As I Lay Dying, 2011 PacSun Tour, Slipnot, Blake Shelton, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Winds of Plague, Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Puscifer, Corey Taylor, Rammstein, John Waite, The Joy Formidable, Howie D, Tegan and Sara, Close Your Eyes, BlessTheFall, Exhumed, Theory Of A Deadman, Reckless Kelly, Hollywood Undead, She Wants Revenge, Mutemath, Type O Negative,”…and Some More Cool Stuff”


Dane Wolf, known to many throughout the metal community as a skilled guitar tech, tour manager, and overall kind & hardworking human being, was badly beaten in Denver, Colorado last week while on the Death Angel/Testament/Anthrax tour.  As a result, he had to drop off the tour and was recently released from the hospital in Denver.

Dane’s mother, Jenna Wolf, issued the following statement on Dane Wolf’s Give Forward fundraising page:

“Please help in whatever way you can by assisting with his medical bills and upcoming travel expenses to and from Colorado when things go to court. There will be additional medical costs in the future as well, as he continues to recover and requires follow-up care.  The goal has now been raised due to the amazing response of Dane’s friends and family. Thank you so much for your continued support, and for sharing the link, and his story!”

The goal is to raise $7,500.00 to pay Dane’s medical & travel expenses.  Thus far, $3,760 (50%) has been raised.  YOU can help a metalhead who worked a metal tour you attended by visiting and donate what you can.  Every dollar helps!

Monday’s online update from Dane Wolf:

“The doctor’s appt. went well today, and I have been deemed travel ready and will be finishing my recovery with my Mother who has been worried sick, and kitty cat in Saint Louis! I leave on my first flight in a few hours.
My brain IS there, and looks alright 🙂 stitches come out in another week, chicks dig scars, right?  I am trying a different pain medication to see if it can reduce side effects, as I am still battling major headaches as my fractures heal and the swelling subsides. I will be meeting with a specialist in Saint Louis to determine if I will require surgery to repair my orbital socket, fingers crossed.

None of these options would have been available without your help, I am so grateful to spend the rest of my recovery with Mom, because we all know that no one takes care of you like mom does.

The many positive actions this week so far outweigh the negative in my mind, that I can’t help but look forward to getting healed and paying it back to others. I will be back in The Bay with all you crazy fuckers when I’m fully Dane again, and back out on the road with my brothers and sisters when duty calls. Thanks to my Uncle Brad, cousin Brandon, doctors, nurses, police, and friends in Denver for watching over me 🙂 I will welcome seeing my Saint Louis friends as soon as my body tells me I’m ready to do so, as I will be strictly following doctor’s orders to give it the full opportunity to rest and recover as I have been.

Thank you all, so much, once again.

Much Love

Visit the Dane Wolf Facebook Group here and post some get-well messages.  Every positive word helps!



tours-and-new-releases-as-copyGrammy®-nominated metal group As I Lay Dying is pleased to announce the details of their upcoming release Decas and the “A Decade of Destruction” tour; both coinciding with the band’s 10-year anniversary. With over 1,000,000 units sold in the U.S. in just less than 10 years, San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying will celebrate this milestone with the very special release Decas, available November 8 in North America.  Decas celebrates the band’s accomplishments by offering three brand new songs, cover songs that pay homage to just a few of the bands that have influenced As I Lay Dying, and remixes by INNERPARTYSYSTEM (Katy Perry, Ladyhawke, Thursday, Good Charlotte and many others), Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Kelly “Carnage” Cairns (Austrian Death Machine, War of Ages), and Big Chocolate (Asking Alexandria, iwrestledabearonce, Suicide Silence).

Head to to check out a video of the band talking about the upcoming Decas release and A Decade of Destruction tour.

Decas tracklisting:

1.   Paralyzed

2.   From Shapeless to Breakable

3.   Moving Forward

4.   War Ensemble (Slayer cover)

5.   Hellion (Judas Priest Cover)

6.   Electric Eye (Judas Priest Cover)

7.   Coffee Mug (Descendents cover)

8.   Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (Re-Recorded Medley)

9.   The Blinding of False Light (Innerpartysystem Remix)

10. Wrath Upon Ourselves (Benjamin Weinman Remix)

11.  Confined (Kelly “Carnage” Cairns Remix)

12. Elegy (Big Chocolate Remix)

In conjunction with the band’s 10th anniversary and the release of Decas, As I Lay Dying will finish off 2011 with a national headlining tour that will include selections spanning the band’s career. Joining As I Lay Dying on A Decade of Destruction tour are special guests Of Mice and Men, The Ghost Inside, iwrestledabearonce, and Sylosis. A Decade of Destruction kicks off on November 30 in Long Island, NY and wraps up in the band’s hometown, San Diego, on December 16.

As I Lay Dying recently launched a Facebook app that lets fans gauge how well they know the band. Take the quiz at:

The first single from the album, “Paralyzed,” is available for preview now at

A Decade of Destruction Comes to The Palladium on December 3 ~ and you’d better believe Pulse will be there covering the show!!


2011 PacTour to Feature Headliner Manchester Orchestra with Support from White Denim, The Dear Hunter and Little Hurricane


PacSun elevates their cornerstone music event, PacTour, to a whole new level this fall with a diverse lineup of talent led by headliner Manchester Orchestra. PacTour keeps with tradition, layering an amazing headliner with the best buzz worthy artists in the country including White Denim, The Dear Hunter, and Little Hurricane on select dates. In its third year, PacSun’s music tour will play 26 venues across the U.S. from October 21st – November 22nd, with in-store appearances at local PacSun stores featuring a select PacTour artist.

“Music is at the center of our customers’ lives and PacTour gives them the chance to experience fresh, break out talent up close and personal,” said Gary Schoenfeld, CEO of PacSun.

