Handheld Gets Sentimental In New LP’s Second Single

Courtesy: Thousand Islands Records

Skatepunk band Handheld unveiled another single from its upcoming album, A Canadian Tragedy this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Leaving Candyland‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s new album, which is scheduled for release June 14 through Thousand Islands Records. When released, the album will be the band’s first new music in 14 years. The band released the album’s lead single, ‘Bend The Iron‘ in March.

The song’s musical arrangement is an immediately infectious pop punk style composition that lends itself easily to comparison to works from the likes of Blink-182, Sum 41, and others of that ilk. That is evidenced through its upbeat, positive energy and overall instrumentation.

The positive vibes generated through the song’s arrangement do well to illustrate the positivity in the song’s lyrical theme, which the band talked about in a prepared statement.

“Certain people can leave a lasting impression on you and make you laugh,” the statement reads. “‘Leaving Candyland’ is about Thanksgiving, travel, sales, coaching, polka, family, a radio dj, being your own friend, Christmas, and more polka, oh… and eating a giant steak.”

More information on Handheld’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/handheldpunk.

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Jordan Rudess Announces Details For Summer Tour

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Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess is planning to launch a solo tour this summer.

Rudess’ tour, dubbed “An Evening With Jordan Rudess,” is a two-month run that is scheduled to launch June 7 in Seattle, WA and to run through Aug. 6 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tour also features performances planned in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Kent, OH and Rockport, MA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Ticket information is available through Rudess’ official website and Facebook page.

JORDAN RUDESS – 2022 SUMMER SOLO TOUR
 
June 7 – Triple Door, Seattle WA
June 12 – The Old Church Concert Hall – Portland, OR
June 25-  Lulu’s Downstairs – Colorado Springs, CO
June 26 – The Armory – Ft. Collins, CO
July 6 – Dakota – Minneapolis, MN
July 8 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
July 9 – Kent Stage – Kent, OH
July 10 – The Ludlow Garage – Cincinnati, OH
July 11 – Tin Pan, Richmond, VA
July 13 – City Winery – Washington, DC
July 14 – Rams Head On Stage – Anapolis, MD
July 16 – City Winery – New York City, NY
July 17 – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA
July 21 – Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – Old Saybrook, CT
July 22 – Center for the Arts – Natick, MA
July 23 – Shalin Liu – Rockport, MA
July 24 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
July 28 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
July 31 – State Theatre – Austin, TX
Aug 3 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
Aug 4 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA
Aug 6- Broward Center for the Performing Arts – Fort Lauderdale, FL

More information on Rudess’ tour is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://jordanrudess.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jcrudess

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Falling In Reverse, Papa Roach Announce Details For Upcoming Co-Headlining Tour

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Falling in Reverse and Papa Roach will share stage time this summer on what is being dubbed the “Rockzilla Summer Tour”.

The tour, which will feature support from Bad Wolves and Hollywood Undead, is scheduled to launch July 27 in East Providence, RI and to run through Aug. 31 in Nashville, TN. The tour also features stops in cities, such as Syracuse, NY; Sturgis, SD and Irvine, CA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here

FALLING IN REVERSE ON TOUR:
WITH PAPA ROACH, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, + BAD WOLVES:
7/27 — East Providence, RI — Bold Point Pavilion 
7/29 — Bangor, ME  — Maine Savings Amphitheatre
7/30 — Gilford, NH — Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/31 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
8/2 — Reading, PA — Santander Arena
8/3 — Middletown, NY — Summerstage At OCFS
8/4 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater At Lakeview
8/6 — Bay City, MI — Veteran’s Memorial Park
8/7 — Milwaukee, WI — Miller High Life Theatre
8/9 — Sturgis, SD — Sturgis Buffalo Chip
8/10 — Grand Forks, ND — Alerus Center
8/12 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock Casino Battery Park
8/13 — Dubuque, IA — Q Casino Backwaters Stage
8/14 — Green Bay, WI — Capital Credit Union Park
8/16 — Mankato, MN — Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center
8/19 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/20 — Airway Heights, WA — Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/21 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/23 — Irvine, CA — Fivepoint Amphitheater
8/25 — Las Vegas, NV — The Theater At Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
8/27 — El Paso, TX — Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
8/29 — Kansas City, KS — Azura Amp
8/30 — Little Rock, AR — First Security Amphitheater
8/31 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium

More information on the upcoming tour is available along with all of Falling In Reverse’s latest news at:

Website: https://firmerch.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FIROfficial

More information on the tour is available along with all of Papa Roach’s latest news at:

Website: https://paparoach.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paparoach

More information on Hollywood Undead’s part in the tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://hollywoodundead.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hollywoodundead

More information on Bad Wolves’ participation in the tour is available along with all of its latest news at:

Website: https://badwolvesnation.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/badwolves

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Sugar Ray Tapped as Flannel Fest Headliner; StarZero, X Wire Added As Support Acts

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Another well-known act from the 90s has been added to the bill for the inaugural “Flannel Nation Festival“.

Sugar Ray has been named a special guest headliner for the event, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 13 at the Port of Los Angeles. The one-day festival is also scheduled to feature performances from famous 90s acts, such as Candlebox, Filter, Fastball, and Everclear.

Sugar Ray has sold more than 10 million records over the course of its life. The band has four Top 10 songs, and has had its music streamed millions of times, too.

Also added to the lineup this week is StarZero. Fronted by Josh Paskowitzh (ex-The Flys), the band also features his brother Adam.

Another support act, X Wire, was also announced this week as part of the still-growing lineup for the “Flannel Nation Festival”.

More information on the Flannel Nation Festival is available along with all of its latest news at https://www.facebook.com/Flannel-Nation-Festival-102543952406355/.

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Release Date, Details Announced For New Fates Warning Biography

Courtesy: FYI Press/Radical Research

A new biography of Fates Warning is planned for release this summer.

Destination Onward — The Story of Fates Warning is scheduled for release July 15 through FYI Press and Radical Research. The 400 page biography was assembled by author/journalist Jeff Wagner and will feature 176 black-and-white photos and 56 color pictures to accompany the band’s story.

The biography was crafted through interviews with members of the band past and present and overs the band’s infancy, going all the way back to its infancy as the band Misfit in 1983 and goes right through to the release of the band’s opus, ‘The Last Song.’ The interviews featured throughout the book include and are not limited to those with members of Dream Theater, Steel Prophet, While Heaven Wept, Metal Blade Records head Brian Slagel, and InsideOut Music head Thomas Waber.

“This book was a total labor of love,” said Wagner. “I tried to construct the kind of document that I, as a massive Fates fan, would want to read. As with my other books, I labored over every detail, no matter how tiny, to ensure everything is as high quality as possible, from research to printing materials and everything in between. It was a pure pleasure to have the cooperation of the guys in Fates Warning, from the last lineup to all the enthusiastic ex-members too. I’m proud that this book will stand as a document of the band’s legacy, celebrating the artistic achievements all us Fates freaks hold dear.”

More information on Wagner’s new Fates Warning biography is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/fateswarning

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James LaBrie Debuts New Single, ‘Am I Right,’ Companion Video

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Dream Theater front man James LaBrie kicked off the week by premiering another new single from his new album.

LaBrie premiered his new single, ‘Am I Right‘ and its video Monday. The song is the third single from his new album, Beautiful Shade of Grey, which is scheduled for release May 20 through InsideOut Music. The album has already produced the singles, ‘Give and Take‘ and ‘Devil In Drag‘ and its video. ‘Am I Right’ is the last single from the album ahead of its release Friday.

‘Am I Right’ is the softest of the songs that LaBrie has released from the album so far. It is centered largely on LaBrie’s vocals and semi-acoustic guitar line. The subtle addition of the bongos as a supporting element adds even more to the song’s musical dept, as do the gospel style backing vocals that join in as the song progresses.

