5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#21)

1. Kempo Slice

Hip hop/alternative from Alabama. For fans of Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, Logic, etc. Kempo recently released Kempin’ Ain’t Easy (download available here), and he has been hinting that new music is on the way! Check out “Gumptown Blues,” which features Mike Bama, and “They Say.”

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2. Shallow Side

Rock from Alabama. For fans of Default, Tantric, Theory of a Deadman, etc. Shallow Side released their Origins EP in July and are currently touring; you can visit their Facebook for dates. Since I’ve been a fan for a while, I am going to share two of my favorites from Shallow Side: “My Addiction” and “Out of Reach.”

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3. Firmament

Progressive/alternative rock from Ohio. For fans of The Mars Volta, Coheed & Cambria, A Perfect Circle, etc. Firmament’s first full-length album, Spirit of Place, is available on such outlets as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. Hear “Bilateral” and “As One Watches the Rain” now!

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4. YOU!

Alternative rock/”gunk” from London. For fans of Blur, Green Day, Radiohead, etc. YOU! is booking shows and have upcoming dates in Warwickshire and Camden. Visit their official site for a full list and updates from the band. YOU! shared their first official music video for a track entitled “Selfish” back in June. Listen to it and “A Bird’s Prey” below.

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5. State of Illusion

Rock music from South Carolina. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Cold, etc. State of Illusion will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend. Their album Aphelion is available through the official page and most digital retailers. Check out “Blind” and “Find Yourself.”

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Playlist Challenge, Day 457

A Perfect Circle — “Judith”

Three More Tour Announcements! Resurrection Tour + Suspence Fest + Voodoo Festival

Just wave goodbye to your extra money, concert-goers.

Resurrection Tour ft. Puddle of Mudd and Saliva (with special guests Soil, Tantric, and Shallow Side)

I’m not sure this lineup is playing for the full run, based on what I’ve been seeing. I know The Veer Union will be there for the September stretch. Here are the confirmed dates so far:

  • 8-02-18 St Paul, MN at MYTH LIVE
  • 8-05-18 Lisle, IL at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery
  • 8-08-18 Grand Forks, ND at Alerus Center
  • 8-09-18 Duluth, MN at Clyde Iron Works
  • 8-10-18 Dubuque, IA at Diamond Joe’s Casino (New Date)
  • 8-12-18 Lexington, KY at Manchester Music Hall (New Date)
  • 8-14-18 Cedar Rapids, IA at Club 5 @ U.S. Cellular Center
  • 8-16-18 Akron, OH at Akron Civic Theatre
  • 8-18-18 Reading, PA at Reverb
  • 8-24-18 Angleton, TX – Backroads Rockfest at Gary’s Icehouse (New Date)
  • 8-25-18 Midland, TX at Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
  • 8-30-18 Newberry, SC at Newberry Opera House (New Dates)
  • 8-31-18 Greenville, SC at The Firmament (New Date)
  • 9-01-18 Concord, VA at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
  • 9-02-18 Daytona Beach, FL at Main Street Station
  • 9-07-18 Salina, KS at Tony’s Pizza Events Center (New Date)
  • 9-08-18 Kansas City, MO at Crossroads KC
  • 9-14-18 Loleta, CA at Bear River Casino & Resort (New Date)
  • 11-02-18 Florence, SC at Florence Center (New Date)

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Suspence Fest ft. Sons of Texas, Aranda, Locust Grove, Suspence, Oddfellas, and More

This rock fest is August 18th at Top o’ Texas Norris Rodeo Pavilion in Pampa, Texas.

Voodoo Festival 2018

Voodoo Fest takes place in New Orleans, October 26 – 28. This year’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, A Perfect Circle, Arctic Monkeys, Marilyn Manson, Third Eye Blind, and more! Check out the event poster.

