‘Live At Us Festival’ Is Santana’s Third Solid Release So Far This Year

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Carlos Santana has been in the headlines a lot this year.  He released a new EP in January.  That record ­– In Search of Mona Lisa — was followed up in June, with a new full-length album, Africa Speaks.  Early this month, even more music from Santana saw the light of day with a new archived concert from Shout! Factory, Icon Television Music, Inc. and Sony Music in the form of Live at Us Festival.  Originally recorded Sept. 4, 1982, the vintage recording was released on Blu-ray Sept. 6, almost 37 years to the day after the concert featured in the presentation.  The recording is another welcome presentation for fans of Carlos Santana in part because of its set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The recording’s editing adds to its interest and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content featured with the recording rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here plays its own part in making the concert appealing for Santana fans and music fans alike.  All things considered, they make the recording in whole, one more of this year’s top new live Blu-rays and DVDs.

Carlos Santana’s latest live recording Live at Us Festival is an enjoyable new offering from one of the elder statesmen of the music industry that his fans and music fans alike will enjoy.  That is due in part to the set list featured in this vintage concert recording.  The show’s set list is made up of a total of 13 songs, two of which – ‘Gypsy Queen’ and ‘Marbles’ – are actually part of some two-song collections.  The songs in total show, even then, they wide range of Santana’s talents and his fellow musicians.  The whole thing opens with a performance of the group’s own work, ‘Searchin,’ which is then followed up by the first of the two-part pieces, ‘Black Magic Woman’/’Gypsy Queen.’  What is important to note here is that ‘Black Magic Woman’ was originally composed by peter Green and made famous by Fleetwood Mac.  Fleetwood Mac is a far cry, stylistically, from Santana.  Yet Santana and company made the song their own, and did so impressively at that.  The musicianship of the percussionists – Raul Rekow, Armando Peraza and Orestas Vilat – adds so much to the performance.  The control they have on their respective instruments is astonishing in the best way possible.  Much the same can be said of the trio’s performance during ‘Savor.’  The timbales, guiro and congas really serve as the backbone for the arrangement, which in this case is one of the group’s originals.  The keyboards, handled by Richard Baker, add even more enjoyment to the performance.  This is just one more way in which the set list shines.  Between the group’s own originals and its covers, the whole of the set list makes for a presentation that without any doubt, will keep audiences fully engaged and entertained.  The only down side to the whole thing is the fact that audiences don’t get the band’s whole set in this concert.  Also featured in the concert were performances of the songs ‘Primera Invasion,’ ‘Dealer/’Spanish Rose’ and ‘Soul Sacrifice.’  They were also omitted from the concert’s broadcast on AXS TV.  That aside, what is presented in terms of the set list and performance thereof is enjoyable in its own right.  To that end, it creates a solid foundation for the recording’s whole.

While the concert footage featured in the recording is a key piece of its whole, it is not the recording’s only important element.  The recording’s editing plays into its whole, too. In examining the editing, the most notable aspect thereof is the separation of the recording between its concert and interview segments.  Each performance segment is preceded by an interview segment with Santana that is clearly much more recent than the footage from the concert.  Those breaks from the concert not only serve to help the recording’s pacing, but also to make the overall presentation more personal for viewers.  That is thanks to Santana’s very real and frank commentaries.  Those commentaries tackle a variety of topics, such as his view about the roots of what so many people label as Latin music, “real guitarists vs. not-so-real guitarists,” and the purpose of music.  Those discussions in themselves are just as certain to keep viewers entertained and are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  The bonus extended interviews featured with the recording make for even more interest.

The extended discussions that are featured as bonus content show Santana’s lighter side as he talks about “real guitarists” playing from all throughout inside instead of just their fingers.  He also goes into more depth about his sound and that of his band not really being a signature sound.  That discussion is one of the most enlightening of the discussions.  He also goes into more depth as to his view of how “Latin” music has been mislabeled by the powers that be.  Between these discussions and more, the extended discussion cuts truly are bonuses that are just as worth taking in as the concert’s main footage.  When both elements are considered along with the recording’s editing, the whole of the recording becomes a presentation that Santana’s fans will appreciate just as much as music fans in general.

