ESPN Releases Preliminary Big Ten Football Schedule For SNF Broadcasts

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has released the current 2014 Big Ten Football schedule for its weekly Saturday Night Football schedule.

This season’s Big Ten Saturday Night Football schedule opens with a matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, September 6th. The game is scheduled for an 8pm ET start time. The Buckeyes were ranked number seven overall in an ESPN pre-season poll. The current schedule has one of the biggest matches in college football on Saturday, November 8th with Ohio State facing off against The Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes last year 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship. That game is schedule for an 8pm ET start time.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call for the matchup between the Hokies and Buckeyes on September 6th. The current schedule of games includes coverage across the ESPN family of networks each week. It is listed below.

2014 Big Ten Schedule on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 (as of July 10)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sep 6 8 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 7 Ohio State ESPN
Sat, Sep 20 8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 4 8 p.m. Nebraska at No. 4 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 11 7 p.m. Penn State at No. 21 Michigan ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 25 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at Penn State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 1 8 p.m. Illinois at No. 7 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 8 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at No. 4 Michigan State ABC

More additions to this schedule are expected. Fans can keep up with the latest updates on ESPN’s Big Ten Football coverage schedule online at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

(Hed) p.e.’s Latest LP Is One Of 2014’s Top Indie Albums

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

(Hed) p.e. has spent the majority of its life flying just under the mainstream radar. From changes in the band’s lineup to changes in record labels and more, the band—Jahred Gomes (vocals), Mark Young (bass), Jackson Benge (guitar), and Jeremiah Stratton (drums)—has stuck to its guns so to speak and managed to remain a favorite among its fans while still pulling in new fans along the way. Now with its latest album, titled Evolution, due out later this month, it looks to gain even more fans. That is thanks to the album boasting a solid mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics from start to finish. One example of how that mix of music and lyrics will catch listeners’ ears is the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This song comes across as a social statement of sorts about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. ‘No Tomorrow’ has its own interest, too. And for all of the high intensity that permeates most of this album, the members of (Hed) p.e. do show a softer side in the album’s closing numbers without losing any of their social consciousness. Case in point the album’s penultimate piece ‘Let It Burn.’ This one harkens back to reggae great Bob Marley. It is one more of so many pieces throughout Evolution that will have listeners agreeing that this album is some of the band’s best work to date.

The songs written for Evolution collectively make this album some of the band’s best work to date. That’s because of the mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics. The topics covered in this album vary in subject matter. One of the hardest hitting of those subjects comes in the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This is just this critic’s own interpretation of the song. But it comes across lyrically as tackling the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Front man Jahred Gomes sings of a person whose life was rough to begin with but was only made worse with the introduction of drugs and alcohol. He notes in the song’s opening verse, “It’s just another day/Gotta wake up to the pain/Those demons inside/They wanna come outside and play/Those demons I hide inside/I gotta make ‘em go away/Tonight/We raise hell/We take everything in sight.” He goes on from here to sing about the consequences of covering those demons with various drugs and alcohol. Specifically, he says, “I can’t feel my face/I’m so wasted/I wanna die/I’m young/Just having fun/So why/Not/Drink and drive/You dead/From all that whiskey/And all the vodka/drinking cocaine/And sniffing marijuana.” Yes, that’s right. The whole intention of that line being written in such fashion is to illustrate just how powerful and dangerous abusing drugs and alcohol can be. It shows that it can screw up a person so badly that said person wouldn’t even know what he or she is doing. Something as minor as this, examined on a larger scale, makes for quite the powerful statement. And the manic energy exuded by the band illustrates that message even more. Gomes goes even deeper as the song progresses. And audiences in hearing the song’s depth will agree that such musical and lyrical depth makes this one of the album’s most important and best songs, too.

