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Trace Adkins Announces “The Way I Wanna Go Tour 2020”

Country icon Trace Adkins has sold 11 million albums over the last two decades with hits like “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Every Light In The House Is On” fueling his live shows. With a new album on the horizon, Adkins is taking the music to the people in 2020 on his new tour, The Way I Wanna Go Tour 2020. The 27-stop jaunt begins April 15 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with stops in Biloxi, Mississippi, French Lick, Indiana and Cheyenne, Wyoming along the way.

Trace Adkins Announces “The Way I Wanna Go Tour 2020”

KOOL KEITH x THETAN: “Hallucinations” Premiered At BrooklynVegan

Following their liaison last year for the “Complicated Trip” Record Store Day single, Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis. The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

The Coronas Roll Out Provocative New Video for “Haunted” Single

The Coronas—front man and lead singer Danny O’Reilly, bass guitarist Graham Knox and drummer Conor Egan–have embarked on 2020 as a three-piece band following the amicable departure of lead guitarist Dave McPhillips at the end of the year and recently rolled out the single “Haunted” as a prelude to the new album. Known for their visually captivating music videos, the latest one for “Haunted,” shot in a seemingly abandoned cabin accessible by trudging through the deep snows of Bulgaria’s winter, is yet another example of the band’s creative vision. This cinematic feast was produced by Luke Murphy and directed by John Broe, who has made several of The Coronas’ videos over the past three years.

RAZORWIRE HALO Release Official Music Video for “RED”

Kansas City, MO based electro-rock band Razorwire Halo has released the official lyric video for their new single, “RED.” Written by Tak Kitara and Rob Harrington III, “RED” was directed by Kenn Little of A Ghost in Every Room.

Braids Announce US Tour Dates In Support Of New Album

US Tour Dates:
06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
06/12 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06/14 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
06/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/23 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/24 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
06/27 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
06/28 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
07/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
07/03 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
07/04 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
07/09 – Toronto, ON @ Paradise Theatre

a-ha Reaches One Billion Views With “Take On Me” Music Video

The iconic video for a-ha’s #1 smash “Take On Me” has reached one billion views on YouTube. The Norwegian band joined the small group of music artists who have achieved this rare milestone.

Originally released in 1985, the official music video for “Take On Me” was recently restored and upgraded to 4K resolution to improve its visual quality. Directed by Steve Barron, the video captured audiences’ imaginations around the world with its groundbreaking mix of pencil-sketch animation and live action. This illustration technique – known as rotoscoping – required live-action footage to be hand traced frame by frame. To complete the video, artists Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger spent 16 weeks rotoscoping thousands of frames.

Virginia To Vegas – “betterman,” is about personal growth and reflection

“In my personal life and career, I’ve experienced many ups and downs, but ultimately the one thing I’ve found to calm anxiety and doubt is putting in work on myself. This song touches on the idea of growing up following a breakup and one’s journey home. It is taken from my upcoming EP, out February 28th.”


“At The Door,” the first single from the highly anticipated new album, debuted during their performance at Senator Bernie Sanders’ University of New Hampshire rally last week.


Los Angeles-based riff worshippers Painted Wives reemerge with “Truth & Consequences”, the first track from their long-awaited sophomore LP New Medusa on Century Media Records. The product of a long and intense writing and recording span, New Medusa found the quartet working with Cave In/Mutoid Man frontman and guru Stephen Brodsky and producer Machine (Lamb of God, Clutch) to take the next step in a sound that the OC Weekly praised, “Their doom riffs and vocals with a tint of stadium sounding ambience which is sure to win them a great deal of fans, whether they are metalheads or not.”

Dinosaur Pile-Up release ‘Round The Bend’ video

Dinosaur Pile-Up have released the video for their latest single ‘Round The Bend’, which premiered in the US with Consequence Of Sound and is taken from the acclaimed new album Celebrity Mansions out now via Parlophone.

Created by Toon53 Productions, the animated video depicts a heart-wrenching story of lost lovers and a car-ride gone wrong.

Dinosaur Pile-Up Announce New Tour Dates, Unveil Animated Video for “Round the Bend”: Watch

Lilly Hiatt To Release “Walking Proof” March 27th

Lilly Hiatt is set to release Walking Proof on March 27th via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by former Cage The Elephant member Lincoln Parish (Lucinda Williams, Lissie) and features guest appearances by Amanda Shires, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Luke Schneider, and Lilly’s father, the legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt. John’s appearance on “Some Kind Of Drug,” marks the first time the pair have appeared together on one of her records. Walking Proof is the anticipated follow up to Lilly’s breakthrough Trinity Lane, which appeared on many year-end “Best Of 2017” lists including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and more. Lilly also received an “Emerging Act of the Year” nomination from the Americana Music Association.

New Music from Lilly Hiatt

Tyra Jutai: “Nudes”

Tyra Jutai is a female producer, songwriter, singer, and performer. She is Toronto-based and Toronto-born.

Her new single – “Nudes” – is from her forthcoming debut EP. The track highlights Tyra’s powerful jazz-inspired vocals with lyrics that hint at heartbreak and frustration, glossed over by sarcasm.


No Face No Case arrived amidst a wave of positive reception, including praises from Complex, XXL, Rap Radar, and more. Hot New Hip Hop notes how the crew “joined together to introduce a sonic vision that highlights the Atlanta sound. ” No Face No Case features the #TRUsday series of singles released each Tuesday since the start of 2020, including 2 Chainz & Skooly’s “Virgil Discount,” Sleepy Rose’s “Woo,” Skooly’s “How I Feel (Remix) (Feat. NoCap & Quando Rondo),” and Worl’s “New Levels New Devils.” The 15-track release features additional appearances from NLE Choppa, Quavo and Bear1boss, and also includes the previously released posse-cut “Shoot It Out,” Skooly’s bubbly “Pop Off,” Sleepy Rose & 2 Chainz’ hometown anthem “Georgia” and Hott LockedN’s menacing “G-Wagon.”


New Music: Black Caviar & KREAM – Jack / Dillon Francis – DFR (Black Caviar Remix)

Norwegian electronic duo KREAM has teamed up with NYC duo Black Caviar for a new deep house cut “Jack” out Friday, February 14th through Big Beat Records. An instant classic from the first beat, the song fuses elements from all over the house spectrum, including progressive house and bass house, featuring the best of both respective duo’s signature sound.


Fresh new group Joy Club have remixed Martin Solveig and Roy Woods’ latest hit ‘Juliet & Romeo’, out via Positiva.

An atmospheric, progressive rework, the Joy Club remix hones in on the melodic elements of the original track whilst ramping up the emotion from the offset. Released in December, the original has already amassed over 19 million global streams.

Duke Deuce Drops New Tape via Quality Control/YRN

Breakout Memphis rapper Duke Deuce drops his hotly anticipated ‘tape, Memphis Massacre 2 today on Quality Control Music/YRN. A follow up to 2018’s Memphis Massacre. Coinciding with the tape is a video for the remix of “Crunk Ain’t Dead” featuring Project Pat, Juicy J and Lil Jon. The tape features the remix and follows the release of the original video for “Crunk Ain’t Dead” and has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube to date. Speaking on the tape and his experience working with his idols/mentors Duke shared, “It was legendary working beside guys I listened to as a kid growing up in Memphis in the studio with my dad.”

New Song By Jack Jonas – “Let You Go”

“This song is made for people that want to chill after a long day of work, in the car or anywhere else where they want to calm down. Because I play the saxophone by myself I always wanted to make a house style – song with a saxophone in it. Together with some smooth vocals this is what came out.” – Jack Jonas


Yael Naim’s recent single ‘How Will I Know’ introduced a new era in the career of the Parisian-born, Franco-Israeli singer-songwriter. The track’s video was premiered by tmrw, while Wonderland highlighted it in their Wonderlist and described it as a song “that will catch you in the back of your throat.”

She builds on that compelling return by sharing her brand new song ‘Shine’, which was premiered by Flaunt. Both tracks feature on her long-awaited fourth album ‘NightSongs’, which will be released on March 20th via Tôt ou tard and distributed by Believe.