Live at Us Festival is a positive new offering from Carlos Santana that music lovers across the board will appreciate.  It offers a set list that clearly puts on display the talents of Santana and his fellow musicians and the breadth of the band’s influences.  That in itself makes the concert well worth viewing.  The concert’s editing ensures even more, its appeal for viewers, as it is broken up into varying live and interview segments.  The bonus extended interview cuts that are featured with the recording put the final touch on the recording’s whole.  Each item discussed is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Live at Us Festival one more welcome addition to the music libraries of Santana’s most devoted fans and of audiophiles in general.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Nooky Jones’ New EP Is A “Sweet Treat” For R&B Fans Of All Ages

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Nooky Jones released its new record this weekend.  The Minneapolis, MN-based sextet released its new EP Like Candy Friday.  The five-song record is aptly titled.  That is because R&B fans everywhere will agree it is “sweet.”  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  That is thanks to its musical arrangements, which couple old school r&b influences with its own modern touches for a whole that makes it no surprise that even National Public Radio has picked up on the 22-minute record.  The record’s lyrical content plays its own important part to the whole of the EP, too.  The two elements together make the EP a surprisingly enjoyable offering.  The EP’s title track is just one example of the power of that combination of elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘After Two (ft. Cory Wong)’ is another example of how that crossing of elements makes this EP so enjoyable.  It will be addressed a little later.  The same can be said of ‘Pardon Me,’ which will also be discussed later.  When all three of these songs are considered along with the EP’s other two songs – ‘Gimme Some More’ and ‘Everything You Do’ – the whole of the EP proves itself a record that r&b fans of all ages will appreciate and that is one more of this year’s top new EPs.

Nooky Jones’ new EP Like Candy is a work that r&b fans of all ages will enjoy.  It is a record that is easily accessible for audiences and r&b radio programmers alike.  One of the record’s most notable entries that serves to support those statements is the EP’s title track.  The song’s piano-driven arrangement and the vocal delivery of front man Cameron Klinghorn lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of D’Angelo, Maxwell and Robert Glasper.  Interestingly enough, the actual sound of Klinghorn’s vocals conjures thoughts of Marcy Playground front man John Wozniak.  Yes, it sounds like one heck of a combination, but it’s there.  Even with that in mind, the whole of the arrangement is a smooth jam that comes across like a modern take on Marvin Gaye’s timeless song ‘Let’s Get It On.’  That is meant in the absolute best way.

The song’s lyrical content adds just as much to the song’s presentation as does its musical arrangement.  Again, it plays its own part in the noted comparison to Marvin Gaye’s timeless groove.  That is proven as Klinghorn sings in the song’s lead verse, “Darlin’ I’m unwrapping you/And you know what’s on my mind/A soft, sweet, tasty treat/You’re my favorite kind/Got this cravin’/And your lips look devine/And we know what happens when the cookies and the cream combine.”  There is absolutely no doubt as to what he is saying here.  If this doesn’t serve as the soundtrack for a couple’s romantic evening, nothing does.  Klinghorn continues in the song’s second verse, “Can’t stop sampling you/And that flavor I adore/Call me Russel Stover/Till the/Night is over/I got everything that you’re hungering for/Oh, sugar, I keep coming back for more/Of your/Cocoa butter/With your/Chocolate covered/Silky caramel core…you could open up a candy store.”  Yet again, there’s no doubt what’s going on here.  This is about as pure as a r&b song can be and as entertaining.  If this doesn’t get a couple in the moon, nothing will.  That is especially when this content is considered alongside the song’s musical elements, which late in the song also include gentle, flowing strings to add to the song’s general effect.  Simply put, the song in whole is without doubt, a clear example of why Nooky Jones’ new EP could be the record that breaks this group into the mainstream.  It is just one of the EP’s most notable tracks, too.  ‘After Two (ft. Cory Wong)’ is another example of what makes this record one that every r&b fan will enjoy.

