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Manager & Concert Photographer of Burning Hot Events Photographer, Web Designer & Developer, Video Producer, Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur, Freelancer, concert-junkie, musician, dancer, #1 fan of LOTR & the Spice Girls, cat-lover, & moar!

San Diego’s Hey, Chels Release Debut Full-Length, Everything Goes

Now Streaming and Available as FREE Download on Bandcamp

San Diego’s Hey, Chels have released their debut full-length Everything Goes digitally for FREE on Bandcamp. The LP is also streaming on DSPs and will be released on vinyl later this year via Brainworm Records.

The band says, “Our reasoning is that we don’t feel right asking for money right now with the current state of everything. If you feel like helping the band out, share us with a friend, add us to a playlist, share us on your socials, we would very much appreciate it.”

A music video for the new track “You’ve Got You Now” is streaming here:

The follow up to the band’s well-received 2019 self-titled EP, Everything Goes was recorded by Pat Hills at Earthtone Studios in Sacramento, CA.

Due to the current state of the world Hey, Chels had to cancel all tour plans but will be back out as soon as it’s safe again.

Hey, Chels – Everything Goes
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Cover Art by SICKPLEASURE

Everything Goes Track Listing:

  1. Clear
  2. Crumbling
  3. Masterpiece
  4. Pulse Check
  5. You’ve Got You Now
  6. Okay
  7. Everything Goes
  8. Floating Through Days
  9. Tough
  10. Away

About Hey, Chels

Hey, Chels

Hey, Chels is what you get when you spend 10 years of your life working for a degree you’ll never pay off. It’s realizing the whole world is terrible, while also serving as a reassuring pat on the cheek that everything is going to be ok. It’s a warm summer day and a cold winter night. Hey, Chels is a four-piece rock n roll band from San Diego fronted by Jax Mendez (New Way On) and featuring Stephanie Presz (The Newports) on drums, Kevin White (Squarecrow) on guitar, and Ricky Schmidt (Western Settings) on bass.

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All-Star Quintet IMONOLITH Announces Weekly Quarantine Sessions with Tracks Off New Album

All-star modern metal band IMONOLITH released their highly anticipated debut album, State of Being, this past March. Like many bands in the music industry, they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and were forced to cancel their European tour dates in March and April. 

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While the guys have isolated themselves at home, they’re still in daily contact with each other, keeping their creative juices flowing. Even though they are separated across the globe from each other, the members of IMONOLITH have been able to put together something special for fans entitled “The Quarantine Sessions.”

Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen explains in further detail: “It’s tough times for everyone world-wide with COVID-19. The music industry and bands world-wide have literally been shut down from touring, from doing press tours and anything to do with public appearances. The one thing COVID-19 has not disrupted is the Internet and Social Media. Many bands are getting creative and doing live stream concerts and more…

IMONOLITH has come up with the ‘Quarantine Sessions’ for our supporters in correlation with our debut album release ‘State of Being,’ which came out on March 27th, 2020. What are the ‘Quarantine Sessions?’ They are videos released on our YouTube page, each Monday at 8 a.m. PST, of the full band playing through a song on our debut album. We will be releasing a new song every Monday until we have finished all 10 songs on our album. Then on every Tuesday, at 9 a.m. PST we will be doing a ‘Quarantine Session Live Feed’ on our Instagram page to talk about the song we released on Monday. We’ll go into many behind-the-scenes specifics about each song we release and do a live Q&A with you all. Let’s hang, have some fun and catch up, while self-isolating at home during these challenging times! 

This is our Quarantine offering to our loyal and new supporters to show how we play our material and to be able to chat with you all, albeit in Quarantine from our homes. This is Self Isolation at it’s finest while helping flatten the curve of COVID-19. Finding the positive in the negative 😉 

Tune in on Mondays for our new video and see you on Tuesdays for our live feed discussion. Be safe out there!”

