The Bots Confirmed For Summer Tour With Deftones, Incubus, Death From Above 1979

Photo Credit: Elijah Dominique

Photo Credit: Elijah Dominique

The Bots announced over the weekend that it will join Deftones and Incubus on the road this summer.

Fresh on the heels of its own US tour with Australia’s The Preatures, the duo announced over the weekend that it will join Death From Above as a support act for Incubus and Deftones on their upcoming U.S. tour. The tour kicks off July 22nd in Clarkston, MI and runs through August 30th in San Diego, California. In also includes a stop in North Carolina on August 9th. before that though, the duo is set to perform live May 30th at the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, Maryland. The upcoming performances are all in support of The Bots’ latest full-length studio effort Pink Palms, which was released October 14th, 2014. The complete schedule for The Bots’ upcoming tour with Deftones, Incubus and Death From Above 1979 is noted below:

THE BOTS U.S. TOUR DATES

05/30    Sweetlife Festival    Columbia, MD

With Incubus, Deftones, and Death From Above 1979

07/22 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI*

07/23 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL#

07/25 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH

08/04 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ

08/05 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY

08/07 Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA*

08/08 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ

08/09 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, NC

08/12 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA

08/13 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL

08/14 Coral Sky Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL

08/16 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square New Orleans, LA***

08/17 Austin360 Amphitheater Austin, TX

08/19 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX**

08/20 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX**

08/24 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO*

08/26 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA

08/30 Sleep Train Amphitheatre San Diego, CA^

* on sale April 25

** on sale May 1

*** on Sale May 8

# Death From Above 1979 not appearing

^ The Bots not appearing

Audiences can check out the video for its latest single ‘Blinded’ now online via Vevo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ7K1IO_k_c. Audiences can also check out a performance of ‘Blinded’ on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers by clicking the picture below.

Courtesy:  BBGun Press

Courtesy: BBGun Press

More information on The Bots’ upcoming tour dates is available online now along with the duo’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.thebotsband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thebotsband

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thebotsla

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Slayer Confirms New Album Complete, Coming This Year; Announces Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

It has been four long years since the members of Slayer last released any new material. But that long wait is about to come to an end.

Four years after the release of its Grammy-nominated record World Painted Blood and two years removed from the passing of Jeff Hanneman, the current members of Slayer–Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), and Paul Bostaph (drums)–have announced that the band will release its twelfth full-length studio release later this year via the band’s own label through Nuclear Blast Records. No title or official release date have yet been confirmed for the album. However, it is known that famed producer Terry Date (Miss May I, Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera) manned the boards for the record. And guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus) will handle guitar duties alongside King. The record marks the first time that Date has ever worked with the band. It is also the first time since the release of the band’s 2001 album God Hates Us All that Bostaph has recorded with his band mates. Audiences will be just as interested to note that there is at least one song penned by Hanneman included on the band’s upcoming record.

Nuclear Blast America General Manager Gerardo Martinez had nothing but good things to say of the upcoming album, saying essentially that it is some of the band’s best work to date. “Tom’s vocals are probably the best I’ve heard in two decades, and Kerry, Paul and Gary are playing their asses of with powerful, intense performances and riffs and beats that are absolutely lethal,” he said. Fans have already gotten to sneak peeks of Slayer’s upcoming album, the most recent being the Record Store Day release of the song ‘When The Stillness Comes.’ That song was released in a very limited quantity of only 500 copies s worldwide. It was released on a special seven-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively for Record Store Day but can be heard online now via Rolling Stone at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-slayers-eerie-new-crusher-when-the-stillness-comes-20150416. The other sneak peek came in the form of the song ‘Implode.’ ‘Implode’ was offered as a free download last year following Slayer’s studio sessions last March. Audiences can hear the song now for free online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gVs_UcxKY.

