Top 3 Wireless Headphones For Music Lovers

Are you in need of a wireless headphone with the highest reputation for its audio quality? Well, fortunately, you’ve just landed on the right page. We so much understand you are a music lover, and if not, you love using headphones for other listening purposes – which are entirely mindful of you. It could be Skype, receiving phone calls, among many others.

Specifically here, we are going to dwell on the wireless version of these high-end headphones you can’t afford to miss if you genuinely love music. The current market has plenty of brand model that as a newbie in this sector, you might find some difficulty making your best choices out of. It is not always that those headphones with premium features as well do have the quality sound you are looking for. Sometimes it is the opposite of that. 

In this guide, however, we want to enlighten you about the top 3 best headphone models you can trust and find best for listening to any of your favorite music. Our selection here bases on the device’s functionality, structural design and above all, affordability. Keep reading for more information.

1. Sony WH-1000XM3

Wireless surround-sound headphones with a classy design you want

Sony 1000X headphone series has been a dominating model in the 2019 market. The most enticing fact about this device is not only its superstructural design but the highly effective technology it uses to ensure quality sound production. These comprise a combination of Sony’s proprietary LDAC tech and superb wireless codecs – aptX. Another is of noise-cancellation, which is equally sufficient.

Despite not being so much of an improvement from the Sony’s initial Sony WH-1000XM2 model, the WH-1000XM3 still dominates over its main rival, the Bose QC35 II.  Its major pioneering feature its rival lacks is the Quick Attention mode. The features allow quick turning down of music to enable you to perceive the surrounding noise without necessarily removing off the headphones. 

Its packed features and great-sounding make it a suitable headphone for traveling, jogging, receiving calls, among many others. 

Key features and specifications

Digital noise cancellation: This feature keeps you tuned to the game by canceling all the distracting surround sounds.

Voice Assistant: It has touch-activated Alexa, enabling voice access to information, music, and so on.

Quick Attention Mode: This feature helps turndown music for easy perception of the surrounding sounds. It works when you cover the right ear cup. 

Smart Listening: It ensures you get the best noise cancellation by adjusting the ambient sound that matches your activity. 

Touch Controls: Touch controls eases operation management in the use of this headphone.

Long-life battery: Lasts up to 30-hours on a single charge
Weight: 275 grams
Drivers: 40mm
Wireless range: 30 feet

Pros
Comfortable to wear
Touch operated
Noise cancellation technology
Long-life battery
Handy

Cons
Fragile hinges

2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Best fitting wireless headphone with a comprehensive wireless range

If you do not prefer Sony or any other top headphones model, here is a better alternative with equally best sound quality. As a music lover, you won’t be disappointed the high-end Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 which rates among the top models in the current market. 

Its most outstanding features are noise cancellation technology and a long-life battery. Bose is the real deal headphone when looking for can’s appeal, flexibility and capable of use. Better than the Sony’s WH-1000XM3, model this Bose product produces more fantastic sound from its well-balanced soundstage and maintains a highly effective noise cancellation effect. 

Despite being more expensive than the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 also have some inferior features like lesser battery life, which discredit it as well.

Key Features and Specifications

Noise cancellation technology: The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 allows up to 11 levels of noise cancellation options. The technology limits distractive noises and lets in ambient sounds.
Optimized Google Assistant: You can issue voice commands through a Google Voice assistant control button.
Alexa: It works with a simple button push
20-hours long-life battery
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g)
Drivers: 40mm
Driver type: Dynamic
Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) 

Pros
Alexa technology
Noise cancellation technology
Comfortable to wear
Wireless
Lightweight
Wide wireless coverage
Google assistant optimization

Cons
Pricey
Battery life needs improvement

3. Jabra Elite 85H

Super high-end design for ultimate performance

A quality headphone designed to endure long life, provide ultimate comfort, and above all offer great performance is the Jabra Elite 85H. It is one great model giving lots of competition to top Sony and Bose headphones dominating today’s market. 

With its relatively high-frequency response of 10-20kHz and dynamic driver type, this stylish device produces such high-end sound quality suitable for all kinds of music in your playlist. Better than any of the best Bose or Sony models, this headset comes with up to 36-hours long-life battery. Meaning, you can have then all day long playing your favorite music with no interruptions on charge.

It is an ideal model you can carry along while going for a tour in areas with less power availability or if you will be too busy to let it charge. Other competitive models might have more extensive wireless range, more significant than its 10m; however, still it bears other superior features that keep it in the top list. 

Key Features and Specifications

Noise cancellation technology: The Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Headphones allows no distractive noise from your environment interrupts your listening. The experience is same whether receiving calls or listening to your music.

SmartSound Audio technology: This technology uses your personalized audio strategy to choose for you the type of music you would wish to listen to. It is a more automated procedure that involves analysis of your environment. 

Long-life battery: On a single charge, the battery can last up to 36 hours.

Water Resistant: With this device, you can go to any environment. It is certified water and rain resistant headphone featuring nano-coating of the interior components. Also, it lacks those pesky wires being a Bluetooth wireless headphone.

Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 296 grams
Frequency response: 10-20 kHz
Battery life: 36 hours
Drivers: 40mm
Driver type: Dynamic
Wireless range: 10m (33ft.)

Pro
Leading battery life
Quality ANC performance
Comfortable
Water-resistant
Noise cancellation technology

Cons
Its high-end codecs lack support

Conclusion

Take your time to analyze these three headphones and find out which best suits your use. A golden tip to remember is to always buy from reliable suppliers. Otherwise, you might risk buying counterfeit products that may not offer you measuring performance as any of these three. 

Concert Review: Hugh Jackman – The Man. The Music. The Show.

 

  • HUGH JACKMAN – THE MAN, THE MUSIC.  THE SHOW.
  • The United Center – Chicago, Illinois
  • October 11, 2019

Most people know Hugh Jackman as the claw sprouting X-man known as Wolverine.  And if that’s all they know him as, shame on them.  True fans know him as the Oscar-nominated, Tony Award winning actor whose been singing and dancing for years.  And it was those fans that were in attendance at the United Center in Chicago as Jackman continues his very successful tour.

The show kicked off with a rousing performance of “The Greatest Show,” followed by “Come Alive,” both from the very popular film “The Greatest Showman.”  While performing, Jackman noticed a fan holding up a sign stating it was her birthday.  He very graciously bent down to give her a hug as well as take a selfie with her.  He then noted that it was technically his birthday already in Australia (he turned 51 on October 12).  While addressing the audience he noticed a young boy down below in the floor audience who was dressed up like Jackman in “The Greatest Showman.”  He climbed off the stage to say hello to the boy and received a huge hug from the boy.  Returning to the stage, he explained how his first stage musical was “Beauty and the Beast,” then proceeded to perform the song “Gaston.”

He shared some information about his wife of 23 years and then sat down at the piano to play (and sing) “All the Way.”  After a medley saluting New York City he told a story about how he had worked on “The Greatest Showman” for eight years before it was made.  He also noted how there had been multiple workshops for the film and that Keala Settle had participated in all of them.  He then introduced Ms. Settle, who pretty much brought the house down with a rousing rendition of “This is Me.”  After performing a song from her upcoming album, Jackman returned to the stage and closed the first act with a few numbers from “Les Miserables,” accompanied by an enthusiastic group of singers and dancers.

The second act opened with a clip of Jackman receiving the Tony Award for his portrayal of songwriter and performer Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.”  Jackman took to the stage AS Peter Allen and sang a few of the songs Allen had written/co-written in his career.    The amazing dancing continued as he performed a song – “A Million Dreams” – which included sign language which was part of the choreography.  Between numbers, Jackman continually told great stories and would occasionally wander into the audience to greet concert goers.  At one point, he addressed the audience as honestly as I’ve ever head a performer, thanking all in attendance for not only supporting him but for taking the tine and spending the money to do so.  This is a man who not only appreciates his fans but goes out of his way to let him know so.

A couple of Aboriginal songs, complete with Didgeradoos helped close the show, along with Jackman doing a moving version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  All in all, it was an amazing night with an amazing talent!

Mr. Jackman’s tour is continuing throughout North America.  To see if he’s coming to your town, click HERE!

SET LIST

The Greatest Show, Come Alive, Gaston, All the Way, New York, New York/On Broadway/Empire State of Mind, This is Me, Harder, Valjean’s Soliloquy/I Dreamed a Dream/One Day More, Not the Boy Next Door, Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)/Don’t Cry Out Loud/ I Honestly Love You/ Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage/ I Go to Rio, Tenterfield Saddler, A Million Dreams, Luck Be a Lady/ Singin’ in he Rain/ I Got Rhythm/Steppin’ Out With My Baby/ Sing Sing Sing, 42nd Street/Thunderstruck, Art Song, Inhibition, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, From Now On, Once Before I Go

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: “Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived By Jon Zazula”

“Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness.  As Lived By Jon Zazula”
Author: Jon Zazula/Harold Claros-Maldonado
Paperback: 193 pages

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

“Heavy Tales” details the stories of how one Jonathan Zazula better known as Jonny Z who went from living on the streets of the Bronx in New York City to managing and releasing albums by some of the biggest artists in heavy metal music including Metallica, Anthrax, Testament and Mercyful Fate. Together, Jonny and his wife Marsha built a musical dynasty out of modest beginnings unmatched by any other underground heavy metal label. With a foreword written by Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, plus over 100 rare photographs unearthed from the Mega-Vault and photographer friends worldwide, “Heavy Tales” is the definitive American story of a family man with a dream, determined to prove to the world that heavy metal belonged on the stage, in your car, on the radio, and in your living room.

Growing up around the college town of Ithaca, NY you would always hear rumblings of the fabled Pyramid Studios and how all these heavy metal bands from the city would make the five plus hour drive just to record there. A name that was often attached along with that of bands like Anthrax, Testament and Raven was Jonny Z. It wasn’t until sometime later when I myself had the chance to record at Pyramid Studios that I would go back and dig a little deeper in to the lore that surrounds Mr. Jon Zazula. “Heavy Tales” filled in all the gaps, lapses and holes as it is the story right from the horse’s mouth. With the help of Harold Claros-Maldonado, Jon tells you about how his rough upbringing and  keen business sense put him at the fore-front of the heavy metal invasion of the mid-eighties and into early nineties where he help orchestrate the early foundations of cross over Rap-Metal. Just reading the candid stories about Metallica’s early days (Pre-“Master of Puppets”) would have been more than enough for me but Z takes it further recounting numerous concerts, trips and pivotal first time meetings which until now were stories only heard by select few and/or those who lived it.

Counting in at just over 190 pages “Heavy Tales” is a quick read that wastes no time getting to the good stuff. The book and its authors give you just enough background to nicely set the stage for the bulk of each story. I had no problem reading this book in one sitting and the various photographs included in the book were a nice touch. If you grew up during the time period the book covers and was in to heavy metal you undoubtedly have a record that Jonny Z had a hand in and now is your chance to hear his story.

 

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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR “MISSION TO MARS”

Watch Video Here

ALL NEW SOLO LP, SPACEMAN OUT NOW

2019 TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released the music video for “Mission to Mars.” 

The music video is entirely animated by artist Christopher Fequiere, a first for Frehley. Chock full of KISS fandom easter eggs, this video is the second music video that we’ve seen from the Spaceman LP. “Mission to Mars” follows the release of “Rockin’ With The Boys” that was released last year.
Ace Frehley released Spaceman last year via Entertainment One (eOne) to much critical praise such as Associated Press claiming that Frehley “oozes classic rock style and six-string chops that sound as good today as they did in 1975.” Spaceman debuted at #5 Rock, #5 Vinyl and #9 on Billboard’s Current Album Sales Charts and has gone on to sell more than 10,000 pieces of vinyl alone.

“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on“Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tale of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s. Both “Rockin With The Boys” and “Bronx Boy” are available on all streaming platforms today and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album. 

In addition to Ace’s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two.  The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, “Without You I’m Nothing,” which Gene also co-wrote,  and “Your Wish Is My Command.” Both songs were recorded at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California. 

Ace’s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009.
Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. The LP scored the highest charting position of any former or current  KISS band member ever and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.

Space Invader received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, “Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear Kiss’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise,” while Associated Press hailed, “…the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.” 

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).  

SWORN ENEMY UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO “COMING UNDONE”

*NEW ROB FLYNN-PRODUCED ALBUM, GAMECHANGER, DUE APRIL 5TH***U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 26TH**

Photo Credit: Ms. Dezevil

Metallic hardcore heavyweights SWORN ENEMY return with a vengeance on their venomous new record “Gamechanger,” due out next Friday, April 5. Produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and mixed/mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer), the hard-knuckled album expertly fuses metal, thrash and New York hardcore.

On the heels of the well-received first single “Prepare For Payback,” which earlier this month cracked the SiriusXM Liquid Metal Devil’s Dozen request countdown, the band is proud to unveil a second new track, “Coming Undone.”

Available now for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms, the song is also being offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders of “Gamechanger.” (Physical pre-orders on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl are available at www.m-theoryaudio.com or www.swornenemy.bandcamp.com). 

Check out a music video for “Coming Undone” at https://youtu.be/fYG3ewY_2DE, directed by Bryan Bishop of Digital Thunderdome Productions (https://www.digitalthunderdome.com

“It’s been a while since Sworn Enemy had a chance to film a video and we are pretty stoked the way ‘Coming Undone’ came out,” cites singer Sal Lococco. “Hope you all dig it!” 

SWORN ENEMY will spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger,” beginning with a series of record-release shows along the East Coast. From there, the band will join forces with thrash legends Sacred Reich for a number of performances across America. See below for the group’s current itinerary.

Additional dates – including the band’s first shows of the year in Europe – are in the works. SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group’s first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band’s full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.”

The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. 

SWORN ENEMY live (more dates TBA)

4/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland

4/27 Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274

4/28 Brockton, MA – Dylan’s

5/4  Denver, CO – Streets *

5/5  Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *

5/17 Mansfield, OH – Belcher’s House of Rock

5/18 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel *

5/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

5/22 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *

5/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees *

5/25 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *

5/27 Yuma, AZ – Prison Hill

5/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^

5/29 Oakland, CA – Metro ^

5/31 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #

6/1  Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #

6/2  Albuquerque, NM – Red Velvet Underground

6/5  Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone

6/6  Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge

6/7  Pittsburgh, PA – Black Forge Coffee House 2

6/8  Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

* w/ Sacred Reich^ w/ Sacred Reich, Excel# w/ Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence, Excel, Yidhra

 

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NEW FOUND GLORY Premieres Music Video For “This Is Me” Exclusively with Variety

Single From Upcoming AlbumFrom The Screen To Your Stereo 3Due Out May 3rd via Hopeless RecordsAvailable for Pre-Order Now at smarturl.it/nfgmerch

New Found Glory have taken on one of the biggest film soundtracks in recent history with their cover of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. Premiering exclusively with Variety, the track and video maintain the excitement and pride from the original film version while adding an iconic Pop-Punk feel as only New Found Glory can do.

In an exclusive interview, guitarist Chad Gilbert shares that this song, more so than any other song from their upcoming record From The Screen To Your Stereo 3, felt like it could have originally been a New Found Glory song. “What’s really cool about ‘This is Me’ is that our friends loved the song. Older punk rock fans don’t know ‘The Greatest Showman,’ haven’t seen the movie. And they hear that song and they’re like, ‘This just sounds like an awesome New Found Glory song. This is a really good song.'”Fans can check out the first listen of the track and brand new music video over at Variety.com. 

Due out May 3, 2019 via Hopeless Records, the upcoming album is the third installment of New Found Glory’s critically acclaimed nostalgic movie cover records.  Not only did the band self-record the EP, they also self-produced the music videos for all 7 tracks! In the interview with Variety, Gilbert shares “quote about videos, creative concepts.” Fans can pre-order From The Screen To Your Stereo 3 along with exclusive merchandise bundles today at smarturl.it/nfgmerch. Featuring today’s release along with fun and energetic NFG versions of movie soundtrack songs including “Let It Go” from Frozen, “Eye Of the Tiger” from Rocky 3, “Power of Love” from Back to the Future, “Cups” from Pitch Perfect, “A Thousand Years” from Twilight Breaking Dawn and “Accidentally In Love” from Shrek, this is set to be an album that music and movie lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy.

Both New Found Glory and fans alike have been enjoying these re-imagined tracks for nearly 20 years, with the first collection of iconic tracks being released back in 2000. Looking ahead to this Summer, fans will have the chance to hear “The Power of Love” along with the other infectious cover tracks on the From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town Tour! New Found Glory will be joined by Real Friends, The Early November and Doll Skin for a stacked lineup that will be taking off across the United States beginning on May 30th. Super Fan Bundle Packages and general tickets for all dates are available now at newfoundglory.shofetti.com. 

A full list of tour dates can be found below.UPCOMING NEW FOUND GLORY TOUR DATES

May 30 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm

May 31 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade

June 2 – Franklin, TN – Liberty Hall at The Factory*

June 4 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground

June 5 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

June 6 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage – SOLD OUT

June 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

June 8 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

June 9 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

June 11 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater

June 12 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

June 14 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

June 15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall**

June 16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

June 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

June 19 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall

June 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

June 22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

June 23 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

June 25 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

June 26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

June 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center

June 29 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre

June 30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

July 2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater

July 3 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

July 5 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

July 6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

July 8 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!

July 9 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin

July 10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

July 11 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

July 13 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

July 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live* – BreakFEST

** – No The Early November The From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town Tour will include a very special stop in Franklin, TN for the second annual BreakFESTa full day festival showcasing not only music, but the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Taking place on June 2, 2019, the event will be held inside The Factory. Bringing together both old and new friends in the music scene likeMae, Hawthorne Heights, Microwave, Jetty Bones, Love You Later, Doll Skin, H.A.R.D. and tour mates Real Friends and The Early November, BreakFEST is just another way that New Found Glory continues to find unique ways to connect with their fans and their local communities. For more information, please go to http://breakfest.net/.   

From The Screen To Your Stereo3 Track Listing

1. Cups
2. This Is Me
3. The Power Of Love
4. Let It Go
5. Accidentally In Love
6. A Thousand Years
7. Eye Of The Tiger

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE “SPOKE IN THE WHEEL” MUSIC VIDEO

Photo Credit: Justin Reich

20 YEARS OF SONIC BREWTALITY TOUR ON SALE NOW

SONIC BREW – 20TH ANNIVERSARY BLEND 5.99 – 5.19 LPOUT MAY 17, 2019

PRE-ORDERS NOW LIVE

Black Label Society have released a new music video today for their song “Spoke In The Wheel” from their upcoming LP due out this spring. Directed by long-time director and collaborator Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band since ”Trampled Down Below” was released last year from the Grimmest Hits LP. Black Label Society will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19 on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). “Spoke In The Wheel” is available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive that single as an instant download. “Spoke In The Wheel” is available on all streaming services today.  Pre-order bundles including teeshirts, posters, vinyl, and even a turntable are available now. Click here for more.

Thanks to a new arrangement with record label Entertainment One (eOne), the band’s back catalog is now all in one place, uniting the band’s earlier work with their more recent output. The “re-blended” version of their classic debut is resurrected bigger than ever without sacrificing its familiar kick. Plus, there are two bonus cuts: a full band/piano version of “Spoke in the Wheel” and an acoustic take on “Black Pearl.”