Coming off of a recent Lollapalooza appearance and two MTV VMA nominations, Manchester Orchestra will lead PacTour in support of their third critically acclaimed album, Simple Math. Adding additional clout to the tour are psych rockers White Denim, progressive rock band The Dear Hunter and blues/rock duo Little Hurricane.

For tickets or information on the PacTour, visit Stay up on all PacSun news by becoming a fan at and follow them at

The PacTour comes to the House of Blues in Boston on November 12, and check our December “Tours and New Releases” for live pix from the show!

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company” or “PacSun”) is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of August 24th, 2011, the Company operates 820 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico.



It’s been 10 years since Slipknot unleashed its second album, Iowa, on the world. Slipknot had impacted the music scene in revolutionary, unpredictable ways and established themselves as a way of life for their fans with their 1999-released, self-titled debut. But Iowa was the album that further proved the band had fully arrived and had no intentions of leaving. It was the band’s statement that that they would continue to make music their way, according to their rules and always for their fans, with their middle fingers raised to the rest of the world. tours-and-new-releases-sli-copy

To celebrate the album’s decade of existence, the band is releasing a special, tenth anniversary edition of this landmark release, which will drop on November 1.

The anniversary edition will include plenty of extras for the maggots and beyond to feast upon. It will be issued as a two-disc, one-DVD digipak with brand new artwork, including photography by M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan of the band.  The first disc will include the original Iowa album along with a remix of “My Plague” as an added bonus track. The second will include the full, live audio from the legendary Disasterpieces DVD, where the band’s 2002 show at the London Arena was captured by 30 cameras and released as a concert film. The DVD will include Goat, a new film directed by Crahan, featuring never-before-seen interviews and footage showing the madness that surrounded the Iowa-era, plus four music videos.

The official track listings are as follows:

Disc 1: Iowa

1. (515)

2. People = Sh*t
3. Disasterpiece
4. My Plague
5. Everything Ends

6. The Heretic Anthem

7. Gently

8. Left Behind

9. The Shape

10. I Am Hated

11. Skin Ticket

12. New Abortion

13. Metabolic

14. Iowa

15. My Plague (New Abuse Mix)

Disc 2: Disasterpieces – Live In London 2002

1. (515)
2. People = Sh*it
3. Liberate
4. Left Behind

5. Eeyore

6. Disasterpiece

7. Purity

8. Gently

9. Eyeless

10. Drum Solo

11. My Plague

12. New Abortion

13. The Heretic Anthem

14. Spit It Out

15. Wait And Bleed

16. 742617000027

17. (sic)

18. Surfacing

Disc 3: Goat

An hour-long film capturing the insanity of Iowa – directed by M. Shawn Crahan.

Music Videos:

My Plague
Left Behind
The Heretic Anthem

People = Sh*it (Live)

In other Slipknot news, the band is bringing four tracks spanning its career to the Rock Band video game. Fans can download and play along to “Wait and Bleed,” “Left Behind,” “Pulse of the Maggots” and “Snuff” in Rock Band 3, available now.


Tickets Went on Sale Friday, October 28 at 10am

tours-and-new-releases-bla-copyBlake Shelton, reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” and five-time CMA nominee including a nod for the most prestigious award, “Entertainer of the Year” will be taking the stage at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Thursday, February 23rd- with opening acts, Justin Moore and NBC’s “The Voice” finalist, Dia Frampton. Shelton was Dia’s coach on this past season of the hit NBC show “The Voice.”  Tickets go on sale Friday, October 28th at 10am at DCU Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone 800-745-3000 or online at VIP tour packages will be available for purchase through

Blake Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times). The country superstar’s single “God Gave Me You” recently broke the Top 10 and is his fastest rising single to date. The emotionally powerful single ~ off his new album Red River Blue. Red River Blue ~ debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.” Shelton’s infectious multi-week No. 1 hit, “Honey Bee” is also off his new album and is Shelton’s first ever digital Platinum single. Shelton holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. The single marks Shelton’s fourth consecutive No. 1 hit: “Honey Bee,” “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “All About Tonight,” and “Hillbilly Bone.” Shelton has nine No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007.

Justin Moore will be heating up the stage with his recent #1 hit, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” Having come a long way since his days in Poyen, AR, population 300, Justin has been taking country music by storm since the release of his self-titled album in 2008.  Hits such as the #1 “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods,” which reached #6, “How I Got to Be This Way,” which reached #17 and “Back That Thing Up,” which reached #38, have made Justin a true country music contender.

WHEN: February 23, 2011, 7:30pm


TICKETS: $51.75 & 27.00 All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees.

Tickets will be available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at



Over the past two years, there has been only one band that has wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Warped Tour. Add to that a three month tour this past summer with Deftones, festivals around the world, and even sharing the stage with Nine Inch Nails…and you have The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Now, one of the most appreciated (or sometimes under-appreciated) bands in rock will be finishing off 2011 with Mastodon and Red Fang.

The Dillinger Escape Plan also recently launched their new website at Www.Dillingerescapeplan.Org.  The site is the new dashboard for all current and upcoming activity and shows, collecting media shared on social platforms (flickr, youtube, vimeo), media feeds, as well as by blog and media entries from the band itself.  They made the launch even more special with the free download of an unreleased remix of “Black Bubblegum” by Sergio Vega (Deftones).

Guitarist Ben Weinman just added a new blog talking everything from the Puciato/Cavalera project to his own musical adventure with Brent Hines (Mastodon) and Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction).

