Menage Is Glorious Music To Our Ears

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(PCM) As over-saturated as the music industry can be these days every great once an awhile a band will come along and make you stop in your tracks and go ‘damn … this band is really great’. That is pretty much the feeling I had when checking out the self-titled EP from Toronto-based band Ménage.

The group made up of siblings,Basilio, Gabriel and Bela Ferreira, who parents emigrated to Canada from Portugal are certainly beginning to generate a lot of buzz. Their sound is a glorious mixture of both Portuguese and North American influences and that particular blending has given Ménage a very unique musical perspective that is very much all their own.

Their songs have the ability to appeal to the masses, in fact their song “Our Time Is Now” was took home the accolade for Rock Song of the Year at the International Portuguese Music Awards. Listening to Ménage’s EP, as well as, their new track “Black And White TV” which features Portishead bassist Jim Barr I was thrilled with the audaciousness and overall freshness that Ménage brings to the current music scene. They are truly going to be a band to keep on your radar this year.

There are touches of various musical genres found within the band’s songs as I was able to sense everything from R n’ B to classic rock. With tracks such as “Our Time Is Now”, which has radio-hit written all over it, Ménage showcase their more hard-rocking side while tracks such as “Promises” and  “Love Song” definitely focus on their more softer and introspective side.

I can’t get enough of Ménage’s EP and certainly can’t wait to see what this band has in store for us next!

To keep up to date with all of the latest Ménage news and updates visit the band’s official site!

 

 

 

 

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Motley Crue Reveal Date Of Final Show And Release New Single

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To mark the end of their touring career, Motley Crue will play their final show and conclude their two-year long “Final Tour” at the end of 2015 in the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles on New Years Eve, December 31, 2015.

To celebrate the big announcement the band will be performing live tonight (1/22) on The Tonight Show, so be sure to tune in!

Mötley Crüe first announced plans for their 2-year Final Tour by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their Final Tour at the end of 2015.

After thirty-four years performing together, the 2015 leg of the Final Tour will see the band play Japan in February, then Australia/New Zealand in spring. In June Mötley Crüe will say farewell to the European Festival circuit with 3 massive performances at Download (UK), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Novarock (Austria) Festivals before taking their can’t-miss show back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico this summer for 34 final North American shows due to tremendous fan demand.

The North American dates will see the band visit cities such as Chicago, New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Mexico City and will be taking place in arenas exclusively to ensure fans in all cities get to experience the full show production of the Final Tour:

“In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we’re coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle. Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year.” says Nikki Sixx (bass).

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds across North America once again. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

The band’s exclusive VIP Packages (including opportunities to meet band members, exclusive merchandise and more) and Fan Club pre-sales for these dates start tomorrow, Wednesday 1/21 at 10am est, with a special Citicard member pre-sale beginning at 5pm est the same day.

Local pre-sales start this Thursday, 1/22 at 10am local time before the public on-sale begins on Friday 1/23 at 10am local time; some dates (including the band’s Final New Year’s Eve performance) will be going on sale this Saturday, 1/24 at 10am local time. See below for a full list of dates. For VIP packages and ticket information, go to www.motley.com.

Following the North American summer shows, the band will take the Final Tour on more international dates this Fall before “all bad things come to an end” for good on New Year’s Eve 2015.

Motley Crue have also just released a brand new single titled “All Bad Things” as well as a video clip to go along with it that highlights their 34 years together as a band.

To give back to the fans for their support over the years, Mötley Crüe will give away their best selling GREATEST HITS album for free in partnership with Google Play for one week only. Download the album through Tuesday, 1/27 here: http://goo.gl/3hg3Qw.

Mötley Crüe are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector’s album package for the fans to be released later this year which will include the new track, “All Bad Things” amongst many other surprises, details of which will be announced in the near future.

Since 2015 is all about celebrating the legacy of Mötley Crüe, the band and fans from around the world will also be able to share their memories, pictures, thoughts and stories of 34 years of Mötley Crüe online at www.motley.com using #RipMotleyCrue.

THE FINAL TOUR 2015

Japan

2/11/15 Kobe, JP Kobe World

2/12/15 Nagoya, JP Nagoya Gaishi Hall

2/14/15 Tokyo, JP Tokyo Super Arena

2/15/15 Tokyo, JP Tokyo Super Arena

2/17/15 Fukuoka, JP Fukuoka Kokusai Center

North America

(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)

7/22/15 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
8/3/15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
8/5/15 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
8/9/15 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
8/12/15 New York, NY Barclays Center
8/14/15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 Worcester, MA DCU Center
8/16/15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
8/26/15 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
8/29/15 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
* 9/2/15 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
* 9/5/15 Houston, TX Toyota Center
* 9/6/15 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
* 9/8/15 Monterrey, NL Arena Monterrey
* 9/10/15 Mexico City, DF Arena Ciudad de Mexico
* tba

*12/31/15
Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles, CA
tba

Staples Center

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Linkin Park Cancels The Hunting Party Tour Due To Injury

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(PCM) Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour through February 14th, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington. The injury requires immediate medical attention making it physically impossible for Bennington to perform.

Chester says,“I’m really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour. The first couple of shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon.”

Fan can seek refunds at the point of purchase.

