Of Mice & Men Debuts New Single; Announces New Live Dates

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Of Mice & Men is giving audiences their first preview of the band’s next album.

The band premiered its new single ‘How To Survive‘ on Thursday.  The song will appeal musically to fans of the band’s older sound, as this time the band’s members have opted to go for  a more easily accessible arrangement, complete with screams instead of clean vocals.  The song’s lyrical content is just as accessible, as front man/bassist Aaron Pauley explained in a recent interview.

“‘How To Survive’ is an anthem for those who have been the receiving end of unmerited unmerited and targeted hatred and abuse,” Pauley said.  “It’s for the kid who was bullied, beat up and ignored in school.  It’s for the teenager who was told they’ll never amount to anything and that their thoughts, feelings and opinions don’t matter to the world.  It’s for the person who has been told that they’re worthless, useless or not good enough time and again.  It’s for the person who has been repeatedly targeted by those who only seek to tear others around them down.”

He added, “This song is for them.  This song is for me.  I am them, and I’m still standing.  So, turn it up.  Feel the rage.  If you, too are that person, you will know it well, and it will greet you like an old friend.”

Audiences nationwide will get to hear this song and much more music when the band hits the road next week for an extensive North American tour.  The tour is scheduled to start Feb. 21 and run through May 18, with a short break between March and April to allow Of Mice and Men’s members to rest and recharge.  The tour’s full schedule is noted below.


2/21 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
2/22 — Los Angeles, CA — The Belasco
2/23 — Sacramento, CA — Ace of Spades
2/25 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
2/26 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre
2/28 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
3/1 — Kansas City, MO — The Truman
3/2 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
3/3 — Chicago, IL — The Vic Theatre
3/6 — Grand Rapids. MI — 20 Monroe
3/7 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
3/8 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore
3/10 — New York, NY — Playstation Theater
3/11 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
3/12 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
3/13 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore
3/15 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore
3/16 — Atlanta, GA — Buckhead Theater
3/17 — Tampa, FL — The Ritz
3/19 — New Orleans, LA — The Fillmore
3/20 — Houston, TX — Revention Center
3/22 — Dallas, TX — Southside Ballroom
3/23 — San Antonio, TX — Aztec Theatre

4/19 — Fargo, ND — Sanctuary Event Center
4/20 — Sioux City, IA — Anthem at Hard Rock Casino
4/21 — Wichita, KS — Cotillion
4/23 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
4/24 — Springfield, MO — The Complex
4/25 — Memphis, TN — Minglewood
4/27 — Houston, TX — So What?! Music Festival
4/28 — New Orleans, LA — Southport Hall
4/30 — Nashville, TN  — Cannery Ballroom
5/1 — Birmingham, AL — Iron City
5/3 — Jacksonville, FL — Welcome to Rockville*
5/— Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
5/6 — Knoxville, TN — The Mill & Mine
5/8 — Louisville, KY — Mercury Ballroom
5/9 — Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club
5/10 — Rockingham, NC — Epicenter Festival*
5/12 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
5/13 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance
5/14 — Providence, RI — The Strand
5/15 — Buffalo, NY — Town Ballroom
5/17 — Columbus, OH — Sonic Temple Festival*
5/18 — Chicago, IL  — Chicago Open Air+
* No Of Mice & Men, Dead American
+Beartooth Only

More information on Of Mice & Men’s new single, tour dates and more is available online now at:


Website: http://www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OMandM


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Shout! Factory Adding ‘Legally Blonde’ Franchise To Its Shout! Select Series

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MGM’s hit Legally Blonde movie franchise is coming to Blu-ray.

The Legally Blonde Collection is scheduled for release Feb. 26 exclusively on Blu-ray through Shout! Factory.  The two-movie collection is part of Shout! Factory’s Shout! Select series.  Pre-orders are open now through Shout! Factory’s store and via Amazon.

