Formed in late 2014 in South Wales, Punk Rock Factory (Peej- vocals, guitar, Benj- bass, vocals, Ryan- guitar and Kob- drums, vocals), combine everything you love about 1990s/2000s punk rock, and reimagine classic and hit songs like you’ve never heard them before. From Meat Loaf to Disney, nothing is off-limits to them.
The band rehearse, write, record, mix, master and film everything themselves in one dedicated space that they affectionately call ‘The Sausage Factory’ and have no problem bringing friends along either. To date Punk Rock Factory has had singers from bands such as Protest the Hero, Bowling for Soup, Mest, Rufio, Belvedere, Ten Foot Pole and more, provide guest vocals on tracks. Firmly cementing themselves as a punk rock household name.
On the new album, Punk Rock Factory takes on 21 classic TV theme songs including, Arthur, Power Rangers, Saved By The Bell, The Flintstones, Goof Troop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon and many more.
The band says, “All these TV themes hold a special place in our hearts as we grew up watching them all, and to get the chance to give them the PRF treatment is something really special for us. So grab your cereal, sit down in front of the TV and lets get strapped in… The adventure begins 30th July.”
Streaming Video Industry trade association OTT.X seeks nominations for original online programming that inspires positive action and promotes acceptance and equality.
OTT.X, the industry trade association supporting the OTT streaming ecosystem, has opened submissions for the second annual OTT.X Impact Awards. The OTT.X Impact Awards is a program created by and for the over-the-top streaming industry to recognize creators, producers, platforms and channels who are using the power of streaming video to make a positive impact. Submissions are being accepted from June 23 through September 30, 2021 for audio visual works that premiere and are distributed through OTT channels and platforms. Nominations will be announced on November 9 and winners will be announced at the Impact Awards Ceremony to be held on December 9, 2021.
“Our industry has the attention of millions of people globally,” said Mark Fisher, OTT.X President and CEO. “The stories we tell, messages we send and truths we reveal have the power to change the world. Using this power to promote understanding, acceptance, equality and to inspire positive action is a responsibility that OTT.X and our membership are committed to.” Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media and OTT.X Impact Awards Steering Committee Chair commented, “As streaming transforms the entertainment landscape it also democratizes video content distribution. This allows for more programs that focus on social justice, equality, kindness and compassion.”
The inaugural OTT.X Impact Awards was held virtually on December 10, 2020 and recognized three winners including Here Media’s “Girls Voices Now – ‘Not Quite Here, Not Quite There’” for Impactful Short Title, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s “Going From Broke’ for Impactful Series, and Passion River’s “Intelligent Lives” for Impactful Full-Length Feature. To apply, visit: Visit https://www.entmerch.org/impact-awards/
Marvel Entertainment and Orbis Blockchain Technologies Limited, a digital collectibles company operating the VeVe Digital Collectibles App, announced today a new collaboration to launch a global digital collectibles experience for millions of Marvel fans and collectors around the world in the coming months. For the first time, fans will be able to purchase and interact with official Marvel NFT digital collectibles, 3D statues, and digital comic books through mixed reality on VeVe’s groundbreaking app platform.
Available on iOS and Android, the VeVe Digital Collectibles App brings fandom directly to fans wherever they are by offering a rich collecting experience. Through the VeVe Digital Collectibles App, fans can buy and collect a variety of Marvel NFTs; trade and hunt for rare (and even secret-rare) NFT comic books and collectibles; and display their hard-earned collection through fully customizable virtual showrooms.
Users will be able to purchase Gems (VeVe’s in-app currency) with their credit card via in-app payments and will have the ability to cash out Gems. With Gems, users can buy official Marvel NFTs or buy and sell Marvel NFT collectibles with others in VeVe’s secondary marketplace, creating a simple and accessible Marvel digital collectible experience for every type of Marvel fan.
“Since the beginning, collecting has always gone hand in hand with being a Marvel fan,” said Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment. “Like us, VeVe understands collecting is about the experience just as much as the product, and we look forward to extending that experience for our fans over the years to come.”
