This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA and Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. …
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The Relapse Symphony will release their sophomore efforts “Born To Burn” on June 23rd 2015 via Standby Records. This is the follow-up to debut EP “Time Running Out”, debut album “Shadows” and acoustic album “Shadows …
Asking Alexandria have revealed who their new frontman is which is Denis Shaforostov (formerly of Down & Dirty and Make Me Famous), who replaced long time vocalist Danny Worsnop. But that’s not all that’s new …
Toronto act nTTx has released it’s first single “Falls Beautiful” from their debut EP. The project consisting of Gord Clement (former singer/songwriter in Atomzero), has taken his music to a melodic, vocally driven form of …
The All Stars Tour will be back this summer for it’s fifth and 2015 edition to feature headliner Upon A Burning Body with support coming from Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive, Iwrestledabearonce, Within The …
Queen have launched a new app, Queen: Play the Game, that allows fans to win various prizes through quizzes and puzzles while exploring the band’s history through archival images and re-sampled sounds from their extensive catalog of music.
Developed with Soshi Games, the new app is available to download for iOS and Android, and costs approximately $3. Play the Game comes with a handful of puzzles and more than 900 trivia questions; developers promised the app would be updated regularly with new features and games.
Play the Game will also host monthly competitions where users will be able to win Queen merchandise and prizes. The first competition ends June 30th and includes a mini-Freddie Mercury statue as part of a prize.
Users must have reached a certain level within the game in order to be eligible. For instance, the first competition will be open to those who have achieved two stars. Per the Play the Game site, there are various challenges within each category (such as “The Songs”), and stars are awarded at various checkpoints (one when 25 percent of the category is complete, two at 50 percent and three at 100 percent).
As for their non-app related activity, Queen are taking some time off after a busy 2014, which saw the release of a new compilation, Queen Forever — that included several previously unreleased songs — and a 24-date North American tour with Adam Lambert serving as frontman (the band will return to the road this September for several South American shows).
Despite the near-impossible task of filling Mercury’s shoes, Lambert told Rolling Stone at the time that he was up for the challenge: “I think a lot of the apprehension has faded because we’ve done this a number of times in the past couple of years. That’s not to suggest I’m getting cocky at all, because I will never compare to Freddie Mercury. He’s one in a million. At this point, I know how to strike a balance between honoring the way these songs were originally meant to be sung and my own instincts, my own choices.”
Pretty Lights, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo will lead another characteristically eclectic Bonnaroo Superjam, which will be held Saturday night of the festival, June 13th, at 1:30 a.m.
Officially dubbed the “Throwback Superjam Dance Party,” the rest of the lineup includes Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.) Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Jamie Lidell, Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Robert “Sput” Searight (of instrumental fusion group Snarky Puppy), Brian Coogan and Brownout Horns. Special guests Cherub and Rhiannon Giddens will also take the stage, and organizers, as always, have promised more surprises.
Last year’s Superjam was helmed by Skrillex and featured a wide array of artists such as A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, comedian Craig Robinson, Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz and the Doors’ Robby Krieger. A subsequent eight-part documentary series offered an inside look at the entire Superjam process, from conception and curation (in one clip, Skrillex rehearses his cold call spiel to potential participants) to rehearsals and performance.
Bonnaroo will return to Manchester, Tennessee for its 13th year June 11th through the 14th. Billy Joel, Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar are slated to headline, while other big name acts include Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Robert Planet, Tears for Fears, Earth, Wind and Fire, Slayer, D’Angelo, Alabama Shakes and Belle and Sebastian. A complete lineup is available on the Bonnaroo website.
One man is dead and at least two more are injured after a food vendor in eastern Tennessee drove his Toyota 4-Runner into the crowd following a Trace Adkins concert this past weekend.
