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.
DISTURBED AND ROB ZOMBIE CO-HEADLINE DATES, WITH SPECIAL GUEST POP EVIL:
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
It’s been a summer, well if you want to be technical about it, it’s been two summers since NVMP had the chance to catch up with G-punk rockers, New Beat Fund on the Van’s Warped Tour. NBF released their debut album Sponge Fingerz back in June and have promoted it throughout the nation on the Van’s Warped Tour. Sponge Fingerz was recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studio, co-produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Foster the People, Beck).
New Beat Fund is headlining the Troubadour in Los Angeles with Armors and Little Wolves, get your tickets here.
Touring on the Warped Tour has its ups and downs – like the extreme heat we all endured at the show in Holmdel, NJ – but always inspires creating new jams and bringing artists together. The band teamed up with fellow VWT artist Mod Sun for a remix of “Sunday Funday”, remix by ID Labs and Badboxes. Download the remix for FREE from the special Summertime Party Jams BitTorrrent bundle, also features remixes from Mystery Skulls and Priory. You can check out one of their latest collaborations with BeBe Rexha “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” right here.
New Beat Fund and Night Riots spent the summer touring together on the same bus and have remixed songs from each other’s albums, teaming up with WeTransfer to share them with you. “The songs fall somewhere between cover versions and remixes,” says Night Riots’ lead vocalist Travis Hawley. “We love what those guys did with our song. They made it their own and we did the same with theirs. “While living on the road we really got to enter one another’s creative brain space,” says New Beat Fund guitarist/vocalist Jeff Laliberte. “It was a lot of fun to twist and reimagine the songs to see our vibes complement each other. And we’re best fwendz.” Fans can download the two tracks at http://newbeatfund.com/nrxnbf/
Remember the Instagram video parodies of scenes from iconic horror movies? You have got to watch the hilarious Sunday Fundaze videos! Watch Episode 1 below (Iggy Azalea parody is my favorite part) and the rest on New Beat Fund’s website here.
New Beat Fund, the group behind the SiriusXM Alt Nation hit “Scare Me,” is celebrating Halloween by rolling out 14 Instagram video parodies of scenes from some of the most esteemed horror movies of all time at http://instagram.com/newbeatfund/.
Check out all of their hilarious spoofs below and be sure to follow New Beat Fund on Instagram here and check back on Halloween for a compilation reel!
New Beat Fund Tour Now with 3OH!3, The Summer Set and Wallpaper
Oct. 31 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Nov. 1 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
Nov. 2 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Nov. 3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Nov. 5 Nashville, TN Cannary
Nov. 7 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Nov. 8 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Nov. 10 Atlanta, GA Buckhead theatre
Nov. 11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Nov. 12 Houston, TX House of Blues
Nov. 13 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Nov. 15 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 16 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Nov. 18 Boise, ID Knitting factory
Nov. 19 Spokane, WA Knitting factory
Nov. 20 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Nov. 21 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 23 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Nov. 24 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Nov. 25 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Nov. 26 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
What are you doing Saturday July 20th in New Jersey this summer? If your calendar says anything other than checking out over 50 bands on six stages for only $25, cross it out now and enter the Jersey Shore Music Festival at FirstEnergy Park (Blue Claws Stadium) in Lakewood NJ. This all-ages event will feature national acts including Papadosio, The Front Bottoms, River City Extension, Brick + Mortar, AER and some of the area’s favorite local acts, including one of NVMP’s favorite bands Echo Movement, to represent all genres of music. Aside from the music, the Jersey Shore Music Festival will also feature an array of New Jersey’s top artisans, crafters, photographers and restaurants to provide plenty of local flavors. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult (limit 2 kids/adult). Kids will also have access to the Dr. Bernard’s Kids Zone which will include bungee runs, an obstacle course, bounce house, inflatable 22-foot slide and more. VIP passes are available; $75 for Gold VIP, which include free parking and premier viewing access in front of the main stage. Platinum VIP passes are available for $150 and include same benefits as Gold VIP pass but also a private buffet, cash bar and access to the BlueClaw’s air-conditioned bathrooms and upstairs sports club. Don’t forget, general admission tickets are only $25! All tickets are available online and can be purchased at http://thejerseyshoremusicfest.com/ or at the FirstEnergy Park stadium box office.
