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Opening in theaters this week, MGM's Operation Finale, brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Under the direction of Chris Weitz (About A Boy) and starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List) and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust.

Childish Gambino's "This Is America" is one of 2018's most powerful songs - and one that ranks among my personal favorites of the year thus far. It's success has already lead to dozens of covers, parodies and appropriations, so it was only a matter of time until someone gave it a proper metal treatment... and now that's happened. Norwegian producer and multi-instrumentalist Leo Moracchioli has long-been one of my favorite cover artists (a fellow "Rock Father" as well), having built a global following for expertly-produced reworkings of countless genre-spanning hits. Through his Frog Leap Studios, "This Is America" hit Spotify and YouTube this weekend, quickly moving to the top of my personal playlist. Crank this up...

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The "summer slump" is real, and it doesn't just have to do with what we as parents think of as the subjects in which kids normally tend to fall behind during the mid-year break. There's always a lot of emphasis on kids forgetting what they've learned, particularly in areas like reading and math, but even electives can fall off - and sometimes those are harder to get back into when the time comes. I know that this is true, and that's because we're living it right here at our house. Even if it's an activity that kids love to do - like playing a musical instrument - there's so many things vying for attention and the skills get a bit "rusty." That's certainly in no way a slight to the other activities as kids need time for free play and to have adventures - but now that the school year is upon us, it's time to get things back on track! In our house it's guitar and recorder that have the focus right now.

The world is on Twitter, and thus the music is, too. On Friday, August 24, The Smashing Pumpkins will live-stream the entire Seattle date on their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour via The Live Nation Concert series on Twitter. The band has been making their way across the country as part of their North American arena tour, produced by Live Nation. This is the first Smashing Pumpkins tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha. Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates, and keyboardist Katie Cole round out the lineup. 

Last night, Shooter Jennings performed "Bound Ta Git Down" from his new album SHOOTER on Conan. This latest appearance follows Jennings' recent interview on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast and The Joe Rogan Experience. SHOOTER was released on August 10th via the reactivated Elektra Records and is available now wherever music is streamed or sold. Check out last night's performance below!

12x Billboard charting rap group TWIZTID are just coming off of their successful run on the final Vans Warped Tour, lighting up crowds across the country. Now, the duo is wasting no time in announcing that after putting on their successful annual Fright Fest shows for 15 years now, they will be taking the spooky spectacular to the road! For the first time ever, Fright Festwill visit multiple cities this coming October, beginning October 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. More dates are set to be added soon - so stay tuned.

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