Devil City Angels Debuts New Single

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Rock and roll super group Devil City Angels will release its self-titled debut album this fall. In anticipation of its release, the collective of veteran talents—Rikki Rocket (Poison), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), and Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill)—has debuted the latest single from its upcoming album.

Devil City Angels debuted its latest single ‘All I Need’ this week and is currently streaming the single online via Revolver Magazine. Audiences can hear the song now at Revolver’s website at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/devil-city-angels-premiere-new-song-all-i-need.html. Audiences that are fans of the rock sound of the late 80s and early 90s will enjoy this song with its lighthearted sound. Its debut follows the premiere of the video for the album’s lead single ‘Boneyard,’ which can be seen online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjrB0N6aBvY&feature=youtu.be. The video is a direct throwback to the classic rock videos of the 80s complete with footage of the band performing and of course the mandatory female dancer.

Devil City Angels will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 18th via Century Media Records in a variety of bundle packages as well as by itself. Pre-orders for the album begin tomorrow via iTunes and Century Media’s online store. Those choosing to pre-order the album via Century Media’s online store can do so online at http://www.indiemerch.com/cmrecords/brand/devil-city-angels. Those that pre-order the album via iTunes will get both ‘All I Need’ and ‘Boneyard’ as instant grat racks. It can also be pre-ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Devil-City-Angels/dp/B01169B5NY.

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Bonz Announces New Slate Of Tour Date

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Pavement Entertainment artist and Stuck Mojo front man Bonz has announced a new slate of live dates.

Bonz has announed that he will head back out on the road beginning July 17th in Hickory, North Carolina. The twenty-two-date tour is in support of Bonz’s Pavement Entertainment debut record Broken Silence. Bonz will be joined by Divided We Stand and A.M.M. on select dates along with label mate A.D.D. The tour currently runs through October 10th in Jacksonville, Fla. The current tour schedule is listed below.

BONZ TOUR DATES

7/17 Hickory, Nc- The Wizard Saloon

7/18 Winston Salem, Nc- Ziggy’s

7/30 Muskegon, Mi- Deano’s w/ ADD

7/31 Lansing, Mi- The Loft w/ ADD

8/01 Griffith, In- Sopranos

8/02 South Bend, In- Cheers w/ ADD

8/05 Akron, Oh- Empire

8/06 Mansfield, Oh- Planet Rock

8/07 Dayton, Oh- Oddbodies w/ ADD

8/08 Indianapolis, In- Emerson Theatre w/ ADD

8/09 Cape Giradeau, Mo- Pitter’s

8/10 Jackson, Tn- The Empourium

8/11 Clarksville, Tn- The Warehouse

8/12 Nashville, Tn- Daisy Dukes w/ Divided We Stand

8/13 Knoxville, Tn- The Long Branch w/ Divided We Stand

8/14 Chattanooga, Tn- Ziggy’s Underground w/ Divided We Stand

8/15 Beckley, Wv- Muncheez w/ Divided We Stand

9/11 Slidell, La- The Corner Pub

9/12 Dallas, Tx- Torch

9/13 Lubbock, Tx- Depot Obar Live

10/9 Sanford, Fl- West End Trading Co. w/ A.M.M.

10/10 Jacksonville, Fl- Jack Rabbits w/ A.M.M.

Audiences can download Broken Silence now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/broken-silence/id953289268 and ordered direct from Best Buy at http://www.bestbuy.com/site/broken-silence-cd/26480148.p?id=3335826&skuId=26480148. Fans can keep up with the latest news and more from Bonz online at:

Website: http://bonzband.com

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

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Lamb of God Debuts Video For Upcoming Album’s New Single

Courtesy:  Epic Records

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God has officially premiered the video for its latest single ‘Overlord.’

The second single from the band’s upcoming album Sturm Und Drang (roughly translated means storm and penetrate),’Overlord’ is considered one of the biggest departures for the band on its upcoming album. It can be viewed online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNRsvFsY9qk. Front man Randy Blythe explains of the song, “I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.” The new video is the second for the band helmed by director Jorge Torres-Torres. His last time working with the band behind the lens was on the video for the song ‘512.’

In anticipation of Sturm Und Drang’s release on July 24th, Lamb of God has announced a series of live dates with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless in White. The tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida on the same day as the album’s release and currently runs through Saturday, September 5th in Dallas, Texas. The current schedule for LOG’s upcoming tour is listed below.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:

LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

7/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre

7/29 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

8/2 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center

8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion

8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal

8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live

8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

8/22 – Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center – NO SLIPKNOT *New Show*

8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater

8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds

8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion

8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

Sturm Und Drang can be pre-ordered online now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vii-sturm-und-drang-deluxe/id1000708954 and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/VII-Sturm-Drang-LAMB-GOD/dp/B00YH4Y7U4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433367861&sr=8-1&keywords=lamb+of+god&tag=smarturl-20. Fans can also pre-order the album now direct from Lamb of God’s online store in a variety of bundle packs at http://lambofgod.shop.musictoday.com/page/preorder.

