The Baltimore based band recently unleashed their debut album, Clever Girl, to mass critical and fan praise and will continue the momentum this year with a US tour in Jan/Feb (with Anti-Flag & Stray From The Path). The tour includes a date in Pittsburgh atMr. Small’s on February 9th.
If you’re into bands like Every Time I Die, letlive or Knocked Loose you’ll dig Sharptooth. They’re fronted by the incredibly talented Lauren Kashan, whose explosive outspoken and feminist vocals are backed by an onslaught of gritty hardcore provided by Keith Higgins (guitar), Lance Donati (guitar), Phil Rasinski (bass) and Connor Mac (drums). Don’t sleep on this record!
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Nahko and Medicine for the People frontman, Nahko, released his first solo and very personal album, on October 20th, titled, My Name Is Bear. To support it, he announced an expansive United States and European tour. On October 24th, Nahko, backed by his Medicine Tribe and childhood teddy named Britches, graced the stage of Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh and sent the audience on a journey through the earlier years of his songwriting and self-discovery. “So many dear people helped me to write and live these stories…The two summers I spent in Alaska, half the winter in Louisiana and the other half holed in my van in Portland, and then the first year in Hawaii was transformational and pivotal to shaping me into who I am today. Those 3 years before I met my mother would offer a reclaiming of my name, finding a new faith and fever for my own spiritual connection to Creator, and discovering first love. These were just a few of the important discoveries for a young cub set on exploring the world and finding himself amongst the wild.”
Opening acts included songstress Christina Holmes and Spanish Soul Indie Rock group 1,000 Fuegos. My Name Is Bear is Nahko’s second major release only one year prior, in 2016, Nahko and Medicine for the People dropped their third studio album, HOKA via SideOneDummy Records. HOKA, hit number 72 on the Billboard 200 upon it’s released and was awarded “Record of the Year” by the Native American Music Association.
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Garbage today shared a music video for their new single “No Horses”. Directed by Pancake Mountain creator Scott Stuckey, the politically charged clip can be seen HERE. “No Horses” was released last month and is available now HERE. All of the band’s profits from sales and streaming of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.
“It’s been my observation that when governments disregard their citizens for their own greed, the ensuing soundtrack usually kick’s ass. Like Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddam’ or the Clash’s ‘Straight To Hell’, ‘No Horses’ made me realize that I’m not going insane, these really are fucked up times. The lyrics are powerful so the challenge was to add something visually that wouldn’t ruin the individual’s interpretation,” offered director Scott Stuckey on the video’s inspiration.
Earlier this summer, Garbage released their autobiographical coffee table book, THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE via Akashic Books. The book includes never before seen photographs of the band as well as pieces written by each of the four band members. THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE can be purchased HERE.
Garbage kicked off their co-headline “Rage & Rapture Tour” with Blondie on July 5th in Saratoga, CA and will be touring the U.S. for the duration of the summer. Both bands along with an opening slot from Sky Ferreira played to a crowd of 17,000 fans last month, selling out LA’s Hollywood Bowl. Support for additional Rage & Rapture tour dates will be provided by John Doe & Exene Cervenka followed by Deap Vally. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be foundHERE.
Upcoming Garbage Tour Dates
August 2 – Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
August 3 – Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 5 – The Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
August 6 – Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA
August 8 – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, FL
August 9 – Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
August 11 – ACL Live, Austin, TX
August 12 – Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX
August 14 – Palacio de Los Deportes, Mexico City, MX
September 15 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA *
September 16 – Kaaboo Festival, Del Mar, CA *
October 20th-21st – Coordenada Festival, Guadalajara, MX*
*Dates not part of Rage & Rapture tour
Photo credit: Scott Stuckey
Garbage is Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. After forming in Madison, WI, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995. The band’s unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic, inspired massive worldwide attention and success. Their follow up album, Version 2.0, released in 1998, topped charts all over the world and garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations including Album Of The Year. Garbage went on to release two more albums: 2001’s Beautiful Garbage and 2005’s Bleed Like Me, the latter of which earned the band its highest chart position with a No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. After a 7-year hiatus, the band released their fifth studio album Not Your Kind of People in 2012 on their independent record label, STUNVOLUME. The album was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 and was hailed as the “alternative to everything,” by Pitchfork. Garbage has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and performed in over thirty-five countries. In 2015, the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with their SOLD OUT ’20 Years Queer’ world tour and the release of a special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, re-mastered and featuring previously unreleased material. Last year, Garbage released Strange Little Birds, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums chart, and arrived at No. 14 overall on the Billboard 200 chart.
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The Atlanta-based Americana band The Whiskey Gentry will be performing a local Pittsburgh show on Thu. Jun 8th at Howlers. This show is in support of their recently released third studio album Dead Ringer, out via David Lowery and Velena Vego’s Pitch-A-Tent Records.
