Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Squeeze announce release of first new studio album in 17 years

Wow, pretty great news! I've seen Squeeze a few times and am a long-time fan of their music. It's pretty exciting that Squeeze kick off their tour in Anaheim next month. Read my review of the band's 2012 full-length performance at The Coach House here.

Squeeze announce their first album of new songs since 1998
with a new album, ‘Cradle To The Grave’, releasing November 13, 2015.


Squeeze formed in 1974 and went on to write a dazzling collection of hook-filled hits including ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’,  ‘Another Nail In My Heart,’ ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell),’ ‘Tempted,’ ‘Black Coffee In Bed’ and ‘Labelled With Love’, which saw them awarded the Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution To British Music in 2008.

‘Cradle To The Grave’ is Squeeze’s 14th studio album and features the first collection of new songs from the band since 1998.

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the songwriting duo Chris and Glenn are stronger now than they’ve ever been.“We reformed Squeeze in 2007,” says Glenn. “Things went so well, here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”

Chris Difford’s lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook’s music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles and an acrimonious break-up. In addition the pair will head to the U.S. in November and December for ‘The At Odds Couple’ Tour  – seeing Glenn and Chris reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze and as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight in to what makes the two of them tick as a partnership.
Chris says of their fresh songs: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically.  We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”

Squeeze have released 13 studio albums – ‘Squeeze’ (’78), ‘Cool For Cats’ (’79), ‘Argybargy’ (’80), ‘East Side Story’ (’81), ‘Sweets From A Stranger’ (’82), ‘Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti’ (’85), ‘Babylon And On’ (’87), ‘Frank’ (’89), ‘Play’ (’91), ‘Some Fantastic Place’ (’93), ‘Ridiculous’ (’95), ‘Domino’ (’98) and the re-recording of their classic hits ‘Spot The Difference’ (‘10).

The tracklisting for ‘Cradle To The Grave’ is:
1. Cradle To The Grave
2. Nirvana
3.  Beautiful Game
4.  Happy Days
5.  Open
6.  Only 15
7.  Top Of The Form
8.  Sunny
9.  Haywire
10. Honeytrap
11. Everything
12. Snap, Crackle And Pop

‘The At Odds Couple’ TOUR DATES
13 Nov – Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
14 Nov – Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, CA
15 Nov – HOB, San Diego, CA
18 Nov – City Winery, Napa, CA
19 Nov – City Winery, Napa, CA
20 Nov – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
24 Nov – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
25 Nov – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN **Just Added – due to popular demand**
27 Nov – Park West, Chicago, IL
28 Nov – Park West, Chicago, IL
29 Nov – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

1 Dec – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
2 Dec-  Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
4 Dec – The Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
5 Dec – Scottish Rite, Collingwood, NJ
6 Dec – Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
7 Dec – Count Basie, Red Bank, NJ
9 Dec – Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
10 Dec – The Wilbur, Boston, MA
11 Dec – The Ridegefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
12 Dec – Paramount Theater, Huntington, NY
13 Dec – Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
14 Dec – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
16 Dec – Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY
17 Dec – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY
18 Dec – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY

Music Worth Buying episode: Ratatat, The Zombies

On the new episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING we assess the latest album releases from Ratatat and The Zombies:

Monday, October 05, 2015

Rascal Flatts bring Riot Tour to Irvine Meadows

Rascal Flatts brought their Riot Tour to Irvine Meadows on Saturday night (Oct. 3, 2015), a concert that deftly mixed the trio's best-known hits with a short medley of convincing covers in a crowd-pleasing 90 minute concert.

Singer Gary LeVox, bassist-keyboardist-singer Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have been honing their style of country-pop for 15 years, and this tour is particularly a strong showcase for their songs thanks to the addition of an exceptional female vocal trio to their backing ensemble. The addition of the voices added depth wherever they were used, notably on the set opening "Stand" and gospel-tinged track "Riot" early in the night and the group's new R&B-flavored single "I Like The Sound of That" later on.

