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December 28, 2012

The Rock Show’s Top 25 of 2012

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Surprise! I wasn’t sure whether to do this post or not, since The Rock Show is now a thing of the past, and I haven’t kept up the blog since the last show’s playlist post. However, I decided that I spent entirely too much time and money this year investing in amassing knowledge and opinions about this year’s albums – as well as the albums themselves. I have no idea whether I’m going to post here again, but I definitely didn’t want to miss out on spewing my opinions about this year’s music. We’ll see. Also, I upped the ante to 25 from last year’s 16, just because I can. So without further ado, here’s what are, in my humblest opinion, the top quarter of a hundred albums of 2012:

25. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

The Lumineers

It can’t be ignored that indie folk music has exploded over the past few years, possibly due to the huge success of Mumford & Sons. The genre is inescapable – just watch any commercial for anything and you’re guaranteed to hear some indie folk song in the background. While it’s easy to accuse The Lumineers of jumping on the bandwagon, it’s also easy to tell that they bring a fresh perspective to the genre that differentiates them from their peers. Unfortunately, I personally find that their peers do it better. The Lumineers’ debut album offers some very catchy music, and the songwriting and lyrics are fairly well done. However, the end result is unpolished and not very consistent, which on the whole makes the album suffer a bit. It is still a good debut album, and with a little more polishing I’m sure the band can really make themselves stand out.

24. The Killers – Battle Born

Battle Born

I’ve had mixed feelings about The Killers over the years, ever since their mostly disappointing debut album Hot Fuss. Usually the hits are pretty good, and then the rest of the album tends to be lacking. Battle Born, on the other hand, seems to have the opposite issue – the lead single, “Runaways,” is probably the weakest track on the album. Overall, the album is much better and much more consistent than their previous work, though there isn’t much to make it stand out. It’s catchy with some quirky and awkward moments, like most Killers material, but no song particularly shines or differentiates itself. It is an enjoyable listen, however, and despite not being very memorable there are some solid alternative-style songs on the album.

23. The Offspring – Days Go By

Days Go By

This is definitely another album that suffers from inconsistency. On one hand, the opening run of five songs is excellent. On the other hand, some songs are just so silly they make the album look like a joke (“Cruising California,” “OC Guns,” and “I Wanna Secret Family (With You)”). As a result, I find that listening to the album as a whole doesn’t do much for me. However, if one of the better songs comes up on shuffle, I’m more than happy to listen to it. This is definitely an album that shows the non-serious side of the band, but as a casual fan I don’t particularly find that side very entertaining. This album should be approached with caution, but the good songs are really good. They stand out, as well, and are quite memorable, which definitely earns the album some extra brownie points.

22. Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods

The long-awaited follow-up to Swoon finally arrived, and although the songs might not be as memorable as those on the previous album, it does contain a collection of interesting material. There are a few standouts on the album, namely the main hit “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” and the album opener “Skin Graph,” though many of the songs tend to blend together. Silversun Pickups do bring a very interesting and unique sound to the indie alternative rock scene, which helps to separate them from the other bands out there. Neck of the Woods is a fairly solid offering, though with the stiff competition this year it just doesn’t measure up. The songs are still good, though, and ultimately that matters more than a ranking on a list.

21. Metric – Synthetica

Synthetica

I’ve found that Metric’s material is very hit-or-miss for me, but when it hits it hits hard. Synthetica is a very interesting album in that regard. There are a few songs on the album that I really enjoy, like “Breathing Underwater,” “Lost Kitten,” and “Clone” to name a few. But then there are also tunes that are just really weird – not necessarily bad, just strange and awkward at times. This is the case with their older albums, as well, and it definitely hinders my liking of the album a bit. It’s a little too inconsistent to be great, but the good songs are definitely really good. It’s certainly worth looking into, especially for fans of indie-alternative music, as Metric brings a very quirky and interesting style to the table.

20. Soundgarden – King Animal

King Animal

Soundgarden’s first new album since the nineties is chock full of interesting riffs and musical passages, with the usual Soundgarden-style weird song titles. Overall the album hits hard, and it’s clear that the band hasn’t lost its awesomeness despite being away for too long (see what I did there?). The opening single “Been Away Too Long” is definitely one of the album’s highlights, along with “Eyelid’s Mouth” and “A Thousand Days Before.” Some of the songs blend together a little too much, and other than a few standouts many of the songs are a bit forgettable, but the album rocks hard and is still a very enjoyable listen. Chris Cornell still sounds great, and there’s nothing better than an old, awesome band reuniting for a great new album.

19. Three Days Grace – Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

In many cases I find that Three Days Grace can skirt the border of lame and over-the-top just a little too closely, and even a few of the songs on Transit of Venus are a bit eye-roll-worthy. However, what I hear on this album is a lot more creativity than I’ve ever heard from this band before. From the opener “Sign of the Times” to the unconventional “Expectations” and the surprisingly excellent “Time That Remains,” there is a lot on this album that really shows the growth and development of the band since their last effort. While it still doesn’t quite measure up to many of this year’s releases, it is still a very consistent album with a lot to offer. Fans of good hard rock should consider this album, even if they’re not big fans of the band. You might be in for a pleasant surprise.

18. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

Handwritten

I’m not overly familiar with The Gaslight Anthem, but I did enjoy the single “American Slang” from a couple years ago. I was aware of their existence, but I didn’t really decide to get into them until I heard the incredibly infectious “45” on almost every radio station. The opening run of songs on Handwritten is very, very good, though there are a few tunes a bit later on that seem to be either a little too repetitive or a bit on the boring side. The good songs hit hard though, as good songs tend to do, and that helps to make up for the one or two less-than-spectacular tunes on the album. What the band offers is not exactly original, but they do it very well and the songs tend to be catchy and memorable. This album definitely made me want to dig back, which always gives it some extra points. Absolutely worth a listen.

17. Dave Matthews Band – Away From the World

Away From the World

I’ll be honest – I expected better. After hearing that the album was going to be produced by the same guy that did the first three albums, I thought for sure this album would crush Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Eh, I’m not so sure it does. The first few songs are excellent, but overall I find that the tone of the album is a bit too mellow. There isn’t as good a balance of fast and slow songs as there usually is, and I think the lack of fast songs makes the album suffer a bit. However, I had the pleasure of seeing a few new tunes live before the album was released, and it’s clear that the studio versions do not always do the songs justice. Perhaps this is a case of the songs being better suited to a live setting than on record. Either way, the album was a bit of a letdown, but many of the songs are still very good, and that’s what really counts.

16. Cherri Bomb – This is the End of Control

This is the End of Control

For a bunch of kids in their mid-teens, this album kicks some serious ass. Is it polished? No way. Is it top-quality music? Not even a little bit. Does the majority of the album rock your socks off? You bet it does. There are a few duds, of course. It’s the debut album by a bunch of kids, so of course there’s going to be some junk here and there. Obviously fifteen-year-olds aren’t going to write the most poignant of lyrics. But songs like “Too Many Faces” and “Act the Part” make you forget that you’re listening to a bunch of kids and prove that the band is well on its way to joining the ranks of the best modern hard rockers. Julia Pierce and Miranda Miller are surprisingly good guitarists for their ages, and the rest of the band keeps the beat pretty damn well too. If you want in on the ground floor of a band that’s destined to explode in the near future, definitely check this one out.

15. Morning Parade – Morning Parade

Morning Parade

Morning Parade’s self-titled debut album is very impressive for a first outing. The album itself is incredibly consistent, and the band positions itself well in the indie-alternative rock spectrum. There’s a good bit of originality to this album while still remaining true to the genre, which makes the music very effective. The lead single, “Headlights,” is especially well-crafted, and the song harkens back to the mid-2000’s bands like Keane and Snow Patrol. While not a perfect release and not quite ready to stand out among the masses, Morning Parade’s debut is a very strong start. The blending of keyboards and electric guitars works well here – the keyboards are present without being overpowering, which is a welcome change from the usual. I’m definitely looking forward to what comes next, and that’s always a good thing.

14. Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

Apocalyptic Love

As a fan of Alter Bridge and Myles Kennedy in general, it’s very difficult not to enjoy this album. Honestly, Slash’s guitar playing is not the draw here – it’s the incredibly talented vocals. That being said, while the vocals and the music are what make the album shine, the actual lyrical content leaves a bit to be desired. Songs like “One Last Thrill,” “Halo,” and “Hard & Fast” smack of rock n’ roll cliche, almost to the point where the music doesn’t make up for it. However, in most cases, the music does make up for it, and I can’t say enough about the killer vocals. It’s a rock record, and it’s one that does an excellent job proving that rock is still alive and kicking. With some better lyrics this album could easily have been one of the top picks for the year. Let’s hope the next album is even better.

13. Walk the Moon – Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

The first thing I noticed when listening to both Walk the Moon and Morning Parade was how much they both reminded me of mid-2000’s alternative music. The two debut albums are very similar in a lot of ways, but Walk the Moon has to come out the victor. Overall, Walk the Moon’s material just has a catchier feel, and the music stands out much more than Morning Parade’s tracks. It’s a very consistent and catchy album, and the songs are full of little hooks that differentiate them from each other quite effectively. Indie-alternative is clearly getting stronger as the years go by, and with more bands saturating the genre it becomes difficult for any single band to rise above the rest. I’m not sure that Walk the Moon is there yet, especially after only one album, but they’re clearly onto something good, and I hope they continue to push the genre as they continue their career. Good debut albums should always leave you wanting more, and this one does that with ease.

12. Mark Tremonti – All I Was

All I Was

Apart from being an excellent guitarist, Mark Tremonti shows on his solo album that he can also sing and write kick-ass songs. Fortunately, Tremonti’s solo work is much more similar to Alter Bridge than to Creed, and for that I am extremely grateful. Though the songs on All I Was are all very heavy, there’s still a catchiness to them that makes them all quite memorable. While a lot of modern hard rock tends to blend together, Mark Tremonti’s work is full of hooky riffs and catchy vocal melodies that keep things fresh without sacrificing the heaviness of the sound. Any time hard rock artists can do that, they gain a lot of points in my book. He also has a very fitting voice – one that is distinct enough to separate his solo work from that of his other projects but also lends itself well to the type of songs that make up the album. All in all, it’s a very solid collection of songs from an extremely talented musician.

11. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

Night Visions

The opening track of Night Visions is not very good, in my humble opinion. It’s got a hip-hop vibe coupled with dubstep, and overall I’m just not into it. However, after the opener is over, the rest of the album absolutely shines. Night Visions pushes indie-alternative with more electronic influences, but while also retaining a heavier, harder rock sound as well. The vocals are very strong, where many indie bands have fairly weak or at least strange vocals. There’s power and energy in the songs, and the overall originality of the album shines through. The songwriting for the majority of the album is strong, and the melodies are fairly well-crafted. This is another debut album that does a good job of making the listener wonder what’s to come.

