Exceptional supergroup StillWell is back with a brand new single that has dropped right ahead of their third album’s release.
StillWell is a stellar altrock melding of the minds that is sure to result in an incredible new album. The band consists of Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, P.O.D. drummer Noah “Wuv” Bernardo, and vocalist/guitarist Anthony “Q-Unique” Quiles.
The single, “Gasoline” is now available for excited ears across all listening platforms (check out the creative lyric video below!). Their new album, Supernatural Miracle, drops on September 18th. “Gasoline” rocks hard with a powerful beat. Q-Unique sings a chorus exclaiming, “Let’s add gasoline to the fire, let it all go up in a ball of flames”. The song feels like a terrific anthem for the chaos of our present time.
StillWell has expressed that this effort has been their most cohesive ever, and the first single leaves no doubt about that. As they arrive at the doorstep of Supernatural Miracle‘s release, the band has reflected that they have finally found their own voice and sound. “We intentionally made sure to not sound like the other bands we’re a part of, out of respect, integrity and just wanting to push ourselves creatively,” Fieldy expressed in a release from the band. “If people want to hear Korn, POD or the 10 bands Q works with, they can just listen to those, Stillwell is it’s own thing. We put together what I think is our best work yet.”
Be sure to keep up to date with all things StillWell by following the links below. Their website is packed with some awesome bundle pre-orders as well!
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of StillWell
Taylor Swift’s new album is a cup of hot chocolate joy for our shivering, tattered souls.
In the midst of a global pandemic, folklore is the unexpected surprise we never knew we needed. Through sixteen gorgeous tracks (plus one bonus), the album takes us on a journey away from our troubles, and into an emotive world anyone can relate to. folklore reminds us of what Taylor Swift does best… telling us the most beautiful stories through brilliant songwriting.
The second the album begins, a wonderful, calming vibe is set. folklore starts with a light beat and piano tapping along. From the first lines, Taylor shows that folklore will be a refreshingly honest album, a style from her that we have grown accustomed to. “I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit. Been saying yes instead of no. I thought I saw you at the bus stop, I didn’t though.”
The album’s second track, “Cardigan” is equally as beautiful and honest. I can’t help but picture the song being written in a reclusive cabin, but like Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. Its venturing music video was released on the same day, and fits the song perfectly (I made sure to include a link below..!) The song’s chorus is one any person who has been in love can relate to, “..and when I like I was an old cardigan under someone’s bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite”.
Third comes “the last great american dynasty”. The piano accompanies us along still, as the beat gets a little hipper, a little quicker. The narrative follows Rebekah and Bill, highlighting their journey and bold traits in a way only Taylor Swift can do.
Next comes the gorgeous, “exile” with Bon Iver. The piano is with us once more as Bon Iver’s unmatched harmonies trace their way along the lyrics. Swift joins in on the second verse, adding her own prose and chorus with tremendous harmonies. The song builds as Bon Iver and Swift join together in an emotional duet that feels just as open as “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”. I can’t help but feel endlessly happy for this collaboration, and the opportunity to introduce such a beautiful song into my musical library.
Throughout the album, I can undoubtedly recognize Jack Antonoff’s production and unmistakable lyrical cadence. His hand has been such a welcome friend on so many of Swift’s track treasures. The masterful folklore has a vulnerable feel that throws me back to Swift’s older albums, yet possesses the growth and wisdom of one like Lover.
“seven” brings a nostalgic summer feeling as Swift’s light vocals take us from a tree swing over a creek, to sipping sweet tea. Lyrics like, “…and I think you should come live with me, and we can be pirates. Then you won’t have to cry, or hide in the closet” allow us to feel another’s connection in the most profound of ways. It’s easy and wonderful to pick out the lyrical inspiration for the title of each deluxe edition available to order. Finding the edition’s titles feels like a glorious scavenger hunt.
“this is me trying” offers such incredible insight into the depth of work a relationship requires, personal growth, and the feeling of looking back. “I was so ahead of the curve, the curve became a sphere. Fell behind all my classmates, and I ended up here.”
“illicit affairs” makes me reminisce on the hidden encounters that graced us in “Style” and “I Know Places”. It expresses how unique a connection can be with those we love in such a profound way. “You showed me colors you know I can’t see with anyone else… You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else”. It also paints such a perfect picture of how foolish love can make us… “Don’t call me kid, don’t call me baby. Look at this god-forsaken mess that you made me… You know damn well for you I would ruin myself a million little times”.
“invisible string’ is one of my personal favorites on the album. It begins with such a relatable adventure when we’re waiting for love to come along… “Green was the color of the grass where I used to read at Centennial Park, I used to think I would meet somebody there.” The instrumentation and vocal expedition of the song is vast and beyond lovely. In typical Taylor Swift fashion, she continues to include color throughout, emphasizing feeling and allowing any listener to easily put themselves in her shoes. “Gold was the color of the leaves when I showed you around Centennial Park… Gave me the blues and then purple skies.” A standout lyric, “Bad was the blood of the song in the cab on your first trip to LA, you ate at my favorite spot for dinner” weaves the golden invisible string that leads these two souls together.
“betty” so vividly takes us back to Taylor’s songwriting and stylistic roots in the very best of ways. Beginning with an acoustic guitar and harmonica, the song reflects on an old connection and opportunities passed. Swift’s expletive additions remind us just how much her courage has grown as a songwriter as well. “But if I just showed up at your party, would you have me? Would you want me? Would you tell me to go fuck myself? Or lead me to the garden?” With a key change, and glorious “Love Story”-type of ending, she sings, “Yeah, I showed up at your party, will you have me? Will you love me? Will you kiss me on the porch in front of all your stupid friends?” Betty also welcomes some mystery, leaving us wondering if Betty is someone Swift is reminiscing, or a story told from another perspective. This unknown makes the song even more endearing.
Appropriately, “hoax” closes out the album with just a piano and Swift’s emotive vocals. Strings add such a gentle touch in all the right places. Acoustic guitar joins as well, adding subtle but beautiful layers. The honest chorus hits with, “Stood on the cliff side screaming, ‘Give me a reason’. Your faithless love’s the only hoax I believe in.”
Overall, folklore is a downright masterpiece. It plays like an album I could listen to forever, and never tire of. The collaborative hand of the National’s Aaron Dessner is evident and so welcome throughout. In hindsight, folklore is the type of album that seems perfect to have made in our current time. Typically, Swift’s albums have been released in grand fashion, with several cryptic hints, videos, and singles proceeding… but this album has taken us back to the basics of great music in such a stripped-down moment in history. folklore is a (Polaroid) snap into creativity and remote collaboration at its finest, a sonic photo we can look back on and enjoy forevermore.
Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo by Beth Garrabrant
This morning, Taylor Swift announced she will be dropping her eight studio album, folklore, tonight at midnight!
Via social media, the talented songstress shared several details on the album’s creation. She outlined that eleven of the sixteen songs were co-written or co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. Also appearing with co-writing and vocal credit on a track is Bon Iver, while William Bowery had a hand in two of the album’s tracks. Who William Bowery is exactly remains to be seen (!!!), but one thing is for certain, Swifties are posting their theories in force online (some theories include Joni Mitchell and Taylor’s brother Austin). Also contributing to the album without surprise is Swift’s long-time collaborator, Jack Antonoff.
Swift additionally announced the forthcoming release of a new music video entitled “Cardigan”, which she wrote and directed. In our crazy pandemic time, Swift assured fans that the video was shot in a safe manner under the supervision of a medical inspector, with social distancing adhered to.
Ever the deliberate artist, Swift has made available not one, not two, but EIGHT different deluxe options to check out that come in both CD and vinyl format.
Be sure to pre-order one of the exclusive items from Taylor Swift’s online shop (there’s even a cozy cardigan!).
1. the 1
3. the last great american dynasty
4. exile (featuring Bon Iver)
5. my tears ricochet
9. this is me trying
10. illicit affairs
11. invisible string
12. mad woman
17. the lakes
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo by Beth Garrabrant
Rage Against The Machine have rescheduled the whole of their highly anticipated Public Service Announcement Tour in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band were set to tour the globe this Spring and Summer with the support of Run The Jewels, but instead are putting safety first and foremost.
The tour will now kick off on June 21st, 2021 in El Paso, Texas at Don Haskins Center. RATM’s two sold-out Detroit concerts that were scheduled for this July have been bumped to July 26th and 27th of 2021. Rage is scheduled to additionally appear at this year’s Coachella festival, which has been pushed back to October of this year.