‘After Two (ft. Cory Wong)’ stands out in part because of its own musical arrangement.  This song’s funky, bass and keyboard-centered arrangement wastes no time conjuring thoughts of the one and only Stevie Wonder and of acts, such as Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power.  That’s just as much due to the arrangement’s horn lines as it is the composition’s keyboard, bass and percussion.  The whole of the noted elements makes this arrangement a funky work that won’t take long getting listeners on the dance floor.  The song’s arrangement is just one part of what makes it notable.  That part of the song works with the song’s lyrical content to make the presentation in whole even more engaging and entertaining for the group’s target audiences.

The song’s lyrical content is notable because it is just fun material that encourages dancing happily just as much as the song’s musical arrangement.  This is proven as Klinghorn sings in the song’s lead verse, “Candle’s burning low/Is it really after 1 (not yet)/My glass ain’t empty, though/So I don’t have to run, baby/Maxwell on the stereo/And the record’s almost done/And all my people know/the night’s just begun (we’re just getting started/Someone caught my by surprise/And she got that look in her eyes/Hey baby/See you watching me/And maybe/You like what you see/Hey lady/Make your move this way/So crazy/What I’m ‘bout to say.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Body’s movin’ slow/Temptaion fills the air, yes it does/I said we’re wraped up in the floor/I wanna feel you everywhere (all over your body, baby)/Girl, you caught me by surprise and you got that look right in your eyes.”  Once again, there is no doubt as to the song’s message in this case.  This is one of those straight-up ‘Come hither, let’s get dancing and get busy’ songs that works just as well in the club as in the bedroom.  That is even more evident when this content is coupled with the song’s light, funky musical arrangement.  All things considered, they show just as much why this song is as notable as Like Candy’s title track.  It is not the last of the EP’s most notable tracks.  The more reserved break-up song (yes, the group even features a break-up song in this record, too) ‘Pardon Me’ is notable in its own right, too.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Pardon Me’ does a good job of illustrating the emotions of someone who has been played by another one time too many.  This one presents a more modern r&b vibe, again akin to works from D’Angelo, Maxwell and other similar acts, with its subtle horn lines, keyboards and drums.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The noted lyrical content plays into this just as much as the engaging musical arrangement.

Klinghorn sings in the song’s lead verse, “I can see you wear that smile…try to pretend/That you would never make me feel like this again/Now it’s on my mind/That you lied/The first and second time/When you told me not to worry about your friend/Had me thinking/Everything would be okay/And believing every word I heard you say/Now I know/When you said/You love sleeping in my bed/You were getting what you want another way/I’m not here for you/I ran out of sympathy/The moment you ran out on me/I’m not here for you/Excuse me miss/Pardon me/You don’t get my loyalty.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Hold up/Back up/What the hell/You lying for/Telling me/You don’t see it anymore/Why don’t you call up your number one/So you can him that we’re we’re done/Say what’s up for me.”  Klinghorn’s subject makes no bones about his feelings over the situation of this broken relationship.  This is a song, with these lyrics and content, to which many listeners will relate with such straight-forward lyrics.  The reserved nature of the arrangement will help the noted listeners connect with the song just as much as the song’s lyrics.  Both elements together make this song a song that is just as radio ready as the other songs noted here and the EP’s other two songs.  All things considered, the EP in whole proves to be a solid new offering from Nooky Jones and a work that could – with the right support – be the record that breaks the group into the r&b mainstream.

Nooky Jones’ new EP Like Candy is a sweet musical treat for r&b fans of all ages.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content.  That is explained through analysis of three of the EP’s songs here.  The combination of the modern and old school r&b and funk musical elements and the equally accessible lyrical content exhibited in each of the three songs discussed here – and the EP’s other two songs not directly discussed – go a long way toward making the EP appealing for the noted audiences.  All things considered, they make the EP a “sweet” new offering for r&b audiences of all ages.  More information on Like Candy is available online along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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The Wizards of Winter’s New LP Is An Enjoyable Musical Gift For Classic Rock, Holiday Lovers Alike

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The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and in anticipation of its return, The Wizards of Winter has released its new holiday-themed album The Christmas Dream.  Released Friday through BMI, the 10-song, 44-minute record is a gift in itself for fans of the band and those whole enjoy the holiday season.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  It is also thanks to the album’s lyrical content, which will be addressed a little later.  The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item does its own part to make the album an enjoyable addition to any holiday lover’s music library.  All things considered, they make the album a work that audiences will enjoy every Christmas season.

