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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UnskinnyPop’s Music Picks Of The Day!

  • In 2013, breakout star Tiara Thomas made headlines with the hit single ‘Bad.’ Now the singer/songwriter is back with the release of her new single, ‘One Night.’ She is currently preparing to release her debut album which will be released by Rico Love’s Division1 imprint, distributed by Interscope Records.

  • For David Archuleta fans, the wait to hear him sing again is over. David came back earlier this year from a 2 year mission in Chile. While working on a secular album for 2015, he took a break to record “Glorious” for the forthcoming film Meet the Mormons.

  • PVRIS  just debuted their mystical new music video for “My House” off their up coming album White Noise available everywhere November 4th via Rise Records.

  • R5, the pop/rock quintet featuring siblings Ross, Rocky, Riker, and Rydel Lynch and best friend Ratliff, have released their third EP “Heart Made You Up”. Check out the video for the album first single and title track now!

  • Odessa revealed the music video for her buzzing single “I Will Be There” on VEVO. In addition to receiving high-profile syncs on Fox’s new comedy-drama Red Band Society and this year’s premiere of Grey’s Anatomy,”I Will Be There” serves as the lead-off single to the artist’s critically applauded Odessa EP [Chop Shop/Republic Records]-available now digitally.

  • Rittz has debuted his brand new video for “Bounce” featuring Twista. The track appears on Rittz’s sophomore album, Next to Nothing, which just dropped on September 9. Rittz will be on tour this fall with Slumerican affiliate Yelawolf and will be releasing other singles from the new album before 2015.

  • Nico & Vinz’ have struck another nerve with their second single “In Your Arms” which has become the #1 most added record at Top 40 radio last week. Led by the song of the summer “Am I Wrong,” their debut album Black Star Elephant will be released on October 14th.The duo has also recorded a new song, “Find A Way” featuring Emmanuel Jal, for the upcoming drama The Good Lie after being inspired by an advance screening.

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Finch Drop New Album! Exclusive Interview!

Finch1(PCM) Finch has just released their first full length album in nine years titled “Back To Oblivion” and without a doubt the band has truly outdone themselves with this brilliant release.

After listening to the album it is quite apparent that the band has pushed themselves above and beyond and what I love is that they are truly not afraid to take some risks with their music.

“Back To Oblivion” is a true statement to the band’s longevity and certainly showcased a deeper and more matured side to the band.

Recently we were able to catch up with Finch guitarist Alex Linares to discuss the band’s new album, touring plans, musical history and more!

We were certainly sure that the band was more than excited to get this highly anticipated album into the hand of listeners. Alex comments “Yeah, it felt like it was taking forever. It was finished a couple of months ago and I am so anxious for people to hear it”.

With this being the band’s first full length album in nine years were were curious about any challenges they may have faced in the studio. Alex tell us “Probably just writing together again. It has been almost ten years since we all sat down to write a whole album together. Before we split up, we tried to write a record and came up with nothing worthy of a third full-length record, but with this album it took about a year of us writing in secret. We were doing all these anniversary shows for the 10th anniversary of “What Is To Burn”, but we were always secretly working on the new material. We just didn’t want to announce it at that point”.

When speaking about tracks on the new album that can definite the mentality in the studio, Alex reveals “We worked really quickly and it was sort of over before it began, but I don’t know if there is really one song that captures the tone of us recording. I think maybe it would be “New Wave”, it is the last song on the record and it was one that was wholly created in the studio. Normally during the recording process each person records their parts separately and they are all put together, however for that song we were all in the studio together, at the same time, working on it, and we created it together. I think that might be an example of the new Finch where we are a bit more united”.

With “Back To Oblivion” Finch were definitely not afraid to experiment some with their sound and create a very unique new album. Alex says that he is “crossing my fingers and toes” that the fans take to it more than they did “Say Hello To Sunshine”. He felt that “Sunshine” caught most people off guard, although some people did love it.

Alex goes on to say ” I have ADD in the studio and I feel it is important for us to keep challenging ourselves with every record, so that will keep us all interested”.