Check out the first episode, “Becoming the Enemy,” here or below:

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IMONOLITH features drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of MayhemNoise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush). The collective of heavy-hitting players is at the top of their game recently releasing their debut album, State of Being, on March 27. The album features special guest appearances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and famed Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström and is made up of 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks that center around the theme of how people deal with various stages of life.

The album has already seen the release of four singles and videos – “Hollow,” the 2019 debut single that made big waves, racking up 216K Spotify streams, “Instinct,” “Dig,” and the most recent single, “Becoming The Enemy.” With the release of these singles, IMONOLITH has already received worldwide praise that has garnered them a massive number of streams and attention from the media and fans alike. 

Check out the videos here:

Hollow | Instinct | Dig | Becoming the Enemy

State of Being is available in exclusive vinyl and CD formats at www.ImonolithBand.com, or you can stream the album at the service of your choice here: https://lnk.to/stateofbeing.

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BANKS Releases Live and Stripped EP

Avant-pop/dark R&B artist BANKS has released an EP entitled Live and Stripped, stating that she is “using music as a tool to bring us together.” BANKS utilizes her music to release her emotions, which is both apparent through her lyrics and the raw vocals heard on this EP.

One of her messages to fans was: “My new Live and Stripped EP is out today! I’m so excited to be able to share these stripped back versions of my songs with you.

Most of my songs are written on the piano before anything else, so it is a gift to be able to share these acoustic versions of songs with my fans during this tough time. We cannot physically be near each other right now, so I am using music as a tool to bring us together.”

Live and Stripped Track List

  1. Stroke
  2. Contaminated
  3. Drowning
  4. If We Were Made of Water

Listen to the Live and Stripped EP

I think people are most beautiful in their rawest form, and sometimes same goes for music. I am so happy you guys can get to know me a little better by hearing these songs like this.” says BANKS.

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COVID Compilation – Musical Gallows Humor To Get Us By During Lockdown

During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some artists have taken advantage of the opportunity help us cope through music featuring grim and ironic humor in this dire situation. We’ve curated a list of music videos, memes, tweets, and a Spotify playlist for your enjoyment while you’re stuck at home. (We appreciate your patience while the page loads – it is full of content to entertain you!)

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING: Some of this content contains swears.

“One Week of COVID-19”

Beginning on a light note, we are sharing a parody of “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies, performed by Pepper Coyote and titled “One Week of COVID-19”. Originally written by Dana Jay Bein (aka @daniAWESOME), some of you might recognize a reference to a rather unique anime that you explored on Netflix while shut in. #NoSpoilers:

“Coronavirus Rhapsody”

One of the first we saw hit the internet was “Coronavirus Rhapsody”, and while there are multiple coronavirus parodies born from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, we chose to share the version performed by Adrian Grimes, with lyrics by Dana Jay Bein:

You can see the same version being performed by the Phoenix Chamber Choir here.

Same have criticized the parody as being insensitive. Grimes addressed those opinions in his video description:

“I’ve had a few comments suggesting that this is ‘insensitive’. I want to emphasize that I know where these people are coming from. My wife works in healthcare and I have two young kids; I know very well how this virus could impact my family. Every day that my wife goes to work, I hope it is another “bonus” day we get together before the wave hits and I don’t have to quarantine her and stop our children from hugging her. However, I hope that even in those circumstances, should they occur, I will still be able to maintain a sense of humor, and a lot of comments from people already affected by coronavirus have told me how much they appreciate this. I thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times.”

