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The Aquabats! is a band with special significance around these parts — they were my oldest daughter's first big rock show. She's now been on stage with them twice (2014 & 2017), and my youngest is a fan as well, having seen her first Aquabats! show two years ago. There's cross-generational appeal to the mighty band of superheroes, and last fall, thousands of fans came together to proclaim “I am The Aquabats!” — backing the band’s Kickstarter campaign to raid over $690,000 — funding two new full-length studio albums and 12 web-exclusive episodes of their Emmy Award-winning kids’ show The Aquabats! Super Show!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top are celebrating their 50th year with a massive North American tour this summer. Kicking off the 50th Anniversary Tour August 16, the real Tres Hombres will play coast to coast and border to border.   Cheap Trick and Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd will also join the tour as it snakes through the country into late October. 

Hot on the heels of announcing their new album HELP US STRANGER (out June 21 via Third Man Records), The Raconteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – have announced an extensive run of North American headline tour dates. These new dates, spanning from July to October, include previously-announced US festival appearances at Woodstock 50 and Railbird. The band will kick off their world tour with their first trip to Australia and New Zealand later this month, as well as stops in Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom before returning to the US for their North American tour. 

Whitesnake will release their new studio album "Flesh & Blood" via Frontiers Music Srl on May 10th. This week, the band issued its third single from the new album. Listen to “Hey You (You Make Me Rock)” below.

MIKE + THE MECHANICS released their ninth studio album, OUT OF THE BLUE, via BMG. It captures the evolution of some of the band’s most loved hits throughout their 35-year career with brand new recordings (on deluxe version), as well as introducing fans to the band’s future with three brand new tracks: “One Way,” “What Would You Do” and the album’s lead single of the title track. A video for “Out Of The Blue” was recently released and can be seen below.

Former members of pioneering post-hardcore band Dag Nasty, including Doug Carrion and Peter Cortner, and former Down By Law guitarist Mark Phillips, have announced plans to play a select number of shows this summer under the under the moniker Field Day, with new music to follow in 2020.

Perhaps the most notorious outcasts of the Dag Nasty franchise to date, Carrion and Cortner performed on Dag Nasty’s landmark recordings 'Wig Out at Denko’s' (Dischord Records) and 'Field Day' (Giant Records), and played some 300 shows throughout the United States and Canada in the late 80’s. These recordings are credited as cornerstones of what was eventually termed melodic hardcore, and inspired new bands like Pennywise and Rise Against.

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner BRIAN SETZER will be doing double duty this summer, touring with The STRAY CATS as well kicking off his 2019 "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" Summer Tour. 

The U.S. "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" dates begin August 5 in Lancaster, PA and wrap August 30 in Henderson, NV (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 AM, local time. 

PRODUCT OF HATE celebrate the legacy of MÖTLEY CRÜE with a crushing new take on the Crüe’s 1983 classic, “Shout at the Devil.”

Available now as a streaming exclusive via Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, and most digital services, the non-album, fan-requested single arrives as the Netflix Original Film, “The Dirt,” is released — based on MÖTLEY CRÜE’s bestselling book.

I don't think I've ever shown my girls a trailer that elicited an "I need to see this!" within maybe three notes of a song... until now. The surprise trailer for a concert film based on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour hit the net earlier this week, with the film set to debut as a Netflix exclusive at 12:01am Pacific time on New Year's Eve Day. It'll be a fun way to close the chapter on 2018 as we look ahead into a (hopefully better) 2019. Check this out...

Coming off an epic World Premiere for the film this week, WaterTower Music is making a splash with the release of the AQUAMAN - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. From director James Wan comes a new adventure based on the iconic character from the pages of DC Comics, one that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas. Aquaman features an original score by multi-award-winning composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (Wonder Woman, Hotel Rwanda, Hacksaw Ridge), includes a track by composer Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and debuts the new songs Ocean To Ocean” by Pitbull Feat. Rhea (a riff on Toto's oft-covered "Africa"), and the end title song “Everything I Need” by Skylar Grey.  

Back in the early 2000s, there was a small company here in Illinois that made SMITI action figures - little Kubrick-style versions of bands like Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Powerman 5000, The Offspring and No Doubt. I had a few of the sets and they were pretty fun, but then the maker (Stevenson Entertainment) sorta disappeared. Fast-forward to tonight and I just had a flashback when Japanese toymaker brokker got in touch about their new SEX PISTOLS collection, set for launch in the U.S., UK and Japan in January of 2019. After previously focusing on Japanese bands, this marks brokker's first entry onto the global stage. The SEX PISTOLS set features articulated mini-figures that represent the UK punk icons in their "God Save the Queen" stage gear.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles' groundbreaking animated film, Yellow Submarine Titan Merchandising has issued an incredible Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set. Limited to only 1,968 pieces, the lavishly illustrated box contains a Yellow Submarine novel by Mad Magazine's Bill Morrison, a 6 1/2-inch Yellow Submarine vinyl figure, 16 lobby cards, 4 movie posters based on the originals, 5 Beatles badges, a replica Yellow Submarine film premier ticket, and an exclusive art card signed by Bill Morrison! It's available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth!

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