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Parkway Drive – New Album, New Video

Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive have a new album coming out on October 30th called Atlas. Released by Epitaph Records, it will be the band’s fourth full-length studio album. This time around, they’re laying it all on the line and confronting some of the world’s most trying issues, such as global warming, as can be seen in their video for “Darker Days,” which features footage of pollution and other manmade destruction to accompany vocalist Winston McCall‘s enraged lyrics (“With narrow minds we decimate our one true home”). The metal heavyweights are sure to be dropping the world on our shoulders with the release of Atlas. Click here for pre-orders, and check out the video for their new single “Darker Days” below.

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Exclusive Q and A: Pony Boy Talks Poetry, Pop, and Production

Pony Boy, the brainchild of Marchelle Bradanini, is a self-described “junkyard country” group that sounds like a dusty old Ford rumbling down a deserted road. Having already put in time as a member of the eclectic Bedtime for Toys, Bradanini channeled her rediscovered love of classic country, blues, and Americana into her latest project. We caught up with her to chat about her poetic past, her distaste for manicured pop, and what really separates her from R. Kelly.

OS: You’ve been involved in some eclectic musical projects in the past such as Bedtime for Toys or you DJing project Pony vs. Tiger. What got you interested in the aesthetic of your current band?

MB: I started out just as a girl with a guitar influenced by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Then, I ended up starting a band with some friends and that was about playing music that a group of people came up with collectively at a different point in my life. When that band broke up, I was trying to figure out what I was doing next. Oftentimes you get asked to DJ after playing a show, and I had a pretty decent vinyl collection. While I was working out exactly what the solo project would be, I started getting asked to DJ all over the place. The nice thing was that those gigs were for people who wanted rock ‘n’ roll or classic country, and it was a great opportunity to go back and rediscover all of these old, great artists that I love: John Prine, The Allman Brothers, and even Ram Jam [laughs]. There’s the electronic DJ scene, but then there are also people who want to hear actual songs that were initially released on vinyl. Getting into that scene was really great because I got to work on playlists all day. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Pony Boy Talks Poetry, Pop, and Production’

Exclusive Q and A: Wade from Gallows Talks About Upcoming Album And Tours

About a year ago, the cutthroat British hardcore/punk band known as Gallows parted ways with their iconic frontman Frank Carter due to creative differences. Around that same time, Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire decided to call it quits after over a decade of international success. However, these two losses birthed something new. Guitarist and vocalist of Alexisonfire, Wade MacNeil, joined Gallows in place of their former singer, and since then the band has been barreling through the international punk scene with a reaffirmed disdain for all the terrible things in the world. Despite the obvious geographical differences, the band has not let this lineup change slow them down one bit. With a new self-titled full-length being released, followed by months of touring in both continents and a farewell tour with Alexisonfire, Wade talks about the past year and what lies ahead for Gallows.
OS: Through the titles and lyrics of your new records, you seem to be making a clear statement about your status as a band, particularly with the EP title Death Is Birth followed by your upcoming self-titled album. Do you see this as a new beginning? If so, what would you say it is the start of?

WM: It’s the rebirth of old ideas, old politics, old attitudes.  I’ve stopped waiting for a new band to come along and challenge the way people think and live their lives.  I want us to be that band.  I want us to be the soundtrack.

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Mumford & Sons Premier Music Video For “I Will Wait” Live At Red Rocks

On August 28th and 29th, folk rock sensations Mumford & Sons performed at the famous and awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado. From this experience, the band plans to release a documentary called Road To Red Rocks, including footage of the live performance, life on the road, and, in an interesting twist, fan submitted home-videos of their experiences before, during, and after the show. Now, after a three part series of promo trailers, the band have released their official music video for new single “I Will Wait” off their upcoming album Babel, which will be out September 24th. Click here for preorders, and check out the video below:

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‘The Voice’ Is Back: What’s New For Season 3?

It’s hard to believe that The Voice is already back, but we’re not complaining.

