Yes, Eagle Rock Partner To Release New Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary progressive rock band Yes will release a brand new live recording this fall.

Songs From Tsongas The 35th Anniversary Concert will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment Tuesday, September 23rd. The recording will be released in a variety of presentations including: Blu-ray, double-disc DVD, triple-disc CD, and digital formats. This upcoming recording is a truly special recording for the band’s fans. That is because the special edition release contains not one but two concerts. Both shows were recorded during the band’s 35th Anniversary tour in 2004. The tour in question was the last to feature Yes’ classic lineup of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, and Alan White. The secondary concert included features seventy minutes of never-before-released footage from Lugano.

The concert’s DVD presentation contains the band’s entire concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. Previously this concert had been spread across two discs. The career-spanning performance includes an extensive acoustic set which encompasses the concert’s eleventh through eighteenth songs. It also includes some songs that the band had very rarely performed live in previous live engagements. The concert is also presented in its entirety in its triple-disc CD format.

The bonus second disc in the DVD presentation takes audiences to the band’s performance at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. The crowd in attendance proved that not even the rain would stop it from seeing Yes perform as audiences will see for themselves. The band’s performance at this venue includes full on rock versions of the acoustic songs from the Tsongas Arena show as well as an acoustic stage. As an added bonus, fans area also treated to a performance of the song ‘Ritual,’ which was recorded during the band’s performance at the Tsongas Arena and an interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean. Dean was the man responsible for creating the stage for Yes’ concerts on its 35th Anniversary tour.

The track listing for the Blu-ray, Special Edition double-disc DVD and triple-disc CD presentation of Yes’ Songs from Tsongas The 35th Anniversary Concert is listed below.

TRACK LISTING:

Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray:

Disc 1 – Songs From Tsongas

1) Intro/Firebird Suite

2) Going For The One

3) Sweet Dreams

4) Your Move / All Good People

5) Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2

6) South Side Of The Sky

7) Turn Of The Century

8) My Eyes

9) Mind Drive Part 3

10) Yours Is No Disgrace

11) The Meeting (Piano Solo)

12) Long Distance Runaround

13) Wonderous Stories

14) Time Is Time

15) Roundabout

16) Show Me

17) Owner Of A Lonely Heart

18) Second Initial (Guitar Solo)

19) Rhythm Of Love

20) And You And I

21) Every Little Thing

22) Starship Trooper

Disc 2 – Live In Lugano

1) Intro/Firebird Suite

2) Going For The One

3) Sweet Dreams

4) Your Move / All Good People

5) Long Distance Runaround

6) The Fish

7) Owner Of A Lonely Heart

8) And You And I

9) Starship Trooper

10) Roundabout

3CD:

Disc One:

1) Intro / Firebird Suite

2) Going For The One

3) Sweet Dreams

4) Your Move/All Good People

5) Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2

6) South Side Of The Sky

7) Turn Of The Century

8) My Eyes

9) Mind Drive Part 3

10) Yours Is No Disgrace

Disc Two:

1) The Meeting (piano solo)

2) Long Distance Runaround

3) Wonderous Stories

4) Time Is Time

5) Roundabout

6) Show Me

7) Owner Of A Lonely Heart

8) Second Initial (guitar solo)

9) Rhythm Of Love

Disc Three:

1) And You And I

2) Ritual

3) Every Little Thing

4) Starship Trooper

 The special edition double-disc DVD will retail for SRP of $24.98 while the Blu-ray will retail for SRP of $19.98. No price has been announced yet for the triple-disc CD set. Updates on that, and all of the latest entertainment news and reviews is available online at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

All of the latest news and more from Yes is available online via the band’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/yestheband and the band’s official website, http://yesworld.com.

