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The Faim To Join Andy Black On Spring North American Tour

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Los Angeles, CA – Rising pop-rock group, The Faim, will be joining Black Veil Brides’ frontman, Andy Black, on a massive North American tour this spring in support of their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse (2018 via BMG). The band will provide direct support on the 28-date trek runs that throughout April and May, kicking off in Sacramento, CA on Sunday, April 7 and wrapping in Virginia Beach, VA on Friday, May 17. The run also hits major cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Toronto. The full list of shows is included below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15 and can be purchased HERE.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be supporting Andy Black on his tour across the USA and Canada! These will be our first ever Canadian shows and our second tour of the U.S., so we’re looking forward to performing for both familiar and brand new faces on the road,” says the band.

The Faim have also released the official music video for “Fire,” the lead single from their forthcoming debut album. The ‘fire’ in the song refers to the quartet’s burning passion to create, express themselves, and grow as musicians. The video was filmed just south of London and captures frontman Josh Raven at different stages in his life. The footage also features an energetic and engaging live performance from the band, highlighting that inner drive and desire to succeed. Fans can watch the new offering HERE, and the song is available to stream and download on digital retailers HERE.

Fire” has already secured notable playlisting, including Spotify’s New Music Friday (France, Netherlands), New Noise, and Pop Rock Shot, as well as Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative (40 countries), A-List Alternative (Germany), and Best of the Week (Austria). “Make Believe,” a standout track from the group’s Summer Is a Curse EP, was also played on a recent episode of Legacies on The CW and subsequently landed on Spotify’s Film & TV Favorites sync playlist.

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

The Faim is currently on their first ever headline tour, resulting in numerous sold out shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and their hometown of Perth in January. Their European headline run has also produced sold-out dates in London, Southampton, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Hamburg, not to mention eight venue upgrades due to popular demand.

The four-piece will be releasing more new music soon, with their first full-length LP slated for release in the fall. Stay tuned for more news to come, and keep up with the band on social media below.

Andy Black Admat 2019 (feat The Faim)

The Faim Tour Dates:

2/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash * [SOLD OUT]
2/13/19 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk * [UPGRADED]
2/14/19 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom * [UPGRADED]
2/15/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea *
2/17/19 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns *
2/18/19 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo * [UPGRADED]
2/19/19 – Milan, Italy @ HT Factory *
2/20/19 – Paris, France @ Les Étoiles *
2/22/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar *
2/23/19 – Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick Club *

4/7/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades ^
4/9/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon ^
4/10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre ^
4/12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl ^
4/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre ^
4/14/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theatre ^
4/16/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
4/17/19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^
4/19/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill ^
4/20/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box ^
4/22/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^
4/23/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live ^
4/25/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts ^
4/26/19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger ^
4/29/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
4/30/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage ^

5/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre ^
5/3/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ^
5/4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes ^
5/6/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation ^
5/7/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro ^
5/8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater ^
5/10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub ^
5/11/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic ^
5/13/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House ^
5/15/19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral ^
5/16/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts ^
5/17/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 ^

* Headline
^ Supporting Andy Black

The Faim Is:

Josh Raven / Lead vocals
Sam Tye / Guitar
Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard
Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion

The Faim Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube



Feature photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner



Jocelyn Releases Debut Single, “Speak Up,” And Announces Signing To BMG

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Los Angeles, CA – BMG is excited to welcome Jocelyn to the recorded music family! The Omaha-based singer/songwriter unveiled her debut single, “Speak Up,” last week, which is available to stream/download HERE. The official music video is also out today and can be viewed HERE.

“You may not know Jocelyn yet, but you will.” – Omaha World-Herald

The uplifting and infectious track was co-written in Los Angeles with producer/composer, Denny White, (The Fray, Tiësto) and chronicles a personal bullying experience she endured and how she worked to overcome it. With its righteous chorus, catchy guitar work, driving bass, and bombastic beat, listeners can hear traces of her major influences – from Shawn Mendes and Gabrielle Aplin, to Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran.

“ ‘Speak Up’ is about turning negativity into positive energy instead of letting the bullies drag you down,” says Jocelyn. “It’s about realizing that you are your own individual, so speak up and live by example.”