The second season of the hit singing competition, which stars Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee-Lo Green as judges, only just wrapped in May. With the third season kicking off tonight, here are some exciting new twists you can look forward to.

  • Bigger teams: The teams have been increased from 12 up to 16 contestants, which is twice as many as were on the Season 1 teams. The result? Battle rounds AND “knockout rounds.” This is going to be intense.
  • Stealing: We’ve all seen this happen: Two amazing contestants go up against each other, their coach rambles on about how much s(he) loves both of them, and said coach eventually has to make the heartbreaking elimination. Now, the other three coaches will have the ability to steal the eliminated contestant and add them to their team. This is sure to cause some drama (and heightened competition between the coaches).
  • New mentors: The Voice is all about musical diversity. Last season, we had the opportunity to see contestants of all backgrounds get mentored by the likes of Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo. This time around, they’ll be working with mentors from completely different genres than their coaches, which is sure to make for some great TV. Offering up their pearls of wisdom will be Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Team Christina), Mary J. Blige (Team Adam), Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 (Team Cee-Lo), and Michael Bublé (Team Blake).
  • More familiar faces: Viewers of the first two seasons may have noticed some singers they already knew, including Dia Frampton of Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter, and singer-songwriter Charlotte Sometimes. This season, we’ll be seeing former Hey Monday vocalist Cassadee Pope…and maybe even an OurStage artist or two?
  • More singing from all contestants: In the past, we’ve gone too long without seeing certain contestants sing, depending on the competition schedule. This season, all current contestants will sing during live shows, so you won’t miss your favorites.
  • More Purrfect: We all know that the real breakout star of Season 2 was Purrfect, Cee-Lo’s snow-colored, sour-faced cat. She randomly showed up in his arms about halfway through the competition, and was soon immortalized on his clothing (and on Twitter). Judging from her most recent tweets, the famous feline will be back on Mr. Green’s lap for more vocal warefare this fall.

Season 3 begins with a three-night premiere starting tonight at 8PM EST. Check out a special preview of the blind auditions below!

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Metal Monday: Unsung Heroes Ensiferum Return

When thinking of folk metal bands, a handful of names likely come to mind, but certainly no band that has been as consistently great or well-known as Ensiferum. Although Moonsorrow and Eluveitie are fantastic, they still rank far behind Ensiferum. Recently Ensiferum released their fifth full-length album, Unsung Heroes. How does it stand up against the band’s previous four releases? Surprisingly well, actually. And what a rare feat it is in metal’s pantheon for a band such as Ensiferum to put out five albums in eleven years and not have one weak album among them.

For those unfamiliar with Ensiferum, their sound is best described as music for modern-day vikings (who probably also listen to Amon Amarth) with influences from Celtic and Medieval folk music styles applied to a more extreme version of power metal.  Flutes, recorders, fiddles, kantele, and more—the diverse instrumentation help folk metal bands like Ensiferum incorporate more than just the musical aspect of folk music. They also do so in regards to textures. But please don’t forget the metal parts. Even though there’s a heaping serving of folk in Ensiferum’s mix, they still shred. Most of the songs feature pretty quick tempos and guitar riffs for days. Continue reading ‘Metal Monday: Unsung Heroes Ensiferum Return’

Photo Recap Of The Scene At Afropunk Fest

Photo: SPIN/Matt Ellis

There must have been some pretty heavy rain fall early in the spring. How else do you explain the bumper crop of festivals that have sprung up this year in late August? In the past two weeks alone there have been three great hip-hop festivals; the venerable Rock The Bells Festival in New Jersey, the inaugural Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, and the eighth annual Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn.

Photo: wagz2it

The two former fests might have had some bigger names clogging up the lineups, sure. But this year’s Afropunk Fest really saw the event come into its own. With performances from big names Erykah Badu, TV On The RadioDas Racist, and Janelle Monáe, to local favorites like Ninjasonik, Body Language, Phony Ppl, and featuring an art wall, a skate park, and breakdancing (!), Afropunk Fest definitely wins for coolest and (dare I say it) hippest outing.

Check out some exclusive images documenting the Afropunk festival weekend experience after the jump.

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Slipknot Bassist’s Doctor Charged With 8 Cases Of Manslaughter

Paul Gray, the late bassist for masked metal band Slipknot, passed away in May of 2010 due to an overprescription of painkillers by a Des Moines, Iowa doctor named Daniel Baldi. Now, according to Rolling Stone, 50-year-old Baldi is being charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter from overprescription, including Gray’s death.

While Baldi has pleaded not guilty to every count, if convicted he may face “up to 16 years in prison.” This is not the first time the doctor has been accused of medical malpractice; three other previous “wrongful death suits” are being “included in the criminal charges” as well.

Gray, a founding member of Slipknot, struggled for years with an addiction to drugs, which makes Baldi’s decision to prescribe him high doses of narcotics that much more negligent in the eyes of the court. Today, the band released a statement on their Facebook page, which reads as follows:

“As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.”

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Billy Corgan Writing “Spiritual Memoir”

Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins and famously cantankerous commentator on the current state of the music industry, is reportedly writing a “spiritual memoir” that contains “plenty of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Though Corgan has insisted that the book “isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll autobiography,” he has already teased some of the eccentric personal anecdotes that readers can expect from a man who’s hobnobbed with the alt rock elite. In an interview with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, the hosts of Good Morning Australia, Corgan revealed that he once hung out in a teepee at Neil Young’s house with Young, Marilyn Manson, Lou Reed, and “probably Harvey Keitel, or something.” We can’t wait to hear the end of that one. In May of last year, Rolling Stone reported that Corgan was already about one-third of the way through the book, having written about 300 pages. At that pace, Corgan could be on track to finish his memoir fairly soon. However, he’ll likely have to put writing on the backburner for the time being, as The Smashing Pumpkins are about to set off on a two-month-long North American tour. Check out the dates below.

SEPTEMBER 22   •••   MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

SEPTEMBER 23   •••   MONTERREY, MEXICO

OCTOBER 2   •••   MTS CENTER, WINNIPEG

OCTOBER 4   •••   SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME, CALGARY

OCTOBER 5   •••   REXHALL PLACE, EDMONTON

OCTOBER 7   •••   ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER

OCTOBER 10   •••   COMCAST ARENA, SEATTLE

OCTOBER 12   •••   BILL GRAHAM CIVIC, SAN FRANCISCO

OCTOBER 13   •••   VIEJAS ARENA, SAN DIEGO

OCTOBER 14    •••   GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE, LOS ANGELES

OCTOBER 18   •••   CHAIFETZ ARENA, ST LOUIS

OCTOBER 19   •••   ALLSTATE ARENA, CHICAGO

OCTOBER 20   •••   ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM, ST. PAUL

OCTOBER 23   •••   PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, DETROIT

OCTOBER 25   •••   AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO

OCTOBER 27   •••   AGGANIS ARENA, BOSTON

OCTOBER 28   •••   BELL CENTRE, MONTREAL

OCTOBER 31    •••   BARCLAYS ARENA, BROOKLYN

NOVEMBER 2   •••   SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER, CAMDEN

NOVEMBER 3   •••   PATRIOT CENTER, FAIRFAX

NOVEMBER 4   •••   MOHEGAN SUN ARENA, HARTFORD

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New Ben Folds Five Album – First One In 13 Years

After a 13-year hiatus, Ben Folds Five are back with a new album called The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. The three original members, including pianist/singer/songwriter Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge, and drummer Darren Jesse, started the band in 1993 but split up in 2000 while Folds went on to pursue a solo career. Since then, nostalgia has grown among fans and band members alike, with a 2008 reunion show that found them performing their last album The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner in its entirety, and a “best-of” album released by Folds last year, reflecting upon some of the highlights of his and the band’s career.

The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind is due out September 18th, accompanied by a two-month international tour starting on September 13th. Head to Hypetrak.com to see tracklisting and hear a new song called “Erase Me.”

 


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