Alter Bridge Announces Title, Release Date For New LP

Courtesy: Caroline Records/Napalm Records

Courtesy: Caroline Records/Napalm Records

Alter Bridge has a new album on the way this fall.

The Last Hero will be released Friday, October 7th in stores and online.  Pre-orders for the album are open now via iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay.  The album can be ordered in a number of bundle packages online via Alter Bridge’s online store.  Those that pre-order the album now will get the album’s lead single ‘Show Me A Leader’ instantly.  For everyone else, the band has debuted the song’s lyric video, which can be viewed online now here.  The song is also streaming online via Spotify.  The song originally premiered Tuesday on Sirius/XMs Octane.  Front man Myles Kennedy discussed the song in a recent interview noting its socially conscious message.  “Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world,” he said.  “The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”  Guitarist Mark Tremonti expanded on the song, noting in short its creation.  “It’s indicative of our process,” he said.  “Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader.”

The Last Hero is the band’s fifth full-length studio recording.  It will be released via Caroline Records in the United States and Canada and via Napalm Records throughout the rest of the world.  It was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium, etc.).  Its full track-listing is noted below.


                   The Last Hero Track Listing


1)     Show Me A Leader

2)     The Writing On The Wall

3)     The Other Side

4)     My Champion

5)     Poison In Your Veins

6)     Cradle To The Grave

7)     Losing Patience

8)     This Side Of Fate

9)     You Will Be Remembered

10)   Crows On A Wire

11)   Twilight

12)   Island Of Fools

13)   The Last Hero


A tour in support of The Last Hero has been announced along with the premiere of the band’s new single.  The tour launches September 22n in Destin, Florida and includes performances in San Antonio, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lincoln, Nebraska, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee among others.  Those dates are in addition to the band’s current live schedule which includes a performance tonight in Detroit, Michigan.  The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.


2016 Tour Dates


Jul 26th * Detroit, MI DTE Energy Amphitheater
Jul 27th * Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Jul 29th * Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Jul 30th * Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
Jul 31st * Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 2nd * Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
Aug 4th * Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
Aug 6th Bangor, ME Rise Above Festival
Aug 7th Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Festival
Aug 8th * Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 11th * Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug 12th * Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Amphitheater
Aug 13th * Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 15th * Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Aug 17th * Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Aug 19th * Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Aug 21st Seattle, WA Pain In The Grass – White River Amphitheater
Aug 23rd # Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Aug 24th * Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park
Sep 22nd # Destin, FL Club LA
Sep 24th Houston, TX Houston Open Air Festival
Sep 25th # San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
Sep 28th # Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
Sep 29th # Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Oct 1st Janesville, WI Sonic Boom
Oct 2nd Louisville, KY Louder Than Life
Oct 4th # Charlotte, NC Fillmore
Oct 5th # Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
Oct 8th Tulsa, OK Tulsa State Fair – Oklahoma Stage



* playing with Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Saint Asonia

# Headline show


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KT Tunstall Reveals Release Date, Specs For New LP; Announces New Tour Dates

KT Tunstall Kin Cover ArtKT Tunstall has a new album on the way this fall.

The famed pop singer recently announced that her new album Kin will be released Friday, September 9th via Caroline Records.  The announcement of the 11-song record’s upcoming release comes not long after she announced that she will hit the road this fall for a series of live performances.  That tour launches September 14th at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.  It runs through October 3rd in Los Angeles, California.  Tickets can be purchased for each date online here.  The full tour schedule is noted below.


US Tour Dates:


September 14 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
September 15 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ONT
September 17 Royale Boston, MA
September 18 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
September 19 Irving Plaza New York, NY
September 21 House of Blues Chicago, IL
September 22 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
September 23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
September 24 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN
September 27 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
September 28 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
September 29 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
October 2 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 3 The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA


Tunstall was very candid in discussing her new album in a recent interview, noting that Kin almost didn’t happen.  That was because she was in a place only a few years ago that saw her step away from music.  “As an artist I feel like I died,” she says. “I stopped. I gave up. I didn’t want to do it anymore,” she said.  She went on to note that Kin did happen because she had time to do some thinking, and in turn crafted Kin.  “The truth is, I’ve finally made peace with being a pop songwriter,” she said.  “This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write positive songs that have muscle, but also show their vulnerability.”

