August 2019


 It has been a little while, that A HIGHER DEMISE has been around, releasing content, playing shows, with music still in the works! After a short while since our last discussion, the band gives us the rundown of what the band has been up since then!


1. It's been 5 years (2014) that Natalie's World has been helping A Higher Demise in terms of promotion and what not, what comes to your mind of that?

5 Years! That’s amazing. Firstly, Thank you so much for the Support! Having an outlet State side is Crucial for us as we have never been there to play. Having that source for the American audience is amazing!

2. It's also been 2 years (2017), since our first and last interview, so tell me what has the band been up too since?

We have been up to a lot in the last 2 years. New music, New Members, a slight change in the sound and the direction of music itself. We have focused on making our shows more of a Performance for the audience to immerse themselves in rather than just walking on stage and playing a few songs. We have begun to incorporate a light show synced up with our performances as well to add a visual show

3. Has the band experienced any line-up changes or any other changes that you would like to disclose?

Yes, we have. We have parted ways with two of our founding members. Both departures have been mutual, and we have all remained good friends. Charlie (Vocalist) left the band in October 2017 and Terry (guitarist/Vocalist) left in July 2018. We have since recruited two new members in Mikey (Vocalist) and Joe (Guitarist). With Terry being one of our main songwriters this has had an effect on the writing going forward.

4. What can be said about your newest singles "Highpoint" and "Angels and Demons"?

These are the first two tracks to come out of our recording session with Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino) @ Hidden Track Studios we had in October last year. The real question is how many tracks did we record??????? You’ll have to wait and see 😉.

5. You guys have been doing a handful of shows, tell me about them?

Now we are back to full strength with our new members we have started to get the ball rolling again with shows. We played, in our opinion, our best show to date on Saturday (24th) at the Black Heart in Camden with a great Swedish band called Dream Drop, sneaky plug for those guys. We are in talks with a new manager to help us push the boundaries and expand our audience.

6. When can we expect to see A Higher Demise cross the seas to the U.S.A.?

That one still remains to be seen. I think we need to get out into Europe before we attempt to crack the monster that is the USA! That being said, you never know what is around the corner.

7. Do you have any more newer music in the works coming out anytime soon?

"Highpoint" and ‘Angels and Demons’ are just the first of our new music coming out this year. Definitely expect a few more tracks to be out sooner than you think.

8. What else can be expected from you guys for the rest of 2019?

New Music, New Videos, a lot of live shows, maybe a few Guitar play through's and perhaps a Live streamed set. 2019 started slow for us but it 100% wont end slow. 2020 will be a very busy year for us we hope.

Thank you for having us again and for you support for us over the last 5 years. We hope to do this more often and when we do get over the pond who knows what will happen.

Cheers

Dan, James, Joe, Mikey & Rachael

A Higher Demise.


Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem release the highly-anticipated first single from their forthcoming album, Daemon (Oct. 25, Century Media): "Worthless Abominations Destroyed": https://youtu.be/FzT1vRXsHoo.

"After teasing you guys for over 6 months, it's finally time to show you what we have been up to in the studio this summer," says Teloch. "Here's 'Worthless Abominations Destroyed," a track that was made with the intention to have this 'all is lost and hopeless' feeling."

The song arrives as pre-orders for the 12-song album have been released. A variety of limited edition and special variants are available including a limited deluxe LP boxset (various colors), a limited CD mediabook in slipcase, a standard CD, a limited gatefold LP (various colors) and of course, a digital version.

MAYHEM is taken from the album "Daemon", out October 25th, 2019. Order now: https://MayhemBand.lnk.to/DaemonID!


Hasbro released another fun episode from their series, My Little Pony: The Retro Show: Remember Megan? 🐴 Behind the Magic! ✨ My Little Pony: The Retro Show | #TBT!

Travel back to a time of scrunchies and slap bracelets with My Little Pony: The Retro Show! Tapping into our heritage with 80's and 90's-inspired videos, Pop Up Pony gives fans a peek behind the curtain of music videos from the original series, Behind the Magic takes a retrospective look at iconic My Little Pony characters from the 80's, and some special surprise episodes will pay homage to totally tubular friends.

Tune in to the My Little Pony YouTube Channel for new episodes of the wonderfully wacky My Little Pony: The Retro Show, including watch the newest episode featuring OGer Megan HERE.


Polish melodic black / death metal mavericks DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS recently announced the signing with Non Serviam Records.

Today the band unveils the first single taken from their upcoming release, "Postmortem Whispering Crows" EP, a follow up to their critically acclaimed 4th studio record “The I”.

Check out the new single "Interregnvm" over HERE.


Metal, industrial, rock, electronic act OUR FRANKENSTEIN have been around for sometime, writing and recording as well as releasing some material of theirs, playing shows left and right whenever possible. But for the time being frontman vocalist Ryan Frankenstein talks of the band's current state of being, their music of course along with further plans of the future ahead.


1. It's been a little over a year since we last spoke, during which your album "The Sovereign Of Violence", was in the process as well as an EP "Scorpion Eye" being released too. So whereabouts is the album mentioned prior?

Ryan: It has been a while since we last spoke! A lot has changed in that time. Last year we in fact put out the Scorpion Eye EP. It sort of was a break away from the old sound that sort of was what we started this band out as but at the same time we very much stayed true to the core of the "Our Frankenstein Sound". We explored some new genres and expanded our artistic pallet a bit. As for the prior album, "The Sovereign Of Violence" this was something that kept getting put on halt. At the time of the recording of the album we were a very young and still naive band...even if I don't like to admit it. Various circumstances made the completion of the record difficult. Plain and simple, I barely had experience making a full length album. We were a young fucking band. After we completed The Hearts and Horror's Tour at the end of 2017 we had parted ways with some band members shortly after and I felt this album was not where the band was at anymore creatively. Essentially the band had to be created again from the ground up. That is where Scorpion Eye came into play. That EP was very much a rebirth for this band.

2. Since it's been twice that we have spoken, has the band's line-up and or sound changed at all?

Ryan: I'd say our lineup here has changed a bit. Right now on drums we have Michael Minister, Squid on bass, Straza on guitar, and our latest addition is our keyboardist Brenton Fergeson. Since his addition was made to the band I'd say a lot in our sound has changed. Not only has our presence with industrial improved but he has thrown in a lot of his own influences into our music. Such as hip-hop/trap.

3. The band would go on to release some tracks off the unreleased album, how many tracks were released?

Ryan: Technically only two songs were released but we later released "OWL" with Ginger V. as a B side on our soundcloud.  There are a lot more songs on that album that may see the light of day some day...who knows. We have this great song with Justin Symbol A.K.A. Star Daddy that we have performed a handful of times and that one is a complete banger. It would be a crime to not eventually release or revamp that track in some way. Who knows. We can only look towards the future.

