CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: The Cult – “Sonic Temple” Turns 30


The Cult is celebrating thirty years of their classic Sonic Temple (Beggars Banquet). Produced by Bob Rock, the album has a lot is fingerprints on it: huge live drum sounds, choir-like vocal parts, layers of guitar tracks, and a ready-made arena rock sound that suited the band perfectly. Continue reading


The Cult Books Frist Leg of “Sonic Temple” Tour Dates


The Cult has announced a new spate of tour dates in support of their brand new re-issues of their classic SonicTemple album via Beggars Banquet Records this year. Led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the British rock legends will embark on select dates in North America and the UK starting May 2 in Houston, TX (itinerary below). The setlist will, of course, raw from the Sonic Temple album and their other hits. Prayers, Zola Jesus and Vowws will provide direct support for these shows. Tickets are on sale now for the “A Sonic Temple” tour and available at the link below. The band expects to book another block of dates very soon for 2019/2020, with details to follow. Read this awesome Q and A discussing the tour below from Ian and Billy! Continue reading


Biters – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be


Two years on from the impressive bluster of the debuting swagger of Electric Blood, Atlanta’s Biters are back with another notable bag of goodies in the shape of The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be (both Earache), and a mission statement to make Rock n’ Roll relevant again. While album one came from out of nowhere, shining bright with its proto-punk melodies, has the curse of the “difficult second album” struck now that there are ready ears awaiting the follow-up?Continue reading


Video: The Cult – Hinterland


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The Cult, photo credit: Tim Cadiente

The Cult have released a new music video for their new song ‘Hinterland’ from their forthcoming album Hidden City, releasing on February 5th from Cooking Vinyl. You can watch the video at this link or below:

Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica), Hidden City was co-written by mainstays Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy. Astbury commented on the video and the concept of the new album:

“Hinterland’s a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses, we observe a young woman as she realizes her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. ‘Hinterland’ is filled with symbolism, reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms.”

“Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives. I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.”

Hidden City track listing:

01. Dark Energy
02. No Love Lost
03. Dance The Night
04. In Blood
05. Birds Of Paradise
06. Hinterland
07. G O A T
08. Deeply Ordered Chaos
09. Avalanche Of Light
10. Lilies
11. Heathens
12. Sound And Fury

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Adopt The Arts Concert and Auction Raises $106,000 Funding School Music Programs


Duff McKagan, Billy Gibbons and Slash at ADOPT THE ARTS. Photos Credit: Tiffany Rose.

Duff McKagan, Billy Gibbons and Slash at ADOPT THE ARTS. Photos Credit: Tiffany Rose.

The Adopt The Arts event at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA on January 12th raised over $106,000 in one night and funds music programs in LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) elementary schools. They brought together various music industry friends for an epic night of music and a live auction.

ADOPT THE ARTS honorees Billy Gibbons and Butch Trucks with Co-Founder Matt Sorum. Photo credit: Charlie Steffens.

ADOPT THE ARTS honorees Billy Gibbons and Butch Trucks with Co-Founder Matt Sorum. Photo credit: Charlie Steffens.

Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Photo credit: Tiffany Rose.

Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Photo credit: Tiffany Rose.

The event honored Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Butch Trucks of Allman Brothers Band, and artists thrilled the crowd performing a rare set including hits from ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers. The sets included:

ZZ Top set:
1. “Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Damon Fox, Billy Duffy)
2. “Tush” (ZZ Top) (w/ Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Jimmy Vivino, Edgar Winter on organ)
3. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Edgar Winter on sax/ lead vocals with Gibbons)
4. “Rough Boy” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Matt Sorum)
5. “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan)
5. “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (ZZ Top) (w/Matt Sorum, Slash, Duff McKagan, Billy Gibbons)
6. “La Grange” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Matt Sorum, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steve Lukather, Richie Sambora, Edgar Winter on organ)

Edgar Winter. Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose.

Edgar Winter. Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose.

Allman Brothers Band set:
1. “Trouble No More” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Jimmy Vivino, Butch Trucks)
2. “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’’ (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Franky Perez)
3. “Midnight Rider” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Richie Sambora, Orianthi)
4. “Stormy Monday” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Edgar Winter on vocals/sax, Jimmy Vivino, Slash)
5. “One Way Out” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Steve Lukather, Jimmy Vivino)
6. “Statesboro Blues” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Butch Trucks, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora, Matt Sorum)
7. “Whipping Post” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Butch Trucks, Matt Sorum, Slash, Richie Sambora and Billy Gibbons)

Matt Sorum, Billy Gibbons and Richie Sambora. Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose.

Matt Sorum, Billy Gibbons and Richie Sambora. Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose.