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Jewel Set to Release ‘Picking Up the Pieces’

She first appeared on the scene like a supernova and now, just five years since her last singer-songwriter album, Jewel is returning to the deep, personal territory and folk sound that made her one of music’s most exciting young voices when she released the transcendent Pieces of You. As revealed by this morning, Jewel […]



Joel Hoekstra announces the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album Dying To Live from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to millions of rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages. Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th. Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio’ish at its heaviest and Foreigner’ish at its lightest

Ashley Monroe Announces ‘The Blade Tour’

Ashley Monroe has been busy promoting her new album, The Blade, but she’s fixin’ to get even more busy when she hits the road this fall on ‘The Blade Tour.’ The singer took to Facebook to make the announcement. Guess what?! I’m going on The Blade tour this fall, and I can’t wait to see […]

Neil Young Erases Most of Catalog From Streaming Services

It took two weeks but Neil Young finally expunged the vast majority of his catalog from streaming services. On July 15th, the rocker issued a pair of Facebook posts deriding the audio quality of streaming services and alerting fans that he’d pull all of his albums  from Apple Music, Spotify and the like. “It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution,” Young wrote.

Frank Zappa’s Family Plans Massive New Release Schedule

Although the final album that Frank Zappa worked on before his death came out earlier this year, the rock legend’s family has many more releases planned. A new partnership between the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises will allow for new product releases, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Greatest Rock & Roll Rebels Some of the items in the works include Joe’s Garage, The Musical , the long-fabled Roxy Movie and an orchestra performance of 200 Motels featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The first release will be a remastered edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s 1974 album, One Size Fits All , which will come out on August 14th on 180-gram vinyl.

Eric Church Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18th. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path […]

Eric Church Exhibit Coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

Visitors to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will soon be able to walk through the life and career of Eric Church. The “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer has been tapped as the subject of the venue’s next cameo exhibition, opening September 18th. Eric Church: The Music That Made Me Dubbed “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider,” the exhibit will span the musician’s childhood in North Carolina to his platinum-selling, boundary-pushing present. Artifacts hand-picked by Church will include guitars, handwritten lyrics, stage attire and personal photos, among other memorabilia

Garth Brooks Adds 5 More Dallas Shows

After an overwhelming demand from fans, Garth Brooks has added five additional dates in Dallas for his  world tour. Garth initially announced two Dallas dates, Sept. 18 and 19 at the American Airlines Center. Tickets for those two dates went on sale the morning of July 24 and over 100,000 were sold before noon

Years and Years on Crafting Dance-Pop With Indie-Rock Edge

U.K. electronic band Years and Years jumbles together an unlikely mix of sounds, including some that don’t seem particularly fashionable — think Hot Chip and the Wanted covering Savage Garden, with a dash of Jamie Woon. They have several major hits overseas, the biggest being anthemic summer jam “King,” but their next stop is the United States: The single recently charted in the lower reaches of the Mainstream Top 40 and earlier this month, the group released their strong full-length debut Foundation . 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014 Rolling Stone met with the band’s Olly Alexander, Emre Turkmen and Mikey Goldsworthy at their room in the Standard Hotel on Manhattan’s West Side. Black leather covered every piece of furniture, and myriad disco balls hung from the ceiling

Ashley Monroe: ‘It’s Hard for Me to Write a Happy Song’

Two days before the official release of her critically-acclaimed new album, The Blade , singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe launched her third solo LP with a glittering performance at an East Nashville club. Throughout the evening, the Tennessee-born chanteuse invited several of her Music City friends and collaborators to share the stage. Among them were Jessi Alexander, co-writer of four cuts on The Blade , Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, better known as duo Striking Matches, who penned two tracks on the LP, and Vince Gill, who (as he had with Monroe’s brilliant 2013 album, Like a Rose ) co-produced the disc with Justin Niebank and also wrote a cut with Monroe.

Keith Richards Doc ‘Under the Influence’ Headed to Netflix

Keith Richards: Under the Influence , a new documentary about the Rolling Stones guitarist , will premiere via Netflix on September 18th. Filmmaker Morgan Neville, who recently won a “Best Documentary” Oscar for a documentary about backup singers called 20 Feet From Stardom and who directed Richards’ recent “Trouble” music video , directed the film. Keith Richards Holds New York Listening Session for New LP Producers are promising an “unprecedented look” at Richards’ influences, songwriting process and guitar playing in the documentary.

Brantley Gilbert’s “One Hell Of An Amen” Soars To #1 At Country Radio

Brantley Gilbert scores his sixth career #1 at Country radio this week with “One Hell Of An Amen” (The Valory Music Co.). Brantley penned the emboldened tune with Mike Dekle and Brian Davis, paying tribute to both a close friend and a fallen soldier whose separate legacies highlight those who “fight the good fight.” The track appears on JUST […]

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