Shonen Knife New Album ‘Overdrive’ Out April 16th

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Shonen Knife are set to release a new album entitled ‘Overdrive’ on April 16th via Good Charamel Records. The Osaka, Japan veteran band will hit the road in support of the release, including stints in Europe and Japan, with September and October appearances being planned for North America.

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Tokyo Police Club Announce U.S. Tour In Support Of ‘Forcefield’

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Tokyo Police Club are hitting the road on a nationwide tour beginning this April in support of their forthcoming album ‘Forcefield’, which drops March 25th via Mom + Pop Music. Tickets will be available to the public starting this Friday (January 24).

In place of a standard pre-order, Tokyo Police Club is encouraging fans to participate in a PledgeMusic campaign, where they can pre-order the album in a variation of bundles, while taking part in an intimate fan club style promotion.

‘Forcefield’ is Tokyo Police Club’s first release in four years, following 2010’s ‘Champ’, which received widespread acclaim. The band teased the record just before the new year with a video for the track ‘Argentina (Parts I, II, III)’.

‘Forcefield’ was produced by Doug Boehm (Dr. Dog, Girls) and David Monks (vocals, bass). Of the new music Monks notes, “Since writing started for Forcefield in mid-2011 there have been so many trends and every kind of ‘wave’. We saw them all come and disappear or change into something broader. It left us wanting to make something that would last. We ended up rediscovering energy and guitars and simple, direct songs. There was certainly a lot of pressure to take the music somewhere new and there were lots of opinions about how to do that, but in the end we blocked all that out and followed our instincts. I think that’s what Forcefield is—it doesn’t matter what else is going on out there, the music just has to be honest and have a real feeling to it.” See below for full track listing.

Tokyo Police Club is Monks, Graham Wright (keys), Josh Hook (guitar) and Greg Alsop (drums). Bursting onto the scene in 2006 with 16 minutes of music—A Lesson In Crime EP—that garnered an ecstatic response, the Newmarket, Ontario quartet has never looked back.

Forcefield Tracklist
1. Argentina (Parts I, II, III)
2. Hot Tonight
3. Miserable
4. Gonna Be Ready
5. Beaches
6. Toy Guns
7. Tunnel Vision
8. Through The Wire
9. Feel The Effect

TOKYO POLICE CLUB TOUR DATES
March 27 – Glasgow, UK at King Tuts
March 28 – Dublin, IR at Whelans
March 30 – Manchester, UK at The Ruby Lounge
March 31 – Leeds, UK at Cockpit 2
April 1 – London, UK at Scalaat
April 16 – Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme
April 17 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
April 18 – Minneapolis, MN at Varsity Theater
April 19 – Omaha, NE at Slowdown
April 21 – Denver, CO at The Bluebird Theater
April 22 – Aspen, CO at Belly Up Aspen
April 24 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
April 25 – Seattle, WA at Neumos
April 26 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge
April 28 – San Francisco, CA at The Independent
May 1 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echoplex
May 2 – Solana Beach, CA at Belly Up Tavern
May 3 – Phoenix, AZ at The Crescent Ballroom
May 5 – Austin, TX at Emo’s
May 6 – Houston, TX at Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
May 7 – Dallas, TX at Trees
May 9 – Nashville, TN at Mercy Lounge
May 10 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Festival
May 12 – Raleigh, NC at Lincoln Theatre
May 13 – Washington, DC at Black Cat
May 15 – New York, NY at Webster Hall
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA at Theatre of Living Arts
May 17 – Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair

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From Indian Lakes Launching ‘Able Bodies’ U.S. Tour on March 6th

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From Indian Lakes are preparing to hit the road for a U.S. tour that kicks off March 6th in Santa Ana, California, continuing on through April 6th in Fresno, California. The band will be playing music from their album ‘Able Bodies’, plus other fan favorites.

Singer Joey Vannucchi says, “Last year was an incredible year as a band. We got to play on some really big tours, meet a ton of new friends, and play in a lot of amazing places. We decided to do our first proper headlining tour for Able Bodies and make sure it’s about giving back to all of you for your support. We are going to be playing in a small intimate setting, and trying to play the things that you want to hear the most. We hope all of you come out and sing louder than ever with us.”

Tour Dates:
March 6 – Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA
March 7 – House of Blues in San Diego, CA
March 8 – UltraViolet Studios in Las Vegas, NV
March 9 – The Underground in Mesa, AZ
March 10 – OFF OFF
March 11 – OFF OFF
March 12 – The Aquarium in Austin, TX
March 13 – Papi Tino’s in Austin, TX
March 14 – QuikTrip Park in Dallas, TX
March 15 – OFF OFF
March 16 – OFF OFF
March 17 – Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
March 18 – Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
March 19 – Jammin in Java Vienna, VA
March 20 – Siren Records in Doylestown, PA
March 21 – Studio @ Webster in New York, NY
March 22 – Cafe 939 in Boston, MA
March 23 – Stanhope in House Stanhope, NJ
March 24 – The Bugjar in Rochester, NY
March 25 – Skully’s in Columbus, OH
March 26 – Irving Theater in Indianapolis, IN
March 27 – Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL
March 28 – Fubar in St. Louis, MO
March 29 – Jackpot in Lawrence, KS
March 30 – Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
March 31 – In The Venue in Salt Lake City, UT
April 1 – The Crux in Boise, ID
April 2 – El Corazon in Seattle, WA
April 3 – Slabtown in Portland, OR
April 4 – OFF OFF
April 5 – Brick + Mortar in San Francisco, CA
April 6 – Strummer’s in Fresno, CA

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Gus G. Debut Album ‘I Am The Fire’ Out March 18th

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Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Firewind frontman Gus G. has announced his debut solo album ‘I Am The Fire’ is set for a March 18th release in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17th in Europe.

