Insanely talented duo, Run The Jewels have dropped a brand new track entitled “Yankee and the Brave”. The superb song is the first release from the hip hop connoisseurs’ forthcoming album, Run The Jewels 4.
“Yankee and the Brave” begins with a radio dial shifting us back into the world of El-P and Killer Mike. The track is complete with a bumping beat as the lyrical masters ping pong exceptional verses back and forth. El-P’s incredible production is on full display from start to finish.
Run The Jewels have not yet announced the release date for their latest album, but in typical RTJ fashion, it will be available for free for all to enjoy.
Run The Jewels are set to tour the globe with Rage Against The Machine once our self-quarantines are called off. In the meantime, it’s a terrific comfort to have a new RTJ track to keep us company.
Check out the new track below…
Article and featured photo by Tiffany Cuthrell
Having been released in 2019, the album Wishes is a listening party I am sad to be late to.
Wishes, however, is a listening party that all are welcome to, and should definitely enjoy (no matter what time we arrive).
ATMIG (After The Money Is Gone) present a debut album that deserves not just one listen through, but many more. With Tobias Lipski on guitar and vocals, Julia Hickling also on vocals, Dave Taylor on drums, and Phil LaDouceur on bass and trumpet (as well as a large collection of other instruments), the metro Detroit dwellers recorded the cohesive album right here in Michigan.
Aesthetically, Wishes presents beautiful photograps captured by Heart District Photography. The band and cover character are decorated in classy black and white attire, with gold makeup gleaming. The album booklet includes all of the songs’ lyrics, so that the listener can follow along and pick their favorite line.
Wishes is a spectacular album, through and through. It welcomes the challenges and uncertainty of life with clever lyrics, and fearless optimism to explore.
It captivates the listener immediately with an intro that vibes a lost needle among hay, an intro which Elliott Smith would be proud of. The song eludes, “Now I see my shoes, one small step to see what’s ahead…” and the journey begins. “Intro” melts into the uptempo track, “Trip”, which brings forth the intense desire to pop in this CD, go for a long drive and turn up the radio… much like the feeling I get when listening to Bright Eyes’ “Another Traveling Song”.
Uptempo jams are mixed with slower songs like “Dictaphone”, which presents lovely harmonies, and beautiful orchestration that layer on top of prancing guitar. Its lyrics question, “…if I sing to you, is the beauty lost or are you aching?” Tobias and Julia’s voices blend just as well as those of Charles Thompson IV and Kim Deal (or Paz Lenchantin, to keep our reference more current!).
Guitar effects through tracks like “Mend” give a full, layered, and memorable production. The song’s riff is easy to get stuck in your head, and want to jam over and over. The album is packed with inspiring lyrics throughout, with “Mend” housing a great chorus example ; “And don’t do wrongs you can’t right, and don’t cause harm with delight. And don’t ever feel that you don’t belong, and don’t start fires you can’t fight”. These songs are filled with lyrics that make it easy to relate to on many levels.
Without a doubt, Wishes’ beautiful prose is a light in our dark world. The album builds wonderfully with clear influence from the likes of Modest Mouse and Death Cab For Cutie. That being said, ATMIG portrays an amalgam sound that is all their own.
The album’s memorable title track laments over a churning guitar, “Call your wishes a spitting image of pushy business, selling weakness”.
“Whale” allows the listener to easily picture a gentle giant gliding through the sea. The song begins with deep, echoing effects, and welcomes in an introspective conversation. Moby Dick’s Ahab is cleverly referenced in the album’s booklet, displaying yet another attention to storytelling and detail.
The stunning and emotive track, “Elliott Smith” seems to observe a songwriter from both a listener’s perspective, and one a songwriter can relate to. “Without the pure sound I might never have found, someone who needs to hear tears to feel that we’re not far apart…” As is common throughout the whole of wishes, intricate guitar and gorgeous harmonies grace the entire song.
Next, the outro takes the album full circle, ending with that lyric, “Now I see my shoes… One small step to see what’s ahead.”
A hidden gem makes itself known as an uptempo hidden track, where “Trip”‘s lyrics are presented with a slightly different twist as that trip is taken down someone else’s awesome life. “…so we can see what happens when you do not have to hide who you are.”
The folk and rock laden album absolutely leaves the listener feeling fulfilled upon its conclusion, yet still wanting another play through to catch each nuance and purposeful lyric. Each song jives together perfectly, and makes it easy to picture catching an ATMIG show, hearing this music all around in a live setting.