In the first of the set’s entries, Elle (Reese Witherspoon — Sweet Home AlabamaWalk The LineWild) is dumped by her boyfriend for another woman and studies at Harvard Law.  Elle follows her ex to Harvard and enrolls in the university’s law school, too.  She is joined by her sidekick Bruiser, her friend Emmett (Luke Wilson — Old SchoolThe Royal TenenbaumsBottle Rocket) and new friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge — American PieA Mighty WindA Cinderella Story) as she navigates the turbulent waters, while also helping her friends come into their own along the way.

In the second of the franchise’s offerings, Legally Blonde 2Red, White and Blonde, Elle is back, and this time she is headed to the nation’s capitol to push for a one-of-a-kind bill that bans animal testing.  Witherspoon is joined by her friends from the franchise’s previous entries, and a new friend named Grace (Regina King — Enemy of the StateMiss Congeniality 2A Cinderella Story).

The Legally Blonde Collection features bonus content, such as audio commentaries, a new interview with actress Jessica Caulfiel and gag reels.  The full list of the set’s bonuses is noted below.

Bonus Features:
·        NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Legally Blonde Negative
·        NEW Interview With Actress Jessica Caulfiel
·        Audio Commentaries
·        Featurettes
·        Deleted Scenes
·        Gag Reel
·        Music Videos
·        Theatrical Trailers

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


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Don’t Believe In Ghosts Premieres New Single

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Pop rock act Don’t Believe in Ghosts is giving audiences a preview of its forthcoming album.

The band premiered its new single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ this week via YouTube Music, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sound that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Modest Mouse.  Its lyrical content seems to hint at the topic of relationships.  This is inferred as front man Steve Nathan sings, “You’ve got that something/It’s always been the one thing/That I needed/We’ve got this love/And it’s feeling like the weekend/Can’t you see…something in your eyes/It was a big surprise/That you come with me/Don’t wake me up/I’ve got to dream a little longer/Sometimes I’m feeling it/This feeling’s only getting stronger.”

‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ was mixed by Ken Lewis (X Ambassadors, Eminem, Bruno Mars).

More information on Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:


Website: http://www.dontbelieveinghosts.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DBIGhosts


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Sean Peck Talks Three Tremors Tour, Music, More With Phil’s Picks

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Hard rock super group The Three Tremors will launch its first-ever North American tour in support of its debut self-titled album this week.

As the band — Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force) and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer) —  gears up for its tour, vocalist Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck recently took some time to talk with Phil’s Picks about the band’s upcoming tour and its new album.  Among the items covered by Peck in the interview are his thoughts on items, such as the album’s creation, the band’s formation and his thoughts on his favorite songs on the album.

The transcript from the conversation is featured below.

What was the inspiration for The Three Tremors both as a group and an album?

Well this was a take on the heavy metal urban legend that was supposed to have Halford and Dickenson and another person doing this. After many years of patiently waiting it seemed that it was up to me to be bold enough to take it on. So I hit up the two best vocalists in heavy metal I knew and Tim and Harry agreed to do it. We set out on a 5 year journey to create an album and make this a band and not just a project. Now here we are with the album out and doing well and our 2nd tour coming up.

Talk to me, if you will, about the creative process for The Three Tremors. Did the music come first or the lyrics? Who did the majority of the writing for each song? How long did the actual recording take between the vocals, guitars, drums, etc. and of course post production?
I wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies for all of the songs. The band consists of the members of Cage and we wrote the songs together with the intention that they would be sung by three singers on every song. We took our time and it took 5 years to get it all together. I recorded an entire finished version of the songs and Harry and Tim sent us a full version with them singing it. Dave Garcia engineered the record and we just took our time fitting all the pieces together until we had the final product.

What is your favorite song on the album and why?
Wow that is a tough one. It is always a good sign when the fans all have a different favorite track. Mine changes a lot but Bullets for the Damned or Fly or Die maybe. Those are both really fun to perform live and we have videos for both of them coming out.