We were able to ask co-founder Cory Pedalino a few questions about the festival:
NVMP: What inspired the creation of the Jersey Shore Music Festival? What sets it apart from other music festivals this summer? Cory Pedalino (CP): The creation of the Jersey Shore Music Festival started with an idea from Jersey Shore natives Joe Ciano and his friend Tyler Culley. I was brought on when Joe and I were introduced through a mutual friend. At first, Joe, Tyler and I weren’t sure what the festival would turn out to look like, but as soon as we completed our team with Justin Hoy from Halogen and Matt Burns from Trendkiller, the planning process compounded with hard work set everything into motion. It’s only been within the past 14 months that Jersey Shore Music Festival was born. JSMF sets itself apart from other summer music festivals because it has almost every genre of music represented and there are no corporate sponsors (other than the personal relationships that Joe and I have attained over the years). Plus it is a homegrown event. We already have ideas for plans to host an annual Jersey Shore Music Festival, a winter event and another event TBD every year. We’re keeping a lot close to chest for now but announcements will be made soon.
NVMP: Is this your first foray into music festivals? What is your vision for this festival next year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now? CP: For Joe and Tyler, I believe it is their first foray into music festivals other than being an attendee. I’ve been working production on festivals for quite some time. I’ve been engulfed and worked in the local Asbury Park music scene since I was 16. Recently, I came off of a long weekend at this year’s Skate and Surf festival working production on the main stage. I can’t tell you what the vision is for the festival for next year just yet…but I will say it’s going to be bigger and might include an entire weekend of dates. That’s all we’re releasing as of now. We will always include the local bands, artists and vendors in the festival – that is a promise. Some of the best local and regional bands are featured this year on the Harrison/Lakehouse stage.
NVMP: There is a very eclectic line-up of musicians, how did that come together? CP: The relationships that Matt, Justin and I have formed and bonded our entire musical careers with is what is featured at this year’s festival. Aside from discovering new music, what else can your guests enjoy at the festival?
There will be over 200 craft vendors and artists, an assortment of food choices, a Magic Hat party area, a non-profit village, plus a kids’ area with inflatable slides and did I mention that tickets are only $25??? A great deal for a full day of music and entertainment!
NVMP: What experience do you hope your audience will take away from the Jersey Shore Music Festival? CP: A fun-filled party with a ton of amazing local, regional and national talent. And one more thing…for music fans looking for something to do after the festival, we are in the process of solidifying deals with local bars River Rock and PB Shorehouse to run exclusive after parties with shuttles to and from the festival on the hour every hour.
We are very excited to hear Echo Movement will be playing at the Jersey Shore Music Festival! Nevermind the Posers was at their record release show at The Stony Pony last September for Love and the Human Outreach and can’t wait to hear their progress with the new album! Echo Movement has decided to lower their carbon footprint for the summer and tour locally, so be sure to see them live at the Jersey Shore Music Festival!
Asbury Park September 9, 2012. The Stone Pony Summer Stage
Review by Angela Blasi
As the summer tapers to a close The Offspring settle into a night of rock n’ roll to light up our own historic Asbury Park. Being a Sunday show, doors opened at 5pm with a special indoor performance by Old Bridge Twp locals, The Stolen. A pop punk quintet just getting their feet wet, they were surprisingly easy to listen to. Still a little awkward on stage with a fan base composed of primarily family and friends, they proved confident, appreciative and best of all, catchy. You can give them a listen here.
