MINISTRY Signs Worldwide Deal With AFM Records

AFM Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of industrial veterans MINISTRY, one of the most innovative and legendary bands of our time. AFM will release MINISTRY’s highly-anticipated comeback album Relapse in March. Prior to the album, MINISTRY will release a digital single, entitled “99%” on December 23rd, 2011 via the band’s iTunes store.

Currently, MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen is finalizing the last mixes on the new material. Commented Jourgensen on the signing: “Our 13th Planet Record releases have been distributed in Europe via AFM through our partner Soulfood Music in Germany for several years now, and we have established a solid business relationship, so it made perfect sense to take the next step and have AFM Records come on board and be involved with the new Ministry release for worldwide and digital distribution. I’m pretty psyched about the collaboration, based on the response and enthusiasm I’ve received from AFM so far…”

Stay tuned for further info on the upcoming album, tour updates and more on MINISTRY heavily throughout 2012.


Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton’s latest opus, Back To Love (RCA), debuts this week at #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #12 on the Top 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album also lands at #8 on the Digital Albums chart.

Leading the way for the album’s chart debut is the current single “Woo,” the Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds written and produced track which is #8 on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart this week. Hamilton recently performed the soul-stirring tune on Live with Kelly! and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Hamilton’s Back To Love wooed NPR’s Ann Powers, who added the album to her “10 Favorite Albums of 2011” list, stating “this honey-dipped set perfectly highlights Hamilton’s versatile voice…” Moreover, Back To Love has garnered rave reviews from journalists across the states, including New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and the New York Daily News’ declaration: “Hamilton stands with Maxwell as one of the few modern R&B males who can stand up to the women who currently dominate the field (from Mary J. to Beyonce)… his music sounds classic and contemporary all at once.”

The outstanding album reviews come on the heels of Hamilton’s sold-out headlining “Woo Tour” which wrapped at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater on December 9th.

With his distinctive voice and signature grit, soul and funk, Hamilton has gained a steady and loyal fan base throughout his career beginning with his 2003 platinum-certified debut album Comin’ From Where I’m From, which spawned the chart-topping song, “Charlene.” In 2005, the Charlotte, North Carolina native followed up with his gold-certified sophomore album Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ which featured the #1 hit, “Can’t Let Go.” The singer/songwriter/producer released The Point of it All in 2008 to critical acclaim. In 2009, Hamilton won his first Grammy Award for his collaboration on Al Green’s, “You Got the Love I Need.”


TURISAS to headline “PaganFest: America Part III” tour

Folk metalers TURISAS will be heading back to North America this spring for “PaganFest: America Part III”, their first-ever US headlining run! Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland’s ALESTORM, Rome’s EX DEO, Russia’s ARKONA, and the US’s very own HUNTRESS.

So don’t miss out! Check the dates below to see when TURISAS and “PaganFest” will be coming to a city near you.

Rock The Nation America presents: “PaganFest: America Part III” feat. TURISAS with ALESTORM, EX DEO, ARKONA, HUNTRESS

3/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/4 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
4/5 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
4/6 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 – Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
4/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/15 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

Bristol In:Motion Celebrates Another Momentous Series

A second year of In:motion, a second season of road-blocked parties, tens of thousands of smiling faces and a host of amazingly good times and memorable moments for all those that were part of it. Bristol’s revamped Motion skate park has lent itself not just as club but a stage and theatre of entertainment, hosting the best in electronic music and live production.

There has been a feast of highlights from the three month run and In:Motion has put Bristol firmly on the musical map, supporting its own home grown talent plus bringing the best international acts to the city.

Jamie Jones who swept the board in the 2011 end of year polls being voted best DJ by Resident Advisor, DJ Mag and Mixmag, kicked things off in the Tunnel with counterpart Heidi for the launch weekend. The venue was packed from wall to wall, introducing the first of fourteen sell out shows.

“I was really pleased to have played at In:motion this year. Its an amazing space with a great crowd.” Jamie Jones.

