DHT To Tour Europe This Spring

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Dead Horse Trauma has announced another new string of live dates.

The band announced Monday that it will serve as support on Ektomorf’s latest headlining tour beginning March 2 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  The tour runs through April 1 in the Czech Republic and includes performances in Hungary, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, France and other nations.  The current schedule is noted below.

European Dates with Ektomorf

3/02 – Pitcher – Düsseldorf, Germany
3/03 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
3/04 – Klub Muzyczny Liverpool – Wroclaw, Poland
3/05 – Aching – Colmar, France
3/07 – Altherax – Nice, France
3/08 – Palazzo Bowling & Beat Club – Chur, Switzerland
3/09 – Metbar – Lenzburg, Switzerland
3/10 – Woody’s – Schleiz, Germany
3/11 – Viper Room – Vienna, Austria
3/13 – Barrák Music Club – Ostrava, Czech Republic
3/14 – Nuke – Berlin, Germany
3/15 – Rock Café – Prague, Czech Republic
3/16 – L.A. Cham – Cham, Germany
3/17 – Das Rind – Rüsselsheim, Germany
3/18 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
3/19 – From Hell – Erfurt, Germany
3/20 – Chemie Fabrik – Dresden, Germany
3/21 – Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, Germany
3/22 – Kulturzentrum Zollhaus – Leer, Germany
3/23 – Factory Event Center – Magdeburg, Germany
3/24 – Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
3/25 – Rock Fabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
3/26 – Backstage – München, Germany
3/27 – Vègàllomàs Klub – Szombathely, Hungary
3/28 – Form Space – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3/29 – Narancs Rock Cafe – Békéscsaba, Hungary
3/30 – Sypka – Morkovice, Czechia
3/31 – Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany
4/01 – MC Fabrika – Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Tickets are available online now here.  DHT’s latest live schedule is in support of its latest album Life.  Along with the tour announcement, the band also announced it will re-issue the European edition of Life via Revival Media Group. More information on that re-issue, the band’s tour and more is available online now at:

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PBS’ New Bob Hope Profile Is A Masterful Portrait Of A True American Master

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Bob Hope is an American Master. From radio to the big screen and small and even to the frontlines of the nation’s major military conflicts, Hope gave America laughs and…well…hope throughout the course of his eight decade-long career. Now almost 15 years after the legendary entertainer died, PBS and Public Media Distribution have paid tribute to him in the form of a new episode of PBS’ hit bio series American Masters titled American Masters: This Is Bob Hope. Released January 9, 2018, this 2-hour documentary paints a vivid picture of what makes Hope a true American Master in part through its unbiased story of his life and career. That story forms a solid foundation for the program’s presentation, and will be discussed shortly. The program’s pacing directly connects to the story itself, making it just as important to discuss as the program’s story. It will be touched on later. The bonus material included with the program rounds out its most important elements. Each item is important in its own way to the whole of American Masters: This is Bob Hope. All things considered, they collectively make the program proof positive of why Bob Hope is an American Master and why this profile of the legendary entertainer is one of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Masters: This is Bob Hope, one of the latest entries in PBS’ hit biography series American Masters, is one of this year’s best new documentaries, hands down. It is a program that will appeal just as much to Hope aficionados as it will entertainment history buffs. This is proven in no small part through the profile presented of the legendary entertainer through the program’s story. The story presented here — largely through interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy (Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Kermit the Frog, Dick Cavett, Conan O’Brien) is a fully unbiased profile of Hope that shows the good, the bad and even the ugly. Yes, there was some ugly in his life. It came in the form of his alleged issues with infidelity. Hope’s friends and family tackle the topic briefly, but do what they can to talk about it without completely sweeping it under the rug. Even though the discussion was not in-depth, it showed that those behind the lens wanted to make sure to show a full profile of the man who was Bob Hope. The good is the love that he had for his adopted children and his very real dedication to entertaining the men who served in America’s armed forces from World War II right through Vietnam as well as his pure dedication to entertaining audiences in general. Those are tidbits that any viewer will appreciate learning. That is because it makes Hope that much more beloved. Just as interesting to learn about is Hope’s friendship with fellow entertainer Bing Crosby. As comedian/actor Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc, Monsters U, Parental Control) notes as he reads Hope’s own words, the two had quite the chemistry on and off camera. Though, despite that friendship, Hope apparently got jealous when Crosby got an Academy Award. This is all very interesting, and only one part of the story that makes the whole of the story so interesting. The bad of Hope’s life and career adds just as much interest to the story as the good and even the ugly. The bad comes through the discussion on his connection to the Vietnam War. Audiences learn here that in what seemed like an attempt to stay relevent, Hope caused some controversy with his jokes in support of the Vietnam conflict and his political ties to the White House at the time. This upset both the military he entertained and those back in the United States with his comments. It’s just one more interesting piece of information that audiences learn in watching this in-depth look at Bob Hope’s life and career. The additional depth that this piece of information adds to the story shows even more why the story is so critical to the doc’s presentation. Of course for all of the interest that the story doc’s story generates, it is only one part of what makes this program an interesting watch. The program’s pacing, by connection is just as important to discuss.