All of this action has been in support of their 2010 release, Option Paralysis (Season Of Mist/Party Smasher Inc).  The album showcases their signature organized chaos in tracks like “Farewell, Mona Lisa.” Their rock sensibilities in “Gold Teeth On A Bum,” and their melodic tendencies in “Parasitic Twins.”  Stay tuned for more news on the band including tours, recordings and more.

The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mastodon & Red Fang hit the House of Blues in Boston on Nov. 21.


thrash-and-burn-tour-2011-480x712WINDS OF PLAGUE announces tour dates for “Thrash & Burn Tour 2011”

Come this November, Winds Of Plague will be hitting the road with Chelsea Grin, As Blood Runs Black, For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, In The Midst Of Lions, Like Moths To Flames, and Volumes for “Thrash & Burn Tour 2011”! In regards to this upcoming trek, Winds Of Plague’s Johnny Plague (vocals) comments: “We are very excited that our first US headlining tour in support of our new record ‘Against The World’ will carry the Thrash & Burn brand. In my opinion, this year’s lineup is one of the heaviest lineups I’ve seen in a while. Each band will deliver their unique brand of crushing metal, and it will prove to be one hell of an evening for fans of heavy music. Our set will consist of an even balance of songs between our three records. We are pulling out all the stops for this tour–if you have seen us before, you’ve never seen us like how we will be on this tour.”

Winds Of Plague with Chelsea Grin, As Blood Runs Black, For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, In The Midst Of Lions, Like Moths To Flames, and Volumes hits The Palladium in Worcester on 11/29.


With his newly released Ashes & Fire, Adams is already generating arguably the best critical notices of his career to date:
Sparse, stately roots-rock and lyrics chiseled down to eternals… Mr. Adams sounds fragile but determined, in a Glyn Johns production that gives each discrete instrument a natural glow” ~ The New York Times

“Sad, simple, slight–and perfect” ~ Rolling Stone

“11 meticulously crafted songs” ~ Time

Preceded by stunning single “Lucky Now,” Ashes & Fire is eleven succinct and beautiful samples of Adams at his songwriting, performing and singing best. The record was produced by Glyn Johns, renowned for his work with the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Rolling Stones, and whose son Ethan produced previous Adams’ landmarks including Heartbreaker and Gold. The record also features guest turns from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals to several tracks.

Ryan comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on 12/8.



The 40-Song Retrospective ~ R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 ~ includes tracks from both the IRS and Warner Years plus three brand-new songs.

rem-part-lies-part-heart-part-truth-part-garbage-1982-2011After R.E.M. ignited the blogosphere on September 21st with the news that they had decided to “call it a day as a band” via a statement on their website, the beloved band announced that they will release their final album, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.’s entire back catalog, including the pioneering American band’s years on both the IRS label (1982 to 1987) and Warner Bros. Records (1988 to 2011). The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon here. A brand-new song, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong,” headed to radio on October 18th.

R.E.M. formed in 1980 when singer Michael Stipe met guitarist Peter Buck in an Athens, GA, record store where Buck worked. After recruiting bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe,” in 1981, followed by 1982’s Chronic Town EP, capturing the imagination of a new generation of music lovers and bringing “guitar pop back into the underground lexicon,” as All-Music put it. Widely credited with inventing the college-rock genre, R.E.M. became the most influential American alternative rock band in history ~ inspiring such artists as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Nirvana, and Radiohead ~ for achieving multi-platinum mainstream success while maintaining their distinct identity.

“Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey,” says Mike Mills of choosing the songs that appear on R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011. “We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.”

In addition to liner notes written by band members Berry, Buck, Mills, and Stipe, the album also features three new songs that R.E.M. finished after they completed their last album, Collapse Into Now: “A Month of Saturdays,” “We All Go Back To Where We Belong,” and “Hallelujah,” which were recorded over the summer in Athens with Accelerate and Collapse Into Now producer, the estimable Jacknife Lee. The band came roaring back with those two albums in the last two years, achieving some of the best reviews of their career and enabling them to go out at the top of their game.

The track-listing for R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 is as follows:

Disc 1:
1. Gardening At Night

2. Radio Free Europe
3. Talk About The Passion
4. Sitting Still
5. So. Central Rain

6. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville

7. Driver 8

8. Life And How To Live It

9. Begin The Begin

10. Fall On Me

11. Finest Worksong

12. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

13. The One I Love

14. Stand

15. Pop Song 89

16. Get Up

17. Orange Crush

18. Losing My Religion

19. Country Feedback

20. Shiny Happy People

Disc 2:

1. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

2. Everybody Hurts
3. Man On The Moon
4. Nightswimming
5. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

6. New Test Leper

7. Electrolite

8. At My Most Beautiful

9. The Great Beyond

10. Imitation Of Life

11. Bad Day

12. Leaving New York

13. Living Well Is The Best Revenge

14. Supernatural Superserious

15. ÜBerlin

16. Oh My Heart

17. Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter

18. A Month of Saturdays

19. We All Go Back To Where We Belong

20. Hallelujah

Band photo by Anton Corbijn



Follow this link to see Maynard’s video announcement:

puscifer-6Puscifer, the eclectic music-meets-comedy troupe helmed by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), kick off their first North American tour in support of the band’s sophomore release, Conditions of My Parole (Oct. 18, Puscifer Entertainment), on Nov. 7 in Seattle.  Additional dates will be announced shortly.

Puscifer made their television debut on Halloween with a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

The band’s live performances are not to be missed.  A musically driven evening that  merges technology, quirky characters and comedy, Spin referred to the shows as an “X-rated episode of Hee-Haw” and the Las Vegas Review Journal described the set as “a performance art spectacle equal parts comedy cabaret show and guerilla theater.”

Puscifer’s core and touring band members are Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis, Carina Round, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl.  Carina Round will act as support for all dates.

