Monday, April 22, 2019

Get Your Rocks On With New Music From Dead Superstar, Black Dawn and Psychic Lemon

The New York-based rock band, Dead Superstar recently released their new full-length album titled "I Did It For The Rock Gods." It contains songs from early in the band's career, mixed with brand new originals and one outstanding cover. The album kicks off with the raw, energetic alternative rock buzz of "Beware Of The Knife," as this album is a throwback to the '90's rock revolution. Dead Superstar take their musical passion up a notch with the more aggressive groove of "Medicine" and the hard rock anthem "Searching For The Sun."

The band has shared the stage with the likes of Sevendust, King's X and Drowning Pool, which reflects in the music of tracks like "Blood Moon" and "On The Ledge." Dead Superstar step outside of their hard rock comfort zone for a cover of The Temptation's "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," before wrapping up their new album with the nostalgic appeal of "Comes Around" and the short one-minute chant of "Nevermore." To find out more about Dead Superstar and their latest release "I Did It For The Rock Gods," please visit deadsuperstarny.com

Fellow New York metal band, Black Dawn will be releasing their fifth studio album on May 3rd, through Pavement Entertainment. Having performed together for over two decades, opening for bands like King's X, Biohazard and LA Guns, the band certainly has taken their time getting into the studio. Their new album titled "On Blackened Wings" features five tracks, beginning with the crashing guitar riffs and the Rob Zombie-like howling vocals of "Help Me." They slow the tempo down for the grinding, grunge-like delivery of "Hold Me Down," before picking the energy up again with the aggressive attack of "I Can't Believe." Black Dawn wrap up their new album with the bashing, heavy metal rhythm of "Through These Eyes." To find out more about Black Dawn and their latest release "On Blackened Wings," please visit blackdawnmusic.com

Arriving April 26th, is the new live album from the Cambridge, UK band, Psychic Lemon. It features three live tracks that were recorded last August at the Smokehouse in Ipswitch and two brand new studio tracks. The pre-sale for the vinyl sold out in less than 48-hours and will only be available on CD and digitally. They begin with the ten-minute, feedback-fueled guitar buzz of the "Interstellar Fuzz Star," followed by the dark, chaotic howling of "Satori Disko." Side one, the live side, closes with an explosion of energy during the frenzy of "Hey Droog!"

The two new studio tracks have a more psychedelic rock sound as the eleven-minute soundscape of "Jonny Marvel At The Milky Way" feels like a sonic space-jam. The other studio track, "White Light" is an aggressive attack of sound that keeps the energy at maximum capacity. To find out more about Psychic Lemon and their latest release "Live At The Smokehouse," please visit psychiclemon.co.uk

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nils Lofgren Gets "Blue With Lou" On His New Studio Album Featuring Songs Written With Lou Reed

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Nils Lofgren has been working on and off for the last twenty years as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. During this time, he managed to write and record a few solo albums, and in 2014 released a career-spanning box set titled "Face The Music." Now on April 26th, Nils Lofgren will release his first new studio album in eight years titled "Blue With Lou." The title comes from the time Nils' spent with the legendary Lou Reed, dating back over forty years ago. While some of the songs on this new album have appeared on other releases from Nils and Lou Reed, Nils decided to revisit these songs and breathe new life into them. 

The new 12-song set begins with the energetic rhythm of "Attitude City" and guitar-boogie of "Give," which were both captured live in the studio. Nils seems renewed by this idea of recording many of these songs that have been left unheard, until now. Nils finds inspiration from his former band leader on the Springsteen-sounding "Pretty Soon," before guest Branford Marsalis lends a hand on the Reed-Lofgren composition "City Lights." Nils gets down and dirty with the southern swing of "Blue With Lou," before finishing his new album with the guitar swagger of "Dear Heartbreaker" (a tribute to Tom Petty) and the emotional words of the closing ballad "Remember You."

Following the release of his new album, Nils Lofgren will be hitting the road for a month-long tour starting May 10th, For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Blue With Lou," please visit nilslofgren.com

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dead Kennedys Celebrate 40th Anniversary With New Live Triple Disc Set

In the mid-seventies, a rebellious brand of music was born and named "punk." It was the anti-music establishment that went against ever other type of music that was ruling the airwaves at the time. This raw, quick and energetic brand of sound was ruled by some of the biggest bands in the world, like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and Black Flag. But one particular punk band from the seventies has continued to keep the spirit of punk alive. In 1978, from San Francisco, came the Dead Kennedys and their hardcore sound that would rival the punk music coming from Europe. They released only four studio albums before disbanding in 1986, but in 2001, the Dead Kennedys would reform and continue to perform live across the world.