10. Passion Pit – Gossamer

Gossamer

I must admit I was never a fan of Passion Pit’s first album – it was a little too out there, and the vocals were really not my cup of tea. Thankfully, Gossamer is much more to my taste, and let me say that the songwriting has drastically improved. Gossamer is full of infectious hooks and melodies that will get stuck in your head for days at a time (likely culprits are the chorus to “Take a Walk,” the keyboard hook in “Carried Away,” or the singalong vocals in “Constant Conversations”). Beneath all the catchiness and hooky music are some quite intelligent and poignant lyrics as well, especially in the aforementioned songs. There’s a lot to be discovered on this album, and it definitely gets better and better with repeated listens. It’s still not for everyone, and overall the band seems to be a bit of an acquired taste, but if given a proper chance this album can really make a good impression.

9. Dead Sara – Dead Sara

Dead Sara

Emily Armstrong’s vocals are the immediate breadwinner on the first listen through Dead Sara’s self-titled debut, but there’s much more than that. The rawness of Emily’s voice is matched by the rawness of hers and Siouxsie Medley’s guitars, and the melodies throughout the album are very unique and satisfying. There’s power and energy in all the songs on the album, even the more ballad-y ones, and there are even a few fist-pumping rock anthems buried in the mix. For a band that isn’t that well known, they’ve already scored gigs as openers for acts like Muse and The Offspring – it’ll only be a matter of time before this band puts out a winning record. This is definitely a good pick for fans of hard rock or punk, but there’s also a strong blues influence in a few songs that helps to set the album apart even further. Almost every song is memorable, and they all have something to offer the listener.

8. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – The Lion The Beast The Beat

The Lion The Beast The Beat

Grace Potter’s previous album definitely proved to be a strong release and a very difficult album to top. I haven’t yet decided whether this one was able to pull it off, but it is still one of the strongest albums of the year. The album explores some very new sounds and styles for the band (the first single, “Never Go Back,” is a prime example). This is another album that might need a few listens to fully appreciate, but the subtleties at play are very rewarding when uncovered. It’s easy to get into the hit ballad “Stars,” for example, but songs like “Timekeeper” and “Keepsake” shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Grace’s voice is still top-notch (as proven by the aforementioned ballad, “Stars”), and her band backs her up very well – it seems the musicianship has only gotten better. Why this band hasn’t exploded yet is beyond me, but as long as they continue to put out rock solid albums, that’s all that matters.

7. Mumford & Sons – Babel

Babel

In all honesty, I very quickly got bored of Mumford & Sons back in 2009. Their big hits were excellent, but the rest of their debut album failed to really draw me in. When I heard about the new album I was a bit hesitant, but Babel turned out to be a much, much better collection of songs than its predecessor. The guitar playing is phenomenal and the songwriting just seems stronger overall. There’s a good mix of fast and slow songs, and the songs are surprisingly dynamic (some even have changing time signatures). Obviously the big hit, “I Will Wait,” is one of the catchier tunes, but there are many excellent selections that could serve as a follow-up. Marcus Mumford’s voice embodies the indie folk sound that the band has made popular, and the growth of the band’s popularity in such a short time shows the impact they’ve had on today’s music scene. For those who disliked their first album, it might be worth giving this one a shot. For those who loved Sigh No More, you’re in for a real treat with Babel.

6. Flyleaf – New Horizons

New Horizons

Shortly after the release of New Horizons, vocalist Lacey Sturm left the band. I’m not sure exactly what that means for Flyleaf’s future, but her work on this album is absolutely fantastic. The songwriting on the new album far surpasses that of the first two albums (he says, ducking to avoid the onslaught from hardcore fans), and many of the vocal melodies on the album are their best yet (“Bury Your Heart” and “Cage on the Ground” are two excellent examples). The edginess of their debut album is still there, though many of the songs seem a bit more polished. Either way, the music serves its real purpose – the backdrop for Lacey’s incredible voice. Though the title track may sound a bit poppy for some, rest assured that the album still rocks just as hard as the older stuff, just with some more mature songwriting. If this turns out to be the band’s last [successful] album, then it’s a great one to go out on. If it’s the start of things to come, then it’ll be tough to beat.

5. Of Monsters & Men – My Head is an Animal

My Head is an Animal

Of all the indie folk bands that have taken mainstream radio by storm, Of Monsters & Men are my favorite. There’s something about their debut album that differentiates itself from the other bands that play the same game – maybe it’s their Icelandic accents, or the charming lyrics that sometimes seem to not make any sense whatsoever (opening of “Dirty Paws,” anyone?), but their songs seem catchier and more memorable than their contemporaries’. The various instrumentation and song stylings throughout the album really add to the experience, and all of the songs stand apart from each other and stand on their own. Their hits, “Little Talks” and “Mountain Sound,” might be the top tracks on the album, but there are plenty others that contribute singalong melodies and interesting songwriting. The debut album is an excellent start to their career, and hopefully the next album will find them differentiating themselves even further.

4. Blues Traveler – Suzie Cracks the Whip

Suzie Cracks the Whip

Suzie Cracks the Whip is the ultimate feel good album of the year, from the summery opener “You Don’t Have to Love Me” to the poppy “I Don’t Wanna Go” to the singalong chorus of “All Things Are Possible.” John Popper continues to show off his harmonica skills, as usual, and the album keeps things upbeat for almost the entire experience. Blues Traveler is far from a nostalgia band, and their recent work has proven to be just as skillfully crafted as the material on Four or Straight On Till Morning. Aside from the quality harmonica playing, the songwriting and vocal melodies are what truly make this album great. The lyrics are clever and interesting, and the melodies are catchy and, for a blues band, very dynamic and varied. This album does an excellent job of proving that Blues Traveler is still relevant.

