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Day in Rock Report for 05/06/2024

Amazon Music is excited to announce that Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling rock band Kings of Leon will kick off the new season of City Sessions, the new livestreamed concert series from Amazon Music. Streaming live from the Copperline Ranch in Nashville, the premiere episode of City Sessions' new season will capture a special concert from the iconic rock group on the eve of the release of their 9th studio album, Can We Please Have Fun, out May 10 on Capitol Records.

Kings of Leon's City Sessions show represents a homecoming of sorts for the group. Can We Please Have Fun was recorded at Dark Horse studio in their hometown of Nashville with new producer Kid Harpoon (Harry Styles, Florence + the Machine). The new album captures a new side of Kings of Leon that harkens back to their gritty origins while simultaneously finding new gears, and their City Sessions performance will provide a rare look at one of this era's greatest rock groups cutting loose in front of their fans and family. As part of their City Sessions, Kings of Leon will sit down for an intimate interview to discuss the inspiration behind their new album, their expansive career, and much more. (continue)

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Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind made a surprise appearance at Emo Nite on Friday, May 3 at The Avalon in Los Angeles. He and bandmate Colin Creev performed "Jumper" and Paramore's "The Only Exception." Check it out here.

"Colin and I snuck in without any expectations, to do a surprise DJ set and a couple of songs, and ended up having the best time at a club I can remember. No clout chasing, everyone good-natured, black-clad and singing their hearts out to everything," says Jenkins. "It was one big jolly romp. I love the whole Emo Nite crew and the look on everyone's faces in the pit. Thank you to Paramore for letting us have a crack at "The Only Exception." Hope I see you guys on the Summer Gods Tour. Keep it sadasf***." (continue)

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Candlebox have at least one final act, after all. The group has revealed that they will unveil A Little Longer Goodbye (Tour Edition), the digital deluxe version of the album The Long Goodbye, on all DSPs Friday, July 12 via Round Hill Records. The digital release will feature the 12 tracks on the record plus two bonus live songs, including "Elegante" and "Cellphone Jesus" (Recorded at Club Amanda in Santiago, Chile on October 27, 2023), as well as the official launch of the single "Washed Up."

"The response to The Long Goodbye has been so great that we decided to stick around a little longer; add some bonus live material. We are so happy to be able to kick out the jams a little bit longer," said Candlebox Frontman Kevin Martin. "Thank you to everyone for your amazing response to the record, it's been so heartwarming and positive and we're stoked!" (continue)

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Following their triumphant return to North America with last year's 19-date tour that saw sold out shows in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, plus six other cities, The Sisters Of Mercy (TSOM) have announced a run of 26 shows this Fall that include such legendary venues as New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles' The Greek, San Francisco's The Masonic and Chicago's Aragon Ballroom among others.

Venerated electronic duo Blaqk Audio featuring beloved musical pioneers Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI which New Noise calls "one of music's most gifted and prolific songwriting duos" and Billboard calls "uncanny aural collage of electronica and '80s synth-pop" will be support. (continue)

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Over the weekend, alt-country pioneers Old 97's made their return to CBS Saturday Morning to perform three songs from their critically-acclaimed 13th studio album American Primitive out now via ATO Records.

The three-decade-long lineup of singer and guitarist Rhett Miller, bassist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples delivered stunning performances of "Falling Down," "American Primitive" and "Where The Road Goes," which is currently sitting at #3 on the Americana Radio Chart. (continue)

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As he approaches the landmark of his 3000th show, on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, acclaimed singer-songwriter Frank Turner embarked on the first-ever Music Venue Trust world record attempt where he performed the most official shows in different cities in 24 hours.

In this timeframe, Turner played 15 solo shows, with each set running for a minimum of 20 minutes, and every performance was held at an independent venue, ticketed by an independent record shop. The previous record was held by Hunter Hayes with 10 shows, and before that it was The Flaming Lips with eight. (continue)

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"The Crow and the Nightingale (Live in Port Zelande 2023)" is the second single taken from Marillion's upcoming live release An Hour Before It's Dark: Live in Port Zelande 2023. The song captivates with its powerful lyrics combined with a melancholic orchestra that carries you away.

Since 2002, Marillion have welcomed their dedicated fans to very special weekends every two years: The Marillion Weekend. On three consecutive nights, Marillion perform different shows with different setlists - each night, a full album is played from start to finish, including fan favorites and rarities. Fans travel from all over the world to be part of these truly amazing nights. (continue)

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Ahead of the album release, Northbound have released a new single "North Star". Here's a challenge - try to listen to "North Star" without singing along by the end.

The latest anthemic single by Northbound encapsulates the classic pop-punk energy of his upcoming LP release. After touring worldwide with acts including Simple Plan, State Champs, and more, Jonathon Fraser (the man behind the moniker) is poised to share his most realized iteration of the project on Juniper, which is set to release on July 12. (continue)

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The 50th anniversary of Bad Company's self-titled debut album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Redbeard shared this synopsis for the episode: To this day I clearly remember the anticipation leading up to the time that the British band released Bad Company, that much-touted debut in May 1974, precisely because of the pedigrees of the young but, by then, veteran rockers Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke ex- of Free; Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople; and Boz Burrell from a stint with King Crimson. (read more)

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Peterborough, Ontario punk rockers Cross Dog are gearing up to release their new album "All Hard Feelings" next month, and to celebrate we asked vocalist Tracy A to tell us about the single "Hard Feelings". Here is the story:

The song "Hard Feelings" is in some ways a quintessential Cross Dog song, and in others feels like a total departure from the norm for us. The music was composed in the way we often find ourselves writing, but lyrically it is much more personal than the socio-political observations we are most often known for. The end result is a song that speaks to something most people can relate to, which is the feeling of vibrant anger that comes after being hurt by someone you really care about, and the way that hurt is capable of coming out raw and unrelenting when the wound is the most fresh. (continue)

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