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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Anthrax Hanukkah

We all know that metal-themed holiday sweaters are the best gifts one can give. But in the case of the above Anthrax sweater, which the metal band sold last year, it apparently wasn't band's gift to give. In news that combines three of our favorite things (lawsuits, Jewish holidays and online metal writing), Anthrax are being sued for $1 million by a man, Aaron Cummins, who claims they appropriated the design of his Happy Hanukkah sweater (minus the Anthrax part) he created in 2012. Cummins is also suing Rockabilia (who sold the sweater), and the company that manufactured it, for copyright infringement.

The funny part about this is that sweater design actually came from a joke post on Metal Sucks by writer Axl Rosenberg, who jokingly headlined that the band was selling Hanukkah sweaters and photoshopped an Anthrax logo onto an existing hanukkah sweater. The band actually ended up making and selling some of the sweaters, and he we are. Be careful what you photoshop!

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Revocation

As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...

There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.

There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.

Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.

In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.

Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.

Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.

There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.

San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.

Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.

UK doomers Conan have new album called Reveangance and now they have a video to go with it. Check out the clip for "Throne of Fire" below. Conan hit Saint Vitus on March 8 with Serial Hawk.

Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.

And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.

Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.

And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.

That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...

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photos by Nick Karp, words by Andrew Sacher

Lamb of God / Anthrax / Deafheaven / Power Trip
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Power Trip

The wild quadruple bill of Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip finally rolled into NYC last night (1/25) at Hammerstein Ballroom, after being delayed a few days due to Winter Storm Jonas. Power Trip kicked things off, and even though we're used to seeing them in much smaller venues, they were still kind of the perfect opening band for this kind of thing. They're always super fun, frontman Riley Gale really knows how to get a crowd going, and even if you don't know their music you can just hop in the circle pit. All of those things were in full effect last night, and it did seem like they brought out enough of their own fans to this huge show too. Even if not, they definitely won some people over.

Deafheaven were the least perfect band for this bill of the four, but they were still great and it wasn't nearly as awkward as I was afraid it'd be. Part of this is no doubt because of their darker new album and its thrashier riffs. Sandwiched in between two more-fun bands, Deafheaven sounded straight up evil. Frontman George Clarke was doing all his usual hand motions that got the crowd roaring more than once. And their not-so-secret weapon remains drummer Daniel Tracy, whose hands never stop moving a mile a minute. He's honestly as much of a thrill to watch as George. It was of a course a shorter set than their recent headlining gig at Webster Hall, and they gave us "Brought to the Water" and "Luna" off the new album, plus one-off single "From the Kettle Onto the Coil" and Sunbather's "Dream House."

The best band of the night though, was Anthrax. Maybe that seems obvious, like of course one of "The Big 4" would be the best band. But coming right after Deafheaven who are currently more relevant, and before Lamb of God who are currently more successful, I didn't expect it. It's kind of incredible how wild Joey Belladonna still is on stage -- more so than a lot of singers half his age -- and Scott Ian is still stomping around like crazy too. We got plenty from their prime era: three songs off Among the Living, their version of Trust's "Antisocial," and their punked-up version of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." Those songs still sound fresh as ever, and both the band and crowd couldn't have seemed more stoked on them. They also played a couple off 2011's Worship Music (their first album with Joey Belladonna since 1990) and "Evil Twin" off the upcoming For All Kings. And, their set included a tribute to the recently-departed Jimmy Bain and his old bandmate Ronnie James Dio.

Lamb of God wrapped up the night. I'm admittedly not really a fan and don't have much to say, but clearly they were super tight and the crowd was loving them. The tour hits NJ at Starland Ballroom tonight (1/26), and there are still some tickets available. More pictures of all four bands below...

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photo: Deafheaven at Webster Hall in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deafheaven

The Lamb of God / Anthrax / Deafheaven / Power Trip tour was supposed to hit NYC on Saturday (1/23) at Hammerstein Ballroom, but due to weather it's been moved to Monday (1/25). All tickets will be honored. The show is sold out but resale tickets are available. Their NJ show for Tuesday (1/26) at Starland Ballroom is still on as planned (tickets), as is Anthrax's signing at Rough Trade NYC on Monday. (Update: Signing is cancelled.)

