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Royal Blood Announce North American Headlining Tour

Hard-rocking British duo Royal Blood announced a North American headlining tour in support of their upcoming LP How Did We Get So Dark?

The dates are spread across the three summer months, with the trek kicking off June 2nd at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club and concluding August 16th at Los Angeles’ Wiltern.

Along the way, the bass-and-drums duo will hit music festivals like Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Ontario’s WayHome, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. Royal Blood also secured gigs at high-profile European festivals like Roskilde and Glastonbury.

Tickets for all North American shows go on sale Friday, April 28th at 9 a.m. local time. How Did We Get So Dark?, the follow-up to Royal Blood’s breakthrough 2014 self-titled LP, is out June 16th.

Royal Blood Tour Dates

June 2 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
June 4– New York, NY @ Governors Ball
June 6 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
June 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
June 9 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
June 10 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
June 11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
July 29 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Festival
July 31 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert
August 1 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
August 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
August 5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 8 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
August 9 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
August 10 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
August 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
August 13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
August 15 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Observatory
August 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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Watch Debbie Harry Drive NYC Taxi in Blondie's 'Long Time' Video

Debbie Harry drives a taxi cab chaotically through New York City in Blondie‘s frenetic “Long Time” video. The clip, directed by Beyoncé collaborator Dikayl Rimmasch, cuts between Harry’s behind-the-wheel crooning to her bandmates miming their instruments on the busy city streets.

The propulsive, guitar-driven “Long Time,” co-written by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, appears on Blondie’s upcoming 11th LP, Pollinator, out May 5th. As part of Record Store Day, the band will release 750 seven-inch copies of the single, backed by a new track penned by Harry and guitarist Chris Stein during the album’s recording sessions at New York studio The Magic Shop.

The band also announced their first-ever pop-up shop, scheduled from April 29th to May 3rd at London’s Camden Market. The event will feature an exclusive photography exhibition by Stein.

In addition to Hynes, the John Congleton-produced Pollinator features guest spots from Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (who co-wrote lead single lead single “Fun”).

Blondie will team with Garbage for a co-headlining North American tour that launches July 5th in Saratoga, California. 

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Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Jawbreaker to Headline 2017 Riot Fest

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and an exclusive reunion of punk giants Jawbreaker will lead this year’s Chicago faction of Riot Fest, which sweeps into the Windy City’s Douglas Park from September 15th to 17th.

Wu-Tang Clan, M.I.A., New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, TV on the Radio and over 70 more artists have been tabbed for the annual three-day fest, with 25 more artists slated to be added in May.

The Chicago Riot Fest will also boast a DJ set courtesy of Beastie Boys’ Mike D as well as an exclusive 40th anniversary set from punk legends Bad Brains. On Thursday, organizers will announce who will partake in the fest’s tradition of having artists perform their seminal albums in their entirety.

Other artists slated to perform include Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill, X, Death From Above 1979, FIDLAR, Fishbone, A Day to Remember, Liars, GWAR, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Ministry and reunited Nineties alt-rockers That Dog.

A year after locking down the unexpected, seemingly impossible Misfits reunion, the festival has managed to bring Jawbreaker back together after a two-decade-long breakup; the trio last performed together in 1996.

Riot Fest is just the third concert Nine Inch Nails have announced this year, following July gigs at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest and New York’s Panorama.

Tickets for this year’s Riot Fest go on sale Wednesday at noon Central time.

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Paramore Ready New LP 'After Laughter,' Drop First Single 'Hard Times'

Paramore announced their new album After Laughter, will come out May 12th, their first LP since 2013. The Hayley Williams-fronted band also released the album’s first music video, “Hard Times.” 

In the Andrew Joffe-directed video, the band goes full-on Eighties. Williams performs the bubbly synth-pop track amid a barrage of rotoscoped pastels and neons. “Hard times/ Gonna make you wonder why you even try/ Hard times/ Gonna take you down and laugh while you cry/ These times/ And I still don’t know how I even survive/ Hard times,” Williams sings on the chorus.

After Laughter marks the return of former Paramore drummer and original member Zac Farro, who rejoins Williams’ crew nearly seven years after he and guitarist brother Josh Farro’s not-so-amicable departure in 2010. After Laughter is Paramore’s first album since co-founder and bassist Jeremy Davis left the group in December 2014.

