PBS Distribution Announces New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD Release Date

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train will take families beneath the Earth’s surface this winter on a brand new DVD.

Dinosaur Train: What’s At The Center of the Earth? will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 21 exclusively on DVD – one day after it is scheduled to premiere on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  It will feature four more episodes that will focus on various geological topics from fossils to minerals and more.

The collection will also feature some fun other episodes for a total run time of two hours.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99  The disc’s episode listing is noted below.

DINOSAUR TRAIN: WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH? EPISODE LIST

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Layers

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Fossils

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Troglobites

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Minerals

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Mipso Announces New Album Release Date, Specs, Tour Dates

Courtesy: LiveLoud

Courtesy: LiveLoud

Instead of coming around the mountain, the members of Mipso will be coming down the mountain this spring.

The Chapel Hill, NC-based Americana/folk outfit announced Wednesday it will release its new album Coming Down The Mountain on April 7, 2017.  The record will see the band branch out more than ever before.

Instead of staying in the safety of its Americana roots this time, the band will present compositions that boast more classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds. Those arrangements will still balance with those Americana roots with ease, however as they include pedal steel, banjo, drums and keyboards.

The band’s fourth full-length studio recording, Coming Down The Mountain comes only two years after the release of the band’s critically lauded 2015 album Old Time Reverie.  The 10-song record features lyrical themes that address people’s changing relationship to the idea of home, being pushed and pulled by certain higher forces in life and other matters.

The songs featured in the band’s upcoming record are all original compositions.  The album was produced by Brad Cook (Megafun). The record’s track listing is noted below.

Coming Down The Mountain Tracklisting:
1.     Coming Down the Mountain
2.     Hurt So Good
3.     Spin Me Round
4.     Cry Like Somebody
5.     Monterey County
6.     Hallelujah
7.     My Burden With Me
8.     Train Down the Line
9.     Talking In My Sleep
10.  Water Runs Red

The band will hit the road later this month in support of its new album.  The group’s upcoming live schedule begins Feb. 22 in Nags Head, North Carolina and moves to Wilmington, NC on Feb. 24.

After it finishes those early dates, the band will take a few days off to rest and recharge before heading back out on March 2 in Colorado Springs, CO.  The performance is just the first of a string of dates scheduled throughout the state in March.  Even more dates are set to follow throughout spring and into summer.

The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

MIPSO ON TOUR:

2/22 Kelly’s Restaurant Nags Head, NC
2/24 Bourgie Nights w/ Brothers Egg Wilmington, NC
3/2 Gold Room w/ Gipsy Moon, Matt Rouch Colorado Springs, CO
3/3 Bluebird Theater w/ Gipsy Moon, Matt Rouch Denver, CO
3/4 Caribou Room  w/ Gipsy Moon, Matt Rouch Nederland, CO
3/5 Downtown Artery Fort Collins, CO
3/11 Joyride’s Ride On! Music and Beer Fest Breckenridge, CO

ALBUM RELEASE TOUR (Phase One) | SPRING 2017

3/24 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
3/25 The Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN
3/26 Gravel Road Concerts Minburn, IA
3/29 Redstone Room Davenport, IA
3/30 Gabe’s Iowa City, IA
3/31 Turf Club Saint Paul, MN
4/1 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
4/2 The Frequency Madison, WI
4/5 Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH
4/6 Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
4/7 The Hamilton Washington, DC
4/8 MilkBoy Philadelphia, PA
4/9 The Broadberry Richmond, VA
4/19 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
4/22 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
4/27- 4/30 MerleFest Wilkesboro, NC
5/6 North Carolina Museum of Art w/ River Whyless Raleigh, NC
5/12- 5/13 North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival Huntersville, NC
6/15 – 6/18 Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival Grass Valley, CA

Additional tour dates to be announced.

Tickets for Mipso’s upcoming shows are available online along with album pre-orders here.  More information on Mipso’s upcoming tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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The Revolution Is Returning To The Road

Courtesy: MadInk PR

Courtesy: MadInk PR

The Revolution is preparing to make waves once again.

The band, best known for its work alongside legendary musician Prince, has announced a new series of live dates.  The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the band will perform four select dates this spring.

Response to the announcement was immediate, with one of those shows – a performance in New York – selling out in less than an hour.  Now, new live dates have been announced beginning with a pair of performances at Paisley Park in Mineapolis, MN on April 20 and 21.

