NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – New Rock and Metal Releases 3.29.24

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Primus Book US Summer Tour Dates with Coheed And Cambria

Primus and Coheed And Cambria are teaming up for an extensive Summer Tour, kicking off in Redding, CA on Friday, July 12th. Support comes from Guerilla Toss, Too Many Zooz, and Fishbone. The tour will follow Sessanta, a series of unique performances featuring Primus, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, celebrating the 60th birthday of Maynard James Keenan. Primus has also announced a limited run of headlining dates for the summer, including stops in Asheville, NC, Memphis, TN, and Austin, TX. Keep reading below for full details.
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Puscifer Share New Live Video for “The Humbling” and Release Live Concert Recording

Global Probing, Puscifer’s recent streaming concert film, has been made available to rent or buy via iTunes and The accompanying “Global Probing” soundtrack is also available through various streaming services, and as a limited edition vinyl. In promotion of the release, the band have also just shared “The Humbling” live video. Check it out in the article below.


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Filmed at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Ariz., Global Probing captures the Puscifer live experience, with the band seamlessly merging their music with an assortment of eye-popping visuals and sketches featuring Pusciverse characters Agent Dick Merkin and Billy D.


Global Probing should serve to dispel any deep state rumors that Puscifer, a.k.a. Pusciforce, are actually a super-secret government agency, posing as a Rock Music Band, searching for alien life forms living among us,” says Special Agent Dick Merkin.

But seriously,” adds Maynard James Keenan, “we’re just a Rock Band. Seriously.”


Limited-edition Global Probing vinyl, and a themed-collection of merch, can be found on the website.


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Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of four full-length studio albums: V is for …[2007], Conditions of My Parole [2011], Money $hot [2015], and Existential Reckoning [2020] — in addition to a series of EPs and remixes. Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Carina Round, the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards, Gunnar Olsen, Juliette Commagere as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more. Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first used the name “Puscifer.” Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores. They’ve brought their unique live experience to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.


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Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Primus Announce New and Final Dates to 2024 U.S. Sessanta Tour


Sessanta, the tour featuring Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, and Primus joining forces, and sharing band members for a wholly unique concert experience, have announced an additional eight, and final, dates to their previously announced 2024 U.S. Tour, with the trek now making its way to the Northeastern U.S. as well as Chicago, Detroit and Kansas City.

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Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, and Primus Team Up for “Sessanta” Tour Dates

Sessanta, an untraditional tour that sees Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, and Primus joining forces, and sharing band members, is slated for April of 2024. The Western U.S. outing is a resurrection, and expansion, of the 2014 Los Angeles event, Cinquanta, which was originally a one-time only celebration. Much like that fabled evening, which commemorated Maynard James Keenan’s landmark 50th birthday, Sessanta celebrates the Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman as he turns 60. Sessanta’s unique format sees the musicians from the trio of bands joining each other’s performances throughout the concert. While each group will have their own distinctive set, the players will continually transform as the night unfolds.

“It took some massaging, and some long days in rehearsal, but we managed to seamlessly pull off this three-song rotation at Cinquanta, my 50th birthday shows, at The Greek Theatre in 2014,” says Keenan of the seven-date run that also sees A Perfect Circle’s first live performances since 2018. “Bands aren’t used to simultaneously sharing the stage with other bands, but if anyone can do it, it’s Primus, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer.”


Tickets are on-sale this Friday, Sept. 15, with VIP options available via

Sessanta dates:


April 17 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre


April 18 San Diego, CA The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park


April 20 Los Angeles, CA The Hollywood Bowl


April 21 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre


April 23 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center


April 25 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre


April 26 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre


Puscifer – photo credit: Travis Shinn

A Perfect Circle – photo credit: Paul Harris

Primus – photo courtesy of artist




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Maynard James Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards to Open Hilltop Winery & Trattoria, and Caduceus Cellars Hilltop Facility and VSC Ventura Room


Winemaker Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscife, a perfect circle) and the team behind Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards invite people to experience the Verde Valley as never before, with the Oct. 6. Opening of the Merkin Vineyards Hilltop Winery & Trattoria, and Caduceus Cellars Hilltop Facility and VSC Ventura Room.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Download Festival 2023 Part 2, Live at Castle Donnington


Saturday, and as will be of no surprise to anyone, it was pretty damn hot today too, people were noticeably moving much slower through the arena, and people were checking their phones for the forecast of tomorrow’s storm with excitement.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Download Festival 2023 Part 1, Live at Castle Donnington


After hearing horror stories about the queues I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the hollow turn of Donington for Download Festival 2023, and was parked up within 10 minutes. Not to dismiss the stories is it close the rather excellent download festival app a tool which I would find invaluable during my visit constantly advising incoming travellers of reach to avoid owing to congestion.Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival, Live at Crew Stadium Part 1


Sonic Temple Art And Music Festival returned to Columbus, Ohio for the first time after taking three gap years.

Let’s begin with a little context. The inaugural instance of Sonic Temple was in 2019. Leading up to the event, festival promoter Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) had discontinued an arrangement with AEG Presents to jointly produce Rock On The Range, the festival in Columbus, Ohio that Sonic Temple replaced. So, Sonic Temple needed to be different enough from Rock On The Range to dispel any raised eyebrows about the move. DWP also broke off ties at about the same time with AEG for their jointly created Carolina Rebellion festival and started a new one in its place called Epicenter. While those moves might have been sound business decisions, it still turned out to be a tough year for DWP festivals.

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