My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Etc. Set For 2021 Riot Fest

Riot Fest will not be taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the event will be returning to Douglas Park in Chicago, IL on September 16-19, 2021. Here’s the initial lineup: My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Pixies, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Sublime With Rome, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), Vic Mensa, The All-American Rejects, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Gogol Bordello, Circle Jerks, Thrice, Circa Survive, K.Flay, Toots And The Maytals, Jawbox, Les Savy Fav, Best Coast, Bayside, L7, Meg Myers, Pup, Mayday Parade, Fever 333, Living Colour, Big Freedia, SWMRS, Beach Bunny, Alex G, Thursday, Saves The Day, Don Broco, Joywave, Hepcat, Fishbone, Boston Manor, The Sounds, White Lung, Kennyhoopla, Beach Goons, Meet Me @ The Altar, Radkey, Holy Fawn, and Chubby And The Gang.

2020 SandJam Music Festival Cancelled

The 2020 SandJam Music Festival has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place on April 24-26 at M.B. Miller Pier in Florida with Shinedown, 311, Weezer, The Struts, Rival Sons, Dorothy, and more set to perform.

Shinedown, 311, Weezer, Etc. Set For 2020 SandJam Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 SandJam Music Festival. The event will take place on April 24-26 at M.B. Miller Pier in Florida and the daily lineups can be found below:

April 24: Shinedown, The Struts, Rival Sons, Lovelytheband, Dorothy, Magic City Hippies, and Sweet Lizzy Project.

April 25: 311, Judah & The Lion, Skillet, Sir Sly, The Hip Abduction, Devon Gilfillian, Heritage, Oliver Hazard, and Sleepwalkers.

April 26: Weezer, AJR, Manchester Orchestra, White Reaper, The Steel Woods, Strand Of Oaks, and Bones Owens.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Vanilla Sugar

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Vanilla Sugar.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your music:

VANILLA SUGAR: Vanilla Sugar is made of Alternative / Electronic music, a pop vocal sensibility, with a Metal influence.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VANILLA SUGAR: I find a lot of inspiration in Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Korn, The Prodigy, and Mindless Self Indulgence.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

VANILLA SUGAR: My new single will be released in a few months! I am traveling to Houston, TX to shoot the music video in a week. This new song is totally different from anything I’ve released before. I’m very happy with it and excited to share it with everyone.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

VANILLA SUGAR: People can expect an extremely high energy performance, with a light show to match. I am the kind of person who believes in putting on a full show for people; lights, music, stage props, the whole thing.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your project heading in 5 years?

VANILLA SUGAR: Ideally, I see Vanilla Sugar continuing to tour globally, and releasing a few more albums by that time.

The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Chelsea Wolfe, Etc. Set For Pasadena Daydream Festival

The Cure have announced that will be headlining and curating the 2019 Pasadena Daydream Festival. The event will take place at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on August 31 and it will also feature: Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, The Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, The Twilight Sad, Emma Ruth Rundle, Kælan Mikla, and The Chill Out Zone Experience.

311 To Team Up With Dirty Heads For Summer Co-Headlining Tour

311 will be joining forces with Dirty Heads for a co-headlining tour. The Interrupters (select dates), Dreamers, and Bikini Trill will serve as support. In other news, 311 have also launched pre-orders for their upcoming album, which is expected to be released this summer. On top of that, their “Enlarged To Show Detail 3” film will also be screening in select theaters tonight (March 11).

Tour Dates:

07/02 Dayton, OH – The Rose Music Center at The Heights*+
07/05 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre^+
07/06 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
07/07 Duluth, MN – Bayfront Festival Park*+
07/10 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater*+
07/12 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center^+
07/13 Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion+
07/14 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre+
07/18 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center^+
07/20 Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
07/23 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion^+
07/24 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center+
07/26 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater+
07/27 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion*+
07/28 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek+
07/30 Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park+
07/31 Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium*+
08/02 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre+
08/03 Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/04 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place^
08/06 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Lawn+
08/07 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater+
08/08 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^+
08/10 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion+ (311 only)
08/11 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre^+
08/16 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo*
08/17 Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
08/18 Auburn, Wash. – White River Amphitheatre^
08/20 Salt Lake City, Utah – USANA Amphitheatre

*not a Live Nation date
^Dirty Heads close
+with The Interrupters

badXchannels (Chiodos) Share Live In The Studio Video For “Blue Abyss” Feat. Fifty Grand

Craig Owens (Chiodos) has shared a live in the studio video for “Blue Abyss” featuring Fifty Grand. You can see that below:

Owens said the following:

“‘Blue Abyss’ was written with my friend Elliott (Fifty Grand). It’s an ethereal string / synth-driven track that moves at its own pace, coming and going when it pleases… a self-introspection of sorts centered around an inner battle of ultimate truth.”

He also added the following about recording on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles:

“There were a few reasons Elliott and I decided to record write and record the track on Wonderland Avenue. Anywhere you choose to create, the things around you crawl into what you’re making and eventually show influence. The neighborhood’s famous for its hauntingly eclectic and darker leanings. From Zappa and the Houdini House to Joni Mitchell and Lookout Mountain, to the Four On The Floor murders. This was a common shared interest between Elliott and me that we discovered very quickly and decided to commit ourselves to seeing what so many brilliant trailblazers before us had seen.”

Craig Owens (Chiodos) Releases New badXchannels Song “Don’t Come And See Me”

Craig Owens (Chiodos) has released a new track from his badXchannels project, titled “Don’t Come And See Me.” You can get the song in digital outlets now, and listen to it below:

Metallica To Perform At 2016 Bridge School Benefit Concert

Metallica have been booked to perform at the 2016 Bridge School Benefit concert. The acoustic event will take place on October 22-23, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and will also include: Neil Young & Promise of The Real, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Cage The Elephant, case/lang/veirs, and Nils Lofgren.

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Winners Of Second Annual Alternative Press Music Awards

The second annual Alternative Press Music Awards were officially held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH tonight (July 22). You can check out the list of winners below.

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Icon Award: X

Vanguard Award: Rob Zombie

Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy Drink: Issues

Album Of The Year presented by Journeys: Black Veil Brides

Artist Philanthropic presented by Sub City / Take Action: Taking Back Sunday – American Cancer Society

Best Live Band presented by Macbeth: A Day To Remember

Breakthrough Band presented by Splat!: PVRIS

Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records: Sleeping With Sirens – “Kick Me”

Best International Band: The 1975

Best Music Video presented by Journeys: Bring Me The Horizon – “Drown”

Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records: All Time Low

Best Underground Band presented by Sumerian Records: Being As An Ocean

Best Vocalist: Hayley Williams (Paramore)

Best Guitarist: Tony Perry (Pierce The Veil)

Best Bassist presented by Razor & Tie Records: Zack Merrick (All Time Low)

Best Drummer presented by DW Drums: Rian Dawson (All Time Low)

Best Fandom: 5 Seconds Of Summer

Congratulations to all the winners!