“Rebels At Sea: Privateering In The American Revolution” Is A Welcome Read For Any History Buff

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Independence Day is here once again and with its are plenty of movies on Turner Classic Movies about America’s fight for freedom from Britain.  There are also plenty of cookouts, music, and fireworks to stir nationalistic pride among Americans.  For all that Americans know about America’s fight for independence from the crown in the years spanning 1777-1781, there are still stories that have sadly rarely if ever been shared of the American Revolution including those of the men (and even women) who took part in the privateering against Britain’s navy during the war.  Now thanks to author Eric Jay Dolin, those stories finally came to light in May in his new book, Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.  Running approximately 247 pages (counting the acknowledgements and not counting the bibliography), the book is a must read for every history buff, including those who are more specifically interested in military and nautical history.  That is due in large part to the stories and information that Dolin shares throughout the book.  This will be examined shortly.  The transitions make the book even more engaging and will be addressed a little later.  The illustrations incorporated into the stories also play into the book’s engagement and entertainment and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the book’s success.  All things considered they make the book a welcome read for a wide range of audiences.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, the latest historical presentation from author Eric Jay Dolin, is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of history fans.  The book’s appeal comes in large part through the stories that Dolin shares with his audiences.  The stories in the book’s first half alone are more than enough to keep readers engaged and entertained.  Audiences learn from early on that a blockade that Britain had in place on the United States’ northern colonies played directly into the start of the revolution.  This is something that is rarely if ever taught in public schools or even colleges and universities.  Why this so rarely if ever taught is anyone’s guess.  Another key revolution that Dolin makes in his new book is that of the role of American privateers and their crews in the slave trade.  He reveals that many privateers that were meant to disrupt British supply lines would take Africans from British ships, but then sell them themselves at port.  That is an atrocity for which the south has been admonished for such a long time, yet here it is revealed that the northern states and privateersman who were hired to work the privateers by private businessmen and those in power were doing the same thing that the southern states did in the decades leading up to the Civil War.  Again, this is something that is rarely if ever taught in public schools and institutions of higher learning.  In still other stories, audiences learn about the role that France played into the American privateer movement during the revolution, making for even more interest.  Again, this is all just in the book’s first half.  The second half offers just as many eye-opening and enlightening stories of the role of privateers and their crews.

Staying on the matter of the stories, the manner in which Dolin presents them is fully accessible.  What that means is that his writing style is in the simplest possible layman’s terms without simply writing down to audiences.  He makes each story easy to follow and in turn understand.  That means that whether a reader is the intellectual type or more of a casual reader, any reader will find himself or herself remaining engaged because he writes each story in simple fashion.  It makes every story so accessible and in turn ensures readers’ engagement and entertainment even more.

As the stories that Dolin shares progress, his writing style and the stories themselves are just part of what makes them remain engaging.  The transitions that he uses are just as important to the book’s presentation as those elements.  As noted, this is a historical document.  That means it is a non-fiction.  Within the chapters, the stories are all relevant to one another within the bigger picture of each section.  Case in point is the collection of triumphs and tragedies presented in the book’s sixth chapter.  Dolin tells the stories here of two separate privateers, each named after infamous revolutionary figure Benedict Arnold.  The two ships met distinctly different fates.  He also tells the story here of how one American caught as part of the fate of one of those ships ultimately escaped British hands and went on to become George Washington’s “personal” dentist.  It is a story of highs and lows for the man that fits perfectly into the bigger chapter, but still stands well apart from the stories of the two ships.

In another case, Dolin introduces readers to life onboard a privateer, revealing that in many cases, things were not always the greatest.  The privateersmen, the men (and even sometimes women) who served on the ships often had to deal with the risks of food and drinking water going bad.  They also had to deal with contracts outlining certain codes the crews had to follow and much more.  Those codes were often crafted by the private business owners (some of whom were prominent politicians) who owned the ships.  The way in which Dolin connects it all is impressive in its own right, again, ensuring readers’ sustained engagement and in turn enjoyment.  It further shows the impact of the book’s transitions alongside the stories and writing style therein.  Considering all of that together, it all gives audiences lots of reason to keep reading the book and is still only part of what makes the book worth reading.  The illustrations that accompany the stories round out the most important of its elements and put the finishing touch to the presentation.