Radio 1 mainstay Pete Tong demonstrated how he’s still the king of clubland with one of the busiest nights of the series, selling the show out weeks before his date. Pete’s night also saw Radio 1 make their way down the M4 to record an Essential mix live from the club – for the very first time with Bristol’s own Eats Everything.

The peerless Hessle Audio had people queuing round the corner for their In:motion debut. They delivered some key season highlights including Jamie Woon’s live show and brought Jamie XX along for the ride.

Just Jack pushed the boundaries on the space in October, opening the vast second warehouse space for their Halloween party and bringing their unique show to the venue with character actors and ghostly production. The start of November also sparks fly with Smerin’s Gunpowder Plot and firework party, which included the ceremonial burning of a Big Ben on the bonfire in the courtyard.

Futureboogie’s night with Red Bull Music Academy was something of a homecoming – championing one of the best labels from the city in a sell out show that had people queuing up for the last remaining tickets from 8pm. The lucky ones got down to the slow sexy grooves of Henrik Schwarz and witnessed the wonder of Crazy P’s live set.

Last but not least, the final show brought the debut from Cocoon in Bristol, setting the trend and becoming the first real techno night to take over the main room.

“In:Motion easily feels like one of the UK’s strongest dance events combining the best elements of a ware house party with the programming and professionalism of a mini festival. It’s great to see such big crowds gracing the party and coming not just from Bristol but to Bristol from the surrounding areas again.” Gavin Herlihy

Now all that remains is the In:motion New Years Eve party to close the final door on 2011, with High Contrast, Visionquest, Eats Everything and festival favourites The Dance Off Crew amongst some of the acts to be leading us into the bright lights of 2012.

“2011 has seen In:motion rise to new heights, cementing its place as one of the UK’s most diverse and forward thinking musical projects. True to our word we made it bigger, better, louder and more mind bendingly brilliant than ever before. We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who made it happen, much love and roll on 2012!” Rag, In:motion


Fresh from their landmark show at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, which sold out with 20,000 tickets purchased in 9 minutes, Electronic pioneers SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA release the official video for “Antidote.” The video comes in two versions; a clean pre-watershed version and an explicit version. Watch to find the difference…

“Antidote” – a collaboration with Knife Party (side project of Pendulum’s, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen) – treads a much darker path than the Swede’s usual productions and comes with a massive dubstep-esque warbling bottom-end. Released December 16, Antidote is available for purchase from and iTunes

On Friday night SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA not only took over Madison Square Garden but ruled the internet too, streaming the show live to the entire world. People joined the party in the millions leading to a No. 1 global trend on Twitter for the duration of the show!

The New York Times described the gig as “relentless waves of sound, reined by drops of thundering bass” while Rolling Stone called it “a spectacle big enough to turn a two-hour DJ set into an electrifying, floor-shaking, fist-pumping experience.” Dancing Astronaut added: “Swedish House Mafia took the Garden — and NYC in general — by storm.”

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA will complete another historic first when they headline a gargantuan 9-hour “One Night Stand” show in front of 65,000 people at the Milton Keynes National Bowl on July 14th 2012. Highlights of this incredible event will be recorded by BBC Radio 1 for a future broadcast. The Swedes can also now confirm that DJ producer of the moment CALVIN HARRIS and 17 year old pop/house producer MADEON have been added as special guests to this already extraordinary show.

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA have already enjoyed phenomenal success to date. They’ve sold two over million singles in 2010 alone, saw their album ‘Until One’ reach Gold status in the UK and two #1 Billboard dance hits (for “Save The World” and “Miami 2 Ibiza” feat. Tinie Tempah), a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording (Save The World). Their recent UK tour sold out in minutes which saw a second night added at London’s Alexandra Palace, they’ve also co-headlined Radio One’s Big Weekend, played major festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, T in the Park and Oxegen and their infamous Masquerade Motel events sold out in Miami, Las Vegas and Ibiza where they enjoyed a sixteen week residency.


