Blacktop Mojo Announces PledgeMusic Campaign To Fund Third Album

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Blacktop Mojo is working on its new album, and is asking for fans’ help finishing the record.

The band recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the record’s creation.  The campaign allows fans to order various items from the band, such as signed vinyl test pressings of the band’s as yet untitled album, signed CD bundle, clay shooting with the band, studio listening party and private show with guest list control in return for contributing to the record’s creation.

The band noted in its discussions that “due to the high cost of travel for us to get overseas, we’re going to have to limit the private shows to the U.S. only.”

Each item, listed here, is a different price.  According to the band all of the money spent by fans goes toward the record’s creation.

“As independent artists, everything we do is fan-funded,” the band said in a written statement.  “We don’t have a record label loaning us a ton of money to make a record.  With that comes some financial pitfalls, but it also means nobody tells us how to make music for you guys, and we think that’s pretty cool.”

As of Sept. 23, the band has reached 42 percent of its PledgeMusic Goal with 49 days left to meet that goal.  Items are available only while they last.

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s PledgeMusic campaign is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

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Blacktop Mojo To Launch 2nd Leg Of Its N. American Tour Next Week

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Blacktop Mojo has announced a new slate of live dates.

The Texas-based southern rock band will launch the second leg of its current North American tour July 12 in Cadott, WI.  The nearly month-long tour is currently scheduled to run through August 11 and to include performances in Jacksonville, North Carolina; Mankato, Wisconin; Denver, Colorado and other cities.

Along with its headlining dates, the band’s tour also includes select dates with Shaman’s Harvest, Gemini Syndrome and Black Stone Cherry.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
07/12 @ Rock Fest – Cadott, WI
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis
07/14 @ Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ The Outpost – Kent, OH
07/18 @ Hooligan’s – Jacksonville, NC
07/19 @ Purple Buffalo – Charleston, SC
07/20 @ Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
07/21 @ Soundbar – Orlando, FL
07/22 @ Kelly’s Live – Sarasota, FL
07/26 @ Rusty’s – Cape Coral, FL
07/27 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
07/28 @ Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
07/31 @ El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
08/01 @ Globe Hall – Denver, CO
08/03 @ Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis, SD
08/04 @ Icon Lounge – Sioux Falls, SD
08/05 @ What’s Up Lounge – Mankato, MN
08/07 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
08/08 @ Subterranean – Chicago, IL
08/09 @ The Monarch – Peoria, IL
08/10 @ The Landing – Topeka, KS
08/11 @ Pierre’s – Ft Wayne, IN

#blacktopmojo #mojonation #burntheships

 

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Blacktop Mojo’s latest tour schedule is in support of its new album Burn The Ships. That album has produced three singles so far — ‘Burn the Ships,’ ‘Where The Wind Blows‘ and ‘Dream On.’  The band also recently released performances of covers of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams‘ and Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight.’  The band also has covers of Jamey Johnson’s ‘In Color‘ and Fuel’s ‘Hemmorhage.’

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new tour dates, music and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlackTopMojo

 

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Dreams’ Cover, Video

Blacktop Mojo released another new video this week.

The Palestine, TX-based hard rock band unveiled the video for its cover of Fleetwood Mac’s hit single ‘Dreams’ on Tuesday.  The song features guest vocals from the band’s friend Alex Smith while BTM handles the rest of the song’s arrangement.

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The band said in a collective statement, posted to its Facebook page, that the cover came about after the band recently experienced Smith performing the song.

“Our good friend from right here in our hometown, Alex Smith, did an acoustic cover of this song at a local show, and we loved it, so we asked him if he’d like to come to the studio and record it with us backing him up,” the band’s statement read.  “Hope you guys enjoy it.”

Blacktop Mojo just wrapped its latest tour schedule this week.  It is taking some time off right now before heading back out on the road next month for another string of live dates beginning with a performance at McKinney, TX’s Independence Day celebration, “Red White and Boom.”  The tour also includes a performance at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville, NC with Shaman’s Harvest on July 18.

The current schedule for the band’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

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2018 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival Lineup, Vendor List Announced

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Labor Day is generally known nationwide as the end of summer.  It marks the start of fall, students’ return to school and the end of the summer concert season, but thanks to Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents, the summer concert series will extend beyond Labor Day this year thanks to one more concert festival this October.

The annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival comes to BB&T Pavilion & Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday, October 6.  Now in its fourth year, the festival will be headlined this year by Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach.

Also on this year’s bill are some of today’s and tomorrow’s most notable acts.  They include the likes of Fozzy, Skillet, Of Mice and Men, From Ashes To New, Blacktop Mojo and Stone Broken.  Fozzy’s performance is one of a current string of dates in support of its latest (and seventh) album Judas, which was released just this past October, while Skillet is touring in support of its ninth album, Unleashed (2016).

Of Mice and Men, which released the video for its latest single, ‘Instincts‘ late last month, is touring in support of its recently released fifth album Defy.  That record was released January 19, 2018 and includes the new single.

From Ashes To New’s performance is in support of its latest album, The Future.  The band’s sophomore LP, it was released April 20, 2018 via Better Noise Records.  It can be downloaded and streamed online through various outlets here.  the album’s lead single, ‘Crazy’ is streaming now here.

Blacktop Mojo is currently touring in support of its debut album Burn The Ships which is making waves on rock radio stations nationwide.  It was released December 15, 2017 via Cuhmon Records and includes a powerhouse cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On.’  The band is streaming its full album online now here.

British rock outfit Stone Broken just released its sophomore album late last month via Spinefarm Records.  The album’s latest single, ‘Heartbeat Away,’ which addresses the issue of domestic violence, is streaming online now here.  It comes on the heels of the debut of the lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Worth Fighting For,’ which is streaming here.

Tickets for this year’s edition of the Rock Allegiance festival go on sale today, May 11, at noon eastern time at the official Rock Allegiance website. Hotel rates are also listed at the website. General admission lawn tickets start at $39.50 while Reserved Pavilion seating starts at $49.50.  VIP packages start at $169.00.  VIP packages include the following amenities.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance VIP package amenities include:
  • Access to the GA Pit and/or 100 level tickets for the Main Stage / Pavilion for the headlining four band performances
  • Commemorative Rock Allegiance 2018 VIP laminate
  • Dedicated VIP entrance to the festival
  • VIP hang areas on the Battleship New Jersey and BB&T Pavilion lounge (space limited at each area)
  • Exclusive VIP restrooms and special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase)

Along with lots of music, this year’s festival will also feature lots of food and drink including sweet and savory treats from: Tony Luke’s Cheesecake, Baby Blues BBQ, Chickies & Pete’s, Lil Trent’s Treats, Nico’s Pizza & More! and Sum Pig Food Truck.

A number of craft breweries will be on hand at the festival, providing refreshment.  They include: 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Dogfish Head (Milton, DE), Foudners (Grand Rapids, MI), Neshaminy Creek (Croydon, PA), Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO), Spellbound (Mount Holly, NJ), Troegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA), Unibroue (Chambly, QC) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival is fueled by Monster Energy and sponsored by f.y.e., Roadrunner Records, Fxck Cancer and SWFTCharge.  More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.  The festival is produced by Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents.

More information on this year’s Rock Allegiance festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.RockAllegiance.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockallegiance

 

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Blacktop Mojo Announces New Live Dates

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Blacktop Mojo is headed back out on the road.

The independent hard rock act announced Wednesday that it will embark on a new tour next month in support of its new album Burn The Ships.  The headlining tour is currently scheduled to launch April 20 in San Antonio, Texas and run through June 13 in Denver, Colorado.  Also included in the tour’s current schedule are stops in Watertown, New York; Fullerton, California; Green Bay, Wisconsin and many other cities nationwide.

Joyous Wolf and Of Limbo will serve as support for the tour.  Also announced as special guests at a handful of dates is Blackstone Cherry, who also will release its new album Family Tree April 20 via Mascot Records.  The current schedule for Blacktop Mojo’s new tour is noted below.