The illustrations that accompany the stories are important because they help audiences to better visualize everything about which Dolin writes.  Faces are put with names through various illustrations.  Pictures of models of some of the ships of which he writes are also incorporated into the book.  This helps readers better visualize the size of those ships, and in turn creates more appreciation for the ships and the crews that worked onboard them.  What’s more, the illustrations also take up space on multiple pages throughout the book.  This means that it actually lessens the amount of space for written content.  It sounds simple but having less overall to read means more encouragement for casual readers to pick up the book.  Together with the expansive bibliography included in the book’s back, it all makes the book actually a relatively short read, and when considered with the examined writing style and stories, a relatively simple read, too.  Overall, those illustrations work with the content and its presentation style to make the book overall a successful offering that any history buff will find fully engaging and entertaining.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, the latest historical offering from author Eric Jay Dolin, is a presentation that any history buff will enjoy.  That is due in no small part to its stories.  The stories are for the most part, takes that are rarely if ever taught of the revolution, including the very fact that a blockade that the British had on American’s northern colonies played just as much into the revolution happening as the taxation and other more commonly taught factors.  The manner in which the stories are told makes the accessible to the most casual reader, too.  That accessibility is certain to keep so many readers engaged and entertained.  The transitions used throughout the book do their own share to keep audiences engaged.  Within the course of each chapter, the stories all tie together but still manage somehow to stand as their own at the same time.  In other words, the transitions are seamless.  That makes for even more readability.  The illustrations that Dolin incorporates into the stories enriches the stories even more engaging.  That is because they put faces to some of the figures and make more real just how big and small some of the privateers that took part in the revolution were in comparison to the British ships that they faced.  They also take up space in the book, reducing the book’s overall length along with the expansive bibliography in the book’s back end.  It puts the finishing touch to the presentation that when considered along with the stories and way in which they are delivered, makes the book that much more engaging.  All things considered they make Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution a successful entry that any history buff will appreciate.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution is available now through Liveright Publishing.  More information on the book is available along with all of Dolin’s latest news at:

Website: https://ericjaydolin.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricJayDolin

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“Dr. Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” Is An Imperfect But Still Enjoyable Addition To The Marvel Cinematic Universe

A little more than two months after making its domestic theatrical debut, Marvel Studios/Disney’s Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for home release of 4K UHD and Blu-ray July 26.  The movie is director Sam Raimi’s first time heading a Marvel movie since helming Spiderman 3 in 2007 and while it is not perfect, it is still an entertaining new addition to the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU).  The movie’s success comes in part through its story, which while imperfect in itself still makes the movie worth watching occasionally.  This item will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast plays its own part into the movie’s success and will be addressed a little later.  The movie’s general effect rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the movie.  All things considered this latest addition to the MCU is a worthwhile story that any true Marvel fan will appreciate.

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the latest entry in the ever-expanding MCU (and second in the Dr. Strange world), is a mostly successful presentation.  The success that it enjoys comes in large part through its story that although imperfect is at least not too long at just over two hours in time.  The story is relatively simple: Dr. Strange meets a powerful young woman named America Chavez who has the ability to transcend Marvel’s various universes and has to protect her from Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch.  He has to protect America from Wanda because Wanda wants to take America’s powers and use them to venture into the multiverse and find the one in which “her children” reside.  Quotation marks are used because Wanda created her children, so they are not her biological children.  This is tied back into Marvel’s small screen world, sadly forcing audiences to know about the story from Disney+’s Vision and the Scarlet Witch series.  This tie into the bigger MCU is nothing new but is still disappointing because it leaves audiences who have not seen that limited series in the dark so to speak.  On a side note, there is also mention of Marvel and Sony’s Spiderman No Way Home in the story albeit brief, therefore once again forcing audiences to have some knowledge of that movie before coming into this presentation.  All of this aside, the story does manage to stand as its own tale that is not tied too closely to the rest of the MCU, so it has that much going for it.

Getting back to the matter of Wanda’s quest to capture America, it really comes across as being cliché to a point.  It all just seems so formulaic considering that the misguided villain story has been done so many times in other superhero stories in various ways but is still the same sort of tale.  Yes, a mother’s love is powerful, and there are women who have been proven so crazy to have children that they would kidnap others’ children in the real world, but this is not the real world.  It is the world of comics on film, and again, Wanda’s story of a misguided villain is anything but new in that realm.  It all just seems too formulaic, and it does detract from the movie’s presentation to a point.  It is not enough to completely doom the movie, though for audiences who can overlook this issue.

