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Blu-Ray Review — Tasty: A Look at ‘Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow’

Blu-Ray Review — Tasty: A Look at ‘Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow’

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This week, The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles takes on a walk down memory lane with a look at Synapse Films latest spine-tingling release — ‘Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow.’ Here is a quick rundown on one of horror’s most beloved flicks:

Synopsis: “In 1982, Auther Stephen King and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five jolting tales of terror, CREEPSHOW has become a celebrated horror classic over the past three decades. With an all-star cast, and featuring groundbreaking special effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told! Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” also contains over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, and many others. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you… “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have…BEING SCARED!”

REVIEW: We all have those movies that we vaguely remember seeing when we were kids. As we grow older we eventually see the full feature and the “light bulb goes off” in our minds. Creepshow was that movie for me. I remember seeing the opening for the first time when I was 5 years old and hiding under my covers immediately. The opening skeleton puppet scared the hell out of me. A year later my mom called me into the living room and told me to sit down and watchin something cool. She proceeded to show me the Stephen King “Jordy Verrill” segment. The beginning of which made me smile till my heart’s content. King looked like a cross between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; my 6 year old self thought it was hilarious. However, the closing moments filled me with so much dread that I didn’t sleep right for weeks. The segment was so secluded and lonely. It ended in such a depressing notion that I didn’t want to watch anymore. It wasn’t until I was 9 that I actually sat down and watched Creepshow from beginning to end. The parts mentioned above still gave me the “willies” but I loved every second of it. It blew my mind that something could make me laugh so hard and at the same time scare me to death. To this day Creepshow is one of my favorite movies of all time, which is why I’m incredibly excited to talk about this release. If you haven’t seen Creepshow…what are you doing! go watch it now! Then buy the soundtrack and this documentary!

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In 2007, director Michael Felsher put together an essential documentary chronicling the making of one of the most beloved horror classics, Creepshow. But Dylan, if this was made in 2007, why is being released now in 2016?!?! Well it all comes down to rights issues. Warner Bros. owns the rights in US, Universal owns the UK rights. Universal put out a special edition bluray of Creepshow a few years ago with the documentary while WB continues to refuse a special edition reissue of the film in the states. Thankfully, our good friends at Synapse Films took the documentary, threw it on its own disc, and included a plethora of special features!!!

The documentary itself is a must own for all Creepshow fans. Felsher does an amazing job covering almost every square inch of the film. I say almost because there is a noticeable absence of the person I was most interested in hearing from, Stephen King. I’m unsure of why he didn’t appear and apparently that answer isn’t online either. That hiccup aside, the people they do get tell fantastic stories. Of course you get Romero and Savini, but you also hear from Ed Harris, Adrienne Barbeau, and the always lovable Tom Atkins! The stories told are both informative and hilarious. Two stories that truly stuck out are the “Ted Danson in an aquarium” story and the rounding up of the cockroaches. Everyone seems to look back on their experience fondly but definitely remember the hard work involved. You will not regret spending an hour and a half enjoying this release.

Along with the main documentary, Synapse has included a multitude of special features. Two audio commentaries are included, as well as multiple extended interviews with the cast and crew. We also have a bonus interview with Director of Photography, Michael Gornick. Also included is personal video footage from the set provided by Savini, as well as Savini’s episode of Scream Greats Volume One. Rounding out our features is the always enjoyable, Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and neat little behind the scenes photo gallery.

Even if you are a casual fan I suggest picking this up. Of all horror documentaries this may be my favorite as it is both informative and not exhaustingly long. You won’t regret your decision on buying this incredible release. It’s SHOWTIME!!!!!!!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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Garbage Announces Additional US Tour Dates In Support of ‘Strange Little Birds’

Garbage Announces Additional US Tour Dates In Support of ‘Strange Little Birds’

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This morning Garbage announced that they will be extending their Strange Little Birds US Tour, which kicked off earlier this month and will now wrap on September 24th in San Francisco, CA. Tickets for these additional tour dates will be on sale Friday, July 22nd at 10am local time HERE.

For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, please visit Garbage.com. Visit Adventures in Wonderlandfor details on VIP experience packages, including: early entry, soundcheck access, Q&As, meet and greets, photo opps with the band, exclusive merch, and more.

