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Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire – best know, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. Their new album Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle, it arrives August 7th on Side One Dummy as the band hits a plethora of festivals and club dates all summer (see below). The band heads to Europe at the end of September for a full tour, dates to be announced shortly.

Their fifth album celebrates the growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for their country home and the importance of family. The an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give the Big Damn Band a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band create their own community and welcome the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home.

My Old Kentucky Blog premieres the first single, “Devils Look Like Angels” this morning, listen to it here: http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=30435

With a reputation for their incendiary live shows well established, The Big Damn Band set out to make the album that would finally capture the same heat. Recorded at White Arc Studio in Bloomington, Indiana, the album was produced by The Rev. Peyton and Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Dr. John, Shins). For previous albums, the band had recorded live, straight through in the same mode as a live show. Between the Ditches came together more slowly, with care. “We approached it saying we were going to make a record this time, not just a recording,” explained the Rev. He used a different guitar set up on almost every track, employing two ‘30s National guitars, a ci gar box guitar, a custom shop Gibson flattop 1929 L2 and an Airline map electric guitar. The primary amps are custom Weber amps made by Weber speakers – both are one of a kind.

Between The Ditches features a new level of craftmanship in both recording technique and songwriting. The Rev. feels that it’s their best album to date.”I’m very proud of this album, the songwriting and the playing.” The guitar playing alone should put the Rev. in the same class with his much revered idols. The songwriting boasts an added maturity and runs the gamut in subject matter from the barn burning, tongue in cheek, “Shut the Screen”, (where “It’s too dang hot and the bugs are too dang mean”) to the evils of strip mining, an issue close to the hearts of this Indiana born and bred band in “Don’t Grind It Down”. There seems to be a theme expressed throughout the album and stated clearly in their first single,“Devils Look Like Angels”: “Devil don’t live down in hell, the devil’s right here doing very well”.

This band is fun sure, a lot of fun, but they are for real. From virtuoso musicianship to great songwriting, Between The Ditches has got it all. All from a little Brown County, Indiana band that’s got the nerve (and the right) to call themselves, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band!

 May 31, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »

PopEvil by Steve Ziegelmeyer

Pop Evil debuts their new music video for their latest hit single, “Boss’s Daughter” exclusively on VEVO today. Featuring the likes of Playboy Playmate Jessa Hinton and co-writer Mick Mars of Motley Crue, the video leaves you wanting more. “This video is the best depiction of the energy we bring during our live performance. Mick & Jessa were terrific to work with! Nathan and his crew made a killer all American rock & roll video,” says frontman Leigh Kakaty.

Directed by Nathan “Karma” Cox, the video comes on the heels of the band announcing their participation in this summer’s Tresspass Across America Tour.

Fast cars, hot women and good ol’ American Rock and Roll are three main ingredients that make up Pop Evil, and all of the above hits you square in the jaw in this new video.

The band released “War Of Angels” last summer to much critical praise.

“Pop Evil’s latest effort, War of Angels, sees the band beefing up their sound and displaying a good deal of growth and maturity that’s a paramount example of why it’s a shame the big labels don’t give bands time to develop anymore” – Guitar World

“War Of Angels is a heavier and more mature departure from their debut album.” – Billboard

The band will embark on the “Trespass Across America Tour” supporting Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch.

Kicking off July 13th in Broomfield, CO the tour stretches coast to coast. Additional support will come from Emure, Trivium, God Forbid and Battlecross.

Pop Evil is Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) Chachi Riot (drums) Davey Grahs (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass).


(New York, NY): Fresh off the hugely successful first leg of dates in support of their recently released album The Path of Totality, Korn are returning to the road for the second leg of the Path of Totality Tour. The new batch of dates kick off on February 23 in Detroit, running through the Midwest before heading back West and wrapping up on March 4 in San Francisco. Kill the Noise will provide support on certain dates, while Korn’s own Jonathan Davis will also debut his brand new DJ set as his J Devil alter ego.

Special pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting Wednesday, January 18 at 3 PM local time at www.korn.com. Tickets for most shows go on sale to the general public this weekend.

The Path of Totality is another experimental chapter in Korn’s rich canon and history. The album found the band shifting gears, taking a bit of a creative left turn (something they’ve been known to do throughout the course of their two decade career) and exploring thrilling new territory with some of the hottest emerging producers and talent in the burgeoning electronic scene. The album debuted Top 10 on the Billboard charts and was met with universal critical applause, thanks to the band’ s ability to remain fresh and relevant while collaborating with electronic producers Skrillex, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise, Excision, Flinch, Noisia, Datsik, Downlink, Feed Me and more.