The album also represents the first time Paramore recorded an LP in their native Nashville, with the group laying down the album at the city’s famed RCA Studio B with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

After Laughter Track List

1. “Hard Times”
2. “Rose-Colored Boy”
3. “Told You So”
4. “Forgiveness”
5. “Fake Happy”
6. “26”
7. “Pool”
8. “Grudges”
9. “Caught In The Middle”
10. “Idle Worship”
11. “No Friend”
12. “Tell Me How”

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Engelbert Humperdinck: 50

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/04/UMe_Engelbert_Humperdinck_50.jpg?p=captionLOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates 50 years since his iconic song Release Me with a new album of his greatest hits, including two brand new tracks. The 2CD collection will be released on Decca/UMe on June 2nd (available May 19 outside the U.S.)…

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Inside the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Soundtrack

While director James Gunn was finishing 2014’s smash Guardians of the Galaxy, he kept getting one note from a few Marvel Studios employees. “Nobody,” he recalls them saying, “is going to want to hear this music.” Gunn had laced the movie with eight-track-era gems – Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” – but skeptics were sure that, say, Nineties Britney would be more commercial. Gunn’s conceit was that the tunes were playing on an ancient Walkman toted around by Chris Pratt’s character, who owns just one cassette, given to him by his mom on her deathbed: the homemade “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” “They were songs that people had heard,” says Gunn, “but probably didn’t know the name of.”

After a chart-topping, platinum soundtrack album, the awesomeness of that mix is no longer in doubt – and since the movie ended with Pratt’s character, Peter Quill, discovering “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” music will be just as essential to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due May 5th, with its soundtrack album out April 21st. This time, Gunn had a bigger budget, which allowed him to include familiar songs from superstar acts: George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” (every band member watched the scene that features the song before giving approval) and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” – which scores what Gunn calls “the most hugely insane shot I’ve ever done,” early in the film. “It’s the perfect song to start the movie,” says Gunn, “because it’s really joyous, but there’s a really dark underpinning to it.”

There are, again, plenty of deep cuts on hand, and Gunn (who once played in a band of his own, the Icons) relished the chance to expose the likes of Jay and the Americans’ “Come a Little Bit Closer” – or a true obscurity like 1976’s “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang,” by one-hit-wonder Silver – to the Marvel-loving masses. “One of the most exciting things,” he says, “was knowing I would be making bands that may have been forgotten suddenly be a topic of conversation.”

The songs have always been a way of representing Peter Quill’s mom, Meredith, in the movies, and Gunn has a pretty good sense of her. “She’s a music lover, but she’s completely not elitist,” he says. “If it’s something that’s thought of as goofy and pop, she likes it. If it’s cool or funk, she likes it. She just likes hooks and melodies. She’s a very quirky, young girl who fell in love with, you know, as it ends up, an alien. And falling in love with an alien is right up there in Meredith Quill’s alley. She’s an oddball, like her son.”

Gunn himself has had to listen to the movies’ songs over and over – but he doesn’t mind. “The weird thing is, I’ve never gotten sick of a Guardians song,” says Gunn, fresh from hearing “Mr. Blue Sky” yet again while supervising the film’s sound mix. “Chris Pratt listened to the first album hundreds of times. He said the only song he got sick of was ‘The Piña Colada Song.’ ”

“Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” Track by Track

1. “Mr. Blue Sky,” Electric Light Orchestra
“I’ve always said that if the Guardians had a house band, it would be ELO,” says Gunn, “and ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ is one of my favorite songs by them. We had a hard time getting the rights. We had to really fight to get the song, and I personally appealed to Jeff Lynne.” Lynne had previously approved a song for the first Guardians that Gunn ended up cutting, which made the process harder this time. But in the end, Gunn says, “I think we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

2. “Fox on the Run,” Sweet
“Fox on the Run” is a trailer-only song that doesn’t actually appear in the film, much like “Spirit in the Sky” from the first soundtrack LP.

3. “Lake Shore Drive,” Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
“‘Lake Shore Drive’ is a song that I grew up with,” says Gunn. “It was a regional hit and only in, like, St. Louis and Chicago, so a lot of people don’t know it, but it is truly one of the catchiest songs ever written, and I knew that there were a thousand places that I could’ve used it easily in Guardians because it’s so easy to fit into the movie.”

