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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

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





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





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


altNothing 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.]alt

     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 Saloon
6/25/2014                          Detroit, MI                      The Shelter
6/27/2014                          Broussard, LA                  The Station Bar and Grille
6/28/2014                          Shreveport, LA                 Strange Brew
6/29/2014                          New Orleans, LA               The Howlin' Wolf
Thu/Jul-31                          Corpus Christ, TX              House of Rock
Fri/Aug-01                          Austin, TX                        Stubbs Jr.
Sat/Aug-02                          Covington, LA                  Rock N Blues
Tue/Aug-05                         Kansas City, MO               The Riot Room
Thu/Aug-07                        Grand Rapids, MI               The Stache @ The Intersection
Fri/Aug-08                          Chicago, IL                       Beat Kitchen
Sat/Aug-09                          Birch Run, MI                  Dirt Fest 2014
Mon/Aug-11                       Pittsburgh, PA                    Altar Bar
Tue/Aug-12                         Lancaster, PA                    The Chameleon
Wed/Aug-13                        Toronto, ON                       Lee's Palace
Fri/Aug-15                          Albany, NY                         Upstate Concert Theater
Sat/Aug-16                          Portland, ME                      Port City
Mon/Aug 18 -18                 Baltimore, MD                      Ottobar
Tue/Aug-19                         Charlotte, NC                      Amos Southend
Thu/Aug-21                        Atlanta, GA                        Masquerade Hell
Fri/Aug-22                          Nashville, TN                      The End
Sat/Aug-23                          St. Louis, MO                     The Firebird
Sun/Aug-24                         Springfield, MO                  Outland Ballroom
Tue/Aug-26                         Little Rock, AR                   Juanita's
Wed/Aug-27                        Dallas, TX                           Trees
Fri/Aug-29                          Houston, TX                       Scout Bar
Sat/Aug-30                          San Antonio, TX                 Sam's Burger Joint
Tue/Sep-02                         Tucson, AZ                         The Rock
Wed/Sep-03                        Los Angeles, CA                 Troubadour
Fri/Sep-05                           Denver, CO                         Marquis
Sat/Sep-06                           Colorado Springs, CO         Black Sheep
Tue/Sep-09                         Seattle, WA                         El Corazon
Fri/Sep-12                           Portland, OR                       Dante’s

Nothing More with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and HELLYEAH:

9/16   Salt Lake City, UT                            Maverik Center
9/17   Billings, MT                                     MetraPark
9/18   Bismarck, ND                                  Civic Center
9/20   Cedar Rapids, IA                              US Cellular
9/21   Grand Rapids, MI                             Delta Plex
9/23   Hamilton, ON                                   First Ontario Center
9/25   Baltimore, MD                                 Baltimore Arena
9/26   Lowell, MA                                     Tsongas Center
9/27   Albany, NY                                     Times Union
9/28   Syracuse, NY                                  The Oncenter
9/30   Portland, ME                                   Cumberland County Civic Center
10/01 Reading, PA                                    Santander Center
10/03 Newark, NJ                                     Prudential Center
10/05 Louisville, KY                                  Louder Than Life Festival
10/07 Fort Wayne, IN                                Allen County War Memorial Arena
10/08 Detroit, MI                                       Joe Louis Arena
10/10 Huntington, WV                               Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/11 Duluth, GA                                      Gwinett Center
10/12 Knoxville, TN                                  Civic Center
10/14 Orlando, FL                                     CFE Arena
10/16 Biloxi, MS                                       Coast Coliseum
10/17 Little Rock, AR                                Verizon Arena
10/18 Oklahoma City, OK                          Chesapeake Center
10/20 Wichita, KS                                      InTrust Arena
10/21 Lubbock, TX                                      Lonestar Amphitheater
10/22 Rio Rancho, NM                               Santa Ana Star Center
10/24 Las Vegas, NV                                 The Joint
10/25 Phoenix, AZ                                     Big Red Night of The Dead Festival


Photo Credit: Frank Gargani



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

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