Tony Lucca and Derik Hultquist team up to hit the road together this fall// 9/28 @ClubCafé

Nashville performers Tony Lucca and Derik Hultquist are planning a 13-date tour together this fall, including stops in the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest. (See below for full tour schedule.) The tour kicks off in Decatur, GA on September 19th and wraps in Nashville on October 7th. Tickets for these shows are on-sale now
Says Lucca about the planned outing: “I first saw Derik on YouTube, actually. Needless to say, I was quite impressed. We met for coffee to talk about touring and things just seemed to fall into place. Personally, I like touring with someone whose music I’m not entirely familiar with as it really is the best way to get familiar with it. I’m really looking forward to doing just that.”  
Says Hultquist of the tour pairing: “I can’t say enough about how excited I am to hit the road with Tony this fall. He has a stellar voice and I feel lucky to be a part of this tour. I know we’ll get a chance to share the stage a few times – I only hope I can keep up.”

About Tony Lucca:  Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tony Lucca spent last year focusing on his catalog, and he hit the road for an extensive cross-country run with Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) and Christian Lopez, as well as an outing to the West Coast and Texas with Tyrone Wells. Lucca also celebrated the 10th anniversary of his album, Canyon Songs, with a very special show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. At the show, he performed the album in its entirety track-for-track, as well as a second set of Lucca classics from over the years. Joining him onstage at this very special event were “American Idol” winner and recent tour mate David Cook, Lady Antebellum guitarist Jason “Slim” Gambill, Nick Bearden of Jamestown Revival, Tim Jones of Truth and Salvage Co., and tour mate Christian Lopez. Also in 2016, Lucca released two EPs of material from a previously recorded session at the legendary Sun Studio (in Memphis) and another session he’d done in Muscle Shoals, AL in 2006.

Prior to hitting the road with Hultquist this fall, Lucca has confirmed a residency in Nashville this summer with a series of four free shows at The Country (110 28th Avenue North, Nashville); one already took place on June 28th, and three more shows will follow on July 27th (6 p.m.), August 23rd (8 p.m.), and September 6th (8 p.m.). Billed as “Tony Lucca and Friends,” the residency is an opportunity for Lucca to work on some new material for a forthcoming album in a live setting. Confirmed special guests for these shows include Dustin Christensen, Ernie Halter, Paul Pfau, Gabe Dixon, Barrett Baber, and many more.

About Derik Hultquist:  On his new album, Southern Iron, produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Brandi Carlile, Aubrie Sellers, Lee Ann Womack) and Eric Masse (Mikky Ekko, Robert Ellis, Andrew Combs), Derik Hultquist offers rich portraits of reflection, anticipation, and stillness via lush rock-and-roll. This is his first length effort on Carnival Recording Company/30 Tigers, the follow-up to three EPs, Whether ReportLeaning on the Rain, and Mockingbird’s Mouth. This recent effort earned him widespread attention and opening slots for complementary heavy hitters including Sturgill Simpson, The Lone Bellow, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Bob Schneider, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Sean Hayes, Sean McConnell, Ben Sollee, as well as his own headlining tour.


Tony Lucca / Derik Hultquist Tour Schedule:

9/19 – Decatur, GA / Eddie’s Attic

9/20 – Charlotte, NC / The Evening Muse

9/21 – Vienna, VA / Jammin’ Java

9/22 – Akron, OH / Musica

9/23 – Columbus, OH / Rumba Café

9/25 – Ann Arbor, MI / The Ark

9/27 – Evanston, IL / SPACE

9/28 – Pittsburgh, PA / Club Café

9/30 – Philadelphia, PA / MilkBoy

10/2 – New York, NY / Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2

10/3 – Boston, MA / The Red Room at Café 939

10/5 – Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle

10/7 – Nashville, TN / The Basement


All-girl pop group L2M premiere the first episode of their brand-new web seriesL2M Pop Shop – via YouTube. A new episode will debut each Thursday for seven weeks. Watch it HERE
7dedf99b19413b88e7b4750a800e4800The all-access series follows the girls – Mariangeli, McKenzie, Lexi,Tati, and Jenna – as they attend “Pop Star Summer Camp” and find out what it takes to become a successful pop group, including vocal training and dance rehearsals, and showing fans what they’ve learned. Viewers will go behind the scenes and see the girls develop their singing, dance moves, and on-stage style at their exclusive two-week band camp all the way to their first live performance in front of brand new fans in Los Angeles. As Mariangeli says: “Because if we can do it, you can do it too!”
The bond between the members of L2M bubbles up in their music, inspiring an infectious and irresistible energy. They instantly clicked and formed that forever bond upon meeting up to work on their debut single“Girlz” for the 2016 LEGO® Friends movie Girlz 4 Life. In a few months’ time, the movie sold over 400K units and the track accumulated over 8 million cumulative streams across YouTube and Spotify. As a result, L2M landed a major-label deal with Warner Bros. Records. Celebrating the signing, they turned up in New York City for an inaugural live show that ended with countless signed autographs and screaming #Listeners. Along the way, they earned early acclaim from Celebuzz,, J-14 Magazine, Huffington Post UK, and more. In July, they released “Incredible,” which was featured in a commercial for Target‘s entirely kid-created Back to School campaign.

Polica To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live On Tuesday, December 17th

Make sure you tune into Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday December 17th on ABC  to catch Polica performing!

Polica have just released ‘Shulamith’ the follow-up LP to the critically acclaimed Give You The Ghost, on Mom+Pop.NPR described the album as “nearly perfect”. Polica have almost wrapped up their recent national tour, with one show left at Belly Up in San Diego on December 18th.

In other news, Polica  recently made a few high profile stops to perform “Chain My Name.” The band’s renditions of the propulsive ‘Shulamith’ cut from Later With Jools Holland and 89.3 The Current are both online now.

“Chain My Name” Live on Later With Jools Holland

“Chain My Name” Live on 89.3 The Current

“Smug” Live on 89.3 The Current

Polica are set to tour Europe and the UK early next year.

Purchase ‘Shulamith’ On Amazon!


Def Leppard Takes Over AXS TV December 29 with the ‘Day of Hysteria’ Marathon




 ‘Day of Hysteria’ Also Features the Premiere of ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan:

The 35th Anniversary Performance’ as well as Concerts

from Bon Jovi, KISS and Sammy Hagar


Although the year is winding down, the music keeps rockin’ at AXS TV especially on Sun., Dec. 29 when Def Leppard takes over the network providing exclusive commentary throughout the day’s 12 hours of concerts, including the broadcast premiere of the DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA concert at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

Famous for rock classics such as “Rock of Ages,” “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” the award-winning band released the concert film, DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA, nationwide in theaters last October but now, fans will be able to watch it for the first time on broadcast TV. Filmed earlier this year at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the concert includes a full, front-to-back, live performance of the 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits.

Viewers will hear firsthand from Def Leppard members, Rick Savage (bass), Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (guitar), as they provide behind-the-scenes commentary about their Hysteriaalbum in custom interstitial wraps throughout the marathon.

DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA is part of a marathon dubbed “Day of Hysteria,” that also includes the broadcast premiere of CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN: THE 35th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE – LIVE FROM THE EL REY THEATRE at9:35 p.m. ET (6:35 p.m. PT). AXS TV was on hand to film this historic concert shot at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre last April. The GRAMMY® Award-winning band performed the identical set they previously played at their legendary show in Budokan, Japan, in 1978. The album, Cheap Trick at Budokan, catapulted the band to super stardom with such hit singles as “I Want You to Want Me,” and “Ain’t That a Shame.”

In addition to these two network premieres, the “Day of Hysteria” marathon also features other concerts such as NEW YORK DOLLS, BON JOVI – LOST HIGHWAY; SAMMY HAGAR AND FRIENDS; and KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR: LIVE FROM EUROPE. To view a video clip about AXS TV’s “Day of Hysteria,” visit:


The schedule for AXS TV’s “DAY OF HYSTERIA” MARATHON is:

Sun., Dec. 29 (All Times Eastern)

1:30 p.m.         NEW YORK DOLLS – The New York Dolls, pioneers of glam and punk rock, blast through a set of newer tunes as well as classics like “Jet Boy” and “Personality Crisis.”

