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The Very Last Warped Tour Lineup Announced

(Radio.com) The Vans Warped Tour has announced it's 24th and final line up for the summer of 2018. Among the bands on board for the last outing are Warped Tour mainstays All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Simple Plan, 3OH!3, Less Thank Jake, The Used, Sum 41 and Asking Alexandria.

Founder Kevin Lyman shared in a press statement, "I truly am happy to get the chance to travel around the country one more time to thank you for your support, and bring you another best day ever."

Upon announcing 2018 would be its final run, Lyman also said there would be a 25th-anniversary celebration planned for 2019. See the final lineup announcement here.

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Multiple David Bowie Releases Coming On Record Store Day

(Radio.com) David Bowie fans will have multiple reasons to check out this year's Record Store Day on April 21, 2018, with three Bowie recordings getting a special vinyl treatment.

Leading the list is Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) which will be available as a 3 LP set, and features previously unreleased tour recordings from June 30 and July 1, 1978.

The two other offerings are a 12" single of "Let's Dance" with a studio version on side A, and a live version on side B and Bowie Now, which features tracks from Heroes and Low on white vinyl. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd In The Studio For Dark Side Of The Moon Anniversary

The 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd's legendary album The Dark Side of the Moon is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon to see how this "progressive" rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed by IN THE STUDIO guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

As early as the Moody Blues' 1968 Days of Future Passed, which was the result of a combination of new technology (the Mellotron, which crudely emulated choral and orchestral sounds) and desperation, an increasing number of British and European bands expanded rock's canvas musically and lyrically without the slightest consideration to the pop hit mainstream. King Crimson's stunning debut in 1969, In the Court of the Crimson King, inspired others such as fellow Londoners YES to release Close to the Edge less than a year after their breakthrough album Fragile. While not normally considered a prog-rock band, Traffic nevertheless had their biggest seller in 1972 with The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, built around the 11 minute hypnotic title song which featured electronically synthesized saxophone, while Trilogy from Emerson, Lake and Palmer as well as Foxtrot from the Peter Gabriel-led Genesis, had critics raving and cash registers ringing.

Of course all of this would culminate in Spring 1973 with the incomparable Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon, an iconic masterpiece which long ago threw off any binders imparted by categorization merely as progressive rock.

Roger Waters share the concept behind Dark Side... with IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard.

Roger Waters: "My idea for what the record should be about...(was)... our lives could really be seen as a microcosm of the lives of Every Man, all the different things, like fear and love and hope and anxiety and hatred and pain and religion and authority, that impinged upon our lives at the time and had done throughout our childhoods. And somehow that could be turned into a record that was about the potential we have for being human, and humane, and fulfilling our potential as human beings; but how that potential is eclipsed often by negativity". Stream the episode here.

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Twenty One Pilots Make Digital Era History With 'Blurryface'

(Radio.com) Twenty One Pilots have unlocked a very notable--and new--achievement. The band's 2015 album, Blurryface, is now the first album in the digital era to see every single track go Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum.

The milestone was reached recently when the track "Hometown" joined the other 13 tunes on the album in hitting Gold status. 'Congratulations to Twenty One Pilots for this unparalleled achievement," said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA in a press statement.

"From the first track to the 14th, each and every song from 'Blurryface' has resonated with fans. In a time when fans enjoy instant access to millions of different tracks, this is a testament to the appeal of both the album and each of its individual songs. Congratulations to Tyler, Josh and Fueled by Ramen."

The RIAA provided a track-by-track breakdown of Blurryface song awards. Check it out here.

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Deftones Announce Good Morning Beautiful

(Gibson) Iron Maiden has one. So does Megadeth. Oh, yeah, and Anthrax, too. We're talking about signature beers, and now, Deftones have unveiled a new brew in honor of all things heavy.

The Deftones guys have announced that they're joining forces with Belching Beaver Brewery to craft a new, signature beer with a kick. The brew, which is one in a string of Deftones-Belching Beaver Brewery collaborations, is a brown ale named Good Morning Beautiful. It's brewed with coconut, coffee and maple syrup. Sounds delicious, right?

Deftones fans will notice that Good Morning Beautiful takes its name from Deftones' 2003 self-titled full-length. It marks the band's third beer with Belching Beaver, the previous brews being Phantom Bride and Swerve City IPAs. Read more here.

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Phish Announce Curveball Festival

Phish have announced their 11th festival, Curveball which will be taking place August 17th -19th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. We were sent the following details:

Curveball marks the latest epic gathering in an extraordinary tradition first forged by Phish in August 1996 with the groundbreaking Clifford Ball. The 2018 event marks the third Phish festival to be held at the legendary Watkins Glen International, following 2015's Magnaball and 2011's Super Ball IX. Rolling Stone's Jesse Jarnow hailed the former, noting, "At Magnaball, highlights weren't guest appearances, acoustic sets, thrust stages or even big hits, but the nitty-gritty of Phish's music...While Phish continue to be industry leaders, defining and expanding the live-streaming concert market, as with so much in their career, they remain happily on the outside."

Curveball is but one highlight of Phish's eagerly awaited summer run, set to get underway July 17 and 18 with a pair of sold out shows at Stateline, NV's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys and then continue through the band's eighth annual Labor Day Weekend residency at Commerce City, CO's Dick's Sporting Goods Park on August 31-September 2. See the dates here.

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Sevendust And Madame Mayhem Announce Spring Tour

Sevendust have announced that they will be hitting the road next month for a U.S. spring tour and they are bringing along Madame Mayhem as their support act.

The initial dates for the tour have been announced and is currently scheduled to kick off on April 21st in El Paso, TX, and conclude on June 1st in Sioux City, IA.