Tickets for all shows are on sale via venue box offices as well as Ticketmaster and Live Nation websites.  A limited number of VIP packages, featuring wine tastings and a more mysterious Puscifer encounter, will be available simultaneously via

Catch the show November 22 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.



Corey Taylor, frontman for genre-defining rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, is embarking on a solo tour this fall.

bookcoverThe idea for the tour sprang from an intimate set of UK gigs that Taylor recently played to launch his bestselling book Seven Deadly Sins, as well as his speaking engagement at Oxford University this summer.  Taylor will perform originals and some choice covers acoustically; will read selections from the book; and take questions from the audience.  Billed as “An Evening With Corey Taylor,” these shows will be a rare opportunity for many fans to interact with Taylor in this intimate a setting, and vice versa.

“I had so much fun doing this type of show in England that I just HAD to bring it to the States,” said Taylor. “It’s gonna be one-part Henry Rollins, one-part Johnny Cash and probably a little heavy on the Monty Python. It’s everything I love to do: singing, comedy and talkin’ smack. Hopefully, the audience enjoys it as much as I do.”

Armed with an acoustic guitar, a copy of his book, a microphone and his unflinching worldview and lacerating wit, Corey Taylor is coming to your town to spread the gospel as only he can and it will be a night fans won’t soon forget. If you are looking to be fully entertained by one of the most gifted voices of the hard rock scene, this is a night you won’t dare miss.

Taylor’s book, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, is an outrageous manifesto on the nature of sin, offered in Taylor’s unique and informed voice. The tome is now available in audio form, read by Taylor himself, and it features an action-packed ending not included in the print version.  Seven Deadly Sins spent four weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and five weeks on the Times of London Best Seller list.

Corey Taylor solo comes to the Middle East in Boston on 12/4.



Rammstein release “Mein Land,” the first single from the Rammstein retrospective Made In Germany 1995-2011, on Nov. 11 through Universal Germany’s marketing and distribution deal in the US with Vagrant Records.

The “Mein Land” single will be available as a four-track release via iTunes with an unreleased song, “Vergiss Uns Nicht,” as well as remixes from BossHoss and Mogwai accompanied by the Jonas Akerlund directed video for “Mein Land” and a digital booklet.  The Amazon version will be “Mein Land” and the two remixes.

The video for “Mein Land” will premiere on on Nov. 11.

A release date for Made in Germany 1995-2011 will be announced shortly.

Rammstein’s most recent release, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 in October 2009.



As His New Single “If You Ever Get Lonely” arrives at radio, rock legend John Waite is hitting the road for a fall tour that stops in Shirley on Sunday, November 13 at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley and in Salisbury on Friday, November 18 at Blue Ocean Music Hall.

john-waite-rough-tumbleAn urgent mid-tempo pop rock song that is classic Waite, “If You Ever Get Lonely” is the latest release from the album Rough & Tumble ~ released earlier this year on Model Music Group/Fontana-which also features the album’s first single, the title track, which reached #1 on Classic Rock charts. Rough & Tumble features an eclectic mix of rock, pop and blues, including several collaborations with Matchbox 20’s Kyle Cook. The Los Angeles-based British singer and songwriter worked on “If You Ever Get Lonely” as part of a Nashville writing session in early 2010 with Cook. WAITE says, “It’s about getting a phone call at night…perhaps the love of your life that you sort of lost track of dials you by mistake or maybe she’s out at a party and after a bottle of wine thinks she’ll just say hello.” He adds: “It’s one of those things where you pick up the phone and you stop breathing. It’s about distance. It’s about lives going on after they’ve been damaged.”

WAITE’s live performances will include songs from Rough & Tumble along with classic hits from his solo career and the two bands he fronted, The Babys and Bad English. The Grammy-nominated artist continues to draw praise from the media about his live shows: “throughout his long solo career, Waite’s clear, soaring vocals have always been his defining characteristic. His flawless ability to raise a whisper to a scream without losing any clarity or depth has always been what’s made him one of the more distinctive and enduring vocalists in the rock genre,” (Creative Loafing, June 2011) and “Waite’s voice was clearly in fine form and the crowd was on their feet rocking out from note one,” (, AZ, August 2011).

The video for “If You Ever Get Lonely” can be viewed here:

For more information, check out the following sites:



Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable have recorded “Endtapes,” a new song which will appear as the opening track on the upcoming release The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available in stores and at all online retailers on Nov 8th.  joyformidableaw131010

Following an October Letterman appearance and UK dates, the band will tour with The Foo Fighters in November, opening a string of shows in the Northeast that includes a performance at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 13. The Foo Fighters invited The Joy Formidable to tour with them shortly after Dave Grohl posted a tweet to the Foo Fighter’s twitter account in April saying: “I would like to personally thank The Joy Formidable for writing the song of the year, ‘Whirring.’ Xxx Dave.”

The Joy Formidable also proudly announced a new release on October 18. The Big More is a digital accompaniment to the band’s debut album ~The Big Roar ~ and features exclusive new tracks and a remix alongside lead track “Cradle.” The EP contains a Fang Island remix of “Cradle,” a live version of “Whirring” from the band’s sold out Koko show, new track “Anemone” and a cover of the Roy Orbison classic “It’s Over,” chosen by fans via a poll on the band’s website.

Catch the band Nov. 16 in Boston, MA, @ TD Garden with The Foo Fighters



howie_d-back_to_meAs one-fourth of The Backstreet Boys, Howie D [Howie Dorough] helped build one of the most formidable legacies in pop culture history. With the release of Back To Me, the debut solo album from this talented performer, listeners will hear Howie infuse his sultry and soulful vocals through a myriad of styles to create a stimulating collection of songs that will add to his personal legacy.

