KsE, Parkway Drive Announce Spring Co-Headlining Tour

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive are heading out on the road together.

The bands announced Monday that they will embark on the co-headlining “Collapse The World Tour” on April 18 in San Francisco, CA.  According to a news release from Metal Blade Records, KsE’s new label home, the tour is scheduled to run through May 16 in Milwaukee, WI and feature performances in cities, such as Houston, TX; Rockingham, NC and Detroit, MI.

After The Burial will serve as support on various dates.  Revolver magazine is serving as the tour’s title sponsor.

Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach said in a recent interview that the band is looking forward to touring with Parkway Drive again.

“After having the pleasure of destroying stages all over Australia with the Parkway guys just over a month ago, we couldn’t be more stoked to share the stage with them once again, this time in the states,” Leach said.  “Parkway Drive puts on an incredible live show, and we are excited to combine forces and bring the energy every night to a town near you.  I am absolutely certain fans of both bands are in for a hell of a time.  This will be one for the memories for sure — let’s rage!”

Parkway Drive front man Winston McCall echoed Leach’s sentiments.

“This co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage is a landmark for Parkway Drive in North America,” McCall said.  “Having smashed our way across the land for over a decade now, it is a humbling and defining moment to be sharing this slot with true heavy metal icons and personal heroes.  We have always aimed to maintain the highest standard of energy, connection and entertainment at our shows, a standard that has been set and maintained by KsE their entire career.  The concept of how epic this tour will be is mind blowing to me.  Bring on the insanity!”

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive tour dates
w/ After The Burial

Apr. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre*
Apr. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium**
Apr. 20 – Mesa, AZ – 98 KUPD – Ufest***
Apr. 22 – Colorado Springs, CO – City Auditorium**
Apr. 23 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom*
Apr. 24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom**
Apr. 26 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom*
Apr. 27 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
Apr. 28 – Houston, TX – So What?! Music Festival***
Apr. 30 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater**
May 1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
May 4 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle**
May 5 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium*
May 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre**
May 9 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*
May 10 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall*
May 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall (Outdoors)**
May 12 – Rockingham, NC – Epicenter^^
May 12 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues^
May 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring*
May 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit**
May 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage*
May 17-19 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple**
*Killswitch Engage closes show
**Parkway Drive closes show
***Festival
^^Festival – KsE Only
^Parkway Drive only

More information on the Collapse The World Tour is available online now along with all of Killswitch Engage’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.killswitchengage.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

More information on Parkway Drive is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.parkwaydriverock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/parkwayofficial

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Advertisements

Set It Off Debuts Two More Songs From ‘Midnight’

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off has dropped two more songs from its upcoming album.

The band debuted the songs ‘For You Forever‘ and ‘Dancing With The Devil‘ on Dec. 14. The songs are the third and fourth singles to come from Midnight, which is currently scheduled for release Feb. 1 via Fearless Records.

The video for the album’s lead single, ‘Killer in the Mirror‘ debuted July 24, while the video for its follow-up, ‘Lonely Dance‘ premiered Nov. 19. The album’s full, 15-song track listing is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

Set It Off front man Cody Carson explained the concept behind both of the band’s new songs in a recent interview.  Carson said ‘For You Forever’ is a work that looks back on his own past relationships, and examines how much he has grown and changed over time.

“About ‘For You Forever,” [It’s] my way of putting myself in the shoes of someone else when I was single,” Carson said.  “I was stubborn, I didn’t want a serious relationship, and I’d always let the other person know that.  However, sometimes feelings grew, and I pushed them away because I felt I wasn’t ready, but it wouldn’t always stop them  from waiting for me.  This song collects the multitude of emotions that circulated through those situations from start, to end, to even how their friends may have advised them.  It was a seriously humbling and vulnerable song to write, but sometimes you have to call yourself out.”

He said of ‘Dancing With The Devil’ that it focuses on certain negative situations in life, and the role that those situations play in our personal development.

“‘Dancing With The Devil’ is a story of betrayal,” Carson said.  “It unfortunately happens more often than it should that someone we work with or someone we get close to in our lives feeds us lines of support and love, reels us in with a false sense of connection, and then whenever they feel like we can’t feed their needs, they cut the line and watch us drown.  To me, that severance is fuel.  That betrayal and abandonment is a reason to prove something, and the chip on the shoulder grows.  This world is a tough place, but we have to be tougher and keep our eyes open so we don’t end up ‘Dancing With The Devil.’

Pre-orders for Midnight are open now.  The album was produced by Mike Green (Neck Deep, All Time Low, State Champs) and Brandon Paddock (Panic! At The Disco, Papa Roach, The Used, Daughtry).

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off is scheduled to launch a North American tour in support of Midnight on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through March 24 and feature performances in cities nationwide, such as, Greesnboro, NC; Cleveland Heights, OH and Salt Lake City, UT.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
MIDNIGHT WORLD TOUR PART 1
WITH WITH CONFIDENCE + (super whatevr)

2/15 — Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel
2/16 — Pomona, CA — The Glass House
2/17 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
2/19 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
2/20 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
2/23 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
2/24 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theatre
2/26 — Chicago, IL — Metro
2/27 — Pontiac, MI — Crofoot Ballroom
2/28 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
3/2 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/3 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
3/5 — Cleveland Heights, OH — Grog Shop
3/6 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club
3/8 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
3/9 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
3/10 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
3/12 — West Columbia, SC — New Brookland Tavern
3/13 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
3/15 — Orlando, FL — The Abbey
3/18 — Dallas, TX — 2513 Deep Ellum
3/19 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
3/20 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
3/22 — Mesa, AZ — The Nile
3/23 — West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy
3/24 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall

More information on Set It Off’s new songs, tour, news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.setitoffband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SetItOff

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

Monophonics EP Takes Top Honors In 2018 Best New EPs List

Courtesy: Transistor Sound

The countdown to the end of the year is officially on, and with that countdown on, many critics — if not most — are either submitting their year-ender lists or have already done just that.  Now this critic is joining those ranks with the first of many year-enders to come in the form of the year’s Top 10 New EPs.

Those who have followed this critic’s daily ramblings year in and year out know that the year-enders have always started with the smallest records, the EPs, and this year is no different.  This year has seen a variety of interesting EPs released from across the musical universe.

Veteran rock band Sister Hazel is joined on this critic’s list this year with not one, but two new EPs — Wind and Water.  Each one stands out in its own right.  Also worth noting this year are new releases from the likes of up-and-coming hard rock/prog-metal outfit Hyvmine, World Music act Te’Amir, with two of its own new EPs and pop country artist Max Ater among many others.

As with every year past, this critic’s list features not 10, but 15 titles.  The top 10 titles are the primary titles, while the next five are honorable mention titles.  With everything noted, here with out any further ado, is Phil’s Picks Top 10 New EPs of 2018.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW EPs 

  1. Monophonics — Mirrors
  2. Hyvmine — Fight or Flight
  3. Sister Hazel — Water
  4. Sister Hazel — Wind
  5. Memphis Ukulele Band — Holidays Ain’t The Same
  6. Grand Canyon — Grand Canyon
  7. Max Ater — Small Town
  8. Te’Amir — Abyssinia
  9. Te’Armi — Abyssinia Rise
  10. Sammy Johnson — Midnight Lovers
  11. Sevi Ettinger — Salty Water
  12. Facing Fire — Facing Fire
  13. Ali McManus — Unbreakable
  14. Doc Rotten — Sick & Suffering
  15. Anialator — Rise To Supremacy

Up next from Phil’s Picks is this year’s Top 10 New Rap and Hip-Hop Albums.  That list features some well-known and not-so-well-known names and titles.  Stay tuned for that, too.

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Factory’ Adds ‘The Jerk’ To Its Shout! Select Series

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is re-issuing Steve Martin’s classic comedy, The Jerk.

The movie is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray Tuesday as part of the company’s ongoing Shout! Select series.  Originally released Dec. 14, 1979 via Universal Pictures, the movie is considered by many to be Martin’s breakout movie.

The story stars Martin as Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor, black sharecropping family in Mississippi.  Johnson heads out into the world on his own to find his “special purpose,” which leads to meetings with a would-be assassin, work with the circus and gas stations, an encounter with a service dog, a romance and a financial windfall.  Navi’s new-found fame and fortune leads to plenty of its own problems for the hapless man.

Shout! Factory’s new re-issue of the classic comedy features a handful of bonuses, including, but not limited to two new interviews with Martin and Reiner, and with the writing team of Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb.  The full list of the movie’s bonus material is noted below.