3. Shinedown – Amaryllis

Amaryllis

After four years of milking their third album, The Sound of Madness, near to death, Shinedown finally put out a collection of new material. Right off the bat, Amaryllis sets itself apart from their earlier work. This is not an album full of angry, pissed-off-at-the-world songs; many of the songs on this album are actually very uplifting and positive (“Unity,” “Miracle,” and “Amaryllis” are some prime examples). The faster, harder rocking songs seem to be of higher quality as well, with better lyrics and catchier melodies despite the heaviness of the sound. The album definitely shows a clear growth in the band’s songwriting ability, and it showcases the maturity of the lyrics and the musicianship. The album’s closer, “Through the Ghost,” is probably the best example – haunting vocals and interesting instrumentation showcasing some of the best lyrics in any Shinedown song. For those who aren’t fans of the band or think they’re guilty of writing the same song over and over, Amaryllis is full of proof that they’ve evolved and begun to separate themselves from the masses.

2. Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension

The Afterman: Ascension

Originally I wasn’t sure whether to include this album, since it’s really only half of the double album that is The Afterman, but considering it was released separately with its own packaging and supporting tour, I figured it should count. From the haunting opening of “The Hollow” to the last notes of the acoustic/electronic “Subtraction,” The Afterman: Ascension shows why Coheed & Cambria is one of the most interesting bands of this generation. The album’s lead single, “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute,” is almost eight minutes long and chock full of kick-ass guitar licks and Coheed-style vocal passages. The band’s sound has evolved over the years, though songs like “Goodnight, Fair Lady” still reflect the alternative sound of their first few albums. Though Coheed is a band often shunned by their contemporaries, albums like this prove that they don’t let the industry push them around. They stick to their guns, and continue to put out awesome albums. The second half of the double album drops in February, and with three songs already out on the internet, it’s shaping up to be just as excellent as this one.

1. Rush – Clockwork Angels

Clockwork Angels

This was definitely a close one – The Afterman: Ascension was heavily considered for the top spot, but realistically you have to give it up for the holy trinity. What other band is putting out a 60+ minute story album forty years into their career? Clockwork Angels has been widely accepted as one of Rush’s best albums, and this is thirty years after their most popular album, Moving Pictures. The album pushes the band into unfamiliar territory, as well, full of orchestral strings and an album-length concept that has since been adapted to novel form. Where most classic rock bands these days either milk their hits into the ground or put out “new” albums full of the same old formulaic rock, Rush has taken a strikingly different approach – on their supporting tour, they played all but two of the twelve track album, and they favored deep vault cuts over the mainstream hits. With an upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an extension of the Clockwork Angels tour all coming up in the next year, Rush is as busy as ever, proving once again that they are not a dinosaur – they’re still alive and kicking…kicking ass, that is.

That’s all, folks! Happy New Year!

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

March 13, 2012

New Pretty Reckless EP & Some Release Dates

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

The Pretty Reckless have put out a brand new EP with 5 tracks called Hit Me Like a Man.  Two of the tracks are live versions of older material (“Make Me Wanna Die” and “Since You’re Gone” from their debut album), and the other three are new songs (“Hit Me Like a Man,” “Under the Water,” and “Cold Blooded”).  It’s a very promising release, and hopefully it means there’ll be a new album sometime in the near future.  Definitely check it out, it’s really great.  And don’t be surprised if one of the new tunes makes it into the playlist for this Sunday’s show…hint, hint.

In other news, there have been a few new release dates for upcoming albums in the near future.  I’ve mentioned before that Shinedown’s new album, Amaryllis, is due out on March 27.  In addition, The Mars Volta’s new album Noctourniquet and Alter Bridge’s new live album are scheduled for release on the same day.  Of Monsters and Men are going to be releasing their debut album, My Head is an Animal, on April 3 – they currently have an EP out called Into the Woods, which is a really great start, and it really makes me look forward to the full collection.  Finally, the biggest news – Rush’s Clockwork Angels has been given a May 29 release date, so mark your calendars.  They day of reckoning is finally within reach!

New artists added to the library:  Cherri Bomb (Stark – EP)

Artists updated in the library:  Apocalyptica (Worlds Collide, 7th Symphony), The Pretty Reckless (Hit Me Like a Man – EP)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Cherri Bomb, Pop Evil

Upcoming Shows:

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 21 – Shinedown with Adelitas Way & Art of Dying at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 16 – Incubus at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

May 20 – blink-182 with The All American Rejects at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

June 11 – Grouplove at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 26 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 27 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ *

June 29 – Dave Matthews Band at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

February 17, 2012

Update 2/17

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Coheed & Cambria has a new song in the works!  The band posted a video on YouTube and their website showing Claudio’s first ever playthrough of the song on an acoustic guitar.  You can also download the audio of the acoustic performance for free on their website.  The song is called “Sentry the Defiant,” and I believe it’s supposed to be for the next album.  Here’s a link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmsua-OLY_8.

In other news, Dave Matthews Band has announced a summer tour, and will be hitting Camden and Hershey – Camden for two nights.  Tickets don’t go on sale until March.  See below for details.

