Riot Fest and Rodeo 2015 Line-Up Revealed

And  the revelations continue…

Hot on the heels of the Riot Fest Toronto line-up unveiling, festival organizers have now followed up with the list of performers for Riot Fest and Rodeo (formerly known as Riot Fest Denver) which will take place during the weekend of Aug. 28-30 at the National Western Complex in Denver.

Check out the list which includes Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Tenacious D, The Pixies, Thrice, Alkaline Trio, and many, many more. Like their Toronto counterpart, a handful of performers have been left off the list, but will be uncovered on a later date.

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Riot Fest Announce 2015 Toronto Line-Up

It’s starting to feel a lot like music Christmas thanks to Riot Fest unveiling the first wave of artists for their Toronto dates, set to take place on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 at Downsview Park..

Wu-Tang Clan, Frank Turner, Alexisonfire, and Thrice are just some of the big names heading to Canada for the weekend-long festival.

But don’t get too upset that some artists have been left off the initial release; apparently five names are going to be kept a secret until June 16.

For now, check out the mighty jammed line-up below and if you live in Canada or want to make the trek to Toronto for the show, we suggest buying your tickets after you check out the list.

Inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival Reveal Complete Line-Up

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If you’re a fan of “alternative rock” music and are looking for a music festival that’s a little different from the ones the United States has to offer, you might be interested in a brand new festival slated to make its debut later this year.

Earlier today, it was announced that a new music festival named the “Wrecking Ball Festival” will hit Atlanta in August of this year. But before you assume it has to do with Miley Cyrus because of the name, check out the line-up and you’ll see it has nothing to do with the tabloid staple.

Acts like Coheed and Cambria, The Descendents, Glassjaw, The Get Up Kids, the Movielife, Title Fight, and the recently reunited Thrice, will be heading to Atlanta to celebrate the first year of the (hopefully) yearly event. We will admit, we’re a little jealous it’s not happening in our backyard.

Check out the complete list of performers heading “down South” for the festival.

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The festival is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Atlanta’s The Masquerade where a lot of musicians have stopped by to perform at. The event will take place during the weekend of August 8-9.

As the poster points out, two-day passes and VIP tickets will go on sale beginning this Monday, April 6 through Ticketmaster. If you so happen to live in Atlanta and wouldn’t mind the trek to The Masquerade, then tickets can be purchased at the venue’s box office.

Apparently, the festivities will kick off with a punk rock pre-party featuring guests like Greg Hetson (Bad Religion), Eric Melvin (NOFX), and Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion).

The only question now is, where do we sign up?

Rock in Rio USA Add More Artists to Line-Up, Unveil “City of Rock” Streets

Rock in Rio USA announced several headlining artists for the upcoming inaugural gathering in Las Vegas back in January, but it looks like those aren’t the only one heading to Sin City for the two weekends.

Today, the festival took to the web to announce the complete line-up. The line-up includes a couple of more performers on the main stages, some DJs that will represent the countries the festival has already invaded (Spain and Portugal to name a few) and those cool “City of Rock” streets they hinted at when the idea was still being formed (each street represents the musical culture of either the United States, United Kingdom, or Brazil).

Check out the full schedule for the two weekend which have been divided in half. The Rock-centric weekend will take place May 8-9 while the Pop music-centric weekend will take place May 15-16.

ROCK WEEKEND:

May 8:

Main Stage:  No Doubt, Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools

Sunset Stage: Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr, Bleachers, Saints of Valory

Electronic Stage: AN21, Ftampa, Wax Motif, MVTH

Rock Street Brazil: Spock Frevo Orquestra, Pepeu Gomes, Leo Gandelman

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Academy of Villains, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

May 9:

Main Stage: Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead

Sunset Stage: Deftones, Sepultura (feat. Steve Vai), Coheed and Cambria, Of Mice & Men

Electronic Stage: Caked Up, Gaslamp Killer, Felguk, Alok

Rock Street Brazil: Spock Frevo Orquestra, Pepeu Gomes, Leo Gandelman

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Academy of Villains, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

POP WEEKEND:

May 15:

Main Stage: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo

Sunset Stage: Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay

Electronic Stage: Whitney Fierce, Jeniluv, Valida, Heidi Lawden

Rock Street Brazil: Simoninha Feat. Toni Garrido, Marcos Valle, BossaCucaNova

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

May 16:

Main Stage: Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Empire of the Sun, Big Sean

Sunset Stage: John Legend, Joss Stone, Magic, Mikky Ekko

Electronic Stage: Behrouz, Renato Ratier, Uner, Dj Vibe

Rock Street Brazil: Simoninha Feat. Toni Garrido, Marcos Valle, BossaCucaNova

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA are available on the festival’s website.

Rock in Rio USA Reveal Complete Line-Up for Inaugural Event

Last September, Rock in Rio announced they would be bringing the Brazilian party to the United States by recreating the famous festival in the U.S.’ adult playground; Las Vegas.

With the initial announcement made last year, the festival had revealed that acts like Metallica, No Doubt, Deftones, Linkin Park, John Legend, and Taylor Swift had been confirmed to perform at the inaugural event.

Now, the festival organizers have announced the complete, massive line-up for the event slated to take place over the course of two weekends in May.

Announced via a press conference, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Bleachers, Jessie J, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Saints of Valory, Of Mice and Men, and many more were added to the original line-up from last year.

“We want different flavors. We want different types of artists,” said Roberta Medina, daughter of festival founder Robert Medina in a voice over about the chosen performers.

