“Truth To Power” Film to Debut at Cannes Virtual Market, Stars System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian

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

ALBUM REVIEW: Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

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.

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Rage Against The Machine Postpones Entire Reunion Tour Until 2021

Rage Against The Machine, citing safety measures during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, have announced the postponement and have rescheduled dates for its previously announced tour. RATM in the most hyped reunion of 2020, Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford — was forced to postpone all of its 2020 shows. The next RATM tour will be their first tour dates since 2011. Ghost Cult broke the global news about the reunion, later confirmed by Forbes. The band was supposed to play its first concerts back together in March at several cities along or near the Mexican border, with several dozen U.S. and European dates booked through the end of the summer. The band released a statement on social media. Continue reading

Cypress Hill to Host Livestream Q and A for the 20th Anniversary of their “Skull and Bones” Album

Cypress Hill will celebrate its 2000 album, the epic Rap and Metal double album Skull and Bones (Columbia) today with a livestream Q & A from the band. The album, best known for their huge hit singles ‘Rap Superstar’ and ‘Rock Superstar’, is one of the groups ‘ best and features guest turns from Everlast, Eminem, N.O.R.E., Christian Olde Wolbers (now formerly of) and Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, and Chino Moreno of Deftones. The band will live on Facebook and YouTube with host Rob Markman to spin the record and take your questions t the links below.  Continue reading

Rage Against The Machine Postpones First Leg of Their Upcoming Tour

Rage Against The Machine has announced that are postponing the first leg of their reunion tour due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th – May 20th) with RUN THE JEWELS,” the group said in a statement. “The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of the utmost importance to us.” Ghost Cult first broke the news internationally of their reunion and a subsequent headline gig at Coachella, since canceled. The first shows back together later this month were due to take place at several cities along or near the Mexican border near ICE detention centers, including El Paso; Las Cruses, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona. Instead, they will now launch the trek on May 23 at Boston Calling. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, which will be announced soon. Continue reading

Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals Officially Postponed Until October

In a story we are following, The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, a.k.a. Coachella, and its sister Country music festival, Stagecoach Festival, have officially been postponed from April to October amid panic over the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which was set to take place in Indio, California, on the weekends of April 10th and April 17th, will now take place over of October 9th and October 16th. Fans seeking a total refund will be notified on Friday, 3/13/2020. The lineup was set to include headlining performances from Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. In a Twitter post, Goldenvoice, the AEG subsidiary that organizes the festival, said: “At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials. Continue reading

Coachella Festival May Be Postponed Over Coronavirus Fears

As rumors have persisted, published reports by journalist Yashar Ali and was corroborated by Entertainment Tonight and Billboard.com The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has reportedly been postponed to October amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which was set to take place in Indio, California, on April 10-12 and April 17-19, is expected to be postponed to the weekends of October 9 and October 16. The lineup was set to include headlining performances from Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more. Coachella is the largest and arguably the most important music festival in the world, and sees an estimated 250,000 people attend Coachella each year over two back-to-back weekends at Empire Polo Club, about two hours outside of Los Angeles. The news of the postponement comes as authorities in the Coachella Valley region confirmed three new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. An online petition to call off Coachella this year has garnered more than 16,000 signatures. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336: Package Tour Madness

Spring and Summer are the time for package tours to bloom and capture fans! A ton have been popping up in what was already shaping up to be a major year for tours in 2020 with Rage Against The Machine, Guns N Roses, Slipknot, Deftones & Gojira, Primus, Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Poison, Testament & The Black Dahlia Murder, Korn & Faith No More, Five Finger Death Punch & Megadeth and more! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336 is streaming now and it’s all about Package Tour Madness! 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

ALBUM REVIEW: Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man

If there’s one name in the annals of rock history known to absolutely everyone, it’s Ozzy Osbourne. It doesn’t matter if you know him from his time with Black Sabbath, his solo career, his reality TV series, his wife, the bat story, or any of the other utterly insane stories which usually start with the excessive consumption of alcohol, or use of illegal substances. The fact is you know the name, you know the face, and you know the legend. Continue reading

Tom Morello Responds to Fan Complaints of Rage Against The Machine’s High Ticket Prices

Fans of Rage Against The Machine were elated at the announcement of the return of the much-missed band for 2020. However, following the news that the band has booked a world tour this week, some expressed outrage at the high cost of tickets for the headline shows. Fans and haters have slammed the band, known for their activism and protests for being greedy at the high cost for shows (non-festivals). The band took some measures against scalpers as they have bought 10% of all the tour tickets to ensure those tickets are sold from the band – at a premium cost, but the extra money going to charity. In the midst of all of this, RATM guitarist and activist Tom Morello has taken to Twitter to assure fans that the high cost of tickets is due to scalpers and resellers. Tom claims that the full price for all tickets tops out at $125.00 USD. A high cost, for sure, but lower than many other concert tickets to other tours in 2020. Continue reading