Another of the album’s standout moments comes only a few songs after ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The song in question is the radio ready ‘No Tomorrow.’ Right from the song’s start, audiences will note a stark difference in the overall style of the song in comparison to ‘Lost in Babylon.’ It’s more of a straight forward hard rock song. That difference in sound makes it far more apt to be one of the album’s singles than say ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The defiant lyrics and the heavy, thundering guitar line here will work just as well in a live setting as on the radio. The song’s chorus, in which is written, “When it all goes down/You know I wanna be right there/Yeah, when the walls come down/You know I wanna be right there/On the frontline/Fightin’ on the right side/Holdin’ up the frontline/Like there’s no tomorrow.” The band adds in the song’s second verse what comes across as an indictment of the powers that be. Gomes sings in that verse, “Renegade/Can’t be f&*^!^% around with my life/I’m gonna break you/Show you how real rebels we ride/Take a big hit/Open your eyes and realize/It’s not the destination/It’s about the journey we ride/Can’t stop you from turning water into wine/Like the system/Poisoning the masses from the inside out/But change is coming that you heard about/The revolution’s on the way/Go BOOM BOOM!” There is a certain social consciousness about this song, nothing the revolution coming. It would seem that the noted revolution would be in regards to those working inside the system that is poisoning the masses. If that is the intended reference, then it makes the song all the harder hitting and worth the listen. In the bigger picture, it is yet another piece of Evolution’s whole that makes this album worth the listen.

Evolution boasts more than its share of high intensity songs throughout the course of its twelve tracks. For all of the powerhouse riffs and equally deep lyrics, the members of (Hed) p.e. show that they can also craft songs that are just as powerful without the heavier riffs and pounding drums and bass line. A prime example of that ability lies in the album’s penultimate track ‘Let it Burn.’ This piece harkens back to reggae legend Bob Marley both stylistically and lyrically. Gomes sings in this song, “show me a miracle/Show me some love today/A little bit of love go a long way/Just a little bit of love go a long way.” It’s one of those pieces that exemplifies the themes of togetherness and joy in life common in works from Marley and even his song Ziggy. And after all of the fiery energy presented by the album’s previous songs, it shows that a song can still be heavy without being musically heavy. It’s one more example of what makes Evolution worth the listen and potentially one of the year’s best independent releases.

(Hed) p.e. is currently touring in support of its upcoming album. It will be in Houston, Texas today and Dallas, Texas on Sunday. The band’s tour schedule also includes a stop at the famed Hooligan’s night club in Jacksonville, NC on Wednesday, August 27th. Fans can get the band’s full tour listing online now as well as the latest news from the band online at,,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Hell On Wheels Remains One Of TV’s Top Dramas In Its Third Season

Courtesy:  eOne/AMC

Courtesy: eOne/AMC

eOne will release the third season of AMC’s hit western drama Hell on Wheels next Tuesday, July 15th. It goes without saying that the third season of this standout series is the show’s best yet. And being that the series’ fourth season debuts in just a few weeks, its release is perfectly timed. It gives audiences that have watched the show since the beginning the chance to catch up should they have missed any episodes of this season or the series’ first two seasons. And for those that have not yet seen even the first season, audiences that watch this season will the most important key to its success. That key is the series’ writing. While it is recommended that audiences new to the series watch from Season 1, the show’s writers have done such an expert job that they don’t necessarily need to watch those first two seasons in order to appreciate Season Three. The acting on the part of the cast is just as integral to the success of Hell on Wheels Season Three. The cast has become so accustomed to one another that it has made the acting all the more believable. In turn, it makes suspension of disbelief all the easier, too. And last but not least of all, the bonus material included in this set rounds out the whole package, proving once and for why Hell On Wheels Season Three is one of the year’s best box sets for adults.

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season is one of the best new box sets for adults in 2014. There is so much to like about this set. The most obvious of this season’s positives is the show’s writing. Season Three sees some of the show’s strongest writing to date. That is evident in the character development on the parts of Cullen and especially Eva and Elam. Audiences start to see a much more emotional and human side of Cullen in Season Three. This is especially the case when Cullen is forced to make the choice to hang a young man at one point. The young man’s father tossed him to the proverbial woods after his father had shot the then head of railroad security. Cullen knew he was condemning an innocent boy to death for the sins of his father. The pain in his eyes as the young man was strung up is deeply telling. It shows that Cullen knew that hanging the young man was wrong and that it hurt him badly to see it happen. Such a scene adds to Cullen’s flawed yet sympathetic character. There is another scene shared between Cullen and Elam that shows just as much depth not just of Cullen’s character, but of Elam’s, too. That ties into what is perhaps the most powerful example of the show’s expert writing this season—the extended story arc involving the kidnapping of Elam and Eva’s daughter Rose.

