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Phoenix, AZ based, Dark Alternative Rock Band THE SPIDER HOLE has announced the launch of a Kickstarter Campaign to help support their upcoming LP and associated graphic novel, To The Monsters. The unique project is built around the LP with 11 original songs, each about a different monster, as well as a 100 page horror anthology graphic novel written and illustrated by vocalist Ethan Scott; each story in the novel is about a different band member over the course of one fateful Halloween night.

To celebrate the upcoming launch, the quartet has revealed their first single, “The Skeleton Wedding,” from the album.

“We were at The Quarry in Bisbee grubbing and waiting to go on stage when Ethan asks everyone in the band what their greatest fear is. He wants to do a horror anthology comic to put out with the new album. Before we were even called to the stage, all four stories were basically written.” – The Spider Hole

Two versions of the graphic novel will be offered through the Kickstarter, the standard softcover edition, and a DELUXE hardcover edition, which includes 4 additional stories. The hardcover edition is only available to Kickstarter backers.

 

A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2018.

Active rock powerhouse Owl Company recently announced the upcoming release of their sophomore full-length album entitled Iris out November 9, 2018via Eclipse Records. The album was mixed by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More, Three Doors Down) and mastered by Paul Logus (Stone Sour, Pop Evil, Clutch).

It has been a mere four weeks since the release of their first single and music video for the track “Shattered Dreams”, and it has already surpassed 19,000 views on YouTube, and 20,000 organic plays on Spotify. Today, Owl Companyhave released a brand-new lyric video for the soaring active rock anthem, “Rise”. Watch it now via the Eclipse Records YouTube channel, or stream it via SpotifyApple Music, or Deezer today!

Vocalist Enrico Minelli states, “Rise is about faith and how those associated beliefs can intervene in a person’s life. It tells a story of someone who has realized that they are the god of their actions”. 

Iris contains thirteen memorable, melodic, active rock anthems which flex their muscles, and instantly make you want to hear more. Highlights on the album include the instant hit “Shattered Dreams” which tackles the concept of faith and how it can take away one’s free will, the self-empowering track “Rise” which also explores the concept of faith but from the perspective that individuals are responsible for their own actions, and the soaring energetic track “Antagonist” which is a personal reflection on the ending of a lifelong relationship.

Pre-order the full album on iTunesAmazon, or Google Play, and stream the singles via SpotifyApple Music, Deezer, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and elsewhere here.

For more information on Owl Company, please visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Eclipse Records.

 

We present the new single and music video from Peoria, IL’s Ghost Key.

“Detach” is the first single off of Ghost Key’s highly-anticipated 2nd album called “See This Through.” The record will be released November 9th, and you can pre-order the album via the InVogue Records online store HERE.

“When under the spell of depression it’s so easy to feel like your mistakes define who you are. Detach is a reminder that you shouldn’t destroy yourself because of your past. Instead, examine the past as a way to become better for the future because that’s only the place any of us is going. Who I was is not who I am.”

Ghost Key is currently on tour with War Of Ages and Capsize, and you can catch them on tour again later this Fall with Obey The Brave starting November 9th.

9/14 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions

9/16 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

9/17 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

9/18 – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire

9/19 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

9/20 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge

9/21 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock

9/23 – Pocatello, ID @ Elks Lodge

9/24 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin

9/25 – Everette, WA @ Tony V’s Garage

9/27 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk

9/28 – Van Nuys, CA @ White Oaks Music

9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Space Bar

9/30 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

10/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

10/2 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill

10/3 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe

10/4 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live

10/5 – Dallas, TX @ 2513 Main

10/6 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group

10/8 – Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill

10/9 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

10/10 – Orlando, FL @ Sounbar

10/11 – Margate, FL @ O’Malleys

10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/14 – Louisville, KY @ Trixies

11/9 – Manchester, NH – Bungalow

11/11 – Reading, PA – Reverb

11/13 – Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub

11/14 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

11/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland

11/16 – Kittanning, PA – Radioactive Events Center

11/17 – Corning, NY – Lando’s

11/18 – Providence, RI – Alchemy

Dallas, TX metal band Light the Fire has dropped a timely new music video for the track “Carry On.”

The track appears on the band’s upcoming third full-length due out this fall on Standby Records.

