Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
SPACE, Evanston, 10/13, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Best Coast
Metro, 9/18, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Boys Life
Bottom Lounge, 10/17, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Built to Spill
Subterranean, 9/13, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Mikal Cronin
Thalia Hall, 9/13, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Dailey & Vincent
Park West, 8/8, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

The Darkness
House of Blues, 10/20, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Dinosaur Jr.
Subterranean, 8/9, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Schubas, 10/12, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Justin Townes Earle
City Winery, 8/3, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 6/25, noon.

Mikky Ekko
Schubas, 10/14, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

The Abbey, 7/18, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

Michael Fracasso & Ralston Bowles
FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 7/16, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 11 AM.

Jess Glynne
Subterranean, 9/23, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Empty Bottle, 10/19, 9 PM, free.

John Grant
Martyrs’, 10/21, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Great Peacock
Empty Bottle, 8/13, 9 PM.

Patty Griffin
the Vic, 10/13, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

The Abbey, 8/25, 8 PM.

Empty Bottle, 8/15, 9 PM.

In the Valley Below

Lincoln Hall, 10/24, 10 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Wanda Jackson
SPACE, Evanston, 9/25, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Lincoln Hall, 9/30, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

King Dude
Beat Kitchen, 10/23, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Lianne La Havas
Park West, 10/4, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Low, Andy Shauf
Thalia Hall, 9/19, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

John McCauley
City Winery, 8/11, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Tu 6/25, noon.

Modest Mouse
Concord Music Hall, 9/3, 7 PM, all-ages.

Double Door, 7/30, 11 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Aragon Ballroom, 10/15, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

New Deal
Concord Music Hall, 11/14, 9 PM.

Randy Newman, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 7/23, 6 PM, all-ages.

Old 97s
Thalia Hall, 10/28, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Metro, 10/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Pure Bathing Culture
Schubas, 9/25, 10 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Lincoln Hall, 10/30, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Thalia Hall, 10/2, 8 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Concord Music Hall, 10/3, 9 PM.

Nate Ruess
the Vic, 10/15, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Empty Bottle, 10/13, 9 PM.

Martin Sexton
SPACE, Evanston, 11/15, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio
Constellation, 9/26, 8:30 PM.

Schubas, 11/21, 10 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Spiritual Rez
Beat Kitchen, 8/27, 9 PM.

Tallest Man on Earth
Thalia Hall, 8/30, 9:30 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Riviera Theatre, 10/23, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Tops, Molly Nilsson
Lincoln Hall, 10/27, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, noon.

Total Control
Thalia Hall, 8/6, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Tove Lo
the Vic, 10/11, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Trio 3
Constellation, 8/8, 8:30 PM.

Willie Watson
SPACE, Evanston, 10/7, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Wavves, Twin Peaks
the Vic, 9/25, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

Lucinda Williams
City Winery, 9/23-24, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 6/25, noon.

Windhand, Danava
Empty Bottle, 10/24, 9 PM, on sale Fri 6/26, 10 AM.

The Word
Concord Music Hall, 10/12, 8:30 PM.

You, Me, and Everyone We Know
Subterranean, 8/11, 7:30 PM.

Frankie Grande
Park West, 7/6, 7:30 PM, all-ages, postponed.

King Sunny Ade, Mathew Tembo
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/6, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free, King Sunny Ade has cancelled.

Hideout, 7/11, 9 PM; 7/15, 8:30 PM, 7/11 is sold out, 7/15 added.

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MOTÖRHEAD Announces U.S. Tour; Special Presale Available

Grammy Award-winning iconic rock band MOTÖRHEAD will embark on a U.S. tour this summer. These North American shows start in mid-August, with SAXON and ANTHRAX as special guests on select dates, before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between September 28 and October 2 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will take place on Wednesday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “BLABBERMOUTH” to access tickets before the general public.



The dates are as follows:

Aug. 19 – Riverside, CA – RHA *
Aug. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues *
Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
Aug. 24 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Aug. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Aug. 28 – Denver, CO – Riotfest
Sep. 01 – Austin, TX – Cedar Park Center
Sep. 02 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec *
Sep. 04 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Sep. 05 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues *
Sep. 08 – St Louis, MO – Pageant *
Sep. 09 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat *
Sep. 11 – Chicago, IL – Riotfest
Sep. 12 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore *
Sep. 15 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale *
Sep. 16 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach *
Sep. 19 – Toronto, ONT – Riotfest
Sep. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre *
Sep. 23 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore *
Sep. 25 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues *

* BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale is available for these dates only

MOTÖRHEAD’s much-anticipated 22nd studio album, “Bad Magic”, will be released on August 28. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, “Bad Magic” is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder & Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach ‘Em How To Bleed” show that MOTÖRHEAD are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n'roll spirit, “Bad Magic” also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more “live” approach to creating “Bad Magic” has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams”, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All Of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from QUEEN’s Brian May on “The Devil”, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, “Bad Magic” came together after a couple of years which saw MOTÖRHEAD enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release “Aftershock”. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on “Bad Magic” rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End”, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of THE ROLLING STONES classic “Sympathy For The Devil”, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that “Bad Magic” is MOTÖRHEAD’s finest work in over two decades.

“Bad Magic” track listing:

01. Victory Or Die
02. Thunder & Lightning
03. Fire Storm Hotel
04. Shoot Out All Of Your Lights
05. The Devil
06. Electricity
07. Evil Eye
08. Teach Them How To Bleed
09. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil (THE ROLLING STONES cover)

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GENE SIMMONS: Fans Killed The Music-Industry Infrastructure That Is Needed To Support New Artists

Planet Rock’s Wyatt conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons prior to the band’s performance at the 2015 edition of the U.K.’s Download festival, which was held last weekend in Donington Park.

