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The recent announcement that emo/rock band My Chemical Romance was reconvening after several years apart for a special concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was met with feverish excitement on the internet. The show, with tickets priced at $150 before fees, sold out immediately, too — so this is a BIG DEAL in capital letters. It was a surprising announcement to some degree, as the band seemed pretty content to not do anything together in the years since its members went their separate ways. But, given the massive success the band had in its heyday, bridging the gap…

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There’s an immediacy and an in-your-face vibe to everything the Hollywood Vampires do — and why shouldn’t there be? This is a rock and roll supergroup of the highest pedigree, one involving shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp. The allure of the band is obvious, and explosive. So, too, is their new music video for “I Want My Now,” the opening track to their 2019 album Rise, which was released in June. Featuring some behind-the-scenes banter and clips from the road, the video captures the essence of Hollywood Vampires effectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-qAWbr__cg In addition to…

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For the first time in 25 years, the Doobie Brothers — specifically, the lineup including Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Patt Simmons and John McFee — will join forces for a special tour commemorating the band’s 50th anniversary. https://twitter.com/TheDoobieBros/status/1196790479574036481 Announced on Tuesday, the tour also works as a celebration of the Doobies’ inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 nominees list. So, it’s basically a huge victory lap for the classic band, which is well deserved. And the news came in rather dramatic fashion, too: The announcement came at the conclusion of the band’s performance at…

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What good is a ‘farewell’ tour these days? Bands often use those terms abundantly when referring to huge tours around the world (bands such as KISS, for example), only to surface again later. That’s the case with Motley Crue, apparently, as the notorious Sunset Strip rockers are reportedly going out on a gigantic stadium tour with fellow ’80s rockers Def Leppard and Poison in 2020. https://twitter.com/MotleyCrue/status/1196522505952849920 This, from Rolling Stone Monday morning, all but confirms that the tour is happening, which effectively means that Mötley Crüe’s 2014-2015 “Final Tour” wasn’t really “final” in any sense of the word. To wit,…

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It’s the holiday season, soon — kind of — so it’s time for all the holiday albums to come out. On Friday, pop/rock icon Bryan Adams added to his catalog with a five-song Christmas EP. It features “Joe and Mary,” an original song from Adams, as well as a new cover of “Must Be Santa” (which rose in fame with a Bob Dylan cover in years’ past), plus three other standards that Adams has released in the past. Stream the EP below: https://open.spotify.com/album/5s1gB2j2ii2MSAyWe3tDBs?si=IAordrVRQu6ShJjAPGDJnw Said Adams of the EP: “I’m excited to be releasing this Christmas EP. It was fun to record…

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Beck has been preparing everybody for his new album, Hyperspace, which will be released next week, on Nov. 22. He’s done so with a handful of songs that have worked together to create significant intrigue around the record, which sounds like it could be one of this strongest and most varied to date. That’s saying a lot, given the ways Beck has been something of a musical chameleon over the years. Whether jangly indie/rock, glossy pop or subdued, somber compositions like 2002’s Sea Change, the man can do it all. And on Friday, Beck premiered another track from the record.…

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In 1969, The Band released a new album — its second, a self-titled affair that acted as the follow-up to Music from Big Pink, which announced the ensemble’s arrival the previous year. The Brown Album, as it was quickly referred to due to its self-titled nature, became a landmark moment in the history of the Band, and it has been honored as such with a lavish 50th anniversary reissue. Pick up the 2-CD set at this link, and the 2-LP edition here. Released on Friday, this reissue brings together the album’s recordings in remixed and expanded format, in addition to…

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Modest Mouse thrives on eccentricity. For years, the band has hit big creative peaks by being among the quirkiest indie bands around, and it’s safe to say that’s still going strong today. On Friday, the band premiered a song and video called “Ice Cream Party,” and the video component is … a lot to process. On paper, it sounds simple: Melty ice cream cones and hands making balloon animals, but naturally that’s been carried out in the most psychedelic of ways possible. It’s probably an incredible experience if you watch it under the influence of … life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE6ZKGPme74 The most…

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Esteemed guitarist Timothy B. Schmit, known for his work with such iconic acts as Eagles and Poco among others (not to mention a robust solo career) has returned with a new song. Titled “The Good Fight,” the track runs nearly eight minutes in length and features special guest Sheryl Crow, who accompanies Schmit on the recording. Listen to it below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsZ-Bscg6I0 An admittedly catchy, funky little tune, the song has some important things to say, among them the opening lines: Think before you talk/It matters what we do/Gotta keep your head/to get the message through, Followed a few lines later…

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It’s that time once again: Time for Brandon Flowers and the Killers to return to the masses and dominate much of the conversation about modern rock/pop, which the esteemed Las Vegas-based band will do in 2020. On Friday, the Killers announced a new album, Imploding the Mirage, which is set to be released in “Spring 2020,” though an exact date has yet to be unveiled. https://twitter.com/thekillers/status/1195258184392331264 Imploding the Mirage will be the follow-up to the Killers’ 2017 album Wonderful Wonderful, and the band’s sixth to date since bursting onto the scene with 2004’s groundbreaking Hot Fuss. Earlier this year, the…

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