Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music.
So apparently The Mars Volta is finishing up a new album, which I had no idea about until yesterday. The Mars Volta is a very interesting band – crazy experimental proggy metal music that hardly ever makes any kind of sense. Their last album, Octahedron, came out in 2009 and, personally, I think it’s the best of the five. Hopefully the new album will have a similar sound, for the sake of listenability. Most of the time I can hardly listen to Amputechture and The Bedlam in Goliath due to the sheer “wall of noise” feel I get from them. To be fair, the band is unbelievably inventive and when they hit on something good it’s really good. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Not much news on the Foo Fighters front except to mention a possible April 12 release date for the new album. It’s been finished for a while and the band has been playing the new album in its entirety during secret gigs, so clearly we’re ready to hear the new stuff. The first single is supposed to be the song called “Rope,” and I believe we should be seeing its release this month. Apart from that, we’re still waiting for news of American tour dates, so I’ll keep watching and waiting.
Speaking of new releases, The Pretty Reckless have finally released their debut album, Light Me Up, here in America. I believe the album is exclusively released on iTunes and that the only physical copies of the CD available are imports. Either way, it’s definitely worth checking out. I was exposed to them on one of the late night talk shows back in the summer and was a little disappointed to find out that they had no album at that point, so I’m glad we finally have one over here in the States. I listened to the preview clips of the songs, and they definitely have a great modern rock sound to them – reminiscent of Halestorm, but they definitely have their own sound. Give it a listen if you have the time.
In other news, The White Stripes have announced that they’re done as a band. According to Jack and Meg White they want to preserve the art by giving it to their fans. In all honesty I’m not too upset about it – Elephant was really the only album I loved. Get Behind Me, Satan was a big letdown, I never really listen to Icky Thump, and their older stuff never really caught my attention. Still, “Seven Nation Army” is one of my all-time favorite songs. Besides, Jack White has a ton of other projects (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), so I’m sure we’ll still be seeing more of him in the future.
Yes is going on tour in March. I had heard a while ago that they’re working on a new album, but I haven’t seen anything new in that department since then. They apparently signed a deal with a label for a new album, and it’s supposed to be out sometime this year. I don’t know if this tour is going to interfere with those plans or not, or if they’re planning to debut new stuff during the tour. Either way, I’m looking forward to new Yes material and a full-blown tour in support of a new album sometime down the road, and I’ll be looking to see if there’s anything from the upcoming album being played on this stretch of dates. They’re not hitting Philly, by the way, but they are going to be playing at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. See below for details.
No new artists added to the library.
Updated artists in The Rock Show library: The Strokes (First Impressions of Earth, Room on Fire), Foo Fighters (One by One), Yes (Drama)
Artists to watch: Foxy Shazam, A Silent Film, The Pretty Reckless, VersaEmerge
February 11 – Jimmy Eat World at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ
February 12 – Jimmy Eat World at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
March 25 – Elton John at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 26 – Sick Puppies at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
March 30 – Yes at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA
April 2 – A Silent Film at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA
April 8 – Rush at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
April 26 – Coheed & Cambria at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
April 29 – Asia at the Keswick Theater in Glendside, PA
May 2 – Rise Against at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 3 – Rise Against at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 4 – Jon Anderson of Yes at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA
May 6 – My Chemical Romance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA
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