The group’s tour schedule, which is listed below, currently includes nine performances.  A nationwide tour is in the works with more dates to be announced soon.

 

THE REVOLUTION Tour Itinerary:

April 20 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN

April 21 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN

April 23 Metro Chicago, IL

April 24 Metro Chicago, IL

April 27 The Fillmore Silver Spring Washington, DC

April 28 BB Kings New York, NY

April 29 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

April 30 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

May 3 Webster Hall New York, NY

More dates TBA

 

The Revolution has been quiet ever since it was announced last year that Prince had passed away so unexpectedly.  Having had time to cope with their friend and mentor’s passing, The Revolution re-grouped and talked about the next step.

Each member agreed the band needed to go back on the road to celebrate Prince’s life and legacy.  Guitarist Wendy Melvoin, who joined the band as it evolved, said arranging the tour took a lot of discussion and time. She added the band’s silence following Prince’s death was intentional.

 “The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?,” Melvoin said.  “We’ve been really quiet, and we did that consciously, because we were grieving and didn’t want to be disrespectful.  But the fans wanted the chance to feel the energy so we just want to give it back, letting them experience what we were as a band for Prince.”

Drummer Bobby Z agreed.

 “Prince said that music medicine,” Bobby Z said.  “People need it, and we need it, and we can make it as authentic as we can.  In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”

The Revolution originally formed in 1979 with Prince on vocals, Matt Fink on keyboards and Bobby Z on drums. Multiple lineup changes would follow with Lisa Coleman being added to the group on keyboards and piano, Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass.

The group is best known for its work with Prince in his hit ‘Purple Rain.’  The song earned the group two Grammy ® awards and an Oscar for Best Original Score in Prince’s 1985 movie by the same name.

Along with those accolades, the group worked with Prince on Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day and Parade.  Songs from those albums and from 1999, on which some of The Revolution’s members played, earned the band a handful of #1 hit songs.

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‘Morsefest 2015’ Release Date, Specs Announced

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

The Neal Morse Band will release its latest live recording next month.

Morsefest 2015 will be released on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The extensive concert recording will be released on separate 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVD + 4 CD sets and on digital platforms including iTunes.  Both will be released via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY.

Pre-orders are available online now here.  A trailer for the upcoming release is available here. The concert was recorded over the course of two nights in 2015 and spans more than five hours.  It features from some 38 musicians including drummer Mike Portnoy.

The show includes complete performances of Sola Scriptura and Question, songs from Morse’s time with Spock’s Beard (featuring vocal performances from Nick D’Virgillio) and Transatlantic and more.

Morsefest 2015 includes as bonus material an hour-long documentary.  It features candid footage from the band, crew and other musicians

More information on Morsefest 2015 is available online now along with all of Neal Morse’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.nealmorse.com

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Foghat’s New Live Recording Does Anything But Go Belly Up

Courtesy: Foghat Records

Courtesy: Foghat Records

This spring, veteran rock band Foghat will release its latest live recording to the masses.  Recorded on Aug. 11, 2016, Live at the Belly Up will be released exclusively on CD in May.  The 11-song recording’s exact in-store release date has not yet been announced. However, it is available now online via the Belly Up website.  It will also be available via iTunes and Amazon soon.  This latest live offering from one of rock’s greatest names offers audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance throughout its seventy-four-minute set is just as important to note as the show’s set in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The set’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  It brings everything full circle.  When all three elements are considered together, they present this recording as an easy early pick for one of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s latest live recording Live at the Belly Up is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CD recordings.  That is as opposed to the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, since it appears there are no plans to release the concert on either platform, but rather only digitally and on CD.  It is enjoyable enough that it would be nice to see it released on DVD and /or Blu-ray, though.  That aside, the concert’s CD presentation still boasts enough positives that it proves it won’t go *ahem* belly up itself.  One of its most important elements is its set list.  The 11-song, 74-minute set is not necessarily career-defining.  That is because not every one of its 16 studio albums is represented here.  That aside, the set list still is a solid representation of the band’s body of work to date.  It takes audiences back to the band’s 1972 self-titled debut record and right up to the band’s latest full-length studio recording, 2016’s Under The Influence.  Also getting nods in this concert’s set are the band’s 1974 album Rock and Roll Outlaws, its 1975 record Fool For The City, Night Shift (1976) and Stone Blue (1978).  The show launches with an extensive 11-minute plus medley that features ‘Fool For The City’ and ‘Eight Days on the Road.’  From there, the band transitions to the title track from Under The Influence, keeping the energy flowing.  That transition (and others) will be discussed later.  From start to finish, it is clear that the band aimed to reach as many of its audiences as possible.  To that end, the band is to be applauded.  It is just one of the reasons the band is to be commended in this recording. It is to be commended just as much for its performance of its set list as for the set list alone.

