10.30.2018

VIVEIRO ROCKS! GUEST POST FROM CHRIS KLONDIKE MASUAK


Today's guest post is from Chris Klondike Masuak Canadian-born Australian rock musician, guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

I pick Pony Boy up from the bus stop after school most days.

If it’s sunny I wait sitting on a brick wall swinging my legs and looking out over a 12th-century convent to the low green coastal mountains, disappearing into soft haze.

The bus swings round the corner pretty much right on the button and Pony Boy bursts out, talking a mile a minute about how he didn’t do anything at school.


We’ll stop at a bar on the way home. Spanish bars aren’t the frosted glassed sleazy dives we used to stand in fear and wonder outside of as kids in northern Canada. He’ll continue his monologue over hot chocolate and churros, stopping occasionally to talk to one of the patrons in whatever language suits them, which in this joint usually means “Deep Galego”.

Most of the old folks in town know Pony Boy. On those sunny days they’ll all be out sitting along the walkway beside the bay in the precious sunshine. He’ll stop and say hello to them, making sure that the ones who don’t see so well know it’s him. He shakes their hands or gives high fives. They’ll talk for a while about this and that while I stand back and watch.

If we don’t notice them when we walk past, they’ll wave and yell “Hola!”. He waves back and yells, telling them where we’re going.

We seem to have become a fixture. If I’m out on the street by myself, people I don’t even know will ask “You’re by yourself today? Where’s your boy?”

As we walk along he keeps up a running monologue, mostly about the various ways you can defeat zombies or the mechanical attributes of the robots he likes to build.


We’ll usually end up walking along beside the water to the music school and we’ll stand outside for a while, playing by the antique cannons and listening to the students clamouring away.

Violin concertos, bagpipes, rock bands...it’s the luck of the draw on any given day.

Some days we’ll walk further along the waterfront to the sports centre.

In July you can forget about swimming for a few weeks. Viveiro is home to Resurrection Fest, one of Europe’s biggest metal/thrash festivals. When that’s on, it’s impossible to get to the pool. It’s annoying.

A couple of years ago Motorhead did their final concert there. Last year Iron Maiden played. This year it was KISS and Scorpion.


We can hear it all from my place at the far end of the bay..

During the festival our medieval fishing village is choked with people. At first the locals were worried about all those strange kids with tattoos, piercings, dressed in black.

These days, they don’t even bother calling in any extra police. The 60,000 concert goers cause less trouble and are infinitely more polite than any couple of drunken Brits!

In August there’s a giant festival stage set up in the town plaza. Every night music drifts out across the water and echoes against the hills.

The bars are overflowing and while you listen to the concerts you can fill up on the free tapas!

The other night I was making my way back home after playing a Rock 4 West Papua benefit. It was 4 AM and the streets were still buzzing with activity. Some kids recognised me and yelled “Hey, Masuak!”

Without even trying, Viveiro Rocks!

10.19.2018

DETROIT ROCK LEGEND MITCH RYDER: HAS A NEW CHRISTMAS CD TAKE A RIDE!!


Take A Ride This Christmas With Rock/Soul Legend MITCH RYDER On His First-Ever Holiday Album!

Of the many gifts given to the world by the Detroit music scene, from the 4th time Hall of Fame nominees The MC5, The Stooges, The Rockets is the one "gift" who started THEM ALL  the unforgettable voice of MITCH RYDER.

Whether performing with or without the amazing Detroit Wheels, Mitch has been one of the most dominant figures in the Motor City’s soulful/rock music scene for the last 5 decades, stuffing the world’s musical stockings with such sweet hits as “Devil With A Blue Dress On,” “Jenny (Take A Ride)”, "Detroit" and a whole lot more!

Just got this new press release presenting a collection of brand new recordings to celebrate the spirit and soul of Christmas, called Christmas (Take A Ride), which finds the blue-eyed crooner offering fresh takes on holiday classics made famous by Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen along with seasonal favorites “Let It Snow,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and more!

