As I approached the iconic marquee in front of The Metro in Chicago last night, I realized something: I hadn't been to a show there in a very long time. During the mid-late 90s (and even into the early 00s), The Metro was a regular haunt for me - a place to check a host of metal, industrial, punk, hardcore and alternative shows. I saw bands like ACUMEN NATION and SMASHING PUMPKINS on that stage, took my wife to see MR. BUNGLE there, and saw countless, no-name local thrashers who would eventually disappear back into the shadows from which they came.

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Doh! It's time for another Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway... For Grownups, here on The Rock Father. On December 3, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release THE SIMPSONS: Season 16 on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the release and spread a little holiday cheer, Fox Connect and The Rock Father are getting one lucky reader hooked up with the Blu-ray Box Set!

Wednesday, November 20 2013 21:46

REVEREND HORTON HEAT's new album REV is coming...

On January 21, 2014, Chicago's Victory Records will release REV, the eleventh studio album from one of my favorite artists, the REVEREND HORTON HEAT. Today, pre-order packages for the new album and merch went live, and a video was released with an inside look at the Rev's Gretsch Signature Guitar. And while you can win one of the Rev's new Christmas Sweaters right here on The Rock Father, you can grab one of those at Victory, too if you're so inclined.

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Awol Banner 155x114On November 19th. Red Bull Records will release the newly-expanded 2-Disc MEGALITHIC SYMPHONY Limited Edition Deluxe from AWOLNATION. To celebrate the release, AWOLNATION has teamed up with several websites - including THE ROCK FATHER - to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a ridiculously awesome prize pack that includes a new iPad, a Guitar for iPad accessory, and a Megalithic Bundle (2CD set, "Sail" Borgore Remix, Digital files, Exclusive t-shirt, Autographed litho, and a Vinyl LP). You want it don't you? It would also make a fantastic Holiday Gift for that special AWOLNATION fan in your life...

I think that GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus is contemplating becoming a parent. After reading GOODNIGHT MOON to mixed results recently, seemingly out-of-nowhere comes THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF GWAR, a new GWARtoon cartoon over at Funny or Die. In the nine-minute short film, Orderus becomes a children's performer... breaking out the acoustic guitar for some kindie rock action, which is oddly appropriate here on The Rock Father. Now, keep in mind... this is GWAR we're talking about here, and despite an appearance by "Weird Al" Yankovic, this cartoon is being featured in my "For Grownups" section because it's definitely not safe for the kids, and it's probably not safe for work (unless you work somewhere really cool). Enjoy...

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NOAHUntil a link hit my inbox this evening, I was unaware of the massive spectacle that filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN) had been crafting for the past two years...

Based on the best-selling book, THE BIBLENOAH is the cinematic adaptation of the story of Noah, "the world's only righteous man," as he takes on "a divine mission to build a massive ark to save his family and all of creation before the impending rains fall and the flood waters rise." It's the big budget telling of Noah's Ark starring Russell Crowe as the title character, with Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, Emma Watson as Ila, and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah. Check out the trailer below. NOAH is set for release by Paramount Pictures on March 28, 2014.

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