How did the lyrical themes for the songs come about? What were their inspirations?
Well as we wrote the songs I just kind of took them one at a time. With Ripper in the band doing a Jack the Ripper song but a new take on the story. The Cause is a Civil War song which is really cool and of course Fly or Die is another war song covering the Pearl Harbor attack. Bullets for the Damned is a vampire post-apocalyptic thing and I always say that no metal album is complete without either a witches or vampire song. Then the Three Tremors song is a cool story of the band kind of thing that really works great live. So it is really all over the place. I don’t usually write about really heavy trip emotional stuff as metal is meant to be a fun escape.

How did the partnership with Steel Cartel come about?
Well that is our own label imprint which we kind OF HAD TO DO WHEN THE LABEL WE WERE GOING TO USE FAILED. It ended up being really great because we have rolled this thing out bigger than any label would have done. It took a lot of money but we felt this is a long term thing and it deserved it!

You recently announced your first-ever tour schedule in support of your self-titled album. How easy or difficult was it to decide on the current schedule? Are more dates expected to be added, or is this it for now? How did you decide on the cities/dates for the tour?

Well we already did 17 shows in Europe well before the album was out which was really fun. Now we are set to do the United States. Yes getting all of our schedules to work out has been tricky for sure. For the US we were only going to do a few shows but then that quickly turned into 15 really quick.

I have to say I love the lyric video for ‘Invaders From The Sky’ with its sci-fi imagery. Is the song in fact about an alien invasion?
Yes! Great to hear you like it. I love the video too I thought it was great when I saw it. That was the first track we released to the public and in hindsight it may have been a little too much for the common folk some people thought it was too much. I did not realize what p****** some quote “metal heads” had become out there, but our core audience we targeted loves the album. The whole point was to push the limits on this record and that is what we did. So a crazy song with aliens blowing up cities only seemed like the obvious choice ha!!

Staying on the topic of music videos, it seems that nowadays, lyric videos are the go-to so to speak for acts across the “musical universe.” Do you like using lyric videos more than “standard format” music videos and why?
No I like music videos better. The cost factor is really the issue. Lyric videos are incredibly cheap.  It’s crazy how cheap they are. That being said we are doing 3 music videos for The Tremors. Again no other label would ever consider that.

The vocal performances that have been exhibited so far in ‘Invaders from The Sky’ and ‘When the Last Scream Fades’ are impressive in their own right. Can you talk about what training that maybe you did for the recording sessions?
Ha! No training. It was always a shock how good Ripper’s and Harry’s tracks were when they sent them. They did stuff on the record I had no idea they could do it was great! We all have an incredible range but you have to put it in the right spots to have the vocal warheads do the most damage. Ripper’s solo version of this album is just incredible.

Looking at the musicians who joined the three of you to flesh out the group, how did they come to be part of the project? Were they chosen by you all, the label, or in some other fashion?
I chose them. I knew I wanted Ripper for sure. Harry was at the top of the list but we also had another guy. Once it was clear the other guy was not going to work I ran into Harry in Germany and we talked about it. It ended up being a great choice he is fantastic. Also now the 7 of us in the band really bonded and we are like a bunch of bros out having a blast. That makes it really great.

Do you three consider this a side project or is this a primary focus? Basically, do you foresee this being a one-off record or do you believe that it is just the beginning?
No like I said before this is a full on band with lots of stuff on the horizon including another record. We have touring offers from all over which we plan on doing. So after the US tour we will probably start writing the second record. Right now this is my primary focus even though I have other albums I will be doing with Death Dealer, Cage, and others.

Thank you to all three of you for your time and your responses. All the best with the upcoming tour and the album.
Thanks and Thunderous Hailz to all our supporters out there. Come on board!!

