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Tokyo Police Club Announce Spring Tour Dates

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Tokyo Police Club have confirmed the title and release date of the band’s second full length album: Champ will be released June 8 on the band’s new U.S. label home mom+pop. The band has provided a sneak peek at the new record in the form of the track “Breakneck Speed,” currently streaming at at http://tokyopoliceclub.com/  The band has also revealed their upcoming tour dates, check them out below.

Tour Dates:

April 6, 2010 Starlight – Waterloo, ON
Apr 7, 2010 Isaacs Bar and Grill – St. Catharines, ON
Apr 8, 2010 Rokbar – Hamilton, ON
Apr 9, 2010 The Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
Apr 17, 2010 Coachella Music Festival 2010 – Indio, CA
Apr 27, 2010 Mr. Small’s Theater – Millvale, PA
May 29, 2010 Immergut Festival – Neustrelitz, Germany
May 30, 2010 Uebel und Gefaehrlich – Hamburg, Germany
May 31, 2010 Lido – Berlin, Germany
Jun 1, 2010 Luxor – Koln, Germany
Jun 2, 2010 59:1 – Munich, Germany
Jun 4, 2010 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland
Jun 5, 2010 Botanique/Witloof Bar – Brussels, Belgium
Jun 7, 2010 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
Jun 8, 2010 Scala – London, UK
Jun 9, 2010 The Tabernacle (with Passion Pit) – Atlanta, GA
Jun 11, 2010 Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
Jun 12, 2010 Club at Firestone (with Passion Pit) – Orlando, FL
Jun 13, 2010 The FIllmore (with Passion Pit) – Miami Beach, FL
Jun 14, 2010 The Ritz Ybor (with Passion Pit) – Tampa, FL
Jun 16, 2010 House of Blues (with Passion Pit) – New Orleans, LA
Jun 17, 2010 Warehouse Live (with Passion Pit) – Houston, TX
Jun 18, 2010 Stubb’s (with Passion Pit) – Austin, TX
Jun 19, 2010 Stubb’s (with Passion Pit) – Austin, TX
Jun 21, 2010 Palladium Ballroom (with Passion Pit) – Dallas, TX
Jun 23, 2010 The Pageant (with Passion Pit) – St. Louis, MO
Jun 25, 2010 Royal Oak Music Theater (with Passion PIt) – Royal Oak, MI
Jun 27, 2010 Mann Center (with Passion Pit) – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 29, 2010 Prospect Park Bandshell (with Passion Pit) – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 30, 2010 Governor’s Island (with Passion Pit) – New York, NY

Semi Precious Weapons Announces Spring Club Tour Dates

March 31, 2010 by  
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Semi Precious Weapons have announced 4 headlining club shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Boston during a brief break between Japanese and European Monster Ball treks with Lady Gaga. 
You don’t want to miss this!

Tour Dates:

4/21: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
4/24: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
4/26: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/27: Boston, MA @ Paradise

Sevendust Tour Dates & Cold Day Memory Pre-Order

March 30, 2010 by  
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Sevendust are currently putting the finishing touches on a headlining tour with Drowning Pool and will take a break before heading out to do it all over again in April and beyond. The band will be world permiering the DVD portion of the album and doing a special acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in their hometown of Atlanta, GA the night before release, April 19th. Details and ticket information TBA.

The band’s eighth studio album, Cold Day Memory, comes out April 20 on their own 7Bros. Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.  The album is the band’s first new album with their original line-up back together with Lowery’s return after his departure in 2003. Sevendust’s new single, “Unraveling”, is #17 and rising on the BDS Active Rock chart – It’s the most well received single in the bands history and has a chance to be a crossover smash. Buy “Unraveling” on iTunes here.

To make the tour extra special, Ticketmaster is offering an “Ultimate Memory Fan Package” bundle, which pairs a ticket to the show with an autographed copy of COLD DAY MEMORY and a meet & greet with the band. Further info can be found on Ticketmaster by doing a search for Sevendust tickets HERE.

