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Kenny Chesney’s Last Four in 2017

With a second Gillette Stadium show added and close to sold-out, the hunger for that live Kenny Chesney summer experience is pronounced. Though there’s a handful of festival plays on the calendar for this year, Chesney announces four more intimate shows to round out his 2017 live schedule: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Aug. 4 and The Wharf Amphitheatre in Orange Beach, Ala. on Aug. 5, followed by two nights at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on Aug. 10 and 11. All shows this summer are presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum.

“As long as we’re rehearsing and I’ve got new music in the pipeline, I can’t imagine not playing a little bit,” says Chesney. “I know that it takes time off to create and make records… to write and find songs like ‘American Kids’ and ‘Noise,’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the fans. There is nothing that feeds me more than hearing the sound of the No Shoes Nation singing these songs, seeing those faces and knowing this is gonna be one of those nights.”

Having closed 2016’s Spread the Love Tour with 121,399 cheering New Englanders at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., along with hitting the half-million mark at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands, Chesney had one of his biggest touring years – despite playing fewer dates than he has in previous years. As he says of those shows, “I can still hear the crowds when I close my eyes at night. Just when I think it can’t get any bigger or louder, the No Shoes Nation comes at me with these songs, singing and cheering and showing me how much life we can live in three minutes.”

With “Bar at the End of the World” cresting the Top 10 in the wake of the GRAMMY-nominated two week No. 1 “Setting the World on Fire” with P!nk, Cosmic Hallelujah is continuing Chesney’s intent to sing songs that capture the lives, loves, triumphs and escapes of his fans. Raised in a small town in East Tennessee, his songs have become the soundtrack of coming of age across America. NPR praised Cosmic Hallelujah for encompassing “folk’s storytelling, soul’s honesty and gospel’s spirit,” while Newsday deemed it “country perfection” and the Boston Globe wrote, “A country artist, he’s working a wider sonic palette, that incorporates ideas from the stadium-rockers with whom he shares dressing rooms and the rollicking Nashville bars that still loom large in country music’s imagination. Bringing the two ideas together results in the album’s best songs.”

While 2017’s shows are limited, Chesney will bring everything he’s got to these dates. For fans of the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s high-energy concerts, Alabama and Connecticut are the places to be in August for two outdoor amphitheater and two indoor arena shows, respectively.

“We’re gonna bring a whole year’s worth of energy,” Chesney promises. “So if you’re coming, you better be ready for it, because this is our chance in 2017 to rock.”

General tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 starting at 10 a.m. local time. More information: here.

PYRAMAZE: “KINGDOM OF SOLACE” LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED

The melodic metal band PYRAMAZE just released a lyric video for the track “Kingdom of Solace” from their highly anticipated new album “Contingent”. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.


With their milestone fifth album “Contingent,” Pyramaze have grown and matured into a band that is capable of satisfying their fans while simultaneously continuing to break new ground. The incorporation of modern cinematic film score elements mixed with progressive metal riffs and melodies will leave the listener breathless! Huge, sweeping, hard-hitting, and poignant, “Contingent” is an epic post-apocalyptic conceptual piece inspired by current events, the human spirit to overcome struggle and diversity, and the brotherhood that lies there in. Produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey].

“Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us…. we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!”

Pyramaze line-up
Terje Harøy – Vocals
Jacob Hansen – Guitars, Bass
Jonah W. – Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand – Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen – Drums

Check out the lyric video for “20 Second Century” at YouTube: https://youtu.be/lv59CYzDduE
Check out an album teaser for “Contingent” at YouTube: https://youtu.be/dC9p5CiREXw“Contingent” track listing 

01. Land Of Information
02. Kingdom Of Solace
03. Star Men
04. A World Divided
05. Nemesis
06. Contingent – Part I: The Campaign
07. 20 Second Century
08. Obsession
09. Heir Apparent
10. Contingent – Part II: The Hammer of Remnant
11. Under Restraint
12. The Tides That Won’t Change
13. Symphony of Tears Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pyramaze
Website: http://www.pyramaze.com

Inner Wound Recordings online
Website: http://www.innerwound.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/innerwoundrecordings

SPIRITUAL SICKNESS announce band break-up / Give away digital downloads of their debut album and EP for free.

American progressive power metal band SPIRITUAL SICKNESS have announced the band’s immediate break-up. The band played their very last show on March 25, 2017 at Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst, New York fronted by special guest vocalist Veronica Freemen “The V” (Benedictum).

In addition, the band has decided to give away their 2011 debut album “Architects of Agony” and the follow-up 2014 EP “Spiritual Sickness” as free digital downloads for all to have and enjoy.

