The Brothers Reed – Pittsburgh performance @BlackForgeCoffee

The sibling acoustic duo from Southern Oregon, The Brothers Reed, are on a two-month national tour promoting their brand new album “Three” set to release on Jan.6th. They are performing at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh on February 15th.

“Their melodies make their music exceptional” – Natalie Johnson (music editor for Sneak Preview)

“…intoxicating sound a light in the darkness of the song craft” – Josh Gross (album review in Rogue Valley Messenger)

Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until two years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.

            With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained.  

Touring as a guitar-duo, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion and keys into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original.   Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft.

            Winners of 2014’s “Road to Nashville,” competition as well as finalists and crowd favorites of Britt Festivals 2015 “Rising Stars Contest,” the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. Their sophomore full length, Monster In My Head (released March 2016), is a power-punch follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed debut, Sick As Folk. Moving away from the stripped down approach of Sick As Folk, Monster In My Head combines full band instrumentation with the finest elements of folk, rock, R&B, country and reggae, to create a record that at 17 tracks is an ambitious yet fluid piece of work. The album also marks the group’s first effort at collaboration and features several guest artists including Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; Jazz is Dead), T.J. Eilers (Synrgy, Buckle Rash, The Illies) and Ambur Rose (Roses and Whiskey).

All aspects of the brand including management, website design, graphics, and album production (engineering, recording and mixing) is done completely by The Brothers.  

Find tour dates, merch., and videos at www.thebrothersreed.comSick As Folk and Monster In My Head are available on iTunes, Spotify, and also at www.thebrothersreed.com

 (Photo courtesy of Daniel McCarty of Focal Fire Productions)

 

Dec 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo – Comedy Rock Kings PSYCHOSTICK “The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour”

Comedy rock kings PSYCHOSTICK return to Pittsburgh for a tour date on December 9th at Cattivo.
The tour is in support of the band’s latest album ‘IV: Revenge of The Vengeance’, which has been a great success for the bands with hit singles and a huge online following (just watch their videos and see the millions of views) plus the band will be revealing new material from their planned follow up album to be released in 2018, which they unleashed their single ‘Adulting” planned to be on the forthcoming release.
Concert Details – 12/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo – http://www.psychostick.com/tour

 

For fans of Dethklok, Bloodhound Gang, Tenacious D,
Weird Al Yankovic, Primus, Stephen Lynch, Mr. Bungle

The Kings of Comedy Rock PSYCHOSTICK Hate Growing Up w/ New Video “Adulting”

On Tour Now! “The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour”

Photo Credit: Colt Coan

 


The kings of comedy rock PSYCHOSTICK are kicking off their “The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour” presented by Zildjian in St. Louis, MO on November 2nd and wrapping it up in Pittsburgh, PA on December 9th with support from Arsonists Get All The Girls (on select dates), Kissing Candice and Raven Black. As the band hits the road to share new and familiar material, they have posted their latest video “Adulting”, which will be one of many new tracks planned on their forthcoming album set for release in 2018 to follow their 2014 break out “Revenge of The Vengeance”.

Guitarist Josh “The J” Key comments:

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve transitioned from the tour-tour-tour vagabond lifestyle to having homes and lives again. On the one hand, it’s nice to sleep in your own bed and to have a social group and girlfriends you see regularly. On the other hand, the reality of having to clean, dust, take out trash, taking care of things, mow lawns, etc left us crashing down to reality hard. Over a decade ago I uprooted my stable life as a web designer to go tour, and now I find myself recalling, “Oh YEAH! I remember this stable life stuff! And it’s BULLSHIT!” So this song is dedicated to all our fans that had to plan around their responsibilities to make it to the show.”

Watch “Adulting” at the following link:

In addition to the tour, the band like to remind fans that No-Shave November is getting near and to be aware by embracing their hair, which many cancer patients lose and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. They ask fans to share their video “Obey The Beard” with the hashtags #obeythebeard and #noshaveovember and to please donate to https://no-shave.org/.

Watch “Obey The Beard” at the following link:

Music Videos:
So Heavy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBOSkT-7jBE
Danger Zone – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om0KOWbOkCk
Bruce Campbell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX_vADIJts0
N.O.E.L. (System of a Down B.Y.O.B. Christmas Parody Song) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZWlZFfAnIM

The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour 
w/ Psychostick, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Kissing Candice, Raven Black
* without Arsonists Get All The Girls
11/06 – Billings, MT – Pub Station *
11/08 – Lewiston, ID – 3rd Wheel *
11/09 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
11/10 – Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX
11/11 – Chico, CA – Masonic
11/12 – Cupertino, CA – The X-Bar
11/14 – West Hollywood, CA – The Viper Room
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
11/16 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/19 – El Paso, Texas – Rock House Bar and Grill
11/21 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
11/24 – Dallas, TX – The Dirty 30
11/25 – Houston, TX – Walters
11/26 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
11/27 – Southport, LA – Southport Music Hall
11/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/29 – Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
11/30 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
12/01 – Lake Worth, FL – Propaganda
12/02 – Spartanburg, SC – Groundzero
12/03 – Fayetteville, NC – The DHP
12/05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
12/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
12/07 – Long Island, NY – Revolution Music Hall
12/08 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
12/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
12/10 – Cleveland, OH – The Odeon

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit http://www.psychostick.com

PSYCHOSTICK‘s “IV: Revenge of The Vengeance” is available on iTunes here, the band’s online store here and all major online retailers.  

About:

Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, and a style of music they’ve coined as ‘humorcore’. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US of A, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

Now residing in Chicago, IL, the almost 100 percent do-it-yourself laugh factory Psychostick have released four full-length albums–‘We Couldn’t Think of a Title’ (2006), ‘Sandwich’ (2009), ‘Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D’ (2011) and ‘IV: Revenge of the Vengeance’ (2014)—and two EPs—their holiday album, ‘The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride’ (2007), and ‘The Digital Appetizer’. With their signature sound (Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed sexing Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic) their most recent offering, the crowd-funded ‘IV: Revenge of the Vengeance‘ includes the beard anthem ‘Obey the Beard’ and popular ‘Dogs Like Socks’, ‘Quack Kills’, ‘So. Heavy.’, ‘Blue Screen’, and a tribute to the 21st century’s most beloved action super hero, ‘Bruce Campbell’. Psychostick are crazy to share with fans many more comedy sing-a-longs on the road and more!

 

Silverstein @Mr. Smalls on 3/1

After spending the summer sweating it out on Warped Tour and their fall trekking through the UK and Europe, Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein are showing no signs of running out of steam, embarking on The Get Free Tour in the new year, with support from Tonight Alive and Broadside.

Silverstein released their eighth full-length album Dead Reflection in July to critical acclaim. Check out their track “Ghost” here, which premiered on Sirius XM Faction.

“The element of hope has always been in our band; we want to preach positivity, it’s just that sometimes you have to go through darkness to get there. At the core, that’s what Dead Reflection is about,” said vocalist Shane Told, who also hosts the wildly popular Lead Singer Syndrome podcast.

The Get Free Tour stops at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA on 3/1.

Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fueled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers Silverstein. Throughout the course of their 17-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, Silverstein has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance marks the band’s eighth full-length, Dead Reflection—an album that proves Silverstein still has plenty of fire left.

Silverstein have released an album every odd year since their 2003 debut, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, and that drive is paramount to why the band remains one of post-hardcore’s most relevant and influential acts. This consistency shows an uncommonly clear path of growth from album to album as the band honed the aggressive-to-melodic contrast that became their signature sound. Dead Reflection marks a sharp jump in that evolution: the band pushed themselves harder than ever before, resulting in an album the takes all of Silverstein’s strengths—pummeling riffs, explosive dynamic shifts, and huge, anthemic choruses—and ramps up the intensity. Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau co-produced Dead Reflection with Derek Hoffman, leading to a level of collaboration with which band had never experimented before. After years of creating and touring, the members of Silverstein have each become accomplished musicians in their own right while still summoning the same unbridled ferocity that marked the band’s early days, and it’s this fusion that makes Dead Reflection feel so vital.

Vocalist Shane Told has always been a master of taking his darkest times and channeling them into compelling songwriting, and Dead Reflection ups the ante as the singer documents his most troubled year. The tumultuous end of a long relationship sent Told into a self-destructive spiral that left him isolated and forced to confront who he truly was with everything stripped away. All of the positivity that had previously come so easily suddenly felt put-on, like a costume that never quite fit, and as the people closest to him were all entering new phases of life with new responsibilities, the singer found himself feeling more alone and nihilistic than ever. In the end it was Silverstein, the one constant in Told’s life, that brought him back from the brink. With the prospect of writing a new album on the horizon, he thew himself into the process, fully exploring the bleak narrative he was living out. Dead Reflection became a sort of “What-if?” version of Told’s life, a cautionary tale urging listeners to find out what really matters and challenge their own masks before it’s too late. Writing proved to be as cathartic as it was harrowing, and slowly Told began to feel the weight of the past year lifting; Silverstein had been there for him just when he needed it most.

Dead Reflection is an album that couldn’t exist without everything that’s come before it, a culmination not just of Silverstein’s sonic growth, but also the personal journeys entangled in the band’s career. Longevity was never the objective, but that drive to deliver their absolute best, no matter what the cost, is exactly why the band remains at the top of their game after almost two decades. For Silverstein there is no settling, no stopping, and they give nothing less than everything.

Music Legends King Crimson To Play Greensburg, PA – November 20

Music legends King Crimson will be making a rare appearance at the Palace Theater in Greensburg, PA on November 20, 2017! The band continues their 2017 North American tour with the fall leg including a 19-show run spanning October 19 to November 26. King Crimson is also performing at the Paramount Theatre in Long Island on November 13th.

Now in their 48th year, King Crimson will be returning to America in the Fall of 2017! The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that have not been visited in a while. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, last had live Crimson music in 2001, while Texas has experienced something of an epic Crimson drought since 1974, not counting ProjeKct Three’s week-long residency in the Lone Star state during March 1999.
Tour dates:
19 Oct Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX – tickets
21 Oct Music Hall, Dallas, TX – tickets 
23 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA – tickets 
24 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA – tickets 
26 Oct Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC – tickets 
28 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. – tickets 
29 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. – tickets 
31 Oct New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ – tickets 
02 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia, PA – tickets 
03 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia. PA – tickets 
06 Nov Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA – tickets 
08 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY – tickets 
09 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY – tickets 
11 Nov Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA – tickets
13 Nov Paramount Theatre, Long Island, NY – tickets
15 Nov Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – tickets
17 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – tickets
18 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – tickets 
20 Nov Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA – tickets
22 Nov Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI – tickets 
24 Nov Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland, OH – tickets
26 Nov Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – tickets
 
For more ticket information: https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on
 
With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, long-time bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972. 
 