Rolling Stones’ “Clearly Classic” Vinyls Are Among 2014’s Best Re-Issues

Courtesy:  ABKCO

Courtesy: ABKCO

Early this Spring, ABKCO re-issued to audiences around the world three more of The Rolling Stones’ most beloved albums.  The albums in question are: Get Yer Ya-Yas Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert, 12 X 5, and the band’s hits collection Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  All three titles were re-issued as part of ABKCO’s ongoing “Clearly Classic” series.  And for audiences that prefer the vintage sound of vinyl to the more spit-shined sound of music on a CD or an MP3, these three latest re-issues are the perfect fit.  That sound is only part of what audiences will appreciate in these latest re-issues.  That they have been re-issued with their original artwork makes each vinyl even more enjoyable for fans of The Rolling Stones.  Last but definitely not least of all, each of these re-issues can be purchased by themselves or collectively depending on whether or not one already owns the original vinyls.  All three factors together make these vinyls the year’s top three music re-issues of 2014.

The central point in the enjoyment of ABKCO’s recently re-issued Rolling Stones titles is of course its sound. And it goes without saying that the sound on these re-issues could not be better. The sound is just as wonderful as it was in the vinyls’ original releases.  Only in the case of these “Clearly Classic” re-issues, it actually sounds even better as if it was on CD.  It sounds especially impressive on the band’s live release Get Yer Ya-Yas Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert.  Considering how many years ago that concert was originally recorded, it’s incredible that it sounds as good today as it did then.  Those charged with re-mastering the sound on that concert recording or this new re-issue are to be applauded for their efforts.  Much the same can be said of the sound on both 12 X 5 and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  In the case of the songs on the latter of that pair, they have been added to nearly every one of the Stones’ many hits collections released over the years.  So it’s nice to hear them in one of their earlier hits collections.  There’s just a different quality that can’t be fully put into words.  It is something that must be heard first hand to be fully appreciated.

Audiences will appreciate the sound of the songs on these three latest Rolling Stones re-issues.  The sound on all three vinyls is just as impressive as that of the songs in their CD re-issues. Audiences will also appreciate in these re-issues the fact that they have been presented with their original artwork. There are so many labels out there today that try to revamp albums all the way down to their cover art as a means to market the albums. ABKCO didn’t take that route with these re-issues. It proves once more just how much the company wanted to honor both the historical significance of the albums and the band itself. Even more, it also shows a certain level of respect for the audiences, too. Older audiences will appreciate this as it will add to the sense of nostalgia established through the albums’ re-issues. Younger audiences that might be hearing these releases for the first time will appreciate them more for their historical significance. A comparison of such artwork to that of so many of today’s albums shows a vast stylistic difference. Unlike so many of today’s releases, there is nothing sexy or controversial about these releases’ artwork. That means that the attention will largely be on the music. The end result is a deeper appreciation for music that is plain and simple, real.

The transfer of the Rolling Stones’ original albums from CD back to vinyl on these re-issues is impressive to say the least. The sound quality is just as wonderful as ever. The use of the releases’ original artwork makes the overall listening experience even more enjoyable whether one is new to the world of The Rolling Stones or a far more seasoned fan. There is still one last aspect of these re-issues worth noting in their success. That final aspect in the success of these albums is the ease of purchasing them. They can each be purchased now via Amazon. And all three albums are below the thirty-dollar mark. So they are also affordable for audiences. Considering that many markets lack an indie store where fans could potentially pick up these vinyl re-issues, this ease of ordering becomes an even more important aspect to their overall enjoyment and success. Get Yer Ya-Yas Out can be ordered directly via Amazon at http://smarturl.it/YaYasLP, while 12 X 5 and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) can be ordered at http://smarturl.it/12x5LP and http://smarturl.it/TTPDVinyl respectively. That cost effectiveness and ease of ordering along with the releases’ artwork and quality sound transfer back to vinyl each partners together in the overall presentation of these releases to make them absolute must haves for any true-blooded Rolling Stones fan. It also makes them three of this year’s top new re-issues.