Courtesy:  Carolina Records

Courtesy: Carolina Records

Tunstall also has a new EP titled Golden State that is available now.  It is available online via Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ online storeKin, meanwhile, is available now for pre-order here.  A limited number of signed copies of Kin will be available online via Amazon.  And Barnes & Noble will also have the album available as an exclusive, limited edition colored vinyl.  Kin’s full track listing is noted below.





KIN full track listing:
1. Hard Girls
2. Turned A Light On
3. Maybe It’s A Good Thing
4. Evil Eye
5. It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am
6. On My Star
7. Two Way
8. Run On Home
9. KIN
10. Everything Has Its Shape
11. Love Is An Ocean


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KT Tunstall Teams With Barnes & Noble To Release New EP

Courtesy:  Carolina Records

Courtesy: Carolina Records

KT Tunstall is back.

The Scottish-born, L.A.-based performer is releasing her new EP Golden State today.  The four-song record comes three years after the release of her most recent full-length studio recording Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013).  It is available now online via Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ online store.  Audiences will also be able to pick up Tunstall’s new EP in stores on CD, as well as digitally.  The nationwide bookseller will be the only outlet where audiences will be able to pick up her new EP in physical form, as an added note.

Tunstall discussed the new record in a recent interview, basically hinting that it offers some surprises along the way.  “This is an album all about joy, although some of these songs are like cats,” she said.  “They’re really furry and sweet and then they f*****’ scratch you, and they won’t let you put a leash on them, ever.”  Tunstall and her band are currently touring in support of her new record.  They are making their way across the U.S. and will wrap the North American leg of their tour July 9th.  After that they will take some time off to recharge before heading overseas for the European leg of their tour, which begins July 23rd in Lucerne, Switzerland.  More information on Golden State is available online now along with all of her tour dates, news, and more at:








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Devour The Day, Like A Storm Join Hellyeah For Upcoming Tour

Courtesy:  Eleven Seven Music

Courtesy: Eleven Seven Music

Hellyeah is hitting the road again this winter.

The band announced a new slate of tour dates in support of its latest full-length studio release Blood for Blood.  The band’s fourth full-length studio effort, Blood for Blood was released June 10th, 2014.  The upcoming tour includes twenty-three total dates.  Among those dates is a pair of dates in North Carolina on the tail end of the tour.  The first of those two dates will bring Hellyeah and support bands Devour The Day and Like a Storm to Ziggy’s by the Sea on Friday, March 6th, 2015.  Ziggy’s by the Sea is in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The second of the bands’ North Carolina performances will bring them to Amos’ Southend in Charlotte on Saturday, March 7th.

Devour the Day is currently touring in support of its debut full-length album Time & Pressure, which was released May 7th, 2013.  The album made Devour the Day one of 203’s biggest Cinderella stories.  Its lead single ‘Good Man’ reached #10 n the “Active Rock” Chart and #15 on the “Mainstream Rock Tracks” Chart.  The band was also one of the Top 40 most played artists of 2013 at Active Rock stations across the country.  The album’s latest single ‘Respect’ made its way to the Top 20 on Mediabase’s “Active Rock” Chart this past September. The band’s upcoming tour with Hellyeah is not its first with a big name act.  It has also toured with: Butcher Babies, Three Days Grace, and Sevendust and has shared the stage with Rob Zombie and All That Remains.

Like a Storm will release its new album Awaken The Fire on Century Media’s sister label Another Century early in 2015.  The album will be the band’s first for Another Century and second overall full-length release.  The band has already released two singles–‘Love The Way You Hate Me’ and its latest single ‘Wish You Hell.’

The full schedule for the upcoming “Blood For Blood 2015” Tour is listed below.


