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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Royal Blood Performing Live Tonight On Conan

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Fans of the hugely popular British rock duo Royal Blood will get to see the band live tonight on TV. There’s just one catch. They have to be able to stay up late to see the pair perform.

Royal Blood is scheduled to perform live tonight on Conan. There is currently no word on which song or songs the duo will perform. The performance is part of Royal Blood’s ongoing support for its self-titled debut album released via Warner Brothers Records late last year. The dup is currently on tour in support of its self-titled debut. It is currently scheduled to perform live tomorrow, April 17th in Pamona, California before a sold out crowd before making an appearance this weekend at the annual Coachella Festival in Indio, California.

Conan airs Monday through Friday on TBS at 11:00pm EST. Fans can get more information on tonight’s performance on Conan along with information on Royal Blood’s upcoming tour online at:

Website: http://royalbloodband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/royalblooduk

Instagram: http://instagram.com/royalblooduk

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Garbage Premieres Video For Record Store Day Release

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Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday, April 18th. In honor of the annual celebration of all things vinyl, Garbage has released the video for a song that will be included on its own Record Store Day release.

Garbage has debuted the video for its song ‘The Chemicals’ online via YouTube. The video, directed by Sophie Muller, places the song over footage of a small punk rock club. In its own way, the homage to the punk rock clubs of days past is a link to the small indie record shops that are still peppered (albeit seemingly less and less) across America. As Garbage front woman Shirley Manson explains of the reason for the footage, “”We’ve always been talking about the beauty of small punk clubs. We were sort of rueing with the loss of a lot of those clubs that Sophie and I grew up in – that sort of sweaty excitement and the sensuality that comes when you cram people in such a tiny space.”

‘The Chemicals’ is one of two songs that Garbage will release on a special fluorescent orange 10” vinyl this Saturday. The disc will be released via the band’s own label Stunvolume at select independent record stores across the country. Fans can see a full list of independent record stores in their area online at http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues. More information on Garbage’s new Record Store Day release is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://garbage.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/garbage

Instagram: http://instgram.com/garbage

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High On Fire To Release Its Seventh Full Length Album This Summer

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

High on Fire will release its new album Luminiferous this summer.

Metal trio High on Fire will release its latest record Luminiferous on Tuesday, June 23rd. The album, the band’s seventh, is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 album De Vermis Mysteriis. It was produced by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts and will be released via eOne. Front man/guitarist Matt Pike explained the underlying themes presented through the course of the album’s nine tracks saying, “We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world. Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.” The track listing for Luminiferous is noted below:

Track listing:

1 – The Black Plot

2 – Carcosa

3 – The Sunless Years

4 – Slave the Hive

5 – The Falconist

6 – Dark Side of the Compass

7 – The Cave

8 – Luminiferous

9 – The Lethal Chamber

More information on Luminiferous is available online now along with all of the latest news from High on Fire at:

Website: http://www.highonfire.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/highonfireband

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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Releasing New Live Recording This Summer

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing home Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 on Tuesday, June 16th. The concert recording documents the groups’ performance at the famed club following the release of its second collaboration World on Fire early last year. The show’s set list features some of the biggest hits from Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, and from Slash’s own solo recordings including: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The complete set list for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 is noted below:

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Back From Cali

4) You Could Be Mine

5) Rocket Queen

6) Bent To Fly

7) Starlight

8) You’re A Lie

9) World On Fire

10) Anastasia

11) Sweet Child O’ Mine

12) Slither

13) Paradise City

Bonus Tracks:

(1) Stone Blind

(2) You’re Crazy

(3) Wicked Stone

(4) 30 Years To Life

3LP / 2CD TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Halo

4) Back From Cali

5) Stone Blind

6) You Could Be Mine

7) Doctor Alibi

8) You’re Crazy

9) Wicked Stone

10) 30 Years To Life

11) Rocket Queen

12) Bent To Fly

13) Starlight

14) You’re A Lie

15) World On Fire

16) Anastasia

17) Sweet Child O’ Mine

18) Slither

19) Paradise City

Fans can check out the group’s performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ from the recording online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ctImlIThY. Fans can get more information on this recording online now along with all of the latest news from Slash at:

 

Website: http://www.slashonline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/slash

 

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10 Years Announces Dates For ‘Triggers And Tripwires Tour”

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Veteran hard rock band 10 Years announced today that it will hit the road this summer.

The band announced that it will embark on the “Triggers and Tripwires” tour this spring beginning May 27th. Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot will join the band on the 21-date tour. The tour is in support of the band’s upcoming sixth full length studio effort From Birth To Burial, which will be released next Tuesday, April 21st via the band’s own label Palehorse Records. Palehorse Records is an imprint label distributed by Megaforce Records. 10 Years’ front man Jesse Hasek recently shared his thoughts with the media on getting back on the road again saying, “We’re stoked to hit the road on the “Triggers & Tripwires” tour representing our new album. Since our new album drops April 21st it’ll be cool to tour after its release so people will be more familiar with the songs and can sing/scream along.” He went on to express his happiness at touring alongside Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot, saying, “We’re also very happy to share the stage with Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot which I am personally fans of all these bands. It will be a great show start to finish!” Breaking Benjamin will also join 10 Years on a pair of dates on the upcoming tour.

Before 10 Years launches the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour,” it will perform a handful of warmup dates to get ready. The band’s warmup schedule kicks off this Friday, April 17th and runs through Sunday, April 26th. That schedule includes a pair of dates in Charlotte, North Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina next Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th respectively. Hellyeah will join 10 Years on the opening date of the band’s warmup schedule. Seether will join 10 Years at both of its North Carolina dates.  10 Years’ complete tour schedule is listed below:

10 Years Select Tour Dates

4/17 – El Paso, TX @ Socorro Entertainment Center*

4/18 – Woodstock, VA @ Shenandoah Fairgrounds (Rockin The Valley Festival)

4/23 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five – ###

4/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore **

4/25 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz**
4/26 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s – ###

“Triggers & Tripwires” Tour w/Starset, Islander and Skytown Riot

5/27 – Lafayette, LA @ Nite Town – ##

5/28 – Denton, TX @ Rockin Rodeo –  ##

5/29 – Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Center***

5/30 – San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapones Ballroom***

5/31 – Odessa, TX @ Club Patron – #

6/2 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck – #

6/4 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – #

6/5 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

6/6 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

6/7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

6/9 – Idaho Falls, ID @ Peppertree

6/10 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

6/12 – Joplin, MO @ Venue 3405

6/13 – Macomb, IL @ The Outskirts

6/14 – South Bend, IN @ St. Joseph County Fairgrounds (Big Growl 4 Fest)

6/16 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

6/19 – NYC @ Gramercy Theatre

6/21 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub

6/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas

7/18 – Nelson, IL @ Who Else Land (Who Else Land Festival)

* – w/Hellyeah
** – w/Seether
*** – w/Breaking Benjamin
### – Headlining w/Luminoth
## – No Starset and Islander
# – No Starset

Tickets for the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour” are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://10years.shop.ticketstoday.com/calendar.aspx. All of the latest updates on the tour are available online now along with all of the latest news on 10 Years’ new album and all of the latest news from the band itself at:

Website: http://www.10yearsmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/10years

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Atco Records To Release New Jeff Beck Live LP Next Month

Courtesy:  Atco Records

Courtesy: Atco Records

This spring, Atco Records will release a new live recording from veteran guitarist Jeff Beck.

