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ZONA MUSIC FESTIVAL Announces Inaugural Lineup Ft BEACH HOUSE, PORTUGAL.THE MAN, TEGAN AND SARA, More

Psyko Steve Presents (PSP) and Downtown Phoenix, Inc (DPI) are excited to reveal details for the inaugural ZONA Music Festival—a new two-day boutique music festival taking place December 3 & 4 in Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park. The event will feature a diverse range of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock artists in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors. Headlining acts include Beach House, Portugal. The Man, and Bleachers with Tegan and Sara and Japanese Breakfast. The event was formally announced earlier this morning at a press conference in Downtown Phoenix with remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Congressman Greg Stanton along with a special acoustic performance from Phoenix-based alternative/indie group Breakup Shoes who are featured on the festival.

In addition to the above headlining acts, the 2022 ZONA Music Festival lineup is rounded out by (in alphabetical order): Bartees Strange, Beach Goons, Black Carl, Breakup Shoes, Chicano Batman, Chloe Lilac, Destroy Boys, Diva Bleach, flor, The Front Bottoms, The Garden, Glixen, The Happy Fits, Jeff Rosenstock, July Talk, Lucius, Lucy Dacus, Miniature Tigers, The National Parks, Pariah Pete, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Playboy Manbaby, Pom Pom Squad, The Red Pears, The Regrettes, SALES, SASAMI, Sitting On Stacy, Sub Urban, Sydney Sprague, Turnover, TV Girl, UPSAHL, Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby.

ZONA Flyer

“We are beyond thrilled to be among this incredible lineup and return to one of our favourite cities in the United States,” says headlining act Tegan and Sara. “It’s been a long three years, and we are very much looking forward to getting on stage and strutting our stuff at ZONA in December!”

“So excited to come back to Phoenix for ZONA Festival!!!,” exclaims the Northern California-based punk trio Destroy Boys. “So many killers bands are playing, plus this is one of our favorite cities. See you there!”

Event producer Psyko Steve Presents has been promoting concerts in the Phoenix area since 2000. Founder Stephen Chilton has always placed an emphasis on developing local talent and incorporating Arizona-based artists into the company’s events. That approach rings true for ZONA Music Festival; some of Arizona’s finest artists are included throughout the festival’s lineup, including UPSAHL, who will be coming off her first headlining tour, Black Carl, who are reuniting for the occasion, and Sydney Sprague, who has had a busy couple years since the pandemic opening for tours with Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional, and The Front Bottoms. Other local artists featured on the bill include Miniature Tigers, Breakup Shoes, Playboy Manbaby, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Glixen, Diva Bleach and Pariah Pete.

ZONA Music Festival general admission and VIP weekend tickets will go on sale to the public this Friday, August 26 at 10:00 A.M. PST via ZONA’s Official Website and See Tickets. Single day GA and VIP tickets will be available closer to the event.

ZONA Music Festival online:



EVERFROST Shares New Single “Flyers”

Finnish symphonic power metal band Everfrost shares brand new single “Flyers” taken from Frostbites, an EP of anime opening song covers coming out November 2022.

The band adds about the track: “‘Flyers’ by the band BRADIO became a big hit in the Japanese anime scene when it was used as the opening for cult classic show Death Parade. It’s a song we’ve wanted to cover for a long time because of its infectious groove and anthemic chorus, perfect for EVERFROST!

Listen to “Flyers” on Spotify

BRADIO – “Flyers” (Cover) by EVERFROST feat. Rob Lundgren video:

View it on YouTube

On this song we had the privilege of working with featuring vocalist Rob Lundgren, well-known for his bands Mentalist and Reveal, and vocal work on Youtube. His fun, energetic style was perfect for the track and he gave a great performance!

Aside from arranging the song into a heavier genre, main songwriter Benji wanted to elevate the chorus specifically with a huge vocal sound. This lead to us having the pleasure to work with a group of excellent singers in Finland to provide the large group sound heard on the track. This group consisted of Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black), Bini Silvennoinen (Blame Me!), Mikael Salo (ex-EVERFROST, Thy Row, Dyecrest) and Sara Strömmer (Shereign, ex-Fear of Domination).”

“It’s time to crank ‘Flyers’, put your hands up and have a blast this summer!”

Frostbites CD Digipak pre-order here

Everfrost Frostbites

About Everfrost

Everfrost is a Finnish symphonic power metal band known for incorporating Japanese anime and manga influences into their music, visuals and storytelling.

Metal fans and anime enthusiasts alike have described Everfrost numerous times as the band they were always looking for as the music is created from a passionate desire to energize you, make you happy and take you away from the struggles of everyday life.

The familiar influences of classic and modern Finnish heavy metal (Nightwish, Beast in Black, Sonata Arctica, Wintersun etc) are present in the Everfrost sound, however the band’s trademark wintery style combined with elements from non-metal genres such as eurobeat, dance pop and anime music bring a unique freshness to the mix. The result is an addictive cocktail that has proven to find its way into a wide variety of playlists, DJ sets, parties and live events.

Another big reason people fall in love with Everfrost is because of how immersive the band’s universe is. Each album features ongoing stories of a group of characters living in a cursed city, sealed off from the world. The concept is inspired by the ‘secret cities’ experiments established during the Cold War.

The band’s latest full length album Winterider was in particular quite a unique release in the metal world, being a concept album featuring this world and characters in a fully coherent manga comic, following the story and working in tandem with the songs. It received critical acclaim and high scores from multiple well-known metal media outlets such as Kaaoszine, Powerplay Magazine, Bravewords Magazine and Tuonela Magazine. “9/10 The next great power metal band.”BRAVEWORDS

The album also made it to Disk UNION Japan’s top 10 charts for two weeks, charting at number 1 for the first week. The band also won Tuonela Magazine’s ‘best new discovery’ award for 2019.

While the music may sound energetic and cheery, the lyrical themes are usually dark, melancholic and vulnerable, dealing often with escapism through fantasy and entertainment, death and loss, social isolation and hardship. These feelings and ideas are manifested in the stories and characters, however the core inspiration stems from how cruel and cold the real world can be at times. This combination of happy music with sad lyrics empowers listeners in whatever stage they are going through or have been through in their lives.

The band features keyboardist and songwriter Benji Klint-Connelly, guitarists Samuli Heiskanen and Joose Ylianttila, bassist Roi Partanen and drummer Jope ‘James’ Salminen. Past members have included vocalists Hew Wagner and Mikael Salo (Thy Row, Dyecrest). The band has also featured and worked with many other esteemed musicians such as Rob Lundgren (Mentalist, Reveal), Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast in Black), Asim Searah (Damnation Plan, ex-Wintersun), Sara Strömmer (Shereign, ex-Fear of Domination) and Bini Silvennoinen (Blame Me!).

Everfrost online:

The Aquadolls Tour with Incubus and Sublime With Rome Kicks Off July 24

So Cal all-female rock trio The Aquadolls will be on the road with Incubus and Sublime With Rome from July 24 through September 3rd. See dates below.

Watch for new music coming soon. In the meantime, the band’s latest single titled “Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up)” is out now.

Stream the single here, and stream the video here.

Frontwoman Melissa Brooks says, “This song tells the story of falling for someone and starting to obsess over them. It’s about imagining all of the things we could do together, both romantic and twisted, showing the darker sides of having a crush and longing for more to come from it.

Produced by Fat Mike of NOFX and Jon Graber, this song is a sultry slow jam compiled of surfy guitar with a heavy kick drum, hitting our heart strings with every chord.”

“Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up)” follows on the heels of the trio’s recently national co-headline tour with Republic Records’ Sitting On Stacy, and their recent appearance at Ventura, CA’s Surf Rodeo.

Already a festival favorite, having performed for the masses at Lollapalooza, Ohana Fest, and Beachlife Festival, The Aquadolls will again grace the stage at Austin City Limits Festival this October.

The 3-piece has just finished recording a new LP that is scheduled to be released soon on Enci Records.

Aquadolls Tour Incubus Sublime with Rome 2022

Incubus / Sublime With Rome / The Aquadolls Tour Dates

  • Sunday, July 24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 26 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
  • Wednesday, July 27 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • Friday, July 29 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Saturday, July 30 Doswell, VA AfterHours Concerts at The Meadow Event Park
  • Sunday, July 31 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Tuesday, Aug 02 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview
  • Wednesday, Aug 03 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
  • Friday, Aug 05 Camden, NJ Waterfront Music Pavilion
  • Saturday, Aug 06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Sunday, Aug 07 Bangor, ME Maine Savings Amphitheater
  • Tuesday, Aug 09 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
  • Wednesday, Aug 10 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Friday, Aug 12 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
  • Saturday, Aug 13 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
  • Sunday, Aug 14 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
  • Tuesday, Aug 16 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
  • Wednesday, Aug 17 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Friday, Aug 19 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • Saturday, Aug 20 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
  • Monday, Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
  • Wednesday, Aug 24 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
  • Friday, Aug 26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, Aug 27 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
  • Sunday Aug 28 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, Aug 30 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Grand Theatre)
  • Thursday, Sept 01 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
  • Saturday, Sept 03 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater

About The Aquadolls

The Aquadolls was formed in La Mirada, CA in January 2012 by lead singer and songwriter Melissa Brooks, who began recording bedroom demos of her songs. She eventually released the album We Are Free in early 2013, followed by the LP Stoked on You in December 2014. After a brief break from releases, the stars aligned in July 2018, and the new era of The Aquadolls commenced with Jacqueline Proctor on drums and Keilah Nina on bass. The band grew as a powerful threesome leading up to the release of The Aquadolls’ highly anticipated second album, The Dream and the Deception, recorded and self-produced by Brooks and self-released October 28, 2018, on Aqua Babe Records.

Following their sophomore album, the trio self-released the single “Suck on This” in summer 2019, followed by their 2020 viral cover of Lash’s “Take Me Away” (a track made famous via its inclusion in the 2003 Lindsay Lohan-starring Disney film ‘Freaky Friday’).

After signing with Enci Records and releasing a trio of singles (including the track “Cry Baby” which hit the top 10 Alternative Specialty Charts), The Aquadolls, whose sound mixes indie, punk, surf rock, and vintage bubblegum girl-group swagger, went on to garner praise from the likes of Spin, Paste, Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine and many more.

The Aquadolls Acclaim

“Coming from the suburbs of Los Angeles, the Aquadolls are punk pioneers in the broadest sense. They ooze eclecticism, stacking elements of indie– and surf-rock on top of a distinctly pop-punk foundation. While their sound might not exist at a comfortable spot for genre purists, fans of sonic experimentation will surely find their versatility entrancing.”- Alternative Press

“… exudes an undeniable attitude…”- New Noise Magazine

“The Aquadolls exude a positively energetic, and powerfully confident vibe. A mix of influences and life experiences between this trio, makes for their inspiringly eclectic, powerful punk rock n roll music.”- Wall Of Sound

“If there was a missing link between 60s girl groups, California surf-pop, 90s skater rock and Taylor Swift’s assertive pop-sassiness it might be this lo-fi band helmed by singer-guitarist Melissa Brooks from Southern California.”New Zealand Herald

“In line with other historical all-female bands such as Bikini Kill.”- The BC Heights

“If you were looking for a new mood-booster, this is it.”Riff Magazine

“The Aquadolls are a So-Cal trio primed to blast off. Featuring surf-rock vibes alongside pop-punk vocals, these witty women excel at blending genres and garnering attention they rightfully deserve.”Idobi Radio

“…fuzzy surf-psych-grunge pop from Southern California with an ebullient sing-a-long vibe.things are on the up-and-up for this cool crew.”*Oh My Rockness*

“The Southern California band effortlessly pours out infectious shoegazey bops, earnest headbangers, cosmic surf-punk ballads, and electrified power-pop anthems. Despite the sheer range of styles and genres reflected in their music, there’s a real cohesion to The Aquadolls’ addicting combination of sharp edges and even keel. No matter what vibe a given song has, it’s clear The Aquadolls are putting everything they have into the music they’re making.”Hard Noise

“This is a rock band composed of womxn unafraid to unhinge their music from easy listening, a powerfulness laced with irony and sarcasm and sweltering feeling in all of their songs.”Lithium Magazine

“The group has continued to push themselves creatively in new directions with each release.”All The Alt Things

“The Aquadolls have managed to piece together an anthem-in-waiting. Powered by woozy chords and a hazy soundscape set atop delicate but resonating vocals, ‘Disappearing Girl’ feels as though it’s been delivered to us fresh from (a) distant dream. Fingers crossed that world domination is part of their plan.”Blunt Mag

“A shimmering piece of indie rock, “Disappearing Girl” is built on fizzling layers of percussions as The Aquadolls toy with the raw elements garage and chest-swelling air of dream rock.”Aupium

“A punk rock power ballad doesn’t sound like it could be possible, but The Aquadolls somehow pull off the impossible.”If It’s Too Loud

“…energetic and infectious. They’re better than caffeine.”Illinois Entertainer

The Aquadolls online:




LAMB OF GOD Reveals New Album & Tour Details

Lamb of God follows 2020’s No. 1 Hard Rock Album with a vicious new testament. Riding high on a creative renaissance saluted by the likes of Rolling Stone and NME, the Grammy-nominated goliath returns with the gloriously unhinged Omens, produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth).

Omens Arrives October 7

The first single, “Nevermore,” arrives on Friday, June 10. Omens follows on October 7 via Epic Records.

Lamb of God Omens album cover
Lamb of God’s “Omens” album artwork

The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal architects will support the new album with a massive Live Nation produced U.S. headlining tour, The Omens Tour, featuring special guests Killswitch Engage on all dates. Different legs will also see support from Baroness, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, Animals As Leaders as well as Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy. The tour kicks off September 9 in Brooklyn and runs through October 20, see full routing below. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 10 at 10am local time here.

Citi is the official card of the The Omens Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 7 at 10am ET until Thursday, June 9 at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit Citi Entertainment®

“Two decades ago, Lamb of God, along with Killswitch Engage, were a part of a new wave of American heavy metal music. Our scene grew from a small, loosely connected network of underground shows in basements and warehouses, into a global phenomenon that helped define an entire generation of modern heavy metal. We are thrilled to announce The Omens Tour, which celebrates not only the perseverance and impact of that original movement, but also the creativity and originality of the bands that it influenced. Heavy metal is alive and well. The Omens Tour proudly showcases the depth and diversity of our scene. This is not a tour to miss.” – Mark Morton

Densely muscular, soaked in unnerving spite, with a pessimistic eye toward inner struggles and global affairs alike, Omens is a furious entry in the Lamb Of God catalog, perhaps their angriest album yet. “The world is crazy and keeps changing. Omens is a reaction to the state of the world,” explains vocalist D. Randall Blythe. “It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed-off.”

Omens is also Lamb Of God’s most diverse affair. The band tracked live in the room together at Henson Recording Studios (formerly A&M Studios) in Los Angeles, California, a location that birthed classics from The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Ramones, and Soundgarden, among others. “The inner workings of the band have never been better,” explains guitarist Mark Morton. “You can hear it in Omens. You can see it in our performances, and if you’re around us for five minutes, you can feel it.”

The Omens album pre-order is live now here, boasting several exclusive items, including a signed colored vinyl variant, shirt, hoodie, and signed CDs with an alternate color cover. All physical CD and Vinyl releases will include a free access code to watch the livestream viewing of “The Making of Omens” documentary, which will premiere the week of album release.

Omens Tracklist:

  1. Nevermore
  2. Vanishing
  3. To The Grave
  4. Ditch
  5. Omens
  6. Gomorrah
  7. Ill Designs
  8. Grayscale
  9. Denial Mechanism
  10. September Song
Lamb of God Omens Tour

The Omens Tour dates:

Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Baroness, Suicide Silence

  • Sep 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island
  • Sep 10 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
  • Sep 11 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Music Festival
  • Sep 13 – Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
  • Sep 14 – Baltimore, MD – Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
  • Sep 16 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
  • Sep 17 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
  • Sep 18 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sep 21 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
  • Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival *No KSE, No Suicide Silence
  • Sep 24 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Sep 25 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amp at Freedom Hill
  • Sep 26 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
  • Sep 30 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Motionless In White, Fit For An Autopsy

  • Oct 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great SaltAir
  • Oct 02 – Grand Junction, CO – Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park *
  • Oct 04 – Fresno, CA – Exhibit Hall at Selland Arena
  • Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival *No Fit For An Autopsy

Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox, Fit For An Autopsy

  • Oct 09 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • Oct 10 – Kent (Seattle), WA – Accesso ShoWare Center *
  • Oct 11 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds

Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Fit For An Autopsy

  • Oct 13 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
  • Oct 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
  • Oct 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
  • Oct 16 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
  • Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
  • Oct 19 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
  • Oct 20 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

*Not A Live Nation Date

Lamb of God is:

  • D. Randall Blythe – Vocals
  • Mark Morton – Guitar
  • Willie Adler – Guitar
  • John Campbell – Bass
  • Art Cruz – Drums

Lamb of God online:


Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn

Arch Enemy Launches ‘Sunset Over The Empire’ 7″ Pre-order; Kicks Off Tours

On July 29th, extreme metal masters Arch Enemy will unleash their 11th studio album, Deceivers, via Century Media Records. For fans that can’t wait for the record’s release, the band is now offering a new 7″, Sunset Over The Empire (due out May 20th) – with the title track also appearing on Deceivers.

Arch Enemy SOTE Album Art by CVSPE
Single cover artwork by: CVSPE

Arch Enemy’s founder and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “I am thrilled that we are releasing our next single ‘Sunset over the Empire’ not only digitally everywhere as usual, but also as a physical 7″ vinyl record. I’m a big fan of the vinyl format myself and I think this killer looking 7″ will be a nice collector’s item as it’s a limited run. The B-side is an instrumental we’ve never released before on a record, and the A-side is one of my fave tracks off our new upcoming album ‘Deceivers’!”

Sunset Over The Empire Tracklist:

  1. Sunset Over The Empire
  2. The Judging Eyes

Sunset Over The Empire will be released as a digital single, with video, in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Pre-order Sunset Over The Empire  here, where the 7″ is available in the following versions:

Arch Enemy SOTE White LP
White Vinyl
(limited to 1000 copies; available via CM Distro Europe)
Arch Enemy SOTE Orange LP
Transparent Orange Vinyl
(limited to 500 copies; band exclusive)

Deceivers

Arch Enemy Deceivers Artwork by Alex Reisfar
Album artwork by Alex Reisfar

Tracklist

  1. Handshake With Hell
  2. Deceiver, Deceiver
  3. In The Eye Of The Storm
  4. The Watcher
  5. Poisoned Arrow
  6. Sunset Over The Empire
  7. House Of Mirrors
  8. Spreading Black Wings
  9. Mourning Star
  10. One Last Time
  11. Exiled From Earth

About

A collection of 11 tracks that are ruthlessly catchy and mercilessly violent, Deceivers stands toe-to-toe with the highlights of the band’s storied catalogue. Roaring to life with “Handshake With Hell”, Arch Enemy make it clear they are out for blood, and every track is a hit, from the moody “Poisoned Arrow” to the titanically anthemic “One Last Time“. Sounding more energized than ever, the quintet is operating at the highest level, delivering a maelstrom of diamond-hard riffing wrapped around cinematic melodies, thunderous drumming and towering vocals. Arch Enemy has proved, yet again, that they are unstoppable.

To hear more from Deceivers, the latest single, “Handshake With Hell“, can be streamed here – where the album is also available for pre-order in many limited edition formats, such as:

  • Digital album
  • Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook
  • Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set
  • Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP
  • Special Edition CD

    and more
Arch Enemy 2 LP box set for Deceivers
Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook
Arch Enemy Deceivers STORM bundle contents
Deceivers STORM Bundle

Touring

Last week, Arch Enemy and Behemoth returned to the states to co-headline “The North American Siege 2022” tour with Napalm Death and Unto Others as special guests, before Arch Enemy appears at select summer festivals; the rescheduled “European Siege 2022” tour (with Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, Unto Others) will kick off in the fall.

See below for all dates; tickets can be purchased here.

“The North American Siege 2022” tour dates:

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth
+ special guests Napalm Death, Unto Others

  • Apr. 22, 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
  • Apr. 23, 2022 – Charlotte. NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
  • Apr. 25, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
  • Apr. 26, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Mtelus
  • Apr. 28, 2022 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
  • Apr. 29, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
  • Apr. 30, 2022 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
  • May 2, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
  • May 4, 2022 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • May 7, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • May 9, 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
  • May 10, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
  • May 11, 2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • May 13, 2022 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
  • May 15, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium

Arch Enemy 2022 festival dates:

  • Aug. 6, 2022 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
  • Aug. 17-20, 2022 – Dinkelsbuehl, DE @ Summer Breeze Festival
  • Aug. 18-20, 2022 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

“The European Siege 2022” tour dates:

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth
+ special guests Carcass, Unto Others

  • Sept. 27, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
  • Sept. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
  • Sept. 30, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
  • Oct. 1, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
  • Oct. 2, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
  • Oct. 4, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Le Zénith
  • Oct. 5, 2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
  • Oct. 7, 2022 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa
  • Oct. 8, 2022 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre
  • Oct. 9, 2022 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
  • Oct. 11, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
  • Oct. 12, 2022 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
  • Oct. 14, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
  • Oct. 15, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena
  • Oct. 16, 2022 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
  • Oct. 18, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
  • Oct. 19, 2022 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek
  • Oct. 21, 2022 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
  • Oct. 22, 2022 – Den Bosch, NL @ Mainstage Brabanthallen
  • Oct. 23, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
  • Oct. 25, 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
  • Oct. 26, 2022 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
  • Oct. 28, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
  • Oct. 29, 2022 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • Oct. 30, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ edel-optics.de Arena
  • Oct. 31, 2022 – Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena
  • Nov. 2, 2022 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall
  • Nov. 4, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
  • Nov. 5, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
  • Nov. 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

Arch Enemy is:

  • Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals
  • Michael Amott – Guitars
  • Jeff Loomis – Guitars
  • Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
  • Daniel Erlandsson – Drums

Arch Enemy online:


Featured image (top) by Katja Kuhl

CHERRY BOMBS Explode on This Summer’s Music Festival Circuit, Announce UK Dates with COREY TAYLOR

Cherry Bombs fire breathing

We have waited nearly two years for real touring and festivals to commence … wait no more!! Cherry Bombs bring an exciting and entirely new way to experience rock and roll music. You won’t believe your eyes watching their daredevil acts, feminine power, fearless and dynamic performances featuring dance, fire, aerial, grinding, stilt walking, and so much more.

Alicia Taylor shares, “We are beyond thrilled to be invited to perform at Louder Than Life and Aftershock in 2022! It feels incredible to be accepted alongside the incredible bands that are on the bill and solidifies that there IS a place for us in the world of rock and metal. We are carving out our own unique path and are eternally grateful to those like Danny Wimmer and team for seeing something in us.”

Corey Taylor adds, “Everybody has their favorite tours. I have been very fortunate to have been a part of so many over the years. To not only be able to tour with my wife, but also to know that they are putting on an amazing show as well, I can maybe think of a handful of people who can say that. Get ready for a rad time!”

Corey Taylor Cherry Bombs Tour 2022

Cherry Bombs tour dates for Fall 2022:

  • Sept 22-25, 2022 – LouderThanLife Festival, Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center – Louisville, KY – Tickets
  • Oct 6-9, 2022 – Aftershock Festival, Discovery Park – Sacramento, CA – Tickets
  • Oct 17, 2022 – London Palladium – London, UK – Tickets
  • Oct 19, 2022 – Bonus Arena – Hull, UK – Tickets
  • Oct 24, 2022 – Swansea Arena – Swansea, UK – Tickets

Girl Gang

Tune in now:
Girl Gang Season 4 – premiered March 9th on YouTube.
Follow the Cherry Bombs, one of the first groups to tour during the pandemic. Watch here how they face the obstacles and achieve success!

Alicia Taylor explains “When Corey Taylor and I started putting together our tour during 2021, we were one of the first acts in our genre to accomplish this during the pandemic. We wanted to do it right, by reducing as many risks as possible- to not only prove to ourselves, but to our industry, that perhaps there is a way to adapt and make shows happen. We covered as many bases as possible: temperature checks, consistent testing on the road, reduced capacity at shows, requiring masks, we stayed in a bubble- we really wanted to make this tour a success. Girl Gang 4 is all about that tour, and the process behind making it happen.”

Cherry Bombs arials

2019 saw the premiere of the YouTube docu-series titled, “Girl Gang”, which pulled the curtain back to reveal what it takes to put on such a unique show. The series has been met with overwhelmingly positive reception for its raw storytelling and willingness of the performers to show vulnerability. Episodes focus on the inner-workings of Cherry Bombs, including the adventures, challenges, and triumphs they experience.

Like many in the industry, the pandemic of 2020 forced Cherry Bombs to cancel their tour. However, they adapted quickly, and filmed their headlining show, Macabarét – a story of karma wrapped in temptation, action, and danger around every corner. This “eyegasm” of a movie was streamed worldwide and met with rave reviews, cementing it to become an annual event every October.

Cherry Bombs performing

About Cherry Bombs:

Cutting their teeth in the world of motorcycle rallies, they soon climbed the ranks of live entertainment by being the first group of its kind to bag a national tour with Buckcherry and Black Stone Cherry in 2016. Since then, Cherry Bombs have appeared in performances and tours nationally and internationally (Stone Sour/Steel Panther, Corey Taylor, KNOTFEST Mexico, ForceFest Mexico, KNOTFEST Colombia), on television (AEW), and in numerous music videos (Corey Taylor, 21 Savage, Fozzy, Moonshine Bandits).

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Flogging Molly & The Interrupters Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour 

Los Angeles – Flogging Molly and The Interrupters have announced a Summer co-headlining tour, kicking off on June 7 in Indianapolis, with Tiger Army and The Skints supporting on all dates. Tickets will be available here and here on Friday, March 18 at 10 AM local time.

Dave King, Flogging Molly singer/guitar player, says of the tour: “We’re excited to share the news of our upcoming tour with the one and only, The Interrupters. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone, and having a great time together. Let’s have some fun in the sun!” While The Interrupters rejoice the return of live music, “We are stoked to announce our Summer Tour with the legendary Flogging Molly, Tiger Army and The Skints! We can’t wait to sing together, dance together and celebrate live music with everyone! See you all very soon!”

The Interrupters by Jimmy Fontaine
The Interrupters | Photography: Jimmy Fontaine

Despite COVID touring setbacks throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, The Interrupters kept fans engaged with a live album release and an inspired cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which went on to be featured in season 2 of the Netflix Original series The Umbrella Academy. As touring resumed in late 2021, the group embarked on one of the year’s largest rock n’ roll tours supporting Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy on the Hella Mega Tour.

Flogging Molly, who recently released their soon-to-be-classic single “These Times Have Got Me Drinking via Rise Records, celebrate the return of their free, outdoor annual St. Patrick’s Day festival this Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium. Having livestreamed the 2021 event, the band mix the best of both worlds for 2022, with the concert being broadcast worldwide via a simultaneous livestream (tickets: Floggingmolly.veeps.com). Flogging Molly set sail on March 28, helming the sold-out Salty Dog Cruise, which also includes performances from the Descendents, Frank Turner, Agent Orange and more.

Flogging Molly The Interrupters Summer Tour
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Flogging Molly & The Interrupters tour dates:

  • June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
  • June 8 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
  • June 10 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • June 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
  • June 12 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • June 14 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park
  • June 15 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
  • June 17 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
  • June 18 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook
  • June 19 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
  • June 21 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
  • June 22 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
  • June 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann
  • June 25 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
  • June 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
  • June 28 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl
  • June 30 – New York, NY – Pier 17
  • July 1 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
  • July 2 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
  • July 3 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
  • September 9 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom Outdoors
  • September 10 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater
  • September 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Outdoors – The Lot
  • September 13 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
  • September 14 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
  • September 16 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
  • September 17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
  • September 21 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre

About Flogging Molly:

Flogging Molly is Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle, vocals), Dennis Casey (guitar, vocals), Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Spencer Swain (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals), and Mike Alonso (drums, percussion). Starting out as the house band for Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles and building a loyal following through endless touring, Flogging Molly has become a staple in the punk scene over the past 20 years, kicking off with their raucous debut album, Swagger, and continuing through their five additional studio releases. With numerous late-night television appearances under their belt, a sold out Salty Dog Cruise through the Caribbean, and a yearly St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Los Angeles, the band is currently working on their Rise Records’ debut, which they previewed with “These Times Have Got Me Drinking” earlier this month. Flogging Molly recently reissued Swagger with exclusive tracks, an Irish traditional set, a 60-minute video feature, and exclusive merch in a collectible box set.

About The Interrupters:

Formed in 2011, The Interrupters came together when the Bivona brothers—guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona—found themselves on various bills with Aimee in 2009. Upon bonding over musical tastes, the four formed The Interrupters and delivered their self-titled debut in 2014. The Interrupters have shared stages with bands such as Rancid, blink-182, Green Day, Bad Religion, and many other stalwarts of the punk scene solidifying the band’s status as a dynamic force on the stage. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length with Hellcat/Epitaph Records.

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Puscifer Announces Summer Tour; First U.S. Dates Since 2016

Jerome, AZPuscifer bring their unique theater-meets-concert experience to stages nationwide this summer as the Arizona-born outfit featuring Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Carina Round tour in support of their highly-regarded 2020 album, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG).

The dates, which kick off June 9 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, include the group’s largest scale performances to date with shows slated for Los Angeles’ venerable Greek Theatre (site of Keenan’s one-time-only Cinquanta mini festival), Brooklyn’s movie palace-turned-concert-hall Kings Theater and the state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom in Denver.

Watch the tour announcement here:

Agent Dick Merkin Issues Live Report

Over the years, Puscifer tours have traversed the Arizona desert, explored the barn dances of the American South, and tapped into the technicolor world of the Lucha libre. With Existential Reckoning the Pusciverse expanded into the cosmos. A taste of the live outing was hinted at with the ground-breaking and bedazzling “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti” livestream event. An on-demand/VOD version of the concert film and its accompanying soundtrack were released in November 2021, with physical versions of the soundtrack and film (vinyl and VHS) available via retailers on Feb. 25 here.

Puscifer TV is the online repository for all things Puscifer including the aforementioned “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti,” as well as “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents Featuring Money $hot by Puscifer,” “What Is… Puscifer,” and “A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Divine Collisions and Pythagorean Oenology.”

Puscifer tour dates 2022

Existential Reckoning tour dates:

  • June 9 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall
  • June 11 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
  • June 12 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
  • June 14 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
  • June 15 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
  • June 16 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
  • June 19 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
  • June 21 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
  • June 22 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
  • June 24 Philadelphia, PA The Metropolitan Opera House
  • June 25 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
  • June 26 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
  • June 28 Boston, MA House of Blues
  • June 29 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
  • July 1 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (Pavilion)
  • July 2 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
  • July 3 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre
  • July 5 Omaha, NE The Admiral
  • July 6 Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom
  • July 7 Salt Lake City, UT Eccles Theater – Delta Performance Hall
  • July 9 Portland, OR The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • July 10 Seattle, WA McCaw Hall

Tickets are on-sale this Friday at 10 am local time with VIP package details to be made available in the coming days. Moodie Black open on all headlining dates.


About Puscifer

Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of four full-length studio albums: “V” is for Vagina [2007], Conditions of My Parole [2011], Money Shot [2015], and Existential Reckoning (2020) — in addition to a series of EPs and remixes.

Puscifer by Travis Shinn
Puscifer | Photography: Travis Shinn

Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan [vocals], Mat Mitchell [guitar, production], and Carina Round [vocals, songwriting], the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards (bass, guitar, keys), Gunnar Olsen (drums), as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more. Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first used the name “Puscifer.”

In addition to tallying tens of millions of streams and views, they’ve piqued the curiosity of the press. Entertainment Weekly christened them, “Exceptionally groovy,” and Revolver fittingly described them as “indescribable.” Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores.

They’ve brought their unique live experience to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On their 2020 debut for Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG entitled Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.

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Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn

Alt-Metal Masters Vajra Release Horror-themed Music Video for Fourth Single “Wavering” Today

Just in time for Halloween, Alt-Metal band Vajra release a disturbing, horror themed music video for “Wavering”, a dark ambient piece from their EP Irkalla.

“Wavering”, for your viewing pleasure here:

Written, produced, shot, and edited by vocalist Annamaria Pinna and bassist David Sussman, “the video for “Wavering” is the third chapter of a larger film inspired by the Sumerian classic hero myth, ‘Descent of Inanna,’” explains Pinna. The pair just received three Official Selection distinctions from the Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021, the 2021 ARFF Paris and the New York Independent Cinema Awards for their video “Maya”, which was released last year.

On the release of “Wavering”, Pinna reveals, “this song is a very different format from the last three singles we’ve released. It’s more of a meditative piece rather than a full-on Alt-Metal song. In ‘Irkalla’, our objective was to weave a tapestry of melodic Alt-Metal with dark ambient experimental pieces that create an esoteric space to explore the dark night of our souls. ‘Irkalla’ is meant to be listened to in its entirety, and ‘Wavering’ is a part of that experience. What is important is that the music may provide a portal to go on a journey. The journey will be different for each individual. My musical heroes have done this for me. ‘Wavering’ may surprise some of our fans and we are excited to introduce this song as a bridge to our dark ambient musical side.”

In connection with the release, Vajra will be holding a contest to give away the handmade coffin featured in the “Wavering” music video to one lucky fan, along with a full Irkalla gift pack including: Irkalla vinyl, CD, T-shirt, ritual pack, mask and stickers. Yes, Vajra is actually giving away a coffin; a hand-constructed pine box made by an Upstate New York casket artisan, and perfectly suitable for burial. For contest rules, check out the band’s website and socials. The winner will be announced at midnight on Devil’s night into Halloween, and will be personally hand-delivered by the band within 99.9 miles of NYC. The contest is free to enter. Contest rules and details are on Vajra’s website and social media pages.

Irkalla is available both digitally and physically on CD/vinyl. Physical copies include an additional dark ambient EP dubbed the “Shadow Queen Ritual Music” which is not available anywhere else.

Today’s announcement follows the band’s previous release this past August for the single “Crown or Crucify” which exclusively premiered with Revolver Magazine. Revolver explains, “Musically, the track oscillates between tender verses that explode outward during the choruses with crunchy guitars and frontwoman Annamaria Pinna’s robust vocal delivery. It’s powerful, catchy and sentimental all at once, and its video captures all of those elements visually.”

Their single for “Sever the Tie ” exclusively premiered on Metal Injection last December. They describe Vajra as “a band that mixes sorta djenty prog with epic melodic rock. They’re sort of like if Jinjer and In this Moment collaborated.”

The band’s single “Maya”, released last year, charted on Billboard at #2 Mainstream Rock Indicator Most Added, and #26 Mainstream Rock Indicator.

About Vajra

Vajra was formed by the esoteric femme fatale Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India, where she wrote the band’s cult debut album Pleroma. The band has been championed by Loudwire, with the heavy music outlet featuring Vajra on their Loudwire Music Festival and Rolling Stone proclaiming them a “must see act.” AXS said, “Vajra is really something special and have managed to come up with a completely new sound of metal. They bring mystical, moody and haunting melodies to the stage that are completely entrancing.” Vajra is Annamaria Pinna (vocals), Dave Sussman (bass), Al Javier (guitar) and Jimmy DeMarco (drums/percussion). Blake Fleming (ex-Mars Volta) played drums on both Pleroma and Irkalla.

Named after a ritual weapon symbolizing the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force), Pinna explains, “I see us as travelers who go outside the bounds of a sense-based perception to catch a musical or lyrical idea and then translate it to the material realm. When we get out of our own ways, we are translators or conduits for energies that move through us. Honoring what comes through is important for us.

Vajar is:

  • Annamaria Pinna – vocals, flute, keys
  • Al Javier – guitars
  • Jimmy DeMarco – drums
  • Dave Sussman – bass

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Jeremiah Moon Debuts “Kinds Of Light” Video from Debut EP

For Fans of Elliott Smith, Father John Misty, Sufjan Stevens

“With his cello playing bringing the required atmosphere, “Kinds Of Light” is the new single from Seattle-based Jeremiah Moon. A stylistic meeting place between Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens, there’s both sophistication and songcraft here.”Songwriting Magazine

Seattle-based singer/songwriter/classically-trained cellist and illustrator Jeremiah Moon has released a companion music video for his latest single “Kinds Of Light,” off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sputnik‘ to be released via Enci Records (The Joy Formidable, Beach Goons, Fences). After making its premiere yesterday on Week In Pop, the gorgeous clip is now streaming here.

“…serene, sacred and solemn.. carefully crafted mix of restrained rhythms and chamber pop string progressions deliver a subtle baroque arrangement that conjures a sense of cabin essence, setting the tone for a reflective work on the meaningfulness of others that reaches outward from the confines of home.”Week In Pop

Stream “Kinds Of Light” here

Jeremiah Moon Kinds of Light


Jeremiah says, “(Kinds of Light) is about opposing selves, the way relationships with other people compel us to reckon with our own identity, the way our stories gradually become histories, and the things we choose – or don’t choose – to carry with us. The underlying thread, like all 5 songs on the EP, is connection between people – the ways that we try to understand each other, and the ways we change each others’ orbits.”

The tracks that make up the ‘Sputnik‘ EP were recorded with friend and producer Adam Black in a remote cabin in Florence, OR. He says, “We laid down the main tracks during this time and pieced together the rest of the EP and arrangements over the next couple of years.”

Moon’s music bears the mark of the musicians that inspired it, channeling the energy of a diverse list of influences that range from Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Thom Yorke, Blake Mills, Sufjan Stevens, Claude Debussy, and Nick Cave, to Mahler, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Ravel, and the poetry of Christian Wiman, all while simultaneously carving its own path.

Jeremiah Moon

The son of a classically trained violinist mother, Moon would start taking cello lessons at age 7, playing music (solo, chamber music, and orchestra) all through high school.

After graduating, Moon studied cello performance at Boston University. He recalls, “I started writing my first songs when I was home on summer vacations.”

In 2013, Jeremiah moved to Seattle and started accompanying guitarists for live shows and recording sessions, as well as working on his illustration skills and building a portfolio of his work. He says, “I started seriously working on songwriting in 2018 after being challenged by a friend to take myself more seriously as an artist. The 5 songs on my EP were a direct result of the momentum from this burst of inspiration.”

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