Christmas (Take A Ride) will be available on both CD and digital starting October 26 via Goldenlane Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.

Also be sure to watch for a new album from Ryder featuring very special guest appearances by James Williamson (The Stooges), Sylvain Sylvain (NY Dolls), Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers), Joe Louis Walker, Brian Auger and more! YES!!



Track List:
1. What Christmas Means To Me
2. Blue Christmas
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Someday At Christmas
5. Jingle Bell Rock
6. Santa Claus
7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
9. Sleigh Ride
10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
11. Let It Snow
12. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

10.10.2018

THIRD MAN RECORD'S BEN BLACKWELL FINDS RARE JACK WHITE CASSETTE RECORDING


An amazing Cassette Week update:Third Man Record's Ben Blackwell pulls a box of cassettes from his basement and discovers...

Ben Blackwell states, The cassette, titled 'He Once Ate A Small Child' is, as far as I can tell, the rarest physical release of a Jack White performance. And prior to the mention here, the release was completely undocumented. I doubt more than a half-dozen people even knew about it.

And he's granted Discogs permission to share the track via our YouTube channel. Read Ben Blackwell's Why Cassettes Are The New 45s and listen to the rarest physical release of a Jack White performance of Blondie's One Way Or Another HERE.


DISCOGS LAUNCHES CASSETTE WEEK OCT 8-13

Cassette Week Begins Today; Runs Through October 13, 2018 Leading Up To Cassette Store Day  CASSETTE WEEK 2018

PORTLAND, OR October 8, 2018 - Today, Discogs, the world's foremost Database, Marketplace, and Community for physical music, launches Cassette Week (October 8-13, 2018). Cassette Week celebrates the humble cassette format throughout the week, leading up to Cassette Store Day (Japan, UK, USA) taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, around the world. Cassette Week begins with The Cassette Resurgence: An Apple, An Van, And The Go by Sean Bohrman (Burger Records).

Other features throughout the week will feature Ben Blackwell (Third Man Records) laying out why cassettes are the new 45s, while uncovering a previously unknown, non-Googleable Jack White appearance around the time the White Stripes were forming; and underground radio legend Bobbito Garcia breaking down how cassettes spread hip-hop culture, and his radio show, all around the globe.

25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS ON VINYL!


"THE BIG MOTHER OF ALL ROCK CONCERTS[1]",
FEATURING A WHO'S WHO OF ROCK AND ROLL
MAKES ITS VINYL DEBUT ON OCTOBER 19

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK & ROLL
HALL OF FAME CONCERTS: NIGHT 2, VOLUME 1

Pressed onto 180 Gram Vinyl, the Collectible Album ($24.98), Available
For the Very First Time as an LP, Features Ten Blistering Live Performances
from U2, Mick Jagger, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen and More!

Fairfax, VA (October 10, 2018) - The date: October 29th and 30th, 2009. The event: rock 'n' roll royalty held court at Madison Square Garden for what the Philadelphia Inquirer called "the big mother of all rock concerts."

The legendary, history-making concert -- featuring a who's who of rock from the '50s to the '90s -- including artists performing together in unprecedented combinations that will most likely never be witnessed again can be found on THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS: NIGHT 2, VOLUME 1, a brand-new vinyl release exclusively fromTime Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Being released to vinyl for the very first time, THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS: NIGHT 2, VOLUME 1 features 10 performances from the second night of the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated HBO special, winner of the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing. Available for lovers of classic rock everywhere just in time for the holidays, the limited-edition 180 gram pressing will be available on October 19 and priced to add to every music collection for $24.98srp.

Highlights include:

Mick Jagger and Fergie in a blistering version of the Stones' classic "Gimme Shelter," with U2 as the backing band
U2 invites Bruce Springsteen to join the band on their song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Ozzy Osbourne rocks with Metallica on the Black Sabbath classic "Iron Man"
Plus Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Lou Reed, Ray Davies, Patti Smith, Black Eyed Peas and Billy Gibbons and more!

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS: NIGHT 2, VOLUME 1


Format: Vinyl LP
Run time: 40:42
Genre: Classic Rock

Track Listing:

Side One
"Great Balls of Fire" -- Jerry Lee Lewis (1:56)
"People Get Ready" -- Jeff Beck with Sting (4:33)
"A Day In a Life" -- Jeff Beck (4:45)
"Sweet Jane" -- Metallica with Lou Reed (4:57)
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- Metallica (4:26)

Side Two
"Iron Man" -- Metallica with Ozzy Osbourne (3:06)
"Vertigo" -- U2 (3:57)
"Because the Night" -- U2 with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Roy Bittan (4:20)
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- U2 with Bruce Springsteen (5:42)
"Gimme Shelter" -- U2 with Mick Jagger, Fergie and will.i.am (5:00)
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CHUCK AND B'S ROCK SHOW WITH BLACK IRISH 313 @ BLIND PIG 10-20



Chuck and B's Rock Show

Life in Michigan is hosting a rock and roll party with Captain Ivory and Black Irish 313 from Detroit. Come celebrate with us and enjoy outstanding live local rock music at the historic The Blind Pig A2 in Ann Arbor. 

Both bands have new music available. Imagine if Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple were playing at a small club and Eric Clapton and Duane Allman stopped in to jam. That is what is going down at this show. Don't miss it!!

Doors are 8pm. Music starts at 9
Cover is just $5 and goes toward the bands.
18 and over  GET TICKETS HERE

Artwork by Robert "Nix" Nixon
We'll have 40 limited edition screen prints designed by Nix at the show !!

MOTOR CITY FUNK NIGHT: CREATURE FEATURE!


Funk Night returns to Marble Bar for this October's Creature Feature!

Live performance by The Gripsweats from Nashville.

Heavy duty funk and soul spun by 
Scott Craig, Frank Raines and Eastside.

Come party with us!

$5 all night

10.09.2018

POP SOUL SINGER MAJOR. IN DETROIT 10-21 AT THE FOX THEATRE


"The Hope Dealer" in a world full of darkness and negativity, MAJOR.s music and message speaks toward light, positivity, and love.



MAJOR. had an immense single last year titled "Why I Love You" that was praised by Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and more as the next biggest wedding song of all time, MAJOR. released another timeless classic this year titled , “Honest” late last year.


Even More is executive produced by Grammy Award winning Harmony Samuels (Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ciara) and offers features from newcomers such as Kris Kasanova and NSTASIA.



With over 5 Million streams on Spotify and 6 Million on Apple Music, MAJOR. Is generating a lot of buzz and is set to be one to watch for in 2019 and isn’t slowing down any time soon!


MAJOR. - Even More // ALBUM

Album Release: 9/7/18

LISTEN HERE

Genre: RnB

Album Features: NSTASIA, Andre Troutman, Kris Kasanova

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INDIE POP GROUP CHERRY POOLS HAVE NEW RELEASES AND 2019 SUMMER TOUR!


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 1, 2018) - Alternative band Cherry Pools released a California-inspired music video for their new track, "All The Way," today via Weekday Records/Sony Music.

It premiered exclusively on Alternative Press this morning. In the Dan Cicco-directed music video, the quartet plays in the Pacific Ocean, cruises down Sunset Boulevard and peeks out over Griffith Observatory while lead singer Martin Broda sings of love and lust in the City of Angels over a pulsating synth and subtle guitar riff. Watch the "All The Way" music video here or stream/purchase the track here.


On the "All The Way" music video, Broda told Alternative Press: "I always catch myself writing songs about running away with someone because I love to romanticize that ideal. Finding courage within someone to just pack your things up and get the fuck out of town is essentially the premise of this track."

Cherry Pools will make their festival debut at Spring Fling in Cleveland, OH this weekend. The band is then set to tour with I Don't Know How But They Found Me throughout the month of June followed by the 25-city "Liquor Tour" with Lydia and Jared & The Mill this summer. The "Liquor Tour" kicks off on July 25 in Albuquerque and concludes in Cherry Pools' new hometown of Los Angeles. Full tour routing is below. Tickets are available at CherryPoolsBand.com.



