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Thrice Premieres Official Video For “Black Honey” May 17, 2016

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for new music from one of my favorite bands!    Only 10 days to go until their new album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is released via Vagrant Records/BMG, and only 1 month away Thrice plays the tri-state area!

Check out the music video for “Black Honey”and local dates below

6/16 New York NY @ PlayStation Theater

6/17 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore

6/18 Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom

6/19 Boston MA @ House of Blues


Disturbed & Rob Zombie Co-headline tour for May 2016 and Disturbed Powerful Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” February 6, 2016

Disturbed is touring in support of their massive #1 album Immortalized, which marked the end of the Grammy-nominated group’s 4-year hiatus  and became their fifth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a rare feat achieve by only one other hard rock band in the history of the chart: Metallica. The album has already boasted two huge No. 1 Active Rock singles in “The Vengeful One” and “The Light,” and now the group’s haunting version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound of Silence” is poised to continue the dominance. The track is already climbing the charts and has now earned over 12 million YouTube views in just a couple of months.

Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced a co-headline tour for May 2016. Ahead of that, Disturbed are gearing up to kick off their first tour following their 4-year hiatus, starting in the U.S. in Fargo, ND on February 10 and taking them on an almost entirely sold out run through North America to headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

05/03                     Mississippi Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, MS
05/04                     Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Birmingham, AL
05/06                     Aaron’s Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA *
05/07                     Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
05/10                     Cajundome – Lafayette, LA
05/11                     CenturyLink Center – Bossier City, LA
05/17                     US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
05/22                     Hershey Stadium – Hershey, PA
05/24                     Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
05/25                     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN
* Pop Evil not performing
For tickets and further details on all shows:
02/10                     Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND
02/12                     MTS Cetnre – Winnipeg, Canada
02/14                     Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, Canada
02/15                     SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, Canada
02/18                     Grey Eagle Events Centre – Calgary, Canada
02/19                     EnCana Events Centre – Dawson Creek, Canada
02/20                     Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, Canada
02/22                     Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, Canada
02/24                     Bismarck Event Center – Bismarck, ND
02/25                     Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry – Sioux Falls, SD
03/11                     Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, Canada
03/12                     The Showbox – Seattle, WA                               
03/14                     Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
03/16                     The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
03/17                     The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/19                     UFEST 2016 – Phoenix, AZ                               
03/20                     House of Blues – San Diego, CA                               
03/23                     House of Blues – Dallas, TX                               
03/24                     House of Blues – Houston, TX                            
03/25                     House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/27                     Iron City – Birmingham, AL                               
03/29                     House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30                     The National – Richmond, VA                               
04/01                     Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/02                     Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/04                     Irving Plaza – New York, NY                               
04/05                     Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
04/07                     St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI                               
04/08                     Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI                               
04/10                     New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
04/26                     Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL
04/29                     98ROCKFEST – Tampa, FL
04/30                     Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
05/01                     Fort Rock Festival – Fort Myers, FL
05/08                     Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
05/15                     Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
05/20                     Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH
05/21                     BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
05/27-05/29            Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK

Check out Australia’s Skipping Girl Vinegar’s New Song & Video May 19, 2015

You know that wonderful feeling you get when you discover a new song to obsess over and share with the world?  Yeah you do.  Well, the most recent one for me is Skipping Girl Vinegar’s latest song “Dance Again.”  It’s a little early to tell, but this may just be my song of the summer.  The video reminds me that I better get a move on skydiving lessons, this way I can jump solo and be awesome/dance again in my golden years.  Skipping Girl Vinegar plays music that will simply make you smile, I guess one can file that under the genre of indie pop.  Their music is for fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Of Monsters and Men, think Neon Trees meets American Authors and/or Walk the Moon.  Take it or leave it, those are my thoughts.

I saw the video on EARMILK here last month and it’s been on every playlist I’ve created since. The band name is an ode to the oldest neon sign in Australia, in their hometown Melbourne. “Dance Again” is the lead single off their new album The Great Wave, which officially dropped on April 3rd and was produced by Brad Jones.

