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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Detroit Rockers Mike Leslie Band Touring California, Play The Whiskey July 29, 2014

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The Mike Leslie Band from Detroit, MI will be making their West Coast debut at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday, July 29th, opening for Fuel and Royal Bliss. Event information and purchase Whiskey tickets here: http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/fuel/

Leslie has toured most of the U.S but this will be his first time on the West Coast. Armed with the raw sound of fellow Detroiters such as Jack White and The Stooges, and the masterful guitar chops of Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa, the Mike Leslie Band brings high-energy and an unforgettable experience to each performance. Their soon-to-be-released single “Badasses” is already making waves in the Midwest. The group has released two independent albums on ITunes and is currently in the studio working on their next release. The new release will harness the raw-primal energy of legends like Hendrix and Nirvana. Keep on the lookout for the next Jack White and Jimi Hendrix, but the first Mike Leslie.

"Mike Leslie Band has created an effortlessly cool sound which harkens back to when songwriters were blunt and emotions were raw. Think Elliott Smith with B.B. King on guitars". Gary Bartle (Real Detroit)

 

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The hot Summer of 2012 saw the renaissance of downtown Detroit and the formation of the Mike Leslie Band out of the big bang of old structure, new generation and classic Motor City-born musical styles. MLB offer their eclectic blues-jam twist on pop progressions over rock structure; Leslie has strong blues and classic-rock guitar chops, yet writes around hooks and lyrics to produce urban sonic jewels. Influences span musical and literary generations, yet are honest and familiar, like your favorite pair of jeans and work boots. Imagine a block party jam session with Johnny Cash, Alabama Shakes, early and late career John Lennon, Sam Cooke, Duane Allman, Kurt Cobain, Gary Clark Jr., Hendrix, and Reignwolf. Nietzsche, Blake, Capote, and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson offer prose inspiration to Mike's songwriting. MLB’s live show is a three-ring circus of primal energy, Motown soul and spur of the moment surprises that translate this fine young Midwestern band from “great album” into “hell of a party”.

Check out a preview video and join the Mike Leslie Badasses movement! http://youtu.be/ZEDKhCe09tA

Keep up with the latest Mike Leslie band goings-on at: http://www.facebook.com/mikelesliebadasses

More info on Mike Leslie Band can be found on their Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/mikeleslieband

And the band’s website: www.mikeleslieband.com.

(Also catch Mike Leslie Band at the Sportsman Bar in Corona on Thursday, July 24. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/1452078918385026/).


They’ve come to Rock Your Face Off, KIX Proves their Metal, More Powerful than ever!

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slider-coverKIXRock Your Face Off to be released August 5th, 2014 – Available by Pre-Order Here

Rock Your Face Off on Loud & Proud Records http://www.loudandproudrecords.com

Album Review and Commentary Interview with KIX Guitarist Brian Forsythe KIX:

Review and Interview : Joseph Timmons – Xombiewoof Magazine

 

In December 1977 a group that would be in the eyes and ears of hard rock fans worldwide appeared on the stages of Hagerstown, Maryland and then everywhere possible. Hitting the club circuit six nights a week for three straight years resulted in the band cultivating a huge local fan base and led to their first record contract. Releasing their self-titled debut in 1981 titled “KIX” this band would become in a whirlwind favorite filling every club and stadium without hesitation.

Many years and albums later, like all the bands of their day, they continued to build and grow, change and evolve, members leaving and returning, taking breaks and reuniting, but I am glad to say, the boys are back in town and they’ve come to, as they say Rock Your Face Off!

Color2014MarkWeissPlatinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons KIX heed the audience's call on their long-awaited seventh full-length album and first for Loud & Proud Records. It has been almost 20 years since their last studio effort, 1995's Show Business, and the boys—Steve Whiteman [vocals], Brian "Damage" Forsythe [guitar], Ronnie "10/10" Younkins [guitar], Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant [drums] and Mark Schenker [bass]—return with a raucous, roaring and real display of rock 'n' roll.

KIX is Jimmy Chalfant, Ronnie Younkins, Brian Forsythe, Mark Schenker and Steve Whiteman; together this Hard Rockin’ Metal powerhouse has come up with what is anticipated as the largest release of the year, at present, KIX is touring the globe to support the album’s release this August 5th, 2014 to a fan base that has never forgotten the band that spoke to their generation, and now to the next generation, and generations to come. With the support of Loud & Proud Records, KIX has gone into the studio and come out with blaring speed and driving power.

"In many ways, this is for the KIX diehards as much as it is for us," Brian explains. "When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They'd show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them."

24495_104320689609720_2828889_nRock Your Face Off is an audio thrill ride, and from the album’s title track “Rock Your Face Off” to “Can’t Stop the Show”, “Rollin’ in Honey”,” All the Right Things”,” Inside Outside Inn”,” Rock & Roll Showdown” and the song that has become an internet and radio wide sensation “Love Me With Your Top Down”, KIX has come back to the global stage hard, fast and stronger than ever, it’s been 20 years since their last album and they have made up for lost time with a passion and a vengeance, time has had no effect on them, none what so ever!

As a drummer, any artist or group I listen to has to have a good backbeat; it makes all the difference between a good album and a great album. With Rock Your Face Off, the first thing I noticed is the timing is impeccable, the beat master Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant is unstoppable, his measure is matched equally by Mark Schenker on Bass, and it is with this steady and unwavering rhythm foundation that Ronnie "10/10" Younkins and Brian "Damage" Forsythe work their Guitar Voodoo, power chords blazing with leads and solos that excite the senses. Last but definitely not least it is the spine tingling vocals of Steve Whiteman that steals the show and hearts of the ladies, his talent is only matched by his wit and sense of humor, a trickster by trade. This album is not a return to the 80’s schmaltz or a comeback revival, theirs is an evolution, the next step in musical mastery and is one for the books, a band that beat all the odds then, and exceeds all expectations today.

In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes [Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne] with whom they had last collaborated on 1991's Hot Wire. Also, for the first time in the group's history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit. Meanwhile, Taylor helped preserve the band’s vision. Brian adds, "He knew the feel of the band and kept us on the path towards that direction. He understood our energy and what the listeners would expect. We also took everything to the next level together."

544149_10151925466583965_983735490_nIn addition to having the pleasure of listening to this album before the public is that I am going to interview one of the founding members of KIX, Brian Forsythe to get some inside information and the background on this masterpiece of metal.

Joe: Brian, It’s been a while since the last KIX album Show Business, not including the Live in Baltimore released in 2012. The songwriting on Rock Your Face Off is amazing, as a long time KIX fan, I know I was blown away when I heard you were going into the studio, and even more impressed now, after hearing Rock Your Face Off, I want to ask when did you as a group realize you had the right material for this album? Also, what was the writing chemistry, who did what and how did the team work the creative process?

Brian: “We had not planned to do an album until we released our live performance DVD, once we did that, we realized, WOW, we need to come up with a record. We threw all our ideas into one big pile and went from there, the material was all over the place, and was a long process to sort through and find the right material. This album was over a year in the making.”

Joe: KIX has the rep for being a hard working band, mastering all the elements of a song, their stage presence and creating an element of excitement in every crowd that sees a show, how has the fans response been when you performed the new material?

Brian: “Playing live has been an adventure, we play about one to two shows a week, we are all still in pretty good shape but we are definitely more devoted to the performance and brining quality to the stage. We play gigs with the feeling and energy our fans expects, and we look to making new fans just as devoted.”

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Joe: I know you have been playing and touring for a while, but playing live and working the studio are two different worlds. How was it being back in the studio, was it a natural feeling, or did it take some time to get the magic flowing?

Brian: “Well, a lot has changed in the industry and with us as a group, I have been recording with Rhino Bucket and other bands, and we are familiar with the new technology. In the old days, we would go to a studio and then be in lock down until we were done, but now we did parts in our own studio prior the master mix. Once we went into the real studio it was easier, the chemistry was an interesting aspect, we all had a chance to contribute to the songwriting, and it was truly a group effort, making it a new experience for all of us.”

Joe: Well Brian, enough about the technical aspects of Rock Your Face Off, I am sure the readers want to know the behind the scene stuff, what’s some of the “Wild and Crazy” stories you can tell, at least one that’s legal in all 50 states? Feel free to change the names to protect the innocent...

Brian: “Wow, we’ve had some pretty crazy experiences on the Monsters of Rock Cruises, you have to remember, and it is like a giant floating hotel. You walk out into the area where the people are getting to the stage and there is no escape once the realized who you are, you can stop to say ”Hi” to one person because if you do, one moment everything is cool, the next moment; you swamped and can’t make it to the stage. Another time, we were at a concert for another band, were in the audience, and we just went to see a show and someone noticed us, within moments we were getting way too much attention; it got so bad security got involved”.

Joe: Brian, I want to thank you for the interview, what’s next for KIX, when can we expect to see some videos, any Television engagements, where can we see KIX Play?

Brian: “We will be making several show stops to promote the album, you can get all that information from our website http://www.kixband.com , as far as future plans, we are looking to do a major tour, still up in anything, …… within reason”.

Joe: Brian, do you have any Last Words for our readers?

Brian: “We appreciate all of our fans, they are super loyal and supportive, East Coast to West Coast, we had no idea that there would be so many people that still remembered us and would want to see us so badly, it is an inspiration and we love you. To our new fans, check out our web site http://www.kixband.com and get Rock Your Face Off, you will be just excited to hear it as we were to make it”.

I really enjoyed our brief, but exciting interview with Brian “Damage” Forsythe, Rock Your Face Off is truly a great album, if you have yet to hear “Love Me with Your Top Do”, here’s your chance to let KIX Rock Your Face Off!

Check out KIX on their official website http://www.kixband.com, Follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. KIX will definitely Rock Your Face Off, get ready, they’re coming for you!

Also, Check out the other great artists in the Loud & Proud Arsenal – Visit http://www.loudandproudrecords.com.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

D’ADDARIO EXPANDS ITS NEW LINE OF NYXL ELECTRIC GUITAR STRINGS


Additional Gauge Offerings and a Complete Line of Single Strings Give Guitarists Options to Play Fearlessly

New Set NYXL0838D’Addario is thrilled to announce extensions to its revolutionary line of guitar strings, NYXL. NYXL electric guitar strings deliver a whole new level of freedom, confidence, and power to players, allowing them to play fearlessly.

“D’Addario is once again answering the call of musicians worldwide,” says Brian Vance, Director of Product Management at D’Addario. “Due to overwhelming requests and demand, we are already expanding the NYXL line with the introduction of new gauges and a complete singles line of NYXL plain steel and wound strings.”

In addition to D’Addario’s previously released gauges, 09-42 and 10-46, the company is now offering 08-38, 09-46, 11-49 and 10-52 options. NYXL0838, NYXL0946 and NYXL1149 will retail for $19.95 and NYXL1052 for $20.95.

New Set NYXL1149A full line of singles has also been added to the NYXL line so musicians have the ability to create sets to their own specifications. Available are 50 NYXL wound strings in gauges ranging from .017 to .080 and 22 NYXL high-carbon plain steel strings in gauges ranging from. 007 to .026.

NYXL Single NYNW046D’Addario NYXL electric guitar strings have been re-engineered from the ball end up, and no string has ever offered this level of stability. Stronger than any of its predecessors, torture tests prove that NYXL strings stay in tune up to 131% better so guitarists don’t waste time tuning and can start playing sooner. Starting with the selection of new high-carbon steel alloys, D’Addario engineers have completely re-imagined the wire drawing process and revolutionized the corrosion-resistant tin coating application. The result is something guitarists have never experienced before: unprecedented strength and pitch stability.

NYXL Single NYPL010Still, making the world’s strongest string wasn’t enough for D’Addario. These strings have also been designed to bend farther and sing louder, and the reformulated nickel-plated steel alloy boosts amplitude in the 1 kHz to 3.5 kHz range, modernizing overall tone without ever losing that incredible nickel-plated steel feel that guitarists love. With 6% more magnetic permeability for higher output, NXYL electric guitar strings offer more punch, crunch, and bite.

These new sets and singles will be available July 1st, 2014.

Uncover the full NYXL story at www.nyxlstory.com.
D’Addario & Company is dedicated to inspiring higher levels of creativity and performance for musicians worldwide.

D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


D’ADDARIO EXPANDS ITS NEW FLEXSTEELS BASS STRING LINE AND NYXL ELECTRIC GUITAR STRING LINE

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D’Addario Increases its Singles Offering and Introduces a New, More Corrosion Resistant Singles Packaging

D’Addario is thrilled to announce the extension of two new string lines including the FlexSteels Bass String line and the NYXL Electric Guitar String Line. In addition, always looking for ways to improve the performance of their packaging, D’Addario single guitar strings will be now packaged in sealed Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) bags.

“Premature corrosion can destroy a string’s tonal characteristics,” says Brian Johnson, Product Specialst at D’Addario. “It is our goal to provide guitarists with packaging that offers superior shelf life, ensuring each D’Addario string is as fresh as the day it was made.”

D’Addario guitar singles will now be packaged into sealed bags, with VCI formulated into the recyclable plastic. This packaging is designed to emit rust-inhibiting vapor molecules which protect the strings from oxidation while enclosed in the package.

Due to popular demand, the singles from D’Addario’s FlexSteels bass sets will now be available. Sizes for bass range from .032 - .135, and tapered strings will be available on July 1, 2014 in gauges .085, .095, .100, .105, .125, .130, .135. FlexSteels deliver the unique combination of flexible feel, optimized for slap and fingerstyle playing, coupled with a coveted deep and round tone with just the right amount of punch and bite. A harmonic-rich steel alloy with precisely-formulated core-to-wrap diameters wound to the most precise specifications delivers this singular tone and feel with unsurpassed consistency and extra-long string life. Singles will retail between $7.90 - $17.70.

Already in demand after the April launch of the strongest guitar string on the market, a full line of singles has also been added to the NYXL line, so guitarists have the ability to create sets to their own specifications. Available are 37 NYXL wound strings in gauges ranging from .017 to .080 and 22 NYXL high-carbon plain steel strings in gauges ranging from. 007 to .026.

D’Addario NYXL electric guitar strings have been re-engineered from the ball end up, and no string has ever offered this level of stability. Stronger than any of its predecessors, torture tests prove that NYXL strings stay in tune up to 131% better so guitarists don’t waste time tuning. Starting with the selection of new high-carbon steel alloys, D’Addario engineers completely re-imagined the wire drawing process and revolutionized the corrosion-resistant tin coating application. The result is unprecedented strength and pitch stability. In addition, these strings have been designed to bend farther and sing louder, and the reformulated nickel-plated steel alloy boosts amplitude in the 1 kHz to 3.5 kHz range, modernizing overall tone without ever losing that incredible nickel-plated steel feel that guitarists love. With 6% more magnetic permeability for higher output, NXYL electric guitar strings offer more punch, crunch, and bite.

These new NYXL sets and singles will be available July 1st, 2014.

Learn more about D’Addario FlexSteels at www.daddario.com/flexsteels, and uncover the full NYXL story at www.nyxlstory.com.
D’Addario & Company is dedicated to inspiring higher levels of creativity and performance for musicians worldwide.

 

D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


THE BLACK CROWES’ RICH ROBINSON TRUSTS D’ADDARIO

Releasing a Solo Album in June 2014, Robinson Performs with D’Addario Strings and Planet Waves Cables

Rich-RobinsonD’Addario is proud to welcome Rich Robinson to its esteemed artist roster. Known for his work with The Black Crowes as well as a successful solo career, Robinson prefers D’Addario strings and accessories.

Rich Robinson favors D’Addario’s EXL110 nickel wound electric guitar strings, EJ16 phosphor bronze light acoustic guitar strings, as well as Planet Waves’ American Stage cables and says, “I”ve always appreciated D’Addario and Planet Waves gear.”

“We’re thrilled to bring Rich on as an endorsee,” says Hugh Gilmartin, D’Addario Artist Relations. “From his songwriting, to performing, to guitar playing, we’re always impressed. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the both of us.”

Robinson formed the The Black Crowes with his older brother Chris in the 1980’s, and the band’s 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, sold 7 million copies. Over the next 10 years, Robinson’s songwriting evolved into the musical engine that powered the band to sales of more than 25 million albums. Crowes’ catalog included classics like The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica, By Your Side, and Live at the Greek: Excess All Areas, a double album that captured the teaming of Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes for performances of Led Zeppelin, Crowes and blues and rock standards.

After a hiatus for The Black CrowesRobinson began his solo career in 2004 with the release of his first album, Paper. It would be seven years before his second solo album, Through A Crooked Sun, and an accompanying EP, Llama Blues, were released, as the Crowes began actively recording and touring until their second hiatus in 2010. Crooked Sun was a collection of 12 songs recorded in Woodstock in 2011. The album featured Joe Magistro, Steve Molitz and guest performances by Warren Haynes, Larry Campbell, Karl Berger, John Lindberg, and John Medeski.

A worldwide Black Crowes tour kept Robinson busy in 2013, but he found the time to return to Woodstock to record The Ceaseless Sight. The Ceaseless Sight will be released on June 3rd, 2014 and the Rich Robinson Band will tour through the year in support of its release.

Robinson’s dedication to his craft mirrors that of D’Addario as he continues to inspire performance worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.daddario.com.

D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under seven product divisions: D'Addario Fretted, D'Addario Orchestral, Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


EVANS’ NEW, SUPER-DURABLE DRUMHEAD OFFERINGS

DRIVE THE BUS WITH A LEAD FOOT ON EVANS’ NEW, SUPER-DURABLE DRUMHEAD OFFERINGS

The Most Durable Evans Drumheads yet, EMAD Heavyweight Bass Drum  Head and the Heavyweight Snare Batter Provide Durability without Sacrificing Tone

EMAD Heavyweight DrumheadEvans is proud to launch its most durable film-based drumheads yet, the EMAD Heavyweight bass drum head and the Heavyweight snare batter head. With EMAD Heavyweight’s two plies of 10mil film, a total thickness of 20 mils, drummers don’t have to worry about putting the kick through the head.

The new Heavyweight Snare batter employs two plies of 10mil film plus a 3mil reverse dot, for a total thickness of 23 mils in the playing area. Drummers can perform with as much force as needed without concern.

Heavyweight Snare Batter DrumheadBoth the EMAD Heavyweight bass drum head and Heavyweight snare batter feature the new Level 360 Technology™ which ensures better fit, easier tuning, and a wider tonal range. For the EMAD Heavyweight, Level 360 provides a startling punch of low frequencies. Along with excellent dynamic response and a wide tonal range, these new heads are perfect for the heavy hitter with finesse, providing maximum durability without feeling unplayable.

“Just when you thought you couldn’t get more ‘boom’ from your bass drum, the EMAD Heavyweight delivers,” comments Ben O’Brien Smith, Evans Product Specialist. “At the same time, the Heavyweight snare batter head is durable, focused, and dynamic. Heavyweight durability doesn’t have to mean a heavily weighted feel.”
Available now, EMAD Heavyweight comes in sizes 18-26” and retails between $83.50-$105.25. Offered in sizes 12”, 13”, and 14” the Heavyweight snare batter also retails for $34.25-38.50.

D’Addario is committed to inspiring high levels of creativity for drummers by providing new products like the EMAD Heavyweight and the Heavyweight Snare Batter.

For more information, please visit www.evansdrumheads.com.

D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


NEW SIGNATURE DRUMSTICKS FROM PROMARK

ROCK LIKE THE PROS WITH NEW SIGNATURE DRUMSTICKS FROM PROMARK

Promark Introduces Signature Sticks from Anton Fig, Bob Gatzen, and Will Kennedy

Promark is pleased to offer three new drumstick models designed in tandem with some of the drumming industry’s top players and innovators, Anton Fig, Bob Gatzen, and Will Kennedy.

“Promark is thrilled to work with these top drummers,” says Rob Caniglia, Promark Product Specialist. “We’re always looking for new stick offerings and what better way than to go straight to the players themselves.”

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Promark introduces Anton Fig’s signature drumstick. This drumstick has a short taper making it a forward heavy stick that generates a lot of sound. Made of hickory, it features a large wooden barrel tip. The handle of the stick is treated in Promark’s Pro-Grip solution for better grasp. This model will be released at the 2014 Summer NAMM show, with a July 17th ship date. The Promark Anton Fig Signature Sticks will retail for $17.25.

"The thing about these sticks is that they are so consistent,” says Anton Fig. “You could just take any pair and start playing with them, and they feel great.”

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Also coming soon is the Bob Gatzen Balanced Groove drumstick from Promark. This drumstick has a uniqe design that features a long taper and a notch cut out of the handle. The notch shifts the center of balance of the stick towards the butt end. The stick is made of hickory, and it features a wooden barrel tip. This stick will be released at the 2014 Summer NAMM show with a July 17th ship date and a retail price of $17.25.

“The sticks allow me to be more musical,” says Bob Gatzen. “They vibrate in your hand differently. The groove changes the center of balance and creates a different playing experience.”

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Will Kennedy’s signature Promark drumstick is also launching at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show. This stick has a long taper which excentuates the rebound. It is made of hickory and features a wooden teardrop tip. This model will ship on July 17th and will also retail for $17.25.

"The quality of your sticks can radically effect your sound and feel behind the kit,” says Will Kennedy. “I trust the quality standard of ProMark by D'Addario with my sound and my name!"

D’Addario & Company is dedicated to inspiring higher levels of creativity and performance for drummers worldwide. Learn more at www.promark.com.


D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Redeemer Of Souls" on WVOX

JudasPriestLogoThe Priest!

Host Matthew O'Shaughnessy unleashes The Metal Gods' new opus, "Redeemer Of Souls" in its complete entirety!

This Friday beginning at 7:05pm EST worldwide on WWW.WVOX.com and 1460 AM locally.


bb_cover_artJudas Priest's long-awaited new album from start to finish exclusively on WVOX's Metal Mayhem in New York.

Join Matt and your fellow Judas Priest metallions as he brings you scorching and always innovative new Priest songs.


It's a Priest Feast you will not want to miss!


The Metal Gods on Metal Mayhem!

 

 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pioneering Rocker RIK FOX (W.A.S.P, Steeler, SIN) In Candid Worldwide WVOX Feature Interview This Friday!

 

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The Winged Knight Of Heavy Metal, Polish-American hard rocker Rik Fox will tell his incredible headbanging story worldwide with host Matthew O'Shaughnessy this Friday, July 11th at 9:10pm EST in a comprehensive WVOX Metal Mayhem interview on WWW.WVOX.COM and 1460 AM in New York.

The Amityville, NY born, Greenpoint, Brooklyn raised native and renowned bassist has made an international name for himself since the 1970's and Fox will give O'Shaughnessy the exclusive on his days with W.A.S.P., Steeler, SIN and much more.

"There have been a lot of milestones in my 31 years of doing heavy metal radio...having Rik Fox on this Friday certainly is another one of those rare, groundbreaking moments in time I will not forget and our listeners too!" says host Matt O'Shaughnessy.

In Related News:

Read our Expose Interview with The Winged Knight of Heavy Metal himself - A Hollywood Rock Underground TV Interview with the Iconic Rik Fox, as interviewed by Lisa "Sunshine" Svelnys, our Hollywood Correspondent and hostess of Hollywood Rock Underground TV.

A quote by Rik Fox

“I didn’t look like a regular in L.A., but somehow I still fit in; some people were really intimidated by me, I guess the scent of N.Y. was still fresh on me, and I wore a pair of leather gloves that I had studded like right out of the film ‘Rollerball’ and that freaked some people out.”

Read this and much more, then tune in and hear it yourself on Friday, July 11th at 9:10pm EST at hyyp://www.wvox.com, 1460 AM in New York with host Matthew O'Shaughnessy, N.Y. AM Radios’ Master of Metal!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Smash Fashion: The Boys are Back in Town, and they’ve come to play with the Kitty!

Smash-Fashion-Big-Cat-LoveAlbum Review: Big Cat Love by Smash Fashion

Review by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine

A Swelling Burst of energetic rock in the sound of the 60’s / 70’ Glam Rock / Love Anthem Style, Smash Fashion is not a throwback but a fast forward to the rebirth if high life and power chord rebellion. Big Cat Love is a serenade to the new generation and gives reverence to “long live rock & roll” idealism in a manner that T-Rex and Gary Glitter would salute.

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Los Angeles based rock dandies, Smash Fashion, features an all-star lineup led by the iconic Roger Deering with ex members of London Quireboys (Nigel Mogg) on bass, Finnish glam rock legends, Smack (Repo) on drums and Rock City Angels (Lloyd Stuart Casson), on guitars. The band has been entertaining audiences with their great songs and explosive stage show since 2004. The boys in the band have to history and will teach you to rock.

Smash Fashions newest album Big Cat Love is 12 tracks of the Sensual Zodiac, and every sign is represented. Could Smash Fashion be the next Fab Four of the American invasion? Self-titled “Dandy Rock” they stride the stage of the mind with psychedelic imagery and songs of the Eros, with lighting fast playing skills and a sense of the madcap, their album Big Cat Love is Footloose and Fun, just a bit trippy but seriously well balanced and produced with the staying power of Don Juan…. If you know what I mean (Nudge, Nudge)

 

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Titles like Stay Off My La La, Super Glam and the title track Big Cat Love they are multi-talented as well as multi-faceted. On Big Cat Love there is definitely something for everyone and is a glittery harbinger of good music to come and is long overdue.

1891130_10151940108921375_1134123862_nWith two full length releases under their belt, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Sophisticated Savagery from 2006 and Don’t Pet The Sweaty Things from 2009 and their recent hit single, Blame It On The Brandy have set Smash Fashion for the next decade as trend setters. Electric Pudding Records is their launching and sustaining label, and with Big Cat Love Smash Fashion have cultivated a worldwide following.

Smash Fashion’s broad appeal has seen them opening shows with such legends as Ian Hunter, Arthur Lee and Love, The Zombies, Cheap Trick; 80s rockers such as Psychedelic Furs, The Alarm and Missing Persons; and current rockers like JET, Tsar; pop masters The 88 and UK sensations, Orson. To quote a statement from their web site, “Smash Fashion is that rare breed that can Rock any audience” and I would definitely have to agree!

Check them out at http://smashfashionmusic.com and get their album Big Cat Love, a sure hit for the summer and a gem to behold!

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