Listeners Of All Ages Will Enjoy Nathalia’s New Album

Courtesy: Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

Courtesy: Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

Late this past June children’s entertainer Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin ended the wait for her new album with the release of When I Was Your Age. The independent, Colombian-born singer-songwriter’s new album came a little less than two years after the release of her 2014 album Dream A Little.  Listening through the ten-song record, it is obvious that rather than just repeating that record and everything that made it so enjoyable, she has taken another step forward here. This is proven in part by the album’s opener ‘Dinosaur Dance.’  ‘When I Grow Up’ comes much later in the album’s run but is just as clear of an example of what makes this album work as the album’s opener.  ‘Oh Math’ is one more exhibits just as much as ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ McLaughlin’s forward progress on her new album.  It is hardly the last song that could be cited in proving that progress, too.  Each of the other seven songs that are presented in the album could just as easily be cited in that statement, too.  All things considered ‘When I Was Your Age’ proves in the end to be a record that will entertain listeners of all ages.

When I Was Your Age is yet another step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin.  That is because at no time over the course of the album’s ten song, thirty-five minute run time does the album ever repeat Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums musically or lyrically.  The album’s opener, ‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a prime example of this.  In terms of its musical content Palis-McLaughlin used a sort of big band swing approach.  Considering that the song is called ‘Dinosaur DANCE’ that should come as no surprise.  That upbeat composition is certain to have listeners dancing along, too.  The song’s lyrical content will make doubly certain of that as Palis-McLaughlin sings to her young listeners how to dance like a dinosaur, including even the all-important dinosaur roar.  Adding even more interest to the song is the fact that she sings both in English and in Spanish.  This increases her reach in terms of her listener base in that it will reach English speaking audiences as well as those who are more familiar with the Spanish language.  At the same time it also serves as a starting point for lessons on both languages on both sides of each language.  To that end, Palis-McLaughlin has crafted a song in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ that will both entertain and educate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.  This makes the song a great starting point for When I Was Your Age as well as a clear example of what makes the album another step forward for her.

‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a clear example of what makes When I Was Your Age a solid step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin in her music career.  That is clear as it entertains and educates audiences of all ages and backgrounds through both its musical and lyrical approach.  It is just one example of what makes this new album an enjoyable new effort from Palis-McLaughlin.  ‘When I Grow Up’ shows just as much the progress that she has made with this album.  In terms of its musical arrangement, Palil-McLaughlin opted for a reggae sound for its base.  The only element that the song’s musical arrangement lacks in making it a full-on reggae composition is the horns.  Even without horns the song still boasts a sound that any grown-up reggae fans will enjoy.  It might even get younger audiences interested in the genre, too.  It is just one part of what makes the song so enjoyable in itself.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement if not more so.  That is because its lyrical content serves to motivate young listeners.  She and the song’s guest vocalist (who is not listed pursuant to the song) sing from the vantage point of children.  They sing about all the dreams that children have, from being president to a fireman to a doctor, scientist and much more.  There is no attempt to reach boys or girls specifically.  It addresses both boys and girls.  It is saying without saying that it is okay for children to have great aspirations.  Just as with the album’s opener, both performers sing in both English and Spanish once again.  The same message stated about this approach previously applies just as much here as in the case of that song.  The positive message about dreaming big sits alongside the dual-language approach to the song to make the song even more memorable and important in the bigger picture of the album.  When all of this is set against the song’s musical arrangement it shows even more the importance of this song in showing Palis-McLaughlin’s growth and progress in the album in whole.  It is not the last song that shows that growth either.  ‘Oh Math’ is one more example her growth and progress.

‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ are both key inclusions in When I Was Your Age.  Both songs present their own original musical compositions and lyrical content.  The content in question stands wholly separate from that which was presented in Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums.  However, it is–collectively speaking–not the only content that shows that growth and progress.  The musical arrangement and lyrical content presented in ‘Oh Math’ serves to show that growth and progress just as much as that presented in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up.’  The song’s musical arrangement is a fun, laid back piece that is driven mainly by Palis-McLaughlin’s guitar line.  If the song weren’t an educational piece focused on children’s view of math (who hasn’t been there?) it would be a perfect fit on any top 40 adult contemporary radio station because of its poppy licks and occasional bluesy riffs.  In terms of its lyrical content, listeners of all ages will, again, relate to the song.  That is because the young student that she portrays in the song says all of the things that every math student has said (and still does say to this day).  She sings, “Yeah, math/You’ve got many problems for me/Don’t’ min the adding and subtracting/It’s everything else in you that’s distracting/For the first time ever my grade is on the line/Gonna lay it out for in the sum of mine/I just can’t find your x,y, and z/And I’m all out of shape with your geometry/I get so mixed up with all those coins/What’s with those decimals/Don’t see the point.”  Everything that she sings here is so true.  Who hasn’t said these things or something similar when tackling math in school?  Her lighthearted vocal approach to the topic serves to make the song even more entertaining.  When her vocal approach is set against the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content, all three elements come together in the one song to make the song in whole yet another example of what makes When I Was Your Age an album that will appeal, again, to listeners of all ages.  When the song is set against ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ all three songs show this even more clearly.  That is because of the growth that they exhibit from Palis-McLaughlin.  The same can be said of the album’s other songs.  All things considered, the album shows in whole why Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is one of the best kept secrets in the realm of children’s music.

Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin’s new album When I Was Your Age is only the independent children’s entertainer’s third full-length studio recording.  Even being only her third album it shows in whole quite a bit of growth an progress from the Colombian-born singer-songwriter.  It covers a variety of musical genres and lyrical topics from its opener to its closer.  Those arrangements and topics make the songs compositions that will reach listeners of all ages.  When they are set against one another, they make the album in whole even more proof of why she is one of the best kept secrets in the world of children’s music.  When I Was Your Age is available now.  It can be ordered direct from Nathalia’s website at http://www.nathaliamusic.com/#!music/c10tw along with her other albums.  More information on Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is available online now along with all of her latest news at:

 

 

 

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Every Deep Purple Fan Will Welcome ‘Live At The NEC’

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This coming Friday, August 26th, Deep Purple will release its latest live recording Live at the NEC.  Originally recorded September 14th, 2002 at The NEC in Birmingham, England, the DVD recording comes about a year after the release of the band’s 2015 dual live recordings From The Setting Sunin Wacken and To The Rising Sunin Tokyo. Being that so little time has passed between those records and this recording’s upcoming release one might wonder what makes it stand out from its predecessors.  The first element that makes it stand out is its set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage presence over the course of the show’s nearly two-hour run time is just as important to note as the set list. The bonus interviews that are included with the recording round out the recording’s most important elements.  Each element is important in making this live recording stand out from Deep Purple’s previous live recordings. All things considered they make this latest offering another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Deep Purple’s new live recording Live at the NEC is another welcome offering in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  This is the case even with the recording coming only a little more than a year after the release of the band’s most recent dual live recording set—From The Setting Sun…in Wacken and To The Rising Sun…in Tokyo.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  The sixteen (technically fourteen not counting the show’s keyboard solo from then new keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse) song set pulls largely from the band’s early years. It even goes all the way back to the band’s 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple with the inclusion of its cover of ‘Hush’ and all the way to 1996’s Perpendicular with the inclusion of ‘Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic’ in the show’s set list.  The band even went so far as to include some slightly lesser-known pieces in the recording in the form of ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ and ‘Black Night.’  The prior was the b-side to the song ‘Never Before,’ which was itself originally included in 1984’s Perfect Strangers.  The latter was included as a b-side for ‘Speed King, from the band’s 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.  Those songs couple with the band’s much bigger hits—‘Highway Star,’ ‘Space Truckin’,’ ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Woman From Tokyo’—and the rest of the set’s featured songs to make the set in whole one that will keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout the course of the concert’s near two-hour run time.

The set list that is featured in this recording is undeniably important to the recording’s presentation. That is because while it does feature some of the band’s biggest hits, it also features some lesser known songs.  It comes across as a very focused set list.  Even with the show being the last at the time for founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord, Lord did not play a creative role in every one of the featured songs.  This leads to plenty of discussion on the reasoning behind the set list.  Even with that in mind the show’s set list is just one part of what makes the recording in whole welcome in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the songs that the band performs.  The songs that make up the concert’s set are largely upbeat.  They have plenty of energy.  Of course there are some slower, more reserved moments.  Through it all the band’s members keep the audience completely entertained.  The band shows that an act doesn’t necessarily have to rely on pyrotechnics and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  Rather, the band shows in whole that sometimes all a band needs to keep audiences entertained in a live setting is that presence.  And presence is exactly what the band has here.  Front man Ian Gillan commands the stage with ease as guitarist Steve Morse and drummer Ian Paice drive each song.  Speaking of Morse, his interaction with his band mates during his extended guitar solo shows the chemistry between the musicians.  Keyboardists Don Airey and Jon Lord are just as entertaining to watch as they perform both solo and in tandem.  Airey shows his vast musical background with some playful pieces and even some equally impressive classical snippets in his keyboard solo.  Lord is just as entertaining to watch as he works his way through the second half of the set list.  All things considered each man does his own part to entertain audiences throughout the concert.  Home viewers will agree with this when they see the concert for themselves.  Their presence, when considered together, makes the concert’s overall experience just as enjoyable to watch as the show’s set list.  When both element are set against one another, they come together to show even more clearly why this concert is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  They are not the only elements to consider in the concert’s new home release.  The bonus interviews that are included in the concert are just as important to note here as the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list.