Moving on from that aspect, in the process of trying to protect America from Wanda, America and Dr. Strange end up in one of the endless universes out there in the MCU.  In their attempt to get home, he and America find out that a magical book that they need to defeat Wanda is conveniently located in that universe.  The book is not the only point of interest in the universe in which Dr. Strange and America find themselves. Characters from many other Marvel comic books, including Black Bolt, Reed Richards, and the seemingly most powerful mutant in the world, Professor Charles Xavier, are also there.  This is clearly a way for Marvel and Disney to further expand the MCU and really just feels more like fan service than anything really relevant to the story.  Even more problematic is that as the story progresses, the attention tends to turn more toward Dr. Strange than his young charge.  Thankfully the focus does not turn too much and does make a clear attempt to balance the focus even as there is so much going on not only in that universe but in the many other universes, including what one has to assume is “Earth Prime”.  Considering everything that is going on in the two universes that become the center of the story, the movie’s writing team is to be commended for trying to transition fluidly back and forth between the worlds even with the clear contrivance and other issues in the story.  That writing thankfully keeps the movie’s pacing relatively stable throughout its two-hour run time, which is itself appealing, considering the number of movies out there today that seem ton consciously try to exceed the two-and-a-half-hour mark.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story featured in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is far from perfect, but it is clear that those behind the story’s creation did make an attempt to pull every viewer into the tale.  Those efforts make the story a relatively stable starting point for the movie’s presentation.

Building on the relative stability of the movie’s story is the cast’s work interpreting the story’s script.  Benedict Cumberbatch leads the way as the movie’s titular character.  From beginning to end, Cumberbatch’s personality on screen is so much like that of fellow Marvel star Robert Downey Jr., who for such a long time, portrayed Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man.  That is evidence in the borderline cockiness that Cumberbatch brings out of Steven Strange throughout the movie.  At the same time, he does show a subtle vulnerability in Dr. Strange.  That balance of confidence (maybe overconfidence at times?) and vulnerability makes him a great new potential leader for the Marvel universe or at least a strong character of focus as the MCU enters its next phase.  It just makes him that much more endearing to audiences.

On another note, Elizabeth Olsen’s latest take as Wanda is just as notable in this movie.  There is a certain over the top nature in her subtle fury but also something engaging about her portrayal, too.  From early on, the casual way in which she talks about what happened to Vision in Vision and the Scarlet Witch shows that she has already left reality so to speak.  There is a certain sociopathic nature already peeking through.  As the story progresses, Olsen takes on more of a familiar crazed super villain role.  That familiarity will keep audiences engaged even as comfortable as such a portrayal has become in the comic book to film world.  That is not a slap at Olsen and her work.  It is just that her portrayal is so commonplace that it does not really break any new ground but is still engaging and entertaining in its own right.

On a completely different note, that America is supposed to be the center of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, star Xochitl Gomez, who portrays America, makes the most of her moments on screen.  The vulnerability and lack of self-assurance that she gives America is something to which so many younger teen audiences will relate.  This even though American is technically a being that is centuries old (as Wanda points out at one moment in the story).  The vulnerability shows through as she sees a vision of her childhood in her home world while the lack of self-assurance shows through in her attempt to control her powers.  It is just too bad that she did not get as much screen time as she likely should have, considering the overall story.  Either way, she makes the most of her time on screen, too.  When her performance is considered alongside those of Cumberbatch and Olsen, the main cast’s work on screen adds to the movie’s appeal in its own right.

The main cast’s work on screen is just one more item of note in examining the movie’s presentation.  The general effect in the presentation is also worth examining.  Right from the movie’s introduction in which Steven is dreaming about being in another universe, fighting a monster as he is trying to get to a book, the look of the movie really has that same look that audiences came to know from Raimi’s work helming the original Spiderman trilogy.  The different worlds, the monsters, everything, they all have that trademark Sam Raimi touch.  That touch in question is that of more comic book than the gritty stuff that so many movies have come to use.  It really is a nice return to form so to speak and will certainly appeal to so many audiences.  The whole thing just has that really more comic book realm on screen feel and is so welcome.  When it is considered along with the work of the movie’s cast and the relatively engaging story, the whole makes the movie overall a mostly successful new addition to the MCU universe.

