- Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor announced that Ozzfest and Knotfest would be joining forces for a standalone mega-fest this fall at a press conference Thursday. The event, officially dubbed Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, will feature Black Sabbath‘s final California concert. Sharon Osbourne introduced the artists at the press conference, which included Slipknot‘s Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Zakk Wylde and members of Anthrax, Hatebreed and others.The fest will take place on September 24th and 25th at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California, and each day will feature a special lineup that represents each of the artist’s fests.
Black Sabbath are set to return to the U.S. for another leg of their “The End” tour in August and carry on through the Ozzfest. Slipknot will be touring North America with Marilyn Manson in June and July.
- The Black Keys, Ian MacKaye, Modest Mouse and more have donated a variety of items to an eBay charity auction benefiting Studios for Schools, a nonprofit aimed at building recording and production spaces in high schools. The auction also features bundles from the Coathangers and Burger Records, as well as a collection of Elliott Smith singles, a skateboard deck signed by Tony Hawk and 12 pairs of Volcom jeans. Fans can bid on all items now, with the auctions set to close next Tuesday, May 17th.
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be the game franchise’s first release in nine years, and it will also feature CHVRCHES’ first new song since last September. The track’s called “Warning Call,” an icy, moody tune that matches Mirror’s Edge’s atmosphere. The song is written to reflect the perspective of Faith, the game’s main character.
- “Madchester” bedrocks the Stone Roses have been hinting for a while now that another live reunion is imminent, with their lemon logo popping up around the U.K. since late last year. Then, more lemons began popping up in the band’s Manchester hometown early this week. Finally, the Roses announced on Twitter that, in addition to the already-promised Summer 2016 shows, they would release their first studio single in more than 20 years. Now it’s here: the Stone Roses have released a new Paul Epworth-produced single called “All for One.” Which can now be heard here on alt360 radio.
- Avery Wes featured 25-year-old neo-pop alternative act VÉRITÉ this week and this weekend she performed a mid-air performance on Southwest Airlines for their Live at 35 in-flight music series. You find the performance at southwest.com/entertainment
- Weeks after wrapping their first North American headlining tour, Bay Area quartet SWMRS today announced a second leg of touring in the US and Canada that will kick off on June 17 in Calgary, ALB and wrap on July 17 in Lancaster, CA. Last month, SWMRS wrapped a massive North American headlining tour, performing 44 shows in 50 days, across 26 states and three Canadian provinces. With no plans of slowing down, SWMRS will perform two nights at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA with FIDLAR this weekend before embarking on a UK/European tour on May 17. A complete list of upcoming tour dates and ticket information can be found HERE.
- Over the weekend Panic! At The Disco shared a new music video for their next single “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time“. Follow P!ATD frontman Brendon Urie along for an ill-fated night of debaucherous partying in the video HERE. Next month, Panic! At The Disco will embark on a massive summer tour with Weezer. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found HERE. Panic! At The Disco‘s critically acclaimed fifth album Death of a Bachelor debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in January and is available HERE via DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/Crush Music.