Bravo Delta Unveils Debut EP’s Lead Single; Announces Live Dates

Courtesy: Bravo Delta Music/O’Donnell Music Group

Hard rock band Bravo Delta will release its debut album next month, and in anticipation, has debuted the video for the album’s lead single.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Unbreakable‘ on Jan. 13. The song is the title song from the upcoming record, which is due out Feb. 1.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. Unbreakable
2. Fire
3. Numbers
4. Dark Room
5. Sleepless Dream
6. Karma
7. Virus
8. Modus Operandi
9. Lost at Sea V.1
10. Lost as Sea V.2
11. Insignificant
12. Dreamless Sleep
13. Knights of Desire

The video presents the band performing its single in a dimly lit warehouse setting through a variety of fast-paced camera shots.  The song is streaming by itself now via Spotify.

Front man Brandon Davis explained the lyrical concept behind ‘Unbreakable,’ saying it centers on self-determination.

“This new album and single is three years in the making, and features the best material that we’ve ever created,” Davis said.  “Being broken, disconnect, kicked to the ground…and still having the will to get up, fight and learn from it is the spirit of ‘Unbreakable,’  And I think you can feel that in the music, the artwork and everything about this new album.”

Unbreakable is Bravo Delta’s third overall studio recording.  The band released its debut EP Sunset Wasteland in 2012.  That record was followed up the next year by Shutdown Sequence.

Bravo Delta has a handful of live performances scheduled in support of Unbreakable that features appearances at the National Association of Music Merchants’ annual winter conference on Jan. 25, Feb. 9 in Las Vegas, NV and Happens Rock Radio Convention on Feb. 20-22.  The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming Bravo Delta Appearances/Shows:

NAMM – Jan 25th-27th

Vegas Music Summit Showcase – Jan 31st

92.3 KOMP Radio In-Studio Appearance – Feb 3rd

Album Release Party in Las Vegas @ Vamp’d Rock Bar – Feb 9th

Happens Rock Radio Convention – Feb 20th-22nd

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

 

Website: http://www.bravodeltamusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BravoDeltaMusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bravodeltamusic

 

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‘Bad Reputation’ Is A “Good” New Tribute To A Rock Legend

Courtesy: Magnolia Pictures

Joan Jett is one of the most important figures in the modern history of rock music.  From her days with The Runaways to her time with The Blackhearts, she has blazed a trail for countless musicians while also making remaining active in a variety of causes.  Now thanks to Magnolia Pictures, Jett is getting the recognition that she has deserved for such a long time in the form of the new rock doc Bad Reputation.  Released on DVD on Jan.1 via Magnolia Pictures, the 93-minute doc takes audiences through the life and ongoing career of the famed rocker, who proves in this program to be anything but the typical rock star.  That story forms a strong foundation for the documentary, and will be discussed shortly.  The bonus material included with the documentary gives audiences at least a little bit more to appreciate about the presentation.  The documentary’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is key in its own way to the whole of Bad Reputation.  All things considered, they make Bad Reputation a very good documentary.

Magnolia Pictures’ new profile of Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, is a fitting tribute to the trailblazing musician/performer.  That is proven in part through the story at the center of the documentary.  The story is told in part from Jett herself and those closest to her, such as former and current band members, fellow celebrities and friends.  Listening to Jett talk, audiences will appreciate her grounded nature.  She does not have any sense of self-indulgence or ego.  Rather, there is a certain sense of humility about her as she talks about The Runaways’ acceptance overseas, The Blackhearts’ place in the music industry and her own personal views on items, such as animal rights and feminism. Jett said of The Runaways’ acceptance in Japan, “I thought it was exhilarating.  They loved their music stars over there.”  The tone in her voice as she made those statements truly exhibits that humility.  Comments from the likes of Iggy Pop, Jett’s sister Ann Larkin and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong prove even more, that said humility is real.  Larkin notes in one segment that Jett’s rebellion was not against her parents, but against society.  In fact, Jett herself recalls warmly, how supportive her parents were of her from an early age, adding that they were the ones who gave Jett her first guitar and told her that she could do anything that they wanted to do in life.  Pop notes that the era in which Jett’s star was rising, “A lot of women wanted to rock.  The problem was that they were always in a sidecar role.  Joan Jett was nobody’s sidecar.”  Armstrong adds to Pop’s statements, noting that Jett’s work as being “kick-ass songs.”  This emphasizes that determination from Jett to be noticed in what was then (and still is today) a very male-dominated industry.  Between the comments from Jett’s contemporaries, her family and friends, and those from Jett herself, the story that is presented proves to be one that will keep audiences fully engaged throughout the course of the program from start to end.  Keeping that in mind, the story at the center of Bad Reputation is a very good story, and gives audiences more than enough reason to watch.  Of course it is just one of the items that makes the recently released DVD worth viewing.  The bonus material included with the DVD gives audiences a little more to appreciate.

