Watch Godsmack perform Voodoo (AOL Sessions)

Godsmack band members

Godsmack band members

Godsmack is an American alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP (The Other Side), four DVDs, one compilation album (Good Times, Bad Times… Ten Years of Godsmack), and one live album (Live and Inspired).

The band has had three consecutive number-one albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. The band also has 20 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the top five, a record number of top ten singles by a rock artist.

Since its inception, Godsmack has toured on Ozzfest on more than one occasion, and has toured with many other large tours and festivals, including supporting its albums with its own arena tours. Godsmack has sold over 20 million records in just over a decade, yet despite the decline of album sales in recent years, they have proven to be one of the highest-grossing artists in the United States.

The band’s primary influences include Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pantera, and Rush according to Erna, Larkin, and Rombola. Erna has cited Staley as his primary influence. The overall sound of the band’s first two albums sound similar to the sound of the Alice in Chains album Dirt. More recently, Godsmack has attempted to distance themselves from the Alice in Chains comparison with Erna stating in an interview with Matt Ashare, “I’ve just never really heard that in our music”. On their more industrial songs Godsmack seems to have taken an influence from White Zombie, also covering their song “Thunder Kiss ’65”.

Rolling Stone Magazine describes the band as “hard as nails and cranked to eleven”, while Alternative Press praised the band for its “churning, riff-driven hybrid of all that is  heavy, past and present”.  Singer Sully Erna has cited Alice in Chains‘ former vocalist, the late Layne Staley, as his primary influence on singing.

Drenge On Making One Of The Greatest Debut Albums Of The Year video

The Drenge brothers

The Drenge brothers

The Loveless brothers speak to NME about making a ‘selfish record’, playing live on the Sheffield circuit and pissing each other off.

About Drenge

Drenge are an English blues rock band based in Castleton in Derbyshire. The band is made up of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals, and his younger brother Rory, on drums. They take their name from the Danish word for “boys”, although it is pronounced differently. The boy rose to prominence following the resignation of Labour MP Tom Watson from the Shadow Cabinet in July 2013, who wrote in his resignation letter on his blogg “be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge“, although they had a small following and had been picked up by national media at least some seven months previously.

Drenge have toured extensively in the UK, also appearing at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, and will be at the upcoming Reading and Leeds Festival. They have also toured with Californian duo Deap Vally, including a hometown appearance at Sheffield’s Queens Social Club.

The self-titled album was released on 19 August 2013 on Infectious Records.

Discography

Singles

  • “Demonstration” (July 2013) Self-released as part of a Tramlines special ‘Zine
1. Blood & Milk (later rearranged and renamed as “Backwaters” )
2. Dogmeat
3. Bloodsports
4. Necromancer Is Dead
5. Jumble Jumble (White Stripes‘ cover).
  • “Bloodsports” (04/03/2013) on Infectious Records
1.Bloodsports
2.Dogmeat
  • “Backwaters” (01/07/2013) on Infectious Records
1.Backwaters
2.Necromance is Dead
  • “Face Like A Skull” (due 26/08/2013) on Infectious Records
1. Face Like A Skull
2. Done Thing

Albums

  • Drenge (19 August 2013) on Infectious Records
1. People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck
2. Dogmeat
3. I Want To Break You In Half
4. Bloodsports
5. Backwaters
6. Gun Crazy
7. Face Like A Skull
8. I Don’t Want To Make Love To You
9. Nothin
10. Bye Bye Bao Bao
11. Let’s Prentend
12. Fuckabout

Watch Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 tour documentary [Part 1] + Stream new album

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Stream Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks

Earlier this month, The Moment Factory uploaded a short teaser trailer that highlighted the behind-the-scenes work for Nine Inch Nails’ latest masterpiece of a tour. Now, VEVO has offered up part one of a more expansive documentary that digs deeper into the mind of Trent Reznor and his obsession with creating a new live experience for his fans.

“My goal, if we’re playing a 70 to 90 minute set, is that it’s almost a film,” Reznor explains, “where it starts out one way — not only musically, but visually it evolves into something that keeps your attention, frames the music in a way that feels like a journey from one place to another.”

This particular section of the film focuses on the stress and expectations leading up to their debut performance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Check it out below:

Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt. 1 (VEVO Tour Exposed)

Don’t get too used to this stage setup, though, as following the band’s tour of summer festivals they’ll launch an entirely new production for their North American fall tour. “The fact that we’re doing all this only for these few shows, and then we have to do it over again, throwing all this out to do a completely new thing, with new things that won’t work, that feels a little insane,” Reznor said to The New York Times.

The band’s new album, Hesitation Marks, is due out September 3rd via Columbia (pre-orders are ongoing); stream it now via iTunes. Check out their full tour docket below.

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tour Dates:
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
09/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
10/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena *
10/03 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell *
10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *
10/07 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center *
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center #
10/15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center #
10/18 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
10/19 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center #
10/21 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena #
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena #
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #
10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit
10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center ^
10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center ^
11/01-03 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
11/05 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center *
11/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
11/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center *
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena *
11/19 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *
11/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
11/25 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^

$ = w/ Tomahawk
* = w/ Explosions in the Sky
# = w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Watch MGMT perform @ late show with David Letterman

Here are my two cents:  The song is a good song. It seems like it’s not what the fans want, but I don’t really think MGMT is out to please everyone. The performance was good, the music great, and the song lyrics, like most of their lyrics, smart.

