Thursday, July 25, 2019

Goo Goo Dolls prescribe a musical 'Miracle Pill'

Goo Goo Dolls have announced 12th studio album Miracle Pill will be out Sept. 13 via Warner Records.

Pre-orders for the album are live now HERE and limited edition merch bundles are also available through the band's online store HERE. Each pre-order purchase unlocks a brand new instant grat track entitled "Money, Fame and Fortune", the second offering from Miracle Pill.

"I wanted to do something bold and bright", said lead singer Rzeznick about the album. "I wanted to sing about the need for human connection and the constant change we go through as people. This piece of work embodies those themes and I think we can all relate."

The band has released their new music video for the album's first single "Miracle Pill," directed by Ed Gregory & Dan Cooper. Watch it HERE.

Goo Goo Dolls are currently in the midst of a co-headlining U.S. amphitheater tour alongside Train concluding on Aug. 17. Goo Goo Dolls will then embark on several South American tour dates this fall, including Rock in Rio on Sept. 29 in Rio de Janeiro. 

photo: Ed Gregory & Dan Cooper
A fall North American tour kicks off in Austin on Oct. 25 and runs through November. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 26 at 10:00 AM local time. For more information on VIP Packages and tickets, visit

Track listing:

1. Indestructible
2. Fearless
3. Miracle Pill
4. Money, Fame and Fortune
5. Step in Line
6. Over You
7. Lights
8. LostGoo
9. Life's a Message
10. Autumn Leaves
11. Think it Over

Tour Dates:

July 26th - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 27th - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 28th - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion*
July 30th - Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Park Pavilion*
August 1st - Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
August 2nd - Canandaigua, NY @Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center*
August 3rd - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
August 5th - Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Amphitheatre*
August 6th - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest*
August 7th - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
August 9th - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*
August 10th - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion*
August 11th - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
August 14th - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
August 16th - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*
August 17th - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
September 22nd - Recife, Brazil @ Estádio do Arruda
September 25th - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
September 27th - Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
September 29th - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock in Rio 2019
October 2nd - Lima, Peru @ Estadio Monumental
*Co-headlining dates with Train

October 25th - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall^
October 26th - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center - Selena Auditorium^
October 27th - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater +
October 29th - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater^
October 30th - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theatre - Wichita^
November 1st - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena^
November 2nd - Sioux City, IA - Orpheum Theatre - Sioux City^
November 3rd - Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Place^
November 5th - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Theater^
November 6th - Davenport, IA - Adler Theatre^
November 8th - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theater*
November 9th - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center*
November 10th - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater*
November 12th - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre*
November 13th - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center - Mark C. Smith Concert Hall*
November 15th - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre*
November 16th - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre*
November 17th - Charleston, SC - Charleston Gaillard Center*
November 19th - Richmond, VA - The Carpenter Theatre*
November 20th - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre*
November 25th - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre*

Four classic Ramones concerts packaged together in special set for release this September

The Ramones’ first live album celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a new version that’s been updated with remastered sound and expanded with with three unreleased concerts from the same tour. Originally recorded in London on New Year’s Eve 1977 and eventually released as a double album in 1979, It’s Alive delivered a blistering barrage of live takes on classic tracks from the band’s first three albums.

IT’S ALIVE: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on Sept. 20. Produced in a limited and numbered edition of 8,000 copies, the 4CD/2LP 180-gram vinyl set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. It’s accompanied by new liner notes written by record producer and musician Steve Albini and Ed Stasium, who produced and engineered It’s Alive and remastered all of the music included in this collection. This will be the first time that It’s Alive has been released on vinyl in the U.S. In addition, the set will be available through digital and streaming services.

The collection features all four concerts that were professionally recorded during the Ramones’ U.K. tour in December 1977, three making their debut release: Top Rank, Birmingham (December 28, 1977); Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent (December 29, 1977); Friars, Aylesbury (December 30, 1977); and The Rainbow Theatre, London (December 31, 1977). A previously unreleased version of “Blitzkrieg Bop” from the Top Rank show is available now digitally.

Taking its name from a 1974 horror film, It’s Alive was the last album to feature all four original band members: Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Tommy Ramone.

Track Listing:

Disc One: The Rainbow Theatre, London, December 31, 1977
1. “Rockaway Beach”
2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
4. “I Wanna Be Well”
5. “Glad To See You Go”
6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
8. “I Don’t Care”
9. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
10. “Havana Affair”
11. “Commando”
12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
13. “Surfin’ Bird”
14. “Cretin Hop”
15. “Listen To My Heart”
16. “California Sun”
17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
18. “Pinhead”
19. “Do You Wanna Dance”
20. “Chainsaw”
21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
22. “I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
23. “Judy Is A Punk”
24. “Suzy Is A Headbanger”
25. “Let’s Dance”
26. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
27. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
28. “We’re A Happy Family”

Disc Two: Top Rank, Birmingham, Warwickshire, December 28, 1977
(Previously Unreleased)
1. “Rockaway Beach”
2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
4. “I Wanna Be Well”
5. “Glad To See You Go”
6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
8. “I Don’t Care”
9. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
10. “I Can’t Give You Anything”
11. “Commando”
12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
13. “Surfin’ Bird”
14. “Cretin Hop”
15. “Listen To My Heart”
16. “California Sun”
17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
18. “Pinhead”
19. “Do You Wanna Dance”
20. “Chainsaw”
21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
22. “I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
23. “Suzy Is A Headbanger”
24. “Let’s Dance”
25. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
26. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
27. “We’re A Happy Family”