In anticipation of its new album, the members of Slayer have also announced that the band will embark on an extensive tour including dates on a number of major summer festival tours and its own “An Evening With…” Slayer-only dates. The band’s current confirmed tour schedule is listed below. It all begins this Friday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Confirmed Slayer tour dates:

APRIL
24 Iron City, Birmingham, AL*
25 Monter Energy Welcome to Rockfille, Metropolitian Park, Jacksonville, FL
26 Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA*

MAY
1 Lunatic Luau, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
3 Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte, NC
22 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
23 Socorro Casino, El Paso, TX*

JUNE
13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal

(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA

JULY
1 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX

AUGUST
1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

* “An Evening with…” headline dates

More dates are likely to be announced. When those dates are announced, they will be posted online along with all of the latest news on the band’s album at:

Website: http://www.slayer.net

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

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Not Some B-Movie Ripoff, Nature: Attack Of The Killer Whales Is One Of 2015’s Best New Documentaries

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Courtesy: PBS

PBS’ hit wildlife series Nature has proven time and again throughout its thirty-plus years on television to be the best series of its kind. This is even in comparison to the wildlife series that have and still do run on the Big Four networks. Over the course of its almost thirty-three years on television Nature has taken audiences around the world multiple times, presenting to audiences some of the world’s most exotic lands and equally exotic animals to audiences of all ages. For all of the exotic animals and lands that have been presented over the years on Nature sometimes the series uses those animals and lands to tackle some tough topics, too. That is exactly what is done in its 2014 episode Invasion of the Killer Whales. Invasion of the Killer Whales was released on DVD early this year. And while the episode’s title makes it sound like some classic Roger Corman B-movie, it is anything but. Yes, that bad joke was fully intended. Invasion of the Killer Whales is a serious look at the impact of climate change and global warming on the Arctic ecosystem. It does so without being preachy, too, which is just one reason that it makes for such an interesting watch. The footage is just as important to the whole of the presentation. Audiences actually see first hand how climate change and global warming are affecting specifically the Arctic ecosystem. They are not forced to rely on hearsay. It makes even more hard-hitting and even slightly shocking what is really happening as a result of climate change and global warming. That footage expertly complements the story presented in this episode of Nature, showing even more why climate change is such an important issue and yet again why this is yet another interesting episode of Nature. Both the story presented in this episode of Nature and its footage share equal importance in its success. As important as both are to the whole of the program, its pacing is just as important as those aforementioned elements. Those behind the cameras manage to keep a solid pace, even throwing in interviews on both sides of the presented issue to keep the pacing at a rate that is just enough to not lose audiences along the way. Thanks to the attention of the program’s pacing, audiences are even more apt to remain engaged from start to finish. And in turn, they are that much more apt to fully grasp and appreciate the magnitude of the covered topic. In understanding the magnitude of the topic presented here and appreciating it, audiences will agree that once more PBS’ Nature has proven exactly why it remains today the top wildlife-based program on television today.

Invasion of the Killer Whales sounds like a title ripped from one of Roger Corman’s classic sci-fi flicks from the 1950s, right? All jokes aside, this episode of PBS’ hit wildlife series Nature is a very serious episode. The topic tackled in this episode is the effect of climate change and global warming on the Arctic ecosystem. The program explains that because of climate change and global warming, polar bears, the region’s once top predators, are now being pushed out as their hunting grounds are disappearing more and more each year. By direct connection, killer whales are becoming increasingly dominant in the area. that is because the ice that once protected other marine life in the Arctic from the killer whales is no longer there to protect them. This means that certain animals such as narwhals are drastically decreasing because of these overall changes. It is just one example of the impact of climate change and global change globally. The information provided about these impacts is presented in a fashion that avoids being preachy, which is especially good for audiences. While it makes a clear argument about the effects of climate change even on a micro scale, it doesn’t do so in a preachy fashion. Rather it does so in a fashion typical of Nature. It just presents the animals that are common to the region. And it explains their interactions. In this case it shows the effect of an outside factor on their interactions. It’s nice to see that it took on the subject in this fashion instead of just being a full-on argumentative piece unlike so many other programs out there. It’s just one reason that audiences will appreciate this episode of Nature, too. The footage that accompanies the program adds to its interest.

