Monday, December 3, 2018

Queen, Adam Lambert Plot North American ‘Rhapsody’ Tour

One month after the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the highest-grossing music biopics of all-time, Queen capitalized on that momentum by plotting a North American tour with frontman Adam Lambert. The 23-date “Rhapsody” trek launches July 10th, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia and concludes August 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

General public tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 7th at 10 a.m. local time via Live Nation. Queen and Adam Lambert Fan Club pre-sales will run from 10 a.m. local time through 10 p.m. local time on Thursday, December 6th.

The band’s remaining co-founders, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, enthused about the jaunt in a statement. “This is a great opportunity,” May said. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!” Taylor added, “We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.”

Lambert, who first performed with Queen during the 2009 American Idol finale, teased the tour’s “visual spectacle” – featuring set design from Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architects, lighting design from Rob Sinclair and video content from Sam Pattinson of Treatment Studio. The band’s lineup will also feature keyboardist Spike Edney, bassist Neil Fairclough and percussionist Tyler Warren.

Queen have staged massive tours the past several years, including a 2017/2018 run in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Their latest arrives on the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody – starring Rami Malek as late frontman Freddie Mercury – which spawned a career-spanning soundtrack that peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 chart.

Queen 2019 Tour Dates

July 10, 2019 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
July 12 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
July 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
July 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
July 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
July 23 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 27 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 28 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
July 30 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
August 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
August 4 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
August 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 9 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 10 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
August 15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
August 18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
August 20 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
August 22 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
August 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center

Listen to a brand new Earl Sweatshirt song called ‘The Mint’

It'll feature on 'Some Rap Songs', the follow-up to the LA rapper's 2015 LP 'I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside'

Earl Sweatshirt has announced his first album in three years, titled ‘Some Rap Songs’ – listen to his new single ‘The Mint’ below.

Earl’s latest return to action was first previewed earlier this month by the surprise release of the single ‘Nowhere2go’, sparking speculation that the long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 album ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ was imminent.

The rapper has now confirmed that his next project will go by the name ‘Some Rap Songs’, and it’s set for release next week on November 30. In a statement, Earl confirmed that the album will address the recent death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile.

“Me and my dad had a relationship that’s not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,” Earl said. “Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it’s literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.”

Earl has previewed ‘Some Rap Songs’ with the release today (November 20) of the Navy Blue-featuring single ‘The Mint’.

‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ followed 19 months on from his debut solo studio album, 2013’s ‘Doris’. His break-out mixtape ‘Earl’ was released back in 2010.

Earl gave his first live performance in some time last month during a star-studded memorial concert for Mac Miller, who passed away on September 7. The two rappers were close friends and collaborators.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

10 Record Store Day Black Friday titles we’d like to own

The day after Thanksgiving is now synonymous with shopping deals, so it makes sense that Record Store Day — which has being pointing consumers to local independent shops for 10 years — would expand from the weekend after Tax Day to Black Friday as well. The selection of exclusive items is nowhere as robust as it is in April, but they do always have a few items that pique our interest. (As much as we like Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billy Joe, which are all being reissued, it’s not hard to find affordable vintage copies, so they didn’t make the cut.) We sifted through the list to find 10 RSD Black Friday items we’d actually like to own. Check out our list below — what items do you have your eye on?

David Axelrod – Pride & Earth Rot

Producer / arranger / composer David Axelrod’s great 1968 album Song of Innocence was reissued for Record Store Day back in April and now comes two other records: his third album for Capitol, 1970’s concept LP Earth Rot, as well as the album he made with his son, Michael, under the name Pride. Earth Rot is completely bananas with Axelrod mixing, in his own words, “contemporary music with ancient yet timely words set to the theme of ecology.” It’s a real trip. Pride, meanwhile, takes a psychedelic slant on folk rock and baroque pop.

Catherine Wheel – Like Cats and Dogs

OG shoegazers Catherine Wheel don’t seem to get the cred bands like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive do, but their ’90s run, which included college radio hits “Black Metallic” and “Crank,” holds up well. This is the first-ever pressing of 1996 compilation Like Cats and Dogs, which contains single mixes, b-sides, covers (Pink Floyd, Rush), and other rarities. Drawing mostly from the Chrome era, the b-sides here show off a soft, delicate side of the band — the presence of Talk Talk’s Tim Friese-Greene, who produced much of the band’s early record, is really felt here.

Cornelius – Ripple Waves

Japanese cult artist Cornelius, who returned with his first new album in a decade last year, compiles an LP’s worth of unreleased songs, live recordings and more, including their NPR Tiny Desk concert, and remixes and reworks by two members of Yellow Magic Orchestral (Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono), Beach Fossils, and more.

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Picture Disc)

In indie rock circles, Devo need no introduction (though they may still be “the band with the funny hats who wrote ‘Whip It'” to many others), and their 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! still sounds and timeless and innovative today. And though many of Devo’s best songs were still to come, their debut remains their finest front-to-back album. So it’s exciting news that you can now own this piece of art punk/new wave history on picture disc for the first time ever.

