Jeff Beck Announces Special Live Show For This Summer

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                                Photo Credits: Ross Halfin

Jeff Beck announced this week plans for a very special concert to be held later this year.

Beck announced this week that he will return to the Hollywood Bowl this summer to celebrate two very big anniversaries. The legendary musician and former Yardbirds guitarist will perform live on Wednesday, August 10th at the famed music landmark as a celebration to mark fifty years in the music industry. The concert will also serve as a celebration to mark the 80th birthday of legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Beth Hart will also be on hand as a special guest for the event. In discussing Guy’s inclusion in the event, Beck spoke more as a fan of Guy and his extensive body of work than a fellow musician, noting that “Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me.” He went on to note the importance of Guy’s live shows and his continued influence in the music community even today saying, “His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.”

Tickets for the concert are available online now at http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ or via phone at 323-850-2000. Group ticket sales begin Tuesday, February 16th and “Five or More packages will go on sale March 15th. Individual tickets can be purchased in person from The Hollywood Bowl’s box office beginning May 1st.

Beck has been working on his first book, Beck01 in recent months. The book is currently expected to be published via the London-based Genesis Publishing Group. The book will be available in a very limited number of copies, each signed by the veteran musician. The book focuses on Beck’s two main loves, hot-rodding and music. Along with completing his debut literary offering Beck also is working on an officially sanctioned documentary and his autobiography.

More information on Jeff Beck’s upcoming concert at the Hollywood Bowl is available online now along with all of the latest news from Beck at:

 

Website: http://www.jeffbeck.com

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

 

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Murder F.M. Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Famous Records/Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Famous Records/Pavement Entertainment

Goth rock band Murder F.M. announced a new handful of live dates for later this month.

The band will join Audiotopsy, Violent New Breed, Lola Black, and Flood of Souls as a support act for Drowning Pool on its upcoming tour, which is in support of its new album Hellalujah. The band will join the tour Thursday, February 18th at its stop in Golden, Colorado. These latest dates follow a recent string of headlining dates held by Murder F.M. late last month.

The band’s current live dates are in continued support of its latest full-length studio offering, 2015’s Happily Never After. That album was released August 7th, 2015 via Famous Records and Pavement Entertainment. Murder F.M.’s current slate of tour dates with Drowning Pool and company is noted below.

 

Dates with DROWNING POOL, Audiotopsy, Violent New Breed:

2/18 Golden, CO @ Buffalo Rose

2/19 Salt Lake City,UT @ The Royal Bar

2/20 Idaho Falls,ID @ Hitt Event Center

2/22 Chico,CA @ Lost On Main

2/23 Los Angeles,CA @ Los Globos

2/24 Mesa,AZ @ Club Red

2/25 Lubbock,TX @ Jake’s Backroom

2/26 San Antonio,TX @ Fitzgeralds

 

More information on Murder F.M.’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.murderfmmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Murder-FM-Official-339855065055/?fref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/murderfm

 

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Love And A .38 Announces Release Date For Sophomore LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Head First Entertainment

Courtesy: Head First Entertainment

Stoner rock band Love and a .38 will release its sophomore album Nomads later this month. In anticipation of the album’s release the band has premiered the video for the album’s lead single.

Love and a .38 will release its second full-length studio album Friday, February 19th. The ten-track album was self-produced by the band. It was produced at Hollywood’s Blushing Cad Studios. In discussing expectations for the upcoming album the band noted the clarity in its members’ heads in developing its songs. There was also note of how that clarity and focus helped to drive the energy in each song. The band’s members noted, “We’ve really honed in on what kind of feeling we want to portray with our music, and have focused our energy in a way that better serves that feeling than we ever have before,” the band says. The album can be pre-ordered online now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1080439776?ls=1&app=itunes. Audiences that pre-order the album now will get an instant download of ‘Big Leg Betty,’ another of the album’s featured songs.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release the band premiered the video for ‘Oh My God,’ the album’s lead single, this week. The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUG88T9dZZ0.