 

Tour  dates:

DATE                CITY                             VENUE
Mon 4/19          Atlanta, GA                    Hard Rock Cafe (DVD Premiere & Acoustic Set) – Details TBA
Tues 4/20         Kennesaw, GA               6:30pm – Best Buy In Store Signing (850 Cobb Place Blvd NW – Kennesaw, GA 30144)=
Weds 4/21        Knoxville, TN                  5:30pm – Disc Exchange In Store Signing (2615 Chapman Hwy – Knoxville, TN 37920)
Wed 4/21          Knoxville, TN                  The Valarium
Sat 4/24            Tampa FL                      St. Pete Times Forum (WXTB 98 Rockfest)
Sun 4/25           Ladson, SC                    Ladson Fairgrounds (LiveX 2010)
Tue 4/27            Fayetteville, AR             George’s Majestic Lounge
Thu 4/29            Houma, LA                    The City Club
Fri 4/30             Atlanta, GA                    Tabernacle
Tue 5/4             Springfield, VA                Jaxx
Wed 5/5            Richmond, VA                The National
Fri 5/7               Clifton Park, NY              Northern Lights
Sat 5/8              Allentown, PA                Crocodile Rock Café
Sun 5/9             Syracuse, NY                 Westcott Theatre
Wed 5/12          Lancaster, PA                Chameleon Club
Fri 5/14             South Bend, IN               Club Fever
Sun 5/16           Flint, MI                         Machine Shop
Sat 5/22            Columbus, OH               Crew Stadium (Rock On The Range)

Concert Gallery: Daughtry / Boston, MA

March 30, 2010 by  
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Daughtry
March 20, 2010
Agganis Arena – Boston , MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

New Contest: Win A “Kick-Ass” Movie Prize Pack

March 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Contests, Daily Music News

To celebrate the movie KICK-ASS and it’s equally ass-kicking soundtrack, we have a prize pack to give away that includes the soundtrack, a tshirt, and some stickers.

When a teenage comic book fanboy’s obsession takes over his life and he becomes a costumed super-hero named KICK-ASS (played by Aaron Johnson) – with no super-powers whatsoever – the results are the twisted, funny, high-octane adventure movie that opens in U.S. theatres on April 16th. Preceding the movie on March 30th, the soundtrack album KICK-ASS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE will be released.

Featured on the soundtrack is The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl fame and here’s the full tracklisting:

1 The Prodigy – Stand Up
2 Mika vs RedOne – Kick Ass
3 Primal Scream- Can’t Go Back
4 The Little Ones- There’s A Pot Brewin’
5 The Prodigy – Omen
6 The Pretty Reckless- Make Me Wanna Die
7 The Dickies – Banana Splits
8 Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed
9 Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
10 New York Dolls – We’re All In Love
11 Zongamin – Bongo Song
12 Ennio Morricone – Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu (For A Few Dollars More)
13 The Hit Girls – Bad Reputation
14 Elvis Presley – An American Trilogy

Check out the iTunes audio:  Kick-Ass:  “Music From the Motion Picture” here and the Amazon mp3:  Kick-Ass:  “Music From the Motion Picture” here.

 To enter to win send us an email at staff@theywillrockyou.com with the subject title “Kick-Ass!”.  Include your full name, mailing address and email address.

On Friday April 2nd one winner will be picked at random!  Good Luck!

Bobby Blotzer of RATT

March 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

It’s been ten years since Ratt n’ Rollers could sink their teeth into a new studio album from iconic rockers RATT but never fear, the wait is almost over.  On April 20th, the band, with a re-vamped line-up of original members and new additions (Stephen Pearcy on vocals, Warren DeMartini and Carlos Cavazo on guitars, Bobby Blotzer on drums and Robbie Crane on bass), will release their latest effort titled Infestation.  Already getting rave reviews from rock fans of all ages, Infestation offers up a vintage RATT sound with a modern delivery.

Not without their share of drama throughout the years RATT has, much like the cliché, “been there and done that”. It wasn’t always pretty but hey, that’s rock n roll.  In the end, they persevered, and did what brothers in rock always do, came together to write an album that will please both fans who have followed them from day one and those just hearing them for the first time.  Bridging the gap between the 80s and the current evolution of  rock music they’re bringing back their signature sound in hopes of anointing 2010 the year of the RATT.