Tour Dates:
04/20 @ Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
04/21 @ Lago Del Pino – Tyler, TX
04//22 @ OK City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
04/24 @ Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA *
04/26 @ Debonair – Teaneck, NJ
04/27 @ Wally’s – Hampton, NH *
04/28 @ The Queen – Wilmington, DE *
04/30 @ Capone’s – Johnson City, TN *
05/02 @ Mainstage – Morgantown, WV
05/03 @ Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
05/04 @ Whistlers – Watertown, NY
05/05 @ Rockpile – Toronto, ON
05/06 @ Token Lounge – Westland, MI
05/08 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
05/10 @ Route 20 Outhouse – Racine, WI
05/11 @ Phat Headz – Green Bay, WI
05/12 @ Cheers – South Bend, IN
05/15 @ Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
05/16 @ Shovelhead Saloon – Danville, IL
05/18 @ Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
05/19 @ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL
05/26 @ Slidebar in Fullerton CA
05/31 @ Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
06/04 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
06/06 @ Diamondz – Jerome, ID
06/12 @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
06/13 @ Streets of London – Denver, CO
* w/BLACK STONE CHERRY

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlackTopMojo

 

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts New Acoustic Take Of ‘Underneath’

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Blacktop Mojo has released more new music from its latest album Burn the Ships.

The band debuted on Tuesday, a new acoustic take on the song ‘Underneath.’  Recorded in-studio at Audioworx Studios in the band’s hometown of Palestine, TX, the song is about what happens when a person lets anger and bitterness control him or her according to drummer Nathan Gillis.

“I’ve seen firsthand how bitterness and anger can destroy a person from the inside out,” Gillis said.  “This song is about that, but also saying “I understand what happened, I’m sorry you went through the painful things that brought you to this point.”  Keep your heart free.  Forgive people even if they don’t deserve it.”

This new take on the song features front man Matt James alongside guitarist Ryan Keifer performing the intimate new take on the song.

More information on ‘Underneath’ is available online along with all of Blacktop Mojo’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlackTopMojo

Burn The Ships is available now.  It can be ordered and streamed online now here.

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Project 86 “Among” Rock and Metal’s Best On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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For those about to rock, we salute you!

Yes, everyone knows that phrase from AC/DC’s classic song by the same name.  As popular as it is, it is more than just a song lyric and title.  It is a statement of honor for the acts and audiences who span the rock community.  This year, as with every year prior, there are so many bands to honor as the year nears its end, including hard rock and metal bands.  In case it hasn’t become clear by now, this article focuses on this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  As with every list before, compiling it was not an easy task.  New releases from Project 86, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and so many others made this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums very crowded.  That is putting it lightly.  Between well-known mainstream acts and their lesser-known independent counterparts, the two sides collectively offered so many impressive new albums.

Topping this critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums is Project 86’s latest album Sheep Among Wolves.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording in 20 years, this record takes all of the best elements of the band’s past — both musically and lyrically — and uses them to craft a work that is just as memorable and engaging as its predecessors.  Also on this year’s list from Phil’s Picks are new albums from — as already noted — Iced Earth and Arch Enemy — as well as new offerings from Overkill, Act of Defiance, Prong, Adrenaline Mob, Blacktop Mojo and others. As with every list, this list presents this critic’s Top 10 titles plus five additional titles for a total of 15 records.  That being noted, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  2. Prong — Zero Days
  3. Act of Defiance — Old Scars, New Wounds
  4. Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
  5. Iced Earth — Incorruptable
  6. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  7. Adrenaline Mob — We The People
  8. Marty Friedman — Wall of Sound
  9. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  10. Dragonforce — Reaching Into Infinity
  11. The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
  12. Doyle — As We Die
  13. Demon Hunter — Outlive
  14. 36 Crazyfists — Lanterns
  15. Arch Enemy — Will To Power

That’s all for this list.  Again, it was not an easy list to compile.  Acts the likes of Eve To Eve to Adam, Marty Friedman, Sepultura, Annihilator, Mastodon and so many others all deserve their own share of credit.  With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why no disrespect was meant to any one act or another here.  Every noted act released its own impressive album.  Only so many spaces were available, sadly.

2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in its own right, with new material from Ministry on the way alongside new albums from Judas Priest, Saxon, Machine Head, Corrosion of Conformity, Tool, Clutch and lots more.  Stay tuned for all of that in the new year.  To keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.