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Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, was interviewed by Travis Rodriguez of “Daytime At Nine” this past May in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the chat below.

Keifer‘s debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group‘s Independent Label Group).

In a recent interview with Examiner.com, Keifer stated about the prospect of going solo: “It was a little scary at first. I’ve played with the same band for nearly 30 years. Going out on your own is like being on a little block of ice, floating out to sea, I guess. But I’ve got an incredible band out here, and they’re not only great musicians but they really great guys and we get along really well. And Savannah [Tom‘s wife] is out here and she’s part of the show. She comes out and sings some songs with me. The show’s a really nice mix of new songs and we’re doing a lot of the old CINDERELLA songs so that’s familiar for me. It’s ingrained in me.”

Regarding his songwriting process, Tom told Music Junkie Press: “Well, I try to write from real inspirations and it always starts from a lyric for me. Even the hard and heavy songs that you would think that started on guitars actually started from lyrics. So that inspiration can come at any time; you can be driving down the road or in aisle 6 at Home Depot. You got this idea in your head and then you are racing for an instrument to try and figure out what you are hearing. I will hear a lyric, a songtitle, or a chorus or line or something usually with a melody and it grows from there.”

Tom also spoke about the growing trend by music consumers of purchasing and downloading individual songs through digital outlets rather than experiencing full-length albums as they were intended to be heard by the artists that created them.

“I think every generation has their way and it is not wrong,” he said. “I think that what would probably help people to be more into whole works of arts or records is that artists create whole works of art or whole records. Like a ‘Physical Graffiti’ or an ‘Exile On Main Street’, or ‘Hotel California’ — [those] are some of the ones I grew up on. Or FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Rumors’, AEROSMITH‘s well of them; ‘Toys In The Attic’. Those were incredible albums from beginning to end. I think there are still some artists that still do that, but I think with the shrinking budgets at record companies, artist development isn’t what it used to be, recording budgets are not what they used to be. So I think less and less, we are not getting great full albums. That is the Catch 22 of the lost revenues from downloading. I don’t know that the average listener out there or fan realizes that by swiping music you kind of hurt the art itself and record companies. I mean, I know everyone views the record companies as the big evil corporate thing or whatever, but there is a lot of good that comes from them too. They do help to develop artists, and back in the ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s when we were coming up, they stayed with you and they developed you. They made sure you were working in the best studios, working with the best engineers and the best producers and that is a good thing. That is how you get great albums. That still goes on today; don’t get me wrong, I just think it is less artists get the opportunity for that because of the budgets and the mentality of the record companies have changed, due to lost revenues and we all know why. There are many reasons of why that has happened and a lot of that has to do with the technology we have. The second the first audio file transmitted over the Internet we were really all sunk. In terms of what the door it had opened up for causing problems within the industry.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has commented on the growing trend by music consumers of purchasing and downloading individual songs through digital outlets rather than experiencing full-length albums as they were intended to be heard by the artists that created them.

In a post on his Facebook page, Sixx wrote: “When I was scrounging through record shops as a kid, you usually (unless you just shopped for singles) bought the whole album. I always fell deeper in love with the band because ‘ALL’ their songs spoke to me. Of course, some jumped out at you right away while others grew on you, but you didn’t skip any songs; you would listen from top to bottom over and over again.

“When I started making albums, I always believed the WHOLE album was the adventure. Of course, there is the lead single for radio but when did THAT become the whole experience?

“I talk to more and more people every day who tell me they only buy singles now. iTunes hasn’t helped for that, of course.

“We have asked them many times to bundle our album as one download so fans wouldn’t cherry pick the hits and miss the hidden gems, but it’s not part of their business model.

“I love iTunes and buy music almost daily from it, but it still frustrates me. I just wish more people clicked ‘BUY ALBUM.’ Maybe I am old-fashioned in how I believe music should be listened to, but I refuse to ever buy just a band’s single. I always buy the WHOLE album. I encourage you to do the same.

“Technology may have changed, but the fact that a band makes a WHOLE album for you hasn’t. Dig deep and I promise you, you will fall deeper in love with the artist than you ever could only listening to one song.”

