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The Rob Morrow Band, featuring singer/guitarist Rob Morrow, are set to play the Eyes To The Skies Festival in Lisle, IL, on Sunday July 2, hitting The VanKampen Main Stage at 6:45pm, for a 90-minute set, just before country superstar Cassadee Pope. Reverend Horton Heat and Foghat will headline the other two nights of the festival which will also offer sunrise/sunset hot air balloon rides, 40 unique crafters selling their wares, 50 food vendors, 100 activities for kids, and a carnival of rides and games provided by Wilson’s Family Show.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is more than ripe for a remake at this point, right? Alright, maybe some things are just best left untouched - but a classic show with such a classic theme song just stays with us, and Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro will never escape the powerful force that is Bel-Air. While said theme has been covered many times over, I always appreciate a good cover, and when it comes from Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios, it's essentially guaranteed to be good... and metallic. Check out this rockin' version of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song" below!

Two months after revealing their resurrection and reformation, DIRGE WITHIN are ready to make new “Memories” with the release of their comeback single, available today on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital outlets. Originally featured on their 2012 album, "There Will Be Blood," the re-recorded single positions the band to pick up right where they left off prior to their five-year hiatus.

The  following message was just-received into the news department at Rock Father HQ: "International Day of Slayer," the annual heavy metal holiday that celebrates the uncompromising, loud and defiant music of the iconic thrash/punk/metal band Slayer, is celebrating its 12th year today, 6/6/17.  IDoS is the day where you stage a "Slay-out, Slay-in, Slay-on, Slay-off - don't go to school, don't go to work - but spend the day listening to Slayer at nuclear blast level in your car, your home, or in the public place of your choice.  True Slayer devotees do NOT use headphones but crank the sound up as loud as possible so that EVERYONE within earshot can hear Slayer.

I've been championing Wisconsin's PRODUCT OF HATE since I first saw them live back in 2009. As many readers of this site know, my relationship with the PoH camp runs deep - I've directed/edited most of their music videos, and I co-manage the band. After touring with the likes of Mushroomhead, Allegaeon, Hammer Fight and The Agonist, PRODUCT OF HATE is back on the road in support of their Napalm Records debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. Starting with a 10-day East Coast run with SKINLAB and continuing across the U.S. as the 2017 Summer Annihilation Tour with IKILLYA (Urban Yeti), there's nearly 40 chances to catch PRODUCT OF HATE in a city near you!

It's been a pretty nostalgic week for a lot of reasons, and today has brought with it a few pieces of news that all seem to point firmly back to the mid 1990s. 311 provided a lot of soundtrack for those years, and on June 23rd, they'll release their latest album, MOSAIC, via BMG. Today comes a new music video, "Too Much To Think," which can be viewed below...

It's been nearly a decade since Goldfinger released a new album, but now singer-songwriter/producer John Feldmann has resurrected the name for a new album with a brand-new lineup. Goldfinger's The Knife will be released July 21 through Rise Records. The revamped lineup features Feldmann on guitar/vocals, with MXPX’s Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year’s Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182's Travis Barker is on the throne behind the drum kit for this one, and there's a ton of guest stars as well.

When you pair my favorite vocalist of all-time, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) with one of my favorite drummers of all-time, Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Fantomas) I'm interested, and thus DEAD CROSS has been firmly on my radar. Today, the band which also features Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) have announced their first North American tour dates.

Monday, May 08 2017 18:50

Winner's Announced for Elton John: The Cut

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Back in December, I first shared news of Elton John: The Cut, a contest in which filmmakers would compete via YouTube for a shot at directing official music videos for three iconic songs that had never had proper videos. In celebration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John, supported by YouTube, launched their search for directors to helm “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie and the Jets.” After receiving entries from more than 50 countries, the winners have been determined - winners that Bernie Taupin says “are all too talented to fail.” Check out the reveal of the three winners below...

Oddly mesmerizing, and strangely soothing... today popular metal YouTuber Rob Scallon has uploaded a cover of the METALLICA classic "For Whom the Bell Tolls," played in its entirety on bells... or bell-sounding instruments like a children's xylophone.  It's a great video to start the week, month, or as Rob calls it - "MAY-TALLICA." Take a look:

It's that time of year again - the First Wave lineup announcement for my favorite music festival, Chicago's RIOT FEST! This morning, the crew behind the fest (taking place September 15-17 at Douglas Park) unveiled over 70 artists including Nine Inch NailsQueens of the Stone Age, and the exclusive reunion of Jawbreaker. Additional highlights include New Order, Paramore, Prophets of RageM.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Bad Brains, Ministry and Vic Mensa. Check out the full First Wave lineup below, along with my personal "Rock Father Picks" for who I'm most looking forward to seeing, highlighted in bold.

Monday, April 17 2017 10:50

The Maine - "House of Blue Déjà Vu"

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I know I tend to always overthink

But tonight it’s as simple as this

All I need is a lovely little lonely kiss

I have a friend who’s always playing bands I’ve never heard of, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The 1975, Acceptance, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Bad Suns, and State Champs, to name a few. Ok, so I've heard of The 1975 and Jimmy Eat World but never listened to any of their music until she mentioned how much she loved them. I respect her opinion and want to understand the world through her lens.

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