photos ©2016 Danielle Mediate
TED NUGENT AND GENE THE WEREWOLF
photos ©2016 Danielle Mediate
TED NUGENT AND GENE THE WEREWOLF
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.
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
Wild – October 14th – Dine Alone Records
|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.
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
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
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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 !
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 !
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.
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…
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
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
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
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.
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
07/16 @The Publik House – Tupelo, MS
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.
Artist: One-Eyed Doll
Venue: Smiling Moose, 1306 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Time: Doors 6:00 pm | Show 6:30 pm
Ticket Price: $12-14
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:
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:
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.