4. “The Chain,” Fleetwood Mac
“There are two songs that are the most deeply embedded into the fibers of the film,” says Gunn. “‘The Chain’ is one because it is about the Guardians, at least in the way we use it, and we use it a couple of times in the movie. And the other one is ‘Brandy,’ which is an incredibly important song in the movie. Both happen to be two of my favorite songs from the Seventies.”

5. “Bring it On Home to Me,” Sam Cooke
“It’s just a really beautiful song,” says Gunn. “In Quill’s mind, it’s about Quill and Gamora.”

6. “Southern Nights,” Glen Campbell
Campbell’s groovy 1977 version of Allen Toussaint’s song was a childhood favorite for Gunn: “It’s a little bit of a different flavor for the movie.”

7. “My Sweet Lord,” George Harrison
“It was one of the first songs that I picked out to try to use in the movie and it has to do a little bit with the origin of Ego,” says Gunn, referring to Peter Quill’s alien father (full name: Ego, the Living Planet), played by Kurt Russell. “And there’s this big creation myth about how he came about and it was kind of lined up with that. I’ve always been into Hindu creation myths and there’s some similarities there.”

8. “Brandy You’re a Fine Girl,” Looking Glass
Gunn has long adored this cheeseball 1972 smash (“It’s always a song I’ve sort of sadly, tragically related to”), which plays a key emotional role in the new movie, appearing in the very first scene.

9. “Come a Little Bit Closer,” Jay and the Americans
This 1964 hit, one of the oldest songs on the soundtrack, scores an action scene that Gunn previewed at Comic-Con where the heroes “enjoy a little bit of ultra-violence while it’s playing and it’s really fun.”

10. “Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang,” Silver
Ever since the first film, fans and friends have been proposing Seventies songs to Gunn for the new soundtrack – and almost always, he’d heard them before. But when someone sent him this sugary pop tune, it was entirely new to him, and he loved it. “It was so weird,” says Gunn. “For a minute I wasn’t sure if I was being tricked because I had never heard the song. I wasn’t sure if was a modern band doing a retro version of a song or if it was actually an old song.”

11. “Surrender,” Cheap Trick
By including this 1978 Cheap Trick classic, Gunn repays a favor to the band, which let him use “If You Want My Love” in his 2011 indie film Super for nearly nothing.

12. “Father and Son,” Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Gunn was inspired to use this thematically appropriate 1970 ballad after hearing Howard Stern attempt to perform it on acoustic guitar on his show.

13. “Flashlight,” Parliament
It’s hard not to picture Baby Groot dancing to this one. “You’ll see,” says Gunn. “But it’s just one of my favorite funk songs.”

14. “Guardians Inferno,” The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff
This comedic original, co-written by Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, is meant as a sort of Guardians take on Meco’s disco Star Wars theme. Gunn is particularly proud of a line that rhymes “procyon lotor” – i.e., “racoon,” as in Bradley Cooper’s Rocket – with “motor.” They recruited David Hasselhoff as vocalist largely because he’s supposed to be one of Peter Quill’s childhood heroes.  

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Tony Bennett's Daughter Antonia Bennett to Make Smith Center Debut in "George Bugatti's Piano Bar"

Antonia BennettLAS VEGAS, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed singer Antonia Bennett makes her Smith Center debut May 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett, has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of h…

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Magnatone Adds the New Lyric Amplifier to The Studio Collection

ST. LOUIS, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Magnatone today announced the newly redesigned Lyric amplifier as part of the company’s Studio Collection. Built in the tradition of the great modest amps of the ’50s and ’60s, the Studio Collection offers vintage American tones, with improved…

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New Artist, Nick Brodeur Releases Debut Single, "UR DUMB"

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Emerging pop-rock artist, Nick Brodeur released his debut single, “UR Dumb,” today on iTunes and all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music, as well as Amazon and Google Play. The bright and fresh Summer song was written by Nick…

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American Standards Releases Video for "Carpe Diem Tomorrow"

American Standards has released a new video for “Carpe Diem Tomorrow”. Check it out over HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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