Avi’s ‘Night Light” Is a Bright Musical Light

Courtesy:  Little Monster Records

Courtesy: Little Monster Records

Singer Zee Avi’s latest album Night Light is available today. The third album from the Malaysian born singer, it is also the first family album that she has ever released. It goes without saying that her first venture into that realm has produced what is one of the most intriguing records of the year in the realm of family and children’s music. The nine-track disc is comprised primarily of covers from some of the most well-known names in the music industry, including: Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and Bobby McFerrin. There is also a cover of the famed ‘Rainbow Connection’ from Jim Henson’s original Muppet Movie that any Muppets fan will enjoy. And audiences will agree that her cover of the Louis Armstrong hit ‘Dream A Little Dream’ is absolutely beautiful, even if they aren’t fans of jazz. It all closes with a medley of well-known children’s songs aptly titled ‘Nightlight Medley.’ It’s a fitting closer for the album that will leave a smile on the face of any listener young and old alike. Having been left with that smile, listeners will agree that Night Light is an album that any family should hear at least once this year.

Night Light opens with what can best be described as the most intriguing cover of Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ that this critic has ever heard. Avi’s take on the song gives it a decidedly different identity than McFerrin’s original tune. She incorporates what sounds like a tabla and a rather interesting bass instrument. The combination of the two instruments set against Avi’s almost siren-like singing sets her take on McFerrin’s song completely apart from any other cover of the song currently out there. Even as she sings, listeners will note that Avi doesn’t simply try to cover McFerrin’s original work. Rather she actually makes it her own without completely losing the original altogether. It definitely is something that must be heard to be fully understood and appreciated.

Avi’s cover of ‘Don’t Worry, He Happy’ is definitely original. That goes without saying. On the other side of the proverbial coin, she sticks more to the original work when in her cover of ‘Dream a Little Dream’ The song, originally made famous by jazz legend Louis Armstrong, is made even more interesting with what sounds like a ukulele. Even with the combination of Avi’s gentle vocals and ukulele in the place of Armstrong’s famed trumpet and gravelly voice, the song is still as wonderful as ever. The true irony of Avi’s vocal style here is its similarity to that of Billie Holiday. Some might call it a stretch. But a close side by side comparison reveals the similarity. It is slight. But once listeners hear it, they will agree as to Avi’s high level of talent, being compared to such a great.

The album’s closer, ‘Nightlight Medley’ offers listeners a pair of classic children’s tunes. It is is the perfect closer for listeners. It starts with Avi’s rendition of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’ She starts off by singing it in English before proceeding to sing the song in her native tongue. There’s something special about hearing this song known around the world in a language completely unknown to most listeners. From ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, Avi moves on to ‘Four and Twenty Black Birds Baked in a Pie.’ She gives even this song its own twist as she sings. As with the other covers included in this album, it is one that absolutely must be heard in order to understand and appreciate the new life and identity that Avi has given the song.

Night Light is available in stores and online now. It can be ordered online now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J566VDA/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=03S45350NRFN0W5ATJBW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846. Audiences can keep up with the latest from Zee Avi after ordering her CD online at http://www.facebook.com/zeeavi and http://www.zeeavi.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.

The Little Rockers Band Debuts Video For Latest Single

Courtesy:  Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

Courtesy: Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

The Little Rockers Band recently released the video for its new single, ‘Wild Wild West.’

The video puts husband and wife duo Chris and Jessie Apple as a pair of Wild West figures as they sing their new single. Parents and kids will enjoy seeing the pair in the various situations into which they are put throughout the video. It can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_p9dAkais&feature=youtu.be.

Audiences will get to hear this song and many more from The Little Rockers Band when the band takes the stage in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, May 3rd. That performance will be followed up the next day at The Downtown, RB. More information on The Little Rockers Band, its live shows, its upcoming new album, and more is available online at http://www.littlerockersmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/littlerockersmusic, and http://twitter.com/2LittleRockers.

The band’s new album Count Me In will be available next Tuesday, April 15th.

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Saliva’s New LP Is One Of 2014′s Top Ten Best New Rock Records

Courtesy: Rum Bum Records

Courtesy: Rum Bum Records

Tennessee based hard rock band has been through a lot in recent years. The band parted ways with now former front man Josey Scott in 2011 after the release of what would become its last album on Island Records, Under Your Skin. Scott allegedly left the band in order to follow a career as a Christian musician. He was subsequently replaced by new front man Bobby Amaru in 2012. The band’s first new album with Amaru at the helm, In It To Win It (Rum Bum Records) stayed in print for only a short time. In its place, Saliva will release its ninth full length album—Rise Up–later this month, which boasts many of the songs from In It To Win It. Considering this and everything that Saliva has been through since 2011, the album’s title and songs are quite fitting. Together, they make what is one of the best new rock albums of 2014.

Saliva opens its new album in proper fashion with the album’s title track. The anthemic song presents a carpe diem message of sorts through its lyrical side. This is evident as Amaru sings in the song’s chorus, “Rise up/Come face to face/Rise Up/Let’s make a change/Tomorrow could be the end/Rise up/You’d better take a shot/Rise up/When it’s all you got/Tomorrow could be the end/Rise up!” The song’s second verse is just as convincing in presenting the song’s message as Amaru sings, Now when I go back to yesterday/So close/But still/I’m so far away/You know/We all gotta learn from our mistakes/I can’t die young/I won’t fade away/It’s time we choose a side/Some things are worth the fight/It’s time to set it off.” The message here is clear. Amaru and company seem to be responding to the adversity that the band had faced up to the time that Amaru joined its ranks. The irony is that if this is indeed the case, this song could still so easily apply to so many situations for any listener. That being the case, its lyrics, and the fire in its musical accompaniment makes this song the perfect opener and re-introduction for the band on this record.

‘Rise Up’ is the perfect opener for Saliva’s return. It’s not the only positive addition to the band’s album, either. Just as powerful, is the band’s defiant and equally anthemic song ‘Army.’ It’s songs such as this that have helped so many people get through some tough times. Amaru sings in this song, “Runnin’ your lip/Got a grin on your face/Boy, you better quit/’Fore I give you a taste/Come on/Come on/Say I’m going down/With my crown in the mud/But you’re just another boy/And you can’t back it up/Come on!” Everybody has dealt with someone such as the subject presented in this song in their life. Anyone that hasn’t is very lucky. It’s thanks to songs such as this one that a person is able to deal with said individuals without either getting expelled, fired, or sent to jail. The collective chants behind Amaru as he sings later in the song, “You and what army’s gonna take my throne/Break my bones/steal my soul/Ain’t no army gonna climb these walls/Ten feet tall/I won’t fall” followed by the song’s wailing guitar are certain to get any listener’s adrenaline flowing. All assembled, this song proves once more just how serious Saliva’s members are about what they do. It’s one more example proving that Saliva is still alive and kicking.

Rise Up boasts more than its share of heavy, fist-pumping pieces that are certain to be fan favorites even if they aren’t used as radio singles. There are also some more reserved songs throughout the course of this album’s twelve total tracks. Simply put, this album’s songs boast quite the musical and lyrical range. In between the extreme energy and the more subdued songs that fill out this album, there is one that stands out more than any other. It stands out because while it is a high energy piece, its proud defiance is different from anything else on this record. The song in question is ‘Redneck Freakshow.’ It’s another proverbial musical middle finger in which Amaru and company present a Southern Pride of sorts. As a matter of fact, Amaru and company even make mention of the middle finger in the song’s chorus. Amaru sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s the live wild lifestyle/In our face/It might be crazy/But it keeps us sane/White trash/Cold beer/The party never stops here/That’s how we roll in the redneck freakshow/Throw down/get high/middle finger to the sky/That’s how it goes in the redneck freakshow!” Every one of Saliva’s fans are certain to sing along to this chorus and the rest of the song whether they be in their car, apartment, home or even at a live Saliva show. If this song doesn’t become a radio single for Saliva, it would be quite the surprise. For that matter, if any of the songs on Rise Up don’t become radio singles, it would be a surprise. There is something positive to say about every track on this record. And fans will find that out for themselves when the album hits store shelves Tuesday, April 26th.

Saliva is currently touring in support of Rise Up. The band is in Iowa this weekend. It will hit the stage at L.A.’s famed Whiskey A Go Go Wednesday, April 16th. Fans can get the band’s most up-to-date tour schedule and keep up with all the latest news from the band now online at http://www.facebook.com/Saliva and http://www.saliva.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.

Band Schedule, Pre-Party Announced For Welcome To Rockville Festival

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The organizers of the annual Welcome to Rockville festival have announced the complete schedule for this year’s festival, including performance times for each act on the bill.

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Digital Summer and World Gone kick off this year’s festival. Digital Summer and World Gone are schedule to open the festival at 11:15am on the Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage and Jagermeister Stage respectively. Cathercist, winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, is up next at 11:45am ET on the Ernie Ball Stage. Within Reason and Ghost of War will open the festival’s second day at noon on the Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage and Jagermeister Stage respectively. The complete performance schedule for the weekend’s events is included below.

Performance times for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville are as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, April 26

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

11:15 AM         Digital Summer

12:30 PM         Rev Theory

2:00 PM           Adelitas Way

3:30 PM           Hellyeah

5:15 PM           Chevelle

7:15 PM           A Day To Remember

9:40 PM           Avenged Sevenfold

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

11:45 PM         Gemini Syndrome

1:15 PM           Middle Class Rut

2:45 PM           Chiodos

4:15 PM           Alter Bridge

6:15 PM           Volbeat

8:20 PM           The Cult

Jägermeister Stage

11:15 AM         World Gone

12:30 PM         Silvertung (Jägermeister Band)

2:00 PM           Evergreen Terrace

3:30 PM           Smile Empty Soul

5:15 PM           Memphis May Fire

7:15 PM           We Came As Romans

Ernie Ball Stage

11:45 AM         Cathercist (Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner)

1:15 PM           Monster Truck

2:45 PM           We As Human

4:15 PM           Devour The Day

6:15 PM           Fozzy

Sunday, April 27

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

Noon                Within Reason

1:15 PM           Sick Puppies

2:35 PM           Black Label Society

4:15 PM           Seether

6:25 PM           Five Finger Death Punch

8:50 PM           Korn

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

12:35 PM         The Pretty Reckless

1:55 PM           Black Stone Cherry

3:25 PM           Theory of a Deadman

5:15 PM           Staind

7:35 PM           Rob Zombie

Jägermeister Stage

Noon                Ghost Of War (Jägermeister Band)

1:15 PM           Kyng

2:35 PM           Lacuna Coil

4:15 PM           Emmure

6:25 PM           Motionless In White

Ernie Ball Stage

12:35 PM         Twelve Foot Ninja

1:55 PM           Nothing More

3:25 PM           Butcher Babies

5:15 PM           Trivium

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Before the bands take to their respective stages, audiences will be treated to Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville Official Pre-Party Friday, April 25th. The Pre-Party is presented by X102.9 and Bud Light and will feature performances by Rev Theory and more. It will be held at 1904 Music Hall (19 N. Ocean Street in downtown Jacksonville, FL). It is free to ticketholders that are 21 and older. Ticketholders that want to attend the Pre-Party must show their festival tickets at 1904 Music Hall to get a Pre-Party wristband in advance. Wristbands are in limited quality. So they will be first come first serve beginning at 12pm ET on Friday, April 25th. Doors open at 8pm. The show will start at 9pm.

More information on the fourth annual Welcome to Rockville Festival is available online at http://www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, http://www.facebook.com/welcometorockville, and via Twitter at @RockvilleFest. 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.

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.

Michael C. Ford Releases Details Of Upcoming Album

Courtesy:  Hen House Studios

Courtesy: Hen House Studios

Michael C. Ford will release his latest work this Summer.

Ford will release Look Each Other In The Ears June 10th. The record, featuring accompaniments from The Doors’ Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Ray Manzarek, mixes the jazz-rock improv styling of Frank Zappa with the poetic yet socially conscious lyrics of the 1960s. It is the latest in a long string of releases from Ford that dates all the way back to his 1986 debut audio release Language Commando. That album garnered Ford a Grammy nomination in the “Spoken Word” category. It should be noted that many of the pieces recorded with the Doors members were recorded before the 2013 passing of Ray Manzarek. It is also the last recording ever made with what were then the remaining members of The Doors.

Ford’s new album runs the gamut, lyrically speaking. He noted in a recent interview how the current state of the nation led to the creation of many of the record’s works. “America has been transformed into, for all practical purposes, a non-existent attention span,” he said. “We don’t talk to each other on the phone anymore: we text message. We don’t drop a tone arm onto a turntable and watch a needle groove across tracks anymore: we stick iPods in our ears. I believe this recorded document is designed to inspire an audience of potential listeners to really turn the pages of their personal nostalgic notepads. My compositions of verbal art, certainly never forgetting the significance of all accompanying crafty instrumentals and the vast lyrical choral vocal contributions, create this maze of voices that I like to think of as movies for your ears.”

 

The track listing for Look Each Other In The Ears is listed below.

 

LOOK EACH OTHER IN THE EARS track listing:

–For Openers (Lost Jazz Bars in Four-Time)

–A Simple Ode (To Frank O’Hara)

–Waterfalls (Look Each Other In The Ears)

–I Don’t Wanna Go (Said The Suicide)

–Mars Is America (Anytime At All)

–Sleeping Underwater

–Making Out (With Westwood Village)

–(Autobiography of) An American Bomb

–Wartime Carol (Bringing The War Back Home)

–Whatever Happened To The Orangegroves, Grandma

–Float Of Drive (Triple Bypass)

 

More information on Look Each Other In The Eye and more from Michael C. Ford is available online at http://www.michaelcford.com and http://henhousestudios.com/michael-c-ford-look-each-other-in-the-ears. 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.

The Allman Brothers Band To Release New Live DVD

MSO PR

MSO PR

The Allman Brothers Band will release a special live DVD this Spring.

The band’s new live DVD 40 will be released Tuesday, April 30th via EOne Entertainment. The concert was recorded March 26th, 2009. That day was the fortieth anniversary of the first performance of the band’s original lineup. It was on March 26th, 1969 that the band’s original lineup—Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe Oakley, and Berry Oakley—performed together in Macon, Georgia.

In related news, the current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band will be back on stage, performing live this weekend. The band will perform live in Live Oak, Florida this Saturday, April 11th at the 10th annual Wanee Festival. The band’s previous four performances at the Beacon Theatre had to be postponed as singer Gregg Allman had recently been suffering from bronchitis. Allman spoke to reporters concerning the progress of his recovery, stating that he felt he was almost back to full strength and was optimistic about the band’s upcoming live performances. “I feel almost 100% following my bout with Bronchitis,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the Allman Brothers Band fans at the Wanee Festival April 10-12, as well as I cannot wait for my first trip to Australia with my solo band to meet my down under fans.”

The band’s most current live schedule is listed below.

DATE

CITY VENUE
Fri 4/11 Live Oak, FL Wanee Music Festival
Sat 4/12 Live Oak, FL Wanee Music Festival
Thu-Sun 6/5-6/8 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam
Thu-Sun 8/14-8/17 Scranton, PA Peach Music Festival
Thu-Sun 9/4-9/7 Arrington, VA Lockn’ Music Festival

 

More information on The Allman Brothers Band, its upcoming live DVD, performances and more is available online at http://allmanbrothersband.com, http://www.hittinthenote.com, http://www.waneefestival.com, and http://www.facebook.com/allmanbrothersband. 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.

Andy Grammer Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Pop star Andy Grammer has announced that he will hit the road this Summer beginning Tuesday, June 10th.

Grammer’s headlining tour is in support of his upcoming sophomore record. The as-yet untitled record features Grammer’s new single ‘Back Home’, which he recently debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single for free online now at http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/03/25/andy-grammer-unveils-new-feel-good-single-back-home-listen/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPMkDT3Ebg&feature=youtu.be/ It is also available for download now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-home-single/id849196730?ls=1.

Ticket information for Grammer’s upcoming tour is available online at his official website, http://www.andygrammer.com. Grammer’s current tour schedule is listed below. It includes a performance at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, June 23rd.

DATE              CITY                           VENUE

Spring college tour:
Fri        4/11                 Ames, IA                                 Iowa State University
Sat       4/12                 Portland, OR                          University of Portland
Mon     4/14                 Pocatello, ID                           Idaho State University
Tue      4/15                 Provo, UT                               Brigham Young University
Thu      4/17                 Columbia, SC                         University of South Carolina
Sat       5/3                   Collegeville, MN                     College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

National headlining tour:

Tues 6/10 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Thu 6/12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 6/13 Austin, TX The Parish
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tues 6/17 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wed 6/18 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Thu 6/19 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
Fri 6/20 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Sat 6/21 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
Mon 6/23 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Tues 6/24 York, PA The Pullo Center
Wed 6/25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Thu 6/26 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 6/27 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 6/29 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Mon 6/30 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Tues 7/1 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wed 7/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sat 7/5 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Sun 7/6 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Tues 7/8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 7/11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Sun 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tues 7/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri 7/17 San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

 

More information on Andy Grammer, Grammer’s tour, upcoming album and more is available online now at http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer. 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.

Aerosmith Announces Joint Summer Tour With Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Aerosmith will hit the road this Summer with Slash.

The two acts will hit the road this Summer for the “Let Rock Rule” tour beginning July 10th in New York. Slash will be joined by Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for the tour, which is being exclusively promoted by Live Nation.  Slash and his band mates–Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass), and Frank Sidoris (bass)–aer touring in support of the band’s as-yet untitled third full length studio release.  That album is currently due in stores September 2014.  Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Saturday, April 12th through the Live Nation mobile app and online at http://www.livenation.com.  American Express Card members and Citi card members will have access to tickets before anyone else tomorrow, April 10th at 10am local time through a special pre-sale.  Citi card members can purchase tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  Information on that is available online at http://www.citiprivatepass.com.  The U.S. leg of the tour will follow Aerosmith’s overseas tour, which kicks off Wednesday, May 14th in Istanbul, Turkey. Both tour schedules are available below.

DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 7/10 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Sun 7/13 Kitchener, ON, Canada McLennan Park
Wed 7/16 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sat 7/19 Cadott, WI Rock Fest
Tue 7/22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
**Fri 7/25 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
**Wed 7/30 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Sat 8/2 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri 8/8 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Wed 8/13 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat 8/16 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue 8/19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri 8/22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Mon 8/25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu 8/28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
Sun 8/31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Wed 9/3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sat 9/6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tue 9/9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri 9/12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

“**” are tour dates going on sale Saturday, April 12

AEROSMITH’s overseas summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 5/14 Istanbul, Turkey ITU Stadium
Sat 5/17 Sofia, Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
Wed 5/21 Vilnius, Lithuania Siemens Arena
Sat 5/24 Moscow, Russia Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena
Tue 5/27 St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena
Fri 5/30 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena
Sun 6/1 Stockholm, Sweden Tele2 Arena
Wed 6/4 Kristiansand, Norway Odderøya Amphitheatre
Fri 6/6 Horsens, Denmark CASA Arena Horsens
Mon 6/9 Berlin, Germany O2 World
Thu 6/12 Lodz, Poland Atlas Arena
Sun 6/15 Derby, United Kingdom Donington Park
Wed 6/18 Oberhausen, Germany Konig – Pilsener Arena
Sat 6/21 Clisson, France Hellfest Grounds
Wed 6/25 Milan, Italy Fiera De Milano
Sat 6/28 Clapham, United Kingdom Clapham Common
Wed 7/2 Kiev, Ukraine National Sportkomplex

 

More information on Aerosmith, and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is available online at http://www.aerosmith.com, http://www.aeroforceone.com, http://www.facebook.com/aerosmith, http://twitter.com/Aerosmith, http://twitter.com/IamStevenT, http://www.facebook.com/steventyler, http://slashonline.com, http://twitter.com/Slash, and http://www.facebook.com/Slash. 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.

Ruining Lives Is Prong’s Best Album Yet

Courtesy:  Steamhammer/SPV Records

Courtesy: Steamhammer/SPV Records

This is our best album yet. THIS is our best album yet. Who hasn’t heard these words uttered time and again by any number of artists, groups and bands? That phrase is tossed around far too much today. It seems like every artist, band and group feels their latest album is their best album yet. Yet it seems like so many albums from said artists, groups, and bands sound like their previous releases. However, in the case of Ruining Lives, the latest album from Prong, that line is more than proper. Prong founding member Tommy Victor has worked hard to get his band to where it is today, all the while staying just under the mainstream radar. Ruining Lives could potentially be the album that finally breaks Prong through that barrier. One of the reasons for this could be that Victor manned the boards himself on this album and invited Steve Evetts (Skinlab, Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan) to lend his talents, too. The end result of their work is an album the more than deserves to be on any metal purist’s list of the year’s top ten best new hard rock and metal albums by year’s end.

Ruining Lives is an album that more than deserves to be called the best album by far from Prong. The main reason for that is that long-time fans will be able to pick out elements of so many of Prong’s previous records throughout the course of its eleven total tracks. Right from the album’s outset, long-time fans will be transported back to 1994 and Prong’s hit album Rude Awakening. The driving guitar line has obvious elements from that album. But there is also an obvious growth from that point, too. Victor’s vocals sound as strong as ever as he sings, “Great power/Great rage/So deafening/Turning it over/It’s oppressing/More power/More gain/There’s more for me.” The point of Victor’s guitar chops are just as strong. That’s especially evident as he breaks into the song’s old school style guitar solo. The speed and accuracy of Victor’s playing and his vocal power show that he is at the top of his game here. Alexei Rodriguez’s drumming and Tony Campos’ bass work are just as solid. They add their own touch to this song, making it all the more pummeling.

The energy exuded by ‘Turnover’ is just the beginning for Victor and his band mates on this album. That applies in every sense of the word. The trio barely gives listeners time to catch their breath before launching into the album’s second song ‘The Barriers.’ This speed/thrash metal style song is a full throttle song that is the purest of fodder for any mosh pit in a live setting. As with the album’s opener, Victor and company have never sounded better. This song makes Prong sound like a band reborn and Victor specifically a man reborn. Victor sings in this song, “This must be a dream/Can’t believe this is happening/This can’t be real/Now at their feet/Gonna have to kneel/Reach out for a remedy/Searching for transparency/Barriers of fear/All built up right through the years.” He sounds as strong as he did in his younger years. And this song is not the only one exhibiting this, either.

Fans of Prong’s older material will be just as impressed by the work of Victor and his current band mates on the likes of the album’s title track. Victor himself noted in an interview of this song that it has a feel and sound similar to that of Force Fed. The controlled chaos of Victor’s shredding combined with Campos’ full on low end and Rodriguez’s equally solid timekeeping will definitely make this song a favorite of both long-time fans and those that are less familiar with the band’s body of work. It serves as one more example of how much Victor has grown over the course of his career. Because of its link to Prong’s early days and its “cleaner” more focused sound, it shows just how much Prong has yet to offer. And with any luck, Tommy Victor and his current band mates will hear that too and release even more Prong albums in the years to come.

Ruining Lives will be available April 28th via Steamhammer/SPV Records. The band is currently in the midst of a European tour in support of the album. Its current schedule keeps it overseas through August. Audiences can find the band’s most current tour schedule online at http://www.facebook.com/prongmusic and http://prongmusic.com. Audiences can check out both website s to keep up with the latest updates from the band, too. And the album itself can be ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Ruining-Lives-incl-bonus-poster/dp/B00INXSIG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1397036396&sr=1-1&keywords=prong+ruining+lives. 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 news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.