“I had come in with just this repeating chorus: ‘Too lost in love to see what’s going on,’” says singer-songwriter Lucas Fitzsimons. “It just went ’round and ’round in circles because it felt so good to sing and play. It was like a mantra. The lyrics express the kind of subjectivity that comes with a person’s individual experience. You could be having the most wonderful time falling in love with someone while the world crumbles around you and you wouldn’t even notice.”
THE PAIN METHOD signs w/ Eclipse Records (ex Generation Kill, Stereomud, Pro-Pain members)
We’re extremely excited to announce the signing of The Pain Method, an alternative metal band from New York City, NY. Shortly after the breakup of Generation Kill in 2017, guitarist Rob Moschetti (Pro-Pain, M.O.D., Generation Kill) along with Jay Trenczer (Generation Kill, Mutilation) and drummer Rob Youells (Fragile Mortals, Generation Kill) began writing material for a new band, and a new album. After bringing John Fattoruso (Stereomud) and Will Winton (Thanatotic Desire) into the mix, The Pain Method was born.
“The staff at Eclipse are fans of our album, and that means a lot more to me than being on some huge label” says front man Rob Moschetti. “our album won’t get lost in the mix, because Eclipse is not an over-saturated label. They’re a hands-on operation and the perfect home for The Pain Method.” Guitarist John Fattoruso continues, “After being through the ringer of the music biz, from major labels to indies to self-releasing music, it’s great to be signing with Eclipse Records and to know exactly where we stand with them!”
Theia’s vision for the video was to use skating as a metaphor for life: “Sometimes life gets you down and you have hard times. You fall over. Sometimes you dust yourself off and jump up again; other times you need a helping hand,” she explains. The Kiwi singer and songwriter searched far and wide for an all-girl skate crew to help bring the video to life, and in her search came across a Vogue piece on Chicano style in LA and discovered fashion designer and professional roller skater Sailor Gonzales.
AXIS OF DESPAIR: Cvlt Nation Streams Contempt For Man Album
Contempt For Man dispatches twenty super-charged tracks of AXIS OF DESPAIR’s brutalizing but hook-laden grindcore attack. The album surges with blasting percussion delivered with savage force, yet every hit finding its target with pinpoint accuracy. The blazing riffs leave charred scars in their path, while lyrically the band unloads their noncompliance with humanity’s declining ways. The album was recorded by drummer Anders Jakobson at Soundlab Studios and in the band’s rehearsal room Summer 2017, mixed at Studio Ülgnor by Johan Berglund, and is completed with artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Circle, Hate Eternal).
In early 2015, iconic TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy introduced his Signature Herbal Vaporizer pen, “The Chief”, by Lord Vaper Pens. In a time when most herbal smoking products and accessories were being marketed towards urban and hip-hop audiences, Chuck wanted to release a pen that hard rockers and metalheads alike could call their own.
Now, Chuck Billy and Lord Vaper Pens are thrilled to introduce two expanded collections – “The Chief” Signature Series, which will include a pipe (“Tomahawk”), an Oil Cartridge Battery (“Dream Catcher”), and a 2-in-1 Vaporizer (“War Drum”), and “The Chief of Thrash!” merchandise line, which will include unique t-shirts, drawstring bags, mousepads, dog tags, phone cases, coasters and more.
In researching the sacred feminine for the album’s creative direction, Randa looked to her ancestors for inspiration, drawing on her family tree, especially her matrilineal heritage of medicine and shamanism, to create her own version of divine blackness. This exploration led her to create her own practice centered on water healing and aromatherapy, growing the same herbs and brewing the same teas and tinctures her grandmother used to make on the Caribbean island of Grenada. To achieve the ambitious sounds of their new album, the duo synthesized Randa’s mother’s West Indian roots and the gospel of her father’s American South. Exhilarating, headphone-filling vocal harmonies and syncopated percussion are present, and Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms anchor tracks with impassioned vocal samples and lush string arrangements.
