Vintage Vinyl Records Hosts Jon Zazula for Heavy Tales Book Signing and Q&A

Book Pre-Orders available in Person and via Vintage Vinyl Website

Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, will celebrate the release of his new book, Heavy Tales. The Metal. The Music. The Madness.with an in-store signing atVintage Vinyl Records in Fords, NJ, on Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

This event will also feature a Q&A session with Jon Zazula. This will be Zazula’s only New Jersey signing.

Rob Roth, Owner, Vintage Vinyl Records says, “Jon Zazula is a New Jersey legend who changed the course of musical history.”   

Says Zazula, who also notes the irony of appearing at Vintage Vinyl, a longtime destination for metal fans throughout the Tri-State area and an early competitor of Zazula’s own Rock N’ Roll Heaven stores in East Brunswick and Clark, NJ, “Ever since the early days of Rock N’ Roll Heaven, I was competing with Vintage Vinyl to be the coolest record store in New Jersey. Now, 38 years later, I am appearing at Vintage Vinyl and everything is coming full circle. I’m so jazzed and I can’t wait to be back in New Jersey with my friends again. This should be loads of fun.”

Heavy Tales is the detailed, never-before-told story of how Jonny Z founded legendary New Jersey-based label Megaforce Records with his wife, Marsha, and built a dynasty unmatched by others – forever changing the scope of heavy metal.  In the winter of 1982, Jonny Z received an unexpected demo tape from underground, unsigned band Metallica. Eager and determined to have the music heard by the entire world, Jonny and Marsha founded Megaforce Records in 1983, and soon after, released Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All. Current Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett even made his debut with the band at a show in Dover, NJ. Through the release of Kill ‘Em AllMegaforce cemented its position as the de-facto music label in America for heavy metal – but that’s just the start. The bands they would go on to work with released some of the most prolific and important albums in heavy metal history, giving it its Golden Era. Heavy Talesdetails the stories of how visionary Jonny Z worked miracles by releasing the first records by Metallica and also by managing and launching the careers of metal and rock giants AnthraxTestamentMercyful FateRavenOverkillExciterStormtroopers of DeathMethod of DestructionAce FrehleyKing’s XMinistryMindfunkNudeswirlWarren HaynesDisco Biscuits and others, and how one night in 1984, he embarrassingly created the persona of rap metal guru The Lone Rager and penned a classic rap metal mashup. 

Pre-orders for the book are available now, in-person at the Fords, NJ, store or online Event wristbands are included with the pre-orders. The Q&A is open to the public but a wristband guarantees the book signing. Vintage Vinyl Records is located at 51 Lafayette Road, Fords, NJ 08863. 

Heavy Tales is set for an official release on Tuesday, October 29. 

For more information on Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived by Jon Zazula, please visit and, and stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Photo: Gary Schwartz

About Jon Zazula:

Jon Zazula, is the visionary known the world over as Jonny Z, has lived an intense life. Born in 1952, he began his extraordinary journey as a renegade youth who went from living on the streets of the Bronx in New York City, to later working on Wall Street, and eventually (and unexpectedly) transitioning into the music business and discovering metal music’s royalty, including MetallicaAnthraxTestamentOverkillExciterStormtroopers of DeathMethod of DestructionAce Frehley (solo career), King’s XMinistryMindfunkNudeswirlWarren HaynesDisco Biscuits andmany others.

From humble beginnings with a record shop called Rock N’ Roll Heaven in Clark and then East Brunswick, NJ, Zazula went on to establish the iconic Megaforce Records and Crazed Management in 1981. The offices were originally based out of the Zazulas’ home at 60 York Street in Old Bridge, NJ, before moving to suburban East Brunswick, Manalapan and eventually Morganville, NJ.

ICYMI: Pagan Metal Outfit ARKONA On The Road In North America – Coming To Your City!

Russian Pagan Metal outfit ARKONA have returned to North America! The group kicked off the second incarnation of their “Pagan Rebellion” tour in the US and Canada this week.Arkona is back on the road on the strength of their 2018 full length, Khram. Joining them on this tour is Estonian heavy metal veterans Metsatöll. The “Pagan Rebellion” is coming to your city! See below for details and a complete list of remaining dates on the tour.

