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Alicia Keys Announces Long-Awaited Return to Touring with Alicia – The World Tour

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Today global music icon and 15-time GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys announced ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR, her highly anticipated return to the stage. Keys will bring her repertoire of worldwide hits to iconic venues across North America and Europe, including a stop at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in Key’s hometown of New York City. The celebrated singer/songwriter/producer will visit major cities on both continents including London, Paris, Berlin, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more on the tour produced by Live Nation.

ALICIA Album Artwork

The tour announcement comes fresh off Keys’ exciting news to fans last night that her forthcoming seventh studio album ALICIA is set to be released worldwide on March 20, via RCA Records. Keys also gave fans a first-look at the album’s stunning artwork. Pre-sale for the album is set for Friday, January 24, in celebration of Alicia’s birthday on January 25.

Keys released the anthemic “Underdog,” the album’s new single, earlier this month to critical acclaim (“A be-jewelled slice of pop-soul with a gently euphoric feel” – Clash).  The track became the most added song at US top 40 radio upon its release. Previously released singles include “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love,” which earned Keys a record-extending 11th number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart.

In addition to new music, Keys will be bringing her classics – from “No One” to “If I Ain’t Got You” to “Girl on Fire” – to life in a special multi-media, artistic experience on the ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR stage each night. A meditation on love and life, the show will be a true celebration, filled with the magnetic energy that only live music can create.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets to the tour before the general public, beginning Wednesday, January 22nd at 10am local time until Sunday, January 26th at 10pm local time across Europe and the US (timings may vary in Europe). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 27th from 9am local time.

Keys will be returning to host the Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26th, airing on CBS.  She will release her book More Myself on March 31, via Flatiron Publishing.

European & North American Tour Dates — CLICK TO ENLARGE

North American Tour Dates:

Date City Venue
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Thursday, July 30, 2020 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sunday, August 2, 2020 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavilion
Friday, August 7, 2020 Washington, DC The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Sunday, August 9, 2020 Philadelphia, PA The Met
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Thursday, August 14, 2020 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Detroit, MI   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Friday, August 21, 2020 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
Sunday, August 30, 2020 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater
Monday, August 31, 2020 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
Friday, September 4, 2020 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Friday, September 11, 2020 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre (Comerica Theater)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Tampa, FL Hard Rock Event Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Miami, FL Hard Rock Live Arena



The Venomous Pinks Release New Single: Cover of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Want You”

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Tempe, AZ all-female punk rock trio The Venomous Pinks has released a new single and music video, a cover of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Want You,” which will appear on the band’s upcoming album of the same name.

Buy / Stream Now:

Amazon | Apple Music | Spotify

“From poppy sensibilities to heavy riffs, the new new track “I Want You” from The Venomous Pinks is the perfect soundtrack to your weekend.”- New Noise Magazine

Check out the video, starring dominatrixes Soma Snakeoil and Lady Scorpius here:

Guitarist and vocalist Drea Doll says, “I Want You is an in-your-face, unapologetic, punk rendition of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ timeless classic. We set out to infuse our unique style and uncontrived attitude to change up the cover while lovingly nodding to its original roots.”

About The Venomous Pinks

If members of Bikini Kill and TSOL musically collided in a Russ Myer movie, the soundtrack scoring the scene would be orchestrated by The Venomous Pinks. Hailing from Mesa, Arizona the three-piece trio creates an unapologetically, uniquely addictive, in-your-face punk sound, that instantly makes the soul hurt so good, you can’t help but yearn for more.

Newly signed to Die Laughing Records, music is the religion they worship, and their church is the road. Having formed in 2012, they have blasted their way from the garage and into the spotlight, shredding the stage with some of punk rock’s finest bands, such as: Bad Religion, Iggy Pop, Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, just to name a few. Even though they have been touring all over the country, they have street cred to back them since their loyalty to their local roots runs deep.

“The Venomous Pinks are a punk band. Not a “girl” band or a “chick” band, but a punk band.”- New Times

Upcoming Shows

The Venomous Pinks Online:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


Derek Sanders (of Mayday Parade) Announces First Solo EP, My Rock and Roll Heart

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Los Angeles, CA — Derek Sanders, the frontman of beloved Tallahassee emo/alternative band, Mayday Parade, has announced the release of his first solo EP, My Rock and Roll Heart, out on Friday, February 14 via Rise Records. 

New Record Features Acoustic Covers of Songs by
Something Corporate, Saves the Day, and More

Comprised of five stripped-back covers of tracks from Jimmy Eat WorldSomething Corporate, Saves The DayThe Juliana Theory, and local Tallahassee band Goodbye Love, the acoustic EP acts as a snapshot of songs that inspired Sanders to become a musician. The first single, Sanders’ stunning version of Jimmy Eat World’s “A Praise Chorus,” debuted today and includes a guest feature from fellow Tallahassee native, Daniel Lancaster (Stages and Stereos). 

“When I started getting into music, I got an acoustic guitar when I was ten years old. I spent all of my time with that guitar, just learning to play and writing my first songs. I’ve been in so many bands since then, and it’s cool to go back to playing acoustic and singing the way it all started,” Sanders says of the EP. 

Listen to “A Praise Chorus” (Jimmy Eat World Cover)

The official lyric video can be viewed here:

Stream the track, and digitally pre-order the EP here

My Rock and Roll Heart Track Listing:

  1. But Lauren
  2. Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
  3. A Praise Chorus
  4. Punk Rock Princess
  5. August In Bethany

The track listing of My Rock and Roll Heart is all music that Sanders loved as a teenager, anchored by the “But Lauren” cover, which he gifted to his wife for Valentine’s Day in 2017. The song was originally recorded by Sanders’ favorite local band, Goodbye Love. The group was the brainchild of Mike Hanson, who had been in several Tallahassee bands throughout the years, and whose music served as a major source of inspiration to Sanders.

For Sanders, the EP is not only a chance to cover a song by one of his heroes, but also to expose people to the track for the first time. “This was before the internet, and Mike never really broke out of Tallahassee,” he says. “It’s such a shame his music never had a chance to do more than it did, and it’s cool that people will be able to hear it through me.

Considering that “But Lauren” was an impactful song for him in high school, Sanders looked for other songs from that time in his life to round out the record.

“All of the songs on the EP are ones I was listening to at 15 or 16 years old,” he says. “I was like, ‘I gotta do a Saves The Day song, I have to do a Jimmy Eat World song.’ It was very nostalgic.” 

Limited Headline Tour Begins in February – Tickets on Sale Today

Despite already having a successful career in the music industry, Sanders isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In support of My Rock and Roll Heart, he will play a limited run of headline shows in the U.S. next month in OrlandoAtlanta, and Nashville. A full list of dates is included below, and tickets go on sale today at 10am local time HERE 

U.S. Headline Tour Dates

  • February 15 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • February 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
  • February 17 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt


Follow Derek Sanders:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Follow Mayday Parade

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube
Spotify | Apple Music

Featured photo (top) by Lupe Bustos


Industrial Pop Trio Aesthetic Perfection to Join Lords of Acid on Make Acid Great Again Tour

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On the heels of a direct support slot through Europe with the infamous Lindemann, the solo project of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann, industrial pop trio Aesthetic Perfection will set out across the US with the legendary Lords of Acid on the Make Acid Great Again Tour.

Make Acid Great Again Tour Begins Friday, March 13 in Los Angeles

With a newly revamped live show, audiences can expect a spectacle like never before.

“In the 20 years I’ve been a part of this project, I’ve never felt that all the pieces fit just as perfectly as I do now,” says Aesthetic Perfection founder and frontman Daniel Graves. “Each one of us is committed to taking this project to the next level and evolving every aspect. We want this to be an audiovisual experience, created within a community where everyone feels accepted for who they are.”

Since forming Aesthetic Perfection nearly two decades ago, producer Daniel Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.

For a sampling of Aesthetic Perfection,
check out the video for “Gods & Gold” here:

Aesthetic Perfection’s latest studio album, Into the Black, hit stores last year via Close to Human Music. The album features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), CombichristWednesday 13Genitorturers and several other top heavy-music artists. An all-star cast of collaborators such as Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand also contributed to the album.

