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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Slash Scheduled to Appear On CBS’ Morning Show This Morning

World on Fire Cover Art: Ron English

World on Fire Cover Art: Ron English

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary guitarist Slash will be on CBS this morning.

Slash will be on CBS This Morning today, May 7th, for an interview and very special announcement. He will be on CBS This Morning at 8:30am ET. PT airing will be tape delayed. There is no exact word on what the announcement will be. However, being that the band is currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour and that it will release its new live recording Live at the Roxy next month fans have plenty of reason to speculate what the announcement could be. The group’s current tour is in support of its latest full-length studio effort World on Fire, which was released in April of 2014. Audiences can check out the video for World on Fire’s online now via Vevo at http://www.vevo.com/watch/slash/World-On-Fire-%28Lyric-Video%29-%28Explicit%29/US9T51400038?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=AhjCPt&country=US.

Audiences not near a TV during Slash’s interview can still catch it online via CBS News’ streaming site http://cbsn.cbsnews.com. More information on Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators is available online now at:

Website: http://www.slashonline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/slash

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Set It Off’s “Duality” Is A Solid Sophomore Effort

Courtesy:  Equal Vision Records

Courtesy: Equal Vision Records

Set It Off releases its brand new full-length studio effort Duality today.  The album, the band’s second full-length release and fifth overall release is an impressive new work. That is because it does so much to continue establishing the band’s identity, separating it even more from other bands to whom it had been compared early on in its existence.  While the band exhibits quite a bit of growth on this album, it also hasn’t lost the sound that made it so popular early on among its fan base.  That makes Dualityeven more of a solid new recording from Set It Off.  The combination of the band’s musical growth is evident in the album’s lead single ‘Why Worry.’  The band’s harder edged sound is present in this song.  But there is also a poppier sound mixed into the whole.  That balance of sounds alongside the song’s thought provoking lyrics makes clear why this song was chosen as the album’s lead.  Staying on a similar page, audiences will also enjoy ‘Tomorrow.’  Its Jimmy Eat World style sound crosses with its equally optimistic lyrics to make this song just as much of a surefire hit with listeners.  On the completely opposite side of things, the lyrically searing ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’ is sure to ignite just as much of a fire in listeners because of its intensity both musically and lyrically.  These songs are just a few that exhibit what makes Dualitya solid second full-length release from Set It Off.  The album’s other eight tracks are sure to become favorites to listeners in their own right, too.  Collectively, all eleven tracks on Duality prove just why audiences will want to check out this latest release from Set It Off regardless of their familiarity with the band and its sound.

Duality is a record that every lover of rock should hear regardless of their familiarity with the band and its sound.  ‘Why Worry,’ the album’s lead single, takes the sound that made the band a fan favorite early on and mixes it with a somewhat more poppy, Fall Out Boy style sound in its chorus to make a song that proves to be quite catchy musically speaking.  The song’s positive lyrics make this piece even more enjoyable.  Front man Cody Carson sings in the song’s opening verse, “This sinking feeling sets/It feels just like a hole inside your chest/I know you’re thinking No, no, no, no it is easier said than done/But please let me attest/I know it’s hard/You’re feeling like you’re trapped/But that’s how you react/When you cannot see the light/But try and see the light/I’m telling you no, no, no, no you’re the only one/Standing in your way/Just take a breath/Relax/And tell me….Why/Please tell me why do we worry.”  The song comes across as addressing those individuals that think to themselves “Oh woe is me.” Carson says to those people in an attempt to motivate them, “You’re the only one/Standing in your way.”  The song’s second verse in which Carson sings about handling each day’s difficulties as they come rather than trying to cross bridges that don’t yet exist.  It proves to be quite the enlightening work and uplifting at the same time.  The addition of the song’s catchy hooks and choruses make it even more enjoyable and clearer why it was chosen as the album’s lead single.  Thanks to a partnership with Fuse TV, audiences can check out the song’s brand new companion video online at http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/10/set-it-off-why-worry-premiere. 