More information on Lamb of God’s tour is available online along with all of the latest updates on its new album and all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.lamb-of-god.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lambofgod

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Rainy Milo’s Debut LP Is One Of This Year’s Best New Re-Issues

Courtesy:  Big Picnic Records

Courtesy: Big Picnic Records

British R&B artist Rainy Milo made quite the splash with her debut album This Thing Of Ours when it was released overseas last year. Now thanks to the people at independent record label Big Picnic Records, American audiences finally get to learn what Milo’s fans around the world already know. What they know is that as this album shows, she could very well be part of the future of the genre. With a vocal style very similar to that of Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse, and songs that largely defy the musical and lyrical trappings of R&B songs churned out by American artists, Milo shows that given the right support, she could soon become a household name not just in her home country and abroad but here in the United States, too. Considering how much enjoyment her album offers listeners, and that it was already released last year overseas, it is safe to say that This Thing Of Ours is one of this year’s best re-issues.

Rainy Milo’s debut album This Thing Of Ours is one of this year’s best re-issues. The album, which was originally released overseas via Virgin/EMI last year and domestically in the U.S. this spring via Big Picnic Records, is the antithesis of nearly every R&B song dominating mainstream radio today. There is no talk of sex to be heard at any point on this record. And the standard oh-woe-is-my style songs that are just as much of a favorite among American R&B artists are nearly non-existent. Instead of taking that path far too often taken by other artists within her genre, Milo carves out her own path with this record. That is evident right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Are You Sure.’ Examining its musical content, audiences that are worn out from all of the constant club-ready run-of-the-mill R&B songs soaked in sex and synthesizers will especially enjoy this song. Rather than be one of those cookie cutter songs that are all too familiar on Top 40 radio stations across America, Milo uses a more stripped-down approach with the song’s musical content. It relies more on beats than on the synthesizers and other overly used elements used by so many American R&B artists. The song’s lyrical content makes it stand out just as much as its musical content. Looking at its lyrics, Milo comes across as expressing the cautious optimism and joy felt by so many at the start of any relationship. She sings, “You gave me something yesterday/I saw I wouldn’t lose it/I swore I’d hold on tightly/But then/I started to lose grip/Yes I lost it/As I always overthink.” She goes on later in the song to ask in the song’s chorus “Are you really sure you want to take this farther?” From there she continues on questioning herself as if she is ready to keep going not because of the guy but because of herself. This is a situation in which so many people have found themselves at different points of their own relationships. To that extent, it is easy for audiences to relate to the song. In terms of its musical content, that it presents an upbeat vibe instead of a more overly emotional sound (which so many artists would do in a song such as this) makes it even more impressive. The combination of both elements within this song alone go to show quite clearly both why ‘Are You Sure’ was chosen as the album’s opener and why it is just one example of what makes This Thing Of Ours such an impressive R&B record.

‘Are You Sure’ is a solid example of what makes TTO stand out so strongly from the R&B crowd. That is thanks both to its musical and lyrical content. Both elements stray from the norm of most American R&B songs musically and lyrically. The result of this is that it establishes the song as a solid opener for Milo’s album and establishes just as much that the identity of her album in whole. It is just one point at which TTOO establishes its identity apart from other R&B acts. The album’s title track builds the album’s identity just as much as its opener. Examining its musical content, yet again, it relies more on beats than electronics. The resultant effect is something of a hip-hop/R&B hybrid that will most certainly grab listeners’ ears if only for that content. Audiences can hear that sound for themselves online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfJXFZczyqE. Looking at the song’s lyrical content, it stands out just as starkly in this avenue, too. It comes across as a piece about a woman who is wrapped up in a man who really seems the wrong one for her. That argument can be made as she sings, “Shiny tears on a porcelain face/Tight lipped/Wished you luck for your case/She says just don’t get caught for me/You end up in a clink/Then where will I be/Lonely/Don’t leave me lonely/He says you know you shouldn’t doubt me/I got my ways/I’m always lucky/Lonely/You won’t be lonely.” Men and women alike know of men just like the one portrayed here. He is headstrong and overly confident. As the song’s companion video shows, that sort of figure never turns out well whether by himself or with another. And he didn’t turn out too well with Milo’s subject in this song. The video does a good job of interpreting Milo’s lyrics. Getting back on subject, the combination of the song’s lyrical and musical content sets piece apart from other mainstream R&B songs even more than the elements do on their own. It isn’t another song about a breakup or even lost love. Rather it comes across as a song about a strong woman who just made a bad choice and got wrapped up with the wrong guy; a guy that is all too familiar to many listeners. On the surface it comes across just like so many other songs out there. But it is the execution of the song that makes it stand apart. There are few if any R&B songs out there that take the route taken by Milo. Because of this it makes this song and TTOO in whole stand out even more in the R&B crowd.

