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Dark Globe “The Long Sleep” - A Reawakening

  06/10/14 12:45, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Bands, Review, Steven Rask , Tags: american sound studios, cd release, dark globe, long sleep, pink floyd, rock band, san diego, steven rask

A review by Steven Rask

The turn of the century has seen a resurgence of comebacks from bands that were once on top of their game. However, when a band decides to make a “comeback album,” most attempts fail. Most times, critics ask,  “Why the hell would we need another album by THESE guys?”  Rocky Erickson, Mission of Burma, Portishead, and Wire are among very few bands whose recent “comeback” attempts have met relative success. Conversely, if you’ve heard the latest by Guns and Roses (2008), The Stooges (2007), Devo (2010), or even The Who (2006), you might agree with the  “Why the hell…?” consensus. Although one might consider it a “return” rather than a “comeback,” The Long Sleep by San Diego rock band Dark Globe has many of the traits that put it into the first category, and make it a successful follow-up to an album that was released over two decades ago.

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Gwar Vocalist Dave Brockie Dead at 50

  03/24/14 21:50, by , Categories: Music News , Tags: autopsy, battle maximus, dave brockie, dead, gwar, oderus urungus

Richmond, VA, police confirmed that, GWAR founder and vocalist Dave Brockie was found dead in his Richmond home early Sunday evening.

“At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, Richmond Police were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue for a report of a deceased individual,”  a police spokeswoman wrote. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home.”

Band manager Jack Flanagan issued the following statement:

“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

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Rim Fire Forces Cancellation of Strawberry Music Festival

  08/24/13 16:58, by , Categories: Music News , Tags: bluegrass, giant sequoias, gov_ jerry brown, hetch hetchy, rim fire, san francisco, strawberry music festival, yosemite

The Rim fire near Yosemite has forced the cancellation of the Strawberry Music Festival, an annual bluegrass gathering in Camp Mather that has attracted thousands of music lovers to the edge of Yosemite annually since 1982. They posted the following announcement on their facebook page and website:

We just received the official word from Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency and the Board of Supervisors County of Tuolumne:

“Due to the ongoing State of Emergency and the potential adverse effects of the wildfire on public health, safety and welfare, the County of Tuolumne cannot allow the Strawberry Music Festival to occur at the site as originally permitted on the dates of August 29 through September 2, 2013.”

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School's Never Really Out for Alice Cooper

  04/15/13 05:26, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Contest or Giveaway , Tags: alice cooper, dark matter, graphic novel, kickstarter, orianthi, todd moyer, tom sheppard, uncle alice presents

By Dan Grigor

When I first heard about this project I debated with myself for a while about running the press release or an article.

A) It is a Kickstarter project. I am inundated with folks who would like a little ink to help raise money.
B) It’s Alice friggin’ Cooper! Aside from just running the press release, could I come up with an angle no one else has done on Alice?

Since it is Alice Cooper I can get past A) because I think he’s doing it right. B) was a little more difficult…

I thought to myself… Oh! I know! I’ll start out with a catchy headline. Something like “School’s never really out for Alice Cooper.” Then I could rehash all the bizarre stage stuff and put in some pics of Alice in full makeup. Ok, let’s see what have other folks done… searching… reading… Damn. OK… What else could we do… Back to the basics I guess.

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A Quiet but Eternal Legacy

  03/24/13 20:26, by , Categories: Music News, Dan Grigor , Tags: ambassador of music, bulletin board, dan grigor, edward lawrence robinson, guitar lessons, larry robinson, les paul, music store, musical instrument, open mic, pete_s music

By Dan Grigor

I worked for a while in a little rustic music store in a tiny little town, selling high-school band instruments, guitars, strings and stuff. I also did minor repairs and gave guitar lessons. It was an altogether unforgettable experience with so many stories I really wouldn’t know where to begin.  Until now.

There is a horrible story playing out in a tiny little town near me. You see, the guy that worked there in the tiny little music store, Pete’s Music of Temecula, was beaten and robbed. Apparently, someone came in, tied him up, beat him within an inch of his life, took a guitar and left him for dead. He died. Aside from the obvious, his family and close friends, he leaves behind a quiet but eternal legacy. He was the local Music Store Guy. In case you are unaware of the huge responsibility that is, let me enlighten you.

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Martha Davis and the Motels Sign with Vesuvio Artists Management

  02/02/13 01:40, by , Categories: Music News, Bands, NAMM , Tags: craigslist joe, greg sims, living legends concert, martha davis and the motels, vesuvio artists management
Martha at NAMM

Martha Davis & The Motels have signed with Vesuvio Artists Management, and its principal, Greg H. Sims, for worldwide personal management. Sims is the CEO of parent company Vesuvio Entertainment Corporation, based in Los Angeles, and an emerging brand in the indie feature world. Their recent films include the in-house production the Redbox hit “Behind Your Eyes,” starring Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s new hit show Vanderpump Rules, itself a spinoff of Beverly Hills Housewives.  Vesuvio is also the international distributor for the indie success “Craigslist Joe,” which was Executive Produced by Zach Galifianakis. “All Six Feet,” to be directed by actor Vincent Spano, is also on the Vesuvio production schedule.  "All Six Feet” chronicles the relationship between music promoter “Punkin Pie” Irene Laughlin and actress Lana Clarkson, who died in Phil Spector’s mansion in 2003.

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Knuckleheads On Front Street: Loathing Venues, then Becoming One

  12/22/12 18:35, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Catfish , Tags: band, bottom line, frank _catfish_ butler1, knuckleheads on front street, venue

by Frank “Catfish” Butler

As a guitarist and vocalist, I have always wanted to be part of a juke joint. I didn’t care as which: owner, manager or bartender/ house band guy. It is finally is happening, on a warped scale, and I am here to tell you what it is really like on both sides of the fence between musicians and small venues, and how easy it is and how hard it is to follow my dream.

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