ADDITIONAL DATES ON STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS US TOUR

September 9 – Revention Music Center, Houston, TX

September 10 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

September 11 – Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX

September 14 – Belly Up, Aspen, CO

September 15 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

September 16 – The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

September 18 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR

September 19 – Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

September 22 – The Foundry SLS, Las Vegas, NV

September 24 – The Masonic, San Francisco, CA

Garbage’s sixth studio album Strange Little Birds was released last month via the band’s own STUNVOLUME Records and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. The album arrived at No. 14 overall on the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, lead single “Empty” debuted at No. 40 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

Recorded and produced by the band (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson, and Butch Vig) in Los Angeles, the album is available for purchase both physically HERE and digitally HERE. Watch their music video for the album’s single “Empty”, directed by longtime collaborator Samuel Bayer, HERE.

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Garbage Release Music Video For “Empty” From New Album ‘Strange Little Birds’

Garbage Release Music Video For “Empty” From New Album ‘Strange Little Birds’

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Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) today released a new music video for their single “Empty” from their forthcoming album Strange Little Birds due out on June 10th on the band’s own STUNVOLUME Records. The video reunites the band with award-winning director Samuel Bayer who directed the group’s music videos for “Stupid Girl”“Only Happy When It Rains”, and “Vow”.

Strange Little Birds, the band’s sixth studio album, was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles and is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People. To pre-order the album with various bundle and format options, click HERE. All fans that pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Empty”.

Earlier this month Garbage announced their ‘Strange Little Birds’ U.S. tour in support of the new album. The dates will kick off on July 6th at Summerfest in Milwaukee and follow a run of European dates. Tickets are now available for purchase. Check www.Garbage.com for additional details and details on VIP experience packages, including: early entry, soundcheck access, Q&As, meet and greets, photo opps with the band, exclusive merch, and more.

Garbage Live Dates
May 24 – La Cartonnerie ­- Reims, France
May 26 – Rock im Revier Festival – Dortmund, Germany
May 27 – Women Of The World Festival – Frankfurt, Germany
May 28 – Rockavaria Festival – Munich, Germany
May 30 – The Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland
May 31 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 1 – Caribana Festival – Nyon, Switzerland
June 3 – Le Radiant – Lyon, France
June 4 – Montereau Confluence Festival – Montereau, France
June 5 – La Belle Electrique – Grenoble, France
June 7 – Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 8 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
June 10 – Nova Rock Festival – Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 13 – Troxy – London, UK
June 14 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
June 16 – Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
June 18 – 101WKQX PIQNIQ – Chicago, Illinois
July 6 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
July 7 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
July 8 – SumTur Amphitheater – Omaha, NE
July 10 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, MO
July 12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
July 13 – Z104.5 The Edge 21st Birthday Bash, Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
July 15 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
July 16 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
July 17 – PromoWest Fest – Columbus, OH
July 19 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
July 20 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
July 22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
July 23 – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
July 25 – The National – Richmond, VA
July 27 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
July 28 – House Of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
July 30 – The Fillmore Philly- Philadelphia, PA
July 31 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
August 1 – Summerstage – New York, NY
August 3 – The Lincoln Theater – Washington, DC
August 6 – River Nights – Rheinfelden, Switzerland
August 8 – Lokerse Festival – Lokeren, Belgium
August 10 – A Summer’s Tale – Luhmühlen, Germany
August 12 – Fête du Bruit, Landerneau, France
August 14 – Kubana Festival, Riga, Latvia

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A NEW ERA: Sick Puppies’ Mark Goodwin On The Band’s Exciting New Chapter

A NEW ERA: Sick Puppies’ Mark Goodwin On The Band’s Exciting New Chapter

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Already a decade into their career in the ever-evolving music industry, Sick Puppies established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Since bursting on the rock scene, the band has sold more than 1 million records, including a Gold album certification for their breakout second full-length “Tri-Polar,” which yielded 2 million in single sales including the gold-certified “You’re Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe,” “Riptide” and “Odd One.” Their latest release, 2013’s “Connect,” earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world’s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