Due to the overwhelming demand by fans, Howie is now streaming the infectious new single “Lie To Me” on Entertainment Weekly. Listen here:

Highlighted by MTV, AOL Music, Artist Direct and more for its vibrant R&B style, fans can watch the official video for first single “100” at

Exclusive remixes of “100” can be found on iTunes:

Pop Crush has officially launched the “100 Reasons I Love Howie D” contest. The fan with the best video submission and reason why they love Howie, will win an exclusive Skype session with the singer along with a premium deluxe package of Back To Me bundled with merchandise and a lot more! Read about it at:

Back To Me
is now available for pre-order, and in addition to the captivating new album, fans can purchase special bundle packages that include an exclusive online concert, limited edition autographed photo books, t-shirts, lithographs and much more. Visit
for more info.

Stay tuned on Facebook for more exciting news and music!



Package Includes Two Mini-Documentaries That Give Viewers A Rare And Intimate Look At The Canadian Duo’s Lives, Plus DVD and CD Of Live Concert Recorded in Vancouver

Beloved Canadian pop-rock icons Tegan and Sara will release a very special DVD/CD package, entitled Get Along, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. tegan-and-sara-get-along9

Get Along
is a collection of three films and a live album that offers viewers a rare and intimate look into the lives of widely celebrated songwriters, performers, and musicians Tegan and Sara Quin. The first film, States, is a 30-minute documentary that uses American touring footage and interviews with Tegan and Sara as a backdrop to illuminate their early career beginnings and unique connection with their fanbase. The second film, India, is a 25-minute documentary shot during Tegan and Sara’s first-ever tour of India, using interview footage with Tegan, Sara, and a cast of family and friends to chronicle diverse reflections on road life. The third film, For The Most Part, is a 70-minute stripped-down studio concert, shot before a live audience of 75 fans, friends, and family over two days at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC.

Get Along will come in three configurations. The first is a standard DVD/CD that includes States, India, and For The Most Part, plus an audio CD of the 15 live tracks on the DVD (see below for track-listing). The second is a Direct-to-Consumer piece that includes the three films and live concert audio, plus three signed lithographs, two digital instant grat tracks (live versions of “Back In Your Head” and “Wake Up Exhausted”) that will be delivered upon pre-order at, and two digital bonus tracks (the previously unreleased “Northshore” Chuck Brody Remix and a live version of “I Bet It Stung”) that will be delivered on November 15th. iTunes versions of Get Along will also be available via the digital retailer, with the CD component available in the Music Store and the DVD component available separately in the Movie Store.

Get Along is now available for pre-order at Stay tuned to the site for information about upcoming screenings of the films, plus very special Q&A sessions with Tegan and Sara to be held in November.

Official Get Along Trailer:

“I Won’t Be Left” Live from Get Along

The tracklisting for Get Along is as follows:

1. Alligator

2. I Know I Know I Know
3. Monday Monday Monday
4. I Hear Noises
5. Night Watch

6. Back In Your Head

7. Divided

8. Call It Off

9. Relief Next to Me

10. The Ocean

11. Nineteen

12. Knife Going In

13. Not With You

14. I Won’t Be Left

15. Sentimental Tune

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Using their faith as a driving force, Close Your Eyes has silenced all stereotypes and emerged as a leader in delivering their powerful and inspiring message through music. The band’s infectious, explosive energy and uncompromising musical capabilities transcends the aggressive posturing that so often limits the genre. Luckily, a scene so overpopulated with lackluster talent has struck gold with this special melodic-hardcore outfit.

Abilene, Texas-based Close Your Eyes recently opened the ears and hearts of fans across the world with 2010’s promising Victory debut, We Will Overcome. With their hardcore, heavy rock sound and inspirational lyrics, it was no surprise that the band received such an intense initial response. The album has since sold over 15,000 copies in the U.S. to date, and the music video for the hit track “Song For The Broken” has been viewed by over 1.2 million devoted listeners. It’s hard to imagine that a band who has garnered such notoriety began with two of the original members simply commenting on each other’s t-shirts. tours-and-new-releases-clo-copy

Vocalist Shane Raymond and guitarist Brett Callaway met at Hardin-Simmons University, unaware that their casual encounter would morph into the emergence of one of the most powerful, uplifting groups around. Sonny Vega (bass) and newest addition Tim Friesen (drums) complete this talented line-up.

Delving into the subject of Christianity as a major influence for their existence, Close Your Eyes makes it a point not to preach, like many others so often do. “We don’t hide who we are, but a big reason we don’t emphasize the fact that we’re a Christian band is because we don’t want our faith to be our primary  marketing point,” states Raymond.

This fall, a brand new album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, channels the impressive momentum

that Close Your Eyes has already picked up. The album couples powerful melodies with inventive hardcore, furthering Close Your Eyes’ signature dynamic with their catchiest anthems, strongest vocals, and most monstrous guitar riffs to date.

“Musically and lyrically, we poured our hearts into this one. The short time span that we had to record really brought the band closer together and allowed everyone to openly express themselves more than ever before,” states Raymond.

Bringing their vibrant, energizing performances across the country in 2011, Close Your Eyes has certainly marched their way to the forefront of the hardcore elite. Attracting audiences to major festivals such as Cornerstone and Sonshine, touring with A Day To Remember and Underoath and performing on the Scream The Prayer Tour, the band will continue to pave their memorable road with a headlining tour this fall to support the new album with labelmates Counterparts.

Make no mistake: Close Your Eyes’ massive sound encompasses their signature one-two punch of aggressive, melodic-infused elements. Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts will certainly be the catalyst to drive this passionate brand of hardcore into the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.



