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metal roundup: New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Heavy MTL & Rock'n Derby lineups; Revocation playing NYC, more
Feb 5, 2016 1:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...

There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.

There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.

Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrest...

Beneath the Surface: Chicagos Montana of 300 on lyricism, Rick Rubin and sobriety
Feb 5, 2016 1:13pm | Fact Magazine

Montana of 300, Chicago native and one of FACTs rappers to watch in 2016, is a beast for YouTube views.

His freestyle videos amass seven-figure clicks, his rendition of Nicki Minajs Chiraq garnering over 12 million views. His popularity online has led him to even bigger looks, most recently as an actor on the premiere of Foxs massive drama Empire. His role on the show linked him with Chris Rock and Rick Rubin, who count themselves among Montanas supporters but its clear that he doesnt need help from anyone in high places, as his success is truly organic. Hes sat in rooms with Kardashians, but remains dedicated to the independent ethos that has gotten him this far.

Gearing up to release his debut full-length in May, Montana discussed Empire, his links to Kanye West, the merits of sobriety and why lyricism is so important to him.

“Theres no surface to scratch with most of these rappers nowadays. Its plain.”

Do you wanna tell me a bit about what it was like to work on Empire?

It was cool. Everybody was real down to earth. What I can say is, it was time-consuming. So many takes, its way different than shooting a music video. They had professional cooks and everything. We took our breaks. My chair was right next to Terrence Howards chair and that was kind of a surprise. I had my own trailer and everything. It was actually cool, that typ...

Kurt Russell accidentally destroyed a 150-year-old antique guitar on set of The Hateful Eight
Feb 5, 2016 1:12pm | Cosequence Of Sound

There are many deaths in Quentin Tarantinos latest epic, The Hateful Eight, but perhaps none bigger than the authentic six-string Martin guitar Kurt Russell smashes to pieces.

The Martin Guitar Museum loaned the one-of-a-kind 150-year-old guitar under the assumption that it’d be swapped out with a janky replica prior to its destruction during filming. However, as Hateful Eight sound mixer Mark Ulano explained to SSN Insider, “somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt” who ended up smashing the real McCoy against a wall.

Understandably, Martin isn’t very happy. Speaking to Reverb, museum director Dick Boak called the incident “distressing,” adding, We cant believe that it happened. I dont think anything can really remedy this. Weve been remunerated for the insurance value, but its not about the money. Its about the preservation of American musical history and heritage.

“As a result of the incident,” Boak said, “the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances.

Watch the scene in question below.

Cory Jreamz sheds his moniker on Vices, his best song yet
Feb 5, 2016 12:46pm | Fact Magazine

The Houston rapper moves forward as Jacory on ‘Vices’.

Rapper Cory Jzreamz has dropped his moniker in favor of his given name, Jacory, on his new song ‘Vices’. It’s perfect timing, because the young up-and-comer’s song is a massive step forward.

Over distant screams and the waterfall blast of noise that makes up the main beat, Jacory contemplates addictions — from substances to products — with a calm confidence. It leaves a powerful impression as does it’s visual accompaniment you can take in above and stream the song over on Spotify. Look for a new mixtape from Jacory this summer.

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Flatbush Zombies Bounce
Feb 5, 2016 12:32pm | StereoGum
flatbush zombies bounceBrooklyn acid rap trio Flatbush Zombies are back and in full promo mode for their upcoming debut LP 3001: A Laced Odyssey. After a two-year hiatus since their collab EP with fellow Flatbush brethren the Underachievers, they returned with the ill one-off "Glorious Thugs," paying homage to Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony by murdering a repurposing of … More »

Josh Brolin & Jessica Chastain Cast As George Jones & Tammy Wynette In New Biopic
Feb 5, 2016 12:17pm | StereoGum
Josh Brolin & Jessica Chastain Cast As George Jones & Tammy Wynette In New BiopicAdding to the slew of music biopics that are currently in development, it looks like Josh Brolin and Jessica Chastain have been tapped to play famous country pair and former husband-and-wife George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Brolin, who will serve as a producer on the film, has mentioned the project in the past, but … More »

Five Notable Releases of the Week (2/5/16)
Feb 5, 2016 12:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Lucinda Williams

This is the first installment of the new "Five Notable Releases of the Week" feature, where, as the title implies, I'll be picking five releases that come out each week that I think are worth hearing. It will mostly be full-length albums, but EPs and mixtapes will count too (just not individual singles). Even with New Music Friday, release weeks are still sometimes arguable, but I'm going with anything that becomes readily available from the previous Saturday through the time of this post each Friday. Ideally, you'll be able to hear all five picks at the time this thing goes up.

Head below for this week's picks...

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The weeks best mixes: Danny L Harle, Andrew Weatherall and a journey to Pakistan
Feb 5, 2016 12:15pm | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

This week we journey from highbrow to lowbrow through every territory between, with Throwing Shade taking us on an journey into Pakistan, Andrew Weatherall picking some pancontinental gems, Mosca delivering a user’s guide to essential techno bod STL, and PC Music’s pop hero going full-on I’m A Celebrity… 

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Slowdive, Deer Tick & Craig Finn added to Shaky Knees fest; daily schedule revealed
Feb 5, 2016 12:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Craig Finn at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in February (more by Sachyn Mital)
Craig Finn

Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival just announced some additions to its 2016 lineup: Slowdive,Deer Tick, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, LANY,and The Japanese House.

