These days, one of the best ways to keep up with your favorite music and entertainment releases is actually on television, where cable packages and special programs offer a number of different sources of music, as well as artist interviews and performances. If you have not yet experienced this sort of programming on television, you may want to consider looking into your tv setup (via a site such as http://www.Cabletelevision.net/), and checking out some of the different expansive channel packages available to you. In the meantime, however, this article will discuss a few of the hottest new releases in music, in case you have not been keeping up with such things. With regard to new releases, the last month has been particularly exciting for fans of punk, pop and/or alternative rock, with a few noteworthy bands making “comebacks” of sorts.

Roughly a month ago, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their first new album since the wildly popular double album “Stadium Arcadium,” exciting thousands of fans across the world. The new album, entitled “I’m With You,” has so far delighted most customers by offering, quite simply, more of the same old Chili Peppers. From the first single, “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie,” through the entire album, we essentially receive more of the upbeat, funky, unique brand of music that we have become accustomed to from the Chili Peppers — and, put simply, this is a wonderful thing. The album is sure to develop a few classics that will become as popular as established hits from previous albums.

Perhaps even more interesting than the new Chili Peppers album is the comeback of Blink-182, which had not produced an album since 2003. After a brief semi-hiatus during which members of the famous group did some work with side projects, Blink is back with a new album entitled “Neighborhoods.” Unlike the Chili Peppers, Blink-182 appears to have done a good bit of evolving, and perhaps maturing, since their last release, which may have been an inevitable process. The result, while still extremely satisfying and reminiscent of certain elements of “old” Blink-182, is an album full of songs that are markedly different from most of their predecessors. Many fans will notice the closest similarity being between the new album and the self-titled 2003 release, though there are some elements of older Blink albums, as well as some clear influence from some of the members’ side projects. The bottom line is this: Blink-182 has definitely changed, and their subject matter is generally more mature; but, their raw talent, as well as their ability to maintain their own style despite change, means that “Neighborhoods” will be embraced by fans.

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