Korn were recently profiled in the New York Times’ Sunday section, celebrated for their ability to embrace dubstep, which some have deemed “the new punk.” The Path of Totality has garnered incredible praise and buzz, while being featured in NME, SPIN, Electronic Musician, Rollingstone.com, Hype Machine, and even being named “Album of the Year” by Revolver Magazine. LA Weekly raved about Korn’s recent record release show, while calling it as “unique a show as I’ve ever seen.”

Fans can check out the band’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here.

The dates for the second leg of the Path of Totality tour are as follows:

Feb. 23 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore*
Feb. 24 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Feb. 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Feb. 27 – Denver, CO – First Bank Center*
Feb. 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex *
March 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
March 2 –Las Vegas, NV– Pearl Concert Theatre @ Palms Casino
March 4 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater

*Kill The Noise Supports

 January 19, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »

New York/New Jersey-based pop-punk band CANDY HEARTS are offering a brand-new acoustic demo for FREE download through Bandcamp starting today. Titled “I Want You”, the song will be available as a full band track on an upcoming 2012 EP and can be downloaded at http://candyhearts.bandcamp.com/album/demo. Singer Mariel Loveland also did a Nervous Energies session with the song which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/zLwAuHkkCMk. She says of the new track, “It’s about that feeling of sitting next to someone you are absolutely crazy about and the only thing you can think about is how much you want them — nothing else; it’s like your mind is blank — and you can’t tell them because you know they don’t feel the same way. It just devours you.”

Additionally Candy Hearts have announced a string of February tour dates with Man Overboard which run February 15-26 (tour dates below). If you haven’t caught them on the road before, make sure not to miss your chance as they come through your town! “On this tour in particular, we’ve arranged a few of our slower and acoustic songs to be faster and louder so there’s never a moment where anyone feels tired and people can’t mope around,” states Loveland. With irresistibly catchy vocals, infectious hooks, and a ton of energy, the band makes live shows feel like one gigantic party sing-along for everyone in the crowd.

Candy Hearts latest full-length, 2011′s Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy on Kind of Like Records received rave reviews. Alternative Press said of it, “From the first notes of opener ‘Tongue Tied,’ they manage to get under the listener’s skin thanks to minimal, crisp production that sounds effortless and clean, allowing the simple, honest quality of the performances to shine through.” Bring on Mixed Reviews called the album “very fun and liberating”, while Alter the Press! remarked that it was “brimming with positivity and heavy on the hits.”

Candy Hearts is Mariel Loveland (vocals, guitar), Kris Hayes (guitar), Christian Stefos Migliorese (bass), and Christina Picciano (drums).

Candy Hearts tour dates
w/ Man Overboard

Feb 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Feb 16 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Feb 17 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Feb 18 – Savannah, GA @ Sweet Melissa’s Basement
Feb 19 – Tampa, FL @ Transitions
Feb 20 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Feb 21 – Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
Feb 22 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
Feb 24 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Feb 25 – Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room
Feb 26 – Midland, TX @ Pine Box


 January 19, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »

Kingston, PA’s TITLE FIGHT had a storybook 2011 – one that most bands can only dream of. From the release of their critically acclaimed first full-length, SHED, on Side One Dummy, to their appearance on the cover of Alternative Press #280, to dates at Reading, Leeds, Hevy and many other festivals, and recent support slots with seminal bands Lifetime and Bouncing Souls, it’s clear that Title Fight had an impressive number of accomplishments last year. Now the band has announced a slew of new tours for the upcoming year including a trek through Japan in February, an opening slot on the second leg of Rise Against’s spring tour (dates below), and nearly all of 2012 Vans Warped Tour (dates TBA). Additionally, Title Fight will hit the studio again in 2012 to begin recording for their next release.

Formed in 2003, the four-piece has developed a feverish underground following through their non-stop touring, intense live show, and several releases, most recently their 2011 full-length Shed which was released on Side One Dummy in May. Recorded with producer/musician Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools), Shed debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart upon release in May and generated accolades from Alternative Press, Kerrang!, Outburn, NME, AMP, and many others. The AV Club called Shed “tight, punchy, and perfect for both heartfelt sing-alongs and circle pits,” while Alternative Press described it as “wonderfully rough and ambitious.”