CHERRY POOLS SUMMER 2019 TOUR DATES
Jun 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Spring Fling Festival
Jun 5 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
Jun 6 - St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Hall *
Jun 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave *
Jun 8 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter *
Jun 9 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache *
Jun 10 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Jun 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Jun 13 - Millvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls *
Jun 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Jun 15 - Washington D.C. @ Union Stage *
Jun 16 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs *
Jun 17 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall *
Jun 18 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *
JUL 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad #
JUL 27 - Austin, TX @ The Parish #
JUL 28 - Dallas, TX @ Trees #
JUL 29 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
JUL 31 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar #
AUG 1 - Orlando, FL @ The Social #
AUG 3 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell #
AUG 4 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge #
AUG 5 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre #
AUG 7 - Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall #
AUG 8 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents #
AUG 9 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
AUG 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry ##
AUG 11 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair ##
AUG 12 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus ##
AUG 14 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
AUG 15 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop #
AUG 16 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch #
AUG 17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
AUG 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room #
AUG 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Recordbar #
AUG 21 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre #
AUG 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue #
AUG 24 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #
AUG 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour #

* Cherry Pools with I Don't Know How But They Found Me
# Cherry Pools with Lydia and Jared & The Mill
## Cherry Pools and Lydia only

ABOUT CHERRY POOLS
Cherry Pools is a burgeoning indie-pop outfit helmed by vocalist Martin Broda. Awash in vintage synths, revved up by 21st century guitars and swagged out in chic thrifted threads, Cherry Pools harness harmony between distinct eras, drawing influence from Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Justice, MGMT, Tame Impala and more. The four-piece released their debut single "Forever Young" in December and quickly followed up with "Are You In Love" just ahead of their spring tour with PVRIS.

Cherry Pools will now join I Don't Know How But They Found Me on a three-week tour in June, followed by a North American tour with Lydia in July/August ahead of their debut EP release in late 2018.

10.03.2018

ROBERT BRADLEY AND FRIENDS SAT 9CT 6 FERNDALE OKTOBEER FEST!


All Are Welcome
October 5-7th in Ferndale, Michigan
FRI 4p-12a | SAT 12p-12a | SUN 12p-9p

Admission to OktoBEER Festival 
requires a $3 entry fee*
that will benefit local charities.

*Veterans & active-duty members 
with military ID get in FREE
all weekend, as well as children 
under 12 years of age.

STAR-STUDDED SALUTE TO KISS RECEIVES A SPECIAL NEW ISSUE


Star-Studded Salute To Hard Rock Legends KISS Receives A Very Special Reissue With New Title And All New Artwork!

Los Angeles, CA – An incredible line-up of world-class musicians and vocalists gathered together, under the helm of Grammy award-winning producers Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet, to recreate 11 classics from the catalog of one of music’s greatest, best-loved bands, the icons of theatrical shock rock, the mighty KISS! Originally released as Spin The Bottle in 2004, the resulting album has received a complete makeover this year and will be reissued October 19 with all new artwork.

Now titled, Pure Fire – The Ultimate KISS Tribute, the album features unique combinations of A-list performers including former KISS member Bruce Kulick plus some of the bands biggest friends and fans including Tommy Shaw (Styx), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Steve Lukather (Toto), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins), Doug Pinnick (King’s X), C.C. DeVille (Poison) and so many more!


This special multi-media edition also comes with a bonus making-of DVD that features interviews and stories from the artists, including those who are no longer with us, recorded 14 years ago – it’s like a beautifully preserved time capsule showing what these artists looked like, sang like and played like, and what they thought about KISS back then.

Hear producer Bob Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar, Robin McAuley, Robben Ford , Lemmy , Greg Bissonette, Doug Aldrich, Kip Winger, Carmine Appice, Mike Porcaro, Fred Coury, and many others share their personal stories and recollections about Paul, Gene, Ace & Peter. No self-respecting KISS fan should be without this release!

Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute / Various


Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet with guest performances by Bruce Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Lemmy Kilmister, Doug Aldrich, Dee Snider, Steve Lukather, Chris Jericho, C.C. DeVille, Dug Pinnick, Page Hamilton, Buzz Osbourne, and more!

Track List:
DISC 1: CD
1. Detroit Rock City – Dee Snider, Doug Aldrich, Marco Mendoza, John Tempesta
2. Love Gun – Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Tim Bogert, Jay Schellen
3. Cold Gin – Mark Slaughter, Ryan Roxy, Robben Ford, Phil Soussan, Steve Riley
4. King Of The Night Time World – Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Mike Inez, Fred Coury
5. I Want You – Kip Winger, Paul Gilbert, Greg Bissonette
6. God Of Thunder – Buzz Osbourne, Bruce Kulick, Blasko, Carmine Appice
7. Calling Dr. Love – Page Hamilton, Mike Porcaro, Greg Bissonette
8. Shout It Out Loud – Lemmy Kilmister, Jennifer Batten, Bob Kulick, Samantha Maloney
9. Parasite – Dug Pinnick, Bob Kulick, John Alderete, Vinnie Colaiuta
10. Strutter – Phil Lewis, Gilby Clarke, Jeff Pilson, Bobby Rock
11. Stole Your Love – Robin McAuley, C.C. DeVille, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar

DISC 2: BONUS DVD
Interviews and stories with:
Paul Gilbert, Bob Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar, Robin McAuley, Robben Ford, Lemmy, Greg Bissonette, C.C. DeVille, Doug Aldrich, Kip Winger, Carmine Appice, Mike Porcaro, Fred Coury, Jennifer Batten, Bobby Rock, Mark Slaughter, Page Hamilton, Tim Bogert, Steve Lukather, Samantha Maloney, Chris Jericho and Bruce Kulick


“After being friends with KISS, knowing them for years, playing on Paul’s solo record, it was my pleasure to play on this tribute CD. And also working with Bob Kulick was great fun. I thought it came out great. It ROCKS!” – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/ Beck, Bogert, Appice)

“I really liked the new arrangement they had and we screamed through it pretty fast. Wild combinations of players and singers, and in the end a very new twist to some KISS classics.” – Steve Lukather (Toto)

“KISS is and forever will be the most exciting band in the land!” – Kip Winger (Winger)

“What fun it is to do anything with Bob. Giving KISS some love. I tried to do Gene proud. We’re all parasites, baby!!” – Doug Pinnick (King’s X)

“I was thrilled to play on this record, especially with Mark Slaughter and Ryan Roxie, with whom I have played before. The song ‘Cold Gin’ was special for me because of one morning back in 1990 when I was awoken by a phone call from Gene Simmons inviting me to come up on stage to play a song with them that night. It was indeed a great moment for me!” – Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)

“Such an honor to be included then and now, in this list of immensely talented musicians on this KISS tribute. Put your KISS face on and turn it up. Enjoy!!!” – Robin McAuley. ( MSG )

“Some seriously great performances by an insane bunch! Being involved on many of the assorted songs, I had the pleasure of enjoying all the different folks and the cool and varied interpretations they all were bringing to the table.” – David Glen Eisley (Giuffria/Dirty White Boy)

10.01.2018

DRUM LEGEND NEIL SMITH: NEW GREATEST HITS RELEASE KILLSMITH: HALLOWEEN!


This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer & RnR Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith's first “KillSmith” solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called “Neal Smith-KillSmith Halloween,” the best of KillSmith. It has 11 previously released KillSmith songs and features one brand new song called “Strychnine.”


2018 not only marks the golden 50th anniversary of the original Alice Cooper Group, but it also marks the 10th anniversary of my “KillSmith” solo project. Since my last solo album “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best “KillSmith” songs.

