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Monday, March 06 2017 22:34

Music Video: The Bunny The Bear - "I Am Free"

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I've been writing about The Bunny The Bear for ages - so long that some of the writings were lost on sites that pre-date this one, though my first mention of the band here as "The Rock Father" dates back to 2011. One thing that particularly resonates (and is always reinforced thanks to social media) is that TBTB frontman Matthew Tybor became a "Rock Father" himself at almost the same time that I did - his son and my oldest daughter being the same age. In those years there has been some personal struggle, and for Tybor, the situation has at points been more dire. Those life experiences have shaped the band's latest album, The Way We Rust, and the new single, "I Am Free," is a prime example. Check out the new video and some background below...

As spring approaches, it's not too early to be thinking ahead to late summer - the heart of BBQ season. As those backyard parties really start to get going, looming in the distance is a really big one - and it's turning the "backyard BBQ party" into a full-blown traveling comedy and music festival.  Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy have teamed up to create RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festivalcoming to multiple cities this summer, promoted exclusively by Live Nation. 

What a month for award show screw-ups, right? Not a month prior to the massive mess that closed out this year's Academy Awards, a technical problem managed to botch what should've been (and to an extent, still was) an explosive performance by Metallica with Lady Gaga. While a fan tried fixing the audio using another live recording of "Moth Into Flame" to replace James Hetfield's missing vocals (since scrubbed from most of the internet), today we have the real deal, thanks to newly-released dress rehearsal footage. Yes, it's always awkward to hear the canned "crowd noise" that bookends these things - especially devoid of audience - but I think this performance is entertaining, and it sounds great when heard as it should've been during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards last month. Check this out...

New York's IKILLYA have been tearing it up for some years now, and this week comes official word that they've signed to Urban Yeti Records for the June 2, 2017 release of their third full-length album, War For An Idea. The new album comes after a relentless touring cycle for their previous album, one that saw the band visit and perform in four countries and nearly all of the lower 48 states. The first single for the new record is a timely track called "Your God," and the video first made its debut yesterday via MetalSucks. Check it out below, and visit the Urban Yeti store for pre-order packages.

Wednesday, February 15 2017 10:01

Metallica's Parenting/Work Schedule is Pretty... Familiar

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When I first started this site after switching gears some years back (the result of having kids and being dubbed "The Rock Father™") - the original concept involved regular features on "fellow Rock Fathers" as we shared stories about raising kids while juggling work in the entertainment industries. While the site has evolved, I generally don't focus too much on that aspect of things (sans Father's Day time), but once in awhile something comes up that needs to be shared. A perfect example is last night's appearance by METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Turns out that Hardwired... to Self-Destruct was recorded during the day, while the band members' kids were at school. As Lars details his own running between kids in multiple schools and the "Parent Taxi Service," his schedule seems pretty familiar, especially since I'm typing these digital words in the space between dropping off and picking up the youngest from Pre-K. Check out the interview below...

Monday, February 13 2017 23:33

Metallica Announces WorldWired 2017 North American Tour

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Metallica today announced their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. The WorldWired 2017 tour is produced by Live Nation and  kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.  

Tuesday, February 07 2017 22:57

Em Rossi debuts "Empty Space" via HuffPo...

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Following the worldwide success of her breakthrough music videos, “Earthquake,’ and “Young Hearts,” which both topped the YouTube charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Italy, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Em Rossi premiered her latest single, “Empty Space,” on February 7 via Huffington Post.

Monday, February 06 2017 23:26

Music Video: Save Ferris - "New Sound"

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This Friday, Orange County ska-punk band SAVE FERRIS will release their first record in 17 years, when Checkered Past arrives via WITHYN Records. The reimagined lineup features frontwoman Monique Powell at the helm, and today comes the first music video from the record. "New Sound" was directed by Piper Ferguson (who also took the picture up top), and features a house party with an appearance by Fishbone's Angelo Moore. Check it out...

As many of you likely know from reading this website, being nicknamed "The Rock Father" comes from my long-standing ties to the music world. I still direct/edit the occasional music video, and this weekend there's a new one to share - "Revolution of Destruction" by PRODUCT OF HATE.  The song comes from their Napalm Records debut album, Buried in Violence, and is tied to the one-year anniversary of that album's release. Check it out below...

After a few years in-the-making, there's a new music doc on the digital outlets right now, and one worth checking out for anyone looking for an inside look at the lives of the touring musician. Featuring interviews and performances by members of The Sword, Grizfolk, David Ramirez, Def Leppard, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday, Limp Bizkit, Weezer and more, Long Way To The Top "takes you on the road with professional musicians to look at the highs and lows of living the dream." Check out the trailer and details below...

Wednesday, February 01 2017 22:47

Anthrax Releasing "For All Kings" 7" Vinyl Box Set...

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After just announcing that they're releasing a limited-edition Wardance Craft Beer through New York's Butternuts Brewery, now comes news that Anthrax will release a limited edition For All Kings 7" Vinyl Box Set. Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band's upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage, the set goes on sale March 24 and will retail for $79.99. Check out drummer Charlie Benante doing an unboxing below...

Love 'em or hate 'em, NICKELBACK are an unstoppable force, and after releasing a new single and lyric video earlier today (nearly 200K views in under 12 hours), the band has announced their Feed the Machine Tour - a North American trek produced exclusively by Live Nation. The 44-date run will feature Daughtry supporting for all U.S. dates, as well as Toronto and Montreal, while Shaman’s Harvest will be seen on all dates.  Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame icons, Cheap Trick, will be special guests for the western Canadian leg of the tour.  New music and dates below...

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