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A Perfect Circle To Rock TV- L7 Making First Album in Almost 20 Years- Dance Gavin Dance Announce Comeback Album- U2 History Bought- more

A Perfect Circle have announced that they will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, April 23rd and they are inviting fans to attend the taping of the outdoor mini-concert, with tickets and details here.

1990s alt-rockers L7 have revealed that they planning to release their first album in almost 20 years. "We've had such a blast hanging out, writing, and recording with each other again that we decided to keep the ball rolling," they said on their PledgeMusic page. "More song ideas have been flowing out of us every time we get together and play, so we've decided to make a full length album which we will record this year." Read more here

Dance Gavin Dance have announced that they will be releasing their self produced forthcoming studio album, which will be entitled "Artificial Selection" on June 8th. Check out the first single from the effort "Midnight Crusade" here

One of the three "claw" stages built for U2's 360 Tour has been purchased by the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City. Founder and CEO, Brent Anderson reflected on first seeing it during a concert in Barcelona in 2009, "I didn't even want to walk into the stadium. I was kind of holding up the line because I just wanted to look at it and take it in. I didn't really view it as just simply a functional piece of architecture. For me, it was a dynamic sculpture. It was a work of art." Find out his plans for it here

Between The Buried And Me performed a portion of the 2000 Cave In track "Big Riff" during their April 3rd concert in Boston in tribute to Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Zozobra), who passed away the previous week. Watch it here

Killing Joke have announced that they are celebrating their 40th anniversary by embarking on a world tour in September and a new box set. The Laugh At Your Peril tour will kick off in the US before heading through Mexico, Brazil, Chile Argentina and Peru. It will arrive in Europe in October, before climaxing with UK dates in November (full dates below). Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 13. Read about the tour and box set planshere

Suicidal Tendencies have announced a handful of July tour dates in Canada featuring Havok and Sick Of It All on select dates. See the itinerary here

In a newly revealed deleted scenes video from Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip, the former Van Halen frontman asks Bob Weir to share one of his all-time favorite memories from performing at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Watch it here here.

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The Weeknd, Future, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes For Festival d'ete de Quebec

Festival d'ete de Quebec have announced an eclectic lineup for their 51st season that will be taking place in Quebec City from July 5th through 15th at 10 indoor and outdoor venues in the world heritage UNESCO site of the city. We were sent the following details:

From the opening weekend featuring the alternative R&B of The Weeknd, the classic rock icon Neil Young, pop wonder boy Shawn Mendes, and veteran rocker Jethro Tull, to electro nights with The Chainsmokers, the hip-hop of Future, and Brockhampton, and indie rock with Beck and Phoenix, there are evenings dedicated to jazz, French song, blues, folk, and world music in intimate after-hours shows, daily free performances, and headliners on Canada's largest outdoor venue, the Bell stage. It's a season with something for everyone.

New in 2018, the Festival has redesigned its Gold and VIP Front Stage Zones to accommodate an extra 1,500 seats for general ticketholders in these sought-after front stage sections.

The Festival pass (transferable) provides entry to all shows during the entire 11-day Festival for less than $80 U.S. ($100 CAN) until June 5, and less than $85 U.S after. In addition, the Festival offers daily FREE PROGRAMMING at the Hydro-Québec Stage at Place D'Youville and FIBE Stage at Cœur du FEQ (Heart of FEQ). Find more details and the full lineup here.

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Dead Rock West Announce New Tour Dates

(Conqueroo) Alt-country rocker Dead Rock West, fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen, have announced new tour dates beginning a with a set in support of John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, followed by an East Coast tour leg opening for Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

Their recently released More Love (August 2017 via Omnivore Recordings) was produced by John Doe, who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen's signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country, and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless.

Says Doe: "They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Brothers) from their previous records into this one. Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart and soul from two deeply original singers and songwriters . . . Somehow Cindy and Frank connect the dots between '70s country and '60s soul music. They are a modern day Gram and Emmylou, singing songs that Otis and Carla would sing." Read more here.

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Josh Ward Announces Tonk Fest & CD Release Party

Josh Ward has announced a special Tonk Fest & CD Release Party show to celebrate the May 4th release of his brand new studio album "More Than I Deserve."