Jonathan Jeremiah Shares New Track “Mountain”
Jonathan comments: “I remember listening to lots of stuff from the ’60s and ’70s where everything was ‘steam roller blues’, everything was grandiose and over the top, and I thought ‘there’s not much bigger than a mountain’,” Jonathan muses. “I like the metaphorical idea of chopping down a mountain to get to where you want to be. And some days it feels like that when you’re recording and mixing for eighteen hours, and you have to take equipment back to the hire company, and you’re pushing compressors and amplifiers up hills… it’s very literal, it’s climbing mountains and knocking them down.”
Proper Villains Releases New Single “Work That” via Psycho Disco!
Returning earlier this year after a three-year hiatus with Psycho Disco! released EP titled ‘Twenty-Four Seven / Kutumaini,’ Proper Villains’ long awaited return marks the next evolution of the esteemed producer and DJ. Renowned for his original releases and remixes including Cataracs’ “Bass Down Low” that landed radio play on Power 106 and Hot 97, he also been commissioned for remixes for Enrique Iglesias, Dev, Havana Brown, Pitbull, Lil Jon, and Far East Movement, as well as indie favorites Roger Seventytwo, and Childish Gambino.
AH-Mer-AH-Su is the music project of artist Star Amerasu, whose music and art is based upon her experiences as a black, transwoman in society which effortlessly blends her voice with intricate beats and twinkling synths. Her voice has been compared to Nina Simone and her music is a synthesis of choir kid meets club kid creating a whole league of it’s own. Following up her two critically acclaimed EP’s (“Eclipsing” and “Rebecca”), her debut album, ‘Star’ is a coming of age story where she examines the idea of “womanhood” while practicing self-compassion and self-forgiveness regarding the trauma that queer people tend to experience in today’s society. Today Ah Mer Ah Su shares her incredible debut album, ‘Star’ in full with Them Magazine. She speaks to Them about creating positive narratives for trans girls and women through her debut album and the creative process behind ‘Star’. Them Magazine says of ‘Star’: “STAR’s essence is reminiscent of the power behind Solange’s A Seat at the Table and the poignancy of Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer.”
DAVID GUETTA TEAMS UP WITH ANNE-MARIE FOR “DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE” OUT TODAY!
GRAMMY award-winning DJ/producer David Guetta delivers a brand new single ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ collaborating with UK’s biggest selling debut artist of the year, Anne-Marie. The uplifting track gives enough room for Anne-Marie’s bright vocals to shine through and is perfect to blast on hot summer days — LISTEN HERE!
The Grateful Dead returns to cinemas this summer for its highly anticipated annual event, “8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies.” For the eighth year in a row, a special concert presentation will bring fans together across the country for a unique celebration of the band. This year’s concert is a presentation of the July 7, 1989 show from Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium, and highlights the band’s exuberant resurgence, a peak that rivals any that came before it. When this show was recorded, the band included guitarist Jerry Garcia, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, keyboardist Brent Mydland and guitarist Bob Weir. It marks the final concert at that historic venue as the band storms through an epic set on one of the hottest days of the summer. In addition to the concert, which captures every note of the epic show, attendees will also get an inside look at the 2018 Limited Edition Boxed Set.
Richmond-based five-piece Spooky Cool return today with yet another single from their upcoming debut EP Every Thing Ever out next Friday, 8/3 via Citrus City Records. The dreamy, apocalyptic “Black Wine” premiered today with Heavy Blog Is Heavy – listen here.
Kate Teague’s new single, “Good To You,” is an upbeat summer jam, guided by Teague’s precise, emotive guitar lines and a disco-infused rhythm section, the track is a rumination on our self-examination, specifically when it bites us in the ass. Teague explains that “Good To You” is about her “struggle with comparing myself as a partner to other people as partners, and relaying my frustration at inopportune times… like at a wedding.” “Good To You” follows on the heels of her debut single, the laid-back slacker “Low Life” that was released earlier this year, that first showcased Teague’s incredible, raw, soaring, emotion-packed vocals.