Black Label Society has also announced their 20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour,” a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the new release. The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature Sonic Brew played in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. Black Label Society will also participate in U.S festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run.

Dates begin April 24 at The Oriental Theater in Denver and wrap up in Los Angeles at the famous El Rey Theater for two nights ending on May 23. Tickets are on sale this Friday, February 1, 2019. 

Apr-24 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-25 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-27 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-28 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-30 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-01 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-04 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
May-06 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-07 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-11 Rockingham, NC Epicenter
May-14 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-15 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-17 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple
May-18 Clarksville, TN O’Connors
May-22 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
May-23 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19  is nothing like the infamously awful, failed experiment of New Coke. This is the original formula, like Coke Classic, but spiked with Viagra, the Captain America super soldier serum, and triple the caffeine. 

It’s less of a floor to ceiling remodel than it is a fresh coat of paint, in preparation for another crazy house party. Zakk Wylde and crew were careful not to mess with the magic captured on the long lost two-inch tape. Instead, they blessed the master with some note-for-note enhancement, spicing up /Sonic Brew/ with a perfected recipe.  

“I don’t want to hear Led Zeppelin II redone, with the band just replaying the whole record,”notes the charismatic frontman and gregarious guitar icon. “The performances and everything is a snapshot in time. We just added on top of what was already there on the original recordings. It’s like we went in and did surgery on this thing. We took the original CD master and added things that made it stronger.” 
 
The Black Label Society studio discography is like an instruction manual on how to expertly craft heartfelt, no holds barred, heavy metal infused American hard rock. “’Sonic Brew’ was the beginning. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years,” Zakk marvels.  

Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable shredding have made him a beloved figure to rock audiences the world over. One part invading-horde, one part traveling carnival party, Black Label Society continues to engage and inspire, powered by caffeine and cacophony. 
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar / John DeServio – Bass / Dario Lorina – Guitar / Jeff Fabb – Drums

Track List:
1. Bored To Tears

2. The Rose Petalled Garden

3. Hey You Digital

4. Born to Lose

5. Peddlers of Death

6. Mother Mary

7. Beneath the Tree

8. Low Down

9. T.A.Z.

10. Lost My Better Half

11. Black Pearl

12. World of Trouble

13. Spoke In The Wheel

14. The Beginning At Last

15. Black Pearl (Bonus Track)

16. Spoke in the Wheel (Bonus)

THE DAMNED THINGS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES *NEW ALBUM, ‘HIGH CRIMES,’ OUT APRIL 26TH* **MUSIC VIDEO FOR “CELLS” OUT NOW**

The TRUE lords of chaos, THE DAMNED THINGS have announced they’ll make their long-awaited return to the stage for a U.S. tour in May in support of their upcoming album, High Crimes, that’s due April 26via Nuclear Blast Records. The month long excursion will kick off on May 1st with an intimate and undoubtedly unruly show at The Whisky in Los Angeles and will wrap in San Diego on May 25th. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, March 8th (10:00AM Local Time) at thedamnedthings.com. Fans can pre-order High Crimes in both digital and physical formats from this location: nuclearblast.com/thedamnedthings-highcrimes.  

High Crimes was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAXSTONE SOURAMON AMARTH) and is the follow up to 2010’s hugely successful debut album, Ironiclast. The music video for “Cells,” directed by Brandon Dermer (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, NEKROGOBLIKON), can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdULf6iCng

Nine years ago, Scott Ian – guitarist and co-founder of legendary thrash metal outfit, ANTHRAX – took a meeting with the Joe Trohman  (also a guitarist, and a co-founder, of the band FALL OUT BOY). He and Scott hit it off, and started making songs together.  With the help of drummer Andy Hurley (FALL OUT BOY) and the irreverent vocals of Keith Buckley (EVERY TIME I DIE)THE DAMNED THINGS were formed. The band has gone through changes since its inception and now features Dan Andriano of ALKALINE TRIO on bass.   

THE DAMNED THINGS are:
Dan Andriano – Bass Keith Buckley – Vocals Scott Ian – Guitar Andy Hurley – Drums Joe Trohman – Guitar 

The Damned Things Tour Dates:

May 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whiskey

May 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville

May 6 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon

May 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar

May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex

May 10 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

May 11 – Rockingham, NC – Epicenter Fest

May 12 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

May 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation @ The Intersection

May 16 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

May 17 – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge

May 18 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom

May 19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

May 21 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

May 22 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

May 24 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Marketplace (KUPD Concert Series)

May 25 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

 

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Synergy Global Entertainment Inc. Presents “The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival”

The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival
With Rancid,Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies & L7,
Plus The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, H20
& More On Select Dates

With Tastings From A Selection Of Over 100 Different Craft Beers
Including The Debut Of Rancid & Ska Brewing’s Brewstomper Golden Ale

Touring Festival Launches May 11 In Phoenix, AZ
With Stops In Tucson, AZ; Englishtown, NJ; Boise, ID;
Tacoma, WA; San Jose, CA & Sacramento, CA

Tickets On Sale Friday, February 22 At 10:00 AM Local Time

Legendary punk rock band Rancid have teamed up with premier music event producer/promoter Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions to debut The Bash — a brand new music and craft beer festival hitting the U.S. this spring.

The Bash launches on May 11 in Phoenix, AZ and includes a total of 7 stops in May and June. With a lineup curated by Rancid, all dates of The Bash will feature music from Rancid, Pennywise (excluding Phoenix), Suicidal Tendencies, and L7, along with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Phoenix only), H20, Madball, Noi!se, and Sharp Shock on select dates. Each date of The Bash will also host craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. Beer tastings will vary by city according to local alcohol laws and restrictions. Music and brewery lineup details per date can be seen at http://www.TheBashFestival.com.

Tim Armstrong of Rancid says, “I’m looking forward to playing with some of my favorite bands in the world. Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, L7, and more. We look forward to seeing everyone out at The Bash!”

John Reese, CEO of Synergy Global Entertainment and co-producer of The Bash adds, “I am a massive fan of these bands, and the chance to launch this event with Rancid is really exciting for SGE. The band has been so engaged in developing this special series of shows, and it shows how much they care about their fans.”

In addition to a diverse selection of participating beers and breweries, each date will offer Brewstomper Golden Ale — a collaboration between Rancid and Ska Brewing out of Durango, CO. Brewstomper will be available at all dates of The Bash for sampling and at concessions, as well as everywhere that Ska Brewing is sold, in both cans and on draft.

“The Bash is going to be absolutely epic,” says The Bash co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions. “The lineup of bands pair perfectly with the craft beer industry’s spirit of creativity and independence! We’ve brought in some of the most exciting breweries and beers in the nation for The Bash, it’s a MUST attend event!”

The 2019 dates for The Bash are as follows:
Saturday, May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Margaret T. Hance Park
Sunday, May 12 – Tucson, AZ – Rillito Park Racetrack
Sunday, June 2 – Englishtown, NJ – Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Saturday, June 8 – Boise, ID – Memorial Stadium
Sunday, June 9 – Tacoma, WA – America’s Car Museum @ LeMay’s
Saturday, June 15 – San Jose, CA – Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Sunday, June 16 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park
Note: Pennywise will not perform at the Phoenix date. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will perform at the Phoenix date only, as direct support. Additional support varies by date.

During VIP early entry craft beer tastings (from Noon – 4:00 P.M.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.), craft beer lovers who are 21+ can sample from a selection of over 100 different craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including:
The Shop, Helio Basin Brewing, Modern Times, Helton Brewing, and Ska Brewing in Phoenix, AZ
The Shop, Stone Brewing, Barrio Brewing, Modern Times, and Ska Brewing in Tucson, AZ
Heretic Brewing, High Water Brewing, Bell’s Brewing, Solid Ground, and Ska Brewing in Englishtown, NJ
Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Edge Brewing, Iron Horse Brewery, and Ska Brewing in Boise, ID
Pike Brewing, 7 Seas Brewing, Stone Brewing, Harmon Brewing, and Ska Brewing in Tacoma, WA
Ska Brewing, 21st Amendment, Modern Times, Faction Brewing, and Stone Brewing in San Jose, CA
New Glory Craft Brewery, Jackrabbit Brewing Co., Seismic Brewing Company, Auburn Alehouse, and Ska Brewing in Sacramento, CA

Tickets for all tour dates of The Bash go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10:00 AM local time at http://www.TheBashFestival.com, with General Admission tickets starting at $39.50 (plus fees) and VIP tickets starting at $99.50 (plus fees), while supplies last. The Bash is 21+ only during craft beer tastings, and is open to all ages after 4:00 PM.

VIP tickets include: One VIP admission ticket to The Bash; a dedicated VIP entry lane into the venue; one hour early entry for up to 4 hours of craft beer tastings (Noon – 4:00 PM, 21+ only); and access to the The Bash VIP Lounge, which includes: comfortable areas to sit and relax, a VIP bar, private restrooms, convenient food options available for purchase, and more. After 4:00 PM all ages are welcome into the VIP Lounge area. Additional VIP ticket perks – including views of the main stage and exclusive beer tastings – vary by market.

Visit http://www.TheBashFestival.com for exact ticketing details per date.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for The Bash include: Ska Brewing Co., Monster Energy, Seagram’s 7, Mike’s Harder, White Claw, 805 Beer and Wienerschnitzel. Sponsor activations vary by market.

For more on The Bash, visit:
Website: http://www.TheBashFestival.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBashFestival
Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/TheBashFestival
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheBashFestival
Hashtag: #TheBashFestival

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Expands To Two Days At Doheny State Beach April 6 & 7

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
Powered By Gringo Bandito
Expands To Two Days At Doheny State Beach In Southern California
Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

With Performances From The Offspring, Flogging Molly,
Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag & More

Plus Unlimited Tastings From Over 150 Craft Beers,
Gourmet Tacos, Lucha Libre Style Wrestling & More

Tickets On Sale Friday, February 1 At 10:00 AM PT

Now in its sixth year, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito has announced its biggest event yet. After selling out its flagship date in Dana Point, CA for two years in a row, this year’s Southern California festival expands to two days on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at picturesque Doheny State Beach, with additional tour dates for early 2019 to be announced soon.

Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) and California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature performances from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag, and more, with craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. Delectable tacos from the region’s top chefs and restaurants will be available for purchase, and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Sabroso is now a WEEKEND of our favorite things: tacos, craft beer and great bands!”

CEO of Synergy Global Entertainment and Sabroso co-producer John Reese, says, “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect lineup and a more perfect location inside of California State Parks…The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Black Flag, and all of the other great acts we have over the weekend… it really doesn’t get better than this. Between the music, unlimited craft beer tastings, tacos, wrestling and more, Sabroso is a can’t miss weekend!”

“There is so much to be excited about this year at Sabroso!” adds Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions, which celebrates its 10th year in 2019. “There will be more tacos than ever before, with an even greater variety offered…we’re talking carne asada, grilled fish, fried fish, shrimp, lobster, chicken, al pastor, and more! In addition to the crazy amount of insane tacos, we have some of the most sought after breweries and beers on the planet participating! It’s literally a brewery lineup that craft beer fanatics dream about: Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA), Burgeon Beer Company (Carlsbad, CA), MadeWest Brewing Co. (Ventura, CA), The Shop Beer Co. (Phoenix, AZ), Modern Times (San Diego, CA), Artifex Brewing (San Clemente, CA), Chapman Crafted (Orange, CA). This year’s brewery lineup is possibly the strongest we have ever had – it’s going to be absolutely incredible!”

The music lineup for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, April 6: Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Suicide Machines, and D.I.

Sunday, April 7: The Offspring, Descendents, Black Flag, Face To Face, Plague Vendor, Red City Radio, and Orange Blossom Special

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival kicks off at 1:00 PM each day (with doors for Early Entry and VIP guests opening at Noon, to allow for an added hour of tastings). During tastings (available until 4:00 PM), craft beer lovers 21+ can choose from over 150 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of breweries including: Artifex Brewing Company, Burgeon Beer Co., MadeWest Brewing Co., Chapman Crafted Beer, Fall Brewing Company, Modern Times Beer, Docent Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Russian River Brewing Company, and many more to be announced.

Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo Bandito—Dexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce—during the event.

This year will mark the 9th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge, where professional eaters from around the world compete for cash prizes and the highly-coveted title of Chronic Tacos Eating Champion. World-champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, from Nagano, Japan returns to defend his 2018 Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Eating Champion title, where he devoured an astonishing 154 tacos in 10 minutes.

Additionally, taco creations from food vendors will compete for the coveted Sabroso “Best Of Show,” awarded by a panel of food judges.

Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion, as multiple qualifying wrestling matches take place throughout the weekend, with one final championship match. Renowned Mexico City luchador Cesar Gonzalez (Silver King)—who is more widely known for his role as Ramses, the villain wrestling champion in the film Nacho Libre (starring Jack Black)—will return to Sabroso this year to defend his 2018 title of “King Of The Ring.”

Tickets for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10:00 AM PT at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com,with Single Day tickets starting at $59.50 (plus fees), Single Day Early Entry tickets starting at $69.50 (plus fees), and Weekend tickets starting at $89.50 (plus fees), while supplies last. For this family-friendly event, kids 7 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder.

Single Day and Weekend VIP Lounge tickets will also be available for purchase and include: One VIP admission ticket (Single Day or Weekend) to Sabroso Festival; a dedicated VIP entry lane into the venue; one hour early entry for up to 4 hours of craft beer tastings (Noon – 4:00 PM, 21+ only); and access to the Sabroso VIP Lounge, which includes: exclusive craft beer tastings (Noon – 4:00 PM, 21+ only), a view of the Main Stage, comfortable areas to sit and relax, a VIP bar, private restrooms, convenient food options available for purchase, and a dedicated merchandise stand for convenient shopping.

At last year’s sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more, and Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring.

A portion of the proceeds from Sabroso will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. Sabroso will also partner with Big Brother Big Sister, who are known for providing strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for youth facing adversity.

Doheny State Beach is easily accessible by car from Los Angeles County, San Diego County, the Inland Empire, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, the San Joaquin Valley, and via flights to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival include: Rockstar Energy Drink, Milagro Tequila, Wienerschnitzel, Takis, Chronic Tacos, Del Real Foods, Jarritos, Gringo Bandito, and many more.

For more on Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito, visit: 
www.SabrosoTacoFest.com

 

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Reveals 2019 Lineup

BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL REVEALS 2019 LINEUP WIDE-RANGING BILL SPANS EXTRAORDINARY SELECTION OF ARTISTS AND GENRES.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 12 NOON ET/11 AM CT EXCLUSIVELY VIA BONNAROO.COM

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment are excited to reveal the initial lineup for the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 18th annual four-day multi-stage camping festival will take place June 13 – 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets – including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more – will go on sale Thursday, January 10, at 12 noon ET/11 am CT, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Bonnaroo has never been more accessible with GA ticket layaway plans available for just $47.

The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will see a truly extraordinary range of artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day event. Friday, June 14, will feature Phish (Late Evening Set), Childish Gambino, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, GRiZ, RL Grime, Beach House, GRiZ SuperJam, NGHTMRE, Gojira, Courtney Barnett, Girl Talk, AJR, Catfish And The Bottlemen, K.Flay, Anoushka Shankar, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Liquid Stranger, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Rival Sons, Ibeyi, Jade Cicada, Las Cafeteras, Cherry Glazerr, The Teskey Brothers, Medasin, Tyla Yaweh, Ducky, Monsieur Periné, Mersiv, and Crooked Colours.

Saturday, June 15, will include Post Malone, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The National, The Lonely Island, ZHU, Juice WRLD, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Gucci Mane, John Prine, Jim James (Full Band), Maren Morris, Gramatik, Shovels & Rope, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Quinn XCII, Clairo, Bishop Briggs, Hippo Campus, Space Jesus, Tokimonsta, Chelsea Cutler, The Record Company, SNBRN, Ruston Kelly, Whipped Cream, Rubblebucket, Little Simz, Memba, Deva Mahal, and DJ Mel.

Sunday, June 16, will see Phish (2 Sets), The Lumineers, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Illenium, Walk The Moon, Mac DeMarco, King Princess, Lil Dicky, G Jones, Trampled By Turtles, The Wood Brothers, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum), The Soul Rebels, The Lemon Twigs, Two Feet, AC Slater, CID, Dombresky, Bombino, Faye Webster, Ripe, Kikagaku Moyo, and Igloohost.

In addition, the lineup for Thursday, June 13, includes Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests, Saba, Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump, 12th Planet, Sunsquabi, All Them Witches, Magic City Hippies, The Nude Party, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Comet Is Coming, Jack Harlow, Eprom, Caroline Rose, Donna Missal, Peach Pit, Hekler, and Dorfex Bos. The complete Bonnaroo 2019 lineup is below.

Bonnaroo has continually sought new ways to enhance the fans’ onsite experience and the 2019 event will emphasize this with an array of remarkable new features and improvements. In 2018, Bonnaroo made significant upgrades to the site’s communal areas, known as Plazas. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms.

NEW FOR 2019

This year’s event features a “Sanctuary of Self-Love” campground experience curated by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Also, “The Yes Barn” presented by House of Yes and Little Cinema will once again feature jaw-dropping circus acts, mind-bending immersive cinema shows, wild theme parties, and Bonnaroo’s first-ever Pride parade. And, located at Plaza 7, The Ville – presented in partnership with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and local maker-space Fort Houston – will showcase Music City’s most creative, most entertaining and most delicious food with surprise performances, interactive and illuminated art installations, and late night fun. The ever-popular Grove, also at Plaza 7, will return in 2019, offering a shaded retreat during the days with art installations, hammocks and more. The evenings will see the beautiful tree-filled space transformed by Nashville’s Fort Houston with more lights and inventive musical experiences than ever before. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas. In addition, a pristine new wooded hangout is also being installed in a section of Bonnaroo’s Eastern woods that has never been publicly available to fans before.

With tickets purchased in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world, Bonnaroo is a truly universal event. Since its very first day, Bonnaroo has lived up to its responsibility as one of the planet’s principal musical congregations by constantly pushing forward in its efforts towards environmental friendliness and sustainability. The only major event in the world with its own permanent solar array and compost waste on site, Bonnaroo has twice been recognized by the state of Tennessee, winning the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award as well as the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Pursuit of Excellence Award. Complete details, as well as Bonnaroo’s annual report to the fans, can be found at www.bonnaroo.com/experience/sustainability.

In addition, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving as the philanthropic division of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, recently announced $236,000 in grant awards from its 2018 cycle. Formally established in 2009, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) – administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – supports nonprofit organizations that spearhead Tennessee-based initiatives with a mission of advancing arts, education and environmental causes. Since the inception of the festival in 2002, Bonnaroo and the BWF have generated more than $7 million in support, largely benefiting Manchester, TN, Coffee County and surrounding areas. Forty organizations received funding in 2018, including Musicians on Call, Notes For Notes, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, National Museum of African American Music, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, the Nashville Food Project, and more. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/information/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund.

THE COMPLETE BONNAROO 2019 LINEUP IS BELOW:

THURSDAY, JUNE 13
Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests
Saba
Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump
12th Planet
Sunsquabi
All Them Witches
Magic City Hippies
The Nude Party
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Comet Is Coming
Jack Harlow
Eprom
Caroline Rose
Donna Missal
Peach Pit
Hekler
Dorfex Bos

FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Phish (Late Evening Set)
Childish Gambino
Solange
The Avett Brothers
Brockhampton
GRiZ
RL Grime
Beach House
GRiZ SuperJam
NGHTMRE
Gojira
Courtney Barnett
Girl Talk
AJR
Catfish And The Bottlemen
K.Flay
Anoushka Shankar
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Liquid Stranger
Deafheaven
Parquet Courts
Rival Sons
Ibeyi
Jade Cicada
Las Cafeteras
Cherry Glazerr
The Teskey Brothers
Medasin
Tyla Yaweh
Ducky
Monsieur Periné
Mersiv
Crooked Colours

SATURDAY, JUNE 15
Post Malone
Odesza
Hozier
Kacey Musgraves
The National
The Lonely Island
ZHU
Juice WRLD
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Gucci Mane
John Prine
Jim James (Full Band)
Maren Morris
Gramatik
Shovels & Rope
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Quinn XCII
Clairo
Bishop Briggs
Hippo Campus
Space Jesus
Tokimonsta
Chelsea Cutler
The Record Company
SNBRN
Ruston Kelly
Whipped Cream
Rubblebucket
Little Simz
Memba
Deva Mahal
DJ Mel

SUNDAY, JUNE 16
Phish (2 Sets)
The Lumineers
Cardi B
Brandi Carlile
Illenium
Walk The Moon
Mac DeMarco
King Princess
Lil Dicky
G Jones
Trampled By Turtles
The Wood Brothers
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum)
The Soul Rebels
The Lemon Twigs
Two Feet
AC Slater
CID
Dombresky
Bombino
Faye Webster
Ripe
Kikagaku Moyo
Igloohost

A Small Trick That Would Help You Unblock Music Videos On YouTube And Subscribe To Music Services From Abroad


Any avid music player has been faced at times with the problem of not being able to access a music video on YouTube due to country bans. This can be very frustrating but surprisingly, a fast and permanent solution to this problem is free and just a few clicks away. This solution is represented by the multitude of VPNs providers (both paid and free).

The Functionality Of VPNs

VPNs are a fairly new cybersecurity technology on the market that comes with important side benefits. People normally use VPNs for staying safe or anonymous online. A good example would be those who visit OCG for NZ players and plan to stay anonymous throughout their online casino experience – starting with the registration process and payments to fill the balance and ending with retrieving the money from wins.

            However, there is an important side benefit offered by VPNs, namely, the ability to bypass region or country-specific bans. The explanation behind this is the following: given that all the Internet traffic of the user passes through a dedicated VPN server and that this server can be located anywhere in the world (the user can normally select manually the country of interest), it results that the user can appear online as a resident of any country where the given provider has servers.

            Of course, most of the users are interested primarily in the US or European servers, but only a combination of servers from different countries would enable a truly broad access (for instance, the user might be willing to watch certain Netflix shows available only in the US and certain anime series available only in Japan). VPNs can ensure access to:

  • TV streaming services (Netflix, Sling TV);
  • general video streaming platforms (YouTube, Vimeo);
  • music streaming services (Pandora, Spotify, online radios);
  • virtually any other website which does not explicitly ban VPNs.

Considerations For Registering For A Blocked Music Streaming Service

            As stated, one area in which VPNs would work flawlessly would be unblocking YouTube videos. This is however valid for many other streaming services with some considerations. Thus, many services nowadays involve a registration step in which a code containing message is sent to the mobile phone number of the user. In case this phone number has to be country-specific, there is little one can do to solve the problem. Nevertheless, such activation mechanisms are usually used for more “serious” platforms, like social networks (which might have policies of confirming user identity in order to ensure greater safety for other users on the network).

Most of the times, registering for a music streaming service with a VPN is very straightforward and takes just a few minutes. From here on, users can start listening to music and building their playlists, waiting for the day when these streaming services would officially expand their coverage to include their home countries.

The Move Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry – Can it be Done?

When you look at the charts, you’d be forgiven for believing that gender inequality really isn’t an issue in the music industry. When you see the likes of Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Nikki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Adele, Rihanna etc it can be easy to make the argument that women get a fair enough representation. The list of successful Pop stars is endless, yet, do these female artists actually represent for women? Or are they just operating under a patriarchal agenda? You only have to look at the music videos and their choice of outfits at award ceremonies for the answer to that question.

Behind every female vocalist, there are quite likely to be hundreds of people behind them, getting them to where they are, producing the music, marketing the music, writing the songs, running the labels, merchandising, videography, tour management, event bookings… to name a few.

In this year’s list of the ‘Power 100’ as published by Billboard which lists the representative leaders of live, tech management and recording only 17% of the names on the list were female.

Gender inequality is an issue for female artists all over the world which was documented by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. They conducted their study in 2017 after looking into the lack of diversity in Hollywood, the findings leave little room for argument.

The Statistics of Gender Inequality:

  • 2% of artists are male whilst only 16.8% were female.
  • Of the 2767 songwriters surveyed, only 12.3% were female.
  • Of the 651 producers surveyed, only 2% were female.
  • Of the 899 musicians who were nominated to receive a Grammy award between 2013 and 2018 only 9.3% were female.

The board behind the study are committed to ensuring that there is better representation of minorities within the music industry after they have found the number of female artists is in decline. 2017 was a six year low for representation of female artists, so what is there to be done?

Gaining Balance
The first step will be to transform the view of the music industry and not allow it to carry on under the pretence that it a boy’s club. Currently, as men hold most of the top jobs in the industry women are facing gender bias and having to work even harder than their male counterparts to get noticed. It will take some brave women to step up to the plate and prove that women are just as capable as the men competing for the roles. The more women there are taking on these roles the more support and mentoring there will be for more women in the future to join the industry.

The second step will be to encourage new generations of women to explore roles in relation to music composition and engineering. Dispelling the myth that a woman’s only place is the stage. There is so much beyond what the average listener and music consumer actually sees and hears. Yet, not a lot of people get to find out just how much work goes into recording, production and live event management. It’s all kept fairly cloak and dagger and behind the scenes.

Lysandra Woods from Third Side Music in LA suggested that the best way for a woman to get a good chance of scoring their dream role as an industry member is to search for entry-level positions and mentorships within companies. Whilst starting off as a dogsbody is nobodies’ idea of fun, in the music industry you have to be prepared to prove yourself. No one is going to want to take your word for it. It’s a steep learning curve, but the only way is up from there. It is interesting to note that one of the key skills for working in the industry is relationship skills. Given that women generally possess better communication skills than men, it should be a given that there are more women in the industry.

