Thursday, Sep 27

The award-winning Lou Brutus is your personal rock guide on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Metallica will talk to Lou about the influence of their early albums on “Hardwired…!” Special guest Kim Thayil of Soundgarden will share a Spinal Tapian moment with Lou! If your neighbor won’t stop buzzing your house with his drone, call the XL Shoutbox at 877-MUSIC-11!

Wednesday, Sep 19 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s a fresh dose of music news to start your day:

Congratulations to Breaking Benjamin, who have reached the top of the rock radio chart for the ninth time in their career with “Torn In Two,” the latest single from the band’s sixth studio album, Ember. The track is also the second consecutive single from the LP to hit Number One, following “Red Cold River” earlier this year.

“Torn In Two” has topped Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, becoming the sixth track by the band to hit Number One on that survey as well. It is also the band’s fourth chart topper in just over three years, following “Never Again” in 2017 and both “Angels Fall” and “Failure” in 2015.

Burnley told us a while back that consistency has been the key to Breaking Benjamin’s success: ”I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I just want to write good music that’s gonna stand the test of time and I try to do that. Whether I accomplished that is another thing, but at least I try to do that. And I think fans are noticing that the band hasn’t changed just because I’m the main songwriter, I always have been, and my process — it’s not gonna change. All I’m gonna try to do is just write really, really good songs and bring the Breaking Benjamin sound to another level.”

Breaking Benjamin recently wrapped the summer portion of its North American outdoor amphitheater tour with co-headliners Five Finger Death Punch. The two bands will hit the road again this fall and winter, this time in arenas, starting November 6th in Wichita, Kansas.

Badflower will make its network television debut on tomorrow night, Thursday, September 20th, when the Southern California act will perform its smash single “Ghost” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “Ghost” has hit Number Three on the rock radio chart this week, while the accompanying music video has surpassed 2.4 million views.

With its grim subject matter, Badflower frontman Josh Katz told us he never expected “Ghost” to become a single: ”I’ve never tried to kill myself, but I think about it and a lot of people think about it, and I just had this vision that I really wanted to write a song that wasn’t about, ‘Like, woe is me, my life is so terrible and here’s what…’ — you know, it wasn’t just a sad song. I just kind of wanted to dive into the details of what that would feel like, like the actual feeling and the thoughts you might have in your final moments right before you die.”

Badflower is currently on the road supporting From Ashes To New, while later this fall the group will join up with A Perfect Circle on select dates and support The Wrecks on a U.S. tour. The band will also perform a number of headline shows and appear at numerous music festivals.

Badflower has been working on its first full-length album, although a release date and title for the LP has yet to be announced.

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo has denied claims by his estranged wife that he was ever abusive to her. According to TMZ, DeLeo pushed back against the accusations leveled by Jenn DeLeo in newly filed court documents.

Among the claims that Jenn made when she filed for divorce last June was that he allegedly admitted to adultery and made violent threats to her in front of the couple’s six-year-old daughter, June. Jenn also claimed that Dean began abusing drugs and alcohol shortly after she gave birth to June in 2012, and once took the child into the ocean, where she nearly drowned, while he was “completely inebriated.”

Jenn also claimed that Dean physically assaulted her after he came to in their garage after a night of binge drinking, nearly killing her. She also claimed he has attempted to strangle her multiple times over the course of their relationship.

In his new filing, Dean stated that Jenn’s cheating allegations are false, and insisted that he has been clean and sober from drugs and alcohol since 2013. He also insisted that the story about taking the child into the ocean while drunk was a lie. Dean attached declarations from his teenage son, ex-wife and current girlfriend, all of whom vouch for him as a father who has a strong bond with his children.

Stone Temple Pilots and Seether will hit the road together this fall on a co-headlining tour, beginning on October 23rd in British Columbia. STP are touring behind their latest self-titled effort and first with new singer Jeff Gutt.


Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has reportedly been sending random pieces of ripped paper to fans in the mail. Shinoda recently tweeted that he wanted 50 fans to send him their home addresses. It was unknown at the time what his intentions were, but fans are speculating that pieces went to one person from all 50 states.

Reddit users have begun compiling the pieces into an image which seems to point toward some sort of tour with alternative hip-hop artist K. Flay, who also appears on one of Shinoda’s new songs, “Make It Up as I Go.”

It was recently announced that the Linkin Park member would headline the 2018 Monster Outbreak tour, which kicks off on October 10th in Montreal. Shinoda will be out in support of his recently released solo album Post Traumatic.

Some of the new LP was inspired by the death more than a year ago of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. The latter was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on July 20th, 2017 after hanging himself. Linkin Park headlined an all-star tribute concert for Bennington last October in Los Angeles but has not announced any future plans for recording or touring.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan told Beats One in a new interview that there are vast amounts of previously unreleased music from the band in the archives that he’s excited to finally release thanks to the strength of both vinyl and digital music sales.

