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Monday, October 5, 2015

Global Citizen Festival 2015

On Saturday, September 26th, the Global Citizen Festival took place on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City. This festival is an event that is committed to ending extreme world poverty by 2030 by having A-list celebrities and politicians entertain the crowd for the entire day. 


One would assume that an all day event with A-list celebrities trying to end world poverty would mean that tickets would cost hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, right? WRONG! 
The tickets for this event were free. Yes, FREE! 
Instead of asking for money, the Global Citizen Festival created a raffle.
 In order to be entered into the raffle, concertgoers had to complete an "action journey."
 Basically, they had to write to politicians and post on all their social media in order to be placed in the lottery.
 Some 60,000 people were chosen to attend this event, and what an outstanding and powerful show it was.  

World renowned music stars such as Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Ariana Grande all made appearances and performed a couple songs for the mass crowd. 
Coldplay opened the show with two of their most popular songs, Viva La Vida and Yellow, before inviting Ariana Grande to the stage to perform their own rendition of Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart. The band ended their set with their newest single Amazing Day before allowing other stars and guest speakers to come out for an hour to speak to the crowd. 

After celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg, Usher, and Leonardo DiCaprio offered their word on topics like poverty, catastrophic natural disasters, and the plight of children in Syria, Ed Sheeran hopped on stage to lighten the mood with his smooth acoustic set. 
Ed serenaded the crowd with some of his hit songs like Lego House, Photograph, and Thinking Out Loud. 
After lifting the mood, an announcement was made that a total of 7 million lives had been affected by the event so far. 

Even more stars and politicians came out to preach to the audience before the long awaited performance by the one and only, Beyoncé. As one would expect, she put on one hell of a show, entertaining the crowd and spreading messages of feminism and female power throughout her set. 
At the end of her performance, Beyoncé handed the mic over to Michelle Obama, who in turn introduced Bono, who passed the mic over to Malala Yousafzai, who made way for Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder's statement of "What a f*cking day this is" does not even do justice to this amazing event that affected over 7 million lives around the world.

This is truly an inspiring event and is a wonderful way to spread the word of ongoing problems in our world that need to be acted on and need a resolution now. 
Have you ever attended a Global Citizen Festival? Was it this one? If so, who was your favorite performer/speaker of the day? 
Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Knotfest 2015

Knotfest is a weekend long heavy metal music festival that takes place in San Bernardino, CA. 
On October 23rd to the 25th, you can camp out for an entire weekend of chaos at the San Manuel Amphitheatre. 
This festival features the best in heavy music from all over the world! 

With 5 stages, 20 major festival attractions, and 40 full hours of absolute madness, this truly will be the event of the year!
Overall, this festival will feature over 33 globally touring artists, and 18 regional bands showcasing the outright best in heavy music. 
Some of our favorite bands such as Korn, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, and Suicidal Tendencies will be killing it up on the stages at Knotfest making sure you have the ultimate heavy metal experience! 
 All campers and VIP ticket holders will be welcomed into the festival a night early for intimate performances as well as the first look at some of the Knotfest attractions, including the legendary Slipknot museum! 
Other attractions that will be seen here are Massive Fire Hell Zone, Packs of Freakish characters, the scariest ride from the Clown’s Childhood at the Iowa State Fair, THE RING OF FIRE, a Fighting Thunderdome, a Festival Zipline, a sideshow freakshow, and many more to be announced. Now, what the hell are all these things? 
We have no idea, but they sound insane so you will just have to check them out and let us know! 
Of course, drinks, food, and a large dose of chaos will be served cold. 

If 13 hours of straight head-banging a day for an entire weekend sound like something you’re into, purchase your tickets to Knotfest here! www.knotfest.com


We would love to hear all about your craziest heavy metal concert/festival experience! 
Leave a comment down below telling us all about it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How To Look Like A Rock Star At Work Or The Gym!

You don't have to be a rock star to look like one!
Pulling off that perfect rock star look is sometimes easier said than done though. 
If you want to achieve that perfect look no matter what the occasion, balance is always key!
Don't know how to find that balance? Have no fear! 
Today we are bringing you key rock star items that you need in your closet to achieve the look for two drastically different style situations, the office and the gym.
Grab any one of these key pieces and mix and match them with current wardrobe pieces to get the perfect bad ass look that you are trying to achieve.
And remember, you can never go wrong with black and/or leather! 
Oh and did we mention that all of these pieces are extremely budget friendly?

What Rock Star pieces are you looking to add to your wardrobe?


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Album Reviews and Exciting Releases - Tuesday Trends

Korn began celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1994 self-titled album with shows all throughout 2014. 
They have just announced that they will be wrapping up this commemoration with yet another tour that kicks off this fall! 
During this final leg of the tour, Korn will be performing the entire debut album in full at every stop. On October 1st, Suicide Silence and Islander will be opening up the tour for Korn in Chicago. 
A limited number of tickets and early entrance packages went on sale in late July as well as regular tickets to the show. 
These tickets are selling out fast, get yours HERE.
On September 4th, Iron Maiden released their sixteenth studio album titled The Book Of Souls. 
This new album is the first double album that this heavy metal British band has ever released in their four-decade career. 
The Book Of Souls total length is 92 minutes long, and is totally worth your time. 
The quality of the album itself lives up to all heavy metal fans’ expectations. 
You can purchase their new album HERE.

