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Innovative singer/songwriter Beck is gearing up for a big summer. Not only is he heading out on a co-headlining tour with Cage the Elephant (dates and info here), but on Monday he premiered a new song, “Saw Lightning,” a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. The song is the lead single from Beck’s newly-announced album, Hyperspace, which will be released via Capitol Records at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum, per the news release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXrlWw3yhW4 The schedule of dates for Beck’s tour with Cage the Elephant (whose new album, Social Cues, is out this Friday): Thursday, July 11,…

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Las Vegas residencies are all the rage these days for iconic musical acts — recent weeks have seen new special engagement announcements from Eagles, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith, among others, and the latest comes from esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Journey. The band announced a special run of shows coming up this October at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, with tickets going on sale this week. https://twitter.com/JourneyOfficial/status/1117759731064397824 This will no doubt be a great chance for fans of the band — founder and guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Steve Smith, vocalist Arnel Pineda and keyboardist Jonathan…

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On April 26, Alan Parsons will release an anticipated new album, The Secret, which the innovative musician/producer previewed in recent weeks with a pair of pre-release songs. The most recent is “Sometimes,” a tender song featuring guest vocals from Lou Gramm, longtime lead singer of Foreigner (and current feature interview subject on Rock Cellar). Stream “Sometimes” below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijw2Zd0DrM0 The Secret will be Parsons’ first new album of original material since 2004’s A Valid Path. Previous songs released from the new LP include “Miracle,” featuring Jason Mraz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjMaIiSaNWM And “I Can’t Get There From Here,” featuring Jared Mahone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciptb2f8Awo The title…

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John Paul White, longtime member of the band The Civil Wars, released a new solo album on Friday — and The Hurting Kind is a poignant, affecting set of songs from White that is sure to resonate with listeners, no matter their familiarity with his music and career. “What’s so good about the good old days?” he asked on the LP’s opening track, which was premiered in early March and sets the tone for the rest of the record perfectly, strings accompanying White’s wistful refrain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spq3qBgRT_Q The album blends Americana-tinged melancholy with country roots exceptionally well. And, as the news…

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In February, Bay Area indie/punk band SWMRS released Berkeley On Fire, an urgent, timely and provocative new album blending styles, themes and emotions that pushed the young band’s notoriety higher than it’s been to date. The group also recently visited VEVO headquarters to play some songs from the record for the video streaming platform’s live series. Here’s the band performing “Too Much Coffee”: And here’s “April in Houston”: Some more on SWMRS from the news release: SWMRS consists of childhood friends Cole Becker, Max Becker, Joey Armstrong and Sebastian Mueller, who decided to start fresh after the dissolution of their previous band,…

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This week, the science community made a major breakthrough when the very first photograph of a black hole made its debut online. The black hole, which has since been given the name “Powehi,” is also the focus of a new Change.org petition to name it after late Soundgarden and Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell. https://twitter.com/soundgarden/status/1116090276248838145 Of course, this petition — the details of which can be viewed at this link — won’t make any difference as to the black hole’s name, since it already has one. That said, the reasoning behind the petition does make some sense, considering Cornell’s involvement with…

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The first weekend of the 2019 Coachella Music Valley & Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow, and all weekend — from April 12th through the 14th — a number of participating acts will have their sets webcast on the official Coachella live stream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CWGz6o1AtU As of this moment, bands and artists featured in the live webcast include several of the biggest names of the weekend, including: Headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala Weezer Kacey Musgraves The 1975 Billie Eilish BLACKPINK Janelle Monae Mac DeMarco CHVRCHES Wallows J Balvin Charlotte Gainsbourg and many more. It’s a lengthy list and stretches…

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Later this month, The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour/multimedia experience will hit the road for what’s sure to be an innovative and irreverent celebration of the late musical and intellectual wizard. On Wednesday, Zappa’s team shared a sneak peek behind the scenes of tour rehearsals, and the clip furnished to the internet looks pretty wild indeed. https://twitter.com/zappa/status/1116097952773279744 Here’s the initial run of live dates for the Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour: Fri 4/19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater Sat 4/20 Rochester, NY Kodak Center Theater Mon 4/22 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Wed 4/24 Long Island,…

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In the news for months, there’s finally concrete information as to when the Ronnie James Dio hologram tour, conceptualized and carried out by Eyellusion, will take place — and it’ll be later this year that the late heavy metal icon’s visual form will perform alongside a full band. As Billboard reported, the Dio Returns tour will find holo-Dio taking the stage alongside several of his longtime band mates, making this a truly special spectacle for fans. Via Billboard: The official band line-up will feature Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards and newer Dio family member Bjorn Englenon bass. The show will…

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In a recent interview with Rock Cellar, Kate Pierson of The B-52s discussed her band’s lengthy career and legacy (and aspirations of future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enshrinement, among other topics) — and later this year the group will embark on a special tour to mark its 40th anniversary. The tour was announced on Tuesday, and will be comprised of a lengthy North American run of shows in the fall, with special guests Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Berlin. https://twitter.com/TheB52s/status/1115613381631676422 “Dust off those go-go boots and shine your dancing shoes because the B-52s are coming,” said band…

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