The set list that is featured in Live at the NEC and the band’s performance of said set list are both key elements in the recording’s overall presentation.  As important as they prove to be to the recording’s presentation, they are hardly its only positives.  The interviews that are included in the recording are just as important to its presentation as the set list and the band’s performance thereof.  One of the interviews—with Gillan and Glover—is included as bonus companion material that stands separate from the concert.  It is an extensive interview that touches on a number of topics including the story behind ‘Smoke on the Water.’ Roger Glover’s thoughts on rock versus metal, his thoughts on rock versus pop, and how famed veteran guitarist Joe Satriani came to work with Deep Purple for a period of time among much more.  The main concert feature includes a post concert interview with Jon Lord in which Lord talks about his feelings of performing for the last time.  Audiences will be moved both to smiles and tears as Lord talks about discovering after the show that he had broken down crying after leaving the stage and hadn’t even realized it at first.  His ruminations will keep audiences just as engaged as his performance on stage.  When it’s all said and done, audiences will agree that the two interview segments prove to be just as invaluable to this recording as the recording’s main feature and the band’s performance of the set list.  All things considered there is a lot to say to the positive for Live at the NEC; so much so that the recording proves with full clarity why it is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Live at the NEC is hardly Deep Purple’s first live recording.  It is though, a completely welcome new live recording to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  That is proven through the show’s focused, sixteen-song set list.  The set list, which comes in at just under two hours features a collection of songs that come largely from the band’s early days.  The band’s performance of that set is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the set list itself.  The band keeps audiences completely engaged and entertained just with its own performance.  It shows through its performance that a band doesn’t always need big showy elements and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  It just needs good music and good stage presence.  The interviews that are included in the recording play just as much of a part in its presentation as the band’s performance and the concert’s set list.  That is because of the insight and entertainment that they offer in their own right.  As if all of this isn’t enough, one can’t (and shouldn’t) ignore the recording’s packaging.  Audiences will notice that the recording is packaged in what is essentially a Blu-ray box.  It is not the first time that Eagle Rock has packaged its live DVDs in such packaging.  It is good to see this packaging used yet again, too.  It shows that DVD packaging can be the exact same size as Blu-ray packaging, thus saving even more space on audiences’ DVD racks.  It is an approach that sets Eagle Rock Entertainment ahead of every other home entertainment company, and in turn shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the lading name in live recordings.  With any luck the rest of the home entertainment realm will use this packaging as a model and eventually catch up to Eagle Rock Entertainment in this avenue.  Regardless of whether or not that ever happens, this element couples with all of the previously noted elements to, again, show why Live at the NEC is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Live at the NEC will be available this Friday, August 26th.  More information on Live at the NEC is available online now along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Metallica Announces Release Date For Its Next Album; Unveils New Video

Courtesy: Blackened Records

Courtesy: Blackened Records

Raise your horns, metal nation!  Metallica has made it official.  It will release its new album this fall.

Hardwired…To Self Destruct will be released Friday, November 18th via the band’s own label, Blackened Records.  The album will be available in separate 2CD and 2 vinyl platform.  Pre-orders for the album are available now here.  It can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, digital platforms and two separate deluxe packages.  The album, the band’s eleventh full-length studio offering, was produced by Greg Fidelman, who also helmed the band’s most recent album 2013’s Death Magnetic.  The complete track listing for Hardwired…To Self Destruct is noted below.

 

TRACKLISTING

Regular Album (on CD, Vinyl and Digital formats):

 

Disc One

  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise!
  3. Now That We’re Dead
  4. Moth Into Flame
  5. Am I Savage?
  6. Halo On Fire

 

Disc Two

  1. Confusion
  2. Dream No More
  3. ManUNkind
  4. Here Comes Revenge
  5. Murder One
  6. Spit Out The Bone

Deluxe Version (On CD & Vinyl only):

Disc One

  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise!
  3. Now That We’re Dead
  4. Moth Into Flame
  5. Am I Savage?
  6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

  1. Confusion
  2. Dream No More
  3. ManUNkind
  4. Here Comes Revenge
  5. Murder One
  6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three

  1. Lords Of Summer
  2. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
  3. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M.  (Riff Origins)
  4. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
  5. Plow (Riff Origins)
  6. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
  7. RIP (Riff Origins)
  8. Lima(Riff Origins)
  9. 91 (Riff Origins)
  10. MTO (Riff Origins)
  11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
  12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
  13. CHI (Riff Origins)
  14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release the band unveiled the video for the album’s lead single and title track. Audiences can see the video online now here.  Listener discretion is advised as there is some explicit language used in the song.  The band also has a performance planned for this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.  The performance will be the stadium’s first rock concert.  Tickets for the concert sold out in only ten minutes.  Those not lucky enough to get tickets for the show will still get to see it live online via Pandora beginning at 10pm EST here.  Fans outside the United States can livestream the concert online here.

