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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

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

KILL DEVIL HILL Welcome TYPE O NEGATIVE Drummer Johnny Kelly To Band

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, News, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Randy

KILL DEVIL HILL are proud to announce the addition of TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly to the band. Kelly, who also plays with DANZIG and his own band A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, replaces the recently departed Vinny Appice.

“I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill,” says Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long-time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for KDH’s next chapter – this is gonna be a blast!”

The band will play their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6 [see dates below], three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. More expansive North American dates will be announced shortly.

Adds KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown: “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honored to have jammed with him over the last few years – we wish Vinny well with all his future endeavors, it has been a blast!”

“It’s been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love,” says Appice of his decision to leave the band.

Featuring PANTERA and former DOWN bassist Rex Brown, ex-PISSING RAZORS frontman Dewey Bragg, acclaimed session/touring guitarist MARK ZAVON and now TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG and A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH drummer Johnny Kelly, KILL DEVIL HILL deliver a crushing sound that combines a contemporary feel with a classic aesthetic that few bands today can rival. The band will be on the road throughout 2014.

KILL DEVIL HILL
APRIL
4: Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
5: Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
6: Long Beach, CA – Gas Lamp

KILL DEVIL HILL Australian Tour
(with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)

APRIL
11: Brisbane, QLD – Eaton’s Hill
12: Kensington, NSW – UNSW Roundhouse
13: Melbourne, Victoria – Palace Theatre
15: Adelaide, SA – HQ Complex
16: Perth, WA – Metro City

More North American dates to be announced shortly…

GOO GOO DOLLS AND DAUGHTRY HIT THE ROAD IN JUNE FOR SUMMER AMPHITHEATRE AND ARENA TOUR

Posted in News, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Randy

MULTI-PLATINUM BANDS TO PERFORM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ALL SUMMER LONG

 

TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 22nd

 

VIP FAN CLUB PRESALE AVAILABLE MARCH 17th 

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will hit the road in June for an extensive summer amphitheatre and arena tour. Also on the bill, performing an acoustic set, are Plain White T’s. The tour kicks off in Wallingford, CT, on June 12th and crisscrosses North America through the end of the summer.  Please see below for all dates. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 22nd .

“We are excited to finally be teaming up with Daughtry,” says Goos vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik. “Not only are we big fans of Chris, but we think this is going to be a huge party for the fans of both our bands. The combination of the two will make for an awesome summer night of great American rock music.”

“We are huge fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and have wanted to tour with them for a long time now,” says lead singer Chris Daughtry. “Everyone will see more than two great bands on stage. They’re going to get an incredible show every night and have a summer to remember.”

The Goos are touring in support of their 10th studio album Magnetic, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums chart, propelled by the red-hot single “Come To Me” – the fastest-growing single in the Goos’ history.

Daughtry is touring in support of their fourth album Baptized, which was released on November 19th, 2013, and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200. Daughtry’s latest single, “Waiting For Superman,” is Top 15 at Hot AC and has sold more than half a million downloads. The band is currently on a European and sold-out U.K. tour.

 

About Goo Goo Dolls:

 

The Goo Goo Dolls have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band, which also features bassist Robby Takac, has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy Award nominations), and recorded and released nine studio albums. Vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and the Goo Goo Dolls have been inducted into Guitar Center’s Historic Hollywood Rock Walk.

 

About Daughtry:

 

Multi-platinum recording artist Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold over 8 million albums and 18 million singles worldwide, and sold out concerts around the world. Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet’s second consecutive No. 1 album. Daughtry’s third album, Break The Spell, was certified gold within four weeks of its release. Daughtry’s latest single “Waiting For Superman,” from the band’s new album Baptized, is Top 15 at AC. In addition to recording and touring the globe, frontman Chris Daughtry is also dedicated to using his position to raise awareness about a number of charitable causes including an ambassadorship with DC Comics and its We Can Be Heroes campaign.