More information on The Rolling Stones is available online at http://www.facebook.com/therollingstones,http://www.rollingstones.com and http://twitter.com/rollingstones.To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Friedman’s Musical Light Burns Bright On Inferno

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Virtuoso metal guitarist Marty Friedman has built a career of churning out some of the most intense riffs that the metal community has ever heard. Some of the most intense of those riffs came during his time with veteran metal band Megadeth alongside fellow legend Dave Mustaine. For all of the impressive riffs that Friedman crafted during his time with Megadeth, he has shown to be just as talented on his own as he was during his time with that group of musicians. He has released a handful of albums in recent years. Each album has shown a different side to Friedman as an artist, the most recent of which being 2012’s Loudspeaker. Now two years removed from that album, Friedman has released his latest full length effort in the form of the aptly titled Inferno. Pardon the pun, but the title is fitting for this album because Friedman is most definitely *ahem* “on fire” throughout the course of the album’s dozen tracks. One of the most intriguing tracks on this album is his punk/hard rock hybrid ‘I Can’t Relax (ft. Danko Jones). This is one of those songs that shows that while Friedman is known largely for speed and thrash metal riffs, he is just as talented in other realms of rock, too. On a completely opposite branch, ‘Meat Hook (ft. Jorgen Munkeby)’ is a completely out of this world metal-meets-avant-garde jazz piece that is sure to catch any listener’s ear. Of course for all of the intensity and growth that Friedman exhibits through the course of this album, he also shows some emotional depth in the progressive rock ballad of sorts that is ‘Undertow (ft. Gregg Bissonette and Tony Franklin).’ These songs are but mere samplings of what makes Inferno such an outstanding opus from Marty Friedman. There are nine other tracks from which listeners can choose their favorite(s). Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose as their favorite(s), every listener will agree that all twelve of the songs that make up Inferno make up an album that is more than deserving of a spot on any critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Marty Friedman shows off his metal chops throughout the majority of his new album in a variety of ways as listeners will note in listening throughout the album’s dozen total tracks. For all of the metal chops that he continues to show on this album, he also displays a certain amount of growth, too. Case in point is the punk/hard rock hybrid that is ‘I Can’t Relax (ft. Danko Jones).’ Friedman shows in this song that while it’s been a while since he was part of a band with a vocalist, he is still okay with sharing the limelight with others. Jones, who has earned his own level of fame throughout his career perfectly mirrors Friedman’s own frenetic energy as he sings, “I’m always busy/Let’s get ready/Burn it down to the ground/I hate when someone tells me to stop moving and sit down…You’re gonna see my face everywhere/It’s gonna drive you crazy/I want to time and time again/I can’t relax/I can’t relax/You gotta know/I can’t relax/You’ve got to know.” Jones’ rapid fire delivery alongside the musicianship of Friedman and his fellow musicians will instantly have audiences dancing and singing along happily. It’s not the only song that will either, as is evidenced in the metal-meets-avant-garde jazz piece that is ‘Meat Hook (ft. Jorgen Munkeby).

‘Meat Hook (Ft Jorgen Munkeby) is another prime example in this record of just how much Friedman has grown as an artist. The song shows influences from the likes of Liquid Tension Experiment, Trioscapes, Faith No More, and certain other bands. Simply put, it is mind boggling, but in the best possible way. The use of the sax line against Friedman’s guitar playing makes for a contradiction that can only be best understood when heard by one’s own ears. There are no words to properly describe the sound or the effect. Add in the wild piano runs and audiences get a piece that completely defies any musical logic whatsoever. Yet it still manages to impress in its own right and make Inferno even more enjoyable for listeners.