Stream “Carry On” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XonRxIoE0dvZfSd4qqH2u

Frontman Seth Davis says, “While we’re an aggressive/intense band, one thing we’ll never be is hateful. We do not stand for violence or general disrespect of anyone for any reason. “Carry On” touches on these very subjects. Acceptance, equality, love, and understanding are something that means a lot to every member of this band. Our upcoming album is titled “Compassion in Unlikely Places” and it comes straight from the lyrics on this video. We realize that the genre of music we play and overall aggressiveness of it might give certain people the wrong impression of what we stand for. With this new single, we want to spread the message of exactly what we’re about and what we stand for. Thanks for reading, and we love you all. Hope the song means as much to you as it does to us.”

Since forming in 2011 Light The Fire have established themselves as a force within the South Central U.S. metal scene.

The band’s first full-length, 2015’s ‘Lost at Sea,’ charted at #3 on the iTunes metal charts alongside the likes of In This Moment and August Burns Red.

The band’s 2016 sophomore release ‘Ascension’ debuted at #35 on the iTunes Rock Charts and 182 on the Billboard Independent Charts.

2017 would see a lineup change from LTF, with guitarist Seth Davis stepping up to the lead vocalist position and the addition of new guitar player/backup vocalist Trey Hawkins. The new lineup would immediately release a new single and music video for “The Void” which was well received, logging over 350,000 streams and almost 38,000 views on Spotify and YouTube respectively.

 

GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins
will release their highly-anticipated new LP
SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN on November 16.
Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. will be released on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership.

The LP is available for preorder now from
www.smashingpumpkins.com

The Smashing Pumpkins have also released the LP’s second single
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).

The track is available to stream and download now at
smarturl.it/TSP-SilverySometimes

 

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. Tracklisting
1. Knights of Malta
2. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
3. Travels
4. Solara
5. Alienation
6. Marchin’ On
7. With Sympathy
8. Seek And You Shall Destroy

Earlier this year, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single Solara.
The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos. Watch it HERE.

Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
With over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.

 

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Tampa, FL pop-punk band Southview is stoked to sweep the East Coast yet again for two weeks, in support of their upcoming debut LP release “Make Or Break.”

Suitably named the “Frantic Atlantic Tour”, there will surely be lots of frisbee at midnight in Wal-Mart parking lots, coffee stops, energetic performances, smelly socks and brand new copies of the new album!

The band says, “Dropping September 14th, the debut LP “Make Or Break” is 40 minutes of blistering fast guitar harmonies, unrelenting vocals, and assertive percussion. Come be a part of the experience live, at any of the following tour dates.”

Stream the first single “Bad News” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7CiiMfVT1SSaCrm66Po8RK?si=Zow_Y3fEQQCJByIRH31MzQ!

9/14 – Tarpon Springs, FL – Neptune Lounge

9/15 – Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawk’s

9/17 – Cummings, GA – His Rock Music

9/18 – Savannah, GA – Flamingo House

9/19 – Greensboro, NC – New York Pizza

9/20 – Baltimore, MD – The Depot

9/21 – New Haven, CT – The Cave

9/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds

9/23 – Elizabeth, NJ – Caifano’s

9/24 – Garner, NC – Kaboom Art Gallery

9/25 – Wilkesboro, NC – Loveless Lair

9/28 – Deland, FL – Ghost Tavern

Consistently touring with yet another US tour in March of 2018, the guys are gearing up to release their debut full-length album “Make or Break” out on September 14th. With full-band renditions of fan-favorites from the 2017 EP such as “Sunny Places For Shady People” and “Interstate 75”, fans have been feverishly awaiting the new album.

 

Rock super group Motor Sister – featuring Jim Wilson (Mother Superior), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Pearl Aday (solo), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and John Tempesta (The Cult) – 
will have a new album due out 2019 via Metal Blade Records. 

Since the release of their debut, Ride, in 2015, the group has been more than busy with their other commitments outside of the band: Scott Ian has been touring non-stop with Anthrax; John Tempesta has been on tour with The Cult; Joey Vera has been performing Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety with Armored Saint; Pearl Aday released a solo album,Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry, and just completed a run of dates opening for Cody Jinks; Jim Wilson released his latest album with drummer Phil Jones in June.

Motor Sister was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s 50th birthday party. Thanks to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, all it took was a quick phone call, and the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house,” Scott says of the event that eventually led to an album (Ride – comprised of Mother Superior covers) and the formation of Motor Sister
For their second release, 
Motor Sister will be writing all new, original songs.

“The simple goal for the second Motor Sister album is to make the most kick ass, high energy rock & roll record ever,” Jim Wilson comments.