2:35 p.m.         BON JOVI, LOST HIGHWAY-THE CONCERT  –  After three impressive decades, Bon Jovi tirelessly continues to rock and roll. They deliver a high energy, rousing performance off the album Lost Highway. (Repeats at 7 p.m.)

3:40 p.m.         ALICE COOPER LIVE AT MONTREUX – Alice Cooper’s live shows are legendary for their sense of Rock Theater and sheer visual spectacle. Underpinning the visual assault has always been a collection of some of the best rock songs around delivered by one of the all-time great front men. This show includes tracks from across his career including all the classics fans would expect.

5:25 p.m.         SAMMY HAGAR AND FRIENDS ANNUAL CABO WABO BIRTHDAY BASH  Rock ‘n roll legend Sammy Hagar granted an all-access, VIP pass to AXS TV for his much-anticipated 24th Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The telecast features performances by Hagar and the Wabos as well as some of the Red Rocker’s illustrious friends, including Mana’s Alex Gonzalez, Montrose’s Denny Carmassi and Chickenfoot’s Michael Anthony. (Repeats at 4:30 a.m. ET)


7:00 p.m.         BON JOVI, LOST HIGHWAY-THE CONCERT  (Rebroadcast)

8:00 p.m.         DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA (PREMIERE) – Filmed over two nights this year at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’s venue The Joint, this sold-out concert includes a full front-to-back live performance of Def Leppard’s 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits. (Repeats at 1:20 a.m.)

9:35 p.m.         CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN: THE 35th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE – LIVE FROM THE EL REY THEATRE (PREMIERE) – The legendary quartet from Illinois became super stars due to the success of their 1978 album, Cheap Trick at Budokan. The band recently re-visited this historic concert, performing the exact set that they did 35 years ago, and AXS TV was there to tape it for fans to enjoy. This edited version is the broadcast premiere and includes their top hits like “I Want You To Want Me.” (Repeats at2:55 a.m.)

11:15 p.m.       KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR: LIVE FROM EUROPE CONCERT  – AXS TV was on the scene to tape KISS’ Zurich, Switzerland concert live last May. This edited concert featured new staging, lighting and pyrotechnics as part of the band’s performance. (Repeats at 1:30 a.m.).

Funny or Die Debuts “The Animated Tales of GWAR”

For the last two years animators Myke Chillian and Tommy Meehan have been working with the members of GWAR to create a “GWARtoon” that was appropriately disgusting and objectionable enough to most accurately represent the most dangerous band in rock and roll history.  After all this long and hard work, today Funny or Die finally premieres “The Animated Tales of GWAR“.  Check it out HERE.

Animator Myke Chillian described “The Animated Tales of GWAR“:

“Lead singer Oderus Urungus loses his murderous-mojo prompting the rest of the band to embark on an Antarctic quest for the cure. Weird Al Yankovic guest stars.”

Brutal front-fiend Oderus Urungus had this to say about the project–“I hate cartoons…cartoons are for kids, and kids are strictly for eating. But I just might have to back up a little and say that this is the greatest cartoon ever, even if I still hate it, just because it’s about US.”

GWAR will wrap up the first leg of the “Madness at the Core of Time” tour this weekend in Washington, DC.  This has been described as GWAR‘s best tour to date (but aren’t they all?) The tour features deathcore heavyweights and label-mates Whitechapel, Richmond, VA thrashers Iron Reagan (featuring Municipal Waste members Tony Foresta and Land Phil as well as Ryan Parrish on drums) and A Band of Orcs (who are actually a band of Orcs).

