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

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

Incredible Irish songsmith Hozier has returned with a new album that is music to our ears.

Hozier is a gentleman who pulls from his roots… who appreciates the sounds that came before him, and that studious nature shows. Without question, “Wasteland, Baby!” is a nod to not only the greats, but his own evolution as an artist. “Wasteland, Baby!” is not an album that fears change, but instead embraces it. The instant gem is one that found Hozier exploring more layered and textured sounds. The album also pleasantly surprised me with Hozier’s repeated use of the F word (bold and powerful, dear sir!). The lyrics touch on both dark and light subject matter, a perfect refrain for life itself.
Hozier’s church was dismissed after the exhaustive touring that followed his 2014 debut album and (thank god) we are all in session, raising our musical hands again.

Up tempo tracks like “Almost (Sweet Music)” and “Nobody” get our feet tapping, and slower, sensual jams like “Movement” and hit right in the feels. No matter what the song, Hozier’s undeniable talent shines through. His vocals soar the entire album, be it in a direct lyric, or a beautiful chorus of layered vocals.

In true Hozier fashion, “Wasteland, Baby!” is packed with exceptional lyrics, and musicality that can stand up to the best of the best.
Hozier poetically articulates love on the deepest level, better than most of us could, and our world is better for having his voice.

“There’s no plan, there’s no race to be run
The harder the pain honey, the sweeter the song
There’s no plan, there’s no kingdom to come
But I’ll be your man if you’ve got love to get done”

The masterful musician’s knowledge and respect for rock and blues shines throughout the album as well, especially with his shout out track, “Nina Cried Power”. The album’s lead single also features the tremendous Mavis Staples. Together they belt out an anthem for the ages, perfect for these tumultuous times we find ourselves in.
Hozier’s homeland is well-represented through “Shrike”‘s beautiful harmony.

“Remember me love when I’m reborn
as the shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn”

The album is perfect for a long walk, an evening at home, a night with your love, or a long drive… In other words, pretty much anything. Like his first album, the cover art is masterfully painted by Hozier’s talented mother, Raine Hozier-Byrne.

Whether the album arrived at fan’s doorsteps via post, our inboxes to download, or through a trip to our local record store, “Wasteland, Baby!” has absolutely been worth the five year wait.

Hozier will be touring the US throughout the summer. Whilst singing, stomping and strumming, he will make a stop at the Fillmore in Detroit on May 28th.

Tracklist:

1. Nina Cried Power
2. Almost (Sweet Music)
3. Movement
4. No Plan
5. Nobody
6. To Noise Making (Sing)
7. As It Was
8. Shrike
9. Talk
10. Be
11. Dinner & Diatribes
12. Would That I
13. Sunlight
14. Wasteland, Baby!

Album review by: Tiffany Cuthrell

Warsaw, Indiana’s finest, Surprise Asteroid are here with a brand new track entitled “Speak”.

Surprise Asteroid is an ever-evolving collaborative effort, driven by talented singer / songwriter, Grant Reigner. Grant not only penned the song’s lyrics, but also played all of the instrumentation for “Speak”. The song also features background vocals by Joby Adams and Michael Burke.
According to Reigner, the song is a response to a higher power and the place we instinctively turn to when our backs are against the wall. “We crave independence and defy authority, both real and perceived. But as soon as we feel out of control or crushed by a burden we can’t bear, the first we thing we turn to is authority. A higher power is somehow necessary for our survival, and ‘Speak’ describes the struggle and pull of each of the two clashing emotions.”

As far as musicality goes, the song starts by catching listeners with a lovely and memorable acoustic riff. Quickly, the song is well-layered to include percussion, drum, and electric guitar. “Speak” presents very open, honest, and relatable lyrics, as well as terrific instrumentation the whole song through. The chorus is carried by a medley that would make even Weezer proud.
The song closes out with the same riff that drew us in.

“Speak” is a reflection of hard work, and passion for music. The time and production spent on the song absolutely shows. Surprise Asteroid’s hope is to unite folks both in the creative process of songwriting, as well as through listening enjoyment.

The single is making its debut today, and is presently available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Google Play.
Be sure to give “Speak” a listen, and keep a weather eye on the horizon for more to come from this great band.

 

 

Review by : Tiffany Cuthrell