Saturday, October 14, 2017

'X: 40 Years of Punk' exhibit opens at Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

A new Grammy Museum at L.A. Live exhibit, "X: 40 Years of Punk," debuted on Oct. 13 with a special sold out program featuring an interview and a rare rooftop performance by the influential SoCal rock band.

Moderated by Scott Goldman, the museum's executive director, the 45-minute chat covered the group's arrival during the nascent 1970s punk scene, regular gigs at The Masque, songwriting influences and methods, landing a record deal, working with producer Ray Manzarek of The Doors and the evolution of X's sound. 

One particularly memorable story revolved around how a large brown aluminum 'X' in one of the new exhibit displays was obtained: co-lead singer/bassist John Doe got it in New York City, when an Ex-Lax (chocolate laxative) company building was being torn down.

The special concert was prefaced by special plaque presentations relating to the city of Los Angeles declaring "X Day" earlier in the week. For the sharp hour-long set, X tore into such college and alt-rock radio staples as "White Girl," "Hungry Wolf," "Los Angeles" as well as fan favorites "Johnny Hit & Run Pauline," "The World's a Mess (It's in My KIss)" and cover of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen."

On a pair of more laid back numbers, guitarist Billy Zoom switched between his usual instrument and saxophone, while drummer DJ Bonebrake moved over to vibraphone. Zoom, smiling broadly, was quite cognizant of fans near the stage front and could be seen asking if they were having fun. Co-lead singer Exene acknowledged old female friends in the crowd.
Longtime X enthusiasts have plenty to marvel at when they visit the exhibit. There are handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene and John, original concert flyers for L.A. shows,
rare photos and artwork by Exene, clothing (Billy's frequently spray painted silver jacket, dresses, t-shirts), personal items (fan crafted badges, a typewriter taken on tour for lyric writing), original instruments and gear played by the band, X: The Unheard Music film and more.

"X: 40 Years of Punk" is on display through March 2018. The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live is at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, Los Angeles. For more info, call (213) 765-6800 or go to
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Friday, October 13, 2017

Out now: Robert Plant's 'Carry Fire'

Robert Plant has announced North American dates on his upcoming world tour celebrating the release of his new album Carry Fire, which arrives via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. on Friday.

Album track “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” was written by rockabilly musician Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys. It features special guest Chrissie Hynde joining Plant on vocals. The track is accompanied by a striking companion visual, streaming now at Plant’s official YouTube channel (as are companion videos for both “The May Queen” and “Bones of Saints.”


The live dates are on sale now. Additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit Every ticket purchased online will be joined by either a physical or digital copy of the new album. Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after ticket purchase.

Plant's 11th solo album and first full-length release since 2014’s acclaimed lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, Carry Fire was produced by Plant in the west of England at Top Cat Studio in Box, Wiltshire, with additional recordings at Real World Studios and Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales.

As before, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Billy Fuller on bass, keyboards and drum programming; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.

Plant and the Space Shifters are joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests, including the aforementioned Chrissie Hynde, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, and acclaimed musician Seth Lakeman, who contributes viola and fiddle to three tracks. Lakeman will join the Sensational Space Shifters on all upcoming world tour dates.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters spent nearly two years on the road together supporting lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

“It’s about intention,” says Plant. “I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation”.

TOUR 2018

9 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
11 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
12 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
16 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
17 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
22 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
24 – Denver, CO – Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
26 – Phoenix, AZ – Symphony Hall
28 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

2 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre

Track listing:

1. The May Queen
2. New World…
3. Season’s Song
4. Dance With You Tonight
5. Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence
6. A Way With Words
7. Carry Fire
8. Bones Of Saints
9. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent

Out now: Stars' 'There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light'

Stars' new album, There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light is out now via Last Gang Records/eOne. Stars have select live dates planned for November (see below).

It partnered with Plus 1 and Native Women's Shelter of Montreal/Foyer Pour Femmes so that $1 from every ticket goes towards providing indigenous women and their children a safe and supportive environment through the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. For more information and ticket details visit Stars' website.