‘Why Worry’ was an excellent first choice to represent what Duality has to offer audiences.  Its combination of catchy hooks and choruses alongside its positive lyrics will both move listeners and get them moving.  Much in the same vein, ‘Tomorrow’ offers its own enjoyment and positivity.  Intended or not, this song exhibits something of a Jimmy Eat World style sound in its musical side.  Lyrically, it is just as uplifting as ‘Why Worry.’  Carson sings in this song, “They’re gonna try to clip your wings/Lock you up and make you sing/But they’ll never cage your dreams/So fly away/Cause we’ve got tomorrow/We’re the pages in the wind/We’ve got tomorrow/We’re the tale that lies within/There’s always another day/Another night/A bittersweet blessing in disguise/Tomorrow/We’re the authors of our lives tomorrow.”  Carson’s note that there’s always another “bittersweet blessing in disguise” is such a short statement.  But it speaks volumes.  He is saying that even things that seem bad could be blessings in disguise. And those hidden blessings are what make tomorrow better than today.  It is truly a positive message.  It is a message from which audiences of all ages can take some heart and hope.  That positive message set against the song’s catchy musical side makes it another of the best of this record’s moments.

The positive messages and catchy music that make up ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Why Worry’ make these songs two of the brightest moments on Duality.  On the completely opposite side of things, the lyrically searing ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ is certain to get any listener’s adrenaline flowing.  The song’s title and its lyrics leave zero doubt as to what the song’s topic.  It is a full-on lyrical assault on those that would attempt to lie and deceive others.  Those people include those people that call themselves friends but are so fast to stab people in the back among others.  Cody makes this painfully clear as he sings right off the top of the song, “Beware, beware be skeptical/Of their smiles/Their smiles of plated gold/Deceit so natural/But a wolf in sheep’s clothing is more than a warning.”  He goes on to sarcastically use nursery rhymes to illustrate his point.  That use of children’s nursery rhymes as a juxtaposition of children’s mentality to that of older individuals adds even more punch to the song.  And Carson’s diatribe that builds into the song possesses enough vitriol to make Eminem proud.  Though in his defense, who wouldn’t want to scream “Burn in Hell!” to those that have deceived us for one reason or another?  It is a powerful finishing touch to what is one more of Duality’s best moments.    Together with the likes of ‘Why Worry’ and ‘Tomorrow,’ Set It Off has proven once again why it is one of the best in the next generation of its genre.

‘Why Worry,’ ‘Tomorrow,’ and ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ are each excellent examples of what makes Duality a solid sophomore effort from Set It Off.  They aren’t the only positives to this album in whole, though.  The album’s gentle closer ‘Miss Mysterious’ is the polar opposite of the album’s opener ‘The Haunting.’  ‘Bleak December’ also offers its own value to the whole as does ‘N.M.E.’  All things considered, Duality is proof that Set It Off has just started and the future looks bright for this u-and-coming band.  The band will hit the road in support of Duality beginning tomorrow, October 15th in Orlando, Florida on the “Black Mass 2014” tour presented by Hot Topic.  Also along for the ride will be Black Veil Brides, Falling in Reverse, and Drama Club.  The tour brings all four bands to North Carolina next month.  It will make a stop at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 5th.  Tickets for the concert can be ordered online via Ticketmaster.  Set It Off’s complete tour schedule is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.setitoffband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/setitoff

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/setitoff

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Joshua Scott Jones Debuts Video For New Single

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Joshua Scott Jones, one half of the country duo Steel Magnolias, officially debuted the video for his new single ‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ this week.

The video is the companion piece to the lead single from Jones’ debut solo album The Healing, which is due out later this year.  It can be viewed online now via YouTube and Vevo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqdJRcJF7Qk and http://www.vevo.com/watch/joshua-scott-jones/honk-if-youre-tonky/QMGR31400913 respectively.  Fans can download Jones’ new single now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/honk-if-youre-tonky-single/id789803809.