“Coronan Rhampsody”

Maestro Ziikos took a bit of a different approach with his own compilation of manipulated clips of President Trump to form the “Coronan Rhampsody”:

“Quarantine Song”

This type of political music video is was Ziikos is all about, as evidenced by his YouTube channel and Spotify. He is also responsible for the “Quarantine Song”, a parody of Bruno Mars‘ “The Lazy Song”:


Chris Mann, a second season contestant on NBC’s The Voice has made a bundle of pandemic-themed music videos, and doesn’t seem to plan on stopping. Here are a few of them:

“My Corona”

“Stay At Home”

For the third video of his that we are sharing, rather than comedy, Mann opted for an emotional parody of Alanis Morrissette’s “Thank U” to express appreciation for those on the frontline: Doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, the postal service, grocery clerks, and more:

“Thank U Frontline”

See more of Mann’s COVID-related videos on his YouTube channel.

However, if death metal is more of your jam, we have “Coronaviscerated” by Vermicide Violence for you:

“Coronaviscerated”

“COVID 19”

Born from a choir rehearsal cancellation, Sam Chaplin offers a more stripped-down parody with simply “COVID 19” performed at his piano. This parody is derived form “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners:

It is truly amazing that musicians and artists can rise up and create this entertainment for us during an otherwise downright scary time with an ambiguous future ahead. Please seek out ways to support these artists while they are supporting us. Many of the videos have song purchasing links in their descriptions! You can support Burning Hot Events’ hard work by pledging to our Patreon.

There are countless more music videos on YouTube about COVID-19, the pandemic, quarantine, the lockdown, and the absurd ways some people have chosen to handle the situation. Unfortunately there are too many to display in one article, but you can go down the rabbit hole to your heart’s content on YouTube. See More Here

Loads of musicians are adapting by doing live streams, and Burning Hot Events frequently shares posts to let you know about them on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!

COVID-19 Music Memes & Tweets

Not only has the internet has made so many songs and music videos easily distributable and accessible, but also an endless supply of relevant music related memes & tweets. Here are some that we gathered:

COVID Apocalypse

A Spotify playlist curated by Katherine Amy Vega
(Owner, Manager, Senior Concert Photographer of Burning Hot Events)
Featuring carefully crafted transitions and juxtapositions between themes and genres, and an eclectic array of artists:

“A journey of navigating the pandemic. Themes of illness, depression, dissociation, death, angst, illness, disgust, rage, ignorance, propaganda, conspiracy, anarchy, war, disaster, revolt, isolation, self-medication (addiction), slavery, incarceration, religion, despair, hope, perseverance, rising up” Open in Spotify


“Now is a crucial time for the arts. I’m watching values shift.”
— Katherine Amy Vega

Grey Daze (Chester Bennington) and Loma Vista Recordings Move Amends’ Release Date to June 26

When we announced that we were working on Amends our intention was always to honor Chester’s memory and to finish the work he had begun with us. Amends means so much to his family, our families and the millions of fans worldwide who embraced Chester that we feel we owe it to everyone involved to ensure that Amends receives a proper release.” – Sean Dowdell

PHOENIX – Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, in partnership with Loma Vista Recordings, have re-scheduled the release of Amends to June 26.

The 11-song album, which was created to honor both the legacy of Bennington and to see one of his final dreams, the reunion and re-recording of the band’s long out-of-print and largely undiscovered catalog, to completion.

With an abundance of concern for those that need to spend time with their loved ones over the coming weeks due to Covid-19, the band and label came to the difficult decision to postpone the album’s release.

This album means so much to Chester’s family, and to us and our families, that we didn’t want to release it in the midst of this crisis,” explained Grey Daze co-founder, drummer Sean Dowdell. “Having said that, we know there are a lot of fans who pre-ordered the album, have been watching the various videos and behind-the-scenes footage we’ve been sharing and we didn’t want to let them down either, so we came up with the idea of an April 10 worldwide listening session.

Amends will be live streamed in its entirety via a series of fan-hosted, worldwide listening parties on April 10, across a variety of online platforms. Tune-in times and additional information for these listening parties will be revealed over the coming weeks via the Grey Daze socials. People who previously pre-ordered the album will receive their order on, or by, June 26.

