Monday, February 13 2017 23:33

Metallica Announces WorldWired 2017 North American Tour

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Metallica today announced their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. The WorldWired 2017 tour is produced by Live Nation and  kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.  

Tuesday, February 07 2017 22:57

Em Rossi debuts "Empty Space" via HuffPo...

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Following the worldwide success of her breakthrough music videos, “Earthquake,’ and “Young Hearts,” which both topped the YouTube charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Italy, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Em Rossi premiered her latest single, “Empty Space,” on February 7 via Huffington Post.

Monday, February 06 2017 23:26

Music Video: Save Ferris - "New Sound"

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This Friday, Orange County ska-punk band SAVE FERRIS will release their first record in 17 years, when Checkered Past arrives via WITHYN Records. The reimagined lineup features frontwoman Monique Powell at the helm, and today comes the first music video from the record. "New Sound" was directed by Piper Ferguson (who also took the picture up top), and features a house party with an appearance by Fishbone's Angelo Moore. Check it out...

As many of you likely know from reading this website, being nicknamed "The Rock Father" comes from my long-standing ties to the music world. I still direct/edit the occasional music video, and this weekend there's a new one to share - "Revolution of Destruction" by PRODUCT OF HATE.  The song comes from their Napalm Records debut album, Buried in Violence, and is tied to the one-year anniversary of that album's release. Check it out below...

After a few years in-the-making, there's a new music doc on the digital outlets right now, and one worth checking out for anyone looking for an inside look at the lives of the touring musician. Featuring interviews and performances by members of The Sword, Grizfolk, David Ramirez, Def Leppard, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday, Limp Bizkit, Weezer and more, Long Way To The Top "takes you on the road with professional musicians to look at the highs and lows of living the dream." Check out the trailer and details below...

Wednesday, February 01 2017 22:47

Anthrax Releasing "For All Kings" 7" Vinyl Box Set...

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After just announcing that they're releasing a limited-edition Wardance Craft Beer through New York's Butternuts Brewery, now comes news that Anthrax will release a limited edition For All Kings 7" Vinyl Box Set. Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band's upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage, the set goes on sale March 24 and will retail for $79.99. Check out drummer Charlie Benante doing an unboxing below...

Love 'em or hate 'em, NICKELBACK are an unstoppable force, and after releasing a new single and lyric video earlier today (nearly 200K views in under 12 hours), the band has announced their Feed the Machine Tour - a North American trek produced exclusively by Live Nation. The 44-date run will feature Daughtry supporting for all U.S. dates, as well as Toronto and Montreal, while Shaman’s Harvest will be seen on all dates.  Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame icons, Cheap Trick, will be special guests for the western Canadian leg of the tour.  New music and dates below...

We're in a new era, and no matter who you supported in the last Presidential election, the result is undeniable: The world is a very different place post-1/20/2017 than it was before. This is where we're at. We've been moving toward it for years, but now, The United States of America is home to scenes that were once thought of as symbols of the Third World. Protests. Riots. Fire in the the streets. Racial hatred. Political animosity. Terrorist attacks - it's all here, and it didn't happen overnight. As I was preparing to pen another throwback post for a new "Rewind" column, it hit me that Sepultura's 1993 album, Chaos A.D., essentially describes where we're at right now. Written by a band from Brazil - known for the tales of "Third World Chaos," the reality that they were living made its way into the lyrics of Max Cavalera and Co. - words that are frighteningly on-point to the United States in 2017. If "Refuse/Resist" is the anthem, then "Territory" is the warning. And lest we forget "Propaganda" and "Slave New World." If you've heard the album, it's worth revisiting. If you haven't, indulge yourself and make sure to have the lyrics for the entire record handy.  Here's two to get you started...

The eleventh of January welcomed the return of the most rad thing to do on hump day night, Soundcheck Live at Lucky Strike. On parade every Wednesday, Soundcheck Live, at Hollywood & Highland, offers a rotating platform for artists of all musical divinations to give unique interpretations of the music that shaped them. 

The National Association of Music Merchants is best-known for their annual January trade show, one that most people simply refer to as "NAMM." Over the years, the annual gathering of musical instrument and gearmakers to meet with retailers has become a music industry reunion of sorts. The show has expanded into a place where your favorite artists will likely be signing, legendary after parties and concerts will rock the Anaheim area, all while promoting the latest in gear for the year to come. For 2017, perhaps the best video I've seen to come out of the NAMM show comes from one of my favorite cover artists on YouTube - Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. He's a fellow "Rock Father" (check out his version of "Let it Go" from FROZEN, or Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"), and for NAMM 2017 he made the trek to California from his home in Norway for a collaboration with some of the best guitarists on YouTube. Check out their version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."

Two things I love: guitars and pizza. Apparently, Zakk Wylde also feels the same way, because if this new video is to be believed, his new line of guitars from Wylde Audio are, in fact, forged from the fires of his mighty Pizza Oven O'Doom. If you've ever wondered where guitars come from - specifically, where Zakk's Wylde Audio guitars come from, check out this helpful video that details the magical building process, and the power of Tree

Tuesday, January 24 2017 07:52

PIXIES Announce North American Tour Dates...

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Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, will take their signature aural mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock and loud-quiet-loud on a five-week tour across North America in 2017, the first of a three-leg trek across the continent.  Following stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the band's first-ever South African concerts, the North American tour will launch at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on Friday, April 21, and will see the band playing theatres and open-air venues.  There will be several special ticket pre-sales prior to the general on-sale which will begin this Friday, January 27 at 10AM local time.  Log on to www.pixiesmusic.com for all pre-sale and general onsale purchasing details.

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