Monday, January 09 2017 09:08

Green Day announce 'Revolution Radio' Summer Tour...

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Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day today announced the Revolution Radio summer tour, kicking off on August 1st in Auburn, WA and hitting amphitheaters, stadiums, and arenas across the country. UK based band Catfish and the Bottlemen will support all dates. As part of the run, the band will also perform for the first time at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Dates and on-sale information for those shows will be revealed in the coming weeks. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates. 

Fans on smartphones at concerts are a hot button issue for both artists and fans alike. On one hand, it can be seen as intrusive and taking away from the spontaneity of the live performance, but on the other - it can provide for a captured memory that may live forever on YouTube, and often serve as a snapshot of something historic. While the devices have changed, fan-filmed official videos are not a new thing. Beastie Boys made an entire (excellent) movie by putting cameras into the hands of their fans, and Metallica has been allowing filming since the Snakepit days of the Black Album tour cycle. Now it's Slipknot getting into the action, with an official, crowd-sourced music video. Check out "Before I Forget" Live at Red Rocks below...

This month, Japanese pop/rock band, ONE OK ROCK is set to hit North America hard with the U.S. release of Ambitions, their eighth album overall and first for Fueled By Ramen. Hitting the streets on January 13, the U.S. edition includes a track featuring Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, while the Japanese version (out 1/11 via A-Sketch) features a duet with Avril Lavigne. Both versions feature Five Seconds of Summer making a guest appearance on the album closer, "Take What You Want." To celebrate the release, ONE OK ROCK will be performing a short, six-date North American Tour from 1/15-1/24. Check out music and dates below...

Last month, Disney Music Group released "The Human Race," a single by One Voice - a collaborative effort featuring Radio Disney Artist Jessie Chris alongside country music stars Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, LOCASH, Mickey Guyton, Lindsay Ell and others. Issued under the Buena Vista Records banner, the single was paired with Radio Disney's 'Share the Joy' campaign, and a donation was made to City of Hope, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Toys for Tots, Feeding America, and Musicians on Call. Now comes a video for the track, one that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of "The Human Race."

It was one year ago today that Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister died (obit here), just four days past his 70th birthday. In the weeks that followed, many artists and bands paid tribute to a true rock and roll legend, and with the anniversary of his death now upon us, another round of tributes have arrived, with the surviving members of Motörhead encouraging fans to share their own with the #rememberingLemmy hashtag. One particular tribute that sticks out for me is one that comes from close to home - a performance of "Iron Fist" from my boys, Product of Hate. This video was captured during a hometown show celebrating the release of their Napalm Records debut, Buried in Violence, earlier this year. See it below...

Wednesday, December 14 2016 01:51

VIMIC Announces U.S. and European Tour Dates...

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VIMIC, the new band founded by former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, is hitting the road. Tonight the band announced a European Tour for the Spring of 2017 in support of their debut album, Open Your Omen, but those here in the 'States can catch the band on a short run later this month, with shows scheduled for the Midwest and Texas. Details below...

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When it comes to the world of drums and percussion, I am a novice, despite having been around them regularly for 25+ years both as a performer, and music video director. Fact is, I'm a guitarist, but one always mesmerized by drums and the accent pieces that add depth to the music, like the bright crash of a cymbal. Zildjian is iconic, and I have some of their cymbals right here at Rock Father HQ. Though I'm hardly a drummer, I do keep a five-piece kit on-hand for dabbling (and inspiring The Rock Daughters™), and that kit includes some Zildjian Cymbals. What many don't realize is that cymbal-making is a centuries-old art, and one that involves true craftsmanship, and an evolving understanding of what drummers are looking for. That's were folks like Paul Francis come in... a cymbal maker, and the Director of Research and Development for Zildjian.

It's been two years since Demon Hunter's The Extremist (reviewed here) became one of my favorite albums of 2014, a record that I deemed to be perfect across the board. With their next album, Outlive, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2017, the first taste has arrived with "Cold Winter Sun," a new single and lyric video that emerged this past Friday. Check it out...

This is one of those things that occasionally gets my wheels turning... the though of throwing my hat into the ring, this coming from a sometimes director of music videos. Today comes the opportunity to helm a video for an icon - Sir Elton John - an artist whose catalog includes iconic songs that were released long before the video era really took hold. "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" have never had an official music video, but now, in partnership with YouTube and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the songwriting partnership between Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Elton John: The Cut will give three filmmakers to opportunity to create the official videos for those three songs. Check out the video playlist below for the announcement and details.

You've probably seen it - maybe even several times (as I have). Back on August 24th, Hammered Dulcimer National Champion Ted Yoder went into his backyard orchard in Goshen, Indiana to hammer out (feeling punny today) a cover of Tears For Fears'  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." Broadcast on Facebook Live for his Songs From The Orchard web series, the song went viral - garnering over 80 million plays, almost double the count for the original Tears For Fears video. Now comes word that Ted is prepping for his next album, Songs From the Orchard: Volume 1.

While he'll soon be stepping into a galaxy far, far away as he prepares to take over the role of Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo STAR WARS Story, Donald Glover is currently in full-on music mode as Childish Gambino. Today comes a preview of his Music x Technology collaboration with Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein - PHAROS, a virtual reality experience, which will be available in early 2017 following the vinyl release of his new album, Awaken, My Love (the record is already out on CD/Digital). A PHAROS VR performance of "Me and Your Mama" has been issued on YouTube, and is best enjoyed with the companion app (available for iOS and Android)

Monday, December 05 2016 21:15

Trax! Rarities from Ministry coming this Friday...

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This Friday, Cleopatra Records will issue Trax! Rarities, a double-LP collection of early rare tracks and alternate versions from Wax Trax!-era Ministry, as well as several previously unreleased cuts from Al Jourgensen-related side projects - Revolting Cocks, PTP, Pailhead and 1000 Homo DJs. Check out the cover art and tracklisting below. The limited-edition 2-LP set is being offered on clear vinyl through the Cleopatra Records Bandcamp store.

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