The Okee Dokee Brothers Release Details For New Album

Courtesy:  Okee Dokee Music/Redeye

Courtesy: Okee Dokee Music/Redeye

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander (a.k.a. The Okee Dokee Brothers) return this Summer with their brand new album.

Through The Woods, the duo’s second adventure album, will be released Tuesday, May 20th. It will be released in a special CD/DVD combo pack for SRP of $19.99. The album follows the duo’s journey along the Appalachian Trail and reflects the music that dominates the regions through which Lansing and Mailander crossed along their journey. It features guest appearances by some of the biggest names in  Americana and folk music including: Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), four-time Grammy award winner David Holt (Doc Watson/O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Rosie Newton, and two-time Grammy award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.

The companion DVD that comes with Through The Woods includes a forty-minute film that documents Lansing and Mailander’s trek. It includes educational segments, bloopers from the duo’s trip, music videos, and interviews with local mountain musicians that the duo met along the course of its journey. All hiking, songwriting, and camping footage was filmed on location along the Appalachian Mountains. It features the music of David Holt, Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.

More information on Through The Woods and other Okee Dokee Brothers albums, along with tour news and more on The Okee Dokee Brothers is available online now at http://www.facebook.com/okeedokeebros and http://www.okeedokee.org. Through The Woods can be pre-ordered now through the Okee Dokee Brothers’ official online store at http://www.okeedokee.org and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Woods-Appalachian-Adventure-Album/dp/B00IKCLHPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1397260142&sr=1-2&keywords=The+Okee+Dokee+Brothers. 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.

Fozzy Announces New Tour, Single, Album, Book

Fozzy will return with a new album this Summer. In celebration, the band has announced that it will hit the road in support of its upcoming album this Spring and Summer beginning with a performance at the annual 98 Rockfest in Tampa, Florida. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

FOZZY – 2014 SPRING TOUR

98 ROCKFEST (with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT, LACUNA COIL and more) 
APRIL
25: Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum

WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE (with AX7, THE CULT, VOLBEAT and more)
APRIL
26: Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park

CAROLINA REBELLION (with A7X, ROB ZOMBIE, VOLBEAT, SEETHER and more)
MAY
03: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway

MAY
05: Springfield, VA – Empire

06: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar *

07: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club **

08: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory *

09: Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft at the Chance ***

10: Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino *

15: Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar ****

16: Pontiac, IL – Freakster’s Roadhouse

* with BUCKCHERRY
** with REV THEORY, GEMINI SYNDROME & EYES SET TO KILL
*** with KYNG
**** with HEAVEN’S BASEMENT

ROCK ON THE RANGE (with A7X, SLAYER, CHEVELLE, FUEL and more) 
MAY
17: Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium

More dates to be announced soon…

 

Also in anticipation of the band’s new as-yet untitled album, Fozzy—Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitar), Billy Grey (guitar), Paul DiLeo (bass), and Frank Fontsere (drums)—will release ‘Lights Out’, the album’s lead single April 29th.

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Jericho discussed ‘Lights Out’ in a recent interview, noting that it “represents a brand new color in the FOZZY spectrum.” He went on to say of the song that it is “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ‘Lights Out’ will make you move!”

Along with the debut of the band’s new single and album, it has also been announced that Chris Jericho’s latest autobiography, The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea will be released this fall. The sequel to his New York Times best sellers A Lion’s Tale and Undisputed, his latest book is scheduled to be released October 13th, 2014. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Best-World-What-Have-Idea/dp/1592407528/ref=la_B001JSHII4_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396335691&sr=1-1.

If all of this isn’t enough, fans also have Jericho’s podcast, “Talk is Jericho.” His podcast airs every Wednesday and Friday. Jericho interviews guests from across the entertainment world. Those that have already appeared on “Talk is Jericho” are: Howie Mondel (America’s Got Talent, Deal or No Deal, Bobby’s World), ghost hunter Jeff Belanger, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Ace Frehley (KISS), and M.Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). “Talk is Jericho” has already reached the top spot in seven nations around the world and is one of PodcastOne Network’s leading programs. Audiences can listen to his show and download episodes at http://podcastone.com/Talk-Is-Jericho.

Fans can follow the latest developments on Fozzy’s upcoming record, its tour, and more online at http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://myspace.com/fozzytour, and https://twitter.com/FOZZYROCK. 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.

