr. Smalls located in Millvale. Affiance is coming from straight out of Cleveland Ohio, so it was expected that there would be some wise crack jokes being rival cities and all. This was all out of good spirit though, so do not be getting the wrong idea on that matter.

With the Architects dropping out of the tour, Affiance actually moved up on the lineup to be the second band playing. Affiance didn’t get to play a very long set, but for the six songs they were able to play, they made it worthwhile! They opened up very strong and the intensity from them just kept increasing from that point on. Starting off with “Kings of Deceit” was a very nice start, followed by “Peace of Mind” and “We the Machines”. Right before their third song, a huge circle pit opened up right in the middle of the whole floor. It was the first real pit of the night and it never stopped for the rest of their set. “Righteous Kill” and “You Will Be Replaced” came up next right before a quick little intermission. As soon as the intermission was over, Dennis called of the warriors up to the front for their final song “Call of the Warrior”.

Affiance has brought up their game quite a lot within the past year or so and without a doubt, it is showing. They have a solid mix of tight, heavy, highly technical riffs with some real sick beats. Even the pitch of the vocals improved a lot since their first album. Affiance seems to be that band that you really have to keep an eye out for if they keep it up like this. Touring with Protest the Hero has really helped them broaden their horizons lately; being introduced to all of these new locations and people helps spread the word about them. Affiance is getting two thumbs up for this show without question.

Setlist:
1. Kings of Deceit
2. Peace of Mind
3. We the Machines
4. Righteous Kill
5. You Will Be Replaced
6. Call to the Warrior

All photos  ©2013 Mike Mendlowitz and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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Protest the Hero Gets Crazy at Mr. Smalls

The Canadian band Protest the Hero has just recently released a new album, “Volition,” and is actually about to finish up their first tour supporting the new album. During the last few shows of the tour, they stopped by Pittsburgh’s own Mr. Smalls in Millvale with supporting acts: the Kindred, Affiance, and the Contortionist.

It has been quite a while since they have played in Pittsburgh, so they made up for it with a spectacular show from start to finish. In typical Protest fashion, they had to have some odd, crazy intro before coming out onto the stage with their new drummer and temporary bass player replacement. Protest then jumped right into it after the intro with one of their newest songs “Underbite,” which got the crowd moving right off the bat. As soon as the first song ended, they jumped right into “Hair-Trigger” followed by one of their most difficult songs, “Sequoia Throne”. After that was a pause to switch out instruments as frontman Rody, talked to the crowd a bit and had some wise crack jokes for the crowd. One in particular was to make fun of everyone wearing a beanie because apparently in Canada they are called “toques”.

Anyway, back to the concert… Protest then started up with their first single off of “Volition,” which was “Clarity”. For the next few songs, Protest actually dug into some older songs to change it up and it was a nice little surprise for everyone, especially for the old school fans. Even at the half way point of the show, it still has not stopped! When they started up the song “Bloodmeat” and a couple songs after “Sex Tapes,” the crowd just went off the wall crazy. This became one of those shows where you never wanted it to end, literally! The encore song was even an awesome pick, finishing up with probably their biggest hit song “Blindfolds Aside”.

Protest the Hero was so impressive it was almost unimaginable. They have a lot of very quick, tight riff, technical songs that are always mind blowing to say the least. The fill-in players even pulled out all the stunts to grab everyone’s attention. On top of that, Rody was on the mark with his vocals and he was such a class act that night. If you have never seen Protest the Hero live… you should change that as soon as possible!

Setlist:

1. Underbite
2. Hair-Trigger
3. Sequoia Throne
4. Clarity
5. The Dissentience
6. Heretics & Killers
7. Bury the Hatchet
8. Mist
9. Bloodmeat
10. C’est la Vie
11. Sex Tapes
12. Tilting Against Windmills
13. Encore:
13. Blindfolds Aside

