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Ken Sharp is more than just Rock Cellar Magazine’s preeminent writer, responsible for many of this website’s marquee interviews over the years. He conducted this month’s Peter Tork feature, as well as our Cheap Trick cover story of a few months back, for example. But beyond a diligent rock journalist, Sharp is also an accomplished, passionate power-pop fan and musician – and just last week he releases his new album, New Mourning. It’s Sharp’s first new album in nine years, and is filled with catchy rhythms, familiar power-pop sensibilities and harmony. Here’s more insight on the record, from the press release:…

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The storied career of Emerson, Lake & Palmer will be commemorated with a series of reissues over the next year or so. Some of them are up for pre-order now on PledgeMusic. The first set, encapsulating ELP’s first three studio albums, will come out on July 29. The three records, 1970’s Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 1971’s Tarkus and 1971’s Pictures at an Exhibition will be spotlighted in a variety of formats: New and old generations of fans will now be able to enjoy ELP’s music afresh, as their albums are released in a range of different formats, from CD and…

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Today, June 24, the Vans Warped Tour begins its annual run across North America with an eclectic lineup that blends up-and-coming acts with stalwarts of the scene. To celebrate the launch of the tour, a live webcast is currently running at the tour’s site. You may also tune in below: Some of the ‘legacy’ acts on the tour this year include New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, Every Time I Die, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Reel Big Fish and more. Here’s the poster: The itinerary: 6.24 DALLAS, TX 6.25 SAN ANTONIO, TX 6.26 HOUSTON, TX 6.27 NEW ORLEANS, LA 6.29…

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For nearly two decades, Yellowcard has been a staple of the alt/punk scene. The band, whose 2003 album Ocean Avenue propelled them to main stages at Warped Tour and a higher profile than ever before, announced one final album and tour on Friday, in addition to issuing a farewell statement. A new song, the appropriately titled Rest in Peace, was also premiered with a video featuring footage from their career: https://youtu.be/IUNw3xAbNPc As for the statement… Putting this into words hasn’t been easy. When saying farewell, it is hard to know where to start, especially when there are so many reasons…

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For more than two and a half hours, Guns N’ Roses delighted a packed house at Detroit’s Ford Field on Thursday night in the official launch of GnR’s Not In This Lifetime tour. Axl Rose decided to wear a shirt that read ‘The Bitch is Back’ for the tour opener. The trek, set to hit up major cities throughout North America for much of the summer, looks to be a raucous affair — and Rose is no longer confined to the rock throne he sat in while recuperating from a broken leg! Here’s fan video of Sweet Child O’ Mine…

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Guitar mastermind Jeff Beck will return on July 15 with a new album titled Loud Hailer, and on Thursday he premiered a sample of it in the form of a single called Live in the Dark. Featuring vocals from Rosie Bones and additional guitar work from Carmen Vandenberg, Live in the Dark is a raucous affair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6dsffOrOoI In addition to the new record, Beck also has plans for a big summer outing alongside Buddy Guy and a new book coming as well – so he’s quite busy these days. Stay tuned for more, including an exclusive feature interview in the coming…

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In the weeks leading up to Blink-182’s anticipated new album California, which is due out next Friday, July 1, the band has premiered a handful of tunes. The newest, a bouncy track called No Future, harkens back to the early 2000s as well as guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba’s work in Alkaline Trio over the years. Skiba, you may recall, is filling in for longtime Blink guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge, who is separated from the band at this point. Stream No Future below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcFdX9MBcpY The song’s release comes a few days after the band premiered a music video for lead single Bored to…

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After some lengthy court proceedings, a jury has ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in a case surrounding the band’s alleged plagiarism of Spirit’s Taurus in their composition of Stairway to Heaven. As the Los Angeles jury found, and as quoted by BBC News, the riff in Taurus was said to be, “not intrinsically similar” to Stairway’s opening chords. More about the case, from BBC: During the trial, defence lawyers argued that the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years. The prosecution had argued Led Zeppelin became familiar with Spirit’s song after…

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Iconic singer Meat Loaf will release a new album, Braver Than We Are, on September 16. A reunion between Meat Loaf and his Bat Out of Hell collaborator Jim Steinman, the new LP comes with much anticipation. News of the project comes right after the singer had a scary incident at a gig in Canada, appearing to collapse onstage, though he’s reportedly doing better in the days since. Rolling Stone premiered the album’s lead single, a song called Going All The Way. It features appearances from Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito, who both previously sang on Meat Loaf’s classic Paradise By the…

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This week has been an eventful one for concert ticketing juggernaut Ticketmaster. The much maligned ticket seller, which has in the past waged wars with bands like Pearl Jam, was forced via litigation to offer up some discount codes and real, actual free ticket vouchers to fans in response to a 13-year-old lawsuit about service fees. Depending on how many tickets you purchased via Ticketmaster over the years, you – yes, you – could find some vouchers for pairs of General Admission seating waiting in your Account information on the TM website. Additionally, some small discount codes could also be…

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