Saturday, March 31, 2018

I See The "Red Sun Rising"

Rise Up!
Red Sun Rising
Rock radio hit-makers Red Sun Rising return with their brand new music video for their first single, “Deathwish”, off of the band’s forthcoming sophomore release Thread out on March 30th (Concord Music/Razor & Tie). The anthemic single “Deathwish” is currently #12 on Billboard’s Active Rock Chart and is available for purchase on iTunesApple Music, and Amazon.  The apocalyptic video, directed by Brad Golowin can be viewed here: 

In addition, the band have offered “Fascination” and “Left For Dead” as instant grat tracks.  The epic video for “Fascination” pays homage to Georges Méliès 1902 Silent film Le Voyage dans la Lune and shows off the band’s intricate detail to their musicianship with their 3 part harmony choruses and more.  View the video here:

Produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI, Porno For Pyros) and mixed by Jay RustonThread continues to expand on Red Sun Rising’s concept of mixing different genres and influences to create a unique sound. Physical pre-order’s for the highly anticipated release are available for purchase on Band Store: and  Merchnow.

When asked about the upcoming album, lead singer Mike Protich stated, “This album feels like a rebirth. Although Red Sun Rising played 140 shows on our last tour, it was not until we made this album that I felt we became a band.  The growth and evolution of RSR that you will hear in our sound and our songwriting builds on our ‘Thread’ mentality (songs that people can love and sing with us but don’t fit a mold).  We aren’t chasing trends and never will.” 

Red Sun Rising made headlines with their debut full-length album Polyester Zeal and earned their own piece of rock radio history with two back-to-back #1 hit singles off of their debut album on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.  This marked the first time in over a decade that a band has achieved back-to-back #1s on the Rock Chart with its first two singles, “The Otherside” and “Emotionless.” Adding to their radio success, the band was nominated in the “Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist” category (Foals, Kaleo, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Strumbellas, Red Sun Rising) for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.  RSR was also named New Artist of the Year at the 2016 Radio Contraband Awards. 

The band are currently on their U.S. headline tour in support of the forthcoming album release. Red Sun Rising will be performing at all of the major rock festivals this year and will join The Used as direct support beginning May 1 and will also join Godsmack& Shinedown on their late summer tour beginning August 14. For all upcoming show dates, see below. 

Red Sun Rising is Mike Protich (vocals/guitar), Ryan Williams (guitar), Ricky Miller(bass/vocals, Keys), Dave McGarry (guitar/vocals) and Pat Gerasia (drums).

Headline Tour Dates

March 24 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar

March 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

March 28 – Johnson City, TN – Capone’s

March 29 – Nashville, TN – Top Golf

March 30 – Little Rock, AR – Rev Room

March 31 – Dallas, TX – Trees

April 3 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

April 5 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS

April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock

April 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

April 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

April 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

April 11 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver

April 13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

April 15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

April 16 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

April 18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

April 19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon

April 20 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

April 21 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock

April 22 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

April 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

April 28 – Jacksonville, FL –Welcome to Rockville

April 29 – Sunrise, FL – Fort Rock

May 1 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen *

May 2 – Richmond, VA – The National *

May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion

May 5 – Akron, OH - Musica

May 8 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre *

May 9 – Kitchener, ON – Elements *

May 11 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *

May 12 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre *

May 13 - Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion

May 15 – Billings, MT – Pub Station

May 17 – Fargo, ND – The Sanctuary *

May 19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre *

May 20 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom *

May 24 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium *

May 25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

                                                  Dates with The Used * 

Below dates are with Godsmack & Shinedown 

Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena
Biloxi, MS
Coast Coliseum
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater

Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Amphitheater
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Amphitheater

Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Meadowbrook, NH
Bank of NH Pavilion

Hartford, CT
Xfnity Amphitheater
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center
Camden, NJ
BB&T Amphitheater

Pittsburgh, PA
KeyBank Pavilion
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater

Scranton, PA
Montage Mountain PAC
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Amphitheater
Wantagh, NY
Jones Beach Amphitheater

 Red Sun Rising Links

Friday, March 30, 2018

Look Up On The Stage! It's A...

Let Them Eat...
Jared Leto
OK, I get that this is Jared Leto performing with 30 Seconds to Mars at the 02 Arena in London

What I don't get is WTF?! is he wearing and why?

Looking at it I see many different things, sun, palm trees...weed. All of which seem perfectly viable answers. If I knew what song he was singing so I could know the lyrics, I bet this odd looking attempt at an afghan would start making sense.

If anybody out there can identify this please let me know.

Jared wears whatever it is well. He could make a potato sack sexy.

Moving on, T.G.I.F!