To preview and purchase Ride, please visit: 
www.metalblade.com/motorsister 

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Motor Sister line-up:
Jim Wilson – vocals, guitar
Scott Ian – guitar
Joey Vera – bass
John Tempesta – drums
Pearl Aday – vocals

 

Influential Cleveland, Ohio-based metal pioneers MUSHROOMHEAD will release their highly-anticipated upcoming DVD, VOLUME III – a follow up to the widely-acclaimed DVD’s Volume 1 (2005) and Volume 2 (2008) – tomorrow, August 17, 2018 worldwide. The DVD will feature over 90 minutes of new material – including stunning new music videos, backstage antics, and exclusive never-seen-before content. Available digitally and fine retailers such as Amazon.

Following up on their terrifying, cinema-quality music video for the alternate version of their track, “We Are The Truth” (which has garnered over 1.7 million views since it’s release in early July), MUSHROOMHEAD is thrilled to reveal another new music video cut from VOLUME III and their most recent and successful charting album, The Righteous & The Butterfly (the album debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart, and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Chart) – this time for the track “Devils Be Damned”.

The video is a complete DIY production filmed on location at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio – known as one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the main setting of the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

In a recent interview with Ultimate GuitarMUSHROOMHEAD producer/drummer/founder Steve “Skinny” Felton explained, “‘Devils Be Damned’ [was filmed at] the Mansfield Prison [Ohio State Reformatory] which is also the prison where the movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed. So there’s a cool backstory there. There’s a scene [in the video] where the little girl is crawling through the tunnel – that’s the same tunnel that Tim Robbins crawled through at the end of the movie – you know, the whole ‘Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.’ line – that’s the same tunnel she crawled through.”

MUSHROOMHEAD recently announced several VOLUME III DVD signings scheduled to take place along their upcoming The Summer of Screams headline tour, presented by Scream Factory and Dread Central. See below for a full listing of signings and tour dates. DVDs will be available for purchase at each signing, and the band will appear in full costume.

MUSHROOMHEAD Signing Dates: 
8/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Darkside (611 Dutchess Turnpike) – Begins 6:00 PM
8/28 – Houston, TX @ Cactus (2110 Portsmouth St) – Begins 6:00 PM
8/29 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo (600 N Lamar Blvd) – Begins 5:00 PM
9/5 – Portland, OR @ Music Millennium (3158 E Burnside St) – Begins 6:00 PM (tentative, check local listing)
9/6 – Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters (2930 1st Ave S) – Begins 6:00 PM (tentative, check local listing)
9/7 – Billings, MT @ Ernie November (1825 Grand Ave) – Begins 6:00 PM

The Summer of Screams tour line-up:
MUSHROOMHEAD
Powerman 5000 (9-2 to 9-15)
The Browning
Psychostick (8-17 to 8-31)
Kissing Candice
Unsaid Fate
Voodoo Terror Tribe (8-17 to 8-30)/Earth Caller (8-31 to 9-15)

The Summer of Screams tour dates:
8/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

8/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
8/19 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
8/21 – Manchester, NH @ Bungalow
8/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
8/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
8/24 – Spartanburg, SC @ Groundzero
8/25 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
8/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
8/28 – Houston, TX @ Houston Underground

8/29 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live

8/30 – Laredo, TX @ Ethos Live
8/31 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
9/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
9/4 – Orangevale, CA@ The Boardwalk
9/5 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
9/6 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/7 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/9 – Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
9/11 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
9/12 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
9/14 – Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Expo Center
9/15 – Chicago, IL @ Patio Theater

With nine days to go before the arrival of new Alice In Chains album Rainier Fog (BMG), anticipation is ramping up with the release of new single Never Fade . Never Fade is the third Rainier Fog song release following So Far Under and  The One You Know.

Recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz (his 3rd consecutive album with the band) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), Rainier Fog will be available digitally, as well as on CD and limited-edition double 180-gram clear LP with white and black splatter (the latter is available only from the band’s online store HERE).
RAINIER FOG follows 2013’s Grammy nominated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 chart at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums charts and the iTunes Rock Album Chart. Its first two singles, “Stone” and “Hollow,” both shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and “Voices” hit No. 3. All three tracks stayed on the chart for over 20 weeks.

Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times Best-Selling Author Duff McKagan recently wrote an Alice In Chains bio to accompany the album release (scroll down to read in its entirety).

Rainier Fog is another step further into the brilliance and musicality of what we have now come to expect from AIC,” wrote McKagan. “Sean Kinney’s super-unique drum style tells one epic story, Inez’s brooding bass lines tell yet another, Duvall’s guitar prowess and lead vocals guide and narrate and nurture the triumph and torture of the subject matter, and Cantrell’s jaw-dropping songwriting, vocals, and now-legendary riff-master approach all combine for another simply brilliant effort.”

“This is a band to cherish and be thankful to have as our own,” says McKagan. “Our living and breathing gauge of what is right with rock and fucking roll.”

