Possession Anneliese 7″ Review

The term “Norsecore” has been thrown around on the internet for a while and generally refers to bands that ripped off the second-wave Norwegian bands in every possible way from riffs to aesthetics to an extreme over-reliance on blast beats. Continue reading “Possession Anneliese 7″ Review”

Casper & the Cookies Dingbats Vinyl Review


Calling to mind everyone from the B-52’s to the dB’s, Athens, GA-based Casper & The Cookies have always revealed in catchy, jerky synth pop that you can’t help but sing along to (quirky choruses be damned!).

On Dingbats, their eighth release (their sixth or so with the band full band, The Cookies), the group is still uncompromisingly odd and just as fun as when they first surfaced. Their latest is not a huge move away from earlier efforts, but then again, it doesn’t need to be as the band has built a pretty solid, if small, cult around their music.

Not every track here is stellar – “Amphetamines,” for example, sounds a bit like a Grace Slick castoff – but when the band hits, they hit big, like on the ominous “Lemon Horses” or the Stooges-worthy “Thing For Ugly.”

While not for everyone, Casper & The Cookies have never had a problem finding like-minded music fans and Dingbats is bound to make those fans as happy as ever.
Casper & the Cookies – Dingbats/13 tracks/Wild Kindness Records and Stuff Records/2014


Alabama Shakes will play a series of U.S. headline dates this spring. The run will kick off with a two-night stand at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC (April 25 and 26). A ticket pre-sale begins this Friday, February 28, at 12:00 PM local time at http://alabamashakes.frontgatetickets.com/. Tickets go on sale to the public on this Saturday, March 1, for all dates except Washington, DC, where tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 6. The band will also perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Suburbia Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival and the Shaky Knees Fest. See below for itinerary or visit www.alabamashakes.com.

The Athens, AL-based band – comprising vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson and bassist Zac Cockrell – has been in the studio working on a new album. Further details will be announced soon.

Released in 2012,the Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls (ATO Records), was RIAA Certified Gold and so was the first single, “Hold On.” The song wasvoted the #1 Best Song of 2012 by Rolling Stone and was featured on the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees compilation. “You Ain’t Alone,” another track from the album, can be heard now in the advertising campaign for the Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club. Alabama Shakes have been nominated for four GRAMMY® awards, a BRIT and an NME Award. The band was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards ceremony in 2012.

Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates

4/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club- Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Fsupporting

4/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club- Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires supporting

4/28 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires supporting

4/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel -Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires supporting

5/2-4 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/3-4 – Plano, TX @ Suburbia Festival

5/4 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival

5/7 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live – The Deslondes supporting

5/8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – The Deslondes supporting

5/9 – Richmond, VA @ The National – The Deslondes supporting

5/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Fest


JOSHUA SCOTT JONES–known as one half of the country duo Steel Magnolia–has just debuted the music video for his first solo single “Honk (If You’re Tonky)” exclusively with Billboard.com. The song–which serves as an introduction to JOSHUA’s forthcoming full-length album THE HEALING due out later this year–is available now on all digital retailers, including iTunes and is being serviced to radio today (2/27).

JOSHUA revealed to Billboard the inspiration behind the video. “I had the idea for the video from Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies.’ I wanted to make a dance video, but a honky tonk style video, so we shot half of it in black and white, and the other half in color. It was me, and two dancers…It’s edgy, cool, and upbeat. I think it’s something people won’t want to take their eyes off of.”

“‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ spoke very loudly to me right off the bat as an anthem for guys,” JOSHUA shares of his decision to release it as his first solo single. “It speaks to the misunderstood side of men, that makes us rough around the edges while carrying the burden of a big heart and just wanting to live in harmony with yourself. What better than an ‘anthem’ for a first single?”

Three years since his last album release with Steel Magnolia, JOSHUA is looking forward to the next chapter of his career. In addition to playing acoustic and electric guitar, piano and a little percussion on THE HEALING, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist also executively produced this very personal album. THE HEALING is a candid reflection of his life and the changes he’s experienced since first arriving on the scene. Check out this album promo video: http://youtu.be/zfv5ikbvP5w.

