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  Century Media Records have signed Detroit area tech/nu-metal band, Gift Giver. Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene. Vocalist Justin Johnson comments:

We are very proud to announce that we have signed to Century Media Records! We’ve got a brand new full length ready and a couple new singles that will be coming out shortly. We busted our asses, dealt with member changes, and other endless amounts of bullshit to make this record happen- and it’s finally ready! It feels good to have a badass label believe in what we are doing and we hope to see all of your support as well! See you guys on the road.”

The band has also been confirmed for this year’s South By So What?! Festival in March and will be touring with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah on their way down to the festival.

 Gift Giver recently completed their debut album with Century Media, details on that as well as their first single will be released shortly.

Gift Giver on tour

w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

2/28 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem 

3/1 – Lake Worth, FL@ Propaganda 

3/2 – Orlando, FL @ BackBooth 

3/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904

3/4 – Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli 

3/5 – Troutville, VA @ Inside Out Venue 

3/6 – Taylor, PA @ Underwood Skatepark 

3/7 – Paterson, NJ @ The Wild Bull 

3/8 – Providence, RI @ DV8 

3/9 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre

3/10 – New York, NY@ TBA

3/11 – Albany, NY @ Bogies

3/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes 

3/13 – Kent, OH@ The Outpost 

3/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick 

3/15 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew 

3/16 – Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill 

3/17 – St. Paul, MN@ Amsterdam Bar and Hall 

3/18 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground 

3/19 – Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom

3/20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard 

Gift Giver are:

Vocals – Justin Johnson

Guitar – Nick Miller

Guitar – Eric Snapper

Bass – Troy Wilson

Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

Gift Giver online:

www.facebook.com/giftgivermusic

Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Multi-platinum award-winning, American rock star Kid Rock will perform the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the 57th annual “Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m. – FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio.)

  Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single “First Kiss,” on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the DAYTONA 500 can enjoy Kid Rock‘s DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close, along with driver introductions.

“We’re thrilled to have Kid Rock entertain the thousands of race fans in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated DAYTONA 500.”

 Following his performance, Kid Rock will release his latest studio album First Kiss on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Fans can pre-order the album now at participating retailers and at KidRock.com.  Kid Rock, whose musical style ranges from hip hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

 Kid Rock joins a long list of past performers of the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

In addition to his concert, a special ticket package designed around Kid Rock has been created that includes a DAYTONA 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Kid Rock’s performance. Packages start at $169. Fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for just $104.

For more information on tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter,Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

For more information on Kid Rock, visit www.kidrock.com

Warner Bros Records

December 18th, 2014 - As its release date draws closer, we are happy to share more details on Kid Rock’s new album “First Kiss,” due on Top Dog / Warner Bros. Records. The pre-order for the album will start today, December 18th, at all participating retailers and at KidRock.com. The Official Music Store on KidRock.com features exclusive album bundles and all purchasers of “First Kiss” (the album) will be eligible for pre-sale ticket access (after fanclub members) to the 2015 US headlining tour (details forthcoming).  Fans who pre-order the album will get the first single “First Kiss” delivered starting January 6th, when a new music video premieres and the song debuts at radio.  Also starting this week with “First Kiss,” Kid Rock will be sharing the lyrics to a new song from the album every Monday on www.KidRock.com.

On New Year’s Eve, Kid Rock fans are encouraged to share a photo of their first kiss of the new year by posting it to Twitter or Instagram using #KidRockFirstKiss. The best shots will be handpicked to be part of a short video featuring a sneak preview of “First Kiss” on Monday, January 5.  All photos will be on display at kidrock.com/firstkiss beginning on January 1 as long as new ones keep coming in.

