BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Why Going to Shows Matters

I am going to outline this fast and loose because I’m on a deadline and I fucked up. On the plus side, my esteemed editor happens to be EXTREMELY drunk right now at a bar down the street – so I think I have some leeway. The point being – there are a few very simple keys to success in the world of local music and we are going to talk about them. These are things that just about everyone can do and which are basically guaranteed to increase your bands’ draw. The best part is that it does not cost an exorbitant amount of money and most of them are going be fun. It’s really just a case of going to shows, talking to people there, making sure you get an understanding of who is doing what and then building on it. Continue reading

Welcome To Rockville Books Disturbed, Deftones, Social Distortion, Staind, The Offspring and More

 

Welcome To Rockville, Florida’s #1 Rock, Metal, and Punk, party, has announced the remaining bands, joining Metallica for the weekend in Dayton Beach, Florida, on Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2020. Disturbed will headline Saturday, bookended by Metallica with Lynyrd Skynyrd (their last show ever in their Northern Florida home area), Godsmack, Deftones, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Lamb Of God, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Mastodon, Gojira, Royal Blood, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, Ghostemane, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves and many more. Metallica, recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar — will exclusively headline all five Danny Wimmer Presents hard rock festivals in 2020, including Welcome To Rockville, in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Weekend, 2-Day (new for 2020) and Single Day General Admission and VIP passes, as well as tent and RV camping passes for Welcome To Rockville are on sale now at the link below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #284: More On Engaging At Scale!

“Of you don’t know me, you can’t flow me”. This quote by Grant Cardone is a good guiding principle about being hardcore focused on business development to scaling deep engagement on social media.  Dumb and Dumbest #284 is streaming now and is all about More On Engaging At Scale! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below.  Continue reading

GHOST CULT’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Steve Tovey: Top 20 of 2019

2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with. Continue reading

Deafheaven To Celebrate 10 Years As a Band with 2020 Tour

Post-Black Metal band Deafheaven will celebrate 10 years as a band in 2020 with a new tour. Direct support on the thirty-six date tour will come from Inter Arma, Greet Death and All Your Sisters on select dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at 10am local time at the link below. Continue reading

Devin Townsend Invites You to Help Choose His Setlist for Bloodstock 2020

Devin Townsend Project, by Hillarie Jason

Already one of the most exciting things about Bloodstock 2020, just got cooler as Devin Townsend has asked fans to help him choose his setlist with a vote! You can vote at the poll I in the links below! In addition, new bands on the bill include Saxon, Orange Goblin, Conjurer, The Night Flight Orchestra, and Unleash the Archers to an already crushing lineup. This weekend, Sunday the 15th of December is the last day to get standard weekend tickets to the fest. More bands TBA soon. Final early bird discount, VIP offerings and Ticket deposit scheme details coming soon! Continue reading