Just as Diamond Rugs finished recording “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” and was still in the studio listening back to the track, John McCauley got in front of the camera to create this fun clip to the song. Filmed and edited by Justin Collins, who co-produced the record, the video’s charm and honesty is bound to bring a smile to your face.

“From what I remember, that was a song that John had played around with in the studio in earlier sessions, but he had never written a second verse. Adam kept harping on him to finish it and one of the nights he came in and said he had a second verse,” Hardy Morris recently explained to “Robbie played it on piano and when John got to the ‘moo goo gai pan’ lyric we realized it was the greatest 2nd verse to a Christmas song ever. It was very late and very funny.”

Diamond Rugs, Partisan Records’ latest signing, is a collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Keys), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).

Not too dissimilar from the beginnings of Middle Brother, McCauley decided he wanted to make another record during his downtime in his new home base of Nashville with producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick). While attending a Los Lobos show (one of his all-time favorite bands), he made his way backstage and met Steve Berlin. McCauley convinced Berlin to come to Nashville to play on the record. Over the course of the next month, he also managed to convince Saint Pé (whom he’d met once before), Morris (who had opened for Deer Tick on tour) and his good friend from his hometown of Providence, RI, Dufresne. McCauley also recruited Deer Tick keys/sax player Robbie Crowell to play bass on the album. What happened next was entirely unexpected; the musicians McCauley had recruited to play on his record, ended up contributing their own songs to the album and a fully-formed band emerged, rather than a group of musicians playing on another artists’ record.

The Diamond Rugs long player is going to be released in the spring of 2012. It was recorded in Nashville and produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick). Diamond Rugs will play their first show ever on December 29th at The Earl in Atlanta, GA.


As we enter the upcoming election year, political dysfunction and polarization have brought American politics to historical lows. The new politically charged documentary Patriocracy drills down to the roots of political polarization and offers sound solutions to move beyond it. The work of prolific film director-producer Brian Malone, the film received rave reviews last month during its world premier at the 34th Starz Denver Film Festival.

Now, before this timely and relevant film hits theatres nationwide, Patriocracy is being offered at special screenings in select markets – including free public showings during the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, and a private screening in Los Angeles. Details for currently confirmed showings are included below, with additional special screenings still to be announced.

An objective examination of the political problems facing our nation today, Patriocracy uses old-school journalism methodology and features interviews with CBS Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer, former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, Newsweek political reporter/Contributing Editor and McGlaughlin Group TV pundit Eleanor Clift, “Gang of 6” Senators Kent Conrad, Mark Warner and Mike Crapo, political commentator Pat Buchanan, and many others.

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THE TREWS back on tour in the U.S. in January

Canada’s THE TREWS completed their US RESIDENCY TOUR in the tail end of 2011 as they continue touring behind Hope & Ruin, their fourth full-length studio album. Feedback was amazing and the quartet doubled the crowd every week in each room they played. Now they’re coming back Stateside in January to hit the markets they missed.

Wed, Jan 11 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
Thurs, Jan 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Fri, Jan 13 – Toledo, OH – Frankies Inner City
Sat, Jan 14 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Tues, Jan 17 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
Wed, Jan 18 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Thurs, Jan 19 – Boston, MA – Church of Boston
Fri, Jan 20 – Providence, RI – Fete
Sat, Jan 21 – Watertown, NY – Exibition Hall

“It is safe to say the crowd would have stood there and sung back all night if the band had played on. It’s hard to say they left them wanting more, as it’s hard to think of what more one could want in a rock ’n’ roll show.”
— Seamus Gallivan, BUFFALO NEWS

“Eschewing anything indie or edgy, this Canadian quartet pounds out frills-free rock and power-pop with no pretensions…
The songs are tough, the music is tight.”

