Miss Fortune Recruits Bradley Walden of Emarosa On New Single

Miss Fortune has just released their latest single “All The White Lies in The World” featuring vocalist Bradley Walden of Emarosa. Lyrically, The track tackles the world issues we’re facing today, with lines such as “If ever there’s a time that makes you wonder about the world we’re living in” driving the narrative home. “In a world where we’re stuck inside, living through the pandemic, lives are at stake, and people are more divided than ever, Miss Fortune believes it’s time to raise our questions, because it’s hard when gravity hits.” explains lead singer Mikey Sawyer.

The single, executive produced by Sawyer himself, produced by Ian Taylor Marchionda, and co-engineered by James Adams, will be part of Miss Fortune’s upcoming self-produced full-length, GRAVITY’S RAINBOW, due out in 2022.

Along with the track, Miss Fortune has dropped a music video for the song, produced by Astralax Media and shot at the world-famous Venice Beach Skate Dance Plaza, the video shows Miss Fortune performing the track while surrounded by roller disco models. You can check out the video below:

Having been listed on Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know, supported tour acts such as I See Stars, and headlined international tours of their own, Miss Fortune have been pumping out their own brand of modern rock music since 2012.

Incorporating a Post-Hardcore, Pop-Punk, and Alternative Rock sound, the band have broadened their horizons with their latest album “Miss Fortune”, and branched out to Pop and even Contemporary Urban style production, creating a rollercoaster ride that one can only expect from a serious rock band cut from the cloth of genre-bending chaos. Producing the record completely Independently, whilst teaming up with super-producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember), their self-titled album has turned heads with an updated and more mature sound. The album has already charted on Billboard (#11 Heatseekers, #20 Hard Rock Albums, #30 Independent Albums), the band released an emotional acoustic album “Cruel Summer” in the same year consisting of B-sides spanning their 8 years as a band.

Starting 2021 off with a bang, the band has traced back their roots with the highly anticipated single “The Day The Sun Died” produced by Cameron Mizell.

The sound and music of Miss Fortune tell the cautionary tale of what it’s like to live life in the limelight, and be the center of focus in the public eye. Lead singer Mikey Sawyer is no stranger to controversy but has always shone through via the music and its message. 

 

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“Run Wild” With Circadia’s Latest Single

Circadia has released their newest single, “Run Wild”. The track is a cover of the For King & Country song of the same name. “This song is my favorite For King & Country song and they are my all-time favorite band,” explains Circadia. “I chose to do my own version of the song for a few reasons: One, to get For King & Country’s attention, Two, because what this song means and speaks about is simply to go for gold, reach for the stars, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your dreams in life.  Your anxiety, fears, and questioning whether you’re good enough… they’re all lies that your brain and others are telling you. We are made to Run Wild, live free, and love strong!

For the track, produced by Newkirk Productions, Circadia brought in Moriah Jane, a Mezzo-soprano with the  Cleveland Chamber Choir who has recently featured as a soloist in Haydn’s The Creation, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah. “Working with Moriah was a real treat,” says Circadia. “Not only is she one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, but she’s loads of fun to be around! On top of that, she has a beautiful voice!

The experience was exciting and new for Moriah as well.  “Working with Circadia has truly opened my eyes to the amazing modern music industry,” she says.  “I had been stuck in a choral music bubble and never really experimented with modern music twists. It was a blast to record with Circadia and watch the magic unfold! I am very thankful for this opportunity and look forward to working together in the future.” 

Along with the single, Circadia has also released a music video for “Run Wild”, which you can watch below:

Circadia is an electronic pop-rock artist hailing from Ravenna, Ohio. All of their lyrics are positive and uplifting. Find out more about Circadia at the links below:

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Premiere: Pittsburgh Native SONNY BOY Releases Debut Single “The Homecoming”

Pittsburgh, PA based pop-rock singer-songwriter Sonny Boy has just dropped his debut single “The Homecoming“. The song rocks like The 1975 and features a great video, which you can watch below:

The video was a blast to film. It was filmed “run and gun” style, partially in my childhood hometown and due to the nature of it, we garnered a lot of curious stares and a lot of positive reactions. A lot of passers by even agreed to be in the video.” says Sonny Boy, who keeps his own name off of all promotional materials. You see, Sonny Boy is hoping you can’t tell how nervous he is. After too many years of trying to seem cool, he’s decided it’s not for him, and is embracing the idea of making music of a much more sincere and personal nature. His inaugural album “The Homecoming” is just that; Effectively serving as a concept album of his life and experiences so far. Being arguably more therapeutic than it is exhibitory “The Homecoming” serves as not only an example of music as entertainment, but also as a means of survival. Characterized by playful melodies, pounding drums and introspective lyrics, Sonny Boy attempts to capture in his music the beautifully awkward and tragically humorous process of living; Coping with the past and fearing the future, all the while hoping it’ll all turn out okay.

