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The indie/pop realm is dominated by psychedelic-tinged acts like Tame Impala and the War on Drugs — but keep an eye out for Sleepwalkers. On July 19, the Richmond, Va.-based rock/indie band will release their sophomore album, Ages — and today, Rock Cellar is premiering its title track. Featuring a sound that calls to mind the music of decades long gone — thanks to their use of vocal harmonies and lush orchestration — the group seamlessly blends eras and genres into a style all their own. Here’s the song “Ages”: https://open.spotify.com/track/70hlEjUVisUHOgZMefU6C0 Said the band of the song in a statement:…

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Bill Wyman manned the bass with the Rolling Stones for thirty years — and his experiences will be the focus of a new documentary titled The Quiet One, which will be released on June 21 after a run on the film festival circuit. The doc has attracted a considerable amount of buzz at festivals due to how it portrays Wyman, who was a member of the Stones from 1962 through 1993, before splitting from the group and blazing his own musical path. Here’s the film’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=104&v=BrDNYXW9a_Y A noteworthy line in the clip comes from Keith Richards, who jokes, “It…

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On June 12, a highly anticipated film will be made available on Netflix, when famed director Martin Scorsese releases Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. In the works and rumors for a while, this looks to be quite a crucial viewing for fans of Dylan, whose music and lyrics have spanned decades, his influence as far-reaching as any to ever pick up an instrument. Here’s the film’s first official trailer, which premiered this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS4gsWDSn68 And a bit about the film, from its official synopsis: ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE captures the troubled spirit…

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With the short run of Hollywood Vampires shows in the rear-view mirror, Alice Cooper will be setting his sights on a big co-headlining summer tour with Halestorm, which will kick off in July. After that run, Cooper won’t slow down — as the iconic shock rocker will head back out on a headlining tour in November of the “An Evening With … ” variety, meaning fans can expect deep cuts and treats that can only be delivered at such shows. Here’s the schedule of dates with Halestorm: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Allentown, PA PPL Center Friday, July 19, 2019 Pittsburgh,…

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Whether you know it or not, you hear Curtis Mayfield’s influence every day. Sure, his grooves have been endlessly sampled, but the gorgeous soul music he created, especially after he split with the Impressions, the groundbreaking group, whose unique blend of gospel and soul made him famous, have inspired countless artists, from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr to Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar. “I discovered Curtis Mayfield in the 1970s, and his music really opened my mind as to what was possible, rhythmically and stylistically,” Paul Weller, who has covered the legend several times over the years, most notably in…

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Later this year, Sleater-Kinney will release a new album, the follow-up to 2015’s No Cities To Love. Recently, the acclaimed alt/punk band premiered its lead single, “Hurry On Home,” which was produced by St. Vincent. The song itself is a blast, as Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss sound as vibrant as cohesive a musical unit as they’ve been for their two-decade-plus career, but its lyric video is even better. Just watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5uAH0vNn2s That’s an inventive way to do something that most bands and musical acts take for granted. Far from just words on a screen, that’s some…

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There’s no reason Willie Nelson *needs* to release any more albums. He’s a living legend of the highest esteem, and he’s released so many records over the years it’d take a long time to even recount them all. But on June 21, he’s releasing Ride Me Back Home, a new studio album (pre-order a copy here) — because that’s who Willie Nelson is. He’s a tireless creator, a musical innovator whose work has ingrained him in history in a way few artists can match. Making music is just what he does. Here’s a preview of the album, which showcases some…

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May was Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for us all to come together and focus some attention on the dialogue surrounding mental health issues. Slant, a Los Angeles-based rock band with a new EP coming out later this month, premiered a video for its cover of the U2 classic “With Or Without You” to further the conversation. Watch the clip, which focuses on the struggles of a young woman and features the band’s vocalist/guitarist, Fahim Zaman in a co-starring role, below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D50GokIwICs Explained Zaman about the video’s themes: “I wanted the video to depict how straining and complicated things…

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The anticipated new Elton John biopic Rocketman just completed its first weekend in theaters across the United States, and it did well. The film netted a reported $25 million in box office receipts, good for third in the country behind Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Aladdin. Of course, given the monumental, record-shattering success of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody film — which would go on to achieve major Oscar buzz come Academy Award season — comparisons between the two films is inevitable. The Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic earned $51 million in its first weekend, meaning Rocketman picked up roughly half of…

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In May 1999, I was about to be a freshman in high school. It was during my high school years — which coincided with the heyday of “nu-metal” and all that entailed, musically — when I fell, hard, into the music that would take up the next decade-plus (and beyond) of my life. On June 1, 1999, mere weeks after I graduated from middle school, a band of three snotty bros calling themselves Blink-182 released a record titled Enema of the State, a record that is inexplicably 20 years old today. Enema was not Blink’s first album (it was their…

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