4. During on of your recent shows, you performed a version of the "mosh pit" known as the "wall of death", is this something new in your band's performances or have you always had it set in stone?

Ryan: I've seen various different forms of moshing at our shows so I really cant say. Nothing is ever set in stone at any of our shows. If it happens...it happens. I have noticed a trend of our crowd getting more involved in our shows. Whether it is moshing or dancing. I think people are starting to get it a little now so they are open to this aggression. I love it regardless.

5. Who or what is the Bubonic Corp.?

Ryan: It's funny you say that because we sure as hell don't know who they are. They slithered into our instagram DM's one day and after that they began high jacking all our social media. All I can tell you is that they are sneaky little bastards and their motives cant be good. Something tells me over time they will make their presence known.

6. Can you explain what this "#newera" is all about as well?

Ryan: The "New Era" is foreboding what is to come. What we plan to do. What I plan to do. For almost a year or so we hid ourselves away and stopped doing shows. We wanted to create a new full length album the right way. Everything you will be hearing and everything you will be seeing is leading up to what this record is. I do not want to give too much away but we have something really special coming. And possibly something new coming even sooner...ssshhh.

7. When it comes to the band's appearances, your style seems to have changed from 2016 to 2018 to present day, those years being the last times spoken, why the change up? Will "this" be a staple from here on out?

Ryan: I find that it's much easier for me to perform when I create a character to use as an extension of my personality. In each era this band has I take on a new "persona". First it was The Sovereign, then it was Scorpion Eye, now it's...well I guess you will find out. But with that the look changes a bit every time.

8. It also looks as if the band's logo has changed it's design to, why and how come?

Ryan: I'm all about change and constantly evolving with this band. It was only natural for the logo to change over time.

9. What does the rest of 2019 have in-store for Our Frankenstein?

Ryan: It looks we have some more shows coming up. Including our one at Bar Sinister with Dead Animal Assembly Plant and Sons of Providence on September 28th. We also plan on putting the final touches on our new album that should have a release date shortly. Once all that is said and done you can expect to see a lot more of us. Things have been building up for a while.

10. Is that your final say to this discussion of ours?

Ryan: Yes it is. Thank you so much for speaking to me.


Skate pop punks THE SWIFTS have released their new album "All Sunshine", along with having their track "Normal" for the "Snowsurfers and Skaterockers 2" compilation album! So of course the band had to take sometime to discuss these releases and much more!

1. Let’s start off with an icebreaker. If you could describe your band in 3 words, what would they be?

Very. Good. Question. I’ll go with loud, fast and aging. 

2. What are your names and what do you do in the band?

I’m Mike, I sing and play rhythm guitar. We got Rob on lead guitar, Jim on the bass and Rich on the drums.  Everybody sings backup but Jim does the majority.   

3. "All Sunshine" is the latest offering, but what can be said about it that has not already been said?

Initially I described the album as being pop-punk.  But lately it’s being described as skate-rock which I am fully embracing.  So to say something that’s never been said about it, I would say that we accidentally made a skate-rock record. 

4. What was the recording process like for the album?

I loved the recording process. It’s so much fun and gratifying to see a song go from an idea to a fully finished product.  That whole creative process is my favorite thing about being in a band. I love seeing everyone’s ideas come together.  We recorded at The Keep Recording studio in Denver and Ahrue Luster produced it. I highly recommend them both.   

5. Do you have a favorite song off this record if so which and why?

For me it’s still October Sky.  It’s about the day my Mom passed away.  So not only is it the most personal song on the record, it’s also pretty different than the other tunes.  It’s also become my favorite song to play live. 

6. You guys are a newer band so many people might know about your history. Would you be able to delve into it a little?

We’ve actually been around for a few years.  We started as a cover band playing mostly 80's songs at warped punk speed.  We did that for a couple years.  It was really fun but eventually we started writing songs.  Slowly we started working in more of the original songs into the cover sets.  By 2016 we only played our songs.  We also recorded our first EP in 2016 with Ahrue.  Then in 2017 we went back into the studio to record All Sunshine. 

7. Where does a band name like The Swifts come from?

It’s one of the great mysteries of the world.  No one is really sure.  All we know is that it came out of Rob’s head somewhere…somehow. 

8. What would you say separates you from other bands in the scene?

This is a tough question to answer.  We are the band that we are.  Meaning that we’ve never had a deliberant effort to be different…if that makes sense.  There are so many bands that I look up to that if someone told me we sound like them I’d be wildly flattered.  But if I attempt to extract some common themes from all the feedback and reviews of All Sunshine, I’d say it’s Rob’s guitar playing, the somewhat unpredictable chord patterns that occur without losing the core melody and the blend of pop-punk, surf-rock and skate-rock that set us apart. 

9. How did Ross Audibles endorse guitarist Rob Hinerman of The Swifts?

There is some history with Rob and Ross Audibles going back to their roots in Chanute, KS and that gave us the connection.  Quite simply they are a legendary company and wonderful people that liked Rob’s playing and were gracious enough to work with us. 

10. Why and how did The Swifts get featured on the “Snowsurfers and Skaterockers 2” Punk Compilation Album?

We saw that the comp was being put together and submitted "Normal" for it.  George, the gentleman the put out the comp gave it listen, liked it and there you have it. We were really excited to be on it along with so many great bands. I am a skater myself so it’s right up my alley. 

11. Why did you want to play this genre?

It’s all I know. This punk genre chose me when I was about 14 years old. Once I heard it I never strayed from it. I truly love this genre and am thankful for all the experiences it has given me. 

12. What sort of other plans does the band have in-store for now into the rest of this year?

Just getting out and playing some shows. I’d love to get back into the studio late this year or early next year.  Thanks for the great discussion! 


Falling In Reverse have announced their Fall 2019 tour plans. The band will embark on the headline Episode IV Tour with Crown the Empire and Tom MacDonald. The tour is presented by The Noise. All dates are below.

