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
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