 

 

The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry summer tour dates with Plain White T’s are as follows:

 

 

06/12  Wallingford, CT         Toyota Oakdale Theatre

06/14  Wantagh, NY             Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

06/15  Saratoga , NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center

06/19  St. Augustine, FL       St. Augustine Amphitheatre

06/20  Tampa, FL                 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

06/21  Orange Beach, AL     The Amphitheater at the Wharf ***

06/24  Corpus Christi, TX     Concrete Street Amphitheatre

06/25  Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion

06/27  Houston, TX               Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

06/29  Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

07/01  Cincinnati, OH            Riverbend Music Center

07/02  Clarkston, MI              DTE Energy Music Theatre

07/03  Toronto, ON                Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

07/05  Bristow, VA                Jiffy Lube Live

07/06  Virginia Beach, VA    Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

07/08  Raleigh, NC                Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

07/09  Charlotte, NC              PNC Music Pavilion

07/11  Atlanta, GA                 Chastain Park Amphitheatre

07/12  Memphis, TN              TBD

07/15  Denver, CO                 Red Rocks Amphitheatre

07/16  Salt Lake City, UT      USANA Amphitheatre

07/18  Eugene, OR                Cuthbert Amphitheatre

07/21  Saratoga, CA             The Mountain Winery

07/22  Los Angeles, CA       The Greek Theatre

07/24  San Diego, CA           Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion*

08/01  Las Vegas, NV           Red Rocks Resort, Spa & Casino

08/03  Phoenix, AZ               Comerica Theatre

08/09  Des Moines, IA         Iowa State Fair **

08/10  Chicago, IL               FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

08/12  Holmdel, NJ              PNC Bank Arts Center

08/15  Boston, MA               Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

08/16  Big Flats, NY            The Summer Stage at Tags

08/17  Camden, NJ               Susquehanna Bank Center

08/19  Bethel, NY                Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

08/21  Gilford, NH               Meadowbrook

08/22  Buffalo, NY               Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

08/23  Essex Junction, VT   Champlain Valley Exposition

More dates to follow!

*On Sale 4/18

**On Sale 4/12

***On Sale 4/4

Review: Stolen Babies @ Chicago House of Blues 1/28/2014

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Photos, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by Randy

Circulating on rock radio right now is a very intriguing band that goes by the name of Stolen Babies. Their sound is very reminiscent of early Industrial Metal, mixed with a strong Shock Rock influence. Sprinkle a little accordion in there, maybe some 55 gallon drum, then choose either a guitar or bass (never both at the same time), and wa-lah.

Stolen Babies are currently embarked on tour with two power house bands in rock (Stone Sour and Pop Evil), and most dates on this tour have been sold out. We were fortunate to cover the Chicago House of Blues stop, and honestly, we were mind blown. They are the opener for this tour, and with only 3 bands on the bill, they had ample time to melt faces. From the first note, to the last riff, they managed to strangle hold the crowd. Regardless if they’ve never been heard, their arsenal of songs is a crowd mover…exploding with an instant pit, full of elbows and crowd surfers.

The band consists of Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals), Rani Sharone (bassist and guitarist) and Gil Sharone on drums. One interesting thing about the band and their sound is Dominique…and she isn’t just a vocalist. On certain songs she beats away at that 55 gallon barrel hanging from what appears to be an engine hoist, giving a slight percussion that you’d expect to hear in bands like Slipknot and Mushroom Head. But, there’s more: the unique sound doesn’t stop there because she also plays an accordion… YES, AN ACCORDION! This throws a completely different aspect into this band’s sound that has already separated them from traditional rock/metal bands. To say the least, these guys are a true experimental rock band and have certainly found their niche in an industry constantly looking for new sounds.

-Pop Evil highlights included Leigh Kakat coming out and climbing on the crowd to sing
-Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor played Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” solo, and also the first 2/3 of “Through Glass” before the band erupted
-Within each set, there were some sound issues

Only a few more dates remain on this tour…check them out below. If you aren’t able to make it to a show, definitely get on your computer and check out Stolen Babis online and hear their fascinating sound for yourself.

-Randy Hall and Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune, 2014

Feb 6  Thu   Anaheim, CA
Feb 8  Sat     Las Vegas, NV
Feb 9  Sun    Tempe, AZ
Feb 11 Tue   El Paso, TX
Feb 13 Thu  Dallas, TX
Feb 14 Fri    Houston, TX
Feb 15 Sat   San Antonio, TX

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Stolen Babies, a set by logan.rocktribune on Flickr.