“Two Guns To The Temple” is the first single off of “Back To Oblivion” and we were curious to know what led to the band’s decision for that track in particular to become the single and also if they ever get a feeling about a song and then are surprised by what the fans happen to gravitate towards. Alex comments ” I don’t even pretend to know which song should become the single, usually I’m like ‘Yes, that’s the one’ and the record label and manager types are like “You’re f**king crazy, dude … it’s five and half minutes and you don’t get to the chorus for three and half, so that doesn’t work’! The lead off single was really “Anywhere But Here” as the internet single and fit a little more into the traditional single format.”.

We also spoke in-depth about many of the changes that have taken place within the music industry over the years. Alex reveals ” Five years ago I didn’t want anything to do with a label, but I think how they function now, it makes sense, it works and we are more comfortable with it. So far, Razor & Tie has been a really good home for us. They have not made any sort of ridiculous demands that we have had to deal with from label in the past. They seem to really respect their artists and that is genuinely what artist really want … to be respected.

We also spoke about the up rise of social media and Alex commented “As much as social networks give you access to the band in ways that you or I didn’t have twenty years ago, I mean you had to buy Hit Parader if there was a cool picture of Marilyn Manson or Jonathan Davis in there, now you have this inside peek. You get to see backstage and see how boring it really is (laughs), I think it is kind of good and kind of not good sometimes. It takes some of mystery away.

He goes on to say “When I was thirteen, Korn was my favorite band ever and this last tour we were on tour in Australia and they were on it and seeing Jonathan Davis, like romp around backstage, he looked like the most mega-geek and that’s probably what most people involved with social networks these days really think about the artist’s they see. They take backstage photos and they are just sitting there with a book, reading or something. It’s like someone explaining how the magic trick works and it’s a f**king bummer!”

Currently the band is gearing up for a headlining tour run with Maps & Atlases that is set to begin in a few weeks. Alex also told us that there is some talk about the band headed back to England and some other parts of Europe as well and plan for non-stop touring for the next year and half of so in support of the record.

We mentioned to Alex that it would have to be difficult for the band to craft a set list each night and he replied “The only hard part is not wanting to put too much new material in there. I want to go out and play the new record from beginning to end but I know that would greatly annoy most people that paid for a ticket so I think we will play a good mix of both old and newer material”.

Alex also reveals that one of the great inspirations for the new album was the 10th anniversary show for their seminal album “What Is To Burn”. He says ” To play the album together again was bizarrely easy and running through all the songs, it was like muscle memory. I think feeling such constant enthusiasm for my band and just constant desire for us to not go away after this tour was a great motivator to try our hand at a new record.”

Often times certain information about a band may be misconstrued or misunderstood, we asked Alex if that had ever happened with Finch. He replied “So much!  Usually everything! (laughs) I am not actually a grizzly bear, most people think I am the offspring of some great grizzly mother … that’s not true! No, I’m kidding. People come up with the wildest things and it’s ridiculous. I think the worst on is that people actually think that I’m a d**k. People will come up and talk to me and be like ‘man, we heard you were a d**k, but you’re really great’.  I appreciate that … really.”

Well, we can certainly set the record straight! He is neither bear nor d**khead! Alex along with the rest of Finch are truly great guys that have put together a truly wonderful new album that we certainly urge you all to check out!

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Pink Floyd Reveal New Album Release “The Endless River”

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(PCM) We were absolutely overjoyed when the news was released that there will be a new album from Pink Floyd coming soon. The forthcoming album’s title will be “The Endless River” and it will be the first album of new material from the band in 20 years.

The target release date for the new album will be November 10th, which is perfect time for the start of the holiday season. According to a recent interview with Uncut, David Gilmour and Nick Mason began recording for “The Endless River” back in November of last year and spent about a month overdubbing guitars and recording drums. It was also revealed that producer Phil Manzanera is very involved in the creative process for the upcoming album as well.

Pre-orders for “The Endless River” have already begun and according to the band’s website the album will feature 18 tracks and be available as a standard CD, double vinyl or a deluxe box set which contain about 40 minutes of bonus material.