The album, produced by Peter Katis (The National, Jonsi), marks the first time the band relinquished creative control to another, outside the band. "This record seemed to have an undeniable momentum from the start," says Katis. He adds, "Even my being turned away by Canadian border police for the second round of tracking couldn't slow us down. Stars is a complex organism with a long history. They are a combination of personalities simultaneously in conflict and harmony, ultimately coming together to make a really cool record. It feels fresh and new to me. I'm really proud of what we did. Bon travail a tous!"

"Pop song pepper spray," describes Amy Millan of the song "Real Thing," adding "In a world where we are targeted daily and consistently let down in the courts of consent. The laymen continue to write laws on our organs. 'Real Thing' is a 'she said' for singing as loud as you can."

A 'Dinner With Stars' documentary was made by Anthony Seck: 

The album cover art by U.S. artist Rob Carmichael is a contrasting display of the modern world superimposing itself on top of the ancient.

Stars are: Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Chris McCarron, Patty McGee and Chris Seligman.

Track list:

1. Privilege
2. Fluorescent Light
3. Losing To You
4. Hope Avenue
5. Alone
6. We Called It Love
7. Real Thing
8. The Gift Of Love
9. On The Hills
10. The Maze
11. California, I Love That Name
12. Wanderers

Tour dates:

11/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
11/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
11/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
11/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
11/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
11/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings news

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman, is due Nov. 17 on Daptone Records. It was recorded to eight-track tape at Daptone's House of Soul studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Watch the music video for "Matter of Time" here: 

Prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones was nominated for her first Grammy award for the 2014 release, Give The People What They Want, toured and performed tirelessly, and was the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the soul singer found time to complete a studio album. 

"The last couple of years, Sharon was battling," says Dap-Kings bass player Bosco Mann, who produced the album, in a press release. "When she was strongest, that’s when we'd go into the studio— Sharon couldn't phone it in, so we would only work when she was really feeling it." 

Mann explains that the songs on Soul of a Woman are the result of two different sides of Jones's singing. Initially, the idea for the album was to focus on more string-driven ballads, possibly leading to a tour incorporating symphonies or string sections. But as the band realized that Sharon might not have a lot of time left, they decided to record some more up-tempo and bluesy material to give her the kind of funky stuff on which she really feasted on stage.

The selections on this album balance these elements, presenting a full picture of her range: "Side one is the more raw live side," says Mann, "while side two is more moody and orchestrated—more of a departure from her carnivorous live persona."

Track list:

Matter of Time
Sail On!
Just Give Me Your Time
Come and Be a Winner
Pass Me By
Searching for a New Day
These Tears (No Longer for You)
When I Saw Your Face
Girl! (You Got to Forgive Him)
Call on God


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sting 'Live in Paris' coming to home video

Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris will be released Nov. 10 on DVD, blu-ray and digital download via Eagle Vision/Cherrytree. Physical pre-orders are open now. It was recorded last April and includes selections from across the 16x Grammy winner’s career, notably songs from his latest album 57th & 9th and classic hits from The Police as well as Sting’s solo career.

He is joined onstage by a 4-piece band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar) and Percy Cardona (accordion), with backing vocals from son Joe Sumner plus Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros. Bonus content features 9 performances from Sting and special guests.

The sold out 57th & 9th World Tour has encompassed 115 concerts throughout North America, Asia, Latin America & Europe and concludes Oct. 17 in Romania. 57th & 9th was released in November 2016 by A&M/Interscope Records, and was a Top 10 album in multiple countries around the globe.

Track listing: 

1. Synchronicity II 
2. Spirits in the Material World
3. Englishman in New York
4. I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
5. One Fine Day
6. She’s Too Good for Me
7. I Hung My Head
8. Fields of Gold
9. Petrol Head
10. Down, Down, Down
11. Shape of My Heart
12. Pretty Young Soldier
13. Message in a Bottle
14. Ashes to Ashes
15. 50,000
16. Walking on the Moon
17. So Lonely
18. Desert Rose
19. Roxanne / Ain’t No Sunshine
20. Next to You
21. Every Breath You Take
22. Fragile

Bonus Features
Sting & Joe Sumner:
1. Heading South On The Great North Road

Joe Sumner:
2. Looking For Me, Looking For You
3. Don’t Change The Love
4. Jellybean

The Last Bandoleros:
5. Maria
6. River Man
7. Take Me To It
8. I Don’t Want To Know
9. Where Do You Go?