The Phoenix-based band re-launched their website this morning, offering a unique glimpse into Chester Bennington’s original band and offering fans an opportunity to get early access to downloads by signing up for the band’s newsletter, dive into the deluxe CD, LP and merch offerings and learn more about the story of Chester, Grey Daze and the making of Amends.

Since the band announced the forthcoming album release, they have released a pair of singles: “Sickness” (the accompanying video, which tells a story from Dowdell and Chester Bennington’s long-running friendship can be seen here) and “What’s In The Eye”. “Sickness” is expected to enter the top 10 on the Active Rock radio chart this week.

Grey Daze
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Amends is the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognizable voices and also a full circle moment among friends. The album is the fulfillment of a planned Grey Daze reunion that Chester had announced prior to his untimely passing. The remaining band members – Dowdell, Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar) – along with Talinda Bennington (Chester’s widow) and his parents, made it their mission to see the project through with assistance from Tom Whalley, the founder of Loma Vista Recordings and former Warner Bros. Records Chairman during Linkin Park’s tenure at the label.

Dowdell, Beyers and Davis selected the tracks from the band’s mid-90s, but largely unknown, catalog and re-recorded the music in 2019 to accompany Chester’s re-mastered vocals. Produced by Jay Baumgardner, several musicians leant their time and talent to the album, including Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, Page Hamilton (Helmet), Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), LP (Laura Pergolizzi), Jaime Bennington, Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin), Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.) and Ryan Shuck (Orgy).

Amends is available in a variety of collectible formats with several iterations available exclusively via the band’s website. The CD comes as a 16-page case-bound book; a first pressing, ruby red vinyl variant exclusive to the band’s webstore; and a numbered deluxe edition featuring both a CD and LP, which includes the first ever disc tray designed for vinyl, a 60-page book with never-before-seen photos, 180g red and white splattered vinyl, and a collectible set of band memorabilia dubbed the “Grey Daze Archive.” Digital and other standard versions of the album are available here. Pre-orders include instant downloads of “What’s In The Eye” and “Sickness.”

Plan D – Feat. Members of Pearl Jam, Melvins & Blondie – Release First in a Four-part Series 

LOS ANGELES — Toshi Kasai, the producer/engineer who has worked with a number of the era’s most experimental and groundbreaking artists including Tool, Big Business, Foo Fighters and the Melvins has spent the past several years recruiting some of the world’s best drummers to take part in Plan D, an experimental project that sees him “translate” drum beats into a medley of music via the use of triggered analog synths.

See the process used to bring Plan D to life:


“Toshi Kasai understands us drummers. This amazing collection of drum vignettes is a perfect example of how Toshi hears the music in our rhythmic patterns. I am not sure how he did it, something including MIDI I presume, but none of that matters, Plan D stands on its own as a completely new musical entity and I’m super proud to be a part of it.” –
Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden)

The result of those sessions come via four 12” releases arriving throughout 2020. The first is SW, which is available now, or you can pre-order the full collection (SWNESENW) as a discounted bundle via Joyful Noise Recordings’ website. Each 12″ is limited to just 300 hand-numbered copies. Featuring artwork by Mackie Osborne, with all four parts forming one complete “treasure map.”

“Plan D is a musical demonstration built for Dimension, Duration, and Dynamics,” explains Toshi. “My long time desire became real and it’s even better than I planned because of the support from talented, experienced drummers. The unique and individual styles of drumming each tell a different story. It became an experimental, conceptual project. I directed their stories by writing notes on the synthesizer and triggering them by drum hits.”

