Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday's Rockin' Roundup - M3 Rock Festival 2017 Edition

It’s hard to believe that another M3 Rock Festival has arrived! This will be the 8th year in a row that I attend the ultimate 80s metal festival. The only year I’ve missed was the very first one. Every year I have a fabulous time at the M3 festival and I look forward to it more and more with each year that passes. 2017 looks to be incredible as always with exceptional weather due and a lot of bands that I have never seen live before.

This edition of Friday’s Rockin’ Roundup is dedicated to all things M3. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@RyoVie) for the latest tweets, pics, and happenings at the M3 festival (as well as what I’m up to in the days leading up to the main event). And while I’m enjoying the weather forecast and rocking out to Junkyard, Vain, and RhinoBucket in anticipation of next week, here’s what rocking with the M3 Festival.

Want to know what’s happening at M3? What bands are going to be there? Set times? Other happenings in and around the festival? Check out the M3 festival website for all the latest.

Sadly, one of the greatest metal bands announced for this year’s M3 won’t be able to perform. Loudness was denied entry into the US and Blabbermouth poses the question: was this due to Trump’s new immigration policy? I don’t know if this is the reason or not, but I do know it totally sucks that Loudness won’t be there.

One of the bands that I have never seen live before (and cannot wait to do so) is Junkyard. Their debut album was played endlessly by me when it was first released. I fell in love with the band due to songs like “Simple Man” and “Hands Off” and have been rocking with them ever since. They just released a new album, High Water, today and I am sure that they are going to perform a song or two from it at M3. Check out their website to order the new disc (and yes, physical versions are available at a retailer near you).

I’ve never seen Vain live. I’ve wanted Vain to be at M3 for years now. I am finally getting my wish! This is another band that I fell in love with after hearing their debut album. No Respect is a remarkable record and the albums that were released after it are just as good. One of my music dreams is going to finally come true next weekend!

I’ve seen them once (at M3) and they were spectacular! Their timeslot sucks, but I am committed to seeing this band live again. Therefore, I will force myself to get up early and get to the Pavilion to witness an exceptional band perform live. They also have a new CD that released today, The Last Real Rock N’ Roll. Check out their website to see how you can get a copy.

I think Dangerous Toys is the band that I am most looking forward to see. As a teen in high school I absolutely worshiped this band when their debut album was released. I played “Scared,” “Take Me Drunk” and “Sprot’n a Woody” over and over and over again. I’ve always thought their self-titled album was a masterpiece, and now decades later, I will finally get to hear those gems live. It’s going to be amazing!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

311 To Release New Album Mosaic On June 23rd

Multi-platinum band 311 have formally announced the June 23 release date of their 12th studio album MOSAIC (BMG) alongside the reveal of its unique album cover--which is made up of nearly 10,000 photos submitted by fans. Even the image of the 5 band members on the cover is made up of tiny fan photos--to solidify the concept of band and fans as one. Fans can view a high-resolution pan & zoom mosaic of the cover image now at

"This cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311--band and fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts."says NICK HEXUM (singer/guitarist). CHAD SEXTON (drums) adds, "We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us on tour year after year. We wanted to have an album title that would describe our fan base, our band & our music. And to tie all of this into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well."

Beginning today, April 13, pre-orders of MOSAIC will come with the first single "Too Much To Think" and the new song "Too Late." Listen to "Too Late" (here) and pre-order the new album MOSAIC (here).

MOSAIC's first single "Too Much To Think"--one of 17 songs from the new album, which NICK HEXUM calls "a menagerie of styles created by five friends and our extended musical family at our best! Innovation, fun, chops, and heart"--premiered at alternative radio on March 10--and is already #28 on the Alternative chart. Watch the lyric video for the song (here). The album was produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311's iconic Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithic albums). With MOSAIC, 311 are approaching their 10th consecutive Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Music Monday Featuring The Maine, Ponce', and Skaters

Welcome to another edition of New Music Monday. This time around we have some exceptional indie rock from Ponce, The Maine, and Skaters. Check them out below.

The Maine – Do You Remember
First up is Phoenix based act, The Maine, with their exceptionally strong single “Do You Remember?” This is a rocking song that is bound to have feet tapping first thing in the morning! The Maine will release the album Lovely Little Lonely on April 7th. They are currently on tour across the US.

Ponce’ – Whoa Dakota
Next we have twin brothers Ponce’ with “Whoa Dakota.” This is an exceptional indie rock song from a duo that I believe has a bright future ahead of them. This song is so beautiful and moving and I can’t stop listening to it! Their EP will be available April 28th

Skaters – Criminal
We end this edition of New Music Monday with a song by Skaters, “Criminal.” This is a fun alt rock song by the New York City band that’s been making a name for themselves since 2012. “Criminal” is the second single from their current album, Rock and Roll Bye Bye LP, which is available now.