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Skillet Discuss New Album ‘Rise’, Band Name Origin

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Skillet performed a special live acoustic set for Walmart Soundcheck in support of their latest album ‘Rise’. The Memphis, Tennessee rock group also sat down for an interview, discussing current events, experimenting with their sound, and the making of their ninth studio album.

On Their Sound: “We are a hard rock band. What Skillet does is we combine the very aggressive sounds and aggressive performances with…almost like pop song structures.”

On New Album Inspiration: “The idea for the album rise came from everyday events that all of us watched on TV. There’s always another tragic thing happening but I wanted to make a record that people could rock out to but would also say yes, all these terrible things are happening, but let’s find that we can rise above all of this stuff that is holding us captive and all the darkness that we see.”

On How the Band Got Its Name: “It was actually my pastor funny enough. He said, ‘You know what the band is? It’s like taking all these different ingredients out from other bands and throwing it all in a big skillet. You should call the band Skillet, that would be funny.'”

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Theory Of A Deadman On ‘The Truth Is…’, Howard Benson & Milestones

Theory Of A Deadman perform for T-Mobile Monthly 4G

Theory Of A Deadman performed tracks from their latest record ‘The Truth Is…’, live from the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado for Walmart Soundcheck presented by T-Mobile Monthly 4G. The six-song set included ‘Gentleman’, ‘All or Nothing’, ‘Out of My Head’, ‘Lowlife’, ‘Santa Monica’ and ‘Hurricane’.

During an interview, Tyler Connolly, Dave Brenner, Dean Back and Joey Dandeneau talked about the story behind the album title, staying with Howard Benson on the project, the story behind ‘Gentleman’, working with 3 Doors Down on The Better Life Foundation, the story behind the ‘Hurricane’ music video, what they learned touring with Motley Crue and 3 Doors Down, and their career milestones.

Talking about the album title, Tyler explained, “‘The Truth Is…’ is the first time out of our four records that we named the album for a song title. The songs on the record were kind of just truths. For me lyrically I kind of go above and beyond, maybe below what people say in songs. Sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio and I’ll be like ‘c’mon, go for it!’ Just say what you want to say. I think on this record a lot of people were saying, ‘Wow, you sound so bitter.’ I’m not necessarily bitter, just truthful I think. There’s a lot of truth in this record.”

On sticking with the same producer, Dave said, “We’ve been with Howard Benson for three records now. We decided to stick with him for ‘The Truth Is…’. I think for a few reasons. One is we like working with him and his team. It’s familiar and comfortable for us and also we’ve had great success working with him and we feel why mess with stuff while it’s working. So Howard, we’ll consider you for the fifth if he plays his cards right.”

On the ‘Hurricane’ video, Tyler said, “I had this idea that I wanted to be on top of a mountain, have an eagle on each hand, and I want to fly. I don’t know, it wasn’t in the budget. We always look for something interesting and new and different, and this was the first video we ever did where there wasn’t a band performance, which I’m sure the guys all liked. They didn’t have to fly out and play on top of a mountain. It turned out great. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.”

Talking about their career milestones in the band, Dave said, “I feel like it’s been ten years of these moments. You come out being a bunch of kids that don’t know what the heck to expect and what’s going on, and all of the sudden your first week of record sales comes back and we sell like 13,000. I remember not being able to fathom how many people that was. We had played for 30 people. So it’s just been one milestone after another. We’re a band that really sets goals for ourselves, so achieving the goals is an important part of setting them. If you never achieve them you can never set new ones, so yeah it’s been 10 years of milestones for us.”

Watch the performance and interview at see.walmart.com/rock4g/theory-of-a-deadman and check out additional pictures from their appearance after the cut. Continue reading

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The Raveonettes Perform At Sonos Studio In LA

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes perform at Sonos Studio (Michael Buckner - Wireimage)

The Raveonettes guitarist Sune Rose Wagner and bassist Sharin Foo presented their sixth studio album ‘Observator’ during an exclusive live acoustic performance and Q&A session at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles on October 9th. The event was presented by Sonos and VICE magazine and featured the Danish duo taking part in a discussion that was moderated by Nic Harcourt. Wagner and Foo talked about their artistic vision and inspiration behind the music before a live set that featured a collection of tracks from the new release.

