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Phoenix pop-punk favorites DOLL SKIN hit the road this week supporting ONE-EYED DOLL on the SOMETHING WICKED Tour, with special guests CO-OP (featuring Dash Cooper) on select dates, plus a select handful of headlining dates. The tour follows up several legs of headlining on the SHUT UP! Tour, and a Summer stint on the 2017 VANS WARPED TOUR.

DOLL SKIN is supporting MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, the June 2017 follow up to their 2016 EMP Label Group debut, IN YOUR FACE (AGAIN), Produced by Grammy Award winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, which garnered massive Worldwide press, spawned multiple singles including, “Family of Strangers”, “Let’s Be Honest”, and “Furious Fixation”. 2016 saw the band tour much of the year with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From The Gods, Hellyeah, Dead Kennedys, Escape The Fate, September Mourning, Through Fire, and more, capping off the year with a spot on Alternative Press’s list of “7 of the Best Rising Bands Under 21”, before settling in to record MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL.

The bands current single “Daughter” is impacting Rock radio, with a new video premiering 10/13 via ALTERNATIVE PRESS.

Tour Dates:

With CO-OP

SEPT 27 Las Vegas, NV
SEPT 29 Colorado Springs, CO
SEPT 30 Denver, CO
OCT 01 Greeley, CO
OCT 04 Kansas City, KS
OCT 05 Omaha, NE
OCT 06 Joliet, IL
OCT 07 Indianapolis, IN
OCT 11 Detroit, MI
OCT 12 Cleveland, OH
OCT 13 Pittsburgh, PA
OCT 14 Baltimore, MD
OCT 15 Clifton, NJ
OCT 17 Virginia Beach, VA
OCT 18 Richmond, VA
OCT 19 Spartanburg, SC
OCT 20 Jacksonville, FL
OCT 21 Tampa, FL
OCT 22 Tallahassee, FL
OCT 24 Mobile, AL
OCT 25 Lafayette, LA
OCT 26 San Antonio, TX

OCT 27 Austin, TX
OCT 28 Houston, TX
OCT 29 Dallas, TX
OCT 31 Phoenix, AZ
NOV 01 Hollywood, CA

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L-R: Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Joey Santiago, Black Francis Photo credit: Travis Shinn
L-R: Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Joey Santiago, Black Francis
Photo credit: Travis Shinn

Cleveland ,Ohio – The Pixies return to Cleveland next week October 3rd to play the Agora and delight the fans . You can expect a brand new stage set designed by the band’s longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino.  The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that are positioned behind the band, housing all of the lighting.  Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band’s latest release, Head Carrier.   As is the Pixies’ norm, there will be no firm setlist for any of the shows.  The band has rehearsed and is prepared to play nearly 90 songs from all points of their career, and what is played on any given night is determined mere seconds in advance.  Either via hand signals or a live onstage mic that feeds only to the band members and lighting director Mangino, Black Francis calls out what the next song will be.  On the nightly customization of the sets, Black Francis recently told Live Nation’s, “The best is when you can sense what the next song should be based on the atmosphere in the room.  That’s really, ultimately what we’re going for, to read the room and to be able to make the right choice.”  Added drummer Lovering, “Not having a set list also it makes it exciting for us, an adventure.”

Credit Source  Pixies Press Release

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80’s Icon Adam Ant Packs Cleveland’s House of Blues


Adam Ant
Adam Ant

Cleveland ,Ohio – The 1980’s were alive again this past Saturday when Adam Ant packed Cleveland’s House of Blues to a sold out audience.At one time Adam was the worlds most prolific rock star with an amazing number of hits in a very short time span .One of the best parts of his shows is that is is not a normal rock concert. It is a giant TARDIS time machine that transports us all back to 1981 again, free of the pains of aging, bills , reading glasses , children and problems. We are free to enjoy folly and dance and dress outrageous if we want. “Ridicule is nothing to be scared of ” to quote Adam’s song Prince Charming   which of course he played that night along with all of his ” Anthems ” hence the name of the tour of which I caught two nights of this time around. The band and Adam were on fire with a vim and vigor of performers 1/3 his age .Recovering from a tragedy this past January of Adam’s guitarist Tom Edwards passing suddenly the band did what true professionals would do . They played on in his memory and packed the house .I am a first generation fan having owned the original cassettes back as youngster, dressing dandy and extremely happy to be an 80’s child .