Jocelyn’s powerful voice, mesmerizing stage presence, rhythmic guitar playing, and tireless work ethic puts the heart into Heartland, utilizing her natural talent and mature perspective to connect with listeners no matter what venue she plays. Her career began to take off when a viral video for her original song, “Just Like Everybody Else,” went viral and brought her worldwide attention. Soon she was performing on TV for Steve Harvey’s Showcase” at the world-famous Apollo Theater and for Darius Rucker on an episode of “Celebrity Undercover Boss,” in addition to garnering notice from media in her hometown. She’s also become a staple in her local music scene, recently winning Best Pop Artist and Artist of the Year at the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards.

“Soulful yet spirited acoustic pop” – The Reader

Jocelyn is currently working on her first full-length album and will be releasing more music throughout the year. In the meantime, stay connected with her on her socials below.

“She’s a showstopper—and a guitar-wielding poet of sorts.”Omaha Magazine

Jocelyn Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube

Feature photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner

Evanescence Announce Spring U.S. Tour Dates

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Los Angeles, CA – Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, have announced a new batch of spring headline tour dates. The trek serves as a follow up to the group’s massive 2017 and 2018 “Synthesis Live” tours that featured a powerful live orchestra and received rave reviews nationwide.

The upcoming run marks Evanescence’s return to their signature rock shows, revered by fans across the globe. The trek takes the quintet throughout the east coast and southern U.S., kicking off in Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Event Center on Sunday, May 5th and wrapping in Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, May 19th.

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, February 8th
10:00AM Local Time

All tickets go on sale Friday, February 8th at 10:00am local time and can be purchased on the official Evanescence website HERE. Limited VIP packages will also be available, which include meet and greets with the band, access to watch sound check, and exclusive merch items.Tickets

Evanescence - Photo Credit: Paul Brown
Evanescence | Photo Credit: Paul Brown

Amy Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock’s pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop, this time cutting through a full orchestra.” – Variety

Evanescence will also hit the festival circuit this summer, with performances at Welcome To Rockville (Jacksonville, FL), Epicenter (Concord, NC), and Impact (Bangor, ME). The five-piece will also be the headlining act at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on Thursday, July 18th. The full tour routing is included below.

After touring European festivals and shows in 2016 and early 2017, Evanescence unveiled their fourth album and most ambitious effort to date, Synthesis. Released fall 2017 via BMG, the group worked in the studio with producer, Will Hunt, and orchestra arranger and composer, David Campbell. Synthesis features two new Evanescence songs in addition to fan favorites re-imagined with a live orchestra and electronica. The record debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was also the #4 Debut Top Album, #1 Debut Independent Album, #1 Current Rock Album, and #1 Debut Rock Album, not to mention receiving critical acclaim from media staples including Rolling Stone, Paste, Nylon, Loudwire, Kerrang!, and more.

Listen to Synthesis:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | TIDAL | Deezer

Haunting, powerful, and packed with poetic truth, Lee’s voice is one of the strongest in the game—recognizable and unparalleled.” – Nylon

The accompanying “Synthesis Live” tour launched in 2017 was augmented by Synthesis producer & live electronicist, Will Hunt, cellist and composer Dave Eggar, and conductor Susie Seiter. The band combined their intense performances and timeless songwriting with a gorgeous live orchestra, resulting in an ethereal concert experience. For the second leg of the tour in 2018, Evanescence teamed up with Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, for a successful co-headliner that was dubbed one of Live Nations Top 10 tours of the summer. Evanescence also released their new concert film, Synthesis Live, in October 2018, capturing the group’s incredible musicality. Synthesis Live can be purchased HERE, and fans can stream and download the tracks HERE.

Amy Lee‘s voice remains vibrant, soaring and sweet. She makes disappointment sound like romance.” – New York Times

Evanescence 2019 Tour Dates:

5/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
5/5 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Event Center *
5/7 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre *
5/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy Theater *
5/10 – Concord, NC @ Epicenter Festival
5/12 – Coraopolis, PA @ UPMC Events Center **
5/14 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center *
5/15 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *
5/18 – Camden, NJ @ MMRBQ Festival
5/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *

7/18 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
7/28 – Bangor, ME @ Impact Festival

* Headline
** On sale 2/15 at 10:00am local time

Evanescence Is:

Amy Lee / Lead singer-songwriter and keyboardist
Tim McCord / Bassist
Will Hunt / Drummer
Troy McLawhorn / Lead guitarist
Jen Majura / Guitarist + backing vocalist

Evanescence Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube


Featured (top) photo by Paul Brown



The Faim Release New Single, “Fire,” Premiering Exclusively With Forbes

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Los Angeles, CA – Emerging Australian pop-rock quartet, The Faim, is excited to kick off 2019 with their new single, “Fire.” Forbes premieres the track today HERE, describing it as, “a driving, indie-pop earworm…with potential to take hold of an arena-sized crowd.” Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Linus (blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Palaye Royale), the song is saturated with addictive pop-beats and dazzling guitar riffs, with the spotlight on frontman Josh Raven’s soaring vocals. Overall, “Fire” captures the band’s infectious, magnetic sound that has been building momentum and resonating with fans across the globe.