The bonus material featured with Bad Reputation is a pair of performances from Jett and company.  One is a performance of her hit singles ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Fresh Start’ at the premiere of Bad Reputation in a semi-acoustic setting.  The other features Jett and company performing the same two songs on the group’s tour bus and at a live soundcheck.  In essence audiences get a light glimpse of the same songs in different settings through that bonus material.  There is also an extended piece of backstage footage of Jett and company at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  That was the ceremony at which Jett was inducted into the famed institution.  Some of the footage was included as part of the story at the center of Bad Reputation.  Getting to see the footage in more depth creates even more appreciation for the overall presentation that is Bad Reputation.  Given, it is not much when it comes to bonus material.  There is no getting around this.  However, considering all of the live material and “home movies” that are used to help tell the central story of Bad Reputation, this additional material proves to be entertaining, if not invaluable.  To that end, the bonus material, while bare at its best, is still a positive in its own right to the whole of the doc.  When it is considered along with the central story and all that said story offers audiences, the pairing of the two still gives audiences plenty of entertainment and engagement.  The documentary’s average price point makes that entertainment and engagement money well-spent.

The average price point of Bad Reputation is $15.88.  That price was determined using prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  Considering that the most expensive of the listed prices is $19.98 (at Walmart.com) and the least expensive is $13.99 (Best Buy and Amazon), that average price is actually a relatively solid mid-point.  Add in the overall depth and breadth of Bad Reputation’s story, and audiences will agree that a price of less than $20 for this deep story is not a bad price at all.  Rather, they will agree that it is money well-spent on a documentary that generation of audiences will appreciate.  When all of this is considered together, audiences will agree, again, that Bad Reputation is a doc whose reputation is in fact quite good.

Magnolia Pictures’ new Joan Jett profile Bad Reputation is a very good presentation on the famed musician/performer’s life and career.  It is a work that rock and roll aficionados across the board will appreciate.  That is due in large part to the doc’s central story, which presents Jett as quite the humble, down to earth figure, completely unlike so many rock stars past and present.  The bonus material included with the DVD adds a little bit more for audiences to appreciate.  The disc’s average price point of less than $20 gives audiences even more reason to give this documentary a chance.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of Bad Reputation.  All things considered, they give this program its own very good reputation.  More information on Bad Reputation is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.badreputationfilm.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/badrepfilm

Twitter: http://twitter.com/badrepfilm

 

 

 

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Queensryche Debuts ‘Dark Reverie’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Century Media

Queensryche released the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘Dark Reverie‘ on Monday.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Queensryche throughout its life.  Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren explained the song’s lyrical theme is very introspective.

“‘Dark Reverie’ is a guitar-driven progressive ballad addressing self-reflection during times of tragedy and the questions we ask ourselves while grieving,” Lundgren said.

‘Dark Reverie’ is the latest single from Queensryche’s forthcoming album The Verdict, which is currently set for release March 1 via Century Media.  Pre-orders for The Verdict are open now.  The album’s lead single, ‘Man The Machine‘ premiered Nov. 16.

Queensryche will tour in support of The Verdict starting March 2 in Orlando, FL.  The monthlong tour is scheduled to run through March 3 in Seattle, WA, and feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Cincinnati, OH; Uncasville, CT and Tempe, AZ.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

 

Courtesy: Century Media Records

QUEENSRYCHE HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only

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Websitehttp://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Nominated For “Best Blues Rock Album” At 2019 Blues Music Awards

Courtesy: Family Owned Records/Thirty Tigers

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has a big reason to be happy today.

The band’s latest album Poor Until Paday has been nominated for Best Blues Rock Album of 2019 by the Blues Foundation.  The 2019 Blues Music Awards are scheduled for May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.

The band’s ninth full-length studio recording, Poor Until Payday has garnered critical acclaim from various mainstream outlets, such as Rolling Stone CountryGuitar World magazine and American Songwriter since its release via the band’s own Family Owned Records and Thirty Tigers early last October.

Front man and band namesake Reverend Peyton was humble as he talked about the band’s nomination.

“We are so honored to be nominated for a Blues Foundation, Blues Music Award,” he said.  “I’ve dreamed of being nominated for a BMA practically my whole life.  Thanks for noticing this record y’all.  Poor Until Payday is up for Best Blues Rock Album.  Just floored by this.”

Poor Until Payday has generated three hit singles — ‘You Can’t Steal My Sunshine‘ and ”Poor Until Payday‘ and ‘It Is Or It Ain’t‘ — since its release.  Audiences will get to hear both songs and many more during the band’s upcoming tour dates starting Feb. 16 in St. Augustine, FL. The band’s tour schedule — noted below — runs through Sept. 1 in Cookeville, TN.

