2012 July | The Audio Perv - Part 3
Archive for July, 2012
30 Jul

Green Day today revealed a live video of “Let Yourself Go” – a new track from their upcoming album Green Day ¡UNO!, the first of their forthcoming album trilogy Green Day ¡UNO! Green Day ¡DOS! Green Day ¡TRÉ! The video was filmed on November 17th, 2011 in Austin, TX and is premiering exclusively at AltPress.Com. Produced by Rob Cavallo and being released by Reprise Records, Green Day ¡UNO! will street September 25th, Green Day ¡DOS! November 23rd, and Green Day ¡TRÉ! January 15, 2013.

30 Jul

Twin Atlantic are following up the official video for “Yes, I Was Drunk” with the news that they will be joining The Used on their upcoming fall tour. Twin will accompany the Warped Tour headliners across the US from Pomona, CA to Boise, ID alongside Stars in Stereo (full schedule below).

The band’s latest single, “Yes, I Was Drunk,” comes from their sophomore album, Free, which is available now on iTunes. Twin are currently performing on the Vans Warped Tour and are giving away a ‘Freemixes’ download every Tuesday during the tour.

For more on Twin Atlantic, head to their official site, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tour Dates with The Used:
Sept 18 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
Sept 19 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Sept 21 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Sept 22 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Sept 23 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
Sept 25 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Sept 27 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
Sept 28 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

30 Jul

On September 25, Equal Vision Records will release Portugal. The Man’s The Majestic Majesty on vinyl for the first time. This pressing will have 1500 copies, all on black vinyl. This will also be the first physical release of the songs.

The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic companion to the critically acclaimed Portugal. The Man album The Satanic Satanist, which was released in 2009. Previously available only as bonus material on the Deluxe Digital version of The Satanic Satanist, The Majestic Majesty features stripped back renditions that are perfectly suited for the vinyl format.

The original version of “People Say” saw extensive radio play following its release on The Satanic Satanist, peaking at No. 16 and No. 34 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Songs Charts, respectively, with The Satanic Satanist album debuting at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Portugal. The Man has since released two follow-up full length albums, American Ghetto and In The Mountain In the Cloud, with the latter debuting at No. 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The Majestic Majesty is available digitally now and for pre-order on vinyl HERE.

The Portland, OR-based band has sold over 150k albums to date and performed at renowned festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and SXSW.

TRACKLISTING: The Majestic Majesty
1. People Say
2. Work All Day
3. Lovers In Love
4. The Sun
5. The Home
6. The Woods
7. Guns And Dogs
8. Do You
9. Everyone Is Golden
10. Mornings

30 Jul

The Gaslight Anthem performed “45″ last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below and pick up the band’s new album Handwritten on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

30 Jul

AWOLNATION is hooking up fans with a free digital tour sampler featuring all of the artists on their Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate Tour. The exclusive free download can be accessed by going to the Red Bull Records’ Facebook page, and features AWOLNATION’s “Kill Your Heroes,” Imagine Dragons’ Jailbreaks Remix of “It’s Time,” and Zeale’s “Black Mr. Rogers” featuring AWOL.

The Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate Tour kicks off September 8th in Philadelphia, and heads across the US ending at the Voodoo Music Experience October 26th-28th in New Orleans. The complete itinerary is below. AWOLNATION’s debut album Megalithic Symphony is available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / CD, as well as the remix EP, RE/Sail.

For more on AWOL, visit their official site at awolnationmusic.com.

Tour Dates with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:

September 8 Piazza at Schmidt’s/WRFF Block Party Philadelphia, PA
September 10 State Theatre Portland, ME
September 11 Great Hall at Union Station Hartford, CT
September 13 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
September 15 Madison Theatre Covington, KY #
September 16 Riot Fest 2012 Chicago, IL *
(with Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, The Offspring, and more)
September 18 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
September 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
September 21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
September 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
September 23 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA
October 13 Foro Sol Mexico City, MX *
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 26-28 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)

AWOLNATION Free Digital Tour Sampler:
AWOLNATION Tour & Ticket Info: www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com/events


30 Jul

The daily band lineup has been announced for ROCK VEGAS powered by Rockstar Energy Drink–”Sin City’s Loudest Two-Day Rock Music Festival,” Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

The two-day rock extravaganza will feature performances from Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, and Godsmack, plus Staind, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Adelitas Way, All That Remains, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Redlight King, New Medicine, Deuce, Otherwise and more. See below for the daily lineup.