Just as audiences see quite a bit of development in Cullen in each episode this season, so does the story arc involving the kidnapping of Rose help to develop both Elam and Eva. Elam’s softer yet more protective side comes out as he searches for whomever kidnapped his daughter. The story arc does have a positive outcome in the short run. That ending won’t be revealed here for the sake of those that haven’t yet had the chance to see this season. But it’s not all happy for long as things take a painful emotional turn. The turn in question ironically serves to flesh out Elam’s character even more than ever. One can’t help but feel for him in the long-term outcome. That audiences will left feeling so strongly about Elam exhibits once more why the writing in this season is some of the series’ best yet. There is plenty more that could be discussed in terms of how the writing in Season Three makes it a success. But there is neither time nor space enough for that without one losing interest in this review. So on to the next topic.

The second aspect of Hell on Wheels’ third season box set that makes it a success is the acting on the part of the show’s cast. Having worked together on the series’ first two hugely successful seasons, it is obvious that a certain amount of chemistry has developed between the cast members. That chemistry has made the acting even more natural in this season. The end result is acting that allows audiences to completely suspend their disbelief and be pulled into the world crafted collectively by the writers and the actors. There’s even some light humor thrown in for good measure to lighten the tension that runs throughout the town and its people. And people won’t be able to help but laugh at those brief moments of humor. Audiences will agree that this helps to solidify the cast’s acting as an important part of the whole. And together with the solid writing, it puts this season’s set at the tipping point. There is one final part of the whole that puts this box set over that proverbial tipping point—the bonus material.

The bonus material included in Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season continues the tradition established by eOne in the box sets containing Seasons One and Two. Audiences are offered a recap of Season Two in order to help viewers catch back up before Season Four starts next month. And as with the previously released box sets, this set also includes companion “Inside the Episodes” featurettes with each episode. And of course, the standard “Behind-The-Scenes” featurettes are there, too. So not only can viewers catch up before Season Four starts next month, but they are given a thorough look behind the cameras once again. They are allowed to see the work that went into bringing Season Three to life. That combination of elements works with the writing and acting in Season Three to put it over the top. Collectively, it shows once and for all why this box set is one of the year’s top new box sets for adults.

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season will be available next Tuesday, July 15th in stores and online. It will be available both on DVD and Blu-ray. More information on Hell on Wheels is available online now at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Anchor Bay Getting A Jump On The Holiday Season

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is getting a jump on the holiday season this year.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release a new holiday movie titled When Santa Fell to Earth on Tuesday, October 14th. The movie is based on the story by best-selling New York Times author Cornelia Funke. As the story starts, Santa is trying to evade the evil Gerold Geronimous Goblynch, the new head of the Great Christmas Council. Goblynch aims to use his position to banish Santa from Christmas Land forever.  So he sends his army of Nutcracker soldiers after Santa to capture him. In his attempt to evade Goblynch, Santa crash lands in the home town of Ben and Charlotte. Ben and Charlotte have to help Santa find Santa’s reindeer TwinkleStar and free his Christmas elves and angels all the while trying to evade Goblynch.

When Santa Fell to Earth will be available on DVD on Tuesday, October 14th for SRP of 19.98. More information on this and other releases from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Otherwise Debuts Lead Single From Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Otherwise has officially debuted its new single.

‘Darker Side of the Moon’ is the lead single from the Las Vegas, NV-based band’s upcoming album Peace at All Costs. The band debuted the new single online via It is accompanied by a lyric video, which can be viewed online now at The single is available now for download via iTunes and Amazon.

Front man Adrian Patrick explained the meaning behind the song in a recent interview, noting that it is part of a whole in Peace at All Costs that will end up having a positive effect on listeners. “Darker Side of the Moon is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone,” he said. “The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives… but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about. We hope that our album PEACE AT ALL COSTS will help the world navigate the depths of its own darkness and break through into the Light on the other side.”

‘Darker Side of the Moon’ can be downloaded via Amazon at and via iTunes at

The band will hit the road in support of Peace at All Costs beginning July 17th in Madison, Wisconsin. Its most current tour schedule is listed below.


