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.