New artists added to the library:  Pop Evil (War of Angels), Adelitas Way (Home School Valedictorian), Godsmack (The Oracle)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Young the Giant, Pop Evil

Upcoming Shows:

February 29 – Company of Thieves at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

March 3 – Chevelle at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

March 5 – Van Halen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 21 – Shinedown with Adelitas Way & Art of Dying at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 16 – Incubus at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 26 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 27 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 29 – Dave Matthews Band at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

January 27, 2012

Update 1/27

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Halestorm has set a release date for their forthcoming album The Strange Case Of… at April 10, 2012.  Here’s the official track listing from the band’s website (http://www.halestormrocks.com/):

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz. Hyde
  3. I Miss the Misery
  4. Freak Like Me
  5. Beautiful With You
  6. In Your Room
  7. Break In
  8. Rock Show
  9. Daughters of Darkness
  10. You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing
  11. American Boys
  12. Here’s to Us

You can also listen to four of the tracks ahead of time on the band’s official Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18CsONbjOFE.  They’ll be touring this year with Staind and Godsmack as well, but there haven’t been any dates in the Philadelphia area announced yet.  I’ll keep my eyes open.

New artists added to the library:  The Naked and Famous (Passive Me Aggressive You), Metric (Fantasies), Christina Perri (lovestrong.), Of Monsters & Men (Into the Woods – EP)

Artists updated:  3 Doors Down (Away From the Sun), Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Young the Giant

Upcoming Shows:

January 29 – Tool at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 4 – Rise Against at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 7 – The Darkness at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

February 29 – Company of Thieves at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

March 3 – Chevelle at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

March 5 – Van Halen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

December 28, 2011

The Rock Show’s Top Sixteen of 2011

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Last year I started a tradition of putting together a list of the best albums of the year – granted, I missed the boat on a few albums (namely Alter Bridge’s AB III and Young the Giant’s self-titled debut), but I’ve been much more vigilant this year.  In addition, I’m going with the top sixteen this year as opposed to the top twelve last year.  Why not?  So, without further ado, here’s the list of what are, in my opinion, the top sixteen best albums of 2011.

16. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I do enjoy some of their later stuff (namely the singles from Californication and By the Way).  When I heard that there was going to be a new RHCP album I really wasn’t interested, but hearing “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” on the radio gave me a little bit of hope.  It’s definitely a catchy tune very reminiscent of the Chili Peppers songs that I prefer, so that was a plus.  When the album came out I decided to pick it up, and it definitely surpassed my expectations.  The first run of seven songs or so especially are very consistent.  A few of the songs aren’t really my cup of tea (“Even You Brutus?” is way too rappy, for example), but there are quite a lot of keepers, as well.  It fits well with the later-era Chili Peppers sound, and the new guitarist suits the music.  Overall a pretty decent album, and without question one that deserves a spot on the list of best albums of the year.

15. Company of Thieves – Running From a Gamble

Not quite indie rock, not quite pop, not quite alternative, Company of Thieves has a very interesting and unique sound.  The debut single from the album, “Death of Communication,” is probably the catchiest song out of the collection, but there’s a lot of variety here and a lot of different styles at play.  Some of the songs are almost bluesy at times, some are really upbeat and poppy, some have a really retro sound, and on and on.  The vocal melodies are mostly catchy, but some songs have very odd melodies – that’s not a bad thing, it’s just something you have to get used to.  It’s definitely an album that requires multiple listens to appreciate, but there’s a good bit of potential here.  Some of the songs are very enjoyable, some of them are strange (in a good way), and all of them are interesting if nothing else.  The uniqueness is very refreshing, though, and that’s what ultimately makes this one of the best albums of the year.

14. Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

Steven Wilson is the frontman of the British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree (as well as a few other projects), and Grace For Drowning is his second solo album.  The songs in this collection are very reminiscent of Porcupine Tree – they’re very complex and proggy, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.  Some of the songs are amazingly well-crafted, but others seem to meander aimlessly.  Songs don’t need to be twenty-two minutes long if there isn’t a whole lot going on in them.  Wilson’s voice is phenominal, which makes the shorter, less complex songs very good as they tend to have a lot of vocals.  Some of the longer works do suffer from a lack of direction, however (“Deform to Form a Star” being a very notable exception).  What really makes the album interesting is the fact that it’s heavy without having a typical heavy metal sound.  The guitars are minimal (the album has a lot of electronic influence), yet it still feels very dark and loud in spots.  Wilson’s ability to craft intricate songs is still very impressive, especially when it hits hard, and that makes this album one of the best of the year.

13. Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song

Grouplove has gotten a nice boost in their popularity thanks to their most recent hit, “Tongue Tied,” being featured in a certain computer company’s commercial.  For me, however, exposure to this band (like a number of others) came from Letterman.  The album is quite enjoyable in a bubbly, feel-good kind of way.  They’re definitely an indie band – you can hear the pretension and arty-ness in every single note.  It’s a bit rough, but it’s a debut album, so that’s to be expected.  There’s a lot of variety, especially since the band has two different singers, and the songs are quite different from each other.  There’s also what seems like a lot of experimentation – the sound of the album is quite unique in its variety.  Most of the songs are catchy and enjoyable to listen to – there are a few duds (“Naked Kids” being almost laughably bad), but that’s to be expected from a debut album, especially from a band that sounds like it’s trying to be different.  It’s a promising start, and they’re definitely a band to keep an eye on, which makes them a perfect addition to this list.