Rascal Flatts rocking out early in their set.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
After performing their second song (an upbeat "Me and My Gang"), Rascal Flatts succeeded in delivering one of the strongest moments of the concert, a poignant medley where they performed part of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" before weaving that classic into a more extensive section of Hozier's contemporary hit "Take Me To Church."

But everywhere Rascal Flatts thrilled the enthusiastic near-capacity crowd with rousing versions of its biggest hits. The melodic "What Hurts the Most" was bolstered by full harmonies from the band members and female vocalists, and included some top-tier electric guitar work from Rooney. "My Wish" was launched as a pretty piano-anchored ballad that included a crowd sing-along; the song artfully grew in power to include the female singers' voices and Rooney adding a soaring lead guitar solo. "Banjo" was a particularly effective choice, with the country rocker fused with a good dose of bluegrass.  
Rascal Flatts ended the night with a powerful version of the 2005 hit "Bless the Broken Road" and a freewheeling take of their 2006 Tom Cochrane-penned hit "Life Is a Highway."

Opening for Rascal Flatts was American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, who performed a 35-minute set of country that straddled traditional outlaw influences with contemporary country pop. He used his rich baritone to perform energetic country selections such as "Now" (off his second album "See You Tonight" album) and his 2011 hit "The Trouble With Girls," but the 21-year-old North Carolina native impressed most with a heartfelt tribute to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Alabama with a sure-fire medley of "Mama Tried," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Mountain Music."

Opening the night was RaeLynn, whose brief 18-minute set reached its zenith with her acoustic-flavored "For a Boy" and the even more infectious "God Made Girls."

Robert Kinsler

Stagecoach 2016 Lineup announced

Breaking news everybody! Once again the annual event has a balanced mix of contemporary and classic country, Americana and roots rock stuff to get everybody excited. Here is the poster and media release...




Los Angeles, CA – OCTOBER 5, 2015 - STAGECOACH 2016--set for Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016--marks the festival’s 10th year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.  Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church will headline the 3-day event with additional performances by Chris Young, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Eric Paslay, A Thousand Horses, John Fogerty, Emmylou Harris, The Doobie Brothers, Chris Stapleton and many more.

Tickets for STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL go on sale Friday, October 9th at 11:00 AM PDT at Stagecoachfestival.com.  Three-day GA weekend passes are $299. Also available, the Corral Standing Pit, a standing room only section directly in front of the Mane stage OR Corral Reserved Seating, each with VIP access to the Saloon. All taxes, shipping and fees are included in listed ticket prices.  What you see is what you pay!  Pay in full or choose the EZ Pay purchase plan for up to 3 equal payments through December. Children 10 and under are free.

For complete festival information please visit www.stagecoachfestival.com

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Album reviews: The Zombies, New Order, Charlie Musselwhite, George Strait

Classic rock icons The Zombies, synthpop-dance rock heroes New Order, blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite and country music giant George Strait have all released outstanding new albums.  

Artist: The Zombies
Title: Still Got That Hunger (The End Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Zombies, The Kinks
Tell me more: It makes perfect sense that a band named the Zombies would outlive and artistically thrive beyond every single one of its 1960s contemporaries. While fellow British bands the Who and Rolling Stones sometimes tour and occasionally record, it is truly the Zombies that impress with the same power the quintet displayed when they burst on the rock scene 50+ years ago. On the band's aptly-named forthcoming collection Still Got That Hunger (available Oct. 9 via The End Records), singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent lead an ensemble that masterfully blends the jazz-tinged psychedelic rock they pioneered in the early '60s with blues and contemporary styles. Across "Still Got That Hunger," Blunstone sings with power, range and emotion; the full band (including the aforementioned Argent, drummer Steve Rodford, lead guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Jim Rodford) play with nuanced emotion and authority. The top-flight musicianship and vocals wouldn't mean a thing without brilliant songwriting and that's where the Zombies reconnect with the spirit of their '60s beginnings. Just as the band's 1968 masterwork "Odessey & Oracle" blended a number of styles together in the creation of something greater, Still Got That Hunger allows the Zombies to magically conjure up that approach here. Baroque pop ("Chasing the Past," "Never Get Over You"), jazz-rock ("New York," "And We Were Young Again"), blues ("Edge of the Rainbow") and a dash of psychedelia throughout the 10-song album work wonders.  The Zombies are currently on tour in the U.S., and upcoming dates include New York City on Oct. 9, Denver, Colorado on Oct. 19 and in Beverly Hills, CA on Oct. 24. Information: thezombies.net.