As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label’s interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.
 
Here’s what the press have raved about King Crimson’s summer 2017 North American tour:
 
On our final evening at the festival, we were witness to the concert that inevitably proved to be its highlight…The blend of mood, melody, ambiance and atmosphere dazzled the audience, which responded with frequent standing ovations.” – Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine
 
“Complex musical structures, the power, the intensity and the flight of guitars, flutes and especially drums, the progressive rock of King Crimson unfolded like never…With a dense and complex performance that perfectly coincided with the title of the tour entitled Radical Action, King Crimson took over all the years of his long career, offered new material and transported the music lovers to their rich universe and especially without compromise.” –  YVES LECLERC, Journal de Quebec
 
“Fripp and his band offered an impeccable performance in two stages. No melodies, no flapping, only musicians at the top of their art.” – IAN BUSSIÈRES La Presse, Quebec
 
“The band finally reaps all that it has sown in its many transformations…the company of the good old days got its money’s worth! In short, the king is not dead, far from it, and they still rejoice.” – Réjean Beaucage, Voir.ca
 
There was an undeniable nostalgic thrill to these songs, but considering the unconventional setup and the band’s longstanding aversion to living in the past, they weren’t presented as museum pieces…this remained a celebration from a band that has found a way to honour the scope of its legacy without abandoning its avant-garde principles. Crimson has never sounded more complete, or more joyous, on stage than it does now.” –  Jordan Zivitz, Montreal Gazette
 
“The eclectic setlist covered the bands forty plus years, beginning with 1973’s ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part One’ earmarked by one of several Mel Collins’ exemplary solos, then jumped a decade later for the fluid ‘Neurotica’ with Fripp’s hyper-kinetic guitar riffs perched alongside a dizzying high tempo jazz beat. The uniqueness of seeing each of these seasoned musicians working is near indescribable and has to be experienced live, to fully embrace their vision – think of eight master painters working in their own style, but on a common canvas, and you begin to get the idea of things.” – We Heart Music, Minneapolis
 
“As part of their 17-show ‘Radical Action Tour 2017,’ King Crimson made a stop at the Greek Theatre for what can only be succinctly described as nearly three hours of absolute musical bliss — subtle and pastoral on one hand, a cacophony of sonic thrusts on the other.” – Shawn Perry Vintage Rock
 
“While their strong EP of new originals ‘Heroes,’ (in tribute to David Bowie) has devoted fans pleased and open-eared, it’s the rarities from the back catalog that haven’t been played in decades or ever that make this tour’s lineup exceptionally strong. Astounding as it was, King Crimson still has the propensity to tackle songs from all over their vast catalog, while incessantly adding new intersections and elements.” – Dylan Muhlberg, Grateful Web
 
In other news:
 
The band has recently released “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box.” As with previous releases in the “Elements” series, the full variety of King Crimson’s music is presented over 2 CDs! Featuring extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2016, many of which make their first appearance on CD. 
 
Every line-up is featured across the double CD set. Of particular interest on the new set is the inclusion on disc 2 of every part of “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” (some studio, some live) from “Part I” to “Level 5” – interspersed with elements taken from the original studio sessions and rehearsals. 
 
Packaged in a DVD-sized fold out digipak style book case with a 24 page booklet including sleeve notes by co-compiler Sid Smith, photos of memorabilia, full info about the 2016 tour and a number of band and individual photos of the current band line-up. http://shop.schizoidshop.com/the-elements-of-king-crimson—2017-tour-box-p1670.aspx
 
Also, coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson released a CD EP titled “Heroes – Live In Europe, 2016.” Recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour., the EP was released on June 2nd 2017 and, along with “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box,” can be ordered via the shops atwww.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees.www.schizoidshop.com.
 
For more information: www.dgmlive.com
 
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REVIEW AND PICTORIAL: PITTSBURGH HOSTS A STAR STUDDED FARM AID 2017

Just wow.  Take in the stage at this moment and realize how surreal it is.  There is Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp all together on one stage.  And amongst them, Jamey Johnson and his non-brother Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliffe, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson, and Valerie June and some other soon to be household names.  The press conference pre-show was enough to get any music enthusiast running like a Mopar engine.  But it was also an excellent reminder of what the day was really about, who the true stars and heroes were: The Farmers.  Local farmers from the Pittsburgh area were also invited to speak and the Farm Aid organization made some short documentary-style film pieces to explain what their daily lives are like.  Let’s just say ‘it ain’t easy’. It put a whole lot of perspective on the day and the true reason why it was important that the music heroes were putting this all together, on their own dime and without profiting from any merch sales.

All photos © 2017 AWeldingphoto

 

The traditional send-off was a prayer with Willie Nelson and representatives of the Native American community, and then it was truly down to business once the Blackwood Quartet started to their synchronized crooning.  The true rocking got going once the highly experimental psych-rock Insects vs Robots out of Venice, CA took the stage.  The band includes Micah Nelson, son of Willie.  The sound comes off more Neil Young than Willie Nelson though and they put on a tremendous eclectic performance.  Of special note were the massive LED screens set up throughout Key Bank Pavillion, incredible not only in their detail but technology.  The stage background was LED as well and included an ingenious separation that allowed a quick load in and off of equipment between bands.  The sound was excellent and for the most part, the sets ran like clockwork.

