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Apocalyptica and BowlCircus offer a historic livestream concert from BowlCircus Flamingo, a modern bowling center in Finland. Experience how the cellos sound on bowling lanes below: Apocalyptica have released an official video for their recently released new single “White Room” featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach). The song is available on…For more, check out: (Source)

“Here we’ll look at the last 50 years of America through the prism of music, and the last 50 years of music through the prism of history,” Roots drummer says For more, check out: (Source)

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Back in February, Austin singer-songwriter Tyler Dozier announced I Am The Prophet, her debut album as Lady Dan. So far we’ve heard several songs from it, including the title track, “No Home,” and “Misandrist To Most.” The album arrives next week, and before then Dozier is back with one more preview.

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In a new interview with Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station, former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar was asked if he was part of the discussions about whether to keep or change the band’s name after he was recruited to front VAN HALEN following the mid-’80s departure of David Lee Roth. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yeah, we were all in a room. And I think [head of Warner Bros.] Mo Austin said, ‘Why don’t we be careful here…?’ Our managers and lawyers and the president of the record company and the band was all in a room when we asked for permission for me to join the band — it was official. Everybody came and said, ‘We wanna have a meeting.’ And we were in the studio and we played ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ [song from the 1986 album ‘5150’]. And Mo Austin went, ‘Oh, I smell money’ — he thought it was just the greatest. But anyway, so then he said, ‘Did you guys ever think about maybe changing the name to, like, VAN HAGAR or something?’ And I know what they were thinking, because they thought, ‘If this doesn’t work, at least you can go back with VAN HALEN again. But if you’re VAN HALEN and it don’t work, now you’ve ruined VAN HALEN.’ So they were trying to preserve, I think, the VAN HALEN name. And Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen; no one else — said, ‘Fuck that.’ He said, ‘This is VAN HALEN with a new singer.’ And everybody said, ‘Okay. Word. Gospel.’ Boom.” Asked if he was on board with the decision to keep the VAN HALEN name, Sammy said: “I was a hundred percent on board with it. It was VAN HALEN with a new singer. I would have been embarrassed to be VAN HAGAR. I would have said, ‘Let’s just change it back to [VAN HALEN‘s original name] MAMMOTH‘ or something — go back to the beginning.” Hagar recorded four studio albums with VAN HALEN“5150”, “OU812”, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance” — all of which topped the U.S. chart. In a 2020 interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, VAN HALEN‘s longtime producer Ted Templeman admitted that he also initially had reservations about Hagar joining the band. “I wanted them to change the name,” he said. “When I first sat down with Sammy and his manager, I said, ‘Call it something else if you’re going to be in the band. It’s just not VAN HALEN without Dave to me.'” Hagar, Eddie, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony last teamed up in 2004 for a U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo. In early 2019, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of VAN HALEN would reunite for the first time since 1984. It has since been revealed that a health setback involving Eddie was responsible for the tour not materializing. Eddie died last October at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. The iconic VAN HALEN axeman passed away from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Toxic Ruin have unleashed the lyric video for the title track of their forthcoming sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) Nightmare Eclipse. The song shows off the group’s concoction of energetic thrash metal laced with death metal brutality and clinical technicality. The lyric video can be viewed…For more, check out: (Source)

We have a second show to look forward to featuring headliner British DJ-producer Duke Dumont! His originally scheduled 18+ show at Shrine Expo Hall on Friday, September 10, is now SOLD OUT, so now you’ll have a second chance to… For more, go to: (Source)

The London punk five-piece are also teasing a new album later this year.
Chubby and the Gang Share New Song “Lightning Don’t Strike Twice”: Stream
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Today, we are pleased to debut the new track by T-Tops! “Palomino” is the band’s new tune and when people think of the word palomino, tnhey usually think of fun, pony rides. That does NOT apply here. This is a low, mean, swinging noise-rock smasher. This track punches like Unsane and has the unhinged vitriol of late era Black Flag. There is a lot of heavy riffage, a lot of growling, and a TON of psychic venom. It is NOT a joy ride… but it sure rocks. Speaking to Punknews, Singer/Guitarist Patrick Waters said, “This song is another chunky riff, slapper, but more quiet-loud dynamics. The lyrics are all over the place. Some of it deals with the highs and lows of blindly navigating the mental health obstacle course and eventually acquiescing to the routine.” Staring at a Static Screen is out May 28 and you can pick it up right here! But, you can check out the band’s new song, below, right now!
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The virtuosic guitarist Paul Gilbert will be releasing his brand-new album, Werewolves of Portland, on June 4 via The Players Club (Steve Lukather, Robby Krieger, Michael Landau, Tommy Emmanuel). “A Thunderous Ovation Shook the Columns”, a second instant gratification track in front of the release is available for streaming…For more, check out: (Source)

Rina Sawayama found a fan in Elton John with the release of her debut album SAWAYAMA last year and now, after becoming friends while in lockdown, they’ve teamed up for a collaboration. Sawayama and John redid the SAWAYAMA track “Chosen Family,” with John adding in his own vocals and duetting with the British singer, really hammering the message of the song home. Both Sawayama and John — who were profiled in T magazine this weekend — had some nice words to say about each other.

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