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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Unveils 3-Day Music Event

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is the must-visit horror destination this Halloween. From a twisted carnival, to three unique horror houses based on Zombie’s unique cinematic visions, there is no better place to have the shit scared out of you in 2015.

This week, Great American Nightmare unveiled plans for three nights of live music at the beginning of October, including two performances from Rob Zombie himself. Zombie will perform on October 2 and 4, with a full day of bands performing on Saturday.

Notable performers on October 3 include Insane Clown Posse and P.O.D., as well as Stitches, Young …

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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Returns

Halloween is coming! Halloween is coming!

Just as the summer heat is starting to get you down, Rob Zombie has announced his Great American Nightmare will be returning to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 31.

This is pretty much the ultimate combination of music and horror. For just over a month, Zombie’s cinematic brilliance will be brought to life with a living carnival of madness. The man himself will even be performing two shows (October 2 and 4).

“I am …

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Lineup Revealed

Christmas has moved from December to May this year, and tonight is the night Santa gives us all the one thing we have been demanding: The lineups for Riot Fest 2015.

The final lineup to be revealed tonight, May 27, was for the Chicago event, which takes place Sept. 11-13. Additional bands and details will be revealed in the coming months, but today’s news is certainly enough to warrant you spending every dollar you have to buy tickets as soon as possible. No Doubt, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, and Coheed And Cambria are just a few of the names on …

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Ratboys Stream Debut LP, ‘AOID’

When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track …

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ALBUM STREAM: Ryley Walker – ‘Primrose Green’

On  March 31, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker will be releasing his brand new full-length, Primrose Green, via Dead Oceans. It’s a highly anticipated release riding on the 24-year-old’s ability to create ’70s-style folk with mindblowing ease. If you’re a fan of Tim Buckley, John Martyn, or Van Morrison, give it a listen asap. It’s streaming in full over at NPR.

We’re already heard the impeccable jazz-influenced single “Sweet Satisfaction,” but the rest of the songs that follow suit are even more powerful. Ryley Walker uses Primrose Green as a springboard to let imagination come to life. The …

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Grateful Dead To Play Trio Of Shows To Commemorate 50th Anniversary

Attention all Dead Heads! Your time has come to see one of the greatest jam bands to ever grace a stage for the last time. That’s right, the Grateful Dead will be reuniting for a trio of shows for 4th of July weekend.

Famous for its eclectic utilization of various musical genres, the band announced the shows to celebrate 50 years as an outfit, with the band’s formation in 1965. The trio of shows will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago from July 3-5. The reunion will include original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann as well …

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Danny Brown Is Writing a Children’s Book

When it comes to rappers, their voice is either a hit or miss for listeners. The actual words they’re spitting, however, are indisputable. So for those who have never taken to Danny Brown‘s shrill squawking but love the lines he’s dropping, there’s good news: soon you can admire his work in the form of a children’s book.

As Consequence of Sound points out, the Detroit rapper recently sat down with Triple J to talk about what’s on his plate at the moment. In the interview, he reveals he’s been working on writing said book for a while, but it’s …

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5 Incredible Former Victory Records Artists The Scene Forgot

For the better part of the last fifteen years, Victory Records has been one of the most influential independent labels in alternative music. Though the quality of their current roster is open for debate, there was a time in the not too distant past where seemingly every band who signed with the Chicago based record label would end up either headlining Warped Tour or appearing on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine, if not both. Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Bayside, Between the Buried and Me, and Thursday all have Victory to thank for establishing their brands in the …

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Bonfires Get “Closure” In New Music Video

Chicago pop-punk quintet Bonfires recently released a brand new music video for their song “Closure.” The song comes from their debut EP, We All Talk About Dying Like We’ve Done It Before, which arrived this past July.

The guys have been hard at work since their debut, having released a second short EP, entitled Nothing To Hold/Something To Keep, on December 9. All of their releases are available for free on their Bandcamp page, so stop in before you miss out.

Look for more from Bonfires in the near future, and check out the official video for “Closure” …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Mineral @ Riot Fest Chicago

Nostalgia is something special, especially to the music scene. Memories are tied to bands that have become defunct, and have gone to do other things. That’s what makes the reunions of those bands so special. It brings a crazy amount of people together to cherish a special occasion that may never happen again.

The reunion of Mineral is not shy to that reality. With a giant tour of America, and soon to reach overseas, the band is helping fans relive that nostalgia for one night in a live setting.

After Mineral’s set at Riot Fest Chicago, UTG had the opportunity …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Modern Baseball @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014

Modern Baseball is, by and large, one of the most important breakthrough artists of this year. If their first album, Sports, didn’t prove that, the band’s 2014 release of You’re Gonna Miss It All should have.

Not only is their recorded music perfect for singing along and laughing, but this honest and witty four-piece perfects their live set. All over people were talking about Modern Baseball’s Riot Fest set and how it was one of the best of the day. Between picking a perfect mix of songs, to cracking potty jokes, to kissing each other onstage, they know how …

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Riot Fest Release Chicago and Denver Set Times

The moment is finally here — we can all start budgeting and planning our weekends for Chicago and Denver Riot Fest stops. The greatest punk rock show in North America, Riot Fest has a stacked lineup at both festivals including the likes of The Cure, Slayer, The National, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Say Anything, Taking Back Sunday, Die Antwoord, The Used, Rise Against, The Get Up Kids, Andrew W.K., plus many, many more.

So, with all of these amazing bands playing multiple stages, fans have to prepare by all means necessary. Riot Fest has released the set times and stages …

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