News Update: 7th February 2010

February 7, 2010 – 07:16

Watch the new The Barbarellatones video here

Almost sold out: the Heartagram Edition of the New HIM Album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. Be sure to order yours today before they are all gone

The Smoking Hearts release debut album ‘Pride of Nowhere’ on 8th March. A whirlwind combination of relentless punk rock and cutting rock ’n’ roll, the band have already played live with the likes of Gallows, Bring Me The Horizon, Misfits and Skid Row. These guys will be ones to watch in 2010. A free download of album track ‘George Street Wrestling’ is available at this link

Phil Varone has announced the line-up for his next Sex, Stand up, and Rock & Roll Show at the Hollywood Improv Thursday, February 11th, 2010, 8pm. Phil Varone’s Sex, Stand Up, and Rock & Roll Show is a unique combination of music, sex and edge-of-your-seat comedy all in one show. Phil has disclosed the comedians performing February 11th, will be: Stephen Glickman, Duncan Trussell, Daryl Wright and J. Chris Newberg. The musical guest for the evening will be the legendary Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns. 18-and-over, $15.00 admission. Come early for dinner and get preferred seating

Epitaph Records is proud to announce the signing of US punk band Off With Their Heads. The punk road dogs recently took time off from touring to record their second full-length album, with plans for a summer release

You Me At Six celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Hold Me Down’ and new single, ‘Underdog’ with a free acoustic performance and signing session at HMV’s 150 Oxford Street store on Monday 8th February 2010. Showtime starts at 5pm after which the band will remain in the store to meet fans and sign posters and copies of the new album, which was officially released through Virgin Records on Monday 11th January 2010

Monday 8th February 2010 – The Who will release The Who Greatest Hits/Greatest Hits Live to coincide with their performance during the halftime show of the 2010 Superbowl XLIV. The band will take to the stage on Sunday, 7th February to perform a twelve-minute medley of their hits during the halftime show

Placebo release their new single “Bright Lights” on February 8th and have released the “Making Of…” video for the single

Punk rock proponents for social justice, Street Dogs, have announced plans to return to the studio in February to record their fifth studio album and follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 Hellcat debut State of Grace. The band will be recording with bassist Johnny Rioux as producer and Rick Barton (original Dropkick Murphys guitarist) co-producing at the infamous punk rock studio the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado which was built by members of Descendents, All and Black Flag. The band will follow their studio stint with an extensive 2 month European tour, starting this March in the UK

Los Angeles Ca. based shock rockers Rebel Rebel announce the release of their new set of songs, “A Rock In The Face-Best of 1988-2010”, on February 1st, 2010 via ITUNES exclusively. Band spokesman and manager, Teddy Heavens, informs that the band has decided to join the digital wave as the decline of CD sales continues and the preferred means of consumers buying music is via digital downloads. The band has been selling downloads of their last two releases, but half the songs from the 20 song new release have never been available for download and are taken from prior releases that are long out of print. The band has decided that since they have released all Rebel Rebel music via their own label FTW Records & Filmworks, that it is only natural to continue the DIY punk rock spirit in this emerging digital age and thus the new battle cry of Join The (digital) Wave or Else …..get left behind! “A Rock in The Face” consists of 20 songs taken from all the bands past releases, 10 of which have never been available for digital download before and all the songs have all been re-mastered for the digital release format that ITUNES demands. In addition, the cover artwork (in glorious exploding pink) is a commissioned drawing of the band’s classic four piece line-up that performed the songs on this best of release. For further information feel free to contact the band directly

Black Page Turns have been interviewed by the BBC about their music, influences, how they came together and their future plans. Read all about broken tour vans, falling off stage and their studio antics here. The band has also created a short promo video to go with the new release which can be seen here

You Me At Six have immortalised thumb wrestling with a new iPhone app themed around their current album release ‘Hold Me Down.’ The ‘Hold Me Down’ game features unique, intuitive controls that mimic real life thumb wrestling. You can test your skills against a computer opponent, battle your friends on a single iPhone or use Bluetooth networking for the ultimate dual iPhone face-off. The app only costs £1.19. Just visit the iTunes App Store and download it here

After their cleverly spoonerism-ly titled ‘Sicking and Creaming EP’ last year, Japanese Voyeurs return with another double A-side single, headline tour and an awesome new video. Huzzah! The single, ‘That Love Sound’/’Blush’ will be released on Feb 8th through the band’s own Slimeball Records. There is a creepy video for ‘That Love Sound’ which you can see here

After USA summer tour ’09 and the release of new album “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” released in worldwide distribution by Perris records, S.E.X. Department announce Spaghetti Glam Rock Attack in Japan, check website for further details

Wounds debut EP released through Yoyo Acapulco on Limited Edition CD and download – released 29th March

March 2010 will bring: The release of New Generation Superstars “Nothin To Lose”… the first single release from “Raising The Stakes”. This will be on March 1st and will be digital sales only…Also look out for NGS in Classic Rock! A return visit to Finland where NGS will appear at Mama Trash’s reknown Trashfest at Nosturii, Helsinki. For details see URL. NGS will then return to the UK with Vanity Ink (FIN) and Violent Divine (SWE) for a mini tour of the UK. Entrance to gigs is roughly £3 per venue, but check for door prices

