Music News - YES and Toto today (4/6) announced they will join up summer for a co-headlining North American tour. Having once been one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award-winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades. YES continues, without Jon Anderson, with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock.
Since its founding in 1968, by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” ”I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Ocean, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA.
“We’re thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto. Yes have always been big fans of Toto’s music, and we think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing both of us together,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire. The current line up has not been confirmed at time of tour announce, stay tuned.
YES will be releasing a new live CD/DVD (recorded at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona) titled Like It Is on July 7.
MUSIC NEWS- Five-time GRAMMY Award winner James Taylor will release Before This World, the legendary singer/songwriter’s first album of new songs since 2002’s platinum-selling October Road. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave O’Donnell, Before This World features ten songs, nine of which are brand new James Taylor compositions, and is due out June 16, 2015 via Concord Records.
In addition, the special 2-Disc CD/DVD Before This World Deluxe Edition includes the full-length album on CD plus "There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor’s Before This World,” a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the album on DVD. Through studio footage and interviews (including Taylor and album guests Sting and Yo-Yo Ma) this beautifully rendered 30-minute film provides an intimate look into Taylor’s creative process and the recording of this landmark album.
Recorded at his home studio The Barn, in Washington, MA, Taylor enlisted the longtime members of his band for the sessions including bassist Jimmy Johnson, drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings, percussionist Luis Conte, fiddler and vocalist Andrea Zonn and vocalists Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Kate Markowitz. Taylor also called on close friends Yo-Yo Ma and Sting to add their remarkable talent to the new album, (Ma’s cello is heard on "You And I Again” and "Before This World”; Sting added vocals to "Before This World.”) Additionally, Taylor’s wife Kim and son Henry sing harmony on "Angels Of Fenway” and the classic folk tune "Wild Mountain Thyme.”
On Before This World, Taylor continues to explore many of the themes that have absorbed him throughout his career. "My sort of self-expression and the autobiographical aspect of my work is a thru-line that links all my albums together,” he explains. "I think I have grown musically, and I think people can hear it in what I played in ‘68, and you can hear it in what I’m singing about now. It is ongoing, it’s still me, but it’s still evolving.” Offering heartfelt reflection and insight from a life well lived, Taylor traces the road’s healing allure ("Stretch of the Highway”), revisits themes of recovery, ("Watchin’ Over Me”), offers a song for agnostics ("Before This World”), looks at love’s mystical properties ("You And I Again”) as well as the redemptive spirit of baseball ("Angels Of Fenway”), and the beginning of his remarkable journey, ("Today Today Today”), the album’s first track.
"When I set out to record a new song, I have an idea, in my mind’s ear, of how it should sound,” he explains in the album’s liner notes. "It is rare that the finished product entirely measures up, indeed, sometimes I’m utterly surprised by where the session takes it. This time I’m completely satisfied that each of these ten songs is where it’s meant to be.”
The past ten years have been full of an extensive tour schedule and notable achievements for Taylor -- including his acclaimed One Man Band tour and concert performance film, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award, his wildly successful Troubadour Reunion tour and Live at the Troubadour album with Carole King, two collections of cover songs Covers and Other Covers, a heartwarming Christmas album, James Taylor at Christmas and 2014’s sold out tour across the US, Europe and the UK. It will also be a particularly special summer for Taylor, as he will be performing a full-length concert with his All-Star Band for the first time ever at Fenway Park on August 6th, with guest Bonnie Raitt, which sold out 32,000 seats in one day.
One of the defining musical figures of our time, Taylor continues to express himself and touch our lives with the enduring songs he creates. "I really just feel as if I want to make music now,” he said as he completed work on the new album. "I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I continue to be compelled to do this kind of work, but I still feel a huge connection with it.”
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MUSIC NEWS -Mac McCaughan's limited-edition hand-numbered "Box Batteries" b/w "Whatever Light"7-inch will be available in independent record stores and at Mac's shows beginning April 7.
Mac premiered a stream of the A-side on line today. An alternate version of "Box Batteries" appears on Mac's full-length album Non-Believers out May 5 via Merge Records. Listen and share the track now and pre-order Non-Believers on CD or LP in the Merge store.
Mac has announced solo touring dates which will feature Flesh Wounds opening shows and also serving as his backing band. A full list of dates below, don't miss 'em!
MUSIC NEWS- OF MONSTERS AND MEN have announced June 9, 2015 as the release date for their long awaited second full-length album, Beneath The Skin [Republic Records]. The critically acclaimed multiplatinum Icelandic quintet also debuted the first single “Crystals” today with a special iHeartRadio world premiere. The songs official lyric video was also released on VEVO. You can view it below from MNN. The band returns with another powerfully beautiful anthem, expanding the signature sound countless fans fell in love with.
Beyond the single "Crystals," the standard edition of Beneath The Skin includes eleven tracks, while the deluxe edition features the bonus tracks "Backyard" and "Winter Sound." In addition, it boasts a remix of "Black Water" by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and a remix of "I Of The Storm" by Jonsi (Sigur Ros) collaborator, Alex Somers.
As an added bonus, fans who pre-order through the OF MONSTERS AND MEN official site will receive early pre-sale access for tickets to their upcoming headline tour dates.
