Angels & Airwaves Debuts New LP’s Fifth Single; Live TV Appearance, Tour Dates Planned

Photo Credit: Jonathan Weiner

Angels & Airwaves is picking up the push for its new album.

The band unveiled the latest single Wednesday, from its forthcoming album, Lifeforms. The song, ‘Timebomb,’ is the fifth from the album, which is scheduled for release Friday.

The band premiered the video for the album’s fourth single, ‘Spellbound’ early this month. Its release was preceded by the release of the album’s other singles, ‘Losing My Mind,‘ ‘Restless Souls,‘ and ‘Euphoria.‘

Front man Tom DeLonge said in a prepared statement, the song is meant lyrically, to address the feelings of pressure through which everyone goes through.

“‘Timebomb’ is a special song to me because it represents the emotional equivalent of an armed device about to blow, said DeLonge. “I think everyone can relate to the pressure of life bearing down on a young teenage heart.  It’s taken me a long time to present my art in the way I envisioned over a decade ago. Lifeforms is the first part of what I saw could be possible then.”

The musical arrangement that accompanies the song’s accessible lyrical theme is itself accessible. Its full-on electronic sound and stylistic approach is infectious what with its steady beat and harmonies.

In related news, Angels & Airwaves is scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sept. 28. Additionally, the band is scheduled to launch its tour in support of its new album the very next day in Riverside, CA.

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

Angels & Airwaves 2021/2022 Tour Dates:
9/29/21 – Riverside – CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium  
9/30/21 – San Francisco – CA – Warfield  
10/2/21 – Portland – OR – Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn  
10/3/21 – Seattle – WA – Showbox SODO  
10/5/21 – Salt Lake City – UT – Union  
10/6/21 – Denver – CO – Fillmore  
10/8/21 – Minneapolis – MN – Skyway  
10/10/21 – Detroit – MI – Fillmore  
10/12/21 – Newport – KY – Ovation  
10/13/21 – Nashville – TN – Marathon Music Works  
10/15/21 – Oxon Hill (DC) – MD – MGM National Harbor  
10/16/21 – Columbus – OH – Express Live  
10/17/21 – Sayreville – NJ – Starland Ballroom  
10/19/21 – Phi – PA – Franklin Music Hall  
10/20/21 – Boston – MA – House Of Blues  
10/22/21 – Pittsburgh – PA – Stage AE  
10/23/21 – New York – NY – Hammerstein*  
10/24/21 – Norfolk – VA – NorVA  
10/26/21 – St. Petersburgh – FL – Janus Live  
10/27/21 – Orlando – FL – Hard Rock Live  
10/28/21 – Atlanta – GA – Tabernacle  
10/30/21 – Dallas – TX – South Side  
10/31/21 – Austin – TX – ACL Live  
11/1/21 – Houston – TX – House Of Blues  
11/3/21 – Phoenix – AZ – Van Buren  
11/5/21 – Los Angeles – CA – The Palladium*  
11/7/21 – San Diego – CA – Soma  
3/10/21 – Leeds – UK – 02 Academy  
3/11/22 – Birmingham – UK – 02 Academy  
3/12/22 – Manchester – UK – Academy  
3/13/22 – Glasgow – UK – 02 Academy  
3/15/22 – Nottingham – UK – Rock City  
3/16/22 – Bristol – UK – 02 Academy  
3/17/22 – London – UK – 02 Kentish Town Forum  
3/20/22 – Paris – FR – Le Trianon  
3/22/22 – Munich – GER – Tonhalle  
3/23/22 – Berlin – GER – Huxleys  
3/25/22 – Koln – GER – E Werk  
3/27/22 – Hanover – GER – Capitol

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‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ Available Now; Performance & More Planned For Celebration

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The wait is officially over for the latest Jimi Hendrix compilation.

Both Sides of the Sky hit stores and online outlets today.  The 13-song record, co-produced by Hendrix’s lontime producer and friend Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s sister Janie and fellow friend John McDermott, is available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital platforms.  In celebration of the record’s release, an all-star cast of musicians — Billy Cox (whose work can be heard throughout the compilation), Buddy Guy, Nato Nanji, Tim Austin and The Slide Brothers — will perform live on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Tuesday, March 13.

Fashion designer John Varvatos is also joining the celebration.  He has created a new t-shirt featuring exclusive artwork.  the shirt is available exclusively via Varvatos stores, online and via retail partner Bloomingdales.  As an added bonus, the album’s 2LP vinyl pressings are also being sold in select John Varvatos locations.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

 *Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

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Metallica To Perform Tonight On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Courtesy: Blackened Records

Courtesy: Blackened Records

Metallica will be live on TV tonight.

The veteran hard rock outfit will perform live tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  The performance marks the first time the band has ever performed on the hit late night talk show.

There is no word on which song(s) the band will perform tonight.  Along with its performance, the band will take some time to talk to Jimmy.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. EST/10:35 p.m. CST on ABC.

Tonight’s performance is part of Metallica’s tour in support of its brand new album HardwiredTo SelfDestruct.  The album was released last month on the band’s own label, Blackened Recordings.  It debuted at #1 around the world.  The record was produced by Greg Fidelman along with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

HardwiredTo SelfDestruct is available now in stores and online on CD, vinyl, digital deluxe and double deluxe versions.  It can be ordered online direct via Metallica’s online store here.

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Garbage Performs Live On Jimmy Kimmel Live

For those that missed it Garbage performed live Monday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.  The performance was in support of the band’s latest full-length studio recording Strange Little Birds.  Audiences can check out the band’s performance online now here. Strange Little Birds is the band’s sixth full-length studio recording.  It was released independently through the band’s own STUNVOLUME Records.


