ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to My Downfall

Whether you know him from his decade-long rap career, role as Felix in Birdbox, spot-on portrayal of Tommy Lee in The Dirt, comedian Pete Davidson’s BFF, or Megan Fox’s new beau, Machine Gun Kelly, born Colson Baker, has left footprints across the entertainment industry. Hot off a summer full of home-recorded covers and his first MTV Video Music Award, MGK takes another step in a new direction with his fifth studio album, Tickets to My Downfall (Bad Boy/Interscope), wearing his heart on his sleeve for 13 tracks (and 2 interludes) of pop-punk magic. Most fittingly, the new release was executively produced by Blink 182’s Travis Barker, who Baker first collaborated with last summer on “I Think I’m Okay,” along with Brit bud Yungblud. It’s no surprise the album sounds as if it could have been born during the early-2000’s pop-punk heyday. Though TTMD is a change of pace from MGK’s typical style, it does not fully abandon his roots, highlighting a multitude of hip-hop guests and beats, party songs, and pop anthems. In fact, he has consistently cited various rock acts as influences, so it was only a matter of time until he fully submerged himself in the genre.

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Watch Post Malone Cover Nirvana with Travis Barker of Blink-182

As reported previously, Post Malone held a livestream concert last night for charity via his YouTube channel. He performed Nirvana “hits and fan favorites” while raising money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Among the musicians backing Post during the performance is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Throughout the show, Google will match all donations at up to $5 million, with all proceeds going to the UN Foundation. Not only did Posty have Kurt Cobain widow and co-estate executor Courtney Love’s blessing, Nirvana member Krist Novoselic watched the stream and tweeted his support and delight at the covers. Watch now! Continue reading

Watch Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker Cover Paramore’s Classic “Misery Business”

Machine Gun Kelly is currently working on a Pop-Punk album due out at later date in 2020. He shared this viral video of Travis Barker of Blink-182, who is working on the album with him, jamming virtually on a cover of Paramore‘s all-time classic anthem, “Misery Business”. The viral video already has almost 2 million views in just a few days. Check out the video and follow the Soundcloud below for more MGK punk goodness! Continue reading

The Punk Rock MBA Examines Why “Rock Is Dying”

The Punk Rock MBA has made a living (actually) on their ‘What Killed the Genre” series of videos on their YouTube channel. Now he has posted a new video making a case for the fact that Rock is Dying or already dead if you watch the video. He makes a fair, data-driven case. Of course, he is talking about mass appeal and popularity, the rock and metal underground has never been stronger in our opinion. He mentions Slipknot, Metallica, Tool, Blink-182, Ghost, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit, The Used, but also Travis Scott (and Kylie Jenner), Riot Fest, Download Festival, Self-Help Fest, Wacken Open Air, and more. Continue reading

REVIEW: Musink 2019 – Live at Orange County Fair & Event Center

Travis Barker returned to the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to present (alongside So-Cal radio station KROQ) the twelfth consecutive year of Musink—the end-all festival of music, tattoos, and custom cars.Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Suicidal Tendencies, Limp Bizkit, Fear, Hatebreed, Lead Travis Barker’s Musink 2019

Long-running punk, metal, tattoos, and classic cars event KROQ Presents Travis Barker’s Musink kicks off today at the OC Fair & Event Center for spring 2019. Suicidal Tendencies, Limp Bizkit, Travis Barker (drum & DJ set), Fear, Hatebreed, Dead Kennedys, Sick Of It All, T.S.O.L. are among the bands performing! The 12th annual Musink 3-Day Music Festival, Tattoo Convention & Car Show will take place all weekend and we have the deets below with our preview!Continue reading

Suicidal Tendencies, Limp Bizkit, Fear, Hatebreed, Dead Kennedys Booked For Travis Barker’s Musink 2019

Long-running punk, metal, tattoos, and classic cars convention KROQ Presents Travis Barker’s Musink returns once again to the OC Fair & Event Center for spring 2019. Suicidal Tendencies, Limp Bizkit, Travis Barker (drum & DJ set), Fear, Hatebreed, Dead Kennedys, Sick Of It All, T.S.O.L. are among the bands announced with a few more TBD. The 12th annual Musink 3-Day Music Festival, Tattoo Convention & Car Show will take place Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, 2019. All Tickets On Sale Friday, December 14 At 10:00 AM PST at the link below.Continue reading

Back To The Beach Festival, Huntington Beach, California

Travis Barker is a man of many talents. One of those talents is playing host to some damn good shows. The most recent iteration, hot off the heels of Barker’s Musink in March, was in the form of the (hopefully) first annual Back to the Beach festival—a punk/ska/reggae revival wherein Travis joined forces with John “Feldy” Feldmann of Goldfinger fame.Continue reading

Back To The Beach Announces Set Times, 311, Sublime w/ Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone Set To Headline

Back To the Beach Festival, the annual music festival that takes place right in the heart of Huntington Beach, California has revealed their set times for the fest kicking off on April 28th and 29th! It’s two days of great music, beach games for the entire family, food, and drinks galore. Kids under 10 even get in free! You can see the set times below. Presented by Travis (Barker) and Feldy (John Feldman of Goldfinger) The fest features 311, Sublime w/ Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone (w/ the original line up), Goldfinger (ft. Travis Barker), Hepcat, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, The Interrupters, Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, The Aggrolites,Big D and the Kids Table, The Untouchables and main more special guests. Continue reading

Musink 2017: Live At OC Fairgrounds And Convention Center

 

Travis Barker and his hooligans descended once again upon Orange County for the tenth annual Musink Festival. Held at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, Musink hosted a slew of talented tattooers, rad rods, delicious food, thirst-quenching beer (Always got to have beer, right?), and awesome music.Continue reading