Friday, February 6, 2015 LAS VEGAS NV BROOKLYN BOWL
Sunday, February 8, 2015 SACRAMENTO CA ACE OF SPADES
Saturday, February 14, 2015 DENVER CO SUMMIT MUSIC HALL
Sunday, February 15, 2015 WICHITA KS THE COTILION
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 LINCOLN NE THE BOURBON THEATRE
Friday, February 20, 2015 COLUMBIA MO BLUE NOTE
Saturday, February 21, 2015 SIOUX CITY IA HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 FLINT MI THE MACHINE SHOP
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 FORT WAYNE IN PIERE’S
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 BALTIMORE MD RAMS HEAD
Saturday, March 7, 2015 CHARLOTTE NC AMOS’ SOUTHEND
Sunday, March 8, 2015 ATLANTA GA CENTERSTAGE

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Ragnarok Juletide Not Just Another Cookie Cutter Christmas Album

Courtesy:  Spinefarm Records/Carolina Records/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records/Caroline Records/Universal Music Group

It’s that time of year again, everybody.  The turkey’s been devoured.  The leftovers have been turned into every possible concoction possible.  The in-laws are (hopefully) gone.  The Christmas tree and decorations are set up.  The annual deluge of Christmas movies is running across the networks.  And the overwhelming surge of cookie cutter Christmas albums is in every store shelf and on every store radio.  The movies are bearable.  The decorations and tree are no problem.  The problem is the cookie cutter Christmas albums.  Save for Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, every other Christmas album from every major artist and band sounds the same.  And making it worse, it’s the same albums on shelves and radios every year.  Thankfully this year, Spinefarm Records and Caroline Records have given audiences quite a welcome breath of fresh air from all of those albums with the new “Christmas Metal” album Ragnarok Juletide.  The latest release from the ever-evolving metal super group, it was recorded this year by members of Amaranthe, Nightwish, and Sonata Arctica.  For those that don’t know, Raskasta Joulua translates to “Christmas Love.”  And heavy is just what audiences get in this mixed collection of holiday standards and original Finnish holiday material.  Raskasta Joulua celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.  While it obviously hasn’t been around nearly as long as Mannheim Steamroller or Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Raskasta Joulua’s new album will entertain the metal legions and lovers of Christmas music alike from start to finish.  From the very TSO-esque take on ‘The First Noel’ to the James Bond-style sound of ‘The Elf’ to the absolutely stunning closer that is ‘Ave Maria,’ Ragnarok Juletide offers audiences so much to like.  That includes the songs not noted here, too.  Collectively, the songs included on this record make it a holiday record that every lover of Christmas music should hear at least once this holiday season.

It goes without saying after hearing Ragnarok Juletide that this compilation is one that every lover of Christmas music should hear at least once this holiday season.  It is a breath of fresh air from all of the cookie cutter Christmas albums churned out year after year by all of the mainstream acts out there.  One example of what makes this album so enjoyable for audiences is the band’s take on the holiday standard ‘The First Noel.’  While it does boast a sound similar to that of TSO, it still maintains its own identity.  It isn’t just ‘The First Noel.’  It mixes that song together with elements of ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ to make a song that will have every headbanger putting their horns high this holiday season.  Even more interesting to note are the guitar solos.  Audiences will hear in the guitar solos elements of not only TSO but of Dream Theater, and certain well-known 80s hair metal bands.  Throughout it all, the performers tapped for this performance exhibit great talent and respect for the original songs on which the song is based.  Needless to say it is one of the highest of points on this record although not the album’s only high point.

Raskasta Joulua offers plenty of high points from start to finish throughout the course of the dozen total tracks that make up the body of Ragnarok Juletide.  The group’s take on ‘The First Noel’ is one example of just how much this album has to offer audiences.  American audiences likely aren’t so familiar with ‘The Elf.’  But the group’s take on this song will entertain listeners in its own way.  The song follows a little elf that is hard at work at night.  The song sounds foreboding.  But it really isn’t that dark of a song.  The use of the James Bond style guitar riff adds to the song’s impact, enhancing the visual imagery of the elf working in secret.  And the vocalist’s deep, baritone makes for even more impact.  It is the polar opposite of ‘The First Noel.’  But it is still such a great addition to this compilation.  It is just one more example of what makes Ragnarok Juletide such a great listen for any lover of Christmas music and any metal head around the world this holiday season.