 

Valerie June is best described as a blend of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, and  Appalachian bluegrass.  It’s not something one may expect if judging by appearance, she’s a naturally beautiful African American woman with dreds like Lenny Kravitz once had.  Blessed with a killer voice and being able to play multiple instruments definitely makes her a multi-faceted threat.  Her performance was clean crisp and a great invitation to her style of music.

Lukas Nelson (also a son of Willie) and his band Promise of the Real are so good they are also Neil Young’s backing band.  They have a chill rock sound with a country basis a la The Allman Band.  Blackberry Smoke put a lot more of the rock into their country-tinged sound that takes its influence from The Stones, Aerosmith, and of course Skynard.

The more well-known acts then started to fill in along with the crowd.  Jamey Johnson started revving up the fans with his country music stylings.  Jamey is a very accomplished having contributed songs to  Willie Nelson and Merle HaggardTrace AdkinsGeorge StraitJames OttoJoe Nichols and Jessie James Decker.  The signatures on his acoustic guitar reveal a lot about who he has worked with, even the very visible Kris Kristofferson signature.  He played some great cover songs including The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” Don Williams’ “Some Tears Will Never Mend,” Little Feat’s “Willin’,” Jerry Reed’s “Eastbound and Down” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” Next up was alt-country newcomer Margo Price out of Nashville.  Price’s music is also very country based, but not as much as some of her alt-country peers, more along the lines of June Carter with a modern twist.

Around 4PM things started to definitely kick up a notch with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, most well known for the hit “S.O.B.”  Their set had a ton of gusto and movement creating a dynamic experience that matched well with the exciting Avett Brothers who went on after Rateliff.  The Avett Bros. are no strangers to Pittsburgh and put on a foot-stomping ho-down of folk-rock that was definitely one of the more “fun” sets of the day including Laundry Room,” “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” and “Talk on Indolence.”.  But, Jack Johnson and his ability to get many of the acts such as Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, and Nathaniel Rateliff to jam with him to play Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” made the set amazing to witness.  He also got The Avett Brothers to play with him and an improvised guitar accompaniment by Lukas Nelson that Johnson described as “that’s beautiful”.  Probably the most laid back and hilarious songs of the day had to be Jack’s backstage Farm Aid written a tune, “Willie Got Me Stoned and Took All My Money.”

When Sheryl Crow was done with a few of her hits (Every Day is a Winding Road” “My Favorite Mistake”), she also got some of the other band members to come up, most notably Willie, the man himself.  The 23K plus attendees went nuts as “Pops” strapped on an acoustic that has witnessed many miles and many stories.  To see Willie Nelson pay tribute to Gregg Allman on “Midnight Rider” with Crow, his son Lukas, and Jack Johnson was a beautiful moment.

Dave Matthews did a forceful acoustic performance with Tim Reynolds that was powerful and passionate as he played “Don’t Drink the Water,”“Satellite” and “Mercy” as well as“What Would You Say.”  He also did an unreleased tune called “Odds Are Against Us” which he did with a bit of trepidation.  The set was intense and a clinic in how two acoustic guitars can blow away a full band at times.

John Mellencamp, a Farm Aid founder, brought a backing band that was dynamic and showed why the top acts have the ability to stay in the spot for decades.  Opening with “Lawless Times,” and transitioning to big hit “Small Town”, Mellencamp had a nice mix of the old and new with a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway,” “Check it Out,” “Pink Houses,”and an acoustic singalong to “Jack and Diane”, a song he said of, “I don’t even know why I play this song, I only play this song ’cause I know you guys want to hear it.”  He then told of writing the song as a young man as he was “working” on something in one room and writing the song in the other, accomplishing both goals by the wee hours of the morning.  His “Rain on the Scarecrow” will forever be a defining moment for Farm Aid history, telling the tale of the plight that the American Farmer had back in the 80’s.

 

Neil Young came out meaning business with  “F*!#in’ Up” (frequently covered by Pearl Jam) and wailing on his classic Gibson “Old Black” and doing his giant walk to Lukas Nelson and his backing band POTR.  The super long guitar jam of “Cortez the Killer” was blistering only to go into the ultra-fave “Cinnamon Girl”.  Young paused to thank the everyone for coming to Farm Aid and strongly noted, “Farmers are the American heroes today. They’re living a real life.”  Going into acoustic mode Young put on the famous harmonica and jammed out “Human Highway,” “Heart of Gold”, “Comes A Time” and fan faves “Like a Hurricane” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.”  Much of the crowd talked about the set is one of the best Young had ever done at any Farm Aid.

Willie Nelson and The Family went on to close out the night.  Along with some of his family members, they performed “Whiskey River”,“Still is Still Moving to Me,” “Beer for My Horses” and “Good Hearted Woman” (”one for Waylon,” he said). Jamey Johnson accompanied Willie and took the Merle Haggard part on “It’s All Going to Pot.” Sheryl Crow, Valerie June and the Avetts came out to participate on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away,” and son Lukas just crushed the guitar on “Texas Flood.”  It was a day and evening for the record books. Hopefully, it won’t take Farm Aid another 15 years to return.

