Friday, January 19, 2018

The long-awaited return of Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn just revealed her new single “Queen,” the first song to be taken from her first solo album of entirely original material in seven years. Titled Record, it will be released on March 2.

Watch the Carol Morley-directed video for “Queen” now, and pre-order the album on CD and smoky red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, where each format can be bundled with a beautiful full-color Tracey Thorn zine featuring 20 pages of handwritten lyrics and photos from the recording sessions. The record is also available for pre-order through your preferred independent record store and digital music service

Watch & share the music video for Tracey Thorn’s “Queen” now 

Describing “Queen,” Tracey says: “It’s a great opener for the album. Driven along by Ewan Pearson’s unashamedly glittering electro-pop production, and drums and bass from Warpaint’s Stella and Jenny, it features me playing electric guitar for the first time in a while, and singing my heart out.”

As ever, the personal has often been political in Tracey Thorn’s work. “Nine feminist bangers,” Tracey jokes when asked to describe Record. If this album is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, new single “Queen” is the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire. Her voice, self-assured and richly textured yet confessional and affecting, spits out the lyrics on Record with a fresh, compelling drive and remains one of the finest female pop voices of the last four decades.

“I think I’ve always written songs which chronicle the milestones of a woman’s life,” she says. “Different ages and stages, different realities not often discussed in pop lyrics. If 2010’s Love and Its Opposite was my mid-life album—full of divorce and hormones—then Record represents that sense of liberation that comes in the aftermath, from embarking on a whole new ‘no fucks given’ phase of life.”

On Record, the synth-driven tracks arrive and leave with a punchy sub-three-minute directness. “I wanted it to be a record you’d listen to in the daytime,” Tracey says. “On your headphones or on the move. Not necessarily in the evening, or in your bedroom.” For all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album rotates around “Sister,” a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam where Tracey is joined again by Warpaint’s rhythm section and glorious backing vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae.

Across four decades, Tracey’s songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her, from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-eighties band Marine Girls, through sixteen years as one half of articulate multi-million-selling duo Everything But The Girl, to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism.

Track list:

1. Queen
2. Air 
3. Guitar
4. Smoke
5. Sister
6. Go
7. Babies
8. Face
9. Dancefloor

Josh Rouse tackles 'Love in the Modern Age'

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will release his new album Love in the Modern Age on April 13 via Yep Roc Records. Forbes premieres the 1980's inspired single "Businessman" with an exclusive interview.

Read the full interview at Forbes and stream/embed the track here:

Similar to his work on his album 1972 where he captured the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Josh’s new album Love in the Modern Age takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980's releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout.

Also serving as inspiration were Roxy Music’s Avalon, Leonard Cohen's Various Positions and I'm Your Man. Non-ironic touches like sax, handclaps, reverbed guitar, backing vocals and keyboards give the moody but infectious songs a New Romantic flair.

Josh Rouse has solidified his status as one of his generation's most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he's lived on and off since 2004. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for a change.

"Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different," he explains. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop." Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse's distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

Late last year, Rouse released the title track, "Love in the Modern Age" and Official Video as part of his Pledgemusic Campaign. Listen to the track and watch his epic campaign video at Second single "Businessman" is also available today as an instant grat track.

Album available for pre-order here:

Josh Rouse will kick off his tour in the UK in April, followed by North America in May.


May 9 - Washington, D.C. @Union Stage
May 12 - Cambridge, MA @Club Passim
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @World Cafe Live
May 15 - Toronto, ON @Horseshoe Tavern
May 16 - Ferndale, MI @The Magic Bag
May 17 - Evanston, IL @SPACE
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @Dakota
May 20 - Milwaukee, WI @The Back Room @Colectivo
May 24 - Nashville, TN @3rd & Lindsley
May 25 - Atlanta, GA @Terminal West

Click HERE for a full list of UK/North American dates.

Afghan Whigs, Built To Spill inaugural tour together

The Afghan Whigs and Built To Spill are teaming up for a North American tour in April and May.

This is the first time the two bands have toured together.