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes talk with Nic Harcourt at Sonos Studio (Michael Buckner - Wireimage)
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Blaqk Audio Second Album ‘Bright Black Heaven’ Out September 11th

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Electronic duo Blaqk Audio, featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI, will release their sophomore album ‘Bright Black Heaven’ on September 11th in North America (see international release dates below) via their new imprint, Big Death (distributed by Superball Music). ‘Bright Black Heaven’ follows the pair’s 2007’s Top 20 debut ‘CexCells’. The new album offers twelve songs inspired by their shared love for classic electronic groups and modern era dance music. In anticipation of the release, Davey and Jade have unveiled both the track listing and cover artwork for the album:

Blaqk Audio 'Bright Black Heaven'

‘Bright Black Heaven’ Track List:
1. Cold War
2. Fade To White
3. Faith Healer
4. Deconstructing Gods
5. Everybody’s Friends
6. Let’s Be Honest
7. With Your Arms Around You
8. Bliss
9. Bon Voyeurs
10. The Witness
11. Say Red
12. Ill-Lit Ships

‘Bright Black Heaven’ Release Dates:
North America: Tuesday, September 11
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Norway: Friday, Sept 21, 2012
UK / Benelux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Rest Of Europe: Monday, Sept 24, 2012
Spain / Italy: Tuesday, Sept 25, 2012
Sweden / Finland / Hungary: Wednesday, Sept 25, 2012
Australia / New Zealand: Friday, Sept 28, 2012

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JEFF The Brotherhood Releasing New Album ‘Hypnotic Nights’ July 17th

JEFF the Brotherhood

Nashville’s JEFF The Brotherhood have revealed the cover art for their upcoming album Hypnotic Nights, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on July 17th.

JEFF The Brotherhood is Jake on guitars and vocals and Jamin Orrall on drums. The duo are at the forefront of Nashville’s exploding indie rock scene. Jake and Jamin recently wrapped up a tour with Best Coast and are on the road for a headlining tour. Please see below for all dates.

JEFF the Brotherhood 'Hypnotic Nights'

Hypnotic Nights Track Listing:
1. Country Life
2. Sixpack*
3. Mystic Portal II*
4. Hypnotic Mind*
5. Wood Ox
6. Staring at the Wall
7. Leave Me Out*
8. Region of Fire
9. Hypnotic Winter
10. Dark Energy
11. Changes
* denotes songs that appear on the Hypnotic Knghts EP out now. A physical version of the EP will be for sale on tour and will contain an album pre-order download card, which will allow fans to download the album upon release.

JEFF The Brotherhood’s headlining tour dates are as follows:
July 13 – Louisville, KY at Forecastle Festival
July 27 – Rock Land, IL at Rock Island Brewing Co.
July 28 – Somerset, WI at SoundTown Festival
July 29 – Des Moines, IA at Vaudeville Mews
July 30 – Omaha, NE at The Waiting Room
July 31 – St. Louis, MO at Off Broadway
August 1 – Columbus, OH at The Basement
August 2 – Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop
August 3 – Chicago, IL at Subterranean (co-headline with Growlers)
August 4 – Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza
August 11 – Bristol, TN at Gentlemen Of The Road Festival (with Mumford & Sons)

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Grave Release Tenth Album ‘Endless Procession Of Souls’ August 27th

Grave 'Endless Procession Of Souls'

Swedish death metal legends Grave will release their tenth studio album ‘Endless Procession Of Souls’ on August 27th in Europe and on August 28th in North America via Century Media Records. Recorded at Studio Soulless, ‘Endless Procession Of Souls’ features ten tracks of uncompromising death metal.

To give fans their first preview of ‘Endless Procession Of Souls’, the band has now revealed the track-listing and cover artwork for their new album. The art was once again made by Costin Chioreanu, who worked with Grave on the two preceding studio albums. Costin also did some extra art for the inside of the CD booklet and the vinyl.

Grave 'Endless Procession Of Souls'

‘Endless Procession Of Souls’ Track Listing:
1. Dystopia
2. Amongst Marble And The Dead
3. Disembodied Steps
4. Flesh Epistle
5. Passion Of The Weak
6. Winds Of Chains
7. Encountering The Divine
8. Perimortem
9. Plague Of Nations
10. Epos

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Slash Talks About Teaming With Myles Kennedy

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Slash visited Walmart Soundcheck to perform tracks from his new solo album, ‘Apocalyptic Love’. The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist also discussed the making of the record, the power of playing live, and love on the eve of the apocalypse. Slash was joined by Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for a six track performance of the tracks ‘Ghost’, ‘Mean Bone’, ‘Back From Cali’, ‘Standing In The Sun’, ‘Starlight’ and ‘You’re A Lie’.

