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Interview: Future Leaders of the World Discusses Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, & New Album

Future Leaders of the World is an alternative hard rock group that formed in the early 2000’s. The band currently consists of frontman Phil Taylor, guitarist Ian Severson, bassist Jarred Mosely, and drummer Russell Bullock. FLOW will be releasing their upcoming album, Reveal, on March 10th via Pavement Entertainment. You can click here to pre-order the LP. Check out our interview with frontman Phil Taylor below.

FLOW-reveal Cover artwork for upcoming album, ‘Reveal’

You guys will be releasing your next album, Reveal, next month. Can you discuss the events that led to the record and the overall writing process?

Phil: Basically, I started by writing a solo acoustic EP in late 2008 and began recording those songs in Seattle. As things started to progress, it became apparent that these songs were going to be a full-length album with the whole band. The label I was with at the time gave me free reign with as much studio time as I needed. So I recruited Ian [Severson, guitarist] and he started working on some songs with me as we moved the band to New Orleans in 2009 and enlisted our drummer Russell Bullock. We started heavily touring and doing festivals in 2010 and continued recording. After some record label offers fell through, we took a hiatus. But at out of nowhere a member of Hed PE got ahold of our disc and passed it on to Pavement Entertainment and now we’re going to release it.

How would you describe the style and sound of the material on this record in comparison to your 2004 release?

Phil: Because it started it off being an acoustic-driven record, it’s just definitely more of a straight-forward rock record. There’s a little bit of 90’s nostalgia vibe to it and it’s not as experimental and involved in the rap rock sound as some of our previous material.

What lyrical messages our themes in particular were you hoping to convey in these songs?

Phil: The first record was definitely more political and a lot more young angst. For the new record, there is political themes, but it’s more personal and spiritual. I would say it’s overall more direct and clear lyrically.

Stream player for hit single “Live Again,” off upcoming ‘Reveal’ album

There was also an impressive group of people working on the technical aspect of the album including Toby Wright (Korn, Alice in Chains, Metallica), Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damage Plan, Hellyeah), and John LeCompt (Evanescence, We are the Fallen). What was it like working with these big names?

Phil: They’re really good at what they do. I worked with Toby Wright in my other band, Machina. He uses a lot of experimental techniques and props during the recording process. I got to kinda learn from him and apply his knowledge to this album. We’ve been really blessed to have these people help us push this product without having a major label budget.

As of now, are there plans to tour in promotion of the release of Reveal?

Phil: Yeah, we have a gig we’re doing in Japan this week and then we’ll start announcing dates for April to June.

You’ve toured with some huge acts like Scott Weiland, Alter Bridge, Helmet, and more. Can you reflect on sharing the stage with these bands and who you’d ideally like to tour with in the future?

Phil: Like you said, we’ve been around with a lot of big bands because we’ve been around awhile and it has always been awesome with them. But yeah, there’s still a lot of bands I’d like to tour with like System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, HIM, Tool, and/or A Perfect Circle. There’s a lot of good bands that I enjoyed growing up that are coming back strong like Pearl Jam or Linkin Park.

Can you also discuss your other group, Machina, that features members of Evanescence, and if you think there will be more material from the band in the future?

Phil: I’m just focusing on one thing at a time right now. We may or may not re-release the To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden record later down the road with the proper backing. But, Future Leaders of the World is my main focus right now.

Stream player for “Not Forsaken,” closing track off upcoming album

I read that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is a fan of Future Leaders of the World along with Chester Bennington. How did it feel hearing of their statements and what is your relationship with their bands?

Phil: I don’t have a personal connection with either of those guys but those are statements that kinda came to me through word of mouth. I was talking to the guys of Stone Temple Pilots and they said Chester was a fan of our music. It’s definetly cool and I would love to work with those guys in the future. Grunge and alternative metal in the 90’s was a big influence on me. The Ten record was one of my first albums and I listened to it religiously. Linkin Park helped bridge the gap for our modern rock sound. I’ve been a big fan of them since day one.

Besides the album release on March 10th, what else is coming up for the band?

Phil: Like I said before, we have the live show in Japan and we’re working on going to Europe for a tour. There’s a potential reality TV show that we might be in for a handful of episodes. It might be on the History Channel or A&E and it’s based on how the music industry is changing.

What do you see for the far future of your musical career?

Phil: Grammys, plaques, and golden diapers. (laughs) We just want to keep making music and records without having a ten-year gap in between. I see this album reestablishing the band and our fanbase. I think we’ll have our next record out in twelve to sixteen months.

Frances Bean Cobain Remembers Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock on Star Trek, passed away today at the age of 83 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Frances Bean Cobain paid tribute to the late actor on her Twitter account.

Brad Wilk & Johnny Depp Attend Foo Fighters Shows

Foo Fighters have been playing Australia this week, and they had special guests at two of the shows. Johnny Depp took a break from shooting the new Pirates of the Carribean movie to attend Tuesday’s show in Brisbane, while current Smashing Pumpkins touring drummer (and former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave member) Brad Wilk covered Van Halen with Foo Fighters in Sydney.


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Listen To Three Stone Temple Pilots Live Acoustic Tracks

Stone Temple Pilots recently released three videos on the band’s official youtube account. The videos consist of audio from a live acoustic performance set the band did in Arizona with Chester Bennington. While the videos do not specify to a specific city, venue, or date of the performance, it is revealed that the tracks were mixed by Ryan Williams. You can listen to STP perform “Interstate Love Song,” “Pretty Penny,” and “Big Empty” on the video players below.

Interstate Love Song:

Fourth track/third single off 1994’s ‘Purple’

Pretty Penny:

Sixth track off ‘Purple’ album

Big Empty:

Eighth track/first single off ‘Purple’ album

A Beginner’s Guide To Record Labels: Sony Music Entertainment

A Beginner’s Guide to Record Labels is our most recent series feature that will cover the current large record labels in the music industry. A record label can be defined as a business organization that holds most financial responsibilities over a group of artists. The company will also possess production, distribution, marketing, promotion, copyright, and A&R duties. Within this series we will discuss the top three major record label owning companies including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment, as well as other significant independent record labels. Be sure to check out our previous articles on Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.
Sony Music Entertainment is currently one of the largest recording companies along with Warner and Universal Music Group. The company was created in 1929 under the name American Record Corporation. After transitioning to Columbia Recording Corporation and CBS Records, the company finally embellished the name it has today in 1991. Columbia, Epic, and RCA Records are SME’s most well-known labels. You can view Sony Music Entertainment’s three main record label groups below. Note that there may be overlap in the record label’s current artists and releases as a musician may choose to be handled by multiple labels.

Columbia Records

Bio: Columbia Records was created in 1888 and was the first record company to manufacture recorded records instead of blank cylinders. The label is headquartered in New York City and owns many influential recording studios in the US. Executive vice president and general manager Joel Klaiman previously worked in Elektra, Epic, and Universal Republic Records. In 2014, Billboard Magazine named Columbia Records the top overall label of the year.

Notable Releases: Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic (1975), Blue Oyster Cult’s Agent of Fortune (1976), Billy Joel’s The Stranger (1977), Journey’s Escape (1981), Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance (1982), Alice in Chains’ Dirt (1992), Jerry Cantrell’s Boggy Depot (1998), The Offspring’s Americana (1998), Cake’s Comfort Eagle (2001), Kate Bush’s Aerial (2005), AC/DC’s Black Ice (2008), Motion City Soundtrack’s My Dinosaur Life (2010), Foster the People’s Torches (2011), Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks (2013), Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine (2013)

Current Artists: AC/DC, Pink Floyd, System of a Down, Aerosmith, Depeche Mode, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Offspring, Train, Bruce Springsteen, Foster the People, Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Joel, Tenacious D, Walk off the Earth, Kasabian, Jack White, Passion Pit, Neil Diamond, The Temper Trap, The Neighbourhood, The Shins, HAIM, The Civil Wars, Hozier, The Vaccines, Broken Bells, Manic Street Preachers, Sleigh Bells, MS MR, First Aid Kit, How to Destroy Angels, Magic Man

Summary: While the label recently hasn’t released the equal amount of classics as during the 70’s-90’s, this company still remains significant with the addition of many notable and aspiring modern acts

Epic Records

Bio: Epic Records was formed for the use of classical, jazz, and pop output in 1959. With time, the label expanded to all genres to compete with Columbia Records. The company is currently distributing releases from Immortal and Volcano Entertainment, while previously holding distribution responsibilities for 550 Music, Work Group, and Virgin Records.

Notable Releases: The Clash’s Combat Rock (1982), Joe Satriani’s Surfing with the Alien (1987), Pearl Jam’s Ten (1991), Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears (1991), Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled (1992), Suicidal Tendencies’ The Art of Rebellion (1992), Social Distortion’s Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992), Screaming Trees’ Dust (1996), Steve Vai’s Fire Garden (1996), Manic Street Preachers’ This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998), Fuel’s Something Like Human (2000), Tenacious D’s self-titled (2001), Chevelle’s Wonder What’s Next (2001), Modest Mouse’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004), Mudvayne’s Lost and Found (2005)

Current Artists: Ozzy Osbourne, The Fray, Judas Priest, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, The Airbourne Toxic Event, KONGOS, The Last Internationale

Summary: Claiming their past catalog to be immensely versatile and game-changing would be the understatement of the century. Hopefully this label continues their legacy before their roster dwindles to artists past their prime

RCA Records

Bio: RCA Records was founded in 1929 by Emilie Berliner and Eldridge R. Johnson. The rock, pop, and hip-hop label is associated with Victor and Red Seal, who handle blues and classical music releases respectively. Chairman and CEO Peter Edge had previously handled J, Arista, and Jive Records.

Notable Releases: Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow (1967), David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Hum’s You’d Prefer an Astronaut (1995), Dave Matthews Band’s Crash (1996)Lit’s A Place in the Sun (1999), Velvet Revolver’s Contraband (2004), Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor (2005), Daughtry’s self-titled (2006), Kings of Leon’s Only by the Night (2008), Say Anything’s self-titled (2009), New Politics’ A Bad Girl in Harlem (2013), Cage the Elephant’s Melophobia (2013), Bring Me the Horizon’s Sempiternal (2013), Sleeper Agent’s About Last Night (2014), Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun (2014)

Current Artists: Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Bullet for my Valentine, Three Days Grace, Carlos Santana, Daughtry, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Eat World, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cage the Elephant, Buddy Guy, Magic!, Kodaline, Walk the Moon, Everything Everything, Funeral Party, Smallpools, Bleachers, Sleeper Agent, Inward Eye

Summary: Their continual output of meaningful albums since the late 60’s proves this company’s significance among the other SME labels regardless of charting success


Drummer David Silveria Attempts To Sue Korn

David Silveria was the drummer for nu metal group Korn from 1993-2006. He was included in the albums Korn, Life Is Peachy, Follow the Leader, Issues, Untouchables, Take a Look in the Mirror, and See You On the Other Side. After the band’s seventh studio album, Silveria left while being replaced by Ray Luzier. Silveria is currently in the alternative rock group Infinika. You can check out our interview with Infinika’s Riz Story and David Silveria by clicking here.

According to TMZ (yes, we know, not the most credible source), “legal documents” state that ex-Korn drummer is attempting to sue Korn. These documents also show that Silveria claim his leave in 2006 was only a hiatus rather than a permanent quit. They also explain that he never gave up his ownership interest in Korn and still deserves a share of the profits. As of now, there has been no public statement by Korn or Silveria regarding these supposed “legal documents,” but the claims do seem likely considering the past negative comments Silveria has had towards the band. Stay tuned for more info regarding the case.


Watch Apocalyptica’s Music Video For “Cold Blood”

Apocalyptica will be releasing their eighth album, Shadowmaker, on April 21st via Eleven Seven Music. The record will feature Scars on Broadway guitarist Franky Perez as the main vocalist and producer Nick Raskulinecz. The cello-based metal group have just revealed the music video for second track off the LP. You can watch the video for “Cold Blood” below. Apocalyptica will also be touring in the U.S. with Sixx: A.M. this spring. All upcoming tour dates can be found under the tracklisting below.

Shadowmaker tracklisting:
1. I-III-V-Seed of Chaos
2. Cold Blood
3. Shadowmaker
4. Slowburn
5. Reign of Fear (bonus track)
6. Hole in My Soul
7. House of Chains
8. Riot Lights
9. Come Back Down (bonus track)
10. Sea Song (You Waded Out)
11. Till Death Do Us Part
12. Dead Man’s Eyes

Apocalyptica tour dates:
2/21 – Melbourne, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2/22 – Adelaide, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2/25 – Sydney, Australia – The Enmore
2/27 – Brisbane, Australia – Tivoli
2/28 – Brisbane, Australia – Soundwave Festival
3/1 – Sydney, Australia – Soundwave Festival
3/14 – Mexico City, Mexico – Vive Latino 2015
4/8 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
4/9 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
4/10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
4/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
4/13 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
4/14 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater
4/16 – Houston, TX – The Ballroom
4/17 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
4/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
4/20 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
4/21 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/23 – Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/24 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
4/25 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
4/26 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
4/27 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
4/29 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore Silver Spring
5/15-5/17 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
5/22 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
6/7 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
6/24-6/27 – Seinajoki, Greece – Provinissi Festival
7/31-8/1 – Sibiu, Romania – Artmania Festival
10/1 – Hannover, Germany – Capitol
10/2 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
10/3 – Bielefeld, Germany – Ringlokschuppen Bielefeld
10/4 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
10/5 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
10/7 – Warsaw, Poland – Torwar
10/8 – Krakow, Poland – Teatr Laznia Nowa
10/9 – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
10/10 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
10/11 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Music Club
10/12 – Vienna, Austria – Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B
10/20 – Stuggart, Germany – FILharmonie
10/21 – Cologne, Germany – Ewerk
10/22 – Groningen, Netherlands – De Oosterpoort
10/23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
10/24 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10/25 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
10/27 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
10/28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457
10/29 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
10/31 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo
11/1 – Pamplona, Spain – Zentral Kafe Teatro
11/2 – Porto, Portugal – Coliseu do Porto
11/3 – Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseu dos Recreios
11/4 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
11/6 – Paris, France – Zenith

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Three Days Grace Announce ‘Human’ Album

Three Days Grace has just announced more details to their upcoming fifth album, Human, which will be released on March 31st via RCA Records. The release will mark the alternative metal’s first record with new vocalist Matt Walst. You can click here to preorder the LP on iTunes. Check out the artwork, tracklisting, deluxe edition bonus tracks, and world tour dates below.

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Human tracklisting
1. Human Race
2. Painkiller
3. Fallen Angel
4. Landmine
5. Tell Me Why
6. I Am Machine
7. So What
8. Car Crash
9. Nothing’s Fair in Love and War
10. One Too Many
11. The End Is Not the Answer
12. The Real You
13. Every Other Weekend (deluxe edition)
14. Painkiller (live) (deluxe edition)
15. Let Me Down (live) (deluxe edition)
16. Human Race (Atmosphere Version) (deluxe edition)

Three Days Grace tour dates:
3/21-3/22 — Buenos Aires, Argentina — Lollapalooza
3/27-3/28 — Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lollapalooza
4/9 — Riverside, CA — Riverside Municipal Stadium
4/10 — San Diego, CA. — House of Blues
4/11 — Mesa, AZ — UFest at Quail Run Park
4/13 — Reno, NV — Knitting Factory
4/14 — San Francisco, CA — Fillmore
4/16 — Fresno, CA — Blazefest
4/17 — Las Vegas, NV — The Joint / Hard Rock Las Vegas
4/18 — Tucson, AZ — KFMA Day / Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
4/22 — San Antonio, TX — Caliente / Siesta Lot
4/23 — Dallas, TX — Bomb Factory
5/9 — Somerset, WI — Northern Invasion / Somerset Amphitheatre
5/10 — Madison, WI — Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
6/4 — Vienna, Austria — Rock in Vienna
6/5 — Hradec Kalove, Czech Republic — Rock for People
6/6 — Mendig, Germany — Rock Am Ring
6/7 — Nuremburg, Germany — Rock Im Park
6/12 — Warsaw, Poland — Orange Warsaw Festival
6/20 — Burlington, IA — Burlington Steamboat Days

Maynard James Keenan ‘Anxious’ To Finish New Tool Album

Maynard James Keenan discussed Tool’s new album in a new Instagram post:

“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Below is a new photo of Tool that Keenan shared.


Kanye West Issues Apology To Beck

Almost a month after Kayne West stormed the Grammy stage and blasted Beck, West took to Twitter to issue an apology:

West originally went on E! after Beck’s Grammy win to publicly blast the 2015 Album of the Year award winner

“The Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. ‘Flawless,’ Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it. Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.”

West continued:

“We as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they [the show’s producers] do this whole promotional event, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on the stage.”

In related Kayne/Beck drama news, In a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: February 2015 (#2)

Welcome to the 33rd version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Acid Baby Jesus, Concreatures, Happyness, and Silent Radio. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!


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Hailing from Australia, Carthasy is an alternative prog metal group that borders the melodies of conventional rock with experimental time signatures and soundscapes. The Gyre, their debut LP, boasts explosive dynamics and captivating riffs captured by producer Matthew Templeman (Statues) and mixer Aaron Harris (Isis). Watch the video for “Roche” below:


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Formed in 2010, Anakin’s formula is simply genius. Take the synth-y atmospheres of space rock, mix them with pop-punk hooks, add a touch of 90’s alternative to get an overall alluring and unique set of tracks. The SoCal quartet released Celestial Frequency Shifter this month via No Sleep Records. Check out tracks “Satellite” and “Send/Recieve” below:

December in Red

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With influences of early Incubus and Deftones, December in Red appeals to fans of hard, alternative, and mainstream rock as well as those with guilty pleasures of nu-metal. The Seattle-based group will be releasing The Way Out on March 10th via CaviGold Records, which smoothly showcases both soft, atmospheric and moshing metalcore aspects. Watch the video for “Send Me a Postcard” below:

Death By Toaster

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Death by Toaster are a straight-forward punk rock band based on pure engaging harmonies and tunes. The trio have released That’s Life and One Is Two, which are a part of a four EP series. Check out tracks “Eat Your Money” and “That’s Life” below:

Beale Street Music Festival Lineup: Pixies, Slash, Cage the Elephant, & More

Beale Street Music Festival has just announced their lineup. The festival will occur will occur from May 1st-3rd in Memphis, TN. Some notable alternative rock artists featured include The Flaming Lips, Pixies, Breaking Benjamin, Awolnation, Slash, Cage the Elephant, St. Vincent, Scott Weiland, and more. You can click here for ticketing info and more info on the event.

Lineup: Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Paramore, Hozier, John Fogerty, Five Finger Death Punch, Wilco, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Cage the Elephant, Ryan Adamsn, Rise Against, Band of Horses, St. Vincent, Slash, Awolnation, Breaking Benjamin, Bleachers, Wale, Flogging Molly, Lindsey Sterling, G-Eazy, Jenny Lewis, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Kaiser Chiefs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Of Mice & Men, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Lecrae, Spin Doctors, Myslovitz, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, In This Moments, Shovels and Rope, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Soul Asylum, and more


Billy Corgan On Kanye West: ‘If Somebody Got Up On My Stage, I Would Knock Them Out’

Note from Brett: I was lazy and re-used a Chris Cornell vs. Billy Corgan picture for this article and put Kanye over Cornell.

In a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

Soundgarden Discuss Initially Resisting Led Zeppelin Comparisons

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discussed

“Now the Soundgarden story gets strange. When we first got together, we were listening to a lot of post-punk and progressive hardcore, stuff like Bauhaus and Black Flag, after practice. Yet our friends are pointing out how our music has elements that remind them of Sabbath, Zeppelin and the Doors, and we started getting that a lot: ‘Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin,’ and we were like, OK, let’s check some of this out. We were all very acquainted with it individually, but collectively we weren’t sitting around the table listening them. So initially we would deny that influence.

Eventually, after practice we’d be like, ‘Let’s check out Led Zeppelin IV. Let’s listen to Houses of the Holy.’ Like, ‘Yeah, I guess I can kind of see that a little bit.’ It became very important to us, because of the comparison, so we would listen to it and start referencing it. Ultimately, we started to re-embrace the Zeppelin, Beatles, Sabbath and Pink Floyd.”

Billy Corgan Asks For Respect In A Sea Of Faceless Poseurs

In a new VH1 interview called Playback: The Musical Evolution of Billy Corgan the ever outspoken self-proclaimed “founder and destroyer of Smashing Pumpkins” says “All I’ve ever asked is to be respected as an individual in a world of faceless poseurs.” He goes on to make an analogy that “Kurt Cobain was the kid you went to high school with and I was the guy in your class that you probably didn’t like because I was too smart or something.”

Corgan discussed the state of rock music, “Most people I think for them music has been degraded in the culture and is no longer valuable. In fact it’s sort of a digital wallpaper that coexists with their other digital memories and experiences.” Corgan also says “the album is a dying form” and complains “Why are cat views playing pianos getting more views than the next band coming up?”

The Smashing Pumpkins core band is now just Corgan and guitarist of seven years Jeff Schroeder. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee provided studio drumming on the band’s 2014 Monuments to an Elegy album with Corgan singing and playing guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Schroeder on guitar. The Smashing Pumpkins touring rhythm section for December 2014 consisted of The Killers’ bassist Mark Stroemer and former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.

The same touring lineup is now in rehearsals for The Smashing Pumpkins South American Lollapalooza dates:

March 14-15 in Santiago, Chile.

March 21-22 in San Isidro, Argentina.

March 28-29 in São Paulo, Brazil.


Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Wanted By Police

PearlJamOnline is reporting that former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted by Denton County Police. The warrant is listed as going into effect on September 26, 2014 and involves possession of controlled substances.

According to Texas state law, the ‘POSS CS PG 3<28G' charge is 'Possession of a controlled substance from penalty group 3 in an amount under 28 grams.' It is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishment range of up a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine. The second charge is 'POSS CS PG 3<28G,' a 1st Degree Felony in Texas. The punishment range is 5 years - 99 years, or life in prison. The charge is a 'Manufacture Or Delivery of Substance' charge. davewarrant

Rare Footage of Early Hair Metal Incarnation of Alice In Chains

Alice in Chains, or Alice N’ Chainz as they were known as in 1986, grew its roots in the helm of the infamous and contagious hair metal that grew rampant in the second half of the 1980’s. Bass guitarist  during that time  (though later served as guitarist in the band), Johnny Bacolas, unleashed a clip of footage from their May 1986 show at Kane Hall in Seattle (UPDATE: Alice N’ Chainz  producer Tim Branom has clarified to AlternativeNation.net that the show took place on May 16, 1987). You can watch it below:

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To be fair, Alice in Chains weren’t the first later successful and later awesome band to come from such shabby beginnings. People often forget that Pantera was once a glam metal group and recorded and released three albums with singer “Terry Glaze”, included Metal Magic, Projects in the Jungle and I Am the Night. This changed when Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, around the same time the classic line-up of Alice in Chains formed with Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Starr and Sean Kinney.

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Review: Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’

Steven Wilson is best known for fronting the alternative progressive rock group, Porcupine Tree. In 2008, Wilson debuted his first solo album, Insurgentes, followed by two more LPs featuring the likes of Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, Theo Travis, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan, Adam Holzman, Marco Minnemann, and many more virtuous and prolific musicians. The English songwriter will be releasing his fourth record, Hand. Cannot. Erase., on February 25th (Japan), February 27th (Germany/Switzerland), March 2nd (UK), and March 3rd (North America) via Kscope. The concept album revolves around Joyce Vincent, a 38 year-old girl who died alone in 2003 and remained undiscovered for over two years. You can view Alternative Nation’s review below.

Layers of electronic ethereality stack themselves upon a rainy day-esque piano piece as opener “First Regret” transitions into the multiple personalities of “3 Years Older,” which juxtaposes the lulling qualities of synth and acoustic guitar with progressively tense percussion and bass before harmonic vocals are smoothly cued in. For the title track, Wilson follows a more whimsical melody pieced together by the continuous flow of lively strings and keys. Similar to the previous composition, “Perfect Life” takes on a more pop-oriented chorus while still possessing an industrial edge. “Routine” serves as a divine centerpiece of the album and debuts vocalist Ninet Tayeb.

Ones who favor the heavier side of the spectrum in Steven’s discography will be put to ease as the palm-muted intro of “Home Invasion” clashes upon the waves of Minnemann’s sporadic drumming patterns. “Regret #9” excels with the charismatic use of a wobbly lead synth and a guitar solo that would bring a tear to David Gilmour’s eye. The aura returns to the vocals for “Transience,” which borders on an In Absentia styled verse.  Clocking in at thirteen and a half minutes, “Ancestral” holds a commendable, evolving and alluring soundscape for the listener. “Happy Returns” exercises a stripped-down anthemic composition as “Ascendent Here On…” closes with pure ambience.

As Wilson’s past production works prevail, the mix throughout this album also proves itself balanced among the rest of his catalog with each sound created by the array of instruments conveying a crystal clear quality and not only possessing a significant role but also complimenting the vocal aspects in wondrous ways. As many have previously stated, there is an abundance of “pop-driven” pieces in this LP, but as a cohesive whole, the eleven tracks serve as a diverse buffet of Steven’s past and present progressive endeavors. With a few stylistic surprises strategically placed here and there, Hand. Cannot. Erase., is a more than pleasant addition to Steven Wilson’s solo world.

Overall score: 9 out of 10

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