 

 

Real Friends Returns to Pittsburgh

By Paige Elexis Owens

After taking several months off of the road and the stage, Real Friends performed in Pittsburgh’s South Side at the Rex Theater on June 7th.

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CHON @RexTheater on 6/20

Headlining North American Tour
With Support From Tera Melos, Covet,
And Little Tybee.
**New Album Homey Set To Release On June 16th, 2017**
 
**Pre-Order Homey Here**

June 20 | Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA
 
**Watch CHON’s ‘Making of Homey‘ Webisode #1 Here**
 
“CHON’s technicality is used to make music that’s inviting to any type of listener who wants to just listen 
to a group of awesome musicians.”
– Noisey
 
 “CHON has been building momentum the last few years,
showcasing their dazzling, mathy, emotional, mostly instrumental tunes”
– Red Bull Music
 
“CHON paints vividly beautiful and elaborate settings with the power of instrumentation”
– EARMILK
 
San Diego, CA – May 12, 2017 – CHON will be kicking off a headlining North American tour through 24 cities, with support from Tera Melos, Covet, and Little Tybee. For more information on their upcoming full-length album and tour, please visit: http://www.chonofficial.co
CHON recently announced the release of their second full-length album Homey on June 16th via Sumerian Records. Underneath a canopy of electronic-tinged soundscapes and tapestries of lush guitar mastery, you can practically feel the Southern California coast come to life on Homey.
Following the success of 2015’s Grow and worldwide touring with everyone from Periphery and Animals As Leaders to Circa Survive, the instrumental trio-brothers Mario [guitar] and Nathan Camarena [drums] and Erick Hansel [guitar]-returned home to San Diego in the summer of 2016 to begin work on what would become their next musical offering. For the very first time, they rented a rehearsal space a stone’s throw from the ocean, and the beachside locale’s influence courses through 12 virtuosic and vibrant new musical movements.
Those vibes transformed CHON into a vital force since their emergence in 2008. Grow marked their first entry on the Billboard Top 200, landing prominently in the Top 150. They impressively average 144K Spotify streams monthly with over 10 tracks cracking the 1-million mark and fan favorites such as “Story,” “Bubble Dream,” and “Can’t Wait” surpassing 2 million-a remarkable feat for a chiefly instrumental act. Homey sees them expand once more, incorporating a slew of future bass influences with collaborators such as Go Yama on “Berry Streets” and Lophile on “Nayhoo”, which also features a vocal cameo from Masego.
With excitement towards the upcoming release, CHON explains, “We’re super proud to show everyone our new album “Homey”. This time we tried a lot of new things out that we’ve always wanted to do, one of which being the chance to collab with a bunch of our favorite artists of all time, so this is a really special album to us. The loose concept behind the name “Homey” comes from the music being inspired by where we live in Southern California. A lot of magical moments went into the creation of this thing, and we hope you feel ’em”
CHON is set to release their upcoming full-length album Homey on June 16, 2017. For more information, please visit: http://www.chonofficial.com/.
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Upcoming Shows:
Jun 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Jun 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Jun 5 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Jun 6 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Jun 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Jun 9 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Jun 10 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Jun 11 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
Jun 13 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
Jun 14 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Jun 15 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Jun 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Jun 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jun 18 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Jun 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Jun 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Jun 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Jun 24 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Jun 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Jun 27 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
Jun 28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Jun 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Jul 1 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Zealousfest Art & Music Festival 4/1/17 in Kittanning, PA

Zealousfest 
Saturday, April 1st 2017
 4pm to 10pm
Radioactive Events Center
             227 Market Street
             Kittanning, PA 16201
•Admission: $10
Featuring 6 local metal bands, 6 acoustic acts, and 30+ artists (Traditional, Digital, Glasswork, Jewelry, Photography, Tattoo Art and more!)
•Erica Inzana will be doing flash tattoos.
•Plenty of prizes to be raffled off including a neon-green Jackson guitar, and admission tickets to local parks (Pittsburgh Zoo, Phipps Conservatory, Mattress Factory, etc)
Radioactive Events Center facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/radioactiveeventscenter/
Radioactive Events Center website: radioactiveeventscenter.com
More artists are welcome to participate, if interested email: radioactiveeventscenter@gmail.com ($5 participation fee)

The Shacks Live in Pittsburgh on February 25

The Shacks
at Rex Theater in Pittsburgh on Saturday, February 25

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When you listen to The Shacks‘ self-titled, debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting.The Shacks EP was released on October 7 via Big Crown Records.
The Shacks will be at Rex Theater on Saturday, February 25
Watch  “Orchids”:
https://youtu.be/v7OCVkxAwV0

Saturday, February 259:00pm
The Shacks @ Rex Theater

1602 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA
$12
18+
http://www.rextheater.com/

Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, “Strange Boy,” which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shackshave been compared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast.  As good as those bands are, you wouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking from the same well, just 20 years apart.
Watch  “Strange Boy”:
https://youtu.be/IxcDklMgidk
“Wise’s voice belies her age, and with Shrager’s production, this sounds like the early work of a force to be reckoned with”
NPR Music’s World Cafe Live

“The song and video make a case for the compelling power of minimalism and quiet beauty”
– The A.V. Club

