If you’re in the LA area, and you didn’t get a ticket to the sold-out Avalon show, here’s your next chance to see Alice in Chains. Click here for tickets to see AIC perform live at their taping on the outdoor stage at the Jimmy Kimmel show on September 29! Space is limited, so move fast.
The iTunes pre-order for Black Gives Way to Blue is now available! The album includes two exclusive bonus tracks and comes with an instant download of the band’s first single “Check My Brain”, only available at iTunes. Click the link below to pre-order now.
The Y&T boys are excited about the new material they’re writing for the new record (aiming to release next spring), but they’re really looking forward to taking a break from writing, and to getting out there to play live for you this fall. They’re especially looking forward to finally returning to Ireland (after a two-decade absence) and playing for their great Irish fans once again.
There’s one more “all ages” show in the Y&T schedule for America this year. So those of you who have been asking for a Y&T concert where you can bring your kids, the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California is it.
2009 TOUR DATES SHIRTS!
The 2009 Tour Dates shirts have arrived! These tees have the classic Black Tiger on the front, and all the 2009 tour dates on back. If you saw a Y&T show in 2009, if you’re going to see the band this year, or even if you only wish you did, you’ll want one of these cool shirts. Available at most Y&T shows, and exclusively on the Y&T web site.
Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.
September 11 ~ Santa Clara, CA – Avalon
September 17 ~ West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
September 18 ~ Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre (all ages show)
September 19 ~ San Diego, CA – 4th and B
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
November 21 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
December 11 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Club Madrid
December 12 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
October 4 ~ Dublin, Ireland – The Village
October 5 ~ Belfast, N Ireland – Spring & Airbrake
October 9 ~ Drammen, Norway – Union
October 10 ~ Sala, Sweden – Rockland
October 12 ~ Bochum, Germany – Matrix
October 13 ~ Uden, The Netherlands – DePul
October 15 ~ Santander, Spain – Heaven D.C.
October 16 ~ Pamplona, Spain – Sala Totem
October 17 ~ Barcelona, Spain – Sala Bikini
October 20 ~ Karlsruhe-Bruchsal, Germany – Fabrik
October 21 ~ Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
October 23 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 24 ~ Hannover (Isernhagen), Germany – Blues Garage
October 25 ~ Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
October 27 ~ Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy (+ special guest Ron Keel)
October 29 ~ Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow (+ special guest Ron Keel)
October 30 ~ Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy Newcastle (+ special guest Ron Keel)
October 31 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City (+ special guest Ron Keel)
November 1 ~ Dudley, UK – JB’s (+ special guest Ron Keel)
November 3 ~ Oxford, UK – O2 Academy Oxford (+ special guest Ron Keel)
November 5 ~ Cardiff, Wales – The Globe (+ special guest Ron Keel)
November 6 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook (+ special guest Ron Keel)
November 7 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy Islington (+ special guest Ron Keel)
*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*
Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.
Harmonix and MTV Games to Offer Exclusive Five-Song Preview of The Beatles: Rock Band to Participating Bars
Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, today announced the launch of “Rock Band Bar Nights,” a ground-breaking initiative providing tools for U.S. bar owners to host their own Rock Band Nights. The program gives bars a cutting-edge in-bar entertainment option to help increase foot traffic and provide Rock Band fans with the opportunity to take the stage for a true rock star experience.
Rock Band – featuring a full band performance with guitar, bass, drums and mic – is revolutionizing the standard karaoke night in bars. The Rock Band Bar Nights program expands the Rock Band social experience for current fans and gives new fans the opportunity to try the game in an authentic performance setting with a live crowd cheering them on.
To help venues host and promote their own Rock Band Bar Nights, the program offers support to registered bars with everything from exclusive Rock Band product offerings to multiplatform marketing support. Through an exclusive e-commerce store, the program will also provide bars with a full music solution to easily rock their bar with the extensive Rock Band catalogue featuring more than 800 tracks and growing every week!
To kick off the program, Harmonix and MTV Games are providing bars that sign up before September 8th with an exclusive five-song preview disc from The Beatles: Rock Band, allowing their customers to experience the highly anticipated game before it hits stores on September 9th.
In addition to offering in-bar support for this new entertainment option, the Rock Band Bar Nights program extends online and gives members direct access to the Rock Band community with hundreds of thousands of fans, as well as the chance to stay connected on Rock Band’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. In the coming months, Rock Band fans will be able to find official Rock Band Bar Nights in their area through an online application searchable by zip code and a mobile version available for download as a free iPhone application.
Interested bar owners or fans can check out www.RockBand.com/BarNights for registration and more information.
Liverpool Alt Rockers, Screaming Lights have announced details of the release of their debut album.
Like Angels will be released through Anti on Monday 5th October 2009. The tracklisting for the 11-track album is as follows:
2. 21st Century
3. Hello Tomorrow
5. Exit Wound
6. Air In A Lung
7. Champagne Socialist
Recorded with Dan Grech at the Hospital Studio in London’s Covent Garden and Parr Street in Liverpool during the Spring of ’09, the album will be preceded by a single, Hello Tomorrow, which will released on September 28th.