For all of the wild energy exuded by Marty Friedman, his guest musicians, and his band mates throughout the course of this album, Friedman shows a softer side too. That softer side is presented in the progressive rock ballad ‘Undertow.’ This piece shows something of an influence from the likes of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment just to name a couple of bands. After the nonstop adrenaline rush on which Friedman sends his listeners throughout the course of the album’s previous song, this song is a welcome chance for listeners to catch their collective breath. The addition of Tony Franklin and famed session drummer Gregg Bissonette adds even more depth to the song. It takes listeners back to the days of big hair and even bigger rock. Listeners can just close their eyes and take it in, seeing in their minds, a giant arena with Friedman there center stage, lasers shooting out from the stage in time with his guitar playing. It’s one more impressive piece that stands out as one of this album’s highest of highs. Of course that it just the opinion of this critic. There are still nine other tracks on this record from which listeners can choose their own favorite(s). Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose, one thing can be agreed and that is that whether it be the songs noted here or those chosen as favorites by others, every track on this record proves just why Inferno deserves a spot on every rock critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Inferno is currently available in stores and online. Audiences can check it out now while they await Friedman’s next scheduled live performance Thursday, September 25th at the Iridium in New York. Audiences can keep up with all of the latest tour updates and news from Marty Friedman online now at http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official and http://www.martyfriedman.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

(Hed) p.e.’s Latest LP Is One Of 2014’s Top Indie Albums

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

(Hed) p.e. has spent the majority of its life flying just under the mainstream radar. From changes in the band’s lineup to changes in record labels and more, the band—Jahred Gomes (vocals), Mark Young (bass), Jackson Benge (guitar), and Jeremiah Stratton (drums)—has stuck to its guns so to speak and managed to remain a favorite among its fans while still pulling in new fans along the way. Now with its latest album, titled Evolution, due out later this month, it looks to gain even more fans. That is thanks to the album boasting a solid mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics from start to finish. One example of how that mix of music and lyrics will catch listeners’ ears is the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This song comes across as a social statement of sorts about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. ‘No Tomorrow’ has its own interest, too. And for all of the high intensity that permeates most of this album, the members of (Hed) p.e. do show a softer side in the album’s closing numbers without losing any of their social consciousness. Case in point the album’s penultimate piece ‘Let It Burn.’ This one harkens back to reggae great Bob Marley. It is one more of so many pieces throughout Evolution that will have listeners agreeing that this album is some of the band’s best work to date.

The songs written for Evolution collectively make this album some of the band’s best work to date. That’s because of the mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics. The topics covered in this album vary in subject matter. One of the hardest hitting of those subjects comes in the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This is just this critic’s own interpretation of the song. But it comes across lyrically as tackling the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Front man Jahred Gomes sings of a person whose life was rough to begin with but was only made worse with the introduction of drugs and alcohol. He notes in the song’s opening verse, “It’s just another day/Gotta wake up to the pain/Those demons inside/They wanna come outside and play/Those demons I hide inside/I gotta make ‘em go away/Tonight/We raise hell/We take everything in sight.” He goes on from here to sing about the consequences of covering those demons with various drugs and alcohol. Specifically, he says, “I can’t feel my face/I’m so wasted/I wanna die/I’m young/Just having fun/So why/Not/Drink and drive/You dead/From all that whiskey/And all the vodka/drinking cocaine/And sniffing marijuana.” Yes, that’s right. The whole intention of that line being written in such fashion is to illustrate just how powerful and dangerous abusing drugs and alcohol can be. It shows that it can screw up a person so badly that said person wouldn’t even know what he or she is doing. Something as minor as this, examined on a larger scale, makes for quite the powerful statement. And the manic energy exuded by the band illustrates that message even more. Gomes goes even deeper as the song progresses. And audiences in hearing the song’s depth will agree that such musical and lyrical depth makes this one of the album’s most important and best songs, too.

Another of the album’s standout moments comes only a few songs after ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The song in question is the radio ready ‘No Tomorrow.’ Right from the song’s start, audiences will note a stark difference in the overall style of the song in comparison to ‘Lost in Babylon.’ It’s more of a straight forward hard rock song. That difference in sound makes it far more apt to be one of the album’s singles than say ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The defiant lyrics and the heavy, thundering guitar line here will work just as well in a live setting as on the radio. The song’s chorus, in which is written, “When it all goes down/You know I wanna be right there/Yeah, when the walls come down/You know I wanna be right there/On the frontline/Fightin’ on the right side/Holdin’ up the frontline/Like there’s no tomorrow.” The band adds in the song’s second verse what comes across as an indictment of the powers that be. Gomes sings in that verse, “Renegade/Can’t be f&*^!^% around with my life/I’m gonna break you/Show you how real rebels we ride/Take a big hit/Open your eyes and realize/It’s not the destination/It’s about the journey we ride/Can’t stop you from turning water into wine/Like the system/Poisoning the masses from the inside out/But change is coming that you heard about/The revolution’s on the way/Go BOOM BOOM!” There is a certain social consciousness about this song, nothing the revolution coming. It would seem that the noted revolution would be in regards to those working inside the system that is poisoning the masses. If that is the intended reference, then it makes the song all the harder hitting and worth the listen. In the bigger picture, it is yet another piece of Evolution’s whole that makes this album worth the listen.

Evolution boasts more than its share of high intensity songs throughout the course of its twelve tracks. For all of the powerhouse riffs and equally deep lyrics, the members of (Hed) p.e. show that they can also craft songs that are just as powerful without the heavier riffs and pounding drums and bass line. A prime example of that ability lies in the album’s penultimate track ‘Let it Burn.’ This piece harkens back to reggae legend Bob Marley both stylistically and lyrically. Gomes sings in this song, “show me a miracle/Show me some love today/A little bit of love go a long way/Just a little bit of love go a long way.” It’s one of those pieces that exemplifies the themes of togetherness and joy in life common in works from Marley and even his song Ziggy. And after all of the fiery energy presented by the album’s previous songs, it shows that a song can still be heavy without being musically heavy. It’s one more example of what makes Evolution worth the listen and potentially one of the year’s best independent releases.

(Hed) p.e. is currently touring in support of its upcoming album. It will be in Houston, Texas today and Dallas, Texas on Sunday. The band’s tour schedule also includes a stop at the famed Hooligan’s night club in Jacksonville, NC on Wednesday, August 27th. Fans can get the band’s full tour listing online now as well as the latest news from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/hedpe, http://www.hedperocks.com, http://www.myspace.com/hedpe, and http://twitter.com/hedpe. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Last Tangle In Paris Is A Fitting Live Finale For Ministry

Courtesy:  UDR/13th Planet Records

Courtesy: UDR/13th Planet Records

Ministry is done. This is according to the band’s founder Al Jourgensen. While Jourgensen may have called it a career (at least with Ministry), fans have been rewarded for their loyalty once more with another new live recording in the form of Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012. This new release follows up last year’s release of Enjoy the Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012. Anyone that missed that release will be pleasantly surprised to find much the same performance as is presented in this latest recording. That is the most important factor in the overall success of this release. Of equal importance is that once again, the concert presentation includes both an audio and visual presentation. The overall quality of the audio and video of the recording is the last but hardly least important part of the whole worth noting. All these factors together make Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012 a lasting memory for fans of one of hard rock’s most important acts.

Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012 is Ministry’s follow-up to its live 2013 recording, Enjoy The Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012. Audiences that might not have had the chance to pick up the earlier release will be happy to know that Last Tangle in Paris boasts largely the same set list as the band’s Wacken recording. It is largely the same because both recordings were part of the same tour. It boasts such hits as: ‘No W,’ ‘Psalm 69,’ ‘LiesLiesLies,’ and ‘Khyber Pass’ among so many others. The audio portion of the recording totals twenty-seven songs and nearly two hours of material. The recording’s DVD side comes in at nearly an hour and a half. That brings the total run time of the package in whole to nearly three and a half hours. So it goes without saying that audiences will be thoroughly entertained with so much material in one package.