“The Shacks rough up your doo-wop but stay sweet”
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FLOOD Magazine

GRIDFAILURE: Video For “Paranoia Will Not Coagulate” Released; Preorders For Split With NEVER PRESENCE FOREVER Posted

unnamed-4GRIDFAILURE has completed and released the project’s first video, created for the track “Paranoia Will Not Coagulate.” The soloist also confirms several new recordings to see release over the coming months.
“Paranoia Will Not Coagulate.” comes from the debut GRIDFAILURE album Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here, which was released in May 2016 through The Compound Recs. The outfit has since recorded and completed several other new titles, yet returns to the debut album for a series of videos beginning here. Captured in various sectors of New York and Pennsylvania over the Summer, the visual stimulant for the song was solely filmed and edited by the outfit’s lone creator, as with the others in the series, which are currently under construction.
See GRIDFAILURE’s video for “Paranoia Will Not Coagulate” at THIS LOCATION.
The Halloween-released Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP is available for free download HERE, and the limited split cassette with NEVER PRESENCE FOREVER — due out on December 23rd — is available for streaming and preorder via NEVER PRESENCE FOREVER HERE and GRIDFAILUREHERE.
The works of GRIDFAILURE are the haunted experimentations of David Brenner (ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik). The soloist has been collaborating with a wide cast of henchpersons across the country and beyond over the past several months, and is currently finishing up the final recordings for the cannibalistic post-Sixth Mass Extinction dementia of impending second album, Teeth Collection, for release in early 2017. Also, heavily underway is the construction of Drought Stick, which has somehow transformed from an investigational EP into an epic collection which explores more spacious, echoing movements fit for somnambulant wasteland deviations. Drought Stick will see 2017 release as a double conceptual album.
GRIDFAILURE has also rapidly completed most of a new EP, Hostile Alchemy, which will see release ahead of both Teeth Collection and Drought Stick in January 2017. Stand by for audio from the new EP in the coming days.

PGH Brewtal Beer Fest Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM – 8:30 PM

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     PGH BREWTAL BEER FEST!

    Do you love hops and totally hail Satan?! Come join us in the darkness where mash meets mosh and where pint meets pit. We bring you the most brutal bands and breweries under one roof! We bring you PGH Brewtal Beer Fest!

    That’s right! This is a BEER FEST & MUSIC FEST!

    THE BREWERIES

    ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY
    SPOONWOOD BREWING COMPANY
    EAST END BREWING COMPANY
    PENN BREWERY
    HELLTOWN BREWING COMPANY
    COSTAR BREWING COMPANY
    GRIST HOUSE BREWING COMPANY
    FULL PINT BREWING COMPANY
    APIS MEAD & WINERY
    MORE TBA….

    THE COLLABORATIONS

    Four Local Breweries are teaming up with Four Local Bands to create ONE OF A KIND beers ONLY for this fest!

    Penn Brewery X Greywalker
    East End Brewing Company X Natural Causes
    Spoonwood Brewing Company X Vermithrax
    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery X World’s Scariest Police Chases

    THE BANDS

    HEADLINER: Child Bite – Detroit Post Punk / Noise Rock / Hardcore
    VIP ONLY: Dethlehem – Pittsburgh Melodic RPG Death Metal
    Natural Causes – Pittsburgh Top Shelf Metalcore
    Vermithrax – Pittsburgh Thrash
    World’s Scariest Police Chases – Pittsburgh Punk Rock
    Greywalker – Steel City Melodic Death Metal

    NOSH PIT!

    Check out our Sponsors Page to see all our great food vendors! If you purchase a limited VIP Ticket, you’ll have a meal voucher to redeem in the NOSH PIT! This is a $10 Value.

    Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM – 8:30 PM
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Blink 182, A Day To Remember, All Time Low at First Niagara Pavillion

Read a review of the show: Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

photos by Daniele Mediate © 2016

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

ALBUM “ON MY ONE” OUT NOW!

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

–         Rolling Stone

 

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

–         NPR

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

–         The Guardian

 

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

 

 

Jake Bugg On Tour

 

9/2 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Denver 2016

9/8 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

9/9  Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo

9/10 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

9/12 2016 San Francisco, Us The Regency Ballroom

9/13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

9/21 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

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

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

9/27 New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/28 Boston / Cambridge, MA @ Royale

9/29 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

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

PA Native ANGI3 Drops 2nd Single “Talk Sh*t”

Lyric Video for Rapper/EmCee ANGI3’s new single “Talk Shit” features fun in the club with Drag Queens!

Still teetering on the fence between pop princess and raunchy emcee, both sides ofANGI3’s considerably versatile, on-a-dime talent come out in “Talk Shit,” which dares purist rap bloggers to well, you know…talk. It’s an anthem for the ladies, a warning for the men, and somewhat of a gauntlet for hip-hop culture, as a reminder that nobody’s safe from the gossip no matter how they front. Producer/collaborator Good Goose’s snappy, atypically intense production matches the rollercoaster of timbres and boasts, from halftime march to double-time snare fills to Euro dance bridge.  With a deceptively simple hook, you can practically hear Ke$ha’s neon, zebra striped underwear changing color from not thinking of it first.

 

Accompanying this single are an Electro House mix from Marcos Carnaval and aProgressive mix from KoKo.