Asked if he thinks today’s artists give up too easily and they “don’t wanna be rock stars anymore,” Simmons responded: “No, it’s really not that. I blame… This is gonna break your hearts… It certainly breaks mine. I blame the fans. Because the fans have decided en masse — in other words, the masses have decided — that they should get free music, download fileshare… And you’re not hurting KISS; we’ve been around a long time and we make a good living. You’re killing the next Elvis and THE BEATLES and the next KISS and the next whoever, because you have to give your music away for free. And who did that? Big corporate entities? No, they didn’t do that. Actually, big corporate entities — record companies — gave bands money that they never had to pay back — ever! If the band failed and the records were a complete disaster, the advance money was all [the band's]. What other business would give you that? If you go to a bank and they give you a million dollars, and your business goes under, they don’t care it failed; they want their money back.”

He continued: “Record companies were a gift from heaven. Yeah, they’re greedy, they’re this… but they wanna make money just like you do. But they gave you money — millions! And if it wasn’t for record companies, there’d be no SEX PISTOLS, there’d be no punk, there’d be no nothing. There would be punk, but it would be in a small club. It would never become huge.”

Asked if the music industry today disillusions and disappoints him, Simmons said: “It’s not the industry; it’s the fans… It’s disappointing, because they would prefer not to support a new band. Remember, it doesn’t affect [KISS]. It affects the next great band, who won’t have a chance. Why? Because the talent isn’t out there? It sure is. The fans killed it. They killed the infrastructure. Imagine England existing without the value of the pound, if things were free. You would have chaos.”

Simmons previously said that illegal music downloading was largely to blame for the music industry’s decline and accused the music industry of not reacting fast enough to curb the problem of illegal file sharing.

Asked in an interview about the effect reality TV shows and digital downloads have had on new artists, Simmons said: “I think it’s all good, because the record companies are in chaos, downloading is in chaos. The foxes have been led into the hen house, so people wonder why there’s so few chickens. It’s because you allowed your kids to go in there and steal the stuff for free, so record companies are dying and new bands don’t have a chance. And new bands should get every chance in the world, and if it means ‘The X Factor’ or ‘American Idol’ or any other kind of [outlet], give them a chance. Few of them will survive, if any. But the old-fashioned model of a record company that cares about you and spends a lot of money to try to promote you, that’s gone. It doesn’t affect the big bands. It doesn’t affect my living. We do a hundred shows, and there’s more money there than some Third-World countries. But it does intrinsically hurt new bands. You know, the next Elvis [Presley], or the next BEATLES, is gonna have a very hard time starting out today.”

Simmons also spoke to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine about how music piracy is destroying the music industry — and how fans will ultimately suffer for it.

“I still think [downloading] is a crime,” he said. “The sad part is that the fans are the ones who are killing the thing they love: great music. For fuck’s sake, you’re not giving the next great band a chance. How much have we lost through illegal downloading? It’s certainly millions. I don’t think it’s tens of millions, but it’s certainly millions. But so much of what we do with the licensing and the merchandising and all that… we do alright!”

While speaking at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes, France in October 2010, Simmons said that harsher punishments must be given to those caught downloading music illegally.

“Make sure your brand is protected,” Simmons insisted. “Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line.”

The rocker continued by saying that lawsuits against illegal file-sharers should have happened sooner.

“The music industry was asleep at the wheel,” he said. “And [they] didn’t have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we’re left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There’s no industry.”


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Rammstein frontman says “it’s over” for up-and-coming rock acts



Till Lindemann believes up-and-coming rock bands face an impossible task to make a living from their music.


And the Rammstein vocalist insists there will be no future acts to take the place of the current global giants.


Lindemann tells Rock Sverige: “The only thing I can say is that I don’t want to start a band these days. It’s quite impossible to live off of it.


“The record companies don’t give you a chance, like in the old days when they went, ‘Here’s a pile of money – go make a good record.’”


He describes modern music as “fast produced, home made, all digital and low-budget,” and adds: “As a newcomer you have no chance. Everything is cheap and low budget, in my opinion.”


But he feels differently about DJ culture. “There’s nothing good coming out these days except for DJs, like Skrillex and those guys,” he says. “There’s a total changeover in the music and the quality in music and the taste in music is totally different.


“We’re never going see bands like Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath again. It’s over.”


The debut album from his duo Lindemann, Skills In Pills, is launched on June 23. His colleague Peter Tagtgren this week predicted that will Rammstein would begin work on their seventh album this year – although it might not appear until 2017.

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Voodoo 2015 weekend passes go on sale June 23 at 11 a.m. CDT via the festival’s official web site, The initial price for a three-day general admission credential is $150 plus fees and service charges, the same early-bird price as in 2014. A three-day LOA VIP credential is $500 plus fees.

A pre-sale that kicked off Thursday (June 18) via Live Nation and festival partners Citi, Fuse TV and Zippo offers discounts on weekend packages. The pre-sale continues until June 23.

Ozzy is scheduled to take part in a month-long residency in Las Vegas called Hell Gate this fall.

Osbourne released a solo career retrospective titled “Memoirs Of A Madman” in October 2014. The CD contained 17 of his greatest hits, while the DVD featured music videos, rare live performances and interviews.

Ozzy’s last solo studio effort was 2010′s “Scream”.

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See Diary of a Damned Man for EXXXOTICA pix and updates from the weekend

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