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NEW ALBUM FROM WARREN HAYNES
Warren Haynes has always given the world some great guitar playing, whether with Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead or solo, and his new solo album takes his musical expression in a more Americana/folk direction than ever before. Ashes and Dust, Haynes’ third solo album, is an opportunity for the guitarist/vocalist to present songs that never felt right for Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers or his previous solo work. “I’ve been writing songs all my life from a more folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic direction,” he says. “So this record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It’s really given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn’t have a home, and build a home for them.” Haynes collaborated with New Jersey-based Americana band Railroad Earth on the album, which is released on July 24.
 
NEW TESSARACT ALBUM ON THE WAY
The UK's premier progressive act TesseracT have announced an all new LP titled Polaris, due out September 18. “TesseracT has been through a roller coaster of a ride since our first EP," says the band. “We seemed to always have been filling the holes in our ship's hull to stop this ship from sinking, as we raced around the world time and time again.” Polaris will follow up the highly regarded Altered State LP that was released in 2013. The new album will be the band’s third studio album and first for Kscope. “Polaris is a different scenario. The first chance for us as a group to stop and take stock of what we are right now, to explore a TesseracT of melody, dynamics, and singular focus. For the first time, too, we feel free from the bounds of genre specific expectations.”
 
METAL AT THE BENDIGO
This Saturday night at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood, The Arbiter are launching their newest beastly EP with some killer support from heavy maniacs Headless, Bloodline, The Hazard Circular, Blunt Shovel, Requiem and Dystopian.
 
TRAGIC EARTH AT CHERRY BAR
Catch Tragic Earth this Sunday July 26 at Cherry Bar with support from The Soulenikoes and Logic Defies Logic. Doors at 8pm, free entry. They’ll also be at the Brunswick Hotel for an OXFAM fundraiser on Sunday August 9, more details to be announced.
 
DEAD/DEAD ONE WAY SPLIT LP
Organising a split record with another band can be a pain in the arse, so sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and take care of both sides yourself. That’s exactly what the Dead/Dead One Way Split LP featuring Toshi Kasai (Melvins/Big Business) is. Accompanying the LP Captains Of Industry, it’s out now. You can get it in a 180g LP with hand screen printed covers, limited to 140 copies, plus a US tour version limited to 50 copies via Rock Is Hell.
                                                
KISS JOINS WITH COLLINGWOOD FOR COMMEMORATIVE TOUR T-SHIRT
KISS and the Collingwood Football Club have teamed up to produce a one-off commemorative ’KISS Magpie Army’ T-shirt to celebrate the band’s return to Australia this October. In August 2013 Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons became co-founding partners of the only football team of any kind in the greater Los Angeles area, LA KISS, which is part of the US Arena Football League. Suffice to say Stanley and Simmons are huge football fans and so an alignment with Collingwood in Australia seemed the perfect fit. The shirt features drawings of the four iconic KISS faces on the front with the KISS and Collingwood FC logos, while the back is emblazoned with the words “KISS MAGPIE ARMY”. It retails for $40 plus postage and is available for a strictly limited time; from Thursday July 16 until Friday October 2 through both the KISS and Collingwood Football Club websites. Fans may also purchase the T-shirt in a bundle with a Gold Reserve concert ticket for the Friday October 9 show at Rod Laver Arena for a reduced price of $140 from Ticketek.