The topic tackled in this episode of Nature is a hot button issue, needless to say. Luckily, the program doesn’t approach the subject in an argumentative fashion in this case. Rather it does its best to maintain at leat a semi-objective vantage point in tackling the subject matter. The program’s use of its footage helps to maintain that vantage point. It shows the killer whales entering territory that they once couldn’t enter due to the existence of that Arctic sheet ice. Audiences see their wolfpack mentality as they surround groups of narwhals and take them down almost systematically. It is shocking to a point. It is shocking because of the level of intelligence that the orcas display in this mentality. Just as interesting to note is the footage of the polar bears in question hunting unsteadily among the melting ice. It clearly shows that the polar bears’ hunting grounds are indeed disappearing. The interviews that are interspersed with all of this footage makes for even more interest as they show just how far the impacts of the changes reach. Both pros and cons are discussed in regards to the changing conditions. Those interviews coupled with the footage of the changes happening in the Arctic add another level to the program in whole. They partner with the episode’s subject matter to make this episode even harder-hitting, proving once again why Nature remains the top wildlife-based program on television today.

Both the topic covered in Nature: Attack of the Killer Whales and the footage that accompanies the topic are key elements of this episode. As important as they are to the whole of the episode, the episode’s pacing is just as pivotal to its success. Those behind the cameras keep a pace that is solid enough to keep audiences engaged from beginning to end of the roughly hour-long program. At no one point does it waste any time on one part of the topic or another. The result is that audiences will be more apt to more fully appreciate the magnitude of the subject presented here. In better appreciating and understanding the material in question, audiences will agree that Nature has once again proven why it remains over thirty years after its debut, the front-runner in the realm of televised wildlife programs. This applies regardless of whether audiences have been watching Nature throughout its run or are relatively new viewers. Audiences will also agree in considering this element in conjunction with this episode’s footage and the manner in which it approached its subject matter, that Attack of the Killer Whales is one of this year’s best new documentaries.

Nature: Attack of the Killer Whales proves itself to be one of this year’s best new documentaries. Whether for its subject matter and its approach of said material, the footage compiled for the program, or for the its pacing, there is obviously plenty to like about this episode. It is available now on DVD and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=51197006&cp=1378003.2831221&sr=1&origkw=nature&parentPage=family. More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online at:

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature

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

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Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock Succeeds In Its “Mission”

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Courtesy: inakustic

Michael Schenker has had quite the storied career. He has recorded and performed with both UFO and Scorpions over the course of his decades-long career. He has also recorded and performed with his own band, Michael Schenker Group. The music that he has crafted with both UFO and Scorpions is considered some of the greatest in rock’s modern history. The music that he has crafted with his own band has proven to be just as enjoyable for his fans. Now with the recent release of Spirit on a Mission, the new album from his latest project, Temple of Rock, Schenker can add another mark to his already extensive resume. This album is a one more album that every rock purist should have in his or her own music library. The twelve-track album mixes the bombast of his former bands’ arena rock sound with something heavier and more focused. The end result of those sounds is a record that could potentially be another of this year’s best new rock records. The proof for this argument comes early on in the album’s second song ‘Communion.’ This is such an interesting song because its blues-infused rock sound is a direct contradiction to its lyrical content. Another piece that makes Temple of Rock’s new album so interesting is ‘Saviour Machine.’ Anyone that is a fan of Black Label Society will like the song’s familiar, heavier sound. The song’s lyrical side makes it just as interesting. The song’s lyrical content comes across as a personal commentary of sorts. Both elements together make it yet another example of why this record stands out in an increasingly crowded field of rock records. While both ‘Saviour Machine’ and ‘Communion’ each present their own proof as to what makes Spirit on a Mission so enjoyable for rock purists, they are just part of what makes this album stand out. The aptly titled ‘Rock City’ helps make the record stand out just as much. This full-on rock song throws back to the days of big riffs and even bigger hair with its musical side. Its lyrical side is just as classic with front man Doogie White’s subject singing to a girl that he’ll give her everything. Those classic lyrics and straight-forward, driving tempo will put a smile on any rock purist’s face as he or she sings along. Whether for this song, the others noted, or those not noted, audiences will agree in listening to Temple of Rock’s new album that Spirit on a Mission more than succeeds in its mission.