Corgan explained, “I’m really excited by the re-rise of the vinyl record shop and the fact that there is there is this beautiful balance now between vinyl releases and streaming services. We’re going to just start unloading the archives — and we have archives for decades.”

Asked about the extent of the archive, Corgan replied, “You can’t even imagine,” while drummer Jimmy Chamberlin added that there were “hundreds of songs,” all in a finished state.

Corgan remarked, “It’s insane how much work there is. We could literally never record another song and have a release every two months for the next 20 years. Easy. There’s alternate versions, there’s live versions, there’s acoustic versions. So we’re going to actually kill people with content.”

Before digging into the vaults, the Pumpkins will release a new album titled Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun on November 16th. The eight-song LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

That’s a wrap, have a great day everyone!

Monday, Sep 17, 2018

Good morning Radicals! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Great way to kick off the week, new music from Avenged Sevenfold! They teased us over the weekend, and the whole track is now here. It was recorded for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4! A7X fans know this isn’t the first song the band has recorded for the Call of Duty franchise: the included the song “Carry On” in CoD: Black Ops 2.

Five Finger Death Punch has released the music video for the song “When The Seasons Change.” The clip is dedicated to police officers and first responders around the world, in particular U.S. Army veteran and Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, who lost his life in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting when he used his own body to shield and save others from the hail of bullets.

Five Finger Death Punch has long supported veteran and law enforcement entities, recently donating some $95,000 of the ticket sales from its summer North American tour to Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.

Singer Ivan Moody told us that he wrote the lyrics to “When The Seasons Change” about his daughters: ”That song was actually written about two of my children. One of them is my eldest, and one of them is my youngest. And they both are beautiful women, but on different paths entirely. That’s what ‘Seasons Change’ is about — just the things that come in day-to-day life for them. So ‘Seasons Change’ was very personal. I love that song.”

“When The Seasons Change” is taken from the latest Five Finger Death Punch Album, And Justice For None, which arrived last May. The band will launch another leg of its co-headlining run with Breaking Benjamin later this fall.

Nine Inch Nails performed its 1992 EP Broken in its entirety during the kickoff concert of the band’s “Cold and Black and Infinite” tour at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The group kicked off the 22-song set with the EP from front to back, including the Grammy-winning “Happiness In Slavery,” which has not been performed live since December 1995.

Other tracks from Broken, including “Last” and a cover of Adam & The Ants‘ “Physical (You’re So)” also received their first live airing in nearly a decade. The show also included classic like “March Of The Pigs,” “Head Like A Hole” and “Hurt.”

Nine Inch Nails is touring in support of Bad Witch, the third in a trio of EPs that included 2017′s Add Violence and 2016′s Not The Actual Events. The trek next stops at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on Tuesday (September 18th).

Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recently composed the score for Mid90s, a new film coming out later this year that will mark the directing debut of actor Jonah Hill. They are also scoring a film called Waves from director Trey Edward Shults. The pair previously collaborated on acclaimed, award-winning scores forThe Social NetworkGone GirlThe Girl with the Dragon TattooPatriots Day and Before The Flood, as well as Ken Burns’ series The Vietnam War.

The Smashing Pumpkins will release a new album titled Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun on November 16th through frontman William Corgan‘s own Martha’s Music label. The eight-song LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

The band has also released the second single from the album, called “Silvery Sometime (Ghosts),” along with a lyric video for the track. A full music video has just been shot and will arrive soon. The new cut follows up the first song issued from the record, “Solara.”

Other tracks on the disc include “Knights Of Malta,” “Travels,” “Alienation,” “Marchin’ On,” “With Sympathy” and “Seek And You Shall Destroy.”

Last week the Pumpkins wrapped their “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour,” which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and the first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole. European dates are on deck for later this fall, as well as a special 30th anniversary performance in the band’s hometown of Chicago.

Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has revealed to the Des Moines Register that the band is working on an 10th anniversary reissue of its fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone, that will feature bonus material. Crahan also hinted that the band is planning a potential 20th anniversary celebration for its 1999 major label debut. While he used to look at anniversary projects with disdain, Crahan admitted, “Now I can look at it and go, ‘Wow. The fans need to see this.’”

That’s the Dirt! Have a great day!

Monday, Sep 24

Fight against the Monday blues with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Lou is joined every night this week by featured artist Metallica! Special guest Disturbed is here to talk about their new album! It’s a new SMASH or CRASH showdown with Devour the Day vs. Monster Truck! Call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11!

Friday, Sep 21

Finally it’s Friday, and you can kick back with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! The new album from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, “Living the Dream,” is out today, and Slash is here to celebrate! Never one to slouch on a Friday, Lou has special guest Metallica tonight as well! Lzzy Hale returns to answer your queries in Ask Lzzy! Call in your questions at 877-MUSIC-11!

Thursday, Sep 20

The award-winning Lou Brutus is your personal rock guide on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Slash is here to share a missed opportunity with Lou! Special guest Parkway Drive returns for some hang time! If your neighbor won’t stop buzzing your house with his drone, call the XL Shoutbox at 877-MUSIC-11!