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UK rock act Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have been tapped to headline this year’s Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, with Canadian band The Beaches providing support on most dates.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes released their third album, End of Suffering, in May, adding some more melodic elements to their punk-rooted sound. Carter has been hailed as one of the more dynamic live performers on the rock scene in recent years, with his band delivering high-energy sets night in and night out. See their video for “Crowbar” below.

The band’s fall North American tour, which includes the Monster Energy Outbreak dates and a few festival gigs, kicks off September 23rd at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, and runs through an October 19th show at the Las Rageous Festival. See the full list of dates below, and pick up tickets here starting Friday, July 19th, at 10 a.m. local time.

“We are honored to headline the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour,” said Carter in a press release. “It’s given an integral platform to some genre defining artists like Logic, 21 Savage and Post Malone; and we are very excited to have the opportunity to give some blood, sweat and rock n roll to our fans and the legacy of the Outbreak Tour.”

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Crowbar - YouTube

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes 2019 North American Tour Dates:
09/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
09/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Black Box *
09/27 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge *
10/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
10/09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/10 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
10/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
10/15 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
10/16 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole *
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
10/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Rageous Festival

* with The Beaches

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes to headline 2019 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Spencer Kaufman

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For nearly 50 years, Southern-rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd have traveled the globe spreading their Southern-rock tunes to the masses. Despite the loss of several key members over the years, federal lawsuits, and a 10-year hiatus, Lynyrd Skynyrd have powered through the deepest of tragedies.

Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end. Back in 2018, the band announced publicly that their “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” would be their final run. With a fanbase spanning many generations, it is no wonder Lynyrd Skynyrd’s final tour crosses multiple countries and lasts nearly two years

Founding guitarist Gary Rossington told Dan Rather in an interview last year, “It takes a long time to finish a farewell tour when you’re like us, because we’ve played everywhere.”

(Buy: Tickets to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tour Dates)

It seems fitting to name their last tour after their fifth studio album because Street Survivors was arguably one of the band’s most noted LPs due to it’s release only three days after the fatal plane crash in the forest of Gillsburg, Mississippi, that killed three of their members. Despite so many odds stacked against them over the years, Skynyrd are going out on their own terms.

On Sunday, July 14th, fans took to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and supporting act Hank Williams Jr. perform. You might be surprised to see a Southern-rock band fill up a large outdoor venue in New York City, but iconic music like Skynyrd’s has no boundaries.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 90-minute set offered 14 classic songs, including crowd favorite “Simple Man”, which was paired up with a tear-jerking home video segment, as well as the rock staple “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Unlike most shows where people yell “Free Bird”, with Skynyrd, fans actually get to hear the set-closing classic, as the crowd sang along to every word and even managed to drown out singer Johnny Van Zant’s earth-rumbling voice.

Skynyrd demonstrated with Sunday night’s performance how they gained such a long-lasting appeal and managed to stick around for all of these years.

Photo Gallery – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. at Forest Hills Stadium (click to enlarge and scroll through):

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Over one million people have signed up to Facebook event that calls for a mass raid of Area 51. On Friday, September 20th, “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event page reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”

Though obviously intended to be a joke (the event’s creator has since update the page to stress as much), the U.S. Air Force isn’t laughing. In response to the event, the military has issued a strongly worded statement warning any potential gate crashers to strongly consider otherwise.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that officials have been briefed on the event and are monitoring corresponding online chatter. Additionally, local police officers are being enlisted to provide additional security during the day in question “and they’re prepared to use non-lethal force, such as tear gas and pepper spray,” TMZ adds. Trespassers will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of local and military law.

Someone please get the word out to Tom DeLonge.

U.S. Air Force “stands ready to protect” Area 51 against Facebook-inspired raid
Alex Young

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Mattel Films has cycled through a number of big-name talents during their effort to put together a live-action Barbie movie. Now, however, they appear to have changed course a bit by signing a pair of indie darling to pen the screenplay. Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will co-write the script, while Gerwig is eyeing to direct the project herself.

Placing the classic Mattel doll in the hands of two renowned indie filmmakers comes after a year of start-stop production. Amy Schumer was originally attached before Anne Hathway signed on to star under the direction of Aletha Jones. The project then moved from Sony to Warner Bros., where Patty Jenkins was circling the director’s chair. Finally, Margot Robbie came aboard as Barbie, and now we know who will be guiding the movie’s story (via The Hollywood Reporter).

(Read: 10 Most Anticipated Directorial Follow-Ups of 2019)

One of the indie world’s favorite power couples, Baumbach and Gerwig have worked together numerous times. The latter starred in the former’s 2010 film Greenberg, as well as 2012’s Frances Ha and 2015’s Mistress America, both of which they co-wrote. Individually, Gerwig had her breakout directorial debut with Lady Bird and is currently in post-production on the star-studded Little Women; Baumbach is a frequent co-writer of Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox) and is known for films like The Squid and the Whale and The Meyerowitz Stories.