Into the Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. Dark and gritty, yet undeniably catchy and melodic, Into the Black builds upon the band’s past while solidly keeping its eyes focused on the future. From the haunting electronic melodies of “Supernatural” to the twangy guitars of “Echoes”, from the punch-to-the-gut beat of “No Boys Allowed” to the soaring highs of “Mourning Doves,” Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.

Into The Black is available via Apple MusicAmazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available here, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.

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Make Acid Great Again Tour Dates

  • Mar 13 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar 14 – Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
  • Mar 15 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • Mar 17 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • Mar 18 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
  • Mar 19 – Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
  • Mar 20 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Mar 21 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Mar 22 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
  • Mar 23 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
  • Mar 25 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Mar 26 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • Mar 27 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Mar 28 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
  • Mar 29 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
  • Mar 31 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 01 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
  • Apr 02 – The Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
  • Apr 03 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
  • Apr 04 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Apr 05 – Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Apr 06 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • Apr 07 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Apr 08 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
  • Apr 09 – Vertigo @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Apr 10 – The Bluebird – Reno, NV
  • Apr 11 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • Apr 13 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
  • Apr 15 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Aesthetic Perfection Is:

  • Daniel GravesVocals
  • Elliott BerlinKeys & Guitars
  • Joe LetzDrums

Aesthetic Perfection Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter |
Instagram | YouTube

K-Pop Sensation MONSTA X Announces Summer Tour Across North America

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Today K-pop sensation MONSTA X announced their upcoming North American summer tour. Over the past four years MONSTA X has attracted a massive international fan base with their array of hit singles and tours, including a sold out U.S. arena outing in 2019.

The highly anticipated tour kicks off June 2nd in Minneapolis and will visit arenas and theaters across the U.S. and Canada including Boston, Toronto, Phoenix, Ft. Lauderdale and more before culminating with a colossal show at The Forum in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 17th at 3pm local time at LiveNation.com.

MONSTA X Tour Dates:

Tue Jun 02 Minneapolis, MNThe Armory
Fri Jun 05 Detroit, MIFox Theatre
Sun Jun 07 Washington, DCEagleBank Arena
Wed Jun 10 Newark, NJPrudential Center
Fri Jun 12 Boston, MAAgganis Arena
Sun Jun 14 Toronto, ONScotiaBank Arena
Tue Jun 16 Chicago, ILUnited Center
Fri Jun 19 Atlantic City, NJBorgata Event Center
Mon Jun 22 Atlanta, GAInfinite Energy Arena
Wed Jun 24 Ft. Lauderdale, FLBB&T Center
Sat Jun 27 Ft. Worth, TXDickies Arena
Mon Jun 29 Denver, COPepsi Center
Wed Jul 01 Seattle, WAaccesso ShoWare Center
Fri Jul 03 Vancouver, BCDoug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Mon Jul 06 San Jose, CASAP Center at San Jose
Wed Jul 08 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
Sat Jul 11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

About MONSTA X:

MONSTA X has taken the U.S. by storm with a list of hits permeating the air waves including the fifth single, “Middle of the Night,” from their upcoming album All About Luv which isset for a Valentine’s Day release. All About Luv will be the first all English-language album released by a K-pop group. 

Additionally, “WHO DO U LOVE?” positioned them as “only the second K-Pop group ever to enter the Top 40 Airplay Chart.” With a historic performance at Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas, they emerged as “the first male K-Pop group to perform at a major music festival in the United States, and stood out as the first K-pop group in history to hit the stage at iHeartRadio Music Festival the same day.  

They made their United States television debut on Good Morning America, followed by electric performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and became the “first K-pop group to perform on the Teen Choice Awards.”  MONSTA X also charted on the Billboard Social 50 for over a year, remaining one of the biggest social media bands in the world. 