As we have previously stated in last week’s article, The Wonder Years have released their newest album "No Closer To Heaven" on September 4th and will be going on tour this October in support of the new album. 
No Closer To Heaven is the bands follow up album to their 2013’s critically acclaimed The Greatest Generation. 
It is hard to sum up in to words the feeling to which this album brings when listening to it in one sitting. 
No Closer To Heaven is so densely packed with emotion, and filled with sad yet beautiful lyrics that it is physically and emotionally draining. 
Front man Dan “Soupy” Campbell is no stranger to depression and uses his emotions as inspiration to write his songs. 
This album is, in part, a memorial for Dan’s lost friend Mike Pelone, but messages of regretting past mistakes and being angry at the twisted world were other factors that helped to create this album. Check out No Closer To Heaven HERE.


Pop-punks breakout band, State Champs, have announced the release of their brand new record coming out this fall! 
With the success of their first full length album, The Finer Things, and a fantastic acoustic EP, there is no doubt that fans will be pleased with this next project titled Around The World And Back. 
State Champs released a single off this new album called “Secrets” which gives a preview of what to expect for the rest of the album. 
You can check out their latest single HERE or just sit back and enjoy the video below.

What trends are you loving this Tuesday?!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Black Sabbath Announces "The End" Tour

Black Sabbath, the pioneers of heavy metal, has just announced that they will be hitting the road one last time for “The End” tour. 

So far the band has announced 24 tour dates starting in North America this January and ending in New Zealand in April. 
Although the tour does not feature any shows in Europe, including their native city of Birmingham, they will be announcing more stops of the tour next month. 
In a video on their website, the band promises that this final tour will “…surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When the tour concludes, it will truly be the end.” 

The English rockers, famous for their deafening guitar solos and dark lyrics, have stated that “The End” tour would feature three of the band’s four longtime members – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler. 
Drummer Bill Ward was not listed to perform during this final tour. 
They have not specified who will be taking his place during “The End” tour but Tommy Clufetos, from Osbourne’s solo group, played all previous dates.
Osbourne indicated previously that the group would also be recording a final album. 
Last September he stated that the band was to start writing sessions in early 2015. 
There has been no mention of a new record since the declaration of the tour. 

So, what do you think about Black Sabbath rocking out for one last time across the globe? 
Do you think it will truly be their best yet? 
Will they go out with a bang? Let us know your opinion!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Trends - Music Edition

This Tuesday we are bringing you what’s hot in the music industry right now! 
We’ve got everything from online podcasts, to even more music festivals, and some awesome tours that will be happening this fall! 
Let us know if you plan on listening in or jamming out to any of these exciting things happening right now and in the months to come!

The Smokin Word
Hoya Roc and Freddy from Madball have created a podcast called “The Smokin Word” where you can listen in and hear some crazy and exciting tour stories as well as what life is like on the road. They even have special guests come in and share their experiences with you too! 
They recently aired an episode that featured Efrem from Death by Stereo and will be dropping an episode soon with Craig Head from Sick of it All.  
You can tune into their podcasts HERE!

The 2015 East Coast Tsunami Fest
The 2015 East Coast Tsunami Fest has returned and is on its way to take over Pennsylvania this September! 
On the 25th and 26th of this month, groups such as Wu-Tang Clan, Life of Agony, Body Count, and our friends from “The Smokin Word” in Madball will be rocking out at the Santander Arena and Reverb in Reading, PA. 
 After Friday's show, be sure to check out the official after party hosted by Ice-T and Coco! 
You definitely do not want to miss it! 
Get your tickets to the fest HERE

Back to the Future Hearts Tour
All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Neck Deep, and One Ok Rock are teaming up with Rockstar energy drink for the Back To The Future Hearts Tour! 
This tour is rocking out all over the country this fall.
 Lucky for us, they will be making their last stops this November in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York! 
 We definitely want to be there, do you? 
 Be sure to get your tickets soon!

The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, & more!
In support of their new studio album, No Closer To Heaven, The Wonder Years will be embarking on a headlining tour across the country with Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, and You Blew It! this fall. 
 No Closer To Heaven will be released September 4th and the tour kicks off on October 17th in New York! 
This tour will also be stopping in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in the next few months! 
Go get tickets for your area today!

What Tuesday Trend are you looking forward to most?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Exclusive Interview - Trish Torrales + The Blackstones

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with the up and coming stars of the band Trish Torrales + The Blackstones.
Not only are they amazing artists but Trish Torrales, Dylan Coates, Brian Watala, and Jimmy Loeffler were a ton of fun and some of the nicest people we have met. 
With the release of their new video "All Mine" we were excited to catch up with them and see what they had in store for us later on down the road!
Check out our exclusive sit down interview with the band at K.J. Farrells in Bellmore, NY
right here!:

Follow Trish Torrales + The Blackstones here:
Also be sure to  check out their single for their brand new song ‪#"All Mine‬" on iTunes & Spotify!

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