The show lasted approximately two hours with about 20 or more songs , but some of my favorites were Dog Eat Dog, Prince Charming ,Kings of The Wild Frontier, Christian Dior and Stand and Deliver . To be honest I love most of his songs , and he likes to mix up his sets so do not expect the same songs every time but if you only see one tour this season make sure it is this one .

Adam’s band is a tight knit unit and  one the best in music . The members are A P Leach -Guitars, Andy Woodard-Drums ,Joe Holweger– Bass Guitar , Jola-Drums and Will Crewdson on Guitars

To learn about all things Adam check out his official webpage at

Glam Skanks
Glam Skanks

The opening support slot were the up and coming The Glam Skanks from Hollywood .They reminded me of the Runways mixed with Sweeny Todd add a heaping of confidence and Girl Power rolled into one.All young but skilled musicians in their own right I am curious to see how the band develops as song writers in the near future.But I really enjoyed the majority of their set . The band members are Ali Cat on vocals, Millie on Bass, V playing guitar, and  Cassandra Khalileh on drums. To learn all about The Glam Skanks check out


Outlaw Country Music Fest Brings Legends and Outlaws

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio- The night was cool and the evening filled with music as the touring Outlaw Country Music Festival made its way to Blossom Music Center this past week. The festival contained some surprises and the line up can vary from city to city so it is best to check your local listings so you can be aware of what to expect.

Lukas Nelson
Lukas Nelson

The first act we were able to catch was Lukas Nelson & The Promise of The Real .Lukas is in fact one of Willie Nelson’s sons and to be honest he looked and sounded like a much younger version of his dad . As the saying goes the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree and this writer is glad that he is carrying on the family business.

Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke

Next up were Blackberry Smoke , a crowd favorite.They reminded me of, if Lynyrd Skynard had child with Alabama Shakes ,Blackberry Smoke would be the result . I look forward to seeing these guys again they put on a hell of a show .

One of my favorite all time performers were up next the beautifully talented Sheryl Crow. She wowed the crowd by immediately playing her hits, changing instruments and wearing a Cleveland Indians shirt , We thank you for your support . Impressed is not the word but is is the closest we can come up with.

The Avett Brothers were up next and they actually are pretty difficult to describe .Country and blue grass meets worship music mixed with extra helpings of talent make a recipe for uniqueness and originality .I was glad I was able to see them perform .

Willie Nelson and Family were the final act of the night with Willie playing his hits and some of his favorites with his band and family members .This was a show not to be missed and with the crowd reaction I was not alone .

To learn more about the Outlaw Country Festival check out the official website at


Country Music Mourns the loss of Troy Gentry

Troy Gentry on stage 2014
Troy Gentry on stage 2014

The music industry was rocked last week by the sudden passing of country music super star Troy Gentry of the band Montgomery Gentry .I had the opportunity twice in my career to work with him , once in back in 2007 and again in 2014 where I finally had a chance to talk with him and get to  know the person .I found him to be a true gentleman and easy to talk with and he will be missed. Country artist Ira Dean fondly states that he would not have had a career post Trick Pony if it was not the generosity and kindness of Troy Gentry .This goes out  to the whole Gentry family, you have our condolences and respect. RIP Troy

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister Coming to Rocksino Oct 27

Dee Snyder Live On Stage
Dee Snyder Live On Stage

NORTHFIELD, OH, September 7, 2017—Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister with Special Guest Killcode will rock its Hard Rock Live Stage 8:00pm, Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets $62.50/$45.50/$33.00.

While perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80’s sensation, Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider. He has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice; Gone Country with John Rich; MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse; Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle; ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Holiday Homes.  He is also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America, HYPERLINK “” His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year long stint as the voice on MSNBC.

