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Press Release Roundup: June 3, 2013

posted June 3, 2013, 12:20 pm by GWHill | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists like myself get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will compile a list of some of the most intriguing things to come across my virtual desk the week before. So, here’s the inaugural version of this new blog.

Generally, press releases tend to fall into certain categories. One of those is tour/gig announcement releases. There were some interesting examples of those this past week.

Concert Announcements

The first Monster Energy sponsored Carnival of Madness dates were announced last week.

The first batch of dates for the highly anticipated CARNIVAL OF MADNESS tour, powered by Monster Energy, have been announced.

Sure to be known as the premier rock tour of 2013, the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS–sponsored by Monster Energy–returns this summer with multi-Platinum rock band SHINEDOWN, along with PAPA ROACH, SKILLET, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. The tour commences in Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, August 13. Go to for specific on-sale date and ticket information, and see below for the first batch of shows. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

VIP ticket pre-sales for these shows are now available to the “Shinedown Nation,” SHINEDOWN’s exclusive fan club. For more information about VIP pre-sale packages and “Shinedown Nation” membership, please visit the band’s official website,

SHINEDOWN makes their triumphant return to the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS after headlining the 2010 inaugural launch, with a lineup that also included Sevendust, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years. The first CARNIVAL OF MADNESS proved to be one of the biggest tours of the summer, heralded as a Top 50 tour by Pollstar. Last year’s trek featured Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, and New Medicine.



Tue 8/13 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Wed 8/14 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Fri 8/16 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Sat 8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Sun 8/18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
Tue 8/20 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Wed 8/21 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Fri 8/23 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/25 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center
Tue 8/27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed 8/28 Big Flats, NY Tags
Fri 8/30 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat 8/31 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
Sun 9/1 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater
Fri 9/6 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair
Tue 9/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 9/14 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park

In other festival news, Bonnaroo Festival announced a superjam added to the lineup. The press release said, “Bonnaroo is thrilled to announce a new Superjam to take place Friday at Midnight in That Tent! This historic night of hip-hop, funk, and R&B will feature RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, plus special guests. The performers will be backed by funk supergroup, Lettuce.”

An announcement about upcoming North American dates from the band VREID also came through last week. Here’s more about that directly from the press release.

“In just a little over a week, Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID will take their sonic mayhem to North America alongside headliners Melechesh. Set to commence June 16 in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited roadside assault includes over two weeks of live devastation, concluding in Brooklyn, New York on June 30. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.

Comments bassist Hváll of the upcoming journey: “We are thrilled to return to the Wild West; it will be a blast! We have had some great shows over there before, and can’t wait to return. We have our best album freshly released, and are ready to unleash these new songs plus old warrior themes for you. Unfortunately our rock solid drummer Steingrim has to sit out this tour due to work-related issues. He will surely be missed, but we have been aware of this for a while and have the perfect replacement for him. Tomas Myklebust will join us for this tour. Myklebust is a maestro drummer who did the UK tour with us last year when we toured with Paradise Lost. He did a splendid job then, and has worked his ass off rehearsing the new material. Hope to see you on the road.”

VREID will be touring in support of their punishing Welcome Farewell full-length released in North American via Indie Recordings on March 5, 2013. Commended by Decibel Magazine for “expanding their battleground, refining their attacks, and planting their flag square in the skulls of weaker genre purists,” and appropriately dubbed “energetic, infectious, virulently catchy, and furiously, belligerently aggressive,” by No Clean Singing, Welcome Farewell was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is easily the band’s most potent work to date.

w/ Melechesh, Lightning Swords Of Death, Reign Of Lies
6/16/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
6/17/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/18/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
6/19/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/20/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/21/2013 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
6/22/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/23/2013 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
6/24/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
6/25/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
6/26/2013 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
6/27/2013 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
6/28/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
6/29/2013 Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH
6/30/2013 Europa – New York, NY

Formed in 2004 following the demise of ‘’Sognametal” legends Windir and described by Metal Hammer UK as a “unique time-travel in metal,” VREID seamlessly merge the prime tenets of ‘70s rock, ‘80s classic metal and Norwegian black metal into a difficult-to-pinpoint, expertly arranged sound implosion. Notorious for their well-researched, historically-inspired lyrics, the band’s third and fourth offerings, I Krig and Milorg, were both concept albums based around the liberation work in Norway during World War II. Liberation was also the keyword on VREID’s last offering, V, but placed in a broader historical/philosophic perspective. The lyrics on Welcome Farewell describe a lifecycle through a series of short stories, seen from an existential point of view and, inspired by Hváll’s own local community with its nature, architecture and historical artists such as Arne Garborg and Otto Valstad, are more personal than ever before.”

More live news surfaced about the band Candlelight Red. From the press release: “CANDLELIGHT RED (@CandlelightRed)–Ryan Hoke (lead vocals), Jeremy Edge (guitars), Jamie Morral (bass) and Brian Dugan (drums)–is heading out on tour to share the excitement of their highly anticipated second album, RECLAMATION, to music fans across the country.

The album was released June 4 on Imagen Records and features the first single, “Feel The Same.” A lyric video for the song can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page here: Four songs on the album—“Lifeless,” “Cutter,” “Sleeping Awake” and “Demons”—are from the band’s 2012 DEMONS EP.

RECLAMATION is the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, THE WRECKAGE, which spawned the Active Rock hit, “Closer.” Their DEMONS EP, released in 2012, featured the Top 30 Active Rock single, “Demons.” The new album is a summation of the band’s mixture of hard hitting riffs mixed with melodic songs and heartfelt lyrical content. Sevendust drummer and newly-appointed Imagen Records Vice President of A&R Morgan Rose was brought in to produce DEMONS and the chemistry was evident immediately. Four months later, they teamed up again at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ to write and record the new album with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti.

As proclaimed, “RECLAMATION mixes hard rock riffs with heartfelt lyrical content and power melodics.”

“We are excited for the world to hear this record,” guitarist Jeremy Edge recently told “We really think that it shows the band’s diversity and we’re proud to say that we think it really is our best work. We put a lot of hard work and emotion into it and we are pumped for the release!”

Check out CANDLELIGHT RED at any of the following stops:


Fri 6/7 Altoona, PA Pellegrine’s
Sat 6/8 Lansing, MI The Loft (with Trapt)
Sun 6/9 South Bend, IN St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
Tue 6/11 Columbus, OH The Basement (with Trapt)
Wed 6/12 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
Fri 6/14 Providence, RI The Ruins at the Colosseum (with Trapt)
Sun 6/16 Hampton Beach, NH Wally’s Pub (with Pop Evil)
Wed 6/19 Bowling Green, KY Rustin Room (with Pop Evil)
Thu 6/20 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre (with Pop Evil)
Sat 6/22 Minot, ND The “O”riginal Bar and Nightclub
Sun 6/23 Sioux Falls, SD Rookies (with Pop Evil)
Thu 6/27 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Fri 6/28 Des Moines, IA Krazee Café
Sat 6/29 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing (with Theory Of A Deadman)
Tue 7/2 Greenville, SC Handlebar (with Trapt)
Wed 7/3 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend (with Trapt)
Thu 7/4 Columbia, SC Columbia Soundstage
Fri 7/5 Knoxville, TN Club NV
Sat 7/6 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern (with Trapt)
Sun 7/7 Springfield, IL Boondocks (with Trapt)
Wed 7/10 Marshalltown, IA Impala Ballroom (with Trapt)
Thu 7/11 Evansville, IN Victory Theatre
Fri 7/12 Spring Lake Park, MN POV’s
Sun 7/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave (with Trapt)
Sat 9/28 Darlington, MD Ramblewood Tattoo and Music Festival

A concert tour for Loverboy was also announced last week. This comes from that press release:

Legendary Canadian rock and roll band Loverboy continue “Working for the Weekend”—and all week long, for that matter—with a crowded summer tour schedule that follows up their nearly year-long, 60-date stint with Journey and Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo, that had fans and critics alike “lovin every minute of it.” The iconic rockers, with their trademarked red leather pants, bandanas, anthemic sound and high-energy live shows, hit the road beginning June 8 for the Taste of Syracuse show, where they will once again open for Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo, and won’t stop until November 16, back in their home country for a benefit concert in Edmonton. The slate includes a headlining show at the PNE arena in Vancouver, BC on September 2. A tour schedule is listed below, even though the band is still adding dates.