Disc Three: Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, December 29, 1977
(Previously Unreleased)
1. “Rockaway Beach”
2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
4. “I Wanna Be Well”
5. “Glad To See You Go”
6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
8. “I Don’t Care”
9. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
10. “I Can’t Give You Anything”
11. “Commando”
12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
13. “Surfin’ Bird”
14. “Cretin Hop”
15. “Listen To My Heart”
16. “California Sun”
17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
18. “Pinhead”
19. “Do You Wanna Dance”
20. “Chainsaw”
21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
22. “I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
23. “Suzy Is A Headbanger”
24. “Let’s Dance”
25. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
26. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
27. “We’re A Happy Family”

Disc Four: Friars, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, December 30, 1977
(Previously Unreleased)
1. “Rockaway Beach”
2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
4. “I Wanna Be Well”
5. “Glad To See You Go”
6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
8. “I Don’t Care”
9. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
10. “Havana Affair”
11. “Commando”
12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
13. “Surfin’ Bird”
14. “Cretin Hop”
15. “Listen To My Heart”
16. “California Sun”
17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
18. “Pinhead”
19. “Do You Wanna Dance”
20. “Chainsaw”
21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
22. “I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
23. “Suzy Is A Headbanger”
24. “Let’s Dance”
25. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
26. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
27. “We’re A Happy Family”

Home video release of 'Rocketman' happens next month

Rocketman, the successful biopic fantasy film about Elton John, arrives on digital Aug. 6 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD Aug. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, it features performances of John and Bernie Taupin’s songs by Taron Egerton and co-stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

The Digital***, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases have over 75 minutes of bonus content, including four extended musical sequences introduced by director Dexter Fletcher. The releases also include 10 deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Fletcher; sing-along tracks of 13 select songs; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Elton John, the cast, and filmmakers; footage from recording studio sessions; plus, a jukebox that allows viewers to skip straight to the music. Also, for a limited time while supplies last, the Combo Packs will include a collectible booklet with a special message from Elton John. 

In addition, the Digital release will include access to three more featurettes and two more deleted/extended scenes.

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital releases feature Dolby Vision®, which is ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker****. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead****. In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

· Extended Musical Numbers:
o Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
o The Bitch Is Back
o Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
o Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache
o Honky Cat
· Deleted and Extended Scenes:
o Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
o I Love Rock And Roll
o You’ve Got to Kill the Person You Were Born To Be
o Arabella
o Elton in the Gas Oven
o Stylish Boots
o You’re Not the First Closet Queer with a Mummy Complex
o The Blood Test
o The Heart Attack
o The Launderette
o Do You Want Anything?
· It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride: Creative Vision
· Becoming Elton John: Taron’s Transformation
· Larger Than Life: Production Design & Costuming
· Full Tilt: Staging the Musical Numbers
· Music Reimagined: The Studio Sessions - Behind the scenes in the recording studio with Taron & Elton​
· ROCKETMAN Lyric Companion: Sing-Along with Select Songs (English only):
o The Bitch Is Back
o I Want Love
o Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
o Your Song
o Crocodile Rock
o Tiny Dancer
o Honky Cat
o Rocket Man
o Bennie and the Jets
o Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
o Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
o Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
o I’m Still Standing
· ROCKETMAN Jukebox: Jump Straight to the Music
· The Right Chemistry: The Ensemble Cast
· Rocket Man: Anatomy of a Scene
· Rocket Man Music Video - Taron Egerton sings the classic
· Deleted and Extended Scenes:
o That’s My Grandad’s Name
o The Morning After

The ROCKETMAN DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

Oak Ridge Boys set Christmas album, tour details

The Oak Ridge Boys plan to celebrate the Christmas season during their Down Home Christmas Tour, starting in November. In conjunction with the tour, Down Home Christmas, produced by Dave Cobb, will be released by Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers on Oct. 25.

Songs include standards such as "Amazing Grace" and "Silent Night" and new favorites such as "Don't Go Pullin' On Santa Claus Beard" written by Anderson East and "South Alabama Christmas," written by Jamey Johnson.

"'Down Home Christmas' began much like the other seven Christmas albums we have recorded. But things changed. Most of the songs I had collected were put on the shelf, and we started looking for songs that addressed specific subjects related to Christmas," says Duane Allen.

"Dave Cobb was the producer/coach/motivator for this project. He encouraged us to dig a little deeper into our souls, to capture the magic of each song. With very simple instrumentation, the four Oak Ridge Boys' voices are out front, and in your face, with the awesome, huge sound of RCA Studio A wrapped around, but not over-powering it."

"'Down Home Christmas' is a project that we are happy to share with the world and, rest assured, you will hear these songs on our upcoming 30th annual Christmas tour," says Joe Bonsall. "The instrumentation is sparse, yet incredibly put together, and the vocals are rich and vibrant. Many of the songs were freshly written by a stable of Nashville’s top songwriters."

Down Home Christmas marks the Oaks' 30th annual Christmas tour, eighth Christmas album, and third album collaboration with producer Dave Cobb.

Track Listing:

1. The Family Piano (Aaron Raitiere)
2. Angels (Aaron Raitiere)
3. Bring Daddy Home For Christmas (Channing Wilson, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Reindeer On The Roof (Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
5. Silent Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
6. Hallelujah Emmanuel (Robert Jason, Paul Bradley Jr.)
7. Down Home Christmas (Mando Saenz, Aaron Raitiere)
8. South Alabama Christmas (Jamey Johnson)
9. Don’t Go Pullin' On Santa Claus' Beard (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere)
10. Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Christmas Tour dates:

NOV 13 -The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 14 - The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 - Orpheum Theatre / Sioux Falls, Iowa
NOV 16 - Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel / Deadwood, S.D.
NOV 17 - Aberdeen Civic Arena / Aberdeen, S.D.
NOV 18 - Wild Rose Casino & Resort / Jefferson, Iowa
NOV 19 - Hartman Arena / Park City, Kan.
NOV 20 - The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 21 - The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 22 - Peoria Civic Center Theater / Peoria, Ill.
NOV 23 - The Vern Riffe Center For The Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 24 - River City Casino / St. Louis, Mo.
NOV 30 - Memorial Hall / Independence, Kan.
DEC 01 - McCain Auditorium / Manhattan, Kan.
DEC 04 - UMBC Events Center / Baltimore, Md.
DEC 05 - Riviera Theatre / N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
DEC 06 - Palace Theatre / Greensburg, Pa.
DEC 07 - Roland E. Powell Convention Center / Ocean City, Md.
DEC 11 - Paramount Theater / Anderson, Ind.
DEC 14 - Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
DEC 15 - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
DEC 18 - Mayo Civic Center Presentation / Rochester, Minn
DEC 19 - Five Flags Center / Dubuque, Iowa
DEC 20 - Shooting Star Casino Hotel / Mahnomen, Minn.
DEC 21 - Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 - Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Ill.

A long-awaited return to music from Robbie Robertson in September

Inspired by his decades of creating and composing music for film and filled with songs exploring the darker corridors of human nature, Robbie Robertson’s new solo album Sinematic is set for release on Sept. 20 via UMe.

Available now for preorder on CD, digital and 180-gram 2LP, a Deluxe Edition, limited to 1000 copies, follows on Oct. 25. The Deluxe Edition presents the album on CD and 180-gram 2LP vinyl with a 36-page hardcover book featuring custom artwork Robertson has created for each track. The 13-song self-produced collection is Robertson’s first new studio album since 2011’s How To Become Clairvoyant.

For his new album, Robertson drew inspiration from his recent film score writing and recording for director Martin Scorsese’s organized crime epic “The Irishman,” as well as the forthcoming feature documentary film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” based on his 2016 New York Times bestselling memoir “Testimony.” The documentary will celebrate its world premiere on Sept. 5 as the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

Opening track “I Hear You Paint Houses” is available now for streaming and as an instant grat download with digital album preorder. Drawn from Scorsese’s film and the book it’s based on, Charles Brandt’s “I Heard You Paint Houses” about confessed hit man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, the song is a duet with Van Morrison.

Preorder Sinematic and listen to “I Hear You Paint Houses”:

“I was working on music for ‘The Irishman’ and working on the documentary, and these things were bleeding into each other,” says Robertson of the impetus for Sinematic. “I could see a path. Ideas for songs about haunting and violent and beautiful things were swirling together like a movie. You follow that sound and it all starts to take shape right in front of your ears. At some point, I started referring to it as ‘Peckinpah Rock’,” a nod, Robertson says, to Sam Peckinpah, the late director of such violent Westerns as “The Wild Bunch.”

He was mostly assisted in the studio by bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The Who), drummer Chris Dave (D’Angelo, Adele), and keyboardist Martin Pradler, who also mixed the record. The band is rounded out with Afie Jurvanen, who provides guitar and backing vocals, along with vocalist Felicity Williams, a regular collaborator with Jurvanen in his band Bahamas.

Robertson is also joined on the album by special guest vocalists Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Citizen Cope, J.S. Ondara, and Laura Satterfield; musicians Jim Keltner, Derek Trucks, Frédéric Yonnet, and Doyle Bramhall II; and producer Howie B who provides electronic textures on several tracks.

Throughout the album, Robertson takes listeners through a colorful tour of society’s seedy underbelly. “Shanghai Blues” is a vivid saga examining China’s notorious Green Gang mobster Du Yuesheng, who dominated opium, gambling and prostitution operations in the early 20th century. More crime and mystery unfold in the moody “Street Serenade,” which Robertson calls a “sinphony.” The edgy, electronic “The Shadow” is a nostalgic homage to Orson Welles’ entrancing radio crime drama.

While many of the songs on Sinematic focus on sinful themes far removed from Robertson, he draws from his own life story for the track “Once Were Brothers,” a reflection on The Band, written for the new documentary of the same name. Robertson is joined on the track by Nairobi native J.S. Ondara and American singer/songwriter Citizen Cope. 

Of the song, Robertson says, “There is war and conflict involved. Writing it hurt inside sometimes, but those experiences can be rewarding in the emotional outcome. It hurt but I loved it.”

Enhancing Sinematic’s film noir thrust is a suite of multimedia images that Robertson created, including artwork for the cover and each individual song. The art is included in the Standard Edition’s CD and LP booklet and presented even more elegantly in the Deluxe Edition’s lavish 12”x12” casebound hardcover book.

For fans who would like to own a piece of the artwork, four images – the Sinematic album cover, “Beautiful Madness,” “Shanghai Blues,” and “Walk In Beauty Way” – are being made available for purchase as archival-quality, framed canvas prints in a limited run of 100 for each. Ten canvas prints of the album’s cover art will be signed by Robertson with proceeds benefiting the American Indian College Fund. To view and order the images,visit:

As Robertson prepares to release his sixth solo album, The Band’s iconic self-titled sophomore LP will turn 50 just a few days later (plans to celebrate the anniversary will be announced soon).

Track listing:

1. I Hear You Paint Houses
2. Once Were Brothers
3. Dead End Kid
4. Hardwired
5. Walk In Beauty Way
6. Let Love Reign
7. Shanghai Blues
8. Wandering Souls
9. Street Serenade
10. The Shadow
11. Beautiful Madness
12. Praying For Rain
13. Remembrance

Blink-182 news

Blink-182 has announced their new studio album, Nine, will be released on Sept. 20 on Columbia Records. It is available for pre-order digitally HERE, with special versions including limited colored vinyl, cassette and CD to follow. See full album track list below

Fans who pre-order the album digitally will receive instant downloads of new song “Darkside,” which will be available HERE, and previously released tracks “Happy Days,” “Generational Divide” and “Blame It On My Youth,” which hit Top 10 at Alternative Radio. Watch the “Darkside” lyric video HERE when it premieres soon.