“Today, we’re seeing more fans than ever gravitate toward their screens,” said David Yu, Co-Founder & CEO, VeVe. “Fans want to watch and post about their favorite characters, talk about them on social media, and find ways to interact with these characters however they can. The VeVe Digital Collectibles App takes that idea of collecting to the next level by embodying that element of fun while also making the growing trend of NFT digital collectibles accessible for everyone.”
Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime has announced GUN HONEY, a new 4-part crime comic series written by Charles Ardai, the Edgar and Shamus award winner and co-founder of Hard Case Crime, with art by Ang Hor Kheng. Issue #1 launches September 15, 2021 with covers by superstar artist Bill Sienkiewicz and legendary movie poster artist Robert McGinnis.
Praised by comic creators Max Allan Collins (Ms. Tree), Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey), GUN HONEY is a story about weapons supplier Joanna Tan, the best in the world at providing the perfect weapon at the perfect moment. But when a gun she smuggles into a high-security prison leads to the escape of a brutal criminal, the U.S. government gives her an ultimatum: track him down or spend the rest of her life in a cell.
In addition to Sienkiewicz and McGinnis, the comic will feature stunning covers across the series from fantastic artists including Adam Hughes, Kendrick Lim, Jay Anacleto, Chris Wahl, Fay Dalton, Andrea Camerini, and more.
“Gun Honey is a project I’ve been working on ever since we launched Hard Case Crime Comics five years ago, and I’m thrilled to finally get to share it with readers,” said Charles Ardai. “Anyone who loves Modesty Blaise or Alias or Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s Kill Bill will be drawn to Joanna Tan’s story the same way I was, and anyone who loves great comic book art will be floored by Ang Hor Kheng’s stunning debut.”
GUN HONEY is the latest title from Titan’s acclaimed Hard Case Crime comics imprint, whose recent publications have included Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla by award-winning author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler; explosive manga Ryuko by Eldo Yoshimizu; the multi-volume complete Ms. Tree collection by Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins; and adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling Girl With The Dragon Tattoo novels.
Gun Honey #1 will hit stores and digital devices on September 15, 2021. Fans will be able to pre-order in the US from their local comic shop, in the UK/Europe from Forbidden Planet, and digitally.
Ed returns with his brand new single ‘Bad Habits’ this Friday, marking his official return to music after a two-year hiatus.
There will be a YouTube premiere for the music video at 5am BST. Taking to Twitter to share the visual, the singer wrote “this was a lot of fun to shoot, apart from the jumping off a building bit x”.
To celebrate the release of ‘Bad Habits’ there will be a digitally animated version of the artwork activated on release. It will see the CD cover come to life via your phone through an AR experience.
Last month, Sheeran performed ‘Bad Habits’ live for the first time, which kicked off a week-long residency on The Late Late Show With James Corden. In his interview with Corden, Sheeran spoke about why he stays at Courteney Cox’s house whenever he visits Los Angeles, among others.
Watch the official music video for “Bad Habits” below and his vampire transformation.
In the sci-fi thriller, Russell (AJ Bowen – You’re Next, The Signal) is a driver in Los Angeles who’s reeling from a series of bad decisions. While his life seems to be caught in a downward spiral, a business proposition from an alluring but enigmatic passenger named Charlotte (Sophie Dalah – Unbroken, Dead Night) proves too good to turn down. A simple ride turns deadly, catapulting Russell into an even darker place, but Charlotte may be the key to a second chance he thought he’d never have… if he can make it through the night.
Surprising at every turn and with a wickedly dark sense of humor, directors Meghan Leon’s and Bradford Baruh’s Night Drive is an unforgettably shocking ride-along with a seemingly normal man and the most abnormal of passengers.
Produced by Bradford Baruh & Megan Leon, the film is distributed by Dark Sky Films.
Lil Baby will embark on a nationwide tour with Lil Durk performing hits off their recent collaborative album, The Voice of the Heroes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Produced by Live Nation, the fall tour will kick off on September 1st in Mansfield, MA at the Xfinity Center making stops in New Orleans, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, before wrapping up in West Palm Beach, FL on October 15th at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, June 25th at 10am local time on LiveNation.com.