 

ALICE IN CHAINS BIOGRAPHY BY DUFF McKAGAN

Alice In Chains have always done it their way. From the beginnings of their career until now, AIC has defied any sort of categorization or mold.  No particular trend over their now-30-year career, has influenced them to do the more popular zig or zag of that moment.

A quick look at their stats proves they’ve been doing it right: over 30 million records sold, two No. 1 albums, six Top 10’s on the Billboard 200, five No. 1 singles, sixteen Top 10 hits, 9 Grammy Award nominations…I could go on.

They stay true to themselves—the deep introspect, the sheer and terrifying swan dives into dark areas of the human experience and the elation of overcoming.

And of course, overcome they have.

But there’s no reason at this point in the Alice In Chains story to dwell on the past. The loss of Layne Staley was brutal and heart-wrenching and he is missed by all for damn sure, and the subsequent loss of original bassist Mike Starr was just as soul-crushing for all who knew him, but to watch Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez gather themselves along with the brilliant William Duvall, was to me, like watching “Rocky” in 1976 as a 12-year-old. The underdog who put in all the hard work and experienced all the hard knocks and hidden trap doors life could throw at you, yet rose to fight back with elegance and power.

Only they knew what they had at first, but with the release of 2009’s “comeback” record, Black Gives Way To Blue, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 and spawning two No. 1 singles and two Grammy nominations, the band remained at the very top of their game. The whole rock n’ roll world seemed to rejoice at once. This was our “Rocky” story.

Proving that album’s success was no fluke, the release that followed, 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (the title a tongue-in-cheek jab at creationists), debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, also featured two No. 1 hits and earned a Grammy nod. Along the way, they continued to play to packed-house crowds around the world.

On a personal note, I’m convinced the band doesn’t give a damn about Grammys or any sort of award-driven accolade. They make music for and about their ardent fans. Attending an AIC show is akin to going to church and coming out cleansed and feeling generally better about the chaos that is this life. Their pure artistry and songwriting takes us all to another place.

The newest record, Rainier Fog (the title a soaring tribute to Seattle itself) is another step further into the brilliance and musicality of what we have now come to expect from AIC. Sean Kinney’s super unique drum style tells one epic story, Inez’s brooding bass lines tell yet another, Duvall’s guitar prowess and lead vocals guide and narrate and nurture the triumph and torture of the subject matter, and Cantrell’s jaw-dropping songwriting, vocals, and now-legendary riff-master approach all combine for another simply brilliant effort.

“The One You Know” will rip your fucking head off, as will “So Far Under” and title track “Rainier Fog, and the searingly apropos “Red Giant” is deadly truth to power.  “All I Am” and “Fly” give time for deeper inner-reflection and that classic AIC sound-scaping that we all love. From top to bottom, Rainier Fog is, like all great Alice In Chains albums, “all killer and no filler.”

This is a band to cherish and be thankful to have as our own. Our living and breathing gauge of what is right with rock and fucking roll.
Duff McKagan

Sure, THE MAGNIFICENT DJ JAZZY JEFF is known for being a star in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he is also a hip-hop pioneer and icon who has won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards and an MTV Music Award. He has recorded with Fresh Prince star Will Smith and continues to turn out truly majestic albums including ‘The Return of the Magnificent.’ Jeff has also lent his hand to other notable acts including Kenny Lattimore, Tatyana Ali and soul goddess Jill Scott, also from Philadelphia, he is also a Grammy winner for his incredible full-length albums. As a DJ, JAZZY JEFF has to be one of the most accomplished in the world, with turntable skills honed to perfection over the decades.

Jeff’s success as a producer pre-empted his brilliant insight as founder and CEO of A Touch of Jazz Inc, which was a full-scale, musical production facility housing four complete digital and analogue rooms. The studio had a hand in numerous notable musical projects including the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air television show, a song on The Simpsons compilation album and the theme to the UPN Network’s Between Brothers. Nowadays JAZZY JEFF continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does, in his time picking up awards such as a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and a number of nominations, yet to this day he states he does what he does simply for the love of the game.

 

Now JAZZY JEFF is headed back to Australia for the first time since 2014. Special Guest on all shows is Australian Red Bull Champion – BEAST MODE

JAZZY JEFF Australian Tour Dates:

Thursday 8th November MELBOURNE The Prince Bandroom

Friday 9th November SYDNEY Max Watts

Saturday 10th November BRISBANE The Valley Drive In

 

Tickets On Sale:

Tickets on-sale Friday 17 August, 9am from

Via: https://www.itsdeltabravo.com.au/