Iggy & The Stooges – Rare Power

The Stooges’ third album Raw Power is their loudest, most furious, and — no pun intended — their rawest, and its influence on the sound and aesthetic of punk is obvious from the album’s first couple chords. It remains hugely influential today, and even with decades of heavy music to compete with, it still rips harder than most albums ever. For RSD Black Friday, Sony Legacy is releasing Rare Power, which collects rare tracks from the album’s sessions. “Eight of these nine outtakes and alternate mixes are available on vinyl for the first time,” and Rare Power also includes the first-ever commercial release of Josh Mobley’s remix of “Gimme Danger” (that was heard in the Watch Dogs video game).

Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (with bonus LP)

Very few bands that fit into the “gothic metal” umbrella had the commercial success that Brooklyn’s own Type O Negative experienced after the release of Bloody Kisses, and even less with that description were able to reach that height without also being Hot Topic mall pop in disguise. Twenty five years have passed since Type O Negative debuted their new sound and videos on MTV that brought ex-Carnivore frontman, genius and future Playgirl centerfold Peter Steele’s newer band from L’Amour to a massive (and often goth) audience. And it’s been over eight years since ‘The Green Man’ left this earth, but Type O feel even more important and respected than ever — especially in the metal world — thus making it a perfect time for this 3-LP expanded reissue on green (natch) vinyl. The third LP is comprised of bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl, which by the way you can get signed by two members (one of which actually played on the album, and the other who played its songs live countless times) at Generation Records in NYC from 3-5pm on Friday. Also pick up the Type O Negative / Trivium split 7″ RSD exclusive while you’re there (it has Trivium covering Type O’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” on one side, and the original on the other.) Rest in Peace, Petrus.

Various Artists – 3 x 4: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade

Four of the most famous groups from Los Angeles’ early-’80s “Paisley Underground” scene take on each others’ songs on this double LP. Among the songs here: The Bangles take on The Three O’Clock’s classic “Jet Fighter”; The Dream Syndicate cover The Bangles’ early hit “Hero Takes a Fall”; The Three O’Clock cover The Dream Syndicate’s “Tell me When It’s Over”; and Rain Parade take on The Bangles’ “Real World.” Maybe next year someone can reissue the great Rainy Day albumwhich featured members of all those bands covering Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and more.

Paul Williams – Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas Original Soundtrack

Beloved Jim Henson Muppets special Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas has been a holiday tradition for 40 years, offering up a down-home, otter-based spin on the classic “Gift of the Magi” story. The soundtrack is loaded with great original songs by Paul Williams, who wrote The Muppet Movie songs, as well as Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” The Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” and more (like The Love Boat Theme), but it’s never been released in any form until now.

Würm – Exhumed

Before Chuck Dukowski teamed up with Greg Ginn to form Black Flag, he played in the metal band Würm, who briefly reunited a few times in the early ’80s and released some music on Ginn’s SST Records. For RSD Black Friday, they’re releasing Exhumed, a compilation featuring their out-of-print album Feast, plus unreleased songs, demos, live tracks, and other rarities. It also includes liner notes by Dukowski and never-before-seen photos. If you like the metal direction Black Flag went in on My War (which Dukowski helped write but didn’t perform on) and haven’t checked out Würm, that’s worth changing and this comp will be a great place to start (and of course longtime fans should find it just as desirable).

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (Picture Disc)

Harmony-laden baroque/psych pop as we know it wouldn’t exist without The Zombies’ 1968 classic Odessey and Oracle. Home to their gigantic single “Time of the Season” and 11 other just-as-good-or-better songs, it rivaled The Beatles and The Beach Boys and paved the path for The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and tons of other bands who make trippy, lush pop. For the first time ever, it’s being released on picture disc.

And not sure if we’d “like to own” this one but…

Weezer – Africa (Africa Shaped Picture Disc)

In what is either the greatest or the absolute worse release of RSD Black Friday, Weezer are releasing their strangely popular cover of Toto’s “Africa” on a picture disc that is… shaped like Africa. It also includes their cover of Toto’s “Rosanna” on the flip. Bless the rains.

For more highlights, check out the one featuring exclusively heavier titles at Invisible Oranges. Full list at RSD’s site.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Uncle Frank Drops Latest Single & Lyric Video “HEY!”

Coming off their latest October release with “Looking For a Home” following 2017’s “Love Lion” album, Uncle Frank are back with the infectious riff laden single “HEY!”!

“HEY!” is 3 minutes of pop magic that'll get in your head and onto your playlist.

“Yes I am nasty that is true... but I can give you that Boogly Boo!”

With a monster arrangement that harks to INXS' glorious 'Kick' album, Uncle Frank bring the vibe.