Much to the additional delight of Floyd fans, the album is also said to feature original organ recordings from Richard Wright, taken from rehearsals dating back to June 1969. The album will be set up into four different pieces and focus on the more atmospheric and digressive aspects of the band. The full track listing for the album can be found below:

The Endless River Tracklist:
01. Things Left Unsaid
02. It’s What We Do
03. Ebb And Flow
04. Sum
05. Skins
06. Unsung
07. Anisina
08. The Lost Art of Conversation
09. On Noodle Street
10. Night Light
11. Allons-y (1)
12. Autumn’68
13. Allons-y (2)
14. Talkin’ Hawkin’
15. Calling
16. Eyes To Pearls
17. Surfacing
18. Louder Than Words

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Waka Flocka Hires Seth Rogen as His Professional Blunt Roller

(PCM) You read that right: Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka has hired everyone’s favorite stoner-comedian, Seth Rogen, to roll his blunts for a year.

This all came about when the rapper put forth into the universe the request for a professional blunt roller, and offered $50k a year for the job.

The “Hard in da Paint” rapper posted an ad for the position on his Instagram account announcing: “IM PAYING 50k A YEAR FOR A BLUNT ROLLER,” and asked his fans and followers to hashtag #ICANROLL in their responses.

A torrent of #ICANROLL posts flooded Waka Flocka’s Instagram feed with some people taking to twitter to reach out to the rapper.

The overwhelming amount of responses should come as no surprise to Flocka seeing how his offer of $50k to roll blunts for a year is more than the average American makes working 40 hour weeks for a year.

Eager to show off their rolling skills, people quickly started posting pictures of everything from your standard pencil-length blunt to extravagant cross-blunts, foot-long blunts, and criss-cross blunts.

It should be noted that Waka Flocka resides in Atlanta, Georgia as his primary place of residence, a city that is currently looking into legalizing marijuana for people 21 years and over.

As it turns out, well known weed-enthusiast/actor/writer/comedian Seth Rogen threw his name into the hat, tweeting at Waka Flocka: “@WakaFlockabsm #icanroll Hit me up.”

It would seem that Waka took the actor’s advice and gave him the job, later posting a picture of Rogen’s tweet to his Instagram with the caption “HIRED #icanROLL #36BRICKHOUSE.”

The rapper then posted a picture from Seth Rogen’s 2008 comedy Pineapple Express with his head photo-shopped onto James Franco’s body with the caption: “First day on the job @SethRogen @3BRICKHOUSE #icanROLL.”

Whether Seth Rogen will be adding “professional blunt roller” to his resume for real or not is yet to be substantiated, but we can only keep our fingers crossed.

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Concert Review: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Rocked Philadelphia

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Photography credit: Ken Schuler

(PCM) Music played by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers is the kind that has a way of just reaching out and soothing your soul. I like to compare it a loving embrace from an old friend, like the kind that you share fond memories with and catch up like no time has passed at all.

It was feelings like those that passed over me as I watched Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform during their recent tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Petty blasted into his set opening with “So You Want To Be A Rock n’ Roll Star?” which nicely set the pace for what was in-store for the rest of the evenings performance. On stage, Petty promised an industrial strength rock show and that is certainly what we received.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear “Last Dance With Mary Jane” for the second song of the set, but when you have a catalog that is as iconic and full as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers then the hits are sure to pop up quite frequently throughout the performance. The crowd went absolutely wild and the entire floor because a sing-a-long as we all belted out the lyrics to that memorable song.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently released a brand new album called “Hypnotic Eye” and it is absolutely phenomenal. I was thrilled to hear that some new tracks such as “American Dream Plan B” and the current single “You Get My High” made their way into the set.

The crowd continued to go wild as Petty and the Heartbreakers plowed through hits such as “Into The Great Wide Open”, “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down”. It was at the point that an amazing moment occurred during the show. The band decided to change up the set list a little bit and Petty invited show opener, the amazing Steve Winwood to join him and the band on stage.

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The show in Philadelphia marked the first time during this tour that the two artists performed together and their jam session on the hit song “Gimme Some Lovin'” from The Spencer Davis Group with Winwood on vocals was just incredible. Prior to that, Winwood also performed a cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” with the band as well. I was absolutely thrilled to be in attendance to watch this performance live!

We found an excellent fan filmed video of the two performing “Gimme Some Lovin” during the Philadelphia, PA show:

The band closed out their set with the hits “Refugee” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream”  and then of course returned to the stage for an epic encore that included “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, “You Wreck Me” and “American Girl”.

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It was an amazing night of rock n’ roll and it proves the spirit is alive and well, especially in Philadelphia!

Click here to see more amazing photos from the show!

