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Monday, September 12 2016 22:12

Watch: BELL BIV DEVOE - "Run"

I might be known as "The Rock Father" now, but let me tell you - I went through some years in the late 80s were I was really into New Edition and the various spin-off projects that its members embarked on, one of which is BELL BIV DEVOE. And I still dig 'em. Now, it's been around fifteen years since we've had new music from Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe, but earlier this summer they emerged with a new track called "Run," and today they video hit the streets. Borrowing a sample from the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize," which technically also samples Herb Alpert's "Rise" (the soundtrack to many visits to the grocery store as a child). The 90s nostalgia wave is real, the BBD makes a welcome return with this one - a clip that also pays tribute to RUN-DMC, and features a nod to their own "Poison" as well. Check it out...

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Back in high school, the "Seattle Sound" was a huge part of my soundtrack (some of my friends and I thought that the Quad Cities - where I lived at the time - was "the next Seattle"), and one of the bands that was at the center of that was one of the most mysterious... Temple of the Dog. A supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam), Temple of the Dog released one album in 1991 and never toured, though both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam exploded. Now, 25 years later, the band has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990. Upon receiving the news, I immediately visited my archives here at Rock Father HQ and found that my Temple of the Dog CD has gone missing... so it may have to be replaced.

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When it comes to Industrial Music, I like mine best with a certain level of crunch to the guitars - where the sonic differences between and man (instrumentation) and machine (electronica) blend to just the right level. At some point in the mid-late 90s, that's when that style peaked - a time when I'd be cranking bands like 16 Volt, Sister Machine Gun, etc. One band I missed at the time was CIRCLE OF DUST, a project of Klayton, who later went onto CELLDWELLER fame. Now it's time to catch-up, as CIRCLE OF DUST is back, with their five original albums being reissued in bonus-heavy editions, one every eight weeks beginning March 4th, and it ends with a brand-new CoD album waiting at the end. With that announcement comes the first new music from CIRCLE OF DUST in nearly 20 years, "Contagion" - a song that perfectly captures that vintage vibe... a lot like FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY's MILLENNIUM, actually.

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gnr125By now, you've no doubt seen the news that GUNS N' ROSES would be headlining the annual COACHELLA Music & Arts Festival - something 100% confirmed when all the related social media accounts posted the full lineup and GNR-centric artwork yesterday. What we didn't have was confirmation on exactly who would be in the 2016 GUNS N' ROSES lineup, and technically - we still don't know the entire thing. What we do know is that AXL ROSE, SLASH and DUFF McKAGAN are together again, and the official press release hit my inbox earlier this evening. Here's what they sent out...

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On October 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK, a full performance available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital formats. Previously available only in the RATM box set, this set includes a dozen RAGE classics performed live in the UK back in 2010. While pre-orders won't go up until September 11, check out "Killing in the Name" below!

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If you live here in the 'States, there's a pretty solid chance that if you're familiar with the band SPACE, you know them from one song only - their 1996 single, "Female of the Species." The retro vibe of that song tapped into the moment - a time when audiences were embracing the 60's, and nothing solidified that more than its remixed inclusion on the soundtrack for AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY in 1997. SPIDERS, the album from which that single came, became one of my favorite albums of the 90s, and while SPACE became popular in their UK home (and elsewhere in the world), like many great bands, their audience in the U.S. just never materialized in the way that it should have. Eager for the release of their next album, TIN PLANET, I was disappointed when it didn't receive a proper Stateside release (it since has), and SPACE became a mystery whose music was hard to track down in those early days of the internet boom, with the geographic availability paired with a hard-to-search name making less-savory outlets the only place to dig for treasure until the 2005 release of a 2-Disc GREATEST HITS collection that paired songs from their first two albums with remixes and b-sides. You can imagine my surprise when an email arrived at Rock Father HQ this morning with a simple message: "SPACE are back!"

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