Ward's Tonk Fest & CD Release Party will take place May 5th at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas. Doors at 5:00 PM. Music starts at 6:00 PM with performances from Josh Ward, Jarrod Birmingham and Jake Worthington.

Josh and his band will be seeing a lot more of the country this year hitting a lot of new places on his never ending tour. "I never thought I would be rolling down the road with one of the hottest bands in Texas playing shows across the United States. I'm happy to be here." Read more here.

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Toby Keith Leads The Very First Tailgate Fest

Country music star Toby Keith has been tapped to headline the inaugural Tailgate Fest which will be taking place during Labor Day Weekend on the grounds of the Forum in Inglewood, Ca.

The new single day county music event on September 1st at the famed Los Angeles venue takes a different approach than traditional music festivals and instead celebrates the tailgate culture at concerts and sports events.

Festival co-creator Melissa Carbone had this to say, "I'm such a tailgate fanatic and the more embedded I got in the culture, I realized there was a pretty unanimous sentiment among us tailgaters. The tailgate shouldn't stop when the show starts. Bring the stage truck-side sort of speak.

"People can still watch the show the traditional way, stageside, but now also have the choice of truck-side, car-side, even poolside. Yeah, I said pool. We're pulling it all out." Read more here.

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Jason Derulo Releases Video For FIFA World Cup Anthem 'Colors'

Jason Derulo have released a music video for his track "Colors" which is the anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and features a special cameo from Wyclef Jean.

The new clip was a double homecoming for Derulo as it was filmed at The Citadelle Laferriére (a mountaintop fortress located in Nord, in his homeland of Haiti) and the city were he was raised, Miami.

Jason had this to say, "As the lyrics say, 'There's beauty in the unity we've found.' We're inundated everyday with negative news and it's hard to remain positive. That's why it's more important than ever to unite with people in your community to try and make a difference.

"As a Haitian-American, I've become more and more invested in giving back to where my family is from. To that extent, this song is a bit of a launch of plans that I am excited to reveal soon..." Watch the video here.

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Academy Of Country Music Awards Collaborations Announced

(dcp) The Academy of Country Music have announced some special collaborations that will be part of this the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards this Sunday night.

The event will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS beginning at 8PM ET and it will feature the very first ACM Flashbacks segment which this year will will honor three of country music's hit songs from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith's celebrated No.1 debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy," Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson's ACM Award-winning hit "Chattahoochee," and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba's GRAMMY Award-winning hit "Does He Love You."

Additional collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit "What Ifs," Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban's new single "Coming Home," plus previously announced Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit "Meant to Be." Read more
here.

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Singled Out: Victoria Ginty's Hard to Move On

Today Victoria Ginty shares the story behind one of her favorite tracks, "Hard to Move On", on her latest album "Unfinished Business". Here is the story:

This song is one of seven songs on this album that my bandmate, bassist Mike Ivey, and I collaborated on. Mike had been divorced for several years but had not started a new relationship yet. When pressed, he confided in me that though he had let his ex-wife go, he had a hard time moving on, and that there was a big difference between letting go and moving on. He knew they had irreconcilable differences, but missed her all the same. So, we decided that was a great "hook" and story line for a song.

I sat down to write the lyrics that would capture the feelings of letting someone go, and the melancholy side of missing them all the same. I sent draft after draft to him, to which he would reply "that's not quite there, dig a deeper"....a taste of my own advice when he would be writing the lyrics to a song. (I swear he was watching a football game as I wrote and rewrote the song!!) Finally, after several drafts, we agreed that the current lyrics captured the evolution of learning to move on. Next, we had to come up with the melody that would fit the feel and mood of the song. First, we set it to a slow blues progression and it was ok, but I felt it was too generic.

Once we chose the studio to record the album at, our producer Justin Rose sent a list of studio musicians available to help with the project. After listening to Grace Lougen's guitar work, I realized that she could perform the work I had imagined. So, I contacted her before our sessions in NY and we began working on the melody by email and text. Within a few sessions she had reworked the verses into a beautiful melancholy roll that left the melody in tact, but gave it mellow "cruisy" roll. Once we arrived at the studio, it was like meeting an old friend and the song came together beautifully.

First impressions may be that it is a sad song, but its really about reflecting, on what you learned, and picking yourself up and declaring that you are moving on.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself, learn more about the album and find her upcoming live dates right here!