With a release party scheduled where it all began, back on the Sunset Strip at The Key Club, the band will kick it all off on April 20th.  Following that they’ll be heading to Europe for festival season and then returning to the States to kick off a tour with The Scorpions in July.

Drummer Bobby Blotzer recently took some time to chat with us about the band, the making of the new album, and his autobiography that drops on the same day.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

So let’s get right to the new album, Infestation, it’s been described as a rebirth of your original sound and a return to the sound that the band started out with.  Was it your intent to go into the studio and write an album that followed in the footsteps of your earlier releases? 
It was an attempt to get back to a more aggressive, street-level sound.  We were sort of shooting for our EP (released in 1983) kind of vibe.  On our EP there was grit, hunger and anger to it.  Basically we’re still pretty hungry and angry – we’re happy too but we’re still striving to gain ground and keep the name out there. Without blueprinting any particular song we just wanted to make it that way when we were writing it.

Stephen has described the new album as sounding like Out of the Cellar meets Invasion of your Privacy do you agree with that take on it?
I wouldn’t say it sounds like that, when people ask me how this record compares to our other records I would say it fits in between those two.  It would have been a great follow up to Out of the Cellar.  Somewhere between those two albums and the EP it fits right in.  Sonically it sounds new but the attitude and the hooks and the melodies all sound like vintage rock.

This new album puts you in a really unique position because not only will it appeal to fans whom have been following you for decades but it opens up the door to introduce RATT to a whole new generation of fans.  Have you been receiving feedback from new fans about the single?
Absolutely, yes we have and we’ve been seeing a lot of young fans at our shows in general.  It’s been very encouraging, obviously there’s something happening with all the Guitar Hero and Rockstar games.  We have songs on them so I’m sure there’s interest in not only our band but all the other bands from our genre.  Our catalog sales continue to climb every year.  As far as new fans digging this new one, I’m not sure of the demographic just yet.  I know there’s been a really huge amount of downloading going on of the single so that’s good.

It took you about a year to write the album and Stephen said the lyrics were written over and over, was it a difficult writing process overall or were you just taking your time with it?
No, it didn’t take a year.  We started writing April and we were in the studio by June.  Some people might have been writing a little bit before that but I specifically took my guitar and wrote seven songs in a few months period.  I went in and demo’ed them with me playing all the instruments and then brought the songs to the band and we ended up using two of them on the record.  It took a year from writing to rehearsing to recording – so maybe the whole process took a year.

Since it was the first RATT studio album in over ten years, did you face any challenges or did it come pretty easily to you?
Well, nothing comes easily in RATT.  We are a professional bunch but there’s still that creative tension somehow, it’s just the way we work.  We yell our ideas to each other; we’re intense like that – fighting Irish brothers if you will.  The proof’s in the pudding, we always come up with good songs.  It was an easy thing once we got the songs down – then it became easier. 

You mentioned that you demo’ed a few of the songs on your own. What is the general writing process for you guys?  Do you all start out writing on your own and bringing all of your ideas to the table to get everyone else’s feedback?
That’s generally what we do, everybody demo’s their song ideas.  Stephen is the kind of singer that likes to put his own melody and lyrics to each of the tunes.  Some of the songs I write, sometimes I write lyrics and melody to but he usually will do his own thing over them so I give him a version that I have of just music and I give him a version with me singing my melody and lyrical idea.  If he uses them great, if he doesn’t – it’s not worth fighting about.  He’ll come up with his ideas and we’ll have a co-written song.  We don’t know what he’s going to come up with sometimes until the last moment, but he hit the ball out of the park on this one.

I was going to ask you which song on the album you felt most connected to but after hearing you say that you wrote two of the songs I’m going to guess that it’s one of those?
I don’t know if I’d say that.  I’m connected to them as a writer.  “Look Out Below” is a song I wrote and “Don’t Let Go” is my music.  I like those songs but there are other songs on there that I like better and equally and some I don’t like as much.  I’m an equal opportunity liker and disliker.