Speaking of which, ATMIG can be found at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit on April 7th, and at New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck on May 4th. The band is also currently planning a show with indie greats The Mommyheads this June. ATMIG will be featured in the upcoming Deep Cuts Documentary that takes a glance through the revival of vinyl records, and are actively working on new music.
Wishes tracklist :
4. No One’s Home
6. On Fumes
11. Elliott Smith
13. (hidden track)
“Trip” music video :
For more information and updates on ATMIG, please be sure to check out the following links…
Album review by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Heart District Photography
Today rap/metal giants Rage Against The Machine announced a global tour with support from incredible duo, Run The Jewels. Their trek will include a stop at Detroit’s Little Caesar’s Arena on Monday July 13th. The band’s lineup includes all original members with Zack de la Rocha on vocals, Tom Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on bass, and Brad Wilk on drums.
The news is welcome after a nine year hiatus for the band. Shows in the Southwest and some festival stops had been announced previously, but the added dates allow many more fans to get in on the fist up action. The “Public Service Announcement” tour will span seven months, beginning in Texas this March, and wrapping up in Austria in September. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday the 13th at 11 AM local time through Rage Against The Machine’s website and Live Nation.
In typical RATM fashion, the tour will be contributing to several charities through portions of ticket sales, volunteering, and donations. All of the proceeds from the shows in El Paso, TX, Las Cruces, NM, and Glendale, AZ will go to immigrant rights organizations.
Check out the full list of tour dates below…
Rage Against The Machine – “Public Service Announcement” Tour Dates :
March 26th — El Paso, TX : Don Haskins Center
March 28th — Las Cruces, NM : Pan American Center
March 30th — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
April 10th — Indio, CA : Coachella
April 17th — Indio, CA : Coachella
April 21st — Oakland, CA : Oakland Arena
April 25th — Portland, OR : Moda Center
April 28th — Tacoma, WA : Tacoma Dome
May 1st — Vancouver, BC : Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
May 3rd — Edmonton, AB : Rogers Place
May 5th — Calgary, AB : Scotiabank Saddledome
May 7th — Winnipeg, MB : Bell MTS Place
May 9th — Sioux Falls, SD : Denny Sanford Premier Center
May 11th — Minneapolis, MN : Target Center
May 14th — Kansas City, MO : Sprint Center
May 16th — St. Louis, MO : Enterprise Center
May 19th — Chicago, IL : United Center
May 23rd — Boston, MA : Boston Calling
June 19th — Dover, DE : Firefly
July 10th — East Troy, WI : Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13th — Detroit, MI : Little Caesars Arena
July 17th — Ottawa, ON : Ottawa Bluesfest
July 18th — Festival d’Été de Québec : Festival d’Été de Québec
July 21st — Hamilton, ON : FirstOntario Centre
July 23rd — Toronto, ON : Scotiabank Arena
July 27th — Buffalo, NY : KeyBank Center
July 29th — Cleveland, OH : Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
July 31st — Pittsburgh, PA : PPG Paints Arena
August 2nd — Raleigh, NC : PNC Arena
August 4th — Washington DC : Capital One Arena
August 7th — Camden, NJ : BB&T Pavilion
August 10th — New York, NY : Madison Square Garden
August 11th — New York, NY : Madison Square Garden
August 28th — Leeds, UK : Leeds Festival
August 30th — Reading, UK : Reading Festival
September 1st — Paris, France : Rock En Seine Festival
September 4th — Stradbally Laois, Ireland : Electric Picnic Festival
September 6th — Berlin, Germany : Lollapalooza Berlin Festival
September 8th — Prague, Czech Republic : O2 Arena
September 10th — Krakow, Poland : Tauron Arena
September 12th – Viena, Austria : Wiener Stadthalle
Article by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo courtesy of Live Nation, tour promo courtesy of Virgil Abloh
Exceptional band, Rage Against The Machine, have announced two more dates on their 2020 tour.
Rage will be headlining at Boston Calling on Saturday May 23rd, and Delaware’s Firefly Festival that takes place from June 18th through June 21st.
These widely speculated and now confirmed dates join their already announced March concerts in the Southwest, and two headlining weekends at Coachella this April.
Their concerts will undoubtedly inspire a melding of the minds at each and every stop.
Check out the lineup posters for Boston Calling and Firefly below…
Article by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo courtesy of Gie Knaeps via Getty Images
Billie Eilish is walking away from tonight’s Grammy Awards ceremony with an impressive five golden gramophone trophies. Her wins include Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Pop Vocal Album, and the coveted Best New Artist.
Billie is the youngest person to be nominated in the four major categories, being 17 at the time of nomination announcements. The talented 18 year old has made waves with her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Its tremendous single, “Bad Guy” has been an inescapable chart-topping success. She also made history by becoming the first woman to win all four major Grammy categories in one night.
Her style, story and its subsequent music has captured hearts, minds, and headphones of folks all around the world. Some of her famous fans include Thom Yorke, Miguel, and Justin Beiber, just to name a small few.
The album was crafted with her brother Finneas in his bedroom at their parents’ Los Angeles home. Finneas also nabbed an award for Producer Of The Year, acknowledging his collaborative hand in the album. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? touches on profound human experience, endless emotion, darkness, and the state of our world. While capturing moments, sounds and experiences from every day life, Billie Eilish and Finneas showcased true songwriting at its finest core.
It’s no wonder the Recording Academy took notice.
Check out Billie’s Song Of The Year win for “Bad Guy” :
Article written by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of Robyn Beck via Getty Images
Literally at the EXACT moment I was playing “Road To Joy” for my favorite fellow (kismet, perhaps?), an email matriculated to my account, announcing the greatest news I’ve heard all week.
Bright Eyes are back together!
Our musical heroes, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott are once again united as a Bright Eyes front. It’s now been nine years since the release of their last LP, The People’s Key. Since, Bright Eyes’ members have separately and together shared their talents with the likes of First Aid Kit, as well as toward the creation of several movie scores (we’ve all heard the greatness of “The Fault In Our Stars”). Conor Oberst has kept busy with undeniably remarkable solo projects, and most recently, an incredible debut album with Better Oblivion Community Center.
Bright Eyes’ resurrection is a welcome voice for our times, and for the music world as a whole. As of late 2019, the band is signed with Dead Oceans, and new material is in the works.
Thus far, five tour stops have been announced, and according to Bright Eyes, more news is soon to come!
One thing is for certain, fans will be keeping their ears to the ground for that story in the soil.
Bright Eyes 2020 Tour Dates :
March 23rd : Tokyo, Japan – Liquid Rooms
May 21st : Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
May 22nd : Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
June 20th : Queens, NY – Forst Hills Stadium
September 3rd – 6th – Salisbury, UK – End Of The Road Festival
Bright Eyes – “Approximate Sunlight” from The People’s Key (2011)
Joyful news by : Tiffany Cuthrell, photo thanks to Bright Eyes
Grammy nominated superstar, Billie Eilish, launched her own planet-conscious clothing line at the retailer H&M.
As of now, H&M displays 16 products in the collection including beanies, hoodies, t-shirts, socks, and even a fanny pack. Each item includes Billie Eilish’s name stylized, or her signature Blohsh logo. All of the pieces seem inspired directly from 18-year-old Billie’s closet in oversized style.
Eilish has been a prominent voice for animals, veganism, and our planet. She notably wore a shirt that read, “No music on a dead planet” at 2019’s American Music Awards. A consciously-sourced and welcome clothing line comes as no surprise.
Be sure to check out the collection in stores and at H&M’s website, but act quickly! Styles are selling out fast.
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo courtesy of Jeff Kravitz
“You Oughta Know” about Alanis Morissette’s 2020 tour!
The talented superstar singer has announced a 25th anniversary tour in celebration of her breakout album, 1995’s “Jagged Little Pill”.
Morissette will be joined on the road by fellow greats Garbage and Liz Phair. The tour kicks off in Portland, Oregon on June 2nd, and will run through July 25th with a final stop in Nashville, Tennessee. The tour includes a pass through metro Detroit on July 21st at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Presale for the tour will be available on December 10th at 11 AM local time, and general sale begins on December 13th, also at 11 AM local time. With each sale, fans will have instant downloadable access to Morissette’s new single, “Reasons I Drink”, as well as a digital download of her forthcoming new album. “Such Pretty Forks In The Road” is set to drop on May 1st, and will be her first album since 2012.
“Jagged Little Pill” nostalgia has been looming large with the album recently nabbing a Broadway adaptation. The musical of the same name debuts on December 5th in New York, and was written by Diablo Cody.
Check out the full list of 31 tour dates below, as well as some smash hits from each artist on the “Jagged Little Pill” tour.