The band have also announced a number of festival appearances over the summer and a headline tour in October. The full list of dates are as follows:
22nd Stafford V Festival
23rd Chelmsford V Festival
29th Leeds Leeds Festival
30th Reading Reading Festival
5th Cardiff 10 Feet Tall
6th Kidderminster Tap House
7th Reading Oakford Arms
8th Newcastle World Headquarters
9th Glasgow King Tuts
10th Wakefield Escobar
Gloriously out-of-step and isolated from many of their contemporaries, Screaming Lights are very much a product of their home-town. Steeped in that time-honoured Scouse tradition of forward-thinking, bloody-minded psychedelia, Like Angels shares a fair bit with the likes of fellow Mersey pop-pranksters such as The Teardrops or The Bunnymen.
Very adventurous yet still anchored in that classic Liverpudlian song-writing tradition, the 11-tracks of the album sound far more accomplished then one would expect on a debut album from band just out of school. A truly innovative and exciting debut.
Screaming Lights are: Alan Breen (bass), James Connor (drums), Max Goldberg (guitar) & James Treadell (vocals / guitar).
Get a Free Download of their acoustic version of “Hello Tomorrow” at this link.
On August 4th, Tantric released a follow up effort to their somewhat disappointing disc The End Begins from 2008.
Is Mind Control more of the same, or is this a return to form for the Louisville, KY alt rockers?
I immediately noticed the heaviness of the opening track “Mind Control”, and was hoping this was the direction the band was heading. I wouldn’t call Mind Control a heavy album by any means, but there are some songs on this CD that are much harder than I am used to hearing Tantric play.
“Kick Back” sees the band heading into a Shinedown like direction, while the title track “Mind Control” brings Creed to mind.
The opening riffs of “Fall To the Ground” nearly reminded me of early Lynch Mob. Hugo Ferreira gets a little growly with his vocals on this tune. This song gets better with every listen.
I am not sure what to think about the song “Coming Undone”. This song is quite a mixed bag for me. It almost sounds as if Tantric is trying to head into the Tool territory. The song starts off with a really cool violin and piano intro, and then blasts off into a grungy mid-tempo number. For whatever reason, this songs sounds unnatural for Tantric, but I must admit that it is growing on me.
“Desert Me” is a typical post grunge song that, if anything sounds kind of generic. If I were to hear this song on the radio, I would not be able to tell it apart from a lot of the other stuff that is being played today.
“The Past is the Past” has some cool guitar parts that bring U2 to mind. This song will be a hit without a doubt.
“Walk Away” is a catchy rocker, and “What Are You Waiting For” sounds like it is a hit waiting to happen. Both songs are enhanced with the violin of Marcus Ratzenboeck. The violin isn’t an instrument that you hear much of in rock music, and I appreciate his playing on these songs, and on this album.
“Lets Start” is another harder edged tune that rocks pretty well. Half of the song has this cool riff, that brings U2 to mind once more. The other half has these cool heavy crunch filled guitar riffs. This is a pretty cool tune that I would like to hear Tantric do more of.
Tantric has released another solid effort with Mind Control. There are at least seven or eight songs that I will get a lot of replay out of. While this disc may not be as good as their debut record, it is easily their best one since then. This is one of the better alternative rock albums of 2009.
Rating : Out of 10
1. Mind Control
2. Fall To The Ground
3. Coming Undone
4. Desert Me
5. The Past Is The Past
6. Kick Back
8. Run Out
9. Walk Away
10. What Are You Waiting For
11. Let’s Start
12. Guiding Me
Hugo Ferreira – lead vocals and keyboard
Joe Pessia – guitar
Erik Leonhardt – bass and vocals
Marcus Ratzenboeck – violin
Richie Monica – drums
Mammal has released a new video, “The Majority” in support of their up and coming album of the same name due September 22nd via Bieler Brother records. Check out “The Majority” below.
Legendary Guitarist STEVE VAI releases new single on iTunes
NOW WE RUN
OFF HIS NEW DVD, Blu-ray and Live CD ON FAVORED NATIONS
Guitar legend Steve Vai has released his first single off of his new live DVD, Blu-ray and Live CD Where The Wild Things Are on Favored Nations Records. Single is available on iTunes now!
Where The Wild Things Are is Vai’s 21st solo project contributing to his 20,000,000 unit worldwide sales that have accumulated over his 30 year career. Vai chose the State Theatre to film because of its large, lush acoustics and the historical theatre’s gorgeous interior.
Vai is widely known for both his unprecedented guitar playing techniques and the unique design of his signature series Ibanez Jem guitar. But his fans have become inextricably drawn to his melodic depth, and dynamic stage performance. The continued evolution of his craft is made apparent in the astonishing musicianship presented in Where The Wild Things Are.