 

VEARA on God Save the States Tour – Erie, PA 12/20/2013

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Photos, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Randy

The God Save the States Tour, headlined by Major League, also consisted of two other awesome Pop-Punk bands (VEARA and Stickup Kid), that spread across various East Coast cities in just a short two week period. On Friday, December 20, 2013, the three bands stopped in Erie Pennsylvania for a late night party. Unlike most shows, this didn’t have an early start time. The first local band didn’t take the stage ‘til nearly 10pm, and Major League didn’t wrap up their set ‘til 2am. That being said, not a single band let the time become a factor…they didn’t care how late they were on and played their hearts out, making sure every single person in the venue had the time of their life.

The Rock Tribune popped in on behalf of VEARA, and we couldn’t be more proud of the fact that they were the band we were there supporting. Down to earth, no rock star ‘tude, some of the nicest folks you’ll meet type of dudes. Nestled in between Stickup Kid and Major League, they gave every bit of who they were to the crowd…to the point they could barely set down their instruments and walk off the stage. A lot of the tunes they played were off of their most recent album titled “Growing Up is Killing Me,” which is amazing regardless if it’s live or on disc. If you’re remotely interested in any form of Punk-Rock/Pop-Punk, this is certainly an album you should check out.

Needless to say, if you haven’t had a chance to see VEARA or any of the other bands that were part of this tour, you missed out…so keep an eye open for the next time they all come to a city near you. Also, big thanks goes out to Jamie and everybody else who helps make Erie Entertainment what it is…if it wasn’t for them, the Northwestern Pennsylvania area wouldn’t have had the number of great shows it’s recently had.

© Logan Rendulic, 2013-14 The Rock Tribune

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Veara, a set on Flickr.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘THE CRYSTAL METHOD’ –DUE OUT JANUARY 14–

Posted in New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by Randy

THE CRYSTAL METHOD have kicked off 2014 by offering an advance listen of their fifth studio album, titled The Crystal Method, via Hype Machine. Marking the iconic act’s 20th Anniversary, the album is set for releaseJanuary 14 and is available to hear now at Pandora or at HypeM.

Listen to THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s THE CRYSTAL METHOD now through January 14 at:

HYPEM: www.hypem.com/premieres

PANDORA: http://bit.ly/JOSMKX

On The Crystal Method, THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s KEN JORDAN and SCOTT KIRKLAND explore various directions of electronic music.  “While there’s plenty of hissing beats, belching production, squealing-breaks (and) keyboards for modern EDM heads to enjoy,” wrote Annie Zaleski of Alternative Press (Feb) in her review, “…the album is steeped in meticulous club music emphasizing silky grooves and sculptured adrenaline rushes.” Guests include LeAnn Rimes, Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway), Nick Thayer and mau5trap artist Le Castle Vania. “The Voice”’s season #2 contestant Dia Frampton (also known  as one half of indie duo Meg & Dia) is the featured vocalist on the album’s first single “Over It” impacting radio this month.

 

THE CRYSTAL METHOD’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM  ‘THE CRYSTAL METHOD’  –DUE OUT JANUARY 14–  STREAMING NOW ON HYPEM AND PANDORA

TUNE IN TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE  ON KCRW  LOS ANGELES’ “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC”

View the video for “Over It” featuring Dia Frampton here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9MpeKm-imE

Look for THE CRYSTAL METHOD to appear on Los Angeles tastemaker radio program KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on Tuesday, January 14. Meanwhile, the pair are gearing up for a major performance at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles with a full live band (a first for the platinum-selling EDM duo) on January 16.

Also this month, they have DJ dates lined up in Denver January 18 and New York City January 23 alongside a live set on SIRIUS XM’s Electric Area Electric Aquarium.  A full tour for the spring will be announced soon.

Pre-order THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s The Crystal Method now through January 14 at:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-crystal-method/id764089466

 

www.thecrystalmethod.com  www.facebook.com/thecrystalmethod  www.twitter.com/crystalmethod  www.soundcloud.com/the-crystal-method  www.youtube.com/thecrystalmethod

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