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Day in Rock Report for 05/18/2023

blur will release their first album in 8 years, titled The Ballad of Darren and comprising 10 new tracks, on July 21st on Parlophone. First track 'The Narcissist' is out now, and they have shared a visualizer for it.

Produced by James Ford and recorded at Studio 13, London and Devon, The Ballad of Darren is the band's ninth studio album, their first since the chart-topping The Magic Whip in 2015, with artwork featuring an image by British photographer Martin Parr. (continue)

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present a fantastic version of the classic Journey song "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" from the Swedish Melodic Rock band Arctic Rain.

After two successful albums, 'The One' released in 2020 and 'Unity' released in January 2023, the band decided to pay tribute to their idols, Journey, with their own version of "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and they did it the right way! (continue)

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Mercury Studios will release on July 7 a special three-CD boxed set of Hot Tuna, in-concert from the '90's. Complete with full acoustic band-no drums-at The Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California two nights in a row, and at Stove's in Yokohama, Japan. Originally released by Relix in the '90s, then reissued/remastered with bonus tracks by Eagle Records in 2004, the box will house for the first time all three shows in one sterling package complete with poster. Pre-order here.

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Author Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have been performing as Hot Tuna since 1969 when they were both in San Francisco's pre-eminent rock'n'roll band, Jefferson Airplane. When the Airplane morphed into Jeffferson Starship, the pair went on as a duo and as a collective with a rotating cast to concentrate on their blues, folk, country, early pop and jams to make Hot Tuna an early forerunner of Americana . Loved by millions for decades ever since, these shows contain the best of what they've been known for: hot rockin' blues, bluegrass, folk and country. (In the '90s, they were even doing Jefferson Airplane covers, plus covers of Elvis, Dylan, Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash!) Special guests include Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and folksinger Happy Traum. Of special note is an exceedingly rare version of Jefferson Airplane's 1966 "Embryonic Journey" performed acoustically with no drums. (continue)

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Lockjaw have unveiled a video for their brutal new single "I Can't Escape". The track comes off their newly announced debut full length, 'Relentless', which will be released through AISAUS / The Orchard on July 7, 2023.

Commenting on the new track, Jeff Ogle (guitar) shares, "'I Can't Escape' is one of my favorite songs on the record. The main riff was something totally different, and when we presented it to our producer (Chris Collier) we had a really good vision for the arrangement, but he totally heard something different! He sent us a few demos back and it was like 'Whoa sh*t, there it is!'" (continue)

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Coming off their 90's grunge-influenced debut single "Slinky," Raleigh, NC-based alternative rockers and military veterans Silence & Light have today (May 18) revealed a second sample of new music from their sophomore album COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDA... due June 23 with the lyric video for "Purple."

Out across digital platforms tomorrow (Friday, May 19), "Purple" is "a fast-paced musical memorial to those lost to drug abuse early on in the grunge music scene," according to the band-which is comprised of former Army Ranger and Special Forces soldier and rhythm guitarist Jason Everman (ex-Nirvana, Soundgarden), former Delta Force Operator and lead guitarist Brad Thomas, former Marine Raider Tyson Stahl on bass, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Fred Cowell on vocals and Navy veteran Justin Myers on drums. "It's filled with lyrical references to many of our favorite artists who departed long before their time." (continue)

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Imperial Tide have shared a visualizer for their new single "R.A.T." The track comes from their new EP, Existence in Crisis, out August 18 via Mascot Records.

"This track echos the sentiment of the entire EP: '..if I light the match, I can set the fire,'" the band says. "This is our spark before we set the world ablaze. The chorus' riff rips, while the punk influenced verses bring a consistent energy that makes you wonder what's next. The song culminates with quite possibly the heaviest moment on the EP, our guitarist Keene's vocals bring a level of grit we haven't touched yet." (continue)

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Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will be performing at Brat Fest in Madison, WI, which is the biggest festival of its kind anywhere in world - featuring fantastic food and world-class entertainment. For a festival this big, audiences expect the best.

Fittingly, the legendary drumming icon who helped make Guns N' Roses the biggest hard rock band in the world, will be in the spotlight on Friday, May 26 starting at 7 PM. (continue)

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Rising retro-revisionists Pigeon Wigs have unveiled the new single entitled "Hold Up!". The track is the Cardiff quintet's first new music of 2023 and is taken from a brand new mini-album 'Rock By Numbers', due to arrive on 7 July via Clwb Music.

With their feet pressed firmly on the pedal and with no signs of easing off, "Hold Up!" sees Pigeon Wigs achieve a runaway sense of momentum as they unleash this spiralling rock'n'roll juggernaut. Fusing fuzzy riffs, foot-stamping drum clashes, gritty '60s-esque vocals, and helter-skelter melodies, the new track sees the band tapping into the classic rough-cut sounds of John Lennon, The Stones and Creedence, while refracting them through the same retro/futuristic portal that has spawned us the likes of White Denim and Foxygen. (continue)

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It Man have released a video for their new single 'White Heat'? It's a satirical romp through the fictional psyche of a young, middle-class 20th century couple fantasizing about explosives, casual gambling and being Ray Liotta.

The band are heading on tour in May & June as support for legendary post-punk icon BRIX SMITH (former lead guitarist of The Fall)- visiting Bristol, Manchester, London, Newcastle, Stroud and Portsmouth! (continue)

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Bullet To The Heart just released their new EP, "Death, Oddities & Romance". To celebrate we asked Audrey Queen to tell us about on the track and she selected the deeply personal song, "Post Mortem." Here is the story:

I picked this song to talk about because it hits closer to my heart. Rather than talk about vampires or zombies, some of the themes on this new EP, I wanted to talk about my struggle with anxiety and depression that I poured into Post Mortem.