The set list at the center of Foghat’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  While not career-defining, it does show that the band clearly wanted to reach as many audiences as possible.  While the set list is clearly a key piece of the recording’s presentation, it is just one of the recording’s key elements.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  While the concert is presented in an audio-only format, it is clear in listening to the concert that the band’s members gave it their all in each song, letting their performances do the talking for them instead of wasting time between songs rambling on aimlessly.  It can be assumed through this that the band likely didn’t waste any energy with on-stage antics, either.  Hopefully a full video recording of the concert will eventually be released to prove that, too. Being that it sounds like the band put all of its collective energies into its performance, rather than wasting those energies, it makes the band’s performance in whole entirely enjoyable from beginning to end. This proves clearly why the band’s performance is so important to the recording’s presentation.  As important as it is to the recording’s presentation, it still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The set’s sequencing is important in its own right, too.

The set list featured in Foghat’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements of its overall presentation.  While they are both important to the recording’s presentation, they are not the recording’s only key items.  The set list’s sequencing is important to examine, too.  It has already been pointed out that the set list shows a clear attempt by the band to reach as many audiences as possible over the course of its 11 songs.  On another level, the set’s ordering shows just as much thought.  The set list begins with a couple of classic compositions before moving into a much more recent piece in its second (technically third) song.  From there, the band goes back in time again with two more classics in ‘Stone Blue’ and ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  What’s interesting to note of those songs is that ‘Stone Blue,’ while a classic, is still more recent than ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  To that end, the band still followed the “newer/older” formula that spans the course of the show’s set list.  That constant back and forth ensures the band never sticks to one part of its career or another at any one point.  It keeps the set list mixed up all while covering as much of its back catalogue as possible.  That being the case, it shows that just as much thought went into the set list’s sequencing as the set list’s featured songs.  That in turn adds even more depth and enjoyment to the concert.  When it is joined with the set’s featured songs and the band’s performance of those songs, the end result is a concert that Foghat fans of all ages will enjoy equally.  It combines to exhibit in whole why this recording is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s new live recording Belly Up is a live show that is sure to do anything but go belly up.  This 11-song, 74-minute recording is an easy, early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to a set list that spans a respectable portion of the band’s catalogue.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as its set list.  That is because of the energy put into the performance by each of the band’s members.  The set list’s sequencing rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element shows, as noted already, to be important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, this recording proves to be one that will do anything but go belly up.  Rather, it will be an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  The recording is available now online via The Belly Up’s website.  It will be available later this spring on CD in stores.  More information on Live at the Belly Up is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Def Leppard Fans Will Enjoy Band’s New Live Recording “Time” And Again

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Def Leppard is one of the biggest bands from rock’s big hair era.  While so many bands from that age have gone by the wayside, this hard-working band has continued to make new music and tour the globe year after year; its 11th album being released in 2015.  The self-titled record proved to be a big hit for the band around the world, reaching #10 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums Chart and reaching the top spot on the magazine’s Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and Top Independent Albums Chart.  It also led to a hugely successful global tour in support of the record.  That tour included a performance in Detroit in 2016 that this week was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on multiple formats.  Releasing the recording on multiple formats is standard practice for Eagle Rock Entertainment, so there is little point to noting this as part of its overall presentation.  The concert’s set list sits at the center of the recording’s presentation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, the recording in whole proves to be a presentation that Def Leppard’s most devout fans will enjoy.