July 17 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

Aug 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (w/Buckcherry)

Aug 23 – Central Point, OR – Lithia Motors Amphitheater

Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

Oct 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival


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Listeners Will Rock Out While Learning Spanish On Riff Rockit’s New LP

Courtesy:  Doggie Doodles Productions

Courtesy: Doggie Doodles Productions

Kindie rock star Riff Rockit released a brand new Spanish-language record titled Luz Verde Vamos! last month. The record, whose title translates roughly to Green Light, Go! is an enjoyable record both for the most fluent Spanish speaking audiences and those that are barely even novices with the language. The album’s opener, ‘Rock Del Alfabeto,’–‘Rock of the Alphabet’—is a fitting way to introduce less experienced listeners to Spanish with its mix of fun, rocking music and equally interesting lyrics. Those that are a little more experienced in speaking Spanish will enjoy more in-depth songs such as ‘Mr. Tux’ and ‘El Invierno.’ They can in turn translate the songs’ lyrics to less experienced Spanish speaking audiences and in turn allow for them to enjoy those songs, just as much. Whether it be for these songs or any of the others that make up Luz Verde Vamos! audiences will agree that this record is just as valuable for those less familiar with Spanish as for those that are more experienced with the language. And because of this, it proves to be one of the year’s most surprising children’s albums.

Riff Rockit opens Luz Verde Vamos! in fitting style with the song ‘Rock Del Alfabeto.’ The up-tempo rocker will have listeners of all ages singing and dancing along as he teaches listeners the Spanish alphabet. As audiences will note, there are a number of differences between the English alphabet and that of Hispanics. For example, the English words for water and beach are completely different than those used in Spanish. Audiences will learn that in Spanish, water is called agua. So it starts off the song. And the Spanish word for beach is playa. So it actually comes later in the Spanish alphabet. There are plenty of other differences that audiences will learn about as they listen to this song. The difference in languages is just the surface of what makes this song the perfect opener for this album. Learning the different English and Spanish words for given words is the beginning of learning about cultural relativity. Parents and teachers can start here and develop lessons about what makes one group of people different from others, and why that makes given groups just as interesting as the young listeners in question. Add in a rocking musical side that will have audiences of all ages singing along and audiences get a song that they’ll love just as much with every listen.

‘Rock Del Alfabeto’ is a great way for Riff Rockit to open Luz Verde Vamos as is evidenced above. It’s not the only song that audiences will enjoy on this record, either. Parents of young children will be taken back in time thanks to the 1980s style opus ‘Mr. Tux.’ The use of the guitars and keyboards in this song is a direct throwback to another era of music. Yet somehow, Riff Rockit has somehow taken that sound and improved on it in this case. The song’s lyrical side makes the song even more fun for listeners. Riff Rockit sings in this song about a tuxedo cat named…well…Mr. Tux. He sings of the cat that he is definitely living the good life. He sings that the cat in question is “Black and white/A fur machine/The coolest kitten in Los Angeles…Got a mansion in the canyon/Yeah, he’s living it good…Making movies/Livin’ the life….he loves to dance/Rocks every gig/he is a legend on the sunset strip.” Needless to say, this is one cat that is living in the lap of luxury. One can so easily see this cat living it up as Riff Rockit sings about the fancy feline, too. That vivid imagery and infectious club style grooves are sure to entertain listeners over and over.

Both ‘Mr. Tux’ and ‘Rock Del Alfabeto’ are great examples of what makes Luz Verde Vamos! a fun album for listeners of all ages whether they speak Spanish or not. There are plenty of other catchy, up-tempo pieces throughout this record that could also serve as examples of what makes this such a fun record. For all of the energy exuded by the songs of this album, Riff Rockit also displays a gentler, more emotional side, too. He exhibits that side in the ballad style song titled ‘Wintertime.’ He sings of everything that makes winter the beautiful time of year that it is every year. He sings against the gentle strains of the guitars, drums, and piano, “When the snow is falling down/You don’t make a sound/It covers the ground/Like a blanket fluffy and white/When the cold wind blows/There’s hot chocolate on the stove/Looking out my window/It’s a beautiful sight.” He goes on to sing in the chorus about families spending time together especially during the holidays and more as he sings, “Coats hangin’ by the door/Boots lined up on the floor/People giving something more/This time of year/Putting up stockings and lights/Fire cracklin’ through the night’/It’s a wonderful life/When everybody’s here/Oh/Wintertime/I don’t mind the weather/Families together/Come around every December/Wintertime.” There are dozens upon dozens of songs about the winter and the holiday season. There are so many in fact, that it’s tough to find anything original nowadays. It makes this tearjerker a breath of fresh air. It would be just as wonderful to see a music video made for this song as it is just as vivid as the album’s other songs.