Bonus Features:
·        NEW Remastered from a Brand-New 2K Transfer
·        NEW A Conversation with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
·        NEW A Conversation with Writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb
·        Learn How to Play “Tonight You Belong To Me”
·        The Lost Film Strips of Father Carols Las Vegas De Cordova
·        Trailers & Radio Spots

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Factory Announces ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Re-Issue Date

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MGM

Steve Martin and Michael Caine’s classic comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is joining Shout! Factory’s Shout! Select series.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is scheduled for release on Blu-ray on Jan. 22.  Pre-orders are open now.

MGM’s 1989 riotous comedy finds Freddy Benson (Steve Martin — The JerkPlanes Trains & AutomobilesLittle Shop of Horrors) — and Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine — Secondhand Lions, Batman Begins, The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises) — as a pair of con men who make a bet with one another:  The first to swindle a wealthy heiress out of $50,000 wins the bet while the other leaves town.  The deal comes from a sort of comedy of errors, which is set off by Lawrence believing Freddy is a nefarious con man called “The Jackal.”  When it is revealed that he is not “The Jackal,” the bet is set, and leads to plenty of comedy and laughs.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features the movie presented in a new 2K scan, a new bonus interview with script writer Dale Launer and feature-length audio commentary with director Frank Oz.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Factory Adding Rom-Com Classic To Its Shout! Select Series

Courtesy: Castle Rock Entertainment/Shout! Factory

Castle Rock Entertainment’s classic 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally is getting the Blu-ray re-issue treatment.

Shout! Factory will re-issue the modern classic as part of its ongoing Shout! Select series on Jan. 8. in a special 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition release with 4K scan and bonus material. Those bonuses include a new interview with Director Rob Reiner (MiseryStand By Me) and lead star Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc., Monsters UniversityCity Slickers) as well as two separate feature-length audio commentaries, deleted scenes, “making of” documentary and more.

The full listing of the movie’s bonus material is noted below.

Special Features:
  • NEW transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • NEW Scenes from a Friendship – interview with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, And Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner
  • How Harry Met Sally Documentary
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video by Harry Connick Jr.

When Harry Met Sally centers on the love story between Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan — Sleepless in SeattleYou’ve Got MailCity of Angels) as the pair’s paths cross time and again following their graduation from The University of Chicago. Eventually, the pair reunites and is forced to come to terms with their situation and determine if a man and woman can just be friends, or if there is more to their friendship than they are admitting to themselves and one another.

When Harry Met Sally also co-stars the late, great Carrie Fisher (Star WarsA New HopeStar WarsThe Empire Strikes BackStar WarsReturn of the Jedi) and Bruno Kirby (City ClickersGood Morning, VietnamSleepers). Pre-orders are open now.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory are available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/pgilspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

Film Movement Bringing ‘Oddsockeaters’ To America

Forget the sock gnomes.  We now know what really happens to all of the socks that go missing.

The answer lies in Film Movement and Omnibus Entertainment’s new quirky animated — and Dove Award-winning — family film Oddsockeaters.  Scheduled for release domestically on January 8, this movie tells the story of a group of creatures that eats people’s socks.  They are, fittingly called Oddsockeaters, but one of them doesn’t want to be like all the rest.

Hugo wants to see what is beyond the world of the Oddsockeaters.  He goes out into the world and moves in with his uncle “Big Boss” and his cousins, “Big Boss”‘ sons.  He also meets “The Professor,” a human bent on revealing the Oddsockeaters, and a rival gang of Oddsockeaters known as The Blades.

Hugo’s coming-of-age story teaches families invaluable lessons about family, love and the true meaning of loyalty.  A trailer for the movie is streaming online now here.

Courtesy: Film Movement/Omnibus Entertainment

Oddsockeaters is based on the best-selling book series by author Pavel Srut.  The movie originally debuted in its home nation of The Czech Republic Oct. 20, 2016.  It was initially released on DVD internationally via Thunderbird Releasing March 18, 2018.

Oddsockeaters is expected to retail for MSRP of $24.95.  Its run time is listed at 87 minutes.  More information on this and other titles from Film Movement is available online now at:

 

Website: http://filmmovement.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Film_Movement

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.