Saturday, June 15, 2013

BUCKCHERRY To Support SAMMY HAGAR At State Fair, Tickets On Sale Today

Hard rock band Buckcherry adds another area appearance as support to Sammy Hagar (performing together with Michael Anthony) at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 24. Tickets go on sale today, Saturday, June 15 at 12:00 noon for $35. There is no festival seating on the floor area—the floor (actually, the ground) now has all reserved seats in addition to the grandstand area, so buy your tickets here through etix early for the best seats. Unfortunately, the 7:30 start time will make it impossible to catch Blue Öyster Cult that same night since they play on the Bandshell Tonight! stage at 8:30.

RANCID Unveils Third Leg Of U.S. Tour, Minneapolis Show on September 18

California punk band Rancid has announced the third leg of an extensive U.S. tour for the month of September that centers on their appearance at the Riot Fest in Chicago. Support on this leg will come from Tim Timebomb & Friends and The Interrupters. Starting in Austin, Texas on September 2, the tour makes a stop at the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 18 before wrapping up in Lawrence, Kansas on September 21. Tickets for the Minneapolis date go on sale today, Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster.

Rancid with Tim Timebomb & Friends and The Interrupters
September 2 – Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
September 3 – Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
September 4 – Houston, TX, House Of Blues
September 6 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
September 7 – St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
September 8 – Lake Buena Vista, FL, House Of Blues
September 9 – Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
September 10 – Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
September 12 – Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
September 13 – Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
September 14, Chicago, IL, Humboldt Park, Riot Fest, w/The Replacements, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Motörhead, others
September 15 – Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s, w/The Gestalts
September 16 – St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
September 18 – Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre, w/Victory
September 19 – Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
September 21 – Lawrence, KS, Granada Theater

Friday, June 14, 2013

Concert Announcements And Updates - June 14, 2013, Part 2 of 2

Here's the second half of the latest metal concert news for the Twin Cities area, covering July and August. See Part 1 for the updates for June.

Buckcherry returns to the area for a show on Wednesday, July 3 with Girl On Fire at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato.

Cantharone has another show lined up at the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis with Hate Beast on Thursday, July 4.

Long-running punk band Meat Puppets will play four shows in Minnesota to promote their 14th album, Rat Farm, released on Megaforce earlier this year. They play two shows on Saturday, July 13 – an early 5:00 show at the St. John’s Block Party in Rochester, followed by an 8:30 show at the Twin Cites Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival in Minneapolis at Patrick’s Cabaret. The next night, Sunday, July 14 has them at Tycoons in Duluth with Actual Wolf and Enemy Planes.

The day after performing with Sevendust in Rochester, Otherwise has their own headlining show on Sunday, July 14 at Pov’s 65 in Spring Lake Park with special guests Throw The Fight and The Soft Light.

KEN Mode and Virginia doom band Inter Arma play the Turf Club in St. Paul on Thursday, July 18.

Ambassador Gun hooks up with Philadelphia’s Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, and Poney for a show at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis on Friday, July 19.

The Meat Puppets’ fourth Minnesota show happens at the What’s Up Lounge in Mankato on Friday, July 19.

Comical metal band Psychostick returns, this time to Pov’s 65 in Spring Lake Park on Friday, July 19 with Outside The Murder and Strate-Jak-It.

Sweden's female-fronted power metal sensations Amaranthe play the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 23 with support from Kobra And The Lotus.

Although they long ago abandoned their early punk roots, Minneapolis’s own Soul Asylum tops the Skyline Music Festival with Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Matthew Sweet, and Gear Daddies to Target Field in Minneapolis on Friday, July 26.

A huge lineup of local bands have organized the Metal For Life event at Neisen’s in Savage on Saturday, July 27—all proceeds will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Slated to participate are Cantharone, Piranha, Gryzor, Matrekis, Clobberboot, Eldergaad, Dark Mirror, Tomorrow Brings New Blood, Chaostrophe, Deretla, Monogon, and Malice (MN). This event is all ages are starts early at 10:00 am.

Locals Nuisance also play on Saturday, July 27 at the Cabooze in Minneapolis with Slow Spokes, Aeous, We Be Lions, and Up Rock.