Rob Zombie provides some insight into what fans can expect from his theatrical live performance, noting: “I am packing up the trucks with everything I need to destroy Sin City’s loudest music festival. I know Las Vegas has seen it all, but you ain’t seen nothing like this.”

The daily performance lineup for ROCK VEGAS powered by Rockstar Energy Drink is as follows:

Friday, September 28
Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Deuce, Redlight King

Saturday, September 29
Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Art of Dying, New Medicine, Otherwise

Tickets are on sale now and priced as low as $39 each, plus fees. VIP packages will also be available for purchase. Discounted hotel rates at Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur are exclusively available for ROCK VEGAS attendees. To buy tickets, make hotel reservations, and for all ROCK VEGAS info, visit www.RockVegasFest.com.

ROCK VEGAS powered by Rockstar Energy Drink is also giving away a trip for two. The grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two from a U.S. city to ROCK VEGAS, hotel accommodations, airport transfers, $500 spending cash, and VIP treatment at the show. Go to www.rockvegasfest.com/flyaway to enter for a chance to win between July 27 and August 26, 2012.


30 Jul

Dead Sara has announced a new North American tour with renowned punk rockers The Offspring kicking off August 31st in Detroit, with Neon Trees slated to join the tour beginning September 6th in Boston. To further support the recent release of Dead Sara’s self-titled debut album, the band has also added further U.S. and festival dates through the summer and into the fall including the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, Riot Fest in Chicago and the Epicenter Festival in Irvine. Dead Sara have been attracting major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of their high-octane live performances on The Vans Warped Tour earlier this summer.

“We’re super excited to have Dead Sara out on tour with us,” said Dexter Holland, The Offspring. “Great players, great songs. We’ll be getting there early to see them tear it up.”

Dead Sara’s 11-track self-titled debut, produced by Noah Shain (Atreyu, As Tall As Lions, Sonny Moore/Skrillex) is out now. Pick it up on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / CD


August 11 Birch Run Expo Center Birch Run, MI
(WWBN Dirt Fest featuring: Clutch, Chiodos, In This Moment, Hurt, Royal Bliss and more)

August 18 Sunset Strip Music Festival Los Angeles, CA
(with Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, De La Soul, Black Label Society and more)
August 23 Knitting Factory/KQXR show Boise, ID
August 24 Knitting Factory/KHTQ show Spokane, WA
August 30 On The Waterfront Festival Rockford, IL w/The Offspring
August 31 The Fillmore Detroit, MI w/The Offspring
September 2 Echo Beach (MCA) Toronto, ON w/The Offspring
September 6 House of Blues Boston, MA w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 8 Sands Bethlehem Events Ctr. Bethlehem, PA w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 9 Stone Pony Summer Stage Asbury Park, NJ w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 11 Lupo’s Providence, RI w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 14 Congress Theatre/Riot Fest Chicago, IL
September 15 DC101 Kerfuffle Bristow, VA
(with The Offspring, Sublime with Rome, Garbage, Anberlin, and Foxy Shazam)
September 15 The Fillmore/WEND show Charlotte, NC
September 19 Terminal 5 New York, NY w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 20 Terminal 5 New York, NY w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 22 Verizon Wireless Irvine, CA
(Epicenter Festival featuring: Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bush, Scars on Broadway, Chevelle and more)

September 27 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 29 Gallivan Center/X96 Show Salt Lake City, UT
October 2 San Jose Event Center San Jose, CA
November 10 London Alexandra Palace London, UK w/Vans Warped Tour


30 Jul

Bat For Lashes – aka Natasha Khan – has released the stunning new song “Laura” from the highly-anticipated third album, The Haunted Man, which is set for release on October 23rd, 2012 in the U.S. via EMI’s Capitol Records. “Laura” – which Pitchfork.com immediately named BEST NEW TRACK – is available now on iTunes / Amazon MP3. In addition, you can now watch the heart-wrenching video HERE (or watch it below).