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE WHISKEY GENTRY’S “DEAD RINGER”:
“Lauren Staley’s vocals fit nicely into the Kacey Musgraves/Maren Morris gallactic country orbit. This gentry, however, has a whole lot of Western influences and a trunk full of guitar tremelo that makes their track “Looking for Trouble” feel like an authentic ride through the desert. After the second chorus, the song really does venture into psychedelic territory with phasers set to kill. It’s an interesting coda, capping off a great straight-forward twang rocker with drama.” – NO DEPRESSION
“One of this year’s best country albums… Dead Ringer‘s runaway rock and blazing bluegrass bristle with the same fire and brimstone as albums by some of country’s hottest acts, from stars like Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert to newbies like Jon Pardi and Margo Price.” – TAMPA BAY TIMES
“Blending traditional bluegrass instrumentation with the energy of punk and the songwriting depth of country, Atlanta’s Whiskey Gentry whips the diverse audience of liquored up frat boys, hardcore country fans and local scenesters into a frenzy, mixing frantic instrumentals with edgy rockers and neo-honky-tonk weepers, and they don’t let up until the last note rings loud and clear above the cacophonous applause.” – GEORGIA MUSIC MAGAZINE
[9/10 stars!] “The Whiskey Gentry have got a real dead ringer you’ll love.” – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
“On Dead Ringer, the Whiskey Gentry’s third studio album, the group turns most of its attention away from the good-time party mentality of previous releases and writes about itself, its members’ lives and what matters to them. It is a bold step for a band that has a devoted following of loyal fans who expect the high energy acoustic-based “yeehah!” of the past. And while there is still plenty of that vitality in the music, the words are a bit more introspective and the electric guitars are a little bit louder. With the ever-present feistiness in singer Lauren Staley Morrow’s rich, clear voice, the delivery of a more autobiographical narrative is as entertaining as always and the live in-studio recording retains the band’s musical intensity. All in all, Dead Ringer is a fine effort by a band that is not afraid to grow up.” ★★★★☆ – CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA
“Named after a memorable line in Hunter S. Thompson’s iconic missive from the 1970 Kentucky Derby, Atlanta-based country-rock crew The Whiskey Gentry operates with appropriate levels of decadence and depravity. The group’s new record, Dead Ringer, showcases a punked-up version of its bluegrass- (and whiskey-) soaked Americana sound. Like Lydia Loveless or the Drive-By Truckers, The Whiskey Gentry uses traditional Southern music as a base for a sneakily innovative and contemporary sound.” – FLAGPOLE
“It’s hard not to love Lauren Staley’s voice, which is not only powerful but definitely sounds like it was influenced by listening to a lot of country music. This album is a real testament to the songwriting of this band. Whether it’s an uptempo song or a ballad, this band creates songs that are a good blend of rock and country and will have you singing along. If you’re a fan of alt-country, this is a band you’ll want to get to know.” – AXS
“There’s something joyous and revelatory about the mix of honky-tonk swagger and DIY rebelliousness that feels truer to its influences than slicker, more polished groups, and lead singer Lauren Staley will always have one of those classic country voices that can knock you back flat-footed.” – COLUMBIA FREE TIMES
Dead Ringer is an album of an honest human experience, replete with all the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that unite people across the South, the country, and the world. In a world where the most powerful people win the tympanic real estate of the masses with disingenuous lyrics, the Whiskey Gentry can provide solace to anyone with a beating heart and open ears. The Whiskey Gentry sing tales of woe and emotional tangles that are relatable, honest, and beautiful. This is the essence of music: preservation of the stories that bring people together, an expression of the shared human experience. – LIBRO MUSICA
Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer this spring. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created an effort that builds on many of the sounds of their previous albums – incorporating deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll, yet it also finds the band testing themselves and pushing beyond their own boundaries.
Dead Ringer deals with growing up, and how that’s affected the band’s relationships, and the places they’ve gone and people they’ve met in the process. As singer/songwriter Lauren Staley puts it, “There’s also a lot of questioning where you are in your life: are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to do what society thinks you should do?”
It’s apparent with this effort that Staley & Co. have opted for the former. “A common lyrical thread throughout this album are stories about being on the road,” Lauren admits, “and chasing your dreams and the outcomes – either good or bad – in doing that.”
Stepping outside of the comfort zone of their previous recordings, the band has moved in a different direction musically. “Sonically, the biggest difference of this record is that we recorded it live together in the same room at Echo Mountain Recording Studio (Asheville, NC),” Lauren explains. “There are less overdubs, which makes it sound more like how it would if you were to see us in person – it’s raw, it’s not perfect. We worked with a producer for the first time (Les Hall), and he had so many amazing ideas we’d never thought of and really pushed us to think outside of our box. There’s an energy on this record that we’ve never captured before, and I think it was a complete game changer for our sound.”
Dead Ringer has more guitars, more attitude and more of an edge than anything the band has done before. It’s not such a massive departure in sound that fans won’t understand it, but they will notice. “We are not a different band,” Lauren explains, “but we’ve definitely grown up and are changed people from the time we started this band. I think we’re better musicians, better songwriters. We’ve learned lessons and we’ve worked hard, and we want to tell our current fans and new fans the stories of what we’ve experienced on this journey. Musically, there are still elements of bluegrass and honky-tonk in our sound, and there always will be. However, I think we’ve expanded the scope of what we can offer people – there’s something for everyone on this record.”
The Whiskey Gentry has been tearing up the road for the better half of the last decade, logging over 150 shows each year, and winning over crowds at major festivals such as Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots, Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, FloydFest and many others. With the release of Dead Ringer they’ll continue this trend, bringing their raucous, high-energy shows to audiences from coast-to-coast.
The Whiskey Gentry’s Dead Ringer will be available on limited vinyl, CD and digital formats on April 7th via Pitch-A-Tent Records.
The Whiskey Gentry are:
Lauren Staley – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jason Morrow – electric guitar, vocals
Sam Griffin – bass
Carlton Owens – drums (Nico Lembo – touring drummer)
Rurik Nunan – fiddle, vocals
Michael Smith – mandolin
Chesley Lowe – banjo
Les Hall – piano, hammond
THE WHISKEY GENTRY TOUR DATES:
May 5 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
May 6 – Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
May 11 – The Southgate House Revival: The Lounge – Newport, KY
May 13 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
May 16 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven)
May 17 – Armando’s – Martinez, CA w/ Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven)
May 19 – Revelry Room – Chattanooga, TN
May 31 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
Jun 1 – Hill Country – Washington DC
Jun 2 – Hill Country – New York City, NY
Jun 3 – The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
Jun 4 – Atwoods Tavern – Cambridge, MA
Jun 6 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 7 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellversville, PA
Jun 8 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 9 – MusicBox Supper Club – Cleveland, OH
Jun 10 – RibFest – Chicago, IL
(additional dates to be announced soon)
FOR MORE INFO ON THE WHISKEY GENTRY:
May 19 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
May 20 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
May 22 – Tallahassee, FL – The Side Bar (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
May 23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
May 24 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
May 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 26: Nashville, TN – Exit In (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
May 28 – Boston, MA – Brighton
May 29 – New York NY – The Gramercy Theater
May 30: Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon (SUFFOCATION only)
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Small’s
Jun. 01 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jun. 02 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
Jun. 03 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
Jun. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Jun. 06 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic
Jun. 07 – Lawrence, KS – Grenada
Jun. 08 – Denver CO – Bluebird
June 9: Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep (no MORBID ANGEL)
Jun. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
June 11: Idaho Falls, ID – The Gem Venue (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
Jun. 12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 13 – Portland, OR – Dame’s
Jun. 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Social Hall
Jun. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jun. 17 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
Jun. 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
June 19: Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room (no MORBID ANGEL)
Jun. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Jun. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
June 22: El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls (no MORBID ANGEL)
Jun. 23 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 24 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Jun. 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 27 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
June 29: Richmond, VA – The Broadberry (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
June 30: Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION only)
A good four years separate rager Pinnacle of Bedlam from new killer Of the Dark Light. But it wasn’t always like this. Back in the ‘90s, Suffocation maniacs waited, at most, two years between old and new fixes of New York-styled brutality. Landmark full-length Effigy of the Forgotten was only two years removed from debut EP, Human Waste. Likewise, Breeding the Spawn slayed posers and pretenders a year and a half after Effigy of the Forgotten blueprinted Suffocation into the history books. And Pierced from Within, the wickedest death metal put to tape in the mid-‘90s, slammed fist first into mediocrity and mundanity two years after Breeding the Spawn. Clearly, there were times when Suffocation’s march towards total annihilation was fast and furious.