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Generation Underground Announces New EP

New Jersey hard rock trio Generation Underground has just announced their upcoming EP, Kold Blooded Vol. 2. The EP was almost two years in the making due to some conflicts with the band’s previous manager and booking agent. The single, “Pass The Needle”, is available now on all major streaming platforms.

Thematically, “Pass The Needle” is all about moving on from bad situations. “ “Pass The Needle” was inspired by me watching some of my friends continuing to abuse drugs and believing that I needed to join them in order to write good music,” explains singer and guitarist Mike Florentine. “The song focuses on my journey to slowly rid myself of those toxic relationships and no longer associate with those people who were a bad influence in my life.

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STFLR Shares New EP “A Collection of Bad Ideas”

Long Island pop-punk outfit STFLR has dropped their Sophomore EP, A Collection Of Bad Ideas. The 4 track EP features the single “Looking For Answers”, which is the culmination of the EP and one could argue the culmination of this era of the band. “This track was a collaborative effort by the whole band and that teamwork really shines through on the track,” says the band. From the opening riff to the cry-for-help ending, “Looking For Answers” is STFLR’s most mature and honest song yet. “The song feels like a goodbye,” explains the band. “While we don’t know what we’re really saying goodbye to, it feels like a chapter that has ended and it’s time to move on.

Lyrically, the single comes from a personal place. “Nick wrote the lyrics when he found out that he was going to be a dad and the feelings that followed were captured in the lyrics. All the insecurities and fears that come along with becoming a parent were poured into this track and we really feel it could be the best song ever written by any band, in any decade, in perpetuity until the end of time.” 

The EP was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Anthony Lopardo and Ray Marte (drummer of Moon Tooth) at Westfall Recording Studios in Long Island, New York.  Thematically, the album deals with subjects ranging from regret, being taken advantage of, inadequacies. “The pandemic and quarantine were hard for a lot of people, ourselves included,” says the band. “Add becoming a new father in these uncertain times to the mix and you have yourself a whole new set of challenges and uncertainties. It’s safe to say our mental health suffered the last year and a half, but the art that has come from it is some of the most honest and pure stuff we have yet to put out.

Formed in the fall of 2019, STFLR started out more as therapy than a band for lifelong friends Nick Lopardo (vocals), Yianni Hansen (guitar), and Anthony Guiffrida (guitar). When their first EP was released, the trio realized they had found the release they were looking for and made STFLR a full-time band. With the addition of childhood friends Angelo Rodrigues (drums) and Mike Moran (bass), STFLR took shape to the lineup today. With catchy hooks and relatable lyrics, STFLR has proven that pop punk can be more than songs about leaving your hometown or leaving your girlfriend. Striving for a brand new sound aided by years of experience, STFLR is a breath of fresh air the scene needs. STFLR doesn’t worry about following typical song patterns and just write what they want to listen to. Having fun is their priority and having that positive energy allows them to freely explore all aspects of songwriting.

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Emerge Restless Bring The Heavy Post-Hardcore Sound Back On New Album

It’s been a great year for heavy emotional music with a throwback sound, and Virginia’s Emerge Restless have just added an album of the year contender to the genre.

The band released Ursus Maritimus on Sonic Decoy Records this week. The stand out track is “Bethel, Believe“. “This is our first full length, after a long hiatus from writing together,” says the band, “While we’re all more mature and more polished, we didn’t want to “go soft” and instead we pulled all the punches. We wanted the opening track to slap like an anthem; to announce to the world “we’re back and we still hit hard.” 

Check out evertything the band is doing on their socials and make sure to follow along, you may just be finding your favort new post hardcore band!

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New Music: Virginia Beach Post-Hardcore – Emerege Restless

Virginia Beach post-hardcore band Emerge Restless has just released their debut album, Ursus Maritimus. The album was mostly written during the COVID pandemic, forcing the members apart. “It was tough, but the music and collaboration really united us,” says the band. “It started with some rough tracks of “Venom” and another song we cut called “Rosedale Cemetery” being passed back and forth. We eventually brought in Vincent, who was super ecstatic to drum full-time, along with Rich, joining on guitar. Almost 3 years later, we finally had the set of songs we think really represent our sound.

The album features the singles “Venom” and “Bethel, Believe“. With “Bethel, Believe”, Emerge Restless wanted to come out of the gate swinging. “This is our first full length, after a long hiatus from writing together,” says the band, “While we’re all more mature and more polished, we didn’t want to “go soft” and instead we pulled all the punches. We wanted the opening track to slap like an anthem; to announce to the world “we’re back and we still hit hard.” 

