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Broadway Star Norbert Leo Butz Goes from the Stage to the Recording Studio

For more than two decades, Norbert Leo Butz has made a name for himself as one of New York’s most versatile and accomplished stage actors. The two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical (one of only nine actors to have won this award twice) has graced the stage in shows such as My Fair Lady, Big Fish, Enron, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, Rent, and many more.

Dominic Sen explores the female gaze in new single ‘What It Is’ | Debut LP out 18th October on Roll Call Records

‘What It Is’ is Dominic Sen’s second single from their terrestrial debut ‘Visitor’ out on October 18 on Roll Call Records. It follows previous single ‘Hear Me’, acting as yet another vignette from the love story, space opera, and thought experiment that is ‘Visitor’. The album tells the tale of Tal Naata, a biologically human female coming from a distant and socially progressive civilisation to study Earth. Taking Tal Naata’s story as their prism, Sen casts our own primitive ideas of gender, duality and social cohesion back at us through shimmering, crystalline pop that pays homage to our recent past.

The Last Waltz Tour announced feat. Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson and more

Robbie Robertson, Sebastian Robertson, and Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents are thrilled to announce the return of the highly acclaimed The Last Waltz Tour. This epic tour captures the excitement of The Band’s historic 1976 Thanksgiving concert at the famed Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco hailed as one of the greatest rock concerts of all time.

Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson, Jamey Johnson Lead Last Waltz Tour

R.E.M.’s Monster 25th Anniversary edition set for Nov 1 ~ advance single “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix)” out today

Craft Recordings is excited to announce a 25th anniversary reissue of R.E.M.’s acclaimed ninth album, Monster. Remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, the title will be available on various physical formats, as well as digitally, on November 1. A five-CD, one-Blu-ray deluxe box set will include the original album, a special 2019 remix from Monster producer Scott Litt, a CD of previously unreleased demos from the album and a complete live 1995 performance captured in Chicago. The accompanying Blu-ray will offer Monster in both hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as a host of video content: the 90-minute film Road Movie, which documents R.E.M.’s 1995 tour, and all six music videos from Monster. The collection will be packaged in a five-and-a-half-inch portfolio book, featuring liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua—with new insight from band members—and archival photographs. An expanded edition of Monster, offering the original album and the 2019 remixed version, will also be available on two 180-gram vinyl LPs or two CDs, both featuring reimagined cover art by longtime R.E.M. designer Chris Bilheimer. The remastered album will also be available as a standalone 180-gram vinyl LP, with Bilheimer’s original Monster art.

Stoner-Prog Trio APE SHIFTER Announces First-Ever North American Tour Featuring Bass Legend Stu Hamm

German-based progressive-stoner rock trio APE SHIFTER will debut on North American shores this fall, featuring the extraordinary lineup of APE SHIFTER leader/guitarist Jeff Aug, legendary bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Jeremy Colson.

Stu Hamm, whose resume includes performing with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Caifanes, says, “I have known Jeff and his music for years, and Jeremy and I are going to KICK THE SHIT out of this music on the APE SHIFTER tour!”

Stoner-Prog Trio APE SHIFTER Announces First-Ever North American Tour Featuring Bass Legend Stu Hamm

Groundbreaking 360 VR video from The Power Station at Berklee NYC and Bandits on the Run

Bandits on the Run have joined forces with The Power Station at BerkleeNYC to create “The Ballad of Bonnie Jean,” an immersive 360 experience where the audience finds themselves at the center of all elements, being surrounded by the music featuring spatial, ambisonic audio. When a viewer rotates the video by moving a mobile device, dragging the picture on a computer, or moving their head while wearing VR goggles, the sound field also rotates.


Powerhouse singer/songwriter Mark Erelli has unveiled brand new single “Her Town Now,” a deceptively lighthearted tune about processing the unraveling of a relationship. Reminiscent of Petty in style and Prine in straightforwardness, “Her Town Now” was written with Chuck Prophet after a chance meeting in the Oregon woods during a songwriting workshop. “I really loved what [Prophet] did and was looking to force myself to collaborate,” Erelli told Billboard in the song’s premiere. “Chuck’s more of a rock ‘n’ roller than I’ve been in the past. I thought he might be able to help me make something out of this chorus I had for [‘Her Town Now’].” Prophet also brought in his frequent collaborator, poet Kurt “Klipschutz” Lipschutz, to help out and craft Erelli’s goal “to explore the concept of something that once belonged to two people and now very clearly belongs to just one of them” after a romantic breakup. “Chuck helped me get in touch with that more stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll vibe — ‘Let’s not wait too long ’til we get to the chorus,’ that type of thing,” Erelli explained. “For a long time I had been trying to get at the essence of what I connected with and what I loved in Tom Petty songs. I think of it as the Tao of Tom Petty — simplicity beyond simplicity in the best rock songs, where everything is both carefully constructed but doesn’t sound overthought.”