TOUR DATES:

11/7 — Ventura, CA — Ventura Theater
11/8 — Flagstaff, AZ —The Orpheum
11/9 — Tucson, AZ —The Rialto Theatre
11/11 — Dallas, TX —House of Blues
11/12 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
11/14 — Louisville, KY — Mercury Ballroom
11/15 — Indianapolis, IN — Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
11/16 —Rochester, NY — Main Street Armory
11/17 — Columbus, OH — Athenaeum Theatre
11/19 — New Haven, CT —Toad's Place
11/20 — Providence, RI —The Strand
11/22 — Stroudsburg, PA — The Sherman Theater
11/23 — Albany, NY— Upstate Concert Hall
11/24 — Wilmington, DE — The Queen
11/26 — Grand Rapids, MI — Intersection
11/27 — Belvidere, IL — Apollo Theatre AC
11/29 — Omaha, NE —The Slowdown
11/30 — Madison, WI —The Sylvie
12/1 — Columbia, MO —The Blue Note
12/3 — St Louis, MO The Pageant
12/10 — San Francisco, CA — The Regency Ballroom
12/11 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues


Young Medicine have released their all new album titled "Interlinked". The artwork, tracklisting can be found below with album packages HERE.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Within Cells
2. Interlinked
3. Shinju
4. Partner in Time, Partner in Crime
5. Living Fiction
6. Incommunicado
7. This Breaks the World
8. Not Human
9. Victim of Inertia
10. Little Miss Anthropy
11. Memoria
12. Memoria Reprise
13. Violent Delights


Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just released the video for the song "The Signal Fire" from their new album Atonement, out now via Metal Blade Records. Current and former KsE singers Jesse Leach and Howard Jones trade vocals in this simple but electrifying performance clip. Watch the video, directed by the band's longtime collaborator Ian McFarland (The Godfathers of Hardcore, Meshuggah), HERE.


Rapper Chad Rico or the rapping math professor as he's known as, is getting ready to release a handful of singles from his upcoming release titled "12 Weeks of Summer". This hip hop rapping music project is to be released via Gold ad Gems Records, with the assorted singles being called "Still Wit It", "Success with the Shade", "Wonder", and "Sleep in the Phantom". Upon listening to these tracks as a whole, this rapping hip hop go getter Chad Rico has got the pipes and talent to spill the rhymes and tones as it were. Each of these tracks being catchy in their tone approach, with the beats being unique and rather interesting in style choice. The sound's being original and sleek at times. Vocalization wise his way with the lyrics make the tracks more enjoyable, hearing clean cut vocals heard loud and clear. Each one of these tracks, just becomes more listenable at times really. You’re like never bored with the material, in fact the music just keeps being entertaining for the whole way through of this EP’s “12 Weeks of Summer” release. Chad Rico may be a math professor and teaches too, but his passion shows loads within his rap and hip hop beats and tones. He makes it works well, and surely will continue to intertwine his educational side and music side, to make them both collide engagingly well.


The 2019 Pokémon World Championships drew to a close yesterday following three days of intense matches and friendly competition in Washington, DC. The best Trainers from around the world attended the 16th annual event to take part in the premier tournament for Pokémon video games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG). This year’s event featured the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon video games, as well as Pokkén Tournament DX. More than 7,000 players and fans from around the globe gathered in the nation’s capital at the world’s most prestigious Pokémon event.

The Pokémon World Championships is an invitation-only event held in a different location every year, for which players can qualify by competing in various local, regional, and international tournaments. This year’s champions were awarded a one-of-a-kind Pokémon World Championships trophy, an invitation to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships, and a monetary prize in the form of a scholarship, cash prize, or Travel Certificate. The prize pool this year totaled more than $500,000 in prizes.

The 2019 Pokémon World Champions are:

    2019 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Haruki Miyamoto of Japan

    2019 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaya Lichtleitner of Germany

    2019 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Henry Brand of Australia

    2019 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Pi Wu of Taiwan

    2019 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Ko Tsukide of Japan

    2019 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Naoto Mizobuchi of Japan

    2019 Pokkén Tournament Senior Division World Champion, ashninja1 of the United States

    2019 Pokkén Tournament Masters Division World Champion, Subutan of Japan


2019 POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists

World Champion: Haruki Miyamoto of Japan

Second Place: Isaac Terceira of the United States

Senior Division Finalists

World Champion: Kaya Lichtleitner of Germany

Second Place: Grant Shen of the United States

Masters Division Finalists

World Champion: Henry Brand of Australia

Second Place: Shintaro Ito of Japan

2019 POKÉMON VIDEO GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists

World Champion: Pi Wu of Taiwan

Second Place: Teddy French of the United Kingdom

Senior Division Finalists

World Champion: Ko Tsukide of Japan

Second Place: Lewis Tan of Australia

Masters Division Finalists

World Champion: Naoto Mizobuchi of Japan

Second Place: Hirofumi Kimura of Japan

2019 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Senior Division Finalists

World Champion: ashninja1 of the United States

Second Place: Kato of Japan

Masters Division Finalists

World Champion: Subutan of Japan

Second Place: Haruyuki of Japan

The location of the 2020 Pokémon World Championships was also announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday evening, to be held in London, U.K.

For more information about Play! Pokémon, please visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/


ATREYU will celebrate 20 years of rock with an anniversary tour this fall. The tour features support from Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz. The tour kicks off on October 19 in Las Vegas and runs through November 20 in Ventura, California. All dates are below.

"This year has been a huge one for Atreyu," said drummer Brandon Saller. "Not only because of the beautiful support we have received for "In Our Wake" but also because this is our 20-year anniversary as a band. What better way to celebrate than with the reason we are all here...YOU. So here's how it goes. 20 years. 20 songs. Chosen by YOU...the fans. This will be the longest Atreyu set ever and also the first time the fans get to choose. Let's do this."

"We are very blessed to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year,' singer Alex Varkatzas concours. "It's been a long, rewarding road and we are not slowing down anytime soon. We would like the help of our friends and supporters in picking the set they will see on this upcoming coming run with Whitechapel. We owe so much to the wonderful people who support and connect with us. We are very excited for these shows."

The deluxe version of Atreyu's latest album "In Our Wake" is out now.

TOUR DATES:

10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Las Rageous Festival#
10/20: Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
10/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
10/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
10/23: Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
10/25: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/26: Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
10/27: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/28: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/29: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/30: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/1: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
11/2: Providence, RI @ The Strand
11/3: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
11/4: Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's
11/7: Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theater
11/8: Toledo, OH @ Civic Music Hall
11/9: Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo Theater
11/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/11: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
11/13: Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
11/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/15: Chico, CA @ The Senator Theatre
11/16: Reno, NV @ Cargo
11/18: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
11/20: Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater



The Pokémon Company International announced that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be the official video games used for competitive play during the 2020 Play! Pokémon Season and shared new game features that fans can look forward to in the highly anticipated titles. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will launch November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system. In addition, The Pokémon Company International debuted the next series in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield, based on the upcoming video games as well as a new type of card, Pokémon V.

