Death Grips have announced their 2023 North American tour dates today, kicking off their first leg of shows on May 4th in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall. The second leg of the tour will begin in September and includes Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Steel and Chicago’s Riot Fest. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 9th, at 10:00 AM local time.
Death Grips Tour Dates:
May 4 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
May 5- Vancouver, BC – Harbour Event & Convention Centre
May 6 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
May 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
May 9 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
May 12 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
May 13 – Las Vegas, NV – New Metal Festival
May 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
May 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
May 18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory Santa Ana
Sept 13 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Sept 16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Sept 17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Sept 18 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Sept 20 – Boston – House of Blues
Sept 21 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Sept 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Sept 25 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
Sept 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Sept 28 – Orlando, FL – The Vanguard
Sept 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live at the Backyard
Sept 30 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Oct 2 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore New Orleans
Oct 3 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Oct 5 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 6 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup
Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.
Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.
The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.
Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!
Ice Cube Adds More Dates to “Straight Into Canada Tour”
Straight off the sold-out first leg of the “Straight Into Canada” Tour, hip-hop icon Ice Cube announces part two of the tour, with eleven new dates across Canada.
Straight off the sold-out first leg of the “Straight Into Canada” Tour, hip-hop icon Ice Cube announces part two of the tour, with eleven new dates across Canada. In addition to the new dates, Xzibit, Merkules, Peter Jackson, and DJ Kav have been announced as direct support on select dates. Presented by Livestar Entertainment, International Touring Agency, Saskatoon Entertainment Group, and Invictus Entertainment Group, tickets for the second leg of the “Straight Into Canada” tour are on sale now!
As a triple threat, having garnered prestigious accolades such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Ice Cube transcends the boundaries of music, cinema, and sports, establishing himself as a legend in the world of entertainment. Initially rising to prominence with hip hop supergroup N.W.A., Ice Cube’s departure from the group at its pinnacle marked the beginning of a remarkably successful solo career in music, selling over 10 million albums and cementing his status as a rap icon. Cube has been a part of two groups since then. Westside Connection with Mack 10 and longtime friends WC and Mount Westmore, which includes multi-platinum-selling stars Snoop, E40, and Too $hort.
Expanding his repertoire, he ventured into acting and filmmaking, where he’s produced the Friday, Ride Along, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet? franchises, and the critically acclaimed NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. He is also an acclaimed film writer (Friday, The Players Club, The Janky Promoters) and director (The Players Club) who is best known for his acting. One of the most bankable actors in cinematic history, he has also acted in the Friday, Barbershop, Are We There Yet? and Ride Along franchises, along with the 21 Jump Street franchise, and has had star turns as a conflicted teen in Boyz N The Hood, a greedy soldier in Three Kings and an elite government agent in XXX: State of the Union. His most recent acting part was playing Superfly in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
Beyond music and film, Ice Cube co-founded the BIG3 basketball league, showcasing his passion for sports, and is currently working on his 11th solo studio album titled Man Down, to be released on his label Lench Mob Records in the Summer of 2024!
Ice Cube Complete List of Tour Dates:
February 21, 2024 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
February 23, 2024 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
February 24, 2024 – Edmonton, AB – River Cree Resort & Casino
February 26, 2024 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
February 28, 2024 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
March 1, 2024 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment
March 2, 2024 – Saint John, NB – TD Station
March 4, 2024 – Truro, NS – Rath Eastlink Community Centre [LOW TICKETS]
March 5, 2024 – Sydney, NS – Centre 200 [LOW TICKETS
April 23, 2024 – Victoria, BC – Save On Food Memorial Centre
April 25, 2024 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
April 27, 2024 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
April 28, 2024 – Moose Jaw, SK – Moose Jaw Events Centre
April 30, 2024 – Edmonton, AB – River Cree Casino
May 2, 2024 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Place
May 4, 2024 – Ottawa, ON – TD Place
May 5, 2024 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
May 7, 2024 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
May 9, 2024 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
May 10, 2024 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
The V13 Fix #004 w/ Darkest Hour, Glitterer, LowLives and more
From pop to metalcore, experimental grindcore to indie, each week The V13 Fix will bring you a roundup of all the new music worth hearing…
Welcome to the latest The V13 Fix our weekly round-up of some of the best albums, singles and EPs to drop in our laps/inboxes this week. From pop to black metal to experimental pop to punk rock, there is something for everyone in this mix of new music. Check out and support all the bands and labels if you like what you hear and if there is a particular album you like, make sure you head over to Spotify and check out one of our specially curated playlists where there is more great new music added daily.