The striking album artwork for The Haunted Man has also been revealed. Shot by the revered photographer Ryan McGinley, known for his naturalistic imagery, Natasha appears naked and carrying a man around her shoulders. See below!

Bat for Lashes first captured hearts back in 2006, and has since then been nominated for two Mercury Music Prizes (2006’s Fur and Gold and 2009’s Two Suns), toured with Coldplay in 2010, collaborated with Beck to write a song for the Twilight film, Eclipse, headlined two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House in June 2011 and covered Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove” for Gucci’s Guilty campaign, released on limited release on 7” vinyl for this year’s Record Store Day.


30 Jul

Multi-platinum selling and award-winning recording artist THREE DAYS GRACE is set to release their fourth studio album entitled TRANSIT OF VENUS on October 2nd on RCA Records.

The Canadian band embarks on new creative ground with TRANSIT OF VENUS, recording for the first time with acclaimed producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Hollywood Undead, Bullet for My Valentine), at Revolution Studios in Toronto. The album’s first single entitled “Chalk Outline” will be available for sale at all digital providers on August 14th, the same day that the album pre-order goes live at iTunes. Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace comments on the musical direction of TRANSIT OF VENUS: “We went for a tighter, more articulated sound on this record. The music we were writing was a little more intricate than in the past, and we’ve been experimenting with new instruments. We wanted to present these new ideas concisely without going over-the-top in ambience and overall production.”

THREE DAYS GRACE has enjoyed massive radio and sales success, having sold over 6 million albums in the United States alone. Their previous album Life Starts Now (2009) debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart and spawned three #1 hit singles (“Break,” “The Good Life,” and “World So Cold,”) at rock radio formats. “I Hate (Everything About You),” the breakthrough single from their debut self-titled album (2003) had a stronghold on the active and modern rock charts for over 47 weeks. That success followed with their sophomore release One-X three years later which yielded three massive chart-topping singles “Never Too Late,” “Pain” and “Animal I Have Become,” all achieving the #1 spot at rock radio formats. “Pain” and “Animal I Have Become” were also awarded BMI Awards in 2006. In addition to winning two BMI Awards, the band has received a Billboard Music Award (2006 for Best Rock Song “Animal”) and two Juno Award nominations for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist.



Adam Gontier – Lead Vocals, Guitar

Brad Walst – Bass, Vocals

Neil Sanderson – Drums, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming

Barry Stock – Guitar

27 Jul

By Jennifer Trainor

It was a hot summer night in Manhattan, inside of Webster Hall and out. July 23rd marked the return of The Killers after a 2+ year hiatus from the stage, which included solo projects from all but one of the four band members (Dave Keuning, guitarist). After wrapping the tour supporting Day & Age (2008) in early 2010, band members headed for different corners of the west that they call home and took some time for themselves. Amid rumors that they were sick of each other and breaking up, frontman Brandon Flowers (vocals, synth, bass) released solo project Flamingo and spent much of his press time explaining that the Killers were just “on a break” and that they would be back.

Flowers does not lie. Indeed the Killers are back. Releasing their first single “Runaways” from forthcoming album Battle Born and playing a few intimate gigs for die-hards before headlining the inaugural Firefly Music Festival (review) in Dover, Delaware last weekend, it’s safe to say there’s a Killer buzz again. Showing the east coast some love, the Killers headed north from Delaware to play the city. Not MSG, which undoubtedly will be on stop on their proper album tour, but the intimate and almost holy setting of Webster Hall. Something a little more special than average for a band of this size. A real treat for a fan.

The set looked the same. Nothing was different – but something was different. The signature lit-up “K” is replaced with a similarly-crafted bolt of lightening, the signature icon of the forthcoming fourth album Battle Born, due out on September 18th. And guess what, it has the ability to change colors. It’s signature, but different. We like it. We’re sometimes creatures of habit, but evolution is ok with us. Be gentle please.