Innovative Detroit producer Illingsworth makes his Mello Music Group debut with the new album You’re No Fun. Mostly instrumental, the album finds clever ways to be new and exciting. The instrumentals range from contemplative to effervescent, creating a direct connection to the artist. Featuring Open Mike Eagle, Denmark Vessey and Illingsworth himself rapping, the album moves naturally in and out of lush instrumentals and alternative musicianship.
JOURNEY founder and only remaining original member NEAL SCHON, while on the current Journey & Def Leppard 2018 Tour with wife Michaele Schon–who has been at the legendary guitarist’s side for his busy touring schedule for over 8 years and approximately 1000 shows–is paying tribute to former lead singer, STEVE PERRY, with a nightly dedication and moving performance of the band’s 1978 hit single, “Lights.” Co-written by Schon and Perry, “Lights” was featured on the band’s 4th full length album, Infinity, and has become one of Journey’s most popular and easily recognizable songs.
Rockaz Elements Team Up with International Producer Berta Records for New Single ‘Love on the Third Floor’
Known for their unique non conventional reggae sound, Rockaz Elements team up with international producer Berta Records Production once again. This time they create a song titled ‘Love on the Third Floor”, which has a sound that will appeal to any radio station and music lovers around the world.
The track premiered via Impose where Phllps detailed, “When you’re at your lowest point in life, confused and down in a ditch, can you walk out of the fire? Can you find something worthwhile in the lows, and not just the highs? What are we really searching for besides just a memory?”
Another Planet Entertainment (APE), an independent, full-service concert production, artist management, and venue operating company based in Berkeley, CA, is celebrating fifteen years this month. Founded on July 18, 2003 by music industry icons Gregg Perloff, Sherry Wasserman and Steve Welkom, APE has recently grown to become the third largest concert promoter in North America – behind only global, corporate brands AEG and Live Nation.
APE was created in 2003 when Perloff, then President of Bill Graham Presents (BGP), cashed out his savings to form the company with longtime BGP colleagues Wasserman and Welkom. At the time, the trio had already established a deep and long history in the Bay Area having played these instrumental roles for more than three decades.
Continuing to push limits and prove the transformative power of rock ‘n roll, legendary musician Tom Morello – co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage – is set to release the most ambitious artistic effort of his storied career this fall with his forthcoming album The Atlas Underground on October 12 by Mom + Pop Music.
Dutch Pianist Joep Beving’s upcoming album Conatus out September 7 via Deutsche Grammophon
Conatus is made up of reworked pieces from Beving’s first two albums, Solipsism and Prehension, , as well as a rework version of a track from his to-be-announced third album of originals. For the project, Beving invited a range of artists he knows and admires to each reimagine one of his pieces, resulting in a full album of new and original interpretations of his work. The roster includes iconic synth artist Suzanne Ciani, CFCF, Tom Trago, Eefje de Visser, Colin Benders, Andrea Belfi and Thomas Bloch, in addition to the acclaimed Cello Octet Amsterdam.
DAEODON Delivers Genre-Fluid, Post-Grunge Music with “Teeth” on Sophomore Release, “Media Mask,” Due Aug. 24
DAEODON, the broad-ranging, post-grunge doom-rockers named for the pre-historic creature which roamed North America over 19 million years ago, delivers music with “teeth” on its sophomore EP, Media Mask.
Due for release Aug. 24, Media Mask spans across multiple genres and follows no traditional music conventions or formulas, drawing influence from Zeppelin and Sabbath to Soundgarden, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon and Faith No More. Rife with hard-driving, precision riffs, spacious, ethereal moments, extreme highs and lows and passages ranging from blaringly loud to calmingly soft, the five-song EP is the strongest representation to date what DAEODON (day-o-don) sounds like in live performance. Tighter songwriting and clean, precise production clearly signify the band’s evolution just since the release of its early 2018 debut EP, No Time To Die, a considerably more raw affair produced by a young engineer at Steve Albini’s (Nirvana) Chicago studio.