You may remember Skipping Girl Vinegar from CMJ 2012; the band took a hiatus afterwards. Reflecting on the events that led up to The Great Wave, singer/songwriter Mark Lang explains, “The last two years have seen us travel from the heights of radio and agents opening up for the band in the US, to the crashing heartbreak of my wife being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We put the record and everything else on hold, went to ground and focused all our love and energy onto her, and thankfully – we are one of the fortunate ones. What I valued and prioritized previously had now shifted, affecting the very core of how I wanted to communicate through music”

I will say that The Herald Sun, ‘Album Of The Week’ said it perfectly: “‘Dance Again‘ is the sound of an ear-to-ear smile bursting out of your speakers.”  Skipping Girl Vinegar plays music that will simply make you smile.

Enjoy and share!



New LA-based Rock Band MADUS Releases Video for “All The Way” April 27, 2015

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“All The Way” features the band being kidnapped and turned into a product of “the man.”  Check it out above and keep an eye out for their self-titled debut album, recorded by Keith Armstrong (Rise Against, Bruce Springsteen).


For Those Who Love Game Of Thrones as much as MC Lars does… April 9, 2015

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The video for “Dragon Blood” can be seen here:

Daenerys Targaryen is such an amazing character to me. She’s a boss,” says nerdcore rapper MC LARS about the subject of his brand new song and video DRAGON BLOOD”.  Based on HBO‘s massively popular series GAME OF THRONES, the song is a paean to the regal character Daenarys (played by actress Emilia Clarke) who is adamant in establishing her reign via the help of her small cluster of dragons (“It’s the mother of dragons, with my gigantic army / We be marching to Meereen but, no, we didn’t come to party“). “I’m excited to partner with Nerdist to premiere this video,” Lars says. “I have been a fan of Chris Hardwick’s empire for years; they are always on top of the coolest things happening on the underground but also nerd culture stuff in the mainstream.”

We live in an age of changing spheres of power and Daenarys reflects this for sure,” he explains. “This is my first song ever written from an entirely female voice and I wanted to channel someone with whom people can identify, so I rewatched all of the episodes to date and went deep into any online Thrones resources I could find. I made spreadsheets of all of Martin’s rhyming terminology, spending a whole week looking for words that would sound good together and matching them in Excel (‘Tyrion / High Valyrian’ for example). I never thought I could reference Cersei Lannister, Migos, Kanye West and Rage Against the Machine all in the same song, but I guess crazier things have happened in hip-hop!


Review of “Aerial Love” by Daniel Johns February 19, 2015


Review by Angela Blasi

After eight years quietly producing other Australian acts and working behind the scenes in the music industry, Daniel Johns has finally reemerged with the beginnings of an upcoming solo album.  With the acclaimed Silverchair on indefinite hiatus, Johns has collaborated with Joel Little and Eleven: A Music Company to create an EP sampling the highly anticipated full album release in March 2015.  Not to be confused as a standalone single, “Aerial Love” serves as the appetizer of what promises to be a musical feast.  Once compared to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Johns has hit our anticipating ears with a soulful and sultry piece of pop music.  Described as ‘synthetic yet sensual’ in its press release, it’s definitely not what I was expecting from the rock star I have come to know and love.  At first listen, a steady eighth note beat leads us right into the velvet of his voice proclaiming, “Oh I’m ready.” That steady one, two, three, four wraps itself up cozily into your pulse to keep your head bobbing the entire ride.  The lyrics themselves were simpler and more straightforward than anything else I was used to from earlier work.  Devoid of cryptic messages, “Aerial Love” is an honest, simple tune with repetitive stanzas and rhythms that don’t stagnate.  It’s a bare-bones track with little instrumentation featuring vocal harmonies that make the song feel thick with charisma and romance.  I’ve always appreciated Johns voice and his willingness to create outside of what he’s previously done and this is no exception.  At face value, it’s a love song featuring dynamic use of falsetto, a steady beat and touches of pop synthetics to create the kind of song I’d turn the lights down and unwind to.

The music video seeks to capture the essence of the song using drone technology to tell the story of desert wandering lovers from a truly aerial perspective.  Directed by Lorin Askill (Flume & Chet Faker, Phoenix, Sia’s Chandelier [editor]), the video replicates the song’s weightless, timeless, slyly carnal feel.