Both ‘Are You Sure’ and ‘This Thing Of Ours’ show in their own way just how much Rainy Milo stands out from the rest of the R&B crop on her debut album. They are just two examples of what makes her and her album stand out. The album’s closer, ‘Bankrobber’ is one more example (and an interesting one at that) of just how much she and her album stand out. Milo sings in this song about a person whose father was apparently a bank robber. She sings, “Daddy was a bank robber/But he never hurt nobody/He just loved to live that way/And he loved to take your money.” Just like as in the case of ‘This Thing of Ours,’ this song plays out lyrically like something right out of a movie. The difference here is that this song comes across as a tribute to the subject’s father. In his or her own eyes, the father figure noted here might have been a criminal in the eyes of most but despite that he was still a good-hearted person with a good heart. The song’s musical backing, with its guitar riff and keyboard line, sounds like something that Eminem might use for one of his songs. That alone makes it well worth the listen. considering that few if any R&B artists today use such an avenue for their music it makes this song stand out even more. It could even be argued that it stands out even more than any of the other tracks on this record. Regardless of which one of the album’s songs stands out the most, it can be said that all three of the works noted here all stand out in their own way as do the rest of the album’s works not noted here. All said, TTOO proves from beginning to end to be an album that stands out completely from nearly every other R&B album out there today. While it may not necessarily be a new album in the purest sense of the word, it is still new for most American audiences. To that point, it can be said of TTOO that it is one of the best of the year’s music re-issue.

This Thing Of Ours proves through the course of its ten tracks and forty-minutes to be an album that is one of the best of the year’s re-issues. That is proved both through the songs noted here and through those not noted. That is because the songs presented on this record break every standard used in today’s mainstream R&B realm. Add in a vocal style from Milo that hints at both Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse, and listeners get an album that every R&B and hip-hop fan should hear. It is an album that were it a new, first-ever release, would be one of the year’s best new albums overall. Even being a re-issue, the combination of Milo’s standout vocals and the album’s equally stand-out songs makes TTOO one of the best of the year’s re-issues. It is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-thing-of-ours/id981822983. More information on TTOO is available online now along with Milo’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.rainymilo-official.uk

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rainymilo

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Finger Eleven Announces Details For New Album, Touris

Courtesy:  The Bicycle Music Company/Concord

Courtesy: The Bicycle Music Company/Concord

Finger Eleven has made it official. It will release its sixth full-length studio recording this summer.

Five years removed from the release of its 2010 album Life Turns Electric the Canadian rock group will release its new album Five Crooked Lines. The album is currently slated to be released on Friday, July 31st via The Bicycle Music Company/Concord. In regards to the album’s title, front man Scott Anderson explained that it stemmed from the lyrics to the album’s title track. He explained that five crooked lines can be used to make something ordinary or something extraordinary, and how that ability to use such lines is linked to the fragility of fortune and luck. “For me it’s symbolic of fortune and luck and how fragile those things are,” he said. “In one instance you’ve got five crooked lines, which in one position is just a heap of bent sticks. But in the right way, they make a star, which is the most glorious shape there is.” Fans can download Five Crooked Lines via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/five-crooked-lines/id999975916 and order it via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Five-Crooked-Lines-Finger-Eleven/dp/B00YV9OIW2/?tag=concordreco0c-20.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, the band has debuted the video for its lead single ‘Wolves and Doors’ online. The video, which cuts between shots of the band performing its new song and shots of other rather intriguing images, can be viewed online at http://www.vevo.com/watch/finger-eleven/Wolves-And-Doors-(Music-Video)/QMFMK1500155. The band also announced that it will hit the road ahead of the album’s release beginning Saturday, June 13th in Burlington, Ontario at the Sound of Music Festival. Three Days Grace will join the band on select dates. Finger Eleven’s current tour schedule is listed below.