The Saturday evening show was held at Trails End Campground, a popular spot for hunters and off-road ATV drivers in Huntsville, Tennessee. Hometown hero Anthony Smith, who’d written the hit title track for Adkins’ fourth album, Chrome, nearly 15 years prior, kicked off the evening, with Adkins taking the stage later that night. The concert doubled as the grand finale of the campgrounds’ first-annual Full Throttle Festival, a daylong event catering to ATV enthusiasts. Adkins had completed his performance and was already offstage for nearly an hour before the trouble began, according to his spokesperson.
Following a fight, 42-year-old food vendor Billy Jason Carson, who was reportedly intoxicated, left the concert area and retrieved his SUV, which he drove back toward the crowd. He threatened people with a gun and also spun his truck in circles, hitting two additional vehicles before running over four men. According to local station WBIR, Tony Farrell, a monster truck driver based in North Vernon, Indiana, died at the scene, while two others — including Farrell’s son — were airlifted to a nearby hospital at the University of Tennessee.
Concert security officials detained Carson, who was taken to the Scott County Justice Center and charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment. Originally held on a $500,000 bond, he was released Wednesday afternoon after posting a reduced $50,000 bond. While the court waits for his toxicology reports, Carson is prohibited to enter Scott County, leave the state of Tennessee or have contact with Farrell’s family. His next preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of August 6th.
While Farrell’s death is the first reported homicide at a Trails End Campground event, it’s one of several deaths to occur during recent country shows. Last year, a man died after hitting his head on the concourse at a Hanks Williams Jr. concert in Michigan, while two people suffered unrelated deaths at a pair of Jason Aldean shows that same summer.
Spicer initially sued West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam Music Group in December 2013, claiming unauthorized use of his voice. Paperwork, dated March 6th, was filed to a New York Court on May 11th discontinuing the suit.
A representative for West declined to comment on the settlement. An attorney for Spicer did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The sample in question was the song’s repeated refrain, “Bound, bound / Bound to fall in love.” Spicer recorded those vocals in 1971 when he was 12 for “Bound,” a song by his former group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One.
The initial suit claimed, “Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times.” Spicer demanded compensation in light of the song’s success, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100; the song’s popularity was also bolstered by a video featuring West and a topless Kim Kardashian — as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen’s endearing shot-for-shot remake.
Amidst launching his Adidas fashion line, West continues to prep his follow-up to Yeezus. The LP was initially titled So Help Me God, but recently changed to Swish (West noted on Twitter it was possible the name would change again). The album’s only confirmed track is the single “All Day,” though West recently dropped “Wolves,” as well as two collaborations with Paul McCartney, “Only One” and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds.”
As of February, West had said that Swish was “80 percent done,” though a release date has yet to be announced.
Jon Pardi’s 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, yielded four singles including the Top Ten “Up All Night.” But the traditionally leaning singer-songwriter, who’s currently in the studio working on the follow-up, held back a few songs from that project. Now, to fill the gap between LPs, Pardi has released the tunes as a digital EP, The B-Sides, 2011-2014.
The half-dozen previously unavailable tracks, all co-written and co-produced by Pardi, have become staples of the performer’s live show. One of them, “Back on the Backroads,” is now Pardi’s latest video. A summer-focused clip replete with a pickup truck, field party and an overweight shirtless dude in a cowboy hat doing some “dancing,” the video is anchored by scenes of Pardi — in black-and-white —dressed as a cinematic cowboy, riding a horse and strumming his guitar.
It’s an interesting juxtaposition, much like the song itself, which freshens up the occasionally shopworn backroads lifestyle by marrying it with honest-to-goodness country instruments. A California native, Pardi has never been one to shy away from steel guitars and twang. As such, he’s found himself aligned with some of the genre’s most “country” artists, including Alan Jackson, who enlisted him for his recent Keepin’ It Country 25th Anniversary Tour.
While that trek came to a close earlier this month at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, Pardi will stay on the road with his own tour throughout the summer, along with appearances at festivals like New York City’s FarmBorough and Delaware’s Big Barrel.