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The Wood Brothers Release New Single “The One I Love”

“Everyone has these little kingdoms in their minds,” says Chris Wood. “The songs on this album all explore the ways we find peace within those kingdoms. They look at how we deal with our dreams and our regrets and our fears and our loves. They look at the stories we tell ourselves and the ways we balance the darkness and the light.”

Ravi Shankar Centennial – Concert Series

A legend of 20th century music and an international icon of India, sitar virtuoso and singular composer Ravi Shankar (1920 – 2012) will be commemorated with a series of Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts in May 2020 to celebrate 100 years since his birth on April 7, 1920. Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts feature family members Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar as well as special guest artists Philip Glass, Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison), and an orchestra of Shankar’s foremost disciples performing on venerable stages across the globe (*please see the concert listings below for which guest artists will appear at each show*). Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will be presented at San Diego Civic Theatre (San Diego, CA: May 16, Fundraiser for Shankar Foundation), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA: May 19), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Chicago, IL: May 22), Carnegie Hall (New York, NY: May 29), and Southbank Centre (Shankar 100 Series, London, UK: January – November 2020). A centenary concert in New Delhi, India in November 2020 will be announced soon.

Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts to Feature Dhani Harrison, Norah Jones + More

Cathedral Bells’ gazy/dream-pop single “Disconnected”

In an interview with Counterzine today, the band’s Matt Messore detailed; “I feel like the sound of the project is something I’ve always wanted to capture. I have been recording everything in my bedroom and it feels more organic doing everything at home with a pretty minimal setup. It gives kind of lo-fi – DIY ring to the process, and it’s a really proud moment when finishing a track at home. I feel more at ease with the writing / recording process.”

Cathedral Bells’ Matt Messore Embraces Home Recording, Prepares to Release Debut Album ‘Velvet Spirit’, Shares “Disconnected”

Out Today: of Montreal – “You’ve Had Me Everywhere”

of Montreal is back, and on UR FUN, Kevin Barnes is more candid than ever. This single follows electro pop protest anthem “Peace to All Freaks” as well as the pet friend video for “Polyanuerism” The public diary that started with classic album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? and earned love from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, SPIN, etc. has continued into a growing string of increasingly personal works. After several albums recorded with collaborators and various band members, Barnes opted to record this one completely alone.

Whitmer Thomas – “Partied to Death”

Hardly Art is pleased to announce its first release of 2020: Whitmer Thomas’ Songs from The Golden One. This debut album from the Los Angeles comedian/performer includes studio versions of songs featured in his upcoming HBO COMEDY® special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” debuting Saturday, Feb. 22 (10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Dead Stars Announce New LP ‘Never Not Here’ & Share First Single

Having spent nearly a decade crafting jangly, fuzzed-out indie-pop with a healthy dose of ’90s nostalgia, Dead Stars took a break following 2017’s Perfect Patterns, unsure if they’d release another album. They quietly worked on new material throughout 2019, and the result is a collection of twelve tracks that the band views as their strongest, most honest work to date, pairing their signature sound with simple but memorable melodies and relatable lyrics.

Lil Durk Stands Up for the South Side with Polo G in “Career Day” Video

A respected rapper with a wide sphere of influence, Lil Durk perfected the art of melodic street rap. Looking back to the lessons he learned in his younger days, Durk shares “Career Day,” his new music video. Produced by Sonic, “Career Day” is a quintessential Chicago anthem, packed with local references and slang, and a feature from Chicago rising star Polo G, whose vocal approach owes a lot to the example Durk set in his long career. In the video, Durk and Polo congregate under infrared light in a Chi-town warehouse, intercut with archival footage of Durk in the early days of Chicago’s drill boom. “Career Day” is the latest video from Family Over Everything, Durk’s new project that shines a spotlight on his Only The Family label signees, following the frenzied “Blika Blika,” and the post-apocalyptic “Riot.”

Ether Coven Release New Track “This House Is A Tomb Of Memories”

“This House Is A Tomb Of Memories” is off the band’s upcoming full-length album, Everything Is Temporary Except Suffering, out digitally tomorrow, January 10th, with physicals set for release on January 17th and vinyl on February 14th. The album features previously released tracks “When Quiet Fell”, “Flower Crown” and “Unravel” and was recorded, mixed and produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Goatwhore) with additional mastering done by Alan Douches (Cradle of Filth, Motorhead) at West West Side. Pre-order Everything Is Temporary Except Suffering, featuring artwork by the late Stephen Kasner (Integrity Sunn O))), Khlyst).

Exclusive Track Premiere: Ether Coven’s “This House Is a Tomb of Memories”

SEVEN PLANETS: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Streams “Seven Seas”

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is currently streaming “Seven Seas” from West Virginia-based heavy rock instrumentalists SEVEN PLANETS. The track comes off the band’s forthcoming full-length,Explorer, set for release next month via Small Stone Records.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Seven Planets Sail the “Seven Seas”

High Sierra Music Festival Reveals Initial Lineup For 30th Year Celebration

High Sierra Music Festival, madre of all west coast festivals, is back for its 30th iteration in 2020. Outliving early North American festivals of the 90s and persevering through the commercialized festival onslaught of the 2000s without selling out to anyone, HSMF returns to Quincy, CA, on July 2-5, 2020, offering the world-class, beloved environment and entertainment that have kept fans and musicians thrilled to return year after year, for three decades.