According to Josh, “The concept behind ‘Fire’ is about how dedicating yourself to achieve your dream can affect your relationships with those closest to you, be it family, friends, or loved ones. When you fully believe in something that you’re working towards, it can become an addiction. You become so focused on what you plan to achieve that you lose sight of what’s happening around you. This is what ‘fire’ refers to in the song: that burning passion to create, express ourselves, and grow as musicians that we can’t put out even if we tried.”

After a short holiday break following the group’s inaugural U.S. tour last year, The Faim wasted no time getting back on the road. The four-piece recently wrapped the Australian leg of their first ever headline run, resulting in sold-out shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and their hometown of Perth. Their European headline trek also commenced last week, with dates in London, Southampton, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Hamburg already completely selling out. A full routing is included below, with tickets available HERE.

Due for a commercial breakthrough” – Idolator

The Faim unveiled their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, last year (Sept. via BMG), along with four stellar singles, “Saints of the Sinners,” “Midland Line,” “Summer Is a Curse,” and “A Million Stars.” Since then, the outfit has seen massive growth across their digital platforms, racking up over 16 million total global streams and clocking over 11 million on “SIAC.” They’ve also toured exhaustively worldwide, supporting PVRIS, Sleeping With Sirens, Against The Current, Lower Than Atlantis, The Dangerous Summer, Hands Like Houses, and PVMNTS, and playing European festival staples including Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk, and more.

The Faim’s debut marked the first chapter in what is bound to be a grand story of one of alternative rock’s greatest bands.” – Live Nation’s Ones To Watch

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

The Perth natives originally got their start with renowned producer, John Feldmann, who was so impressed with their early demos that he invited them out to Los Angeles to record with him. There they enlisted the help of several notable co-writers, including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer. They also recently collaborated with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Dave Bassett (Vance Joy, Bishop Briggs), and Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Weezer).

There’s something so honest, so earnest about The Faim’s sound, you can’t help but feel it.” – idobi

The Faim is currently working on their debut album, which is slated for release later this year. Stay tuned for more news to come!

The Faim The Fire Single photo

The Faim Headline Tour Dates:

1/30/19 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Bodega
1/31/19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Key Club
2/2/19 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Think Tank
2/3/19 – Manchester, U.K. @ Rebellion
2/5/19 – Glasgow, U.K. @ King Tuts
2/6/19 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Academy
2/7/19 – London, U.K. @ The Garage
2/8/19 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg Upstairs
2/9/19 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
2/11/19 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
2/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
2/13/19 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
2/14/19 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom
2/15/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
2/17/19 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns
2/18/19 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
2/19/19 – Milan, Italy @ HT Factory
2/20/19 – Paris, France @ Les Étoiles
2/22/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar
2/23/19 – Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick Club

The Faim Is:

Lead vocals / Josh Raven
Guitar / Sam Tye
Bass, keyboard / Stephen Beerkens
Drums, percussion / Linden Marissen

The Faim Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube


Featured photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner


All-Star Metal Band IMONOLITH Reveals First Official New Single “Hollow”

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Imonolith – the new metal powerhouse featuring vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea), drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian Waddell (Devin Townsend Project), bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), and second guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) – is making an unforgettable entrance with a brand new official single, “Hollow”, available to stream/download for the first time today.

Experience the highly-anticipated new track via a brand new video:

“Hollow” serves as the perfect introduction to Imonolith, a band whose mission is simple: to write the heaviest riffs, the biggest hooks and most monstrous grooves. Given the impressive pedigree of each player, they do exactly this and more.

Stream or Purchase “Hollow” Here

Recorded and produced by Brian Howes and Jay Van Poederooyen (Nickelback, Chris Cornell, Airbourne, Hinder, Daughtry) at Van Howes Studios in Los Angeles, California, “Hollow” is immediately setting the bar high – and the best is yet to come.

Drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen comments: “‘Hollow’ is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don’t meet specific standards in your mind. The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It’s not about feeling hollow, it’s more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs.”

Fans can expect many surprises as they unveil more music. RVPcontinues: “As for ‘Hollow’, musically it represents the catchier side of Imonolith’s music. We have varying influences spread throughout the band and we don’t like to play just one style of music. We have a more metal crushing side, a catchier radio side and then music that fits in-between our heavy and catchier vibes. We always aim to make Imonolith’s overall sound diverse and interesting. Most of all, we’re always focused on trying to write a great song, no matter if it’s heavy or catchy.”

Imonolith was officially formed in February 2018 by drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian Waddell, although the pair started writing their own brand of heavy music in 2015 whilst playing together in the Devin Townsend Project. RVP and Waddell then went on to recruit vocalist Jon Howard, bassist Byron Stroud, and second guitarist Kai Huppunen, completing a fearsome line-up. The Canadian quintet have since written a mass of highly diverse material, which appeals to everyone from the metalhead to the radio rock fan, and everyone in between.

About Imonolith

Imonolith - Photo Credit: Dave Benedict
Imonolith | Photography: Dave Benedict

Since teasing demos and video clips online, Imonolith have amassed a dedicated legion of supporters worldwide, and with the release of the new single, their following is set to expand by the thousands. With their first run of shows throughout Canada announced and big international plans in the pipeline, 2019 is set to be a huge year for Imonolith.

Imonolith Confirmed Tour Dates:

February 23 – The Red Room, Vancouver, BC – Tickets
March 1 – Dickens, Calgary, AB – Tickets
March 2 – Starlite Temple, Edmonton, AB – Tickets

Imonolith Online:

 

Facebook | Instagram

Featured photo (top) by Dave Benedict

Irish Modern Metal Quartet DEAD LABEL Reveals New Music Video for “False Messiah”

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Dead Label has made a widespread impact in the North American metal underground and European metal mainstream since their formation in 2008 – performing on huge festivals like Bloodstock UK, Download, Made of Metal and Japan’s Rocktoberfest, and touring with massive bands like Machine HeadGojiraDevilDriver and Fear Factory.

Today, Dead Label is at it again – releasing a cinematic new music video for their heavy-hitting, groove-laden latest single, “False Messiah”. The track serves as a precursor to their upcoming third album, hitting retailers this summer. Experience “False Messiah” here:

The “False Messiah” video was created by Grupa13 of Poland.

In a group statement, Dead Label offers, “We have been huge fans of Grupa13 for a long time. Their work is incredible. When we sent them the track, they came back with this idea and it was perfect for the lyrics and theme of the song. When we arrived in Wroclaw to film the video, we were met with the upmost professionalism and respect.”

The track “False Messiah” was recorded by Michael Richards at Trackmix Studios, mixed by Chris Rakestraw, and mastered by Dan Bacigalupi. The band adds about the track, “We feel this track showcases other elements of our sound, and is a little taste of what to expect from the album. However, this is just the beginning!”

Introducing New Guitarist Mick Hynes

Additionally, the “False Messiah” video serves as an introduction to the band’s newest member, guitarist Mick Hynes. After years of performing as a three-piece, Dead Label decided to add a second guitar player into the mix. “We toured a lot as a three-piece, so this is a huge shift for Dead Label, but ultimately one that allows us more depth and a bigger, heavier, louder sound. Mick is the perfect fit for us – his talent, ambition, drive and enthusiasm is everything we need for Dead Label.”

Dead Label has a busy touring schedule planned for 2019, including an appearance at MetalDays festival in Slovenia this summer, and more festivals to be announced. Stay tuned for more coming from Dead Label soon!

“Dead Label are somewhat of a rarity these days in metal – a band that has the ability and potential to have quite a wide appeal, while still staying true to themselves and what metal is all about.” – Wonderbox Metal

Dead Label Is:

Dan O’ Grady: Bass/Vocals
Danny Hall: Guitar
Mick Hynes: Guitar
Claire Percival: Drums

Dead Label Online:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | Merch

 

REVIEW: Styx Rocking In The Round, Their First Night at Celebrity Theatre (1-11-19)

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PHOENIX — Celebrity Theatre was a fitting venue for the return of Styx to the Valley for a two night engagement on January 11th and 12th. Located at 32nd Street and Fillmore, the legendary theatre in the round has hosted the cream of music royalty since it first opened as the Phoenix Star Theatre in 1964. The unique circular, rotating stage and intimate atmosphere have made the Celebrity a staple music hall in Phoenix for nearly six decades. Not one seat in the venue is more than 70 feet from the stage.