Order "Still Got That Hunger" now

Artist: New Order
Title: Music Complete (Mute)
You might like if you enjoy: New Order, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys
Tell me more: Not many synthpop and dance rock bands to emerge in the 1980s have soldiered on without their sound becoming dated. New Order has outdistanced the competition for sure and remained more than relevant; listening to the best tracks on the British outfit's 9th proper studio album (Music Complete) is to hear songs that would have lit up dance clubs 30 years ago and likely will today too. Coming a full decade after 2005's epic Waiting for the Sirens' Call, the ensuing span saw the departure of founding bassist Peter Hook (replaced by Bad Lieutenant's Tom Chapman) and return of original keyboardist Gillian Gilbert. Whatever the dynamics, singer Bernard Sumner and company deliver propulsive and driving dance rock throughout, layering the infectious beats with compelling melodies and textures. Highlights include the longing "Restless," ambitious "Plastic" and sweeping "Academic." Information: NewOrderNow.net.

Get "Music Complete" here

Artist: Charlie Musselwhite
Title: I Ain't Lyin'… (Henrietta Records)
You might like if you enjoy: James Cotton, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker
Tell me more: Mississippi-born Charlie Musselwhite, 71, has been an essential part of the bridge between traditional and contemporary blues since the mid-1960s, and his latest album I Ain't Lyin'… celebrates his potent talents as both a top-tier blues harp virtuoso and compelling vocalist. Backed by a fantastic trio (guitarist Matt Stubbs, drummer June Core and bassist Steve Froberg), Musselwhite's new 11-track collection has a loose and fun feel (especially on "Long Lean Lanky Mama"), but allows for moments where romantic loss, regret, hard times and other well-worn themes itself are celebrated amidst the lively music making. The blues ballad "Always Been Your Friend," buoyant harmonica-anchored "My Kinda Gal" and lively "Blues, Why Do You Worry Me?" are all standouts here. Information: CharlieMusselwhite.com.

Purchase "I Ain't Lyin'…" here

Artist: George Strait
Title: Cold Beer Conversation (MCA Nashville)
You might like if you enjoy: George Strait, Tim McGraw, Jamey Johnson
Tell me more: One of the most successful country music artists of all time, George Strait's streak of stellar releases continues via his new disc Cold Beer Conversation." A strong effort that blends upbeat commercial country cuts ("Goin' Goin' Gone," "Rock Paper Scissors"), Western Swing ("It Takes All Kinds"), country blues ("Cheaper Than a Shrink") and melodic ballads ("It Was Love," "Even When I Can't Feel It"). "Cold Beer Conversation" is available exclusively via Apple Music and at Walmart. Information: georgestrait.com.

Get "George Strait - Cold Beer Conversation" here

Robert Kinsler

Friday, October 02, 2015

Garbage's 20th Anniversary Edition of debut album is out today

I am super excited to see Garbage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles next week! And I am also looking forward to getting my hands on the deluxe 20th anniversary edition of the band's debut, available today!

Photo Credit: Joseph Cultice

Garbage's 20th Anniversary edition of the band's self-titled debut is available today

20 Years Queer Tour kicks off next week 
"Game-changing record" -
Rolling Stone
"Their seminal alt-pop record" - SPIN
"Together, Garbage's mission was to upend-or queer, if you will-alternative rock. In 1995 their debut, Garbage, did exactly that, with a tightly orchestrated technicolor riot of electronica, rock, hip-hop, dance, and pop." - Noisey
"It's an important record for many reasons, not the least of which is that it helped bridge the gap between noisy alternative rock and mainstream pop - incorporating everything from burgeoning electronica to buzz-saw guitars and just the slightest whiffs of trip-hoppy industrial music." -Stereogum

LOS ANGELES, CA -October 2, 2015 -In celebration of its historical debut, Garbage's special 20th Anniversary Edition of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album is available in stores and at all digital retailers today. The new version has been re-mastered from the original analog tapes and features all of the remixes and previously unreleased tracks from the lauded album. To purchase the CD package, click HERE. To purchase digital album configurations click HERE

For a complete list of the available album configurations (digital and physical) see below or click HERE

Garbage will also be releasing a double vinyl LP available October 30 in Europe. A limited edition triple-vinyl LP with an autographed band photo is only available for pre-order HERE beginning today in time for a December holiday delivery. 
To celebrate 20 years as a band, next week Garbage will embark on a special U.S. and European Anniversary Tour. Christened the 20 Years Queer Tour, the band will play their debut album in its entirety for the first time. The trek kicks off on October 6th in San Diego and wrap up in Edinburgh on November 14. A full list of dates can be found below.
Tickets are available for purchase now. Check Garbage.com for additional ticketing information. Torres will support on their U.S. dates and Dutch Uncles will support in Europe. The band is offering VIP experience packages for the U.S. tour through Adventures in Wonderland. Offers include premium seating, sound check access, meet and greets, soundboard viewing, and exclusive merchandise. 
Garbage released their genre defying, groundbreaking debut on August 15, 1995 at a time when grunge music dominated the airwaves and mainstream culture. Their distinctive approach to songwriting and production - blending elements of rock, pop and electronic music - captured the attention of critics and fans all over the world. The album spawned multiple hits including: "Vow," "Queer," "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains." It spent more than a year on both the U.S. and U.K. charts, received multi-platinum certifications around the world and was nominated for GRAMMY® Awards including Best New Artist and Best Rock Song ("Stupid Girl"). The album went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide.

The 20th Anniversary Edition of Garbage is available in the following configurations:

-Garbage 20th Anniversary Standard Edition (Remastered) (12 tracks)
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Remastered) (original 12 tracks + 9 G-sides)
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Remastered) (original 12 tracks + 9 G-sides + 29 Remixes + 12 Alternate Versions): 
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Remastered) (CD 1: Garbage original 12 tracks / CD2: 9 G-Sides)
Garbage's debut album remastered from the original analogue tapes.
Includes- "g-sides"compilation.
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Standard Edition (Remastered) (2LP: Garbage original 12 tracks) (To be released ex-North America on October 30th)
Double LP of Garbage's debut album remastered from the original analog tapes.
Includes download card.
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Remastered) (3LP box set: Garbage original 12 tracks / G-sides / fan zine / autographed photo of band) (To be released ex-North America in December, currently available for pre-order)
Garbage's debut album remastered from the original analogue tapes.
180gm Vinyl - Exclusive limited edition fan generated zine.
Includes "g-sides"compilation.
Includes download card and autographed photo of band.
UNRELEASED TRACKS (on digital super deluxe edition)
"Vow"(Joan of Ark Mix)
"Vow"(Stripped Down Mix)
"Vow"(Tuesday Night Club Mix)
"Fix Me Now"(Alternate Subbass Mix)
"Subhuman"(Supersize Mix)
"#1 Crush"(Early Demo Mix)
"Strokes of Luck"(Early Demo Mix)
"My Lovers Box"(Early Demo Mix)
"Not My Idea'(Early Demo Mix)
"Only Happy When It Rains"(Early Demo Mix)
"Supervixen"(Early Demo Mix)

October 6, 2015San Diego, CAHumphrey's Concerts By the Bay
October 7, 2015Oakland, CAFox Theater
October 8, 2015Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
October 10, 2015Las Vegas, NVBlvd Pool @ Cosmopolitan Hotel
October 13, 2015Houston, TXBayou Music Center
October 14, 2015Austin, TXStubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 15, 2015Dallas, TXSouth Side Ballroom
October 17, 2015Chicago, ILThe Riviera Theatre
October 18, 2015Madison, WIOrpheum
October 19, 2015Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Theater
October 21, 2015Boston, MAOrpheum
October 23, 2015Westbury, NYThe Space @ Westbury
October 24, 2015Brooklyn, NYKings Theater
October 26, 2015Toronto, ONPhoenix Concert Theatre
October 28, 2015Washington, DC9:30 Club
October 29, 2015Washington, DC9:30 Club


October 31, 2015Cologne, GermanyPalladium
November 2, 2015Copenhagen, DenmarkStore Vega
November 4, 2015Tillburg, Holland013
November 5, 2015Brussels, BelgiumForest National
November 7, 2015Paris, FranceZenith
November 8, 2015London, UKBrixton Academy
November 9, 2015London, UKBrixton Academy
November 11, 2015Moscow, RussiaCrocus City Hall*
November 13, 2015Manchester, UKAcademy
November 14, 2015Edinburgh, UKUsher Hall
*Support TBC

Garbage is Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. After forming in Madison, WI, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995. The band's unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic, inspired massive worldwide attention and success. Their follow up album, Version 2.0, released in 1998, topped charts all over the world and garnered multiple GRAMMY Award®nominations including Album Of The Year. Garbage went on to release two more albums: 2001's Beautiful Garbage and 2005'Bleed Like Me, the latter which earned the band its highest chart position with a No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. After a 7-year hiatus, the band released their fifth studio album Not Your Kind of Peoplein 2012 on their independent record label, Stun Volume. The album was named one of Rolling Stone magazine'Top 50 Albums of 2012and was hailed as the "alternative to everything,"by Pitchfork. Garbage has sold over 12 million albums worldwide and performed in over thirty-five countries. The band is currently working on their sixth studio album, set for release early next year.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

2016 She Rocks Awards Recipients announced

Here is some breaking news. This media release means NAMM is just around the corner!

The Women’s International Music Network announces the 2016 She Rocks Award Recipients

Karmin’s Amy Heidemann, guitarist Jennifer Batten, NAMM’s Mary Luehrsen, Taylor Guitars’ Chalise Zolezzi, Cathy Carter Duncan of Seymour Duncan and more to be honored during the 2016 NAMM Show. Tickets on sale now.

ANAHIEM, Calif., Oct. 1, 2015 – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), is thrilled to announce the 2016 She Rocks Awards honorees. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the 2016 She Rocks Awards at the NAMM show will take place on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets are available for purchase at sherocksawards.com

Hosted by the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore, the 2016 She Rocks Awards recipients include:
  • Jennifer Batten, acclaimed guitarist
  • Amy Heidemann of the chart-topping duo Karmin 
  • Mindy Seegal Abovitz, drummer and founder of Tom Tom Magazine
  • Cathy Carter Duncan, co-founder and CEO of Seymour Duncan
  • Becky Gebhardt and Mona Tavakoli, co-founders of the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls L.A. and members of Raining Jane
  • Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound
  • Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation
  • Sujata Murthy, Senior Vice President, Public Relations, Universal Music Enterprises
  • Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole, founders of Fanny’s House of Music
  • Crystal Morris, co-founder and President of Gator Cases
  • Chalise Zolezzi, Director of Brand Communications at Taylor Guitars
Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We could not be more proud of our 2016 honorees. Each has contributed to the industry in her own unique way, inspiring and helping others through her tireless efforts. It is so thrilling to be able to honor them all and share this celebration with colleagues and fans both male and female,” said the  WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore.

Gearing up for its fourth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Orianthi, Mindi Abair, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix, Amani Duncan, Mary Peavey, and many more.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance and the NAMM Foundation.

This event has sold out for the past three years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend. The She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.

Tickets are on sale now at sherocksawards.com.

The 2016 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Roland, Boss, Gretsch, Guitar Center, Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, with additional support from these media partners Tom Tom Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, Music-News.com, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

To purchase tickets, and to learn more about the award recipients and the 2016 She Rocks Awards, visit sherocksawards.com.


About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visitwww.thewimn.com.