By now, you’ve probably realised that for any changes to happen when it comes to which names appear on the album charts and stages changes must first be made to the industry members along with the general perception of who can be a music artist.

From a young age, women are discouraged to join a band or pick up their guitar, and they would have a safer bet if they used online betting casinos the odds of winning on slot games like Enchanted Prince and Starburst would definitely be more in their favour than being able to join a band. Maybe they would even have more chance of a success if they took a leaf from that slot game and tried to find a Prince Charming instead of going it alone.

Whilst we may have a decent handful of successful Pop artists, within other genres the gender imbalance gets even more discouraging to aspiring artists. Especially within the Hip Hop industry, as female rappers are still seen as a novelty. Sure, you’ve got your urban icons such as Missy Elliot and Nikki Minaj, but when you compare that to the amount of male urban artists out there, their names are nothing but a drop in the ocean. Over in the UK one of the major Urban Grime festivals went under fire for introducing a new ‘female-only’ stage instead of allowing female artists take slots on the main bill. Women aren’t asking for special treatment, they are asking for their work to be respected based on the quality and not depending on what they look like or to be there to tick diversity boxes.

Often the first hurdle a girl will face when contemplating becoming a musician is when they walk into a music shop to purchase their first instrument. Often music stores are owned, ran and staffed by male members of staff. There have been countless reports of women walking into music stores only for them to be asked if they are shopping for their boyfriends. Once they establish that they are in fact shopping for themselves, they’re often then met with the assumption that they know very little about the instrument they are looking at. But every musician has to start somewhere. Male musicians are no exception to that rule. Sure, girls can purchase a guitar online and lose out on that special moment when they’re finally handed their guitars. Sure, they can learn by watching YouTube videos instead of seeking out a guitar tutor (yes, guitar tutors are predominantly male too) but this still means that female artists are operating in the same oppressive spaces. Even when women shop for records in the record store they are faced with pretentious staff.

So, it’s clear that each small change and each small step made by women will help to ensure we see more female representation across the music industry as a whole.

Ted Nugent Announces New Full-Length Album Titled “The Music Made Me Do It”

Multi-platinum guitar legend Ted Nugent announces a new full-length album.
THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT, due out Friday, November 9th via Round Hill Records.

The effort is Nugent’s first studio album in four years. The album features Greg Smith (Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) on bass, Jason Hartless (Joe Lynn Turner, Mitch Ryder) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals. Accompanying the CD is a Bonus DVD, LIVE AT FREEDOM HILL, an electrifying full-length concert captured at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

In advance of the album’s release, Nugent has just released the live music video for title track, “The Music Made Me Do It”. The video was shot at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California during Nugent’s summer tour and showcases the raw energy of his legendary live performances, offering a taste of the new studio material he recorded over the last year for the upcoming album, THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT. To access the full album, THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT, please click here. Please consider the album for feature and review coverage. Ted Nugent is available for interviews, please let me know if you would like to set something up.

Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock n’ roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums and performing in excess of 6,700 (and counting!) high-octane live shows. As a budding musician, Nugent was strongly influenced by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddly, and knew he wanted to pursue that type of sound and attitude. Early bands, The Royal Highboys, and The Lourds, paved the way for the Amboy Dukes – and their psychedelic JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND kicked young Ted’s career into hyper drive. The axe maniac soon broke out as a solo artist, where the guitarist’s prodigious talent, earshattering volume and over-the-top stage antics quickly earned him the moniker of Motor City Madman.

Cranking out hits like CAT SCRATCH FEVER, JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED, FREE FOR ALL and the iconic STRANGLEHOLD, Ted Nugent garnered international acclaim and truly hit his stride, becoming one of the top-grossing tour acts in America. His no-holds-barred career now spans six decades of multi-platinum hits. The ultimate Road Warrior, touring and recording continue at Ted’s breakneck pace. Nugent and his inimitable sound have been featured on VH1’s Behind the Music, A & E’s Biography and more. He was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For more information, please visit www.tednugent.com.

Ace Frehley Releases New Music Video for “Rockin With the Boys”. New Solo Album Due 10/19

ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ROCKIN’ WITH THE BOYS” VIA BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
ALL NEW SOLO LP, SPACEMAN, DUE THIS FRIDAY
NYC POP UP STORE ANNOUNCED FOR STREET DATE

FREHLEY TO APPEAR ON GOOD DAY NY

2018 TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

Watch “Rockin With the Boys” here

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released the music video for “Rockin’ With The Boys.” Filmed live in Detroit Rock City, this is the first music video we’ve seen from The Spaceman since he released the video for “Fire and Water.”

That video featured KISS frontman Paul Stanley and was off of Origins, Vol. 1, released in 2016. The video was done by veteran director Justin Reich.

This is the second song Frehley has released this year, from his forthcoming all-new Spaceman album, due October 19, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track “Bronx Boy” in April.

Spaceman, Frehley’s eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, plus a cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back,” a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

Ace Frehley will be appearing on GOOD DAY NY/WNYW Fox 5 tomorrow, October 16, 2018, at 9 AM EDT, performing his new single, “Rockin’ With The Boys” in its entirety.

Additionally, an Ace Frehley “Spaceman” pop up store powered by Looney Tunes is planned for Friday, October 19 at the Sam Ash Music store, located at 333 W 34th St. in New York City. Ace will be appearing from 5-7PM EDT signing copies of his new album.

Spaceman LPs and CDs will be available to purchase as well as the limited edition Orange Vinyl only currently available at indie store locations in the U.S.

“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tale of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s. Both “Rockin With The Boys” and “Bronx Boy” are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace’s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, “Without You I’m Nothing,” which Gene also co-wrote, and “Your Wish Is My Command.” Both songs were recorded at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace’s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009.
Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. The LP scored the highest charting position of any former or current KISS band member ever and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.

Space Invader received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, “Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear Kiss’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise,” while Associated Press hailed, “…the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.”

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).

Upcoming 2018 Dates
Oct 27, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV, KISS Mini Golf
Oct 31, 2018 – Nov. 5, 2018 – Miami to Key West and Nassau, KISS Kruise VIII
November 7, 2018- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Saenger Theatre
November 9, 2018- Clearwater, FL, Capital Theatre
November 10, 2018- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
November 11, 2018- Miramar, FL, Miramar Ampitheatre

Track Listing
1. Without You I’m Nothing
2. Rockin’ With the Boys
3. Your Wish Is My Command
4. Bronx Boy
5. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Mission To Mars
8. Off My Back
9. Quantum Flux