May & Ellis’ Candlelight Concerts Recording Another Huge Hit For Eagle Rock

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and its visual division, Eagle Vision, have been at the front of the line in live recordings in recent years thanks to releasing so many big, bombastic concerts on DVD and Blu-ray. So it goes without saying that Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is quite the departure for Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision. That’s not a bad thing, either. While it features Queen guitarist Brian May alongside one of the most powerful voices in Broadway’s modern history, the references to Queen are kept to a minimum throughout the course of the concert. That is the most important factor in what makes this latest release from Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision so worth the time. Another reason that audiences will appreciate this new recording is its audio and video mix. The high quality video and audio mix (both on the Blu-ray and CD) maintain Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision’s long-held standard of releasing only the best quality concerts to audiences. And making everything complete for this latest recording is its packaging. Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts has been made available to consumers in a double-disc Blu-ray/CD combo pack in a single package. This allows audiences to take in the performance in whole without having to choose which one they would want more. It may be a slightly higher price. But in the long-term, it’s more cost effective for those wanting the full concert experience. All of the factors noted here make Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts yet another huge success from the leader in live recordings.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is not a Queen concert. That’s not to say that there are no Queen songs featured throughout the course of the set’s CD and Blu-ray. As a matter of fact, some of Queen’s biggest hits including ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)’ are part of the performance. But by and large, this performance features covers of other songs, and even a couple original tunes. One of the most powerful of the performance’s moments comes in Ellis’ cover of ‘The Way We Were.’ The song, made popular by singer/actress Barbara Streisand in the 1973 movie by the same name. As Ellis notes before performing her take on the song, it’s more commonly performed with a full orchestral backing, even in the movie’s soundtrack. It gains a whole new identity in this completely stripped down setting. On the other end of the spectrum, May and Ellis presented a stripped down song in ‘The Kissing Me Song’ that absolutely cries out for a full band setting. Any drummers and percussionists out there will agree with this drummer that there is a stunning polyrhythmic drum track just waiting to come out in this piece. One can even hear a tambourine part echoing in the background. Making the song even more interesting is that it is an original piece, instead of a cover. It would be interesting to see if the pair ever re-works the tune for a full band setting. Moving on, there is at least one more high point in this performance in terms of the show’s set list that audiences will appreciate. That last high point is the duo’s take on ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ Despite being in a stripped down setting, it is just as enjoyable in this setting as on record. And experiencing the audience’s enthusiastic reaction to the song makes it all the more enjoyable for viewers watching it in their homes. It has just as much energy here as in any other setting. As enjoyable as this moment is, it isn’t the last of the show’s many high points. There are plenty more moments from which audiences will get to choose when they purchase or order the combo pack for themselves.

The set list chosen for this penultimate performance of May and Ellis’ “By Candlelight Tour” is central to the enjoyment of this recording. Those hoping for a stripped down Queen set will be sadly disappointed since it isn’t a Queen set. For those more open-minded, they will deeply appreciate the variety of songs included in the show. The songs would be nothing without the expert work of those behind the cameras and soundboard. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision have maintained a high standard for their live recordings for some time. And this recording is no exception to that rule. The picture and sound are both crystal clear. And the angles used in the camera work expertly capture the emotion of both performers in the rather intimate setting. It adds so much depth to the overall presentation, making it even more worth checking out.

The set list and overall production values of Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts are both pivotal elements to the overall presentation of this recording. Both go hand in hand in making the whole thing worth the time and money. There is still at least one more element worth noting about this set. That aspect is the recording’s packaging itself. Eagle Rock, Eagle Vision, and Eagle Records have come together to make the set available to the masses not as separate release, but as one entire package. On the surface, this might drive up the price of the set a bit. But in the long run, it actually saves money and the time trying to decide which is more important. Eagle Rock is actually serving its customers by combining the CD and Blu-ray into a full double-disc set. What’s more, each of the two discs gets its own spot on either side of the Blu-ray’s case. That saves space and in turn, helps to keep the cost of the set down. And that combined with the show’s outstanding production values, and equally outstanding set list makes it one more huge success from the company that more than deserves the title of being the leader in live recordings.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Candelight-Concerts-Live-Montreux-Blu-ray/dp/B00I60VY56/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1396512611&sr=1-1&keywords=brian+may+kerry+ellis. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision, and Eagle Records is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.eagle-rock.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.

