Boston Calling, one of the East Coast’s biggest Indie and Alternative Rock festivals, would have taken place this weekend, if not for year two of the pandemic. The fest took a big step towards coming back stronger with the announcement of Foo Fighters and Rage Against The Machine as the headliners for next year! Both bands were to have headlined the event in 2020. Early bird tickets are on sale now, and many more bands will be announced, all at the link below
Ever controversial, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 inductees have been announced. JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren, and Carole King will all be inducted. It marks the second induction for Dave Grohl (previously with Nirvana), Turner (previously with Ike Turner), and King (previously with Gerry Goffin). Turner and King follow Stevie Nicks as the only women to be inducted multiple times. Those nominated include metal icons Rage Against the Machine, and Iron Maiden, along with Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, and Dionne Warwick. The Rock Hall has rarely gotten it right for Rock and Heavy Metal and of bands that are officially in the metal genre, only Black Sabbath and Metallica are in. Ozzy Osbourne genius guitarist Randy Rhodes will be induced in The Musical Excellence Award with LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Music executive Clarence Avant is this year’s Ahmet Ertegun Award, honoree.
Hot on the heels of Tom Morello expanding his media outreach to SiriusXM on a new set of music channels and a podcast, comes word that the Rage Against the Machine guitarist has been named the Executive Music Producer of the upcoming Netflix film, Metal Lords from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The film, a coming-of-age comedy, was written by D.B. Weiss and produced by D.B. Weiss and Greg Shapiro. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is set to direct. The film stars Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth, and Adrian Greensmith. This movie will be the first feature to come out of Netflix’s partnership with Benioff & Weiss. The plot of the show follows two kids who want to start a heavy metal band in a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal.Continue reading
Often criticized by fans for not including enough actual rock and metal bands, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced their nominees for the class of 2021. Among the included artists and bands are Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Tina Turner, Jay-Z, and New York Dolls, The Go-Gos, Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J and others. The Hall has always been inclusive of other genres of pop music such as Rap and Jazz even. RATM was denied last year after being a finalist and other heavy acts like Judas Priest and Soundgarden, mounted big campaigns, but ultimately fell short. The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier.
Long in the works music documentary, “Long Live Rock… Celebrate The Chaos” will finally see its release, March 12th, 2021. The film regards itself as “a deep dive into the culture of hard rock” and features Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Halestorm, Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Rage Against The Machine, Shinedown, Papa Roach and many more artists and bands. Filmed over the last few years at various US rock festivals, following passionate fans as they take time out from their everyday lives to commune with their ‘rock families. Long Live Rock…Celebrate The Chaos, will premiere worldwide March 12, 2021, as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema release via global distributor, Abramorama. Watch the Official Trailer now!Continue reading
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees virtual ceremony last night, November 7th, 2020. The program aired on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. The tribute was announced within days of his passing. The band was founded in 1974 and Van Halen was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his band in 2007. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class included Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Continue reading
Metal and Hip-Hop legend Tairrie B. Murphy has released a new album, dropped in time f(October, 20th, 2020) or the election run-up last weekend. The title Feminenergy is a portmanteau of Feminine Energy and could be a summation of Mrs. B’s entire career as a ground-breaking artist many times over in her glass-ceiling destroying career as a solo artist and with bands Tura Satana, Manhole, and My Ruin. The new album is great, includes a Rage Against the Machine cover (“Fistful of Steel”), and is available as a pay what you want on her Bandcamp and released via her own House of Capricorn Records. Tairrie has kept busy the last few years releasing some of her early records for free on her Bandcamp, releasing covers and new originals, working on this new music with her husband Mick Murphy (Chevy Metal), and reportedly writing her memoirs. Jam out to her album now watch the trailer and get out and vote like your life depends on it, because it actually does.
Groundbreaking musician and activist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Audioslave, ex Prophets of Rage) will release a photo memoir from the last few years of his life, Whatever It Takes, this fall. The book is available for pre-order at the link below and you can watch a trailer for it right now! Continue reading
Truth To Power, the documentary about the social justice movement started by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian will make its world premiere at Cannes Virtual Market this week. The film is Executive Produced by Oscar® Nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost Trilogy, Somekind of Monster, Metallica Through The Never) and Live Nation Productions, the film offers exclusive access to the man behind the music, award-winning director/writer/producer Garin Hovannisian (“I Am Not Alone”) captures both intimate and historic public moments, including Serj’s role in inspiring the massive peaceful protests of 2018’s Velvet Revolution in his native Armenia which successfully ousted an oligarchic regime. Watch the trailer below! The film features an original soundtrack composed by Serj. Continue reading
It appears that Protest the Hero have got some thoughts on today’s, let us say shit, political climate. When your opening track is called ‘The Migrant Mother’ it’s a bit of a tell that Palimpsest (Spinefarm Records) has some issues it wants to address. I mean, regardless of subject matter I’d still be all for Palimpsest. Come on, it’s Protest the Hero, I could listen to songs about cooking bacon as long as it’s a new album.