I have chosen 11 of my songs plus a brand new bonus track called "Strychnine,” it's a killer! Get your downloads or CD's today! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my “KillSmith Halloween” loud and let it scare the “HELL” out of you! - Neal Smith


Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as “School's Out,” “I'm Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the group's best known songs.

Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970's to the present.

Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies Band “Battle Axe,” The Plasmatics “Beyond The Valley Of 1984,” Buck Dharma “Flat Out,” Deadringer “Electrocution Of The Heart,” Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith “Back From Hell” and “BDS Live In Paris,” Cinematik “Cinematik” and “One Full Moon Away.”

And Neal's most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. Neal's KillSmith CD's “Sexual Savior,” “KillSmith Two” and “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide.


KillSmith Halloween” Track List

EVIL VOODOO MOON
DEATH BY THE NUMBERS
HOW DO YOU BLEED
CEMETERY OF THE DAMNED
SQUEEZE LIKE A PYTHON
THE KILLSMITH OVERTURE
THRILL THRILL THRILL SHOOT TO KILL
DIE FOR THE NIGHT
PANDEMONIUM
STRYCHNINE
DYNASTY OF DARKNESS
MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC

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CHRIS MASUAK AND THE VIVEIRO WAVE RIDERS NEW RELEASE BRUJITA!


Chris "Klondike" Masuak is a pioneer of Australia's underground rock and roll scene, a guitar hero and a member off the Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Canadian-born and Australian-raised, he joined seminal Sydney band Radio Birdman as a teen, went on to Australia's hardest working act, the Hitmen, and tasted US chart success with the Screaming Tribesmen.

Masuak honed his craft in the teeming Oz pub rock scene and now divides his time between Australia and Spain.

"Bruita" is his third solo band album on Sydney label I-94 Bar Records. It's a return to his rock-pop roots and shows his songwriting smarts and soulful yet powerful guitar style.



Chris Masuak (Radio Birdman, Screaming Tribesmen, New Christs, Hitmen) has a new album recorded with his crack Spanish band, The Viveiro Wave Riders.

"Brujita" is a return to hard rock-pop roots for Masuak. Propelled by a nimble engine room and Klondike's scorching guitar, it's a rock and roll record tempered by his trademark melody lines and pop smarts. It features 12 tracks (two of them exclusive to the CD edition) and most of them are instant anthems.



From the rollicking "Viveiro Rocks" to the raucous ode to Detroit's diva, "Niagara", this is an album of high-energy rock-pop rifferama. From the stinging Birdmanesque "No Younger" (based in part on a song Chris wrote for the Birdmen back in 1996) to the Flamin'-Groovies-meet-the-Dictators swagger of "Another Lost Weekend" (a re-recorded version of a vinyl single) to the acidic reflection of "Bird Brain", it's a gem.


Purchase/Download Brujita HERE

9.25.2018

VOICE OF ADDICTION TOUR STOPS IN DETROIT 9-27 AT SANCTUARY!


Voice Of Addiction (chicago punk est 2004) are heading out on a Canadian & East Coast US tour 9/27-10/21! Detroit is this Thursday 9/27 at Sanctuary

They also just put out a brand new video of an unreleased song "Eraser"




The exasperation and rage Ian “Johnny X” Tomele felt about our new bizarro America is fueling an explosive new chapter in the life of Chicago punk powerhouse Voice of Addiction.

Fusing fiery, propulsive, guitar driven energy with biting wit and sociopolitical commentary, the band’s visionary founder, frontman and chief songwriter wrote and recorded The Lost Art of Empathy as testimony to this seriously jacked up era. READ MORE HERE


While raging against the machine with enough spit, grit, fire and angst to fill the deplorable 24 hour news cycle, the singer covers the waterfront of problems plaguing us.

Kicking them off is “Rustbelt,” an explosive rant about the despair people in his hometown of Cleveland felt during the time he was growing up, when the jobs they counted on for years were suddenly lost to economic circumstances beyond their control.

The track is included on Revolution Vol. 1, a new compilation spotlighting 12 of today’s hottest punk bands on Bongo Boy Records.