The music video for the LP’s first single ‘My Will Be Done’. featuring Mats Levén, can be viewed below.

Gus G. remarked about the song and album: “I hope you all enjoy the first taste of things to come. ‘My Will Be Done’ is a cool rock track with a modern edge to it… Looking back, I can’t believe all the great musicians that got on board for this album. Everybody brought in their unmistakable style and talent and they really lifted the songs! Check it out and enjoy the music!”

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Prawn Recording New LP With Greg Dunn Of Moving Mountains

Prawn band photo (2014)

Prawn are set to begin recording a new full-length with Greg Dunn of Moving Mountains this Saturday (January 18), with plans to release the project in late spring/early summer.

The follow up to 2012’s ‘Ships’, the new album will be recorded at AudioPilot Studios in Boonton, New Jersey, and will be preceded by a split with Rockford, IL’s Joie De Vivre, out on February 11th via Count Your Lucky Stars/Topshelf Records. The Ridgewood, NJ post rock outfit also released a 4-way split with Frameworks, Kittyhawk and Droughts last November on Fair Weather Records.

Prawn is touring with labelmates You Blew It! and Special Explosion this winter.

with You Blew It!
Feb. 4 – Annadale On Hudson NY at Bard College
Feb. 5 – Purchase, NY at SUNY Purchase
Feb. 6 – New Britain, CT at Pulaski Club Downstairs
Feb. 7 – Cambridge, MA at Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Crying
Feb. 8 – Brooklyn, NY at Shea Stadium w/ Crying
Feb. 9 – Philadelphia, PA at The Fire w/ Crying

with Special Explosion
Mar. 3 – College Park, MD at Hostage House
Mar. 4 – Richmond, VA at Gallery 5
Mar. 5 – Chapel Hill, NC at Chapel Hill Underground
Mar. 6 – Atlanta, GA at Wonderroot

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Scorpions ‘Holiday’ Live Video

Scorpions 'Holiday' live music video

Scorpions are out with the live performance video for ‘Holiday’, which was recorded during the German rock band’s stripped-down concerts that became their forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-Ray release, ‘MTV Unplugged’, but does not appear on any configuration of the releases. ‘MTV Unplugged’ is due out in North America on January 21st and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. ‘MTV Unplugged’ will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray, and is being released in 50 countries.

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Cut Teeth Recording New Album For 2014 Release

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Cut Teeth will begin recording their full-length follow up to last summer’s ‘Televandalism’ EP with Pete Grossman at Bricktop Studio on January 18th, where the Chicago, Illinois indie punk rock band will be tracking bass and drums. Band members Dan Yingling, Kyle Johns, Matt Jordan, Dustin Currier will record everything else with drummer/engineer Jordan’s studio in Crystal Lake, Illinois in the following weeks. The album is expected to be released in spring/early summer via Topshelf Records.

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Eskimo Callboy ‘We Are The Mess’ Video

Eskimo Callboy 'We Are The Mess' music video

Eskimo Callboy are out with the music video to their new single ‘We Are The Mess’, the title track off the German metalcore band’s second album, out January 10th on Redfield Records. Eskimo Callboy are Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler”, Kevin Ratajczak, Daniel Haniß, Pascal Schillo, Daniel Klossek and David Friedrich, Watch it via YouTube below.

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Kill Devil Hill Ready Second Album For Fall Release

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Kill Devil Hill have signed on with Century Media Records in a multi-album deal for North America. The band are set to release their second album this fall on their new home.

“It’s a real pleasure being on a label that feels like home!” Rex Brown said after signing to Century Media. “Since day one with Century Media, it’s been great knowing that they have the same mutual beliefs and goals that we do – to keep hard rock and metal alive and kicking, and to bring our music to as many fans as we can! These guys have the best track record around when it comes to hard rock and metal music, and it’s great to know that we’re on the same page and striving for the same things!”

Kill Devil Hill features Pantera bassist Rex Brown, former DIO, Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell drummer Vinny Appice, ex-Pissing Razors singer Dewey Bragg and session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon. Kill Devil Hill will be touring this fall to preview their new studio release.

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Albert Hammond, Jr. ‘AHJ’ Out October 8th

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. will release his latest album ‘AHJ’ on October 8th via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. The EP follows Hammond’s previous solo efforts, 2006’s ‘Yours to Keep’, and 2008’s ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’. Of the new EP’s relationship with his earlier releases, Hammond said, “It’s a combination of both previous recordings, which in turn makes it feel like it’s the best material that I’ve made so far.”

‘AHJ’ was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammond’s two studios, Broome Street in Manhattan and One Way Studios in upstate New York. Of working with Oberg, Hammond stated, “I’ve been working with him since my first solo project, after we met and became best friends. We get along and we understand each other musically, so everything just flows.” Hammond played all of the instruments on the EP himself, excluding drums on several tracks, which were played by longtime collaborator Matthew Frank Romano.

Commenting on his inspirations for ‘AHJ’, Hammond said, “Once you play music for a living, you’re always thinking about stuff. Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies – things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other people’s songs becomes like competition – you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring.”

‘AHJ’ TRACKLIST
1. Cooker Ship
2. Strange Tidings
3. Carnal Cruise
4. Rude Customer
5. St. Justice

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