It should be no secret to readers of this site or those who know me well that FAITH NO MORE are my favorite band of all-time. If not for them, this site probably wouldn't exist (story here) - their presence felt daily (even my ringtone is "Absolute Zero"). The past few years have been a great time to be a FNM fan. They reactivated in 2009, released a new record in 2015, reissued Deluxe Editions of 1989's THE REAL THING and 1992's ANGEL DUST, and I was able to see them twice here in Chicago last year. Now comes news that following the August 19th "Deluxe Band Edition" of 1985's WE CARE A LOT being issued through Bill Gould's Kool Arrow Records, Rhino will issue Deluxe Editions of 1995's KING FOR A DAY... FOOL FOR A LIFETIME and 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR, each remastered and packed with bonus material. Available on September 9 and up for pre-order now, you can see the tracklistings below...

I still remember the first time I saw KISS - it was on television, probably around 1980 or so, and I was at my cousin's house. I thought they were bizarre - but I was only four or so, and my mastery of The Force knowledge of rock was still a long way off. Decades later, KISS still puts on a Hell of a show, and on August 26th a new concert film is bringing them back into our homes with the Eagle Rock Entertainment release of KISS ROCKS VEGAS - available in several configurations, including the audio-only on vinyl, digital and CD. Today comes an extended clip of "Rock and Roll All Nite" - check it out!

Wednesday, July 20 2016 21:59

Covered: GRAVEL KINGS x NIRVANA "Come As You Are"

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I've certainly been responsible for playing more than a few NIRVANA covers over the years, albeit ones that no one has heard in a public setting since probably the late 1990s. That said, I'm always interested in hearing others put their stamp on one of my favorite bands, and I've come across plenty - many good, many bad. Today comes a pretty good one courtesy of the GRAVEL KINGS, a Florida band with a new EP in the pipeline. Check out "Come As You Are" below, and look for LURE to hit the streets on September 9, 2016.

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.

Tuesday, July 19 2016 23:07

Listen: THE PRETTY RECKLESS - "Take Me Down"

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I've been writing about Taylor Momsen and THE PRETTY RECKLESS for over five years already, going back to their debut album back in 2011. This week, in what seems to thematically follow 2014's GOING TO HELL, comes the first single from the band's third album (due this fall), "Take Me Down." It's a true rocker, and the cover art speaks volumes... we've all been there, those times when you make a deal with a "Devil" of sorts. Give it a listen...

It's an election year, and that means the time is right for some politically-charged music to provide a soundtrack for the madness. Born from that alignment is PROPHETS OF RAGE, the recent collaboration between members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL. As the Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland, the band is planning to shake things up, and provided the schedule stays on-target, my newly-minted West Coast Contributing Editor Rob Evanoff will be on the ground in Cleveland to witness the chaos first hand. Ahead of their performance comes the studio version of their self-titled anthem, "Prophets of Rage" - check it out...

If you're ready for some new guitar-shredding, country-infused Americana, Texas guitarist, singer/songwriter JESSE DAYTON has something for you... THE REVEALER. Out September 16 via Blue Elan Records (pre-orders should be up soon), the album was recorded in Houston at SugarHill Studios, with DAYTON performing guitar, bass, percussion, and keys, as well as singing his own harmonies. He’s assisted by childhood buddy Eric Tucker, Mike Stinson, and Eric Hughes on drums, and Austin ringers Riley Osbourne (piano and B3) and Beth Chrisman (fiddle). Evans and engineer Steve Christensen, a Grammy Award winner for his engineering work on Steve Earle’s 2009 Grammy nominated album Townes, round out DAYTON’s dream team. “John and I go way back to our days in Houston,” DAYTON explains, “and once we got in the studio it felt like the ghosts of Freddy Fender, George Jones, and Doug Sahm were in the room with us. They all recorded massive hits there with Huey Meaux and there’s just such a powerful vibe. You’re surrounded by all this Texas music history and that’s inspiring.”

I'd forgotten that it was just over 20 years ago that I purchased SOUNDGARDEN's 1996 LP, DOWN ON THE UPSIDE, but tonight a press release hit my inbox to remind me - complete with news that the Grammy Award-winning Seattle rockers will soon release a 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue, alongside a fresh pressing of their 1989 album, LOUDER THAN LOVE. Check out the details below...

On July 15, Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS hits theaters, and as the film picks up steam, more GB-goodness has been oozing out like Ectoplasm upon the masses. Today comes another piece of the film's original soundtrack, "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" - an update to Ray Parker Jr.'s classic GHOSTBUSTERS theme, this time performed by FALL OUT BOY featuring MISSY ELLIOTT. While I dig the tune, I'm partial to some other GHOSTBUSTERS covers out there (to be fair, this is more "inspired-by" than a direct cover), many of which I've written about in the past - including those from the likes of MELO-M, HOOBASTANK and LEO MORACCHIOLI.  With #GhostbustersWeek coming to THE ROCK FATHER Magazine next month, you can bet we'll have a playlist in order. Check out FALL OUT BOY's new jam below!

The summer of 1996 was a strange time in my life... I was about six months into my return to Chicagoland after a four-year stint living in Iowa, performing in a band that was now long-distance, working a not-great job, and just about 12 months away from my first date with the woman whom I married to today. You remember things by the soundtrack, an part of my soundtrack that year was HOT, the breakthrough album by the SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS. On the CD shelves in my office here at Rock Father HQ, I still have my original copy of that album, along with some that followed, including PERENNIAL FAVORITES and CHRISTMAS CARAVAN (a modern Xmas classic). The "20th Anniversary Reissue" is a phenomenon that always serves to make me feel a tad more vintage, and that's what happened last night when the folks at Disney hit my inbox with news that HOT was getting the treatment, re-mastered with a bonus track called "The Puffer," and back on 180-gram vinyl for the first time in a long time. My interest was piqued, particularly by the vinyl - though I have to say I'm not as keen on the touring news that was also included in the email.

This month, IGGY POP: LIVE IN BASEL 2015 comes to theaters around the U.S. for a limited engagement as part of a global screening even from Rising Alternative. Here in Illinois, just two theaters are screening it, with Chicago's Music Box Theatre hosting the film on June 16 & 18, and the Cinemark Century 12 Evanston/CineArts 6 AND XD playing it on June 22. Check out a very brief trailer below, along with a full setlist from the concert film. For cities and dates for a screening near you, click here.

As a noted "Cover Song Enthusiast," I like to feature some creative covers here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine from time to time, along with in my curated Spotify Playlists - with COVERED now spanning Three Volumes (I, II, III). The past few years and the rise of YouTube have brought forth a number of "Cover Stars" as well, sort of picking up the torch from bands like ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES and absolutely running with it. One such artist is Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios in Norway, someone you've likely seen since his videos go viral with increasing frequency (he's a fellow "Rock Father," too). One of his more recent cuts is this cover of Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out," and I'm featuring it today.

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