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31 Oct

This Halloween, The Smashing Pumpkins were set to perform in New York City at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Arena, but due to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the show is being rescheduled. Details of the new date to be announced soon.

Having heavily disrupted the Northeast, Hurricane Sandy has also forced the band to reschedule their shows in Camden, NJ for December 8 and Fairfax, VA for December 9. The Smashing Pumpkins show in Uncasville, CT is also being rescheduled with the date to be announced very soon. All tickets from the original shows will be honored at:

Date TBA Brooklyn, NY Barclays Arena

12/8 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

12/9 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center

Date TBA Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun

31 Oct

By Keeyahtay Lewis

This year there has been much talk about the Twins of Evil tour- two of the “evilest” men in rock touring together: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. I had never seen either play, so I was stoked to check them out. Manson was opening the date in Camden. There was a large black curtain in front of the stage that remained up even as the music started. Finally the curtain dropped and revealed the stage. Darkness, crazy lights, inverted crosses- exactly what you would expect. Manson emerged from the shadows while his band played one of their new songs, “Hey Cruel World” off of Born Villain. The song is classic MM, soft and loud at the same time, with that voice you can’t confuse for anyone else.

Manson isn’t exactly as wiry as he is in my brain, he shows a bit of that age, but he still looks like what you would expect. He came out wearing all black with some kind of google/mask situation covering most of his face. Every person was on their feet loving every second of it. He changed microphones often: at one point having a huge knife attached, then a flashlight, and more I couldn’t really see from my seat.

They ran through most of the songs you would expect them to play; “Disposable Teens,” “mOBSCENE,” “The Dope Show,” “Personal Jesus,” “Coma White”… the stage was incredible and constantly changing. Manson himself would often change outfits and masks. At one point came out on a pulpit. Another time in a pope outfit. Here is the thing though, it all felt a little…off to me. He just seemed tired. At one point he said, “in all the reviews put in parentheses that Manson fell over drunk. And I am motherfuckers.” When he said that, it made more sense. It felt off but apparently it was because he was wasted. Talking between songs wasn’t garbled. At one point he said, “Can you hear the words coming out of my mouth.” The answer was no, not really.

“Sweet Dreams” was a definite highlight, and it was pretty cool. A single bulb dropped down from the ceiling. He sang into it at times, and other times swung it out over the crowd. Dramatic. He ended with “The Beautiful People” and for a few minutes, he felt mostly on his game.

Rob Zombie was up next, another huge curtain was hanging from the ceiling. But this time when the sheet dropped a fire breathing robot was on the other side. Awesome. His band was already ripping into Jesus Frankenstein and he came out looking like a cast member from Mad Max. Tall hat, long robes, long dreads, mask covering his face and skeleton arms extending off of his own arms. His microphone stand was a huge skeleton.

The energy was immediately so different. Rob Zombie is an animal on stage. Never staying in one place for long, running from platform to platform. Head banging while dust literally flew off of his hair. And the fire. I love shows with fire, and they made great use of it. “Superbeast,” “Meet The Creeper,” and the hit “Living Dead Girl” were up next. His background was huge LED screens that showed old horror movies and anime porn.

At various times huge robots came out and danced on stage with the band. Another time it looked like he was riding in one. He spent a lot of time talking with the audience, and at one point walked along the barricade holding hands along the way. Rob Zombie does not look or move like a man who has been doing this for 20+ years. His portion of the show was good, and it just seemed like fun.

A personal favorite “More Human Than Human” was next and the place lost their shit collectively. Theme for an Angry Red Planetplayed with LED signs that said “Mars Needs Women” flashed across the stage. “Sick Bubble Gum,” “Scum of the Earth,” “Pussy Liquor” and the White Zombie hit, “Thunder Kiss ’65″ were next. The energy never waned and Zombie never stopped moving. The Alice Cooper song “School’s Out” was next, and they finished up with “Dragula,” Rob Zombie’s biggest commercial hit.

Although they call this the Twins of Evil Tour, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson could not have had more different shows. Manson wasn’t nearly as fun, but his fans loved it just the same. Zombie definitely puts on a hellofashow. He brought his love for horror to his show, but never forget to make it fun for everyone. You know what you are getting into when you go see those two perform. I think the biggest surprise for me was how damn good Rob Zombie was. Manson was having a bit of an off night, which happens to everyone. All in all, there was something for everyone there.

31 Oct

Renegade English soul-rockers The Heavy are pleased to announce the release of the new music video for their track, “Can’t Play Dead.” Featured on the band’s acclaimed new full-length album, The Glorious Dead (Counter Records) and out just in time for Halloween, the horror-film atmospherics of “Can’t Play Dead” follow the band’s previous single, “What Makes A Good Man?” – a blaring soul stomper that was recently performed on numerous American late-night television shows including The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and Last Call With Carson Daly. Check out the video for “Can’t Play Dead” here


31 Oct

13-time GRAMMY winning producer, songwriter and rapper Eminem has signed on as executive producer of the hotly anticipated debut album from five-time GRAMMY-nominated singer songwriter Skylar Grey, it was announced today. The first single, “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem, which is produced by Alex Da Kid and mixed by both Eminem and Alex, will be released to all digital retailers on December 11. Grey’s debut album, now titled Don’t Look Down, is due out Spring 2013 from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope.

“When I was working on Recovery I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist,” said Eminem. “This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music, but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.”

“Putting out a debut album is a bit scary – I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust,” said Grey. “Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together – it’s a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic.”

The music video for “”C’mon Let Me Ride”” featuring Eminem was shot in Detroit last week and will also be released along with the single on December 11th.


31 Oct

Elektra recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced plans to support Taylor Swift as a special guest on her hugely anticipated “The RED Tour.” The North American dates get underway March 13th in Omaha, Nebraska, and then continue through mid-September (see attached itinerary). Sheeran co-wrote and recorded the song “Everything Has Changed” with Swift for her new album, “RED” – the song has already reached #1 on the iTunes “Top Singles” chart.

“Taylor is one of the most talented and driven artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting,” says Sheeran. “It’s been amazing to collaborate with her and going on tour is going to be a great experience. I can’t wait.”

Sheeran’s own debut single, “The A Team,” is currently climbing the radio charts, up to #23 at CHR/Pop and nearing the top 10 at Hot AC. The song has already gone to #2 at Triple A radio, while its companion music video has garnered more than 46 million views on YouTube (http://bit.ly/agKW6r). “The A Team” is featured on Sheeran’s acclaimed, debut full length “+”, which entered the Soundscan/Billboard 200 at #5 upon its U.S. release this past summer. This fall saw Sheeran sell out every date on his first-ever headlining tour of North America.

Tour Dates 2013
(“The RED Tour” supporting Taylor Swift)

13 Omaha, NE
14 Omaha, NE
18 St. Louis, MO
19 St. Louis, MO
22 Charlotte, NC
23 Columbia, SC
27 Newark, NJ
28 Newark, NJ
29 Newark, NJ

10 Miami, FL
11 Orlando, FL
12 Orlando, FL
18 Atlanta, GA
19 Atlanta, GA
20 Tampa, FL
25 Cleveland, OH
26 Indianapolis, IN
27 Lexington, KY

4 Detroit, MI
7 Louisville, KY
8 Columbus, OH
11 Washington, DC
12 Washington, DC
16 Houston, TX
21 Austin, TX
22 San Antonio, TX
25 Dallas, TX
28 Glendale, AZ
29 Glendale, AZ

1 Salt Lake City, UT
2 Denver, CO
15 Toronto, ON
22 Winnipeg, MB
29 Vancouver, BC

6 Pittsburgh, PA
20 Philadelphia, PA
27 Foxboro, MA

1 Des Moines, IA
2 Kansas City, MO
3 Kansas City, MO
6 Wichita, KS
7 Tulsa, OK
10 Chicago, IL
15 San Diego, CA
19 Los Angeles, CA
20 Los Angeles, CA
27 Sacramento, CA
30 Portland, OR
31 Tacoma, WA

6 Fargo, ND
7 St. Paul, MN
8 St. Paul, MN
12 Greensboro, NC
13 Raleigh, NC
14 Charlottesville, VA
19 Nashville, TN
20 Nashville, TN
21 Nashville, TN

31 Oct

By Cassandra Paiva

With what seemed like so many things going against the show; the fact that it was a late show on a Sunday night, the fact that Hurricane Sandy was preparing to rip her way through the East Coast, and the fact that because of this Massachusetts was in a state of emergency and the majority of the city shut down, fans awaited an announcement to make sure the show was still on. But Shiny Toy Guns weren’t about to give in or wimp out, and with an assuring tweet stating, ‘Everyone BOSTON show is 100% on… #effsandy,” an almost sold out venue slowly but surely started to fill up like a storm shelter.

Opening band Colourmusic brought more of a rock aspect to the synth rock night. With a traditional 3 piece, guitar, bass, drum set up, their basslines were heavy, drums stompy, and guitar riffs straight out of a garage jam. This wouldn’t have been so bad if all of the songs didn’t seem to blend together. It took until the fourth song to get a recognizable chorus, and the fifth song to get some cowbell mixed in with a groovy drum beat. Most of the crowd wasn’t feeling it, but the night was still early.

Next up was MNDR, a solo all synth act. When she first came on, I was a little confused, “wait, she’s alone, and all of her music is prerecorded?” Yea, I’m still a little confused, but I figured out that that’s her gimmick, so I went with it.