I want to take us back to 2017 when we first started our band Bullet To The Heart. We were 3 months into gearing up for our first Chicago House of Blues show when I was rushed to the hospital. I found out I had an 8 cm ovarian cyst that had burst and bled a liter of blood into my abdomen. (continue)

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Rock artist Dorothy recently performed at a sold-out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and was joined onstage by guitar legend Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver for her song "Gifts From The Holy Ghost."

The Troubadour show coincided with the one-year anniversary of Dorothy The Band's same named album Gifts From The Holy Ghost and was full of fans and industry giants. Dorothy's most recent was top 10 on the Active Rock charts and the video has over 2.4 million views. (continue)

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What happens when you take some of the best punk rock bands of the last 30 years and turn them loose on some of the greatest hard rock songs by venerated Aussies AC/DC? Sparks fly, juices flow, and heads explode!

High Voltage Punk is a collection of brand new recordings from a murderer's row of punk veterans and icons from England, Scotland, and The U.S. Hear songs such as "Hell's Bells," "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N' Roll)," "You Shook Me All Night Long" and more cranked up to 11 and injected with a heavy jolt of punk rock energy! (continue)

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Get ready to rock with Legacy of the Beast's latest collaboration, because things are about to get heavy! Iron Maiden's free-to-play mobile game has teamed up with legendary thrash/metal band Anthrax to bring you an epic new event: Among the Living.

Legacy of the Beast has already joined forces with heavy hitters like Motörhead, Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch but this latest collaboration is sure to blow your mind. The iconic Not Man is making his way into the free-to-play game, armed and dangerous with his trusty makeshift weapon. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Metallica is streaming an animated video for the "72 Seasons" track, "Inamorata." Directed by Jess Cope, the clip features the epic closing song on the band's eleventh studio album.

"'Inamorata', having a love affair with misery," shared James Hetfield in the "72 Seasons" track-by-track breakdown video. "A long classic song that screamed out to end the album. Really, really cool riffs in it, really great groove. I love the way it rounds this thing out." (continue)

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Following the May 12 digital release of Butcher Babies' new single "Red Thunder," the female-led heavy metal group have revealed its potent music video.

The "Red Thunder" video was filmed at Cactus Joe's Desert Garden in Las Vegas, NV and was produced, directed and edited by BUTCHER BABIES co-frontwoman Heidi Shephard. (continue)

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Saving Abel have released a new music video for their latest current single "Baptize Me", following the premiere of the visual at American Songwriter. Penned by bandmates Jared Weeks and Jason Null, alongside co-writer Skidd Mills, "Baptize Me" is a musical pathway to lead singer and founder Week's years-long recovery, redemption, and return to the band. While deeply personal for the group, it is an anthem that speaks to every listener-it offers hope and determination while proving that you should never give up--and it highlights the band's ability to transcend their personal trials, grow stronger as a group, and stand the test of time while appealing to new audiences around the globe.

"Living life is tough, but with consistency and hard work, I faced my flaws, healed, and emerged stronger," shares Weeks. "That's what 'Baptize Me' represents - a relentless fight for self, life, treating others well, and standing for what matters. This video transcends egos, drugs, and partying. It's about substance and empowering others to embrace their worth and become the heroes of their own stories." (continue)

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Las Vegas-based modern rock band Crashing Wayward share the music video for their new single "Closer" ahead of its May 19 digital release. Powered by Summit's striking voice, multiple guitar textures and gripping fast-paced rhythm, the song "speaks to relationships-specifically unhealthy, addictive romantic relationships," explains Summit. "It focuses on the obsession someone might have and also to the awareness that this might not be the right place for that person."

"Closer" is one of many highlights on the band's debut album LISTEN! that's due out June 9 on the RFK Media label. The 11-track album was produced by heavy hitter Mike Gillies, whose credits include a long tenure with Metallica as well as studio work with Motley Crue and The Cult. Lyrically poetic and musically illuminating, Crashing Wayward paints a landscape that stretches beyond alternative hard rock and explores the diverse influences of each of its band members. (continue)

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Los Angeles hard-rockers Stitched Up Heart have returned with an unapologetic new single, "To The Wolves." A harbinger of things to come and one of the band's heaviest songs to date, the anthemic new track serves as an inspiration to stand up and fight back, as vocalist Mixi Demner reminds you: "You're f*cking with a wolf!"

"Incredibly excited to finally unleash our first single 'To The Wolves,'" Mixi elaborates. "We didn't play it safe on this one. We were more ourselves than ever and had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create." (continue)

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Los Angeles-born heavy metal icons Alcatrazz unleash the video for their thunderous new single, "Bring On The Rawk." The track is taken from the upcoming album, Take No Prisoners, out this Friday, May 19th via Silver Lining Music.

"Bring On The Rawk" is a powerful ode to being on the road, travelling the world playing music, and a defiant, mighty pledge to Bring The Rawk to the masses! "Bring On The Rawk" is the closing track on the forthcoming album Take No Prisoners, and what a grand finale! There can be no question of ALCATRAZZ's ability to finish the journey in a blaze of glory whilst kicking some serious ass! (continue)

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The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund returned to live events in a big way on Sunday, May 7 with its inaugural ROCK FOR RONNIE Concert in the Park held at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino.

This first ROCK FOR RONNIE, which sold out in advance, was a day of live rock music, silent and live auctions, food trucks and fun for the entire family, while raising awareness of the dreaded disease that has touched all of us in some fashion. (continue)

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