Jared on Instagram:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Michael's Musings

The New Black???
Michael Shinafelt
This past week has been a "Stormy" one - get it? wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Pretty much every week is of late. 

Seriously with Easter falling on April Fools Day this weekend I feel so conflicted. Do I hunt for eggs or pull a rabbit out of my butt?

It's time to make a decision, and whatever you do make it yours!

What he said -
"The Stormy Daniels story isn't about Trump having an affair with a porn star. That's not news. It is about his campaign trying to threaten, intimidate and illegally use campaign funds to buy her silence just weeks before the election. Don't let the lurid details overshadow this." - George Takei

I licked it, so it's mine

Started doing an abs class on top of spinning, yoga & boxing - what a feeling!

How much wood can Wesley Woods chuck?

#fashioncompassion "Dear @StormyDaniels, I can only imagine how stressful things must be for you right now. Fashion shouldn’t be one of them. Let me know if you need a sleek ensemble. @teampinup @Laura_Byrnes" - Traci Lords

Hey Shakira, you don't have a monopoly on hips that don't lie

Sometimes I wonder...what? You thought I was going to tell you what that was???

Just saw that someone bit Beyonce, all I want to know is, how did she taste?

Renewed & It Feels So Good
Toni Trucks
A "beep beep" to my spin buddy and one of the stars of CBS' Seal Team, Toni Trucks for it getting picked up for season two

Is there anybody out there?

Unreal on Lifetime really lives up to it's title, I mean that in a good way

I have the hots for Teddi Mellencamp's husband Edwin on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Will someone finally reveal "who let the dogs out?!"

And now for my next trick...

Cut loose, Footloose with me at:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hump Day & Chill

Certified Fresh
Jason Statham
Today I bring you celebrity butt crack in the form of Jason Statham. Jason the star of many an action film such as Crank, Revolver & Furious 7 is 100% masculine on my Rotten Tomatoes meter.

I recently heard about the upcoming movie The Meg starring Mr. Statham it's about a giant prehistoric shark. 

The plot goes like this:

"After escaping an attack by what he claims was by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible" - IMDB

Ummmmmmm, I'm not sure I if I will be in the audience for this one. Although I like a good intense scare I honestly have a big fear of sharks. That's correct, call me Chicken of the Sea.

But perhaps knowing that Jason will be there to save me will lure me into the theater. That and good reviews just might, I said might do it.

Enough about horrifying killer sharks let the butt crack commence. 

Click on the link below three time and say: "Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things" 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Buster Keaton In His Own Time

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

Buster Keaton "can impress a weary world with the vitally important fact that life, after all, is a foolish inconsequential affair,"wrote critic Robert Sherwood in 1918. A century later Keaton, with his darkly comic "theater of the absurd," speaks to audiences like no other silent comedian. If you thought you knew Keaton --- think again. 

By closely researching the responses of 1920s critics, Gehring has discovered countless new insights about the comedian's 12 features made from 1923-1929. 

After a split chapter on THE THREE AGES and OUR HOSPITALITY, each feature receives a full chapter ---- which will give the reader both a broader and better understanding of the film. This will also involve many bombshells.
For example, learn how SHERLOCK, JR. started out to seemingly be a different and controversial picture. Discover where Buster's idea to walk into SHERLOCK, JR.'s screen appears to have come from. 

Take in the many period reasons why THE GENERAL could not help but fail. These would include its pioneering use of dark comedy, and that period's sacred perspective on the Civil War. That era seemed to think it ended in a tie. Therefore, one did not make comedies about the conflict, let alone a DARK COMEDY. Moreover, ponder how THE GENERAL might be the comedian's greatest film, but NOT the greatest KEATON film. Based on Keaton's prior work that honor better belongs to THE NAVIGATOR.
Consequently, this book invites a revisionist look at the study of an era that has been stuck in amber too long. The aforementioned Sherwood quote helps explain how Keaton went from almost more of a 1920s cult favorite, to today's most timely comedian of the silent era. Moreover, readers will receive new takes on John Bunny, Fatty Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, and other 1920s personalities. It is well researched, but if you are also stuck in amber, one might recycle a signature line from Bette Davis, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to a bumpy ride."

Wes D. Gehring is a distinguished professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column "Reel World." He is the author of 37 film books, including biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise, Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin.

Monday, March 26, 2018


Ian Harding & Lucy Hale
This one is for all of you Pretty Little Liars fans out there, like me. Lucy Hale posted a photo of her and former co-star Ian Harding with the caption: "Look who I found in Chicago" this past Sunday on her Instagram, meaning yesterday.