Madame Mayhem had this to say, "Really excited to get back on the road and play! This tour is going to be so much fun. The band and I are thrilled to be supporting Sevendust on this run, those guys are like family to us." Read more here.

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The Neighbourhood Streaming New Single 'Nervous'

(Radio.com) The Neighbourhood have shared an online stream of a brand new song called 'Nervous' ahead of next week's big album release date, and it sounds like the guys are on edge.

The track is another moody and atmospheric affair, with singer Jesse Rutherford emoting over jangle-heavy guitars, a sedate drum machine beat and subtle '80s aesthetics.

"Nervous" is the most recent in a series of advance tracks to precede the March 9 released date for the band's self-titled full-length effort. Check out the new song here.

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LA Chargers Joe Barksdale Rocks With New Album

Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Joe Barksdale is also a guitarist and has released his debut album "Butterflies, Rainbows & Moonbeams". We were sent the following details:

While it's not unusual for a 21st Century American to tackle a second job, the release of Joe Barksdale's debut album yields a unique pairing of occupations: NFL offensive lineman by day, aspiring guitar star at night.

Independently released on his Hear My Music label, Butterflies, Rainbows & Moonbeams reveals a remarkably confident guitarist with a comfortable voice and eclectic range, a notable launch considering the Los Angeles Chargers' offensive tackle only began his music journey when the 2013 season wrapped.

"I am extremely competitive, extremely, and I apply that to my musical career," says Barksdale. "That's why I've been telling everyone who interviews me that I am going to be one of the greatest guitar players of my generation before it's all said and done." Read more here.

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From Ashes To New Release 'Crazy' Video

From Ashes To New have released a brand new music video for their track "Crazy." The song is the first single from their forthcoming album "The Future," which is set to hit stores on April 20th .

Matt Brandyberry had this to say, "Anxiety made it difficult to write at times but ultimately we came together and decided we were going to write the best music we possibly could and see where that took us".

New vocalist Danny Case adds. "Crazy is, at its core, a song about someone or something driving you absolutely out of your mind and feeling unable to walk away from it. I feel like everyone at one point or another experiences that in their lives.

"For me personally, I dated someone for a very short period of time and it felt like everything I said and did was wrong. I honestly thought I was losing my mind because I knew it was a bad situation, but I just felt like I couldn't walk away. I think having that life experience really helped when we sat down and wrote the lyrics" Watch the video here.

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Autographed Items From Rock Stars Being Auctioned For Promoter

Our friend Happenin Harry, a Los Angeles area music promoter has launched a new auction for a number of autographed items for some of rocks biggest names to help raise money for his medical expenses.

Harry shared the following details on his Facebook page: The Happenin' Harry Medical Auction Part One Is Online At Facebook Now! So far we have bids on the Tommy Lee autographed copy of "The Dirt" by Motley Crue AND the Mike Ness of Social Distortion autographed photo!

There is something for everyone including: * Autographed Vinyl LPs
* Autographed Guitars* Autographed Photos* Autographed Books* Autographed Gear* Autographed CDs* and more !!

A Signed Group Of Items For Bidding By EVERYONE Including Members of Scorpions - Stone Temple Pilots - AC/DC - Ministry - Poison - Guns N Roses - Dream Theater - Mr. Big - Alice Cooper - Avenged Sevenfold - Journey - Winery Dogs - Arcade - John Mellencamp - Marylin Manson - Extreme - Lizzy Borden - Army Of Anyone - Satalite Party - The Bangkok Five - Dio - Warrant - Quiet Riot - Revolting Cocks - Grim Reaper - Ptp - The Mission - Acid Horse - Human Drama - Tricky - Armored Saint - Pleasure Burn - Dio's Disciples - Heaven & Hell - Type O Negative - Bumblefoot - Tygers Of Pan Tang - Odin - Sons Of Apollo - Korn - Genatorturers - Tsol - Kmfdm - Wednesday 13 - Ufo - Vast - Am Radio - Front 242 - Coal Chamber - Gemini Syndrome - Talisman - Rough Cutt - Guiffria - Yngwie Malmsteen - Goo Goo Dolls - Twisted Sister - Berlin - Steelheart - Fear Factory - God Forbid - Disturbed - The Dickies - Bad Wolves - Static X - Lita Ford - Lead Into Gold - GZR - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Peter Murphy - Splender - Orgy - Murderdolls - Methods Of Mayhem - Acid Horse - Excessive Force - Pailhead - Cadillac Tramps - Dramagods - Wasp - The Tyler Bates Orchestra - Firehouse - Alice In Chains - Arch Enemy - Motley Crue - Social Distortion - The Mentors - Megadeth - Berlin - Faster Pussycat - Tommy Lee - Circle Jerks - MSG

Plus, cast members of TRopic Thunder - AMC's Fear The Walking Dead - 48 Hours - Wayne's World - Hulk - CSI - Constantine & Lethal Weapon. Find out more here.

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Portugal. The Man Talk 'Hail Satan' Grammy Moment

(Radio.com) In honor of Portugal. The Man's Best Pop Duo/Group Performance win for 'Feel It Still," Radio.com sat down with the guys to talk about their GRAMMY--you know, that trophy frontman John Gourley wiped his a-- with. Zach Carothers (bass) and Eric Howk (guitar) told us all about it ' and that 'Hail Satan!" GRAMMY moment.

"When you're from those Nordic latitudes, there's just something about the darkness and the cold that really brings out the metal in you." But it wasn't just Satan they gave a shout-out to.

Originally from Alaska, Carothers elaborates on the band's acceptance speech and its mention of Native Alaskans. 'We kind of feel a responsibility to say something that matters to us for people that don't get heard a lot."

Hear more about that--and Howk's and Carothers' swanky styles--in our exclusive interview here.

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