5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#31)

1. Alive

Glam rock from Italy. For fans of Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Poison, etc. Alive released their debut album, Lookin’ for a Future, in March. Check out the first single, “Money & Control.”

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2. Ivory Picture Story

Rock/punk/pop from Kentucky. For fans of The Runaways, Blondie, The Donnas, etc. Ivory Picture Story announced on Halloween that their video for “E.V.I.L.” is coming soon! In the meantime, here is my personal favorite (so far), “Big Star.”

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3. Sweet Fever

Rock & roll from Nashville, Tennessee. For fans of Stealers Wheel, Jet, Jack White, etc. Sweet Fever released their sophomore EP, Ale Lounge, back in October. It is available on all streaming platforms. These guys are amazing in any form, so here is the acoustic version of “Escapin’ the Grind.”

And, just because, listen to “Roll On.”

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4. Victorius

Power metal from Germany. For fans of Dragonforce, Gloryhammer, Hammerfall, etc. Victorius recently released the wonderfully cheesy video for “Super Sonic Samurai” and have been announcing a slew of tour dates for 2020!

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5. Jet Setting

Alternative/rock from Tennessee. For fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, etc. Jet Setting has been working nonstop on new music, playing shows, doing interviews, and just generally trying to spread the word. The band released its debut EP, Lacey, earlier this year.

“Come Around”

“Pictures of Fame”

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New Music (2/18 — 2/24)

Hot Pink Satan: “Breathe”

As Within, So Without: “Departure”

Red Dragon Cartel: “Speedbag”

Shallow Side: “Sound the Alarm”

Mark Morton ft. Myles Kennedy: “Save Defiance”

Buckcherry: “Bent”

Forth: “On Top of the World”

Whitechapel: “When a Demon Defiles a Witch”

Sleepkillers: “So Low”

Inter Arma: “Stillness”

Tora Tora: “Son of a Prodigal Son”

Radkey: “P.A.W.”

Vale of Pnath: “Accursed”

Devin Townsend: “Genesis”

Mike Shinoda: “Prove You Wrong”

Another Day Dawns: “Psycho”

Overkill: “Welcome to the Garden State”

Organosyde: “Organosydic Holocaust”

Backyard Babies: “44 Undead”

Mötley Crüe ft. Machine Gun Kelly: “The Dirt (Est. 1981)”

The Damned Things: “Cells”

Enforcer: “Die For The Devil”

Dayshell: “Pressure”

The Picturebooks: “The Hands of Time”

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#22)

1. 7 Stone Riot

Rock music from Alabama. For fans of Pearl Jam, Fuel, Like a Storm, etc. 7 Stone Riot released their Scratching the Surface EP earlier this year (read my review), and they have since been playing shows in support of the album. Check out “Buried” and “Talking in Circles.”

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2. Aboleth

Stoner/blues/desert/dirt metal from California. For fans of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin (if they had a female vocalist), Queens of the Stone Age, The Pretty Reckless, etc. Aboleth released their debut album Benthos back in May. Here are two tracks I’m rather fond of: “No Good” and “Wovenloaf.”

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3. Zombiesuckers

Horror punk from Sweden. For fans of The Misfits, The Murderdolls, Rancid, etc. Zombiesuckers have not been very active lately. However, they did post from their Facebook that there might be new music in 2018. Fingers crossed! For now, though, enjoy “I Turned Into a Monster” and “Endless Sleep” (ft. Michale Graves).

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4. Salems Lott

Shock metal from Hollywood, California. For fans of X Japan, Black Veil Brides, Mötley Crüe, etc. Salems Lott released Mask of Morality this year and have since enjoyed quite a bit of favorable press in regard to the album. Listen to “Shattered to Pieces” and “Royal Desperado,” both from this latest record.

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5. Famous Last Words

Post-hardcore/metal from Michigan. For fans of Falling in Reverse, Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, etc. Famous Last Words is touring with Escape the Fate and Slaves, and they are also busy in the studio! Check out “The Show Must Go On” and “Pretty in Porcelain.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#16)

1. Maybe If You Hit It

A hard rock band from Florida. For fans of Pop Evil, Theory of a Deadman, Shinedown, etc. Maybe If You Hit It has recently returned to the scene and is ready to give their fans something new. In the meantime, check out “No Regrets” and “Texas Swagger.”

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2. Prescription Happiness

Industrial/dark ambient music from the UK. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Orgy, Deftones, etc. Prescription Happiness is currently booking shows and has just gotten their merch store up and running. Listen to “Hide and Seek” and “Still Breathing.”

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3. In Vein

Hard rock/metal from Indiana. For fans of Escape the Fate, The Used, Motionless In White, etc. In Vein just released a cover of Rob Zombie’s “Meet the Creeper,” and their single “Haunt Me” can be streamed on Spotify. Here are two of my favorites, “Death Of Me” and “Behind the Curtain.”

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4. Romance & Rebellion

Alternative/pop/rock from California. For fans of early Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, 5 Seconds of Summer, etc. Romance & Rebellion is currently promoting the Amps & Anthems EP. Crank up “For a Moment” and “Boys Don’t Cry (BDC).”

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5. Lindsy Says

Rock & roll from Georgia. For fans of Lynam, My Darkest Days, Sixx AM, etc. Lindsy Says is touring to promote their first CD. Here is their first single, “Hold On Me,” and a live video of them playing “Headlights.”

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Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 37)

1. Godhead: “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles cover)

2. Mötley Crüe: “Helter Skelter” (The Beatles cover)

3. HIM: “Enjoy the Silence” (Depeche Mode cover)

Weekly Focus: Crashdïet, Day Three

Crashdïet ft. Mick Mars — “I Don’t Care,” from the The Unattractive Revolution (2007).

Album of the Week: Mötley Crüe’s Decade of Decadence, 81-91

Simply because it has my favorite Crüe song, “Primal Scream,” on it ❤

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 10)

1. Disturbed: “Land of Confusion” (Genesis cover)

2. Mötley Crüe: “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” (Brownsville Station cover)

3. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns ‘N’ Roses cover)

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 4)

1. Framing Hanley: “Lollipop” (Lil’ Wayne cover)

I love when rock bands cover rap songs!

2. Dope Stars Inc.: “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson cover)

3. Static-X: “Looks That Kill” (Mötley Crüe cover)