“There’s a reason we don’t put out records every two years now,” asserts long-time Suffocation guitarist and primary songwriter Terrance Hobbs. “For one, we don’t need to. Two, we tour more now than we did in the early days. And three, we’re no longer in our twenties. We all have lives and families now. Plus, I enjoy writing things and letting them organically mature. For example, I started writing songs for Of the Dark Light right after Pinnacle of Bedlam.”
“Ever since I joined, Suffocation’s been on pretty heavy album and tour cycles,” bassist and lyric writer Derek Boyer agrees. “Sometimes the charisma was there, sometimes it wasn’t. We’d be on the road for a year, and only after that, we’d think about putting songs together. Then, we’d get pulled back on the road. That would delay the album cycle. So, our album cycle went from every two years to every three years to now every four years. Pinnacle of Bedlam came out in 2013. That’s a long time ago.”
Indeed, it was. When Pinnacle of Bedlam hit store shelves in the winter 2013, the world was proverbially on its knees. North Korea was conducting underground nuclear tests, a meteor hit a city in Russia’s South Urals, and Benedict XVI resigned as Pope, the first to intentionally do so since 1294. All this pandemonium occurred the same month Suffocation unfurled Pinnacle of Bedlam unto the world. Harbinger of doom it was. Four years later, the blue marble we inhabit is certifiably nuttier and more violent. It’s the perfect vehicle for Of the Dark Light, a full-length that not only welcomes new members—drummer Eric Morotti and guitarist Charlie Errigo—but also sees Hobbs writing the craziest, cruelest Suffocation material since Effigy of the Forgotten.
“Now, bands are very cutting edge,” Hobbs observes. “So, we felt we had to step up our game a little bit. Still be unique, but I will say we’re still using the same formula we’ve been using since Suffocation formed. It’s just ramped up. There are some new things in there that I hope the fans will hear. They’ll have to really listen to the album to hear it though. With the new guys, I had to consider their input. Really, in a nutshell, it came down to the chemistry I had with Charlie and Eric. It was a bonus, to me, that I had players that were really into it.”
“Terrance is the majority songwriter, where I’m the majority lyric writer,” offers Boyer. “I’ll get Hobbs to help me out with some lyrics or he’ll ask me to for my input on his songwriting ideas. We collaborate really well together. Now that we have some newer cats, we started playing live. We immediately thought, ‘Fuck, we need to have a new record out.’ So, we slammed everybody into the same room to finalize the album. Sure, we could’ve put out the album a long time ago, but the chemistry is so good now, I can’t imagine what this album would’ve sounded like without them.”
Written over a four-year span but finalized in the studio—“bells and whistles”, Hobbs calls it—Of the Dark Light ups Suffocation’s already ridiculous ante. The first song written, ‘The Warmth within the Dark’, is just as powerful, technical, and savage as the last song written, ‘Caught between Two Worlds’. It’s hard to believe members Frank Mullen and Hobbs were doing this in their teens. Now, almost three decades later, Suffocation are more intense, have more fire, and can still out-riff, out-growl, and out-blast younger bands mimeoed off classics like Despise the Sun and Blood Oath.
“I like ‘Some Things Should Be Left Alone’ and ‘Of the Dark Light’,” Hobbs reveals. “People should take into consideration when driving into work and playing this record. I don’t want people out road raging too much. There’s no need to plow into somebody at 155 miles per hour while playing this record. This album has a lot of gas to it. Listen to it on your headphones at the gym instead. I think the Suffocation fan are really going enjoy it.”
“A band like Suffocation isn’t going to introduce clean vocals or synthesizer,” says Boyer. “That’s just not who we are. This is Suffocation’s formula. This is the Suffocation fans have known to come and love. We’re not going to stray too far off that path. We have a focal point. We’re a death metal band. We’ve always been kind of quick and technical. We didn’t want to lose that. We just wanted to make all that more exciting, more alive on Of the Dark Light.”
To put Of the Dark Light to so-called ‘tape’, the band holed up—for the fifth time—at Joe Cincotta’s Full Force Studios (Waking the Cadaver, Mortal Decay) in Long Island, New York. From the beginning of December 2016 to just after Christmas, Suffocation mercilessly laid down tracks like ‘Your Last Breaths’, ‘Return to the Abyss’, ‘Some Things Should Be Left Alone’, and a re-make of Breeding the Spawn bruiser ‘Epitaph of the Credulous’. To make sure everything was “tight”, Suffocation rehearsed for almost a month before hitting up Cincotta’s studio. Old habits, turns out, are hard to break.
“Where I come from, everybody has to sit down and learn the material,” Hobbs levels. “Practice it. Once we have it locked down as a band, then we can think about approaching the studio to record it. For us, we tried to take that same approach. It took a little more time than usual. Also, we wanted an organic sound. There’s so much you can do with technology these days. Any band can sit behind a computer and piece together songs and it’ll probably sound pretty great. We wanted Of the Dark Light to sound like Suffocation not a computer.”
“Joe goes back to Souls to Deny,” Boyer remembers. “He was a buddy. It was after that album where we started touring the world, going to places Suffocation had never been to before. On those tours, Joe was the soundman. It’s likely if we had a slamming and heavy sound in the 2000s, it’s because our soundman was our producer. He knew the band, he knew the material, so it’s clear he knew how it should sound in a live setting. From Souls to Deny to Of the Dark Light, we’ve done our music with Joe at Full Force.”
To perfect Of the Dark Light, Suffocation shipped off the recordings to Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris to mix and master. Suffocation wanted a clear yet punishing sound. So, as with Pinnacle of Bedlam so too with Of the Dark Light. Having recently worked with death metal legends Six Feet Under, hardcore heroes Hatebreed, and tech-thrashers Revocation, Zeuss knew exactly what to put in and extract out of Suffocation for the group’s eighth full-length. Songs like ‘Clarity through Deprivation’, ‘Return to the Abyss’, and ‘The Violation’ have a particularly strong bite.