Check out the full list of rescheduled dates below…
New Public Service Announcement Tour Dates:
6-03-21: El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
6-05-21: Las Cruces, New Mexico – Pan American Center
6-07-21: Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
6-11-21: Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
6-12-21: Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
6-15-21: Portland, OR – Moda Center
6-17-21: Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
6-19-21: Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Coliseum at PNE
6-21-21: Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
6-23-21: Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
6-25-21: Winnipeg, Manitoba – Bell MTS Place
7-02-21: Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
7-03-21: Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
7-05-21: Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
7-07-21: Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
7-09-21: St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
7-10-21: East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7-12-21: Chicago, IL – United Center
7-20-21: Hamilton, Ontario – FirstOntario Centre
7-22-21: Toronto, Ontario – ScotiaBank Arena
7-23-21 : Toronto, Ontario – ScotiaBank Arena
7-26-21: Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
7-27-21: Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
7-29-21: Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center. 08-06-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8-07-21: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8-09-21: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8-10-21: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8-12-21: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8-14-21: Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
8-15-21: Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
8-17-21: Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8-19-21: Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
8-20-21: Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Article by Tiffany Cuthrell
Featured and announcement photo courtesy of Rage Against The Machine’s Facebook page
Exceptional singer-songwriter Fiona Apple has released her first album in eight years entitled, Fetch The Bolt Cutters.
The notoriously private songstress (and fan of staying home) recorded the 13 magnificent tracks at her Venice Beach abode. Dog barks were welcomed and encouraged…
Throughout, the LP stays true to Apple’s undeniable musicality that sets her far and away from most artists on today’s radar. It is raw, yet deliberate. It is fluid, yet unyielding.
Apple takes the listener on a beautiful journey, remaining reflective on the past, observant of the present, and focused forward on the future. The album highlights found sounds, and wonderfully captures the ability of the human instrument in all capabilities.
The album starts off with a unique blend of percussion and electric blips, then muses strongly into Apple’s trademark piano. From the first line, any listener is sure to be encapsulated by Apple’s sharp and honest lyrics. As typical, she sings with unbridled, fearless passion to explore the power and ability of her voice. “I’ve waited many years, every print I left upon the track has led me here. And next year it’ll be clear this was only leading me to that, and by that time I hope that you love me”.
Apple has expressed that the line, “Fetch the bolt cutters” is more than the superficial escape from criminality,
but an encouragement to literally grab tools, and set yourself free from whatever situation is holding you back in life. In an interview with NPR, Apple expresses that the line was taken from Netflix’s drama The Fall. She explains that upon hearing the line, she wrote it on a blackboard and knew it would be the title of the album. The title track has a jazz feel that ebbs and flows effortlessly. A deep bass dances over homemade-sounding percussion, as Apple’s vocals lament resolve to frost it all off. “I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill, shoes that were not made for running up that hill. And I need to run up that hill, I need to run up that hill. I will, I will, I will, I will, I will.”
During “Under The Table”, Apple addresses a surely spirited dinner party. “Kick me under the table all you want, I won’t shut up”. The song is one of many that displays Apple’s glorious ability to layer both instrumentation and round lyrics that dance effortlessly together.
“Ladies” is endearing and warm. It holds true to the album’s underlying message to lift fellow ladies, instead of tearing them down. During the verses, Apple walks us through a tale that is easy to picture of moving on and writing a sort of love letter to the next girl, as opposed to lashing out toward the wrong party. “And oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. There’s a dress in the closet. Don’t get rid of it, you’d look good in it.”
In “Cosmonaut”, Apple explores the positives and negatives of a relationship, while the soaring vocals make it easy to visualize literally floating alone together in space. The song was originally written for 2012’s movie, This Is 40, but given a new go around for this album’s endeavor.
“For Her” is bold and beyond powerful. It starts with claps that trail into breathtaking harmonies from an army of ladies that seem to shine a vocal light directly on misogynistic culture. An important part of healing is articulation, and the line, “Well, good morning! Good morning! You raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in” does so like a razor blade.
The album closes out with the strongly percussive “On I Go”. Appropriately, the chant seemingly expresses Apple’s desire to live and she wants to live, and create as she wants to create. It welcomes the ending of this masterful collection of songs, but leaves the listener positive Apple will continue to live life on her own terms with a soundtrack entirely hers.
Overall, Fetch The Bolt Cutters does not disappoint in the slightest, and was well worth the wait. Here’s hoping Fiona Apple will announce a corresponding tour once the Coronavirus is safely behind us all. For now, I’m glad we’ve got a baker’s dozen brilliant new tracks to keep us company.
Fetch The Bolt Cutters Tracklist:
1. I Want You To Love Me
3. Fetch the Bolt Cutters
4. Under the Table
6. Rack of His
9. Heavy Balloon
11. For Her
13. On I Go
Review by : Tiffany Cuthrell
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