Posthumous acoustic reissue from Asia's John Wetton out now

John Wetton was the lead singer/bassist of ASIA, UK and the "Red" era of King Crimson, with an extensive solo catalogue. This 2-CD set AKUSTIKA – LIVE IN AMERIKA & AKUSTIKA II – RETURN TO AMERIKA includes a 2017 remaster of the acoustic album AKUSTIKA and a previously unreleased acoustic show from 2005.

The booklet features specially written recollections of close friends and fans who attended the 2005 show with previously unseen photographs. The release is on the imprint label John Wetton started during his lifetime, Primary Purpose, via Cherry Red Records.

John Wetton rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit “Heat of the Moment.”

He also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.

Wetton passed away last January after a long battle against colon cancer. This new release was personally selected before his passing as one of the many back catalogue titles to be reissued in the near future.

Track list:

5. 30 YEARS


Released October 6, 2017.

To purchase:
Amazon CD:

John Wetton's official website:

R.E.M.'s 'Automatic For The People' to get deluxe reissue treatment

R.E.M. are reissuing their landmark album Automatic For The People to commemorate the title’s 25th Anniversary. Due Nov. 10 via Craft Recordings, the remastered album will be available in a variety of formats, the most extensive of which is the Deluxe Anniversary Edition, which will feature the album in its entirety mixed in Dolby Atmos. A short trailer with members of the band may be viewed and shared HERE.

The album (plus bonus track “Photograph,” featuring Natalie Merchant) was remixed in Dolby Atmos by Automatic’s original producer, Scott Litt, and engineer, Clif Norrell. This technology delivers a leap forward from surround sound with expansive, flowing audio that immerses the listener far beyond what stereo can offer. It transports the listener inside the recording studio with multi-dimensional audio—evoking a time when listening to music was an active, transformative experience, and reigniting the emotion you felt when you first heard the album in 1992. R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People is the first album to be commercially released in this expressive, breathtaking format.

In addition, the 4-disc Deluxe Edition will offer a wealth of previously unreleased material. The band selected 20 never-before-heard demosfrom the LP’s sessions, including the fully-realized, unreleased track “Mike’s Pop Song” and the oft-mused-about song, “Devil Rides Backwards.” “Mike’s Pop Song” debuts today and is available as an instant grat track with preorder of the reissue. Stream or share the track HERE and preorder the album HERE.

Also included in both the 2-disc 25th Anniversary and Deluxe Edition of the album—which was remastered from the original analog tapes by Stephen Marcussen—is a full live set, Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92. Performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA, it was the band’s only live show that year.

Housed in a 12” x 12” lift-top box, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition features a 60-page book, offering never-before-seen photos by Anton Corbijn and Melodie McDaniel, plus expanded, new liner notes by Scottish music journalist Tom Doyle who conducted new interviews with all four band members. Also included is a companion Blu-ray, offering the Dolby Atmos mix, plus a high-resolution master of Automatic For The People, seven music videos and the original 1992 EPK video. Automatic For The People will also be reissued on 180-gram vinyl (with digital download card), and will be available across all digital and streaming outlets.

Widely regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, Automatic For The People, R.E.M.’s eighth studio outing, was recorded in session locations ranging from New Orleans to Seattle, and Athens, GA to Miami. Rolling Stone has ranked Automatic For The People on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Notable contributions to the record come from Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones who provided string arrangements on select tracks. After its release in 1992 the record reached #1 on UK charts and #2 in the US, selling over eighteen million copies worldwide. It also received 1994 Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album with major singles “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts” garnering Grammy nods as well.

Michael Stipe has since reflected that the album concerns topics of “mortality and dying,” but he further notes, “Mortality is a theme that writers have chosen to work with throughout time. It speaks of the fragility and beauty of life and living life to the fullest in the present moment. It happens all too quickly and we all know that.” Mike Mills asserts, “I think it’s our most cohesive record…It’s the strongest from first to last.”