A video for their song “Shed”, shot on Super 8, debuted on AOL’s NOISECREEP earlier this Winter and can be seen here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/10/10/title-fight-shed-video/. Additionally, the band recently self-released a video for “Coxton Yard”, also on Shed, and shot by their friend during their European tour this past summer. It can be viewed at: http://titlefight.tumblr.com/post/13067565195/our-friend-jerry.

Title Fight is Jamie Rhoden (guitar, vocals), Ned Russin (bass, vocals), Shane Moran (guitar), and Ben Russin (drums).


Japan Tour
2/1 – Osaka City, Osaka – Pangea
2/2 – Nagoya City, Aichi – Zion
2/3 – Yokohama City, Kanagawa – Club Lizard
2/4 – Kashiwa City, Chiba – Alive
2/5 – Shinjukuku, Tokyo – ACB

w/ Rise Against, A Day to Remember
4/15 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
4/16 – Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Theater
4/17 – San Jose, CA – Event Center
4/19 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
4/20 – Boise, ID – CenturyLink Arena

4/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair
4/23 – Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
4/26 – Pelham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center
4/27 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
4/28 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheater
4/30 – Tampa, FL – Green Iguana Stadium
5/01 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
5/02 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown
5/04 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River State
5/05 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
5/06 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media
5/08 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
5/10 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre


 January 19, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »

Register now for the 13th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference! Dates are set for September 12th – September 15th 2012 in Nashville, TN. Follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook and be part of what the NY Times calls “the coolest music scene today.” Described by Southern Living Magazine as Nashville’s “Best Music Festival,” the Americana Music Association is offering, for a limited time, a SUPER early bird registration rate, available at $250 for AMA members and $350 for non-members. Offer Expires JANUARY 31ST!

Hymn for Her
Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference features over 100 artists, bringing together legends and the next generation of rising stars for four days of music and education. Artists like Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, The Civil Wars and more have graced the Americana Festival stages, making it both the critics’ darling and place where artists want to be.

The event brings together thousands of fans and music business professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. Nearly 50 panels and daytime events feature some of the industries brightest minds in one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse music conferences. With planning already underway, the 2012 Americana Music Festival & Conference promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone with a passion for music.

Milk Carton Kids
Registration includes access to all daytime conference activities, all evening festival showcases, and one ticket to the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

For more information and updates from the Americana Music Association, visit www.americanamusic.org, facebook, and @americanafest on twitter.
The 13th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference is proud to return to the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, 623 Union Street, Nashville, TN (tel 615-259-2000). The Sheraton is offering a special rate of $169 per night for single or double occupancy. To take advantage of this great rate, click here.

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially. To learn more or become a member, please visit americanamusic.org

 January 18, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »

(NEW YORK, NY) – IMPENDING DOOM has released their first single called “For The Wicked,” off their forthcoming new record “Baptized in Filth” due out March 13, 2012. Click HERE to listen! The track is also available on iTunes for preview/purchase .

“Baptized in Filth” was produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Machine and is the band’s most ferocious effort to date.

“We’re proud to say that after many months of working on the new record it’s finally done. This is by far our favorite material to date and we can’t wait to share it with everyone and hit the road!! March 13th 2012 the world will be Baptized In Filth!” says guitarist Cory Johnson.

IMPENDING DOOM has also confirmed for this years Metal Alliance Tour along side acts like Devildriver, Job For a Cowboy and Dying Fetus. The band will also be playing select dates on this years VANS Warped tour this summer.

The band has achieved success in recent years with releases like “The Serpent Servant” and “There Will Be Violence;” both cracking the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Click below for the band’s past releases.

There Will Be Violence (2010)

The Serpent Servant (2009)

Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007)

IMPENDING DOOM are Brook Reeves on vocals, Cory Johnson on guitar, David Sittig on bass and Brandon “B-Town” Trahan on drums

 January 17, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News No Responses »
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I normally steer pretty wide around the Grammys, cynical old broad I tend to be, but this year I got myself tangled in what I have now dubbed Chorney-gate. For those who don’t know, there is a segment of the Americana crowd in an uproar about the nomination of a previously unknown artist, Linda Chorney, in that category. Sure, there are disagreements with the nominees every year, but this “debate” has taken on a particularly nasty, personal tone that is downright appalling — some are going as far as calling for Chorney to give up her nomination.

Imagine if you will, working at your music for 30 years in relative obscurity, getting the chance to make the album you always wanted to make in a last-ditch-hail-Mary twist of fate, getting a nod for that album with one of the greatest recognitions in music…then getting kicked mercilessly by the very community that is supposed to be about embracing the “outsider.”

Of course, also imagine you’ve been around the block long enough to not really give a shit. That’s obviously the kinda gal I want to talk to, and I did here.

You know, some people won’t like her music, and that’s okay. I am critical of things as well, whether music or movies or whatever. But one thing I can tell you — observing this whole mess has been a sharp reminder to keep in mind that these things we critique are often something a person put their heart and soul into. And anytime someone does that, the least we can do is dislike it or disagree with it respectfully.

* I cannot lay claim to the clever headline, which I blatantly stole from this guy.

 January 11, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored Behind the Scenes No Responses »

NEW YORK, NY – “The songs I’ve been recording are songs that I have written over the course of the last few years that I filed away in my memory under ‘Cool song, not a Bayside song, maybe people will hear it one day’,” says ANTHONY RANERI, vocalist of the aforementioned band Bayside. Luckily, fans don’t have to wait very long for that one day to come. On January 17, 2012, Anthony will be releasing his solo debut EP NEW CATHEDRALS wholly independently on his newly-minted label, Gumshoe Records, just in time for his annual Where’s The Band? Tour with Ace Enders (Early November), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), and Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) along for the ride.

“I listen to a wide variety of music and I have always wanted to experiment with writing in genres such as country, reggae, ska and folk,” he explains, encapsulating the surprising diversity that is found in the five-track EP. Released physically via his website and merchandise table on tour and digitally via outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com, the pre-orders for the EP will begin today (January 10th) at www.anthonyraneri.com, and a special CD bundle will be available for $20 including a t-shirt, CD, a sticker and signed poster.

New Cathedrals artwork
Click for hi-res

Track Listing
1. Sandra Partial
2. Charleston
3. The Ballad of Bill the Saint
4. Lead, Follow, Fall
5. Please Don’t Leave

From the Americana-tinged country of lead track “Sandra Partial” which premiered on Altpress.com this morning at: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/premiere_anthony_raneri_sandra_partial_bayside, to the reggae of the closing track “Please Don’t Leave”, it’s quite apparent that this EP is no Bayside record. “First and foremost, it should be made clear that Bayside is not only still a band but will always be my priority,” he explains. “I have been playing solo shows for a few years now and I’m finally going to release some music that way for two reasons. The first being that Bayside has time off between tours and releases, and I don’t like to have time off. So doing solo tours and writing more music lets me constantly play music without having to take breaks. The second reason is that I love the sound that we have crafted in Bayside and I think that our fans do also, and sometimes I write songs that I don’t think sound like Bayside songs but I really like them. So rather than change the sound of the band that we have come to love, I figured I would release them under a different name.” Among the guests who appear on the recording are Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Davey Warsop (Beat Union) and Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country).

A truly personal labor of love, Anthony will be in charge of all aspects of the release. “I’ve decided to make this a truly DIY solo project,” he explains. “I’m going to be self-releasing all of my solo stuff as Gumshoe Records… from funding everything to having CDs pressed to selling them online and at shows. Any page you see, whether it is my blog, Twitter, Facebook, Bandcamp or anything on iTunes was completely started and is run by me. No label, no management, no employees.”

“I have been blessed with the most amazing fans who have supported our band and my songs for over a decade. I wanted to prove that music, musicians and fans are all that matters – not labels and suits. I’m doing this on my own because I know that when a musician makes good music and fans support it, you don’t need anything else.”

Where’s The Band? Tour kicks off January 19th at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA (dates can be found at the tour’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/wherestheband).

 January 10, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored News 2 Responses »

My interview with Beverly McClellan, a Season 1 finalist for “The Voice,” is up at Yahoo!TV. Ms. Beverly is quite a character, and was bursting with great quotes — as I was transcribing the interview, I noticed I spent more time laughing than asking questions. Please check out the interview here, as well as one I did with semi-finalist Casey Weston.

If I seem to be stalking former contestants for the show, there’s a reason: I am covering “The Voice” for Yahoo!TV and wholeheartedly admit to being a huge fan of the show, which is much more surprising if you know I am a music snob and normally loathe music contests — I personally hold “American Idol” and Simon Cowell responsible for a great deal of the downfall of good music in general.

This is going to sound crazy, but “The Voice” is one of the things that have recently made me really re-discover my love of music, after serious burnout covering the music industry for several years. I highly recommend you check out the archives of Season 1 before season 2 launches after the Super Bowl. Click here for the Season 1 archives at NBC.com.

 January 7, 2012  Posted by livenuncensored Interviews 1 Response »
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