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TNT Reveals 2016 – ’17 NBA Season Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

Turner Network Television has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2016 –’17 NBA season.

The network’s broadcast schedule for the 2016 – ’17 season (its 33rd consecutive season of NBA action) will feature a total of 64 games beginning with a double header matchup on Tuesday, October 25th.  The Knicks and Cavaliers open the night at 8pm ET.  The Spurs and Warriors follow at 10:30pm ET.  The opening schedule marks the 21st consecutive season that TNT has opened its NBA broadcast schedule with a double header showcase. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader opens the night at 7pm ET with a full one-hour pre-game broadcast.

TNT’s extended broadcast schedule for the 2016 – ’17 NBA season includes a new Monday night package that launches on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16).  The package is part of TNT’s new long-term deal with the NBA that includes enhanced multimedia rights.  That debut Monday night double header will be led by a matchup between the Cavaliers and Warriors at 8pm.  The Clippers and Thunder follow at 10:30pm ET.  Other key Monday night matchup’s on TNT’s new schedule include the Warriors facing the Thunder on March 20th (at 8pm ET) and the Spurs hosting the Cavs on March 27th (also at 8pm ET).  TNT’s full 64-game NBA broadcast schedule is noted below.

TNT’s 2016-17 NBA Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

 

Date Day Time (ET) Game
Oct. 25 Tuesday 8 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
    10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
Oct. 27 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Nov. 3 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
    10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
Nov. 10 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings
Nov. 17 Thursday 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
    10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz
Dec. 1 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
    10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Dec. 8 Thursday 7 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors
    9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls
Dec. 15 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks
    10:30 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors
Dec. 22 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers
    10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. L.A. Clippers
Dec. 29 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
    10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. L.A. Lakers
Jan. 5 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
    10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets
Jan. 12 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
    10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors
Jan. 16 Monday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
    10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Clippers
Jan. 19 Thursday 8 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks
    10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. L.A. Clippers
Jan. 23 Monday 8 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
Jan. 26 Thursday 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Jan. 30 Monday 8 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics
    10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns
Feb. 2 Thursday 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets
    10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Clippers
Feb. 6 Monday 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. New York Knicks
    9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Feb. 9 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
    10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Feb. 13 Monday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers
    10:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Feb. 16 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
Feb. 23 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
Feb. 27 Monday 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks
    9:30 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
Mar. 2 Thursday 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls
    10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Mar. 6 Monday 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets
    10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers
Mar. 9 Thursday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns
Mar. 13 Monday 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs
    10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets
Mar. 20 Monday 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
    10:30 p.m. New York Knicks vs. L.A. Clippers
Mar. 27 Monday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
    10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz
Mar. 30 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls
    10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Apr. 6 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
    10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Apr. 10 Monday 8 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons
    10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. L.A. Clippers

 

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Dope Unveils ‘Hold On’ Video

Dope has unveiled its latest music video.

The veteran hard rock oufit released the video for the song ‘Hold On’ today. The song is the official lead single from the band’s upcoming album Blood Money Part 1.  The album will be released Friday, October 28th via Entertainment One.  It can be pre-ordered online now here.

Front man Edsel Dope said of the song and its companion video, which was co-directed by [Edsel] Dope that the two are unlike anything that he has ever crafted.  “This is by far the most personal and vulnerable piece of art that I’ve ever released,” he said.  “Unlike some of Dope’s more theatrically-driven works, ‘Hold On’ is totally uninhibited.  It is a reflection of my own personal story, told through a singular piece of art.  Truthfully, this was a very difficult piece for me to complete at times; but in the end, it has also been a very healing experience.  I hope that the vulnerability and sincerity will resonate with people.”

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

The complete track listing for Blood Money Part I is noted below.