With 30-plus years as a working rock and roll band under their red leather belts, Loverboy has sold more than 30 million albums, with four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky and such Top 10 perennials as “Turn Me Loose,” “Working for the Weekend” and “Hot Girls in Love.” The group still features the original line-up of vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, drummer Matt Frenette and keyboardist Doug Johnson with bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve replacing the late Scott Smith.

The band’s latest Frontiers Records studio album, Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival, features three new tracks, two of which, “Heartbreaker” and “No Tomorrow,” were produced with their original engineer Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cure, Bon Jovi) at Bryan Adams’ famed Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. Rock assisted Loverboy producer Bruce Fairbairn, whose work with the band was recently praised by prominent blogger Bob Lefsetz; “‘Turn Me Loose’ is a masterpiece…certain tracks are just undeniable. This debut was as strong as Bad Company’s, as strong as ANYBODY’S!”

Among the highlights of this summer’s slate of shows are gigs with Night Ranger (Fraze Pavilion, Dayton, OH, July 5 and Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY, August 21), Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Rock on the River, Prairie du Chien, WI, July 11), Steelheart and Ratt (Halfway Jam, Royalton, MN, July 27), REO Speedwagon (Oregon State Fair, Salem, OR, August 30) and Foreigner (Seafood & Wine Festival, Panama City Beach, FL, October 19).

Loverboy have also made their mark on popular culture. The group has appeared on Comedy Network’s popular Regular Show and in a memorable 30 Rock segment, where Scott Adsit’s Pete Hornberger claimed he was Loverboy’s bassist in the ‘80s with his image inserted into a vintage video of the band wailing away here. praised the band’s recent shows: “Loverboy is embracing its past while setting its sights on a future that … will bring them more music, fans and fun.”

+June 8: Taste of Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
June 15: Avi Resort & Casino (Laughlin, NV)
June 22: Sonoma-Marin Fair (Petaluma, CA)
June 23: Alameda County Fair (Pleasanton, CA)
June 28: Bank of the West Celebrates America, Memorial Park (Omaha, NE)
June 29: Cannery Casino (Las Vegas, NV)

July 3: Summer Motion Festival (Ashland, KY)
*July 5: Fraze Pavilion (Dayton, OH)
July 7: Summerfest (Uline Stage) (Milwaukee, WI)
#July 11: Rock on the River (Prairie du Chien, WI)
July 12: 4 Bears Casino (New Town, ND)
%July 27: Halfway Jam (Royalton, MN)
July 28: 30th Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Chicago, IL)
July 29: 5th Anniversary Rock 104 Party at Olds Agriculture Society Grandstand (Olds, AB)

August 2: Queen City Ex (Regina, SK)
August 3: 16th Annual Ribfest (Mankato, MN)
August 4: WLAV Anniversary Celebration (Grand Rapids, MI)
August 9: Rockin’ on Riverfront, GM Renaissance Center (Detroit, MI)
August 10: The Edmonton Rock Music Festival (Edmonton, AB)
August 17: Rock n’ Roar Spanish, Four Seasons Water Front Resort (Spanish, ON)
*August 21: Dutchess County Fair (Rhinebeck, NY)
**August 30: Oregon State Fair (Salem, OR)

September 2: PNE (Vancouver, B.C.)
September 6: Tennessee Valley Fair (Knoxville, TN)
September 13: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City, OK)

++October 19: Seafood & Wine Festival (Panama City Beach, FL)

+with Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo
*with Night Ranger
#with Creedence Clearwater Revisited
%with Steelheart and Ratt
**with REO Speedwagon
++with Foreigner

Death metallers Dying Fetus announced new European tour dates along with North American ones. This from their press release: “Death Metal powerhouse DYING FETUS have confirmed that they will be heading back to Europe this summer on a headlining tour. The tour begins July 24th in Slovenia and runs through August 18th in France. The tour includes appearances at numerous festivals including Brutal Assault, Party San, Bloodstock, Summer Breeze and many more. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Last week the band confirmed a string of Canadian tour dates for later this summer. This run also includes select dates in the US. A full North American headline tour will be announced shortly. The tour is set to kick off August 23rd in Clifton Park, NY and will run through September 3rd in Providence, RI.

DYING FETUS released their latest album Reign Supreme in 2012 on Relapse Records. The album is streaming in its entirety on their Bandcamp Page.