LaBrie talked about the new single in a prepared statement.

“The anthemic song of the album with gorgeous chordal picking and progressions,” LaBrie said. “A perfect marriage between melody and music. Extremely dynamic throughout with an epic and glorious ending.”

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme. No lyrics are provided with the video, either. A close listen reveals the song’s lyrical content likely centers around the all too familiar topic of a relationship and the troubles connected therein.

The video for ‘Am I Right’ is a familiar style presentation in its own right. It features LaBrie and company in studio, working on the new album. Other various imagery is incorporated into the visualization to complete the video.

The track listing for Beautiful Shade of Grey is noted below.

The full track-listing is as follows:

1.Devil In Drag
2.SuperNova Girl
3.Give And Take
4.Sunset Ruin
5.Hit Me Like A Brick
6.Wildflower
7.Conscience Calling
8.What I Missed
9.Am I Right
10.Ramble On
11.Devil In Drag (Electric Version)

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

Websitehttps://jameslabrie.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/officialjameslabrie

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/piratecjs

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Nick Phoenix’s New LP Is A Welcome Addition To 2022’s Field Of New Americana Albums

Courtesy: Downtown Music

Singer-songwriter Nick Phoenix released his new album, Wide World late this past Spring through independent record label Downtown Music.  The 11-song record is a mostly successful new collection of neo-Americana works with some very deeply emotional lyrical themes.  One of the most notable of the record’s songs comes late in its run in the form of ‘Which Side You’re On.’  This track will be examined shortly.  ‘Always On,’ which comes early in the album, is another notable addition to the presentation and will be examined a little later.  ‘Tumblin’ Down,’ which comes just past the record’s midpoint, is another notable entry here.  It will also be examined later.  Each song noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album overall a work that any Americana fan will appreciate.

Wide World, the new album from independent singer-songwriter Nick Phoenix, is a record that will find wide appeal among Americana fans.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  The record will appeal to his targeted fans from beginning to end with each of its 11 total songs, not the least of which is the late entry, ‘Which Side You’re On.’  The song’s musical arrangement is one part of what makes it so notable.  The pairing of the guitar and piano along with Phoenix’s distinct smoky sounding vocal delivery makes the arrangement so rich in its semi-brooding sense.  Audiences can argue that there’s a sense of melancholy, to be more specific, about the arrangement.  That applies even in the equally rich solos that are exhibited more than once in the four minute-plus composition. 

The sense of melancholy established through the song’s musical arrangement is of note because it helps to enhance the impact of the song’s lyrical theme.  The theme in this case comes across as that of taking pride in who one is, not letting one’s self let external factors shape who one is.  That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus in which Phoenix sings, “I know it’s providence/I know your ships won’t burn…It’s just a war of words/No one ever said that/You were alone/You’re coming back twice as strong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on/I covered the facts/You were wrong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on.”  There is one point in that lead verse that is difficult to decipher sans lyrics, but enough is understandable that this comes across as a subject who is trying to encourage someone else, telling that person that he/she will be okay and will come back, grown from facing adversity.  Phoenix continues in the song’s second verse, “You’ve been the bad wolf/You ate the chickens…you’re gonna try for that/You can’t invent the rules/No one ever said that/You were alone/You’re coming back/Twice as strong/Doesn’t really matter/Which side you’re on/I covered the facts/ You were wrong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on.”  Yet again, this seems like a commentary of sorts about people being people and simply ignoring those people and living life.  That is, again, just this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact it is the correct interpretation, then it goes without saying it is an original way to address a familiar topic.  The mention of getting in a lifeboat and being “a sidenote”, reminding the listener that despite that “you’ll come back twice as strong” is even more of that seeming motivation.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.  The melancholy mood set through the song’s arrangement helps to put listeners in the shoes of the person to whom the subject is speaking, making for even more connection for listeners.  To that end, the song in whole proves itself a strong addition to the album and just one of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Always On’ is yet another notable entry in this presentation.