Ursus Maritimus contains 10 tracks and is released by Sonic Decoy Records.  

Emerge Restless is an American post-hardcore band originally formed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA by former In Cynthia’s Diary members Eley (Vocals), Chris Coykendall (Guitar/Bass/Vocals), and Rich Potts (Guitar/Bass/Vocals). After a long hiatus, the group brought in long-time friend Vincent Kondas (Drums) to complete the outfit. 

Emerge Restless brings forth a presence that is fierce and unwavering, blending elements of progressive guitar-driven rock with a unique, fresh take of dueling clean lead vocal harmonies into a cohesive heavy rock experience. The resulting tone elicits recalls to the band’s influences including acts such as Deftones, Emery, Hopesfall, Thursday, and more.

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Surviving December Gets Back Together For “Falling Apart”

Hailing from Torbay, England,  pop-punk band Surviving December has just dropped their newest single, the rock tinged pop-punk track “Falling Apart”. Lyrically, the song is a snapshot of the world today. “It’s a song that encourages people to look in the mirror and realize you can walk away from the crowd, to not be part of the issue,” explains the band. “Falling Apart” was the first track Surviving December worked on as the world started back up from the global pandemic. “It was because of how proud we were of the sound and the whole production we decided to push on and produce an album,” said the band. Of course, lockdown provided its own set of hurdles. “The song was a massive learning curve, recorded in our respective houses across the country we built up the track and sent it to our producer who knocked it all together.”

The track is part of the new album The Narrative, out now on Regent Street Records. It was Produced by Josh Norton-Cox and follows a character through a stage of their life. Musically, the album pulls together various styles of playing, with a pop-punk edge with guitar lines reminiscent of the late 70’s early 80’s with a darker more modern undertone.

“Falling Apart” is accompanied by a lyric video, which you can watch below.

Surviving December transports the listener back to a simpler time with their eclectic musical mix of pop-punk-rock. The band’s roots reach back to 2005 when brothers Mark and Jason Hobbs first started writing music in a dingy Devon basement alongside Chris Golden and Josh Norton-Cox. Fast forward 15 years to 2020, and Mark, Jason, and Chris found themselves rekindling their partnership during the strange era of Covid-19.

Now joined by Gemma Patten, Tom Crossman, and Ryan Wighton, and with original member Josh returning as producer, this unique six-piece line-up has fused their refined musicianship, while staying true to their founding influences of Blink 182, The Ataris, Senses Fail, and New Found Glory. The result is a vintage and truly authentic sound, given a contemporary twist by their trio of vocalists.

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BRITISH ALT-COUNTRY KATIE O’MALLEY PRESENTS MYSTERIOUS, MAGICAL “DEVIL’S GOT A HOLD”

Manchester, UK based blues-rock singer-songwriter Katie O’Malley has just released her latest single, the alt-country-tinged “Devil’s Got A Hold”. The track opens with a stand-up bass and acoustic guitar before sonically blooming with electric guitars, keys, and drums, all providing a low-key, atmospheric music bed for Katie’s sultry vocals.

“I love horror/thriller films and wrote this song about the  supernatural elements you normally find in horrors,” explains Katie, “The mystery is the best part of any good horror, and the woman in the story represents a mysterious magical being and everything that intrigues you to want to know more.”

“Devil’s Got A Hold” is the third single of a  3 track EP of the same title, which will be released in November of 2021. The EP features O’Malley’s full band including Richard Neal (electric guitar), Luke Dodd (electric guitar), Steven Taylor (bass), and Aaron Youd (drums). The EP was engineered by Adam P Gorman.

Along with the single, Katie has released a music video, directed by Didzis Starasins and filmed  & edited by Imaging House.  “It was a fun shoot,” says Katie, “We filmed in Macclesfield Forest and at my boyfriend’s grandma’s house!  I loved her retro 70s kitchen and knew I had to create a music video in there at some point and this song was so perfect. She has had so many trinkets everywhere and it was like a creative gold mine for myself and the videographers.” You can watch the video below:

With a voice that pours with emotion and fills a venue, Katie O’Malley and her hip-swaying Americana band have played across the UK. Hailing from Manchester and proud northerners, they describe their sound as mix of country, folk, soul & blues. Their 70’s inspired music takes you on a journey of mournful melody to punchy beats and gravelly powerful vocals with a sense of Stevie Nicks meets the blues. Together, they have received airplay from Amazing radio USA, BBC  Introducing  UK, supporting top ten album-selling Beth Rowley. 

Although 2020 has had many setbacks for artists, it’s not stopped Katie from releasing new music with the release of her third E.P ‘Wild West’  and new single ‘Taste the Dirt’ being backed by Chris Country Radio, Louder Than War and BCMA.