“When I was making my last solo record, it was a collaboration with a dozen or more singers,” Slash explained. “It was sort of a project that I put together. During the process of making that record, I had two songs that I couldn’t think of who should sing these two songs, out of all the known singers. Then I thought, ‘There’s that Myles Kennedy guy, and he’s supposed to be really, really good. So I contacted him, and the first song that he sang was a song called ‘Starlight’, and I was completely floored when he sang that. I sent him the music and he sent back a demo with the vocals on it. So I flew him to Los Angeles, and when he and I met, we just hit it off right away. Very down to earth, laid back, with this brilliant voice and these great lyrics. So we definitely hit it off and then he did another song called ‘Back From Cali’, and at that point I asked if he wanted to do the tour that I was going to do to sort of support the album, and it was going to encompass my whole catalog, from Guns N’ Roses, Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and the whole diverse, solo record thing with all the different sings. I had a gut feeling he was the only person that could do that. I asked him if he wanted to do the tour and he accepted. Miles and I started writing on the road, and when the tour was over we got together and sort of fine tuned all this material and went in the studio and banged it out.”

Watch the live set and interview at soundcheck.walmart.com, check out a clip of the interview with Slash discussing ‘Apocalyptic Love’ below, and view additional photos from the appearance after the cut.

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Nickleback Talk About And Perform On Their Flying Stage

Nickelback perform a live set for Walmart Soundcheck

A behind-the-scenes look at Nickleback’s rockin’ live performance from their sold-out tour for Walmart Soundcheck has been posted at the retailer’s web site. Footage includes the Canadian rock band performing ‘This Means War’, ‘Bottoms Up’, ‘Animals’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Burn It To The Ground’.

During an interview with Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair, the guys talked about the recording process, not being the type to over-record if something isn’t working, probably not planning a concept album, the story behind their new album being titled ‘Here & Now’, the song ‘Lullaby’ being a ray of hope for people in a dark place, Chad meeting a guy at a bar turning into the ‘This Means War’ music video shoot days later, their elaborate stage, and making an effort to mixi up styles of music on their albums.

“We have a stage like we’ve never brought with is before,” the Nickleback frontman explained. “We have a screen that splits apart in six different sections. We’ve got a flying saucer stage that comes down and picks the entire band up and flies us across the audience and sets us down when we play songs in mid-air and start to spin. It’s just a lot of insanity.”

Watch the performances and interview at soundcheck.walmart.com. Check out additional pictures from the concert after the cut.
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Sleepy Turtles Unveil Cover Art, Tracklist For ‘Summer Hither EP

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Atlanta folk rock group Sleepy Turtles have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming ‘Summer, Hither’ debut EP release, available digitally, worldwide on May 29th via Autumn + Colour Records. The EP features a remixed version of the first single ‘Natures Hymn’. Autumn + Colour will then release a limited edition vinyl version of ‘Summer, Hither’ on July 10th.

Sleepy Turtles consists of Dylan Higgins, Tim Friesen, Will Parker, Marcus Trail and Mike Vanklaveren. “We hope to portray through the music,” Higgins explained, “that all of us are a part of the same journey.”

Sleepy Turtles 'Summer Hither'

Summer, Hither Tracklist:
1. Summer, Hither
2. Morning Song
3. Nature’s Hymn
4. A Reason To Hope
5. Being Small

Watch the ‘Natures Hymn’ music video via YouTube below.

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Ryan Adams: iTunes Session

Ryan Adams iTunes

Ryan Adams recently recorded several performances for an “iTunes Session”, which is available for download here. The live set includes the American singer songwriter performing ‘Dirty Rain’, ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’, ‘Lucky Now’, ‘Houses On the Hill’, ‘Black Sheets of Rain’, ‘Chains of Love’, ‘Ashes & Fire’ and ‘My Winding Wheel’. Check out additional pictures from the recording session after the cut. Continue reading

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