 

So then what song do you feel most connected to?
I think “Eat Me Up Alive” came out really good, it’s really reminiscent of the 1982 vibe that was out in the heavy metal world at that time.  “Best of Me” I think has a great pop radio edge, if there even is such a beast in this day and age, I don’t know.  If that song would have been out in ‘84/85 it would have been a success.  “Best of Me” is very radio friendly, “Garden of Eden” is a great song, “A LittleToo Much” is a great pop song by RATT standards –  I like’em all.

Let’s talk about the addition to Carlos Cavazo to the band.  Considering the guys that have held that spot before him, how does he fit and how do you describe the dynamic of his shared duties with Warren?
I was not a proponent of having Carlos in the band.  Not because I didn’t like him, we have been friends for over 27 years.  He’s always been a good friend, Carlos is a pacifist and he’s really easy to work with.  Guys like me Steven and Warren need guys to work with like Carlos and Robbie Crane.  He fit in great but I didn’t want him in the band, I didn’t want two lead guitar players.  Once he joined though we started doing the duo guitar thing again it reminded me how much I miss Robin Crosby and the Robin and Warren dual guitar thing.  That’s what RATT’s roots are and we kind of got back to our grassroots by adding him to the band.

So you’ve announced that the release party for the album is going to be on the Sunset Strip at The Key Club on April 20th, what does it mean for you to go back there and release the album there after so many memories?
I’m not happy about using that venue personally.  I would have rather have done it in another city and another venue but that’s just my personal opinion.  It will be fun, I’m just not crazy about the layout of that venue.  It’s hard to navigate for people that are there to enjoy the show.  I want my fans to be comfortable but we’re going to do it up and it will be a fun night and we’ll all have a great time no matter what.

A couple of years ago, the band celebrated the 25 year mark.  Looking back at the band and its history, what are the things that stand out to you as the most rewarding moments?
By the way, today marks my 28th anniversary of the day I joined RATT.  It’s amazing to be working still.  I guess we’re allowed to work until we die, and what better job is there, we get to go and rock out every night.  I do think it’s going to be hard to play heavy hitting songs like “Sweet Cheater” and “Wanted Man” when I’m 65 – swinging the sticks for two hours is not an easy gig.

I saw you doing it this summer and you didn’t seem to have any problems thus far.
No, no problems yet but I’m just thinking ahead to age 65, they might feel kind of heavy.

The RATT VH1 Behind The Music was one of my favorites, and I think it gave fans some insight into some things that may have been hazy in the past including what happened with Juan.  Do you regret doing that or was it a bit therapeutic to get it all out there?
They edited it to a level where not everything was correct.  I liked it, I knew it was going to be a dramatic thing and I encouraged the band to do it.  It was sad and it showed a lot of dramatics – the thing they did to Robin.  I wish they would have touched on more of the fun things we did.  They didn’t give us any pre-look at it so I wasn’t happy about that but I appreciate it and I’m happy that it was done.  I just wish they would have showed that we have an artistic side and talked about our successful writing and touring – it wasn’t just parties. We partied every day but there was a lot of work involved.

So let’s talk a little bit about your autobiography that’s coming out on the same day as the album –
I started it in 2008 and I’ve been waiting for this record to be done and released so I could release my book at the same time.  It’s called “Tales of a RATT – Things You Shouldn’t Know”.  It’s my autobiography – it talks about my whole life and how I was able to be a kid from Pittsburgh who moves to NJ and then moved to CA when he was 13 and became this person that sold all these records and known globally.  It talks about being in the company of the likes of Keith Richards, having   Bon Jovi opening for us, the money that was made and the time spent buying boats and cars, and having friends from other bands come on my boat and the things we did and the good times we shared.  It’s really my whole life story – the ups and downs.  My friends kept encouraging me to write a book and my theory was, who really gives a shit?  So I had time off and wasn’t doing anything and wrote a couple of chapters and started working with Jim Clayton who helped me put it together and really exploit the time period we were talking about.  It’s a fun read.  The website is BobbyBlotzer.com and it can be pre-ordered now.  It’s not an Enquirer magazine, slam thing, it’s just my story.  I wanted it to be fun and for people to realize how lucky we are to do what we do, and how thankful we are to our fans. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be right now.

