Rob Zombie Crowdfunding Campaign Offering Movie Props; Upcoming Concert Tour Dates

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Heavy metal rock star and filmmaker Rob Zombie is offering fans a chance to bid on original movie props and costumes from his films, including Halloween 2 and Lords of Salem. There is a minimum bid of only $300 on each lot. In addition to authentic movie memorabilia are other opportunities, such as meet and greets during his upcoming tour and autographs. The crowdfunding campaign is scheduled to end on May 10th at midnight. Proceeds will go toward funding his next film, 31. [Read more…]

U2 “Innocence & Experience Tour 2015″ Begins This Month; Playing 20 Cities Worldwide

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In a few weeks, U2 will be kicking off their first indoor arena tour in over a decade, in support of last year’s Songs of Innocence.  The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will take U2 to 20 cities worldwide for 70 concerts over the next six months, with multiple dates in each city (from two to eight), running through November.  Special shows are reportedly being planned for Dublin fat the end of the year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project. [Read more…]

Kristin Hersh Playing Select Dates on East & West Coast This Month

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Kristin Hersh, knows for her solo work as well as Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, is doing a handful of dates on the east and west coasts this month.  She did a small tour in 2014 as Throwing Muses as well (you can read the Rock Subculture review of the show in San Francisco here). [Read more…]

MisterWives First Headlining Tour Supporting “Our Own House” Kicks Off in the U.S. This Week

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In support of their debut studio album released last week, Our Own House, NY pop band MisterWives kicked off their first headlining tour in Philadelphia on Friday.  Their U.S. tour will keep them on the road through mid-April, though they are scheduled to appear at a few festivals thereafter. [Read more…]

Broods’ 2015 “Evergreen” Tour Comes To North America in March and April

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Australian brother-sister duo Broods will be returning to North America for a new set of tour dates starting next week.  Supporting their amazing debut album, Evergreen,  Georgia and Caleb Nott will include support from Mikky Ekko for half of the tour and Erik Hassle (who has an interview featured here on the Rock Subculture Journal) for the other half.  I ranked Broods’ Evergreen as one of my Top 10 albums of the year, their self-titled EP as my favorite EP of the year, one of last year’s shows one of my Top 10 concerts of the year, and their single, “Bridges”, as my #1 Song of 2015. [Read more…]

The Church’s “Further/Deeper” North American 2015 Tour Kicks Off This Week

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Australian alternative band The Church kicked off their Further/Deeper tour in Vancouver over the weekend, with a North American tour taking them to 19 dates ending up in Austin for SXSW toward the end of March.  Further/Deeper is their 21st album released in the past 35 years. [Read more…]

Jefferson Starship Tour Schedule for 2015 Reaches Across United States for Jefferson Airplane’s 50th Anniversary

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Well already into their 2015 tour, Jefferson Starship will be traveling all over the United States in the coming months, celebrating the music of Jefferson Airplane and it’s 50th anniversary.  Jefferson Airplane was founded by Paul Kantner in 1965 and he founded Jefferson Starship in 1974.  The band is expected to play rock staples from both bands like “Somebody to Love”, “White Rabbit”, “Get Together”, “Jane”, “Miracles”, and more. [Read more…]

Suzanne Vega’s Upcoming Tour of U.S., UK, and Norway Begins This Month

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Alternative rock and folk singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will be touring the United States over the next three months, and then play a number of shows in the United Kingdom and Norway over the Summer; it is expected additional dates will be added.   Her latest album, Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, was released last year. [Read more…]

Information Society and Book of Love (“80’s Rewind Fest Presents: PURE ENERGY”) at Thunder Valley Casino Resort | Lincoln, California | 1/31/2015 (Concert Review + Photos)

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“Oh, somebody wants to hear, “What’s On Your Mind?”.  Peer pressure him into letting it go… Dude.  Or is he telling us to hurry the fuck up?”  Kurt Harland, singer and front man for Information Society, displaying a mix of confidence and humor at their concert at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday night.  Live shows from the New Wave/synthpop band are very rare these days, and the guy shouting out the name of the song that made them very famous with the masses circa 1988 didn’t have the same appreciation for the full spectacle and show they put on as the rest of the crowd, who couldn’t seem to get enough of their unique style of music, whether it was old favorites from the 80s and 90s or new songs from the newly released (and excellent) _hello World, which came out late last year.   This concert event promoted by WorldOne Presents was marketed as “80’s Rewind Fest Presents: PURE ENERGY”, and it was a special winter edition of their “80’s Rewind Fest” series.   This concert boasted additional special guests Book of Love as well as local opener, Self.Same.  Though the three founding members of Information Society have gone off to create lives and careers outside of their band, you wouldn’t know if from this concert.  They brought a ton of excitement and style on stage.  Given their amazing new studio album and their ability to put on a fantastic live show, hopefully it represents more InSoc coming in our future.

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Air Supply at Thunder Valley Casino Resort| Lincoln, California | 1/30/2015 (Concert Review + Photos)

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“Tonight, we are here for you… and you for us.  Are you ready?  Let’s go.” Graham Russell, taking a pause on the front end of the sold out show at Thunder Valley Resort Casino on Friday night, looking back on 2014 and then at the very moment and forward.  He and his songwriting partner Russell Hitchcock, strike me as very thoughtful and contemplative.  I’d just caught one of their shows in South Lake Tahoe in September, and couldn’t pass up the chance to see them do their thing (and a special thing it is) again, since they were playing even closer to home for me.  The duo that comprise Air Supply this year are celebrating 40 years together of making amazing music together and taking it out on the road to play before crowds of all ages (Graham also exclaimed, “there will be a 50, too!”).  Which is no surprise, as their music is ageless.  And, like that last show I saw, close out their encore with the extremely contemporary “Desert Sea Sky”, which seems to catch many by surprise (in a good way).  But I’ve found from going on these live journeys with them twice now, that they are full of surprises, and know how to put on a live show that can go from fast to slow, rocking to ballad, in the blink of an eye.  And they seem to love it as much as their fans.

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Dick Dale, Guitar Legend: “Rock Talk” Podcast Audio Interview

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This article features the latest in an ongoing series of “Rock Talk” podcast audio interviews for the Rock Subculture Journal. The first guest for 2015 is Dick Dale, a legend in music, regarded as both “The King of the Surf Guitar” and the “Father of Heavy Metal”.  Now 77 years old, Mr. Dale is well known to younger generations for his 1962 song, “Misirlou”, which was used by Quentin Tarantino as the title track in his film, Pulp Fiction.

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Milo Greene Album “Control” Due in January; Headlining Tour Coming in February & March 2015

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Milo Greene’s second studio album, Control, is due out via Elektra  on January 27th, with the second album track, “On The Fence”, having come out last week (which you can stream on YouTube).  Having recently finished a tour with Bombay Bicycle Club and a few sold out headlining dates of their own, they have now announced their first headlining tour in support of their Jesse Shatkin-produced sophomore album, which will kick off at SOhO in Santa Barbara and run through mid-March. [Read more…]