Spiritual Sickness founder / guitarist Ed Mischke has checked in with the following comment:

It is with sadness and regret that I must announce that Spiritual Sickness is being put to ice. The band had a killer run full of heavy and hard hitting metal shows and I was lucky enough to play with some great musicians along the way such as Jeff Kohler, Brian Cahill, Jim Nola, Mark Zapata, Eddie Jucius, Veronica Freeman and Mike Festa. All stellar musicians, great people and excellent friends. Id like to give thanks to the bands we were recently lucky enough to tour with Cage and Ghost Ship Octavius..And a few other people not necessarily in any order.John Rup, Kevin Scondotto, Van Williams, Sean Peck, Rich Brymer, Nicki Camp, Video Uploader, Blackthorn 51, Bill Pollard, Bennett Montalbano, Billy Loney, Lori Eitleman and Wally Huggins. Actually there are probably a few hundred people that I actually need to thank and if Iid forget you please understand. Thanks to all the bands, clubs and internet radio stations. My wife Miljenka and my daughters Nicole Jamie and Taylor for being at every show possible and all the people who have supported us over the years from the bottom of my heart.Thank you. Just a parting note.Whats beginning to rise from the ashes is gonna be bad ass..I am far from done!!

Spiritual Sickness – “Architects of Agony” debut album download link

Spiritual Sickness – “Spiritual Sickness” EP download link

Spiritual Sickness official Facebook page

WHITE WILLOW: Norwegian Act Debuts Video For “Future Hopes” Via PROG As Album Nears Release Through Lasers’ Edge

Eclectic Norwegian progressive/post-metal outfit, WHITE WILLOW, has debuted the first single from their Laser’s Edge-bound seventh album, Future Hopes, with an official video for the record’s title track, which has been premiered exclusively through PROG.

Experience WHITE WILLOW’s “Future Hopes” video only through PROG at THIS LOCATION.

Laser’s Edge will issue Future Hopes on CD, LP, and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Digital preorders are live, the standard version HERE and the hi-res version HERE.

Additional audio clips, preorder info, and more from the album will be issued in the coming days.

WHITE WILLOW‘s first album since 2011’s well-received Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory the band has ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for. Musically, the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. Future Hopes also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80. Future Hopes was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.

Offers WHITE WILLOW‘s Jacob Holm, “‘Future Hopes’ is the title track off our new album. I actually wrote these songs a couple of years ago, and the title is ironic, seeing as even at that point I felt there wasn’t that much future hope. I grew up in an age of scientific optimism – the ’70s and ’80s, and I was an avid reader of science fiction. As I have grown up and seen the future come and go, I feel that ‘future’ is a term that doesn’t quite hold the magic it used to. The whole album is really about that. How do you cope with a future that seems hopeless? The question becomes more apt each day. To me, interpersonal relationships, the human bond, is the thing that gives us hope and keeps us moving into the future. Love, basically, both platonic and romantic. The actual song ‘Future Hopes’ is that kind of love song, a bit hopeless and hopeful at the same time. The video is really just an atmospheric collage of images of a future/present where there is both happiness and sadness, beauty and decay.”

The Future Hopes lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several WHITE WILLOW stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo’s orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway’s trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

The CD and digital versions of Future Hopes also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, “Damnation Valley,” as well as WHITE WILLOW‘s unusual cover of The Scorpions’ classic dirge, “Animal Magnetism,” re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world’s best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

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THE CLASSIC CRIME Announce New Album How To Be Human, Out April 20 via BC Music

classiccrimeFive years have passed since THE CLASSIC CRIME released their highly acclaimed album Phoenix, and now the Seattle rock group is back to unleash their fifth studio album, How To Be Human (Out April 28 via BC Music).  The album was completely funded via Kickstarter, with over 2,500 backers, tripling the original goal. Album pre-orders begin on March 20 via PledgeMusic.

“My goals for every album is to push the boundaries a bit,” explains lead singer-songwriter Matt MacDonald, “When we started playing together back in 2003, our influences (wide as they were) were pretty apparent. With each record we’ve tried to go some place different, to incorporate different styles while maintaining core structure and textures.”

In the meantime the band is excited announce their ‘How To Be Human’ Tour, kicking off in April year and leading into May. Opening bands on the 12 date tour will include Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN.

How To Be Human contains The Classic Crime’s most mature body of work yet, featuring 12 tracks of pure indie rock in the stylings of Death Cab For Cutie meets Motion City Soundtrack. Working with longtime producer and mixer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Albatross, The Silver Cord, Vagabonds), the band was able to challenge themselves, exploring a “happy to be here” songwriting style, while feeling at home with Baskette’s ability to try new recording techniques and cement the The Classic Crime’s signature tight drum work and guitar layering. “Control and comfort will always reel us back in some,” MacDonald explains, “But I like to cast out as far as I can to see if we can catch something good.”

The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals & guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Skip Erickson (drums), and Alan Clark (bass).

THE CLASSIC CRIME
TOUR DATES

w/ Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN
April 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The End
May 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
May 06 – Columbus, OH – Steadfast Festival
May 07 – New York, NY – Blackthorn 51
May 09 – Hartford, CT – The Space
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
May 14 – Miami, FL – Churchills
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl @ Centerstage

*Without CIVILIAN

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