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THE CLASSIC CRIME Announce New Album How To Be Human, Out April 20 via BC Music

classiccrimeFive years have passed since THE CLASSIC CRIME released their highly acclaimed album Phoenix, and now the Seattle rock group is back to unleash their fifth studio album, How To Be Human (Out April 28 via BC Music).  The album was completely funded via Kickstarter, with over 2,500 backers, tripling the original goal. Album pre-orders begin on March 20 via PledgeMusic.

“My goals for every album is to push the boundaries a bit,” explains lead singer-songwriter Matt MacDonald, “When we started playing together back in 2003, our influences (wide as they were) were pretty apparent. With each record we’ve tried to go some place different, to incorporate different styles while maintaining core structure and textures.”

In the meantime the band is excited announce their ‘How To Be Human’ Tour, kicking off in April year and leading into May. Opening bands on the 12 date tour will include Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN.

How To Be Human contains The Classic Crime’s most mature body of work yet, featuring 12 tracks of pure indie rock in the stylings of Death Cab For Cutie meets Motion City Soundtrack. Working with longtime producer and mixer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Albatross, The Silver Cord, Vagabonds), the band was able to challenge themselves, exploring a “happy to be here” songwriting style, while feeling at home with Baskette’s ability to try new recording techniques and cement the The Classic Crime’s signature tight drum work and guitar layering. “Control and comfort will always reel us back in some,” MacDonald explains, “But I like to cast out as far as I can to see if we can catch something good.”

The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals & guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Skip Erickson (drums), and Alan Clark (bass).

THE CLASSIC CRIME
TOUR DATES

w/ Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN
April 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The End
May 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
May 06 – Columbus, OH – Steadfast Festival
May 07 – New York, NY – Blackthorn 51
May 09 – Hartford, CT – The Space
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
May 14 – Miami, FL – Churchills
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl @ Centerstage

*Without CIVILIAN

#2 Domain Cleveland – Kaya Stewart – Shows she can rock like her dad (David Stewart – Eurythmics)

Kaya Stewart – Vans Warped Tour – Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH

The next up and coming star to rise from Warped Tour has to be Kaya Stewart. She has the potential to really make a strong name for herself. Armed with a golden voice and the front person qualities to really lead a pack. Kaya brings to the stage, power and does a great job getting the audience attention and involved with her. She was able to push that power from the stage to the listeners and maintain that vibe throughout her whole set. It was quite evident that she has made a host of new fans in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, noting that by the thousands of people who were singing along with her during her set.

If you have the chance to check out Kaya Stewart please do. She has a lot of gifts under her sleeve and great role model parent. If she keeps this up she will no doubt be a star.

Kaya interview with MT’s Dom can be listened to above or click DOWNLOAD

KISS’ Gene Simmons to hit Cleveland at Wizard World Con 2017 and Agora!

genesimmonsWizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

John D. Maatta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wizard World stated: “We are thrilled to be working with Gene for our inaugural production by Wizard World Touring. Gene is a showman-businessman hyphenate, and there is no better entertainer whom the fans love more.” Maatta continued: “We are working very hard at Wizard World to build it into a ‘best of breed’ entertainment/live event company. Wizard World Touring is another aggressive step forward into a sector that is extremely promising for us—It is a brand new day at Wizard World. We are very pleased to have a seasoned executive of the caliber of Nick Turner to guide us into this space.”

The agreement is the beginning of a new touring unit spearheaded by Nick Turner, which will bring entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the promotion’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every stop.

In Cleveland, fans can rock out on Saturday night, March 18, with “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” at Agora Theater (5000 Euclid Ave.) beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $29.95 in advance at http://agoracleveland.com and http://www.wizardworld.com and $35 at the door, with special meet-and-greet packages also available. Venues, times and pricing for other cities to be announced closer to those respective shows.

Simmons, who was a big hit in his first Wizard World Comic Con appearance in Richmond in 2016, is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS is America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time, in all categories (RIAA). KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 43rd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Portland Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

Rock on the Range 2017 – May 19-21 Columbus, OH

rotr2017 seems to be building steam and its still only 2016. May, the loudest month of the year will be featuring some of the world’s biggest bands and headlining stages nation-wide. Rock on the Range 2017 will have featured artist Metallica. Expect this to be an instant classic event. The weekend also will be providing performances by Korn and Soundgarden.

There will also be some other classic bands hitting the weekend adventure, The Offspring and Columbus’ fav Papa Roach will be making their return appearance to Mapfre Stadium.

Rock on the Range 2017 Update

rotrIf you have been on the fence about getting your tickets to this years Rock on the Range in Columbus, Oh you need to do it now! It is almost totally sold out and will have to wait another year to be a part of the madness.

Taking place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio between May 19 through 21, the festival will see over 50 bands take the stage, including powerhouse headliners in Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn.

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