The similarity of Last Tangle in Paris’ set list to that of Ministry’s Live at Wacken recording is just part of what makes Last Tangle in Paris another welcome recording for Ministry’s fans. Audiences will note in the recording’s visual portion (its DVD half) that they get more than just a concert. Audiences are actually treated to some behind-the-scenes extras. Audiences are treated to interviews with Jourgensen before and after the concert as well as one of his band mates. That interview includes a tribute of sorts to late band member Mike Scaccia who had passed away. Those extra interviews give audiences the chance to see another side of Jourgensen that they might not have otherwise gotten to see. Together with the concert footage, it makes the concert experience in whole even more complete.

Jourgensen and company impress on Last Tangle in Paris thanks in part to the similarity of this recording’s set list to that of the band’s performance at Wacken from earlier in the year. Making the recording even more entertaining is the bonus DVD included in the set. It includes not only a concert recording, but also bonus behind-the-scenes interviews of sorts as additional material. All of this together makes this recording well worth checking out for any Ministry fan. There is still one piece of the recording that must be examined before passing judgment on the package in whole. That final piece is the concert’s audio and video mix. Whether it be the double-disc CD side of the recording or the companion DVD, the audio and video in whole are balanced rather well. That is especially a feat for a band as intense as Ministry. At no point is Jourgensen covered by the guitars and drums or vice versa. Each part compliments the other from start to finish throughout both portions of the recording. The end result of this is an increased enjoyment of the recording’s songs on both sides of the set and an even deeper appreciation for what may be one of the last live recordings from one of the titans of the hard rock and metal community.

Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012 is available now in stores and online. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Dagger Debuts Video For Latest Single

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Swedish modern classic rock band The Dagger debuted the video for its new single ‘1978’ this week. The video can be viewed online now at http://www.teamrock.com/news/2014-07-10/premiere-the-dagger-1978. The video features footage of the band performing its single inside a mansion mixed with footage of front man Jani Kataja singing his part as he drives a classic muscle car along an unnamed road. If the band’s new video and single aren’t enough for fans, the videos for ‘Ahead of You’ and ‘Skygazer’ can both be streamed online now via YouTube and Soundcloud respectively at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLFKpWMjVec&feature=youtu.be and https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/the-dagger-skygazer. A demo take of the song ‘Dark Cloud’ can also be streamed online now via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imbk-v_1myE.

The Dagger’s self-titled Century Media Records debut will be available in stores and online Tuesday, July 22nd. It can be pre-ordered now with both the CD by itself and with a souvenir t-shirt online now at http://www.cmdistro.com/Artist/The_Dagger/96644. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The Dagger track-listing:
1. Ahead Of You All
2. Call Of 9
3. Ballad Of An Old Man
4. Skygazer
5. Electric Dawn
6. 1978
7. Dogs Of Warning
8. Nocturnal Triumph
9. Inside The Monolithic Dome
10. Dark Cloud
11. Mainline Riders (CD-only bonus track)

The Dagger is currently scheduled to perform live at the Close-Up Baten Festival Thursday and Friday, September 1th and 19th. More information on that festival is available online at http://www.closeupmagazine.net/sept.php. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Trioscapes Announces Release Date For Sophomore LP

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Officials with Metal Blade Records announced today that Trioscapes will release its sophomore album this summer.

Trioscapes will release its second full length studio effort Digital Dream Sequence Tuesday, August 19th. Tenor Saxophonist/flutist Walter Fancourt and bassist Dan Briggs explained the difference between the band’s upcoming release and its debut record. Fancourt noted of the band’s debut, “after hearing the debut album, that was the first time I felt like I knew what we sounded like.” Briggs expanded on Fancourt’s thoughts adding, “For the first record, the three of us came together just to write music for that album, not even really knowing we were writing for an album.” He added, “After two years of touring, playing together, and casually working on new music, we really gelled and established more of a sound.”