This Is Your Life Is Not Just Another Throw-Away Tribute Album

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Tribute albums are a dime a dozen. So many tribute albums are released each year that one can’t help but feel that the labels that release them care more about their bottom line than about actually celebrating said artists being given tribute. That being the case, one can’t help but wonder why This Is Your Life, the new tribute album to iconic rock front man Ronnie James Dio, would be any different from those records. The answer to that is not a simple one. One reason that this tribute album stands out is the list of performers and bands that recorded songs for the compilation. It’s a who’s who of hard rock from the past, present, and even future of the genre. Another reason that this compilation stands out is its track listing. This record boasts some of the most beloved songs of RJD’s career. And last but definitely not least important to consider in this record is the fact that it isn’t just a means for the label distributing it to make money. It actually doubles as a fundraiser for RJD’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. So it’s actually a record crafted to essentially help give back. How many bands, artists, groups, etc. can say that they have crafted an entire album simply to raise funds for charity? That–along with the list of songs and performers, bands, etc. on this album–makes This Is Your Life an album that stands well above the rest of the otherwise throw-away albums claiming to be tribute albums.

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

The primary aspect of This Is Your Life that makes it stand out against all of the other tribute albums out there is the list of performers drafted to record songs for the record. The list of performers drafted for this record is a who’s who of hard rock’s past, present, and even future. It wasn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists and groups tossed together. Everybody tapped to record for this tribute record is either a counterpart to RJD or someone that grew up idolizing him and his talents. Veterans such as Anthrax, Motorhead, Scorpions, Biff Byford, and Rob Halford perform alongside younger acts such as Adrenaline Mob, Killswitch Engage, and Halestorm over the course of the record’s fourteen total tracks. That collection of bands and artists singing Dio’s hits is in itself a musical history lesson. It introduces younger audiences that might be more familiar with the latter grouping of bands and artists to the veterans and to the music of Dio. To that extent, This Is Your Life quickly earns major points. Even more points come from the sampling of Dio’s music in question chosen for this compilation.

The list of bands, artists, and groups tapped to record RJD’s music for This Is Your Life is in itself a major boon for the record. As noted, it isn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists, and groups. It is a collection of bands, group, and artists that played alongside Dio during his career, and those that have come since, growing up with the music of Ronnie James Dio. In short, it’s a collection of individuals that have the utmost respect for Dio and his music. Speaking of that music, the songs chosen to be included on this record are another part of the whole that makes it so enjoyable for listeners. Every song on this record is a classic in its own way. From the more well-known pieces such as ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Neon Knights’ and ‘Holy Diver’ to slightly lesser known songs such as ‘Straight Through The Heart’, Egypt (The Chains Are On’, and ‘Temple of the King’ This Is Your Life does quite the job of chronicling the career of a man that was and is still even in death, one of the greatest vocalists and performers in the history of hard rock.

The music and performers chosen for This Is Your Life are both key components of the success of the album. As important as they are to the success of the record, there is still one central aspect of the recording that makes it so worth picking up. That aspect is the fact that a certain portion of the sales of the album will go to benefit Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was established by Dio’s wife Wendy Dio. Bands, groups and artists go out on tour every year or they take part in fundraising concerts. How many artists can say they were part of a recording project that was also meant as a way to pay tribute to one of their own, too? It’s just like bringing home a hard rock festival without having to pay the exorbitant prices for tickets, souvenirs, sodas and more. And at the same time, audiences that purchase the album will actually be helping to fund an organization that works to research and promote awareness of cancer, as well as educate people about early detection in hopes of one day stopping it.

This Is Your Life is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Ronnie-James-Dio-This-Your/dp/B00IACUO8S/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1396440364&sr=1-1&keywords=dio+this+is+your+life and can be downloaded via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ronnie-james-dio-this-is-your/id829325064.