First up on the summer stage we have Dead Sara, the Los Angeles based, female-fronted quartet catching fire as they tour in support of their self titled, debut album. Though they were only given 30 minutes on stage, vocalist Emily Armstrong, bassist Chris Null, lead guitarist Siouxsie Medley, and drummer Sean Friday made every minute count. Stepping to their respectful places with a quiet, seamless presence, they broke the silence with the steady groove of Medley’s distorted guitar on “Whispers & Ashes.” After a pleasant introduction, the rock got underway with “Test on my Patience.” There is one thing I have to tell you about singer Emily Armstrong- she does not merely sing. Instead, she opens her mouth and lets the music pour out with unabashed passion. A voice that has been unparalleled in recent time, or at least in the twenty something years I’ve listened, she is the physical embodiment of the thumping bass drum and the richness of bass guitar. Music has been devoid of stellar vocalists who understand the instrumentation of the voice for far too long. I loved “Lemon Scent” – matching vocal melody to the squealing allure of Medley’s instrument, yet gravely growls in all the right places.
I had the opportunity to interview Dead Sara and learn more about their music. From their love of the road to the creative process, Dead Sara is all about doing what feels right in order to create pure rock n’ roll as they see fit; casting off the music industry machine in their early trials and distributing their music via their own label to maintaining complete creative control over their art. I hope they realize how much faith they have restored in rock n’ roll fans as they spread their refreshingly raw sound across the nation. Ironically enough their fame is almost accidental, as a radio disc jockey discovered the hit single “Weatherman” and simply started playing the powerhouse of a song out of enjoyment. A fitting beginning for a band that exudes humble passion, displaying modesty and compelling honesty in personality and musicianship. When I asked Armstrong where exactly a voice like that comes from, she simply looked me in the eye, laughed a little and replied, “I wish I knew.” But please, do not underestimate the rhythm section of this band. Songs like “Weatherman” are accented poignantly with rolling snare and punchy bass lines that resonate inside your chest. Behind a screaming front woman is a mess of arms, hair and sticks thrashing away like a rock God. Interestingly enough, Dead Sara only took form into the current line up a few short years ago, as Medley and Armstrong went through a few drummers and bassists before recruiting Friday and Null. It seems to have been a wise decision, as the group explains their creative process as a natural, flowing entity conceived in the meddling of the studio and fostered by the eagerness and excitement of finding a riff and expanding on it.
Though quiet on stage, backstage finds them relaxed and mellow, more like a group of old friends than rock stars who seemed very nonchalant about the being interviewed endlessly thing. Fresh off of Van’s Warped Tour (where they had to cancel the last leg of the tour due to Medley’s fractured ribs) and bouncing around the U.S., fans can catch them on the bill for ShipRocked 2012 along with heavy hitters Godsmack and Korn. Keep an eye on this band; before you know it they’ll be headlining major tours and selling out venues. I wish them well in their endeavors and hope they find rising fame kind.
Second to the stage representing the alternative genre with their energetic, bouncy vibe and electrified music was Neon Trees. Personally, I was only familiar with their radio singles, “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.” However, I was impressed with the vocal clarity, as lead singer Tyler Glenn is just as clean and crisp as he appears on studio recordings, often bending his voice into interesting pitches while adding colorful tones. Neon Trees offered a slightly longer set, featuring an electric light display that matched their fun sound. I was pleasantly surprised as the band played as tight as a drum and executed it with flawless presentation. Glenn also offered witty banter between songs, keeping the crowd entertained on multiple fronts. Something of a contrast to the grit of the previous set, the audience slipped into the bouncing tunes with ease. They even launched into a cover of “State Trooper.” And what is a summer show in Asbury Park without Bruce Springsteen? Overall, the band that has been called an evolutionary step in the glam rock scene proves this is no misnomer.
Which leads us to our main event, The Offspring. Having been a fan since childhood, this was my first time seeing the group live. Let me preface by first saying I have heard for many years that Dexter Holland cannot hit certain recorded notes live. That being said, I took this as an opportunity to see for myself.
