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If you're a regular reader of this site, then you probably already know that FAITH NO MORE is not only my favorite band of all-time, but essentially the reason why I am who I am today. With their first album since 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR confirmed last September, today comes the official title, release date and tracklisting. On May 19, FAITH NO MORE will release SOL INVICTUS via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings. The release will arrive just days after wrapping up their first U.S. Tour in nearly 18 years - a tour I was lucky enough to snag tickets for during a much-frenzied pre-sale window. Check out the SOL INVICTUS tracklisting below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Last night, just as The 57th Grammys were getting rolling on CBS, I was stepping off a plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, just in from the Disney/ABC #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles. Had I jockeyed my schedule around, I could've stayed in L.A. a bit longer to attend the ceremony at the Staples Center (a couple offers had been extended), but there was just no way for it to work out. My personal relationship with the annual award show is a rocky one - loving it as a celebration of music on one hand, while looking at it as an extravagant relic of years' past on another - bestowing the coveted Gramophone trophy upon artists and releases that often are far from the "best," and sometimes miss-the-mark to create curiosities of legendary proportions (hat tip to JETHRO TULL, here). For the public (and even many artists), the "how" of these nominations and awards is often muddied by a lack of understanding as to the process of culling the nominees... which I will explain as simply as possible.

THE OFFSPRING sorta came out of nowhere today with the release of a brand-new single, "Coming For You." Streaming below in a "photo" video, the song is available direct from the band's webstore, along with iTunes, and should be available on all the usual digital retailers in the near future. THE OFFSPRING's next show announced takes place on April 4 in Tempe, AZ, and further tour dates have been promised...

This is the news I've been waiting for since FAITH NO MORE first reunited for their "Second Coming" shows that began in 2009...

FAITH NO MORE have announced their first North American Tour since 1997, and it's happening this April/May. At long last, the band will return to Chicago for a date at Concord Music Hall (5/7), and one way or another, I will be there. For those of you unfamiliar, not only is FNM my favorite band of all-time, but had it not been for them, my life could've taken an entirely different path. The reason? FAITH NO MORE were the first band to ever grant me an interview, and it happened back in 1992 when I was just 15 years old. In addition to the tour, the next single from their forthcoming new album has been revealed, with "Superhero" due out as a limited-edition 7" single on March 17, followed by a digital release on March 31...

When it comes to mashups, Austria's DJ SCHMOLLI is one of the best in the game, and as such I've written about his work on a few sites over the years (here's one of my favorites). This week, Schmolli places JAMES BROWN vs. MARK RONSON and BRUNO MARS for "American Uptown Funk," a mashup of the recent hit "Uptown Funk" and the 1985 classic, "Living in America" (ROCKY IV!). While the video was quickly up-and-down over at YouTube, Vimeo has a fresh version that you need to watch...

Update: Weiland says he just did vocals for the album as a side project, and will not tour with this band.

Well this one came out of nowhere - SCOTT WEILAND, the former voice of both STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER is fronting a new band - this news coming on the heels of a solo tour and album as SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS. Below the jump you can check out a preview of ART OF ANARCHY, the new band featuring Weiland along with DISTURBED bassist Jon Moyer, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Rob 'Bumblefoot' Thal, and brothers Jon and Vince Votta (guitar and drums)...

THE BLOODLINE - With Fire (Single)We all need a little rock in our day, and this being "New Music Tuesday," I've got something completely fresh for you - the debut single from THE BLOODLINE. Now, you may recall that this is the new band featuring my friend Shaun Glass, who was featured along with his little one (our kids have been known to play together) in a Father's Day Showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER last year. "With Fire (Comes Absolution)" is the first single from the album WE ARE ONE, set for release on March 24 via Another Century, the new "rock" arm of Century Media. The lyric video premiered earlier today at Revolver Magazine, and now I'm sharing it below. Dig the song? Get it now via iTunes or Amazon...

Without a doubt, ROB ZOMBIE is in the top five when it comes to artists that I've seen live, both in terms of performance quality and number of times seen. Just last year I caught Rob and his band twice here in Illinois (read this and then this), so when news hit around New Year's that a new live record was on the way, my interest was piqued. Now comes word that ROB ZOMBIE - SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE will be released on February 24, 2015 on CD, Digital and Double-Vinyl 2LP Picture Disc. Recorded throughout Zombie's 2014 tour, the new set features 19 tracks in all, with music spanning Zombie's solo career and WHITE ZOMBIE days, along with covers of songs originally performed by the RAMONES and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Check out the details below...

Monday, January 12 2015 22:16

Listen: FALL OUT BOY + THE MUNSTERS = "Uma Thurman"

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FALL OUT BOY has gone through several evolutions already (I still recall their early days here in the North Suburbs of Chicago), and with the release of their latest album, AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO due out on January 20th, it would appear we're witnessing another. After sampling Suzanne Vega for their recent single, "Centuries," the band has taken inspiration from THE MUNSTERS and Quentin Tarantino films for their newest, "Uma Thurman," sampling composer Jack Marshall's GRAMMY-nominated theme song for 1960s classic to groovy effect. Hear the new track below, and check out the note from FOB's Pete Wentz...

A lot of people here in the U.S. don't realize it, but the NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series of compilations began overseas in the early 1980s and didn't surface here until 1998 with Volume 1 of the U.S. editions. It's actually one of my "I feel old" moments, but I was actually peddling music for much of the time between '98-2004, and personally set displays for many NOW! titles up to Volume 16. Tonight comes news that NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! Volume 53 is on the way, alongside a new title, NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MOVIES! Both will be available as physical CDs and digital downloads on February 3, 2015 as part of a joint venture between Universal and Sony.  Check out the tracklistings for both albums, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

On February 24, KID ROCK is back with his first release for Warner Bros. Records when FIRST KISS hits the streets. This week, the video for the title track arrived - a nostalgic tune that's getting a lot of comparisons to Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" (especially that opening riff), and one that's got a lot of crossover appeal, but a real warm weather vibe to help with these cold months we're in. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

It's time to step into what my wife calls my "Old Crankypants" mode...

Coachella. The buzzed-about festival that's now spread into a two-weekend affair of duplicate entertainment in the California desert has unveiled their 2015 lineup, and as usual - it's not enough to sell me on a trip out there for it. In fact, the only time I ever truly considered a trip to the Empire Polo Grounds was when FAITH NO MORE made an appearance there back in 2010, but even an appearance by my favorite band of all-time couldn't lure me to the West Coast for a weekend. As this year's announcement rolled out, I heard more than a few folks on the radio say the same thing today "I don't know who these people are, they must be new bands" - aside from the obvious ones, like AC/DC. But if you work in music and truly claim to not know anyone else on the list, I find that very hard to believe since the other headliners include JACK WHITE and DRAKE, and the second-liners have folks like STEELY DAN and FLORENCE + THE MACHINE on there. For me, the problem with Coachella is something that's infected other festivals like our own, now-local Lollapalooza - I personally just don't care about 90% of the lineup. So who actually matters at Coachella 2015? I'll give you my picks below, followed by the full lineup to see what your thoughts are...

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