The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from his rich catalog. His guitar-wielding extravaganza in “The Murder” is an artistic performance piece that must be seen to be believed.
The addition of virtuoso violinists Alex DePue and Ann Marie Calhoun add a dazzling dimension to Vai’s compositions and stage show, delivering fans the unexpected edge they always expect. Other world-class musicians chosen for Vai’s band are: Bryan Beller (bass), Jeremy Colson (drums), Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar) and Zack Wiesinger (lap steel).
Where The Wild Things Are will be released on September 29, 2009 on Favored Nations.
Wolfmother has just launched the first of a series of a behind the scenes looks at their forthcoming opus, Cosmic Egg. Transmissions From The Cosmic Egg: Episode 1 travels the open high-way to Byron Bay where much of the record was born and pre-production took place. In the piece front man Andrew Stockdale provides an introspective look at the new album, “sometimes I kind of think… Are these songs good enough? Will people like them?” and goes on to explain, “I think these songs suit me. They suit the way I sing and what I can relate to, the world I can relate to.”
The wonderfully ambitious new record is set for release on October 13, preceded by their joyously shredding first single, “New Moon Rising,” which is out now! “New Moon Rising” is a thumping, ripping slice of optimistic future-blues that’s all over the radio now and just the first piece to be unveiled of the fine Cosmic Egg puzzle. It’s a thrilling rush of goodtimes direct to the soul and is only the beginning of a mighty return…. grab “New Moon Rising” NOW on iTunes.
Wolfmother’s new album is, in short, the sound of the band’s world being rethunk and cracked wide open, with a sprawling, jubilant galaxy of musical and metaphysical harmony spilling forth. Expedition is welcome to all, and to begin you on your journey, you can now pre-order limited edition versions of Cosmic Egg in a variety of formats including CD, deluxe CD, 2LP Vinyl, Limited Edition Box Set, and various music and merch combos NOW from wolfmother.com.
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood on Mascot Records U.S.A Out NOW!
VOLBEAT will tour in support of their latest album Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood on 14 select shows with famed Metal Masters METALLICA and their tour DEATH MAGNETIC.
Elvis metal ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT has unleashed their trademark rockabilly sound on unsuspecting Americans via their first ever U.S. release, ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on Mascot Records USA in 2008. The first single Sad Man’s Tongue took over the airwaves in 2008. They went on to release yet another rock-a-billy metal masterpiece GUITAR GANGSTERS & CADILLAC BLOOD in 2009 – The four piece combines influences from the 50’s to current mosh-pit metal that puts you in a death grip. It’s this imposing blend that has created the U.S.A. to become diehard fans. The new CD also contains a respectful and powerful interpretation of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry originally by Hank Williams Sr.
VOLBEAT is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.
VOLBEAT TOUR DATES – METALLICA
10/26 Air Canada Centre Toronto, CANADA
10/27 Air Canada Centre Toronto, CANADA
10/31 Colisee Pepsi Quebec City, CANADA
11/01 Colisee Pepsi Quebec City, CANADA
11/09 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI
11/10 HSBC Arena Buffalo, NY
11/12 Times Union Center Albany, NY
11/14 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
11/15 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
12/05 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
12/07 Idaho Center Boise, ID
12/08 ARCO Arena Sacramento, CA
12/10 Honda Center Anaheim, CA
12/12 HP Pavilion San Jose, CA
CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED will be releasing their new album, Happiness and All the Other Things, this week. Hailing from Yukon, Oklahoma, the quartet has been a staple of the live circuit since their start in the late 1990s. Although not a household name in the mainstream rock world yet, Cross Canadian Ragweed have already built a huge and loyal fanbase through their gritty live shows. They’ve also long-been celebrated by the music press with USA Today gushing, “This ferociously rocking band is one of the better-kept secrets around…As usual, their best stuff is so good you wonder why more people aren’t noticing…”
Happiness and All the Other Things is Cross Canadian Ragweed’s 7th album and was produced by the band’s longtime compatriot and artist in his own right Mike McClure. And, yes, being from a small town in Oklahoma and two of them now residing in the Lone Star State (where they are kings of the thriving Red Dirt/Texas music scene), Cross Canadian Ragweed also qualify as country, and have even played The Grand Ole Opry. It’s only natural, part of the musical heritage that the members of the band grew up on.
Ragweed’s utterly natural Southwestern rock style abounds on Happiness and All The Other Things. The 12-track opus opens with a one/two punch/kiss combo that sets the band’s wide parameters: The fiercely rocking road tale “51 Pieces” followed by a sweet taste of the Texas Hill Country springtime on “Blue Bonnets,” whose sparse and lovely arrangement features harmonium by Joe Hardy (the star recording engineer who mixed the album) and dobro by noted musician and producer Lloyd Maines (also the father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines). The band will be out throughout the rest of the year and well into 2010 promoting the record.
Check out all of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s tour dates here.