Updated dates are listed below...

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Kirk Windstein personalizing holiday cards
Kirk Windstein

As you may have noticed, it's the holiday season, and that might mean you feel the need to make holiday cards for your friends and family. If this seems daunting, fear not, sludge great Kirk Windstein of Down and Crowbar can make you a personalized holiday card this season. For only $10 he'll personalize the card to you or a friend and include a signed photo. What are you waiting for?

Looking for other holiday metal gifts? How about heavy metal nutcrackers? This is a line of nutcrackers in the likeness of famous heavy musicians like King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Cliff Burton, Danzig, Abbath, and also Morrissey and Jerry Garcia (???). MetalSucks also has a metal holiday gift guide that's very useful. It includes items like Slayer's "Reign in Blood Cabernet Sauvignon" which comes in a small coffin, a Metallica bib for your friends with kids, and just some nice skull slippers.

You could also go the classic sweater route. There's just something about metal Christmas sweaters (hey, the thought of someone like Kirk in a Christmas sweater is always good for a laugh); they're just always a thing. Loudwire put together a list of some of the best this season has to offer, which include an Anthrax Hannukah sweater, a Babymetal sweater, and the always classic Slayer sweater.

Check out more details on the the Windstein cards and Carrie Brownstein's nutcracker instagram below...

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photo: Deafheaven at Webster Hall in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deafheaven

Are Lamb of God cool now? Their new album got a way higher Pitchfork score than the new Kurt Cobain album. Their upcoming tour already had veteran thrash band Anthrax -- not that it'd be the first time they toured with one of those -- but now it has additional support from two indie-rock-beloved metal bands: Deafheaven and Power Trip.

As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on January 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. It also now includes a nearby show at NJ's Starland Ballroom on January 26. Tickets for NJ go on sale Wednesday (11/25) at 10 AM. All dates for this deeply varied bill of multi-generational metal, are listed below.

Lamb of God were one of the several bands who just cancelled their entire European tour in the wake of the Paris attacks. Singer Randy Blythe posted a statement defending their decision to cancel.

Deafheaven just finished a huge tour with Envy and Tribulation, and their great new album just made an appearance in Decibel's top 40.

And Power Trip say they're finally working on a follow-up to 2013's Manifest Decimation.

Check out the tour dates and live videos of Deafheaven and Power Trip below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

dylan books

Vulture recently talked to a bunch of musicians who compiled a list comprised of their favorite music memoirs. Many of the musicians, like Questlove, Paul Stanley, and Nikki Sixx interviewed have written memoirs themselves.

It's a varied list that covers a fair amount of ground and provides some interesting nuggets about what the different musicians like in their music writing. Anthrax's Scott Ian likes Gregg Allman's memoir because "From the murder of his father to his brother trying to hang him from a tree when they were kids to the insane levels of rock-and-roll excess, this book has it all." Bethany Cosentino is a fan of Storms: My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac because "There is also an intense amount of emotional shit you go through while you're touring and living your life in the public eye. I think this book does a really good job of reminding people of that."

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis recommends Will Hermes' Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, which is not a memoir in any way but is still a pretty great music book. And Questlove directs us towards Carrie Brownstein's new book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which we just talked to her about. That was an easy one for Questlove, as he just talked to her about the book at at Saint Vitus.

Books that got multiple mentions:  Jewel and Aerosmith's Joe Perry like Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Def Leppard's Phil Collen and The Zombies' Colin Blunstone both rep Keith Richards' Life, and Michael Stipe and Garbage's Shirley Manson both recommend Patti Smith's Just Kids (not a surprise, Michael).

There's been a deluge of music memoirs lately, from Carrie's book to new tomes by Chrissie Hynde, Kim Gordon, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello and Travis Barker. And there's more exciting stuff on the way from Tom Petty, Laura Jane Grace, John Doe and Carly Simon, just to name a few.

Check out the whole list at Vulture.

photo: Anthrax at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Rudy Rubio)
Anthrax

Thrash legends Anthrax are releasing a new album and touring North America in early 2016. The album is called For All Kings and it comes out February 26 via Megaforce. The first single is out now, it's called "Evil Twin," it sounds almost exactly like one might expect a new Anthrax song to sound, and you can stream it below.

