TED NUGENT Live @StageAE Pittsburgh

Check out the review from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Scott Mervis here.

photos ©2016 Danielle Mediate


RINGWORM Announce US Tour Dates @SmilingMoose Oct 6

Hot off the release of their critically acclaimed new album Snake Church, Cleveland metal/hardcore veterans RINGWORM have just announced a headlining US tour with Ontario metallic hardcore four-piece Exalt (additional guests TBA soon). The tour will see the bands tearing through the US from coast to coast over the course of three weeks beginning this October 5th in Brooklyn. Check out a full itinerary below.
Additionally, RINGWORM will be embarking on a run of European dates with Hierophant and Noisem this coming December. The band has also been confirmed for So What Fest in Dallas and Texas Revolution Fest in Austin (alongside labelmates Incantation). All announced dates are listed below.
***All Dates With Exalt***
Oct 05 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Oct 06 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose******
Oct 07 Valpairaiso, IN Big Shots
Oct 08 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Oct 09 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Oct 11 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
Oct 12 Boise, ID Shredder
Oct 13 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Oct 14 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Oct 15 Portland, OR Panic Room
Oct 16 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Atrium
Oct 18 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Oct 19 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Oct 21 Dallas, TX So What Fest
Oct 22 Austin, TX Texas Revolution Fest
Oct 24 St Louis, MO Fubar
Oct 25 Cincinnati, OH Northside Yacht
***All Dates With Hierophant and Noisem***
Nov 19 Roeselare, BE De verlichte Geest
Nov 21 Nantes, FR Scene Michelet
Nov 22 Montpelier, FR Secret Place
Nov 24 Zurich, CH Werk21
Nov 25 Liege, BE Reflektor Club
Nov 26 Rotterdam, NL Baroeg
Nov 27 Drachten, NL Iduna
Nov 30 Bydgoszcz, PL Estrada
Dec 2 Hamburg, DE Indra
Dec 3 Duisburg, DE JUZ St. Peter
You can also watch the band’s recently released animated lyric video for the crushing track “Innocent Blood” now here. The band’s recent videos for “Shades Of Blue” and the title track “Snake Church” can be viewed in the same playlist.
Snake Church is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse. Physical and digital pre-orders can be found at this location.


DETHBEDS: Debut LP Opening Track “Snake Charmer” Premiered At New Noise Magazine; Dungeon Scum Due In October

Newly-formed Chicago outfit DETHBEDS has issued the lead track to their impending debut LP,Dungeon Scum, which the band will self-release this Fall. The track “Snake Charmer” finds its way into the public domain through a premiere at New Noise Magazine.
Offers DETHBEDS guitarist Patrick Dignan on “Snake Charmer” as the lead track and single for the record, “It’s a good representation of us as a band. It’s short, fast, and loud. You’ll get it in about sixty seconds.”
Hear DETHBEDS’ charged-up “Snake Charmer” at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
DETHBEDS will independently release Dungeon Scum on 12″ vinyl, cassette, and digital formats onOctober 14th. The band is playing regionally in advance of the release of the new album, at which time they’ll embark on a much more extensive tour run supporting the record. Stand by for additional audio samples, a new video, preorders, tour dates, and more to be issued in the coming weeks.
9/08/2016 Beat KitchenChicago, IL w/ Ghost Bath, Frosthelm, Numenorean, Vukari [info]
A newly-formed outfit, DETHBEDS unites a host of influence from a wide array of musical backgrounds, resulting in a volatile concoction of angular metallic, punk-fueled hardcore. Formed in Owosso, Michigan, the band recently finalized a new lineup and located to Chicago, a city in which they had communed and performed together with their prior acts. Collectively hailing from a varied range of experiences within Midwest metal, punk, hip hop, and psych scenes, DETHBEDS marries this diversified collective’s most explosive tactics into a relentlessly energetic, spastic brew of music heavily influenced yet far from limited to the output of influential acts like Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused, Botch, and others. Most of Dungeon Scum was written in Michigan, before the band was a fully realized project. Following their migration to Chicago, the band fine-tuned the tracks and recorded the album with Adam Stilson at Decade Music Studios, an amazing studio actually located inside of a DIY music venue called The Observatory, after which the album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, and completed with cover art by Tom Jenkins at Black Eagle Press. The record’s seven-track attack takes place within a seventeen-minute spread, resulting in a rabid, explosive delivery.

