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Nothing More Promo 2014Our top contenders for 2014 Album Of The Year are at it again! After “This Is The Time (Ballast)” garnered them so many views on YouTube that even Roger Goodell has seen the video, NOTHING MORE are back with a new video for their upcoming single “Mr. MTV”, and not surprisingly it does not disappoint!

NOTHING MORE burst onto the scene last year when their performance on the second stage of the 2013 Aftershock Festival earned them the unheard of honor of being asked to perform on day two, on the main stage.  The buzz generated from those performances quickly earned them a 5 album guaranteed deal from Eleven Seven Music.  In June of this year the band released their eponymous debut to rave reviews (including the top nod for Album Of The Year from Yours Truly), and has since rocketed to stardom and a #1 spot on the  Active Rock Radio Charts.  Don’t take my word for it, check out the video for “Mr. MTV” below, and see why NOTHING MORE will be dominating the airwaves for years to come!

 

Twelve Foot Ninja_band photoLos Angeles, CA – September 9, 2014 – One of Australia’s hottest, most innovative, and experimental new bands Twelve Foot Ninja have announced they will join one of America’s most unique heavy metal live acts, In This Moment, on a U.S. tour this fall and winter. Ticketmaster pre-sale begins Thursday, September 11 and public on-sale begins Friday, September 12. With 30 dates confirmed, Twelve Foot Ninja will be on the road supporting the recent stateside re-release of their critically acclaimed debut album Silent Machine (Volkanik Music). Earlier this year, the band took home the prestigious “Best New Talent” award at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards . Cementing a cult-like following on the back of their brand of alternative rock, the band recently wrapped their first North American headlining tour performing throughout the U.S. and Canada, winning over thousands of fans at festivals with their explosive live performances at Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Rocklahoma.

The debut single from Silent Machine, “Coming For You,” is currently impacting and reacting at radio now and has surpassed more than 1,000,000 YouTube views.  Widely praised by audiences and critics alike for their ability to combine juxtaposing genres seamlessly, “Coming For You” is the perfect embodiment of this.  Check out the video below.

In conjunction with the album re-release (featuring two acoustic bonus tracks), the band has bundled a special edition of Silent Machine with a 72-page full-color companion comic book containing 12 individual narratives inspired by the 12 songs featured on the Silent Machine. The band collaborated with acclaimed comic artist Keith Draws to produce the comics, which are based on the original Twelve Foot Ninja fable co-written by guitarist Steve ‘Stevic’ Mackay. The story chronicles a sole ninja’s mission to restore balance in a world headed toward a self-inflicted apocalypse. The special edition CD/comic book bundle can now be purchased exclusively at their online store: http://chasemusic.com.au/twelvefootninja.

Twelve Foot Ninja are often classified as heavy fusion or progressive hard rock but whatever genre you call them, they are known for their seamless genre hopping, soaring melodies over heavy rock, and witty music videos – they take an authentic approach to each style and tie it all together to deliver an inimitable sonic flavor. Stamped with a five-star review by Blunt Magazine, Silent Machine has been described as “reggae, Fate of Nations-era Robert Plant rock, space-rock, djent, Queensrychean hard rock and more, yet they somehow manage to tie it all together without sounding too ADHD…if you loved Faith No More’s King for a Day, you’ll feel right at home in this Silent Machine.”

Twelve Foot Ninja is Nik “Kin” Etik on vocals, Steve “Stevic” MacKay on guitar, Damon McKinnon on bass, Shane “Russ” Russell on drums, and Rohan Hayes on guitar.

