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Saturday, May 05 2012 00:00

Random Rock N' More - Updates on over 50 bands for May 5, 2012!

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So much rock. So little time. I cover 'Music for Kids' and 'Music for Grown-ups' here on The Rock Father™, and since so much news from the latter pours in here on a daily basis, there's just no way to cover it all... but I can do a lot, in bite-sized nuggets. Hence, The Random Rock N' More - quick one-liners on dozens of bands and artists, each with a link to delve deeper if you choose. The important info without the fluff. It's also the only real time that the 'For Grown-ups' music hits the homepage. We'll start with 'Rock' - from indie to mainstream, metal to punk, and everything in-between - then shift to 'N More' for some other genres. Here's updates on over 36 bands and artists for May 5, 2012. 


The Random Rock:
  1. FREE DOWNLOAD: THE SIGHTS will be hitting the road with TENACIOUS D this summer, but you can download their new song Fool right now. Their new record hits the streets on June 19th.
  2. THE OFFSPRING played a special 20th Anniversary show to celebrate their Epitaph debut IGNITION at a bar in Long Beach, and photos have been posted at OC Weekly. Their new record, DAYS GO BY comes out on June 26th via Columbia Records.
  3. OTHERWISE have released an introductory video entitiled WE ARE OTHERWISE. Watch it here. Their new album hits stores on Tuesday via Century Media.
  4. My friend (and fellow Rock Father) Tom Stevens has released a new single under his NOKTURNEL banner. Shadows Alive can be streamed and downloaded for FREE over at Metal Underground. Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath) is on drums this time around.
  5. JEFF LOOMIS has posted a "guitar lesson" on YouTube, but it doesn't really show YOU how to play his song - he just shows you how much better he can play that you. 
  6. NOW, NOW have released a new video for their song Thread.
  7. CANDLELIGHT RECORDS have released a FREE 8-song sampler featuring new tracks from FALLOCH, THE ROTTED, WODENSTHRONE, SEAR BLISS, WOE, WINTERFYLLETH, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and includes the first single from IHSAHN’s new album Eremita. You can get the sampler at Amazon for FREE. (Note: The Rock Father makes no money from linking Amazon as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn continues to strip away opportunities for small businesses and independent writers like myself to monetize their websites. He is available for purchase by lobbyists and large corporations, thus many web-based businesses have already left Illinois. As former Governor Rod Blagojevich would've said, "Quinn is F'in Golden.")
  8. TESSERACT have posted a "Drum Playthrough" video for their new song "EDEN," which will be released on their new EP called PERSPECTIVE on May 22.
  9. EVERCLEAR will release their first album in six years when INVISIBLE STARS sneaks out via eOne Entertainment on June 26th.
  10. THE DIRTY HEADS have a new music video for Spread Too Thin over at MTVu.
  11. THE DROWNING MEN will release their second album, ALL OF THE UNKNOWN, on July 17, 2012 via Flogging Molly's label, Borstal Beat Records.
  12. SPV / Steamhammer will re-release VIRGIN STEELE´s "Life Among The Ruins". The 2 CD digipak re-release comes with massive bonus tracks and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis. It's out July 17th in North America.
  13. BARONESS have posted an interesting teaser for Yellow & Green.
  14. Play the Assassin will re-issue the debut album from U.S. CHRISTMAS on Vinyl. "Bad Heart Bull" will be released on May 22.
  15. MEGADETH have released an impressive lyric video for Whose Life (Is It Anyway). Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films produced and shot it, with Cody Calahan handling direction.
  16. DRUG CHURCH are releasing their self-titled debut EP on July 10th via No Sleep Records. Pre-order here.
  17. DAVEY SUICIDE has released his first music video in support of his forthcoming Standby Records release.
