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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...

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.

It's no secret that KNIGHT RIDER is The Greatest Television Series of All-Time™ (a title bestowed upon it by yours truly), and because of that it's been covered here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine at length over the years. Along with the series itself, the iconic theme song by Stu Phillips is the stuff of legend - a piece of music so powerful that it's been covered in countless styles for nearly four decades. This week, Banjo Guy Ollie turned his attention away from video game music (which he excellently brings into the world of banjo and accordion) and toward television themes, so it was only appropriate that he's getting things started with KNIGHT RIDER!

On October 19, Chicago's DISTURBED will release their seventh studio album, Evolution via Reprise Records. Along with the album announcement, the band has unleashed the new single and music video, "Are You Ready?" as pre-orders have already gone live. Check out the new video and a statement from the band below!

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