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24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY - It's Time to Recast Jack Bauer...

It’s time to recast Jack Bauer. For nine seasons Kiefer Sutherland has portrayed Bauer perfectly. He has infused the character with heart and a determination that allowed him to inhabit this tragic character better than anyone could have foreseen. It's his career-defining role. One that he will be remembered for, and one that I hope he is truly proud of. 

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Review: MUSHROOMHEAD - THE RIGHTEOUS & THE BUTTERFLY

With all the coverage area I hit here on THE ROCK FATHER, there's times when the needle is so far over to the "family" side of things that I don't get to spend as much time over here in the "grownups" section as I'd like. That said, it's time to play a little bit of catch-up on some new releases from the metallic side of things, one of which hit the streets back in May - the latest album from MUSHROOMHEAD, THE RIGHTEOUS & THE BUTTERFLY.

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Listen: BRIAN SETZER - "Let's Shake" - the lead single from ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL

I can never say enough good things about BRIAN SETZER. More people need to explore his massive body of work, and I do my best to make sure the youngsters around these parts are exposed to it. That said, I'm really excited for the August 12 release of ROCKABILLY RIOT! ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog Records). This week, Setzer has released the first single, "Let's Shake" - and it's all the rockabilly goodness you'd expect. Give it a loud listen below, and check out a few words from the man himself...

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Metal Fun: Watch SOULFLY & SEPULTURA Play the Same Song at the Same Festival... Who Does ROOTS Better?

UPDATED: The Internet Gods didn't want you to see this. Both live clips have been pulled from YouTube.

"Roots Bloody Roots!" That anthemic call has been raging since the song was released as the first single from SEPULTURA's ROOTS album in 1996. But then, frontman Max Cavalera split from the band and formed SOULFLY, who have been performing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set since 1997... and SEPULTURA gained a new frontman with the addition of Derrick Green (also in '97) and have continued playing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set as well. Both bands have gone through numerous line-up changes since that year (the same year I started dating my now-wife), and while it's probably happened before, I never thought of this phenomenon until now - SEPULTURA and SOULFLY performing on the bill at the same festival. It happened at Hellfest this past weekend, with SEPULTURA throwing down their "Roots" on Friday, and SOULFLY serving theirs on Saturday. So the question begs, who plays it better? Let's take a look and listen, then sound off in the comments section below!

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Broadway on Screen: Nathan Lane in THE NANCE goes theatrical this week...

This is sort of interesting that this news landed here at Rock Father HQ when it did - a time when my oldest (not quite five) is in Theatre Camp for a "Broadway Beginners" production of ANNIE that wraps-up later this week. Interesting, because this is "Broadway on Screen," and starting June 23, Screenvision and Lincoln Center are bringing THE NANCE starring Nathan Lane to 300 screens Nationwide. Check out a preview...

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X Announce Four-Night Stands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC - Set to Play First Four Albums in Their Entirety...

Back in 2011, I had an opportunity to see the X documentary film, X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC at Chicago's Bottom Lounge as part of RIOT FEST. Of course, the highlight was X themselves, performing their first album in it's entirety, and I was right there on the side of the stage seeing the action from a nearly JOHN DOE point-of-view. Now, X will do some special Four-Night Stands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and New York - with select dates in-between. This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to see X - John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake - doing what they do best. Dates below.

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