Jones shared his rather surprising inspiration for the video in a recent interview saying it was actually inspired by a well-known pop star.  “I had the idea for the video from Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies,’ he said.  “I wanted to make a dance video, but a honky tonk style video, so we shot half of it in black and white, and the other half in color. It was me, and two dancers…It’s edgy, cool, and upbeat. I think it’s something people won’t want to take their eyes off of.”

In regards to the song itself, Jones says it is a song for all the men out there.  “‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ spoke very loudly to me right off the bat as an anthem for guys,” he says.  “It speaks to the misunderstood side of men, that makes us rough around the edges while carrying the burden of a big heart and just wanting to live in harmony with yourself. What better than an ‘anthem’ for a first single?”

Jones self-produced his new upcoming solo debut record as well as handling many of the instrumental duties, too.  He went on in his interview to explain the meaning behind his new album in whole and what the album means to him as an artist.  “I feel like it’s really a chance for my voice to be heard. It’s really a personal record that reflects on my head space over the past few years and what I’ve been through,” he said.  “I’m excited about it because I think it will translate well to all the fans we had as a duo in Steel Magnolia. I tried to take them with me for the ride, and gain a few more. It means a lot to me.”

Jones already has a small handful of live dates scheduled in support of his new single and upcoming album. He will perform next Monday, March 7th at the Warehouse in East Battle Creek, Michigan.  The following night, he will be at the Diesel Lounge in Chesterfield, Michigan.  From there, he will make his way to dates in Pennsylvania and Florida.  Jones’ most current list of tour dates is available below.

DATE

CITY

VENUE

3/7

East Battle Creek, MI

Warehouse

3/8

Chesterfield, MI

Diesel Lounge

3/15

Uniondale, PA

Herrick Ski Lodge

3/21

St. Augustine, FL

Cafe Eleven

*3/22

Englewood, FL

Englewood Event Center

*Supporting Chris Cagle

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Boys Like Girls coming to North Carolina

Pop rock band Boys Like Girls will be making a tour stop in North Carolina next month.  The band will be performing at Charlotte, North Carolina’s famed Amos’ South End.  The band will be joined by fellow pop-rockers The All American Rejects.  The band’s front man, Martin Johnson expressed his pleasure at joining forces with The All American Rejects.  “I’ve always been a big fan of The All-American Rejects and couldn’t be more delighted to be sharing the stage with them this fall”, he said.  He went on, adding, “I think it’s going be a great time for both the fans and bands alike. Looking forward to a really great couple of months.”

To get hyped up for the show, fans can check out the video for the band’s new single, ‘Be Your Everything’ now on Vevo.  Just follow the link here:  http://smarturl.it/byevideo. ‘Be Your Everything’ is from the band’s upcoming new album, “Crazy World”, which is due out this Fall on Columbia Records.

To get a full list of the band’s tour dates and all the latest news from Boys Like Girls, go online to http://www.boyslikegirls.com, http://www.facebook.com/boyslikegirls, http://twitter.com#!/BoysLikeGirls, and http://www.youtube.com/user/BoysLikeGirlsVevo.

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Chris Wallace releases video for ‘Remember When’

Former White Tie Affair frontman Chris Wallace has officially debuted the video for the first single off his new upcoming album.  The video for ‘Remember When’ is set against the aftermath of a huge house party which was attended both by Wallace and a former love interest of his.  Audiences see Wallace sitting on a bench and looking over at his ex-gilfriend as she lays asleep across the lap of another man.  He sings, looking at the camera, “I’m sitting with an empty glass and a broken heart\thinking what have I done?”  As he sings these lines, audiences see a flashback of how the now former couple’s relationship went bad.

Throughout the course of the video, audiences see the house party go back in time as he sings, “Do You Remember When?”  The visuals show all the good times that the couple had.  It all eventually leads up to Chris being the one holding his now once more girlfriend’s head resting quietly in his lap. 

The whole video can now been seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stKHUgIlNSA and on his main website, http://www.chriswallacemusic.com.  Fans can keep up with all the latest news from Wallace on his website, and on his fficial Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWallaceMusic.

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