12. 3 Doors Down – Time of My Life

I must say, I never gave 3 Doors Down the credit they deserve.  I always thought of them as bubblegum (I think “Here Without You” from Away From the Sun was the likely culprit of my judgments), but when I decided on a whim to give their debut album, The Better Life, a spin, I realized that I’d been criminally misjudging them.  Looking past some of the poppiness of their hits, they actually have a lot of songs that rock really hard.  This is true of their new album, Time of My Life, as well.  Even the lead single, “When You’re Young,” has an edge that surpasses the pop-style that colored my opinion of them in the past.  The album sounds very similar to most of their other material, but between great vocal melodies (“Heaven” is a great example) and some awesome rock riffs (“Believer”), its a very solid and consistent sounding album.  A few songs are a bit weak (“What’s Left” most notably), but overall it’s a strong album.  It’s always fun to rediscover a band like this, which probably adds to my liking of the album a bit.  Still, it’s one that’s keeping the rock genre alive, and it’s deserving of a spot on this list.

11. Seether – Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray

This is, without question, the most accessible Seether album, and also the easiest to listen to.  Past Seether albums have had a raw, angry edge that seems to be missing from this effort.  That’s not to say that this is a bad album – it’s just different.  There are actually quite a few heavy tunes on here (the opener “Fur Cue” is the best example), but the majority of the album sounds like some of the typical hard rock that’s out there.  The album has a very produced sound, for lack of a better way to describe it, as opposed to the rawness of the earlier material.  However, there is a catchiness to the songs that past albums just didn’t have.  Honestly, I think this is a welcome change, as by their third album (Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces) their sound was getting very repetitive and bland.  This album offers something new, and I think it’s the first album to do so.  The drawback is that the path they’ve chosen isn’t a very original one.  Much of their music sounds like the same hard rock that all the other bands are playing.  Still, the songs are good, and that’s really all that matters.

10. Bush – The Sea of Memories

This is the long-awaited comeback album that’s been in the works for a while.  The first single, “The Afterlife,” came out over a year ago, and the album just came out back in September.  It sounds like Bush – there’s really no better way to describe it.  Most of the songs are upbeat, but there are a few that rock pretty hard.  Some of the choruses are a bit lacking lyrically (“The Afterlife,” “Heart of the Matter”), but some are very well-done (“The Sound of Winter”).  The album as a whole is fairly average – for all the low points there are just as many high points.  The closing track, “Be Still My Love,” is an especially high point, but it also illustrates the album very well.  Some of the melodies are a bit weird, but some of them are very good even if the lyrics behind them are a bit repetitive.  Overall, the sound of the album beats the majority of the hard rock stuff out there – Bush’s sound has always been fairly unique.  The album has its highlights, and they make up for some of the more lackluster moments.  It’s great that Bush is back, touring behind a new album and not just the hits no less, and this is a good album to get them back on track.

9. Rev Theory – Justice

Just from the opening riff of “Dead in a Grave” you can tell that this is going to be a kickass album.  It seems heavier than the standard hard rock out there right now, but it also has melody that seems to sneak up on you.  For being a hard rock album as such, it is surprisingly easy to tell the difference between the songs, and the choruses are actually pretty catchy at times.  The album is very riff-heavy, something I really like in hard rock music, and there a lot of great lead guitar licks that make it more dynamic that just loud chord progressions.  Most of the songs are just really well-put-together, and surprisingly so.  Most hard rock bands like this tend to be very predictable and a lot of the songs are usually loud, angry, and screamy with little in the way of dynamics.  Rev Theory really does manage to keep things interesting all the way through while still remaining loyal to the hard rock genre that’s been dominating the airwaves of late.  It’s refreshing to hear good hard rock that differs from the masses, even if only a little, and for that this album is definitely one of the best of the year.

8. Chevelle – Hats Off to the Bull

I think the biggest difference between Chevelle and the majority of the hard rock bands on the radio is the vocals.  While most of the hard rock acts have a very similar rough, growly vocal style, Chevelle has a style that is very reminiscent of Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer).  As a result, Hats Off to the Bull has a level of vocal melody that a lot of hard rock doesn’t.  The melodies are edgy, and they suit the music very well – there’s a lot of energy in the music and a sense of urgency in the vocals that really makes it sound intense.  It’s a very accessible album, and the songs are quite catchy despite the dark sound.  I’m familiar with Chevelle’s older singles, and this album’s material fits well with what I do know of the band’s catalog.  In addition, it has succeeded in making me want to dig back into the discography, so that’s an extra bonus.  Overall it’s a collection of great rock songs, making it an excellent album for the list.

7. Evanescence – Evanescence

In all honesty, I’ve never been that big a fan of Evanescence.  I always thought they were a bit lame – they had that one good song followed by that one really lame song (“Bring Me to Life” and “Call Me When You’re Sober,” respectively) and then disappeared for a while.  However, when the new album came out I decided to preview the songs and see how it sounded.  This album saved the band for me without question – Amy Lee’s vocals are very good, and there definitley aren’t any lame songs.  The tunes are catchy and the music is full of hard rock and metal that provides a great backdrop for the vocals.  Some of the songs have a haunting quality to them (“The Change,” for one), some of them just flat-out rock (“The Other Side”), but they all do a great job of redefining this band.  There’s hope all throughout the album that the band isn’t dead (despite lineup changes that ultimately seem to be for the better), and after hearing this album I can say for certain that I like what this band is doing now.  When an album can change my opinion of a band it always earns that album extra brownie points, and as a result the new self-titled collection ranks fairly high on the list.