Out exclusively on Beatport 4/16, iTunes and all other DSPs 4/30.

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My Heart to Fear – New EP Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity

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This five track EP wastes no time with getting their point across. Christian metal band My Heart to Fear make a bold statement with their post hardcore sound in more ways than one.

The first track, “Blood Money,” breaks out with an excellently distorted riff, almost as a preparatory image of what is to follow. Blood money espouses a motivating variability in structure, and I was particularly drawn to the groovy weight of the breakdown, followed by nothing other than a unique bass scale. Transitioning into the second track, “Life Under the Stairs,” envelops a sparing use of synth and gang vocals that are altogether unique and powerful. The August Burns Red style guitar harmonizing and great use of clean vocals take this to another level altogether creatively. Life Under Stairs transitions into a nightmarish horror-film style breakdown with paralyzing synchronization that makes you feel you could wake up any minute in a cold sweat. “Life Under the Stairs” is not only creative and different; it has conveniently burrowed itself into my subconscious!

“Legends Never Die” is beyond heavy and grueling. This five piece from Williamsport, Pennsylvania are choosing a new avenue with incorporation of synth and style of production altogether. Breakdowns accompanied by nice clean vibrato, and gang vocals in unison, “Family, Faith, Pride, Brotherhood” – four pillars that undoubtedly serve as a foundation for the existence of this project.

The fourth track, “Dear Mister White,” slows it down, and embodies energy and organized chaos in its truest form. This track will make you want to smash anything in your nearest reach while listening to this punching amplifier. Dear Mister White evolves toward a memorable riff with technically executed solos that don’t overstay their welcome.

The EP strongly sums with “The Witching Hour” favors extremely brisk harmonies in faultless accordance with one another. This track busts out several extremely killer breakdowns again, as if to recap the EP in a deathly farewell that draw us all to metal to begin with and maintain our adoration. The EP ends in an eerie and angelic vocal harmonization that really makes the message clear.

The entire EP is loaded with extremely cut-throat breakdowns and haunting lyrics that send a message to look within yourself, and walk away with an empowered attitude. These guys definitely know how to leave an impression. Hailing from Williamsport, PA myself, these guys are putting my hometown on the map for metal, (and give us something other than Little League). Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity maintains an altogether great live feel, and the longer you listen, the more clearly you can envision yourself in the pit surrounded by the energy and unrest that we all search for as fans.

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Pittsburgh Punks August Ruins Make ‘Headlines’

August Ruins was forged right in PMM’s hometown of Pittsburgh coming up from the “underground armed with motivation, a message, and a melody”. AR was founded in May of 2009 forming randomly through craigslist ads, and ever since has found success with an explosive sound, combining the speed and melody of California punk with the technicality of modern metal. (On first listen one of our reviewers, Melisa, said they sound like Green Day meets A Day to Remember). August Ruins has been described as fist in the air punk rock, with blistering guitar solos and pounding double bass, combined with catchy choruses, melodic back up vocals, and “an all around passion that illuminates from each member of the band”. With elements of hardcore, metal, and melodic punk music August Ruins is sure to find many fans.

Their latest EP “Headlines” includes some crusty gems like “You Decide” and “Gone Forgotten” with posh punk melodies reminiscent of NOFX, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory and a hint of old-old My Chemical Romance. As August Ruins builds their reputation locally and nationally they will certainly gain an audience among old school and new school punks. But, they certainly have enough elements of hardcore and metalcore to also win those prone to that genre(s) as well. This is an exciting up and coming band that has a ton of potential to break out of Steel Town and hit everytown. Keep them on your radar to make more headlines very soon.

Mike Sebula – Bass Guitar / Lead Vocals
Eric Sebula – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Reggie Little – Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
Kory Caldarelli – Percussion

“Headlines” Produced and Recorded by Brian Mcternan and Mike Schleibaum at Salad Days Studio! On Sale Now. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/headlines-ep/id523654028

https://www.facebook.com/augustruins

http://www.augustruins.com/

Motionless In White’s new single “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It”

Motionless In White’s new single “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It” (feat. Brandan Schieppati) is now available for digital download on iTunes.

The Pennsylvanian metal outfit deliver a brand new lyric video for the single, which the band premiered earlier today. Just in time for halloween, the video offers a combination of clips from horror movies, spliced with live footage from Motionless In White’s sold out London, UK show last month. “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It” is featured on their highly-anticipated new album Infamous, set to release November 13th.
Get more information about the album at:
MotionlessInWhite.net/Infamous

“If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It” was written about my disgust for people in the world who have developed this sense of entitlement that they think gives them the right to dictate standards others need to live by. I’m more specifically talking about the beauty standard, ” Lead singer, Chris Motionless explains. “I asked my hero Brandan Schiepatti from Bleeding Through to scream along with me on this song. He and his lyrics have always been what I’ve looked to for guidance and influence when I felt lost, so I am hoping to do the same for others out there. This song means more to me than anyone can understand. I’m coming for you mother fuckers.” Read more about “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It”

Gaining a reputation for constantly challenging the concept of “playing it safe”, Motionless In White are unafraid to make music as intense as it is intricate. Having built upward from the success of their debut album Creatures, which has sold over 50,000 copies, the band’s ability to interweave powerful lyrics and strong musicianship with striking imagery has captivated both fans and media around the globe.