Special guests Rituals Of Mine (April 11th – 25th) and Ed Harcourt (April 27th – May 15th) will serve as support. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Tour Dates:

Apr. 11 - Madison, WI - Majestic
Apr. 12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
Apr. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
Apr. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Apr. 16 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
Apr. 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 20 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
Apr. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 23 - Toronto, ON - Danforth
Apr. 24 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Apr. 27 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Apr. 29 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
May 03 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
May 04 - Austin, TX - Emo's
May 05 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre
May 08 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren
May 09 - San Diego, CA - North Park Observatory
May 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
May 11 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre
May 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market

Rituals Of Mine opens April 11th – 25th
Ed Harcourt Opens April 27th – May 15th

MGMT head into 'Little Dark Age'

MGMT announce the release of their fourth album, Little Dark Age, out Feb. 9 via Columbia Records. The band has released a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY. Fans can pre-order the album now. Visit for more info. The duo will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring. See all tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now.

Earlier this month, MGMT released the lyric video for the enchanting track "Hand It Over". Listen HERE. The group previously released the visuals for shadowy title track, "Little Dark Age," watch HERE, and "When You Die", a dream-like journey through the cycles of life. Watch HERE. See full track listing for Little Dark Age below.

Little Dark Age was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). Late last year, the band teased in-studio visuals and snippets of music via Instagram. MGMT has incorporated songs from the upcoming release into their live show at festivals across North America throughout 2017.

Track listing:

She Works Out Too Much
Little Dark Age
When You Die
Me and Michael
Days That Got Away
One Thing Left To Try
When You're Small
Hand It Over

Tour Dates:

1/30 Berlin, Germany Huxley's
2/2 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
2/3 Brussels, Belgium AB Main Hall
2/5 Paris, France La Cigale
2/6 London, UK Electric Brixton
3/2 St. Paul, MN Myth
3/3 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3/5 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
3/7 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
3/8 Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
3/9 New Orleans, LA BUKU Music & Art Project
3/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
3/13 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy
3/15 Washington, DC The Anthem
3/16 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
3/17 Montreal, QB MTELUS
3/19 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
3/20Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
3/24Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
3/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
5/7 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
5/9 Calgary, AB Big Four Building
5/11 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
5/12 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
5/15 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
5/18 Hollywood, CA Palladium
5/19 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
5/20 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
6/14-17 Dover, DE. Firefly Music Festival
6/29-7/1 Beuningen, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
7/6 Hérouville Saint Clair, France Festival Beauregard
7/12 Madrid, Spain Mad Cool Festival
7/17 Milan, Italy Milano Summer Festival

Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled album MGMT. 

Dave Matthews Band to hit the road again this summer

After taking 2017 off, Dave Matthews Band returns with a new studio album - set for release this summer - and a North American tour. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album, which will mark its ninth studio release and first since 2012's Away From The World.

Dave Matthews Band will kick off its extensive summer outing in May and will wrap up the tour in September.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now at Every online ticket order for the 2018 summer tour, purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album when it is released.

Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of Dave Matthews Bands 2018 tour. As such, Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 30, at 10 AM local time until Thursday, February 1, at 10 PM local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 AM local time. For itinerary, see below or visit

Tour dates:

5/18 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
5/19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
5/22 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
5/26 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/27 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
5/29 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
5/30 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP - Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/5 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
6/6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/9 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
6/12 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/13 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
6/23 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
6/27 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/29 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
6/30 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
7/1 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/6 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/20 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek
7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte
7/25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/28 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
8/24 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/25 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/28 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/1 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/2 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/7 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
9/8 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
9/10 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

Coachella '18 artist update: David Byrne

David Byrne has announced a world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. Byrne will perform songs from the new album, which is out March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.

A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

All online ticket purchases for US will receive a CD of the new album.

Last week, Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience and also was streamed via his Facebook page.

He also released the first track from the album, “Everybody’s Coming To My House”— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr Leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others. The song’s visual companion piece can be seen here.

“Everybody’s Coming To My House” is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopiaon iTunes and at Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.

