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Month: May 2023

Fair Pay at SXSW: Please Pay These Brilliant Brits!!
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Fair Pay at SXSW: Please Pay These Brilliant Brits!!

Despite the fact that it’s held in March, SXSW is still on a lot of minds–especially right now. Before I dive into a recap of the incredible artists I saw live in Texas, I want to bring your attention to something important that is happening today: a protest outside of the Penske Media Corporation NYC Offices that is demanding fair pay for artists at SXSW.  This protest is led by the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, and is made up of a coalition of music workers organizations, music industry unions, local organizing groups, and more. Protesters are gathering in front of Penske HQ because the media conglomerate is the festival’s largest stakeholder, as of 2021; after similar protests were held in Austin during SXSW this year, the festival made a pledge to reassess the situati...
US Tour Announced: Experience Royal Blood Live
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US Tour Announced: Experience Royal Blood Live

Photo Credit: Tom Beard Royal Blood is set to unleash a new album and embark on a cross-country US tour in support. Brace yourself for the release of their highly anticipated fourth studio album Back To The Water Below on September 8 via Warner Records. This latest offering stands as their most potent and hard-hitting body of work to date, solidifying their status as rock icons. Royal Blood has given us a preview of the new album with the release of the explosive anthem "Mountains At Midnight." The song captures the essence of the band's signature sound while infusing it with renewed vigor. Mike Kerr, the mastermind behind Royal Blood's unique material creates a wall of sound solely with his bass. Drummer Ben Thatcher's rhythmic prowess taps into a spellbinding groove that is sure ...
Nick Neutronz Experiments With Two-Sided Single, ‘IDRIVE // AASMR’
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Nick Neutronz Experiments With Two-Sided Single, ‘IDRIVE // AASMR’

Legendary underground music producer, Nick Neutronz, is back at it again with his newest release, a two-sided experiment, IDRIVE // AASMR. Drawing influence from both phonk and wave this time, Neutronz created something that's dark, sexy, and even a bit magical. Don't miss out. Stream IDRIVE // AASMR by Nick Neutronz on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1F89Q2prvnAzlM66c979Zx?si=_9aRJ3ypQcOk4FnEU-INHg This new single sees Nick Neutronz putting a fresh spin on two different genres within one release. The A-side, "IDRIVE," channels more of a groovy, nostalgic phonk sound, whereas the B-side, "AASMR," leans more wavy and melodic. While you can notice the shift from one song into the next, the two songs do end up blending together into one well-curated piece, if y...
Jagwar Twin’s “All My Friends” Is A Stylish Indie-Rock Anthem
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Jagwar Twin’s “All My Friends” Is A Stylish Indie-Rock Anthem

Photo Credit: Corey Ingram Jagwar Twin is the musical persona of singer, songwriter, producer, and storyteller Roy English. He's back with an exhilarating new single called "All My Friends." This stylish indie-rock anthem draws inspiration from the profound connections forged during his time on the road. English's latest full-length album was produced by the Grammy-nominated Matthew Pauling (Twenty One Pilots and 5 Seconds of Summer) and is available now. "All My Friends" delves into the realities of our existence. English poignantly reflects, "The world is always ending and it’s always beginning. We’re having this experience flying through space on this rock we call home. 'All My Friends' is about the terror and the beauty of the fact that we’re all here on Earth, and it’s all of u...
Heavy Music Awards 2023: Winners
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Heavy Music Awards 2023: Winners

Last night, the 17 winners of the UK's Heavy Music Awards 2023 were announced. This year's edition of the event was a record-breaking ordeal (it is the biggest rock awards event in history, after all.) and took place in front of an audience of nearly 5,000 people--fans, artists, and industry personnel alike. The different categories highlight a variety of both emerging and established talent from all across the rock and metal scene. Now, you might be wondering--did your favorites win this year? Let's find out. Heavy Music Awards 2023: Artists Best UK Artist: Sleep Token Listen to the new Sleep Token album: https://open.spotify.com/album/1gjugH97doz3HktiEjx2vY Best UK Breakthrough Artist: As December Falls Get to know As December Falls: ...
‘Love to Love You, Donna Summer’ is Frustratingly Unfocused (Review)
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‘Love to Love You, Donna Summer’ is Frustratingly Unfocused (Review)