The band experienced its fair share of ups-and-downs along the way, most notably the departure of singer-guitarist Shim Moore in October 2014. Since that time, fans of Sick Puppies anxiously awaited the next chapter in their story. In late December, Sick Puppies offered a video teaser of a studio performance with their new vocalist, but carefully hid his identity. It wouldn’t be long before the band revealed Houston-based singer-guitarist Bryan Scott joined bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin in the band. Scott previously played with Glass Intrepid and Dev Electric and briefly toured as vocalist for Atlantic Records rock act Emphatic in 2011. Sick Puppies offered up the first taste of this exciting new era with the release of their hard-rockin’ single “Stick to Your Guns.” The single continues to dominate Active Rock radio across America and serves as the lead track from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album “Fury,” which is set for release on May 20th. With scheduled appearances at some of the nation’s biggest festivals, Sick Puppies seems destined to continue their winning streak.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Sick Puppies drummer Mark Goodwin to discuss the arrival of Bryan Scott, the creative impact of their collaboration and what fans can expect from “Fury.”

Let’s go back to the beginning. How did music first come into your life?

I started playing music around 12 or 13 years old. For me, there was always something about the drums that fascinated me. In the beginning, it was just the way they looked. That led to me asking for drums every Christmas! Due to the nature of the instrument, that is one thing parents are leery about in the beginning! [laughs] Eventually, I got a job and bought my own set, so they couldn’t do anything about it! I started from there and ended up playing with some local bands and stuff. After high school, I moved to LA. I grew up in Orange County, which is just an hour south of LA, so it wasn’t too far away. Then I met Sick Puppies in LA about 10 years ago and the rest is history.

Who had a big impact on you musically?

I was influenced by a lot of the ‘90s stuff. I kind of missed the Nirvana boat by a little bit, although I do like them, but I was definitely into Foo Fighters when they got their start. There were also bands like Rage Against The Machine, Green Day and all the other bands that came out in the early ‘90s that had a lot of influence on me and my bandmates.

You have been a part of Sick Puppies for a decade now, as you said. What is your biggest creative milestone?

It is all about the songs. Being able to put out a song that does well on radio and impacts the fans is a big part of it. The fan response has been kind of overwhelming. We really listen to our fans and really try to incorporate their input, suggestions and comments into what we do. At the end of the day, they are the ones who are listening to what we have to say. We definitely turn to them for inspiration!

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From the outside looking in, Sick Puppies has gone through quite a bit in the past year-and-a-half with the departure of a band member. Was there a point where you felt the band might not carry on and how important was it for you to keep the momentum going?

There was definitely a time when it was a little bit scary but there was never a moment where me and Emma [Anzai] didn’t want to keep the band going. That is the one thing we both knew we wanted to do. Things can be unfortunate and things do happen but we definitely knew we wanted to carry on. At that point it was just a matter of finding the right person. We definitely found the right person in Bryan! From that moment, we knew we would go on, we did, we are working again and it is going great! We knew it had to be right. We didn’t want to rush anything. Something like that is a big change and we didn’t want to come out with anything mediocre or too soon and miss out on other opportunities. We took our time, found the right guy and wrote a great album with him. Now we are touring! The response from our fans has been kind of overwhelming. The overall feeling is that we haven’t skipped a beat and we picked up right where we left off. Being on this tour now and really seeing it first hand has been pretty awesome!

How did you guys first cross paths with Bryan and what does he bring to the table creatively?

It was a big challenge to replace the lead singer/guitarist. We knew it had to be the right fit but they would also have to bring a new flavor that we think is better. We are little biased being in the band but whatever! [laughs] That was the main goal and it was a challenge for sure, especially in a three-piece band. Bryan reached out to Emma on Facebook. He sent a video of a song and we instantly loved his voice. He is an awesome guitar player as well. We sent over a couple of our songs and he performed those. They were great, so he was on the plane to LA the next day. We started jamming from there! He got the old stuff down amazingly fast. He learned 20 songs in two weeks! We started writing new material from there. It was just what we needed. With our last album, it was called “Connect,” but Emma and I don’t feel we quite connected song-wise. We really struck a chord right away with Bryan when it came to writing, which led to him producing our album as well. Our first single, “Stick To Your Guns,” after we wrote that we knew we had hit the mark. We knew we were writing really good stuff. We knew after we wrote that song that it was the direction we were going. We definitely wanted to make a harder edged, harder rock album, which is what our fans always wanted and we didn’t really deliver on the last one. Like I said, Bryan is an awesome songwriter and brings a lot to the table in that respect. Looking back on it, it has been quite a year! I think we definitely hit the mark with this album and we are stoked for that!