Battling in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Trainers can connect to the internet and battle against each other in either Single or Double Battle formats in the Battle Stadium.*

In the Battle Stadium, Pokémon Trainers can engage in Ranked Battles where they will face other Trainers and their Battle Teams from across the globe.

Trainers will battle those with a similar rank and will earn points depending on the results of those battles.

Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier, and Trainers can increase their rank by earning enough points.

Trainers can check their own ranking in the Battle Stadium. They can also see how all of the participants placed in a competition on the smartphone version of Pokémon HOME.

In Casual Battles, it’s not about who wins or loses—it’s about becoming a better Trainer.

One exciting aspect of Casual Battles is the ability to use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles.

Features like Online Competitions and Rental Teams will also allow players to connect with other Trainers in different ways.

Trainers who participate in Online Competitions can battle in either Official Competitions or Friendly Competitions.

In Official Competitions, participants will take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions.

In Friendly Competitions, Trainers can join competitions hosted by other players or even host their own competitions. Regulations in Friendly Competitions are determined by the host.

Rental Teams enable Trainers to borrow Battle Teams by inputting IDs available online—or to make Battle Teams that they’ve put together available as Rental Teams to other Trainers all over the world. Up to five teams can be rented at once, and they can even be used in Ranked Battles.

Dynamaxing and Max Moves

The Dynamax phenomenon not only makes Pokémon huge—it can also give them a boost in power and sway the course of a battle. The Max Moves that only Dynamax Pokémon can use aren’t just powerful but also have impressive additional effects. For example, the Water-type Max Move, Max Geyser, will trigger the rain weather condition, and the Fighting-type Max Move, Max Knuckle, will increase the Attack of all allied Pokémon.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a Trainer’s Pokémon can Dynamax if that Trainer has the Dynamax Band. Pokémon do not have to hold a special item to Dynamax. This means Trainers can choose which one of their Pokémon to Dynamax depending on what’s happening in the battle, and they can even have their Pokémon hold items that boost their strength so they can unleash Max Moves that are even more powerful.

New Abilities and Items

Many new Abilities have been discovered in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. One such Ability is Galarian Weezing’s Neutralizing Gas. This Ability neutralizes the ongoing effects of other Pokémon’s Abilities and even prevents Abilities from being triggered. Once the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas leaves the battlefield, the Abilities of the other Pokémon will be activated again.

Some Pokémon have rare Abilities known as Hidden Abilities. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles might have these Hidden Abilities. There is also a very small chance that Trainers will encounter a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing in Max Raid Battles. While extremely rare, by attempting many different battles, there’s a chance they could even encounter a Pokémon that can Gigantamax and has a Hidden Ability. One such Hidden Ability is Corviknight’s Mirror Armor, which will bounce back any stat-lowering effects from an opposing Pokémon’s Abilities or moves.

New items that can be combined with specific moves to give Trainers an edge in battle will also be available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These items include Room Service and Eject Pack. When held by a Pokémon, Room Service will lower that Pokémon’s Speed when the move Trick Room is successfully used. When a Pokémon holding Eject Pack has any of its stats lowered, it will immediately switch out so another Pokémon can be sent in.

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield and Pokémon V

Also during the 2019 Pokémon World Championships, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, unveiled Sword & Shield, a new series coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Included in the series are Pokémon V, powerful new cards that will play an important role in players’ strategies. Event attendees also received a preview of Zacian V and Zamazenta V, which will be available in the series’ upcoming first expansion. More details about the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Series will be announced soon.

Check out the videos from the 2019 opening ceremonies here:

eVolve with Pokémon V: https://youtu.be/WFq4yn8DLRI.

Prepare for battle in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield: https://youtu.be/uaF9iJ9bzUM.



The 2019 Pokémon World Championships, the premier competitive Pokémon event of the year, kicks off Friday, August 16. Fans around the world can tune in to all the action with four live broadcasts from The Pokémon Company International on Twitch. The live streams from Washington, DC, will feature intense match-up's and expert commentary from all three days of the event.

The 2019 Pokémon World Championships are an international event where the world’s most elite Pokémon video game and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) players will come together to compete to be the very best. Competitors from over 45 countries across three age divisions will do battle for the title of Pokémon World Champion and more than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes.

The live stream is headlined by a main stage stream that will broadcast the opening ceremony and the first Pokémon GO Invitational on Friday morning, followed by rotating video game and TCG match-up's throughout the weekend, and the final matches and closing ceremony on Sunday. The weekend’s four streams are:

Main Stage Stream (ceremonies and alternating matches): Twitch.tv/Pokemon

Pokémon Video Game Championships Stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC

Pokémon TCG Championships Stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament

Streaming Schedule: All times EDT

Friday, August 16:

Opening Ceremony on all four streams at 9 a.m.

Main Stage Stream:

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.:

9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

9:30 a.m.: Preshow

9:45 a.m.: Pokémon GO Invitational

11:45 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon VG Stream:

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: VG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon TCG Stream:

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream:

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Last Chance Qualifier

Saturday, August 17:

Main Stage Stream:

8:45 a.m. – 9 p.m.:

9 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds

3 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament DX Senior and Masters Division Finals

6 p.m.: VG Top Cut

Pokémon VG Stream:

8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokémon TCG Stream:

11:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream:

8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Championship Bracket (moves to Main Stage Stream at 3 p.m.)

Sunday, August 18:

Main Stage Stream:

Starting at 9 a.m., the following matches will be played in order, with an estimated finish of 4 p.m.:

TCG Junior Finals

TCG Senior Finals

TCG Masters Finals

VG Junior Finals

VG Senior Finals

VG Masters Finals

4 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

All times approximate and subject to change.


Hasbro released another fun episode from their series, "My Little Pony: The Retro Show" titled "PONIFIED Pop Up Music Video! 🌈 My Little Pony: The Retro Show | #TBT".

Travel back to a time of scrunchies and slap bracelets with My Little Pony: The Retro Show! Tapping into our heritage with 80s and 90s-inspired videos, Pop Up Pony gives fans a peek behind the curtain of music videos from the original series, Behind the Magic takes a retrospective look at iconic My Little Pony characters from the 80s, and some special surprise episodes will pay homage to totally tubular friends.

Tune in to the My Little Pony YouTube Channel for new episodes of the wonderfully wacky My Little Pony: The Retro Show and see this new episode right HERE.


Toxic Holocaust have released a new track titled "Chemical Warlords". Check out the pre-order links of their upcoming full-length album "Primal Future: 2019", expected October 4th 2019 from the links below!

