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Lost 80’s Live 2020

After a massive 2019, LOST 80’S LIVE TOUR is back by popular demand with new dates for 2020. Bringing together some of the most recognizable acts from that great decade, LOST 80’S LIVE is the longest running retro tour where nostalgic fans can see a number of 80’s favorites performing live on one stage for one epic night, with hit songs such as A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran (So Far Away)” and “Space Age Love Song”, The Romantics”What I Like About You” and “Talking In Your Sleep”, Missing Persons”Words” and “Walking In L.A.”, Naked Eyes “Always Something There To Remind Me”, The Vapors “Turning Japanese”, Animotion “Obsession”, Musical Youth “Pass The Dutchie”, Farrington & Mann original members of “When in Rome UK” “The Promise”, Burning Sensations “Belly of the Whale”, B-Movie”Nowhere Girl”, Glass Tiger “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”, Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy”, Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”, Dramarama “Anything Anything”, Josie Cotton “He Could Be The One”, Tommy Tutone “867-5309/Jenny”, Gene Loves Jezebel “Motion of Love”, Boys Don’t Cry “I Wanna Be A Cowboy”, Trans X “Living On Video”, among others. The tour features performances by a revolving line-up of iconic 80’s artists, so be sure to check your date for this exclusive concert-going experience.

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PATHOLOGY drummer Dave Astor says, “PATHOLOGY is ready to get back on the road. We are happy to be bringing in our friends from Pyrexia with us. This tour we will be playing a lot of new songs from our new album, Reborn to Kill, on Pavement Entertainment, along with the older songs. This will be the longest set we have played to date. Get ready! We are excited to see our fans and play for you. See you soon!”


Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez kicked off the new decade on a high note by sharing music that resonated with her devout fanbase, and today she has announced that following her debut Coachella festival performance she will embark on her Spring headlining Before Love Came To Kill Us tour. The tour will begin in Europe before she heads back to the US and kicks off her 25 date North American leg in Phoenix on May 23rd. The North American run will bring Jessie across the continent with stops in Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, and more before concluding at New York City’s Terminal 5. Fan pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, February 18th at 12 pm EST. This includes a Community pre-sale where fans in North America can text Jessie at 416-639-1868 for first access to tickets.

Jessie Reyez Announces ‘Before Love Came to Kill Us’ Tour


After more than five years, Purity Ring have returned to announce their third album. WOMB will be released on April 3rd via 4AD and is entirely written, recorded, produced and mixed by the duo of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Today, they also reveal lead single ‘stardew’ and announce a North American tour through Spring as well as Latitude Festival, followed by an extensive European tour in September culminating with a show at London’s iconic Camden Roundhouse September 18th.

The Cinematic Orchestra Announce ‘To Believe Remixes’ Out March 6

In celebration of last year’s critically acclaimed album, To Believe, The Cinematic Orchestra are set to release To Believe Remixes – a carefully curated collection of remixes and re-works made by some of The Cinematic Orchestra’s favorite producers and artists – as a digital album on March 6th and as two 12″ vinyl releases featuring select remixes on April 24th. “It’s one of the greatest privileges of a musician to invite artists who have inspired you to re-imagine your work”.

Ann Wilson (Heart) confirms North American headline tour

Ann Wilson is one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. For the past 40 years, Ann has been lead singer for the rock band Heart (35 million records sold), thrilling audiences with her vocal power and natural gift to wrap her voice around an emotion in a song and lay it at the listener’s feet. Ann carved out a place for women to dominate a rock stage, and her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.


Few projects at the forefront of contemporary art truly push visceral sonic boundaries in the way that Yves Tumor does. With an arc that impartially sits between psych-rock and modern pop, comparisons only serve as limitations intended to define that which cannot be. Yves Tumor melds restraint and chaos; diluting reality by giving meaning to the abstract and allowing for dissonance to be seen and heard as harmony. Today the next chapter begins with the announcement of the new album, Heaven To A Tortured Mind, set for release April 3rd on WARP.

LORD FOWL: Connecticut Riff Rock/Retro Metallers

Connecticut riff rock/retro metal unit LORD FOWL will release their Glorious Babylon full-length April 24th via Small Stone.