In support of the new music, the band is currently out on a nationwide tour. Full list of tour dates below.

Since starting in 1992 in San Diego, blink-182 have sold over fifty million albums worldwide.

The current lineup of blink-182 is Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass), Travis Barker (drums) and Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar).

Track listing:

The First Time
Happy Days
Blame It On My Youth
Generational Divide
Run Away
Black Rain
I Really Wish I Hated You
Pin the Grenade
No Heart To Speak Of
On Some Emo Shit
Hungover You
Remember To Forget Me

Tour Dates:

Fri Jul 26 Tampa, FL Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 27 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Mon Jul 29 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Wed Jul 31 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu Aug 01 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Fri Aug 02 Dallas, TX The Dos Equis Pavilion
Sun Aug 04 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center*
Mon Aug 05 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wed Aug 07 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu Aug 08 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Tue Aug 27 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 30 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat Aug 31 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 02 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed Sep 04 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri Sep 06 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena*
Sat Sep 07 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove*
Sun Sep 08 Kansas City, MO Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Tue Sep 10 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Center
Thu Sep 12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Fri Sept 13 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
Sat Sep 14 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Sep 18 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri Sep 20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sun Sep 22 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
*blink-182 only

Third Eye Blind’s next album coming in October

“My current mood resonates with rebellion, energy, courage, and risk,” says Stephan Jenkins, on Third Eye Blind’s sixth full length album, Screamer, due out Oct. 18. “I seek to combine it with a percussive level of musical immediacy in this collection of songs to cultivate collective idealism and an unapologetic aspiration towards humanistic values.”

Hear the title track "Screamer" available on all streaming services now.

Best known for the 1990s alt-rock hits "Semi Charmed Life," "How's it Gonna Be," "Graduate," "Jumper" and "Never Let You Go," is still anchored by core members Jenkins on vocals and Brad Hargreaves on drums.

Their follow up to 2018’s EP Thanks for Everything, Screamer finds Third Eye Blind collaborating with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells (“Screamer”), Poliça (“Who Am I” and “Got So High”), with Billy Corgan.

“We have always been so insular,” says Jenkins, “and on 'Screamer' we adopted an open door policy -- come in, be musical, and follow the song where it takes us.”

The current tour alongside Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot will wrap Aug. 3 in Irvine, CA. Third Eye Blind has offset the tour’s carbon footprint by donating a portion of each ticket sold to a US-based carbon offset project managed by ClimeCo.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be in a good rock band,” adds Jenkins. “The gift that’s been given to me is that people view my music as enlivening them.” 

Track listing:

The Kids Are Coming (to take you down)
Tropic Scorpio
Walk Like Kings
Turn Me On
Got So High
Who Am I
Light It Up
2X Tigers
Take a Side
Who Am I (acoustic)

World tour dates:

July 26 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory +
July 27 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman +
July 31 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion +
Aug 1 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre +
Aug 2 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort +
Aug 3 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance +
Oct 11-13 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 21 Dublin, Ireland The Academy
Oct 22 Glasgow, UK The Garage
Oct 24 Manchester, UK Ritz Manchester
Oct 25 London, UK Forum Kentish Town
Oct 26 Paris, France Les Etoiles
Oct 27 Cologne, Germany Luxor
Oct 30 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
Oct 31 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Strand
Nov 1 Oslo, Norway Vulkan Arena
Nov 3 Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu
Nov 4 Hamburg, Germany Knust
+ = Summer Gods Tour with Jimmy Eat World & Ra Ra Riot

Album review: The Alarm - 'Sigma'; Southern California concerts now through Saturday

photo: Stuart Ling/courtesy Ken Phillips Publicity Group
Mike Peters personifies the triumph of the human spirit.

Having battled cancer three times, the veteran Welsh singer/guitarist for The Alarm continues to make new music and tour the U.S. and Europe at a steady clip.

Tirelessly promoting his Love Strength Hope cancer foundation and its Get on The List bone marrow donor registry at concerts and fundraising hikes up the highest mountain peaks worldwide, Peters, 60, never seems to stop.

Earlier this year, Prince Charles bestowed upon him the prestigious title MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for those charity efforts.

The Alarm is currently in Southern California, with concerts tonight at House of Blues in San Diego, Friday at Wiens Family Cellars Winery in Temecula and Saturday at ‘80s Weekend #8 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

On Sigma, The Alarm’s 12th studio album (give or take a few; the man is so prolific it’s hard to keep track), Peters adeptly channels his health issues into powerful messages of rock ‘n’ roll resiliency. A sequel to last year’s similarly compelling effort Equals (and continuation of the Blood Red and Viral Black album series), Sigma contains a dozen songs that immediately draw your attention. The artist wanted to make “everything bleed emotionally and physically” on this album and definitely succeeded.

Opening track “Blood Red Viral Black” is an urgent rocker where Peters sings about being “always under attack.” It features blazing electric guitar work by guest Billy Duffy of The Cult and Coloursound and prominent fuzztone basslines from Alarm member James Stevenson.

The psychedelic-tinged “Brighter Than the Sun” and inspiring “Time” are also standouts. On the latter, Peters movingly admits to giving all that he has and advises listeners to do the most with their lives while they still have time, hence the title.

Dave Sharp, founding member of The Alarm’s original 1980s/early ‘90s incarnation, adds his trademark guitar sounds to the insistent “Equals” as his onetime bandmate convincingly sings about how love can heal all divides and take us anywhere, but does not “kill or maim.”