Track listing: 

1. I Dance Like This
2. Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
3. Every Day Is A Miracle
4. Dog’s Mind
5. This Is That
6. It’s Not Dark Up Here
7. Bullet
8. Doing The Right Thing
9. Everybody’s Coming To My House
10. Here

Tour Dates:

3/3 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9 Waterbury, Ct Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16 Santiago, CHI Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18 Buenos Aires, ARG Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/19 Teatro Gran Rex Buenos Aires (Argentina)
3/20 Teatro de Verano Montevideo (Uruguay)
3/24 Sao Paulo, BRA Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/3 Mexico City MX Metropolitan Theater
4/5 Monterrey MX Auditorio Pabellón M
4/7 Guadalajara, MEX Corona Capital Guadalajara
4/14 Indio, CA Coachella
4/15 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
4/17 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theater
4/18 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center for the Arts
4/19 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
4/21 Indio, CA Coachella
4/24 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion
4/27 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4 - 5/6 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees
5/6 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/8 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
5/10 Durham PAC Durham, NC
5/12 Washington, DC The Anthem
5/13 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
5/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater
5/19 Saskatoon, SASK TCU Place
5/20 Edmonton, ALB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 Calgary, ALB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
5/27 Portland, OR Keller Audiorium
5/28 Eugene, OR Hult Center
5/30 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
6/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theater
6/5 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
6/9 Indianapolis, IN Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
6/14 Oxford, England New Theatre
6/15 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
6/17 Birmingham, England Birmingham Symphony Hall
6/18 Manchester, England Manchester Apollo
6/19 London, England Eventim Apollo
6/22-23 Prague, Czech Republic Metronome Festival
6/25 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
6/26 Wien, Austria Museumsquartier
6/30 - 7/1 Ewijk, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole
7/5 - 7/8 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
7/6 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
7/5 Gdynia, Poland Open'er Festival
7/11 Oeiras, Portugal Cool Jazz Festival
7/13 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Barcelona
7/17 Zürich, Switzerland Theater 11
7/19 Ravenna, Italy Ravenna Festival
7/20 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 Trieste, Italy Piazza UNita
7/27 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 Shelburne, VT Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 Toronto, ONT Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
8/10 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
8/11 Huber Heightes, OH Rose Music Center
8/12 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
8/18 San Jose, CA City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 Sacramento CA Community Theater
8/24 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater

Editors band news

Earlier this week, Editors unveiled "Magazine," from forthcoming album Violence - the band’s first single in three years. 

Frontman Tom Smith says it is "a pointed finger aimed at those in power...some corrupt politician or businessman...a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry." 

Violence is the sixth album from Editors, and follows 2015’s acclaimed top 5 UK charter In Dream. It is produced by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit) and Editors with additional production from Benjamin John Power and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, except "Hallelujah (So Low)," mixed by Alan Moulder.

The "Magazine" video was shot in Amsterdam by photographer, director and long term Editors collaborator Rahi Rezvani. A US tour is slated for spring. Tickets on sale now.

Tour dates:

May 8th - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 9th - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 11th - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
May 12th - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
May 13th - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Ballroom
May 15th - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
May 16th - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 17th - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts 

Track listing: 

1. Cold
2. Hallelujah (So Low)
3. Violence
4. Darkness At The Door
5. Nothingness
6. Magazine
7. No Sound But the Wind
8. Counting Spooks
9. Belong

Out today: Phillip Phillips' 'Collateral'

Platinum-selling Interscope Recording artist Phillip Phillips' new album Collateral is out now. It is the follow-up to 2014's Behind the Light. The track “Into The Wild” was co-written by Phillips, produced by Ryan Hadlock and came after the release of “Dance With Me,” a song Phillips penned, along with his friend Tim Bruns, for his 2015 wedding to longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell. Listen to “Into The Wild” HERE.

A North American headline tour starts next month. Striking Matches will support on the first half of the tour followed by The Ballroom Thieves on the second half. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Since releasing his five-times-platinum debut single "Home" in spring 2012, Phillips has released two chart-topping albums. The Georgia-bred 26-year-old saw his first full-length effort, The World from the Side of the Moon, go platinum after debuting at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Behind the Light offered up the folk-rock radio hit "Raging Fire." Phillips spent this past summer on tour with Goo Goo Dolls.