These are in addition to the bulk of the lineup they announced last month, which includes At the Drive-In, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Jane's Addiction, Deftones, Foals, Against Me!, Hop Along and many more. Daily lineups have been announced as well, and you can see who is playing each day in the fest's new poster, below.

Shaky Knees goes on from May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park. 3-day passes and single-day tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Slowdive, Deer Tick & Craig Finn added to Shaky Knees fest; daily schedule revealed" at brooklynvegan

death/doom vets Dream Death releasing another reunion album, 'Dissemination' (stream the title track)
Feb 5, 2016 12:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Dream Death

Recently reformed death/doom band Dream Death were around briefly in the '80s, releasing their 1987 debut Journey Into Mystery and then breaking up in '89. Some of the members continued as Penance, but finally in 2011 they decided to get Dream Death back together and then released their long-awaited second album, Somnium Excessum, in 2013. This year they'll release their third album, Dissemination, on March 4 via Rise Above Records (pre-order). For this one they have the same lineup as Penance did on their 1992 debut, The Road Less Travelled. We've got the premiere of the title track.

"Dissemination" sounds like a bunch of angry old dudes, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. It's a combative, riffy slab of metal with the sonics and tempo of old-school death metal married to the bluesy genre classicism of doom. It's a crusher, complete with a ripping guitar solo, and you can stream it below.

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The Fiery Furnaces Albums From Worst To Best
Feb 5, 2016 11:48am | StereoGum
The Fiery FurnacesFrom 2003 until 2011, over the span of six studio albums, an EP, a double-disc live extravaganza, and hundreds of catalog-recombinant shows, the Oak Park, Illinois-reared siblings Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger wrought a polarizing, idiosyncratic iconography; by and large, audiences were either reveling in the cavalcade of inside jokes, or they were resolutely weren't. More »

Bob Marley brand weed to launch on the singers birthday
Feb 5, 2016 11:40am | Fact Magazine

Marley Natural, in four separate strains.

Tomorrow is Bob Marley’s birthday and in honor of the occasion his estate has announced the launch of Marley Natural, an new strain of weed bearing the reggae icon’s name and image.

If my father was here physically, he would be up front advocating for this plant, so we are very proud to put our Marley Natural brand out there, the singer’s son Stephen Marley told Billboard. His family worked with New York based Privateer Holding to develop the product.

The company explains its visited hundreds of farms and worked to develop four separate strains it plans to make available in decriminalized and legalized U.S. states: Marley Green, Gold, Red and a highly concentrated Black meant only for experienced users. No word yet on when they plan to launch. Other musicians (and weed advocates) that have launched brands include Snoop Dogg and Willy Nelson.

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Lontalius Its Not Love
Feb 5, 2016 11:32am | StereoGum
lontaliusEddie Johnston, better known as Lontalius, is a New Zealand teen who graduated from YouTube covers to a deal with Partisan Records. He has earned some high profile fans like Lorde and Troye Sivan, and rightly so. His debut album I'll Forget 17 is due this spring, and the lead single "Glow" was … More »

Stone Temple Pilots moving forward following death of Scott Weiland
Feb 5, 2016 11:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

Stone Temple Pilots long ago decided to move on without their original frontman Scott Weiland. Prior to Weiland’s death late last year, STP had teamed with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington to tour and record. Following Bennington’s own departure, however, it looks like the band is back in the market for a new singer. And it could be you.

STP’s official website currently displays a maintenance message, but Alternative Nation peeked into the site’s backend and discovered an open audition announcement:

“2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots

A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but thats going to take a little help from all of you.

As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in

We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. Weve already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so weve set up a wa...

PREMIERE: The Elwins do classic CanRock with By Divine Rights Come For A Ride
Feb 5, 2016 11:26am | Chart Attack

And the car ride rock out. And the tobogganing sesh. And the psychedelic pyjama jam. By Divine Right's "Come For A Ride" is an icon of late '90s, The Wedge-era CanRock. It weirded many a young minds, turning them on to the kinky flavours of Canadian alt rock. Keswick, Ontario's The Elwins apparently among them.

When the band was invited to contribute to I Want Light, a tribute album to José Miguel Contreras' indie rock institution, By Divine Right, assembled by Dylan Hudecki and Hand Drawn Dracula's James Mejia, they knew exactly which track they'd tackle. The Elwins' Travis Stoki explains:

"I once saw an amazing music video from a band where it was both funny and super cool. Unfortunately I didn't catch who the artist was, let alone any title, so for many years I would find myself thinking about this incredible video by this band and think, 'Would I ever know who did that song?' Thankfully, about two years ago, I was talking with my friend Graham (Tokyo Police Club) about this mystery video I had seen back in early high school or something and immediately he said, 'You mean "Come For A Ride!"' Naturally, we had to do this song."

I Want Light: A Tribute to By Divine Right is out Friday, February 12, 2016, available as a free download. Here's the full tracklisting:

01. Jim Guthrie - "I Love Everybody"
02. Arkells - "Stella Heart Ocean"
03. Sam Roberts - "Medicine"
04. The Meligrove Band - ...

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