Fearless Friends Tour 2011 headliners blessthefall are pleased to announce that their new album, Awakening, debuts at #31 on the Billboard Top 200 charts! This number marks the band’s highest chart position ever and highest level of sales in their career. Awakening is also #1 album of the week at Hot Topic and charted at #3 on the Top Hard Music chart.

tours-and-new-releases-ble-copyFans can check out what’s going on with blessthefall by picking up the newest issue of Outburn Magazine (#61). blessthefall graces this issue with an in-depth interview and striking photos taken by widely-recognized entertainment photographer Jeremy Saffer. The issue is on newsstands now, so make sure to grab your copy before they are sold out!

Fearless Records recently announced the full line-up for The Fearless Friends Tour 2011, which includes headliners blessthefall and supporting acts The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Tonight Alive, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The tour is presented by Peter Says Denim, and is sponsored by Converse, Good Fight Entertainment, MerchNow, Tilly’s and WHOOZNXT. The tour is set to blaze through North America this Nov./ Dec., and tickets are available now for the November 27 show upstairs at The Palladium in Worcester.

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Goregrinding metal gods Exhumed are set to kick off the second leg of their Back From The Dead And Ready To Party North American Tour later this month. Touring in support of their All Guts, No Glory full-length released in July via Relapse Records, the band will be hitting The Palladium in Worcester, MA on November 8. Goatwhore and Havok will join in the takeover.
All Guts, No Glory marks Exhumed’s first new record in almost eight years and offers up 11 choice cuts of grinding death metal combined the raw ferocity of their legendary Slaughtercult album with the wild ambition of 2003’s Anatomy Is Destiny. As crimson concertos such as “Dis-assembly Line,” “As Hammer To Anvil,” and “Funereality” illustrate, All Guts, No Glory is Exhumed’s finest moment to date.

“… fans of dripping blood, gaping autopsies, and ravenous zombies will absolutely adore this record.” ~ Revolver

“For everything you ever wanted to hear in an Exhumed record plus a whole load more of Wawa shots and more distinct audibility, head on down to your local butcher’s and lay your bloodstained claws on a copy of this aural carnage today. The long wait is finally over!” ~ Pop Matters

“Exhumed are back, hungry, vicious, and unrelenting.” ~ Metal Underground



Theory of a Deadman’s “Lowlife” is holding its head high atop the Active Rock Chart. Hot on the heels of a Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 with their latest Roadrunner Records release The Truth Is…, the band now find themselves at #1 for the third consecutive week with their debut single, “Lowlife.” “Lowlife” is the third #1 single of their career alongside former chart toppers “Bad Girlfriend” and “So Happy” from their Platinum selling previous release Scars &Souvenirs. “Lowlife” has also sold more than 85,000 singles since its release on iTunes. The “Lowlife” video stars Donal Logue (known for his work on hit television shows such as ER and Grounded For Life) as the title character and antihero and is directed by Paul Boyd who is known for his work with Sting, Shania Twain and Seal to name a few. tours-and-new-releases-the-copy

The Truth Is… was released on July 12th via Roadrunner Records and exploded onto the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 at #8 scanning over 37,000 units its first week. The album also reached the #2 spot on the iTunes Rock Album charts and the fan-discovered track “Hurricane” hit #9 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart selling over 10,000 downloads. The album was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down).

Theory of a Deadman has been together for over a decade and created a sound that fans worldwide have embraced over the course of four releases: Scars & Souvenirs [2008], Gasoline [2005], and Theory of a Deadman [2002].   The band has become synonymous with building arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between.  The band is currently out on this summer’s Carnival of Madness tour alongside Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, the Carnival of Madness Tour began on August 13 in Twin Lakes, WI and will tear through North America for 25+ dates.   Upon wrapping the Carnival of Madness tour, the band will take a very short break before heading out again, with 3 Doors Down across America.

Theory of a Deadman is Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], and Joey Dandeneau [Drums].

Theory of A Deadman will be playing on 11/10 at the Mullins Center.



Austin-based band Reckless Kelly ~ known for straddling rock and country with strong songs and performances-just released their ninth album Good Luck & True Love and are out on the road in support stopping in Boston on Monday, November 14 at Royale Nightclub.

12207_recklesskellyrecklesskellyReleased on September 13 via their own No Big Deal Records label, Good Luck & True Love marks the band’s first studio album of all new material since 2008’s Bulletproof and is the follow-up to their 2010 release Somewhere in Time, a tribute to one of their songwriter heroes, Pinto Bennett. Both of those albums hit the top 5 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart and top 20 on the Americana charts. Somewhere in Time was voted the #10 best album of the year by the Americana Music Association in 2010 and Bulletproof earned the group a #1 Americana and #1 Texas Charts song spot with “Ragged As the Road” as well as an Americana Music Association nomination for “Duo or Group of the Year” (2009).

After having released music via Sugar Hill and Yep Roc Records, Reckless Kelly ~ Willy Braun (lead vocals/rhythm guitar/Wurlitzer piano), Cody Braun (fiddle/mandolin/harmonica/bouzouki/harmony vocals), David Abeyta (lead guitar/piano), Jay Nazz (drums/percussion) and Chris Schelske (bass guitar) ~ are now releasing the self-produced Good Luck & True Love on their own, and are now self-managed. The new album is quintessential Reckless Kelly with a blend of the gritty and the sublime. There are road songs (“Weatherbeaten Soul,” “Hit The Ground Running”), tunes about music (“New Moon Over Nashville,” “I Stayed Up All Night Again”) and others about hard times (“Save Me From Myself”) and good old-fashioned heartbreak (“Give It A Try,” “Guarded Heart,” “She Likes Money, He Likes Love” and “I Never Liked St. Valentine”).