“This has been a long time coming for me,” JOSHUA shared with Billboard. “I feel like it’s really a chance for my voice to be heard. It’s really a personal record that reflects on my head space over the past few years and what I’ve been through. I’m excited about it because I think it will translate well to all the fans we had as a duo in Steel Magnolia. I tried to take them with me for the ride, and gain a few more. It means a lot to me.”

JOSHUA is preparing to hit the road and share his new music with his fans. Tickets for the below dates are on sale now (info at http://on.fb.me/1gbaFyf) and look for more dates to be announced soon.





East Battle Creek, MI



Chesterfield, MI

Diesel Lounge


Uniondale, PA

Herrick Ski Lodge


St. Augustine, FL

Cafe Eleven


Englewood, FL

Englewood Event Center

*Supporting Chris Cagle


Arnold Sports Festival

The sheer amount of events that are active at any point during the Arnold Sports Festival is astonishing. Fencing, karate, and powerlifting events are putting competitors to their limits. The tens of thousands of attendees that make their way to the Greater Columbus Convention Center could take a step in any direction and be entertained, informed, amazed, or shocked. This is a world-renowned festival, an exaltation of fitness, and it will be occurring today, February 27th.Arnold-Sports-Festival-2014-Honey-Badger

The main exposition floor is the hub of greatest activity. The sheer number of vendors at the ASF is nothing less than astonishing. Walking up and down the aisles will be sufficient to receive a number of protein bar chunks, samples of companies’ latest effort, and the latest in exercise tools. The largest stars in the bodybuilding and fitness spheres make their presence known at the festival; we have been able to meet Mark Henry, Kurt Angle, Lou Ferrigno, Phil Heath, and Jay Cutler. While the main floor gets packed as the day continues on, the lay of the Greater Columbus Convention Center makes it easy to find a secluded spot. The Festival gives companies a major platform on which to announce their latest products; attendees will be able to benefit from these new products before others.

The Arnold Classic is the foundation of the Sports Festival, and the events pit the world’s best bodies against one another. This year, three winners will be crowned – the ASF is crowning the victor of the Arnold Strongman Classic, the Bikini International, and the Arnold Classic. The Party With the Pros allows attendees the ability to meet and have a moment with some of the largest figures in bodybuilding.

To get an idea of the events occurring during the Arnold Sports Festival, check out their domain, http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/ . The ticket cost is extremely approachable when one considers that events are occurring throughout the day for the larger part of a week. The Arnold Sports Festival is a yearly occurrence and will take place in early March, 2015.

Arnold Sports Festival – February 27th – March 2nd, 2014 / Greater Columbus Convention Center / http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/arnoldsports

Prong’s Ruining Lives Available May 13th on SPV/Steamhammer in North America

Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.

With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Sepultura) once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album. From the first riff-assault of the opener “Turnover”, the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ-elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled.

Tommy Victor about Ruining Lives: “This is the fastest written and recorded PRONG-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous PRONG-record. I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There’s a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a “Force Fed” type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some “Rude Awakening” but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of PRONG on this album.

He continues, “Come To Realize” is something new – we have never approached this kind of time signature. It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What’s exciting about the whole album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of PRONG: marrying post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and modern elements – all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.”

The new album Ruining Lives will be released now through SPV/Steamhammer in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th as a limited digipak version incl. 1 bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download.

On April 19th PRONG will release an exclusive single for “Record Store Day” celebration with the new track “Turnover” on side A and a pig remix version of “Revenge Best Served Cold” by Raymond Watts on Side B. The single is limited to 3.000 copies and comes in a green/white marbled vinyl version. The worldwide digital release of this single is April 21st!

Track Listing DigiPak:


2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

4.Remove, Separate Self

5.Ruining Lives

6.Absence Of Light

7.The Book Of Change

8.Self Will Run Riot

9.Come To Realize

10.Chamber Of Thought

11.Limitations And Validations

12.Retreat (Bonus Track)

Track Listing Jewel Case


2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

4.Remove, Separate Self

5.Ruining Lives

6.Absence Of Light

7.The Book Of Change

8.Self Will Run Riot

9.Come To Realize

10.Chamber Of Thought

11.Limitations And Validations

Track Listing Vinyl Version

LP1 Side 1


2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

LP1 Side 2

1.Remove, Separate Self

2.Ruining Lives

3.Absence Of Light

LP2 Side 1

1.The Book Of Change

2.Self Will Run Riot

3.Come To Realize

LP2 Side 2

1.Chamber Of Thought

2.Limitations And Validations

3.Retreat (Bonus Track)

