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The Darkness To Release ‘Pinewood Smile’ Album, Listen To ‘All The Pretty Girls’

England’s hugely entertaining rock gods The Darkness are back with their fifth album, ‘Pinewood Smile,’ due for release October 6.

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England’s hugely entertaining rock gods The Darkness are back with their fifth album, Pinewood Smile, due for release October 6 through Cooking Vinyl.

Marking the announcement, the band has unveiled the spectacular album opener “All The Pretty Girls” across all streaming platforms. It’s also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans.

“All The Pretty Girls” is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.

As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence: “All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums”. Hard-hitting social commentary, right there!

Addressing the forthcoming album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, “Why should anybody care? Because if you don’t, we’re fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns.’ We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”

Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, Auto-Tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.

In addition to the cerebral treatise of “All The Pretty Girls,” the album boasts the swashbuckling “Buccaneers Of Hispaniola,” the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is “Southern Trains,” the hugely emotional “Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?,” the globally anthemic “Japanese Prisoner Of Love,” and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit “Solid Gold,” which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby, the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.

To celebrate the release of Pinewood Smile, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year, playing seventeen dates in the U.K. throughout November and December, including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10. The shows are part of a wider European tour.

01. All The Pretty Girls
02. Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
03. Solid Gold
04. Southern Trains
05. Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
06. Japanese Prisoner Of Love
07. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
08. I Wish I Was In Heaven
09. Happiness
10. Stampede Of Love

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Steel Panther To Release ‘Lower The Bar Bitchin’ Edition’ In November

Steel Panther will be releasing the limited edition, picture disc vinyl on Black Friday.

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Steel Panther will be releasing a limited edition, picture disc vinyl as a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The Lower The Bar Bitchin’ Edition will be in record stores on November 24 and will become an instant collector’s item, as it is limited to 1500 pieces in the United States. The vinyl edition features the critically acclaimed last album as well as the previously limited release track, “Red Headed Step Child.” Each vinyl version will also feature a download card so fans that purchase the vinyl can also get the Lower The Bar Bitchin’ Edition digitally, which comes with another bonus track, “Momentary Epiphany.”

Lower The Bar Bitchin’ Edition

Side A
01. Goin’ in the Backdoor
02. Anything Goes
03. Poontang Boomerang
04. That’s When You Came In
05. Wrong Side of the Tracks (Out in Beverly Hills)
06. Now The Fun Starts

Side B
07. Pussy Ain’t Free
08. Wasted Too Much Time
09. I Got What You Want
10. Walk Of Shame
11. She’s Tight
12. Red Headed Step Child
Momentary Epiphany (Download Only)

Steel Panther recently released the video for the song “Wasted Too Much Time.” Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia directed the latest clip, which visualizes the message of the song and the pitfalls of staying in a relationship that isn’t working. Stone Sour make a cameo appearance in the NSFW video performing at a house party and singer Corey Taylor does his best Michael Starr impersonation. The video has been viewed over a million times collectively since it was released last month.

Steel Panther just wrapped a successful co-headline tour with Stone Sour. The band will be playing more shows throughout the United States in November and December before heading overseas on an international tour.

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The Winery Dogs To Release ‘Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond’ Vinyl

The limited release consists of three red and white marble colored vinyl albums featuring the live audio from the concert as well as the ‘Dog Years’ EP.

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On Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 24, The Winery Dogs – Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums) – will release a limited edition vinyl of their recently released Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 exclusively to independent record stores. It consists of three red and white marble colored vinyl albums, featuring the live audio from the concert as well as the Dog Years EP.

For participating stores, fans can go to Recordstoreday.com.

Originally released in both standard and deluxe editions August 4 on Loud & Proud Records, Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 is a collection of live concert footage, music videos, and an EP of previously unreleased studio tracks.

A standard two-disc edition of Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 includes one Blu-Ray disc of the 100-minute concert, eight music videos from the band’s two albums, and the Dog Years EP on CD. A special edition five-disc package consists of one Blu-Ray disc, one DVD of the live concert material and the eight music videos, the Dog Years EP on CD, as well as two CDs of the live concert audio.

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Anvil To Release New Album ‘Pounding The Pavement’

Of course there are bands that have sold more albums, but few have earned as much respect from their colleagues.

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Of course there are bands that have garnered higher chart positions, sold more albums and filled bigger venues than Anvil. Yet there are few metal acts that have earned as much respect from their colleagues as the Canadian act surrounding vocalist/guitarist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. The most renowned Anvil aficionados include, among others, international stars such as Metallica and the late Lemmy of Motörhead, who have expressed their unreserved admiration time and again. The reasons for this evident respect are obvious: since 1978, Anvil have been the epitome of a passionate heavy metal band that refuses to be thrown off course by setbacks, adverse conditions and inconsistencies on the business side of things. Their latest album Pounding The Pavement proves their impressive stamina: never before have Anvil sounded as diverse, determined and inspiring.