Reckless Kelly formed in Bend, OR in 1996 but quickly established themselves as a strong live act in and around Austin, TX and have been praised by Country Weekly for “injecting its hooky songs with rock ‘n’ roll propulsion without sacrificing melody or meaning” (2009 review of Bulletproof).  Michael Corcoran of the Austin American Statesman called them “a rock band that writes country songs” and said “Bulletproof is an aggressive album with an anti-war song that outprotests James mcmurtry. Even in the most stagnant of subgenres (alt-country), the Kellies strive to remain fresh…(6/11/08)”

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2011 has been a banner year for Hollywood Undead.  The band’s sophomore release, American Tragedy, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at number 4 this past spring and has sold almost a quarter of a million albums to date in the US alone. The album has spawned several hits including “Hear Me Now,” “Been To Hell,” “Coming Back Down,” and the latest single “Bullet.”

American Tragedy
will get a new life this fall when American Tragedy Redux is released on November 21st on A&M/Octone Records.  The album will featuring remixes of twelve tracks including “Been To Hell…And Back” (KMFDM), “Hear Me Now” (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and “My Town” (Andrew WK remix). tours-and-new-releases-hol-copy

“This is our first remix record ever,” J-Dog from Hollywood Undead explains. “We got to pick the DJ’s and re-mixers that the band really likes. ‘Borgore’, ‘Jonathan Davis (Korn)’, ‘KMFDM’, ‘Andrew W.K.’ are a few on the list. Who would have thought that someone you grew up listening to would one day remix your song, Me…Bitch!  So stay tuned, and hope you enjoy it. We hope it makes you sweat your tits off at your barnyard raves! Enjoy!”

Hollywood Undead will also continue to perform to standing room only crowds as they travel across the US as part of the World War III tour co-headlining with Asking Alexandria and then followed immediately with the Avenged Sevenfold on the Buried Alive arena tour, on which the band will be the main support.

Hollywood Undead are an explosive cocktail of hip hop, rock and metal, forging an alternative style that carved out a loyal and die-hard fan base since their debut on the LA scene in 2005. They craft incisive, sharp and sarcastic raps that slash the jugular of mainstream pop culture. Donning individual masks, Hollywood Undead possess a dark aesthetic that’s connected to their hometown’s depravity. Their debut release Swan Songs is now approaching sales of 1,000,000 copies, and platinum certification from the RIAA.  Swan Songs spent 53 consecutive weeks on the aforementioned album chart, and re-charted in front of the release of American Tragedy.

American Tragedy Redux
– Track Listing

1. Levitate
(Digital Dog club mix)

2. Comin In Hot
(Wideboys remix)

3. Apologize (Buffalo Bill “Die Young” remix)

4. My Town (Andrew WK remix)

5. Coming Back Down (Beatnick & K-Salaam remix)

6. Hear Me Now (Jonathan Davis of KORN)

7. I Don’t Wanna Die (Borgore remix)

8. Le Deux (Eargasm remix)

9. Lights Out (The Juggernaut vs Obsidian remix)

10. Been To Hell…And Back! (KMFDM Remix)

WWWIII Tour With Asking Alexandria Hits the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on 11/13.




California modern rockers She Wants Revenge will be performing downstairs at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, November 17 on their co-headlining trek with Peter Murphy.

She Wants Revenge recently released their third full length album, Valleyheart, on Five Seven Music. Check out the video for the 2nd single, “Take the World” at and check out what critics have said about the new album.

Recently She Wants Revenge’s own Adam Bravin (DJ Adam 12) performed for President Obama at a fundraiser in LA. SEE PIC BELOW

tours-and-new-releases-she-copy“Bravo to She Wants Revenge for delivering an impassioned and danceable song cycle about the timeless subject matter of lust and doomed love.” – USA Today

“She Wants Revenge marries haunting poetry and modern sonic flair with the sound of 80’s dance and New Romantic music to create new rock.” – Los Angeles Daily News

Valleyheart sees them submerging themselves in blissful nostalgia. Many tracks have a fresh, cinematic, uplifting quality we haven’t seen before. She Wants Revenge has invented self-directed videos combined with an expanded sonic palette.” –

“She Wants Revenge’s sound continues to evolve, using less synthesizer and relying more on raw vocals and stunning instrumentals.” – LA Record

“SWR are in fine sonic fettle on newbie Valleyheart. Their cultured, strutting rock-tronica is made all the more elegant by Justin Warfield’s deadpan croon, but has its edges softened with whimsical, sonic subplots.” – LA Weekly

“The musicianship on this album is excellent. Warfield’s baritone vocals are moving and powerful. On ‘Take the World,’ She Wants Revenge gets sensual very quickly with its crystal-clear guitar work, synthesizer beats, and heavy basslines. The album is worth multiple listens.” – (Los Angeles)

“With new rich sounds of the indie rock movement, SWR cranks out songs that keep people moving and makes their personal lives a part of the experience.” – CBS News

Photo: She Wants Revenge’s own Adam Bravin (DJ Adam 12) performed for President Obama at a fundraiser in LA.



– Currently wrapping up their Odd Soul Introduction Tour, rock innovators Mutemath will kick off 2012 with another tour that begins January 26th and criss-crosses the U.S. before finishing up on March 18th in Atlanta. The band is touring in support of their new album Odd Soul, which was released on October 4th on Teleprompt/Warner Bros Records. The Grammy-nominated band ~ Paul Meany (vocals/keyboards), Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (bass), Darren King (drums), and Todd Gummerman (guitar) ~ will also appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on November 4th.