 

 

Love and a 38 Video Grab

 

 

The video is also currently in rotation at the Universal Citywalk Jumbotron alongside videos from more well-known acts such as: Imagine Dragons, Paramore, and Pentatonix among others. Front man Ryan Hudson discussed the band’s inclusion in its rotation, noting the honor of being featured alongside such well-known acts and how much it means to the band. “For an up and coming band like us it’s really a thrill to be able to see ourselves side by side with artists who have accomplished so much in the industry,” he said. It’s energizing and humbling.”

Love and a .38 will celebrate the release of its sophomore album on its release day with a release party at the famed Viper Room in Hollywood, California. More information on that is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.loveanda38music.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Loveanda.38

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Loveanda38

 

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Franti And Spearhead’s New EP Will Make All Of America Rise Up

Courtesy:  Fantasy Records

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

There’s a lot of negativity in the world today. That’s obvious just sitting and watching the news each day. Considering all of that negativity it’s safe to say that the world is in dire need of something about which to feel good. Enter veteran duo Michael Franti and Spearhead. The duo released its new “EP” Once A Day Rise Up early last December. The eight-song disc was marketed as an EP. But for all intents and purposes it is more akin to a maxi-single than an EP. That is because all eight of its featured tracks are just different variants of the same song. What’s truly interesting about the record is that all things considered it is still a presentation that despite having been released a couple of months ago is just as uplifting now as it was in its original release. What’s more it will still be just as uplifting in the year and years to come, too. Keeping that in mind, Once A Day Rise Up is an EP that everyone should have in their personal music library.

Michael Franti’s new “EP” Once A Day Rise Up is a collection that every person should have in her or her own personal music library. The main reason for this is the various takes on the uplifting song and its positive lyrical content. the EP features eight different takes on the hit song, which for all intents and purposes makes it more of a maxi-single than EP. but that is beside the point. What is truly important here is the positive message and vibe presented in the song. Franti sings in this song, “You never know what the world is gonna show you/It ain’t up to you/You always think it’s gonna happen to another person/And it’s never ever gonna happen to you/You got your friends/Got your money/Got your family/Got your honey/You think you got a million days/But then life comes along/And it knocks you right down/To the ground/And that’s why I say that/Everybody oughtta hug somebody/At least once a day/And everybody oughtta kiss somebody/At least once a day/Everybody’s gonna miss somebody/At least once a day/And everybody gotta love somebody/Everyday. This is a message from which the entire world could really benefit especially nowadays. That positive message is just one part of the song’s positive outlook that makes it worth the listen. Franti goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “And we all will rise up/Spread your wings and fly/We all will rise up. From there Franti and Spearhead rap in the song’s second verse “The purpose of life is to live a life full of purpose/And so don’t ever take for granted what the spirit has given you/in the first verse/You might never get a second verse/The same rehearsal/You can’t put it in reverse/So just believe in yourself/Don’t let nobody be a negative/Tell you what to do.” Regardless of one’s age, this is a message that every person should take to heart in his or her everyday life. Both verses together compose a message that is far too rare in the mainstream music industry today. The song’s infectious reggae-infused sound adds even more enjoyment to the song, too. It is a sound that makes it a perfect fit on any Top 40 A/C station across the country and would likely be just as welcome, too. The positive, uplifting message is sure to make it just as welcome at said stations. Audiences can hear the song for themselves online now via Michael Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gowi31zGyQA.

It was previously noted that Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new song ‘Once A Day’ is a piece that is both welcome and needed now more than ever. That is because of its infectious reggae-infused sound and its uplifting lyrical mesage. This applies just as much in the song’s Love Life Mix. What makes this take on the song so interesting is its musica approach. The song’s lyrical content is delivered much in the same fashion as in its original radio edit. Keeping that in mind, the song’s musical content plays a far more important part here than its lyrical content and delivery. The guitar line that is used as the song’s basis in the original song is replaced here by a light keyboard line. It’s not one of those full-on EDM style keyboard parts either. Rather it is just subtle enough to get in listeners’ heads and have them humming along when it plays and even at other random times. There is even something that sounds like a sample of rapper Lil John incorporated into the song to add to its flare. This critic could easily be wrong. But it certainly sounds like him. It would be interesting (having to work this song without any liner notes–another reason for having the physical versus the digital) to find out if it is in fact him. It’s a good addition to any DJ’s lineup considering all of this. The positive vibes generated by the song’s musical content and its equally positive, uplifting message certify this even more. Audiences can hear the song’s Love Life Mix online now via Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOZ1tra1aXI.