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You had the opportunity to live with these new songs for awhile now. Which of them resonates with you the most?

The first single, “Stick To Your Guns,” is one we have been playing live and it goes over really well. It is getting a lot of attention at radio and it is going really well. We play the song “Black and Blue” live. It is the first track on the album and probably the hardest track on the album. It’s been getting a great response and Bryan gets the mosh pit going, so that is always good! [laughs] We have also been playing “Let Me Live,” which could possibly be a single in the future. For me, all of those songs are a lot of fun to play live! We are also playing all the old songs. We are currently on a headlining tour so we are playing longer sets, like an hour-and-a-half, so it is almost 20 songs a night. We are playing all the old ones and a few new ones. It’s going really well!

You spend a lot of time on the road. Is there a secret to surviving that lifestyle?

No! [laughs] With us, a three-piece band, it is a little easier to navigate. We have a really good crew and team of people that we work with, who have been with us for a really long time. You just have to find a balance with each other but it is a very routine, “Groundhog Day,” sort of lifestyle! [laughs] As long as you stay in the groove, it’s not too hard! We are playing music every day, so it is not all that bad!

How have you most evolved since starting?

I think it comes down to playing more consistent shows. You definitely get your chops up when you play every night! With the new songs, the addition of Bryan and the new songs, that has really inspired us. There is definitely a really good vibe moving forward.

What is the best way we can support the band as fans at this point in your career?

It has always been about the live shows. In this day and age, a lot fewer people buy music, so I think the best way to support any band is to see them live. That is what it all comes down to! We are definitely out here saying, “Here we are! We are back and better than ever!” I guess we want our fans to see that! So far, that is exactly what has been happening, so it has been great! Right now, we are really focused on this album, which comes out on May 20th. We are booking shows for the summer and it looks like we will be playing all the big festivals, which we are stoked about. We just got the final cut of the video for “Stick To Your Guns” and that will be out soon as well!

Thanks for your time today! We are stoked for the album and can’t wait to see you guys very soon!

Thank you very much! We appreciate your support! It means a lot!

For the latest news and tour dates for Sick Puppies, visit their official website at www.sickpuppies.com. Connect with the band on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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‘Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow’ Is Coming To Blu-ray This July!

‘Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow’ Is Coming To Blu-ray This July!

For years, fans have been clamoring for the definite word on the making of George A. Romero’s classic 1982 horror anthology CREEPSHOW, the first of his many big screen collaborations with best-selling novelist Stephen King. Now 34 years later, Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures join forces to bring this terrifyingly entertaining story to life in JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW”, a special edition Blu-ray release documenting one of the greatest horror films ever made! The Blu-ray is slated for a July 12th, 2016 release!

In 1982, Author Stephen King, and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the popular, and often controversial, EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five terrifying tales of terror, CREEPSHOW was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and has become a venerated horror classic over the past three decades since its release. With an all-star cast, and featuring gruesome and groundbreaking creature and make-up effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and often hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers, and now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told!

JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” is filled with rare behind-the-scenes footage, photographs and other exciting memorabilia. Featuring over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, Tom Atkins and many others, this Special Edition Blu-ray also contains hours of additional supplemental materials. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you, “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have BEING SCARED!”

SPECIAL FEATURES:

• Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher

• Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci

• Creepshow Days – An interview with Director of Photography Director Michael Gornick

• Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson

• Behind The Screams – A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini

• Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark

• Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini

• Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews

• Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery

NOT RATED 2007 90 MINS. COLOR

BLU-RAY SPECIFICATIONS
Video: High Definition 1080p Widescreen (1.78 :1) Presentation / AVC Codec / Region Free
Audio: DTS HD-MA English 2.0 Original Stereo

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Garbage Announce Dates For ‘Strange Little Birds’ Headlining U.S. Tour

Garbage Announce Dates For ‘Strange Little Birds’ Headlining U.S. Tour

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Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) have announced the ‘Strange Little Birds’ U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming new album Strange Little Birds. The dates will kick off on July 6th at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Friday, May 6th. Check www.Garbage.com for additional on sale details.

Garbage will offer VIP experience packages for the U.S. tour through Adventures in Wonderland.Offers will include early entry, sound check access, Q&A, meet and greets, photo with the band, and exclusive merch. VIP packages will go on sale Friday May 6th.

STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS U.S. TOUR
July 6 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
July 7 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
July 8 – SumTur Amphitheater – Omaha, NE
July 10 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, MO
July 12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
July 13 – Z104.5 The Edge 21st Birthday Bash, Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
July 15 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
July 16 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
July 17 – PromoWest Fest – Columbus, OH
July 19 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
July 20 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
July 22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
July 23 – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
July 25 – The National – Richmond, VA
July 27 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
July 28 – House Of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
July 30 – The Fillmore Philly- Philadelphia, PA
July 31 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
August 1 – Summerstage – New York, NY
August 3 – The Lincoln Theater – Washington, DC

Garbage will also appear at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and others. See below for a complete list of upcoming live dates.

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‘Strange Little Birds’

Earlier this month Garbage unveiled their new single “Empty” from their forthcoming sixth studio album, due out on June 10th on the band’s own label STUNVOLUME. The song is available to stream and share HERE. Strange Little Birds was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles and is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People. To pre-order the album with various bundle and format options, click HERE. All fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Empty”.

To celebrate the release of Strange Little Birds, the band invites fans to join them for a special listening party at the historic East West Studios in Los Angeles on May 17th. Those in attendance will have the chance to be among the first to hear the new album in full and will be treated to a three-song performance, a Q&A detailing the making of the album, and much more. For tickets and additional information, visit the Adventures in Wonderland site HERE.

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Sick Puppies Upcoming Album ‘Fury’ Now Available For Pre-Order, To Receive May 20th Release

Sick Puppies Upcoming Album ‘Fury’ Now Available For Pre-Order, To Receive May 20th Release

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DrillDown/Caroline recording artists Sick Puppies are celebrating the release of their new single, “Stick To Your Guns” as it flies up the Active Rock charts across America. Major market stations playing the single include; Sirius XM Octane channel, WRIF/Detroit, WXBT/Tampa, WPUD/Arizona and WIIL/Chicago among numerous others.

Stick To Your Guns” is the lead track from the bands upcoming  4th studio album Fury which is set for release on May 20.  Fury  is the first new music from the band in over 2 years and is available for pre-order today.

Click here to pre-order: http://smarturl.it/sickpuppiesfury

In addition, the lyric video for “Stick To Your Guns” is out now.  Click here for the lyric video:

Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, “Stick To Your Guns” comes at you with a literal bang. The vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.

“You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you,” Bassist Emma Anzai says. “This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to “stick to your guns”, go out there, and believe. The song is meant to empower.”

Sick Puppies are set to hit the road on the HardDrive Live Tour beginning April 21 in San Antonio, TX.  The group is also scheduled to play numerous festival shows including Rockfest on April 29, Welcome to Rockville May 1, Carolina Rebellion on May 6 and Rock on The Range May 20 alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth and At The Drive In.

Tour Dates

APRIL
21:  San Antonio, TX @ Siesta Fest *
22:  Houston, TX  @ Scout Bar #
23:  Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory*
24:  Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock **
26:  Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
27:  Destin, FL @ Club LA
29:  Tampa, FL @ 98 Rockfest Amalie Arena*
30:  Orlando, FL @ The Social

MAY
01:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
03:  Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
04:  Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
06:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
07:  Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club ^
08:  Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09:  New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
11:  Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
12:  Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
13:  Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
14:  Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center  ^
15:  Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory ^
17:  Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
18:  Nashville, TN @ Exit In
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range*
21:  Maryland Heights, MO @ Pointest Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
23:  El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center*

JUNE
3: Portland, OR @ Portland Rose Festival, 105.9 The Brew Presents Chevelle*
4: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo*
12:  South Bend, IN @ The Bear’s Big Growl 5 St Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds*

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About Sick Puppies
Since bursting into the rock scene, Sick Puppies have sold over 1 million records, including a Gold album certification for their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar which yielded 2 million in single sales including the gold-certified “You’re Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe” “Riptide,” and “Odd One.”