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a mostly positive new addition to Marvel Studios and Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It is hardly perfect but is also not a failure.  Its success comes in part through its featured story.  The story centers on Dr. Strange’s attempt to keep a powerful mutule-versal being from being kidnapped and essentially killed by The Scarlet Witch, who wants the being’s powers in order to venture into the multiverse and be with her children from one of those universes.  The whole thing is somewhat contrived when viewed in the overall picture, but is still worth taking in.  The main cast’s work on screen adds to the interest especially in the case of Benedict Cumberbatch’s work.  He showed he could potentially take the lead as the next Avengers head if he so wanted.  Elizabeth Olsen’s latest turn as Wanda Maximoff was engaging in its own right, too.  The general effect of the movie rounds out the movie’s most important element in that it really brings back the look of the Spiderman movies helmed by Sam Raimi.  That look is that true comic book to screen look.  It is somewhat cheesy but in an endearing way.  It really does leave audiences feel like they are looking at what they might see in the comic books and is just such a welcome accent to the whole.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the movie and when considered together, make the movie overall a movie that while imperfect is still entertaining.

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for release on 4K UHD and BD July 28.  More information on this and other titles from Marvel Studios is available at:

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Lockjaw Debuts ‘Breaking Point’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Lockjaw debuted the video for its latest single this month.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Breaking Point‘ June 3. The song’s premiere follows that of the band’s then latest single, ‘Living In My Head‘ and is distinct in its sound and style from that song.

Where ‘Living In My Head’ presents a clear metalcore sound and style in the vein of Killswitch Engage, ‘Breaking Point’ is more of a melodic hard rock style song a la Stone Sour. Interestingly enough, front man Joe Ortiz’ vocals are close in sound and style to those of Stone Sour/Slipknot front man Corey Taylor at some points in the song. At others still, one cannot ignore just as much of a similarity to the vocal sound and style of Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne). That is just this critic’s interpretation.

The video for ‘Breaking Point’ features the band in what is meant to reflect a live setting, complete with fans surrounding the band as it performs its new single.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. The lyrics provided with the video make for an inference about someone who simply has had enough of someone else’s verbal, emotional and psychological abuse. Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation.

More information on Lockjaw’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://lockjawlive.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lockjawlive

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Adema Debuts New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hard rock band Adema debuted its latest single and video over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Violent Principles‘ and its companion video Friday. The single is the second from the band featuring current front man Ryan Shuck (ex-Orgy, Julien-K) and is featured in the band’s new forthcoming album, 360 Degrees of Separation, whose release date is under consideration. The song was produced by Shuck’s fellow former Orgy and Julien-K member Amir Derakh.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Violent Principles’ is a melodic hard rock composition that is an easy fit for any modern and active rock radio programmer’s play list. No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing its debut. Lyrics provided by one fan with the song’s video infer on one hand that the song centers on the familiar topic of breaking away from a negative relationship. The mention of how we as a society need pills to sedate and how we isolate adds its own inference. All things considered, the content is sure to engage audiences in its own right.

The video for Adema’s new single is a familiar style presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a sound stage as the song plays over. A white backdrop stands behind the band as it plays against the song.

In other news, Adema has announced it is scheduled to join (hed) p.e., Crazytown, and Flaw on the road this summer for the “Nu Metal Revival Tour.” The tour is scheduled to launch July 6 in Denver, CO and to run through July 30 in Reedley, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Lombard, IL; Mechanicsburg, PA and Arnold, MO.

More information on Adema’s upcoming tour, its new single, video, and forthcoming album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://ademamusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialadema

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ademaofficial

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Ozzy Osbourne will release his latest album this fall, and in anticipation has debuted the album’s lead single and its companion video.

Osbourne is scheduled to release his new album, Patient Number 9 Sept. 9 through Epic Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, he debuted the album’s lead single/title track and its companion video Friday.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

PATIENT NUMBER 9 track listing:

1. Patient Number 9 (feat. Jeff Beck)

2. Immortal (feat. Mike McCready)

3. Parasite (feat. Zakk Wylde)

4. Mr. Darkness (feat. Zakk Wylde)

5. One of Those Days (feat. Eric Clapton)

6. A Thousand Shades (feat. Jeff Beck)

7. No Escape From Now (feat. Tony Iommi)

8. Nothing Feels Right (feat. Zakk Wylde)

9. Evil Shuffle (feat. Zakk Wylde)

10. Degradation Rules (feat. Tony Iommi)

11. Dead and Gone

12. God Only Knows

13. Darkside Blues

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Patient Number 9’ is an interesting composition. The majority of its body is a melodic, radio ready rock song. However, the song’s bridge presents a distinct blues-infused sound and style, which makes for an interesting contrast to that main body. The whole is an engaging and entertaining composition.

