Exclusive Premiere: J.O.S. Share “When Giants Walked The Earth” With PCM!

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(PCM) Every so often there will be a band that comes along that seem to have their finger on the pulse of where the music realm is headed and their sound is one that truly demands to be heard. This is why we were so pleased to discover J.O.S.!

The band formed in Ealing, the birthplace of British rock in 2011 and the four piece band consists of school friends John O’Shea, Rosie Botterill, Anna Thomas and David Clarke. Having faced insurmountable odds, this is a band that has seen it all and survived it all.

At the heart of this band is their unified belief, both in each other and the music they play. Growing up in the heyday of band’s such as Nirvana and Oasis, and being life-long fans of Guns N’ Roses, the band can remember a time when rock music mattered not just to rock music fans, but to the world.

J.O.S. believe we live in an age of lowered expectations, where tweets mean more than tracks, where social media means more than song writing and where ‘Likes’ mean more than real fans. In an industry where labels would rather invest in talent shows rather than songwriters, where pop stars are porn stars, where rap stars are disconnected from their roots and where rock stars have become a distant memory, J.O.S. are dedicated to putting music back at the heart of the industry, and back into the hands of musicians.

These combined passions for what they do and who they do it for is encapsulated and brought to life in their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in just 2 days, the record draws on their influences from the past and gives the listener a glimpse of what is possible for the future.

J.O.S. will be releasing their self-titled EP (for free) on 10/31!  We can’t urge you enough to check it out, as it is certainly a worthwhile treat this Halloween.

PCM is absolutely thrilled to bring you the exclusive premiere download of J.O.S’s track “When Giants Walked The Earth” which we are sure you will enjoy!

Rosie Botterill of J.O.S. told us the following about the track “When Giants Walked The Earth is a love letter to the great bands of the past, and a call to arms for the bands of today.”  And to quote the track itself, “You’re all a bunch of slaves! What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do?!”

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Aaron Lewis Apologizes For World Series National Anthem Snafu!

(PCM) Country singer and Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has issued an apology after he botched the lyrics while performing the National Anthem to kick-off game 5 of The World Series.

Lewis accidentally rearranged some of the lyrics in the “Star-Spangled Banner” when rather than the line “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he instead jumped to the line “were so gallantly streaming” which doesn’t come until later in the song.

The game was televised nationally on FOX and players from the teams can be seen on screen reacting to Lewis’ mistake.

Lewis has since made a heartfelt public apology for the mistake saying “All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner’ means so much to so many, including myself, I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday, and now lead the best-of-seven World Series 3 games to 2.

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Gwen Stefani Releases New Single “Baby Don’t Lie”

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(PCM) Global superstar and The Voice season seven coach Gwen Stefani releases new single “Baby Don’t Lie” on Mad Love/Interscope Records. The track is available now for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services. Listen to “Baby Don’t Lie” here.

“Baby Don’t Lie,” which the three-time Grammy Award-winner co-wrote with its producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, is Stefani’s first new solo effort since her platinum-plus sophomore album Sweet Escape debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.

Gwen has also just premiered the video to accompany the new single which can be viewed below:

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Album Review: Slipknot “.5: The Gray Chapter”

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(PCM) Words can not even begin to express the joy that overcame us when news was first announced that a new album from Iowa rockers Slipknot was on the way and we were even more thrilled to get an early listen to “.5: The Gray Chapter” prior to its’ official release!

Back in May, Slipknot front-man Corey Taylor was roasted by his peers during the Roast on the Range w/ Corey Taylor which was the kick-off to the epic rock festival Rock On The Range. We had caught up with Taylor on the red carpet and were the first to bring you the news about just what “.5: The Gray Chapter” was going to sound like!  Taylor told us that “People are going to lose their minds when they hear it” and we absolutely couldn’t agree more!

“.5: The Gray Chapter is the perfect blend of both the brutality of Slipknot’s early album “Iowa”, but at the same time beautifully sonic and melodic like “Vol. 3″.

It is no shock that  the tragic passing of Slipknot bassist and songwriter Paul Gray is a centralized theme of sorts throughout the album and it is quite evident that the band has poured all of the pain, anger and sadness straight into the vein of many tracks found on the new album. It is full of both intensity and raw emotion and certainly some of Slipknot’s best work to date.