The Three Tremors’ tour is scheduled to start Feb. 14 in Seattle, WA and run through March 11 in Pittsburgh, PA.  The tour will also feature performances in cities, such as Westland, MI; Denver, CO and Clifton, NJ.  Its full schedule is noted below.  Tickets for Three Tremors‘ upcoming shows can be purchased along with album bundles at the group’s official website and at the band’s official Pledge Music page.

Confirmed Tour Dates:

Feb 14          Seattle, WA               El Corazon
Feb 15          Denver, CO               Herman’s Hideaway
Feb 16          San Diego, CA          Brick By Brick
Feb 17          Santa Ana, CA          Malones
Feb 18          Hollywood, CA          Whiskey a Go Go
March 1         Poughkeepsie, NY   The Loft
March 2         Wilmington, DE        Bar XIII
March 3         Clifton, NJ                Dingbatz
March 4         New York, NY          The Gramercy Theatre
March 5         Niagra Falls, NY      Evening Star Music Hall
March 7         Racine, WI               Route 20
March 8         Joliet, IL                   The Forge
March 9         Westland, MI           Token Lounge
March 10       Louisville, KY           Tiger Room
March  11      Pittsburgh, PA          The Crafthouse Stage and Grill

Three Tremors is scheduled to be released Jan. 18 via Steel Cartel.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

‘Three Tremors’ Tracklisting:

1. Invaders From The Sky  4:54
2. Bullets For The Damned 4:11
3. When The Last Scream Fades 6:04
4. Wrath Of Asgard  4:58
5. The Cause  3:54
6. King Of The Monsters  4:24
7. The Pit Shows No Mercy  4:34
8. Sonic Suicide  4:41
9. Fly Or Die  4:55
10. Lust Of The Blade  4:29
11. Speed To Burn  5:19
12. The Three Tremors  6:18

Two songs — ‘When The Last Scream Fades‘ and ‘Invaders From The Sky‘ — have been released from the trio’s album so far, along with a preview trailer for the record.

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Overkill Releases New “Welcome To The Garden State” Entry; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Overkill released another new entry in its “Welcome to the Garden State” docu-series this week.

The band premiered the latest installment in the series on Thursday.  This latest addition finds the band’s members talking about venues that they attended in their formative years, and the venues in which they performed.  The segment runs almost eight minutes.

The band’s members discussed in the series’ previous installments, the East coast vs. West coast sound, their early influences and the band’s place in the industry, and the band’s roots.

The band’s docu-series is just part of its efforts to promote its forthcoming album The Wings of War.  The band has also released videos for the album’s singles Head of a Pin and Last Man Standing.


Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Along with its new video, the band also recently announced a new slate of live dates in support of The Wings of War.  Death Angel and Act of Defiance will serve as support on the tour.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available now.

Confirmed dates for the OVERKILL Wings Over The USA 2019 Tour with DEATH ANGEL & ACT OF DEFIANCE are:
4/25/2019  Sound Stage/ Rams Head  – Baltimore, MD
4/26/2019  Theater of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 
4/27/2019  Rex Theater –  Pittsburgh, PA 
4/28/2019  House of Blues  – Cleveland, OH
4/29/2019  Mercury Ballroom  – Louisville, KY
4/30/2019  St Andrews Hall  – Detroit, MI 
5/01/2019  Intersection  – Grand Rapids, MI 
5/02/2019  House of Blues – Chicago, IL 
5/03/2019  Varsity Theater –  Minneapolis, MN
5/04/2019  The Rave –  Milwaukee, WI
5/05/2019  Delmar Hall  – St Louis, MO
5/06/2019  The Cannery Ballroom  – Nashville, TN      
5/08/2019  Bogarts  – Cincinnati, OH  
5/09/2019  Anthology  – Rochester, NY  
5/10/2019  PlayStation Theater – New York, NY **w/ Life Of Agony
5/11/2019  Paradise – Boston, MA

The Wings of War will be available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  Pre-orders for The Wings of War are open now.