Following the success of their multi-platinum Out of Time in 1991, the band’s reputation was skyrocketing with critics and fans alike. However, R.E.M.’s decision not to tour behind it, and with no plan to tour its successor, the band chose to push further into unexplored sonic territory. The recording was thus characterized by experimentation and playfulness in the studio resulting in a largely acoustic sound full of eerie and ambiguous commentary on the nature of mainstream fame they’d recently found. To this day, songs like “Everybody Hurts,” “Drive,” “Nightswimming” and “Man on the Moon,” as well as lesser known but sublime songs like “Try Not To Breathe” and “Monty Got a Raw Deal,” still resonate throughout the collective music and pop culture.

Formed in 1980, the legendary group went on to win multiple Grammys and produce 15 studio albums, plus many others including greatest hits and live documents. Noted for both their profound contributions to the alternative rock genre and their status as one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, the band’s three-decade long career remains a legacy of music that defined an era and a model for musicians paving their own career path. R.E.M. (comprised of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 before disbanding amicably in 2011.

(DISCS 1, 2, 3 & 4)

(DISCS 1 & 2)

Disc 1 – Automatic For The People
1. Drive
2. Try Not to Breathe
3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
4. Everybody Hurts
5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
6. Sweetness Follows
7. Monty Got A Raw Deal
8. Ignoreland
9. Star Me Kitten
10. Man on the Moon
11. Nightswimming
12. Find the River

Disc 2 – Live At The 40 Watt Club
1. Drive
2. Monty Got A Raw Deal
3. Everybody Hurts
4. Man On The Moon
5. Losing My Religion
6. Country Feedback
7. Begin The Begin
8. Fall On Me
9. Me In Honey
10. Finest Worksong
11. Love Is All Around
12. Funtime
13. Radio Free Europe

Disc 3 – Automatic For The People Demos
1. Drive (demo)
2. Wake Her Up (demo)
3. Mike’s Pop Song (demo)
4. C to D Slide 13 (demo)
5. Cello Scud (demo)
6. 10K Minimal (demo)
7. Peter’s New Song (demo)
8. Eastern 983111 (demo)
9. Bill’s Acoustic (demo)
10. Arabic Feedback (demo)
11. Howler Monkey (demo)
12. Pakiderm (demo)
13. Afterthought (demo)
14. Bazouki Song (demo)
15. Photograph (demo)
16. Michael’s Organ (demo)
17. Pete’s Acoustic Idea (demo)
18. 6-8 Passion & Voc (demo)
19. Hey Love [Mike voc] (demo)
20. Devil Rides Backwards (demo)

Disc 4 – Automatic For The People Blu-Ray
1. Automatic For The People (+ bonus track: Photograph) mixed in Dolby Atmos
2. Automatic For The People (+ bonus track: Photograph) Hi-Resolution Audio
3. Drive (music video)
4. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (music video)
5. Everybody Hurts (music video)
6. Man On The Moon (music video)
7. Nightswimming (music video: British version)
8. Find The River (music video)
9. Nightswimming (music video: R version)
10. Automatic Press Kit

Anderson East sets tour, album for new year

photo: Sacks & Co.
Encore, the new album from Anderson East, will be released Jan. 12 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records and is available for pre-order.

Already receiving widespread notice, East will perform the album’s first single, “All On My Mind,” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this Friday, October 13. The single was debuted earlier this year on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Watch/share the song’s official music video HERE. East is also currently featured as a SiriusXM “Spectrum Certified” artist. 

East will embark on his largest headline tour to date, “Encore World Tour 2018.” The extensive run will span throughout next year. Tickets go on-sale this Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10:00am local time. See below for complete details.

Encore was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio along with additional production at House of Blues and Farmland Studio. The album features eleven songs, including “All On My Mind” (written by Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, East and Aaron Raitiere), “King For A Day” (written by East, Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton), “Girlfriend” (written by East, Cobb, Raitiere and Tim Bergling) as well as renditions of songs by Ted Hawkins and Willie Nelson.

The release of Encore culminates a breakout series of years for East following his widely praised debut album, Delilah. 

In addition to making his television debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and appearing on “CBS This Morning Saturday” and Daryl Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House,” East has also lent his talents to several notable projects. He’s been featured on Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation, contributed a song to Brandi Carlile’s Cover Stories LP and crafted the original song “What Would It Take” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Track list:

1. King For A Day (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton)
2. This Too Shall Last (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
3. House Is A Building (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Sorry You’re Sick (Ted Hawkins)
5. If You Keep Leaving Me (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Raitiere)
6. Girlfriend (Anderson East, Dave Cobb, Aaron Raitiere, Tim Bergling)
7. Surrender (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood)
8. All On My Mind (Anderson East, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Aaron Raitiere)
9. Without You (Anderson East, Steve McEwan)
10. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (Willie Nelson)
11. Cabinet Door (Anderson East, Jillia Jackson)

Tour dates: 

January 11 /// New York, NY /// Bowery Ballroom
January 12 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Music Hall of Williamsburg
January 19 /// Nashville, TN /// 3rd & Lindsley
January 20 /// Nashville, TN /// 3rd & Lindsley
February 8 /// Dallas, TX /// Trees
February 9 /// Austin, TX /// The Parish
February 10 /// Houston, TX /// Studio at Warehouse Live
February 13 /// Jackson, MS /// Duling Hall
February 15 /// Atlanta, GA /// Terminal West
February 16 /// Athens, GA /// Georgia Theatre
February 17 /// Birmingham, AL /// Iron City Birmingham
March 1 /// Los Angeles, CA /// El Rey Theatre
March 2 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
March 3 /// Solana Beach, CA /// Belly Up
March 4 /// Phoenix, AZ /// TBD Venue
March 6 /// Crystal Bay, NV /// Crystal Bay Club Casino
March 7 /// Sacramento, CA /// Harlow’s
March 9 /// Portland, OR /// Revolution Hall
March 10 /// Seattle, WA /// Neumos
March 11 /// Vancouver, BC /// Imperial
March 13 /// Boise, ID /// The Olympic
March 14 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The State Room
March 16 /// Denver, CO /// Bluebird Theater
March 20 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Madrid Theatre
April 3 /// South Burlington, VT /// Higher Ground
April 5 /// Boston, MA /// Paradise Rock Club
April 6 /// Washington, DC /// 9:30 Club
April 7 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Theatre of Living Arts
April 10 /// Toronto, ON /// Horseshoe Tavern
April 11 /// Syracuse, NY /// Westcott Theater
April 13 /// Columbus, OH /// A&R Music Bar
April 14 /// Cleveland, OH /// Beachland Ballroom
April 15 /// Cincinnati, OH /// 20th Century Theater
April 17 /// Lexington, KY /// Manchester Music Hall
April 18 /// Asheville, NC /// Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Saint Motel ready to head back on the road

Saint Motel will embark on the Late Night with Saint Motel fall North American headlining tour. The trek kicks off in San Francisco on Oct. 27 and continues through November (see attached itinerary).

Known for their inventive live shows, the band will be revealing special concepts planned, and Gibbz will open as direct support, along with host Johnny Pemberton. For information on tickets, tour updates, and more, please visit

The tour supports the band’s current album saintmotelevision, whose audio version was released late last year. The album is highlighted by the hit single “Move” which went to #1 on Sirius/XM’s Alt Nation, Top 20 at Alternative, and Top 5 at Triple A. The follow-up single “Destroyer” is at Alternative radio now. Watch the recently released video for “Destroyer” HERE.

Always on the cutting edge, Saint Motel has created “virtualizers” - interactive and immersive companion videos that combine 360 animation and Virtual Reality technology - for each song on saintmotelevision, thus completing the first-ever Virtual Reality album according to Billboard Magazine. The final 10-track collection launched as an interactive mobile app for iPhone and Android with exclusive content, and also lives on YouTube as a playlist.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles indie pop quartet's single “My Type” has officially been certified gold by the RIAA for sales equivalents exceeding 500,000. The title track of their 2014 My Type EP was a Top 10 Alternative radio and Top 5 Triple A hit in the US, garnering nearly 80 million streams on Spotify. The “My Type” companion video – directed by Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson – is approaching almost 20 million views at the band’s official YouTube channel, 

Saint Motel is: A/J Jackson (vocals), Aaron Sharp (guitar), Dak Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).