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)

Brit tech metal outfit, SikTh @MrSmalls Saturday August 27

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

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


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

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

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

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

Track Listing:

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

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




September 9thCaroline Records
KT Tunstall returns with an explosive 11 track collection of songs on her fifth studio album
KIN to be released on September 9th on Caroline Records. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, Air, M83 and more), and written and recorded by KT in LA, it exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. It has been over ten years since KT released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope, and in KIN, KT sees its full bodied and blooded follow up. The diverse collection includes lead single “Maybe It’s a Good Thing” (video here), a duet with KT fan James Bay, the raucous rebellion of “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am,” “Run On Home,” the call to arms of “Hard Girls,” and the beautiful album closer “Love Is An Ocean.”

Big Mess 

September 9th – Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records
LA quintet Grouplove’s forthcoming third album Big Mess will be released on September 9th via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cut (Grouplove’s own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Band of Horses, The Shins), the album features the group’s signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought them to prominence through hits like “Tongue Tied” and “Ways To Go.”  No stranger to the festival circuit and alternative ear buds around the world, the band’s new album capitalizes on their ability to deliver sunny pop-tinged rock.
Jacob Whitesides


September 9th – Double U Records
Jacob Whitesides will release his long-awaited debut solo album Why? on September 9th via Double U Records. The album, produced by Nashville-based David Spencer, showcases the soulful singing and songwriting of an 18-year old, whose independent approach has captured the attention of critics and industry tastemakers as well as connecting with millions of fans around the world. From being his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG) to creating unique fan interactions, live experiences & contests – Jacob, is challenging the music business as we know it. Why? is the follow-up to Whitesides two chart-topping EPs A Piece of Me and Faces On Film. 
Rachael Yamagata 


Tightrope Walker 

September 23rd – Frankenfish Records/Thirty Tigers
Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata will release her fourth studio album Tightrope Walker on September 23rd via Frankenfish Records/Thirty Tigers. The followup to 2011’s critically acclaimed Chesapeake, the album showcases a drastic shift in songwriting and diverse instrumentation. There are saxophones, mandolins, rain recorded on an iPhone, French spoken word, metallic ironing boards and ladder drums, massive angel harmonies and loops on this record. Some songs are poised to become anthems of not giving up your passion and others tonic after life’s heartbreak whether in love or family.

Temple of the Dog 
Temple of the Dog (25th Anniversary Reissue)September 30th – UMe
On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Temple of the Dog – the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) – has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990.

Streets of Laredo

Wild – October 14th – Dine Alone Records 

Comprised of close-knit family members Daniel, Dave, and Sarahjane Gibson, the Brooklyn by way of New Zealand band pulls inspiration from the fervor/madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit. Their debut album,Volume I & II, landed them a spot on Billboard’s “14 New Zealand Acts You Need To Know About” list.

Recently, Noisey premiered a new song  called “99.9%.” Wild is produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) – listen to “99.9%” here.



The Pretty Reckless




Who You Selling For 

October 21st – Razor & Tie
The Pretty Reckless return with their rollicking third studio album Who You Selling For, due October 21st on Razor & Tie. The new album is the band’s anticipated third studio album and the follow up to Going to Hell, which spawned the biggest rock song of 2014 in “Heaven Knows” and a total of three #1 Mainstream and active rock hits.  Produced by Kato Khandwala, Who You Selling For is a scorching 12-track collection of rock tunes that expand the band’s sound to encompass soulful, bluesy undertones, written by frontwoman Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips. This deeply personal album features a diverse set of standout tracks, from blistering hard rock of “Oh My God” to the classic southern rock of “Back to the River”. Lead single “Take Me Down” features Taylor’s distinctively smoky voice rolling over ’60s tinged rock guitar.
Tyler Glenn
Excommunication  – November 11th – Island Records
Tyler Glenn is the lead singer of Neon Trees. He will be releasing his solo debut on November 11. In late May, Tyler released a video for a track called Trash, which addresses his struggles with the Church of Later Day Saints. You can watch the video on Rolling Stone here.
He also recently did a piece with Billboard Magazine here that touches on same topic, as well.

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.

August Burns Red Gives Altar Bar One Last Performance

Story/Photos David Mondine

As most Pittsburgh natives have heard, one of the best venues in the area was closing down at the end of July, but there was going to be a final farewell that would definitely fit Altar Bar’s ten years of service by having a weeks’ worth of shows to make up for the sudden demise of the beloved venue.  Sadly, due to building issues, they could not properly give that goodbye at Altar Bar, but instead the Rex Theater; another venue through Drusky Entertainment.  Luckily, the shows went on in celebrating Altar Bar’s years of service with a fantastic lineup of shows including a Pittsburgh favorite in the metal community, August Burns Red.

It was not too long ago that ABR stopped by Pittsburgh with the legendary Between the Buried and Me on a co-headlining tour.  Now they are back for not just one, but two nights of head banging, moshing, and singalongs at the Rex Theater on South Side.  It was a different change of pace to see them like this, mainly because they pulled out some older songs to play for this two night show for a total of thirty songs in which only five were repeated.

From start to finish, the show was really nonstop for ABR along with the crowd.  Between a spectacular performance and this being the last few shows ever to be played at Altar Bar (even though it was not), there was no way that this could not be a great couple of nights for everyone.  All of this would sooner or later have to come to an end… but it was nice to have a band that loved Altar Bar so much that they were more than willing to play two nights for one of their favorite venues.  With that being said, and with a heavy heart, we say farewell to Altar Bar along with a huge thank you to them and August Burns Red for one of the greatest ways to say goodbye you could ever wish for.

Photos ©2016 Dave Mondine

Pop Evil Returns to Pittsburgh 8/27 @RexTheater

8/27/2016 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Just coming off  recent Rob Zombie / Disturbed tour dates, Pop Evil returns to Pittsburgh for an intimate show at The Rex!  As they gear up to support 3 Doors Down this fall, Pop Evil will be playing tunes from the history as well as new ones such as “Footsteps” Nominated for “Rock Song of the Year” at the 2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards – http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6873866/iheartradio-music-awards-2016-nominees-performers.
Always on the cutting edge, 

the band just launched a New Virtual Reality Video for ‪#‎TakeItAll‬ Here: http://popevil.floodlight.media / 
– “Take it All” 360 Video now available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGqfB4ZMqLY
Also, check out these videos to get you ready for the show:

Alt-Metal Band BLACKMORE Reveals New Guitar Play-Through Video for “God Sells” via Gear Gods

Today marks the release of thrash-influenced alt-metal group BLACKMORE‘s new albumNEO. The primarily Armenian-American band, featuring Greek lead vocalist K’noup of global rock artists Viza, have the album available for purchase now via their website here. There, you can also purchase official BLACKMORE merchandise. You can also stream the album today via Spotify.
In celebration of NEO‘s release, the band is pleased to reveal a brand new guitar play-through and gear review via Gear Gods. Take a look/listen here: http://geargods.net/playthrough/blackmore-god-sells-guitar-playthrough/
As depicted in the video, guitarist Vahan Aslanyan performs with a PRS CE 24 with a bolt on neck, maple neck and rosewood fret board with 85/15 pickups. Guitarist Shaunt Sulahian performs with an Ibanez JS Series Satriani Signature with a Floyd Rose bridge, maple neck and rosewood fretboard.
There’s more where that came from! Last week, BLACKMORE released another play-through video for their new track “Tsunami” via their YouTube page:https://youtu.be/vxCa0FVIzXc
More visuals are available now via BLACKMORE, including their heavy-hitting music video for the track “72”, produced and directed by Noel Ross: https://youtu.be/MZp2ypW4EsI
A “72” music video behind the scenes clip is also available for viewing:https://youtu.be/VSiWzhYhR_M
BLACKMORE began introducing fans to NEO last summer by releasing one new track from the album per month. NEO was produced by Yury Anisonyan and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering (Faith No More, Sepultura, Halford, Cynic).
Stay tuned for more coming from BLACKMORE soon!
Vox: K’noup
Guitars: Shaunt Sulahian
Guitars: Vahan Aslanyan
Bass: Andy Terzyan
Drums: Vinny Mezian

Warped Tour 2016 Pictorial

What an amazing time PMM had at Warped Tour 2016!  A super crazy day with 17 interviews, tons of photos, and ingesting a super genre mix of great music.  Here is a pictorial from staff photographer Shelby!  Look for our interviews as we release them here,  our YouTube channel, and our sister site PA Music news and thierYouTube channel!

All photos Shelby Sweitzer © 2016

A Story Told (3295,3306,3314,3325,3335,3340) Avion Roe, (5152,5165,5233,5298) Crown The Empire (4479,4488,4493,4513) Falling In Reverse (5336,5349,5408,5475,5485,5523) ISSUES (4037,4123, 4158, 4182, 4262) Less Than Jake (4871, 4894, 4901, 4931,4936,4977) Mayday Parade (5847, 5885, 5892, 5897,5921) Motionless In White (6300, 6312, 6327) New Found Glory (3424,3449,3466,3509) Oceans Ate Alaska (5931, 5937, 5948, 5961, 5964) Real Friends (3527, 3532, 3594,3605,3653,3746) Reel Big Fish (3748,3755,3760,3772,3806) Set It Off (5699, 5730, 5743,5762,5786) Sleeping With Sirens (6343,6406,6417,6443,6448,6459,6472) State Champs, (6046,6073,6079,6087) Sum 41 (6101,6108,6131,6139) The Maine (4665, 4694,4704,4765,4802,4818,4825) The Story So Far (4994,4997,5020,5041) Tonight Alive (5569, 5576,5581,5591,5614,5626,5629) Waterparks (6176,6181,6203,6228,6269) We The Kings (4321,4334,4357,4359,4366, 4414,4454) Whitechapel (3828,3841,3875,3878,3899)

The Butcher’s Rodeo / Butcher TV is Back

THE BUTCHER’S RODEO is a French Hobocore band formed in 2009 !
Hobocore you say ? A raw, furious sound, close to Every Time I Die orCancer Bats, fed by different influences from the band members which creates a unique register !

5 years,
2 EP « Like a Hobo Bison » and « Ghosts in the Weirdest Places »,
A hundred gigs in France, Belgium, Nederland, Mexico …

2016 has been a really exciting year so far, in February THE BUTCHER’S RODEO recorded their 1st LP« BACKSTABBERS » at Studio Ste Marthe with Francis Caste. A week later, they touring aboard, lucky to join the Winter Brutal Fest for 3 amazing weeks in Cuba where they try the new tracks written for the brand new album !

Back from this crazy journey, with « BACKSTABBERS » approved by the Cuban crowd !

BUTCHER TV is Back !


The Dead Deads are about to head out on tour supporting Bush and Chevelle and will be rolling into Pittsburgh at Stage AE on the 29th.


(New York, NY) Nashville-based hard-rockers The Dead Deads are heading out this summer touring with rock legends Bush and Chevelle. With dates on the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, the band is hitting the road in support of the upcoming album For Your Obliteration, out August 26th.

With influences ranging from legends like Nirvana and Black Sabbath to underground heroes like Mutemath and Savages, The Dead Deads are out to reinvent rock ‘n’ roll for a new generation of live music fanatics. The upcoming album (produced by Page Hamilton of Helmet), features the lead track “Sympathy Sex” which was released a few days ago – check video here.

2016 has already been a banner year for the band as they’ve continued to build a name for themselves in their hometown of Nashville and throughout the country. Having already performed with the likes of Motorhead, Slayer, Seether and Halestorm, The Dead Deads are swinging fists and ready to knock down anyone standing in the way.

See below for a full list of tour dates with Bush and Chevelle. For Your Obliteration is out August 26th which will be followed by another run of dates in support of the release.


July 23rd ‐ PNC Pavilion ‐ Cincinnati, OH
July 24th ‐ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre ‐ Sterling Heights, MI
July 26th ‐ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn ‐ Indianapolis, IN
July 27th ‐ Express Live! ‐ Columbus, OH
July 29th ‐ Stage AE ‐ Pittsburgh, PA
July 31st ‐ Orbit Room ‐ Grand Rapids, MI *
August 2nd ‐ The Rapids Theatre ‐ Niagara Falls, NY *
August 3rd ‐ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ‐ Boston, MA
August 5th ‐ Stone Pony Summer Stage ‐ Asbury Park, NJ
August 6th ‐ Webster Hall ‐ New York, NY *
August 7th ‐ The Fillmore ‐ Philadelphia, PA *
August 9th ‐ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ‐ Charlotte, NC
August 11th ‐ ArtsQuest Musikfest ‐ Bethlehem, PA
August 10th ‐ The National ‐ Richmond, VA *
August 13th ‐ Maine State Pier ‐ Portland, ME
August 14th ‐ Pier Six Pavilion ‐ Baltimore, MD
* Bush and The Dead Deads only