For more information, visit the band online at www.TwelveFootNinja.com


Twelve Foot Ninja confirmed tour dates with In This Moment:

DATE                        CITY/STATE                                          VENUE
Oct-26                       Reno, NV                                               Knitting Factory
Oct-28                       Spokane, WA                                         Knitting Factory
Oct-30                       Seattle, WA                                            Moore Theatre
Oct-31                       Garden City, ID                                      Revolution Concert House
Nov-01                      Salt Lake City, UT                                  In the Venue
Nov-02                      Denver, CO                                            Fillmore
Nov-04                      Omaha, NE                                            Sokol Auditorium
Nov-07                      Springfield, MO                                      Gillioz
Nov-08                      Peoria , IL                                               Limelight
Nov-09                      Chicago, IL                                             House of Blues
Nov-12                      Milwaukee, WI                                        The Rave
Nov-15                      Columbus, OH                                        LC Pavilion
Nov-17                      Silver Spring, MD                                   Fillmore
Nov-21                      Pittsburgh, PA                                         Stage AE
Nov-22                      Stroudsburg, PA                                      Sherman Theater
Nov-23                      Lancaster, PA                                          Freedom Hall
Nov-25                      Cincinnati, OH                                         Bogart’s
Nov-26                      Detroit, MI                                                The Fillmore
Nov-28                      St. Paul, MN                                            Myth Live
Nov-29                      Clive, IA                                                    Lazer 103.3 Lazerfest                      
Dec-02                      Houston, TX                                             House of Blues
Dec-04                      Abilene, TX                                              Civic Center
Dec-05                      Corpus Christi, TX                                    Concrete Street Amphitheater
Dec-06                      Pharr, TX                                                  Pharr Entertainment Center
Dec-08                      Dallas, TX                                                House of Blues
Dec-09                      Tulsa, OK                                                 Club Brady
Dec-10                      San Antonio, TX                                       210 Kapones Live
Dec-11                       Lubbock, TX                                            Lonestar Pavilion
Dec-13                      Las Vegas, NV                                         House of Blues
Dec-14                      San Diego, CA                                         House of Blues
 

Butcher Babies Uncovered Album CoverTaking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act, BUTCHER BABIES, has recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled Uncovered, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

1. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
2. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
3. Don’t Give A Fuck
4. Crazy Horses
5. Pussy Whipped

For a preview of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES has posted their cover of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away”, which can be seen below.

BUTCHER BABIES released their Century Media debut full length, Goliath, last summer and took part in that year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they were a mainstay on the Jagermeister stage and a breakout band of the fest. Following that, they toured the US with the legendary GLENN DANZIG, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DOWN, plus played on many of America’s premier metal festivals – Columbus OH’s “Rock on the Range” and Oklahoma’s “Rocklahoma”, to name a few. It was during this time that BUTCHER BABIES made plans to record some of their favorite tunes. Each band member chose a track, and in the early summer of this year, they entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to dissect and “butcher” these five classics, creating something all their own.

Shortly before the release of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the US.  See below for all upcoming dates.

BUTCHER BABIES live
9/12/2014–Knitting Factory–Reno, NV *
9/13/2014–Discovery Park–Sacramento, CA @ Afterschock Festival
9/14/2014–The Catalyst–Santa Cruz, CA *
9/27/2014–Pub Rock–Scottsdale, AZ **
9/28/2014–Launchpad–Albuquerque, NM **
9/30/2014–Aftershock–Merriam, KS **
10/1/2014–Mojoes–Joliet, IL **
10/3/2014–Altar Bar–Pittsburgh, PA **
10/4/2014–The Machine Shop–Flint, MI **
10/5/2014–Champions Park–Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
10/7/2014–Baltimore Soundstage–Baltimore, MD **
10/8/2014–Upstairs @ The Palladium–Worcester, MA **
10/10/2014–Santos Party House–New York, NY **
10/11/2014–District N9ne–Philadelphia, PA **
10/12/2014–Empire–West Springfield, VA **
10/14/2014–The Masquerade–Atlanta, GA **
10/16/2014–Scout Bar–Houston, TX **
10/17/2014–House of Rock–Corpus Christi, TX **
10/18/2014–Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre–San Antonio, TX
10/19/2014–Jake’s–Backroom Lubbock, TX **
10/21/2014–The Black Sheep–Colorado Sheep, CO **
10/22/2014–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO **
10/23/2014–Backstage Bar & Billiards–Las Vegas, NV **
10/24/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
*=with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
**=with ANTI-MORTEM

To pre-order Uncovered, click here.

lacuna coil broken crown haloLACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO with a run of dates in the U.S. and Canada starting in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVALDevil You Know is set to support the entire tour and Starset are also appearing Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 except Oct. 7&8, where Unlocking The Truth will join for those two nights. Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian shows.