Setting the tone with a world-class light show on even such a tiny stage, this didn’t feel like a practice run. Lights, sound, supporting musicians – it all felt fine-tuned. No fooling around here, from go the boys brought the heat to Webster Hall. Opening with the new release – “Runaways,” the band played with an intensity that you’d expect during the last song of the night, not the first – and honestly never quit. If you were waiting for a moment to catch your breath, give your legs a break from the incessant jumping, mop the sweat from your brow, it never came. The 19 song set showcased 4 new songs and covered the hits from Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town and Day & Age. “Runaways” is certainly the catchiest of the new material shared and was flawlessly performed. It didn’t take long for fans to latch onto this one, many already belting out all the lyrics along with smiling Flowers, fists in the air to emphasize their conviction that they are indeed “runaways”.

“Miss Atomic Bomb” is possibly the nostalgic nod track of the album – the new “Dustland Fairytale.” Sung with emotion by Flowers, during the live performance you can’t help but take notice of the harmonizing vocals provided by guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer.

Between “Human” and “A Dustland Fairytale,” apparently Flowers heard an audience member comment that “Day & Age sucked”, to which Flowers replied in dripping sarcasm, “Yeah, I hope our next album sucks just as much”. Lots of speculation exists as to whether the new album will be a return to the story-telling rock anthems that propelled the band to world-notoriety, or if the slicker, pop sound of Day & Age will prevail. Based on the tracks heard live to date, including “From Here on Out” and “Flesh and Bone,” I think it’s too ambitious to pigeonhole the album as one or the other, but rather expect it to be a blend of what the band does well, which hopefully will please fans of earlier sounds and new alike.

The Killers often throw in a cover from a local artist or a tune that they’ve been influenced by or appreciated in their own musical journeys. Webster Hall was treated to a short reprise of “Dreamin’” by Blondie where Keuning and Flowers spent a few moment together close on stage as Dave plucked out the notes. Flowers was clearly in his element again, happy to be on stage as evidenced by his non-stop smiling and energy as he paced the stage. Like Flowers nervous fist-pumps, no Killers show would be complete without “Mr. Brightside” – known to be the only Killers song that they’ve performed at each and every gig they’ve ever played. Go bet on it if you’re going to a show, the odds are in your favor.

“All These Things That I’ve Done” is their signature closer and anthem of all anthems. With Flowers up on the speakers, fists in the air, he takes us down the common path in search of redemption and builds an army of followers right in front of him, each and every time, claiming not to be soldiers, but to have soul. Barely off the stage, and they’re back, jumping in with newbies “From Here on Out,” which almost has a country twang to it if I may assert my opinion here, but a likeable chorus that even first-timers glommed onto. “Flesh and Bone” catches Stoermer acting as excited as Stoermer gets with some stomping of the foot and playing to Ronnie Vannucci (drums). The encore wraps with cult favorite “Jenny Was A Friend of Mine,” a Stoermer moment to shine with a bass line like no other which he again flawlessly delivers, and rip-roaring bombastic “When You Were Young” to send you on your way. If you happen to not have noticed Vannucci back there all night, maybe you’re on the “wrong” side of the bolt, there’s no chance you’re going to miss him during this epic finale.

The four band members seem completely comfortable back on stage with new material and old and show no hesitation, as if they’d never stopped touring. We fully expect Flowers to craft a few awkwardly-told, yet charming “stories” over time related to the new material that will be used at show after show. He’s not quite there yet, but we know it’s coming. But Monday night, with or without much chit-chat, the Killers did what they came out to do – remind us why we love them and let us know that they are indeed back. The flow of the show and their style was very similar to that of the Day & Age tour, but my guess is there’s lots up their sleeve for the full tour.

My only complaint is they never play more than 90 minutes. But I guess 90 is all some people can take. You’re left sweaty and exhausted but always wanting a little more. Fortunately, I think we’ve got a LOT more to look forward to as we suffer through the dog days of summer and Battle Born’s release creeps up on us. Keep your eyes on the Killers and get ready for the tour announcements. Big stage or small, you won’t have any complaints – it’s a live music experience of our day and age not to be missed.


Somebody Told Me
Smile Like You Mean It
This Is Your Life
Miss Atomic Bomb
For Reasons Unknown
A Dustland Fairytale
Dreamin’ (Blondie cover)
Read My Mind
Mr. Brightside
All These Things That I’ve Done

From Here on Out
Flesh and Bone
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
When You Were Young