She was actually pretty entertaining; very happy and enthusiastic, dancing around nonstop and interacting with the crowd with wit and sass. She did have a good voice, so it distracted from the fact that her backing track was coming from a box to her left which she hit a key on to start the music and occasionally stood there to play with mixers. Before getting in to her album title track “Feed Me Diamonds,” some guy in the audience started heckling her. She nicely told him off by telling him he could buy her a drink later.

Overall, I think she’d make a great front woman if she could find the right band to fit her, or maybe if she’s going the house music route, she could DJ a little bit more. Either way, she’s got a charm that kind of started to win me over, and the crowd was really digging it.

At almost 11, the stage got dark and mystical as individual members of Shiny Toy Guns started to come on. Keyboard/bassist/various multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Dawson came on (ducking to get through the door) and approached the tilted keys with drawn out notes to set the scene. Drummer Mikey Martin and guitar/vocalist Chad Petree followed, increasing the mystery. Finally, lead singer Carah Faye Charnow emerged in an all-black trench coat before they started new song and slight love ballad “Wait 4 Me.” Their new album III only came out about a week before, but the audience sang along.

One of their biggest hits, third single from We Are Pilots “Rainy Monday” followed with massive approval. Carah Faye even jumped on bass for this song. What’s unique about this band is their way of incorporating alternating vocals between Chad and Carah. Although this isn’t a new concept, they’ve been doing it since their beginning almost 10 years ago, and they’ve perfected their own style. That said, in next song “Carrie,” Chad and Carah playfully pushed each other around as they pretend fought over verses.

“Ghost Town” came next, and if you don’t know the story of the band replacing Carah with Sisely Treasure for second album Season of Poison, all you really need to know is that Carah most definitely sings the song better. Her energy throughout fed off the audience.

“Somewhere to Hide” got a huge crowd reaction, even though it’s a new track, especially because Carah continued to jump around and get in the audience’s face. First album song, “Starts with One” got an equally as excited reaction, and Chad sounded so strong on main vocals. Much like the previous song, “Jackie Will Save Me” was played because of fan suggestion through a poll the band posted on their Facebook. It was nice to hear the alteration between new and old favorites, instead of only promoting the new album.

“Mercy” came next, and Carah’s stunning vocals rang through ever so sweetly as the audience swayed. “If I Lost You” is also a great feature of Carah’s vocal capacity live. While on the album, I personally thought it was too repetitive and a bit droning, the song really shines and features the best aspects of the band live.

Cover turned into their own, Depeche Mode’s “Stripped” garnered lots of applause and singing along. First official III single “Waiting Alone” continued the energy and brought Carah back to the edges of the stage.

The very first song that put Shiny Toy Guns on the map, “Le Disko” followed and created an even big storm than Sandy was outside. The whole place was jumping as Carah was dancing around and singing so powerfully giving the song the rightful female strength and charm it deserves. She may be petite, but she is fierce, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who was questioning their sexuality after the performance of this song.

Another song that the fans chose in the Facebook poll, “Chemistry of a Car Crash” was even better than I remember it from their first album tour. When I saw on setlists from previous nights that they combined it with “Frozen Oceans,” I was curious as to how they did this. However, after the fade out of “Crash,” they faded into the chorus of “Oceans” seamlessly and my curiosity was very much appeased.

The playfulness of my, and apparently a lot of the audience’s, favorite “Don’t Cry Out” had Carah and Jeremy jumping around and Chad holding on to the scream in the bridge for what seemed like a full minute.

Another originally Sisely song, “Richochet!” started the string of absolute wildness that led to the end of their main set. New, edgy tracking “Speaking Japanese” followed and raised the roof with the line “my thunder’s going boom, boom I feel it in my hips.” The same guy who was heckling MNDR asked Carah to wear his hat, to which she obliged as she twisted and turned around the stage. Much like Le Disko, this track shows just how fierce Carah can be. “Rocketship” ending their set with everyone in the air.

By the time the encore came on, the room was buzzing. Jeremy walked back on with “YOLO” sunglasses before the band broke into another cover turned their own, “Major Tom.” III second single “Fading Listening” had the whole place singing and listening wholeheartedly. Saving the biggest song for last “You Are the One” was everyone’s last chance to lose control.

Shiny Toy Guns definitely made going out in the tense of the storm worth it, as they brought their own storm of great music and a fun night of dancing. Seeing how this was a big market III promotion tour, don’t worry if they haven’t hit your city yet, because they’ll be going around for a while, and you don’t want to miss them.

31 Oct

Trey Anastasio performed “O-o-h Child” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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31 Oct

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings kicked off Jimmy Kimmel Live’s first show of their tapings in Brooklyn this week with a performance of “He Said I Can.”

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31 Oct

Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton performed “If I Needed You” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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31 Oct

Lifehouse performed “Between the Raindrops” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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