The pacing of PBS’ new profile of Bob Hope is so important to discuss because of the sheer amount of material that is shared over the course of the program’s two hours. The program takes viewers from Hope’s childhood all the way up to the end of his career, when he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors. As noted already, Hope’s career is followed chronologically, from his early days in radio to his growing fame on the big screen and then on to the small screen. Throughout each stage of his career, audiences learn lots of information about his professional and personal life. That means that there was a lot of ground to cover. Thankfully, for all of the ground that is covered here, those behind the doc didn’t let the story get bogged down in itself. That was due in part to the insights from the guests and also in part simply to balance of each segment. That attention to detail resulted in each segment starting and ending at just the right point, focusing on the most important items in each part of Hope’s career. That attention to detail couples with the movement generated through the guest interviews to keep the program moving smoothly from beginning to end. While audiences know that two hours have passed by the time the story ends, they will still feel more fulfilled than exhausted. Again, that is a tribute to the attention to detail. The end effect is a program that moves fluidly from one segment to the next and ensures in itself maintained engagement just as much as the story itself. Keeping in mind the connection and importance of the doc’s story and pacing, audiences see even more why American Masters: This Is Bob Hope is another master profile from PBS. As important as they are to the whole of the program, they are not the only important elements to discuss here. The bonus material included in the program’s home release rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material included with AM: This Is Bob Hope is primarily interview material that was ended up on the cutting room floor. One of the most interesting interview segments is that with Conan O’Brien as he talks about working on an episode of The Simpsons that incorporated Bob Hope. O’Brien talks here about Hope making a surprise appearance to actually voice himself for the brief cameo and his own gleeful surprise at Hope’s surprising appearance for the recording. There is also a reading by another interviewee of a letter that Hope wrote to one of his young fans early his career that adds even more depth to the overall story. It is real proof of the love that was discussed during the program that Hope had for his legions of fans. Tom Selleck’s (yes, Tom Selleck) anecdote about appearing on television opposite Hope offers its own enjoyment, and is sure to leave audiences with a laugh and a smile. Considering this, it comes as no surprise that it is saved as the last of the bonus materials. The opening bonus interview with O’Brien about Hope setting the standard for making even monologue foibles adds just as much enjoyment as Selleck’s interview and the other bonus interviews. Between the interviews noted here and those not directly noted, the bonus interviews included with this program add just as much to the program’s whole as the story and its pacing. When this is all considered together, the end result is an overall presentation that is certain to appeal to any Bob Hope aficionado just as much as it will to any entertainment history buff. With that in mind, it is easily a candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Masters: This Is Bob Hope is a masterful profile of a true master entertainer. This two-hour bio on Bob Hope is a work that is certain to appeal to any Bob Hope aficionado and to any entertainment history buff. As has been noted here, that is due in part to the program’s in-depth story. It is an unbiased story that presents the good, bad and ugly of Hope’s life and career equally. The story’s pacing ensures audiences’ engagement just as much as the story itself while the bonus interview segments put the finishing touch to the program’s presentation. Each element is important in its own right, as audiences will see when they watch this program. All things considered, they make American Masters: This Is Bob Hope another masterful presentation from PBS. It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of American Masters is available online now at:

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History Buffs In Whole Should See Film Movement’s New WWII Doc ‘Line 41’ At Least Once

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Ever since World War II came to its end in 1945, so many stories have been told of the war. At the same time, just as many stories have not been shared. That is because so many innocent lives were lost in the war and because so many survivors have died since then without being able to pass on their stories. Luckily, two more stories have finally been told in a new documentary from independent film studio Film Movement titled Line 41. They are the stories of two men on opposite sides of the tragic events that happened in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. This dual-pronged story creates a solid foundation for the program, which in itself guarantees audiences’ engagement. It is only one part of what makes the program worth the watch. The program’s collective pacing and transitions play directly into the program’s presentation, even as minute as they might seem on the surface. This will be discussed later. The bonus deleted interviews included with the doc’s home release round out its most important elements. That’s the case even though there is one interview that is sadly missing and would have added so much to the program. Even with that in mind, when the bonus interview segments are set alongside the story at the center of this doc and its aesthetic elements, the whole of those elements makes Line 41 a program that history buffs and WWII history buffs alike will appreciate.

Line 41, Film Movement’s new World War II retrospective documentary from documentarian Tanja Cummings, is a program that will easily appeal to history buffs and more specifically World War II history buffs alike. That is due in part to the 96-minute program’s dual-pronged story. The story follows two men — Natan Grossman, a Jewish survivor of those events who would eventually be sent to Auschwitz, and Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, the son of the Nazi head of Lodz — who were both directly tied to the horrific events that happened in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Grossman returned, in this documentary, to his former home after being gone for more than 70 years as he searches for his brother. Ventzki meanwhile is trying to come to terms with the man who was his father and the heinous acts that his father allowed to happen to Jews who lived in Lodz. Eventually the two men come face to face as their stories progress, which leads to quite the powerful moment — a moment that is certain to move any viewer as the men talk about what happened and even bond over those events. Even after the men finally meet, their stories are not over. The doc’s finale is bittersweet to say the least. It won’t be revealed here, for the sake of those who have yet to see the program, but it will leave a lasting impression on audiences. Keeping all of this in mind, audiences will agree in watching the overall story that it is in fact one of the doc’s most important elements, if not its single most important element. It definitely is not the program’s only important element, though. Just as important to discuss in analyzing this presentation is its collective pacing and transitions.

Considering that two separate stories are told over the course of Line 41’s one hour, 36-minute run time, it would have been easy for it to get bogged down in itself. Luckily though, that did not happen. Cummings and her crew expertly balanced each man’s story while also including the stories of others who were connected to the events at Lodz as secondary stories. Their stories are presented as each man makes his way through his own journey. Cummings and company spend just enough time with each story, finding exactly the right points to move from one story to the other. It ensures even more, audiences’ maintained engagement throughout. On another level, audiences will appreciate the precise transition points and how they were handled. The transitions are made fully evident through the use of sketches that gradually grow into the scenes that start each segment. This clearly lets viewers know that the documentary is moving from one story to another. That clarity even more certainly assures audiences’ engagement from beginning to end of this program, in turn making the program that much more impacting. There are also lines from Jewish victims’ diaries incorporated into the program as their own segment dividers that are even harder hitting than the general scene transitions. These segments add even more depth to the program even though they are little more than transition points. Cummings and company are to be complimented for the thought put into their use here, too. To that end, the program’s solid pacing and clear transition points do just as much to keep audiences engaged in this program as the dual-pronged story at its center. They are not its only collectively important elements, either. The bonus interviews included in the program’s presentation round out its most important elements.

