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Important Update on Sonic Temple 2020

There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time. Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible. We know you have been an…

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Kenny Rogers Passes Away

The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81.  Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

In a career that spanned …

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#576 MTRS - Vultan EP breakdown and Corona Virus

Domonic breaks down the production of the new Vultan EP track by track from his perspective and his parts in the songs. All three songs were played.

Music played: Vultan, Ravenscroft.

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Dropkick Murphys & Rancid Announce Co-Headlining

Dropkick Murphys & Rancid Announce Co-Headlining “Boston To Berkeley II” U.S. Tour Dates May 3 – 24

With Special Guests Gerry Cinnamon (On Select Dates) & Jesse Ahern

Additional May Festival Appearances For Dropkick Murphys & Rancid Include:

Epicenter (May 3), Welcome To Rockville (May 8), Sonic Temple (May 17)

This May, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour with special guests Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon (on select dates) and Jesse Ahern supporting. Each night will culminate with Dropkick Murphys and Rancid on stage together for a joint encore.

As was the case on the original From Boston To Berkeley run in 2017, the final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act.

Tickets are on sale now for the May 3 – 24 trek. This spring tour route will also feature festival appearances by Dropkick Murphys and Rancid at Epicenter (May 3 – Concord, NC), Welcome To Rockville (May 8 – Daytona Beach, FL) and Sonic Temple (May 17 – Columbus, OH).

View the tour announcement video here:

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. Back in 1997, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys’ original EP at a friend’s house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.

Dropkick Murphys’ founder Ken Casey said, “We’re excited to team up with our old friends Rancid again for the second edition of the Boston To Berkeley tour! And we’ll be joined by Glasgow, Scotland superstar Gerry Cinnamon – on his first U.S. tour!”

Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen said, “Looking forward to getting out with the Dropkick Murphys again for the second edition of our Boston To Berkeley tour in May. Gerry Cinnamon from Glasgow will be joining us for his first ever U.S. tour! This is one you won’t wanna miss.”

Since forming in 1996, Boston’s Dropkick Murphys have sold a staggering 7 million albums worldwide, with 2005’s The Warrior’s Code achieving an RIAA Gold certification and its smash single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their Boston hometown and have built a legacy that does Beantown proud. The band recently released the single “Smash Sh*t Up,” and will release a new album this fall. “Smash Sh*t Up” is available digitally and on limited edition colored vinyl paired with B-side “The Bonny,” a cover of Gerry Cinnamon’s 2019 song. Recently, Dropkick Murphys’ song “Rose Tattoo”–from their Signed and Sealed in Blood album–was chosen by Loudwire as one of the “Top 66 Best Of The Decade Rock Songs,” appearing at #21 on the list. Dropkick Murphys–Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), Kevin Rheault (touring bassist), Lee Forshner (touring bagpipe player)–continue to tour in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album (released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records in 2017), which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album.

Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century. Back in 1991, after the demise of their much beloved first band, Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible ­– start an even better band. Thus, Rancid. Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album Rancid in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band, because…well, are you going to tell him he can’t? The result, in 1994, was Let’s Go. In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum-selling …And Out Come The Wolves. You still remember when you first heard it. They followed with the even more ambitious Life Won’t Wait in 1998, and in 2000, Rancid released another album entitled Rancid, just to see if anyone was paying attention. After Indestructible in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify Rancid’s current lineup. They subsequently released the albums Let The Dominos Fall (2009) and Honor Is All We Know (2014). And out now is another immediate classic, Trouble Maker (2017).

The Dropkick Murphys / Rancid Boston To Berkeley II tour dates are as follows:




Sunday, May 3

Concord, NC

Epicenter +

Monday, May 4

Richmond, VA

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *

Tuesday, May 5

Atlanta, GA

Coca-Cola Roxy

Wednesday, May 6

Nashville, TN

Municipal Auditorium *

Friday, May 8

Daytona Beach, FL

Welcome To Rockville +

Sunday, May 10

Houston, TX

Revention Music Center *

Monday, May 11

Austin, TX

The Lawn at the Long Center *

Tuesday, May 12

Corpus Christi, TX

Concrete Street Amphitheater *

Wednesday, May 13

Dallas, TX

The Bomb Factory *

Friday, May 15

Council Bluffs, IA

Stir Concert Cove at Harrah’s Council Bluffs *

Saturday, May 16

Sauget, IL

Pop’s *

Sunday, May 17

Columbus, OH

Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival +

Monday, May 18

Grand Rapids, MI

The DeltaPlex Arena

Wednesday, May 20

New York, NY

Pier 17

Thursday, May 21

Asbury Park, NJ

Stone Pony

Friday, May 22

Laval, QC

Place Bell (on sale Feb. 21 @ 10am ET)