Queen V Rocks the Barn

Queen V is doing a small tour to promote her ep, Bridges, which dropped in February. This coast-to-coast, limited stop tour included a private show in Pittsburgh. The proceeds helping support the Sewickley YMCA scholarship funds and raised over $30,000. The concert was in a barn like no other. Privately owned, the venue was literally a converted barn nestled in the hilltops of Sewickley itself. Limited space and ticket availability made possible to only have 200 folks in attendance, so there was not a bad spot in the house. Barn acoustics make for amazing sound and Queen V and 5 of her 6 piece band made the most of it. Mostly originals and a few covers thrown in for fun (Mr. Mister’s Take These Broken Wings”) made a strong set. The highlight of the show is when this incredibly talented group switched out their instruments, making the most of their amazing capabilities. Also joining the Queen V was a resident 11 year old and members of the opening (local) band Laurel Oak Boys. Together they ended the set a personalized version of Here We Go! much to the delight of the Steeler fans in the house.

The previous stop on her “one off” tour was singing the National Anthem and doing an acoustic set for the crowd at Camden Yards prior to an Orioles vs. Yankees game. July will see V and Co. at Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. The tour will likely wrap in the fall.

Like many, V was classically trained but has always been a rock and roll girl writing her own songs and jamming out on her guitar. Never wanting to be anything other than a musician, the pretty brunette kicked off her career in 1996. The New Jersey native did the usual club tour circuit in NY/NJ clubs then quickly broke into national touring as openers for artists like Twisted Sister, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi and more.

Bridges is the singers 7th album, all produced on her own independent label, Royal Noise.

The first six, including a compilation, Decade of Queen, were straight up rock with V belting out strong vocals reminiscent of other rock and roll queens of the 80’s.

Bridge shows an evolution into a new sound, leaning away from hard rock and bearing (acoustically) toward Indie. With time spent in Nashville collaborating and getting back to her songwriter roots, a softer sound has emerged but with a voice still strong. V describes the ep as, “less distortion/more emotion” and “dialed back with more finesse”.  She has been carefully collecting the reactions of her long time fan base and the feedback on the evolution is nothing but love.

Already looking forward to her next project, Queen V says creating music makes her happier than anything else, she feels a driving need to share her art. Her loyal fans encourage and motivate her. Keeping it fresh, innovating and growing are challenges she takes on not just for her audience but also for herself.

Find Queen V’s work on all the usual downloadable outlets, or when you purchase a cd receive the download code as well.  www.queenv.com

In case y’all were wondering why V loves the ‘Burgh enough for a private show? Her husband is a guy from Crafton named Bill. Something about football…

21 year old Arizona native, Zella Day Kerr, is the real deal in Pittsburgh

Review and photos: Dawn Morris

You know you are spending too much time on Instagram when you are stalking a friend’s favorite band featuring another band. A few degrees of separation and you may have run across Zella Day.

21 year old Zella Day Kerr is an Arizona native and rising indie sensation. The sexy singer is summer stomping all over the world to promote her 2015 album Kicker along with her latest single Mustang Kids. Her stops included coveted festival gigs like Bonnaroo and Coachella. She is featured on the latest album from Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Head over to her Tumblr and you will find an amusing q&a stream #answertime. Fan’s questions range from genuine to utterly ridiculous. While the answers are spirited and so very young, somewhere in there you see a sweet soul.  “Quiet summers that smell like rain”, are the favorite thing about Zella’s hometown.

Seeing Zella and her band live is a treat though. A quick stop in Pittsburgh (to open for Fitz and the Tantrums) showed her amazing talent live. Even a downpour kept her fans outside until the next to last song. The group is in sync and the sound is strong. The only small misstep was a Stevie Nicks cover (Zella’s only cover in the set) that started off so so and ended ok. With raw talent there is no reason not to stick to your own music.

In a time of indie overload it is easy to get lost in all the warm and fuzzy wanderlust. But Zella is the real deal. With a voice that delivers and a beauty that is almost ethereal there is something for everyone. It is easy to forget they are still small enough to have the keyboard player at the merch tent before the set.

All photos © 2016 Dawn Morris


Fitz and the Tantrums bring back soul infused sound to Pittsburgh’s Stage AE

Review and photos: Dawn Morris

Only 8 years into their career, LA based indie band Fitz and the Tantrums released their 3rd  (and) self titled album. Promoting the album was the Get Right Back tour, which landed Thursday, at Stage AE.

The surprisingly young crowd was crazy enthusiastic. The weather was not. Toward the end of opener Zella Day’s set the skies opened up and the wind reached 40mph.

Queue stampede indoors. Everyone watched on the monitors as a few lonely souls saved their place up front while covered in garbage bags.

It was well after 9 by the time the band took the stage.

The show was predictable. When entering the scene there was a glimmer of hope that Fitz and the Tantrums would bring back soul infused sound with a dash of 80’s pop. Now the songs seem to run together, virtually indistinguishable.

On the upside they are high energy and have a faithful following.  The fans were happily dancing along in their soggy shoes.

Noelle Scaggs was smoking hot in outfit and in vocals. She is high energy. If a band has a pulse, she would be the heartbeat.

Michael Fitzpatrick was either off his game or not pleased to be singing in the rain.

When the band broke in 2010 they were super fun, a little campy, and an easy listen. Now they are a little underwhelming. Perhaps, in Pittsburgh, they were just under the weather.

All photos copyright © 2016 Dawn Morris


Maynard James Keenan Adds NY & DC Dates to Book Tour

July 18, 2016, Jerome, Ariz. — Maynard James Keenan, front man of A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and TOOL, has added two new dates to his previously announced book tour: Nov. 11 at The New York Society for Ethical Culture andNov. 12 at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.

Keenan, who is known for not merely being protective about his personal life but at times pointedly cagey and misleading about his history, will participate in a moderated discussion about the book and his decision to share such intimate details about his life. The special evening also includes Keenan reading passages from A Perfect Union of Contrary Things (Nov. 8, BackBeat Books) with a backdrop of never before seen photos and videos, as well as taking questions from the audience in what will be a rare moment of direct interaction between the elusive musician and the fans of his projects.

An Evening with Maynard James Keenan:

November 9     Nashville, TN     City Winery   SOLD OUT
November 11     New York, NY     The New York Society for Ethical Culture
November 12     Washington, DC     Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
November 16     Chicago, IL     Thalia Hall

General admission and VIP tickets for both newly announced shows are on-sale this Friday, July 22, at 10 am eastern. Additional dates will be announced soon.

About A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led Maynard James Keenan to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes-surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s own words, often-humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative.  Commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues rounds out the Sarah Jensen penned memoir with a foreword from American visionary artist and longtime Keenan friend, Alex Grey. The biography arrives on Nov. 8via Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group.


GEARS with Trapt @ Diesel in Pittsburgh, PA (8/1)

On Monday, August 1st GEARS with Trapt @ Diesel in Pittsburgh, PA.

Miami, Florida based Hard Rock band GEARS have announced that they’ll be hitting the road with TRAPT for a 15 date run beginning July 16th atThe Publik House in Tupelo, MS and winding up August 2nd at The Metal Grillein Cudahy, WI.

We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support Trapt on their upcoming tour. It was so very cool of them to invite us out and we’re extremely grateful. Can’t wait to see everyone at the shows!Jimmy Wooten


Tour Dates

07/16 @The Publik House – Tupelo, MS
07/17 @ Ynots – Huntsville, AL
07/19 @ Rockhouse Live – Memphis, TN
07/20 @Patton-Crosswhite VFW Post 6975 – Johnson City, TN
07/21 @ Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
07/22 @ V Club – Huntington, WV
07/23 @ Pierce Stadium – Providence, RI
07/24 @ Chicago Sam’s – Cromwell, CT
07/27 @ Pearl St. – Springfield, MA
07/28 @ Sawyers – Harrison, PA
07/30 @ Fingerlake Mall Event Center – Syracuse, NY
07/31 @ Outpost – Kent, OH
08/01 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
08/02 @ The Metal Grille – Cudahy, WI

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GEARS - Album Art

About GEARS:

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.

Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON), and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

We all wanted to do something more modern, but still rang true to our influences. Something that we could aggressively market and tour on. So, we all met up in Miami after months of talking about doing something together and what came out was the first EP, “Set in Motion.”

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, their equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident; not only did they lose their gear, but the tour van was totaled and the band members sustained serious injury. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes:

I was talking with a mutual friend, Joe Taback (12 Gauge Embrace) about needing a guitar player for GEARS because we let go of Eli and he suggested Bobby Thomas. I called him and showed him the songs and he was ready to go. As far as bass, I knew Chris from when Needlemouth was a thing out in Cali and I always liked his playing and he was super laid back & cool. I knew both of these dudes were definite upgrades at their instruments and were a better fit personality wise than what we had to deal with previously.

In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (Evanescence,Seether, Dark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Ethan Vega and Chris Dorame. They hit the road for their Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist, in July, wrapping up the run in September, but kept the momentum going with the digital release and lyric video for their debut single off of Pride Comes Before the Fall, “Face Down”. The band rounded out the year with the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP on November 10th, with a tour anticipated in January 2016.

We’re still moving forward and, despite everything that has been an obstacle in the short time we’ve been a band, everything still keeps growing and getting better.

Band Lineup:
Trip 6-Vocals
Jimmy Wooten-Drums
Chris Dorame-Bass
Ethan Vega-Guitars


July 18, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – 2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, Sorceress, will be released on September 30th and have unveiled the artwork and track list for their imminent masterpiece.
OPETH’s new album, Sorceress, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener “Persephone” to “The Wilde Flowers” and “Strange Brew” to the album’s counterpart title tracks “Sorceress” and “Sorceress II,” OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.
”The new album ”Sorceress” is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”
For Sorceress, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked Pale Communion in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.
OPETH will return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance atOzzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion will continue with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.
Sorceress Track List:
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manual Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
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July 23: One-Eyed Doll @ Smiling Moose

Artist: One-Eyed Doll

Date: 7/23

Venue: Smiling Moose, 1306 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Time: Doors 6:00 pm | Show 6:30 pm

Ticket Price: $12-14

Notes: All Ages

One-Eyed Doll is a theatrical-rock duo from Austin, TX. With years of touring, the band has gained a considerably large cult following from their interactive, somewhat tongue-in-cheek live shows, featuring only Kimberly Freeman on guitar and vocals, and Jason “Junior” Sewell on drums. A true DIY success, One-Eyed Doll has been direct support for Orgy, Mushroomhead, Wayne Static of Static X, Otep, and countless others.  Freeman was also deemed one of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Top 20 Most Extraordinary Female Guitar Players” and one of Revolver Magazine’s “Top 5 Most Influential Women In Music.”


Their latest album, ‘Witches’ – a concept album surrounding the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692 – can be heard below, along with their two most recent music videos:


Links: ‘Witches’ album | “Committed” music video | “Afflicted” music video

Socials: Facebook | Website | Wikipedia

August 10 @ClubCafe: Nashville’s Powerhouse Sarah Potenza

Nashville’s “rock ‘n soul powerhouse” (Rolling Stone) Sarah Potenza is taking her fierce voice and sharing it with the debut of MONSTER, out August 19.  Her sound is reflective of the formidable soul and rock voices of the past, with the passion and depth of Janis Joplin, Etta James and Mavis Staples. She has been tapped for the prestigious Americana Music Festival, and will perform on September 22 (location TBD).


MONSTER is an all Nashville affair, with producer Joe McMahan (founder of Luella and the Sun) serving as the jack of all trades on the release, contributing electric guitar/acoustic guitar/bass/keys/backing vocals/percussion.  Other musicians on the album include Michael Webb (Pistol Annies, Will Hoge) on piano/keyboards and Josh Hunt (Alison Krauss) on drums. Sarah Potenza leads with vocals and rhythm guitar, while her husband Ian Crossman rounds out the sound with the baritone guitar.