The band recently premiered a video for their song “Nothing Stands In Our Way” from BROKEN CROWN HALO (2014).  Check out the video below, and find out when and where you can catch LACUNA COIL on tour near you.

 

LACUNA COIL TOUR DATES:

Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)

Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Sept 17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

Sept 19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

Sept 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Sept 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue

Sept 23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room

Sept 24 – Calgary, AB @ Republik

Sept 25 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

Sept 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center

Sept 27 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks

Sept 29 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House

Sept 30 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall

Oct 1 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks

Oct 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle

Oct 4 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

Oct 5 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum

Oct 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon

Oct 8 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring

Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

Oct 12 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Oct 15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

Oct 16 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans 

Oct 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live  
Oct 19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Orlando)

 

 *Devil You Know - support all dates

*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)

*Incura on all Canadian shows

*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7&8

The Essential Richie Kotzen CoverGuitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN (Mr. Big/Poison/The Winery Dogs) has just released the video for “War Paint” (which can be seen below) from THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which came out last week on Loud & Proud RecordsTHE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”).  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.

 To celebrate his newest project, he’s hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Tour dates are below.  Before then, he’ll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad’s Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar

Intronaut 10th Anniversary Tour

INTRONAUT will hit the road again after a short break and their recent tour with TesseracT.  The band has been on the road in support of their current album Habitual Levitations ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band’s 10 year anniversary!

 Guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable had this to say about the tour:

 “We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall. We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”

 

NEW TOUR DATES:

11/6/14 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Anciients

11/7/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Anciients

11/8/14 – Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Anciients

11/9/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Anciients

11/10/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Anciients

11/12/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Anciients

11/14/14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats w/ Anciients

11/15/14 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs w/ Anciients

11/16/14 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar w/ Anciients

11/18/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Anciients

11/19/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red w/ Anciients

12/18/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall

 For more Intronaut visit here.

Pain Of Salvation PromoDaniel Gildenlöw has led his band PAIN OF SALVATION through a variety of fascinating evolutionary cycles since 1984, although the band’s first recording took place in 1996. Many amazing albums and memorable world tours later, they return to the States in September 2014. 

 Their first stop: two different shows on two different days in Atlanta, both under the umbrella of the ProgPower festival. The second show promises to be particularly special: they will perform 2002’s Remedy Lane album in its entirety on Saturday, September 13.

 From there the band plays 12 additional shows, taking them throughout the US and into Canada and even a stop in Mexico for the final date. Pain of Salvation is a cornerstone of the InsideOut label, releasing their first album, Entropia, for the label in 1997. Their latest album, Road Salt Two, was released in 2011.

DATES:

09/10/2014 – The Loft (Midweek Mayhem – ProgPower USA) – Atlanta, GA

09/13/2014 – Center Stage (ProgPower USA – Remedy Lane show) – Atlanta, GA**

09/14/2014 – Empire – Springfield, VA

09/16/2014 – Roxy and Dukes – Dunellen, NJ

09/17/2014 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA

09/18/2014 – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY

09/19/2014 – Theatre Plaza – Montreal, QC

09/20/2014 – Coda – Toronto, ON

09/21/2014 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

09/24/2014 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

09/26/2014 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

09/27/2014 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

09/28/2014 – The Center Theatre – Whittier, CA

09/30/2014 – Jose Cuervo Salon – Mexico City, MX**

 ** PoS only

For more Pain Of Salvation visit here.

leprous band promoNorwegian cutting-edge prog metallers LEPROUS have announced a short but sweet string of North American dates. The seven-date jaunt sees them playing North America’s largest prog-friendly festival, Atlanta’s ProgPower, after which the band heads west then north into Canada, ending up with dates in New York City and Virginia before heading home.