More information on Ronnie James Dio, This Is Your Life and other RJD releases is available online at http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio and http://www.ronniejamesdio.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 reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Count On Count Me In! To Be One Of 2014′s Best Children’s Albums

Courtesy:  Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

Courtesy: Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

The Little Rockers Band is back with yet another fun, family friendly record in Count Me In!, the band’s latest release.  The new album, the band’s second, is certain to have young listeners on their feet in no time flat and keep them dancing right to the end of the album’s closer.  The album’s musical and lyrical mix is one more that proves that more often than not, children’s albums actually bear more originality and creativity than even any album for grown-ups.  Not convinced?  The band’s twist on Old McDonald puts Mick Jagger in the place of the beloved elderly farmer in ‘Old Mick Jagger.’  And the Country-Western feel of ‘Wild Wild West’ will take young listeners back to the days of cowboys traversing the open plains.  If that’s still not enough to convince listeners, ‘Morning Train’ will do just the trick.  Just like ‘Wild Wild West’ it will entertain young listeners both for its musical and lyrical content.  There are plenty of other songs from which parents, teachers, and students can choose on this album as proof of what makes it so enjoyable.  They will be able to do so when the album is released nationwide on April 15th.

Most young listeners likely don’t have the slightest clue as to the identity of The Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.  That being the case, one can’t help but applaud the husband and wife duo of Chris and Jessie Apple for including the song, ‘Old Mick Jagger’ on this latest release.  It is just one example of the duo’s continued originality on its sophomore release.  Chris and Jessie—and their band mates Liam Moroney (lead guitar) and Billy Papenberg (drums)—replace everybody’s favorite elderly farmer with ever y rock purist’s favorite front man.  Jessie sings in the song, set to the tune of ‘Old McDonald’, Old Mick Jagger had a band/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/And in his band he had a guitar/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/With a strum strum here/And a strum strum there/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.  Of course the song continues on in this fashion until each member of the band is covered.  Kids will love it because it is all set to the classic children’s tune.  Parents will love the inclusion of the guitar riff from the Stones’ hit song, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and the kid friendly lyrics.  It’s a wonderful way to get young listeners started early on as fans of the single greatest band in the modern history of rock.  No other children’s act out there today has done what The Little Rockers Band has done here.   And it serves to prove even more just how original this record stands.

If ‘Old Mick Jagger’ doesn’t convince listeners as to the originality and creativity of The Little Rockers Band on its new record, maybe ‘Wild Wild West’ will win over some listeners.  This song will take listeners of any age back to a better time.  It will take them back to a time of cowboys and cowgirls riding the open plains, blue skies and stars over their heads instead of massive skyscrapers.  Chris Apple perfectly paints the picture of that age along with this band mates, singing, “If I could be whatever I choose/I think I’d like to be/A cowboy from the wild wild west/Nothing to lose/My trusty steed and me/No fences/No match upon my vest/I’d like to find a happy home that’s right for me.”  Jessie follows singing about the joys of being a cowgirl in the Wild Wild West.  The whole time, the band offers listeners an old school almost Gene Autry style country western musical vibe.  The two together make this song another wonderful addition to The Little Rockers Band’s new album.

Both ‘Wild Wild West’ and ‘Old Mick Jagger’ exhibit the creativity and originality of The Little Rockers Band on its new album.  There is at least one more example of that originality and creativity that listeners will love on this album.  That song is ‘Morning Train.’  The song’s semi-rockabilly feel and lyrics make the song a complete joy.  Mr. and Mrs. Apple sing about the sights and sounds of a train station early in the morning.  From the sound of the trains’ whistles to the trains clickety-clacking in and out of the station to the hustle and bustle on the platform, it’s all there.  The duo paints a vivid picture of a single day at a train station with its words alone. The Apples’ band mates add their own touch to the song, too.  The rhythm of guitarist Liam Moroney makes the musical picture even more vivid.  His driving energy helps to make seeing the trains coming and going even easier.  Drummer Billy Papenberg works with Moroney to make the visual even clearer.  Altogether, The Little Rockers Band show once more in this song just how creative and original it is once more.  There are many more songs throughout this record that exhibit the band’s creativity and originality.  Listeners will get to hear them for themselves when the band releases its new album April 15th.  It can be ordered online via Amazon, iTunes, and the band’s official website, http://www.LittleRockersMusic.com.  Listeners can also go to the band’s official website to check out all the latest news from the band, as well as sign up for classes and more.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Appearing On E!’s ‘Chelsea Lately’ Tonight

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will appear on E!’s Chelsea Lately tonight.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Cyrus will present his new single ‘Achy Breaky Heart PT. 2’ and its companion video when he makes his appearance tonight at 11pm.  The new single is, for those that haven’t yet heard, a hip-hop re-mix of the song that made Cyrus a star in the early 1990s.  The video for the new re-mix, featuring hip-hop star Buck 22, is available online via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhEqeS6AQ.

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Along with his new re-mix, Cyrus has another single currently playing at radio stations across the country called ‘Hope is Just Ahead.’  The song features veteran R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick.  The song was recorded at Jamie Foxx’s L.A. studio.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to benefit the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence.”  The campaign’s aim is to help promote peaceful living among young people across the country.  The video for the single can be viewed via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQfyMIH5Uk.

More information on Billy Ray Cyrus is available online at http://www.facebook.com/BillyRayCyrus and http://www.billyraycyrus.com.  His new album Change My Mind can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change-my-mind-radio-edit/id556706143 and ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Billy-Ray-Cyrus/dp/B0093QZ0P2/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1382385004&sr=1-1&keywords=billy+ray+cyrus+change+my+mind.

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You Me At Six Set To Make Its U.S. Debut

Courtesy:  Fresh Tracks Marketing

Courtesy: Fresh Tracks Marketing

You Me at Six is set to make its U.S. debut this year with the American release of its latest album, Cavalier Youth.  The UK based band released its latest album only a few weeks ago on January 26th.  And now it will be able to release the album domestically thanks to a new deal with U.S. label, Prospect Records.

Prospect Records head Jeremy Summers discussed the band’s signing in an interview.  He discussed his pleasure at getting the band signed and the outlook for the band’s future here in the United States.  “We’re pumped to have You Me At Six join our Prospect Park family,” he said.  “They’ve built an intense connection with their US fans by being on the ground here, recording the album here, and selling out just about every rock club in the country.  There are a lot of rock music fans in here that have never heard of You Me At Six, and together, we’ll change that this year.”

Along with the domestic release of its new album, the band has already released two singles from that album.  Those singles are the songs ‘Lived a Lie’ and ‘Fresh Start Fever.’  The videos for the songs are available to watch now on YouTube.  Audiences can check them out now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxldtR106Sg&feature=youtu.be and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tYucGxToC4&feature=youtu.be.  Audiences can also check out a special behind-the-scenes featurette outlining the creation of the video for ‘Fresh Start Fever’ online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CMVs3OuRAw&feature=youtu.be.

Audiences can order Cavalier Youth now online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Cavalier-Youth-You-Me-Six/dp/B00GVBNI1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389380517&sr=1-1&keywords=you+me+at+six&tag=smarturl-20.  More information on You Me At Six is available online at http://www.facebook.com/youmeatsix, http://www.youmeatsix.co.uk, http://twitter.com/youmeatsix, and http://www.myspace.com/youmeatsix.  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.

Hawthorne Heights Announces Special Anniversary Tour

Courtesy:  Earshot Media

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Ten years ago, seminal indie-rock band Hawthorne Heights released what remains one of its most talked about albums today in The Silence in Black and White.  That landmark album sold the most first-week copies of any album in the history of Victory Records.  ‘Ohio Is For Lovers’ and ‘Niki FM’, both singles from that album, went on to major success. They helped push the band to the edge of major mainstream success.  The combined sales of the band’s singles and album in whole made The Silence in Black and White the model for almost every emo band that has come along since.

In celebration of the anniversary of that album’s release, the members of Hawthorne Heights have announced that the band will hit the road for a ten-year anniversary The Silence in Black and White World Tour.  The first leg of the tour kicks off April 8th in Dublin, Ireland.  Tour dates for the North American, Asian and Australian leg of the tour will be announced at a later date.  As a thank you to its fans for their support, the band’s members also announced that it will perform The Silence in Black and White in its entirety at each show throughout its tour.

Fans can go online now to the band’s official website, http://www.hawthorneheights.com to sign-up for all of the latest tour updates and to get a free re-worked acoustic version of a Hawthorne Heights classic and the band’s latest single, ‘Spark.’  ‘Spark’ comes from the band’s latest album ZERO. VIP packages for the band’s upcoming world tour are available now.  However, they are in limited quantities.  Zero can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id659261893 and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_17?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=hawthorne+heights+zero&sprefix=hawthorne+heights%2Cdigital-music%2C225.  More information on the band’s upcoming tour, its new album and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/HawthorneHeights.  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.

Celtic Woman Announces New Album, Live DVD, Tour

Courtesy:  Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Courtesy: Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Music phenomenon Celtic Woman returns this Winter in a big way.  The four-piece will release a new album and DVD titled Emerald: Musical Gems Tuesday February 25th.  The new album and DVD will be released via Manhattan Records.  The dual release is a greatest hits package from the quartet includes hits such as ‘Mo Ghile Mear’, ‘Dulaman’, ‘She Moves Through The Fair’, ‘Caladonia’ and its own take on the timeless classic ‘Danny Boy’ among many more.  Fans can also look forward to the group’s new takes on ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’ on the new dual release.  The combo release can be pre-ordered now online via Amazon and Target at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HF95OMI?tag=smarturl-20 and http://www.target.com/p/celtic-woman-emerald-musical-gems-only-at-target/-/A-15141298 respectively.  The track listing for both the CD and DVD are available below.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

1.     Mo Ghile Mear

2.     Dúlaman

3.     Caladonia

4.     Amazing Grace

5.     The New Ground

6.     She Moved Through The Fair

7.     Bridge Over Troubled Water

8.     Níl Sé’n Lá

9.     Danny Boy

10.   The Voice

11.   The Parting Glass

12.   You Raise Me Up

DVD TRACKLISTING:

1.     AWAKENING

2.     DULAMAN

3.     NOCTURNE

4.     TEIR ABHAILE RIU

5.     COAST OF GALICIA

6.     DANNY BOY

7.     MO GHILE MEAR

8.     AMAZING GRACE

9.     SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR

10.   NIL SE’N LA

11.   SHENANDOAH-DANCER

12.   THE VOICE

13.   YOU RAISE ME UP

14.   PARTING GLASS

15.   CELTIC WOMAN PLAYOFF

BONUS

1.     CALEDONIA

2.     BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED

3.     AVE MARIA

 

Emerald: Musical Gems is not all that fans of Celtic Woman have to anticipate this year.  The group will follow up its upcoming dual release with a new PBS special, too.  The trailer for that special can be viewed online via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIzXDygc1Qk.

Celtic Woman’s upcoming live DVD, EMERALD: Musical Gems Live in Concert was recorded in 2013 in South Bend, IL, the home of the University of Notre Dame.  The production was recorded under the direction of Emmy® Award-winning music producer David Downes.  Downes previously served as music director for the famed Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance.

Downes discussed the new release in a recent interview.  He explained what the opportunity meant for him and what it will mean for Celtic Woman’s fans.  “Creating the new show allowed me the opportunity to revisit and re-imagine some of our most popular Irish songs, as well as writing some exciting new material for the show” said Downes.  “With all-new performances of these great songs—Emerald has created a whole new experience for both our longstanding fans, and for those who have just discovered our music. This is a Celtic Woman experience that will soothe the soul and have you dancing in the aisles!”

In coordination with the new releases and PBS special, Celtic Woman also has announced details for a seventy-five date North American tour that will run from February 14th – June 3rd.  The tour includes a trio of dates in North Carolina.  The first of those dates sees Celtic Woman perform at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, March 6th.  From there, Celtic Woman will move on to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina on Friday, March 7th and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Saturday, March 8th.

The complete tour schedule is listed below.

CELTIC WOMAN   —   2014 THE EMERALD TOUR

14-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

15-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

16-Feb

Huntsville, AL

Von Braun Center

18-Feb

Montgomery, AL

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

20-Feb

Macon, GA

Macon City Auditorium

21-Feb

Pensacola, FL

Saenger Theatre

22-Feb

Clearwater, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall

23-Feb

Melbourne, FL

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

25-Feb

Lakeland, FL

Lakeland Center

27-Feb

Daytona, FL

Peabody Auditorium

28-Feb

Jacksonville, FL

Times-Union Center For The Performing Arts

1-Mar

Gainesville, FL

Curtis M. Phillips Center

2-Mar

Columbia, SC

Township Auditorium

4-Mar

N. Charleston, SC

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

6-Mar

Charlotte, NC

Ovens Auditorium

7-Mar

Asheville, NC

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

8-Mar

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

9-Mar

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke Civic Center

11-Mar

Richmond, KY

EKU Center For The Arts

13-Mar

Elizabeth, IN

The Showroom At Horseshoe Southern Indiana

14-Mar

St. Louis MO

Fox Theatre

15-Mar

Green Bay, WI

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

17-Mar

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

19-Mar

Saskatoon, SK

TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre

21-Mar

Edmonton, ON

Edmonton Expo Centre

22-Mar

Calgary, AB

Jack Singer Concert Hall

23-Mar

Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

25-Mar

Everett, WA

Comcast Arena at Everett

26-Mar

Eugene, OR

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

28-Mar

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

29-Mar

Oakland, CA

Paramount Theatre

30-Mar

Ontario, CA

Citizens Business Bank Arena

31-Mar

San Diego, CA

San Diego Symphony Hall

1-Apr

Costa Mesa, CA

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

7-Apr

Tucson, AZ

Tucson Music Hall

8-Apr

Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage Auditorium

9-Apr

Albuquerque, NM

Popejoy Hall

10-Apr

El Paso, TX

Plaza Theatre

13-Apr

Houston, TX

Hobby Center

14-Apr

Corpus Christi, TX

American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium

15-Apr

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

17-Apr

Tulsa, OK

Mabee Center

19-Apr

Denver, CO

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

22-Apr

Greeley CO

Union Colony Civic Center – Monfort Concert Hall

23-Apr

Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre

24-Apr

Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Center

26-Apr

Lawrence, KS

Lied Center of Kansas

27-Apr

Sioux City, IA

Orpheum Theatre

29-Apr

Duluth, MN

Symphony Hall

1-May

Rockford, IL

Coronado Performing Arts Center

2-May

Peoria, IL

Peoria Civic Center

3-May

Milwaukee, WI

Riverside Theater

6-May

Evansville, IN

The Centre

8-May

Detroit, MI

Fox Theatre

9-May

Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Theater

10-May

Saginaw, MI

The Dow Event Center – The Heritage Theater

11-May

Columbus, OH

Palace Theatre

13-May

Cincinnati, OH

Aronoff Center for the Arts

14-May

Akron, OH

Akron Civic Theatre

17-May

Pittsburgh, PA

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

18-May

Dayton, OH

Schuster Performing Arts Center

20-May

Williamsport, PA

Community Arts Center

21-May

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

22-May

Washington, DC

Warner Theatre

27-May

Baltimore, MD

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

29-May

Burlington, VT

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

30-May

Bangor, ME

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

3-Jun

Albany, NY

Palace Theatre

5-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

6-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

7-Jun

Lancaster, PA

American Music Theater

 

More information on Celtic Woman’s upcoming CD/DVD, PBS special, tour and more is available online at http://celticwoman.com, http://www.facebook.comcelticwoman and http://twitter.com/Celtic_Woman.  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.

MPI, IFC Announce Details For New Paranormal Thriller

Courtesy:  MPI Home Video/IFM Midnight/IFC Films/MPI Media Group

Courtesy: MPI Home Video/IFM Midnight/IFC Films/MPI Media Group

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Signs, Rango) returns this Winter with her latest film.  She stars in IFC Midnight’s new horror story, Haunter in which she plays the part of a spirit of a girl named Lisa.  The film co-stars veteran actor and director Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen, The Fountain) Eleanor Zichy (Skins), Peter Outerbridge (Silent Hill: Revelation), Michelle Nolden (RED) and David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

In this new “reverse ghost story”, Breslin plays the spirit of a teen girl named Lisa whose family was killed by a mysterious figure in 1986.  Now over three decades after Lisa and her family were killed, Lisa must convince her family that they are no longer among the living.  Making things even more interesting, a new family has moved into the house that was once home to Lisa and her family.  Now this new family faces the same danger that led to the death of Lisa and her family.  So Lisa must do whatever she can to protect the new family living in the house.  Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Splice, The ABCs of Death 2, Cube)  and co-written by Brian King and Matthew Brian King, this movie is sure to impress fans of movies the likes of: The Lovely Bones, The Others, and Insidious).

Haunter will be available on DVD and Blu-ray via MPI Media Group and IFC Midnight on Tuesday February 11th.  The DVD will be available for SRP of $$29.98.  The Blu-ray presentation will be available for SRP of $24.98.  The trailer for the movie can be viewed online at http://www.ifcfilms.com/uncategorized/haunter-trailer.  The DVD and Blu-ray can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Haunter-Blu-ray-Abigail-Breslin/dp/B00FYV7W9W/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1390420977&sr=1-1&keywords=Haunter.  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.