“Saturday at Uncle Slayton’s, sounds reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and Tom Petty filled the halls as The Trews plugged in and rocked out. Playing to a full house”
— Allison Ray,

“The Trews could do no wrong and their catchy songs whipped the crowd up into a rock and roll frenzy! The Trews provided an exciting, unforgettable rock and roll experience for all those lucky enough to be in attendance.”
— Buffalo Music Blog

Earlier this summer, NY Press was blown away by a rare NYC appearance and American Songwriter hosted an acoustic session by the guys in their Nashville offices. Twangville calls Hope & Ruin, “A collection of rock anthems filled with blaring electric guitars and tight harmonies” and Metal Odyssey named Hope & Ruin the #1 Rock Album of 2011, exclaiming, “The Trews just don’t bang-it-out on this album, they play the song and take you on an escalator of Rock.”

RED FANG Announces European Headline Dates

RED FANG have confirmed a string of European headlining dates to conincide with their tour of Europe with Mastodon. A complete list of tour dates is listed below.

RED FANG will be taking the stage again in their hometown of Portland, OR this New Year’s Eve at Star Theater.

RED FANG are streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location. The band recorded Murder The Mountains with THE DECEMBERISTS’ Chris Funk and the album was mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (WHITE STRIPES, THE RACONTEURS).

RED FANG is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated RED FANG news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the RED FANG Facebook and RED FANG Official Site.


12/31/11 Portland, OR The Star Theater

1/14 SWE, Stockholm The Annex

1/15 NOR, Oslo Sentrum Stage

1/16 DEN, Copenhagen VEGA

1/17 DEN, Aarhus Voxhall

1/18 GER, Bremen Tower*

1/19 BEL, Brussels Encienne Belgique

1/20 FRA, Paris Le Bataclan

1/21 SPA, San Sebastian Mogambo*

1/22 POR, Lisbon Coliseum

1/23 SPA, Madrid Joy Slava

1/24 SPA, Barcelona Razzmatazz

1/25 FRA Toulouse Les Saints des Seines*

1/26 ITA, Milan venue tba

1/27 GER, Stuttgart Juha West*

1/28 SWI, Zurich Xtra

1/29 GER, Frankfurt Batschkapp

1/30 GER, Munich Backstage Halle

1/31 GER, Berlin C-Club

2/1 GER, Osnabruck Bastard Club*

2/2 GER, Cologne Essigfabrik

2/3 HOL, Tilburg 013

2/5 ENG, Bristol Academy

2/6 ENG, Manchester Academy

2/7 SCO, Glasgow Barrowland

2/9 Norwich, UEA

2/10 ENG, Birmingham Institute

2/11 ENG, London Brixton Academy


Four of some of hardcore’s most important names from both coasts got together to finally bring back that early 80’s hardcore sound; this sound is called The Alligators, and they will be releasing a new record on Bridge Nine in 2012. Featuring members Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Rich Labbate (Insted), Steve Larson (Insted) and Barret Burt (Insted), The Alligators sound a bit like something that might’ve been filed in between Miret’s primary band, Agnostic Front’s, landmark albums United Blood and Victim In Pain and is undoubtedly an old school hardcore band. The Alligators wear their influences on their sleeve – tipping their hat to bands like SSD, Antidote, Negative Approach, Poison Idea, Scream and more. Vocalist Roger Miret commented, “The Alligators has been a fun side project i’ve been doing with the guys from Insted(California Hardcore band from the 80’s) – an odd fit you might think, but make no mistake: those guys are hard. Rich and I have been friends since the early 80’s and periodically talked about doing music together, so this is a record I’ve been meaning to do for a long time coming. With the addition of DYS and Antidote to B9 roster and the re-release of Agnostic Front’s ‘VIP/United Blood’, we are happy to add this to the Bridge 9 family.”

The Alligators’ debut full-length for Bridge Nine Records, titled Time’s Up, You’re Dead, is slated to hit stores on March 27th, 2012 and more information regarding album details, new song premieres and upcoming shows will surface soon.

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