Hitting and fraying more than a few nerves in the punk press, the album’s insane ongoing critical acclaim continues to add momentum to a dynamic slate of happenings throughout 2018 – including a summer West Coast tour with a whole new lineup, filming live performance videos at Portland, OR’s Bridge City Sessions and the highly anticipated release of “Punk Band,” a full length documentary chronicling the band’s crazy 2016 Midwest and West Coast Tour.



Voice Of Addiction are politically charged and socially conscious Chicago based punk-rockers. V.o.A. has been around over a decade doing 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. Having 6 official releases & independently selling 7,000 physical copies (as well as being involved in countless compilations, and digital sales) these boys have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.

V.o.A. has been featured in the video games skateboard party 1, 2, & 3 as well as snowboard party 1 & 2.

And a feature length documentary from the last west coast tour "Punk Band" is due to be released in 2018.


DETROIT ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT MATHEU DIED


Sad news tonight, the Original Detroit Rock photographer Robert Matheu passed away suddenly September 21, 2018. Details are still pending and we will update this tribute as soon as possible.

Heather Harris Los Angeles Rock Photographer graciously wrote this tribute to Bob for DRNRM tonight...

Robert Matheu, Ron Sobol and Kurt Ingham photo Heather Harris

My colleague, photographer Robert Matheu passed away September 21, 2018 at the house of a friend. He leaves a wife and his three young daughters that everyone who even vaguely encountered Robert knew were the light of his life.

Robert Matheu's photography career includes hundreds of album and magazine covers worldwide. Bob had photographs in PLAYBOY, ROLLING STONE, CREEM, LIFE, TIME, MOJO, MELODY MAKER, HARPERS, VOGUE and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.

The MC5 Olympia Arena Robert Matheu

He was a documentarian and tour photographer for Iggy and The Stooges, tour photographer for Brian Wilson, photographer of memorable shots, live and studio of George Harrison, Johnny Cash, MC5, The Rolling Stones, The Pretenders, The Clash, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Adam Ant, the Stray Cats, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, The Faces, The Who...(whew, out of breath) and so on and so on and continued from 1969 through 2018.

Fred Sonic Smith with Iggy and Sonics Rendezvous Band phot Robert Matheu

His two books of his own and others' photography were Creem: America's only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine by Robert Matheu and Brian J. Bowe, plus The Stooges: The Authorized And Illustrated Story, by Robert Matheu and Jeffrey Morgan.  The official Iggy Pop action figure is based upon a single photo that Robert took at the first reunion of Iggy and The Stooges with James Williamson, Scott Rock Action Asheton and Mike Watt, London, England, May 3rd, 2010.

Ron Asheton (The Stooges) and Niagara Detroit were two of Bob's friends

But even these myriad accomplishments sound a little dry considering whom I'm describing. One of the touchstone continuities of anyone who had anything to do with the Stooges, Robert was the everpresent reminder of the Stooges' Detroit roots, to which his enduring friendship with Iggy Pop was testimonial.

Robert began photographing at the Grande Ballroom and all those other legendary venues that hosted all those other legendary acts from 1969 on. His loyalty to his Detroit friends and clients was equally legendary.


Backstage at Iggy and The Stooges show at the Hollywood Palladium, December 1, 2011- Evita Corby, Robert Matheu, Allie Shields (daughter of Sabel Starr Shields.)

He always seemed to be in a great mood, loved to joke around with one and all, in the audience, in the photographer areas, backstage or just with fellow music fans.

My friend Evita Corby, who James Williamson's girlfriend in the 1970s reminded me of another side of jocular Robert though. When James was onstage, she said Robert was very protective of her, since young beauties like her were a magnet to too many creeps otherwise.

Live rock music, particularly the Detroit-spawned variety meant everything to him and it showed in his spectacular photos of all this city's greatest musicians, then spread his talent to artists worldwide, everywhere.  Rock music past and present has lost one of the good guys who cared passionately about what he shot. RIP Bob

-Heather Harris, 9/24/18

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