About MONSTER, Potenza shares her years of joys and frustration that come with the life of a touring musician. She notes, “This album is about my journey from imitation to creation. I set out to make this album because I wanted to let off some steam, I wanted to commiserate with people about the struggle and frustration that comes with being human, that comes from trying your hardest and coming up short.  I wanted to tell myself to keep going. In fact, some of the songs are just a pep talk to nobody but me, and they took on a whole new life when I shared them with people.”


After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza headed south to Nashville to start her next chapter. She quickly integrated into the local music scene and she became a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She earned raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul. Praise includes:

“A big personality and even a bigger voice.” Yahoo! Music

“A bluesy, soul-singing, rock & roller.”  American Songwriter

NBC’s The Voice recruited Potenza for Season 8, where she received a four chair turn and ended up being in the Top 20. The show may have introduced Potenza to millions of television viewers, but the down-to earth singer took those lessons back home to Nashville, where she quickly got back to work touring and recording. She incorporated that experience into the making of MONSTER.

Sarah Potenza is currently on tour and will be featured on numerous festivals this summer, including Strawberry Music Festival, MerleFest and Rhythm & Roots and more. A full list of dates is below.

Sarah Potenza Tour Dates:

6/18- Rhode Island Pride Festival- Providence, RI

6/24- Poor David’s Pub- Dallas, TX (w/ Hannah Kirby)

7/24- Eddie’s Attic- Decatur, GA (w/ Meghan Linsey)

7/27- The Pour House Music Hall- Raleigh, NC

7/28-  Dangerously Delicious Pies -Washington DC

7/30-  Spring Lake Community House Theater- Spring Lake, NJ

7/31 -Drom – New York, NY

8/2- Chirp Concert Happenings,Ballard Park- Ridgefield, CT

8/5- The Assembly Theater- Harrisville, RI

8/6- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival- Hillsdale, NY

8/7- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival- Hillsdale, NY

8/8- Catskills Distillery- Bethel, NY

8/10- Club Cafe- Pittsburgh, PA

8/11- The Listening Room- Port Clint, OH

8/18- Myrna Loy Center- Helena, MT

8/26- Family Wash -Nashville, TN



For more information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahpotenzamusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahpotenza

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamsarahpotenza/


The Bacon Brothers featuring Kevin and Michael Bacon will be performing at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale onThursday, August 11th.
Long before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career, and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, they were just two brothers, born nine years apart, coming of age in Center City Philadelphia. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the city’s famed Electric Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could. It’s a time preserved in the cover art for The Bacon Brothers’ latest, New Year’s Day, with a preteen Kevin singing alongside a mandolin-strumming Michael. The record, laden with the brothers’ trademark gritty rock and a touch of Philly soul, hearkens back to those roots in the City of Brotherly Love, when life was less complicated and music filled the air.
The Bacon Brothes will be releasing a vinyl 45 of “Driver” this summer.
Jul 14Beverly, MAThe Cabot
Jul 15Ridgefield, CTRidgefield Playhouse
Jul 16Verona, NYTurning Stone Resort Casino
Jul 18New York, NYCity Winery
Jul 19New York, NYCity Winery
Jul 21Dewey Beach, DEThe Bottle & Cork
Jul 22Alexandria, VAThe Birchmere
Jul 23 Alexandria, VAThe Birchmere
Jul 24 Alexandria, VAThe Birchmere
Jul 30Harrisburg, PAWhitaker Center
Aug 1  Ocean City, NJOcean City Music Pier
Aug 10Newton, NJThe Newton Theatre
AUG 11Warrendale, PAJergel’s Rhythm Grille
Aug 12Kent, OHThe Kent Stage
Aug 17Arlington Heights, ILMetropolis performing Art
Aug 18Arlington Heights, ILMetropolis Performing Art
Aug 20Frankfurt, KYGrand Theatre Frankfort
Aug 21Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
Aug 23Rocky Mount, VAHarvester Performing Center
Aug 24Atlanta, GACity Winery 2 shows
Aug 26Nashville, TNCity Winery
Aug 27 Nashville, TNCity Winery
Sep 24Annapolis, MDRams Head – 2 shows
Sep 25Annapolis, MDRams Head – early show

Music Midtown- Atlanta’s premier music festival: Sept. 18-19, 2016

Music Midtown features a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages. Be it rock and roll, hip hop, pop, electronic, or anything in between, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier festival for music lovers of all kinds since 1994.