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ZZ Top/3 Doors Down: Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, LA, 06/22/12

“Can ZZ Top play some blues for you?” Billy Gibbons is standing tall, center stage, a sly sideways grin creasing his bearded face. Headlining the Gang Of Outlaws tour with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson, ZZ Top has been feeling a little frisky with some old songs that sound as fresh in 2012 as they did in the raising hell 70’s and choreographed 80’s. With no egos attached, the band from Texas have long played boogie, gravel-throated, guitar driven rock and this stop along the month-long jaunt through the states was no different.

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ZZ Top: Live in Germany 1980

Texas icons ZZ Top released a Live From Texas record in 2008, but as is the case with most artists releasing live albums later in their careers, the set is rife with warhorses that occasional has them on autopilot. Back in 1980 though, the band still had a hell of a lot to prove with “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” still gleams in the eyes of the bearded Billy Gibbons and crew.

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Bloggy Goodness: Spotify Comes Stateside

After several years of being available exclusively in Europe, music streaming service Spotify will finally cross the pond and will soon be available to music fans in the United States.

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Tour Dates: Eddie’s Uke Rock Tour

Last week, we dropped the news about Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder’s new solo album – Ukulele Songs – which comes out on May 31. Hot on the heels of

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Bloggy Goodness: Buy Deer Tick’s Bus

In an effort to raise some money for a very deserving cause Deer Tick has announced that they will be auctioning off their tour bus “The Flagship” with a generous

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Tom Petty Gets His Mojo Working

While Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have been no strangers to the road over the last decade, the classic rock act hasn’t released anything in the way of new material since 2002’s The Last DJ. That will all change when Petty & Co. drop their 12th studio album entitled Mojo via Reprise Records later this Spring, and have wasted no time in announcing a massive summer arena and shed tour in support that kicks off in Raliegh, NC on May 6.

Joining Petty on various stops will be an impressive and diverse group of opening acts that includes My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, Crosby Stills & Nash and Joe Cocker – a slot that helped put 70 Volt Parade on the map back in 2006.

Tickets will go on-sale beginning March 8 via Live Nation, with those purchased online to include not only an MP3 download of the entire new album upon its release (with First Flash Of Freedom and Good Enough available at the time of purchase), but a selection of handpicked live tracks from the tour – pretty sweet deal!

READ ON for the full list of dates and openers…

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