Whether it be for the deeply emotional ballad celebrating Winter and all of its joys, the more rocking ‘Mr. Tux’ and ‘Rock Del Alfabeto’ or any of the songs not mentioned here, there is something on this record that every listener will appreciate. What’s more the very process of translating the words makes the album even more enjoyable as the process provides an educational purpose to the album, too. The combination of that latent and manifest function together makes Luz Verde Vamos! a record that everyone will enjoy with every listen. It is available now in stores and online. And while no tour dates are currently set, audiences can keep track of all Riff Rockit’s latest tour updates, news and more online at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Olive Films’ Operation Petticoat Re-Issue Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time

Courtesy: Olive Films

Courtesy: Olive Films

Cary Grant and Tony Curtis’ 1959 military-based rom-com Operation Petticoat is a wonderfully entertaining story that any true lover of film will appreciate. And now thanks to the people at Olive Films, audiences get to see for themselves just why this classic is a must see for audiences new and old alike. That is because Olive Films re-issued the classic comedy earlier this week. This classic comedy could not have come along at a better time. In an era when originality and creativity in Hollywood have become all but extinct, this re-issue serves as an economic and entertaining alternative to all of the prequels, sequels, and remakes currently polluting theaters across the country. The first and most obvious reason that Operation Petticoat works so well is its script. And the acting especially on the part of Curtis and Grant makes for more than its share of laughs. Lastly, audiences will appreciate in this re-issue that the movie looks exactly as it did in its original premiere. These three factors together make this new re-issue of Operation Petticoat an absolute must-have for any true classic movie lover even without any bonus material.

Military movies and rom-coms were two of the most prominent genre of films released in the golden era of Hollywood’s major studios. Unlike in the current era of movies though, those movies actually served a purpose. That aside, few studios even then could boast films that blended both genres into one work. There were military dramas that mixed in a romantic drama. But finding one that mixes the rom-com and military is difficult to say the least. Enter Operation Petticoat. Co-writers Stanley Shapiro and Mauriche Richlincrafted a story with their script that successfully blends both genres into one. The success comes mainly in the ability of both writers to have balanced the elements of both genres without letting one overpower the other. Even with part of the story being a rom-com, the romance is kept to an extreme minimum. Yet there is still a slight level of romance there that some audiences will appreciate. The script’s comedic element is more prominent and will most certainly have audiences of all ages laughing uproariously. Audiences won’t be able to help but laugh as Grant and Curtis face off against one another, and even have to deal with the women brought on board by Lt. JG Nicholas Holden. Their ability to interpret the script makes the movie even more worth watching.

Cary Grant (Arsenic and Old Lace, North By Northwest, Notorious) and Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot, The Defiant Ones, The Great Race) make Operation Petticoat even more enjoyable thanks to their ability to interpret Shapiro and Shiplin’s script for this movie. Neil Simon’s famed buddy comedy The Odd Couple was still some nine years away when Operation Petticoat premiered. Yet Grant and Curtis become their own Odd Couple of sorts as they face off. Audiences will find themselves laughing hysterically at the contradiction of Holden’s naïve yet rather devious personality set against Grant’s far more straight-laced Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman. And as straight-laced as Sherman shows himself to be, he has his own wit about himself that will have audiences laughing just as much. This is especially obvious as he takes Holden’s personal belongings to make up for Holden stealing a man’s pig at one point. This is one of the most entertaining of the duo’s moments on screen together. He also breaks up an attempt by Holden to woo one of the women that Holden brings on board, making for another of so many wonderfully entertaining moments tossed into the movie. Audiences will find plenty more such moments when they purchase this DVD for themselves. It isn’t the last of the positives that audiences will appreciate in this new re-issue, either. Last but not least of this re-issue’s positives is the overall look of the film.

The overall presentation of Operation Petticoat in its re-issue from Olive Films is the last piece of this movie that audiences will appreciate. Watching the movie, audiences will see that it looks just as it did in its original presentation some fifty-five years ago. And thanks to today’s technology, its DVD presentation is automatically upconverted on any Blu-ray player. It is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. But those that purchase the DVD will be just as impressed with the movie’s look when it is upconverted. Audiences can spot every little nuance of the original movie’s quality whether on DVD or Blu-ray. It’s like watching a movie on Turner Classic Movies without having to turn on the television. Even without any bonus material, the movie’s overall look alongside the acting on the part of its lead actors, and the script collectively make Olive Films’ re-issue of Operation Petticoat a true must see for any true lover of classic films.

Olive Films’ brand new re-issue of Operation Petticoat is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from Olive Films’ online store at More information on this and other titles available from Olive Films is available online at, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Steve Aoki’s New LP, MSG Show Pushed Back

Courtesy:  Dim Mak Records

Courtesy: Dim Mak Records

The release of Steve Aoki’s upcoming album Neon Future I has been pushed back from its original release date.

Officials with Dim Mak Records announced Thursday that Neon Future I will now be released September 30th. It was previously scheduled to be released August 12th. The pushback is due to the need for additional production work on the album’s songs.

In coordination with the album’s pushback, Aoki’s performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden has also been pushed back from its initial date, too. That concert was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 16th. No makeup date has been announced at this time for that performance. However, work is underway to nail down a makeup date. An announcement will be made once a makeup date has been confirmed for the concert. Anyone that had already purchased tickets for the previously scheduled August 16th performance will receive refunds. They will also be allowed early access to tickets for the rescheduled date once it has been announced.

Aoki’s fans can keep up with that news and more online now at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Royal Blood Announces Album Release, Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

UK rock duo Royal Blood will release its self-titled debut album this summer.

Royal Blood will be released in North America on Monday, August 25th. The album will be released in North America via Warner Brothers Records. It comes on the heels of the band’s recently released EP Out of the Black. That record was released March 18th.

Pre-orders for Royal Blood begin Tuesday, July 29th. The album will be released digitally, on CD, vinyl, and on special D2C package. Warner Brothers Records and the duo—Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums)—have made available or streaming the single ‘Figure It Out’ available for fans to stream while they await the album’s release. Fans can stream it now via SoundCloud now Fans can also go online to Spotify to check out the band’s new exclusive Spotify “Sessions” Live EP, which features four songs off of Royal Blood that were recorded earlier this year in New York City.

Royal Blood will hit the road in support of its upcoming album beginning Tuesday, July 15th at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. From there, the duo will tour through the Northeast and Midwest to round out the month of July before touring Canada throughout August. Royal Blood’s most current tour schedule is listed below.

2014 U.S. Live Dates

July 15 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

July 18 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

July 19 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

July 20 – DC9 – Washington, DC

July 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

July 23 – Walter Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY

July 24 – Shelter – Detroit, MI

July 25 – The Basement – Columbus, OH

July 26 – The Ballroom at the Taft – Cincinnati, OH

July 28 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

July 30 – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, IA*

July 31 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL^

August 1 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

August 3 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montreal, QC

September 27 – Humphreys – San Diego, CA#

September 30 – The Masonic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA#

October 2 – Revolution Center – Boise, ID#

October 3 – Performing Arts Center – Spokane, WA#

October 5 – Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB#

October 6 – Shaw Conference – Edmonton, AB#

October 7 – TCU Place – Saskatoon, SK#

October 9 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MB#

October 11 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN#

October 12 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI#

* With Arctic Monkeys

^ With Portugal. The Man

# With The Pixies


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Scream Factory To Release Hemlock Grove Season One This Fall

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Scream Factory/Netflix

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Scream Factory/Netflix

Officials with Scream Factory made a big announcement Tuesday about a new upcoming release.

The announcement was made Tuesday that Scream Factory will release the first season of Netflix’s hit original series Hemlock Grove. The first season of the Emmy© nominated series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, October 7th. All thirteen episodes from the series’ first season will be spread across three discs. Both box sets will also include exclusive bonus features not available through Netflix, including six new vignettes. More information on the set’s bonus material will be announced as the set’s release date nears. The complete list of the set’s bonus material is listed below.

Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season Bonus Features


“Dysfunctional In Every Way,”

“Anatomy of a Kill,

“Fairytales for Adults”

“The Rust Beneath the Surface”

“The Monster Within”

“It Hurts So Good”

Hemlock Grove is based on author Brian McGreevy’s novel. It is executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) and was co-created by McGreevy and Lee Shipman. The series stars Famke Jenssen (X-Men , X-2: X-Men United, X-3: The Last Stand), Bill Skarsgard (Anna Karenina, The Crown Jewels, Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (Altitude, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Howling: Reborn), Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries, The Joe Manifesto, 6 Plots), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Hitman, Ever After: A Cinderella Story). The series is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.

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