Quantcast

The vinyl resurgence of the past decade has been an interesting thing to watch - particularly as my wife and I raise two daughters in an age where music is known for coming from a flat piece of glass and circuits in everyone's pocket. I grew up with vinyl, and as a kid it was played from a turntable housed inside a wooden stereo console that was probably six feet long and weighed a ton - it wasn't just audio equipment, it was furniture. Over the years, I would own my own turntables, from low-end Kmart style (actually purchased at Kmart) all-in-ones to high-end audiophile components and some of the more recent USB-connected models. But, like many, I parted ways with much of my vinyl collection somewhere in the mid-90s, a move that I now regret as our girls really like listening to records with us. In recent years, the biggest challenge has been finding turntables that legitimately have the right balance between quality, sound, price and size. Having owned a lot of turntables, I've been very surprised at how much I love the new Rock 'N' Rolla UFO turntable, one of which was recently sent to us for review.

Wisconsin duo UNDER DARKEST SKIES (Steven Fedder, Adam Didier) has released the first official single from their forthcoming new album. "All My Life, I've Hated This Thing Called Living" features a guest appearance by ALLEGAEON guitarist Greg Burgess performing leads. Stream the new track in the player below...

The age of REPENTANCE is upon us, and today the band formally reveals themselves ahead of their live debut this May in support of TRIVIUM and TOOTHGRINDER. For the past several months, REPENTANCE has been feverishly writing music at Chicago’s Superior Street Studios, keeping a relatively low profile as the project took shape. Robby J. Fonts will be handling vocal duties, joining a lineup that includes guitarists Shaun Glass and Markus Johnsson, drummer Anthony Lien and bassist Mike Sylvester.

There's some great summer tours hitting the road in 2018, and today comes news of another one. 311 and The Offspring are teaming up for the Never-Ending Summer Tour, a fun-filled summer amphitheater outing with special guests Gym Class Heroes. The tour will also make stops at select regional events throughout the summer. Check out the official announcement video below, along with all the dates and cities where you can catch this tour live!

Over the past year, my girls (The Rock Daughters™) have come to love the music of Dan Auerbach, making that discovery through an unexpected place - the soundtrack for Disney•Pixar's Cars 3. This year The Black Keys frontman is supporting his new solo album, Waiting On A Song and one recent stop was at NPR for a new Tiny Desk Concert. NPR’s Bob Boilen called the performance “an explosion of talent” and Auerbach played alongside the Easy Eye Sound, his studio’s house band, made up of “an abundance of gifted musicians who have all played with a long, long list of legends, including Elvis, Don Williams and John Prine.” Auerbach was also joined for a song by labelmate Robert Finley. Check out the full performance via NPR below...

Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, "Kings Among Scotland," released on April 27 (Megaforce). But before that, the band's Charlie Benante has just posted a video clip where he talks about the filming of the live set, the decision to film in Scotland, and the challenge of playing some of the songs live for the first time ever. Check out the video below...

At the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Atlanta, GA, a surprise announcement was made about a new initiative that will bring something that truly rocks into schools. OK Go has partnered with The Playful Learning Lab to launch the OK Go Sandbox, a program that will provide classrooms around the world with an incredible assortment of content to use alongside the band's music videos for an artistic, STEAM-based experience.

It's been two years since PRODUCT OF HATE released their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE via Napalm Records. Three years of touring (they started the cycle a year prior to the album's release), a few singles, five music videos, a live video and a lyric video later, and we're nearing news on their second album. I'm beyond partial to the band as I co-manage them and have served as director/editor on the aforementioned five videos - and even though the second album is on the way (Shhh! Recording was just completed!), people are still discovering the first one. Having been asked for "playthrough videos" for awhile now, we grabbed some footage from the archives and put together a bass playthrough for "Kill. You. Now." This is four minutes of Mark Campbell going to town on his six-string bass, as pulled from the raw footage from when we shot the original video. Check out the "Slappin' da Bass" version below. Thanks, Paul Rudd!

Fellow "Rock Father" and long goatee enthusiast Leo Moracchioli can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. The owner of Norway's Frog Leap Studios continues to crank out the creatively-crafted metal covers and accompanying videos each week, and this week he's come upon something very important to me... The Muppet Show. Heard at the beginning of The Muppet Show during its original run from 1976-1981, The Muppet Show Theme Song is an iconic piece of the Jim Henson legacy, and 40+ years later it's still finding new life. While Ok Go's version might be the most famous cover thus far, Leo's version brings the heavy to the scene. Watch the video and crank it up!

I don't often do the HIGH FIDELITY-style "Top Five" lists, but I do know who my Top Five Musical Artists of All-Time are. These bands are ones that are always in the daily rotation, and today comes a big surprise - that two of my top five are going on a co-headline tour this spring. HELMET & PRONG. Both bands came up in NYC, bursting from the CBGB scene, and when I saw each of them live for the first time, it was in a location far from... Davenport, Iowa in the early 90s. Since then, I've seen each many times, in several cities, with both bands going through numerous lineup changes. Check out the official announcement below!

On March 23, 2018, JOHNNY “CHOPS” RICHARDSON will release his sophomore album, JOHNNY CHOPS AND THE RAZORS (pre-order now via Pledge Music). Currently on-tour as a member of the Randy Rogers Band  (his "day job"), Johnny's been filling the gaps in the schedule by releasing new singles and videos, while looking ahead to a busy year on the road. THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine recently caught up with Johnny to get an overview of where he's been and where he's headed, along with an early listen to some new songs from JOHNNY CHOPS AND THE RAZORS!

Just for the record, it is 2018. I know it might be a little bit confusing at times, and since this past week has brought us news on the return of Murphy Brown, The Greatest American Hero, Charmed and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, I have something else to go with another bit of news that just hit my inbox - some new colors of Tamagotchi are shipping now (seriously). Darrin Kenneth O’Brien, the Canadian reggae-rapper better-known as SNOW, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “INFORMER” with a new recording of the 1993 hit. "Informer 2018 (Audiofreaks Mix)" was just released on all digital platforms via Radikal Records, and you can stream it now in the Soundcloud player below...

Page 5 of 31