Liv Kristine streams clips of new solo album, Vervain

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Liv Kristine, frontwoman with Leaves’ Eyes, has released a teaser trailer featuring clips of all 10 tracks from her forthcoming fifth solo LP, Vervain.

The album is due for release on the 27th of October via Napalm Records and features a guest appearance by Doro Pesch.

Speaking of Pesch’s appearance on track “Stronghold Of Angels”, Kristine said: “This metal hymn is special to me – and Doro’s unique voice takes it to an exceptional emotional level. Thank you, Doro, for staying with us, and for the late-night talks.”

You can watch the teaser trailer for Vervain below:

The full tracklist for Vervain is as follows:

Liv Kristine Vervain Album Cover01. “My Wilderness”
02. “Love Decay” (ft. Michelle Darkness)
03. “Vervain”
04. “Stronghold Of Angels” (ft. Doro)
05. “Hunters”
06. “Lotus”
07. “Elucidation”
08. “Two And A Heart”
09. “Creeper”
10. “Oblivious”

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Johnny Marr announces new solo album, ‘Playland’

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Guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced details of his new solo album.

The former Smith’s man will release Playland on the 6th of October. It will be the follow up to his debut solo album, The Messenger, that was released in 2013.

The new album was recorded in London at Tritone Studios, and the lead single, “Easy Money”, will be released on the same day.

In interview with NME, Marr said: “It was deliberate to work in London. Where you work definitely affects how it sounds and seeps into the music, and I’ve developed a really good feeling for London in the past couple of years, I like the frenetic atmosphere.”

“The album’s main themes are the atmosphere of the city, and the preoccupations of the people who live in them,” Marr continued. “Those preoccupations being consumerism, sex and anxiety, or distraction and transcendence from those things.”

Playland was co-produced by Marr and bandmember and co-producer Doviak. Mixing was handled by Claudius Mittendorfer in New York, and mastering at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright, who has in the past worked with Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay, Oasis and Primal Scream.

The full tracklist for Playland is as follows:

Johnny Marr Playland“Back In The Box”
“Easy Money”
“Dynamo”
“Candidate”
“25 Hours”
“The Trap”
“Playland”
“Speak Out Reach Out”
“Boys Get Straight”
“This Tension”
“Little King”

Marr and his band will embark on a series of live dates in the UK during October, playing:

13th of Oct: Lincoln The Engine Shed
14th of Oct: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
15th of Oct: Bexhill De La Warr
17th of Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
18th of Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
20th of Oct: Bournemouth O2 Academy
21st of Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd of Oct: London O2 Academy Brixton
24th of Oct: Bath Pavilion
25th of Oct: Manchester O2 Apollo
27th of Oct: Glasgow O2 Academy
28th of Oct: Newcastle O2 Academy
29th of Oct: Leeds O2 Academy

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Listen to Sean Watkins’ new solo album “All I Do Is Lie”

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Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins has released a new solo album.

Titled All I Do Is Lie, the album is available now via Roaring Girl Records, and you can stream the entire LP here via American Songwriter.

“This record, I’m really proud of,” says Watkins. “I’ve waited to do a solo record for a long time. I’ve been collaborating with bands and other people, waiting around for a collection of songs I was really proud of. I feel like this is a much better representation of who I am right now than my other solo record. These songs just came together and felt like a good group of songs.”

“I’m much more proud of these than anything I’ve done in the past. I’m glad I waited until now to do it,” he added.

Watkins recently performed new song “Wave As We Run” for The Bluegrass Station, filming in a small theatre in LA. You can watch the performance below.

The album features 10 self-penned songs that were recorded in sessions between June 2012 and July 2013. Joining Sean on the album are his sister Sara, Gillian Welch and Greg Leisz, amongst others.

The tracklisting for All I Do Is Lie is as follows:

“Since The Day That I Was Born”
“Wave As We Run”
“All I Do Is Lie”
“Made For TV Movie”
“Don’t Say You Love Me”
“This Will End In Tears”
“What Wanting Means”
“The God You Serve”
“Keep Your Promises”
“Meredith”

Find out more about Sean, the album and upcoming tour dates at seankwatkins.com

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Slash streams new song “World On Fire” online

As promised earlier in the week, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is now streaming the entirety of new song “World On Fire” online. You can listen to the full song below.

The song is taken from the parent album of the same name, due for release in September.

Take a listen and let us know what you think!

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Richie Sambora had “no freedom” in Bon Jovi

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Richie Sambora has been speaking out in a radio interview following his departure from Bon Jovi last year.

Speaking to Rock Radio NI ahead of a solo European tour, Sambora explained that he felt a lack of freedom to express himself musically as part of Bon Jovi.

“There’s freedom there, obviously,” the guitarist said. “That’s one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years – and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn’t enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically.”

He also revealed that he is working on a new solo project with his touring guitarist, Orianthi. “What I’ve done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can. The process of songwriting is easier than it’s been in a long time… The songs are just coming out of me right now – I just keep writing and writing,” he says. “I always felt there was some kind of nobility centred in my desire and passion for what I do. I still have that, I think I have it even more now.”

“I’m loving music right now. I feel like I’m 15,” he said.

There was a flurry of drama last year after Sambora pulled out of a leg of Bon Jovi’s world tour just hours before it was due to begin. A series of claims and counter-claims emerged from both the Sambora and Bon Jovi camps, but the guitarist has always claimed that he will rejoin the band in the future.

Meanwhile Sambora released a new song, “Lighthouse”, last month to benefit a planned New Jersey drug rehabilitation centre. Speaking of his own addictions Sambora said: “I got firsthand experience. I never did heroin, but obviously I did other stuff. We can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

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