Officials with Atco Records announced this week that the label will release Jeff Beck Live+ on Tuesday, May 5th. The sixteen-track recording features fourteen live recordings lifted from various stops on Beck’s 2014 tour with fellow legendary rock band ZZ Top and two new studio recordings. The new studio tracks are Beck’s first new studio recordings since he released his Grammy-nominated 2010 album Emotion & Commotion.  Beck was joined by fellow musicians Rhonda Smith (bass), Jonathan Joseph (drums), and Nicholas Meier (guitar) as well as vocalist Jimmy Hall for the performances featured on this recording. The songs culled for the recording include some of Beck’s biggest hits including: ‘Morning Dew,’ ‘Superstition,’ and ‘Big Block’ among others. There are also covers of The Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’ and ‘’Hammerhead,’ Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing,’ Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘You Know You Know,’ and Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ as well as a special rendition of ‘Danny Boy.’ The new studio tracks ‘Tribal’ and ‘My Tiled White Floor’ round out the upcoming compilation. Ruth Lorenzo provides guest vocals for ‘Tribal’ and Veronica Bellino shares her talents on ‘My Tiled White Floor.’ The full track listing for Jeff Beck Live+ is listed below.

JEFF BECK LIVE+

Track Listing

  1. “Loaded”
  2.  “Morning Dew”
  3. “You Know You Know”
  4. “Why Give It Away”
  5. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  6.  “A Day In The Life”
  7. “Superstition”
  8. “Hammerhead”
  9. “Little Wing”
  10. “Big Block”
  11. “Where Were You”
  12. “Danny Boy”
  13. “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”
  14. “Going Down”
  15. “Tribal”*
  16. “My Tiled White Floor”*

*New Studio Recording

Jeff Beck will hit the road beginning next Monday, April 13th at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on an eleven-date headlining tour that runs through April 26th. Beginning April 30th, Beck will join ZZ Top again for a handful of makeup dates that were postponed in 2014 due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill. Those dates run through May 10th. From there, Beck will take a couple days off before heading back out on the road once again beginning May 12th on a nine-date solo tour that begins in Louisville, KY and winds down on May 23rd in Minneapolis, MN. The full slate of dates for Beck’s upcoming performances is noted below:

Jeff Beck Solo Dates

April 13                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY

April 15                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 16                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 17                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 18                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY

April 19                  Orpheum Theatre                                                               Boston, MA

April 21                  Ulster Performing Arts Center                                           Kingston, NY

April 22                  Bergen Performing Arts Center                                         Englewood, NJ

April 24                  Count Basie Theatre                                                           Red Bank, NJ

April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center                                          York, PA

April 26                  The Palace Theatre                                                             Greensburg, PA

 

With ZZ TOP

April 30                  Cedar Park Center                                                               Cedar Park, TX

May 1                    Winstar Casino                                                                    Thackerville, OK
May 2                    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                                        The Woodlands, TX
May 3                    Concrete Street                                                                    Corpus Christi, TX
May 7                    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre                                   Tampa, FL
May 8                    Cruzan Amphitheater                                                         West Palm Beach, FL
May 9                    St. Augustine Amphitheatre                                              St. Augustine, FL
May 10                  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                                              Alpharetta, GA

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:

May 12                  The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall                              Louisville, KY*

May 14                  Michigan Theater                                                          Ann Arbor, MI ***

May 15                  Hard Rock Live                                                             Northfield, OH*

May 16                  PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center                       Cincinnati, OH

May 17                  Ryman Auditorium                                                          Nashville, TN

May 19                  Fox Theater                                                                  St. Louis, MO *

May 21                  Chicago Theatre                                                            Chicago, IL **

May 22                  Riverside Theatre                                                            Milwaukee, WI*

May 23                  State Theater                                                                  Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10

** on sale April 11

*** on sale April 17

Jeff Beck Live+ will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 5th. It will retail for MSRP of $18.98 in physical form. More information on this recording, Beck’s upcoming re-issue of Live at Ronnie Scott’s and any of his other recordings is available online now along with all of the latest updates on his tour schedule and other news at:

Website: http://www.jeffbeck.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffbeckmusic

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