Spirit on a Mission is a solid follow-up to Michael Schenker’s 2011 album Temple of Rock. From start to finish, this twelve-track record succeeds in its mission as it will both entertain listeners and have them thinking with its mix of music and lyrics. This is made clear early on in the album’s second track ‘Communion.’ It is such an interesting song because Schenker’s blues-infused rock sound is a direct contradiction to the lyrics penned by front man Doogie White. The song’s lyrical content comes across as presenting the standard story of a broken relationship. The situation for the couple in this song seemingly starts out fine, as White sings, “Watch as the candle gives out the light/Show me the pages/On which the ink won’t dry/Tell me your secrets as the candle burns low/Whisper you love me/Then it’s on with the show.” It doesn’t take long for things to go south and White’s subject to end up alone. White sings in the song’s final verse, “Now that it’s over/I cried in my sleep/Woke in the morning/With the secrets you keep/Give you my best/I gave you a little bit more/A slap in the face when you slammed the door/I don’t belong here no more.” Considering these lyrics, one wouldn’t think this song would have the solid blues-infused sound that it boasts. It’s definitely not the pairing that one would expect when thinking about such lyrical topics. Having such an uncommon dichotomy, it more than proves itself on of the most notable of this album’s songs. Thus it definitely stands out as at least one piece that makes this record well worth the listen.

The surprisingly entertaining musical and lyrical dichotomy presented in ‘Communion’ makes it a clear example of just what this latest effort from Michael Schenker has to offer listeners. Considering that not many acts would take such a chance as that taken here says quite a bit. That the chance taken has paid off here says even more. It’s just one of the album’s many smaller successes that make Spirit on a Mission its own success in whole. ‘Saviour Machine’ shows in its own way why Spirit on a Mission is such a success. This song is one of a pair of pieces that displays a different side to Temple of Rock on this record. It is a much heavier tune than others musically speaking. Those that are fans of Black Label Society will especially enjoy its slower, heavier sound. Lyrically speaking, it is just as certain to have listeners talking. Written by Doogie White, Michael Schenker, and Wayne Findlay, the song’s lyrical side comes across as a commentary of sorts. This inference can be made `as the trio writes, “We passed the point of no return/We stood and watch as cities burned/The sound of laughter cuts the night/Destroyed your world with my despite.” The trio goes on to write in the song’s second verse, “The soldiers marching off to war/Wonder what the hell they’re dying for/So speaks the tongue of the liar/As mountains crumble to the seas/Their hearts are crushed by man’s disease/And now they bathe in the sorrow.” As the song’s chorus states, this is coming from the vantage point of a very cynical figure. The figure almost says with a grin, “Your world is shakin’ and I don’t hear you call/Just scream my name/Hail the saviour machine.” It could be argued that the message presented here is a commentary about people’s indifference to everything going on in the world until things get to their absolute worst. That’s when people seem to really turn to a higher power. As always, that interpretation could be entirely off. It is merely this critic’s interpretation. Right or wrong, it proves in the end to be a really heavy piece both musically and lyrically. Being so heavy both musically and lyrically, it shows clearly why it is yet another prime example of why any rock purist should hear both this song and Spirit on a Mission in whole even if only once.

