Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson, collectively known as Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade that’s set for release on October 4, 2019 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group.
Third Degree builds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012’s self-titled Flying Colors and the aural-template ascension of 2014’s Second Nature. From the skittery psychedelic/classical turnaround of the lead single “More” to the Beach Boys-meet-Asia vibe of “Love Letter” to the deep emotionality of the album-ending, prog-leaning epic “Crawl,” the nine tracks that comprise Third Degree signify just how muchFlying Colors are willing to explore new frontiers.
Tracklisting: A1. The Loss Inside A2. More A3. Cadence B1. Guardian B2. Last Train Home C1. Geronimo C2. You Are Not Alone C3. Love Letter D1. Crawl
Third Degree will be released on these formats: Limited edition Deluxe 2CD Box Set with a 40-page photobook, 2 coasters, and a 6-track bonus CD Digipack CDLimited Blue Marble 2LP (500 copies worldwide – Exclusive to the MLG store) Limited Blue 2LPBlack 2LPDigital (all download and streaming platforms, including Bandcamp) Limited edition Third Degree T-Shirt bundles (Exclusive to the MLG store)As usual, a free poster with all MLG store pre-orders!
Flying Colors Steve Morse, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy
We sincerely miss seeing such an inspiring, and loving group of people that have gifted us with the opportunity to perform our music together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We wanted to create a pair of nights that took the facets we love so much about touring—both the performance and the interaction— and pull them apart, concentrating them between two separate occasions; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝟏: 𝐅𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨- 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, (𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝/𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐬) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝟐: 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨- 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞-𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are so excited to spend this time together, and can’t wait to see you all this November.
Presale tickets go on sale August 9th at 12pm Eastern. If you pre-ordered our box set, check your email for a special code and link to grab tickets today! Regular on sale August 16th.
Nov 1 – Seattle, WA @ St. Marks Cathedral * Nov 2 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile % Nov 4 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge * Nov 5 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater % Nov 7 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * Nov 8 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge % Nov 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre * Nov 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre % Nov 15 – Somerville, MA @ Arts at The Armory * Nov 17 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair % Nov 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West * Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West % Nov 23 – Austin, TX @ The Parish *% Nov 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram * Nov 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram % ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ = Stripped Down Performance & Interactive Podcast Taping % = Full Dear Hunter set w/ Ensemble *% = Both performances in one day!
The Dear Hunter presents The Acts (Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set)
This box set includes the following albums on 180 Gram Vinyl…
Act I: The Lake South, The River North Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading Act III: Life and Death Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional The Fox & The Hunt (Double LP, by Casey Crescenzo and Brian Adam McCune with Awesöme Orchestra)
Additional Info and Items
• Official Lyric Book
• A conversation with Casey Crescenzo reflecting on the creation of The Acts
• All artwork reimagined by artist Nicky Barkla (Acts IV & V)
• All vinyl pressed on 180 Grams
• New and Unique colorways of previously released albums
Los Angeles, CA – After 40 plus years of slinging his six-string all over the world, you’d think Pat Travers would be slowing down, settling into his well-worn blues rock groove that has earned him great critical acclaim as well as a massive worldwide fanbase. Instead Travers appears to be ramping up and looking for new horizons to conquer! On the heels of his superb 2015 album Retro Rocket, Travers brings what is sure to be called one of the most unique records of his distinguished career: a full album of swinging big band classics from the ‘40s & ‘50s given a whole new sound and energy courtesy of Travers’ superb skill as an arranger and interpreter. The album is called simply Swing! and it features full band rock arrangements of Louis Prima’s “Sing Sing Sing,” Duke Elington’s “Take The ‘A’ Train,” Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” and many more! The result is an incredible listening experience of familiar tunes played like you’ve never heard them before.
Mr. Travers explains the genesis and creation of the album: “A little while ago I had the ‘40s channel on satellite radio playing and I started thinking that it would be fun to get into that Big Band Swing era music. I thought that I could find a place for my guitar style in there and I asked the people at Cleopatra Records if they thought so too. They did and with Cleopatra’s endorsement, I started to research the music and the bands and players from that time period.
The first thing I discovered was that these Big Bands were a lot like the rock bands that came along in later years. They had a lot of power (sixteen horn players!) and the bass players and drummers were powerhouses. The soloists, guys like Ray Anthony on trumpet, had a ton of flare and chops and I found them very inspiring.