The tour is with Lamb of God headlining and it includes a NYC date at Hammerstein Ballroom on 1/23. Tickets for that go on Citi presale today (11/10) at 2 PM, and then they go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster presale Wednesday (11/11) at 10 AM, and finally on sale to the general public Friday (11/12) at 10 AM.

Anthrax are currently on a European tour with Slayer and Kvelertak, and they'll also be touring South America with Iron Maiden after that Lamb of God tour. You can check out all upcoming dates below.

Meanwhile, Lamb of God were also rumored to be touring the US with another veteran thrash band, Megadeth, but that's not happening. Megadeth are set to announce US dates with a different band soon though.

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photo by Tom Couture
Metal Allegiance

Metal collective Metal Allegiance is led by core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mark Menghi (of no famous band), and their new album (out today on Nuclear Blast) is loaded with stars, including Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), members of Exodus, Anthrax, Guns N Roses, Dillinger Escape Plan, Death Angel and still many more.

They played Best Buy Theater in NYC last night (9/17), doing a ton of classic covers like the Misfits' "Last Caress," Metallica's "Seek and Destroy," Black Sabbath's "Into the Void" and Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" (videos of all of those below).

They have a much smaller NYC show happening tonight (9/18) at Saint Vitus. The core members will definitely be at tonight's show, and special guests are promised (presumably some of the album guests?). This one's a little more high concept than last night. Rather than just an array of covers, Vitus says they're playing Van Halen's self-titled album and Black Sabbath's Master of Reality. Opening the show is Extinction AD and Magus Beast. Tickets are on sale now.

They also will do a live interview at AOL Studios in NYC today (5:45 PM doors) and they have an in-store at Long Island record store Looney Tunes on Saturday (9/19). There are a few other dates too, all of which are listed below...

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photos by Rudy Rubio

Motörhead / Faith No More / Thrice @ Riot Fest Chicago 9/11/2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Having cut short or cancelled a number of recent live dates, it was anyone's guess how Friday's set would go. But over the course of an hour, Lemmy once again defied age and staked Motörhead's claim as one of the most unique bands in the history of metal, the result of their still potent mix of punk and heavy metal. "We are Motörhead... And we play rock and roll!" declared the frontman in his inimitable style.

Lemmy Kilmister, as CJ Ramone once pointed out, goes beyond mere rock and roll icon into a rare class more resembling a folk hero. "Is it loud enough?" he joked heading into the psychedelic haze of 1979's "Metropolis." "Would you like it louder? I'll have to turn it up then!" It was a joke he likely didn't even realize the irony of on an afternoon rife with sound issues.

Motörhead's punk influence was on full display during "Over the Top," a performance Lemmy dedicated to - who else? - himself. "This is gonna be the last song for us but if you make some noise, we come back" mocked the bassist as the opening chords to "Ace of Spades" rang out across Douglas Park Friday night. - [Chicago Now]

Following its Denver edition a couple weeks ago, Riot Fest's 2015 Chicago edition kicked off Friday (9/11) in Douglas Park. Day 1 sets included Motörhead (who had canceled some shows on this tour due to Lemmy's ill health), Ice Cube delivering a partial N.W.A. reunion with Ren and Yella, as well as Faith No More, Anthrax, Thrice, Anthrax, Fishbone, Death, Living Colour, Coheed & Cambria, No Doubt, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago wraps up today with Modest Mouse, The Prodigy, Snoop Dogg, L7, Jimmy Cliff, Beach Slang and more. Next weekend is Riot Fest Toronto. More pics from Riot Fest Chicago day 1, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

The best thing we saw on Day 1 of the 2015 fest...