Saturday, May 23

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino

Sunday, May 24

Lewiston, NY


+ Festival date (no Gerry Cinnamon or Jesse Ahern)

* With Gerry Cinnamon

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The new Vultan EP is out. Get it and turn it up LOUD!

The special Vultan release is out with the three songs, “Impetuous Boy,” “Rising”, and “Driven.” Which have been released on Spat! Records on Feb 21st.

The special artwork has been done by none other than our front-man Paul Hospodar. You can see that all the members of the band are hawmkmen including drummers’ Michael Strong’s dog Bubba.

Vultan lineup: Paul Hospodar (vocals), Michael Strong (drums / backup vocals), Dom Rini (Lead Guitar), Shannon Henkel (Guitar/backup vocals), Stephen Homan (Bass / backup vocals)


Vultan (EP) – Tracklisting
1. Impetuous Boy
2. Rising
3. Driven

Where to get Vultan
Deezer  / iTunes / Amazon / Spotify /

Keep your eye on the tour page when we hit your town.

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Rage Against the Machine Coming to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday, July 29th

Rage Against the Machine Coming to Rocket Mortgage Field House on

Wednesday, July 29th

Tickets On Sale Thursday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. at ROCKETMORTGAGEFIELDHOUSE.COM. Beginning…

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What happens when you mix members of Three Days Grace, Staind, and Art of Dying? You get a legendary supergroup called SΔINT ΔSONIΔ! Vocalist Adam Gontier, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Cody Watkins came together to create …

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Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival: Limited Number Of 2-Day Passes On Sale Now (Metallica, Slipknot & Many More)

Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

Limited Number Of 2-Day Passes On Sale Now

For May 15, 16 & 17, 2020

At MAPFRE Stadium In Columbus, Ohio

Metallica & Slipknot

Lead Lineup

With Metallica Performing Two Unique Sets (Friday &a…

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Show Review – King Diamond with Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Cleveland Agora Nov 15th

Show Review: King Diamond / Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats Location: The Cleveland Agora Date: Nov 15, 2019 King Diamond and his troops from the institute hit the Cleveland Agora this past weekend to scare the hell out of Cleveland. Not only did he scare people but they sold the Cleveland Agora out! Its’ been […]

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Mark Saturday October 19th 2019 as a night of heavenly hard rock that infected the ears and eyes of those at the Cleveland Agora. It also marked the return of the blockbuster legendary band Quiet Riot to Cleveland.  Sponsored by AEG and WMMS 100.7, along with iHeart Radio, this show was destined to be a […]

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Motley Crue – THE DIRT (movie review) By Dom Rini I’m going to be brief and get to the point. This movie was taken from the Motley Crue book and was a pretty good representation of it.  The band had input into the book. The chronological factors were about 70% accurate in my eyes but […]

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Woven Man – “Revelry (In Our Arms)” (Undergroove Records) CD Review

CD Review – Woven Man – Revelry (In Our Arms) Underground Records by Dom Rini A breathe of fresh air is finally attained this year with the release of Woven Man’s latest efforts. This release delivers a nice knock out punch and musically is powerful enough to get you to break stuff that’s around you […]

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CD Review – Mark Morton – “Anesthetic” (WPP Records / Spinefarm Records) (10/10 Metal Horns)

CD Review – Mark Morton – “Anesthestic” WPP Records / Spinefarm Records Release Date March 1, 2019 by: Dom Rini Lamb of God’s guitarist Mark Morton puts together an array of battering ram tracks that gives him a chance to shed some light to the world of his gift, and that gift is the gift […]

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Show Review: The Sisterhood Band – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino June 30th

Show Review: The Sisterhood Band – Northfield, OH Hard Rock Rocksino June 30, 2018 by: Domonic Rini It takes some really big shoes to fill to open for the living legend Steven Tyler. Well these two did it. They opened the show at the Northfield Park Hard Rock Rocksino on June 30th to a sold […]