Touching mid-tempo ballad “Heroine” marks the first time Peters has been able to write a straightforward love song to wife and Alarm keyboardist Jules (who also battled cancer) without using some form of poetic license. Key lyrics: “she floats through my veins like blood” and “when tears stream down my face/my love is there for me.”

“Love and Understanding” charges forth like the Alarm of old with a soulful chorus and stirring words like “if I could move the mountains, for you I’d put myself in harm’s way.” Piercing guitars and full-bodied backing vocals propel “Prisoners,” while the CD-only bonus track “The White Count,” bears a distinct melody. As on several “Sigma” songs, they both directly touch upon the cancer experience, referencing blood cells, penetrating skin, radiation machines, ultrasound, staring at gray walls, etc. Heavy stuff.

A 2013 Bob Dylan concert that Peters saw at London’s Royal Albert Hall inspired “Armageddon in the Morning,” a sprawling folk tune (all hail the brief return of the harmonica!) which describes a day in the life and despite a 7-minute-long running time, doesn’t wear out its welcome.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Album review: Travis - 'The Man Who': 20th anniversary deluxe edition

When Travis released its sophomore album The Man Who in the U.K. on May 24, 1999, the whole Britpop phenomenon had pretty much run its course, NuMetal was about to inexplicably break wide open and an unknown act called Coldplay was still to record Parachutes.

By that point, the four Scotsmen in Travis already had a taste of minor success at home, thanks to a handful of top 40 singles from the gold debut disc Good Feeling two years prior. Yet nothing could have prepared the alt-pop band for the juggernaut that became The Man Who.

Co-produced by Mike Hedges (The Cure, Manic Street Preachers) and Nigel Godrich (who was also making Radiohead's Kid A at the time), most of the songs actually pre-dated Good Feeling. The first taste of the new album came via the delicate first single "Writing to Reach You." Then came "Driftwood." Both went top 15. The alt-pop band fared even better with its soon-to-be-signature song "Why Does it Always Rain on Me?" (#10) and "Turn" (#8).

Those hits helped The Man Who sell like gangbusters. At one point, an estimated 1 in 6 British households were reported to have owned a copy (it was certified for sales of 2.5 million copies back in 2010). Multiple awards (BRIT, Ivor Novello) ensued.

Here in America, the album was finally issued in 2000 and Travis attained cult popularity status - enough that after I saw the band open for Oasis at LA's Universal Amphitheatre in April, the guys would be back headlining themselves in October.

Now Craft Recordings/Concord Music Group has put out an impressive 20th anniversary deluxe edition in various configurations, including an expanded version of the original album with a second CD or LP of single B-sides (remember those?) and a special flip-top box set with photo book.

Back in the '90s, I used to voraciously collect import CD singles of Britpop acts. It's great to finally have 19 of them collected together here on the 72-minute B-sides disc. The songs range from live tracks ("Driftwood," "Slide Show," "Where is the Love"), strong non-album songs ("Village Man" has a Mott the Hoople vibe; "High as a Kite" is a riff rocker with gang type backing vocals), U.K. radio sessions and unexpected covers (Britney Spears, The Ronettes, Joni Mitchell, The Band).

photo: Nora Kryst/courtesy: Craft Recordings
An excellent 16-track companion album, Live at Glastonbury '99, recorded at the legendary U.K. festival where Travis drew raves, is also available for the first time on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Here, frontman Fran Healy provides humorous and thoughtful between-song banter and the band shows it can rock out more than the studio versions. The weather actually turns rainy amid "Why Does it Always Rain on Me" and throughout the show. Healy initially thought the band delivered a poor performance after the festival, but the set gained a reputation among fans as one of Travis' best ever.

Listening back again to The Man Who all these years later, it still stands up and doesn't sound the least bit dated. It helped that Travis only used traditional instruments (guitar/bass/drums/piano) and a string section in the studio.

Melancholic songs such as the gorgeous "Driftwood," delicate-to-wailing buildup on "As You Are" (Andy Dunlop's George Harrison-influenced electric guitar work dazzles), the wistful "Slide Show" (where Healy's vocals were recorded in a car and he namechecks Oasis, Beck and The Manics in the lyrics) are mesmerizing as ever. Other gems: the anthemic "Turn" (Dunlop's maelstrom guitar effect and Healy's passionate singing are amazing) and the sweeping, cello-enriched "Why Does It..."

The physical 2CD configuration of The Man Who is a trifold digipack containing lyrics, a few dozen archival black and white band images taken by Healy's long term partner Nora Kryst and a short note from Healy providing background on the sessions.

All told, The Man Who remains a classic of the era.  

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Box set for The Replacements' 'Don't Tell a Soul' due in September

Back in 1987, Minneapolis rock and roll renegades The Replacements famously stole their Twin/Tone master tapes and threw them in the Mississippi River.

A year later—while wrapping up work on their Warner Bros. album, Don't Tell A Soul—the group absconded with a collection of their reels from Paisley Park studios. Thankfully, those tapes were spared a watery fate, and instead stashed away for decades by the band. Now they’ve been recovered to form the basis of The Replacements first-ever boxed set, DEAD MAN’S POP.

Although Don’t Tell A Soul ultimately became the group’s best-selling effort, The Replacements were unsatisfied with the sound of the record. The band has radically reimagined Don’t Tell A Soul to create a 4CD/1LP set that features the album mixed as it was originally intended (Don’t Tell A Soul Redux), along with a collection of previously unheard tracks (We Know The Night: Rare & Unreleased), and a classic concert from 1989 (The Complete Inconcerated Live).

DEAD MAN’S POP will be available from Rhino on Sept. 27. The box features a newly completed mix of the album by Don’t Tell A Soul producer Matt Wallace (based on his 1988 Paisley Park mix); a disc of unreleased recordings (including a session with Tom Waits); plus the band’s entire June 2, 1989 show at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In total, the box includes 60 tracks–58 of which have never been heard before.