 Leprous have appeared only once before in America, when in 2010 they played a ProgPower pre-festival gig in Atlanta. The band members played the festival itself a year later as back-up band for Ihsahn (the solo excursion of Emperor‘s guitarist/vocalist), a role they have fulfilled for nearly 10 years. This is Leprous‘ first-ever multi-show trip through North America. They will be supporting their phenomenal Coal album, released in 2013 on InsideOut.

DATES:

09/12/2014 – ProgPower USA – Atlanta, GA

09/16/2014 – The Token Lounge – Detroit, MI

09/17/2014 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

09/18/2014 – El Mocambo – Toronto, ON

09/19/2014 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON

09/20/2014 – Studio @ Webster Hall, New York, NY

09/21/2014 – Empire – Springfield, VA

 For more Leprous visit here.

Fozzy-Do You Wanna Start A War CoverFOZZY

 

Do You Wanna Start A War

 

Century Media Records

 

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

Reviewed by: Jay Rybak

 

Before we start a war, I must start with a confession.  FOZZY, the band fronted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and consisting of members of Stuck Mojo, is one of the rare bands that provokes a humble admission from this critic- I was late to the party!  Let me explain; I was first introduced to the music of FOZZY back in 2010 (a mere 11 years after they got their start) when my friend Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall gave me a copy of the band’s 2010 album, Chasing The Grail.  You see, it wasn’t that I hadn’t heard of them, it was rather more admittedly that because in 1999, when FOZZY first made their debut, the times were different.  New music was much less accessible without plunking down $15 and not being sure what you were going to get, especially for a college kid without a pot to piss in who knew exactly what he was getting when he plunked down $15 for a case of beer.  Call it misguided priorities, or simply call it being cheap.  Whatever you wanna call it I missed the train back then, and thankfully 11 years later I had a friend reach out his hand and pull me on.  Fast forward 4 years later and the ride continues with FOZZY‘s latest album, Do You Wanna Start A War, and the riders on this rock n’ roll locomotive won’t wanna get off.

The opening seconds of the album, and the air raid sirens of the title track almost serve as a warning; get ready because we’re about to launch an all out assault on your eardrums!  The next track, “Bad Tattoo” showcases the guitar prowess of Rich Ward and Billy Grey backed by the killer double bass of Frank Fontsere, and is highlighted by a Zeppelin-esque bridge that would make Jimmy Page blush.  Follow that up with the Ozzy-meets-Filter sound of the current single “Lights Go Out”, and we’re well on our way to one of FOZZY‘s best albums to date.

Now that they’ve gotten your attention, the boys throw us a curveball with the Sick Puppies sounding ballad “Died With You”, which shows Jericho‘s vocal range is much more than people give him credit for.  Traveling even further outside the norm, comes the pleasant surprise that is “Tonight”.  This upbeat rocker features a vintage 80’s sound with poppy overtones, so it should come as no surprise that they enlisted the vocals of Steel Panther’s Michael Starr to help out on this one.

Don’t let your guard down just yet, just around the corner is one of the highlights of the album in the form of the thrash rock face-melter “Brides Of Fire”.  I’d love to know how many drum skins met their untimely death on this recording!  Follow that up with yet another favorite in “One Crazed Anarchist”, Jericho‘s vocals backed by Ward‘s growling chorus put us right in that basement as the lunatic plots his evil plan.  Yet another that is sure to set the circle pits into rotation.

Take 5 parts FOZZY and mix in one part Christie Cook, and what you get is “Unstoppable”.  A catchy rocker that beckons comparisons to Halestorm, not simply because it features a female vocalist, but because it features a female vocalist with pipes on par with those of Lzzy Hale backed by a monster band with a catchy hook that leaves you begging for more.  Bring on the doom and gloom of “Scarecrow”, perhaps the only dud on the album.  Not that it’s a BAD song by any means, it’s just not a GREAT song in comparison to the rest of the album, not to mention it’s odd placement betwixt two high energy rockers.  Fear not my friends, “No Good Way” picks up the energy with a Shinedown-meets-Godsmack reflection on life and death that is sure to be a staple at rock radio for years to come.