Tracks such as “Skeptic”, “The Negative One”, “Killpop” and “Custer” take the listener on a fascinating musical journey and one that truly speaks to the soul. Musically speaking the band has pushed their limits to places one never would have thought they could have achieve. The songs that truly hone in on the loss of Gray the most would be both “Skeptic” and “Nomadic”, however the gorgeous ballad “Goodbye” seems a fitting farewell as well.

Many fans did not believe that we would ever see another Slipknot album, but the band has truly outdone themselves with “.5: The Gray Chapter” and come out sounding (and appearing) as re-energized as ever! Being able to take their pain and angst over the loss of their fallen bandmate, the band was able to channel it into one of the most brilliant albums to be release this year.

We could go on and on about the many reasons we have fallen in love with “.5: The Gray Chapter”, but we feel that it is best experienced by listening for yourself. With this release, Slipknot further cement the fact that rock is far from dead, so get out there and support this absolutely stellar release.

Also, be sure to catch Slipknot live if you have the chance!  The band will be performing unique sets each night of KNOTFEST this coming weekend in San Bernadino, CA that will feature brand new music, as well as, an entirely new stage set up and experience.

Also, performing at KNOTFEST is Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and dozens more!

Slipknot also hits the road for a co-headlining tour with KORN that will be making its’ way across the U.S!

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Buzzworthy Band The Fletchers Release Brand-New Tunes!

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It’s been three years since Heroes of Gravity, The Fletcher’s third album soared up the college radio charts.The New Jersey-based indie band’s latest CD, Reset the Dial, is now available and highly recommended.

At times, the songs really rock and other times the band will change gears into a more emotional, intelligent and stirring direction. While the group has clearly evolved and matured since their earlier releases, this record is a testament that their rebellious Jersey attitude is still alive and well, even if it’s well hidden at times.

The band released records each year since their formation back in 2008. While working on their recently released fourth album, the guys took more time than usual and focused on creating a record on their own terms. After several listens, I must agree, mission accomplished!

Lead singer Gary Kaplan had this to say… “Three years has offered the time to play and work out the songs that make up Reset the Dial, and over that time we’ve continued to develop as a band. I, for one, am a lot more confident,” said Kaplan. “There’s more range to the vocals, and overall more textured sound. We weren’t afraid to be too sweet. We weren’t afraid of being dark. We’ve really painted pictures that tell stories with these song, and we feel good about this chapter.”

This is a record full of passion and honesty, delivered with warm vocals, outstanding musicianship and sincerity.

The Fletchers are what rock-n-roll is meant to be; harnessed emotion, tons of energy and songs that resonate in your head and heart after one listen. Do yourself a favor and catch this band live in Jersey, NYC or Philly.

Gary Kaplan – Lead Vocals & Guitar
Dan Coffey – Bass & Backing Vocals
Cliff Heaton – Drums & Backing Vocals
Rob Freda – Guitar & Backing Vocals

To keep up-to-date with The Fletchers please visit:

www.thefletchersmusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/seriousmachines/videos

http://www.reverbnation.com/thefletchersmusic

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Caught In A Halestorm At The Shindig! Exclusive Interview!

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(PCM) A few weeks ago we attended The Shindig Music Festival in Baltimore, MD!  The festival was an epic showcase that included some of the most hard-working and diverse bands currently in the scene. The line-up featured artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Halestorm, The Bots just to name a few.

The festival celebrated a sense of unity among both the artists performing and their fans. The music from each of the band’s performing in some way speaks to the soul of the everyday person and without a doubt we can all find ways in which we relate,.

During The Shindig we were able to catch up with Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm to discuss the band’s festival performance, work on their upcoming new album, tour plans with Eric Church and so much more!

You can view the interview below:

 Photography credit: Ken Schuler for PopCultureMadness.com

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X Japan Take On NYC’s Madison Square Garden

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(PCM) This weekend’s New York Comic Con has been quite the adventure and we were thrilled to cap off our Saturday evening with a performance from X Japan, which marked the band’s largest ever headlining performance at the illustrious Madison Square Garden in the heart of NYC.

