Death Cab For Cutie frontman releasing solo album, Former Lives

July 17th, 2012

What do you do when you get divorced from Zooey Deschanel after a few years of wedded bliss? You release a solo album.

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is releasing his debut solo album, Former Lives, on October 16th. The album will consist of 12 tracks that were written over a span of eight years, according to a press release. Following the release of the album, Gibbard will hit the road for a limited amount of tour dates.

No tracklisting has been released yet but one can only assume there will be a few veiled references to his ex-wife. Here’s hoping this album is racked with longing, sorrow, and heartbreak; what every good album needs to become a hit.

RiO!B episode – July 6, 2012

July 6th, 2012

Today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog features my review of the new Linkin Park album, Living Things. Even though the album is number one in the country, it feels like a regression from their previous album, A Thousand Suns. Even though the album has shades of Hybrid Theory and Meteora in its sound, I feel the band should have continued to move forward with their sound rather than re-visit old ground.

What are your thoughts on the album? Leave a comment or a video response.

RiO!B episode – July 4, 2012

July 4th, 2012

To celebrate the 4th of July, Captain America takes over today’s Rock it Out! Blog episode and asks the rock music query: what band is the best American band of all time? What band from the U.S.A beats out the many, many others that were created here? Leave a comment or a video response.

RiO!B episode – July 3, 2012

July 3rd, 2012

Muse – “Survival”

Blur release two new songs

Dave Matthews Band releasing new album in September

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Brendan’s Death Song”

The Killers releasing new single July 10th

The Black Keys working on new album in July

Cage The Elephant, Orion Music + More Festival

July 2nd, 2012

On today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, I talk with Cage The Elephant frontman, Matt Shultz. We talk about the band’s upcoming music festival in September; what it’s like to see Cage The Elephant in concert; and how it felt to get picked to play Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival.

Like this video and share it with anyone who’s a Cage The Elephant fan or anyone who’s a fan of good music.

RiO!B interview with The Gaslight Anthem

June 29th, 2012

On today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, I talk with The Gaslight Anthem frontman, Brian Fallon. We talk about the band’s forthcoming album, Handwritten; his thoughts on Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!; and which album he thinks is the best of the year so far. Leave a comment and share this video with anyone who’s a Gaslight Anthem fan or a fan of good music. 

Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Brendan’s Death Song”

June 28th, 2012

The newest video from the Red Hot Chili Peppers comes in the form of a New Orleans Jazz funeral for the track, “Brendan’s Death Song”. The song pays homage to Brendan Mullen, a long time friend of the band and the man who would book the Peppers to open for Bad Brains at the Los Angeles club, Lingerie, back in 1983. Flea would later describe that show as a “huge step for us”.

Mullen died in 2009 while working on the 2010 RHCP book, An Oral/Visual History, which he co-authored with the band.

You can check the video out at RollingStone.com.

RiO!B interview with Baroness

June 28th, 2012

On today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, I talk with lead guitarist of Baroness, Peter Adams. We talk about the band’s forthcoming album, Yellow And Green; why he thinks Baroness is not a metal band; and what kind of cooking he likes to do.

Be sure to leave a comment and share this video with anyone who’s a fan of Baroness or a fan of great music.

Watch: Green Day release trailer for ¡Tre!

June 28th, 2012

Album number three = trailer number three. Down below, you can check out the newest trailer from Green Day for the third album in their trilogy appropriately called ¡Tre!. The album comes out on January 15, 2013. The first two albums, ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!, will be released on September 25th and November 13th, respectively. … 

RiO!B episode – June 20, 2012

June 20th, 2012

On today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, I review the new album from the Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania. I’m happy to say that I’m a fan of this album unlike much of the previous works that Billy Corgan has released in the past. It’s a big rock album where you can hear the whole band getting involved as opposed to Corgan writing and recording the music on his own.

What do you think of this album? Leave a comment or a video response.