Angels and Airwaves Debuts New Single, ‘Euphoria,’ Companion Video

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Angels and Airwaves debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band — Tom DeLonge (vocals, guitar), Ilan Rubin (drums, guitar, backing vocals), David Kennedy (guitar), and Matt Rubano (bass) — debuted its new single, ‘Euphoria‘ Wednesday, along with its companion video.

The song’s musical arrangement is an engaging and entertaining work. Its guitars and keyboards lend themselves to comparisons to works from Rush at some points and Jane’s Addiction at others. That is a stark contrast in styles and sounds, but the band balances the two sides together easily here.

DeLonge addressed the song’s musical and lyrical sides in a prepared statement.

“In a music world that seems to be absent guitars, angst, and emotional authenticity, I felt it was important to lead with a song that mirrors the post-hardcore days of my youth, where the power of the music creates that feeling we once had as teenagers, where we wanted to break something and change the poisonous environment within our broken homes,” said DeLonge. “These emotions create us. This song shows the seductive nature of an intense love built with that baggage from our youth, from being born into an imperfect household.” 

The video for Angels and Airwaves’ new single — directed by DeLonge — plays out like the story from an action/sci-fi flick. A woman lures a man to a secluded trailer and seduces him before seemingly killing him and taking some top secret data that the man had. She takes the information and gives it to an anonymous, masked motorcyclist.

In other news, Angels and Airwaves is scheduled to perform live at Lollapalooza this year. The annual festival is scheduled to take place from July 29 – Aug. 1.

Additionally, a pair of headline shows this fall in New York City and and Los Angels, CA respectively. The first performance is scheduled to take place Oct. 23 at the Hammersmith Ballroom in New York City and the second Nov. 5 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale at noon local time Friday. A fan club pre-sale for tickets is open now here.

More information on Angels and Airwaves’ new single, video, and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://angelsandairwaves.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AVABandOfficial

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Royal Blood Returns To The Studio To Work On Sophomore Album

Royal Blood gave fans their first taste of its new album Monday.

The British duo unveiled a new teaser video showing the pair—Michael Kerr (bass/vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums)—in the studio working on its new album.  Audiences can see the teaser video online now via the band’s official YouTube Channel.

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The video features footage of Kerr and Thatcher at work as they record songs for the record.  It also features footage of the guitar and drum setups used in the album’s recording as well as other little additions.

While audiences wait for the first full taste of Royal Blood’s album online, they will get to hear some of the act’s new songs this summer at Lollapalooza.  The festival will be held Aug. 3 – 6 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.  Other currently scheduled dates are listed online via the band’s official website.

More information on those dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.royalbloodband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/royalblooduk

 

 

 

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Pixies Announce New Tour Dates, Release New Video

Photo Credit:  Michael Halsband

Photo Credit: Michael Halsband

There’s big news for Pixies fans today.  The band—Black Francis (vocals/guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar/backing vocals), and David Lovering (drums/backing vocals)—has announced it has added new dates to its South American and European Spring/Summer 2014 tour.  The additional dates will see the band performing at some of the more well-known festivals across Europe and South America.  The South American leg of the band’s overseas tour kicks off March 29th with a two-day stint at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago, Chile.  From there, the band will also perform at two more South American Lollapalooza dates along with two other festival dates in Uruguay and Colombia throughout April.  From there, the band will head overseas to Europe beginning with a two-day stay in Barcelona, Spain on May 29th and 30th.  The European leg of the band’s tour currently runs through July 6th.  The band’s current tour schedule is listed below, including its U.S. Winter dates.  Tickets for the band’s South American festival shows are available now, and can be ordered online at the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com.

Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band) will join the band for all three legs of its upcoming tour.  She will handle bass duties throughout the tour. David Lovering discussed Lenchantin’s addition to the band’s lineup.  “We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates,” he said.  “Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we’re having a great time doing it.”

JANUARY

15 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)

16 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)

18 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)

19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)

21 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)

22 Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)

24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)

25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)

26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)

29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)

31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

 

FEBRUARY

1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)

2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)

4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)

6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)

7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)

8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)

9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)

11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)

13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)

14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)

15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)

17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)

18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)

19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)

21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)

22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA (Best Coast)

23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)

24 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)

25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)

27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)

28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)

 

MARCH

1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)

29/30 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile

 

APRIL

1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay

1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia

5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

MAY

29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

 

JUNE

6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto Portugal

8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK

15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark

20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland

20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany

20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany

25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia

29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)

30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland

 

JULY

5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

Along with its new tour announcement, the band has also released a video for its new single, ‘Another Tow in the Ocean.’  The 2-D Animated video was written, directed, and animated by Liviu Boar of the Romanian-based ReeAnimation.  The video is available via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH-vzQwcf4c.

More tour dates are expected to be announced.  Fans can keep up with the latest updates and more on the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com and its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Black Sabbath responds to statement from drummer Bill Ward

Hopes had been high about the anxiously awaited Black Sabbath reunion tour this year.  But after a statement released by drummer Bill Ward, it looks like that reunion won’t be happening.  The remaining members of the band will still tour together.  The central issue at hand regarding this issue had been contract negotiations.  fans who want to read Ward’s full statement can read it on his website, http://www.billward.com

Now, the remaining members of Black Sabbath have officially released a statement in regards to Ward’s statement released this week.  The following is the official statement released by the band.

We have decided not to make any  detailed  comment  on Bill’s latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See  you at Download.

–Black Sabbath, 5/17/12