ESPN Networks To Air NBA Free Agency Specials

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ESPN continues its off-season coverage of the National Basketball Association next week.

The network will cover the start of the league’s free agency period on The JumpFree Agency Special.  The broadcast is scheduled to air from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.

The NBA’s free agency period opens at 6 p.m. June 30. Prior to its open, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will team up for Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special from 7 – 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

More episodes of the JumpFree Agency Special are scheduled to air 8 to 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 2 on ESPN and from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 3 on ESPN2.  The upcoming broadcasts are in addition to regular broadcasts of The Jump, which are scheduled to air from 3 to 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  All broadcasts are also available online via the ESPN App.

Among this year’s most prominent free agents are players, such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

As an addition to its free agency coverage, ESPN’s networks will also offer coverage of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.  The games will broadcast via the ESPN App.

More information the NBA’s off-season free agency moves is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

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ESPN To Carry Exclusive NBA Draft Lottery Coverage

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As the 2018-19 NBA season winds down, ESPN will carry coverage of the first building block for the 2019-20 season.

The worldwide leader in sports will broadcast the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery May 14 from 8:30 – 9p.m.  The broadcast will originate live from Chicago, ILL and will feature the reveal for the Draft lottery order, analysis from ESPN on-air talent and interviews with the NBA’s top prospects.

The NBA Draft Lottery coverage will precede ESPN’s exclusive coverage of either Game 1 or 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Coverage of the matchup will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and through the ESPN app.

Prior to the network’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery, a special edition of ESPN’s NBA studio show The Jump will air at 8 p.m.  Hosted by Rachel Nichols, the special episode will feature Nichols sitting down for a one-on-one interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before going on to anchor ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery.

The full schedule of the night’s NBA coverage is noted below.

Time (ET)

Telecast

Platform

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

NBA Countdown

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

8 p.m.

The Jump at the NBA Draft Lottery

ESPN, ESPN App

8:30 p.m.

2019 NBA Draft Lottery Telecast

ESPN, ESPN App

9 p.m.

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 or Game 2

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

9 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

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Fozzy Announces New Live Dates

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Fozzy announced a new tour schedule this week.

The band revealed the schedule for its “Unleashed in the West Tour” Friday.  The almost month-long tour, which is in support of Fozzy’s latest album Judas (2017), is scheduled to launch Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 28.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Tucson, AZ; Crystal Bay, NV and San Diego, CA.

Before the band launches its “Unleashed in the West Tour,” the band will finish off its current headlining tour next month The tours’ schedules are noted below.

FOZZY HEADLINE TOUR DATES
w/NITA STRAUSS
May 15 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
May 16 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim
May 17 – Virginia Beach, VA – FM99’s Lunatic Luau
May 18 – Camden, NJ – MMRBQ*
*Fozzy only
UNLEASHED IN THE WEST 2019 TOUR
September 5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
September 6 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Theater
September 7 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal
September 11 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino/Crown Room
September 12 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
September 13 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium**
September 15 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
September 18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
September 19 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
September 20 – Tucson, AZ – Encore
September 21 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock ^
September 25 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall^
September 26 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live^
September 27 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
September 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
**supporting Iron Maiden
^special guests Sons Of Texas

Judas spawned three singles — ‘Painless,’ ‘Burn Me Out‘ and ‘Judas.’  More information on the album and the band’s tour is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.fozzyrock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fozzyrock

 

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CMG To Re-Issue Two Keaton Classics

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Cohen Media Group will release two of Buster Keaton’s classic pictures next month.

The General and Steamboat Bill Jr. are set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on May 14 in what is being titled The Buster Keaton CollectionVolume 1.  Both movies are considered some of Keaton’s best works, and are even featured in the National Film Registry.

The General (1926) is considered by many critics to be the last truly standout movie of the silent era.  It is listed at No. 18 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films and at No. 34 on the latest Sight & Sound critics poll of the movie industry’s greatest movies.

The civil war movie features Keaton as train engineer Johnnie Gray.  Gray’s train is taken by Union spies, leading him on a chase to reclaim the locomotive.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) stars Keaton as the son of a steamboat captain. Keaton’s character rescues a young woman following a cyclone, to prove his love for her, and later has to face her father man to man to show even more how much he loves the young woman.

Along with the two main features, The Buster Keaton CollectionVol. 1 will also feature the bonus featurettes “Reflections on The General” and “Buster Keaton: The Luminary.

The Buster Keaton CollectionVolume 1 will retail for MSRP of $30.99 (Blu-ray) and $25.99 (DVD).  More information on this release and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.cohenmedia.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cohenmediagroup

 

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Hyro The Hero Announces Summer Tour Schedule

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Hyro The Hero has announced a new slate of live dates.

The rap-rock artist announced a new jam-packed summer tour schedule on Wednesday.  The three-month-long-plus tour schedule is set to launch May 3 in Jacksonville, Fla and to run through Aug. 25 in Brooklyn, NY.

The tour will feature performances at the Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, NC, Dreamhack Dallas Convention and Rocklahoma festival as well as performances in cities nationwide.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome To Rockville
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter After Show
Sun
5/12
Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge ^
Tue
5/14
Chesterfield, MI
Diesel Concert Lounge ^
Wed
5/15
Lexington, KY
Manchester Music Hall ^
Fri
5/17
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater ^
Sat
5/18
Lynchburg, VA
Phase2 Dining and Entertainment Club ^
Sun
5/19
Poughkeepsie, NY
The Chance ^
Tue
5/21
Sayreville, NJ
Starland Ballroom ^
Thu
5/23
Nashville, TN
The Cowan ^
Fri
5/24
Springfield, MO
The Complex ^
Sun
5/26
Pryor, OK
Rocklahoma
Sat
6/1
Dallas, TX
Dreamhack Dallas Convention
Fri
6/21
Dallas, TX
Dos Equis Pavillion #
Sat
6/22
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheatre #
Sun
6/23
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion #
Tue
6/25
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre #
Wed
6/26
Tampa, FL
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Fri
6/28
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater #
Sat
6/29
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavillion #
Sun
6/30
Atlantic City, NJ
The Beach at Atlantic City #
Tue
7/2
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse #
Wed
7/3
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage #
Fri
7/5
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center #
Sat
7/6
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center #
Sun
7/7
Hartford, CT
The Xfinity Theatre #
Tue
7/9
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live #
Wed
7/10
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre #
Fri
7/12
Tinley Park, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/13
Thornville, OH
Legend Valley #
Sun
7/14
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center #
Mon
7/15
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/17
Englewood, CO
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/20
Irvine, CA
Starland Ballroom #
Sun
7/21
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater #
Tue
7/23
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/24
Boise, ID
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater #
Fri
7/26
Chula Vista, CA
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/27
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavillion #
Sun
7/28
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater #
Sat/Sun
8/24-25
Brooklyn, NY
Afropunk Festival
^ with P.O.D. & Nonpoint & Islander
# with Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival Tour

Hyro The Hero’s upcoming tour schedule is in support of his most recent full-length studio recording Flagged Channel.  The album was released Aug. 31, 2018 on Century Media Records/Red Music.  The album has spawned the singles ‘Never Back  Down,’ ‘Bullet‘ and ‘Live Your F**** Life‘ since its release.

Along with those singles, Hyro The Hero is also featured on EDM artist Crankdat’s new single ‘Monster.’

More information on that single is available along with all of Hyro The Hero’s latest tour news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.hyrothehero.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hyrothehero

 

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Fates Warning, Metal Blade Reunite

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Fates Warning and Metal Blade Records have reunited.

The veteran progressive rock band announced this week that it signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records.  Most recently, the band was signed with InsideOut Music, which released the band’s most recent recordings, Theories of Flight (2016) and Live Over Europe (2018).

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in a recent interview.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Fates Warning was signed with Metal Blade Records from its inception, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

 

 

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning is scheduled to join Queensryche on the road starting March 2 as a support act for Queensryche as it tours in support of its new album The Verdict.  That album is currently scheduled for release March 1 via Century Media Records.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Fates Warning tour dates
w/ Queensryche

Mar. 2 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 3 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 4 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Mar. 5 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ The Cringe
Mar. 8 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
Mar. 9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ The Cringe
Mar. 10 – Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Cringe
Mar. 12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 13 – Diesel – Detroit, MI
Mar. 14 – Concord – Chicago, IL
Mar. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 16 – Medina Entertainment Center – Medina, MN
Mar. 17 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE *
Mar. 19 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *
Mar. 20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 22 – Aztec – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 23 – El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 24 – House of Bards – Tucson, AZ * w/ Push, DIRTNAP, Tribulance, Fire By Rank
Mar. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 27 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
Mar. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 29 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr. 1 – The Dip – Redding, CA *
Apr. 2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr. 3 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
*=Fates Warning only

Once Fates Warning wraps its tour, it will start work on its 13th full-length studio recording, which will be released in 2020 via Metal Blade Records.  More information on that album is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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TesseracT Claims Top Honors In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

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This year has been a truly productive time for the metal community.  Veteran acts, up-and-comers and even the underground have produced offerings that have given the metal masses more than enough reason to put their horns in the air all year long.  The most notable acts who have released standout albums this year include, and are not limited to  from All Hail The Yeti, Judas Priest and Artillery just to name a few bands.

Keeping this in mind, rock and metal critics the world over will have to agree that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings was a monumental task.  That was especially the case for this critic.  This critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums features new albums from bands from both sides of the Atlantic and from the mainstream and the underground.

Taking the top spot in this year’s list from Phil’s Picks is none other than the British prog-metal outfit TesseracT, Sonder.  The band’s latest offering is both musically and lyrically a truly in-depth offering that holds its own in the metal community and the prog community.

Second place this year goes to Florida’s own Nonpoint.  The band’s aptly-titled is a powerhouse offering from the veteran hard rock band that shows Nonpoint as a band at the top of its game both musically and lyrically.

Judas Priest takes the bronze this year with its new album Firepower.  This one was not an easy choice to make, as Nonpoint, Judas Priest and TesseracT are all outstanding bands in their own right.  Firepower harkens back to some of Judas Priest’s best work from days long gone, and is such a welcome album.  With lyrics that pay tribute to the military, that make a bold statement of standing up for one’s self and more, it is that much stronger, so it was not with ease that the album ended up in third.

Also featured in this year’s list are new albums from Artillery, All Hail The Yeti and Soulfly just to name a few more. As always, the top 10 albums are the main list while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  With all of this in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. TesseracT — Sonder
  2. Nonpoint — X
  3. Judas Priest — Firepower
  4. Between The Buried and Me — Automata
  5. Soulfly — Ritual
  6. Sevendust — All I See Is War
  7. All Hail The Yeti — Highway Crosses
  8. Exmortus — The Sound of Steel
  9. Artillery — The Face of Fear
  10. The Amsterdam Red Light District — Sapere Aude
  11. Ice Nine Kills — The Silver Scream
  12. Black Label Society — Grimmest Hits
  13. Unearth — Extinction(s)
  14. Atreyu — In Our Wake
  15. Zardonic — Become

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