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This year will see the North American debut of the most extreme spectacle in live music, when RAMMSTEIN brings its full-scale stadium production to this continent for the first time ever. Rock n roll’s most ambitious pyro-theatrical experience will be on display for a series of 10 open-air dates beginning August 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal and setting eight U.S. stadiums ablaze before a final bonfire at Foro Sol in Mexico City on September 27. The tour is produced by AEG Presents.

Rammstein Announce First-Ever North American Stadium Tour

Phantom Posse announce new album, ‘Forever Underground’

Quote about the song: “Laetitia and I had been demoing out some songs for the self-titled Vagabon record on a weekly basis in my tiny bedroom studio in NYC and sometimes to get the ball rolling I’d throw some Phantom Posse instrumentals her way.. those sessions led to this song and also to what eventually became ‘Water Me Down’ on her record. Later Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo / Dustrider) added this big cinematic string arrangement to the end and Gabrielle Herbst (GABI) contributed vocals to the middle section in between working on operas” – Eric Littmann

Watkins Family Hour’s new album “brother sister” out April 10

Their first release in five years, the album focuses on the musical and lyrical chemistry between Sara and Sean—the creative core at the center of the project. By carving out time to write together with the Family Hour in mind for the first time, they created a record that demonstrates their unique familial creative partnership while still harnessing the energy and honesty of their legendary live performances at Los Angeles’ Largo—the collective’s residency now in its 18th year.

Wye Oak begin their 2020 with the hypnotic new “Fear of Heights”

In November, the beloved Durham-via-Baltimore duo Wye Oak announced JOIN, their most expansive and ambitious tour to date, and shared new song “Fortune,” described by Stereogum as “a glorious synthesis of Wye Oak’s past and present, pointing to a new way forward.” Embraced widely, “Fortune” was a new high watermark for a group that has a reputation for always one-upping itself. Today, we get another glimpse into that future with “Fear of Heights,” a track that reveals a lyrical connection to “Fortune” and hints of a thematic adhesive to the group’s exciting new music.

OMEGA INFINITY Unveil New Album Details

OMEGA INFINITY comment: “Red Master – Father of Fear – Bringer Of War. With the most primordial track dating back to the very beginning of OMEGA INFINITY, ‘Mars’ is raw, fast and dark and thus the perfect way for us to gather souls for the Void and herald things to come. The universe is a cold and harsh place, even on the very doorstep of humanity – Expect nothing less from our debut album. Join us in the Void!”

SO “New Win”

Washington DC record label Candlewax Records releasing the next single from SO. Consisting of the Virginia native producer Bronze Baby Shoes and vocalist/lyricist The Character residing in Echo Park Los Angeles. The duo add their unique elements and fresh sounds to post hip-hop experimentation. Having stimulated fans both with audio and visuals, the duo have influenced many ways that music can appeal to people. A trippy fusion of experimental hip hop and thought-provoking lyrical concepts this musical relationship between Bronze Baby Shoes and The Character is nearing the 20 year mark. Their experience over the years offers a whole new approach to artistic creativity.

SO – “New Win”


High Water Festival has revealed its daily lineups for the 2020 installment of the festival, which is set to run from April 18-19 at North Charleston, SC. The lineup, curated by Holy City natives Shovels & Rope, is split into two days as follows:

Saturday, April 18: Nathaniel Rateliff, Shovels & Rope, Andrew Bird, Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Delta Spirit, Wilder Woods, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Seratones, Cedric Burnside, Palm Palm

Sunday, April 19: Wilco, Brittany Howard, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, Sharon Van Etten, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Strand Of Oaks, The Felice Brothers, Shannon & The Clams, Indianola, She Returns From War

Purr Shares Mischievous New Video For “Avenue Bliss”

New York City’s Purr has released their latest single “Avenue Bliss” today, from their upcoming debut album Like New. ““Avenue Bliss” was the last song we wrote on the album,” said Purr singer and songwriter Eliza Callahan. “It’s about power and presence and having no words left— and then having that dust clear. The beginning of the song is like an ending and the end, hopefully, like a new beginning… we tried to mirror this in the arrangement too. You’ll see. It’s an adventure track. Self-adventure, the worst and best kind.”

George Strait Announces 2020 Shows at U.S. Bank Stadium and T-Mobile Arena

George Strait kicks off 2020 with some big show announcements. The King of Country Music is heading to Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 22 with special guests Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and more. Tickets available Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. CT at ticketmaster.com.

When the three acts were last together in the sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome at the 2018 Bayou Country Superfest, the New Orleans Advocate’s headline noted: “George Strait Ruled, Chris Stapleton Rocked,” while Little Big Town “Owned the Dome.”

George Strait Announces 2020 Shows at U.S. Bank Stadium and T-Mobile Arena

Michael Jackson estate inks BMI deal

BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and The Estate of Michael Jackson announced today that they have inked a renewal agreement for BMI to continue to represent the performing rights in Michael Jackson’s songwriting catalog. This new deal continues an uninterrupted 41-year long relationship between the King of Pop and the performance rights organization which began in 1979 when Michael Jackson first signed with BMI. The Estate and BMI last renewed the deal in 2014.

“Michael first signed with BMI in the nascent stage of his solo career and BMI has never wavered in its commitment to his extraordinary talent. This is a significant agreement, commensurate with the robust growth of interest in his music and his enduring contribution to the culture,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson Estate & BMI Extend Rights Deal For King Of Pop’s Catalog

Pavey Ark announce debut album out March 20th

Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Formed in 2016, their debut album “Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing” – coming March 20th, 2020 – is an exquisite record that displays the talent of each individual masterfully into one cohesive voice, an impressive feat for a group that have found their stride remarkably quickly.

Payer Ark Introduce Debut Album ‘Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing’

Smoke Fairies Release New Single Today ‘Chew Your Bones’

Smoke Fairies release a new single today ‘Chew Your Bones.’ The track is taken from their forthcoming album Darkness Brings The Wonders Home set for release next Friday, January 31st. The set is the sixth studio LP from the band and was recorded in Seattle and produced by Phil Ek.

Seth Anderson – New Song – “Highway Lights”

“The first single, “Highway Lights,” taken from my upcoming album, We Could Be (out February 25th), is a reminder to take life’s challenges and struggles in stride, and to stay true to the course. I found inspiration for the song while talking with a friend whose passion is surfing and travelling the world. With my love for touring and playing music, we share a fairly transient personality type.”

Tank and The Bangas release “Dope Girl Magic” video today

Capping off a monumental year that included a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist,” breakout band Tank and The Bangas release the music video for their song “Dope Girl Magic” today.

Viral Breakout STUNNA GIRL Shares “Runway” Official Music Video

Premiered earlier today via Complex, the glossy visual shows the budding Sacramento, CA-born superstar take over a fashion show with endless swagger and confidence for days. Alternating between eye-popping outfits, her star-power takes center stage as models walk by while she frantically raps over manic production. Her bars prove just as head-turning as the ensembles, and she proclaims, “Bitch, I look like I’m fresh off the runway.”