#RockPicks // March 2018

#RockPicks  March 2018

This is the 5th month I am showcasing a new release I find worthy of your listening consideration. Emotionally potent, bold Irish indie rockers, — Snow Patrol
studio later this summer, their first full length in some seven years. ‘Wildness’ arrives May 25th.

Newly announced April/May Irish tour dates (plus 2 added USA dates):

April

11 London Islington Assembly Hall

** USA DATE ! April 18   New York, NY   Irving Plaza

** USA DATE !  April 25   Los Angeles CA  Fonda Theatre

May

11 Derry Millennium Forum

12 Cork Opera House

14 Killarney INEC

15 Dublin Olympia Theater

16 Wexford Opera House

18 Galway Leisureland

20 Belfast Ulster Hall

27 Coventry UK   BBC#2 Biggest Weekend

***  Listen to new single “Don’t Give In” here:  https://youtu.be/JUaVhMjlPZg  ***

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MUSICARES ‘CONCERT FOR RECOVERY’ TO HONOR Pearl Jam’s MIKE MCCREADY

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery at  The Shadowbox in Seattle on May 10th receiving the ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan Award’ in recognition of his significant work with MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process.

“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective,” said McCready. “To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”

The benefit concert will support MusiCares’ addiction recovery programs with performances by Barrett MartinSlashChad Smith; and artists Duff McKaganMike Ness, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson. The evening will close with a special performance by McCready and friends.

McCready is also involved in Treehouse, a supportive program for kids in foster care that help them find their dreams and express themselves through music. He is also very active in the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation. McCready plays with friends in Flight To Mars, a UFO tribute band that hosts charity events for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s ‘Camp Oasis’ program, helping send kids who suffer from these diseases to camp.

#RockPicks // February 2018

“Starting Gun ” from The Bad Flowers set for release February 16th.
This Cannock three-piece deliver steady, bold, unapologetic riff-laden rock with swagger and intensity. If you love the 70s and 80s rock, you’ll love their wall of sound. Determined as ever, the band shows they have the grit and passion to keep this train roaring forward.

RockPicks // February 2018 Edition

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On tour now. Dates here :
https://www.thebadflowers.uk/shows/
Listen to single “Thunder Child” here: https://youtu.be/34buNKPQWFA

#RockPicks // January 2018

Happy New Year, Music lovers! Lots of new music set to be released by artists far and wide. Fired up to kick off the New Year with this much anticipated, long awaited release. 5 years in the making BRMC deliver on poetic truths, painting these tracks across the landscape of time and experience in a meaningful, sobering journey . 

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RockPicks // Januarys 2018 Edition

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club presents their 7th studio album ‘Wrong Creatures’, out January 12th.
North American Tour Begins January 15th.

The band has partnered with Plus 1 for the tour in which $1 from each ticket will be donated to War Child, a worldwide organization that supports programs aiding women & children dislocated and impacted by war, political unrest, terrorism and poverty.

Listen to single “Echo” here: https://youtu.be/0CCxuxBQmpk

#RockPicks // December 2017

This is the second month I am showcasing a new release I find worthy of your listening consideration.

RockPicks  // December 2017 Edition

This month it’s an extra special one that will touch your heart and also help others this Christmas.
This new one-off track release comes from Ally Dickaty, guitarist and lead singer of The Virginmarys.

 

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“Don’t Let Go”, was written and conceived as a song to bring about awareness for and raise money to aid the homeless of Manchester. Released on December 4th, 100% of all donations will be given to support homelessness via Cold Nights.
The track has already been recognized and shared, exceeding expectations with monies raised.

Please donate anything you can afford at : https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/allydickaty
Full quality video and audio at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6qsAp5QY5A
Free download of the song https://www.thevirginmarys.com/dontletgo

New Feature : #RockPicks / November 2017

Starting this month I am showcasing one new release I find worthy of your listening consideration . I’ve been asked by several people for new music recommendations so I’m going to use this avenue to share the bands and music that are currently lighting me up. Enjoy !