The tracklisting for First Kiss is as follows:

1. First Kiss 
2. Good Times, Cheap Wine 
3. Johnny Cash 
4. Ain’t Enough Whiskey 
5. Drinking Beer With Dad 
6. Good Time Lookin’ for Me 
7. Best of Me 
8. One More Song 
9. Jesus and Bocephus

Explicit Bonus Track: 10. FOAD 
Clean Bonus Track: 10. Say Goodbye

Richie Kotzen PromoDecember 8, 2014  Fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN anxious to hear new music before his next solo album (details of which are forthcoming) should head over to iTunes, where he just released two new singles, “You” and “Cannibals.”
“You” was co-written by RICHIE’s daughter, August, who appears in the video posted on RICHIE’s official YouTube page.  He explains, “It must have been four years ago and my daughter, who is now 17, was constantly playing this piece of music on the piano.  I finally asked her what it was and she said she just made it up.   I set up the microphones and recorded her playing for about seven minutes.  Years later, I found this on my hard drive and decided to write lyrics to it over this past summer.  The end result is what you see and hear in the video.   It is one of my favorite things I’ve done and I’m happy to have been able to collaborate on music with my daughter.”
“Cannibals” made its debut during his recent three-month solo tour, which started in Europe, taking him through Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile, and concluding with a month-long trek of the U.S.  “I did something I’ve never done before on this tour,” RICHIE explains, “which is performing an original composition that has yet to be released.  The only place you could hear the song ‘Cannibals’ was at the show, and it went over quite well with the fans.  Rather than wait to release the song as part of the new album next year, I figured it would be cool to share the studio version now while it’s fresh in the people’s minds who attended my shows.  I was able to collect live footage that was shot during the tour and compile a live video to go along with the song.”  A newly released video can be found on his official YouTube page here.
RICHIE has been touring in support of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which was released September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It’s 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.
Stay tuned for new RICHIE KOTZEN album news in the coming weeks

Fort Rock 2015

Monster Energy Fort Rock will bring some of the biggest rock bands together Saturday, April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL for its third consecutive year, after selling out last year with 12,500 fans in attendance.

South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival helps kick off the World’s Loudest Month festival series and will feature performances from Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, We Are Harlot, Starset, Young Guns, Islander, and more.

The Monster Energy Fort Rock ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday, December 9 (see below for details) at www.FortRockFestival.com.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says, “It’s gonna be awesome bringing one of the world’s loudest bands to Fort Rock for the World’s Loudest Month. I hope the fans are ready because we’re coming for EVERYONE.”

“We’re excited to be returning to a great music market in Fort Myers, Florida,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents. “The past two years have proven to us that Fort Myers has a hunger for rock. With the help of our amazing regional partners, this year’s lineup will be the biggest show South Florida has ever seen.”

Check out the official Monster Energy Fort Rock announcement video trailer below.

A limited number of discounted General Admission pre-sale tickets for Monster Energy Fort Rock will be available for purchase from Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM ET through Friday, December 12 at 9:59 AM ET.

Pre-sale tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):

 Tuesday, December 9: $29.50

Wednesday, December 10: $39.50

Thursday, December 11: $49.50

A password for access to the ticket pre-sale can be obtained  via www.FortRockFestival.com, local Fort Myers rock radio stations, www.FloridaWeekly.com and select rock media outlets.

Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets go on sale Friday, December 12 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. At that time, tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):

General Admission: $59.50

General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $199

VIP: $99.50

Zippo VIP Ticket 2-Pack: $225 (includes 2 commemorative Fort Rock Zippo lighters)

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

In addition, select Pita Pit and 3 Pepper Burrito Co. locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $59.50, with no service fees.

A limited number of discounted General Admission tickets will also be available for active military via Monster Energy Fort Rock partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy now and save.

Monster Energy returns as the festival’s title sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and offering Monster Energy Drink samples.

Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series kick-off. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

2015 sponsors for Monster Energy Fort Rock include Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience powered by Musicians Institute, Fxck Cancer, Zippo Encore, Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, and Loudwire, with more to be announced.

Through Space And Grind Tour 2015NAPALM DEATH and VOIVOD will join forces at the end of January for a North American Tour aptly titled THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND.

NAPALM DEATH are set to release, Apex Predator – Easy Meat on January 27 right after they return from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and the night THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND starts.  They band had this to say:

“As a celebration of both the unconventional and more straight-out methods of musical attack, I think this tour line-up really hits home. To think that 30 years ago I was marveling at the savage eccentricities of ‘War and Pain’ and now I’m sharing stage / living space with Snake, Away and co…surreal, almost. From Napalm‘s perspective, we’ll bring the overdrive to the spaciness – it’s all going to rage whichever way you slice it.”  -Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway (Napalm Death)

VOIVOD released their latest album, TARGET EARTH in 2013 and took a brief hiatus. They are back with a new bass player and healthy vocal chords!  The guys are ready to bring their original style back to the stage. They had this to say:

“I am psyched to tour North America with Napalm Death, for which I’ve always had a huge respect. We crossed paths over the years and finally we’ll get to unite Voivod‘s spacy Thrash Metal with Napalm‘s Grindcore. A perfect combination!!” Michel ‘Away’ Langevin (Voivod)
Here are the dates and support bands:

 THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND TOUR 2015

Featuring Napalm Death & Voivod

w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate

and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia

1/27/2015            Miami, FL                             Grand Central*

1/28/2015            St Petersburg, FL              State Theater*

1/29/2015            Atlanta, GA                         Masquerade*

1/30/2015            Winston-Salem, NC         Ziggy’s*

1/31/2015            Baltimore, MD                   Soundstage*

2/2/2015              New York, NY                    Gramercy Theater*

2/3/2015              Philadelphia, PA               Union Transfer*

2/4/2015              Toronto, ON                       Opera House

2/5/2015              Ottawa, ON                        Maverick’s

2/6/2015              Montreal, QC                     Club Soda

2/7/2015              Worcester, MA                Palladium*

2/8/2015              Poughkeepsie, NY           The Chance Theater*

2/9/2015              Cleveland, OH                   Agora Ballroom*

2/10/2015            Chicago, IL                           Reggie’s*

2/11/2015            Minneapolis, MN             Amsterdam*

2/12/2015            Winnipeg, MB                   The Zoo

2/13/2015            Regina, SK                           The Exchange

2/14/2015            Calgary, AB                            Republik

2/15/2015            Edmonton, AB                   Starlite Room

2/17/2015            Vancouver, BC                  Rickshaw Theater**

2/18/2015            Seattle, WA                        Studio 7 #

2/19/2015            Portland, OR                      Hawthorne Theater

2/20/2015            Oakland, CA                       Metro ##

2/21/2015            Fresno, CA                          Strummers ##

2/22/2015            Los Angeles, CA                House Of Blues 

2/23/2015            Tempe, AZ                          Club Red ##

2/24/2015            Albuquerque, NM           Sunshine Theater ##

2/25/2015            Denver, CO                         Summit Music Hall ##

2/26/2015            Lawrence, KS                     Granada Theater ##

2/27/2015            Dallas, TX                             Gas Monkey ##

2/28/2015            Houston, TX                       Fitzgerald’s ##

 

* = RINGWORM

**=Dayglo Abortions

#= Theories

##= Phobia

For more info visit the Official Websites of Napalm Death and Voivod

2014-07-08 Goo Goo Dolls JB-0073November 3rd, 2014 – The Goo Goo Dolls are excited to be partnering once again with LA’s Good Shepherd Shelter and playing a very special benefit event at The Troubadour on December 15th. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Shelter, and all ticket buyers are also encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for collection to the show. Tickets for the event are $40 and go on sale November 7th.

The Good Shepherd Shelter has an extensive history dedicated to helping women and girls who have been abused or exploited in their life situations. Their mission is “to stop the generational cycle of domestic violence by providing individualized, comprehensive services and shelter to battered women and their children and by raising the level of community awareness through advocacy and education,” through tools like their separate family apartment units, education and schooling options for children and adults, therapeutic services, and legal advocacy, all on site. They are online at http://www.goodshepherdshelter.info/ and via phone at (323)737-6111.

 

neil young storytone coverStorytone has 10 brand new compositions recorded live in the studio, some with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young, some with a 60-piece orchestra, and three with a big band. Configurations include a Standard Edition that features the 10 orchestral song versions of Storytone and a Deluxe Edition containing additional solo studio versions by Young of all songs. A 180gram Double Vinyl pressing, which will be released on December 16th, will feature both orchestral and solo studio versions of the album.

Those who order the Double CD Edition, 180g Deluxe Double Vinyl Edition, or the PonoMusic Deluxe Edition from the Neil Young Official Store will receive immediate download of both albums.

Bundles featuring the Deluxe Album and a heavy stock lithograph featuring Storytone artwork by Neil Young are available exclusively in the Neil Young Official Store.

Neil will be releasing a live video of each song as he recorded them (in the studio with an orchestra, choir and big band) on Neil‘s Facebook Page every day this week. Check out the page to watch Storytone in its entirety.

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.