6. Yes – Fly From Here

When dealing with classic rock acts putting out albums decades into their careers, there will always be fans who aren’t satisfied.  No, this is not Fragile, or Close to the Edge, or 90125.  No, the album doesn’t feature Jon Anderson or Rick Wakeman.  However, Fly From Here is a collection of very well-crafted songs.  Maybe the fact that I haven’t been a Yes fan for forty years helps me to objectively view Fly From Here apart from the rest of the catalog, but when this album is taken for what it is there’s no doubt that there are some very beautiful songs on here (“Hour of Need” being a prime example).  The “Fly From Here” suite that opens the album has a lot of variety in sound, and it really has some catchy vocal passages and rocking guitar lines.  The rest of the tracks have their highs and lows (the closer “Into the Storm” being one of the highest highs), but overall it’s a very warm album with a lot of sonically pleasing moments whether they be from Benoit David’s vocal parts or the band’s brilliant musicianship.  The album is proof that Yes can still create quality songs, even though the lineup changes and increasing age of the band has caused its fanbase to splinter.

5. Rise Against – Endgame

Rise Against has been and still is a band that eludes me.  Most of their early material is to punk-oriented and aggressive for me to really get into, and I’ve never been a fan of the politically-influenced music.  Therefore, it was a big risk for me to give their newest album a try, but I’m very glad I did.  I said most of what I want to say already in my review of the album, so I’ll keep this fairly short.  Ultimately, the album doesn’t really change my opinion about the band, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome of an album.  The dynamics and melodies are the clear bread-winners here, as most of the songs have a level of complexity that seems suited for more progressive music yet still remain very catchy.  It’s not perfect, but it holds itself well as a more accessible album (especially for people like me who prefer longer songs with tempos in the 100s instead of the 300s) than earlier efforts.  As stated before, the most important thing is that the songs are good.  Realistically, that is the only fact that makes a difference, and that’s why this album ranks so high.

4. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

I’ve found that late night talk shows are a great way to get introduced to new music.  As an avid fan of Craig Ferguson I almost always catch the musical guest at the end of Letterman’s show, and every so often I catch a brilliant new band.  Then when that brilliant new band opens for the Foo Fighters and I get to experience them live for myself and they totally kick ass, it’s all but a guarantee that their album will rank high on this list.  The Joy Formidable are one of the most interesting new bands of the year, and their album absolutely rocks.  It’s hard to explain exactly what I love about the album, but it probably has to do with the extremely creative and original sound that they bring to the table coupled with the surprising accessibility (something that seems to be a requirement of the best albums, I’ve noticed).  The singles (“Whirring” and “A Heavy Abacus”) are very catchy, and the musicianship is interesting, especially the drums.  It’s an album that is surprisingly good right away, and then it gets better with repeated listens.  It’s a wonderful debut, and it really makes me want to know where they’re going to go next – something all the best albums need to do.

3. The Pretty Reckless – Light Me Up

Another Letterman band, and another one of my new favorites.  The band is fronted by actress-turned-rockstar Taylor Momsen, and her voice fits the band’s hard rock style better than most female rock vocalists of our generation (yes, that includes both Amy Lee and Lacey Mosley, in my humble opinion).  The band is nothing to sneeze at either, and they add some very appropriate guitar licks and drum fills, as well as tasty bass lines (“Since You’re Gone”).  For the most part, catchy vocals propel the album to success as they always do, but well-crafted songs also work to the band’s advantage here.  There is a lot of sonic variety on the album, from in-your-face rock (“Zombie,” “Goin’ Down”) to upbeat alt-rock (“Light Me Up,” “Miss Nothing”), to softer acoustic songs (“Nothing Left to Lose,” “You”), and Taylor’s voice accommodates the different styles very well.  The album shows a potential for this band to explode in the near future while still retaining a quality that many debut albums lack, and it doesn’t hurt that they’ve already toured with a number of big-name acts including Evanescence and Guns N’ Roses.  This is definitely a band to watch, and this is definitely a record to listen to.

2. Incubus – If Not Now, When?

I’ve talked a lot about this album as it is, both in my review of it and my review of the show I attended, so there’s little I can say here that will add to the conversation.  This is a very divisive album among Incubus fans, without question.  It shows a very different side of Incubus, one that I enjoy quite a lot.  However, the quality of the songwriting is still very reminiscent of older material – the lyrics are still very creative and unique, and the music, while softer and much less aggressive, is still quite complex.  Brandon Boyd’s vocals are showcased very well, and the melodies of the album really make some of the songs stand out (“Isadore” and “Promises, Promises” are some of the best examples).  Even without the fast-paced, funk-metal sounds of their first few albums, the band can still write quality songs.  This album is definitely a maturation of the band’s songwriting, and I welcome the change – hopefully the next album will be even more different and push the band’s style into even newer territory.  As I see it, this is an experiment that went well, and that always makes an album stand out for me.

1. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

In all honesty, I would have sworn that the Incubus album was going to beat this one before If Not Now, When? came out, but Wasting Light is simply too solid a collection of songs.  Yes, it’s the obvious choice for best album, but there’s a reason for that – it’s an incredibly good album.  No need to mince words here.  With the exception of One By One, no other Foo Fighters album is even close to being as consistent and high-quality as Wasting Light, and most other albums this year don’t hold a candle to it either.  Every song on the album is a winner (even “White Limo” has its merits).  There’s really not much else to say about it – it was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and it delivers without disappointment.

So that’s it – the best albums of the year.  Based on everything I’ve heard, read, and seen about new music in 2012, we have a pretty big year ahead of us.  Here’s to the coming 366 days of great new bands, new albums, new concerts, and new songs.  Happy New Year, everyone!