As all you fans recall they played the hopelessly romantic couple Aria Montgomery & Ezra Fitz, or the couple formerly know as Ezria.

While I miss the show that wrapped after it's seventh season nine months ago. It was time for it to end.

But fear not PLL fans a spin-off The Perfectionists with "Liars" Sasha Pieterse & Janel Parrish is in the works! Yay!

Lucy on Instagram:

Sunday, March 25, 2018

I've Been Slimed!

Pretty in Slime
Heidi Klum
The Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards aired last night. While I never watch them, because, duh, I am not their target audience. I have a fondness for their tradition of sliming celebrities who appear on the show. Is that goo still on the market BTW? I really loved it as a kid.

Well my lust for slime was fulfilled this ayem when I spotted an photo of one Ms. Heidi Klum getting doused with the gooey confection on stage during the show last night at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Personally I love Heidi, she is such a game girl and never takes herself too seriously. Also who doesn't love to see a beautiful woman get slimed??? 

On that note, I am feeling the need for slime myself. Now where to find it...

Heidi on Instagram: 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Just Because...Drew Barrymore

Team Jake
Drew Barrymore
Just Because it's the weekend, Just Because the Santa Clarita Diet is in season deux & Just Because she's holding a sign that makes you go Hmmmmmm - "Yes" peeps it's Drew Barrymore at the premiere of her hit Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet in Hollywood.

OK, while I love me some Drew I am not sure why she is holding a sign that says "I Heart Jake Gyllenhaal" at her premiere.

Am I missing something??? Well apparently I am - as a little bird called the WWW informed me that Ms. Barrymore ranked Jake as her least talented co-star on The Late, Late Show With James Corden. It was either that or....drum roll please, or eat a turkey testicle.

Thus our intrepid Drew carried a sign declaring her love for Jake down that red carpet on her special night. That Drew always a giver.

Drew on Instagram:

Friday, March 23, 2018

The First "Kut"

Debbie Gibson is pregnant with their two headed love child...NOT!

Rock category Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest 2017 and Semi-Finalist of the International Songwriting Competition The Kut announced today that the North American release date for their hard-rocking debut album, Valley of Thorns is set for Friday May 18 via Cargo. The album, produced by James Le Rock (Skindred / Def Leppard / White Zombie / My Vitriol) kicks off a busy touring schedule for the band this summer.  
Active on the UK and European alt.rock scene, The Kut is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist and PhD graduate, Princess Maha, who brings together a multitude of hard rock and alt. rock sounds that bring to mind elements of L7, The Cult, Hole, Magnapop and Placebo. The Kut’s live outfit has seen many guises, with the most recent line up featuring female trio Diana Bartmann (drums)and Stella Vie (bass / bvs). In the last few years, the band has gained traction in Europe by winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll, releasing a subsequent EP release and Record Store Day vinyl 7” and press, radio and TV support from The Guardian, Metro, Scuzz, Kerrang! Magazine, Big Cheese, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing Lancashire, Kerrang! Radio, Metal Hammer, Q, Classic Rock, AXS TV, MTV-U USA and others. 
The Bands All Here
The Kut
Live, the band has performed at festivals such as Download, Camden Rocks Festival, Rebellion Festival, Hard Rock Hell, Glastonbudget, Nice N Sleazy and Strummercamp in the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The band has confirmed the following live dates for Summer 2018 in support of Valley of Thorns : Camden Rocks Festival, Amplified Festival, Strummercamp Festival, Nice and Sleazy, Rebellion Festival and more to be added!
2017 was a significant year for The Kut as they were featured as one of Kerrang! Magazine's Breakthrough Acts of the year, while ‘The Kut EP' was released on 500 limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day 2017, also featuring at number 4 in Kerrang! Magazines Top 10 Record Store Day Releases. This past summer saw the band playing 21 consecutive UK dates, and the year ended with the band claiming the Number 1 Spot in the Beyond 50 Promotions Top 50 Under the Radar UK Bands.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the U.K. press has said about The Kut:
The Guardian - Editor’s Pick
“Your snarly singer-guitarist in the latest line up of this doughty girl-grunge trio. Shades of Courtney, Brody and L7, naturally, but with plenty of contemporary haters to aim her barbs at”
“This trio of multi-talented girls with a ‘90s grunge alt-rock sound have been touring all over Europe”
Kerrang! Magazine
“Led by Princess Maha, this is a neat twist on grunge pop”
Q Magazine
"There's a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that's a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut's scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges.”
Metal Hammer
"The Kut are like the bastard lovechild of Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson with awesome riffs and chaotic live shows"
Classic Rock Magazine
"Marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets “I Wanna Be Your Dog” meets Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk's not dead, pass it on.”