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Thursday, March 15 2012 01:06

The Random Rock N' More: Updates on 31 Bands & Artists for March 15, 2012

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It's been a little while since I've done a Random Rock column, so we're more than overdue. The drill is simple - I offer random-fire updates on a few dozen artists along with links to dig deeper, should you choose. From here on out, I'm adding 'N' MORE' to the title so that I can include some non-rock stuff on occasion. With a current total of 7,943 unread emails sitting in my inbox (no joke!) I sometimes wonder if the bands, artists, labels, managers, and publicists appreciate my taking the time to do this... but I do love spreading the rock. Here's updates on 31 Artists for Thursday, March 15, 2012!


  1. ROCKY LOVES EMILY have released a new video for their single Secrets Don't Make Friends. You can see the video and get a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song at http://secretsdontmakefriends.net/
  2. THE VEER UNION have posted a teaser lyric video for Borderline on YouTube. No, it's not a cover of the Madonna song - but their new album DIVIDE THE BLACKENED SKY hits stores on March 26 via Rocket Science Ventures.
  3. PRIMUS has added more tour dates to their already busy schedule. Additionally, ATO Records is releasing a new 10" Vinyl Single, details TBA. Hit http://www.primusville.com/ for more.
  4. MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS have released their first single. Get Voices on iTunes now, and look for their debut album BABYLON on May 8 via Superball Music.
  5. NYC-based GUARDS have a new video for Feels Like That. View it?
  6. PIERCE THE VEIL have been added to the mainstage for the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Watch their announcement video.
  7. M. SHAWN CRAHAN aka "Clown" of SLIPKNOT will release his first-ever photo art book on June 19th via MTV Books. Learn more about THE APOCALYPTIC JOURNEY here.
  8. IRON MAIDEN have released a clip from their new EN VIVO! live album. Check out a performance of Blood Brothers via this link. The DVD/Blu-ray/Soundtrack arrives on March 26.
  9. If you missed the announcement yesterday, OFF BROADWAY USA bassist John Pazdan will be a guest speaker at the Chicago History Museum on March 29th as part of their Chicago Rocks! Lecture Series.
  10. CELLDWELLER has remixed MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. Grab Creatures (Beast Remix) on iTunes right now!
  11. SMILE EMPTY SOUL have signed to eOne Music. Their new album 3's will be released on May 22. Check out their official site for more.
  12. The KOFFIN KATS are hitting the road in support of their new album OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY beginning March 23rd. Check out Facebook for dates.
  13. REDLIGHT KING have released an acoustic video for Something For the Pain. See it on VEVO.
  14. GO RADIO have wrapped recording on their new album for Fearless Records and will hit the road for a two month U.S. tour starting tonight. Hit their Facebook for dates.
  15. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS will release their new album KIDS IN THE STREET on March 26th. Want to preview the title track? Sure ya do...
  16. THE PRETTY RECKLESS have released a new video for My Medicine. It's somewhat NSFW.
  17. CANDLEBOX have a new album called LOVE STORIES & OTHER MUSINGS hitting stores on April 3rd, and the first single Believe in It is now available on iTunes.
  18. IRON CLAW are offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of their new song Final Hour at The Soda Shop - but it's only available for 24 hours, so get it now!
  19. MORBID ANGEL are streaming a new remix at this location.
  20. BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR will release their new LP entitled EVOLUTION on June 19. Pre-orders begin on March 20th, while the first single Unforgiven is available on iTunes right now.
  21. 7 HORNS 7 EYES will release THROES OF ABSOLUTION on April 24th via Century Media Records. How about a preview?
  22. SUPER WATER SYMPHONY have released their debut album VESPER BELLE. Check out their video for Slade Was Made right here.
  23. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have a new studio webisode up.
  24. JOB FOR A COWBOY have launched "The Leads Are Weak" video series to show you how to play their songs. Check out some video over on Metal Blade Records' site.
  25. Victory Records has released new singles by EMMURE, GOD FORBID, TAPROOT, and WRETCHED to iTunes. 

But wait, there's more! How about some non-rock music news?

  1. PAUL VAN DYK has released a video for Eternity featuring Adam Young - aka OWL CITY. It's good, and you should watch it!
  2. THE ELKCLONER is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of Sunbird (Shazalakazoo Mix) on Soundcloud.
  3. SHOOTER JENNINGS has released his new album FAMILY MAN. It's excellent, and available on iTunes and just about everywhere else.
  4. Pop Songstress JOJO has release a remix EP for DISASTER. Get it on iTunes.
  5. Country artist KIP MOORE has partnered with CMT for a new webisode series. Check out the first episode here.
  6. Singer/Songwriter ANDY GRAMMER has been added to the lineup of “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” The event will take place April 20 in Austin, Texas.
That's all for now, but there will be more news very soon!
James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

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