The show on January 11th started a little late, most likely a result of the parking delays. The line of cars snaking southbound down the right lane of 32nd street moved at a snail’s pace leading up to the entrance. Folks of all stripes were milling around the theater, ordering drinks and chatting excitedly under the catwalk above the stage. Others lingered outside, chain smoking or vaping, listening for a sign to run back inside for the start of the concert.

From their humble Chicago beginnings in the early 1970’s, to their outlandish high production theatrical arena shows of the 80’s, Styx has been a familiar voice on the radio for generations, with a career spanning over half a century. As the first band to have four triple platinum albums in a row, they are an integral part of the soundtrack of many people’s lives. Their importance to rock music as a whole has been unfairly marginalized for years, and in the words of Julian ‘Frankenstein’ McGrath from Big Daddy (1999), only catching “a bad rap because most critics are cynical assholes.”

The current lineup includes veteran Tommy Shaw on lead guitar, with founding members James “J.Y.” Young and Chuck Panozzo on guitar and bass respectively, with Chuck performing on a more limited basis. Chuck’s twin brother and co-founding member of Styx, John Panozzo, originally played drums, but sadly died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1996. Since then, Todd Sucherman has been the band’s drummer. Playing backing guitar, bass, and vocals is Ricky Phillips of Bad English and The Babys, who joined the band in 2003. Vocalist and keyboard virtuoso Lawrence Gowan is a high-energy showman, but you would have to be in order to replace estranged former frontman Dennis DeYoung, as he did in 1999. A band with a history as rich as Styx merits such a historic venue as Celebrity Theatre.

The house lights suddenly dimmed, eliciting hoots and cheers from the audience. As soon as the spotlights kicked on, the band flew right into “Gone Gone Gone from their latest album The Mission, released in mid-2017. From the first frenzied notes played on the dueling guitars, the crowd was on their feet. Fans young and old danced in the aisles while others rushed to their seats, full beers in hand. The song does not sound at all unlike the old Styx — high-energy and fun.

Not a moment after the first tune ended, the iconic organ riff of “Blue Collar Man” sternly commanded the grateful crowd’s attention.  Each band member’s precision assured the crowd that Styx had not lost a step from their golden age.

Lawrence Gowan (Vocalist) and Ricky Phillips (Bassist), Styx
Photography: Mark Greenawalt © All Rights Reserved.

Next was their hit “The Grand Illusion”, the title track from their 1977 album. Every flawless note rang out true to the recording, and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for that: Styx is a band that is perpetually on tour. According to the band themselves, they only take occasional breaks for short periods. Anybody touring that frequently is going to perform their catalogue masterfully.

After performing “Fooling Yourself,” Gowan spoke: “What a wonderful way to ring in the new year!” Standing at the foot of the stage, he remarked, “My, you’re all so close,” as he addressed the theater’s intimate layout.

The spotlight settled on him at the keyboard as and an iconic piano riff pierced the crowd, igniting their collective nostalgia. “Lady” is one of those songs that everyone imagines will be playing in the background when they lay their eyes on their soulmate for the first time. Again, it’s eerie how well Gowan embodies Dennis DeYoung, both vocally and instrumentally. It was not the first song the whole theater sang in unison, nor would it be the last.

Lawrence Gowan (Vocalist, Keyboardist), Styx
Photography: Mark Greenawalt © All Rights Reserved.

When Shaw approached the mic, he explained the origins of their 16th album, The Mission, before introducing “Radio Silence” for the waiting ears of all in attendance. The opening synth has that instantly recognizable Styx DNA. That this was not a radio single is baffling. In fact, Shaw himself has expressed frustration with the neglect that great classic rock bands experience in the new age of the music industry. It is almost prophetic of the band that you cannot hear a song called “Radio Silence” on the radio. It is a fantastic track and deserves more attention.