June 2 : Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
June 3 : Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
June 5 : Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
June 7 : Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
June 9 : Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
June 10 : Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 12 : Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
June 13 : Rogers, AR – Walmart Amphitheater
June 14 : Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
June 17 : Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 18 : West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 20 : Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
June 21 : Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
June 23 : Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 26 : Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
June 27 : Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
June 28 : Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 1 : Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 2 : Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 3 : Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 6 : Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 8 : Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 9 : Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 11 : Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
July 16 : Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 17 : Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 18 : Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 21 : Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 23 : Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 24 : Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 25 : Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Preview by : Tiffany Cuthrell, photo by Frank Micellotta via Getty Images
Dreams have come true for Rage Against The Machine fans the world over.
With fists up, we received the exciting news that the powerful band will be reuniting in 2020 with five shows in the southwest. Many of the band’s songs have touched on immigration and struggles of those our society has passed over. With 2020 being an important election year, it must be no mistake that the dates are all very close to the US and Mexican border.
Rage Against the Machine last performed together in 2011 in Los Angeles, and a reunion has long since seemed implausible. The band’s members have frequently been questioned about such a reunion, but all have been busy with their own endeavors. Rage’s leader, Zack de la Rocha, released a single entitled “Digging For Windows” in 2016, but no other solo material has come since. Influential offset, Prophets Of Rage was born in response to the 2016 election. The supergroup consists of Rage’s guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, as well as B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Chuck D of Public Enemy.
The five dates were posted through the band’s Twitter, leaving no doubt that this news is legitimate. Venues are yet to be announced, but the dates in California coincide with Coachella’s two weekends.
El Paso, TX – March 26th, 2020
Las Cruces, NM – March 28th, 2020
Phoenix, AZ – March 30, 2020
Indio, CA – April 10th, 2020
Indio, CA – April 17th, 2020
Rage will no doubt make waves, take a stand, and bring their welcome voices to the forefront of America next Spring. Here’s hoping more announcements and dates are soon to follow.
Chilean protests photo by Susana Hidalgo, courtesy of @RATM twitter
Hozier delighted Caesars Windsor Coliseum with a night of incredible musicality on Tuesday August 6th. Starting off the evening was local duo, The Oh Chays.
When the husband and wife pair took to the stage, singer and keyboardist Kay said, “We are Hozier”. The audience laughed as she continued, “I’m just joking. We are so lucky to be here. This is so much better than playing in a bar.”
Right from the start, the audience applauded and cheered for each note. The Oh Chays were clearly grateful for the stage and opportunity to shine. After wrapping up their first song Kay told the crowd, “I think I’m about to cry. This is so amazing”. She explained that they had just received the email from Hozier’s team yesterday asking them to open the show. “Dreams do come true!”
A highlight of the set was when the band presented an original track entitled, “Never Too Old”. “Even though we look amazing, we’re like 1,000 years old. This is about not giving up on your dreams.” The Oh Chays encouraged the crowd to wave along, side to side. Kay asked, “Did my mom put you up to this? This is crazy!” Their set was packed with great lyrics, keys, some guitar, rounded out percussion, and even “a sexy song about a donut”.
Before wrapping up, Kay asked, “Can you guys come with us on the road?”
The band concluded their night with an exceptional cover of Michael Jackson’s empowering 1987 track, “Man In The Mirror”. The pair was a perfect start to the night.
Just after 9 PM, Hozier and his band appeared through smoke-filled dim light from stage left. The excited crowd absolutely roared to greet them. A steady beat started off the wondrous track, “Would That I”. The audience sang back the chorus’ “Oh”s appropriately.
To the delight of the crowd, Hozier immediately jammed into “Dinner & Diatribes”.
Keeping the theme of playing tracks from his latest incredible album, “Wasteland, Baby”, the band presented the remarkable, “Nina Cried Power”. The album track includes counterpart Mavis Staples (who recently celebrated her 80th birthday!), but Hozier sang each chorus and verse through himself. He also shouted out different musicians who have rallied for change.
After the song concluded, Hozier greeted the crowd. “How are you doing Windsor?” He remarked that this was the band’s first time playing in this part of the world. “Thank you so so much for coming out to the show and checking it out. It is an absolute pleasure”. A steady guitar rhythm began and Hozier continued, “If you wouldn’t mind lending your voices for one second, I just wanna see what voices you’re hiding. I’d ask you not to hide them from me because I will seek them out and I will find them.” The notes began of “To Be Alone”, and the crowd echoed back the song’s chant.
Early in the set, Hozier stopped to tie his shoe and chimed, “Safety first” as the crowd cheered for the deed.