When Donna Summer went into the studio with Giorgio Moroder in 1974 to record "Love to Love You Baby," she could have never known how much her life would change. The song, first released overseas in the summer of 1975, became one of the most successful and notorious of the disco era. Filled with Summer's orgasmic moaning, the full 16-minute version of the song became a dance floor filler in nightclubs around the world. It marked a shift in Summer's career and she went on to become the "Queen of Disco." Oscar and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams and Summer's daughter Brooklyn Sudano collaborate on this new HBO documentary about her life and career. It's inherently watchable, occasionally fascinating, and frustratingly unfocused. The Verdict There has been a r...
Alienblaze & OmenXIII Make Angst Cool Again With “Lovesick”
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Alienblaze & OmenXIII Make Angst Cool Again With “Lovesick”

There is something addictive about the (fictional) tortured love affair--otherwise, primetime dramas and bodice rippers wouldn't have much of a market, would they? I mean, c'mon--the angst! The intensity! The rawness of it all! But, sometimes you just don't have the time for a full-length story, like with a TV series or in a novel, yet still crave the *drama*. Boy, do we have some good news for you: the full emotional impact of such an affair is perfectly channeled in "Lovesick," the spellbinding new rap-rock duet by Alienblaze and OmenXIII. This song also represents a point of nostalgia for us--back when emo music was at its delightfully melodramatic prime. If you're looking to escape for a while--or want something to scream along to while you drive with all your windows down--why...
Halestorm and Ashley McBryde Release Duet “Terrible Things”
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Halestorm and Ashley McBryde Release Duet “Terrible Things”

Grammy winners Halestorm has just released an incredible duet of their song "Terrible Things" from their album Back From The Dead. Talented vocalist Ashley McBryde is featured on the track. "Terrible Things" is a song that delves into the themes of hope and forgiveness, both for oneself and for the world we live in. Lzzy Hale, the lead singer of Halestorm, explains that the collaboration with Ashley McBryde was aimed at elevating the heart and soul. Exciting Collaboration Hale is in awe of McBryde's powerful voice and feels grateful to have her on board. She believes that the message of the song will resonate with listeners and help them find inspiration. Hale believes that despite our imperfections and the potential for evil within us, we are not defined by these "Terrible ...
Within Temptation Release Powerful New Single, “Wireless”
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Within Temptation Release Powerful New Single, “Wireless”

Within Temptation is marking the start of a new era with the release of a new single, "Wireless." This song is everything one can anticipate from Within Temptation--epic, powerful, and gorgeous--but with a new, fiery edge. This new single also marks the start of the countdown to the release of their upcoming eighth studio album, which is due later this year. Check out "Wireless" by Within Temptation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lrDoeSxlm0 AI video generated by Adriano Theel In terms of content, "Wireless" deals with the idea of manipulation as power. Specifically, this song depicts some of the sociopolitical issues surrounding war-hungry officials that distort and control the media to their own gain. Speaking on the new single, Within Temptation...
Experience Teenage Fanclub’s Latest Single “Foreign Land”
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Experience Teenage Fanclub’s Latest Single “Foreign Land”

Photo Credit: Donald Milne Legendary indie rock band Teenage Fanclub is back with details on their highly anticipated album, Nothing Lasts Forever. The album drops on September 22nd and will be available through Merge Records in the U.S. and PeMa, their own label, in the UK/Europe. Fans can pre-order the album now, and there are special limited edition vinyl options for collectors. To kick off the excitement, Teenage Fanclub has unveiled the official video for the album's lead single, "Foreign Land." The song captivates from the very beginning with a mesmerizing sustained feedback note that seamlessly transitions into an uplifting acoustic riff. The harmonies are impeccable, delivering a message of moving forward and leaving the past behind. Nothing Lasts Forever "Foreign Land...