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Marty Friedman Plots New Live Release- The Osbournes- System of a Down's Serj Tankian Doing Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown- Hawthorne Heights- more

Former "Rust In Peace" era Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman have revealed this his performance at Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico City on April 14th as part of Guitarfest 2018 will be recorded for a new live album.

The sixth episode of The Osbournes podcast has been released. Here is the synopsis: "Kelly agrees to join Jack and Ozzy on Season 3 of World Detour but forgets that also means her brother is now her boss. Sharon explains how she juggles her life managing Ozzy and her job on The Talk. The lovely Melinda Varga, the pride of Australia, Sharon's longtime assistant and personal confidant, pops in to discuss (reluctantly) what it's been like working for a crazy family for two decades, as well as her feelings about getting pooped on, which seems to go with Osbourne family territory." Stream it here

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is set to appear in an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown where he is a tour guide Bourdain, taking the host through his homeland of Armenia, according to Loudwire. Read more here

Hawthorne Heights have released a stream of their new song "Starlighter (Echo, Utah)". IT comes from the band's upcoming album, "Bad Frequencies", which is due out April 27 Listen to the track here.

Beartooth guitarist Taylor Lumley has left the group after 5 years. He explains, "I quit Beartooth today to focus more on my life and my art. I love all the dudes in our band and crew like family and there was no ill will at all. Thank y'all for loving me through this chapter of my life, and encouraging me to love myself. I'll be back?"

X Japan have special plans for Coachella. During their Mojave Stage headlining performance they will be joined on stage by holograms of former members Hide and Taiji, and other special guests.

Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward said inspiration for their groundbreaking 1967 album "Days of Future Passed" came about partly because their label Decca, which had developed the Deramic Sound System stereo, wanted a record that could demonstrate it. Read more here

Songwritersfonts.com are offering free typefaces based on the handwriting of David Bowie, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg. Read more here

Spock's Beard have released the "To Breathe Another Day" studio documentary about the first single from their 13th studio album, Noise Floor, which is set to be released on May 25th. Watch the documentary here

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real have premiered a new video for album track 'Carolina' . Watch it here

Metal Mind Productions have announced a June 8th release date for an expanded reissue of Artillery's fourth studio album "B.A.C.K." in a new digital pack edition that will include four bonus tracks.

The Split Seconds, announce the release of their new track, "Where Have All the Good Men Gone," from their forthcoming sophomore album, Counterfeit Reality, due out June 8. Check out the song here

Overkill have band release the second trailer for their forthcoming album "Live In Overhausen" which is set to be released on May 18, 2018. Watch the trailer here. here.

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Dierks Bentley Announces New Album 'The Mountain'

Country music star Dierks Bentley has announced that he will be releasing his ninth studio album, which will be entitled "The Mountain" on June 8th.

Bentley co-wrote 10 of the 13 new tracks featured on the effort and began conceiving the new music while visiting the Rocky Mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.

He explains, "I found myself there, constantly reaching for my guitar. It was like a gravitational pull. That town and those people just make you want to be creative, I couldn't describe it. I was like 'How do I tell everyone in Nashville this is what I want to write about?' I realized I couldn't bring it back, so I had to take everyone out there." Read more here.

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Zayn Follows Up Dusk Til Dawn With 'Let Me' Video

Former One Direction star Zayn has released a music video for his brand new single called 'Let Me'. The track will be featured on his forthcoming sophomore solo album.

Zayn conceived of the new video working with director and producer Jose Padilha (Narcos, Robocop). It co- stars actor Steven Bauer (Scarface, Breaking Bad).

The new clip is the the sequel to Zayn's 2017 MTV Best Video award winning 'Dusk Til Dawn', a track that featured Sia. Watch Zayn's new visual here.

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Vance Joy Releases 'Saturday Sun' Video

Vance Joy has released a new music video for his latest single "Saturday Sun". The song comes from his recently released sophomore album "Nation of Two".

According to the announcement, "the video was directed by The Young Astronauts and stars a suited-up, corporate version of Vance Joy, who finds himself daydreaming on the job."

His weekend memories of finding new love collide with his boring daily work routine, blending his colorful imagination into reality. Watch a stream of the video here.

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