 

 

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Natalie Merchant Shines At The Beacon Theater In New York City

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(PCM) The energy on 75th and Broadway last night was warm and energetic as renowned songstress Natalie Merchant took the stage at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City. Merchant performed for a sold-out crowd, which included one confirmed special guest – Michael Stipe of R.E.M fame. Merchant is currently a North American tour in support of her new self-titled album. The new disc dropped back in May and debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200. With it being Merchant’s first studio effort in 13 years, needless to say fans had been eagerly waiting and were more than excited to see her perform again.

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Natalie’s marvelous band took the stage first and she followed suit shortly, greeted by a roaring ovation from the crowd. She opened with “Lulu”, one of her new tracks, and proceeded to showcase her latest studio effort by playing six more songs from it. The orchestral arrangements for the songs were very much on point, and her entire performance was truly brought to life. Merchant steadily navigated through a sizable 21-song set. She concluded the evening with a big five-song encore of some of her biggest hits – “Wonder”, “Carnival”, and “Kind & Generous”.

View more photos from the show!

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Use And That He Did Not Create “Blurred Lines”

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(PCM) A recent court deposition has shed light on quite a few revelations about singer Robin Thicke that fans may not have been aware. Thicke’s deposition was part of an on-going court battle between Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. and the children of the late Marvin Gaye who claim that the trio’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringes on the copyright of their father’s song “Got To Give It Up”.

In his deposition, Thicke admitted that he cannot recall most of the recording process for “Blurred Lines” because he was completely intoxicated at the time. He claims that he was taking Vicodin and was drinking alcohol when he showed up at the studio to record the track.

Thicke goes on to admit that he was not as involved as he would have liked to be with the writing of the track and only said he was because he was jealous that Pharrell would receive all of the songwriter’s credit. He reveals that Pharrell was indeed responsible for most of, if not all of, the songs creation saying he was “just lucky to be in the room” when the track was written.

He felt that by telling the media a false story about how the song originated that it would help album sales. Thicke also says that he barely remembers any of the media interviews he gave at that time because he had a drug and alcohol problem for a year.

We are certainly not sure how fans are going to react to these new revelations about Thicke’s character, but surely many will being to view him in a bit of a different light.

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Kanye West Stops Concert When Handicap Fans Won’t Stand-Up

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(PCM) Here is yet another instance where Kanye has full inserted his foot in his mouth by bringing his entire concert to a stop when several handicapped fans wouldn’t stand-up.

The incident occurred during Kanye’s performance in Sydney, Australia and according to several sources Kanye was refusing to perform until the entire audience was up on their feet saying “I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. ‘Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that.”

Kanye eventually notices the one fan waving their prosthetic limb in the air to show the reason behind being seated and says “You fine”, however yet another wheelchair bound fan still wasn’t standing up for obvious reasons, however Kanye sent his bodyguard Pascal Duvier down into the crowd after stopping the song “Good Life” to verify that the fan was indeed wheelchair bound.

The crowd in attendance were yelling and making wheelchair motions with their hands to let Kanye know what was going on, but he did not continue the song until he receive Pascal’s confirmation. He said “He’s in a wheelchair. It’s fine!”.

 

Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian was also in attendance at the show and was seen leaving the area through the back door about twenty minutes before the show ended.

One would hope that he would have at least apologized or given those fans something for putting them through that embarrassment during the show.

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Miley Cyrus Takes On Led Zeppelin’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”

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(PCM) Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has definitely been showing quite a bit of genre diversity lately and has just released a Soundcloud link to her cover version of the classic Led Zeppelin hit “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”.

Cyrus revealed the cover by tweeting “Check dis sh*t out” with a link that directed fans to Soundcloud. “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” was featured on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut album and was originally written by folk singer Anne Bredon and has been covered numerous times by a variety of artists over the years.

It has been stated that Zeppelin themselves learned the songs from Joan Baez, however Miley’s recently released version is definitely based on the Zeppelin version. Miley also recently revealed that she teamed up with the Flaming Lips for a Beatles cover album titled “With A Little Help From My Fwends” taking on the classic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.  She also recently mentioned wanting to make an attempt to cover Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”.

Do you like Miley’s cover? Or should she stick to the pop genre? Personally, we think it’s great, but just wish the audio quality was a little bit cleaner.

 

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