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Dan Konopka: OK Go Drummer Checks In, US Tour Dates
Video Link for "The Writin's On the Wall"
Drummer Dan Konopka from the LA-based band, OK Go—whose one-take videos have become legendary (watch the video for “The Writin’s On the Wall” here)—have released a new EP, Upside Out, which they offered to fans free. The EP is a preview their new album, Hungry Ghosts, which is due out this fall via the band’s Pledge Music project site. Upside Out is available in several packages at different pledge levels. Currently on the road, Dan checked in with Drumhead on what he’s currently enjoying playing, both physically and on his iPod, and what he’s been working on technique-wise.
Heather Smith: What's you new favorite piece of gear?
Dan Konopka: I just switched over to DW this year and am totally excited about my 6.5” Edge snare. It's very loud but very characterful.
HS: And what is your favorite music in your iPod—new to you, or new new?
DK: Lately I've been enjoying lots of electronic music. I check out everything from the label Mad Decent. There're fantastic drum concepts throughout their music.
HS: Something you have been practicing/focusing on lately; something in your drumming, a technique or rudiment?
DK: I've been focusing a lot on general dynamics while playing in the studio and live. It’s easy to forget to be balanced and musical when you have in-ear monitors on. I'm always trying to find the sweet spot volume-wise with all of my limbs, while keeping the pulse and groove happy and balanced.
Catch OK Go on the road across the US through October. Complete list of dates below. Watch the band perform their song “Here it Goes Again” at The Kennedy Center here. For more information on OK Go, visit http://www.okgo.net.
7/22/2014 The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
7/23/2014 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
7/24/2014 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
8/08/2014 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
8/09/2014 Gothic Theater, Denver, CO
8/12/2014 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/13/2014 Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
8/14/2014 Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN
8/15/2014 Lincon Hall, Chicago, IL
8/16/2014 Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN
9/04/2014 Santa Monica Pier Twilight Series, Santa Monica, CA
9/13/2014 The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
9/14/2014 Bluebird, Bloomington, IN
9/16/2014 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
9/17/2014 Paradise, Boston, MA
9/18/2014 Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
9/19/2014 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
9/20/2014 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
9/23/2014 Headliners, Louisville, KY
9/24/2014 The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
9/25/2014 Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
9/26/2014 Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
9/27/2014 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
10/13/2014 Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA
10/24-26/2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, NV
SET TO PLUG BACK IN FOR CONTINUED SUMMER TOUR
STARTING JULY 23 IN CLEVELAND, OH
SEVENDUST has been selling out clubs and theatres across the country on their acoustic US tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” which launched April 1 in Athens, GA. On July 23, the band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—will plug back in for a new round of electric shows with Gemini Syndrome supporting.
Their critically acclaimed acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, was released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart (their second consecutive #1 album).
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 7/23 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Thu 7/24 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Fri 7/25 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2
Sat 7/26 Inwood, WV Shiley Acres
Mon 7/28 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
Wed 7/30 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre
Thu 7/31 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live
Fri 8/1 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Sat 8/2 Morristown, TN Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre
Tue 8/5 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Wed 8/6 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
Fri 8/8 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theater
Sat 8/9 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Fairground
Sun 8/10 Minot, ND City Auditorium
Mon 8/11 Fargo, ND The Venue
Thu 8/14 Pontiac, IL Freakster’s Road House
Fri 8/15 Cedar Falls, IA Pepsi Pavilion
Sat 8/16 Sedalia, MO Grandstand/Missouri State Fair
Sun 8/17 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
Tue 8/19 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Thu 8/21 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
Fri 8/22 Fond Du Lac, WI Shack Event Center
Sat 8/23 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
DEEP PURPLE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
IN SUPPORT OF LATEST ALBUM NOW What?!
New York, NY (July 8, 2014)—Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album, NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek! The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (tour dates below).
NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+-year career, blending the classic ‘70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top 20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.
In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: “All The Time In The World.”
Blazing off the success of NOW What?!, Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer!
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Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:
08/04/14 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Casino
08/05/14 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fair
08/06/14 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Fair
08/08/14 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
08/09/14 Roseburg, OR Douglas County Fair
08/10/14 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
08/13/14 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
08/14/14 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center
08/15/14 Las Vegas, NV Fremont St. Downtown
08/16/14 Wendover, NV Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
08/20/14 Elgin, IL Festival Park
08/21/14 Windsor, ON Caesars Casino
08/22/14 Rama, ON Casino Rama
08/24/14 Morristown, NJ Mayo PAC
08/25/14 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
08/26/14 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury
08/29/14 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino
08/30/14 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
08/31/14 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Nothing More's Paul OBrien Discusses His Playlist
Album Drops 6/24 Summer/Fall Tour Schedule
San Antonio drummer Paul Obrien from the band Nothing More discussed with Drumhead what's recently been on his iPod:
“My current playlist is crazy, many styles," says OBrien. "Twelve Foot Ninja is a flawlessly executed fusion of reggae, funk and metal. We recently did some gigs with them and they're a class act all the way. Benny Grebb released a solo album years back called Grebfruit, which I absolutely love. [He is] Such an incredible musician all around and a huge influence. Matt Cameron crushes on the new Soundgarden album. I've also been listening to some Alan Watts lectures about different personality types he refers to as ‘Prickles and Goo.’ Look that up if you get a chance it's a real mind blow!!!" [Find Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated version of Watts’s lecture here.]
Nothing More’s self-titled debut album will be released tomorrow, June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. You can watch the video for “This Is the Time” here. Later this month the band will set out on the We Are Not Machines tour, headlining with special guests Sleepwave.
The band played NYC’s The Studio at Webster Hall last week to in advance of their album release. The band’s engaging and energetic performance was enthusiastically embraced by an eager crowd. The band also recently played the Download Festival in the UK, and Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany and have toured the US with Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil. So they can reach even more of their fans, the band is setting out on a run of headline dates prior to their recently-announced big fall tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and Hellyeah.
Nothing More – with Special Guests, Sleepwave (starting 8/5)6/23/2014 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon6/25/2014 Detroit, MI The Shelter6/27/2014 Broussard, LA The Station Bar and Grille6/28/2014 Shreveport, LA Strange Brew6/29/2014 New Orleans, LA The Howlin' WolfThu/Jul-31 Corpus Christ, TX House of RockFri/Aug-01 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr.Sat/Aug-02 Covington, LA Rock N BluesTue/Aug-05 Kansas City, MO The Riot RoomThu/Aug-07 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache @ The IntersectionFri/Aug-08 Chicago, IL Beat KitchenSat/Aug-09 Birch Run, MI Dirt Fest 2014Mon/Aug-11 Pittsburgh, PA Altar BarTue/Aug-12 Lancaster, PA The ChameleonWed/Aug-13 Toronto, ON Lee's PalaceFri/Aug-15 Albany, NY Upstate Concert TheaterSat/Aug-16 Portland, ME Port CityMon/Aug 18 -18 Baltimore, MD OttobarTue/Aug-19 Charlotte, NC Amos SouthendThu/Aug-21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade HellFri/Aug-22 Nashville, TN The EndSat/Aug-23 St. Louis, MO The FirebirdSun/Aug-24 Springfield, MO Outland BallroomTue/Aug-26 Little Rock, AR Juanita'sWed/Aug-27 Dallas, TX TreesFri/Aug-29 Houston, TX Scout BarSat/Aug-30 San Antonio, TX Sam's Burger JointTue/Sep-02 Tucson, AZ The RockWed/Sep-03 Los Angeles, CA TroubadourFri/Sep-05 Denver, CO MarquisSat/Sep-06 Colorado Springs, CO Black SheepTue/Sep-09 Seattle, WA El CorazonFri/Sep-12 Portland, OR Dante’s
Nothing More with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and HELLYEAH: 9/16 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center9/17 Billings, MT MetraPark9/18 Bismarck, ND Civic Center9/20 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular9/21 Grand Rapids, MI Delta Plex9/23 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Center9/25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena9/26 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center9/27 Albany, NY Times Union9/28 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter9/30 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center10/01 Reading, PA Santander Center10/03 Newark, NJ Prudential Center10/05 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival10/07 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Arena10/08 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena10/10 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena10/11 Duluth, GA Gwinett Center10/12 Knoxville, TN Civic Center10/14 Orlando, FL CFE Arena10/16 Biloxi, MS Coast Coliseum10/17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena10/18 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Center10/20 Wichita, KS InTrust Arena10/21 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater10/22 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center10/24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint10/25 Phoenix, AZ Big Red Night of The Dead Festival
Photo Credit: Frank Gargani
X ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIVE 4-NIGHT
Set To Perform First Four Albums – In Their Entirety – For Fans in New York, Chicago & Cleveland
Additional East Coast Shows Announced
Previously Announced West Coast Exclusive Acoustic Tour
Headlining Portland’s Pickathon Festival
X will present a special four-night engagement at Los Angeles’s The Roxy this July. The band will play their first four groundbreaking albums, in their entirety, performing the songs and albums exactly as they were recorded. Three more cities will get this exclusive engagement: New York, Chicago and Cleveland (see below for dates).
