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Tantric to release “Blue Room Archives” September 30th

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Previews, Releases with tags , , , , on September 25, 2014 by Randy

Alternative rockers Tantric will release a compilation of new, unreleased, and acoustic material under the title of “Blue Room Archives” on September 30 through Pavement Entertainment.  This new release will follow up 2013’s highly successful 5th studio album “37 Channels”, and includes acoustic versions of the classic Tantric hits “Breakdown” and “Mourning”, as well as, the brand new single “Cynical”.

The title for the album comes from Tantric’s home studio “The Blue Room” where much production work and song writing have taken place over the band’s extensive career.  Having sold over one million albums in the United States alone, Tantric has delivered many chart topping hits over their extensive career and become a household name in the Rock and Alternative community.

This collection of songs includes acoustic versions of their 2 biggest singles “Breakdown” and “Mourning” brilliantly crafted with a modern edge. Also included are rare and unreleased tracks extending over Tantric’s entire career. A must have collection for past, present, and future fans of the band.

http://www.tantricrockband.com/Tantric/Tantric_Rock_Band_Official_Site.html

FLYLEAF Release New Album ‘Between The Stars’ | Fall Tour Kicks Off 10/2

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2014 by Randy

Yesterday (9/16), FLYLEAF—the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band—released their highly anticipated fourth studio album BETWEEN THE STARS, via Loud & Proud Records, and it’s earning early accolades.

FLYLEAF recorded BETWEEN THE STARS’ 12 songs–which are rooted in powerful vocal melodies, driving bass and drums along with bold guitar work that create a heavy, hypnotic soundscape throughout–in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). BETWEEN THE STARS is available for purchase on iTunes HERE and Amazon HERE.

FLYLEAFKRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS (bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)—are gearing up for their national fall tour launching Thursday, October 2 in Waco, TX. The trek, with opening acts Ryan White and Lullwater, will hit the Gramercy Theater in New York City on Thursday, October 16 and the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4 before wrapping Friday, November 7 in San Diego, CA. Tickets are on-sale now. For the full tour itinerary and more information including where to purchase tickets, visit: www.flyleafmusic.com/tour.

Catch FLYLEAF on tour this fall:
DATE CITY VENUE
THU 10/2 Waco, TX Common Grounds
FRI 10/3 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom
SAT 10/4 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapones Live
SUN 10/5 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
TUE 10/7 Houston, TX Scout Bar
WED 10/8 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
THU 10/9 Atlanta, GA The Loft @ Center Stage
SAT 10/11 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle
MON 10/13 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
TUE 10/14 Cambridge, MA TT the Bears
THU 10/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
FRI 10/17 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne
SAT 10/18 Portland, ME Asylum
MON 10/20 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
TUE 10/21 Chicago, IL Subterranean
WED 10/22 Milwaukee, WI Rave Bar
FRI 10/24 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
SAT 10/25 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
SUN 10/26 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
TUE 10/28 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
THU 10/30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
FRI 10/31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
SAT 11/1 San Francisco, CA Slims
SUN 11/2 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
TUE 11/4 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
THU 11/6 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
FRI 11/7 San Diego, CA North Park Theater

 

LACUNA COIL return to North America

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Randy

LACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO. This will be the second run of dates on this album cycle in the U.S. and Canada for the Italian Rockers! Devil 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 tour will kick off in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL. LACUNA COIL Front woman Cristina Scabbia had this to say:

“Hello all!! Busy year for Lacuna Coil …and we couldn’t be happier! We will be back in the US AND (finally!) Canada again! We are very excited to announce that, and to bring the new songs and the new dark aura back on the road. Our friend Howard Jones and his band Devil You Know will be joining us in the madness. It will be a great tour and you HAVE to share the fun with us!”

 

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

 

YOUNG FOX RELEASES ‘PREDECESSORS’ EP TODAY!

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Randy

Pittsburgh’s rising rock band Young Fox has released their new EP, Predecessors, today via Spartan Records. The release is currently available digitally at iTunes and from Spartan Records at http://spr.tn/youngfox.

Formed in 2012, Young Fox came together over drinks in a neighborhood pub in Pittsburgh. Martin Lunn (bassist), who’s also in revered metal band Zao, Luke Cypher (vocals/guitar/keys), who happens to share his time as the head chef at Piccolo Forno in Pittsburgh, and Chris Lehberger (drums) began writing, rehearsing and recording and eventually added Brian Schultz (guitar) to the mix, rounding out the four-piece band.
The group was fixated on honing their craft and songwriting on the new record, Predecessors, until they were completely satisfied. The results are shockingly good too.
Young Fox’s music is dynamic and heartfelt. From the record’s memorable first track “Single Phase” to the last notes of “Define The End,” Young Fox leaves it all on record. Tracks like “The Answer” and “Diet of Worms” are intense and methodical and showcase extraordinary talents from a new band that will be around for years to come.
Check out their lyric video for “Diet of Worms”
Follow Young Fox now at https://www.facebook.com/youngfoxband for additional news and updates.
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Show Review: Dinosaur Pile-Up

