No Cover is a new reality show conceived and created by Ash Avildsen (CEO of Sumerian Records) and Josh Bernstein and presented by Hit Parader! on Sumerian’s YouTube. Premiereing on April 20th, No Cover is a reality music competition show designed to mentor and provide opportunities to unsigned artists. Filmed at the legendary Troubadour and Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, CA, twenty-five original artists will be competing for the top prize, which includes a six figure recording contract with Sumerian Records, representation from United Talent Agency and Shelter Music Group, performance slots at a Danny Wimmer Presents Music Festival, a $10,000 shopping spree from Guitar Center, PLUS! brand new gear from Gibson USA, Mesa Engineering, Ernie Ball, Liquid Death and Discmakers. No Cover features five main celebrity judges: Alice Cooper, Lzzy Hale, Gavin Rossdale, Bishop Briggs and Tosin Abasi, and hosted by Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) Caity Babs (Sirius/XM) and Matt Pinfield (MTV, Hit Parader!). Watch the trailer now! Continue reading
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor told Matt Pinfield of 95.5 KLOS’s “New & Approved” series with an update on his upcoming book, his fifth. His previous four books were all New York Times bestsellers. Taylor told Pinfield: “I’ve got a concept in mind,” he said (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “It has to do with social media and the age that we live in — the ‘outrage’ age. And it’s starting to really kind of form in my head. I may actually write it soon. Because it’s really kind of out of control out there right now.
Nashville rockers The Dead Deads have dropped a fun new single “Hey Girlfriend’ – the first new music from their upcoming new album, Tell Your Girls It’s Alright due out in 2021. The band will also host their 3rd annual holiday concert-slash-dance party, dubbed “Abduction 3” – streaming from Las Vegas, with a pre-show hosted by legendary presenter Matt Pinfield and cameos by Onyx the Fortuitous and some of their favorite rock ‘n’ roll tourmates. The performance takes place at Structure, due to space’s flexibility and knowledgable crew. The threesome hired lighting/sound savant Evan Stone to design the full-scale production. Jam out to “Hey Girlfriend” now!
Matt Pinfield, the iconic rock music personality and former MTV veejay of 120 Minutes had a fundraiser launched for him on GoFundMe on Monday (May 11). Organized by a friend of the TV and radio icon, the crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise funds for medical bills stemming from physical and mental ailments plaguing the entertainer. As of early today (May 13), the crowdfunding effort has brought in over $27,000 of its stated $50,000 goal. Pinfield was hospitalized in Los Angeles after getting hit by a car, which resulted in major injuries, as Billboard reported at the time. Since then, the entertainer has struggled with his health and the ensuing medical bills. That’s why his friend Chris Trovero organized the fundraiser for Pinfield. In addition to MTV, he’s also worked as a DJ for Sirius XM’s Lithium and hosted the 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield podcast. Taking to his Twitter account, Pinfield expressed his gratitude after the initial contributions began pouring in.
Sumerian Films, the offshoot film company of Sumerian Records served up a free treat of a limited stream of their film American Satan. The popular genre film starring Andy Black and Ben Bruce of Black Veil Brides and directed by Sumerian owner Ash Avildsen debuted in 2017. The film was streamed free for a limited-time event, but it’s down now. What is still free to watch is the amazing after watch Q & A with Ash, Black, Bruce and presenter, and VJ Matt Pinfield. The film will see a TV series spin-off in 2020, Paradise City. Watch the clip below and order the film as well if you missed the free watch event. Continue reading
A new book tracking the rise and career of Soundgarden is out now from respected music journalist and author Greg Prato ( Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets). Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story is out now for purchase and tells the Seattle band’s complete story – beginning with its members’ pre-SG days, all the way to today. Also featured are all-new interviews for the book, including chats with Matt Pinfield, Phil Anselmo, and Marky Ramone, among others, as well as rarely seen photos from throughout the band’s history. The book also analyzes their catalog and covers frontman Chris Cornell’s tragic death in 2017. The 453-page paperback book is priced at $19.99 and the Kindle digital version is $9.99, and either can be purchased at the links below. Continue reading
I’m twelve years old and watching MTV at Jennifer Mones’ house. I’m trying my best attempt at humor and charm, but a boy can only do so much while sporting a bootleg Chicago Bulls jersey. I’m crushing hard on her and failing but at the eleventh hour, this fucking music starts blaring in the background. I turn around to notice some outfit called Limp Bizkit has a video playing for a track titled ‘Nookie.’ I haven’t heard anything this remotely heavy ever. Suddenly my raging hormones and Jennifer had taken a back seat to ‘Nookie’ and whatever else was to be found on this Significant Other (Interscope).Continue reading