MONSTA X Online:

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Matchbox Twenty Announces 2020 Summer Tour with Special Guest The Wallflowers

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Matchbox Twenty, the multi-platinum, hit-making pop rock band, announced today a 50+ date summer tour. Produced by Live Nation, “Matchbox Twenty 2020” will get underway on July 17 at the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA and will wrap-up with an epic night under the stars at L.A.’s iconic Hollywood Bowl on September 28 (see dates below). All dates will also feature special guest The Wallflowers.

Rob Thomas said, “I’m proud to be a part of the greatest pop rock band in the world and I can’t wait to play with them again. Stepping on stage with Matchbox and sharing those songs with the fans feels as natural as breathing to me at this point.”

“Matchbox Twenty 2020” is the band’s first tour since 2017, when they reunited for the “A Brief History of Everything” tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their RIAA Diamond-certified debut album Yourself or Someone Like You.

Tickets On Sale To The General Public Beginning January 17

Matchbox Twenty fanclub members can purchase tickets beginning Tues., Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Fri., Jan. 17 starting at 12 p.m. ET at LiveNation.com. For additional ticketing information, visit www.MatchboxTwenty.com.

Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wed., Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. local time until Thurs., Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details, visit www.citientertainment.com.

Matchbox Twenty Tour Dates feat. The Wallflowers:

Fri., Jul. 17 Bethlehem, PA Wind Creek Event Center
Sat., Jul. 18 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sun., Jul. 19 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Tue., Jul. 21 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Wed., Jul. 22 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri., Jul. 24 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sat., Jul. 25 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sun., Jul. 26 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue., Jul. 28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed., Jul. 29 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Fri., Jul. 31 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sat., Aug. 01 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun., Aug. 02 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Tue., Aug. 04 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Wed., Aug. 05 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Fri., Aug. 07 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sat., Aug. 08 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Sun., Aug. 09 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Tue., Aug. 11 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Thu., Aug. 13 Memphis, TN TBA
Fri., Aug. 14 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat., Aug. 15 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
Mon., Aug. 17 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater
Tue., Aug. 18 Rogers, AR Walmart Amp
Wed., Aug. 19 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
Fri., Aug. 21 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
Sat., Aug. 22 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
Sun., Aug. 23 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
Tue., Aug. 25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Wed., Aug. 26 Burgettstown, PA S&T Bank Music Park
Thu., Aug. 27 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat., Aug. 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun., Aug. 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Tue., Sep. 01 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed., Sep. 02 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
Fri., Sep. 04 Welch, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Sat., Sep. 05 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Sun., Sep. 06 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Tue., Sep. 08 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Omaha
Thu., Sep. 10 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat., Sep. 12 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Sun., Sep. 13 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Tue., Sep. 15 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Wed., Sep. 16 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Thu., Sep. 17 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat., Sep. 19 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun., Sep. 20 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Tue., Sep. 22 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wed., Sep. 23 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Thu., Sep. 24 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sat., Sep. 26 Las Vegas, NV Palms Casino Resort
Sun., Sep. 27 Bakersfield, CA Mechanics Bank Arena
Mon., Sep. 28 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

Matchbox Twenty is working with VNUE’s DiscLive to offer fans limited-edition “instant” collectible CD sets and digital downloads from each show of the tour. Fans may pre-order the CD sets via Ticketmaster for a $5 discount when they purchase their tickets. VIP ticket buyers will receive a download card free with their purchase of every VIP package. Fans may also pre-order via DiscLive’s website and can have CDs shipped, or can pick them up at the show(s) they attend.

HE IS WE Joins InVogue Records; New Single “Amazing Grace” Out Feb 14

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He Is We have signed with Ohio-based InVogue Records. Their brand new single will be out Feb. 14th and is titled “Amazing Grace.” The new single will mark their first new music released since 2018.

Pre-save/pre-add “Amazing Grace” here: 
https://orcd.co/heiswe

Washington-based He Is We is fronted by vocalist Rachel Taylor. HIW’s debut album, released in 2010, hit the Billboard charts and accumulated over 100 million streams. In 2017 the follow-up album was released and has already racked up nearly 50 million streams online.

“Regardless of how far I’ve tried to run from this industry, the unconditional support has pulled me back in and reminded me of why it is I need music. I’m blown away that I’d given up on myself and the heartbeat of He Is We never gave up on me. The fan base kept air in my lungs and brought me back to life. I just want to hug every person who held me together when falling apart became so easy,” says Taylor.

I’ve been a huge fan of He Is We for years so having the opportunity to release this new single, I couldn’t pass it up. I’m really excited to be working with Rachel on this new chapter of music she is creating,” says InVogue Records owner Nick Moore.

He Is We Online:

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | InVogue Records


tētēma (Mike Patton/Anthony Pateras) Return with Necroscape

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Melbourne, Australia – tētēma, the bi-continental outfit featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) and the Melbourne based, electro-acoustic artist Anthony Pateras, return with their sophomore album, the mind-bending Necroscape (April 3, Ipecac Recordings).

An early preview of the Spring release can be heard now, with “Haunted On The Uptake,” a track Pateras describes as sounding “like The Melvins’ tour van broke down in the Balkans and instead of going home, they decide to open a mountain laboratory dedicated to possible hybrids of Rembetika and hardcore.” Pre-order and stream here: https://smarturl.it/necroscape

Necroscape is sculpted around isolation in the surveillance age; and although lofty/high-concept sounding, it is still an intensely fun and heavy listen. Necroscape synthesizes a lot of territory: odd-time rock, musique concrète, otherworld grooves, soul, industrial noise, microtonal psychoacoustics… seemingly strange bedfellows on paper, yet they seamlessly coalesce into 13 songs which playfully challenge our notions of sonic logic and make you move at the same time. In a nutshell, listening to Necroscape creates the weird sensation of exclaiming “of course!” and “wtf?” simultaneously.

Necroscape Tracklist

  1. Necroscape
  2. Cutlass Eye
  3. Wait Till Mornin’
  4. Haunted on the Uptake
  5. All Signs Uncensored
  6. Milked Out Million
  7. Soliloquy
  8. Flatliner’s Owl
  9. Dead Still
  10. Invertebrate
  11. We’ll Talk Inside A Dream
  12. Sun Undone
  13. Funerale Di Un Contadino

About tētēma

Pateras and Patton “created an intelligent but ferocious mixture of avant-garde experimentalism, world music accents, and heavy metal velocity” (All Music) within the confines of their 11-track, 2014 debut, GeocidalNME described the collection as “Roni Size getting spiked with GHB and fed through a woodchipper” while Alternative Press said, “once you are acclimated, it will leave you tingling.

tētēma
tētēma | Photography: Sabina Maselli

The pair, joined by Will Guthrie (percussion) and Erkka Veltheim (violin), both of whom appear on Necroscape as well, made their live debut, fittingly at the Tasmania Mona music and art festival. The Guardian said of the outing: “tētēma didn’t enrapture with anthems or token festival rock gestures, they enraptured with mood, with surprises, and with evocations rarely felt by audiences…

Evanescence Releases Powerful Music Video for “The Chain (from Gears 5)”

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Los Angeles, CA – Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, has released the official music video for their first new rock recording in eight years, “The Chain (From Gears 5).” Directed by frequent collaborator, P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Green Day), the piece blends powerful, epic performance visuals with footage from the launch trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ Gears 5 from the massively popular Gears of War franchise. To emulate the aesthetic of Gears 5, a miniature set was constructed for the music video that parallels the dystopian environment of the game. Watch it HERE, and listen to the song on all digital streaming platforms HERE

“The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version,” lead singer Amy Lee elaborates. 

P.R. Brown adds, “The goal of the video is to show the bond of this band as they deliver a powerful take on a classic song. The tie in with Gears 5 presented an opportunity to combine the game world together with the band performance in a post-apocalyptic setting. The band emerges from the ashes to come together. We wanted to bring these worlds together and feel both the force of the band and the game.” 

Evanescence unveiled their signature-rock version of the Fleetwood Mac classic in November, following Lee having lent her vocals to the Gears 5 launch trailer. The spot aired as part of a multi-million-dollar ad campaign in the fall in conjunction with the launch of the game. Watch it HERE. In addition, Gears 5 set new records as the biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation.

Evanescence | Photography: P.R. Brown

Band Is Currently in the Studio Working on New Original Music

“The Chain” marks the first release in what is expected to be a very active period for Evanescence. Following their foray into symphonic music with 2017’s critically acclaimed Synthesis album and world tour, the five-piece reemerged by embracing a heavier sound, albeit with their trademark style that has made Evanescence integral in establishing a global, critical mass in rock, and among the most unique artists of the millennium. The band is currently working on new original music, which will start rolling out in 2020 in advance of their highly-anticipated fifth full-length studio album. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Spring Tour Begins on March 29 with a
Performance at Download Festival Japan

On March 29, Evanescence’s spring tour dates commence with a performance at Download Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Shortly thereafter, the group will embark on a massive co-headline tour of Europe and the U.K. with Within Temptation that runs from April 4 to May 1. Evanescence will also headline their own show in Madrid, Spain on May 3 to conclude their slew of dates overseas. After a quick break, the quintet will return to the U.S. for two select performances – The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN on May 14 and a major festival performance at Sonic Temple on May 16. Tickets to all shows are on sale now and can be purchased on Evanescence’s official website HERE.

Evanescence 2020 Tour Dates

  • 3/29 – Tokyo, Japan @ Download Festival 
  • 4/4 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12 *
  • 4/5 – Paris, France @ Accor Hotel Arena *
  • 4/7 – London, U.K. @ The O2 *4/9 – Berlin, Germany @ Velodrome *
  • 4/11 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle *
  • 4/12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion *
  • 4/14 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum *
  • 4/15 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith *
  • 4/17 – Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle *
  • 4/18 – Leipzig, Germany @ Leipzig Arena *
  • 4/20 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Mitsubishi Hall *
  • 4/21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome *
  • 4/22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome *
  • 4/24 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12 *
  • 4/26 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal Main Hall *
  • 4/28 – Glasgow, U.K. @ The SSE Hyrdo *
  • 4/30 – Leeds, U.K. @ First Direct Arena * 
  • 5/1 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Arena Birmingham *
  • 5/3 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Vistalegre
  • 5/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
  • 5/16 – Columbus, OH @ Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

* w/ Within Temptation

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REVIEW: I’m Not Okay — An Emo & Pop Punk Dance Party at High Dive (12-28-19)

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SEATTLE — High Dive was host to an Emo and Pop Punk dance party called “I’m Not Okay” amidst the Emo revival that is sweeping the globe. Being named after their hit single, there is no doubt that some attendees came out to ease the pain of missing out on My Chemical Romance’s December 20th reunion concert in Los Angeles.

The animated DJ Baby Van Beezly led the night, appearing at home amongst the community — many whom were teenagers when the music spinning was new and permanently impacting them. Heard throughout the night were artists such as My Chemical Romance, Yellowcard, Blink-182, The Offspring, Panic! At the Disco, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Good Charlotte, The Used, Green Day, and more.

A sole band performed — MySpace Romance, who some may have assumed was strictly a My Chemical Romance cover band. Rather, they additionally covered the likes of Arizona’s very own The Format and Jimmy Eat World, along with Coheed and Cambria, The Starting Line, Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional, and more. (Find the setlist in the photo gallery below.) The band had good energy and put on a delightful set for those that longed to experience these songs in live performance again.

Emo nights occur frequently nowadays, and there is certainly no shortage of them in Burning Hot Events’ home — Phoenix. The venues The Rebel Lounge, The Van Buren, and Pub Rock are some that have been host to emo nights, so keep an eye on their upcoming events. As for Seattle: “The Emo Night Tour” took place at El Corazon the same night as “I’m Not Okay”, but there is another opportunity to experience this event on February 22nd! Wherever you may be located, if you are a fan of the genre, do find an emo night nearby and experience catharsis, nostalgia, community, and the passionate energy that comes with this type of music.

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Photography: Katherine Amy Vega

I’m Not Okay – Emo & Pop Punk Dance Party – High Dive 12-28-19

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