The series begins with the band’s debut, Los Angeles, followed by Wild Gift (both of which appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), Under the Big Black Sun and finally finishing the fourthnight with More Fun in the New World the band will play for one hour each night, rotating albums. A number of songs (“Bad Thoughts”, “Come Back to Me”) have never been performed live – they will all be performed that night! This also means band members will play instruments you’ve never seen them play before–Billy on sax, DJ on vibes. It’s going to be four nights of special music not to be missed!
In-between, the band will perform their amazing live electric show for fans in Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Ferndale and Grand Rapids, MI. In addition, X are planning an exclusive west coast acoustic trek culminating with a headlining spot on the Portland, OR based “Pickathon Festival” on August 2 and 3. This marks the first time all four original members (Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake) have left the electric guitars behind and will play X material acoustically.
The L.A. punk scene in the late ‘70s saw its share of greatness, but few acts were as talented as the now world-class, live, rock ‘n’ roll band X. Their 2008 13-31 Tour across the U.S. was extraordinary, celebrating the band’s 31st anniversary. 2009 shaped up to be just as amazing for the veteran rockers, with appearances at SXSW and Coachella Festivals, along with their own “X – TRL” Tour, where fans helped select each night’s set list. In 2011, X celebrated the 31st anniversary of the legendary album, Los Angeles, one that not only defined their career, but an entire musical era as well. The band also celebrated the re-release of their landmark award-winning rock-umentary, X: The Unheard Music.
X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.
Full X Summer Itinerary:
The Roxy Theatre
July 10 X to play Los Angeles
July 11 X to play Wild Gift
July 12 X to play Under the Big Black Sun
July 13 X to play More Fun in the New World
July 17 X at the OC Fair with Bad Religion Orange County, CA
West Coast Acoustic Tour
July 19 Pappy & Harriets Pioneer Town, CA
July 20 Belly Up Solano Beach, CA
July 23 Slo Brew San Luis Obispo, CA
July 24 PAC Grass Valley, CA
July 26 City Winery Napa, CA
July 30/31 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Aug 2/3 Pickathon Portland, OR *
East Coast/Mid-West Tour
August 18 Center Stage Atlanta, GA
August 20 Black Cat Washington, DC
August 21 City Winery – X to play Los Angeles New York, NY
August 22 City Winery – X to play Wild Gift New York, NY
August 23 City Winery – X to play Under the Big Black Sun
August 24 City Winery – X to play More Fun in the New World
August 26 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
August 28 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
August 29 Webster Theater-TNT Fest-X to play Los Angeles Hartford, CT
August 31 Alter Bar Pittsburgh, PA
September 2 City Winery – X to play Los Angeles Chicago, IL
September 3 City Winery – X to play Wild Gift Chicago, IL
September 4 City Winery – X to play Under the Big Black Sun Chicago, IL
September 5 City Winery – X to play More Fun in the New World Chicago, IL
September 6 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
September 8 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
September 9 Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles Cleveland, OH
September 10 Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles Cleveland, OH
September 11 Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles Cleveland, OH
September 12 Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles Cleveland, OH
*Headlining the Pickathon Festival