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I can't say that I was "a Taylor Swift fan" before - not that I had any issue with her or her music... I just didn't pay much attention to either. That changed last week when the single "Look What You Made Me Do" hit the scene, complete with a lyric video that captured a film noir vibe that was somewhat Hitchcockian in nature. The simplistic, yet dark pop jam created in collaboration with producer Jack Antonoff (who also had a hand in Lorde's recent "Green Light" - another off-center track I loved) now has an official music video - one that looks like it cost a couple of bucks - was directed by Joseph Hahn and made its debut at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. Quite simply, it's her "Thriller," with a zombified Taylor joining the ghosts of her past... and I love it. Over 17 million views in 12 hours, but if you haven't seen it or just want to check it out again, do so below - right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine.

Friday, August 25 2017 09:36

Watch FOO FIGHTERS' "The Sky Is A Neighborhood"

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This has been in my queue to post since Wednesday, but since it's still fresh to many (and just plain rules), I'm giving it some belated love. The latest music video from the FOO FIGHTERS' forthcoming album, Concrete and Gold (out September 15) is "The Sky is a Neighborhood." Once again directed by fellow "Rock Father" Dave Grohl, this time he features his daughters in the clip as they play beneath the stars. Check it out below...

Update: The video has been taken offline. Odd given the age of the footage, and how fan footage of everyone exists these days, but YouTube shows a copyright claim by Warner Music Group.

Its existence has been discussed for years, but now, a full two decades later, footage of Corey Taylor's first live performance with Slipknot has surfaced. Recorded on VHS at the Safari Club in Des Moines, Iowa on August 24, 1997, the team at MFKR1 (a website devoted to Slipknot's pre-Roadrunner release Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.) has unleashed the entire 45-minute set via YouTube. It certainly takes me back to a completely different era of raw, unhinged live performances in the Midwest. Check this out...

It's interesting timing given that Marvel's Daredevil just hit Netflix again yesterday in the first season of The Defenders... and on the same day, EVANESCENCE releases a new version of the song they contributed to the soundtrack of 2003's Daredevil feature film (the Ben Affleck one). Coincidence, I'm sure, but "Bring Me To Life" is the song most identifiable with the band, and for their fourth studio album, SYNTHESIS, the band is reworking their classics into orchestral versions, in addition to recording a pair of all-new tracks. Amy Lee has been covered here more recently for her foray into the world of Children's/Kindie music, but now comes time to fire up the band again...

P.O.D. is back with a new single and a tour about to begin.  “Soundboy Killa” made its debut this week via AltPress, and will be available for purchase beginning September 8, 2017. The track debut arrived with a new lyric video, viewable below. About the song, P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval says, “Rock & Roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There's no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm. 'Soundboy Killa' is classic P.O.D. guitar riff power, head banging groove with the lyrical attitude and edge missing in today's Rock & Roll.” Check it out below...

Marvel's THE DEFENDERS just made its long-awaited debut, streaming exclusively on Netflix. The combined adventures of Daredevil AKA Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) Iron Fist AKA Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and possibly, eventually The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) [Ed: I haven't had a chance to delve in yet, but I expect him to be there] find the heroes uniting to save New York City. Along with the series comes a soundtrack, and Marvel Music/Hollywood Records have delivered. 

Thursday, August 17 2017 09:43

Country: Shania Twain Announces 2018 NOW Tour Dates...

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As first revealed last night on THE TONIGHT SHOW Starring Jimmy Fallon, five-time GRAMMY winner Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW.  These dates mark Shania's first tour since "Rock This Country" back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off May 3rd in Tacoma, WA and will run through the rest of the summer, culminating in Las Vegas on August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The following dispatch was received to Rock Father HQ this morning from the mighty GWAR:

On October 20th, GWAR will release a new studio album entitled "The Blood of Gods" via Metal Blade Records.  In support of the new album, your Lords and Masters will leave their arctic slumber and return to the road to cause aural devastation across North America.  Joining in the chaos will be Ghoul, Doyle (10/20-11/5), He Is Legend (11/7-12/10) and U.S. Bastards.  The tour kicks off in Richmond, VA on October 20th and runs through December 10th in Detroit, MI.  The tour includes a stop in New York City on Halloween as well!  A complete list of dates can be found below.

Tom Freund has been covering Pete Townshend's 1980 single "Let My Love Open the Door" as a part of his live shows since 2008. Now, with the help of friend and frequent collaborator, Ben Harper, the world has a studio version of this ukulele-driven cover to enjoy. "We’ve played it ‘live” in various corners of the world, from the Alps of Italy to the lower Manhattan subterranean," said Freund of the track, adding that "this year felt like the right time to lay it down in the studio." While a video is said to be in the works, you can check out a stream of the song below...

The World Champion Chicago Cubs haven't been too great this year, but 2016 was a big one. It saw the end of "the curse" and a long-awaited World Series win that ignited the interest and excitement of baseball fans not just here in Illinois, but around the world. The Cubs have many famous fans, and among them Eddie Vedder stands out. In fact, 2016 also brought PEARL JAM to Chicago for a pair of shows at Wrigley Field - concerts that are now the subject of a new film entitled Let's Play Two. The first teaser emerged a few days back (see it below), but not much else is known about the release plan at this point. A website for the film offers an email signup for info, and if anything, a fall debut for this year would be pretty cool.

I've featured the metallic covers of Leo Moracchioli here on the site before, and with each one, I tend to feel that the Norwegian musician is a kindred spirit on the other side of the world. Aside from being a fellow "Rock Father" (he has a daughter as well), his musical inclinations tend to head in a similar direction, with frequent metallic covers of songs that run the gamut from pop to soundtracks and beyond. His latest really hits home as it's a song that I've actually covered myself - Danny Elfman's iconic theme to The Simpsons. The Frog Leap Studios version is admittedly much better than my own Saturday Action Theatre edition (from the 2004 Remakes & Sequels EP), but I'm including both for your listening enjoyment below along with Green Day's 2007 punk version and Powerglove's 2010 metal take!

This morning, GARBAGE released their new single "NO HORSES". All of Garbage's profits from sales and streaming of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018. "NO HORSES" can be downloaded HERE via iTunes, and streamed below...

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