“All The Same” the band’s first hit single from their debut album, “Dressed Up As Life”  became the soundtrack for the viral video “Free Hugs” campaign racking up tens of millions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah60 MinutesCNNGood Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

Their latest release, 2013’s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world’s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

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Garbage Release New Single “Empty” From Upcoming Album ‘Strange Little Birds’

Garbage Release New Single “Empty” From Upcoming Album ‘Strange Little Birds’

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Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) have unveiled their new single “Empty” from their forthcoming album Strange Little Birds, due out on June 10th on the band’s own label STUNVOLUME. The song was world-premiered this morning on the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ in Los Angeles and is now available to stream and share HERE.

'Strange Little Birds'

‘Strange Little Birds’

“Empty is just exactly what it says it is. A song about emptiness,”said the band’s Shirley Manson.

Strange Little Birds, Garbage’s sixth studio album, was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles and is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People. The album is available for pre-order beginning today with several different bundle and format options available HEREAll fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of the new single “Empty”.

To celebrate the release of Strange Little Birds, the band invites fans to join them for a special listening party at the historic East West Studios in Los Angeles on May 17th. Those in attendance will have the chance to be among the first to hear the new album in full and will be treated to a three-song performance, a Q&A detailing the making of the album, and much more. For tickets and additional information, visit the Adventures in Wonderland site HERE.

In addition to previously announced festivals and headlining shows taking place across Europe this summer, later this week Garbage will announce a run of headlining U.S. live dates that will take them to Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, and more. See below for confirmed dates and stay tuned for additional live dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

LIVE DATES
May 24 – La Cartonnerie – Reims, France
May 26 – Rock im Revier Festival – Dortmund, Germany
May 27 – Women Of The World Festival – Frankfurt, Germany
May 28 – Rockavaria Festival – Munich, Germany
May 30 – The Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland
May 31 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 1 – Caribana Festival – Nyon, Switzerland
June 3 – Le Radiant – Lyon, France
June 4 – Montereau Confluence Festival – Montereau, France
June 5 – La Belle Electrique – Grenoble, France
June 7 – Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 8 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
June 10 – Nova Rock Festival – Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 13 – Troxy – London, UK
June 14 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
June 16 – Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
June 18 – 101WKQX PIQNIQ – Chicago, Illinois
July 6 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
August 8 – Lokerse Festival – Lokeren, Belgium
August 10 – A Summer’s Tale – Luhmühlen, Germany
August 12 – Fête du Bruit, Landerneau, France
August 14 – Kubana Festival, Riga, Latvia

ABOUT GARBAGE
Garbage is Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. After forming in Madison, WI, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995. The band’s unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic, inspired massive worldwide attention and success. Their follow up album, Version 2.0, released in 1998, topped charts all over the world and garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations including Album Of The Year. Garbage went on to release two more albums: 2001’s Beautiful Garbage and 2005’s Bleed Like Me, the latter of which earned the band its highest chart position with a No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. After a 7-year hiatus, the band released their fifth studio album Not Your Kind of People in 2012 on their independent record label, STUNVOLUME. The album was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 and was hailed as the “alternative to everything,” by Pitchfork. Garbage has sold over 12 million albums worldwide and performed in over thirty-five countries. Last year the band celebrated its 20thanniversary with their SOLD OUT ’20 Years Queer’ world tour and the release of a special 20thanniversary edition of their debut album, re-mastered and featuring previously unreleased material.

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Sick Puppies Premiere “Stick To Your Guns” Lyric Video

Sick Puppies Premiere “Stick To Your Guns” Lyric Video

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DrillDown/Caroline recording artists Sick Puppies have released their new single, “Stick To Your Guns” today. “Stick To Your Guns” is the lead track from the bands upcoming  4th studio album.  In addition, the lyric video for “Stick To Your Guns” premiered on VEVO today. Check out the lyric video below!

Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, “Stick To Your Guns” comes at you with a literal bang. The vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold. “Stick To Your Guns” will impact rock radio on April 4.

“You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you,” Bassist Emma Anzai says. “This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to “stick to your guns”, go out there, and believe. The song is meant to empower.”

In addition, Sick Puppies are set to hit the road on the HardDrive Live Tour beginning April 21 in San Antonio, TX.  The group is also scheduled to play numerous festival shows including Rockfest on April 29, Welcome to Rockville May 1, Carolina Rebellion on May 6 and Rock on The Range May 20 alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth and At The Drive In.

Tour Dates

APRIL
21:  San Antonio, TX @ Siesta Fest *
22:  Houston, TX  @ Scout Bar #
23:  Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory*
24:  Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock **
26:  Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
27:  Destin, FL @ Club LA
29:  Tampa, FL @ 98 Rockfest Amalie Arena*
30:  Orlando, FL @ The Social

MAY
01:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
03:  Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
04:  Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
06:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
07:  Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club ^
08:  Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09:  New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
11:  Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
12:  Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
13:  Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
14:  Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center  ^
15:  Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory ^
17:  Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
18:  Nashville, TN @ Exit In
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range*
21:  Maryland Heights, MO @ Pointest Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
23:  El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center*

JUNE
3: Portland, OR @ Portland Rose Festival, 105.9 The Brew Presents Chevelle*
4: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo*
12:  South Bend, IN @ The Bear’s Big Growl 5 St Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds*

About Sick Puppies
Since bursting into the rock scene, Sick Puppies have sold over 1 million records, including a Gold album certification for their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar which yielded 2 million in single sales including the gold-certified “You’re Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe” “Riptide,” and “Odd One.”

“All The Same” the band’s first hit single from their debut album, “Dressed Up As Life”  became the soundtrack for the viral video “Free Hugs” campaign racking up tens of millions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah60 MinutesCNNGood Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

Their latest release, 2013’s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world’s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

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ON THE RISE: Jessica Pohly Talks Career, Creativity and ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’

ON THE RISE: Jessica Pohly Talks Career, Creativity and ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’

Jessica Pohly - Photo By: Ricky Middlesworth

Jessica Pohly – Photo By: Ricky Middlesworth

Jessica Pohly may not yet be a household name but there is little doubt she soon will be. A multi-faceted performer, she takes on every day armed with an amazing skill set, incredible range and unrelenting drive. This star on the rise got her start taking on some of the most challenging material in the world of theater and, over the past several years, she has continued to blossom as an artist. Along the way, she found herself gravitating to even bigger projects in the worlds of film and television. Her recent credits include appearances on “Stalker,” “Rake,” “Modern Family,” “Super Fun Night,” “Bella and the Bulldogs” and “Welcome to the Family.” In 2016, you will be able to catch her in her most notable role to date, co-starring opposite Paul Reubens and Joe Manganiello, in “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.” In the highly anticipated film, Jessica shines as Pepper, head of an all-girls gang of bank robbers who doesn’t take crap from anyone, including Pee-Wee. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with her to discuss her journey as an actor, the challenges she has faced along the way, playing alongside the legendary Paul Reubens for the return of one of his most beloved characters and what the future may hold for this star on the rise! 

You spent much of your life in front of an audience. How did you get involved with the arts early on?

I was privileged enough to grow up in New York City, so I saw a lot of theater and dance. I was constantly absorbing that kind of stuff. Also, New York is almost a theater in and of itself. I was exposed to the arts at a young age and was lucky to have that privilege.

At what point did you decide to pursue acting as a profession? Was there a moment that served as a jumping off point?

Yeah! At some point in high school, I did a production of “Three Sisters.” After opening night, I walked myself home across Central Park and said, “This is what I am doing!” It was just very clear to me because the experience of performing great works brought me such an incredible joy. It was a bit of a light bulb moment!

Who are some of people who had a big impact on you as an actor?

I would have to say, honestly, every great teacher I have ever had in any subject have had a big impact on me, even math which is not my thing! Great teachers throughout my life have definitely influenced my work as an actor, just in terms of a level of passion about what they do and how they see the world through their specific talents. There were also some performances I saw growing up which had a big impact on me. John Leguizamo had a one-man show on Broadway. I saw it three or four times. Seeing that performance was really huge because it was about his life and he played all of the different characters. I toured a lot after college as I worked for a lot of Shakespeare companies. Along the way, I met a lot of older actors, as the age range varies a lot in all of Shakespeare’s plays. A lot of the older actors that I got to tour with and do summer stock with had a really big influence on me.

What were some of the highlights for you as a theater performer? What moments jump out at you as milestones?

Wow! I have had so many incredible moments on stage! I have done a lot of theater. I played Lady Macbeth on tour. I played Caliban in “The Tempest,” which is not a role that women get cast in very often. That was a huge thing for me and that was also my first job out of college. Then I had a lot of formative experiences working in theater in New York. I developed a lot of new characters with new playwrights and that was certainly formative. It was a lot of work but really, really rewarding!

