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I have an extreme love for HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, so when word arrived that HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 was a real deal - I was sold. Originally scheduled for release this past Christmas, the movie is now being released on February 20, 2015 via Paramount Pictures, and the first single from the soundtrack is almost hard to believe. If you've seen the R-Rated "red band" trailer, then you've already heard the catchy little jingle that Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry throw down for Clark Duke... a little something about being "a f***ing nerd." Well, OK GO - known for doing family-friendly tunes with THE MUPPETS have made that song into a ridiculously catchy jam that will be hard to play for anyone but grownups. Hear the single below, but keep the kids away...

The summer music festival season in the U.S. has a new player next year as the crew from Townsquare Media has announced the launch of the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL at Jam Ranch near Grand Junction, CO. The three-day fest will debut June 26, 27, and 28 with GRAMMY-winning rockers LINKIN PARK announced as the first of three daily headliners. While the rest of the lineup is still TBA, the festival organizers promise a mix of "some of the world’s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock--hard, classic, alternative, metal and indie--performing across three stages."

Saturday, November 01 2014 22:21

R.I.P. WAYNE STATIC of STATIC-X (1965-2014)

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Well this is unexpected and sad. WAYNE STATIC has died. My friend Tom George (with whom I've been doing a fitness challenge) has been handling Wayne's PR via FiXT Publicity, and issued the following statement:

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - there's nothing like sitting back with a pumpkin beer in-hand, the smell of the cool autumn breeze coming through the windows, and the sweet sound of SLAYER blaring from the speakers of the hi-fi in October. I love SLAYER, so when two press releases relating to the metal titans landed here on the same day, I knew a post was in order. First-up, the band is in Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood right now, working on their new album, and a sneak-preview video has arrived via Scion A/V, who soon release a new track by the band...

Back in 1966, Napoleon XIV released a sonic oddity called "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" - a song that has often emerged during the Halloween season as a bizarre addition to the spooky, seasonal playlist. While it's popularity has dwindled over the years, the BUTCHER BABIES have brought it back for 2014, metalizing it for their recent covers EP, UNCOVERED (released via Century Media). For 31 Days of Halloween this year, I'm adding it to the playlist, fueled by the release of their new, slasher-eque music video. See it below, but don't show the kids!

FOO FIGHTERS have been all about Chicago lately, rocking The Cubby Bear this past Friday to celebrate the debut of their HBO mini-series, SONIC HIGHWAYS - a series rooted in Chicago, with Dave Grohl's first concert having taken place at The Cubby Bear (it was NAKED RAYGUN). Now, ahead of the November release of their new album (pre-order on Amazon or iTunes), the official video for "Something From Nothing" has arrived - combining traditional music video performance with the typography seen in so many lyric videos of late. See it below...

When I bestowed a perfect 5/5 rating upon DEMON HUNTER's phenomenal new record, EXTREMIST back in March, I pegged the album's closer as a potential new addition to my seasonal playlist for Fall - deeming "Heart of a Graveyard" a "poppy, yet spooky surprise." For Day 15 of 31 Days of Halloween, I'm making good on that, highlighting a song that probably wasn't written with the sinister season in mind, but one that just fits so well. Stream "Heart of a Graveyard" below, and be sure to grab EXTREMIST(Amazon | iTunes) - out now on Solid State Records. 

WWE AmbassadorOn October 28, 2K Games will release the much-anticipated WWE 2K15, the latest game to feature the WWE Superstars and Divas in all of their digital glory. While the game hits just in-time for Halloween, fans won't have to wait quite as long to get a taste of the bangin' soundtrack - one curated by WWE Superstar John Cena, who also graces the cover of the game. Set for release on October 21st, pre-orders have just gone live on iTunes, with the full tracklisting revealed this morning on twitter by Cena himself. Take a look...

For the past few years, the crew over at Roma Music Group has been releasing lullaby albums based on the biggest names in music through their Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star line - a collection that I've covered extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER. What had been flying under my radar until recently is a line of tributes they've been releasing by the MIDNITE STRING QUARTET. Now, string tributes are nothing new, but the library that Roma has assembled here is impressive. Already, they have releases based around DEFTONES, METALLICA, PANTERA, SLIPKNOT, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and more - with albums based on the works of ADELE, PARAMORE, FALL OUT BOY, PANIC AT THE DISCO, RADIOHEAD and more due out within the next few weeks. Take a look at the rundown of what's out, all available on iTunes and Amazon.

After emerging from hiatus last year with a new album that was recorded in secret, FALL OUT BOY has kept listeners engaged with a constant stream of videos and live dates. Now, the band has sprung yet another surprise, with the announcement of a new single called "Centuries" that will arrive digitally this Tuesday... or perhaps even Monday, September 8th in some parts of the world. Pre-orders are up now on iTunes, which lists 9/9 as the official release date. Are you curious?

What a great day this has been. FAITH NO MORE, my favorite band of all-time, has officially announced that their first album since 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR will be released in April of 2015. This is HUGE news, and the first single will be released via Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28/14) when a limited-edition (5,000 copies) 7" vinyl of the song "Motherf**ker" hits the streets. Can I line up for this now?

I'm gonna hop in the DeLorean and take you back to an era well more than a decade ago at this point - an era where pop-punk reigned, with labels like Drive-Thru and Fearless cranking a steady output of Warped Tour-ready acts, and bands like NEW FOUND GLORY, BLINK-182, GOOD CHARLOTTE, SUM 41 and SIMPLE PLAN were topping the charts. Riding that wave were a ton of bands that never quite made the same impact, but on local and regional levels were carrying the torch high for melodic rock with anthemic, sing-along choruses. Here in Northern Illinois, I'd once crossed paths with a band called THE BRUCE CHI AFFAIR (I did a video for them), who later evolved into FINAL ROUND (who I also did a video for). FINAL ROUND was great at what they did, but like many bands, they hit a few snags with members both moving or even passing on (their late drummer D-Max even played with yours truly on an EP back in '04). Over the years, FINAL ROUND never really went away, but now they're officially back on the map with the release of IT ENDS WITH US BOTH RIGHT HERE, which hit iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp this week. Stream the full album below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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