The deleted interviews that are included with Line 41 as bonus material are so important to note here because of how much they add to the doc’s viewing experience and depth. One of the most intriguing interviews is with Grossman as he discusses the role of the Catholic Church in connection to the events at Lodz. Grossman basically indicts the Catholic Church, alleging Pope John Paul II (born Karl Josef Wojtyla in Poland in 1920) was the only pope who did anything to try to help Jews in Lodz. This is part of a bigger discussion that he presents about Jewish/Christian relations as they pertained to what perhaps led to World War II. It’s an undeniably intriguing discussion as are his more in-depth conversations with Cummings about how he had tried to put the events at Lodz behind him for so many years and how hard it was to bring everything back. There are also interviews with the secondary figures introduced through the story that add their own depth to the presentation. Their recollections are interesting, as they add even more to the story, but it is clear in listening to them why they ended up on the cutting room floor. When all of the interviews are considered in whole, they add their own share of interest to Line 41. When they are set alongside the in-depth story at the center of the doc and its solid pacing and transitions, the end result is a presentation that will, again, appeal to students and lovers of history and more specifically World War II history.

Film Movement’s new World War II retrospective documentary Line 41 is a powerful new story about the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish community during World War II. It is one of those stories that deserves at least one watch among its key audiences. That is proven in part through that noted story, which follows two men as they retrace the events in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. The two-pronged story’s collective pacing and transitions do just as much as the story itself to keep audiences engaged as do the bonus interviews that were cut from the final product. Some of the interviews clearly should have been left in while others were rightfully cut despite presenting their own interest. Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Line 41. All things considered, they make Line 41 a story that any student and lover of history, and more specifically World War II history, will appreciate. Those who watch will agree it is worth at least one watch. It is available now and can be ordered direct via Film Movement’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Film Movement is available online now at:

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Muse Unveils New LP’s Second Single, ‘Thought Contagion’

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Muse has a brand new song for its fans.

The band debuted this week, its new single ‘Thought Contagion‘ along with its new companion video.  The song — co-produced by Muse and Rich Costey and mixed by Adam Hawkins — is taken from the band’s next, as-yet untitled new LP and comes on the heels of the band’s previous single ‘Dig Down.’  Front man Matt Bellamy said in a recent interview that the song’s message centers on the concept of a person’s thoughts being impacted by the thoughts of others.

“The meaning of the song ‘Thought Contagion’ is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself,” Bellamy said.

This concept is illustrated in the song’s companion 80s vampire-themed video, which — directed by Lance Drake (who also directed the ‘Dig Down‘ video) — comes complete with what would seem to be a tribute to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video with its climactic dance number.

The debut of the band’s new single comes only days after the band was awarded the prestigious NME Award for ‘Best Festival Headliner’ after its huge 2017 Reading & Leeds Festival performance.  That performance included a performance of AC/DC’s timeless classic ‘Back in Black’ with AC/DC front man Brian Johnson.  It is streaming online now here.

More information on Muse’s new single, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.muse.mu

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/muse

 

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Maya The Bee Is Buzzing Home Again This Spring

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Maya The Bee is back!

The beloved little honey bee has a new family friendly movie on the way.  Maya The Bee 2The Honey Games is currently scheduled for release May 1, 2018 via Shout! Factory Kids.  It will be released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD.

Co-directed by the team of Noel Cleary (Tashi), Sergio Delfino (Chicken Run) and Alexs Stadermann (Maya The BeeBambi IIA Goofy Movie), this story follows Maya and her friend Willy as they travel to Buzztropolis to compete in The Honey Games.  The danger is that if the pair loses the games, they have to give their summer honey harvest to the Empress.

This could spell disaster for Maya’s hive since the harvest season had been slim. Over the course of the story, audiences learn invaluable lessons about friendship, responsibility and courage.

Originally based on the German novel Maya The Bee in 1912, the stories of Maya have been passed down throughout the ages in countless languages.  It has also been translated into an animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia.

More information on Maya The Bee 2 and other titles from Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

 

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Sleep Signals Announces New Live Dates With Cold Kingdom

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Sleep Signals is going back out on the road.

The band announced Thursday that it will launch the “Tour-Rito Supreme Tour” on Thursday, March 1 in Mankato, Minnesota.  Cold Kingdom will join Sleep Signals for the roughly five week-long Midwest/West Coast tour that includes performances in San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and a variety of other cities.  The band’s schedule includes a performance March 16 at Showdown Fest in El Paso, TX in support of Motley Crue front man Vince Neil.