“We knew, as a friend of the band and a fellow East Coaster, Chris would get what we were aiming for,” says Hobbs. “I’d say this is a full Suffocation endeavor with some outside help, particularly where it concerned Zeuss. It turned out great working with him.”
“We had Zeuss doing the mixing and mastering for Pinnacle, so it made sense for him to reprise his role on Of the Dark Light,” Boyer states. “I thought Pinnacle sounded great, but after I compared it to Of the Dark Light, it smokes Pinnacle.”
But if there’s one thing that’s different about Of the Dark Light, it’s the vocals. Founding member and vocalist Frank Mullen is the main vocalist, but his successor, contributing vocalist Kevin Muller (The Merciless Concept / ex-Pyrexia), also has skin the Suffocation game. That being said, Mullen’s contributions were almost not meant to be. The story goes Mullen voiced his concerns about appearing on the follow-up to Pinnacle of Bedlam while hanging at a local bowling alley with Hobbs, Boyer, new guitarist Charlie Errigo, and a few friends. Frank said to his bandmates, ‘Yo, I don’t think I’m going to do the new record!’ They were quick to respond, ‘Come on, Frank!’ A little coercing later, Mullen and Muller would brutalize their way through Boyer’s transcendental death-wish lyrics.
“Frank will always be part of Suffocation,” assures Hobbs. “He can come in and record just fine. It’s the touring. He can’t be gone for five-six weeks at a clip. That’s not good for his job or his family. If you trace this back to the when the economy crashed in 2008, the likelihood of Frank getting out on tour became less of an option. I give him credit. He does what’s right for Frank and his family. He’s been a part of the band since the beginning. And he’ll always be a part of the band.”
“Frank always comes in with a few jabs,” Boyer laughs. “Like for this record, he said, ‘What in the hell did you idiots put together on this one?!’ He’s funny. Every time, he’s like, ‘I’m not doing this again!’ Then, after it all comes together, he’s like, ‘Ah, this is so sick!’ But Frank isn’t always going to be able to play live with us. So, we’ve brought on Kevin. He actually appeared on a lot of parts on Of the Dark Light. Long-time fans may not even notice there are parts with Kevin singing. He sounds just like Frank. Frank actually called me right after we got the master and said, ‘Fuck! Does Kevin sing on every goddamned song?!’ I was like, ‘No, not all of them.’ Kevin knocked it out of the park on this record.”
As for respite, there is no respite with Suffocation. Musically or lyrically. Conceptually, Of the Dark Light deals with transcendence, the shedding of the physical skin to achieve another plane of existence. But the lyrics originate not from a land of colors, incense, and feel-good vibes. Former labelmates Cynic have already covered that to great success. No, Suffocation, as expected, sourced their metaphysical prose from the depths of darkness.
“I wrote a lot about transcendence, leaving the physical body,” tells Boyer. “There are planes of existence you can’t go with the physical body. The only way to escape it is to end your life, not just of natural causes. There’s a suicidal theme to Of the Dark Light. But it’s not like we sit around thinking about or promoting suicide. No, we’re really talking about transcendence and what happens after.”
“There are a few songs on Of the Dark Light that are about loosely, I think, horror movie topics,” Hobbs adds. “We’re a death metal band. But the majority of the lyrics deal with transcending everything through death. Transcending our physical form. There’s touches of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to the lyrics. I mean, we prepare our whole lives to just pass away. What happens next? I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll find out sooner or later.”
Like a cataclysmic storm making landfall, the brand new album Xenocide from crushing Brisbane outfit Aversions Crown is here to destroy everything in its path. Off the back of a long touring cycle for their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Tyrant, which saw Aversions Crown playing alongside Soilwork, Thy Art Is Murder, Attila, Parkway Drive, Psycroptic, Rings Of Saturn and The Acacia Strain, hitting festivals like Unify Gathering and Taste Of Anarchy as well as selling out headline shows on the other side of the world in Germany and the UK, the band refined and sharpened their already potent mix of brutal death metal speed and violence with eldritch atmospherics, audio manipulation and vocalist Mark Poida’s otherworldly vocal range and ability into a new level of destruction.
With teaser tracks “Parasites” and “Erebus” released over the course of 2016 hinting at the new direction, the band teamed up with frequent collaborators Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and Mark Lewis from Audio Hammer in Florida to create Xenocide. On the goal in mind when writing Xenocide, guitarist mastermind Chris Cougan says “we wanted to accentuate our strengths as Aversions Crown; the extreme drumming, the guitar interplay, Mark’s awesome vocals and really work on the arrangements instead of having a bunch of riffs on top of some blasts.”
With a loose conceptual framework at play across Xenocide’s tales of destruction, revenge, reanimation and murder, Poida enthuses “I really got an awesome brutal canvas to paint a horrible evil lyrical picture on. We pushed it to the limits of our songwriting ability and are very proud of the record.”
Aversions Crown will take Xenocide to stages around the world in 2017. Get in the pit or get out of the way.
Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) from Audio Hammer.