Pre-Order Now:

Vinyl/CD/Merch: https://ffm.to/primalfuture2019
Apple Music: https://apple.co/33wcKnR
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2TAYaat

Check out the "Chemical Warlords" lyrical video right HERE.


Poland's progressive rock and metalhead's ARTYFICTION have a couple of shows to be played til the end of this year wraps itself up. But aside from that happening, they are working on all new material with some changes of them always being on the move of sorts. With that said, the band goes on more or less to say a lot of their history and how much their music means to them.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Beginnings are pretty common, group of friends that share passion to music and looking for some kind of springboard from everyday life start a band Laszlo Taxi. It was a progressive project and band was fully concentrated on composing. Troubles start when ambitions and amount of work start to grew up. First left vocalist, then bass player. Miroslaw Berg become a new bass man and start to organizing concerts and recording sessions. Playing in a band start to be more and more demanding and you know how it looks like, you have to earn for living, pick up kids from kindergarten/school and be able to handle hundreds of others everyday live challenges. Life, no more no less. Soon Pavel Kardis became a new drummer in a place of Tomasz Sok (main composer of Moment of Revelation). Few moments after Jacek Ziora join as a vocalist and the Wojciech Bator as a guitarist. After so many personal rotations we need to change the name of a band, cause the old one was no more relevant. Dariusz Kawa was the only one that left from the “old crew”. First we shortly switch name to “Lost in Motion” and then to "Artyfiction". Debut album "Preliminaries" was released and intensity of concerts arise. Jacek is not able to handle it in 100% and left. Artyfiction redo all compositions to instrumentals. Few months later Michal Balon restores vocal to our music. But he also was not able to actively cooperate and left. We made a decision to become an instrumental band. Second album "Firing Line" was recorded in Perlazza Studio during may 2019. Shortly after Pavel Kardis have to left the band. Jakub Dabrowski join few weeks after and till that moment we intensively prepare to premiere and concerts.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We worked around the word "Arfiticial". This term perfectly fits the world we live in. Fake friends, fake news. Bended reality. We have put two words together – "arty" and "fiction". "Arty" is the irony part. We are surrounded by repetitive tunes made for money that has nothing to do with art. We also have a lot of so-called artists that tend to produce tracks that only show off their skills or techniques. I our humble opinion that has nothing to do with art as well. We want to create music. Above genres, types or general moods. That’s what we call "art". "Fiction" element points out that music is not necessarily connected to the real world. Terry Pratchett has created his Discworld. A lot of science-fiction writers imagined their own idea of the future. We are imagining music. And that’s what we give out to the world. We even thought about using the same way of writing our name as in "science-fiction"  - "Arty-Fiction". But we’re loosing the relation to "artificial" word then.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are from Wroclaw, Poland - close to the west border and beautiful Karkonosze mountains. City has strong cultural background in a really diverse way.  When it comes to Progressive part, we’re aware of and can recommend Katedra, ATME, My Secret Haven and Halucynacje. Stronger music - Vader. Blues folks have Hoodoo Band. And Leszek Mozdzer is a common jazzing guest. Of course, there are plenty of scenes and bands focused on punk/hard rock/electronic and hip-hop. By the way – we have noticed that Wroclaw has always biggest number of submittions on any Polish band competition. Few years ago, city invested in National Forum of Music with one of the most sophisticated acoustic hall for classical music. We have a lot of festivals; some of them may be even known world-wide, like Avant Art Festival or Jazz nad Odra. A lot of street arts performers and independent theatres. Guess that city is pretty inspiring place to live in.

4. How would you describe your style?

Style of a band is ingrained in progressive rock, that for us means experimenting with structure, tempo, role of particular instruments etc. But Wojtek Bator, for instance, has a strong classical and metal background. Keyboardist despite of his progressive bands has few romances with black metal bands, our drummer Pavlo Kardis (the one who record all drums tracks in "Firing Line") was playing in metal bands for whole of his live and bass player was playing on guitar in a kind of experimental rock in previous bands. All of that have a strong influence on final sound of a band. Since we stopped to think about the style and started to figure out how to put all these diversified pieces together in a best possible way our music; creativity got a strong boost and we’re able to compose track after track.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Our debut album "Preliminaries" was released on 21.03.2018. It contains 5 tracks, 3 with vocals and 2 instrumentals. That was first time when we had a chance to record in professional studio and we learned a lot from it. All our work after that was based on this experience. That’s why compositions from "Firing Line" are much more mature. It’s an instrumental music this time and we do all we can to create interesting and diversified narrations. First - each one from seven tracks has a different vibe. From fast "battle-like" compositions to soothing, gentle sounds. Everyone will find something for themselves, we guess. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Of course! We’re always working on something new. Even the "old" compositions get a bit of changes with every concert. Music is a living thing and in this band it’s always in the move.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

 Till the end of 2019 we’ll play couple of gigs around the Poland.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

 Play as many gigs as we can. Composing better and better music. We want to have a background effects on our shows and that’s one thing we started to focus our attention on at the moment.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Premiere of our new album will be on September 6th. After that it will available on all our music channels:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6MBY3uPCScWwuM1UYgU-Yg
https://artyfiction.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/artyfiction/

And probably also on Spotify, Tidal, Deezer etc.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Just unleash your imagination and try to let the music guide you. ;)


Metal go getters DOG TIRED have been hard at work upon their fourth full-length album titled "The Electric Abyss", set for release this fall! Set to follow this album release will launch an array of tour dates and other showcases to get the word out and about as much as possible! The band goes on further more to say lots about themselves and the future set-up for them.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Dog Tired are an Edinburgh based metal band, which started in late 2004 from a mutual unhealthy obsession with riffs. Luke (Guitar), Chris (vocals) and Keith (Drums) have been in the band since the very beginning, and Barry (Bass) joined not long after. The current lineup has been going strong since the release of the first EP, and this constant has allowed us to hone our sound and performance. We’ve gone from playing in a garage in Penicuik in the early days to playing some amazing gigs, such as Bloodstock, Thrashersaurus and Nottingham Rock City. We’ve also managed to get further afield recently, playing shows in Ireland and the Netherlands. We pride ourselves on bringing a show that is relentless, heavy and crammed with energy, and this is what people have come to expect from us!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The band name was thought up by our drummer’s brother, when he used to be a second guitarist around the time of the initial EP.  I’m not sure why he came up with Dog Tired, a lot of people assume it was due to the Down song,  although he has always said it wasn’t taken from that. Either way, the name stuck. Initially this suited the band as we had more of a Southern (Down-esque) sound to us. As our band grew gradually heavier, faster and more intense, the name became  separated from the connotations and became our own. As Dog Tired is not a name you would expect from a band as heavy as we have become, it does a good job of standing out! 

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We all live in Penicuik, a town just outside of Edinburgh, so we have played quite a lot of gigs around the Edinburgh area. There’s a few great venues in Edinburgh, mainly La Belle Angele for the bigger gigs, The Banshee Labyrinth for the smaller gigs and Bannermans/Opium for those inbetween.  There are loads of amazing metal bands from the Edinburgh area (a surprising amount of which have members from Penicuik!). We’d highly recommend you listen to King Witch, Iron Altar, Sapien, Tommy Concrete and the Werewolves, Lucifer’s Corpus, Disposable, Perpetua, Solar Sons, Razor Sharp Death Blizzard, Scumpulse, Somaesthesia, Anaxor, Hammer, God Damn Brewery, Juniper Grave, Black Talon, Kingpin, Runemaster, Burning The Dream, Firebrand Super Rock, Certain Death, Ifreann, Centrilia, Bacchus Baracus, Catalysis, Robot Death Monkey, Dolour, Cultmaster and many, many more! The Scottish scene is currently rammed with talent and loads of the bands are putting on performances well worthy of main stage festival slots!

4. How would you describe your style?

Riff laden cosmic beef. It’s hard to pick a genre with there being so many sub-genres nowadays, but riff laden cosmic beef about covers it. We’ve merged our favorite parts from many different influences to create a unique style that is both heavy and memorable. There’s hints of Gojira, Strapping Young Lad, Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, Testament etc, as these are the bands we grew up listening to. We definitely have a distinct Dog Tired sound, which comes through whether we’re playing a three minute thrash tune or a seven minute open instrumental epic. 

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

To date we’ve had three full albums and the initial EP.

Dead Head Rebel came out in 2010, and it’s quite rare now. We recorded it in Studio 24 in Edinburgh, which was a great venue that unfortunately closed down not too long ago. This album was recorded with Matt Justice, who is currently the touring guitarist for the Exploited.

This was then followed up by 2013’s Titan. This album felt like we were starting to find our sound. It’s definitely centered around the chunk, with songs like Iron Sky and Mad Jack providing slabs of power and songs like Cronos giving the album the epic feel we hadn’t quite reached with Dead Head Rebel. It was while touring this album that we got onto Bloodstock festival in 2014. We have several music videos from Titan that are on YouTube. The video for the first full track on the album, “God Disease”, is probably a good example of what to expect from Titan. The cover for this album was done by the legendary Christian Sloan Hall, who has done artwork for loads of bands, including Amon Amarth and Testament. 

We then released “It Came From The Sun” in 2016. We recorded this in Chamber Studio in Edinburgh and it was mastered by Adam Douche of West West Side studio in New York. This album has been a commercial success and helped us to reach mainland Europe and Ireland, as well as all over the UK. This also gained us a supporting tour with Evil Scarecrow, as well as support slots with the likes of Raging Speedhorn, Gama Bomb and Black Bomb A. This album has a faster pace than Titan overall, but also has a foreboding, ominous feel to it. There’s a lyric video on YouTube for the song Outpost 31, an homage to John Carpenter’s “the Thing”, which was done by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We have just recorded our 4th full length album, entitled "The Electric Abyss". This will be released on 07 September 2019, and will be accompanied by a launch show in Edinburgh. This is definitely our most dynamic, intricate and ferocious album to date. With eight tracks of unapologetic, monstrous metal and an atmospheric and haunting interlude, this is definitely going to be our best offering to date. We are really proud of the album and feel we have finally got the sound and production we have been striving for on this one. We’ve released details of the launch already, and will shortly be releasing a video for the first single.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

The launch is going to be at La Belle Angele on 07 September 2019, and we’re going to be joined by some awesome bands for it! King Witch, Disposable, Perpetua, Lethal Injury and Solar Sons are all on board, so expect it to be a messy, heavy night! We’ll be announcing a tour this week, including dates in England, Ireland and some overseas. For the time being, we have Rabidfest in Oxford on 18 August 2019, Hordes X in Dundee on 28 September 2019, Rock The Foundry in Newcastle on 6 October 2019 and Unearthed in Birmingham on 19 October 2019.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Once The Electric Abyss is released, we’ll be touring it as extensively as possible! We’ll be trying to get shows in new places to promote the album far and wide. We just want to play as many different places as possible, and hopefully arrange a few festival slots for next year.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Both Titan and It Came From the Sun are available on Spotify and Amazon music. Dead Head Rebel is very rare now, so if you don’t have a copy it’ll be hard for you to get one! We have loads of videos on YouTube, and will be adding a single from the new album soon. The Electric Abyss will be available on Spotify, however, to get it on release date you’ll have to buy a copy on our big cartel page (once pre-orders are available) or at the gig! Our Big Cartel merch store, as well as our videos, are available on www.dogtiredmetal.com.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

At least one of the extremely fat riffs that are on offer.


So Sailor Moon has been around since the 90's many people discovering the show via Japan airwaves and U.S as well. The popularity would soar over the moon, with success from the anime TV series and manga to accompany it. That merchandise would follow suite, ranging from appeal, toys, games including digital based and board types. One of which being a game titled "Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge".

This title referencing the manga anime TV series based entirely off the manga series. Except this games version would consist of just seasons 1/2. Whilst this is the case there are an assortment of characters from the Moon Kingdom (Good Side) and Dark Kingdom (Bad Side), ranging from the Inner Guardians and the evil baddies too.

How the game plays out is that it's aged 10 and up and can be played between 2-8 players with each game taking anywhere from 5-60 minutes.


Each person takes their turn, rolling the dice and then figuring out who has the highest and lower numbers and going from there somewhat. The person with no dice left is the winner apparently or along those lines for the most part.

After playing a few rounds of the board game, it was fun but at times a tad confusing as well. Some may need the instructions read to them or at least re-read to completely understand the concept to the fullest regard available. After which you can get the hang of it and play long until the night and the earliest of morning's!


Thus, "Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge" is a game title that takes a learning basis to get a hang of, but in return can be a lot of fun overall with another person or several in w group or more.



The Pokémon Company International is excited to announce its plan to open a special pop-up Pokémon Center retail location in London this October. Located in Westfield London (Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF) and open only for a limited time from October 18 to November 15* 2019, the store will give fans a chance to browse and purchase a range of Pokémon Center-branded products, including exclusive designs not found anywhere else.

The pop-up Pokémon Center London celebrates the highly anticipated launch of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games for Nintendo Switch this November; paying tribute to the United Kingdom’s role in inspiring the design and feel of the all-new Galar region players will explore in the games.

Further details on opening times, products available to purchase and additional in-store activities will be revealed in the coming months.