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Witnessing X Japan and the always fabulous Yoshiki commandeer the stage was pure magic and enlightening to the senses. There were times that I wasn’t truly sure what I was watching, but all I know is that I was loving every moment. X Japan’s musical style could best be described as a musical mosaic of sorts with the blending of vocal style and instrumentation form a wide variety of both styles and genres with the heart and soul of the performance deeply rooted in rock n’ roll.

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Back home in Japan, Yoshiki and X Japan can sell out 70,000 seat arenas, so to them the 20,000 seat MSG show may have seemed like a step back, however they never showed it and played their hearts out to the rabid fans in attendance who were hypnotized by the band’s every movement on stage.

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Over the years X Japan has struggled to try to make a break in The States, however after witnessing Saturday nights show I can certainly say with confidence that they are well on their way to leaving a mark in a big way. The band’s popularity in North America, as well as, other areas of the world outside of Japan has risen tremendously over the years and Yoshiki claims that it is the band’s goal to rock the entire world.

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One of the things that stood out to me about the New York MSG show was the truly amazing showmanship of this band. We saw lasers and pyro and, of course, some absolutely stellar musicians. Vocalist Toshi has one of the most amazing vocal ranges and Yoshiski was pounding the drums like a true rock god! Hearing songs such as “Drain” and “Silent Jealousy” live was a true treat.

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The band utilized every inch of the MSG stage, that also featured a lengthy catwalk that extended deep into the crowd. One of our favorite moments was witnessing Yoshiki’s drum solo as the entire set slid down the center runaway.

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Being that it was New York Comic Con the band participated in a panel during the convention and certainly had everyone in attendance amped for Saturday night’s performance. The band performed their new tracks “Beneath The Skin” and “Hero” during the performance and there was also filming being done for a documentary. The band also revealed that there is a new album currently in the works.

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For a band that has weathered some terrible tragedies over the years, their fortitude to keep pushing forward is mind-blowing and they certainly deserve much more recognition here in the U.S. than they have had in years past. I feel like this MSG show was a perfect show to set the pace for X Japan and we certainly expect to both see and hear a lot more from them here in the States for years to come.

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 We were able to catch up with X Japan for a press conference interview during Comic Con during which Yoshiki revealed some details about the MSG show as well as what has been going on with the band.

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When asked how the MSG show would compare to the band’s past shows in the States, Yoshiki revealed that this is the first time that the band has brought their full production show to the States, as their past shows have been very organic.

He also spoke about the filming of the band’s documentary and said that we could possibly expect to see it at some of the U.S. and foreign film festivals such as Sundance or Cannes.

Yoshiki also let us know that his fingers are crossed for the upcoming release of the band’s new album would be sometime in mid-2015 and that they plan on partaking in another world tour to support. You can watch the full press conference below:

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Sixx: A.M Announces First Headlining Tour

(PCM) The news that Sixx: A.M. fans have been patiently waiting for has finally arrived. The band has just revealed a string of headlining tour dates that will kick off in early 2015.

The bands brand new album “Modern Vintage” was just released and the band celebrated by live streaming their first live concert performance since 2009 to celebrate the occasion.

After revealing the upcoming touring plans, the band also announced that symphonic rockers Apocalyptica would be joining them as direct support.

The band also will participate in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday morning at 10am PST and do an in-store signing of the new album at the Best Buy store in Berkley, CA at 7:00pm!

A full list of announced tour dates can be found below:

April 8 – San Francisco, Calif., The Regency Ballroom
April 10 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
April 11 – Los Angeles, Calif., Club Nokia
April 13 – Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre
April 14 – Kansas City, Mo., Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
April 16 – Houston, Texas, Warehouse Live
April 17 – Dallas, Texas, The Bomb Factory
April 19 – Minneapolis, Minn., Mill City Nights
April 20 – Chicago, Ill., Vic Theatre
April 21 – Royal Oak, Mich., Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 23 – Toronto, Ontario, Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 24 – Sayreville, N.J., Starland Ballroom
April 25 – Worcester, Mass., The Palladium
April 27 – New York, N.Y., Best Buy Theater
April 28 – Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory
April 29 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring

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Catching Up With Clutch’s Neil Fallon

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(PCM) I was recently out at The Shindig Festival which was held in Balitmore, MD and had a chance to catch up with Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon.