Tour dates:

Harrah's Cherokee - Event Center
Cherokee, NC

The Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, NC*

Norva Theater
Norfolk, VA*

Union Transfer
Philadelphia, PA*

The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA*

The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA*

The Fillmore
Silver Spring, MD*

Irving Plaza
New York, NY*

Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC*

Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA*

Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA*

Cox Capitol Theatre
Macon, GA*

3rd and Lindsley
Nashville, TN*

Music Farm
Charleston, SC*

Palladium Theatre
St. Petersburg, FL*

Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL*

Revolution Live
Ft. Lauderdale, FL*

Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage
Orlando, FL

The Truman
Kansas City, MO^

Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO^

The Lincoln
Ft. Collins, CO^

The Depot
Salt Lake City, UT^

Knitting Factory
Boise, ID^

Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA^

Vogue Theatre
Vancouver, BC^

Wonder Ballroom
Portland, OR^

The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA^

The Fonda Theatre
Los Angeles, CA^

Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA^

Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA^

House of Blues
Dallas, TX^

White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX^

Hard Rock Live Biloxi
Biloxi, MS

Griffin Music Hall
El Dorado, AR^

Des Moines, IA^

First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN^

Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI^

House of Blues
Chicago, IL^

Majestic Theatre
Detroit, MI^

The Opera House
Toronto, ON^

Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH^

Louisville, KY^

Horseshoe Bluesville Casino
Robinsonville, MS

Walker Theatre - Memorial Auditorium
Chattanooga, TN^

*Striking Matches support
^The Ballroom Thieves support

Monday, January 15, 2018

NAMM '18 news: RME booth performances

German interface manufacturer RME [NAMM 2018 booth 14701] will showcase a new high-end audio DAC and a flexible software mixer, based on its TotalMix platform, for recording and live sound professionals.

During the four-day exhibition, Ferrofish and myMix will also unveil new products including PULSE16 converters and myMix II — an exciting v2 update that includes powerful Dante compatibility, among other features, making it suitable for studio as well as live use.

The RME booth is sure to draw music fans over the course of the exhibition, hosting former Tower of Power lead singer and Ambassador of Soul artist Ellis Hall Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 am, 2pm and 4pm, as well as legendary bassist Chuck Rainey and veteran drummer John Martinez both of Rhythm Intensive on Friday and Saturday at noon.

Breaking New Ground at NAMM 2018
RME is set to unveil its ADI-2 DAC for NAMM 2018, a compact and extremely flexible two-channel high-end Digital-to-Analog converter. The best-in-class unit — which also serves as a top quality headphone amplifier — supports up to 192 kHz sample rates, while offering top-notch conversion and a range of connectivity options. All with the unsurpassed stable performance and German engineering that RME users have come to expect over the last 20 years.

Additionally, RME will also highlight its new TotalMix v1.50 update as well as Total Mix Remote, which now supports network remote over TCP. TotalMix Remote, offering full network remote control for all TotalMix and TotalMix FX software, is now available for every RME interface, and will be available for Mac, PC and iOS. The TotalMix Remote is perfectly suited for FOH engineers and recording studios whose workflow requires control of TotalMix from a remote location.

Meantime, myMix, also at booth 14701, is set to unveil its myMix II, a v2 studio modification of its popular myMix personal monitor mixing and recording system. The new system features two local network inputs, which can be mic, line or instrument level. The unit can operated as a self-contained unit, or integrated with any analog or digital mixing consoles. The myMix II also sports brand-new Dante capability connectivity via any format — Dante, MADI, ADAT, analog — and will operate seamlessly with any digital console on the market.

Ferrofish will highlight its new PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX, which both provide an entirely new range of A/D D/A conversion options — and among various formats such as ADAT and MADI. Presented at an incredible price point, both the PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX use SFP technology, making the PULSE16 and Verto series capable of single and multimode MADI by the user. The PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX are the first offerings in the PULSE series.

The Power of Live Music Through myMix
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday during NAMM, composer, producer and former Tower of Power lead singer Ellis Hall will perform at RME’s booth at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. For each of his performances, Hall will be hooked up to the new myMix II personal mixing and recording system.

On Friday and Saturday of the show, legendary bassist Chuck Rainey will perform alongside veteran drummer and Rhythm Intensive partner John Martinez at noon. The members of the paramusic education organization will perform through myMix systems.

For more information on RME, visit
For more information on myMix, visit
For more information on Ferrofish, visit

The NAMM Show is not open to the public.

NAMM '18 news: Sennheiser booth performance schedule, new products

With the launch of the evolution wireless G4 series and two brand-new XS Wireless 1 Dual Sets, audio specialist Sennheiser is bringing a wide portfolio of exciting new wireless solutions to NAMM.