The next tune was off of 1975’s Equinox. “Lorelei” seems like one of those songs that everyone knows but has no idea what it is called or who sings it, like an old friend you ate lunch with at work, but never learned their name. Young absolutely nails the lead vocals in place of DeYoung’s  studio recording. Another striking revelation was that the bands harmonies were pristine. These are men in their early to late sixties, the oldest being founding member Panozzo at seventy years old.

Ricky Phillips (Bassist), Styx
Photography: Mark Greenawalt © All Rights Reserved.

Shortly after “Lorelei”, Shaw recalled a conversation he had with Young in 1975, and explained how he came to join the band. Taking Young up on his offer to come to Chicago, Shaw brought a song he had been working on. It was a great song, but “it wasn’t a Styx song” according to Young, who Shaw calls “The Godfather of Styx”. From that story, the audience learned how “Crystal Ball” was written, and Shaw was only too happy to demonstrate how beautiful his two-tone sunburst Fender 12-string acoustic sounds. With impeccable timing, a roadie hopped up onto the stage to hand over a Les Paul for the solo before swapping the Jumbo back for the outro.

As expected, the band played a couple more hits with “Light Up” and “Man in the Wilderness” before closing out the first half of the show with another anthem from the Paradise Theater album, “Rockin’ the Paradise.” It wasn’t long before the house lights came back up for a short intermission, when Young promised another hour of music after they returned.

The second half of the show kicked off with another Young-led hit from The Grand Illusion, “Miss America.” Styx is currently rehearsing for a special show in Las Vegas where they will play the entire The Mission album from start to finish. Fans attending this show were treated to a sampling of what is to come when they debuted six of those songs in order from the second half of the album. The suite of songs began with “Time May Bend” and continued through “The Outpost” and this night was the first time they had ever been performed live. They even welcomed the album’s producer and co-writer, Will Evankovich on stage to contribute to the instrumentation and vocals.

Tommy Shaw (Guitarist, Vocalist), Styx
Photography: Mark Greenawalt © All Rights Reserved.

Eventually a roadie produced Shaw’s vintage Fender Electric XII and it’s a dead giveaway to the guitar-savvy fans that “Suite Madame Blue” was coming, and it was impeccably played from start to finish. Immediately after, the fans were finally treated to what many were waiting for… “Too Much Time On My Hands” (watch the Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon shot-for-shot remake) from 1981’s Paradise Theater. The maniacal keyboard part of the song is indicative of the genius that Dennis DeYoung endowed upon the group; however, this does not imply they are lacking anything from his departure. This band is so well-oiled that his absence is hardly noticeable.

As the applause died down, most of the band left the stage, but Gowan remained and took the spotlight to turn the venue into a “piano bar” with a pair of fantastic covers. The first was a phenomenally accurate rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for the appreciative audience. The second cover was a beautiful recitation of the intricate operatic section of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and the entire crowd once again sang along to every word. They are truly a fortunate group to have stumbled across such a talented frontman. Gowan alone should be a major factor for anyone even considering going to a Styx show. He alone is absolutely worth the cost of admission.

Still alone on stage, Gowen started into the piano intro to possibly their most famous hit, Come Sail Away, which was also featured on The Grand Illusion. The band shuffled back out to bring it home and it seemed to be the perfect crescendo to end the show with, guitars blazing and fans jumping up and down. As the last note is struck from the guitars, and the last cymbal smashed, the band removed their straps and handed off their instruments to the roadies while they made their way off the stage before turning around amid the raucous applause and walking right back out for an encore.

To thunderous applause, they opened back up with “Mr. Roboto,” the drum fills echoing throughout the small space with noticeably fewer audience members, many of whom ran out to their vehicles when they believed the show was over. This is a big deal for one simple reason: They had never performed this song on stage with the full band before this tour. Previously, Dennis DeYoung had always sung a version of it with pre-recorded tracks. Once he left, the band abandoned it for the following decades. The fact that they are playing it as an encore now is kind of ironic.

James “J.Y.” Young (Guitarist), Styx
Photography: Mark Greenawalt © All Rights Reserved.

The fitting final number of the evening was the signature rocker song “Renegade”, Shaw’s self-penned hit from 1979’s Pieces of Eight.

“Oh, mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law…”

The acapella opening lines beckoned the crowd once more to accompany the band, offering a fitting and crowd-unifying conclusion to a consistently powerful and nostalgic evening with a gargantuan pillar of classic rock. As any great performers are wont to do, Styx left the Phoenix audience delighted and fulfilled, yet eager for more. Fans might have had their thirst satiated if they bought tickets to the show the following night at the same venue. And if the rock gods will it, perhaps Arizona will be graced with a future performance from the legendary American musical mainstay.