An Odd Soul VIP Package for the 2012 tour dates are on sale for $75, purchasers will receive:tours-and-new-releases-mut-copy

1 general admission ticket to the Odd Soul Tour

1 gatefold vinyl copy of Odd Soul (previously unavailable) + a CD copy

1 Odd Soul Tour t-shirt (with tour dates on back)

1 “first in line” pass guaranteeing early entrance to any show on the tour

1 high-quality MP3 copy of Odd Soul to be delivered as a digital download

1 Odd Soul instrumental album to be delivered as a digital download (available for the first time in this package)

1 Making Of the “Blood Pressure” music video to be delivered as a digital download (available for the first time in this package)

Only limited quantities of the VIP package will be available so fans are encouraged to act fast.

“Blood Pressure,” the first single from Odd Soul, is climbing the charts at Alternative Radio, while the video premiered on MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Hits and MUTEMATH have been selected as VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artist for the month of November. The band, which received a “Best Short Form Music Video” Grammy Award nomination in 2007 for its single “Typical,” conceived, coordinated and shot the “Blood Pressure” clip in less than 24 hours. It was edited entirely by drummer Darren King. Check it out here:

“Blood Pressure” and Odd Soul are already receiving critical praise. The NY Post called the track “fantastic” and Alternative Press praised the album as “brimming with raw, bluesy riffs and psychedelic guitar squeals…MUTEMATH explore emotional depths both sonically and lyrically, bringing a new sense of urgency to their music.  4 ½ stars.”

Watch MUTEMATH perform “Blood Pressure” on Jimmy Kimmel Live: .

MUTEMATH comes to House of Blues in Boston on 3/7.



What better way to celebrate Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the calendar year, with the black-humored, doom ‘n’ gloom goth of Type O Negative? Fans can inject a little fun into the drudgery that is holiday shopping, courtesy of Type O!

Roadrunner Records will release a special vinyl box set exclusively via independent retailers on Black Friday, which lands on November 25th this year.

typeonegativeAs the first band to achieve platinum status on the Roadrunner Records roster, Type O Negative didn’t rewrite the rules. They simply tore the rule book up, burned what was left of it and did whatever the hell they wanted with the smoldering ash. The result was nothing short of brilliant, as they combined dirge-like doom with head down, gothy grooves, all the while retaining the sort of signature melody that made their songs utterly memorable, infesting your brain like a virus.

Of the box set, Type O’s Johnny Kelly said, “This looks great but we’re disappointed that Roadrunner couldn’t get it together to do the scratch ‘n’ sniff cover we wanted for The Origin of the Feces.”

The vinyl box includes all Roadrunner released Type O Negative material contained within one collector’s box. Each album will be issued on double green vinyl, with the album art recreated, including the controversial, rarely seen original cover of The Origin of the Feces. Type O fans know all about that cover and the anatomy which it features.

Each album will also have new, branded liner notes documenting the genesis and completion of each album.
An exclusive sticker sheet with six mini bumper stickers will also be included in this “must own” set for Type O Negative diehards. It’s an instant collector’s item.

This set includes the following releases:

Slow, Deep and Hard
The Origin of the Feces
Bloody Kisses
October Rust
World Coming Down
Life Is Killing Me



Musicians Making More than Micropayments
Lately, with the introduction of streaming music sites like Spotify, Napster, and Lastfm, it is common for hundreds of payments of $0.005 to appear in artists’ bank accounts. Although they are getting their music heard, 100 plays won’t even earn a dollar. As young or emerging artists are struggling to get enough plays on streaming sites to supplement the decline of album purchases, Ben Levin, one of Boston’s up and coming recording artists, is giving fans new reasons to buy albums.

Through innovative packaging ideas, the use of multimedia, and interweaving storylines, Ben’s bands Bent Knee and Ben Levin Group focus on offering work that reminds people why it feels good to actually own music. Bent Knee’s debut album’s packaging is a brown envelope stuffed with handwritten lyric sheets and personal messages and sealed with red wax. The album feels homemade and each copy is one of a kind. Meanwhile, Ben Levin Group is releasing a fully illustrated orchestral score of their latest album Pulse of a Nation with images of the story behind the album’s music. He will be introducing the “graphic score” with the album at comic book conventions in the coming year. “The way a person receives an album makes a big impression,” Ben explains. “It’s like a good handshake or eye contact when you meet someone for the first time.”

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A Personal Letter from Our Friend Kim Divine!

Dear family & friends!

I’ve launched my Kickstarter campaign to help make my new EP (& music video)! I am so excited about this project and I can’t wait to share the new music with you.

kickstartersFor those who have not heard of Kickstarter, it’s an amazing site that helps independent artists fund their creative projects. In return for pledging, you get to choose from all sorts of great prizes. If we hit our goal, then you’ll get your rewards and my EP will get made. If we don’t reach our goal, then no one pays a cent and the campaign ends. So please pledge whatever you can and let’s make this a success!

Everything you need to know is on my Kickstarter page: There are lots of exciting rewards up there so check it out and please share the link with your family and friends! I would be grateful if you could post a link to my campaign on your facebook page, send it as a tweet, or email it to your friends. Every new person we reach makes a huge difference and every dollar counts!

Here are some sample posts ~ Copy and paste one on your Twitter or Facebook page or just forward this info on to those you think might like to get involved.

Sample Tweets:

Help support my friend @kimdivine make her new EP & Music video! Check out all the cool rewards & info here: please RT!

Be a part of musician @kimdivine ‘s new EP & music video! Make a pledge & choose from tons of cool rewards! please RT!

Facebook Post:

Help support my friend, singer/songwriter @kimdivine make her new EP & Music video! She’s offering tons of cool rewards to those who pledge towards her Kickstarter campaign. Check it out here: and share the link with your friends!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support me on this musical ride.