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When New Found Glory is at its best, the pop-punk vets blend machine-gun guitar riffs with instantly memorable choruses — that’s at the core of what’s helped the Florida-based band stick around Forever + Ever x Infinity, to borrow the name of the group’s new album. One of the most notable songs off the new record is “Stay Awhile,” which is a perfect example of the marriage between melody and pop-punk energy that the band does so well. A music video for the song was premiered on Thursday, and it’s a straightforward clip of the band playing in an apartment,…

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Chris Cornell’s death in 2017 forced the end of Soundgarden — and sure enough, two years later the remaining members of the Seattle-based grunge/rock band announced that they would be retiring the name. That’s an understandable position, considering the singular force that Cornell was at the front of the band. Should guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron continue on together in some form, it would be under a different name … and is that name, perhaps, the Nude Dragons? A social media account has popped up on various platforms in recent weeks called just that, “Nude…

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This Wednesday, June 24, Pearl Jam will take part in a special online concert benefit show for its home state, Washington. #AllinWA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief will stream at 7 p.m. PDT on local stations and Amazon’s Twitch channel. The show will be available on Amazon Prime after it airs live, and features additional appearances/performances from singer Ciara, her husband/Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and more. Per Rolling Stone, the updated lineup features the following: Bill Nye, Candice Wilson, Chad Charlie, Courteney Cox, Dove Cameron, Edouardo Jordan, the Head and the Heart, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jessica Dobson, Prometheus Brown,…

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Lamb of God will release a new, self-titled album on May 8 — the first record from the “groove metal” masters since 2015. The band’s music and creative vision are typically led by the creative vision and lyrics of vocalist J. Randall Blythe, and that is very much the case with a new song premiered on Tuesday. “Memento Mori” kicks off the album with authority, ominous whispered vocals from Blythe giving way to a blast of energy and riffs from the band two minutes in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBj0-dIU8HI As Blythe explained in a statement accompanying the video premiere, the song stemmed from…

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Rock Cellar contributor George. A. Paul recalls some of the standout moments from his time at the NAMM Show 2020 this past weekend in Anaheim …  From new product innovations and education sessions to live performances, artist signings and more, there is always a dizzying array of things to see and do at The NAMM Show. The music industry trade show is held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center and is only open to music industry professionals. NAMM 2020 just concluded after a four-day conference from January 16-19. The first event on my Thursday morning schedule was “Stories Behind the…

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This wasn’t a concert, it was an experience. The Hu, a captivating Mongolian folk/metal band that blends traditional throat singing with groove-oriented hard rock elements, finished a big U.S. tour with a stop at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night. It was one of those shows that makes you feel lucky for being there. The next time the Hu tours the States, it’s all but a given that it’ll be in a bigger venue — as the Fonda was packed with adoring fans who didn’t ease off the energy throughout the night, which stretched close to midnight by…

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Thanks for the Dance is a new album from Leonard Cohen that serves as the first posthumous release from the legendary singer/songwriter/poet/author, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 82. Giving the whole thing an added layer of legitimacy is the fact that it was put together by his son, Adam Cohen. It was previewed in recent weeks with a track called “Happens to the Heart”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AMMb9CiScI The story behind Adam Cohen bringing this project to life is pretty great, as well. Seven months after his father passed, Adam Cohen retreated to a converted garage in his backyard…

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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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A few weeks back, Rock Cellar had the honor of taking part in a gifting suite affiliated with the 91st Academy Awards. There, we came face-to-face with some truly intriguing and unique products, from healthcare to clean living and much more. Some of the companies represented that caught our attention the most were … CoCaBee (Visit website) Created by Amanda Lavery, who was fed up with the mysterious ingredients that went into the cosmetics she used on a regular basis, CoCaBee seeks to provide organic options for the more health-conscious. “I started reading more labels, checking the ingredients and researching…

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