Both ‘Saviour Machine’ and ‘Communion’ are important additions to Spirit on a Mission. They both exhibit a certain heaviness in their own way. The same can be said of the band’s full-on tribute to the golden days of rock that is ‘Rock City.’ This song will take listeners back to the days of big riffs and even bigger hair right from its first strains. Its straight-forward, driving tempo and classic lyrics about a man wanting to give a woman everything will put a smile on any listener’s face. In all honesty, anyone that knows their music history will instantly equate the song to Judas Priest’s hit song ‘Freewheel Burning’ thanks to those opening moments. This applies both to Schenker’s work on guitar and drummer Herman Rarebell’s solid time keeping. On the lyrical side, White sings, “Your broken heart, girl/Can still be mended/Stay with me until the morning comes/It’s a long road to nowhere/Believe me when I say you gotta give me some more/We’re gonna rock this city/This city of love.” Considering this and some of the song’s other lyrics, one would actually associate this song more with the classic love ballads of the 80s. But thanks to the juxtaposition of the song’s full-on musical side to these lyrics, it gives the song a whole other identity. The pairing of the two elements within the song makes the song come across as that of a man who really wants to make things work and make a woman happy. Compared to so many overly sappy, over-the-top ballads that were crafted by the bands of the 80s (and even 90s) a song such as this is a great contradiction to those songs. And it is also just as great of an addition to Spirit on a Mission. It is one more way that this album proves Schenker and his Temple of Rock band mates definitely succeed in their mission with this record, one of the best new rock records of 2015.

‘Rock City’, ‘Saviour Machine’ and ‘Communion’ each show in their own way why Spirit on a Mission succeeds in its mission of entertaining audiences. They do so through the combination of both their musical and lyrical sides. While all three of the note songs each show in their own way that Spirit on a Mission succeeds in its missions, the album’s other tracks should not be ignored in that argument. ‘Bulletproof,’ ‘Let The Devil Scream,’ and ‘Wicked’–the album’s closer–each could be used to make that argument, too along with any of the other songs that make up this album. Regardless of which song(s) one picks, the result is the same. Listeners will agree that Spirit on a Mission succeeds wholly in entertaining audiences from its first track to its last. They will agree, too that that same entertainment makes it a solid candidate for any critic’s list come December for the year’s best new rock records. Spirit on a Mission is available now in stores and online. More information on Spirit on a Mission or any of Michael Schenker’s other projects is available online at:

Website: http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/

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

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Teams For 2015 NFL Draft

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Courtesy: ESPN

The clock is ticking. And very soon, NFL teams and fans around the country will get their first glimpse at what their favorite team may look like come Septmber when ESPN and the NFL broadcast the annual NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft will air April 30th – May 2nd on ESPN live from the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. in primetime with limited commercial interruption. While it is not known who will go to which team later this month, it is now known who will be handling hosting duties for this year’s draft. Chris Berman will host Round 1, marking his 35th year covering the annual selection show. He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., who will be making his 32nd appearance at the draft. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl champion coach Jon Gruden, Super Bowl champion and ESPN analyst Ray Lewis, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Mortensen and Schefter will join Berman, Gruden, Lewis and Kiper at a second desk insie the theatre. Reporter Suzy Kolber will have interviews on the gold carpet and in the green room.

Rounds two and three of this year’s NFL Draft will be hosted by Trey Wingo. He will be joined by Super Bowl Champion quarterback Trent Dilfer and NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, and Suzy Kolber will each contribute to the broadcast of Round two and three as well.

Trey Wingo will return on Saturday, May 2nd to host Rounds Four through Seven of this year’s NFL Draft. He will be joined once again by Mel Kiper, Jr., and Todd McShay. Six-time NFL Executive of the year and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian will also contribut to Saturday’s broadcast along with Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Along with its main broadcast teams, ESPN will also have bureau reporters assigne to a number of NFL team sites and two of the top NFL Draft prospects. That list of reporters is noted below:

  • Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
  • Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder)
  • Tennessee Titans (Sal Paolantonio)
  • New York Jets (Josina Anderson)
  • Chicago Bears (Bob Holtzman)
  • St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry)
  • Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler)
  • San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter)

ESPN will offer additional coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft across multiple platforms and editions of NFL Insiders, NFL Live, and SportsCenter. Each program will broadcast from Chicago beginning April 30th. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 NFL Draft is noted below. All times are EST.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Thu, Apr 30

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN

8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN


Fri, May 1

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN

3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2


Sat, May 2

12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

All of the latest information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft is available online now at:

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

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

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StarVista Entertainment To Release The Wonder Years’ Third Season Next Month

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Courtesy: StarVista Entertainment/Time Life Entertainment

StarVista Entertainment’s release of The Wonder Years on DVD will officially reach its halfway point next month.