Why has Pounding The Pavement turned into such an awesome offering? Kudlow’s explanation is simple: “The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our previous album, Anvil Is Anvil, had been completed,” he says. “So our thoughts instantly turned to the future again. After Anvil Is Anvil had been cut, everybody knew what we had just delivered and what Anvil’s future should sound like.” Despite the diverse range of their ideas, Kudlow, Reiner and their bassist Chris Robertson have succeeded in filling the typical trademarks of this unusual band with life once again – which is an important aspect for every Anvil release, after all tradition and reliability play an essential role in this group. Kudlow: “Of course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an emphasis on evolving the characteristic Anvil sound. Lots of fans keep asking us to play the way we did in the so-called good old days. That’s why I try from time to time to pick up on that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it’s always exclusively about the basic atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song.”

Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial survival. Kudlow: “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”

Pounding The Pavement will be released on January 19, 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold coloured version, download and stream.

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Culture Club To Release ‘Live At Wembley’ In December

All four original members reunited for one final show together at the historic Wembley Arena in London.

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For this very special hometown show, all four original members of Culture Club – Boy George, Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig – reunited for one final show together at the historic Wembley Arena in London.

As Boy George says, “We were thrilled to be back home for the final show of such a highly successful reunion tour. Being able to document this show on film before our hometown fans, friends and family, with all the original members of the band, where it all began for us in London in 1981, makes this concert film release that much more special for our fans to enjoy for many years to come.”

Culture Club returned home for the holidays in 2016 and performed live at Wembley Arena, after a hugely successful 60-city world tour. Featuring an explosive horn section and mind-blowing backup soul singers, the band ignites the stage before a sold-out crowd, as Boy George commands the catwalk with his masterful charm and smooth soulful voice, performing the band’s biggest hits, including “Karma Chameleon,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Church Of The Poison Mind,” and “Miss Me Blind.” They close the show with a rousing cover of T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On).”

Live At Wembley showcases why Culture Club’s unique pop, soul and reggae styles resonate with fans 35 years after the 1982 release of their Kissing To Be Clever debut album. It was produced by award-winning producer, Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media (Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, VH1’s Decades Rock Live Series) and directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye West, Jane’s Addiction). Special Features include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the band members as they discuss their illustrious career and the significance of this hometown iconic live performance.

The state-of-the-art DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and Vinyl package is out December 8 by Rock Fuel Media, distributed by Cleopatra Records. The concert will be broadcast on TV in 2018, details of which will be announced soon.

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Dope To Release 20th Anniversary ‘Early Years’ Compilation

The band is proud to announce the release of ‘Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998,’ the original story book and soundtrack of how it all began.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Dope’s inception in NYC, the band is proud to announce the release of Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998, the original story book and soundtrack of how it all began.

Frontman Edsel Dope comments: “I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since I started this band back in 1997. I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique package, along with the true uncensored story of how it all began. This was something that only a small community of people in NYC were able to share with us, back in the day. To be able to bring this to our fans all across the world 20 years later is surreal for me. I designed the entire package myself and I went to great lengths to create something that our die hard fans would greatly appreciate.”

The collection contains:
– 32 page story booklet, filled with never before seen photos, accompanied by Edsel Dope’s personal story of how it all began.
– 20 remastered tracks, available for the first time ever in digital form. These are the original bedroom demos that led to the band’s rise to the top of the NYC club scene. Includes four previously unreleased songs.

Also available:
– Recreation of Dope’s first ever concert poster from their historic sold out debut show at the Elbow Room in NYC on March 7 1998. Each poster is autographed by Edsel.
– Limited Edition “Established In 1997” T-shirt and hoodie.
– Bundles are also available.

All packages will ship on or before Dec 1st, 2017.

The Monster High Tour 2017 Dates:
10/03 @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/04 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10/05 @ El Corazon – Seattle , WA
10/06 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome,ID
10/07 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
10/08 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
10/09 @ Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/10 @ The Reverb / Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
10/11 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
10/12 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/13 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/15 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
10/16 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Niagra Falls, NY
10/18 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
10/19 @ Whiskey Barrel – Laconia, NH *
10/20 @ Claddagh – Lawrence, MA *
10/21 @ Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI *
10/22 @ The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *
10/23 @ The Reverb – Reading, PA *
10/24 @ Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/25 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
10/26 @ The Abbey – Orlando, FL
10/27 @ Kelsey Theater – West Palm Beach, FL
10/28 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/30 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/31 @ St. Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
11/01 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
11/02 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/03 @ The Coliseum – Lawton, OK
11/04 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/05 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
11/06 @ Marquis Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/07 @ Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV
11/08 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
* Ill Niño Appearing

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