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by Randy

Stage AE//Pittsburgh, PA//7.10.14

On Thursday, July 10th, three lads from West Yorkshire England by the names of Matt, Mike and Jim came to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to play what is their spin on a very influential music genre: 90’s alternative and grunge. In a brief interview with them we learned many things, but the most important thing we got was where they drew influence(s) from, and after hearing their songs and seeing the live show, it’s easy to tell Nirvana and Foo Fighters shaped what we know as Dinosaur Pile-Up. Now before discussing their live performance and finer details about the band, we will answer the question everyone is asking: “How did they get their name?” Well, from Matt’s mouth to your eyes, here’s how it happened…Prior to the inception of this project Matt said he was watching a shitty Godzilla remake, and at one point in the movie there is a herd, (I think they’d be called a herd) or a group if you will, of dinosaurs running and the lead dinosaur tripped eventually causing… you guessed it, a DINOSAUR PILE-UP! He claims that as soon as he saw that he jokingly thought, “That’d be a unique name for a band.” A few years later when the band was sitting there trying to come up a name he figured, “Why not use it? It’s different! Thus giving birth to Dinosaur Pile-Up.

-Check out photos here!-

Now onto the performance displayed at Stage AE that night…I personally was not fortunate enough to ever witness a Nirvana concert in person but this show may be the closest I’ll ever be able to get to one. It was everything a grunge concert was and is supposed to be; angst, raw emotion, and jam sessions. DPU has two albums to date, Nature Nature and Growing Pains (with Nature Nature being the most recent). Regardless of which is your “favorite” album, their set list won’t disappoint considering they play a beautiful selection from each album respectfully. To take a step back from specifically the Pittsburgh date, I was given testimonials (via social media) from people at two other shows that DPU played, and they too were floored by the performances. One of the individuals went as far as to say “Kurt Cobain has been reincarnated” when describing guitarist/vocalist Matt Bigland’s stage presence. By the way, before it’s forgotten and not mentioned in this article, this was not a headlining show for Dinosaur Pile-Up, even though there is no doubt in my mind that it would be successful if they attempted a North American headlining tour. They were actually one of two opening acts for this band called Brand New that is fronted by a gentleman named Jesse Lacey… maybe you’ve heard of them.

Sadly, with as great as this tour was, it was short lived due to the fact that it was only scheduled to be a small 6-7 city loop in the Northeast region on the United States. However, we can report that sometime in the near future Matt and the rest of the guys in Dinosaur Pile-Up do plan on doing a bigger North American tour, and plan on making Pittsburgh a stop yet again. Be sure to keep a look out and catch their next show in your town. It’s the perfect excuse to bust out your old converse and hole filled jeans!

 

Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune 2014

Review: Summerland Tour 2014

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by Randy

When the Summerland Tour pulled into Pittsburgh on June 20th it felt just like a spring Seattle day in 1995; not just because of the 90’s alternative that was playing all around, but because of the dreary/rainy day that the city was experiencing. The spring of 2014 marked the 3rd year in a row for the Summerland Tour which features acts from the 90’s that play and still record music such as this year’s participants: Everclear, Eve6, Soul Asylum and Spacehog.

The day’s event in Pittsburgh started off with an English alt rock act that goes by the name of Spacehog. I personally had never heard of these guys, and I think the same goes for most of the people who were in attendance that day, regardless of knowing their music they played a great set from start to finish. Not only did they play well as a group and play some awesome songs they were also very interactive with the crowd and just had a professional presence about them. Next to take the stage was the “great” Eve6. Their performance was kind of bland…so bland that I would suggest using that time to use the restroom and grab you a beer before their last song. Not to knock them as musicians though, they sounded great and tried everything they could to make sure the crowd had a good time. Unfortunately, that night at Stage AE just wasn’t theirs. The only highlight was their last song and possibly the only song from them that everyone knew, “Inside Out.” It seems the fact that no one really knew any of their other songs was the reason the whole performance seemed “flat” to say the least.

Following the disappointing performance by Eve6, was maybe one of the most underrated bands from the 90’s alternative scene, Soul Asylum. One of the first songs they played was their 1995 hit “Misery,” and because they started the set with a big hit like that, the crowd really got into the show and made the rest of the night smooth sailing for them. fter their allotted time was up came the epic performance of the band that most people were there to see and the band who is responsible for putting on the entire tour: Everclear. Art Alexakis, frontman of Everclear, is one of the ones responsible for the idea of this 90’s based music tour and the one who has helped make this tour a yearly event. The band took the stage playing some old school classics and fan favorites like Santa Monica, Heroin Girl, and Wonderful. They even included some new hits like Be Careful What You Ask For, which was off their latest album titled “Invisible Stars.”

Minus the few bumps that may occur during this tour, like not so popular bands and some unknown tunes, the Summerland Tour of 2014 was a very well organized and put together. Hopefully this tour continues to have a long and healthy run and these acts from the 90’s era don’t give up on us quite yet. If you were unable to catch a show during this year’s tour we suggest you keep your eyes open for next year’s dates and make it to a show; certainly a tour that’s worth attending.

 

Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune 2014

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