  18. CATTLE DECAPITATION are streaming their new album in it's entirety over at Metal Sucks.
  19. TURBONEGRO will release their new album through Volcom on July 13. Check out their new jam "You Give Me Worms" over at Vice.
  20. eOne Music and Good Fight Music have signed a "Label Partnership Deal." 
  21. BOLT THROWER's "Boltfest" raised over $20K for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Well-done!
  22. THE ROCKET SUMMER have announced a ton of headline tour dates.
  23. MAPS & ATLASES destroy a car in their new video for Remote & Dark Years.
  24. JEFFREY NOTHING of MUSHROOMHEAD has released a video for Sin 'O Cism. Watch it.
  25. GWAR are beginning to plot "A Summer of Naughty Fun." Details at http://www.gwar.net/
  26. MISS MAY I have released a new lyric video via their MerchNow page.
  27. DYING FETUS have posted their second studio video about making REIGN SUPREME.
  28. JOB FOR A COWBOY have released a lyric video for Imperium Wolves.
  29. French death metallers LIVARKAHIL have released a new video preview for The Eternal Sun.
  30. REDLIGHT KING have released a "remix video" for their song Comeback in association with THE AVENGERS. HULK no like.
  31. TURBO FRUITS will release their third album, BUTTER on September 11 via Serpents and Snakes Records.
  32. Columbus, Ohio's XFACTOR1 will release their Megaforce Records debut FAMOUS.LAST.WORDS. on June 5th. I've just listened to their cover of Billy Squier's The Stroke, and it's pretty funny.
  33. WEST OF HELL are streaming a new song over at PureGrainAudio. Their new album will be released on Tuesday.
  34. SUMMERTIME DROPOUTS will release their debut album, REWIND on June 12th.
  35. Pitchfork are streaming a new track from FUTURE OF THE LEFT. Check out I Am the Least of Your Problems here.
  36. BLACK SHEEP WALL are streaming a new track from their forthcoming Season of Mist release at this location. Black Church is crusty.
  37. GRAND MAGUS have a new lyric video for The Hunt.
  38. SAVE THE CLOCKTOWER have a new video called The Machine over at BlankTV.
  39. CARDIAC ARREST (who rule) will release VORTEX OF VIOLENCE on May 22 via Ibex Moon Records. These guys are from Chicago and have been on a roll (if ya like the death metal).
  40. ATTIKA7 will release their debut album, BLOOD OF MY ENEMIES on July 31 via Rocket Science Ventures.
N' More:
  1. BOB WAYNE is streaming a new track over at Saving Country Music. His new record hits the streets on May 22.
  2. LISA MARIE PRESLEY will appear on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, May 15, coinciding with the release of her third album, STORM & GRACE. She will also perform on"American Idol" (5/17), "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (5/21), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (5/22).
  3. You can chat with PAUL VAN DYK on twitter, Saturday at 6:40pm EST / 3:40pm PST -  live. Send your questions on Twitter to @paulvandyk and @twitter_de with #evolution.
  4. Top Skater CHRIS COLE is releasing a signature "Omit" Guitar through ARTIST SERIES GUITAR.
  5. Hollywood Records has signed actress/singer COCO JONES to an exclusive recording and publishing deal. Coco stars in Disney Channel’s upcoming Original Movie “Let It Shine.”
  6. ACID HOUSE KINGS have released a teaser for their new single, "I Just Called to Say Jag Älskar Dig (SAW Remix by Nixon)."
  7. SERGE DEVANT will release TRUE FAITH on May 15th via Ultra Music.
  8. KIP MOORE was awarded a "Gold Plaque" for his song "Somethin' 'bout a truck" as his album also hit #6 on the Billboard Top 200.
  9. PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS has released a teaser for the May 26th HATCHET ATTACKS show with INSANE CLOWN POSSE, TWIZTID, and more. See it at http://www.psychopathiclive.com/
  10. DROP THE LIME will release a new single called Bandit Blues on May 22 via Ultra Music.

You made it! Seriously, this is less than half of the news sitting in my inbox. 

Stay tuned! 

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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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