SW Tracklist:

  1. Golden Voyage
  2. Stormy Sea
  3. Distance and Duration
  4. Landing, The Search Begins
  5. Stumbling Through The Jungle
  6. Whitewater
  7. The Mystery of The Limestone Cave

“Plan D is what happens when one of the best recording engineers/producers goes crazy with a bunch of world class drummers.” – Dale Crover (Melvins, Redd Kross, Nirvana)  

SW Drummers:

  • Clem Burke (Blondie, Eurythmics)
  • Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden)
  • Paul Christensen (Qui, hepa.Titus)
  • Dale Crover (Melvins, Redd Kross, Nirvana, Hew Time)
  • Joe Plummer (Mister Heavenly, Cold War Kids, The Shins, Hew Time)
  • Coady Willis (Big Business, Melvins, The Murder City Devils, Hew Time)
  • Troy Zeigler (Serj Tankian, Juliette Lewis, Buckethead)



Jimmy Eat World Announce Criminal Energy Tour with The Front Bottoms, Turnover and Joyce Manor

Jimmy Eat World announce their Criminal Energy Tour today. The 20 date summer run will start in Atlanta, GA on August 6th and culminate in a hometown gig in Phoenix, AZ, Labor Day Weekend, on September 5th.  New Jersey based The Front Bottoms will join the tour as direct support with Turnover and Joyce Manor splitting the duties of opening the festivities on select dates (noted below). Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public starting on Friday, March 13th at 10AM local time with various presales beginning as early as Tuesday, March 10th at 12pm local time. The tour is produced by Live Nation, For more information and tickets please visit www.JimmyEatWorld.com.  

Jimmy Eat World continue the 2020 roadshow in support of their “bold, brave and  ultimately defiant” (NME)10th studio album, Surviving (listen here). With 10 records to pull from, the sets will prove to satisfy all fans new and old… As the band proclaims:  

“Whether we’ve slept on your floor after the ‘97 basement show or you’ve just only recently heard about us, we will have something you’d be into catching live!” 

Not to be missed, The Front Bottoms recently returned with “Camouflage,” a standalone single teasing a larger body of work on the horizon in 2020.  The FADER declared the song, “…a celebration of sorts for a band perennially on the fringes of a major breakthrough.

Criminal Energy Tour Dates 2020

  • August 6th Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy*
  • August 7th Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^
  • August 8th Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre^
  • August 9th Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion^
  • August 11th New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17 (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 14th Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 15th Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 16th Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 18th Toronto, ON – Rebel^
  • August 20th Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park^
  • August 21st Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit^
  • August 22nd Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion^
  • August 26th Minneapolis, MN – The Armory#
  • August 27th Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (non-Live Nation produced show)#
  • August 28th Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#
  • August 29th Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland#
  • August 31st Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium#
  • September 1st Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex#
  • September 4th San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU#
  • September 5th Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre#

*with Turnover
^with The Front Bottoms & Turnover
#with The Front Bottoms & Joyce Manor

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Amanda Palmer & Friends Release Forty​-​Five Degrees – A Bushfire Charity Flash Record

Amanda Palmer has teamed up with friends, including The Dresden Dolls bandmate and acclaimed drummer Brian Viglione, to release a collaborative album for charity — Forty-Five Degrees – A Bushfire Charity Flash Record. The album includes contributions from Jherek Bischoff (who was a member of Palmer’s Grand Theft Orchestra), Clare Bowditch, Fred LeoneMissy Higgins, and Montaigne.

Funded by Palmer’s supporters on her Patreon, all profits are going to an Indigenous Australian-led organization called Firesticks Alliance in response to Australia’s 2019-2020 bushfire season.

In a public post on her Patreon, Palmer says, “all the artists involved are incredibly proud of the work we’ve done – my phone is covered in texts dripping with excitement. i kinda cannot believe we pulled off a record that sounds THIS powerful THIS fast. i just got off the phone with a journalist who was like: ‘holy shit, this record is actually really amazing.’ and i was like: YEAH IT IS. do not underestimate the power of fast art.”