I was fortunate to have my friend and great keyboardist Michael Franklin help me with the horn arrangements and getting the players for the recording sessions. Working with a baritone sax, trombone, alto sax, and trumpet was one of the best studio experiences I’ve ever had. These guys can play! Plus having Michael Franklin’s brother Tim Franklin playing the upright bass just made everything legit.
I also wanted to have my trio of Tommy Craig (drums) and David Pastorius (bass) try out some of the classic ‘40s tunes in a more rocked out minimal style. I think that we have been very successful in adapting the Big Band sound to a more contemporary blues/rock thing. Classic Big Band hits like ‘Sing Sing Sing’ and ‘In The Mood’ were a ton of fun to record.
All in all I think what we’ve done here is make that great old 1940s era Big Band music sound accessible to contemporary audiences and it certainly does swing!”
Swing! will be available on both CD (in a special digipak package) and vinyl in your choice of BLUE or RED as well as digital!
Track List: 1. Sing Sing Sing 2. Opus One 3. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby 4. In The Mood 5. Take The ‘A’ Train 6. Let The Good Times Roll 7. Apple Honey 8. Tenderly
Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album ‘Evolution‘, which will get a September 20th release on Napalm Records.The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige. No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, ‘Evolution‘ comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from Kobra and the Lotus.
Fans can now enjoy the first offering from ‘Evolution‘. The band has dropped their music video for the new single “Burn!”
‘Evolution‘ boasts the band’s most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra and the Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette[Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust]. “The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be Kobra and the Lotus; that’s what we’re doing.
The first single, “Burn!” ignites this chapter. A hummable riff snaps into a visceral verse as the frontwoman directly declares, “I really hate you, yes I do.” The track builds towards an incendiary and infectious chorus, hinging on a seesawing guttural groove and hitting like a sledgehammer. “It’s about all of the reasons you hold yourself back,” she explains. “You literally need to burn all of those feelings, stories, excuses, and obstacles keeping you from being your own authentic self. It’s super personal. It’s a product of growing and arriving as a person. I’m realizing who I am. It’s symbolic of the rebirth,” says Kobra.
KOBRA AND THE LOUTS – ‘Evolution’ Tracklist 1. Evolution 2. Burn! 3. We Come Undone 4. Wounds 5. Thundersmith6. Circus 7. Wash Away 8. Liar 9. Get The F*ck Out Of Here 10. In The End 11. Tokyo (Japan Version Only)
Going further into the process behind ‘Evolution,’ Kobra comments, “We’ve never done a record like ‘Evolution.’ We’ve flown demos over the internet back and forth or started a few ideas prior to hitting the studio. This time, we were all working together in the flesh for the full duration of the writing process. It’s a collision of everything we love. We feel like it’s the freshest and most timeless thing we’ve brought to the table.”
In addition to the release of their new record, Kobra and the Lotus will hit the road starting next month. The trek kicks off on August 29th in Nashville, TN and concludes on November 1st in Ft. Myers, FL.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS On Tour :8/29: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 8/31: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 9/2: Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall 9/3: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner 9/4: Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy 9/5: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall* 9/6: Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater 9/9: Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall 9/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s 9/11: Portland, ME @ Aura 9/13: Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note 9/14: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 9/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection 9/18: Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park & Eatery 9/19: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall9/20: Lombard, IL @ Brauer House 9/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall 9/25: New York, NY @ Sony Hall 9/26: Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live 9/27: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 29/29: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grill 10/1: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 10/3: Wichita, KS @ Wave – Indoor Stage 10/5: Golden, CO @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse 10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater10/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse* 10/10: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/16: Tucson, AZ @ Encore 10/17: Roswell, NM @ The Liberty* 10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 10/19: Waco, TX @ The Backyard 10/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 10/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues 10/23: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater 10/24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock 10/25: Lafayette, LA @ The District 10/26: Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall 10/30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live 10/31: Savannah, GA @ Victory North 11/1: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch *KOBRA AND THE LOTUS HEADLINE
Memphis, Tennessee hard rockers ROXY BLUE are back with their first album of new material, 25 years after their now legendary debut album, “Want Some”, which is a classic of the late ‘80s/early ’90s hard rock scene. Original members Todd Poole (vocals), Josh Weil (bass), and Scotty Trammell (drums) are now joined by new guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron. (Original guitarist Sid “Boogie” Fletcher has left the music business for a successful career in dentistry.)
Poole says: “ROXY BLUE fans can expect an explosive new album! I think the new record is definitely a different sound than the 1992 version of ROXY BLUE, but not unrecognizable. The new record is much heavier, but still has some cool ballads and hints of early ROXY in there. I feel that it’s a well-balanced record.”