If you would like arrange any coverage for these upcoming shows (reviews, interviews, etc), please reach out directly to David McDonald (

ARKONA – V pogonie za beloj ten’yu (Official Video)

ARKONA – “Pagan Rebellion” North America Tour
wsg. Metsatöll (No Wind Rose)

8/28 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
8/29 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
8/30 – Providence, RI @ Alchemy
8/31 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
9/1 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
9/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
9/4 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
9/5 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
9/6 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
9/7 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live!
9/10 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9/11 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky-A-Go-Go
9/12 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
9/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
9/14 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
9/15 – Seattle, WA @ Club Sur
9/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
9/18 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
9/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
9/21 – Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
9/22 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/23 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies

ARKONA Online:
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David McDonald PR
Freeman Promotions

Blacklist Regulars Premiere “Falling From The Sun”

International rock band Blacklist Regulars premiere their latest music video, “Falling From The Sun.”

Vocalist Luke Keating says,”‘Falling From the Sun’ tells the story of second chances, being free of the things that hold us back and the resilience of the human spirit. We are very excited to finally share this with our fans.” From the rocking hooks and dynamic visuals, “Falling From The Sun” is an up and coming rock anthem you don’t want to miss.


“Falling From The Sun” is a part of Blacklist Regulars’ debut album Through The Blast. The new release is available on all digital streaming platforms, including iTunesSpotify, and Amazon, via Pavement Entertainment.

Blacklist Regulars currently reside in Chicago. They came together due to a lack of music opportunities and corrupt political climates in their home countries. Keating comes from Ireland, and his vocals have been compared to the sound of Alice in Chains. Rounding out the band, with screaming guitars and tight rhythms, are Venezuelan natives Arturo Banus, Tomas Zabala, and Alejandro Zabala.

To follow Blacklist Regulars’ journey, like them on Facebook.


Catch Blacklist Regulars on their tour of the US this fall. Tickets are available now. For more information, visit:

10/16 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/18 – Ringle WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
10/19 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Eatery
10/20 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
10/22 – Highland, IN @ The Silver Buckle Saloon
10/23 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/24 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall1
0/27 – New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck Brewpub
10/28 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall
10/30 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
10/31 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live
11/1 – Akron, OH @ The Empire Concert Club & Bar
11/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
11/3 – Lynchburg, VA @ The Glass House
11/5 – Greenville, SC @ The Firament
11/7 – Lombard, IL @ Brauer House
11/9 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
11/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel Music Hall
11/12 – Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon
11/13 – Lincoln, NE @ The Royal Grove
11/14 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
11/19 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/26 – Enid, OK @ 1927 Events and Venue
11/27 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
11/29 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Vocals – Luke Keating
Drums – Tomás Zabala
Guitar – Arturo Banus
Bass – Alejandro Zabala


For general inquiries, please contact, 224-585-8021. For press inquiries, please contact

David McDonald PR – Weekly Tour Roundup 8/22: GWAR, Alien Weaponry, Hammerfall, BRKN Love & More!

Featured This Week: GWARAlien WeaponryBRKN LoveHammerfall, Warbringer, Kobra and the Lotus

Coming Next Week: Nonpoint, Toothgrinder, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, God Is An Astronaut & More

GWAR – “I’ll Be Your Monster” (Official Video)

The Scumdogs of the Universe have returned to North America! The horrific metal titans GWAR are back to wreak havoc once more. Also, they have a new card gamecoming out? The band kicks off a headlining tour alongside Sacred Reich & Toxic Holocaust on Sept. 12th in Norfolk, VA and ending on November 5th in Indianapolis, IN. Any press interested in arranging coverage for these upcoming dates or scheduling an interview can reach out to David McDonaldand/or Jon Freeman. A complete list of dates can be found below.

GWAR – North American Headlinerwsg. Sacred Reich & Toxic Holocaust

9/12: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
9/13: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
9/14: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest*
9/15: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/16: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
9/18: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
9/19: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/20: Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
9/21: Jacksonville, NC @ The Tarheel
9/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/23: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
9/24: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
9/25: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
9/27: Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life*
9/28: Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
9/29: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
9/30: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/2: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/5: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall10/6: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/8: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/9: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s10/10: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/11: Minneapolis. MN @ Skyway Theatre
10/12: Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
10/13: Denver, CO @ Summit
10/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/16: Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
10/17: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/18: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/19: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/20: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/21: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/23: Fresno, CA @ Tioga-Sequoia Brewery
10/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
10/25: Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp
10/26: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
10/27: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/28: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/30: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/31: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/1: Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
11/2: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/3: New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
*Festival Performance

New Zealand-based metal outfit ALIEN WEAPONRY are returning to North America as they continue to work on the follow up to their 2018 debut LP, . The band will join legendary metal bands Black Label Society and The Black Dahlia Murder starting on Sept. 11th in Ventura, CA and concluding October 12th in Manchester, TN at Exit 111 Festival. Immediately following, the band will play a handful of headline shows from Oct. 13-26th. Taking time off from the band to complete his schooling, AW bassist Ethan Trembath will be replaced by Bobby Oblak on these dates. Please reach out to David McDonald and/or Jon Freeman if you would like to cover the band on any of these dates.

