Spooky Tooth frontman Mike Harrison reportedly died at the age of 72 on March 25th, according to UCR. They report that a cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Black Veil Brides revealed on Monday via Facebook "Due to unforeseen immigration issues we are forced to cancel the London, ON show with Asking Alexandria. Both us and Asking Alexandria will make efforts to get back into Canada as soon as possible. Refunds are available at point of purchase. In an effort to try and get as close to our Canadian fans as possible, we are going to be stopping in Niagara Falls.. If possible, please come see us there. Our sincerest apologies"
Impending Doom are streaming their new single "The Wretched And Godless" here. It comes from their new album "The Sin and Doom Vol. II", which is set to be released on June 22nd. They had this to say, Impending Doom comments: "The wait is over! After five years, we're happy to be back with a new record. We wanted to write a heavy straight to the point record that our genre of music seems to be lacking today."
Letlive frontman Jason Butler is reportedly in a new hardcore band called Pressure Cracks which also features Werewolf Congress members Dan Bieranowski (The Mistake, ex-Scars Of Tomorrow), Kevin Fifield (ex-Scars Of Tomorrow, Gone Without Trace), Ryan Doria (All Or Nothing HC, Old Rivals), and Bill Galvin. Check out more details and a preview of what is to come here.
Danko Jones has released a new unboxing video for his forthcoming book. He had this to say, "My book, I've Got Something To Say, is coming out June of this year on Feral House. I know it's a few months away but I wanted to start the year off by telling everyone to keep it in mind. Foreword by Duff McKagan, illustrations by Away, Damian Abraham, Eerie Von, Fiona Smyth, Juan Montoya and more. It compiles my best articles I've written for Rock Magazines over 10 years." Watch the video here
In the non-rock world: The Chainsmokers have released the official video for their current single "Everybody Hates Me". Check out Alex and Drew's latest visual here.
Meghan Trainor has teamed up with the entire cast of Netflix's reboot of "Queer Eye" to deliver a brand new Spotify takeover playlist each Monday this month. Check out the first one here.
Charlie Puth has released a retro themed lyric video for his new single "Done For Me (Feat. Kehlani)". The track comes from his new album "Voicenotes", which hits on May 11th. Watch the video here
Gotta Do Something is a single about being tied to the screen. At the time of writing it with my co-writer, I was dealing with stalkers and trolls online, one in particular that was trying to frighten me, and it crossed my mind that people live so much of their time behind a screen that they must be experiencing a lot of tension in their bodies, and loneliness.
I myself am struggling with a body that can't do what it used to do before a car accident, and it has opened my eyes to what others dealing with head injuries and mobility issues must be going through.
"The moon don't shine on me no more. I'm stuck trying to settle scores. And the screen, she got my dreams. I'm full of fight, I'm full of feeling right."
The screen allows us to be our worst selves, but it can also help us be better. That's what the song is about - wanting to CHANGE something, do better.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
The new clip's director Natalie Rae had this to say, "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand is about the human desire to connect to each other while we live in a world increasing separating us. We watch Leon unable to be grounded as he floats through the lives of people who are disconnected. As he sings we tap into an increasingly common feeling of disconnection from each other and ourselves.
"Leon's tries to feel connected through bringing comfort to the people he crosses like a guardian angel, until we find out who he is looking for. The video leaves us wondering what may linger in loss and regret if we are not able to be present to the relationships around us." Watch the videohere.
Madison had this to say about the new track, "Clearly I am on a female empowerment tip given the state of the world and my last single was called 'Hustle,' that is just my frame of mind these days.
"I teamed up with Dave Bassett for this song (Vance Joy, Elle King, Fitz & Tantrums), he is a longtime friend and collaborator, friend of the woman and killer producer.
"We had a great time making this song in Malibu overlooking the sea.. I felt a sense of freedom and control around it and I hope it comes across to the listener! " Check out the new songhere.
With four kids at home and a touring schedule of 150+ shows per year, Jonas has a full plate. "Whether I'm ?nishing up a gig at midnight or getting pounced on by my kids at 6:30 a.m., I usually feel like my life is a circus," she says. "So I started writing songs about my circus." She shines a light on the triumphs and challenges of that busy life with Butter, which will be available for pre-order beginning April 2nd on Kickstarter.
Butter was tracked at Wally Cleaver's Recording Studio in her hometown of Fredericksburg, and Jonas would head over to the studio after putting her kids to bed. Tim Bray, her guitarist and musical partner for nearly half a decade, joined her for those nighttime recording sessions, as did a number of other musicians who laced Butter's ten songs with pedal steel, B3 organ, upright piano, layers of guitar, and vintage-sounding, seven-piece horn arrangements. Read morehere.
The legendary and pioneering Bay Area band Malo found inspiration in its Latin roots while mixing them with rock, blues, funk and jazz, creating a musical stew. Malo joined other California bands such as War and Tower of Power, in adding a brass section. At the time, horn sections were popular in rock acts like Chicago, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
"The new band had elements of the Latin rock sound thriving a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles, but Malo had something that set it apart from established groups like El Chicano. We had Latin percussion and we had a horn section," Santana notes. Read morehere.
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