March 11 (“311 Day”) is a holiday to 311 fans worldwide. Every other year, 311 plays an arena show on March 11 that attracts its biggest fans from around the globe who come together to celebrate the band, its music and the 311 community. For the first time, 311 will celebrate 311 Day over three nights when they return to Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas. The band, who has maintained its original lineup for a landmark 30 years, will play a unique set list each night for its special 2020 anniversary.

Billed as “The Ultimate 311 Concert Experience,” the special Las Vegas shows will include an extended set list and state-of-the-art production Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. 311 Day typically attracts more than 10,000 fans from all 50 U.S. states and 15+ countries. Park Theater will offer a capacity of 5,800 guests, promising to make for an intimate and immersive experience from any seat in the house.

North Mississippi Allstars Return With “Up and Rolling” October 4th

North Mississippi Allstars are set to return with Up and Rolling on October 4th via New West Records. The 12-song set was produced by Luther and Cody Dickinson and recorded at The Zebra Ranch, their family studio established by their father, the legendary Jim Dickinson in Independence, MS. The album also features guest appearances from Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Cedric Burnside, Duane Betts, and Sharde Thomas. Up and Rolling finds North Mississippi Allstars getting back to their roots and recapturing the communal spirit upon which the band was founded.

Hear North Mississippi Allstars’ ‘Mean Old World’ With Jason Isbell, Duane Betts

TALES OF THE TOMB Unleash New Video ‘Sinful Messiah’; A Death Metal Story of David Koresh

Every town has stories to caution or warn, every police officer has a seen a crime that keeps them awake at night, and every coroner has seen death in ways that the rest of us could never imagine. Murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and real-life terror are stains on the cutting room floor where Edmonton-based group Tales of The Tomb paints their canvas.

Tales of The Tomb will release their new EP “Volume Two: Mendacium” September 27th. “Volume Two: Mendacium” is a collection of narratives surrounding government cover-ups, national lies and the heinous crimes committed amongst the shadows. The album was mixed and mastered by Cryptopsy guitar player and Head Engineer/Owner at The Grid Studios Christian Donaldson. The EP also contains a bonus track about the Japanese horror film Mermaid in a Manhole. Featuring artwork by Tony Midi of Tonymidi Artworks.

TALES OF THE TOMB Questions Government Cover-Ups On New Song “Sinful Messiah”

Oscar Jerome announces live LP, shares ‘Misty Head / Sunny Street’

Off the back of his latest single ‘Gravitate’ (B-listed by 6 Music with additional support from Radio 1, 1Xtra and Beats 1) plus a UK tour with jazz polymath Kamasi Washington and a starring role in the campaign for Stella McCartney’s ‘All Together Now’ collection with Joy Crookes, Ezra Collective’s Femi Koleoso and others, South London artist Oscar Jerome is now gearing up to release a live album. Recorded straight from the desk at a sold-out show at Amsterdam’s Bitterzoet in February this year, the ‘Live In Amsterdam’ LP is due for release October 4th 2019 via Caroline International. In support of the record, Oscar will head out on a lengthy EU tour in October and November, culminating in his biggest headliner to date at London’s Heaven on November 19th.

grandson SHARES NEW TRACK “OH NO!!!”

Fueled By Ramen recording artist grandson has shared “Oh No!!!,” a brand-new track from his forthcoming EP a modern tragedy vol. 3. “Oh No!!!” is available today on all streaming platforms along with an official visualizer streaming now grandson’s YouTube channel.

Talkhouse Premieres Skating Polly’s “Classless Act” Video + Playing Riot Fest 9/15

Nearing the end of Trump’s first and hopefully only term, it still feels like an endless torrent of shitty news every day; it seems like people are plugging their noses and going about their days instead of trying to change anything.

KRISTEENYOUNG Releases Operatic Self-Produced Ninth Album THE SUBSET

Avant-rock singer-songwriter/producer KRISTEENYOUNG has always done things her own way, including self-designing all of her stage costumes, and now she invites listeners to come along on her most experimental and emotional journey yet with the release of her ninth album The SubSet out TODAY (September 4, 2019). Her two touchstones for the making The SubSet are opera and beatnik, but as Kristeen explains, “kinda sideways and distorted.” “The album features her energetic blends of hard-hitting instrumentals, operatic vocals, and raw, incendiary lyrics which gives her music a theatrical flair and helps elevate its urgency.