OCEANO, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, AVERSIONS CROWN, SPITE, NO ZODIAC
Apr 05 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
Apr 06 The Rave Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Apr 07 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Apr 08 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
Apr 09 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
Apr 12 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Apr 13 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 14 The Pin – Spokane, WA
Apr 15 Real Art – Tacoma, WA
Apr 16 Analog Theater – Portland, OR
Apr 18 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
Apr 19 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 20 Whiskey – Los Angeles, CA
Apr 21 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Apr 22 Soma – San Diego, CA
Apr 23 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 25 Launchpad – Melrose, NM
Apr 26 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 27 The Dirty 30 – Dallas, TX
Apr 28 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
Apr 29 Jack’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
Apr 30 Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX
May 02 O’Malley’s – Margate, FL
May 03 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
May 04 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 05 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
May 06 Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
May 07 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY
May 09 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
May 10 Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
May 11 Webster Hall – New York, NY
May 12 Revolution Bar and Music Hall – Amityville, NY
May 13 The Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
May 14 Palladium Upstairs – Worcester, MA
May 16 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
May 17 Pike Room at Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
May 18 The Wire – Berwyn, IL
May 19 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
More on Xenocide:
“Prismatic Abyss” music video https://youtu.be/LrsyL4ldK0Q
“The Soulless Acolyte” drum play-through video https://youtu.be/JmlkegqPewk
Album trailer #1: https://youtu.be/Tmbw4QdhmqE
Album trailer #2: https://youtu.be/lWVIwBKKUzs
Album trailer #3 https://youtu.be/i0EHEg3k0I8
Album trailer #4 https://youtu.be/Q-870VoA1vA
“Ophiophagy” lyric video: https://youtu.be/DhZfRGRPNQg
“Erebus” lyric video: https://youtu.be/eb5z5AULWCw
“Erebus” drum play-through: https://youtu.be/d6bHACoe5eA
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM THE EDUCATION OF A WANDERING MAN OUT NOW
“Limitless potential as performers” – MegaCountry
“Becoming one of the country’s preeminent Americana duos” – Consequence of Sound
“(Love Is A Burden) A gritty and perfectly unpolished track reminiscent of Brothers-era Black Keys
with a modest pinch of country twang thrown in for good measure” — Baeble
NEW YORK, NY (March 8, 2017) — Critically acclaimed Austin, TX indie-americana duo JAMESTOWN REVIVAL – Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance – announce new 2017 spring headline tour dates, expanding their current schedule. Following a pair of shows in March, they hit the road April 26 in Wilmington, NC at the Throne Theatre, roll through major markets on the East Coast and in the Midwest, and finish up at the Park West in Chicago, Illinois on June 15. Along with the twenty six shows below, JAMESTOWN REVIVAL will be announcing more concert dates in the near future.
Tickets for shows starting on June 6th go on sale Friday, March 10th, additional shows are currently on sale now. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below and purchase tickets here.
The band is touring in support of its second full-length album, The Education of a Wandering Man [Republic Records] — which reached number one on the Americana charts. The album is available in stores and at all digital retailers. Check out the album here.
Their music vividly comes to life with each and every performance, and their shows have quickly become a signature. Recent live reviews have been raving with MegaCountry.com noting at their Greek Theatre show in Los Angeles, CA: “(Jamestown Revival) set up an evening of uplifting storytelling… it won’t be long before they are filling up venues of magnitude all on their own.” Covering a sold out gig at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, The Knockturnal wrote, “JAMESTOWN REVIVAL will be a name many more will know in the coming year.”
2017 stands primed to be a big year for JAMESTOWN REVIVAL, especially off the heels of their newly released song, “Poor Man’s Gold.” Check out an acoustic version of the song here.
In 2014, JAMESTOWN REVIVAL emerged with their breakthrough full-length album UTAH. Blending literary storytelling, rock ‘n’ roll grit, indie spirit, and country soul, iTunes crowned UTAH the “Best of 2014: Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year.” With the band’s popular anthem, “California (Cast Iron Soul)” leading the way, everyone from Rolling Stone and KCRW to the Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe featured the band. JAMESTOWN REVIVAL then made their national television debut with rollicking performances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Last Call With Carson Daly, and brought a whole lot of live ruckus to festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Bottlerock Festival, among others. Following the release of The Education of A Wandering Man, the group performed on Conan and garnered acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, Consequence of Sound, and more.
4/27 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
4/28 Charlotte, NC Underground
4/29 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents
4/30 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
5/2 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
5/3 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
5/4 Boston, MA Royale
5/5 Pittsburgh, PA Club @ Stage AE
5/6 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
5/7 Indianapolis, IN Hi Fi
5/9 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
6/4 Atlanta, GA Park Tavern
6/6 Birmingham, AL Saturn*
6/7 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom*
6/8 Saxapahaw, NC Haw River Ballroom*
6/9 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club*
6/10 Snowshoe, WV Wanderlust Festival*
6/11 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop*
6/13 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall*
6/14 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café*
6/15 Chicago, IL Park West*
*On sale Friday, March 10th
3/17 Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole Rendezvous
3/18 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
7/1 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheater~
7/2 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheater~
8/16 Denver, CO Red Rocks^
~ Supporting Ryan Bingham
^ Supporting Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + the Record Company
The Education of a Wandering Man Tracklisting:
- Company Man
- Love Is A Burden
- American Dream
- Always Been Wild
- Back To Austin
- Midnight Hour
- Poor Man’s Gold
- Almost All The Time
- Done Me Wrong
- Head On
Check out The Education of a Wandering Man here:
Apple Music: http://republicrec.co/EducationWanderingAM
Google Play: http://republicrec.co/EducationWanderingGP
“French prog-metal giants tap grief to make a game-changing album.”
– Rolling Stone
“…if ever there was a moment that signaled Gojira’s status as leaders in the continuing evolution of the genre, it’s now.”
“The Duplantiers had to make this album for themselves. We are the fortunate witnesses.”
“Magma pulls off the all-too-rare trifecta of being heavy, complex, and catchy, while most of today’s best metal bands are happy to pull off only two of those three things (if that).”
“With its sixth LP, Gojira defends its status as one of metal’s most elite bands.”
– A.V. Club
GOJIRA ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE DATES
WITH KYNG, DEAFHEAVEN & CODE ORANGE
NORTH AMERICAN DATES WITH METALLICA GET UNDERWAY
JULY 29TH IN LOS ANGELES, CA
SPRING U.S. DATES WITH OPETH BEGIN MAY 4TH IN NASHVILLE, TN
TREK INCLUDES MONUMENTAL RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE PERFORMANCE ON MAY 11TH
February 15, 2017 – Gojira have announced a run of U.S. headline dates which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 – 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 – 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time. For tickets and more information visit, http://www.gojira-music.com/tour/
The announcement follows Gojira’s recent Grammy nominations for ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ at the 59thAnnual Grammy Awards. Gojira’s crushing track “Silvera” received a nomination for ‘Best Metal Performance,’ while their acclaimed new LP MAGMA was nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the awards.
Furthermore, Gojira were recently announced as support for Metallica on a string of North American dates. Gojira are set to join Metallica’s WorldWired Tour along with Avenged Sevenfold on July 29th at Los Angeles, CA’s Rose Bowl and continue on the road with them through August 16th (see attached itinerary). Tickets for the upcoming dates are set to go on sale Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time.
This coming spring Gojira are set to embark on a string of U.S. dates with Opeth which will kick-off May 4th at Nashville, Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium and will also see Gojira performing festival sets at Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5th) and Rock On The Range (May 19th-21st). The tour will also include a stop at Morrison, Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 11th (see attached itinerary). For tickets more information please visit, www.Gojira-Music.com.