Round Records release “The Haiti Project” – The album is spearheaded by the anthemic debut track from ‘The Sonic Graffiti’, a new band from LA put together by Ginger Wildheart, Billy Morrison, Michael Butler & Scott Lipps. The track entitled ‘Mystery Number’ was recorded at Matt Sorums studio in August 2009 & was produced by the legendary Mike Clink. The tracklisting is as follows: – 1) The Sonic Graffiti – Mystery Number (Exclusive) 2) Eureka Machines – Being Good Is Ok, But Being Betters Better 3) Electric Six – Newark Airport Boogie 4) Jackdaw 4 – Jesus Wants My Soul Back 5) The Loyalties – Sofa Surfin’ UK (Acoustic) 6) Antiproduct – When We Find Love 7) The Organ Beats – Happy Birthday/Come On Home 8) The Wildhearts – Unbroken 9) Tragedy:All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway 10) Radio Dead Ones – Take It On Trust 11) Ricky Warwick – Love Owes 12) Brijitte West (Feat. Jesse Malin) – How To Be Good 13) Moi? – This Is All That I Wanted 14) Laika Dog – Piano Song 15) Sorry & The Sinatras – Riverside 16) Children of The Unicorn – Nightshark – The download album is going to cost just £5. All of the money will be donated directly to the ongoing relief efforts. Obtain your copy here

Pre-order your copy of Butch Walker and The Black Widows upcoming record. The packages are as follows: – Package 1: CD + Instant download of 3 new tracks – $15; Package 2: Collector’s Edition Vinyl + CD + Lithograph + Instant download of 3 new tracks – $35; Package 3: Signed collector’s Edition Vinyl + CD + Lithograph + Exclusive T-Shirt + Personal twitter or facebook message + Instant download of 3 new tracks – $75; Package 4: Signed collector’s Edition Vinyl + CD + Lithograph + Exclusive T-Shirt + Personal twitter or facebook message + Instant download of 3 new tracks + Spend a weekend in Butch’s spare bedroom, collaborating on a song that will appear on his new album and play the song live on stage together during his next tour – $25,000. Keep in mind, the 25k package is obviously a joke, but if someone actually decided to brave doing it, we would donate it to Haiti relief though the Red Cross for sure. Butch will be doing a small, intimate private show returning to The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood to celebrate the release of the record on Feb 23rd! Only 75 tickets will be released to the public, which can be purchased here

Star*Rats won the 2010 peoples choice award (The Jack) at the Danish Metal Awards. Later on during the night after some really heavy celebration together with some fans, Dennis Post broke his foot, and is now in hospital after surgery and 8 titanium spikes in the foot

Violent Divine sign to Swedish label Swedmetal Records for the early 2010 release of their third album

Zombina and the Skeletones kick off their February tour. It’s primarily a tour of Italy right now, but keep checking the website for more Europe dates which will be added over the next few weeks

Dear Superstar will once again be hitting the road this February/March 2010 to complete ‘Part Two’ of their UK tour supporting Heaven’s Basement

Tigertailz welcome a new band member to their ranks ‘Sarah Firebrand’

Hell City Glamours will be hitting up another harbour cruise on February 13th along with Gene Pool Sharks, Clean Doubt and potentially The Disbelievers (TBC). The boat leaves from Pyrmont Wharf (near the maritime museum) at 11.45pm sharp and will be back by 3.30 or so for you to start your casino evening (or to go see Electric Mary at The ‘dale). This will also be your first chance to grab a copy of the new single with the slinky new track ‘One For The Road’ on it too unless you already grabbed it via iTunes or Waterfront Records. For harbour cruise tickets just hit the paypal on either the myspace or website and if you don’t have paypal shoot an email to EMAIL and they’ll sort you out

Street Symphonies Records have begun to work on “Reborn In Sleaze: A Tribute To Dave Lepard”. Ten of sleaze rock’s hottest bands will contribute to a special re-recording of Crashdïet’s “Rest In Sleaze” to pay tribute to singer Dave Lepard, who died in January 2006 at the age of 25. The album will feature exclusive recordings by Peep Show, Johnny Burning, Sex Slaves and Killer Klown. More bands will be announced soon. The tribute album will be released sometime in 2010

David Reece, former vocalist of Accept, Bangalore Choir and current vocalist of Swedish rockers Gypsy Rose, has finished the recordings of his first solo record! This record is truly an expression of his life’s journey, a melodic hard rock album full of big choruses, strong grooves, showcasing past, present and future. To date he is fulfilling his dream, by being given the chance to release his first solo effort entitled “Universal Language

Austin rockers Broken Teeth have a new record titled Viva La Rock, Fantastico that they are getting ready to put out on Perris Records. The records finds the Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) fronted quintet coming full circle back to Perris Records where they released their first album a decade ago. The album also features Canadian rocker Danko Jones on two tracks – “Viva La Rock, Fantastico” and “Big Spender”

Keri Kelli will be touring throughout Japan, Russia, Europe and the UK throughout February, check out his website for full details

Hopeless Heroic’s ‘Become the Monster’ out April 2010. The band are also booking April/May tours, keep watch on their website for further details

The 69 Eyes + Undercover Slut will be playing @ le Nouveau Casino (Paris, FR.) on Friday, March 5th. For further information, please email Offensive Records

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