Jessica Pohly - Photo By: Ricky Middlesworth

Jessica Pohly – Photo By: Ricky Middlesworth

Everyone experiences their share of ups and downs on their journey. Where do you look for inspiration these days?

Everything! Anything! I think it is really important for me as an actor to constantly be feeding myself good stuff, whether it is good music, great people or good food! Inspiration can come around any corner for me! Within my field, other great actors that I have had the privilege of working with or seeing their performances inspire me. My friends inspire me with great conversations and curious minds. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature. That is one of the cool things about living in LA, being able to go for a hike and get out of the city so easily.

You have a big project on the way with “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday.” How did you get involved with the production?

I auditioned! It was as simple as that. My wonderful manager sent me to the audition. I showed up and I got the part! As with many characters in Paul Reubens work, a lot of them jump off the page and are larger than life. My character’s name is Pepper and she is a bank robber. She is not the kind of gal you would run across in your day to day life. I love that! Any character that I get to play that is at some extreme is something I really enjoy.

How does working in the world of Paul Reuben’s differ from what you encountered in the past?

This was, hands down, the most extraordinary experience I have really ever had on a set. Paul is a dream to work with, as is John Lee, the director. It was an incredible cast and crew. It was a breeze! I felt privileged every single day that I was on that set!

Did you bring any of your personality through in the role and was there much improvisation that took place while shooting?

I think that every character you tackle as an actor, even though most of them are scripted, there is always an improvisational element. Whether it is how you hold your body or your reaction when other people are speaking, there is always a tiny amount of improv going on in between the lines that are scripted. For this project, we mostly stuck to the script and followed the dialogue.

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What is your process when you take on a new character? Is there a set way you go about bringing it to life?

It depends. My training is in practical aesthetics, which is The Atlantic Theater Company method of acting in New York City. That is a very, very clear process. Sometimes I lean on it heavily and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I just pick and choose what pieces of that process I want to use in order to tackle a character. For me, every character I tackle goes through a unique process and involves a bit of discovery as you go through it. As you move through, the way it is written usually tells you what it needs of you. Then you have to constantly be on your toes in figuring out how to bring all that you can bring to this very unique and specific situation.

Looking back on your career, what was the biggest challenge you faced as an actor?

Honestly, every day as an actor has had its challenges. It is a very trying profession. There are a lot of ups and even more downs. The challenge for me has generally been to stay on my toes, stay healthy and stay confident, so once I am fortunate enough to book work, I can show up with a great attitude. That is really important. There is a lot of rejection in this profession and it can be easy to get down or discouraged, so keeping your spirits up and a healthy mind and body are really important things.

How have you most evolved as a performer?

I think the ways I have grown as an actor are very personal. I think I have definitely grown in terms of how I handle things in professional environments, in terms of being able to let things roll off your shoulder, which is very important. Being able to let loose with my performances in terms of my own criticism of myself, which can be very harsh! I have learned to be a little kinder to myself and take things a little more lightly because I was very, very, very serious when I was younger! I mean, I am serious now but you have to be able to laugh at yourself.

Where do you see yourself headed when it comes to your work?

I love what I do! My greatest hope is to continue to work! As, I’m sure, any actor would tell you the goal is to always keep working. If I am ever fortunate enough to try my hand at directing it would be fantastic but right now my focus is really on acting, continuing to book roles that inspire me and be a part of projects that I can contribute to. That is my greatest dream. Every set I walk onto, I always feel lucky to be there and that it is a little dream come true in and of itself when I wake up and get to go to set. I hope to keep doing that!

When it comes to the roles you hope to play, what do you have your eye on?

I want to play as many different characters as I can in my lifetime. I love quirky, weird characters and I don’t gravitate to the cookie-cutter, leading lady type of roles. I gravitate towards unexpected characters and ones that challenge me to really dig deep and bring something of myself to a character that is so far outside of myself. My greatest hope is to keep finding those challenges.

What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an actor?

Be kind to yourself and be kind to others!

That is certainly great advice! Thank you so much for your time today and we wish you all the best in years to come!

Thank you, Jason!

Catch Jessica Pohly in ‘Pee Wee’s Big Holiday’ when it premieres worldwide Friday, March 18th, 2016 on Netflix! Follow her continuing adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

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