Check out FINGER ELEVEN at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 6/13 Burlington, ONT. Sound of Music Festival

Thu 6/18 Franksville, WI Krautfest

Fri 6/19 Newton, IA Iowa Speedway (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)

Sat 6/20 Joliet, IL Mojoes

Sun 6/21 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero

Fri 7/3 Warwick, PQ. Festival Hommes Fort Warwick

Thu 7/9 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

* Fri 7/10 Lansing, MI Common Ground Music Festival

* Sat 7/11 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

* Mon 7/13 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

* Tue 7/14 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

* Wed 7/15 Peoria, IL Limelight

Thu 7/16 Cadott, WI Rock Fest

Sat 7/18 Walker, MN Moondance Jam

* Tue 7/21 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater

* Wed 7/22 Portland, ME State Theater

Fri 7/24 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s Music Room

Sat 7/25 St. Louis, MO Fubar

Sun 7/26 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre

Mon 7/27 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic

* Tue 7/28 Wichita Falls, TX Kay Yeager Coliseum

Thu 7/30 Clive, IA 7 Flags Event Center

Fri 7/31 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel

Sun 8/2 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s

Mon 8/3 Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom

Tue 8/4 Buffalo, NY Iron Works

Wed 8/5 Manchester, NH Jewel

Fri 8/14 Mount Brydges, ONT. RockinWheel Fest Lion’s Park

* With Three Days Grace

All of the latest updates on Finger Eleven’s upcoming tour dates and album are available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.fingereleven.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Finger_Eleven

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Emo Aficionados Will Appreciate Royal Psalms’ Debut EP

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

I Could Have Been Anything is a good first effort from Royal Psalms. The Brooklyn, NY-based band’s six-track record, which was recently released via indie rock label Rise Records, is a piece that fans of Brand New, Snow Patrol, and others of their ilk will appreciate. Right off the top, the band pulls at listeners’ heart-strings with its opener ‘Anything.’ It will grab listeners’ ears and hold them from its opening strains right to the end of its near four-minute run time. That is thanks both to its musical and lyrical content. ‘Slow Horse’ will tug at listeners’ heart strings just as much with its sweeping guitar riffs and angsty lyrics. Much the same can be said of ‘Constants.’ It isn’t the cheeriest song out there. But as with the record’s other songs its combination of heart-wrenching lyrics and equally moving musical content will grab listeners heart strings and tug at them until listeners think they will break. Each of the songs noted here show why I Could Have Been Anything will resonate with emo fans. As well as they represent the band’s debut EP, the disc’s other trio of songs represents the record just as well. All things considered, I Could Have Been Anything shows in whole to be a good first effort for the up-and-coming band and one that is worth at least one listen by the emo masses out there.

Royal Psalms has crafted in its debut EP a good first record. It is one that is worth at least one listen by any emo fan. It proves this right from the disc’s opener ‘Anything.’ The band will grab listeners’ ears right from the song’s opening strains and hold them right to the end of its near four-minute run time (3:37 to be exact). That is thanks both to its musical and lyrical content. Musically speaking, this song is an instantly radio-ready single what with its catchy riffs and driving tempo. It would be a solid fit at any mainstream radio station across the country thanks to that mix. Interestingly enough as catchy and driving as the music is, it could be argued that the emotion that it generates is a stark contrast to the song’s lyrical content. The band sings in the song’s chorus, “You know I could have been anything/If the stories that I told could have lifted me up/Instead of dragging me down/I guess we never stood a chance/I thought I saw it way off in the distance/I dropped everything and everyone I know/And then the sun came through my window/I woke up alone and married to the ground.” As much as these lines create something of an oh-woe-is-me feel, the song’s musical content doesn’t necessarily give off that vibe. Rather, the feeling that it creates is of a person expressing a mix of both frustration and sadness at the same time. taking into consideration the song’s opening verse which reads, “I think we all jinxed our plans/When we talked to anyone/Who’d care enough to listen,” the feeling and image established in the song’s chorus makes more sense. The picture painted by the song’s opening verse and its chorus is less one of personal woe and one more of someone expressing almost a sense of anger and sadness through regret brought on by retrospect and introspection. The fact that it doesn’t take that full-on oh-woe-is-me route makes it even more of a clear choice for a single from this disc. It is of course just one song that could easily represent Royal Psalms’ debut EP. ‘Slow Horse,’ another of the songs presented on ICHBA. With its mix of angsty lyrics and sweeping guitar riffs, it is just as radio ready as the record’s opener.

