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I think it's been a pretty good few months for BARENAKED LADIES. Their latest album, GRINNING STREAK (read my review here) hit the streets back in June, and they hit the road for another LAST SUMMER ON EARTH Tour alongside BEN FOLDS FIVE, BOOTHBY GRAFFOE, and GUSTER (which I attended), and now they're back with a new video. It's a clip that's really perfect for the Halloween season, if only due to the Zombie onslaught that takes claims Kevin Hearn late in the video. But, "Odds Are" they'll be alright...

Published in Music for Grownups

Next month, our oldest daughter, Adalyn, will turn four. My wife and I didn't actually realize this until last week, but that means we had not attended a concert together since becoming parents. I've gone solo to a bunch (part of the whole "Rock Father" thing), but she and I just seldom actually get a "date night" together (though she went to see NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK last night), and when we have, concerts haven't been our go-to event [Note: She DOES NOT enjoy the metal]. Well, the dry spell ended last Tuesday, as my wife and I finally ventured into the City to catch THE LAST SUMMER ON EARTH Tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. On the bill for the evening: BARENAKED LADIES, BEN FOLDS FIVE, and BOOTHBY GRAFFOE. 

Published in James' Journal

Nearly ten years ago (it was October of 2003), I stood inside a dimly-lit ballroom at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas amongst a group of Musicland employees brought together for what would be (unbeknownst to them) one of their final Annual Meetings. The major crash of the music industry was looming just ahead, and if you asked them at the time, I'm sure that few (if any) would've predicted that the eventual bankruptcy, purchase, and elimination of their brand would come just three years later. As I stood there, Martini in-hand, the lights from the stage illuminated and the curtain dropped as the unannounced "surprise" performers for the night broke into their first song with the familiar lyrics... "It's been one week since you looked at me..."

Published in Music Reviews

The next installment of the ROCK BAND franchise is totally different, and it's arriving next month in the form of ROCK BAND BLITZ. First announced on The Rock Father this past April, the game requires no special accessories or peripherals, and is playable with your regular controller. ROCK BAND BLITZ arrives on PlayStation® Network on August 28th for $14.99 and to Xbox LIVE® Arcade on August 29th for 1200 Microsoft Points™. More tracks were just announced, and the complete listing can be found below alongside the latest developer video.