Nothing can prepare you for what happens next…“S.O.S.”… a cover song… originally done by… ABBA!  I know you’re probably thinking “Fucking ABBA!?”, among other choice words, but there are two reasons to choose your words wisely: First, the song is an absolutely brilliant rendition that is in itself a perfect reason to own this album, and it  is guaranteed to be a favorite by anyone with a pulse.  Second, Chris Jericho can kick your ass!  Finally to end the album, FOZZY get back to their roots with “Witchery”; a song that begs comparisons to early All That Remains and when it’s finished makes you put down that pinky finger, take your hand out of the air, and while keeping that index finger extended, press repeat!

All in all, Do You Wanna Start A War is a must own, and comes highly recommended!!!  I waited WAY too long to get on the FOZZY train, don’t be like me!  Head out to your local record store now (yes, they do still exist), or if you can’t wait click here and purchase the album!  All Aboard!

 

nick menza promoThe Supermoon is the result of Earth’s Moon making it’s closest pass to our planet, but did this last Supermoon bring something else with it?  Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza took his kids out into the backyard of his Studio City, CA home to see the phenomenon and, as the cell phone video below shows, he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  You be the judge…

As you can see, the appearance of the triangular shaped light arrangement lasted about as long as Menza’s 2004 reunion with Megadeth.

PrintAustralian powercore-metal pioneers, A BREACH OF SILENCE have revealed the cover art and track listing for their upcoming sophomore album The Darkest Road, out October 7 on Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Our Last Enemy, Bobaflex). The cover art was designed by Gabriel Serbanescu, who also designed art for the band’s 2013 debut album, Dead or Alive.

Additionally, a mix of four song snippets from the album has been posted online at this location.

The track listing for The Darkest Road is as follows:
1. T.P.N.E
2. The Darkest Road
3. Vultures
4. Silhouette
5. Hang ‘em High
6. In Reality We Trust
7. Lost at Sea
8. This is the End
9. Immortal
10. Hannibal
11. A Place I Know
12. Dead and Destroyed
13. Krazy B!tch
14. Time Still Remains

For this, their sophomore album, A BREACH OF SILENCE brought back legendary Swedish producers Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) flying them “down under” to record at Acolyte Studios in Brisbane, Australia. The masters were later mixed at the infamous Studio Fredman in Sweden. A BREACH OF SILENCE are known for their unique mix of modern metalcore and power-metal vocal breakdowns which many of their fans refer to as ‘Powercore’. Clocking in at over 56 minutes, The Darkest Road delivers fourteen tracks of technical, impressive songwriting that will forever be remembered as the band’s defining moment in music history.

A BREACH OF SILENCE was thrown into the spotlight when they won Australia’s prestigious Q Music Award(2012) in the Best Heavy Song category. Shortly thereafter, the band inked a worldwide, multi-album deal with Eclipse Records, released thier debut album Dead or Alive (October, 2013) and have toured with bands such as Born of Osiris, Adept, The Amity Affliction, and Upon a Burning Body. In March of 2014, the band released their controversial Night Rider ‘first-person shooter’ music video which was inspired by their obsession with FPS video games and 1960’s classic westerns such as Hang ‘em High and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

THE DARKEST ROAD is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2014.

For more information on A BREACH OF SILENCE, please visit these websites:
www.EclipseRecords.com/A-Breach-Of-Silence
www.Facebook.com/abreachofsilenceband
www.Twitter.com/breachofsilence

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 23, 2014) – Seattle’s latest rising rock band, THE GUESSING GAME will kick-off tour dates in their hometown of Seattle for some intimate exclusive dates before heading down to the Guitars Under The Stars festival in Lebanon, OR. From there they will embark on a slew of Southern California dates including Hollywood’s Sunset Strip House Of Blues. More dates to be added in the next few weeks.