For more keep up-to-date with Linkin Park, please visit: www.linkinpark.com

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Reverend Horton Heat Ignites Audiences With That Rockabilly Spirit

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(PCM) The rockabilly spirit was alive and well during the Revered Horton Heat’s recent performance at the World Cafe Live: The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Despite the freezing cold winter temperatures outside the “heat” was certainly on inside as the audience bounced and danced their way through the band’s nearly two hour set.

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Show openers the lovely Rosie Flores and the always entertaining Dale Watson set a nice pace for an evening of rockabilly or rather psychobilly madness that was sure to ensue once Reverend Horton Heat took the stage.

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Revered Horton Heat, the stage name adopted by front-man Jim Heath along with his upright bass player Jim “Jimbo” Wallace are veteran live performers and once the momentum gets started on stage it doesn’t let up from beginning to the very end.

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The band is still touring behind their latest album release “Rev” which dropped last January on their new label Victory Records and their set opened with “Victory Lap” and “Smell Of Gasoline” off of the new album. The rest of the band’s set consisted additional hits and fan favorites that spanned the entire catalog of Reverend Horton Heat’s releases.

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I can honestly say that hearing songs such as “It’s Martini Time”, “Psychobilly Freakout”, “The Jimbo Song” and “400 Bucks” never get old, especially live. There is just something in the air when Reverend Horton Heat is performing that is absolutely intoxicating. I also thoroughly enjoyed the band’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode” which somehow seemed like an incredibly obvious track for them to perform.

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It is always wonderful to find an band that can not be boxed into one particular genre or another. Reverend Horton Heat can do it all and do it well, in fact it was even announced that they will be performing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this coming spring.

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Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is witnessing a solid mix of country, rock, bluegrass, Rn’B, blues and soul and the band has created quite a unique sound and one of a kind sound that will always distinctively be their own. You never quite know what to expect from the band on-stage, but you can always count on a good time and I highly recommend checking them out when they visit a city near you!

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For more information on Reverend Horton Heat, please visit: http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

Photography credit: Ken Schuler

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Emmure Releases New Video For “A Gift A Curse”

(PCM) Rockers Emmure have recently revealed a mind-blowing new video for the track “A Gift A Curse” off their latest album release “Eternal Enemies”.

We adore the fact that the band has not forgotten the art of the music video and the video for “A Gift A Curse” is actually the fourth music video released from the album.

Aside from its technical mastery, the futuristic and mind-bending sequences propose the death of art. From the crumbling of the David Statue and the always enraged lyrics of Emmure, “A Gift A Curse” moves along like an ballistic missile, leaving little time to interpretation.

Director Ievgenii Nozhechkin discusses the meaning behind this dynamic masterpiece, “I wanted to show the music of Emmure as something that does not have an end, that it goes deep inside every single person, and something that will be alive after us. Art touches the hearts and souls of so many people so it cannot be stopped or destroyed. Additional details of the video are destroying the pieces of art as a strong symbol of destruction of the past inside of you. Destroying the old, we enable a new birth.”

Emmure will be hitting the U.S. with Suicide Silence starting February 17th in Santa Cruz, CA. The tour hits all corners of the country, don’t miss your chance to see Emmure live.

Check out our interview with Frankie of Emmure while out on last summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

 

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A Look At Marilyn Manson’s Brilliant New Album “The Pale Emperor”

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(PCM) Marilyn Manson has without a doubt created some of his strongest work to date with the upcoming release of his ninth album “The Pale Emperor”. Throughout his extensive career Manson has been able to constantly and flawlessly reinvent himself and his music with each and every album release, all while maintaining a certain level of familiarity that is a central vein that ties his art together. Manson is and will always be Manson, bottom line.

With “The Pale Emperor” we yet again see Manson treading into some experimental territory and the result is some of his most ambitious and brilliant material to surface. Adding into the mix collaborators such as ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone and film score composer Tyler Bates has certainly had its’ influence on the album as well. The chemistry has come together just right and I certainly hope that this album is a strong indicator as to what could possibly be in-store for the future.

There is a level of new found maturity in the songs that make up “The Pale Emperor” and I feel that Manson’s music is continuing to grow in ways that I almost never imagined. Being a long-time fan, I have savored each album throughout Manson’s career and at times feel as if his music is growing up right along with me as I reach certain milestones in my own life, as I am sure that many longtime fans can relate in much the same way.

When albums such as “Anti-Christ Superstar”, “Holy Wood” and “Mechanical Animals” were in heavy rotation in my Walkman I was able to relate to the amount of anger, angst and rebellion that poured out of those albums, just as now I find myself being able to equally relate to the new set of emotions put forth on “The Pale Emperor”.

I thoroughly enjoyed the blues/funk undertones that make up several tracks on the new album and it is something that I don’t think I have ever heard out of Manson in the past. Tracks such as “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”, “Killing Strangers” and “Odds Of Even” probably showcase this the best, however I also adored the highly emotional “Warship My Wreck” and the haunting “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”.  I even had to note while listening that the album’s second single “Deep Six” is probably the only track that even has a hint of Manson’s previous more industrial sound and I think fans will totally be okay with that, it is a solid track and probably an excellent way to engage fans with the new album.

Manson’s vocals are sounding as strong as ever and I absolutely can’t wait to see how all of this will transfer into the live setting, as Manson is about to embark on the “Hell Not Hallelujah” Tour this week. Stay tuned for our live show coverage coming soon!

To keep up-to-date with Marilyn Manson, please visit: http://www.marilynmanson.com/

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