Following a short Antarctic slumber GWAR will return to the road with three shows around the holidays (December 27th – 29th) with Battlecross and Iron Reagan providing support.  Then it’s off to Antarctica again before heading “down under” for their appearance on the 2014 “Soundwave Festival”.

Oderus continued–“This first leg of the Madness tour has been everything I thought it would be and more. I feel we have paid tribute to Flattus, as we will for eternity, and moved into an exciting new chapter of GWAR behind the blistering fury of our new guitar player Pustulus…now I must get back to eating babies.”

After last year’s triumphant performance as part of The AV Club Undercover Series where GWAR gave their take of the classic Kansas song “Carry on Wayward Son” (Which can be viewed HERE) and was voted the best performance of 2012.  This year the AV Club actually invited the monsters back to participate in the 2013 edition of the Undercover Series. This year GWAR repeated as champion in the best performance of 2013 with Billy Ocean’s #1 hit single “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” with a little twist.  Check out their take on the 80’s classic HERE.

GWAR‘s Battle Maximus out now on Metal Blade Records features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR‘s latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet…the insidious “Mr. Perfect”, who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR–the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the “perfect” human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.

Battle Maximus can be ordered from Metal Blade Records HEREAmazon and  iTunes.

GWAR Live:

“Madness at the Core of Time” Tour With Whitechapel, Iron Reagan and Band of Orcs:

11/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

11/15: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

11/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb

11/17: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club


GWAR Holiday Dates With Battlecross and Iron Reagan

12/27: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

12/28: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

12/29: Richmond, VA @ The National



2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane

2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney

2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne

3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide

3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth





Korn: Tomorrow on GC Sessions

Featuring the
return of Head
Guitar Center Sessions returns to DirecTV this fall with 10 new episodes, including the premieretomorrow night starring nü metal pioneers Korn, who are hot on the heels of their new album and the emotional return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch.


For exclusive video and behind the scenes


Rapidly rising Australian rock quartet The Rubens are touring the US at the moment with their Warner Music Group label-mates, Grouplove.  The entire tour has been sold out for weeks and response has been truly heartening.  Tomorrow, Sep 26, fans can tune into AXS Live to watch the band perform a pair of songs from their self-titled debut album which is out now in the USA on Warner Bros. Records.  “My Gun,” and  “The Best We Got” live, in studio will air at 4:00pm PT and at 7:00pm ET. Check local listings for details.

Following the American tour, The Rubens will return home to perform at a handful of festivals including the prestigious Homebake Festival, outdoors in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House this December. Go to: for further info.



2013 has been quite a year for The Rubens as they’ve enjoyed stints supporting Bruce Springsteen and The Black Keys down under, and have sold out theaters across Australia on their own. They have topped both the singles and album pop charts at home making them one of the most beloved success stories in their native land. They’ve performed SXSW , Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo Festivals and are currently in the middle of their first US tour with their friends Grouplove.  Click hereto listen to the Grouplove remix of “My Gun”. Check out the video for “My Gun” here.   Click here to view their performance of “The Day You Went Away”, live onThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.


Don’t miss The Rubens live. Tour dates below:



Sep 25              New York, NY                           Bowery Ballroom

Sep 26              New York, NY                           LPR

Sep 28              Philadelphia, PA                        Union Transfer

Sep 29              Philadelphia, PA                        Broad Street Ministry

Oct 1                Washington DC                         U Street

Oct 2                Washington DC                         The Hamilton

Oct 9                Chicago, IL                               Lincoln Hall

Oct 10              Chicago, IL                               Space



AXS LIVE, hosted by Ryan Stout, covers the day’s hottest trends in music, comedy and viral videos and is broadcast live and uncensored every Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT on AXS TV.



Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances.


The Girls of Metal Part 1: An Interview with That Metal Show’s Jennifer Gottlieb

In the first of a series highlighting women who are famous in various genres of entertainment and unabashed about their “metal” status, Pittsburgh Music Magazine reached out to Thee Metal Girl for many of us. You probably best know her as “Miss Box of Junk” from That Metal Show, but Jennifer Leah Gottlieb is poised to make herself more of a household name. Jennifer has talents way beyond looking gorgeous and bringing out the prize box during Stump the Trunk. Read on to learn a little more about the girl we wish would spend more time in our living rooms…(on our TV’s!!!).