Both the Radio Edit and Love Life Mix of ‘Once A Day’ are their own enjoyable takes on the song. They each prove in whole to be compositions that would be just as welcome in America’s clubs as the nation’s Top 40 A/C stations (if it isn’t already spinning at said stations). While both renditions prove to be equally enjoyable presentations of said song they are hardly the only versions that prove its value in American (and potentially even world) culture today. It is also presented in a Cutmore Club Mix/Radio Edit. That take on the tune presents it in its purest possible club setting possible. Its original take is updated with a full-on EDM sound complete with flowing keyboard line, drum machine and more. The upbeat, infectious groove generated in this remix will not only put a smile on listeners’ faces but have them dancing and singing along happily. They collectively make it a song that is even more certain to stick in listeners’ ears and heads long after it ends, which is a very good thing. That means it will have listeners coming back to it time and again just as much as the song’s original take, its Love Life Mix and every other take on the song. The song is streaming online now via Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWrmCjPLctw. Together with the song’s Love Life Mix and its original Radio Edit, all three takes on the songs show in their own way clearly why Once A Day Rise Up EP is a welcome new collection of remixes of Franti and Spearhead’s new song. One would be remiss to ignore the other remixes included in the disc. Each presents its own different mix that is sure to entertain audiences in its own original fashion. Altogether all eight mixes make this EP/maxi-single a collection that any Top 40 station should have in its library just as much as any listener.

Michae Franti and Spearhead’s new EP Once A Day Rise Up is a collection of remixes that every Top 40 A/C station should have in its library (and playlist) just as much as any listener. That is thanks largely to the eight different takes on the pair’s hit song ‘Once A Day.’ It is interesting that the collection is considered an EP since all eight compositions are different takes on the same song. Considering that they are all based on the same song, it might be better to call this collection a maxi-single than an EP. Regardless it is still a collection that proves to be quite the entertaining mix of song stylings. Altogether they prove to be a collection that every Top 40 A/C station should have in its library just as much as any listener with the infectious grooves presented in each song and the echoing of its uplifting lyrical theme. All things considered, Once A Day Rise Up shows in the end to be one of the most welcome collections of songs to come along in a long time in any genre regardless of whether it be an EP or maxi-single. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this release is available online now along with all of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s latest news, tour dates and more at:

Website: http://www.michaelfranti.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelfranti

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Holy Grail Debuts ‘Into The Maelstrom’ Lyric Video

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

Next Tuesday, Holy Grail will release Times of Pride and Peril, its third full-length studio recording. In anticipation of its impending release, the band has debuted the video for another song from the album.

Holy Grail debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Into The Maelstrom’ this week. The video sets the song’s lyrics against a futuristic backdrop that includes robots, rockets, an elevator to space and much more. Audiences can cehck it out online now via Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQf-DF8ZyHI.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

The band is currently touring in support of Times of Pride and Peril. It is currently touring alongside label mate Marty Friedman and will join Black Tusk beginning February 23rd in Charlotte, NC. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^

2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^

2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^

2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^

2/14 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz ^

2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^

2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^

2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^

2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^

2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley

2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #

2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #

3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

^ with Marty Friedman

# with Black Tusk

Audiences can pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Prosthetic Records’ online store. More information on Times of Pride and Peril is available online now along with all of the latest updates on Holy Grail’s tour, news and more at:

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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Metallica To Stream Its First Concert Of The Year Online

There has been a lot of speculation in recent months about whether or not Metallica will release the follow-up to its hit 2013 album Death Magnetic this year. Now Metallica is in the headlines for another reason that is just as exciting. The band will hold its first live performance of the year this weekend. And fans in attendance won’t be the only ones that will get to see the show.