April 2018 Album Releases

4/2

  • EXID: Do It Tomorrow
  • Oh My Girl: Banana Allergy Monkey
  • Pentagon: Positive

4/3

  • The Boyz: The Start

4/4

  • BTS: Face Yourself
  • Winner: EVERYD4Y

4/5

  • Saba: Care For Me

4/6

  • Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy
  • Eels: The Deconstruction
  • Kali Uchis: Isolation
  • Kylie Minogue: Golden
  • Manic Street Preachers: Resistance is Futile
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars: America
  • Tina Arena: Quand tout Recommence
  • Flatbush Zombies: Vacation in Hell
  • Lil Xan: Total Xanarchy
  • Gucci Mane: Eskimo Boys, Vol. 1
  • Famous Dex: Dex Meets Dexter
  • E-40 and B-Legit: Connected and Respected
  • Royce 5’9″: Book of Ryan
  • Alison Wonderland: Awake
  • Blackberry Smoke: Find a Light
  • Bleed From Within: Era
  • David Lee Murphy: No Zip Code
  • Dusted: Blackout Summer
  • Gin Wigmore: Ivory
  • Goat Girl: Goat Girl
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise: How to: Friend, Love, Freefall
  • Soft as Snow: Deep Wave
  • Underoath: Erase Me
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food
  • Young Galaxy: Down Time

4/13

  • Breaking Benjamin: Ember
  • Gurrumul: Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
  • Tinashe: Joyride
  • Carnage: Battered, Bruised, and Bloody
  • Peewee Longway: Spaghetti Factory
  • A Place to Bury Strangers: Pinned
  • Brazilian Girls: Let’s Make Love
  • Chrome Sparks: Chrome Sparks
  • Jason Aldean: Rearview Town
  • Jim Jones: Wasted Talent
  • Mackenzie Nicole: The Edge
  • Mouse on Mars: Dimensional People
  • Settle Your Scores: Better Luck Tomorrow
  • The Damned: Evil Spirits
  • This Curse: From the Darkest of Places

4/20

  • Kimbra: Primal Heart
  • Mya: TKO (The Knock Out)
  • A Perfect Circle: Eat the Elephant
  • Pennywise: Never Gonna Die
  • Samantha Jade: Best of My Love
  • Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
  • Brothers Osborne: Port Saint Joe
  • Donovan Woods: Both Ways
  • Drinks: Hippo Lite
  • From Ashes to New: The Future
  • Lord Huron: Vide Noir
  • Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer
  • Post Animal: When I Think of You in a Castle
  • Smoke DZA: Not For Sale
  • TesseracT: Sonder

4/27

  • Anne-Marie: Speak Your Mind
  • Godsmack: When Legends Rise
  • Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer
  • Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples: Campfire
  • Youngboy, Never Broke Again: Until Death Call My Name
  • The Armed: Only Love
  • Boys of Fall: Chasing Lonely
  • Dr. Dog: Critical Equation
  • Giraffes? Giraffes!: Memory Lame
  • Homewrecker: Hell is Here Now
  • Sink the Ship: Persevere
  • Twin Shadow: Caer
  • Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing

New Year, New Music

It is only the fifth day of 2018 and already, we’ve had multiple tracks from some of our favorite bands/artists.

1. Judas Priest: “Lightning Strike”

2. Breaking Benjamin: “Red Cold River”

3. A Perfect Circle: “Disillusioned”

4. Cane Hill: “It Follows”

5. Crashdïet: “We Are the Legion”

This was actually posted on December 30th. Still, I included it because the song is the debut of new singer Gabriel Keyes 🎶

6. Justin Timberlake: “Filthy”

7. Slaves: “Patience is the Virtue”

Obviously this is not a comprehensive list of every single released this week, but it’s a good place to start!

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 16)

1. A Perfect Circle: “Imagine” (John Lennon cover)

2. The Used & My Chemical Romance: “Under Pressure” (Queen ft. David Bowie cover)

3. Highly Suspect: “Send Me an Angel” (Real Life cover)

Weekly Focus: A Perfect Circle, Day Seven

A Perfect Circle — “Blue,” from the album Thirteenth Step (2003).

Weekly Focus: A Perfect Circle, Day Six

A Perfect Circle — “Passive,” from the album Emotive (2004).

Weekly Focus: A Perfect Circle, Day Five

My second favorite APC song ❤

A Perfect Circle — “Pet,” from the album Thirteenth Step (2003).