To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Manifesto Records is preparing to release a 3-CD set of live music titled "DK 40." This live set will showcase the full power of Dead Kennedys during their initial run through the eighties. Each disc contains it's own separate live performance, with two of shows from 1982, and another one from 1985.

In 1982, the Dead Kennedys were one of the premier punk bands in the world, as they showcased their explosive sound with a tour through Europe. Highlights of these sets include the fury of "Riot" and "Chemical Warfare," along with their well-known classic "Holiday In Cambodia." The band seemed to still have chip on their shoulder as they continued to carry the torch for punk music. While  some punk bands went on to achieve commercial success, the Dead Kennedys stuck to their roots and built up their following with their shows. The sound on these first couple discs is nice and loud and in-your-face, as if you were in the crowd during these performances.

The third disc of the set features the band in their home city of San Francisco, performing at The Farm in 1985. This 16-song set featured songs like "Jack-O-Rama" and "MTV Get Off The Air," from their most recent album "Frankenchrist." The sound on this disc seems the most polished of the three, as if it was professionally recorded for a possible release one day. They seem the most comfortable performing for their home crowd, as the band would split up less than two years later. 

The Dead Kennedys are keeping their 40th celebration going with a dozen live shows lined-up in Mexico, Brazil and Germany over the next couple of months. To find out more about their new live release "DK 40," please visit manifesto.com/dead-kennedys.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Steve Rodgers Keeps His "Head Up High" On His Solo Debut Album

Singer/songwriter Steve Rodgers has received rave reviews for his debut album "Head Up High," from fellow musicians like Roger Taylor (Queen) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). He has been called "fantastic" and "blessed," and has performed with the likes of Bad Company, Joe Perry and Joe Walsh.

His new 11-song release begins with the the emotions of "I Will Grow" and the more energetic pop melody of the title song "Head Up High." Steve draws you in with the build-up energy of "So High" and the stripped-down acoustic strumming of "Your Eyes," which allows you to place your complete focus on his voice and his words. Steve Rodgers finishes up his debut album with the quiet piano ballad "Haunted" and the gospel-like delivery of "Norah." Steve Rodgers is already working on his follow-up album and is planning on touring the US and UK later this year. To find out more about Steve Rodgers and his latest release "Head Up High," please visit steverodgersmusic.com.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rich Aucoin Is Ready For His New "Release" & Revisit Silkworm's "In The West" 25 Years Later

Canadian-based artist Rich Aucoin has once again created his own soundtrack to a famous well-known tale. He first accomplished this feat in 2014 with his album "Ephemeral" for the story of "The Little Prince." Now, he returns once again with his new album "Release," which centers around the story of "Alice In Wonderland." He begins his new 11-track album with the spoken-work introduction of "The Base," followed by the psychedelic rock of "The Dream." He continues with the synthesizer-based, pop melody of "The Middle," before reaching the addicting dance/pop chorus of "The Other." Aucoin showcases his more experimental side during the electronic beats of "The Past," while "The Feat" is alt-pop gold, just waiting to be discovered. He wraps up his new album with atmospheric, space-like adventure of "The Mind" and the seven-minute, playful pop melody of the title-song, "Release." To find out more about Rich Aucoin and his latest "Release," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/richaucoinmusic.

The American, indie-rock band Silkworm was the very definition of underground success. They developed a cult following in Seattle in the early nineties, which lead to engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana) recording the band's 1994 album "In The West." To celebrate the album's 25th anniversary, the album is being released on vinyl for the very first time, limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. The new re-issue was remixed by Albini from the original 2" tapes and has been remastered with over a dozen bonus tracks. The original ten song release has never sounded better, as this new version of the album feels more relevant to today's alternative rock sound.

Fans of the band will definitely enjoy the bonus tracks that feature the rare, single-only tracks "Incanduce California" and "In The Bleak Midwinter," as well as a live performance of The Dream Syndicate's "Halloween." Speaking of live music, the new reissue includes a download code for an additional 80-minutes of live music from Silkworm. A full 50-minute set, recorded at the Lounge Ax on March 20, 1993 is included, as well as six additional previously unheard live recordings of songs from "In The West." This new reissue boats over two and a half hours of music and new liner notes from Silkworm's founding member Tim Midyett on what this album has meant to him and the band. To find out more about the 25th anniversary release of Silkworm's "In The West" album, please visit skwm.bandcamp.com