Robbie is also producing Barbie under her LuckyChap banner alongside Tom Ackerley. Robbie Brenner is producing for Mattel Films.

Greta Gerwig to co-write Barbie movie with Noah Baumbach, eyeing to direct
Ben Kaye

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Jack Reacher has found a new home. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon is developing a new series based on Lee Child’s popular novels surrounding the titular anti-hero, ostensibly to capitalize on their success with the other Jack (Ryan).

Amazon nabbed the rights after a tense bidding war. Scorpion creator Nick Santora has been commissioned to adapt the titles under a scrip-to-series deal with Amazon producing alongside their Jack Ryan partners Skydance and Paramount Television.

The series follows a military veteran living a nomadic life as a freelance investigator. (So, like Rambo but with a cooler jacket.) Tom Cruise brought the character to life through two minor blockbuster hits before ultimately abandoning the character last year.

No idea who they might cast as Reacher, though we’d like to think they’d find someone complementary to Jack Ryan star John Krasinski. Perhaps they could move from Scranton, PA to Pawnee, IN and grab Rob Lowe? Wouldn’t that be something.

Jack Reacher heading to Amazon for new series
Michael Roffman

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Legendary Los Angeles punk act Bad Religion have announced additional tour dates, expanding their lengthy North American outing in support of their recent 17th studio album, Age of Unreason.

The newly announced fall 2019 U.S. leg of the tour begins September 17th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and wraps up with a set at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California, on October 12th.

The tour route will take the band across the Midwest and East Coast before heading south through Texas and the Southwest, eventually reaching the band’s home base in Southern California, where they’ll play a pair of shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Dave Hause & The Mermaid and Emily and the Murder Police will support the fall dates.

(Buy: Tickets to Bad Religion’s Upcoming Tour Dates)

Bad Religion are currently on the road as part of the tour’s summer leg, with an upcoming appearance at Warped Tour in Mountain View, California, on July 20th. Tickets for the expanded tour dates are on sale Friday, July 19th, at 10 a.m. local time.

Bad Religion 2019 North American Tour Dates:
07/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
07/19 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre
07/20 – Mountain View, CA @ Warped Tour
07/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
07/26 – Montreal, QC @ Montreal ’77
07/27 – East Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
07/30 – Portland, ME @ Aura
07/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
08/02 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
08/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
08/04 – McKees Rocks, PA @ Roxian
08/06 – Rochester, NY @ Anthology
08/07 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
08/09 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
08/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
08/11 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore Silver Spring
08/13 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
08/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
08/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas Festival
08/17 – Hollywood, CA @Hollywood Palladium
09/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
09/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live!
09/19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
09/21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Sea.Hear.Now Festival
09/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
09/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
09/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
09/28 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
09/30 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/01 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/02 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/04 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
10/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
10/06 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10/08 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/09 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

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Bad Religion announce fall 2019 US tour leg
Jon Hadusek

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The Black Keys have touted their new album, “Let’s Rock”, as a return to a more straight-forward rock and roll form. Now, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are here to teach other musicians how to do the same with an irony-laced trailer for their own satirical “MasterCourse”.

Premiered via Funny or Die, the video sees the bandmates hype up the fake music-instruction program, poking fun at the self-serving nature of the music industry and the ineffectiveness of similar online courses. Auerbach opens the trailer saying, “Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something. That song, in particular, was trying to get me a new pool.”

(Read: Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best)

Later, he speaks on their latest album, telling would-be students, “We wrote “Let’s Rock” to prove to the world that we’re better people than everybody else. Not just musically; all around better people. I’d say we proved them right.”

Auerbach’s deadpan delivery is perfectly contrasted with Carney’s performance as a well-intentioned but incompetent drum teacher. He speaks about “sultry” tones and how 4/7 is an “interesting time signature,” then adds, “couldn’t tell you much beyond that, but it is very interesting.” The best moments come when the two are able to work off one another. Toward the end, Carney explains, “After this course you’ll be able to write music like the pros,” only to have Auerbach chimes in, “Unless you’re not naturally gifted like us. Then we can’t really help you.”

Watch the delightful “MasterCourse” bit below.

The Black Keys MasterCourse - YouTube

For a more IRL rock lesson from The Black Keys, catch them on their upcoming tour with Modest Mouse. Get tickets here.

The Black Keys troll self-serving musicians, online celebrity classes in satirical “MasterCourse” trailer: Watch
Ming Lee Newcomb

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“Old Town Road”, the country trap song that’s captured America’s heart for 15 straight weeks, has just found an unlikely fan in… Jack White. The Detroit native praised the Lil Nas X single in a new interview. He also unexpectedly cosigned former enemies The Black Keys, polarizing rock sensations Greta Van Fleet, and Twenty One Pilots.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, White described “Old Town Road” as “beautiful” and appreciated how the song defied all odds to become a smash hit. “The song is only a minute and 47 seconds long or something — that’s how long ‘Fell in Love With a Girl’ was,” he remarked. “People said, ‘They’re not going to play that on radio.’ But it worked, and it’s great that it’s happening again.”

