Saturday, June 30, 2012

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival

The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival has announced its late summer and fall dates. While there are currently no So Cal dates listed we won't hold that against the rest of you.
You can find all of the lineup, dates and ticket information RIGHT HERE.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lamb Of God News

The following is an official press release that came out today. It seeks to put to rest some of the inaccurate rumors that have begun to swirl over this situation.

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012

LAMB OF GOD management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.

Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.

Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.

Adrenaline PR 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mixtapes Release "Even On The Worst Nights"

MIXTAPES hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and formed in 2010. According to their bio, Ryan Rockwell and Maura Weaver started writing and performing together without a lot of expectations about where it might all be going. Well, with the release of their brand new full-length “Even On The Worst Nights”, it just may be time to start making some big plans. This is the perfect pop-punk record, released just in time to enjoy all summer long.  Like many of the very best pop-punk records, beneath the surface the lyrics deal with a lot of issues facing disaffected suburban youth and there is a really interesting song by song explanation from Ryan and Maura posted on AP if you’re into that sort of thing. Even if you aren’t into the whole storytellers aspect, this album really works well as just being damn fun to listen to.

Why this band isn’t on Warped Tour this summer is absolutely beyond me, but hey Kevin, how about booking them for all next summer?

Best tracks: A tie between the title track and “Mt. Hope”

Ps. This band has produced some truly hilarious, low-budget music videos that are worth seeking out on YouTube.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Strung Out: Twisted In A Suburban Wasteland Tour

June 27, 2012
"...Twisted By Design may be the definitive Strung Out album... the charming blend of metal and melodic punk rock intertwined with some of the finest songwriting in punk music." - Sputnik Music

"This the way punk should be played - mach 5 and full of hooks." - Music Emissions

Performing Two Monumental Albums In Their Entirety

Photo credit: Louis Ramos
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Los Angeles, CA – Legendary punk rock pioneers STRUNG OUT adds a second leg to one of their most anticipated headline tours of their career. Twisted In A Suburban Wasteland Tour will blanket North America throughout Summer and Fall. They’ll be performing two of their landmark albums – 1996’s Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and 1998’s Twisted By Design – back-to-back in their entirety during each set. “It feels right to do one last retrospective before we head into the making of another album. I think people will really enjoy these older songs played back to back,” says lead vocalist Jason Cruz.
The first leg kicks off at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on July 17th, heads north to Canada for eleven shows, then back across the US border to finish up the first string of dates with Such Gold, Handguns, and The Darlings. After taking a two-week break, Strung Out will reassemble with The Swellers and Such Gold for a month-long tour of the Midwest and East Coast, which will get under way on September 5th at Nile Theater in Mesa, AZ. A handful of additional dates are in the pipeline and will be announced shortly.
Easily one of the most influential punk bands still in existence today, Strung Out has managed to perfect the quintessential blend of punk, metal and hardcore in their twenty years of existence. Their blistering technical solos, pounding drums and raw punk fury opened the doors for punks to push the limits of not only their talents but also the entire genre, helping to define some of the biggest names in music today.

“Some of our very first tours were opening for Strung Out, so I had the opportunity to see them live over and over. Growing up in the punk scene, but always having one foot in the metal scene, I appreciated the metal they blended together with pop and punk. Their complex riffs and harmonies challenged and inspired the scores of bands that would walk in their footsteps…” –Tim McIlrath of Rise Against
“They were a huge influence on Thrice in our early stages, and I don’t think I’d be in a band today if they didn’t pique my interest in music back then…” –Riley Breckenridge of Thrice
“Strung Out was a major contributor to my musical influences growing up. I still love throwing on Strung Out to hear the soundtrack to some of my greatest summers…” –M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold

Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design were released on Fat Wreck Chords. Strung Out is Jason Cruz (vocals), Rob Ramos (guitar), Jake Kiley (guitar), Chris Aiken (bass), and Jordan Burns (drums).

STRUNG OUT on tour
w/ Such Gold, Handguns
Jul 17 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Jul 18 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Jul 19 The Biltmore Vancouver, BC
Jul 20 Doc Willoughbys Kelowna, BC
Jul 21 Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
Jul 22 The Republik Calgary, AB
Jul 23 Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SA
Jul 25 Pyramid Cabaret Winnipeg, MA
Jul 27 Opera House Toronto, ON
Jul 28 Le Cercle Quebec City, QC
Jul 29 Le National Montreal, QC
Jul 31 Ritual Ottawa, ON
Aug 01 Call The Office London, ON
Aug 02 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
Aug 03 Middle East Cambridge, MA
Aug 04 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
Aug 05 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA

w/ The Darlings, Handguns
Aug 07 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 08 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Aug 09 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
Aug 10 Thompson House Newport, KY
Aug 11 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
Aug 12 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
Aug 14 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
Aug 15 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Aug 16 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Aug 17 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 18 The Alley Sparks, NV
Aug 19 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA

w/ Such Gold
Sep 05 Nile Theater Mesa, AZ
Sep 07 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX

w/ The Swellers, Such Gold
Sep 08 Red Seven Austin, TX
Sep 09 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
Sep 11 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Sep 12 Double Down Live Gainesville, FL
Sep 13 The State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
Sep 14 Churchill’s Pub Miami, FL
Sep 15 The Social Orlando, FL
Sep 16 Freebird Café Jacksonville, FL
Sep 18 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Sep 21 Firebird St. Louis, MO
Sep 22 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 23 Trees Dallas, TX
Sep 25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Sep 26 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff, AZ
w/ The Swellers, Such Gold
Sep 27 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Sep 28 House of Blues San Diego, CA
Sep 29 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
Sep 30 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 02 B Ryders Bakersfield, CA
Oct 03 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
Oct 04 Atrium at The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 05 House of Blues Anaheim, CA

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Offspring Host "Pop Up" Release Day Party



THE OFFSPRING will celebrate their new album Days Go Byon release day, Tuesday, June 26 with a very special event from 5:00 pm–7:00 pm at Chronic Tacos in Huntington Beach.

Open to the public, the ‘DAYS GO BY’ ALBUM “POP UP” RELEASE EVENT will be attended by the entire band and will include a taco eating contest as well performances from a killer Mariachi band.  Fans will have a chance to purchase the new record and have it signed by the band.  Competitive eating superstar Takeru Kobayashi will be on hand as well to demonstrate his impressive abilities (not to be missed!). In addition, a limited amount of exclusive custom Offspring T-shirts will be screened on site and given away to attendees.  There will also be free tacos, refreshments and other activities.

On DAYS GO BY, the Huntington Beach, CA quartet--DexterHolland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg Kriesel (bass) and Pete Parada (drums)—once again break all the rules in true punk fashion on their ninth album. The title track and first single “Days Go By” glides on an irresistible riff and arena-sized hook. Meanwhile, "OC Guns" swings from swaggering SoCal reggae into a mariachi breakdown and "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" jokingly recounts an afternoon rolling around the beach with nothing but time to kill and scantily girls to flirt with.  Then, there's the final speed punk death march of dual salvo "Dividing by Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell." It's unique, unpredictable and undeniably THE OFFSPRING.

THE OFFSPRING’S last album, 2008's Rise And Fall,Rage And Grace, featured the alternative and rock radio staples “Hammerhead” and “You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.”Also among the band's best-known hits are the rock anthems “Self Esteem,” “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” and “The Kids Aren't Alright."  The Huntington Beach, CA-based band has performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 36 millionalbums worldwide.  Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label.

Chronic Tacos is located at
328 11th Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

THE OFFSPRING perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday June 25.

Catch THE OFFSPRING on the road in the following cities:

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

If you nabbed the vinyl on Record Store Day then this record isn't news to you. For everyone else, the physical and digital cd release will be on June 26th. The Flaming Lips long ago secured their place in the heirarchy of music, allowing them a distinct opportunity that many artists never achieve, the ability to pursue any direction that amuses and entertains them. This collection is eclectic and uneven, but quite purposely so. The list of collaborators are so varied as to invite concern that they would never work together on one album, and unfortunately they don't, other than to invite fascination over the fact that Warner Brothers allowed them to release this. It kinda goes to show the power Wayne and his crew have developed over the years.

There are spots where this album really works. The standout track being the collaboration with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Despite the unfortunate name of the track, there is an oddly entrancing spaciness to the song. The Tame Impala track has a similarly enjoyable spaciness vibe, that, however, seems like it would have been a better song without the electronic overlays that towards the end of the track are so noisy and disjointed as to drown the vocals.There are unfortunately many more tracks that had me scratching my head and wondering why,  foremost of which are the Yoko Ono and Ghostland Observatory pieces.However, that actually may have been the point. The Flaming Lips have taken many odd turns over the years, so it is not unfathomable that the purpose may have been to make you wonder why.

As they embark on the lastest in a long line of quirky stunts this Tuesday, to perform the most concerts in a 24 hour period (besting Jay Z as the current record holder at 7), you have to admit that, love them or hate them, they fly their freak flag high and blaze their own trail, which never seems anything less than authentic. You can't say that about a lot of bands these days. 

The track listing for THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY  FWENDS is as follows:

1.  “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) “(w/ Ke$ha, Biz Markie & Hour Of The Time Majesty 12)

2. “Ashes In The Air” (Featuring Bon Iver)

3. “Helping The Retarded To Know God” (Featuring Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros)
4. “Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee” (Featuring Prefuse 73)
5. “Children Of The Moon” (Featuring Tame Impala)
6. “That Ain’t My Trip” (Featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
7. “You, Man? Human???” (Featuring Nick Cave)
8. “I’m Working At NASA On Acid” (Featuring Lightning Bolt)
9. “Do It!” (Featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band)
10. “Is David Bowie Dying?” (Featuring Neon Indian)
11. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Featuring Erykah Badu)
12. “Girl, You’re So Weird” (Featuring New Fumes)
13. “Tasered And Maced” (Featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory)