A NEW music festival called the Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival will be debuting this summer and featuring acts like Thrice, The Used, Sum 41 and MORE! READ IT HERE
The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival is a new music experience making its debut across North America this summer.
The touring festival will feature unique lineups in each city, including The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black and more. You can visit rockstardisrupt.com for full line-up details for each city.
The 25-city rock roadshow kicks off June 21 in Dallas, Texas, at the Dos Equis Pavilion and make stops in Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Denver and more, before wrapping July 28 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Isleta Amphitheater.
Check out the full list of dates below.
The festival will take place across two stages, allowing fans to experience all of their must-see artists in one rock-filled day. In addition, anyone who brings an empty 16-ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink to recycle at the main gate will have the opportunity to skip the line and be entered to win a signed festival guitar and exclusive meet-and-greet with festival headliners.
Tickets for Disrupt will go on sale starting this Friday, March 29 at 10AM local time. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 26 at noon local time until Thursday, March 28 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
We recently talked with Echo 2 Locate lead vocalist Rhiannon Neagle as she discussed the new single/ video for "High" and her "perfect" venue to play in - READ IT HERE
by: Rachel Salinger
Rachel Salinger: The rumor is rock is dead. No more. What do you say?
Rhiannon Neagle: Rock is not dead. What is popular in music runs in a cycle. It’s only a matter of time that rock makes a massive comeback. An artist just has to make this happen and we plan to be that artist.
RS: What do your live shows look and feel like, do you only play covers or do you throw in your original material too when playing live?
Rhiannon Neagle: We try to make every show, no matter the size of the audience, a true concert. We always perform as if we are in front of thousands even if it’s only 50 people. We stay away from covers unless the show requires one. We always connect with our audiences and make our shows a place where anybody can feel at home.
RS: Talk to us about your music video 'High' the lyrical content fits the title so very well.
Rhiannon Neagle: High was written for the purpose of creating something catchy and addictive to listen to. The lyrics convey a lot of messages throughout the song and we wanted to leave it open to interpretation as much as possible which is why we tried to keep the video for it simple. The whole concept of the video is to show our fans and viewers Echo 2 Locate’s visualization of what it’s like to be inside a mind during a manic episode.
RS: Was the music and video planned together simultaneously? They fit very well.
Rhiannon Neagle: They actually were not. We always come up with video scripts after a song is written. We take a ton of time to write the scripts and usually go through several different ideas until we land on the decided script.
RS: Does it ever seem like to you that mania and a manic mind is more common to each of us? If so, why or why not? Do you feel it may be different nowadays these influences on our brains?
Rhiannon Neagle: I feel like everybody experiences some form of mania throughout their life. However, I do think it’s probably different for everyone as everybody experiences emotions differently just like everybody may experience seeing color differently. I think environmental factors change as time goes on in general affecting the way people may act upon having a manic episode however, I am in no way a doctor. All I can do is write and speak based upon my own experiences.
RS: Who have been some of your influences musically along the way?
Will Servary: Emma Anzia from Sick Puppies because her bass technique is absolutely incredible and she makes it seem super simple to play it live with how crazy she goes on stage. She goes from picking to slapping in a song very quickly by putting a pick between her middle finger and her palm. I look up to her as a bassist and she inspires me to constantly improve my technique.
RS: Describe the perfect venue/club to perform in.
Clarke Hildreth: For me, I like to say that bigger is better. Of course, I love playing small venues where the crowd is jumping in your face. I will never turn down a show like that. However, there is no bigger rush than being on a stage up high and seeing a large crowd. I would love to play an arena.
RS: Thought we overheard new music might be in the works for this year. What direction is it flowing, will it be something different?
Clarke Hildreth: New music is definitely in the works this year. We are currently writing an album, and so far, things are coming together well. We are incredibly happy with the songs we’ve been writing. With all four of us playing an active role in the songwriting process, we want this album to be a true representation of Echo 2 Locate.
RS: When can we expect more to be released and will any touring come with it?
Mike Pritchett: You can expect more music to be released this year and HELL yea we will be touring when that happens. However we cannot confirm any set dates at this time for the releases.
We recently talked with Texas rockers Roaring Truth as vocalist Marty Hill discussed their self titled EP, his favorite bands and much more! - READ IT HERE
Classic metal rock days are back with a modern rev as Texas rockers, Roaring Truth, deliver on their self-titled EP. The band is passionately driven to bring their fans what they want- Texas size sound is pounding loud and proud for Roaring Truth.
Ron Lester: Roaring Truth- there is something to be said in a name. It is quite often the first thing we identify with someone or something. Has the name worked for you as you felt it would for the band?
Marty Hill: I think that it is a very distinctive name and relates what we’re about. The name is made up of two parts between myself and James Jones, our singer. I originally wanted to name the band “Hard Truth”, however, he asked me if I’ve ever heard a lion roar- he stated that the power of it is incredible. So, we used his “Roaring” and my “Truth” and put them together for “Roaring Truth”.
Ron Lester: Your sound reaches back into the earlier days of metal/hard rock. Who did you all grow up listening to and how has that sound resonated with you on your band journey?
Marty Hill: My favorite bands are as follows- 70’s Aerosmith, Van Halen (DLR), Def Leppard (pre-Hysteria), Kiss, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Tesla etc…All of these bands, whether metal or hard rock, always wrote melodic “sing-along” songs. That’s what gets me going! When you combine melody with powerful music, it’s anthemic-. that’s what we’re trying to do.
Ron Lester: Talk about your self-titled EP and its development. Is there anything now looking back that you would change?
Marty Hill: When you listen to a finished product over and over, you tend to think about different ways of doing things, however, I am very satisfied with the EP. Every song that we have sent to Dallas radio has been played, so we’re confident in what we have produced.
Ron Lester: How has the daily workload and being a band load worked for you all? Are family and friends supportive of the division of time?
Marty Hill: Our music is a labor of love and our families and friends realize that. We all have full-time jobs and families that still garner the majority of our time, however, we a disciplined in setting appropriate time aside for band rehearsal, writing etc…
Ron Lester: One of you at least is a Pastor correct? What has been the reaction from others in the religious body to what you do as musicians? Have you found it to be helpful at times in relating to others?
Marty Hill: Yes, I am a pastor. I do get funny looks when people know I’m in a heavy metal band, because folks who are uneducated about the scene relate it all to the cliché of “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll”, and, of course, Satan worship. Roaring Truth is not here to beat people over the head with the Bible, we simply want to provide an alternative, from what is often negative in vibe and presentation. Our second single “Rebel?” speaks to this topic. Our music is definitely a bridge to a relationship to others- it is a universal language of the heart and soul.
Ron Lester: What is next now after the release of your single "Homesick" off the album?
Marty Hill: We will be promoting our follow-up single- “Rebel?”. We will continue to promote the EP and be playing dates in the southern states, specifically Texas and Arkansas for the immediate future. Keep up with Roaring Truth on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information.
Stephanie of East Coast Romper reviewed the new album from Charming Liars called "Thought, Flesh and Bone" - READ HER REVIEW HERE
Charming liars--thought, flesh and bone
By Stephanie Stevens
When music catches your ears to many its certain things that make you intrigued. For me, an alluring and satisfying vocalist that has a interesting flair sets my heart ablaze and then add passionate lyrics and you have me sold.
Charming Liars were first introduced to me by a Spotify playlist. The bands single SOUL played and within the first 30 seconds that voice did me in. The words it was displaying and that soothing beautiful vocal pattern made me wanna know more. Then that chorus just explodes and wants you to showcase that positive and inviting happiness we all might be losing in this day and age. Once that song was introduced to me I followed the London and now Los Angeles based band charming liars.
The band set out to release single songs for the past year but with thought, flesh and bone; they have integrated all singles and some new tracks into a powerful alternative pop electronic piece of artistry.
LIKE A DRUG is prob a 2nd favorite because yet again this voice just engulfs into your soul. This one is more daring, seductive and alluring but the song overall track is just catchy as hell, moody and intriguing.
OCEAN delves into the more dance electric type ambiance. Higher energy real poppy and a fun song. SPIRAL OUT keeps with the more techy electronic engagement but has that rock sounding illusion keeping the song protected and multi leveled.
DEEPER is just captivating and showcases more of the vocal side of things. NOVACAINE has a flair of 90s soundscapes but then slowly follows into a more melodic sweet lullaby like feeling.
INSOMNIA is purely fascinating from the combo of rock, synth like pop flair and yet again that voice is just smooth and captivating. SOMETHING DARK is a force of nature not sure how to explain the alluring qualities of the mood shifts of this track. It might just be the case of just clicking the button to listen because it has me hooked.
All and all if you love the sounds of eclectic feelings, pop uplifting elements and a little alternative rock roots to make it all come together like perfection then Charming Liars is the band for you.
Woodstock is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year and has announced a star studded lineup featuring modern hip hop, rock and pop acts alongside legends. JAY-Z, The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant, Santana and MORE! SEE THE LINEUP HERE
Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang is celebrating the festival’s 50th anniversary by staging a new multi-day event in Watkins Glen, New York from August 16th-18th.
Lang had promised an “eclectic bill” featuring modern hip-hop, rock, and pop acts performing alongside some of the legacy bands from the original festival. To that point, the lineup pairs contemporary stars including JAY-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, and Imagine Dragons alongside veteran artists like Robert Plant, Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, and Grateful Dead offshoot Dead and Company.
Other notable acts include Janelle Monáe, The Raconteurs, Sturgill Simpson, Cage the Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Common, Earl Sweatshirt, boygenius, Portugal. the Man, Maggie Rogers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dawes, Princess Nokia, Reignwolf, Margo Price, Soccer Mommy, and more.
Tickets to Woodstock 2019 go on sale beginning April 22nd. Visit the festival’s website for more info.
Lollapalooza has announced its 2019 lineup and it'll be a jam packed 4 day event featuring mainly pop and hip hop with some rock like The Strokes, Tenacious D, Death Cab For Cutie and more! CHECK OUT THE LINEUP HERE
Lollapalooza has revealed its 2019 lineup. The Chicago mega fest returns to Grant Park between August 1st and 4th, 2019.
Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, The Strokes, and Tame Impala top this year’s bill. Other notable acts include Lil Wayne, Janelle Monáe, Flume, Kacey Musgraves, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tenacious D, Death Cab For Cutie, Maggie Rogers, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, Gary Clark Jr., Mitski, Sharon Van Etten, Rosalía, Tierra Whack, King Princess, J.I.D, Saba, Denzel Curry, Smino, and Tayla Parx.
Also playing are Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, J Balvin, Hozier, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Bring Me the Horizon, Lil Baby and Gunna, Sheck Wes, Rich the Kid, Japanese Breakfast, Francis and the Lights, 6LACK, H.E.R., Sigrid, (Sandy) Alex G, Fantastic Negrito, Fitz & the Tantrums, Calpurnia, and more.
General admission and VIP passes to Lollapalooza are now on sale. Once they sell out, you can grab them here.
Chicago metal band One Steel Wound will be dropping their new single "In-Chains" on March 21st! You can Pre Save it NOW on your Spotify playlist - CHECK IT OUT HERE
Former Murder FM frontman Norman Matthew releases new solo project As Strange As Angels and release new single "Mirror Mirror" - LISTEN TO IT HERE
Goth Industrial Rock Band Dead Girls Corp has released their new album, Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades and released an official music video for "Dead Girls" - WATCH IT HERE
Al recently photographed Lords of Acid at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY along with Orgy and Gabriel and the Apocalypse - SEE HIS BAD ASS PHOTOS HERE!
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