Listening to the whole of ICHBA, it is clear why ‘Anything’ was chosen as the opener for the disc’s opener. The contrast (and mix) of its musical and lyrical content makes it an instantly radio-ready song that would catch on with any emo fan, given the proper support by said stations’ program directors. It is just one of the songs that shows what this record has to offer audiences. ‘Slow Horse,’ another addition to the record, shows just as much how much ICHBA has to offer listeners. With its sweeping guitar licks and is angsty lyrics, this song will grab emo fans just as easily. The song’s opening verse makes this clear as it reads, “In the end I was a slow horse in a fast race/I guess I saw it coming from the moment I left the gate/I never settled down because I never knew my place/I lost everything I had/Now I’m trying to shrug it off/And save some face.” The mix of such lyrics with the song’s sweeping musical content will pull at listeners’ heart strings even more so than the disc’s opener. And if those verses alone won’t grab listeners, then the lines that follow will as it reads, “I’m not gonna tell you what to do/I’m not gonna tell you how to live/But I will give to you the best advice that I will ever give/If I show up at your door/Don’t let me in/Well if you don’t believe/Then it’s best you don’t begin.” Considering all of this, the strongest possibility regarding this song is that it is centered on a broken relationship–the most common of song topics across the musical universe. What sets this song apart from so many others is the emotion clearly exuded through the mix of the song’s musical content and its lyrics. It is one of those instances in which both elements work relatively well together. Because they work so well together, they make the song that much stronger and that much stronger a representative of what ICHBA has to offer audiences.

Both ‘Slow Horse’ and ‘Anything’ are solid examples of how much ICHBA has to offer audiences. Either song could be used as a single as both are equally radio ready. They are just two examples of how much it has to offer audiences, though. ‘Constants’ offers just as much as either song if not more. This song is one of the strongest of the EP’s compositions thanks to the combination (and contrast) of its musical and lyrical content. The band sings in the song’s chorus, “For me the only constant is disappointment/You can’t always choose what you believe in/And you can’t always love just for convenience.” A quick glance at those lines would lead most to think that their associated musical backing would paint quite the melancholy picture. Interestingly enough that couldn’t be farther from the case. More than likely, the lines that follow explain why as the band sings, “Just one more decision/You gotta dig down deep/Just one more commitment is what you need/You said this will be different/You just have to believe/This will be the one that sets you free.” This is one of the rare displays of anything even remotely akin to optimism throughout the course of ICHBA. It shows a completely different side of the band in comparison to the disc’s other songs. Being that it does so both musically and lyrically it makes the song that much more impressive and that much more of a candidate for a single showing just how much ICHBA has to offer audiences.

All three of the songs noted here show in their own way how much Royal Psalms has to offer audiences. They exhibit the band as being potentially one of the next big names within its genre. The remaining trio of songs featured on ICHBA could each be used just as easily to represent the band and its new release. Regardless of which song one picks, it can be agreed that all six of the works featured on ICHBA give audiences plenty to enjoy. All combined, they prove it to be a record that any emo aficionado will want to hear at least once. ICHBA is available now. It can be ordered and downloaded online at http://royalpsalms.merchnow.com and https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-could-have-been-anything-ep/id985425623 respectively. It can also be purchased at any of the band’s current upcoming tour dates. Speaking of those tour dates, audiences can check them out and keep up with all of the latest tour updates and news from the band online now at http://www.facebook.com/royalpsalmsband. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Satriani Announces Release Date, Specs For Fifteenth Album

Courtesy:  Legacy Recordings

Courtesy: Legacy Recordings

Veteran guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will release his latest full-length studio recording this summer.

Shockwave Supernova will be released on Friday, July 24th. His will be one of the first to be released under the entertainment industry’s new “Global Release Day” release schedule. Shockwave Supernova was recorded late in 2014 at the famed Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, California. Also on board for the record were long-time Satriani collaborator Mike Keneally (keyboards, guitars), Marco Minnemann (drums), and Bryan Beller (bass). Satriani said of the lineup tapped to help him record the new album, “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life.” Fellow long-time friend and collaborator John Cuniberti manned the boards once again for this latest record. The relationship between Satriani and Cuniberti reaches all the way back to Satriani’s 1986 debut album Not of this Earth and its platinum-selling follow-up record Surfing with the Alien.

Satriani’s fans can pre-order Shockwave Supernova online now via his official website http://www.satriani.com. Fans that do will receive a free exclusive, signed poster along with the album. The artwork for the poster will be chosen from fan submitted art. Fans can get more information on the poster art contest at http://www.facebook.com/joesatriani. For those that want to pre-order the album by itself can do so via Amazon and iTunes respectively at:

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/satriani_SS_amzn

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/satriani_SS_itunes

All of the latest updates on Shockwave Supernova is available online now along with the latest updates on Satriani’s live dates at:

Website: http://www.satriani.com

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

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