Last year Gojira’s MAGMA staked its claim amongst the best albums of 2016, earning Metal Hammer’s coveted “Album of the Year” title while also landing on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016,” Consequence of Sound’s “Top 50 Albums of 2016” / “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016” lists, and Pop Matters’ “Best Metal of 2016” recap. Additionally “Stranded,” the lead single off of MAGMA, was named one of Stereogum’s “100 Favorite Songs Of 2016.”
This past June Gojira’s MAGMA took the #1 spot on Billboard’s ‘Hard Rock Albums’ chart upon debut, making Gojira the first French band to hold the #1 spot on the chart in its nine year existence. The release of MAGMA marked the highest chart debuts of Gojira’s career landing them at #4 on Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Albums’ chart, #6 on Billboard’s ‘Tastemaker Albums’ chart and Top 25 on the ‘Billboard 200.’ Furthermore, Gojira earned career high chart positions around the globe including Top 10’s in France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway with Top 15 debuts in Australia and Germany. MAGMA is available at all DSPs and at www.Gojira-Music.com in a variety of exclusive bundles.
2017 U.S. DATES
** With Kyng
* With Opeth
^^ With Deafheaven and Code Orange
‡ With Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold
# Festival Date
5/2 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues **
5/3 Birmingham, AL Iron City **
5/4 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium*
5/5 Concord, NC Charlotte Motor Speedway – Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion#
5/6 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory*
5/7 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom*
5/9 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre*
5/11 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
5/12 Kansas City, MO Arvest bank Theater at The Midland*
5/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
5/16 Buffalo, NY The Rapids Theatre^^
5/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage, AE^^
5/18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live^^
5/19 Columbus, OH Mapfre Stadium – Rock On The Range#
7/29 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl ‡
8/4 Phoenix, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium ‡
8/6 San Diego, CA Petco Park ‡
8/9 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
8/14 Vancouver, BC BC Place ‡
8/16 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium ‡
For more information, visit www.Gojira-Music.com
It’s official! This summer North America is getting WorldWired and we want you to be there! Visit Metallica.com for more information on Fan Club presales, Enhanced Experiences brought to you by CID Entertainment, and how you can enter to win prizes through donations to our new All Within My Hands Foundation thanks to our collaboration with Crowdrise.
May 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
May 17 – Uniondale, NY – The New Coliseum Presented by NYCB
May 19 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
May 21 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range @ MAPFRE Stadium
June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
June 7 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
June 11 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 5 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
July 7 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
July 9 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
June 12 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
July 14 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete de Quebec
June 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
July 19 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium
August 6 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
August 9 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
August 16 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
To commemorate Metal Blade Records‘ 35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label’s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special USA tour this March: Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. See below for all dates!
Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon tour dates
Celebrating Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary
Feb. 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Feb. 23 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 24 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Feb. 25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Feb. 26 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 28 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
Mar. 1 – Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 2 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 3 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Mar. 4 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Mar. 8 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 9 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar. 10 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 11 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar. 14 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 15 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 16 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
After headlining the Impericon “Never Say Die!” European tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Fallujah, and more last month, Whitechapel is ready to head out on the road again, in support of their new album, Mark of the Blade. Hailed as “an exciting milestone” (AltPress.com), Mark of the Blade sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with 11 tracks that leave a distinct impression on every listener. To view the crushing, emotional video for “Bring Me Home” – and to purchase the record in various formats – please visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel
Cattle Decapitation recently joined forces with Brujeria for a USA tour in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinctionwas named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation
Currently on the road with Crowbar after a crushing Ozzfest performance, Goatwhore are currently finishing up work on their seventh full-length, which was recorded and is being mixed entirely in analog format. Their previous record, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (2014), was dubbed their most “varied record to date, as well as their strongest” (Pitchfork.com) and “unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive” (PopMatters.com). Constricting Rage Of The Merciless can be previewed and purchased at: metalblade.com/goatwhore
Since the release of their new album, Proponent for Sentience, this past September, Allegaeonhas shared the stage with the likes of Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth and more at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, as well as joined label-mates Battlecross and Necromancing the Stone for the annual “Winter Warriors Tour”. To preview and purchase Proponent for Sentience – a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept album – please visit: metalblade.com/allegaeon
Cattle Decapitation online:
What is it to be an amateur? Is it to be inexperienced? Is it to lack the knowledge of how to do something at an expert level? This is not what Louisiana-based Royal Teeth thinks when they hear the word. Their new EP Amateurs, due to release on November 18, has a sound that is far from that of an amateur.
Formed in Louisiana, the band, with varying members, have been playing since 2010 and have been touring for about five years. They have an upbeat sound that, according to Gary Larsen, is inspired by the music that is common to the New Orleans area where most of the members now reside.
The band has released two albums previously, all of which carry an upbeat sound similar to that of American Authors. The band has been writing for a while, as their last album was released three years ago. Singer and guitar player Larson would agree that it has been a long time, saying, “When you have that much time off and you still try to be busy, you end up writing way too many songs and we just have way too many ideas to know what to do with. We have to start getting these flushed out as soon as possible.”
The latest release, a single with the same name as the album, is a fast-paced song with the pop sounds of today that also resemble the synth-heavy sounds of the 1980s.
The two members explain that Amateur comes from a French word meaning passion. Larson talks about an amateur passion. It comes with the idea that passion has moments that aren’t sugar coated, and those moments are just as important as the moments of success that musicians experience. “Life goes on. It’s nice to talk about the follow your dreams moment, but there’s more to it than that. . . You can follow your dreams, but you can still acknowledge that things can suck.”
The word amateur is to be looked at from a more vibrant perspective. The band is passionate, and writing music and playing shows is still fun. They don’t see themselves as virtuoso musicians, but rather a group of friends that truly love what they do in the same way they did when they first began their musical journeys.
How does the band keep the amateur mindset? Adventure. They have toured across the United States and into parts of Canada; they like to find something new to explore in every city no matter how many times they have visited. Larson admits that, as a musician, this is not hard. “You get really used to the interstate and a bar,” he says. “You want a second get out of that, to, on some level, live there for just a small period of time.”
The band is currently half-way through the first leg of their tour, and is expected in Pittsburgh on October 27. The second leg of the tour will continue near the west coast, and Hefner excitedly talks about some new cities on the tour. “We’ve never played Vancouver before, and there is a Vancouver stop on the second half of this tour that I’m really excited about.”