The first 500 fans that purchase DEAD MAN’S POP at will also receive a 14-track cassette featuring highlights from the box along with two additional unreleased tracks: the outtake “Asking Me Lies” and an instrumental of “I Won’t” (Bearsville Version). The cassette also features the original, unused cover art for Don’t Tell A Soul.

Presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book – loaded with dozens of rarely seen photos - the set features a detailed history of the Don’t Tell A Soul era written by Bob Mehr, who produced the box with Rhino’s Jason Jones, and also authored The New York Times bestseller Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.

Mehr writes: “While it’s impossible to unhear a record that’s been around for three decades, this version, Don’t Tell A Soul Redux, is the album the band made and intended to release. In addition to Matt Wallace’s mix, Redux also restores several crucial elements from the sessions, including original drums tracks, vocal takes and tempos that were altered in post-production…[and] the band’s original sequence of the album.”

Wallace says: “The true spirit of The Replacements was always there on the recordings we did back in 1988, and now you can hear and feel it clearly…This was the project of a lifetime for me when we recorded it 30-plus years ago, and it’s even truer today as we’ve finally fulfilled our original vision.”

Paul Westerberg, Slim Dunlap, Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars started recording Don’t Tell A Soul in June 1988 with Tony Berg at Bearsville Studios, but the chaotic sessions were cut short and mothballed. Nine unreleased tracks from Bearsville appear on Dead Man’s Pop, including early versions of “I’ll Be You,” “Darlin’ One” and “Achin’ To Be” and the previously unheard “Last Thing in the World.” The collection also features tracks the band recorded with Tom Waits, five of which have never been officially released: among them, “Lowdown Monkey Blues,” “We Know The Night” and a cover of Billy Swan’s “I Can Help.”

The final two CDs of DEAD MAN'S POP capture the band performing live in Milwaukee during the “Don’t Tell A Soul Tour.” A few songs from the concert originally appeared on the promo-only EP Inconcerated Live (1989), but the bulk of the 29 tracks included have never been released. The entire show has been newly mixed by Brian Kehew (Ramones, The Faces).

Additionally, DEAD MAN'S POP will include Wallace’s Don’t Tell A Soul Redux mix on 180-gram vinyl.

Track Listing:

Disc One: Don’t Tell A Soul Redux
1. “Talent Show” – Matt Wallace Mix *
2. “I’ll Be You” – Matt Wallace Mix *
3. “We’ll Inherit The Earth” – Matt Wallace Mix *
4. “Achin’ To Be” – Matt Wallace Mix *
5. “Darlin’ One” – Matt Wallace Mix *
6. “Back To Back” – Matt Wallace Mix *
7. “I Won’t” – Matt Wallace Mix *
8. “Asking Me Lies” – Matt Wallace Mix *
9. “They’re Blind” – Matt Wallace Mix *
10. “Anywhere’s Better Than Here” – Matt Wallace Mix *
11. “Rock ’n’ Roll Ghost” – Matt Wallace Mix *

Disc Two: We Know The Night: Rare and Unreleased
1. “Portland” – Alternate Mix (Bearsville Version) *
2. “Achin’ To Be” – Bearsville Version *
3. “I’ll Be You” – Bearsville Version *
4. “Wake Up” – Alternate Mix – Bearsville Version *
5. “We’ll Inherit The Earth” – Bearsville Version *
6. “Last Thing In The World” *
7. “They’re Blind” – Bearsville Version *
8. “Rock ’n’ Roll Ghost” – Bearsville Version *
9. “Darlin’ One” – Bearsville Version *
10. “Talent Show” – Demo Version
11. “Dance On My Planet” *
12. “We Know The Night” – Alternate Outtake *
13. “Ought To Get Love” – Alternate Mix *
14. “Gudbuy T’Jane” – Outtake
15. “Lowdown Monkey Blues” – Featuring Tom Waits *
16. “If Only You Were Lonely” – Featuring Tom Waits *
17. “We Know The Night” – Featuring Tom Waits (Rehearsal) *
18. “We Know The Night” – Featuring Tom Waits (Full Band Version) *
19. “I Can Help” – Featuring Tom Waits *
20. “Date To Church” – Matt Wallace Remix*

Disc Three: The Complete Inconcerated Live, Part One
1. “Alex Chilton” *
2. “Talent Show” *
3. “Back To Back” *
4. “I Don’t Know” *
5. “The Ledge” *
6. “Waitress In The Sky” *
7. “Anywhere’s Better Than Here” *
8. “Nightclub Jitters” *
9. “Cruella De Ville” *
10. “Achin’ To Be” *
11. “Asking Me Lies” *
12. “Bastards Of Young” *
13. “Answering Machine” *
14. “Little Mascara” *
15. “I’ll Be You” *

Disc Four: The Complete Inconcerated Live, Part Two
1. “Darlin’ One” *
2. “I Will Dare” *
3. “Another Girl, Another Planet” *
4. “I Won’t” *
5. “Unsatisfied” *
6. “We’ll Inherit The Earth” *
7. “Can’t Hardly Wait” *
8. “Color Me Impressed” *
9. “Born To Lose” *
10. “Never Mind” *
11. “Here Comes A Regular” *
12. “Valentine” *
13. “Left Of The Dial” *
14. “Black Diamond” *

* previously unreleased

Friday, July 19, 2019

Concert review: Cage the Elephant, Beck, Spoon, Starcrawler in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Talk about manic intensity.

Cage the Elephant did a fiery 75-minute performance in Irvine on Wednesday night - and not just because flames shot up from the stage during a few tunes.