ALIEN WEAPONRY North American Dates

Supporting Black Label Society & The Black Dahlia Murder:
9/11: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
9/13: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
9/15: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
9/16: Billings, MT @ Pub Station
9/18: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
9/20: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/21: Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
9/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/23: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
9/25: Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Town Center
9/27: Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino
9/28: Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
9/30: Kitchener, ON @ Elements
10/1: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/2: Pikeville, KY @ Appalachian Wireless Arena
10/4: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/5: Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
10/8: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/10: Destin, FL @ Club LA
10/12: Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 Festival*

Headline Dates:
10/13: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/16: Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
10/20: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/21: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorn Theatre
10/24: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
10/26: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

*Festival Performance

Swedish Heavy Metal vets HAMMERFALL are back with their new studio LP, Dominion, which dropped last Friday (Aug. 16) on Napalm Records. In support of the release the band is making their return stateside. After a brief stint of headliners on the East and West Coast, the band will join fellow swedes Sabaton for a month long run starting on Oct. 4th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrapping up on Nov. 5th in Charleston, SC. All dates can be found below and the band is available for interviews.

HAMMERFALL – North American Dates

Headline Shows
9/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
9/8: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaarw/ Sabaton
10/4: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/5: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
10/6: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
10/7: New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall*
10/8: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/9: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s*
10/10: Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren1
0/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/12: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
10/13: Reno, NV @ Virginia Street*
10/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
10/18: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
10/19: Calgary, AB @ The Palace
10/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/23: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
10/24: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room*
10/25: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
10/26: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/27: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/29: Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
10/30: Montreal, QC @ MTelus10/31: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks*
11/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/2: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
11/3: Silver Spring, MD @ The Filmore
11/4: Charlotte, NC @ The Underground*
11/5: Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
*Hammerfall Headliner

Fresh off a run supporting Dinosaur Pile Up, Alt-Rock outfit BRKN LOVE are hitting the road in the US once again. The band will join Pop Evil for a three week trek starting Sept. 8th in Omaha, NE. The band’s single “Shot Down” is currently charting at Active Rock (#26) and they will wrap up their Fall tour on Oct. 13th at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. For any show coverage or scheduling interviews, please reach out toDavid McDonald and/or Jon Freeman.

BRKN Love – North American Tour Supporting Pop Evil

9/8: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
9/10: Jefferson, LA @ Southport Hall
9/14: Columbus, OH @ Express Live#
9/15: Watertown, NY @ Exhibition Hall
9/17: Huntington, WV @ V Club
9/18: Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
9/20: Minot, ND @ The Original Bar and Nightclub
9/21: Fargo, ND @ THe Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
9/22: La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater
9/24: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
9/25: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
9/27: Dubuque, IA @ Q Casino
10/13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*

* – Festival Performance
# – w/ Highly Suspect, Red Sun Rising (No Pop Evil)

Also on tour: WARBRINGER (Metal) & KOBRA AND THE LOTUS (Hard Rock) Pop Evil


9/5 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
9/6 West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
9/7 Santa Ana, CA @ Malones
9/8 Fresno, CA @ Strummer
9/9 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
9/10 Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
9/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthrone
9/12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/13 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
9/14 Edmonton, AL @ The Starlite Room
9/15 Calgary, AL @ Dickens
9/16 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/17 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
9/18 Minneapolis, MN @Lee’s Liqour Lounge
9/19 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
9/20 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/21 Racine, WI @ Rt. 20
9/22 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/23 Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
9/24 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
9/25 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
9/26 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
9/27 Trois-Rivieres, QB @ Rock Cafe Le-Stage
9/28 Sherbrooke, QB @ Baar Le Magog
9/29 Quebec City QB @ L’Anti
9/30 Montreal, TB @ Four Founes
10/1 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
10/2 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
10/3 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
10/5 Elmhurst, NY @ Blackthorn 51
10/6 Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
10/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
10/8 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
10/9 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle
10/10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/11 Durham, NC @ Motorco
10/12 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/13 Margate, FL @ O’Malleys
10/14 Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
10/15 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
10/16 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/17 San Antonio, TX Rock Box
10/18 Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
10/19 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/20 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
10/21 Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
10/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
10/23 Albuquerque, NM @Launch Pad
10/24 Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
10/26 Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar and Billiards
10/27 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/28 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red


8/29: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
8/31: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
9/2: Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
9/3: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
9/4: Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy
9/6: Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater
9/9: Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall
9/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
9/11: Portland, ME @ Aura
9/13: Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note
9/14: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
9/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
9/18: Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park & Eatery
9/19: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
9/20: Lombard, IL @ Brauer House
9/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
9/25: New York, NY @ Sony Hall
9/26: Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live
9/27: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
9/28: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grill
10/1: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/3: Wichita, KS @ Wave – Indoor Stage
10/5: Golden, CO @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/10: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
10/17: Roswell, NM @ The Liberty
10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/19: Waco, TX @ The Backyard
10/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/23: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
10/24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
10/25: Lafayette, LA @ The District
10/26: Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
10/31: Savannah, GA @ Victory North
11/1: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch

For any inquiries, please contact:
David McDonald

Ra Sign Management Deal with FM Music Management; Announce Performance on ShipRocked 2020

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Ra have entered into a management deal with FM Music Management. They have joined FM Music Management’s impressive roster which includes Nonpoint, Through Fire, SHIM, Kataklysm, MEYTAL, Royal Bliss, The Black Moods, Keith Wallen, Spoken and more. In addition, the band will be performing onShipRocked 2020, February 1-6 from New Orleans to Key West & Cozumel! Cabins are sold out, but you can join the waiting list! Check out for all the details!

“For myself and the band we are super excited not only to make our debut appearance on Shiprocked but super exciting to use it as our launch pad for the new recordIntercorrupted for 2020! It will be our first show in 5 years and are looking forward to getting fired up again with all the other amazing bands!!” says Sahaj Ticotin.

P.J. Farley adds, “I am super excited the RA beast is woken and we are taking our Maiden Voyage on Shiprocked 20/20!!! Ready to dig in and ROCK!!”
“We are excited to be working with such a great band with such an impressive history of great music and look forward to a bright new chapter of continued success for them” continues Frank Mastalerz of FM Music Management.

Musically adept, relentlessly inventive, and fiercely independent, tenacious, shape – shifting hard rockers RA formed in the late 1990’s. The band’s 2000 debut EP, One, landed them a deal with Univerasal, resulting in 2002’s well-received, hard-hittingFrom One, which featured the singles “Do You Call My Name”, which was a Top 10 song and “Rectifier.” 2005’s Duality introduced a more streamlined and melodic sound, an esthetic that the band continued to mine on subsequent long-players like Black Sun (2008), Black Sheep (2009), and Critical Mass (2013), all three of which were issued on Ticotin’s own Sahaj Music Records.

The band is now set to create a new chapter in its long history and continue on with the brand and sound that makes up all that is RA. New music brings new life, but all in the fashion you’ve come to know and expect as only RA can do.

Ra is:
Sahaj Ticotin – Guitar and Vocals
Ben Carroll – Guitar
PJ Farley – Bass
Skoota Warner – Drum

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Under the Radar News – Peter Murphy Had a Heart Attack, Sleater-Kinney, Iggy Pop, Vivian Girls, Chelsea Wolfe, San Fermin, Brittany Howard, Bon Iver


Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus) Has Had a Heart Attack

Aug 14, 2019 08:06 pm | By Mark Redfern

Peter Murphy (formerly of goth/post-punk legends Bauhaus) had a heart attack Tuesday night in New York City, his publicist has revealed in a press release. The 62-year-old is currently in the hospital recovering.


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Aug 14, 2019 09:00 am
By Jim Scotts

There’s some music that when you hear it for the first time, it feels like it’s always been around, just waiting to be plucked out of the ether. Other albums are so revolutionary that when you first hear them, they sparkle with newness, and your ears are constantly perked up by a new sound or lyric or subtle touch, this uniqueness melts into warmth over time, a familiarity (Radiohead is the best and most successful example of this).


Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes Shares New Solo Song “He Loves Me” and Live Video
By Christopher Roberts

Brittany Howard, singer for Alabama Shakes, is releasing her debut solo album, Jamie, on September 20 via ATO. Previously she shared its first two singles, “History Repeats” and “Stay High.” Now she has shared another song from the album, “He Loves Me.”


Hiss Golden Messenger (the band led by M.C. Taylor) is releasing a new album, Terms of Surrender, on September 20 via Merge. Now he has shared another song from it, “Happy Birthday, Baby.” The song was written for his daughter’s fifth birthday. Listen below (via Rolling Stone), followed by Hiss Golden Messenger’s upcoming tour dates.

San Fermin Announce New Album, Share New Song “The Living”
By Christopher Roberts

San Fermin, the orchestral rock band led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, have announced a new album, The Cormorant I, and shared a new song from it, “The Living.” 

Sleater-Kinney Share Video of Them Performing New Song “Broken” Live
By Mark Redfern

Sleater-Kinney are releasing a new album, The Center Won’t Hold, this Friday via Mom + Pop. Now they have shared a video for them performing the album’s closing track “Broken” live, with just Carrie Brownstein on keyboards and Corin Tucker standing next to her singing.

Iggy Pop Shares Video for “James Bond” (Feat. Faith Vern of PINS)
By Mark Redfern

Iggy Pop is releasing a new album, Free, on September 6 via Loma Vista. Previously he shared the album’s second single, “James Bond,” which was one of our Songs of the Week. Now the song has a video that also features Faith Vern of the British band PINS.

Vivian Girls Run Around Los Angeles in the Video for New Song “Something to Do”
By Mark Redfern

Vivian Girls broke-up in 2014, but now they have reunited and are releasing their first new album in eight years, Memory, on September 20 via Polyvinyl. Now they have shared another song from it, the refreshing shoegaze blast “Something to Do,” via a video for the track that features the band members frantically running around Los Angeles looking for each other.

(Sandy) Alex G Shares Second New Song of the Week: “Near”
By Mark Redfern

(Sandy) Alex G (aka Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Alex Giannascoli) is releasing a new album, House of Sugar, on September 13 via Domino. Just yesterday he shared another song from it, “Southern Sky,” via an animated video for the track. Now he has quickly followed that up with another new song from the album, “Near,” a short, more experimental track.

Allah Las Share Animated Video for New Song “Polar Onion”
By Mark Redfern

Los Angeles four-piece Allah Las are releasing a new album, LAHS, on out October 11 via Mexican Summer. Now they have shared another song from the album, “Polar Onion,” via an animated video for the track.

Chelsea Wolfe Shares Video for New Song “Be All Things” Partially Shot 450 Feet Underground
By Mark Redfern

Chelsea Wolfe is releasing a new album, The Birth of Violence, on September 13 via Sargent House. Now she has shared another song from the album, “Be All Things,” via a video for the track. Ben Chisholm directed the video, which was partially shot inside Northern California’s Moaning Cavern, 450 feet underground, and partially in Iceland.

Minnesota rock skateboards…. on a lake?

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Minnesota rock band builds a skateboard ramp…on a pontoon!

Photos by Jeff Mozey.

Crosslake, MN – energetic Minneapolis rock band Version 5, with a passion for extreme sports and having a rowdy good time, built a skateboard mini half-pipe on a pontoon and drove it to the sandbar for an epic day on Cross Lake.

An idea born from last winter’s subzero frozen monatony, the Version 5 boys wanted to showcase what a Minnesota summer has to offer.

“We wanted to show fans, who may not be from the upper midwest, what a fun summer day on a lake looks like,” says guitarist Andy Olson.

And where better to spend a summer weekend than in lake-country Minnesota? Sandbars full of people, water sports, jet skis, and pontoons as far as the eye can see. This isn’t the only fun project Version 5 have in store.

“At some point, we decided that we wanted to do things that people talk about doing, but never actually do,” says drummer AJ Rowe. “We have more ideas in the works.”

Pictured from left to right: Andy Olson (Guitar), Spencer Olson (Singer) & AJ Rowe (Drummer).
Photograph by Travis Anderson.

Who is Version 5?

Version 5 is the brainchild of brothers Andy and Spencer Olson. In 2018 they picked up drummer AJ Rowe, who adds extra flair and energy to the group.

Sonically, Version 5 (or [v5]) combines elements from the EDM world and the Rock world to create something truly their own. This creates an infectious combination that is perfect for fans of Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, and Linkin Park. Their unique sound quickly caught the attention of multi-platinum A&R/producer Jeff Blue (Macy Gray, Linkin Park), and in 2015 they released their debut EP, co-produced by Blue.

This video is a part of their series, Version 5 TV. Version 5 TV or [V5TV] is a social media video series conceptualized and produced by Version 5. It was built around the idea of personality. Why are so many bands like actors that you never get to know? Hiding behind the curtain of Instagram filters and choice moments?

[v5] wanted to open the doors to who they are and what they enjoy doing outside of music.

As they’ve produced more episodes, Version 5 have had the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians as well as a variety of brands (Ride Brand, Ragstock, Cream City Tattoo). 

[v5] would like to thank Ride MN, Bertha Boatworks, Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, Andy’s Bar and Grill, The Old Milwaukee Club, & The Wharf for making this video possible.


Announces “I For An I” Tour, Events With Hinder, Festivals, More

GRAMMY® nominated, RIAA Certified Gold-selling rock band RED releases “From The Ashes” single today (Aug. 2) on RED ENTERTAINMENT with distribution from The Fuel Music into digital and streaming outlets globally, including iTunesApple MusicAmazon MusicSpotify and more outlets globally through

“From the Ashes” reflects on where our minds can go when we’ve hit the bottom,” says RED bassist Randy Armstrong. “You’ve been written off, left out in the cold because the world doesn’t care about your situation and nothing in the past matters much today. It’s about having the motivation to rise and turn your failure and mistakes into success and survival.”

We are fighting to survive
I’ll never break
From the ashes we ignite
Don’t fade away
We live, we die
We fall, we rise
(From “From The Ashes” chorus.)

Produced by the band’s longtime collaborator, Rob Graves, the new single follows theSiriusXMOctanehardDrive with Lou BrutushardDrive XLNew Metal Tracks (Spotify), andMusic Choice-featured single “The Evening Hate,” which has over 560,000 streams onYouTube alone. Along with the music video, the song’s cinematic short film that was written, directed and produced by RED, as well as stars the band, was also premiered by Loudwire.Loudwire further broke the news regarding the band’s newly formed label, RED ENTERTAINMENT.

RED, comprised of Michael Barnes (vocals), identical twin brothers Anthony (guitars) andRandy Armstrong, and longtime live drummer, now official band member, Dan Johnson, will take “The Evening Hate,” “From The Ashes” and a bevy of its No. 1 hits and fan favorites on the road. Its upcoming “I For An I” tour dates, events with Hinder, festivals and more follow:

Aug. 24 Sat Muncie, IN, Rise Up and Conquer Music Festival Tickets
Aug. 25 Sun Sturtevant, WI Tickets
Aug. 27 Tue Joliet, IL Tickets 
Aug. 28 Wed Merriam, KS Tickets
Aug. 29 Thu Des Moines, IA Tickets 
Aug. 30 Fri Minneapolis, MN Tickets 
Aug. 31 Sat Fitchburg, WI Taste of Madison
Sep. 5 Thu Louisville, KY Tickets
Sep. 6 Fri Pittsburgh, PA Tickets 
Sep. 7 Sat Concord, VA, Blue Ridge Rock Festival Tickets 
Sep. 10 Tue Chattanooga, TN (w/ Hinder) Tickets
Sep. 11 Wed Huntsville, AL (w/ Hinder) Tickets
Sep. 12 Thu Mobile, AL (w/ Hinder) Tickets
Sep. 14 Sat Shippensburg, PA, Uprise Festival Tickets
Oct. 2 Wed Houston, TX “I For An I Tour” Tickets VIP Experience
Oct. 3 Thu. San Antonio, TX “I For An I Tour” Tickets VIP Experience
Oct. 4 Fri  Austin, TX “I For An I Tour” Tickets VIP Experience
Oct. 5 Sat Dallas, TX “I For An I Tour” Tickets VIP Experience
Oct. 6 Sun Lubbock, TX “I For An I Tour” Tickets VIP Experience
Oct. 19 Sat Betzdorf, Germany, CVJM Loud and Proud Festival Tickets

All the latest RED tour dates, news and more can be found at,InstagramTwitterYouTubeSpotify and Facebook where they have nearly one million likes.

About RED:

Rock band RED launched its RIAA Certified Gold album End of Silence in 2006, followed by five acclaimed albums that together amassed two million albums sold, hundreds of millions of streams, two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles, 24 consecutive No. 1 hits at CRR radio and two Gold-selling singles (“Breathe Into Me,” “Already Over”). The band has also received two GRAMMY nominations, six Dove Awards and multiple film, TV and gaming placements while being featured by ConanThe Tonight Show with Jay LenoUSA TodayRolling StoneGuitar World and many more. The band’s touring has taken them to more than 25 countries across 2,500 concerts while their musical instrument endorsements include: WestonePRS GuitarsPeavey.comMesa Boogie Amps,Line 6 and more. Forming RED ENTERTAINMENT earlier this year, more new music is expected from RED in 2019.

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-Platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at

Gabriel and the Apocalypse Premiere “pointTHREE”

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gabriel and the Apocalypse return with their new music video, “pointTHREE.” The song comes from the latest album from the band, entitled Alpha Bionic, which was released in April via Pavement Entertainment.
“We wanted to do something different that we haven’t done,” says frontwoman Lindy Gabriel. “This video was created by the same artist who did the album art (Cameron Burns captvart). Featuring CGI animation of the characters from the album cover, it really gives you a sense of the vibe of the album and takes you inside the world of Alpha Bionic.”
All songs from Alpha Bionic are available to stream now on iTunesSpotify, and Amazon. Catch Gabriel and the Apocalypse live on their summer tour!


8/2 – Sturgis, MI @ Nikki’s w/ Raven Black
8/3 – Creek, WI @ Michigan Metal Fest- Battle w/ Hatebreed
8/16 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Big’s Bar
8/17 – Sioux City, IA @ Midwest Metal Massacre 2 w/ Blue Felix

For more information, visit:

Lindy Gabriel – Vocals
Jake LaCore – Guitar
Figgles McGee – Keys/Samples
Zach Williams – Drums
Joey Connelly – Guitar
Will Reisdorf – Bass


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Are You A Saint or Are You A Sinner?

SHALLOW SIDE Saints & Sinners Out Today! 

Shallow Side’s long anticipated full length Saints & Sinners is now out digitally viaThermal Entertainment. The album can be streamed or downloaded at this link:

Saints & Sinners had a ‘soft’ physical release this Spring and the first single and video was for Sound The Alarm.

Saints & Sinners was produced by rock and metal giant Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Altered Bridge, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Slash) and recorded in Orlando, FL at his Barbarosa studio. The album includes 10 all new original tracks. 

“Recording with Elvis was an experience all in itself. Growing up, I was listening to records that shaped and molded me individually as an artist and he had his hands in almost every single one of them it seems. It was a journey recording Saints & Sinners and I believe the songs truly capture where we were and express growth in music, as well as experiences.” says Heath Fields (drummer). 

Saints & Sinners originally was to be released worldwide on Friday, March 29th but was pulled down last minute as Eric Boatright vocalist explained recently “Wow, what a Rollercoaster this been to release our first full length album. While working to setup the “perfect” release with our team, we were approached by several major labels interested in putting the album out. We had to take a step back and consider the options so we, along with Thermal Entertainment decided to pull the album down. After weeks of talks and negotiations, we ultimately decided to stay the course with Thermal and release the album this summer.  It is a complete honor that these other labels are interested in the band and we will never close the door to opportunity but we owe our fans an amazing album so they will get one. “

Matt Daniels (bassist) added, “Artistically, it is an amazing time for us. There were so many ideas that came to light during the writing of “Saints and Sinners. We had put all of our creativity and emotions into a pot to discover what makes a Shallow Side record; from the angelic vocals, melodic riffs, and the driving rhythm sections that keep the beat bumping. This is something that accurately represents where we are as a band and our growth together.”

Seth Trimble (guitarist) expressed, “I honestly wasn’t as excited for my own birth as I am for this album. I’ve never had a better sense of pride than when we hit that playback button at the end of the day and got to explore this beautiful soundscape that we created together.”


Friday, 8-16-19 at O’Connors (outdoor stage) in Clarksville, TN
Friday, 8-23-19 at The Water Bowl in Muncie, IN (Rise Up & Conquer Festival)Friday,
8-30-19 at Denver Downs in Anderson, SC (Operation Music Fest)

Shallow Side are composed of Eric Boatright (vocals), Seth Trimble (guitars and keys), Heath Fields (drums) and Matt Daniels (bass).    

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