When asked recently about the song’s lyrical theme during an interview, Ozzy simply said the song is about a mental institution.

The video for Osbourne’s new single was directed by famed animator Todd McFarlane, who has drawn for the likes of Marvel and Image Comics. The animated portions of the song feature decidedly psychedelic elements, which clearly play into the overall theme of a mental institution. The live segments at times feature Ozzy singing his new single in what is meant to look like an institution.

More information on Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://ozzy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

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The Nervous Eaters Debuts New Single, ‘Wild Eyes,’ Companion Video; Announces New Live Dates

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The Nervous Eaters premiered its latest single and video over the weekend.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Wild Eyes‘ and its companion video Friday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Monsters & Angels, whose release date is under consideration. The record is expected for release through Wicked Cool Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wild Eyes’ is a light rock style composition. It is easily comparable to works from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and to a lesser extent, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

The song’s lyrical theme centers on a woman of high breeding, according to front man Steve Cataldo.

 “Stevie Van Zandt chose ‘Wild Eyes’ as the first single from our new album Monsters & Angels,” he said. “A textured, melodic rocker that paints a portrait of a beautiful, complex woman who views life through the lens of her sophisticated imagination.”

The song’s video features that woman going about her life as the band performs its new single on a stage setting. Cataldo had the following to say of the video.

“Filmmaker Vincent Straggas created a compelling video for ‘Wild Eyes,’ he said. “His idea to give the actress a camera through which she can capture passing moments conveys the intent of the song extremely well. She has a distinct, idiosyncratic point of view and experiences the world through inquisitive, open, wild eyes.”

In other news, the band has a series of live dates scheduled for this summer and fall. The dates are all noted below.

Upcoming Shows:

JUL 15 FRI

Brighton Music Hall @ 7:00pm

Allston, MA, United States

AUG 11 THU

The Music Room @ 7:00pm

West Yarmouth, MA, United States

OCT 15 SAT

Geno’s Rock Club @ 7:00pm

Portland, ME, United States

NOV 5 SAT

The Burren @ 7:00pm

Somerville, MA, United States

More information on The Nervous Eaters’ new single, video, album, and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.nervouseaters.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NervousEaters

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Ovtlier Takes On Narcissists In New Single, ‘Nemesis’

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Ovtlier debuted its latest single over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Nemesis‘ Friday. The song’s premiere came a month after the premiere of the band’s then latest single, ‘Blame The Dead.’

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, intense composition. There are groove metal leanings throughout the song, and some more pure metal elements throughout the work. That combination of elements makes the song comparable, stylistically, to works from the likes of Lamb of God, Unearth, and Slipknot.

The song’s lyrical theme takes on the issue of facing narcissists, said front man Joey Arena.

“We’ve all encountered narcissistic individuals who hide behind a mask,” he said. “There are many snakes out there, ones who try to get close, only to gather intel and use it against you. I pride myself on keeping it truthful and transparent with everyone I meet and that will get you both loved and hated. The best part is I believe in healthy boundaries and it usually weeds out those who are not good company. I live my life by ‘do no harm, take no shit’; If I don’t like you, you’ll know it. ‘Nemesis’, it’s in the name”.

More information on Ovtlier’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://ovtlier.co

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OvtlierBand

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Woyote Debuts New Single, ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ Video

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Rock band Woyote debuted its new single and video over the weekend.

The band — Mikey Doling (Snot, Soulfly, Channel Zero), Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome), Jari De Roover, Quentin Cornet, and Sebastiaan Verhoeven — debuted its new single, ‘Atlas Shrugged‘ Friday along with the song’s companion lyric video. The band premiered the video through Metal Injection.

The song’s musical arrangement is a stark contrast from the music that Doling and Nordstrom have crafted with their respective bands. Rather the arrangement here is more of a mainstream style pure rock composition.

According to information provided about the song in a press release, the song’s lyrical theme is a social commentary about the state of the world.

In other news, Woyote has a trio of live dates planned for this year and early next year. The dates are noted below.

Upcoming Woyote Shows: 

August 13th 2022 : Alactraz Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium – https://alcatraz.be/en/

December 10th 2022 : Waregemse Metal Days – Waregem, Belgium – https://wmdays.be/

May 13th 2023 : Support of Channel Zero – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

https://www.abconcerts.be/fr/agenda/new-date-30-years-channel-zero-3/a105J000001wd21QAA

More information on Woyote’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://woyote-official.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/WoyoteOfficial

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Tangerine Records Re-Issues Landmark Ray Charles Album, Live Recording

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Half a century after its original release, Tangerine Records has re-issued Ray Charles’ landmark album, A Message From The People.