2019 Tour Dates:
2/16/19 – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
2/17/19 – Sebastian, FL – Earl’s Hideaway
2/20/19 – Boca Raton, FL – The Funky Biscuit
2/21/19 – Stuart, FL – Pirate’s Cove
2/23/19 – Clearwater, FL – Clearwater Sea Blues Fest, Coachman Park
2/24/19 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
2/26/19 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbirds South
2/27/19 – Dahlonega, GA – The Crimson Moon
2/28/19 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
3/01/19 – Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
3/02/19 – Snowshoe, WV – Homegrown Music Festival
3/03/19 – Richmond, VA – The Tin Pan
3/05/19 – Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
3/06/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
3/07/19 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box
3/08/19 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
3/09/19 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
3/10/19 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
5/31/19 – Minden, WV – Mountain Music Festival
9/01/19 – Cookeville, TN – Muddy Roots Music Festival

More information on Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.bigdamnband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bidamnband 

Twitter: http://twitter.combigdamnband

 

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ESPN To Air Expanded Edition of ‘NFL Countdown’ Sunday

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN will air a special extended edition of NFL Countdown this weekend.

The network will air a special three-hour edition of the program at noon Sunday ahead of the NFL Conference Championship games.  Sam Ponder will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Wooden, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios for additional commentary.

Sunday’s expanded edition of NFL Countdown will feature discussions on topics, such as the McCourty twins, C.J. Anderson and his road to the post season, and Drew Brees’ connection with his teammates.

Josina Anderson and Dianna Russini will cover the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints.  Jeff Darlington and Sal Paolantonio will have coverage of the AFC Championship game between the Rams and Patriots.

Prior to Sunday’s special edition of NFL Countdown, the ESPN networks will feature a variety of NFL post season highlights from past seasons, beginning with a special broadcast Saturday morning.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network

Sat, Jan 19

8:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 20

4:00 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

6:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

7:00 a.m.

Super Bowl XLIV Highlights – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

ESPN2

7:30 a.m.

NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

ESPN2

12 p.m.

Postseason NFL Countdown presented by Snickers

ESPN

10 p.m.

NFL PrimeTime

ESPN

Chris Berman will reunite with Tom Jackson Sunday night on NFL Primetime at 10 p.m. Keyshawn Johnson will also be on hand for the broadcast.  The trio will recap the highlights of the day’s conference championships.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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Overkill Premieres ‘Head Of A Pin’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Overkill has released the lyric video for the second single from its new album.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Head of a Pin‘ on Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album The Wings of War.  Front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth said in an interview, that this song took some time to go from concept to creation.

“‘Head of a Pin’ took a long time to come together,” Ellsworth said.  “It is probably the tune that went through the most changes, and the last one I finished.  Looking back on its development, the time invested was well worth it.  the tonality of the guitar shines on it, and the song goes “other places,” traditional with a touch of the down-low-dirty riff, and a sing-along chorus…personally one of my favorites of The Wings of War.”

The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Last Man Standing‘ and less than a month after the band debuted the first two videos in its new ‘Welcome To The Garden State’ documentary series.

The series’ first video, streaming here, features Overkill’s members talking about the band’s name and how it came together.  Its second video features the band members their own early influences and Overkill’s place in the industry.

The Wings of War will be available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  Pre-orders for The Wings of War are open now.

The Wings Of War will be available for purchase in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • CD Digi + T-Shirt + Poster Bundle
  • Green Cassette
  • Grey Vinyl (limited to 1,500)
  • Green with Yellow Splatter vinyl (limited to 500)
Please note that imported items will ship

The full track listing for The Wings of War is noted below.

Below is the track listing for The Wings Of War
1              Last Man Standing
2              Believe In The Fight
3              Head Of A Pin
4              Bat Shit Crazy
5              Distortion
6              A Mother’s Prayer
7              Welcome To The Garden State
8              Where Few Dare To Walk
9              Out On The Road-Kill
10           Hole In My Soul

More information on The Wings of War is available online now along with all of Overkill’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OverkilLWreckingCrew

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OverkillBand

 

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Radar State Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Wiretap Records/Disconnect Disconnect

Pop punk band Radar State is hitting the road in support of its debut album.

The tour is scheduled to launch Jan. 24 in Boston, MA and run a little more than two weeks before winding down Feb. 9 in Fullerton, CA.  The tour, whose schedule is noted below, is in support of the band’s debut album Strays.

1/24 – Boston MA @ Great Scott Tickets

1/25 – Brooklyn NY @ Saint Vitus Tickets

1/26 – Asbury Park NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery Tickets

1/27 – Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s Tickets

2/1 – Kansas City MO @ Record Bar Tickets

2/2 – Chicago IL @ Cobra Lounge Tickets

2/3 – St Louis MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room Tickets

2/7 – San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill Tickets

2/8 – Los Angeles CA @ Moroccan Lounge Tickets

2/9 – Fullerton CA @ Slidebar FREE SHOW

Strays was released domestically Jan. 11 via Wiretap Records, and in the UK and EU via Disconnect Disconnect Records.  The band debuted the lyric video for its latest single ‘Anywhere‘ on Nov. 15.  The album is streaming online now via Spotify.

Radar State’s debut album is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled 7-inch EP released last spring.  The album features cover art by Mondo Art Director and designer Jay Shaw.

More information on Radar State’s upcoming live dates, new album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://radarstate.merchtable.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/radarstate

Twitter: http://twitter.com/radar_state

 

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