Tour dates: 

27 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
28 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
29 Pomona, CA The Glass House (SOLD OUT)
30 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom

1 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
3 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
4 Austin, TX Mohawk (SOLD OUT)
6 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s
7 Birmingham, AL Saturn
8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Heaven Stage
10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle (SOLD OUT)
12 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
14 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)
16 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
17 Boston, MA Royale
18 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
19 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Queen's 'News of the World' to get deluxe box set treatment

Now this sounds exciting...
A special box set of Queen's landmark 1977 album News of the World is set for release towards the end of this year, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release. This lavish new package has a worldwide release date of November 17th. The box set is available to pre-order now HERE.

The 40th anniversary is also marked with the release of a special limited edition picture disc album. Newly cut from the Bob Ludwig 2011 master, this picture disc version will be available in a strictly limited run of 1977 individually numbered copies housed in a commemorative die-cut sleeve. This version will only be available through pre-order from the official Queen online web store. 

Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band's most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury's We Are The Champions, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day. With songs written by all four band members, NOTW, Queen's sixth album, set a new standard in stylistic diversity, from Roger Taylor’s proto-punk blast of Sheer Heart Attack to the salacious funk-rock groove workout Get Down Make Love, to the fragrant tropical calypso-pop Who Needs You. News of the World also features the hit Spread Your Wings, the epic rock saga It’s Late and Freddie’s wistfully romantic My Melancholy Blues.

The new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.

For many Queen devotees, this Raw Sessions CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details. Here we experience We Are The Champions anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut.

Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all – Brian May’s All Dead, All Dead. The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor’s other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions, ‘homework’ that all of the band members would regularly carry out. As a point of note, Taylor plays all instruments on these two recordings, except for some lead guitar. In this age of digital leaks and obsessive fan culture, there is already great excitement that these recordings are, in 2017, truly New to the World.

The third CD in the package, Bonus Tracks, features a feast of previously released but hard-to-find versions of News of the World tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes. Included is the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977, seven live performances of NOTW songs, plus rare backing tracks and instrumentals of the Queen classics We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Spread Your Wings, Get Down, Make Love and Fight From The Inside. Also on this third disc is the seldom-heard US radio edit of It's Late, making its belated CD debut, and the rowdy stomper Feelings Feelings, which was recorded during the original NOTW sessions but not included on the final album.

Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box is another first – a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. This exceptional album collector’s piece is presented in a facsimile original sleeve. There is also a rich selection of NOTW related memorabilia including three posters and a 60-page book of images, mostly previously unseen.

The package is completed with a brand new one-hour DVD documentary, Queen : The American Dream, created from backstage material filmed during Queen’s 1977 USA News of the World tour. In November that year, Queen embarked on another headlining US tour. The highly respected British radio and TV presenter Bob Harris, complete with full film crew, followed their journey as part of a proposed documentary that has remained incomplete and unreleased – until now. The crew had unlimited access to the band on and off stage, in the recording studio and during rehearsals.

This one-hour documentary includes superb live footage of Queen at the Houston Summit in December. We also see moments from the birth of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, songs that would both earn a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Queen : The American Dream is a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into a young British band at a creative peak, defying the odds as they take the USA by storm.

For casual fans and Queen connoisseurs alike, the new NOTW package, with its feast of extra material, is manna from Heaven - a bumper haul of buried treasure from a world-beating band in its prime.

Queen : News of the World – 40th Anniversary Edition – Track Listing.

VINYL LP: The Original News of the World Album – new Pure Analogue Cut.