The Christmas Dream is a positive new offering from The Wizards of Winter, and a presentation that will appeal to fans of WOW just as much as lovers of the holiday season and its musical offerings.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements are in part, familiar compositions to which the band’s longtime fans have come to expect from the group.  Along with featuring its own familiar sound, the album also features more comparisons to works from fellow holiday band Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  That should come as no surprise, either, considering that some of the band’s members are also directly associated with TSO.  One could even argue that there is even a hint of a Mannheim Steamroller influence incorporated into the album’s arrangements, with its keyboard and flute lines.  The album’s lead single ‘Handel’s Torch’ combines the noted influences through its heavy guitar riffs and the use of the flute.  ‘The Four Kings’ is a direct link back to TSO’s works with its bluesy arrangement that almost exactly mirrors the arrangement in that band’s song, ‘The Three Kings (What Really Happened.’  Lyrically, the two songs are a little different, but stylistically, there is a quite close similarity in the two arrangements.  The arrangement at the heart of the album’s title track, which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the influences from the aforementioned holiday bands.  Again that is due to the combination of the guitars and more traditional musical elements.  What’s more, the song’s title may be ‘Christmas Dream,’ but it actually presents a full-on rock take on the beloved song ‘All Of My Favorite Things.’  That is crossed with the group’s take on the equally beloved song ‘Carol of the Bells,’ with the end result being one of the album’s strongest compositions.  It is just one of the album’s most notable compositions, too.  The old school power metal approach of ‘Polar Eve,’ the orchestral vibe of ‘The Happy Song’ and ‘Secrets of the Snow Globe’ offer their own notoriety, too.  Between those arrangements, the others noted here and the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole of the album proves to be a presentation that is well worth the listen if only for its musical elements.  It musical elements are not its only notable elements, of course.  Its lyrical content is just as notable as its musical elements.

The lyrical content featured in this record is notable because while it does take listeners on a new ride through some old holiday songs, there are also some more original works featured in the record.  Among the more familiar holiday tunes featured in the record are the aforementioned ‘My Favorite Things’ and also ‘Jingle Bells,’ Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and ‘The First Noel.’  Those songs are given a new life in each of their presentations through the already discussed arrangements that form the album’s foundation.  The noted familiar song choices are complimented by more original works, such as ‘The Secrets of the Snowglobe,’ ‘In Plain Sight’ and the stirring, emotional finale that is ‘A Toast To Time (Farewell).’  The combination of the traditional holiday songs and the band’s original works – and their original new arrangements – strengthen the album even more, and shows that much more, why The Christmas Dream is its own dream come true for fans of WOW and lovers of the holiday season in general.  They are just a pair of the album’s most notable elements.  Keeping in mind the importance of that whole, the album’s sequencing is just as important to examine as its overall content.

The Christmas Dream’s sequencing is important to note because of its impact on the album’s general effect.  As already noted, this record features a mix of original content and new takes on a handful of traditional holiday songs.  The record never sticks too long to one or the other.  It opens with one of the band’s original works before changing things up both stylistically and in general with ‘Handel’s Torch.’  The song’s arrangement takes the power rock sound featured in the album’s opener and steps it up slightly while also presenting the band’s own fresh take on Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and at least one other traditional holiday song.  ‘Gonna Snow’ keeps the album’s energy stable with another 80s hair metal style arrangement that also gives a new take on ‘Jingle Bells’ while giving listeners something new at the same time.  Again, here listeners get that mixing of old and new, this time in one, keeping the album engaging and entertaining.  ‘The Polar Eve’ is slightly slower than the album’s first three works, but is still heavy in its own right while also giving listeners something original from the band once more.  ‘Midnight Noel’ is another example of the band taking a traditional holiday tune and giving it a new life (though there is the very close similarity to works from TSO) here.  The variances in styles and old and new holiday songs continue from this point, and still manage to keep listeners engaged and entertained right to the album’s finale without fail.  By the record’s end, listeners are left fulfilled and agreeing that this album is its own special musical gift from The Wizards of Winter to listeners everywhere.