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Chase Atlantic Kick Off 2019 With Official Video For “Like A Rockstar”

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Los Angeles, CA – Australian alt-pop trio, Chase Atlantic, is pleased to kick off 2019 with a new video for their latest single, “Like A Rockstar.” Co-directed by frequent collaborator, Ryan Watanabe, and lead guitarist, Clinton Cave, the visual captures the band on-the-road headlining shows worldwide, including an impressive sold-out gig at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre this past November. “Like A Rockstar” can be viewed HERE and follows a string of Chase Atlantic music videos that have amassed over 9.2 million total combined views. Watch them all below.

Chase Atlantic Music Videos:

Numb To The Feeling | SWIM | Okay | Keep It Up | Why Stop Now | Cassie | Triggered | Into It | Church | Obsessive

Chase Atlantic unveiled “Like A Rockstar” last month, marking their newly-minted partnership between MDDN and BMG. The song hit over 80k Spotify streams in its first 24 hours of release and has already garnered close to one million streams on the platform, in addition to landing on the esteemed New Music Friday playlist. The band was also recently highlighted as Facebook’s Artist of the Day to coincide with the new offering. The track can be streamed and downloaded on all digital retailers HERE.

In other news, Chase Atlantic’s forthcoming EP, Don’t Try This, will be released this month, with more details to be announced soon. The group is also currently working on their sophomore album, serving as a follow up to their successful self-titled debut (2017) and two independent EPs, Dalliance (2014) and Nostalgia (2015).

“On the fast track to the top.” –Substream

Chase Atlantic Is:

Mitchel Cave / vocals, bass guitar
Clinton Cave / lead guitar, saxophone, programming
Christian Anthony / rhythm guitar, vocals

Chase Atlantic Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

Featured image (top) by Ryan Watanabe
From left to right: Clinton Cave, Mitchel Cave, Christian Anthony

 

“Nedal” Band OKILLY DOKILLY is Back! Kicking Off Reneducation Tour on February 1, 2019

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Luckily it’s sweater weather outside, because you’ll want to don your best green during the Reneducation Tour! Phoenix, AZ’s Okilly Dokilly – the world’s only “Nedal” band – will kick off their tour on February 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA with openers Playboy Manbaby. The tour will visit several Western U.S. cities, coming to an end on March 2 in Austin, TX. Tickets are available now via individual venues or Okilly Dokilly‘s website. See below for all tour dates.

Bandleader Head Ned says: “We’re really excited about the Reneducation tour. We’ve got some new songs, new Neds, and some really great tour buddies in Playboy Manbaby. Our main mission with this tour is to thoroughly educate the masses on how to be the best Ned they can be. Us Neds can’t wait for Reneducation to begin.”

Okilly Dokilly Reneducation Tour

 

Okilly Dokilly, Phoenix’s self-professed “world’s first Nedal band,” have got you covered, kicking out righteous riffs while clad in the traditional green sweater, pink shirt, and nerdy glasses of Homer Simpson’s eternally cheerful and devoutly Christian neighbor.” – Peter Helman, Stereogum

Established in 2015, Okilly Dokilly found success before even playing their first show, reaching viral phenomenon status after releasing just a few press photos and a four-song demo. Within two weeks, the band netted nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and was featured by numerous publications including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vice and many more.

“My spell check is intent on correcting ‘Dokilly’ to ‘docilely’, but docile they are not, with their music revolving around crunchy, lo-fi guitar and shrill, lurching synth.” – Christopher Hooton, The Independent

In 2016, the band released their debut album Howdilly Doodilly (stream/order) – a 13-track catalog filled with Flanderisms, rushing guitars and more than enough left-handed puns. In the wake of this release, the bespectacled five-piece dropped the official music video for their single, “White Wine Spritzer“, which has garnered over four million views to date.

Now, the gentlemen of Okilly Dokilly – currently billed as Head Ned (vocals), Dread Ned (drums), Shred Ned (guitar), Bed Ned (bass) and Zed Ned (synth) – are looking forward to a 2019 follow up release to Howdilly Doodilly, details pending.