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

December 22, 2011

Update 12/22

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Word on the street is that Rush’s new album Clockwork Angels has been finished.  Apparently Rush’s sound engineer tweeted the news a few days ago, and based on a November interview with guitarist Alex Lifeson mixing is supposedly booked for the next year.  Hopefully this means a springtime release with a summer tour, which I believe has been suggested by the band as well.  Here’s a link to the source of this wonderful information.  Looking forward to any more updates, but this one’s a biggie!

Artists added to the library:  Grouplove (Never Trust a Happy Song)

Artists updated:  Yes (90125), 3 Doors Down (Self-Titled), Chevelle (Hats Off to the Bull)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, Young the Giant, The Pretty Reckless, VersaEmerge, Rev Theory

Upcoming Shows:

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

December 31 – Halestorm at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA

January 29 – Tool at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 4 – Rise Against at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 7 – The Darkness at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

November 12, 2011

Update 11/12

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Just a regular old update post today.  For the record, The Rock Show will not be airing tomorrow due to preemption by sports.  Still, tune in anyway to 91.3 FM WLVR Bethlehem or stream online at www.wlvr.org.  The show will return next weekend, and will not air once again on the weekend following Thanksgiving.  But tune in anyway!

No new artists added to the library.

Artists updated in the library:  Evanescence (Self-titled), Shinedown (The Sound of Madness), Rush (Time Machine: Live in Cleveland), Paramore (Renegade – single, Hello Cold World – single)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge

Upcoming Shows:

November 12 – Steven Wilson at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

November 25 – Chris Cornell at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

November 26 – Guns N Roses at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

December 2 – 311 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

December 31 – Halestorm at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA

February 4 – Rise Against at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

November 2, 2011

Update 11/2

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Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Sorry about this past Sunday – the winter storm that came through left the Lehigh University campus without power, which meant that nothing was broadcasted over the airwaves.  The Rock Show will return this Sunday, however, same as usual – 91.3 FM WLVR Bethlehem or www.wlvr.org from 3pm to 5pm.

Breaking news – drummer Chris Pennie has left Coheed & Cambria due to creative differences.  The band is supposedly in the process of working on a new album – word on the street is that the new album is written but not yet recorded.  With the departure of Mic Todd over the summer, this leaves Coheed & Cambria as a guitar duo – lead guitarist Travis Stever and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Claudio Sanchez.  This departure was announced today, so there has yet to be any news regarding what the band’s future will hold.  This isn’t the first time Coheed has been reduced to Claudio and Travis – after the 2005 album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, Mic Todd and drummer Josh Eppard left for personal reasons.  Mic Todd came back, and Josh was replaced by Chris Pennie.  The band has persevered before, and I’m sure they’ll be able to do it again.  I’m definitely keeping my eyes open for more updates.

No artists added or updated to the library.

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge

Upcoming Shows:

November 5 – Korn at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

November 10 – Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA *

November 12 – Steven Wilson at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

November 25 – Chris Cornell at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

November 26 – Guns N Roses at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

December 2 – 311 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

October 13, 2011

Update 10/13

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Paramore has announced a tempting offer – by joining their “Singles Club,” you’ll be able to receive three new singles (ha! I get it!) between now and the end of the year.  The three singles are “In the Mourning,” “Renegade,” and one we’ve never heard anything about before – “Hello Cold World.”  The band’s website has all the details (link).  Apparently this will be the only way to get your hands on these singles before the new album comes out (supposedly next year) – interesting marketing strategy.  I’m not sure if I’m impatient enough for this, as I tend to avoid signing up for fanclubs and such.  I’ll probably just wait for the new album.

Speaking of singles, Pearl Jam’s “Ole” is the free download of the week on iTunes this week.  Of course, the band hosted the song on their own website for free download for a while (though I can’t tell if it’s still available).  What this means, though, is that “Ole” is actually being released as an official single.  That’s all well and good – I’m still keeping my ears peeled for news on the new album.

Also, as an FYI, since Lehigh’s Pacing Break is over, expect The Rock Show to be back on the air this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.  Tune in on 91.3 FM WLVR Bethlehem, or stream live at www.wlvr.org.  Listen for the new Coheed tune, something off Orianthi’s brand new EP, some new Steven Wilson, and much more!

New artists added to the library:  The Joy Formidable (The Big Roar)

Artists updated in the library:  Orianthi (Fire – EP), Coheed & Cambria (Deranged [single song])

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge

Upcoming Shows:

October 14 – Bush with Chevelle and Filter at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 16 – Dream Theater at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA

October 21 – Jane’s Addiction at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

October 22 – Smashing Pumpkins at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

October 26 – Circa Survive at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 30 – Evanescence at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

November 5 – Korn at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

November 10 – Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA *

November 12 – Steven Wilson at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

November 25 – Chris Cornell at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

November 26 – Guns N Roses at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

October 4, 2011

Update 10/4

Filed under: Update — Tags: , , , , , , , , — rockshowmusic @ 8:16 pm

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Here’s a general update post.

New artists added to the library:  Steven Wilson (Grace For Drowning)

Artists updated:  Porcupine Tree (In Absentia), Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (This is Somewhere)

Upcoming Shows:

October 14 – Bush with Chevelle and Filter at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 16 – Dream Theater at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA

October 21 – Jane’s Addiction at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

October 22 – Smashing Pumpkins at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

October 26 – Circa Survive at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 30 – Evanescence at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

November 5 – Korn at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

November 10 – Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA *

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

November 25 – Chris Cornell at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

November 26 – Guns N Roses at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

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