The Nashville-based band, among the most successful at alternative rock radio during the 2010s, is touring behind “Social Cues,” a strong, eclectic album featuring “Night Running,” a reggaefied collaboration with tour co-headliner Beck. A handful of tracks contain orchestration arranged and conducted by David Campbell (Beck's father).

Matt Shultz has a reputation for being a riveting, unpredictable front man akin to Iggy Pop. This writer’s first experience witnessing Cage the Elephant confirmed it.

His brother Brad emerged onstage first, blasting the guitar riff to “Cry Baby” (off 2015’s Grammy-winning, Dan Auerbach-produced “Tell Me I’m Pretty”) to launch the 20-song set. Then Matt appeared, face obscured, and briefly did some interpretive moves (he recently studied the Japanese dance technique Butoh). Brad waded into the crowd and smiled broadly.

Young fans who packed FivePoint Amphitheatre immediately sang along loudly. Many parents were spotted enjoying the show right along with their kids, possibly due to some Sixties-leaning, classic rock touchstones on “Pretty” and other releases.

The hyperkinetic “Broken Boy,” an early highlight among a half dozen memorable “Cues” songs played, saw Matt prance around and hold the mike stand high in the air. As the evening progressed, he would methodically peel away layers of clothing and wraps. The singer rarely stood still for more than a minute, often working both sides of the stage, pogoing, crawling around and making several forays into the audience.

For “Telescope,” Matt held a flashlight with what looked like a chicken leg duct taped to it, available for casual bites between lyrics. Now there's something you don't see often. All five musicians were in fine form, especially during the dramatic “Too Late to Say Goodbye,” an exhilarating “Mess Around,” acoustic guitar-based “Trouble” (everyone in the venue seemed to join the falsetto howl), “Social Cues” (with a late ‘70s Bowie-esque sonic sheen) and swampy 2008 multi-platinum single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.”

During the frantic closer “Teeth,” Matt had some parting words of wisdom for fans, reminding them that “everyone has value” and “don’t give up on life.”

There was a noticeable exodus of people, albeit minor, before Beck took the stage (maybe they had an early workday or weren’t into ‘90s alternative music) to conclude the five-hour concert with a somewhat erratic 60-minute set.
Opening with his first big hit “Loser,” Beck quickly dashed through the verses. Nearly everyone was on their feet and dancing around for the fun R&B-tinged “Up All Night.” With top-notch musicians like guitarist Jason Falkner and keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (successful artists/producers in their own right) among the band, well-known numbers like “The New Pollution,” “Devil’s Haircut” and “E-Pro” sounded powerful as ever. The billowy “Wow” (from the last album “Colors”) and sprightly “Girl” were also delightful.

Then things started to go off the rails a bit. Beck forgot the lyrics to “Debra” and the sparse, stately ballad “Lost Cause” (both routinely on past setlists). An attempt to call an audible fell flat.

Yet latest single “Saw Lightning,” a bluesy folk song inspired by Mississippi John Hurt containing some wicked slide guitar, helped lift the pace. So did the dancey helium pop of “Dreams.” The typical set closing medley of “Where It’s At” and various cover snippets (three holdovers from last fall’s tour) was all over the place.

Finally, Matt Shultz joined Beck for a ragged “Night Running” (debuted live the night before and unrehearsed) and a “Where It’s At” reprise.

Earlier, indie rock stalwart Spoon delivered an excellent set comprised of many selections from the upcoming career compilation “Everything Hits at Once.” Despite recording for more than 20 years, the Austin-reared band probably had thousands of people doing a Google search for it last spring after a video of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg playing 2003 single “The Way We Get By” on piano went viral. In Irvine, it was a rollicking standout.

Right from the start, Spoon proved enrapturing with some skittering programming and wiry guitars on “Knock Knock Knock.” The shuffling new single “No Bullets Spent” was equally impressive. Singer/guitarist Britt Daniel often held his electric guitar aloft as his bandmates locked into a hypnotic groove (“I Turn My Camera On”) or spacey sounds (“Hot Thoughts,” “Don’t You Evah”). Kudos to multi-instrumentalist Gerardo Larios for pounding the piano backwards during a mariachi-influenced “The Underdog.”

LA rock band Starcrawler did a mildly interesting 25-minute set that bore elements of punk, glam and heavy metal. Guitarist Henri Cash was good, notably on a cover of The Ramones’ “Pet Sematary” from the 2019 film soundtrack. Yet the truly disturbing antics of waifish singer Arrow de Wilde - mock choking herself, spitting “blood” (not sure if it was real) – rendered most of it as forgettable shock rock.

Next: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, $22.50-$145.50,

Also: The Mercury Insurance Concert Series continues with The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, July 20; Shinedown, July 21; Rascal Flatts, Aug. 1; Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Aug. 3; Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Blondie, Aug. 4; Chris Young, Aug. 10; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. 23; Alice in Chains, Korn, Aug. 30; Nelly, TLC, Aug. 31.

All photos by Sam Gangwer/courtesy SCNG
A version of my review originally appeared at

The Doors’ 'Soft Parade' 50th box set coming

The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, became the band’s fourth straight Top Ten album when it was released 50 years ago this week on July 18, 1969. Despite featuring one of the group’s biggest hits – “Touch Me” – it remains the most-polarizing record of The Doors’ career thanks to the brass and string arrangements that embellish several tracks.

To commemorate the album’s 50th year anniversary, Rhino reimagines The Soft Parade on a newly expanded 3CD/1LP set that will be available on Oct. 18. THE SOFT PARADE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes the original studio album – and the B-side “Who Scared You” – newly remastered by Bruce Botnick, The Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer. The collection is a limited edition of 15,000 individually numbered copies and also includes the original album on 180-gram vinyl along with liner notes by noted rock journalist David Fricke.

A hand-numbered 36x18 lithograph of the interior vinyl gatefold artwork, limited to 500 copies, is available with THE SOFT PARADE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION exclusively at and while supplies last.