‘Always On’ presents a musical arrangement that is subdued and contemplative in its nature.  The melancholy mood that it sets through its dual guitar approach and familiar rhythmic pattern from the drums.  The guitar solo that comes late in the song’s run is a full-on classic rock performance even in its subtlety that will certainly engage and entertain audiences.  The mood set here works well with the song’s seeming lyrical theme.

The seeming lyrical theme features here is that of someone who knows that he worries constantly, yet through it all has that someone there to help him get through it all and put up with his nonstop negativity.  The mood in the song’s musical arrangement serves to illustrate the feelings going through the subject’s mind as he is saying those words to that other person.  It makes for its own share of interest and in turn makes the song stand out even more.  It is just one more of the songs that makes Wide World appealing.  ‘Tumblin’ Down’ is yet another notable addition to the album.

‘Tumblin’ Down’ presents an arrangement that is completely unlike those of its counterparts throughout the album.  Right from the opening, the simple guitar line, vocals, and drums present something of a neo-classic rock vibe that shows influences of The Beatles while still boasting its own identity.  On another hand, audiences can just as easily argue that there is an influence from Tom Petty here, too.  Those listeners would be right, too.  Having influence from two of the greatest and most respected acts in modern music history says a lot.  That Phoenix uses those influences to craft a song that stands on its own merits in the process makes for even more respect for him and this arrangement.  It works with the song’s lyrical content to make for even more overall engagement and entertainment.

The lyrical content here is sure to generate its own share of interest.  Phoenix sings early on of seeing how good it is outside, but not being able to manage, and basically feeling like everything around is “tumbling down.”  The declaration that “You wanted to win/So you wagered it all/Now you’ve gotta make it up” adds to the message here.  It almost comes across as Phoenix saying here that people put themselves into negative situations.  That is, of course, just this critic’s interpretation of the bigger picture here.  If in fact that is the case with the theme here, then the contrast of that to the mood set through the arrangement makes for even more interest.  To that end, it becomes another clear example of what makes Wide World worth hearing.  When this song is considered along with the others examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Wide World a welcome addition to this year’s field of new Americana records.

Wide World, the new album from Nick Phoenix, is a work that most Americana finds will agree is worth hearing.  That is proven from start to end thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  All three of the songs examined here make that clear.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album overall a work that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Wide World is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Nick Phoenix’s latest news at:

Website: https://nickphoenix.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickphoenix10

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Metal Fans Will Find 2 Shadows’ New LP Worth Hearing At Least Once

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Late this past April, up-and-coming hard rock group 2 Shadows released its new album, Bring The Cold Inside. While the album runs just seven songs deep, it is a record that the band’s targeted audiences will agree is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in large part to its featured arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  While the arrangements that make up the album’s body do plenty to make it worth hearing, its production proves somewhat problematic, or so it would seem.  This will be addressed a little later.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds its own share of interest.  It will also be discussed later.  Together with the noted musical content, the two elements make the record worth hearing at least once.

Bring The Cold Inside, the new album from up-and-coming hard rock band 2 Shadows, is a work that audiences will find interesting.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are of interest because of their blend of sounds and styles.  From one song to the next, each arrangement has its own identity separate from its counterparts.  The songs mix elements of metalcore with more melodic hard rock leanings for what is an interesting overall musical presentation in each song.  At the same time, one could also argue there is a bit of a death metal leaning incorporated into the arrangements along with the noted other styles and sounds.  Again, this enhances the songs even more, making for reason enough for audiences to hear the record.  Even as the band takes on Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ its heavier leanings take prominence over the more brooding, subdued nature of the original song.  The only moment in the arrangements in which things really change is the record’s finale, which is an acoustic take of its own original, ‘Scratching at the Surface.’  Even in that case though, the arrangement still reaches its own unique level of heaviness.  Again, taking all of this into account, the arrangements that make up the body of this album do their own share to make the record worth hearing.

While the arrangements featured in this record make for their own share of engagement and entertainment, the production that went into their presentation detracts from that enjoyment to a point. As already noted, there is a lot going on in each arrangement.  Between the vocals and the overall instrumentations, there is so much sound and so much energy.  That sound and energy ends up more often than not, almost becoming a wall of sound.  The vocals become washed out by the instruments and the instruments just all sound too often, like one big mass.  Maybe it is just the speakers on this critic’s computer, but the fact of the matter is that in this case, the arrangements just could have been better balanced through the production.  Instead, it all becomes muddied, and in turn, somewhat difficult on the ears.  Now as problematic as this is, it is not enough to make the record a failure, but it certainly would have made the overall presentation had more attention been paid to the sound balance throughout the record.

Moving on from the album’s production, its lyrical content works alongside its musical arrangements to give audiences more reason to give the record more reason to hear the record.  Throughout the course of the record, its lyrical themes will engage audiences just as much as its musical arrangements.  Case in point is the record’s opener, ‘Keep Breathing.’  This song presents a theme that at least to this critic is that of someone trying to help another person who is going through a lot of emotional and mental turmoil.  That is inferred right from the song’s opening verse and chorus, which state, “Your lease of life is burning/Your affliction now returns/I can’t help myself/There’s something here/It’s reaching for you/Run away/It bleeds me out/It runs me down/Through my skin.”  The seeming theme continues in the song’s, which states, “I see within your eyes/There’s nothing left/The devil deep inside that just won’t rest/The marks upon your skin/They just won’t mend/It locked you in/Will you ever win/Just keep breathing.”  If in fact this critic’s interpretation is even close to being right, then it makes the song a work that will relate to plenty of audiences.  That is because it comes across as helping people who are trying to help others fight those mental health battles.

On a completely opposite hand, a song, such as ‘Blackened Wings’ shows in its own way, the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  That is because of the thought and discussion it is certain to generate.  The opening lines, with their mention of “pious mountains of sand always falling back into their hands/Their paper bones shearing blackened wings/And always investing in the never-ending,” conjure thoughts that perhaps the song centers on the religious institutions in this world.  However, as the song progresses, the declaration that “You told me love would last forever/But my love’s buried six feet deep/And we’re all left to rot and wither” hints at perhaps a broken relationship.  From there, the song makes mention of “Following siren psalms/Down the drain”, again lending the song to interpretation of a commentary on the Christian faith.”  Simply put, there is a bit of depth here that is certain to engage audiences, and in turn generate plenty of discussion among listeners.  This further proves the importance of the album’s lyrical content and is hardly the last example of that importance.

‘Scratching at the Surface’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  This song comes across as a commentary about someone who has had enough of others being fake, not only toward the subject but in general.  This is inferred right from the song’s opening lines, which state, “Why can’t I see/Why can’t I hear/This wooden box you built of slander/Won’t keep me inside/You look away/You ridicule/How dare you say you know me/You don’t even know yourself/Why can’t you cope/Why can’t you heal/Do you even try to take the time/To lick your wounds/I dim the light/I hide my fear/I’m trapped inside your design/Give me time and you’ll be mine.”  The song continues the inference, stating as it progresses, “Your keys/My cage/Lower me down to my grave/Your mind is stuck in a place so hollow/You think you’re heaven/But you’re ground zero/Just below your halo/Is there even a sign of sorrow.”  Everybody knows at least one person like the one described here.  This is that person who just has no scruples; that person who doesn’t care that he or she is just a horrible individual who is just so fake.  The interpretation is pretty clear here.  This song is certain to help any listener get through the frustration that such individuals cause, once more showing the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  When this is considered along with the other themes examined here and with the rest of the record’s lyrical content, the whole of said content leaves no doubt that the record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements.  When that musical content is paired with the lyrical themes, the whole makes even clearer why this record is worth hearing, even despite its apparent production problems.

Bring The Cold Inside, the recently released new record from 2 Shadows, is an intriguing presentation that metal fans across the board will find worth hearing.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements blend elements of a variety of metal subgenres, from metalcore to death metal to melodic hard rock for a unique presentation in each composition.  The production of those blends is a little problematic, but not to the point that it makes the record a failure.  It is just an item that deserved more attention.  Speaking of attention, the lyrical themes that fill the album alongside its musical arrangements will keep audiences’ attention because of their ability to connect with listeners and the depth thereof.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, they make the album worth hearing at least once.

Bring The Cold Inside is available now. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://2shadowsofficial.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2shadowsofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/2ShadowsBand

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Steve And Ginie Jackson Debut New Single, ‘Help Me!’

Courtesy: Thousand Islands Records

Indie neo-folk dup Steve and Ginie Jackson premiered the third single from their forthcoming album this week.

The duo premiered its new single, ‘Help Me!‘ Wednesday. The song is the third single from its forthcoming album, Colder Than The Sea, which is scheduled for release May 26 through Thousand Islands Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Tear My Voice‘ and  ‘7 Billion People‘.

The musical arrangement featured in this latest single from the married duo is a full-on bluegrass tune, setting itself clearly apart from the album’s other singles. The immediate comparison that comes to mind is to works from the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. In listening to the song, it comes across as being a theme of someone who is working to come to terms with accepting that they need help. That help could be in a variety of ways. This is just this critic’s interpretation.

More information on the Jacksons’ new album, single, and tour is available along with all of the duo’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://steveandginiejackson.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/steveandginie

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The Aquadolls Debut New Single, ‘Held (I’m Falling 4U And I Can’t Get Up), Video

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The Aquadolls debuted its latest single and video this week.

The trio premiered its new single, ‘Help (I’m Falling 4U And I Can’t Get Up)‘ and its video Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a laid back, sultry composition that has an infectious bluesy vibe. That sense plays into the song’s lyrical theme, which front woman Melissa Brooks talked about in a prepared statement.

“This song tells the story of falling for someone and starting to obsess over them,” she said. “It’s about imagining all of the things we could do together, both romantic and twisted, showing the darker sides of having a crush and longing for more to come from it.

The video features the all-female group playing out the story told in the lyrics. One of the members is seemingly dreaming about so many certain situations as the song plays over the visualization.

In other news, The Aquadolls has a tour planned this summer with Sublime with Rome and Incubus. The tour is scheduled to launch July 24 in West Palm Beach, FL and to run through Sept. 3 in Bend, OR. It features stops in cities, such as Mountain View, CA; Rogers, AR; Bangor, ME.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.

Incubus / Sublime With Rome / The Aquadolls Tour Dates

Sunday, July 24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 26 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place

Wednesday, July 27 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre

Friday, July 29 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

Saturday, July 30 Doswell, VA AfterHours Concerts at The Meadow Event Park

Sunday, July 31 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Tuesday, Aug 02 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview

Wednesday, Aug 03 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

Friday, Aug 05 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)

Saturday, Aug 06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

Sunday, Aug 07 Bangor, ME Maine Savings Amphitheater

Tuesday, Aug 09 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, Aug 10 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre

Friday, Aug 12 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater

Saturday, Aug 13 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis

Sunday, Aug 14 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago

Tuesday, Aug 16 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP

Wednesday, Aug 17 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion

Friday, Aug 19 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Saturday, Aug 20 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Monday, Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, Aug 24 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

Friday, Aug 26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, Aug 27 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre

Sunday Aug 28 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, Aug 30 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Grand Theatre)

Thursday, Sept 01 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Saturday, Sept 03 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater

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

Websitehttps://theaquadolls.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/theaquadolls

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