“Laugh” (Official) by Itch ft. Matisyahu January 11, 2015

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Purchase the track here:
From Itch’s debut album, ‘The Deep End’, available now!

Well did it ever get so bad?
That you just had to laugh while the whole world crashes down
Well if it’s so bad
Gotta forget the past
I’m loving every minute right now
Cause there’s only one life
I’ma live it tonight
I’ll be laughing it off while you still try to fight too
Yeah, I just got too laugh while the whole world crashes down.


Beartooth Premieres New Video For “The Lines” & Announce US Tour August 20, 2014

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MAN!  Where was I when Beartooth was shooting this amazing video??!  Breaking things in slow motion for a music video?  Well that’s just genius Beartooth, Drew Russ & Red Bull Records!

Enjoy and if you decide to break things in slow motion after watching, A) please wear safety goggles B) please share it with us!   and of course C) be careful

Beartooth full tour dates are below. For more information visit

10/03 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen

10/05 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar

10/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Upstairs)

10/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary

10/08 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

10/09 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

10/10 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

10/11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater

10/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

10/14 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

10/15 Orlando, FL – Backbooth

10/17 Houston, TX – Walters

10/18 Dallas, TX – The Door

10/19 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live

10/21 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre

10/22 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage

10/23 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

10/24 Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall

10/26 Murray, UT – Murray Theater

10/28 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater

10/30 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

10/31 Columbus, OH – The Basement

With Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil:

11/ 05 –Fresno CA – Woodward Park Amphitheater

11/07 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre

11/08 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre

11/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

11/1 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavillion

11/13 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater

11/14 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

11/15 North Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB Myrtle Beach, VA

11/16 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

11/19 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall

11/20 Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena

11/20 Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory

11/22 Hartford, CT – The Webster

11/24 Huntington, NY – The Paramount

11/25 Huntington, NY – The Paramount

11/29 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom

11/30 Plymouth, MI – Compuware Arena

12/01 Clive, IA- Flags Event Center

12/03 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

12/05 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

12/6 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel


Psychic Friend Releases Video for “We Do Not Belong” October 6, 2013

Psychic Friend is a band that should be on everybody’s watch list.  William Schwartz, who also fronts Imperial Teen, called upon an old college buddy to help make a video for the second single off of My Rocks Are Dreams.  That college buddy was Sarah Silverman and the video is “We Do Not Belong.”  Based roughly on a Nova documentary called Secret of the Wild Child, about a young girl who had spent her entire developmental period without societal contact. The young girl, played by Silverman, responds to nothing scientists present for stimulation until music is introduced. “We Do Not Belong” stands as the backdrop of Silverman’s character’s recovery, as she dances throughout the last half of the song, leaving Schwartz’s scientific role feeling both proud and accomplished.  This song and Psychic Friend’s music is infectious with a vintage sound and notes of melodic 70’s songwriting.


Who’s Betty Who? September 22, 2013


The next up and coming pop icon, that’s who!  I have been obsessed with her music for a couple of months now.  She reminds me of early Madonna or an 80’s pop diva, mixed with Katy Perry and a touch of Robyn.  Born in Australia, Betty Who (Jessica Newham) moved to the States to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, followed by Berklee College of Music in Boston where she met producer Peter Thomas.  She now lives in New York City.  You might have already heard one of her songs without even know it.  Have you seen the video of the marriage proposal with the flash mob?  The song they were dancing to was “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.  If you haven’t yet seen the video, check it out here (if you’re like me, grab a tissue).  

Since the video posted on 09/11/2013, the video has 10,066,035 and keeps on growing!  On 09/13/213 she performed a sold-out headlining show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with JOYWAVE.  Obviously this was going to grab the attention of some major’s, but RCA made the deal.  Read all the details on here.  Her EP The Movement is still available as a free download on SoundCloud here.  My favorite track fluctuates, but right now it’s “High Society.”  Check out a live performance of the song at NYC’s Pianos last month.