Audiences can get a glimpse of what to expect on the band’s new album with the album’s lead single, ‘Stab Wounds’ now online in its entirety. It can be viewed via Metal Blade Records’ official Trioscapes page at http://www.metalblade.com/trioscapes/. More updates on the upcoming album, and all of the latest news from Trioscapes is available online now at http://www.metalblade.com/trioscapes and http://www.facebook.com/trioscapes. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Royal Blood Debuts Video For New Single

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

UK rock duo Royal blood has released the video for its new single.

Royal Blood—Michael Kerr (bass/vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums)—debuted the video last week for the new single ‘Figure it Out.’ The video can be viewed online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhgVu2lsi_k. The video made its debut last week on the BBC by Zane Lowe. It will be featured on the band’s upcoming self-titled debut on Warner Brothers Records August 25th.

The band will kick off a US tour beginning next Tuesday, July 15th in support of its upcoming album. Joining the band for its tour will be Arctic Monkeys and Pixies. The band’s current tour schedule and all of the latest news from the band is available online at http://www.facebook.com/RoyalBloodUK and http://royalbloodband.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Deep Purple Announces North American Summer Tour

Courtesy:  E-A-R Music

Courtesy: E-A-R Music

Deep Purple will make its way back to the U.S. this summer.

Deep Purple released its 19th full length studio album NOW What?! in April 2013. Since then, the band has made its way around the world in support of that album. Now the band’s global tour brings it back to the United States. Deep Purple will kick off the North American leg of its tour Monday, August 4th in Scottsdale, AZ. As the band prepares for its upcoming North American tour, it will release the latest single, ‘All The Time in the World’ to radio stations nationwide. The band’s current schedule of tour dates is listed below.

Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:

08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ                  Talking Stick Casino         8:00pm

08/05/14     Ventura, CA                      Ventura County Fair       8:00pm

08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA               Orange County Fair          8:00pm

08/08/14    Lincoln, CA                       Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre          8:00pm

08/09/14    Roseburg, OR                   Douglas County Fair          8:00pm

08/10/14     Snoqualmie, WA             Snoqualmie Casino             8:00pm

08/13/14     Saratoga, CA                     Mountain Winery               8:00pm

08/14/14     Valley Center, CA             Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center           8:00pm

08/15/14     Las Vegas, NV                  Fremont St. Downtown    8:00pm

08/16/14     Wendover, NV                   Peppermill Casino Concert Hall           8:00pm

08/20/14    Elgin, IL                             Festival Park                       8:00pm

08/21/14     Windsor, ON                     Caesars Casino                    8:00pm

08/22/14    Rama, ON                          Casino Rama                       8:00pm

08/24/14    Morristown, NJ                  Mayo PAC                            8:00pm

08/25/14     Englewood, NJ                  Bergen PAC                         8:00pm

08/26/14    Westbury, NY                     NYCB Theatre at Westbury           8:00pm

08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                          Hard Rock Casino              8:00pm

08/30/14    Orlando, FL                        Hard Rock Live                    8:00pm

08/31/14     Hollywood, FL                  Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena 8:00PM

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Tackett’s New LP Is One Of 2014’s Best Surprises

Courtesy:  Root Down L.A. Records

Courtesy: Root Down L.A. Records

Singer-songwriter Miles Tackett released his new album The Fool Who Wonders today. Pardon the awful pun, but there’s no fooling about Tackett’s new album. This album is itself a wonder of a record. Throughout the course of the album’s eleven songs, Tackett takes listeners back to an era when music was at its purest. The songs that make up his album combine elements of classic funk and R&B with more modern sounds from the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Ben Harper for a whole that anyone will enjoy. Listeners will find one example of what makes Tackett’s album so worth the listen right off the top in the album’s first pairing of songs. Listeners will also enjoy the swinging, bluesy ‘Out in the Canyon.’ These three songs are but a minute examination of what makes The Fool Who Wonders worth the listen. The eight remaining songs not noted here each play their own role in the success of the album, too. And audiences that give those songs a chance, as well as those noted here will agree that one would be a fool to not pick up this album.