Florida instrumentalists Set And Setting play the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 31. Their debut album Equanimity was released last week through Forcefield and Science of Silence.

Minneapolis-based heavy instrumentalist masters Zebulon Pike rock the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Friday, August 2 with Vulgaari, Relentless, and Ashen.

Down in Mankato at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater you can catch rock band Everclear at the Mankato Ribfest on Friday, August 2.

Loverboy plays the Mankato Ribfest at Vetter Stone Amphitheater on Saturday, August 3.

The Monday, August 5 Vampire Weekend show at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis is SOLD OUT.

The Big Night Out Tour with hard rock bands Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit, and Alien Ant Farm comes to Myth in St. Paul on Wednesday, August 7.

The Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato has a big night of 80s metal with Ratt, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, and Lita Ford on Thursday, August 15.

Fresh off their recent show in St. Paul, Bobaflex hits Mankato at Buster’s on Wednesday, August 7 with Royal Bliss.

Concert Announcements And Updates - June 14, 2013, Part 1 of 2

The summer concert season continues to explode, so this week's announcements are divided into two posts. Here's the latest on all of the metal and hard rock concerts happening yet in June.

Relapse recording artist Windhand brings their doom metal to the area for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul on Saturday, June 15 with support from Vulgaari, Syoboda, and DJ Heavy Ritual.

Also on Saturday, June 15, Big V’s Saloon in St. Paul has a night of thrash/crossover metal with Axe Ripper, Manic Outburst (both from Detroit), Compassion Dies, Plagued Insanity, and Lockgnar.

Staind singer Aaron Lewis has embarked on another solo outing as part of the Jägermeister Country Tour with special guests Brian Davis and Rick Monroe, which comes to the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato on Wednesday, June 19.

Local Prosthetic Records recording artist and grind kings Ambassador Gun play a FREE show at the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis with Before The Eyewall and Witchden on Sunday, June 23.

There’s more grindcore at the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 29 with Blue Ox, The Matador, Trailboss, and I Am Vengeance.

Local band Nuisance has organized a benefit show Cicely Novy, sister of Nuisance singer Vince on Saturday, June 29 at the Columbia Grill & Tavern in Columbia Heights. The Facebook event page details Cicely’s plight:

“On May 5th 2013, Cicely Novy suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was rush to the hospital where she has undergone multiple surgeries and has been in the ICU ever since. Cicely is a 26 year old Navy veteran who proudly served her country for 5 years. She is the most selfless person, always willing to help. Now she needs ours. Please join us in raising money to help her on her long road to recovery, as she will be unable to return to work in the foreseeable future.”

A beer bust ($5 for all you can drink beer) and a silent auction will go from 4–7 pm, followed by live music from Nuisance, Emergent, Standing Alliance, and more TBA at 9 pm for $10. Those willing to make donations for the silent auction should contact Missey Metz at

St. Paul metal band Cantharone plays the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 30.

REFLECTIONS—Studio Update and New Tour Dates with OCEANO, WITHIN THE RUINS, and TEXAS IN JULY Released

Prior to the start of the Heavy MTL South Of The Border Tour, Minneapolis’ progressive metalcore upstarts Reflections have lined up a number of shows with Texas In July, Oceano, and Within The Ruins in July. Recording of Reflections’ second album at Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, Florida, and first for eOne/Good Fight, is nearly complete, and is on track for release this summer. Production and mixing duties are being handled by Eyal Levi. The band recently posted a second studio update which you can view below.

July 5 – Richmond, VA, Kingdom, w/Texas In July
July 6 – Westchester, PA, The Note, w/Texas In July
July 7 – New York, NY, Tammany Hall, w/Texas In July
July 9 – Providence, RI, Fete, w/Texas In July
July 10 – Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall, w/Texas In July
July 11 – Amityville, NY, Revoluation, w/Texas In July
July 26 – Oklahoma City, OK, The Conservatory, w/Oceano
July 27 – Lubbock, TX, Jake’s, w/Oceano
July 28 – Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad, w/Oceano, Within The Ruins
July 29 – El Paso, TX, The War Room, w/Oceano