The band’s album Holy Crow, released on April 15th, on Guessing Game Music, and has been catching like wild fire. The Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos.

Formed in the summer of 2013, THE GUESSING GAME is the brain child of Jeff Rouse, long time bassist of Duff McKagan’s LOADED. “In the summer of 2013, I found myself with some much needed time on my hands. I knew it was time to find the right people to finally bring these songs I had been writing to life. Having spent the last 14 or so years writing, recording and touring in Loaded, it was time for me to get the “other” songs I had been working on out of my head, onto tape, and see what happens.”

Seeking out long time Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel), Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars), Keith Ash (Star Anna), and Shawn Zellar(Redneck Girlfriend), Rouse knew this was something special – “They all breathed life and beauty into the songs and it was magnificent.”

Holy Crow drips of heartache, regret and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

 SHOW DATES – More to be added~

 Sat, July 26th: Slim’s Last Chance, Seattle, WA, 9pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Kim Virant, Stereo Embers

Thurs, Aug 7thAdmiral Neighborhood Concert Series in Hiawatha Park, West Seattle, WA, 6:30pm-8pm

Sun, Aug 10thGuitars Under The Stars, Lebanon, OR, 2:30pm-3:30pm

w/ Lita Ford, Pat Travers Band, Gary Hoey

Fri, Aug 22ndNectar Lounge, Fremont (Seattle), 8pm 

w/ Strong Suit, Palooka and Jamie Nova Band

Fri, Aug 29thFoundation Room in the House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, 8pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes and Karma Dealers

 

For more information go to www.facebook.com/TheGuessingGameBand or www.theguessinggameband.com.

 

rock_for_rubenLOS ANGELES (July 22, 2014)Grammy award winning rocker Rick Springfield is hosting a charity concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” to benefit his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.    Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining the stage for some serious shredding. More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected!

 “I have been with Ruben since 1998. He has been my guitar tech for many years and a very close, dear friend,” explains John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie. “It was heartbreaking to hear this news and it is so important to raise this money to help Ruben in his battle against cancer as well as raising awareness.”

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the “Rock for Ruben” benefit concert, please visit: http://rickspringfield.com/rock-for-ruben.

Ruben’s favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:  www.youcaring.com/rubenscancerfund.

 

Photo Credit: Diamond- Getty Images

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July 23, 2014-Subpeonas for evidence are issued daily in the American court system.  Most are for evidence in the form of testimony, some are for evidence in the form of text messages or emails, but the real anomoly is when an iconic rock star is asked to produce evidence in the form of a glass dildo!

Thanks to attorneys for Insane Clown Posse, Kid Rock will be asked to do just that.  As part of an ongoing sexual harrassment suit against ICP, Rock (whose legal name is Rob Ritchie) is being asked to produce the glass phallus that was given to him a couple of years ago by “Dirty Dan” Diamond, a former employee of ICP and Psychopathic Records.  Ritchie now has 14 days to respond and produce the item.

Diamond testified last Friday in Las Vegas that he attempted to give the alleged victim Andrea Pellegrini (another former employee of Psychopathic Records) the glass guy-part as a gift.  When she refused to accept it, Diamond did what any rational person would do and offered it up to Kid Rock.

According to Pellegrini‘s 17-page complaint she was consistently subject to sexual advances and bullying by her colleagues, in addition to being asked to perform legal work she dubbed unethical during her 3-year career at Psychopathic Records. She says she was given the toy by Diamond after he learned that she was single.  Diamond admitted under oath that he made sexually explicit remarks to Pellegrini.  Furthermore Pellegrini describes her experience at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos as “a living hell”.

Also named as defendants in the suit are ICP members Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, whose stage monikers are Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Psychopathic Records, and the group’s manager William Dale.

You may remember ICP being involved in a lawsuit against the federal government surrounding the findings of a 2011 FBI report that the group’s fans (known as Juggalos) be labeled with the gang-designation.  The group unsuccessfully contended that the gang-designation was causing ICP to lose fans, and violated the freedom of expression rights of the Juggalos.