“Their sound… is solid, formulaic metal, with soft, almost classically-voiced verses slashed by the requisite screaming choruses. Let’s just say Homer Simpson might think twice about calling them “Stupid Flanders(es)” after hearing it.” – Steve Huff, Maxim

Okilly Dokilly‘s “Reneducation Tour” with Playboy Manbaby Tour Dates:

2/1 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2/2 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
2/5 – West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
2/6 – Ventura, CA @ Discovery Ventura
2/7 – Riverside, CA @ Romano’s Concert Lounge
2/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
2/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
2/11 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
2/12 – Chico, CA @ Lost on Main
2/13 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
2/14 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
2/15 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
2/16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/18 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music
2/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
2/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
2/21 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
2/22 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
2/23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/25 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
2/26 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
2/27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
2/28 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
3/1 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
3/2 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room

 

“…we have a feeling you’ll be nodding your head faster than you can say hi-diddly-ho.” – Anthony Domanico, CNET

Okilly Dokilly Online:

Website | Facebook

 

CRADLE OF FILTH Kicks Off Second Leg of North American “Cryptoriana” Tour in Two Months – Tickets Available Now!

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UK’s legendary extreme metal icons Cradle of Filth recently announced their return to North America in support of their latest album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay! For the second leg of their North American onslaught, the band has enlisted industrial/metal shock rocker Wednesday 13 as well as theatrical metal newcomers Raven Black.

For the first time in years, Cradle of Filth‘s set will feature an all new, massive stage production.

Comments Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth: “As a band, we are very much looking forward to the upcoming second leg of our US/Canadian Cryptoriana World tour. The first, at the beginning of last year, was such a success that we decided to come back armed with a bigger, better show coupled with two awesome bands in support. We can’t wait to bring the noise back to our favorite hunting ground! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!”

Tickets and meet and greets are on sale now via the official Cradle of Filth and Wednesday 13. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Cradle of Filth 2019 World Tour

Cryptoriana – The Second Coming Of Vice World Tour 2019
Cradle of Filth, Wednesday 13, Raven Black

3/07/2019 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
3/08/2019 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
3/09/2019 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
3/11/2019 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
3/12/2019 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/14/2019 Billings, MT – Pub Station Ballroom
3/15/2019 Calgary, AB – Marquee
3/16/2019 Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
3/18/2019 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
3/20/2019 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
3/21/2019 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
3/22/2019 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/24/2019 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
3/25/2019 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/26/2019 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
3/27/2019 Toronto, ON – Opera House
3/29/2019 Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
3/30/2019 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
3/31/2019 Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial Bell
4/01/2019. Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/02/2019 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
4/03/2019 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
4/05/2019 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
4/06/2019 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
4/07/2019 Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
4/09/2019 Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
4/10/2019 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
4/12/2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
4/13/2019 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
4/14/2019 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
4/15/2019 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
4/17/2019 Houston, TX – House of Blues
4/18/2019 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

The Bands

About Cradle of Filth:Cradle of Filth

Cradle of Filth‘s latest album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, UK by the very honorable Scott Atkins, esq. who has been the resident go-to producer for Cradle of Filth for several albums.

More on Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay:
Album trailer #1, Album trailer #2, Album trailer #3, Album trailer #4
Heartbreak And Seance‘ making of
Heartbreak And Seance’ music video
You Will Know The Lion By His Claw‘ lyric video
Achingly Beautiful‘ lyric video

Cradle of Filth Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

About Wednesday 13:Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13 continues to support the highly successful Condolences, which was released on June 2, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, ROB ZOMBIE). Artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

More on Condolences:
Condolences” music video
What The Night Brings” music video
Blood Sick” music video
Cruel To You” music video
Cadaverous” music video

Wednesday 13 Online:

Website | Facebook

 

About RAVEN BLACK:Raven Black

Raven Black are a theatrical metal act from Michigan. Their unique brand of metal – influenced by gothic, classical, and circus music – is the soundtrack to vocalist Raven‘s curse, as she, The Doctor (guitar), Stitches (bass), and The Demon (drums) are traveling the world to tell their story.

The Doctor, a Voodoo Priest, came across a lost and scared little girl. He cursed her with a magic spell to turn her into a doll. The curse was disrupted by her terrifying and taunting screams, and the girl remained half human. As Raven lived in the dark world of the Doctor, she secretly learned his magic and conjured up Muppet, The Demon. She made him her eternal protector and trapped him inside her heart. The Doctor and Muppet created Stitches to help search for lost souls looking to join their dark world. Welcome to the dark metal carnival!

Raven Black Online:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter