A Skylit Drive Announce Tour With For All Those Sleeping, Wolves At The Gate, I The Mighty, Paris

Hot on the heels of news of a new album in the coming months, A Skylit Drive have revealed plans to embark on a major fall headlining tour in just a few short weeks.

Supported by All Those Sleeping, Wolves At The Gate, I The Mighty, and Paris, the first big outing from A Skylit Drive in 2013 is scheduled to kickoff September 24 in New Mexico. Only a handful of dates have been confirmed at this time, with more to come. You can view all known dates below.


9/24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Blackwater Music
9/29 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
9/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10/02 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

New Phoenix Album To Drop In April 2013

Almost four years after the release of their breakout fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, French indie rockers Phoenix will finally put out a new record. Daniel Glass, of Phoenix’s Glassnote label, announced the news at a recent Spotify event where he casually mentioned that the band had finished tracking at a studio in Paris.  While more details about the highly anticipated upcoming album are unavailable, fans can check out the journal section of the band’s website to try to decipher further information regarding the release. While it seems like a difficult task for the band to surpass the runaway success of tracks like “1901” and “Lisztomania,” which dominated both the blogosphere and the mainstream charts, Glass is confident.  After acknowledging that “It’s very hard to beat Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” Glass added, “but this could be revolutionary.”

Check our OurStage act China Aster if you’re a fan of Phoenix.

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Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Elliott Murphy, Last of the Rock Stars

What do Jane Fonda, Johnny Depp, Gianni Versace, and Elliott Murphy have in common? They’re all among the recipients of France’s Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, a high cultural honor that’s presented by the mayor of Paris himself. The most recent singer to be awarded the medal was French chanson legend Juliette Greco, but on October 1, New York-born singer/songwriter Murphy became the first American musician to be so honored, in a ceremony overseen by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoí«. (more…)

Bob Welch, Former Fleetwood Mac Singer And Guitarist, Dead At 65

Bob Welch has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 66.

His wife Wendy reportedly confirmed, via Bart Herbison of the Nashville Songwriters Association, that he had serious health issues and a recent spinal surgery. Speculation is that he did not wish to become a burden to her.

Welch was guitarist and singer for Fleetwood Mac between 1971 and ’74. Though the band did not achieve superstar status until the 1976 release of their smash LP Rumors, they had formed a decade earlier as a blues band around renowned guitarist Peter Green, but with only drummer Mick Fleetwood remaining a constant member through the peak of the band’s career. (Bassist John McVie joined shortly after the formation, and the band name derives from a combination of his and Fleetwood’s names.) Members rotated in and out, but in his autobiography, Mick Fleetwood credits the arrival of Bob Welch as the factor that prevented the dissolution of Fleetwood Mac. The enormity of their later success has unfortunately eclipsed the importance of Welsh’s contributions, but he brought a smooth tunefulness to the group that enabled their transition from English blues to commercial pop. He recorded the Mac albums Future Games, Bare Trees, and Heroes Are Hard To Find.

Welch left the band in 1974 and had some success as a solo artist, with his song “Ebony Eyes” reaching the Billboard Top 20.

Though Welch felt in later years that he had been forgotten even by the band, Stevie Nicks reacted strongly to the news of his passing.

“The death of Bob Welch is devastating … I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac. He was an amazing guitar player ” he was funny, sweet ” and he was smart. I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac ” so, so sad …”

Assessing his career in 2003, he told the Nashville Tennessean: “I just wanted to play guitar in a good band. I wanted to make the music I love. I wanted to travel the world and have adventures.”

A success by any fair estimation. RIP Bob Welch.

Exclusive Q&A: A Conversation With Theophilus London About Love, Life and Antarctica

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsWhen you look at the hip-hop scene at it stands now, with artists like OFWGKTA and LMFAO on the rise, you can feel the genre shifting a bit both in terms of music and artistic vision. Taking a more wild and eclectic approach to not only music but fashion sense is becoming a running trend. With that in mind, the up-and-coming rapper Theophilus London is riding the wave with his unique blend of influences, that read off like something from an indie rock band, and his eye-catching sense of style. This has led to widespread success with his debut release Timez Are Weird These Days getting significant buzz and landing high-profile performances like at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival. Taking some time out of his busy tour schedule, this budding rap star sat down to chat with us about topics ranging from his Tumblr to listening to actress Milla Jovovich cover Prince.

OS: In the past, you’ve voiced displeasure about mainstream rap. Do you feel it’s something you still try to stay away from?

TL: In a sense of [it] being played out, maybe. But, there’s a lot of mainstream rap.

OS: How would you describe the difference between your approach and a regular hip hop artist?

TL: I work off of references. I idolize producers and try to sit down and work with producers on brand new sound. We talk about favorite artists first and foremost and develop a brand new sound. I really can’t say I’m different from other rappers because I’m not in the studio with them or in their creative process.

OS: You announced on Tumblr today that you got Michael Jackson to DJ some of your shows. How did you find him?

TL: I found him in New Orleans. He was hanging out a window. I asked him if he wanted to tour and he said yes. Really glad he came out to tour with us.


Metal Monday: The Bridal Procession

Deathcore, as previously mentioned in the Metal Monday column, has been a hot-button genre in recent years, garnering a lot of heat for being boring or overly stereotypical. The lable “deathcore”, for many bands, is something like a scarlet letter, and does not adequately describe a band’s sound. Bands such as Born of Osiris or All Shall Perish immediately come to mind. Up-and-coming Paris-based monsters The Bridal Procession are sure to be the next band on this list. With a sound as heavy as any band out there, they’re looking to impose their will on any ear within sonic range.

Most of the Bridal Procession’s songs balance on a very thin line between death metal, progressive death metal and deathcore. Earlier in the band’s existence, deathcore was more of an integral part of the band’s sound, but they’ve since developed a sound that’s more closely related to death metal with constant driving rhythms, etherial guitar licks and roaring vocals” something similar to that of newer material by The Faceless. Still, The Bridal Procession’s music really breaks free of most sub-genre restrictions (even if in only the most subtle of ways).

Something that sets The Bridal Procession apart from most bands is their songwriting. Because the band doesn’t rely on breakdowns, solos or riffs to make their songs great, they have the freedom to add them where ever they sound best”and more often than not, they’re placed in interesting and unique places. In addition to good songwriting, the band’s latest material also features some of the best production found in heavy music. On par with the epic works of Dimmu Borgir, the orchestral parts fit perfectly in their tracks. The band also takes a page from the legendary Necrophagist‘s book for their lead guitar tones during their solos, truly showcasing the band’s musical talent outside of technical prowess.

The band’s new album Astronomical Dimensions” released December 27th worldwide via Siege of Amida

Records and iTunes, with physical copies due in stores in Febraury”poises the band to join the ranks of today’s metal elite. If these words don’t inspire you to immediate fork over the dough for the record, try a nice audio sample below.  Then you’ll have no excuse.