Members of High on Fire and Mastodon Tease a Team-Up

This is not a drill! Matt Pike of High on Fire/SLEEP and Brent Hinds of Mastodon are apparently working on some music together! The photo was posted by Hinds on Instagram and then shared on the High On Fire Facebook account. Mastodon is working on new music, with a new album expected in late 2020 or 2021. High on Fire is still touring behind their epic 2018 album Electric Messiah (eOne Music)  The caption teased “something special for all you guys! Stay tuned for more photos,videos&tunes Who knows what these guys are kicking up together, be it music for their respective bands, or some new supergroup. But it might be really amazing in any case when you get these two greats of guitar together. Continue reading

Rage Against The Machine Adds Additional Dates to Their World Tour

Rage Against The Machine has booked additional dates to its previously announced reunion tour. The trek, which will feature legendary rap duo Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) in direct support, will now include five shows at the Madison Square Garden in New York City: on August 10, 11 13, 14 and 17. Tickets to the newly added concerts on August 14 and August 17 will go on sale on Thursday (February 27) at 11 a.m. Also newly added is a second date in East Troy, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Elder Streams New Single “Embers”, Pre-Orders for “Omens” are Available Now

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Elder has streamed a brand new single, ‘Embers’ via Stereogum. The track comes from the forthcoming new album Omens releasing via Armageddon Shop/Armageddon Records this coming April 24th. You can preview the album artwork and pre-orders are now live at Armageddon and various partners at the links below. The band will also hit the road with Bask this srping to support the release. Check out ‘Embers’ now! Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #333: Having A Side Hustle To Your Side Hustle!

Matt and Keefy break down why it’s important to have many revenue streams to make your dream a reality. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #333 is streaming now and it’s about Having A Side Hustle To Your Side Hustle! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Metallica Pulls Out of Sonic Temple and Louder than Life Fests, Citing Personal Issues

Metallica has pulled out of their upcoming expected headline gigs at Sonic Temple this spring and Louder than Life next fall. This is due to James Hetfield’s ongoing recovery work and a need to prioritize his personal self-care, which has suffered in recent years. The band will honor all other shows this year, including Welcome To Rockville. Tool and The Red Hot Chili Peppers will step in for both festivals. James has made a personal apology statement to fans on the news. Continue reading

Tool Books New North American Tour Dates

Hot on the heels of their concluding sold-out tour of Australia, Tool has announced a new run of North American tour dates. The band recently won a Grammy Award 2020 Best Metal Performance for their song ‘7empest’ from their acclaimed 2019 album Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional). Tickets for the above dates are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 am local time, with the exception of Sioux Falls and St. Louis which are on-sale at 12 noon local time. A limited number of VIP packages are available exclusively to TOOL Army members via Toolband.com/vip-package this Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 am local time. Blonde Redhead opens April 16 to May 5; The Acid Helps opens May 29 to June 23 (except Bonnaroo performance). Author & Punisher will open the already announced dates.  Continue reading

Judas Priest Announce 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour 2020

Judas Priest is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest-charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200. Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing and Ian Hill (along with several different drummers over the years) would go on to change the face of heavy metal. The band has made some of the greatest albums in music history.  Judas Priest’s lineup also includes Scott Travis on drums, and Richie Faulkner on lead guitar. Andy Sneap has been touring with the band on rhythm and lead guitar since 2018. In 2017 (and again in 2019) Their latest studio album Firepower (produced by Sneap and Tom Allom) which received global success and critical acclaim and released via Epic Records in 2018. The band was nominated for the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Continue reading