Ben Ottewell Playing Cleveland at Beachland Ballroom 9/29

submitted photo used with permission
submitted photo used with permission
Ben Ottewell shares the new track “A Man Apart” via Relix. The song is the title track from his new album, which is out today on Sunday Best and is available to order here. Ben Ottewell also announces a US tour kicking off this fall, you can find a full list of dates below:
09.13 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.15 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder Indoor
09.16 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
09.18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
09.20 – Boston, MA – City Winery
09.21 – New York, NY – City Winery
09.22 – Washington DC – DC9
09.24 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
09.25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
09.27 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
09.28 – Detroit, MI – Underground @ Dime
09.29 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
09.30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10.03 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove
10.04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
10.07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe
10.08 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10.10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10.11 – Seatlle, WA – Tractor Tavern


“It was going to be called Bones That Catch The Light”, says Ben Ottewell of his third solo album, “but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy.”

In the end this Chesterfield-born, Derbyshire-raised singer-songriter opted for A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. “It could refer to my solo career away from Gomez, or to the crazy populist politics demagogues and thugs that seem to rule our world right now”, he explains. “Or it could simply refer to a broken man; someone who has fallen apart.”

Given that Ben turned 40 last summer, and given that next year marks the 20th Anniversary of his former band Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On, it was perhaps inevitable that his latest record was proceeded by a fair amount of stock-taking and personal reflection.

Demonstrating Ben’s potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana – and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk – A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting.

Throwing off the “security blanket” that is/was Gomez – and untroubled by the question of whether the songs he was writing should be earmarked for himself or his former band – Ben knuckled down. The two guitarleles (think ukulele with six strings) he bought for his nine-year-old twin boys proved a good investment – though not for Joe and Ry. “They just hung them on the wall,”, laughs the singer, “but I picked one up and wrote [title song] A Man Apart on it.”

We here at NEO Examiner look forward to checking out a live performance

Sludge Rockers THE DITCH AND THE DELTA Stream New Track “Till Body Quits”

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Salt Lake City-based sludge rockers THE DITCH AND THE DELTA will re-release their debut full length, Hives In Decline, via CD and digital platforms on September 8, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-orders are available here:
The band is streaming a second new track, entitled “Till Body Quits”, today via Decibel Magazine. Listen here:
Bassist/vocalist Kory Quist says: “If it’s possible to have a cheesy sentiment like “be all you can be” wrapped in pessimism, this song is it. It’s about meaninglessness, living hard and pushing yourself hard, till body quits.”
Stream another new track, “F*ck on Asphalt”, here:
A live version of “Mud” can be viewed here:
Hives In Decline features seven tracks and was engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa. The album shows the band exploring into sound design sonics, as well as features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “F*ck on Asphalt”.  Metal Injection recently described the album as, “a record that takes you in and allows you to revel in the madness of the genre.”
Hives In Decline track listing
  1.  Hives in Decline
  2. F*ck on Asphalt
  3. Sleeping Dogs
  4. Dry Land
  5. Till Body Quits
  6. Mud
  7. Dread Spectacle
Formed in 2014 by longtime friends, Elliot Secrist, Charles Bogus and Kory Quist, the band released their 2015 EP, We Rust, to a vast array of critical acclaim.
The devil is in the details with The Ditch. The expanded harmony and tension, as well as the unique rhythms are, in part, due to Secrist’s studies and degree in Jazz Composition. The band calls their brand of sludgy/noise/doom, “Big Riff”. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song The Ditch writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in day to day.
They have shared the stage with Call of the Void, Lord Dying, Eagle Twin, Iceburn, The Sword, Subrosa, Kowloon Walled City, Castle, The Atlas Moth, Kayo Dot, and Dust Moth to name a few. Remaning tour dates are as follows:
8/25 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar**
8/26 Chicago, IL @ Burlington
8/27 St Paul, MN TBA
8/30 Seattle, WA @ Fun House**
8/31 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark**
9/1 Boise, ID @ The Shredder**
9/2 Salt Lake City, UT @ Crucial Fest**.
** with Rozamov
Elliot Secrist (guitar/vocals)
Charles Bogus (drums)
Kory Quist (bass/vocals)
THE DITCH AND THE DELTA online: theditchandthedeltaslc