BLOOD MONEY PART I TRACK LISTING

  1. Intro: Confessions of a Felon
  2. Blood Money
  3. Shoulda Known Better
  4. Lexipro
  5. Hold On
  6. 1999
  7. Razorblade Butterfly
  8. Drug Music
  9. A New Low
  10. Hypocrite
  11. X-Hale
  12. End of the World
  13. Selfish
  14. Numb
  15. Violet

Dope recently announced an extensive tour in support of its upcoming album that will launch September 13th in San Francisco, California.  It will run through Otober 30th in West Hollywood, California and includes a stop in North Carolina, too.  The tour will feature Dope’s original lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, and Racci Shay.  Flaw and Motograter will serve as support acts for the duration of the tour.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

TOUR DATES:
09/13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
09/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
09/15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
09/16 – Pasco, WA @ La Tropicana
09/17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
09/18 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
09/19 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls Venue
09/20 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
09/21 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
09/22 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
09/23 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
09/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
09/25 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
09/26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Big’s Bar
09/27 – Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb
09/28 – Stevens Point, WI @ Live On Main
09/29 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s
09/30 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
10/01 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/02 – Madison, WI @ Sonic Boom
10/03 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
10/04 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
10/06 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
10/07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/08 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/09 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
10/11 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/12 – Montreal, QC @ Pirahna Bar
10/13 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/14 – Worcester, MA @ Rock N Shock @ Palladium
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
10/16 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
10/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Heaven – Masquerade
10/18 – Lake Charles, LA @ The Centerstage
10/19 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
10/20 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/22 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
10/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
10/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
10/25 – Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
10/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
10/27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Counts Vamp’d
10/29 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
10/30 – W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

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Heaven Below Reveals Release Date, Teaser Stream For Its New Album

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group has expanded its roster again.

Heaven Below, which features Union Underground/Lita Ford guitarist Patrick Kennison, has joined the label’s ever-growing stable of up-and-coming artists.  The band will release its new album Good Morning Apocalypse via EMP Label Group on Friday, October 14th.  The album, the band’s fourth full-length studio effort, is a concept record that is set in a post-apocalyptic world.  It features guest appearances from Lita Ford, Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Kobra Paige of Kobra and the Lotus.  Kennison explained in an interview that the album has been in the works for some time.

“Nearly four years ago the band and I decided that wed like to start working on a concept record,” he said. “We knew how ambitious it sounded to even consider that, but once several legendary artists offered to help make it become a reality, we knew we had something.”

Kennison also discussed the album’s overall sound, noting its mix of old school rock and more modern elements.  “With over 30 songs written, we narrowed it down to the top 12,” he said.  “Udo Dirkschneider, Lita Ford, Jason McMaster, and Kobra Paige all stepped up to lend their amazing talents.  We feel this album is a powerful culmination of old school metal meets current fresh metal.  This kind of undertaking only comes along once in a lifetime, and we think we captured this moment on Good Morning Apocalypse.  The timing was perfect with EMP’s outside of the box approach to new music.”

The band has made available a teaser stream featuring samples of each of the album’s 12 songs online now via Soundcloud.  Audiences can check out the stream online now here.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
01. Nefarious Angels (feat. Jason McMaster)
02. Renegade Protest Movement
03. Follow Me Under 04. Devilina And The Damage Done (feat. Kobra Paige)
05. Nightfall Comes To Life
06. Killing The Deadman
07. Running Under Satan’s Hand (feat. Lita Ford)
08. Death Battalion
09. Bonded By Blood
10. Black Sunrise/ War Of The Gods (feat. Udo Dirkschneider)
11. Among The Wolves/Worldwide Suicide
12. I Would Do It All Again/Burials At Sunset

More information on Heaven Below and its new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.heavenbelow.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/heavenbelow

 

 

 

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Hail Sagan Added To “Make America Rock Again Festival” Lineup

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Hail Sagan has added another new date to its current live schedule.

The band announced over the weekend that it is scheduled to perform at the 2016 “Make America Rock Again Festival.”  The festival will be held Saturday, September 3rd in Reedley, California.  The festival will be held at The Warehouse and features a handful of other well known acts including Alien Ant Farm, Trapt, Tantric, and others.

Hal Sagan has donated a guitar for a raffle that will be held during the festival.  The raffle is free but donations are accepted.  A portion of the donations made to the raffle will go to benefit the Louder Than Love Foundation.  The Louder Than Love Foundation addresses major issues such as bullying, depression discrimination, and other topics.

Hail Sagan recently premiered the video for its new single ‘Dark Cloud’ online via its official YouTub channel.  It can be viewed online now here.  The video, co-directed by Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler, visually illustrates the song’s lyrical content.  That content tackles the subjects of bullying and abuse.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP.  The EP will be released later this month through Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

More information on Hail Sagan’s upcoming performance at the “Make American Rock Again Festival” is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hailsaganband

 

 

 

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