Meanwhile leading studio microphone manufacturer Neumann is presenting a re-issue of the U 67, the quintessential studio workhorse of the 1960s. But it is not all about products: The Sennheiser and Neumann booth (Anaheim Convention Center North, Level 1, Booth No. 14110) is once again continuing its tradition of presenting a diverse and exciting roster of musical talent.

This year’s artists performing on the booth stage include singer-songwriter Rie Sinclair, contemporary roots duo The Talbott Brothers (pictured above), and more (see full schedule below).

Alongside evolution wireless G4 and the XSW 1 Dual Sets, both available from April, Sennheiser will be showcasing upgrades to its acclaimed Digital 6000 wireless microphone system as well as the AMBEO portfolio, with immersive audio workshops also held at the booth (daily at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Neumann will be demoing its wide range of studio monitors and microphones, including the U 87 Rhodium Edition and the U 67, in dedicated active set-ups.

Stage Program
“It is our pleasure to present four days of live performances on the Sennheiser Stage during this year’s NAMM convention,” said Byron Gaither, Artist Relations, Sennheiser. “While our booth will showcase the latest audio technologies from Sennheiser and Neumann, the Sennheiser Stage provides a great opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show floor and experience great artists putting these innovative mics into action.”

Thursday, Jan 25th - Day 1
11:30 a.m. - Randell Kirsch and LuAnn Olson
12:30 p.m. - Ronee Martin
1:30 p.m. - Michael Mell
2:30 p.m. - The Talbott Brothers
3:30 p.m. - Rie Sinclair

Friday, Jan 26th - Day 2
11:30 a.m. - Jaq MacKenzie
12:30 p.m. - Astral Queen feat. Nina Storey and Mark McKee
1:30 p.m. - Ari and the Alibis
2:30 p.m. - Marcus Eaton
3:30 p.m. - Julia Othmer
4:30 p.m. - Nu Blu

Saturday, Jan 27th - Day 3
11:30 a.m. - Dixie Jade
12:30 p.m. - Luci
1:30 p.m. - Lola Lennox
2:30 p.m. - Debby Holiday
3:30 p.m. - Chaka Blackmon
4:30 p.m. Chaka Blackmon

Sunday, Jan 28th - Day 4
11:30 a.m. - em rossi
12:30 p.m. - The Talbott Brothers
1:30 p.m. - George Krikes feat. Pretty Polly
2:30 p.m. - Ari and the Alibis
3:30 p.m. - Marina V.Join us for symposiums on wireless technology

Sennheiser will be participating in various events and panels taking place during the AES Pro Sound Symposium.

January 25 to 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Anaheim Hilton, Huntington C, Level 4 – Sennheiser will participate in the Wireless Spectrum Update 2018 Expert Panel alongside Lectrosonics, AT/Alteros, PWS and RAD.

January 25 to 27, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Anaheim Hilton, Huntington C, Level 4 – During the Wireless Microphone Spectrum, Technology and Product Discussion Sennheiser’s Eric Reese, Brian Walker, and Thom Salisbury will be hosting sessions to discuss current and future use of wireless microphones, as well as the trade-offs between specific wireless technologies and differing spectrum ranges. The discussion will look at the differences between analog and digital wireless as well as the use of alternate frequency ranges such as VHF, UHF, ISM, DECT, and 2.4G in various applications. This technology discussion will also include specific product innovations across the Sennheiser wireless product lines and exciting new products announced at NAMM.

January 25 to 27, at 5:00 p.m., Anaheim Hilton, Huntington C, Level 4 – Sennheiser will participate in the Entertainment Wireless Technology Q&A Panel, an open-format question and answer panel with leading industry experts on various entertainment wireless topics.On Sunday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., AES and TEC Tracks join forces for a special Silent Jam session, where participants using Sennheiser wireless headphones will be able to audition the specific monitor mix that each musician has requested onstage. Engineering this session will be Eagles’ monitor mixer Mark Frink, and the performing musicians will include Brian Hardgroove, John Kurzweg and Jono Manson, as well as special guests. The session will take place at the Anaheim Hilton, Manhattan, Level 4.

Visit Sennheiser and Neumann at the NAMM Show, January 25 to 28, Anaheim Convention Center North, Level 1, Booth 14110.