Courtesy:  ABC/Disney/STUNVOLUME Records

Courtesy: ABC/Disney/STUNVOLUME Records


Garbage will hit the road next month on the North American leg of its “Strange Little Birds Tour.”  Audiences can check out the tour’s current itinerary and get ticketing information now at  After checking out the band’s tour schedule audiences can also purchase Strange Little Birds online, too.  It can be purchased online in both physical and digital form.  More information on Strange Little Birds, Garbage’s tour schedule, news, and more is available online now at:








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PBS Documentary As Good As Any MTV Rockumentary

Courtesy:  PBS

Courtesy: PBS

The ukulele is one of the most misunderstood and disrespected instruments in the music universe.  Much like the bagpipes, the ukulele has been the butt of so many jokes through the ages.  But as audiences will see in the new PBS special, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, the ukulele is deserving of far more respect than it gets.  This semi-rockumentary is as good as anything that MTV used to run during its golden era in the 90s.  Though considering the fact that MTV hasn’t run actual music programming in some years, it’s one more documentary that proves the value of PBS not to just older audiences, but to younger audiences, too.  The near hour-long documentary follows the superstar Hawaiian musician as he traverses the globe, making appearances in support of his albums.  Along the way, audiences learn about the man’s roots and get a glimpse of the man behind the music. By the time the near one-hour program ends, audiences will hopefully have a new view of the ukulele as a valid instrument and by connection a new view of PBS as a network that’s just as wonderful to watch as MTV if not more so at this rate.

Life on Four Strings is, as noted, as good as any music documentary presented by MTV during its heyday of the 90s.  It presents a young musician playing an instrument that most would consider a joke and makes them into a performer and instrument to be taken seriously.  Audiences will enjoy watching Shimabukuro as he shares his story of how he rose from being just another Hawaiian to being a world renowned musician, playing on the likes of Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Today Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.  Most intriguing of all is that through it all, Shimabukuro remains humble in every situation.  And after his trip to the tsunami ravaged regions of Japan, audiences see just how humble he really is.  As a matter of fact, they hear first-hand from Shimabukuro himself as to the emotions he felt in seeing the destruction versus the joy that he was able to bring to the victims with just his music.  This is one of the documentary’s most moving of moments.  There are other moments that are other moments that are just as touching.  One of those moments is the story of the romance between Shimabukuro and his wife and their eventual announcement about expecting their first child.  Viewers will find their own favorite moments when they order this DVD for themselves.

The stories shared throughout the course of Life on Four Strings offer their own share of entertainment.  They would be nothing without video and solid production values to advance Shimabukuro’s story.  The transitions from one segment to another are solid and smooth.  And the ability of those behind the documentary to take the man’s material from his older days and transfer it to DVD is a credit to their work.  It’s that expert editing work that keeps viewers engaged throughout the presentation.  Again, this makes this feature just as good as anything produced by MTV in its glory days.  Being that MTV rarely plays that kind of documentary anymore, it shows that PBS can easily hold its own in its charge for younger audiences.  This isn’t the first time that PBS has released such an impressive documentary, either.  Last year’s release of a documentary centered on famed comedian John Leguizamo proved just as enjoyable.  If PBS keeps on this course, the network could very easily garner itself some of the biggest ratings that it’s had n a long time.  Here’s to hoping.  Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is available now on DVD and can be ordered direct from the PBS online store at  More information on this and other PBS releases is available online via the PBS online store at, on Facebook at and on the official PBS website at

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Serj Tankian’s “Harakiri” streaming free online now

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Serj Tankian’s new album, “Harakiri” hits stores next Tuesday, July 10th.  And before it hits stores, Red Bull is giving fans the chance to check out his album in its entirety right now.  The full album can be streamed now online for free at .  In preparation for the album’s release next week, Tankian will host a release event at the Warner BRothers Records offices next Monday, July 9th.  And then next Wednesday, July 11th–the day after the album drops–he will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel LIve, on the show’s outdoor stage.  That will be followed up by a performance at the KROQ’s Red Bull Sound Space on Thursday, July 12th.  There’s even a big tour to support the new album set. 

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The Offspring to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight

The brand new album from punk rockers, The Offspring hits stores tomorrow, June 26th.  In celebration of the release of its new album, the band will be on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight.  The band will perform the lead single/title track from its new album, “Days Go By.”   

Fans can expect more mix of sounds from the band on “Days Go By.” There’s a reggae-esque piece in ‘OC Guns’, and even a touch of mariachi music in ‘Cruising California (Bumpin’ in My Trunk).’  And for fans who are really wanting something different, there’s some speed punk death metal in ‘Dividing By Zero’ and ‘Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell.’

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The Cult to appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show

The Cult is preparing to kick off its tour in support of its new upcoming album, “Choice of Weapon.”  In celebration, the band has already planned a performance next week on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Now, the band is honored to announce that it has added another television appearance to promote its new album.

The Cult has added an appearance on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show this Satuday night at 11pm.  After its appearances on VH1 Classic and ABC, The Cult will kick off its world tour with a performance at Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego, California May 25th.  The U.S. leg of the tour will see the band head down the west coast and into the midwest before making a quick stopoff in Canada on its way to the Northeast.  From there, the band will head down the east coast and swing back to the southast before closing out its U.S. tour at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, california on June 23rd.

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The Cult kicks off world tour on Jimmy Kimmel Live

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–The Cult will release its brand new album, “Choice of Weapon” May 22nd.  The band will head out on tour in support of the album the same week.  Before embarking, the band will celebrate the album’s release with a special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The band will be the special musical guest on the show next Friday, May 18th.  It will play one of the tracks from its new album, as well as one of its older songs.  Along with that, the band will also perform three more songs that fans can get exclusively on the Jimmy Kimmel Live website.  Fans of the band are invited to come out and support the band.  To get information on the taping and tickets, go online at or