PRONG Live 2014

26.03. D-Essen – Turock

27.03. NL-Haarlem – Patronaat

28.03. NL-Roermond – ECI Cultuurfabriek

29.03. B-Antwerp – Trix

30.03. GB-London – Underworld

01.04. GB-Glasgow – Cathouse

02.04. GB-Manchester – Sound Control

03.04. GB-Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms

04.04. F-Paris – Nouveau Casino

05.04. D-Cologne – Luxor

06.04. D-Karlsruhe – Substage

08.04. D-Saarbrücken – Garage

09.04. CH-Aarau – Kiff

10.04. D-Munich – Backstage

11.04. A-Vienna – Szene

12.04. CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice

13.04. PL-Krakow – Kwadrat Club

15.04. D-Berlin Lido

16.04. D-Bremen – Tower

17.04. D-Hamburg – Knust

18.04. DK-Copenhagen – Vega

19.04. SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers

20.04. SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand

21.-25.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays

26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival

27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo

29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg

30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central

31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

01.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air

08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air

09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival

23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

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Skating Polly Release Video for Alabama Movies

Video on Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/83274223

Video on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDA-lzxcFyQ

Track on SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/skating-polly/01-alabama-movies-5

“Wicked and hellacious” – Prefix
“thunderous ugly pop tune kicks things up a thousand notches and thrills throughout.” – Prefix

Born from an impromptu jam at a Halloween party in 2009, Skating Polly is a punk/rock/pop duo made up of stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. On their second album Lost Wonderfuls (produced by Exene Cervenka and mixed by Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock), the Oklahoma City-based band revealed itself as a wildly vital force in the resurrection and reinvention of classic punk rock. For their newest release, Fuzz Steilacoom (out Feb. 25th), the girls traveled up to Olympia, WA and recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios with Calvin Johnson (K Records/Beat Happening).

Raised on ‘70s punk and early-‘90s alt-rock, Mayo (age 13) and Bighorse (18) mine inspiration from artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, The Ramones, NWA, Nirvana, and Bikini Kill and saturate their own songs with a raw energy reminiscent of their musical heroes. Skating Polly takes a minimalist approach to songwriting, with the two largely self-taught musicians (Bighorse plays guitar, Mayo plays a guitar/bass hybrid called a basitar, and both girls play drums and piano) crafting super-catchy melodies mainly by “messing around with our instruments and figuring out how to make cool noises,” according to Bighorse.

Along with earning the adoration of Cervenka (whom they befriended after attending one of the X singer’s 2010 solo shows and playing their demos on a cell phone), Skating Polly has found fans in Rosanne Cash and Sean Lennon, taken the stage with punk legends like Mike Watt, and opened up for such indie heavy-hitters as The Flaming Lips, Wavves, Deerhoof, Band of Horses and Kate Nash. Tapping Mayo’s dad as their tour manager, the stepsisters typically hit the road with their entire family and optimize their travel time by making up songs on their ukulele, having secret conversations in sign language, and—most recently—studying Mandarin Chinese in hopes of touring in China within the next year.

Each track on Fuzz Steilacoom retains a rich emotionalism that’s at turns brutally in-your-face (“Alabama Movies”), gut-wrenchingly tender (“Ugly”), and irresistibly fun (“Scummy Summer”). The record ends with a stunning piano ballad (“A Little Late”) that will give you chills. It will remind you that Skating Polly is not a kid band, but they remind us what it’s like to be kids.

Mayo and Bighorse are intent on ignoring what’s fashionable and staying true to their passion for challenging music with long-lasting appeal. “The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on ever stopping.”

