70s rock revivalists Black Mountain have never been shy about wearing their influences on their sleeve. Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd all swirl in and out of conscious when sludging through their meaty offerings, and their latest release only helps cements those associations.
Wilderness Heart (not out until September 14), is Black Mountain's most focused album to date, even if much of the focus centers around the aforementioned 70s bands. The five-piece will be making their network television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday, performing the Zepptastic track "The Hair Song" (free mp3 download via AOL).
Elsewhere, make sure come back to Fallon on Wednesday night for a fun preview of the live event of the year... for your three-year old. Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba has taken their brightly colored act on the road as part of the There's A Party in My City tour. Even if you don't yourself possess a sugar-smacked 2-5 year old, the list of special guests should be enough to pique your curiosity.
Some of the surprise guests performing on stage with the tour have been Snoop Dogg, Sarah Silverman, OK Go, Biz Markie, Drive-By Truckers, Talib Kweli, Kid Koala and even a conglomerate called the Geeks, reuniting Freaks & Geeks' stars Martin Starr, John Francis Daley and Samm Levine. And the surprises aren't limited to the stage, as it's become the de-facto event for celebrity parents. Check out this "spot the celebrity parent" video with Jason Bateman, Christina Aguilera, Dennis Quaid, Travis Barker, Drea de Matteo and more:
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