Note: The NAMM Show is not open to the public.

Remembering The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan 1971-2018

photo: Armando Brown
I covered The Cranberries' reunion tour in Dec. 2009 for the OC Register. It ended up being the final time I caught them live, having seen several shows in the 1990s and early 2000s. The review is below...

Family has always played an important role in the Cranberries’ lives and music.

So it’s no surprise that the seeds for their reunion tour were planted last January when singer Dolores O’Riordan received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Dublin. She invited former bandmates Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass, respectively) to help with an acoustic set at that event. It was the first time they’d played together in six years.

This past summer, the brothers and drummer Fergal Lawler also attended a confirmation ceremony for O’Riordan’s son. After meeting their collective 11 children, she realized time had passed too quickly and decided the perfect time to regroup was now. A tour for her just-released solo album No Baggage was scrapped and the Irish band decided to start up shows in America.

It was during the mid-’90s that the Cranberries’ mix of dreamy yet raucous and Celtic-tinged rock, often heightened by politically charged lyrics, made the biggest impact here. A mainstay on KROQ, the quartet racked up eight Top 20 singles on modern-rock radio and three multimillion-selling discs, including their second effort, No Need to Argue (1994), now certified seven times platinum.

Before doors opened for Friday night’s sold-out gig at Club Nokia, one usher mentioned that some rabid fans had waited in line at the L.A. Live entertainment complex since early afternoon. Talk about dedication and pent-up demand.

The last time the Cranberries played the area, at the Greek Theatre in July 2002, they seemed to go through the motions. Not this time around; there was a distinct joie de vivre that informed O’Riordan’s performance.

Taking the stage to ominous intro music like what you hear inside Space Mountain, the band launched its 21-song, 85-minute show with the frantic “How.” The pixie-esque vocalist, her hair back to black (she’s a redhead on the cover of No Baggage), wore a sheer black outfit and high-top sneakers.

Half of Friday’s set list was drawn from the Cranberries’ first two releases, including their beloved 1993 debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? The rest of the selections touched on everything except (oddly) 2001’s winsome Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. Before a dramatic “Animal Instinct,” O’Riordan, 38, noted how time flies – she wrote that song in grade school.

The gorgeous “Linger,” one of the breakout tracks from the band’s debut, was dashed off early. Tour keyboard/guitarist Denny DeMarchi triggered the swelling orchestration and provided welcome background support all evening by bolstering the sound and enriching vocals. An Irish flag was hoisted by people in the crowd and everyone swayed along.

Although O’Riordan had no trouble hitting the high trills and Celtic-influenced vocal runs, she occasionally relied on the old annoying habit of strongly prodding fans to sing verses or choruses. Moving from acoustic to electric guitar, she and the band followed the lush, entrancing “Dreaming My Dreams” and doo-wop-styled “When You’re Gone” with the intense “Daffodil Lament.” Though heightened by her banshee wails and Lawler’s militaristic drums, it gave way to a jangly finish.

Among the concert’s many highlights were the plaintive “Ode to My Family” and a tension-filled “Pretty,” the latter inspiring the singer to indulge another sprightly dance. Keeping with the family theme, O’Riordan frequently extolled the joys of motherhood and procreation between songs.

The Hogan Brothers basically kept stock-still until a set-closing trio of rockers: the frenetic “Salvation” whipped the crowd into even more of a frenzy; O’Riordan sang “Ridiculous Thoughts” flat on the stage floor, then ran across it a few times; and the big hit “Zombie” still packed quite a grungy wallop.

Come encore time, the band changed things up a bit with an acoustic “Empty” (Lawler played bongos) and “The Journey,” the second solo tune of the night from the impressive No Baggage. O’Riordan recalled how 1996 was a dark year for her, but luckily people “pulled me out of the hole; love is to be cherished.” The Arabian-accented tune and soaring vocal vaguely recalled John Farham’s 1986 Australian chart smash “You’re the Voice.”

Finally, the band ended on a fun, shimmering note with “Dreams,” with O’Riordan doing a jig and impressing with her amazing vocalizations based on the traditional Irish sean nos style. All told, the Club Nokia gig was a welcome return. Let’s hope the band’s promise of new songs in the future materializes.

My review and the photo originally appeared at