Affiance announce South African Tour in March 2014

Cleveland’s Affiance are currently on the road with Protest The Hero and have just announced their first tour of South Africa to kick off March 22, 2014! Dates are below. Singer Dennis Tvrdik checked in from the road to say, “We never thought we would have the opportunity to play music overseas, let alone in Africa! Super excited to explore and experience South Africa for the first time.” Tickets are on sale this Wednesday the 27th through www.CompuTicket.com, as well as at CompuTicket outlets and Checkers stores in SA.  Affiance Live In South Africa is sponsored by MK Ondergrond, Music Connection, and Plug Music.
AFFIANCE just released their brand new music video for “We The Machines” off their newest album “The Campaign”!  Watch it NOW at YouTube.  The video was directed by Stephen Mlinarcik, the director responsible for their latest videos “The Cynic” and “Kings Of Deceit“.  Singer Dennis Tvrdikcommented, “We were sitting on this video we had made back in the spring for We The Machines and we didn’t know if it was ever going to be released. Then it hit me that we should just put it out there for the fans as a thank you for all the support with the our Indiegogo campaign.  We are honored to have such devoted fans that they would help us get a new touring vehicle, the least we can do is put some new media out.”
Cleveland’s AFFIANCE are currently on tour in the US with Protest The HeroArchitects, and The Skindred until December 15! All dates are below. This tour follows up Affiance’s recent US run withKillswitch Engage and Darkest Hour that gained them a HUGE new fanbase.
Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented on the tour, “So many of our fans have been wanting this to happen for years and now it finally happened!  This couldn’t be a better tour for us to follow the last one we did with Killswitch Engage. We are just excited to be on another really solid tour with not only great bands, but bands we are actually fans of.”
The new Affiance album “The Campaign” has had a successful first few months! Some great sales numbers have charted them at #7 Heatseekers, #7 Top New Artist, #37 Top Hard Albums, and #53 Top Indie Albums. Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented, “We are absolutely stoked that we charted on Billboard! Our fans are insanely supportive and believe in us not only as a band but as people. Thank you to everyone who bought The Campaign. We are forever grateful!”
Dennis Tvrdik commented on the new album (Produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio who has recently finished records for August Burns RedTexas In July), “The Campaign is multiple levels above No Secret Revealed in every area. The vocals, the drums, the guitars, the recording quality, the song structure, the variety… We couldn’t be happier or more confident with a sophomore album. It almost feels like we skipped a release between the two albums! There is not a doubt in my mind that this will be a game changer for us and will open many doors to opportunities otherwise closed off from us.”
Affiance have recently wrapped up US tours with Killswitch Engage, The Word Alive, Memphis May Fire, Darkest Hour, Dance Gavin Dance, Miss May I,  Serianna, The Color Morale, Stray From The Path, Vanna, This Or The Apocalypse and Deception Of A Ghost.
Affiance w/ Protest The Hero, Architects, The Skindred:
11/07 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
11/08 Montreal, QC – Tulipe
11/09 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
11/12 Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s
11/13 Winnipeg, MB – Union Hall
11/14 Saskatoon, SK – Odeon
11/15 Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
11/16 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
11/18 Vancouver, BC – Vogue
11/19 Portland, OR – The Branx
11/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/22 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
11/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
11/24 San Diego, CA – Soma Side Stage
11/25 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
11/26 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/27 Denver, CO – Summit
11/29 Dallas, TX – The Door
11/30 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
12/02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/03 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
12/05 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
12/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
12/07 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
12/08 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
12/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
12/11 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12/13 New York, NY – Gramercy
12/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Affiance in South Africa:
22 March 2014: LIVE – The Venue, Durban
26 March 2014: Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
28 March 2014: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
29 March 2014: Sunfest 5, Sundowners, Johannesburg
Affiance Music Videos:
• “We The Machines” from “The Campaign” (2012)
• “Kings Of Deceit” from “The Campaign” (2012)
• “The Cynic” from “The Campaign” (2012)
• “Call To The Warrior” from “No Secret Revealed” (2010)
• “Nostra Culpa” from “No Secret Revealed” (2010)

The Devil Wears Prada Kills it at Mr. Smalls

On a rainy Halloween night at Millvale’s own Mr. Smalls, The Devil Wears Prada (TDWP) stopped by to play a charity show right before they officially started their next tour, supporting their new album, “8:18”. The show that they played at Mr. Smalls was not only a charity concert, but it was also to make up for them dropping out of the first annual “Alliance Festival” which was supposed to be held in McDonald, PA, earlier this year. The band felt real bad about dropping out on such short notice, so this was their solution to make up for it.
Before the band came out onto the stage to play in front of a sold out crowd, all anyone could see was their giant logo, standing up behind their drummer’s set, that started to light up the whole room as some very loud bass drops shook the whole building and everyone inside. As the band ran out onto the stage, their frontman Mike Hranica jumps out right in front of the crowd wearing and supporting a Pittsburgh Pirate’s McCutchen jersey, which was definitely a crowd pleaser. TDWP jumped right into their newest opening song “Gloom” which got the crowd screaming at the top of their lungs and head banging like crazy. Just from seeing how the crowd reacted to the first song, I had that feeling that things were going to get extremely intense throughout the night; somehow, that was an understatement. The next song they played was the opening track off of their “Zombie EP”, “Escape” and at the point in the night, I started to see people drop left and right from the insane mosh pit and the crowd surfers, who were more like flying to the front of the stage than surfing their way up. I was beyond amazed at the sight that was before my eyes; just the intensity that was coming off of the band and the crowd was unreal. But the band kept rolling, moving right into their next couple songs before they finally stopped to say “Hi” to the crowd.
Towards the middle of their set, they slowed things down a bit, it was nice way to calm down the crowd and get everyone involved in singing together and to just kind of jam out a bit. Just for a short time frame though, they didn’t want the crowd to get off too easy before they jumped right back into it. Sadly though… the band only had a few songs left after that. At that point, the crowd was dead out of energy, and they got a BIG second wind when they kicked in with one of their biggest songs “Danger: Wildman”. You would’ve thought the band just started the show from the beginning then. As soon as the song was over, the crowd instantly started roaring for an encore. TDWP gave it to them alright, this time with Mike rocking a Crosby Penguins jersey instead. To top off the night, they ended with the song “Mammoth” which was off of their previous album “Dead Throne”.
Overall, I was beyond amazed with The Devil Wears Prada’s performance that night. I would without question go see them again. Their stage performance, song selection, just everything about what they did that night was an exhilarating experience to say the least. If only they played more! But that’s why beggars can’t be choosers.

Checkout their website for more tour dates supporting their newest album “8:18” and check the album out to while you’re at it if you haven’t already!

All photos ©2013 Pittsburgh Music Magazine and Mike Mendlowitz

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