If you were a fan of the 2008 version of MGMT, you made the decision long ago to either stick it out with Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser or jump ship. Don’t like the banging on the oversized cowbell? It’s like fine abstract art.. an acquired taste. You need to understand the structure and meaning of the lyrics, not easy for uninteligent people. No one likes to seem smart more than stupid people. Unfortunately, being stupid, they’re not particularly good at conveying intelligence.

The song is bolstered by a very cool and fun video but this performance sonically is NOT bad in the least, sounds pretty much like the track. There seems to be a visual disconnect going on – they appear to be kind of numb or bored but that was not the case at all. MGMT seemed treating this performance as straight performance ART and it’s very possible this is what they wanted to convey. Their music is art and not for everybody.

Review of the album ‘MGMT’ coming soon.

Stay weird. Agur!

Listen to the Replacements’ First Show in 22 Years!

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The Replacements Reunion

The Replacements made a big return this weekend at Toronto’s Riot Fest, where they performed 23 songs in their first show in 22 years. The punk band’s spirited comeback set has now surfaced online through the Replacements Live Archive Project, with the entire 75-minute show available to stream.

Original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, along with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist David Minehan, tore through classic cuts like “Takin’ a Ride,” “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out,” and “Hangin’ Downtown” as well covers of Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” and Sham ’69’s “Borstal Breakout.” The set also featured “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” a Broadway song they recorded for last year’s Songs for Slim EP.Fans who missed out can still catch the Replacements at future Riot Fest dates; they’ll play Chicago on September 15th and Denver on September 21st.

Audience recording of The Replacements’ first concert in 22 years, recorded at Riot Fest in Toronto on Aug. 25, 2013. Made available by The Replacements – Live Archive Project (www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=5…60400&type=1)

VMAs backlash as One Direction are booed

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THEY are used to screaming love-struck teenagers wherever they go, so One Direction were taken aback when they were booed on stage.

The US backlash came as bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson collected a gong at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Song of the Summer.But they won support from singer Lady Gaga, who told them: “Don’t you dare let those people boo you.”“If I did hear what I heard out there, I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have. I want to leave right now. I don’t want to stay any more because I don’t want to be in a room where people are booing.”

Despite the VIP audience’s reaction, they stayed positive, with Zayn saying: “We want to say a massive thank you to the fans who voted for us.”

The British boy band won the award on Sunday for their track Best Song Ever. But they faced an uncomfortable moment when country music star Taylor Swift took a swipe at ex-boyfriend Harry. The 23-year-old appeared to backhandedly thank him for their failed romance after receiving a trophy for Best Female Video at the annual awards show in New York.

And life goes on….

If You Have No Talent, Make a Sex Tape or be photographed suggestively wrapped in a bed sheet with Daddy

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Miley Cyrus is better known for pictures of her with her father where she’s covering her body with a bed sheet,  for sticking her tong out in life performances, bending over, and simulating  anal sex on stage. Apart from this, and her silicone breast implants, the unattractive bleached blonde has nothing else to offer.

As for Cyrus herself twerking: How different is this from Madonna voguing? Madge borrowed that style from New York City’s multiracial drag ball scene, and used dancers to help represent it. Twerking’s a much more explicitly sexual dance,  and Cyrus surely doesn’t mind that it’s more explicit. She’s been losing fan support many of whom think she’s a puppet, a fool who can’t be creative but a copycat getting older in showbiz.  She’s not so different, in other words, from Diplo, the respected white producer who’s currently promoting a mass-twerking competition.

Cyrus’ 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance  was vulgar, like a lot of what you watch or read online.

This is what music and performance have become for many female starlets competing with each other, selling millions of records just getting semi or totally naked and being vulgar. This is called “art” and “being yourself” nowadays.  Forget the talent, the songwriting, the voice and the creativity. You don’t need any of that to be called adventurous and having given a triumphant performance.  The music being promoted nowadays is the music that sells,  tits and arses.   This is what the big record companies call “to positioned yourself as anything but a beauty queen, to have the freedom to be yourself.”  Whatever that self is — grab your crotch, bend over, simulate anal sex on stage and you will sell millions of records. This is the new “creative.”

The song ‘Twerk‘ featuring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus leaked Wednesday just days after the MTV awards.

Even though Cyrus has been criticized for ditching her squeaky-clean image, her fans still look up to her as a good role model.

CandGNews.com reports that Miley fans were out in full force when Cyrus  filmed some scenes for her upcoming film, LOL, at a high school in Michigan. The massive crowd of tweenies who had gathered to catch a glimpse of their favorite star had nothing but nice things to say about the 17-year-old celebrity.

One 10-year-old fan said that Miley is “just a good influence on young girls.” Some Cyrus critics might be surprised to hear this since it was previously reported in the New York Times that Cyrus (stage name Hannah Montana) was losing young fans with her sexy new image.

The June 2008: Vanity Fair Cover

At the age of 15, the pop star appeared in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine, posing with her back fully exposed while wrapped up what appeared to be a satin bedsheet.  Cyrus received an endless amount of backlash for the provocative spread, which was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, with some claiming the photoshoot even threatened Disney’s Hannah Montana franchise. After the criticism, the young star apologized for the shoot, which also featured photos with her father Billy Ray Cyrus. “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed,” she said. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”