Rival Schools returns

Me? I’m holding out for a Quicksand reunion which I’m pretty sure will never happen but I’ll take a Rival Schools reunion if it’s the best that I can get at this point in time. Walter Schreifels put elements of the band back together and just finished up a month’s worth of dates overseas. I think I read somewhere that Schreifels said a U.S. tour would happen this year and a new record was being worked on.

Here’s a clip of the band performing “Used for Glue” last week. And a cover of The Smiths “How Soon is Now” (which Schreifels used to cover with Quicksand back in the day).
Read some reviews of the reunion shows:

Free music Friday returns! (a day early)

Been a ridiculously long time since I piled you up with free MP3 downloads. Get yer groove on with these lovely summer rock anthems.

One for the Team“Apples”, “You Know Culture”
The Long Blondes“Here Comes the Serious Bit”, “Guilt”
Middle Class Rut“All Walks of Life”
Duchess Says“Ccut Up”
The Watson Twins“Sky Open Up”
Ratatat“Mirando”
Pop Levi“Never Never Love”
Willoughby
“Story”

Darker My Love

Got an advance copy of the new Darker My Love CD, 2, in the mail last week and the first thought I had was “Is this the new Dandy Warhols album?” Of course, I don’t know the Dandies THAT well so maybe this sounds nothing like them but when I checked my e-mail in-box I see a note saying Darker My Love is going to be touring with the Dandies this summer so I guess the comparison isn’t too far off. 2 is a stunning listen, even the first time through, full of fuzzy and shimmering guitars, the kind of which made people fall in love with the previously mentioned Dandy Warhols as well as artists like Spiritualized. I haven’t given it enough listens to hammer out a review right now, but one will be coming shortly.

In the meantime, here are a few goodies for you to nibble on.

DOWNLOAD: Darker My Love’s ENTIRE first album (thanks Dangerbird!)

Tour dates with the Dandy Warhols
September 9 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
September 10 – Madison, Wisc. @ Barrymore Theatre
September 12 – Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theatre
September 13 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
September 14 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Setpember 16 – Boston, Mass. @ Wilbur Theatre
September 17 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
September 19 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 20 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore at TLA
September 22 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
September 23 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center State Atlanta
September 26 – Lawrence, Kan. @ Liberty Hall
September 27 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
September 28 – Aspen, Colo. @ Belly Up Aspen

Free Judas Priest concert ticket

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Judas Priest’s new album Nostradamus hits store shelves this week and as an added bonus to Best Buy shoppers, if you buy one of the 3 different versions (regular edition, deluxe edition, vinyl deluxe edition) that are being offered through the electronic superstore, you’ll receive a FREE general admission ticket to one of the Metal Masters tour dates (featuring Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and Testament) as listed below.

Aug. 06 – Camden, NJ
Aug. 07 – Bristow, VA
Aug. 09 – Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 19 – Chicago, IL
Aug. 22 – Dallas, TX
Aug. 23 – Houston, TX
Aug. 24 – San Antonio, TX
Aug. 27 – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 28 – Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30 – San Bernardino, CA
Aug. 31 – Mountain View, CA

Cinderella/Warrant tour canceled?

The only summer tour I was really looking forward to – Cinderella/Warrant/Lynch Mob/Lynam – appears to be canceled. The rumblings first came up on the Metal Sludge message board and then came a news entry on Blabbermouth supposedly from the Cinderella camp.

“It’s with unbelievably deep regret that I must announce that CINDERELLA‘s Tom Keifer‘s left vocal cord has hemorrhaged, thereby making it impossible for him to sing in the immediate future.

Tom felt his throat give way last night (June 11) finishing the set in pre-production rehearsals, went to his vocal doctor (Dr. Stephen Mitchell) in Nashville this morning, and was told the grim news. In the short term, Tom‘s doctor told him it would be two to three weeks before the swelling and damage would recede to a point to where an assessment can be made as to whether surgery will be required.

“Consequently, and again, most regretfully, we have no choice but to postpone the upcoming CINDERELLA tour until such time as Tom is ready tour again.”

Rumors are that the reunited Warrant are scrambling to rebook dates for the summer. More as the story develops …