Sleep Signals’ new live schedule is in support of its latest studio recording, the six-song EP At The End Of The World.  The EP was produced by Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) and features guest appearances from Marty McCoy of Bobaflex and Josh Brown of Full Devil jacket.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below. Tickets are available online at http://www.sleepsignals.net.

Tour-Rito Supreme Tour Dates:

3.01 Mankato, MN @ What’s Up Lounge
3.02 Minneapolis, MN @ Route 47
3.03 Fort Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
3.04 Rockford, IL @ Whiskeys Roadhouse
3.05 Beach Park, IL @ Cracken Cakes *
3.06 Madison, WI @ The Red Zone
3.07 Lansing, IL @ Royal Skate *
3.08 Sioux City, IA @ The Marquee
3.09 Algona, IA @ Lifers
3.10 Springfield, MO @ Front of House Lounge
3.11 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
3.13 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar (Dirty Fest)
3.14 Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
3.15 Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
3.16 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum (Showdown Fest)
3.17 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
3.20 San Diego, CA @ TBA
3.22 Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut
3.23 Las Vegas, NV @ Cornish Pasty
3.24 Long Beach, CA @ The Prospector
3.26 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
3.29 Medford, OR @ Grape Street Bar & Grill
3.30 Burley, ID @ The Riverside Bar
3.31 Kennewick, WA @ Eagles 2485
4.01 Logan, UT @ Eagles 3114
4.02 Orem, UT @ Utah Valley University *
4.03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
4.04 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theater
4.05 Manitou Springs, CO @ The Ancient Mariner
4.06 Denver, CO @ Moe’s Original BBQ
4.07 Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern

* Sleep Signals Only

More information on Sleep Signals’ upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://sleepsignals.net

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Ellefson Coffee Company Announces Appearances To Promote New Drink

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellfson’s success as an entrepreneur just keeps growing.

Just announced Thursday, Ellefson has announced some new in-person appearances alongside The Ron Keel Band to promote the growth of Ellefson’s beverage offerings and the release of The Ron Keel Band’s album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  Ellefson, who will be on hand at each of the four currently scheduled appearances — March 16 – March 18 — will be promoting Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Urban Legend Coffee Stout alcoholic drink alongside Sioux Falls microbrewery Hydra Beer Company.

The forthcoming debut of the new drink come on the heels of the successful January debut of Combat Blood and Bullets Cabernet, a 2015 California cabernet, and Combat Hard Cider.  The cider is infused with Ellefson Coffee Company’s coffee.  Both drinks were cellared and bottled by Scottsdale, AZ’s Desert Rock Winery.  Both drinks are also available online at http://www.combatwines.com.

As noted already, The Ron Keel Band will also be on hand at some of the currently scheduled appearances.  The band’s performances at the dates, listed below, are in promotion for the upcoming release of its album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  It will be available in stores and online March 23 via EMP Outlaw, the outlaw country arm of EMP Label Group.

Meet David at the following locations:
Friday 3/16 7 PM
HYDRA BEER COMPANY, SIOUX FALLS, SD
URBAND LEGEND COFFEE STOUT LAUNCH/
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE

Saturday 3/17 2 PM
DOWN IN THE VALLEY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
8020 OLSON MEMORIAL HWY
GOLDEN VALLEY MN 55427

SATURDAY 3/17 7 PM
WHATSUP LOUNGE – MANKATO, MN
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE
WITH MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON

SUNDAY 3/18 2 PM
KNOW NAME RECORDS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
6009 PORTLAND AVE. SO. MINNEAPOLIS, MN

More information on the upcoming scheduled appearances is available online now along with more Ellefson Coffe Company and Combat Wines news at:

Website: https://ellefsoncoffeeco.comhttps://desertrockindustries.ecwid.com/#!/Special-Bottles/c/20355002

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

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Website: http://www.hydrabeercompany.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/HydraBeerCo

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