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA will go on sale beginning this upcoming Monday, Jan. 19 at the festival’s website. General-admission weekend passes will put attendees back $298 while VIP weekend tickets with access to VIP areas, open bars, buffet, and access to an exclusive entrance will cost those interested, $498.

The first weekend, named the “Rock Weekend,” will take place May 8-9, while the second weekend, named the “Pop Weekend,” will take place May 15-16 at the City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.

It is estimated that a grand total of 240,000 to 320,000 attendees will show up during the course of the weekend with festival organizers hoping to have 80,000 a day though they admit it might be more like 60,000 attendees per day.

Check out the line-up for each day of the festival below.

Saturday, May 8:

Main Stage: No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless

Sunset Stage: Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., The Bleachers, Saints of Valory

Sunday, May 9:

Main Stage: Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead

Sunset Stage: Deftones, Sepultura (featurng Steve Vai), Coheed and Cambria, Of Mice and Men

Saturday, May 15:

Main Stage: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo

Sunset Stage: Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay

Sunday, May 16:

Main Stage: Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Empire of the Sun

Sunset Stage: John Legend, Joss Stone, Ma!, Mikky Ekko

Craig Aaronson (A&R for Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, and More) Passed Away

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Normally, hearing that someone from a record label passed away doesn’t really make headlines, but sometimes that person played a key role in discovering some of your favorite bands. In news that feels like a dagger to the heart, the A&R guy responsible for discovering many of the bands that helped shape our music taste and love of music, passed away.

According to several music publications including Billboard and Alternative Press, Craig Aaronson famed A&R guy from Warner Bros., passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Many artists, including those that he played a key role in discovering, have already taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Here are just some of the ones that we have found on our Twitter feed with more coming as the day progresses.

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It's with great sadness in our hearts that we write this message to you all. An integral part of our A7X family has passed away. Craig Aaronson was one of the driving forces behind our decision to sign with Warner Brothers Records back in 2004 along with Tom Whalley and Andy Olyphant. We had heard horror stories about independent bands signing with major labels so when we first met Craig we were skeptical. We ended up trusting him and Warner Brothers Records and in the end we are glad that we did. Craig had not only been a personal friend to us through the years, but also helped spearhead many of the bands successes, including allowing us to have complete creative control throughout all of our albums. No matter what we handed into the label he would get behind it and go to work. Our manager Larry Jacobson has always said working with Craig was like working with a partner, always agreeable even when you disagreed, and because of that, A7X and WBR got so many good things done together. A couple of years ago Craig left Warner Brothers to do other things, we were saddened by his decision but realized he needed to move on. A few months later we were informed that Craig had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While on chemo Craig still made it out to our Hail to the King album release show in Los Angeles earlier this year. We were all blown away by his dedication and will to live. Sadly, yesterday he lost the battle against cancer. He is survived by an amazing wife and kids. We will always be grateful to Craig and everything he has done for us. He has done the same for many other countless bands and without a doubt will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything Craig. Love A7X P.S. Life is too short, spend some extra time with the ones you love today.

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Aaronson was most well-know for bringing bands such as My Chemical Romance, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Against Me! and more to the label and helping them reach success.

If anyone needs an example of Aaronson’s enthusiasm for the bands he helped discover and love of his job, the perfect example can be found on MCR’s first DVD, Life on the Murder Scene where we see Aaronson listening to some new tracks the band were working on at the time and how passionately excited he got while listening to them.

Aaronson kicked off his lengthy resume of successful bands by signing Jimmy Eat World back in 1995 to Capitol before leaving and getting his job at Warner Bros. Jimmy Eat World recently wrote about that and how when they had no money, Aaronson had let them sleep in his house.

All we can say is thank you very much for discovering those bands and we owe you a lot, Craig. You had a role in helping shape who we are today.

Coheed and Cambria Help Fan Save Her Home

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Coheed and Cambria have shown just how dedicated they are to their fans, especially those that are in serious need.

Over the weekend, TMZ had reported that the band had gone out of their way to help one of their biggest fans out of a sticky situation she was in. We know, we were in shock too when the gossip news site wrote about something good than some untalented celebutants.

Hardcore Coheed fan, Cyndi Crouch who is also the co-proprietor of the Coheed and Cambria site, Colbat and Calcium, had set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise $3,500 to help her pay her mortgage and save her family’s home.

When the band had heard about her predicament, they stepped in and donated $3,000 of their own money to her campaign to help save her home.

Guitarist Travis Stever had told TMZ the band wanted to help Crouch out because “she’s a really awesome fan who is extra proactive and supports everything that we do.”

Now, those are the kind of music news related stories we like to hear about. We can only assume Crouch will forever be a Coheed super fan.

Rockstar’s ‘Uproar Festival’ Line Up

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The line up for the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival has been revealed and the line up looks like a good one. Artists such as Alice and Chains and Jane’s Addiction have been tapped to play the touring music festival. Also joining the line up are Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive on the main stage while on the Ernie Ball Festival Stage, Walking Papers featuring Duff McKagan, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones and Chuck Shaffer will be performing. The Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands winner in each market will also be featured on the Ernie Ball Festival stage. Check out the full tour dates below.

TOUR DATES:

8.9 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8.10 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
8.11 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8.13 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8.14 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
8.16 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8.17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8.18 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8.20 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8.22 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8.23 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
8.24 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
8.27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
8.28 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8.29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
8.31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
9.1 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
9.2 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
9.8 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater *
9.11 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9.13 – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
9.14 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9.15 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater