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.
1. Nina Cried Power
2. Almost (Sweet Music)
4. No Plan
6. To Noise Making (Sing)
7. As It Was
11. Dinner & Diatribes
12. Would That I
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
Michigan natives, Greta Van Fleet have been nominated for an impressive four Grammys. Their list of nods include the coveted best new artist, best rock album for EP “From The Fires”, best rock performance for the unmistakable “Highway Tune”, and best rock song for “Black Smoke Rising”.
The nominations come on the heels of their explosive debut album, “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”, and lead the rock music community.
Though only in their late teens and early 20’s, these gentleman posses an unmatched talent that not only meets but exceeds all of the hype that has trailed the band through 2018.
Greta Van Fleet is presently on tour, and will be making three sold out stops at Detroit’s Fox Theatre later this month.
Words and photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Musical masters, The Faint have announced a brand new album entitled “Egowerk”. The forthcoming LP will be released on March 15th of next year, and houses 11 tracks.
The band’s last release, “Capsule: 1999-2016” was appropriately a collection of songs spanning The Faint’s career, in addition to 3 new tracks. One of which, “Young & Realistic”, is set to appear on “Egowerk”.
“Egowerk” is now available for pre-order. In addition, as a grateful gesture, the band released some limited edition materials via PledgeMusic such as signed posters, drumsticks, lyric sheets, and even a keyboard key.
Fans are excitedly standing by (myself included) to hear the album in its entirety.
Be sure to check out the video for the album’s lead single, “Child Asleep”, which is streaming now.
1 Child Asleep
2 Chameleon Nights
3 Life’s a Joke
4 Alien Angel
6 Own My Eyes
7 Source of the Sun
8 Another World
9 Quench the Flame
10 Young & Realistic
Words by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of The Faint
Ford Arts Beats & Eats is celebrating its 21st year of talent and fun, lighting up the Detroit suburb of downtown Royal Oak, Michigan.
Arts Beats & Eats is perpetually filled with great music, delicious food, and art from all over the map, surely supplying a little something for everyone.
With nine total stages on the docket, big names will hit the musical scene with the likes of AWOLNATION, Matt Nathanson, Everclear, Eddie Money, Rival Sons, Ben Folds, classic sounds from The Spinners, and so much more. Local metro Detroit area musicians will be showcased as well, further making Arts Beats & Eats an event the area can feel represented by and truly proud of. There will even be a Detroit Institute of Arts kids’ stage, ensuring family fun for all ages.
Be sure to catch all of the action over Labor Day weekend, with Arts Beats & Eats spanning from Friday August 31st to Labor Day Monday September 3rd.
For full event details, visit the festival’s website at http://artsbeatseats.com
Preview and featured photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Hozier, the Irish gentleman responsible for mega-hit “Take Me To Church” has announced a welcome US tour.
It’s been mostly all quiet on the Hozier front for the last couple of years, with the talented artist hinting at upcoming music via several social media posts. Hozier, whose full name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, was last seen in the states touring in support of his exceptional debut album of the same moniker, which was released in 2014.
The musician announced the tour via Facebook,Twitter and Instagram with a post that read in part, “Very excited to announce the upcoming North American tour for later in the year which will coincide with the releasing of new work. The completion of the record is fast approaching and I’m eager to share it with everyone.”
Ticket presale is slated for June 14th, while general sale begins on June 15th.
For further details, check out Hozier.com.
All North American tour dates are listed below…
09/15: CityFolk Festival Ottawa, ON
09/18: L’Olympia Montreal, QC
09/19: Rebel Complex Toronto, ON
09/21: Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
09/22-23: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Franklin, TN
09/24: Beacon Theatre New York, NY
10/01: House of Blues Boston, MA
10/02: Lincoln Theatre Washington D.C.
10/03: The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
10/05-7: Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX
10/08: The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
10/12-14: Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX
10/14: The Marquee Tempe, AZ
10/15: The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
10/16: Fox Theater Oakland, CA
10/18: The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
10/19-20: Roseland Theater Portland, OR
10/22: Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, BC
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of Hozier