Do you ever have opportunities to hang out with any of the musicians pre or post show?

Yes,I do! I have had the chance to meet some of the greatest musicians of all time. I have the coolest job ever.


Since That Metal Show only films a few weeks per year, what are you
up to at the moment and what do you have in the works?

I am a personal trainer full time right now. I spend my days kicking
my client’s booties into shape. I have a few acting gigs in the works, but can’t talk about them yet. Will share soon! 😉


What was it like playing Linda in the Broadway touring version of
“That Wedding Singer”?

Linda was my dream role, so it was totally
surreal. Being on the road was challenging, but I would say it was
the greatest experience I have ever had.
I learned more about myself in that year than I ever have. I also
created life long friendships.


Since you are a personal trainer-­‐what are your
favorite techniques to teach your clients (i.e. crossfit,etc.)?

I do a lot of HIIT workouts with my clients. (High intensity interval training). I believe it is the best way to burn fat.
I am also a BLITZ coach at Reebok Sports club, which is a
crossfit style class.


It’s been pretty well documented that you love AC/DC’s Brain Johnson-­‐who else do you love in the rock n roll world?

Joe Satriani, Steven Adler and Lita Ford.

Who would you love to see on That Metal Show who has not shown up


Any possibilities of seeing you interview some guests in the future?

I would love to! We will see…!


Any inside stories you care to share with our readers?

The guys have a star chart for who can get ready and mic’d up
first for each episode. Don wins EVERY time! We also have a
great tradition of going to The Rainbow on Sunset for our cast
party every season.

What happens at the Rainbow, stays at the Rainbow…but we have a
rockin’ time!



Patrick Watson loves America. Last week the band brought their masterful orchestrations and pure harmonies to our airwaves via a World Cafe session and performed at Austin City Limits Festival. Last Sunday, their song “Noisy Sunday” was featured in the season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. What’s more American than zombies and television? “I love this show,” remarks Patrick, “nothing makes me happier than watching zombies eat each other to my music.” In November, the band will be back on the road headlining dates across the US in support of Adventures In Your Own Backyard (out now on Domino Records). A full list of tour dates is below.


PATRICK WATSON TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Wed. Oct. 24 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
Thu. Oct. 25 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Fri. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Sat. Oct. 27 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
Mon. Oct. 29 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
Tue. Oct. 30 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
Wed. Oct. 31 – Caen, FR @ Eglise Notre-Dame de la Gloriette
Fri. Nov. 2 – Nantes, FR @ Le Stereolux
Sat. Nov. 3 – Vendome, FR @ Festival Les Rockomotives
Sun. Nov. 4 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Mon. Nov. 5 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Wed. Nov. 14 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
Thu. Nov. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Center for the Performing Arts
Fri. Nov. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Sat. Nov. 17 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater *
Mon. Nov. 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Wed. Nov. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church *
Thu. Nov. 29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club *
Fri. Nov. 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
Sat. Dec. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
Sun. Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Tue. Dec. 4 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center *
Thu. Dec. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall $
Sat. Dec. 8 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
Sun. Dec. 9 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery *
Tue. Dec. 11 – Quebec, QC @ Grand Theatre
Wed. Dec. 12 – Laval, QC @ Salle Andre-Mathieu
Thu. Dec. 13 – St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC @ Cabaret-Theatre du Vieux St-Jean
Fri. Dec. 14 – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Centre des Arts
Thu. Feb. 28 – Urtrecht, NE @ Vrendenburg
Fri. Mar. 1 – Eindhoven, NE @ Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven
Sat. Mar. 2 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso
Sun. Mar. 3 – Rotterdam, NE @ De Doelen
Mon. Mar. 4 – Groningen, NE @ Oosterpoort

* w/ Half Moon Run
$ w/ The Barr Brothers