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photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram

Riot Fest Denver kicked off yesterday (8/28) at its new location of the National Western Complex, which (as the mechanical bull and scent in the air reminded you) is usually home to rodeo shows. It's across five stages, one of which is indoors, and also offers carnival rides, Colorado-specific treats like Chronic Candy (though I was told that's only hemp) and more. Like most festivals, it had newer, buzzy bands who played great sets like Speedy Ortiz, Cayetana and The Hotelier, but for me at least, the real highlights were the masses of classic artists we got to see. (Unfortunately one of those, Motorhead, had to drop off at the last minute due to Lemmy's breathing issues. He cut a show short a day earlier in Salt Lake City for the same reason.)

There was a lot to love about Riot Fest Denver day 1, but here's five highlights:

THE GET UP KIDS: It's The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary, and they don't seem shy about the fact that everyone's favorite songs were written in the '90s because that was mostly what we got. "Holiday," "Action and Action," "Valentine," "Red Letter Day," "Ten Minutes," "Don't Hate Me" and more were played from their classic period and it was a singalong the whole time. The Get Up Kids may have taken an extended period off from being a band, but you'd never know it at this point. They're super tight, they look like they're having a ball on stage, and the crowd is eager to have as much fun as the band is. Their Riot Fest set got off to a rocky start due to sound issues, but it quickly became one of the best sets I saw all day.

TESTAMENT: Of everything I saw, the band who truly got the daytime crowd going wild was '80s-era thrash legends Testament. The pit was going so hard that if you were anywhere near the front you were getting dust in your eyes, and the band delivered expertly. Every extended scream, every guitar solo -- they were flawless. Testament were always smiling, always engaging the crowd, but never at the expense of delivering intense music. People talk a lot about the decreasing interest for rock on major festivals, but between Testament and Anthrax (who took the same stage right after them), fests may just need more classic metal bands.

IGGY POP: Is there anyone as ageless as Iggy Pop? With classic albums dating back to the '60s, he's one of the few people you could safely credit with inventing punk rock, and he hasn't lost that spirit one bit. He runs around stage like he's half his actual age, and genuinely seems like he's giving us every ounce of energy in his body. We got so many favorites -- "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger," "Lust For Life," "1969" -- and they all sounded exactly like you'd hope they would. The fact that we get to experience Iggy in full force all these decades later is truly an amazing thing.

ICE CUBE: It's pretty safe to say it's the year of NWA. There's a hit biopic in theaters, the soundtrack to which is Dr. Dre's first album since the '90s, and talk of the groundbreaking rap group is just in the air. So it was perfect timing for Ice Cube to reunite with his old groupmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (like he did at the BET Experience in June) for "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman" and more classic jams. Sadly (like at the BET Experience) Dr. Dre did not come out, and neither did their pal Snoop Dogg (who did join the group at the BET Experience and plays Riot Fest on Sunday), but it was still a surreal experience to see those three on stage together. And they sounded as fanastic as you'd want. The partial NWA reunion was the real draw, but even when Ice Cube dove into his solo career ("Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," etc) he made it feel like the G-Funk era was alive and well.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Look, when System of a Down were added to Riot Fest, I thought people were going to think it was lame. I mean this is a festival that sold tickets because people wanted to see Iggy Pop, Pixies, The Damned, American Nightmare, Swervedriver and 7 Seconds. These people don't like System of a Down. But not only was I wrong, they had the biggest and wildest crowd of the day. It makes sense that of all the bands to come out of early 2000s nu-metal, System of a Down would work so well at what's largely a punk festival. Most of that stuff was deservedly laughed at by cynics, but SOAD were different. They were weird, and they were way closer to a hardcore band than a pop band. If Refused never broke up, those two might've toured together. And that came across in full force on Friday night. Thousands of people were raging to this band who were playing the weirdest songs that anyone played all day. It was a strange, awesome experience.

Video of Ice Cube, MC Ren & DJ Yella playing "Straight Outta Compton" and more pictures below...

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Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes

The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.

The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.

There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),

Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.

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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

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Kendrick Lamar at House of Blues (photo by @s_adegoke, via Facebook)
Kendrick Lamar

LAist reports that a few Sunset Strip locations will have to close this year so new hotels can be built, including the original Hustler store and the House of Blues. The music venue opened in 1994 and an official closing date has been set for August 7. A demolition date is still TBA.