Grammy-nominated Lil Baby has been one of the most dominant and critically-acclaimed names in rap since his first release in 2017. In February 2020 he released My Turn, which entered The Billboard 200 at #1, hovered in the Top 5 for 14 weeks, and then returned to #1 in June for four consecutive weeks. The album was the #1 streamed and #1 selling album of any genre in 2020. Lil Baby is as authentic as they come; at just 26 years old, he is unapologetically himself, speaking his truth in his lyrics and that connects him to listeners like no other. Last June as the nation protested, Lil Baby dropped a powerful record “The Bigger Picture,” articulating frustration, confusion, and a call to stand up for something much bigger than himself.
The world outside your window…is about to end. This September, New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (X-Men: Red, All-New Wolverine) will team up with Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Iban Coello (Venom, Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade) for a thrilling new vision of the Marvel Universe in DARK AGES.
Foreshadowed in last year’s Free Comic Book Day: X-Men and in today’s series of mysterious teasers, this highly anticipated limited series will see heroes from every corner of the Marvel Universe unite against a new threat – and fail. Their defeat will usher in an exciting new age full of heartbreaking loss and unimaginable stakes. As the world is remade, fans will meet fascinating new versions of their favorite heroes as they fight to overcome insurmountable odds and restore hope to the universe.
“I’m excited to team up with the brilliant Iban Coello on one of the most epic stories I’ve ever been involved in,” said Taylor. “Marvel’s Dark Ages is a story unlike any we’ve told before. And it all begins with the shocking revelation of what the Watcher has been watching for. A danger older than the Earth threatens everything. And for once, the heroes who have saved the planet time and again find themselves almost completely powerless in the face of it. X-Men and Avengers will assemble. Spider-people and the Fantastic Four will come together. Heroes for Hire will fight alongside Champions. But none of it will be enough. The lights are about to go out… forever.”
Surfaces is a Texas-based duo comprised of Forrest Frank and Colin Padalecki. The band formed in 2017, with Forrest manning vocals and production, and Colin handling writing and arrangements, they released their debut album later that year titled Surf. Within a year of partnering, Surfaces’ music began to take off, connecting with fans around the world who found something special in the band’s blend of buoyant production and “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” energy. The enthusiastic response led to two more self-made albums, Where the Light Is (2019) and Horizons (2020), and launched them into global stardom.
The band soared to new heights in 2020 with their global smash hit “Sunday Best” – the double-platinum-certified single peaked at #9 at Top 40 Pop radio, #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and surpassed 2 billion global streams. The song led to performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and The TODAY Show. 2020 also saw the duo collaborate with one of their idols, Sir Elton John on the anthemic single “Learn to Fly.”
Following their breakout year, the group headed to Malibu to work on new music, where they were inspired by the ethereal feeling the Pacific coast gave them, resulting in their captivating new single “Wave of You.” The song gives fans the first taste of what’s to come from the rising hit-makers.
With Special Guests Verzache, khai dreams, and Public Library Commute, tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at 10am Local On LiveNation.com
Black Pumas just made their triumphant hometown return to live music with a historic sold-out five-night stand at Austin’s Stubb’s BBQ, the city’s first full-capacity shows since March of 2020. “It was a moment of catharsis long overdue,” Rolling Stone wrote in a feature about the shows. Today the Grammy-nominated duo announces an extensive 2021-2022 tour across the U.S., the UK, and Europe. The tour includes four nights at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel in September – 3 already sold-out and the fourth going fast – Los Angeles’ Performance Venue at Hollywood Park, and multiple shows in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Denver.
Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale beginning Friday, June 11th at 10am Local Time HERE.
Black Pumas have also been announced on 2021 festival lineups including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, BottleRock Napa Valley, Ohana Fest in Dana Point, CA, Atlanta’s Music Midtown and more. All tour dates are below and tickets are available HERE.
Catch Black Pumas performing on the Tamron Hall Show this Tuesday, June 8 on ABC.
Including 4 Nights At NYC’s Brooklyn Steel, Los Angeles’ Performance Venue At Hollywood Park, Multiple Shows In Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, tickets for new dates on sale starting Friday, June 11 At 10am Local Time here. Festival Appearances At Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bottlerock Napa Valley, Ohana Fest, Music Midtown, More. Performing on the Tamron Hall Show This Tuesday, June 8