THE DRESDEN DOLLS RIDE AGAIN!!!!!!!! …the look on his face when he nails that last piano hit. GOD DAMMIT I LOVE Brian Viglione – this is him tracking the drums for “beds are burning”, with missy higgins on vocals with me, and jherek bischoff on bass and guitar. this song dropped yesterday as the first taste of “forty-five degrees”, our bushfire charity flash record. the whole thing comes out tomorrow – guests include brian on a ton of songs, jherek bischoff on bass and guitar, montaigne and clare bowditch singing duets with me, and fred leone on didgeridoo. the song selection is off the hook. we worked really hard on this, it’s a truly powerful record. i hope you listen and i hope you love. patrons, heads up it’ll be emailed – and all your $ is going to firesticks alliance network. non-patrons, just watch this space for links tomorrow, it’ll be available everywhere music streams. all the sales head to bushfire charity. ♥️🔥♥️ i’m on my way to sydney today for tomorrow’s show at the enmore!! SEE YOU SOON SYDNEY. also, MELBOURNE, tix for me and @neilhimself’s charity gig march 8th at the forum are almost gone!!! all the album (and melbourne show info) is HERE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/34048106 …. video taken in jaron luksa’s studio in LA, the rattle room, where brian tracked. thanks jaron. 🙏🏼🔥

Posted by Amanda Palmer on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The album is available to purchase on Bandcamp for minimum of $5 — pay as much as you want.

While Palmer has toured in Australia for three months in support of There Will Be No Intermission, she recorded the album in Melbourne. There, Palmer and her husband, author Neil Gaiman, will be hosting a bushfire benefit on March 8. Tickets to “Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer Present a Bushfire Recovery Event”, including 18+ VIP Meet & Greets, are available through Ticketmaster and will certainly sell out.

Artwork by Sarah Beetson


Theatrical Metal Quartet Raven Black Teases New Video in Advance of “The In-Between” Tour

Theatrical metal band Raven Black will preview their upcoming third album, The Key, on The In-Between Tour this spring with In This MomentBlack Veil Brides and DED.

The nearly-two-month-long tour will begin March 24 in Orlando and will continue through May 16.

We are incredibly excited to support In This Moment and Black Veil Brides along with DED on this tour, and share our new music with all of you, says RavenWe can’t wait to share our new album and feel there would be no better tour to present the Dark Metal Carnival.

The Key, produced by Ulrich Wild (Static-XWhite ZombieDeftones), is scheduled for release this May via WurmGroup. Pre-orders for the album and an assortment of bundles are available via Raven Black’s webstore. A new video for the track “Hear Me Cry” will be available soon. VIP packages for The In-Between Tour are also available at the webstore.

Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival story began when a voodoo doctor, The Doctor, happened upon a lost and scared little girl named Raven. Using his magic, The Doctor attempted turned the girl into a doll. The Doctor’s attempt, however, was interrupted by the terrified girl’s screams, leaving her in a half-human, half-doll state. As Raven lived in the dark world of the Doctor, she secretly learned his magic and conjured up a demon named Muppet, whom she trapped inside of her heart and made her eternal protector. Together, The Doctor and Muppet created another character, Stitches, to help search for souls to join the Dark Metal Carnival in the 13th hour.

Together, the quartet has created a soundtrack to the Dark Metal Carnival, releasing the 2016 EP Seven Sins and the 2018 album 13. The band has toured extensively, perfecting a creepy live show that unifies the visual and aural aspects of Raven Black.

Raven Black Tour Dates

  • 3/24 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
  • 3/26 – Atlanta, GA –Tabernacle
  • 3/27 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces
  • 3/28 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center
  • 3/30 – Richmond, VA – The National
  • 3/31 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
  • 4/1 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
  • 4/3 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
  • 4/4 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
  • 4/5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
  • 4/7 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
  • 4/9 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
  • 4/10 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore 
  • 4/11 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
  • 4/13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
  • 4/14 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
  • 4/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
  • 4/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
  • 4/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
  • 4/19 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note (Outdoor Stage)
  • 4/21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Center at The Midland Theatre
  • 4/23- Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
  • 4/24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion
  • 4/25 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Events Center
  • 4/27 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
  • 4/28 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
  • 4/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
  • 5/1 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
  • 5/2 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort
  • 5/3 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
  • 5/5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
  • 5/6 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center
  • 5/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
  • 5/8 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center: Retter & Company Theatre
  • 5/10 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
  • 5/10 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 5/13 – Calgary, AL – MacEwan Hall
  • 5/15 – Billings, MT – First Interstate Arena
  • 5/16 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center