Regardless of that, they played an amazing 19 song set complete with two encores. The Offspring opened with “Hurting As One,” a track off their latest album Days Go By. Though the new album clearly had its place in their set list, performing the current single “Days Go By” early in the night, they also played every song I wanted to hear. When the bass line to “Bad Habit” kicked in, older fans in the crowd began to cheer. Singing along, loud and proud, the group paused just before launching into a cadre of swear words energetically backed by Noodles distorted guitar. Another highlight was the slow piano introduction of “Gone Away.” As it crept to a head, Dead Sara’s own Emily Armstrong took to the stage once more to join Dexter on the chorus, adding an even more haunting effect to the overall emotion of the song. As for the vocals mentioned earlier, I am sad to report that the rumors were true. During one moment of the night when the main vocals fell out of rhythm for a brief second, I was able to hear a pre-recorded audio track played underneath. I was a little disappointed when I realized Dexter was either shortening the length of, or unable to hold out, all the characteristic long phrases heard so often on their records. However I am a forgiving fan, dismissing his vocal shortcomings and simply singing even louder, because after all they still put on one hell of a show. The music rocked, the energy was buzzing and the crowd was an eclectic bunch of punk rockers and rock n’ rollers (that could have used a lesson in proper moshing/skanking).
Honestly, this is probably the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time. I was thoroughly engaged and entertained from start to finish and highly recommend catching this specific line up before the last date of the tour. You won’t regret it, even if it takes a road trip.
This catchy synth/guitar song from Secret Music has a flaming video portraying a break from monotony by running into fire. Ted Batchelor, the stuntman in the video, is the Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Body Burn; he leaves his wife and mundane, suburban lifestyle behind to ‘awaken the voice of his soul’ by running through the desert and lighting himself on fire.
The track was produced by Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy and is off the band’s self-titled debut, which dropped March 6th on Black Bell Records/Warner Music’s ILG. Secret Music will be touring with Middle Class Rut and Beware of Darkness starting on April 21st, see dates below.
Secret Music Spring 2012 Tour: w/Middle Class Rut and Beware of Darkness
Flogging Molly’s 7th Annual Green 17 Tour comes to New Jersey this Saturday in Atlantic City at House of Blues. Opening acts include Moneybrother and The Drowning Man. House of Blues is located at 801 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the show!
Yes! We can hardly contain ourselves either! Flogging Molly’s 7th Annual Green 17 Tour is now making its way across the US and shortly to the east coast! With the tour off to a fresh start, NVMP is looking forward to the dates at House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ on 2/19 and Terminal 5 in New York, NY on 3/2. The Green 17 Tour started in 2004 as a count down to St. Patrick’s Day with a performance celebration in each city leading up to the holiday. Which city is your city? Check out the cities and venues of the tour below.
If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, I hope you’re blessed with the luck of the Irish, because these tickets won’t be available for long. To buy your tickets now and for more information, visit www.floggingmolly.com.
Black Taxi and Deadbeat Darling are two of New York City’s strongest drawing bands, and found immediate success at the Bowery Ballroom by selling out their first two performances at the venue. They’ll return to play the Bowery Ballroom for a third time, in front of what is already approaching a sold-out crowd.
Check out Bill Mayo’s promotional video for the show:
Black Taxi recently crossed the country with their high-energy dance rock act, bringing the show as far west as LA’s Viper Room and hitting major cities in the Southwest and Midwest. With the release of a brand new music video for “Shoeshine,” the opening track on their album “Things of that Nature,” and a busy tour schedule, BLACK TAXI is hitting the ground running in 2011.
Deadbeat Darling made their debut UK appearance in 2010, and followed the tour with a successful run at CMJ where they were named one of the top 28 acts by BlackBook Magazine. Their showcase schedule included a sold-out show at The Studio at Webster Hall. Over the past six months they’ve introduced a variety of new songs, many of which will be included on their forthcoming album. The new material channels influences that are fresh to the Deadbeat Darling sound. www.deadbeatdarling.com