StarVista Entertainment will release The Wonder Years: The Complete Third Season on DVD next month. It will be released on Tuesday, May 26th. The release of the series’ third season will come almost four months after the release of its second season back on February 3rd of this year. Season Three includes all twenty-three episodes from Season Three. They are spread across four discs. It also includes another handful of bonus features that are noted below:

BONUS FEATURES 

  • Hall Pass: Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage, and Josh Saviano
  • Featurette: A Family Affair: At Home with the Arnolds
  • Interviews with: Olivia d’Abo (Karen Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), Crystal McKellar (Becky Slater) 

Season Three sees Kevin’s coming-of-age continue as he receives his first French kiss and he goes to his first makeout party. Things get revved up even more as Kevin’s brother Wayne now has his driver’s license, too. And in another avenue, Kevin gets his first introduction to the rock and roll life when new kid Larry Beeman (played by Joshua Miller) gets things in motion for The Electric Shoes. There is also the ongoing story line of Kevin and Winnie’s on again-off again relationship. Season Three’s soundtrack adds to those stories. It features songs from such legendary acts as: The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins, The Lovin’ Spoonful, James Taylor, The Who, The Righteous Brothers, James Brown, The Byrds, Jackie Wilson, and many others. That list of songs is noted below:

 

SONG CLEARANCES (BY EPISODE)

“Summer Song”

  • Good Vibrations-The Beach Boys
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice-The Beach Boys
  • Sentimental Journey-Les Brown & His Orchestra
  • No Fun-The Stooges

“Math Class”

  • ABC-The Jackson 5
  • One-Three Dog Night
  • You Can Close Your Eyes-James Taylor

“Wayne on Wheels”

  • I Get Around-The Beach Boys

“Mom Wars”

  • Your Mother Should Know-Instrumental
  • Nowhere to Run-Martha & the Vandellas
  • The Circle Game-Joni Mitchell

“On the Spot”

  • There’s No Business Like Show Business-Warner Mueller & Orchestra
  • Appalachian Spring-St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

“Odd Man Out”

  • The Air Force Song-Bob Sharples and His Music

“The Family Car”

  • The Stars and Stripes Forever-Bob Sharples and His Music
  • I Can See Clearly Now-Johnny Nash 

“The Pimple”

  • Over the Rainbow-Liberace
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough-Diana Ross

“Math Class Squared”

  • American Tune-Paul Simon

“Rock ‘N’ Roll”

  • I Want to Hold Your Hand (from The Ed Sullivan Show)
  • My Generation-The Who
  • So You Want to Be a Rock ‘N’ Roll Star-The Byrds

“Don’t You Know Anything about Women?”

  • Unchained Melody-The Righteous Brothers
  • Crimson and Clover-Tommy James and the Shondells
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher-Jackie Wilson 

“The Powers That Be”

  • Walking the Dog-Rufus Thomas
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)-The Byrds

“The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

  • You’re All I Need to Get By-Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • What Becomes of the Brokenhearted-Jimmy Ruffin
  • All You Need Is Love-Instrumental
  • My Funny Valentine -On-Screen Character Performance
  • Miss Gulch from The Wizard of OZ-Instrumental 

“The Tree House”

  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag-James Brown
  • Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off-On-Screen Character Performance
  • The Birds and the Bees-Jewel Akens

“The Glee Club”

  • Stout-Hearted Men-Nelson Eddy
  • Climb Every Mountain-On-Screen Character Performance
  • I Could Have Danced All Night-On-Screen Character Performance
  • Aquarius-On-Screen Character Performance 

“Night Out”

  • Happy Together-The Turtles
  • Hang on Sloopy-The McCoys
  • Shout-The Isley Brothers
  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida-Iron Butterfly
  • Seasons Reprise-Elton John

“The Unnatural”

  • Marine’s Hymn-Bob Sharples and His Music

“Goodbye”

  • Goodbye My Friend-Linda Ronstadt 

“Cocoa and Sympathy”

  • Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?-The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • Unforgettable-Nat King Cole

“Daddy’s Little Girl”

  • Thank Heaven for Little Girls-Maurice Chevalier
  • Who Knows Where the Time Goes-Judy Collins

“Moving”

  • My Girl-The Temptations

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Tales From Wisconsin Is One Of Teenage Bottlerocket’s Best Records Yet

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Teenage Bottlerocket is one of the best punk rock bands that audiences have never heard. For almost fifteen years, this Laramie, Wyoming-based band has been making its own brand of punk rock and building its audience base. All the while, it has remained just under the mainstream radar. This is actually a good thing. That is because it has kept the band from becoming just another cookie cutter pop punk rock band a la Sum 41, Blink 182, Newfound Glory, etc. Remaining just under that mainstream radar has allowed the band to continue crafting its own brand of music more akin to its counterparts in The Lillingtons, Bowling For Soup, and others of that ilk, all the while building its legions of fans around the world. The band’s latest album Tales From Wisconsin is proof of that. It is a fourteen track, thirty-five minute record that is just as certain to have listeners singing along happily just as much as any of the band’s previous releases. This has already been proven thanks to the album’s lead single, the light-hearted ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You),’ and its follow-up ‘They Call Me Steve.’ Both songs clearly show that nearly fifteen years after it first formed and roughly thirteen years after the release of its debut album Another Way, Teenage Bottlerocket has not lost a single step. The album’s gentle, acoustic closer ‘First Time’ shows this just as much. What’s more, it shows a certain growth from the members of Teenage Bottlerocket. Sure, the comparison to Dropkick Murphys and Green Day are inescapable here. But considering TBR’s body of work up to this point, it shows a turning point for the band and just as with the album’s first two singles shows yet again why this album is one more success from what is one of the punk realm’s best kept secrets.

TBR’s new album Tales From Wisconsin comes some thirteen years after the release of its debut record Another Way. One would think that considering how long TBR has been making music together, it would have broken through into the mainstream a long time ago when MTV and VH1 were still airing music videos and when they, along with the nation’s mainstream radio stations, were thirsting for the next big name in punk rock. Interestingly enough that never happened. Yet considering what those outlets did to the reputation of punk rock, maybe it’s a good thing that TBR never did break through. It allowed TBR to continue making its own music rather than give in to some A&R rep and other label exec along the way. Because it has manage to avoid those trappings, the band has manage to craft an album in Tales From Wisconsin–its sixth full-length studio effort–that is just as enjoyable as any of its previous recordings. That is evident early on in the record courtesy of its lead single ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You).’ This fully tongue-in-cheek song pays homage to veteran hard rock/metal act Metallica all while presenting a story of a man who has met a woman who is just as much a fan of the band as him. The song’s standard, melodic punk sound will itself have audiences on their feet, dancing in time as Brandon Carlisle keeps time alongside brother Ray Carlisle and fellow guitarist Kody Templeman. The song’s lyrical side is just as apt to put a smile on audiences faces as Templeman makes reference after reference to Metallica’s body of work throughout the song, singing, “That guy was such a d*******/When we were sticking up for Jason Newstead/That’s when you said you loved …And Justice For All/I didn’t make up with the creeps that night/they were looking for a fight/I was totally right on/The frayed ends of sanity/The shortest straw has been pulled for me/I’ll probably fade to black someday/Unless you hit the lights and escape with me.” The references to Metallica’s extensive catalogue don’t stop here. There is also a reference to ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ The song’s very title is itself a reference to ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ Such playful use of references coupled with the standard theme of a love found make this one of the most original compositions of its kind to be churned out by a musical act in any genre. Such originality makes clear why this song was chosen as the lead single for TFW. It also makes clear by itself what makes TFW one more wonderful release from one of the rock world’s best kept secrets. Audiences can check out the song’s lyric video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdRrN4xQ8zk.

‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You) is one of the most original compositions about a relationship that has ever been crafted by any act in any of the music world’s many genres. The playful references to Metallica’s biggest hits as the basis for the song’s story coupled with the song’s catchy hooks and chorus makes it obvious why the song was chosen as TFW’s lead single. It also stands as just one clear example of why TBR remains today one of the best kept secrets in both the world of punk and rock in general. The song’s follow-up ‘They Call Me Steve’ shows just as clearly how much TBR has to offer on its latest release. The song’s musical side boasts even more infectious hooks and choruses throughout its two-minute, twenty-one second run time. Looking at the song from a lyrical standpoint, it is just as intriguing as Templeman sings, “I knocked down a tree with my bare hands/And I’ve been to all four corners of this land/I killed a giant spider with an iron sword/And I ran ten miles being chased by a zombie horde/They call me Steve/I’ll do anything you want me to/They call me Steve/I’ll dig a hole to Hell and back for you.” If not for the song’s companion video, which can be viewed online now, the song alone would definitely have had audiences talking. The song’s companion video is a Minecraft themed creation that perfectly complements the song’s lyrical content. It’s a love story in a video game world. The video can be viewed online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqLAkjRyiJU. In viewing the video, audiences will agree that it perfectly illustrates the story presented in the song and in turn makes the song even more enjoyable than it is on its own musical merits. The combination of the song’s musical and lyrical sides, and its companion video makes clear once again why TBR remains one of the best names in the punk realm and one of rock’s best kept secrets. Alongside ‘Nothing Else Matters (Without You),’ it shows even more clearly whyTFW is such an enjoyable record.

‘Nothing Else Matters (Without You)’ and ‘They Call Me Steve’ are both clear examples of what makes TFW such an enjoyable record both for fans that are new to the band’s material and to those that are more familiar with the band’s body of work. As much enjoyment as those songs offer audiences, there is one more song on this record that stands out even more than them as one of the album’s highest of points. That song is the album’s string-laden acoustic closer ‘First Time.’ Both musically and lyrically it presents the band’s much more rarely exhibited softer side. The comparison to Green Day and Dropkick Murphys among others is inescapable here because of that combination of music and lyrics. But being one of those truly rare times that the band has gotten to display its softer side, it makes this moment something special. It shows the band a little more willing to grow and show a more mature side from the band in comparison to what audiences have become accustomed to hearing. There is almost a certain desperation in Templeman’s voice as he sings I’m falling apart with a broken heart for the first time/I’m starting to doubt what this feeling’s about/For the first time/I stare at the wall/I’m beginning to fall…For the first time/spinning out of control/With nowhere left to go.” It’s not the standard oh, woe is me sort of delivery musically or lyrically that audiences have become all too familiar with from so many punk and emo bands. It has its own identity. Because of that, it proves yet again what makes TFW just as enjoyable as TBR’s previous records and why this veteran punk rock band remains today one of the best kept secrets of the rock world in whole. Together with ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You)’ and ‘They Call Me Steve,’ all three songs together exhibit why this record is just as enjoyable for first time listeners and for those that are more familiar with the band’s body of work. That is not to discount the other dozen tracks that make up this record, either. Each of those tracks not noted here makes its own argument in favor of TFW, too. The whole of those tracks and those more fully noted here show clearly why every punk rock fan should hear this record regardless of their familiarity with TBR.

TBR is currently out on tour in support of its new album. It will wrap up the U.S. leg of its tour this Sunday, April 19th in Denver, Colorado before taking a few days off to recharge and prep for the European leg of its tour. That leg kicks off next Thursday, April 24th in Lindau, Germany. Fans will be able to pick up TFW at either of those shows or any of its upcoming shows, too. Fans that can’t make it to the band’s shows can also pick up TFWin stores and online. Fans can check out TBR’s latest tour dates and get more information on TFW, and where they can purchase it online now at:

Website: http://www.teenagebottlerocket.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/teenbottlerock

Instagram: http://instagram.com/teenagebottlerocket

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