To celebrate the inauguration of our nation’s 46th President, Joe Biden, Sir Sly has released a brand new song entitled “Citizen”. The track features the exceptionally talented Gary Clark Jr.
After the tremendous shift in power with a divisive lean toward justice and equality, “Citizen” is a wonderful voice to mirror not only where we are coming from, but what we can move on from. From the darkness of the previous years and a debilitating pandemic, now is the perfect time for artists to reflect, look ahead, and lend voice to those that have attempted to be silenced.
“Citizen” is profound, emotional, deliberate, delightful, and most of all, important. With a beat as groovy as the LBC, the track masterfully blends vocals, various instruments, and poignant lyrics to set a stellar tone.
Vocalist frontman Landon Jacobs commented on “Citizen” stating, “‘Stay out of politics’ is something that a lot of people comment on the internet these days. No one wants their beloved musicians, athletes, actors, etc. to say anything political. But how can we not write honestly about the world around us? “Citizen” is a song aimed at shutting down this notion of keeping quiet…. I’m inspired by the people protesting in the streets, the POC leading the charge to dismantle white supremacy, and the other voices speaking out about the myriad of issues we are faced with in 2021. “Citizen” was written shortly after his election and is released to the world as a farewell to perhaps the worst and most divisive president in US history.”
Landon also added that after first crossing paths with Gary years back at the BottleRock festival in California, he came to mind as the needed finishing touch for “Citizen”. Gary’s free-flowing style is a perfect accompaniment, to say the very least.
Lyrically, the song begins building toward a fearlessness to speak up, and to not be a perfect citizen. It bridges toward a verse jabbing directly at the previous chaotic, white supremacist-filled four years.
“Little red hat, signal white pride
What you thinkin’, what you thinkin’?
White lies, sign of the times
What’s the dream that you’ve been dreaming?
You will never make anything great again, and you’re not my friend
Can I get an amen?”
Be sure to check out the full song (with powerful visualizer) via the YouTube link below!
Featured photo courtesy of Sir Sly, preview by Tiffany Cuthrell
Detroit’s own After The Money Is Gone (ATMIG) is back with a brand new single, just in time for the new year and a fresh start.
The terrific song, which drops today, is entitled “Ah Hah” and is available on all streaming platforms.
“Ah Hah” was composed during quarantine, and is a wonderfully welcome reflection for our chaotic 2020 year.
With the Coronavirus pandemic touching the entire globe, the gorgeous music emerging from the shadows is a breathtaking rainbow at the end of a very dark tunnel.
The song welcomes the listener with beautiful acoustic guitar, soon joined by percussion and vocals.
Vocalist Tobias Lipski sets the stage, as Julia Hickling sweeps in with accents setting the perfect tone while the story begins. Tobias and Julia’s voices blend and compliment each other in the kind of way that lets you know a band was destined to come together.
The lyrics paint, “Every day at your front door is a smiling face hiding the predator, ah hah… What makes them feel alive is what makes you bleed, beautiful dependency”. Bass, and electric guitar eventually amalgamate, rounding out the song’s incredible sound.
“Ah Hah” exquisitely presents a powerful commentary on companies that capitalize on customer needs and desperation, while still giving voice to so many who have been taken advantage of.
The poignant lyrics make it easy to look back on some of this year’s worst and ugliest moments, brought forth by nothing but sheer greed and selfishness.
With a key change, the band lays down pure poetry…
“Let’s engineer our mother, keep water from our brothers.
Point the finger when it hits the fan.
Let’s make them suffer, blame one another.
Sell the poison, hide the cure.”
Before the final “Ah Hah” chorus, the band delivers one final, impactful line. “…and as you step on me, I’m stepping on the ones deserving of this song – ah hah”.
During a special stream to celebrate “Ah Hah”, ATMIG will be performing a brand new track called “Quiet”. The stream will take place tonight at 10 PM, and gives an insider glance showing the band’s chemistry translating seamlessly from studio to stage. I feel very grateful to have gotten a behind the scenes peak at some of the stream, and it was a true joy to witness the band in action. I can promise you, the forthcoming stream is one you won’t want to miss!
“Quiet” is sure to be another tremendous example that the sky is the limit for ATMIG as they continue to grow, create, and put forth an effortlessly cohesive sound.
As 2020 comes to a close, we can all take comfort in knowing not only are we all in this together, but lovely songs like “Ah Hah” can carry us with some new perspective into the year ahead. ATMIG is hoping to play shows in Chicago and New York over the coming year. Music lovers are joining the band in keeping their fingers crossed that concerts can return in 2021.
Be sure to follow ATMIG on Facebook for updates, and please also visit their official site (which has some awesome merch, too!)
Give “Ah Hah” a listen below.
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of ATMIG
Taylor Swift has announced the surprise release of her 9th studio album, evermore. The album is set to drop tonight at midnight, and will be the sister album to her massively successful previous release, folklore.
In a post on her social media platforms, Taylor reflects, “To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”
Notably, as Taylor expresses, her albums have always been pieces that stand alone, and are clearly their own entity. After one era, she plans and moves on to the next. folklore was clearly a very special exception, and I personally cannot wait to wander deeper into those musical woods.
folklore had contributions by the pens of Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, William Bowery (who is actually Joe Alwyn!), and Justin Vernon. The post previews, “We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…”
evermore is available for pre-order now at taylorswift.com.
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of Beth Garrabrant
Run The Jewels debuted a new music video for epic track, “No Save Point” from their contribution to the game Cyberpunk 2077.
The futuristic video, which premiered at the Adult Swim Festival on Friday, nods to characters and themes in the game, including the Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City. Killer Mike and El-P are featured in the game as talented alter-ego duo, Yankee and the Brave. Other cameos include Keanu Reeves, A$AP Rocky, Grimes and more.
The first-person action game is set to drop on December 10th after many COVID setbacks, and will be available on multiple platforms including Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and 5, Stadia, Xbox One, as well as Xbox Series X/S.
Check out the hard-hitting track below, as well as RTJ chatting with Adult Swim about the game and new song.
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, Illustration by Mad Dog Jones and Tim Saccenti
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
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
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