Side One
1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01
2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26
4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10
5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34
6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03

Side Two
1. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51
2. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06
3. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05
4. It's Late (May) 6.26
5. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29

CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)

1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01
2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26
4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10
5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34
6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03
7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06
9. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05
10. It's Late (May) 6.26
11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29


1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version) 2:29
2. We Are The Champions (Alternative Version) 4:33
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix) 4:17
4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix) 3:08
5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take) 4:56
6. Fight From The Inside (Demo Vocal Version) 3:08
7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take) 4:02
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977) 3:49
9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take) 2:46
10. It's Late (Alternative Version) 6:44
11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix) 3:36


1. Feelings Feelings (Take 10, July 1977) 1:55
2. We Will Rock You (BBC Session) 1:36
3. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session) 2:52
4. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session) 5:33
5. It's Late (BBC Session) 6:39
6. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session) 3:13
7. We Will Rock You (Backing Track) 2:03
8. We Are The Champions (Backing Track) 2:59
9. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental) 4:23
10. Fight From The Inside (Instrumental) 3:02
11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental) 3:49
12. It's Late (USA Radio Edit 1978) 3:52
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979) 3:35
14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982) 2:55
15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977) 3:48
16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981) 4:35
17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979) 5:20
18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 2:08
19. We Are The Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 3:32


Paloma Faith news

Paloma Faith – one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – will release her long-awaited fourth album, The Architect, on November 17.

The new album – her first in more than three years – features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators including: Sia, John Legend, Tobias Jesso Jr., Eg White, Rag'n'Bone Man, actor Samuel L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones – see full track list below.

Paloma said: “‘The Architect’ is a social observation record. I was adamant that I wouldn’t write about love. I wanted to look outside of myself. I’m coming at politics from the perspective of the common man or woman, observing why people are suffering. Each song on the record is about a different pocket of the socio-political world that I’ve been delving into.”

She added: “I wanted to write something more modern. On previous albums I’ve been more concerned with the past, but now I’m looking forward because of motherhood and wanting to change things for a better future. It’s a marriage of old and new.”

Additionally, Paloma has released the video for first single, “Crybaby.” Watch the dystopian video, which was directed by Thomas James and was shot in Ukraine, HERE.

The long-awaited track and upcoming album follow the huge success of Paloma’s last record, A Perfect Contradiction, which spent 29 weeks in the Top 10 Albums Chart, 66 weeks in the Top 40, and 100 weeks in the Top 200 in the UK. The epic lead single from the album, “Only Love Can Hurt Like This,” is Paloma’s biggest-selling to date, with over half a million copies sold and 55 million streams on Spotify. Paloma won the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the phenomenal success of her last album.

Track List:

1. Evolution ft. Samuel L. Jackson
2. The Architect
3. Guilty
4. Crybaby
5. I’ll Be Gentle ft. John Legend
6. Politics of Hope ft. Owen Jones
7. Kings and Queens
8. Surrender
9. Warrior
10. Til I’m Done
11. Lost and Lonely
12. Still Around
13. Pawns ft. Baby N’Sola, Janelle Martin & Naomi Miller
14. WW3
15. Love Me As I Am

The Sounds return with new EP, California shows

It's been just about a year since The Sounds were in the U.S. celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album Dying to Say This To You, but for the Swedish indie rockers, it's been too long.

Now The Sounds have announced a string of California dates this November. "Any time we have an opportunity to come back to the USA and play for our fans, we embrace it fully," says vocalist Maja Ivarsson. "Especially when it is for a California tour as we’ve always called it our home away from home. Our fans are so passionate, how can we not want to go and play for them every chance we get?"

In support of their EP The Tales That We Tell released this Summer, they will be kicking off at Santa Ana's Observatory on November 8th and wrapping up on the 17th in Pioneertown's Pappy and Harriets, with dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, among others.

Released as a special thank you to fans, The Tales That We Know is a four-track EP that is framed around the previously released single "Thrill," and collects recent recordings that the band wanted to give to fans while they awaited the band's next move.

“We were in the studio working on new songs, and rather than wait for some time in the future where the songs may come out on an album, we wanted to share this new music with our fans, now," Maja explains.

Formed in 1998 in Sweden, The Sounds exploded on the alt-rock scene with their wildly-lauded 2002 debut Living in America and its breakthrough singles “Seven Days a Week”, “Rock'n Roll”, and the aptly named title track. Fronted by the striking Maja Ivarsson, The Sounds have continued to remain on the forefront of the music scene, releasing a handful of albums, each spawning single after single like “Tony the Beat”, “Painted By Numbers”, “Song With A Mission”, “No One Sleeps When I'm Awake”, “Beatbox”, “Something to Die For", "Dance with the Devil”, “Shake Shake Shake" and "Weekend".

