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Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a fantastic hotel - and I say that from experience, as I've stayed there. Indeed, I've sipped a few pricey drinks from the bar, while staying in a room that was close to, if not the exact room that Tony Soprano once stayed in an episode of HBO's THE SOPRANOS. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, SCARFACE and James Bond all have ties to the Fontainebleau, and for New Year's Eve, the legend will grow... and the property is offering up one exclusive, incredibly lavish experience in which guests can "indulge in the Miami Beach celebrity lifestyle with Justin Bieber, Skrillex and Marshmello." The news hit my inbox this afternoon, and if you've got $500K+ to spend on a five-night adventure, this is for you...

Thursday, October 27 2016 20:50

Track Preview: HELMET - "Life or Death"

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With DEAD TO THE WORLD, the new album from HELMET, hitting the streets tomorrow via earMUSIC, it's a little odd that they chose to serve up a track preview today rather than offer a full track. Alas, that's what's happened, and being that HELMET has been one of my personal top five favorite bands of all-time since the 90s, my interest is piqued. Check out a sample of "Life or Death" below, then grab the album when it hits stores in the morning...

There's a few artists that I can count on to do no wrong, and Brian Setzer is among them. No matter what the configuration of the band, Setzer delivers, whether it be studio albums, live performances, or the many live albums and Blu-ray releases that have captured those tours for more to enjoy. On February 18, Setzer's ROCKABILLY RIOT! was captured on film for the first time at Namba Hatch in Osaka, Japan, a performance that encompasses songs from Setzer's acclaimed 2014 studio album Rockabilly Riot! All Original, alongside classic hits from his Stray Cats days, Brian Setzer Orchestra tunes and tracks from his solo albums. Today comes a performance clip via Rolling Stone in which Setzer and his band--Noah Levy (Drums), Kevin McKendree (Piano and Guitar) and Mark Winchester (Bass)--are tearing it up on the Stray Cats classic, "Rumble In Brighton." Check that out, along with "Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder)" below, and look for BRIAN SETZER'S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! - LIVE IN JAPAN when it hits Blu-ray, DVD and CD on November 4 via Surfdog Records.

Vampires. Werewolves. Frankenstein's monsters. Sounds like something I have experience with, but today that explains the inhabitants of a fictional, vibrantly-animated nightclub in "Roll Up," the new video from Los Angeles' FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS. The colorful clip featured adorable plush/stuffed creatures of the night having a fine time from the nightclub to the laundromat and beyond. It's today's entry into 31 Days of Halloween! Check it out...

Nope, you're not having deja vu, though I did say that exact same thing once before. You see, the Halloween season brings with it some perennial favorites, and over the stretch of some years and some past lives, I've had the good fortune to be a part of a few... one of which is PRODUCT OF HATE's UNHOLY MANIPULATOR. Whether you call it a "short film" or a "longform music video," it's a pretty special thing in that it paired the then-unsigned band with HELLRAISER's Ashley Laurence (who'd also appeared in Slipknot's "Snuff") and some big talent behind the camera (see below). And then there's the fact that yours truly handled directing/editing duties. The video gained a life of its own, eventually helping to secure the band a deal with Napalm Records, who issued PRODUCT OF HATE's debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE here in 2016. The video itself was originally released independently in 2012, reissued by Napalm for Halloween 2015, and now I'm featuring it in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine once more! Evil monsters... wicked clowns... homages to RESERVOIR DOGS, FARGO, and THE WARRIORS... see it below!

I have an issue with "Hall of Fame" voting... not just for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, whose 2017 Induction Nominees were revealed today, but any "Hall of Fame," and the Toy Hall of Fame is particularly irksome. The problem is that all of the nominees are deserving of being inducted, and the fact that just five are included every year makes things seem unfairly light. In many ways, the "Rock" Hall is more of a "Music" Hall, honoring performers of many genres, and I think that's a great thing... but it also makes trimming 19 worthy nominees down to five each year a daunting task, and one that ultimately leaves the growing overall list of inductees feel incomplete. The 2017 Nominees (up for fan vote) are...

Somewhere in my archives lies a review I did of RIVER RUNS RED, the 1993 debut album from Brooklyn's LIFE OF AGONY. Now the band is signed with Napalm Records (labelmates to my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE) and are working on prepping their long-overdue new album, A Place Where There's No More Pain. Slated for release sometime in early 2017, the first taste of new music arrived via Rolling Stone earlier today, and can now be heard in the player below...

I've had some adventures over the years, and from those "past lives" comes a little backstory as to what I'm sharing here today. Back in the early-mid 1990s, while I was playing in bands and doing a little television on occasion, I was also working in print, writing some reviews and features that were often tied directly into regional happenings. One publication that I'd done a bit of writing for still exists today - The River Cities' Reader, based out of Davenport, Iowa. I'd penned some stories for them during my time living in The Quad Cities, but there was one that came about after I'd already moved back to the Chicago area - a 1996 interview with PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul. It was a short piece - a simple promotional article to preview the band's forthcoming show at The Mark of The Quad Cities (currently dubbed the "iWireless Center") in support of their then-new release, THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL. With Rhino Records releasing a 20th Anniversary Edition of that album later this month, I snagged this one from storage and am republishing it here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. While it's nothing groundbreaking, there's a few cool quotes in there that really sum-up a band that I was fortunate to have been able to see a few times while they were touring in their prime. Enjoy...

Tuesday, October 11 2016 12:37

Here's Another New KORN Song: "Take Me"

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When I first saw KORN perform live some 21+ years ago, I never would've expect that I'd be writing about them on a near-weekly basis in the fall of 2016. But here we are, just 10 days out from the release of THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING (Roadrunner Records, October 21), and yet another track from the album has been unleashed - "Take Me." Debuted this morning over at the Wall Street Journal, the new track brings some of that classic Korn groove to the masses. Check it out below...

Detroit's ELECTRIC SIX have been around for ages, constantly reinventing themselves, which is something that you have to do on occasion... especially when you're a vampire. Their own bio notes that "eternal life can seem like an eternity," but that longevity means more music, and that's a good thing for fans of the band as their 12th album, FRESH BLOOD FOR TIRED VAMPYRES just hit the streets via Metropolis Records. It's a fine new offering for any ghoulish groove fest this fall, and a perfect entry for 31 Days of Halloween. Check it out streaming in the Spotify player below, and if you dig it - buy it. 

Wednesday, October 05 2016 13:20

Lyric Video: HELMET - "Bad News"

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Whenever I'm asked to name my favorite bands, one that's consistently in the Top Five is HELMET. Sure, the band has completely changed lineups over the years, but at its center, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Page Hamilton has remained. On October 28th, HELMET will release their first new album in six years, when DEAD TO THE WORLD hits the streets via earMUSIC, and today comes the first taste - a lyric video for "Bad News." It's not what one would think of as the "classic" HELMET sound, but it's still a song worth listening to. Check it out below...

Though the first film and its initial sequel were both December releases during their original theatrical runs, the SCREAM franchise has become a perennial favorite for Halloween - not just for the movies, but for their original soundtracks and scores. It was 20 years ago that SCREAM first thrilled audiences, and for 2016 the folks at Varèse Sarabande have issued the original SCREAM 1 & 2 scores on 180-gram vinyl, complete with incredible new cover art by artist Gary Pullin.  The first version is presented on "Bone White" colored vinyl, making it an instant collector’s item and gift for Halloween 2016, limited to just 3,000 pieces. The second version is a limited-edition FYE Exclusive, presented on “Blood Splattered” vinyl, limited to a pressing of just 1,500 pieces. See the full cover art and tracklisting below...
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