Metallica will hold its first live performance of the year this weekend when it takes to the stage this Saturday at AT&T Park as the headliners for CBS Radio’s The Night Before. the concert is a celebration set to build expectations for this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, which will be held live at Levi Stadium in San Francisco, Metallica’s home town. And fans that won’t be able to be there in person need not worry about missing out. That is because the band is going to stream the concert online and for free no less. It will be streamed online for free in 1080p FullHD at http://webcast.livemetallica.com, delivered by nugs.net. The band is currently scheduled to take the stage promptly at 8:30pm PST/11:30PM EST. Along with being able to see the show for free, audiences will also be able to pre-order professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs.

 

Courtesy:  BBGun Press/CBS Radio

Courtesy: BBGun Press/CBS Radio

 

 

Metallica drummer and founding member Lars Ulrich spoke with the media about this weekend’s year-opening concert. In discussing the concert he explained the decision to perform at this weekend’s event and the band’s reason for sharing the concert for free online. “We can’t wait to play our first show of 2016 and there’s nowhere we’d rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard,” he said. “Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness.”

nugs.net founder and CEO Brad Serling also shared his thoughts on the upcoming concert noting the importance of the first-ever HD stream of the band’s performance at its website.

“We’ve released audio recordings of every Metallica show for the past 12 years at LiveMetallica.com,” he said. So naturally we’re excited to deliver the band’s first live HD stream from their hometown on their own website.”

This weekend’s free broadcast from Metallica and nugs.net is not the first online stream from nugs.net. The company has also streamed pay-per-view webcasts of performances from Phish at Madison Square Garden over New Year’s and 2015’s Grateful Dead “Fare Thee Well” shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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

Website: http://www.metallica.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/metallica

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Round 2 Records Announces Schedule Changes For Upcoming Live & Loud Tour

Courtesy:  Round 2 Records

Courtesy: Round 2 Records

Later this month, indie rock label Round 2 Records will launch its inaugural Live & Loud Tour. The tour hasn’t started yet but has become so popular that additional dates have been added to the original tour schedule.
Round 2 Records’ original Live & Loud tour saw its bands–The Veer Union, Bobaflex, Artifas, Bridge to Grace–performing a total of twenty-three dates. That schedule was updated today with the addition of two new dates early on in the tour and the removal of one date. The newly added dates are: Flagstaff, AZ (February 20th) and Las Cruces, NM (TBA). The one date removed from the schedule is the tour’s stop in Lafayette, Louisiana. That stop was originally scheduled for February 29th. The updated tour schedule for the Round 2 Records Live & Loud Tour is noted below.

 

Round 2 Live & Loud Tour Dates:

2-18 San Diego CA – Brick by Brick

2-19 Phoenix AZ – Last Exit Live

2-20 Flagstaff AZ – The Green Room

2-23 Las Cruces NM – TBA

2-25 San Antonio TX – Fitzgeralds

2-26 Abeline TX – Legends Rock House

2-27 Tyler Tx – Clicks Live

2-28 San Leon Tx – 18th Street Pier

3-2 Slidell LA – The Corner Pub

3-4 Clarksville TN – The Warehouse

3-5 Madison AL – 11th Frame

3-6 JACKSON TN – The Empourium

3-9 Tallahassee FL – Pugs Live

3-10 Charlotte NC – Amos Southend

3-11 Anderson SC – TJ Whispers

3-12 Fayetteville NC – The Rock Shop

3-13 Greensboro NC – Blind Tiger

3-16 Charleston WV – TBA

3-17 Morgantown WV – TBA

3-19 Hagarstown MD – Hard Times Cafe

3-25 Kent OH – The Outpost

3-26 Southbend IN – TBA

3-27 Crest Hill IL – Bada Brew

The Veer Union will still serve as the headline act for this tour with Bobaflex, Artifas, and Bridge to Grace serving as support acts throughout the tour. Ticketing information is available online now along with venue information and more at http://www.round2live.com. More information on the Round 2 Records Live & Loud Tour is available online now along with all of the tour’s latest updates at:

Website: http://www.round2liveandloud.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/round2liveloud

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