Moral of the Story:  If a representative of two rapping clowns gives you a glass dildo, he is either giving you several STD’s, or a ticket to courtroom embarassment.  Choose wisely.

nonpoint-the returnNonpoint are set to release their next album entitled ‘The Return’ on September 30th.  Fans can hear the first single, “Breaking Skin”, at Nonpoint.com, or check it out below.  On releasing the band’s first album in two years frontman Elias Soriano explains, “Last record we stepped in a direction we’ve wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other Nonpoint record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven’t gone back to old school. We didn’t reflect on our past. We didn’t discuss what works. We are not ‘Statement’ Nonpoint or even ‘Bullet’ Nonpoint… The Return is Nonpoint right the fuck now.”

Fans can preorder the album at Nonpoint.com, or if that doesn’t satisfy your hunger, you can preorder CD and Merch bundles featuring ‘The Return’ CD, work shirt, zip-up hoodie, trucker hat, and sunglasses at MerchNow.  Nonpoint hits the road beginning August 9th in Birch Run, MI.  Tour dates are listed below.

August 9 – Birch Run, MI – Birch Run Expo Center
September 5 – Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distllery- Razor Edgefest
September 13 – Janesville, WI – Southern Wisconsin Airport
September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
September 16 – Waterloo, IA – The Reverb
September 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
September 19 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Parkview Field
September 20 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s Music Room
September 21 – Erie, PA – BT Theater
September 24 – Pontiac, IL – Freaksters Roadhouse
September 25 – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
September 26 – Libertyville, IL – Austins
September 27 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center
September 30 – Lacrosse, WI – The Cavalier Theater
October 1 – Mishawaka, IN – Smith’s Downtown
October 2 – Macomb, IL – The Forum Live
October 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

 

otherwise-2014 band promoPeace comes through struggle. It’s a reward that’s earned rather than simply given. It’s the product of tireless work and an unbreakable spirit against all odds and opposition. OTHERWISE are no strangers to that struggle, rising up to become rock ‘n’ roll contenders in the face of a tumultuous musical climate and a series of personal hardships. The Las Vegas hard alternative rock quintet-Adrian Patrick [vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar/vocals], Corky Gainsford [drums/vocals], Vassilios Metropoulos [bass], & Andrew Pugh [guitar/vocals]-catalog the next chapter of this journey on their second full-length album, PEACE AT ALL COSTS via Century Media Records.

 Lead single “Darker Side Of The Moon” quickly debuts on the U.S. active rock charts.  The guys have just confirmed a headline tour with Like A Storm & Islander.  Check out the dates below…

08/01     Las Vegas, NV @Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

08/21     Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

08/22     Spokane, WA @Knitting Factory

08/23     Central Point, OR @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater

 09/11     Tempe, AZ @ Pub Rock Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/13     Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/14     Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

09/16     Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/18     Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/19     Racine, WI @ Rt. 20 with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/20     Green Bay, WI @ The Watering Hole with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/21     Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/22     South Bend, IN @ Cheers with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/24     Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/25     Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/26     York Sprngs, PA @ Fall Jam 2014 

09/27     Parkersburg, WV @ West Virginia Polo Club with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/29     New York, NY @ Webster Underground with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/01     Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballrooom with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/03     Flint, MI @ Perani Arena with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/04     Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival

10/17     Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom (with Buckcherry)

For more info visit weareotherwise.com

 

liason records logoJuly 21, 2014 – On August 19, Liaison Records will release the 25th Anniversary Edition of Better Than Ezra‘s first studio album, SURPRISE. Originally released on cassette only in 1989 by Swell Records, SURPRISE has been commercially unavailable and highly sought after by “Ezralites” for over two decades. You can check out the lyric video for the first single, “Circle Of Friends” below, and it is also available for download on iTunes & Amazon.

Newly re-mastered, SURPRISE is the only Better Than Ezra album to feature all four original members–Kevin Griffin (vocals, guitar), Joel Rundell (guitar), Tom Drummond (bass) & Cary Bonnecaze (drums).