The Wizards of Winter’s new album The Christmas Dream is a positive new album from the classic rock collective, which is made up of members of Blue Oyster Cult, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Ted Nugent’s backing band.  It is a piece that gives audiences another welcome option away from all of the standard holiday musical fare that hits stores every year.  That is due in part to its arrangements, which bring together the influences of the members’ own bands.  The varied musical choices in general, which are new takes on traditional holiday tunes and new original works, add even more interest to the album’s presentation.  The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to the album’s whole.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of its presentation.  All things considered, they make the album in whole, its own enjoyable gift for the band’s fans and lovers of the holiday season alike.  The band will launch a tour in support of the record in November.  Its schedule is noted below.

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER 2019 Holiday Tour Dates:
11/13 – Key West, FL @ Key West Theatre
11/14 – Melbourne, FL @ Melbourne Auditorium
11/15 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/16 – Stuart, FL @ Lyric Theater
11/21 – Pueblo, CO @ Pueblo Memorial Hall
11/22 – Alto, NM @ Spencer Theatre
11/23 – Gilbert, AZ @ Higley PAC
11/24 – Wickenburg, AZ @ Del E. Webb PAC
11/29 – Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre
11/30 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
12/1 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
12/5 – Angola, IN @ T. Furth PAC
12/6 – Pontiac, MI @ Flagstar Strand Theatre
12/7 – Johnson Creek, WI @ Gobbler Theatre
12/8 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
12/12 – Wisconsin Rapids, WI @ Wisconsin Rapids PAC
12/13 – Harris, MI @ Island Resort Casino
12/14 – Harris, MI @ Island Resort Casino
12/15 – Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Theatre
12/17 – Canton, OH @ Canton Palace
12/19 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
12/20 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
12/21 – Roanoke Rapids, NC @ Roanoke Rapids Theatre
+More dates TBA!

More information on that tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Adding More ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes To Its PBS Kids Prime Video Channel

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More episodes of PBS Kids’ hit series Ready Jet Go! are coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

Ready Jet Go! Volume 10 will start streaming the six-episode collection Oct. 11.  The latest volume features episodes, such as “My Three Suns/Magnet PI,” “Moon Face/Lone Star 2,” and “Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest.”

“Moon Face” finds Jet and his young friends exploring what makes it look like the moon has a face while “Lone Star 2” building their own rocket while Sydney explains how Lone Star created the first rockets.

“My Three Suns” features a lesson about the planet Proxima B, which has three suns after clouds keep jet and his friends from playing a game of Shadow Tag.  Meanwhile Face 9000 tries its hand at comedy.  The short’s companion, “Magnet PI” finds Sean trying his hand at magic as “The Great Seanzo.”

“Water, Water Everywhere” features a story that follows Jet and company around the Earth, discovering all the ways and places where and how water is found.  the kids help Sydney write a Commander Cressida story in it’s companion episode, “Commander Cressida Story Contest.”

The other episodes featured in this volume are “Freebird”/”Sean’s Robotic Arm,” “Ain’t No Mars Mountain High Enough/”Treasure Hunt” and “Earth, Wind And Flyer”/”Mini-Golf.”

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Splash And Bubbles’ Movie On DVD

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PBS Distribution will release the Splash and Bubbles movie Pole To Pole on DVD Tuesday.

The movie follows Splash and his friends as they travel from the Antarctic to the Arctic, learning about the different ways in which life thrives below the waves.  The group learns about topics, such as migratory patterns, food chains within given habitats and the various types of life that make up each food chain through its global journey.