We spoke in-depth about the band’s latest album release, the phenomenal “Earth Rocker”. I expressed to Neil just how much we had enjoyed the album on vinyl, which I highly recommend that everyone check out given the opportunity.

Based out of Maryland, the band tore up the stage at The Shindig and were a perfect choice to be part of the line-up that featured an eclectic mix of artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Gogol Bordello, Rise Against, Halestorm and more.

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All of the bands playing, Clutch included, share a certain spirit that connects with everyday people and that common thread of unity was quite apparent at a festival such as The Shindig.

Clutch recently performed at all three Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago and Denver prior to their appearance at The Shindig. Neil informed us that the band has some plans for the holidays and of course New Years Eve and are also hard at work on a new album that we could see sometime next year.

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You can watch the full interview below:

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Louder Than Life Is Living Up To Its’ Name!

Louder-than-Life(PCM) It is the inaugural year for the Louder Than Life Festival held at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky and thus far we can say that it is certainly living up to its’ name.

We have just gotten back to our hotel room to recover from day one of this monster of a two day festival which boasts a line-up that consists of rock n’ roll royalty. Day one brought us performances from bands such as Judas Priest, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, Theory Of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Alterbridge, Otherwise, Thousand Foot Krutch and many many more!

Day one featured a fairly good sized crowd and despite the fact that temperatures dipped fairly low, especially after the sun went down the raw enthusiasm from the crowd never waned. However, that could have something to do with the fabulous variety of bourbon and other spirits that were on-hand throughout the entire day.

We were absolutely blown away by the performance from Judas Priest to close out the first day. Vocalist Rob Halford and the rest of the band sounded utterly fantastic. Halford is always one of my favorite performers to watch in the live environment, as his vocal prowess is second to none. Oh to be able to hit some of those notes … and he does it almost effortlessly.

The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary, however watching them perform it was as if no time had gone by at all and their set was filled with the classic metal staples that we all know and love.

I was able to catch Korn perform back on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival earlier this summer and I had commented after their show in Camden, NJ that I had not seen vocalist Jonathan Davis looking so excited and refreshed as he did during that particular performance. Well, yet again Davis appeared to have discovered some kind of new found zest and excitement just oozes off the stage when watching them perform.

There is definitely no phoning it in with this band and their performances have certainly did more than deliver. Always an epic live band throughout the years, however there is something about now that is working and whatever it is I certainly hope it keeps up, as we are super excited for the band’s upcoming co-headlining run with Slipknot!

Prior to both Judas Priest and Korn taking the stage, we caught sets from both Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington and Limp Bizkit. While I think that STP feat. Chester Bennington are fabulous, I could not help but note that they brought the energy level in the crowd down just a notch.

The band’s performance was solid and I have to admit that Bennington is certainly holding his own in the band, but after a blazing set from Limp Bizkit and gearing up for Korn, throwing STP on in-between the two just seemed a bit odd and slightly out of place in the days line-up.

Many people continue to have mixed feelings about Limp Bizkit, but I will freely admit that they have always been one of my very favorite bands. Their music, to me, is like a trip down memory lane and back to the late nineties. It was a time when their were more carefree days and Limp Bizkit was definitely part of the soundtrack.

Vocalist Fred Durst has showed no signs of slowing down as he bounced all over the stage, at one point even coming down to the barricade to become a little more up close and personal with the thousands of screaming fans in attendance. Guitarist Wes Borland sounded incredible and it without a doubt one of the most unique and versatile players in modern rock.

The only slight complaints I had about Louder Than Life, and I’m sure many of you who were in attendance will agree, were the incredibly long lines/not enough porta-potties and for some reason the sound on the Main Stage South was fantastic, but Main Stage North at times because a bit muffled and was incredibly heavy on the bass.

The best part about these two-day festival is that we get to go back and do it all again tomorrow!  Stayed tuned for more updates as we catch performances from Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Buckcherry, Chiodos, Hellyeah, Crobot and more!

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