Hozier’s thoughtful lyrics filled the packed Colosseum, as he kept an endearing dialogue open with the audience the whole night through.
After his first album’s terrific track, “Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene”, Hozier presented more songs from his latest record.
Hozier kept a balance of subtlety and full musicality going with “Nobody”. He started the cleverly-rhymed song with a more acoustic feel, then brought in the full band sound.
After “Talk”, Hozier addressed the crowd with, “Since you’ve already shown me those voices, I know they’re there and if you know this one, don’t be afraid to let us hear you. You can’t hide them.” With beautiful instrumentation while backlit by spotlights, the band began “From Eden”. The gorgeous violin sound perfectly presented a lower tempo version of the jam.
After the song completed, Hozier told the crowd, “You sound beautiful!” He continued his conversation with the crowd by saying, “You’ll notice up here much of the band has deserted me, leaving so much room for activities, etc.” He shouted out Cormac Curran and Thandii, the two musicians remaining on stage to assist in instrumentation. “This next song was written mid to late 2016. I was writing a few love songs for the end of the world. This next one kind of falls into that category, and I suppose it tries to imagine the last human act on earth, sooner or later, hopefully will be some sort of act of kindness. It’s called ‘Wasteland, Baby!'” He started into his latest album’s title track.
When the song concluded, he thanked the audience, and encouraged them to welcome the missing band members back to stage. He gripped his guitar and said, “I just want to hold this for one second, just say hi to it.” A spirited gentleman in the audience yelled, “You can hold me for one second!” Hozier laughed and responded, “The feeling is mutual. I promise you that. Thank you very much.”
He proceeded, “This is a song named after a very vicious little bird of prey which is known to live near very very sharp objects… it’s kind of a Vlad the Impaler of the natural world. It tends to hang its prey over these things. It’s a horrible, gruesome thing to behold. I thought it was a fun theme for a love song. It’s a song called ‘Shrike'”. This was the precise moment I had the wondrous thought that with each Hozier show I’ve attended, I’ve learned something new and personal about each song. Accompanying violin beautifully rounded out the gorgeous song.
After “Shrike” concluded, Hozier encouraged, “Once again, Miss Emily Kohavi on violin!”
After “No Plan”, Hozier continued into “Jackie and Wilson”, which was greeted with a cheer. Hozier lifted up his hand during each chorus to correspond with the lyric, “raise ’em on rhythm and blues”.
During “Almost (Sweet Music)”, the band included solos for bass, violin, and organ, allowing each musician their own moment to shine.
When the song finished, Hozier shouted out each musician that had contributed. “This band is outrageous!”
Next, they jived into “Moment’s Silence”, an amazing track from the “Nina Cried Power” EP. The band jammed out thoroughly during each chorus under dancing lights, while the crowd happily clapped along to the rhythm of the verses.
The band then presented the powerful, “Movement” under a beautiful display of lights. Hozier passionately sang most of the song with just a microphone, but picked up a tambourine to belt out the final chorus.
The crowd positively roared when Hozier began the smash, “Take Me To Church”. The audience immediately started singing along, and Hozier held out his microphone to hear. Toward the end of the song he welcomed, “Let me hear you, Windsor!” Fans sang along, “Amen, amen, amen.” Hozier stepped down into the pit and reached out into the crowd. With a bow and a wave, the band exited the stage.
The crowd instantly began clapping, cheering, and stomping, with many holding up lighters. Finally, after a brief time away, Hozier reappeared with a smile and an acoustic guitar to greet excited fans once more.
“It has been an absolute joy tonight…. Thank you for making our first time in Windsor very very special. Again, don’t be afraid to help me out with this one.” Under appropriately red lights, Hozier solitary began the emotional, “Cherry Wine”. The audience sang along to the chorus and Hozier complimented, “You sound gorgeous.”
Upon the song’s completion, Hozier encouraged the crowd to welcome the band back on stage. He introduced each musician, and shouted out everyone who helped make the show possible from the light rigger to the instrument technicians. “As the song goes, it takes more than a hammer and nails to make a house a home.” He also thanked the Oh Chays for opening the show, and began into the beautiful “Work Song”. Fans clapped along to the slow and steady beat. The band closed out with breathtaking notes of harmony. While the audience cheered and clapped their way to a standing ovation, the band waved and bowed in a line of unison. Hozier left the crowd with, “Thank you so much Windsor, we’ll see you again.”
Hozier’s incredible tour continue through November, while making several more stops in the United States and Canada.
Words and photos by : Tiffany Cuthrell