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New Metallica Single & Album Announced
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New Metallica Single & Album Announced

Album Artwork Rock icons Metallica have released a new single along with details on their highly anticipated new studio album. 72 Seasons is the band's 12th studio effort and will be released April 14th, 2023. The 12-track album is Metallica's first album since 2016s Hardwired. The new single "Lux Æterna" is three minutes and thirty seconds of the band at its best. The song is a short and sweet sonic blast that draws on influences from throughout their four decades in action. 72 Seasons will be available in 2 LP vinyl and limited edition versions as well as CD and digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. 72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing ar...
Handheld Drops Video For “Flip The Scrip”
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Handheld Drops Video For “Flip The Scrip”

Canadian punk rockers Handheld recently released their first studio album in 14 years. They've just dropped a music video for their high-octane new single "Flip The Scrip". Handheld was formed in the late 90s out of Ontario. They recorded and performed actively for a decade. After 6 albums and hundreds of concerts, they went on hiatus in 2008. They reformed in 2018 with the intent of performing a few reunion shows. Just as things were starting to heat back up, the world froze as the pandemic set in. Instead of performing live, they turned their focus to recording A Canadian Tragedy. New Music Video With the new video and temperatures starting to drop, the band wanted to revisit summer vibes and shine a light on all the fun they had performing. "It may be getting a little c...
The Stone Foxes Release New LP ‘On The Other Side’
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The Stone Foxes Release New LP ‘On The Other Side’

Modern blues/rock outfit The Stone Foxes are celebrating the release of their first studio album in nearly six years. The blistering new 10-song On The Other Side is available now. The San Francisco-based band is celebrating a number of 'firsts' with the project. It's the first time brothers Shannon and Spence have been the primary songwriters on each track on a Stone Foxes release. It's the first time Shannon has sung lead vocals on every track while it's the first time Spence has been the main bass player. In The Studio On The Other Side was recorded at various locations. The Stone Foxes worked everywhere from The Complex and New & Improved Recording to a series of living and bedrooms across the bay area. The result is a cohesive cinematic audio experience with a twi...
Sneakpeek Taps Into Psychadelic Vibes On New Single
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Sneakpeek Taps Into Psychadelic Vibes On New Single

L.A.-based duo Sneakpeek is back in action with a trippy new single called "Dreams That You Discarded". The high-energy psychedelic number feels reminiscent of old-school Blondie mixed in with modern-day acts like The Killers and Phoenix. The retro-sounding audio is accompanied by a music video that fits the vibe of the song like a glove. Sneakpeek's Dora Hiller and Aric Bohn worked with talented cinematographer Arlene Muller and director Paige Stark. While legendary artist Ken Jenkins adds impressive multicolor and lumia visuals. When asked about the meaning of the song Hiller had this to say. "...it's about recognizing that it’s never too late to reignite dreams that we have forgotten. When we hypnotize ourselves into a state where we can trust that everything is happen...
Godsmack Announce Release Details For Studio Album Number Eight
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Godsmack Announce Release Details For Studio Album Number Eight

Multi-platinum hard rockers Godsmack are back with their eighth studio album. The new material follows the 2018 release of When Legends Rise. Lighting Up The Sky will be released to the general public on February 24th, 2023. The new album was co-produced by vocalist/guitarist Sully Erna and Andrew "Mudrock" Murdock (Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper). Lighting Up The Sky touches on topics like the polarized political climate and state of the world, betrayal, connection, rebounds, and the idea of legacy, what we're leaving behind. All the more relevant since Erna has recently hinted that this could be Godsmack's final studio album. On the topic of the new album, he had this to say. ​​"I like when a record takes you on a journey from front to back. I realized there’s a whole s...
Birds Of Bellwoods Drop New Single And Announce Album Release
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Birds Of Bellwoods Drop New Single And Announce Album Release

Photo Credit: Kate Dockeray Toronto-based Birds of Bellwoods have released "Firsts (Over And Over Again)" which you might have heard in a popular ABC drama. The song is featured on the band's 10-track Everything You Want. The new album is set for release on February 10th via MNRK Music Group. Birds of Bellwoods worked with Grammy-winning producer Dave Schiffman on the project. He's known for his work with Vampire Weekend, Haim, and others. The result is an album packed with harmony-rich radio-friendly alt-rock tunes. ...On Television "Firsts" made its debut on an October 9th episode of ABCs The Rookie. As for the meaning behind the song, the band states it's as much a poem as it is a song. "It tells the story of a short relationship, from strangers to friends, friends to...
Here’s How You Can Join In On The Coheed & Cambria Cruise
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Here’s How You Can Join In On The Coheed & Cambria Cruise

Photo Credit: Alexandra Gavillet Coheed & Cambria will be hitting the open seas with a variety of musical friends in tow. The S.S. Neverender: Raiders of Silent Earth 3 is the second annual band-led cruise. The mighty Norweigen Pearl will depart from Miami on October 23rd 2023 and will sail to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. While Coheed is the main attraction on the cruise, they'll be joined by bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Animals as Leaders and many others. In addition to the intmate performances on board, you'll have a series of unique opportunities to connect with the band. Coheed and Cambria Cruise Q&A With Coheed & Cambria - Join the band for a live session where they answer your questions. They're celebrating the 20th anniversary of the relea...
The Blue Stones Release Third Studio Album ‘Pretty  Monster’
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The Blue Stones Release Third Studio Album ‘Pretty Monster’

The new album from The Blue Stones has been one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year for us here at MendoWerks. They released "Don't Miss" to kick off summer then followed it up with "Good Ideas" in August. Everything we've heard so far has been refreshing and Pretty Monster lives up to our expectations. Photo Credit: Nick Fancher The Blue Stones are a duo made up of Tarek Jafar (vocals/guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums). They hunkered down at Zane Whitfield's NOP Studios in Ontario for more than a month earlier this year to work on the album. They brought in a series of producers to help capture the energy and vibe of their live performances. Blue Stones 'Pretty Monster' Collaborations with Kevin Hissink (grandson/Demi Lovato), WZRD BLD (Highly Suspect/iDKHOW...
Five November Album Releases That Should Be On Your Radar
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Five November Album Releases That Should Be On Your Radar

November is shaping up to be a great month for new music releases. Here is a look at this month's buzzworthy album drops. 1. Phoenix Alpha Zulu Release Date: November 4th Alpha Zulu is the seventh studio album from alt-rockers Phoenix. They began recording at the height of the pandemic. They were able to set up shop in a very special location. Phoenix recorded the album at the Musee des Arts which is a studio inside the world-renowned Louvre in Paris, France. Artist links: Website, Instagram & Twitter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxTCTAnTP6Q 2. Fitz and the Tantrums Let Yourself Free Release Date: November 11th Fitz and the Tantrums will be releasing their fifth studio album Let Yourself Free on November 11th. The band released the summertime jam "Sw...
Roger Street Friedman To Release ‘Love Hope Trust’
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Roger Street Friedman To Release ‘Love Hope Trust’

Americana singer/songwriter Roger Street Friedman will release his new album Love Hope Trust on Friday. The new project is a continuation of the multi-album collaboration with Grammy winner Larry Campbell. Credit: Jenny He Keep your ears peeled for Jason Crosby (Jackson Browne, Phil Lesh) on keyboards, Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplansky on backing vocals, and five-time Grammy winner Gil Goldstein on accordion. Campbell had this to say about his experience with production on Love Hope Trust. Making this record with Roger Street Friedman was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've had as a producer. Great songs, well-crafted lyrics and melodies, vibrant performances, and the creative inspiration that sprang from that made it a joy to show up at the studio every day.-Larry...