The core of the new collection is comprised of more than a dozen unreleased songs. Among the highlights are stripped down “Doors Only” versions of five tracks where the horns and strings have been removed (“Tell All The People,” “Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful,” “Runnin’ Blue,” and “Who Scared You.”) The set also features three of those stripped-back versions with new guitar parts added by Robby Krieger (“Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful,” and “Runnin’ Blue).

The collection also uncovers three songs from studio rehearsals – with Ray Manzarek (a.k.a. Screamin’ Ray Daniels) on vocals – that include an early version of “Roadhouse Blues,” a song that would be released the following year on Morrison Hotel. These three songs include newly recorded bass parts by Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, who joined Krieger and John Densmore at a tribute concert for Manzarek in 2016, three years after the organist died of cancer. Manzarek’s take on “Roadhouse Blues” is available now on all digital download and streaming services.

A trio of studio outtakes collected on the set’s final disc feature the much-bootlegged, hour-long jam, “Rock Is Dead,” which appears here in its entire, surviving form for the first time ever. The track finds The Doors riffing through the entire history of rock ’n’ roll, from early delta blues through surf music, ending with the death of rock.

Track Listing:

Disc One
1. “Tell All The People”
2. “Touch Me”
3. “Shaman’s Blues”
4. “Do It”
5. “Easy Ride”
6. “Wild Child”
7. “Runnin’ Blue”
8. “Wishful Sinful”
9. “The Soft Parade”
Bonus Track
10. “Who Scared You” – B-side

Disc Two
1. “Tell All The People” (Doors only mix)*
2. “Touch Me” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
3. “Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
4. “Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
5. “Who Scared You” (Doors only mix)*
6. “Roadhouse Blues” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
7. “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
8. “I’m Your Doctor” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
9. “Touch Me” (Doors only mix)*
10. “Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix) *
11. “Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix)*

Disc Three
1. “I Am Troubled”
2. “Seminary School” (aka “Petition The Lord With Prayer”) *
3. “Rock Is Dead” – Complete Version *
4. “Chaos” *
* previously unreleased

What's new with Chicago band Twin Peaks

photo: Cooper Fox/Grand Jury Records
I enjoyed seeing the band at Coachella '17 when it played the Sonora stage. Read below for the latest news...

Twin Peaks' new album Lookout Low is due Sept. 13 via Grand Jury. Guitarists Cadien Lake James and Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, multi-instrumentalist Colin Croom, and drummer Connor Brodner worked with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, U2, Kings of Leon), who says Twin Peaks is “the best Rock and Roll band I’ve heard for a very long time.”

The lead single is “Dance Through It,” with a video directed by Ariel Fisher and Léo Schrepel in Berlin. "Writing and arranging 'Dance Through It' felt like a dive into and embrace of experimenting with a new palette for us,” says James. “After having been directly involved in the creation and direction of all of our videos, it felt fitting to allow this song the breath of collaboration in having Ariel Fisher take the helm and run with it.”

“Working with Twin Peaks on this visual concept felt synergetic,” says Fisher. “We shared a mutual love for the film Fallen Angels and wanted to tell a story where the camera angles and lenses gradually shift as the narrative progresses. We wanted the viewer to become the participant, as we step into the actress’s shoes and begin to see the world as she sees it.”

A North American tour gets into gear in September. Tickets for newly-announced shows are on sale now.

Fans can pre-order Lookout Low at indie retail stores on two different exclusive color pressings immediately. When US fans pre-order at participating stores they'll get a "Dance Through It" 7", which features an unreleased song on the B-side, and will be able to return to the point of purchase to pick up Lookout Low on September 13th. The album is available on Orange Swirl LP or on a Chicago-area exclusive Electric Blue LP. A list of participating stores is available here



Track list:

1. Casey’s Groove
2. Laid in Gold
3. Better Than Stoned
4. Unfamiliar Sun
5. Dance Through It
6. Lookout Low
7. Ferry Song
8. Under A Smile
9. Oh Mama
10. Sunken II

Tour dates:

Sun. July 21 - Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach ~
Tue. July 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Thu. Sept. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
Fri. Sept. 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
Sat. Sept. 14 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
Thu. Sept. 19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom *
Fri. Sept. 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
Sat. Sept. 21 - East Moline, IL @ The Rust Belt *
Tue. Oct. 8 - Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden &
Wed. Oct. 9 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub &
Fri. Oct. 11 - Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown &
Sat. Oct. 12 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Mon. Oct. 14 - Cologne, DE @ MTC &
Tue. Oct. 15 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire &
Wed. Oct. 16 - London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park &
Fri. Oct. 18 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club &
Sat. Oct. 19 - Oxford, UK @ Ritual Union
Sun. Oct. 20 - Cardiff, UK @ SWN Festival
Wed. Oct. 30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #
Thu. Oct. 31 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room #
Fri. Nov. 1 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
Sat. Nov. 2 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
Tue. Nov. 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall #
Thu. Nov. 7 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #
Fri. Nov. 8 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
Sat. Nov. 9 - Vancouver, BC @ VENUE #
Wed. Nov. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
Fri. Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom @
Sat. Nov. 16 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern #
Mon. Nov. 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom #
Thu. Nov. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co. #
Fri. Nov. 22 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar #
Sat. Nov. 23 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
Fri. Nov. 29 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Wed. Dec. 4 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom ^
Thu. Dec. 5 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (early) @
Thu. Dec. 5 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (late) !
Fri. Dec. 6 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
Tue. Dec. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
Wed. Dec. 11 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
Thu. Dec. 12 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
Fri. Dec. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse ^
Sat. Dec. 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^
Sun. Dec. 15 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^

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# = w/ Post Animal & OHMME
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