You’ve never been one to really have idle hands, you’re always involved in some kind of side project.  Are any of your side projects active or are they all on hold for now?
RATT is it for now. After we tour I might put out a solo record since I have a backlog of work but RATT is my priority. 

So when does the tour start by the way?
We have a bunch of one off shows over the next few months and then we leave June 9th for Europe for a bunch of shows then we return to the States for a tour with The Scorpions in July.  I’m extremely excited about that!

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CD Review: Broken Bells / Broken Bells

Broken Bells
Broken Bells

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 Reviewed by:  Sally Feller
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TWRY Video Of The Week: Foxy Shazam / Oh Lord

March 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, TWRY Video of the Week

Our video of the week comes from one of our new faves Foxy Shazam!  The band is currently out on tour with The Young Veins so check them out!  

Foxy Shazam currently have a digital and physical pre-order at http://foxyshazam.com.  When you pre-order you’ll get two tracks instantly- ”Wanna Be Angel” and “Unstoppable.”

Here’s the video for their song “Oh Lord”:

Ron Keel of Keel

March 28, 2010 by  
Filed under 80s Guy For The Modern Eye, Interviews

Ron Keel is something of a renaissance man. Singer, songwriter, guitarist in both rock and country music; Ron has played to thousands in sold out stadiums and has also played to 50 people in small country bars. His passion does not waiver no matter how large or small the crowd. He has always given 100% back to his fans, he listens to what you want but he also follows his instincts. Right now his instincts tell him that it’s the right time for Keel to once again make a splash into the melodic rock waters.

With the new Keel album, Streets of Rock and Roll, Ron is leading the troops of Keel Nation back from exile. The album is getting rave reviews and a tour is being arranged that should keep Keel on the road for much of this year.  Ron is excited about the present, loves to talk about the past, and has big plans for the future.  I had a chance recently to discuss all that is Ron Keel with the man himself.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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Green River Ordinance Tells You WHY You Should Come See Them Live!

March 27, 2010 by  
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Green River Ordinance are heading out on tour with Vedera before setting sail on VH1’s Best Cruise Ever alongside Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, and Secondhand Serenade.  Josh, Geoff, Jamie, Joshua and Denton want to see all their fans out at the recently announced dates, so they filmed a short video with nine reasons why everyone should check out their energetic, live show.    Check it out below:

GRO’s debut album Out Of My Hands featuring their new single “On Your Own” is available now on iTunes.

Green River Ordinance Tour Dates:

3/27 Stubbs Austin, TX                 
3/29 Bottleneck Lawrence, KA
3/31 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
4/01 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
4/02 House of Bricks Des Moines, IA
4/03 Rave Bar Milwaukee, WI
4/06 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
4/07 The Square Room Knoxville, TN
4/08 Vinyl Atlanta, GA
4/11 Work Play Birmingham, AL
4/13 Ritz Ybor w/ LifeHouse Tampa, FL
4/15 VH1 Best Cruise Ever – w/ LifeHouse, 3doors Down, & Shinedown Tampa, FL
4/16 VH1 Best Cruise Ever – w/ LifeHouse, 3doors Down, & Shinedown Tampa, FL
4/17 VH1 Best Cruise Ever – w/ Parachute, Safetysuit, & Seconhand Serenade Tampa, FL
4/18 VH1 Best Cruise Ever – w/ LifeHouse, 3doors Down, & Shinedown Tampa, FL
4/22 House of Blues Houston, TX
4/24 House of Blues Dallas, TX
4/26 Bluebird Denver, CO
4/27 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
4/28 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
4/30 El Corazon Seattle, WA
5/01 Berbati’s Pan Portland, OR
5/03 Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, CA
5/04 State Theater Modesto, CA
5/06 The Troubador Los Angeles, CA
5/23 HullabaLOU Festival Louisville, KY

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