LORD FOWL took shape in New Haven in the summer of 2007 with one goal: to write songs like those they grew up hearing. Songs that drive you. Songs that come alive. Songs that rock. With Glorious Babylon, their third LP and second to see release via Small Stone Records, LORD FOWL refuses to compromise this high standard, bringing forth the energy of their dynamic stage presence and dual lead vocals, as the song-craft of singer/guitarists Vechel Jaynes and Mike Pellegrino reaches its next level of progression.


After being nominated by Resident Advisor for track of the year in 2019, Dar Disku Records are set to release their eagerly anticipated third release ‘DD003’ featuring edits of Egyptian 80’s/90’s nightclub classics ‘Sahrany’ & ‘Delouny’ as performed by North African icons Ehab Tawfik and Hamid El Shaeri. The italo and acid inspired edits transform the Middle Eastern disco hits into dance floor ready heaters and embraces the melting pots of culture in the collaborative efforts with Finnish and Dutch selectors to create the EP.

Benjamin Gordon announces stunning debut album ‘Where Did We Get Lost’

Multi-talented Brighton based music producer and photographer Benjamin Gordon will be releasing his debut album, Where Did We Get Lost, on April 3rd via Blurred Recordings.

Where Did We Get Lost sees Benjamin’s lyrics embrace vulnerable topics such as global and interpersonal conflict, the relationship with the self, disappointment, and love. ‘Sold My Heart’ chronicles making unwanted sacrifices for the sake of financial stability, ‘Take Me Home’ explores the desire to be taken away from a state of sadness and pain, and the title track unveils the role that irony can often play in the act of fighting.

Bullion shares new track ‘We Had A Good Time’

Nathan Jenkins shares the title-track from upcoming EP, We Had A Good Time, out 28th February on DEEK Recordings. It follows previous single, Hula; breezy, nostalgic pop underpinned by choral synths and a pseudo-bossa rhythm.

Co-written with Diego Herrera (Suzanne Kraft), We Had A Good Time was recorded during a dizzy spring in Lisbon, under the shadow of a hallucinogenic Datura tree in the garden of Nathan’s home studio.

STREAM: Virginia To Vegas – “Betterman”

Virginia To Vegas, aka Derik Baker, is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter. After being discovered on YouTube, Baker was signed to Wax Records. He is coming off his most successful single to date, “Just Friends,” which went Top 5 at Canadian Radio and was featured on Taylor Swift’s personal Apple Playlist.


Listen to the Pink Sweat$ inspired sounds of teenage sensation, Erin Bloomer, who today battles the hardships of not topping the priorities of the one you love in single “Second Best.”

Speaking about the Second Best, Bloomer explains “Second Best is about feeling like you come second to everything and everyone else in someone’s list of priorities; I wrote it for one of my close friends who was going through a tough situation in order to try and put her feelings into a song, and to turn something sad into something nicer.”

Video: Ariano – ‘She Looks Like You (Not Like You Though)’

Following the release of his new instrumental project, Self-Medicated Love Addict, Volume 2, SoCal artist and producer, Ariano drops an animated short for the track “She Looks Like You (Not Like You, Though)”.

Naglfar Announces New Album ‘Cerecloth’ Out May 8th

It has been a long eight years between releases for Umeå, Sweden’s black metal nihilists NAGLFAR, but despite the wait, the band hasn’t been resting on their laurels. Like any slumbering beast, NAGLFAR have returned from their respite ferocious and hungry with their seventh full-length album Cerecloth which is set for worldwide release on May 8th, 2020. Recorded and mixed by NAGLFAR guitarist Marcus Norman at Wolf’s Lair Studio and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound, the underlying musical and lyrical themes of Cerecloth were succinctly and confidently described by guitarist Andreas Nilsson as, “the usual death and destruction”.

17.-18.04.20 (DE) Lichtenfels – Ragnarök Festival
22.-23.05.20 (DE) Kirchdorf bei Haag, Oberbayern – Bavarian Battle Open Air
18.-21.06.20 (BE) Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
27.-28.06.20 (USA) Los Angeles – California Deathfest
02.-04.07.20 (DE) Friesack – Under the Black Sun

COLDSPELL Release ‘Infinite Stargaze’ Music Video & Single

Sweden melodic metallers, ColdSpell, have released a new music video and single for ‘Infinite Stargaze’. ColdSpell is firing off the new decade on 20.02.2020 with a release of Infinite Stargaze accompanied by a video from the studio recordings and IRL shooting from their latest tour in Spain.