Better Than Ezra formed in 1988 by Kevin Griffin and Cary Bonnecaze while attending LSU in Baton Rouge. With the addition of Joel Rundell and Tom Drummond, they moved into a house together and began focusing on writing their own songs which they would perform live and ultimately release on their debut studio album.

Cary recounts, “We recorded SURPRISE in a garage studio (literally) during the evenings and after classes, in the course of 5 days.  Once we had the cassettes made, we approached a local record store off the LSU campus to sell the album and within days it became their biggest selling album. We played bars and frat shows throughout the Southeast and sold SURPRISE wherever we could. Things seemed to be going well. Little did we know that within that year our world would change forever.”

“On August 8, 1990, after playing a show at Murphy’s Bar in Baton Rouge, Joel unexpectedly passed away. There is nothing like losing someone who you genuinely love and care for. It wasn’t ‘like’ losing a brother, we did lose a brother. This 25th Anniversary release is dedicated to Joel.

Continuing as a trio, Better Than Ezra released their second album, DELUXE, in 1993 on Swell Records. In 1995, Elektra Records re-released DELUXE and the single, “Good,” which helped push the album to Platinum status by the end of 1995.

As SURPRISE celebrates its 25th anniversary, Better Than Ezra has gone on to scan nearly two million albums in the United States.

messagetovenusMIAMI, FL – Florida’s 21st Century rock outfit, Message To Venus, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a brand new song, “Hollow,” from the band’s upcoming debut album, Victims & Villains. Stream “Hollow” today exclusively at RevolverMag.com by clicking here.

“‘Hollow’ is a track about living the life you want,” vocalist/guitarist, Jandre Nadal, told Revolver. “Making your own choices as a person. Not following a shadow of what someone wants for you. This song has a powerful chorus. A lot of people can relate to this subject.”

Message To Venus recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the release and promotion of Victims & Villains. The campaign, available online here, seeks to raise $10,000 during the months of July and August and offers several unique Victims & Villains perks, including advance music, a personalized Message To Venus comic book and more. Money raised during the campaign will be put toward a music video, touring expenses, marketing and more.

Commented the band:

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The same applies to an album that goes unheard. And we want to be heard!That’s why we’ve decided to make our new album available to you, our closest fans, in advance of the official release date. With your support, we can raise the money needed to properly release and promote our new album, ‘Victims & Villains.’ For your contribution, you’ll receive exclusive perks in return, from an autographed copy of the new album, a limited edition poster to even having your own personalized comic book!”

Victims & Villains was recorded in the band’s native San Juan, Puerto Rico with producer, Leo Alvarez.

Victims & Villains teaser video can be seen below.

The upcoming album follows the 2011 EP, ‘The Envelope,’ which, along with lead single, “Universal You,” drew praise from established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm while receiving weekly spins at SiriusXM Octane, MusicChoice and more. The track was also featured in the motion picture, The Witness (El Testigo). Stream the “Universal You” music video on YouTube, or scroll down to check it out.

Following the release of ‘The Envelope,’ Message To Venus made the decision to relocate from San Juan to Miami, Fla. “Puerto Rico is beautiful…it’s our home,” explained guitarist, John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.”

After being nominated for a Latin Rock Award in the ‘Slam Alternativo/Rock’ category in 2012, as well as participation in the International Day of Non-Violence, Message To Venus successfully employed the help of fans through a crowdfunding campaign and toured the U.S. in 2013.

The quartet is now seeking its dedicated fans’ help again to bring Victims & Villains to the masses. Stay tuned to the campaign page and Facebook for the latest info and updates.

Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014According to TMZ.com, and verified by the bands publicists, two tour buses on the Soundtrack Of Summer Tour featuring STYX, Foreigner, and Don Felder caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Philly.  The buses were parked and unoccupied when one of them burst into flames and the fire quickly spread to the second bus.  The buses in question were “crew buses” and not “band buses”, and no one was injured in the blaze.  The bands still plan to play their scheduled show on Thursday night in Camden, NJ.