Alternatively, if you’re in a band or want one of your bands considered for inclusion get in touch. While we can’t guarantee every album or EP we receive will be included, there are still plenty of other ways we can support you.
So, without further ado, sit back, plug in your headphones and get this week’s V13 Fix of new music…
When Japanese genre-smashers Crossfaith exploded onto the scene with their brutal, electronic-laced metalcore, the world sat up and paid attention. Well, after twelve months regrouping, the band are back with this new single, a massive statement that they’re ready to pick up where they left off but with a new energy. This new slice of heaviness from the band is packed dangerously full of pulsating electronics and pummelling metalcore. Equally as explosive as it is anthemic, “Zero” heralds a new chapter from the band who, after hitting the reset button twelve months ago, have returned with a vengeance.
Pick up your copy of “Zero” from here.
‘Perpetual | Terminal’
It’s incredible when you realise that Perpetual | Termainal is the tenth album in the rollercoaster career of US metalcore/metallic hardcore mob Darkest Hour. Spirit and dogged determination has kept the band going to this point and it is a theme which provides the heartbeat of this savage collection. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum explains: “The record’s theme centers around the duality of survival while embracing rebirth,” and, hearing the band hurtle through each of the eleven tracks, Perpetual | Terminal certainly feels like the sound of a band who have been reborn. An uncompromising, unrelenting metal assault, Perpetual | Terminal highlights exactly why heavy music would be worse off without Darkest Hour in it.
Pick up your copy of Perpetual | Terminal from here.
Now, even though the new wave of modern death metal bands is doing a sterling job in keeping the flag flying high for the genre, sometimes it’s nice just to take a trip back into some of the old-school bands. Having formed in Milwaukee in 1990, Morta Skuld are still battering away with their latest offering from the death metal stalwarts indicating no sign of slowing down. For fans of the likes of Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide, the band expertly combine groovy moshy sections, blastbeats with swamp born vocals. Creation Undone isn’t metalcore, it’s not deathcore, there are no symphonies, this is just straight between the eyes brutality.
Pick up your copy of Creation Undone from here.
M.U.T.T. are a trashy punk rock band straight from the gutters of the San Fransisco punk rock scene. There isn’t much you need to know about the kind of punk rock M.U.T.T. peddle except that it comes devoid of airs and graces. Taking a route one approach, M.U.T.T’s punk noise is covered in snot and packed with attitude. Formed from the ashes of Culture Abuse, the project has moved on from the more rock and roll stylings of their debut album, Bad To The Bone, into more trashy waters. Offerings like “Downtown Boy” come with a suitably unpleasant sneer plastered across their face and, while this EP might a fairly brief listen, M.U.T.T pack plenty of bite into those eighteen or so raucous minutes.
Pick up your copy of Dirty Deeds from here.
Gen & The Degenerates
Alt-punk collective Gen & The Degenerates tattoo their principals proudly onto their debut album. Written to a backdrop of disaster, tragedy and misfortune, ANTI-FUN Propaganda comes from a world of late nights and early mornings, sexuality, gender politics and mortality. It’s a punk rock album at its beating heart but, as vocalist Gen puts it, comes with a humourous approach and a love of dirty disco pop. Lyrically, tracks like “Famous” may come from a dark, bleak place but, as the video for “Big Hit Single” highlights, there is a wry smile and a sense of sarcasm nipping away at the subject matter to make sure we don’t lose sight of the fact that, while a quick look outside your window will show a world imploding on itself, it’s important to enjoy what time we have while we’re here.
Pick up your copy of ANTI-FUN Propaganda from here.
Following his previous band Title Fight ceased touring, lead singer and songwriter Ned Russin needed a creative outlet. The creative outlet soon manifested into what originally started out as solo project but, six years later, has blossomed into a fully-fledged band and the release of their fourth album, but debut as a full band, Rationale. An album with a sound deeply entrenched in the DC hardcore and indie rock scenes, Rationale is a rowdy listen packed with jarring indie guitars and slick pop melodies with the cohesiveness paying testament to the fact that Russin has found bandmates who share his creative vision.
Pick up your copy of Rationale from here.