Partnering with North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) to help raise money and awareness for no kill rescue and adoption organizations, All Time Low has also shared an official music video for the song. The Max Moore directed clip was shot on location in Nashville, TN at NSALA shelter partner, MACC. Fans can donate to NSALA HERE.

Constrict share heavy lead single from upcoming ‘No Eden’ EP

Storming out the LA scene, the ferocious metallic hardcore group CONSTRICT has announced their signing to Flatspot Records with the release of their upcoming EP, No Eden, due out March 20th. Formed from members of God’s Hate, Vamachara, Disgrace, Forced Order, and more, CONSTRICT deals in viciousness and sheer power, avoiding the banalities found throughout heavy music today. To mark the occasion, CONSTRICT has shared the razing lead single “Bleed For Me” this week via a premiere with Cvlt Nation.

Experience the sonic beatdown that is CONSTRICT “Bleed for Me”

Archers of Loaf return with “Raleigh Days”

“I built a birdhouse on the back of my van. The seeds of “Raleigh Days” were spit out of the circular opening on the front of this birdhouse by an angry cardinal. One day last summer, as we were barreling down the highway hell-bent for leather, this antagonistic little redbird stuck her head in through the back window and exclaimed, “Great songs often come out so easily that they practically write themselves. I tried to help you, but you idiots ruined it; and now you’re going to have to finish it all by yourselves!” Then, in a white-hot flash, we smashed head-on at 130 mph into an 18-wheeler carrying a herd of giant elk. It was all blood, fire, fur, and feathers snowing down through that old familiar smell of boiling oil and scorched earth. Fortunately—after I regained consciousness—I was able to make guitar picks from some shards of elk antler I found scattered around the accident site. It wasn’t planned per se, but it just kind of worked out that I used one of these picks to track my guitar part on “Raleigh Days,” and I think it sounds pretty good.”

2nd GENERATION WU releases spacy “New Generation”

When the birth of 2nd GENERATION WU (2GWU) was announced in late 2019 with the release of the stellar track “7.O.D.”, the new legacy of Wu-Tang Clan got off to a huge start. Fronted by iNTeLL (son of U-God) and PXWER (son of Method Man), 2GWU woke up the Hip Hop world while exclaiming “God Made Everything Around Me”.

addy share triumphant ode to the self, “Eclipse”

The album’s triumphant apex “Eclipse” turns addy’s reflections inward in an entrancing, climactic ode to the self, punctuated with notes of optimism and hope. At its climax, “Eclipse” transitions to an odd-timed coda of syncopated punches erupting over Watkins’s arrival at peace with their self and where they are.

Joe Bonamssa Announces 7th Annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea

Joining Joe Bonamassa, for the 2021 Caribbean lineup, will be George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Gales, Shemekia Copeland, Jimmy Vivino, Sue Foley, Popa Chubby, Jontavious Willis, Vanessa Collier, Joe Robinson with more to be announced. The addition of the seventh voyage follows six sold-out Caribbean cruises and two sold-out Mediterranean sailings. Similar to past sailings, guests will enjoy multiple performances from artists on the lineup, as well as unique collaborations and exclusive curated content to be announced in the near future.

The Prince Estate in Partnership with Legacy Recordings Announce Next Wave of Physical Titles

The new batch includes two very different studio albums released just six months apart—2001’s The Rainbow Children and 2002’s One Nite Alone… – plus Prince’s first official live albums from the tour that occurred in between those two releases. One Nite Alone…, the 4 LP set One Nite Alone…Live! and the double LP One Nite Alone: The Aftershow…It Ain’t Over! will each get their first-ever vinyl release in limited-edition purple, while sought-after title The Rainbow Children will be available on CD for the first time in decades and on a crystal-clear double LP with limited-edition custom rainbow slipmat.


“Why no one has yet merged Autopsy and Blue Öyster Cult into four minutes is a mystery to us. Midnight Phantom came to us in a collective nightmare and we think he made us accomplish this. Enjoy the horrors of The Phantom. Tonight,” states LUCIFER frontwoman Johanna Sadonis.

Elrichman – project of Paul Erlichman

The new record under the Elrichman moniker is Paul’s first since 2014’s Young, Healthy and Wonderful and follows his recent work as part of Goosebump (formerly Germaphobes), as well as bass duties in Toronto’s Ducks Unlimited. Erlichman enlisted a whole host of Toronto talent for the new record too – Alex Gamble (Fucked Up, Alvvays) provides the production with further contributions coming from Zach Bines (Weaves) and Jon Pappo (Hooded Fang), as well as the Boston-based Anh Phung (Twisted Pine).