Royal Teeth has also begun discussing the possibility of returning to the studio soon. They promise fans that it will not be another three years before the release of an album. For now, they will continue touring across the country, keeping lead singer Nora Patterson’s words in mind: I have dreams, and they are gigantic.
Royal Teeth recently announced a new EP, Amateurs, set to drop on November 18th via Round Hill Music (American Authors, Bruno Mars) — check out their recently released title track, “Amateurs.” The band has gained a ton of attention in the past with their hit single “Wild,” including a performance on American Idol (by personal invitation of Harry Connick Jr. himself!). Check out appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly and American Idol.
Interview and piece by Stephanie Connell
Pittsburgh native Amy Rigby’s ‘Diary of a Mod Housewife’ is a modern classic. It has never been available on vinyl. This will change Nov 18th when this wonderful album finally gets the vinyl release it deserves. Here’s what the press has said about it:
“..masterful. Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.” – New York Times
“Rigby’s solo debut remains a classic.” – Chicago Tribune
“An impressive debut. A-“ – Entertainment Weekly
“Concept album of the year. A” – Robert Christgau
“There are no maybes about Mod—this is a wonderful album” – People Magazine
“As liberating as the first Pretenders album” – Salon
“…one of rock’s most distinctive and consistently excellent songwriters.” – Washington Post
“…an instant classic” – UNCUT
Amy Rigby established herself as a solo artist in 1996 with debut album Diary Of A Mod Housewife, but had already been writing and performing her honest, intelligent and instantly-memorable songs for years as a member of early NYC alt-country band Last Roundup and girl group the Shams. Over the last two decades she has toured the US, UK and Europe and released four more acclaimed solo albums, as well as three duo records with her husband Wreckless Eric. Nov 18th, Diary Of A Mod Housewife will be released on vinyl for the first time and Amy is touring to revisit the classics and play new songs from her upcoming solo album due out next year. Here are the dates:
Sat 22 Oct 2016 Hudson, NY at Spotty Dog
Sun 23 Oct 2016 Cambridge, MA at Atwood’s Tavern 4pm
Wed 26 Oct 2016, Rochester NY at Abilene Bar & Lounge
Thu 27 Oct 2016 Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
Fri 28 Oct 2016 Champaign, IL at A Sandwich Life House Concert
Sun 30 Oct 2016, Chicago, IL at Reckless Records In-store 4pm
Sun 30 Oct 2016 – Rockford, IL at Mary’s Place 8pm
Tue 01 Nov 2016 – Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café
Thu 03 -06 Nov 2016 – Harbor Springs, MI at Springfed Arts Lambs Retreat
Thu 17 Nov 2016 – New York, NY at The HiFi Bar
Sat 19 Nov 2016 – Media, PA at Concerts @ Sixth St.
Sun 20 Nov 2016 – Vienna, VA at Jammin’ Java
Thu 01 Dec 2016 – Glasgow, UK at Admiral Bar
Sun 04 Dec 2016 – Hull, UK at Furley & Co
Sun 11 Dec 2016 – London, UK at Come Down & Meet the Folks 7pm
Tue 13 Dec 2016 – Brighton, UK at Prince Albert
Wed 14 Dec 2016 – Leicester, UK at The Musician
Here is a track from Diary of a Mod Housewife plus a live performance:
Jim James’ Second Solo Album
out November 4th
Announces Headline US Tour
“One of rock’s most powerful singers and one of its most fearless architects” -Rolling Stone
Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, announces the release of Eternally Even, out November 4 via ATO/Capitol Records.
Defying categorization, James’ second solo project, Eternally Even, co-produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and Jim James, is a heart-thumping call to action. The timing of its release, smack in the middle of election season, is no accident.
“I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time.” says James. “Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO fucked up- our political system is broken and corrupt…our earth is being destroyed by climate change…people are not treating each other with equality and respect… and I think- are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but its important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.”
In early 2013, his first solo full length Regions of Light and Sound of God was released and met with widespread critical acclaim. Praised as “truly breathtaking” by Time Out and “magnificent” by Rolling Stone, the album was followed with a sold-out national headlining tour and appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show with David Letterman and Austin City Limits.
Jim James will be embarking a solo tour this winter. Dates listed below—tickets go on sale this Friday, September 23. Jim James fan club members get first access to tickets tomorrow, September 20th. Get more information on the pre-sale and join the fan club here.
New Tour Dates
11/15 & 11/16: Boston, MA @ Royale
11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly
11/19: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
11/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/23: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/25: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
11/26: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/29: Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/30: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
12/01: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
12/03: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
12/05: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
12/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
12/07: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
12/10: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/11: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
12/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
12/14: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/16: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/17: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
9/28: Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
9/29: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
9/30: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, San Francisco, CA
10/1: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
*support by Twin Limb on all dates (except Fillmore SF)
The eternal road hellions in GOATWHORE will take to the streets again on a final run of live debauchery to close out the year. Set to launch on September 16th and level fifteen stages throughOctober 1st, the band’s latest stretch of onstage demolitions includes a stop at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, California on September 24th and follows last month’s two-week European tour. Support will be provided by The Blood Royale on select dates. See all confirmed performances below.
Upon their return home, team GOATWHORE will rehearse for two weeks before heading into the studio to begin tracking the follow-up to their critically-adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length, issued in 2014 via Metal Blade Records.
GOATWHORE w/ The Blood Royale:
9/16/2016 The District – Lafayette, LA *
Metal Injection crowned Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, “the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far,” Pitchfork commended the band’s, “most varied record to date, as well as their strongest,” while PopMatters hailed an offering that’s “unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive.”
Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Constricting… also hit the #21 spot on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, #13 on the Independent chart and, boasting ten mutinous tracks of thick, predatory, subterranean metal, continues to reap the exaltation of fans and critics globally. Purchase your copy today at metalblade.com/goatwhore where you’ll also find a host of videos, including a special edition of “FBS,” compiled from fan-filmed footage from around the globe.
Bay Area thrash icons DEATH ANGEL will kick off an epic run of live dates supporting Slayer and Anthrax. The latest trek, which commenced with a string of headlining dates September 4th, will run through October 30th and level over three dozen stages with an included stint on Rock Allegiance in Chester, Pennsylvania alongside Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah and many more. See the band’s full schedule below.
