Caliban, Lionheart and Bad Omens live

December 12, 2018

Backstage Munich, Dec. 6th, 2018   Thursday night, 6.30 pm was the announced time for doors to open. Not too many people were queuing outside the Backstage Werk in Munich. For one, it was probably still early for those still at work and second, the opening band of the night, Bad Omens, are not that well known around here so far. Show start was an hour later. The venue was still more than half empty, the fate of many opening bands. With Caliban and Lionheart there were two experienced bands on stage, that drew most of the people to this show. Bad Omens didn’t necessarily fit the bill, which made it hard for them to make a real connection with the audience. Songs like ‘Glass Houses’, ‘Careful What You Wish For’ and ‘Exit Wounds’ do have potential and there were people in the crowd that knew the band and sang along, but that night it wasn’t enough to really ‘heat up’ the audience. By the time Lionheart entered the stage, everyone had made it to [Read More]



December 11, 2018

Multi-platinum alternative rock band THE VERVE PIPE will embark on a headlining tour across the northern East Coast U.S. throughout January in continued support of their most recent releases, the studio album, Parachute and their first-ever live album, Villains – Live & Acoustic (recorded at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI). The tour will kick off on Wednesday, January 9 in New York City at City Winery and stretch across ten dates before looping back to Pawling, NY on January 20. The group will take a short break before returning to their hometown, Grand Rapids, MI, on February 2 to wrap with a show at 20 Monroe Live. See below for a complete list of tour dates. Wed 1/9              New York City, NY            City Winery Thu 1/10              Philadelphia, PA               World Café Live Fri 1/11 Montville, CT     The Wolf Den Sat 1/12               Vienna, VA          The Barns At Wolf Trap Sun 1/13              Richmond, VA    The Tin Pan Wed 1/16            Annapolis, MD   Rams Head On Stage Thu 1/17              Boston, MA         City Winery Sat 1/18               Bethlehem, PA   Musikfest Café Sat 1/19               Bay Shore, NY    YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Sun 1/20              Pawling, NY        Daryl’s House Sat 2/2  Grand [Read More]


Napalm Death Joins the Crypto-Craze . . . Sort Of

December 10, 2018

British metal band Napalm Death are probably a band least inclined to explore modern-day technology. But — surprise, surprise! — they are in on the cryptocurrency craze. Well, sort of only. And not by their own volition. Okay, that seems confusing enough, right? Don’t worry, it isn’t that confusing. Neither is it earth-shattering news. It’s an ice-breaker of a news, though, especially on a slow day. See, there’s this HBO TV series called Silicon Valley, and one of its characters, Gilfoyle (played by the artist Martin Starr) reveals in Season 5 that he mines cryptocurrency as a side gig. For the uninitiated, cryptocurrencies are pretty much just digital money, with the so-called Bitcoin being the most popular of their kind (really, Google cryptocurrency, or maybe ask Siri). Anyway, said character Gilfoyle admits to his officemates that he had created an alert that plays when Bitcoin’s value either rises or drops. Said alert — and you may have caught on already — plays Napalm Death’s unique “opus” “You Suffer,” likely the shortest “song” ever put out [Read More]


Massive Music Lineup Announced For The Debut Of Epicenter

December 10, 2018

May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 At Newly Created Rockingham Festival Grounds In Rockingham, NC  Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon  And Dozens More! Make North Carolina “The Epicenter Of Rock N’ Roll” With Must-See Music Performances And Expanded Camping Options Tickets On Sale Friday, December 14 At Noon ET Epicenter Festival – a new 3-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents – brings a massive music lineup to its 2019 debut, with over 65 music artists performing on four stages, led by Foo Fighters, Tool and Korn. The inaugural festival takes place in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019. Epicenter will also feature sets from Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +Live+ and dozens more. The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds, being developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway, The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), and other local land owners, promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew. General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter go on [Read More]

Music News

Danny Worsnop releases new song, Little Did I Know

December 7, 2018

Danny Worsnop has had quite a busy year with extensive touring with Asking Alexandria. It is a wonder where he found the time, but he has just released a new song from his solo career. The soulful track Little Did I Know brings to life his emotive vocals and emotionally driven lyrics.  Danny comments on the new song, “‘Little Did I Know’ was the song that set the tone for Shades Of Blue. It is such a fun and upbeat feeling song that under the surface is a very sad and moving story of loneliness. I’ve been waiting a long time to get this out and am very excited and proud to finally share it with you all. Jim Kaufman and I spent a lot of time figuring out how this song should feel and the direction he guided me in with this song really sculpted what the entire collection of music became.’ Check out the new track here: Stay tuned for a busy 2019 for Danny. Make sure to visit his social media sites [Read More]


New album Triumphant Hearts by Jason Becker OUT NOW!

December 7, 2018

Triumphant Hearts, the new album from Jason Becker is released today via MascotRecords/Mascot Label Group.  The album features Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Uli Jon Roth, Richie Kotzen, Gus G., Jake Shimabukuro, and many more.  Jason Becker’s story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the technical guitar duo Cacophony, with his great friend Marty Friedman. In 1989, at only 19 years old and after wowing audiences all over the world, the young virtuoso became the guitarist for David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded on his 3rd solo album ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’ and was poised for superstardom when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Maybe. That was 29 years ago.  He lost the ability to [Read More]

New Music

SHOW ALERT: Don’t miss SF favorites Facing New York at their hometown show celebrating album release

December 7, 2018

  Bay Area alt-rock favorites, Facing New York are set to release their new album, Dogtown on December 14th via Nice Life Recording Company. This will be their first album in 10 years. We have been able to take a listen to several of their new tracks and you are going to LOVE IT! Facing New York is Eric Frederic [vocals, guitar] (also known as the multi-platinum GRAMMY–nominated producer/songwriter/artist Ricky Reed), Brandon Canchola [bass] and Omar Cuellar [drums] and they are set to perform a special hometown album release show next week. The show will be on December 14th at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.  You can pick up tickets for the show by heading over to  Every ticket purchase will include the vinyl Dogtown album and Facing New York t-shirt. You can check out the title track below:   More about Facing New York: Eric, Brandon and Omar have a brotherhood and friendship that has endured from their beginnings together in the Bay Area, and that’s what this project represents. Formed in 2004, the group emerged as a cult favorite in the Northern California scene as they [Read More]