Def Leppard’s new live recording And There Will Be A Next Time is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will enjoy “time and again.”  Yes, that awful pun was entirely intended.  While it obviously is not the band’s first ever live recording, it is still a recording that those fans will enjoy.  That is due at least in part to the recording’s set list.  The 17-song set is not wholly career-defining.  That is because it doesn’t pull from every one of the band’s albums.  The most heavily represented album in this concert is the band’s 1987 album Hysteria.  The band pulled six songs from the record. They include the hit songs ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ and the record’s title track.  High and Dry (1981) and Pyromania (1983) are the next most prominent records featured in this set with three songs each.  Adrenalize (1992), Yeah (2006) and the band’s 2015 self-titled record are all included in the show’s set list with songs from each record, too.  While X, Euphoria, Slang and Songs From The Sparkle Lounge are all absent from the set list, that doesn’t necessarily take away too much from the concert.  The band might have been limited by time constraints set by the DTE Energy Music Theatre staff.  There are a lot of venues that have time constraints in place.  Considering that, it likely limited the band’s ability to include songs from every one of its albums.  If that was the case, then what the band was able to present will no doubt impress audiences and the band’s most devout fans.  It is just one of the elements of this concert that audiences will appreciate.  The band’s performance of the featured set list is just as worth noting as the songs themselves.

The set list featured in Def Leppard’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does still present a respectable cross-section of the band’s body of work.  That is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  Audiences will note in watching this performance that the stage at the DTE Energy Music Theatre is not overly large.  It is not one of those massive arena stages on which the band made its name during its heyday.  It is, in fact, about the same size as most outdoor amphitheatre’s stage.  That being the case, the front man Joe Elliot and company don’t have a lot of room to move around.  The band made up for that lack of space with its own enthusiasm in each song’s performance.  The passion put in by each band member in each song makes it clear why this band is still a fan favorite for such a long time.  From Elliot’s still strong vocal delivery and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell’s concrete playing, the band makes the best of what is clearly a tough situation, making for a performance that is still enjoyable regardless.  Of course one can’t ignore the work of longtime drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage here, either.  Between their work and that of their band mates, it is clear in watching the whole group that its collective performance will impress fans just as much as the show’s set list.  It is still not the last element to note in examining this recording, either.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.

The set list at the center of Def Leppard’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key to the recording’s presentation.  Audiences—especially the band’s most devout fans—will appreciate both elements in their own way.  While those elements are both clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The companion booklet included with the recording rounds out its most important elements.  The booklet is so important to note because of the liner notes contained therein.  The liner notes, composed by Rolling Stone magazine writer David Fricke, offer a brief history on the band while also outlining the concert’s highlights and basing them against some of the band’s past performances that Fricke had experienced in its heyday.  It paints an interesting picture of the concert contained in the recording’s DVD (and Blu-ray) presentation.  That picture adds even more depth to the concert’s overall presentation; just enough that it puts the finishing touch on the recording’s presentation.  When it is set alongside the recording’s featured set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements shows why this concert, again, is one that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate.

And There Will Be A Next Time, Def Leppard’s latest full-length live recording is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate just as much as its more casual fans.  As noted above, that is due to a set list that represents relatively well, the band’s body of work and a performance thereof that makes the best of a seemingly tight setting.  The companion booklet included in the recording’s packaging paints a clear picture of why the band is still such a fan favorite especially in a live setting so many decades after its formation.  Each element is important in its own way to this recording.  All things considered, they make this recording one that audiences will enjoy “time” and again.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.DefLeppard.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/defleppard

 

 

 

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ESPN To Feature Key ACC Matchup On 100th Episode of ‘College GameDay’

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s flagship college basketball program will mark a special anniversary with coverage of a key ACC men’s basketball matchup next weekend.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air its 100th episode next Saturday, Feb. 18. The broadcast will come live from the site of a showdown between UNC and Virginia.

The program will air live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN with an evening edition leading into the network’s pre-game Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T broadcast at 8 p.m. ET.  Game coverage is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Rece Davis will anchor ESPN’s 11 a.m. edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  Davis will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams for additional commentary.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by Jay Bilas for additional commentary.  Reporter Maria Taylor will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Saturday’s broadcast will mark the 16th time UNC has appeared on College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  The Tarheels currently sit 8th in the AP’s NCAA Men’s College Basketball Top 25 standings while the Cavaliers currently sit 12th.

The teams are much closer in the ACC standings. UNC currently sits second and Virginia third.  Both teams trail the Florida State Seminoles, who currently lead the conference standings at 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

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