NEWS: SIXX A.M. gets Oz release date

Can’t wait to check out the new SIXX A.M. album and Nikki’s forthcoming book. Both are titled This Is Gonna Hurt. The single “Lies Of The Beautiful People” is going to radio on April 18 (check out the official video below) and the album is out here in Oz on May 6. Here’s a press release:

NIKKI SIXX TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM WITH SIXX A.M
‘THIS IS GONNA HURT’
SINGLE ‘LIES OF THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE’ TO RADIO MONDAY APRIL 18TH

Sony Music is excited to announce the forthcoming album from Nikki Sixx and SIXX A.M, ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’, which will be released in Australia on May 6th, 2011. The follow up to ‘The Heroin Diaries’, ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ delivers aggressive and sweeping guitars, twisted and dark lyrics and incredible musicianship and song-writing synonymous with the band.

SIXX A.M is comprised of musical Icon and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, Guns and Roses guitarist, DJ Ashba and James Michael. The band released their debut album ‘The Heroin Diaries’ in 2007 which successfully sold almost 350,000 copies in the United States and spawned the biggest rock track of 2008 “Life Is Beautiful” which was a #1 hit overseas.

The first single from the forthcoming album “Lies of the Beautiful People,” heads to radio on Monday April 18th; the track introduces the overriding themes of the album which tackles contradictions in society with Sixx urging listeners to look beneath the skin.

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NEWS: New Tony MacAlpine album out on June 21

Tony MacAlpine’s new self-titled album is being released on June 21 through Favored Nations worldwide and King Records in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Drums are courtesy of the incredible Virgil Donati on three tracks, the amazing Marco Minnemann on four, and the very handy Toontracks on the other three.

MacAlpine has been dropping info about the album on his Facebook over the last few weeks. It’s mixed by Ulrich Wild, who has produced or engineered albums for Dethklok, Pantera, Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Powerman 5000, Deftones, Seether, Bleeding Through and more.

Like Tony on Facebook here.

Here’s the track listing.

01. Serpens Cauda
02. Ölüdeniz
03. Fire Mountain
04. Dream Mechanism
05. Ten Seconds to Mercury
06. Flowers For Monday
07. Angel of Twilight
08. Pyrokinesis
09. Blue Maserati
10. Summer Palace
11. Salar de Uyuni
12. The Dedication
13. Donostia (Japan Bonus Track)

NEWS: Mastodon getting ready to record Crack The Skye follow-up

Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor says the band’s next album will veer closer to the stripped-down blueprint of Leviathan rather than the proggier moments of Crack The Skye.

Speaking to Noisecreep, Dailor said of the material, “It doesn’t seem as proggy. There’s moments, but it seems more riff-oriented. It seems a little more stripped down. Leviathan was a little more stripped down, and it feels like that to me. Everything always changes once you go in the studio, but at the moment it seems like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something. It has a lot of that [John] Bonham-esque groove to it, but really heavy and dark. I really like playing like that, and when it goes into those parts, I’m psyched.”

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NEWS: Goo Goo Dolls hit the road

PRESS RELEASE
GOO GOO DOLLS CONFIRM TOUR DATES FOR SUMMER 2011
MICHELLE BRANCH AND PARACHUTE TO SUPPORT

April 11 , 2011 — (Burbank, CA) – GOO GOO DOLLS have extended their American tour with dates that will take the band across the U.S. through late August including cities that they have not played in some time. The band’s current album, SOMETHING FOR THE REST OF US, continues to garner global critical praise:

“’Something For The Rest of Us’ flows with emotional rock anthems” – USA Today

“Anthemic rock really doesn’t come much better than that of the Goo Goo Dolls. Twelve soaring radio anthems to make you smile” – KERRANG! (U.K.)

“’Something For The Rest of Us’ displays both emotional and musical heft and dynamic ebbs and flows” – Billboard

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COOL SITE ALERT: Ultimate Guitar Tuner

Check out this great site. In need of a tuner but don’t have anything at hand? Go to ultimate-guitar-tuner.com for an automatic chromatic tuner built right into the website. There are other sites that purport to be online turners but they just play a tone which you have to match with your ears – great for ear training, but not so great if you need to accurately tune your guitar with no guesswork.

Head to ultimate-guitar-tuner.com to check it out.