The label released the record this month. It marks the first time in a decade that the record, originally released April 4, 1972, that the record has been re-issued. The album, which features hits such as ‘Heaven Help Us All,’ ‘They’ll Be No Peace On Earth Without All Men As One’ and his timeless performance of ‘America The Beautiful.’ Audiences can hear that song here.

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Also released by Ray Charles in 1972 was his live recording, Ray Charles Live in Stockholm 1972. The recording was captured during a performance by Charles in Stockholm, Sweden that year. Its set list includes and is not limited to performances of songs, such as ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band,’ ‘Don’t Change On Me,’ and ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You.’

More information on these and other titles from Tangerine Records is available along with all of the label’s latest news at https://tangerinerecords.com.

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Nothing More Debuts ‘Spirits’ Lyric Video

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Nothing More premiered the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single, ‘Spirits‘ Friday. The song is the title track from its forthcoming eponymous album and the record’s third single behind ‘Tired Of Winning‘ and ‘Turn It Up Like (Stand In The Fire)‘. The album is now scheduled for release Oct. 14 through Better Noise Music.

The musical arrangement featured in the new single is a heavy, aggro-rock style composition. The heaviness of the instrumentation pairs with the almost Maynard James Kennan-esque vocals to make the whole engaging and entertaining.

The song’s lyrical theme, which front man Johnny Hawkins addressed, is engaging in its own right.

“Isn’t it interesting that we give the same name to something holy and something wholly intoxicating?,” he said.  “The song ‘SPIRITS’ describes that very conundrum. When you drink liquor, it has been said that you are welcoming that pneuma (spirit) into your body. Most of us have seen and experienced how alcohol (or rather ‘al-ghawl,’ which means demon/spirit) can make us feel. It’s almost as if we turn into someone else when too much of the spirit has been consumed. Sometimes it’s eye opening and can lead to wondrous life-changing conversations or bonds that would never normally happen…and sometimes it can lead to the exact opposite. It may turn us into Dr. Hyde’s Jekyll and cause us to do or say horrific things we would never normally do sober. Spirits are both a little bit heavenly and a little bit sick.”

In other news, Nothing More also announced this week, a pending tour with In This Moment. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 26 and to run through Oct. 22. The tour includes a performance at the annual Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Louder Than Life festival, and Rocklahoma festival. The band recently wrapped another tour with Asking Alexandria June 19.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

 NOTHING MORE 2022 TOUR DATES

8/26  Evansville, IN @ Old National Events Plaza #

8/27 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #

8/28 Clive, IA @ Horizon Events Center #

8/30 Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine Theater *

9/1   Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Events Center #

9/2   Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom #

9/3   Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

9/6   Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle #

9/8   Alton, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival

9/9   Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore #

9/10  Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues #

9/12  Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse *

9/13  Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore #

9/14  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor Stage #

9/15  Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre #

9/17  Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway #

9/18  Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore #

9/20  Columbus, OH @ Kemba Live #

9/21  Cleveland, OH @ The Agora #

9/22  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival

9/27  Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live #

9/28  Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center #

9/30  Great Falls, MT @ Centene Stadium #

10/1  Spokane, WA @ The Podium #

10/3  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre #

10/4  Portland, OR @ Arlene Schinitzer Concert Hall #

10/5  Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre #

10/7  Garden City, ID @ Revolution Concert House and Event Center #

10/8  Central Point, OR @ Bi-Mart Amphitheater #

10/11 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park #

10/12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #

10/14 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues #

10/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex #

10/16 Billings, MT @ Pub Station *

10/18 Omaha, NE @ The Admiral #

10/19 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre #

10/21 Chicago, IL @ Radius #

10/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom #

# with In This Moment

* NOTHING MORE headlining

Spirits‘ track listing is noted below.


SPIRITS
 Track Listing

1. TURN IT UP LIKE (Stand In The Fire)

2. TIRED OF WINNING

3. SHIPS IN THE NIGHT

4. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS

5. DON’T LOOK BACK

6. THE OTHER F WORD

7. FACE IT

8. BEST TIMES

9. DÉJÀ VU

10. DREAM WITH ME

11. NEVERLAND

12. VALHALLA (Too Young To See)

13. SPIRITS

More information on Nothing More’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://nothingmore.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nothingmore

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nothingmorerock

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