Tackett noted on his Facebook page of The Fool Who Wonders that he had “forgotten how much work & how many hands it really takes to bring music from one’s head to other folks’ ears.” He went on to thank a number of people in this statement. It goes without saying that all of the work and hands went into bringing The Fool Who Wonders definitely paid off. That is obvious right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Just What I Need.’ Tackett instantly takes listeners on a musical trip back in time thanks to his guitar work on this song. Its hybrid old school, up-tempo, funk/R&B sound will instantly have listeners bobbing their heads and tapping their feet in time. That musical side set alongside the song’s lyrics makes for quite the experience. He sings in this song about a woman that he had seemingly lost. He sings, “Could we recognize/After all these years/Building our brick walls/Built upon our fear/And we had enough/Mix of joy and pain…Maybe we didn’t want to see/Maybe/We gave each other just what we need/Just what we need.” Having such an up-tempo song set against a song centered on what comes across as a song about a broken relationship makes for one heck of a contradiction. That last line, “Maybe we gave each other what we need” is the explanation behind that more positive sound. Rather than let the song be just another downer about a lost love, he presents a song with optimism looking back. It’s that sort of better to have loved and lost mentality. The two elements together make this song a great way to open The Fool Who Wonders.

Tackett keeps listeners back in the golden era of funk and R&B as he transitions from ‘Just What I Need’ into the album’s second song, ‘Everything.’ This piece bears a noticeable influence from both Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz at least on its musical side. Tackett actually sounds a little bit like a mix of both guitarists as he sings. It isn’t so evident with just a fleeting listen. A closer examination of the song will reveal just how much he sounds like both singers. Lyrically, this song continues the positive, optimistic vibe established in the album’s opener. Tackett sings in this piece, “I’ve had some good things come to me/On a long lucky streak/I’ve thought that I/Could never lose/I had everything but you/I had everything but you/Everything but you/I couldn’t see you missing/Just a king/Without a queen/Livin’ all my lifetime/thought I had everything/Thought I had everything.” Forget ballads. Tackett doesn’t mince any words here. He is singing to a woman that he is crazy about. He says he’s had so many great things in life, except for that special lady. He’s trying to woo her. And any guy trying to woo his own special someone could use this to help put into words how he feels about her. It makes for yet another great addition to this surprisingly enjoyable record.

The first pairing of songs that opens The Fool Who Wonders are by themselves a great first impression for Tackett’s new album. Even after winning over listeners with that all-important first impression a firm win, he continues to impress throughout the record. One of the highest of points that comes through the album’s progression is the bluesy ‘Out in the Canyon.’ This song sounds like the kind of song one would expect to hear from the likes of B.B. King, Junior Wells, or even Taj Mahal just to name a few. This applies even in the song’s lyrical side as Tackett sings, “Out in the canyon/They gather in the sun/You kick up dust/All day long/And then burn until it’s done…Someone’s passing out beneath the old oak true/Baby’s runnin’ wild/As momma trails behind/And the old man on the hill/Keeps laughin’ all the time/Bass drums/guitar wails/Call the children home/The crowd it starts a cheerin’/As he grabs the microphone/Grab the microphone.” It’s just a fun song that comes across as depicting an equally fun setting. Together, the two elements create a song that will have audiences singing and dancing along.

Whether one finds enjoyment from ‘Out in the Canyon,’ ‘Just What I Need,’ ‘Everything’ or any of the remaining eight songs not noted here, every listener will agree that every track on this album is worth a listen. And collectively, they show just why it is such a wonder of an album and why the only fool would be the one that doesn’t pick up this record. The Fool Who Wonders is available now in stores and online. Audiences can also pick up The Fool Who Wonders at Tackett’s next performance this Thursday, July 10th at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, California. Audiences can find out when Miles Tackett will perform in their town and keep up with all of the latest news from Miles Tackett online at http://www.facebook.com/milestackettmusic and http://www.milestackett.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.