A video for the song “Second Skin” is available for viewing HERE.
Reign Supreme is available for purchase from the Relapse store HERE and digitally on iTunes.
For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.

DYING FETUS European Tour
7/24: Slovenia Tolmin @ Metaldays Fest
7/25: Italy Point @ Neumarkt
7/27: Holland Steenwijk @ Stonehenge Fest
7/30: Russia Moscow @ Plan B
8/1: Ukraine Evpatoriya @ Metal Heads Mission Fest
8/3: France Albi Carmaux @ Xtreme Fest
8/5: Germany München @ Free & Easy Fest
8/6: Austria Dornbirn @ Schlachthof
8/7: Austria Wien @ Viper Room
8/8: Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault Fest
8/9: Germany Schlotheim @ Party San Fest
8/10: Switzerland Hüttikon @ Meh Suff! Metal-Fest
8/11: UK Catton Hall @ Bloodstock Fest
8/12: UK London @ Barfly
8/13: France Paris @ Nouveau Casino
8/14: Germany Trier @ Exhaus
8/15: Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze Fest
8/16: Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
8/17: Belgium Méan @ Metal Méan Fest
8/18: France Saint Nolff @ Motocultor Fest

DYING FETUS North American Dates:
8/23: Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shot
8/24: Hamilton, ON @ @ Club Absinthe
8/25: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
8/26: Rimouski, QC @ Le Cactus
8/27: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/29: Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Magog
8/30: Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
9/2: Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
9/3: Providence, RI @ King of Clubs“

Seven Sisters of Sleep also announced a rare tour last week. This is from their press release:

Los Angeles-based sludge bandits SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP will set out on the longest tour run in the band’s ancestry beginning next week as a two-and-a-half week tour with labelmates Full Of Hell begins.

Having shared the stage with Negative Approach, Integrity, All Pigs Must Die, Gehenna, Nails, The Love Below, Dropdead, Hoax, Eyehategod, Ringworm, Lack Of Interest and an amalgamate of other nihilistic acts since inception, SSOS has definitely mashed humans in the live setting, but never on an extensive excursion like the one scheduled to embark this week. Starting this Saturday, June 8th, SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP will scathe the nation in a clockwise hook of live actions alongside labelmates Full Of Hell, beginning in Santa Cruz, California and slicing straight around to their exit wound in Baltimore, Maryland. NYC-based Psychic Limb will join the melee for three dates, and all three acts will support Trap Them on a one-off at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, the trek sponsored by Invisible Oranges. Prepare for war.

The SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP faction is touring in support of their mammoth second LP, Opium Morals, released via A389 in mid-March. With over thirty-three minutes of pure auditory authority, Opium Morals embodies the band’s murky blend of Disembodied, Grief, Harvest, Noothgrush, Unruh, Eyehategod and Xibalba into the most corrosive, debauchery-ridden and ethics-free sludge to date.

All ten encrusted anthems from Opium Morals can be cut loose RIGHT HERE.

6/08/2013 418 Project – Santa Cruz, CA
6/09/2013 1st Church of the Buzzard – Oakland, CA, Badr Vogu
6/10/2013 The Know – Portland, OR
6/11/2013 Josephine – Seattle, WA
6/12/2013 The Mad Son House – Boise, ID
6/13/2013 The Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
6/14/2013 Rhinoceropolis – Denver, CO
6/15/2013 Art Closet- Kansas City, MO
6/16/2013 Neverland – Chicago, IL
6/17/2013 Refuge Skate Shop – Dearborn, MI
6/18/2013 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/19/2013 Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA
6/20/2013 The Flesh Temple – Buffalo, NY, Psychic Limb
6/21/2013 Democracy Center – Cambridge, MA, Psychic Limb
6/22/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Trap Them, Psychic Limb
6/23/2013 Club K – Baltimore, MD
6/27/2013 Korova – San Antonio, TX [SSOS ONLY]

Album Release Parties

John Moen (Decemberists) was one of those announced for a party. The press release for his album release gig included the following:

John Moen – drummer and harmony right-hand for the Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Elliott Smith, and Robert Pollard’s Boston Spaceships, as well as the former front man of Portland’s legendary Maroons – will be releasing his own album of gorgeously crafted pop-rock tunes, Revise Your Maps, under the name Perhapst on Jealous Butcher Records. The CD release show is Friday, June 28th at White Eagle.