RUIN LUST: Invisible Oranges Streams “Bestial Magnetism”

Recorded and mixed by Travis Bacon, mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio, and completed with artwork by the band, Choir Of Babel promises to be one of the harshest titles ever to be issued under the 20 Buck Spin banner. Whether one classifies this under the banner of death metal, black metal, war metal, or any other extreme metal subgenre, the suffocating savagery of RUIN LUST has no remorse for destruction left in its wake, only more cruelty.

Miami lo-fi punk trio Las Nubes share new single “Demonize”

The song stems from their upcoming split with fellow Miami band Palomino Blond out March 13th on BuFu Records. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed documentary, 13th, “Demonize” highlights the band’s textured blend of slow gazing vocals and crunchy guitars that feel akin to the greats of the ’90s like The Breeders and Lush.


Trailblazing new artist Isaac Dunbar releases his new track “makeup drawer” along with the music video via RCA Records. The video, which premiered exclusively on PAPER this morning, is directed by Jasper Soloff and the song is written and produced by Isaac. Isaac’s forthcoming EP is set to be released this spring. In support of his EP, Isaac will be hitting the road this April on his isaac’s insects tour, which is his first headlining tour with stops in major cities.

Peri El Releases New Video For “Slow Down”

As a Co-Director of the video, Peri wanted to tell the true life story of the track. “The story of the song is about having my rights taken away from my music, and taking a stand to get them back. And ultimately living my life the way I planned!,” explains Peri. In the video we see Peri realize that she doesn’t have to settle, and that once you slow down, things come into a better perspective. “Look around and make sure that what is happening is in your control and at your speed,” Peri encourages.

WANK To Release ‘White Knuckle Ride’ on March 6 via Die Laughing Records

Long-running Orange County pop-punk band WANK has signed with Die Laughing Records (Michael Des Barres & the Mistakes, The Vibrators, The Venomous Pinks) which will release their album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ digitally on March 6. The long-awaited LP has previously only been available at the band’s shows.

Shade “Drive Me Wild” New Video

“this song is an unconscious personal soundtrack to the varying emotions felt on a daily basis. it takes a journey from dark, introverted self-questioning before exploding into a light of extroverted self-acceptance. “Drive Me Wild” is about not getting bogged down by the external bullshit that’s thrown your way.”

DOLLY ZOOM release retrospective new single ‘I Think You’d Know By Now’

Four-piece synth-pop outfit from Brisbane, DOLLY ZOOM return with their retrospective and melancholic second single ‘I Think You’d Know By Now’.

Staying true to their unwavering brand of psychedelic synth-pop, ‘I Think You’d Know By Now’, is driven by synths, crisp guitar melodies and reverb vocals. Reminiscent and honest, the song tackles the subject of traversing romantic relationships.

Danny McIntyre’s Sentient Dawn EP (out 3/6)

Between establishing himself as an award-winning television composer/producer and associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Danny McIntyre has turned his desire to tell stories through music into a career. Behind the scenes though, the producer/composer was in the midst of a creative realization.

While his day jobs fulfilled him, McIntyre saw a new crop of students beginning to explore the limits of storytelling through EDM, the connective tissue between electronic production and film scoring becoming more obvious along the way. After a few classes, McIntyre wanted to make music on his own terms again.

Camden Cox returns with lyric video for dance gem, ‘Healing’

After one of Camden’s busiest years to date, yet another musical gem has arrived in the form of Cox’s brand new single ‘Healing’. Camden’s haunting vocals and distinctive writing, sit on top of a deep house production that draws you in and demands your attention. The track now comes with an eye-catching lyric video with flickering visuals of Camden, interspersed amongst animated, neon-style lyrics.

Opus Vitae shares melancholy track “Chasing Ducks”

Opus Vitae is the moniker of Banah Winn, an artist who much like Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, composes and records everything solo. As someone who places all the work on himself, Banah is a man of much contemplation and emotional discovery. In a similar discourse to Tame Impala, listeners can find themselves lost in the seemingly simple nuances that build into greater intricacies of the mind. Opus Vitae means “life’s work,” something Banah wants to capture and create all while living within the moment.

Opus Vitae Debuts “Chasing Ducks”