Splash and BubblesPole To Pole will retail for MSRP of $6.99. More information on the DVD is available online now along with lots of games, activities, printables and more at:

 

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ESPN+ To Carry More Than 50 NHL Games In October

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ESPN is gearing up for the launch of the National Hockey League’s 2019-20 season.

The league’s season opens Thursday, and the network’s digital outlet ESPN+ will carry a total of 51 games throughout the season’s first month, starting with an opening day double header.

The Rangers will host the Jets at 7 p.m. to open the night’s coverage.  The Coyotes will visit the Ducks at 10 p.m., rounding out ESPN+’s opening night coverage.

Each night after through the weekend will also feature a double header schedule while only a handful of the network’s opening month broadcasts will be single-game telecasts.  The network’s full schedule for October is noted below.

NHL on ESPN+ Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thu, Oct 3 7 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers
  10 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks
Fri, Oct 4 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
  10:30 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
Sat, Oct 5 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
  9 p.m. Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes
Sun, Oct 6 5 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
  7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Mon, Oct 7 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tues, Oct 8 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
  10 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Oct 10 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils
  8:30 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 11 7 p.m. Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres
  7:30 p.m. New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Sat, Oct 12 7 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
Sun, Oct 13 10 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
Mon, Oct 14 1 p.m. St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders
  5 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
Tue, Oct 15 9 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames
  10 p.m. Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
Wed, Oct 16 10 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks
  10:30 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks
Thu, Oct 17 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
  10 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights
Fri, Oct 18 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins
  8:30 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
Sat, Oct 19 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings
Sun, Oct 20 5 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
  7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Mon, Oct 21 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs
  8 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Tue, Oct 22 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
  7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers
Thu, Oct 24 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers
  8:30 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 25 6 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights
  10 p.m. Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks
Sat, Oct 26 7 p.m. Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Sun, Oct 27 5 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
  7 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators
Mon, Oct 28 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Oct 29 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
  10 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks
Wed, Oct 30 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche
  10:30 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings
Thu, Oct 31 10 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

*Local market blackout restrictions apply to ESPN+ out-of-market games

Every team in the league will appear at least twice throughout the month.  The Las Vegas Golden Knights will make seven appearances overall and the Penguins, six.

Along with the season’s opening month schedule, ESPN+’s In The Crease will also make its return Thursday.  Linda Cohn will anchor the broadcast.  SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Nabil Karim will also serve as anchors for broadcasts throughout the season.  espn.com NHL writers Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski and Chris Peters will provide analysis throughout the month during the program’s broadcasts.

A new episode of In The Crease will air at 10 a.m. on ESPN+ following the previous night’s games throughout the month.

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Amon Amarth Debuts ‘Shield Wall’ Video; Launches North American Tour

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Amon Amarth debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Shield Wall‘ Thursday.  The song is taken from the band’s new album Beserker.  The video, directed by Phil Wallis and produced by Alexander Milas/Twin V. Ltd., features a historically accurate depiction of viking battlefield tactics as a group of vikings works to hold off a horde of invaders against the song’s musical backdrop.  The video was shot on-site in Wolind, Poland, site of the famed Festival of Slavs and Vikings.

‘Shield Wall’ is the fourth single and video to come from Berserker.  The band released a video trilogy featuring videos for the songs ‘Crack The Sky,’ ‘Raven’s Flight‘ and ‘Mjolner, Hammer of Thor‘ ahead of and after the album’s release.

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The same day the band debuted its new video, it also launched the new North American leg of its tour in support of Berserker.  The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 26 in Los Angeles, CA and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Arch Enemy, Grand Magus and At The Gates will join Amon Amarth for the tour as special guests.  Tickets are available here.

Berserker World Tour – Raid Of North America tour dates
w/ Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Grand Magus

September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle
October 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
October 7 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
October 10 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 11 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 12 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
October 13 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
October 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
October 16 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
October 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
October 20 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
October 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
October 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
October 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium

More information on Amon Amarth’s tour, video and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.amonamarth.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarth

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

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