Also on the bill is Old Light (headlining). Doors are at 8pm, show at 9pm. Ticket price TBD.

Recorded and produced by Jonathan Drews (Sunset Valley) at Jonathan’s Last of the Explorers studio, Revise Your Maps’ twelve songs are imbued with sweetness, sass, and melancholy. The record kicks off with “Birds off a Wire,” the perfect introduction to Moen’s impossibly keen melodic sense. A peerless falsetto coaxes through the verses while the choruses dissolve into saturated guitars. It’s pop music with satisfying, jangly corners, and this theme carries through Revise Your Maps. With “Birds off a Wire” one is reminded of The Notorious Byrd Brothers and then two songs later on “Ramble Scramble,” you’re tapping along with a shuffling boogie that’s all Squeeze. The title song – perhaps the most wistful of the lot – tugs on the heart with a refrain that’s equal parts teary and hopeful. “Sorrow & Shame’s” chorus may take you self-deprecatingly to despair, but it somehow stomps and struts like Freddie Mercury all the while. Songs call out to a bonnie-haired beloved, broadcast from a moored ship that used to go places, stay up late to bemoan an old sadness.

Moen shot the cover photo the record, and while Jonathan Drews manned the mixing board, Moen composed a drawing for each of the songs. These appear on the back sleeve and are a totally charming sort of inkblot test of each of the tunes.

Revise Your Maps is a grown-up record full of all the love, want, and peacemaking that come to a husband, dad, and musician who’s been playing on stages since he was a teenager. It’s as though while drumming and recording with other artists over the years, Moen was collecting as well, burnishing these gems. It’s such a fully-realized collection of songs, an album who’s themes seamlessly weave a sum even greater than the individual parts. Revise Your Maps will settle in that exulted, select stack closest your turntable.

The 88 also announced a new album and album release bash. This comes from their press release: “Remember a time before the beginning? I do. That’s how long I have known The 88. Well before the Ray Davies tours and recording sessions, way before they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, even before they scored the theme song for NBC’s Community, composing songs for The Lorax motion picture or appearing on How I Met Your Mother.

So it’s with great pleasure that I can announce that the band has a new CD, their 6th, out June 11 called Fortune Teller. This record finds the band with much more freedom. It’s still The 88 but it’s much more open to experimentation and change.

And be sure to check out the bands awesome new video, “I Saw The Light That Day”, a one shot, no edit video featuring musician turned magician Rob Zabrecky.

Oh and did I mention there is a record release show on the day after release on June 12 at the Troubadour in LA?”

Album Release Announcements

Secret Policeman’s Ball‘s new album Teenage Crimewave (June 4th)

ReEvolution, the second full-length album from California-based progressive metal supergroup Cynthesis was announced. (June 4th)

Prog rock legends <strong>Nektar will release Time Machine (June 18th)

Nicky Haslam announced Midnight Matinee (July 1st)

Sarah Miles’ debut album One was announced. (July 16th)

Nadine Shah Love Your Dum and Mad is set for release via Apollo/R&S Records. (July 23rd)

Chimaira announced Crown of Phantoms release. (July 30th)

Jake Bellows‘ (of Neva Dinova) Debut Solo Album New Ocean was announced (August 6th)

Also due out on the same date is Jason Newstead’s album Heavy Metal Music (released under just his last name). (August 6th)

Soil’s sixth album, entitled “Whole” was announced. (August 20th)

Ben Rector’s Walking in Between was also announced for that same date. (August 20th)

Superstar Sting announced his new album The Last Ship. (September 24th)

Video Release Announcements

An interesting announcement came in the form of the publicity for a new 3D Blu-Ray release. To be entitled, “Experience Montreux” it features live performances of full tracks by Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, Massive Attack, Joe Bonamassa, Angelique Kidjo, Sophie Hunger, Martina Topley Bird and many more. Filmed in high definition 3D, this disc will play in 3D on 3D set-ups and in 2D on regular Blu-ray players. (June 18th)

Finally a new Aerosmith video, Rock for the Rising Sun, was announced for digital video, DVD and Blu-Ray release. (July 23rd)

Join me next Monday for another press release week roundup.


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