Hey! is the first of a line up of Uncle Frank singles that will be released every month up to their forthcoming album 'Soul On The Battleground' expected in March 2019.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Christoph de Babalon debuts on Alter with Hectic Shakes EP

The veteran producer brings his murky drones and brutal breakbeats to the London-based label.

Christoph de Babalon will make his debut on Alter with a new four-track EP Hectic Shakes, which will arrive early next year.

The EP revisits the frenetic breakcore and dark ambience with which the producer made his name on labels such as Digital Hardcore and Fat Cat Records, and references the “eerie in-between spaces of vintage Unit Moebius or Deutsch Nepal.”

Christoph de Babalon broke onto the scene with his 1997 cult album If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It, and has since released a steady stream of projects on Digital Hardcore, Fat Cat, V I S and his own label Cross Fader Enter Trainment.

Hectic Shakes arrives on January 18, 2019, and is available to preorder now. Check out the cover art and tracklist below.


01. ‘Harakiri’
02. ‘Endless Inside’
03. ‘Shivers and Shakes’
04. ‘Raw Mind’

16 year old Singer/Songwriter/Producer Angelo David on the rise as Next Big Pop/Alternative Star

With so many young up-and-coming singer/songwriters in the Pop/Alternative world nowadays, it takes real genuine talent to stand out amongst the crowd and have the music world take notice. But that was just the case for Angelo David, who at only 16 has been writing and producing dynamic new tracks that brought him to performing for sold-out crowds and catch the ear of Britney Spears’ music Director Marc Delcore in 2013. Now with an EP and multiple singles under his belt including his latest “This Place” and the soon-to-be-released “The Inside”, he’s continuing to write and produce hot new tracks.

With a unique ability to convert his personal experiences to powerful lyrics and catchy musical transitions - singer/songwriter, producer, and keyboard player Angelo David began writing socially conscious songs at only 8 yrs old in his native Boston, MA.

The Britney Spears’ Las Vegas band backed Angelo at the Topsfield Fair in 2013 and he performed at Webster Hall in New York City in 2015. In September of 2017, Angelo headlined the Hard Rock stage in Boston to a sold out crowd. Over the past five years, Angelo has performed at festivals, charity events, and award shows.

Angelo released his first EP in 2013, along with his first music videos, “House Is Burning Down” (a song about being bullied) and “Mirror” (an introspection). On June 8, 2013, “House is Burning Down” trended at #4 worldwide on YouTube as one of the most popular music videos around the web. Catching the ear of Marc Delcore, music director for Britney Spears, Delcore offered to produce Angelo’s next single, “Heard it at Sunset,” a moving song about the Boston Marathon bombing. The song and video were released at the one-year anniversary of the bombing with all proceeds to benefit the One Fund.

His musical and acting talents have also been recognized by film festivals internationally. In 2014, “Heard it at Sunset” won Best Music Video at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival and “Mirror” won Best Music Video at the Indian Cine Film Festival in Mumbai, India. In 2015, Angelo’s music video “Lonely” won Best Music Video at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

In 2017, Angelo was asked to write a song about togetherness for the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization to benefit unemployed coal miner families in Kentucky and West Virginia who are struggling with depression and opioid addiction. He’s also been interviewed by NBC-10 TV, WSVN-TV Miami, Dirty Water TV, WBZ radio, the Boston Globe, GoodMusicAllDay, One Magazine, and other publications.

While he frequently continues to release new singles, including the upcoming “The Inside”, it’s certain that Angelo David is a rising talent that will continue to take the Pop Music world by storm!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets expand North American tour

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets — the Pink Floyd drummer’s new group who perform music from Syd Barrett-era albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets — have expanded their first-ever North American tour, adding second LA and NYC shows, as well as a Philly show. The first LA and NYC shows have sold out.

The second LA show happens March 17 at The Wiltern, the second NYC show happens April 19 at Beacon Theatre, and the Philly show happens April 20 at The Met. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/16) at 10 AM PST, 10 AM EST, and 9 AM EST, respectively, with presales starting Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM local time.

Mason’s band also includes Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, Lee Harris of Ian Dury & the Blockheads, composer Dom Beken (who frequently collaborated with Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright) and Guy Pratt, who became Floyd’s bass player in the post-Waters era.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets – 2019 North American tour dates

Monday, November 12, 2018

CupcakKe drops new album Eden

Her second album of 2018.

Chicago rapper CupcakKe has dropped a new album, Eden, which is available to stream and download now. The LP follows the exceptional Ephorize. Earlier this year she released the singles ‘Quiz’ and ‘Blackjack’.

Eden is out now. Check out the incredible album artwork and tracklist:

01. ‘PetSmart’
02. ‘Cereal and Water’
03. ‘Quiz’
04. ‘Garfield’
05. ‘Dangled’
06. ‘Starbucks’
07. ‘Typo’
08. ‘Prenup’
09. ‘Blackjack’
10. ‘Fabric’
11. ‘Don’t Post Me’
12. ‘A.U.T.I.S.M’