While fans will need to visit the Pokemon Center London pop-up for the exclusive designs, in the US, PokemonCenter.com is the ecommerce arm of The Pokémon Company International and the online destination for premier Pokémon merchandise.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be released worldwide on November 15, 2019, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.


Hasbro released two awesome videos to celebrate the last season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:

A fun music video "The Last Laugh" featuring Weird Al Yankovic (known as "Cheese Sandwich" on the show) – https://youtu.be/S3--_q8D6jQ.

A Beverly Hills 90210 spoof video called Equestria Hills 90210 which is part of the My Little Pony: The Retro Show (which releases episodes on the My Little Pony YouTube Channel) – https://youtu.be/DFlB29rP124. The 90210 reboot premieres this week, making it perfect timing to release the fun Pony spoof.

More on My Little Pony: The Retro Show: Travel back to a time of scrunchies and slap bracelets with My Little Pony: The Retro Show! Tapping into our heritage with 80s and 90s-inspired videos, Pop Up Pony gives fans a peek behind the curtain of music videos from the original series, Behind the Magic takes a retrospective look at iconic My Little Pony characters from the 80s, and some special surprise episodes will pay homage to totally tubular friends.


Metal act MOONSHADE have been around for almost 10 years now, releasing an array of releases, with new material coming soon enough. Shows in the works and planned out already with more writing and show playing to share with the world as time persists it. Find out what the band had to say about all of this and much more.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Moonshade are the lusitanian response to the more melodic side of death-metal, with a charismatic and deeply personal sound signature that mixes a myriad of other musical influences that go beyond the genre.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The origin of the name lies with our previous drummer Cristiano Brito and our guitarist Pedro Quelhas. It has a double meaning, since “shade” is also another word for wraith or ghost.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Our music scene, particularly the metal scene, is incredibly rich and full of talented people. Bands like Gaerea, Destroyers Of All, Sinistro, Dark Oath, Analepsy and The Ominous Circle come to mind, among many others.

4. How would you describe your style?

We have great influences like Insomnium, Dark Tranquility, Amorphis, but we also have more conservative influences like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, and we even listen to artists outside the metal genre, like Eminem, Michael Jackson, Queen, and a lot more. When we get in the studio to write material we only write what we feel and what we all like, and we try not to close ourselves within the four walls of a subgenre.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Our first demo, The Path Of Redemption, was released online, which gave us enough hype at live shows and online to record and self-release our debut EP, "Dream | Oblivion". In October 2018, our magnum opus and debut album, "Sun Dethroned" was released  via Art Gates Records, resulting in two sold out shows in Lisbon and Porto. We prefer not to spoil anyone, so here’s our pitch: if you’re a music fan, check it out. If you’re a metal fan, you should definitely check it out!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently six songs into the follow-up of "Sun Dethroned". No rest for the wicked!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

For now we have 3 shows announced in Portugal, one of them sharing the stage with Omnium Gatherum, one of our greatest influences. We are also currently working on taking "Sun Dethroned" to the rest of the world.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We do this out of love for writing good music and sharing it with the world. Whatever comes from that, good or bad, shall be embraced.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, etc. To purchase our merchandise you can access our online store at moonshade.bigcartel.com.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

There are tons of blood, sweat and tears into each and every song. We put our passion for music into every note, beat and scream, and we hope that you can feel that as vividly as we do. Cheers!


Punk pop rockers THESE FAST TIMES have been around for a short while, but even though that may be, they have still gone on releasing not only an EP but an album as well. All new content is in the works, with them heading out on the road again very soon! The band goes on to talk about what they have planned with music and wanting to tour!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

These Fast Times are a four-piece punk-rock band formed from the ashes of multiple bad decisions, misspent youth and a unifi...ed-need to cause a major ruckus at any given time. Armed with the fuzziest of distorted guitars, relentless pounding drums, p-h-a-t bass-lines and a whole lot of screaming with a little bit of vocal-melody included – These Fast Times are continually finding ways to overwhelm, offend & entertain their audience through all of
their five-senses.

The rotting-core of the band’s line-up currently includes Jeffrey Vuorela (Vocals, Guitar), Jason Bellafontaine (Bass, Vocals), Thomas Kolofsky (Lead Guitar) and Ryan Kennedy (Drums). Each member got started in the usual way…they got into music early-on in life etc. etc., started bands, ended bands and experienced all the hardships necessary to put a massive punk-chip on their shoulders. Officially combining their talents & stank of desperation together in 2015,
These Fast Times have gone on to fill up the space in front of them with fans of true-punk and drain many a beer-can since.

Discovering quickly that they could stand each other’s personalities, energy and smell – These Fast Times shut themselves away in the studio and began to write, create & refine. Even the band-members were now able to vouch for their music as ‘not half-bad finally…and though perhaps reluctantly, pride in their dirty punk-rock sound began to take hold of these four from Montreal…

The results of the writing and recording session became the six new songs released by These Fast Times on their self-titled record released in February, 2016. Playing shows to support the album all throughout the year – you can expect These Fast Times ready to show up right to your own bloody front door if it means they can play another show before they all croak. Main reason being…somewhere along the lines, all four members of the band realized that the music they were making…as grimy and dirty as it might be…was music that NEEDED to be played…music that the people WANTED to hear.

Make no mistake – These Fast Times don’t put themselves through all the shit that comes along with being in a punk-rock band for their own enjoyment; no – it’s a far more selfless act. They do it for YOU. Come get some!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Originally we wanted to be called "Excited School Girls" or something to that effect, but we realized that searching for this band name online could potentially bring up an astounding amount of porn sites, so we rethought about it and decided to change it. These Fast Times comes from the lyrics of the song "Fast Times" by Bouncing Souls, from their Comet album. At one point in the song they sing "These Fast Times" and Ryan, being a big Bouncing Souls fan, always wanted to name a band after that phrase. After hearing the name we agreed that it would be a great name for us, seeing as we play fast and everything was coming together for our band fast.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

These Fast Times is based out of Montreal. The scene is a weird one because with all the construction a lot of people don't bother coming out to shows because its so complicated to get around, but the ones that do come out are very supportive of the bands and get super into the music being played regardless of the styles being mixed.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is a mix of punk/ pop punk/ rock. It stems from Ryan and Jeff liking the "faster punk", Jason liking the "slower punk" and Thomas liking rock music. It creates a nice medley of music  that we love playing.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

As of right now we have an EP, and an LP, we are currently in the midst of writing new content that were super excited to get into the studio to record.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yep we currently have 4-5 that we're working on and we keep writing when ever we can.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We just completed a mini tour of Ontario which was a blast. We can't wait to get back on the road again.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

As a band we'd like to do a European tour and a cross Canada tour. We'd also like to play more festivals and continue to write new music.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We're pretty much everywhere. Spotify, Youtube, Google Play, and Apple Music.  we also have the CD's and merch for sale at our shows and at www.thesefasttimes.com!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We want people to remember the high energy sound, Fast playing and share the passion that brought us to the punk scene to begin with. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to write me.


Sludgy grungy metal act PARSON CITY began as a side project which would slowly develop into the band it is now. Since forming they have gone on to release a few tracks of content including an EP release with follow-up EP in the making! The band catches up to disclose the matters of themselves and the music they create.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We started out as a little side project between Kyle Roberts and Sam Leek way back in 2013 but never actually managed to get it off the ground. Come 2017 we decided to give it another shot and brought in drummer Anthony Richards. Quickly we all gelled as a band and began to put out song after song, releasing a 2 track demo and a single “Parsons 3:16” shortly after we began playing shows in 2018. Throughout that year we managed to play shows with top acts such as OHHMS, Opium Lord, Boss Keloid & The Hazytones. Releasing our debut EP “The Green One" in November 2018 we started to feel more confident with our music and really began to hone our live show to be more engaging. Now we released the first single “Hypocrite” on the 26th of July off our upcoming EP “The Pink One" which we aim to release late this year.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We tooled around with a few ideas for the name until Sam suggested Parson City. It was an in-joke between friends, simply put we used the word Parson or Parsons to describe something bad or messed up. Then we decided Parson City as somewhere completely messed up as a reflection on our home and for other people to try and associate with. But really it can mean anything to anyone.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are all from Dudley, in the Black Country. The scene here is pretty alive compared to what we've seen elsewhere and theres some absolute killer bands round here like King Corpse, Atarka, Skull Fox & Eyes of the Raven to name a few!

4. How would you describe your style?

Like a really heavy Alice in Chains. Honestly we find it a bit hard to describe, you'd just have to listen for yourself.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We have released a 2 track demo, 2 separate singles and an EP. You can check them all out at our bandcamp or online streaming services. We are also releasing a follow up EP “The Pink One" later this year.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are always writing new music, we are just finishing the last few tracks for our upcoming EP.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

The odd show for the rest of the year but we are currently booking a number of shows in January/February next year, aiming to do a few weekend tours and such.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Play some riffs and have a blast doing so!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Pretty much any online streaming service and you can download all our music for free at our bandcamp (http://parsoncity.bandcamp.com).

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Try to not take it too seriously, we are holding a mirror up on society as we see it, and we are incredibly sarcastic and pessimistic. You might see something different to what we see. Have fun!


The whimsy and wonder of MY LITTLE PONY is heading to your town in an all-new musical delight for all ages! Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a global play and entertainment company, and Mills Entertainment, a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment, today announced the inaugural U.S. tour of MY LITTLE PONY LIVE, set to premiere March 2020.

Inspired by the My Little Pony’s signature themes of friendship and magic, the original stage production features the beloved pony characters affectionately called “the Mane Six”—Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow Dash.  Rounding out the lineup is Spike the Dragon, a fan favorite from the hugely successful MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship is Magic television series, which is currently airing its ninth season.

The fantastical, sensation-filled musical tells an exciting new tale.  As the ponies prepare for the blossoming of Ponyville’s Rainbow Tree, promising another hundred years of friendship, trouble arises in Equestria.  The Mane Six must set out to save the ailing Rainbow Tree with strength, determination, creativity and — of course — the magic of friendship!  Come one pony, come all, on this unforgettable journey to Equestria!

MY LITTLE PONY LIVE is the ultimate live celebration of the magic of MY LITTLE PONY – brought to life for the whole family!

The production kicks off in March 2020 and tours throughout the country with stops including Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Houston and more.

"We’re thrilled to work with Mills Entertainment to bring MY LITTLE PONY and the magic of friendship to life in a whole new way," said Samantha Lomow, President, Hasbro Entertainment Brands.  "Mills Entertainment has produced some of the most exciting stage shows with a variety of brands, and we can’t wait for fans to experience MY LITTLE PONY LIVE."

"Having expanded from a consumer products brand in its early days to a powerful entertainment player, MY LITTLE PONY is an iconic brand that has touched people everywhere.  We’re proud to partner with Hasbro to bring the live show to fans across the country," says Michael Mills, CEO of Mills Entertainment.

MY LITTLE PONY LIVE is a creative collaboration between Hasbro and Mills Entertainment.  The original stage production was developed by writer and lyricist, Jeremy Desmon (Disney’s Rockin’ Ever After, Nick Jr.’s Move To The Music!, Nancy Drew), composer, Jeff Thomson (Jawbreaker, Pump Up The Volume, Nancy Drew), and director, Jenn Rapp (Broadway’s The Illusionists, Disney’s D Cappella, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live).

Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, August 9, 2019, in select cities.  For more information, please visit www.mylittleponylive.com.

(Should additional dates confirm, the full tour schedule will be reflected on the official tour website, www.mylittleponylive.com).

TOUR DATES:


3/07/20                        The Ordway Center                                         St. Paul, MN

3/08/20                        Riverside Theatre                                            Milwaukee, WI

3/21/20                        Rosemont Theatre                                           Rosemont, IL

3/28/20                        Clowes Memorial Hall                                      Indianapolis, IN

3/29/20                        Palace Theatre                                                Columbus, OH

4/08/20                        The Tower Theatre                                          Philadelphia, PA

4/09/20                        Tilles Center for the Performing Arts                Brookville, NY

4/10/20                        Chevalier Theatre                                            Boston, MA

4/11/20                        Mayo Performing Arts Center                          Morristown, NJ

4/15/20                        Count Basie Theatre                                        Red Bank, NJ

4/17/20                        The Hanover Theatre                                      Worcester, MA

4/18/20                        Shubert Theatre                                              New Haven, CT

4/19/20                        Kodak Theatre                                                 Rochester, NY

5/02/20                        Times Union Center                                         Jacksonville, FL

5/03/20                        Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center             Tampa, FL

5/30/20                        Fox Theatre                                                     Atlanta, GA

6/02/20                        Steven Tanger Center                                     Greensboro, NC

6/09/20                        The Theatre at Grand Prairie                           Grand Prairie, TX

6/10/20                        Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center              Midland, TX

6/11/20                        The Tobin Center                                            San Antonio, TX

6/26/20                        Center for the Performing Arts                         San Jose, CA

6/28/20                        Gallo Center for the Arts                                  Modesto, CA

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