Ragnarok Juletide has so much to offer audiences on its latest full-length release as has been noted here already. The metal legions around the world will appreciate the album’s heavier side exemplified by the likes of the album’s opener ‘We Celebrate at Christmas’ and its take on ‘The First Noel.’ There is also the lesser known ‘The Elf’ that will impress those looking for something a little less heavy but still with a certain edge. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, there is the absolutely stunning rendition of ‘Ave Maria’ that closes out the compilation. This song is the single most powerful and moving piece on the entire record. So it makes sense that it would be saved for last. Whether for its solo vocal parts, the ever-so-subtle dual harmony in the song’s closing moments, or its gentle fade out at the end, there is so much to admire about this piece. Anyone not moved at least to some point in listening to this song is either not listening closely enough or simply is not human. It is a wonderful, final moment and one that along with those other songs noted here (and those not noted) makes this record a memorable anniversary celebration for Raskasta Joulua. It makes it just as memorable for anyone looking to escape from the cookie cutter holiday albums that populate most store shelves and radio systems.

Ten years in, Raskasta Joulua has shown yet again that even while it may not have the popularity of Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Mannheim Steamroller, it still impresses just as much today as in its earliest days. From the group’s renditions of more well-known and beloved holiday classics to those that might be more familiar to only certain audiences, Ragnarok Juletide, this record proves in the end to be the best new holiday record of 2014, hands down. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from the Raskasta Joulua website at More information on this and other releases from Raskasta Joulua is available online at:



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The Secret’s Out: Nikki Yanofsky Proves She’s Ready To Break Out On Her Latest LP

Courtesy:  Caroline Records

Courtesy: Caroline Records

At only 19 years old, Canadian-born singer Nikki Yanofsky has already recorded and released three full length albums and gained a fan base from around the world.  So it goes without saying that by and large Yanofsky, who has worked with big names including:, Herbie Hancock, Phil Ramone, and Elton John just to name a few, is anything but a secret to audiences.   This summer, Yanofsky released her aptly titled fourth full-length studio effort Little Secret.  The little secret revealed in this record is that Yanofsky isn’t just a jazz singer.  Just as Norah Jones eventually branched out, so has Yanofsky.  And just as Jones’ fans became divided when she started branching out, so have Yanofsky’s, too.  Fans have either gotten totally on board with this record or they have completely disavowed it.  Those fans that disavowed Little Secret have obviously failed to see…er…hear that she has not abandoned her jazz roots on this record.  Rather, she has taken those roots and shown her ability to grow as an artist while maintaining them.  That is evident more than once throughout the course of this album’s dozen tracks.  One of the songs that proves this is her take on David Houston’s 1967 hit single ‘You Mean The World To Me.’   There is also a retooled version of the jazz standard ‘Jeepers Creepers’ simply titled ‘Jeepers Creepers 2.0’ that audiences should take into account.  Whether for the re-tooled take on ‘Jeepers Creepers’ or her take of ‘You Mean The World To Me,’ audiences that give this record a chance will hear and agree that Yanofsky hasn’t lost her jazz roots.  At the same time, they will also agree that she has grown and branched out.  That is evidenced both in the album’s fittingly titled opener ‘Something New’ and its closer ‘Kaboom Pow.’  These songs by themselves prove that Yanofsky has not forgotten her roots but rather taken them and grown with them.  And together with the album’s remaining songs not noted here, audiences new and old alike will agree that Little Secret is deserving of far more credit than some have given it.

Little Secret has proven to be quite the divisive record among Nikki Yanofsky’s fan base.  There has been no gray area with this record.  Audiences have either hated it, claiming that Yanofsky has essentially sold out and forgotten her jazz roots or they have loved it noting her growth.  This critic chooses to take the side of those noting her positive growth.  Yanofsky shows on this record that she hasn’t forgotten her jazz roots.  She has merely taken them and grown with them.  One example of that display comes in her rendition of the jazz classic ‘You Mean The World To Me.’  This song is a  wonderful and beautiful break from the album’s more pop-centered songs.  It is a slow, gentle song perfect for a romantic moment with yanofsky singing, “I think about you all the time/I think about how you’re all mine/How only I can hold your hand/And you’re the one I call my man/And you mean the world to me/Everytime I feel your touch/Boy it gives me such a rush/And every time you stroke my hair/It sends shivers everywhere/I think about you and your smile/I think about the longest smile/Then I would run to get to you/I know that you would do that, too/Cause you mean the world to me.”  The gentle strains of the piano and laid back beats make the song even more enjoyable.  Regardless of the occasion, this is a great song for that special, romantic moment.  And it is one piece of evidence in the argument that Yanofsky hasn’t lost her jazz roots on this album.

Yanofsky’s take one ‘You Mean The World To Me’ is solid evidence that she has not lost her jazz roots on this, her latest full-length studio effort.  Those perhaps not yet convinced need look no farther than her updated take on the jazz standard ‘Jeepers Creepers’ for even more proof that she has not lost her roots, but used them to grow as a performer.  ‘Jeepers Creepers 2.0’ takes the jazz standard and brings it into the 21st century with her take of the song here.  She sings alongside jazz legend Louis Armstrong who popularized the original Harry Warren/Johnny Mercer tune in this rendition.  The pairing of the old and new is enhanced even more with the placement of some decidedly poppy beats over the whole thing.  The end result is one more song proving how much Nikki Yanofsky has grown on this record.  It’s also one more of the album’s songs that proves why Little Secret is a great candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new pop albums.

Despite what so many would like to believe, Nikki Yanofsky proves more than once on her latest full-length studio release that she has not lost her jazz roots. Rather she has shown how much she has grown on this album.  That is evident in both of the already noted songs.  While she proves that she has not forgotten her jazz roots, she also proves just how much she has grown as an artist and branched out as she has gotten older and more experienced with her craft.  She proves this just as much as she proves her continued connection to her jazz roots.  One of the best examples of that growth comes in the form of the album’s aptly titled opener ‘Something New.’  This song is right up there with songs from so many of Yanofsky’s bigger name counterparts that currently run on the nation’s biggest radio stations.  Audiences that give this song a chance will recognize a very familiar sample used as the song’s backbone.  It is the same sample used as a music bed in actor Mike Meyers’ hit Austin Powers movies.  The album’s closer ‘Kaboom Pow’ is just as aptly titled.  That’s because it closes out this surprisingly impressive album with a bang.  As with the album’s opener, it is catchy enough that it could easily hold its own against any major song playing across America’s major Top 40 station’s today.  Yanofsky’s vocal abilities are incredible to say the least, especially when she hits the high notes in this song.  It is truly something that must be heard to be fully appreciated.  Those talents, the talent exhibited in the album’s opener, and that of her jazz renditions show collectively a solid balance of Yanofsky’s past, present and future.  They prove together that she has not lost her roots nor has she forgotten them.  She has simply taken those roots and grown with them and released an album that is far more worthy of praise than some would seem to believe.

Nikki Yanofsky proves with Little Secret that she is more than just a jazz singer.  She is a multi-talented vocalist that could go any direction that she wants in her future releases. Regardless of the direction that she chooses or the support (or lack thereof) that she gets from America’s Top 40 stations, this record has proven that the secret is out.  Nikki Yanofsky is one of the best young vocalists in American music today.  Audiences that give Little Secret a chance will agree with that sentiment, too.  Yanofsky is currently touring in support of Little Secret.  Audiences can check out her latest tour schedule online now and keep up with her latest news updates online at:




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