It’s been a decade since Canadian post-rock heroes Godspeed You! Black Emperor teamed up with Vancouver dance troupe the Holy Body Tattoo for the 2005 piece monumental. Next year, monumental is set to return to the stage. The collaborators had already confirmed that the piece would be coming to Quebec City’s Grand Théâtre de Québec on April 15, 2016. Now, they’ve confirmed another, earlier performance: January 28 at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. This is part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Excitingly, a press release from PuSh notes that this…
Record Store Day is usually reserved for vinyl, but this past April, KMD’s legendary lost album Black Bastards was reissued as a unique CD box with children’s pop-up book packaging. Next, that album from DOOM’s old group is set to get a lavish vinyl pressing. It’s due out September 14 through Metal Face Records. While this isn’t the album’s first vinyl pressing, it is the fanciest: the album is split across two records, one of them red and the other one a picture disc showing the character from the album cover. This all comes with a 32-page booklet and is housed in a pop-up-style…
The Black Eyed Peas‘ new manager is Scooter Braun. Braun manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, CL, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy, Martin Garrix, and many more.
BMG has appointed Peter Stack Executive Vice President of Global Catalogue Recordings. BMG acquired Stack’s company Union Square Music seven months ago.
Sony Nashville has named Randy Goodman Chairman and CEO. Goodman will be taking over for Gary Overton. Ken Robold and Steve Hodges have been appointed Executive Vice Presidents. Robold is now Chief Operating Officer and Hodges will be in charge of artist development and promotion.
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Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act — which allows businesses to refuse service to anyone based on religious beliefs — has sparked a massive outcry from the LGBT community and beyond, and now 50 musical acts are all uniting against the bill. The artists have joined together for the compilation 50 Bands & a Cat for Indiana Equality. It’s coming out through Indiana’s own Joyful Noise Recordings label, and the cat referred to in the title is viral internet sensation Lil BUB. The comp contains a mixture of unreleased or rare cuts, along with more…
The Black Crowes will apparently shake their money makers no more. Founding guitarist Rich Robinson has just announced that a fiscally minded ultimatum delivered by his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, has forced him to leave the project, thus bringing an end to the Southern rock band. “It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of the Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up,” the six-stringer said in a statement. According to Rich, he’s backed…
Bluesy arena rock duo the Black Keys recently wrapped up an enormous world tour. It’s probably for the better that they don’t hit the road again until early next month, as drummer Patrick Carney has dislocated his shoulder. As TMZ reports, the drummer was swimming in St. Barths, and a giant wave slammed him into the ocean floor. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors reset his shoulder under anesthesia. Carney is no longer in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, though he’s still in pain. The drummer documented his injury with a pair of Instagram…
Our Music/Video Roundup returns this week with an incredible amount of variety, full of the week’s most popular album streams, music videos, singles, remixes and more. Take a look at our picks below, and be sure to stop by our Music/Video section for more new music and videos every day.
Michigan melodic death metal outfit the Black Dahlia Murder are exploring their punk side on an all-cover 7-inch EP. Grind ‘Em All finds the group putting their cover song skills to the test in taking on tunes from Gyga, Sedition, and Canada’s Left for Dead, and you can stream it all now.
As they gear up to go on a world tour, Newfoundland folk trio the Once have premiered a video for “We Are All Running.” Shot over the course of a touring adventure, the visuals are full of band footage from the stage and from the road.
Continuing along Canada’s eastern seaboard, folk duo Fortunate Ones have delivered visuals full of East Coast imagery for their tune “The Bliss.” Elsewhere, Toronto alt-rock quartet the Dying Arts have put together a music video right from their practice space for the dark and distorted “Bed Spins.”
Finally, Afie Jurvanen has released visuals for his Bahamas single “All the Time.” To emphasize the laid-back mood of the lyrics, the video runs in ultra-slow motion.
In search of more? Take a look at our Music/Video section for new singles, streams, videos and more.
Before filling up on Halloween candy this week, take time to populate your playlists with new tunes. But if you’re unsure what to add, let our New Release Roundup help guide the way. If you’re looking for even more, though, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section.
After capturing the attention of hip-hop obsessives last year, the dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike have delivered their second record under their Run the Jewels moniker. In a truly decisive fashion, our reviewer says the men have “seized the crown of Best Rap Album of 2014 and sped off, getaway-style, into the black night” with their sophomore release. Read our review to find out what new heights the two-man team have taken their craft to this time around.
Gothenburg melodic metallers At the Gates have returned with their first record in nearly two decades, At War with Reality. The group work well in reincorporating what our reviewer calls the “progressive melancholy” of their earlier material, with the emotional weight of the new tracks only being accentuated by a certain desperation in frontman Tomas Lindberg’s vocal performance.
Detroit native Black Milk continues to demonstrate an improvement behind the mic on his latest record, If There’s a Hell Below. Now residing in Dallas, his fifth studio LP casts a look back at his childhood growing up in the Motor City, touching on subjects such as losing his innocence and his hometown’s techno lore.
Released only six months after their well-received debut, Montreal-based quintet Ought show no signs of slowing with their latest EP Once More with Feeling…. Despite being a collection of their pre-Constellation Records material, the result is surprisingly eclectic for a four-track release.
,br> Elsewhere, Canadian music vet Daniel Lanois has opted to revisit his past ambient works with his latest release, Flesh and Machine. Not your typical electronic music album, the ever-inventive Lanois built the collection of sonics from manipulating real instruments such as guitars, piano, bass, drums and the human voice.
Finally, classic metalcore outfit Unearth have returned with a new drummer, record label and album in the form of Watchers of Rule. On top of newcomer Nick Pierce’s well-executed work behind the kit, the group’s latest release is full of “pumping chugs, Iron Maiden-esque harmonic leads and some of the beefiest breakdowns this side of Y2K.”
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Here we are once again to look back, gather up and make sense of the news week that was. If you feel something might have flown under your radar, here’s your chance to catch back up.
First off, it was straight-up huge week for new album announcements. Leading the pack, though, was none other than the long-absent Sleater-Kinney, who announced No Cities to Love. The album marks the trio’s first since 2005’s The Woods, meaning it’s indeed been a decade since we last heard from Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss.
Also on the new album front, Panda Bear finally revealed his anticipated Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (and released an EP in the meantime), while the Decemberists announced they will soon return with What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. On top of that, Flea shed light on the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Hooded Fang teased a new LP and Danzig revealed he too has a new studio album on the way — not to mention a a new track for The Walking Dead.
In other news, U2 further apologized for their Apple rollout and revealed their Danger Mouse album may never see the light of day, Chief Keef was dropped by Interscope, Klaxons may be done (or at least in regards to touring), and At the Gates and Converge are teaming up for a joint roadtrip.
And last but not least, Record Store Day revealed its full list of exclusives for its upcoming Black Friday event.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club member Leah Shapiro has some rather tough times ahead of her, as the drummer has announced that she’s having brain surgery. In a statement on Facebook, she revealed that she is suffering from something called Chiari malformations, which she explains as “structural defects in part of the brain and skull which control balance and other functions.” This has given her “dizziness, insomnia, headaches, tingling/numbness in my hands, stiff neck & pain” in recent weeks. Now that the doctors have caught it, there is a surgery that is “usually effective.” Shapiro…Read More