The Wings Of War will be available for purchase in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • CD Digi + T-Shirt + Poster Bundle
  • Green Cassette
  • Grey Vinyl (limited to 1,500)
  • Green with Yellow Splatter vinyl (limited to 500)
Please note that imported items will ship

The full track listing for The Wings of War is noted below.

Below is the track listing for The Wings Of War
1              Last Man Standing
2              Believe In The Fight
3              Head Of A Pin
4              Bat Shit Crazy
5              Distortion
6              A Mother’s Prayer
7              Welcome To The Garden State
8              Where Few Dare To Walk
9              Out On The Road-Kill
10           Hole In My Soul

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Nominated For “Best Blues Rock Album” At 2019 Blues Music Awards

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has a big reason to be happy today.

The band’s latest album Poor Until Paday has been nominated for Best Blues Rock Album of 2019 by the Blues Foundation.  The 2019 Blues Music Awards are scheduled for May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.

The band’s ninth full-length studio recording, Poor Until Payday has garnered critical acclaim from various mainstream outlets, such as Rolling Stone CountryGuitar World magazine and American Songwriter since its release via the band’s own Family Owned Records and Thirty Tigers early last October.

Front man and band namesake Reverend Peyton was humble as he talked about the band’s nomination.

“We are so honored to be nominated for a Blues Foundation, Blues Music Award,” he said.  “I’ve dreamed of being nominated for a BMA practically my whole life.  Thanks for noticing this record y’all.  Poor Until Payday is up for Best Blues Rock Album.  Just floored by this.”

Poor Until Payday has generated three hit singles — ‘You Can’t Steal My Sunshine‘ and ”Poor Until Payday‘ and ‘It Is Or It Ain’t‘ — since its release.  Audiences will get to hear both songs and many more during the band’s upcoming tour dates starting Feb. 16 in St. Augustine, FL. The band’s tour schedule — noted below — runs through Sept. 1 in Cookeville, TN.

2019 Tour Dates:
2/16/19 – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
2/17/19 – Sebastian, FL – Earl’s Hideaway
2/20/19 – Boca Raton, FL – The Funky Biscuit
2/21/19 – Stuart, FL – Pirate’s Cove
2/23/19 – Clearwater, FL – Clearwater Sea Blues Fest, Coachman Park
2/24/19 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
2/26/19 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbirds South
2/27/19 – Dahlonega, GA – The Crimson Moon
2/28/19 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
3/01/19 – Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
3/02/19 – Snowshoe, WV – Homegrown Music Festival
3/03/19 – Richmond, VA – The Tin Pan
3/05/19 – Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
3/06/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
3/07/19 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box
3/08/19 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
3/09/19 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
3/10/19 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
5/31/19 – Minden, WV – Mountain Music Festival
9/01/19 – Cookeville, TN – Muddy Roots Music Festival

More information on Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is available online now at:


Website: http://www.bigdamnband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bigdamnband


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Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Prodigal’ Video

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Blacktop Mojo debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single ‘Prodigal‘ on Tuesday.  The song is taken from the band’s most recent full-length studio recording, Burn The Ships (2017).  Musically speaking, the song presents a power ballad style composition that is familiar to a wide range of listeners.

In regards to its lyrical content, front man Matt James explained in an interview that the song centers, lyrically, on that drive that everyone has to get out and explore the world.

“We had fun making this video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts,” James said.  “We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video  really reflected the song’s theme.  The song is sort of autobiographical.  It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day.  No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.”

‘Prodigal’ is just the latest single that the band has released from Burn The Ships.  The album has also produced the singles ‘Where The Wind Blows,’ ‘Underneath‘ and ‘Dream On‘ (Aerosmith cover).  Burn The Ships is streaming online now here.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Burn The Ships Track Listing:
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

Blacktop Mojo announced late last year that it had launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the creation of its third as-yet untitled full-length studio recording.  In the time since that announcement, the band reached its goal.

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s next album, its latest video and single, and more is available online now at:


Website: http://www.blacktopmpjo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo


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