ROCKPICKS // November 2017 Edition

Broken Witt Rebels have released their debut self-titled album via Snakefarm Records (CD & DL) on November 24th. 


The album is a collection of new songs and the best of BWR to date. “Hailing from Birmingham UK, BWR are now winning over a new legion of fans with their infectious blend of rebellious rock and soulful blues. Lauded as one of a new generation of contemporary and distinctively soulful rock bands.”

https://snakefarmrecords.lnk.to/brokenwittrebels

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Concert Review// Austin’s Fuel Room/Libertyville, IL/9.11.2017/Biffy Clyro

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All photo credit : Linette Britt, Rockpicschick Photography and Music.

Biffy Clyro

This is a tale of three Scotsmen, whose rise to success has been nothing short of what dreams are made of. Since the early age of 14, Simon Neil, James Johnston, and his brother, Ben have been making a racket, always with the hope of making music that people would enjoy, all the while with no grand illusions of rock stardom and worldwide acclaim. Yet, they have managed to do just that.

 

Holding tight to each other through thick and thin, the good times and bad, for the sheer love of making music, these gents have been not only able to eek out a good living doing what they love, they have crashed through the ceiling far beyond what their younger selves ever envisioned.

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One can easily follow the evolution of Biffy Clyro as a band through listening to the music catalog they have created. The tracks bear witness to the roads traveled and the men they have become. Time has not just solidified their brotherly bond, but it has also amassed a huge fan following they have enamored each step along the way. Their music’s vulnerable lyrics, dynamic “pomp, and circumstance” delivery works to break down the barriers of country and kingdom, uniting us reflecting on life, the human plight, and all it celebrates and despises. Biffy has become known for their amazing ability to create anthemic walls of sound and deliver a one-two punch — moving lyrics, and powerful riff-age. Their high stage energy is on a level that would stand up against many early legendary rockers.

Coming off some challenges with their bus, and missing the very first headlining show of their recent tour (Boston), the band enjoyed a pedaled back small in-studio performance at WIIL Rock in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. A few select winners enjoyed a live, in-studio acoustic show that can be viewed online at the station’s website. The band talked about working on many new songs and being excited about a writing a new album, hopefully in the next year. Their latest album, “Ellipsis,” is the seventh studio album which was released in July 2016. Featured tracks have been ‘Re-Arranged,’ ‘Medicine,’ ‘Animal Style,’ and ‘Wolves of Winter.’

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Biffy’s return to Austin’s was met with much excitement, with many people I spoke had come tonight upon hearing the band play at Austin’s previously. I also encountered several ‘lifer’ fans who have been into their music for a long time, travelling long distances to get an opportunity to see the band here in the US on this tour.

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The audience was an eclectic mix, speaking much to the way the band’s music is able to connect with people of all ages and walks of life. Their performance was lively, fun, and intense. Biffy didn’t hold back at all in making this venue a hot sweaty mess of believers. The band appeared to be having a great night as well, shifting from coveted classic tracks to songs from their latest album, chatting with the audience, and being playful on stage.

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The sound was well balanced, which really showed in their softer acoustic songs like ‘Medicine” and ‘Folding Stars”. Simon’s guitar sounded amazing against his delicate, heartfelt vocals. The complex walls of sound these guys can create are unbelievable. Overall — killer show!

Can’t wait to see them again and look forward to the next chapter to their story.

 

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SETLIST 
Wolves of Winter
Living is a Problem Because Everyone Dies
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Biblical
Victory Over The Sun
Who’s Got A Match
Bubbles
All the Way Down: Prologue Chapter 1
Black Chandelier
That Golden Rule
Re-Arrange
Medicine
Howl
Mountains
9/15ths
Animal Style
Many of Horror
*ENCORE*
Folding Stars
Stingin’ Belle