For over a decade, Jamie Tworkwoski and his non-profit foundation To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) have been on the front lines for suicide prevention and mental health awareness and support. Jamie was in New York City recently for the Mental Health Comedy Tour at the legendary Comic Strip Live. The show featured Jamie, comedian, Joe Matarese, and host Preston Gitlin. In their 13-year history, TWLOHA has donated over $2.3 million directly into treatment, traveled more than 3.4 million miles to meet people face-to-face at nearly 3,000 events, and has responded to over 210,000 messages from over 100 countries. In our interview, we had a frank discussion about the epidemic of suicides, the current mental health crisis, mental health in the music business, his work with Vans Warped Tour, the effect of social media on our well-being, and the strides TWLOHA has made over the years. WARNING: This podcast features a blunt discussion about suicide, depression, anxiety, and situations where people have taken their own lives. This may be triggering, but our intention is to help by creating a dialogue. If you are ready this and need help, you are not alone and you can seek help at this link. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Melina Dellamargio. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with Taking Back Sunday guitarist John Nolan about the bands’ twenty-plus years in music, celebrated by their new album Twenty (Craft, Concord). John reflected on the bands’ roots in Long Island, some of their peers they came up within the metalcore scene, playing Warped Tour, their current tour, and the importance of making new music from the band rather than relying on the “hits”. Continue reading
Joan Jett, rock music’s iconic 1980s flag-bearer is the subject of a new documentary, Bad Reputation. At the debut screenings in New York City, Joan herself will participate for a one-night screening special event and Q & A at the acclaimed IFC Film Center. Tickets are moving fast and available at the link below. Joan is an iconic rock and punk icon, whose 40+ year career dates back to her stint in the influential teen band, The Runaways. With her backing band The Blackhearts, Joan Jett continues to tour and entertain fans of all ages, including an appearance at this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour! Directed by acclaimed music video helmer Kevin Kerslake (Nirvana, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden) and stars Billie Joe Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus and more. Bad Reputation has already been revered as an Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, and San Francisco Int’l Film Festival. Continue reading
Ballers is the HBO series focusing on financial advisors to superstar athletes. The cast is led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rob Corddry. On the season four premiere, the main characters are courting a partnership with an extreme sports company led by comedian Russell Brand, and The Vans Warped Tour got a shout out. In addition, the now-defunct traveling tour, The Offspring, and Social Distortion were also name-checked. Warped Tour finished its last run as traveling tour last weekend after 23 years. Speculation on the future of Warped Tour has focused on the tour coming back someday as a destination festival. Continue reading
The last ever date of the final cross country Vans Warped Tour is this coming Sunday he Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL and will be recorded live with all proceeds to benefit FEND. Two songs from select bands will be recorded for the album, as listed below. Continue reading
It’s the final cross-country voyage of the Vans Warped Tour. Since 1995, the unofficial punk rock summer camp has introduced us all to iconic acts from Bad Religion to Katy Perry. Continue reading
Chelsea Grin released their new album Eternal Nightmare via Rise Records today. This is the band’s first album since parting ways with vocalist Alex Koehler earlier this year. Former Lorna Shore vocalist Tom Barber stepped in to replace Koehler. Catch the band on this summer’s final cross-country Vans Warped Tour. Continue reading
Massachusetts metalcore leaders Unearth have shared a new single from their forthcoming new album, Extinction(s), due later this year from their new label, Century Media. Hear a brand new song Incinerate’ right now! Continue reading
The Vans Warped Tour gets underway today in Pomona, CA for their last ever nation-wide tour. Click the link below to see the tour routing, see what bands are playing your town, buy tickets! Two dates are already sold out: Ventura, CA and Mountain View, CA so don’t sleep!
Harm’s Way has dropped a new video for their track ‘Last Man’, shot at the Subterranean in Chicago, IL. Open up this pit and watch it now!