Hands of Kalliach
Spawned from the minds of Edinburgh, Scotland husband and wife duo have blended together melodic death metal melded with Scottish folk music to create an album that is a work of art. The title of the album is inspired by enormous whirlpool, Corryvreckan, which lies between some of the western isles of Scotland. As harsh yet as beautiful as the inspiration behind it, Corryvreckan is a jaw-dropping piece of work. Soaring passages of melancholic Scottish folk music crash into brutal death metal, like two perfectly matched components. Through the folk music, the pair capture a drama and the emotion that can only come from being truly living and breathing it. When matched up with the extremities of the death metal scene, the end result is utterly majestic.
Pick up your copy of Corryvreckan from here.
Job For A Cowboy
For fans of iconic progressive death metal outfit Job For A Cowboy, it’s been almost a decade since new music was last heard from the band. Having teased for a number of years, the band are now back with their follow-up to 2014’s Sun Eater pretty much picking up where the 2014 album dropped off. Unsurprisingly, Moon Healer is the kind of album you really need to invest your time and effort into to really appreciate. Skim over it and you’ll find another incredible album in the Glendale’s musical armoury. Dig under the surface and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world which thematically picks up the story from Sun Eater while musically delivers it in a tightly woven package of complex, experimental, progressive death metal.
Pick up your copy of Moon Healer from here.
Austrian Death Machine
Ten years since their last outing, Austrian Death Machine are back with Quad Brutal, their first album for new home Napalm Records. Formed fifteen years ago by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis, the Arnie-inspired neck-wrecking death machine is back reinspired and reinvigorated. Joined by a bunch of friends from across the metalcore scene including members of Ov Sulfur and Wolves At The Gate, Lambesis is back with another full-throttle, adrenaline-fueled metal feast. With more muscle than your typical weights room, Quad Brutal is just pumped-to-fuck, beefed-up metal. There’s nothing fancy about this. No need to put your brain into gear, Quad Brutal is just here for when another couple of plates on the end of that bar just doesn’t seem enough.
Pick up your copy of Quad Brutal from here.
To date, Alberta, Canada three-piece Royal Tusk have gigged with a veritable Who’s Who of Rock from Slash to Halestorm while, during the pandemic, frontman Daniel sang on viral at-home collabs with Stone Sour, In Flames, and Mastodon. Listening to the hard rockers third album and you can probably pinpoint all of those inspirations seeping through the thumping anthems. Full of hard rock bangers like “Fire In Your Veins” and “The Death of Common Sense” to “Hated”, Altruistic has the perfect blend of melody, singalong choruses and power. Of the album, bassist Sandy MacKinnon says “I really hope you want to blast it in your car and headbang” and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy Altruistic than that.
Pick up your copy of Altruistic from here.
Honouring commitments delayed by the pandemic means that it has been almost five years since we have heard a new full-length album from Norwegian progressive folk/black metal band Borknagar. Reading into the whole process the band go through to write an album though, you do get the feeling Fall would have taken as long pandemic or not. An unrushed, flawlessly-crafted peice of work, Fall sounds like Borknagar frontman Øystein G. Brun has worked tirelessly to ensure that every moment of this album plays out like a story. Blast of grim, violent black metal weave through epic passages of progressive rock and folk to tell a tale of survival. Heading towards their third decade, Fall feels like the Norwegians are still riding at the top of their game.
Pick up your copy of Fall from here.
Warner Music / Parlophone
It’s fair to say that 2021’s album INSIDE catapulted Canadian indie rock troop Mother Mother to new heights. Piling up an incredible 300 million streams for said album Grief Chapter has some task ahead of it. The ninth album of their career finds the band at their most energized despite it focusing, lyrically at least, on themes of death and mourning. This is an album that transcends genres not only over the course of the twelve tracks but, as demonstrated on the brilliant opener “Nobody Escapes” or the stomping “Normalize”, many times within songs. An album which may come from a morbid place lyrically, by the end, will have you well and truly hooked.
Pick up your copy of Grief Chapter from here.
It’s the year 2000 and Wheatus earworm “Teenage Dirtbag” is rapidly becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. An anthem for misfits, outcasts and losers, it’s a song we hold close to our hearts even 24 years later. Now, West Coast alt-rockers have gone and written their own version. A wonderfully hopeful slice of slacker rock, “Loser” has an almost pleading air to the chorus while the melody is lifted straight from the grunge/alt-rock 2000s. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album, Freaking Out, so don’t worry if you’re going through that misfit phase because Lowlives have got your back.
Pick up your copy of Freaking Out from here.
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