(Read: Ranking Every Jack White Album from Worst to Best)

On the topic of rock music that gives “him hope,” White listed off The Black Keys and The Hives. “It’s also great that people still appreciate a band that writes songs like Vampire Weekend and Twenty One Pilots,” added The Raconteurs rocker. “It’s just really great songwriting.”

The Black Keys mention should come as a surprise for those who’ve followed White’s career. In the past, White has condemned the blues rock duo for copying The White Stripes. When asked about the previous rock beef between the two acts, the Third Man Records leader said they’re now friends and bond over their shared love of garage rock and vinyl records,

“I respect all rock & rollers. I think [the beef] was some lawyers trying to screw me over and trying to take something out of context. [The Black Keys drummer] Patrick Carney stopped by while we were recording this Raconteurs album and let me borrow a microphone. That was cool of him.”

(Read: Jack White Doesn’t Own a Cell Phone)

Yet another left-field band acknowledged by White is Greta Van Fleet, who are often maligned for emulating Led Zeppelin just a little too much. White likened GVF’s rise to that of The White Stripes, who, early on, were also accused of ripping off classic rock acts.

“They’re three Polish brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan — I thought that was a joke! But it’s exciting to see young people play rock & roll, no doubt about it. That guy has a very cool voice. The more he makes it his own, the better. People used to say, when I first came out, ‘He sounds like Robert Plant.’ If you keep pushing forward, that shit goes away.”

Elsewhere in the interview, White discussed how Bob Dylan’s mentorship has affected him and whether The Raconteurs are still playing the on-the-brink-of-collapse Woodstock 50 festival (“I don’t really understand it myself”). He also talked about his new honorary doctorate from Wayne State University. Read the full interview over on Rolling Stone

White and The Raconteurs are on tour supporting their latest album, Help Us Stranger. Grab tickets to their upcoming shows here.

Revisit Help Us Stranger single “Bored and Razed”:

The Raconteurs - "Bored and Razed" (Lyric Video) - YouTube

Jack White cosigns “Old Town Road”, Greta Van Fleet, and Twenty One Pilots
Lake Schatz

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Guitar legend Slash is kicking off the week with news of a new concert film and album that will give fans a close-up look at his ongoing “Living the Dream” tour with his band Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The upcoming release, titled Living the Dream Tour, was filmed during Slash’s sold-out 2019 shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, and will arrive on September 20th.

The collection will available in several formats, including 2-CD/DVD; 2-CD/Blu-ray; 3-LP black or red vinyl; digital video; and digital audio. Diehard fans can get their hands on a limited number of autographed bundles via Slash’s website until they sell out.

“Every night is chasing that magic and when it all happens, it’s euphoric,” Slash said in a press release. “I just love it. London kicks ass.” Get a sense of what to expect with an eight-minute clip of the band performing “Anastasia” below.

(Buy: Tickets to Slash’s Upcoming Tour Dates)

Living the Dream Tour will offer songs from all of Slash’s solo albums, and the DVDs and Blu-rays will also pack special interviews with Slash and Kennedy, a mini-documentary, and behind-the-scenes footage of the tour. View the tracklist below.

Meanwhile, Slash will hit the road on a summer North American headlining tour kicking off tonight (July 15th) in San Francisco, California.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Anastasia (Living The Dream Tour) - YouTube

Living the Dream Tour Artwork:

Living the Dream Tour Tracklist:
01. The Call of the Wild
02. Halo
03. Standing in the Sun
04. Ghost
05. Back From Cali
06. My Antidote
07. Serve You Right
08. Boulevard of Broken Hearts
09. Shadow Life
10. We’re All Gonna Die
11. Doctor Alibi
12. Lost Inside the Girl
13. Wicked Stone
14. Mind Your Manners
15. Driving Rain
16. By the Sword
17. Nightrain
18. Starlight
19. You’re a Lie
20. World on Fire
21. Avalon
22. Anastasia

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators announce Living the Dream Tour live release
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Blood Orange returned last week with his Angel’s Pulse mixtape. In support of the 14-track collection, he’s now released a new video for the track “Benzo”.

Directed by the R&B artist aka Dev Hynes himself, the clip is draped in opulent, Renaissance-style aesthetics. Song collaborator Ian Isiah stars as a French lord who calls on Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes to entertain him on the cello.

(Read: The Top 25 Albums of 2018)

Watch it below.

Blood Orange - Benzo (Official Video) - YouTube

Angel’s Pulse follows Blood Orange’s excellent Negro Swan from 2018. Along with Isiah, it features collaborations with Toro y Moi, Arca, and Tinashe.

Blood Orange will support the new mixtape with appearances at Finland’s Flow Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, as well as his fall tour alongside Tyler, the Creator. Grab tickets to all of his shows here.

Blood Orange reveals Renaissance-style “Benzo” video: Watch
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