To follow-up their sold out UK headline tour, the band are gearing up for their first North American headliner this November / December, and will return overseas on a UK run with Asking Alexandria in early 2013.

Rockstar Energy Drink presents The Infamous Tour Dates:
Motionless In White, Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, & Upon This Dawning

Nov 8 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Nov 9 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov 10 – Stroudsburg, PA @Sherman Theatre
Nov 11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov 12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
Nov 13 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos
Nov 15 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Nov 16 – Orlando, FL – Club 57 West
Nov 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Nov 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Nov 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Nov 24 – Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
Nov 25 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Nov 26 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Nov 27 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Nov 28 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Nov 30 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Dec 01 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec 02 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
Dec 04 – Tempe, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Dec 05 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Dec 06 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Dec 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Dec 08 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Dec 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Dec 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Dec 12 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Dec 13 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Dec 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
Dec 15 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

UK Tour w/ Asking Alexandria

Jan 15 – Dublin @ The Academy
Jan 16 – Belfast @ Mandela Hall
Jan 17 – Glasgow @ Barrowland
Jan 19 – London @ O2 Academy Brixton
Feb 10 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy Birmingham
Feb 11 – Manchester @ Manchester Academy

Title Fight Pictures- Stage AE

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Musical trends come and go, but the bands who stick around are the ones who eschew whatever’s popular in favor of playing the music that’s in their hearts—and Kingston, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight are a perfect example of this. Originally formed in 2003 by guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden and the twin brother duo of vocalist/bassist Ned Russin and drummer Ben Russin when the trio were barely teenagers, Title Fight started as a way for these young kids to explore their burgeoning love of hardcore. But after adding guitarist Shane Moran in 2005, something funny happened: Their tireless practicing eventually transformed them into one of the most exciting hardcore acts in recent memory.
After releasing a handful of EPs and 7-inches as well as performing shows all over the world, Title Fight began attracting attention from fans and labels who were captivated by the way the band managed to put a modern spin on the melodic hardcore sound pioneered by acts like Gorilla Biscuits and Lifetime—and in 2010 the members of Title Fight dropped out of college in order to tour full-time with acts such as New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and H20. It was also around this time that the band entered the studio with Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand guitarist Walter Schreifels who agreed to produce the band and promptly drove down to Northeastern Pennsylvania to help them prepare to record their highly anticipated full-length debut Shed.
“The cool thing about Walter is that when we came to him he told us he doesn’t produce a lot of records because he’s a full-time musician himself, so he only works with bands he really likes and hearing that was a huge compliment because he’s one of our biggest inspirations,” Ned Russin explains. “We were really up front about the fact that we wanted to feel in control with our music so he really just let us do our thing but came up with some helpful suggestions without trying to transform us into something we aren’t,” he continues when asked about Schreifels’ role in the process. “He came down and stayed at Ned and Ben’s parents’ house and we just hashed it all out in Jamie’s parents’ basement.”
From there the band headed to Philadelphia to record Shed over a grueling two-week period at the legendary Studio 4. However all those long nights paid off as Shed sees the band implementing various subgenres that range from old-school hardcore to aggressive punk rock that make these twelve energetic anthems instant classics for a new generation of listeners searching for music that inspires them as much as Title Fight were inspired by their heroes. “We wrote the last record when we were in high school and since then we’ve dropped out of school, seen the world and had life experiences that are all reflected here,” Ned Russin explains when asked what it’s been like to sacrifice everything to make Shed a reality.
From the Hot Water Music-esque power of “27” to the old-school feel of “You Can’t Say Kingston Doesn’t Love You,” Shed is also a remarkably varied record that proves hardcore doesn’t need to be formulaic in order to be powerful. “The most important thing is that this is a Title Fight record,” Ned Russin summarizes, ”we’re not trying to pose and be anything we’re not.” Moran concurs adding, “we’re not a surface level band, we’re the kind of act who likes to dig a little deeper and we’re really interested in learning about the history of punk and hardcore to find the stuff that really speaks to us on a personal level.”
Speaking of personal, Shed also features some of the band’s most heartfelt lyrics to date—a fact that is largely due to the life-changing experiences the band have endured, both good and band since their previous recordings. “This album was a lot more collaborative from a lyrical perspective and instead of being about girls, it’s about real life situations,” Ned Russin says. “Throughout the past few years my grandmother passed away and my dad had reconstructive heart surgery so a lot has been on my mind and Title Fight has always been a great release for me to get out what’s bottled up inside,” he continues. “We just tried to be as sincere as we possibly could and write songs about what was important to us at the time.”
Ultimately this sentiment has always remained at the core of Title Fight and it’s one of the reasons why so many fans have gravitated toward the band’s music despite the fact that they don’t have any fancy costumes or onstage gimmicks. “I think we have a unique dynamic because we can always play a hardcore show with our friends in a basement but we can also play a show with more commercial bands on a larger scale and be accepted in both situations,” Moran explains.
“We’ve been a band for seven years and this is the first time we’ve had a recording that’s longer than seven minutes long,” Ned Russin adds. “The last year has been a crazy ride but the whole time we’ve always stayed true to the fact that we’re not trying to be anything we’re not,” he summarizes. “We’re four friends that play in a band together and we would still be doing this whether we were playing to five people or five hundred of them.”