Fuzz Steilacoom
Release Date: February 25, 2014

1. Alabama Movies
2. Scummy Summer
3. Ugly
4. Break Your High
5. Lily
6. Van Gogh
7. Dead Friends
8. Play
9. Blunderland
10. Your Honor
11. A Little Late

Tour Dates

03-01 The Observatory Oklahoma City OK {{Record Release show}}

03-12 Buffalo Lounge SXSW Day Party
03-14 Girls Rock Austin SXSW Day Party

04-22 Subterranean Chicago IL*
04-23 7th Street Entry Minneapolis MN*
04-24 Record Bar KC MO*
04-25 Replay Lounge Lawrence KC*
04-26 Hi Dive Denver CO*
04-27 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
04-28 The Holland Project Reno, NV
04-29 Love The Captive House Show Fresno, CA

*supporting White Fang

COMBICHRIST Releases “From My Cold Dead Hands Remixes”

Combrichrist are prepping their audience with a remix EP for the searing first single “FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS” which will be released worldwide on February 28, 2014. Featuring remixes by Ryle, NITRO/NOISE, Darksiderz, Ginger Fish (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) and more (full tracklisting on left), the eight-track EP also includes a non-album song, “You Belong to None”. EBM Network has premiered the “DeathElectro Remix by Ryle” and can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/electro/from-my-cold-dead-hands-by.

“I’m not a politician, and I don’t expect my politicians to make music,” Combichrist mastermind Andy LaPLegua explains. “However, people are so afraid to say what’s on their mind if it’s not PC. I believe in the rights to have guns, and I believe in personal freedom.”

Combichrist’s latest full-length We Love You is 13 tracks of relentless aggression and manic electronica. From the stuttering thump of “Every Day Is War” to the choking-on-glass/buzz-saw aggression of “Satans Propaganda” to the breakneck punk metal of “Love Is A Razorblade”, We Love You leaves you gasping for breath.

Combichrist will be touring the world in support of We Love You. The first leg features support from William Control and New Years Day and will kick off in Charlotte, NC on April 3rd. Their critically-hailed live show, last witnessed on US shores at sold out stadiums when they accompanied Rammstein on their North American tour in 2011, will be bigger and more intense than ever.

Upcoming tour dates are below:

4/3 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/4 West Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/5 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
4/6 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/8 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/9 Montreal, QC @ Le National
4/10 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/12 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
4/13 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
4/16 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/17 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/20 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
4/21 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/24 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
4/25 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
4/27 Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
4/28 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
4/29 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
5/2 Austin, TX @ Elysium
5/3 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/4 Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/6 Pensacola, FL @Vinyl Music Hall
5/8 Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
5/9 W. Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable St.
5/10 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
5/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade



Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale


The Upslope IPA is a formidable experience. The beer pours with a small head and with a ruddy reddish-brown coloration. The initial nose of the Upslope IPA is very astringent, linking together citrus notes with hints of grass. Despite a 10% ABV, the beer goes down extraordinarily easy. There is a fairly substantial hop backbone that permeates the beer at all points. What the Upslope does is push the boundaries of the IPA style into something that is absolutely approachable for individuals, no matter what beer style that they typically approach. There are hints of citrus fruit, cereal, and a strong hint of bitterness. The can comes in a fairly large format (1 pint, 3.2 fluid ounces) that will make it easy to begin, continue, and end a session.

Make sure to visit the Upslope website for more information about the whole of Upslope’s efforts and the variety of beers that they are currently canning. The Imperial IPA style will be something that a wide variety of imbibers can appreciate; look for Upslope efforts in your neck of the woods and see precisely what the company has created with this beer.

Rating: 8.6/10

Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale / Upslope Brewing Company / 10% ABV / http://www.upslopebrewing.com

Hi-Res Beer Review




Hi-Rest pours with absolutely nothing in the way of head, along with a very bronze / gold body. The beer is effervescent, and will immediately yield a nice alcohol burn. While there are notes of hops present here, the 111 IBU level of the Hi-Res will not overwhelm the balanced nature of the effort. Hints of caramel, spice, lemon, and sweet malts can all be discerned within the initial experience with the beer. After each sip, a slight amount of sweetness takes over and allows for individuals’ palettes to be restored. As one continues to drink a Hi-Res, a more earthy and fruity set of flavors bubble to the surface. Hi-Res is an intense effort that is formidable enough to keep individuals fulfilled through the coldest nights, while refreshing enough to provide imbibers with a brief sense of the upcoming spring season.


Hi-Res is a seasonal effort from Sixpoint. Make sure to visit your local (well-stocked) beer store for a chance to purchase a 4 pack (which will likely be around $11-15 for those in the United States), and take a gander at the Sixpoint brewery website for more information about the company’s efforts.


Rating: 9.0/10


Hi-Res / Sixpoint Brewery / 11.1% ABV / http://www.sixpoint.com