Katie also teamed up with Adam Lewis from Manchester band The Watchmakers. Together they created their song “Piece Of The Pie” which was featured on the hit Netflix film “Kissing Booth 2” gaining over 66 million views in its first few weeks of broadcast.

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Ohio MC Master Puff Drops Lyrical Gem “Playing Rich”

Hailing from Massillon, Ohio, hip-hop artist Master Puff has just dropped his latest single, “Playing Rich”. The track, produced by LANCEXCV, mixed & mastered by Conz, features Puff’s lyrical acrobatics over a chill flute loop and sparse percussion. A video is in the works.

Lyrically, Puff speaks on the ills of stunting without means. “I saw an artist I used to look up to go broke from a gambling addiction,” explains Master Puff. “Even after losing his savings, he still tried to live the extravagant life he grew accustomed to. All I saw was somebody trying to play rich instead of holding themselves accountable. Like Marshawn Lynch once said, “Take care of your chickens“.

Master Puff is a linguistic gymnast, or “A  rapper on a balance beam” as he puts it. Teetering between charmingly witty and over-the-top, he has been one of the fastest-growing artists in NE Ohio since early 2020. He secured a sponsorship with Acathla Clothing in  March of 2021, due to his rapidly growing fanbase, before releasing any music on streaming services! Master Puff is an example to follow for any artists on the come-up, and also one to watch out for.

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Alt rockers Emma & The Fragments – “Proper Everything”

London, UK alternative indie rock band Emma and the Fragments have released their latest single, “Proper Everything”.  The song starts off with a driving backbeat intro before cranking down into a jazzy riff for the verses, making a great music bed for Emma’s crystal clear vocals. The track is tied together by a strong, feel-good hook, ready for alternative radio!

Lyrically, the song was inspired by Victoria Park in London. “The title of the song came first, a made-up phrase said by Emma at a rehearsal to describe something that was the best,” explains the band. “The song was inspired by Victoria Park and uses the imagery of the park to describe falling in love. The lyric ‘Smile Til It Hurts’ was taken from the track and has been used for a title for the upcoming EP.” 

“Proper Everything” is It is the 4th single from the forthcoming EP ‘Smile ‘Til It Hurts’. The EP will be released with one additional track this Fall.

Along with the single, the band has also released a fun animated music video. “We basically created cartoon versions of ourselves playing live in the park,” says the band. “Which we think fits with the fun energy of the track!”

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Pop Punkers College Radio Drop Anthemic banger “11:59”

Seattle alternative pop-punk band College Radio has just released their newest single, “11:59”. The track has an over-distorted, bouncy pop-punk feel reminiscent of 2000’s pop-punk along the lines of Green Day, with a walking bass line and a sarcastic chorus about “feeling fine” during the chaos of the current world.

Lyrically, the song is about the band’s feelings on last year’s lockdown. “This was one of the first tracks we recorded during the pandemic and it really showcases how we felt and how the world really felt,” explains the band. “Singing this one is our bass player Evan. He really hit the nail on what 2020 was like for pretty much all of us.”

“11:59” was engineered by Dane Stafford and mixed and mastered by John Espy. Along with the track, College Radio has also released a new music video. “This makes it the third video shot in our bass players house!”, says the band. “It was shot by our great friend King Zabb and we got wild in this one!” You can watch the video below:

Hailing from the Gloomy Emerald City of Seattle, College Radio have made a name for themselves with catchy choruses, hard-charging drums, and soaring harmonies. They combine classic old-school pop punk with an unexpected alternative twist, while making songs that are fresh, but instantly familiar. With the release of their new EP “I Used To Get Messed Up”  on Third String Records and “Growing Pains” College Radio have proven themselves to be one of the premier punk acts of the PNW.

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TED NUGENT Live @StageAE Pittsburgh

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

photos ©2016 Danielle Mediate

TED NUGENT AND GENE THE WEREWOLF

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.
RINGWORM Live:
***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.
DETHBEDS Live:
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

FALL PREVIEW OF FANTASTIC RELEASES

 

KIN 

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
 

Why? 

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!
 
BLACKMORE is:
Vox: K’noup
Guitars: Shaunt Sulahian
Guitars: Vahan Aslanyan
Bass: Andy Terzyan
Drums: Vinny Mezian
BLACKMORE online:

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 !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDjhtGrHIzw&index=1&list=PLNhaq_D-RtEqCX0CuylmDH61TcoK9VGVc

THE DEAD DEADS SET FOR SUMMER TOUR WITH BUSH AND CHEVELLE

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.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “SYMPATHY SEX” HERE
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(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.

TOUR DATES

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