He continues: “I have been writing songs for years for different projects I’ve been in, but when Frontiers called, I knew it was an opportunity to take a fresh approach to the ROXY BLUE sound. The excitement of having a new record deal actually inspired me to write the songs for the upcoming record from scratch.”
On the band’s legacy, Poole says: “For ‘Want Some’ to be recognized as one of the finest moments in the latter hard rock days is an honor. Especially being that there were so many good bands out at the time. We were just so proud to be a part of a great rock era.”
Formed in Memphis in late 1989 by Poole, Fletcher, Weil and Trammell, ROXY BLUE started out playing original music from the get-go, with their sights set on putting their music in front of a national and then global audience. Knowing that their dreams were not going to come easy, the guys put their all into step one of their journey, which was to get started playing every gig they could get and opening for every band they could, to get themselves noticed in the local Memphis music scene. Crammed in together in a studio apartment above Cotton Row Studios, the guys were constantly writing and recording new songs and living a 24-hour rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle miles and miles away for the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles. Quickly earning a name for themselves within the local Memphis music scene and selling out club shows, they soon created a buzz in the music industry. But it wasn’t until one night while playing a local bar they were approached by Jani Lane, the vocalist of WARRANT, that things really started to take off. Jani loved what he heard and wanted to help get ROXY BLUE’s career launched. Soon after, the labels started calling and eventually Geffen Records’ legendary A&R guru Tom Zutaut flew the band to Los Angeles to sign them. The next step was to find the right producer to record the band’s debut album. Mike Clink, who had produced GUNS N’ ROSES milestone “Appetite For Destruction” and, at the time, was finishing up GN’R’s “Use Your Illusion”, was ultimately chose for the job. Clink and ROXY BLUE were a perfect match and the result was the 1992 release of “Want Some”.
And a fun fact for fans of the Frontiers label: Poole is the son-in-law of the late, great Jimi Jamison, whom Frontiers had a great, longstanding working relationship with.
Outta The Blue
Til The Well Runs Dry
How Does It Feel
What It’s Like
Todd Poole – Vocals Scott Trammell – Drums Josh Weil – Bass Jeff Caughron – Guitar
LABEL: Frontiers Music s.r.l. RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2019
Includes 15 official releases plus previously unreleased and little known material!
London – A Summerfold Records reissue, Bill Bruford’s ‘Earthworks Complete’is a spectacular 20CD/4DVD box set of the entire back catalogue across Earthworks’ 20-year career. Includes previously unreleased and little known material.
What’s in the box?
15 titles on 20 CDs and 4 DVDs document the 20 year history from 1987 to 2006 of one of the UK’s brightest, most travelled and best loved young jazz ensembles.
Featuring Bill Bruford with Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Patrick Clahar, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland, Steve Hamilton, Tim Harries, Mark Hodgson, Mick Hutton, Gwilym Simcock.
All audio, visual and print materials compiled and curated by Bill Bruford.
Additional original artwork by award-winning illustrator, photographer and filmmaker Dave McKean.
Orders via Cherry Red and Burning Shed include a postcard of Dave McKean’s artwork, hand signed by Bill Bruford, while stocks last
1. Earthworks 2. Dig? 3. All Heaven Broke Loose 4. Stamping Ground- Live 5. A Part, and Yet Apart 6. The Sound of Surprise 7. Footloose and Fancy Free (2CD) 8. Random Acts of Happiness 9. Footloose in NYC (2CD & 1DVD set) 10. A Video Anthology Volume 1: 2000s (2CD & 1DVD set) 11. A Video Anthology Volume 2: 1990s (2CD & 1DVD set) 12. Earthworks Underground Orchestra 13. Earthworks in Santiago, Chile (1CD & 1DVD set: previously unreleased video) 14. From Conception to Birth (17 short tracks showing the process from demo to master, with explanatory notes from Bill Bruford) 15. Heavenly Bodies Expanded (2CD “best of” collection across the entire catalogue, with explanatory notes from Bill Bruford)
What do people say?
A tremendous treasure trove of material known and previously unheard. (All About Jazz).
This is a heady concoction indeed, and one which joyously breaks down all sorts of musical barriers in its path. (The Times, London)
It mixes up styles, moods and meters as effortlessly as it ignores musical boundaries. (Wall St. Journal)
Earthworks makes jazz out of just about anything handy… (Jazziz)