MUSIC NEWS- Skelton Crew, the highly anticipated debut album from Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear will be released May 19 on Glassnote Records via Uni. Already receiving widespread notice, the acclaimed duo recently made their network television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman” performing the records’ first single, “Silent Movies.” Additionally, in advance of SXSW, NPR Music featured the band in their “Austin 100” playlist, asserting, “Timeless, mother-son roots-folk, on the brink of ubiquity.” Listen to Silent Movies, below from MNN<
Produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Artic Monkeys), the 12-song album was recorded in Nashville during the winter of 2014-15. Of the record, Madisen comments, “We took the scenic route getting here, and I can already tell we ain’t seen nothing yet. Thank you for letting us share this with you all.”
MUSIC NEWS- Even after three and half decades of smoking hot guitar licks, powerful vocal performances, and just plain kick ass, foot stomping rock & roll, legendary guitar slinger Pat Travers is still firing on all boosters! Fresh off the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Travers takes the helm of another ship with Retro Rocket, a new album of studio recordings to be released by Purple Pyramid Records on March 17. Then, he’ll hit the road again with his superb band playing shows across the USA throughout March and April.
As its name suggests, Retro Rocket finds Travers digging deep into the early years of his outstanding career, finding inspiration in the fiery grooves of 1978’s Heat In The Street and, of course, his monumental 1979 live album Go For What You Know. The lead off track, “I Always Run,” kicks things into high gear with a multi-layered, guitar chugging hard rock thumper that shows this veteran rocker isn’t about to slow his pace. And even when things do slow down, like the first half of the gospel-tinged “Who Can You Turn To,” it turns out to be mere build up to a massive climax of shredding solos, monster drum fills, and all out frenzied rock ecstasy. Travers’ voice shines throughout the album, seeming to only get better, more raw, more passionate with age; must be all that cocaine drinkin’ and whiskey snortin’! When you’ve had a career as long and as rich as Travers, to be releasing an album with this much energy and passion is quite a feat indeed, and hard rock fans young and old should not miss this ride of a lifetime!
MUSIC NEWS - Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries.
In her latest album Nostalgia, Lennox has revealed yet another dimension to her formidable talent. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook. Nostalgia, the singer's seventh solo album, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
MUSIC NEWS - Mumford & Sons have today announces the details of their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind. Wilder Mind will be released in North America through Glassnote Records on May 4,
2015. It is produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine) and features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas.
A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.
This new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their previous records, 2009’s Sigh No More, and 2012’s Babel. The early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, whose sound Marcus Mumford describes as “a development, not a departure.” It came about by both accident, and by conscious decision.
The run will kick off at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on August 29 and stop at New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The European leg will begin in Koln, Germany, on November 4, with UK dates including shows at The O2 in London on December 1, Manchester Arena on December 14 and Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on December 16, culminating at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on December 20.
MUSIC NEWS- Punch Brothers, whose T Bone Burnett–produced album The Phosphorescent Blues, was released on Nonesuch Records earlier this year, kicked off a 24-city North American tour with three nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC this week! The tour includes stops in Nashville, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Vancouver; four dates in California; three in Texas; and more, with supporting sets from Gaby Moreno, Michael Daves, and Gabriel Kahane along the way. See the full tour schedule below, including several summer festival dates as well, like Bonnaroo and Telluride.
Tickets to the non-festival shows include a download of the new album. The vinyl edition of The Phosphorescent Blues, which includes four additional tracks not available elsewhere, is due out next Tuesday and is available to pre-order now. The album is available on CD and digitally.
MUSIC NEWS- Paul Weller recently announced the release of Saturns Pattern is Weller's first album release through both Parlophone Records in the UK (May 11th) and on Warner Bros. Records in the USA (May 12, 2015).
The new album was recorded in Weller's own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.). Weller and Kybert have worked together extensively in the past on albums such as Sonik Kicks (2012), As Is Now (2005), Studio 150 (2004) and Illumination (2002). Saturns Pattern will be available in a variety of formats: Standard CD, Deluxe CD/DVD set, vinyl album, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set with CD/DVD/vinyl album. The digital formats will be available in standard and deluxe editions with the deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased bonus tracks. iTunes versions are exclusively mastered.
MUSIC NEWS- Classic rock, and KANSAS fans get a considerable look behind the scenes of the classic rock band’s long journey when ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere,’ a new documentary and retrospective CD, arrives on March 24, 2015 from Sony/Legacy.
Promising “a story that will appeal to new fans and veteran enthusiasts alike,” the ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere’ documentary was directed by Charley Randozzo, whose previous credits include ‘Hanson at the Fillmore’ and ‘Britney Fox: Year of the Fox.’ The feature-length film about a rock band from the heartland of America includes a number of interviews with famous fans, including Queen guitarist Brian May and country superstar Garth Brooks.
MUSIC NEWS- Kid Rock broke all the rules when he last set out on tour and now he's back to break them all again. The "$20 Best Night Ever" tour set all sorts of attendance records proving that the combination of top notch entertainment and affordable tickets are a win/win for everyone. Now with the eminent release of his new album First Kiss, his first on Top Dog/Warner Bros. Records, Kid Rock, along with his trusted Twisted Brown Trucker Band, is announcing a full summer tour with very special guest Foreigner.
The concert tour kicks off June 24 in Hartford, CT and includes six special nights in his hometown of Detroit. The 35-date tour hits cities across the country before wrapping up on September 5 in the great state of Washington at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn.
MUSIC NEWS - Having conquered the alternative rock world with multi-platinum selling albums and unforgettable singles such as “These Are Days,” 10,000 Maniacs are set to release the most ambitious album of their career, a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs, titled ‘Twice Told Tales’, newly interpreted by the band whose organic, neo-folk sound has influenced so many others. The official street date for the album is April 28, 2015 and will be made available on both CD as well as a special 180-gram 12” vinyl format from Cleopatra Records!