Raven Black is:

  • Raven – Vocals
  • Muppet – Drums/Vocals
  • The Doctor – Lead Guitar/Vocals
  • Stitches – Bass

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REVIEW: Bat for Lashes Bares the Unrivaled Beauty of Storytelling at Neptune Theatre (2-10-20)

SEATTLE — Neptune Theatre was graced with the haunting vocals, jovial spirit, and authentic expressions of Bat for Lashes, granting an intimate and ethereal atmosphere to those in attendance. It had been a few years since she last journeyed from England to the United States, and as she stepped out to begin the concert, a hand from the cheering audience extended a bouquet of flowers to her. The beloved artist graciously accepted the gift with a warm smile, and she made her way to center stage. Donning a regal red lace-tiered gown, surrounded by seven electric lanterns, she shifted the tone in the auditorium as she stood still with her hands placed on the mic, raising her eyes toward the balcony, and began her performance with the synthy, notably 80s-influenced opening track of her latest album Lost Girls.

Bat for Lashes is the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan, who was accompanied by the keys and angelic backup vocals of Laura Groves. With a uniquely low and breathy vocal tone in general, Khan’s impressively wide vocal range is noteworthy as she frequently traverses to the soprano end of her range.

Natasha Khan (Vocals, Keys), Bat for Lashes
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At times Groves’ operatic high notes were quite a palatable complement as she harmonized with her partner on stage. Throughout the night, Khan would go on to alternate between singing while sitting at the keys and standing at the mic – twice gently playing a pink Stratocaster guitar. 

Natasha Khan (Vocals, Keys), Bat for Lashes & Laura Groves (Accompanist)
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This came across as a slightly dressed-down performance for the musician, who has been known to whimsically dance around the stage and pick up a variety of interesting instruments.

Bat for Lashes – April 12, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ (View Gallery)
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But this more reserved presence may have lent itself to more opportunities for Khan to be an impactful storyteller between songs, which was an enriching experience.

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She explained that as she is also a filmmaker, she wrote her concept album The Bride as if she were writing a film. Preceding the song “Close Encounters”, she spoke about her reflections on those who tell abduction stories, and her take on those as a coping mechanism to deal with trauma. She said that, being a child of the 80s, she dealt with grief by imagining the mythology of aliens. 

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It is apparent that Khan’s music is deeply personal to her, and something that she took to as child to help her work through her trials as she dealt with painful situations such as racial abuse and the absence of her father. It was an inspiring example of the beauty of the way emotions can be channeled into creativity, and transformed into something that brings happiness and unity to oneself and others. Knowing all of this brings a new level of appreciation to the foreground as she joked about her bottle of water and said, “I’ve barely figured out how I can do this in front of this many people without a bottle of vodka.

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Anyone who appreciates feeling deeply will particularly find themselves resonating with this musician that at times feels otherworldly. Khan’s profound relationship with music and the environment around her was obvious as she spoke of the English countryside having seeped into her bones, and Kate Bush being part of her musical DNA. Before performing “This Woman’s Work”, she told the crowd that the song makes her very emotional — that she wouldn’t be who she is without Bush.

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Afterward, following mention that it had been a long time since she’d been to the States, she said, “I’m so happy there’s people!” and closed the evening with an homage to Cindy Lauper as she covered “I Drove All Night”. Seattle made it clear that Bat for Lashes is unforgotten and adored, her distant travels were appreciated, and her artistry cherished and revered.

Natasha Khan (Vocals, Keys), Bat for Lashes & Laura Groves (Accompanist)
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