Australian radio's Triple J 'Like A Version' series on album

For Australians, Triple J's Like A Version series needs no introduction. This much loved segment airs weekly on the leading national radio station Triple J. The premise is simple: The artist cover their favorite songs; which are often thought provoking, always entertaining and all aired on Triple J Breakfast. From there, the series of chart topping compilation albums have become something of a national institution.

Now for the first time, the esteemed Like A Version has been released in North America via Metropolitan Groove Merchants. The album contains 21 completely unique recordings from some of the world's leading artists and musicians. Stream the album on Spotify here. Read more about Like A Version's launch exclusively on Billboard here.


Since 1975, Triple J has grown from a Sydney radio station to a national network, and then to an international voice breaking new music from both Australia and the rest of the world. Like A Version is just one small part of what the station does. It started in 2005 as a simple covers segment, and the clever Madonna pun was to emphasize the fun that acts could have with a live cover version in our studios.

It wasn't long before we all realised this wasn't just a run-of- the-mill idea though. There was something a little more special about Like A Version. It stayed fun, but it also got a lot bigger - it now sits in the station's most popular time slot - during our breakfast shift every Friday morning. To say it's become a national institution is perhaps hyperbole. But we'll say that and challenge you to prove us wrong.

Just about every Australian act has appeared on Like A Version. On the international front, we've had acts planning their trips here to make sure they could appear in our studios for Like A Version. Mark Ronson, alt-J, Lorde, The Kooks, Mumford & Sons, Chvrches, The Wombats, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Halsey, Childish Gambino... It's a list that keeps growing. What you have here is just a small sample of covers we've hosted so far.

Triple J is super proud of Like A Version and we're now thrilled for the first time to share some of the great work the acts have done with you on the other side of the Pacific.

Tame Impala covering Kylie Minogue's 'Confide In Me'
Chvrches covering Arctic Monkey's 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Track list:

1.Tame Impala "Confide In Me" (Original by Kylie Minogue)
2. Flume "My Boo" (Ghost Town DJs)

3. Mark Ronson "I Sat By The Ocean" (Queens Of The Stone Age)
4. Chvrches "Do I Wanna Know" (Arctic Monkeys)
5. Chet Faker "(Lover) You Don't Treat Me No Good" (Sonia Dada)
6. Ben Folds "Such Great Heights" (The Postal Service)
7. John Butler Trio "Happy" (Pharell Willams)
8. Meg Mac "Bridges" (Broods)
9. Bon Iver "Coming Down" (Anaiis Mitchell)
10. Mumford & Sons "Unfinished Business" (White Lies)
11. Boy & Bear "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse)   
12. Cub Sport "Ultralight Beam" (Kanye West)
13. Broods "One Dance" (Drake)
14. Robert DeLong "The Mother We Share" (Chvrches)
15. James Vincent McMorrow "West Coast" (Lana Del Rey)
16. San Cisco "Get Lucky" (Daft Punk)
17. DMA's "Believe" (Cher)

18. City & Color "Settle Down" (Kimbra)
19.The Jezabels "Don't Stop Believing" (Journey)
20. Ásgeir "Stolen Dance" (Milky Chance)21. Catfish & The Bottlemen "Read My Mind" (The Killers)

Out now: Richie Sambora & Orianthi EP

The new musical project RSO finds guitarists Richie Sambora and Orianthi teaming up as a duo on the five-track Rise EP (BMG).

A real-life couple and creative partners, they call the collaboration "a true Bonnie and Clyde rock and roll kind of story," having connected four years ago in Hawaii when Orianthi was performing with Alice Cooper, then traveling around the world writing and recording together. Fans can visit to purchase exclusive bonus content that includes a reggae version of "Good Times." 

Sambora (who sold over 130 million albums worldwide and co-wrote over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits as a member of Bon Jovi) and Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi (who has shared stages with Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, ZZ Top and was the first female member of Alice Cooper's band) have released three solo albums each.

Track listing: 

1. Rise 
2. Masterpiece
3. Truth
4. Take Me
5. Good Times