As of now, the final schedule includes Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets, Freddie Gibbs, Anthrax, Stiff Little Fingers, and more. There are still a handful of open spots in the venue's last weeks, so perhaps some final shows are planned. If so, we know it won't be a metal band, as Blabbermouth points out that Anthrax show will be the venue's last metal show.

Regarding the venue, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said, "Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party. Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play."

Watch a video of Social Distortion playing the House of Blues Sunset Strip with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, below...

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photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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photo: Motorhead on their 2014 Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Motorhead

Rock legends Motorhead, whose 22nd album Bad Magic drops this August, have announced a tour for that month into September, surrounding their Riot Fest appearances. Direct support on select dates comes from thrashers Anthrax and NWOBHMers Saxon. Opening all shows is Crobot.

The run with Anthrax hits the NYC-area on September 16 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting today (6/23) at 2 PM.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Motorhead's newest single "Thunder & LIghtning," below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

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First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

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Lamour book

Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

and About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.

Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.

Motorboat

Motörhead's floating festival, Motörboat, is back for a second year, setting sail September 28 thru October 2, 2015, from Miami to the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. In addition to Lemmy and crew, this year's lineup includes Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and more. Tickets go on sale March 25.

Motörboat is not all headbanging, either. There's also:

Motörhead's Motörboat will keep it crazy with theme nights where flying your freak flag is not looked down upon but paraded and appreciated. Weird and wonderful poolside and beach events and activities will keep the motor going, and artist Q&A sessions plus meet & greets will get you up close and personal with your favorite artists on board. All this is punctuated with 24-hour access to the food, bars and fellow Motorboaters who are up all night with music demons to fight.
Check out pics from Motörboat 2014 here. Full Motörboat 2015 lineup and flyer are below.

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After teasing us with a couple tracks, the Game of Thrones "Catch the Throne II" mixtape is out now, kicking off strong with Method Man's Night's Watch riff on "The Oath" and running through Mushroomhead's rager, "The Crows," with cuts from Snoop Dogg, Mastodon, Estelle, Anthrax, Talib Kweli and more. It's all interspersed with dialogue from the series. You can stream it and download for free from Soundcloud below.

Game of Thrones' fifth season begins April 12 on HBO.

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Bob's Burgers' Game of Thrones parody from last week's episode
Bob's Burgers

The new Game of Thrones mixtape "Catch the Throne II," which mixes rap and rock this time, will be out March 17 and the full lineup of contributors are: Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Talib Kweli, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yandel. They've shared Talib Kweli's contribution, "Lord of The Light" and he tells Complex, "I really nerded out on this song and there's a Game of Thrones reference in just about every line." You can listen to it below.

In related news, last week's Bob's Burger's offered up stories by the show's three kids, and Louise's was a cats-based Game of Thrones homage and you can watch that (via Vulture) below. Bob'd Burgers also recently featured Sleater-Kinney and The National. Catch the actors live on tour.

The fifth season of Game of Thrones premieres April 12 at 9 PM on HBO. The S4 DVD/Blu-Ray set is out now and one of the bonus features is a blooper reel, which you can also watch below.

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photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.

Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.

Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.

And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.

Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...

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Game of Thrones

There will be a second official Game of Thrones mixtape coming in March and featuring Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Yandel and other hip hop artists. Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 will incorporate score and dialogue samples from last year's fourth season. Says Snoop:

Off the top, I love Game of Thrones - I even gave my expert analysis of this season on my GGN show. It's like the rap game, it's gangster, about family, loyalty and trying to get to the top. I had to get involved. Give the fans a little b it of how I see it.
Changing things up for this second go-round, metal bands Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will be involved in this one too. Says Anthrax's Scott Ian:
As fans of Game of Thrones, we are extremely excited to collaborate on this project. Recording a song about the Lannister family allows us to connect more with our fans and Game of Thrones fans in a way we would have never imagined.
Maybe this takes the sting off losing a Metal Grammy to Tenacious D, just a little.

Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 is, of course, part of the hype leadup to Game of Thrones' fifth season which premieres on HBO on April 12. HBO recently aired a half-hour GoT special, Game of Thrones Season 5: A Day in the Life, which follows the show's production units filming in three different countries on the same day. You can watch that, along with the Season 5 trailer, below...

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