DEATH ANGEL w/ Slayer, Anthrax:
9/09/2016 Jacob’s Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
9/10/2016 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI
9/11/2016 Streeters Ground Zero – Traverse City, MI #
9/12/2016 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
9/13/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/15/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/16/2016 Anthology – Rochester, NY (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
9/17/2016 The Chance – Pougheepsie, NY **
9/18/2016 Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA [info]
9/20/2016 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
9/21/2016 Conchord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #
9/22/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2016 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA #
9/25/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
9/27/2016 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/28/2016 Fillmore – Miami, FL
9/29/2016 Club LA – Destin FL #
9/30/2016 Horseshoe Casino Tunica – Tunica, MS
10/01/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN **
10/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/04/2016 The Orange Peel – Danville, VA (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
10/05/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/06/2016 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA **
10/07/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/08/2016 ACL at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
10/10/2016 Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/11/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2016 The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
10/14/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID #
10/15/2016 Revolution Concert House – Garden City, ID #
10/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA #
10/17/2016 ENMAX Center – Lethbridge, AB
10/19/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
10/20/2016 Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC
10/21/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR #
10/22/2016 Gibson Ranch/Aftershock – Elverta, CA **
10/23/2016 Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
10/24/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NB **
10/25/2016 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ #
10/26/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM #
10/27/2016 El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
10/28/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ **
10/29/2016 Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA **
10/30/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA **
** DEATH ANGEL only
# Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL only
DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their newest full-length The Evil Divide, released earlier this Spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The Evil Divide was recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010’sRelentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.
Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remains as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability drive The Evil Divide. The group – vocalist Mark Osegueda, lead guitarist Rob Cavestany, guitarist Ted Aguilar, drummer Will Carroll, and bassist Damien Sisson – satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.
The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Parkbegan to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released By The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art Of Dying for the next generation.
In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon) for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.
Los Angeles, California Hard Rock band VYCES have announced that they will coheadline the
HELLRZZR Toursponsored byHELLRZZR Clothing with Las Vegas, Nevada bandInvidia this fall. The tour will kick off onOctober 18th in San Diego, California, make its way to the midwest, and then conclude onNovember 22nd in Sacramento, California at The Boardwalk.
After recently premiering their video for their single “DEVIL” from the band’s upcoming debut EP due out October 20, 2016 that was produced by Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre) on VEVO, VYCES is ready to hit the road on a coheadlining US run with Invidia and White Knuckle Riot in support.
Pre-orders will be available on September 29th on iTunes!
VYCES frontman Dave Naruszewicz comments, “We are extremely excited for the opportunity to be heading out on The HELLRZZR Tour with the super heavy and talented INVIDIA and White Knuckle Riot. We’ve been working really hard over the past three years putting VYCES together. It’s an amazing feeling to see this beast finally come to life. We are really looking forward to seeing familiar faces, and making new fans along the way. We’ll see you all on the road!!”
“DEVIL” can be seen here:
The song can be purchased here:
INVIDIA is a massive heavy metal supergroup comprised of IN THIS MOMENT bassist Travis Johnson on vocals, Matt Snell of 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH fame on bass with SKINLAB guitarists Brian Jackson & Marcos Medinacompleting this highly anticipated project masterminded by metal Legend
“Making My Amends” can be seen here:
White Knuckle Riot was formed in California in order to deliver the people a politically charged message, conveyed in heavy rock, haunting lyrics and drive.
White Knuckle Riot – The Frontline w/Lyrics
HELLRZZR Clothing is a street brand that doesn’t pertain to any one style. They have the brass to take on a wide variety of meanings while staying significant to their values, stand up and fight for what they believe in, and live life to the fullest. There’s a HELLRZZR in us all and nothing worth having is obtained without putting in the work. HELLRZZR is quality printed and designed clothing that embodies these core values with the intension to regularly deliver consistency in their designs while offering a new style that embraces continuous change.
HELLRZZR TOUR DATES:
10/18 – San Diego, CA – TBA
Evan Seidlitz Vocals/Keyboards
Shawn Patterson Guitar
Mark James Klepaski Bass
Russell Ray – Drums
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In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago based group, HeartSet Self Destruct. After recording 2 full length records, releasing a single to active rock radio which charted at #1 on Music Choice Network, and years of touring North America with such bands as Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Filter it was time for change.
Looking to feed his passion as an artist, Dave spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene but didn’t find what he was looking for. Not deterred, Dave reached out to longtime friend and fellow musician/drummer, Russell Ray. Russ (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown) also cowrote and recorded drums for WindUp Records recording artist Megan McCauley.
Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month, working with Russ to build something new, original and undeniable. Russ then reached out to former bandmate and guitarist Shawn Patterson (formerly Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique). The three began writing, recording, and sharing demos that would eventually become the foundation of VYCES. After a few trips to L.A., they entered the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre).
One year later, the band completed 14 songs that established the raw sound, power, and a vision that is VYCES. The band has been compared to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, sonically creating a dark blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as “exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to be stronger, get better and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”
“Trick Candle” Video Unleashed w/ FUSE
National Tour Includes Cyndi Lauper Support 9/17
9/10: San Marcos, TX @ SMTX Pride
9/10: San Antonio, TX @ Mission Pachanga
9/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino w/ Cyndi Lauper
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
9/24: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall (9:45 set time)
10/6 Savannah, GA @ Wormhole
10/8: Arlington, VA @ Iota Cafe
10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
10/13: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
10/14 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
10/15: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
10/18: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
The Beat Is Dead out October 28 on Cosmica Artists,
Debut Solo Album From Girl In A Coma Frontwoman
The Beat Is Dead is the new solo debut LP from Girl In A Coma frontwomanNina Diaz, announced recently alongside her NPR Tiny Desk Concert and lead album track “January 9th”. Today, she unveils the colorful video for post-punk 80s synth driven album single “Trick Candle” which premiered with FUSE. Displaying the feistier side of her eclectic 13-song collection, the “Trick Candle” video is available HERE.
Girl In A Coma is the critically hailed indie-punk band that was famously nurtured by Joan Jett, opened for Morrissey and Tegan and Sara, and earned multiple Independent Music Awards. The Beat Is Dead shines a light on Nina’s electrifying rock’n’roll repertoire and introspective nature, simultaneously tapping into a dark emotive place and the triumphant strength of her journey to sobriety.
Hailed for enrapturing crowds with her wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor, Nina Diaz will kick off a national tour this weekend with stops in NYC, Philadelphia and Chicago as well as a support date for Cyndi Lauper on 9/17 in Albuquerque. Full list of tour dates here.
Photo Credit: Jade Hernandez