In a 2011 interview with RollingStone.com, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee spoke about not wanting to make albums anymore. He said: “As far as making new music, I’m sure we will. There’s nothing official laid out yet. What I meant was just making records to make records doesn’t seem like that’s got much of a point anymore, when people don’t buy records, they buy singles. Why not make more singles more often than these big, long records over two-, three-, four-year spans? Give the fans more music and better music, like doing EPs. I just think that would be a way better thing. Now, making a full-length record, I think, serves a purpose, like, let’s say, when [MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s] ‘The Dirt’ [movie] finally gets made. I’d say that totally warrants a full record and soundtrack album. But just to make long-playing records now, I don’t know. I’ve lost my appetite for it, and if you look around at the facts, so has the rest of the world.”

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Swedish rockers HOUSE OF SHAKIRA will release their seventh studio album, “Pay To Play”, on September 23 via Melodic Rock Records/Cargo Records on CD and two weeks later on October 7 via digital outlets.

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“Freedom From The Known,” the sophomore full-length from NYC trio Thinning the Herd, is now available on CD and via iTunes with additional digital outlets to follow, released via the band’s own Saint Marks Records. This Is Not A Scene is now broadcasting “Freedom From The Known” in its entirety, paired with a lively summary of the album’s foundation and what’s transformed within the band between the album’s initial inspiration to the completion of the album, and the hardships the group endured bringing it to fruition. Check out the album breakdown here or stream the full release below

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“Freedom From The Known,” the sophomore full-length from NYC trio Thinning the Herd, is now available on CD and via iTunes with additional digital outlets to follow, released via the band’s own Saint Marks Records.

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Skid Row frontman Johnny Solinger’s brand new Country single “Rock And Roll Cowboy Man” now available on iTunes and all major digital outlets.

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Upon Wings is proud to announce the release of new EP, “Afterlife,” featuring guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day). “Afterlife” is scheduled for a March 5th release on Sword of the Spirit Records LLC.

The EP’s debut single and title track is set to hit alternative and rock radio and digital outlets on January 15th, but you can hear it first today courtesy of Noisecreep. Head over here to check out an exclusive stream of the title track “Afterlife.”

Rock and metal fans will recognize plenty of names on “Afterlife.” Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown mastered the single, while Brett Hestla (ex-Creed, Dark New Day) provided guest vocals and production talents. More metal assistance for the upcoming EP came from producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine, best known as the guitarist of Canadian nu metal giants Slaves on Dope, formerly on Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s Divine Recordings label. Drummer Peter Tzaferis also contributed to the EP.

Recording sessions for “Afterlife” took place at Johnny K’s legendary Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, where Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind and countless other heavy music-makers have laid down tracks.

Upon Wings combines operatic, female-fronted goth-pop with rousing rock and metal in a unique, ethereal fashion. Frontwoman Anne Autumn Erickson is a classically trained dramatic mezzo-soprano, and her lyrics take listeners down a path of heartfelt introspection, pain, joy and faith.

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Deathbound Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with U.S. act Woccon:

“After months of hard work we are extremely proud to welcome Woccon to our roster. Founded in Athens, Georgia by multi-instrumentalist, Tim Rowland (Sholfrost, ex-Peregrine), Woccon released an EP in the summer of 2011 titles, Through Ancestral Fires, which featured guest vocals by Ryan Morgan of Misery Signals.

“After self-releasing the EP Tim was joined by guitarist Tiler Kuykendall and drummer Wade Jones, to embark on a new musical direction in which they all shared influences and visions.

“From blackened death metal to melodic doom, The Wither Fields will be available as a limited physical release through Deathbound Records. Copies will be numbered and include two bonus tracks. The album will also be available digitally through all digital outlets.”

Hear music from the band and find more info on Woccon over at Facebook here.

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I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart, will release a cover version of John Farnham’s classic ’80s track “You’re The Voice” on December 10 on digital format, distributed worldwide by Plastichead and available from all the usual digital outlets.

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Power-thrash metal underdogs Sacred Oath have released the video “Blood Storm” on YouTube to celebrate their exclusive digital release “Spells and Incantations” on iTunes today. The video contains rare performance clips and photos from the band’s personal archives spanning a 25-year tenure in the metal underground.

“I think perseverance is something to be celebrated,” says Rob Thorne, the band’s singer/guitarist. “It hasn’t been easy for us. It isn’t easy for anybody, really, but 25 years is a long time to hang in this business without the support of a record label. I like to think of us as pure, uncut. Or stupid.”

The best-of collection “Spells and Incantations” is released today as an iTunes exclusive metal album. Two previously unreleased bonus tracks are also included. A digipack CD hits stores and other digital outlets on May 29th through Super D and MVD distribution.

More information on Sacred Oath can be found at this location.

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